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Family reopens village pub

A family determined to save their beloved village pub have returned from France to restore it to its former glory. Roland Whatley-Bates and his wife Beverley celebrated opening the Rising Sun in Beltinge last week after its doors were shut for seven months. The pub – the only one in the village – has undergone an extensive refurbishment and the …

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Herne Bay’s crime hotspots

Almost 150 crimes were committed in a month in the Herne Bay area, latest Home Office statistics reveal. The figures relate to December last year and reveal a total of 147 reported crimes during the month. Unsurprisingly, Heron ward, which includes the busy town-centre areas of Central Parade, King’s Road and High Street, had far and away the highest number of recorded …

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Care home plans must be approved

THE company behind plans to turn a house into a care home for troubled young people has been told it needs to apply for formal planning permission. Horizon Care had hoped to convince council officials that the house in Gainsborough Drive, Beltinge, could be lawfully used without needing approval. But planning officers at Canterbury City Council refused to grant a …

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Beltinge Ladies Choir

We have just held a very successful joint concert with Aylesham Ladies Choir at St Finbarr’s Church Aylesham entitled “Singing in the Summer”. The programme was very varied with Beltinge contributing items as diverse as A Gaelic Blessing by John Putter to extracts from Jonah man Jazz by Michael Hurd and The Entertainer by Scott Joplin and Aylesham singing medleys …

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Church sold for £46k at auction

Pew would live in a church like this? That remains a mystery, after an anonymous buyer snapped up Beltinge Methodist Church. The site in Glenbervie Drive was sold at auction for £46,000, despite only being expected to fetch between £30,000 and £35,000. The detatched, single storey building was built in the early 1950s after a group of children collected donations …

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