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Town Talk Jamie to get his ‘wish to walk’

FOUR-year-old Jamie Maynard is to get a life-changing operation after a community raised £30,000 to help him walk. The Jamie's Wish to Walk cam-

paign has reached its target and his operation will take place at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London in November. Jamie, who lives with his par-

ents, Tim and Donna and sister Robyn, at Bingley Close, Snod- land, suffers from spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. He uses a walker for short distances but otherwise needs a wheelchair. The operation will reduce the spasticity in his legs but the

£30,000 is needed to pay for spe- cialised equipment and intense physiotherapy for at least 12 months. Jamie’s friend Joe Scudder (3),

who also suffers from cerebral palsy, walked a mile and raised £2,892 for the fund. Clocktower Childcare Pre-school, which Jamie attends, raised £1,323 and an evening in Snodland Working Men's Club organised by Con Smith raised £1,833. Donna told Town Talk: "We have

just hit our target.We are still hold- ing all events as planned and will be inviting people to a big party at Snodland Community Centre to

say thank you to everyone. "Can I just say, Snodland, as a community, has really pulled to- gether for us and we cannot thank everyone enough, we are so grateful." Jamie's auntie, Claire Saxby, posted on Facebook: "We've done it! We can't even put into words how we are feeling at the moment. Overwhelmed and grateful is an understatement.We cannot thank you all enough. "We will still continue with our planned events for Jamie'sWish to Walk as this will still benefit Jamie but also help other sick and dis- abled children.

Good report for nursery Lakes school is delayed

LITTLE-UNSDayNursery,basedatHolmesdaleTechnologyCollege,Snod- land hasgained a "good" report after anOfsted inspection. ManagerSarahGoodchildsaidshewasdelighted with thereport."Weare

just really proud we have done it."

The nursery

has 55 children on the roll and 13 members of staff. Sarah has workedtherefor 10 years, and was appointed manager two years ago. The report

says the chil- dren enjoy a varied range of resources and activities that are fun andmotivating and , as a result, they make good progress in their learning. They benefit from positive relation- shipswith staff,which help them feel safe and secure. Safeguardingprocedures are strong, and the staff have a secure under- standing of their rolesandresponsibilities. Themanagerandstaffestablish goodlinks with localschools, teachersvisitthemandthissupportschildren whomoveon tothe school. The inspector said staff need to help children develop their ownideas to

extend their self-initiated learning and to review how the outdoor area is used.

THE new primary school at Hol- borough Lakes, Snodland will not be ready for the start of the new school year in September. Pupils will be taught in the vil-

lage hall for three weeks and the school is expected to open at the end of September. Town Talk reported in February

2014 that Valley Invicta Acade- mies Trust will sponsor the school. It is also sponsoring new schools at Kings Hill, which will have tem- porary classrooms until April 2016, and Leybourne Chase, which will have temporary class- rooms until October. The trust states that it is not an ideal start but the aim is to not let

the situation cause any problems. The school car park will be com- pleted by September; before and after-school clubs will not be open until next April. The children will not be allowed

out at break and lunch time until they move into the school and will have a cold sandwich lunch. They will get milk and fruit and PE les- sons will be restricted until the move to the new buildings.

Process starts to appoint new head

GOVERNORS at St Katherine's Primary School, Snodland have told par- ents they hope a new head teacher will be appointed by January 2016. The previous head, Sharon Alexander, was suspended in May 2013

and she left on December 31 "to concentrate on her family". The school has been led by acting head teacher, Gerald Cadwallader,

and associate head teacher, Barbara Scott. Mr Cadwallader's letter to the parents read: "An advertisement has gone out for the appointment of a new head teacher...the governors hope to have the new person in post for January 2016.

Local news for Snodland and Halling

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