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SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Was delighted to see so many family members and friends at their Open Afternoon last Friday. The school was transformed into a museum and each class show-cased learning that was part of their Time Travellers History topic. Year 4’s had an exciting Tudor Day, dressed as Tudor characters and enjoying a range of Tudor based activities including tasting potage. This week the school moved from their History Learning Journey to learning about anti-bullying as part of the national Anti-Bullying Week. The aim of the week is to empower children and young people to ‘make a noise about bullying’, whether it is happening to them or to someone else, face to face or online. It is also to help parents and carers have conversations with their children about bullying as a way of preventing bullying, helping children who are worried about it and encouraging ‘talking schools’ where all children and young people are given a safe space to discuss bullying and other issues that affect their lives, so ensuring that they are supported to report all forms of bullying. The school also wants to record a huge congratulations to their table tennis teams. They played in an East Sussex tournament at St Leonards: the boys team gained a third place and the mixed team won a gold medal! Thank you to Mr Beattie for his great coaching.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: Enjoyed their communion service last week with guest minister, Louis Wilson, from Denton Church. This week the service begins with breakfast at 8.50am followed at 9.30am by an informal service of thanksgiving led by the band. You don’t have to come to the breakfast to join the service at its usual time. All are welcome.

AGM: Malling Tenants and Residents AGM. Elections: Brian French was re-elected as Chair with Dawn Tideswell elected as Vice Chair, John Lamb as treasurer and Sue Winkett as secretary. The Chair reported that there was £632 in the bank and plenty of scope to apply for grants. They still owe £372 to the local authority for use of premises in their first year. Their major cost is the Food Bank. Last summer Malling and Landport shared a very successful children’s Play-scheme, with 57 Malling children participating in the morning, while Landport used the afternoons. The scheme was supported by Pells Pool. The Food Bank has moved to Kings Church, who do not charge. Speakers from the Food Bank reported that the accommodation was excellent, the church was very friendly and helpful and there was a warm, sociable atmosphere which meant that it has become something of a drop-in centre when it is open. The bank is supported by donations, occasional grants and a financial contribution from users. Volunteers are always welcome. There was a discussion about parking, with fears that the Police Headquarters are not making sufficient provision for the proposed increase in staff when the ambulance service and other police premises are transferred to Malling. There was also a request to bring back the speed reduction proposals thrown out by local politicians last year. Speeding especially along Church Lane and up to Old Malling Way is a matter of serious concern.

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