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The Weald Park Country Show 2021


WEALD PARK COUNTRY SHOW www.wealdcountryshow.co.uk 22nd and 23rd May, 10.00 – 5.00

We are extremely excited and cannot wait for the show this year with so many exciting and new attractions.

We are delighted to announce our new Motorbike display and attraction area at the show on both days with our fantastic motorbike and BMX bike team. Fancy a go with on a BMX with a UK Champion, well the Weald Park Country Show is the show for you.

Our main area will have some fantastic demonstrations this year to include Barrel Racing thanks to the UK Barrel Racing Team, the inspiring Dog and Duck Shows with the amazing Chris Jupp and his beautiful Collie dog and fabulous runner ducks, Falconry with the World of Wings birds of prey displays thanks to the wonderful Ange and Rick and their excellent routines, African Dancers and Living History displays.

Our Festival of Cars area has had amazing array of entries on both days with many different and exciting cars for all those car fans out there.

Our Foodmarkets area will have some wonderful producers, Cookery demonstrations with some amazing Chefs including Italian Chef Claudio Bincoletto and many others.

The Festival of Dogs area at the show is hugely popular with Charity Fun Dog Shows (raising £3,800 for Charities in 2019), Owner and Celebrity Lookalike Competition, Dog Agility, Dogs Have Got Talent, Flyball and so much more.

Circus Aerial Displays 3 times a day to the Greatest Showman as well as Magic Shows with was that one rabbit or seven? We are so excited to also announce our outdoor Theatre performances of The Buccaneers.

Fancy a bit of Abba in our music area, well come along to the show and enjoy the Abba Tribute Band playing daily along with five other bands. We will also be joined again by the wonderful Wrestleforce Team with some wrestling fun, fun, fun.

The Weald Park Festivals of Kids – come along and meet Classisauras our T-Rex Dinosaur who will be joined by his storm trooper friends who will be at the show this year. Lots for the children to do including Punch and Judy, Gemma’s Petting Farm, rides and loads more fun.

Rural Crafters – come along visit and support our avenue of Rural Crafters this year who will be demonstrating their crafts as well as selling them. Visit our Living History Village and try your luck with our Living History Archery and do not forget last but not least the opportunity to do some amazing shopping with our array of stands at the show.

The Weald Park Country Show runs 10am – 5pm on Saturday 22nd May and Sunday 23rd May at Weald Country Park, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5QS For ticket info. Visit www.wealdcountryshow.co.uk. The show will follow Covid guidelines and we would like to encourage people to book online in advance.


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Folkestone Rotary Club – ‘Support for School Uniforms’

The Rotary Club of Folkestone has been working with local schools for many years and recently established that many families within the Folkestone area struggle to provide their children with school uniforms as well as basic needs of shoes. coats and PE items.


The average cost is around £30 for a primary and up to £200 for a secondary school uniform and these assist the pupil to succeed and offer a sense of community and equality.

The club works closely with family liaison officers to identify those families that need support and so far this year we have donated over £1,000 to help them buy uniforms.  There is more to be achieved, however, and we are appealing for donations so that we can help more people.


President Terry Cooke-Davies of the Rotary Club comments  “We appreciate that these are financially difficult times for some people.  Any support you or your businesses can offer by donating would be much appreciated.  Helping the children with a smart uniform will give them a sense of belonging that is so important to us all.  It will no doubt also bring them education benefits, as well as helping parents or guardians who would otherwise struggle.”


It is possible to donate via our special page here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/Support4SchoolUniforms. We are also seeking corporate and business support.  Please contact the organiser Sam Wraight via sam.wraight@folkestonerotary.org


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Bumblebee Conservation Trust ditch planting

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Dr Nikki Gammans who have been working in the Romney Marsh area for 12 years on Bumblebees and other pollinators, collaborated with the Fifth Continent Scheme to plant perennial flowering plants in ditch banks to encourage wildlife and support bumblebees.


One of the major areas of work of the Fifth Continent Scheme is working with farmers and landowners to support them to carry out wildlife improvement works on their drainage ditches. It is not common for farmers to do more significant works such as re-profiling and major de-silting as these works are often too costly, therefore, over time as management practices have changed and become mechanised the ditches have tended to become steep-sided and narrow which means little light can reach the ditch bottom; there is little if any open water and the water holding capacity of the ditches is much reduced due to siltation. As a result, the ditches are not great for wildlife and have a limited number of plant species living in them.

In February, the Fifth Continent undertook major works on a farm near Newchurch to improve 2.4kms of field drainage ditches for wildlife whilst at the same time making sure that they continue to work for the arable farm and drain the fields in winter. They re-profiled the ditch banks to make them more gently sloping which allows more light in; de-silted the ditch to increase flow and water holding capacity; made awkward field corners into wider pools which will hopefully hold water even in a dry summer and widened the ditch.


This work meant they had a good area of clean ditch bank from which much of the vegetation has been removed and this provided a great opportunity for planting perennial flowering plants as they have a chance of growth and thriving without being out-competed; this is where the BBCT came in.


BBCT undertakes practical habitat management which supports bumblebees and other pollinators such as collecting wildflower seed, harvesting green hay and planting and has a group of volunteers who come out to do this work which is great as without them much of the work would not happen.


On 8th April a group of 9 volunteers split into two completely separate groups to plant 600 plugs plants of the following species: Ragged Robin, Yellow Flag Iris, Marsh Woundwort, Hemp Agrimony, Purple Loosestrife. All of these species like to grow in damp soil on the edge of ditches and all of them have flowers that are loved by pollinators.


The partnership went well and all of the volunteers make a great effort. Find the Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s work at https://www.facebook.com/BumblebeeConservationTrust/ and Fifth Continent at https://www.facebook.com/FifthContinentLPS/



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Margate FC Half Term Soccer School

Places are now available to book at the Margate FC Half Term Soccer School at Hartsdown Park.

Taking place on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd June from 10am-3:30pm, these Soccer Schools are perfect for young footballers aged 5-12 years old.

Brought to HDP by Margate Youth FC and Margate FC Community Trust, FA Licensed coaches will ensure all Covid safety measures are adhered to. All you need to do is bring shin pads, a packed lunch, water, sunscreen and hand santiser.

The Margate FC Soccer School costs £15 per day or £40 for three days.

To book your place, please click here.


All children must have:

Shin pads

Packed lunch

Plenty of fluids

Sun screen & hand sanitizer

All children and parents must follow the Covid guidelines at Hartsdown Park

A Medical questionnaire will follow by email

For all other terms and conditions please see the website.



Hartsdown Park, Hartsdown Road, Margate CT9 5QZ


From junction 2 of the M25 take the A2 and then the M2 towards Dover. On reaching the end of M2 take the A299 towards Margate.

Stay on the A299 for 16 miles until you reach the roundabout and take the 2nd turning for the A28 towards Margate. After 4 miles you will see the Margate boundary sign, and the dual carriage way will become a 2-way road.

After passing the BP garage and a pub called the Hussar, both on the right, you will pass through a set of traffic lights, take the 2nd right onto George V avenue (signposted Ramsgate A254), and follow it up and around to the left passing the Hartsdown Academy School on your right.

At the end of this road you will reach a T junction, turn right into Hartsdown Road. The entrance to the ground is a little further down on the left-hand side.



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Folkestone Coastal 10K – Sunday 30th May 2021

Folkestone Coastal 10K Race Director Ray Johnson is delighted to report that;


“This year’s Folkestone Coastal 10K race on Sunday 30th May is going great guns with already over 450 runners registered including several teams on board including SAGA, Church & Dwight, Folkestone College and Livingstone Homes. The race will be held in accordance with any Covid-19 requirements. This exciting 10 kilometre running event taking place on Sunday 30h May 2021 and the start times this year will be between 09:00 and 10:00 runners will be able to choose their preferred slot.”


“Many runners are supporting charities who certainly need all the help they can get. The event itself also supports good local causes including Rotary Clubs who distribute vital funds within the local areas. I have received many messages of gratitude that the race is proceeding once again from runners who have been keen to participate.


“My thanks to our sponsors including SAGA, The Roger De Hann Charitable Trust, Folkestone College, Church & Dwight and many others also Folkestone Hythe & District Council for their support.


“The 10 kilometre run will head towards Hythe and then return, on the flat promenade so there is sure to be a chance of personal best for those experienced runners. The event will be supporting local and international charitable causes, and participants are encouraged to run for their chosen charity.  We have various age ranges registered including a number of 15 years old who have been invited to participate from local schools to an 84 year old.”


More details are available on our website, you can use any pictures you may wish under the Result/Reports/Photo section www.folkestonecoastal10k.co.uk and  https://www.nice-work.org.uk/races/folkestone-coastal-10k

Folkestone Coastal 10K racers










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Billericay Refill Delivery Service Launched – Nic-ECO

Fed up with single use plastic?
Planet friendly refills that don’t cost the earth.

Billericay resident Nicola Bickerstaff, has launched Nic-ECO, a refill hub with a local delivery service. Shopping at refill shops is a great way to support a local business whilst also looking after the planet.
Nic-ECO offers Billericay residents a refillable range of liquids for cleaning, washing up, laundry, handwashing, hair & body and natural pet care. Enabling customers to reduce single use plastic from around their home easily with a local contactless, doorstep delivery service. Refills are ordered online and delivered in Nic-ECO glass bottles so customers can simply refill their existing bottles again and again. When it’s time to refill, the empty bottles are placed on the doorstep for collection, with the refill bottle being left in its place. Refill, return, repeat.

“I am bringing a refill service to the heart of Billericay, making it convenient for local residents” comments Nicola. Nic-ECO is the only Faith in Nature refill station listed by the company in South Essex. Nic-ECO is also the first refill dedicated business in the UK to offer WildWash natural pet shampoo as a refill. Nicola says “I chose my eco refill range from companies whose products are made in the UK and free from parabens & phosphates, they are kind to you and our world. Nic-ECO also has a plastic free household range and handmade, luxury, natural spa collection with zero plastic packaging.” How did the idea of creating a local refill hub with an eco-friendly range come about? Nicola found herself becoming more aware of the often ‘hidden nasties’ contained in those products we use every day around our home. Together with an increasing awareness waste created and the impact on the planet. Like for so many others, programmes like The Blue Planet have had a big impact, hearing about the damage plastic was having and how we need to remind ourselves we have a responsibility to care for the world we live in. The collection or delivery service offered by Nic-ECO makes refilling convenient for Billericay residents. Nicola says “There are simple swaps you can make to reduce plastic waste around the home such as reusable beeswax food wraps instead of cling film or plastic bags, a wooden dish brush or compostable sponge, washable and reusable cotton pads rather than packaged wipes or cotton wool”
Many of us want to reduce our impact on the environment and by making small changes we can do this. Across Essex, we are lucky to have refill shops to save on plastic packaging. Nicola delivers refills by bike and so those living in Billericay will see Nicola and her Nic-ECO trailer on the refill round. Nicola says “Billericay, let’s make a difference one bottle at a time. Refill not landfill”
Let’s make a difference one bottle at a time

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Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles Joins Channel Rotary

Channel Rotary is proud to announce that Lieutenant Colonel Edd Oldfield QCVS, Commanding Officer of the Ist Battalion of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, has joined Channel Rotary as an Honorary Member.  The induction took place at Sir John Moore Barracks, Folkestone on 28th April.  Lt Colonel Oldfield was appointed CO of 1RGR in August 2020 and has wide experience in various operational theatres including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Sierra Leonne and Northern Ireland. 


Inducting Lieutenant Colonel Oldfield, Malcolm Stewart President of Channel Rotary said:


“We’re delighted that Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Oldfield is joining Channel Rotary.  He continues a tradition dating back to the early 2000’s that the resident Commanding Officer of ‘the Gurkhas’ has joined our Club and we have enjoyed a close and mutually supportive relationship which has benefitted the Shepway community and various community projects in Nepal.  Many local residents will remember seeing Gurkha soldiers taking part in our annual charity fund raising events.  In recent years, Channel Rotary has supported the Nepal earthquake appeal, the Gurkha Welfare Trust and the Gurkha Memorial Fund’s work in Folkestone and in Nepal alongside its support for local charities including, in the past year, over £25,000 for good causes such as Age UK (Folkestone), Folkestone MIND, Shepway Sports Trust, local schools and many other smaller good causes.


Responding, Commanding Officer Lt Colonel Oldfield said:

I am very pleased to join Channel Rotary Club and to be associated with its work in the community and look forward to building on the strong and lasting friendship between 1RGR and the Club.”


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Wills offer from Battle of Britain charity

A leading Kent charity has made it easier for local people to make a Will – wills are something everyone knows they should do but which many never quite get around to.


The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust has teamed up with a number of local solicitors to offer a free Will-writing service in return for a donation to the charity, which receives no public sector funding and has endured a difficult past year because of the pandemic.


“Everyone knows they need to make a Will in order to prevent their loved ones losing out, but it can be daunting, and the cost may be off-putting for those with a limited income,” said Trust Chairman Richard Hunting CBE.


“We’ve made wills much simpler by getting together with some very generous local practices who have offered to draft a free Will in return for a donation, the size of which is left up to the recipient. People are in control of what they give and they know it is going to a good cause.”


The offer lasts for the whole of May and is thanks to generous support from Martin Tolhurst Solicitors, Stilwell & Singleton, Hallett & Co, Tiger Law Ltd and Whitehead Monckton.


Richard added: “The impact on your loved ones of not setting your affairs in order before you die can be dramatic, leading to prolonged legal struggles and your hard-earned cash not going to the people you hoped would benefit from it.


“The Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne honours the memory of Churchill’s ‘Few’, whose legacy of freedom will never be equalled, but the Trust hopes that this offer will at least allow others to plan their own legacies with professional help.”


Meanwhile the Wing visitor centre and the car park at the Memorial will re-open to the public on 19 May, as long as the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown stays in place. The outside features of the site, including the National Memorial to the Few, replica aircraft and Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall, are always accessible on foot.


To take advantage of May’s free Will offer, email Trustsecretary@battleofbritainmemorial.org




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Medway’s future to become a child and young person friendly city

Children and young people encouraged to help shape Medway’s future

We’re encouraging children and young people to take part in a survey to help shape Medway’s future.

As part of our aspirations to become a Child-Friendly City, putting children and young people at the heart of everything we do, we’re encouraging young people, up to the age of 25, to fill out the anonymous survey to find out more about what it feels like to be a young person in Medway and understand their wants and needs.

The survey is open until midnight on Sunday, 23 May.


Medway Council and its partners want Medway to become a child and young person friendly city.

A place where all young people are involved and benefit from the local decisions, services and spaces that shape their lives.

We need your help by telling us what matters to you and how to make Medway a better place for all young people.
We want to learn more about:

  • What it feels like to be a young person living in Medway now
  • What young people want and need
  • What young people hope and dream for the future

We will make sure your views get across to the people who make decisions about Medway’s future.
This is Your Future, Your Medway, Your Say.

Our survey is anonymous, which means your responses cannot be identified.

You don’t have to answer all the questions if you don’t want to.
And remember, there are no right or wrong answers.
Thanks for taking part – your views are important to us.


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Alan is still battling, after 100 days in ITU

Spending 100 days in intensive care is a milestone no one wants to reach, but staff at East Kent Hospitals did all they could to make the anniversary a positive one for patient Alan Finch.


The critical care team at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate arranged for his partner Claire Wickham to visit with his dog Coco, and wheeled his bed down to the memorial gardens so they could have a cuddle.


Alan, 49, from Ramsgate, was admitted to hospital on 19 January, and taken to intensive care the following day so he could be put on a ventilator. It meant he was placed into an induced coma – and he didn’t wake up for two months.


He developed sepsis and pneumonia and his loved ones were called in twice to say goodbye after staff feared he would not survive.


Although Alan, who works as a carer, is now conscious and able to communicate, he still needs the ventilator to breath and requires intensive rehabilitation to help him recover the ability to swallow, speak and even move.


Claire said: “It has been unbelievable. It is like it is happening to someone else; it almost felt like a dream.


“It’s been the most awful time and words can’t describe how it feels. I would feel guilty if I laughed at something because then I would remember what he is going through. I wear one of his t-shirts every day so I feel close to him.


“But the staff have been absolutely fantastic, and just can’t do enough for him.


“It is a huge effort to get him outside – it takes about eight people, including nurses, a doctor, physiotherapists and porters, but it means he can feel the fresh air and the sun on his skin and it really gives him a boost.”


Staff are working on weaning Alan off the ventilator, as well as building up his strength, and Claire is now able to visit for an hour each day after restrictions were eased.


She said: “Being able to see him after such a long time has helped both of us mentally. It was his birthday at the start of April and that was so special to see him. Everything else feels insignificant compared to that.


“He still has the tracheostomy tube in but I can understand most of what he says. I’m so proud of him and his determination to get better.


“When I first saw him he couldn’t even hold my hand but now he can give it a really good squeeze and it feels amazing.”


Retail worker Claire has drawn strength from high-profile cases of long-term Covid patients, including TV and radio presenter Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper, who has just returned home after a year in hospital.

She said: “I do have a lot of guilt. I had Covid in January too but it just felt like I had a cold.


“Alan was almost finished with his self-isolation and was due to go back to work but he suddenly went downhill.


“I don’t know why I was fine and he has been so ill. He is the most kind and caring person you can meet, and he would do anything for anyone. It’s not fair that this has happened to him.”


Claire, who has epilepsy, has moved back in with her parents for support, and praised her family and friends for their support.


She said: “No one knows when he will be able to come home but they are doing everything they can and he is so determined to get better.


“I can’t thank the staff enough for their kindness – they always go the extra mile and never mind explaining everything to me, no matter how many times I call.


“They are all willing him to get better so he can come home.”


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