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Outbuilding destroyed in fire

Stock pic

Water from a nearby lake helped firefighters to extinguish an outbuilding fire but it had already been destroyed

Election tainted by widespread bribery and corruption

The landlord of the Rose and Crown was happy to take money from both sides

Modern-day investigations into alleged electoral fraud have nothing on the Victorians when bribes and inducements were part and parcel of politics.

Gardens go on display

This garden is one of eight on show

A Kent town's loveliest gardens will once again open to the public this weekend – and this year there is an added attraction.

See Fairport Convention on 50th anniversary tour

Fairport Convention will play at St Mary’s Arts Centre in Sandwich

The legendary band, who won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, will play in Sandwich as part of the Folk in the Barn series

Army disposal experts called in to school

Sandwich Technology School

Army specialists were called in to a school after two pupils brought in a suspicious device as students sat exams.


Nostalgia in store

Staff at the Co-op in Sandwich in 1940s dress

Staff at a supermarket dressed in 1940s costume over a weekend.

Tasty treats from near and far

The event is always a great success

From chilli and cheese to fruit and fizz, foodies will rejoice at the selection of delights on offer at a Kent Food Fayre

Pubs go up against each other in a football fundraiser

Regulars from the The Kings Head and The Walmer Castle pubs in Deal competed in a charity football match

There was a lot at stake for two pubs in Deal who went head to head in a charity football match.

Look after Wayfarers!

Wayfarers in Sandwich has been sold by KCC

Community groups are calling on KCC to fulfil its obligations - by keeping and looking after a town's only council-owned care home for the elderly

Museum reopens after £100K refurbishment

Sandwich Guildhall Museum, boosted by Lottery grant. Pictured is curator Linda Elliott.

The finishing touches are being put to a Kent museum ahead of its grand reopening on Saturday.

Freemasons open doors to throw out myths

Treasurer Stuart Bourner, mentor Tony Patmore, worshipful master Phillip Ansell, past master Jake Jackson and secretary Nick Bushell

A Masonic Lodge in Kent is opening its doors to visitors in a bid to shake off its secret society image and attract new members


New wildlife park to open in 2018

The site is being opened up as a sister site to Wingham Wildlife Park

A wildlife park in Kent has announced the opening date of its second site as 2018.

New event sees town salute the 40s

Lindy hoppers will be at the event

Air raid sirens and the sound of gunfire will echo through Sandwich this weekend as the town hosts a new three-day event.

Supermarket gives 1% of profits to good causes

Age Concern in Sandwich received £5,232

The power of shopping locally has been proven by the money given to community groups by a supermarket.


Model to marry priest three times his age today

Retired Clergyman Philip Clements with his partner Florin Marin

The fiance of a gay vicar is promising to hit back at critics of their wedding today following suggestions he must only be after his partner's money.


Easter topped off with bonnet prizes

Two-year-old Blue Lowther won first prize

A ‘wear your pyjamas to nursery day’ was topped off with an Easter bonnet parade for youngsters at a Kent nursery

Work will make museum "world class"

Sandwich Guildhall Museum, boosted by Lottery grant. Pictured is curator Linda Elliott.

A museum, funded by Lottery money, is to be refurbished and reopened.

Gay retired vicar: 'I'm no Judas'

Philip Clements with his partner Florin Marin

A retired vicar who is preparing to marry a man 54 years his junior has defended himself after being compared to Judas.


Support for fight against homes plan

Residents in Dover Road are concerned about the increase in traffic Picture: Google Maps

Plans to build almost 70 houses have been recommended for refusal by a town council.


Fire in derelict building spreads

Firefighters were called out just after 6pm. Stock image.

A fire which started in a derelict building also damaged a newly built garden cabin, a farm vehicle and surrounding land.

Rescue dogs need new home

Bertie and Zapper, dogs needing home.

An animal rescue group wants dog lover to rehouse pups

Retired clergyman to marry man 54 years younger

The Rev Philip Clements, 78, who grew up in Deal, will marry his fiancé Florin Marin, 24, next week. Picture: BBC South East

A retired vicar is calling on the Church of England to change its policy on same sex marriage as he prepares to wed a man 54 years his junior.


Room for one more as court is elected

Miss Sandwich 2017 was awarded to Alice Watson, aged 14

Sandwich Carnival Association has picked not seven but eight new faces to represent the town at carnivals around the county.

Goodwin Sands - third consultation expected

The Goodwin Sands.

A new consultation on Goodwin Sands dredging is expected due to new survey results


Village launch share scheme to buy pub

The continuing campaign to save the Chequer Inn. Demonstrators in 2016 when it was saved from housing. Picture courtesy of Matthew Titterton.

Campaigners who saved a pub from development are inviting people to enter into a community share scheme to help them reopen it.

Man arrested after theft from church

St Peter's Church in Sandwich

A 45-year-old man has been arrested after the theft of a cash box from a Kent church.

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