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Quarry concerns


YALDING Parish Council has expressed concerns about pro- posed quarrying at a site close to the village. Replying to consultation on a


KCC blueprint for minerals and waste development, the parish has requested a number of con- ditions be considered regarding Woodfalls Farm quarry, Laddingford. Parish councillors are con- cerned about noise, road usage, screening and the towpath and suggested a restriction on the amount of open quarry areas at any one time.


Police praised on restructure plans


KENT Police has welcomed a report by the Gov- ernment’s policing watchdog which has praised its plans to restructure the force and improve frontline services while making significant sav- ings. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has assessed all 43 police forces in England and Wales on how they plan to meet financial chal- lenges and the likely impact on the public. It concluded that Kent is well placed to meet


the target to make savings of £50m over the next four years. The report acknowledges the work done by


Kent Police and Kent Police Authority to prepare for the financial challenges, having correctly an- ticipated the level of budget reduction and started


Musical memories dedicated to stalwart Peter


STAPLEHURST Dramatic Society per- formed numbers from 65 years of mu- sicals to celebrate the group’s 65th anniversary – all in memory of its late president Peter Day. Peter, who died in April, aged 87,


was a valued member of the society for more than 60 years, acting, direct- ing and organising. Peter was an inspiration to every member of the group, and was a keen and active individual. Senior member Janet Powell said: “The group will never forget what all


Debbie Tupper TRIBUTES to Debbie Tupper (36), highlighted how she packed more into her life than many do in lives twice as long. Debbie grew


up in Penen- den Heath, moved to Downswood but returned home in the last few years. On leaving Mid-Kent Col- lege with a secretarial qualifica- tion she began a career which included working for Bon- deuelle on the High Street, buy- ing for Karen Millen fashions, PA work for the centre manager of the Royal Star Arcade, work for Haynes, working for KCC to prepare for Ofsted inspections and a lengthy period in housing forMaidstone Borough Council and finally for Golding Homes. However, it was her varied


and successful charity work that brought Debbie into con-


his years of experience and interest have brought to our society. “At our 65th anniversary party last month we raised a glass to toast our beloved and irreplaceable Peter.” A Little Night Musical, directed and produced by Keith Golding and Jack Davidson, was performed at Staple- hurst Village Centre and the Sinden Theatre, Tenterden. The group, which has 30 members, rehearses everyWednesday at the vil- lage centre and next year will perform in spring, summer and winter.


planning early. It praises the level of public consultation and


the way feedback from communities has influ- enced the priorities in the new structure. Chief Constable Ian Learmonth has stressed that


the policing service the public receives will be protected despite the cutbacks and changes within the force. The force says that, with more than 450 addi-


tional neighbourhood officers, district command- ers will have greater flexibility to respond to local priorities and the new response model means that attendance will be centrally managed so the near- est, most appropriate officers will respond to emergency calls. Plans to cut around 500 officers and 1,000 back


office staff to make savings have been well publi- cised. The report states that the level of engage- ment and internal communication with staff has been good. Deputy Chief Constable Alan Pughsley said:


“It’s very encouraging to get such a good report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate that acknowl- edges our excellent track record in delivering value for money to the people of Kent and Med- way, and that we’re in a strong position to move forward.”


Air ambulance donation MARDEN-based Kent AirAmbulance received a £5,000 donation from SouthernWater as part of its Aim for Zero Injuries initiative.


We will remember


tact with many people locally. Her mother, Edna, said; “Debbie lived for charity work and help- ing others. She paid for a lot of it herself.” Debbie and her mother both served as overseas representa- tives for Canterbury Diocese Mothers’ Union. Debbie’s char- ity work was often distin- guished by a willingness to tackle problems directly and make positive things happen. Locally, she initiated a public- ity drive for the Mothers’ Union. Internationally, she worked to forge strong links with communities in Lesotho and Rwanda. Bishop Adam Taaso, the onlyAnglican of that rank in Lesotho, needed accom- modation during a UK visit and Debbie arranged for him to spend some nights in Penenden Heath. She gave talks on her work


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and shortly before becoming ill she had been appointed as one of 12 members of the Mothers’ Union Actions Outreach Com- mittee, working out of their London HQ. She also had in- volvement with Maidstone’s Trinity Foyer Project. She had visited Rwanda


twice and in South Africa she visited Aslan, a lion she had adopted in the Born Free Proj- ect in that country. Over 200 people attended her funeral at St Paul’s Church, Boxley Road, where she wor- shipped. Debbie leaves her mother and her brother, David.


JohnWatson TRIBUTES to JohnWatson (48), praised the enthusiasm and en- ergy the Paddock Wood man brought to organising events for Maidstone’s San Fairy Ann (SFA) cycling club. His recep- tion was held at Yalding Gar- dens, a venue that has also served as a coffee stop on SFA rides.


Colleagues and friends of


John, who worked for NatWest bank, all noted that his two loves were his family and cy- cling. John joined SFA in 2002. Membership secretary Ron Lee said: “John came forward in 2007 and organised his first race, the KCA 100 mile. Each year since, he organised our Open 10. “Hemade a point of riding ei-


ther on the road or on the turbo six times a week. One of these rides was often on a tandem


with his wife, Linda. He did a number of long rides including London to Paris, which he com- pleted shortly before his death.” John’s funeral drew around


200 colleagues, family members and fellow cyclists. He leaves his widow, a son and a daugh- ter.


Jacqueline Rose JACQUELINE Rose (86), who hasdiedinDevon,was known in and around Maidstone from years of giving riding lessons to local children. For 15 years Jacqueline was secretary of the Pony Club’s Tickham branch, which currently teaches chil- dren from Bearsted, Thurnham and Maidstone. Tributes re- ferred to the years of dedicated service she gave to teaching children to ride horses. Jacque- line frequently went on camps with children and took on du- ties including the cooking. Jacqueline, who lived for


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