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deter thieves A NEW radio link connecting the Bearsted Co-op with the retailer’s two branches in Shepway is to be introduced to target shoplifting. Six cases of shoplifting oc- curred at the Co-op store in Madginford between April and September, which came as a surprise to police who an- ticipated only two incidents. Local PC Nick Hatcher has worked with the three stores to design a scheme where each store can alert each other to potential troublemakers. PCSO Maxine Martin said: “The same crooks can go from one Co-op to another because they think it is an easy touch.” The Shepway stores are in

Willington Street and Northumberland Avenue.

Club’s plea for pavilion help

A VILLAGE cricket club is look- ing for local tradesmen to help it out of a sticky wicket. Bearsted Cricket Club, which

plays on the picturesque village green, was founded in 1749 and is one of the oldest cricket clubs in the country. There have been 260 years of uninterrupted cricket on The Green and, whilst its pavilion is not quite so old, at 55 it is start- ing to look its age. Although the club may be eli-

gible for a grant of up to £50,000 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund, this figure still falls far short of the amount needed to demolish the existing pavilion and erect a new one. The club would like to get

away from the wooden-style pavilion, which is costly to maintain. However, it could cost

WHEN Phill Ireland set off on a 100km race around London, he wasn’t planning to limp half theway. Yet that’s exactly what the MidKent College lecturer was forced to do when he tore his left quadricep on the Thames Path Challenge. However, Phill, from Weavering, who also

works as a personal trainer, persevered and managedto cross the finish line in14hoursand 44 minutes. “I picked up the injuryafter about45kmand it just gotworse,” he said. “Iwas forced towalk a

£500,000 to construct a new brick building –way beyond the club’s current means. With the funds available, the

only option appears to be build- ing an extension to the existing building, using brick rather than timber. But, this poses a further prob-

lem, according to club chairman Steve Pearce. “We would have a lovely new extension (if planning and grant application were both success- ful) but the rest of the building would be out of keeping with the extension,” he explained. Before the club starts work on

the project, members are to issue an appeal for additional funds – and, more importantly, for skills. Steve said: “We would prefer

to replace what we have, but we need more storage space and we need to replace a lot of rotten

Phill completes 100k challenge despite injury

lotmore than Iwanted to.” Phill had aimed to finish the race in 11 to 12

hours,butwas still pleasedhemanaged to com- plete it, despite the injury. Phill (36)has takenpart inlongdistanceraces around the world, including the Olympus Marathon in Greece and the Matterhorn Ultraks in Switzerland. Phil took part in the event in aid of CancerRe-

search and has so far raised more than £300. He said: “It’s a disease that affects everyone, so itseemedliketheobvious charity torace for.”

Personal trainer Phill Ireland (left) ran with one of his clients, Norman Charles


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wood. We are trying to do what we can with £50,000. If trades people are willing to give their time for free, that would be great! “We would like to hear from

any builders, plumbers, plaster- ers, electricians and tradesmen of any sort who may be able to help. Obviously we would ad- vertise them in any way we could. “We have a lovely village green

and a great place to play cricket, but the pavilion needs some majorwork. “It seems a shame to have the showpiece of the village tainted with this tatty building.” The club would also like to

hear from people who would be willing to donate funds towards the project or organise fund-rais- ing events to help the cause. Steve can be contacted on 07740 796002.

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