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Traffic-plagued Winter Wonderland weekend scrapped

Traffic-plagued Winter Wonderland weekend scrapped

Two days of festive fun have been cancelled, with organisers citing a rise in Covid-19 cases across Europe as a contributing factor.

Kent 'facing teaching assistant shortage'

Kent 'facing teaching assistant shortage'

A education chief says the county is facing a shortfall of teaching assistants in schools.

Is this England's brainiest eight-year-old?

Is this England's brainiest eight-year-old?

A girl from Kent who can answer up to 173 maths questions in one minute has won a national times table contest.

Can I ask for a ticket refund if I catch Covid?

Can I ask for a ticket refund if I catch Covid?

Can you get your money back for a day out, concert, show or event you have to cancel this Christmas because you, or a family member, catches Covid?

Clinic for obese children to open in Kent

Clinic for obese children to open in Kent

The NHS will open new clinics to support children and young people who are severely obese.

Minecraft axolotl craze prompts RSPCA warning to parents

Minecraft axolotl craze prompts RSPCA warning to parents

Exotic axolotls are salamanders native to Mexico, but their arrival in a popular video game has animal welfare experts concerned.

Skate park, sculpture garden and pontoon planned for beauty spot

Skate park, sculpture garden and pontoon planned for beauty spot

A popular beauty spot could be transformed by the addition of a number of new features as part of a multi-million pound project.

Christmas Eve boxes: Cosy tradition or a costly pressure?

Christmas Eve boxes: Cosy tradition or a costly pressure?

Searches for Christmas Eve boxes are on the up as families start their festive plans - but does the trend add to the magic or pile on the pressure?

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Apply now for Aldi's surplus Christmas food donations

Apply now for Aldi's surplus Christmas food donations

Aldi will give away surplus food this Christmas to families in need and here's how groups can now apply:

Royal Mail asks people to post Christmas letters early

Royal Mail asks people to post Christmas letters early

Royal Mail, which has unveiled its Christmas stamp designs, is asking families to post festive letters and cards early.

It's a wrap! 47 Christmas gift ideas to suit every age and budget

It's a wrap! 47 Christmas gift ideas to suit every age and budget

Make your Christmas shopping trip easy with these top pressie picks. Just remember... the magic is in the opening.

School children make up half of surging Covid infections

School children make up half of surging Covid infections

School children make up almost half of new Covid cases in Kent as the government faces increasing pressure to introduce restrictions.

Prestigious prize for brave Aurora's amazing family

Prestigious prize for brave Aurora's amazing family

The young family of an incredible eight-year-old, who passed away in June, has been given a Children's Award for their exceptional courage.

Family’s haunted house is fa-boo-lous

Family’s haunted house is fa-boo-lous

Gravestones, a scorched scarecrow and a 7ft clown are just some of the spook-tacular decorations at one family’s haunted Halloween house.

Toy retailers issue stark Christmas warning to parents

Toy retailers issue stark Christmas warning to parents

Toy retailers say they're unlikely to avoid the shipping issues and labour shortages affecting other supply chains and shoppers must buy early.

Fireworks hit by supply issues ahead of Bonfire Night

Fireworks hit by supply issues ahead of Bonfire Night

The UK's stock of fireworks is the latest item to be hit by supply issues, which may lead to less availability and higher prices.

Schoolgirl's tips to help fight climate change

Schoolgirl's tips to help fight climate change

A girl inspired by broadcasting legend Sir David Attenborough and activist Greta Thunberg has top tips people can do to help save the planet.

'Our kids are going to love watching you on the TV'

'Our kids are going to love watching you on the TV'

Disability groups and celebrities are among those praising Cbeebies, which has chosen 20-year-old George Webster as their newest presenter.

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Vandals turn to baked beans in latest viral internet stunt

Vandals turn to baked beans in latest viral internet stunt

Youths are turning to baked beans in the latest criminal craze to hit the internet and Tik Tok, prompting warnings from police.

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Universal Credit cut explained - as charities warn working families will be hit hardest

Universal Credit cut explained - as charities warn working families will be hit hardest

Working families may be left struggling to pay for food and heating when Universal Credit is cut. But what is the reduction and why is it happening?

Devastating fall in girls' happiness warns Girlguiding UK

Devastating fall in girls' happiness warns Girlguiding UK

The happiness of girls continues to decline dramatically, says the well-respected charity, which is now insisting the government take action.

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20 things adults miss most about school days

20 things adults miss most about school days

From conker competitions and skipping to school milk and pink custard - these are the things we hold dear about our time in school.

7 ways to keep kids reading in the holidays

7 ways to keep kids reading in the holidays

Are you trying to get the kids to pick up a book this summer? Here are some expert tips for keeping their reading going through the school break.

Dinner on a budget: How much will £35 get you?

Dinner on a budget: How much will £35 get you?

As rates of hunger continue to rise and the school meal voucher scheme ends we find out just how difficult feeding a family on a budget is.

Pier to ban plastic crabbing gear

Pier to ban plastic crabbing gear

Plastic crabbing gear is to be banned from a Kent pier over fears it could end up in the sea and harm wildlife.

The cost of driving tests set to increase

The cost of driving tests set to increase

The price of theory and practical driving tests, and MOT slot fees, are among charges the DVSA wants to increase as it faces a funding shortfall.

Holidaymakers warned to check passports after travel confusion

Holidaymakers warned to check passports after travel confusion

Travellers are being reminded to check passports are valid following confusion with post-Brexit rules and the government's own passport checker.

Youngsters can go for gold

Youngsters can go for gold

Olympic gold medallist Adam Peaty will be heading to Kent after his win at Tokyo 2020 to teach children swimming skills.

Jobs to go as NSPCC looks at quitting Kent base

Jobs to go as NSPCC looks at quitting Kent base

Referrals for specialist help for abused children are set to end as the national charity prepares to move out of the county.

Can I leave my child home alone?

Can I leave my child home alone?

With six weeks of school holidays coming up, the NSPCC has advice for parents trying to make a decision about leaving their child home alone.

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Parents face £500 fine for children not in the correct car seat

Parents face £500 fine for children not in the correct car seat

With restrictions easing and more outings on the horizon, parents are being reminded to check their children's car seats are suitable.

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