In his latest message to residents, the Leader of Medway Council discusses Medway's summer of sport and exciting events programme.
I am sure that like me since Monday, 19 July, many of you have been enjoying the easing of most government restrictions and the sense of normality which is gradually returning through this summer.
Like me, many of you enjoyed watching the Olympics over the last two weeks and I couldn’t be prouder of Team GB – both for their brilliant success in the overall medal tables but also for just being able to train and compete in the face of the huge challenges imposed by COVID-19. We now have the Paralympics to look forward to next at the end of the month and we also can’t wait to welcome double Olympic gold medallist Adam Peaty back to Medway on 28 August for his AP Race Clinic at Strood Sports Centre.
This is just one of the many exciting sporting activities and events that we have on offer this summer. There’s so much for everyone, no matter what your age or ability and there’s plenty to keep the kids busy over the summer holidays. The line-up includes couch to 5k running sessions, pop-up sports, football events, swimming crash courses and more.
Many of the activities on offer are aimed at children and families, reflecting Medway’s aspiration to become a Child-Friendly City, putting children and young people at the heart of everything we do. Do take a look at the programme for the summer of sport and give something a try.
We’re also looking forward to our fantastic summer events programme, including Medway Pride, a community event inviting everyone to come together, Festival at the Fort this weekend, Medway Literature Festival and more.
Medway’s communities, passion and creativity sit at the very heart of our summer sport and summer events programmes, supporting Medway’s aspiration to become UK City of Culture 2025 which would bring significant benefits to Medway, including more opportunities for young people, and will help showcase all we have to offer. Last month the City of Culture team submitted Medway’s initial expression of interest to bid for UK City of Culture 2025. We expect to hear more in the early Autumn. You can learn more about UK City of Culture and show your support by visiting the Medway 2025 webpage.
I encourage residents to find out more about what’s on offer in Medway this summer by visiting Visit Medway. Our recent #WhoKnew campaign features a whole host of hidden gems for residents and visitors to explore and enjoy including the open-air theatre, camping in churches (Champing) and more. Please do continue to support our local businesses this summer, Medway is home to a large number of independent eateries and businesses.
Although it is great news that life is gradually beginning to return to normal and that we’re able to attend larger events, we should not be complacent. It’s still important to continue to get tested for coronavirus at least twice a week to keep ourselves, loved ones and the community safe.
And please remember - getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself against this deadly virus and I would encourage residents to take up the vaccination offer, if you have not already done so. To find out how to book your vaccination, or where you can #GrabAJab at a local clinic, visit our website.
We understand that some residents may wish to continue to wear face coverings so please respect others and those naturally more cautious and still want to wear face coverings and social distance, taking the actions they feel comfortable with to keep themselves safe.
Stay safe and enjoy the summer.
Cllr Alan Jarrett
Leader of Medway Council