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Village Clean-Up 16th September

The next Village Clean-Up will take place on the morning of Saturday 16th September.  All volunteers will be very welcome to come to the Youth Club in the High Street (next to the Village Centre) from 10.00am.  Take a sack and litter-picker and help keep Staplehurst tidy.  Refreshments will be provided to reward your efforts!
Thanks are extended to the Youth Club for allowing the use of the facility and to Maidstone Borough Council for lending the equipment and collecting the rubbish sacks.

Surgeries at the Library this Saturday

Parish Council Vice-Chairman Councillor Paddy Riordan will be at Staplehurst library this Saturday 22nd July between 10.00am and 11.00am to discuss questions about local issues.  Borough Councillor John Perry will be holding his surgery on the same morning between 10.00am and 12.00pm - please note this is a change from the previously scheduled date of 29th July.

Free Outdoor Play Activities

The team from Kent County Council's Maidstone Rural Children's Centres will be visiting Surrenden Field on Tuesday 29th August 10.00 - 12.00. Activities include Baby Sensory Play, Messy Play, Dressing Up, Book Corner and Physical Play. A fun session for all the family. For more information contact Anna Fisk, Marden Children's Centre Tel 01622 831503

MBC Consultation on Air Quality Management

Maidstone Borough Council is consulting about its approach to air quality management and its proposed low emissions strategy.  The consultation is open to all until 29th August 2017.  To view the consultation documents and comment visit the MBC website at

Tell Maidstone Borough Council What You Think!

Maidstone Borough Council undertakes every two years a survey of residents to help inform its work programme and strategy.  A sample of addresses in the borough is approached directly to participate, but the survey is open to all residents.  It is an opportunity for you to tell Maidstone Borough Council what it's like to live in your area and what you think about community issues and MBC's delivery of services.  To complete the survey go to  The survey closes on 20th August 2017. 

Have You Thought of Becoming a School Governor?

Staplehurst School currently has vacancies on its Governing Body and would be very interested to hear from all members of the community (including parents) who think they might have the time and commitment to join.

Together with the Headteacher, the Governing Body has overall responsibility for the running of the school. The Governing Body has a largely strategic role, providing advice and support whilst delegating day-to-day management to the Headteacher and her Senior Leadership Team. The role is voluntary and no special qualifications are needed (although relevant skill-sets may be taken into account). The most important thing is to have a keen interest in the school and be prepared to play an active part in the Governing Body’s work. For the current vacancies, which are for Co-opted Governors, candidates will be appointed by the existing members of the Governing Body. New Governors are mentored by an experienced Governor and also supported through online training and external training run by KCC.

The Governing Body of Staplehurst School meets six times per year, usually on a Wednesday evening. There is also an expectation that Governors will join a committee – these also meet six times per year, usually on Wednesdays at 8am. All Governors take part in one ‘Governor Day’ per year when they can experience a typical day in the life of the school. There is also the opportunity to become a ‘Link Governor’, taking a particular interest in a Curriculum subject or another aspect of school life. Governors serve for a period of four years, although they may resign at any time.

If you are interested and would like more information, please contact the school on 01580 891765 (term time only) or email A person specification and application form can be downloaded from  The deadline for applications is Thursday, 31 August 2017.

Please be aware that, because Governors have access to children, an application for an Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate will need to be made on appointment.

Summer Play Scheme Programme News

Information about the programme for this year's summer play scheme and an application form can be found on the dedicated Play Scheme page on this website:  The programme starts with an information morning on 31st July and then runs until 18th August at Staplehurst School.