Paula Kay Day

We are organising a charity day in aid of Cancer Research UK. In order to make as much money as possible for this vital cause we would love local businesses to sponsor the event (raffles/prizes/resources)

For more details see the Facebook page 

Regards, Kevin  Kay

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Beautiful new court at Hernhill

Hernhill Tennis CourtThe DCA are pleased to announce that the tennis court/football pitch at Hernhill Playing Fields has now been improved with an up to date all-purpose surface. This has replaced the old tarmac surface which had become old and dangerous and in desperate need of repair.

This improved facility has been possible by a combination of a grant from Viridor and the contributions of local people by way of supporting DCA activities. At present we are awaiting the final application of sand, which is needed for the playing of tennis. Currently the facility is perfect for football and even basketball, but for tennis, the bounce is still a little unpredictable.

The price of hire is £2.50 per hour for DCA members and £3.50 for non-members. Yearly season tickets are also available for £60 to DCA members only and allows unlimited bookings.

Please visit the DCA website for bookings. CLICK HERE

Access will be way of a coded padlock, with the code being given by email when booking is confirmed.

In the next few months we will be installing lighting to the court, to enable it to be used longer in the evenings.

Please take the opportunity to use and enjoy this court.

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Hernhill Fete 2016!

Hernhill Fete 2016

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Lost black cat?

Has anyone in the village lost very friendly little a black cat / kitten in Staplestreet area , we have been under siege for a couple of days – looks like he / she is trying to move in…. Contact 07711 773305Thanks

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Hernhill News May 2016

The May 2016 PDF edition of the Hernhill News is HERE

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Renowned Organist at Hernhill Church

darcy trinkwonAn evening of delightful music with the international organist D’Arcy Trinkwon.
St Michaels Church, Hernhill, ME13 9JU.
Friday the 10th June at 7:30pm
Tickets £12 including refreshments from Joy – 01227 750372 or Vicki – 01227 751511
D’Arcy Trinkwon was Head Chorister at Canterbury Cathedral before studying music at the Royal Northern College of Music.  D’Arcy is one of the outstanding organists of his generation and performs at international festivals and concert series in concert halls, cathedrals and churches worldwide, and we are very fortunate that he is coming to Hernhill to give a concert in our church.  It should be a wonderful evening.
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It’s the Hernhill Village Fete 2016

Hernhil Village Fete 2016All the fun of the Fete is happening from 2pm Saturday the 7th May at the Playing Fields in Hernhill. We look forward to the sun shining on our sweet little corner of the world.

The freshly resurfaced Tennis Court will have a grand opening at the Fete. The DCA have worked very hard to get this wonderful resource back into play for the community and it does look fabulous


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Hernhill News April 2016

Your digital copy

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Hernhill Open Gardens 2016

Hernhill Open Gardens will be on Sunday 12th June 2016. This event is in support of the Hernhill Horticultural Society and the DCA. Violet and Shane Croll are very kindly organising the event which is always such a treasure every year.

Programs will be available from the following places from Tuesday the 17th of May:

The Red Lion, Hernhill
The Three Horseshoes, Staple Street
The White Horse and the Post Office/Oak Garage, Boughton High Steet

The opening gardens are:

1 Church Oast, Hernhill, ME13 9JR (Jill Geliot)
Open from 12pm till 6pm

A half-acre garden developed from an orchard plot over the last 25 years. Designed to produce colour all the year and to provide little spots to sit and contemplate the plants, butterflies and birds. Wheelchair access to all parts.

Tea, coffee & cakes, plants & produce for sale. Children’s activities.


2 Woodfield, Hernhill, ME13 9.. (Joy Pritchard)

Small informal garden with lovely views across pasture land to the village of Hernhill and the Church. Mature shrubs, beds and borders filled with bright bursts of colour. Park at the Village Hall. Garden is fully accessible.

Homemade marmalade and chutney for sale.


3 Jack Bailey Row, Kays Lane, Hernhill, ME13 9HN (Sylvia and Brian Philpott)

No. 5. Small Front garden intensively planted with shrubs, roses, climbers, fuchsias and many other small plants. A sheltered seating area at the side of the bungalow shared with No. 4, with more container plants. Through the gate into a small sheltered and private back garden paved on two levels, as both family members have walking disabilities. On the right, by the small greenhouse is a very narrow strip, “The Nursery” with fruit bushes and vegetables in containers. Please mind the steps!

On the left are two sheds with a small water feature and a narrow flower border, along the fence with climbing roses and clematis facing out over a meadow with clear views of the Village Hall and Playing Field. A tall dividing fence between Nos. 5 and 6 planted with climbers. This is a low maintenance garden with patio area. Strawberries and raspberries in a brick built raised bed and some potatoes, runner beans, tomatoes and peas in bags and pots.


4 2 Mount Pleasant Cottage, Kays Lane, Hernhill, ME13 9.. (Matt and Dee)

A newly redesigned small garden with mixed cottage style planting and separate area for the chickens, some of which are good at escaping into the rest of the garden.


5 Hernhill Allotments, Kays Lane, Hernhill, ME13 9..

(off Kays Lane where there are 2 field gates opposite each other)

After a 20 or so year gap, Hernhill village allotments are back! The land for the new location was kindly rented to the parish council by Sandys Dawes enabling 11 budding allotmenteers to get digging and growing. The ground was broken over the Easter weekend of 2013 with Ian Machin kindly subsoiling and harrowing the land. From that point on it was all systems go to get each individual plot up and running. Rabbit fencing followed soon after and has been keeping the rabbits out, just ever since! The first year of having an allotment was a daunting challenge but everyone is working really hard and we are all hoping for bumper crops!

6 The Coach House, Kemsdale Road, ME13 9JP (Alison and Philip West)

A half acre garden which has views over surrounding fruit producing farm land. A sloping terraced site with island beds planted with year round interest. A pond room, herbaceous borders containing bulbs shrubs and perennials. A developing tropical bed. The different areas are connected by flowing curved paths. Unusual planting on light sandy soil where wildlife is encouraged. Plenty of seating around the garden. This year due to increased mole activity the lawn is very uneven and patchy so take care when walking round!
Plants for sale.


7 Holly Tree cottages, Staplestreet, ME13 9.. (Michael and Beverly Woods)

(behind the 3 horseshoes public house)

A garden of 3/4 acre, which includes vegetable plots, mixed borders, island beds and an orchard area, with wide views of surrounding countryside.


8 Staple Street, Hernhill, ME13 9UD (Sarah Morgan)

(semi-detached Victorian brick cottage with green door, 50 metres West of Three Horseshoes Pub)

A small secluded South-facing cottage garden with mature boundaries of mixed planting for wildlife. A range of habitats extend the variety of plant combinations. As a trained Designer / Horticulturalist, Sarah is offering visitors a free 10 minute garden and plant consultation to anyone who wants to ask questions about their own garden (please bring your garden photos to help). Plants for sale. Plant quiz with prize.


9 Forge Farmhouse, Staplestreet, Hernhill, ME13 9UD (Crispin and Angela Whiting)

(on the junction of Church Hill with Staplestreet, 30 feet from the Three Horseshoes).

After 30 years of semi-controlled chaos and borders and beds which grew as they wished, it’s all change at this garden. Following a house extension last year it’s back to a semi-blank canvas, with a bit more brick, a lot more lawn, and a tad more formality, imposed rather than sought. With the replanting only just starting, there will be borders, with sweet peas and roses and a heady whiff of cottage garden just around the corner. The wildlife pond is now replenished with rainwater from the new roofs, piped beneath the lawn. Come and enjoy the beginning of a new era…

10 Crockham Farm Cottage, Crockham Lane, ME13 9LB (Doreen and Brian Jelfs)

(From Hernhill Village Green, in front of the Red Lion pub, take Crockham Lane, down towards the distant hill. After a sharp right hand bend park by the large black barn.)

The cottage garden includes a one acre wild flower meadow with fruit trees. There are 2 small garden ponds, a new stumpery and a veg patch with compost heaps and soft fruit. Access is on narrow paths of pebbles and wood chips with seating around the garden to sit, relax and absorb “the spirit of the place”

continue along Thread Lane, across Dawes Road and into Stoney Road

11 Highwood, 49 Stoney Road, Dunkirk, ME13 9TN (Dan and Steve)

Garden with views to the Isle of Sheppey, on sloping site divided into separate areas. A work in progress since moving here less than 2 years ago, we have made many changes opening up the garden, replanting and putting our own stamp on it. 2 patios overlook a pond and waterfall. Lawned area with mixed herbaceous borders containing bulbs, shrubs and perennials, alongside tropical borders. Vegetable and fruit beds, chickens and a fire pit. There is plenty of seating around to enjoy the different areas/ views. We really enjoy our garden and hope you do too.


12 Avalon, 57 Stoney Road, Dunkirk, ME13 9TN (Violet and Shane Croll)

(either follow Staplestreet, turn into Dawes Road, 1st right into Stoney Road, or from Thread Lane, cross Dawes Road into Stoney Road and follow to the end)

An informal 1/2 acre garden for all seasons with mature shrubs and trees/woodland, mainly heavy clay on a NW facing slope. Improved over last 6 years with trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, summer, shade and damp borders, a small meadow, sunken garden, plus produce such as fruit, vegetables and herbs. Plenty of seating for taking in the garden and views. Limited parking. Access to certain parts via slopes and steps. Great views of the Swale, Thames estuary and Essex on a good day.

Tea, coffee, cordial & cakes available by request. Plants for sale. Children activities.


13 The Bounds,Staplestreet ME13 9TX (Heather and Henry Bryant)

This garden is about ¾ of an acre of mainly lawns with some very spectacular mature trees. There is a terrace with a fishpond bordered by Dahlias and a herbaceous border. The site of glasshouses in the early 1900’s is now a vegetable patch, and the tennis court area is used for ‘friendly’ croquet. The fine views, fresh young trees and songbirds all add to creating a peaceful retreat.

14 Bessborough Farm, Fostall ME13 9JG (Kevin Kay)

Situated at Bessborough farm in Fostall the garden was originally a pig sty and is split level. It is planted with a mixture of shrubs, perennials with a few mature trees.
It is south facing and over the years I have collected a pot or two which are mostly filled with summer bedding.

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mirandaMiranda Sykes & Rex Preston return on Friday 11th March. The inspirational
melding of musical chameleon Miranda Sykes and mandolin maestro Rex Preston has produced one of the most unexpected and exciting new pairings on the acoustic roots scene.


To find out more and get tickets email or
call 01227 392560

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Hernhill News March 2016

Your PDF copy to download Hernhill News March 2016

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Hernhill Housing planning meeting

This Saturday at the Village Hall – see the PDF for more info

‘The Hernhill Housing Model’

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Hernhill Open Gardens date announced

84Hernhill Open Gardens
Sunday June 12th 2016
11am till 6pm

Set around the pretty unspoilt country village of Hernhill with a village green, Norman church and 14th century pub, a selection of small and large private gardens will be open, (some new for 2016), plus one allotment site to visit. Some are within easy walking distance of each other and a few further out. There will be different styles of planting and garden design at various stages of development to see. Some of the gardens will have children’s activities and/or be selling teas, coffees and cakes.

All proceeds to the Dawes Community Association and Hernhill Horticultural Society.

£5.00 per adult and £1.00 per accompanied child aged 3 to 16.

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A New Day Festival – Stranglers announced

Exciting new from the festival at Mount Ephraim this summer – The Stranglers have been confirmed as the headline act for Sunday!

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Local Farm Shops

Sadly we have lost Monkshill Farm but fortunately we still have Mallards Farm in the Parish. For those who have not yet discovered this gem I urge you to do so. Not only will you find ethical meat and fruit and veg and an enthusiastic farmer but also a host of geese, many of which have names.


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Hernhill News February 2016

Get your Feb 2016 copy of the Hernhill News HERE

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Closure of A2 from Jan 25th

The A2 between Dunkirk and Harbledown will be closed overnight for six weeks
starting on Monday 25th January between 9pm and 5am Monday to Friday. The carriageway will be resurfaced in both directions one direction at a time, starting
on the coast bound carriageway. There will also be repairs to potholes and lighting
column replacement.

When closures are in place, there will be a clearly signed diversion route which is suitable for all types of vehicles via the A299, A256 and A2050.

If you have any queries please contact Highways England on 0300 123 5000 or e mail Project Reference P 08687 82

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Missing black cat

Have you recently acquired a young black cat?

I have a one year old male black cat who unusually went missing over the August bank holiday weekend. Unbelievably he returned on Thursday 22nd October as if nothing had happened! He had obviously been well looked after as he had grown a lot and was in good condition. However, he only stayed two weeks and vanished again on Monday 9th November! He is completely black, not neutered, very chatty and answers to the name of Billy. If he has turned up on your doorstep please let me know! Thanks.

Helen Figgis (01227) 751149 or 07775426551

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Festival at Mount Ephraim

Next Summer -check it out

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Red Lion Hernhill – open

Red Lion front Red Lion BarHurrah!! The freshly refurbished Red Lion is now open. See you there 

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Halloween thanks

I would like to say a big thank you to all the folks who came to Summer Lees and ‘dared to be scared’ at Halloween , a good spooky night was had by all and we raised £274.72 for the Air ambulance

Jane Foreman

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Hernhill News November 2015

Latest Digital version HERE

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Plum Pudding lane planning application

A planning application has been made which if granted will mean that six families of travellers will be camped along Plumpudding Lane.
The application is as follows:
“Change of use of land for 6 gypsy and traveller pitches, each pitch having one mobile home, a day room and space for one touring van; Hardstandings, means of enclosure and landscaping and ancillary childrens’ play area”
Further detail can be seen if you use the link.

The references for this application are:
Reference: 15/507844/FULL

Application Received: Tue 22 Sep 2015
Address: Evaluna Plumpudding
Lane Dargate Kent ME13 9EY
If you are not happy about this, then write NOW to Swale to object to the
application being granted quoting the references.
Letters should be sent to:
Planning Dept,
Swale Borough Council,
Swale House,
Kent ME10 3HT

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Hernhill Open Gardens 2016

Great news that Hernhill Open Gardens will be back for 2016. Watch this space

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Monkshill farm under threat of closure

Sad news

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