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Charlie Girling’s sporting tribute


A SHIELD for sporting achieve- ment is to be presented in memory of Maidstone student Charlie Girling, who died while on a Scout trip in Finland this summer. The idea has


been put forward by fellow students at Maplesden Noakes School, where 12-year-old Charlie (pictured) was well known for his love of


sport, especially football. A “chill out garden” in his memory is also to be created. Head teacher RichardOwen said students were busy raising money and were also keen to support Charlie’s family with its campaign to provide a new hut for Charlie’s Scout group. He said: “Our school was shocked by the news of Charlie’s death this summer and since the start of termwe have been trying to work out howwe can help the fam- ily to raise money for the cause they have established to build a hut for the 1st Aylesford troop.”


As part of that, the school is ar- ranging a charity challenge with Maidstone United Football Club between staff and ex-pro players on December 2 at the Gallagher Sta- dium. Charlie was a regular sup- porter at the stadium and fans observed a minute’s silence in his memory on learning of his death. Charlie’s family – mum Helene,


dad Les, brother Jack and sister Abby – from Ash Close in Ayles- ford, have welcomed the school’s involvement and their ideas to re- member a much-loved member of the school. Charlie died suddenly on July 24 while attending an inter- national Scouting jamboree in Hameenlinna, 1,500 miles from home. A spokesman forther Mid Kent coroner said investigations had confirmed Charlie’s deathwas due to natural causes, adding: “The in- vestigation has been discontinued due to a natural cause of death. As such there will be no need for an in- quest, and there is no further obli- gation for the Coroner, and, therefore, the death is being treated as a death abroad.”


Watching out for Beadles staff


MAIDSTONEmotor dealership Beadles has celebrated 100 years in business by raising money for charity. The Beadles Group involved its 550 employees in the south east centenary charity events in support of The Automotive Charity BEN and Demelza Hos- pice Care for Children. Employees took part in a number of events including a sponsored charity cycle around all the dealerships. They took part in a charity cricket match with the aid of the Kings Hill


cricket team, a quiz night, a BEN Sailing event, a swimathon arranged by David Lloyd in Dartford and a raffle to win a bespoke Trek bike donated by LarkfieldCycles. Pictured receiving their cheques fromBeadles ManagingDi- rector Richard Johnson and Financial Director Tim Humphries and the Bea- dles Brand Directors Steven Blake, Steven Philpott and Colin Jackson, are Mary Haisman fromDemelza accompanied by one of the families who ben- efit fromtheir care - Tracy and her daughters Courtney and Carla.


Bridge delays LANE closures near the Maid- stone bridges between October 3-5 caused some disruption to traffic at peak times. Work is being carried out to create new lanes to take traffic away from the town centre.


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