21 SEP 2017

Caring for those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy

In the early hours of Wednesday, June 14th, a fire broke out in Grenfell Tower, West London. Many of us woke up that morning to horrific images on our TVs of flames engulfing the 24-storey building. At least eighty people were killed in the tragedy. At such times we feel like we must do something to help those in need. Yet we ourselves feel helpless. What can we really do to make a difference? Local charities were bombarded with clothes and donations. Yet before...

19 SEP 2017

A wonderful weekend in Dover and Deal

A fete raising money to save a village hall and a popular firework display were some of the local events I attended over the weekend. On Saturday I went to Hougham Village Fete, held on West Hougham Village Green. Its aim was to raise money to repair the Village Hall, which I visited earlier this year and have since helped with efforts to find funding. The event itself had stalls and games including crafts, a dog show, a bouncy assault course, homemade treats and...

18 SEP 2017

Our schools are set for a huge cash boost

Schools in Dover and Deal will get a huge cash boost from the new national funding formula. Funding for secondary schools would increase by an average of 7.2%, or £1.54 million, if the new system was adopted next year. A new formula was demanded by headteachers across the country who said the old one was outdated and unfair. It is due to be introduced in two years. In the transition period (2018-19 and 2019-20) local authorities will draw up their own local...

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