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Homes to help ex-service men and women rebuild lives

The foundation stones for a £4 million new housing development for veterans of the armed forces has been laid in Kent.

The two apartment blocks will house wounded or sick veterans, as well as those that just need a bit of help. Our reporter Abigail Bracken reports from Aylesford.


Firm provides work & recovery for injured ex-soldiers

Factory in Aylesford, run by The Royal British Legion Industries, provides work for former military service personnel

Since the end of the Great War the Royal British Legion Industries in Kent has been employing former service personnel to manufacture a range of products.

The aim is to help injured soldiers with their long-term recovery - after their military career is over. Profits go towards helping those who find it hard to re-enter civilian life - and the enterprise has now re-branded itself to reflect the values behind its work. Derek Johnson reports.

Four thousand fight to save threatened pub

The former 'The Little Gem' pub in Aylesford, Kent

Villagers fighting to save a tiny 12th century pub gathered today to discuss campaign tactics.

The Little Gem at Aylesford in Kent closed five years ago and the owner wants to convert the listed building into a house. More than four thousand people have so far signed a petition calling for its preservation. Here's campaign leader Heather Worrall and resident Shaun Collings.

Plaque on the wall of the disused 'The Little Gem' pub
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Threat to print mill jobs in Kent

Aylesford Newsprint is going into administration. It's been making newspaper at its one hundred-acre site for well over twenty years.

The company was bought by an American holding firm in October 2012 who described themselves as being "a long-term investor". The news was announced to staff this morning, as David Johns reports.

He spoke to Tim Elliott from Unite The Union; MP for Chatham and Aylesford Tracey Crouch; and Prof Tim Luckhurst who's a journalist expert.