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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Village launch share scheme to buy pub

The community in Ash would now like to purchase the Chequer Inn

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.

Bones, coins and pottery unearthed at church dig

After a respectful moment of silence from volunteers the collected bones were covered with soil.

A moment of respectful silence over bones uncovered in an archaeological dig have concluded a potentially “game changing” project in a Kent town

Cauliflower tears for farmers competing against foreign produce

Picture: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos

A Kent farmer has warned that producers in the area could be wiped out if supermarkets continue to import goods from overseas.

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Man kicked to the ground in robbery bid

The cemetery off Woodnesborough Road in Sandwich where the attempted robbery took place Picture: Google Maps

A man was injured when he was kicked to the ground and repeatedly booted by three robbers in a cemetery.

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New funding prompts relaunch of mental health support group

SpeakUpCIC, a peer support group for people with mental health issues, will be re-launching in Sandwich

The relaunch of a daytime mental health peer support group in Kent is hoped to alert more people to the service.

Reaction swings both ways to golf tournament’s return

Darren Clarke wins The Open in 2011, the last time it was held at Royal St George's

Hotels may already be fully booked but some residents and businesses are sceptical about the return of The Open to Sandwich

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Love letters inspire young film director's screenplay

Director of My Dearest Jean Christian Whittaker

An aspiring film director who created a short film based on his late great-grandparents’ love letters needs your votes to help him win an award.

Police helicopter scrambled after concerns for man

The police helicopter was launched. Stock picture by Chris Davey

A man has been found safe and well after a police helicopter was scrambled to find him.

New support group launches for those with mental health issues

Tracy Carr and Cllr Dan Friend outside the Phoenix Centre in Sandwich where the new group will meet

Support for those with mental illness and depression in the Kent is growing with a new evening group starting in Sandwich.

Road to be closed over safety fears

Austins Lane, Sandwich

Bollards will soon prevent vehicular access to a Kent road after calls from a resident who warned of catastrophic consequences otherwise.

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Giant mast taller than the Shard rejected

The Shard is dubbed Europe's tallest building

Councillors said plans to build two communications masts were "unslightly" as they rejected the proposals.

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Plans for mast taller than Shard set to be rejected

The Shard is dubbed Europe's tallest building

Plans for a communications mast taller than The Shard are recommended to be rejected by councillors at a planning meeting tonight

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We’re doing this to save hall for town says council

The Drill Hall in Sandwich

New poll shows 200 people are in favour of a business setting up in an empty Kent building despite interest from council who want it for community use

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Homes supporters ‘from outside village’

What Quinn Estates' new estate at Sandwich Road, Ash, could look like Location

A housing developer has addressed allegations that letters of support for his scheme in Kent could be disingenuous.

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Wildlife park to expand

A jaguar, one of the animals at Wingham Wildlife Park

A popular wildlife park has taken over a former rare species centre.

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Wind farm extension proposed

Thanet Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Foreness Point, near Botany Bay

Swedish power company Vattenfall is developing a scheme that will bring the existing and operational wind farm at Margate closer to the coast by 4km

Woman's purse stolen in night time attack

The robbery took place in Moat Sole, Sandwich. Picture: Google Maps

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenage thug mugged a woman late at night in a car park.

Appeal to fund surgery for Oodles the poodle

It took Futures4Dogs five hours to groom Oodles, removing his knotted, flea-ridden coat and clipping his overgrown claws

A poodle who can't even drink water because of years of neglect needs treatment worth £6,000.

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