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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

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Bulgarian folk singing, seasonal Morris dancing, storytelling and street dancing are just some of the activities taking place at Rochester Community Hub to celebrate the festive season.
Join Medway Libraries on Saturday, 15 December from 1pm to 4pm to celebrate Christmas and Midwinter customs with an afternoon of stories, poetry, song, dance and traditional craft activities for children.
There will be an exhibition of cultural artefacts and Christmas theme refreshments are included.
Places are free, but booking is essential. Please confirm any access or dietary requirements when booking.
For more details Click HERE

There’s plenty of festive fun to be had in Medway in the coming weeks. Children’s Centres will be hosting a number of events for families in the build up to Christmas.
A Christmas charity walk will be held by Brompton Children’s Centre in Gillingham on Monday, 17 December from 1pm to 3.30pm. The walk will be followed by coffee and mince pies and all money raised will go to Help for Heroes and FSID. For more information call 01634 844152. More

St Helen’s Church Christmas Tree Festival, Open Mondays to Saturdays from December 1st
until December 22nd 2012 11 a.m til 4 p.m

There are craft activities for the children and a mince pie and cup of tea so enjoy the space to rest, and come along and see over 60 Christmas trees decorated by the local community.

There is also a sealed auction of art work in aid of Friends of Chernobyl’s Children (Medway)

(excluding Saturday 15th and Thursday 20th December)

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As the first door is opened on the advent calendar this weekend, Rochester’s streets will come alive with all the excitement and bustle of a Victorian Christmas.
Traditional entertainment, song and dance will be on offer at Rochester’s Dickensian Christmas festival from Saturday 1 to Sunday, 2 December, against the backdrop of the town’s unique mix of specialist shops, galleries and cafes. And there’ll be even more reason for festive cheer this year, as Medway’s celebrates the 200th anniversary of the great writer’s birth. More

Christmas spirit will fill the air as one of Medway’s most iconic settings will come alive with the sound of festive carols next month.

More than 1,000 children will descend upon Rochester Cathedral for a series of carol concerts as part of the Medway Music Association’s (MMA) annual festive musical event.

Now in it’s 70th year, the concerts will see around 1200 pupils from over 30 Medway primary schools perform at the cathedral on Monday 3, Tuesday 4 and Wednesday, 5 December. On the song sheet will be a host of traditional carols, from Once In Royal David’s City to O Come All Ye Faithful, performed to an invited audience of parents and guests. Each day the children will spend the morning warming up their best singing voices before the performances begin at 2pm. More

Estate view of Penshurst Place frosty morning (c) Tim Jordan

Father Christmas makes an early delivery to Penshurst Place –weekends in December
Saturday & Sunday 1st & 2nd , 8th & 9th , 15th & 16th , 22nd & 23rd December 2012
10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Step through the garden gates into Father Christmas’s magical grotto. Tickets £5 and no booking required. Should snow descend, on the weekends do ring 01892 871256 to confirm Father Christmas has arrived safely (last year his reindeer got him there every day!).

Christmas shopping at Penshurst Place & Gardens
Christmas Shop from 4 November – 24th December 10.30am-4.30pm
Gifts for all members of the family with local Kentish and Sussex produce hampers, Christmas trees and estate grown mistletoe. Parking is free with complimentary coffee and mince pie. Free entrance. Located next to the hard stand coach parking and visitor entrance.

Late night shopping
Wednesdays: 21st & 30th November and 5th, 12th & 19th December until 8pm.
Do some peaceful shopping in our Gift Shop, with 10% off all purchases made on late night evenings (excluding tickets, stamps and vouchers). Free parking and refreshments

Christmas Farmers’ Market at Penshurst Place
Saturday 1st December 9.30am-12 noon.
Penshurst Place car park – outside the visitor entrance.

Santa arrived in super style at Chartwell last weekend as he was chauffeur-driven in a beautiful green Morgan sports car. More

There’s less than two weeks of shopping time left until Christmas, and whether you’re still on the look out for gifts or stocking up on Christmas supplies, why not pop along to one of Medway’s markets. More

Refuse and recycling collections will take place a day later during the Christmas and New Year period due to the bank holidays on Monday 26 December, Tuesday 27 December and 2 January. More

Free parking will be on offer at Medway’s public car parks in the busy run up to Christmas. More

Snowy the Fox – star of The Brook Theatre’s children’s Christmas show The Christmas Adventures of Snowy the Fox – will be switching on the Christmas lights at All Saints Children’s Centre, Chatham at 11.30am on Friday, 2 December. More

Visitors will be offered the chance to start their Christmas shopping at The Wisdom Hospice in November. The Friends of The Wisdom Hospice are holding their annual Christmas Fair at the Hospice in High Bank, Rochester on Saturday 26th November from 10am until 2pm. There will be over 20 stalls selling a wide range of goods including jewellery, handbags, candles, soaps and cakes. The Friends’ range of Christmas cards and goods will also be on sale and there will be plenty of games to try.

Santa will be making time in his busy schedule to visit between 11am and 1pm to listen to children’s Christmas wishes and to hand out gifts. Refreshments will also be available including soup and ploughman’s lunches. Admission is 50p for adults. Children go free.

The Wisdom Hospice is the only adult hospice serving the Medway and Swale area, providing specialist palliative care to patients with life limiting conditions. The Friends of the Wisdom Hospice support this work through an annual grant to Medway Community Healthcare. The grant for the current year is £560,000. In addition the Friends make grants to Crossroads and the Marie Curie Nursing Service to provide extra support to patients and their families in their own homes.

Emma Dengate, Fundraising Co-ordinator for The Friends of The Wisdom Hospice, said “This fair will have something for everyone. This is a great day out for the whole family and you are sure to pick up a Christmas bargain or two!” Further information available from: Emma Dengate – 01634 831163

MAIDSTONE Saturday 10th December 7.30 pm at the Mote Hall. Rutter’s Magnificat, and Christmas carols for choir and audience. With Maidstone Choral Union, Brunswick House School Choir, Mandy Ellen School of Dance For tickets (7-15) phone 01622 726193

Traditional Christmas Fayre is being served in two unique historic venues at The Historic Dockyard Chatham this festive season More

Come to St Mary’s Island Primary School Christmas Fair Saturday the 26th November 1-4pm. Lots of fun things to do for all the family including:- Have your photo taken with Father Christmas (and get a gift of course!) Get your finger prints mounted in a key ring by a real Policeman! Tombola, raffle and lots of other games to play. Craft stalls, decorating your own Christmas hat and biscuits. Refreshments will be on sale. We would love to see you. Everyone is welcome!

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