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Local news for Snodland and Halling Fabulous festive fun – in mid summer!


THE Alternative Christmas – held half way between Christ- mases by Friends and Bikers Motorcycle Club – was de- scribed by secretary Kevin Bush as “a fabulous event”. Snodland Working Men’s


Club was adorned with a Christ- mas tree and decorations and visited by Mother Christmas – in place of her husband, who was busy making presents for chil- dren for the real Christmas. “The evening’s entertainment


Mother Christmas and members of FAB enjoy a little out-of-season jollity Playground gave them the PIPS


VANDALS scrawled their names on play equipment just after vol- unteers had finished giving it a bright and colourful new look. Known as PIPS – Parents Im- proving Playgrounds in Snod- land, the band of volunteers spent three days repainting all the equipment in the main play area at the recreation ground. Town council chairman Anne Moloney said: “Just one day after parents repainted play equip- ment at the recreation ground, children vandalised their work. But the culprits left their names, so does anyone know who So- phie and Kasie are?” The parents set to work after children had described the area as dull, damp and unwelcoming. Their efforts resulted in a sparkling new look with a variety of colours, with stripes, flowers and sweets painted on the equipment. A big thank-you went to Jane Adams, Justin Andrews, Steven Hobbs, Shannon Culver, Ella Randall, Jason Underdown,


was a Chas ’n’ Dave tribute group, and curry and chilli were served to keep us warm, as well as a traditional buffet,” said Kevin. “The event raised £100 for our charitable funds, which will be distributed between re- gional and local charities.” The club’s next event will be


the official Christmas celebra- tion on November 27. FAB members have enjoyed many ride-outs and attended a num- ber of local events, including Snodland Carnival when Cllr Brian Luker, the mayor of Ton- bridge and Malling, tried out one of the bikes for size. The annual golf day was held


at Chelsfield Lakes, members attended the West Kent Vintage Motorcycle Club Show at Ayles- ford Priory and the annual Pic- nic Run was due to take place on August 20.  The club has its own Face-


book page and Twitter account (@FriendsAndBiker).


The clean and bright play area before it was vandalised by graffiti


Barry Pittom, Connor Randall, Fee Lane, Carol Capeling, Chloe Maria Irwin and Julie Culver. The group hopes to work with


the town council to raise enough money to renew the playground, before their next project.


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ALL pupils and staff were invited to dress up as historical characters in a history comes alive day at St Katherine’s Pri- mary School, Snodland. “Throughout the day there were various activities to help the children discover more about the past,” said head teacher, Allan Adams. Grandparents were invited to a special tea in the school’s nursery to talk to children about their childhoods. There were old toys for them to play with, photographs to look at and even episodes of Andy Pandy to watch. Mr Adams continued: “The pupils undertook many hands-on activities, such as learning about the plague and the sinking of the Titanic, performing Greek plays and making puppets. “This was a wonderful opportunity for the pupils of St Kather- ine’s to engage with history and experience the past.”


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