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Take the trail to some festive treats

Crafts are on offer this winter with the National trust

29 November 2017

Festive activities in the run-up to Christmas start at the National Trust's Kent properties from this weekend: here's what's on offer.

Flood heroine honoured with award

Andy Bord, CEO of FloodRe, Helen Grant MP, Geraldine Brown, Angela Gent – Yalding Parish Council Clerk, Therese Coffey MP – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at DEFRA

28 November 2017

A councillor who worked tirelessly to deal with floods in her village while her own home was waterlogged has won a national award.

Local Plan could face legal challenge

Part of the proposed development site

28 November 2017

The Campaign to Protect Rural England has warned it intends to seek a Judicial Review over the inclusion of a site in council blueprints for housing.


Little Mix are coming to Kent

Little Mix

27 November 2017

Chart-topping girl band Little Mix are coming to a town near you - here's how to get tickets.


Arrests after jewellery, cannabis and baseball bat found in car

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27 November 2017

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of burglary after police stopped a car in a Kent town.

Winemaker raises glass to pub venture

Hush Heath Estate produces a range of wines at its winery near Staplehurst

27 November 2017

A winery is increasing its activity in the pub market after signing a deal with the largest bar company in the UK.

Night-time river patrols launched to stop drowning deaths

A casualty's view from the water during today's Safe and Dry campaign launch

26 November 2017

After three young men lost their lives after falling into the River Medway a charity has secured funding for patrols in the Christmas run-up.


Pick your perfect Christmas tree: an expert's guide

Is it time to decorate the Christmas tree? Picture: Phil Lee

26 November 2017

Are you buying real this Christmas? Here's an expert's guide to picking the perfect one - and getting a sapling to plant in its place.

Pensioner reported missing after visiting village has been found

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25 November 2017

Police have revealed the good news early on Sunday that missing man has been found safe.


Where to find Santa in his grotto this Christmas

Santa will be at Bewl Water, Lamberhurst

25 November 2017

Looking for a magical treat to take the family to this festive season? Here's our pick of Santa's grottos to visit across the county.

You Can Help

Maidstone Day Centre launch of You Can Help campaign. Jerry Davies and David Holland. Picture: Matthew Walker FM4998670

24 November 2017

The Kent Messenger is teaming up with Homeless Care to collect food and other useful items to support vulnerable people.


Fire crews battle blaze in hotel chimney

Firefighters were called to the property. Stock picture

19 November 2017

Firefighters are at the scene of a hotel and pub after a blaze broke out in a chimney.


Tributes paid to dad of two

Tribute: Paul Cowie.

19 November 2017

A family has paid tribute to a "beloved husband and wonderful father" who died after a two-car crash.


Villagers' protests ignored

Villagers picket the Town Hall ahead of the meeting

17 November 2017

Councillors have approved plans for 65 homes despite hundreds of objections because the controversial housing is featured in the area's Local Plan.


Children in Need is here!

Emily and Julian meet Pudsey at Archbishop Courtenay Primary in Tovil. Picture: Andy Payton

17 November 2017

Fundraisers across the county are collecting today for one of the biggest charity events of the year - Children in Need.

Two hurt in morning crash

Two people were found dead.

16 November 2017

Two women have been taken to hospital after a crash which left a road closed.

Mum thanks hospital staff who saved her life

Dr Antony Gough-Palmer, Dr Angela Feazey, Lorna Arduino, Dr Megan Purcell-Jones and Dr Richard Griffiths.

15 November 2017

A mum who owes her life to the quick actions of staff at a Kent hospital has gone back to thank them personally.

The big freeze: get out on the ice this winter

Try snow tubing at Betteshanger Country Park, Deal this winter

14 November 2017

Get your skates on... get out on the ice this winter with ice rinks and ice tubing activities to try for all ages across the county.

Drugs find after uninsured car seized

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14 November 2017

A man has been arrested after suspected drugs were found during a search of his car.


Let there be festive lights

Lucas Farley and Jacob Park, both five, get into the festive spirit at West Malling last year. Picture: Andy Jones

14 November 2017

Christmas lights are starting to sparkle across the county. Make sure you grab a slice of the festive fun with our guide to switch-ons near you.

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