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Work has started on upgrading a Medway park which has attracted £60,000 from a green projects fund.
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This follows a successful Medway Council bid for SITA Trust funding to enable the £150,000 project to begin at Broomhill Park, Strood.

A complete refurbishment of the infant play area will take place and a new sports wall will provide an opportunity for children to play sport and active group games.

Full resurfacing of 1km of paths and the car park also forms part of the project.
A human sun dial has been designed jointly with the Friends of Broomhill and will replace one painted on the site’s old gun emplacement five years ago.

The play area will have a natural theme with images of leaves embossed in the playground surfacing. Equipment will include swings, a climbing frame and a see-saw.
Installing the play area as well as resurfacing paths and the car park will take up to six weeks and the site car park will be closed during that time.
Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “This is an exciting scheme which will provide young children with a lovely place to play in a natural setting.
“It’s part of a long-term vision developed by our greenspaces team with the local community. We are very grateful for the significant contribution from SITA that has allowed this project to go ahead.”
Jools Granville of SITA Trust said: “We are pleased to provide this much- needed funding to such a good project. We’re very impressed with the amount of community buy in and look forward to seeing members of the public enjoying these new facilities.”

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kitesLook to the skies this month for Medway’s highest flying festival. Capstone Festival – Kites ’n’ Bikes takes place 11am to 4pm on Sunday, 22 September at Capstone Farm Country Park, Capstone Road, Gillingham.

The event is a celebration of natural power. Expect jaw dropping bike stunts by cycling display team MAD UK and acrobatic displays of aerial amazement, courtesy of some of the region’s leading kite clubs. Expect the unusual with The Ape Project showing off its collection of wacky bikes, trikes, scooters and cycles all of which defy convention plus tandem trike powered spin painting. Read More

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Medway Council tonight unveils its strategy for delivering a long-term sporting legacy for the people of Medway.

The launch of En Route to Rio: Delivering Medway’s Sporting Legacy 2013-2016 is being staged to coincide with Medway’s largest mass participation sporting event – the Medway Mile.

In addition, two new flagship events inspired by the success of the Medway Mile have also been announced. 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

Interested in a career in fitness? Medway Community Learning is holding an information day, where potential learners can meet the tutors, find out more about working in a gym and have a go at some exercise activities.

The information day is Wednesday, 17 July 10am to 2pm at Medway Park. Wear gym clothing and bring a water bottle. Places are limited so please call to book.

MCL is running gym instructing courses in August and September and a personal training course in September. To find out more about these courses or to book a place on this information day, phone 01634 338400.

Two intensive summer fitness courses will run during August.
Active IQ Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Level 2) runs from Monday, 5 August to Friday, 23 August from 9.30am to 4.30pm at Medway Park.
For more details or to sign up contact Dan Mace at dan.mace@medway.gov.uk or 01634 338412.
The course costs £523. Concessions apply. May be fully funded if you are a job-seeker.

Medway Park in Gillingham now has a new accessible toilet for people with profound and multiple disabilities and others with personal care needs.
In line with recommendations from the Changing Places campaign, led by disability charity Mencap, the new amenity includes a height-adjustable changing bench, a hoist system and space for a disabled person and up to two carers. More

Shane from Strood having fun at last year's English Festival: picture Simon Kelsey

Build sandcastles, dance to big band sounds and even rub shoulders with Shakespeare at Medway’s third annual English Festival, taking place on Saturday, 21 April at Riverside Country Park, Gillingham. More

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

Medway Council’s Children’s Mobile Library will be out and about in the community next/this month (August). More

The Princess Royal will officially open this year’s Modern Pentathlon European Championships. More

The Princess Royal will officially open Medway Park next month – on the first day of competition at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships. More

Keep fit and enjoy some fresh air at the same time on Capstone Park’s Trim Trail. More

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