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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Emergency Investigation Works - Oak Lane, Upchurch

Begins Monday 26th March.

To repair the carriageway collapse near the Railway Bridge.

It will be necessary to close the road completely during these essential works so they can carry out the works safely for both the workforce and road users.

An alternative diversion route will be signposted while the road is closed.

The diversion route will be via A2 Moor Street, Otterham Quay Lane, Wallbridge Lane, Oak Lane and vice versa.

For details of roadworks, please see:

Kent County Council - Highways, Transportation & Waste

Demolition of Kingsnorth Power Station Chimney

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Taken from Upchurch Village Hall.

One of the most iconic landmarks on the Medway Estuary, the chimney at Kingsnorth Power Station was demolished this morning, Thursday the 22nd of March at 10:00am.

Kingsnorth was the second tallest structure in Kent after the TV Transmitter Mast at Dover.

Now Kingsnorth is gone, the second tallest structure will be the Transmitter Mast at Wrotham.

The chimney could be seen from the top of the Crystal Palace Transmitter in London and many other places.

Here’s how it looked on Wednesday the 21st of March.

The Power Station closed as a result of the EU's Large Combustion Plant Directive, which requires Power Stations that are not equipped with Flue Gas Desulphurisation technology to close after 20,000 hours of operation from the 1st of January 2008 or the end of 2015, whichever comes first.

Kingsnorth ceased power generation on the 17th of December 2012, having consumed all of its LCPD hours.

Demolition of the coal handling plant commenced on Thursday the The 23rd of October 2014 with a series of controlled explosions. The Station's turbine hall was demolished on the 9th of July 2015. The final part of the boiler house was demolished by explosion on the 27th of July 2017.

Until today, only the concrete chimney remained.

Upchurch Matters

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Friends of Upchurch Village Hall - Wine & Wisdom - Annual Fundraising Event

John Tutt - Friends of Upchurch Village Hall

Upchurch Best Kept Garden 2018

Last year's winners in the 'Hanging Baskets and Container Garden Category' were Margaret and Maurice Smith for their beautifully presented garden at 97 Beckenham Park.
All gardens in the Parish that can be viewed from the front of your home will be judged on Saturday the 21st of July 2018.
The judging takes place without interviews with the occupants - so if you are shopping or on holiday your garden will still be judged!

Prizes are awarded for the following 3 categories:

• Flowers and Shrubs
• Small Garden
• Hanging Baskets and Container Garden

    The Overall Winner will look after the Barbara Webb Memorial Rose Bowl for 1 year.

    Prizes for the above along with highly commended certificates will be presented around 3:30pm at the Upchurch Horticultural Society - September Show, taking place on Saturday the 15th at Peter Boakes 97 Chaffes Lane, Upchurch.

    This year's 1st Prize is for 'High Tea' for 4 people at The BarnYard, Upchurch who have kindly sponsored this years competition again.

    Please see their menu below:

    The BarnYard, Oak Lane, Upchurch. Tel: 01634 235059. Website:

    Chairman Tyrone Ripley: 07702 222093 Email:
    Councillor Stephen Hunt: 01634 268963

    On behalf of Upchurch Parish Council and Upchurch Horticultural Society.

    Monday, 19 March 2018

    Caravan Burgled - Otterham Quay Lane

    Hartlip, Newington & Upchurch Ward

    Crime Number: XY/013984/18

    Between Thursday the 1st and Saturday the 10th of March, a Caravan at Beckenham Storage Ltd, Otterham Quay Lane, Upchurch was burgled and various items were stolen.
    If you have any information that could help investigators please contact Kent Police on telephone number 101 and quote the relevant crime number above.

    For more information on crime prevention visit:

    Kent Community Messaging

    Sunday, 18 March 2018

    The Angel Messenger Centre at Upchurch Village Hall

    Evening of Mediumship with Graham Watson

    Thursday 22nd March at Upchurch Village Hall

    Entrance £4 - Doors open at 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start

    FREE Tea and Coffee

    The Angel Messenger Centre on Facebook

    Becky Smith

    Upchurch Village Hall Management Committee - AGM

    Wednesday 11thApril 2018 at 7:30pm

    In the rear Hall
     (Please use rear entrance)

    Please come and show your support for the committee. They have the very difficult job of balancing the sum needed to run and maintain the hall against keeping the hiring fees competitive. This is without the endless job of raising funds to carry out improvements/major repairs.

    Residents of Upchurch, THIS IS YOUR HALL! Most of you use it at some time in your life.

    Please attend to hear our plans for the future.

    Thank you

    Pat New - Secretary Upchurch Village Hall Management Committee