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Temporary Closure of Frittenden Road on 27 May 2016

KCC Highways have advised it will be necessary to close Frittenden Road in Staplehurst from 27 May 2016 for up to one day. The road will be closed between the junctions of Cranbrook Road and Staplehurst Road. The closure is to enable ditching works to be carried out by KCC.

The alternative route is via A229 Cranbrook Road, Grandshore Lane, Cranbrook Road, Headcorn Road, Staplehurst Road, Frittenden Road and vice versa.

For further information please contact the West Kent Roadworks Team at Kent County Council – Highways, Transportation & Waste: tel. 03000 41 81 81 or go to

Annual Parish Meeting 23rd May 2016

The Annual Parish Meeting will take place at 8.00pm on Monday 23rd May in the South Hall, Staplehurst Village Centre. This is not a meeting of the Parish Council but a public meeting arranged and hosted by the Council to provide local electors with a forum for discussion of parish issues and to take reports from councillors and village groups.

There is still time to send to the Parish Office written reports (500 words max.) and any issues for discussion, but by 3rd May please. Reports will be included in meeting minutes for historical interest and published on the village website. Verbal reports and questions will be taken at the meeting if time permits.

This year’s guest speaker will be Lisa Greenhead, Occupational Therapist at Woodland House. Please come along to listen to Lisa talk about the specialist work that Woodland House does with young people and, in the meantime, why not visit the Woodland House website

Temporary Road Closure A229 High Street & Cranbrook Road Staplehurst from 31 May 2016 for up to 2 nights

Kent Highways have advised the temporary closure of A229 Cranbrook Road for up to two nights from 31st May to facilitate remedial works to the road surface by Kent Highways.  The road will be closed between 19.00 and 05.00.  The road will be closed from Headcorn Road to Wilsley Pound Roundabout.
The alternative route is via A229 Rocks Hill, A262 The Street/Sissinghurst Road/High Street, A274 North Street/Headcorn Road/Biddenden Road/Wheeler Street/Station Road/High Street/North Street/Mill Bank/Maidstone Road/Headcorn Road/North Street/Maidstone Road, B2163 Plough Wents Road/Heath Road, A229 Linton Hill/Staplehurst Road/Maidstone Road/Station Road.
For more information contact: Road Closures Co-ordinator, West Kent Division, KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste, Aylesford Highway Depot, St Michael’s Close, Aylesford, ME20 7BU.  Tel:03000 41 81 81 (24-hour Contact Centre); Fax : 03000 422833; e-mail:

Trustees Wanted to Support Work in Rural Kent

Action with Communities in Rural Kent (ACRK) is seeking two new trustees to help oversee the work it does to support people in rural Kent.  Staplehurst Parish Council is a member of the organisation.  In particular ACRK is looking for people with backgrounds in financial management, accountancy or human resources.
ACRK aims to:
- provide direct advice and support to community organisations
- stimulate community action, particularly voluntary action, and encourage good practice
- develop and manage demonstration projects
- provide professional support and advice to key service providers
- raise awareness of rural issues and influence decision makers.
If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Action with Communities in Rural Kent on 01303-813790 or e-mail the Chief Executive at or visit ACRK's website at

Volunteers Required to Assist with Music Sessions for Disabled

Compaid is a charity based in Paddock Wood supporting disabled people in a variety of ways. They are looking for volunteers to join their Outreach Team on a Wednesday afternoon once a month for Music Technology/Soundbeam sessions at a residential home in Staplehurst.
The sessions incorporate a variety of music technologies, aimed at providing meaningful and enjoyable 1:1 activity for groups of up to 3 or 4 people at a time, using a combination of Soundbeam, Skoog and ipad.
Using these and musical apps on the ipad, participants explore a wide range of digital musical instruments and sound effects, sometimes in combination with visual effects. Sessions are noisy, fun and highly enjoyed by the residents.
A good musical knowledge and technical ability is required as the volunteer will be providing guidance on suitable sound and instrumental combinations, and encouraging experimentation with the sounds created. They may also assist with creating musical compositions during sessions.
If you would like to find out more please contact Judith Williams, H R Administrator
tel: 01892 834539 email:

Wilden Park Road Temporary Closure from 25th April

KCC has announced that it will be necessary to close Wilden Park Road in Staplehurst for up to five days from 25th April.  The closure will allow KCC to undertake patching work on the carriageway.
The road will be closed between Hush Heath Hill and Curtisden Green Lane.  Traffic will be diverted via Curtisden Green Lane, Winchet Hill, Sherenden Lane, Wilden Park Road and vice-versa.
For more details contact the West Kent Roadworks team at Kent County Council on 03000 41 81 81 or go to

Affordable Homes Available for Shared Ownership at Saxon Mead

Taylor Wimpey have released three x three bedroomed homes at Saxon Mead, Staplehurst to Golding Homes who are now marketing the propeties under a shared ownership scheme. For further information please follow the link to Golding Homes website at:

Review of KCC Funded Bus Services

Kent County Council has launched a consultation on proposed changes to the subsidies it grants to some bus services.  The number 5 bus service between Maidstone and Hawkhurst, which serves Staplehurst, is affected by the proposals which would see evening services diverting via Coxheath to replace the 89 bus service.
Full details of the proposals and how to have your say may be viewed on KCC's website at or you can view KCC's media release at  The consultation will close on 15th May.

Funding Programme for Green Space Projects

The community charity Groundwork has announced a new round of funding for community green spaces as part of a programme in collaboration with Tesco.  The programme will use funds raised by Tesco from the sale of 5p carrier bags.  Applications may be submitted from 18th April, giving organisations time to prepare bids before the date.  [UPDATE  - the funding application window will close on 3rd June].  Projects eligible for funding could include parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens.  To find out more about the programme including how to apply go to

Volunteers Required for Heart of Kent Hospice Events

Heart of Kent Hospice organises a wide range of fundraising events throughout the year for which ad hoc helpers are required on the day to support a range of tasks. If you have any free time to help with the following weekend and/or evening events please contact Nicola Smith at fundraising on 01622 790195:
Fire Walk: Friday 4th March - Jubilee Square, Maidstone Me14 1SA (eve)
Maidstone Road Run: Sunday 20th March - Cornwallis Academy, Maidstone ME17 4HX (day)
Bluebell Walk: Sunday 1st May - Harrietsham Village Hall ME17 1AP (day)
It's a Knockout: Sunday 15th May - Mote Park , Maidstone ME15 7SU (day)
Brands Hatch 10k Run & Fun Run:  Friday 3rd June - Brands Hatch DA3 9NG (eve)
Rainbow 5k Fun Run: Sunday 19th June - Mote Park, Maidstone ME15 7SU (day)