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Rewards for long service

TWO Maidstone employees of South East Water who started working for the company 25 years ago have been recognised for their long service. Mick Bryant and Mike Masters

were among 17 staff presented with certificates and gift vouchers after clocking up 25 years service in the water industry. Mick’s first job was an apprentice- ship as a garage mechanic before he moved to a farm at East Farleigh. He then got a labourer’s post at Mid Kent Water and has since worked in a number of roles, including water meter installations.

Now a distribution technician, Mick said: “Things are much more customer-focused, with new tech- nology converting our vans into mo- bile offices.”

Mike’s career with Mid Kent

Mike Masters (left) and Mick Bryant with Paul Butler

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Water started 32 years ago, when he became an apprentice plumber. He left in 1989 to become self-em- ployed, but work dried up as the re- cession hit so he returned. Now a leakage technician, Mike has seen some spectacular burst water pipe sights. In 1991 he got a call to Seven Mile Lane near East Peckham where the Roydon Hall Bends were being straightened by Kent County Council. He said: “It was a cartoon-like scene of a column of water 100 feet high flooding the entire site.” Paul Butler, managing director of South East Water, congratulated the men, saying: “Both Mick and Mike have shown, and continue to show, dedication to their job, their team and to the company. The water in- dustry has seen many changes but they both have taken it all in their stride.”

Victoria Harris (left) and Hayley Long sold cupcakes for Children in Need Pupils boost charity total

STUDENTS and staff at New Line Learning Academy, in Boughton Lane, Loose helped to collect hun- dreds of pounds for Children in Need with a range of fundraising activities. Pupils started the fun on Friday,

November 13 by donating £1 to wear something spotty to class. At lunchtime, there were various initiatives to help boost the amount,

including a popcorn stand, a bake sale and game to guess how many sweets in a jar. Principal David Elliott said: "It’s al-

ways great to see the students sup- port charity events such as Children in Need. They're really enthusiastic about running the activities and rais- ing as much money as they can for a fantastic cause."

Read all the latest editions of theDowns Mail at More than just cupcakes at this hidden cafe

Located in its own hidden spot in a characterful grade- II listed building in Larkfield, Cupcake Heart Café offers much more than its name


It is open every day for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, freshly ground coffee and, of course, cakes and cupcakes.

The cafe’s extensive breakfast or lunch menu can be enjoyed in its two tearooms or large garden and play area hidden at the back. While you relax and choose from the menu, which includes jacket potatoes, pulled pork baguettes, paninis, salads and much more, your children

can play in the play house or the wooden pirate ship. There are also swings for them to enjoy.

Not only is Cupcake Heart a café it also offers a host of other activities. The specialist cake

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makers can make your special bespoke wedding, birthday or celebration cakes.

Perhaps the most exciting thing about Cupcake Heart is the magical and much loved children’s cupcake party where children get to have fun sugar-crafting and decorating their own set of cupcakes.

If you want to learn how to make your own creations then try out the adult sugarcraft classes and you can even buy your own cake making equipment in the sugar craft shop or a gift from the gift shop.

Children can also get involved this Christmas with dedicated sugarcraft classes on December 19, 21 and 22.

Convenient parking is available next door behind the Wealden Hall. With friendly and helpful staff don’t miss out on Kent’s great little secret cupcake cafe.

Cupcake Heart Cafe

781-783 London Road, Larkfield ME20 6DE opposite Morrison’s. Parking is available in The Wealden Hall next door

Special offers can also be found on Cupcake Heart Café’s Facebook page.

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