England Swims, a new national campaign has been launched by Swim England, the governing body for swimming. The aim of the campaign is to encourage those from ethnically diverse communities to give their views and experiences of aquatics – helping to make water-based activities more accessible for everyone.
A playgroup/pre-school in Rainham that was founded in 1971 is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Brenda Dorman, the original founder of Chandlers Chatters playgroup/pre-school, was inspired to open a playgroup because of her own children. Once she found a setting, she had to become qualified to be able to run the group, so attended afternoon sessions in childcare to get her qualifications. 50 years on and Sue Allen (who has managed the school for the past four years but worked there for many more) has also seen her own children attend the school.