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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Operation Castle

A burglary in your own home is an upsetting experience that can affect you and your family long after the clear up and the insurance paperwork is complete.

Don’t let a burglar in

This autumn, Kent Police is working with Surrey, Sussex and Thames Valley Police reminding residents how they can help protect themselves from becoming a victim.

The majority of burglars are opportunistic; they will look for properties where they think they can enter unobserved and ‘work’ undisturbed.

While you're at work... so are they

From experience we know that most burglaries happen during daylight hours so while you're at work, so are they. Offences peak after 11am so it's important to make sure the measures taken at night are also taken before you leave home in the morning.

Three simple actions can help deter these types of criminals… Light it, Lock it, List it.

Burglars mess with your head - watch this
(Apologies as the video will not be available in the Email version of this Post)

Light it

Make your house look occupied – even when it isn’t

• Use an automatic timer switch to turn interior lights and a radio on and off
• Light dark or hidden entrances using low wattage timed security lighting

Find out more - watch video online

Watch this video to show what a difference lighting your property can make -> 'Light it' video

Lock it

• Double-lock uPVC doors and close windows
• Keep side gates locked - burglars often break into homes from the garden where they have less chance of being seen
• If bins are emptied before you leave for work return them to your garden - they can be used as climbing aids if left on display
• Instead use bins in side entrances as obstructions
• Trim high hedging/plant growth - they could provide cover for a burglar
• Secure your shed - tools that are easily accessible can be used to break in to your home
• If you get the train or bus ensure you car is locked, windows are closed and keys are not left on display through windows

List it

All valuables items should be registered for free on - logging details helps us return them to you if we find or seize them. These include:

 Expensive jewellery and antiques 
 Bicycles • Laptop, desktop computers and tablets • Mobile phones and MP3 players • Home entertainment systems including TVs and games consoles

Find out more - watch video online

Watch how easy it is to register your valuables on 

Have you been a victim of burglary?

Take a look at our new 'Is it yours?' 

We now release images of all the recovered and seized items we have. If you've been a victim of burglary and have yet to receive your items back take a look to see if you recognise any. Each image has a reference number and number to call for more information.

Kent Police Neighbourhood Watch

Monday, 27 October 2014

Log Splitter Stolen Ham Green - Vehicle Headlights Stolen The Street

Hartlip Newington & Upchurch Ward

684 from Neighbourhood Watch.

XY/037522/14: at midday on Wednesday 23rd of October A yellow towable petrol powered hydraulic log splitter was stolen by unknown persons driving a green van in Ham Green Upchurch.

XY/037961/14: Between 26th and 27th of October headlights were stolen from a vehicle in The Street Upchurch.

If you have any information that could help investigators please contact Kent Police on telephone number 101 and quote the Crime Number.

For more information on crime prevention visit:

Kent Police Neighbourhood Watch

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Upchurch Twinning Group - Annual Quiz Night

Upchurch is twinned with Ferques-Elinghen in Pas de Calais, France.
The Ferques/Upchurch Twinning Group are pleased to announce the annual Quiz night will take place in Holywell School on Saturday the 7th February, 2015 at 7:30pm.

The regular quiz-master and helpers are guaranteed to make this an exciting and fun packed evening with lots of prizes to be won.

The Quiz Night is always a popular evening so don't forget to book
your table to avoid disappointment.
As before, all the proceeds go towards sending our village school children to France for a day to mix with French children in their school.

It is generally agreed that this years school visit was a huge success so let's do it again.

Watch this space for table prices. Just bring your own nibbles and general refreshments.

You can read more about Upchurch Twinning Group at the link: here

Mike Johnson, Chairman: 01634 234226

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