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motorcycling events take place. It was pointed out that the events were legal, and that this behaviour put walkers, chil- dren and animals at risk. Cllr Dr Bauer said a suspi-

cious van had been seen in the village selling tools. The clerk said faulty lamps

had been reported. A quotation to replace the streetlights was awaited. The clerk had met with a rep- resentative of Kent Highways to discuss the state of pavements along Eyhorne Street.Members felt that as the village was in a conservation area, traditional materials should be used rather than cheaper alternatives. Cllr Alan Bennett said he wished to convene a group to undertake preliminary work on a neighbourhood plan. Cllr Adam Ward said there

was still no resolution to the matter of the Millennium Green and Maidstone Council. There was concern at the number of bags containing dog faeces which had been left on the ground. The Lance Memorial Field

had been booked for a wedding next summer. It was thought this would be a first. Cllr Bedwell said a replace-

ment village sign should be considered, using the income from the fete. Dr Bauer agreed to look at options such as a carved replica, a coloured resin sign and a wrought iron sign.

Star backs walk SOAP star Sally Lindsay vis- ited Leeds Castle to start the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk. The Mount Pleasant actress welcomed over 800 people to the event, saying: “My grand- mother passed away with alzheimer’s many years ago. Since then the charity has grown and now provides vital support to thousands of people living with dementia and their carers.” It was the second memory

walk at the castle, and was ex- pected to raise £50,000.

DownsMail In touch with your parish Leeds Council

Police concern

THE clerk reported that Cllr Malcolm Gallihawk had raised concerns about the lack of po- lice attendance at parish coun- cil meetings. It was agreed that a letter should be sent to the po- lice sergeant concerning this matter. KCC Cllr Gary Cooke said an-

other sign would be erected at the southern build-out, and both sides of this would be illu- minated. He added that the rumble strips were now in place Cllr Cooke said this year was

likely to be the last year of members grants due to the cut- backs at KCC. Cllr Gill Fort spoke about the proposed Waterside Park de- velopment and the proposals for Woodcut Farm. It was agreed there was a need to look at land that needed to be pro- tected within the parish. There was a discussion about

traffic flow and daily use of the B2163. The clerk was asked to seek a quotation from SteveWaring for the cutting of the church car park overspill. It was reported that the parish council had found a new foot- ball team to hire the recreation ground. Cllr Vanessa Young had met the team manager and ex- plained they would be respon- sible for marking the pitch

FORMER service men and women will be bringing empty homes back into use and helping vulnerable tenants with house- hold and grounds maintenance. Maidstone’s local armed forces community covenant steering group has won £31,000 towards the Heroes At Hand skills and employment scheme, whichwill help former service men and women back into work. The national Armed Forces Community Covenant awarded the grant to Maidstone Council and Futures for Heroes, who will work in partnership with Stone-

Mayor gets a kick from club visit KIXXMartial Arts Clubwelcomed theMayor ofMaidstone, Cllr CliveEng- lish to its community open day at the clubhouse in GranvilleRoad, Maid- stone. There were trial sessions and

displays around the building, as well as a demonstration by the KIXXMartial Arts sparring team, who competed in the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts national sparring competition in Gillingham and won one gold, three silver and one bronze medal. The mayor presented a Chinese banner from twinned club Southern Shaolin Kung Fu in Banting, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. For more details, call Sifu Nigel Gilham on 07941 340284 or go to

themselves. The purchase of a new litter

bin for the playing field was ap- proved. The clerk said a light was not working at the car park and she was seeking a quotation for the repair. It was agreed to un- dertake a review of the street lighting to establish if any lights could be switched off.

Ulcombe Council Crime report

THE PCSO reported that there had been two recorded crimes in the parish (theft of motor ve- hicle and burglary of dwelling and theft, no violence). Both crimes had been undetected. The next police contact point

dates for the parish would be put in the newsletter and dis- played on noticeboards in the village. The football season had started, with the new boys’ team now using the village pitch. Any Ulcombe boys inter- ested in joining the club should contact the clerk. An idea to extend the parish minibus service to include Kingswood was to be discussed by Kingswood Parish Council. No date had yet been given

for the second public consulta- tion event for the proposed solar farm at Tong Farm.Mem- bers of the public asked for a public meeting for Maidstone Council to advise about the new Government guidance for

hamHousing, Mid Kent College, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Fami- lies Association and the Royal British Legion. The project will employ veterans to carry out re- furbishment and light mainte- nance work in Maidstone borough.

Maidstone Council leader

Chris Garland, who chairs the Maidstone Armed Forces Com- munity Covenant Steering Group, said: “This pilot model will, where possible, bring empty properties back into use, and ensure there is increased suitable accommodation for vul-

As Kent CountyYouthOrchestra nears the end of its 50th an- niversary year,Kent Music is ap- pealing to music-lovers and alumni to become Friends of Kent County Youth Orchestra. KCYO marked its golden an- niversary season with a land- mark concert at Mote Hall, Maidstone. Orchestra manager Geoff

Dixon said: “We need the Friends’ support to ensure that gifted young musicians in Kent continue to experience the chal- lenge of rehearsing and perform- ing symphonic music, coached

solar farms and how it would be implemented in the borough. Details would be published on the parish council website and on the noticeboard. The East of Maidstone Bus Group meeting had reported on the security of the current serv- ices. Re-tendering for the re- newal of services from April 2014 would start in the au- tumn. The No 59 timetable had been changed to include the extra 1.30pm service from Grafty Green. New eco buses had been introduced, with more modern buses now cas- caded down to the rural routes. The clerk had met with Kent Highways to discuss the prob- lems of flooding and mud ac- cumulation in The Street caused by the inadequate land drains running down Ulcombe Hill and in the centre of the vil- lage. This would be referred to the drainage team and it was hoped that repairs would be in- cluded in the current budget. Maidstone Council had ad-

vised regarding the new Dog Watch signs campaign. Twenty signs were being circulated around the borough to heighten awareness of problem areas and to gather intelligence to prose- cute, fine or warn irresponsible dog owners. These had been displayed in Ulcombe for a while, but had been replaced by the Responsible K9 signswhich advised about the new fouling laws.

Scheme to bring new life to homes

nerable veterans as well as creat- ing more opportunities for em- ployment and community support for those who have served their country and are try- ing hard to build a new life. “With many soldiers facing re- dundancy, some are looking for jobs now and others in the next 12-24 months. These projects will support existing service per- sonnel and their families and those leaving or being made re- dundant from service.” Heroes to Hand is a social en- terprise under the umbrella of Futures for Heroes.

Orchestra needs Friends’ help

by a dedicated group of profes- sional players and teachers from London’s major orchestras and music colleges.” Support from the Friends of KCYO helps the orchestra en- gage the best conductors, soloists and tutors throughout the year. Bursaries are provided for young musicians from fami- lies on low incomes, ensuring that entry to KCYO is open to all.

For details of how to become a Friend ofKCYOvisitwww.kent-, call 01622 358402 or email

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