22 JUL 2018

Maidstone Mela 2018 remembers the passing of its founding father as MP Helen Grant calls for Borough Council support in coming years

The Maidstone Mela has been running since 2003 and was the brainchild of the late Cllr Morel D'Souza who passed away in April this year. His legacy was remembered at the event where a commemorative plaque was presented to Mr D'Souza's wife, Karin, in front of hundreds of festival goers. Helen Gr...


20 JUL 2018

Helen Delves into the Den

Helen Grant MP paid a visit to the National Citizen Service project in Maidstone Town Centre last week. NCS is a nationwide programme for 15 to 17 year olds, which aims to build the confidence and self-belief of young people by providing them with opportunities to learn new skills and meet exciti...


20 JUL 2018

Helen Backs Playground Campaign

Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, has thrown her support behind a campaign to win a new playground for a local Primary School. On a visit to Valley Invicta Primary at East Borough, Helen met with staff and students and pledged her support for their campaign. She vowed...


20 JUL 2018

It Matters to Natter, says Helen Grant MP

A campaign to get Maidstone nattering on World Friendship day (Monday July 30th) is being promoted by the West Kent Befriending Service in a push to fight loneliness and raise funds for Age UK Maidstone. The campaign is supported by local MP Helen Grant who did a walkabout in Maidstone's Fremlin ...


12 JUL 2018

Rural Business Forum receives warm and wide-ranging support

  Stakeholders from across the Kent rural business community came together last week to hear from keynote speakers and to air their questions on a range of vital current issues. The Rural Business Forum was organised by Maidstone & The Weald MP Helen Grant at the Kenward Conference Cent...


03 JUL 2018

More Speakers for Rural Business Forum

Two more speakers have joined the team to address farmers, councillors and rural business stakeholders at a special Rural Business Forum arranged by Maidstone & The Weald MP Helen Grant. George Eustice MP - Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Kent PC...


30 JUN 2018

Helen Grant Calls for More Community Volunteers

Helen Grant paid a visit to the Maidstone Corps of the Salvation Army recently to meet with their leader Major Lynne Clifton and to chat with volunteers and guests. Recognised for their choirs and the Salvation Army Band, the organisation also opens its doors throughout the week, as both a church...


29 JUN 2018

Helen Visits Kent Association for the Blind

Whilst paying a visit to Kent Association for the Blind recently, Maidstone & The Weald MP Helen Grant saw how they get the local newspapers to people with sight impairment – on a stick! Volunteers record a selection of stories from local papers including the Kent Messenger. Their words ...


29 JUN 2018

Cranbrook CofE Primary Going From Strength to Strength Says MP Helen Grant

It was time to reward top students for great attitude, kindness and hard work. For the occasion Helen Grant MP joined Head Teacher Rosie Piper to announce the children who had been appointed House Captains and Vice Captains for 2018 and award them their badges. After a photo call Helen then held ...


21 JUN 2018

MP Backs Free Cavity Wall Installation

Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, is urging her constituents to take advantage of an offer to install free cavity wall and loft installation People across Maidstone and the Weald and beyond have until midnight on 30th June 2018 to apply for E. ON's free cavity wall and ...


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Helen's column

02 AUG 2018

Grass Roots Sport

Every now and then a sporting Champion emerges with a humility that belies their achievement. I'd include people like Sir Andy Murray, Sir Steve Redgrave and Dame Kelly Holmes in that category;...


26 JUL 2018

Plastic Pollution

Ever since last year's Blue Planet series, which so movingly and graphically depicted the impact that plastic is having on our oceans, the issue has never been far from the news agenda. There is no...


20 JUL 2018

Post Brexit Trade

Back in 2005 I spent two weeks travelling around India developing new international business for my UK legal practice. It was a somewhat daunting step into the unknown, having never been to India...