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Surgeries at the Library on Saturday

Parish Council  Cllr Margaret Ashby will be at Staplehurst library between 10.00am and 11.00am this Saturday 16th December to discuss questions about local issues.

Parish Councillor Vacancy

Staplehurst Parish Council has a vacancy for someone to join the Parish Council.  To be eligible to serve on the Parish Council you must be over 18 years old and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • be registered on the local electoral roll
  • for the previous twelve months have occupied as owner or tenant premises in the parish
  • for those twelve months have worked at an address in the parish as your principal or only place of work
  • during the whole of those twelve months have resided in the parish or within three miles of it.
If you are interested in being considered for co-option as a Parish Councillor please contact the Parish Office or speak to an existing Parish Councillor at the Saturday morning surgery, held at Staplehurst Library, for further information.

The older persons bus pass renewal information

Kent County Council are changing the renewal process for the older persons bus pass.  If your pass expires in March 2018 please have a look at the KCC website for further information.

Free Courses from West Kent Mind

The following message is shared on behalf of West Kent Mind:

‘In Kent 457* people aged 15+ took their own life between 2014 and 2016. Every suicide is a tragic event and while the events and circumstances leading to each suicide will be different, there are things that we can all do to help prevent a suicide. We can develop greater awareness of the signs and symptoms of suicide risk. We can learn to listen and have the confidence to intervene and support someone who may be at risk.

West Kent Mind’s free half day Suicide Awareness and Prevention training, funded by Kent County Council, aims to reduce deaths by suicide. People completing our training can expect to have:

  • increased awareness of  the signs and symptoms of a potential suicide
  • increased confidence to intervene and prevent a suicide
  • increased knowledge of support services and how to signpost appropriately

97% of participants from previous Suicide Awareness and Prevention training said they were highly likely to recommend our training to others. All courses are led by skilled and qualified instructors.

These fully funded courses are available for a limited period only between December 2017 and 31 March 2018 for anyone who lives, works or studies in Kent.  

Our website is now open for applications in venues across Kent for courses running up to 6 February 2018 and we expect demand to be high. We also have a limited number of evening workshops on offer. For more information and to book your place please visit

Can we also ask you to help us spread the word by forwarding this email to all of your contacts. We are very keen to reach those involved in the construction industry, whose members have an above average risk of suicide. Also to people who work in fields such as hairdressing, shops or taxi driving, who may become more aware of suicide risk amongst their customers. Please feel free to print the attached poster and use it in your workplace or local community.

You may also like to re-tweet or share our Facebook post about this training. Find us on Twitter @westkentmind and on 

*source PCMD KPHO(JB)’