Higham Library Information

Library Extra

It is now possible to access Higham Library when it’s not staffed! Wow!

Outside the usual staffed ‘opening’ hours, using a Library Extra registered Kent Library Card and your personal PIN, you can enter Higham Library from 7am until 9pm, Monday to Saturday.

This is ideal for customers who find it difficult to get to the library during its opening hours, to pick up a reservation or return a book for example, but it also provides an opportunity for quiet study and email catch-up, using the public computers for an hour or the free WiFi.

If you are interested in registering for Library Extra at Higham, anybody (with proof of address and DOB and with a current library card) can sign up for this amazing service! You just need to sign a short form accepting the Terms & Conditions of the service and receive a short induction from the helpful library staff.

You do have to pop in during the staffed hours to do this though!

Library hours are as follows:

Higham library opening hours

What is happening at Higham Library and when?

Tuesdays

  • Knit & Natter – Knitting and crochet every Tuesday 6-8pm for beginners and old hands!! (Library Extra card needed)
  • Books & Beverage – Book club meeting 2.30-4pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month discussing books by a chosen author for the month. Refreshments served by Paul, the Community Warden!

Wednesdays

  • Talk Time – Meet up and chat, with refreshments and quiz, every Wednesday 10-11.30am.

Thursdays

  • Higham Library Book Club – Book club meeting 6.45-9pm on the 1st Thursday of the month discussing the chosen book of the month. Very informal. (Library Extra card needed)
  • Higham Quilters – Quilting group meeting on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, 7-9pm. (Library Extra card needed)
  • Community Warden Surgery  – Last Thursday of the month 2.30-4pm. Raise any issues with Paul Hassell – our friendly KCC Community Warden together with a local Parish Councillor. Free refreshments provided!

Fridays

  • Baby Rhyme Time – Every Friday during school term time, 9.30-10.30am (term time)
  • Parent & Carer Talk Time on Friday 10:30am – 11:30am (term time)

Saturdays

  • Reading Champion  — Every Saturday, 10.15-11.15am, a young volunteer reads with children.

 

What else is on offer at Higham Library?

Home Library Service (HLS) – If you are someone (or you know of someone) who would like to borrow a book (standard or large print) or audio disc (spoken word) but you’re unable to get to the library, we have a volunteer who can visit you fortnightly with books for your enjoyment. There is no charge for this service and you have an extended loan period.

Chess – Why not pop in with a friend to play a game of chess, using our lovely, donated chess set. If you fancy setting up a Chess Club, even better!


Coming Soon!  — Higham Village History Group now has its archive materials stored at the library and a volunteer will be available once a month to help customers with their local history enquiries. Dates/times to be confirmed. Watch this space!

 

For more information on Higham Library (facilities, location, parking etc. ), visit the Kent County Council libraries website:

Kent County Council – Higham Library

Higham’s Defibrillator

Back in October 2018, Higham residents were able to learn about the Defibrillator equipment that has been installed at the recreation ground in the village by Higham Parish Council.

Awareness sessions were organised to demonstrate the Defibrillator and people were invited to “have a go” using the training equipment.

These sessions were part of the ‘Restart a Heart’ campaign – a designated annual day of action with the aim to teach vital life-saving cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills to as many people as possible – go to www.resus.org.uk for more details.

Sessions were held in 2018 when the equipment was first installed on the recreation ground in School Lane and so far around 200 people have been shown how to use the defibrillator.

Update

The village equipment is located in the middle of the village and is accessible 24/7. What the the Parish Council is keen to see is additional defibrillators available in other locations around the village – we would like to install at least a further two. We are investigating avenues of funding and potential locations in the village where we can safely install the new equipment with the correct permissions. Keep checking the ‘Parish Notices’ here on our website for further updates.

Fact File
  • When someone suffers cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chance of survival by at least 7 – 10%.

  • Although Higham is a village with a large older population, defibrillators help save the lives of people of all ages; 12 -15 young people die from heart related causes each week.

  • Having equipment in easily accessible locations in local communities helps save lives.

  • There are 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK every year. Chances of survival increase significantly with early access to CPR and defibrillation.

Higham Speedwatch Group Needs You!

Higham Speedwatch Group, coordinated by Peter Leakey (Higham resident), is a voluntary group dedicated to making Higham’s roads and lanes a safer place to enjoy. They are now looking for new recruits to join their valuable work in the our community.


The group go out and about in Higham regularly with mobile speeding equipment and record speeds of passing vehicles.  Any vehicles that are over the speed limit are reported to the Police. For instance, in a 30mph speed limit area, we report vehicles travelling at 35mph and above to the police; in a 40mph area, we report speeds of 46 mph and above to the police. This is in line with Community Speedwatch guidelines.

Why volunteer for Higham Speedwatch?

Higham Parish Council is lobbying for a weight restriction in the village in Villa Road, Forge Lane and School Lane. We need to look at baseline data and solid evidence of traffic movements (average speeds and type of vehicles) through the village which will help to make our case more robust.

Peter is looking for new recruits to join the valuable work he undertakes in our community. Use the link below to contact Peter Leakey for more information on how to become a Community Speedwatch volunteer:

Email Peter Leakey


More about Community Speedwatch

Community Speedwatch is a national initiative where, in partnership with the police, members of communities use detection devices to monitor local vehicle speeds.

The volunteers report drivers exceeding the speed limit to the police with the aim of educating drivers to slow down.

If the data proves a driver is ignoring repeated warnings police can prosecute them. The aim is to:

  • reduce death and injury on the roads
  • improve the quality of life for local communities
  • reduce the speed of vehicles to the speed limit
  • increase public awareness of inappropriate speed

Please see the CSW video below for more information on how the scheme works in practice.


For more information on CSW visit the Community Speedwatch website:

communityspeedwatch.org

 

KCC Household Waste Recycling Centres – Charging Policy

Kent County Council Household Waste Recycling Centres – charging policy

Please note that Kent County Council are now charging for the disposal of non-household waste materials . These items include:

  • breeze blocks, bricks, cement, concrete and drain pipes
  • ceramic bathroom and kitchen items (baths, bidets, cisterns, shower trays, sinks, toilet pans, wash basins)
  • flagstones, granite, marble, paving slabs
  • hardcore, rubble, gravel, rocks, stones
  • plasterboard
  • sand
  • soil
  • tiles (ceramic, clay, slate)
  • tyres (charged for since 2012)

This charging policy is consistent across all eighteen of their Household Waste Recycling Centres including Pepper Hill and Cuxton. The charging policy started in early June 2019. These charges have been introduced to recover the cost of dealing with these types of non-household waste while still being able to offer a disposal service. The charges are intended to help KCC achieve critical savings while still maintaining a comprehensive service for residents.

Price details as follows:

Soil, sand and rubble (including ceramic bathroom and kitchen items)

  • £4 per bag or item (bag up to the size of a standard black sack), limited to 5 bags (or equivalent) per day.
  • Includes: breeze blocks, bricks, cement, concrete, drain pipes, ceramic bathroom and kitchen items (baths, bidets, cisterns, shower trays, sinks, toilet pans, wash basins), flagstones, granite, gravel, hardcore, marble, paving slabs, rocks, rubble, sand, soil, stones and tiles (ceramic, clay, slate).
  • Ideally the waste should be brought in bags for ease of disposal, but loose material can be accepted.
  • These materials must be placed in the soil, rubble and hardcore recycling area.
  • Before disposing of tiles with plasterboard on, please separate them. If this is not possible, please talk to a member of staff.

Plasterboard

  • £6 per bag or sheet of plasterboard (bag up to the size of a standard black sack).
  • Plasterboard must be placed in the designated plasterboard recycling area.

Tyres

  • £2.50 per tyre (car and motorbike tyres), limited to 5 tyres per visit. Commercial tyres will not be accepted.
  • Tyres must be placed in the designated recycling area.
  • We have charged for domestic tyres since 2012.


Payment will be by card only and there will be a dedicated member of staff to assist customers when they arrive at site with chargeable waste items. You can request a VAT receipt by asking a member of the site staff.

We have a Village Correspondent!

Higham has a village correspondent who is the Parishioner’s link to the local press in the Gravesham area. Her name is Elizabeth Jeffery and she is also a Parish Councillor (Chair of the Executive Development Working Group).

If your group or association has any news they wish to share please contact Councillor Elizabeth Jeffery on  01474 747090 or by e-mail cllr.jeffrey@higham-kent-pc.gov.uk

The Parish Council