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Beaney’ s millionth milestone triumph

Restoration celebrations for library and museum Two years after a £14 million restoration project, the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge has just welcomed its one millionth visitor. Cheryl Doherty and her five-month-old daughter Eleanor became visitors number 1,000.000 and 1,000,001 when they entered the library last Thursday for a baby bounce and rhyme session. The pair were greeted by …

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Literary recognition for history website

CANTERBURY Times readers over the past two years have been familiar with monthly contributions to the Way We Were page submitted by David Lewis, web coordinator for the CHAS (Canterbury Historical and Archaeological Society). Most of his articles have bean based on material drawn from the notebook history section of the CHAS website. The site has now won an important …

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Mastering tai chi’s fan, sword and stick

LOCAL students of the Hong Ying Institute for Tai Chi Chuan UK were visited by Tai Sifu Mark Horton from the Netherlands on Sunday. A day of seminars was arranged to take advantage of his visit to the UK. Tai Sifu Mark has been practising tai chi for over 40 years and runs the Hong Ying Martial Arts and Chinese …

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Towers bus saga to be probed by council watchdog

The local government ombudsman is to formally investigate Canterbury City Council over its handling of the issue of buses going through the Westgate Towers. It follows an outcry over a decision by Stagecoach not to send buses coming into the city through the 14th century struchire after the controversial West-gate Towers traffic trial was scrapped 18 months ago. St Peter’s …

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Contractor set to dump city’s waste

A council contractor looks set to pull out of running household waste collection services after the revelation it will concentrate its efforts on more lucrative contracts. Serco took on two major contracts with Canterbury City Council in April 2013, which include collecting household waste, street cleaning and maintaining public parks and gardens. But Serco chief executive Rupert Soames has announced …

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‘New Thanington’ scheme under fire from residents

THE developer presenting its vision of a “new Thanington” on the edge of Canterbury took a battering from residents last week. At the meeting, developer Quinn Estates outlined a proposal for a mini new town including 800 homes, a new primary school, 8.000sq ft of office space and a care home for the elderly and mentally infirm. Mark Quinn said …

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Kent Eye ferris wheel cost university £54,800

The giant ferris wheel which formed a distinctive part of the city’s skyline at the University of Kent cost £54,800 for a three-and-a-half week run. The £13,700 per week rent and operating costs are revealed in a freedom of information request submitted on behalf of students. College authorities have also admitted that the Kent Eye will eventually have set them …

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After 1,400 years, pendant is secure

A 1,400-year-old gold pendant found in a field by a metal detectorist has been donated to the Beaney Museum in Canterbury. The superbly-crafted Anglo-Saxon piece, which is about the size of a 50p coin, is made of beaded gold wire and includes an intricate four-legged design, widely used in the period. It was discovered at Manston and reported under the …

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City sparkles for Christmas

Canterbury city centre is sparkling with festive spirit thanks to Christmas lights funded with a levy raised by traders. Hundreds of people gathered on Thursday in St George’s to see the £40,000 illuminations turned on by kmfm presenters Rob Wills and Andy Walker, who were jomed by stars from the cast of panto Aladdin. Also supporting the festivities were rising …

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Name of new hospice boss is announced

The Pilgrims Hospice in east Kent has appointed a new chief executive who is joining the charity from Danone where she is global medical director. Mother-of-two Cate Russell takes the post vacated by Steve Auty, who stepped down following the uproar over plans to close beds at the Canterbury hospice. She is a former nurse who trained with East Surrey …

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