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Festive fun run FANCY dressing up as Santa and burning a few calories this side of Christmas? Coxheath Primary School will be


the starting point for this year’s 5k Santa Run on Sunday, December 4. The race, organised by Beginners


to Runners starts at 10.30am. Every runner will get a Santa suit, hat and beard, with a medal for all finishers. The organisers say: “This is a fun


race for all the family, with mince pies, food and a Christmas market.” To enter go to www.beginners2 runners/santarun.


Craft fair date SANTA will visit the Crafty Grafty Christmas craft fair at Grafty Green village hall on Sunday, December 4. Handmade goods will be on sale


and there will be cake stalls, jew- ellery, cards, gifts, a raffle, hot drinks and mince pies. The event runs from 11am to 3pm.


To book a stall, email Carol- hulm@gmail.com.


Watching role A NEIGHBOURHOOD Watch co- ordinator to join the already active Grafty Green network, which in- cludes Liverton Hill and Platts Heath. Email Annie Allum at paal- lum@googlemail.com


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Ancient ditch scheme will prevent flooding


A KENT farmer has started an ini- tiative to create a four-acrewetland which could potentially store and hold back15mlitres of floodwater. Peter Hall aims to form earth-


works which can delay the type of deluge which has brought misery to communities like Yalding. He plans to bring back into use ditches and drainage systems of a type that have been in use for cen- turies, but which are difficult to farm in modern agriculture. They collect water which might otherwise run off into streams and rivers. Mr Hall said: “This is such a win-


win for everyone. It is a low-tech, low-cost, low-maintenance project and helps achieve our ‘greening’ ob- jectives under theCommonAgricul- tural Policy.” The cost could be less than £25,000, mostly funded by Kent County Council and supported by Maidstone and theWealdMPHelen Grant. The RSPBwas also involved in the


design to create a year-round habi- tat for wildlife andwater fowl.


Marden farmer and landowner Peter Hall and KCC’s Louise Smith with MP Helen Grant


Mrs Grant said: “I congratulate


Peter Hall and KCC for creating a wonderful idea. “If we can get other land owners


THE Environment Agency is appeal- ing for fresh inspiration when it comes to managing flood risk. It is inviting those studying flood management to produce a “cre- ative video” looking at how toman- age infrastructure, climate change and community resilience. Winning clips will be shown at the Environment Agency’s Flood and


to follow suit they may just be able to make a significant difference to the flooding problem here in the LowWeald.”


Students urged to get involved


Coast conference in March. Grant Collier, one of the organis-


ers of the event, said: “There are a growing number of students in- volved in environmental, flood and coastal risk management and we are keen to get them involved.” Entries must be in by Monday, January 30. Full details at www.floodandcoast.com.


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