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WHITSTABLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

AT THE society’s April meeting, the last lecture of the winter season brought to a close an exceptional series of eight lectures, including ‘History of Whitstable’s Black Windmill’, ‘Doomsday Book: Kent and Norman Conquest’, ‘The Christmas Truce 1914’ and ‘Jane Austen — her Kentish World. Members have also been able to visit Tiptree and Beth Chatto’s garden; The National Stud …

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Kent is a bad place to be a pet

Reports of animal cruelty in Kent have increased with the county seeing more than 6,000 complaints last year – the second highest number in the south east. New figures from the RSPCA show there were 6,075 complaints in the county in 2014, up from 5,889 the previous year. Only London reported more. Nearly 800 of these cases involved deliberate cruelty, while the …

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New rules for Tax Discs

In October last year, a new car tax system was put in place which said goodbye to our round paper tax disc and hello to online registration. However, hundreds of people are still being caught out by the tax disc loophole, so we thought we would put together a list of eight things you NEED to know about the new …

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Herne Bay Chinese takeaways improve after poor rating

The owners of two Chinese takeaways in Herne Bay which scored a lowly single star in food hygiene inspections say they have responded quickly to the critical reports. New Chow’s Garden in the High Street and New China House in Avenue Road were among 10 food outlets in the district revealed last month to be in need of “major improvement”. …

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Thanet gets a new chief executive

Thanet district councillors are expected to formally appoint the authority’s new Chief Executive on Thursday. Members are being asked to back the existing acting chief executive Madeline Homer to take the position, which also includes the Head of paid Service role.   Ms Homer has been acting chief since last June, taking over from Dr Sue McGonigal who was on …

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General Election 2015: How can you register to vote before…

The deadline to make sure you can vote in next month’s General Election is midnight tonight (Monday). You need to register with your local authority in order to attend the polls on May 7 and have your say in who runs the country. Registering can be done online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote where you can update your details on the electoral register. You …

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Mystery bidder who spent £200k on a public toilet in Canterbury

An underground public toilet on a landmark city centre site is to be converted into a subterranean bar and coffee shop. KentOnline can exclusively reveal that the lavatory – just yards from Canterbury’s historic city wall in Broad Street – has been bought by Loft Bar owner Angela Long. Ms Long, a businesswoman who has operated in the city for …

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Vandals target Ukip office in Mortimer Street

A Ukip campaign office has been covered in swastikas and graffiti by vandals warning the party to leave town. The base in Mortimer Street, Herne Bay, was targeted overnight, with staff discovering the damage this morning. Officials even had to force their way into the shop with a crowbar because the locks had been tampered with. The part cleared windows …

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General Election 2015: Who’s standing in North Thanet

A safe seat for the Conservative Party, North Thanet has been represented by Conservative stalwart Sir Roger Gale since its inception in 1983. The constituency consists of the northern and west of the Thanet district and Herne Bay, which is part of the Canterbury district. Who’s standing in 2015? Roger Gale – Conservative Party George Cunningham – Liberal Democrat Frances Rehal …

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The mystery of the East German writer who moved to the English coast

Uwe Johnson in Sheerness: Why did a major East German writer move to an English seaside town? Gunter Grass called him the most significant of all East German writers. So why did Uwe Johnson choose to live in the unlikely setting of Sheerness, Kent, asks John Goudie. To his fellow drinkers in the Seaview Hotel, he was Charles or Charlie, …

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