issue 36 - Oct/Nov 2011 - Medway Council

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issue 36 - Oct/Nov 2011 - Medway Council

ISSUE 36

October/November 2011

Circulation: 115,471

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Chatham shopping

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On the internet: Visit www.medway.gov.uk

By phone: Call 333333 for enquiries about waste, recycling, roads, traffic management, public transport, green spaces

and environmental health (Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm and Saturday from 9am to 1pm).

Phone 332222 for council tax and benefit enquiries. Phone 306000 for all other services.

Minicom: 01634 333111 or TextRelay: 18001 01634 333333

By letter: Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4TR

There are a number of places providing local access to council services:

● Chatham Community Hub, Chatham Library, Chatham Riverside, ME4 4TX

Monday, Wednesday,Thursday and Friday: 9am to 5pm, Tuesday: 10am to 5pm, Saturday: 9am to 1pm

● Chatham Riverside One, Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4TX (Housing benefits, general housing, council tax, business rates only)

Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 5.15pm, Friday: 8.30am to 4.45pm, Saturday: Closed

Gillingham Contact Point, Gillingham Library, High Street, Gillingham, ME7 1BG

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9am to 5pm, Tuesday: 10am to 5pm, Saturday: 9am to 1pm

● Rainham Contact Point, 1 - 3 Station Road, Rainham, ME8 7RS

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9am to 5pm, Wednesday: 9am to 7.30pm, Saturday: 9am to 1pm

● Rochester Community Hub, Eastgate, Rochester, ME1 1EW

Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm, Saturday: 10am to 1pm

● Strood Clocktower, Civic Centre, Strood, ME2 4AU

Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 5.15pm, Friday: 8.30am to 4.45pm, Saturday: 9am to 1pm

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Rainham and Strood Contact Points

also include Kent Police services

Call: 01634 848441 for a no obligation appointment

Offices in: Gillingham, Sittingbourne and Whitstable


Medway MATTERS

THE COUNCIL MAGAZINE FOR EVERYONE IN MEDWAY

Get on board this autumn

Well summer may be a fading memory – wasn’t there some sun in

May? But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to look forward to

once the clocks go back.

British Summer Time 2011 brought you the Castle Concerts – with

N-Dubz, Squeeze and Peter Andre sharing the bill and a beautiful setting

with thousands of fans.

It also put Medway on the sporting map, courtesy of the Modern

Pentathlon European championships, held at Medway Park, Gillingham, the

regional centre of sporting excellence officially opened in July by HRH The

Princess Royal.

But what to do now with your shorter days and chillier nights? Well you could take the dog for

a brisk walk in Broomfield Park, Strood – now recognised as one of the UK’s best kept open

spaces having achieved Green Flag status – or just admire the spectacular views.

Or you could visit our new ticketing website – www.medwayticketslive.co.uk and discover

what is going on at Medway’s theatres. Read our What’s On page (29) for a taste of upcoming

shows. Highlights include Bob Geldof, Julian Lloyd Webber and Vanilla Ice in Peter Pan.

By the time this edition lands on your doormat Chatham’s Waterfront bus station will be nearing

completion. Inside you’ll find a guide to the new facility, which will transform public transport in

the area and offer a more welcoming reception for visitors when it opens on 10 October.

If you’ve not been to Chatham lately our shopping guide on pages 16 and 17 - complete with

a £1,000 Pentagon voucher competition - reveals more than 300 reasons why you should give it

another look. That’s the number of shops offering something for everyone without breaking the

bank. This issue comes out just before the deadline for secondary school applications. If you

have yet to get your child’s form done there’s a short guide to what to do inside,

including details on applying online.

For those considering higher education we also fly the flag for the

area’s four universities with a special feature on why there’s

nowhere better to study than here in Medway.

Bonfire Night - Details of this year's

Medway firework spectacular Page 11

John Staples,

Editor

On the buses – Our guide to Chatham

Waterfront bus station Pages 14 and 15

Chatham shopping – Win £1,000 of shopping

vouchers at the Pentagon Centre, Chatham

Page 17

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INSIDE

Recycling separates

Why separating your recycling

could save the council money

Page 5

Apprenticeship scheme

Young people help get Medway

Queen ship shape

Page 19

Community News

Rochester Castle preservation

and £1 concert offer

Page 22

Autumn Colour

Chris Collins' Gardening

column

Pages 23

Spotlight on:

Vintage aircraft expert Lewis

Deal, MBE

Page 28

What's On

A selection of upcoming events

in Medway

Page 29

Cover picture: Chatham

Waterfront © Dave Heathfield

Market offer - Set out your

stall as a market trader

Page 19

Keep it local - Thinking of

applying to university?

Reasons to stay local in 2012

Pages 20 and 21

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School now ready for a new generation

Children at Walderslade Primary had more than a new timetable and holiday

gossip to get up to speed as the school’s new building opened its doors.

More than 100 years after it first opened,

the primary, on Dargets Road, has had a

21st century makeover.

Gone is the old, cramped school building

and in its place is a complete rebuild with

seven classrooms, an assembly hall, a

green roof garden and an amphitheatre for

outdoor teaching.

It also has a new

area for reception

and nursery

classes, catering

for up to 52

children under the

age of four, as well

as a landscaped

playground.

The project is the

largest of the

improvements

being made to

schools across

Medway as part of

the council’s

school capital programme.

Staff and pupils at Walderslade have been

enjoying their new surroundings since term

began in September and will be holding a

celebration event on 14 October to coincide

with the school’s 105th anniversary.

Headteacher Angela Milne, said: “It’s

exciting to be in the new building and

apply online

Secondary school places 2012

enjoying all the space we now have both

indoors and out.

“We can’t wait to start making full use of

the building and the extended opportunities

and facilities it gives to our pupils and the

local community.

“The rebuild has also been an opportunity

for the children to

learn about the

history of their

school and about

the skills needed to

create a new

building.”

Medway Council’s

Portfolio Holder for

Children’s Services,

Cllr Les Wicks, said:

“This is a really

significant

milestone for our

programme of

improvements to

schools across

Medway and it’s great to see all the children

and staff at the school settling into their

new building.

“This project has always been about

providing a school that is not only equipped

for 21st century learning but is a place for

the community to enjoy and I am sure that it

will become just that.”

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A number of other school

projects are also taking

place as part of the

improvement scheme,

including:

Lordswood School

Work to link the former infant

and junior school buildings,

remodelled classrooms.

Napier Community Primary

Work to the school hall,

playground and new block for

community and staff use.

Oaklands Primary

Work to new children’s centre

accommodation and classroom

improvements.

Thames View Infant and

Junior Schools

A new entrance area ready for

the amalgamation of the Infant

and Junior Schools in April 2012.

New and remodelled rooms in

the nursery area.

All Faiths Community School

Work to new children’s centre,

school hall and three new

classrooms.

Sir Joseph Williamson’s

Mathematical School

Work to create a new design and

technology building for students.

Riverside Primary School

Work to improve outside spaces

at the school.

Parents and carers can log on to apply for their child’s

secondary school place online.

The deadline for naming up to six secondary school choices for 2012 is

4pm on Monday, 31 October. All paper application forms also need to be

submitted by this date.

By applying online parents and carers, who provide an email address,

will receive an email confirming their application has been received.

Applications by Medway residents should be sent to Medway Council,

even if they include schools outside of the Medway area.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Cllr Les

Wicks, said: “Making the move to secondary school can sometimes

be a quite daunting time for young people and families, but it is of

course also an exciting time full of opportunities.

“Here in Medway we have a selection of fantastic secondary

schools each offering young people the chance to learn, grow and

fulfil their potential.

“There are numerous benefits of applying online.

Applications are sent direct to the council and parents who

have provided an email address will receive a copy of their

completed form.

“They are also emailed details of their child’s school place

on 1 March 2012, the day offers are made, rather than that

anxious wait by the letter box.”

n To apply online or to get advice, visit

www.medway.gov.uk/onlineadmissions or call the Student

Services Admissions Team on 331110.


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October/November 2011

Three simple steps to better recycling

When we collect recycling we now ask

you to split out your paper and cardboard

from your other recycling. By doing this

we can now collect mixed household

plastic, such as pots, tubs and trays, as

well as plastic bottles - something many

residents have asked us to do.

Step 1: Put all your paper

and card into your reusable blue

bag or box.

Blue bags or boxes which contain

materials other than the types of paper

and card listed here may not be collected.

Please don't put carrier bags into your

blue bag or box as we may not be able to

collect your paper and card for recycling

if it has plastic carrier bags in it.

Step 2: Put all your other

recycling in your reusable white

bag or clear sacks

White bags or clear sacks which contain

paper, card or other materials not listed

here may not be collected.

Step 3: Put all your

recycling out by 7am on

your usual collection day

for recycling

As long as it’s separated correctly

our teams will collect your recycling

and return your reusable bags for

next time. If recycling isn't

separated correctly we

may not be able to

recycle it and it may be

left for you to separate

for a future recycling

collection.

But by putting your paper and cardboard into your blue reusable

sack or box you're also helping save more than £1m per year -

that's because having paper and cardboard already separated

from other materials means it's far cheaper to recycle than when it's

mixed up with other materials.

So follow our simple three step guide to recycling your household

waste, doing your bit for the environment, helping us to save more

than £1m each year and keeping Medway's council tax bills the

lowest anywhere in Kent.

Blue bags and blue boxes

- paper and card only

Newspapers/

magazines


Telephone

directories



Envelopes, junk

mail and paper

White bags and clear sacks

Glass bottles

and jars

✔ ✔

✔ ✔

Food and

drinks cans

Clean foil Empty aerosols


Flattened cardboard,

cereal and egg boxes


Household

plastic packaging

What about

shredded paper?

We can collect shredded paper in blue sacks and

boxes, but it's worth remembering...

• you can reduce how much you shred by only shredding

paper that has sensitive information on such as bank details;

• you could tear off the part with sensitive information and

only shred that part - then place it in an envelope for

recycling in your blue sack or box;

• if you have a brown wheelie bin, you can place shredded

paper loose inside with the garden/food waste. You can

also compost shredded paper in a home compost bin.

For more information phone 333333 or visit www.medway.gov.uk/recyclenow

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Book survey results

Library users across Medway have

been voting for their favourite

authors and what they would like to

see more of on the shelves in future.

The three month online survey was run

in response to a decision by Medway

Council in April to allocate £92,000 for

new additions to the library’s book

collection.

The survey revealed Top 10 fiction as

the most popular category of book, with

crime thrillers the most popular genre.

Love is not in the air it seems in

Medway with romance the least popular

category of books.

Children’s picture books are a real

family favourite, which is not surprising

given the number of events for young

people held in libraries across Medway.

Readers also wanted more by authors

such as Patricia Cornwell, Jeffrey

Archer and John Grisham alongside

ancient Greek aficionados Elytis Nikos

Kazantzakis, and Immanuel Kant.

Library users were also keen to see

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Top five requested

book genres

1. Top 10 fiction

2. Crime thrillers

3. Historical

4. Top 10 non-fiction

5. Biography/autobiography

complete series of books stocked, more

choice for gay and lesbian readers and

a wider range of American crime novels.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for

Leisure and Culture Cllr Howard Doe,

said: “We were delighted with the

response to this survey with plenty of

suggestions from book fans about what

they’d like to see on the shelves at

Medway’s libraries.

“What was particularly positive was a

lot of the suggestions fitted in with what

the service is doing already. We will be

using the survey to help guide us on

filling the gaps.”

Medway Libraries can source books

from other libraries across the UK if

requested to do so. Please visit your

nearest library and ask a member of

staff for details.

Suggestions for the library stock can

be made throughout the year either via

www.medway.gov.uk/libraries or the

Medway Libraries Facebook page -

www.facebook.com/medwaylibraries

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New service

tips the scales

Specially designed scales for

wheelchair users are now available at

council buildings across Medway.

People with mobility problems, and

wheelchair users, can now keep a

check on their weight using scales at

Strood Leisure Centre, Lordswood

Leisure Centre, Medway Park, Gillingham,

Chatham Library and Hoo Sports Centre.

People can weigh themselves in a

wheelchair or on a chair with a handrail

providing support. The scales can weigh

people and their wheel chairs up to a

maximum of 300kg.

Cllr David Brake, Portfolio Holder for

Adult Services, said: “Research has

shown there is a demand for this service

and we’re delighted to be able to give

the public what they want. We’ve sited

these scales in the places that are most

accessible to the greatest number of

residents.”

Medway Council’s Physical Disability

Partnership Board identified the need

for wheelchair scales in the community,

and the council and NHS Medway

worked together to identify suitable

locations.

The board recognised that people who

are wheelchair users, or have mobility

problems, needed access to scales

outside of medical settings to help keep

control of their

weight and

manage a

healthy lifestyle.

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One lucky family is looking forward to an adventure in

Neverland this Christmas.

In the last edition of Medway Matters we offered readers

the chance to win a family ticket for this year’s spectacular

panto Peter Pan at the Central Theatre, Chatham.

The lucky winners are Paul and Joan Bennett from Cuxton,

who correctly answered that international rap

superstar Vanilla Ice, pictured right, will be

playing Captain Hook in this year’s show.

Joan told Medway Matters; “This is

such a lovely surprise, especially as

we’ve never been to The Central

Theatre pantomime before.

“We’re going to take our

grandchildren, Aidan and Ella.

“We all enjoyed seeing Vanilla Ice

in Dancing On Ice so we’re very

excited about seeing him in Chatham.”

n For more information visit

www.medwaypanto.co.uk

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October/November 2011

An enchanting tale featuring a

cast of loveable characters is

sure to delight young theatre

goers this festive season.

The Christmas Adventure of Snowy the

Fox will be at The Brook Theatre, Chatham

from Wednesday, 7 December to Saturday,

24 December.

Created especially for children aged three

to six-years-old, this magical festive

adventure is full of music, dance and

delightful costumes.

Every year, Snowy the Fox and the clever

creatures of the Magical Christmas Circus

perform a festive show for Father

Christmas, and give him a wonderful

Christmas present. But a piece of the

present has gone missing.

Join Snowy and the circus friends as they

journey high and low through colourful and

exciting lands in search of the missing

piece. Help Snowy to solve clues and

puzzles so that Father Christmas can enjoy

his favourite Magical Christmas Circus

show and open his lovely present.

The 50-minute show has been created by

three of The Brook’s resident professional

performing arts companies – Play on Words

Theatre Company, Icon Theatre Company

and Loop Dance Company.

Tickets are priced at £6.95 for children

and adults. Group offers are available.

n To book tickets visit

www.medwayticketslive.co.uk or phone

the box office on 338338.

Have you tried the NEW

Medway tickets website?

A new box office system for

Medway’s two theatres means

tickets are now easier to book

online.

And a new website –

www.medwayticketslive.co.uk

– is now a one-stop shop for

tickets to live events in Medway.

The website boasts a secure online payment system with

encrypted data protection.

Theatregoers and festival enthusiasts will be able to search

the website for tickets by type, or by venue. The 2011 autumn

theatre brochure is also available to download.

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Ignoring garden

A homeowner who ignored two demands by a court to

clear his untidy garden is now nearly £8,000 out of pocket.

In January 2010 magistrates said Barrie Taylor, 52, faced

being fined £40 for each day he failed to sort the mess behind

his house in Woodstock Road, Strood.

Despite this, four months later, he had still failed to act and

magistrates fined him a further £2,000 plus £175 costs and a

£15 victims’ surcharge.

Now they have handed Taylor an extra £4,000 fine after

hearing that he did not clear up the garden and left it for

Medway Council to sort out instead last December.

Taylor, who lives in Burridge Road, Plumstead, was also told

to pay the council £1,263.13 for the garden clearance and

disposal costs, £150 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Overall it means Taylor will have to pay a total of £7,958.13

for failing to clear his garden.

Cllr Mike O’Brien, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and

Customer Contact, said: “If you allow your garden to get into

this kind of state it not only has a detrimental effect on the

quality of life of your neighbours, it makes the whole area look

bad as well.

“The council first became involved in this case in June 2008

and consistently asked Mr Taylor to sort out this eyesore.

“It is only because he has chosen not to do so that he now

has to pay such a huge amount of money.”

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proves expensive

Magistrates were told in January 2010 how the back garden

of Taylor’s terraced home had so much rubbish spilling onto

it from a run-down conservatory that it was piled high

against a wall dividing the property from others.

A fridge with no door was left with items still in it and the

overgrown garden was full of refuse sacks buried under a

mountain of other waste such as chairs, the ripped off door

of a shed and an upturned washing machine.

Balanced precariously on top of this pile were two

dumped white bedsteads and a clothes airer. The front

garden was also overgrown and strewn with rubbish.


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Parks get the green flag

Five Medway parks are now among the best in the

country, and that’s official.

Green Flag status was recently given to Broomhill Park,

Strood with Capstone Farm Country Park in Chatham;

Riverside Country Park and Hillyfields in Gillingham plus The

Vines in Rochester all retaining the award.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services

Cllr Howard Doe said: “I am delighted that Broomhill Park in

Strood has been awarded Green Flag status.

“These five open spaces in Medway have received this

superb national accolade because they play an important

role in bringing people together and improving quality of life.

“Congratulations to everyone whose hard work and

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n Views across Medway from Broomhill Park, Strood

dedication has helped Broomhill achieve this award and to

everyone who has helped to ensure the four other parks

have retained this recognition of excellence.”

The Friends of Broomhill group has been instrumental in

transforming the space, including a junior play area, viewing

areas out towards the Thames Estuary and Medway,

interpretation boards and a picnic area.

Only green spaces that are free to enter and open to the

public are eligible to win an award through the scheme,

which is run by environmental charities Keep Britain Tidy,

BTCV and GreenSpace.

n For more on the Broomhill Park project visit

www.friendsofbroomhill.org.uk

Medway set to bid for new engineering college

A centre of engineering excellence

could be developed in Medway,

offering specialist teaching and

training for 14 – 19 year olds.

Medway Council is working with local

businesses, MidKent College and the

University of Greenwich on proposals for

a new University Technical College (UTC)

in Medway.

Billed as a new concept in education,

University Technical Colleges will

specialise in subjects like engineering

and construction, taught alongside

business skills and ICT.

They are sponsored by a university and

supported by local businesses and

employers, who will help shape the

curriculum to ensure students have the

right skills to help them progress into

higher education or employment.

The Baker Dearing Educational Trust

and the Department for Education,

will co-ordinate and judge the bids for

24 UK UTCs set to open by 2014.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for

Children’s Services, Cllr Les Wicks, said:

“These are very exciting proposals and

it’s great to see them moving forward

and starting to take shape.

“Bringing a University Technical College

to Medway will mean we can offer our

young people who want to study more

vocational courses, the facilities and

teaching they need to fulfil their abilities

and ambitions.”

“One of the features of the UTC is that

it works in a very practical, hands on

way, working jointly with local industry

and colleges. We are very fortunate in

Medway to have such a positive

relationship already with such partners,

including the Royal Engineers.”

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Her Royal Highness, The Princess

Royal, met with young people

involved in the Our Medway,

Olympics inspired, education scheme

during her visit to officially open

Medway Park in July. The Gillingham

based sports centre will be used as a

pre-games training camp by Olympic

and Paralympic teams including

Senegal and Barbados next year.

Schools going for gold

A huge year of school sport has begun in Medway in the

countdown to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Primary and secondary school pupils are

being given the chance to compete in more

competitions and leagues than ever before.

In addition to the traditional Mini Youth

and Secondary School Games

competitions, Medway Council and its

partners are running winter and summer

Festivals of Sport – the pinnacle of

competitive school sport in Medway.

Leading Medway schools will have the

chance to compete in Night of Champions

events, in line with the Government’s plans

for a nationwide Olympic and Paralympicstyle

competition.

Winners from the relevant Medway

Festival of Sport competitions will then

go forward to compete in the Kent

Festival of Sport, where they could

progress to the national finals of the

School Games. Details of the county and

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national events were still being finalised

at the time of going to press.

Cllr Howard Doe, Portfolio Holder for

Community Services, said: “The games

series has been the cornerstone of

school sport in Medway for many years,

providing healthy competition with an

emphasis on fair play, participation and

respect for the opposition.

“They have now taken on an even greater

significance as they become an integral

part of the Medway Festivals of Sport, and

the wider national plans for competitive

school sport as part of the legacy of the

Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“I wish all of the schools a great season

of sport in such a historic sporting year.”

■ For more information about the

Medway Games Series in 2011/12, visit

www.medway.gov.uk/sportsdevelopment

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2010/11 MYG results

Overall Series

1 St Margaret’s Junior School

(pictured below)

2 Balfour Junior School

3 Sherwin Knight Junior School

Overall Fairplay

1 Allhallows Primary School

2 St Margaret’s Junior School

3 All Saints Primary School

Highest Placed Small School

1 Wainscott Primary School

2 Walderslade Primary School

3 St Augustine of Canterbury

Primary School

2010/11 SSG results

Girls’ Overall Series

1 Rainham School for Girls

2 Walderslade Girls’ School

3 Brompton Academy

Boys’ Overall Series

1 Greenacre School

2 Chatham Grammar School for Boys

3 The Howard School

The Medway Mini Youth Games

(MYG) - Primary schools compete in

eight inter-school events during the

academic year. The series is

organised by the council’s 2012 and

Sports Development Team with the

support of Medway’s two school

sports partnerships, national

governing bodies, local sports clubs

and leisure facilities.

Medway Secondary Schools

Games (SSG) - These feature 12

events, with new sports being added

for 2011/12.

Medway Council also runs three

disability games events during the

school year – a winter,

swimming and summer multisport

competition.

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October / November 2011

Support our campaign against airport plan

The council, with the support of Kent County Council and the RSPB, continues

to campaign against proposals for an airport in the Thames estuary.

The Mayor of London wants to spend up

to £70 billion on a huge six-runway

airport on an island off the Kent coast.

Such a scheme would turn parts of

Medway and Kent into a concrete

jungle and cause significant

environmental damage.

Fortunately our research has shown that

this has little support. Ninety percent of

airlines that use Heathrow are against the

Bonfire Night display

This year Medway’s annual bonfire and fireworks display

takes place on the big night itself, Saturday 5 November

at the Great Lines Heritage Park, Gillingham.

The safest way to enjoy the night is by going to a

professionally organised display, and this free event is the

perfect way for families to enjoy the evening.

The Mayor of Medway, Cllr. Ted Baker will light the bonfire,

built by Royal Engineers based at Brompton barracks, at

7pm; with the display starting at 7.30pm.

Refreshments will be on sale throughout the evening.

Visitors are asked not to bring their own fireworks or

sparklers. Pets should also be kept away. There are no

parking or toilet facilities on the site.

Pay and display parking is available in the

following car parks:

Gillingham: Medway Park, Mill Road, ME7 1HF

Britton Farm, Jeffery Street (A231) ME7 1LH

Jeffery Street, Jeffery Street ME7 1DD

Little Woods, Jeffery Street ME7 1DG

Chatham: Town Hall / Whiffens Avenue ME4 4SF

Gun Wharf, Dock Road ME4 4TX

Riverside, Dock Road ME4 4SL

Slicketts Hill, Slicketts Hill ME4 4NH

Market Hall, Cross Street ME4 4NH

proposals and the Prime Minister David

Cameron has said that the government

has no plans for such a scheme.

Medway Council Leader Cllr Rodney

Chambers said, “An estuary airport is

unnecessary and unaffordable and has

little support. We will continue to

campaign against this pie in the sky

scheme until the Mayor of London drops

his proposals.”

Sign our petition against the proposals online at www.stopestuaryairport.co.uk

For more on the Great Lines display plus road closures

and advice visit: www.medway.gov.uk/fireworks

The following parades and services will be held across

Medway in honour of those who have sacrificed their

lives in battle.

■ Saturday, 12 November, 10.45am: The Royal Marines

Association: Annual Remembrance Service and Turning the

Page Ceremony at Rochester Cathedral.

■ Sunday, 13 November, 9am: Royal Naval Service and wreath

laying ceremony at the War Memorial, Great Lines, Gillingham.

9.55am: Black Lion War Memorial: Ceremony then service at

St Mark’s Church.

10.15am: St Margaret’s Church/ Rainham War Memorial:

Remembrance Service and wreath laying ceremony.

10:40am: Rochester Cathedral: The Mayor of Medway

Cllr Ted Baker will join a parade from the Guildhall Museum

to Rochester Cathedral. A wreath laying ceremony

will follow at the Rochester War Memorial.

10:45am: Victoria Gardens,

Chatham: Remembrance Service.

11am: Brompton War

Memorial, Wood Street.

Wreath laying ceremony.

■ Airport plan would have a

devastating environmental

impact on Medway.

Remembrance

Services in Medway

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Celebrating Black History

October is a month of music, dance and storytelling as events

to mark Black History Month take place all over Medway.

This annual festival celebrating

diverse cultures and traditions has it

all - from live music performances

and specialist foods events to story

telling and circus tricks.

■ Throughout October:

A celebration of African Art by local

artist Ishola Familusi at the Brook

Theatre, Chatham.

■ Tuesday, 4 October: Launch event

at The Pilkington Building at the

Medway Campus of the University of

Kent. Members of the county’s Youth

Parliament host a celebration of art,

poetry, dance and fashion.

There will also be a live music and

dance event at Fort Pitt Grammar

School and Medway Hindu

Community Centre.

■ Saturday, 8 October: an evening

of traditional Sri Lankan food and

music at Palm Cottage, Gillingham.

■ Friday, 14 October: Ladies day

with henna artists at Medway Hindu

Sabha, Gillingham.

■ Wednesday, 19 October: Keith

Flett talks about Medway’s William

Cuffay, the radical Victorian Chartist,

at Wigmore Library.

■ Saturday, 22 October: Surya

Turner brings tales from the Caribbean

and Africa to Rochester Library.

■ Tuesday, 25 October: An African

circus spectacular. Half day

workshop for chilldren aged 8-14 at

the Brook Theatre.

Donate your scraps

Your scrap materials – from colourful fabric to buttons and

beads – could make playtime a lot more fun for young

children in Medway.

The Scrap Store in Bligh Way, Strood, is run by Medway

Council’s Early Years and Childcare Professional

Development Centre.

Materials such as clean fabrics, unused card and paper; wool,

old jewellery and craft materials are transformed into items for

playtime. Donations have been used as sheeting for den

making, book bags, tabards and dressing up clothes. The

Women’s Institute Cuxton Craft group recently made button

blankets and soft toys for story sacks.

The store has been supported by residents, businesses and

voluntary organisations since its launch two years ago, but

needs a regular supply of materials to keep going.

The scheme is backed by Medway Council because it helps to

reduce the amount of unnecessary waste being sent to landfill.

■ To make a donation or for more details call 331488.

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■ Thursday, 27 October: Lindy Hop

Style – Half day dance workshop for

8-16 year olds at the Brook Theatre.

■ Friday, 28 October: West African

story telling for children at Strood and

Gillingham libraries. For more details

phone 332761 or visit

www.medway.gov.uk/bhm

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THE COUNCIL MAGAZINE FOR EVERYONE IN MEDWAY

October/November 2011

Love Medway making a difference

Huey Lewis and the News, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Jennifer Rush,

they’ve all sung about the power of love.

But it’s often actions that

speak louder than words and

Medway Council’s frontline

officers are passionate about

the work they do to keep

Medway clean, safe and green

for everyone.

Officers patrol the streets in

your area, identifying,

reporting and acting on more

than 1,000 environmental

issues, on average, per month.

Between January and May

this year they cleared 2,080

tonnes of fly-tipping waste

(that’s the equivalent of more

than 23,000 full wheelie bins)

and in the first seven months

of 2011 cleared 1,132

instances of graffiti.

Councillor Mike O’Brien,

Portfolio Holder for Community

Safety and Customer Contact

believes that the power of

The power to

report rubbish...

LOVE MEDWAY

CLEAN SAFE GREEN

www.facebook.com/lovemedway

n Community Officers Jayne Gray and Muriel Hucks help

residents with the big clean up at Kingswear Gardens in Strood

Love Medway is a two-way

process. “Our officers strive

to be proactive,” he says,

“dealing with issues on the

spot, before they become

a problem.

“However, we always

welcome the views and help

of local residents. Which is

why we’ve introduced the

Love Medway app, to make it

even easier and cost effective

for people to report

environmental issues.

“We will also be hosting Love

Medway roadshows in

October, so that residents

can meet officers and talk

about clean, safe and green

in their area.”

...now

at your fingertips

Helping to keep Medway cleaner just got easier. You can now report

environmental issues in a matter of seconds and track progress online.

l Report online - www.lovemedway.co.uk

l Snap and submit with the free Love Medway app

(available on iPhone, Android, Windows and BlackBerry)

l Text and send to 07725 202020 (put LM at start of message)

Get your app… get the power at

www.lovemedway.co.uk

Meet the team and

have your say

The Love Medway roadshow

will be at a town near you

in October. This is a great

chance to meet frontline

officers and chat about what

is good in your area and

what could be better.

Strood Market

(Commercial Road)

Monday, 24 October,

8.30am to 3.30pm

Chatham High Street

(outside Primark)

Tuesday, 25 October,

9am to 4pm

Gillingham High Street

(outside WHSmith)

Wednesday, 26 October,

8.30 to 4pm

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October / November 2011

All aboard as Chatha

Medway’s new bus station will transform public transport in

the local area and make it easier for residents to get around.

The Chatham Waterfront Bus

Station will have buses running

from 5am-11.45pm, seven days a

week, serving destinations across

Medway and Kent.

With its modern, sleek new design and

open surroundings the new bus station

will present a much more welcoming

reception for visitors when it opens on

Monday 10 October.

The new bus station will act as the

new hub for all main bus routes.

Financed by government, the scheme

helps in the council’s ambition to open

up the waterfront and connect it with

Chatham town centre – Medway’s

largest shopping area.

With new transport links, will add to

the area’s regeneration and help make

Chatham much more desirable for

national stores and other businesses

looking to open up here.

Cllr Rodney Chambers, Leader of

Medway Council, said: “The new

Chatham Waterfront bus station will act

as a welcoming drop off point for all

people travelling into the area, and as an

easy to use hub for all residents

catching public transport locally.

“It is no secret that the old bus station

in the Pentagon was out of date,

unwelcoming and – to be honest – was

not a nice first impression for those

arriving in Medway.

“This is a key part of the regeneration

of Chatham town centre. It opens up the

waterfront and helps with our aim of

ensuring the area remains an important

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shopping destination for people across

the region.

“We understand that this regeneration

work has taken time, but we really think it

will help in our work to transform

Chatham town centre. I would like to

thank members of the public for being so

understanding while this much needed

work was carried out.”

Investing in public

transport

The council and bus companies, such

as Arriva, have invested heavily in public

transport in recent years – which helps

keep Medway moving.

Now around 8.5million bus journeys are

made every year within the area and

nearly nine out of 10 people say they are

happy with the service they receive.

Schemes that have gone ahead to

increase bus capacity in Medway include

the Corporation Street and Strood

Riverside initiative, which has led to

buses getting priority at traffic junctions

and a new bus route from Strood onto

Medway City Estate.

And about 100 new bus stops, many

with shelters and level access for people

to get on and off, have been put in place.

In addition to this, bus information

screens – showing bus departure times

– are now at council information points,

healthy living centres and The Pentagon

Shopping Centre.

More details at

www.medway.gov.uk/chathambus

Bus station guide

The new Chatham Waterfront Bus

Station consists of four platforms -

each with a number of individual

stops on them.

And, while the bus stop people

catch their bus from will change

depending on the time of day they will

always go to the same platform for a

particular destination.

On the opposite page is a handy guide

showing exactly which platform

passengers need to go to (listed as

A,B,C, or D on the map) when catching

their bus.

Once there, passengers should read

the large screens to find out when their

next service departs. The bus station

information centre will also be open

Monday to Friday 8am-6pm and 9am-

5pm on Saturdays.

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Destination Platform

Allhallows A

Aylesford C

Blue Bell Hill village C

Bluewater A

Borstal C

Bridgewood Manor A

Brompton B

Burham C

Chalk A

Chatham Grove A

Chatham Maritime B

Chatham Station A

Chattenden A

Cliffe and Cliffe Woods A

Cookham Wood C

Cuxton A

Darland Estate B

Davis Estate A

Dockside Outlet Centre B

Earl Estate A

Eastcourt B

Eccles C

Fostington Wood A

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Frindsbury A

Gillingham B

Gillingham Business Park B

Gillingham Station B

Grain A

Gravesend A

Halling A

Hempstead Valley B

Hempstead Village A

High Halstow A

Higham A

Historic Dockyard Chatham B

Hoo A

Horsted (Park and Ride) C

Hospital, Medway Maritime B

Jezreels B

Kings Hill A

Lakeside Shopping Centre D

Lodge Hill A

London (commuter services) D

Lordswood A

Lower Halstow B

Lower Stoke A

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Lower Upnor A

Luton A

Maidstone A

Marlowe Park A

Medway City Estate (MCE) A

Medway Gate A

Medway Maritime Hospital B

Medway Valley Park A

MidKent College, Gillingham B

Neptune Business Estate (MCE) A

Newington B

Otterham Park B

Parkwood B

Princes Park A

Queen Mother Court C

Rainham B

Rainham Mark B

Rainham Station B

Riverside Estate (MCE) A

Rochester A

Rochester Airport Industrial Estate C

Rochester Station C

Romford D

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Royal Engineer's Museum B

St Mary's Island B

Salters Cross A

Shorne A

Sittingbourne B

Snodland A

Spire Alexandra Hospital A

Strand B

Strood A

Twydall B

Universities at Medway B

Upchurch B

Upper Halling A

Upper Upnor A

Wainscott A

Walderslade A

Warren Wood C

Wayfield A

Weeds Wood A

West Malling A

White Road Estate A

Wigmore B

Wouldham C

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If you've not been to Chatham

to shop for a while it's time

to take another look. More

than 250,000 people per

month are already in on

Kent's best kept shopping

secret - and it's right on your

doorstep too.

With major road improvements and

the town's new bus station close to

completion the future is looking bright for

Medway's retail heart - and there are

already more than 300 reasons to visit.

That's the number of shops in and

around the town, including the Pentagon

Centre and the full stretch of the High

Street from Gundulph Road to the Luton

Arches - offering a wide selection to suit

all budgets.

And it isn't just fashion that's catered

for - although there's plenty of that with

big name chains like Burtons, Dorothy

Perkins, Debenhams, Primark and TK

Maxx plus independents like

Internacionale and Bling Bling Shoes.

For your weekly shopping there's

Sainsbury's at the Pentagon and Tesco

just off The Brook plus

family firms like

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Payne's Stores - selling fruit and

vegetables - and High Street butcher

JC Rook and Sons.

Music and bookworms might try HMV,

Waterstones, WH Smith or Sound and

Music, which sells music and

memorabilia on the first floor and vintage

guitars upstairs.

Other hobbies are also catered for with

drummers beating a trail to Mid Air

Music for example. For fans of DIY fish

suppers there's the Rod and Line

Angling Centre plus bridle wear of the

non wedding kind at Happiest Horses.

Where Chatham High Street meets

Rochester there is The Signal Box, a

delight for anyone with a train set in the

attic and Evans Cycles handily located

for a quick pedal along national Cycle

Route One.

If you've been left hungry by all that

‘shoppercise’ there's choice aplenty

whether it's for a sit down meal, a

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sandwich, watching the world go by

or ignoring it altogether and burying your

head in a paper.

Options include the Blueberry Park

sandwich bar, Mr Bean Coffee House

in High Street plus Gourmet Grub in

Railway Street. There are also plenty of

choices inside the Pentagon Centre.

Try My Cafe in Batchelor Street for

traditional pie and mash or Bells of

Chatham, at The Brook end of the High

Street, for sit down fish and chips. Down

the opposite end towards Medway Street

is Chatham's own restaurant row with

English, Thai, Malaysian, Mediterranean,

Chinese, Indian and Mexican dishes on

the menu.

For those with time, shopping and

eating are only half the story for enjoying

what Chatham has to offer. Why not

round off the day with a theatre show at

the Central or Brook, a game of 10 pin

bowling at The Pentagon and a stroll

around Fort Amherst with its famous

Napoleonic Tunnels, off Dock Road.

The Fort is also linked to the Great

Lines Heritage Park via a recently opened

bridge offering commanding views across

Medway; perfect for

plotting future

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River Medway

A2

A2

Chatham

Waterfront

(opens Oct 2011)

Win £1,000

An amazing £1,000 of shopping

vouchers is up for grabs for you to

update your wardrobe, get Christmas

presents or just stock up on essentials.

To be in with a chance of winning

simply complete the entry form and take

it to the free prize draw entry box,

located in Pentagon Court, Pentagon

Shopping Centre, Chatham.

The prize is £1,000 Pentagon Shopping

Centre vouchers. The closing date is

Monday, 21 November 2011 at 5pm.

n For full competition terms and

conditions visit www.medway.gov.uk

/rules

Supported by Medway Council, Pentagon Shopping

Centre and Chatham Centre Forum.

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This maps gives a taste of what Chatham has to offer:

Home

entertainment

1 Entertainment

Exchange

2 Game

3 HMV

4 Sound and Image

5 Waterstones

6 WH Smiths

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7 1st Bowl

- bowling alley

8 Brook Theatre

9 Central Theatre

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Dock Road A231 The Brook Union Street

Medway Street

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Cafe Culture

10 Blueberry Park

Sandwich bar

11 Cupcake Sanctuary

Manor Road

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M ilitary Rd

Waterfront Way (Buses/taxis only)

4

8

21

10

Railway St (pedestrians only)

Whiffens Ave

Railway St

2 3 6 7 13 15

16 17 22 24 26 27

31 38 39 40 41

1 30

20 28 35 42 37 14 36 23

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High Street (pedestrians only)

A2 New Road

Nucleus Cafe at

New Arts Centre

Children

13 D&As Toys and Gifts

14 Lisa's Boutique

15 Mothercare

Fashion Chains

16 New Look

17 Peacocks

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Best Street

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Name

Address

Postcode Phone

Email

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Primark

TK Maxx

Fashion

independents

20 Internacionale

21 Red Menswear

22 Store Twenty-One

Food

23 Iceland

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25

Sainsbury's

Tesco

Gifts

26 Claire's Accessories

27 Mr Simms Olde Sweet

Shoppe

28 Clinton Cards

Home

29 Debenhams

Date for the diary

Saturday, 29 October, 10.30am-4pm

Peppa Pig will be in the High Street

plus two Spooky gardening workshops

with youngsters decorating pots and

planting their own cress and mustard

seeds to take away.

Tick if you’d like to receive email updates with news and events from:

Medway Council Pentagon Shopping Centre

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31

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Montus Home Store

Wilkinsons

Hobbies

32 American Comic Shop

33 Mid Air Music

34 The Signal Box

Shoes

35 Bling Bling Shoes

36 Chockers

A2

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Stead and Simpson

Footlocker

Beauty

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40 Superdrug

41 Body Shop

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Katie Blench was awarded

a £1,000 grant from the

council to help get her

own photography firm off

the ground.

The young entrepreneur,

who turned 18 in August,

works from her family home

in Nelson Road. She has

her own studio and already

boasts a portfolio of pet

portraits, weddings and

shoots for bands and models.

The Partners for Growth

(PFG) start up scheme offers

new businesses a grant of

up to £1,000 that can be

used to fund initial start-up

costs like rent, stock,

vehicles or promotion.

Katie will put the grant

towards a new camera and a

mobile generator to allow her

to take her shoots outside of

the studio and on location.

She said: “Being the

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youngest person to be

offered a grant was a great

confidence boost.

“I hope it will mean I can

inspire more young people to

pursue their dreams as well.”

As part of the scheme,

Katie completed courses

through the council's

Business Link service,

including bookkeeping and

business advice. She will

receive on-going support to

help her business grow

Medway Council’s Portfolio

Holder for Strategic

Development and Economic

Growth, Cllr Jane Chitty,

said: “Katie is a real

inspiration and an example of

how, with ambition and hard

work, you can realise your

dreams and start up your

own business.

“Our start up grants are

about helping local people

with obvious talent find their

feet and get their business

off the ground, as well as

giving them the tools to help

their business grow and

create jobs and opportunities

in the future. I wish Katie

every success.”

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Start up grant helps focus business idea

A 17 year old from Gillingham has become the

youngest person to receive a start up business grant

from Medway Council.

No rates to pay until October 2012

for qualifying business

l Space Business Centre Medway serviced units are ready

to use - designed for office, industrial, workshop,

storage, and project use.

l 51 small units ranging from 350 to 776 sq ft.

l Individual access and business address for each unit.

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l Dedicated unit and visitor parking, two amenity blocks,

CCTV, security barrier and 24/7 access.

Entrepreneurs who

receive a start up grant

from Medway Council

could benefit from

discounted rent for

business units in Medway.

Spaces Business Centres

are offering an equivalent

of a £1,000 rent-free

period in one of their 51

business units in Knight

Road, Strood. Terms

and conditions apply.

The council has teamed up

with Space Business

Centres as part of the PFG

scheme, sponsored by

Lloyds TSB and Furley

Page Solicitors.

n For more on the Partners

for Growth Scheme visit

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October/November 2011

Fancy yourself as the next Del boy?

Medway Council is offering budding business owners the

chance to try their hand at market trading.

The council is offering wannabe traders the chance to set up

a stall at one of Medway’s bustling markets from £20 a day.

Medway has local markets based at Strood and Gillingham,

both held twice a week, as well as a farmers’ market in

Rochester held on the third Sunday of every month.

Selling all sorts from fruit, vegetables and quality meat, to

bags, fashion and greeting cards, the markets are a one-stop

shop for every day essentials.

Small overheads and relatively low start up costs mean that

market trading can be a much easier step into business, with

some of the UK’s most loved stores, including Marks and

Spencer, starting as market stalls.

You’ll build up a reputation that means they’ll

keep coming back, and you build up a real

rapport with all your customers - I love it.

Running a stall is an ideal opportunity to test the market to

see what will sell well and is also good for creative types who

make, bake or design their own products.

Babs Landa, 36, from Rochester, has run the bag stall at

Strood Market with his brother Gurmit for the past 20 years,

after taking the reins from his father.

“What’s great about being a trader is getting to know your

customers and becoming part of the market community, which

fills Strood with a great atmosphere,” said Babs.

“People are more careful about how they spend their money

nowadays, but the level of customer service they get at the

market, that bit of banter and a familiar face, means we get

people coming back week in week out.

“All the traders have a great relationship with each other

and shopkeepers in the area all say that trade picks up on

market days.”

Neil Wheatley has been running the food and drink wagon at

Strood Market since May. The 43 year old, who also gigs as a

All hands on deck for local apprentices

The restoration of the United Kingdom's last estuary

paddle steamer, the Medway Queen, is set to get the

help of 11 Medway apprentices.

The ship is due to return to

the waters of the River

Medway next year with the

apprentices ready to help the

Medway Queen Preservation

Society restore it to its

former glory.

Work will begin in earnest

early next year when the

ship's hull, currently being

repaired in Bristol, will be

brought to Gillingham Pier.

Preparation is already

underway, with apprentices

restoring parts of the ship

including handrails and

lamp standards.

The 11 young apprentices,

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recruited under the councilrun

100-in-100 Medway

Apprenticeship Challenge,

are turning their hands to

woodwork, welding and

engineering in anticipation of

the return of the ship.

Split between work on

board the ship and MidKent

College, where they are

learning most of the

techniques, the apprentices

are on two year advanced

apprenticeships in

mechanical engineering.

Alex Stevens, 17, from

Doddington Road, Gillingham,

one of the chosen

stand up comic, took up the pitch after selling at markets

around the East Coast for more than 10 years.

He said: “I find running a market stall is much like being a

landlord, you know your regulars, you look after your customers

and you’ll build up a reputation that means they’ll keep coming

back. The best thing about a local market is that sense of

community you get – I buy my vegetables and meat from stalls

here at Strood and you build up a real rapport with all your

customers – I love it.”

n For more details about having a pitch at one of Medway’s

weekly street markets – in Gillingham or Strood – or the

monthly Rochester Farmers’ Market, phone Annette Lebreton

on 338155.

apprentices. was struggling to

find work as a plumber when

he heard about the scheme.

“I’d heard about the

Medway Queen through my

mum and dad. It’s quite an

honour to work on the

restoration of something that

obviously means a lot to the

local community.”

Leader of Medway Council,

n Babs Landa - a successful

market trader for 20 years.

Medway’s markets:

Strood Commercial Road car park – every Tuesday and

Saturday, 9am to 3pm.

Gillingham Gillingham High Street – every Monday and

Saturday, 9am to 4.30pm.

Rochester Farmers’ Market Corporation Street car park on

the third Sunday of every month, 9am to 1pm.

Cllr Rodney Chambers, said:

“Seeing young Medway

apprentices working on the

restoration of the Medway

Queen is a particularly

poignant reminder of our rich

naval heritage and will provide

the young people with

incredibly valuable skills to

stand them in good stead for

the future.”

The 100-in-100 Apprenticeship Challenge aimed to create

100 apprenticeships in Medway over 100 days.

The campaign, which launched in May, received more than

125 pledges from construction companies, hairdressers,

decorators, electricians and others,

It was organised by Medway Council and the National

Apprenticeship Service with the support of local training

providers, colleges and employers. The challenge was part of a

commitment to raise awareness about apprenticeships and what

they can offer to businesses and the apprentices themselves.

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A sharp rise in tuition fees and

squeezed disposable income mean

deciding what is affordable will be just

as vital to prospective undergraduates

as achieving the best grades.

Over the next few weeks thousands of

young people across Medway will be

scouring the small print of university

and college prospectuses to decide

their preferred courses and locations.

With cost likely to be more of a factor

than ever before there has never been a

better time to consider what is right on

their doorstep when it comes to making

final choices in January.

The University of Kent, the University

of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ

Church (CCCU) share a campus with in

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historic surrounds at Chatham Maritime

– a buzzing 10,000 strong student

community.

Close by is the Rochester campus of

the University for the Creative Arts,

one of Europe’s leading specialist art and

design universities attracting talented

young people from all over the world.

Study in Medway and you would be

following in the illustrious wake of

designer Zandra Rhodes and the jeweller

Stephen Webster – albeit born in

Gravesend - who now designs pieces for

A-listers like Kate Moss and Madonna.

Many graduates from CCCU are now

in senior positions in local schools or

the health service. Students from the

Universities of Greenwich and Kent

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Universities on

For anyone dreaming of a place at university next year there has never

been a better time to study close to home.

have enjoyed similar success, including

Professor Charles Kao, awarded the

Nobel prize for his pioneering work in

fibre optic technology.

Peter Milburn, campus director for

CCCU Medway, said: “Whether students

are just leaving college, looking to

change careers or get back into the

workplace the Medway campus gives

them the opportunity to experience first

class facilities on their doorstep.

“Not only are they receiving a teaching

and learning experience that is second

to none, but by staying at home students

can relieve some of the financial

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Each of Medway’s four universities has its own unique

identity. There is a lot of information available on their

websites but here is a brief guide to what each has to offer:

Canterbury Christ Church University

www.canterbury.ac.uk/medway

The Medway campus specialises in courses in health and

social care and early childhood and childhood studies.

The expertise of its staff has helped the campus to

emerge as a specialist in post graduate medical courses;

working with local health providers to offer further

professional, practical training for their staff.

University of Kent

www.kent.ac.uk/medway

The University of Kent has invested millions in new

purpose-built facilities. These include lecture theatres,

specialist music and design studios, workshops and a

multi-media newsroom for its journalism programme. Kent

excels in many fields of study including music, design and

sports science.

Universities at Medway

The Universities at Medway is a unique

partnership that includes the Universities

of Kent, Greenwich and Canterbury

Christ Church University.

The three institutions share a single

Medway campus, next to the Historic

Dockyard at Chatham Maritime. The site

was built originally as a naval base,

HMS Pembroke, at the start of the 20th

Century. The University for the Creative

Arts is based just along the river in Fort

Pitt, Rochester.

Getting advice

Choices of courses must be registered

with UCAS, the organisation responsible

for managing applications to higher

education courses in the UK, by 15

January 2012.

University of Greenwich head of

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central recruitment Bev Woodhams, has

the following advice for prospective

students considering where to study

next year:

“Think about what subject will engage

you over three or four years of study;

that the course fits the career at a

university that suits your personality and

lifestyle.”

To discuss options available to you

speak with your college or school

careers officers. Check online for details

of open days taking place in Medway

during the Autumn.

Staff are also available to help

students with any questions they might

have – from costs to courses - before

making their decision. Call 020 8331

9000 for the University of Greenwich;

894450 for Canterbury Christ Church

University; 0800 9753777 for the

October/November 2011

University for the Creative Arts

www.ucreative.ac.uk/rochester

One of Europe’s leading specialist art and design

universities with a presence in Medway for almost 150

years. Courses include fashion, photography, art, design,

crafts and marketing.

UCA has also built up relationships with major brands such

as Apple, Nike and Burberry, as well as local businesses and

organisations. For camera aficionados it is also home to the

UK’s Hasselblad Research Centre.

University of Greenwich

www2.gre.ac.uk/medway

The Medway campus has superb facilities such as the

centre for Sport and Exercise Science and a training

dispensary for pharmacy students. It is also home to the

School of Engineering and the Centre for Sport and

Exercise Science.

Subjects taught at Medway include: science, engineering,

nursing – with CCCU, pharmacy – with University of Kent

Speech and Language Therapy with CCCU science.

your doorstep

University of Kent and 01252 892883 for

the University for the Creative Arts.

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The City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra is offering

young people a feast of classical music for just £1 per

show in its new season programme at the Central

Theatre, Chatham.

The first of three concerts takes place on Saturday, 19

November with music by composers Prokofiev and

Tchaikovsky, including the Dvorak Cello Concerto, the Romeo

and Juliet Overture and the Nutcracker Suite.

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Orchestra offer £1 deal for Central season

Help support upkeep of castle

A new group has been set up to ensure Rochester

Castle is preserved for future generations to enjoy.

The Restore Rochester Castle Campaign has already

attracted celebrity backing from Sir Derek Jacobi and James

Purefoy, the stars of Ironclad, the film about the siege of the

castle in 1215.

Campaign chairman Jon O’Donnell, said: “Medway Council

has been brilliant in supporting us, but it can’t be down to

them to find the money. People have to realise it’s their

heritage and help us to preserve it for future generations.”

The council has a local management agreement with English

Heritage, for the management of Rochester Castle and has

recently completed essential repairs to part of the castle wall.

A programme of long term environmental monitoring is to be

implemented for the castle that will help to plan and prioritise

future preservation work.

n To find out more about the group visit

www.restorerochestercastle.co.uk

Season tickets are available ranging from £23-£37 for the

year with the £1 per concert offer available for anyone under

18. Other concerts in the series take place on 3 March and

19 May 2012.

Tickets for all these concerts are available from the Central

Theatre Box Office on 338338. Individual tickets cost £9, £12

or £15, with concessions for OAPs. For more details visit

www.crso.org.uk

Charity night at cathedral

Voices for Hospices is a UK registered charity which

co-ordinates a ‘Mexican Wave’ of simultaneous concerts

around the globe, on the same day, once every two years.

Involving up to a million people each time and raising at least a

pound for every one of those people; the concerts raise awareness

and encourage new volunteers for each local unit involved.

One of these concerts – featuring light instrumental and choral

music - will be taking place at Rochester Cathedral from 7.30pm

on Saturday, 22 October in support of Medway’s Wisdom Hospice.

Musicians include: The Medway Singers; The City of Rochester

Pipe Band; The Medway Band; Walderslade Primary School and

Gillingham Male Voice Choir.

n Tickets: Adults £10, concessions £7.50. To book phone 831163.

Contacting Medway Matters

Medway Matters,

Communications and Marketing,

Medway Council, Gun Wharf,

Dock Road, Chatham ME4 4TR

Email medway.matters

@medway.gov.uk

Written and designed by

Medway Council’s

Communications and

Marketing Team.

Distributed by Royal Mail

door-to-door service.

All phone numbers should be

prefixed with 01634 unless stated.

Available in other

formats and

languages.

Phone 333333

The next edition of

Medway Matters will be

published in October.

There is a range of advertising opportunities in Medway Matters.

For more information, including rates and copy deadlines,

visit www.medway.gov.uk/medwaymatters or email

medway.matters@medway.gov.uk.

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October/November 2011

Chris Collins, the BBC’s gardening expert, writes a regular column for Medway Matters

Create a riot of garden

colour this autumn.

Some may feel sad about the end of summer but let’s go for

the glass half full scenario. For a start, we have the splendour

of autumn colour, surely one of nature’s great feats.

Two highly recommended plants for autumn colour are a tree

known as Sorbus hupehensis and an excellent shrub from the

islands of Japan known as Euonymus alatus.

This is also the time of year for getting in all those spring

bulbs from subtle daffodils like Narcissus cyclemnus or all out

tulip madness.

When planting your bulbs, remember to plant them three

times the size of the bulb in depth. Take all fallen leaves to the

compost bin - lying leaves may encourage fungus problems

later on. Once rotted down they can return to the border.

A trip to the garden centre to stock up on winter pansies

and polyanthus will ensure your hanging baskets and pots

remain colourful.

During the darker months, the south can get very dry so

keep those water butts topped up and make sure any new

trees and shrubs get a drink.

Sponsored by

Southern Water

Top five tips

• Get ahead and order seed catalogues now; the

clever gardener is always ahead of the game.

• Give hedges a last trim before the frosts kick in.

• If you have precious plants in containers stand them

on bricks to protect from water logging and cold

from patio slabs.

• Plant new climbers and perennials .

• Lift and divide any rhubarb crowns.

Dazzle this Autumn and get noticed

Move over Blackpool illuminations. Coming to Medway this

Autumn are the bright lights of cars, lorries and buses - to a

dark street near you.

Sunday 30 October marks the end of British Summer Time and the start of duller.

colder evenings to and from home, the office and school.

To keep safe Medway Council is reminding cyclists and pedestrians to get

themselves noticed as the nights drawn in. The council is working closely with Kent

County Council on campaigns to help reduce the number of accidents across the

county, particularly among young people.

The 'B-Viz' campaign will specifically target 11-16 year olds, about the

importance of being visible to road users. For more details visit www.b-viz.com.

Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services, Cllr Phil Filmer, said: “By wearing a

reflector at night you allow drivers up to five times more distance to notice you.”

“Spoke sparks, pedal lights, reflective socks,

toggles and stickers are cheap and easy

ways to highlight your presence to

other road users.

“We are reminding people that

wearing reflective material works

better in the dark and florescent

works better during the day.

“By choosing to wear something

bright and fluorescent, you’ll

increase your visibility up to 15 times

more to other road users.”

Grab a free hi-vis cape

Younger road users are being offered

the chance to grab a free bright hi-vis

‘Hector ghoul cape’, kindly donated

by Texaco, whilst supplies last.

To obtain yours please either email

travel.safety@medway.gov.uk

or write to Medway Council Road

Safety Team, Gun Wharf, Dock

Road Chatham, ME4 4TR.

n For more on Medway’s Road

Safety campaigns, education and

training services visit:

www.medway.gov.uk/saferjourneys

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Tina didn’t expect her family holiday to

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The 35-year-old, who at the time was 27

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October/November 2011

The Trust’s 2010/11 Annual Report is now available on the Trust’s

website with a summary of the highlights listed below:

Care Quality Commission compliance

Following an unannounced four-day inspection by the Care

Quality Commission (CQC) at the end of February, the

healthcare regulator gave the Trust a considerably improved

rating for the quality of its services.

The CQC found that we are meeting all their ‘Essential

Standards of Quality and Safety’ and patients commented that

the standards of care were good and staff to be hard working,

kind and supportive. Most were happy with their treatment.

The Trust is working on recommendations made in the report.

Top 40 hospital award

The Trust was named among the CHKS 40 Top Hospitals for

the third year running. The CHKS (Caspe Healthcare

Knowledge Systems) Top Hospitals Programme is

now in its 11th year and assesses hospitals on

their performance in 21 key areas ranging

from patient safety to quality of care.

This reflects the commitment and

determination of everyone at the Trust

to deliver care of the highest

standards.

Improving patient experience

The experience patients have when

they use the Trust’s services is very

important to the Trust. To ensure

improvement of patient experience

remains high on the agenda, the director

of nursing set-up a patient experience

committee to look everything – from when a

patient enters our site, through treatment, to

leaving hospital.

Combating MRSA

The Trust operates a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to infections

like MRSA and was very proud to announce in February that

there had been no MRSA bloodstream infections at Medway

Maritime Hospital for a year. There has been a wide-range of

measures across the Trust which led to this success including

a specialist MRSA ward and improved management of devices

such as urinary catheters and cannulas.

Supporting organ donation

There are more than 8,000 people in this country waiting for life

saving organs. Unfortunately the stark fact is that three of these

people die every day waiting – some because the organs never

come and some because whilst waiting their health deteriorates

to a point where they would not survive an operation.

Last year, the Trust set up its first organ donation committee

to encourage everyone – staff, patients and visitors – to talk

more openly about organ and tissue donation and to consider

joining the Organ Donor Register.

News from your local hospital

NHS Foundation Trust

Looking back

May’s baby boom

A staggering 434 babies were born at the hospital in May 2010

– around 15 every day – the highest number of babies born in

one month in the hospital’s history. Karen McIntyre, Head of

Midwifery at Medway NHS Foundation Trust said: “We’re

thrilled that so many mums from across Medway, Swale and

further afield in Kent are choosing to bring their babies into the

world with us at Medway.”

Orthotics centre of excellence

People in Medway and Swale experiencing painful muscle and

joint problems can be assured that when they come to Medway

Maritime Hospital for their treatment, they are being treated in

the only centre of excellence in the south east region.

The orthotics department and plaster theatre has been

awarded the status of ‘centre of excellence’ for its

training of staff and customer services. The

department also boasts the shortest waiting

time in the whole country for an appointment

to be fitted with an orthotic device. These

include items such as braces and corrective

shoe inserts.

Hospital at Home service

The Trust has been piloting a new service

which enables patients to continue their

inpatient treatment at home, rather than stay

in hospital.

Patients who are stable but still need some

form of treatment such as oxygen, blood

monitoring or medication can receive the inpatient

care they need from nurses and physiotherapists in their

home. Since the service started, the Trust has treated over

200 patients.

Same sex accommodation

The Trust is pleased with the progress it has made in

eliminating mixed-sex accommodation. At the end of March

this year, 88 per cent of patients reported they were in samesex

accommodation.

Most people accept that providing fast, effective patient care is

sometimes more important than providing same-sex

accommodation. This may include situations where patients need

urgent care, highly specialised or high-tech care. Where mixing

occurs, it must be in the interest of all the patients affected.

Plans for the future

You can find out more about our plans for 2011/12 in our

Annual Plan and Quality Account documents online at

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Lewis Deal leads a voluntary aviation group, based at

Rochester Airport since 1979, which restores vintage

aircraft mainly from the Second World War.

Tell us something about yourself.

I am the first Kentish Man born into the Deal family since 1642.

During the Battle of Britain in 1940 the German Luftwaffe took

exception to the Deal family as two of our homes in Sevenoaks

and another in Bristol were bombed.

How did you get involved in aircraft restoration?

For many years and with a small group of volunteers I

uncovered crashed aircraft mainly in the Maidstone area which

gave me the essential expertise required.

What is MAPS working on at the moment?

We are restoring the World's only surviving Boulton Paul

Defiant, a turret armed fighter, built in 1938. It was flown mainly

by Polish pilots and gunners of No. 307 (Lwow) Squadron.

An intriguing aircraft which has caused many headaches as we

had no drawings and the aircraft had received little attention.

What’s the connection with flying boats?

MAPS has a unique history which dates back in many ways to

the Short Bros Flying Boat factory on the Medway and the

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Quick fire round

What do you love?

I love spring mornings in the Kent countryside;

cricket; cream, motor cycles; single and malt

whisky

What hobbies do you have?

Growing bonsais and building model railways

My favourite place

Leeds Castle

My favourite food

Roast beef with all the trimmings

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n Lewis Deal gets the

royal seal of approval

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Lewis Deal, MBE

Managing director of Medway Aircraft Preservation Society (MAPS)

Short Stirling bomber factory near Rochester Airport

(now BAE Systems).

The skills and manufacturing techniques used then were

of the highest quality and fortunately we had a number of

craftsmen available to MAPS in those early days.

As a result we have continued to produce fine painstaking

work attracting the attention of the RAF Museum. They now

use us for work on rare and unique aircraft from their

marvellous collection. That has helped us to

retain those skills.

What has been your

proudest moment?

Receiving my MBE from Prince

Charles at Buckingham Palace in 2002,

with my family. It was a proud day not

only for us but as recognition of

MAPS. I chatted with the

Prince about Spitfires for

so long his equerry had

to intervene.

What restoration

project has given you

the most pride?

Our proudest

achievement in many

ways was the restoration

of the world's only Mk XI

Spitfire which still graces

the skies.

How can people find

out about the

society’s work?

There is a lot of information on

our web site www.mapsl.co.uk

We also have a visitor centre

and sales room open to the

public on Sunday, Monday

and Wednesday mornings.

My secret of success

A quiet determination

Can't do without

Writing or my wife

First record bought

Humphrey Lyttleton - Bad Penny Blues

Ideal desert island companion

Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Park of Battle of

Britain and Malta fame. A brilliant tactician of

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A Street Car

Named Desire

Monday, 10 October, 7.30pm

Film adaptation of Tennessee

Williams’ 1947 play of a

romantic drama about a

fragile, deluded woman

called Blanche DuBois.

Part of the Screen Classics

season at Central Theatre,

Chatham.

Tickets: £6 or £5 if you book

online. Students: £3.50

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The Central Theatre and

The Brook Theatre, Chatham

The autumn season is here

Julian Lloyd Webber

The Brook Theatre, 8 Oct

Pete Molinari

The Central Theatre, 15 Oct

T H E C O U N C I L M A G A Z I N E F O R E V E R Y O N E I N M E D W A Y

Sundays

are for kids

at The Brook Theatre

For a full list of the latest events and entertainments in Medway, visit

www.whatsonmedway.co.uk

Serving You

October/November 2011

YOUR GUIDE TO EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT IN MEDWAY

Great Classical

Favourites

Wednesday, 12 October

7.30pm

performed by the Royal

Philharmonic Orchestra.

Central Theatre, Chatham

Tickets: £19.50-£25.

Concessions for senior

citizens and students.

A Rake's

Progress

Wednesday,

19 October

7.30pm

The Brook

Theatre, Chatham.

An extraordinary evening of

rousing songs, eccentric

masks and rumbustious

puppets.

Tickets: Children £8,

Adults £12.

Macbeth

The Brook Theatre, 15 Oct

Bob Geldof

The Central Theatre, 21 Nov

For tickets and to browse the full line-up on the new booking website

www.medwayticketslive.co.uk

338338

Crunch!

Sunday, 30 October, 2pm

The Brook Theatre, Chatham

Family show combining

stories and images of apples

all over the world from Adam

and Eve to Sir Isaac Newton;

from

William Tell

to Snow

White;

from The

Big Apple

to Apple

Mac. An

exciting

and

hilarious mix of physical

theatre, original songs,

juggling, masks and good old

traditional storytelling.

Tickets: Children £5,

Adults £6.

Remember....

you can book for all events

online at www.medway

ticketslive.co.uk or phone

338338.

Dickensian

Christmas

Market

Wednesday, 30 November

to Sunday, 18 December.

Wednesday, Thursday and

Friday 11am to 5pm,

Saturday 10am to 6pm and

Sunday 10am to 4pm

Rochester Castle Gardens.

Continental-style chalet stalls

offering a wonderful array of

gifts, hand-crafted goods

and delicious treats plus

carousel rides and live music.

Get along earlier for entertainment including local choirs,

dance schools and majorettes displays. There will also be a

carousel, face painting and balloons available to purchase.

CHATHAM

Thursday 17 November, 4.30pm, Central Theatre, High Street,

with CBeebies star Katy Ashworth, star of this year’s pantomime.

STROOD

Saturday 19 November, 5pm, Friary Place, High Street, with

children's TV character Raa Raa the Noisy Lion.

GILLINGHAM

Friday, 25 November, 5pm, Smiths Square, High

Street, with children's TV character Rastamouse.

ROCHESTER

Wednesday, 30 November, from 3.45pm at

the Castle Gardens with Vanilla Ice switching on

the lights and opening the Christmas market.

RAINHAM

Friday 2 December, 5pm, Shopping Centre,

High Street, with children's TV character

De-Li from the Waybaloos.

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October/November 2011

Electoral registration

Don’t lose your right to vote

Canvassers will be making door-to-door visits

to properties across Medway until 7 November

to try to get details from those residents who

haven’t yet returned their voter registration form

so that they don’t lose their right to vote.

It is a legal requirement to complete and

return a registration form every year, but many

people don’t and therefore lose their right to

have a say in how the local area or the country is run. The voters list

is also used as a way of checking credit worthiness so you could lose

out on a loan, opening a mobile phone account or even getting a gas

or electricity account set up. The Register of Electors 2012 will be

published on 1 December. If you’ve missed the canvasser who’s

been calling at your door, don’t worry, it’s not too late to register.

We will still be accepting registration forms after 7 November until

1 December, so if you’ve not yet responded to the form, please

complete it and send it to: Electoral Registration Officer, Medway

Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TR.

Remember, if you don’t have any changes to make to the details

of people registered at your address you can respond to the form

by using the freephone and internet registration service. Details of

how to do this are printed on the top of your form. Responding via

the phone or internet saves you the hassle of

having to post the paper form back to us.

If you have any queries, please phone

Electoral Services on 332030.

OCTOBER

4 3pm Cabinet

6.30pm Regeneration Community and Culture OSC MR9

5 7pm Planning Committee MR2

6 6.30pm Health and Adult OSC MR2

7 2pm Licensing Sub Committee of LSC MR2

11 2pm Licensing Hearing Panel – Sub Comm of LSC MR2

12 6.30pm Children’s and Young People OSC MR2

18 6pm Licensing and Safety Committee MR2

19 8.45am School Transport and Curriculum Appeals Committee MR2

20 7pm Council SGC

27 7pm Employment Matters Committee MR2

28 9am Licensing Hearing Panel – Sub Comm of LSC MR2

NOVEMBER

1 3pm Cabinet MR2

8 9am Licensing Hearing Panel sub committee of LSC MR2

9.30am Employment Matters Appeals Panel – MR2

16 8.45am School Transport and Curriculum Appeals Committee MR2

7pm Planning Committee MR2

25 9am Licensing Hearing Panel – sub committee of LSC – MR2

29 3pm Cabinet MR2

7pm 30 Nov Standards Committee MR2

MR = Meeting Rooms, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham ME4 4TR

SGC = St George’s Centre, Chatham Maritime ME4 4YW

OSC = Overview and Scrutiny Committee

LSC = Licensing and Safety Committee

The dates and venues for the meetings listed could change.

You are advised to check the details by phoning 306000, emailing

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Medway M atte rs

Contact your

councillor

CHATHAM CENTRAL

Paul Godwin Lab c/o PA to

the Labour Group Leader, Gun

Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, ME4

4TR Phone: 865944 PA 332396

Vince Maple Lab

29 Chalk Hill,, Chatham,

ME4 5SU Mob: 07981 661451

Julie Shaw Lab

79 Downsview, Chatham,

ME5 0AL Phone: 813647

Raymond maisey Con

106 Charles Drive, Cuxton,

Rochester

ME2 1DU Phone: 727126

GILLINGHAM NORTH

pat cooper Ind Group

28 Dial Road, Gillingham, ME7 2RL

Phone: 575599

adaM price Lab

13 Clifton Road, Gillingham ME7 1NA

Phone: 571426

andY StaMp Ind Group

50 Grange Road, Gillingham,

ME7 2PU Phone: 579787

Mob: 07736 327002

GILLINGHAM SOUTH

Geoff JubY Lib Dem

16 Franklin Road, Gillingham,

ME7 4DF Phone: 576675

Sheila KearneY Lib Dem

112 Nelson Road, Gillingham,

ME7 4LL Phone: 576838

daVid colMan Lab

7 Milsted Road, Gillingham ME8 6SX

Mob: 07810 278831

HEMPSTEAD AND WIGMORE

diane chaMberS Con

6 Mansion Row, Brompton,

Gillingham, ME7 5SE Phone: 842913

rodneY chaMberS Con

6 Mansion Row, Brompton,

Gillingham, ME7 5SE Phone: 842913

alan Jarrett Con

43 Ballens Road, Lordswood,

Chatham, ME5 8NT

Phone: 684640

daVid wildeY Con

627 Lordswood Lane, Lordswood,

Chatham, ME5 8QY

Phone: 863416

T H E C O U N C I L M A G A Z I N E F O R E V E R Y O N E I N M E D W A Y

sam CRaven Lab

124 Castle Road, Chatham

ME4 5HY Phone: 811451

ChRistine Godwin Lab

7 Highgrove Road, Walderslade,

Chatham, ME5 7QE Phone: 865944

tRistan osboRne Lab

35 Davy Court Rochester,

ME1 1AE Mob: 07793 204282

PENINSULA

ChRis iRvine Con

86 St Williams Way, Rochester

ME1 2PD Mob: 07713 615550

tony watson Con

17 Grandsire Gardens, Hoo,

Rochester ME3 9LH Phone:

255694

phil filMer Con

Bridgewater House, Parbrook

Road, High Halstow, Rochester,

ME3 8QG Phone: 254196

PRINCES PARK

Matt briGht Con

85 Highgrove Road, Walderslade,

Chatham, ME5 7SF Phone: 321265

pat GulVin Con

30 Glamis Close, Walderslade,

Chatham, ME5 7QQ Phone: 670853

RAINHAM CENTRAL

rehMan chiShti Con

30 Shakespeare Road, Gillingham,

ME7 5QN Phone: 570118

barrY KeMp Con

18 Herbert Road, Rainham,

ME8 9BZ Phone: 365231

MiKe o’brien Con

Redlands, 70 Herbert Road,

Rainham, ME8 9DA

Phone: 377950

RAINHAM NORTH

daVid carr Con

68 Kingsway, Gillingham,

ME7 3AU Phone: 853366

VauGhan hewett Con

47 Marshall Road, Rainham,

ME8 0AP Mob: 07932 195683

RAINHAM SOUTH

howard doe Con

The Warren, 21 Style Close,

Rainham, ME8 9LS Phone: 366419

leS wicKS Con

78 Mill Road, Gillingham, ME7 1JB

Phone 582759.

this page has contact details for all

55 councillors elected to represent

medway’s 22 wards at the last

election in may 2011. to find out

more about the work of your

ward councillors, visit our website

www.medway.gov.uk

Councillors are contactable by email. Email them using firstname.secondname@medway.gov.uk

CUXTON AND HALLING

LORDSWOOD AND CAPSTONE

LUTON AND WAYFIELD

daVid roYle Con

7 Watermeadow Close,

Hempstead, Gillingham, ME7 3QF

Phone: 377254

RIVER

andRew maCkness Con

4 Church Lane, Historic Dockyard,

Chatham, ME4 4LF

Mob: 07970 734105

craiG MacKinlaY Con

8 Manor Road, Chatham, ME4 6AG

Phone: 841108

ROCHESTER EAST

nicK bowler Lab

93 Haig Avenue, Rochester,

ME1 2RY Mob: 07793 806011

tereSa MurraY Lab

318 City Way, Rochester, ME1 2BL

Phone: 409486

ROCHESTER SOUTH AND

HORSTED

RuPeRt tuRPin Con

30 Purbeck Road, Chatham

ME4 6ED Phone: 305680

SYlVia Griffin Con

12 Beaulieu Rise, Rochester,

ME1 2PQ Phone: 404139

treVor clarKe Con

19 Wemmick Close, Cloisterham

Park, Rochester, ME1 2DL

Phone: 409932

ROCHESTER WEST

ted baKer Con

11 Watts Avenue, Rochester,

ME1 1RX Phone: 847415

KellY tolhurSt Con

Creekside, Beacon Boatyard, Manor

Lane, Borstal, Rochester, ME1 3JN

Mob: 07925 880180

STROOD NORTH

Jane chittY Con

20 Broomhill Road, Strood,

Rochester, ME2 3LE

Mob: 07930 236228

Jane etheridGe Con

48 Watling Street, Strood, ME2 3NY

Phone: 711003

Stephen hubbard Lab

94 Jersey Road, Strood,

Rochester, ME2 3PD

Phone: 712129

October/November 2011

the make up of the council is as

follows:

Conservative 35

labour 15

liberal democrat 3

independent 2

STROOD RURAL

peter hicKS Con

14 High Street, Upper Upnor,

Rochester, ME2 4XG

Phone: 715097

toM MaSon Con

1 Leeds House, Cypress Court,

Frindsbury Extra, Rochester, ME2

4PU Phone: 727301

peter rodberG Con

Tamarisk, Main Road, Chattenden,

Rochester, ME3 8PP

Phone: 250269

STROOD SOUTH

JoSie ileS Con

141 Watling Street, Strood

ME2 3JJ Phone: 316484

John aVeY Con

13 Elaine Court, Elaine Avenue,

Strood, Rochester, ME2 2YR

Phone: 711268

iSaac iGwe Lab

62 Seagull Road, Strood, Rochester

ME2 2RH Mob: 07904 363167

TWYDALL

dorte GilrY Lab

26 Twydall Lane, Gillingham,

ME8 6HX Phone: 233833

GlYn GriffithS Lab

105 First Avenue, Gillingham, ME7

2LF Phone: 352734

paul harriott Lab

26 Twydall Lane, Gillingham, ME8

6HX Phone: 233833

WALDERSLADE

daVid braKe Con

Sherwood House, 29 Robin Hood

Lane, Walderslade, Chatham,

ME5 9NS Phone: 668649

adrian GulVin Con

30 Glamis Close, Walderslade,

Chatham

ME5 7QQ

Phone: 670853

WATLING

wendY purdY Con

4 Nore Close, Gillingham

ME7 3D9

Phone: 578669

diana SMith Lib Dem

269 Napier Road, Gillingham,

ME7 4LY

Phone: 575192

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