A few facts:

The Medway towns are Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham, Strood and Rainham

The area is in the county of Kent in South East England and the nearest airports are London City, Hartmann Road, Royal Docks, London E16 2PX and London Southend at Rochford Road, Southend-On-Sea SS2 6YF.

The town of Gillingham is pronounced with a soft “g” as in “jug” rather than the “g” in gift which is the “Gillingham” in Dorset.

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At the time of the Norman Conquest, Gillingham was just a small hamlet but nowadays there are many things to see and do in Medway.

Chatham Naval Memorial – the memorial commemorates 8517 sailors of the First World War and 10,098 of the Second World War. Find it at 61 Kings Bastion, Gillingham ME7 5DQ. It was opened by the Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VIII) on 26th April 1924.

My Great Uncle Ken is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial and I was able to download a certificate on the website. You can search for a record and print out a memorial here.

Ken died on the 6th June 1944 during the D-Day Landings and you can read more about my findings on the Portsmouth page.

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Riverside Country Park is situated alongside the River Medway estuary between Rainham and Gillingham and is around 100 hectares. It has a variety of habitats including mudflats and salt marsh. 333 Lower Rainham Road, Gillingham ME7 2XH. There is also a visitor centre, picnic area and other facilities such as kids play area

Royal Engineers Museum, Prince Arthur Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 1UR. A very large collection of internationally significant objects. The museum tells the sotory of the Corps of Royal Engineers and how they have helped the British Army to move and fight for over 300 years.

HMS Cavalier is preserved as The National Destroyer Memorial to commemorate the 11,000 lives lost during WWII – at The Historic Dockyard, Main Gate Road, Chatham, ME4 4TE. HMS Cavalier resides in No.2 Dry Dock

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Rochester Castle is a 12th Century Keep on the east bank of the River Medway. It’s one of the best preserved in England or France and looked after by English Heritage at Castle Hill, Rochester ME1 1SW

Capstone Farm Country Park – 114 hectares of converted farm land. Capstone Road, Gillingham ME7 3JF. There are opportunities for running, walking, cycling and a variety of habitats including ancient woodlands, a freshwater lake and old orchards.

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Medway Queen – Gillingham Pier, Pier Approach Road, Gillingham ME7 1RX. If you like boats, then a visit here is a must. The Medway Queen was used as a minesweeper in WWII and is most famous for her seven trips to Dunkirk in 1940. From 1966 to 1974 she became a nightclub in The Isle of Wight. She continues to be a restoration project and the hull has now been rebuilt with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Development Fund.

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Other places of interest

  • Great Lines Heritage Park – Lines Terrace, Chatham ME4 4NA
  • Upnor Castle – English Heritage – Upnor Castle High Street, Rochester ME2 4XG
  • Shorne Wood Country Park – Brewers Road, Gravesend DA12 3HX
  • Fort Amherst – Dock Road, Chatham ME4 4UB
  • Allington Castle – Castle Road, Maidstone ME16 0ND
  • Rochester Cathedral – Garth House The Precinct, Rochester ME1 1SX
  • Kit’s Coty House – Chatham Road, Aylesford ME20 7DE
  • Temple Manor – Knight Road, Rochester ME2 2
  • Restoration House – 17-19 Crow Lane, Rochester ME1 1RF
  • Huguenot Museum – 95 High Street, Rochester ME1 1LX
  • U-475 Black Widow Russian Submarine – River Medway at Strood, Strood
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Family law support and advice around Medway and Kent

Elaine Flynn is from Arthurs Solicitors

Elaine Flynn of Arthurs Solicitors based in Birchington

“Elaine has pursued a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, to effectively offer the right level of empathy and support to her clients.  She is available to her clients outside of usual working hours to best meet the varied needs and requirements of a busy lifestyle.”

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Clients often describe Paula of Tiger Law , Ashford, as down-to-earth and approachable, which is important in family law as the issues being discussed are often very personal and emotional. 

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One of the most affordable mediation services in the UK  with the only cost to you being the MIAM and mediation sessions. We also operate remotely anywhere in the UK. We believe that mediation need not be expensive, complicated or time consuming. Using a team of experienced mediators, we are sure that we can help you find resolution to your present conflict.

Hawkridge & Company LLP believe in the ‘importance of a personal, human approach when faced with trying or stressful circumstances’. They can be found at 35 – 39, Canterbury Street, Gillingham, Medway, Kent, ME7 5TR.

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Founded by James Basset in 1854, Bassets Solicitors are an independent firm of solicitors with offices at 31-35 Balmoral Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 4QB. ‘We provide a full range of legal services for individuals and businesses and have been offering expert legal advice for more than 150 years.’

Davis Symmonds & Donaghey Solicitors have offices in both Canterbury at 53-54 St. Dunstans Street, Canterbury, Kent,CT2 8BS and at 5 High Street, Gillingham Kent, ME7 1BE “The end of a relationship or the breakdown of a relationship can be a challenging time for all parties. Whether it’s a marriage or civil partnership, there can be a number of issues and disputes that require resolution in a compassionate, flexible and understanding way.”

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Sara Binning Solicitors – “When divorce or separation cases involve children, they become even more challenging for all parties involved. Child custody is a sensitive issue and needs to be approached tactfully to avoid any present or future confrontation between separated partners.” –  45 High Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LP

JN Jones Solicitors – “We understand that every family and their circumstances are unique and that is why we provide customised, tailor made solutions. Suite 22, Fort Pitt House, New Road, Rochester,ME1 1DX

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Don’t forget to think about planning your financial future

It is very easy to forget about your finances when you are feeling overwhelmed with a divorce or bereavement. Don’t be intimidated – these days, financial advisors speak in plain English and the advice is jargon-free.

Here are a few financial planners we have found in the Medway area

Direct Financial Planning – 2A Galleon Way, Lower Upnor, Rochester
Kent, ME2 4GX

Oakhurst Financial Services Limited – The Joiners Shop, Chatham Historic Dockyard , Kent, ME4 4TZ

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Apollo – Pension and Investment Advisers – Christchurch House, Beaufort Court, Sir Thomas Longley Road, Rochester, Kent, ME2 4FX

Portafina – Affinity House, Beaufort Court Sir Thomas Longley Road, Rochester, ME2 4FD

Ross Williams Financial Services – 278 Maidstone Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 0HH

Let’s talk about Wills

In any situation where you had a joint will and are no longer with that person, you must have a new one drawn-up. In divorce, when the Decree Absolute is issued, any will becomes null and void. Many people forget this when the drama of the divorce is finally over. You can instruct a will writing professional or a solicitor. In the event of your death, your ex could still end up benefitting! Rewriting your will is very much part of financial planning and advice.

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Caroline is a divroce counsellor, coach and psychotherapist

Caroline is a counsellor, mediator and divorce coach and features in The Kent Hug Directory with many years experience in her field. She is fuelled by her passion for understanding the complexities and emotions involved when couples separate or divorce. Her empathic nature enables her to easily engage with her clients, helping them to quickly find solutions and strategies for their problems.

Grief and Life Coach, and Founder of Becca Worthington Health & Wellbeing.

I work with people who have experienced loss and support them to heal from the pain of grief and start living fully again. I was widowed in 2014 and lost my father in 2019 and am very conscious of their not being enough or the right support for grievers, because of this I am very passionate about not only supporting grievers but those people supporting grievers.

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