Higham Parish Council
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|Cold Weather - Precautions to Take|
|Parliamentary Constituency Boundary Change??|
|Vacancy for a Parish Councillor|
|Letter from HM The Queen|
|History Group Meeting|
|Dicken's ' A Christmas Carol' Play|
|Village Litter Pick|
|Food Safety Training Course|
|Love Higham - A Plan for the Village|
|Higham Neighbourhood Forum|
|Community Warden and Councillor Drop-In Dates|
|Vote for the Pavilion Project|
|Highcliffe Medical Practice|
|Kent Police Local Contact|
|Car Damage - Kent Police Appeal|
|Thames Estuary Partnership|
Cold Weather - Precautions to Take
The ongoing period of cold weather could leave people vulnerable and we ask Higham residents to rally round and help friends, families and neighbours in our village.
With cold weather predicted to continue for the next few more days, it is important that people are making sure they are following basic, common sense advice to help keep themselves warm and well.
Nationally, there are thousands of excess winter deaths per year because of a drop in temperature. The ideal indoor temperature is 18-21°C (65-75°F).
If trying to save fuel, it is advisable to heat the living room during the day, the bathroom when needed and the bedroom, just before going to bed.
Other simple common sense measures for keeping warm and well in the home include:
Preparing for very cold weather means being ready to stay indoors, making sure there is enough food and medicine at home, ordering repeat prescriptions in plenty of time, particularly if bad weather is forecast. If you have to travel or go outdoors, tips to follow include:
More details and further weblinks can be found here. KCC Highways have more information about Kent's roads, winter precautions and road gritting.
Proposed Parliamentary Constituency Boundary Changes
The Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986 (as amended in 2011) requires the four Boundary Commissions for the UK to carry out a review of constituencies and to submit final reports to Parliament in September 2018. Parliament has specified that the 2018 Review must reduce the number of constituencies, and therefore MPs, in the UK, to 600. It has asked the Boundary Commission for England, as an independent and impartial body, to consider where the boundaries of the new Parliamentary contituencies in England should be, ensuring that every new constituency has roughly the same number of electors; no fewer than 71,031 and no more than 78,507. Closing date for submissions is 8th December 2016.
Harold Craske, Parish Councillor and Member for Higham on Gravesham Borough Council has written about this topic:-
You have probably heard on the radio or television that the Boundary Commission has issued draft proposals for the redrawing of Parliamentary Constituency boundaries. This is to make constituencies as equal in numbers as possible.
The Commission have issued a proposed boundary change for the Gravesham Constituency . Much of the area would remain as before. The proposal is to add Ash, New Ash Green, Hodsoll Street and Hartley. However, the other part of the proposal is to remove Higham from the Constituency and add it to Rochester and Strood.
I am sure that many of you will have thoughts on this. Should you wish to comment on the proposal you may make your views known at www.bce2018.org.uk and then entering your postcode. This will then bring you to the relevant page and show you the dates of public meetings and how you can make your thoughts known.
I must emphasise that the changes, if implemented, do not affect the place of the parish within the Gravesham Borough Council area. Higham will remain in Gravesham Borough as now.
Member for Higham
Gravesham Borough Council
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Vacancy for a Parish Councillor
Due to the resignation of Simon Hearn, there is one vacancy for Parish Councillor. Could you serve your village and local community?? Read more details...
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HM The Queen's 90th Birthday
We were delighted with a card and letter received from Buckingham Palace, thanking Higham Parish Council for their Birthday good wishes.
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History Group Meeting
Higham Village History Groups' next meeting is on Thursday 19th January 2017 at 8pm in the Memorial Hall, School lane, Higham ME3 7JL. Speaker Andrew Rootes will talk on "Higham Houses and Homes". Free for members, visitors welcome at £3.50 entrance. Light refreshments served. More details on www.highamvillagehistory.org.uk.
Report on Previous Village Litter Pick, Sunday 2nd October 2016
Another successful Litter Pick last Sunday, 2nd October. A BIG thank you to our 13 volunteers who collected 20 bags of rubbish, plus a hub cap, 2 balls, a red pole, 20 glass bottles and several other strange objects from School Lane, Church Street and some surrounding roads, hedges and grass verges plus the Recreation Ground.
There is no doubt there is less litter around the village and thanks are also due to anyone who picks up litter in their area on a regular basis - that makes a huge difference.
Just need to find a way of reducing the number of people who drop litter - any ideas out there - legal methods only!!
Watch this space for the details of the next session - if you would like to become a volunteer just message the Parish Clerk or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add you to the list.
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Dates for Higham Parish Council Meetings in 2017
15th May (Annual Parish Council Meeting and Parish Council Meeting)
20th November (Budget and Finance only)
27th November (Christmas Meeting with the Mayor of Gravesham).
The Annual Parish Assembly will be held on WEDNESDAY, 12th April 2017.
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Country Eye -- Helping Keep the Rural Community in Kent Sry Eye has been built to help Kent residents, farmers and countryside users receive rural information and to report information quickly and efficiently. The mobile phone app allows users to record and share information on crime, suspicious behaviour and damage in their home community or whilst out and about.
The Country Eye app is now available to download for free on iPhone and Android.
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Love Higham - A Plan for the Village
Work has commenced by a Steering Group to research, develop and publish a Higham Village Plan. You may have seen the stall at the 2016 Proms where initial thoughts were collected and ideas set out. A brand new Love Higham web site and FaceBook account are being set up with much more information.
We are now working towards a special launch event on Saturday 4th February 2017 between 11am and 5pm to be held in and around the Memorial Hall, Pavilion and the Multi-Use Sports area. Put this date in your 2017 Diary, come along and tell us what you think should happen to Higham community in the coming years.
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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
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.
In Higham Library
The meeting is open to all residents to raise any concerns or make any suggestions they may have concerning our village
Among the items to discussed will be Higham Village Plan Sue Sparks from Higham Parish Council will give short talk about the plan and how it will affect Higham She will also answer questions residents may have
To discuss the Speed Watch scheme in the village and how it helps make drivers aware of road safety
For more information please visit our website
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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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Higham Community Warden Steve Gray along with Cllrs. Sue Sparkes and / or Harold Craske and / or Les Pearton will be available for anyone to pop in and discuss any local issues that worry them. For 2016 the 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.
Faster Broadband in Higham?
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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 past 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 email@example.com.
Thank you so much.
Leader – Higham Youth Club
Mobile – 07817 746097 (voicemail between 7am and 5pm whilst I am at work)
Aviva Community Fund grant opportunity for The Pavilion Project. Please go to https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/16-3404 and VOTE for Youth Beautifying the Village!
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:
Highcliffe Medical Practice
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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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 nobody 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 Callgard Service on 0844 3722 325.
Parcel Scam Alert
Kent Police Neighbourhood Watch are aware of a warning Royal Mail have put out. They have advised that there is currently a scam happening due to Christmas fast approaching.
A Card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 09066 611911 (a premium rate number).
If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed for £315 for the phone call.
If you do receive a card with these details then contact Royal Mail Fraud.
Royal Mail's website has very helpful details in relation to Scam mail. Please make all family and friends aware that there may be many other scams similar to this. If you are ordering online and getting deliveries, confirm who your item will be delivered by/to.
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Appeal from Kent Police
"We are appealing for information following a spate of criminal damage to cars in Higham in the last three weeks.
One incident was reported to have happened between 4.30pm on Friday 4 November 2016 and 1pm on Saturday 5 November 2016 when the bonnet of a car parked on Telegraph Hill was scratched.
Damage was also reported to have happened between 10.30pm on Tuesday 1 November 2016 and 8am on Wednesday 2 November 2016 when a car on a driveway and one on the road, both in Walmers Avenue, suffered scratches.
Inspector Chris Carter said: `Over the last month we have received several reports where cars parked on the road and driveways in Higham overnight have been scratched with a key or other implement.
`We have deployed additional officers to help prevent further incidents; however, I would be keen to hear from anybody who can tell us who has been causing this damage.'
Can you help?
Anyone with information that can help is asked to contact Kent Police on 01474 366149 quoting reference XY/043570/16.
Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
101 is the Police Non-Emergency Number
101 is the 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.
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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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.
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.
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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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