You can download the digital version of the June 2013 Hernhill News HERE
Sorry to report that a black cat has been found dead on the road near Black Oast, Forstal. It has been moved to the hedge. If anyone would like more info please contact me
Be vigilant everyone. There has been a house burglary last night in Forstall. It looks like there is a need to start up an active Neighbourhood Watch scheme so could all interested people please contact me via the Contact page on this site so we can start the ball rolling.
I am currently running an Art class in the Hernhill Village Hall and outdoor locations on Tuesdays 10-1pm until 26 June, please email email@example.com or call me on 07769895411 if you are potentially interested. Thanks!
The next Parish Council meeting on Weds 29th May 8pm (Village Hall) is the Annual Parish Meeting of electors. This is a great opportunity for parishioners to turn up and have their say about anything in the village – potholes, blocked drains, over grown hedges, allotments, level of Council Tax … et al.
Swing the tide of apathy and turn up and have your say
There will be lots of games, stalls, refreshments and fairground rides and of course you will NOT want to miss the sheep racing!
Come and join the fun on Saturday the 4th May from 2pm at the Hernhill Playing Fields – ME13 9JG
The Allotment scheme is now up and running and is a hive of activity as us budding growers get growing. There is still 1 full size plot which is available either as a whole or as 2 half plots. If you are interested in a plot then contact me soonest at Hernill.Allotments@gmail.com.
OK all you runners out there. It’s finest form of exercise especially in our beautific corner of the world.
21st July 11:00am at Mount Ephraim
Monkshill Farm has been providing excellent meat and eggs for some years now, particularly to top restaurants in Kent and to the few locals who discovered them. Without a fully manned shop, however, it has always been a bit tricky to shop there reliably. The good news is that they are opening a brand new shop on Saturday the 27th April. I understand Greg Wallace is going to conduct the opening!
Monkshill Farm, Monkshill Road, Faversham, Kent, ME13 9EH.For further information, please contact Jenny Wiles on 01227 752049 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Liking this in light of recent events
This is to alert everyone to be extra vigilant. We were burgled yesterday (Thursday) between the hours of 8am and 5pm. The thieves or thief broke a window at the rear of our house.
The items missing are all small; jewellery, iPads, laptops. This makes it likely they were on foot. As the only parking is on the road outside our house, if there was a vehicle someone may have seen it.
We are now installing security cameras and an alarm system. Stables and bolted come to mind but now it is more about peace of mind. This will enable us to remotely monitor the house while we are out and be alerted if the alarm is activated.
Huge appreciation to the Police who attended within an hour of being notified and were followed by a very thorough forensics team.
Simon. Claridges, Godfrey’s Grave
The HeadTeacher, Staff and Governors at Hernhill Primary School are delighted to be able to be able to share the Ofsted report on the school which has been published today.
The school has been judged to be Good in all areas which means it is “effective in delivering outcomes that provide well for all its pupils needs”.
The Inspectors found that pupils across the school achieve well and that standards at Hernhill are above average in English and Mathematics, with more pupils reaching the higher levels than found nationally. The Inspectors observed a number of lessons and found that teaching in the school is consistently good, and at times outstanding. The Governors were pleased to note that those pupils “with special educational needs, achieve as well as their peers, making and exceeding the progress expected …. because the work that is planned for them … is closely tailored to their needs”.
The Inspectors listened to pupils in different year groups reading and said that in all classes children talked with confidence about what they have learnt in each lesson. It is encouraging to see that the school’s positive promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development means that pupils work cooperatively and get on well together, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity and that incidences of bullying and cyber-bullying are rare. Ofsted commented that there is equal opportunity for all groups of pupils and there is no discrimination. They acknowledged that pupils enjoy coming to school and said that the very large majority of parents and carers are happy with our school.
The Governors can see that plans for development have been successful in raising achievement and appreciate that the Headteacher and other leaders, working effectively as a team, are ambitious for the school.
If you wish to view the full report it can be found on the school website www.hernhill.kent.sch.uk/kent/primary/hernhill
Chair of Governors
KCC have left a 1 tonne bag of grit/salt in the Village Hall car park next to the bottle banks This is available for residents to come and take away for their own use
Have a fun weekend!
Following on from the responses I received about broadband speeds in the Parish it’s pretty clear that they vary wildly, even houses quite close to each other (and therefore the same distance from Boughton exchange) can have considerably different speeds. If you want to improve the speed of your internet connection then you can try the following:
1. Ensure your landline phone signal is clear. Broadband is affected by poor quality lines. If you have any noise on your phone then report it to BT (don’t mention broadband as that will muddy the waters). They will perform various tests and then hopefully tell you that they will send an engineer. It is important to ensure that none of your own equipment is responsible for the noise. The best way to do this is to use an analogue phone (that is non-digital old type which takes its power from the line ) plugged straight into your master socket which is the first phone socket in your house which the outside line connects to. Dial 17070 to do a silent line test and if your line has problems then you will hear interference quite clearly
2. Get an I- Plate. These are very cheap and act as a filter on your line to improve the connection see here www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk
3. Ensure you have a good connection device. One of the leading brands of routers.
Alternatively there is a service available from www.vfast.co.uk Vfast will connect you to the internet using Wimax, a wireless service. This involves putting a transceiver externally, normally on your roof which will connect to transceiver on Boughton mast. It needs clear line-of-sight but if you can’t see the mast from your roof then it may still be possible by ‘bouncing’ off another transceiver.
I had an interesting suggestion from a friend recently following an excellent bout of digital Scalextric. Has anyone else got access to track following Christmas? Would you be up for a meeting in the Village Hall to build a great track a la James May? Let me know
simon (aged 12 and a half)
Does anyone have a dog pen/playpen to sell or lend for a few weeks? Also wanted is a dog crate for in the car! Maybe you have an unused one tucked away?If so do get in touch.
Hernhill.net is now integrated with a new Facebook page – Hernhill Parish – which means that posts created here will be echoed on the Facebook site. Please ‘friend’ us in Facebook, many thanks! www.facebook.com/hernhill.parish
The village allotment scheme is now rapidly now moving towards fencing and ground breaking in time for the spring growing season. There are now only 2 vacant plots remaining so if you are interested then please contact me soonest at Hernhill.Allotments@gmail.com. A full plot cost £30 and a half plot £15 with all plot holders paying a £10 facilities charge. Don’t be put off if you are not sure about how or what to grow as there is a good group of us whom will happily help and advise.
A Kitten called Alice was last seen on Monday the 31st of December. She is small, white and has a patch from an operation. If seen please return to Bessborough House, The Forstal [BIG white house] or contact us HERE
Thanks. Ned McGuire
There is an excellent and rewarding thing happening at the Hernhill Village Hall on a regular basis. Recycle and Reuse is run by a local lady – Sarah – and offers a great range of second hand clothes, including a great range of children’s clothes. What is particularly special is that they will also pay 60p per kilo for unwanted clean clothes, sheets, handbags etc.
Recycle and Reuse will be at the Village Hall from 8:30am until 4pm on Fridays:
11th, 18th, 25th of January and 1st February.
For the future Sarah is looking for like-minded people who make something through recycling to join them and take a stall/table for just £5.00 for the day.
“It is a great opportunity to work at their craft while at the same time enjoying the company of others, rather than sitting in their garden shed with no-one to talk to!!”
See the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BuyingUnwantedClothes
To contact Sarah please use our Contact Page and hernhill.net will forward on forthwith