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Medway’s musicians are being
given the chance to perform
alongside the likes of UB40,
The Libertines and Soul II Soul.
Medway’s UK City of Culture
2025 bid and Rochester Castle
Concerts are oering Medway
2025 Homegrown Sets at this
summer’s events.
BE THE WARM UP ACT!
With the area preparing to
submit its bid, now is the time to
demonstrate why Medway should
be UK City of Culture in 2025. With
this in mind, local talent is invited
to perform at one of Medways
biggest summer events to show
just why Medway deserves its
moment in the national spotlight.
Local artists who think they
have what it takes to warm up
audiences at Rochester Castle
Concerts this July are encouraged
to post a sample of their work
on the event’s Facebook page
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Successful applicants will be
awarded one of a limited number
of ‘Medway 2025 Homegrown
Set’ slots this summer. These local
musicians will be billed alongside
stellar headliners and special
guests including UB40, The
Libertines and Soul II Soul.
The sets being oered as part
of this collaboration between
Rochester Castle Concerts and
Medway’s 2025 UK City of Culture
bid will showcase emerging
talent from across Medway. In
the year Medway prepares its bid
for submission, the programme
of sets from up-and-coming
artists in the castle grounds
makes a statement about how
the contemporary and historic
complement one another in
Medway and the areas potential
as a cultural destination.
To nd out more about the bid
and how to show your support
follow @Medway2025 on social
media or visit the website:
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Michael Oyar, Medway hip-hop
artist and Medway 2025 Trustee,
comments: “Medway has such
incredible and diverse music
talent and we are raring to ex our
creative muscles in front of live
audiences once more as Medway
prepares to submit its 2025 bid.
The Medway 2025 Homegrown
Sets at Rochester Castle Concerts
are about making a statement
that Medway deserves its place
on the national stage. As a
Medway 2025 Trustee I see the
huge opportunity Medway has
to change our reputation, create
opportunities for local people
and show o what we can do and
what our message is to the rest of
the UK! We want to give locals a
moment to be proud of.
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Adrian Gibson, organiser of
Rochester Castle Concerts,
comments: The concerts are a
big part of Medways summer
calendar and we cannot wait
to welcome people back to the
castle grounds for some lively
events. We are huge supporters
of Medway’s ambition to be UK
City of Culture in 2025. We’ve
seen the local area come alive
during our concerts, so just
imagine what things could be like
with a year-long programme of
cultural events across the whole
of Medway! Like Medway 2025,
we are passionate about elevating
the huge amount of local talent
out there and this is how the
homegrown sets came about. We
know that the musicians selected
to support our headliners and
special guests will truly pack a
punch at this summer’s events
and really open audiences eyes
to how brilliant and
creative the Medway
music scene is.
Medway rocks!
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The Leader of Medway Council
and Medway’s Director of
Public Health are encouraging
everyone who lives or works in
Medway to book symptom-free
coronavirus tests twice a week.
With more people anticipated
to be out in the community over
the coming months as part of
the government’s roadmap to
recovery plans, it remains just as
important that people continue
to regularly take a symptom-
free coronavirus test to protect
themselves, their families and
people around them. One in three
people with coronavirus have no
symptoms, meaning that someone
could be highly infectious without
being aware of it.
Medway was the rst area in the
south-east to launch symptom-
free testing in December 2020
and so far, more than 129,000
tests have been carried out in
Medway. Of those, 1,266 people
tested positive for coronavirus
and were immediately told to self-
isolate by the NHS Test and Trace
programme.
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Home testing kits can be ordered
online, or they can be picked up
from collection centres across
Medway, including selected
pharmacies. Residents must
record all home test results online,
on the government’s website.
New outreach teams are
working with community
organisations to oer testing
to harder to reach groups and
communities who may nd it
dicult to access testing sites.
Residents can also get tested at
pop-up testing sites.
For more information, see
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Medway Council has teamed up
with the Football Foundation
and Anchorians Football Club
on the £1.3million development
to support grassroots football in
Medway. They have contributed
£400,000 towards the project and
have received a £900,000 grant
from the Football Foundation.
The new pitch is being built
at the football clubs home in
Darland Avenue.
The council has worked with
Anchorians FC, in partnership
with the Kent FA, to ensure the
facility will be well used.
The new 3G football pitch will
be managed and maintained by
the council and Anchorians and,
once complete, grassroots groups
and members of the community
will be available to book to use the
pitch for training and matches.
New changing rooms for teams
are also being built, the works are
expected to be completed later
this year.
PROVIDING YOUNG PEOPLE
MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO
KEEP FIT AND ACTIVE
Cllr Howard Doe, Medway
Council’s Portfolio Holder for
Community Services, said: “I am
pleased that work has begun
on a new full size football pitch
at Anchorians FC in Gillingham.
The pitch will provide local
residents, including young
people and children, with further
opportunities to keep t and
active. I look forward to seeing the
works progress.
GREAT NEWS FOR MEDWAY
Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive
of the Football Foundation, said:
“It is great news for Medway
that work has started at the
new pitch in Gillingham. This
funding is enabling more people
to enjoy the benefits of playing
regular sport.
WIDENING OPPORTUNITIES
FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
Leigh Willis, Chairperson of
Anchorians Football Club, said:
“We are very excited to see
the works nally begin on the
new FA approved 3G pitch and
changing pavilion at our grounds,
that will enhance the facilities
already available at Anchorians.
Oering improved training and
match play experience for all our
members, as well as widening
the opportunities to participate
to the local community, who
will also be able to benet from
the new facilities. We would like
thank The Football Foundation,
Medway Council and the Kent FA
for all their support, and years of
perseverance and hard work to
make this project a reality.
Work begins on new £1.3million
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Work has begun to create a new 3G football pitch
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Tanya Outen Artist
Local artist Tanya Outen
is an abstract explorer
creating transcendental
experiences within art,
slate, resin and stone.
You can nd Tanya at the
Rochester City Vintage and
Artisan Market, which takes
place in the High Street every
second Saturday of the month.
The market re-opened in April as
the lockdown ended. On this page
are just a few examples of her
beautiful pieces which you will
nd on sale at the market.
If you’re quick, you will be able
to see Tanyas exhibition, Electric
Geometric, which has been
showing at Halpern Pop Gallery
since 28 April, and continues until
11 May (see right).
Tanya works from a studio at
Nucleus Arts, and you can nd
TANYA OUTEN ARTIST
A transcendental
adventure through
precision and purpose,
bringing abstract
dreams to life
ELECTRIC
GEOMETRIC
until 11 MAY
the halpern pop gallery
The halpern conservancy
board building
15A HIGH STREET, ROCHESTER ME1 1PY
01634 812108
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Pictures show, from top,
n Slate Resin Wall Art – The
Planets Collection – Neptune
nished in high gloss resin.
n Resin Heart Mobiles – small
and large Resin Heart Mobiles
nished in high gloss resin each
with their own unique ribbon.
n Mini Geometric Wall Art
individually painted mini slates
creating unique geometric designs.
n Abstract Garden Art – hand
painted rustic sage rockery rocks,
nished with high gloss resin and
completely weatherproof)
out more about her work at
their website www.nucleusarts.
com/tanya-outen. In addition,
Tanyas paintings are available to
purchase from www.saatchiart.
com/tanyaouten.
The Rochester City Vintage & Artisan Market is held every second
Saturday of the month – coming next on 8 May and 12 June.
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bb & Flow is a new arts
programme and festival,
produced by Sun Pier House
and Intra Arts.
Working together, the two
Medway arts organisations
were awarded a Creative
Estuary commission to create a
programme of events exploring
the history and stories of the
Chatham Intra region - from Sun
Pier in Chatham, to Star Hill in
Rochester. Ebb & Flow is part
of the associated programme
for Estuary 2021, a regional arts
festival taking place along the 107
miles of the Thames Estuary.
“If anybody present knows to a
nicety where Rochester ends and
Chatham begins, it is more than I
do, Charles Dickens in Seven Poor
Travellers.
Ebb & Flow celebrates the areas
people, buildings, river, and
hidden stories. Exploring the past,
present and future with a unique
arts trail of community and artist
created pieces, all hoping to spark
interest in the rich history and
fascinating stories of the area.
Following the initial
commission, Sun Pier House
and Intra Arts have successfully
secured further funding to expand
the programme and engage over
20 local artists to create new work
and heritage activities all inspired
by the conversation area.
The 2021 festival programme
is designed to be a self-led walk
of discovery along this one mile
section of High Street, for people
to explore and learn about this
amazing area. Taking place over
the main festival weekend (21-23
May) will be; shop window art
installations, pop up exhibitions,
street performances, virtual reality
Ebb & Flow Festival
Friday 21, Saturday 22, Sunday 23 May
The exciting new cultural
programme for Chatham Intra
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experiences, geo-located walks
accessed by your smartphone,
Victorian wet plate photography
experiences, history walks and
immersive sound installations.
The Chatham Intra area is an
often-neglected part of Medway,
where Chatham and Rochester’s
High Streets meet. Now this
stretch is featured within the
Creative Estuary program as
one of four sites to receive
funding, with the others located
in Gravesend, Southend and
Tilbury. Each of the innovative
Creative Estuary Commissions
will reect the history of each
area, with the Thames Estuary
linking the four sites.
Heather Burgess, of Sun Pier
House says “Developing this arts
and history programme about
the Chatham Intra area has been
a fascinating journey. I grew up
in Medway and as a teenager I
often walked along this road from
Chatham High Street to Rochester,
and I never appreciated the huge
story of this quirky middle bit. I’ve
run my business in this area for
almost 10 years and it’s brilliant to
celebrate an area that’s close to
our hearts.
Over April and May, Chatham and
Rochester residents and members
of the local community are invited
THINGS TO SEE…
These are just some of the
artist commissions featuring
in the festival:
n Street Names by Laura
Fisher; a series of photographs
that explores the origins of the
street names along Chatham
Intra.
n Intra 2121 by SparkEcho;
working with 11-13 year olds
to imagine the historic High
Street in 100 years time. What
are their hopes, fears and
dreams for the area in 2121?
Using QR points along the
road, visitors can experience 5
mobile VR environments that
oer glimpses into the future.
Content co-created by local
young people and artists at
SparkedEcho, the project will
exhibit stories, animations
and layered imagery on the
existing street architecture.
n Salt Sweet by Jane Pitt,
listen as your ears and
imagination ll with the
sound of voices and river
water washing backwards and
forwards with a rhythm that
seems to oat in time; telling
you hidden stories from the
streets by the riverside.
n Work hard. Play hard
by Robert Flood and Kevin
Younger; a pop-up micro
museum available to see now
through to the May festival,
in the windows at INTRA,
337 Rochester High Street.
The display celebrates some
of the road’s main historical
industries including brewerys,
Music Hall, fashion and boat
building.
e See more on social media
@EbbAndFlowFest or go to
www.ebbandowfest.co.uk
www.sunpierhouse.co.uk
www.intraarts.org
to take part in the creation of
artwork reecting on the changes
witnessed by the ancient river,
and what the future of this rapidly
developing town holds.
Xtina Lamb, of Intra Arts says
“Lots of positive and creative
things are happening in this part
of the High Street, but the area
lacks a strong identity for many
people. I’d love our festival to
draw attention to the community
here, and to spark pride in the
areas heritage. Amazing buildings
have been lost, but they don’t
have to be forgotten, and theres
still so much here. I’m excited
to encourage people to see the
street with new eyes.
The Chatham Intra area, from
Sun Pier to Star Hill, has also been
recognized as a site of interest
in Historic England’s High Street
Heritage Action Zone programme.
Medway Council recently secured
£1.6 million of government
funding to revitalise the area of
the High Street from Sun Pier to
Star Hill, and to support a new
cultural programme of activity
for Historic England’s High Street
Heritage Action Zone programme.
Funding from this programme has
been awarded to support several
commissions in the Ebb & Flow
arts trail.
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sometimes pay a visit. Even
in inner city areas wildlife is
incredibly important, as well as
being surprisingly abundant.
Wildlife adds something extra
to any garden, taking it beyond
just a bit of grass or a ower bed,
making a city garden a haven,
bringing a suburban garden
together with its surroundings.
Over recent months, many of
us have grown to appreciate our
outdoor space, and the creatures
who sometimes pay a visit.
Even in inner city areas wildlife
is incredibly important, as well
as being surprisingly abundant.
Wildlife adds something extra
to any garden, taking it beyond
just a bit of grass or a ower bed,
making a city garden a haven,
bringing a suburban garden
together with its surroundings.
ENCOURAGING WILDLIFE
Sadly many gardens are losing
their link with wildlife - front
gardens are being concreted
over to create driveways, back
yards are being paved and
lawns and beds are being cut
back to make room for decking,
we’re so concerned with design
that we don’t consider nature.
Encouraging wildlife can be as
simple or complicated as you
wish, you might like the idea of
helping British bugs to thrive,
encouraging birds, observing
butteries, giving shelter to
mammals or giving a habitat to
increasingly endangered aquatic
species. What is important to
remember is that animals of all
kinds need food, shelter and
safety - give them these three
things and you could be part of a
push to save British wildlife from
becoming as extinct as the dodo.
FEED THE BIRDS
Bird feeders and bird houses
are an easy way to encourage
birds, many of which are in steep
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they oer.
WATER HAVEN
Ponds that are at least 18cm deep
and surrounded by good plant
cover are excellent to encourage
frogs, newts (many of which are
very endangered), insects and
water snails. Stock well with
oxygenating plant and dot leaf
piles and rocks around the garden
to allow frogs plenty of places to
hide on their dusk hops about
the place. Don’t be too ready
to obliterate slugs and snails
which provide valuable food for
amphibians.
BUMBLEBEE BOX
The good old British bumblebee
is set to become a thing of the
past if we don’t begin lending it
a hand. So rather than running
screaming in the opposite
direction - bees are far less likely
to sting than wasps as the sting
will kill them and are excellent
helpers in a ower garden -
provide them with a shop bought
bumblebee box or even get crafty
to build your own. Add plenty of
pollen-rich owers for food and
watch as your back garden starts
to buzz.
HEDGEHOG SHELTER
Log piles in a quiet, undisturbed
corner are just the ticket for
hedgehogs, a creature that no
Brit could not wish to see in their
garden. Although hedgehog
houses are available a simple
pile of old wood can also provide
shelter for any number of other
wild creatures.
WILDFLOWERS
When it comes to planting,
concentrate on native
wildowers which provide pollen
and nectar that local wildlife can
feed on and consider leaving
grass longer for cover.
Creating a garden for wildlife (from page 10)
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Landmarks Along the River
Medway contains some lovely
aerial views including the
Dockyard in Chatham and
Rochester Castle.
* tinyurl.com/overmedway
Sadly, the pandemic has
yet again robbed us of the
Rochester Sweeps Festival.
Relive the occasion from
2019, courtesy of this video
created by CubeAce UK.
* tinyurl.com/sweeps2019
This video from Medway
Digital showcases work
created by local artists for
The Rainbow Eect, a range
of pioneering contemporary
artwork to support essential
coronavirus messages.
* tinyurl.com/medwayart
LOCAL LIFE SEEN VIA YOUTUBE
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the word garden” can
be tted into the grid
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Medway Rugby Club was
formed by Ron Buxton
in 1931 and Priestelds,
Rochester has been its
home ever since. Minis
rugby was introduced
in 1975, and the Ladies
team followed in 1990.
Today, with 1,600 members we
currently eld 4 Senior Mens
teams, 2 Ladies Teams, 3 Girls
Teams (U13-U18), 7 Youth Teams
(U12-U18) & 6 Mini Teams (U6-
U11). The 1st XV plays in the RFU
London 1 South League and the
Ladies in South East 2.
MEDWAY TALENT
Over the years a number of
talented Medway players
have gone on to represent
their county, national and
international teams. Currently
Sam Crean – Saracens & England
Under 20s, Shaunagh Brown –
Harlequins & England, Rachael
Burford Harlequins & England,
Taz Bricknall – Worcester Warriors.
Medway RFC is ranked among
the top ten rugby clubs in Kent.
Normally at this time of year, we
would be enjoying nishing the
season in the sun, hopefully at
the top of the league, with all the
end of season award dinners and
Medway Rugby Club
celebrations, not forgetting the
rugby tours. Sadly, this season has
been like no other but at least we
nish it back training at the club.
Just because we haven’t been
able to play rugby doesn’t mean
that the club has been quiet.
We have been busy improving
our facilities, refurbishing the
kitchen, installing a disabled toilet
and upgrading the ladies’ toilets to
make the clubhouse a welcoming
facility for hire by the public and
community groups alike.
COMMUNITY
Community really is at the heart of
all we do at Medway RFC, and our
members have certainly been busy
during lockdown, with monthly
challenges, online tness and fun
sessions throughout the lockdown.
Our Movember Team, led by
coach Jamie Settle, raised a
staggering £6,000 for Testicular
and prostate Cancer.
Alan Moles, unshaven
throughout the 13 months since
the start of lockdown, nally had
his haircut, raising nearly £1,000
for the same charity.
The Girls Sections undertook the
Million step & rep Challenge in
February. With over 90 players &
parents taking part, bu the end of
February, they had achieved 23
million steps, raising over £5,800
to support and say thank you to
our local Paramedics. Members
of the girls team presented the
Paramedics at Chatham with two
coee machines, 1,000 biscuit
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packs, 500 coee pods & 100
mugs. Beantown Coee Shop
are also supplying cakes to them
every Friday for a year.
The Club has also been running
a campaign to Help tackle the
Divide, where we have been
collecting old laptops to clean,
wipe and redistribute to schools.
In partnership with Veritas Digital
Services, ARC:MC & Yunatech Ltd,
and supported by Councillors
Mark Prenter, Vince Maple & Alex
Paterson, we have been able to
donate to the following schools,
Delce Academy, St William
of Perth, St Thomas Moore,
Kingssher, and Twydall Primary.
O2 TOUCH
Now that the lockdown has been
lifted, we are returning to rugby
and are delighted to get back to
training at the club.
Our summer O2 Touch rugby
programme is running every
Saturday in April, then every
Wednesday evening 7pm to 9pm
throughout May to July. If you
fancy an introduction to the game
or just want some fun while you
work on your tness, do come
along as all are welcome.
We are really looking forward
to starting a full rugby season in
September which will be a double
celebration, it being our 90th
Season with many celebrations
planned to mark the occasion.
Ask any of its members, young
and old, and you will nd out
what a special place Medway RFC
is. It’s full of characters who share
a love of rugby and friendship.
The turf at Priestelds really is as
hallowed Twickenham.
Come along, join a team or
watch a match, we’d love to
welcome you. Check our website
www.mrfc.net
Pictured from far left: Shaunagh
Brown, Alan Moles, Jamie Settle, Mo
O’Brien, Tracy Bullock at Kingsher
School, Medway Girls Section at the
Paramedic centre based at Chatham.
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Sue Ryder
Sue Ryder support people
living with terminal illness,
neurological conditions or those
who are struggling to cope with
bereavement.
THEIR SHOP is at 182-184
High Street and stocks a wide
and eclectic range of modern
clothing and accessories, vintage
and retro pieces, bric-a-brac and
a plenty of entertainment items.
Mind
Mind provide advice and
support to empower anyone
experiencing a mental health
problem. They campaign to
improve services, raise awareness
and promote understanding.
THEIR SHOP is at 65 High Street
packed full of books, games,
CDs and DVDs, plus clothes
and accessories together with
homewares.
British Red Cross
Connecting human kindness
with human crisis. Oering
help from hiring a wheelchair
or dealing with loneliness, to
adjusting to life in a new country.
THEIR SHOP is at 67 High Street,
a smaller stores but you can still
nd some treasures among the
clothes and bric-a-brac – at the
time of writing a full drum kit was
available to purchase!
Oxfam
One person in three in the
world lives in poverty. Oxfam
is determined to change that
world by mobilizing the power of
people against poverty..
THEIR SHOP is at 25-29 High
Street and is a large store with
sections for men and women; a
huge range of CDs; a large book
section plus household items
and a range of new items.
Cancer Research
Cancer Research is the world’s
largest charity dedicated to
saving lives through research;
their goal is to bring forward the
day when all cancers are cured.
THEIR SHOP is at 135 High
Street. Stocking a good range of
clothing plus a great selection
of greetings cards, some brand
new items, and plenty of china,
glass and crockery.
Barnardo’s
The UK’s largest childrens
charity with over 1,000 services
in local communities. Supported
around 300,000 children, young
people and families last year.
THEIR SHOP is at 94-96 High
Street where you can nd a
range of new items alongside a
mix of clothing, greetings cards
and a good sized section for
childrens clothes and toys.
Inspired by Anna Campbell’s article (see facing page), the It’s The Biz
editorial team (ie Neil and Dan) spent a recent Friday touring the charity
shops of Rochester High Street. We returned with quite a haul, ranging
from some brand new towels to pre-loved clothes and entertainment.
Heres a rundown of all the shops and their respective charities. Grab a
bargain and support a good cause. (Demelza is featured on page 19.)
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Now, this is one I’m somewhat
biased on. I’ve been second-hand
shopping all my life. My Mum
used to second-hand shop my
clothes when I was young for
aordability reasons and let’s be
honest, kids and stains are pretty
symbiotic so theres really no need
for them to be pristine in the
rst place! When I was at primary
school, I was frequently car sick
so fresh outts sometimes had to
be sourced cheaply and quickly,
cue the trusty second-hand shop.
Into my teens I developed a real
creative air for clothes and loved
the uniqueness that second-hand
shopping provided, it enabled
me to explore my fashion sense
without breaking my waitress
wage fuelled bank. I continued
my love of second-hand shopping
into my 20s and even expanded
beyond just clothes; with new
found independence and my
own home I could suddenly make
the most of the gems on the
homeware shelves too. However,
as I grew, so did my awareness of
the misconceptions attached to
second-hand shopping.
Second-hand shopping is
second nature to me. I was raised
seeing second-hand shops as
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Anna Campbe
In a world full of sustainable hacks, recycling
and upcycling trends and what feels like a new
environmental documentary everyday, there seems
to still be an embarrassment’ stigma attached to
second-hand shopping. But why?
equal to high street shops, to me
they were all just shops. My thrifty
and nifty Mum and Grandma
taught me how to maximise items
potential and look at things with
an objective eye. I have been
second-hand shopping all my life
and frankly it is my preferred way
of shopping. I get a real kick out
of trawling the racks like some
sort of modern-day pirate on the
hunt for booty. After all, one mans
junk really has proven to be my
treasure.
However, it is only now, edging
ever closer to my 30s and nally
in a position in my life where I am
100% comfortable with who I am,
and what I like, that I can write
this. Although I have always loved
second-hand shops, there have
been many times throughout
my life where I haven’t loved to
admit it.
Although the rise of sustainable
lifestyles and the awareness of
fast fashions impacts are starting
to become more prevalent,
there seems to still be some
misconceptions attached to
second-hand shopping. Over
my years of pretending to
have got my Bershka top from
Bershka, and not Barnado’s, I have
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amalgamated a list of common
comments that I hear from people
who seem to misunderstand
second-hand shopping, usually
the same people who would
happily buy a second-hand car or
house - go gure! So I’m here to
highlight why I believe second-
hand clothes shopping is twice as
nice as high street shopping.
“ISN’T IT DIRTY?
If your friend gave you their
old bag you’ve loved for years
because they no longer use it,
youd take it right? If you spilt
wine on yourself at a BBQ, you’d
happily borrow your friend’s shirt
for the night? And you have no
problems going shopping at Zara
in peak Summer and trying on
a foundation stained top that 8
other sweaty strangers have tried
before you? Yet a second-hand
shop you’ll turn your nose up at?
Second-hand shops, like all other
shops, are required to maintain
the same standard of hygiene. The
idea that second-hand shops are
essentially someone’s old laundry
hamper is outdated and a little
ignorant. I personally stick to
buying just clothes or things like
glassware, books, vases etc. which
can all easily be brought up to
‘new’ standard with a simple wipe
or wash. But whatever you like to
get is ne, trust me, none of it is
dirtier than your iPhone.
“IT'S THE SAME PRICE AS
REGULAR SHOPS ANYWAY.
This is true to a degree. Although
there are still many people who
are averse to second-hand shops
there is also an ever-growing
market for the trendier threads of
second-hand shopping * cough
* vintage or “antique fans. A lot
of the time, you’ll nd the same
items you would in your local
second-hand shop, just perhaps
displayed on an oak barrel
and with a price tag 3x higher.
Whichever way you want to spin
it, used is used. There’s nothing
wrong with paying similar prices
for something used as you would
for something new, the value of
something should be determined
by the beholder. But, if you’re
looking to nab some old-school
second-hand bargains, try and
steer clear of the more aesthetic
shops and go somewhere where
you have to dig a little,
literally, I once dug
through 27 pairs of
corduroys to nd
the best pair of jeans
I’ve ever owned.
“I CAN NEVER
FIND ANYTHING
I LIKE AND IT’S
NOT MY SIZE.
Admittedly, it doesn’t
have the ease of cookie
cutter’ shopping, you
can’t just go to the
tops section, nd the
orange rack, choose
your size and checkout.
But to me that’s half the appeal
– the thrill of the hunt! Like with
everything there’s a time and
a place, I wouldn’t head to my
local second-hand shop if I knew
I just needed a new white vest
for work, granted that’s not the
time to rummage though 60
hangers. But, if youre looking
for a statement jacket, some
new graphic tees, funky bags or
unusual pottery then second-
hand shops shouldn’t come in
second place. Embrace the hunt,
ick those hangers across the rail
and assess each piece like Tinder
for clothes! And as for sizing –
ignore. This would be my advice
for high street shops too. Clothes
should t your body not your
body the clothes. Just try stu on
in all sizes, your eyes will tell you if
it ts, not a label.
So there we have it. A second
opinion on second-hand
shopping. To me, it really is
twice as nice. There’s no buyers
remorse or out of stock sorrow.
Instead, youre reducing your
fast fashion footprint, in many
cases - supporting associated
charities, diversifying your style
and not breaking your bank! So,
in conclusion, my top tips for the
second-hand shopping newbies
are: drop the stigma, watch
pricing, ignore sizing, dig deep
and remember – theres very little
a 60-spin can’t x and the only
thing you shouldn’t enjoy second-
hand, is smoke.
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Demelza Hospice Care for
Children provides specialist
care and emotional support for
children with serious or terminal
conditions and their loved ones
across South East London, Kent
and East Sussex. When a family
desperately needs support, the
team at Demelza can give them
the time, space and attention to
cope so they can enjoy the their
time together as a family, for as
long as they have.
We currently have 26 shops in
the South East, plus a Distribution
Centre in Maidstone which
provides our ‘hub’ of stock and
donations logistics, as well
as housing our Online Sales
department, all of which brings in
over £2.7 million a year to help us
continue the work we do.
Demelza
Rochester
During this last lockdown, a
small team worked behind the
scenes to prepare for re-opening,
being fairly well versed in what to
expect by now, and concentrating
on recouping some of our missing
fundraising through our online
shops. Part of our prep was the
transformation of our much-loved
Demelza Rochester Boutique, just
in time for its 10th year of trading. Sustainability and re-use are at
the very heart of our shops, so
innovative uses of repurposed
cable drums and scaold boards
created new ttings, with our
retail teams doing much of the
work themselves to keep costs
to an absolute minimum. And
it appeared to go down well
with local customers who’ve
missed out on rummaging for
those vintage threads, high end
accessories and unique wares
during the pandemic, taking
almost a months worth of sales in
its re-opening week!
e For more information on when
you can visit our Rochester shop,
or to nd your local Demelza
store, visit our website:
demelza.org.uk/shop-with-us
The magnicent
Rochester shopfront at
72 High Street is home
to a treasure trove
boutique experience…
Photos: Anna Campbell
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A community radio station building support for
community, voluntary organisations and Medway Pride.
Giving a little means a lot!
MEDWAY PRIDE RADIO
Listen at www.medwayprideradio.co.uk
POP & ROCK DANCE RnB SHOW TUNES JAZZ CLASSICAL
Start a Radio station
they said…it’ll be fun
they said…and it is, it’s
hard work, but the most
amazing fun.
Just before Christmas and
lockdown Hilary Cooke CEO of
Medway Gender and Sexual
Diversity Centre, approached
me about helping set up a radio
station for the community. Having
recently left a station I had been
asked by a few people about
setting up a station, but Hilarys
passion and commitment to the
community, not just the LGBT
community but across the board
is infectious. I thought about it
over the Christmas break, and
with one tweet saying we would
open in time for LGBT History
month we were in business.
HEAR THE DIFFERENCE
January was a ood of activity,
and we made it, we opened on
February 1st. Medway is full of
the most amazing talent, and
we have been so very lucky in
attracting DJs (both professional
and some who never had done it
before) from Medway and across
the country.
When you tune in, you quickly
Medway Pride Radio
discover we are dierent, for
example we don’t have a top of
the hour news, we donate the
time to charities and community
organisations. In fact, for them
it is free to advertise. We want
our listeners to know just what
amazing things are being done
by people all across Medway and
Kent. We partnered with Wisdom
Hospice and ran an auction for
them on Good Friday and raised
an amazing £500. Café Nucleus
have donated competition prizes
and sponsor our morning show,
even make up company Jecca
We are without
doubt the
busiest radio
station in Kent
Shea Coey
Medway Pride Radio
Shea Coey tells us about Medways
LGBT community radio station…
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Blac helped get us o the ground!
So, what do we broadcast?
Music of many genres - pop, rock,
dance, R n B, show tunes, jazz,
classical and even prog rock.
However, we don’t stop there;
we have a breakfast show to get
you to work; a drive time show
to get you home; a talking sport
show with Kellie Maloney and
sport scientist Joe Dunbar. Kellie
also partners with her Big Brother
housemate Dee Kelly for their
Loose Lips chat show. Sunday sees
a comedy hour, a comedy panel
show from the lovely people at
Much Laughter, and a poetry
show listeners can get involved
in. Monday to Thursday at 6pm
we have community news, there
is even a chance for young DJs to
get involved with Superstar DJ on
a Saturday morning.
CELEB GUESTS
However, as packed as our shows
are we have found time to bring
listeners the most amazing array
of guests including Judy Murray,
celebrity stylist Rachel Gold,
trans icon Christine Burns MBE,
award winning US LGBT journalist
Mark Segal, actress Elizabeth
Coey Williams and author Ben
Aaronavich. Music wise we have
had Lilly Winwood, Susan Werner,
Scarlette Fever, the bands Deco,
Autumn Fires, Slackkr and The Hot
8 Brass Band. Most amazingly this
list just scratches the surface.
We are without doubt the
busiest radio station in Kent…
How do we do it all?
e Tune in and nd out!
Or maybe even get involved at
www.medwayprideradio.co.uk
PROMOTE YOUR COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
FREE COVERAGE! Send in your news, articles, pictures and spread
the word about your club, group, charity or any non-prot activity.
Please email: neil@itsthebiz.net
Friends of Broomhill are
pleased to conrm that
they have now resumed
their volunteer sessions
in the park and old
orchard woodland area.
The task days are open to
volunteers of all ages and abilities
(children accompanied by
responsible adult please). Tools
are provided or bring your own.
Its fun, healthy and free so get
involved! If you would like to
know more about volunteering
with them, please make contact
by telephone: David Park 07968
380588 or email: secretary@
friendsofbroomhill.org.uk
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WORKGROUP  EVERY
THURSDAY 10am - 12pm:
The Thursday morning workgroup
concentrates on the maintenance
of the Old Orchard woodland
area. Every Thursday morning
throughout the year, 10am to
12 Noon, meet in the car park
at 10am - all welcome, tools
provided or bring your own.
n SUNDAY TASK DAYS
2021/2022  10am to 12pm:
5 Sep 2021 – Litter Pick
3 Oct 2021 – Scrub clear
7 Nov 2021 – Bulb planting
5 Dec 2021 – Shrub/tree planting
6 Feb 2022 – Bob Wade Day
6 Mar 2022 – Wild ower planting
3 Apr 2022 – Litter pick
Friends of Broomhill Volunteer Sessions
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Formed in 2012 originally as just
a group of ladies who met up
to knit, drink tea and chat, it all
changed when Angela joined us
and inspired us with her mission
to raise money to buy a state-of-
the art scanning machine to be
used in breast cancer treatment.
This then snowballed and we
turned into a dynamic force to
be reckoned with in our quest to
help the local community.
Over the years we have raised
money for many good causes,
including, amongst others
The Kent Surrey and Sussex
Air Ambulance, and SERV Kent
Blood Runners. We sponsored
an Assistance Dog and bought
20 televisions for the Lawrence
Cancer Ward at Medway Hospital.
All done by selling our knitting,
crochet and sewing.
WHAT WE MAKE
We make blankets, cardigans
and incubator covers for The
Oliver Fisher SCBU at Medway
Hospital. Sometimes at very short
notice we provide things they
urgently need. We also provided
decorations and a TV for the
parents’ room there. We make
blankets for a childrens home
Charity Knits
Meet the Crafty Women
of Walderslade, aka
so when the children move into
fostercare they have their own
blanket to take with them to help
in their transition.
During the Pandemic we have
made hundreds of mask straps
to prevent the nurses getting
sore ears, and produced dozens
of bags for the nurses to use for
laundering their scrubs.
FUNDRAISING
Over this last year we have been
raising money for the Galton
Chemo Unit in Medway Maritime
Hospital. We know from personal
experience that they have an
outstanding dedicated and caring
team. It is a hugely busy unit
which is always in need of extra
equipment and things to make
life easier for their patients. This
has not been easy during the
pandemic when we aren’t able to
hold any sales. But we have so far
raised £1000 for them and hope
to be able to at least double that
gure this year as soon as we can
invite people to one of our sales
again. We do not take any money
for expenses, all of the money
from sales of our work goes to
our charities; we therefore are
always very grateful for donations
of yarn.
KEEP INFORMED
To keep informed about our
activities, you can follow us on
Instagram @charity_knits. Do
pop by and say hello and we look
forward to seeing you at one of
our sales once regulations allow.
You will nd lots of beautiful
handmade articles for sale at very
reasonable prices and be assured
that every penny we take will go
to The Galton Chemo Unit.
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Heart of Kent Hospice,
along with its Ocial
Partners and Sponsors,
are excited that Elmers
Big Heart of Kent Parade
will be taking place in
Maidstone this summer.
Last March the Hospice had to
take the decision to postpone the
Parade for a year and are excited
to conrm that in this, their 30th
anniversary year, it will be running
for nine weeks from Saturday 19
June until Sunday 22 August.
With a blaze of colour and
creativity, Elmer and his friends
will bring a ton of fun and
laughter to our local area. After
what has been a dicult year for
everyone, this Parade is a chance
for the whole community to come
together to recover, heal and have
some fun!
COVID SECURE
Over the past six months,
Heart of Kent Hospice has been
working behind the scenes with
the Ocial Heritage Partner,
Maidstone Borough Council
and Ocial Logistics Partner,
Gallagher Group to plan how
the nine-week trail can go ahead
in a Covid-secure way. Social
distancing measures will be
accommodated at each sculpture,
and there are three suggested
walks within the trail, totalling
Elmers coming
to town this
summer and
bringing some
much-needed
colour and joy!
around six miles.
As well as being a brilliant day
(or few hours) out, the Parade
will support Maidstone’s post-
pandemic revival. It will have
a positive impact on our local
economy, attracting people into
the area and bringing benets
for local businesses. The trail
will reect the towns history,
economic heart and areas of
natural beauty.
TOUGH YEAR
2020 was a tough year for
everyone. Heart of Kent Hospice’s
fundraising was signicantly
impacted. All 14 of their shops
were forced to close at various
stages throughout the year and
most fundraising events were
cancelled. Through it all, Heart
of Kent Hospice has been on the
frontline, supporting terminally ill
people, their carers, families and
other healthcare professionals in
our local area.
Cheri Strudwick, Head of
Supporter Development at
Heart of Kent Hospice, said: This
free outdoor trail will provide a
much-needed boost to everyone’s
wellbeing and the economy.
This is the perfect opportunity
for everyone to get outside and
have some fun while discovering
the huge range of Elmer designs
created by some incredibly
talented artists.
The location of each Elmer
will be revealed via a beautifully
hand-illustrated map available at
key town centre locations across
Maidstone or via the free Parade
app available on 19 June. Each
Elmer sculpture will have a unique
app code that reveals some
exciting rewards to download.
JOIN IN THE FUN
We’d encourage all our readers
to join in the elephant-sized
fun this summer and help the
Hospice celebrate a fantastic 30th
anniversary. You can keep up to
date on all the Parade latest news,
download the app and nd out
more about becoming a volunteer
Parade Trailmaker this summer by
visiting elmermaidstone.co.uk.
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In the month in which we will
celebrate Fathers Day, this
interactive workshop explores
some of our forefathers and
their civilisations. We will look
at some of the cultural customs
and advancements which they
created and how these may
have inuenced modern-day
society. Beginning with ice-
breaker practical activities, before
moving on to a multi-media
lesson. Aimed at 5-11 year-olds,
this session will be delivered via
Zoom and family participation
is welcomed. Book via website:
medwaycultureclub.club
Medway Culture Club Explores:
Ancient Civilisations featuring
Mansa Musa and the Kingdom of Mali
WHEN:
Saturday 5th June
10-11am
WHERE:
The comfort of your own
home - via Zoom
ABOUT THE CLUB
This will be Medway Culture Club’s
sixth session in as many months,
oered free of charge and led by
local volunteers. Launched last
year, amid a global pandemic and
subsequent lockdown restrictions,
Medway Culture Club was formed
with the objective of addressing
social isolation and promoting
racial harmony within Medway.
Founded by a collective of home-
grown educators and industry
professionals who recognised
the need to support diversity and
inclusion through community
cohesion and cultural exchange.
Medway Culture Club aims to
encourage personal value and
self-esteem with young people
aged between 5 and 16 years.
The lessons are designed and
delivered by qualied teachers
to broaden perspective, enhance
social skills and build character.
SAVE THE DATE
When face-to-face sessions begin
on 3rd July, the group aim to also
oer mentorship and signpost
opportunities to young people,
supporting them through their
education on to training or
employment. The Club hopes to
partner with local businesses, help
raise aspirations and inspire good Medway Culture Clubs nomination in the National Diversity Awards 2021– see facing page
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citizenship, entrepreneurship
and community spirit in the next
generations.
NATIONAL
DIVERSITY AWARDS
In six short months, it seems
that their eorts have not gone
unnoticed, as they have been
nominated for a prestigious
National Diversity Award.
The National Diversity Awards
are famed for celebrating the
excellent achievements of grass-
root communities that tackle the
issues in today’s society. The Club
have been nominated for the
Community Organisation Award
which applauds groups, charities
and voluntary organisations
that have made an outstanding
contribution to their local
community, or nationwide, with
diversity as their core focus.
One of the Clubs founding
members, Camealia Xavier-
Chihota, said We are absolutely
amazed and immensely proud
that Medway Culture Club have
been nominated, we would be
extremely humbled to gained
enough support to even be short-
listed given that we are still in our
infancy and still trying to raise
awareness of our service with the
local community.
e If you wish to lend a vote of
condence for Medway Culture
Club, please do so by visiting
nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/
nominate/32914/ or follow the
link on their website
medwaycultureclub.club.
n To keep informed of future
events, sign up to receive the
newsletter on the Medway
Culture Club website or follow
their progress on their social
media sites:
Facebook: Medway Culture Club
Instagram: @medwayculture
Twitter: @MedwayCulture
THIS TIME: A DAY IN THE
LIFE OF PRESENTER
ALAN PARTRIDGE
I like to arrive at the BBC early.
I often bring in a box of
doughnuts for the team and say
dig in” while I stand beside the
box to ensure no one takes more
than their allocated one. It’s a
shame I need to police it but this
is the modern BBC for you.
The editorial meeting will
discuss items we can cover in
future episodes. It’s all fairly
workaday so I like to hurl in
more daring ideas - often just
semi-thoughts like “zero gravity?”
or live from Broadmoor?” – and
yes, 99.9% of them will be quite
rightly discarded. But it’s that
0.1% that could one day scoop
us a nomination for a National
Television Award.
At lunch, I’ll grab a sandwich
and go and look down into the
atrium occupied by BBC News
to see if I can see them ready
the One O’Clock News, while my
co-presenter Jennie [Gresham]
spends time with her phone.
After lunch, another meeting,
this one running through that
evenings show. I tend to tune
out of this one. It is possible to
over-prepare for a show, and
render it stale. Instead I prefer to
experience parts of the show as
a viewer would - which means
sometimes I won’t really know
who a guest is until they come
on, or what Jennie’s report is
about or why the man in my
earpiece is saying I have to walk
to the other side of the studio.
And then it’s all about getting
ready for the show. I’ll sit in hair
and make up for half an hour
and then retire to my dressing
room to instantly redo my hair,
unmaking all the mistakes the
hair stylist wouldn’t have made if
she’d been listening.
Then I dress, do 10 push ups,
nish the doughnuts if there are
any doughnuts left, and wait for
the show to start.
WHAT
TO
WATCH
BBC/Baby Cow/Gary Moyes/Matt Burlem
Alan’s back!
THIS TIME
WITH ALAN
PARTRIDGE
Fridays at 9.30pm on
BBC One and BBC iPlayer
He got a second series! Alan
Partridge (Steve Coogan) returns
as co-host of ctional BBC
One magazine show This Time,
relishing his TV resurgence and
the chance to showcase his
broadcasting chops to the nation.
It looks as if Alan and Jennie
(Susannah Fielding) have set aside
their dierences as both will be
back on the sofa for series two.
This can only mean even more
awkwardness as they steer the
programme through its bizarre
mix of features and interviews.
Below, Alan Partridge gives us
an insight into a typical day as a
presenter of this BBC agship
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YOUR STARS
Find out what lies ahead in May
adamfronteras.net
Adam
Fronteras
The beginning of the month sees
a time for reection, but as the
sun rises each morning earlier
each day, so you will feel more
enthusiastic about tackling the
new adventures in your life. You
may have some qualms about
what the future holds but you are
determined to strive forwards.
Leo
Jul 24 – Aug 23
You are keen to look forward, but
at the same time you have been
reective about your childhood.
Now you are beginning to look
forward, and like a buttery
emerging from a chrysalis you
have a new vision of the world
around you and are keen to make
changes around your life.
Sagittarius
Nov 23 – Dec 21
Try not to take on too much this
month. You need time, so try not
to be distracted by having too
many projects on the go. There
are several colleagues and friends
who are seeking your advice
this month and sometimes you
feel it would be easier to do it all
without thinking ahead.
Pisces
Feb 20 – March 20
It has been a dicult time for
you at home, particularly the
rst week or two of this month.
You need to be careful of being
too protective as others seek
to spread their wings. For some
though, there is a new prettiest
star entering into your life which
brings with it a family celebration.
Cancer
Jun 22 – Jul 23
You don’t like to feel constrained
but that’s the case with certain
circumstances around you. You’ll
want to break free, and for some
there will be a communication
breakdown with some people,
but a start of new adventures
with others. As one journey ends
another one is about to start.
Scorpio
Oct 24 – Nov 22
You are beginning to look for new
things to do but you still seem to
be reluctant to move too far out
of your comfort zone. There are
opportunities out there, but you
also fear that they may not be
what you really want. Sometimes
you have to realise that the only
thing holding you back is yourself.
Gemini
May 22 – Jun 21
Work is very much at the forefront;
this is a great time for new
ventures of getting projects o
the ground. Romance is high on
the agenda as well. Life is exciting
for you currently. An unexpected
delivery of owers may arrive for
you this month – though I may
have spoilt that surprise.
Aquarius
Jan 21 – Feb 19
Some of you are attempting to
visit the misty coasts of Scotland;
for others it will probably be a
little closer to home on the Kent
coast. One thing is sure, the sea
is calling out to you and you are
planning on making that trip –
others may well be planning to
just sail up the Medway.
Capricorn
Dec 22 – Jan 20
You are full of ideas and some of
them seem a little crazy, but if
theres any time for you to start
new hobbies or plans then this is
the time. You may have been held
back over the last few months,
and are keen to get going with
new projects, even if others would
prefer you to be more cautious.
Taurus
Apr 21 – May 21
A little care is needed with what
you say in the next few weeks. Do
think before you say something
you will later regret. It is very easy
for you to fall out with people
this month and a little tact and
diplomacy is required at the
moment – not something that
comes easy to you.
Aries
Mar 21 – Apr 20
You will want to take a slow and
methodical approach as you plan
your future. New opportunities
are emerging, but you are aware
that you need to maintain a
straight path. Pay attention to
your dreams as they may well be
the source of inspiration on things
that need to change in your life.
Virgo
Aug 24 – Sep 23
You have been somewhat of a
recluse lately – and all that needs
to change now, because there are
others around you that will want
your help and support. You may
nd yourself having to get your
nger out and take over a project
to stop it from stalling just short
of completion.
Libra
Sep 24 – Oct 23
© Adam Fronteras
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