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

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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

**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:

highampc@hotmail.com


Councillor Mendzil

Vice-Chair, Higham Parish Council

Covid-19 Parish Council Update

Higham Parish Council are asking residents to follow Government advice in this fast changing environment and the Parish Council would like to ask that everyone looks out for and supports their neighbours.

It is our intention to continue to follow the latest advice from central, county and local governemtn agencies and we will try to keep you informed. The latest UK government advice can be found at:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK Government Response


Higham Parish Council will shortly be advising parishioners on whether our Parish Council meeting scheduled for Monday 6th April as well as the Annual Parish Assembly will be going ahead.

Thank you for your continued support.

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

Higham Parish Council donate to Friends of St Mary’s Church

On the 25th April 2020, Friends of St Mary’s Church will be holding an evening of jazz, jive, swing, boogie and rock ‘n’ roll at Higham memorial Hall. All proceeds will go towards the renovation fund for the spire at the church.

In order to get this event off the ground, Higham Parish Council were approached by Friends of St Mary’s Church at the January Parish Council meeting and asked for financial assistance to cover some of the costs involved in putting on this worthwhile and exciting event in our village. The result of the vote was unanimous, and the Parish Council pledged the £600 requested.

St Mary’s Church is no longer used for regular worship and is maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust. The Friends of St. Mary’s supports the work of the Trust, and works to enhance visitors’ experience of the church, hold fundraising events, organise events for children and adults, and promote the building’s unique appeal.

For more details on the Spring Dance and all of the other events planned by Friends of St Mary’s Church, visit their events page here:

Friends of St Mary's Church


The Parish Council