Higham Parish Council
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Kent County Council -- Budget Consultation
Kent County Council launched its budget consultation on Friday 8 November 2013. Kent residents are being asked for their views on our spending proposals; a process that is hugely important in shaping our future decisions. There are two ways you can get involved and help us set the right priorities for spending:
· Take 2 minutes to answer 2 questions
· Help balance KCC's budget using our online tool
Please visit www.kent.gov.uk/budget by Friday 13 December to read the proposals and give us your views.
On Friday 15th November 2013, the 1st Higham Scout Group collected a grand total of £2,120.36p
for the BBC Children In Need Appeal, all from generous donations made in Higham by residents and people passing through the Village.
Pudsey says "Many thanks to everybody who kindly donated".
Chance to meet your Neighbourhood Policing Team
A new initiative to boost visible community policing has been launched by Ann Barnes, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner. During her election campaign, it was one of Mrs Barnes’ main manifesto promises to introduce a fleet of ‘mobile police stations’ – and this pledge has now come to fruition with the introduction of Police Contact Points.
These are mobile police vans manned by Police Community Support Officers, which travel around mostly-rural parts of the county where it was felt that police presence needed a boost. The Police Contact Points allow members of the public to report crime or anti-social behaviour, discuss policing issues or concerns, and meet members of their neighbourhood policing team.
Our Police Contact Point will make a visit on a two-weekly basis, spending an hour outside The Gardeners pub, Forge Lane, Higham ME3 7AS from 2pm - 3pm on:
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15 November <> 29 November <> 13 December
You can confirm when a mobile police station will be in Higham by visiting www.kent-pcc.gov.uk/policecontactpoints.html
Kent PCC Visited Higham, 22nd August 2013
Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes, paid a flying visit to Higham on Thursday, 22nd August. Arriving in her personal tour bus, and accompanied by Chief Inspector Philip Painter, she made her way to Higham Library to meet Members of the Parish Council and representatives of Higham Neighbourhood Forum. The picture above shows (l to r) Ann Barnes discussing village policing issues with Parish Council Chairman Jennifer Papadopulos and Chief Inspector Philip Painter.
Ann Barnes was keen to learn first hand of current problems being experienced within the village, to answer any questions and to discuss Community Policing initiatives within Gravesham before moving off to visit the next location on her packed itinerary.
Photograph above shows (l to r) KCC Community Warden Steve Gray; Ann Barnes, Kent PCC; Cllr Mrs Jennifer Papadopulous, Chairman of Higham Parish Council; and, Kent Police Chief Inspector Phil Painter in Higham Library.
For more information on the PCC's role, visit her web site.
Christmas Party Swing Big Band Night, 14 December 2013
In the mood tonight...
An evening of musical nostalgia was held on the Recreation Ground on Saturday, 15th June 2013 when Gravesham Borough Council provided funding for an Olympic Legacy event working in partnership with the Community. Organised by Higham Parish Council, the "In The Mood Tonight" evening featured the Peninsula Big Band playing the sounds of the 30’s, 40’s and some more modern favourites, in a huge marquee complete with an outdoor dance floor, glitter ball and hanging chandeliers! Those present brought their chairs and picnics ready to enjoy the music and some even ventured onto the dance floor for a twirl or two. Once the sun had set, the evening concluded with a spectacular musical firework display commemorating the Diamond Jubilee of the Coronation and featuring such rousing favourites as Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem. Special guests for the evening were the Deputy Mayor of Gravesham, Cllr. John Caller, and the Deputy Mayoress, Mrs Sue Caller. [ photographs here ]
Higham Parish Council would like to thank Michael Broome (Higham Marquees) for supplying his magnificent wedding marquee and equipment for the evening, The Peninsula Big Band for providing the excellent dance music and Phoenix Fireworks Ltd. for once again providing us with a stunning musical firework display finale.
THE PARISH COUNCIL WOULD LIKE TO REMIND PARISHIONERS OF OUR NEXT EVENT ON THE RECREATION GROUND – THE POPULAR FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE PROMS - WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY, 12TH JULY. TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM HIGHAM LIBRARY.
Advice for Higham Residents
Some useful information from our local PCSO Clare Croucher (07772 226 238 or email: email@example.com):
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
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.
The Telephone Preference Service
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.
Community Warden Afternoon Tea and Surgery 2013 Dates
An invitation to Afternoon Tea and a Community Surgery at Higham Library, Forge Lane, Higham throughout 2013. Come and have a chat with your local KCC Community Warden, Steve Gray. Any issues or ideas about how to improve our local environment are welcome. Or just pop in for a cuppa and a natter with Steve!
Thursday, 26th September,
Thursday, 31st October
Thursday, 28th November
Thursday, 19th December
All at Higham Library from 2.30 to 4.00pm.
For more information about Kent Community Wardens, please telephone 07811 271256 or visit www.kent.gov.uk/communitywardens
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.
Higham Youth Club
The Youth Club runs on two nights - Mondays for the 14+ age group and Wednesdays for the 10+ age group. Both clubs have very enthusiastic young people enjoying themselves with their friends. 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 have an iPod docking hi-fi so the young people can bring along their iPods if they want to listen to their own music... 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.higham-youth-club.btck.co.uk
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 07934 562085. All adult helpers are checked through the 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!
Higham 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
2013 meetings are planned for Tuesday 5th March, Tuesday 4th June, Tuesday 3rd September and Tuesday 3rd December normally at 7.30pm in Higham Library, Villa Road, Higham. All are welcome to come.
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.
December 2013 HiARA News... click here to view in new window with any PDF viewer.
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 .
Environment Agency flooding risk & advice - click here.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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