The Frost Fair

Hernhill CEP School PTAFA presents:
The Frost Fair
Friday 28 November 2014

Venue: The School
Time: 6pm – 9pm

Come for a relaxing evening out to find Christmas presents & ideas for your family.
Your Entrance Ticket includes a festive drink, mince pie & a raffle ticket
No children please

Registered Charity No: 1042498

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Christmas Turkeys

PC070008Farm reared premium bronze turkeys available for collection (oven ready) from Sunday 21st December.  Various weights available. £9 per Kg.  If you wish to place an order please contact Helen on


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Hernhill School Remembers

Love them and love that we try to  help them remember…


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Hernhill New November 2014

Downlad your digital copy of the Hernhill News HERE

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Hernhill Village Meeting

Wednesday 12th November 7.30pm. Upstairs at The Red Lion


The Village Hall and DCA committees would like to invite all the residents of Hernhill Parish, parents at the school and those who use the facilities in the village, to a meeting to discuss ideas for future projects in Hernhill.

There are some big ideas being floated at the moment, including remodelling the existing DCA and Village Hall buildings, resurfacing the tennis court with a multi use/all weather surface and many other projects (including Youth Club, bike track, skate park, more benches etc). We need to know which ones are a priority for the people who use the facilities and also welcome other ideas for things that might enhance what we already have going on in Hernhill.

This is an opportunity for you to have your say in how the village moves forward and the facilities that would benefit you and your family the most, if you don’t speak up, we can’t direct our resources where they will be best used.

We look forward to seeing a representative from each family, if possible, on 12th, if you are unable to make the meeting, please drop any ideas or comments to us via email or look us up on Facebook; our event page is called Hernhill Village Meeting.

Peter Rawlins
Chair Village Hall and DCA

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Live Music at the Village Hall

sknightleySteve Knightley, ‘Show of Hands’ frontman and BBC award winning singer-songwriter, will be heading to the picture perfect village of Hernhill, Kent for a very special gig in association with The Band Company.

Show of Hands widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England have filled the Royal Albert Hall on four occasions but for now, Steve is looking forward to bringing his songs and stories to smaller and more intimate locations.

As he says – “With so many songs written for and about people who actually live and work in the countryside I’m really looking forward to playing them in their spiritual homes!”

Steve Knightley is the song-writing force behind Show of Hands, The Exeter based singer-songwriter writes the majority of material for the band which also features multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer and together they won Best Live Act in the 2004 BBC2 Radio2 Folk awards – the only category voted for by the public.

He is renowned for his strong, trademark narrative songs which reflect the escapades, hopes and fears not only of people in his native West Country but beyond and he pulls no punches when writing highly literate songs about bigger, global issues.

‘One of England’s greatest singer songwriters’ Mike Harding BBC Radio 2

‘Bleak, witty and finely observed’ The Guardian

‘Committed and distinctive songs of conscience, love and history’ BBC Radio 2

‘Gravel voiced spokesman for the rural poor’ The Times

This event, to be held on 27th February 2015, is sure to sell out quickly, so reserve your tickets here or contact us for more information.

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The most fabulous place to live

Anyone who has a connection to Hernhill Parish, whether you live here, work here, send your children to the Primary School or just use the facilities (Village Hall, Playing Fields, church, pubs etc), would you be interested in attending a public meeting to discuss ideas for the future of the village? The Village Hall and Dawes CA committees are now under one Chair and he is keen to hear your thoughts on how to make the associations work for the people who use them. He was thinking of planning a get together for late January, to give us all time to think of ways to improve our, already great, parish!

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Hernhill News October 2014

You can download your digital copy of the Hernhill News HERE

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A2 Boughton to Harbledown carriageway reconstruction works

Many residents will be aware that Balfour Beatty will be carrying out carriageway reconstruction works to the A2 coastbound carriageway (including some laybys and slip roads) between Boughton and Harbledown, near Canterbury, Kent on behalf of the Highways Agency. They will also be taking this opportunity to replace life expired and missing road markings and road studs, along with vegetation clearance and sign cleaning in order to minimise disruption to road users.

The work will take place, during weekends only, from Friday 3 October to Monday 1 December, weather permitting. The work will take place each weekend from 8pm Friday night, through to 6am Monday morning.

The bus services will continue to operate as usual but journeys from Faversham to Canterbury will go via the Thanet Way to Blean. Balfour Beatty are aware that these roadworks are complex and subject to change and so propose to have weekly updates of the work to let residents know as accurately as possible what is happening. Please sign up for these updates by emailing them at or calling on 0845 6000414.

If you have any queries about the works or want to discuss them further, please do not hesitate to contact their Customer Care Line on 0845 6000414, or write to them at either or Highways Agency, c/o Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald, 10 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, Kent, ME19 4AR.

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Hernhill School Fete 2014

Hernhill School Fete 2014The Hernhill School Fete is on this Saturday the 20th September. There will be lots to see and  do including Rodeo Sheep, the Football Challenge, Bouncy Castle along with a BBQ, Bar and lots more.

Come and enjoy the last of the summer sun and support your local school

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Local War Memorials

hernhill_war_memorialAn excellent new site has been launched by Sue and Julian Owen which looks at the stories behind the names on our local war memorials. Go to for more

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Brooklyn House, Dargate

Hello—can someone tell me about Brooklyn House, Dargate, please ? I collect old postcards, and have one sent to Brooklyn House in 1914, and I should like to find out what it was then (a large country-house ?), and what it is now. All I can find on Google are mentions in the modern Parish records that the hedge round it needs cutting.
Thanks, and Regards,
Mike Ellis

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Hernhill News September

Get your shiny digital version HERE

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Tabby Kittens


Farm bred kittens, free to good homes, ready early October. All tabby. Mother is a good hunter. Contact Helen Figgis

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Hernhill News

The July edition of the Hernhill New is available HERE

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Open Garden

The Coach House, Kemsdale Road Hernhill will be open this weekend 28th/29th June. Saturday and Sunday between 1pm and 6pm on behalf of the NGS raising money for charity.
Entry £3.50 per person,(children free)
Cream teas during the afternoon.

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Beautiful Labrador puppies for sale

puppyPedigree black Labrador puppies for sale.  All male and KC registered.  Wormed and vaccinated and will be ready to go at the end of July.  For further details please call Helen on 07775426551.

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Dawes Community Association AGM

The AGM will be held on the 14th of June at midday in the Hernhill Village Hall.

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Monkshill Farm Open Day

Monkshill Farm

If you still buy your meat from a supermarket then please think again. Monkshill Farm is on your doorstep and sells proper meat from animals that you can see roaming around the beautiful surrounding of this ancient farm.

They are having an Open Day on Sunday the 8th June from 11am to 4pm as part of the Open Farm Sunday scheme

Monkshill Farm Shop and Cafe, Monkshill Road, Waterham, ME13 9EH



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Hernhill Fete 2014


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On the lamb

Last weekend we had 2 expensive, resin, full sized lambs stolen from our field. I reported the theft to the local PCSO and he noted the details. gave us a crime number ( and baa code!!) Not only do these lambs have great sentimental value but they have given hours of pleasure to friends and family and all walkers using our lane. If the miscreant reads the News maybe their conscience will be prodded and the lambs returned to us.

Gill Couzens
Thread Cottage

(Received on Good Friday)

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Hernhill Giant Garage Safari

Sunday 25 May and Monday 26 May
10am to 4pm

Over 30 garages are taking part in this event, being held over the Sunday and Monday of the late May bank holiday and a wide variety of items and local produce will be available for sale. Safari HQ will be in the field opposite Hernhill Village Hall, where maps showing the location of all those properties taking place can be purchased for £1. Refreshment will also be available all day next door at Woodfield.

The Money raised from the stall fees and map sales is to go to R.A.B.I. – the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution – and their emergency fund, set up to help farming families across the country following the extensive flooding in the early part of this year.

For further details contact:
Joy Pritchard 01227 750372
Jane Foreman 07767693345

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Vintage Day Out at Mount Ephraim

It’s a vintage spectacular with wedding suppliers, kitsch and stitch stalls, home-wares, vintage clothing, retro caravans, kitchenalia, afternoon teas, VW Beetles…

New to this year – will be a vintage-styled farmer’s market as well as plentiful catering facilities.

Mount Ephraim Gardens on Sunday 11 May.

Adult entry £6, children go free.

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Apologies for the late posting of the Hernhill News for April. Please download from HERE

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Burglars can be caught

Contrary to popular opinion that most domestic burglaries go unsolved I am pleased to say that the scumbag who robbed us a year ago has been caught! The police were carrying a routine stop and search in Peckham and became suspicious. A search of the, ahem, gentlemans flat revealed some mobile phones.

Although much of the govt legislation in this arena may be construed as intrusive one thing they did is most useful. All mobile phone companies must keep records of the locations of mobiles for a year. The mobile just has to be on.

This means that when the police too a close look at scumbags phone they found that it had been to 42 properties on the exact time and date when house burglaries were carried out. One of those was our own dear Hernhill.

Yes 42 burglaries all around  the M25 in a stolen car.

Busted, and one can only hope that they put them in a very nasty jail


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