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Friday, 18 January 2019

Kent Police - 2 Week Firearms Surrender

Kent Police is appealing for people to hand in unwanted or illegally held guns during a 2 week surrender of firearms and ammunition.

The surrender begins at 9:00am on Monday 21st January 2019 and ends at 5:00pm on Friday 1st February 2019.

Members of the public can take firearms or ammunition to any police station where they can dispose of them.

This includes replica and antique firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, component parts and other ballistic items.

During this period, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for illegal possession and can remain anonymous.

Many firearms are held innocently with owners unaware of their illegality, or are overlooked heirlooms forgotten in people’s homes.

Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to threaten or harm communities. Any firearm believed to be linked to criminal offences will be investigated in the usual manner.

The surrender is an opportunity to dispose of unwanted, unlicensed weapons in a safe place and avoid the risk of them falling into the wrong hands.

More than 300 guns were handed in to Kent Police during last year’s firearms surrender including a Second World War era pistol.

During the surrender the public can hand firearms to the front counter at the following police stations:

◼︎ Folkestone
◼︎ Margate
◼︎ Ashford
◼︎ Canterbury
◼︎ Tonbridge
◼︎ Maidstone
◼︎ North Kent
◼︎ Medway
◼︎ Sittingbourne

Please check the opening times of a station by visiting the Kent Police website before attending at:

Individuals wishing to dispose of an unwanted firearms or ammunition who cannot attend the above stations should call 101 and collection will be arranged.


Upchurch Matters

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Host Family Required

A host family is required for a 17yr old French female student to stay with for 2 weeks during the summer holidays to help improve her English.

Please contact Marian Bohling:

Thank you

Ray Kemsley

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Swale Borough Council Sports Grant Scheme - Funding Still Available

Six weeks remain to apply to Swale Borough Council’s grant scheme for sporting projects in our area.

The current round of funding will expire at the end of February, but £6000 remains unallocated.

The maximum grant for any one project is £1000 and only one application can be submitted by an organisation in each financial year.

Recent grants awarded include an Astro Turf Wicket being installed at Sheppey Cricket Club, and a self-propelled wheelchair for Indoor Bowls for MS Swale, in partnership with Swale Indoor Bowls Centre.

Peter Fathers, fundraiser for MS Swale says:

“The money from Swale Borough Council part funded our specially designed wheelchairs. It means people with Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological conditions can bowl independently, using the same rules and conditions that able bodied people do. It’s wonderful to see everyone bowling together on an equal footing.”

Cllr Duncan Dewar-Whalley, cabinet member for finance and performance at Swale Borough Council says:

“We encourage sporting organisations in Swale to apply for this funding. Helping residents get fit, active and healthy is a priority for the Council and applying for this money is an excellent step in the right direction.”

Please see: for guidance notes and how to apply.

Swale Borough Council

Monday, 14 January 2019

Swale Borough Council - Apply to be a Councillor and Meet the Chief Executive

Swale Borough Council is encouraging local people to think about whether they would like to apply to be a councillor in local elections being held on 2nd May 2019.

An event will be held on 7:00pm in the Committee Room at Swale House, Wednesday 13th February for anyone interested in standing.

Please contact Democratic Services at the Council at: to register your interest.

Chief Executive and Returning Officer Mark Radford will be there to explain work undertaken by Swale Borough Council.

Mark says:

“If you care about the area that you live or work in and the issues facing local people, you may wish to consider standing to be a councillor. Come along on Wednesday 13th February to find out more about what is involved and how to apply.”

A councillor’s role and responsibilities include:

representing the ward for which they are elected
 engaging with constituents about issues that concern their area
 developing and reviewing council policy
 scrutinising decisions taken by the councillors on the executive or cabinet
 regulatory, quasi-judicial and statutory duties
 community leadership and engagement

Find out more

The event will be informal, interactive and will give people a chance to speak to the Chief Executive about the role of councillors, to learn about how to apply to be a councillor, and to hear first-hand from a councillor about what it is like to be a councillor. If you would like to attend the event, or want more information about becoming a councillor, email our team at:

Swale Borough Council

Valentine's Day Dinner Menu at The BarnYard

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The BarnYard
Oak Lane, Upchurch, Kent ME9 7EZ
Telephone: 01634 235059

Mother's Day - Special High Tea Saturday Menu at The BarnYard

Saturday 30th March
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The BarnYard
Oak Lane, Upchurch, Kent ME9 7EZ
Telephone: 01634 235059