News Charity tow

MAIDSTONE Riverside Rotarians will join two Kent schools on June 24 to tow a ShelterBox emergency container the 21 miles from Swan- ley to Maidstone.

The UK-based charity provides shelter and emergency equipment to disaster-hit areas around the world.

The Rotarians will join pupils

from St Paul’s Swanley and West Kingsdown Primary School to raise funds for the charity’s 21st birthday. Their route will mainly use the footpath along the A20 through Wrotham, West Malling and Lark- field before finishing at the Mughal Dynasty restaurant in Maidstone.

Summer walks TONBRIDGE and Malling Ram-

blers are looking forward to explor- ing the Kent countryside and are welcoming non-members. The group routes are mostly cir-

cular, at moderate pace, and cover up to six miles. Walks follow COVID-19 guidelines and test and trace details will be collected. For more information, email info@tonbridgeandmallingram-

Lisa looking forward to helping her parish

SITTING in the bay window of the recently-acquired parish office in Lenham High Street, Lisa West- cott is relishing the challenges of her position as clerk, writes Chris Lawson.

The 40-year-old, who has two young children at schools in the vil- lage, took up the role three months ago.

Kent born and bred (she grew up on Romney Marsh), Lisa has lived in Lenham since the family moved there in 2012. After graduating from Greenwich

University with a BSc Honours de- gree in environmental geology, she enjoyed a successful career with the Environment Agency (EA) before ap- plying for the parish clerk position. Lisa said: “I wanted something local. My role at the EA covered a large area, but now it’s very local. It’s nice to see almost immediately the ef- fects of what you do in a job. It’s im-

portant to me that my role helps make the parish a better place for ev- eryone.” John Britt, chairman of the parish council, said: “Lisa replaces Margo McFarlane, who retired after 10 mag- nificent years in the role. It was her decision to step down when we ac- quired a parish office. She thought it was the perfect time to appoint a new and younger clerk. The parish clerk is the focal point. It’s a vital job, the fulcrum around which everything flows.”

From a shortlist of five applicants,

two were identified as serious con- tenders.

John said: “Lisa’s background in the Environment Agency and her understanding of planning applica- tions were the deciding factor.” Lisa said: “It’s a steep learning

curve. With my background, I’m hoping I can help influence future environmental issues.”

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