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Things have changed since they became MPs

What happened after our two Tories entered Parliament THE world today is a very different place to when our MPs first took office, back in the Thatcher-dominated era of the 1980s. Canterbury and Whitstable’s MP Julian Brazier joined the parliamentary ranks in 1987, while Sir Roger Gale has been representative for Thanet North since the constituency’s creation in 1983. Together …

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Students given their ball back by councillors

CANTERBURY Christ Church University’s summer ball has been given the green light after bosses pledged no repeat of last year’s noise disruption. At a meeting of the licensing sub committee, councillors allowed the university to serve alcohol until 3am and play music outside until 1.30am on June 5, the day of their ball. The ruling also covers all their future …

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Wanted: Someone to keep Telly-Go-Round turning

Rotary Club needs volunteer to help run popular Bay attraction VOLUNTEERS with a spark of initiative are wanted to help maintain the Telly-Go-Round on Herne Bay seafront this summer. The machine, which is operated by Herne Bay Rotary, is close to the town’s pier and first appeared in 1967 as Dougal and the Lighthouse. It was the idea of Rotarians …

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‘Teach children to respect the area they live in’ plea

Pier Trust appeals to parents after windbreak’s panels smashed PARENTS and teachers are being asked to explain to young people how hard volunteers are working to improve and maintain Herne Bay Pier, which was vandalised once again last week. Members of the Pier Trust were shocked to find that two of the panels installed in the windbreak had been smashed. …

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Burger restaurant is latest chain to head for Canterbury

BURGER fans in Canterbury might be pleased after Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) started work on a new restaurant in St Peters Street, next to Subway. It is expected to officially open to the public on July 6 and will join other popular chains such as Ask Italian, Wildwood, and Nando’s. GBK is known for its large burgers, fresh produce and …

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Marathon man hopes keep saving lives to

Runner targets four races in four days — that’s 104 miles HERNE BAY man James Bennett is running an incredible four marathons in four days to raise money to help the fight against babies dying in pregnancy and childbirth. He is confident of meeting his target but is aware of the scale of the task. “It’s very daunting, especially when …

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Helping Bhutan’s monks is the aim of two mums

TWO mothers from Whitstable have set up a fundraising initiative to improve the living conditions of children in Bhutan. Emma Slade, 48, of Clare Road, and Adrienne Shaw, 42, of Reservoir Rd, have set out to help provide supplies to desperately poor young monks, with an average age of 13, from disadvantaged backgrounds in rural Bhutan. The pair then intends …

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The door of the library is a door into us

A piece of my mind Julie Wassmer, TV writer, author and local campaigner I WAS very pleased to accept an invitation this month from Swalecliffe Library to talk to readers about my life, my time writing for TV shows like Eastenders and my new series of crime novels set in Whitstable. The Talktime sessions take place at Swalecliffe on Thursdays …

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Your chance to run a cafe at popular arts location

AN OPPORTUNITY to run a café has arisen at a Herne Bay arts centre. A new kitchen and café room were installed on the premises of Beach Creative last year and now the group behind it is offering “the right person” the chance to run the café as their own business. It is on the ground floor next to two …

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THE LEAGUE OF FRIENDS OF QUEEN VICTORIA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

THE LEAGUE of Friends of Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital held their meeting on Monday, March 30. Emily Headley, head of podiatry surgery and Carol Seith, consultant podiatry surgeon attended the meeting. Carol is now carrying out operations at the hospital and following her introduction put in a request for some much needed up-to-date power tool equipment for the operating theatre …

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