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Kind-hearted Ray Ballard from the Isle of Sheppey has raised £1,500 to thank the specialist health team who cared for his father who suffered from heart failure.
Ray’s father, Peter Ballard was looked after by the community cardiology team at Medway Community Healthcare until he passed away in 2010. More

DSCN2451 Draw SMIt was on Christmas Eve 1864 when Charles Fechter announced that he had a Christmas present for Dickens that was far too big for him to carry, and was now waiting for him at Higham Railway Station, fortunately transport was not a problem, as Dickens kept a four-wheel spring van in the van house behind the servant’s hall at Gad’s Hill. When the gift was finally collected, which took some considerable time, as the gift was contained in fifty-eight packing cases, which meant that a number of trips to and fro from the station were necessary; the packing cases which had travelled from Paris, were opened to reveal all the pieces required to build a genuine Swiss chalet. More

1 September – 4 November

Chilly mornings, golden colour, soft sunshine – autumn is the perfect time to rediscover everything that is wonderful about the British countryside, but sometimes we need a little inspiration and help to get us started! More

Medway Council’s gritters will be out keeping the roads moving over the weekend if we have snowfall.

Forecasts are predicting a turn in the weather on Saturday evening and council teams are out working in case that happens.

Gritting lorries will work overnight from tonight on major routes to treat the surfaces, and sweeping gangs will treat priority footpaths and car parks if there is significant snowfall.

The council salts primary and secondary road routes during severe weather and details of where these are, as well as salt bin locations, can be found on the council’s website, http://www.medway.gov.uk/winter.

Updates on weather forecasts, travel information, and advice on coping with the bad weather are also on this webpage.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services Cllr Phil Filmer said: “Our teams will work hard to salt all primary and secondary routes across the area and minimise disruption to residents.

“If there is significant snowfall our advice to motorists is to drive carefully, allow extra time for their journeys and ensure their vehicles are in a good condition before they set off. They should also ensure they have warm clothing, a mobile phone and a torch on their vehicle.

“I encourage residents to visit the council website, where they can find up to date travel and weather information as well as advice on the steps we are taking to help residents during the bad weather.”

The authority’s preparations include:-

*5000 tonnes of salt stockpiled

*Eight salting vehicles

*388 salt bins

*4×4 vehicles available to reach those in more rural areas.

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