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February 2016 Marathon mums

TWO Snodland mums are training to run the London Marathon in memory of a much-loved dad who died from the neurological illness, ataxia. Sue Pritchard (45), pictured left, and her 39-year-old pal, Lauren Whale, say they have had a lifelong strug- gle with weight and fitness, and hope that as well as promoting the work of the Brain Research Trust, they will inspire other people to achieve things they thought were out of reach.

After running the London Marathon in 2011 for the charity in memory of her father Roy Moxon, who died aged 63, Sue said it would be her first and last marathon. But she was unaware that Lauren


Village asked to fund repairs to save surgery

VILLAGERS will be asked to back a landmark move to fund repairs to their GP surgery after health-providers said they could not afford to keep it open.

Those living in EastPeckhamwere

facing a three-and-a-half hour bus ride to Woodlands Health Centre in PaddockWoodif its satellite surgery in the villagewere to close. But, following a successful cam-

paign to keep it open by the parish council, residents are now being asked if they will stump up the money for vital repairs, running to more than £150,000, in an unprece- dented move to get the small sur- gery off the “at risk” register. East Peckham Parish Council chairman Stephanie Watson (pic- tured) said: “When Woodlands said itwanted to close our surgery in De- cember 2015, we felt enough was enough.Taking on the health service has proved challenging and because this is the first time a parish council has offered financial support it has been a slow process for theNHSand

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News Bus blunder apology

ARRIVA says sorry after leaflet drop about evening service leads to confusion in Eccles.3

Mattress crash driver

AN inquest is opened on a motorist thought to have swerved to avoid a mattress in the road.

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BAD weather causes new setback to overdue re-opening of Peters Bridge.

Defibrillator trashed

VANDALS are accused of putting lives at risk after a defibril- lator at Ditton is trashed.

Dog left to freeze

A SICK spaniel pup is lucky to be alive after being dumped over a fence.

School trip victory

SNODLAND families win money back after cancelled holiday.

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CCG to get to grips with. “However, we have come this far

and while the amountwe originally thought would be needed has grown, we want to give the public

every right to decide.” Parish council manager Karen Bell

said: “The parish council has run a very successful campaign of resistance, which has kept the4

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Town Talk

HOLMESDALE School has a new headteacher and a new chair of governors.

See Town Talk in this month’s Downs Mail. The bi-monthly independent magazine is dedi- cated to Snodland and Halling residents.

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