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LEYBOURNE Lakes Country Park has received theGreen Flag Award for the fifth consecutive year. The award is the national standard

for parks and green spaces in Eng- land and Wales and, together with Haysden Country Park at Tonbridge, is managed and maintained by Ton- bridge and Malling Borough Council.

Alex raises cash for Scout roof repairs

A CUB Scout has completed a triathlon to raise funds for Snodland Scout Group. Alex Pollington (9), of

Townsend Road, Snodland, swam 20 lengths of the pool at Larkfield Leisure Centre, walked three miles and putted a golf hole 45 times in half an hour. He told Town Talk: “We

have got holes in the roof of our Scout headquarters and I decided to raise money to have the roof repaired.” Alex may well have been inspired by his dad, Gary, who raised £250 in a similar event for the Oliver Fisher Special Care Baby Unit at Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham.

Volunteers praised for helping park keep open space status

Local news for Snodland and Halling Country park continues run of Green Flag success Leybourne Lakes is a 230-acre

park on the border of Snodland and was developed from former gravel workings. Council staff are helped by local volunteers who carry out organised tasks such as litter picking, coppic- ing and tree planting. Maria Heslop, cabinet member for


Pollington hands the cheque for £70 to Cub Scout leader, Matt


leisure youth and arts, commented: “I am delighted that these lovely parks have been awarded Green Flags once again. “I’d like to thank all the volunteer groups, rangers and, of course, the visitors for helping us to con- tinue to improve and develop the parks.”

Chess club wins award SNODLAND Chess Club, winner of the small club of the year in 2007 and 2008, has added the Stevenson Cup in the Kent League Champi- onships to its list of achievements. Wins by Zibby Koncki and Matt Bunn, along with

draws by Ben Spink, Chris Marshall and David Fowler, gave Snodland a 3.5 – 2.5 win against Phoenix of Gravesend in the final. The club meets on Thursday evenings in the cricket pavilion, Rocfort Road and anybody want- ing further details can e-mail david_lettington

Plan for new restaurant A PLANNING application has been made for a restaurant in Snodland. Robert Beswarick of Hicks Estate Agent, 30 High Street, Snodland, has bought 22 High Street and has applied to Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council to change the use of the ground floor to an A3 restaurant and first floor to residential. He plans to include a new shop front and to de- molish a rear garage and outbuildings to provide car parking spaces. The building has been empty for almost six years

since Action Taxis moved out to a new office in Malling Road.

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