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PaulWeller14hrPaul Weller has confirmed five forest gigs, appearing as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live concert programme in spectacular woodland locations across the country.
It’s been thirty years since Paul Weller first exploded onto the music scene, suited and booted, and armed with statement tunes in The Jam. Blending the best of British with his love of Motown, Weller crafted a new landscape in the UK music scene thanks to an impressive portfolio of work including amongst others, Stanley Road, Illumination, 22 Dreams and 2013’s Sonik Kicks all hitting Number One. A significant figure in popular music for the past three generations, he remains a cultural icon.
Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission bringing music to new audiences without commercial branding or sponsorship. Income from the concerts is spent on improving the woodland for both people and wildlife.

Following on from two sold out Forest Live dates last summer, Paul said of the 2014 shows, “It’s a favourite summer jaunt for me so I look forward to performing in a few of the forests that I haven’t played in a good while”.

Paul Weller plus special guests will be performing:

Saturday 14 June: Sherwood Pines Forest, Edwinstowe, Nr Mansfield, Notts.

Saturday 21 June: Bedgebury Pinetum & Forest, Nr Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Friday 27 June: Dalby Forest, Nr Pickering, N Yorks.

Saturday 28 June: Cannock Chase Forest, Nr Rugeley, Staffs.

Friday 4 July: Delamere Forest, Nr Northwich, Cheshire.

Tickets £46.20 (including booking fee) go on sale at 9.00am Friday 17 January from the Forestry Commission box office tel 03000 680400 or buy online at www.forestry.gov.uk/music.

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Festival of Wildlife 2013 – Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th August, 10am – 4pm

This free family event, now in its 6th year, is the only annual event in Kent to celebrate the wonderful world of wildlife. Organised by Kent Wildlife Trust and centred in and around a splendid woodland and lakeside setting – the packed programme features bug hunting, guided walks and angling demonstrations. The ‘Best of Kent’ stalls will offer all manner of arts and crafts and tasty locally-sourced food products. More

The weather is going to be great again this weekend, pop along and put the sunshine back into someones life by supporting the Wisdom Hospice

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booksKeen teen readers will be pleased to know that this year they have their own reading challenge to take part in – with some great prizes up for grabs.

Medway Libraries has developed a reading challenge for 13-16 year olds, after feedback from young people last year showed there was massive interest in a challenge of this kind.
Younger children are already catered for with the national and ever-popular Summer Reading Challenge, but now teenagers have their own scheme.

The Teen Reading Challenge starts on 13 July, with young readers encouraged to read six books of their choice over the summer break – it could be a library book, library audiobook or library e-book. More

Beach parties, circus workshops, teddy bears’ picnics and sports days are just some of the highlights of what’s in store at Medway’s Sure Start Centres this summer.

With 19 centres across Medway, each offering activities for families with children up to five years old, there’s plenty of fun to be had, right on your doorstep.

A full timetable of activities can now be downloaded online, so families can check out what’s happening at their nearest centre. Most children’s centres are also offering activities for children up to eight years old throughout the summer break and older siblings are welcome.

Parents can visit http://www.medway.gov.uk/summeractivities2011 to download the summer timetable as well as contact details for all of Medway’s Sure Start Children’s Centres.

A full timetable of activities for children and young people during the school holidays can also be found on this webpage, along with Medway’s summer activities 2011 brochure.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Cllr Les Wicks, said: “Our Sure Start centres have once again gone that extra mile to give families a fun packed summer break full of affordable activities, many of which are free.

“This year, we’ve made it even easier for parents to look up fun, low cost activities for their under fives by putting a full timetable of what our Sure Start Centres have in store this summer online.

“I’d encourage families to find out about their nearest centre and get in touch to see what’s on offer to keep their children entertained through the holidays.”

You’re welcome to send a reporter/ photographer to any of the activities.

Here’s a small selection of what’s on offer:

Water play day on Friday, 12 August, 11am to 3pm at St James’ Children’s Centre, High Street, Isle of Grain 01634 270341. Cool down with a water fun, a picnic and a sandy beach set up at the centre.

Sports day for children up to ten years old on Tuesday, 16 August, 10 to 11am at Miers Court Children’s Centre, Silver Spot Close, Rainham, 01634 236974.

Beach themed messy play on Wednesday, 17 August, 1.30 to 3pm at Delce Children’s Centre, Fleet Road, Rochester 01634 844127. – Put your sun hat on and head to Delce Children’s Centre for a slice of sunshine and messy beach fun. Places must be booked by calling the centre in advance.

Circus fun on Tuesday, 23 August, 2 to 3.30pm at Temple Mill Children’s Centre, Cliffe Road Strood. 01634 338205. – A circus company will be visiting the Strood children’s centre to teach children the tricks of the trade and try their hand at circus skills. There will also be a bouncy castle and face painting. Families should book by calling the centre beforehand.

Teddy Bears Picnic at Brompton Children’s Centre on Wednesday, 24 August, 12 to 2pm at Brompton Westbrook, Primary School, Kings Bastion, Brompton, 01634 844152. – Get your glad rags on and head to Brompton Children’s Centre for a picnic and best dressed teddy competition. Families should bring their own picnic.

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