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Awards in recognition of community heroes

EIGHT villagerswere honouredwith prizes at the Bearsted annual parish meeting for their commitment and excellentwork in the community. The Mynn Awards, which took

Time to enter

garden contest BEARSTED In Bloomis being gen- erously sponsored byNotcutts gar- den centre. The newly-reinstated commu-

nity contest offers prizes in three main categories. Prizes of £75 and £50 are being

awarded for first and second places in the gardens and hanging basket sections, with the business cate- gorywinner receiving a plaque. There is time to register an entry by sending an email

to, with details of your name and ad- dress, contact email or telephone number. Entrants should also con- firmthe category they are entering. Closing date for entries is July 15.

Land survey

ANecology survey is being carried out in the parish at Meadow Bank by theMedwayValleyCountryside Partnership. Carried out in monthly phases,

the study hopes to test the health of the localwildlife and habitat. So far, early results of the survey

showed chewed seed pips, proba- bly by wood mice, invertebrates and some insect life. It ends in Oc- tober. Once the report has been con-

cluded, the parish council will be deciding how best to use this land for the community.

Play scheme

THE Bearsted Play Scheme, spon- sored by Barrett’s Land Rover, runs from July 30 until August 10 this year at Roseacre Junior School. The popular scheme is usually in

heavy demand across the two weeks. For further details of the cost and how to book, go to

place at Madginford Hall on May 30, had five recipients this year. They were presented with their awards byMaidstoneMayorDavid Naghi, while a further three resi- dents were awarded community certificates for their efforts. The annual Mynn Awards were

founded in 2004, and there have nowbeen 65 recipients. This year’s winners were Ricky

Carcary; Lorraine Wilkin; Jeanette Ward; Jeff Winn and a joint award for husband and wife teamVal and TerryOliver. MrCarcary’s awardwas collected

on his behalf by his sonMurray.He was nominated for his many years of service to Bearsted FC, where he has beenplayer, coach,manager and nowvice-president. MrsWilkin,whowas also unable

to attend the awards evening, has been involvedwith the Girlguiding movement since 1981, as well as an involvement with the Memorial Hall and Bearsted & Thurnham Fayre Committee. Dr Richard Laurent presented the

award toMrsWard for herwork as chair of the Patient Participation Group at BearstedMedical Practice. He said: “Her energy and enthusi- asmhave galvanised the group.” Work across the BearstedWood-

land Trust earned Jeff Winn his award, while the Olivers were hon- oured for their roleswith the parish magazine. Mrs Oliver had been editor of the

magazine, published on behalf of HolyCross, StMary’sThurnham, St Peter’s RomanCatholicChurch and Bearsted Methodist Church for seven years,whileMrOliver hadco- ordinatedthedistribution of it for 20 years. Both recently stepped down. Rev Canon John Corbyn said:

“Our community is doubly blessed when a true partnership results in two elements of an enterprise being covered in tandem.” The community appreciation cer-

tificates were handed out to AGE UK volunteer Cynthia Crane, Liz

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Watts for her efforts in making the footpath between the A20 and the Grove tidy and attractive with plants and George Trotter, who helps his neighbours inMynnCres- cent with a tasks such as chopping firewood, collecting coupons and delivering newspapers. Cllr Naghi said, after presenting

the awards: “It has been absolutely fantastic to be here and see all of the marvellous community work here in Bearsted.” Before the Mynn Awards, Chair- man Michael Bollom made a pres-

entation on the events that took place during the last 12 months by local organisations and reported on how the council was making im- provements with its mission state- ment and ongoing activity plan. A new Bearsted Parish informa-

tion bookletwas also presented in a draft format. Itwill be completedfor distribution to every household early next year. The booklet will contain many

contact details as well as local or- ganisations, schools, clubs and local interests in the community.

Council Office: Madginford Hall, Bearsted Telephone: E-Mail: Chair: Clerk

01622 630165 Michael Bollom Sarah Lewis

Mayor David Naghi presents awards to Val and Terry Oliver (above) and George Trotter (below left). Award winner JeffWinn is below right.

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