Editor's blog - the Sevenoaks Chronicle week
IT was celebration time in Sevenoaks this week as a really deserving cause was recognised and rewarded.
The Sevenoaks Home Library Service provides a vital service for the lonely and infirm who are grateful of a book or two to read - but also of the company.
So when the volunteers go delivering in Riverhead, Kemsing and other areas, they have to factor in "chat time" to their visits.
I met some of the team this week when we made our Heart of the Community awards at Axa/PPP Healthcare's HQ in Tunbridge Wells.
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They scooped £500, which will go towards the upkeep of their van, an ex Post Office vehicle.
But, above all, they were a thoroughly decent and lovely group of people and it was heartwarming and quite humbling to hear the work they do.
Tales of a waiting list for 50 Shades of Grey and, ahem, a client who wanted the Kama Sutra, had us in stitches.
Andrea Garrad, from Otford, lost her mum to cancer six months ago. And she's struggling to get over it. In this week's Chronicle she writes powerfully, honestly, and movingly about the devastating effect the death had on her.
I challenge you not to be moved to tears by her words, like: "Mum's cancer might have gone but my sadness is malignant."
Andrea's piece is not downbeat or self-absorbed, but an emotional account of how she has been feeling.
She is running the London Marathon this April - and struggling with the punishing training regime around Knole Park - but hopes to raise hundreds for Hospice in the Weald.
Also in the Chronicle we have the tale of the four-legged, bushy tail thief draining cars of their brake fluid; a dancer who survived a doodlebug; a cat killer on the loose and a visit to the area of One Direction's Harry Styles.
There's something for everyone.