Ice Cream Van Hire In Rochester-Ice Cream Vans In Rochester

Rochester is a town and former city in Kent, England. It is located within the unitary authority area of Medway and is at the lowest bridging point of the River Medway about 30 miles (48 km) from London. The town is known for its cathedral and castle, and for an epic siege in 1215.Rochester, together with neighbouring Chatham, Gillingham, Strood and a number of outlying villages, makes up the Medway unitary authority area.A familiar site in and around Rochester are the distinctive Purple and Yellow Markes Ices ice cream vans seen at many Rochester events.

Based in Gillingham Markes Ices have many satisfied clients and work closely with many local school PTA officials helping raise funds for school projects.

For Ice Cream Van Hire in Rochester or the surrounding Medway towns speak to the booking team today to discuss your event.

Rochester has many historic sites perfect for that special wedding day celebration, to add an ice cream van for your wedding day catering in Rochester then welcome to the UK’s number one ice cream van hire company as voted for by their customers for the past two years.Markes Ices once again will attend many events in Historic Higham and Gads Hill.

Charles Dickens

The town was for many years the favourite of Charles Dickens who lived nearby at Gads Hill Place, Higham, and who based many of his novels in the area. Descriptions of the town appear inPickwick Papers, Great Expectations and lightly fictionalised as Cloisterham in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Restoration house located on Crow Lane was the house on which Charles Dickens based Miss Havisham’s (from Great Expectations) house, Satis House. This link is celebrated in Rochester’s Dickens Festival each June in the Summer Dickens Festival and December with the Dickensian Christmas Festival. The 16th century red-brick Eastgate House once housed the town’s museum. In the 1980s the museum was moved further west to the Guildhall so that Eastgate House could become the Charles Dickens Centre.

In the same decade the High Street was redecorated with Victorian-style street lights and hanging flower baskets to give it a more welcoming atmosphere.

The Dickens Centre was ultimately unprofitable and shut in November 2004. Medway Council’s Cabinet agreed proposals for the restoration and development of Eastgate House as a major cultural and tourist facility, and for the project to be recognised as a key cultural regeneration project on 7 November 2006.

Sweeps festival

Since 1980 the town has seen the revival of the historic Rochester Jack-in-the-Green May Day dancing chimney sweeps tradition, which died out in the early 1900s. Whilst not unique to Rochester (similar sweeps gatherings were held right across southern England, notably in Bristol, Deptford, Whitstable and Hastings), the Rochester revival was directly inspired by Dickens’ description of the celebration in Sketches by Boz.

The festival has since grown from a small gathering of local Morris dance sides to one of the largest in the world.

The current festival begins with the awakening of the Jack-in-the-Green ceremony, at Blue Bell Hill at sunrise on 1 May and continues in Rochester High Street over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

There are numerous other festivals in Rochester apart from the Sweeps Festival. A summer Dickens Festival takes place in early June and a Christmas one in early December. The Medway Fuse Festival usually has performances in Rochester and the latest festival to take shape is the Rochester Literature Festival, the offspring of three local writers.

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Ice Cream Van Hire In Kent - Markes Ices Give The Facts About Hygiene - HACCP and Hygiene Certificates


5 STAR HYGIENE AWARD SCHEME (Scores on the doors). The Facts.

When adding to Markes Ices ice cream van fleet with the purchase of a new ice cream van the first port of call is to telephone the Council Food standards department responsible for environmental health to invite an inspection.Once inspected the company then can apply to add this vehicle to their trading licence.During the inspection all areas of food preparation are examined along with company practices and storage. Markes Ices once again receive the Very Best possible review a catering company can get which is an excellent reputation with their local authority and be given the maximum time between scheduled Hygiene inspections which is two years, this does not mean no inspections in between as these can be done at any time, any place without notification and HERE’S THE POINT ABOUT SCORES ON THE DOORS. Markes Ices agree with their Local Authority there is very little point to an scheme where a set time for inspection is carried out by appointment and a one off visit and that is that, really anyone can be at their best on a given day, this does not reflect the company’s on going policy to health and hygiene or good practices,far better to know inspections are on going can be at any time or place which make for a companies health and hygiene practices to be on going and a constant.


What is HACCP?

As part of routine inspections, the enforcement officer will check that the business has an appropriate HACCP-based food safety management system in place.

HACCP stands for ‘Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point’. It is an internationally recognised and recommended system of food safety management. It focuses on identifying the ‘critical points’ in a process where food safety problems (or ‘hazards’) could arise and putting steps in place to prevent things going wrong. This is sometimes referred to as ‘controlling hazards’. Keeping records is also an important part of HACCP systems. Markes Ices HACCP documentation can always be inspected by their customers and clients.


During the inspection of Markes Ices New Ice cream Van addition the company was very pleased to be asked to show their hygiene certificates for all staff,and for the place of registration to be noted, this is very good practice as the certificate registration will have to be a valid training point which will eliminate the online certificates gained by some companies.The Hygiene certificates also have to be renewed every three years so a date check is always worth a look by customers.

Allergy Alerts

Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk.

Food allergen labelling

People with some food allergies, particularly peanut allergy, have to be extremely careful what they eat. Food labelling is very important to these people because the consequences of eating the food they are allergic to could be very serious.

Food intolerance and allergy research

Agency research work that investigates food intolerance and allergy.

Guidance for food businesses on allergy and intolerance

This guidance is designed to help food businesses provide information to customers who need to avoid certain ingredients because of an allergy. It includes general advice and information on allergy and intolerance and specific voluntary best practice guidance on pre-packed foods, loose foods and the food labelling rules.

Peanuts during pregnancy, breastfeeding and early childhood

In August 2009, the Government revised its advice to consumers about eating peanuts during pregnancy, breastfeeding and the first few years of life, in relation to the risk of developing peanut allergy in childhood.

As an Allergy aware company Markes Ices joined the Government scheme where the company is notified immediately when an allergy warning has been put in place on products from any source,any company or supplier.Markes Ices spokesperson Mark said

“The information is so immediate we probably know about these allergy awareness warnings long before this information drip feeds to local supermarkets shelves.”

So Hire Your Ice Cream Van For Your Event With Confidence From the UK’s Number One Ice Cream Van hire Company 2010 /2011 as voted for by their customers.

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Ice Cream Van Hire News.Ice Cream Vans For Your Events and Celebrations.Bookings Being Taken Now.

Markes Ices are now taking bookings for the 2012 season.Book now for your summer event,jubilee celebration,sports day,fete,fair,school fundraising event.Our modern fleet of ice cream vans will bring a smile to your guests faces as well as help raise money for local charity’s and fundraising ideas.Markes Ices cover Kent,London,South East if fact all over the UK.

An Ice cream arriving at your Wedding day reception brings joy and surprise to guests faces,the most common comment s are “how wonderful” Oh what a great idea”In fact by adding a Marke’s Ice cream van to your special occasion you will see your guests faces light up.

Whatever event you are planning, whether it’s a simple fete, carnival, sporting event, a full-blown air show or music concert, our catering units can meet your every need.

Our professional and friendly staff will ensure all your needs are met with a guaranteed quality of food, drink, and above all service, tailored to suit your specific event.

When it comes to outside catering whether it is for 200 or 20,000 people, we really are… As good as it gets.


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