Kent continues to support the military

Kent’s support for the military has been reinforced at a conference, whose aims included ensuring that those who have served in the armed forces and their families are not disadvantaged as a result of their service. The annual conference was organised by the Kent and Medway Civilian Military Partnership Board, with about 150 attendees sharing…

Smart Away Kit for Kings Hill Football Under 16s

Kings Hill Under 16s footballers can run onto the pitch in a smart new away kit thanks to a grant from Kent County Councillor Matthew Balfour. The team was awarded £1,200 through Mr Balfour’s Combined Member Grant scheme to buy a more professional kit to wear when playing opponents at their home grounds. Martin Watson, the team’s manager said, “Kings Hill…

Read all about it – new Riverhead noticeboard

Kent County Councillor Margaret Crabtree was delighted to give Riverhead Parish Council £1293 from her KCC Member Grant Scheme towards their new oak noticeboard which sits proudly outside Riverhead Village Hall. Councillor Crabtree, pictured alongside Councillor Chris Kennett hopes the new noticeboard will inform the community of statutory notices, village events and activities taking place within Riverhead and is…

Chalk Parish Question Time with PCC Matthew Scott

Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott delivered his first local community question time with the residents of Gravesham at Chalk Parish Hall on Wednesday 22nd February. Hosted by Kent County Councillor Diane Marsh and with KCC Councillor’s Bryan Sweetland and Colin Caller in attendance along with Gravesham Borough Councillors, Matthew Scott explained his role,…

The SHAPE project is making a difference to Young People in Shepway

The SHAPE project, which aims to tackle youth exclusion, antisocial behaviour and disadvantage, is currently running in its third year in Shepway. The project is a partnership between Shepway Community Safety Partnership, Shepway District Council and Gillingham FC community Trust and has received £3,000 funding from KCC members Hod Birkby, Bob Neaves and Frank McKenna.…

Music to my ears

Martin Vye has given £750 of his combined members grant to Music for Change.- a scheme that brings culturally diverse music and dance into the classroom and the community. The money allowed them to run a successful music and songwriting project with service users form Porchlight, a charity that supports vulnerable and homeless people in Kent,…

New Chairs for Hawkinge Community Centre

Hawkinge Community Centre is benefitting from some new chairs thanks to a £4,000 KCC members grant from Susan Carey. The new chairs form part of a project to improve facilities at Hawkinge Community Centre which include wi-fi access and large screen for presentations. The management of the community centre has been transferred to the Town…

Pantomime for all – oh yes it is

Herne and Sturry county councillor Alan Marsh worked alongside the Sarah Thorne Theatre Company to allow people to experience pantomime for the first time. This included the disabled, retired, unemployed and children. The £3,000 grant also enabled a specialist singer to attend an event for the deaf, which was a first for the area. Those attending…

Dementia Friendly Shepway

Shepway held its first dementia conference to help raise awareness about the condition locally. Participants at the conference had an opportunity to learn what a dementia friendly community is; what a dementia friend is and what the recognition symbol is and how it will be used across Kent. Everyone attending would also have an opportunity to become…

Pilgrims Hospice reaches out to Thanet with music

Thanks to a grant from Thanet county councillors, Pilgrims Hospice can now provide music therapy sessions for patients and their carers. A KCC Combined Members Grant for £1,059 allowed staff at the hospice to buy a digital piano and other musical instruments for staff and patients to use at small music workshops and larger group singing…