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X FACTOR star Louisa Johnson has been lined-up to headline the Big Day Out to be held in Maid- stone in July. The singer, best known for the hit

Best Behaviour, will take the stage at Mote Park on July 1. She announced the gig on Twit-

ter, saying: “Big news! I’ll be head- lining the @BigDayOutUK Festival in Maidstone this July! Can’t wait to see you all there.” Also on the bill are Diversity,

who won Britain’s Got Talent, and girl band Atomic Kitten, who have Kerry Katona in their line-up. Louisa (19) won the X Factor in

2015, after singing with mentor Rita Ora in the final.

Parade pleas

Assault case A MAIDSTONE woman has been charged with wounding after an al- leged stabbing in Shepway. Nicola Goslitski (40), of Sutton

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Princess Royal meets charity shop workers

THE PRINCESS Royal received a warm welcome from charity vol- unteers when she visited the Save The Children shop in Maidstone. Acrowd of onlookerswaited out-

Meetings normally held on the third Monday of eachmonth at theMarriott Tudor Park Hotel. Public welcome.

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Hilary Newport, Richard Knox-Johnston, Daniel Skinner and Gary Thomas

side the store in Union Street to see Princess Anne. She was greeted by dignitaries including the Mayor of Maidstone Cllr Derek Butler, the charity’s retail manager Cheryl Adams and voluntary shop leader, Karen Elphick, before going inside to meet shop workers. The Princess, who has been presi-

Road,was arrested after policewere called to a report of an assault in Westmorland Road on Sunday, April 30. Officerswere told that two women had made theirway to hos- pital with arm injuries. They are be- lieved to have known the suspect. Goslitski has been charged with

MEMBERS welcomed the work that had saved shops in The Pa- rade at Bearsted and encouraged the public to use it. Cllr Richard Smith said: “So

much effort has gone into saving this iconic parade. “It is now up to the public to se-

two counts of wounding with in- tent and one of possessing a knife in a public place.

cure its future; it really will be a case of use it or lose it.”

dent of the charity since the 1970s, spoke of her appreciation of the con- tribution the shop makes to the work of the charity at home and abroad. She also presented certificates to Dennis Foad, Brenda Harris and Sylvia Thomas in honour of their long service to the charity. Seven-year-old Daisy, the daugh-

Heritage award for countryside group

THURNHAM’s heritage award has been handed to the CPRE for its work in defending the countryside fromdevelopment. GaryThomas,CPREchairman for

ter of shop volunteer LoraMaxwell, presented the Princess Anne with a posy and a card she had made. The card had a picture of a horse be- cause Daisy had researched on the internet and found that the Princess

Maidstone, accepted the award, adding that planning challenges with Maidstone Council accounted formuch of itswork. Parish councillor JohnHorne said

He said: “It takes guts to chal- The Princess Royal is greeted by Cheryl Adams, the mayor and Karen Elphick

loved animals. Among the dozens of onlookers

the CPRE had been courageous in taking on the borough councilwhen it had refused to listen to electors on controversial sites such as thedevel- opment at junction 8 off theM20.

who watched the Princess depart was 88-year-old BettyWarren who hadwaited for nearly an hour to see her andwas given a chair and a cup of tea outside the shop. The charity shop opened in Union

Street in 1980 when the building was bought for £12,000. Thirty- seven years later, its success contin- ues, with the volunteers having

lenge Maidstone Borough Council and the deep pockets of developers like Roxhill andwe appreciate hav- ing CPRE to stand up and be counted on on countryside issues that are important to us.” CPREKent vicepresidentRichard

Knox-Johnston also thanked Thurn- ham Parish Council for its unstint- ing support. Chairman Daniel Skinner said: “I

know it can be frustrating dealing with Maidstone some times, but keep up the goodwork.”

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Maidstone East July 2018 Park and ride

‘controversy’ THE first review of changes to Maidstone’s Park and Ride scheme will be in November, councillors were told by borough representa- tive Nick deWiggondene. Members highlighted concerns

about the way the service now op- erates, not least that concessionary fares are no longer available and users appeared to be down. Cllr John Horne asked Cllr de

Wiggondene to tackle two specific issues, adding: “The sun shines di- rectly on the ticketmachine,mean- ing you can’t readwhat it says, and the tickets say on one side it is needed as proof of your right to travel, but on the reverse that it must displayed in your car.” Cllr de Wiggondene agreed the

raised £40,000 for the charity last year.

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changes had been controversial and agreed to look at the issues raised, including the lack of staff on site to assist the public.

are alwayswelcome at the tiny shop which is packed with goods ranging from clothing, children’s items, kitchen ware and a collector’s cor- ner. There is also a “wanted board” for people who are looking for something in particular and the vol- unteers will keep an eye out for them.

Village’s plan

QUINN Estates will give a short presentation on its plan for a “gar- den village” on the old airfield at Detling at the parish councilmeet- ing on July 16, from7.30pm, at the Tudor ParkMarriott.Allwelcome.

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