10 NOV 2018

Local MP Recognised as First Grassroots Football Champion

Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and the Weald and the former Sports Minister met with the Kent FA today, visiting the Stones' Gallagher Stadium to watch their FA Cup First Round match against Macclesfield Town and to pick up an award in recognition of her commitment to grassroots football. Helen me...


10 NOV 2018

Newly refurbished convenience store welcomed at Vinters Park

Residents of the 1600 homes in Maidstone's Vinters Park now have a great new convenience store to serve their everyday needs, opened by local MP Helen Grant on Saturday. Owners Suresh and Raj felt the previous format, focused around confectionary, tobacco and newspapers was tired and wasn't meeti...


10 NOV 2018

BBC Children in Need's Rickshaw Challenge Comes to Sissinghurst

The BBC's 'One Show' Rickshaw Challenge is a gruelling 423 mile cycle tour from Calais to Salford on a custom-made Rickshaw bike to raise money for BBC Children in Need. The route included the picturesque village of Sissinghurst, Kent where almost the entire village turned out to cheer on the eff...


09 NOV 2018

The first ever digital conference has been held in Maidstone in a bid to highlight the career opportunities in the sector to students and teachers

Around 200 students and teachers from across Kent have attended a one-day digital conference in Maidstone hosted by Reflect Digital. Aspiration Digital was held at Maidstone Girls Grammar School (MGGS) on Friday (2nd of November) in a bid to inspire and educate students and teachers about the car...


07 NOV 2018

MP Delights in Joining Nepalese Diwali Celebrations

Helen Grant MP joined Maidstone Nepalese Women Society for a colourful and vibrant Diwali celebration last week. The joyous festivities at the Howard De Walden Centre in Maidstone were attended by men, women and children from Maidstone's Nepalese Community. As a centrepiece of the festival of light...


07 NOV 2018

Maidstone delivers superb #5000Poppies Remembrance Project; MP Helen Grant praises the superb efforts of local people

Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone & the Weald, visited Maidstone Museum last week to add her support to the #5000Poppies project, ahead of it's opening on 6th November. The #5000Poppies project enlisted the help of a multitude of Maidstone residents in creating an installation of handmade poppies...


03 NOV 2018

Coming Here, Being Here

'Coming Here, Being Here' was an exhibition sharing the 'relocation' experiences of some of Maidstone's Nepalese community, held at the Maidstone Museum. Local MP Helen Grant was welcomed to the exhibition by its hosts, Maidstone Women's Nepalese Society. She said 'Travelling from the Himalayan ...


02 NOV 2018

Local MPs Join Together To Support Community Centre

Helen Grant MP and Tracey Crouch MP came together, last week, to offer their support to the thriving Maidstone Community Support Centre. On a visit to the unique facility in Marsham Street, Maidstone, the neighbouring Kent MPs joined the centre's leadership team to brainstorm ideas for how they cou...


02 NOV 2018

Universal Credit

Commenting on the impending roll out of Universal Credit across Maidstone and the Weald, Helen Grant MP said,  'Universal Credit is a major reform that will transform the welfare state in Britain for the better. It simplifies the existing system by combining six previous benefits into one paym...


12 OCT 2018

MP Joins Local Businesses for Brexit Preparedness discussions

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant joined a range of Local Businesses to discuss the impact of Brexit and their preparedness for a potential 'No Deal' scenario. The employers took the opportunity to set out their concerns about the impact upon Kent's small businesses of a cliff edge exit from...


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Helen's column

15 NOV 2018

Armistice 100th Anniversary

Every year, it seems, our County Town comes out in even greater numbers than the last. Old, young and in-between, regardless of the great British weather, we all come together to pay our...


08 NOV 2018

Parliament Week

For our democracy to thrive, our Parliament must be relevant, open and accessible, and UK Parliament Week is aimed squarely at achieving those goals. Parliament Week is a series of events designed to...


01 NOV 2018

Budget 2018

Amidst the rowdy rhetoric and political posturing on Budget Day this week, the challenge was in unpicking how the measures will affect our everyday lives here in Kent. On health funding, I very much...