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Two of this year’s Rochester Castle Concerts have now completely sold out, so anyone looking forward to going along to the other two should book without delay.

Tickets are sold out for legendary rockers Status Quo, who will kick off this year’s More

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If you go down to Higham memorial hall on 29th June between 12 and 4pm you will find a host of beauty treatments and Psychic readings to chose from. The entrance fee is £2 and all proceeds go to the Elenorlions Hospice.

Reposted from 06/24/13

courtfarmbutcheryCourt Farm Butchery have a fantastic reputation for meat and meat products, again they are holding an open taster evening on Friday 28th June 2013 @ 5.00pm. Try some of the products for yourself. Follow this link to find out more CLICK HERE

The Britannia Theatre will be hosting a wedding fair on Sunday 30th June from 11am to 3pm.

The Britannia Theatre can be found on Leviathan Way at the Chatham Dockside Complex, within Dickens World.

If you have been trying to contact our office during the last couple of days, we would like to apologise for how difficult that has been and the speed of our response.

Our Editor was the victim of a violent assault at the front door of his home at 3am on Monday morning after going downstairs to investigate a disturbance outside. He was hospitalised for several hours and has given statements to local Police officers. A man was arrested near the scene and eventually taken into custody, the police are continuing to investigate.

We will be catching up with any messages and emails over the course of the next 24hrs, again please accept our apologies for the delays this incident has caused.

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It’s party time on the prom again. Saturday 20 July from 1.30pm the music starts and goes on until 8pm. This year the huge free concert’s theme is Rocking All Over The World. More

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Swashbuckling Summer School Holiday Family Fun returns to The Historic Dockyard!

From 27th July until 1st September, it is fun ahoy at The Historic Dockyard Chatham as the popular pirate extravaganza returns. This year, in conjunction with the exhibition Exploring Antarctica: The Final Expeditions of Scott and Shackleton – it takes on an exploration theme! More

Celebrating 25 Years of Fostering and the Launch of New Offices in Chatham

At our snug little office here at PT we are cocooned from some of the harsh realities that face many others in the world. The sun shines through the windows and nice people call us up to sell their sofa or advertise their skills as a fully apprenticed treacle sculptor.

new 320But even in and around some of the quiet rural and urban roads and cul-de-sacs that we take for granted, there are children facing some real challenges in their young lives. We attended the opening of the new office of Next Step Fostering in Chatham and discovered a large number of people there ready and waiting to do all they could to remove this type of burden from young shoulders. Read More

Medway Music Society

Congratulations to this year’s President of the Medway Music Society, Jack McDonnell, who recently won a music prize.

The ceremony, which took place in the University’s Colyer-Fergusson music building on the Canterbury campus, takes place each year to recognise contributions from outstanding students towards the musical life of the University. This year, final-year Music Technology student Jack won the University Music Awards Committe Prize in recognition of his tireless work in promoting music and society activities on the Medway campus.

It’s been a great year for music at Medway, and with the new Executive committee in place, the weather looks set fair for more musical endeavours next year! We’ll be chatting with the new Medway Music Society President, Garrick Wareham, later in the week: stay tuned…

Read the story in full here.

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Hundreds of runners have signed up for a new charity 10km race as part of the Medway Festival of Sport. The Medway 10km in aid of Cerebral Palsy Care Kent takes place on Sunday, 23 June in Gillingham. And it’s not too late to get your entry in. More

Lingfield golf & race day 001Grand National winner Bob Champion, MBE, was the special guest at a charity golf and race day which raised more than £6,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

The former jump jockey, who rode Aldaniti to victory in 1981, was the charity’s celebrity tipster at the flat racing event at Lingfield Park in Surrey on Tuesday (June 11th)

Bob also presented awards to the golf teams including Air Ambulance crew members who were the overall winners of the competition on the 18-hole championship course.

He said: “Being in racing, I know how much the Air Ambulance has helped an awful lot of jockeys.

“That’s just on the jockey side but there are a lot of people who ride horses and motorbikes, and car drivers, and the helicopter always picks them up. More

On June 8 2013, eight year old Lauren Richardson, accompanied by her dad Kevin, will attempt to kayak 225 miles down the River Thames for charity. The thirteen day event will see them negotiate 45 locks and travel up to 27 miles a day from the source of the Thames to the sea.
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The pair will start on the Saturday with a walk from Thames head to Cricklade, from there on, it’s by kayak all the way to the Thames estuary with an eight mile detour up the River Medway to finish in the village of Upnor on Friday June 21st. Read More

James Taylor Hi-ResThe James Taylor Quartet will perform the coolest sounds in funky acid jazz at Rochester Cathedral on Saturday, 22 June. As part of Medway’s Festival of Music the quartet will showcase their latest album ‘Closer To The Moon’ – which brings together the worlds of jazz and classical music. The performance starts at 8pm. Tickets cost £10 and are available from http://www.medwayticketslive.co.uk or 01634 338338

“A powerhouse gig…A top night from a class act!” Blues & Soul Online, 2013

A shopkeeper was caught allegedly hiding illegal tobacco in Special K cereal boxes, during a sweep by Medway Trading Standards and Kent Police. Three retailers were found with suspected illicit cigarettes hidden in their stores during the raids using sniffer dogs – including in specially installed secret compartments. Read More

A new committee that will play a major role in ensuring Medway residents have the access to the best possible health and social care will meet for the first time on Tuesday (18/6) afternoon.

Nationally Health and Wellbeing boards have been established in all County Councils and Unitary Authorities. Read More

There can be very few people that think an airport anywhere on the Peninsula is a fantastic idea. If you would like to see why this area doesn’t need an airport and to get to appreciate some of the beauty that surrounds us, most often within walking distance of our homes, click the link below. It will take you to a Council publication that shows some circular walks on the Hoo Peninsula, some are good just for the view others will have you walking through history that in some cases goes back several thousand years. It may only be some coppiced woodland or the very path that you are walking on but many of us believe it should stay that way.

CLICK HERE

Our WordPress, Twitter and Facebook pages have seen a lot of new followers and articles collecting “likes” during this last week and we would just like to say thank you to all of you. If you have found something of interest to you that is gratifying indeed and we hope you continue to do so. If we haven’t returned the compliment we will be doing so during the coming days.

It is very much appreciated and again our sincere thanks to each of you.

Artistic portrait with textured background, bearded man with VenGB Theatre Company will be returning to Arundel Castle from 22-24 August for three enchanted evenings of outdoor Shakespearean performances as part of the Arundel Festival.

Hosted in the unique setting of the Castle’s immaculate Collector Earl’s Garden, GB Theatre Company will be performing two of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies against a floodlit castle backdrop.

This year’s audiences can enjoy alfresco performances of The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a particularly apt setting, as Castle Manager Bryan McDonald explains: More

Get your tickets for the Kent County Show

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Statement on visit to Medway by the Aviation Commission

Sir Howard Davies and the Aviation Commission today carried out a fact-finding visit to Medway as part of its investigation into how the UK can maintain its leading global airport hub status.

Please find below a statement from Medway Council:

Cllr Alan Jarrett, Deputy Leader of Medway Council, said: “We are very pleased that Sir Howard Davies and members of the government’s Aviation Commission travelled to Medway today as it gave us an opportunity to tell them why building a huge hub airport here would be a complete non-starter.

“The Commission are on a series of fact-finding trips to look at all possible ways the Government could bring about a rapid increase in aviation capacity for the UK. “Medway Council, Kent County Council, Southend-on-sea Borough Council, the RSPB, the National Grid, LNG, Friends of North Kent Marshes and others made representations to the Commission that they do not believe the Thames Estuary is the answer.

“Building a huge hub airport from scratch would take at least 25 years to build. This is too late to stop the UK’s continued slide against its other competitors, as if something is not done now airlines will simply move to take up additional capacity already available abroad.

“It would also lead to the closure of Heathrow, which would devastate the economy to the west of London, and could lead to many multinational companies with European headquarters there simply moving abroad.

“The airport would also affect the lives of around 23,000 people and lead to the destruction of nine villages on the Hoo Peninsula. And – in order to house the around 100,000 workforce needed to service a new airport – we would need to build a new town the size of Manchester to accommodate them.

“In short, we stated that a new airport – which would devastate a globally scientifically important area used by more than 300,000 migrating birds – would have a price tag of up to £80billion and that this is simply too much for the country to pay.

“Our solution is to make better use of existing airports, including here in Kent at Manston and Lydd, with better rail links to improve connectivity to places such as Stansted and Gatwick.”

Please find at the foot of this email press release a link to a document showing a digest of the main points Medway Council put forward detailing why it believes an airport should not be built on or near the Thames Estuary.

For more information on the make up of the government’s Aviation Commission and its work please go to http://www.gov.uk/government/news/airports-commission-membership

Click HERE to see a two page briefing to the airports commision

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Calling all budding detectives to take part in some interactive theatre in Grain Village

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The Russian Artists return to the Galleries for our Summer Exhibition. From sensitive and enigmatic to iconically quirky, the excitingly diverse range of paintings lift the soul and excite the senses.

The Artists of Russia exhibition runs from 21st June to 3rd August 2013. Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm with a special Sunday opening on 23rd June 11am to 4pm
104 High Street, Rochester ME1 1LX 01634 843081

A New band have just been added to the line-up of FREE entertainment in Gravesend on Saturday 15 June at the Music & Motors Festival of Transport.

Defunk’d are a high-energy funk-rock band from the University of Kent, where all of the band members are studying Music Technology. With a wide range of covers, each of which has been given a unique twist, and a growing number of originals, Defunk’d have found themselves extremely busy over the past few months. More

Free bike rides will be available this weekend in celebration of National Bike Week (15 – 23 June).

A Better Medway health improvement team is aiming to get Medway cyclists on their bikes across Medway with free, guided rides for adults available in Rainham, Cliffe Woods, Lordswood and Hoo. More

Places are limited for two special guest lectures running alongside the exhibition “Exploring Antarctica: The Final Expeditions of Scott & Shackleton”, showing in No. 1 Smithery: The Gallery at The Historic Dockyard Chatham until 30th August. Read More

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