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Bell Lane Temporary Road Closure 7th May for 2 days

Kent Highways will be closing Bell Lane, Staplehurst for footpath repairs on 7th May 2015 for two days. The diversion route will be Jaggard Way, Offens Drive, A229 High Street.

Nominate a Young Person for a KCC Try Angle Award

KCC is inviting nominations for the annual Try Angle awards.  These are awards to young people between 11 and 18 years of age (in some cases 25) who try hard but often do not receive recognition.
For full information about awards categories and how to nominate someone, go to  Closing date is 15th May 2015.

War Memorials Workshop in Maidstone 18th April

Civic Voice, in partnership with Historic England, Imperial War Museums and War Memorials Trust, is asking for volunteers to carry out condition surveys of their local war memorials. This will provide an overall picture of the condition of memorials throughout England and enable funding to be directed to those in need of conservation.  Volunteers will also be encouraged to apply to have their local memorials listed, giving them protection for the future.   A series of free workshops is being organised to provide volunteers with all the necessary training, and ongoing support will be provided by Civic Voice and the War Memorials Trust.
A free workshop has been organised in Maidstone Museum, St Faith's Street, on Saturday 18th April, 10.00am - 4.00pm. It will provide volunteers with the opportunity to discuss the project and find out how to identify and record the condition of their local war memorials.  For further information and to reserve a place go to

Couchman Green Lane Temporary Road Closure

Due to carriageway works Kent County Council has made an Order prohibiting through traffic on the following road: Couchman Green Lane, Staplehurst, Temporary Road Closure from its junction with A229 Maidstone Road to Pile Lane from Tuesday 5th May 2015 for up to 2 days, or until the work is complete. The alternative route is via A229 Maidstone Road/Station Road/Headcorn Road/Pile Lane.
For further details go to: 

Staplehurst Summer Play Scheme Dates and Helping Opportunities

This year's summer play scheme will run from Tuesday 4th August until Friday 21st August at the Kathie Lamb Brownie & Guide Centre, Jubilee Field, Headcorn Road.  An introductory open morning will be held on Monday 3rd August.  Further information will appear at over the coming weeks.
The scheme will again be delivered by Play Place, with financial and administrative support from Staplehurst Parish Council and Maidstone Borough Council.  If you are interested in helping at the play scheme please also go to for further information about how Play Place is recruiting paid helpers.

Message about Stroke Care from Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

The following message from Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust seeks your views about local care for stroke victims.

"Opportunities to get involved and give your feedback…

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells hospitals jointly provide acute stroke care and rehabilitation for patients from West Kent and north East Sussex. Reviews have shown that similar to many other hospitals, locally and nationally, we can greatly improve stroke outcomes for our patients and reduce long-term disability.

Our hospital clinicians and GP leads are currently developing higher standards of care for every patient we see. It is our aim to ensure all patients have access to dedicated stroke teams and treatment 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We are involving our patients, the public and healthcare professionals in this important work over the coming months, using their knowledge and experience to help us build better stroke services. You can find out more about this online at

If you would like us to send you more information, or want to share your views and experiences with us on stroke care, to help shape these important improvements, you can:

Email us at:

Write to us for free at: Freepost RTKS – AKZZ - UCZZ, Stroke Services, Room 118, Service Centre, Maidstone Hospital, Hermitage Lane Maidstone, Kent ME16 9QQ

If you would like to speak to someone anonymously, you can contact Healthwatch Kent by telephone: 0808 801 0102 or email :

Dr Jim Milton, Clinical Lead for Stroke Services, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust"
Please send your responses by 1st May 2015.