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Town Talk Pupils say no to school parking

MEMBERS of Snodland Church of England Primary School’s school council have taken action against the drivers of cars taking their ve- hicles to the entrance gates in Roberts Road. The school has tried to encour-

age parents to use the car park at the community centre, Pad- dlesworth Road and use the rear entrance. The pupils are pictured in Roberts Road where they stood

from 3pm to 3.25pm for a week with posters and chanting “Keep kids safe. Stop parking here”. Assistant head teacher Emily Wright said: “It was a success as we were visible each afternoon andithelpedasweweresup- ported by the local police and fire service." The school was successful in its campaign last year to have dou- ble yellow lines on the road out- side the school entrance.

Carnival ideas are invited

SNODLAND'S carnival will take place on Saturday, July 4. The theme this year is emer-

gency services through the ages.

Judging of the floats and walk-

ing groups will take place at Holmesdale Technology College before they travel along Malling Road, High Street, Queens Av- enue, Holborough Road, High

JennyWheeler andWayne Mallard, back row centre, with the group Group is back for a chat

THESnodlandCommunityGroup has risen from the ashes of the Beat Project, which had to close due to lack of funding. The Beat Project started four

yearsagoandhasrunthepopular Coffee andChatgroup whichhas been meeting every Wednesday in SnodlandWorkingMens Club, Holborough Road. Jenny Wheeler, who had been

the project's community develop- ment co-ordinator since Decem- ber 2013, has also left. She said: "I have been support-

ing the peoplewhoattendedCof- feeandChattocontinuerunninga community group.” The chairman of the new group

isWayne Mallard, who has been helping with the Beat Project for four years. He thanked Jenny and every-

body else from the Beat Project for theirhelpin thepastfewyears. "Wefelt itwouldbeashameifall

they had done disappeared," he said. "That iswhySnodlandCom- munity Group was created and hopefully can carry on the work they did." The Coffee and Chat group

meets on the first and third Wednesdays of every month at the club from 11.30am to 2pm. "We are a very diverse group

and anybody is welcome to join in,"Wayne added.

Party in the Park is back

THE hugely popular Party in the Park is returning to Snodland next year, after a seven-year break. The first party was held in 2007

as part of the Snodland Festival, when the Drifters performed to an audience of 1,000. The following year more than 2,000 people turned up for Queen and Abba tribute acts. In 2009 almost 3,000 people partied to tribute act Magic of Bee Gees and supporting acts. Party in the Park is being resur-

rected by Snodland Town Football Club and will follow the same lines, with events on Saturday and Sunday. Lighting and sound will be provided by the same com- pany as at the previous concerts. Hicks Estate Agents, one of the

football club sponsors, will once again provide box office facilities, and headline acts for the Saturday night party and Sunday concert will be announced in due course. Alan Totham, one of the original organisers of the concerts and now an executive member of the football club, said: "We've been consistently asked to resurrect the Party in the Park concerts and so the football club has decided to go ahead with the project for next summer. "We are grateful to the town council and community centre for giving early backing to the venture and hope that the residents of Snodland will give their support for what could be an annual event."

St Katherine’s School Nursery offers stimulating

opportunities for learning through play within our spacious, inviting environment.

St. Katherine’s Lane, Snodland ME6 5EJ

01634 240061

Come and meet our qualified and dedicated staff and see the wonderful facilities we can offer. With places available now for children aged 3.

Street, Constitution Hill to Po- tyns Sports Ground. Any clubs or groups who want

to take part or have a stall at the arena are asked to contact the town council office in Waghorn Road (01634 240228). The next meeting is at the council offices on May 15 and anyone who has ideas for the carnival is welcome to attend.

Local news for Snodland and Halling

A Downs Mail supplement produced in conjunction with the Snodland Chamber of Commerce.

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