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billyelliotA schoolgirl from Gad’s Hill School, Higham has got her first taste of stardom after landing a role in a hit an internationally award-winning West End musical.

Thirteen year-old Zara Gilhooly started performing in smash-hit Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre this month as a ballet girl, alongside the central character of Billy in Mrs Wilkinson’s ballet class. Mrs Wilkinson’s ballet girls feature throughout the show as the children’s ensemble, accompanying Billy on his dancing journey.

Zara, from Meopham, said she was “absolutely loving every minute” of the experience.

The talent dancer has been performing from the age of three, joining her current dance school, the Robyn Academy, Gravensend at the age of 10, winning a number of competitions including the prestigious ‘Most Promising Dancer’ trophy at the Beckenham amateur dance festival.

“It was so nerve-wracking waiting to hear if I had got the part,” Zara said.

“I really love dancing and performing and this is just such a good opportunity – I’ve never before performed in the West End and I’d love to make it my career when I leave school.”

When asked what her school friends thought of Zara’s star turn she said: “They think it’s cool and I hope a lot come to see me in it.”

Zara’s Headmaster, Mr David Craggs said: “If Zara doesn’t land a performing arts career, I would be very surprised. It is obvious that Zara has talent. We’re all really proud of her for winning the part in a top London musical. The future looks very bright for Zara.”

Based on the Oscar nominated film, Billy Elliot the Musical is an inspirational story of one boy’s dream to realise his ambitions against the odds. Set in the North East of England against the background of the historic 1984/85 miners’ strike, Billy pursues his passion for dance in secret to avoid disapproval of his struggling family.

Multi award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical had its world premiere at the Victoria Palace Theatre on 31 March 2005 and has now been seen by over 9.5 million people worldwide.

Billy Elliot the Musical features music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, is directed by Stephen Daldry with choreography by Peter Darling. The production features scenic design by Ian MacNeil, the associate director is Julian Webber, costume design is by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch.

LISTINGS INFORMATION BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL

Booking until: Currently booking until 16 May 2015
Theatre: Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5EA
Box Office: 0844 248 5000
Tickets: £20.70 – £68.70 (to include a £1.20 theatre restoration levy)
Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm
Website: www.billyelliotthemusical.com

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The Easter holiday Pantomime, Alice in Wonderland, is at The Woodville starring the legendary Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee as well as Steve Hewlett, the ventriloquist who shot to fame with his puppet versions of Sinita and Simon Cowell on ITV1′s Britain’s Got Talent.

Alice in wonderland is a great Easter treat with a live band, comedy, mind blowing magic and a west end calibre cast, including Ant Payne and Robert Pearce.

The pantomime show dates are Friday 4 April, Saturday 5 April and Sunday 6 April.

There is also more family fun at The Woodville with the Old MacDonald Had A Farm show. This fun filled farmyard tale with action, puppetry and animation brings to life all the best loved characters from the original nursery rhyme along with a medley of games, giggles and singalong songs. Show dates are Friday 28 March and Saturday 29 March.

For more information and to book tickets go to http://www.woodville.co.uk or cdll box offices on 01464 337774

pancakes article On Tuesday 4 March the second Annual Pancake Races will be held on New Road, Gravesend. Local businesses will be racing against each other whilst flipping their pancakes. Races start at 12.15pm.

Last year’s winner was Lizzie from the Kent messenger. A council spokesperson said: “Last year was flipping crazy, there was a great buzz in the town with shrieks of laughter as the businesses raced against each other. We are looking forward to crowning a new champion this year.”

An-evening-Paul-Greengrasss Oscar-nominated and BAFTA Best Director winner Paul Greengrass is coming to Gravesend.

One of Gravesend’s most famous sons returns to the borough in March to The Woodville’s cinema which is named in his honour.

Paul Greengrass was born in Surrey but his family moved to Gravesend where he attended Westcourt school and then Gravesend Grammar School for Boys.

He will be on-stage for a question and answer session about his career as a prelude to a special screening of his latest movie Captain Phillips which is in the running for a string of awards across the globe including six Academy Awards nominations.

Paul, 58, is also known for directing the first two of the Bourne trilogy and United 93.

He will be at the Paul Greengrass Cinema on 25 March at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 for the unique opportunity to see and hear this extraordinary journalist and filmmaker.

To book tickets go to http://www.woodville.co.uk or call 01474 337774

commonwealthFor the first time ever, local authorities and civic dignitaries, community groups and charities throughout the British Isles are taking part in local flag raising events and ceremonies of dedication to mark Commonwealth Day.

This new, unique initiative, which has caught the imagination of thousands of participants, enables people in their local communities to become involved and join with others nationwide in associating themselves with widespread public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, appreciation of the values it stands for, and the opportunities offered to its citizens around the world.

A specially written Commonwealth Affirmation will be read out at each ceremony before the raising of the Commonwealth flag at 10am on Monday 10th March 2014, led by either the Lord Lieutenant, Member of Parliament, Lord Mayor, Lord Provost, Mayor, Leader, Chairman, or nominated representative of each participating local authority or administration.

Charity teams will mark the day by taking Commonwealth Flags to the top of the UK’s four highest National Peaks and use the occasion to raise funds for their worthy causes: Cancer Research UK – Scafell Pike, England; Help for Heroes – Ben Nevis, Scotland; Walking with the Wounded – Mount Snowdon, Wales; and Fields of Life – Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland.

Commonwealth Flags will also be flown at many locations of special significance including the four capital cities of the United Kingdom, Land’s End in Cornwall, the most westerly point in England; St. David’s in Pembrokeshire: the westernmost city in Wales; Carlisle in Cumbria: the northernmost city in England; Lowestoft in Suffolk: the easternmost town in England; and Unst in the Shetland Islands, the most northerly inhabited island in Scotland. Flags will also be raised at the Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula, and at the Halley VI Research Station on the Brunt Ice Shelf, as well as King Edward Point and Bird Island in South Georgia.

“This will be the largest, single, raising of the Commonwealth Flag in the history of the Commonwealth”, said Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster and originator of Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth. “The success of this year’s event bodes well for 2015 and the future”, said Peek, “as we extend the invitation to participate and involve all 53 countries of the Commonwealth and UK overseas territories, to make this the largest-ever annual occasion involving local communities throughout the worldwide Commonwealth family”.

I am also delighted that the Virdee Foundation, a well respected, world-wide charitable Foundation has accepted my invitation to join this project for the lifetime of the event, especially as I have always been convinced that this annual occasion will grow in size and stature over the next few years, providing a unique fund-raising opportunity for Commonwealth causes such as those outlined within the Virdee Foundations Memorandum and Articles of Association – the protection of women and children from abuse and the relief of abused women and children, a worthy cause close to my heart too.”

“The Virdee Foundation is delighted to be a part of this initiative, working closely alongside Bruno, to enable us through the ‘good will’ of those taking part, to assist us in donating charitable funds raised by those taking part, to the important cause outlined above, said Peter Virdee, Chairman of the Virdee Foundation.”

His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth said: “Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth is a most imaginative way for people in local communities – wherever they live, learn or work – to join together with others throughout the Commonwealth in a spirit of respect and understanding to celebrate the variety and unmatched diversity of our global family. I welcome and commend it.” “All our citizens, particularly the young, can express appreciation for the Commonwealth and the values for which it stands as set out in the Commonwealth Charter, and the rich opportunities it offers for mutual support towards more inclusive social and more equitable economic progress.”

Esri UK Interactive Map: “We are exceptionally proud to support the ‘Fly a Flag’ for Commonwealth initiative and, to help raise awareness of the day, we have built an interactive map <a href="http://www.esriuk.com/flyaflagmap&quot;
target=”_blank”>www.esriuk.com/flyaflagmap that shows where the individual flag raising events are taking place, throughout the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man,” explained Dr Richard Waite, Managing Director of Esri UK. We strongly encourage all local authorities and others taking part to post the map on their website, so local citizens and the media can easily find details of their local event and become involved in what will be a most special day.”

Householders in Gravesham will get a new and easy way to increase recycling as part of a major reorganisation of refuse and recycling collections in the borough next summer. The proposals will be discussed by the council’s Cabinet on 7 October.

Under the preferred scheme food waste will be collected weekly in separate new food caddies along with residual waste in black sacks every week. Once a fortnight recycling will be collected in wheeled bins. This has been proved to increase recycling and reduce residual waste as well as limiting the mess caused by food waste. Read more

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© Man Vyi 2011 – Beating the Bounds at Oriel Oxford

Walkers of all ages are invited to join Gravesham’s Mayor, Councillor Derek Sales, as he carries on the ancient tradition of Beating the Bounds in the annual Boundary Walk over the weekend of 5 and 6 October 2013.

The borough perimeter is about 35 miles, with approximately six miles being the river Thames. On Saturday 5 October walkers cover nearly 18 miles, and on Sunday 6 October just over 11 miles. There are refreshment stops, mostly in pubs along the route. Sunday is a much easier walk than the Saturday, and you can, of course, join in for just part of the walk. Read More

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28 People that completed a Healthy Weight programme in June 2013, lost a collective 60kg and shaved 97cm of their waists.

The Gr@nd’s Healthy Weight team have been supporting adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 28 or above on a 12 Week programme .Participants learned about nutrition and tried a variety of exercise taster sessions, which has helped them to make little changes to lead a healthier lifestyle. Read More

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There will be open days at the Milton Chantry, Gravesham’s oldest building, on Friday 13 September and Saturday 14 September. Entry is free and all visitors will be offered a complimentary audio guide which brings the building alive through its informative commentary.
On Saturday there will be a display supplied by Medieval Days Living History. There will be opportunity to try on some medieval fashion items, have a go at casting an iron coin and try your hand at spinning wool.

Melanie Norris said “Taking part in national events such as this enforces the importance of preserving and promoting local heritage. Milton Chantry is such a wonderful building and offers visitors a real sense of the past”. The Chantry was founded in 1322 by Aymer de Valence the Earl of Pembroke although its origins date back to around 1189. During the Middle Ages, many wealthy people built Chantry Chapels and gave them land to generate income in order to maintain a priest to pray for the owner and his family. The Chantry was occupied by a number of priests appointed by the Bishop of Rochester until around 1524. Like many other chapels, Milton Chantry was dissolved into Crown hands as part of Henry VIII’s reformation

Milton Chantry is located within the Fort Gardens close to Gordon Promenade and easily walkable from the town centre. The nearest car park is Milton Place. Public toilet facilities are located on the Promenade next to the Café.

Open times
Friday 13 September 10.30am – 3.30pm
Saturday 14 September 12noon – 5pm
Please note that due to the age of the building, at present it is not accessible to wheelchair users.

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For the first time ever at any event, Salute to the ‘40s has three of the leading 1940’s female performers together on one stage. With two Main Stages, two dancehalls, dance workshops, street performers and music across the site the weekend at The Historic Dockyard is going to be full of entertaining vintage delight! Keep Calm and Carry On to Salute to the ‘40s on 21st and 22nd September at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Read 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

gravparkprom1 More than 10,000 people partied at the Prom last weekend with tribute acts, including Only One Direction, Cold Player and Counterfeit Quo.

Successful Asian music artist PBN (Panjabi By Nature), who had the crowd jumping with his hit single – Go Crazy, said “This was the first time that we have performed in Gravesham and I was blown away by the positive response. The crowds were amazing, I was delighted that I was able to showcase my music to a new audience. Festivals like this are a great way to promote the Brit-Asian culture to wider audiences, congratulations to Gravesham Borough Council and Cohesion Plus on a great event.”

gravparkpromAs a part of the Party On The Prom in the Fort Gardens was the 2013 Summer Queen Festival. Since 1948 there has been a crowning of a Summer Queen in Gravesham, this year’s Queen is Abigail Jewiss from Riverview Diamonds. Ladies in waiting Robyn Pullar and Megan Rielly accompanied the Summer Queen together with last year’s Queen Katie Hagen

Joe McElderryX-Factor winner, Joe McElderry will be making an exclusive performance at The Woodville, Gravesend on Friday 6 September 2013 from 7.30pm.

Joe, who also won ITV’s Pop Star to Opera Star in 2011, will wow fans by performing his hits including number one single ‘The Climb’.

For X-Factor and Joe McElderry fans, this magical night is one not to miss.

Tickets cost £25.25 each and can be purchased online by visiting http://www.woodville.co.uk, over the phone by calling 01474 33 77 74 or by visiting the box office in person.

CF Images 185One of the county’s biggest business events will be looking to the future when it takes over the Historic Dockyard in Chatham next week.

The Manufacturing and Engineering Expo 2013 is being held on Wednesday, 10 July with more than 60 firms and organisations taking part. It has been organised by Medway Council and Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce with the support of Best Business Events.

At the heart of the exhibition will be an apprenticeship zone with apprentices from many of Medway and Kent’s major firms showing off the skills they have learned as they begin their careers in engineering or manufacturing. More

Wednesday 17th July 2013:

Local History and Chips – an evening guided tour of Gravesend town centre with Christoph Bull and then onto the Reliance Fish Restaurant in Queen Street for an optional meal
Meet: 6pm outside Gravesend Library, Windmill Street – this tour will end in Queen Street at 7pm.

Cost: £3 per head for the tour, meal is optional and pay for what you would like at the Reliance Restaurant (Gravesend and Northfleet’s oldest surviving fish and chip restaurant).
No need to book, just turn up.

Information: Christoph Bull on 07702 287147

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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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

mrphoebusGravesend shoppers will be treated to the charming spectacle of a penny farthing in motion, ridden by the very dapper Mr Phoebus – dressed head to toe in Victorian finery at ‘Music & Motors – Festival of Transport’ in the town centre on Saturday 15 June.

With a bunch of balloons in hand and coattails trailing merry cheer, Mr Phoebus will delight you with the folly of bell-ringing and horn-hooting as he cycles by in elegant form on the saddle of a modern penny farthing bicycle, pedalling old-fashioned Victorian whimsy. More

Picture1 For more than 12 years this hugely popular and up-lifting show has been delighting audiences all over the United Kingdom with a wonderful mix of music and memories.

In a gloriously happy show, Terry Bradford & Sussie Arvesen take you on a joyous and unforgettable musical journey. A feast of non-stop nostalgia featuring over 65 songs that you know and love.

A terrific show for all the family which always receives a fantastic reaction – be sure not to miss it this year! You’ll be singing all the way home.

The brasserie at the Woodville will be serving authentic pie and mash on the day for £4.25, available to pre book or to takeaway. This has been provided by the Pie Shop Bexleyheath one of the few authentic pie and mash shops still open in the south east. Owner Tony Stanford has even served his Pie and Mash to none other than David Beckham, who’s photo is displayed in pride of place.

The Auditorium at The Woodville, Gravesend.
Thursday 6 June 2.30pm
Tickets £12.50 and £10.50
Box Office 01474 337774

Gravesend town centre has once again entered the regional South and South East in Bloom competition which sees town centres and villages battle it out each year.

The competition, sponsored by Southern Water, is part of the largest horticultural campaign in Europe. It encourages communities to create town centre floral features, permanent planting, wildflower meadows, planting for nature, fruit and vegetable, gardening and much more. More

Gravesham Borough Council has launched a new video magazine programme on its You Tube channel to complement its coverage of community events. The programme, called The Studio, went live this week.

The St George’s day coverage (a 30-minute “as live” video of the event) has already had around 2,000 views on You Tube and via Facebook.

The Studio is set in an imaginary penthouse on the top of the Civic Centre with commanding views over the River Thames and the Gurdwara rooftop. In reality it is “green-screened” using video and photographic techniques. There are also on-location interviews conducted by local entertainer Dan Snelgrove.

The May edition features items on the Heritage Quarter Regulatory Board vote, the £5m grant to improve recycling, an interview with the outgoing mayor Cllr Lyn Milner on her momentous Olympic and Jubilee year, an interview with Simon Annand the photographer of the Half exhibition in the Blake Gallery and a chat with Woodville manager Neil Chandler on the theatre’s 45th anniversary.

Neil reveals that some film showings in the Paul Greengrass Cinema will mark the anniversary by reverting to 1970s prices for tickets.

The new channel, which has links to its archive channel with older material, is at http://www.youtube.com/graveshamtv

Other new items there include the Pride in Gravesham awards, the scouts’ St George’s service and the opening of the new Petanque pistes at Istead Rise.

The council’s communications manager Graham Cole said: “This year we are concentrating on trying to make Connecting with the Community a reality in as many ways as we can. The advent of new smart phones and smart TVs has meant people can get information direct to their home and at pretty high quality.

“We are trying to use social media in interesting ways and the experiment with the new news magazine programme is just one of them. The big difference today is that these new channels don’t cost any money but attract relatively large audiences. The future will lead to production of local news and entertainment – sometimes with live streaming on the internet.

“It really is a case of watch this space.”

There will be a special flag-raising ceremony and service to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation on Sunday 2 June at 12.30pm on Gravesend’s Community Square.

The Mayor of Gravesham Cllr Derek Sales will lead the celebration and the service will be conducted by his chaplain Rev Canon Chris Stone, Rector of Gravesend. 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)

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

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

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

Gravesend Rotary Club’s target this year is to make ‘On Your Bike’ a thousand cycle day.

Riders are already signing up in their hundreds for Sunday, April 28, choosing one of three routes – 15, 30 and 45 miles — that extend out and back from Gravesend’s riverside and cater for families through to serious riders. More

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