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Bra-vo!WI ladies mark group’s double century

AWOMEN’S group has caused a stir with their latest display – a bra full of plants. Dubbed a “hanging bra-sket”,

the 38GG lingerie is now home to a variety of blooms. The Aylesford and Eccles WI

wanted to mark the national organ- isation’s second century by taking part in a recycling challenge. After several weeks in the plan-

ning, they unveiled their new gar- den bust – complete with a host of plants. The pretty display prompted members of St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Aylesford to make a cheeky remark on its Facebook page.

Under the “feeling amused” smi-

ley symbol, they wrote: “Aylesford and Eccles WI is a force to be reck- oned within our community. “We are pleased to offer them our support.” And they added: “Their cup run-

neth over!” WI’s Aline Ongley said: “We’ve

had a lot of laughs and fun putting this together. “It has been six weeks in the

Advertisement feature Members of Aylesford and Eccles WI with their hanging bra-sket

planning. One lady supplied the bra, another the plants and one other did the sewing to make sure the flowers all stayed in place.” The plants include lobelias and petunias. Even the garden frog took up res-

idence for a while. Now the group has to decide where to permanently hang their

creation. And they are hoping to win a barrowful of Sutton’s seeds if the national WI thinks their display is bra-vo.  The Aylesford and Eccles Women’s Institute meets every fourthWednesday of the month in the Brassey Centre, Aylesford, from 7.30pm.

News Asbestos fear

closes shops FIVE shops had to close after con- tractors ripped asbestos out of a flat in East Malling. Environmental health officers

were called to amaisonette being re- furbished above the shops in Twis- den Road after concerns about “asbestos being thrown on to a bal- cony above the shops”. Jane Heeley, Tonbridge&Malling council’s chief environmental health officer, says a contractorwas sent to investigate the claims that asbestos was being removed unsafely. She said:“We cleared the area im- mediately outside the property of building waste. Russet Homes and our tenants in the commercial prop- erties were given advice about pro- tecting themselves. The matter has nowbeen handed over to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). The One Stop convenience store, an Indian takeaway, the Chinese takeaway, the hair salon and nail bar were all ad- vised to close from about 1.30pm to 8pm.Amember of staff at One Stop, which normally opens from 6am to 11pm, seven days a week, said: “These are our busiest times.” Commenting on the incident, an

HSE spokesman said: “Our inspec- tors visited the site and ensured that the necessary work practices are being carried out correctly.

Malling August 2016


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