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Church grant renews historic link

HISTORIC ties between Nettlestead and the Rochester Bridge Trust have been renewed with a grant to the parish’s medieval church of St Mary the Virgin for the restoration of a 17th century memorial. The monument depicts Lady Katherine Scott, wife of Sir John

Scott of Nettlestead Place, who both died in 1616. She is portrayed kneeling with a child at a prayer desk. The memorial will be taken apart piece by piece, repaired and re- assembled by a specialist con- servation firm. Church treasurer Marguerite

Rotary honour

for Father Derek CANON Derek Carpenter has been honoured by Ro- tarians for his service to the community. Father Derek, assistant

priest in the benefice of East Malling,Wateringbury and Teston, has been made a Paul Harris Fellow and was presented with his award at a Malling Rotary dinner. The award is named after

the founder of Rotary Inter- national and recognises high professional and per- sonal standards. Although he is not a Ro- tarian, Derek was proposed for the award by Tonbridge andMalling Cllr Liz Simp- son. He said he was happy to receive it on behalf of count- less people whose support for the community is seldom recognised.

Allen said: “The cost of the restoration work will be sub- stantially in excess of £20,000. As the church has a small con- gregation, this is a sum we could never have raised by our- selves. “We are very grateful to the Rochester Bridge Trust and all our other benefactors for their support in helping to ensure that our beautiful church and the monuments inside it can be enjoyed for generations to come.”

Nettlestead has been linked to

the trust since its foundation in 1399 and Sir John Scott was twice its senior warden. Bridge archivist Dr James Gib-

son said: “We are delighted to be now renewing our historic ties with Nettlestead.” The campaign to restore the memorial has received support from several organisations in- cluding the Friends of Kent Churches.

Bridge archivist Dr James Gibson with church treasurer Mar- guerite Allen in front of the monument

Gypsy revamp back on agenda

A LARGE expansion of a gypsy site between Allington and Aylesford is back on the agenda after the Government agreed to provide £1m funding. In 2009, planning permission

was granted to upgrade the Coldharbour Lane site, off the A20, but it never got off the ground due to a lack of finance. But a KCC spokesman said: “Government made £1m avail- able in March this year to pro-

vide up-to-date facilities and in- creased security for children, as well as an additional 18 pitches, making a total of 26. “Public consultation, where

local people can put forward their views on this revised plan- ning application, will then take place in August or September. “Planning permission for 18 pitches on the enhanced site was previously granted in No- vember 2009.”

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