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Crowds turn out for 50th county show

CROWDSflocked to theKent Showground for a three-day celebration of all things Kentish.

This year’s Kent County Show at- tracted more visitors than the 2013 event when just under 75,000 peo- ple turned out. A spokesman for the Kent Agri- cultural Society said: “We are de- lighted that we had such a great turnout when the weather forecast had been so unpredictable.” The show got off to a soggy start

Christine Goodey, show secretary of Maidstone Horticultural Society, with a group entry

on Friday with drizzle falling most of the day, but bright sunshine drew the crowds during the rest of theweekend for the show’s 50th an- niversary at the site in Detling. Visitors enjoyed the animal shows, admired floral and fruit dis- plays, tasted Kentish produce, browsed craft and trade stalls and were entertained by morris dancers, a 25m pole-climbing con- test and Titan the Robot. There was plenty to see, with

Iris Shaw (left), who won a first prize, and her sister Ann Hammond, of Wateringbury, who was very highly commended, and right, Frederick Green ofWateringbury Flower Club, whose entry was commended in the novice class.

nine themed areas, a main ring, tra- ditional funfair and six food courts. Arena displays included the

band of the Corps of the Royal En- gineers, the Imps Motor Cycle Dis- play Team and James Dylan Stuntworld, as well as livestock, hounds and heavy horses parades. Among the visitors on the first

day was the Duke of Kent, who is patron of the Kent County Agricul- tural Society.

Vast exhibition hall opens

THE new Maidstone Exhibition Hall, with a capacity for about 5,000 people, was officially opened at the Kent Showground, Detling, by the Duke of Kent. The 3,024sqm building is 72m long and 42m wide and adds to other buildings in the complex that can hold 3,000 and 2,000 people. Part of the new building was used for the Kent Show and provided

a large area for various traders. It also hosted the president’s lunch and a dining area for Kent County Agricultural Society members. It is ex- pected to attract large conferences and trade gatherings.

Plan for six homes on orchard site

GOLDING Homes has applied to build six local needs affordable houses next to Highfield House in Maidstone Road, Marden. The planning application, which

will be determined by Maidstone Council, calls for four two-bed houses (three for social rent, one for shared ownership) and two three- bed houses (one for social rent, one

Tree can be felled

GOLDING Homes has been given the go-ahead to fell a protected larch tree next to 13 Gordon Court, Loose. The social housing provider was concerned about the tree coming down in storms. Maidstone Coun- cil also aprrovedwork on a London plane and three beech trees.

for shared ownership) on the site of an orchard just outside the village. A supporting statement says

there would be “two short terraces of three houses arranged symmet- rically either side of the central ac- cess road and fronting the highway of Maidstone Road”. “Due to the location of the pro- posed dwellings they have limited

Knit and naer

LADIES from Hunton Village Club have launched an informal Thursday night get-together in the village club at 8.15pm, where you can learn to knit and crochet – or one of a number of other crafts. Any woman who wants to have

a drink and a chat among friends will be made most welcome.

impact on the surrounding two- storey houses of Highfield and The Old Vicarage. “The scheme proposals aim to re-

tain existing hedgerows to thewest and south sides of this site.An area of open space is retained to the north-west corner of the site, which will contain trees worthy of reten- tion.”

House refused

A PROPOSAL to erect a three- bedroom home in Smarden Road, Headcorn has been refused. Maidstone Council said the plan-

ning application for land next to Willow Lodge wanted to increase the “impression of built mass to the detriment of the rural character of the area”.

Bid to keep mobile home

A RETROSPECTIVE planning ap- plication has been submitted for a mobile home and hard surfacing on agricultural land at Oaklands, Gravelly Bottom Road, Kingswood. A supporting statement said the scheme, to be determined by Maid- stone Council, “is not going to in- terfere with anybody or look out of place in the area”. It added: “There are dwellings scattered along the road in both directions, and it can- not be said that further residential development of the nature pro- posed would be detrimental to the rural nature of the area. “The road is relatively straight

and wide enough for two vehicles to pass easily. To say that it is un- suitable to accommodate further traffic is nonsense.”

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