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PUBLISHED: 18:39 17 October 2015 | UPDATED: 18:39 17 October 2015

Pupils from Sholden Primary

Pupils from Sholden Primary


From name calling in Allington to creating a buzz in Deal, Kent's pupils have been having an active time of it lately

Name calling

Pupils from Allington Primary School have had their say in the naming of new streets at Barratt’s new development in Maidstone.

The youngsters were invited to put forward their ideas for street names at The Orchards as part of a competition, organised by the housebuilder.

Suggestions included Nightingale Road, Bluebell Way and Snowdrop Close, chosen because of their reflection on the natural world and to fit in with the theme of The Orchards. Representatives from Barratt visited the school to present vouchers to the competition winners.

“We were hugely impressed by the creativity of the children taking part,” says Barratt sales and marketing director Pam Reardon.

“It was important to us that we involved local youngsters in the future of nearby streets and how they will be known for many years to come. And the response we had was wonderful.

“Now our winners can sit back and watch the brand new homes take shape at The Orchards, knowing they have had their say in the addresses of future residents here.”

Creating a buzz

There was a buzz among local school children in Deal as they learnt more about bee-keeping as part of an ecology project with Ward Homes.

Beekeeper Adrian Davis, from the Kent Beekeepers’ Association enthralled pupils from Sholden Primary School with an interactive nature talk and a competition.

The visit was part of Ward Homes’ ongoing Educational Programme and its commitment to working with the communities where it is creating new homes.

Adrian talked to the pupils about beekeeping and the plants that bees love. The developer has pledged to make all of its developments bee-friendly as part of its support of the honey bee.

Swashbuckling fun

The Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Owen Baldock, joined children who attended TMBC’s Summer Activate programme to experience the swashbuckling fun of fencing.

A group of 16 children spent two hours with professional fencing coach Kornel Kossuth from Tongswood Fencing Club at The Malling School in East Malling learning the basic techniques of the sport.

Under the watchful eye of their coach, the children had great fun practising what they had learned with the Mayor, who had no hesitation in picking up a sword to try a few parries himself!

Light up Sevenoaks

Cllr Stephen Arnold, Mayor of Sevenoaks, is asking local youngsters to join in the festive spirit and enter his drawing competition, ‘Christmas Lights in Sevenoaks.’

So if you’re aged between five and 18, why not put pen to paper and see if you could be one of the three winners:

1. 5-10 year olds

2. 11-14 year olds

3. 15 to 18 year olds

Entry forms can be obtained from and returned to Tesco and Specsavers in Sevenoaks High Street between until14 November (closing date) 2015 and will be emailed to all schools in Sevenoaks

The Mayor will choose the winning entries the week commencing 16 November 2015 and the three winners will help the Mayor at the Countdown to Christmas Lights on the stage by pushing the plunger together to light up Sevenoaks.

Each winner will also receive a book token and have their winning entry displayed in the windows of Tesco in Sevenoaks High Street from 28 November to Boxing Day.

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