For Info: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Higham Parish Council team up with Helping Hands




Higham Parish Council  has joined forces with the Helping Hands Facebook group which has been set up in the neighbouring villages of Cliffe, Cliffe Woods and Wainscott to ensure all those in Higham receive any assistance that they need.

Assistance given may include:-

  •   Picking up shopping
  •   Posting mail
  •   Getting urgent supplies
  •   A friendly phone call

If you are able to help , or you need help, please contact the Parish Clerk by email on or by telephone on 01474  822642 (email is preferred). Higham Parish Council will use the bank of volunteers to ensure those who are unable to go out receive the support that they need.

If you are able to offer your help you will be asked to select a road in the village and fill in copies of the Helping Hands slips (shown below) with your contact name and a number for the self-isolating person to contact you, before posting through the front doors.

IMPORTANT Please be aware that people may be targeted by criminals who seek to take advantage of those who are in self-isolation. Please only deal with people that you know, or who have been arranged via Higham Parish Council.

For more information please contact:-

Linda Carnall

Clerk to Higham Parish Council

01474  822642 /


HiARA 2020 AGM Annual Report

I must begin this report by asking you to join in with thanks and gratitude to all the NHS workers,

Key workers, volunteers and others who have all worked tremendously hard to keep us safe and well during this pandemic.    Our thoughts also should be with those who have lost loved ones and friends as a result and others who have passed away, may they rest in peace.

In the past our AGM’s have always been held in April.  However due to a clash of my holiday arrangements, I asked the committee if it was possible to reschedule until May.  Following discussion and consulting the club’s constitution it was agreed to arrange the meeting for May 22nd.

Unfortunately, we did not know at the time, what the future had instore for us all in the shape of Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic!

At the beginning of March 2020, Covid 19 came along and changed life as we have known it and our meetings, on government advice had to be cancelled and as yet, we do not know when they will restart.  I would like to say, we have had a lot of advice and support from the Chair and committee of KentARA during this time and we thank them for that.  Between us we have all tried to keep in touch with many of the members as possible whilst being isolated and keeping them informed.    Our new website, is up and running and all the club’s information can be found there as well as the newsletter.   Thank you to Jenny who kindly volunteered to set it up.   A copy of our main meeting report can also be found on the Higham Parish Council website, by this everyone is kept informed about the club’s meetings and activities.

I am pleased to report that attendance at both main and activity meetings has been very good.   Our speakers have been of interest and we have learned from their various topics.

Our social events and days out have also been most enjoyable.

We had arranged to hand over a cheque to our nominated charity (A.D.S.S) at the AGM but this also has had to be postponed and will take place at a later date. Please keep saving your pennies to donate.   Your used stamps are donated to the RNIB via Chalk Church.  Save your plastic bottle tops too.

I would like to say a special thank you to all the committee who have supported me, read all my rambling emails over the year and worked so very hard in all the arrangements.  They have all been brilliant.   A special mention and thank you to Ian, our Vice Chair, who has kindly stepped in for me when I have not been able to attend.   The position of Secretary, currently remains vacant but we will have nominations and elections when the time comes.  Meanwhile, the current committee are remaining in their roles.

My thanks go to the teams of helpers, who organise the raffle, who run the book stall, set up the hall, do the refreshments, sell cards and crafts for our fund raising, write up reports etc, etc.  Too many to mention by name but all an essential part of a successful club.   Let’s give them all round of “virtual” applause in appreciation.

Liz Jeffery, HiARA Chair

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Gravesham Community Support

This website and database has been set up by Adam Holloway MP and Gravesham Borough Council leader John Burden working with Gravesham Council, Parish Councils, voluntary organisations, the police and the emergency services.

This is a database that will assist Gravesham residents during the weeks and months ahead.

By entering your contact details we will be able to link you up with people in your local area, so that you can help and be helped.

It will also be a highly-effective means of you receiving information and advice from the Council and the Emergency Services.

May we beg you to spend two minutes signing up, and ask you to share this and email the link to your friends and family in Gravesham.

The coming weeks are going to be very rough for many people.

Let’s create our own outbreak of Super Neighbourliness in the Borough.

Higham Parish Council

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – A message from your Borough Councillors, Leslie Pearton and Harold Craske

CORANO VIRUS – A message from your Borough Councillors, Leslie Pearton and Harold Craske

We could not be more proud of our village of Higham and its people.  The amount of help offered and people volunteering during this national crisis is more than commendable.  Social media is an exceptional tool when being used sensibly, for sending messages out to everyone to assist those whether elderly or vulnerable.  Many volunteer help groups were swiftly set up in this way and those in need are hopefully reaping the benefits of their actions.  No more so, have we ever needed to pull together and our grateful thanks go out to those who set up and have volunteered for the Helping Hands Group, Matthew Mark Luke-John, the Village Greengrocers, Hayleys of Higham, the Village Fryers, our local Post Office and shop, Acme Wines and Meadows Mini-Mart to name but a few and we are aware that there are many, many more people/businesses in our village willing to and have offered help and support to those that need it; for those self-isolating, elderly and vulnerable.  Thanks also go out to the Headteacher and her Staff of our local Primary School, who have remained open for children of key workers and working under increased amount of strain and pressure.

Please join us in thanking all those who are giving up their time and/or working excessively under extreme circumstances, sometimes receiving unnecessary abuse but still willing to carry on.  Apologies if we have not mentioned you in person but you know who you are and if you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us or any Parish Councillor (details on the Parish Council Website).  Likewise, contact us if you have not received any help or assistance but need it.

If you wish to volunteer to help any of the abovementioned groups/services (there are many roads not yet covered by the Helping Hands Group) and do not have their contact details, you can contact Cllr Pearton by calling 01474-822080.

…. And it is so lovely to see so many children’s Rainbows on your windows!!  (Good luck with the home schooling!)

Keep well – keep safe!

Your Borough Councillors

Leslie Pearton and Harold Craske

**MARCH UPDATE** Higham Playground Project


Higham Parish Council are delighted that the Higham Playground Project Team have raised £49,071.72.

The team are:

  • Councillor Amanda Mendzil
  • Sylvia Rolfe
  • Jeegna Patel
  • Emma Aldous
  • We would like to thank everyone who volunteered, contributed to and attended the Toy Sale.

We did have more fundraising events planned for 2020, but due to Covid 19 these will be postponed.

The break down of funds are below:

  • Higham Parish Council         £10,000.00
  • Awards for All                          £10,000.00
  • Bryan Sweetland – KCC          £2,500.00
  • Toy sale                                      £226.76
  • Waitrose green tokens            £230.00
  • Fireworks night donations     £1014.96
  • Quilting group                           £100.00
  • Gravesham Borough Council £25,000

A huge thank you to everyone who has helped, supported and donated.

Playground Projects will be supplying the equipment and we are hoping to finalise the order in the next week or so.

Thank you for your continued support.

Councillor Mendzil
Vice-Chair, Higham Parish Council

If you think you can help fundraise for this worthy project or you may just wish to make a donation towards the playground equipment, why not contact the Higham Parish Council Clerk on:

Councillor Mendzil

Vice-Chair, Higham Parish Council

Kent County Council Draft 5 Year Plan published

Do you want to help shape the future of life in Kent? Do you want your views to be heard by the County Council? If yes, then we would recommend reading Kent County Council’s (KCC) ‘Draft 5 Year Plan’

Over the past 5 months KCC have been listening to:

  • Kent residents
  • young people
  • businesses
  • voluntary and community sector organisations
  • our staff
  • our partners across public services.

They have heard about what is important to quality of life in Kent and what people’s priorities are. Based on what they have heard, they developed the draft 5 year plan. The plan shapes what KCC will do and what they will prioritise spending money on over the next 5 years.

This document is available online for you to read and respond to (it can also be downloaded if you are unable to respond online). We recommend reading the plan before you complete and submit your response. Hurry though as the consultation closes on the 17th February 2020.

Please follow this link to the Kent County Council ‘Draft 5 Year Plan’ page:

Draft 5 Year Plan - Kent County Council

The Parish Council