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WWImemorial helps Legion pick up award


A LOCAL arm of the Royal British Legion (RBL) has won countywide acclaimafter beating 68 rivals to snatch amajor award. TheRBL’sLeeds,Hollingbourne


andDistrict Branchwas presented with TheMoore Trophy byMaid- stone Mayor David Naghi, for “showing the best efficiency, achievement and progress” of those vying for the prize. It is the first time the branch in its


current form has won the presti- gious RBL award, although Bearsted and Thurnham, which merged with Leeds and Holling- bourne in the late 80s, took the tro- phy twice in the 1940s and once in the 1950s. Chairman Derek Davison told


Downs Mail: “It’s an excellent re- sult for our branch which, at 45- strong, is by nomeans the biggest in Kent.” The RBL invitesmembers to bid


for the prize each year by submit- ting a detailed report onwhat they


ties informed of its work through parishmagazines and local press. Buthe says the single biggest fac-


tor inthe victorywas theP100proj- ect, which saw the branch, Women’s Institute,Hollingbourne Meadows Trust and community join to plant 100 hawthorns in an Avenue of Remembrance to com- memorate the centenary ofWWI. “I believe that’swhat clinched it


with the county committee,” he said. “It’s probably the bestWWI memorial in Kent.” Leeds, Hollingbourne and Dis-


have achieved. A county commit- tee then selects the most worthy application. Leeds, Hollingbourne and Dis-


trictwas told of its success in Janu- ary, at


the Legion’s county


conference inHeadcorn. Mr Davison (pictured) believes


the district’s success was down to a series of factors, including its on- going campaign to keepcommuni-


trict Branch is also recognised for its impressive track record in rais- ing funds for the charity, which provides lifelong support for the armed forces community. “The Poppy Appeal for our


branch area currently stands at £31,458 – a whopping increase of £10,000 onlast year,” saidMrDavi- son. “In the past 10 years, we’ve raised in the region of £250,000.”


News Merger saves


local surgery THE failure to recruit aGP partner for the surgery in Langley has led to the merger of more doctors’ services in the area. Back-officeduties at theOrchard


Surgery in Horseshoes Lane will be dealt with by Sutton Valence Group Practice,where its two sur- geriesmerged a year ago. Itwill allowthe Langley surgery


to continue operating after the re- tirement of partner Dr Jackie Den- nison inOctober. Practicemanager Jo Palmer said:


“By merging with Sutton Valence itwill be business as usual.” But,withall surgeries having full


patient lists, it does not account for the needs of about 3,500 new pa- tientswhowillmove in to the 900- 1,000houses being built inthe area. The Langley Park development


includes a modest medical prac- tice, but this will be insufficient to meet demand in the area. Serviceproviders have indicated


a need for a new surgery in the next five years. At a recent public meeting at Sutton Valence village vall, the option of crowd-funding such a projectwas suggested.


Maidston East March 2019


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