Higham Parish Council

Special Announcements, News and Events

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Lower Thames Crossing
Royal Celebration
History Group Meeting
Food Safety Training Course
River Thames Evening Cruise
Summer Choral Concert
Higham Neighbourhood Forum
Community Warden and Councillor Open Surgery Dates
Faster Broadband
Youth Club
Highcliffe Medical Practice
Kent Police Local Contact
Thames Estuary Partnership
Parish Allotments

Dates for Higham Parish Council Meetings in 2016

9th May (Annual Parish Council Meeting)
4th July
5th September
10th October

21st November Budget and Finance

28th November Christmas Meeting with Mayor

Annual Parish Assembly:- Thursday, 14th April 2016.

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History Group Meeting

The next meeting of Higham Village History Group is on Thursday 21st July 2016 at 8pm in the Memorial Hall, School Lane, Higham. Speaker: Richard Moyse."SURVIVAL OF THE WEEDIEST" -- Ranscombe Farm, Cuxton and its wonderful wildflowers. An illustrated talk about one of the UK's most important wildflower reserves.

All welcome, Members - FREE, Visitors - £3.50 including light refreshments.


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Choral Concert

In collaboration with the Friends of St. Mary’s Church, Higham and with kind permission of the Churches Conservation Trust, Higham Choral Group presents "SUMMER SOUNDS" including Bob Chilcott's Little Jazz Mass with songs from the shows at St Mary's Church, Lower Higham at 7.30pm on Saturday 16th July.

Entry is 7.50 and includes light buffet. Please pay at the door.

For further information please phone 01634 718818/01634 718285 or email: kateiw@tiscali.co.uk. Visit www.highamchoral.org.uk.

image of Higham Neighbourhood ForumHigham Neighbourhood Forum  (previously Higham PACT Panel)

The Neighbourhood Forum for Higham is a range of local people plus representatives from Parish Council, the Kent Police and the Community Warden.  We meet quarterly to discuss any concerns about the quality of life or community safety issues within the village. SPEEDWATCH is one of our activities.  Regular reports and liaison with the Parish Council, Police, Community Warden and other key partners allow free and frank examination of things that may be of concern.  At our past meetings we have had officials from Gravesham Borough Council and Kent Highways who advised us and assisted in discovering solutions to local issues

If you have a concern about your local neighbourhood or have ideas that would improve your quality of life in Higham then do either come to a Forum meeting or a Parish Council meeting to speak your mind.  For more information, please visit our new Forum website at http://www.spanglefish.com/highamneighbourhoodforum  

Meetings are planned usually for the first Tuesday in March, June, September, and December, normally at 7.30pm in Higham Library, Villa Road, Higham.  All are welcome to come.
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Higham Parish Council & Neighbourhood Forum are pleased to tell you a limited supply of free dog waste bags are available at Higham Library. Initially only 1 roll at a time per dog owner. Please help us make our village a cleaner place to live. [October 2014]

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Community Warden and Councillor Open Surgery Dates

Higham Community Warden Steve Gray along with Gravesham Borough Cllrs. Harold Craske and / or Les Pearton will be available for anyone to pop in and discuss any local issues that worry them.  The 2016 dates are normally the last Thursday monthly, bar December when it is usually the third Thursday from 2.30 to 4pm in Higham Library.  Light refreshments served. 

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Faster Broadband in Higham?

Are you interested in faster broadband speeds in our village.  Read more...

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Higham Youth Club

Higham Youth Club meets on a Wednesday evening from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. Young people from the age of 10 years to 18 years are welcome to join us. We have a number of activities each week and lots of equipment including a pool table, table football, table tennis, basketball, swingball, Nintendo Wii (two consoles plus guitar hero complete band set, snowboarding, wii fit, dance mat and many other games), Playstation 2 (including Singstar), Karaoke, Scalextrics, Keyboard, Circus equipment, Board games..... We also hire the outside sports courts for those who wish to play football... Often we run cookery evenings, circus skills, hair and beauty, arts and crafts plus many others..

You can keep up with what's going on by looking at our website... www.highamyouthandcommunity.co.uk  The new website also covers the extensive renovation works on an updated community amenity -- the Pavilion.  Higham Youth Club is managing this community project by taking on a lease of The Pavilion building (on the Recreation Ground). We had been desperately looking for additional facilities to run an older age club locally for many years. We had also wanted to expand the clubs and activities offered. For more information, please click here

If anyone in the village would like to give up a couple of hours per week of their time and help us as a volunteer please contact Jo for more information on 07817 746097. All adult helpers are checked through the Disclosure and Barring System (formerly Criminal Records Bureau), and we do ask for 2 referees.. You will understand that this is purely to safeguard our young members. Working with the young people at these clubs is a very enjoyable experience and also gives you the opportunity to take part in exciting activities too!! Some photos taken during a recent residential trip:

photograph of Higham Youth Club on a residential trip

A message from Jo Raff, Youth Club Leader

I am the current leader of Higham Youth Club (since 2007). As many people in the Village know the club has grown considerably in that time and we have been in need of providing additional sessions to cater for all the young people who wish to attend. We have been seeking premises for many years to enable us to run further activities.

Originally the Pavilion on the Recreation Ground was built for Higham Boys Club which closed. The Pavilion was then occupied by the kindergarten which sadly closed last Summer. The Parish Council have been working very hard negotiating a lease renewal of the Recreation Ground, Sports Courts and Pavilion building. The landowners said all three parts had to be included in the lease, and due to problems with the negotiations for almost three years there was real risk of the Village losing the Recreation Ground,Sports Courts and Pavilion. At the end of December, on behalf of the youth club, I was asked if we would be interested in taking on the Pavilion building. The building is currently in a very poor state of repair and needs urgent works to make it safe. We had to consider this very carefully. Clearly it would help us as it would give us a great opportunity to be able to offer so much more to young people in the Village, but it would also mean taking on a huge project which would cost a considerable amount of money and time.

We decided to go ahead and submitted a business plan which was approved by the Parish Council. The Parish Council have always supported the youth of the village wherever possible.

Outline approval has now been given to us taking on a sublease although documentation still has to be signed.

We have many exciting plans for the future, and wish to turn the Pavilion into a "hub" providing activities, clubs and events for the young people and other community users in the Village. We just could not see the loss of the Recreation Ground or Sports Courts as these are used by so many different groups, including our youth club. It is already so sad that the Village no longer has nursery provision, and we didn't want to see the demise of the youth club due to lack of facilities.

We will be applying for grants, holding fundraising events, and working very hard to raise the money needed to fund the building works needed. We have to be able to provide a safe place for people to meet and that is our initial priority (although hope to make further improvements in due course).

We will be needing architects, builders, plumbers, electricians, and many other tradesman for the works at the Pavilion.

This venture is completely non-profit making. All monies raised will go back in to provide further activities to benefit the Village. Eventually we wish to see the Pavilion used seven days a week, all day and evenings, providing a whole range of activities and clubs. Further details are in our business plans.

We hope Villagers will support us. We have started to receive donations from kind Villagers. If you feel you could help us out, or have made a pledge to help already please could you message me, or email me at highamyouthclub@hotmail.co.uk.

Thank you so much.

Joanne Raff
Leader – Higham Youth Club
Mobile – 07817 746097 (voicemail between 7am and 5pm whilst I am at work)

Web - www.highamyouthandcommunity.co.uk

[March 2015]

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Highcliffe Medical Practice

Our local GP surgery has a web site ( www.highcliffemedicalpractice.nhs.uk/ ) to provide patients with useful information about the services available.  In addition they are also looking to recruit younger local resident to join our patient participation group.  Please contact:

Kevin Creasey
Practice Manager
Highcliffe Medical Practice
Higham Surgery
Hermitage Road
Rochester, Kent

Tel: 01474 823841
Fax: 01474 824155

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Kent Police Local Contact Point Dates

Need to speak to a neighbourhood police officer? Visit one of the Police Contact Points, available in nearly 200 locations across Kent, including Higham. Police vans stop at a prominent location for one hour per visit; come along to talk to a neighbourhood officer about any policing concerns you may have, to get safety advice or to collect a free crime prevention item.

To confirm the times and locations of the Police Contact Points near you, visit www.kent.police.uk/policecontactpoints. Our local venue is on Wednesdays outside Higham Library, Villa Road (car park), Higham ME3 7BS.

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Some useful information from our local PCSO Sharon Balman (telephone 07969 584 197 or email: sharon.balman@kent.pnn.police.uk):

Unwanted Mail

By registering with the Mail Preference Service you can reduce the amount of personally addressed junk mail received.
You can register by writing to:

The Mailing Preference Service
DMA House
70 Margaret Street

or calling 0845 703 4599 or logging on to: www.mpsonline.org.uk

Unwanted Telephone calls

You can reduce phone calls from companies offering to sell goods or services by registering your telephone number with the Telephone Preference Service.

Write to:

The Telephone Preference Service
DMA House
70 Margaret Street

or call 0845 070 0707 or logging into www.tpsonline.org.uk

Silent Callguard Service

If you receive a phone call and when you pick up the receiver there is no body speaking, you may be receiving calls generated by automatic dialling equipment that dial more numbers than there are operators to take the calls.

You can reduce these calls by registering with the Silent Callguard Service on 0870 444 3969.

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Kent Police Launch 101 as the New Non-Emergency Number

As from Monday 14th November 2011 there is a change to the Phone Number that you should use to contact your local Kent Police for non emergency calls.

101 is the new national non-emergency number to contact Police in your area. Residents in the Kent policing area should call 101 to contact their local officer, make an enquiry and to report non-urgent crimes. The current non emergency number (01622 690690) is being phased out.

Examples when to use 101 are:

Each call will never cost more than 15p. Callers will be put through to Force Control Room in Kent and not a national call centre.

As always, dial 999 in an emergency when life is in danger or a crime is in progress.

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HiARA - Higham Active Retirement Association

For the time being, the Parish Council is providing website space to host the HiARA website.  There is lots of information and details of HiARA's activity programme plus dates for outings.  Visit the web site.

See the June 2016 issue of HiARA News... page one or page two (views in new browser windows with any PDF viewer)

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Thames Estuary Partnership

The Thames Estuary Partnership (TEP) is a forum for local authorities, national agencies, industry, voluntary bodies and local communities to work together for the good of the Thames Estuary. The Partnership is a charity which co-ordinates projects and holds events and workshops to provide information and to gather feedback. 

The threat of climate change and increased flood risk is an ever present feature of the Estuary, yet many local people are not aware that plans are already being developed to help those responsible to adapt to these threats.  More detailed information can be found on the TEP website, www.thamesweb.com

Viewable Thames Estuary & North Kent flood risk map - click here.   format, needs image of Adobe Reader logo.

Environment Agency flooding risk & advice - click here.

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Parish Allotments

Allotments are small plots of land set aside for local people to rent and grow plants, vegetables, fruit, etc. Allotment size can vary or be divided up to provide variety of produce for your own requirements.  Click here to go to the informative BBC allotment web page.

Last season the Parish Allotments showed an increase in the number of plots rented for cultivation. This was most encouraging and the Parish Council decided to undertake a survey of the condition of all the plots. The survey was completed in November 2004 and showed that there were a number of overgrown plots. The Parish Council has cleared the top vegetation from some of these plots which are now available for cultivation.

Water stand-pipes are within reach of all the allotments, so if you are interested in finding out more, please contact the Higham Parish Clerk on 01474 822642 or email enquiries@higham-kent-pc.gov.uk.


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