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ambassador TONBRIDGE and Malling is the first council in the coun- try to be chosen by Keep Britain Tidy as an ambassa- dor in a new national anti- littering campaign called Love Where You Live. Due to launch in Septem-

ber, it will aim to inspire people to think about their communities and take action to reduce litter where they live and at places they visit. Cllr Howard Rogers said:

“The idea is to encourage everyone to take responsibil- ity - that’s individuals, local authorities,


groups, government, local businesses and multi-na- tional companies - to change theway people think and act about littering. We all love something about where we live and this new campaign is about everyone working together to make change happen.”

Free beer buses FREE shuttle buses will run be- tween Aylesford and West Malling railway stations and Camra’s beer and cider festival at East Malling Research on Sat- urday, September 3.

THE REV Linda Shuker has taken over as rector of Birling, Adding- ton, Ryarsh and Trottiscliffe following an unusual career change. A former leading cancer expert for the World Health Organisa-

tion in France, and a lifelong Christian, Linda (pictured left) be- came more deeply involved with the church and chose to be ordained. After studying for ministry at St John’s College, Nottingham, she served as a curate at Rothley, Leicestershire, and was licensed as rector of the four parishes. Members of her former parish attended the service at Birling, which was conducted by the Bishop of Tonbridge, the Right Rev Dr Brian Castle. Linda (55), studied chemistry at the University of London and in Boston, USA. She later worked in France for eight years, where she carried out

a study for WHO in Lyon, researching cancer-causing chemicals. She said that science does not have to compete with being a Christian and she was looking forward to looking after the four parishes, all of which have thriving churches, with enthusiasm. She and husband David have three grown-up children.

House boats given go-ahead

to moor on river’s north bank PERMISSION was granted for residential barges to be moored along part of the Medway riverbank at Riverside Cottage, near Sandling. Cllr Tony Harwood had concerns that this part of the north

side of theMedway, which is east of The Malta Inn and south of the Village Hotel, would become urbanised if permission was allowed. But two years ago an application was accepted for a nearby stretch of theMedway to remain residential, meaning a prece- dent was set. The plan was allowed on condition that no more than four

boats are allowed along the 100m stretch, and that a land- scape plan, protecting the natural rural character of the verges, is drawn up.

Drink driver banned JOSEPH Flisher (25), of Coldhar- bour Lane, Aylesford, was banned from driving for 23 months for mo- toring offences and ordered to do 120 hours community work. Flisher appeared before Medway magistrates when he pleaded guilty to charges including drink-driving in Corporation Street, Rochester. He had 102 microgrammes of alco- hol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes. Flisher was also ordered to pay

£85 costs. His ban may be reduced by 171 days if he satisfactorily com- pletes a rehabilitation course by August 2012, costing £192.

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