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TORY BARONESS’S REPORT BASED IN PART ON SHEPWAY RESEARCH 


Newlove outlines vision 
for active communities 


By JAMES BENJAMIN_ 

editorial@kosmedia.co.uk 

SHEPWAY is at the heart of a rad¬ 
ical new approach to community 
activism that could see people 
reclaiming their streets, tackling 
local issues and improving the 
environment, according to a report 
by Baroness Newlove. 

The Government’s Champion for Active 
Safer Communities has detailed what resi¬ 
dents, businesses, agencies and government 
can do to begin a “generational shift in the 
country’s approach to activism and tackling 
neighbourhood crime”. 

A key part of the report, Vision for Safe and 
Active Communities, includes work carried 
out by Baroness Newlove over the last three 
months in seven handpicked areas. 

These included Cheriton and Folkestone 
East. The widow of murdered Garry Newlove 
- beaten to death by underage drinkers out¬ 
side their home in Cheshire in 2007 - has 
become a crusader in supporting young people 
and clamping down on underage drinking. 

Last year she was made a Baroness and sits 
in the Lords as a Conservative peer. 

Shepway has also been given £15,000 to be 
spent on projects approved by the community 
to help drive up pride and confidence. 

Among the recommendations made by 
Baroness Newlove are community reward 
schemes to help with crime prevention work. 

Other include allowing communities to set 
speed limits, investing money seized from drug 
dealers into local projects, and providing a 
point of contact to report anti-social behaviour. 

CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO 



The robot which 
will save lives... 

A BOMB disposal robot to be used by security 
forces on the front line has been created by 
designers at a specialist manufacturing firm. 

A team from NIC Instruments Ltd in 
Folkestone teamed up with experts from the 
Department of Computer and 
Communications Engineering at the 
University of Greenwich at Medway to make 
the state-of-the-art robot. 

The lightweight machine, which can climb 
stairs and open doors, will be used by soldiers 
on bomb disposal missions in countries such as 
Afghanistan. 


FULL STORY - PAGE 2 

...and the park to 
put years on them 

WORK has started on the development of a 
multi-million pound state-of-the-art sports 
ground. 

The facility in Cheriton Road will boast two 
new astro-turf pitches, netball courts and a 
multi-use games area. 

Demolition of the worn-out pitches at the old 
sports ground in Cheriton, in Folkestone, 
started on Monday and this will be followed by 
the construction of the new facilities. 

The regeneration of the ground is part of a 
three-part development, costing £6m. 

FULL STORY - PAGE 3 




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Steve Wisbey and Dr Steve Woodhead with the robot 


By MflRUKE COX _ 

marijke.cox@kosmedia.co.uk 

A BOMB disposal robot to 
be used by security forces on 
the front line has been cre¬ 
ated by designers at a spe¬ 
cialist manufacturing firm. 

A team from NIC Instruments Ltd 
in Folkestone teamed up with 
experts from the Department of 
Computer and Communications 
Engineering at the University of 
Greenwich at Medway to make the 
state-of-the-art robot. 

The lightweight machine, which 
can climb stairs and open doors, will 
be used by soldiers on bomb disposal 
missions in countries such as 
Afghanistan. 

It is controlled by a wireless device 
from several hundred metres away 
and holds nuclear, biological and 
chemical weapons sensors. 

The machine, which measures just 
72cm by 35cm and weighs 48 kilo¬ 
grams, can move at eight miles an 
hour and contains cameras which 
relay images back to the operator. 

Designers of the robot say it is 
lighter and more flexible than tradi¬ 
tional bomb disposal units and will 
be easier for soldiers to carry while 


out in the field. It also boasts a versa¬ 
tile gripper which can carry and 
manipulate items. 

Dr Steve Woodhead, reader in com¬ 
puter systems and networks within 
the university’s school of engineering 
at the Medway campus, said: “It’s 
great to be able to employ our spe¬ 
cialist knowledge to support a small 
manufacturing company in its next 
stage of development, as well as pro¬ 
ducing a vital security product.” 


Managing director of NIC, Steve 
Wisbey, said the partnership with the 
University of Greenwich had allowed 
the company to expand its technolo¬ 
gy base considerably. 

“We are now exploring way of 
extending our partnership,” he 
added. 

Key customers for the new robot 
are expected to include the defence 
and security forces of several EU 
countries. 


Building a happy neighbourhood 


CONTINUED FROM FRONTPAGE 

Residents and businesses will also 
be able to receive council tax rebates 
or vouchers for local services if they 
take part in efforts to improve the 
area. 

Baroness Newlove said: “For too 
long too many people have either not 
known how to get involved, have not 
been listened to when they have tried 
to speak out, or felt nothing would 
ever change. 

“This report sets out how we can 
change things by empowering com¬ 
munities. Everyone has a role to play, 


communities must begin to take 
more responsibility and local agen¬ 
cies must lessen their grip on the 
decision-making process and trust 
the people to solve problems. 

“In the past six months I have seen 
good people make a fantastic differ¬ 
ence and am impressed with the work 
I have seen in Shepway. I know there 
is a big appetite for volunteering. 

“Together we can change the way 
we approach activism and build a 
happy, safe neighbourhood.” 

Ann McGovern, a community 
activist in Shepway, said: “The work 


we have done in Shepway shows what 
can be achieved when communities 
come together. I am proud that the 
efforts we have made may help other 
communities realise what is possible. 

“Over the last six weeks, since 
Baroness Newlove first visited us, we 
have made lots of progress. 

“We have been chasing highways 
for our grit bin and it is going to be 
fitted n three weeks and we are in 
the middle of organising a street 
party for August. Paperwork has 
been made easier and we are getting 
more help from the council.” 


Students work with fire 
service for qualification 


A GROUP of students have been 
awarded a qualification from Kent 
Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS). 

The teenagers from Folkestone 
have earned a BTEC qualification 
after completing a six-week course. 

Nine students from the Pent Valley 
Technology College in Folkestone 
were awarded their qualification at 
Shepway council’s offices. 

KFRS is the only fire service in the 
region offering the BTEC Level 2 
Fire and Rescue Service in the 
Community award. 

Equivalent to a GCSE at grade A-C 
level, it has been delivered by KFRS’s 
Youth Engagement Team (YET), in 
partnership with the Shepway 
Community Safety Partnership 
(CSP). 


Funded by KFRS and Shepway 
CSP, the course is targeted towards 
vulnerable 14- to 16-year-olds and is 
offered as to those who may be strug¬ 
gling to achieve in a conventional 
school environment. 

It aims to provide learners with an 
opportunity to develop a range of 
skills and knowledge, including 
working with a range of fire service 
equipment, as well as learning about 
the fire service as a whole. 

It was based at Folkestone fire sta¬ 
tion, and the students learned 
through a ‘hands-on’ approach, using 
and developing their skills by prob¬ 
lem-solving in practical situations. 

Personal skills are developed, such 
as confidence, communication and 
teamwork, and the course aims to 


help students gain transferable skills 
that will help them find employment 
and further education, and provide 
an access route into public services. 

Shepway District Council chair 
Susan Carey and Kent and Medway 
Fire and Rescue Authority chair 
Bryan Cope presented the certifi¬ 
cates alongside KFRS Community 
Safety manager Charlie Smith, 
KFRS partnership manager Stuart 
Tickle, KFRS group manager Nick 
James and Shepway CSP Anti-Social 
Behaviour manager Shaun Taylor. 

Mr Smith said: “By interacting 
with fire fighters and instructors, 
students engage and develop a posi¬ 
tive approach to learning. 

“This is a significant achievement 
for this group of young people.” 






























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£6m sports facilities 
‘will be best in Kent’ 


By MARUKE COX 


marijke.cox@kosmedia.co.uk 

WORK has started on the 
development of a multi-mil¬ 
lion pound state-of-the-art 
sports ground. 

The facility in Cheriton Road will 
boast two new astro-turf pitches, net- 
ball courts and a multi-use games 
area. 

Demolition of the worn-out pitches 
at the old sports ground in Cheriton, 
in Folkestone, started on Monday 
and this will be followed by the con¬ 
struction of the new facilities. 

The regeneration of the ground is 
part of a three-part development, 
supported by the Roger De Haan 
Charitable Trust and Shepway 
District Council, who will lease the 
site to the new Cheriton Road Sports 
Ground Trust. 

A pavilion and sports hall, which 
the council says will provide 
Folkestone with some of the best 
sporting facilities of their type in the 
country, will be built later in the year. 

Andy Mainwaring, a trustee of 
Cheriton Road Sports Ground Trust 
and chairman of the development 
committee delivering the project, said 
the construction represented the 
biggest single investment in sport in 
Shepway in many years. 

“This project will deliver the best 
facilities in Kent for hockey, cricket, 
and other sports,” he said. “It works 
closely with Shepway District 
Council to ensure as many people as 
possible benefit from the scheme and 
this is something to be proud of.” 

The cost of the development is 
expected to reach £6 million. 

Sports development officer at 
Shepway council, Wilbert Greaves, 
added: “This is a fabulous develop¬ 
ment and I offer our sincere thanks 
to the Roger De Haan Charitable 
Trust for making this possible.” 

During the construction work, 
some sports clubs are using the 
Folkestone Academy’s artificial pitch. 

For details call Steve Barton at the 
academy on 01303 842400 or email 
sbarton@folkestoneacademy.com. For 
help on finding a suitable pitch or to 
find out more about the Cheriton 
Road Sports Ground call Wilbert 
Greaves on 01303 853251 or Andy 
Mainwaring on 07768 504582. 



PRIDE OF DISTRICT: An artist’s impression of the new facilities planned at the Cheriton Road Sports 
Ground. The £6 million regeneration is being supported by the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust 





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Waste scheme up for award 


AN INNOVATIVE recycling scheme 
saving taxpayers £700,000 a year 
has been nominated for a prestigious 
award. 

Shepway and Dover district coun¬ 
cils, alongside Kent County Council, 
have been named as finalists in the 
Improvement and Efficiency South 
East annual awards for their ground¬ 
breaking shared waste and recycling 
service. 

The local authorities joined up 
their environmental services team 
and in an innovative move, awarded 
a joint contract for waste collection 
and street cleaning. 


The move has saved taxpayers in 
Shepway £700,000 and is due to be 
rolled out in the summer. 

Deputy leader of the council and 
cabinet member for strategic services 
Cllr Rory Love said he hoped the 
community was proud the council 
was securing outside recognition and 
winning awards for its services. 

'We have had enquiries from all 
over the country about the innova¬ 
tive way we have worked to improve 
our recycling and waste collection 
and to save taxpayers their hard- 
earned money,” he said. 

“Shepway is now seen as a leading 


council for our groundbreaking new 
contract.” 

The councils have been nominated 
in the Working Together category by 
the Improvement and Efficiency 
South East partnership, which looks 
to promote innovation, value for 
money and transparency in public 
bodies. 

The latest recognition follows a 
national award last year where 
Shepway’s council tax and benefits 
team were finalists in the independ¬ 
ent Institute of Revenues, Rating and 
Valuation awards for the “most 
improved team” category. 


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Royal street parties call 
is greeted with apathy 


By MARUKE COX 


marijke.cox@kosmedia.co.uk 


THEY are a great British tradi¬ 
tion, an excuse for communities 
to put up the bunting and join 
together to celebrate days of 
national importance. 

But the age-old street party seems to 
have lost its appeal ahead of the wedding of 
Prince William and Kate Middleton. 

For with just days left before the deadline 
for road closure applications, only 54 have 
been approved by Kent County Council. 

This is despite the authority saying it 
would waive any charges for people wish¬ 
ing to host street parties to celebrate the 
Royal wedding on April 29. 

Ashford and Swale districts saw the least 
interest, with just one lonely application 
each, and Canterbury - although the coun¬ 
ty’s only city - had a measly two, with one 
of those for the village of Littleboume. 

Sevenoaks had three applications; Thanet, 
Dartford and Gravesham four each; Shepway 
five; Dover seven; and Maidstone 10. 

Tunbridge Wells, which was granted 
Royal status in 1909 by King Edward VII 
due to its popularity with members of the 
Royal family, had just six applications. 

Tracey Murphy, who is organising a 
street party in Joydens Wood in Dartford, 
said she was surprised there were so few 
applications. 

The mother-of-three said her street had a 
party for the Silver Jubilee in 1977 and for 
Charles and Diana’s wedding in 1981, when 
thousands of people took to the streets to 
celebrate with their friends and neighbours. 

Mrs Murphy said the idea for a street 
party this year came during the cold snap. 




CELEBRATIONS: Street parties ensued after Charles’ and Diana’s nuptials in 1981 
(above), but will the streets be full after William and Kate (right) say ‘I do’ next month? 

“Our road never gets gritted because it’s tricts will be a little quieter. 


a close. I put notes through people’s doors 
asking if they could come out and help 
clear the road,” she said. 

“Everybody came out and after we 
cleared the snow we drank mulled wine 
and said we should have a party. We then 
thought it would be nice to have one for the 
Royal Wedding.” 

The 40-year-old joined mother-of-two 
Angela Reilly to organise a residents’ meet¬ 
ing to discuss ideas. 

Now, with just a month to go, the street 
has arranged the road closure through 
KCC, entertainment and games, face 
painting and a barbecue. 

Mrs Murphy said: “At the moment 
we’ve got about 100 people coming, but 
we’re expecting 150. We’re selling tickets 
and the money goes towards all the food 
and bunting.” 

But while she and her neighbours 
party together on April 29, other dis- 


KCC is supplying free signs for organisers to 
place at the point their road is being closed off 
on the day. 

Lord Lieutenant of Kent Allan Willett, the 
Queen’s representative in the county, has 
accepted an invitation to attend the Royal 
Wedding at Westminster Abbey. 

He said: “It will provide a welcome morale 
boost and splash of colour in these difficult 
times and I am confident the event will be well 
celebrated in our towns and villages.” 

• To apply for a road closure visit 
www.kent.gov.uk or call 08458 247 800 by 
Monday, March 28. 


Arrest in rape case 
25 years after attack 


A MIDDLE-AGED man has been charged in 
connection with an alleged rape that took 
place almost 25 years ago. 

Martin Frank Eke, from Douglas Road in 
Tonbridge, was arrested following a reinvesti¬ 
gation by Kent and Essex Serious Crime 
Directorate’s Cold Case Investigation Team 
into the rape of a 22-year-old woman in 1986. 

The 46-year-old is due to appear at Channel 
Magistrate Court in Folkestone on April 14. 

A woman reported she had been raped near 
Folkestone West train station on October 2, 
1986, as she walked home from a night out 
with friends. 


Dame Kelly on board 
to name super ferry 


DAME Kelly Holmes has officially named 
P&O Ferries’ new super ferry the Spirit of 
Britain at a special ceremony. 

The double Olympic champion took the star¬ 
ring role in the event aboard the new ship at 
Dover’s Eastern Docks attended by 300 guests. 

At Thursday’s ceremony, Dame Kelly said: 
“As a double Olympic champion I know about 
the will to win and the desire to stay out in 
front. As a businesswoman myself, I know 
many of the same qualities to running a com¬ 
pany and building great brands. 

“I agreed to become godmother of the Spirit 
of Britain because I recognised many of those 
traits in P&O ferries. Not only is it a household 
name, it is one of the biggest employers in East 
Kent and, of course my home county.” 

Spirit of Britain has capacity for up to 2,000 
passengers, and three separate vehicle decks 
capable of carrying nearly four kilometres of 
traffic parked end to end. 

She will be joined on the Dover-Calais 
service by her identical twin, Spirit of France, 
in September. 


Minister unveils plans 
to revive county tourism 


TOURISM minister John 
Penrose has revealed his 
hopes of drawing in interna¬ 
tional crowds to Kent 
through a new multi-million 
pound strategy. 

On a visit to the county Mr 
Penrose told KoS he also 
wanted to promote holidays 
at home and show residents 
the delights on their own 
doorsteps. 

But the Tory minister, who 
was in Kent for the official 
opening of the Best Western 
Dover Marina Hotel and Spa, 
said this time Government 
was taking a different course 
of action. 

“The private sector has put 
in £50 million and the public 
sector £50m for a new mar¬ 
keting strategy,” he said. 

“It’s not something we 
usually do, it’s normally 
Government money used; the 
last time Government did 
this was after the foot and 
mouth outbreak when 
tourism in the UK dwindled 
and the private sector 
helped. 

“But we have to do things 
in a different way now due to 
financial pressures and get¬ 
ting the two sectors to work 


NEW DIRECTION: Tourism 
minister John Penrose 


together will mean people 
working in the industry ben¬ 
efiting and having more of a 
say about how money is 
spent.” 

Last year David Cameron 
appealed to the British 
tourism industiy to help cre¬ 
ate a marketing fund of more 
than £100m. 

He praised the “magnifi¬ 
cent” response to his call for 
action. 

The new tourism plan 
looks to take advantage of 
the economic opportunities 
presented by the Royal 
Wedding, the Queen’s 
Diamond Jubilee next year 
and the London Olympics, 
with hopes of bringing in four 
million extra overseas visi¬ 


tors over the next four years. 

This would bring an addi¬ 
tional £2 billion to the econo¬ 
my and help create 50,000 
new jobs across the country. 

Mr Penrose said tourism 
was a priority for the 
Government. 

“There are three things we 
want to do; we want to bring 
in more people from the rest 
of the world, encourage 
British people to spend their 
holidays at home, and raise 
the level of productivity in 
the industry,” he said. 

“This will give a real boost, 
especially in places like 
Dover and Kent where there 
is the coast, beautiful coun- 
tiyside and heritage. There is 
so much for people to see and 
do here. 

“This is a chance to rebal¬ 
ance the economy.” 

Kent’s tourism industry is 
worth £3.2 billion to the local 
economy and supports 63,000 
jobs. 

Mr Penrose’s visit was for 
the launch of the Dover 
Marina Hotel and Spa on the 
town’s seafront which has 
undergone an extensive ren¬ 
ovation to restore it to its for¬ 
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THE 3 INTERVIEW 

A' BY ED HILL 


Louise driving for the top 


LOUISE COOK never imagined 
when she was a young girl driv¬ 
ing around in her toy buggy that 
it would lead to a career 
motorsport. 

But then the 23-year-old from Maidstone 
stepped into a rally car in a competition to be 
a female rally driver. 

She said: “I’m not from a motorsport back¬ 
ground, but my dad used to take me to car 
shows and to Brands Hatch, so I think he 
passed on his passion to me. 

“There was a competition to get more 
ladies into rallying and the prize was the 
organisers paying for a season’s rallying. 

“I didn’t win, but I came second out of 
1,000 entries and that gave me the confi¬ 
dence to get my rallying licence. I then spent 
my student loan on my first rally.” 

Louise managed to come 51st out of 105 
entries in that first event. 

She said: “It was doing so well with so little 
experience that led to me catching the bug.” 

Taking part in one race may have been 
easy, but putting together a campaign for a 
full season is a more difficult prospect. 
Rallying is an expensive business, and if you 
want to be competitive there is a constant 
hunt for sponsorship. 

Louise said: “I came up with the idea of 
getting 500 companies to give me £50 each, 
for a chance of getting sponsorship on the 
car. That paid for most of my first year.” 

In her first season, Louise achieved her 
goal of finishing in the top 10 of the British 
Rally Championship Challenge. 

She has now stepped up a category, mean¬ 
ing she can reconnoitre courses before the 
rally and prepare her own pace notes. The 
preparation means faster times, but harder 
battles with other drivers. 

Louise competes in the N class category. 
Her Ford Fiesta is relatively close to the 
road car that most of us might drive, 
although she has rebuilt the engine to 
improve its performance. 

She said: “I am really excited about com¬ 
peting this season. The main difficulty is get¬ 
ting the money, because it is about double 
the budget compared with last year. 



“I have to do it so I can make it to the 
World Rally Championship Academy, 
which is the junior world championship for 
under-25s.” 

The former council receptionist knows she 
has to improve to get to the top, and spends 
some of the winter in Sweden, driving on ice 
to improve her skills. 

‘"You can refine everything.” she said. “My 
car control has massively improved. Any lit¬ 
tle mistake and the car reacts and punishes 
you, because there is hardly any grip.” 


She is not fazed by being one of the very 
few women who have tried to make it in the 
male-dominated world of motorsport: “You 
have to be thick-skinned if you are going to 
put yourself in a situation where you stand 
out, but it is such a competitive sport that I 
would have to put up with stick anyway. 

“All the guys take the mick out of each 
other and play psychological games. They 
treat me no different, and it’s not like tennis, 
where you win less prize money as a female.” 

Louise is well aware that being a woman 


driver does help her to get noticed. 

“It is a selling point, and people know I am 
going to get more media attention, but it’s 
still a struggle,” she said. “I would like to find 
one big sponsor.” 

She is determined to achieve her ambition 
of being the first woman world rally champi¬ 
on, and her next race is the Bulldog Rally in 
Wales on Saturday, April 2. 

She said: “I never thought I would be in the 
British Rally Championship in my second 
season. It has been a fast learning curve.” 



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Dame’s deep bond with castle 


By JOE BILL 


joe.bill@kosmedia.co.uk 

WHEN not having to reign in a 
rampant James Bond, Dame Judi 
Dench likes to relax in a quiet cor¬ 
ner of the Kent countryside. 

Though it may not stay so quiet for long, as 
she hopes to persuade the makers of the 007 
films to shoot in the county. 

The 76-year-old actress, famous for her role 
as M in the last six James Bond movies, lives 
in the county and spends a lot of time at the 
picturesque, historic royal household, Hever 
Castle, near Sevenoaks. 

The former home of Henry Vffl’s second 
wife Anne Boleyn, first attracted the Oscar 
winner 26 years ago as place to walk her dog, 
but now she takes her grandchildren in the 
summer. 

She said: “Hever was 
the first place we came 
to for a picnic and we’ve 
come back here every 
year since. It’s a lovely 
place and very famous, 
of course. 

‘We all know who met 
who here, and it’s very 
unspoilt. The gardens 
are just beautiful.” 

Dame Judi was unveiling the new Hever 
Castle Rose (Horquinsey), created by 
renowned rose grower, the late Colin Homer. 

The rose, which features velvety deep-red 
blooms offset by golden stamens, was plant¬ 
ed by the actress close to the castle moat, set¬ 
ting it apart from the thousands of rose bush¬ 
es in the gardens. 



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DIGGING IN: Dame Judi Dench at Hever Castle for the rose planting, inset 


However, Dame Judi did admit 
that both she and her late husband, Michael 
Williams, were keen on gardens - but not on 
gardening. 

She said: “I’m not a keen gardener, no. But 
I have somebody who is. I am a keen sitter in 
my garden. I love it. And to get roses which 
have been grown and given to you for a cer¬ 
tain occasion is wonderful. A great friend in 


Scotland died not so long ago and we had a 
rose grown for him. It’s just a lovely way to 
remember somebody and we now have one 
here at Hever.” 

The York-born actress recently returned 
from filming in Hollywood with Clint 
Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio. Dame 
Judi will play DiCaprio’s mother in a film 
about the first director of the FBI, J Edgar 


Hoover. Eastwood is directing the film. 

Dame Judi said: “He is the grandmaster. 
He is everything everyone says about him 
and more. Working with a legend is great. I 
have always seemed to be in the right place 
at the right time and had luck.” 

Dame Judi claimed the Hoover movie was 
the first time she had filmed in Hollywood. 
“But what about the Bond films?” she was 
asked. In true M style, she said: “Never - 
James Bond is all British.” 

The star is no stranger to royalty, having 
been made a Dame by the Queen in 1988 and 
played Queen Elizabeth I in the Oscar-win¬ 
ning Shakespeare In Love. 

But it was her role as M that dominated 
the questions during the rose planting. 

She said: “M would like Hever, but would 
probably want to sit behind one of the little 
windows in the castle, with a telescope. 

“I don’t get to make decisions regarding the 
filming, but I will do my best to get the Bond 
people to use Hever as a location.” 

Dame Judi starts filming the as-yet unti¬ 
tled new Bond film in November, her sev¬ 
enth, which also makes her the longest serv¬ 
ing member of the current Bond team. 

Having bagged Baftas, Golden Globes, an 
Oscar and haul of other awards, Dame Judi 
will now front a £100 million television cam¬ 
paign to bring tourists to Britain. 

The VisitBritain commercial, entitled 
Invitation To The World, was filmed at Hever 
Castle and is to be broadcast around the 
globe after April’s royal wedding of Prince 
William to Kate Middleton. 

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THE operations commander 
of Kent’s specialist search- 
and-rescue team has de¬ 
scribed the devastation wit¬ 
nessed in Japan and the 
quiet dignity of the people 
who had lost everything. 

Station manager John Mazzey 
spoke to KoS after Kent Fire and 
Rescue Service’s urban search crew 
returned from its rescue mission in 
stricken Japan last week. 

The 46-year-old from Pembury 
spent almost three days hunting for 
survivors alongside his colleagues in 
the devastated towns of Ofunato and 
Kamaishi, where tens of thousands 
of people were missing. 

The team was made up of fire¬ 
fighter Dean Langley, 46, from 
Sevenoaks; fire-fighter Matthew 
Scott from Maidstone; crew manager 
Heather Heath from Folkestone; 
watch manager Alan Downes, from 
Broadstairs; and watch manager 
Dave Hudson, also from Broadstairs. 

“We were one of the first teams to 
go into the town of Ofunato to help 
the local support services,” said Mr 
Mazzey. “As we travelled down from 
our base, the area on the outskirts 
was more or less untouched, but once 
we got to where the tsunami hit, just 
about everything was destroyed. 

“The sheer scale was immense - 


almost everything had been dam¬ 
aged. There were some people at the 
remains of their houses trying to pick 
up family mementoes - they looked 
shocked and traumatised.” 

Mr Mazzey was also part of the 
UK’s search-and-rescue team in the 
Haiti disaster in last year. 

He said: “In Haiti there were many 
bodies on the streets waiting for col¬ 
lection, but in Japan bodies that 
would normally be there were drawn 
out to sea by the tsunami and were 
washing up on the coast.” 

Asked about his most difficult 
moment, the father-of-four said: “I 
was with one of the teams from Mid 
and West Wales in part of Kamaishi 
that was particularly damaged. 


“A local fire officer was standing 
outside what was left of his house, 
and the Mid and West Wales team 
went in and identified four members 
of his family who had died. When the 
Japanese fire officer received the 
news he simply bowed and thanked 
the team for the information. He 
maintained his composure.” 

Mr Mazzey said the Japanese were 
dignified and full of hope, even bring¬ 
ing food to the rescue teams. 

“Even though we as a team are 
self-sufficient, people were insisting 
on giving us food,” he said. 

“It was quite clear it was not 
acceptable for us to turn it down.” 

Kent’s team leader Alan Downes 
said the support from the Japanese 



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survivors was humbling. “We were 
faced with a scene of total devasta¬ 
tion in Ofimato, and yet despite the 
fact that most of the local communi¬ 
ty had lost everything, they were 
extremely supportive, expressing 
their extreme gratitude for our 
efforts, which was a very humbling 
experience,” he said. 

The UK International Search and 
Rescue Team, which included Kent’s 
own heroes, was sadly unable to find 
any survivors in the aftermath of the 
earthquake and tsunami but did 
detect three bodies. 

The death toll for the disaster has 
reached more than 18,000, with some 
450,000 people homeless. 

Mr Mazzey said that during their 


time in Japan they would often be 
woken by severe aftershocks from 
the earthquake. 

“There was a power failure, which 
meant there were problems with the 
tsunami warning system, so we 
couldn’t work through the night,” he 
said. 

‘While we wanted to have the max¬ 
imum time searching, we had to be 
aware of the risks.” 

Mr Mazzey said on his return to 
the UK that it took a little while to 
adjust but admitted that seven days 
in the devastation was “nothing”. 

“People in Japan have work ahead 
of them now to try to rebuild what 
they have lost - seven days is noth¬ 
ing when you consider their plight.” 


Heavy snowfall and falling temper¬ 
atures after the start of the disaster 
led the UK and US rescuers to 
announce the end of their mission as 
the window of opportunity of finding 
survivors closed. 

International development minis¬ 
ter Stephen O’Brien praised the 
Kent team members for their cour¬ 
age and professionalism in Japan. 

“Despite cold, hard conditions, 
Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s team 
worked relentlessly to search for sur¬ 
vivors in the utter devastation of the 
earthquake and tsunami,” he said. 


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Sites bid for UN recognition 



THE county has two sites that have 
made it onto the shortlist for World 
Heritage status to line up 
alongside the Taj Mahal and 
Great Wall of China. 

Chatham Dockyard and the rest 
of the town’s historic military sites, 
and Darwin’s Landscape Labor¬ 
atory in Bromley, have both been 
put forward by tourism and heritage 
minister John Penrose to rank alongside the 
Serengeti plains of east Africa, and the 
Pyramids of Giza, in Egypt. 

The Historic Dockyard, Fort Amherst and 
Great Lines of Chatham, as well as the 
memorial to one of the world’s greatest scien¬ 
tists, are now on what is called the Tentative 
List, alongside 10 other sites across the UK 
and on British territories overseas. 

These include the Lake District, the Forth 
Rail Bridge and the islands of St Helena, and 
the Turks and Caicos. 

Canterbury Cathedral is already listed. 

There are 911 World Heritage sites across 
the globe which have been designated as 
important enough for the United Nations to 
ensure their preservation. 

They are subject to planning restrictions 
but financial aid is available for upkeep and 
development. Should they be threatened in 
any way international law can be bought to 
bear and relief actions organised. 

Those campaigning at both Kent sites were 
delighted at the news. 

“This is great news for the whole of 


Medway,” said Joanne Cable, World 
Heritage Manager at Medway council. 

“What we have - which the others have not 
- is a completed bid approved by all relevant 
parties. 

“If a bid was put in now, we would be ready. 

“What is important about the area is its 
historic links, especially with the Royal 
Navy. At one time, Britain had 800 ships at 
sea at any one time and obviously this was a 
major factor in world affairs. 

Battle of Trafalgar 

“HMS Victory, Admiral Nelson’s flagship 
at the Battle of Trafalgar, was built at 
Chatham Dockyard as were many other 
historic vessels.” 


The scientific importance of Darwin has 
been emphasised by supporters of the 
Bromley bid. 

Darwin’s Landscape Laboratory is Down 
House, its gardens and the countryside around 
Downe, Cudham and Keston where Darwin 
lived and worked for the 40 years, including on 
his work On the Origin of Species. 

The naturalist and explorer wrote in his 
1876 autobiography: “One problem of great 
importance... is the tendency in organic 
beings descended from the same stock to 
diverge in character as they become modi¬ 
fied... I can remember the very spot in the 
road, whilst in my carriage, when to my joy 
the solution occurred to me; and this was 
long after I had come to Down.” 



SHORTLIST: Charles Darwin’s home, Down 
House, left, and the ropery at Chatham 
Historic Dockyard, above, are both on the 
Tentative List for World Heritage status 

Its supporters say the landscape is of out¬ 
standing universal value because of its 
unique cultural significance as the open-air 
laboratory in which the theory of evolution 
by natural selection was developed. 

They point out how it provided unique 
insights into the scientific understanding of 
natural life and biodiversity. 

Throughout recent history, they say the 
ideas that were developed from daily obser¬ 
vations and experiments at Down have had 
a profound influence on the life sciences, 
medicine, agriculture, philosophy, the cre¬ 
ative arts and general views of humankind’s 
relation to other living creatures. 

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Department of Culture, Media and Sport. 


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bid to have his conviction overturned. 

It followed a call by the Criminal Cases 
Review Commission in October, 2010, to refer 
the case to the Court of Appeal, stating two 
key witnesses in Noye’s original trial were “so 
discredited” the conviction should be quashed. 

But appeal judges said this week “there was 
no doubt that Mr Cameron was deliberately 
stabbed by the appellant”. 

Noye, 63, who was bom in Bexleyheath 
and lived in West Kingsdown before his 
arrest, is no stranger to prison. In 1986 he 
served eight years of a 14-year sentence for 
his part in the infamous Brink’s-Mat rob¬ 
bery at Heathrow Airport. 

Surveillance 

Before his conviction, Noye was under sur¬ 
veillance by police and in January, 1985, he 
killed an officer he discovered in his garden. 

A jury found him not guilty on the 
grounds of self defence, but just a year later 
he was convicted of conspiracy to handle 
gold robbed in the Brink’s-Mat raid and 
was jailed for eight years. 

Just two years after his release, he 
stabbed Mr Cameron. 

True crime author Wensley Clarkson, 
who penned Kenny Noye: Public Enemy No 
1, said Noye was a successful career crimi¬ 
nal whose temper ended up getting 
him into trouble. 

Speaking to KoS before 
the appeal result was 
announced, Mr Clarkson 
said he wasn’t surprised 
Noye was pushing for release. 

“He still proclaims his inno¬ 
cence and won’t just sit there 
and do nothing about it. 




KILLER: Kenny Noye’s temper lead to the 
M25 murder, claims true crime author 

“That has become his full-time job in 
prison. He’s very active and a workaholic. 

“He’s got enterprises on the outside world 
which people are running for him, and he 
wants to get out. 

“He’s been working hard on this and tried 
different versions of appeal - he’s not just 
sitting in prison doing nothing.” 

After the murder of Mr Cameron, specu¬ 
lation was raised over whether he knew 
Noye, and the fight was over a dmg deal. 

Mr Clarkson said: “I’ve heard so many 
different versions about whether he knew 
Stephen Cameron. I have no idea what the 
tmth is. There was talk of them knowing 
each other, but this can be quite hurtful to 
Mr Cameron’s family. 

“What I would say is Kent 
and the south east of London 
are the criminal hinterlands 
of Britain. It’s not surprising 
if people know each other.” 

Although having never 
met Noye, Mr Clarkson 
has spoken to members of 
his family and others who 
knew him, and discovered 
he had high-profile peo¬ 
ple such as an MP and 
judge “in his pocket”. 

Mr Clarkson said: 
“Noye is very respected 
and a legend, but for all 
the wrong reasons. 

“It was quite clear 
the M25 killing was 
not a run-of-the-mill crime. 

Noye was a successful career criminal, 
but it his temper got him in trouble. 

“The poverty in the 50s drove people to 
crime. He wasn’t like the Krays or the 
Richardsons - it was just him. He was fear¬ 
ful of no-one.” 



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Have your say on free 
school travel cuts plan 


By MABUKE COX _ 

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PARENTS are invited to voice 
their opinions on controversial 
plans to axe free travel for pupils 
at grammar and faith schools. 

If proposals go ahead, children at selective 
or church schools that are not the nearest to 
their home may lose out on subsidised trans¬ 
port and be made to pay a contributory fee. 

Education chiefs at County Hall said they 
have a legal duty to provide free home-to- 
school travel - costing £14 million a year and 
worth more than £450 each- when the near¬ 
est, appropriate school is more than two 
miles away for children under eight, and 
three miles for older children. 

But in many cases parents opt for gram¬ 
mar or church schools that are not their 
nearest, and Kent County Council, despite 
not being legally obliged, has paid for the 
travel. The authority is now proposing to 
stop providing support for these pupils, 
starting from September 1, 2012. 

Children already receiving help with trav¬ 
el before this date will not be affected. 

KCC cabinet member for education, learn¬ 
ing and skills, Cllr Sarah Hohler, said it was 
a result of pressure on public services. 

“The need to save money in the public sec¬ 
tor has prompted a radical re-think of what 
the council can do,” she said. 

“Kent County Council has produced a 
budget to deliver £95 million of savings this 
year and a further £65 million next year 
throughout the authority. 

“Part of these wider savings include a 
reduction in the school transport budget. 

“We need to focus on our legal commit¬ 
ments and to look at what optional elements 
of transport we can afford to maintain in the 
current financial climate.” 

KCC is proposing to provide discretionary 
funding to support the popular Kent 



TICKET TO RIDE: Have your say on funding 


Freedom Pass, where parents and pupils can 
pay a one-off fee of £100 and use the bus net¬ 
work any time, all year. 

Cllr Hohler said: “The pass, introduced by 
KCC four years ago, continues to be hugely 
successful, with more than 26,500 of Kent’s 
11 to 16-year-olds enjoying use of public bus 
services, not only to get to and from school, 
but also at weekends, in the evenings and 
during school holidays. 

“I hope people will take the time to 
respond to this consultation. 

“Grammar and faith schools are very 
important to me and the county council. We 
are keen to hear all views to ensure we can 
move forward in a fully-informed way.” 

But Lib Dem councillor and opposition 
spokesman for education Martin Vye 
slammed the plans. 

“This will make it very difficult for chil¬ 


dren and young people from lower income 
families to have the same sort of choice of 
school as those from more well-off families,” 
he said. 

“The Conservatives have said in the past 
they want more children from low income 
families to be given the chance of a grammar 
school education; this measure heads in 
completely the opposite direction. 

“There is the suggestion this is all going to 
be OK because Kent has the Freedom Pass, 
but the Conservatives have just increased the 
charge by a shocking 100 per cent, and what 
about the 16 to 18-year-olds who are not enti¬ 
tled, or families with several children? 

“There is also no provision for paying by 
instalments.” 

Parents are invited to have their say 
before the May 6 deadline by visiting 
www.kent. gov. uk/transportconsultation or 
writing to Home to School Transport 
Consultation, Room 2.35, Sessions House, 
Maidstone, ME 14 1XQ 

Government funding for a concessionary 
travel scheme, which provides free local bus 
travel for elderly and disabled people is also 
being significantly reduced. 

It means KCC will have to operate a 
national standard scheme where passes will 
be accepted from 9.30am-llpm, Monday to 
Friday, and all day at weekends and bank 
holidays. For the past three years KCC pro¬ 
vided additional funding to allow pass hold¬ 
ers to travel from 9am on weekdays. 


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More than 51,600 applications were entered 
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more than 120 attractions and events this 
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Organiser Visit Kent called it a celebration of 
the local tourism industry. Chief executive 
Sandra Matthews-Marsh said: “It’s an opportuni¬ 
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destinations which entertain our 56 million visi¬ 
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tural a place as they come. 

With its proximity to both London and 
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But Prime Minister David Cameron’s 
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Do they really live in the same communi¬ 
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is to compare it with the lifestyles of others. 

“Sometimes people are concerned if their 
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ways they don’t quite understand, but quite 
often they are attracted to other people’s cus¬ 
toms and traditions and will actively join in. 

“Compared with other parts of the world, I 
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to say every individual is welcoming of other 
people’s cultures, because there are pockets 
of suspicion, and sometimes people’s fear is 
that their way of life could be disrupted and 
altered by others. 




EDUCATION: More positive media images 
of minorities will help encourage tolerance, 
it is claimed. Top, celebrating other cultures 
and traditions fosters better relations 


“But by and large, you will find it’s actual¬ 
ly a pretty liberal and open place to live.” 

Stick a pin into a map of Kent and it is like¬ 
ly the area you select will be home to at least 
one community of people with beliefs and 
traditions vastly different to your own. 

For example, Gravesend has a thriving 
Asian population and is home to one of the 
largest Sikh temples in the UK, while there 
are more than 3,500 Polish ex-pats spread 
out across towns including Canterbury, 
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ber of Germans in Tunbridge Wells. 

Evidence suggests the way certain groups 
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“There seems to be a lack of awareness and 
education in Kent, which results in people of 
colour being labelled and stereotyped. 

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the BME community, because if you only 
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hostility towards people.” 

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community centres and places of worship, 
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and business issues and showcases BME 
people in a positive light. 

Mrs Asieba, who was bom in England to 
Jamaican parents, says people need to be 
better educated about the contributions 
made by all members of society, regardless of 


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Kent is the gateway to Europe and home to communities from many different 
countries. Chief countv reporter STEVE KNIGHT investigates whether Kent is 
living proof that multiculturalism can work, or if the experiment has failed 



COMMUNITY: There is a large population of Sikhs in Gravesend, which is home to one of largest temples in the UK. The Gurkhas have found a warm welcome in the Folkestone area 


the colour of their skin. “Medway in particu¬ 
lar has a long way to go,” she said. “It’s worry¬ 
ing to think what sort of abuse people from 
abroad receive here, especially as I’ve lived 
here all my life and get so much hostility 
myself. 

“The only way to tackle the problem is to talk 
about other cultures in a celebratory way.” 

The outpouring of public support for the 
hugely successful Gurkha Justice Campaign 
of 2009 perhaps adds credence to Mrs 
Asieba’s point of view. 

Portrayed as loyal, hard-working and coura¬ 


geous - all positive character traits - the 
former Army servicemen are therefore rarely 
spoken of in a bad way, even though the law 
of averages suggests not every Gurkha can be 
a model citizen. 

Nevertheless, the affection for the Gurkha 
community in Kent - based mainly in and 
around Folkestone - has made it easier for 
them to settle in the county. 

“I would proudly say that multiculturalism 
is working very well in Kent,” said Folkestone 
town councillor and retired Gurkha soldier 
Dhan Gurung. 


“We are working hard to become one com¬ 
munity here in Folkestone. 

“People can always learn from the culture 
and customs of others. For example, Gurkha 
people have very good discipline and show 
respect to others, and these are traits we hope 
to share with everyone.” 

Whereas the Prime Minister was criticised 
for showing a “lack of clarity” with his com¬ 
ments on multiculturalism, his deputy - Lib 
Dem leader Nick Clegg - came up with a 
more concise definition of what the concept 
should mean. 


It should be seen as a process by which peo¬ 
ple respect and communicate with each other, 
he said, rather than build walls between each 
other. 

Prof Furedi shares a similar view. 

“It’s important to understand that we 
belong to the same community,” he said. 
“People are often critical of multiculturalism 
because they don’t know how to celebrate 
what binds us together. 

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PICKET LINE: Students joined the protest in support of their lecturers 

Students back 
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pension strike 


By CHRIS MURPHY 

editorial@kosmedia.co.uk 

NOT everyone was happy 
about the two-day strike by 
lecturers at the University 
of Kent this week - protest¬ 
ers had to scatter at the 
gates of the Medway cam¬ 
pus when one worker tore 
through the group in his car. 

The move was blasted as “danger¬ 
ous” by one of the demonstration 
organisers, Ian Bruce. 

He is the University and College 
Union’s pensions officer and also a 
lecturer in nanobiotechnology at 
Kent’s School of Biosciences. 

Mr Bruce said: “This one individual 
just drove through the group and 
they had to dodge his car. 

“Luckily no-one was hurt.” 

The lecturers were striking over 
changes to their pension schemes. A 
last-minute attempt to broker a deal 
failed and universities around the 
UK held the protests on Tuesday and 
Thursday, including Kent and its 
campuses in Medway, Canterbury 
and Tonbridge. 

They want to stop a reduction in 
benefits through the Universities 
Superannuation Scheme. 

Mr Bruce said: “There was an enor¬ 
mous turnout for the pickets, both 
students and staff Parts of the uni¬ 
versity shut down, and there was a 
fantastic feeling of solidarity.” 

He said they are willing to negoti¬ 
ate, but if an agreement cannot be 
reached, more strikes cannot be 
ruled out in future weeks. 

The action led to fears some final- 
year students could miss out on their 
degrees, said Mr Bruce. He said the 


action could result in students’ exam 
papers being withheld or unmarked, 
leaving them at a severe disadvan¬ 
tage while other graduates snap up 
the few jobs available. 

Nationally, the union said of the 63 
universities affected, 64 per cent of 
UCU members voted for strike 
action, and 82 per cent voted for 
action short of a strike. 

In Kent, just 166 UCU members 
out of 545 responded to a strike bal¬ 
lot at the University of Kent - includ¬ 
ing 120 in favour. 

President of the Kent students’ 
union Helen Wood said its members 
had agreed to support the UCU lec¬ 
turers’ campaign despite the damage 
it could cause to their degrees. 


The employers’ proposals, due to be 
introduced on April 1, include an end 
to final-salary pensions for new 
members, the introduction of a pen¬ 
sion age of 65 for all members, and 
the linking of pension increases to 
the lower consumer prices index of 
inflation. 

Professor Keith Mander, deputy 
vice-chancellor for the University of 
Kent, said: “The University of Kent is 
working with all staff to meet these 
challenges and regrets that a minor¬ 
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By JENNA PUDELEK 


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THE moving diaries of t 
nurse who treated soldiers 
after the bloody battles of 
World War One are set to 
be auctioned. 

Lucy Kate ‘Kitty Card, from Tun¬ 
bridge Wells, cared for injured sol¬ 
diers from the Battle of the Somme 
and worked in military hospitals in 
Le Havre, Calais, Rouen, and Etaples. 

Her collection of war memorabilia, 
which includes letters of thanks from 
the servicemen she treated, and her 
pristine Red Cross uniform, will go 
under the hammer at auctioneer 
Dreweatts on Tuesday, March 29. 

Nurse Card never married, and her 
collection was passed down through 
her family to her great niece, Joyce 
Salmon, who died recently. She left it to a 
neighbour in Tunbridge Wells, who has decid¬ 
ed to sell it. 

Militaria expert Malcolm Claridge, from the 



Bristol-based auctioneer, said: “It is a rare 
archive because it is so complete. It also con¬ 
tains letters from the boys she helped 
and from their families. 

“We’ve estimated the diaries will 
make between £600 and £800, but 
they could fetch twice as much.” 

The collection was amassed 
between 1914 and 1919 and also 
includes medals and sepia photo¬ 
graphs. In total, it is expected to 
sell for between £1,500 and £2,000. 
In her diary, Nurse Card makes 
the relentless horror of life in the 
trenches come alive, with moving 
and compassionate accounts of the 
soldiers she met and treated. 

Extracts from her two pocket 
diaries, written in pencil between 

1915 and 1916, include: “March 31, 

1916 - Harris, a boy in the ward who 
has a self-inflicted wound, so is a 
prisoner, gives a pint of blood to save 

the life of another patient, he’s very 
sad after his op, but soon regains his spirits. 

“July 3,1916 - A day of days, full convoys in 
about five or six, about 1,000 passed through, 
men very cheerful, overflow slept on straw, did 



MEDICAL TEAM: Nurse Card is on the far 
left behind the wounded soldiers. Left is her 
Red Cross uniform, which is also on sale 

dressing by light of oil lamp till about 10, too 
late for supper. 

“August 1, 1916 - On night duty tonight in 
the lines, many very ill, the whole night spent 
trying to ease their pains, two died within 10 
mins of one another, oh! It’s so sad. 

“August 11, 1916 - Poor Walker has had his 
leg amputated. 


“August 12,1916 - Lcpl Walker died tonight, 
very sorry indeed, he was a splendid fellow 
and so good. 

“August 13,1916 - Smith had his leg ampu¬ 
tated, seems very ill. 

“August 14, 1916 - Several very ill tonight, 
poor Smith died just before we came on duty, 
Foster also died today, oh it is so sad, he was so 
patient, had his leg amputated.” 

Mr Claridge said: “Her five medals include 
the Royal Red Cross 2nd Class silver badge in 
its original Garrard & Co case. She was also 
mentioned in despatches in December, 1918.” 

Nurse Card, who was bom in 1881, trained as 
a teacher before volunteering as an assistant 
Red Cross nurse in 1914. She was posted to Le 
Havre in Northern France and ended the Great 
War at the British military hospital in Calais. 

After the war she returned to Tunbridge 
Wells, where she became headteacher at St 
Luke’s School in 1925. 

During World War Two, Nurse Card was in 
charge of anti-gas warfare training at the 
Kent and Sussex Hospital. 


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IT’S THE return of Kent’s 
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In case you didn’t know, this mag¬ 
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county, but no-one is sure where. 

Pronounced Sammyadd, it was 
the star of the globally-popular 
book, Five Children and It. 

It was dreamt up by famous 
author Edith Nesbit, who also wrote 
The Railway Children, early last 
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since 1902. 

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the children’s wishes only last until 
dusk, but they never work out as 
they planned. When they wish to be 
beautiful, their servants don’t recog¬ 
nise them and shut them out of the 
house. 

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baby brother was older, the grown¬ 
up he becomes bosses them around 
too much. 

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a clifthanger. The children ask for one 
final wish to help find some stolen 
gems, and although the Psammead 
is seen once more, the story narrator 
refuses to divulge the outcome. 

Edith Nesbit, who published 
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New Romney in 1924, aged 65, and 
is buried in the graveyard at St 
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Supermoon 
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ships run 
aground 


By MATHEW BEECH 


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STAR gazers in Kent were treated to a 
‘supermoon’ last weekend, as the Earth, 
Sun and the Moon aligned to create the 
astrological phenomenon. 

Many amateur astrologers took the 
opportunity of clear skies and the bright 
full Moon on Saturday, March 19, to photo¬ 
graph the lunar event. 

A perigee-syzygy, or supermoon, graced 
the night sky as our planet’s natural satel¬ 
lite was at its closest point to us since 
January 30, 2010. 

The Moon was just 221,567 miles from 
the Earth, about 17,000 miles closer than 
average, due to its elliptical orbit. 

As the Moon’s orbit brought it closer to 
the Earth, its effects on Kent’s tides was 
marginally increased, creating slightly 
higher or lower levels. The effect was 
blamed for five ships running aground 
along the south coast. 

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ly four to six times a year, the next extreme 
supermoon, which will coincide with a full 
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nent brain damage. 

Elke was delivered by emergency Caesarean 
section at Maidstone Hospital, and now has to 
cope with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and will 
always need full-time care. 

Now after eight years of legal claims and 
counter-claims, Maidstone and Tunbridge 
Wells NHS Trust has finally agreed to take 
some responsibility for her upbringing, but 
has stopped short of admitting any blame 
for Elke’s condition. 

It has agreed to pay an immediate lump 
sum of £900,000, plus annual index-linked 
payments of £100,000. This rises to 
£155,000 when she turns 19. The Trust said 
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The High Court was told this week a full 
hearing would not be needed after the 
agreement was reached - it’s understood 12 
days had been put aside to hear the case. 

Mother Glynnis works as a consultant for 
the Body Shop and also as support staff for 
a Maidstone charity called M4S, which 
helps parents in similar situations. 

At the family home in Bearsted, near 
Maidstone, Glynnis, 45, said: “The reason 
for bringing the court case was that we 
needed the security that something was 
going to be there for Elke once my husband 
Matt, an engineer, and I are not here any 
longer to look after her. 

“They have settled on the basis of giving 
us enough money to improve the care that 
Elke is going to have for the rest of her life.” 

She said: “Every day is different, and we 
try to do the best for her. She has a lot of 
complex needs and is very susceptible to 
chest infections, so we are back at 
Maidstone Hospital quite regularly.” 

Comfort 


One of Elke’s favourite things is to cuddle 
her three-year-old pet guinea pig 
Tinkerbell, and cats Scooby and Shaggy. 

Glynnis said: “Elke can’t talk, but when 
she sees Tinkerbell, she is able to make it 
known she wants her out and on her lap. 

“She loves Tinkerbell and it brings her a lot 
of comfort. Tinkerbell herself often calls out 
to Elke, and we get her out. It is fascinating 
the connection the two have for each other. 

“If you allow yourself to dwell on the situ¬ 
ation, it will eat you up, and that can 
destroy you and your family. I have concen¬ 
trated on what Elke has given me. 

“Her smiles and her giggles and her cud¬ 
dles are absolutely wonderful. We are cop¬ 
ing because we have to - we have no choice, 
but we are doing well.” 

Elke’s lawyer said the hospital failed to 
recognise quickly enough the risks of Elke’s 
breach position in the womb, and that if she 
had been bom 15 minutes earlier she would 
have made a full recovery. 

The Trust said: “The Trust, after detailed 
and careful consideration with its legal 
advisors and a number of medical experts, 
identified a number of complex issues for 
both parties in this case. 

“No admission of liability was made, but a 
compromise was reached which aclmowl- 
edged the risks of both parties and an 
understanding of the needs and difficulties 
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Youth support group 
‘will survive the cuts’ 


By SIEVE KNIGHT 


steve.knight@kosmedia.co.uk 

TIME is running out for the 
Connexions youth advice service, 
admits the chief executive of the 
charity’s Kent branch. 

Connexions offices up and down the coun¬ 
try are feeling the full force of government 
spending cuts, with Kent currently going 
through a staff redundancy programme 
after taking a £4.8 million funding hit. 

The service offers advice on education, 
careers, housing, money, health and relation¬ 
ships for 13-19 year olds. 

But, despite his belief the brand will soon 
cease to exist on a national level, county 
chief executive Sean Kearns told KoS he is 
confident the charity has a future in Kent. 

“I think government policy is changing 
and that the Connexions brand will go as a 
result,” he said. 

“But will Connexions Kent still be here? 
Yes we will, as a charity and social enter¬ 
prise delivering support for young people. 

“But we will have to go out and win new 
contracts with Kent County Council, with 
other local authorities, and with whoever is 
going to be commissioning the planned All 
Ages Careers Advisory Service. 

“KCC has always valued its partnership 
with us and the contribution we have made, 
but with changing government policy and 
legislation we, like all organisations, will 
have to respond to those changes.” 

Last week the Association of School and 



CHANGING ROLE: Chief executive Sean 
Kearns says Connexions will have to adapt 

College Leaders (ASCL) warned that young 
people could be let down by the Coalition as 
existing Connexions services are cut before 
new provisions are in place. 

The headteachers’ union estimates that 
two million young people will be affected by 
the gap in services between now and April 
next year, when the All Ages Careers 
Advisory Service is due to be launched. 

Yet, despite having little option but to 
agree to a 19.5 per cent funding reduction on 
its now £20 million two-year contract with 


KCC, which starts next month, Mr Kearns 
said the situation for Connexions Kent could 
have been a lot worse. 

He said: “We are a frontline service and the 
cut could have been less, but if you compare it 
with other branches across the countiy we’ve 
had a fair settlement. Others have been deci¬ 
mated and can’t offer anywhere near the 
same level of service for young people. 

“But then you can’t take nearly £5m out of 
our budget over the next two years and 
expect it to not have an impact. 

“We are going to lose frontline staff and 
advisers who do the day-to-day work.” 

Earlier this month it was revealed that 
15.6 per cent of all 16- to 24-year-olds in the 
UK last December were classed as Neet - 
not in employment, education or training. 

The 938,000 total was the highest final- 
quarter figure since 2005. 

But Mr Kearns said this came as little sur¬ 
prise given the high rate of unemployment. 

He said: “It’s a fact that when employment 
demand reduces, supply increases, so 
employers are quite rightly more discerning 
of the skill level they are looking for. 

“The barriers these young people face are 
the same as they were 12-18 months ago, 
but due to the economic situation they are 
now competing against others who have 
been out of the education system for two to 
three years and have had employment 
opportunities in the past. 

“That’s why organisations like Connexions 
are important in this difficult period, and 
part of the reason why we were formed back 
in 2001.” 


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to locate the Sittingboume resident, despite 
the distressing nature of the call, on March 30 
last year. 

She was among 35 emergency operators who 
received certificates from Assistant Chief 
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week. 

“Police officers on the beat are often those 
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HEAD START: Col John Klink, left, with Lt Col Adam Griffith. INSET: USMC Shanghai plaque 


KENT-based soldiers and US Marines have been 
working together in Afghanistan for the last six 
months - more than 70 years after they first acted 
side by side in China. 

The two units are working to improve the capa¬ 
bility of the Afghan National Police. 

Teams from the Argyll and Sutherland 
Highlanders, 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of 
Scotland, and 1st Marine Division of the US 
Marine Corps have been jointly responsible for 
the training in Helmand Province. 

The Canterbury-based troops are in the final 
weeks of a seven-month deployment. The regi¬ 
mental museum, based in Stirling Castle and 
headed by Major Bob Elliot, researched the 
archives to establish whether there was any 
record of them working together previously. 


Maj Elliot discovered the 2nd Bn Argyll and 
Sutherland Highlanders and the 4th Regiment US 
Marines had served together in Shanghai in 
1932-33. The Argylls had been deployed to China 
to “protect the foreign area from internal disorder 
and external aggression”. 

Shanghai was split into defence sectors con¬ 
trolled by different countries. One was held by US 
Marines. The Argylls took over a sector close by. 

A plaque was presented to the Argylls by the 
Marines at the end of their deployment in the 
1930s. To acknowledge their modern-day work in 
Afghanistan, Lt Col Adam Griffiths presented 
each Marine with a Glengarry, the formal head¬ 
dress of the Scottish infantry soldier. In return, 
Col John Klink presented the Argylls with a divi¬ 
sional insignia and a USMC badge of rank. 


INFANTRY soldiers from Kent 
have cleared insurgents out of an 
area of Helmand province in one of 
their final operations before return¬ 
ing home. 

Four enemy were killed and two taken pris¬ 
oner in the successful assault. 

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 
based in Canterbmy, worked alongside their 
partners from the 2nd Kandak Afghan 
Uniformed Police to conduct the ‘advance to 
contact’ - an operation to engage enemy fighters 
in an area known as Shindac Mandah, north of 
Patrol Base Attal in Lashkar Gah district. 

Troops from Delta Company have been in 
Helmand since September, 2010, mentoring 
Afghan police officers who are increasingly 
taking over security responsibilities. 

The soldiers return home in April. Their aim 
was to sweep away insurgents operating in the 
area and demonstrate to local people that the 
police and institutions of 
governance in Helmand 
are now in control and 
have complete freedom of 
movement. 

These aims were 
achieved, with four 
insurgents killed plus 
two ringleaders in the 
community detained. A 
combined force of more 
than 100 men from the 
Argylls and the Afghan 
police headed towards an 
area known to be held by 
insurgents. 

They moved north, stopping for cups of chai 
and discussing the forthcoming harvest and 
plans to open a new school. But then things 
began to change. Families were seen hurriedly 
leaving compounds and the fields were empty 
of workers. Before long the British soldiers and 
Afghan police were engaged from five separate 
firing points. 

The insurgent attack was well organised and 
although the firing points were spread far 
apart, they engaged the Delta Company troops 
simultaneously. 

The troops and police took up positions and 
returned an overwhelming weight of fire. 

The British and Afghans realised this was no 
half-hearted attack and due to the number of 
enemy positions each one would have to be 
cleared in turn. 

The men of Delta Company have been under 
fire many times in recent months and know 
the ground well. 

Company commander Major Nick Wight- 
Boycott confirmed the location of all the firing 
points and was able to coordinate a plan to 


suppress insurgent positions with artillery fire 
before sending in his troops. One by one, the 
positions were cleared. In the west, Lieutenant 
Luke McDonagh and his men ambushed two 
insurgents attempting to flee their position as 
the battle began to go Delta Company’s way. 

The insurgents fought hard but were cut 
down by Lt McDonagh’s platoon. One died 
there, the other fell injured. 

Lt McDonagh’s men gave life-saving treat¬ 
ment to the injured insurgent before a helicop¬ 
ter was called to evacuate him to hospital in 
Camp Bastion. 

He may have been saved, but once dischar¬ 
ged from hospital he faces a life behind bars. 
The police captured an insurgent commander 
found hiding at the firing point nearby. 

Meanwhile, in the centre of the village, 
Sergeant Frankie Kerr and his men were tak¬ 
ing heavy fire from a position to their north. A 
combination of artillery and an air strike gave 
them the space to advance to the insurgent 
positions, covered by fire from Lt James Cook 
and his group of men. 

As Sgt Kerr and his 
platoon cleared the posi¬ 
tions, killing the insur¬ 
gents, they were engaged 
once more by machine- 
gun fire and rocket- 
propelled grenades. 

An attack helicopter 
was called in which iden¬ 
tified the position and 
stopped the incoming 
rounds by firing a Hell- 
fire missile. 

Air support passed a 
message to Maj Wight- 
Boycott that remaining insurgents could be 
seen recovering their dead to the north. 

Delta Company pushed on, pressing home 
the advantage they had built and forcing the 
remaining insurgents to give up trying to 
recover bodies and flee the area. 

Maj Wight-Boycott said: “The operation was 
a significant blow to the insurgency. 

“The combination of such aggressive patrols 
targeting the insurgency directly, with 
increased development and support of the 
civilian population, has seen the insurgents’ 
support base and ability to operate consider¬ 
ably eroded over recent months. 

“For the men of Delta Company it was an 
excellent day. Counter-insurgency is hard work 
- partnering the police, protecting the people, 
fighting the insurgents, all with the constant, 
ever-present threat of IEDs weighing heavily 
on young soldiers’ minds. 

“Opportunities to go on the offensive and 
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police which saw Kent-based troops renew an old partnership with US Marines 




EXPERT training from Canterbury-based soldiers 
enabled Afghan police to free a 13-year-old boy 
held hostage by two insurgent kidnappers. 

He had been snatched nine months previously 
in the Nad-e AN district, where he lived in the vil¬ 
lage of Shawal Kalay with his father, a civil ser¬ 
vant in the district government. 

The local Afghan police, who are mentored by 
the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, launched 
an operation to arrest the kidnappers and free the 
boy after receiving intelligence from villagers. 

The chief of police for Nad-e AN, Lt Col Shadi 
Khan, who oversaw the operation, believes the 
kidnappers wished to extort and punish the boy’s 
father because he worked for the government. 


Captain Niall Archibald, of the Argylls, said: 
“The police action in freeing this kidnap victim 
demonstrates the high level of professionalism 
and capability they are reaching in Helmand. 
Critically, this operation was conducted com¬ 
pletely unassisted by NATO troops. 

“A key development of late has been increas¬ 
ingly to view insurgent activity as criminal acts 
rather than acts of war. Viewing them this way 
puts the emphasis on the Afghan police to take 
primacy in the counter-insurgency effort. 

“As such, crime-scene exploitation, evidence 
handling and deeper understanding of powers of 
arrest and detention are now the focus of training 
for the police and they are making great progress.” 


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By NICK AMES 

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SIN GER-songwriter 
Phoebe Warden has wowed 
the judging panel of a 
nationwide music competi¬ 
tion and sailed through the 



TOP TUNES: Singer Phoebe Warden 


audition stage of Live and 
Unsigned. 

The Stelling Minnis singer will 
now compete against the most tal¬ 
ented bands and artists in the coun¬ 
try at the regional final of Live and 
Unsigned 2011. 

Live and Unsigned is the biggest 
original music competition in the 
UK for unsigned bands and artists 
and has attracted more than 50,000 
entries in the past five years. 

Phoebe, 16, said: “It’s a really good 
standard and the next round is in 
Bedford on Saturday, April 2. 

“To be honest I’m not sure how I’ll 
get on, but I love performing live.” 

Phoebe has been singing for three 
years and wrote her first song last 
July. Now she is hoping for an 
appearance at the 02 as one of the 
competition finalists and a share of 
the £100,000 worth of prizes. 

She has just finished recording an 
EP at Ten21 Studio in Bearsted. 

“I listen to music which makes me 
want to write,” the teenager said. “It 
might be older stuff like The 
Temptations or The Contours, and I 
really love The Beatles. 

“More up to date, I like Kings of 
Leon and Kate Nash. They inspire 
me, but I don’t try and write songs 
like them I have my own style. 

“I write for my age group, but I 



JUDGES: Phoebe Warden hopes 
to impress the likes of rapper 
Apache Indian and Noddy Holder 


hope my songs have a wider appeal.” 

Judges for the events around the 
UK include former Slade singer 
Noddy Holder, DJ Annie Nightingale, 
Mike Joyce formerly of The Smiths, 
and rapper Apache Indian. 

Prizes include a management 
contract with Future Music, a 
World Tour taking in Australasia, 
Asia, America and Europe, a trip to 
Italy and a slot at a European 
music festival. 

The winning act will also travel to 
India and will play in a global battle 
of the bands. 


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Janice Kingman, headteacher of 
Brunswick House Primary School, Maidstone, is 
backing the Kent Schools’ Reading To Dogs 
scheme, following the successful visits made by 
Peter Glover and his dog Talent. 

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KENT’S former assistant chief 
constable has been found 
hanged, just as an investigation 
into alleged sexist comments 
made to female colleagues was 
coming to an end. 

Some of the allegations are understood to 
have come from a 



HANGED: David 
Ainsworth 


civilian and junior 
officer from Kent. 

David Ainsworth, 
known as ‘The 
Brain’ for his intelli¬ 
gence, moved from 
the Kent force to 
Wiltshire to take up 
the position of 
deputy chief consta¬ 
ble on a reputed 
£110,000 a year. 

The force said the 
investigation was 


headed by one of Britain’s top female offi¬ 
cers, Colette Paul, the deputy chief consta¬ 
ble of South Wales. 

Reports said it was connected with 
remarks he allegedly made to female work¬ 
mates. One comment being looked at was 
“nice buttons” when he spotted a female 
officer in a tailored blouse. 

Wiltshire police said Mr Ainsworth was 
found hanged at his home. His estranged 
wife Emma still lives in Coxheath and has 
not made any comment. 

The 49-year-old officer was relieved of his 
duties last September while the inquiry 
was conducted. It is reported that officers 
were looking at a possible 24 incidents of 
inappropriate behaviour. 

The body of the father of four was found 
inside his garage by a girlfriend, according 
to neighbours who heard a scream. 

They said she’d yelled: “He’s hanged him¬ 
self, he’s hanged himself.” 

Criminal charges were unlikely, but there 
was a possibility of a police disciplinary 
hearing, depending on the outcome of the 
investigation. An employment tribunal was 
also on the cards if any of the colleagues 
had wanted to take it further. 

Another outside force is to now carry out 
another investigation to ensure the officer 
was given sufficient emotional support 
before apparently taking his own life. 

Mr Ainsworth spent 22 years with the 
Kent force before moving to Wiltshire in 
2008, when he split from his wife. At the 
time, their three daughters were teenagers 
and their son was 12. 

After the allegations of inappropriate 
comments, he was moved to a temporary 
position with the Forensic Science Service 
in Birmingham. 

Mr Ainsworth was living in the quiet vil¬ 
lage of Potteme near Devizes. 

Wiltshire Police said: “We can confirm 
that Deputy Chief Constable David 
Ainsworth was found dead at his home. 

“Our thoughts are very much with 
David’s family and friends.” 


While reading aloud in a classroom can be a 
daunting experience for children, reading to dogs 
helps them to build confidence, as they won’t feel 
that they’re being judged, say organisers. 

Mrs Kingman said: “The scheme has been 
incredibly successful, more successful than we 
ever thought it could have been. 

“It has certainly boosted the self-esteem and 
reading skills of the children who have been 
involved. It is a very comfortable situation for the 


children because the dog isn’t going to be judg¬ 
mental and we do as little intervening as possible. 

“I know some people smile and say it’s just a 
gimmick and so on. Sometimes gimmicks are the 
things that get to children who have been really 
hard to reach in their reading. I would thoroughly 
recommend it.” 

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Recreating face of 
murdered bishop 


By NICK AMES 

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A SCAN has been carried out 
on the mummified skull of a 
former Archbishop of 
Canterbury, who was behead¬ 
ed during the Peasants’ Revolt 
in 1381. 

Images will now be used to create a 
facial likeness of Simon Theobald - 
Simon of Sudbury - who was also once 
Lord Chancellor of England. 

He was killed outside the Tower of 
London and axe marks can be seen on 
his remains. 

The skull is usually kept at St 
Gregory’s Church in Sudbury, Suffolk, 
where it was taken after being mounted 
on a pole on London Bridge following his 
death. 

Professor Caroline Wilkinson from 
Dundee University is overseeing the 
project. 

She said: “I have dealt with ancient 
Egyptians, bodies preserved in bogs, and 
remains which need to be identified by 
the police. 

“The unusual thing was seeing the 
head in the hole in the wall in the 
church. 

“I was expecting the bone to be a little 
bit more fragile, because this has been in 
the wall of a church for 600 years, but 
actually the bone is very sturdy. 

“It’s a very interesting project and you 
can see, looking at the vertebrae which 
are attached, what looks to be a cut. 

Horrific 

“Written accounts of the Archbishop’s 
death sound horrific. It is believed after 
the first blow he put his hand to the back 
of his neck and a second blow cut his fin¬ 
gers off. It does not seem that he died 
quickly.” 

Prof Wilkinson is an expert in forensic 
anthropology, and specialises in cranio¬ 
facial identification. 

She was there when the skull was 
taken from its church perch to a nearby 
hospital in Bury St Edmunds, where the 
scan took place. 

“The scan was necessary to identify 
what was the skull and what were parts 
of soft tissue still attached. It’s called a 
CT scan, and is usually used on living 
people. 

“A large number of X-rays are used to 
build up a picture of the skull so an accu¬ 
rate representation can be made. 

“What that is completed, in this case a 
plastic model will be created - so we can 


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MURDER: The skull of Simon Theobald 
shows axe marks on the neck 

all see what he looked like.” 

Jenny Seggar, curate at St Gregory’s, 


said Theobald was bom into a promi¬ 
nent local family. 

“He was brought up in the area, went 
to university in Cambridge and Paris, 
then he took various senior church jobs 
until he became Archbishop of 
Canterbury,” she said. 

The church hopes the facial recon¬ 
struction will be complete by the end of 
summer. 

The peasants had a particular hatred 
for the Archbishop, and Kentish insur¬ 
gents attacked and damaged his proper¬ 
ty at Canterbury and Lambeth, then, 
rushing into the Tower of London, they 
seized the Archbishop himself. 

So unpopular was the cleric that 
guards allowed the rebels through the 
gates. 

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and, on June 14, 1381, was beheaded. 
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AMBITIOUS plans to build a 50- 
metre horse sculpture in north 
Kent have not been put on hold, 
insists the team behind the 
development. 

Few details have been released about the 
Ebbsfleet Landmark Project (ELP) since last 
July, when it was revealed the estimated cost 
of building the giant artwork had rocketed 
from £2 million to between £10m and £12m. 

This is in stark contrast to the global wave 
of publicity that followed the unveiling of the 
horse - designed by Turner Prize-winning 
artist Mark Wallinger - as the winner of the 
ELP back in January, 2009. 

And despite the economic collapse which 
followed, the team behind the development 
insists the sculpture will be built. 

An ELP spokesman said: “The fundraising 
efforts continue, companies have been com¬ 
mitting sponsorship and there have been 
some successes, but we’re not there yet. 

Challenges 

“The programme has never stood still. 
Whenever you set about these things you 
need to overcome a series of challenges in 
the right order, and attracting funding is 
obviously one of them.” 

Mr Wallinger fought off tough competi¬ 
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acclaimed artists to win the Ebbsfleet 
Landmark Project competition. 

His horse will be 33 times larger than the 
Riviera Red racehorse on which he based 
the sculpture, and will look out over the 
new Ebbsfleet Valley development. 

Part-funded by Eurostar, Land Securities 
and London and Continental Railways, the 
artwork was originally due to be completed 
in time for next year’s London Olympics. 

The ELP spokesman said: ‘You can’t real¬ 
ly go out to market to potential financiers 
until you can offer them the best level of 
certainty that you can. 


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mission and so on - have added to that cer¬ 
tainty, so we’re still on course.” 

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horse statue on the hills between Dover and 
Folkestone. 

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was of a horse on all four legs, as opposed to 
the “prancing” nature of Kent’s Invicta 
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THE FUTURE IS NUCLEAR 


Nuclear power must still be part of our future plans despite the tragedy in 
Japan, argues DAMIAN COLLINS, Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe 


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ODAY is my son Hugo’s sec¬ 
ond birthday and like any 
parent with young children I 
am concerned about the 
future and the world they will 


We know that, with a growing world popula¬ 
tion, the industrialisation of the emerging 
economies of China, Russia, India and Brazil, and 
pressures to switch to low carbon sources of ener¬ 
gy to combat climate change, we have some big 
challenges ahead. Over the last few weeks 
there has been one big story in the news 
that should give us cause for concern, 
about how we will ensure a secure 
supply of energy to keep the lights 
on in our economy, and that is not 
the earthquake in Japan, but the 
uprisings in North Africa and the 
Middle East. 

The potential progress of those 
societies from dictatorship to 
democracy is incredibly important, 
and a reminder of the revolutions 
that swept away communism in 
Eastern Europe in 1989-90. 

However, the situation there, particu¬ 
larly in countries like Saudi Arabia and 
Libya, has reminded us how instability in that 
region can affect the world. Any major distur¬ 
bance in oil production could restrict supply, dam¬ 
aging economies and putting up prices. 

Greater security in our energy sources, so that 
we are less reliant on imported oil from the 
Middle East, or gas from the former Soviet 
republics, as supplies from the North Sea start to 
run down, is therefore increasingly important. 

Whilst renewable energy from the wind and the 
sea has a positive contribution to make, the tech¬ 
nology that can deliver us a secure supply of low 
carbon power is nuclear energy. 

Since my election I have been campaigning for 
the Government to include Dungeness on the list 
of recommended sites for a new nuclear power 
station, and understandably the earthquake in 
Japan and subsequent damage to the reactors at 
Fukushima has led people to ask whether we can 
still rely on this technology. 



The earthquake in Japan was a very significant 
event, and in fact third greatest ever recorded. We 
can, of course, take some reassurance from the 
fact that Great Britain is a very low risk area for 
major earthquakes. We sit in the middle of one of 
the plates on the Earth’s surface, whereas Japan 
is at the junction of four, which means that like 
California, it experiences the kind of very major 
earthquakes that we do not get here. 

Despite the size of the earthquake and the 
tsunami it created, the reactors in Japan were not 
damaged directly by either, but by a fault that 
meant that there was not an adequate back-up 
supply of energy to keep the reactor’s cooling 
systems running. We do not have any 
power stations built to this 1960s 
design in the UK. 

Nuclear power in the UK has an 
excellent safety record and an 
important role to play in meeting 
our future energy needs - a point I 
made just over a week ago to the 
Prime Minister at Question Time 
in the House of Commons. He 
responded, agreeing that “I do think 
that nuclear power should be part of 
the mix in future, as it is part of the 
mix right now.” 

That does not of course mean that we 
should not look carefully at what has hap¬ 
pened in Japan. 

The Government has asked the chief nuclear 
inspector, Mike Weightman, to conduct a safety 
report on Britain’s nuclear power stations. This is 
due to be published later in May and will also be 
considered by the Government when giving 
approval for new power stations to be built. 

The Government also assesses the risks to 
nuclear power stations from earthquakes and 
severe weather from the sea, like a tsunami. 

Dungeness passed these tests in its site report, 
so they would not be a barrier to a new power sta¬ 
tion being built here. In the case of Dungeness the 
flood defences and the safety operations needed to 
turn off and cool down the reactor if there were a 
major incident have been carefully planned and 
are constantly assessed. 

For Dungeness these are based on the safety 
plans being successful against a one in 10,000- 
year flood event which would be typically associ¬ 
ated with a tsunami wave. 



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Osborne’s budget 
lacked enterprise 

SIX months ago, county council leader Paul 
Carter warned the Government not to be 
taken in by the “myth” that Kent is an com¬ 
pletely prosperous county. 

He was concerned that because the 
South East is perceived by many as being 
universally wealthy, deprived areas such as 
those in Thanet and Medway would suffer 
from not getting as much help as similar 
areas in the North. 

Judging by the new Enterprise Zone 
scheme announced in George Osborne’s 
Budget this week, the Government has 
ignored Cllr Carter’s words of wisdom. 

Despite Pfizer’s withdrawal from Kent 
being one of the biggest business stories of 
the year so far, its current site in Sandwich 
was not one of the 21 zones announced so 
far - almost all of which are in the North. 

Given the publicity surrounding the exit of 
the pharmaceutical giant - which could lead 
to the loss of about 5,000 jobs - it is baffling 
as to why Sandwich has been left off the list. 

One would be forgiven for thinking that 
with the infrastructure and first-class tech¬ 
nology already in place, it would be the 
obvious choice for such an Enterprise Zone. 

It seems that yet again the Government 
has taken one look at wealthy towns such 
as Tunbridge Wells and Canterbury and 
decided that the people of Kent do not need 
its help. 

But unless it steps in and offers some 
financial assistance to revitalise Sandwich 
once Pfizer goes, it could have an econom¬ 
ic disaster on its hands. 

Star Taylor lapped up 
life on county estate 

IT’S NICE to know that long before 
Elizabeth Taylor started out on her glittering 
movie career, she spent her summers on a 
country estate in Cranbrook. 

So many stars have enjoyed the sights 
and sounds of Kent over the years, but 
they do not come any more famous than 
Hollywood’s original glamour girl. 

She will be sorely missed. 


LETTER OF THE WEEK 


Grammars of 
benefit to all 

Your story headlined Grammar 
schools ‘no benefit in getting work¬ 
ing class children up the social lad¬ 
der’ (March 13) is incorrect both in 
tone and fact. 

The study shows clearly that 
grammar schools are a benefit to 
children, regarding both income and 
social mobility prospects. 

Indeed here is a quote from the 
report stating precisely that: “As far 
as absolute mobility chances are 
concerned, working-class origin 
pupils appear to reap a mobility 
advantage from attending grammar 
schools rather than 
comprehensives.” 

The report actually shows that 
working-class children are not more 
likely than children from other 
social groups to be socially mobile 
by attending a grammar. This is 
only to be expected - a grammar 
school should enable all children to 
access the full range of their 
abilities, so it is of benefit to all 
students. 

The UK Independence Party fully 
supports our grammar schools in 
Kent and nationwide, unlike the 
other major parties. 

Nigel Farage MEP, leader, UK 
Independence Parly, Westerham 

Respect for 
the Japanese 

I do not think I have ever 
thought more of any people 
than the Japanese after their 
recent troubles. 

Not only are they brave, they 
have shown so much support to 
their fellow countrymen and 
their community spirit has been 
faultless. So much misery for so 
many to face, but they have 
shown dignity. No-one has been 
found pilfering and stealing 
other’s property. 

If this had happened in our 
country, could we have 
guaranteed the same? 

Carole Russell, Ramsgate 

Principles give 
way to power 

I was surprised to read the 
comments of my former Labour 
Party colleague, Rehman Chishti, 
about the visit of Ed Balls to 
MidKent College’s Medway campus. 

It wasn’t so long ago that Mr 
Chishti would have been first in the 
queue to shake the hand of a 
Labour frontbencher, and doubtless 
be photographed doing so. 

As to Mr Balls’ visit being a “mar¬ 
keting ploy”, it certainly was. It gave 
the hard-working catering and 
hospitality staff and students of 
MidKent College the chance to 
show off their skills and prove they 
can put on a prestige event. 

The food and service were first- 
class and greatly appreciated by all. 
The college’s Pavilion restaurant, 
which is open to the public at 
lunchtimes, and on Thursday 
evenings for fine dining, gives 
students an opportunity to expand 
their training and to work in a 
demanding and professional 


environment. If Mr Chishti is so 
proud of Medway, perhaps he might 
have taken the opportunity to 
applaud the fact the Labour 
government, which only a few years 
ago he was so eager to join, invested 
£89 million to build MidKent 
College’s Medway campus, in order 
to help with the regeneration of 
Medway and to provide first-class 
facilities for our young people. 

Perhaps he might show the extent 
of his concern for the area in which 
he lives by asking his Government 
why they are stopping the 
Education Maintenance Allowance 
and increasing higher education 
fees to £9,000 per year, both 
measures which will make it harder 
for Medway’s youngsters to obtain 
skills and qualifications. 

He might also ask why they 
stopped the Building Schools for the 
Future programme. How long 
before we see a return to the 
conditions that my son, among 
thousands of others, endured in the 
days of the Thatcher government of 
the 1980s, when half of the portable 
‘temporary’ classrooms at his school 
were out of action every time it 
rained? 

Mr Chishti trots out his new 


friends’ tired old cliche about the 
country being on the “brink of 
bankrupted’ because of the last 
government. 

Along with his principles, Mr 
Chishti seems to have forgotten 
that most of Europe, and the USA, 
were affected by the near-meltdown 
of the global banking and financial 
services system. 

Britain is still a rich country and 
our level of debt as a proportion of 
GDP is perfectly manageable. What 
isn’t manageable is the degree to 
which the ideologically-driven cuts 
in public expenditure will hurt the 
vulnerable, whose cause Mr Chishti 
so passionately espoused when he 
was a member of Labour. 

Still, who cares about principles 
when you have a shot at power? 

Harry Keane, Rainham 

Making your 
vote count 

There seems to be a great deal 
of confusion in the lead-up to 
the referendum on May 5 on 
how the alternative vote system 
works. 


This is a stumbling block to 
moving on to the main discus¬ 
sion about why AV is an 
improvement on the first past 
the post (FPTP) system. 

In AV, the voter gets the 
choice of as many preference 
votes as they wish - from 
choosing only one candidate on 
the ballot paper, all the way to 
ranking all of them, or anything 
in between. 

The winning candidate under 
AV has to get 50 per cent of the 
vote, or more, to get elected. If, 
after counting first preference 
votes, the leading candidate 
does not get 50 per cent of votes 
cast, then the bottom candidate 
drops out, and their second 
preference votes are then 
counted. 

If still no candidate gets 50 
per cent of the votes, then the 
next bottom candidate drops 
out, and their third preference 
votes are redistributed. 

This goes on until someone 
reaches the threshold of 50 per 
cent of the votes. This is an 
important ‘fix’ to FPTP, as it 
allows people to vote for 
minority parties, while still 


allowing them to transfer their 
vote to other parties. 

FPTP discourages people in 
voting for minor parties, 
because anyone doing so, 
Svastes’ their vote. AV allows 
the voter the freedom of voting 
however they want, but having 
the knowledge that their vote 
will still be counted. 

FPTP favours the two main 
parties, by allowing a candidate 
from those parties to 
continually get elected, often on 
fewer than a third of votes cast. 

This creates safe seats, and 
means the only seats which 
matter are the few marginal 
ones around the country, which 
change hands from time to time. 

As more people become 
disillusioned because their vote 
no longer counts, the more the 
FPTP system is going to break 
down, and throw up 
unrepresentative coalitions. 

AV would not allow MPs from 
extremist parties, like the BNP, 
to gain seats, as they would be 
unlikely to be able to get wide 
enough support to achieve the 
50 per cent threshold. 

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looking forward to 
introducing her to all 
their family and friends. 

McGURK- 

BRIGNELL 

Micaela and Tom of 
Broadstairs are 


delighted to announce 
the birth of their 
beautiful daughter 
Charlotte Amelia 
McGurk-Brignell, born at 
QEQM Hospital on 
15th February 2011, 
weighing 61b 8oz. Our 
little nugget. 

MIDMER 

Emmie-Rose born to 
Steven and Charlotte on 
the 14th March 2011. 

O’HARA 

Melanie and Richard 
celebrate the birth of 
their daughter Daisy 
Mae OHara on 2nd 
March 2011. 

O'MAHONEY 

Kimberley James and 
Liam O'Mahoney would 
like to welcome their son 
Ryan Thomas 
O'Mahoney into the 
world, born on the 10th 
March 2011, weighing 
61b 9oz. 

QUINN 

Richard and Sam 
celebrate the birth of 
their beautiful baby 
daughter Lilly Grace 
Quinn, born on 7th 
March 2011, weighing 
71b 6oz. 

ROSS 

Penelope Ann Ross born 
on the 13th March 2011, 
weighing 61b 15oz. 
Daughter to Steven and 
Hayley of Folkestone. 

WILLIAMS 

Arron and Donna are 
delighted to announce 
the birth of their 


beautiful daughter Emily 
Christine Williams, who 
was born at 21:05pm on 
the 8th March 2011 and 
weighed 81b 7oz. 


DEATHS 

CHURCH 

Andy Church, 
accomplished sportsman 
and devoted father, 
sadly passed away on 
11th March 2011. The 
funeral to be held at 
Christ Church, Echo 
Square, at 2pm on the 
28th March 2011. Sadly 
missed by family and 
friends. 

EDGLEY 

Beryl Patricia of 
Kingsdown passed 
away peacefully on 
17th March 2011 after 
a long illness. Enquiries 
to E. B. Cavell 01304 
373275. 

FITZPATRICK 

Annie Fitzpatrick of 
Lydd, passed away on 
the 15th March 2011. 
Enquiries to Romney 
Marsh Funeral 
Services. 

HUGHES 

Margaret Hughes, 
formerly of Maidstone 
and Tenterden, died 
peacefully on 8th 
March 2011, aged 89 
years. Much loved 
mother of John and 
Jennifer and 
Grandmother of Iain. 
Donations may be made 
to Kent Air Ambulance. 


RATCLIFFE 

Richard Hartington 
Ratcliffe died at home in 
his daughter’s arms on 
Sunday 6th March at 
midnight. A loyal and 
doting husband, amazing 
father, exciting 
grandfather and 
wonderful friend. A huge 
loss to all who knew him, 
will be missed by all. 
Please contact Farriers 
Funeral Directors for 
information of the 
funeral arrangements. 

STENT 

Edgar William (George), 
suddenly at home on 6th 
March. Thanksgiving at 
St Peter and St Paul, 1st 
April, at 2.30pm 

STRATTON 

Ethel Lilian Stratton, 
died Saturday 12th 
March, aged 94. Funeral 
at Western-Super-Mare 
Crematorium, 1st April 
at 2pm. Please contact 
Sue Masters (Niece), 
01934 842018. 

WILLIAMS 

Albert John Williams 
of Chilham passed away 
on 15th March 2011 
at William Harvey 
Hospital, Ashford. 

A much loved dad , 
grandad and friend who 
will be deeply missed. 
The funeral will be held 
at Barham Crematorium 
on Wednesday 30th 
March at 12.40. All 
flowers welcome, or if 
desired, donations to 
Pilgrims Hospice 
Canterbury. 


Join our march 
for the alternative 

The effects of the Government’s deep cuts in 
public spending are now being felt by 
communities across the UK. 

Not only are hundreds of thousands of jobs 
being lost in both the public and private 
sectors, but vital public services - upon which 
some of the most vulnerable in our society 
depend - are being scaled down or 
disappearing altogether. 

Price Waterhouse Coopers has calculated 
that 112,000 public sector jobs will be lost in 
the South East and that many tens of thou¬ 
sands more private sector jobs will be lost in 
the region by 2014-15 as a result of the 
Government’s spending cuts. 

Every community in the South East is now 
being confronted by the impact of the spending 
cuts, which will be felt most harshly by the 
vulnerable, such as children, the elderly and 
less well-off families. But it is inevitable that 
every person and every business will endure 
the detriment of these cuts. 

Please believe me, trade unions are not 
‘deficit deniers’. We know that public finances 
must balance in the long-term and we want an 
economy that is successful for all. But it is the 
Government that is in denial about the 
importance of growth and the impact of its 
cuts on the economy. These cuts are 
unnecessary, unfair and positively dangerous. 

In the last week unemployment in Britain 
has risen to its highest level for 17 years. 
Tragically, more than one in five 16-24 year- 
olds are now unemployed, and the OECD has 
again lowered its prediction for Britain’s 
growth rate to a dismal 1.5 per cent for 2011. 

That’s why we’re hoping that hundreds of 
residents from every community in the South 
East will join the tens of thousands of ordinary 
men, women and children converging on 
central London on Saturday, March 26, to take 


part in the TUC’s peaceful ‘march for the alter¬ 
native’, against the cuts, and for jobs, growth 
and social justice for all. 

Leaving the Victoria Embankment from 
midday, the marchers are heading to Hyde 
Park for an afternoon rally, which starts at 
1.30pm - more details of which can be found 
at http://marchforthealtemative.org.uk/ 

To find out more about transport to London, 
please see http://falseeconomy.org.uk/themarch 
to determine if there are coaches or trains 
leaving from where you live. And if you or your 
family is being affected by the cuts, and you’d 
like to tell the TUC your story, please email 
marchforthealtemative@tuc.org.uk. 

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for 
good men and women to do nothing. Please do 
not sleepwalk into a less fair and nastier 
Britain. There is a better way. You have a 
voice. Please join us on the demonstration on 
March 26 and make your voice heard. 

Megan Dobney TUC regional secretary 
for the South East 

Cancer patients 
denied vital help 

The Government has turned its back on 
vulnerable cancer patients and the 
terminally ill. 

The new Warm Home Discount scheme 
is supposed to help those most in need, 
but ignores the two thirds of cancer 
patients struggling to pay their bills. 

People with cancer often have high 
energy bills due to spending long 
periods of time at home during 
treatment or recovery, and may feel the 
cold more because of their condition. 
Often these higher bills coincide with an 
average 50 per cent drop in household 
income, because many cancer patients 
are unable to work. 

The Warm Home Discount comes into 


force in April and obliges energy 
companies to provide financial 
assistance to vulnerable people 
struggling to pay their energy bills. 
Despite strong public support for 
Macmillan’s campaigns, the Government 
has rejected calls to automatically give 
people who are terminally ill the rebate 
and to prioritise cancer patients most at 
risk of fuel poverty in the scheme. 

Macmillan estimates the cost of 
including people with a terminal illness 
in the scheme to be less than four per 
cent of the fund. Sadly, cancer patients 
who are vulnerable to fuel poverty look 
set to carry on missing out on much- 
needed financial help. 

Put pressure on the Government to 
end the misery of thousands of cancer 
patients who turn off their heating 
because they’re worried about energy 
bihs. 

You can show your support by joining 
the thousands who have already signed 
Macmillan’s woolly scarf petition at 
www.infi-knit.org.uk 

Annie Morgan, Tunbridge Wells 

Making way for 
young generation 

I would like to announce that I will not be 
standing for re-election at Birchington Parish 
Council come the election in May. 

I feel the time has now come to give a 
younger generation the opportunity to serve 
the people of Birchington. I would like to 
thank everyone for the support that I have 
received since being elected, and I look 
forward to spending more time with my 
animal welfare work. I will miss working 
with my colleagues, especially councillors 
Margaret Sheldrick, John Worrow and Julie 
Francis, who have become dear friends. 

Thank you, Birchington! 

Cllr Jean Fleming, 
Birchington Parish Council 

Time to act on 
over-population 

I rarely agree with Phil Granger, 
especiaUy when he buttresses his 
arguments with Biblical quotations. 
However, his reference to over¬ 
population is spot on, even though I’m 
not convinced it is the cause of flooding. 

Overpopulation, and a constant 
increase in that population, is probably 
the root cause of many of the problems 
besetting not only this country but also 
the world. We can’t do much about the 
world, but we ought to be able to do 
something in our own country. 

The human race is the only animal 
species not to fit its population to the 
resources available. The Earth has 
finite resources, yet our demands for 
food, water and energy supplies 
continue to increase. The system is not 
sustainable. 

In the late 1970s, Fred Hoyle pointed 
out the imbalance between an 
exponential population growth and a 
depletion of cheap natural energy 
sources. The future he painted was 
bleak and he predicted that, unless 
populations stabilised and gradually 
reduced, there would be a collapse of 
our present civilisation within this 
century. Looking back over the last 30 
years, I’d say the process was well 
under way. 

Dave Stewart, Deal 

New homes add 
to flood concerns 

Phil Granger chooses to disagree with the 
scientific academies of the top 13 countries in 
the world, and our own Met Office, that 
global warming is added to by human 
activities. He is opposing the international 
scientific consensus on the subject. 

Opinion, without acknowledging the 


consensual scientific evidence, has no value. 

He is, however, nearer to reality in making 
a link between over-population, tarmac and 
concrete covering our landscape and flooding. 
Kent is in the unusual position of having a 
population growth rate far higher than the 
national average. 

The main reason for this, according to the 
County Council’s draft Local Transport Plan, 
is people moving out of London into Kent. 

Instead of meeting this demand by putting 
Kent and Medway’s estimated 22,000 empty 
homes, 6,000 empty industrial buildings and 
countless long-term empty shopfronts into 
use, councils have generally supported 
building more houses. Worse, they have 
chosen to build on areas prone to flooding. 

Global warming increases moisture in the 
atmosphere, through evaporation as a result 
of higher average temperatures. This makes 
more extreme weather events more frequent. 
The rapid rise in extreme weather events 
afflicting the UK and many other parts of 
the world is consistent with this process. 

In short, more flooding in Kent can be 
expected to follow the severe floods we have 
seen over the last 15 years or so. 

New homes, where actually needed, should 
be on brownfield sites where the risks of 
flooding are minimal. Of course, it would 
help if our Government had better policies on 
both global warming and fostering regional 
development in the areas of the country 
which need it most. 

Steve Dawe, Kent Green Party 

UKIP is the only 
real alternative 

As local Tories retreat into 
introspection following their defeat in 
the Pembury by-election, one has to say 
that the decline in the Conservative 
vote was not surprising. 

It was caused by the resignation of 
councillor Mike Tompsett, who resigned 
in protest at the way his fellow 
Conservative borough councillors had 
passed a vote of no confidence in their 
colleague (and the former leader of the 
Borough Council) Roy Bullock, after 
Bullock made a number of gaffes. 

What was surprising, however, was 
that the percentage of electors who 
voted in the by-election was only 
slightly down on the low turnout one 
normally sees in an local government 
election, which shows that the 
electorate are angry and keen to 
express their opinion. 

Following Tompsett’s resignation, the 
Conservatives did not help themselves 
by selecting a ‘Johnny Come-Lately’ 

(aka Robert Rutherford) as their 
candidate, whilst the Lib Dems made a 
big thing about the fact that their 
candidate (Claire Brown) was the only 
candidate to actually live in Pembury. 

On the doorstep, however, I detected a 
real and growing anger at the Coalition 
Government nationally, which was 
reflected by the turnout in the 
by-election and growing support for 
Ukip, as locally, Ukip is the only real 
opposition to the Conservatives and 
Liberal Democrats in local authority 
and parliamentary elections. 

I do not wish to be over-optimistic 
about how Ukip’s vote will hold up in 
the borough council elections on May 5 
but, if Vic Webb’s vote in the Pembury 
by-election is anything to go by, I 
believe the Tories have every reason to 
be scared of Ukip. 

And before Conservatives accuse 
Ukip of splitting the vote and letting a 
centre-left pro-EU party in, may one 
add that it is now not only on the all- 
important issue of whether we remain 
in the EU or not, that one finds the 
similarities between the Conservative 
Party and Liberal Democrats are far 
greater than the differences between 
them... to the extent that any sensible 
voter who believes in minimal 
government now only has one party to 
vote for, ie Ukip, if one is to save our 
country and community from the abyss. 

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BY JOE BILL 


IT is a long time since Dangerous 
Brian and Septic Peg featured in a 
prime-time slot on television, but 
comic entertainer Brian Conley is 
still a wanted man. 

Stints in classic West End musical 
Hairspray and his starring role in a Neil 
Diamond-inspired musical created by Craig 
Revel-Horwood show he has the skills to sing, 
dance and make people laugh. 

“The trouble is, when you aren’t on television 
any more, people think you aren’t doing 
anything. The truth is that there are a lot of 
famous people out there, but not a lot who can 
actually do anything,” said the London-born 
performer. 

Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show 
features 49-year-old Conley as gospel-style 
preacher Brother Love, who asks people to 
follow the love and the power of Neil 
Diamond’s music. 

In a twist away from the usual musicals, the 
show, which also features Darren Day, will be 
performed in a tent in the grounds of Leeds 
Castle. 

Conley said: “It’s very tongue in cheek. Those 
evangelist sort of preachers in America used to 
go round in a huge tent and that’s why they 
felt it would be quite fun. There is a strand of 
a story there, but more importantly it’s a 


Diamond geezer returns with show 
of hands for the ‘Power of Neil’ 


concert and the people that are putting it on 
are a real rock’n’roll company. 

“I think it’s going to be kicking and we will 
engulf what I like to call this ‘mobile arena’ - 
but we all really know it’s a tent.” 

Conley is best known for his popular sketch 
show in the 1990s, which featured infamous 
characters Dangerous Brian, Septic Peg and, 
after repeatedly hitting a toy squirrel, the 
catchphrase “It’s a puppet!”. 

And this is something that stays with him to 
this day, as does the celebrity factor. 

He said: “I still get that all the time, but I 
can’t complain - it paid the mortgage and I 
embrace it all. 

“I would love to be back on TV, but like I say 
it’s a different era now, experience doesn’t 
come into it any more, so I just do what I do. 

“I can’t ballroom-dance, I can’t cook, I can’t 
ice-skate and I hate the jungle, so I look at 
other options. I do things I want to do now and 
I am very lucky. The only shows I’m ever 
asked to do is reality shows and I’ve never 
felt the need to do it.” 

Fresh from his turn as Edna Tumblad in the 
West End musical Hairspray, Conley will be 
backed by a 15-piece band to guide the cast of 
the theatrical concert performance, convinced 
that the ‘Power of Neil’ can conquer all. 


He said: “In the show, the other guys fall in 
and out of love with their girlfriends and I try 
to draw them back together - that’s the rough 
premise, while fitting in as many Neil 
Diamond songs as possible.” 

“There is not too much dancing for me, 
because I can just see Craig there with his 
little paddle giving me a score of two.” 

In the wake of Neil Diamond’s 50-year 
anniversary tour, the show will feature his 
greatest hits, including Sweet Caroline, Girl, 
You’ll Be A Woman Soon and Love On The 
Rocks. And that is something that Dangerous 
Brian is really looking forward to. 

He said: “I have always been a Neil Diamond 
fan. I don’t think there are many people out 
there who haven’t enjoyed some of the songs 
he has written. 

“When we started talking about this tour 
and the fact it was with Craig Revel-Horwood, 
I was very excited because I am aware he 
always puts on the Strictly tour and everyone 
raves about that. 

“The success he has just had with a great 
show, Chess, is amazing. He has really turned 
it around and brought it into the 21st century, 
so I thought this is going to be very special.” 

Named after Neil Diamond’s fourth album, 
Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show, 


released in 1969, the show has tried to 
encapsulate the flamboyance and sense of fun 
associated with the pop star’s live shows. 

Between rehearsals, Conley continues to 
work and keep busy on the live circuits. 

“It is all about ‘live’ for me. I’ve always done 
that, from the start,” he said. 

“I am doing the odd cruise at the moment 
and flying all over the place. I have another 
show coming up at the end of the year, but I 
can’t talk too much about that at the moment. 

“Hairspray was great, something new for 
me. I like doing different stuff. The difference 
with this show is that we are playing in a tent 
- and the difference for Hairspray was that I 
was playing a big fat woman.” 

And just as Septic Peg would have predicted 
all those years ago: “Bring your picnic, a glass 
of Champagne and you will have a good time. 

“The best bit is that the audience can help us 
pack it away at the end of the night.” 

• The show runs from Tuesday to 
Saturday, April 12-17, at Leeds Castle, 
near Maidstone. Tickets cost £21.50, £26 
and £29.50. There is also the £35 VIP deal 
which offers the best seats in the house 
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The bulbs are now flower¬ 
ing, meaning a spectacular 
display will be on offer in the 
three-acre wild garden. 
There is a mass of daffodils, 
making a stunning display, 
including old varieties natu¬ 
ralised over decades (emper¬ 
or, empress and golden spur). 

These are followed swiftly 
by anemones, chionodoxa, 
fritillaries and primroses. 

The gardens are open 
every afternoon between 
2pm and 5.30pm. 

Season tickets are avail¬ 
able for visitors to enjoy 
Godinton House around the 
year. 

Visit www.godinton-house- 
gardens.co.uk for more infor¬ 
mation about prices. 




Hillbilly style 
is electrifying 

A BAND described as the hillbilly Pink Floyd 
will be bringing their unique sound to The 
Gulbenkian in Canterbury. 

Gandalf Murphy And The Slambovian 
Circus Of Dreams also throw elements of 
Tom Petty, Neil Diamond and Frank Zappa 
into the mix. 

Known for their electrifying live perform¬ 
ances and a down-to-earth connection to 
audiences, the American group deliver a 
quirky, versatile and good-humoured show 
that works as well in small clubs as it does on 
large festival stages. Over the years they 
have built a large and loyal following. 

The four-piece use a diverse range of instru¬ 
ments aside from guitars and drums, includ¬ 
ing glockenspiel, theremin, mandolin and ac¬ 
cordion to produce music ranging from 
Americana ballads to cinematic anthems. 

The group also run their own label, High 
Noon Records, and have just released their 
latest album The Grand Slambovians. 

They will be at The Gulbenkian on 
Thursday, April 14. Tickets are £14 or £12. 

To book, phone 01227 769075 or visit 
www.thegulbenkian.co.uk. 



SHOWS 


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ATTRACTIONS 


Celebrate music 
of the world 



THE superb Equator World 
Music Festival starts this 
month. 

The series of concerts takes place in 
Ashford, Folkestone and Maidstone 
throughout the spring and summer. 

Artists lined up for the festival 
include flamenco legend Juan Martin 
and Middle Eastern jazz star Attab 
Haddad. 

One of the first concerts will be by 
Portuguese guitar-master Custodio 
Castelo, pictured. He will be playing 
with his band at the Norton 


Knatchbull School in Ashford on 
Friday, April 1. 

Custodio Castelo, in his trio, per¬ 
forms intricate and moving Med¬ 
iterranean rhythms packed full of 
emotion and combined with a 
dynamic mix of tempos in a mes¬ 
merising display. 

The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets 
are priced at £8, concessions £5, stu¬ 
dents £3 and children go free. 

For more information on forth¬ 
coming events for the Equator World 
Music Festival and to book tickets, 
visit www.equatorfestival.com. 


Come along to hear a country-music legend 


COUNTRY and folk musician 
Charlie Landsborough will play 
a concert in Folkestone as part of 
his 2011 nationwide tour. 

Landsborough has played sell¬ 
out UK and Irish tours annually 
since 1995 and has performed at 
distinguished venues including 
the London Palladium, the 
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 
and the Belfast Opera House. 

Although he has found fame 
all over the UK, and indeed as 
far afield as Australia, he first 
came to light in Ireland with his 
live performance of What Colour 
Is The Wind on Pat Kenny’s pop¬ 
ular chat show. 

Since then, Landsborough has 
won best songwriter, best male 


vocalist and best album at the 
British Country Music Awards 
and has also received a nomina¬ 
tion as best global country artist 
at the Country Music Associa¬ 
tion Awards in Nashville. 

Audiences can expect a fusion 
of anecdotes and songs in which 
the poignant simplicity of 
Landsborough’s music is com¬ 
bined with his personal and 
expressive lyrics and supported 
by his five-piece band. 

Landsborough will appear at 
the Leas Cliff Hall in Folke¬ 
stone on Thursday, April 7, at 
7.30pm. 

Tickets cost £14.50 to £21. To 
book, phone the Leas Cliff Hall 
box office on 0844 847 1776. 



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Pottery and porcelain 
tell the story of family 


THE collection of European and 
Oriental pottery and porcelain at 
the Powell-Cotton Museum at 
Quex House in Thanet has been 
reorganised in time for the spring 
opening on Friday, April 1. 

Archivist Hazel Basford, part of 
the team behind the revamp, said: 
“The new displays will not only 
tell people about items in the col¬ 
lections, but also about ceramic 
production and how the pieces 
were brought together at Quex.” 

The Quex estate and its inhabi¬ 
tants played a vital role in the 
political, agricultural and mar¬ 
itime history of the Isle of Thanet 
in the past. The present Quex 
House is about 200 years old, but 


a house has stood in the grounds 
since the 15th century. 

The museum was started by 
Percy Powell-Cotton after he 
encountered diverse cultures dur¬ 
ing his round-the-world trip in 
1889. This helped develop his pas¬ 
sion for the arts alongside his life¬ 
long commitment to anthropology 
and natural history. 

The museum and gardens are 
open on Tuesday to Sunday from 
llam-5pm, with the house open 
on the same days from 2pm-5pm. 

Tickets are £7, concessions £4, 
or £20 for a family (two adults and 
three children). Phone 01843 
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quexmuseum.org for details. 



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THIS year’s Mothering Sunday 
falls in April, rather than its 
usual place in March, as it is set 
by the date of Easter - which is 
late this year. 

Traditionally, it is celebrated on the fourth 
Sunday of Lent, but its origins come from well 
before Christian festivals were celebrated. 

The dates of Easter vary and can be any time 
between March 22 and April 25 - the days are 
calculated by the phases of the moon following 
the Spring, or Vernal, Equinox, which is usual¬ 
ly reckoned to be March 21. 

Mother’s Day is believed to have emerged 
from a custom of mother worship in ancient 
Greece, which kept a festival to Cybele, a great 
mother of Greek gods. 

This festival was held at the Vernal Equinox 
in the Middle East and eventually in Rome 
from the Ides of March from March 15-18. 

The ancient Romans also had another holi¬ 
day, Matronalia, which was dedicated to the 
goddess Juno, and mothers were usually given 

gifts on this day. 

In Europe there were several long¬ 
standing traditions where a specific Sun¬ 
day was set aside to honour motherhood. 
Mothering Sunday celebrations are 
part of the liturgical calendar in several 
Christian denominations, including 
Anglicans, and in the Catholic calendar 
it is marked as Laetare Sunday, the 
fourth Sunday in Lent to honour the 
Virgin Mary and one’s own mother - as 
well as in the past the ‘mother church’. 
Children and young people who were 
in service - servants in richer households 
- were given a day off on that date so they 
could visit their families. 

The children would pick wild flowers 
along the way to place them in the church 
or to give them to their mothers 
The United States celebrates Mother’s 
Day from a different perspective and it is 
always the second Sunday in May. 

One of the early calls to celebrate 
Mother’s Day in America was the 
Mother’s Day Proclamation by Julia 
Ward Howe. Written in 1870, it was a 
pacifist reaction to the carnage of the 
American Civil War. 

In some countries, Mother’s Day is 
held on significant religious dates, like 
the Virgin Mary Day in Catholic coun¬ 
tries, or the birthday of the daughter of 
the prophet Muhammad in Islamic coun¬ 
tries. 

Other countries changed it to historical dates 
- for example, Bolivia uses the date of a battle 
in which women participated. 





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MOTHER’S DAY 


pamper your mum 


Fresh flowers, cake or a meal out? 


THE tradition of Mother’s Day gifts in 
England gifts dates back to about 1600. 

The children would go to church and then 
head straight to meet their own mother 
with some fresh flowers. 

While the boys would present their moth¬ 
er with the flowers, girls would go a step 
further by presenting them with freshly- 
baked cakes, which were also called Simnel 
Cakes. 

The custom of Mother’s Day stopped dur¬ 
ing the industrial revolution but bounced 
back after the Second World War as greet¬ 
ings cards rose in popularity. 


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Roses, carnations and chrysanthemums 
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Mother’s Day in Britain. 

Less frequently, nowadays, children fol¬ 
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cake for their mother on Mother’s Day 
which is often called Mothering Cake. 

Current treats for Mother’s Day include 
children providing breakfast in bed or cook¬ 
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Dining out as a family is always popular 
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TRAVEL 



A fairytale Mauritian 



WHEN it comes to booking your 
honeymoon, there’s no second 
chance. It’s the ultimate in 
escapism and the biggest lifestyle 
statement after you say “I do”. 

In the rich tapestry of life, no one asks where 
you got married, but they all want to know 
where you went on honeymoon. 

With a January wedding, we wanted sun, 
sea, silver sand and a shimmering of stardust 
to prolong our loved-up wedding high. 

Having flicked through several glossy travel 
magazines, we couldn’t resist the allure of the 
Indian Ocean and the emerald isle of 
Mauritius. Not the built-up northern part, 
where the coastline is dominated by large, 
commercial five-star hotels, but the untouched 
southern tip, with five miles of unspoilt beach¬ 
es, rolling surf and lush vegetation, framed by 
a wedge of mountains which look like some¬ 
thing out of cult TV show Lost. 

Privacy and romance were key, and we found 
both in the relaxed ambience of Shanti 
Maurice - a luxury lifestyle spa resort. A little 
bit Indian, a little bit African, this super-chic 
hideaway nestles between a horseshoe-shaped 
coral sand cove and 36 acres of tropical gar¬ 
dens, coconut palms and parcels of sugar cane. 

At our airy, colonial-style pool villa, with 
room enough to dance, we enjoyed a panoram¬ 
ic vista of turquoise sea, two sun-lounging 
decks, a private infinity pool, raised dining 


Travel facts 

• Sam Wylie-Harris was a guest of 
Shanti Maurice and Luxury Holidays 
Direct, which offers seven nights’ 
half-board in an Ocean View Junior 
Suite from £1,479, including Air Mauritius 
return flights and private transfers, for 
travel May 1 -Sept 30. Connecting return 
flights ex-Manchester/Glasgow from 
around £100. 

• Luxury Holidays Direct reservations: 

020 8774 7297, or go online to 
www.luxuryholidaysdirect.com. 


By SAM WYUE-HARRIS 


pavilion with billowing muslin, not to mention 
a sunken bathtub with inset flat-screen TV 
and an outdoor rain shower - where nothing 
came between us and the elements but the 
exotic birds dining on banana trees. 

Weddings are exhausting, so we needed to 
reawaken our senses on the first night. After 
watching a magnificent sunset from the hotel’s 
elegant Red Ginger Terrace, we dined under a 
canopy of stars in Pebbles - a pretty courtyard 
restaurant which overlooks an infinity pool. 

With a menu inspired by the spices of India, 
we enjoyed juicy giant prawns and a bottle of 
South African house wine, and reminisced 
about the best day of our lives. Serenaded by a 
live band, we relived some of those precious 
moments before heading home in one of the 
hotel’s chauffeur-driven golf buggies. 

Treatments 

The warm air was sweet with scented flow¬ 
ers, and a lovely surprise lay in waiting on our 
return - a rose-petal bath had been drawn, 
with candles and tealights flickering in the 
mirror, and rose petals strewn across the bath¬ 
room floor. How did housekeeping know what 
time we’d be back? 

Shanti Maurice boasts one of the finest spas 
in the Indian Ocean (no under-18s) and we 
overindulged in the Nira Spa with its 
Ayurveda treatments: fresh seawater Watsu 
pool (very therapeutic, apparently), ‘quiet’ pool 
and yoga pavilion, where I experienced 60 
minutes of Hatha Yoga - otherwise known as 
a lazy Thai massage! 

The slow breathing and stretching induces 
emotional calmness, something this bride 
could have done with pre-wedding. 

But best of all was the Intonga Amasatchi in 
the Kama Suite - the Holy Grail of spa treat¬ 
ments. For 90 minutes we lay side by side 
while wooden massage sticks were lightly 
drummed, nurturing our stressed bodies back 
to wellness. 

Finally, after stress-relieving head mas¬ 
sages, we were led to an enchanting pagoda 
where herbal cuppas were not on the menu. 
Honeymooners are treated to a half-bottle of 



MY WORD! Newly-weds will find the Shanti 
Maurice the perfect place to relax after their 
big day. Above, the Stars restaurant and pool 


Veuve Clicquot while they relax and admire 
the flower gardens, watching Koi carp swim 
beneath. 

Surrounded by stone floors, contemporary 
furnishings and high ceilings, the hotel lobby 
feels like a floating palace with impressive 
water features, lily-ponds and hibiscus. 

This is a resort where style-seekers wear the 
holiday wardrobe they’ve always dreamed of 
and honeymooners are assured of a glamorous 
backdrop to the second half of their wedding 
album. 

We spent lazy, hazy days on the beach gazing 
out to sea, shaded under a coconut palm 
umbrella. Or for a change of vista, we took 30 
paces back and plunged into the vast infinity 
pool, with its labyrinth of inviting channels 
and cosy comers under water fountains. 

In the bar at the heart of the hotel, a Coco 
Loco rum-based cocktail with our friendly bar¬ 
man became de rigeur at the start of the 
evening, followed by a table in Stars. The 
hotel’s signature restaurant has seating inside 
and out, with ocean-front tables and South 
African Cape-inspired food. 

But for holidaymakers thirsty for a slice of 
island life, the Fish and Rhum Shack dinner 
on the beach is the bee’s knees. Pitched 
against an old shipwreck, canopied day-beds 
and picnic-style tables, a huge bonfire and 
torches light up the magnificent seafood buffet 
and barbecue. 

Guests gorge on fresh lobster, shrimp, steak, 


chicken and salad, while a troupe of colourful 
Mauritian dancers in traditional costume sing 
and dance to the sound of beating drums. The 
circus doesn’t take place every night, but it’s 
definitely worth booking when it’s on the 
menu. 

Mauritius is an island of plenty, and for 
active types there’s something on offer from 
dawn to dusk. 

For early risers, the hotel offers the ‘beauty 
of Mauritian sea life’ with a dolphin-watching 
excursion at 6am and packed breakfast. 

Nature-lovers can also see the mystical 
sights of this volcanic island on a half-day 
excursion to the sacred lake of Grand Bassin, 
witness magical viewpoints from Black River 
Gorges National Park and marvel at the tum¬ 
bling waterfalls and coloured sands of 
Chamarel. 

Markets 

Fashionistas not content with the resort’s 
gift shop (pricey but worth it) can head to the 
small city of Mahebourg, where vibrant, open- 
air markets spill over with spices, fabrics and 
souvenirs; and there’s plenty to explore in the 
picturesque capital of Port Louis, famed for its 
Champ de Mars racecourse, where punters 
can have a flutter on some of the world’s finest 
thoroughbreds - from March to December. 

But for my husband (my new favourite 
word!), the nearby Gulf du Chateau was a hole 
in one. Designed by Peter Matkovich and 
rated the best golf resort on the island 
(Mauritius has 12 in total), this magnificent 
18-hole championship course is as well 
groomed as the golfers who frequent it. 

Set against sweeping hills, players practise 
their swing among lakes, streams and tropical 
trees and escape the midday sun in an impres¬ 
sive, plantation-style clubhouse. 

All in all, couples can be as busy or quiet as 
their hearts desire. Looking back, one of my 
most treasured memories was our pre-booked 
‘romantic, unique dining experience’ on the 
beach, when we ate alone at a candlelit table 
surrounded by torchlights, the distant sound 
of retreating waves and the beautiful sight of 
quartz-like rock pools, with the moon shining 
down on us. 












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CROSSWORD 


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feel every word 




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CRYPTIC CLUES 

Across 

I. Amusing tennis-player? (5,6) 

9. Nothing in the sailing ship is archi¬ 
tecturally flamboyant (7) 

10. Turkish potentate elected a second 
time (5) 

II. It’s exorbitant - shouldn’t be paid 
yet (5) 

12. The product of a biblical man of let¬ 
ters (7) 

13. Moral justice to which actors pay 
allegiance (6) 

15. Synopsis that’s not quite exact (6) 
18. Apprehensive of this kind of system 

(7) 

20. Discourage some of the worldwide 
terrorism (5) 

22. Folk literature about one French 
flower (5) 

23. Fruit from the mountains near the 
end of the Orinoco (7) 

24. Leave with the fellows by back- 
street for French regions (11) 

SCRIBBLE HERE 


CROSSWORD No 432 

Name. 

Address. 


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2. The sort of craft propelled by man¬ 
power (5) 

3. A plea that could end up in Queer 
St.? (7) 

4. Butler with a novel reputation (6) 

5. North African horseman causing a 
ship-wreck (5) 

6. One discovered in the castle ruins 
likely to get a stretch (7) 

7. This causes no acute problem in 
geometry (6,5) 

8. Fail to emphasise what those suffer¬ 
ing tension are (5,6) 

14. Elevate with universal commenda¬ 
tion (7) 

16. Communist to record a symbol of 
bureaucracy (3,4) 

17. One who accompanies the colonel 
among the rest, maybe (6) 

19. Literally the last of the Greek 
characters (5) 

21. Needing to relax, having imbibed 
too freely (5) 


QUICK CLUES 

Across 

1. Drunkenness (11) 

9. Hazy (7) 

10. Harden (5) 

11. Sluggish (5) 

12. Malady (7) 

13. Guarantee (6) 

15. Reckless (6) 

18. Axle (7) 

20. Factory (5) 

22. Fire-arm (5) 

23. Stipulation (7) 

24. Rude (3-8) 

Down 

2. Illustrious (5) 

3. Support (7) 

4. Encroachment (6) 

5. Whirl (5) 

6. Luxurious (7) 

7. Celebration (11) 

8. Goal (11) 

14. Deft (7) 

16. Endorse (7) 

17. Arm (6) 

19. Vision (5) 

21. Nimble (5) 


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• 1 night hotel B&B in Paris or Lille 

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• Daytime rail travel: London-Marseille-London 

• Overnight stay in Lille or Paris outbound 

• 8 night Full Board cruise on the Orient Queen 

• All transfers abroad 

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• Escorted throughout 

• Champagne Check-in 

• Daytime rail travel: London-Marseille-London 

• Overnight stay in Paris outbound 

• 12 night Full Board cruise on the Louis Majesty 

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Turbulent tale is 


a page-turner 

JERUSALEM: THE BIOGRAPHY 
BY SIMON SEBAG MONTEFOIRE 

TRAVELLING light is something 
on which I really pride myself - 
lugging luggage around is not my 
idea of a good, or even OK, time. 

When off somewhere, I’ll always take a 
number of books but usually make sure they 
are of the paperback variety. 

But with a trip to Israel and the Palestinian 
Territories - including a visit to the holy city a 
few hours away - I decided that this heavy¬ 
weight, in all senses of the word, work was a 
must-pack. 

The writer takes in the history of the place 
from its early days as a fortified village before 
the almost unending line of conquerors and 
occupiers, among them the Assyrians, Baby¬ 
lonians, Ottomans, British and Israelis. 

And while reading it within the confines of 
the Old City and its ramparts, over a 
Palestinian Taybeh beer, close to the Jaffa 
Gate, it just seemed astonishing that so much 
blood had been spilt over so small an area. 

Montefoire emphasises the fact that 
Jerusalem has always been ‘the holy city’ and 
is venerated by three of the world’s great 
religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism. 

But he points out that “it has always been a 
den of superstition, charlatanism and bigotry”. 

A bloody tale is recounted, with a truly epic 
story of wars, looting, rape, massacre and tor¬ 
ture seeming to vie with one another as to 
which form of atrocity appears most. 

Before recounting the earliest tales of the 
city, Montefoire begins with its sacking and 
the destruction of the Second Temple of Solo¬ 
mon by Roman legions commanded by Titus, a 
future emperor. After this triumph, 500 Jews a 
day were crucified until the invaders ran out of 
wood with which to build crosses. 

The story goes on through the banning of 
Jews by Christians, the Islamic takeover, the 
short-lived Crusader occupation and the 
efforts of British Prime Minister David Lloyd 
George to ensure the city formed part of the 
British mandate after the First World War. 

This was given up some 20 years later amid 
violent clashes between just about everyone 
who lived there and the first Arab-Israeli war 
promptly erupted. 

Martyrs and prophets abound throughout 
the book, so that the last days of Jesus are not 
as strongly featured as I had expected. 

However, something that is tackled in detail 
is a phenomenon I had never heard of. 

Montefoire writes: “A hundred patients a 
year are committed to the city’s asylum suffer¬ 
ing from the Jerusalem syndrome, a madness 
of anticipation, disappointment and delusion.” 

After reading ,this I paused to set out on 
another walk and arrived outside the Church 
of the Holy Sepulchre, which marks the site of 
Jesus’s crucifixion. 

And here was possibly the ultimate for any 
would-be messiah - the chance to rent a cross 
and carry it in the final earthly footsteps of 
Jesus along the Via Dolorosa, or Way of Grief. 


CRITICAL REVIEW 



CINEMA 

LIMITLESS (15) 

THE drugs do work in Neil Burger’s visually 
arresting morality tale, set on the bustling 
streets of modern-day New York. 

However, narcotic nirvana comes at a price. 

According to popular myth, humans only 
use 10-20 per cent of their total brainpower - 
startling statistics without any grounding in 
documented scientific fact. 

Imagine the huge leaps and bounds that 
could be achieved in science and the arts if we 
could somehow energise those supposedly 
dormant synapses. 

The answers to the universe’s great myster¬ 
ies could be resolved in the blink of an eye. 

Alan Glynn’s debut novel, The Dark 
Fields, invented a fictitious wonderdrug that 
could do just that - reboot the brain - and 
imagined the repercussions for an avaricious 
modem society. 

Screenwriter Leslie Dixon adapts the book 
to the big screen as an (im)morality tale 
about a struggling writer who has the whole 
world in his hands and selfishly squanders 
this remarkable gift to indulge in the excess¬ 
es of 21st-century life. 

Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) has been 
wrestling with writer’s block for weeks and 
now his girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) has 
finally given up on him. 

At his lowest ebb, Eddie meets his former 
brother-in-law, Vernon (Johnny Whitworth), 
who furnishes the struggling writer with a 
wonder pill called NZT, which reportedly 
increases brain activity and unleashes 
untapped creativity. 

Eddie swallows the clear pill and the next 
morning discovers he has furiously churned 
out the first 40 pages of his magnum opus. 

As Eddie becomes addicted to the medi¬ 
cation, he metamorphoses from hopeless bum 
into a suave, ultra-confident and charming 
man about town, winning back Lindy and 
earning the respect of powerful Wall Street 
mogul, Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro). 

However, Eddie’s supply of pills is finite and 
if he is to continue his meteoric rise, he must 
acquire a new stash. 

Limitless is stylishly crafted by director 
Burger, who employs some nifty visual trick¬ 
ery to replicate the hallucinogenic side-effects 
of NZT as it opens Eddie’s mind to a world of 
thrilling possibilities. 

Nobody likes a know-all and, sure enough, 
Cooper stmggles to win our sympathy for his 
dmg-assisted hero, who can talk his way to 
success by recalling facts from the darkest 
recesses of his memory. 

There’s a certain amount of schadenfreude 
on our part when he must suffer for abusing 
his powers. 

Cornish looks gorgeous in an undernour¬ 
ished supporting role, while De Niro barely 
has enough time on screen to get beneath the 
skin of his influential money-man. 

A hastily-contrived coda, set 12 months 
later, attempts to tie up some of the loose 
narrative threads, but there would have been 
a pleasing symmetry if Eddie’s life had been 
left in disarray. 

THE EAGLE (12A) 

A BRAVE and noble son atones for the sins of 
his father in Kevin Macdonald’s swords-and- 
togas epic, based on the novel The Eagle Of 
The Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff. 

Set in the wilds of 140AD England and 
Scotland but partly filmed in Hungary, The 
Eagle pits the might of the Roman Empire 
against the barbarism of the indigenous 
tribes, who slit the throats of their badly- 
behaved children. 

Channing Tatum strides manfully into the 
breach as the emotionally and physically 
scarred hero of the hour, coping well with the 
rigours of Jeremy Brock’s screenplay. 

A skirmish between the legionnaires and 
the heathens at the beginning of the film, the 
latter charging into the fray on chariots with 
blades affixed to wheels, is thrillingly cap¬ 
tured by cinematographer Anthony Dod 
Mantle and editor Justine Wright. 

Blood and mud spatter the camera lens as 
swords clash and sinews ripple, at least one 


soldier losing a limb as those horse-drawn 
carriages scythe through Roman defences. 

Underpinning the barbarism is the unlike¬ 
ly friendship between master and slave, 
whose distrust must be put to one side as 
they venture north of Hadrian’s Wall in 
search of a military trophy. 

In 120AD, the entire Ninth Legion disap¬ 
pears without trace in Scotland and its stan¬ 
dard, a golden eagle, is lost forever, to the 
eternal shame of Rome. 

The commander of those soldiers also van¬ 
ishes and, 20 years later, his son, Marcus 
Aquila (Tatum), accepts a posting in Roman- 
occupied southern Britain to learn the truth 
about his father’s demise. 

The young soldier is badly injured protect¬ 
ing his men and he recuperates with the help 
of his uncle (Donald Sutherland) and slave 
boy Esca (Jamie Bell), whom Aquila saves 
from certain death in the gladiators’ ring. 

Once he has regained his strength and 
mobility, Aquila heads north in search of 
answers, accompanied by Esca, a member of 
the tribe of savages responsible for slaying 
the Ninth. 

The Eagle hinges on the rapport between 
the leads, and Tatum is impressive, bringing 
a brooding physicality and emotional vulner¬ 
ability to his role. 

Bell pales by comparison but gets his 
moment to shine in a touching scene when 
Esca defies the orders of Aquila and refuses 
to leave the badly-wounded Roman to his 
untimely fate. 


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Thankfully, his swordplay is more polished. 

FASTER (15) 

WHEN the going gets tough, the tough get 
into a modified 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 
and gun the engine. 

So it seems from George Tillman Jr’s turbo¬ 
charged revenge-thriller about an ex-con on a 
five-day suicide mission to avenge his mur¬ 
dered brother. 

Driver (Dwayne Johnson) is released from 
prison and immediately seeks out a fast car 
and enough firepower to take down the rival 
gang responsible for killing his brother and 
leaving him for dead after a bank heist. 

“He’s got a metal plate in the back of his 
head holding his face together. This guy 
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Bob Thornton), who intends to stop Driver 
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Faster bums rubber for most of the 98 min¬ 
utes as Driver zips back and forth across 
America, slaying the bad guys and staying 
one baby step ahead of his pursuers. 

For the most part, Tillman Jr’s film puts the 
pedal to the metal and leaves coherent plot 
and characterisation in a cloud of exhaust 
fumes, and us choking on the implausibilities. 


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FOOD AND DRINK 


RESTAURANT REVIEW 


BY DAVID PRITCHARD 

THERE was a time when going into 
an Indian restaurant on a Friday 
night meant sharing your meal with 
the raucous group sat next to you 
washing down their chicken tikka 
masalas with yet another pint of 
Kingfisher. 

Those places, thankfully, still exist, but there 
is a growing number of venues aimed at the 
slightly more sophisticated diner - definitely 
the clientele that Apeksha in Canterbury has in 
mind. A relative newcomer to the city’s culinary 
map, it is already making a name for itself. 

It certainly has high hopes for your evening, 
with its website boasting proudly: “Welcome to a 
journey through the exotic cuisine from the rich 
heritage of the Indian subcontinent.” 

Before you begin your ‘journey’ the first thing 
to notice is the excellent job done on the interi¬ 
or, which skilfully marries swanky contempo¬ 
rary leanings with the historic building. The 
refurbishment has been done sympathetically, 
with the low ceilings and uneven walls con¬ 
tributing to the ambience - although do be care¬ 
ful not to bump your head on the way upstairs. 

After the obligatory papadoms (75p each) and 
relish tray (£1.50), we opted to start with the 
filling mixed platter for two (£7.50). For that you 
get chicken tikka, seekh kebabs, onion bhajis 
and something called rajma ke galwati, a fried 
cake made of, among other things, kidney beans. 

Aware I can be spectacularly unoriginal when 
it comes to selecting my main courses in Indian 
restaurants, I was determined for this exercise 
to branch out a little. 

With that in mind, I went for kerala duck 
roast (£10.95). If I’m honest, my usually consis- 


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Currying favour with 
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tent choices mean I rarely spend long perusing 
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before. I would definitely have it again. 

The meat was wonderfully tender and mari¬ 
nated in kerala-style spices, including, I think, 
star anise, which worked well. It was cooked 
with potatoes, which in hindsight made at least 
one of the accompanying chilli naan (£2.50) and 
lemon rice (£2.95) I was sharing redundant. 

In the spirit of the ‘journey’, my partner also 
left the well-trodden path for something more 
unusual, settling on a Goan-style seafood mix 
called samudari khazana (£13.95). 

It included prawns, crab meat and squid 
rings, which, from the approving noises and lack 
of conversation from the other side of the table, 
appeared to be as delicious as the duck. 

It was all complemented by a very pleasant 
bottle of chianti (£18.50). 

Fortunately the service was unobtrusive, even 
when the busy restaurant began to quieten 
towards the end of the night. It gave us time to 
at least attempt to make room for dessert, but 
even with the inviting menu it would have been 
a step too far. Instead we finished with a cap¬ 
puccino (£2.85) and Indian masala tea (£2.50), 
taking our grand total before service to £64.80. 

With that, our civilised culinary journey came 
to an end, all without a rowdy customer in sight. 

Apeksha, 24 St Peters Street, 

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Rents go up as lenders 
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MORTGAGE lending across the 
country remained at low levels in 
February as the housing market 
continued to be slow, according to 
analysts. 

One expert from the Council of Mortgage 
Lenders said the market was “stuck in a rut”. 

Gross mortgage lending during the month 
was £9.5 billion, almost identical to January’s 
low level, according to the latest figures. 

The CML said that 2011 would be a chal¬ 
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about their jobs and the state of the economy. 

However, total lending was marginally 
higher than the same month a year ago, 
when activity in the market was also slow. 

Bob Pannell, the CML’s chief economist, 
said the picture was unlikely to change 
during the year ahead. 

“Nothing alters our underlying view that 
this is going to be a challenging year for 
households and the housing market,” he said. 
“The housing market remains stuck in a rut.” 

The normal pick-up in house purchases 
after the New Year break was weaker than a 
year ago, the CML said, although sales to 
cash-buyers had remained steady. 

The figures suggest a shift from mortgage 
borrowing for new-house purchases to 
remortgaging - an indication that some peo¬ 
ple were locking into new fixed-rate deals 
ahead of an anticipated rise in interest rates 
later in the year. 

Tough economic conditions have also had 


an effect on the rental market in February, 
the LSL survey indicated. 

With the mortgage market even more slug¬ 
gish since the start of 2011, this backlog of 
frustrated buyers has increased even further 
and rents have risen correspondingly. 

The trend of a rising number of tenants 
falling behind with their rental payments 
continued. The survey found that 12.6 per 
cent of all UK rents were in arrears, com¬ 
pared with 11 per cent in January. 

“The fierce competition among renters in 
many areas of the country has cut short the 
traditional lull we tend to see between 
December and February,” said David Newnes, 
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and rents - in the private-rental sector dur¬ 
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ther and rents have risen correspondingly.” 


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The new-look homes24.co.uk, which is now 
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information business, Zoopla, includes many 
unique search and research features. 

These range from free, instant valuations for 
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TemptMe price on your home or make a 
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homes24.co.uk will start to be promoted 
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and vendors for local agents. 

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who advertise on homes24.co.uk. 

Archant publishes more than 60 local and 
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Martin Cunningham, commercial director at 
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A COURSE designed to provide firefighters 
with the skills needed to drive fire engines in 
emergencies has been accredited by the 
Institute of Advanced Motorists (LAM). 

The 10-day Emergency Fire Appliance 
Driver (EFAD) course is delivered at Kent 
Fire and Rescue Service’s driving school in 
Maidstone. 

To get the qualification, firefighters need to 
complete a written theory test and practical 
assessments on a variety of roads and traffic 
conditions. 

Driving school manager Jim Wilton said: 
“When many people think of the fire and res¬ 
cue service, they often think of fire engines 
rushing to the scene of an accident on blue 
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“Emergency fire service drivers carry a 
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their fellow colleagues and other road users’ 
safety - so it’s crucial that we have staff 
expertly trained.” 

Normally firefighters who complete the 
EFAD course would have to then take the 
IAM advanced driving test. 

However, because the Kent version is to 
such a high standard, IAM assessors have 
deemed those passing exempt from the 
process. 

Mr Wilton said: “Our qualified drivers 
demonstrate that they possess the first-class 
mental and physical decision-making and 
observation skills needed to ensure complete 
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“In highly stress-filled situations, they will 
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Sharpening your act 
with a creative Edge 


By STEVE KNIGHT 

steve.knight@kosmedia.co.uk 

THE University for the Creative 
Arts has launched a new service 
offering businesses across Kent 
and beyond access to its facilities 
and experts. 

Entitled ‘Edge’, the scheme has already 
worked with Kent County Council’s 2012 
Olympics campaign as well as with the cloth¬ 
ing manufacturer Funzee and even the 
Ghana Broadcasting Corporation. 

The experts based at UCA - which has 
campuses in Canterbury, Maidstone and 
Rochester - offer consultancy and bespoke 
in-house training to businesses, as well as 
access to their technical facilities. 

‘We have a huge pool of highly qualified 
and very talented people at UCA who have a 
great deal to offer outside of our campuses,” 
said Uwe Derksen, assistant director of 
research and enterprise. 

“Their expertise reaches across a wide vari¬ 
ety of creative sectors while the technical 
facilities we offer match or exceed the cur¬ 
rent industry standard, so we really believe 


we can give our clients the edge they are 
looking for, no matter what they require. 

“Edge also offers the university another 
source of income, which is particularly 
important at the moment with the huge cuts 
to education funding that we are facing over 
the coming months.” 

Last week, the Higher Education Funding 
Council for England, which sets university 
grants, revealed that UCA’s budget will be 
cut by about nine per cent this year. 

The Edge project, which is the brainchild of 
the university’s research and enterprise 
department, offers creative expertise and 
services in a wide range of in-demand indus¬ 
try sectors. 

These include 3D digital design, architec¬ 
ture, film, media, marketing, fashion design, 
fine art, product design and more. 

UCA has collaborated with businesses in 
the past but consultancy inquiries have 
increased rapidly in recent months, leading 
to the formation of Edge and the compilation 
of a staff database. 

Funzee, which manufactures all-in-one 
nightwear for adults, is one of the companies 
to have benefited from the service thus far. 

Owner Mark Heselgrave said: “Edge 


helped me with a sizing issue that was 
stalling the company’s growth - too many of 
the suits we produce were being returned. 

“The consultant helped me make my sizing 
more scientific, which has led to fewer 
returns, an increase in profits and, of course, 
more happy customers.” 

Edge’s website features a unique experts’ 
directoiy which allows visitors to read about 
each consultant’s previous experience and 
subject areas. It also contains the full list of 
services Edge offers, as well as case studies 
from recent projects. Log on to 
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Alternatively, email edge@ucreative.ac.uk or 
call 01622 620162. 


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EDUCATION 


Building to a climax 


CONSTRUCTION students from across 
the county have been competing to find 
the region’s best trainee bricklayers, car¬ 
penters, painters and joiners. 

Students from MidKent College, 

K College, North West Kent College, 
Thanet College and Canterbury College 
battled it out in individual heats of the 
SkilledUp contest, with the winners facing 
off at the grand final later this year. 

MidKent College principal Stephen Grix 
said: “Standards improve each year during 
the competition heats. 

“The quality of the work produced last 
year was very high, yet these students 
have managed to top even that.” 

The winners of each heat were presented 
with a range of prizes donated by the 


power tool manufacturer and competition 
sponsor, Makita UK. Regional representa¬ 
tive David Chillingworth said: “We’re great 
supporters of this competition. 

“These students are the future of the 
industry, the competition gives them some¬ 
thing to aim for and we’re pleased to help 
them on their way.” 

K College’s head of construction, Mike 
Stanley, said he was impressed with the 
energy, enthusiasm and skill demonstrat¬ 
ed by his students. 

He added: “All the students have taken 
on the challenge and gone for it and the 
results speak for themselves. 

“It shows how everyone is capable of 
going the distance. You just need to keep 
going and never give up.” 



WELL DONE: Jack Fulker, left, is congratulated by Mark Stockdale of the Department for 
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• College Apprenticeship Graduation event 


TV SCIENTIST Professor Brian Cox was on 
hand to congratulate the Kent-based winner 
of a national competition. 

The Wonders of the Universe presenter 
was one of the judges of the National 
Science and Engineering Competition, and 
presented the ‘highly commended’ award in 
the junior science and maths category to 
Canterbury schoolboy Jack Fulker. 

Archbishop’s School pupil Jack was recog¬ 
nised for his liquefaction project, which 
explored which materials were best for 


reclaiming land in areas badly affected by 
earthquakes. Prof Cox, who was also a 
member of the 1990s pop group D:Ream, 
said: “The standard of entries was outstand¬ 
ing and the judging process proved much 
harder than expected. 

“The judges were truly overwhelmed by 
all the finalists’ projects and it’s wonderful 
to witness such enthusiasm and dedication 
from young people such as Jack. It’s left me 
hugely excited about the future of science 
and engineering in the UK.” 


Masterful retail workshops 


STUDENTS from across the county took 
part in a series of retail master classes at 
Bluewater shopping centre. 

The workshops, which covered subjects 
including merchandising and marketing, 
were organised by Kent County Council in 
partnership with Bluewater and North 
West Kent College. 

About 200 pupils from schools in Dartford, 
Gravesham, Canterbury and Swale took 
part. Cabinet member for education, learn¬ 


ing and skills, Cllr Sarah Hohler, said: “KCC 
is proud of its pioneering vocational train¬ 
ing. These courses help young people get a 
feel for different sectors of industry and 
help them make an informed choice in pur¬ 
suing further qualifications. 

‘We work closely with industry to tailor 
these courses and give young people the 
opportunity to learn from the best and to 
experience being part of a professional 
organisation.” 


Tuesday Bth February 

• Thanet College recruits The Apprentice' 

Wednesday 9th February 

• Principal Graham Ratey - live Interview on Academy FM a! It 15am 

• Drop-in session about Apprenticeships Coaege Library 12 midday t#irf 5 00pm 

Thursday 10th February 

• 7*dlr>c\g Solutions take over the ComiTniraly Hub at H i 10an>-lprn 

Friday 11th February 

• framing Solutions take ovor tha Community Hub at J L; 10am-lpm 

• T hanet Coffefe hosting the Coastal College Consortum for the 
'Employer Engagement Task Group 

Saturday 12th February 

• Apprenticeship Bus will be at from S.3Qam-6,OOpm 

• Launch of a range of new Thanet Cot eg* Apprenticeshp programmes 




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Due to an increased order book we are looking for 

the following personnel: 

Jig Borer/Jig Grinder 
Wire Eroder/Spark Eroder 

Please send C.V to Ray Baigent 
Email r.baigent@aerospace-tooling.co.uk 
Tel: 01B34 233216 


The Plough Public House 

Require a 

Full Time Head Chef 
& Assistant Chef 

For a busy Pub/Restaurant 
Experience Necessary and Knowledge of GP 
would be ideal. Must be hardworking and cope 
under pressure. 

To apply please call lltan on 01227 792428 


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Cavity Wall Insulation Technicians 

to operate in Kent & Sussex. 

Full Cl Driving Licence and ACOPs essential. 

Loft Insulation Installers 

also required. 

Permanent positions offered by construction 
company based in Pembury established 50 years. 

Contact David on 01892 825564 or email 
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COBLANDS 


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Coblands Nurseries Ltd 

Seasonal Temporary Nursery Assistants 

Based at Tonbridge • £5.93 per hour based on a 40 hour week 

This position is available on a temporary basis for immediate start until the 21st 
April 2011. The successful candidate will be required to work 5 days a week, 
Monday to Friday with extra hours as required.This role will involve potting, 
weeding and general maintenance of a wide range of container grown plants.The 
ideal candidate will work well as part of a team, be self-motivated and have a 
positive outlook on life. 

If you feel you have the necessary skills for this position, please send your CV 
and letter of application to Jo Dury, Coblands Nurseries Ltd,Trench Road, 
Tonbridge, Kent TNI I 9NG or email Jo.dury@coblands.co.uk 
Closing date;- 30th March 201 I www.coblands.co.uk 

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ASHFORD 
INTERNATIONAL 
HOTEL 


Ashford International Hotel is currently looking for two experienced managers 
to join our team 


Deputy General Manager 

£28,000 to £33,000 per annum dependant on experience 

As Operations Manager you'll be reporting directly to the General Manager and 
be taking the reins when they're not around. You'll be responsible for the daily 
operation of your hotel with a specific focus on food and beverage, conferences 
and events. Ultimately, it's about growing and developing the operational areas 
of our business to ensure we achieve our profit targets, so you will also be 
involved in development of the hotel business strategy and budget, as well as 
assisting with the forecast on a weekly basis. And because we don't believe in 
strict corporate guidelines, you'll have freedom to make your own decisions and 
think up new and creative ways to get results. Previous Hotel Experience is 
essential for this role 


Front of House Manager 

£19,000 to £21,000 per annum dependant on experience 

As Reception Manager you'll lead, inspire and motivate the Reception team to 
handle check in and check out to give a great first and last impression making 
sure that our guests have everything they need to be comfortable and enjoy 
their stay. Our Reception team thrives on pressure and are nothing if not 
flexible, welcoming and, quite frankly, amazing at all times! We also know that 
each and every one of our guests wants to be made to feel special, so no 
lengthy standards checklists for us! You'll just use your instinct to build a great 
rapport and deliver our distinctively memorable one of a kind service. 

Contact information 

If you are interested in applying for this position, please forward your CV and 
covering letter to Jemma Wilkins, HR Manager at Jwilkins@qhotels.co.uk or 
apply online at www.qhotels.co.uk 


for you? 

ACH is a fast-growing 
organisation, 
developing new, high- 
quality residential 
homes for adults with 
Learning Disabilities. 
Due to our continued 
growth we now require 


SUPPORT WORKERS 

Salary £13,250 

For an application pack please visit our website at 
www.achuk.com Alternatively e-mail 
louise.burrows@achuk.com 
or contact Human Resources on 0208 502 8871. 


the following staff to 
complement our team 
at our home in 


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Invicta Motors are currently looking for successful 

New and Used Car Sales Executives 

Tunbridge Wells, Mazda & Maidstone Honda 

The successful candidates will be ambitious, self-motivated and commercially 
minded with an aptitude to developing the business. 

• Must have previous car sales experience 

• Have an excellent standard of verbal and written communication 

• Be organised and offering a high standard of Customer care 

• A flexible approach to working hours 

• Presentable and punctual 

• A valid driving licence 

In return, we offer the experienced applicant the opportunity to sell the superb 
range of Mazda/Honda vehicles with one of the most progressive motor retailers in 
the country. This position comes with an OTE of £40k and the use of a company 
vehicle. 

If your skills match those required, we are keen to hear from you. Please send your 
CV to Mollie Cooper by e-mail mollie.cooper@invictamotors.com 
or post to Mollie Cooper, Invicta Motors, Sturry Road, Canterbury, Kent 

NO AGENCY CALLS 


PART-TIME PQQ SUBMISSIONS 
CO-ORDINATOR 


The successful candidate would ideally have a 
construction and health & safety background and 
preferably be familiar with the compiling and writing of 
Pre Qualification Questionnaires and Select List 
Applications to be made ready for submitting to strict 
dead lines, the ability to work on your own initiative will 
also be required. 


Salary is negotiable depending on experience. 


Please apply in writing with a CV to 
Ron Twyman, Piper Double Glazing Limited, 

140 Newington Road, Ramsgate, Kent CT12 6PP 
or by e-mail to ron@piperwindows.co.uk. 

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer. 


piper 



We need 

CARE WORKERS living in 

proximity to Gravesend, Dartford, 
plus surrounding areas.. 

Home Choice Care offers the highest quality personal care and 
support to enable people to remain in their own homes for as longs 
as possible. 

We need people who have a full driving licence with own transport, 
flexible in their availability and able to work alternate weekends. We offer 
competitive pay rates with expert advice 7 days per week. We pay you 
to learn so no experience necessary. We offer; NVQ training and ongoing 
personal development, with real career progression. 

URGENT- LIVE IN CARE WORKERS 


Rota 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off but is negotiable. 

Salary £400 per week, which includes all meals and bills. 

For further information please ring 0800 988 2278 or 
visit our website. 

Home Choice Care is an Equal Opportunities Employer. 




Home Choice Care 


www.homechoicecare.co.uk 


HANDYMAN 


We require a handyman to join 
our team at The Bridge, Tunbridge 
Wells, a new development of 2 
bedroom apartments. 


The successful candidate will be able 
to work alone or as part of a team. 
Duties will include light/medium 
maintenance, cleaning responsibilities 
and assisting the sales team with 
daily tasks. Immediate start essential. 


Please telephone 

0800 883 8170 

for more information. 


Fairview 

NEW HOMES Ltd. 

www.fairview.co.uk 



COUNTY 

SECRETARY 


(Chief Executive Officer) 
(£30,851 - £ 35,430) 

The Kent Association of Local Councils is recruiting a 
County Secretary from June 2011, to secure the 
administration, management and funding for the 
Association. You will head a small team whose role 
is to provide quality legal and technical advice, high 
standard training, the dissemination of new 
information and the maintenance of regular 
communication between our office in Folkestone and 
our almost 300 member Parish and Town Councils, 
Ideally you will be an enthusiastic professional 
person, preferably with a background in, or 
understanding of, Local Government. You will need 
to have excellent administration and management 
skills. You will also need good inter-personal and 
general communication skills, have experience of 
servicing and leading meetings and be a confident 
public speaker. 

You will need to be flexible and there will be some 
evening and weekend work. 

Closing date: 4th April 2011 

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RESIDENTIAL HOME FOR ADULTS 
WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES 

Requires 

SUPPORT WORKERS 

for permanent and bank positions 
• Shift pattern 
• Training available 

Tel: 01634 250592 or forward CV to 
Clearwatercare 77 Main Road, Hoo, ME3 9AA 

(» Clearwater Care 

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STORES PERSON 

Required by a local Sevenoaks Company 
for a variety of duties including the control 
of a Small Stores Warehouse, some 
assembly/fabrication work. 

The individual will need to be flexible and 
organised. 

This is a full-time position, to apply please 
telephone 01732 743901 


MONTAGU COURT 
CLIFTONVILLE 

Requires 

Senior Carer. Must have NVQ 2 or above. 

Also Day & Night Flexi Carers 
Call Alan or Jill on 01843 220090 


SHAMPOOIST/ 

RECEPTIONIST 


16 Hours per week. 

Must be flexible with hours 

Contact Tracy Hildrew on: 01732 750999 
or email tracy@thildrew.orangehome.co.uk 
or tracy.hildrew@btconnect.com 


SUB-CONTRACT ELECTRICIAN' 

Required for around three days per week. 
17th Edition preferred. Must have own 
tools and transport. Varied work. 

Rates by experience and negotiation. 

E.mail details to heronelectrical@hotmail.co.uk 
or phone Alan on 07926 068108 


GEORGE HOTEL, CRANBROOK 

CHEF DE PARTIE 

We are looking to strengthen the team by 
employing a new Chef de Partie. View the 
George at www.thegeorgehotelkent.co.uk 

Applicants must have relevant experience in 
a busy pub, hotel or restaurant producing 
quality meals from local fresh produce. 

The position is full-time over 5 days assisting 
in the starters and desserts section and also 
preparing breakfasts. The salary is 
negotiable based on experience and is on a 
live-out basis. 

Please E-mail your CV and covering letter to 

georgehotel@shepherd-neame.co.uk or ring 
The Manager on 01580 713348. 


Full Time Dental Nurse 

required in Whitstable 

Experience preferred, but training provided for the 
right candidate. 

Knowledge of computers preferred. 

For further information, contact: 07540 691677 
or send CV to aycliffe@gmail.com 


NATIONAL CHILDREN’S CHARITY 

Require 

Enthusiastic fund raisers/instore 
promotion people/collectors 

To work at venues in the Kent area 
Full/part-time including weekends. 

Start £6.50 p.h, plus bonus. Must drive. 

Please call Sue: 07809 714252 


WELLNESS COACHES REQUIRED 

We are a Health & Nutrition company 
looking for serious people who want to earn 
£500-£1000+ per month full/part-time 
working from home. 

Full training and support available. 

01622 671716 


Lourdes Community Care Home Nursing 

require 

Registered Nurse 

for Night Duty 
and Flexi Hours 

Reply to 01843 833242 


Co-ordinator 

Thanet Kidz Klub 

Salary c £20,000 pa + Accommodation + Pension 


TKK in partnership with Church Army are seeking to appoint an exceptionally gifted Christian 
person to plan, organise and deliver a term time Kidz Klub for the area. Included will be 
responsibility for administration, the budget, fund raising and volunteers. 

Additionally the Co-ordinator will have responsibility for developing the work across the 
churches ofThanet. 

Based in The Marlowe Innovation Centre in Ramsgate the Saturday morning Kidz Klub takes 
place in the adjacent Marlowe Academy along with evening home visiting during the week 

If you are experienced in working with children of primary school age and feel you can 
take this one year old ecumenical project forward please send your CV with covering 
letter to: 

Mrs G. E.Trumble,Thanet Kidz Klub,The Marlowe Innovation Centre, 

Stirling Way, Ramsgate CTI2 6NA. 

This position is subject to an Enhanced CRB. 

Closing date for receipt of applications 20th April. Interviews 28th April. 

TKK is in the process of applying for independent charitable status. 


THE SHIP & TRADES, CHATHAM MARITIME 


EXPERIENCED ASSISTANT 
PUB MANAGER 


The successful applicant will be part of the Management Team, responsible for the 
day-to-day running of the business. Experience of management, not necessarily in 
the hospitality industry, is important for this position. In particular we are looking 
for someone who can lead and motivate staff to provide a consistently high 
standard of customer service in a busy and varied environment. 


Benefits will include a competitive salary, 5 day week, 5.6 weeks paid holiday per 
annum, participation in the company’s Assistant Management 
Development Programme, and excellent prospects for 
an enthusiastic, career minded candidate. 


E-mail your CV and covering letter to imp 

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GARDENER 

required in the Tunbridge Wells area to work 
between 7-21 hours per week Must have 
good sound knowledge in planting, pruning, 
hedge and grass cutting. Must work well on 
own initiative - own vehicle required 

Rate of pay will start at £9.00 per hour 
plus fuel costs. 

For more information please call 0800 032 0755 


EXPERIENCED CHEF/COOK 

Looking for a talented chef to create interesting, innovative menus 
Must have: 

• passion for food with knowledge of Kentish produce 
• understanding of budgets, stock management 
• Award in Food Safety in Catering Level 2 

If you have the skills, enthusiasm and passion 
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Ti ii Sprnc :lr Wing 

The Spencer Wing is the independently owned and managed 22 bed private hospital 
situated on the QEQM Hospital site. 

We also have a 4 bed unit at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford. 

The continuing growth of our business has resulted in vacancies for the following staff: 

STAFF NURSE (MARGATE) OUTPATIENTS 

Full and Part - time position available 
Closing date for applications - Monday 11th April 2011 
Qualifications 
Registered Nurse 1st Level 
Evidence of continual professional development 
To discuss these opportunities or to arrange an informal visit, please contact 
Sue Bowe - Outpatient Sister or Carolyn Flegg - Staff Nurse, on 01843 234555 Ext: 63425 
For job description and application form please contact: 

Jo Edwards, East Kent Medical Services Ltd, The Spencer Wing, 

QEQM Hospital, Ramsgate Road, Margate, Kent CT9 4BG 
Telephone: 01843 234556 Fax: 01843 296333 
/ E-maihjo.edwards@thespencerwing.com /' 

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INVESTOR IN PEOPLE 




Required for 
September 2011 


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Head of Business Studies 
and ICT 

(TLR la) 

We are looking for a dynamic new leader for our Business Studies 
and ICT Faculty. The school has invested heavily recently in quality 
equipment and a VLE. Business is the second specialist subject here 
and a popular option. The Faculty is linked with Technology and 
together drive the school's enterprise work. But there is more to do. 

Are you: 

• A good leader and motivator of both adults and children; 

• Able to bring visionary thinking into everyday practice; 

• Committed to the highest possible standards of teaching and 
learning? 

We promise: 

• A supportive and friendly environment in which to work; 

• Recognition of your skills and ideas in the development of the 
school; 

• Good training and career development opportunities; 

• New and invigorating challenges. 

Closing date for applications: 4pm 6th April 2011 
Date of interviews: Week beginning 2nd May 2011 

Application forms and information from: 

Susan Allison, Meopham School, Wrotham Road, 

Meopham, Kent. DAI 3 OAH 
Telephone: 01474 814646 x234 
Email: sal@meopham.kent.sch.uk 
Visit: www.meopham.kent.sch.uk 

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THE NEW SCHOOL AT WEST HEATH 
SEVENOAKS 

“Rebuilding lives through education” 

Principal & Chief Executive: Mrs Christina Wells (BA Hons.) 

The New School at West Heath works towards helping students develop life skills 
and enjoy social activities. As a team we share a real desire to set a new, even 
higher standard of care in education and you can help us achieve this goal. The 
School has approval status from the DfCS and has an excellent rapport with both 
parents and the Local Authorities. 

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, flexible and innovative 

ART TEACHER 

Required from September 2011 
The successful candidate will: 

• excellent specialist subject knowledge and skills to teach effectively 
up to GCSE 

• develop an innovative and creative learning environment 
• have the ability work effectively within a team 
• teach across ability range in KS3 & KS4 
• the commitment to pursue opportunities for CPD 

We offer Teachers rate of pay and SEN allowance 
Contact Lynne McGrath for an application form and job description. 
Email: personnel@westheathschool.com Tel: 01732 460 553 
Closing date for applications 8 April 2011 

The successful applicants will be subject to a CRB check 
and Vetting & Barring. 

For further details about our school please visit our website 
www. westheathschool .com 

The New School at West Heath is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare 
of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this 
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NORTHFLEET SCHOOL FOR GIRLS 

We are seeking to appoint 

ASSESSMENT & PERFORMANCE DATA ANALYST 

25 hours per week/term time only • Kent Scheme 5 Points 14-17 - £9,574 to £10,531 p.a. 

To work as part of a team to support the accurate recording, reporting and analysis of pupils attainment data. 
Educated to at least A Level standard with a strong analytical ability and good knowledge of Excel. 

ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE 

Learning Support Assistant 
31.25 hours per week (8.30 am to 3.15 pm 
Kent Scheme Grade 5 - Points 14-17 - £11,968 to £13,164 p.a. 

To support a variety of class teachers in ensuring access to the curriculum for a range of students with a particular 
focus on additional or special educational needs in relation to language. Excellent literacy skills in English and at least 
one other language which are supported by an enthusiastic and motivational approach to students. HLTA qualification 
desirable (or willingness to achieve HLTA). 

TEACHING ASSISTANT 

31.25 hours per week (8.30 to 3.15 pm) 

Kent Scheme 4 or 5 dependant on qualifications & experience 

To support a variety of class teachers in ensuring access to the curriculum for a range of pupils with a particular focus 
on additional or special educational needs. 

Full job description and application form available on our website at www.northfleetgirls.kent.sch.uk. Application by 
fully completed application form with supporting letter to Mrs S Chisholm at Northfleet School for Girls, Hall Road, 
Northfleet, Kent DA11 8AQ - email: personnel@northfleetgirls.kent.sch.uk. Tel: 01474 831020 

The successful applicant will be subject to a full CRB check. 

Closing date for applications: 4 April 2011 




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September 2011 


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Head of Creative Arts 

(TLRIb) 

We are looking for an experienced and dynamic leader for Art, Dance, 
Drama, Media and Music, from September 2011. 

We welcome applications from individuals who can demonstrate a 
passion for the Arts, and who have a real understanding of how 
students learn kinaesthetically.. We have gained Artsmark award. 
There is good informal collaboration between departments through 
the school’s excellent performances and festivals. We are now looking 
for someone to develop the faculty even further to provide 
outstanding teaching & learning for the 21st century. We are 
fortunate in having an innovative Creative Arts department which has 
recently taken a major role in developing enquiry based learning in 
the school. Team working is excellent. 

This is a perfect opportunity for a dynamic leader who is keen to 
excite and challenge both pupils and staff in the pursuit of excellence 
on the next stage of our journey. 

Closing date for applications: 4pm 6th April 2011 
Date of interviews: Week beginning 2nd May 2011 

Application forms and information from: 

Susan Allison, Personnel Officer, Meopham School, 

Wrotham Road, Meopham, Kent. DAI 3 OAH 
Telephone: 01474 814646 x234 
Email: sal@meopham.kent.sch.uk 
Visit: www.meopham.kent.sch.uk 

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3S13 federation 

"Two world class schools at the heart of their communities" 

Learning Resource 
Centre Manager 

Kent Scheme 5, 37 hours per week, 40 weeks per year 
(term time plus one week) £16,793 to £18,471 pro rata. 
The Mailing 
Holmesdale 
Federation is 
seeking an 
enthusiastic 
individual 
prepared to 
run a vibrant 
school library 
at the heart of 
The Mailing School in East Mailing. To start asap 
after Easter. Qualifications in English and mathematics 
to GCSE grade C essential. Must be IT literate. 

Please see our website www.mhfederation.co.uk for 
full job description, person specification and 
application form. To discuss the role contact Sue 
Ricketts on 01732 840995 
Closing date: 12.00 noon on Monday 4 April 
Interviews w/c 4 April 

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people and this post will be subject to an enhanced 
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Westlands Academies Trust 

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THE WESTLANDS PRIMARY SCHOOL 

Westlands Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 1PF 

Site Maintenance Technician/Caretaker 

37 hours a week from 11am - 7pm Mondays-Friday 
Kent Pay Band 3 - £14,099 - £15,984 

Extra payments will be made to cover any out-of-hours lettings during evenings 
and weekends and for weekend/Bank Holiday standby duty, all of which are 
carried out on a mandatory, shared rota basis. Applicants must be prepared to 
work a variety of hours, should the need arise. 

The successful applicant will work as a member of the Site Maintenance team. As 
well as general caretaking duties they will be expected to undertake site 
maintenance, and so a good working knowledge and experience with carpentry, 
electrics, plumbing and decorating is essential. An awareness of swimming pool 
maintenance would be an advantage. 

You are welcome to contact the school for a preliminary discussion if desired. 
Recruitment packs are available from the school or online. Please note, we 
cannot accept CVs without an application form. 

Closing date: 6 April 2011 Interviews: 8 April 2011 
Westlands Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the 
welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share 
this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced CRB check. 

Tel: 01795 470862 Fax: 01795 477886 
Email: swa@westlands.kent.sch.uk 
Executive Headteacher: Mr J Whitcombe MA 
Westlands Academies Trust Holmewood Avenue 
Sittingbourne Kent ME10 1XN 
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hedge and grass cutting 
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- own vehicle required 
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Part-time cook required for 
residential home in the 
Meopham and Wrotham area. 
Alternate weekends and plus 
holiday cover.To cook for 50 
plus elderly residents. Good 
home cooking skills required. 
Please call Karen or Julie - Tel: 
01732 8222150r email: 
holywellpark@aol.com 
To apply/more information: 
Holywell Park Ltd 
debbieholywell@aol.com 
Quoting Job Ref: KOS 


EXPERIENCED 

CHEF/COOK 


Salary Negotiable 
EXPERIENCED CHEF/COOK 
Looking for a talented chef to 
create interesting, innovative 
menus. Must have:passion for 
food with knowledge of Kentish 
produceunderstanding of 
budgets, stock management 
Award in Food Safety in 
Catering Level 2. If you have the 
skills, enthusiasm and passion 


required, please telephone 
07973 559729. 

To apply/more information: 

New Inn 

Quoting Job Ref: KOS 


Head Chef & 
Assistant Chef 


Whitstable 
Salary Negotiable 
The Plough Public House 
Require a Full Time Head Chef 
&amp; Assistant Chef. For a 
busy Pub/Restaurant. 

Experience Necessary and 
Knowledge of GP would be ideal 
Must be hardworking and cope 
under pressure. To apply please 
call Ilian on 01227 792428. 

To apply/more information: 
Plough (The) 
theplough.swalecliffe@ 
dive.co.uk 

Quoting Job Ref: kos 

Construction, 

Architecture, 

Surveyors 

Estimator 
Ashford, Kent 

Salary: Negotiable 
Celebrating 130 years in the 
print industry, Headley Brothers 
Ltd is currently looking to recruit 
an Estimator. Working within the 
Commercial team and handling 
a range of print projects, as 
Estimator you would be 
responsible for: Producing 
accurate estimates, tenders and 
costings; obtaining pricing from 
internal sources and suppliers, 
and preparing price matrices.. 
Liaising with staff, suppliers and 
customers, to ensure provision 
of the best possible production 
alternatives and solutions to 
client requests. Supporting the 
Commercial Manager in 
ensuring the commercial 
success of the company. The 
ideal candidate will: Be self- 
motivated, highly-driven and 
dynamic. Have excellent 
organisational skills. Be a strong 
team player, with excellent 
interpersonal skills. Have strong 
oral, numerical and written 
communication skills 
Estimating experience and/or a 
knowledge of the print industry 
would be considered useful, but 
not essential. Headley Brothers 
Limited is an Investor in People 
and an equal opportunities 
employer. Please send your CV 
to Paul Palmer, Headley Brothers 
Ltd, The Invicta Press, Queens 
Road, Ashford, Kent TN24 8HH, 
or by email to: 
pau I. pal m er@head ley.co. u k. 


All applications should include 
reference number: KOSOI. 
Closing date: Friday 15th April 
2011. Please note that 
responses will only be issued to 
applicants that are eligible for 
interview. 


Cavity Wall Insulation 
Technicians 


Pembury 

Salary Negotiable 

To apply/more information: 

Skinner & Reeves 
john@skinnerandreeves.com 
Quoting Job Ref: kos 


Loft Insulation 
Installers 


Pembury 

Salary Negotiable 

To apply/more information: 

Skinner & Reeves 
john@skinnerandreeves.com 
Quoting Job Ref: kos 

Plant Drivers 
Kent 

Salary £10-£11.50 Per Hour 
Experience Plant Drivers 
required for site work in the 
Kent and Essex area. Duties will 
include operating plant 
machinery on site. Contract 
work that can become long 
term for suitable candidates. 
Must have own transport as 
sites locations vary on each 
contract. Looking for the 
following operators: - 360 
Drivers-180 Drivers - 
Telehandlers- Dumper Drivers - 
Cherry Pickers- Roller Drivers 
Essential that all operator hold 
CPCS and CSCS CardsAn 
Advantage to hold Person and 
Best Tickets or Bluewater Cards 
Must have Full PPE Hard Hat, 
Boots and Vis Vest. TO APPLY 
CALL CARL DAVIS ON 01622 
664999. 

To apply/more information: 

Best Connection Agency (The) 
maidstone@ 
thebestconnection.co.uk 
Quoting Job Ref: kos 

Shop Fitter Joiner 
Kent 

Salary £11 Per Hour 
To apply/more information: 

Best Connection Agency (The) 
maidstone@ 
thebestconnection.co.uk 
Quoting Job Ref: kos 


Traffic Mangament 
Ops 


Kent 

Salary £7 - £ 12 Per Hour 





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September 2011 

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COUMCS 


Full time 


Female Teacher of 

PE 


Meopham is a very successful specialist sports college. 

This is an opportunity for someone to get experience in a 
high-performing PE team. We are looking for someone 
who has potential to lead and innovate in this next phase 
of our plans. 

Closing date for applications: 4pm 6th April 2011 
Date of interviews: Week beginning 2nd May 2011 

Application forms and information from: 

Susan Allison, Personnel Officer, Meopham School, 

Wrotham Road, Meopham, Kent. DAI 3 0AH 
Telephone: 01474 814646 x234 
Email: sal@meopham.kent.sch.uk 
Visit: www.meopham.kent.sch.uk 

All our posts are subject to stringent child protection checks. 

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Sir Joseph Williamson's 
Mathematical School 

Maidstone Road Rochester Kent ME13EL 
Tel: 01634 844008 Email: harrisonj@sirjosephwilliamson.medway.sch.uk 


A Voluntary Controlled School with specialisms in 
Mathematics, Computing and Humanities 
An 11-18 Boys’ Grammar School of 1180 students including 
300 in the co-educational Sixth Form 


We require a full time 

COVER SUPERVISOR 

who would be prepared to act as a Pastoral Support Assistant for 
37 hours per week, term time only, to start in May 2011. 
Salary will be according to age and experience and will be paid at 
Medway Grade D2 - Salary range £15,039 - £19,126 pro rata. 

Would you be able to liaise with parents, teachers and other professionals in 
support of individuals? 

Would you be interested in developing your skills with classes of young 
people? 

If so, please contact Mrs J Harrison, Headteacher’s PA, for an application 
form and job specification on 01634 844008. 

Any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced 
Criminal Records Bureau check 
Closing date for applications - Wednesday, 6th April 2011 

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Gravesend 

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Northfleet 

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Swale, Medway 

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Canterbury 
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Ramsgate 

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ron@piperwindows.co.uk 
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Sevenoaks 

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Gillingham 

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Northfleet School for Girls 
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Ramsgate 
Salary Negotiable 
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Whitstable 

Salary Negotiable 
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Plough (The) 

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dive.co.uk 

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Positions 

Office & IT Manager 
Ashford 

Salary: £23,000- £25,000 
Office & IT Manager 
We are seeking a highly- 
organised and self-motivated 
Office and IT Manager to run 
our busy grant-making office. 
Kent Community Foundation is 
an energetic and ambitious 
charity that supports hundreds 
of voluntary and community 
organisations across Kent and 
Medway. So if you want to make 
a difference to your local 
community, this could be the job 
for you. We are looking for 
someone with a logical and 
systematic approach as well as 
a passion for technology and 
new media who can lead on our 
IT strategy. You will have a 
positive, can-do approach 
working as part of a small hard¬ 
working and enthusiastic team, 
with excellent communication 
and customer service skills. To 
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please email 

admin@kentcf.org.uk or phone 
01303 814 500. 

Full-time Permanent 

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admin@kentcf.org.uk 
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Salary: c. £21,000- £23,000 
Development and Marketing 
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motivated Development and 
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growth and expansion of Kent 
Community Foundation. We are 
an energetic and ambitious 
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of voluntary and community 
organisations across Kent and 
Medway. So if you want to make 
a difference to your local 
community, this could be the job 
for you. We are looking for 
someone with a successful 
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fundraising experience would be 
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most important is excellent 
communication and 
relationship-building skills. You 
will have a positive, can-do 
approach working as part of a 
small hard-working and 
enthusiastic team, with 
excellent customer service 
skills. To find out more about 
this role, please email 
admin@kentcf.org.uk or phone 
01303 814 500. 

Full-time Permanent 
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admin@kentcf.org.uk 
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TRAINEE OFFICE 
MANAGER 
Aylesham 

Salary £8.00 - £9.50 ph to start 
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A & C Pumps Ltd 
Pauline@thepumppeople.co.uk 
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Canterbury 
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Your Local Business Marketing 
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Utility Warehouse 
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Sales People 
Canterbury 
Salary Negotiable 

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Your Local Business Marketing 
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Telephone Sales 
Executive 
Ashford 
Salary Negotiable 
Telephone Sales Executive 
Ashford You will play a key role 
in selling advertising across our 
market leading portfolio of 
newspapers, websites and 
mobile products. Candidates 
should possess a track record in 
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excellent communication skills, 
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PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY 


PROW - Borough of Tonbridge & Mailing 


NOTICE OF THE INTENTION TO MAKE AN ORDER TO 
TEMPORARILY CLOSE PUBLIC FOOTPATHS MR206, 
MR214, MR204, MR213, MR212 AND MR210 

IN THE PARISH OF STANSTED 


A copy of the Order and the Map have been placed 
and may be seen free of charge at the Tunbridge Wells 
Borough Council, The Gateway, 8 Grosvenor Road, 

Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TNi 2 AB or the Kent 
County Council, Environment & Waste at Invicta House, 
County Hall, Maidstone ME 14 1 XX during office hours. 
Copies of the Order and Map may be purchased there. 


(Public Footpaths MR 206 , MR 214 , MR 204 , MR 213 , 
MR 212 and MR 210 in the Parish of Stansted) 

(Prohibition Of Traffic) Temporary Order 2011 

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 , Section 14 ( 1 ), As 
Amended By The Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) 
Act 1991 

Kent County Council intends to temporarily close the 
following Footpaths:- 

MR206 at (National Grid Reference) NGR TQ 611 619 

MR214 at NGR TQ 609 616 

MR204 at NGR TQ 607 612 

MR213 at NGR TQ 605 611 

MR212 at NGR TQ 601 611 

MR210 at NGR TQ 601 611 

from the 11th April 2011 

The routes are to be closed because works to lay a 
water pipeline are planned on them and there is a 
likelihood of danger to users. 

The paths will be closed until such time as the work is 
completed or for a maximum of six months, whichever 
is the sooner. It is expected that each path will only 
be closed for 1 month while work is being carried out. 

The alternative routes are Stansted Hill, Tumblefield 
Road and Plaxdale Green Road and will be signed for 
the duration of the closure. 

For detailed enquiries please contact: Michele Snoding 
Tel: 01732 872829 ( 6 ). 


PROW - Borough of Tunbridge Wells 


NOTICE OF PUBLIC PATH ORDER 

HIGHWAYS ACT 1980 

THE KENT COUNTY COUNCIL 

(PUBLIC FOOTPATH WC138 (PART) CRANBROOK) 

PUBLIC PATH DIVERSION AND DEFINITIVE MAP AND 
STATEMENT MODIFICATION ORDER 2011 

The above Order made under Section 119 of the 
Highways Act 1980 to divert the entire width of that 
length of public footpath numbered WC 138 which 
commences at NGR TQ 7755 3980 (Point A) on the 
Order Plan, and runs in a west south-westerly direction 
for 110 metres to NGR TQ 7744 3978 (Point B). 

Between Points A-B on the Order Plan; and will add a 
new length of public footpath numbered WC 138 with a 
width of 2.5 metres which commences at NGR TQ 7755 
3980 (Point A) on the Order Plan, and runs in a west 
south-westerly direction for 110 metres to NGR TQ 
7744 3979 (Point C). Between Points A-B on the Order 
Plan. 

All directions general, all distances approximate. 


Any representation about or objection to the Order 
may be sent in writing to Matthew Garvey at the 
address below (Tel: 01622 221971 ) before 26 April 
2011 . Please state the grounds on which they are 
made. 

If no representations or objections are duly made, or if 
any so made are withdrawn, Kent County Council may 
confirm the Order as an unopposed Order. If the Order 
is sent to the Secretary of State for the Environment 
for confirmation any representations and objections 
which have not been withdrawn will be sent with the 
Order. 


NOTICE OF THE INTENTION TO MAKE AN ORDER TO 
TEMPORARILY CLOSE PUBLIC FOOTPATHS WC256 & 
WC257A 

IN THE PARISH OF FRITTENDEN 

(Public Footpaths WC 256 81 WC 257 A in the Parish of 
Frittenden) 

(Prohibition Of Traffic) Temporary Order 2011 

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 , Section 14 ( 1 ), As 
Amended By The Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) 
Act 1991 

Kent County Council intends to temporarily close: 

Public Footpath WC257A between The Street and Public 
Footpath WC256 (NGR TQ 814 409) and 
Public Footpath WC256 (the western boundary of 
Frittenden Primary School) from the junction with 
Public Footpath WC257A (NGR TQ 814 409) and the junction 
with Public Footpath WC255 (NGR TQ 813 409) from the 
11th April 2011 

The path will be closed for a maximum of six months. 

The path is to be closed because works are planned to 
construct a new school hall and there is a likelihood of 
danger to users. 

The alternative route is along the footway of The 
Street to the Church gate and then along Public 
Footpath WC 255 to the junction with WC 256 (NGR TQ 
813 409 ) and will be signed for the duration of the 
closure. 

For detailed enquiries please contact Jonathan Bibby 
Tel. 01732 872829 x 8 


Countryside Access Service 
Kent County Council 
Invicta House 
Maidstone 
Kent 

ME14 1XX Dated: 26th March 2011 


The above notice(s) may be provided in other formats 


For further information, please contact 

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HIGHWAYS - District of Canterbury 


HIGHWAYS ACT 1980 - SECTION 116 
STOPPING UP OF LAND ADJACENT TO 
ST DUN STAN’S STREET, CANTERBURY 

I AM GIVING NOTICE THAT the Kent County Council 
propose to make an application to the Magistrates 
sitting at Canterbury Magistrates Court on 31 May 2011 
at 10.00am for an Order under Section 116 of the 
Highways Act 1980 to extinguish highway rights on the 
grounds that they are unnecessary on land adjacent to 
St Dunstan’s Street, Canterbury as shown in red on the 
plan on deposit. 

A copy of this notice and the plan referred to are on 
deposit, and can be seen during normal office hours, at 
the main reception of Kent Highway Services at 
Sessions, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ. 

If you require further information or would like to 
discuss this matter, please contact Network Performance 
of Kent Highway Services in writing at the address 
given below, or by telephone on 08458 247 800 (24 
hour contact centre). 


WATER LANE, STURRY (PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) 
TEMPORARY ORDER 2011 

THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 AS AMENDED 
BY THE ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) 

ACT 1991 

Because of BT ducting works, Kent County Council 
intends to make an Order prohibiting through traffic on 
Water Lane, Sturry, on or after 16 April 2011 for up to 3 
days or until the works have been completed. 

The alternative route is via A28 Mill Road and Fordwich 
Road. 

It is planned that the works will be carried out on 
Saturday 16 April and Sunday 17 April, with a further 
closure on Monday 18 April after 2.00 pm to reinstate 
the road surface. 


HIGHWAYS - District of Dover 


FULBERT ROAD & ROKESLEY ROAD, DOVER 
(PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) TEMPORARY ORDER 2011 
THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 AS AMENDED 
BY THE ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) 

ACT 1991 

Because of carriageway repairs and resurfacing, Kent 
County Council intends to make an Order prohibiting 
through traffic on Fulbert Road 81 Rokesley Road, Dover, 
on or after 13 April 2011 for up to 8 days or until the 
works have been completed. 

The entire lengths of each road will be closed in rolling 
sections, as advised and signed on site. 

Access will be maintained from either Fulbert Road or 
Rokesley Road as signed locally, with other access 
maintained whenever it is safe to do so. 


MARINE PARADE, DOVER (PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) 
TEMPORARY ORDER 2011 

THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 AS AMENDED 
BY THE ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) 

ACT 1991 

Because of carriageway repairs and resurfacing, Kent 
County Council intends to make an Order prohibiting 
through traffic on Marine Parade, Dover, on or after 14 
April 2011 for up to 6 weekdays or until the works have 
been completed. 

The road will be closed in rolling sections between 
Townwall Street and Waterloo Crescent. 

The alternative route is via A20 Townwall Street, 
Snargate Street, Prince of Wales Roundabout to Union 
Street, Esplanade and Waterloo Crescent. 


WILLOW ROAD, GREAT MONGEHAM (PROHIBITION OF 
DRIVING) TEMPORARY ORDER 2011 
THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 AS AMENDED 
BY THE ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) 

ACT 1991 

Because of works to construct a new kerb build-out, 
Kent County Council intends to make an Order 
prohibiting through traffic on Willow Road, Great 
Mongeham, on or after 11 April 2011 for up to 5 days or 
until the works have been completed. 

The road will be closed between the junctions with 
Deal Road and Northbourne Road. 

The alternative route is via Deal Road, The Street and 
Northbourne Road. 


HIGHWAYS - Borough of Gravesham 


HENLEY STREET, LUDDESDOWNE - (TEMPORARY 
PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC) TEMPORARY ORDER 2011 
THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 AS AMENDED 
BY ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) ACT 
1991 

Notice is hereby given that owing to the likelihood of 
danger to the public whilst works are carried out on or 
near the highway the Kent County Council has made an 
Order restricting the use by vehicular traffic on Henley 
Street, Luddesdowne for the entire length. 

The Order will become effective on 28th March 2011, 
will be in operation and remain valid for a maximum 
period of 18 months; the works are planned to last 3 
These restrictions will be effective when the 



appropriate signage is in place. 

The alternative route for the above restriction will be 
via: Sole Street, The Street Cobham, Cobhambury Road, 
Luddesdown Road 

The purpose of the closure is to facilitate soak away 
cleansing. 


HIGHWAYS - Borough of Maidstone 


THE KENT COUNTY COUNCIL 
(BOROUGH OF MAIDSTONE) 

(WAITING RESTRECTION ORDER) 

(VARIATION NO 6) ORDER 2010 

Notice is hereby given that KENT COUNTY COUNCIL has 
made the above named Order under sections 1(1) and 
(2), 2(1) to (3), 3(2) and 4 (1) of the Road Traffic 
Regulation Act 1984, and of all other enabling powers, 
and after consultation with the chief officer of police in 
accordance with Paragraph 20 of Schedule 9 to the Act: 

The Order has the following effect 

1. to introduce “no waiting at any time” (double yellow 
lines) on the following roads or lengths of roads:- 

Boughton Lane, Cripple Street and Shernolds. 

2. to introduce no loading/unloading on the northern 
side of Cripple Street from the junction with (A229) 
Loose Road to the junction with Warnford Gardens. 

The Order was sealed on 22 March 2011 and will come 
into force 28 March 2011. 

Full details are contained in the Order which, together 
with the relevant plans, any Orders amended and a 
statement of the Council's reasons for making the Order 
may be examined on Mondays to Fridays at the Council 
Offices at Maidstone Borough Council and at Sessions 
House, County Hall, Maidstone during normal opening 
times. 

Any person wishing to question the validity of the 
Order or any of the provisions contained therein on the 
grounds that it is not within the powers of the relevant 
enabling Act or that any requirement of any such 
enabling Act or of any regulations made thereunder 
have not been complied with may within 6 weeks from 
the date on which the Order was made make 
application to the High Court for this purpose. 


HIGHWAYS - District of Sevenoaks 


STATION ROAD & BROCA ROAD, HEVER - (TEMPORARY 
PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC) TEMPORARY ORDER 2011 
THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 AS AMENDED 
BY ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) ACT 
1991 

Notice is hereby given that owing to the likelihood of 
danger to the public whilst works are carried out on or 
near the highway the Kent County Council intends to 
make an Order restricting the use by vehicular traffic on 
Station Road & Brocas Road, Hever between Brocas 
Farm and road leading to Hever Station. 

The Order will become effective on 11th April 2011, will 
be in operation and remain valid for a maximum period 
of 18 months; the works are planned to commence 12th 
April 2011 and last 1 day. These restrictions will be 
effective when the appropriate signage is in place. 

The alternative route for the above restriction will be 
via: Hartfield Road, Lydens Lane, New House Farm Road 
and Hever Road. 

The purpose of the closure is to facilitate BT works. 


WATERY LANE, SEVENOAKS - (TEMPORARY 
PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC) TEMPORARY ORDER 2011 
THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 AS AMENDED 
BY ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) ACT 
1991 

Notice is hereby given that owing to the likelihood of 
danger to the public whilst works are carried out on or 
near the highway the Kent County Council intends to 
make an Order restricting the use by vehicular traffic on 
Watery Lane, Sevenoaks between under Railway Bridge 
and its junction with Honeypot Lane. 

The Order will become effective on 11th April 2011. It 
will be in operation and remain valid for a maximum 
period of 18 months. The restriction will be effective 
when required and when the appropriate signage is in 
place. The works are planned to last for 6 weeks. 

The alternative route for the above restriction will be 
via: Honeypot Lane, Noah’s Ark, High Street and 
Heaverham Road. 

The purpose of the closure is to facilitate repair to 
damaged wall. 


VARIOUS ROADS, WEST KINGSDOWN - (TEMPORARY 
PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC) TEMPORARY ORDER 2011 
THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 AS AMENDED 
BY ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) ACT 
1991 

Notice is hereby given that owing to the likelihood of 
danger to the public whilst an event is carried out on 
or near the highway the Kent County Council has made 
an Order restricting the use by vehicular traffic on 
Various Roads, West Kingsdown as noted in schedule 1. 

The Order will become effective on 28th March 2011, 
will be in operation and remain valid for a maximum 
period of 18 months; the event is planned to last as 
noted in the schedule. These restrictions will be 
effective when the appropriate signage is in place. 


The alternative route for the above restriction will be 
via: as noted in schedule 1. 


Schedule 1 


Restriction: 

Temporary One Way Order Eastbound 
from 14.00 - 20.00 hours. 

Road Name: 

Scratchers Lane, West Kingsdown. 

Extent: From its junction with A20 London 
Road/Gorse Hill to its junction with Three 
Gates Lane. 

Diversion: 

A20 London Road and Fawkham Road. 
Traffic lights will also be placed at the 
junction of A20 London Road and Gorse 
Hill that will be manually controlled 
between 14.00 - 20.00 hours to assist 
vehicles leaving Brands Hatch Race 

Circuit. 

Restriction: 

3omph Speed Limit. 

Road Name: 

A20 London Road/Gorse Hill, West 
Kingsdown. 

Extent: 

Between W J Kings Garage London Road, 
Farnigham and Twenty Mile Texaco Petrol 
Station, West Kingsdown. 

Restriction: 

Suspend Cycle Lane Order. 

Road Name: 

A20 London Road/ Gorse Hill, West 
Kingsdown. 

Extent 1: 

Between Twenty Mile Texaco Petrol 

Station and Scratchers Lane. 

Extent 2: 

Between Scratchers Lane and Twenty Mile 
Texaco Petrol Station. 

Diversion: 

Cyclists should dismount and walk along 
the pavement for the length of the 
restriction. 

Restriction: 

No Right Turn. 

l: 

Into Donkey Lane southbound from A20 
London Road/Gorse Hill. 

2: 

Out of Donkey Lane onto A20 London 
Road/Gorse Hill. 


Dates: 3rd April, 25th April, 24th July, 7th August, 

4th September, 2nd October and 9th October 2011. 

The purpose of the restrictions is to facilitate safety to 
road users and members of the public. 


HIGHWAYS - District of Shepway 


HIGHWAYS ACT 1980 - SECTION 116 

STOPPING UP OF LAND AT LOWER SANDGATE ROAD, 

FOLKESTONE. 

I AM GIVING NOTICE THAT the Kent County Council 
propose to make an application to the Magistrates 
sitting at Canterbury Magistrates Court on 31 May 2011 
at 10am for an Order under Section 116 of the Highways 
Act 1980 to extinguish highway rights on the grounds 
that they are unnecessary on land at Lower Sandgate 
Road, Folkestone as shown in red on the plan on 
deposit. 

A copy of this notice and the plan referred to are on 
deposit, and can be seen during normal office hours, at 
the main reception of Kent Highway Services at 
Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 
1XQ during normal opening times. 

If you require further information or would like to 
discuss this matter, please contact Nicolette Davis of 
Kent Highway Services in writing at the address given 
below, or by telephone on 08458 247 800 (24 hour 
contact centre). 


BEACH BOROUGH, NEWINGTON, FOLKESTONE 
(PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) TEMPORARY ORDER 2011 
THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 AS AMENDED 
BY THE ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) 

ACT 1991 

Because of tree surgery works to remove overhanging 
tree canopy, Kent County Council intends to make an 
Order prohibiting through traffic on Beachborough, 
Newington, Folkestone on or after 17 April 2011 for up 
to 1 day or until the works have been completed. 

The road will be closed between the entrance to 
'Coombe Farm' and the entrance to 'Little Orchard'. 
There will be no access for through traffic between 
Folkestone and Etchinghill. 

The alternative route is via A20 Ashford Road, M20 
between junctions 12 & 13, (non-motorway traffic via 
B2064 Cheriton High Street, Cheriton Road and Cherry 
Garden Avenue) A20, A260 Spitfire Way, Canterbury 
Road, A2 Dover Road, Bonny Bush Hill, Black Robin 
Lane, Valley Road, Derringstone Hill, Elham Valley Road 
and Canterbury Road. 


through traffic on Dawes Road, Dunkirk, on or after 
28 March 2011 for up to 9 weeks or until the works 
have been completed. 

The road will be closed between the junctions with 
Staplestreet Road and Stoney Road. 

The alternative route is via Staplestreet Road, 
Canterbury Road, Boughton Hill, Canterbury Road and 
Courtenay Road. 


HIGHWAYS - District of Thanet 


PARAGON STREET, RAMSGATE (PROHIBITION OF 
DRIVING) TEMPORARY ORDER 2011 

THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 AS AMENDED 
BY THE ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) 

ACT 1991 

Because of works to provide a new gas supply, Kent 
County Council has made an Order prohibiting through 
traffic on Paragon Street, Ramsgate, on or after 28 
March 2011 for up to 5 days or until the works have 
been completed. 

The road will be closed outside number 4. 

The alternative route is via Addington Street, West Cliff 
Road and Royal Road. 

The One-way Traffic Order in respect of Paragon Street 
will be suspended to allow access up to the point of 
closure. 


VARIOUS ROADS, MARGATE (PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) 
TEMPORARY ORDER 2011 

THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 AS AMENDED 
BY THE ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) 

ACT 1991 

Because of gas mains replacement works, Kent County 
Council has made an Order prohibiting through traffic 
on Various Roads, Margate, on or after 28 March 2011 
for up to 25 weeks or until the works have been 
completed. 

DANE HILL, MARGATE will be closed at the junction with 
Dane Road, from 28 March for up to 3 weeks. 

The alternative route is via King Street, Trinity Hill, 
Trinity Square and Northdown Road. 

The One-way Traffic Order will be suspended to allow 
access only. 

KING STREET, MARGATE will be closed between the 
junctions with Dane Road and Hawley Street. 

From 18 April 2011 for up to 10 weeks. 

The alternative route is via Addington Street, Union 
Crescent and Hawley Street. 

DANE HILL, MARGATE - will be closed for its entire 
length, from 27 June 2011 for up to 12 weeks. 

The alternative route is as shown above, with the 
One-way Traffic Order suspended to allow access only. 

DANE HILL GROVE, MARGATE will be closed for its 
entire length, from 18 July 2011 for up to 2 weeks. 

There is no alternative route. Every effort will be made 
to maintain access whenever it is safe to do so. 

The dates of the phases are approximate guidelines, 
and may vary subject to weather and ground 
conditions. The exact dates will be notified to local 
residents and businesses and signposted on site. 


HIGHWAYS - Borough of Tonbridge & Mailing 


KENT COUNTY COUNCIL 
HIGH STREET, WEST MALLING 
(TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC) 

TEMPORARY ORDER 2011/12 

THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 
AS AMENDED BY ROAD TRAFFIC 
(TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) ACT 1991 

Notice is hereby given that owing to the likelihood of 
danger to the public whilst an event is taking place on 
or near the highway the Kent County Council intends to 
make an Order prohibiting the use by vehicular traffic 
on High Street, West Mailing, between the entrance to 
the short stay car park (adj. 107 High Street) and the 
junction with Swan Street. 

The Order will become effective on 17th April 2011 for 
the dates shown in schedule 1 below, between the 
hours of 6am to 2pm or until the time stated next to 
that date. These closures will be effective when the 
appropriate signage is in place for the durations of the 
events. Access will be maintained at all times as much 
as is possible. 


HIGHWAYS - Borough of Swale 


DAWES ROAD, DUNKIRK (PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) 
TEMPORARY ORDER 2011 

THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 AS AMENDED 
BY THE ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) 

ACT 1991 


The alternative route for High Street, West Mailing will 
be via A228 Ashton Way, A20 London Road and Town 
Hill. The alternative route for Castle Way, Leybourne will 
be via Oxley Shaw Lane. 

The purpose of the Order is to enable the Farmers 
Market, the Christmas lights switch on and the Royal 
Wedding street party to take place. 


Because of water and gas mains replacement works, For further information please contact Kent Highway 

Kent County Council has made an Order prohibiting Services on 08458 247 800. 


For further information, please contact 
Kent Highway Services, on 08458 247 800 
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HIGHWAYS 


COUNCIL NOTICES 


Schedule i 



Sunday 17th April 2011 

Sunday 24th April 2011 

Friday 29th April 2011 (until 8.00pm) 

Sunday 22nd May 2011 (until 5.00pm) 

Sunday 26th June 2011 

Sunday 24th July 2011 

Sunday 28th August 2011 


Sunday 25th September 2011 

Sunday 23rd October 2011 

Sunday 27th November 2011 (until 8.00pm) 

Sunday 18th December 2011 

Sunday 22nd January 2012 

Sunday 26th February 2012 

Sunday 25th March 2012 


THE KENT COUNTY COUNCIL 
(STATION ROAD, DITTON) 

(PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC) 

(PROHIBITION OF LEFT TURN) 

TEMPORARY ORDER 2011 

THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 

AS AMENDED BY THE ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) 

ACT 1991 

NOTICE is hereby given that because works are proposed to be carried out on 
or near a road the Kent County Council intends to make an Order prohibiting 
the use by through traffic on the eastbound slip road of Station Road and 
prohibiting Large Goods Vehicles from turning left onto the A20 London Road 
from Station Road on or after Monday 11th April 2011 for a period of up to 12 
weeks or until such works are completed. 

The alternative route is via Hall Road and A20 London Road. 

South East Water apologise for any inconvenience caused by these works, 
which are necessary for mains reinforcement. Should you require any further 
information for these works, please contact Robert Anthony on 01634 276259. 


Katherine Kerswell 
Group Managing Director 
Invicta House 
County Hall 
Maidstone 

Kent, ME141XQ Dated 26th March 2011 


For further information, please contact 

Kent Highway Services, Ke 

on 08458 247 800 (local rate) Coun 

or visit www.kent.gov.uk/highways toun 


PLANNING NOTICES 


Town and Country Planning Acts 

The Council is required to give notice of the following applications 

10/03229/HOUSE Wealden Heights Cranbrook Road, Benenden 

- Erection of a single storey triple bay garage and store room; creation of new vehicular access (LB) 

11/00741/FUL Beacon Mill Windmill Rolvenden Road, Benenden 

- Conversion, alterations and extensions to provide ancillary residential accommodation to main 
house at ground floor level, and holiday let on upper floor levels; new shed including log store (LB) 

11/00747/FUL Beacon Mill Windmill Rolvenden Road, Benenden 

- Conversion, alterations and extensions to provide one holiday let at ground floor level, and one 
holiday let on upper floor levels; new shed including log store (LB) 

11/00618/HOUSE Botley 7A Nevill Park, Broadwater 

- Summerhouse in rear garden (CA) 

11/00719/FUL Raffles Of Cranbrook St Davids Bridge, Cranbrook And Sissinghurst 

- Change of use from restaurant and bar to 3 additional flats (CA) (LB) 

11/00660/FUL Bakers Farm House Barn Ladham Road, Goudhurst 

- Detached oak framed storage building to store owners tractor and bicycle storage for self 
catering holiday accommodation; Removal of condition 12 of planning permission 
TW/09/03736/FUL “The bicycle storage shed shall be retained for such use to the satisfaction of 
the Local Planning Authority” (LB) 

11/00758/HOUSE Keepers Cottage Delmonden Lane, Hawkhurst 

- Demolition of existing garden room/bedroom and outbuildings and replacement with single 
storey snug/living room extension. First floor rear extension over kitchen (LB) 

11/00762/LBC Keepers Cottage Delmonden Lane, Hawkhurst 

- Listed Building Consent: Demolition of existing garden room/bedroom and outbuildings and 
replacement with single storey snug/living room extension. First floor rear extension over kitchen 
(TW/11/00758 refers) (LB) 

11/00733/HOUSE Church Cottage Brick Kiln Lane, Horsmonden 

- Single storey rear extension and related alterations (LB) 

11/00734/LBC Church Cottage Brick Kiln Lane, Horsmonden 

- Listed Building Consent: Single storey rear extension and related alterations (LB) 

11/00550/HOUSE 4 Montacute Road Royal Tunbridge Wells, Pantiles & St Marks 

- Side dormer and pitched roof to existing rear flat roofed two-storey extension (CA) 

11/00579/HOUSE 2 The Ferns Royal Tunbridge Wells, Park 

- Two-storey side and single-storey rear extension, conversion of integral garage to habitable 
accommodation (CA) 

11/00624/HOUSE 40 Grove Hill Road Royal Tunbridge Wells, Park 

- Conversion of front garden to form hard standing for off road parking with cross-over to highway 
(CA) 


11/00709/HOUSE Holly House 6 Camden Park, Park 

- Open air swimming pool and pool house with decking area (CA) 

11/00712/HOUSE Mays Farmhouse Romford Road, Pembury 

- Demolition of conservatory and construction of a single storey rear extension, attic conversion 
and associated works (LB) 

11/00714/LBC Mays Farmhouse Romford Road, Pembury 

- Listed Building Consent: Demolition of conservatory and construction of a single storey rear 
extension, attic conversion and associated works (LB) 

11/00544/FUL 8 Lower Green Road Royal Tunbridge Wells, Rusthall 

- Ground floor change of use from A1 shop/office to residential two bed flat (CA) 

11/00038/FUL The Gardens Barden Road, Speldhurst 

- Change of use of part of land to burial ground (CA) 

(DEVPLN) Departure from the Development Plan (PROW) Affecting A Public Right of Way (CA) 
Affecting a Conservation Area (LB) Affecting a Listed Building (MAJOR) Major Applications (MAST) 
Mast Applications (EIA) Applications Accompanied by an EIA Statement. 

You may view these applications on our website (www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk), at the The Old Fire 
Station, Stone Street, Cranbrook or at Gateway, 8 Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells. We accept 
comments online, by email to planningcomments@tunbridgewells.gov.uk or in writing to the 
address below. Comments should be made within 21 days from the date of this notice, although 
we may accept them after this date. 


You should quote the reference and be aware that we make all comments available for inspection, 
placing them on the file and publishing them on the internet. We do not publish signatures, 
telephone numbers or email addresses on the internet. 


Jim Kehoe 

Head of Planning Services 

Town Hall Royal Tunbridge Wells TNI IRS 


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Dated: 26 March 2011 


HIGHWAYS - BOROUGH OF DARTFORD AND DISTRICT OF SEVENOAKS 


VARIOUS ROADS, DARENTH AND SOUTH DARENTH - (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION 
OF TRAFFIC) TEMPORARY ORDER 2010 THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 
AS AMENDED BY ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) ACT 1991 

NOTICE is hereby given that owing to the likelihood of danger to the public whilst 
works are carried out on or near the highway the Kent County Council intends to 
make an Order restricting the use by vehicular traffic on Various Roads, Darenth 
and South Darenth as noted in schedule 1. 

The Order will become effective on 17th January 2011, will be in operation and 
remain valid for a maximum period of 18 months; the event is planned to commence 
3rd April 2011 last 1 day between 09.00 -12.00. These restrictions will be effective 
when the appropriate signage is in place. 

The alternative route for the above restriction will be via: as noted in schedule 1. 

Schedule 1 


Road name: Roman Villa Road, South Darenth 

Extent: Between its junctions with Darenth Hill and Holmesdale Hill 

Diversion: Marshalls will be giving motorists diversion advice 

Road name: Rabbits Road, South Darenth 

Extent: Between its junctions with Shrubbery Road and Canada Farm Road 

Diversion: Shrubbery Road, Holmesdale Hill, St Margrets Road and B260 Green 

Street Green Road 


Road name: Gills Road, South Darenth 

Extent: Between its junctions with Holmesdale Hill and B260 Green Street 

Green Road 

Diversion: B260 Green Street Green Road, A225 Princes Road, A225 Hawley 

Road, A225 Main Road and Devon Road 


Road name: Wilson Lane, South Darenth 

Extent: Between its junctions with Gills Road and Rabbits Road 

Diversion: B260 Green Street Green Road, A225 Princes Road, A225 Hawley 

Road, A225 Main Road and Devon Road 


Road name: Canada Farm Road, South Darenth 

Extent: Between its junctions with Three Gates Road and B260 Green Street 

Green Road 

Diversion: B260 Green Street Green Road, A225 Princes Road, A225 Hawley 

Road, A225 Main Road and Devon Road 

Road name NO ENTRY to St Margarets Road, Darenth 
Extent: From B260 Green Street Green Road 

Diversion: B260 Green Street Green Road, A225 Princes Road, A225 Hawley 

Road, A225 Main Road and Devon Road 


Road name: NO ENTRY to Darenth Hill, Darenth 
Extent: From B260 Green Street Green Road 

Diversion: B260 Green Street Green Road, A225 Princes Road and A225 

Hawley Road 

The purpose of the closure is to facilitate the event, Les Witton Dartford 10KM. 


HIGHWAYS - BOROUGH OF MAIDSTONE 


(BELTRING LEVEL CROSSING GRAVELLY WAYS YALDING) (PROHIBITION OF 
TRAFFIC) TEMPORARY ORDER 2011 THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 
AS AMENDED BY THE ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) ACT 1991 

NOTICE is hereby given that because works are proposed to be carried out on or 
near a road the Kent County Council has made an Order prohibiting the use by 
through traffic on Beltring Leval crossing Gavelly Way Yalding on or after Saturday 
2nd April 2011 ((at 22.30) until Monday 4th April 2011 (at 04.00) for a period of up 
to 3 days or until such works are completed. 

The alternative route is via Gravelly Ways, Lees Road, Hampstead Lane, Maidstone 
Road, Boyle Way, Branbridges Road and Gravelly Ways and vice versa. 

Network Rail apologise for any inconvenience caused by these works, which are 
necessary to enable a level crossing inspection. Should you require any further 
information the Mel Speight on 01924 371 967. 


(EYHORNE STREET, HOLLINGBOURNE) (PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC) TEMPORARY 
ORDER 2011 THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 AS AMENDED BY THE 
ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) ACT 1991 

NOTICE is hereby given that because works are proposed to be carried out on or 
near a road the Kent County Council intends to make an Order prohibiting the use by 
through traffic on Eyhorne Street, Hollingbourne on or after Monday 11th April 2011 
for a period of up to 21 weeks or until such works are completed. 

The alternative route is via Eyhorne Street, Upper Street, Hollingbourne Hill, The 
Street, Bredgar, Primrose Lane, Tunstall, Tunstall Road, Woodstock Road, Bell Road, 
St Michael Road A2, Dover Street A2, West Street A2 London Road A2 Key Street A2 
Bearsted Road A249,Sittingbourne Road A249, Ashford Road A20. 

Southern Gas Networks Services apologise for any inconvenience caused by these 
works, which are necessary to provide a Gas mains re-enforcement. Should you 
require any further information the Kent Highway Services contact is Keith White 
on 07770 730572. 


HIGHWAYS - BOROUGH OF TONBRIDGE AND MALLING 


(LOWER HAYSDEN LANE TONBRIDGE) (PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC) TEMPORARY 
ORDER 2011 THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 AS AMENDED BY THE 
ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) ACT 1991 

NOTICE is hereby given that because works are proposed to be carried out on 
or near a road the Kent County Council has made an Order prohibiting the use 
by through traffic on Lower Haysden Lane Tonbridge between junction of Upper 
Haysden Lane and Hayesden Lane and the southern boundary of number 2 Great 
Haysden on or after Monday 14th March 2011 or a period of up to 1 week such works 
are completed. 

The alternative route for the route described above is Upper Haysden Lane, Lower 
Haysden Lane and vice versa. 

Kent Highway Services apologise for any inconvenience caused by these works, 
which are necessary to repair a broken highway drainage pipe to prevent highway 
flooding and road surface deterioration. Should you require any further information 
the Kent Highway Services contact is Sarah Fletcher on 08458 247 800. 


(OXLEY SHAW LANE LEYBOURNE ) (PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC) TEMPORARY 
ORDER 2011 THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 AS AMENDED BY THE 
ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) ACT 1991 

NOTICE is hereby given that because works are proposed to be carried out on 
or near a road the Kent County Council intends to make an Order prohibiting the 
use by through traffic on Oxley Shaw Lane, Leybourne between Roundhay and 
A20 London Road, on or after Monday 11th April 2011 for a period of up to 5 days 
or until such works are completed. 

The alternative route for the route described above is via Lillieburn and A228 Castle 
Way and vice versa. 

Kent Highways Services apologise for any inconvenience caused by these essential 
works, which are necessary to upgrade of the traffic signals at A20 London Road 
junction with A228 Castle Way. Should you require any further information about 
these works, the contact is Ian Brooks on 01622 666212. 

For further information or comment please 
call Kent Highway Services on 08458 247 800. 

KATHERINE KERSWELL, Group Managing Director 
Kent County Council, County Hall, Maidstone, KentMEi4 2XQ 



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M A UNTUNE 

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Adoption Notice 
Sexual Entertainment Venues 

Licensing of Sexual Entertainment Venues 

Notice is hereby given that on the 2nd March 2011 Maidstone 
Borough Council passed a Resolution in exercise of their powers 
under Part 2 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) 
Act 1982, to adopt Schedule 3 of the Act as amended by Section 
27 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009 for the licensing of Sexual 
Entertainment Venues. The resolution will come into force on the 
1st May 2011. 

The effect of this resolution is that sexual entertainment venues 
that provide ‘relevant entertainment’ as defined under the Act will 
need to be licensed by Maidstone Borough Council unless the 
requirement for a licence has been waived. There will be an 
opportunity for members of the public and enforcement agencies 
to object to the grant, renewal and transfer of licences and 
licences may be be granted, granted with conditions or refused. 


MARRIAGE LICENCE 


KENT COUNTY COUNCIL 
THE MARRIAGE ACT 1949 AND 
CIVIL PARTNERSHIP ACT 2004 
APPROVED PREMISES FOR 
CIVIL MARRIAGES & CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS 
An application has been made to Kent County Council to grant a 
renewal of an approval for the following premises to act as a 
venue for the solemnisation of civil marriages and civil 
partnerships:- 

Name of Premises: Sole Street House, Selling Road, Faversham 
Applicant: Dr Rosalind Miles 

The application and plan of the premises may be inspected at the 
address below during normal office hours. Any person may give 
notice in writing of an objection to the renewal of the grant of 
approval, together with the reasons, within 21 days from the date 
of this newspaper. Objections should be sent to the address below. 
Giles Adey 
Head of Registration 
Regulatory Services 
First Floor, Invicta House, 

Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XX 


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PREMISES & GOODS LICENCES 


PUBLIC NOTICE 

Notice is hereby given that Gurvinder Kaur & Dilbag 
Bhandal of 13 Arthur Street Gravesend Kent DA11 OPP 
has applied to Sevenoaks District Council for a new 
Premises Licence for an off licence. Proposed Opening 
Hours are Monday to Sunday 8am until 10pm for the 
premises Pembury General Store of 132 Henwood Green 
Road, Pembury, Kent, TN2 4LR. 

Any person wishing to view details of an application can 
contact the licensing team on 01732 227325/227299. Any 
person wishing to make representation about the 
proposals should make them in writing to: The Licensing 
Team, Sevenoaks District Council, PO BOX 182, Argyle 
Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1GP. 

Notice to be displayed for 28 days from 10.3.11 to 6.4.11. 

It is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a false 
statement in connection with an application. The 
maximum fine for which a person is liable on summary of 
conviction for the offence is £5000. 


GOODS VEHICLE OPERATORS LICENCE 

Kent Carriage Horses Ltd of Little Westhill Farm, Belsey 
Lane, Ewell Minnis, Dover, Kent CT15 7DY is applying 
for licence to use Little Westhill Farm, Belsey Lane, Ewell 
Minnis, Dover, Kent CT15 7DY as an operating centre for 
2 goods vehicles and 0 trailers owners or occupiers of 
land (including buildings) near the operating centre who 
believe that their use or enjoyment of that land would be 
affected should make written representations to the 
Traffic Commissioner at Ivy House, 3 Ivy Terrace, 
Eastbourne, BN21 4QT stating their reasons within 21 
days of this notice. Representors must at the same time 
send a copy of their representations to the applicant at 
the address given at the top of this notice. A guide to 
making representations is available from the Traffic 
Commissioners Office 


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trade-off for being a limited edition car. 
Citroen has planned for just 2,000 DS3 
Racing models, with 200 earmarked for 


the UK. At least the car’s 204 horsepower 
motor is some consolation. 

Usually special editions come with the 
odd trinket or two in a feeble attempt to 
justify their limited-run status. Citroen 
has done the decent thing with its DS3 
Racing, though. Along with the aforemen¬ 
tioned carbon trim, the car’s 1.6-litre turbo 
motor’s output has leapt from an already 
reasonable 150 horsepower to that 204bhp 
hot hatch-baiting figure. 

Then there’s the figure-hugging sports 
seats, tweaked and more audible exhaust 
system, increased turbocharger boost, 
recalibrated suspension settings, wider 
front and rear track, lower ride height and 
uprated brakes. Not just a rebadged car 
with fancy trim, then. 

Tweaks 

Citroen would be offended if you 
thought its ‘Racing’ competition division 
is responsible for the various tweaks. It 
even has a hand in the assembly process, 
which explains the limited nature of the 
car’s life- man can only work so fast and 
don’t forget, the guys at Citroen Racing 
have another day job: preparing the cars 
for the French firm’s multi-championship 
winning rally team. 

With all that in mind, the DS3 Racing 
understandably costs a little more than its 


DS3 sibling, although hopefully you can 
see that it’s money well spent. Factor in the 
ability to choose between black with an 
orange roof or white with a black roof, plus 
the chance to customise the exterior and 
interior with suitably racy-looking graph¬ 
ics, and it’s clear this is not a car for 
shrinking violets. 

On the road it’s more of a polished all- 
rounder than its on-paper, low-volume, 
high-performance credentials suggest. The 
various suspension, track and damping 
changes do much to enhance the car’s sta¬ 
bility when the front wheels are faced with 
204 and not 150 horsepower. 

Drive the DS3 Racing quickly and its 
ability to cover ground competently and 
efficiently isn’t in question. Make no 
mistake, this is a substantial power hike 
and one that’s immediately noticeable on 
the road. Ride comfort is surprisingly good 
- even on potholed roads - and it changes 
direction with little fuss. 

Fortunately for the purists, Citroen resis¬ 
ted to the temptation of fitting its semi¬ 
auto paddleshift gearbox. The DS3 
Racing’s slick six-speed manual gearbox is 
an excellent companion. The car’s uprated 
brakes are also a welcome addition. 
Although the car’s exhaust note is more 
prominent, it’s still easy to barrel up to cor¬ 
ners faster than you’d planned. Thank 


goodness for those beefy Brembo stoppers. 

Still, the upside to this near-stealth 
approach to back-road performance 
motoring is that the car is super-refined 
on the urban commute and the motorway. 
The Racing variant can be used every day 
despite looking like it’s just been signed 
off by a crazy high-performance tuning 
company. 

And while you’re sitting in the morning’s 
stop-go traffic, at least you can play with 
the car’s high-spec audio unit, fiddle with 
the air-con or Bluetooth phone connection 
and listen to music from your connected 
MP3 player. 

Like with so many special edition, 
limited-run cars, the decision to buy or 
not to buy is a personal one. The regular 
DS3 is a fine car - stylish, refined, capable 
- and has done wonders for Citroen’s 
brand image. The DS3 Racing successfully 
builds on those attributes. 

The motorsport angle isn’t some hollow 
marketing fluff, either. The department 
behind the rally cars had direct input into 
the road car and is part of the assembly 
process, which is something genuine enthu¬ 
siasts can relate to. So, not only does the 
DS3 Racing look the part it can act it, too. 


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2009 (09) NISSAN QASHQAI ACENTA 5DR HATCH AUTO, BUCK, 17000 miles.£15,995 

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2010 (60) NISSAN NOTE TEKNA MPV AUTO, ALUMINIUM SILVER, 300 miles.£11,995 

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2008 (58) NISSAN MICRA ACTIVE LUXURY 5DR HATCH AUTO, GREY, 11000 miles.£7,995 

2007 (57) NISSAN MICRA ACENTA PLUS 5DR HATCH AUTO, BLUE, 12000 miles.£6,995 

2007 (57) NISSAN MICRA SPIRITA 3DR HATCH AUTO, RED, 18000 miles.£6,995 

2007 (57) NISSAN MICRA ACENTA 5DR HATCH AUTO, BLUE, 15000 miles.£6,995 

2006 (56) NISSAN NOTE SE MPV AUTO, ORANGE, 21000 miles.£5,995 

2005 (54) NISSAN ALMERA SE 5DR HATCH AUTO, CHAMPAGNE, 9000 miles.£4,995 

2005 (05) NISSAN ALMERA S 5DR HATCH AUTO, BLUE, 11000 miles.£4,995 

2003 (52) NISSAN ALMERA SVE 5DR HATCH AUTO, BLUE, 37000 miles.£3,695 

2002 (02) NISSAN MICRA S 3DR HATCH AUTO, WHITE, 10000 miles.£2,995 


2008 (57) HONDA CR-V l-VTEC ES 5DR HATCH AUTO 4x4, ALUMINIUM SILVER, 10000 miles.£17,995 

2008 (57) HONDA CR-V ES AUTO 5DR AUTO, SPARKLING GREY, 17000 miles.£17,995 

2007 (07) HONDA CR-V l-VTEC ES 5DR HATCH AUTO 4x4, GREY, 24000 miles.£16,995 

2006 (06) HONDA CR-V l-VTEC SE ESTATE AUTO 4x4, BLACK, 26000 miles.£11,995 

2009 (09) HONDA JAZZ DSI SE 5DR HATCH AUTO, RED, 3000 miles.£10,995 

2008 (58) HONDA JAZZ DSI SE 5DR HATCH AUTO, BUCK, 9000 miles.£10,495 

2007 (07) HONDA JAZZ DSI SE 5DR HATCH AUTO, RED, 8000 miles.£8,995 

2004 (54) HONDA JAZZ DSI SE 5DR HATCH AUTO, BLUE, 18000 miles.£6,495 

2009 (09) MERCEDES-BENZ CLK CLK200 KOMPRESSOR AVANTGARDE CONVERTIBLE AUTO, BLACK, 20000 miles.£23,995 

2007 (57) MERCEDES-BENZ C CUSS C180K AVANTGARDE SE SALOON AUTO, CUBANITE SILVER, 23000 miles £13,995 

2008 (58) MERCEDES-BENZ A CUSS A170 AVANTGARDE SE 5DR HATCH AUTO, BUCK, 16000 miles.£13,995 

2009 (59) MERCEDES-BENZ A CUSS A160 CDI CUSSIC SE 5DR TD HATCH AUTO, BUCK, 4000 miles.£13,995 

2010 (60) MERCEDES-BENZ A CUSS A160 CUSSIC SE 5DR HATCH AUTO, MOUNTAIN GREY, 1610 miles.£13,995 

2009 (09) MERCEDES-BENZ A CUSS A160 CDI CUSSIC SE 5DR TD HATCH AUTO, STEPPE BROWN, 13000 miles.£12,995 

2007 (57) MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS A150 AVANTGARDE SE 3DR HATCH AUTO, ALUMINIUM SILVER, 11000 miles.£9,995 

2007 (57) MERCEDES-BENZ A CUSS A150 CUSSIC SE 5DR HATCH AUTO, ALUMINIUM SILVER, 6000 miles.£9,995 

2007 (56) MERCEDES-BENZ A CUSS A150 CUSSIC SE 5DR HATCH AUTO, GREY, 12000 miles.£8,995 

2002 (02) MERCEDES-BENZ SLK SLK230 KOMPRESSOR CONVERTIBLE AUTO, ALUMINIUM SILVER, 38000 miles. £7,995 


VOLKSWAGEN 


2010 (60) VOLKSWAGEN POLO SE DSG 5DR HATCH AUTO, NIMBUS GREY, 999 miles. 

2008 (57) VOLKSWAGEN GOLF MATCH FS1115 5DR HATCH AUTO, BUCK, 17000 miles.... 

2007 (07) VOLKSWAGEN GOLF S 5DR HATCH AUTO, GREY, 17000 miles. 

2006 (06) VOLKSWAGEN GOLF SE 5DR HATCH AUTO, GREY, 5000 miles. 

2008 (58) VOLKSWAGEN POLO MATCH 3DR AUTO, BUCK, 12000 miles. 

2007 (57) VOLKSWAGEN POLO S (80BHP) 5DR HATCH AUTO, BUCK, 18000 miles. 

2007 (07) VOLKSWAGEN POLO S 5DR HATCH AUTO, GREY, 13000 miles. 

2007 (07) VOLKSWAGEN POLO S 3DR HATCH AUTO, REFLEX SILVER, 16000 miles. 


...£12,995 

...£11,995 

.£9,995 

.£9,995 

.£8,995 

.£7,995 

.£7,995 

.£7,495 


DIESEL AUTOMATICS 


2008 (58) NISSAN QASHQAI TEKNA 4WD 5DR TD HATCH AUTO 4x4, CAFFE UTTE, 11000 miles.£19,995 

2009 (59) RENAULT GRAND SCENIC DYNAMIQUE DCI FAP TURBO MPV AUTO, BLUE, 6000 miles.£16,995 

2010 (60) VAUXHALL ZAFIRA ELITE CDTI TURBO MPV AUTO, ALUMINIUM SILVER, 3000 miles.£16,995 

2010 (60) VAUXHALL MERIVA SE CDTI TD MPV AUTO, GREY, 5000 miles.£16,995 

2009 (59) MERCEDES-BENZ A CUSS A160 CDI CLASSIC SE 5DR TD HATCH AUTO, BUCK, 4000 miles.£13,995 

2009 (09) MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS A160 CDI CUSSIC SE 5DR TD HATCH AUTO, STEPPE BROWN, 13000 miles.£12,995 

2009 (09) VAUXHALL ZAFIRA EXCLUSIV CDTI TD MPV AUTO, ICE GREEN, 7000 miles.£12,995 

2006 (06) JAGUAR X-TYPE S D TD SALOON, RED, 72000 miles.£7,995 

2006 (56) VOLKSWAGEN GOLF PLUS LUNA TDI 5DR TD HATCH, BLUE, 20000 miles.£7,995 

2007 (57) VAUXHALL MERIVA ENERGY CDTI TD MPV, BUCK, 24000 miles.£6,995 

2008 (08) HYUNDAI MATRIX CUSSIC MPV, BUCK, 8000 miles.£5,995 

2005 (55) TOYOTA COROLLA T3 COLOUR COLLECTION WT-I 5DR HATCH, ALUMINIUM SILVER, 33000 miles.£5,995 

2006 (06) FORD FIESTA GHIA 16V 5DR HATCH, AMETHYST, 35000 miles.£5,495 

2006 (56) VAUXHALL CORSA DESIGN 16V TWINPORT 3DR HATCH, ALUMINIUM SILVER, 2000 miles.£5,495 

2004 (04) TOYOTA YARIS T SPIRIT WT-I 5DR HATCH, BUCK, 25000 miles.£5,495 

2007 (07) FIAT PANDA DYNAMIC 5DR HATCH, GREY, 8000 miles.£4,995 

2007 (07) KIA PICANTO LS 5DR HATCH, BLUE, 17000 miles.£4,995 

2008 (08) RENAULT TWINGO DYNAMIQUE 3DR HATCH, ORANGE, 35000 miles.£4,995 

2003 (03) PEUGEOT 206 CC SILVER COUPE, ALUMINIUM SILVER, 27000 miles.£4,695 

2005 (05) VAUXHALL AGILA ENJOY 16V TWINPORT MPV, GOLD, 20000 miles.£3,995 

2006 (06) FORD KA DESIGN 3DR HATCH, BLACK, 39000 miles.£3,695 



,...£15,995 

,..£14,995 

,..£13,995 


2009 (09) VAUXHALL ASTRA LIFE AC 140 ESTATE AUTO, ALUMINIUM SILVER, 9000 miles.£7,995 

2008 (58) VAUXHALL ASTRA LIFE AC 140 ESTATE AUTO, ALUMINIUM SILVER, 8000 miles.£7,995 

2007 (57) VAUXHALL ASTRA DESIGN 140 ESTATE AUTO, BLUE, 14000 miles.£6,995 

2008 (08) VAUXHALL ASTRA LIFE AC 140 ESTATE AUTO, ALUMINIUM SILVER, 12000 miles. 

2006 (56) VAUXHALL ASTRA DESIGN 16V ESTATE AUTO, PANACOTTA, 16000 miles.£6,495 

2006 (56) VAUXHALL ASTRA LIFE AC 16V ESTATE AUTO, BUCK, 11000 miles.£5,995 


2010 (10) 

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QASHQAI TEKNA 5DR HATCH AUTO, ALUMINIUM SILVER, 1000 miles.£20,995 

QASHQAI TEKNA 4WD 5DR TD HATCH AUTO 4x4, CAFFE UTTE, 11000 miles.£19,995 

QASHQAI TEKNA 5DR HATCH AUTO, BUDE SILVER, 10000 miles.£19,995 

QASHQAI TEKNA 5DR HATCH AUTO, GREY, 12000 miles.£19,495 

QASHQAI ACENTA 5DR HATCH AUTO, ALUMINIUM SILVER, 4000 miles.£17,995 

QASHQAI TEKNA 5DR HATCH AUTO, ALUMINIUM SILVER, 8000 miles.£17,995 

QASHQAI ACENTA 5DR HATCH AUTO, BUCK, 17000 miles.£15,995 

QASHQAI ACENTA 5DR HATCH AUTO, ORANGE, 7000 miles.£15,995 

QASHQAI ACENTA 5DR HATCH AUTO, ALUMINIUM SILVER, 9000 miles.£15,995 

QASHQAI TEKNA 5DR HATCH AUTO, CAFFE UTTE, 10000 miles.£15,995 

QASHQAI TEKNA 4WD 5DR HATCH 4x4, ORANGE, 17000 miles.£15,995 

QASHQAI ACENTA 5DR HATCH AUTO, BLUE, 2000 miles.£15,495 

QASHQAI ACENTA 5DR HATCH AUTO, ALUMINIUM SILVER, 14000 miles.£14,995 

QASHQAI ACENTA 5DR HATCH AUTO, BUCK, 21000 miles.£12,995 


2008 (08) FORD FIESTA GHIA 16V 5DR HATCH AUTO, MAUVE, 5000 miles 


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AGILA SELECTION 


CORSA SELECTION 


ZAFIRA SELECTION 


0909 AGILA DESIGN CDTI1.3D5DR Atlantis Blue £8495 
1060 AGILA CLUB 1.2 5DR Meteorite Grey £8995 
1060 AGILA DESIGN 1.2 5DR 

Lemongrass or Moroccan Blue £9995 


ASTRA SELECTION 


0404 ASTRASX11.4 3DR Star Silver £3275 

0808 ASTRA BREEZE 1.4 5DR Ultra Blue £6695 
0757 ASTRA DESIGN ESTATE AUTO 

1.8 5DR Metro Blue £7495 

0857 ASTRASX11.4 3DR Flame Red £7695 

0808 ASTRASX11.6 5DR Panacotta £7995 

0555 ASTRAVXR 2.0 3DR Flame Red £9495 

0959 ASTRAACTIVE SPORTS HATCH 

1.4 3DR Sovereign Silver £9995 

1010 ASTRASPORTS HATCH 1.43DR Red £10995 

1060 ASTRASR11.43DR Sovereign Silver £11495 

1010 ASTRA EXCLUSIV 1.6 5DR Technical Grey £11995 

1060 ASTRASRI SPORTS HATCH 

1.6 3DR White £11995 

0808 ASTRAVXR 2.0 3DR Arden Blue £12495 

1010 ASTRA SRI TB01.4 5DR Black Sapphire £13995 

1059 ASTRAVXR2.03DR 

Arden Blue £15995 


CORSA SELECTION 


0808 CORSA BREEZE 1.2 5DR BlackSapphire £6995 

0858 CORSA BREEZE+1.2 5DR Red £7495 

0808 C0RSASRITB01.63DRBlackSapphire £8495 

0909 CORSA DESIGN 1.4 5DR BlackSapphire £8995 

1010 CORSA ENERGY 1.2 3DR 

White or Silver Lightning £8995 

1010 CORSAENERGY1.2 3DR BlackSapphire £9495 

1060 CORSAENERGY1.23DR RameRedorWhite £9495 
1010 CORSA ENERGY 1.2 3DR 

Star Silver or Metro Blue £9495 

1060 CORSAENERGY 1.2 3DR Metro Blue £9995 

1060 CORSA EN ERGY 1.3 3DR Oriental Blue £9995 

1060 CORSA EN ERGY 1.2 3DR Waterworld £9995 

1010 CORSA EN ERGY 1.2 3DR White £9995 


1060 CORSASXI A/C 1.23DR Flame Red £9995 

1060 CORSASXIA/C1.23DRBlackSapphire £10350 

1060 CORSAENERGY1.25DR Metro Blue £10995 

1060 CORSAENERGY1.25DR 

Star Silver or Black Sapphire £10995 

1010 CORSA SE 1.4 5DR Beech Green £10995 

1010 CORSA EXCLUSIV AUT01.4 5DR 

Technical Grey £11495 

1060 C0RSAVXR1.63DR BlackSapphire £14995 


INSIGNIA SELECTION 


0909 INSIGNIA EXCLUSIV 1.8 5DR 

Sovereign Silver £10995 

1010 INSIGNIASRI1.85DR BlackSapphire £14495 

0959 INSIGNIASRI4X42.05DRBlackSapphire £15495 

1060 INSIGNIA EXCLUSIV 130PS 2.0 5DR 

Technical Grey £16495 

1060 INSIGNIA SPORTS TOURER 

EXCLUSIV 2.0 5DRTechnical Grey £19495 


MERIVA SELECTION 


0808 MERIVA CLUB 1.4 5DR Air Blue £7250 

1060 MERIVASETB01.45DR Pepperdust £14995 

1060 MERIVAEXCLUSIVTB01.45DR 

StarSilver £14995 

1060 MERIVA EXCLUSIV CDTI1.7D5DR 

Waterworld £16995 


VECTRA SELECTION 


0858 VECTRA DESIGN 2.2 5DR Ultra Blue £7495 
0808 VECTRASR11.8 5DR Pomegranate Red £8250 

0858 VECTRA SRI NAV X PACK AUTO 

CDTI1.9D5DR StarSilver £9495 


ZAFIRA SELECTION 


0353 ZAFIRA CLUB 1.8 5DR Ultra Blue £3695 

0757 ZAFIRA CLUB E/T 1.6 5DR Black Sapphire £7695 
0808 ZAFIRA BREEZE 1.6 5DR Silver Ughtning £7995 
0808 ZAFIRA BREEZE 1.6 5DR Metro Blue £8495 

0959 ZAFIRAACTIVE PLUS 1.8 5DR Ultra Blue £11995 


1010 ZAFIRA EN ERGY 1.8 5D R BlackSapphire £12995 

1060 ZAFIRA ENERGY 1.8 5DR 

Silver Ughtning £13995 

1010 ZAFIRA ENERGY CDTI1.7D 

5DR StarSilver £14995 

1010 ZAFIRA SRI X PACK CDTI 1.9D 5DR 

BlackSapphire £17995 


NON-VAUXHALL SELECTION 


0404 CITROEN C3DESIRE HDP 1.45DRSilver £3995 

0252 FORD FIESTA LX 1.4 5DR Silver £3275 

0303 FORD FIESTA LX 1.2 5DR Silver £3495 

0404 FORD FIESTAZETEC1.4 5DR Metallic Blue £3995 

0454 FORDKALUXE1.32DRBlack £3495 

0252 FORD M0NDE0 LX1.8 5DR Silver £2995 

0454 PEUGEOT206 STYLE DIESEL 

1.43DRRed £3995 

0151 RENAULT CLIO DYNAMIQUE 

1.4 3DR Grey £2995 

0453 RENAULT MEGANE EXPRESSION 

1.4 5DR Blue £3275 

0202 SEAT IBIZATD 1.9 D3DR Red £3345 


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1010 COMBO VAN 1.2 5DR GlacierWhite E8495+VAT 

1060 COMBO VAN 1.3 5DR 

Star Silver orWhite E9495+VAT 

1060 C0MB0VAN 1.34DR StarSilver E9995+VAT 

08 08 C0RSAVAN SPORTIVE 1.3 5DR 

StarSilver E6995+VAT 

1060 C0RSAVAN 1.33DRWhite E8495+VAT 

1060 C0RSAVAN SPORTIVE 1.33DR 

StarSilver E9995+VAT 

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FRENCH carmaker Peugeot is now 
taking orders for its 3008 Hybrid4 - 
claimed to be the world’s first full 
diesel hybrid car. 

First deliveries in October will be of 
a £29,995 Limited Edition model - 
just 35 vehicles will be available in 
the UK. 

The Hybrid4 combines a fuel-effi¬ 
cient 2.0-litre HDi 163bhp diesel 
engine and a 37bhp electric motor - 
offering out-of-town fuel consump¬ 
tion of 74.4 mpg, and C02 emissions 
of 99g/km. 


This special version also comes 
with tinted headlamps and integral 
chrome LED daylight running lights, 
a Pearl White body colour and 
chrome door handles. 

Internally, exclusive touches 
include two-tone leather trim, all¬ 
leather facia and numbered alumini¬ 
um plate on the centre console. A 
full-length panoramic glass roof and 
front parking sensors complete a 
luxury spec. 

The overall 3008 Hybrid4 range 
will start at £26,600. 


Proton reduces Satria Neo prices 



PROTON has slashed prices 
for its ageing yet stylish 
Satria Neo sporting hatch¬ 
back - buyers can save a 
staggering £1,700 now that 
the range starts at £8,495. 

The Satria Neo features 
electric windows, reverse 
parking sensors and rear 
spoiler all as standard, plus a 
centre-mounted exhaust and 
race-inspired bucket seats, 
ABS and twin airbags. 


Even the flagship 1.6 Sport 
auto is a snip at £10,295, 
down from £11,995. 

Proton’s UK chief, Simon 
Park, said: “We are confident 
that this price revision 
will prove popular with 
motorists. Both stylish and 
sporty thanks to its Lotus 
ride and handling, the 
Satria Neo is eye catching on 
the road and is fantastic 
to drive.” 


JAGUAR has unveiled its most 
potent production car ever - 
the all-new XKR-S. 

It has an uprated super¬ 
charged V8 engine, overhauled 
suspension and a new aerody- 
namically-driven design, to 
make it the quickest Jag ever 
but also the lowest C02 emit¬ 
ter in its class (300g/km) 
despite generating 550bhp and 
offering a top speed of 186mph 
and 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds. 

Bespoke suspension changes 
to the front and rear are said to 
improve precision, control and 
driver appeal, while a repro¬ 
grammed Adaptive Dynamics 
system allows the enthusiastic 
driver to explore the full range 
of handling. 






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subject to availability. Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, The Rivers Office Park, Denham Way, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 9YS. 


Fuel consumption figures for Nissan MICRA Range: CO 2 125-115g/km - URBAN 42.2-46.3mpg/6.7-6.1 L/IOOkm - EXTRA URBAN 
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Revolutionary Lexus breaks 
cover quietly in the county 




LEXUS dealers in Kent have cele¬ 
brated the 'quiet revolution’ - the 
arrival of the Japanese premium 
brand’s all-new CT200h executive 
hatchback hybrid. 

The car is being touted as a mould-breaker 
for its target sector, where it can attack the 
BMW 1-Series, Audi A3 and up-spec VW Golf 
and even niggle at the bigger BMW 3-Series 
and its rivals by offering an economical and 
highly attractive tax-efficient solution for 
company car user choosers. 

The secret is the petrol-electric hybrid sys¬ 
tem and the kind of dynamic rear-wheel drive 
handling experience that its everyday front- 
driven Toyota hybrid sibling, the Prius, can¬ 
not match. 

Compact 

It also helps that the marketing drive for 
this compact model is being spearheaded by 
compact superstar Kylie Minogue - usually 
pictured in the Lexus ads holding a finger to 
her lips to emphasise the ‘Join the quiet revo¬ 
lution’ strapline. 

With a powertrain that can run in near 
silent electric mode, the CT200h certainly 


offers a revolutionary option for executive 
car buyers. 

It is also stamped with all the Lexus hall¬ 
marks: exemplary build quality, loads of 
standard kit and a real premium feel to the 
interior, and it is no wonder that there was 
genuine enthusiasm at the launch weekend 
held by Motorline Group’s two Kent dealers, 


Lexus Canterbury and Lexus Tunbridge Wells. 

Some 200 people attended the event at 
Canterbury, where centre manager Paul 
Stapylton expected the CT200h to put Lexus 
back on the map with buyers - the brand’s vol¬ 
umes have suffered against German rivals 
during the recession. 

“This car is going to bring back the volume 


for Lexus and we fully expect to struggle to 
match demand with supply,” he said. 

Paul, who recently took over the post at the 
Broad Oak Road site after being based at 
Motorline’s nearby Renault centre, added: 
“This is also a really exciting time to be 
involved with Lexus, which is pushing the 
boundaries back on quality and technology.” 



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MOONDUST SILVER 
37929 MILES 


£7799 



09 FOCUS PETROL HATCHBACK ZETEC 3DR 
1.6 DURATEC100 PS STAGE IV 

MOONDUST SILVER METALLIC 38542 MILES. 

09 FOCUS PETROL HATCHBACK ZETEC 5DR 
1.6 DURATEC 100 PS STAGE IV 

OCEAN BLUE METALLIC 39006 MILES. 


09 FOCUS PETROL HATCHBACK ZETEC 5DR 
1.6 DURATEC 100 PS STAGE IV 

OCEAN BLUE METALLIC 41097 MILES. 

09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 
ZETEC 5DR BLACK 40265 MILES... 


09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 ZETEC 5DR 

METALLIC MOONDUST SILVER 42402 MILES... 

09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 ZETEC 5DR 

METALLIC SEA GREY 39306 MILES... 


09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 ZETEC 5DR 

METALLIC MOONDUST SILVER 40356 MILES .. 

09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 ZETEC 5DR 

METALLIC SEA GREY 41015 MILES .. 


09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 ZETEC 5DR 

METALLIC MOONDUST SILVER 41960 MILES ... 

09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 STYLE 5DR 

METALLIC MOONDUST SILVER 41582 MILES .... 

09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 TDCI TITANIUM 

5DR METALLIC MOONDUST SILVER 
39395 MILES. 


09 FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK TITANIUM 
5DR 1.6 DURATEC 
100 PS STAGE IV 

AVALON METALLIC 
38243 MILES 


09 FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 TDCI 
ZETEC5DR 

41062 MILES 


£8399 



FOCUS 

09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 ZETEC 5DR 

METALLIC MOONDUST SILVER 37929 MILES. £7799 

09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 ZETEC 5DR 

METALLIC MOONDUST SILVER 38358 MILES. £7999 

09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 2.5 ST-2 „ 

3DR METALLIC SEA GREY 12001 MILES. £7999 

09 FOCUS 1.8 ZETEC 5DR 

METALLIC OCEAN BLUE 26000 MILES. £7999 

09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 ZETEC 5DR 

METALLIC MOONDUST SILVER 37929 MILES. £7799 

09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 ZETEC 5DR 

METALLIC MOONDUST SILVER 38358 MILES £7999 

09 FOCUS 1.8 ZETEC 5DR 

METALLIC OCEAN BLUE26000 MILES. £8199 

09 FOCUS DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.6 

TDCI TITANIUM 5DR [110] 41017 MILES. £l0499 

09 FOCUS PETROL HATCHBACK ZETEC 
5DR1.6 DURATEC 100 PS STAGE IV 

OCEAN BLUE METALLIC 38014 MILES. £8199 

09 FOCUS PETROL HATCHBACK TITANIUM 

5DR1.6 DURATEC100 PS STAGE IV „„ 

AVALON METALLIC 38243 MILES. £8399 

59 FOCUS PETROL HATCHBACK STYLE 

5DR1.6 DURATEC 100 PS STAGE IV „„ 

MOONDUST SILVER MET 27278 MILES. £8999 

60 FOCUS DIESEL HATCHBACK 
1.6 TDCI TITANIUM 5DR [110] 

METALLIC VISION 10279 MILES... 

09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 
ZETEC 5DR BLUE 38465 MILES .. 


09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 ZETEC 

5DR 40033 MILES... 


09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 ZETEC 

5DR 40028MILES... 


10 FOCUS 1.8 ZETEC S5DR 

METALLIC AVALON 3300 MILES... 

09 FOCUS 1.8 STYLE 5DR 

METALLIC OCEAN BLUE 18553 MILES... 


£13999 

£7799 


£7799 

55 FOCUS 1.6 ZETEC 5DR [CLIMATE PACK] 

94760 MILES. 

£4999 

57 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 STYLE 5DR 

AUTO 28630 MILES. 

£6999 

£7799 

57 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 LX 5DR 

BLUE 26161 MILES. 

£6999 

£8099 

55 FOCUS PETROL HATCHBACK ZETEC 
CLIMATE 3 DOOR AUTO 2 013801 Mil FS 

f.5799 

£7799 

05 FOCUS 1.6 LX 5DR 

58817 MILES 

£4999 

£7999 

52 FOCUS 1.6 CL 5DR 

METALLIC-PANTHER BLACK 77997 MILES. 

£2999 

£7899 

£7899 

£8499 

57 FOCUS HATCHBACK 2.0 TITANIUM 5DR 
AUTO METALLIC MOONDUST SILVER 

18000 MILES. 

£7299 

C-MAX 

57 C-MAX PETROL ESTATE ZETEC 5DR AUTO 
2.0 DURATEC STG4145 PS 51318 MILES. 

£6699 

£7299 

57 C-MAX ESTATE,2.0 ZETEC 5DR 

AUTO 23229 MILES. 

£6999 

£9999 

FIESTA 

58 FIESTA HATCHBACK 1.25 STYLE + 5DR 
[82] METALLIC PANTHER BLACK 17153 MILES .... 

£8299 


£8899 



09 FORD FOCUS 1.8 
STYLE5DR 

METALLIC OCEAN 
BLUE 18553 MILES 



09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6TDCI TITANIUM „„ 

5DR METALLIC SEA GREY 39925 MILES. £9999 

09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6TDCI ZETEC „„ 

5DR 39018 MILES. £8999 


09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 TDCIZETEC _ „ _ 

5DR 41062 MILES. £8899 

09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 TDCI ZETEC _ - „ 

5DR 43710 MILES. £8699 

59 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 TDCI TITANIUM _ _„ 

5DR 38607 MILES. £8599 

09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 TDCI STYLE 

5DR 38575 MILES. £8299 

09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 TDCI STYLE 

5DR 39951 MILES. £8299 

09 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 TDCI STYLE 

5DR 40600 MILES. £8299 


£7799 
£7799 
£11499 
£7299 

09 FOCUS PETROL HATCHBACK ZETEC 5DR „ 

1.6 DURATEC 100 PS STAGE IV37313 MILES. £7999 

57 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.8 ZETEC _ 

5DR 0 MILES. £7999 

57 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 ZETEC 3DR 

AUTO METALLIC SEA GREY 19512 MILES. £7799 

57 FOCUS 1.8 ZETEC 5DR [CLIMATE PACK] - _ „ 

SOLID - DEEP NAVY 21262 MILES. £6999 

03 FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.8 LX 5DR 


06 FIESTA 1.4 ZETEC 3DR [CLIMATE] 

39652 MILES.. 


£2999 


£7299 


08 FIESTA 1.4 ZETEC BLUE 3DR 

METALLIC MOONDUST SILVER 11509 MILES. £6299 

08 FIESTA 1.25 ZETEC BLUE 3DR 

METALLIC MOONDUST SILVER 14299 MILES. £6299 

59 FIESTA 1.4 TDCI STYLE+ 5DR „„ 

METALLIC OCEAN 16304 MILES. £8999 

57 FIESTA HATCHBACK 1.25 ZETEC „„ 

5DR [CLIMATE] 36451 MILES. £5999 


10 FIESTA DIESEL HATCHBACK EDGE _ _ , „ 

5DR 1.4 68PS TDCI SILVER 7210 MILES. fil0499 

60 FIESTA DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.6 TDCI ZETEC 

S 3DR SOLID COLORADO RED 3467 MILES. £13999 

10 FIESTA DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.6 TDCI 

[95] ZETEC 3DR METALLIC MOONDUST „ . „ 

SILVER 4608 MILES. £11499 

60 FIESTA DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.6 TDCI 

[95] ZETEC 3DR SPECIAL PEARL 

HOT MAGENTA 22 MILES. £12999 


05 MONDEO HATCHBACK 1.8 ZETEC 

5DR 49587 MILES. £5999 

57 MONDEO 2.0 TITANIUM X5DR „„ 

62000 MILES. £9899 

59 MONDEO DIESEL HATCHBACK EDGE 
5DR 1.8 DURATORQ TDCI 125PS , 

THUNDER METALLIC 37238 MILES. fil0499 

59 MONDEO DIESEL HATCHBACK 2.0 TDCI 
TITANIUM 5DR METALLIC MOONDUST 

SILVER 37355 MILES. £12999 

09 MONDEO DIESEL HATCHBACK 2.2 TDCI 
TITANIUM X SPORT 5DR METALLIC ■ 

THUNDER GREY 15889 MILES. £15999 

59 MONDEO DIESEL HATCHBACK 2.0 TDCI 
TITANIUM X 5DR METALLIC HYPNOTIC 

SILVER 36057 MILES. £12999 

59 MONDEO HATCHBACK 2.0 
ZETEC 5DR 31254 MILES... 


£5499 

59 FIESTA HATCHBACK 1.4 EDGE 3DR „„ 

METALLIC MOONDUST SILVER 14835 MILES. £8899 

10 FIESTA HATCHBACK 1.25 EDGE 5DR [82] - . „ 

METALLIC PANTHER BLACK 15419 MILES. £9499 

59 FIESTA 1.25 STYLE + 5DR [82] „„ 

SOLID FROZEN WHITE 4300 MILES. £8999 

10 FIESTA HATCHBACK 1.25 EDGE 5DR - # „ 

METALLIC PANTHER BLACK 8833 MILES. £9499 

59 FIESTA HATCHBACK 1.25 EDGE 5DR „„ 

METALLIC INK BLUE 11379 MILES. £8999 


59 MONDEO HATCHBACK 2.0 
GHIA5DR 20470MILES.., 


£9199 


59 FIESTA HATCHBACK 1.25 EDGE 5DR 

METALLIC PANTHER BLACK 8691 MILES. £9299 

59 FIESTA HATCHBACK 1.25 EDGE 5DR „„ 

METALLIC PANTHER BLACK 8910 MILES. £8999 

59 FIESTA HATCHBACK 1.25 EDGE 5DR 

11286 MILES. 

08 FIESTA 1.4 ZETEC BLUE 3DR METALLIC _ . „ 

MOONDUST SILVER 11509 MILES. £6499 

08 FIESTA 1.25 ZETEC BLUE 3DR 

METALLIC MOONDUST SILVER 14299 MILES. £6499 

59 FIESTA 1.4 TDCI STYLE+ 5DR 

METALLIC OCEAN 16304 MILES. £9499 

FUSION 

06 FUSION 1.4 STYLE 5DR [CLIMATE] 

28253 MILES. £5799 

55 FUSION 1.6 PLUS 5DR 

40000 MILES. 

KA 

06 KA1.3I LUXURYKA [70] 3DR 

28500 MILES.. 


£5499 


£3499 


1 OKA 1.2 ZETEC 3DR 

SPECIAL PEARL - BLUSH 10713 MILES. £8499 

MONDEO 

57 MONDEO PETROL HATCHBACK EDGE 5DR _ . „ 
1.6 DURATEC 125PS 42549 MILES. £8499 


£10999 
£13499 

59 MONDEO2.0 TDCI TITANIUM 5DR 

METALLIC PANTHER BLACK 6476 MILES. £13899 

GALAXY 

07 GALAXY 2.0 TDCI GHIA5DR 

METALLIC HYPNOTIC SILVER 31019 MILES. £12999 

OTHER MAKES 

57 LEXUS IS 250 SPORT4DR 

MICA - WINDSOR BLUE 33822 MILES. £12999 

06 VAUXHALL VECTRA 2.21 DIRECT DESIGN 
5DR AUTO2 COAT PEARL- 

POMEGRANATE RED 46781 MILES. £5699 

04 PEUGEOT 2061.4 SE 3DR TIP AUTO [DAC+ „ „ 

CC] METALLIC ALUMINIUM 78000 MILES. £2999 

08 PEUGEOT2071.616V SPORT „„ 

2DR 18771 MILES. £7999 

10 MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS A180 CDI 
AVANTGARDE SE 5DR CVT AUTO 

26000 MILES. £12999 

51 HYUNDAI ACCENT 1.5 CDX 5DR , , „ 

SOLID- HIP HOP RED 81286 MILES. £1499 

03 MITSUBISHI CARISMA.1.6 MIRAGE 5DR 

AUTO METALLIC STEEL GREY 60000 MILES £1799 

54 SEAT IBIZA 1.2 SX3DR 

METALLIC VOLCANO RED 45826 MILES. £3499 

09 SEAT IBIZA,1.4 .COOL/S 5DR 

BLUE 64081 MILES. £1999 

06 AUDI,A3 HATCHBACK 2.0 T FSI SPORT _ 

3DR DSG SILVER 68740 MILES. £8899 

09 FOCUS PETROL HATCHBACK ZETEC 5DR 

1.6 DURATEC 100 PS STAGE IV37313 MILES £8499 

08 VAUXHALL CORSA 1.2116V DESIGN 3DR - 

METALLIC SILVER LIGHTNING 17063 MILES. £6499 

57 VAUXHALL CORSA HATCHBACK ____ 

1.2116V DESIGN 3DR 43220 MILES. £6999 


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Official Government Test Environmental Data - Fuel consumption figures mpg (litres/100km) and CO 2 emissions (g/km). Vauxhall Range. 
Urban: 14.4 (19.6)-67.3 (4.2), Extra-urban: 27.4 (10.3)-91.1 (3.1), Combined: 20.6 (13.7)-80.7 (3.5). COzemissions: 324-94g/km. 

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DrivingReview 


STEVI LOADER 


Audi A1 


FOR a small car, much is riding on 
the newly-arrived Audi Al. 

Firstly, it marks the debut of the Al model 
number and must be Al’ to counter any per¬ 
ceptions that a downsized Audi dilutes premi¬ 
um qualities the German brand has worked so 
hard to create. 

Secondly, the car must battle the retro appeal 
of BMW’s hugely popular Mini and the tempt¬ 
ingly cheaper Fiat 500. Audi has no appropri¬ 
ate retro small car heritage to call upon, but it 
would have been nice perhaps to see more 
design cues from the brand’s TT coupe trans¬ 
ferred to the new baby, but the Al’s styling does 
at least leave no doubt about who makes it. 

It also has a stunning cabin, with lots of aero¬ 
nautical design features such as the jet intake 
air vents and chunky knobs. Quality is both 
visual and tangible with top-notch materials 
adding to Audi’s claim to have “shrink-wrapped 
everything it stands for” to create the Al. 

And that goes for the on-road experience too, 
because the Al feels eveiy bit as solid and 
refined as its bigger sisters. 

It is also practical, with the rear hatch open¬ 
ing to a decent boot, while slight headroom 
restriction from the raked rear roofline is more 
than compensated by decent kneeroom - a 
point not lost on buyers weighing the Al 
against the Mini. 

Remember too that many small cars are 
bought as a family runabout and now that kids 
must use booster seats - seemingly, until they 
go to university - a lack of kneeroom can affect 
them as much as adults. 



On the other hand, many premium brand or 
highly-specified small cars are bought to show- 
off and there are pros and cons here for the Al. 

Prices start from an attractive £13,420, but 
the Al really does need the kit - good alloys, 
good paint job, etc - to look the part. Even 
that customisation king, the Mini - which 
pioneered how to sell a car to a customer and 


then so much more on top - looks great with 
just a few extras. 

In many ways, the Fiat 500 is even more 
challenging: it’s cheaper anyway and a rela¬ 
tively modest spend transforms it into a 
designer baby car. However, the Fiat’s owner¬ 
ship experience, quality and comfort highlights 
the old adage “you get what you pay for”. 


Which leaves the Al going head to head with 
the Mini, where it wins on practicality even if 
its loses out on retro appeal. 

It also offers a good driving experience judg¬ 
ing by our 121bhp 1.4TFSI Sport test car, fitted 
with Audi’s S Tronic version of the excellent 
VW Group twin-clutch gearbox, which really 
can be driven as a manual as well as an auto 


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acceleration and agile handling. 


The pursuit of perfection 



Representative example 


Model 

CT 200h SE-I 

35 Monthly payments 

£299.00 

Cash price 

£23,485.00 

Representative 9.9% APR+ 

Customer deposit 

£5,880.39 

Amount of credit 

£17,604.61 

Guaranteed Future Value/ 


optional final payment 

£11,278.80 

Total amount payable 

£27,624.19 

Fixed rate of interest (per annum) 

5.10% 

Term 

36 months 


CT 200h prices start from £23,485 OTR. Model shown CT 200h SE-I costing £23,995 including optional metallic paint at £510. Price correct at time of going to print and includes VAT delivery, number plates, full tank of fuel, one year's road fund license and £55 first registration fee. +9.9% Representative APR over 3 years on 
Lexus Connect Contract Purchase available on all new retail CT 200h SE-I, when registered and financed through Lexus Financial Services Great Burgh, Burgh Heath, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5UZ at participating Lexus Centres, valid until 31 March 2011. Other finance offers are available but cannot be used in conjunction with this 
offer. Vehicle on sale from March 2011. Terms and conditions apply. Excess mileage charge applies over 30,000 at 9 pence per mile. Indemnities may be required. Finance subject to status to over 18s only. Lexus Centres are independent of Lexus Financial Services. Subject to availability. 

CT 200h fuel consumption and CO 2 figures: urban 68.9 mpg (4.1L/100km), extra-urban 70.6 mpg (4.0L/100km), combined 68.9 mpg (4.1L/100km). CO 2 emissions combined 94 g/km. 































though it adds nearly £1,500 to the cost of the 
test model (£17,120). 

However, this extra makes the little Audi 
a good upmarket urban runabout for weekdays 
as well as a refined and stylish car to get 
away in at weekends - a perfect solution for 
young professionals. 

Handling is top notch; this is a sure-footed lit¬ 
tle car and manual mode means it can be driv¬ 
en hard using the shift or wheel-mounted pad¬ 
dles, until the point when you meet traffic and 



simply knock the selector across into auto. 

Turbocharging is seamless and the power out¬ 
put would seem about right for this car, though 
wealthy hooligans can opt for the scorching 
185ps (183bhp) TFSI S Line S Tronic (£20,705). 

The brilliance of our particular version 
though is that, despite its sportiness, it should 
average around 55mpg, while C02 emissions 
of 119g/km C02 mean an escape from road tax 
in year one and a modest £30/year thereafter - 
impressive for a turbocharged hot hatch. 



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AUDI A1 1.4TFSI SPORT 
S TRONIC £17,120 

Driving appeal (OUT OF five) ★★★★ 

Image ★★★★ 

Space ★★★★ 

Value ★★★ 

Reliability ★★★★ 

Road tax £30/year (zero year one) 

Best rival BMW Mini 


TheVerdict 


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the price - the A1 ’s younger 
targets might prefer the more 
affordable and retro Fiat 500 

NOT sum: 

the A1 can really match the 
Mini and Fiat 500 for retro 
appeal 

REALLY UKfc 

how Audi has distilled the 
essence of its premium brand¬ 
ing into a small and stylish car 


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Audi Al 3dr 1.6 TDi Sport 5,000 miles per annum + 
Solutions Representative example. 


Duration 

25 months 

Total Amount Payable 

£18,467.98 

24 Monthly Payments of 

£199.00 

Acceptance Fee* 

£125.00 

Customer Deposit 

£1775.00 

Option to Purchase Fee** 

£60.00 

Cash Price 

£16,320.00 

Representative APR 

8.1% APR 

Amount of Credit 

£14,545.00 

Interest Rate (Fixed) 

7.34% 

Optional Final Payment 

£11,856.98 




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Stour Valley Business Park 
Ashford Road, Chartham 
Canterbury 
CT4 7HF 

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12 Wood Close 

Quarry Wood 

Aylesford 

ME20 7UB 

Tel: 0845 128 6494 

www.maidstoneaudi.co.uk 


Tonbridge Audi 

Brook Farm 

Five Oak Green Road 

Tonbridge 

Kent TH11 OQN 

Tel: 0845 128 6490 

www.tonbridgeaudi.co.uk 


Official fuel consumption figures for the Al range in mpg (l/100km) from: Urban 41.5 (6.8) - 60.1 (4.7), Extra Urban 61.4 (4.6) - 78.5 (3.6), Combined 53.3 (5.3) - 70.6 (4.0). 
CO 2 emissions: 105 - 124g/km. 


Retail sales only: ’Payable within first payment. ’’Payable with optional final payment. Further charges may be payable if vehicle is returned. + Excess mileage applies. Indemnities may be required. Subject to status. Available to over 18s from participating Audi 
Centres only (subject to availability) for vehicles ordered before 30th June 2011 and delivered before 31st July 2011. Audi Finance, Freepost Audi Finance. Offer may be varied or withdrawn at anytime. Prices quoted and examples shown correct at time of going to 
print (March 2011) and do not take into account any variation to government taxes or charges arising after the date of publication. Vehicles delivered in 2011 will be subject to VAT at 20%. Model used for illustration purposes only and may differ from actual model. 








































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Finished in Brilliant Silver Metallic with a Black Cloth interior, 27,250 miles. 
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Finished in Dynamic Blue with a Grey Cloth interior, 9,500 miles. £6,995 

07 Plate. Skoda Fabia 2 1.2 HTP 12V (70 BHP) 5-Dr 
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Finished in Brilliant Silver Metallic, 22,500 miles. £6,995 

07 Plate. Skoda Fabia 2 1.4 TDI PD (80 BHP) 5-Dr 
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Finished in Beige Metallic with a Black Cloth interior, 16,400 miles. £6,795 

58 Plate. Skoda Fabia 11.2 HTP 6V (60 BHP) 5-Dr 
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Finished in Dynamic Blue with a Black Cloth interior, 13,200 miles. £6,495 

08 Plate. Skoda Fabia 11.2 HTP 6V (60 BHP) 5-Dr 
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Finished in Blue Metallic with a Black Cloth interior, 26,875 miles. £6,295 


56 Plate. Skoda Fabia 1.4 16V Elegance (100 HP) 5-Dr 
Hatchback 

Finished in Graphite Grey Metallic with a Black Cloth interior, 22,500 miles. 
£4,995 

53 Plate. Skoda Fabia 1.4 16V Elegance (100 HP) 5-Dr 
Hatchback 

Finished in Black Magic Metallic with a Black Cloth interior, 28,750 
miles. £3,795 

Other Makes 

56 Plate. Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI Sport (140 PS) 

5-Dr 

Finished in Steel Grey Metallic with a Black Cloth interior, 80,100 miles. 
£8,995 

54 Plate. Honda Civic 2.0 Type S 5-Door Hatchback 

Finished in Nighthawk Black Metallic with a Black Cloth interior, 47,800 
miles. £5,795 

04 Plate. Ford Galaxy 1.9 TDI Zetec (115 PS) 5-Dr MPV 

Finished in Black Metallic with a Black Cloth interior, 10,510 miles. £5,795 

08 Plate. Ford Ka 1.3 Zetec Climate 3-Dr Hatchback 

Finished in Metallic Machine Silver, 12,500 miles. £4,995 

05 Plate Peugeot 1007 3 Door 1.4 HDi Dolce 

Finished in Cayman Green Metallic with a Black Cloth interior, 25,026 miles. 
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Too good to be true? 


k Do you think the John 
Lewis savings bond will be 
a good investment? I am 
considering investing £1,000 for 
five years at 6.5pc as this is a far 
better interest rate than that 
offered by any of the banks. 

A Unless you invested without 
waiting for my answer, I am 
afraid you have missed the 
boat. The department store group 
had planned to keep its investment 
offer open for a month, but closed it 
after just 11 days when money 
flooded in and the company raised 
all of the £50m it wanted. I will 
answer your question, though, 
because there are similar bonds on 
the market. Yes, this was a good 
investment, because I believe John 
Lewis is a safe company. This is 
important, since bonds issued by 
companies are not the same as bank 
accounts. They are just IOUs, and if 
the company turns out not be safe, 
there is no compensation scheme to 
come to the rescue. And remember, 
bonds are a stock market 
investment, so their value can fall. 
For all these reasons, unless you 
know exactly what you are doing 
and accept the risks, it might be a 
good idea to avoid bonds issued by a 
single company. Instead, consider a 
fund that spreads your money 
across a number of bonds from 
different companies to reduce the 
risks. The Rathbone Ethical Bond 
Fund (020 7399 0399) holds more 
than 80 different bonds, with just 
over 60pc of the fund’s money going 
into UK companies such as 
Nationwide, Standard Life and 
Bupa. It yields about 7.2pc. Or take a 
look at the Aberdeen Corporate 
Bond Income Fund (0845 300 2890). 

It puts its money into 140 different 
bonds, with less emphasis on the 
financial sector than Rathbone. The 
yield is 5.36pc. Because these are 
stock market investments, you can 
also buy them through a broker, an 
advisor or a bank’s investment 
department. 


k I used to have a cashback 
credit card from Nationwide 
that repaid me a percentage 
of everything I spent on the card. 
Nationwide scrapped it some time 
ago, but I still think cashback is a 
good idea. Do any other cards 
offer this? 


A Although some have been 

withdrawn, you can still get a 
card that pays you cash for 
every £1 you spend. MBNA (0800 068 
8788) recently launched an 
American Express card that pays 
0.75pc cashback on most purchases, 
but this rises to 1.5pc when you shop 
at most major supermarkets and 
when you fill up with petrol. Or if 
your credit record is not exactly 
good, and you have had a few 
problems in the past, consider the 
Barclaycard Initial card (www. 
barclaycard.co.uk). It offers 
cashback of up to lpc, depending on 
where you shop. The main 
conditions are that you must be over 
18 and must have an annual income 
of at least £10,000. But remember 



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your balance in full every month. 
There is no sense in getting a 
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interest on what you have spent! 




I have two young 
grandchildren and I would 
like to invest £1,000 each 
Rem in something completely 
safe that will grow into a nest egg 
for when they are older. Please do 
not suggest anything to do with 
stocks and shares. 


A National Savings & 

Investments is about as safe as 
you can get, as it is backed by 
the treasury, and it offers two 
schemes you might like. The first is 
the Children’s Bonus Bond. The 
minimum investment is £25 and the 
maximum is £3,000 per child. Invest 
for five years and your money grows 
at an annual 2.5pc, tax free. The 
child cannot control the bond until 
he or she reaches at least 16, and the 
investment can carry on until age 
21. The other possibility is premium 
bonds. There is no guarantee, of 
course, but you could make your 
grandchildren rich! Bonds can be 
bought for a child by a parent, a 
guardian, a grandparent or a great- 
grandparent. 


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Can you find out what has 
happened to Claimback UK? 
It handles claims against 
card companies. 


A Claims management 

companies are licensed by the 
Ministry of Justice, which 
suspended Claimback’s licence in 
January. No reason has been given. 
Unless and until the suspension 
ends, the company cannot act for 
you against any card firm. 


k Please settle a small family 
dispute. If someone dies 
without leaving a will, and 
the only relatives are two grown¬ 
up children, are the savings and 
property shared equally or does 
the first born child take a larger 
share? Does it make any 
difference if one of the adult 
children is male and the other 
female? 


A If someone dies intestate - 
without a will - and with no 
other relatives except two 
grown-up children, those children 
share everything equally. It makes 
no difference which was born first, 
or whether they are male or female. 


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LOSING BATTLE: Savers are suffering as inflation rose to 4.4pc in February. 


Savings are hit as 
inflation balloons 


The pain on savers has been increased 
as inflation balloons out of control. 

It was announced this week that the 
consumer prices index (CPI) rate 
hit 4.4pc in February, up from 4pc a 
month earlier, thanks to increases 
in the price of fuel, food and 
clothing. 

As well as the cost of living going 
up, savers are coming under pressure, 
with their nest eggs losing even more 
value in real terms. 

It will disproportionately affect 
older people, who often rely on their 
savings to boost their retirement 
income. 

“The continual rise in inflation 
compounds the misery of pensioners 


By ADAM AIKEN 

MyMoney24 editor 

relying on savings to supplement 
their income,” said Sylvia Waycot, a 
spokesman for Moneyfacts.co.uk. 

She added: “People trying to save 
deposits for their first homes will see 
inflation eating into their hard- 
earned savings faster than it grows, 
unless they seek out the few accounts 
that can keep pace with inflation. 

“Over the past six months, the 
number of savings accounts that beat 
inflation for basic-rate taxpayers has 
dropped successively from 118 to only 
eight today, all of which are fixed-rate 
Isas.” 


The latest CPI figure means that a 
basic-rate taxpayer needs to find a 
savings account paying interest at 
5.5pc simply to keep pace with 
inflation while a higher-rate taxpayer 
needs an account paying at least 
7.3pc. 

Economists had been expecting a 
February figure slightly lower 
than 4.4pc and, more importantly, 
CPI is now more than double 
the Bank of England’s target of 
4pc. 

Many observers expect CPI to keep 
rising over the next few months, 
leading to a greater chance of interest 
rate rises being implemented sooner 
rather than later. 


Women ruling roost in family finances 


Women are most likely to be in 
control of the family finances in UK 
households. 

While men continue to be the 
primary income earners in the 
majority of families, research by 
M&S Money has revealed it is women 
who are most likely to be in charge of 
the purse strings. 

While 59pc of people think women 
are better than men at running 
household finances, 61pc of women 
say they prefer to be in control 


of family budgets. 

Although the gender pay gap is 
narrowing, on average men still tend 
to earn lOpc more than women and 
there are lOpc more men in 
employment than women. 

The findings about who takes 
financial control at home are in 
contrast with gender roles in the 
previous generation. 

Then, 55pc of people said it was 
their fathers who were the financial 
heads of the household when they 


were growing up. 

Colin Kersley, chief executive of 
M&S Money, said: “Although men 
remain the main income earners in 
the majority of families, it seems that 
it is women who hold the purse 
strings when it comes to the family 
finances. 

“These findings firmly put the myth 
of the father as the financial head of 
the family to rest as the changing 
responsibilities within British 
households are revealed.” 












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HIGH-speed train services 
to a host of top European 
destinations could soon 
be on offer after a 
Channel Tunnel safety 
dispute was resolved 
successfully. 

The deal could see 
trains run from Kent to Amsterdam, 
Switzerland and Frankfurt, among other 
tourist hot-spots. 

Kent tourism bosses said the move 
could lead to a 40 per cent increase in 
visitor numbers. 

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CHANCELLOR George Os¬ 
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Budget. 

On Wednesday he announced a 
series of measures aimed at boosting 
enterprise, including a further cut to 
corporation tax and an extension of 
plans to set up enterprise zones in 
some of the most deprived areas of 
England. 

The 21 new enterprise areas will 
benefit from relaxed planning laws 
and discounted business rates in an 
attempt to encourage the creation of 
jobs. 

Mr Osborne told the Commons: “Last 
year’s emergency Budget was about 
rescuing the nation’s finances and pay¬ 
ing for the mistakes of the past. 

Today’s Budget is about reforming the 
nation’s economy so we have enduring 
growth and jobs in the future.” 

The most prominent statistic to 
come out of Mr Osborne’s speech was 
that next month’s 4p rise in fuel duty had been 
cancelled. Instead, lp per litre will be cut from 
pump prices, paid for by a £2 billion tax on oil 
companies. 

He said: “It’s about doing what we can to help 
families with the cost of living and high oil price.” 

There was also a freeze on alcohol duty and air 
travel duty, but tobacco tax was increased by 2 per 
cent. During his hour-long speech, Mr Osborne 
said he wanted the UK to be the “best place in 
Europe to start, finance and grow a business”. 


This will include streamlining the system for 
planning applications and introducing fast- 
track planning for major infrastructure. A sum 
of £100 million will be invested in science capi¬ 
tal development, as well as double the lifetime 
limit for entrepreneurs’ relief to £10m. 

And for young people getting into work there 
will be funds available for 50,000 additional 
apprenticeship places in the next four years. 

The Chancellor did, however, reveal that he 
expected Britain’s economy to grow at a slower 
rate than previously estimated, with the Office 


For Budgetary Responsibility cutting its growth 
forecast for 2011 from 2.1 to 1.7 per cent. 

The housing market has also been targeted as 
the Budget pledged £250m to help 10,000 first¬ 
time buyers purchase newly-built homes. 

The buyer would have to put up 5 per cent of 
the cost, while the Government and home¬ 
builder would both put up 10 per cent, to try to 
boost the construction industry 
“This will not end the pressure on family budg¬ 
ets, but we’ve done what we can to help,” said Mr 
Osborne. 


REACTION TO THE BUDGET 


DESPITE tight fiscal conditions, we 
are encouraged the Chancellor has 
prioritised business growth and 
private-sector expansion alongside 
deficit reduction. 

There are some real pro¬ 
enterprise moves in this Budget that 
businesses will commend. Reduc¬ 
ing corporation tax rates by 2 per 
cent this year is measure of real 
substance. We also welcome the 
Government’s desire to speed up 
tax simplification and to remove 
the much-disliked 50p top rate of 
income tax. 

Smaller companies will take heart 
from the Chancellor’s moves to cut 
fuel duty, maintain business-rate 
reliefs for an additional year, and to 
exempt businesses with fewer than 
10 employees from new regulations. 

We have consistently pushed for 
growth, not just for Kent businesses 
but for the UK. We welcome the re- 
introduction of enterprise zones in 
England and the decision to reward 
those who invest in new businesses 
across the UK, for example through 
the doubling of entrepreneurs’ relief. 
Jo James, chief executive, Kent 
Invicta Chamber of Commerce 

THE Chancellor said this would be a 
Budget for growth and in part that is 
what we have. However, there are 
vital components missing for small 
firms to create jobs. 

We are pleased the Chancellor 
introduced a fuel duty stabiliser, has 
committed to cutting fuel duty and 
introduced 21 new enterprise zones. 
This will provide much-needed stabil¬ 
ity for struggling small businesses. 

The Government has committed to 


cutting red tape, but we believe new 
employment laws will still come into 
force in this year, which could hinder 
businesses from taking on staff. The 
biggest opportunity missing from this 
Budget is by not extending the NICs 
holiday nationwide to existing busi¬ 
nesses, which would really have 
provided incentives for small firms to 
take on more staff. 

Roger House, FSB chairman 
for Kent and Medway 

THE increase of 2 per cent above 
inflation in beer tax is ruinous to the 
nation’s local brewing sector, 
ignores its contribution to the econ¬ 
omy and puts thousands of jobs in 
breweries and pubs in jeopardy. 

This is a real kick in the teeth to 
the local brewing sector, one of the 
few British success stories of recent 
years. Local brewers are just the 
kind of business this government 
says it wants to see prosper. They 
create jobs and contribute to the 
local and wider economy by using 
homegrown ingredients. Yet the 
current taxation regime is killing off 
our main route to market - the pub. 

The Treasury claimed before the 
Budget the beer duty escalator is 
‘baked in’. We say it is half-baked. 

Continuing to increase taxes on 
draught beer will serve only to 
increase purchases of cheap vodka 
for unsupervised home consump¬ 
tion. We fail to see how this policy 
can help tackle binge-drinking. 

Eddie and Lois Gadd, 
The Ramsgate Brewery 


WE WELCOME the raft of supply 
side measures announced in the 
Budget. The combination of reduced 
corporation tax and planning liberali¬ 
sation will help to lift business confi¬ 
dence at a difficult time. However, the 
scale of deregulation in areas that 
really matter to business in general, 
such as employment law, is still very 
limited. And while the 21 new enter¬ 
prise zones have real potential, we 
question why the whole of the UK 
can’t be an enterprise zone. 

This was a Budget aimed at chang¬ 
ing perceptions and boosting busi¬ 
ness confidence about long-term 
economic prospects. The Chancellor 
didn’t have much money to play with, 
but he played his hand well. 

Miles Templeman, 
IoD director general 

FOR a Government committed to 
being ‘the greenest ever’, the 
Budget failed to ignite the forthcom¬ 
ing Green Deal programme to retro¬ 
fit homes. No additional incentives 
such as a cut in VAT for energy- 
efficient repairs, stamp duty or 
council tax were announced to 
make Britain’s homes greener and 
more energy-efficient. 

The Chancellor missed an oppor¬ 
tunity to support the Green Deal and 
kick-start consumer demand to 
make our homes greener. 

Without creating demand in the 
market for energy-efficient improve¬ 
ment, it is difficult to see how the 
Green Deal will succeed when it 
starts in the autumn of 2012. Help for 


the house-building industry by the 
introduction of a Government- 
backed shared-equity scheme to 
help 10,000 first-time buyers is a 
welcome boost, but it is doubtful 
whether it will help the tens of 
thousands of small house-builders 
who are struggling to survive. 

The announcement to simplify the 
planning system is long overdue as 
this, coupled with the lack of 
finance, is stifling the industry which 
is delivering half the amount of 
homes that we need every year to 
meet demand. 

The announcement that there is to 
be no new regulation on firms with 
fewer than 10 staff for three years is 
welcome news. 

However, it would be helpful if the 
Government could go further and 
cut existing red tape on small busi¬ 
nesses. The Budget will help many 
small businesses, but far more still 
needs to be done to bring about a 
full recovery. 

Richard Diment, director general, 
Federation of Master Builders 

THE Budget sets out measures that 
will support strong and sustainable 
private-sector growth, reform the 
economy and tax system and help 
people in the South East to make 
ends meet in these difficult times. 

It takes affordable action to reduce 
fuel prices while raising the threshold 
at which people start paying tax, 
taking a further 260,000 people out of 
income tax altogether and reducing 
the tax paid by 25 million people by 
an average of £48. 

Danny Alexander, 
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A S A taxpayer, I winced upon hearing that London had 
been chosen to host the 2012 Olympic Games. On the 
monetary front, we do not have great form in building 
multi-million-pound venues, with both the Millennium 
Dome and Wembley Stadium coming in hugely over budget. 

France managed to knock up the Stade de France without 
breaking the bank. And there are plenty of other examples of 
countries across the globe that can be trusted to build 
what’s on the blueprint with relative ease. 

Sadly, we British cannot. The Dome came in £204 million 
over budget and it is far from the exception to the rule. But 
it’s not just the big projects we seem to fudge. Remember 
the Millennium Bridge fiasco? 

So what chance have we got of building a whole Olympic 
Village without incurring huge losses on top of the millions 
already earmarked out of our taxes? 

On a related national-pride front, even if we somehow get 
past the construction stage unscathed, we must remember 
the show Beijing put on in 2008. 

It was spectacular from start to finish. Even the normally 
tedious opening and closing ceremonies were worth 
watching, carried out with almost military precision. 

Yes, the Chinese threw billions into their Games, but on 
finance alone there is no way we can compete with that and 
are therefore doomed to failure by comparison. 

However, I welcome the Olympics to London with open 
arms. 

The Games will have a huge impact on Kent, bringing tens 
of thousands of visitors to and through the county. 

This will give Kent businesses an immediate boost, but we 
must make sure we are ready to capitalise on the long-term 
financial opportunities the Games have given us by ensuring 
we can entice these sports fans back. Businesses should 
follow the Olympic athletes’ lead by making sure they’re in 
the best possible shape come the main event. 

SIMON ROBINSON, Business Editor 
Twitter: @KOSbusiness 



Pennywise parents 
can bank on kids 
learning to save 


TWO fathers from Thanet have designed a 
pocket-money management activity for 
children aimed at helping in their financial 
education, writes Joe Bill. 

Pocket Pound was created by Scott Gavin, an IT con¬ 
sultant, and his business partner to help youngsters 
understand the banking system. 

Aimed at four- to 11-year-olds, Pocket Pound is designed 
to teach children to save and earn rewards for saving. 

The Pocket Pound pack includes pages where you can list 
specific chores with different prices, cheques for your child 
to ‘cash’ with mum or dad, and statement pages so they can 
manage their money as if they have a real bank account. 

Demand came from other parents when one of the 
children took the prototype to school, so the inventors got 
behind the idea as a venture. 

Mr Gavin said: “Banks, interest and tax are rather 
abstract concepts to children, so we created a paper-based 
banking activity where the parent plays the role of the 
bank and the child becomes the saver.” 

Pocket Pound consists of a durable wire-bound booklet 
with an agreement between the child and adult around 
the payment of pocket money. 

It also consists of rate cards to define jobs and reasons 
for being paid pocket money, while job cards track how 
much has been earned, minus ‘tax’. 

Children can also keep hold of their bank-account 
statements and pretend cheques to cut out, colour in and 



POCKET POUND: A teaching aid for children’s finance 


exchange for cash. Mr Gavin said: “It may sound compli¬ 
cated on the surface, but it’s really simple. 

“Rather than physically paying pocket money, the par¬ 
ent acts as the bank and simply records the amounts in 
the Pocket Pound booklet. 

“You can then start to track extra chores around the 
house, incorporate interest on positive bank balances and 
start to explore the concepts of income tax and debt.” 

Children are also handed a pretend credit card and 
credit-card statements as part of the pack. For more 
information, visit www.pocketpound.com. 


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RECESSION-HIT construction com¬ 
panies are being urged to invest in 
apprentices ahead of an expected 
boom in the industry. 

Latest Construction Skills Net¬ 
work figures show the rate of growth 
in the South East sector is expected 
to rise by 2.2 per cent a year over the 
next five years - up on the UK aver¬ 
age of just 1 per cent. 

The Industry Training Board and 
Sector Skills Council responded to 
the positive forecast by urging 
employers of all sizes to recognise 
construction apprentices as a crucial 
resource and to help young people 
enter the industry to avoid losing 
skills and talent to other sectors. 

One company that has already 



IAN KNOWLES: Developing skills 


developed an apprentice programme 
is the Cathedral Works Organisation 
(CWO), a historic-buildings contrac¬ 
tor with management team and 
skilled employees based in Kent. 

Training coordinator Cathy 
O’Brien said increased competition 
in the market had made pre¬ 
qualification for tenders more rigor¬ 
ous, further increasing the value of 
apprenticeships. 

“Apprenticeship programmes are 
now a key consideration under the 
pre-qualification process,” she said. 

“They feature additional questions, 
asking if a company has an appren¬ 
tice programme, how many appren¬ 
tices they have and how much they 
spend on training.” 

In September, the firm took on two 
new apprentices: 24-year-old Ian 
Knowles and 29-year-old Ed Shaw. 

Both had previously been studying 
for a diploma in stonemasonry at col¬ 
lege but recognised they needed work 
experience to increase their employ¬ 
ment chances and so joined CWO. 

Knowles said: “I am enjoying get¬ 
ting to grips with the tools and 
improving my skills. College doesn’t 
really prepare you for the workshop. 

‘You really learn a lot from work¬ 
ing next to people, seeing how quick¬ 
ly people work and the standard of 
work needed. You can’t really learn 
this in a classroom.” 

O’Brien said the apprenticeship 
route, while at first costly and time- 
consuming, had many advantages. 

“We find our apprentices are keen 
to develop their careers as skilled 


craftsmen with us, rather than going 
elsewhere,” she said. 

‘We have a good retention rate, 
which can be clearly seen by our con¬ 
tracts manager, Richard Mitchell, 
who has been with us since 1965. 

“Taking on apprentices also means 
we can train them the CWO way and 
maintain our standards. It is more 
difficult to retrain someone from 
elsewhere. 

With up to six apprentices work¬ 
ing for us at any one time, it is a 
significant investment in both time 
and money. 

“However, we have built our repu¬ 
tation on the quality of our staff and 
so it is an investment we will contin¬ 
ue to make.” 



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CHARTERED accountants and busi¬ 
ness advisors J Cleverdon Ltd will be 
renamed Qeverdom from next month. 

The Broad stairs business will launch the 
new identity on Wednesday; April 6, A 
spokesman said; ‘The rebranding reflects J 
Cleverdon Ltd's commitment to improving 
its services to the business community The 
company has become increasingly aware 
that clients often nend further management 
support and business advice," 

In addition to the company's core 
business of accountancy and tax, the 
rebranded Clevendons also has business 
advisory services which include strategic 
planning, management support and 
financial-management coaching. 

■ RESTAURATEUR R&zaul Raja 
was honoured at a seminar and 
dinner at the House of Commons in 
recognition of his contribution to the 
British economy. 

The businessman, who owns the 
Raja of Kent restaurants in Tenterden 
and Maidstone and Mouchak 
restaurant in St Michael's* was invited 
to London by the Development 
Council For Bangladesh In The UK. 

Congratulating the winners^ I-abour 
leader Ed Miliband highlighted the 
'■‘big role in promoting the vital 
economic* social, cultural and 
political work done by so many 
Bangladeshis in this country”* 

Mr R^ja said: “It*s a great honour to 
receive such recognition and a 
testament to the dedication of my 
chefs and frant-of-house teams.” 

KENT County Council's Olympics 
chief Stephanie Holt, will deliver a 
speech at a business breakfast next week. 
Tiie 2012 manager will speak to delegates 
about the impact of the Olympics in Kent. 

With up to 45 training camps in the 
county and Ebbsfleet station forecasting 
up to 10.000 passengers per hour. Holt has 
been charged with bringing private and 
public-sector bodies together to maximise 
the legacy to Kent, The event is at 
Priestflcld Stadium, Gillingham, on 
Thursday, March 31, from 7.30am to 9am. 

Email conferencesales%jriestrield,com or 
pherne 01,634 300000 for more information. 

■ A BUSINESS breakfast is being 
held at the Turner Contemporary 
on Tuesday, The Margate gallery is 
hosting the event in a bid to engage 
with local businesses ahead of the 
attraction's grand opening next 
month. 

Margate Renewal Partnership 
director Derek Harding said: “Having 
a world-famous gallery in town will 
increase visitor numbers, which will 
have an impact on local businesses. I 
hope anyone with a business in the 
area will take this opportunity to find 
out more.” 

The breakfast is particularly aimed 
at businesspeople based in Margate, 
Cliftxmville and Westbrook. It runs 
from 7am to 8.30am. 

Those wishing to attend should 
email shan>n.sehasiian@thaneLgiiv. uk 
or phone 01843 577182. 

■ INTERNATIONAL delivery firm 
GBA Services has expanded into 
Kent. The company has set up its South 
East distribution hub at Montpelier 
Business Park, Ashford, a move expected 
to create 35 jobs. 

The depot will handle high-priority 
shipments using the company's Time 
Critical Division and also specialise in 
serving pharmaceutical-industry clients 
using its GDP Pharma Logistics operation. 

Depot manager Mike Candela said: 
“From Ashford we have unrivalled links to 
Europe, making it quicker, more CQSt- 
effective and greener for us to got our 
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Extra destinations give 
light at end of Tunnel 


By IMIflBUKE (MX 

marijke.oox@kosmedia,oo. uk 

PLANS to inn high-speed trains to 
a range of favoured European des¬ 
tinations are within touching dis¬ 
tance of being agreed after a dis¬ 
pute over safety was resolved. 

It could mean a 40 por cent increase in the 
number of passengers travelling through 
Europe on Euros tar, with new route options 
opening tip to places such as Amsterdam, 
Switzerland, Frankfurt and the Cote tTAzur in 
France. 

Popular 

For Kent, the move could create a significant 
boost in tourism, with a potential rise in visits 
by our Continental neighbours. 

Sandra MatthewsMarsh, the chief execu¬ 
tive of tourism board Visit Kent, said the co un¬ 
ty was already popular with visitors from 
Germany and The Netherlands, 

‘This would make it even simpler for them 
to come and enjoy a short bre;ik or longer stay 
with us, M she said, 

“We already work closely with tourism 
providers in both countries and this would 
strengthen our partnerships considerably” 

She continued: “Fast-train services to desti¬ 
nations across mainland Europe will open up 
new destinations and markets” 

Currently, French company Eurostar is only 
able to run liigh-speed trains to Brussels and 



ON TRACK: More European destinations are 
moving within reach of high-speed rail 


Paris from London, stopping at Ashford 
International and Ebbsfleet, due to a dispute 
over safety regulations. 

In October, German rail operator Deutsche 
Bahn expressed an interest in running trains 
from London through Europe and to Frank¬ 
furt, just as Eurostar announced it was look¬ 
ing to buy It) new trains from Siemens to add 
to its existing stock. 

But French safety regulators stated that the 
only trains able to travel safely through the 
Channel Tunnel were those with motors mid 
electrical equipment concentrated in power 
cars at either end of the locomotive - like those 
used on the Brussels and Paris trains. 


Tunnel operator Eurotunnel, however, 
argued the new trains., which have electric 
motors under the floor of each carriage, were 
safe to run in the Tunnel. The ongoing dispute 
meant that rad authorities in Europe had to 
intervene, 

A report released on Monday by the 
European Railway Agency found there was no 
basis to discriminate between the two designs, 
leaving the French state-owned operator 
SNCF, which controls Eurostar, able to buy the 
new stock. 

Competitive 

Eurotunnel spokesman John Keefe said it 
meant new destinations could be rolled out, 
with an expected passenger increase of 40 per 
cent. Tfs very gcM.)d news all round, w he said. 

“Well take a lot of business from airlines, 
and with Deutsche Balm also hoping to launch 
new routes it will mean competitive rates for 
passengers as choice expands” 

Mr Keefe said he was unsure of the exact 
timetable but said trains could potentially 
stop at Ashford international or Ebbsfleet, 

‘The next step is for the rule changes to be 
approved by the Channel Tunnel Inter¬ 
governmental Commission,” he said. 

‘Tills report was part of a series of steps to 
try to get approval for these trains - it was the 
most key part. 

“If it is approved, then we can start looking 
to operate to these destinations from 2013” 

As well as Amsterdam, Geneva and the Cote 
d'Azur, passengers will be able to take advan¬ 
tage of seasonal trips to destinations such as 
Avignon in the south of France and the Alps. 



MANY TANKS: Stove Bartholomew, loft, and the team from JB 
Landscape with one of the water-storage tanks being installed 

More flowing praise 


JB LANDSCAPE has won a further 
environmental contract from its 
Kent Science Park co-tenant 
AmicusHorizon. 

The firm was chosen to install 
underground water-storage tanks 
at Amicus sites throughout the 
Swale and Thames Gateway 
regions. 

Managing partner Steve Bart¬ 
holomew said: “These underwater 
tanks fill up from the houses’ 
external guttering. Rainwater is 
channeled along the guttering and 
downspouts into the tanks. 

"All we then have to do is attach 
a hosepipe and activate the simple 
pump mechanism and the rain¬ 
water, which would otherwise 


have run into the soakaway, can 
be used to water gardens. It 
sounds obvious, but it’s an 
extremely elegant system.” 

JB Landscape has further rea¬ 
son to celebrate after picking up 
two accreditations. 

Mandy Bartholomew, Steve’s 
wife and business partner, said: 
"This is a really exciting time for 
the company. We’ve been working 
towards these accreditations for 
two years and to see all that hard 
work paying off is very satisfying. 

k, WeVe always known all our 
work is carried out to the highest 
environmental and quality stan¬ 
dards and now we have the docu¬ 
mentation to prove it. H 



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THE BIG ^ 


I T IS often the case that the best 
inventions are also the most 
simple. 

I give more value to the development of the 
paper-clip and the Post-it note than I do to the 
iPod or its technologically superior big brother 
the iPad. 

The internet tells me that a bright young 
spark at the Gem Manufacturing Company 
was the first in the world to cunningly bend a 
strip of wire several times in order to attach 
one or more pieces of paper together; and that 
Dr Spencer Silver was the genius who 
developed a “low-tack, reusable, pressure- 
sensitive adhesive”, a scientific breakthrough 
now known as the Post-it. 

Both inventors deserve to be remembered 
among the great minds of our times for their 
work in making office life a tiny bit easier for 
millions of people across the globe. 

The iPod is brilliant - don’t get me wrong - 
but it’s the everyman factor of the paper-clip 
that particularly appeals to me. 

Surely there’s an existing product out there 
that I could improve and secure my millions? 


INTERVIEW 



TIGHT FIT: The Jubilee clip is everywhere 


Sadly, my eureka moment is yet to arrive. 

Commander Lumley Robinson had his in his 
shed in 1921. The retired naval officer - a 
constant tinkerer - developed the Jubilee 
worm-drive hose clip. 

His self-titled firm, L. Robinson and 
Company, now produces tens of millions of the 
small metal clips each year and exports them 
as far afield as the Middle East and Japan. 

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The great-grandson of the inventor of the 
Jubilee clip now oversees their production - 
shipping out tens of millions of the clasps each 
year. Ian Jennings has taken up the position of 
co-managing director of Gillingham-based firm 
L. Robinson and Co, which celebrates its 90th 
anniversary this year. 

The 26-year-old spoke to Business Week editor 
SIMON ROBINSON about how his tinkering 
great-grandfather came up with the clip in his 
garden shed and how the business now 
exports to countries as far afield as the Middle 
East and eastern Asia. ian jennings 



Lumley’s granddaughter’s husband, John 
Jennings, and great-grandson, Ian. 

Ian, 26, explained how the clip went from 
invention to export product in just two 
years. 

“At the time, the traditional method to 
fasten hoses was to take a strip of metal, 
drill a hole in each end, bend it round and 
put a nut and bolt through the top. 

“After my great-grandfather retired, he 
was a bit of a 
tinkerer and sat 
in his shed with 
some tools and 
fiddled with 
things. 

“He thought 
there must be a 
way you could 
improve the 
fastening so you 
have something 
that does not 
require any work 
to build. 

“He came up 
with the thread 
and the screw 
device, got a 
patent, then 
bought some 
steel and got 
engineers to 
make them. 

“Then he went 
to London and 
went round to 
garages and 
asked if they 
wanted to buy a 
few. He sold them on the basis that they’re 
cleaner and save time. It caught on quite 
well.” 

Ian took his place with the family firm, 
which celebrates its 90th anniversary this 
year, in 2006 after completing a law degree 


at the University of Southampton. 

At the company’s Gillingham headquarters, 
I asked the young MD if he had proven his 
Jubilee clip credentials to the 130-strong 
workforce. 

“You need to ask the guys who work here,” 
he said. “I hope so, as we’re all interdependent. 
I rely on them and they rely on me, so there 
has to be an element of trust. 

“I’m sure there would have been people 
saying ‘This is a 
clear case of 
nepotism’, but 
family businesses 
are subject to that 
all the time. Time 
will tell whether or 
not my position is 
justified. 

“I like to think 
that if I try my 
best and apply 
myself, then my 
appointment will 
be justified.” 

Ian first took up 
a position at the 
family firm more 
through chance 
than design. 
Having graduated 
in May 2006, he 
took on the 
company-secretary 
role just two 
months later. 

“After I 

graduated I didn’t 
have any real 
plans,” he said. 
“Like most students, I thought I’d have a 
normal summer and then focus on getting a 
job. I was not pushed into joining the firm 
as my family felt it was important for me to 
find my own way. 

“But then the company secretary became 


IAN JENNINGS: CV 

EDUCATION 

• 1991 -95 - Fairview Junior School 

• 1995-2001 - Rainham Mark Grammar 
School 

• 2001 -06 - University of Southampton 
EMPLOYMENT 

• Jubilee Clips (packing occasionally, but 
quite rarely, as discussed) 

• Sutton Kilkhoff Boulding and Co (after¬ 
school admin, during A-levels) 

• Berry Nicholls and Parsons Catering Hire 
(logistics and handling, summer work when 
at university and again during A-levels and 
GCSEs - this was ideal as it is a very sea¬ 
sonal business) 

• Lawcomm Solicitors (fee-earner; sand¬ 
wich year from university) 

• L. Robinson & Co (Gillingham) and 
Jubilee Clips (acting company secretary 
2006-07; company secretary 2007-11; 
managing director 2011) 























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ill and had to take a lot of time off. 

“At the time we were looking into buying a 
new building and moving from five properties 
into one, a task that is made more easy by 
having a law degree as I have experience 
dealing with surveyors and solicitors. 

“So with my background it was a good fit. I 
was at a family garden barbecue and a 
neighbour said Why don’t you go in and 
make yourself useful?’. So I did.” 

After learning the ropes of the business 
through taking on the secretarial and 
accountancy duties, Jennings was later made 
co-managing director alongside his father, a 
move he says has proved mutually beneficial. 


“It is often the case that when two people 
who know more than I do in the company 
come to me and want money for two different 
things I can only afford one. 

“I need to be able to understand what it is 
they need the money for and then make an 
informed decision.” 

Jennings says his workforce gives the firm 
the advantage over its rivals. 

“I have absolute supreme confidence in my 
staff. The fact the company has reached this 
age is all to do with their expertise and 
ability. The only lasting competitive 
advantage is knowledge, as that cannot be 
replicated. 

“If the advantage was location, then rivals 
can move into your town. “If it’s machinery, 
then they can buy it. It’s people who make 
the difference. And without doubt we’ve got 
some great people here.” 


Jennings has clearly worked hard in gaining an in- 
depth knowledge of both his family’s business and the 
market in which it sits. 

And he is keen to further extend his knowledge by 
getting his hands dirty on the shop floor. 

The MD said: “I don’t have any engineering 
background or training, but I’m very interested in that 
stuff, though. 

“I can’t operate every machine in the building and 
certainly not as well as our trained and experienced 
engineers, but it’s important for me to have an under¬ 
standing of how things work. 


TAKE A STAND: Ian Jennings (left) promoting 
his great-grandfather’s invention 


“I hope my dad finds it more relaxing 
having someone to share things with. We 
have quite a good relationship - it’s probably 
better now we’re working together.” 

Jennings has big plans for the firm. 

‘Why aim low? Michelangelo said aim high and miss, 
as it’s much better than aiming low and never finding 
out what you could have achieved. We’re an established 
company, but our market share is not huge because 
we’re at the premium end of the market. 

“There is scope to improve that by educating people 
who buy clips that our products are not just brand 
names - there’s a quality aspect to it as well. 

“There’s also room to go further afield. There’s a new 
world emerging, particularly in the Far East, where 
high-quality technical products are demanded.” 


Networking banishes the gloom 


DON’T listen to the merchants of gloom 
- there’s never been a better time for 
local entrepreneurs to start up their own 
businesses. 

The verdict comes from the Wealden 
Business Group, a Tenterden-based 
networking organisation whose mem¬ 
bers range from a plumber to a solicitor, 
from electrician to finance broker. 

Group chairman Mike Parmar said: “If 
people who want to run their own busi¬ 
nesses listen to the prophets of doom 
and the claims that banks aren’t lend¬ 
ing, they’re sadly misinformed. 

“We’re finding it’s a great time for start¬ 
ups. Two of our newest young mem¬ 
bers - a tree surgeon and a plumber - 
have started up since the recession 
began and are going great guns. 

“And our banker members are being 
highly positive: if you have a good busi¬ 
ness plan, then they have money to 
lend.” 

Parmar, who runs telecoms consultan¬ 
cy Wave2 Communications from his 
home in Appledore, said: “I know plen¬ 
ty of people who have started up busi- 


MIKE PARMAR: Positive outlook 

nesses, many from their spare bed¬ 
rooms, and they’re doing very well. 
“And there are members of our group 
who were thinking about retiring and 


haven’t, not because they can’t afford 
to, but because there are so many good 
business opportunities out there.” 
However, Parmar stresses that new 
business start-ups need to be disci¬ 
plined and professional about market¬ 
ing, cash control and networking. 
“People buy from people”, he said. “For 
instance, there have been no fewer than 
400 referrals between our 30 members 
in the past year. Put simply - network¬ 
ing works.” 

Wealden Business Group welcomes 
applications for membership from local 
businessmen and women. Visit 
www.wealden-business-group.co.uk or 
phone secretary Justin Nelson on 0844 
880 4698 for more information. 

The group, which meets each week at 
Little Silver Hotel, Tenterden, has guest 
speakers, organises trips - visits to the 
European Parliament in Strasbourg, 
Canary Wharf and Port Lympne are on 
this year’s schedule - and enjoy regular 
social occasions to raise funds for their 
nominated charity, The Caldecott 
Foundation at Smeeth, near Ashford. 


IAN’S TOP TIPS 

• People are really important. “Picking 
good ones and maintaining good rela¬ 
tionships with them has got to make 
sense and that is true with suppliers 
and customers as much as with staff.” 

• Maintain a positive attitude. “I am fair¬ 
ly sure that people and businesses with 
defeatist attitudes get defeated. 
Whatever may happen, I think it is 
important to take as many positives 
from any situation as possible.” 

• Focus on the basics. “For us, that 
means hose clips. Our customers 
come to us for hose clips, so that is the 
first thing we have to get right.” 

• Ask for help. “Whatever the subject, 
there will always be somebody who 
knows more about it, so ask them - you 
might learn something.” 


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EXPERT ADVICE: MBA students and Kent companies have collaborated to mutual benefit 


By SIMOM BOBIMSON 

simon.robinson@kosmedia.co.uk 

BUSINESS experts have been pro¬ 
viding their consultancy services to 
small and medium-sized compa¬ 
nies as part of their postgraduate 
qualification. 

The Kent Masters in Business 
Administration (MBA) students offered their 
advice to eight firms across the county during 
Consultancy Week. 

Simon Reed, producer of Rough Old Wife 
Cider, based in Old Wives Lees, near 
Canterbury, said he had benefited from the 
student service. 

“The students delivered a very good 
overview of the cider business and spotted 
some elements of our business and its portray¬ 
al on the website - both deliberate and acci¬ 
dental - which could be sharpened up,” he 
said. 

“The students remarked on the lack of obvi¬ 
ous Twitter connection from the website and 
this has already been addressed.” 

Jonathan Ryan, a wedding photographer 
from Canterbury, said: “The questions they 


asked in the first five minutes made me 
realise this was going to be a useful day. At the 
presentation, I realised they had figured out 
stuff in three hours that I’d spent four years 
realising. There were genuinely new ideas 
that I’ll be trialling which will hopefully 
increase business for me.” 

“The process went much deeper than I had 
expected and I found their interest in my busi¬ 
ness inspiring,” said Annie McNamara, a copy¬ 
writer from Tankerton. 

“They asked perceptive questions and came 
up with very constructive suggestions relating 
to my research, pricing and website strategy.” 

The consultancy task was one of a range of 
networking activities the Kent Business 
School professionals will have to undertake to 
gain the MBA. 

Students have also conducted a live econom¬ 
ic impact study on the possibility of a new 
Kent airport at the request of the BBC. 

MBA director Rajendra Shirole said: “The 
possibility of a new airport in Kent has 
received much media coverage, so it is good to 
see Kent MBA students at Kent Business 
School working on a Live Economic Impact 
Study for the BBC as well as being involved in 
such a high-profile initiative for Kent. 

“Their study involves identifying the econom¬ 


ic benefits of a new airport in the region, and its 
contribution to the South East economy. 

“It is just one of the projects undertaken as 
part of the Kent MBA programme which 
enables students to work with local and 
national organisations on some of their key 
projects, gaining a real and relevant insight 
into how their business is affected by current 
economic challenges and changes. 

“The study also provides a collaborative 
approach for students to grow tangible busi¬ 
ness connections, gain a deeper understanding 
of the challenges the organisation faces, enrich 
their business knowledge and sharpen their 
leadership skills.” 

Kent MBA students will also be working on 
initiatives for Kent County Council as part of 


their MBA project, which includes enterprises 
such as applying systems thinking in the pub¬ 
lic sector; social return on investment; and 
development of an email and internet usage 
policy, among several other projects scheduled 
for delivery between June and August. 

Other Kent MBA students are working with 
the power generation organisation Cummins, 
at its Manston site in Thanet. 

They are looking towards the possibility of 
providing a live strategic project that involves 
working collaboratively with the senior man¬ 
agement team at Cummins. 

The details are being finalised, with the pos¬ 
sibility of this joint intervention starting in 
early summer. For more information, visit 
www.kent.ac.uk/kbs 


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Flanagan joins trust team 


EAST Mailing Trust has appointed Sally 
Flanagan as its business development 
director. 

The former Hadlow College business 
development manager has been brought in 
to help the charitable trust strengthen its ties 
with the business community, academia and 
key industry and community organisations. 

Flanagan said she was looking forward to 


the role. “With food security and adapting to 
climate change increasingly on the agenda, 
it is clear the trust, and the work of East 
Mailing Research, are internationally impor¬ 
tant,” she said. 

“I’m delighted to be joining the team and 
playing my part in nurturing the already 
strong relations between the trust and key 
organisations in the land-based community.” 


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Park workshop on 
employment law 


THE latest employment law 
updates will be explained at a 
Kent Science Park workshop 
next month. 

Employment experts from 
Maidstone-based law firm 
Brachers LLP will discuss 
recent changes to the default 
retirement age, flexible working 
and shared parental leave. 

The company’s Richard 
Thompson said: “Employment 
law is probably the area of law 
that is of the most constant con¬ 
cern to business owners. 

“Legislation can move so 
quickly and it’s extremely diffi¬ 
cult to understand your legal sit¬ 
uation regarding employees. 

“An issue confusing a lot of 
employers at the moment sur¬ 
rounds the leave people are enti¬ 


tled to take when they, or their 
partner, are having a child. 

“Much has been made of the 
Government’s extensions to 
paternity-leave entitlements 
and pay, and there is now legis¬ 
lation allowing a couple to effec¬ 
tively share out the time they 
can spend off work. 

“For employers, knowing 
where you stand can be a mine¬ 
field. Our workshops always 
start by looking at the latest leg¬ 
islation and clearly explaining 
the implications. 

“We are then always happy to 
take any questions from dele¬ 
gates on issues that are of par¬ 
ticular concern.” 

The workshop will be on 
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Billions are lost 
to cyber crooks 



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BUSINESSES are being advised to protect themselves 
against the rising risk of cyber crime. 


The warning was made by 
Ashford-based Bluefin Insurance 
Services after Cabinet Office 
research found data breaches and 
malicious attacks were costing UK 
businesses £21 billion a year. 

The company’s head of customer 
proposition, Peter Castle, said: 
“Cyber crime is an increasingly 
serious problem, but many tradi¬ 
tional insurance policies could 
leave businesses vulnerable in the 
event of an attack.” 

The Government report revealed 
the most common forms of cyber 
crime were theft of intellectual 
property, industrial espionage, 
extortion and theft of customer 
data. It is thought the true cost of 
cyber crime to UK businesses could 
be much higher as many incidents 
are not reported publicly. 

Further research by the Ponemon 
Institute indicates a 7 per cent rise 
in the cost of data breaches com¬ 
pared with the same period last 
year. The institute found 77 per 
cent of UK businesses had suffered 
at least one data breach over the 


past year at a cost of £112 per 
record lost. 

Despite a rise in the number of 
high-profile data breaches, with 
insurance giant Zurich and the 
Rural Payments Agency sanctioned 
for losing sensitive data, Castle 
said many many insurance policies 
had failed to keep pace with the 
growth of virtual crime. 

“Even the smallest business can 
accumulate critical information 
and sensitive customer details on 
its computer files and the loss of 
these assets could have a cata¬ 
strophic effect on the business and 
its customers,” he said. 

“Historically, most policies cover 
against physical loss or damage 
and, as a result, won’t protect 
against electronic risk exposure as 
data is virtual and intangible. 

“However, in the past year or so, 
a small number of insurance com¬ 
panies have responded by develop¬ 
ing policies that cover additional 
areas such as breach of network 
security, privacy liability, reputa¬ 
tional harm and cyber extortion.” 


CYBER CRIME 


Protect your business 

To help safeguard businesses from 
the threat of cyber crime, Bluefin 
offers the following advice: 

• Examine current insurance policies 
and consider whether specialist 
cover is required. 

• Review IT systems and ensure all 
firewall protection and anti-virus 
software is updated regularly. 

• Conduct a cyber-crime risk 
assessment to identify any weak 
points in security. 

• Provide refresher training to 
employees highlighting ways to 
improve data security. 

• The Cabinet Office report identifies 
businesses in IP intensive industries 
such as pharmaceuticals and 
manufacturing as being most at risk 
of cyber crime. 

Businesses in these fields should 
consider taking out extra protection 
to guard against the consequences 
of a loss of data. 


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GOING UNDERGROUND: The Bunker Secure Hosting at Ash 

The Bunker mentality 
takes on golden glow 


THE Bunker secure data centre 
has shown it values service as 
much as IT know-how after 
becoming a gold member of the 
Service Desk Institute (SDI). 

The Bunker Secure Hosting Ltd 
houses computer systems for 
clients such as the Government, 
financial-services organisations 
and technology firms from a 
military-grade nuclear bunker at 
Ash, near Sandwich. 

A company official said being a 
member of the SDI gave The 
Bunker access to the best indus¬ 
try knowledge and expert advice. 

Service manager Nicola Davies 
said: “A modern data centre 
requires more than technicians to 
keep servers running. We provide 


fully-outsourced IT solutions, 
including first-line customer sup¬ 
port for applications, proactive 
problem prevention and compre¬ 
hensive customer support. 

“The service team are an inte¬ 
gral part of The Bunker’s data 
centre as a service solution. 

“I am delighted The Bunker’s 
service desk is now a gold mem¬ 
ber of SDI and we will continue to 
ensure our team remains ahead 
on innovation.” 

The Bunker is protected by a 
3.5-metre perimeter fence, 3m- 
thick walls, solid-steel doors, 
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