Hernhill News October 2015

Getting the right month now! News October 2015

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Hernhill News August 2015

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Hernhill Church of England Primary School Fete

Hernhill Church of England Primary School Fete

Saturday 19 September 2015

12.30 – 3.30pm

Bring family and friends and come and enjoy a lovely afternoon!

All the usual stalls and side shows to browse around, competitions to join in, and our attractions include a Rodeo Sheep! Lots for the children to do and see.

Win £100 in the Grand Raffle, other prizes include family days out, activities and vouchers for local shops and pubs.

BBQ and Bar, tea, coffee and scrummy cakes, ice creams, and other refreshments on sale.

Live Band Maelstrom will be playing and Year 3s will be dancing round the Maypole. Displays by Faversham Gymnastic Club and other local community groups.

A fun afternoon for all, with free entry, come and join in!

Any enquiries about the day, please contact the School’s PTAFA

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Family Music Festival at the Red Lion Hernhill


Our last annual family music festival is being held this Sunday 30th August .
12 noon until 6pm
A BBQ, pulled pork and American hot dogs will be served throughout the day.
12-1 will be Acoustic music.
1:15-2:30 will be blues.
2:45-4:15 we have Kelly’s hero’s.
And CoCo will be finishing off the evening.

This is a free family event and all are welcome, we hope to see you Sunday!!!

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Boughton Post Office has moved.

woodsHave you heard the news?
Boughton Post Office has moved.
The new Post Office has opened at Wood’s Garage, Boughton on Friday 21st August.
Jan has stepped down after 10 years as sub-postmistress and the old post office will become a beauty salon, part of Adam Phillip Hairdressing.
The new post office will be run by Melissa and Joby Martin, who own Oak Motors at Woods garage.

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Three Horseshoes, Faversham (2)A Grand Prix with a difference is taking place in Hernhill, near Faversham next month.
The Three Horseshoes pub in the village is holding its annual Wheelie Bin Race on Saturday, August 8.
Launched at the Shepherd Neame pub more than a decade ago, the event sees teams of four racing elaborately decorated bins through the village, to raise money for charity. Past themes have included The Flintstones, Wacky Racers and Scooby Doo.
Prizes will be given to the team who make it back to the pub in the fastest time, and for the best designed bins.
The race will be followed by an afternoon and evening of events at the Three Horseshoes, including live music from the Leigh Highwood Band, a barbecue, auction and raffle.
Licensee Charlotte Feveyear said: “We have already had lots of people sign up to take part in this year’s race. It is always a really fun event, and a great way to raise money for a fantastic cause.”
The race is taking place from 1pm to 2.30pm. Entrants must be aged 18 or over, and admission is priced £20 per team of four, with proceeds to the Pilgrims Hospices.
For more information phone 01227 750842 or visit www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/faversham/three-horseshoes.

2014 Wheelie Bin Race (8)

2014 Wheelie Bin Race (5)

2014 Wheelie Bin Race (2)

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The brand new monkey cage

Massive thanks to all involved with fund raising and organising for the new clamber stack at the playing fields. It’s magnificent.

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Vacancy for a Parish Councillor

Hernhill Parish Council has a vacancy for a Parish Councillor.

Parish Council meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month at 8pm in the village hall.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Parish Council please
contact the Clerk by 30th June 2015 on 07740 706189 or hernhillclerk@gmail.com

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Hernhill New July 2015

Your digital version HERE

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Magna Carta

magnaThis year, Faversham joins with cities and towns across the UK to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta by King John in 1215, a document widely regarded as England’s greatest export. This ‘Great Charter’, the foundation stone of democracy has brought freedom to people all over the world and has inspired a number of other documents including the US Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Faversham can boast a special right to be part of these commemorations as proud owner of an edition of Magna Carta dated 1300, the last reissue of the document presented to the ‘Barons of the Port of Faversham’ and with King Edward I’s seal. In addition to Magna Carta the town of Faversham owns a magnificent set of some 17 charters dating from 1252 to 1685 described as being ‘of world importance’.

A major programme of events including exhibitions, concerts talks and the Magna Carta weekend will take place in the town to mark the anniversary, details below
Magna Carta Rediscovered’ Exhibition – 23rd May to 28th June
The Alexander Centre
Open every day from 10am to 4.00pm (last admission 3.30pm). Late evening Thursday until 7.30pm. A FREE exhibition
Faversham’s priceless and rarely displayed Magna Carta will be the centrepiece of this major exhibition which will tour Kent in 1215. Launching in Faversham the exhibition with interactive and graphic displays will interpret the importance of the medieval Magna Carta to today’s concepts of the freedom of the individual, democracy and society. The exhibition will also showcase a selection of the other charters.
Protest, Democracy and the Law’ Exhibition – 23rd May to 28th June
The Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre. Fleur opening hours. A FREE exhibition
This exhibition will highlight the long history of protest in Faversham starting in 1300.
Events will include:
• Town versus Abbey, a disagreement in 1301
• The murder of Arden, Mayor of Faversham in 1551
• The story of Thomas Jennings, sentenced to death for burglary in 1783, but pardoned
• The Agricultural riots in the early 1830s
• Representation in Parliament in the 1800s and 1900s
• Local branches of global movements such as CND and Greenpeace
• ‘No to Foulness’ – an ongoing story
For more details go to http://www.faversham.org/favershammagnacarta

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Miranda Sykes Trio Visit Hernhill

The Band Company have been at it again, Liz and Gabi have put together another video of our lovely Parish to mark Miranda Sykes, Rex Preston and very special guest Rex Preston’s visit to our village next week.

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. With an enviable pedigree, Miranda is known as the stand-out bass player and spine-tingling vocalist who has brilliantly enriched the Show of Hands sound for the past nine years while former Scoville Units band member Rex is recognised as one of the finest young mandolin players in the UK.

Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston have emerged to become one of the most sought after duos on the English folk & roots scene.

For just a few dates on the 2015 tour Miranda and Rex will be joined by American guitarist, the internationally acclaimed Grant Gordy, this exciting trio are set to deliver a unique and memorable performance right here in Hernhill.

There are still a few tickets left, if you haven’t got yours yet email info@thebandcompany.co.uk

“Pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with just a double bass and mandolin”- Acoustic Magazine

 “Miranda’s a fantastic bass player and Rex is a fine mandolin player” – Mike Harding

“A winning combination of vocals, mandolin and bass – Iain AndersonBBC Radio Scotland

“The gorgeous voice of Miranda Sykes – the babe with a bass”- Sue Marchant, BBC East

“Spine-tingling voice, versatility and double bass skills”- The Independent


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Mallards Farm

mallards farmExcellent farm shop on your doorstep – Mallards Farm – has launched a new website at  www.mallardsfarm.co.uk

This is a valuable and ethical farm shop with a enthused and engaging owner. Use it or lose it

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Hernhill News May 2015

Hernhill News May 2015



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Hernhill Village Fete 2015

HH fete 2015

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Open Gardens is back!!

Once again after a years break Hernhill are having their Open Gardens event to raise money for the DCA and Hernhill Horticultural Society. It will be on July 5th from 11am to 6pm.

There will be 10 private gardens plus the allotments to visit. Entry programmes will be available on the day from the gardens taking part, £5 per adult and £1 per child up to age 16 (cash only). In addition to the usual teas, coffees, cakes and plants for sale some of the gardens will be having children’s activities. See map below for garden locations.


1. Avalon, 57 Stoney Road, Dunkirk (off Dawes road) ME13 9TN. Violet and Shane Croll

An informal 1/2 acre garden for all seasons with mature shrubs and trees/woodland, mainly on heavy clay. Improved over last 5 years with shrubs, herbaceous perennials, summer, shade and damp borders, a small meadow, sunken garden, plus produce such as fruit, vegetables and herbs. Limited parking. Access to certain parts limited due to slopes and steps. Great views of the Swale. Tea, coffee, cordial & cakes available by request. Plants & seeds for sale.

3. One Holly Tree Cottages, Staplestreet. Michael & Beverly Woods

Open 12 noon till 6pm. A garden of 3/4 acre, which includes vegetable plots, mixed borders, island beds and an orchard area, with wide views of surrounding countryside.

4. Four Staplestreet, ME13 9UD. Sarah Morgan

‘The garden was originally set out 20 years ago and this year it is undergoing a bit of an overhaul to bring back some of the neglected shrubs and to replant the aftermath of enthusiastic chickens and labrador. You will undoubtedly arrive to unfinished business, but are welcome to ask questions about the vision, pruning and be tempted to buy some plants. Children (and adults!) will be instructed on how to make, fill and sow paper pots and there will be squash available for the children.

5. Church Oast, Hernhill. ME13 9JR Jill Geliot
Open from 1pm 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.

6. One St Michaels Cottages, ME13 9JU. John Sim

A small flower garden to attract bees and butterflies plus a few vegetables.

7. The Red Lion Pub and Garden,  ME139JR

A picturesque 14th Century pub situated on the village green of Hernhill. Surrounded in history the pub dates back to the 1300’s and still contains many original features. The pub offers a selection of traditional English food alongside the frequently changing seasonal specials. The front of the pub with planters and seating overlooks the village green and church. Behind the pub is the well established large garden which also has a large play area for the children.

8. Woodfield, 
ME13 9JJ. Joy Pritchard
Teas, coffees, and biscuits from 11am till 1pm. 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. Rabbit themed activity for children. Coffee and biscuits available from 11am to 1pm. Homemade marmalade and chutney for sale.

9. Five Jack Bailey Row, Kays Lane, ME13 9HN. Sylvia & Brian Phillpott

Front garden intensively planted with shrubs, roses, climbers and many other small plants.  Sheltered Seating area at the side of the bungalow with more containers. Through the gate into a small 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 is another seating area by the two sheds with a 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. Low maintenance garden with patio area and various vegetables and soft fruit in raised beds with runner beans and peas in pots.

10. Hernhill Allotments, Kays Lane, Hernhill

After a 20 or so year gap, Hernhill village allotments are back! The land for the new location has kindly been rented to the parish council by Sandys Dawes and has enabled 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 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!

11. The Coach House, Kemsdale. 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.

12. The Bonsai Nursery, 120 Dargate Rd, Yorkletts CT5 3AG Elizabeth Pierce

The largest and most comprehensive bonsai nursery in Kent and the South East, established 25 years ago. The nursery and garden are set in 2 acres with magnificent views over the Swale Estuary.

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Hernhill News April 2015

Your late digital April 2015 Hernhill News….sorry

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Alterations to Hernhill Village Hall have Planning Approval

dcaPlanning approval has been granted for the extension and alterations to the Village Hall & Dawes Community Association Centre. You can view the application drawings and documents on the Swale Planning Register.

The DCA and the Village Hall will be joined together with a shared entrance, to create one connected community centre with a new ‘Foyer’ community room at the front of the building. The idea is that the ‘Foyer’ space can be open to the public as often as possible; during activities on the playing fields, for parents to use while they are waiting to pick up their children from childcare, or as a place to shelter from the wind when the kids are playing in the park.

What is needed now, is the funds to build it, so if any members of the local community would like to help fundraise, please contact the Chair of the DCA committee, Peter Rawlins, pgrawlins@aol.com, and we’re sure he would be very grateful for any help or contributions.

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Hernhill News March 2015

News March 2015

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Mallards Farm Livestock

During the last ten years we have drifted into Meat Production here at Mallards Farm.


Firstly, because of the rotation system used here allows us to graze 100 Welsh Ewes and 100 lambs per season on the grass covering the resting land. The system of low input means they do not mature for at least 15 months, sometimes this can be as long as two years. Basically the more mature the meat, the better it is!

We believe in giving the livestock a life andnot slaughtering them as babies around the usual age at 5 months!

We only feed from the land, i.e: any vegetable waste crops, leeks, strawberries, brassicas, spinach, windfall plums and cherries.

Anything thats not been cut to sell, During our rotation methods the sheepare folded on the veg crops as a tiding up procedure, then goes back onto the ground as fertilizer.

The use of concentrate feeds is not our policy, but when the natural vegetation is scarce or the weather is bad, we do have to top up with hard feeds.

Personally, I believe there is an issue with the amount of wheat-based concentrate feed given to livestock coming through into the food chain, causing conditions such as Coeliac disease in humans.


We have built up a good stock of Wessex Saddlebacks, Tamworth and Gloucester Old Spot Pigs over the last few years. These are kept in a large pen on bare ground outside. Small family groups divided equally of boys and girls. These cannot graze as they would cause to much damage to the land.

Feeding is very much the same as the sheep but, pigs do better on roots and potatoes, so they get the waste potatoes and fodder beet grown especially for them.

Growers and fattening pigs are topped up with concentrate feed.

Our intention is to get a pig ready for sausages at 15 months plus, as before allowing them “a quality of life”.


We also sell Laughtons Free Range Chickens at the Farmshop. They are kept in the orchard where I grow my Williams and Conference pears. The sheep also graze this orchard, so there is very little chemical input into these fine birds.

All of our livestock is slaughtered by J &R Meats of Aylesham

Alistair – Mallards Farm, Waterham Lane, Hernhill

01227 751245


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Parish Council Elections

UntitledThere will be elections for Hernhill Parish Council this May at the same time as the General Election. If you are interested in local matters and would like to stand for election please get in touch.

The Parish Council meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month at 8pm in the village hall.

A local “Election Awareness Event” is being held at the Guildhall, Faversham on Wednesday 18th March starting at 6:30pm for refreshments with the session running from 7pm – 8:30pm and is open to anyone who would like to know more. If you are interested in standing as a council member then please contact the Clerk, Sarah Muteham at hernhillclerk@gmail.com or telephone 07740 706189.

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Share your village photos

The Band Company are hoping to make another video to promote their forthcoming Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston gig similar to the Country Life one we made for Steve Knightley.  This time though we would like to appeal for photo’s from the community.  If anyone has a lovely photo of Hernhill, be it their house, family members, an event, wildlife of just a lovely view could they please send it to us via email info@thebandcompany.co.uk.  We are not looking for professional photographers just images that show community and life in Hernhill.

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Hernhill News Feb 15

Download your digital copy of the news HERE

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Country Life in Hernhill

Local residents Liz and Gabi from The Band Company have made a fantastic short video about life in Hernhill music by Show of Hands, to promote their forthcoming live music event with Show of Hands frontman Steve Knightley at the village hall in February.

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Carols on the Green today


This annual event has been growing in popularity and is loved by the children .
This year it will be at 5.00pm on Saturday 20th December.
Bring your lantern and your voices. Afterwards enjoy a hot drink and a mince pie

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