Former Big L and Capital Radio presenter Ian Davidson attended the opening at Maidstone Radio where volunteers and supporters were able to see the new studio for the first time. Ian (pictured) was joined by fellow Maidstone Lion club associate Anita Crayford to present a cheque for £3,000 at the station based in The Maidstone Community Support Centre on Marsham Street.
Maidstone Radio will provide opportunities for local people to get involved with running a radio station, everything from presenting the programmes to managing the office. It will also provide training, learning and work experience programmes to people and community interest groups of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
Speaking at the event, one of the Maidstone Radio Directors Jason McCrossan said “Thanks to early funding from the Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ scheme and the Cobtree Charity Trust, we have been able to build and partly equip our new studio to a point where we can invite our volunteers and supporters in to look around, try out the equipment and hopefully get excited and motivated about our project and remind them we still need further funding and donations to help us get on air this summer”.
The radio station is seeking to raise a further £17,00 to help it get on air to buy equipment and pay for licensing costs. Stuart Baker, another Director of the station said “We want to bring back local radio to Maidstone, and The Maidstone Lions donation helps towards hitting our £17,000 target, which enables us to buy everything we need to have a fully functioning radio station and get us broadcasting”.
Sittingbourne teenager Johnny Jacob Brazil has been found guilty of a vicious knife attack that left a man fighting for his life.
The attack happened in Barnes Close Faversham, just before 9pm, on Saturday 1 August 2015 where Kent Police, who were responding to calls of a disturbance, found a man had been stabbed with a large kitchen knife. The victim, who is 25 years old, was then rushed by air ambulance to a London hospital and had to be kept in hospital for six days to be treated for his injuries.
The weapon, was later recovered in bushes on a rural road near Teynham.
19 year old Brazil was arrested and charged the next day with wounding with intent, threatening a person with a bladed article in a public place and two counts of common assault. He denied all four charges but was found guilty of grievous bodily harm by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court . He was also found guilty of common assault after punching a 27-year-old man outside shops in Priory Row just minutes prior to the stabbing. He was found not guilty of the remaining charges.
Brazil is due to be sentenced on a later date due to be set.
Jason is joined with Kyra – taking your calls, emails and texts & Jan with the news.
Can you guess who the mystery male voice is on the show? In the 2nd part Feather and Dickie are reunited for a game of Play Your Celebrity Cards Right! Also, there is a Celebrity Big Brother Update following Friday’s eviction.
The final hour kicks off with Pick Of The Number One Pops – songs that were number one on the 30th January from 1963, 1973, 1983 & 1993.
Also Jason speaks to Jamie Wyver from the RSPB about their #BigGardenBirdwatch
Jason is joined with Jan – taking your calls, emails and texts.
Can you guess who the mystery female voice is on the show? In the 2nd part Feather is living it up on her winter break on a static caravan in Leysdown, Jason chanels Bob Holness to bring back Blockbusters! Also, there is a Celebrity Big Brother Update following Friday’s eviction.
The final hour kicks off with Pick Of The Number One Pops – songs that were number one on the 23rd January from 1966, 1976, 1986, 1996.
Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after a 51 year old Sittingbourne male motorcyclist died on the A2 London Road in Bapchild on Sunday 6 September. Kent Police told SFM News that a blue and silver Suzuki motorbike was travelling along the A2 in the direction of Teynham when it was involved in a collision with a silver Volkswagen Jetta at the junction with Hempstead Lane just after 10am. Emergency services, including Kent Air Ambulance attended but the biker died at the scene.
The biker has been named as local man Andrew David Beaney.
In a tribute David’s family said:
‘He was a loving family man and a hard working father of four. Andrew was also a husband and a grandfather of four who loved his dog.
‘He loved both watching and playing football and he had many friends. He will be sorely missed especially by his family and all who knew him.’
Appeal – can you help?
Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw the collision, or who saw either the motorcycle or the car beforehand. The road remains closed in both directions.
Witnesses who have not yet spoken to police are asked to contact the serious collision investigation unit on 01622 798538 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.