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Town Talk


Local news for Snodland and Halling


Youngsters dress the part for the carnival procession


Carnival capers draw crowds to day of fun and frivolity...


SNODLAND Carnival was again a huge success, despite being marred by the disqualification of one of the floats in the parade. The pavements along the route of


the carnival procession were thronged with people, which was led from Holmesdale Technology College to Po- tyns Sportsground by the Glenduart Pipe Band. The judges – Brian Luker, mayor of


Tonbridge and Malling, the Rev Hugh Broadbent, rector of Snodland, and Robert Beswarick of Hicks Estate Agents – had the difficult job of choos- ing the winning floats and eventually, by the narrowest of margins, selected St Katherine’s Nursery (first), Devon- shire Rooms Pre-School (second), and Crossroads Young Carers (third), in the children’s section. Spadeworks had the winning adult


float and Snodland Cubs were judged the best walking group. A short, sharp shower did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the hun- dreds gathered at Potyns, where en- tertainment was provided by the fun fair and numerous stalls. Displays were given by the pipe band, Silhouettes Dance and Theatre School, the Golden Retriever Display Team, DK Twirlers, Redhill Corps of Drums and Brooks Academy of Dance. The float entered by Ham Hill Work-


ing Men’s Club was disqualified after members threw sweets and drinks to the crowd.


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“I can’t wait to start but I have been here so many times I feel I have been here a long time already,” he added. Julia Campbell, principal of Holmes-


dale and Carl Roberts, principal of the Malling School, work well together, he contnued. “We will work as a team to make the biggest impact for the children and the staff. I am coming into something I can believe in. “I have had great support from the governors and am working closely with Richard Sams [chairman of the gover- nor] who visited me at my school be- fore I was appointed.” Mr Hannaway has two sons, Ray-


mond and Peter, who are both working abroad, and he hopes to live in Whit- stable.


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... but float falls foul of ‘sweet missile’ policy


‘Andy Pandy’ and ‘Teddy’


St Katherine’s Nursery was the winner of the best children’s float section


Left: Tonbridge and Malling mayor Cllr Brian Luker tries out one of the bikes on the Friends and Bikers Club stand


Town council clerk, Shirley Hunter,


said that on the risk assessment form, completed 12 weeks before the event, the organisers had to confirm that no “missiles” would be thrown from the floats. “The council was very disappointed


to take the action it did”, she explained, “but people on the float were told not to throw sweets. “Otherwise, the day went fantasti-


cally well and it was a pity this incident marred it.” Phil Stevenson, steward of Ham Hill


The staff and pupils at Holmesdale Technol- ogy College attended a whole school assem- bly to celebrate the career and say goodbye to executive principal Ian Hobson. Students had prepared a dance routine and recorded interviews with teaching staff Debo- rah Andrew, Ian Watson and Fenella Ross Elmer, who were at Holmesdale when Mr Hob- son arrived. Jessie Walton(14), read a poem of thanks


which she had written. Sixth form students had heard that the Inbe- tweeners was one of his favourite TV pro- grammes, so they filmed their own episode which was screened. The assembly ended with a special version


of The Sound of Music’s “So long, farewell” videod with lip synchs by members of the staff. Mr Hobson was very touched and the follow- ing morning sent a message to the staff:


Working Men’s Club, said he was disappointed because a lot of hard work went into making the float, not only on the day but for weeks before- hand. “We were throwing the sweets very


gently to the children, and it was the same as we did last year”, he added “Lots of people came up to us after- wards and told us we had the best float.


“Despite being disqualified we stil


had a good time and are sorry if we upset anybody.”


‘So long, farewell’ to executive principal


“Thank you for everything. I was dreading yesterday but in the end it was magical – es- pecially the assembly. I knew something was up but hadn’t got a clue what! The assembly was fantastic and I will remember it forever.” A reception was held in the school hall for colleagues, associates and friends at which Mr Hobson was presented with a coffee mak- ing machine by the chairman of governors, Richard Sams. A video was shown showing him as a small


child, Cub, Scout, teenager, guitarist, hippy, young man and adult. Mr Sams outlined Mr Hobson’s career be-


fore he arrived at Holmesdale in September 1998 when the school had 389 pupils, with 44 in Year 7 and the largest budget deficit of any school in Kent. He had turned the school round due to his stubbornness, resourcefulness and cleverness.


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