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SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Says, ‘Well done to our amazing Year 6 Kit Car team’. Once again South Malling entered the Kit Car races at Plumpton but this year they took two cars. The teams have been preparing for the event all year; making the cars after school, practising driving the cars on the field and then completing the art work for the cars. They have worked exceptionally well together, collaborating and becoming a real team. A huge thanks goes to Mrs Swan for all her time, hard work and enthusiasm. This week we have performances by our Year 3 and 4 classes. Year 3 will be performing their version of the Iron Man by Ted Hughes and Year 4 are doing, The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe. The children have worked very hard learning songs, creating dances and perfecting their play scripts. On Friday the school will be taking part in Comic Relief. The children are invited to wear something red to school for a donation to the charity. Red noses continue to be on sale during this week.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: (One of the Trinity churches) has its band-led service of Morning Praise this coming Sunday. Mother’s Day (Mothering Sunday) will be celebrated in the usual way. The service will be led by the Associate Vicar, Revd Jeremy Bamber. All are welcome to what began as a mid Lent celebration, when people went to their Mother church, where they had been baptised, with a meeting of their families if they had moved away from their home village or town. The service begins at 9.30am. All are welcome.

RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: The plan to try out Safe Play Areas, has received a lot of support and will go ahead on a test basis during this year. It is hoped that this development will help to strengthen a sense of community in Malling, a chance for parents to get to know each other as the children play together, to make South Malling a little more than a dormitory on the edge of town, which it might be in danger of becoming as new houses are built and the motor car becomes even more dominant. The target areas for the first Safe Play area will probably be Queen’s Road/Fitzgerald Road/The Martlets, where there is no through way for traffic and they can easily be closed.

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