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Sculpture launched at community garden

IS it a seat, is it art? It’s both – and thePaper Sails stone sculpturenow has pride of place in Tovil. Made from Kent ragstone and Portland stone, it provides a focal point for a community area at the Hughenden Reach estate, and, says county councillor Brian Clark, is “a place towatch the world go by”. Cllr Clark contributed £500 from

his county council budget towards the art installation at the garden. The sculpture has been created by Irish-born artist Jason Mulligan, from Barming, whose studio is at Nettlestead, near Maidstone. The bench, which took three months to make, with further fund- ing from the developer, features an origami yacht in stone, taking on the suggestions made by local children at a paper-folding workshop. Jason (43) said: “Residentswanted

to incorporate the history of the area and its link to paper-making and the role of theMedway, which backs on to the site. The seat represents a rip- ple on thewater and the paper boat, the industry resting on the river.” Also at the launch were neigh- bours and their families who con- Trade honour

DARREN Carpenter, owner of Birds Family Funeral Directors and parish councillor for Linton, has been elected president of his indus- try’s respected trade body. Mr Carpenter’s appointment to

The British Institute of Funeral Di- rectors (BIFD) came at the insti- tute'sAGM at Harrogate. Darren has nominated 'Holding

on Letting go ' as his chosen char- ity and will raise funds throughout his year in office.

Charity role

ALEXA Kersting-Woods has been appointed project manager for this year’s Maidstone ChurchesWinter Shelter scheme. This is a new role focused on the

tributed to the Medway Valley Countryside Partnership’s “Past Plants Future Flora” project by planting raised beds. They enjoyed food cooked over an open fire. Cllr Clark said: “I could clearly see

the benefit of creating this small green communal space area for resi- dents at the site and I am delighted to have contributed towards the cre-

ation of Jason’s fantastic sculpture, which not only adds a focal point but also provides a seating area to pause for a moment and watch the world go by.” The ragstone used for the seatwas

from Gallagher’s quarry near Maid- stone, while Portland limestone has been used widely to create buildings such as County Hall in Maidstone.

key leadership and management tasks of the project for the home- less. She will be assisted by office administrator Ophelia Orr. Alexa has senior management ex- perience with the Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

Meet Santa

SANTA and his elves will be in his grotto at Maidstone Mencap’s Christmas Bazaar at Cobtree Hall on Saturday, November 26. Doors open at 2.30pm. Contact Rita on 07790 643218.

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