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Call for protest over threat to playgrounds


Ollie Lawrence in action against Darryl Davidson


Boxer Ollie closer to title


MAIDSTONE light-middleweight Ollie Lawrence has taken a large step towards national title glory in the UK’s Queensbury Boxing League. The undefeated 21-year-old,


from Allington, produced a mes- merising display of ring skills dur- ing a close-fought four-round points victory over Northampton’s Darryl Davidson. Speaking after the fight, Ollie,


who started out as a junior for Maidstone Amateur Boxing Club, described the contest as his tough- est yet. He said: “I take my hat off to Darryl Davidson, he has my ut- most respect.” The event took place at Copthorne Hotel, Effingham,West Sussex. He will challenge for the national title at the Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey in April.


RESIDENTS are being urged to write to Maidstone Council in protest at a plan to close 20 play areas throughout the borough. Play areas under threat are in


Woolley Road (Senacre),Westmor- land Close (Shepway), Reinden Grove (Downswood), Somerset Road (Shepway), Bedgebury Close (Vinters Park), Roseholme (Fant), Fountain Park (Armstrong Road, Maidstone), James Street (Maid- stone), Shaw Close (Maidstone) and Freshland Road (Maidstone). In Grove Green, four areas are pro- posed for closure: Peverel Drive, Crownfields, Shepherds Gate Drive


Apple pie quiz


PUT your general knowledge to the test at Maidstone Mencap’s apple pie quiz on Saturday, March 8. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm


start at Cobtree Hall, Mote Park, School Lane entrance. Tickets, which include apple pie


and cream, are £5 per head for teams of six to eight – call Rita on 07790 643218 to book.


and Franklin Drive, along with three in Allington: Juniper Close, Riverhead Close and Keswick Drive. The remainder are at Whitebeam


Drive (Coxheath), Fairhurst Drive (East Farleigh) and Cockpits (Mar- den).


Stuart Jeffery, campaigner for Greens in Fant ward, said: “Rose- holme is full of young families that need places such as the play area for their kids. “Maidstone has a real problem


with the health of our children and restricting their access to play areas will make this problemworse.”


Open gardens


GARDENERS are invited to show off their plots in the Heart of Kent Hospice’s open garden scheme. The scheme raises much- needed funds for the hospice, in Aylesford, by charging a small en- trance fee as a donation. Formore information call the hospice on 01622 79019.


Maidstone Council’s cabinet member for community and leisure services, Cllr John Wilson, said: “We are consulting on a new play areas strategy that will see an un- precedented £1.75 million invested in play areas across the borough to make sure the majority of people live only a short walk from one of 85 good play areas. “To achieve this, 20 play areas


will be offered to the community to manage. If they do not wish to, the play equipment will be removed and the area kept as open space for residents to enjoy. We will ensure there is a good alternative close by.”


Charity concert


THEBand of the Brigade of Gurkhas will perform at Sutton Valence School in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity on Thursday, March 27. Tickets cost £18 and include re- freshments. Call Lt Col Chris Parkinson on 01622 858132 (cfg- parkinson@tiscali.co.uk) or ColPeter Cook on 01622 832370 (abfthesol- dierscharityinkent@gmail.com).


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Maidstone Town March 2014


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