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The Maritime Messenger (Spring 2017) Edition

The Spring 2017 edition of the Trust's newsletter - the Maritime Messenger - is currently being distributed to all residents on St. Mary's Island.  To view online click here.  

University of Greenwich Faculty Public Lecture - Wednesday 24th May 2017

The next Faculty Public Lecture takes place on Wednesday 24th May at 6.30 pm in the Ward Room , Pembroke Building on the Medway Campus.  The lecture will be presented by Professor Dennis Douroumis and is entitled "3D printing of Patient Specific Healthcare".   

3D printing is a manufacturing process that has attracted significant interest in medicine.  The lecture will present the current trends and advances including bioprinting of tissues and organs, customized implants and models for surgical operations and finally printing of pharmaceutical dosage forms (e.g. tablets, pills) for personalized patient needs.  3D printing is a revolutionised technology that will  dramatically evolve in the next few years offering tremendous advantages in patient healthcare. 

Professor Douroumis is an expert in Pharmaceutical Technology and Process Engineering and for the last ten years his research has focused on three main areas including Continuous ...[read more]

Environmental Issues - Flies

Over the last few years the Environment Agency has conducted fly surveys monitoring their population in a selection of properties on the Island. 

The surveys conducted over 2014 to 2016 revealed occasions where there have been issues with fly populations but in 2015 there was in fact an overall decrease in occurrences of fly populations.  DEFRA's guidance states that more than 50 flies caught in a 7 day period would indicate a significant problem. 

Whilst the monitoring over 3 years has not resulted in conclusive evidence that suggests that a statutory nuisance is being experienced, the Environment Agency will continue to monitor the situation and encourages residents  to contact them directly (please do not contact Chatham Maritime Trust nor SMIRA) should they experience significant issues with flies at their property.  Their incident hotline team is manned 24/7 and incidents should be reported on:  0800 807060.  


Copper Rivet distillery wins double gold

The family-owned Copper Rivet Distillery at Pump House No. 5 at Chatham Maritime has been awarded a double gold for its Vela Vodka at the 17th San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  The spirit contains grains grown from the Isle of Sheppey using a recipe created by the head distiller Abhi Banik.  This is a great achievement to have won such an award within six months of the first distillation and recognition of a great product.   

The distillery also makes Dockyard Gin and Masthouse Whisky.  

Expansion of St. Mary's Island Primary School

Medway Council has issued the following Notice:  

"Notice is hereby given in accordance with The School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2013, as conferred by sections 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 31, 181 and 183 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006(a) and sections 29 and 537 of the Education Act 1996 (b), that Medway Council proposes to make prescribed alterations to St. Mary's Island Primary School, Island Way West, St. Mary's Island, Chatham, Kent ME4 3ST, to take effect from 1 September 2018.  

The prescribed alterations are: 

'Enlargement of the premises' and 'Extension of the lower age range'

The proposals will result in the addition of up to 210 places at St. Mary's Island Primary School to meet expected demand. 

Copies of the complete proposal can be obtained from:  Thomas Cogley Consultation and Intelligence Officer, Level 3, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham ME4 4TR or you ...[read more]

The Big Purple Fun Run - Monday 29th May 2017

New this year as part of the forthcoming Food & Drink Festival, the Big Purple Fun Run takes place on Monday 29th May at Chatham Maritime in aid of the Stroke Association.  This event has been organised by the Rotary Club of Chatham in partnership with the Event Umbrella.  

This is a fun run - you can run, walk, jog or dance your way around this flat course which is suitable for all ages and abilities.  Dogs and buggies are welcome.  Dressing up in purple is encouraged with prizes for the best dressed. 

The run starts at 10.30 am in front of the marina; participants are requested to arrive by 10 am to register and for a warm-up with Samuel Squeaks.     

Registration in advance by booking online (online registration closes Sunday 21st May) is £15 or £20 (cash only) on the day.    Click here to book. 


St. Mary's Island History Group Meeting / AGM - Monday 15th May 2017

St. Mary's Island History Group are due to meet this evening for their AGM at St. Mary's Island Community Centre at 7.30 pm. 

The group will be seeking a new Chairman and committee members. 

Their guest speaker will be Robert Poole with the subject "Defending the Thames".  

St. Mary's Island Footpath Works

Volker Highways Ltd, on behalf of Medway Council, will be carrying out footpath works in the following areas to bring the area up to an adoptable standard.  Work is due to start from Monday 22nd May and the roads affected are:  

The Crescent / Egret Close / Partridge Drive / Redshank Road / Samphire Way and Woodlark Road

The work will be undertaken during the hours 08.00 - 17.00 and should take approximately 17 days to complete.  Refer to on-street notices for specific dates.  

Should anyone seek advice on the day of works, please enquire with one of the Council's operatives who will refer you to the on-site Supervisor.  Footway access should not be interrupted and the Council will endeavor to keep disruption to a minimum.   

The Council will be sending a letter to the residents in the affected areas. 

It maybe obvious but please take the following precautionary measures: 

St. Mary's Island Easter Church Services

St. Mary's Island Easter Church Services are as follows: 

Good Friday 14th April: 10.30 am a meditation at St. Marks Church Gillingham followed by a walk of witness at 11.30 am through Gillingham High Street. 

Saturday 15th April:  Messy Church for all the family at 4 pm 

East Day Sunday 16th April:  Sunrise service at 6 am in the grounds of the School.  Easter Day service for the family at 11 am. 


Maintenance works on St. Mary's island week commencing 10th April 2017

The Trust's contractor, F M Conway, will be undertaking essential flood defence works to the Central East Bund French drain system.  The work is to re-establish the French drain approx. 300 metres in length across the bund.  The new French drain will be positioned in front of the existing drain and linked together to create a continuous flood defence on all bund areas.  This work will take about two weeks to complete and the area will be out of bounds during this period but still accessible on the upper pathway.  Chatham Maritime Trust has written to those residents that live close to where the works are being done. 

Malcolm Iles is scheduled to jet wash the band stand in Dock Square adjacent to Basin 2. 

Note:  The Community Centre will be closed Monday 10th to Wednesday 12th April whilst air conditioning is installed in the facility and other maintenance works are carried out.  

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