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Staplehurst 'Men's Shed'

Staplehurst ‘Men’s Shed’ is a place where men can come together to socialise, share ideas and skills, participate on practical projects and make new friends.

Day: Thursdays
(starting 23rd February 2017)
Open between 10am and 2pm

Venue: Staplehurst Youth Club building
Village Centre, High Street, Staplehurst

Come along for a cuppa and a chat and please tell anyone who you think may benefit from the sessions to come along and give it a try.

Tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits are provided
(there will be a donation pot if you wish to contribute toward replenishing the supplies).

Call KCC Community Warden, Mira Martin
Tel: 07969 584179, email
or Don Elliott 01580 895349 for more details
– or just come along!

Please note that this 'Shed' is in its early stages and we need volunteers to help run it.
If you are happy to help with opening and/or locking up or being present some or all of the time it is open – that would be a great help.
We will also need people to make sure we don’t run out of refreshments and to help make sure all is kept clean and tidy.

Please visit and if you want more of an idea of what we are aiming for - or come along and ask us.

At the moment we want to keep this for men only - but if there are ladies who want a similar club just let me (Mira) know. If you want to learn to be a bit more practical and independent and learn stuff like wiring plugs, changing a wheel on a car etc. we can do separate sessions - perhaps even have skills sharing events for men and women where those who can't cook, wouldn't know how to use a washing machine to do their laundry or iron etc. can come along and be taught how... the possibilities are endless and we will try to accommodate all reasonable requests!

Council Surgeries 25th February

Parish Council Vice-Chairman Paddy Riordan will be at Staplehurst library between 10.00am and 11.00am this Saturday 25th February to discuss questions about local issues.  Borough Councillor John Perry will be holding his surgery at the library between 10.00am and 12.00pm.  PCSO Pete Gardner's surgery will run from 10.00am to 11.00am, also at the library.

Surrenden Field Play Area Resurfacing

On Monday 20th February work will begin on replacing the safety surface of the play area at Surrenden Field.  The work is likely to last until Friday 24th February.  During this period the children's play area will be unavailable for use.  The Parish Council apologises for any inconvenience caused but hopes that everyone will appreciate the new surface once the work is finished.

KCC Consultation on Mental Health Service and Promoting Independence

Kent County Council would like to hear your views on its plans for services to help people with mental health issues live independent lives in the community.  To read about the plans and have your say go to the dedicated consultation page on the KCC website at  The consultation closes on 24 March 2017. 

Parish Office Change of Opening Hours

From the start of February the public opening hours of the Parish Office will be changing.  The office will still be open 9.00am to 1.00pm four days a week but the new days will be Monday to Thursday inclusive.  The office will be closed on Friday. 

KCC Freight Action Plan Consultation

KCC has published a consultation to refresh its Freight Action Plan which outlines actions to:

  • tackle the problem of overnight lorry parking in Kent
  • find a long term solution to Operation Stack
  • effectively manage the routing of HGV traffic to ensure that such movements remain on the strategic road network for as much of the journey as possible
  • take steps to address the problems caused to communities by freight traffic
  • ensure that KCC continues to make effective use of planning and development control powers to reduce the impact of freight traffic.
See for details of the plan and how to respond. The deadline for response to KCC is 12th March.

Bell Lane Temporary Closure from 16th January

KCC Highways have advised that Bell Lane in Staplehurst will be closed to through traffic between its junctions with A229 High Street and Vine Walk from 16th January for up to six weeks.  The closure is to facilitate a sewer connection and carriageway works by Coppard Plant Hire.
Through traffic will be directed to use a diversion via South Bank, Church Green and A229 High Street and vice versa.
Any enquiries should be directed to:
Road Closures Co-ordinator, West & Mid Kent Division
KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste
Aylesford Highway Depot
St Michael’s Close
ME20 7BU
Tel: 03000 41 81 81
Fax: 03000 422833