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Cricket and rugby unite at Mote Park

MAIDSTONE’S top cricket and rugby clubs are uniting to form a federation that will run the 25-acre sports ground at The Mote. Maidstone Rugby and Mote Cricket Club have set up the new Mote Sports Federation to manage and fund the high-pro- file site. They will still run their sports clubs independ- ently. The clubs have agreed to

share site costs and income. Theywill work together to im- prove the ground and facilities and increase its profitability. The clubs have appointed

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threemembers each to serve on the federation committee with cricket club chairman Glen Aukett (right), who becomes the chairman. Sub-committees will be responsible for the ground, pavilion and finances. If the pilot first year is suc- cessful the clubs plan to run the federation as a limited company. The site is held by a trustformedin1929bythe then owner, Lord Bearsted. The cricket club plays on the ground by right and rugby has a long lease the clubs have agreed to re-new. Discussions to provide im- proved facilities, including a

new pavilion and possibly a 3G artificial pitch, have begun. Rugby chairman Andy Gold-

ing said: “We shall both use our strengths and talents to improve this won- derful ground for the benefit of our clubs and people of Maid- stone.”

Cricket chairman Glen

Aukett said: “Both clubs will be stronger working together and I am confident we can now achieve so much more working together.” The iconic Tabernacle build-

ing is being totally renovated at a cost of more than £50,000 and will become the Mote Youth Sports Centre by next spring. The successfulMote Squash

Club will continue to operate independently and will be of- fered membership of the feder- ation after the pilot year. The federation will look for other sports to play on the site and these will also be offered membership.

Historic lime trees to be pollarded SEVEN lime trees in Lenham’s historic square are to be pollarded on a regular basis. According to business owner Paul King, the trees have been damaging the foundations of the former Lime Tree restaurant and causing a subsidence threat to the 10 shops in neighbouring The Corner House, which he also owns. His recent application to remove the protected trees was refused

butMaidstone Council has reacted favourably to a parish council scheme to pollard them every two to three years, depending on their rate of growth. Parish council clerk Margo McFarlane said the project was not connected to Mr King’s proposal and would start in the new year

Pool plan refused THE proposed erection of an extension and swimming pool in Myosotis, Chatham Road, Sandling, was turned down. The application would have

seen the creation of a two storey and single storey rear ex- tension and the insertion of side and rear dormer windows. Maidstone Council said the

plan would result in a signifi- cant loss of daylight.”

A BEARSTED care worker has been voted one of the top six care home workers in the South East. Karen Kennison (48), who

works at Barty House Care Home, was one of only six fi- nalists out of 800 entrants in the Great South East Care Awards, in the care home worker sector. She was nominated by home manager Jacqui Butler for her cheerful personality and joyful attitude to work.

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Tree felling blocked DOREEN Chesney’s application to to fell a protected hornbeam tree at 25 Goldstone Walk Walderslade, has been refused. She had claimed one of the

tree’s three trunks could shear and damage her garage, but Maidstone Council’s decision notice said that an inspection had revealed “no visual de- fects/fungal decay to suggest it is either unhealthy or unsafe.”

Award for ‘cheerful care’ worker

Karen is always to be found singing while she works and says she enjoys raising the resi- dents’ spirits. Thewinners were announced

at the Hilton Hotel, Brighton and presented with their awards by TV doctor Hilary Jones.

There are a total of 20 award categories in each region and the winners go forward to the national finals in London.

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