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Top 10 chippies in the District

The results are in! We asked for your favourite fish and chip shops in around Canterbury and you responded in your droves. More than 1,000 of you voted for the tastiest in your region after a total of 14 were nominated, and the results might not come as a surprise. See below for the top 10 and their share of the vote – …

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City site bid by gourmet burger chain

A London gourmet burger chain could soon be firing up its grills in the city centre. Byron Burgers has applied for a premises licence for the shop recently vacated by outdoor clothing specialists Rohan in Burgate. The restaurant, which first opened in London in 2007, now has almost 50 outlets – the nearest in Kent at Bluewater. Its founder Tom …

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Barrister Edmund Fowler tracks down conman

Barrister Edmund Fowler turned sleuth to track a villain operating a scam in Canterbury. The Faversham lawyer – who regularly prosecutes fraudsters in the crown court – spoke to his mother after she had been shopping at the Sainsbury’s store. He said: “She told me she had been approached by a complete stranger, a man who looked flustered and claiming he had locked himself out …

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Historical stained glass to go on show again

Some of the oldest pieces of stained glass in the world will be going on display at their home in Canterbury later this summer. The amazing treasures, which date from the 12th and 13th centuries, will be shown to the public from May until August in the cathedral’s Chapter House. The windows are designed to be observed from a distance, …

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Church jobs low pay ’embarrassing’

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said it is “embarrassing” that the Church of England pays some staff less than the living wage, despite calling on employers to pay at least that amount. That wage, calculated from the basic cost of UK life, is currently £7.85 an hour outside London. Earlier, the Sun newspaper reported a Church job advertised at £6.50 an …

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Archbishop embarrassed by Cathedral’s living wage blunder

The Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted “embarrassment” over revelations that Canterbury Cathedral is offering jobs paying barely over the minimum wage. The Most Reverend Justin Welby waded into political debate last week by demanding a living wage for all workers of at least £7.85 per hour. But critics have since accused the primate of hypocrisy after it emerged the Cathedral is …

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Nurses are up in arms over ‘disgraceful’ salary

HOSPITAL CHIEF IN FIRING LINE The Royal College of Nursing has reacted with fury and disbelief to the eye-watering £294,000 salary being handed to new hospitals chief exec Chris Bown. It says the figure – which Mr Bown will earn for a four-day week — is unjust when nurses are receiving a pay rise ofjust 1% while also working extra …

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Police ‘abused power’ by spying on fracking debate

Kent Police has been accused of an “abuse of power” following allegations it planted plainclothes officers in the audience of a fracking debate at Canterbury Christ Church University. It emerged this week that a chief inspector requested two officers monitor the meeting, which took place on November 19, following concerns over the attendance of a prominent Green Party activist. The …

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City all set for revamp centre

A £500,000 council scheme to transform a “neglected” shopping area in the city centre starts this month. It has been drawn up for The Borough and Northgate as an extension of the improvements already carried out in Palace Street, known as the King’s Mile. The work will include widening footpaths, new surfaces and street furniture, including planters seating and lighting, …

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The first woman to earn city’s freedom

YOUR report (January 21) that Amanda Cottrell is the first woman to be awarded the Freedom of the City of Canterbury is incorrect. The first woman to receive what is the Honorary Freedom of the City of Canterbury was, in fact, Alderman Mrs Evelyn Mary Hews. The ceremony took place on November 9, 1967. A list of all the Freemen …

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