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Since being elected as a KCC Councillor in 2009, Avtar Sandhu has attended various events throughout the county. These events and meetings have covered a range of issues which I feel that residents of Dartford need to know about.

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Try Angle Awards in Kent

Try Angle Awards in Kent

The Orchard Theatre, Dartford hosted the 2011 Sevenoaks, Dartford and Gravesham Try Angle Awards. The ceremony recognises young people’s achievements in various fields such as dance, sport, music and volunteer help.

Each nominee receives a Try Angle certificate to cement their accomplishment and the winner of each category wins an award trophy. Avtar Sandhu MBE was there on the evening to help present some awards to the children who had gone out of their way to help another or achieved highly in an aspect of interest.

The evening celebrates what young people do right within the community and Avtar helped support the evening by making a financial donation out of his members grant to make the evening more special. Other councillors included Ann Allen, Mike Snelling and Richard Parry also presenting awards.

All finalists are put through to the Kent County Council Spirit of Try Angle Awards, which this year will be held at Ashford International Hotel where the county as a whole can recognise their achievements. Avtar will also be attending these awards on the 25th September in hope of recognising what young people in Kent can achieve.

Official Opening of the Ashford Gateway Plus Library

Official Opening of the Ashford Gateway Plus Library

On Monday 18th July 2011, Avtar Sandhu MBE, Molly Cork and Peter Wood attended the officia l opening of the new Ashford Gateway Plus costing £7.5 Million.

The new building serves mainly as a brand new modern library but sixty other services and facilities available for its visitors, including an area for civil ceremonies, registration for births, deaths and marriages, adult education help and a six desk for Council Customer service.

The ribbon was cut by local resident Molly Cork after receiving flowers and a copy of a book. Molly is a local resident, who at 93 years old has been a visitor of the library for 84 years.

Other attendees of the event were Ashford council leader Peter Wood, local residents, and community support.

Stanhope Community Centre Kent

Stanhope Community Centre Kent

On May 20th 2011, Avtar Sandhu MBE along with Damian Green MP for Ashford and Mr Johnson Director for Moat Housing official opened the new 1.1 millionGBP Stanhope community centre.

They opened the Stanhope Library by cutting a ribbon and cake. He was a speaker at the ceremony and part of a team who officially opened the centre. The new building is part of an ongoing 150 millionGBP regeneration of Stanhope and the project so far has taken four years and the contract covers 30 years. The centre now consists of a library, neighbourhood office and a meeting room for residents.

The opening was attended by local residents, community wardens, police officers and other local dignitaries.

Access Awards in Kent 2011

Access Awards in Kent 2011

During May 2011, Avtar Sandhu MBE was invited to the Access Award Presentations hosted by the British Horse Society. The awards recognise riding schools or organisations that help with blind or partially sighted riders. The awards go to people who have helped open up more areas for riders to use that are safe and enjoyable as well as others for safety and welfare.

This photo shows members of the riding school along with Cllr. Avtar Sandhu MBE.

Young Consumer of the Year, Kent Finals 2010

Young Consumer of the Year, Kent Finals 2010

The Young Consumers of the Year Competition is an annual event for 14-17 year olds. Its goal is to help students become better in the ways that they shop as they are tested on such issues as money, consumer affairs, keeping safe, credit and finance, food and drink and more. The first round is an elimination round that takes place in the schools themselves and the six top scoring schools will be invited to the Kent Final.

The winners of the 2010 finals, from Chatham House Grammar School, were presented their prizes by Kent County Councillor Avtar Sandhu, who congratulated them on their achievement.

The four boys from the team then went on to win the National Consumer Championship in Edinburgh.

Kent School Games Launch 2010

Kent School Games Launch 2010

Avtar Sandhu meets with Dame Kelly Holmes, Paul Carter (Leader K.C.C), John Davis (Chairman K.C.C.) Mike Hill (Cabinet member for communities K.C.C.), other dignitaries from K.C.C. and the education services to launch the Kent School Games 2010.

The bi-annual games, organised by Kent County Council will give more than 500 schools and 30,000 youngsters, aged between 5 to 16 the opportunity to compete in 38 different sports, including disability sports. The 2010 games was a vision of Paul Cater and he hoped that they would be the biggest school games ever.

We did that in 2008 and in the 2010 school games this will be an even greater event.

Surgery dates for meeting your Councillor

Surgery dates for meeting your Councillor

Avtar Sandhu has started his monthly surgeries within the Dartford North East Area. Please find listed below the dates and time for each surgery.
FIRST surgery is on Friday 9th April 2010

Please come along and discuss :-
Schools
Roads
Youth Centres
And anything else you may wish

Surgeries shall be held at :-
St Edmund’s Church Living Well,
St Edmund’s Road,
Temple Hill,
Dartford,
Kent.
DA1 5ND
Start time 7pm and finishes at 8pm

Follow on surgeries shall be on :-
Friday 21st May 2010
Friday 18th June 2010
Friday 16th July 2010
Friday 17th September 2010
Although each of these surgeries are planed for open discussions, if you require a private meeting with Avtar or if you are unable to attend a surgery session, please contact Avtar through this web site.

Member of the British Empire – MBE

Member of the British Empire – MBE

Member of the British Empire – MBE

On the 4th December 2009 Avtar was asked to attend Buckingham Palace to be given his Member of the British Empire Medal (MBE). In Avtar's words "It was a great day and I'd like to thank Her Majesty for recognition of my work". Avtar Sandhu MBE

Having heard the news about being awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen, Mr. Sandhu said 'I am extremely proud to have been honoured in this way. Enhancement of community relations is something very close to my heart, its something my late father Darshan Singh Sandhu MBE was keen on and I'm very privileged to be in a position to be able to continue in his footsteps, I'd like to take this opportunity to encourage more people, particularly the youth of today, to play a more active roll today in local and national issues, we all need to spare time to help others, life's not all about me, me, me.'

The Cabinet Office said 72% of the 984 recipients of the awards on this year's Queen's Birthday Honours main list are "ordinary people who have made a real difference" to life in their communities.

Dartford Remebers the War Heroes

Dartford Remebers the War Heroes

Dartford Remebers the War Heroes

Avtar Sandhu joins the Mayor Cllr Jennifer Rickwood along with Council Leader Jeremy Kite along with other dignitaries and 100's more from the services and the local borough, to Remembrance Sunday 8th November 2009. He pays tribute to all the fallen hero's.


This is a moment that all communities come together and pay tribute to all those who have unfortunately fallen for their country. It is our duty to remember their sacrifice always as they have left their loved ones to give us the freedom that we enjoy today.


The Bridge Primary School Dartford

The Bridge Primary School Dartford

Avtar Sandhu visited the Bridge School on the 23rd September 2009 and praised the Head Teacher Mrs S. Crinnion on the outstanding facilities.

The £7.5 million campus is a credit to Kent County Council. The school shall have up to 420 children and a 26 place nursery, a youth centre, adult education library access and a community meeting room.

Don’t forget, if you’d like to contact Avtar Sandhu MBE, simply drop me an email.