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Staplehurst Village Centre Extraordinary General Meeting

The Staplehurst Village Centre Trust will hold an extraordinary general meeting in the South Hall of Staplehurst Village Centre at 8.00pm on Tuesday 4th April 2017.  The meeting will consider the following proposal: 'to modernise the charity governance from the old 1991 scheme to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in line with the Charities Commission legal framework.'
Representatives of the Trust will give a presentation on the proposal and there will be an opportunity to ask questions before voting takes place.  The proposal is the only item on the agenda.
The full proposal can be consulted at  The Village Centre website can be found at

Surgeries at the Library on Saturday

Parish Councillor Sam Lain-Rose will be at Staplehurst library between 10.00am and 11.00am on Saturday 25th March to discuss questions about local issues.  Borough Councillor Perry's surgery will run from 10.00am until 12.00 noon.

Maidstone Park & Ride Consultation

Maidstone Borough Council is seeking residents' views on the Park & Ride service.  To read about the consultation and complete the survey go to  The consultation closes on 9th April.

Staplehurst Post Office Consultation

A six week public consultation begins today, 15th March 2017, ending on 28th April 2017 inviting residents to comment on the Post Office's proposal to relocate Staplehurst Post Office branch to Station Newsagents, Braemar, Station Road, Staplehurst TN12 0QH. For further information and to comment on the proposal please go to : and enter the following branch code: 19594899

Government Better Broadband Campaign

The Department for Culture Media and Sport has launched “The Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme”. The Subsidy Scheme is related to the Government’s commitment to provide every home and business in the UK with access to a basic broadband service. A subsidised broadband installation, worth up to £350, is now available if households or businesses cannot access an affordable broadband service with a speed of at least 2Mb per second.

Further details on the Scheme, including a Guide and Frequently Asked Questions can be downloaded from the following web address County Council provides information about how the scheme operates in Kent at

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!

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.