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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Mallards Farm

mallards farmExcellent farm shop on your doorstep – Mallards Farm – has launched a new website at

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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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,, 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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Mallards farm today


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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 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  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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Hernhill News Dec 2014

Digital version for download HERE

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Lovely sight on the village green


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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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