Pupils’ ‘don’t smoke’ sign goes on gates

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

Chil­dren from pri­mary schools across Ash­ford have used their artis­tic tal­ents to spread an im­por­tant health mes­sage.

Kent County Coun­cil and Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil in­vited schools to en­ter a com­pe­ti­tion to cre­ate a sign to en­cour­age peo­ple not to smoke around school gates.

The five short­listed en­tries from each school were then judged by Cllr Brad Brad­ford, port­fo­lio holder for health, park­ing and com­mu­nity safety, An­drew Scott-Clark from KCC Pub­lic Health and Amanda Price-Davey, a mid­wife spe­cial­is­ing in smok­ing dur­ing preg­nancy at Maid­stone and Tun­bridge Wells hos­pi­tal.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the schools at­tended the coun­cil cham­ber to re­ceive a prize of book to­kens and a cer­tifi­cate.

The win­ner was a joint ef­fort by Mary-Jane Horne and Casey Cripps of Ash­ford Oaks.

Ruby Chit­ten­den of Beaver Green Pri­mary came sec­ond, with Sophia Me­d­ina-Sodey of Willes­bor­ough Pri­mary third.

Mary-Jane Hornes’ and Casey Cripps’ win­ning design will be made into a sign to go on the gates of Willes­bor­ough Ju­nior School, Beaver Green Pri­mary and Ash­ford Oaks, and pos­si­bly other pri­mary schools in the fu­ture. mmile­ham­chap­pell@thek­m­group.co.uk Trans­port bosses forked out thousands of pounds re­new­ing traf­fic lights at a busy mo­tor­way junc­tion round­about – less than a year af­ter a three-quar­ters of a mil­lion pound re­pair scheme.

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