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This year’s Medway River Festival will be awash with exciting displays and activities for all the family.

The free event takes place this Saturday, 6 July and celebrates Medway’s maritime heritage, with sailing vessels of every kind joining together for river displays and races. On land there will be exhibitions and talks, food stalls, live music and nautical themed performances throughout the day.

Among the groups taking part this year will be Medway Yacht Club, Medway Towns Rowing Club, Flying Fish Hovercraft, The Royal Yachting Association, RNLI River Rescue along with a Fire Tug Display and a Sea King Helicopter. More

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On June 8 2013, eight year old Lauren Richardson, accompanied by her dad Kevin, will attempt to kayak 225 miles down the River Thames for charity. The thirteen day event will see them negotiate 45 locks and travel up to 27 miles a day from the source of the Thames to the sea.
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The pair will start on the Saturday with a walk from Thames head to Cricklade, from there on, it’s by kayak all the way to the Thames estuary with an eight mile detour up the River Medway to finish in the village of Upnor on Friday June 21st. Read More

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.

Upnor Castle from the Medway

Visitors to Upnor Castle will get to relive the Dutch raid as part of an exciting re-enactment event on Saturday 23 and Sunday, 24 June.
The Dutch are Coming! is a family friendly event depicting the brave but ineffective battle in 1667 when the Dutch sailed up the river to attack the British fleet at anchor. More

A new and novel idea Boris and friends, I think not! This site or close to it on the North Kent Marshes was suggested, in 1947, and again in 1963 and 1974 then in 2003 every time it was rejected. More

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