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Lunch to thank MP promoted to sports minister


town volunteers ACELEBRATORYlunch is to be held to thank local trustees for the work they do in leading Maidstone’s many charities and community organisations. Voluntary Action Maidstone,


in partnership with Whitehead Monckton, is holding a trustees’ brunch on Friday, November 8, to mark Trustees’Week. Natalie Smith, of VAM, said: “Maidstone is lucky to have hundreds of charities and com- munity groups, most of which are run by volunteer trustees, who give their time and expert- ise free. Maidstone residents ul- timately benefit from their generosity, and we wanted to ap- plaud this.” To book places, email na- talie.smith@vam-online.org.uk.


School workshop YEAR 5 students from local pri- mary schools visited Invicta Grammar School for an after- school workshop. Delivered by the PE depart-


ment, pupils took part in a num- ber of team-building games. Teachers and prefects at Invicta were very impressed with the way the children worked to- gether on the various activities. The girls were able to develop


their team skills while building confidence and making friends from other schools.


MAIDSTONE MP Helen Grant has succeeded Hugh Robertson as sports minister in David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle. Shewill also retain her portfo-


lio as parliamentary under-sec- retary for both justice and equalities. A former judo champion, she


said on Twitter that she was “ab- solutely delighted”, adding: “I cannot wait to get started and certainly am hoping for a great result for England against Mon- enegro on Friday!” The appointment marks an-


other milestone in her rapid progress since being elected


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said: “We had five children we were trying to feed and a house we were trying to keep and we had no money. I was trying to get my business going and did not want to apply for jobseeker’s al- lowance, so we needed money coming in to help us survive. “Of course I regret it. I don’t


like what has happened, but we did what we had to do.We did- n’t go out of our way to rip peo- ple off.We just thought we were claiming for what we were enti- tled to.” Jacobs says his comments on social networking sites such as


three years ago in the Maidstone and theWeald seat left vacant by the retirement of former Tory minister Ann Widdecombe. MidKentand Faversham MP Mr Robertson has spent nearly 10 years as ei- ther minister or shadow minister for sport, during which he helped to oversee the London 2012 Olympics and Para- lympics. He has been rewarded with a move to the Foreign Of- fice as aminister of state.


Twitter, where he has more than 800 followers, reflect his past, not the present. One of them says he is “transforming the world of learning with a life-long commitment to the personal growth of others”. One of Jacobs’ Facebook pages features quotes designed to be positive and inspiring. These in- clude: “Be careful the friends you choose, for you will become like them”. Jacobs was involvedwith BBC


Two show The Men Who Made Us Thin,which was aired in Au- gust. The four-part series fea- tured presenter Jacques Peretti


Sport was a key part of Mrs


Grant’s upbringing in Cumbria. She was an under-16 judo cham- pion for the north of England and southern Scotland and rep- resented the county at hockey, tennis, cross-country and athlet- ics. A keen runner, she com- pleted the LondonMarathon just 11 days before her victory at the last General Election. As sports minister, her chal- lenges will include promoting equality at all levels of sport, fighting her corner over addi- tional funding for school sport, and overseeing the delivery of Olympics legacy promises.


Life coach guilty of fraud offence


taking part in a boot camp in Maidstone. Everest pleaded guilty atMed-


way Magistrates’ Court to four counts of fraud through dishon- estly claiming benefit and was given a suspended 120-day prison term and ordered to pay £85 costs plus a victim sur- charge. Jacobs pleaded guilty to aiding


and abetting Everest to defraud Medway Council with a view to obtaining housing benefit for himself.Hewas given 200 hours community service over two years and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.


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