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Friday, 16 November 2018

Medway Council - Christmas and New Year Changes to Waste and Recycling Collections

Medway Council will be operating a revised waste and recycling collection schedule over Christmas and New Year.

Please have your bin out by 7:00am on your revised collection day. They will not be able to return for single missed bins over the holiday period. There will also be no bulky and large item collections.

There will be no brown bin collections during Christmas week (Monday 24th December to Saturday 29th December)

Brown bin collections resume during New Year week (Monday 31st December 2018 to Saturday 5th January 2019)

Bulky and large item collections will not be made between Saturday 22nd December 2018 and Sunday 6th January 2019.

More information at >>

Upchurch Matters

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Upchurch Choral Society Presents a Christmas concert "Gloria in Excelsis!"

A programme of music and readings in anticipation of the festive season, including Vivaldi’s Gloria.

Conducted by Music Director, Marius Reklaitis

Saturday 1st December 2018

St. Mary’s Church, Upchurch at 7:30pm

Tickets £5 on the door 

Or contact Sue Rossiter on: 01634 234780 Email: for more details.

Sue Rossiter - Upchurch Choral Society

Upchurch Parish Council Report - November 2018

Report of the Parish Council November 2018

Cllr Tyrone Ripley (Chairman), Cllr John Arnold (Vice Chairman), Cllr Pam Denny, Cllr Alan Horton, Cllr Gerry Lewin, Cllr Peter Masson, Cllr Janet Marshall, Cllr Gary Rosewell and Cllr Neil Sheppard. Clerk Mrs Wendy Licence

Church Clock Restoration
Councillors have been overwhelmed by the response to the appeal to restore the church clock in commemoration of the centenary of the end of the Great War. Upchurch lost thirty four young men during the First World War and Upchurch Cricket Club has remembered that three of their players never returned home. At the time of writing this report, £5661.25 has been generously donated and donations are continuing to be received. There is still time to contribute as an act of remembrance for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Donations can be made by cheque payable to “Upchurch Parish Council”and sent to the Clerk at 14 Trapfield Close, Bearsted ME14 4HT or given to any Councillor.

Ref: 18/504810/FULL
Address: 15 Forge Lane Upchurch Sittingbourne Kent ME9 7AE  
Proposal: Demolition of existing Conservatory. Erection of single storey rear extension with flat roof and lantern skylight, along with First Floor rear extension.
Councillors considered the application and had no comment to make save that neighbours’ views be taken into account.

Ref: 18/503381/FULL  Address: Kaynes Farm Breach Lane Lower Halstow Kent ME9 7PA
Proposal: Retrospective application for stationing of a mobile home
The application has been refused.

The caravan and portacabin which have been sited in Wallbridge Lane have been reported to Enforcement Officers.
There has been an increase in the number of caravans on the site next to The Three Sisters and this has been escalated with Swale Officers who are taking legal advice. The density of the caravans raises a Health and Safety issue. 

Paddock and Recreation Ground 
Councillors were disappointed that the picnic bench in the Paddock has been targeted by vandals and had been graffitied. Residents are asked to be vigilant and to report any incidents to the Police.

Dog Fouling
Dog fouling in the Paddock, especially near the children’s play area, continues to be a problem and it poses serious health risk especially to children. Councillors have considered asking owners to keep their dogs on leads and the Dog Warden will be asked to make extra patrols of the area. Councillors raised concern that a child might contract toxocariasis. Councillors acknowledge that most dog owners are conscientious but if the problem continues dogs will be banned from the Paddock.

There are a few vacant plots and anyone interested in renting a plot should contact the Clerk.

Village Christmas Tree
The Council is grateful to Mr Bob Friend for his generous donation of a Christmas tree again this year. The Parish Council has applied to the Swale Borough Council Festive Fund for a grant to replace the lights. The tree will be in place in early December.

KALC Community Awards
Councillors agreed to adopt the Awards scheme to acknowledge and recognise the contribution a resident has made to the village.  
Nominations for a suitable recipient must be sent to the Clerk by 21st December 2018.

Date of next meetings:
Full Council - Thursday 6th December 2018 at 7:30pm in Upchurch Scout Hut.
The Planning Committee and General Purposes Committee - Wednesday 19th December at 7:30pm in the Committee Room of the Village Hall.
Full Council - Thursday 3rd January 2019 at 7:30pm in Upchurch Village Hall.
The Planning Committee and General Purposes Committee - Wednesday 16th January at 7:30pm in the Committee Room of the Village Hall.

All residents are welcome to attend the meetings and there is a time for members of the public to comment, raise concerns or ask questions.

Upchurch Parish Council would like to wish all residents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Wendy Licence - Clerk to the Parish Council
Tel: 01634 363906

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

THE BIG SPOTACULAR Bring & Buy Sale at Holywell Primary School

Toys, games, fancy dress, books and more!

Friday the 16th of November 

From 3pm until 4pm in the School Hall

All proceeds to BBC Children in Need

Open to all

Please come and support this very worthy cause

Thank you

Arranged and led by the TED committee

Holywell Primary School
Forge Lane, Upchurch, ME9 7AE
Telephone: 01634 388416

Janey Hinton - Walking with Nature Calendar 2019

Local photographer Janey Hinton has recently produced a stunning new calendar "Walking with Nature” featuring some of her beautiful photographs of local wildlife.

Walking with Nature features predominantly photographs taken at Lower Halstow. 
Cards are also available and selected prints too.

Calendars cost £10 with 20% going to the charity Marie Curie.

Janey says...

“I'm not good at sitting in a hide and waiting for wildlife to appear as I would much rather be walking with the wildlife from birds to butterflies and flowers to fungi. There's much talk about mindfulness these days and for me that is focusing on the immediate nature around me when I walk and by walk that sometimes means creeping quietly. I am frequently found on the Brickfields at Lower Halstow although I also visit Oare and Stodmarsh nature reserve.

My favourite captures are the most frustrating and that's the goldfinchs in flight as it's such it's a delight to see the feisty, little birds their extreme colours. The "Goldfinches against snow" was the reward for sitting in the freezing winter conditions. The kingfisher is an amazing bird and to watch her was a privilege. And the wasp spider was a first for me this year. Patience required? Yes but it's worth it to capture that moment - that dive, that squabble, that unusual spider, damsel fly or cobweb. Nature's all there and the camera help me to look more closely and connect with it.”

To order your calendar for Christmas, please Email:

To see more photographs, "Like" JJ Images at:

Upchurch Matters

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Kent Police Rural Team - Restructure and New Contact Details

Kent Police has expanded its Rural Team - with more officers countywide dedicated to tackling and preventing crime.

The Rural Team takes action against fly tippers, wildlife criminals, illegal shellfish harvesters, hare coursers, soft fruit thieves, poachers, heritage looters as well as agricultural machinery and equestrian tack and trailer thieves.

From Tuesday 13th November 2018 there will be a dedicated Rural Officer on duty every day.

Rural Team - restructure and new contact details:

North Division: 07528 989095 (Swale, Medway, Dartford & Gravesham)
PC Darren Reed
PC Paul Williams
PC Adrian Goodsall
PC Nathan Southern

West Division: 07580 236308 (Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge & Malling)
PC Marc Pennicott
PC Tom Smith
PC Nick Lingham
PC Anna Verrall

East Division: 07980 978202 (Canterbury, Ashford, Dover/Folkestone, Thanet & Shepway)
PC Dan Perry
PC Tim Moody
PC Richard (Harry) Callaghan
PC Michael Sutton

Inspector Dave Smith: 07800 675376
Sergeant Darren Walshaw: 07870 252185
Rural Crime Coordinator Doug Robertson: 07972 004578

Follow the Rural Team at:

For more information on crime prevention visit:

Upchurch Matters