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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Six Ways to Wellbeing - Free Creative Workshops for Teenagers in Swale - Sign up Now!

Ideas Test has been out and about over the last few months promoting their Six Ways to Wellbeing Swale project. They’re offering an exciting programme of workshops for young people 13-19 (25 SEN) in Swale aiming to improve their sense of wellbeing through film, dance, drama, writing and creative technology. Working with some of the most exciting arts organisations in Kent and beyond, it’s a great range of opportunities – have a look at the list below for details.

A crowd-sourced ‘wellbeing poem’ has been launched with Dan Simpson, who’s one of the workshop leaders. Get involved on Twitter with: #wellbeingpoem or Email: The result will be broadcast during a final performance at The Avenue Theatre in Sittingbourne on December 6, which will showcase what participants have done during this project.

• Join Codasign to make an interactive phone cover which lights up when your phone rings or to create an interactive installation.

• Explore elements of dance and develop your dance and physical theatre skills with The Jasmin Vardimon Company.

• The Rochester LitFest offers you the chance to have fun with poetry and spoken word - writing and performing - and learn about digital storytelling using social media.

• Want to write, direct, act or design a TV series? These fun, exciting and hands on sessions with Viola Films will give you the chance to learn some basic film making skills and create a new Six Part Webseries.

• Your ideas performed from scratch – Wide Eyed Theatre will help you create a story of people, place and events that make you happy!

To find out more about each workshop, visit the Six Ways To Wellbeing link under the ‘Events at a glance’ on the Ideas Test home page: Email: or call: 07713 865955.

The Six Ways to Wellbeing are:

• Connect – with family, friends, colleagues, neighbours

• Be active – walk, run, garden, dance

• Take notice – be curious, reflect on experiences

• Keep learning – try something new

• Give – doing something for others

• Grow your world – planet care for its sustainability

Find out more about the Six Ways to Wellbeing at:
The project is jointly funded by Kent County Council, Artswork and Royal Opera House Bridge.

Jaye Nolan
Communications Manager
Ideas Test - Creative People and Places Swale and Medway

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Dianne Lewin 1946 - 2014

Dianne passed away peacefully at home on the 5th October.

She will be greatly missed by her husband Gerry and her daughters Alison & Sarah who have already been overwhelmed with the amount of cards, love and care shown to them on her behalf.

If anyone would like to join them in saying goodbye and celebrating her life details of arrangements and how to donate to Brain Tumour Research in her name can be found at:

Alison Lewin

Edith May - Jazz Night

Edith May Trading Company

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Upchurch Parish Council Report - November 2014

The Parish Council met on Thursday 2nd October at the Village Hall where 5 Councillors were present and 5 members of the public.
Public Time – Horsham Lane – A resident asked if there was any response from Kent highways regarding the proposals for traffic calming. Cllr Arnold explained that he would follow this up with the Kent Highways Representative when he visits in November. The resident offered to attend this. It was explained that a working group would be needed to progress this further. Home to School Bus Transport – A resident asked member’s advice for improving the bus service from the village to secondary schools in Rainham. It was suggested that residents could contact Chalkwell Bus Service and Kent County Council Transport Integration. 
Correspondence – Christmas Tree Festival at St Marys Church – It was explained that this fundraising event was being organised again in aid of a charity fighting against Leukaemia. Members agreed to take part and the Clerk will notify Jill Rothery.
Planning - The following applications were considered: 14/502710/PNJCLA Crescent House, Gills Terrace, Otterham Quay Lane – Change of use of offices (B1) to residential 9C3 – The Planning Review Team will look into this and if necessary, the Clerk will request copies of the plans.  
14/500247/FULL Greenacres, Holywell Lane – Retention of use of land for the stationing of two mobile homes, one day room, one utility room and four touring caravans – The Planning Review Team had submitted an additional comment strongly objecting to this site. Cllr Lewin had advised the Council that few, if any comments had been received by Swale BC which was surprising considering the angst expressed by so many residents to gypsies & travellers in the Parish. It was suggested to remind residents that they can search for and comment on planning applications via the website:                                            
14/500684/FULL 18 Wallbridge Lane – Erection of 2 dwellings and garages to the side garden- The Planning Review Team had submitted an additional comment requesting consideration be given to the parking arrangements for these 2 houses to ensure that residents do not leave their cars on the road.
14/500947/FULL 17 The Poles – Proposed fence, 2m in height – An email had been received from the applicants asking members to reconsider their objections. It was commented that although the fence was tall, members did not object. It was agreed to submit an additional comment explaining that members withdrew their objections but neighbours views should be given serious consideration.
14/502297/PNEXT 36 Chaffes Lane – Prior notification for a proposed single storey rear extension which: a) extends by 7.2 metres beyond the rear wall of the original dwelling b) Has a maximum height of 4.0 metres from the natural ground level c) Has a height of 2.4 metres at the eaves from the natural ground level – The Planning Review Team will review this.
APP/V22255/A/14/2224462 Oast Field Stud, Gore Farm Track, Holywell Lane – Change of use of land to a 1 no. pitch gypsy site 91 home, 2 no.touring caravans) with associated foaling boxes and parking bays. An appeal had been lodged with the Planning Inspectorate and would be determined on the basis of an Informal Hearing. Cllr Tucker will review the comments reported at the Planning Committee meeting held at Swale House and forward a response to the Clerk.
Other Planning matters Land in Medway east of Otterham Quay Lane – Members discussed an outline application for up to 300 new dwellings. The Clerk will contact Medway Council asking to be notified of this planning application when it is submitted due to its proximity to the Parish. Kent Minerals & Waste Local Plan (MWLP) 2013-30 Notification of Publication – Cllr Masson had reviewed this document and commented that it was the first stage of a long process. Before any application for a mineral abstraction or landfill licence was to be granted, all concerns would have to be covered before permission was given. Cllr Lewin had advised the Council that a public meeting was taking place in Hartlip Village Hall to discuss the brick earth removal application. It was also discussed when he attended Newington Parish Council meeting and there were talk of the parishes working co-operatively to fight this, particularly Bobbing, Hartlip and Newington. Members agreed to join in this co-operation and Cllr Tucker will inform the Chairman of Hartlip Parish Council. Cllr Masson offered to be the contact for this.
Administration  Casual vacancy for Councillor – The Clerk advised that the “Notice of Vacancy” had been advertised and the Council was now able to fill the vacancy by co-opting a person onto the Parish Council. It was agreed that the Clerk should advertise this vacancy and will forward the advert to the Chair for approval. Members discussed preparing for the Elections in 2015 and ways they could encourage residents to stand for election. It was agreed that that the Council would promote the Election in the Parish. Cllr Tucker will document the process and present some ideas to the GPC.
Allotments and Recreation Ground – Review allotment rent – It was agreed to increase the rent due on 1st April 2015 by £2.00 per full plot.  
Paddock  Fitness equipment – Cllr Arnold advised that the climbing frame had been fixed with the assistance of Cllr Masson. Vehicular entrance gate – Cllr Arnold and Cllr Masson reported that there were issues with this gate and were looking into ways of addressing this.

Burial Ground and Churchyard – Community Payback – The Clerk reported that she had met Gary Foster from Kent Probation Service (KPS) to discuss the Burial Ground/Churchyard Project. Although the KPS were very positive about the Community Payback team being able to help with this project, there was an issue with disposing of the rubbish and waste vegetation from the site. Mr Foster explained that KPS would not be able to take away and dispose of this. Members raised concerns and discussed various options. KPS had suggested disposing of the rubbish via a bonfire but members did not feel this would be appropriate. It was agreed to discuss this further at the next GPC meeting and the Clerk would contact Swale BC in the meantime to see if they could assist the Council in any way. Wobbly Headstones – The Clerk had given Cllr Rose notices to place on wobbly headstones identified in the risk assessment.                       
Highways Street lights – Cllr Arnold reported that at least 3 lights needed attention, therefore he would report these to the Contractor. He explained that Highways had contacted the Vicarage regarding overgrown vegetation covering the streetlight in Bradshaw Close. This light was by the footpath to Oak Lane. Unfortunately no action had taken place yet to remove this vegetation. The Clerk will contact St. Mary's Churchwardens to request their assistance in this matter. Proposed Loading Bay outside Co-Op Store – The Clerk will contact the Co-Op Risk Manager to find out if there is any update on this proposal.                       
Next meetings – 6th November (Village Hall) and 4th December (Holywell School) starting at 7:30pm.

Claire Attaway, Parish Clerk, 33 Church Farm Road.
Tel: 01634 363906 (Mon - Thurs 9am to midday)

Monday, 13 October 2014

UpARA - Latest Schedule of Events

Upchurch Active Retirement Association

Our membership has now reached 150, so up to our limit. However, if you do know of someone who is interested in joining encourage them to put their names on our waiting list. It is not very long and our next membership year is not far off.

September saw us on a very pleasant afternoon trip to the Shepherd Neame Brewery in Faversham with tea, and something stronger if you wished. We have lots more trips planned, so all the more reason to be at our Coffee Mornings and meetings and get your name down before all the places are taken up.

Our next events are: -

Monthly Meetings (2nd Friday of the month) 
(Members Free; Guests £2.00) 
Friday 14th November 2014 - 2:00pm 

Coffee Mornings (4th Tuesday of the month) 
(Members £1.50; Guests £2.00) 
Tuesday 28th October 2014 - 09:30am until 12:30pm 
Tuesday 25th November 2014 - 09:30am until 12:30pm 

Village Walks (Every other Friday) 
Friday 10th October 2014 - 10:00am 
Friday 24th October 2014 - 10:00am 

Thursday 16th October 2014 
Criterion Music Hall, Blue town, Sheerness 
Saturday 8th November 2014 Greyhound Racing Sittingbourne    

David Powell - Chairman
Telephone: 01795 843550

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Darby and Joan Christmas Bazaar 2014

Upchurch Darby and Joan are holding their Christmas Bazaar
on Wednesday the 19th of November at
Upchurch Village Hall.

Open to all ages with FREE ENTRY it starts at 10:00am until 12:00pm.

There will be the usual Raffles and other Attractions with Homemade Cakes, Tea and Bric a Brac.

Funds raised will go towards the members Christmas Dinner.

All welcome!

Please come along and support this event.

Janet Gilbert

Fabulous Forties Show at URVGC

Upchurch River Valley Golf Course