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VINER & SONS LTD Keith Viner


FUNERAL DIRECTORS & MONUMENTAL MASONS


THE BUSINESS HAS BEEN RUN BY OUR FAMILY SINCE 1777


We pride ourselves on our caring personal service All locations covered


PERSONAL DAY AND NIGHT SERVICE & PRIVATE CHAPEL OF REST


GOLDEN CHARTER


PRE-PAYMENT SCHEMES AVAILABLE Please contact us for further details


54 High Street, West Malling, ME19 6LU email: info@vinerandsons.co.uk www.vinerandsons.co.uk Tel: 01732 842485


Come and join our friendly sales team and share in our success.


We are currently recruiting a Media Sales


Executive This is a new development role to sell advertising across our publications, online products and working on special projects.


You will be working on the best publications serving the local community and enjoy a working environment that provides you with the freedom and flexibility to use your initiative while working within a supportive team.


The role will involve:


• Handling inbound and making outbound calls


• Obtaining and growing new business • Working to achieve revenue targets.


The ideal candidate will have previous


experience in a similar role and will: • Have worked to personal sales targets • Have a confident and outgoing personality • Be self-motivated and able to show initiative • Have excellent communication skills


This is a part time position upto 32 hours per week. Friendly, flexible, family owned business.


Basic salary + uncapped commission + bonus + 32 days annual leave (pro-rata)


Email applications, including your CV to the sales manager, Bill Brett. bill.brett@downsmail.co.uk


22 Malling September 2017 Call us on:


01622 813355/07710 660731 20A Bow Road • Wateringbury • ME18 5DD


www.ns-flooring.co.uk We are currently recruiting a Deputy Editor


Looking for a change? Downs Mail, Maidstone and Malling’s number one newspaper and its quarterly sister publication Mid Kent Living, is looking for an experienced, all-round journalist to be Deputy Editor.


The role entails all aspects of newspaper work so a sound knowledge of news gathering, news editing, subbing and proofing is needed to fit into a busy office.


The successful candidate will help to manage a small, dedicated team and deputise for the editor.


The deputy editor will also drive content to our expanding daily news website. The role demands input into our popular magazine Mid Kent Living.


This is a full time position based at our offices in Bearsted. Some evening and weekend working will be required.


Salary £28,000 pa 32days annual leave


If you would like a new challenge or are keen to make a step up, we’d love to hear from you.


Email your application, including your CV to Simon Finlay, Editor: simon.finlay@downsmail.co.uk


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Four editions delivered to over 88,000 homes every month Malling Edition alling Editio


downsmail.co.uk


Maidstone & Malling’s No. 1 newspaper


FREE Maidstone Town | Maidstone East | Maidstone South | Malling


THE Kent County Show en- joyed fine weather and bumper crowds atthe show- groundsin Detling. More than80,000


visitors,over 3,000up on last year, attended one of the county’s biggest events. Competitors, stallholders


and businesses came from across the country but had theusual big local presence. Among thosewere Jo


Shan, ofStaplehurst, and Ken Shelton, ofAylesford, both pictured,who represented theMid Kent Fuchsia Group. Ken said:“It has beenawonderful show.”  More pictures, see page 16


Four editions delivered to over 88,000 homes every month Malling Edition alling Editio downsmail.co.uk


Maidstone & Malling’s No. 1 newspaper


FREE Maidstone Town | Maidstone East | Maidstone South | Malling


THE KentCountyShow en- joyedfine weatherand bumpercrowds at theshow- grounds in Detling. More than 80,000


visitors,over 3,000upon lastyear, attended one of the county’s biggest events. Competitors,stallholders


and businesses camefrom across the country but had theusual big localpresence. Amongthosewere Jo


Shan, of Staplehurst, and Ken Shelton, ofAylesford, both pictured, who represented theMid Kent Fuchsia Group. Kensaid:“It has beenawonderful show.”  More pictures, see page 16


Bridging the gap to business prosperity


TRADERS and home owners in Snodland are heading for a bonanzawith a newroad bridge across the RiverMedway set to openwithinweeks, bring- ing newprosperity to the town. That is theprediction of local busi-


ness people andcouncillorswho say the route linking the A228 on the outskirts of the town and new homes on the opposite bank will mean an increase in business and house prices. The £19 million road bridge,


which is due to open in September, has been built by developer Tren- port, as the key to Peters Village, a 1,000 home new community on the east bank nearWouldham. With Snodlandalready feeling the


benefit of a high-speed rail link, which started a year ago, business


people are looking forward to a trade boomwhen traffic starts flow- ing across the bridge. Among them is hairdresser Alex Mackintosh (pic- tured left) who opened his salon Alexander’s in the town’s High Street


seven


months ago be- cause of the antic- ipated influx of


shoppers and commuters. He said: “I was managing a bar- ber’s in Tonbridge but I wanted to


start my own business. The bridge was one of themain reasons I chose Snodland to open a barber’s. It’s an expanding and up and coming area. There are lots of new houses going up all around the area, and once they finish the bridge, I think a lot of peoplewill come over fromthat side of the river because it will be very convenient for them. It will really put Snodland on themap.” After recently moving toWould-


ham with wife, Katie, Alex is also looking forward to the bridge open- ing to shorten his dailywork commute.


8 Police to pulpit


01622 690290 YOUR LOCAL PROPERTY EXPERT


maidstone@martinco.com 23 Pudding Lane • Maidstone • Kent


AFORMERMetropolitan Police of- ficer is the new vicar at East Malling, Teston andWateringbury. RevNickWilliams,who ismarried with two sons,will start in his new post in October and live in the vicarage in EastMalling.


5 Kent’s Most Awarded Optician


Book Now 01732 617557 www.optometrists.co.uk


Inside this edition:


NEW building proposals for Malling are being drawn up as Ton- bridge and Malling Council works on its emerging Local Plan. See the four-page supplement by Malling Action Partnership, which supports people, businesses and events in the 11 parishes in the Malling area.


July 2016 No. 231 News


Better buses call


PARENTS are urging action to get better school bus services from Kings Hill and West Malling.


Phone boxes saved


VILLAGERS have come up with ways of retaining their red phone boxes. 4


An early Christmas


CHILD choristors in Mereworth are recording a CD of fes- tive songs in October.


Playground anger


KINGS Hill residents say they were misled about a planned new play area. 6


Petition against gym


AN outdoor gym in Leybourne has been dismissed as a waste of money. 12


Joe’s dash for cash


THE last pub in Ditton looks set for a new lease of life as an office block.


Obituaries Comment


28 32


34 Crime Reports 43


ROOF lead and copper were stolen from a house in Aylesford.


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01622 690290 YOUR LOCAL PROPERTY EXPERT


maidstone@martinco.com 23 Pudding Lane • Maidstone • Kent


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Bridging the gap to business prosperity


TRADERS and home owners in Snodland are heading for a bonanzawith a newroad bridge across the RiverMedway set to openwithinweeks, bring- ing newprosperity to the town. That is the prediction of local busi-


ness people andcouncillorswho say the route linking the A228 on the outskirts of the town and new homes on the opposite bank will mean an increase in business and house prices. The £19 million road bridge,


which is due to open in September, has been built by developer Tren- port, as the key to Peters Village, a 1,000 home new community on the east bank nearWouldham. With Snodlandalready feeling the


benefit of a high-speed rail link, which started a year ago, business


people are looking forward to a trade boomwhen traffic starts flow- ing across the bridge. Among them is hairdresser Alex Mackintosh (pic- tured left) who opened his salon Alexander’s in the town’s High Street


seven


months ago be- cause of the antic- ipated influx of


shoppers and commuters. He said: “I was managing a bar- ber’s in Tonbridge but I wanted to


start my own business.The bridge was one of themain reasons I chose Snodland to open a barber’s. It’s an expanding and up and coming area. There are lots of new houses going up all around the area, and once they finish the bridge,I think a lot of peoplewill come over fromthat side of the river because it will be very convenient for them. It will really put Snodland on themap.” After recently moving toWould-


ham with wife, Katie, Alex is also looking forward to the bridge open- ing to shorten his dailywork commute.


8 Police to pulpit


AFORMERMetropolitan Police of- ficer is the new vicar at East Malling, Teston andWateringbury. RevNickWilliams,who ismarried with two sons,will start in his new post in October and live in the vicarage in EastMalling.


5 Kent’s Most Awarded Optician


Book Now 01732 617557 www.optometrists.co.uk


Inside this edition: NEW building proposals


for


Malling are being drawn up as Ton- bridge and Malling Council works on its emerging Local Plan. See the four-page supplement by Malling Action Partnership, which supports people, businesses and events in the 11 parishes in the Malling area.


July 2016 No. 231 News


Better buses call


PARENTS are urging action to get better school bus services from Kings Hill and West Malling.


Phone boxes saved


VILLAGERS have come up with ways of retaining their red phone boxes. 4


An early Christmas


CHILD choristors in Mereworth are recording a CD of fes- tive songs in October.


Playground anger


KINGS Hill residents say they were misled about a planned new play area. 6


Petition against gym


AN outdoor gym in Leybourne has been dismissed as a waste of money. 12


Joe’s dash for cash


THE last pub in Ditton looks set for a new lease of life as an office block.


Obituaries Comment


28 32


34 Crime Reports 43


ROOF lead and copper were stolen from a house in Aylesford.


5 3


Autumn 2015 FREE


On the pumpkin trail at


Emmetts Garden


Ashley Jackson


Kent’s hockey superstar


Autumn 2015 FREE


On the pumpkin trail at


A time for sharing this


CHRISTMAS Days out • Theatre • Homes & Gardens • Walks


Emmetts Garden


Ashley Jackson


Kent’s hockey superstar


A time for sharing this


CHRISTMAS Days out • Theatre • Homes & Gardens • Walks


WIN A Christmas


turkey & all the trimmings


WIN A Christmas


turkey & all the trimmings


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