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hay wainThe life and times of two of Britain’s most famous artists will be revealed in a talk at Chatham Library, Chatham Community Hub next week. (Sept 5)

‘The Essential English Landscape’ highlights the importance of Turner and Constable in the history of the country’s art.

Martin Heard is one of Kent’s most popular speakers on art and brings to life the role of both painters.

J.M.W (John Mallord William) Turner went to the Royal Academy at the age of 14 and held his first exhibition there at the age of 15. He quickly became one of England’s foremost Romantic artists and almost single handedly established the country’s reputation for landscape and maritime art . He is known throughout the world for his links to Kent and for the influence the county had on his art.

John Constable was a contemporary and rival of Turner’s but during his lifetime did not achieve the same popularity in England, although his work was much in demand in France. However after his death his landcapes achieved wider acclaim at home.

The talk takes place at Chatham Library, Chatham Community Hub on Thursday September 5th at 7.30pm. Entry is free but booking is essential. Places can be reserved by ringing 01634 337799

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Medway Council has pledged to continue the very important improvements it is bringing in to its services that look after children in care. The council has vowed to do this after Ofsted inspectors graded Medway’s Looked After Children Services as inadequate. Read More

SONY DSCChatham Historic Dockyard Trust has been awarded the prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education for the second time in less than ten years.

The Sandford Award is an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across the British Isles, focussing on formal, curriculum-linked education opportunities offered to schools by heritage sites. More

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Whoops of joy filled the school hall at St John Fisher Catholic School today (Thursday, 22 August), as students ripped open their GCSE exam results. Around 3,000 students received their GCSE results at schools across Medway earlier today. Read More

Aldo_ZilliThe nation’s favourite cookery show is coming to Medway. Ready Steady Cook Live is coming to The Central Theatre, Chatham on Tuesday, 26 November at 7.30pm.

Chefs taking part in the Medway show are Aldo Zilli – award-winning chef specialising in Italian and seafood dishes, and patron of a number of cafes, bars and restaurants – and Richard Phillips – who runs a number of restaurants in Kent.

Russell Grant will host the show, which will feature a live cook-off in the red and green kitchens, audiences will be asked to vote red tomato or green pepper for their favourite dish at the end of the timed challenge.

The stage version will also feature the famous quickie bag challenge while members of the audience will have opportunity to ask the chefs for cooking tips and get insider gossip on making the TV series.

The perfect show for food lovers, tickets are now on sale priced at £25 from http://www.medwayticketslive.co.uk or the box office on 01634 338338.

A number of road closures are scheduled for September to allow for essential repair works to be carried out. Read More

Jubilee walk at Penshurst Place summer 2011c Maryann Webster

Jubilee walk at Penshurst Place summer 2011c Maryann Webster

Penshurst Place and Gardens today launches a newly published guide book. Written in part by Lord and Lady De L’Isle, whose family home is Penshurst Place, the guide gives visitors a unique and personal insight into the magnificent house dating back to 1341, and contains details of the architecture, contents, toy museum and glorious historic gardens. More

An open day to discover what exciting courses are available for adult learners takes place next month. More

imagine theatreYoungsters from Gravesend and nearby areas who have that extra special star quality are being encouraged to come along to the The Woodville and audition for the Christmas pantomime! More

John Getley with wife Katrina Getley and granddaughter Olivia aged 13Local man John Getley who has recently recovered from a stroke is encouraging other stoke survivors to attend a new support group which meets for the first time in Medway in September. More

Woodville Theatre for Youth created their very own make believe chocolate factory at the Woodville last week.

The 23 young people, most of whom had never met, were given a short script and tasked to come up with ideas on how to condense Charlie and the chocolate factory into a 20 minute performance, where everyone in the group could be involved. More

A private childcare nursery in Rochester has been rated as outstanding in all areas by Ofsted.
Little Explorers Nursery received the grading after a visit by inspectors in May 2013. Ofsted rated it as outstanding against all criteria: how well the early years provision meets the needs of the range of children that attend; its contribution to the well-being of children; and the effectiveness of the leadership and management. More

GPs are appealing for Medway residents to take some precautionary measures in case they fall ill over the bank holiday weekend.

Summer months are a busy time for the NHS, with soaring temperatures leading to increased numbers of patients suffering heat exhaustion, sunburn and allergic reactions from insect bites. More

Image credit Eleanor Sopwith

Image credit Eleanor Sopwith

Arundel Castle in West Sussex will be hosting an interactive Multi-Period Event across the Bank Holiday Weekend from 24-26 August. Set on the Lower Lawns at Arundel Castle, the three day event will provide Castle visitors with a unique journey through the history of the Castle. More

Dockyard (354) RedCross Girl in BlueChatham Historic Dockyard Trust is excited to announce a record year for Vintage Fashion enthusiasts at this year’s Salute to the ‘40s event on 21st and 22nd September at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. A record number of re-enactors and the best in 1940s’ traders, to help you get a truly authentic look, are booked to attend. Come and join them! More

With students across Medway today opening up their envelopes and eagerly finding out the results they achieved in their A level exams, Medway Council issued the following statement More

On Thursday 22nd August, 7pm, Mrs Lauren Jones the Collections Care Officer at the Royal Engineers Museum will be giving an evening talk filled with tips and techniques for how to look after your collections and mementos at home.

The evening will provide a general overview on how to look after personal collections including how to look after textiles, archival (paper) material, medals and metals.
Booking is advisable and there is an entry fee of £6 per person.

There will be time after the session to meet Mrs Jones to discuss your own concerns to please feel free to bring along your items for discussion on the night (no weapons please!).
For bookings or for more information please call 01634 822261 (please leave a message if you cannot get through) or email deputycurator@re-museum.co.uk

Low paid council employees in Gravesham are to receive the living wage rather than the minimum wage.

The council has reached an agreement with the Unison trades union to enhance 25 permanent positions’ pay packets to ensure their wages rise to at least the £7.45 per hour living wage. The deal will be backdated to 1 April this year. More

Life-saving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has launched a new lottery draw to help fund the cost of night flying.

It currently costs £5million per year to keep the service airborne but this figure will soon rise to £6million. More

Careers advisers from the Exam Results Helpline will be on-hand from 8am on Thursday 15 August (A level results day) to provide valuable careers information and advice to students (and their parents) across the UK who receive higher or lower A level results than expected, and more importantly who don’t know what to do next. More

Medway Trading Standards are urging residents to draw up a list of traders they might need in a home emergency situation well before disaster strikes.

Posing as a consumer with a home emergency, the Medway Council team are conducting weekly online checks of more than 400 web links of nine types of home emergency trades from blocked drains to locksmiths.

Their websites are checked to see if response times have been exaggerated and if traders claiming to be local are genuinely based in the Medway area.

But despite searching for local traders officers found that only around 16 per cent were actually based in the Medway area with some being as far away as North Wales.

Several traders are also subject to further investigation for falsely advertising they were members of trade associations that they do not belong to including gas and electrical safety schemes. More

deaf A dedicated British Sign Language (BSL) student from Ramsgate ‘with a heart of gold’ has been recognised with a prestigious award, and shortlisted for a national accolade.

Elizabeth Mincer, who studies at John Townsend Trust in Margate, was awarded South East Learner of the Year, and shortlisted for national Learner of the Year in the 2013 Signature Annual Awards. More

edna – energise dance nourish art is a distinctive dance, arts, health and well being project especially designed for older adults aged 55+ years. It will pilot a creative dance/movement, arts and science research based activity that will happen in two community settings in Medway and Gravesham. More

ww1pincushRoyal Engineers Museum: Meet the Experts Event Tuesday 13th August 10am – 4pm

On Tuesday 13th August, 10am – 4pm the Royal Engineers Museum will be opening their doors for ‘Meet the Experts’. The Museum curators and experts from the National Army Museum and Orders of Medals Research Society will be on hand on Tuesday 13th to help visitors identify their items, discuss them and provide tips on caring for the objects. More

A free 30-minute health check could change your life – that’s the message from Medway Council’s Public Health Team, which is promoting the NHS Health Check programme in Medway. More

Three of Medway’s Sure Start centres have been praised highly by Ofsted in their first ever inspections and a Medway day care nursery has been recognised as outstanding.
Bligh Sure Start Children’s Centre in Strood has been rated as outstanding – the first in the country to be awarded this grade since Ofsted introduced a new, significantly tougher inspection regime in May 2013. Its day care centre also received its second successive outstanding rating. More

Festival of Wildlife 2013 – Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th August, 10am – 4pm

This free family event, now in its 6th year, is the only annual event in Kent to celebrate the wonderful world of wildlife. Organised by Kent Wildlife Trust and centred in and around a splendid woodland and lakeside setting – the packed programme features bug hunting, guided walks and angling demonstrations. The ‘Best of Kent’ stalls will offer all manner of arts and crafts and tasty locally-sourced food products. More

sportactivExciting interactive play system SportACTIV was officially opened on 6 August in Ryetop Park, Rainham. The play equipment – the first to be installed in Kent – aims to help children and young people be more active. More than 25 children turned up at the park in Beacon Close, Rainham to try their hand at the games. More

mural 2For the past fortnight dozens of volunteers have been hard at work transforming part of Chatham town centre into a work of art – with the finished work set to be revealed this weekend. More

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