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ROGRESS in the development stage of the Heritage Lottery Fund project to save All Saints’ Church, Snodland, has been encouraging, says the Rev Hugh Broadbent. A total of £35,000 match funding

Funds raised Pto save church

is needed by the beginning of De- cember to secure the main HLF grant and to ensure that the delivery stage goes ahead next year. Numerous gifts and pledges have

been made to the church and Friends of All Saints’, and offers of help have also been made. Snod- land Church of England Primary School donated the proceeds of its summer fayre – more than £1,500. “Applications have been made to various grant-making bodies and fundraising events organised," said Hugh. “The Friends’ open day fea- tured tours of the church and cream teas, as well as an art exhibition in celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday, organised by Sue Brooks and Keith Holdstock. "Corgis, coaches, crowns and castles all featured, as well as por- traits of the Queen. There were ex- cellent contributions from pupils of St Katherine's and the Church of England primary schools, as well as St Katherine's Pre-School and an adult art group."

A MAN who turned away from a life of drugs, guns and gangs was the speaker at Snodland's Holmesdale School Awards Evening. Gbenga Ajew-

ole (pictured left) spoke to pupils in years 7, 8, 9 and 10 on the impor- tance of grit, re- silience and self-belief. The

youth mentor, life coach and au- thor says he wants to inspire and cheer young people towards the full realisation of their potential. Students were presented with trophies for making progress in a particular subject. Executive prin-

Local news for Snodland and Halling Inspiring night for pupils Lucy Blight picks up her award

cipal Patrick Hannaway said progress awards reflected the school's passion for supporting and challenging each student, no matter what the starting point. Lucy Blight enchanted the 300- strong audience of parents, staff,

governors and local dignitaries with beautiful singing for which she received a standing ovation. Awards were presented by Mark Rhodes, Mayor of Tonbridge & Malling. The evening culminated in the presentation of two special tro- phies. The Overall Progress Award for the student who has made the most progress across the year groups in all his subjects went to Connor Whiteley. To the delight of the audience,

the winner of the Ian Hobson award for the student who has shown most resilience and deter- mination across the year groups, chosen by the senior leadership, was Lucy Blight.

Party in road

MOTORISTS driving along Brook Lane, Snodland, were surprised to find their way blocked by dancers. About 110 people attended Robert Barnes’ party which raised more than £600 for Macmillan Nursing and Outreach Nursing at Maidstone Hospital. "Music was provided by Nick

Wood, who is a Snodland man with KarenO'Brien,asasoloiston clarinet," said Robert.

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