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Search is on for unsung heroes

PUBLISHED: 15:56 03 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 23 August 2010

DO you know an unsung hero whose efforts should be recognised? If so, you can nominate them for a Pride in Gravesham Award. The borough council is calling votes in five categories for people who work voluntarily to improve the lives of others. Options

DO you know an unsung hero whose efforts should be recognised?

If so, you can nominate them for a Pride in Gravesham Award.

The borough council is calling votes in five categories for people who work

voluntarily to improve the lives of others.

Options include making a special contribution to the lives of young people, the lives of older people, to the community, to cultural diversity and understanding, or the group that has made a special contribution to the community.

Winners will be given a Gold Pass to the Woodville Halls, giving them free access to 10 shows throughout the calendar year.

They will also receive an award engraved with their name to be presented to them at the annual council meeting on May 11.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from www.gravesham.gov.uk and should be sent in by April 6 alongside a letter describing the person's achievements, along with a supporting letter from a

second person or group.

All applications will be judged by an

independent panel of community representatives led by the mayor.

Grants boost for Olympic Games

PROJECTS inspired by the approaching London Olympics could benefit from a new grant scheme.

Kent County Council's 2012 Small Grants Fund is offering payments between £500 and £1,000 to small Olympics-related schemes and in particular those involving youngsters.

This year the money will be aimed at activities being staged at the Open Weekend on July 23 to 25, celebrating two years until the main event.

Mike Hill, cabinet member for community services, said: "This is the perfect opportunity to take part in local events and enjoy the celebrations of the Olympics and Paralympics.

"We want to support organisers who are trying to make a difference and give their communities the chance to get involved."

Nearly £12,000 has already been handed out to 16 local groups over the last three years. To find out how to apply contact James Taylor on 01622 605062.

Founder's day

GIRL Guides have celebrated the crafts and foods of the world at a special event to mark the birthday of their founder.

Almost 100 girls from the Gravesham District enjoyed Thinking Day to mark the birth of Lord Baden Powell on Sunday at the Deneholm Methodist Church, Northfleet.

The rainbows, brownies and guides

sampled the cultures of Jamaica, Russia, America, Spain, Italy, Brazil and Denmark while also collecting money for the guiding world friendship funds which supports sending aid to natural disaster zones.

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