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National Destroyer Memorial

The National Destroyer Memorial at The Historic Dockyard Chatham will be the focus for the Act of Remembrance at 11.00am on 11th November 2012.

Visitors to The Historic Dockyard on Remembrance Sunday, together with dockyard Residents and Tenants, will be invited to join representatives of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and members of Destroyer Associations at HMS CAVALIER, the National Destroyer Memorial, and the associated bronze monument alongside, to remember those British service men and women and civilians who lost their lives in the service of their country. More

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Medway’s town centres will light up for the festive season next month, with switch on events happening at the following locations; More

Thousands of people in the South East(1) are at risk of stroke because they fail to recognise the signs of a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA, also known as mini-stroke), according to the findings of a new poll(2) launched today on World Stroke Day (29 October 2012). More

If you’ve ever dreamed of getting married in one of Kent’s most beautiful castles, there’s a wedding open day at Upnor Castle on Sunday, 18 November.

The wedding room will be dressed for a wedding and staff will be on hand to help couples arrange their big day. There will also be the chance to talk to a number of wedding suppliers who know the venue inside out.

Set against a backdrop of almost 500 years of history, the turreted castle is situated in a picturesque waterfront village and backed by rolling, wooded hills. Built in 1559 to defend the warships of Queen Elizabeth I, the castle offers an exquisite backdrop for wedding photographs.

The wedding open day runs from 10am to 4pm and admission is free.
For more information about the open day phone 01634 338106.

Butchers in Cliffe with thanks to MALSC (Medway Archiives & Local Studies Centre

Shops of Medway are the subject of a new exhibition and talk at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre.

These we have loved: Shops, stores and emporia of Medway is on from Monday, 19 November to Tuesday, 29 January.

This exhibition is reminiscence about local shops and stores, with photographs, advertisements and history of some of Medway’s best-loved stores. Featuring Leonards, Bates, Featherstones, the Lefevre stores and many others.

Window-shopping in Medway: Department stores remembered is the subject of a talk on Wednesday, 5 December at 2.30pm.

The exhibition and the talk are free. For more details and for opening times contact the archive centre on 01634 332714 or visit our website

Wednesday 7 November is National Stress Awareness Day, which aims to help people recognise when they are feeling stressed and find ways to tackle it.

Medway Clinical Commissioning Group, which is preparing to take over the commissioning of health services in Medway, is encouraging people to use National Stress Awareness Day to see if they need to take action on stress in their own lives. More

Come and join the Fun on Friday 30th November at St Helens School, Cliffe from 3 pm – 5 pm. Get in the Christmas spirit and meet Father Christmas. Refreshments will be available, raffle and various stalls! We look forward to seeing you there for fun in the afternoon.

PUPILS at a Higham school collected a bumper crop of food donations for charity as part of their harvest festival.

There were so many tins of food that children at Gad’s Hill School, Higham used wheel barrows to carry it all!

Each child – aged from three years old to eleven – brought in items from home, including tinned, powdered and dried food, tea, coffee, fruit juice and vegetables. The collection amounted to a staggering 2696 items!

Youngsters took the food to Royal Dockyard Church, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham as part of the school’s annual Harvest Festival and after treating the audience attending the special event to a series of musical performances, donated the crop to the Gravesend arm of The Salvation Army.

The charity will use the items to help stock up their ‘Foodbank’ which sees volunteers providing essential food items to families who have suffered in some way, as well as, elderly who are less fortunate and the homeless.

Major Patrick Carton and Richard Arnold, who are based at the Salvation Army, Grove Road, Gravesend was delighted to receive the food boost on behalf of the charity.

He said: “We would like to say a big thank-you to all the children and parents at Gad’s Hill School whose food will go to helping people in crisis.”

Headmaster Mr. David Craggs, said: “We try to encourage lots of charity work at the school and have in the past raised thousands of pounds for a variety of different charities.

“This year’s harvest festival taught our pupils a very valuable lesson: it’s better to give than receive, but even I was staggered by how much food was donated! While many of our families are much more fortunate than others, these are still tough times, so it was wonderful to see so many putting their hands into their pockets, or kitchen cupboards as it were, to help the Salvation Army do its valuable work.”

Once again we were invited to the Pier at Upnor, on the banks of the River Medway, to gather a few snaps of one of the many event evenings held there throughout the year. Last evenings event was a Halloween, fancy dress party and of the eighty or so people that had tickets for the event only a very few did not dress up. Although they were immediately dragged over to the lady in the corner providing face paint and costume make up for those few naughty people.

Music, Karaoke and a small amount of commentary was provided by M&C Pub Entertainment, along with some special effects, visual and sound with lots of tunes to mark the occasion. As ever when the Upnor Pier organize an event of this type there are prizes for the best fancy dress a HUGE buffet meal and of course there are beers, wines, spirits and cocktails available as well. At this point it would be appropriate to say a big well done to Tracy and young Steve for all of the effort they put in getting the buffet together and served, the array of food was astounding. A huge Congratulations should be given to the young ladies behind the bar as they were incredibly busy all evening and last but not least the slightly less young Steve and Dermot for pulling the evening together and ensuring that everything went like clockwork. Even to the point of arranging transport for some of the revellers at the end of the evening.

A selection of the images from the evening can be found HERE

The Upnor Pier Facebook page is HERE

Now all you have to do is keep your eye on our printed magazine to find out the date of the next event

Remember, remember – the biggest fireworks display of the year will be on Saturday, 3 November.
A Medway’s Year of Celebration draws to a close, many thousands of people are expected to attend this year’s free event at The Great Lines in Gillingham.
The Mayor of Medway, Cllr. Vaughan Hewett will light the bonfire at 7pm, then the skies will light up as a stunning display of fireworks gets under way from 7.30pm.
Refreshments will be on sale throughout the evening. Visitors are asked not to bring their own fireworks or sparklers and to make sure pets are kept at home. – There are no parking or toilet facilities on the site. Entry to the event is free. More

A recent unannounced inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found St Bartholomew’s Hospital, in Rochester, is meeting all essential standards of patient quality and safety.

The inspection on 10 September 2012 assessed how the hospital, which is run by Medway Community Healthcare, meets five standards – respecting and involving people; care and welfare of people; safeguarding people from abuse; supporting workers and assessing and monitoring the quality of service provision. More

The Environment Agency launching a four-week campaign (Monday October 15, 2012) aimed at raising public awareness of flood risk. Five years on from the summer floods of 2007, events will be held across the south east – from flood fairs to open days – to encourage individuals and communities to be prepared for potential flooding. More

People with anxiety, depression and other common mental health problems will be offered far greater access to talking therapy in Medway, thanks to a new NHS initiative. More

MUST MAKE SAFETY ITS CENTREPIECE:

ROAD SAFETY FOUNDATION TRACKING DATA 2012

Report measures safety levels across 27,000 miles of motorway and A road where majority of UK road deaths occur

  • Findings of huge economic rewards from low-cost safety engineering
  • UK’s busiest higher-risk roads are named, along with each region’s highest-risk road
  • New average speed cameras and interactive speed signs feature strongly on most improved roads
  • Single carriageways now six times more risky than motorways

Simple attention to safety engineering detail has resulted in extraordinary cuts in road deaths and serious injuries, according to the latest tracking survey* by the Road Safety Foundation. Fatal and serious injury crashes on just 10 stretches of treated road fell by nearly two thirds from 541 to 209 (2001-2005 and 2006-2010) – and a boost to the economy worth £35m every year. More

Older women are less likely to experience vertical breast bounce when exercising than younger women, according to the surprise results of a study at the University of Portsmouth. The study, the first to study breast movement in women aged from 45 to 65, also measured breast ptosis (sag) but found that the amount of sag did not have any bearing on the amount of breast movement. More

With autumn upon us once again, it’s time to think about tidying up the garden and preparing the soil for spring. The traditional picture of autumn gardening is of a smoky bonfire to dispose of fallen leaves, prunings and the last grass cuttings of winter. However, a much more environmentally-friendly approach to dispose of your garden waste is to compost at home.
Under an initiative backed by the local government, most local authorities are offering discounted composters in partnership with www.getcomposting.com. Prices start at £16 plus delivery – less than half the recommended retail price of £39. Some local authorities also have subsidy available to reduce prices even further.
To see what’s available in your local area – including special buy one get on half price offers – call 0844 571 4444 or look online at www.getcomposting.com. Simply enter your postcode to find the best deal for you.

Click HERE to go straight to the page to enter your post code

The Electoral Commission has called on the Government to change the law so that voters are never again refused the opportunity to cast their vote, as happened at some polling stations during the last general election. More

NEW SCADA ART are hosting a special event on Tuesday 30th October 2012 at the Peninsula Church, Cliffe Road, Strood ME2 3DY. Talented Artist John Colledge will be giving a demonstration in watercolour and acrylic Mix Medium.
Admission : Members £2.50 Non-Members £5
Ring Secretary Tina Woodard on 01634 725006 or Hazel on 01634 250322 for more details

From Our Guest Writer Jack Fryer

On August 19th, Hollywood director Tony Scott tragically died by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles. When he died tributes flooded in from across the film world. Tom Cruise (star of ‘Top Gun’ and who had met with Scott two days prior to his death to talk about the upcoming Top Gun 2), said in tribute to his friend “He was a creative visionary whose mark on film is immeasurable.” Denzel Washington who had worked with Scott on five of his films, said “Tony Scott was a great director, a genuine friend and it is unfathomable to think that he is now gone.” More

As the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) releases its summer statistics today, it has emerged that the charity’s second busiest coastal lifeboat station was Ramsgate.

Aside from the ever-busy stations on the River Thames in London at Tower and Chiswick (with 160 and 73 launches respectively), Ramsgate’s 49 launches made it the second busiest lifeboat station in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, after Southend-on-Sea. More

Hilton Brighton Metropole, 27-28 October 2012

WhaleFest returns to Brighton this month with a wild weekend of whale and dolphin inspired activities from 27-28 October.

Following the huge success of last year’s event which was attended by over 2,500 people, WhaleFest 2012 will be the largest celebration of wild whales and dolphins in the world and this year’s event will be spectacular. More

Are you interested in healthcare? Do you want to help shape NHS services for everyone in Medway?
An exciting opportunity is available for two independent Lay Members to join the governing body of Medway Clinical Commissioning Group, which is preparing to take over commissioning NHS services in Medway from April next year. More

Long-term youth unemployment in the South East is up by over a fifth (22 per cent) since the government came to power in May 2010, according to TUC analysis. The South East now has over 8,300 extra 16-24 year-olds out of work for six months or longer. The TUC research also shows that as long-term unemployment has rocketed government support for unemployed young people has fallen by 26 per cent following the replacement of the previous government’s Youth Guarantee (which included the Future Jobs Fund) with the new Youth Contract. More

Businesses in the Thames Gateway are set to receive a £20 million finding boost to support new investment and new jobs across North Kent and Thurrock. Ministers announced on Friday, 19 October 2012, that TIGER – Thames Gateway Innovation, Growth and Enterprise – is one of 130 schemes nationally to benefit from the Government’s £2.4 billion Regional Growth Fund. TIGER will offer low-interest loans to businesses investing in new products and services, which will create long-term job opportunities with the aim of unlocking additional private sector finance. The new scheme has been secured following a bid to the Regional Growth Fund by the Thames Gateway Kent Partnership, with the support of local businesses. More

Medway Council has agreed to form a Medway Disabled Residents’ Forum following a full meeting of the council on Thursday, 18 October. Following questions raised by a member of the public the decision received unanimous backing at the meeting. More

A new website – created by UCAS – which lets young people apply for courses ranging from A level Maths to an Apprenticeship in Plumbing, has received over 23,000 visitors since launching on 1 October.

UCAS Progress (www.ucasprogress.com) lets teenagers research post-16 courses close to where they live or further afield, using a selection of simple keywords. It went live as an application system at the start of the month. Between 1 and 9 October, the site received more than 23,000 visitors and 360,000 page views, with over 100 applications already submitted. More

Medway schools have celebrated their best ever GCSE and A level results for another year, according to results released by the Department for Education.

The provisional results, released by the DfE this morning, reveal that more Medway students have gained five or more GCSE (or equivalent) A* to C grades than ever before – and if the validated results remain similar to these provisional, it will place Medway in the top 20 per cent nationally. More

A huge development bringing hundreds of homes, a hotel, a supermarket and a conference and events centre to the banks of the River Medway has been given the green light by the government. The striking and ambitious Chatham Waters project at Chatham Docks, Gillingham has been approved by the Secretary of State – a decision that will transform the area and create almost 3,500 new jobs. More

In the maze of corridors within the Masthouses and Mould Loft at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, folk have occasionally seen a glimpse of a figure and have heard strange tapping sounds. More

Two fabulous shows are coming to The Brook Theatre this Autumn as part of the Sundays are for Kids season of shows.

First up is a heart-warming and funny tale about the unlikeliest of friendships. Blunderbus present The Selfish Croc on Sunday, 14 October at 11am and again at 2pm.
By the banks of a great river, lived a large crocodile. He was a very selfish crocodile and he wouldn’t share this river with any of the other creatures. So, the animals stayed away. More

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