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The Olympic flame will pass through the streets of Medway on Friday, 20 July – just one week before the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Games.
Thousands of residents are expected line the streets to cheer on the 21 inspirational people, including four from Medway, who have been granted the honour of carrying the torch in the 8,000 strong chain linking towns, villages and cities across the country with the Olympic Stadium in Stratford. More


Medway will join the rest of the country to honour the armed forces on Saturday, 30 June with a gala day of ceremonial pomp, celebration and remembrance.

More than 400 participants will march through Rochester, led by HM band of the Royal Marines (Collingwood) – including veterans with their standards, serving members of the Armed Forces and 1 RSME regt – celebrating the Bi-centenary of their establishment at Brompton. More


Make time for what matters in life by joining the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28 September and help raise more than £10m for Macmillan Cancer Support.

There couldn’t be an easier way to make a difference, simply gather together family, friends or colleagues, put the kettle on and tuck into some tasty treats.

In 2011 the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning smashed its fundraising target and raised a record-breaking £10million, which helped fund the Macmillan therapists, nurses and support line workers who make sure people living with cancer have the best team in their corner, every step of the way. More

With the clock ticking down until the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is issuing key advice to residents and visitors to ensure they are fire safe.

KFRS Director of Service Delivery, Steve Griffiths said: “This is going to be the biggest sporting celebration ever seen in the UK, and we are encouraging people to enjoy it, while at the same time making sure they protect themselves, their families and anyone staying in their property on a temporary basis from the threat of fire. More

The WHF is based in Kent, very near to Headcorn, Smarden and Biddenden and their work is concentrated on supporting and improving populations of some of the worlds most endangered big cats. More

A colourful and exciting exhibition celebrating the life and times of Charles Dickens has opened at the Guildhall Museum.
A World Made Real: Dickens and Victorian Life charts some of the key themes that occur in Charles Dickens’ novels including travel, entertainment, education, crime and poverty, food and drink, death and mourning. More

A total of 27 schools took part in Medway’s annual Walk 2 Count Challenge last month (May) – seven more than last year.
St James’ CE Primary in Grain and Glencoe Juniors in Chatham were crowned the overall winners, each achieving a walk to school percentage of 96.6 per cent throughout the week. More

Fresh from serenading Britain during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, operatic quartet Amore will perform as special guests at the Castle Proms on Saturday, 21 July. More

The UK may be a nation of dog lovers, but it seems we are still putting man’s best friend at risk as a new survey released today by Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, reveals that over 66% of people have seen a dog locked in a car on a sunny day yet over a third of them did nothing about it. More

Oakleigh Farm was again this year the venue for a fun horse show and despite the recent spells of bad weather and torrential rain the sun shone or at least made its presence felt during most of the day. There were a large number of events for all ages and levels of experience, that applying to both riders and horses, spread throughout the day and competitors came from all over the area to join in. There were also a number of stalls selling related items alongside a BBQ and coffee stall. If you have never been to a horse show keep it in mind for June next year when I am sure it will all happen again.
Please follow the link below to view a number of pictures from the day, if you were there you may even recognise yourself on some of the photographs that were taken.

Exciting times are ahead in the village of Hoo…plans are in full swing for the first ever Music Festival on Saturday 11th August 4-9pm.

Aptly named “Hoo Rocks”, this will be an event for all the family to enjoy, and best of all it’s FREE!!

The full line up will be announced soon but will include local band Contraband and recent You Bloom finalists Mello. This event promises to please all music tastes so be prepared to rock your socks off! There will be some stalls and a variety of food and drink on offer just to add to a true festival atmosphere.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Maureen Tong-Ralphs &
Hoo Village Events Committee


Dairy Farm House was built in 1767 with extensions added at a later date. Many years have been spent restoring this Georgian house and its garden.
The two beautiful yew trees, which can be seen at the front of the house, are probably 300 years old and they lead into the formal part of the 2 ½ acre garden. This has previously been laid out with box hedging and recently standard roses and a rockery lane have been added. More

Proposals to develop new primary school provision in Chatham – including plans for a new primary academy – have been given the go ahead by Medway Council’s Cabinet.

Plans to increase primary age provision in Chatham by expanding Greenvale School and developing a new primary school on the site of the former Chatham South School on Letchworth Avenue were approved by Cabinet today (Tuesday, 12 June). More

A Heritage Lottery Fund supported community project. Join the Royal Engineers Museum Library and Archive and the Brompton History Research Group in celebrating the 200th anniversary the Royal Engineers in Brompton.

On Saturday 30th May 2012 a brand new exhibition will open at the Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive. This exhibition takes a look at how the past 200 years of living side by side with the Corps of Royal Engineers has affected civilian life in the unique village of Brompton. More

Medway Council’s Safer Journeys Officers will be visiting a school and children’s centre next week to speak to parents and show them how a small step can make a big difference to a family’s safety. More

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, one of the South East’s leading visitor attractions and home to the world’s best conifer collection, has appointed Dominic O’Connor Robinson as its new manager. Dominic, who at 25 is Bedgebury’s youngest ever manager, joined the Forestry Commission’s management training programme from Cambridge University in 2009 and has worked across the UK in Wales, Surrey, Bristol and Edinburgh before moving to Kent in May. More

The much-loved story of The Ugly Duckling comes to The Brook Theatre on Sunday, 24 June as part of the Sundays are for Kids season of shows. Kipper Tale Theatre’s production includes catchy tunes, magical storytelling and a lots of farmyard fun.
This classic story of the duckling who longs to be a beautiful swan is suitable for children aged three and upwards. Tickets are £6 for adults and £5 for children. A family of four is £20. To book tickets or for more details about Sundays are for Kids season at The Brook Theatre phone the box office on 01634 338338 or visit

An interactive Medway tugboat and river tour is proving a big hit with visitors to the refurbished Guildhall Museum.
The Rochester museum has been given a facelift that includes a disabled-friendly High Street entrance, a modern Medway-theme gallery, shop and reception point, tri-lingual information boards and a hands-on discovery zone.
The historic features of the Guildhall have also been restored including a 19th century mosaic floor that was discovered in the re-fit. More

The internationally acclaimed show Björn Again will get the party started with the greatest hits of Abba, before Steps take the Castle Concerts stage on Thursday, 19 July.
Created in the late 80s by Australian director and musician Rod Stephen, Björn Again has now performed 4,700 times in 70 countries over 24 years
Originally designed as a rocked-up light-hearted satirical Abba spoof, the show rapidly achieved world-wide cult status and initiated the Abba revival which brought about Abba Gold, Muriel’s Wedding and Mamma Mia! More

Upnor Castle from the Medway

Visitors to Upnor Castle will get to relive the Dutch raid as part of an exciting re-enactment event on Saturday 23 and Sunday, 24 June.
The Dutch are Coming! is a family friendly event depicting the brave but ineffective battle in 1667 when the Dutch sailed up the river to attack the British fleet at anchor. More

Please follow the link below to an article by Ian Jack on the Website of The Guardian newspaper


How to use leftovers, meal planning and food on a budget are just some of the top tips that visitors to a food safety roadshow can learn about.
Medway Council’s Food and Safety Team will be visiting six locations around Medway during National Food Safety week – 11 to 15 June. More

A talented jazz pianist who in the past 12 months has played the Royal Albert Hall and performed with Katherine Jenkins and Jools Holland, comes to Chatham next month.
Derek Paravicini & Friends play Jazz on Tuesday, 12 June at 8pm The Brook Theatre, Chatham. More

Dads everywhere can enjoy a day out with a difference this Father’s Day,
Rochester Castle and Upnor Castle are both offering dads free entry with every full paying child on Fathers Day, Sunday 17 June. More

Make some noise in your local library this month (June) when an annual campaign kicks off to bring together public libraries and blind and partially sighted people. More

Ship repairs, told first-hand, is the subject of a talk at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre next week. More

“Jack the Ripper – The Definitive Story”
The next meeting of the Rochester and Chatham Dickens Fellowship is on Thursday the 21st of June 7.15 for a 7.30 start. The meeting is in the Education Room of Dickens World in Chatham includes a talk by Mr Jeff Leahy. Non Members are welcome for a small fee. For details of the R&CDF or non members to attend contact the Joint Hon. Secretary Mr Steve Martin 01474 834164.

“Jack the Ripper – The Definitive Story”
R&CDF Branch Meeting 21st June

The R&CDF are proud to announce a talk by Jeff Leahy the Director and Producer on Jack the Ripper – The Definitive Story. The first documentary ever written and produced by “Ripperologists”. Jeff intends to talk about the making of the documentary and illustrate it with extracts from the film. The DVD of the documentary is imminent. No promises, but if available in time, copies will be on sale during the meeting. Some of the filming of the documentary took place in Chatham Dockyard and Members of the R&CDF took part as extras.

The Kent Association for the Blind provides services to many people who have lost their sight due to Glaucoma. This eye condition gives no warning symptoms but has very effective treatments and early diagnosis can prevent blindness. Glaucoma is one of the most common eyesight conditions and gradually creates a tunnel vision effect, slowly destroying off centre vision. More


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