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downsmail.co.uk Suicidewoman’s clinic visits


A 73-YEAR-OLD woman from Allington took a fatal overdose of tablets after being refused help by two assisted suicide clinics, a Maidstone inquest heard. Maria Hedges was found lying


on the bedroom floor at her home in NewburyAvenue on September 14 last year, after a concerned neigh- bour, Audrey Mills, raised the alarm when she had not been seen for two days. Therewas a note near her body saying “Do not resusci-


Homes at pub


THE disused Saxon Chief pub at 250 Queens Road, Maidstone, may be replaced with housing. In June last year, planning per- mission was granted to redevelop the site into offices. Now a new proposal would see seven new homes – five with two bedrooms and two with four bedrooms. The pub closed in January 2013. Maidstone Council will determine.


Jumble sale date


MAIDSTONE Mencap is holding a jumble sale on Saturday, March 22 at 3pm at Cobtree Hall, Mote Park, School Lane entrance (off Willing- ton St), Maidstone.


tate” and therewas a similar one in the living room. Coroner Patricia Harding was


told the retired carer was inde- pendent but had suffered poor health in the last four years, includ- ing diabetes and failing sight. She talked about ending her life and her GP had referred her to a psychia- trist, but he found no serious men- tal problems. Portuguese-born Mrs Hedges, who lived alone, had remained on


good terms with her husband, Dud- ley, although they parted in 1974 after 15 years of marriage and even- tually divorced in 1988. Mr Hedges said she had asked


him to help her end it all. “Dignitas was unable to help her. I was not willing to do it,” he said. Mrs Mills said: “She said she


would go to Dignitas at some stage, She did visit a clinic in Switzerland and one in America but they wouldn’t do anything as she was


not terminally ill. She said she wouldn’t take her own life as she was too much of a coward.” Shewas last known to be out and


about on September 12 when she bought a newspaper. A post mortem exam showed she died from an overdose of painkillers and a diabetic complication. The coroner said shewas satisfied


that Mrs Hedges took her own life and it was probable this happened two days before shewas found.


Paul’s pudding goes down a bomb


YOUNG Shepway cook Paul Parker has wowed the judges in a national cooking contest. Paul, a year 8 pupil at New Line Learning (NLL) Academy,was the re- gional finalist in the Ready Berry Cook Competition, spearheaded by CBBC presenter Stefan Gates. Paul beat hundreds of other en-


tries to become one of eight re- gional finalists, winning a blender for the academy. Although he was pipped to first place by a cook from Pontefract, Paul’s unique recipe, Bombtastic Berries, left judges with a lasting impression of something very different – and ‘sparkling’.


Inspired by bonfire night, the dish,


made with raspberries and ice cream meringue and fat-free sponge, came with added sparklers. Subject leader of catering at New


Line Learning, Heather Thomas, said: “All of the students worked in- credibly hard to come up with the most imaginative recipes, but Paul's recipe really stood out.” The contest was the second suc-


cess in six months for Paul. Last year, he and pal Daniel Rayner, also from Shepway, were runners-up in the final of the Fourayes Bramley Apple Cooking Competition, held in the kitchens of East Kent College.


A beautiful 200 year old pub set in the heart of Stockbury THE HARROW


UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT Roy Sedge & Di Nichols


and their team welcome you to The Harrow. A warm welcome and atmosphere await you.


Serving fresh homemade traditional food cooked to order.


Sunday Lunch 2 Course


Starter & Main Booking advisable £9.95pp theharrowstockbury@hotmail.co.uk 18


Now taking bookings for Mothers Day - Call for details


01795 842546


Food Served: Lunch 12-3pm Dinner 5pm-9pm Maidstone Town March 2014


Bar snacks & specials board available Fish & Chip Night -


every third Friday each month


Thai Evening - every second Wednesday each month


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