Category Archives: Children and Leisure

Meritocracy versus social cohesion

My three children are currently studying feverishly for AS and A levels at local grammar schools. They are all predicted to do well. But, like Michael Rosen, I still cannot understand the government’s policy on grammar schools. Writing in the … Continue reading

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New Voter in Ashford

Hands in the sink as usual. “Well son, I expect you’re excited about voting for the first time – your chance to tell the government what you think, to have a say in the running of the country?” Teen2 was … Continue reading

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This is my recollection of the parish council meeting last week: The Neighbourhood Plan has now been amended to take account of recommendations made by the examiner Richard High. A public meeting is being planned for February 22nd where these … Continue reading

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PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO CYCLEPATH

Sometimes procedure in this country is as quaint as it is baffling. The inquiry concerning the Byway Open to All Traffic AE249 at Chilham (commonly known as Cycle Route 18) has just taken place at Chilham Village Hall. The inspector, … Continue reading

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PARISH HEADLINES 36

I was away for the parish council meeting last week. However, despite being in Holland, I did hear news: That the Free School has been given permission to occupy the Kempe Centre site on a permanent basis. The Education Funding … Continue reading

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THE MISFITS

Last term at Wye School there was an intergenerational project whereby people from the community (elderly but not exclusively so) took part in lessons about fashion and inventions.┬áIt was a great idea and I think that everyone who took part … Continue reading

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PARISH HEADLINES 35

This is my recollection of the main points of last week’s parish council meeting: Councillors Shoults, McKay, Gillespie-Tomasevic, Bartley and Bouverie were present. Councillors Reece, Ovenden and Gillespie sent apologies. The borough councillor (Noel Ovenden) was unable to attend because … Continue reading

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