Making plans for old library

DETAILS have emerged about the future of Bearsted library. Kent County Council intends to

convert the old schoolmaster’s ac- commodation - which has been empty and unused for more than four decades - into the new lending facilty while the rest of the building and grounds will be converted into six small apartments. Funds realised fromthe sale of the

properties will be used to offset the considerable cost of the refurbish- ment. A temporary library was opened in the spring at the village’s railway station. Borough councillorDenis Spooner

- who has campaigned for years to refurbish the building - is delighted with theKCCproposals. He said: “It’s great news. There

will be a lot of work to do on the building but, in the end, it will be kept in the village in its original lo- cation on The Green. I have been pressing for this formany years.”

Church dates

THERE were four weddings and two funerals in the parish register for Bearsted’s Holy Cross and St Mary’s inApril andMay. James Hall and Nicola Inge,

Charles Thompson and Kirsteen McGregor, Jean Jomes and Richard Pembleton and Joelle Swinge and SamBarclay all tied the knot. Funerals were held for Madge

Boakes and David Jackson. Sienna Victoria Thomaswas baptised.

Time for tea

A TEA party will be held at St Nicholas’ Church in Otham on June 28. Sandwiches and cakes will be

laid on, giving people a chance to chat and take part in a raffle. The event is free, but donations arewel- come. Everyone from the sur- rounding community is welcome and lifts are available. Call Joan Palmer for details or to secure a lift on 01622 202239.

Plot available

A RARE chance to secure an allot- ment in Leeds village has arisen. For details of the plot on the Lower Street field, next to Leeds and Broomfield Primary School, call Harriet on 01227 473732.

Craft group

LEEDS Craft & Natter Group meets at the village hall from11am to 1pm on July 18. For details, call Jane Newsome on 01622 862558.

16 Maidstone East July 2018 Monique star ofHerbalist launch

THE county town’s newest place to meet and eat, The Herbalist, was offi- cially opened by a celebrated actor, theMaidstoneMayor and an even big- ger star – the owner’smum. Monique Chaussy is pictured here cutting the ribbon at the Pudding Lane

venue on May 25, alongside former EastEnders and Extras star Shaun Williamson and Cllr DavidNaghi. Mme Chaussy’s son,Martial, has built up a portfolio of successful restau-

rant businesses,which include the recently-opened Potting Shed in Langley. A spokesman for The Herbalist, which offers a wide range of food and

drinks encapsulating a variety of influences, said: “Itwas a very special open- ing.Not only didwe have Shaun andDavid here to help launch the venture, we also had the owner’smumMonique,whichmade it very special.” The spokesman said that the restaurant, which also aims to be a coffee

house for afternoon customers, had received “very positive feedback” from customers and the business “is doing verywell”. “It’s in the High Street, so there is a lot of competition out there and that

iswhywe aimto be something completely newand different.” Mr Chaussy also runs the Dirty Habit near Hollingbourne.

Athlete Kristian is schools champion

RISING athletics star Kristian Samwell-Nash has been crowned county schools champion after a remarkable start to his track career.

Kristian, who lives in Headcorn,

has become a Kent Schools’ Cham- pion at this year’sKent SchoolsAth- letic Championships which was staged at the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford. It is another remarkable achieve-

ment for a teenager who only took up athletics seriously last year. The event is one of the biggest re-

gional athletics events of its type in the country andattracts the creamof school-age athletes from all over Kent each year. Kristian (15), a pupil at The

LenhamSchool, ran a personal best of 49.98 seconds towin the under 17 400m. A family spokesman told Downs

Mail: “This is the second year run- ning he has won a gold medal at these school championships.

“Last year, in what was his first

season of sprinting, he won gold in the 300m and went on to represent Kent at the English Schools Cham- pionships,winning a silvermedal. “He then finished the season as

theUK’s secondbestU15 sprinter at 300m, 400mand 600m. “This season, he hasmoved up to

the very competitiveU17 age group. Even though he is one of the youngest in this age group he now adds thisprestigious title to theKent 200m and 400m indoor titles from earlier this year.” Kristianwill nowcompete for the

Kent Schools team at the Inter- County Athletic Championships in Crawley. He then hopes to be se- lectedfor theKent squadto compete at the English Schools Champi- onships in Birminghamin July.

Town arsonist

sent to prison A24-YEAR-OLD man responsible for starting a series of fires inMaid- stone over the course of a fewhours has been jailed. AnthonyQuinnell admitted three

arson attacks in the town centre on Sunday,April 15. Quinnell was in the Millennium

Parkwhen he first set light to a tent belonging to a homeless person.He then walked to Ashford Road and torcheda sofa andrubbish bin in the front garden of a house. A woman who tried to put the fire out needed to be treated for smoke inhalation. Quinnell thenuseda fire escape to

get into themulti-storey car park off RomneyPlace.Here, he starteda fire andthen set off two extinguishers in the stairwell. He was arrested on April 21 and subsequently charged with three offences of arson. Appearing at Maidstone Crown

Court on June 5, Quinnell, of no fixed address, was jailed for 256 days.Hewas also in breach of a pre- vious suspended sentence. Detective Constable Robert

Fursey said: “Quinnell showed no consideration of the danger these fires posed to people or property. The fact that he let off two fire extin- guishers is also reprehensible. It is only right he serves a prison sen- tence.”

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