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Charities benefit from ‘fantastic’ music event

BEARSTED’S Music on the Green (MOTG) raised more than £15,000, to be split between three charities.

The Goodman Centre and Na- Parking issue?

THE parish clerk has received nu- merous complaints about a car parked onWare Street which drivers feel causes visibility issues. More recently, a van has been parked there too. Councillors heard how the car may have been parked there as a traffic calming measure, despite the difficulty in seeing past it. The parish council decided to log all complaints.


COMMUNITY warden Sally Williams reported to September full members’ meeting of Bearsted Parish Council that rogue traders had been again calling door-to-door offering to clean residents’ drive- ways, this time in Bramley Crescent. The warden intercepted the men, explained it is a “no cold calling area” and they moved on.

Car on move

AN apparently-abandoned Mer- cedes in the Yeomans Lane car park – which is run by Maidstone Bor- ough Council –was to bemoved, re- ported Cllr Richard Ash. The removal of the vehicle follows

a protracted wrangle over owner- ship and the legality of taking it away.MBChad issued a 15-day no- tice on the car.

Music hall

REMEMBERLeonard Sachs and the Good Old Days on TV? If so, you may be interested in an Old Time Music Hall Show. The parish council presents the

Players Theatre Club at the WI Hall at 3.30pm on Saturday, October 29. Details soon on how to get your free ticket.

Firework date

BEARSTED’S firework display takes place on November 4 at the Eliza- beth Harvie Field. More details soon on the BearstedParish Council Face- book page.

tional Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) will each receive £7,494 while the Rain- bows Play Group will get a dona- tion of £384. The income generated by the sell-

out event – which included music from a wide variety of different acts including The Kick Backs – was £41,578 with costs of £23,956. After tax and income retained for

2017, the amount raised for charita- ble distribution was £15,372. Organiser Jo Conner said that the

event “went brilliantly” and the “positive feedback has been pretty much across the board”. She praised residents who “mucked in” for free and said they told her they would have provided more help if they had realised the MOTG event was entirely charita- ble and not-for-profit. The date for next year’sMOTGis

August 27, after organisers checked it does not clash with other local events or a cricket club fixture. Bearsted Parish Council voted unanimously to support the event

The crowd enjoys the Music on The Green festival at Bearsted

next year. The council had pro- vided the green. Cllr Richard Ash, who was unable to attend the event, said: “I know someone who went and said that the organisation was fantastic. They left the green in an immaculate condition. You wouldn’t have thought there were so many thousands of people there the day before.”

Playscheme a success

THIS summer’s Bearsted Play Scheme received congratulations and favourable feedback after another successful year. Organiser Amanda Franklin said the scheme had been a “re- sounding success” largely due to early advertising, online postings and word of mouth.

She said the play scheme was full

every day with a “real mix” of young people from the Madginford, Thurn- ham and Roseacre catchments. The feedback from parents was

“very favourable”, she added. “The hall is ideally placed. I can’t

think of a better venue.” Maidstone mayor Derek Butler (pic-

tured) joined in the fun, taking part in football, tennis and singing with the children. Amanda said: “He was absolutely

taken aback by it. Theywere dragging him out of the door to go to another en- gagement in the end.”

One drawback, she said,was the £500 fee for the rented field but

Cllr Richard Ash said the overall cost per child per day actually made it very good value. Parish council chairman Fiona Redman spoke on behalf of all the councillors in conveying a “well done” to all concerned.

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38 Maidstone East October 2016 Organisers said they needed to

find suitable poster and banner sites ahead of the 2017 MOTG. Mrs Conner suggested another separate dinner dance event at the Elizabeth Harvie Field in late spring or early summer. Parish councillors resolved to in-

vestigate the covenant to see if such an event is permissible.

Nominate a

local hero DO YOU know someone who de- serves a thank you for their service to the community? If so, there is still time to nomi-

nate them for one of Bearsted Parish Council's MynnAwards. We're looking for local people

who have made an outstanding contribution to the life of their neighbourhood and to the village. Past recipients have included charity workers and volunteers, carers, sportsmen and women and supporters of many of the local groups and organisations, includ- ing the village churches. The closing date is November 15,

so get your nominations in soon. It’s simple to make the nomina-

tion – just email details of the per- son and why you think they deserve the award to clerk@bearst- or pop a letter into the Parish Office at Madginford Hall.

Council Office: Madginford Hall, Bearsted Telephone: E-Mail: Chair:

01622 630165 Fiona Redman


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