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Grants available for community projects

ORGANISATIONS in Tonbridge and Malling have the chance to apply for up to £2,500 funding for community projects

Scooper heroes

target Hadlow HADLOW was among areas tar- geted when scooper heroes held bag and flag events in Tonbridge and Malling to highlight the prob- lem of dog mess. Dog walkers joined other mem-

bers of the community including officers and councillors from Ton- bridge and Malling Council, KCC community wardens and PCSOs for the event. Any dog mess found was put in coloured bags and left, along with a flag, to highlight the deposits and persuade irresponsible dog owners to clean up after their dogs. In Hadlow therewere eight bags

and flags in the Brookfields area. Volunteers handed out bags, badges and even capes to scooper heroes who then cleared it away. The event was part of the na-

tional Big Scoop campaign led by the Dogs Trust charity in partner- ship with Keep Britain Tidy.

The borough council made the money available in the third round of bidding for grants from its Com- munity Enhancement Fund. The fundwas set up in 2011 using money allocated to the council from the Government’s New Homes Bonus Scheme. It aims to support projects and activities that make a positive difference to the communi- ties and residents of Tonbridge and Malling. About 90 groups benefited in 2011 and 2012 from nearly £240,000, but the council still has al- most £261,000 to finance a final round of grants.

This is now open to community groups, parish or town councils and voluntary sector organisations and charities which must either be lo- cated in the borough or provide services to its residents. The fund is not open to individuals or commer- cial enterprises. Priority will be given to projects

that wouldn’t take place without support from the fund and that add real value to the community. Appli- cations must be submitted by Mon- day, September 8. Council leader Cllr Nicolas Heslop said:“Wewere able to support some

Orchard planted at country park

A TRADITIONAL orchard of Kentish apple trees has been planted at Leybourne Lakes Country Park to celebrate its 10th anniversary and encourage wildlife. Besides the 10 fruit trees, sourced fromnearby East Malling Research,

the site also now has log piles, a man-made reptile refuge and a “re- wilding area” to provide cover for small mammals and invertebrates. Other anniversary events to be held at the park will include a triathlon and the installation of 10 new distance markers for the trail around the main lake. The Green Flag award-winning 93-hectare parkwas opened in 2004.

Malcolm Mitchell

MALCOLM Mitchell (80) lived in the Maidstone area his whole life. He lived in Loose for the past 30 years andwas born and started married life in Tovil. Educated initially

in Dion, Malcolm’s parents ran a Post Office on Whitmore Street, Maidstone. Hewent to the Commercial School in Maidstone and then into the local building trade,

starting with CharlesWalter and Halls. With wife Beatrice he raised daughters Alison and Shirley. Unfortunately Alison, also a Loose resident, died in 2004. He played cricket for Leeds and Broomfield, and Godlands andwas involved for many years with Kent & Maidstone Football Referees Association. He also served a year as Cranbrook Golf Club Veterans section captain. Malcolm was widowed and aer he had a stroke in 2002 he took up playing bowls at Loose Bowls Club. He had been in poor health for some time

before his death. Malcolmwas close to his four grandchildren: Lee, Viki, Simon and Melanie. He also had two great grandchildren: Sophie andWilliam.

30 Malling July 2014 Leonard Hoare

LEONARD “Len” Hoare (90), who died at the Mont Calm care home in Bower Mount Road, lived inWest Malling, Maidstone and Senacre. Agenuine war

hero, Len survived being torpedoed on a ship, finding hisway through a minefield at night, being on a plane that was shot down and malaria. Len’swork included many years

with E Baldock and Sons ofWest Malling. Hewas so impressive in his job at the firm that hewas allowed to run its Tunbridge

Wells shop from the age of 16 and – having gone towork at Goldwell’s drinks factory inWest Malling aer thewar –was offered a new position with Baldocks in 1947. Heworked for the firm until his retirement – including time spent living with his family in a flat over its Maidstone shop. Aer retirement Len returned to the firm in a part-time position, finally leaving when hewas 74. Lenwas married to Violet for 61 years

andwas father to Valerie, who said: “My fatherwas very kind and generous and would help anyone; several of my friends have said hewas like a father to them as well.” Len, who lost his wife in 2008, leaves his daughter and grandchildren Laura and Sean.

great projects through the first two rounds of funding, including equip- ment for local sports clubs and com- munity groups, emergency kit bags and defibrillators for Community First Responders, a disabled access ramp for Shipbourne farmers’ mar- ket; and a host of community events organised to celebrate the Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee. “I’m really pleased that we can continue to support local services and facilities and I look forward to seeing the latest applications.” More details and application forms are on the council’swebsite.

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