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2014 069Another evening, more rain and more puddles, more mud and no chance of getting outside and really enjoying yourself.

Then it’s a good job the Upnor Pier is here to brighten up our evenings and whisk us off to the Caribbean for the evening with entertainment, three course meal and fun competitions combined to provide a great evening again and not forgetting the genuine Steel band.

Our chivalrous host enabling all to take part Our chivalrous host enabling all to take part

Our congratulations to the Limbo Competition winner who beat off some stiff competition, not that it was a close run thing as I meant stiff in a…. finding it awkward to bend sort of way.

And the winner is........feeling a little unwell. And the winner is……..feeling a little unwell.

As for the winner of the Chilli eating contest, well Julia, you are fearless, we are checking, but don’t think anyone, ever, in the History of the Upnor Pier chilli eating contest (It’s a tradition now you know) has eaten all six, the last one being named a Ghost Chilli. Congratulations and sympathy go to you this morning.

If you would like to know more about events at The Pier, find them on face book, or see them on page three of our printed edition for regular updates. You can find all the pictures from last nights event HERE.

Snorkellers below the Minack (Rod Allday) / CC BY-SA 2.0

Snorkellers below the Minack (Rod Allday) / CC BY-SA 2.0

Registration has opened for Medway’s newest mass participation event – the Medway Big Splash.

The weekend-long event will showcase watersports, aquatics and water-based activity sessions, all culminating in the main event – a mass community swim challenge.

It takes place at Medway Park and Strood Sports Centres on 18 and 19 January 2014.

The swimming event builds on the success of the annual Medway Mile, which now attracts thousands of people of every age for a one-mile walk or run around Rochester. Read More

Medway Council’s ‘ambition to improve standards for its young people is universally acknowledged by its schools, a letter from Ofsted states.

The schools’ regulator made the comments in a letter to the authority following a focused inspection which included visiting a very small number of the area’s schools.

This inspection, which took place in June, and involved Ofsted going to ten of Medway’s 100 schools, was to ask their opinion of how they work with the council on school improvement. Read More

RichardIII-blogpostTwo Medway pupils will be treading the boards this summer with a professional theatre company. Kent-based Changeling Theatre Company open-air tour of Richard III comes to Rochester Castle on 10 July and Upnor on 31 July and 1 August.

Ashley Stevens and Jacob Clarke are playing the princes in the tower at the Rochester and Upnor performances after successfully auditioning earlier this year. Ashley, who turns 16 next month, lives in Lordswood and has just completed his GCSEs, including drama. He is looking forward to performing in Medway with all the cast. He said: “I’m not sure acting is something I want to pursue because at the moment I need to concentrate on my A’ Levels studies – including drama. I’m really grateful to Changeling Theatre Company for giving me this opportunity. More

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

upnorcastleWPVisitors to Upnor Castle can relive the infamous Dutch Raid thanks to an exciting living history event on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June.
The Dutch are Coming! is a family-friendly spectacle depicting the events of the 1667 battle, when the Dutch sailed up the River Medway to attack the British fleet at anchor.

Costumed actors will bring the story to life, regaling tales of the events and tactics that allowed the Dutch to successfully capture HMS Royal Charles and to destroy other ships based at Chatham Dockyard. More

The River Medway is “at the very heart” of the local area’s regeneration, council leader Cllr Rodney Chambers has said.

Cllr Chambers made his comments at the first Medway and Swale Boating Association Spring Conference, an event last Saturday exploring how the river can play a part in securing a buoyant future for Medway. He said Medway Council, and the local businesses that use the river, need to continue to work together to ensure the waterway is used to its full potential. Cllr Chambers added: “Where the river once physically divided us, it now brings our communities together and remains at the very heart of the new Medway that is emerging and of which we can all be proud. More

wine 006Yet another event from the Upnor Pier, this time nearly 100 people had assembled for a wine and cheese tasting evening. There was even a wine expert on hand to guide us all through all of the different wines that evening. A set of tasting notes had been prepared to help us explore the world through our glass. I doubt that from the range that was presented that there was anyone that did not find at least one or two wines that they enjoyed. A selection of White, Rose and Red were served some from the traditional wine making countries and regions and others from what I think we are still allowed to refer to as the new world. My personal favourites were the Beaujolais from Domaine Romany in France and a Remole Sangiovese from Tuscany. although I don’t think that there was a wine that wasn’t well received. Even with my very limited knowledge of wine this was a fine selection. The evening was hosted by Gilles Wilfrid an expert from a major wine distributor.

wine 035A fantastic array of cheeses, pickles, chutney and other items were set out on a large table and more than enough to feed everyone was provided. We were given a few tips as to which cheeses would compliment which wines, and told how temperature was important to the condition of both.

Again the wines with the most positive feedback will be making it onto the wine list of the Pier, joining the chosen few from last year. To be informed of the different events at the Pier, keep your printed copy of the Peninsula Times handy as you will find them on page three and all the dates for the month will be there.

Please click on the link to view more of the images from the evening Pier Wine Tasting Link to images

Once again we were invited to the Pier at Upnor, on the banks of the River Medway, to gather a few snaps of one of the many event evenings held there throughout the year. Last evenings event was a Halloween, fancy dress party and of the eighty or so people that had tickets for the event only a very few did not dress up. Although they were immediately dragged over to the lady in the corner providing face paint and costume make up for those few naughty people.

Music, Karaoke and a small amount of commentary was provided by M&C Pub Entertainment, along with some special effects, visual and sound with lots of tunes to mark the occasion. As ever when the Upnor Pier organize an event of this type there are prizes for the best fancy dress a HUGE buffet meal and of course there are beers, wines, spirits and cocktails available as well. At this point it would be appropriate to say a big well done to Tracy and young Steve for all of the effort they put in getting the buffet together and served, the array of food was astounding. A huge Congratulations should be given to the young ladies behind the bar as they were incredibly busy all evening and last but not least the slightly less young Steve and Dermot for pulling the evening together and ensuring that everything went like clockwork. Even to the point of arranging transport for some of the revellers at the end of the evening.

A selection of the images from the evening can be found HERE

The Upnor Pier Facebook page is HERE

Now all you have to do is keep your eye on our printed magazine to find out the date of the next event

Visitors to Upnor Castle can catch an open-air children’s theatre special in the last week of the summer holidays.
Upnor Castle and 2G Productions present a potted panto of Robin Hood on Wednesday, 29 August. The production begins at 2pm in the castle gardens, with more children’s entertainment going on throughout the day. More

JOIN THE WORLD’S BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING ON FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER

Make time for what matters in life by joining the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28 September and help raise more than £10m for Macmillan Cancer Support.

There couldn’t be an easier way to make a difference, simply gather together family, friends or colleagues, put the kettle on and tuck into some tasty treats.

In 2011 the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning smashed its fundraising target and raised a record-breaking £10million, which helped fund the Macmillan therapists, nurses and support line workers who make sure people living with cancer have the best team in their corner, every step of the way. More

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

Dads everywhere can enjoy a day out with a difference this Father’s Day,
Rochester Castle and Upnor Castle are both offering dads free entry with every full paying child on Fathers Day, Sunday 17 June. More

Money has been awarded to the ICON Theatre recently by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Medway Council to run a local history and arts project focussing on the villages of Cuxton, High Halstow and Upnor and anyone with an interest in the area. The project is called Time and Tides and offers a chance for local communities to research their local history and take part in arts and drama activities. More

Be your own Life Coach is a five-week course on a Tuesday evening, starting 17 April at the Rochester Centre. The course explores what life coaching means and aims to show students how to explore opportunities and improve confidence. More

Upnor Castle

If you’ve ever dreamed of getting married in one of Kent’s most beautiful castles, there’s a wedding open day at Upnor Castle this Sunday, 25 March.

The wedding room will be dressed for a wedding and staff will be on hand to help couples arrange their big day. There will also be exhibits from a number of wedding specialists and suppliers.

Set against a backdrop of almost 500 years of history, the turreted castle is situated in a picturesque waterfront village and backed by rolling, wooded hills. Built in 1559 to defend the warships of Queen Elizabeth I, the castle offers an exquisite backdrop for wedding photographs.

The event runs from 10am to 3pm an admission is free. For more information about the open day phone 01634 338106.

Love was most certainly in the air in Medway last year, as more than 1,000 couples have said ‘I do’, despite a decline in marriage numbers nationally. More

I am pleased to announce that there has been a campaign for a direct bus route from Upnor to the Rochester Grammar Schools More

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