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Part of Chatham High Street will shortly be closed to traffic and pedestrians as a safety precaution, following the collapse of part of the old bank chambers building, next to the Theatre Royal, last night.

The road will be closed from the Rendezvous Chinese Restaurant to Manor Road this afternoon (Friday 14 February), and could remain closed for several days. Please re-post or re-tweet if you can!

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The Corps of the Royal Engineers will exercise their right to parade through historic Rochester this month to remember sappers who have lost their lives in conflicts around the world.

The short march, which follows a service at Rochester Cathedral, starts just after 12.30pm on Sunday, 15 September at the Guildhall end of the High Street. The parade will pass the war memorial before continuing on to Blue Boar Lane. The parade has become an annual tradition with the Corps of the Royal Engineers using the right to march through the High Street bestowed on them after being granted honorary freedom of the borough.

For more on events taking place in Medway this autumn visit http://www.enjoymedway.co.uk

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

A community project is set to transform part of Chatham town centre into a work of art.
Artists are being invited by Medway Council to submit ideas for a colourful mural that will cover a stretch of wall next door to the High Street Homestyle store. The deadline for applications passes on Tuesday, 7 May with work set to start in July.
The project has a working title of ‘Chatham, past, present and future’ with the winning artist working closely with community groups and local schools to complete the work. The site is owned by Emmaus Church based in nearby Clover Street.

It is one of a number of initiatives the council is undertaking to support Medway’s High Streets, not least providing some of the cheapest car parking charges in Kent.
Plans to develop new shops and housing at Chatham Waterfront, ongoing environmental improvements and the transformation of buildings at Sun Pier into a new hub for creative businesses – will further help to regenerate the area.

Festivals like Fuse and the River Festival, back on Saturday, 6 July for its second year, have helped to give more reasons to visit what remains Medway’s biggest shopping destination.

Robin Cooper, Medway Council’s Director of Regeneration, Community and Culture said: “This project will transform the appearance of this part of the High Street for shoppers and visitors alike and produce a work that the whole community can be proud of.

“The artist chosen to create this mural will be expected to involve local groups and schools from the start, including students from the Bishop of Rochester Academy, St John Fisher Catholic School, the Emmaus Church and Medway’s Older People’s Partnership
“That will include everything from workshops discussing the initial concepts to producing the final work.”

The commission is part of the council’s Developing Neighbourhoods Approach (DNA) project, part funded through the European Regional Development fund.

The Medway Community Safety Partnership will be providing free dog micro chipping at its up coming community engagement events.

Throughout April residents will have the opportunity to go along to the events to have their dogs chipped for free, pick up personal safety gadgets and speak to representatives from Medway Council, Kent Police and Kent Fire and Rescue Service. More

Works to mark the first phase of development at Rochester Riverside have begun. More

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