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Partial reprieve for cottage hospital

There's been a partial reprieve for the Minor Injuries unit in Faversham.

Faversham Cottage Hospital was due to close in March after NHS commissioners said they were unable to find anyone to run X-ray services.

But, following a meeting with two hundred people, health bosses have confirmed it will now stay open for a further six months.

Robbers sentenced to prison

A trio of robbers have been jailed after holding a terrified child and his parents hostage in their own home.

Nigel Jarman, 59, of The Square, Birchington was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail for his role in the robbery in Faversham earlier this year.

Nigel Jarman has been jailed Credit: Kent Police

Darren Edwards, 38, of Stratford, London, and Raymond Wallace 40, of Old School Gardens, Margate, were imprisoned for four years and four months, and five years, respectively.

Darren Edwards has been jailed Credit: Kent Police
Raymond Wallace has been jailed Credit: Kent Police

The three men raided an address in Lion Field in May in a case of mistaken identity.

Wallace forced his way into the property where the family were living- once they had shown the offenders their tenancy agreement the robbers left with £70 in cash.

Police tracked down the offenders' getaway car and the trio were arrested a short time later.

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New pavilion will improve facilities

Janet Street-Porter and Hugh Robertson MP opened the new clubhouse Credit: ITV Meridian

Kevin Blythe, Faversham Tennis Club head coach said the new facilities will take the club into the 21st Century.

"For a long time members have had to put up with outdated facilities which doesn't do them justice. Since Andy Murray won the Olympics and Wimbledon tennis has really been on the up.

"Having a new clubhouse is a fantastic step forward for us and hopefully phase two will see the completion two new mini tennis courts for children aged from four to nine.

"Who knows we could be training some of the champions of the future."

The new facilities at Faversham Tennis Club will take the club forward Credit: ITV Meridian

Tennis pavilion opened by Janet Street-Porter

Janet Street-Porter and Hugh Robertson MP at Faversham Tennis Club Credit: ITV Meridian

Janet Street-Porter and the Sports Minister Hugh Robertson MP have officially opened a new pavilion at Faversham Tennis Club.

It's the first stage of the redevelopment of the club which includes the demolition of an old 1980s clubhouse and also the creation of two new practice courts.

Janet Street Porter and Hugh Robertson MP Credit: ITV Meridian

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Thousands visiting Faversham for annual Hop Festival

Faversham will welcome around 30,000 visitors this weekend to its 24th annual Hop Festival.

The two-day event includes stalls, a fun fair, live music and circus training for anyone that wants to have a go.

There is also the chance to sample a wide variety of ales and browse through stalls.

The festival commemorates the days of hop-picking, when people would go to Kent and enjoy the evenings with friends, family whilst listening to music and stories.

Appeal for witnesses after fatal traffic collision

A 52-year-old man died after a traffic collision in Faversham.

A silver Vauxhall Meriva was travelling along Ashford Road, heading towards Ashford, when it left the road and collided with a tree on Wednesday night. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

If anyone has any information, please call the Kent Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538.

Bottle of Britain takes on the world

Britain's oldest brewer is to take on the world. Shepherd Neame, based in Faversham, have agreed a deal with an international distributor to sell their products around the globe.

They are hoping to cash in on what is seen as an increasing thirst for British beer in overseas markets. Alongside this deal, the company has also agreed to tie up with a North American brewer which will see it expand existing output in Canada and the United States.

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