FLY THE FLAG FOR ARMED FORCES DAY 2013!

DDC_LogoTo mark the lead up to Armed Forces Day, the Chairman of Dover District Council and the Mayor of Sandwich are inviting community representatives to a flag raising ceremony outside the Sandwich Town Council offices at the Guildhall, Cattle Market, Sandwich, from 10.15am on Monday 24 June 2013. 

The occasion will include speeches from the Chairman of Dover District Council, Cllr Sue Nicholas, and The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Sandwich, Cllr Bernard Butcher, and there will be a special flag raising ceremony. 

This is one of many events being held across the country to mark the lead up to national Armed Forces Day, which is on Saturday 29 June. The day is an annual opportunity for the nation to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community. 

This follows an event at Dover Castle earlier this month, when community and Armed Forces representatives met to sign the Armed Forces Community Covenant.  The covenant encourages communities across the district to support the service community and promote understanding of issues affecting the Armed Forces community. 

For more information on the ceremony, please contact DDC on (01304) 872003 or for more details on national Armed Forces Day, please see www.armedforcesday.org.uk

School Visits Continue To Raise Awareness of Environment For The Future

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Dover District Council is working in partnership with local primary schools giving educational talks to encourage greater respect and pride within our communities and highlight the importance of everyone helping to look after the local environment.

These educational talks involve pupils in a series of fun activities such as a quiz identifying how long different items of litter take to biodegrade. Volunteers from the teaching staff have been surrounded with littered items/rubbish collected from the local area and then asked to describe their experience to the children. This emphasises the impact litter can have on us as residents of the district.

The key messages presented are the importance of putting litter in the bin, picking up after pets, and keeping our district clean, tidy and safe for the future.

One of the recent visits was to White Cliffs Primary College in Dover, and the workshop was delivered in partnership with the school, which is working on a project on food waste, and how food is thrown away in some parts of the world, while in other parts people are starving.

Claire Daw from White Cliffs Primary College said: “The presentation has tied in perfectly with our focus on environmental issues this week. The children have definitely learnt some valuable lessons about how rubbish can affect their community and what they can do to help the situation.”

Cllr Nicholas Kenton, DDC Cabinet Member for Environment said: “We were delighted to work with White Cliffs Primary College, and we continue to visit schools across the district. This is part of our work to raise awareness of the importance of keeping our district safe, and to encourage everyone to take pride in their community and to respect the environment now and for the future. We continue to look at a balance between education and enforcement in tackling littering and dog fouling across the district.”

If you think your school would benefit from a presentation from the environmental crime team, please contact DDC at (01304) 872096, or for more information, please see the DDC website at www.dover.gov.uk

Applications now invited for Parish Council Grants – 2013

Eastry_Logo_on_White_small2013 Parish Council Grants – Small Grant applications are invited from village organisations and groups. Grant application forms can be found on the Parish Council web site Grants Page or from the Clerk to the Parish Council, Mrs Sarah Wells 01304 614320.

Completed applications must be returned to the Clerk by Friday 30th Aug 2013. Grant allocation will be agreed in early Sept 2013.