Young­sters find cre­ative spark at fun day

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Fam­i­lies flocked to the Ty­land Barn Vis­i­tor Cen­tre in San­dling last week to make their fi­nal prepa­ra­tions for Hal­loween.

The event, run by the Kent Wildlife Trust, saw chil­dren and their par­ents get in touch with their cre­ative side by mak­ing a va­ri­ety of crafts.

Along­side the tra­di­tional carved pump­kins and scary dec­o­ra­tions, their homes will now fea­ture a range of other hand-made items to im­press guests this fes­tive sea­son.

These in­cluded wood­land peo­ple, made out of nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, a woolen pump­kin and a bat badge.

And the young­sters were clearly not fazed by the so-called spooky sea­son and were all smiles as they con­structed their fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions us­ing a num­ber of dif­fer­ent cre­ative ma­te­ri­als.

There was also a fairy door trail for vis­i­tors to ex­plore around the na­ture park, where they could col­lect a range of stick­ers for cor­rectly an­swer­ing a se­ries of puz­zles.

The vis­i­tor cen­tre is a pop­u­lar at­trac­tion, fea­tur­ing a re­stored 17th cen­tury barn and a large ex­hi­bi­tion on wildlife and con­ser­va­tion.

At var­i­ous times of year, the barn is home to bees, tad­poles and nest­ing birds. The fam­ily of an 75-year-old Maid­stone woman killed in a crash have paid trib­ute.

Mar­jorie Haines died on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19, five days af­ter an ac­ci­dent in Walder­slade .

In a state­ment, her fam­ily wrote: “A won­der­ful wife, mother, grand­mother and great grand­mother she will be missed im­mensely by us all, what a ter­ri­ble tragedy.”

The pen­sioner was mar­ried to an ex-Navy of­fi­cer for 55 years.

The crash in­volved a grey Vaux­hall Corsa and white Seat Ibiza at around 6.15pm on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 14, though the in­juries were not orig­i­nally con­sid­ered to be life threat­en­ing.

Kent Po­lice’s Se­ri­ous Col­li­sion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit would like to hear from any wit­nesses.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call po­lice on 01622 798538, quot­ing DS/XX/148/18.

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