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Borough

AUTUMN 2019

THE COMMUNITY MAGAZINE FROM MAIDSTONE BOROUGH COUNCIL

HARVEST TIME TAKE A TOUR AROUND

PRODUCED YALDING
IN KENT SEASONAL WHAT’S ON
GO GREEN, GO WILD
DISCOVER
M A I D S TO N E ' S CLEAN AND GREEN
BIN THE NAPPY
FOOD TRAILS
RECYCLING TIPS
AND RECIPES

PRIDE IN OUR BOROUGH


Interview IN THIS ISSUE....

A249 Bearsted Road HOMES AND COMMUNITIES


Flooding and Flood Wardens 4

improvement scheme Borough Insight meets the cast of this


years Hazlitt Theatre Panto, page 14
Village Insight - Yalding
Maidstone Radio
Outreach Team and Winter Church Scheme
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LETTER FROM THE LEADER
Starts spring 2020 As the year draws to a close it's time
to reflect on another busy 12 months
SAFE, CLEAN AND GREEN
Domestic Abuse 12
Works will be taking place to improve traffic flow on the for Maidstone Borough Council. Recycling 13
We’ve adopted a new Strategic Plan Go Green, Go Wild, Electric Vehicle Charging 18
A249 Bearsted Road and are due to start in spring 2020. with a vision to make Maidstone a Memory Walk 19
Funding has been secured to help improve this hotspot in Maidstone and aims to alleviate vibrant, prosperous, urban and rural
congestion, not only in the short-term but taking into account the anticipated increase in community at the heart of Kent, where EMBRACING GROWTH & ENABLING INFRASTRUCTURE
the traffic over the coming years. everyone can realise their potential.
Housing 10
The Plan focuses on four priorities – one being ‘Embracing
The scheme will: Local Plan Review, Innovation Centre Update 11
Growth and Enabling Infrastructure'; as part of that, the
• upgrade two junctions on the A249 Bearsted Road and New Cut Road Council has taken the lead to ensure the borough does this A THRIVING PLACE
• widen the road between the two junctions positively with the proposal for a new Garden Community,
Making Maidstone More Active 8
• accommodate increased traffic volumes to the east of Lenham. This could provide around 5,000
• support local development homes as well as community facilities, healthcare, Health and Wellbeing 9
• ease congestion education, retail, jobs, leisure and open-green space Hazlitt Theatre Panto Interview 14
• improve traffic flow and journey time reliability. in a new integrated and sustainable settlement. Produced in Kent 15
The Council aims to act as the master-developer, leading Christmas on the Home Front 16
A contract for the scheme is out to tender and due to be awarded in the winter. It is anticipated
the design process, enabling the required infrastructure, Museum What's On 17
that off-road works will start in early 2020 when we can then update residents and commuters identifying suitable development partners and overseeing
about the timescales for the improvement works to the highway which are now expected to the stewardship of the new community. We are currently
Christmas Markets & Christmas Collection Dates 22
start in the spring (2020). at the start of a long process and although the Policy and MidKent College 23
Resources Committee took the first step to consider the
proposal it will be evaluated against all others through What Matters to our Mayor 20
the statutory Local Plan Review process that lies ahead. Contact the Council, Brexit Details 21
Works This edition of Borough Insight reflects on the Strategic
Bearsted Road Plan priorities including ‘A Thriving Place’- encouraging
everyone to help Make Maidstone More Active, shaping
the future of our leisure services for the next 25 years by
New Cut Road
taking part in a short survey so we can understand what
Maidstone
Studios
matters most to you.
The ‘Homes and Communities’ homeless features look
Delays are expected during the works, so we advise that all residents, commuters and businesses at the work of the Outreach Team, and some of the
that travel in or through Maidstone consider their travel options, plan ahead and allow extra time. volunteering opportunities making a difference in our
borough, while ‘Safe Clean and Green’ celebrates various
You can keep up to date with the works by subscribing to the newsletter by emailing projects that have been recognised and awarded a £250 Meet the MBC Communications Team
bearstedroad.majorproject@kent.gov.uk grant by the ‘Go Green, Go Wild scheme.’
on our website at I am incredibly proud of Maidstone and when you read Editors: Julie Maddocks, Ella Watkins, Ella Martignetti
kent.gov.uk/bearstedroad Borough Insight I’m sure you will be too; there are so many Design: Natalie Tye, Sue Fuller
and by following our Twitter account examples of the people who live and work here and make Advertising Sales: communications@maidstone.gov.uk
@A249BearstedRd it a borough that works for everyone.
In the last edition of Borough Insight, we gave
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maidstonebc maidstoneboroughcouncil The lucky winner was Anne-Marie Woodcock.
maidstonecouncil maidstonebc Front cover photograph provided by A C Goatham of Royal Gala
Apples being harvested in an orchard at Sutton Valence

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HOMES AND COMMUNITIES REGENERATION
HOMES AND COMMUNITIES

FLOODING
The floods of 2013-14 remain vivid
in the memories of many people
Village Insight Yalding
across the borough of Maidstone.
Properties were damaged by flood
water which entered homes on the
morning of Christmas Day.
Although it was reported that only
41 properties were flooded the
water restricted access for many
residents and businesses which
were cut off over the festive period.
Should the worst happen again, Flooding of the
River Medway
the Environment Agency and in Maidstone
Maidstone Borough Council town centre.
are working with residents and
businesses to prepare and as part
of that are asking you if you would
be able to help by becoming
a volunteer Flood Warden?
Currently 1,679 properties are
Flooding be prepared: Thanks to the refurbished ‘Gardens’ In addition to what is clearly a thriving
the village now plays host to weddings place for business is the community
Flood fact: and events as a stunning local venue. at the heart of the village with local
at risk of flooding from the River According to Wikipedia - Yalding is:
groups ranging from a Football Club
Medway, but only 22% of people 1 in 6 homes in the UK is at risk of flooding – is yours one of them? “a peaceful tranquil village, a favourite Borough Insight went to the village
to Bee Keeper’s Association, Sea
in Maidstone are signed up to the of children’s author Edith Nesbit and met ward Councillor Steve
Scouts, Cubs, Allotment Association,
Environment Agency’s free Flood What can you do? (author of the Railway Children), McLoughlin for a whistle stop tour;
choir, Zumba, art group and dance
Warning Service. home to a haunted churchyard, a fine having lived in the village since 1991
school to name but just a few.
Some areas that are in severe risk
• Visit gov.uk/know-your-risk to check if you are at risk church and a beautiful 15th century the Councillor is very familiar with the
and sign up for flood warnings Town Bridge.” area and the people who live there. The parish, which includes the
of flooding including Yalding, have
villages of Benover and Laddingford
seen (or will see), flood prevention • Prepare a flood plan for your property Situated where three rivers meet,
has a population of around 2,500 and
measures installed. The work is being the Medway, Beult and Teise, in recent
• Investigate property flood protection with 100 new homes currently being
carried out by the Environment years the village has been associated
Agency with central government • Consider volunteering to be a flood warden with flooding. However, if you’ve visited
built locally is growing all the time.
funding as part of the Middle Medway – you will receive training the area you’ll realise that this doesn’t With such a wide range of amenities
Flood Partnership of which Maidstone • Have a flood kit of essential items at home begin to tell even half the story. for its residents and businesses
Borough Council is a member – quite literally on the doorstep -
• Visit gov.uk to check river levels, live flood map Not only does it have a wealth of
you can understand why Councillor
Maidstone needs 34 Flood Wardens history, thanks to the War Memorial
and weather warnings McLouglin is so proud: “A place is
to cover the area. If you become in the centre of the village and the
a Flood Warden being proactive in To register f or Flood Warden training call 01622 212409 a place, but it is nothing without the
beautiful St Peter & St Paul’s Church
your area is a key part of the role – people – they’re so important and
or email krf.events@kent.fire-uk.org with its lych-gate, Yalding appears Clearly very proud of the village are the heart of the community. Why
reinforcing the messages from the to be one of the most thriving villages he represents and lives in, Steve
Council and the Environment Agency Yalding Parish Councillor wouldn’t you want to live in Yalding?”
in our borough today. It is home to McLoughlin said: “Principally we
about flood resilience. You would Geraldine Brown said: he asked - and it is a great question
a number of successful businesses should promote and support all
also help increase awareness of – why wouldn’t you?
"Flood Wardens play a vital including four pubs, teashop, Indian the commercial activity here and
the risk of flooding and encourage Restaurant, Post Office, Village
role in helping local residents, I’m always happy to do so – we’ve
people to sign-up to receive flood especially the elderly and Stores, Orchard View Garage and so much on offer. I can’t go in to
warning from the Environment Agency. most vulnerable, to stay safe Library. The new Boathouse bar the village without seeing someone
at times of flooding, ensuring and restaurant and Teapot Island I know – especially on Farmer’s
awareness of the event and - a museum housing over 8,000 Market day which takes place
seeking further help where teapots, are buzzing with visitors every third Saturday of each month.”
Visit the website needed."
and locals alike.
www.gov.uk/environment-agency
for Kent information visit
www.kentprepared.org.uk

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HOMES AND COMMUNITIES REGENERATION
HOMES AND COMMUNITIES
MAIDSTONE RADIO YOUNG LIVES The Homeless Outreach Team
FOUNDATION Since it was Mind at
The Maidstone based charity -
introduced in
September 2018,

Christmas:
Young Lives Foundation (YLF) the Homeless The festive period
is looking for volunteers to Outreach Team has can be a particularly
support their services and worked with more difficult time of year
young people. than 130 people who for anyone who struggles
have a history of rough with a mental health condition.
Whether you want to gain new
sleeping and in immediate risk According to NHS figures, one in
experiences, develop a career
of homelessness offering them four people in the UK are likely to
path or simply give an hour a
support and advice. experience a mental health problem
week, being a YLF volunteer
will make a HUGE difference. The work of the team has made a huge impact on those people helping to rebuild every year.
their lives. They provide them with the building blocks to lead healthier, happier Research by the mental health
The charity believes that every lives, which helps reduce anti-social behaviour in the borough. charity Mind found the consequences
young person in need should
The work generally starts with support to access benefits or employment, of the pressure to have ‘the perfect
A brand-new radio The project relies entirely on donations have access to resources and
GPs and healthcare, treatment and support for substance misuse issues, Christmas’ leaves one in ten people
station is coming and is looking for volunteers to become opportunities they may need
access to mental health provision and direct assistance with basic life skills, feeling unable to cope.
to town as Maidstone involved – including presenters, to help them achieve their
Radio is scheduled to launch in December. journalists, a station manager and potential and lead fulfilled lives. such as budgeting, cooking and other tenancy sustainment preparation. Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind
fund-raisers. According to the station YLF dedicates over 36,000 provides year-round support offering
The project which aims to ‘bring Maidstone The Council also works with the long-term housing solution scheme called
co-founder Stuart Baker: “You don’t voluntary hours supporting everything from community activity
back together’ is the result of a chance ‘Housing First’, available through the affordable housing sector, which is a result
need experience – skills can be taught more than 3,500 vulnerable groups, training opportunities,
conversation between a group of friends of close working relationships with Golding Homes and mhs homes. The two
– all we need is people who have bags people each year. to a low-cost counselling service.
who decided to follow their passion for housing associations are currently providing 14 tenancies, a variety of supported
radio and “make it happen.” of enthusiasm and a willingness to get accommodation and assisting rough sleepers through the housing register process. If you would like to learn more about
involved.” If you would like to become the Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind
The new community service which has If anyone finds a rough sleeper please let the local team know about them at
Maidstone Radio supporter Councillor a YLF volunteer apply online services visit the website:
a purpose-built radio studio based at the the www.streetlink.org.uk website. You will need to complete some details
Fay Gooch added: “This is a fabulous at: www.ylf.org.uk for more www.maidstonemind.org
Maidstone Community Support Centre in about the person, then this information is sent straight through to the local
project for the whole of the borough. details, or contact: Will or email the team via their Help E-Mail
Marsham Street, will focus on the people, team. Maidstone Outreach Team will then go and find the rough sleeper and
It’s really important for Maidstone to Porter on 07936 349129 for line: mindhelp@mmkmind.org.uk
businesses, charities and groups from offer support. Alternatively you can contact the team direct at;
connect with its residents and radio Volunteering Opportunities.
across the borough. It will be on-air from outreach@maidstone.gov.uk Alternatively, you can call them on:
7am to 10pm seven days a week, it will is a perfect way to do it.” 01622 692383
include a combination of live and pre- Find out more about Maidstone Cllr
recorded programmes including interviews, Radio from the website:
.M
ar Maidstone Churches Release The Pressure - A Freephone
helpline accessible 24/7 for residents
features and a good mix of music. www.wearemaidstone.com
Winter Shelter
tin
in Kent by calling 0800 107 0160.

Co
Samaritans - Accessible 24/7 by

xm
dialling 116 123. Great for a chat, but
KENT ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND aking a record this service is not operated by clinically
Not everyone can see this trained staff.
For over 1,000 sight The Association’s Talking News Shout - Text support for people in
impaired residents in is recorded each week by a team crisis. Simply text 85258 for support.
ing

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and newspapers can be a struggle. local editions of the Kent Messenger Volunteer sessions run each morning from
Accessibility options on computers newspaper series. Talking News 7-9am (breakfast & clean up), in the evening
and phones can be a huge help for is a free service that you can listen 6.30pm-10pm (set up, cook/serve meals and engage
visually impaired users, however, this to via the KAB website or they can A warm overnight welcome for Maidstone’s homeless with guests) and 9.30pm -7am (overnight cover).
isn’t a preferred format for some people. send you a memory stick. The Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter provides a hot The overnight shifts are the hardest to cover and involve
Losing your sight can have a massive As a charity, it depends on donations to meal, a listening ear and a warm, safe place to sleep four volunteers each night, working in pairs, spending half
impact on the way you live your life, from support its services. Making a donation each night for up to 15 street homeless in Maidstone. the night sleeping and half awake.
getting around and cooking, to retaining to Kent Association for the Blind will This coming winter will be its 7th year of operation and the
friendships and feeling isolated. make such a big difference to the lives Even volunteering for one or two overnight sessions over
shelter will be opening its doors for 12 weeks from 3rd the period of the shelter can make a huge difference.
For almost 100 years, Kent of sight impaired people across Kent. January until the morning of 30th March 2020. If you wish to volunteer for any of the sessions or to find
Association for the Blind has been To request your copy of Talking News or to
This photo shows three volunteers The shelter is run using seven different church buildings out more, please contact the office on 01622 296450
supporting sight impaired people support KAB, please get in touch on 01622 (Terry, Joan and Jane) recording the (one per night each week) by a small team of part-time or email: mcwsoffice@maidstoneshelter.org.uk
to live independent lives. 691357 or email enquiry@kab.org.uk Talking News Maidstone edition. staff supported by many volunteers. or visit www.maidstoneshelter.org.uk

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A THRIVING PLACE A THRIVING PLACE
Health and fitness go hi-tech at MidKent College

Have Your Nestled in the heart of the University Centre Maidstone


(UCM) building at the Oakwood Park complex lies
a state-of-the-art life sciences laboratory and
and Medway creates a significant demand for skills
from employers looking to develop their
businesses here.
environmental chamber.
This investment will help to

Say..
The laboratory, operated by MidKent College, opened provide those skills. The
earlier this year welcoming students from Sport, study programmes we
Science and Healthcare disciplines to train and study will introduce in the new
in a modern monitoring and testing facility. laboratory will help us
Industry standard fitness and lab equipment is to meet the needs of
complemented by the chamber, which can be used to those employers, and
test the effects of environmental conditions on exercise prepare local people
performance, recovery times, and medical conditions. to secure and develop
Jointly funded by the College and the South East their careers in the
Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), investment sector.”
in the laboratory is a direct response to the growth
GYM
of Maidstone’s science and healthcare sector, and in
particular job creation at Kent Medical Campus.
The College, rated Good by Ofsted and with a strong
track record of preparing students for employment,
works in partnership with local employers to ensure
that its programmes and apprenticeships meet the
skills needs of local businesses. It hopes that this
new resource will help local people gain the skills,
Help to shape the future of leisure services in Maidstone knowledge and experience they need to secure these
for the next 25 years and be in with a chance of winning new employment opportunities.
tickets to some of Maidstone’s top attractions. Simon Cook, Principal of MidKent College, said: “The
anticipated growth in science and healthcare in Kent
The survey, which is being run by Maidstone Borough The survey, open until 15 December, is the first phase
Council will be used to transform leisure services, asking of the review. Following this, groups that represent the
people how they would like to keep active in the future. population will be identified and smaller forums will be
arranged across the borough in order to capture analysis
Mike Evans, Leisure Manager said:
"Maidstone Borough Council wants to create a place where
everyone aspires to be physically active, however we need
that is more detailed. It is planned for the review to run
until April 2021. free tips, apps and
to find out what that means to different groups of people.
For some it may mean going to a gym, for others it may be
The survey will take around six minutes
to complete and can be found online at
services to help you.
taking part in a Parkrun, or a game of bowls.
Maidstone Borough Council Consultations
“In the future people may want to take their health and
fitness in different ways to how they do now. We need to
page: Leisure & Sport in Maidstone Survey
www.maidstone.gov.uk/consultations
• Lose weight
keep pace with changing needs and this review gives us
the opportunity to understand exactly what residents want Everyone who enters will be entered into a prize draw • Drink less
from their local leisure service and to incorporate those to win a choice of: Four tickets to the Hazlitt Theatre
elements into the next leisure contract. pantomime on 27th December 2019, A day out for four • Move more
start the
to the Museum of Kent Life, A fourball of golf at Cobtree
“We are encouraging everyone to take part in the survey,
residents and visitors, as the results will affect the lives
Manor Park Golf Course or a three-month membership • Stop smoking
of Maidstone Leisure Centre.
of everyone who lives in or visits the borough.

fight back to
Alternatively contact the Leisure Services Team for help
“Maidstone’s current leisure services contract with
completing the survey at: moreactive@maidstone.gov.uk
Maidstone Leisure Trust and Serco ends in 2024. We work
very well with both organisations and will continue to do so Look out for public events taking place around the borough Search One you kent

a healthier
during the next five years. This review is all about being as where you can fill in the survey and talk to a representative
call 0300 123 1220
prepared as possible for the opportunities available to us from the team. For more information visit Maidstone
when we enter the contract review period.” Borough Council website on www.maidstone.gov.uk email oneyoukent@NHS.net

you These services are delivered


on behalf of Kent County Council
by Maidstone Borough Council
and the NHS

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EMBRACING GROWTH ENABLING INFRASTRUCTURE
INNOVATION CENTRE LOCAL PLAN REVIEW
NEW AFFORDABLE HOMES

mhs homes.
Andrew Conners,
The new ‘Innovation Centre’ at the Maidstone Borough Council is due to
Kent Medical Campus is scheduled to publish submissions from its’ recent
A groundbreaking partnership is set rent and shared ownership be open for business in summer 2021. ‘Call for Sites’ exercise, which closed in

from
to see 28 affordable new homes built element of what will prove to be May; an open request for information
in Maidstone. an outstanding development in the Beside Junction 7 of the M20 it will

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er and Jack Crabtre and leisure. It provides key evidence
provide 23 homes for affordable rent ultimate goal of helping to end the med-tech sectors. The centre is
and five for shared ownership on two housing crisis in north Kent.” expected to support around 270 jobs in preparation of Maidstone Council’s
Cllr. Derek Mortimer, Chairman
town centre sites, at Union Street and generating £120m of additional gross Local Plan Review (LPR).
As well as providing new homes, set of the Communities, Housing and
Brunswick Street. Environment Committee, added: value added to the local economy The 330 submissions received as part
to be completed by September 2020,
over the next decade reinforcing of the ‘Call for Sites’ exercise, provided
In total the development will provide the redevelopment will contribute
“I hope this partnership will the message that Maidstone is the a list to select preferred sites to meet
Maidstone stonemasons,
94 much-needed new homes across to the long-awaited improvement
the two sites. Forty of the homes of Brunswick Street and Union
be the start of an ongoing and Business Capital of Kent. future development needs. create Navy monument
productive relationship. mhs
will be available for market rent as Street and help create a better The submission details are available Councillor Gordon Newton, a skilled
homes is a dynamic organisation
part of the Council’s portfolio and the neighbourhood for existing and online: www.maidstone.gov.uk prior stonemason, was commissioned
that is committed to providing
remaining 26 will be for sale. future residents. to any decisions relating to these sites by the Plymouth Merchant Navy
affordable homes for the people
being made. Association to design and build a
“We’re proud to be working with of Maidstone.”
monument on Plymouth Hoe in Devon.
Maidstone Borough Council to ‘Call for Sites’ details will be used
For more on how mhs homes alongside evidence and assessments The monument was created by the
deliver these much-needed new
is providing new homes for local to inform the LPR - the next public Stone Shop at East Farleigh, Maidstone
homes.” explained mhs Development
people, see mhs.org.uk consultation in February 2020 will and commemorates the massive loss
Manager Jack Crabtree. “We’re
delighted that the Council has chosen outline preferred approaches to of Merchant Seamen during two world
mhs homes to take on the affordable managing future development and wars. It was unveiled by HRH Princess
associated requirements. Anne on 3rd September.

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SAFE, CLEAN AND GREEN SAFE, CLEAN AND GREEN
Martyn Jeynes, Community Protection Manager at
Breaking the silence on domestic Maidstone Borough Council, presented at the workshop. RECYCLING WEEK
abuse in Maidstone He said: “Domestic abuse isn’t just about physical abuse.
Psychological, financial and emotional abuse can also be The Recycling Team in the Council is encouraging households RECYCLE your pumpkin!
a concern in relationships where partners exhibit power to recycle right and often.
Maidstone Borough Council is
working with partners to raise
or control over their partner. "
“Sufferers often have their lives dictated to them, abiding
The team were out and about in the borough during the last week
of September as part of National Recycling Week helping residents
Pumpkin & Green pea Curry
awareness of domestic by ‘rules’, they’re deliberately isolated from support, they with recycling queries and giving out some recyclable freebies. 200g green peas
abuse and support live in fear and they don’t have a voice."
victims, to ensure 15ml extra virgin oil
Recycling rates in the borough are over 52%, which compares well
“We want to break the silence on domestic abuse, giving 1 medium chopped onion
as many people as with the rest of the UK, although they are aiming for residents to
men and women the opportunity to access support 1kg pumpkin chopped
possible know how recycle up to 60% of their rubbish. So please think twice before
and get advice when and where they need it. Our new 1 inch piece fresh ginger grated
to get help if they putting something into your black bin instead of recycling it. 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
need it, or assist campaigns are about raising awareness in specific areas
Rather than throwing away your old pumpkins why not have 1 fresh red chilli pepper chopped
others to do so. where sufferers can access advice in a safe place.”
a go at making Pumpkin Curry! Here's a Recipe. 1/2 tsp red chilli powder (optional)
In the last 12 Nationally 25% of women and nearly 20% of men 1 tbs cumin seeds
months, 2,861 experience some form of domestic abuse in their lives Maidstone Borough Council Recycling Team offer a specialist fresh green coriander for garnish,
chopped
crimes were recorded and six women a week lose their lives to a partner recycling information service, where they endeavour to answer
in Maidstone, which or ex-partner or take their own lives as a result of it. most questions and queries, the service can be accessed 1. Add oil to a pan on medium hea
t. Add cumin
involved domestic by emailing recycling@maidstone.gov.uk seeds and fry for 40 seconds, then
Anyone experiencing domestic abuse, or who knows add
abuse, as more people someone who is, should contact the national 24 hour chopped onions, fresh red chilli pep
per,
are having the courage to Freephone helpline on 0808 2000 247. Or call into garlic, ginger, red chilli powder (op
tional),
come forward and report ‘The Link’ on the corner of King Street, Maidstone and cook it for 4 minutes.
the crime. or their local Children's Centre. Alternatively visit 2. Then add the pumpkin and littl
e bit of water.
To continue to raise awareness Maidstone Borough www.domesticabuseservices.org.uk. Stir, cover, and leave for 5 minutes.
Keep
Council’s Community Protection team has teamed up with stirring from time to time until the
Help is also available every Tuesday from 9.30am to 11.30am pumpkin
Kent Police, Kent County Council and local domestic abuse is nice and tender.
at the Domestic Abuse One Stop Shop in the Salvation
charities in a series of campaigns to address the issue. 3. Add the green peas and cook for
Army Building 74-80 Union Street in Maidstone, ME14 1ED. 8 to 10
onebc minutes. Garnish with fresh green
Work started with a group of Maidstone GPs and health #Maidst coriander
ea ti on s # P u mpkinRescue and serve with naan bread or rice.
professionals at an event in July to highlight that domestic Share your cr
abuse is not just physical violent abuse. The workshop
described what to look out for and where patients can IN MAIDSTONE
go for help.
BIN THE NAPPY ons
Congratulaartiriv
Waste Crime In its fight against used nappies So far this year four loads have been rejected, BIG on your new
al!

contaminating recycling bins at a cost of around £8,000.


We are all responsible for getting rid of our
Maidstone Borough Council has started
own rubbish, however big or small. Whether Mayor of Maidstone - Councillor Marion Ring,
a ‘Bin the Nappy’ campaign, asking
it is dropping a wrapper out of a car window, is backing the campaign, she said: “As a mum and
new parents to use the black waste bin
abandoning a vehicle, or leaving an old sofa a grandma I know how busy life can get with a new
instead.
by the side of the road. baby. There are so many pressures on parents to
Leaving it for someone else to deal with is a public
When disposable nappies are included do the right thing for the environment and labelling
...nappies are
NOT
in the green bins the contents can on nappy packaging can be confusing. So I’m fully ter!
order offence and punishable with a fixed penalty a laughing mPuat
t them in,
spread onto other materials, in most supportive of this campaign to help parents get
fine or even imprisonment. THE BIG BLAC
K BIN
cases rendering them unrecyclable. it right and put dirty nappies into the black bin.”
The Waste Crime team at Maidstone Borough Council Jamie Duffy, Maidstone This can lead to bulk loads being
face this type of crime every day, dealing with flytipping, Borough Council Waste rejected and diverted for incineration
illegal dumping of commercial waste, abandoned Crime Manager said: at huge financial and environmental
vehicles, chewing gum and cigarettes thrown on the “We are here to keep the cost to the Council and local tax payer.
ground to overflowing restaurant bins. The team also borough looking clean and tidy for
check the waste carrier licences for vans and lorries. everyone to enjoy and we take a zero tolerance approach The local recycling collected from
to anyone found committing a waste crime. We will households is taken to a recovery
Since March 2018 the team has seized 23 vehicles, three facility at Crayford for sorting.
of which have been crushed and five have been sold prosecute anyone found to be dumping waste illegally,
using covert CCTV if necessary. Fly tipping is a serious The process includes people having
with profits going back into local services. The team has to pick items off a conveyor belt,
issued 14 fixed penalty notices for fly tipping and six for crime and is expensive for the Council to clear away.
If you’ve witnessed a fly tip take place report it online via whenever nappies are found in
low level fly tipping. Four more incidents are currently the recyclable materials it creates
being investigated. www.maidstone.gov.uk, click through the report it button,
and the Waste Crime team will investigate.” problems.

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A THRIVING PLACE A THRIVING PLACE
Produced in Kent
Established in 2001 – Produced in Kent (PinK) is home
to all things Kent and is recognised as a highly regarded
organisation that’s a ‘One Stop Shop’ for everything that
is grown and made in the county.

Quite rightly proud of the county’s ‘Garden of England’


title, PinK works hard to share the vibrant range of
products from Kent.

It provides business support, advice and sales


opportunities promoting producers, retailers, pubs,
restaurants and a wide range of food and drink products
from across the region and is led by Manager - Stephanie
Durling and Business Development Officer – Jill Sargent.
Borough Insight went to meet the team to find out more
Come and see if the Beast finds love before We chose 60 children who we will alternate about producers in the borough of Maidstone. Manager, Stephanie Durling and
Business Development Officer, Jill Sargent.
the last petal falls at the Hazlitt Theatre in around for each show so they all get to be
Maidstone this Christmas. in about ten shows each. They get involved BI: How did PinK start? BI: What’s at the heart of PinK? BI: How can we become involved?
in the dance scenes or as child actors in the SD: It was set-up in 1997 by Kent SD: Produce is at the heart of JS: We’ve so much going on
The romantic and wonderful story of Beauty
villages. It is amazing. They love it." County Council and was originally everything we do, as an organisation and have recently developed our
and the Beast is this year’s pantomime. With
hilarious slapstick comedy it will be fun for “This is our fifth year of running the known as Kentish Fare. It became dedicated to supporting & promoting Kent Food Trails website, including
all the family. Starting Saturday 30 November pantomime in-house and at the moment Produced in Kent in 2001 and all types of food, drink and craft over 120 businesses. In Maidstone
it will run until Tues 31 December. it looks like it will be our most popular. has grown into the recognised businesses in Kent. For the you can take a ‘ready built’ tour
Last year we sold 19,200 seats, which is organisation it is today. It’s all about producers – we’re always looking including the Old Boatcafé and Kent
Jake Quickenden of TV's X Factor
great and we hope to top that this year.” helping people find great places to at ways we can support businesses Life, or the East Farleigh Medway
and I’m a Celebrity fame is playing Danon,
eat, drink and stay in the area, and to build a thriving local economy. For Valley Rail Trail. Another takes in
the pantomime baddie everyone loves to hate The show looks set to be lots of fun,
promoting businesses responsible the consumer – we encourage people The Tickled Trout at West Farleigh
and is really looking forward to it. He said: with lavish scenery, colourful costumes,
for producing some of the finest to look at making small changes and the Hush Heath Winery - or
“I’m excited to be playing at the Hazlitt, dazzling special effects and lots of "he’s
goods in the country. and ways to include local produce in using our website you can create
its a lot more intimate which I prefer doing, behind you" comedy scenes. A real must
JS: Some of the original PinK their everyday lives - visiting a local your own trail.
you can see everyone in the crowd so if see Christmas family treat.
members included Opies, Owlets butcher or bakery, shopping at their Find out more about Kent’s Finest
someone’s not enjoying it they will get
To book your tickets call the Box Office and Biddenden Vineyard – all of farmers market or even buying products, where to buy, places
a piece of my mind! I can’t wait to play
01622 758611 or book online at which are still with us today. a local beer in the pub. to eat, drink & stay in the county,
a baddie. Come along and watch it.”
www.hazlitttheatre.com. artisan crafts and so much on the
BI: How did you become involved? BI: What are the PinK team most
Keen to involve the local community, the show PinK website:
Jake will be performing proud of?
will also include 60 local children. Martin SD: Jill and I joined in 2006 and
at the switch on of the
Cleverly, Director and Manager of the Hazlitt
town centre Christmas have worked with our team building SD: It has to be the Taste of Kent www.producedinkent.co.uk
Theatre said: “Every year we audition in July the reputation of some fantastic Awards - which have evolved from
lights - see page 22
for anyone who wants to be in the panto. This producers. I was originally a Kent a lunchtime presentation for a
for details.
year we had 220 children audition in one day. Young Farmer, so this job was the handful of attendees, to a black-tie
perfect opportunity to increase gala dinner for 350 people. We work

COMPETITION TIME
Tic ket my knowledge in agriculture from with so many local organisations
Ti cket including MidKent College to host
across my home county.
an amazing event with the awards
Enter our competition to win a family ticket BI: What’s available in the borough now being considered extremely
for up to 5 people to the pantomime VIP of Maidstone? prestigious within the food and drink
opening night on Friday 29 November 2019. JS: The people of Maidstone are very industry with 25 categories. We’re
The Hazlitt Theatre is giving away this fantastic lucky as they have a wide variety of so proud to have developed the
prize to be one of the first to see the show on its producers on their doorstep providing awards – which are open to all Kent
opening night and meet the cast! everything from gin, bread and honey food businesses whether they are
For a chance to win, simply email us at as well as the borough being home to PinK members or not – nominations
competition@maidstone.gov.uk. some fabulous Farmer's Markets and are open now until 2 January 2020.
Include your name, email and a phone number. wonderful orchards growing award
Please be aware the winner will be notified on winning apples, pears and soft fruits.
Thursday 21 November and will need to be available
to attend the show Friday 29 November at 6pm.

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A THRIVING PLACE A THRIVING PLACE

Christmas on the Home Front


Kent Life’s Christmas on What's On
at the Museum
The Home Front brings
the festive season during
wartime to life against
the backdrop of the
original buildings See the full listings on our website: maidstonemuseum.org Autumn/ Winter 2019/20
in the Vintage Village.
Visitors can step back in time to re-live Christmas EXHIBITIONS SPECIAL EVENTS MUSEUM LATES OVER
18S
in the 1940’s and be immersed in the sights, sounds
and smells of ‘Christmas on the Home Front’.
MAIDSTONE: MEMORIES DAYS: HALLOWEEN GHOST TOUR
Among the attractions will be ‘make do and mend’
Cllr. John Perry & Cllr. Martin Cox UNITED IN FOOTBALL SPORT 31 OCTOBER, 7.30PM
lessons, drill displays by the Home Guard, a 1940’s
school lesson, shops from the era and a rehabilitation
Elmer providing summer 14 SEPTEMBER - 18 JANUARY
An interactive exhibition telling the
15 NOVEMBER, 10.30AM - 1PM Tour the building’s darkest depths
to uncover the urban legends and
centre for injured RAF pilots. of elephant fun history of football in the town. HOMEMAKERS
10 JANUARY, 10.30AM - 1PM
ghosts associated with the museum.
Ectoplasm cocktail included in the
Christmas on the Home Front takes place at Kent Life
As official Heritage Partner Maidstone Borough Council TRANSPORT ticket (or soft drink alternative).
on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th November from
10am to 4pm each day. is providing sponsorship for the exciting creative project, 14 FEBRUARY, 10.30AM - 1PM £12, £10 MMF members
Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade. Come and tell us your memories KENT: A CRADLE
Kent Life Heritage Farm Park, Lock Lane, Sandling,
Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3AU www.kentlife.org.uk The parade will see over 40 uniquely decorated elephant and we will record them. OF WORLD SPORT
statues take up prominent positions across the town centre Refreshments provided. Free 28 NOVEMBER, 6.30 - 8.30PM
in the summer of 2020.
MAIDSTONE’S REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY w John Bunyard, curator of ‘Maidstone:
A collaboration between the charity Heart of Kent Hospice,
Free Entry
PUTTING THE ALL United in Football’ gives a fascinating
PARADE AND SERVICE event producers Wild in Art and publisher Anderson Press, IN FOOTBALL talk exposing Kent’s uniquely important
the installation will mark 30 years of the much-loved
SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2019
children’s character Elmer the Elephant. Provided blank,
WILD 9 NOVEMBER, 10AM - 3.30PM role in the development of sport.
The annual Remembrance Sunday commemorations 1 - 29 FEBRUARY 2020 Family fun day Visit the exhibition and enjoy a drink
in Maidstone will take place on the 10 November. each Elmer will be designed by a different artist, creating
Art Textiles explore the wildness FREE, with charged activities (included in ticket price).
The day is marked by a parade and a Service a wide variety of styles to be discovered across the town,
as well as numerous sponsorship opportunities for local of the world through cutting edge, £8, £6 MMF members
of Remembrance, including the two-minute silence colourful, exuberant and varied
at 11.00am at the Memorial in The Broadway, businesses. FOSSIL ROADSHOW HISTORY MYSTERY TOUR
textiles. 16 NOVEMBER, 10AM - 3.30PM
followed by the laying of wreaths.
£4 over 16, 16 and under free Family fun day
'THE MUSEUM YEARS'
Maidstone Borough Council is providing 30 JANUARY
FREE with charged activities
an order of service and Union Flags TOURS AT 6.30 & 7.30PM
to anyone who would like to attend
FAMILY SCIENCE DAY Tour the museum and meet the
the events which will be available colourful characters who've lived
on the day in Jubilee Square.
18 JANUARY
1 hour sessions of family fun at: in and looked after its objects since
In order to ensure the safety opening in 1858. Victorian Sherry
10.30AM, 12.30 & 2:30PM
and security of participants and Cobbler drink included in the ticket.
£5 per child, MMF £4,
spectators road closures will be in place £10, £8 MMF members
along the route of the parade and around the Memorial. accompanying adult free
FILM NIGHT
Textile: Louise Baldwin VALENTINES ESCAPE ROOM 27 FEBRUARY
TELL US HOW YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECIEVE Winner of Big Cat Sanctuary Visit
14 FEBRUARY, 6.30 & 7.30PM
Escape from love, 18+ singles
DOORS OPEN AT 6PM, FILM 6.30PM
YOUR COPY OF BOROUGH INSIGHT? overnight stay Father Christmas £12, includes love potion cocktail
Candles in the Wind are strictly
forbidden in our Tudor timbered
POSTED TO YOU 7, 14, 19, 20, 21 December buildings, but we know that each Tiny
The lucky winning raffle ticket holder for the Endangered
AUDIO RECORDED FOR YOU TO LISTEN TO Bookable slots from Dancer will be doing the Crocodile
and Extinct exhibition at Maidstone Museum has collected
LINK FROM THE MAIDSTONE BROUGH COUNCIL WEBSITE 10.30am Rock watching this Elton John biopic.
their prize. The competition was held during
PICK UP FROM YOUR LOCAL SUPERMARKET the summer and the lucky winner
£8 per child Rocket Man drink included in the
Rosie Sims (on the left) won an See our website ticket (or soft drink alternative).
overnight stay and personal tour £10, £8 MMF members
Contact us with your answer: for two at the Big Cat Sanctuary
communications@maidstone.gov.uk in Smarden. MaidstoneMuseum 01622 602838 museuminfo@maidstone.gov.uk maidstonemuseum.org

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SAFE, CLEAN AND GREEN SAFE, CLEAN AND GREEN

Eleven schemes Going Electric Memory Walk Maidstone Rocks


with Ramblin Man
Go Green Go Wild Maidstone Borough Council is
steering the way forward for drivers On a stunning Sunday morning in Dementia is the broad term used
Eleven community groups of electric cars by installing Electric September Maidstone played host to describe a number of different For three days in July around 9,000
in Maidstone have been awarded Vehicle Chargers in and around to a Memory Walk which saw over conditions affecting the brain, including people from all over the world visited
a £250 grant each to connect with Maidstone town centre. 1,400 people take part, raising money Alzheimer's disease, vascular Maidstone for Ramblin Man Fair.
the wildlife and nature on their for charity by making an eight- dementia, frontotemporal dementia,
There are now 18 bays across the The rock festival, held in Mote Park,
doorstep and improve local areas. kilometre trek around the beautiful and more.
town at: is now in its fourth year and attracts
surroundings of Mote Park.
The grants are part of the Maidstone • King Street Car Park If you or someone you know are visitors from all over the UK and
Borough Council ‘Go Green Go Wild’ • Medway Street Car Park The annual event is organised by the worried about or affected by dementia, Ireland, as well as from 28 countries
initiative which aims to improve • Mote Road Car Park Alzheimer’s Society charity which the Alzheimer’s Society is there for around the world.
co-ordinates sponsored walks for you. To find out more and get the

Dig in...
biodiversity across Maidstone. • Barker Road Car Park This year more Maidstone and Kent
• Wheeler Street Car Park all ages and abilities to unite people support and advice you need go to
Formally constituted groups with residents than ever before went along
together and raise money to defeat the website: www.alzheimers.org.uk
an existing affiliation with a park, All chargers are 7kWh and will allow to the event. Local Kent businesses
dementia.
open space or community garden
in the borough could apply. Funding
motorists to recharge while they’re
shopping or visiting the town. These for Cobtree Park Among the walkers taking part r the
do g enjoyed
the
also traded at Ramblin Man or
provided facilities including;
was considered for wildlife projects, will also support local residents who volunteer group was MBC Leader Councillor e The Golden Boot, Laguna Motorcycles

wa
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wish to purchase electric vehicles but Martin Cox who said: and the Kent Cider Co. Even the toilets

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tree planting, biodiversity

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improvements, clean-up projects, may previously have been unable Cobtree Park, managed by the were provided by a Kent firm.
materials, equipment, tools, seeds, to as they don’t have driveways Council, is calling for would-be “It was so moving to see so many
to charge the vehicles from. Local people worked at the event
bulbs and plants. gardeners to help form a brand new people attend the Memory Walk and many festival goers enjoyed
Customers will need to pay for volunteer gardening group. in Maidstone and I was proud to
Nicola Toulson, Community Maidstone’s hotels, restaurants,
their parking via the ‘POD Point’ New Park Ranger, Karen Thorpe has be part of it. pubs, supermarkets and shops.
Partnership Officer for the Council smartphone app. an award from Kent Wildlife Trust for
is co-ordinating the Go Green Go “However, while It is so positive Ramblin Man Fair will be returning
Chair of Strategic Planning, her volunteering services and will be
Wild initiative, she said: “We are that so many feel they are able in 2020 for the fifth year from the
Sustainability and Transportation running the group. She will be looking
delighted so many groups have to raise money and awareness 17 to 19 July.
Committee – Cllr David Burton said: to establish a regular learning group
come forward and applied. for this devastating condition,
for horticulture, conservation More information on ticket releases
These projects will make a real I feel that, in the not too distant
“These bays will help support the and wellbeing. and line-up announcements
difference to each of the areas.” future, every person in the land
work the Council Parking Services Willing volunteers don’t need will know a family member at www.visitmaidstone.com
have been carrying out on experience, but must bring or friend lost to some kind
monitoring and reducing harmful enthusiasm, a willingness to learn of dementia.
emissions across the town centre. and sensible shoes.
They will encourage the adoption “I raised just over £1000, and
Anyone who would like to take part
of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and help would like to say thank you
can register their interest by calling
our Air Quality Action Plan. The to every person who donated.”
01622 715702 or by emailing:

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South Park volunteers

Hollingbourne volunteers Cllr. Burton and Zuzana Austin

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DEMOCRACY DEMOCRACY
SERVICES
Follow the Mayor on Twitter:
www.twitter.com/maidstonemayor

WHAT MATTERS
TO THE MAYOR?
Maidstone Mayor, Councillor Marion Ring, has been
getting to know even more people from the borough
by inviting them for afternoon tea.
Around 180 residents joined the Mayor – who has been
a Councillor for 16 years, at the Town Hall for
a cuppa to help her understand what is important to them
and what they need in their communities. Contact the Council
Cllr Ring said: “I am absolutely delighted to have
been able to host the very first Mayoral Tea
Parties and was thrilled to see so many join
Martin Cox 07970 723975 Customer Services
Leader of the Council and
me. I wanted to arrange the events to Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group To speak directly with a Customer Service
help understand what is important to the advisor, contact 01622 602000.
East Ward
people in their communities across the
borough.” Benefits 01622 602557
Fay Gooch 01622 726608 Council Tax 01622 602003
Mayor’s Charity Community Chest: Deputy Leader of the Council and Housing 01622 602440
Councillor Ring has introduced a Mayor’s Leader of the Independent Group Waste 01622 602600
Charity Community Chest which will raise
Maidstone charities can apply for
Barming and Teston Ward Phone line opening hours:
money from donations, events and raffles Monday – 9am – 5pm
funding of up to a maximum of £250
to go into a community charity fund. This will be Tuesday – 9am – 5pm
from the Community Chest online at: John Perry 07770 734741
distributed at the end of her year to smaller charities Wednesday – 9am – 5pm
https://www.maidstone.gov.uk/communitychest Leader of the Conservative Group
and community groups to help with their particular project/ Thursday – 9am – 5pm
needs. The Mayor feels this will help a wider number The closing date for applications is 1 May 2020 and funds Staplehurst Ward Friday – 9am – 4.30pm
of bodies who may not otherwise receive help. will be distributed by 31 May 2020. Saturday – Closed
Sunday – Closed
Malcolm McKay 01622 862472
Council encouraging online payments
HAYNES FORD
Leader of the Labour Group
Shepway South Ward
Haynes are Maidstone Borough Council is encouraging all residents
pleased to to go cashless and pay bills by direct debit or by using the
Our products may have support the Eddie Powell 01622 851983 online payment method.
changed, however Mayoral Car Leader of the Independent Maidstone Group Carrying large amounts of cash can be unsafe. As the
our values again for Shepway South Ward majority of people now have access to a bank account or
manage their financial affairs electronically online services
haven’t. 2020 are becoming a more popular, secure and convenient way
BREXIT INFORMATION to pay for council services.
As part of preparation for Brexit on 31 October MBC is Currently 77% of residents pay their Council Tax by direct
providing information for residents and businesses across debit and more than 136,000 payments were made to the
the borough on a dedicated ‘Brexit’ webpage which can be Council online or using the automated payment line in 2018.
found on the home page of Maidstone.gov.uk. Using the MBC 24 hour automated payment service, Maidstone
For Brexit Travel and Transport advice please see the Kent residents can pay for the following: Council Tax, business rates,
County Council website on kent.gov.uk and click on the benefits over payments, Penalty Charge Notices (PCN), fixed
‘Brexit’ link penalty notices and invoices for waste services.
Leaving the EU means there will be a number of changes
taking place that will affect businesses, citizens, EU citizens Report it!
living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU. To report a missed bin collection, an incident of
Experience the Haynes
For government advice please visit: fly-tipping, a full public bin or a noise problem, visit:
https://www.gov.uk/brexit
difference today. www.maidstone.gov.uk/reportit

www.maidstone.gov.uk www.facebook.com/MaidstoneBoroughCouncil
Haynes Ford of Maidstone 01622 756781 www.instagram.com/MaidstoneBC
23 Ashford Road ME14 5DQ www.haynesford.co.uk
www.twitter.com/MaidstoneBC
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NOVEMBER
A THRIVING PLACE
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EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONs at one of our
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OPEN EVENTS
The Business Improvement District,
MAIDSTONE operated by One Maidstone, will host
Customer services Christmas opening hours a town centre Christmas lights switch on event,
held in Jubilee Square on 21 November, from
Face to Face (Link) Telephone Lines: 4pm-7pm. The free event will include performances
Monday 23rd: 9am – 4.30pm 9am – 5pm from Hollyoaks actor Jake Quickenden, Powerhouse
Tuesday 24th: 9am – 12pm 9am – 12pm Gospel Choir and the Military Wives Choir, all

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broadcast live on KMFM. One Maidstone has taken
Wednesday 25th: Closed Closed
over the provision of town centre Christmas lights,
Thursday 26th: Closed Closed
and a corresponding event, for the first time this

WEDNESDAY WEDNESDAY
Friday 27th: Closed Closed
year. BID Manager, Ilsa Butler said: “Local businesses
Monday 30th: 9am – 4.30pm 9am – 5pm have told One Maidstone that they feel it’s important
Tuesday 31st: 9am – 4.30pm 9am – 5pm for Maidstone to have a central celebration in the
Wednesday 1st: Closed Closed run-up to Christmas. Taking over responsibility for
the Christmas lights for the first year, we’re confident
Thursday 2nd: 9am – 4.30pm 9am – 5pm
that we will put on a fun show for locals and visitors
Friday 3rd: 9am – 4.30pm 9am – 4.30pm
alike, involving traders in the area and bringing the
spirit of Christmas back to Maidstone’s decorations.”
Christmas Collection and For more information, visit www.onemaidstone.com
Recycling Dates

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Normal Actual Garden Waste CHRISTMAS MARKETS MAIDSTONE CAMPUS MEDWAY CAMPUS
Collection Date Collection Date Kent Christmas Fair – Kent 3.30PM - 7. 30PM 3.30PM - 7. 30PM
County Showground Detling
Mon 23 Dec Mon 23 Dec No Service

SATURDAY SATURDAY
Friday 1 Nov to Sunday 3 Nov
Tues 24 Dec Tues 24 Dec No Service Adults: £7.00 Seniors: £6.00
Wed 25 Dec Fri 27 Dec No Service Students: £5.00 Children: Free
Leeds Castle Christmas
Thurs 26 Dec Sat 28 Dec No Service Market weekends only from
Fri 27 Dec Mon 30 Dec No Service 23 Nov to 15 Dec charges apply
Mon 30 Dec Tues 31 Dec No Service Christmas Markets in Jubilee Square, High Street,
Maidstone from 29 Nov 2019 to 15 Dec 2019.
Tues 31 Dec Thurs 2 Jan No Service Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm,
Wed 1 Jan Fri 3 Jan No Service Sunday 10am to 4pm
Thurs 2 Jan Sat 4 Jan No Service Christmas Markets in Maidstone Museum,
Fri 3 Jan Mon 6 Jan No Service
St Faith's Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH.
Saturday 7 and 14 Dec 10am to 3.30pm.
MAIDSTONE CAMPUS MEDWAY CAMPUS
Mon 6 Jan Tues 7 Jan Tues 7 Jan 10.00AM - 1.00PM 10.00AM - 1.00PM
Tues 7 Jan Wed 8 Jan Wed 8 Jan You can recycle your Christmas cards
Wed 8 Jan Thurs 9 Jan Thurs 9 Jan in your green recycling bin, or you For more information call 01634 402020
Ch
can look out for charity collection
Register online: www.midkent.ac.uk
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