Youngsters take on the libraries’ Wild World challenge

More than 12,000 children signed up to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge through Kent’s libraries. This year, for the first time, children were able to participate either physically, by visiting a Kent Library, or virtually, by visiting the Summer Reading Challenge website. The topic changes each year, this year’s being Wild World…

Double cause for celebration at Hythe Library

Hythe Library has reopened following extensive work to replace its heating system and now boasts an additional 130 books donated by three residents. Aimée Margott, Lianne Sandford and Laura Taylor felt moved to do something practical to address issues of inequality and discrimination. They decided the power of books was one way to help and…

Programme for all remaining libraries to re-open

Plans are in place for Kent’s Libraries, Registration and Archives services to return to normal service following the government’s decision to ease Covid restrictions across the country from yesterday (19 July). KCC says it will be taking a “phased approach” to changes, beginning with 18 libraries reopening from the week beginning 26 July. The plan…

Digital autopsy facility gets the go-ahead

A new digital autopsy service in Kent to help determine the cause of death using 3D imaging and computer software has moved a step closer. Planning permission has been granted for the facility to be built on KCC’s former transport workshop site in Beddow Way on the Aylesford Industrial Estate. Autopsy services are currently carried…

Kent celebrates Inter Faith Week

Faith groups across the county will be welcoming visitors to their places of worship next month. Inter Faith Week (November 10 – 17) is an opportunity to increase awareness and celebrate the diversity of faith across Kent. Kent County Council has been working in partnership with the Kent Equality Cohesion Council and the Standing Advisory…

Youngsters honoured at Try Angle Awards ceremony

Kent Youngsters have been recognised for their accomplishments at this year’s 21st anniversary of the Spirit of Try Angle Awards. The 24 young achievers – picked from regional rounds of the Try Angle Awards held in June and July – were given their trophies at a ceremony that took place at Ashford’s International Hotel on Sunday,…

Nifty knitters get purling for premature babies

Nifty knitters at a Knit and Natter group have created 50 blankets, hats and jumpers for babies born prematurely. The group, which runs out of Staplehurst library every Tuesday, consists of eight members who have been working tirelessly to create the woolly wonders. They were handed over to Neonatal Unit Manager Julia Moat at Tunbridge…