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shingles jab MAIDSTONE and Malling resi- dents in their 70s are being urged to take up the offer of free vacci- nations against the “painful and debilitating” condition shingles. By the end of July, just over half

of all eligible older patients in Kent and Medway had been vaccinated. But theNHSis now encouraging

Pub opens its doors to the whole community

THEQueenAnnepubis looking to abright future after a £100,000 refit. The pub, run by Craig and Leon

everyonewhois offered the vaccine to take it up. Local GP practices are offering patients the vaccination as part of the NHS shingles immunisation campaign for 2017/18, which began on September 1 2017. Dr John Rodriguez, Public Health Screening and Immunisa- tion lead for Kent and Medway, urged local people to take up the offer. He added: “As people get older

their immune system naturally weakens which is why those aged 70 and over are more likely to get shingles.

and debilitating and lead to health problems long after the initial rash has disappeared. It can also be fatal for around one in 1,000 over-70s who develop it. “I would encourage all patients

whoare eligible to takeupthe offer from their GP surgery and get vac- cinated against the virus.”

allow gay people in. Our doors are open for children to come in,mums and dads after school, disabled peo- ple, gay people, transgenderpeople, we want to turn into a pub for the whole community to share.” The refit has completely changed

“Shingles can be very painful

the interior of the pub, and Craig is thrilledwith the result.

Burns, had its grand re-opening on Monday, October 9, with mayor MalcolmGreer among the guests. Traditionally a “gaypub”, the cur-

rent landlords are keen tomake sure it is an inclusive spacewhere every- one feelswelcome. “We class it as LGBT friendly,”

Craig said. “We’re changing it rather than just being a gay bar. “We’re hoping to push the place

forward, get the foodgoing through- out the day and in the school holi- dayswewant to introduce some sort of kids’ club out in the garden and do something likepizza-making and cake-making, and stuff like that. “Previous landlords would only

THE widow of a popular Maid- stone GP is in training for a self- funded trek through the Grand Canyon, in aid of the charity which is battling the cancer that claimed him. Kate Minett, a staff nurse, will be

travelling to America for the Trek Together Grand Canyon Challenge in October. Kate who lives in Staplehurst,

will hike through areas of the canyon not accessible to many tourists to raise money for Pancre- atic Cancer UK. The Benenden Hospital nurse has chosen to support the charity be- cause her husband, Dr Nigel Minett (54), a GP for more than 20 years at the Marden Medical Centre, then The Orchard Surgery in Langley, succumbed to it in January 2012, just over 10 weeks after he was di- agnosed. Dr Minett (pictured) was well-known for his church work in Maidstone. She said: “This cancer is known

as a silent killer as it usually pres- ents too late for any form of treat- ment. On October 31, 2011, my

Natalie Burnett, business developmentmanager of Admiral Taverns, mayoress Brenda Greer,MayorMalcolmGreer with Leon and Craig Burns

He said: “It’s a high-class finish,

it’s quite posh, it’s not dark and dingy anymore sowe’rewellhappy. “We’ve been here six months.

Whenwe first came in here the tak- ingswere next to nothing,we’ve al- ready quadrupled them so we’re doingwell so far.” Cllr Greer was impressed by the

work carried out, and has called on the town to support the venture. “It’s a fantastic pub,” he said. “We

need this type of public houses. I’ve been round and spoken to quite a

fewpeople, people have come from all over today. “It will be like a beehive, people

husband was admitted to hospital after developing jaundice. Until that point, his only symptoms had been a few weeks of mild gastric discomfort. He was diagnosed the same day with stage four metasta- tic pancreatic cancer, which had spread to his liver. “We knew the score - survival

will come to it because the venue is fantastic, they tellme the foodis bril- liant andit’s absolutely essential that we support these kind of establish- ments. I congratulate everyone here forwhat they’ve done. “I’ve been here for half an hour

and everyone I’vemet is so friendly. It’s such a genuine place and all I’d say to people is come down and try it, you’ll enjoy it.” News

Kate’s canyon trek in memory of husband


rates from pancreatic cancer have not improved much in the last 30 years. Nigel died on January 19, 2012. I had been thinking about what I could do to celebrate Nigel’s life and decided to join the Pancre- atic Cancer UK Grand Canyon Challenge Trek in October. I am self-funding the trip to ensure that all donations go directly to the charity.” This is the third big fundraiser

to boost town THERE will be twice as many opportunities to shop atMaid- stone’s open-air market in the centre of town. The borough council’s plan-

ning committee has extended the number of days that the market can operate in Jubilee Square, from60 to 120 a year. The market, outside Maid-

stone’s TownHall,will be able to operate from 8am-6pm on each of the days. It follows a proposal from

the family has taken part in. Kate’s daughter, Laura, took part in a su- perhero fun run dressed as Super- man in 2012, raising over £2,000, and her sister Rebecca organised a dinner dance in Tenterden which raised £10,300 in 2015. In the UK, pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of the 21 most com- mon cancers. Pancreatic CancerUK supports those affected, investing in research and lobbying for recog- nition of the disease. For details visit www.justgiv- For more information on Pancre- atic Cancer UK, visit www.pan-

Cllr Brian Clark, supported by CllrMartin Cox. Speaking after the decision,

CllrClark said: “Themarket at Jubilee Square has a long his- tory, even pre-dating the build- ings of Middle Row, which encroach on the historicalmar- ket space. It is great to see a thrivingmarket in this location once again, becoming a key part of life inMaidstone.” Cllr Cox added: “The farm-

ers’ market and events at this location have been a real suc- cess. The extra trading days will boost the town centre’s at- tractiveness to visitors and shoppers and provide further scope formarket events.”

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