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Anonymous buyer saves beauty spot land under threat

A beauty spot saved after the Kentish Gazette revealed it could be closed to the public is thriving under its new charitable ownership. A year ago the future of the Hambrook Marshes in Canterbury, where the Great Stour cycleway runs to Chartham, was thrown into doubt after the land was put up for sale. We revealed there was no legal …

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Sculptors’ creations haven’t worn well but do possess some artistic integrity

Way we were David Lewis, Canterbury Historical and Archaelological Society NEXT time you visit the cathedral, take a look at the statuettes that surround the south-west door where most of us enter. These, and more around the nearby west door, were all made by the Belgian sculptor Theodore Phyffer (1821-76). This year is the 150th anniversary of completion of this …

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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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KCC defends £100,000 airline gamble charge

Council chiefs have rejected claims that their decision to invest £100,000 of public money in EUJet was a gamble that backfired. Cllr Alex King (Con), Kent County Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and the man responsible, said he accepted the investment was high risk but claimed it had produced "a good return" for Kent by demonstrating that a budget airline could be viable from Manston.

KCC lost its £100,000 investment when EUJet faced financial problems. The authority subsequently agreed to put in an additional 15,000 Euros to provide "working capital" to PlaneStation, the company that owned Manston Airport but which recently went into administration.

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