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A FUNDRAISING campaign is well underway in East Malling for the £200,000 needed to build the Apple Tree Room in the grounds of St James the Great Church. The building will provide much- needed facilities including toilets, a kitchen and meeting room, which will help to make the church acces- sible to the whole community. Named partly after the area’s


fruit farming heritage, the project has already raised more than £80,000 in loans and donations and is heading towards the £100,000 mark, when grant bids backed by match funding from larger organi- sations can be made.


Reserve lease KENTWildlife Trust has extended its lease of Holborough Marshes Nature Reserve by 15 years which includes an additional piece of land of 4.6 hectares. The charity has worked with the landowner, Lafarge Tarmac, since 1996. The reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI) – designated for its marshy grassland, fen, reed bed and freshwater ditch commu- nities. It is home to a number of im- portant breeding birds.


To help increase funds, as we


went to press church members Shaun and Shirley Gurteen, who live in East Malling, set off from Winchester Catheral to walk 150 miles to Canterbury, mainly along Pilgrims’Way. They were being accompanied


along the route by the vicar, the Rev Jim Brown driving a support vehicle. Shaun, who is a church sidesman, and his wife, a reader and choir member, aimed to cover the distance in 10 days, culminat- ing in a parish walk into Canter- bury for evensong. They can be sponsored for a mile or for the whole walk and were


An artist’s impression of the proposed Apple Tree Room


hoping for morewalkers to join in. Shaun said: “It is much more than a room, but much-needed toi-


Company’s assets to be sold off


A JCB tractor, forklift trucks and floor cleaning equipment are among the items fromAylesford Newsprint which will go under the hammer after the closure of the Larkfield- based company. Administrator KPMG has called


in consultants to carry out the sale of the business’s assets after the recy- cled newsprint paper manufacturer closed in February with the loss of about 300 jobs. The company pro- duced more than 400,000 tonnes of


recycled newsprint every year. The sales will take place as a series of on- line auctions, while the company’s two large paper machines, which could fetch millions of pounds, will be sold privately. KPMG is in discussions with property consultants over the future of the land. A spokesman said the administrators did not expect paper production to resume. The site was subject to a longer-term strategy and was not being marketed.


let facilities and meeting rooms, a great improvement on our Por- taloo. This building will provide a much needed facility, bring to- gether the community and help to resolve many of our social needs.” Other fundraising activities being organised by the congregation in- clude a talent scheme in which peo- ple were each given £5 and are working hard to increase it in a va- riety of ways such as making table decorations, biscuits, cakes and fudge. The goods will be on sale at the Saturday mini market at the church, off High Street, on June 27 from 10am to 12.30pm.


Meet the Lions


THE Malling District Lions’ Club is on the lookout for new members. The club meets every third Mon-


day in the month at 8pm in The Farmhouse in West Malling High Street. New members are always welcome to go along and see what Lions do to help the local and in- ternational community. For more details, call 0845 833


5735 or visit www.mallinglion- sclub.moonfruit.com.


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