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News Award for determined athlete

JUST looking at the activities of Maidstone sportswoman Emma Tuck is enough to wear you out. The 17-year-old from Invicta Grammar School plays netball on Mondays, is on the trampoline three nights a week, dances tap, modern, contemporary and hip hop three times aweek and has just completed her UKCC Level 1 coaching courses in trampoline and netball. What’s even more remarkable is

that the seemingly-inexhaustible teenager from East Farleigh is only just coming back into form after an- terior cruciate ligament reconstruc-

Carnival to

celebrate arts THERE will be a carnival atmos- phere in Maidstone this summer when the town stages a parade of arts and culture. The town centre will be bursting

with colour, music and fun on Sat- urday, July 5, as more than 40 arts and voluntary organisations pa- rade from County Hall to Jubilee Square, viaWeek Street and Frem- linWalk. This will be followed by a showcase of Maidstone talent. The event, which is being organ-

ised and partly funded by the Maidstone Town Team and the Maidstone Area Arts Partnership, is the first to receive a grant from the Make Maidstone Smile fund – a borough council scheme to encour- age art and cultural development. Ken Scott, chair of Maidstone

Town Team’s events group, said: “Maidstone has such awealth of art and culture. This is a fantastic op- portunity to celebrate and show- case the town’s talent.” Every parade needs good cos-

tumes and 16 textile artists have been trained to help groups design and create theirs. From the fun to the flamboyant, support for cos- tume design and creation will be given at one of fiveworkshops hap- pening between now and July. Schools, arts and voluntary or- ganisations that want to be in- volved can call project manager, Richard Gretton on 07802 425022 or email .

Diner approved

PLANNING permission was granted for a new restaurant to be established next to Morrison’s in the former Army and Navy store inWeek Street, Maidstone. Circle Property Management

has been given the go-ahead by Maidstone Council to create a 270sqm eatery in the south part of the building at ground floor level.

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tive surgery. She said: “After two years out of

full time national training, I started again on the trampoline and am now back full time and I’m nearly back to the level I was before my injury.” Emma

(left) now trains three to


nights aweek at Jumpers Rebound Centre. So it came as no surprise to

classmates when shewas presented with the Outstanding Personal Achievement award at the town’s Active Maidstone awards cere- mony.

Emma said: “When my name

was read out as the winner, I was overwhelmed.” Emma plays for Pennies Vespers netball team, which is currently top of the MMNL Division 3. She was due to compete in the National Schools Trampoline Championship at Gateshead and has just passed her intermediate tap exam with dis- tinction. She said: “I train at Maidstone

Dance Studios and also help run a junior hip hop crew. I have also re- cently got into a new hip hop crew myself, and we will be performing at R’enc Arts Hip Hop Festival in Brittany in April.” So where does she get her moti-

vation and all that energy? She said: “I’ve always loved tak-

ing part in sport and physical ac- tivity and have always been very competitive. “I get a buzz from performing

and being in a competitive situa- tion. I hope that sport will carry on to be a part of my life in years to come.”

Kerry is new youth commissioner

STUDENT Kerry Boyd has been appointed Kent’s new youth com- missioner, nearly a year after her predecessor quit the job after just a few days. Kerry (19), from Margate, started part-time in her new role on March 5, before taking it up full-time at the beginning of April. The announcement comes after teenager Paris Brown, from Isle of Sheppey,was appointed to the role but quit six days later, in April 2013, after it emerged she had posted offensive remarks on Twit- ter.

Kerry, who is taking a gap year

from her degree in education and business studies, is an active runner

and a keen supporter of Chelsea FC. She also enjoys driving, music and was a London 2012 Olympic torchbearer. Her role

will include w orking with schools, colleges and universities to deliver ed- ucational packages on wider issues such as knife crime, drugs, how to stay

safe, aswell as finding out policing priorities.

New sports hall for school

ANEWsports hall and leisure cen- tre could be built at Mid Kent Col- lege in Oakwood Park, Maidstone. Aplanning application includes:

 a sports hall large enough for four badminton courts;  a gym;  two aerobic/dance studios;  two therapy rooms;  toilets

Hospice’s story

THE story behind the creation of the Heart of Kent Hospice in the 1980s is told in a re-printed book by the appeal organiser, Ul- combe’s Molly Poulter. “Building the Heart of Kent Hospice” costs £7.99 and is avail- able from the hospice’s 13 shops or from Mrs Poulter (01622 842988).

 a reception, office and staff room;  a vending and seating area. A car park would be sited on

space vacated by the proposed demolition of block C, which was formerly part of the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). Maidstone Council will deter- mine the application.

Run for charity

HEART of Kent Hospice has a limited number of places for run- ners who would like to take part in the British London 10K on Sunday, July 13. Runners are asked to raise a minimum £200. For details, email or call 01622 790195. Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Spring ball for Macmillan

MACMILLAN Cancer Support is holding its Spring Ball at the Tudor Park Hotel in Bearsted on Friday, May 30. The event starts with a drinks reception in the Thurnham Suite at 7.30pm. Tickets are £40 per head and include a three-course meal and a drink on arrival. There will also be a raffle, auction and disco. To book, call Moira on 07961 051654 or email

She said: “I’m very pleased in-

deed that I’ve got the job – it was a role that was calling out to me. For me this is about giving young peo- ple a voice in society and finding out what the younger generation want from the police and wider agencies. Like the commissioner, I will always be out and about in local communities.” Kent Police and Crime Commis-

sioner Ann Barnes said: “Kerry re- ally stood out for me as a strong-minded young lady who has a hunger to make a difference. I’mconfident that Kerry has lots of exciting ideas to make sure that young people are involved in fu- ture policing.”

Music boss

stands down KENT Music’s county groups man- ager Geoff Dixon has organised his final concert after 22 years with the education charity. Geoff joined Kent Music in April

1992 as a supervisor on county group courses and took up the role of music librarian in 1994. In 2000 he became manager of

Kent County Youth Orchestra and in 2009 general manager for the county groups. He has toured with KCYO to South America and given the orchestra opportunities to play in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall.

Offices to flats HURSTGLEN Properties has been given planning permission to con- vert offices into 13 flats in St Faith’s Street, Maidstone. The scheme will see the intro- duction of eight two-bedroom flats and five one-bedroom flats on the first, second and third floors at Faith House. The ground floor, occupied by Maplin and hairdressing salon Monkey Hair, will be unaffected.

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