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Dance joins the stars at townmusic festival


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ACTOR Charles Dance (pictured) will join the best the music busi- ness has to offer at this year’s Music atMalling festival. The Royal Philharmonic Orches-


tra and the director of arts at Ron- nie Scott’s JazzClub in London are among the top acts performing classic and contemporarymusic at historic venues, including Malling Abbey and Kings Hill Control Tower fromSeptember 16-29. The event is the work of interna-


tional composer and violinist Thomas Kemp, who grew up in WestMalling. In 2011, he launched the first Music at Malling festival, which is one of the largest festivals of its kind in the south east, with sponsorship from Prince Charles and TheArts Council. The father-of-three, who spends


much of his time performing around theworld, looks forward to bringing his musical friends to West Malling and involving youngsters fromthe area’s schools in an opportunity to develop a love


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best known for playing steely vil- lains and cold-hearted politicians on stage and screen. Thomas said: “I am very proud


CALLS for the installation of CCTV cameras to prevent fly-tip- ping on a country road have been made by the local borough coun- cillor.


Burberry Lane, near Kingswood,


to welcome Charles Dance to this year’s event. I’ve nevermet anyone who does not love music and I try to achieve something for everyone, from contemporary composers to the classics, jazz and music from theworld of film. “Last year’s event attracted about


3,000 visitors and this year is set to be even better.” It is hoped children’s author


has been targeted by waste dumpers for years, but in recent months, the problem has become more acute withwaste often strewn across the middle of the road. Cllr Gill Fort, pictured right, said:


ofmusic. Wooed by its growing reputation


this year is actor Charles Dance, who will narrate from Siegfried Sasson’s poetry at an Armistice concert by Chamber Domaine at WestMallingChurch, from7pmon September 22. The 71-year-old is


Michael Rosen will also put in an appearance, as 1,800 primary schoolchildren from the area will be performing themes from The Great Enormo, which aims to in- troduce young people to the or- chestra, inWestMalling and Kings Hill. For details of other perform- ers, including Richard Harwood, Cellist with the Royal Philhar- monicOrchestra, and classical gui- tarist Craig Ogden www.musicatmalling.com.


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“Every month we are having toi- lets, sinks and construction waste dumped in the village, specifically in Burberry Lane. We are now thinking of installing cameras on private land to oversee the problem area.” A recent event in Burberry Lane


saw a caravan burned out while a car remains on a footpath nearby,


STAPLEHURST vineyard Hush Heath will send its sparkling wine to Canada after landing a deal with one of the world’s largest alcohol buyers. Hush Heath’s Balfour 1503 Clas-


sic Cuvée is the first English sparkling wine selected for the Liquor Contril Board (LCBO) of On- tario’s Vintages Classics Pro-


HOMEOWNERS overlooking the M20 near West Malling have been promiseda “quieter roadsurface” as themotorway increases in capacity. The decision by Highways Eng-


land to resurface all four lanes of the new Smart motorway between junctions 3 and 4 with a low noise surface has been welcomed by campaigners. Tom Tugendhat, MP for Ton-


Illegal fly-tipping is costing local authorities hun- dreds of thou- sands of pounds, says Cllr Gill Fort


bridge and Malling, joined resi- dents and councillors to welcome the multi-million pound move, which will significantly reduce traffic noise for residents in Ryarsh, Addington and Leybourne.


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THE public are invited to help Ley- bourne Lakes take the title of the UK’s most popular Green Flag park in the country. The 230-acre former gravelwork-


dumped and torched. The church car park has also seen illegal dump- ing.


But it is also a problem in many rural areas, including Langley,


ings off the Ham Hill between Snodland and Larkfield was awarded a flag for the 12th consec- utive year in July. But this award – voted for by the public -would set it apart fromthe rest. Votes


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