01 DEC 2018

2018 Maidstone MENCAP Christmas Bazaar opened by Helen Grant

  Maidstone MENCAP Honorary Vice President shared in the celebrations at the charity's home in Cobtree Hall, Mote Park on the first day of December. Santa was joined by several elves and festively dressed volunteers to offer cakes, a grand raffle, a lucky dip tombola, gift stalls and a hos...


27 NOV 2018

Reporting Back

Hello again everyone. 2018 has, inescapably, been the year of the 'B' word for us all and it seems certain that the Brexit saga will run for many more episodes, all the way into the next decade. This is a sea-change for our country and I will continue to work with my Kent Colleagues, local authori...


26 NOV 2018

MP seeks share of £300m money for step free station access

In July 2018, the Department for Transport announced that up to £300 million of Government funding would be made available for step-free access improvements at railway stations in Great Britain between 2019 and 2024, including lifts, subways and bridges. Current operator Southeastern invited ...


22 NOV 2018

National HIV Testing Week 2018

Maidstone & The Weald MP Helen Grant last week took the opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of early diagnosis of HIV and to help de-stigmatise the screening process within public perceptions. Visiting Maidstone Hospital's Rubin Clinic during National HIV Testing Week (17-23 Nove...


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...


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Helen's column

06 DEC 2018

Business Brexit Pragmatism

Building upon my support for our High Street businesses in my previous column, I continue the theme following 'Small Business Saturday' last weekend. The initiative is a great platform for public...


29 NOV 2018

Christmas on the High Street

Ever since I was a little girl growing up in Carlisle I remember the magic of Christmas emerging from its annual hibernation. Always starting in the town centre, shop windows came alive like West End...


22 NOV 2018

EU Withdrawal Agreement

One thing I have learnt from the hundreds of negotiations I have conducted in my life, be they as a lawyer, a business woman or as a politician, is that the pressure always increases as the deadline...