Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Youth Club Cancelled - 27th November and 4th December 2017

Due to staff absence, the Lampard Centre Youth Club will not be held on Monday 27th November or Monday 4th December.

It will re-commence on Monday 11th December, with a Christmas-themed session on Monday 18th December.

There will be no youth club over the Christmas period, and the first session of 2018 will be on Monday 15th January.

Santa Claus at Kent Life, Maidstone - 2nd December to 24th December (selected dates)

Santa Claus is making a list and checking it twice in his very special grotto at Kent Life this December.

Children can meet everyone’s favourite festive gift bearer, and even receive a present from him, at the award-winning attraction, near Maidstone, every weekend in the run-up to Christmas.

Santa will be helped by his team of elves, while Mrs Claus will also be spreading festive cheer by inviting youngsters to decorate their very own gingerbread Christmas trees. In addition, there will be the chance to meet Santa’s reindeers, who will join Kent Life’s farmyard friends for the festive season.

Santa will be visiting:
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December
Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December
Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th December
Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th December


Time slots are available from 10.30am every Saturday and Sunday during December, including Christmas Eve, as well as December 21 and 22. Tickets are priced at £7.95 adults, £6.95 concessions, £11.95 child (age 1-15), £7.95 child (age under 1), £33.95 family (two adults and two children), and include all-day entrance to Kent Life along with a visit to Santa.

Memberships are valid, but tickets for Santa will need to be purchased for each child at the discounted rate.

Free Festive Parking in Medway Council Car Parks


Need to pop into town to buy Christmas presents?

Shoppers can park for free in all Medway council-owned car parks from Monday 27th to Thursday 30th November 2017.   Normal charging resumes at 7am on 1st December 2017.


Little Troopers: Little Treasures



Little Troopers Treasures is a project LTT partnered with Harper Collins, to bring children's books to forces families, currently there are nine books available to record.

The service family downloads the app then creates a family login, the service person then logs in wherever they may be (WIFI needed) or before they go away and records some stories, the app captures their face, voice and the book pages.

Once done the app zips up the story with lots of love and immediately the service child can go to the Little Trooper mode of the family login and there will be a surprise story waiting! They can watch the stories, or listen, over and over again.



There are also some free supporting resources for families to accompany this app, a weekly planner sheet to print off and use plus separation diaries for both parent and child to complete while separated and then share once reunited.

All the information and download links plus the resources files to print off can be found HERE

JSHAO Briefings - 2018 Calendar



To view, download or print the complete calendar

Free Face Painting Workshop, Brompton Childrens' Centre - Friday 27th November, 3.30pm - 5.30pm

01634 844152

Tickets for Troops: World Championship Boxing, Copper Box Arena, London - Saturday 9th December, 4pm

Free tickets from Tickets for Troops

James DeGale will make his fourth defence of his IBF Super Middleweight title against American Caleb Truax at London’s Copper Box Arena, Stratford, on the 9th December 2017.

Degale, 31, hasn’t fought since he took on Badou Jack in January in a unification bout which ended in a draw. The 31 year old injured his right shoulder and had surgery after the fight. DeGale also hasn’t fought in the UK for three years.

Also on the fight card:



To request free tickets for this event from Tickets for Troops, CLICK HERE

Medway Tunnel Overnight Closures: 5th to 8th December, 8pm to 5.45am


The Medway Tunnel will be closed overnight in both directions
for routine maintenance
5-8 December
8pm - 5.45am

Alternative routes are via the M2 Medway Bridge (between Jcts 2 and 3)
or via the A2 Rochester Bridge between Strood and Rochester


Little Troopers Offer - The Snowman in London - 28th or 29th November, 7pm

If you are serving British Armed Forces and your Little Troopers are experiencing separation (longer than 3 weeks) from a serving parent then please do apply for tickets as below;

Email us ALL the below information by 24th November 2017 1200hrs here: info@littletroopers.net
Your Name
Serving persons name and base/ship/regiment
Your postal address
How many tickets required (immediate dependent family only)
Names of all applicants and ages of children
Confirmation you are available and can travel to Ascot, Berkshire at your own expense
Details of Separation

GOOD LUCK! We will email winners after closing date, we will not email to confirm receipt of your entry.

Applications that do not answer all of the above as requested will be VOID

Only one entry per family

Please ONLY apply if you are available the date of the tickets, dates cannot be swapped

Schools please feel free to forward this to any eligible families in your settings

Gillingham Christmas Lights Switch-On - Friday 24th November


Gillingham will switch on its Christmas lights this Friday. Make your way to the high street for 3.45pm where Heart presenter Claire Lawson will be introducing performances by:

    • 3.50pm - West End singer Catherine Cassell
    • 4.15pm - Singer/song writer, 15 year old Jack Rose
    • 4.40pm - Singer/song writer, X-Factor finalist Joseph (formerly of the band Rough Copy)

The lights will be switched on by competition winner, 7 year old Charlie Dykes and the Mayor  at around 5pm.

Plus, competitions and prizes to be won.

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