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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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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Monkshill farm under threat of closure

Sad news

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Hernhill News October 2015

Getting the right month now! News October 2015

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Hernhill News August 2015

Download your PDF of the Hernhill News here

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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

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

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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

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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

“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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