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Kent Firearms Amnesty

A chance to hand in guns and ammunition as police look to crack down on violent crimes. You can hand in illegally held weapons without risk of prosecution at a host of police stations around county

Maidstone United accuses council of ‘not appreciating’ football club as Gallagher Stadium expansion row boils over

The local authority refused to sell the club a narrow strip of scrub land, which formed part of a project to increase capacity at its home ground

Kent County Council under fire for £267m pension fund investment in ‘morally bankrupt’ fossil fuels

County Hall has defended the decision, insisting it is legal, ethical and generates a good return

Gin Festival Maidstone 2019

The greatest Gin festival in Great Britain is here! All you Gin lovers, this one is for you! If you’re in a mood to experiment with lots and lots of gin, you have to visit the Great British Gin festival is coming to Maidstone for two whole days – imagine, two days of pure gin indulgence. This is sure going to be a heaven for all the gin lovers out there. Here’s all you need to know about the Gin festival Maidstone 2019!

What can you expect here?
The popularity of the Gin Festival is ever-increasing – and this year, it’s going to reach Maidstone! While the festival will be touring through 20 locations in England, the debut event will be held in Maidstone.

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What’s so special?

  • Around 100 different Gin flavors to tickle your taste buds! All these Gin flavors will be noted flavors from reputed names, even households. Be prepared to experience the unique and out of the box flavored gins here.
  • You will also be free to experiment with small batches of Gin – just to explore.
  • The moment you enter, you’ll be given a Gin glass and Gin bible – so that you’re well-versed with what’s awaiting you ahead.
  • Popular flavors from the past versions of this festival will also be marking their presence in the 2019 versions – so you can blindly go taste these trusted flavors of Gin when you’re here!
  • You’ll also have visual treats – the delight of watching Gin being made right in front of you! Attend the talks given by popular Gin masters – know everything about Gin, the origin, history, how it’s prepared and everything else you ever wanted to know about Gin.
  • Also, there are loads of fun-games which you’ll surely enjoy with fellow Gin lovers!

 

When is it going to be held?
Mark the 7th and 8th of June off your calendars! Save both the dates – you’ll require that much of time to taste the vast number of gin flavors in the festival!

Where exactly is it going to be held?
The Kent Event Centre, Maidstone. You won’t have any difficulty finding this place as it’s pretty well known in Maidstone. Plus with the pomp and enthusiasm of the Gin festival, you’ll be able to locate it from afar!

I hope you’ve marked these two days off your calendar – hope to see you there!

Maidstone United Set To Begin Work On New Ground In August

By Fred Atkins Maidstone United are on course to start building their new stadium by August, after announcing last week they have acquired the freehold to the site at James Whatman Way.

Plans to move freight off Kent’s roads and on to HS1 trains 24 hours a day are being trialed

Freight could be taken off Kent’s roads and onto high speed trains running 24 hours a day.

Martina Cole Supports NSPCC Drive To Help Vulnerable Children In Kent

Queen of British crime writing Martina Cole has thrown her weight behind a £1 million fundraising drive to help vulnerable children across the county.

The best-selling author, who lives in Sevenoaks, gave her support to the NSPCC’s Forever Smiles appeal which will fund services aimed at supporting looked-after children and young people at risk of harm.

Last year, there were 1,821 children in Kent and Medway subject to a child protection plan because they were considered at risk of abuse. Some 532 were aged four and under.

The 53-year-old writer, who has become an international phenomenon through her gritty novels which give an insight into the criminal underworld and its victims, says money raised through the campaign will support these children.

“I’m delighted to be supporting the NSPCC’s Forever Smiles appeal and I’m calling on people in Kent to get behind this fantastic cause,” she said.

“Money raised by the appeal will help protect some of the most vulnerable children and young people in the county and give them the help and support they need to change their lives for the better.”

The appeal was launched last Thursday at the NSPCC’s service centre in Gillingham.

The charity has developed the centre to serve the whole county, offering bespoke support designed specifically for children in the area.

The Legendary Stickman Of Loose

Among the strangest legends in Britain is the story of the “Stick Man” of Loose – a bizarre creature which seems to have haunted a group of young people.

It is one of many tales gathered together by writer Neil Arnold as part of his book “Paranormal Kent” which looks into the county’s darker side.

His book tells how on January 14 2003 a persona named only as Simon posted a story on the forum of Fortean Times magazine which covers stories of strange phenomena.

It states: “I will record a rather unpleasant experience which took place tonight. A group of about ten of us were sitting chatting in the Loose Valley at about midnight. After about forty-five minutes Will leapt to his feet slapping his head saying there was a bee in his hair; he looked absolutely terrified.

“Both Dorothy and I saw the outline of a tall, thin figure wearing a hat dancing behind him. Will said later it was as if a terrifically loud buzzing was coming up through the top of his head. However, only Rachel heard any buzzing.

“We partially satisfied ourselves that it must have been a bees’ nest, and so we moved a little distance away. As we moved away Dorothy and I saw a ring outlined in the grass which enclosed where we had been sitting.