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National award for Mote Park


MAIDSTONE’S Mote Park has been placed in the top three of the nation’s parks. The park won the bronze award in the


Green Flag People’s Choice Awards, recog- nising it as one of the nation’s favourite parks, behind Margam Country Park,Neath, and Victoria Park in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets The Awards, organised by Keep Britain


Tidy, gave the public the chance to vote for their favourite park in the UK from those awarded Green Flags over the year for their exceptionally high standards, excellent fa- cilities and strong community involvement. As there were a record breaking 1,448


parks and green spaces to receive a Green Flag Award this year, Mote Park’s achieve- ment was evenmore impressive. Maidstone Council’s cabinet member for community and leisure services, Cllr John Wilson, who is pictured with staff and vol- unteers, said: “We’re over the moon that Mote Park has been voted one of the nation’s top three parks.Huge congratulations to the parks team and wonderful volunteers who


Stamp fair MAIDSTONE &Mid Kent Phil- atelic Society will hold its au- tumn stamp fair at Grove Green Community Centre, Penshurst Close, Grove Green, from 10 am to 4pm on November 9. Entry is free, refreshments


will be available and there is plenty of free parking. The society meets fortnightly


at St Paul's Church Hall, Boxley Road, Maidstone, from 7.30pm on Thursdays. New members are always welcome. The group has a monthly morning at the Indoor Bowls Club, Maidstone Leisure Cen- tre. Call 01622 757599.


Gardening talk


DUSTYMiller will talk to Maid- stone Horticultural Society on pest warfare at 7.30pm on Thursday, November 7. Entry to the event at the Baptist Church Hall, Knightrider Street, is £2, with a light refreshment. Call 01622 674384


Log cabins consent


PLANNING permission was granted for two log cabins in Knowle Hill Game Farm, Ul- combe, to accommodate holi- daymakers and seasonal workers.


work so hard to make the park such a great place to visit, and thank you to everyone who voted.” Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Awards manager, Paul Todd, said: “Winning a Green Flag award is testament to the hard work of local authorities and themanagers of public green space up and down the country, and the People’s Choice award shows them just howmuch that hard work is appreciated” Mote Park is one of the largest urban parks


in the South East. It contains 11 sports pitches, a play area, pitch and putt, café, miniature railway, a model boat club and angling on the lake. A£2.5million restoration project in 2012 –


part funded by a £1.8million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund – saw improvements to parkland, paths and car parks, as well as new trees and bridges. The 1840s waterfall and neoclassi- cal volunteers pavilion were also restored.


AN outstanding all-round perform- ance by James Hodgson was marked when The Mote Cricket Club celebrated a much-improved season at their annual dinner.


James is the toast of club Other award winners were: 2nd


they had to battle to avoid relega- tion.


James, of Kings Hill, won the


main batting and bowling awards afterhescored820runs during the Kent League season and also took 27 wickets with his spin bowling.


The club led Division One for


most of the season but finally missed promotion to the Premier Division by only three points – a major improvement on2012when


XI batting Richard Bradford (382 runs), bowling Richard Gentry (28 wickets); 3rd XI batting Raj Raveendran (307 runs), bowling Josh Sheriston (19wickets). Young Player of the Year was 1st team opening bowler Tom Henson and the most improved young players Fraser Inglis.


A special presentation was


made to Malcolm Bassett to mark 25 years as club secretary.


Pub charity helps keep boat afloat THEWhite Horse charity inOthamhas presentedacheque for£700to the Kingfisher Medway Trust. The trust has re-


cently had to cover the £1,200 cost of engine repairs, so was very grateful for the timely dona- tion.


The boat, which


was purpose-built to give river trips to the disabled and disadvantaged, has been fully booked this year from April toOctober giving trips to various groups and charities. For more information, go towww.kingfishermedwaytrust.org.uk.


Walkers’ moonlit jaunt to help hospice


THE 400 walkers in the sev- enth Moonlit Walk all had their own different reasons for taking part, but the same pur- pose: to raise money for the Heart of Kent Hospice. Many of them had seen for themselves how the hospice cares for patients and their families at the end of their lives. Others had heard about the essential services it pro- vides and wanted to “give something back”. The hospice relies heavily on


40 East


the generosity of the commu- nity, and the Moonlit Walk, as the hospice’s biggest fundrais- ing event of the year, gave sup- porters an opportunity to have fun under the stars while doing their bit. Dressed mostly in pyjamas or onesies, walkers covered a route of either six or 10 miles from the David Lloyd fitness centre at Kings Hill towards Aylesford. Among them was television presenter Carol McGiffin, fresh from Celebrity


Big Brother. They left after music from local band the Soundcasters and a warm-up routine by dance group Foxy Burlesque. The hospice’s fundraising


and marketing manager, Caro- line Brinkman, said: “It was a fantastic night and we are grateful to everyone who joined us.


“This is a very important


event for us and it was won- derful to see so many people supporting their local hospice.”


Kings Hill Mote cricketer James Hodgson (left) and club captain Alex Fordham


Pupils enjoy


new washroom WOODLANDS Under 5s Pre- School has celebrated the com- pletion of a refurbishment of their children’swashroom area. Cllr Ian Chittenden joined children, staff and parents for a coffee morning to officially open the refurbished area. The work was paid for through fundraising events and sums from Cllr Chittenden’s member’s grant and KCC’s small community capital grant. Manager Anne Taylor said


“We are very grateful to the local community, which has supported us with donations, and also for the continuous support of our parents. We are also grateful to Cllr Ian Chitten- den who is always very sup- portive of the pre-school. The pre-school, based in Vin-


ters Park Community Centre, was graded outstanding by Of- sted in its last report. It is currently full, with 50 children attending various ses- sions across the week, and is now offering places for Sep- tember 2014. Call 01622 671131 or email woodlandsun- der5@hotmail.co.uk.


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