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Couchman Green Lane Temporary Road Closure

Due to carriageway works Kent County Council has made an Order prohibiting through traffic on the following road: Couchman Green Lane, Staplehurst, Temporary Road Closure from its junction with A229 Maidstone Road to Pile Lane from Tuesday 5th May 2015 for up to 2 days, or until the work is complete. The alternative route is via A229 Maidstone Road/Station Road/Headcorn Road/Pile Lane.
For further details go to: 

Staplehurst Summer Play Scheme Dates and Helping Opportunities

This year's summer play scheme will run from Tuesday 4th August until Friday 21st August at the Kathie Lamb Brownie & Guide Centre, Jubilee Field, Headcorn Road.  An introductory open morning will be held on Monday 3rd August.  Further information will appear at over the coming weeks.
The scheme will again be delivered by Play Place, with financial and administrative support from Staplehurst Parish Council and Maidstone Borough Council.  If you are interested in helping at the play scheme please also go to for further information about how Play Place is recruiting paid helpers.

Voluntary Warden Sought for Five Ash Lane Roadside Nature Reserve

Kent Wildlife Trust is seeking a volunteer warden to look after the roadside nature reserve on Five Ash Lane (between Pagehurst Raod and Five Oak Lane) in Staplehurst.
The Kent and Medway Road Verge Project works to identify protect and manage road verges which contain threatened habitats or wildlife.  The role of the volunteer warden is to be the eyes and ears of Kent Wildlife Trust, report back on any issues with the area and keep a brief log of interesting species on site.  Training is available.
For further information please contact Zoe Honour at Kent Wildlife Trust on 01622 662012 or e-mail  Website:

Consultation on future delivery of Library, Registration and Archive services in Kent

Kent County Council has launched a public consultation about the future delivery of the Libraries, Registration and Archive (LRA) services.  It wants to make financial savings at the same time as maintaining customer-focused services.  Its preferred approach is to set up a charitable trust to deliver the services and it wants to know what people think of the idea.
The consultation runs from 12th January until 8th April 2015.  More details about the proposals and a questionnaire can be found at and in all Kent libraries and registry offices.
Questions can be raised by e-mailing or telephoning 03000 413131.

Message about Stroke Care from Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

The following message from Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust seeks your views about local care for stroke victims.

"Opportunities to get involved and give your feedback…

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells hospitals jointly provide acute stroke care and rehabilitation for patients from West Kent and north East Sussex. Reviews have shown that similar to many other hospitals, locally and nationally, we can greatly improve stroke outcomes for our patients and reduce long-term disability.

Our hospital clinicians and GP leads are currently developing higher standards of care for every patient we see. It is our aim to ensure all patients have access to dedicated stroke teams and treatment 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We are involving our patients, the public and healthcare professionals in this important work over the coming months, using their knowledge and experience to help us build better stroke services. You can find out more about this online at

If you would like us to send you more information, or want to share your views and experiences with us on stroke care, to help shape these important improvements, you can:

Email us at:

Write to us for free at: Freepost RTKS – AKZZ - UCZZ, Stroke Services, Room 118, Service Centre, Maidstone Hospital, Hermitage Lane Maidstone, Kent ME16 9QQ

If you would like to speak to someone anonymously, you can contact Healthwatch Kent by telephone: 0808 801 0102 or email :

Dr Jim Milton, Clinical Lead for Stroke Services, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust"
Please send your responses by 1st May 2015.

Volunteers Wanted for new 'Cutting Edge' Crime Reduction App

Volunteers Required For Country Eye (administered by local Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officers)

Volunteers are being recruited to assist in the running of a ‘cutting edge’ new crime reduction App that will soon be available for smartphones.

If you are computer literate and have a few hours to spare each week Country Eye would like to hear from you.  Applicants will be fully trained by both Kent Police and Country Eye Ltd.

Please apply in the first instance to

Helping to Keep the Kent Countryside Safe