Breaking the News exhibition at Kent libraries

Breaking the News, a free exhibition which looks at how the news has shaped the world we live in for centuries and how it plays a vital role in all our lives today, begins a tour of Kent libraries next Thursday, 24 February. The exhibition runs at the Kent History and Library Centre, in Maidstone,…

BIPC Kent is ready to support county businesses

Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone is now ready and equipped to help businesses with advice and support they need to succeed. Kent Libraries’ Business & IP Centre (BIPC Kent), which is part of the British Library’s national network of similar centres across the country, is now open for start-up businesses, small-to-medium businesses, inventors,…

Pandemic’s effect on physical activity of Kent children

The number of children and young people in Kent meeting government guidelines for physical activity has fallen by more than 14,000 over the last year. The latest results from Sport England’s Active Lives Children and Young People Survey highlights the on-going impact Covid-19 has had on physical activity levels in Kent. It shows that only…

A summer of fun planned for Kent children thanks to Reconnect

Children and young people can look forward to lots of fantastic activities and opportunities this summer – from learning new skills such as dance, football and radio broadcasting, to fun days out, local festivals and holiday camps – thanks to Kent’s network of voluntary and community organisations. Twenty organisations successfully bid for grant funding from…

Deadline for primary school applications

Parents with children who are due to join a Kent primary, infant or junior school in September are reminded that the deadline for applications is Monday, 17 January. Every child born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 needs to be registered for a school place, along with those who are moving from infant…

Winter wonderland for disabled children and young people

A disabled children’s resource centre in Herne Bay was transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with ice rink and Santa’s Grotto. Children with disabilities used specially-adapted wheelchairs to skate on the ice, and there were fun push-along penguin ‘skate aids’ available for disabled children without wheelchairs to help them skate around the rink at Windchimes,…

How Covid–19 has affected physical activity levels in Kent

Nearly 40,000 fewer adults in Kent are meeting government guidelines for physical activity than before the coronavirus pandemic. To help address this reduction, Kent Sport has announced a new fund to help groups and clubs with their efforts to increase public participation. The latest results from Sport England’s Active Lives Adults Survey, highlight the on-going…

National award for KCC’s mobile library fleet

The completion of Kent County Council’s fleet of new mobile libraries has coincided with a national award for the way they were produced and equipped. KCC now has five modern vehicles, touring the county to service residents who find it difficult to visit a conventional library building. The award came from the vehicle manufacturer Iveco…

KCC asks for residents’ views on library services

With all of Kent’s 99 libraries reopened after adapting their services to cope with the impact of the pandemic, KCC is now looking to the future. It has launched a public engagement exercise which will help inform its next strategy and is encouraging as many people as possible to take part. The county’s residents are…