THE SOCIAL HEALTH KITCHEN at the Umbrella Centre

By Martin Vye This is an invitation to everyone to drop into the Umbrella Centre in Canterbury, for a coffee, a snack or a meal. The Centre is at the end of St Peter’s Place, and you can walk to it through the Westgate Gardens. Up to thirty years ago…

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Is Protest and Direct Action Always Legitimate?

By Stewart Ross, Chair, Canterbury Commemoration Society ‘When I stepped onto the motorway, ‘ Insulate Britain’ protestor Revd Dr Sue Parfitt told the court at her trial for contempt, she had acted ‘out of love’ and ‘in obedience to God’s call’. How come? The ‘pain and inconvenience’ she admitted causing,…

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Do we know what makes for Good Design?

by Nick Blake In theory, our city is protected from bad design by the City Council’s Planning team, including t Heritage /Conservation officers. A further control is the Planning Committee of, usually, 12 councillors. Sometimes that Committee is more critical, than Council officers but if they dare to differ from…

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A New Hospital for East Kent?

Martin Vye, former County and City Councillor and Deputy Chair Canterbury Society It has been clear for many years that the acute hospital service in East Kent is not fit for purpose. The scandal of baby deaths, and the long queues of ambulance waiting to deliver patients to Accident and…

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Town Councils: the Pros and Cons by Ray Evison

Most of the highlighted political news stories in the press come out of national, county or district council decisions. However there is another level, a primary level of government that is less often in the news but is just as fundamental to the way we are organised in our communities.…

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Political Leaders Discuss the Local Plan

Ben Fitter-Harding, Conservative Councillor Local Plan to 2040 – What are our Options? Local Plans are how Councils control development. Without them, everywhere is up for grabs and infill is much more likely, often resulting in sprawl that doesn’t deliver the roads, schools and doctors surgeries that are needed to…

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There is no shame having ‘mental illness’ by Martin Vye

In many people’s minds the phrase ‘mental illness ‘means a psychosis from which a very small minority of the population suffers. In reality, though, it covers a wide range of mental and emotional conditions that seriously affect a person’s ability to lead a satisfying and happy life. It is calculated…

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Philanthropy lives, ok! by Stewart Ross

Skating through my social media pages this week, I came across a contributor slating today’s super rich for not emulating their public-spirited Victorian antecedents. Instead of frittering their fortunes on yachts and Caribbean islands, the writer suggested, they might choose to fund museums and galleries. Presumably the writer had in…

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