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Thank you to all of you who came along to our fun day in the community centre at Tree Estate on Saturday 6th August. There were lots of things for residents to join in with including nail painting, recycled art project, making of bird boxes, boxing coaching, advice from the local health trainer, pebble painting to name but a few. The day was a success and enjoyed by many.

                       Henna Painting

We had lots delicious home made cakes donated, which were thoroughly enjoyed by all! Local residents Maureen and Roy ran a Tombola and we had an impressive stall ran by Graeme, a volunteer at the local allotments project, who put on a fantiasitc display of tasty fruit and vegetables and made yummy courgette fritters!


The day gave us a great opportunity to chat with residents about the Big Local and we were able to obtain many views on how the million pounds being allocated to the area could by spent over the next en years. Thanks to all of you, we enjoyed listening to your comments. We discovered that there are many of you that have some really good suggestions.


Year 4/ 5 pupils from Greatstone Primary School have completed a project investigating their local CEMEX quarry.  The project is being run by Groundwork Kent & Medway and has been made possible by funding from the CEMEX UK Foundation as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility program and efforts to work more closely with local communities.


The CEMEX Denge Quarry, just off Kerton Road, is a working sand quarry and can process up to 1,000 tonnes of sand and gravel a day.  A key part of the project was the opportunity to visit the quarry. The class was given a full health and safety briefing before visiting the site, so they learnt about the dangers a quarry site can hold.  At the site they got the chance to see all stages of the quarrying process from the initial extraction from the water, through to the washing and sorting of the products. 


Greatstone School Visit

The visit included a special treat, where they got to watch a working model of the large screens to illustrate how the sand and aggregate is sorted, which was made by the CEMEX staff especially for their visit.   Marion Richardson, Class Teacher at Greatstone said “The model screen was a fantastic resource, it helped the children understand how the stones are mechanically sorted.”  The pupils enjoyed seeing the machinery at work close-up and especially getting the chance to wear the high-visibility jackets, hard hats and goggles! 


Michael Hinson Quarry Manager at Denge Quarry said “We hope the children learnt a lot about quarrying and how sand and gravel are produced.   The valuable building materials from Denge Quarry goes into local buildings such as roads, homes and hospitals.  But as important, they should be aware that quarries are not play grounds, they can be dangerous working environments.”


Looking at extraction

Back in the classroom pupils have been further exploring the quarrying processes, the different types of sand and gravels and their uses, alongside the restoration of quarries.  This has included pupils designing their own restoration plan for the Denge Marsh site.


Jenny Glanfield, Education Officer at Groundwork Kent & Medway commented “It is great that CEMEX are fully supportive of the programme and have given us the opportunity to visit the quarry.  Many of the children and parents helpers did not realise the dangers the quarry can pose.  The project and quarry visit has inspired the pupils on so many levels and has helped the pupils appreciate and understand what is happening in their local environment.”

Bat  1st Bat Walk at Oare Gunpowder Works Bat1
– ‘A great success’

A group of adults and children enjoyed the first bat walk ever held at Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park at the start of August.  The evening started with a short presentation, where the attendees learnt lots of bat facts and what bats have been found on site at the Country Park.
This was followed by a walk around the Country Park as the night drew in and the bats began to emerge.  Each family group was given their own bat detector, which they were instructed on how to use and what sound frequencies to tune into for the different bats found onsite*.  We found a mixture of Pipistrelles bats, which are common in the UK and Daubenton bats both in the woodland and near the water.

Comments included:
• “A really memorable evening.  We really enjoyed using the bat detectors and we learnt an awful lot about bats!”
• “The staff were very enthusiastic and plenty of bat detectors made it easy to understand and hear the bats”
• “ Very Good, we saw bats straight away”

The evening proved such a success and we have had more demand for another walk, so we will be holding another ‘Bat Walk’ on Friday 16th September at 6.30pm.  Anyone interested in booking should ring Groundwork Kent & Medway 01634 855166 for further information and to book a place.

Extra bat detectors were kindly loaned from MVCP and NWKCP


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