FOR ACTION: Review of The Highway Code to improve road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders

The Department of Transport have opened a consultation seeking the UK’s views on proposed changes to The Highway Code to improve safety for vulnerable road users, particularly the groups of:

  • cyclists
  • pedestrians
  • horse riders

The main alterations to the code being proposed are:

  • introducing a hierarchy of road users which ensures that those road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others
  • clarifying existing rules on pedestrian priority on pavements, to advise that drivers and riders should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road,
  • providing guidance on cyclist priority at junctions to advise drivers to give priority to cyclists at junctions when travelling straight ahead
  • establishing guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists and horse riders

Higham Parish Council are urging our parishioners to have their say in this consultation as cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders are well represented in the area and particularly as the activities mentioned are very popular in and around our village.

Please follow the link below for all of the details on how to respond:

Gov.uk - Review of The Highway Code to improve road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders

The consultation closes at


The Parish Council

A further message from your Borough Councillors Leslie Pearton and Harold Craske

COVID-19
Lockdown is easing and many people are getting back to a ‘normal’ way of life. Schools, which never closed, are taking in more children; our village shops have continued trading, as has many of our businesses and the surgery whilst observing social distancing procedures; many more people are returning to work; and, our places of worship are now gradually opening for short periods of time whilst providing collective worship through that wonderful platform, and previously unheard of ZOOM.
For some, however, the virus is still as dominant in their lives as it was earlier in the year and many are suffering because of its consequences. The tireless task to assist those in need has been continued throughout by our ‘Helping Hands’ volunteers. All our village key workers and volunteers have continued regardless whilst also trying to juggle their own personal lives and families.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to all to all the volunteers, the shopkeepers and staff, our Parish church and the Congregational church, the garages, the surgery and to both our village schools to keep Higham village going through the lockdown thus far. Some innovative ideas have kept the community together – the rainbows, the pebbles, the essentials kits, the VE Day kits, the sunflower kits, the Joyce sweetshop kits and much, much more. Volunteer aid has kept going whether via the churches, the schools, the shops or individual members of the Parish community.
We must not forget that some village businesses have suffered, but spirits have remained high and everyone has pulled together wherever possible.
There are too many ‘Heroes’ to name individually and in fear of missing anyone out – you know who you are and you are applauded.
On behalf of the whole village and your Parish Council – THANK YOU!
Harold and Les

Anisa Celebrate Key Workers and Local Volunteers

You may or may not be aware that for several Sundays in a row throughout May and June, Anisa (our local Indian food takeaway) has been providing free take-away curries to NHS staff during the lunchtime period.
On Sunday 21st June, Anisa, wished to say a big ‘Thank You’ to the NHS, police, fire brigade, Higham volunteers and their families for all of their hard work during the lockdown period. Heather Harvey, one of the main Administrators with ‘Higham Help’, Lauren Sharman and the owner and employees of Anisa organised a small (and socially-distanced) gathering outside Anisa to celebrate the good work that has been done by our community here in Higham.
Councillors Les Pearton, Liz Jeffery and our Chair, Councillor John Grey, also attended the event to extend their gratitude for all of the hard work and dedication that has been shown by key workers in these difficult times and to thank Higham Help and Anisa for their wonderfully generous contributions to the community.
Please take a look at the photos of the event below:

Thank you for your continued support.
The Parish Council

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

HELPING HANDS – HIGHAM VILLAGE

ARE YOU SELF ISOLATING DUE TO CORONAVIRUS COVID-19?

ARE YOU ABLE TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE SELF ISOLATING?

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 highampc@hotmail.com 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 / highampc@hotmail.com

 

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

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

Lockdown is easing and many people are getting back to a ‘normal’ way of life. Schools, which never closed, are taking in more children; our village shops have continued trading, as has many of our businesses and the surgery whilst observing social distancing procedures; many more people are returning to work; and, our places of worship are now gradually opening for short periods of time whilst providing collective worship through that wonderful platform, and previously unheard of, ZOOM.
 
For some, however, the virus is still as dominant in their lives as it was earlier in the year and many are suffering because of its consequences. The tireless task to assist those in need has been continued throughout by our ‘Helping Hands’ volunteers. All our village key workers and volunteers have continued regardless whilst also trying to juggle their own personal lives and families.
 
Our heartfelt thanks go out to all to all the volunteers, the shopkeepers and staff, our Parish church and the Congregational church, the garages, the surgery and to both our village schools to keep Higham village going through the lockdown thus far. Some innovative ideas have kept the community together – the rainbows, the pebbles, the essentials kits, the VE Day kits, the sunflower kits, the Joyce sweetshop kits and much, much more. Volunteer aid has kept going whether via the churches, the schools, the shops or individual members of the Parish community. We must not forget that some village businesses have suffered, but spirits have remained high and everyone has pulled together wherever possible.
 
There are too many ‘Heroes’ to name individually and in fear of missing anyone out – you know who you are and you are applauded.
 
On behalf of the whole village and your Parish Council – THANK YOU!