‘Flashing’ case A MAN who allegedly exposed

himself in front of a child in Mere- worth remains in custody. Martyn Palmer (49) was arrested at 11.35am on May 1 after police were called to a play area off Butchers Lane, where he is alleged he approached a child and inde- cently exposed himself. He was charged with engaging

in sexual activity in the presence of a child. Mr Palmer appeared before Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on May 3 and was remanded in cus- tody until this month.

Forces Day

HEADCORN Aerodrome will be taking part in National Armed Forces Day on July 3. The ticketed event will run from 10am to 4pm. There will also be a chance to meet cadets, service per- sonnel and veterans.

WI meetings BEARSTED Women's Institute

members hope to resume meetings as the lockdown eases. Clubs will meet in gardens, on The Green or on Woodland Trust land. Call 01622 862508.

Gold award mountain trek ‘a real eye-opener’

TWO Maidstone apprentices have completed their gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Robert Mulford (21) and Bran- don Short (22) completed the pro- gramme as part of their apprenticeships with an electricity company to develop teamwork and resilience skills. Tasks included a four-day wild camping adventure, training expe- ditions at Exmoor and Dartmoor and trekking through Snowdonia. Former Maidstone Grammar School pupil Brandon, of Alling- ton, said: “It’s quite an achieve- ment, but it was tough at the time. When it’s wet, the last thing you want to be doing is walking, but it was a good experience and pushed everyone.

“The biggest eye-opener was ev-

eryone said when we got to the top of the mountain that it was quite nice. Some of the boys live close to London so, for them, open fields

Robert Mulford (left) and Brandon Short have achieved their gold Duke of Edinburgh awards as part of their apprenticeships

are such a contrast. We all appreci- ated the countryside.” Robert, of Walderslade, said: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was a good experience for all of us. I did my bronze award at school, so when I finished the gold, it was a great feeling. “The awards help people work together as a team. There were dis- agreements on the walks about whether we were going the right

way. It was exciting walking up into the mountains and hard, to be honest. “We were lucky with the

weather, but when we reached the top of the mountain we couldn’t see our hands in front of our faces! But we pushed through it.” Robert also did conservation

work and helped look after an al- lotment, while Brandon led judo sessions for young children.

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