News Battle air show

date announced THE BATTLE of Britain Air Show will go ahead at Headcorn Aero- drome on June 25 to 27.

The first display act will be C47 Dakotas and Pegasus with the B17 Flying Fortress 'Sally B'. Sally B was last seen at Head- corn in 2019 where she stunned crowds with a solo display. A spokesman for the event said:

“We’re looking forward to en- gines roaring and crowds cheer- ing for 12 one-of-a-kind air displays in the very airspace where the Battle of Britain took place over 80 years ago.”

Two arrested

at Broadway TWO men have been arrested and charged following reports of a vi- olent disturbance in The Broad- way, Maidstone, on April 28. Jack Harbour (31), from Sitting- bourne, and Dave Saunders (33), of Fairmeadow, Maidstone, were charged with a public order of- fence.

They were both bailed to ap- pear before Maidstone Magis- trates’ Court on June 1.

Crosses sale A HEADCORN resident has cre-

ated a supply of travelling oak crosses to raise money for St Peter & St Paul’s church. Alan Port made the six-inch crosses which can be easily trans- ported in two parts.

To buy the crosses, which are

£8 each, call Rev Fiona Haskett on 01622 891804 or email fiona.has-

Wild at castle LEEDS Castle is putting on a gar-

den wildlife week from 10am to 6pm from May 29 to June 6. A wildlife trail will take chil- dren on a fun adventure through the grounds.

Tickets are included with the price of admission. To book go to WildlifeWeek.

Parish deaths

THE register for deaths in the Headcorn parish of St Peter & St Paul has recorded Rod Pendrich and Eve Martin as “recently de- parted”.


Scouts’ cash plea after hut builders go bust

A SCOUT group left £50,000 out of pocket following the financial collapse of a construction company has launched an online appeal for help. The Snodland 1st Scout Group

had raised over £65,000 to fund the construction of a new Scout hut in Clock Tower Mews. Grounds were prepared, con- crete foundations laid, and drainage installed before Sun Buildings, based near Luton, were contracted to supply and erect the new steel-framed building. But the partly-erected building

was blown down during Storm Gareth in March, 2019. Andrew Johnson, managing di- rector of Sun Buildings, accepted responsibility on behalf of his com- pany, but 18 months of frustrating phone calls and emails to the com- pany failed to get the hut com- pleted. In October last year, Sun Build- ings filed for voluntary adminis- tration, leaving the Scout Group almost £50,000 down. David Morgan, chairman of the

Scout group, said: “It’s a massive blow for everyone and leaves the

Joanne and David Morgan on the foundations of the new scout hut

historic Snodland group home- less.”

Joanne Morgan, wife of the chairman and an assistant Scout leader, told Downs Mail: “All the hard work everyone has put in over the years and we have noth- ing to show for it. We’ve got to start all over again.”

Regular fundraising events did not happen in 2020 because of the pandemic. Joanne said: “We had an Easter

Ethan roars on to podium

NEITHER weather nor COVID-19 restrictions have blunted the winning habits of Ethan Sparks, the 10-year-old Loose Primary School pupil and double British Champion motorcyclist. Lydd Circuit, on Romney Marsh, hosted rounds one and two of the FAB-

Racing 2021 national championships over an extended four-day week- end. Ethan roared to top spot on the podium, win- ning five of his six races. His father Gavin said:

“I knew he would be competitive and go close, but I was never ex- pecting so many wins first time out.” Ethan, who became

2020 British Champion in both the Mini Motos and GP50 series, is step- ping up to the more powerful, two-stroke, GP70 class this season, and roared to the front inside two laps, setting the bar for his older, more experienced rivals. He is pictured with

coach Andy Ibbott and his dad Gavin.

egg hunt planned last year, but lockdown came, and we ended up giving the eggs away. Hopefully, this summer we can start organis- ing events to help raise money.” The Scout group caters for 100 children and was about to launch a Squirrels Pack for children aged four to six years old. This plan has now been shelved. The 1st Scout Group crowdfund- ing page can be found at

NHS choir’s single raises

charity cash AN NHS staff choir has hit a high note after releasing one of its songs as a charity single. The choir’s 14 members, who all work for Maidstone and Tun- bridge Wells NHS Trust, recorded their version of John Farnham’s “You’re the Voice” to thank the community for supporting key workers during the pandemic. Now, after getting approval from a record label, the song is available to download for 79p on Spotify, Apple Music, and iTunes. All profits from each sale will go to the Maidstone and Tun- bridge Wells NHS Trust Charita- ble Fund. Rachael Vass, one of the choir’s co-ordinators, said: “We could never have imagined that our choir’s song would be made avail- able for download. “We really hope the public gets behind us by downloading it, so we can raise as much money as possible for the trust’s charity.”

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