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WOMEN in Snodland have started football training with the intention of forming a team and possibly join- ing Snodland Town Football Club. They play on the all-weather pitch

at the community centre on Mon- day evenings. Ria Henderson has previously played football in Maidstone and Essex but had not played for many years. Reaching the age of 30 prompted her to take action to fulfil a long-held ambition. "The aim is to set up a club but

for now we are playing friendly matches and enjoying a few train- ing drills with the help of an experi-

enced coach," she said. "We have 14 ladies involved but we normally have about eight to 10 each week, depending on commitments. "We seem to have regular ladies coming every week now, which is great. We have a lot of talent and they are a great bunch of girls. "I'm looking forward to the warmer weather and hopefully some tournaments and competi- tive matches." Ria lives in Recreation Avenue

with her partner Russell and 20- month old daughter Betty. Call her on 07852 156 089 or email her on

Ria Henderson with some of the members of the women’s team Bubbles takes

the plunge WINDOW cleaner Bubbles, real name Graham Ballard of Kent Road, Halling, has completed his sky dive at Headcorn airfield to raise money for Macmillan Can- cer Support. He said he arrived at the airfield

Kim moves on

to join force SNODLAND'S long-serving police community support officer Kim Bashford has left the town to be- come a police officer. Educated at Vinters Girls’ School

in Maidstone, she worked as a trainee chef, took a legal secretarial course at college and worked in re- tail in Maidstone before becoming aPCSOinSnodland. "It was a challenging role, being involved with people of different backgrounds and enjoying multi- agency working rather than being stuck indoors was the attraction," said Kim. "I have enjoyed it here and it has

stoodme in good stead formy new role. A lot is done here and there is a fantastic community." One of the reasons Kim wanted

to become a police officer was her involvement in a fraud case in Snodland. A man offered to cut down a tree for a pensioner in Salt- ings Road, Snodland for £300 but then said he had made a mistake and wanted several thousand pounds. He took the pensioner to her bank in Maidstone to get the money from her bank. He did not succeed and was im- prisoned but Kim was involved from the beginning to the impris- onment. She added that a lot of agencies, partnerships and the town council worked hard to keep Snodland safe and she wished them the best of luck for the future.

Book week fun for pupils

SNODLAND Church of England Primary School's BookWeek was described as a huge success. It culminated in an assembly

with the children dressed as Roald Dahl's characters and judged by the Rev Hugh Broad- bent, John Crittenden and Anita Willett.

Literacy leader Nicole Chap-

man said: "The children were transported into the world of Roald Dahl and loved exploring this much-loved author in their learning throughout the week. "They were also involved in a whole school book swap, a po-

etry recital competition and the costume parade." She added: "There were a few surprises along the way. One of the teachers was turned into a mouse by the Grand High Witch in an assembly one morning, which inspired the children's writ- ing for the day. They were prompted to think about what magic potion they would create and how they would use it.” Head teacher Holley Hunt praised the costumes and thanked Nicole and the adults in her curriculum learning group for organising the week.

Firm’s gift of windows

A COMPANY which has only been based in the town for one year has replaced fivewindows in the sports changing rooms at Snodland Com- munity Centre at no cost. Mark Ramsey who owns Kestrel

Home Improvements in the High Street is pictured with Chris How- ick, vice-chairman of the commu- nity centre association. Mark, of Cantium Place, Snod-

land, said: "When I did windows at Chris's house, he said the windows at the community centre needed replacing and I said I would be glad to help." Kestrel was previously based at Sundridge but had carried out a lot of work in Snodland and Mark was pleased to take his current office

when it became available. Chris said the windows at the community centre were the original ones. They had been in the build- ing for 28 years and the association was anxious to have them re- placed. "We are delighted Kestrel offered

to enhance them, and thank Mark very much," he added.

at 8am but it was 11.15am before he had his jump. He is now call- ing round on his customers who sponsored him in Borough Green, Maidstone, Higham, and Sittingbourne as well as Snod- land and Halling. Bubbles will present a cheque

to Macmillan at an event at Snod- land Working Mens Club on the evening of August 1.

Craft day

THE Fernlace Craft Group, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in September, is holding its craft and lace day at Snodland Com- munity Centre on April 25. The club meets in Larkfield

once a month and people are in- vited to spend the day in the company of other craft-minded people, to bring their own work and see what others are doing. A number of suppliers will be attending, there will be a work- shop, demonstration and a talk about textile items found in Kent. For more details about the

group and tickets for the day, contact Angela Hadfield on 01634 241910. All profits will be donated to a local charity.

Cricket club cash

THE Snodland Partnership has given Holborough Anchorians Cricket Club £500 towards the cost of renewing the roof and re- placing doors to the roller shed and fencing after high winds brought down a tree and fence. The club, which plays in Hol- borough Park, Snodland, has 55 members. It has three Saturday and two Sunday sides.

Local news for Snodland and Halling Women get a kick out of football

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