27 AUG 2018

Quintessentially Kentish Sissinghurst delivers classic village fete as Helen Grant MP judges hotly contested dog show

  Jubilee Field, Sissinghurst became a splash of colour and commotion as hundreds of local people flocked to the annual village fete on Bank Holiday Monday. Dozens of stalls, a bar, BBQ and a bandstand encircled the competition dog showring where seven classes of canine candidates were show...


21 AUG 2018

MP Welcomes Broadband Boost for Business

Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, has welcomed research showing that superfast broadband has boosted the turnover of local businesses across the UK by £9 billion. This boost to the UK economy has created 49,000 local jobs, showing the clear benefits that superfa...


03 AUG 2018

Citizens Rights for Older People seek trustees and volunteers as Helen Grant MP visits the CROP office

  As people grow older, many find themselves more and more alone. Often there will be no one around to help with important decisions and major changes that could affect the remainder of their lives. Since 1994 CROP has been assisting older people with a whole range of issues including benef...


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...


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Helen's column

13 SEP 2018

Gang and Knife Crime Roundtable

According to many reports Maidstone & The Weald is a safe place to live. That is largely due our excellent police service, their partner agencies, our church leaders and to the watchfulness of our...


06 SEP 2018

Animal Welfare

On August Bank Holiday Monday I took great pleasure in judging the dog show at Sissinghurst's idyllic annual village fete. It was great to share the day with dog lovers from right across Kent, all of...


23 AUG 2018

GCSE Results

A couple of weeks ago I empathised with parents and students ahead of the A-level results, and I do so again today as the GCSE results are released. Right across Maidstone and the Weald, thousands of...