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The Vegetarian Society’s cookery school, Cordon Vert, is pleased to announce the finalists for its Chef of the Future 2013 competition. The live final, on Wednesday 8 May, will see four contestants from Staffordshire, Yorkshire, Hampshire and Suffolk battle it out to produce a three course meal, plated for four people, within three hours. More

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Leading children’s charity Action for Children is appealing to runners in Kent to put their best foot forwards and take part in the Bupa London 10,000 race on 27 May 2013.

“We would like people from across Kent to run for us and help raise funds for our work with vulnerable children and young people. We will provide a running vest and fund raising pack, and our team will be there to cheer you on,” said Selena Goldsmith, Action for Children’s Kent Fund raiser. More

A Red Ensign will be flown over Medway Council’s Gun Wharf building in May to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. The Battle is known as the “longest, largest, and most complex” in naval history and continued throughout the Second World War. During this time, pitched battles were carried out on the high seas to win control of the Atlantic and maintain vital supply routes between Britain and America. Huge convoys of Merchant Naval vessels sailed under the protection of British and Allied navy and air forces while under attack from German U-boats and other parts of the Nazi military machine. More

Wednesday 22nd May – meet 7pm at Chalk Church, Church Lane, Chalk – Christoph Bull is the guide. £4 for adults, children free – come and find out about the rural part of Chalk where the urban area suddenly stops. Details Christoph Bull 01474 320156 or 07702287147. No need to book just turn up. (Celebrating 40 years of Chalk Parish History Group – joint event with Gravesend Historical Society)

St Nicholas Church, Southfleet is proud to announce “Celebrating the Future”: a gala event to introduce new staging. In minutes the priests’ dais converts to a stage transforming the church into a 250 seater auditorium with modern sound system.

This event will be an evening of high-class music, showcasing some of the next generation’s professional musicians. The Carapina Trio, a string trio, were formed in 2011 at the Royal Academy of Music and have recently performed recitals at The British Museum, St Thomas’ Hospital and The Colston Hall, Bristol. The evening continues with David Ireland and Rebecca Briggs, both high quality opera and classical singers. More

lollipopLollipop men and women from all over Medway gathered to mark 60 years of safer road crossings.

The School Crossing Patrol service at Medway Council marked the anniversary with a giant coffee morning at Gun Wharf, Chatham on 15 April, inviting 20 school crossing patrols to join in the celebrations. More

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A new project has been launched on the Medway City Estate aimed at helping small businesses improve their ability to manage workplace health, safety and fire risks.
Estates Excellence brings together the Health and Safety Executive, Medway Council, Kent Fire Brigade and local businesses on the estate, including Veolia and Veetee Rice.
The partners will provide support, guidance and training to help businesses manage risk effectively, not only improving safety for employees but also enabling employers to benefit from reduced insurance costs and lost working time. More

A new service providing care for older people with dementia will be introduced later this year at Platters Farm Lodge in Rainham as part of an exciting new joint project between Strode Park Foundation and Medway Council. More

More than a half a million pounds is being invested in local nurseries in readiness to offer a thousand additional places for two year olds in Medway by 2014.

Around 50 pre-schools are set to expand under the new scheme and a small number of new nurseries will be developed in areas where high demand is forecast. More

airambWalkers are being urged to join the third in a series of historic hikes around the Kent countryside next weekend (April 27th), followed by collection in aid of the county’s Air Ambulance.

Lifelong rambler Geoff Ettridge, otherwise known as Geoff Rambler, will lead a seven-mile Kent Messenger Walk from St Mary Hoo to Egypt Bay.

At 10 am, the party will set off from the Fenn Bell pub which is believed to take its name from the fact that bells would be rung to help travelers and shepherds find their way off the marshes in bad weather. More

Students from Invicta Grammar School in Maidstone, Kent will become real-life engineers for on Thursday (April 18) when they research, design and build solutions to real engineering problems. More

Registration for the Medway Open Studios and Arts Festival closes on Friday 26 April. All artists and makers from the Medway area are being urged to sign up quickly and avoid missing out on being a part of this creative festival.

Now in its second year, the arts festival has increased by 100% since its launch in July 2012. This summer, 30 venues will be displaying work by more than 100 local artists and students, making it the largest independent art festival in Medway.

To encourage more artists to sign up a Makers Market option has been introduced, offering pitches inside the new emerging art venue, Sun Pier House. The art market will be open over the weekends of the festival, with various products and crafts on sale. Apply before Friday 26 April to book your place.

The festival runs from Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 July 2013. For more information please visit http://www.medwayopenstudios.co.uk

Medway Council will this week invite owners of local licensed betting and gaming premises to a meeting to seek agreement for a voluntary code on gambling.
The move is part of ongoing efforts to prevent a small minority of gamblers from getting into a spiral of debt to feed their addiction, including the use of fixed odds betting terminals. More

The leader of Gravesham Borough Council Cllr John Burden has issued the following statement in the wake of media reports of rare distinguished jumping spider (sitticus distinguendus) on Swanscombe Peninsula where the Paramount Resort is being proposed. It is one of only two sites in the UK where these spiders live – the other being across the river on West Thurrock marshes. More

An unannounced inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has given full marks to the Wisdom Hospice, run by Medway Community Healthcare.

The CQC inspectors assessed the Wisdom Hospice as meeting all five standards for patient quality and safety – respecting and involving people; care and welfare of people; safeguarding people from abuse; supporting workers and assessing and monitoring the quality of service provision.

Each year, the Wisdom Hospice cares for more than 750 people with a life-limiting illness in Medway and Swale by providing inpatient care, out-patient services, a day hospice as well as community and hospital palliative care. Relatives of people using the hospice are also supported with information courses for carers, complementary therapy sessions and bereavement councillors.

The inspection report by the CQC praised the range of activities and complementary therapies available for people, including massage, physiotherapy, sensory treatments as well as arts and crafts.

When asked, patients and their relatives told inspectors that the care and support they or their loved one received at the Wisdom Hospice was outstanding.

A patient in the day hospice told inspectors that hospice staff had arranged for her carer to be trained in massage because it helped manage her symptoms.

One relative added: “My loved one was becoming increasingly distressed but is reassured with family present so staff have ensured that we can stay for as long as we like, including overnight.”

Fiona Stephens, clinical quality director at Medway Community Healthcare, said: “I am delighted that the Care Quality Commission has commended the excellent care our teams provide to patients and their relatives at the Wisdom Hospice.

“It was also wonderful to see recognised the fantastic support patients and relatives told CQC inspectors they receive at the hospice.
“I am proud of the care our teams give to local people both at the hospice and in the community.”

DBL100HC720x481Life-saving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is appealing for cyclists to join its new-look Double 100 bike ride this summer.

The 100-mile or 100km ride on June 23rd will this year start and finish at the Surrey and Sussex helicopter base at Redhill Aerodrome.

Both new routes take in all counties covered by the two helicopters and the 100-mile route will pass through Marden in Kent – the home of Kent Air Ambulance.

100 km Route

100 km Route

More than 80 riders including Air Ambulance crew members and former patients took part in the inaugural Double 100 from Dunsfold Park, raising £12,000 for the charity.

Organisers are aiming for more than 100 entries in this year’s event which has kindly been sponsored by Howard Cundey Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents, Asda, Warburtons and Wellbeing People.

Howard Cundey Partner Tim Foulkes said: “With a network of offices based around the counties covered by the Air Ambulance, we are delighted to be the main sponsors of the charity’s 2013 Double 100.

“We look forward to welcoming the weary riders to our Forest Row branch which is going to be a much-needed feeding station on the day.”

100 Mile Route

100 Mile Route

The Double 100 is open to regular and occasional cyclists with feeding stations along the scenic route.

To register go to http://www.kssairambulance.org.uk/FundRaising/Double100CycleChallenge .

For more information call Julie Clare on 01622 833833 or email juliec@kssairambulance.org.uk

Highland cowsMajestic golden Highland cattle are set to become a familiar part of the Holborough Marshes landscape.

The livestock is being introduced by local grazier, Norman Coles of Roundoak, to the Kent Wildlife Trust nature reserve, situated on the southern banks of the River Medway between Snodland and Halling. More

Council tax bills began to drop through letterboxes all over Gravesham in the last few weeks with many people on benefits finding they have to pay council tax for the first time.

Gravesham Borough Council wants to point out that this is the result of government policy to reduce the cost of benefits nationally. Every council in England and Wales is having to do the same and, on average benefits have been cut by 8.5% this year with a greater cut expected next year. More

sw2A super slimmer is proving to be a winner at the losing game after shedding 6 ½ stone and being named Strood Slimming World ‘Greatest Loser’, with the emphasis well and truly on Greatest! More

An architect from Gillingham has been left more than seven thousand pounds out of pocket after continually ignoring a council notice concerning substantial changes to his property. More

Karl Homden of Russell Road, Gravesend was sentenced to prison for 42 days by Dartford magistrates for non-payment of council tax totalling £4,532.78. More

Art collective Invisible Flock would like you to join them for a conversation and they would also like you to bring something. Not a bottle or a picnic, a friend – or even the noise. They simply want you to Bring the Happy.

Bring the Happy is a new, nationwide project – part public art, part installation, part performance – with, at its heart, an attempt to map the happiness of the UK. Basically, it revolves around a simple idea – asking people to place a moment of happiness onto a map of their town or city; from the uncomplicated to the life-changing, the bitter sweet nostalgia of the elderly to stories of stolen first kisses by teenagers. More

The Castle KeepArundel Castle To Recreate 1643 Siege

Arundel Castle continues its thrilling 2013 open season with an English Civil War commemoration on 14 April, marking the 370th anniversary of the Siege of the Castle by Parliamentarian soldiers.

Positioned alongside the River Arun, the second fastest flowing tidal river in the UK, Arundel Castle was a key location for protagonists in the English Civil War and the setting of a major 18 day siege. More

A recent, three month pop-up art studio for adults with learning disabilities in Rochester High Street funded by the Arts Council, is now drawing to a close. Our finale will be an evening launch to show the work that has been made, entitled ‘Art About: Sharing the Love’ at 7pm on Friday the 12th of April (all welcome) followed by an open studio exhibition from the 13th-18th of April from 10-3pm each day.

The evening event on the 12th will also benefit from the neighbouring professional artists studios being open. The Coalshed Press and Printed Wonders spaces will enable visitors to see inside working artists spaces and purchase affordable art. Art About is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company and is run by the lead artists Helen Morley and Wendy Daws. The purpose of this project is to provide excellent contemporary Fine Art opportunities to adults who are excluded from mainstream higher
education, for reasons of disability or disadvantage. The majority of our participants are adults with moderate to complex learning disabilities; however our focus is on developing the artist, their art and their abilities, rather than disability.

The studio and exhibition venue is at Boundary Wharf behind Café Moroc and is in the heart of a growing, grass roots arts scene in the area. Each day the artists have been exploring a diverse and demanding set of skills such as experimental printmaking and painting, plaster and sand casting, sculpture and conceptual construction, drawing and sensory workshops. The lead artists have worked with them in a collaborative and highly experimental way, supporting the individual to find their own expressive creative voice where a common question asked has been ‘what happens if….?’ The studio has achieved a very high standard in a short time as our ambitions were considerable. This has been a successful test as an experimental laboratory where people have been deeply challenged in a safe and fun place where all ideas are welcome. More

BROOK PUMPThe Old Brook Pumping Station in Solomons Road, Chatham has been completely refurbished.

The station has undergone extensive structural repairs, after a structural survery reveals subsidence was causing the front porch to lean forward and large cracks to appear in the walls. The survey revealed the combination of inadequate foundations and poor soil was the cause. The front porch has now been underpinned. Work during the six-year project included temporary support for the building, new foundations with reinforced concrete, plus replacement doors and ceiling, new signage, landscaping and decorative mouldings. More

Customers love their local libraries – it’s official. Medway Libraries and Archives has been awarded the Customer Service Excellence Award for the second time in two years. The survey was carried out by G4S Assessment Services (UK). The library service received wonderful feedback for its high standard of customer satisfaction. More

Photo Credit & Copyright Simon Kelsey

Photo Credit & Copyright Simon Kelsey

Where can you build sandcastles, see knights do battle, attend a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and meet St George and his dragon, all in one day?

Thousands of visitors are expected to go along and do just that at this year’s English Festival, which takes place on Saturday 20 April at Riverside Country Park, Gillingham. Held annually on the closest Saturday to St George’s Day, the free family day out celebrates the iconic and ironic traditions of England. More

A Chatham man must part with almost £1,900 after he ignored council correspondence relating to flytipping containing suspected marijuana.
Steven Duggan of McKenzie Road failed to comply with a notice from Medway Council asking who had flytipped rubbish in Stoney Lane, Rochester, in which his details were found.
Insulation material, cardboard and full black bin liners were among the items dumped, as well as plant by-products believed to be marijuana. The matter was reported to Medway Council on 25 September last year. Despite numerous attempts to reach Duggan, including enforcement officers visiting his home and letters inviting him to recorded interviews, no response was received.

A notice pursuant to section 108 of the Environment Act 1995 was issued and delivered to his address on 3 December with a questionnaire to be returned to Medway Council within 10 days, but again this was ignored. The case was heard in his absence at Medway Magistrates’ Court on 2 April. For failing to comply with a notice he was fined £1,500 and must pay costs of £279.75 as well as a victim surcharge of £120. A council tax check confirmed that Duggan had lived at the address found on paperwork within the rubbish pile for the past 16 months. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact, Cllr Mike O’Brien, said: “ We have a zero tolerance policy particularly against flytipping, it is unacceptable and anyone caught will be prosecuted.

“In this case we do not know who carried out the flytipping but Mr Duggan should have cooperated with the council to help catch the culprit.”

Nurses at Medway Community Healthcare are celebrating being short listed for the Nursing Times Awards for Student Placement of the Year (Community).

In the last year, over 218 nurses have undertaken a placement with Medway Community Healthcare across a range of services including *specialist nursing, palliative care and community nursing in clinics, hospitals and people’s homes across Medway. More

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