FOR INFO: An update from Matt Joblin of ‘Higham Help – Coronavirus (COVID-19)’

We thought that you might like an update on what Higham Help – Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been doing in the village to support the elderly and vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Matt Joblin from Higham Help – Coronavirus (COVID-19) has sent us this:
“We’ve set up this crowdfunding page to look after our elderly, vulnerable and those at higher risk of coronavirus in our village during the pandemic.

Staying at home and away from other people (social distancing) presents a lot of challenges for the elderly, vulnerable and those at higher risk.

We intend to support them in overcoming these challenges, enabling them to stay safe at home and stop the infection spreading by shopping for their basic necessities (food and medicine) providing anti bacterial soaps, hand sanitiser, tissues, toilet paper FREE of CHARGE.”

Matt Joblin, Higham Help

1) We’ve fundraised £1885 via Just Giving (as of 11th May 2020)

2) Ensured we have 100% of the village covered by 35+ volunteers to pick up shopping/urgent medical supplies, friendly phone calls and posting letters paying bills etc
3) Have produced and distributed 150+ Essential Kits painted by local chidren in the village for elderly, vulnerable, pregnant, those at increased risk inc soaps, antibac, hand sanitizer, tissues, toilet paper disinfectant etc partnering up with Hayleys of Higham and The Village Greengrocers of Higham for delivery/ logistics
4) Bottled and distributed Alcohol Hand Sanitizer FREE of charge to the most vulnerable and fitted dispensers in all local shops and sheltered housing entry/exit points
5) Launched a FREE library for ALL to use at Hayleys of Higham
6) Developed NEW kits to keep an active mind with books, crosswords, sudoku, jigsaws, painting, DVD’s
7) Easter cards designed and delivered by Nick Harvey with all proceeds going towards supporting the elderly/ vulnerable
8) Cards designed by village artists based on their favourite places in Higham – all proceeds once again to support elderly/vulnerable – special edition 1 created for Captain Toms birthday
9) Sunflower seed grow kits for approx 150+ people in the village to plant where everyone can see on their permitted daily excercise to promote an active body and mind – Kits are also supplied to the elderly and vulnerable to keep them physically active and grow at home – create a community excercise everyone can get involved in
10) Disinfect and sanitize all comunual entrance/exit points in sheltered housing
11) Record and produce Vic Bailey (Local Musician) CD with all proceeds going towards helping the elderly/vulnerable
12) Working with Anisa on new concept NHS Sunday FREE Biryani for ALL NHS workers living in Higham
We would like to continue the valuable work we’re doing in the village and would appreciate your support our Just Giving page details are below
This is such a fantastic achievement and ashows what a real sense of community we have here in Higham. To further support Matt and his team of volunteers, Higham Parish Council have donated £1000 to Higham Help to help in their work across the village.
Thank you for your continued support.
Higham Parish Council

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

Lower Thames Crossing Ground Investigations – April 2020 Update

As you are aware the Lower Thames Crossing is currently undertaking aseries of ground investigations and surveys at locations throughout North Kent and Essex to help improve proposals and to develop Highways Englands’ application for the Development Consent Order.


Digging shallow trenches to assess the archaeological features of site.

Before digging the trenches, HE will undertake non-intrusive electromagnetic surveys to detect any sub-surface anomalies such as utilities, waste and unexploded ordnance. This is a standard health and safety requirement.


Mechanical excavators will be used to dig shallow trenches approximately 30 metres long and 2 metres wide.

Before digging the trenches, a magnetometer (detector) attached to an all-terrain utility vehicle will be used to scan the area.

HE will be excavating the soil to look for archaeological features and HE will replace the soil once the excavations are completed.

Noise level will be comparable to that of farm machinery, such as a tractor.


The locations for the trial trenches will mainly be on private farm land on or near the proposed route.

The work may be visible from nearby roads and properties.


The second phase of these surveys will start in April 2020 and continue until October 2020. Most of the work will take place Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm with the possibility of some weekends.

HE will also be sending letters to residents who live in the close vicinity of the works with the information above. You can find further details on where and when these surveys will be taking place on the HE website including answers to some frequently asked questions.


HE will also be commencing their next phase of ground investigation surveys which will mainly involve cable percussion boreholes and requires a 7m tall frame lowering drilling tools up to 60m. To find out more on Ground Investigation techniques please visit thededicated page on the HE website

Highways England - Lower Thames Crossing Ground Investigation


HE are fully supporting the Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic in following their policy that construction activity should continue where it can be undertaken in accordance with the Public Health England and Industry guidance. Highways England has reviewed site works on the Lower Thames Crossing project and has reduced current works to essential survey and investigation work only.

A number of their activities across the route have been postponed whilst they undertake reviews on how they can be carried out in full compliance with the guidance and recommendation available. Some work, such as Archaeological Trial Trenching, is continuing in accordance with method statements that are in full compliance with all current guidance.

We will keep you informed  of any further amendments and developments as we here from the LTC Community Engagement team.

Higham Parish Council

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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.

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

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Higham Parish Council