Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

QHo­tels is cel­e­brat­ing a suc­cess­ful first year in part­ner­ship with the NSPCC, rais­ing £82,000 for the char­ity, ex­ceed­ing its ini­tial tar­get of £75,000.

The ho­tel group’s em­ploy­ees have em­braced fundrais­ing, racking up the miles in a num­ber of chal­lenges in­clud­ing the Great North Run, the Lon­don Marathon, the Three Peaks Chal­lenge and The Wolf Run.

QHo­tels’ 20,000 leisure club mem­bers and leisure club em­ploy­ees have also got be­hind the cause, col­lec­tively ped­alling 2,699km – the dis­tance from QHo­tels’ south­ern most ho­tel, the Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional in Kent, to The Wester­wood Ho­tel in Scot­land, and back again.

The Ash­ford Ho­tel topped the fundrais­ing league, col­lect­ing over £10,000.

A vil­lage playground is set for a £140,000 re­vamp with cash be­ing stumped up by hous­ing de­vel­oper Redrow.

Sec­tion 106 con­tri­bu­tions were made by in ex­change for homes be­ing build at Lan­caster Close in Ham­street.

The coun­cil has re­jected the plan to put the multi-use games area at Pound Lees Recre­ation Ground, and has de­cided to grad­u­ally close the park at Lan­caster Close.

In­stead the playground and resur­fac­ing work will be done near the Vic­tory Hall in the cen­tre of the vil­lage, while £20,000 will be given to the Ham­street & District Sports and Leisure As­so­ci­a­tion to up­grade a 3G pitch.

Twelve pubs across Kent are tak­ing part in a char­ity walk to raise money for Noah’s Ark Chil­dren’s Hos­pice.

The Spar­tan Jour­ney will see 300 man­agers and team mem­bers from Stonegate Pub Com­pany’s South­ern re­gion dress up in Spar­tan cos­tumes and walk 12.5 miles through the City of Lon­don.

Kent pubs in­volved in­clude The John Wal­lis in Ash­ford town cen­tre. The walk is at 1pm on Sun­day, July 30

To do­nate visit www.just­giv­­ing/ (and then the name of pub).

Bingo ses­sions are held at St Michael’s vil­lage hall in Grange Road, Ten­ter­den.

The next one is Satur­day, Au­gust 19, at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

En­trance is free and there are cash prizes. Funds raised will go to­wards the re­fur­bish­ment of the hall.

Wood­church Scouts are look­ing for peo­ple to join them for quizzes in the Bonny Cra­vat pub, Front Road, held once a month on Sundays from 7.30pm.

Teams of two to six peo­ple pay £2.50 per head.

There will be no quiz in Au­gust, so the next is on Sun­day, Septem­ber 17.

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