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Forty barefoot fundraisers braved a carpet of hot coals for Buster’s Charity Fire walk on Monday, November 5th. They raised almost £4,000 for good causes and the KM Charity Team’s literacy work with schools in Kent.
Birchington Parish Council has created a wonderful display in Birchington Library to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. The Tommy statue will be going on parade this Sunday and will return to the library for a week. He will then go on to his memorial garden.
1500 crocus bulbs were planted last Sunday by the local community on Kingsmead field. Well done to everyone who took part!
Stagecoach has covered one of its double decker buses in a poppy wrap to support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and pay tribute to the commitment and sacrifice of service men and women through the generations. On Remembrance Sunday (11th November) the bus company will also be offering free travel to Armed Forces personnel carrying a military ID card and to veterans wearing the veteran’s badge. Veterans and members of the Royal British Legion launch the Poppy Bus at Canterbury Bus Station. Including Stagecoach’s Ian Loftus (left), Jane Ayres from the RBL (centre) and Sir Julian Brazier (right).
Joanne Howe, Stagecoach Operations Director for the South East said,
“We’re delighted to support the RBL and the Poppy Appeal. We hope that the Poppy Bus will be a visible reminder of the RBL’s all-year-round work and pays a fitting tribute to our veterans and Armed Forces community.”
There were 22 young Wanderers ready and eager to do the club proud at Maidstone RFC Under 13s vs Thanet Wanderers Under 13s match. The Thanet Wanderers were overall victorious! The last try came just before the final whistle and after further great team work Luca Arizina collected the ball and with great movement and speed powered to the line for the teams 17th score and to give them the win, 0-85.
Another big well done to the Under 14s including Flanker Flynn who had supported well all game taking the scoring pass and scoring in the last minute to confirm a great 29 to 17 win.
Last week we heard from Hassan who completed a beach clean at Pegwell Bay which was organised by the Marine Conservation Society. This week Isaac from Haddon Dene Preparatory School has donated some old tree stumps from his grandmother’s garden for use in their forest school as seating.
Children at St Mildred’s Infant School in Broadstairs experienced an old fashioned omnibus as part of their school transport day. Local Stagecoach assistant operations manager, Kim Brooks, sent along a 1967 ‘Regent’ double decker bus which has been preserved by the company at its Westwood Bus depot.
Year 14 student, Max Jameson competed at a regional swimming event in Portsmouth this weekend and came away with a place in a South East team scheduled to compete in Flanders, Belgium in January.
A wonderful picture of the children from Avenue Nursery and Forest School in Herne Bay with the excellent poppy they made.
Newington Community Primary School in Ramsgate. As well as performances led by the choir, the school has also held a collection with senior pupils led by the head boy and head girl accepting donations for poppies and a range of Remembrance memorabilia including rulers, erasers, wristbands, pencils and pencil sharpeners. This also tied in with the school’s observance of the Hindu festival of Diwali, the latest being a traditional Indian meal menu served in the canteen for their Taste the World specialist themed cuisine events.
Children from Herne Bay Junior School have created dozens of beautiful poppies to go on the railings around the memorial, in a joint initiative with local arts organisation Beach Creative.
They also took time to explore the park and trail, inspect the poppies and plant crocuses, with the help of children from the nearby Avenue Nursery and Forest School.
The Chantry Academy handmade 1431 poppies, a fitting tribute to the 1431 soldiers who died in conflict during WW1 from Ipswich. What a wonderful way to teach younger generations about remembrance.