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Sunday, 15 September 2019

Upchurch Horticultural Society September Show 2019 - Photographs



Sponsored by Upchurch River Valley Golf Course Ltd

Photographs from Upchurch Horticultural Society's September Show held on Saturday 14th in the Barn to the rear of 97 Chaffes Lane.

Pictured: Display of UHS members exhibits and guess the weight of the Pumpkin. Parish Council Chairman, Cllr Tyrone Ripley and Cllr Janet Marshall presented Peter Boakes, Margaret Packer and Leslie Long with their winner's certificates.

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Friday, 13 September 2019

Save The Date - Upchurch Village Fete Presented by the Parents & Friends of Holywell School


Following this years success, next years Village Fete will be held on Saturday 13th June 2020 on the school field.

Many thanks 

Katie Kemlo
Chair - Parents & Friends of Holywell School
Email: pfhs@holywell.kent.sch.uk

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Holywell School, New Entrant 2020 - Reception Class Open Sessions

Stella Poulter
Secretary - Holywell Primary School
Tel: 01634 388416
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Thursday, 12 September 2019

New Voucher Scheme for Faster Broadband in Rural Communities


A new voucher scheme to help rural communities benefit from up to £2,500 for faster broadband has been launched in Kent.

Kent County Council has made up to £2.8 million of additional funding available to ‘top-up’ the Rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

It means homeowners, who apply as part of a group of two or more, can get broadband connection vouchers worth up to £2,500 instead of the standard £1,500 available elsewhere in the country.

For more information, visit: www.kent.gov.uk/broadband

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Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning at Holywell School

Everybody welcome

Challenger Class (Year 6) and PFHS invite you to their 'Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning' in Holywell School hall on Friday 27th September at 9:00am.

The school welcomes your cake donations, and if you can’t make it on the morning but would still like to donate, please drop your cakes (nut free please) to the school office on Thursday 26th.

The Coffee Morning is open to everyone, not just parents.

Please come along and support this very worthy cause.

Thank you

Why Macmillan do it

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event. People all over the UK host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan.

Please join in on 27th September to help Macmillan raise vital dough-nations so they can be right there for more people living with cancer.

Having a Coffee Morning is the perfect chance to catch up over a cuppa and a slice of something delicious for a great cause.

The money raised will help everyone with cancer to live life as fully as they can.

In 2018 you raised an incredible £26,914,382 and Macmillan is aiming to top that this year!

Find out more about Macmillan Cancer Support at: www.macmillan.org.uk

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Swale Borough Council - More Support for Rough Sleepers


Swale council has secured space to get up to 12 additional people sleeping rough off the streets and help them find suitable long-term accommodation.

Merlin House, Sittingbourne, will be used as supported accommodation for people sleeping rough, where they can then be helped by the council and homeless charity Porchlight.

Once off the streets, people will be assessed and referred to specialist support to help them find more suitable permanent accommodation.

The move is the latest part of the council’s new proactive approach to helping get homeless people off the streets and into suitable accommodation.

A new rough sleeping coordinator is working alongside Porchlight to help people sleeping rough into suitable housing.

Plans are also being put together with local voluntary groups to provide a night shelter in winter to make sure anyone sleeping rough will have a safe warm place to stay on the coldest nights.

So far, five rough sleepers have been housed in Merlin House, in addition to 10 being placed in temporary accommodation and two moved to long term permanent accommodation since July.

Cllr Ben Martin, cabinet member for housing at the council, said:

"We are determined to do all we can to get people off the streets and into appropriate accommodation.

We heard these units were going to be available, and the chance to use them to help get people somewhere warm and safe, was too good to miss.

These aren’t permanent solutions for the people who use them, but they give them somewhere to stay whilst we work with other agencies to get them the support they need to sustain permanent accommodation.”

Cllr Ghlin Whelan, deputy cabinet member for housing, said:

“Our additional investment in the service means we have been able to increase the amount of outreach work we do.

This gives us a much better chance of helping the most difficult cases get the support they need to find - and maintain - permanent and safe accommodation.

We know there’s still a lot of work we need to do, but this is another step we’re taking to tackle the issues of homelessness in Swale.”

Anyone sleeping rough in Swale should contact the council on: 01795 417485.

If you’ve seen someone rough sleeping and you think they’re in immediate danger or in need of urgent medical help, call: 999.

If you’ve seen someone rough sleeping and you’d like to tell someone you can contact Porchlight on: 0800 567 7699 or via their website: www.porchlight.org.uk/tell-us

For more information and advice about rough sleeping and homelessness, visit: www.swale.gov.uk/homelessness-prevention

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