News Recycling bid

DRIVERS are to receive a 5p voucher for recycling coffee cups and plastic bottles at an M20 serv- ice station near Hollingbourne. Giant funnel bins are being in-

stalled at the junction 8 services as part of a trial to reduce the rubbish ending up on our roads. Kent has been chosen to pilot the

project, in part because of the high number of lorry drivers and holi- daymakers using Channel ports. The trial is being run by the en- vironmental group Hubbub.

Leeds funeral

THE funeral has been held of one of Leeds village’s oldest residents. JohnCroucher (88)was buried in

the familyplot inthe graveyardof St Nicholas church after a short service attended bymore than a dozen local people,

including neighbours,

friends and former schoolfriends. The service on June 19 was con-

ductedbyRevSteveHughes.He told mourners told howMr Croucher, of Upper Street,hadspent all his life in the same house in the village and at- tended the local school. Rev Hughes told how Mr

Croucher, aged 14, showed great skill as a mechanic, building a car fromscratch.

Firms step up to get Lauren to Costa Rica

A DOWNSWOOD teenager has beenastoundedby the level of sup- port she has received for her bid to raise funds for a trip to Costa Rica. Lauren Eady (15) is part of a team

of girls from Invicta Grammar School who will be participating in theWorld Challenge next year. But in order to make the trip to

CentralAmerica, the year 10 student must raise £2,700. She initially thought her parents’

planto approachlocal businesses for raffle prizes was “ridiculous”, but she has been provenwrong. Lauren said: “I amshocked, in the

bestway, that somany local people have been so kind. “Although the community project

is what I am most looking forward to, I amalso really excited about ex- ploring the Costa Rican rainforests and taking pictures.” Her father Paul Eady said: “It has

been extremely refreshing to see that community spirit still exists.” As well as the donations, which range froma round of golf to a free

haircut and gift vouchers, she has also been given a stall at all of The Bell Inn’s summer events to sell raf- fle tickets, paint faces and apply temporary tattoos. The Invicta team will travel to an

impoverished rural area of Costa Rica to engage with the locals and helpthemmake apositive change to their community. Lauren added: “Iwill be happy to

do voluntarywork for local compa- nies in exchange for a donation, so please contact me at


Lauren Eady raising funds for her Costa Rica trip on her stall at The Bell Inn in Bearsted “You can follow my fund-raising

journey at funding/laureneady.” The companieswho havedonated

prizes are SO Hairdressers; Cotswolds; Tesco Express; Bronzin; Oak on the Green; The Ridge Golf Club; Odeon; Village Gym; Ava James Hair; Directions Hair; MFW; Bearsted Fish Bar; Me&V; Drum Wise; Medistock Ltd; The White Horse;KimberlyClark andtheMer- cureHotel.

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