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Maidstone East Edition Maidstone East Edition


October 2017 March 2019 Panto ahoy!


Retired vicar dies after fall on stairs


TRIBUTES have been paid to amuch-loved former vicarwho has died after a fall at his home.


THE cast of Cinderella, which is to be staged at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maid- stone, took to the River Medway to launch this year's panto. On board The Kentish Lady were national treasure Rustie Lee (Fairy Godmother), former EastEnder Ste- fan Booth (Prince Charming), Eliza- beth Bright (Cinderella), Craig Anderson (Buttons) and, pictured, Stephen Richards and Adam Bor- zone (Ugly Sisters) . They were greeted by pupils from


Rev SteveHughesMBE(67) only


South Borough Primary School and members of the media. The panto runs from December 1-31. For tick- ets go to www.hazlitttheatre.co.uk.


retired as the rural dean for Leeds, Langley, Otham and Broomfield last summer. He had moved to north Wales


withwife,Mandy,whohadstarted a newNHS job there. RevHughes felldownstairs athis


Holy Cross in Bearsted, said: “He was an affable and friendly man andmuch loved by themany peo- plewho knewhim. “It is six months, almost to the


home and died of his injuries not long after on February 15. Canon John Corbyn, rector at


CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping


day, since he and Mandy moved, so he had little time to enjoy his re- tirement,which is a terrible shame. But Iunderstandhedidspendtime with his family overChristmas.” It is understood RevHughes fell


down a flight of stairs at home, breaking six ribs and his sternum. He died of heart failure in hospital. Rev Hughes suffered a number


of illnesses in recent years but ap- pearedwellwhen he retired. He was unafraid of controversy,


especially writing in his monthly parishnewsletter column, inwhich he was frequently critical of the ChurchofEngland’s inability to at- tract newfollowers.Of themodern


CALLS for the installation of CCTV cameras to prevent fly-tipping on a country road have been made by the local borough councillor.


Burberry Lane, near Leeds and Broomfield, has been targeted by waste dumpers for years, but in re- cent months, the problem has be- come more acute. Constructionwaste, rubble, hard


core, windows and household fur- niture is left illegally – often strewn in the middle of the road. Cllr Gill Fort said: “Every month


we are having toilets, sinks and construction waste dumped in the village, specifically in Burberry Lane, where 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 torched car remains on a footpath


vicar, he wrote last summer: “Many people simply don’t realise the breadth of activities that the vicar and church members are in- volved in for, andwithin, the com- munity.” Val Puncher, former chairman of


nearby, more than a year after it was dumped and set on fire. The church car park has also seen


many instances of illegal dumping. But it is a problem in many rural


the Leeds & Broomfield primary school’s governing body, said: “Stevewas a reallynice bloke.He’d regularly come into the school and the children loved him. He was dedicated to the school and never had a bad word to say about any- body.Areal gentleman.” Rev Hughes was born in Lan-


cashire in1952, anddespite leaving school with two O levels – neither


areas including Langley, Otham and Kingswood. Water Lane in Bearsted and Pilgrims Way have also been targeted recently. Last year, Maidstone Borough Council cleared 911 cases of fly-tip- ping and this year more than 163 have been recorded since April. The approaching darker evenings will prompt a rise in illegal tipping. Cllr Fort welcomed a joint initia-


tive by the Environment Agency and the Driver and Vehicle Stan- dards Agency to clamp down on


ofwhichwas religious education – he joined the county’s police force as a fingerprinting expert. After nine years, his calling saw


him study at Durham and Cam- bridge universties before his ordi- nation in 1980.He became a curate inCoventry. Fromthemid-1990s,RevHughes


unlicensed waste carriers, but be- lieves the cost to small firms of dis- posing of construction waste at a transfer station is proving a deter- rent that is costing councils more. Cllr Fort made her remarks as


served in Romania and earned an MBE for his orphanage work. He moved toKent in 2012. His funeral takes place in Pre-


ston,Lancs, onFebruary27. Alocal memorial service will be held on the same day at StMary’s Church in Langley at 10am with his fam- ily’s blessing.


one of the borough’s closest trans- fer stations at North Farm, Tun- bridge Wells, announced it will be closed for 10weeks. She added: “If you go along the


line of increasing fines, they have to be enforced. A reduction in the charge or offering it free may have the desired similar effect.” Athree-monthly litter pick on the mile-long stretch of road through Leeds village produces an average 32 black sacks of rubbish.


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parish councillor, says teaching children about social responsibility and the issue of litter in schools will help take the issue off the streets. She believes with every household receiving a weekly refuse collection service, there is no excuse for litter being thrown from vehicles or dumped in the road.


Schools plan Cllr Fort, who also serves as a


PLANNERS behind two new schools on a nature reserve on the edge of the Kent Medical Campusnear theM20dropped a “bombshell” by proposing a pedestrian access in BearstedRoad.


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Villageproject starts WORK has started on a retire- ment village in the centre of Leeds.


KATE Hart, a resident at an old people’s home in Bearsted, has died aged 107, her son David has disclosed.


HELEN Whately asked the government to halt the borough’s housing scheme.


MP’s Local Plan bid


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Care home is “good” Plans for Dr Nigel


Tory joins indies


BARTY House care home in Bearsted has achieved a “good” rating from the Care Quality Commission.


FORMER Tory council leader Chris Garland has left the party to join the independents at the town hall. 19


Jason Donovan date


THE former Neighbours star brings his show to the Hazlitt Theatre next May.


Council tax hike


RATE-payers face a hike in council tax of nearly twice the rate of inflation. 26


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KENT County Council’s survey into a relief road by-passing Leeds are ongoing, parish mem- bers were told; costings have been received for extra CCTV in The Square in Lenham; the PCSO is keen to address the issue of speeding along the Lenham Road near Kingswood; a £5 deposit is to be required by anyone wanting to use the ten- nis court in Leeds.


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A HOUSE was burgled Croft Gar- dens in Lenham; a van was broken into in Boxley and tools taken; jewellery was taken in a burglary in Weavering; a van was forced under a height restriction barrier in Forstal Road, Boxley, causing it to be damaged; two bikes were taken in a hotel car park near Detling.


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ASH dieback has been discovered in Monks Meadow in Detling; Hollingbourne village fete stall- holder co-ordinator Jean Duffy has resigned; yellow lines are needed for Buffkyn Way, Otham, to allow buses through Imperial Park; rub- bish bins in the sports field in Kingswoodare to be moved over to the picnic area and rear exit.


VEHICLES have been driven over farmland in Lenham, causing damge to crops; an attempted break-in was reported in Detling; a vehicle was vandalised in Bearsted Rd, Weavering; pumpkins were stolen from an allotment in Lenham.


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THE widow of GP Dr Nigel Minnet will walk the Grand Canyon for charity. 12


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