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Volunteer’s royal date after winning national award

15 April 2024
Volunteer’s royal date after winning national award

A charity shop volunteer who “never misses a day and hasn’t been on holiday for ages” has won a national award and is off to Buckingham Palace.

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‘We’re back!’ Popular couple returning to reopen iconic pub

13 April 2024
‘We’re back!’ Popular couple returning to reopen iconic pub

A popular couple returning to run a much-loved pub have started renovating it with the help of loyal customers and plan to reopen it soon.

‘I was forced to close bakery for my own health’

12 April 2024
‘I was forced to close bakery for my own health’

The owner of an independent bakery has spoken of the “excruciating pain” he suffered which led him to close his shop - but says it’s not the end.

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‘It’s been a rollercoaster ride’: Family-run garden centre marks major landmark

10 April 2024
‘It’s been a rollercoaster ride’: Family-run garden centre marks major landmark

The managing director of a family-run garden centre has spoken of their “rollercoaster” journey after a birthday bash to celebrate three decades.

‘I’ve worked the same job for 60 years since I left school and I’m not retiring anytime soon’

10 April 2024
‘I’ve worked the same job for 60 years since I left school and I’m not retiring anytime soon’

A 75-year-old glass merchant, who hardly ever takes a day off work, is celebrating six decades in his job.

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‘My daughter’s nearly six and has never been to school’

08 April 2024
‘My daughter’s nearly six and has never been to school’

A mother has shared her “disgust” over an ongoing 20-month wait to get her child, who has additional needs, a school place.

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High street pub shuts after firm’s financial struggles

06 April 2024
High street pub shuts after firm’s financial struggles

A pub’s closure has shocked and saddened locals who said the place was “always busy”.

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‘It was awful’: Neighbours describe devastating garden shed blaze

02 April 2024
‘It was awful’: Neighbours describe devastating garden shed blaze

Eyewitnesses have described the “scary” moment a huge shed blaze destroyed their neighbour’s garden and threatened to engulf their homes too.

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Riverside pub to reopen as fish and chip shop

31 March 2024
Riverside pub to reopen as fish and chip shop

A village is set to get its first fish and chips shop after the successful conversion of a Grade II-listed pub into a convenience store and takeaway.

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Star of Netflix hit The Gentleman to appear at Bank Holiday event

27 March 2024
Star of Netflix hit The Gentleman to appear at Bank Holiday event

A star of recent Netflix hit The Gentlemen is set to make an appearance in Kent.

‘We’ve hardly spent a day apart in 70 years’

27 March 2024
‘We’ve hardly spent a day apart in 70 years’

Since they first met in 1953, Ron and Phyllis have spent nearly every day together and are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary today.

Busy road to close for three days

24 March 2024
Busy road to close for three days

A popular route to school will shut for three days but the closures will miss the morning school run.

34 trollies and coffee machine pulled from River Medway

23 March 2024
34 trollies and coffee machine pulled from River Medway

Volunteers also collected 60 bags of litter in an attempt to make the river safer and cleaner.

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New school hopes to be ‘heart of new community’

21 March 2024
New school hopes to be ‘heart of new community’

A primary school building has officially been unveiled after its opening on a new housing estate was pushed back by challenges and financial problems.

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Charity shop overwhelmed after £40k donation of wedding dresses

21 March 2024
Charity shop overwhelmed after £40k donation of wedding dresses

Brides-to-be can pick up a bargain after a generous wedding shop owner donated her stock of dresses, veils and shoes to charity.

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The 16 animals searching for their forever home

18 March 2024
The 16 animals searching for their forever home

Here are some of the adorable animals patiently waiting for new owners.

Tommy soldier war memorial ‘wrecked’ by diverting lorries five times

15 March 2024
Tommy soldier war memorial ‘wrecked’ by diverting lorries five times

The pub landlady has put up her own warning sign after passing lorries have repeatedly damaged a war memorial.

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‘We are shell shocked’ says owner of historic home destroyed in fire

11 March 2024
‘We are shell shocked’ says owner of historic home destroyed in fire

The owner of a Grade II listed property has praised the fire crews who rushed to the scene when his home went up in flames.

‘I celebrated every birthday there for the past seven years’

11 March 2024
‘I celebrated every birthday there for the past seven years’

A loyal customer of a pub who has celebrated every birthday there for the past seven years says its closure is a “great loss to the community”.

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Landmark pub back open after shock Xmas closure

09 March 2024
Landmark pub back open after shock Xmas closure

An Australian lorry driver turned publican has unveiled his plans to make a success of a troubled landmark pub.

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