Boyden Gate Community Information Portal

The Who, Where, What, Why and When in your area. Local news, events and services at your fingertips. Advertise locally, regionally or nationally!

BBC News: Iraq moves against IS in Tikrit
Monday 2nd March 2015
For live news from the BBC click picture above


Welcome to the Boyden Gate Portal - with in-depth local information, news, sport, everything on around CT3 and Kent!

First some super useful links! Historic Photos, Maps & Jigsaws of Boyden Gate!
Why not click below for some amazing old photos or maps of Boyden Gate or the Wingham area in days gone by!


BBC news for Kent

Man speaks out on boys' home abuse

A Kent man abused at a Liverpool boys' home in the 1960s speaks about his ordeal to encourage other victims to break their silence.

Eurostar suspended after track death

Eurostar services are suspended after a person was hit by a train on the line in Kent.

Heritage Quarter challenge fails

A controversial £125m redevelopment scheme which divided opinion in a Kent town was given planning permission correctly, the High Court rules.

What next for the grammar school?

How Kent is finding itself the focus of the debate on grammar schools.

Friends remember girl killed in 1993

Friends of a murdered schoolgirl whose killer was not convicted until 21 years after she died talk of how their lives changed.

Protesters clash at UKIP conference

Protesters clash outside the Kent venue where UKIP held its spring conference.

UKIP candidate drops out of race

South East MEP, UKIP's Diane James, drops her bid to become an MP at the general election for "personal reasons".

VIDEO: Political week in 60 seconds

The headlines from the political week

Live BBC World News

Iraq moves against IS in Tikrit

Iraq launches a military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit from Islamic State.

Ukraine truce 'still not complete'

John Kerry accuses rebels of a "piecemeal" approach to the ceasefire agreement for eastern Ukraine, withdrawing weapons in only selective areas.

Bill Gates tops Forbes rich list

Bill Gates is declared the richest man in the world for the second year running by Forbes magazine's annual ranking of global billionaires.

'No disrespect' in Netanyahu speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his upcoming speech to Congress is "not intended to disrespect" President Barack Obama.

Thieves raid museum in French castle

Thieves take 15 "priceless" Chinese artefacts from Fontainebleau castle in France, in a raid that lasted just seven minutes.

Police question Nemtsov girlfriend

Russian police are still questioning the Ukrainian girlfriend of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, who was with him when he was shot dead in Moscow.

US police shoot homeless man dead

A video captures the moment three US police officers shoot dead a homeless man during a scuffle in the Skid Row area of central Los Angeles.

German politician admits child porn

A child pornography case against a former rising star in Germany's Social Democratic Party, Sebastian Edathy, is dropped.

BBC Sports News

What have we learned at World Cup?

With the Cricket World Cup just over halfway through the group stage, what have we learned from the tournament so far?

VIDEO: Chase 'magic pass' sets up Salford try

A superb behind-the-back pass from Rangi Chase sets up Salford's Josh Griffin to score in the Super League Show's Try of the Week.

Britain's greatest female cyclist?

How a housewife who worked on a rhubarb farm broke a men's world record during a staggering 25-year cycling career.

New 'Chelsea fans' racism claim

Police launch an investigation after reports of racist and abusive behaviour from a group of Chelsea fans on a train from London to Manchester.

Atherton calls on England to change

Ex-captain Mike Atherton says England must make changes to change their World Cup form, calling for Alex Hales to play.

King says return to roads was scary

Olympic champion Dani King admits it was "scary" to cycle on the road three months after a training accident.

Man speaks out on boys' home abuse

A Kent man abused at a Liverpool boys' home in the 1960s speaks about his ordeal to encourage other victims to break their silence.

Eurostar suspended after track death

Eurostar services are suspended after a person was hit by a train on the line in Kent.

Heritage Quarter challenge fails

A controversial £125m redevelopment scheme which divided opinion in a Kent town was given planning permission correctly, the High Court rules.

What next for the grammar school?

How Kent is finding itself the focus of the debate on grammar schools.

Friends remember girl killed in 1993

Friends of a murdered schoolgirl whose killer was not convicted until 21 years after she died talk of how their lives changed.

Protesters clash at UKIP conference

Protesters clash outside the Kent venue where UKIP held its spring conference.

UKIP candidate drops out of race

South East MEP, UKIP's Diane James, drops her bid to become an MP at the general election for "personal reasons".

VIDEO: Political week in 60 seconds

The headlines from the political week

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
http://askten.co.uk


1. London workers are the most productive in the UK with Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly the least productive. Although those results are not a surprise, the chasm is vast: in central London the average worker is producing 42% more every hour than the national average, while in Cornwall they produce 28% less than the national average. Office for National Statistics

2. A growing number of 30-somethings are being forced to leave London as soaring property prices mean they cannot afford to live in the capital. London's population is set to reach a record high of 8.6m, making housing an ever more central issue at the general election. One in six tenant say housing say housing is the issue most likely to affect their vote. Office for National Statistics

3. People who commute into London from the south-east are the rail passengers most likely to be delayed, according to consumer group Which? They were also the most likely to be unhappy with their train operator, a poll of 7,309 people found. Southern had the worst score of any train firm, with 39% of users reporting delays. BBC

4. A new guide to making the perfect cup of tea may finally settle the question of when to add the milk in a breakthrough that will be a blow to many purists. The British Standards Institution (BSI) has released a guide called Preparation Of A Liquor Of Tea For Use In Sensory Tests that sets out what it deems to be the essentials for a perfect brew. According to the BSI, the milk must be poured into the cup before the tea, which should be brewed for six minutes. The Times

5. Russell Brand has been named alongside the likes of Henry Kissinger and Hilary Mantel on a shortlist of the world's greatest minds. The comedian and activist is included on Prospect magazine's 50-strong World Thinkers 2015 shortlist. Last year, the award was won by Indian intellect Amartya Sen, with the figures such as Pope Francis and broadcaster Mary Beard in the top 10. The Times

6. The number of pensioners being treated for class-a drug addiction has doubled in six years, says the Daily Star. Data released by Public Health England shows 634 pensioners aged 65 or above needed treatment for drug addiction in the last year. Most of them are being treated for problems with heroin and other opiates - but 80 are addicted to both heroin and crack. Daily Mail

7. More than 20 years after his death, Random House Children’s Books has revealed it will publish a recently- discovered Dr Seuss manuscript with illustrations called “What Pet Should I Get?” on July 28. The publisher plans at least two more books, based on materials found in 2013 in the author’s home in La Jolla, California, by his widow and secretary. Daily Express

8. Government surveyors in the U.S. have determined a new height for the Washington Monument — about 25 cm shorter than what has been thought for more than 130 years. The new official measurement puts the monument at 169 metres, as measured from the floor of the main entrance to the top. Ever since the stone obelisk was completed in 1884 to honour the nation’s first president, the historic height has been recorded at 169.2 metres. The Observer

9. Cézanne's 'The Card Players' was the most expensive work of art ever sold (£170 million in 2011) until the sale of Gauguin's 'When Will You Marry?' for close to £195m earlier this month. The Guardian

10. The traditional 'gift bag' given to Hollywood's leading players at the Oscars will this year be worth £104,000. It is said to include an adult toy worth $250, free furniture worth $28,000 and a $14,239 lifestyle makeover. New York Times

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: On the road with out-of-hours doctors

Cumbria's out-of-hours doctor service is increasingly busy because patients cannot get an appointment with GPs at local surgeries.

VIDEO: Riddle of Emwazi's radicalisation

Islamist militant Mohammed Emwazi was never a cause of huge concern to staff at his former London school, his former head teacher says.

VIDEO: Prince William welcomed in China

The Duke of Cambridge has met Chinese President Xi Jinping, as the prince begins the highest-profile UK royal visit to China in nearly 30 years.

VIDEO: How tidal lagoon power plants work

The BBC's Roger Harrabin has been to the site of one of six tidal lagoons planned in the UK to see how it would work.

VIDEO: New Queen coin portrait unveiled

The portrait of the Queen on the nation's coins has altered for the first time in 17 years - with a new picture of her Majesty unveiled on Monday morning, the BBC's Victoria Fritz reports.

VIDEO: Search for Becky Watts resumes

Police have been granted more time to question two people arrested in connection with the disappearance of Becky Watts, as Jon Kay reports.

VIDEO: Baby orangutans need new mum

Staff are hoping two Sumatran orangutans will find new mothers at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset.

VIDEO: World record set at ploughing event

A new world record is achieved at the 100th Mullahead ploughing match in County Armagh.