Parish Council News March 2021

Parish Council News

Help for the Local Isolating 

For anyone in the village that is self-isolating and need help with posting mail, pick up shopping, urgent supplies, or a friendly chat on the phone ∙just call the clerk Di Sandy on 01233 740887 or 07895494851. Challock Village Stores and The Barn Shop are able to deliver basic supplies to parishioners in the village who are self-isolating. Please call Angela Challock Post Office on 740313 or Paul The Barn Shop on 740237 or email 

Coronavirus is contagious.  Please take every precaution to ensure you are spreading only kindness.  Keep your distance.  Wash your hands regularly.  Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives.  Keep Safe.  

PC Luke Jones Report for February

There were 4 reported crimes of note including theft of wheelie bin, criminal damage and burglary (non-dwelling) where a barn was broken in to.

Although there have been no catalytic convertors reported stolen in the area this month, there have been several reported in other parts of Ashford. Please remain vigilant for any suspicious behaviour.

Have been out delivering advice on crime prevention to farmers in rural communities.

A252 Road Safety Improvements

Parish Council have approved Feedback report to KCC Alan Osuoha and Ward Councillors Larry Krause & Charlie Simkins. For full report please see parish council website parish meeting minutes.

Kent County Council launching a consultation on Vision Zero: The Road Safety Strategy for Kent 2020 – 2026.  As set out on the KCC website, they are consulting on their draft five year Road Safety Strategy for Kent and their 30 year vision.  ‘Vision Zero’ aims for zero, or as close as possible, fatalities on Kent’s roads each year by 2050. The success of this strategy will depend on engagement with Kent’s communities to work together towards safer roads, towns, and villages. 

Challock Post Office Outreach Service 

The Outreach service in Challock will operate temporarily from the premises of the village stores, whilst the Post Office Ltd continue to search for a permanent solution.  Services – offer all the Mails products.

Opening Times – Tuesday & Thursday 2 – 4 pm 

Local Post Offices

Charing Post Office opening times Monday – Friday 9 am – 17.30 pm, Saturday 9 am – 12.30 pm

Wye Post Office opening times Monday – Friday 9 am – 17.00 pm, Saturday 9 am – 12.30 pm.

Chilham Post Office opening times Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9 am – 1 pm – 2pm – 5.30 pm.  Wednesday & Saturday 9 am – 1 pm.

Mobile Library Service 

Mobile Library Service stops adjacent to the Chequers, Church Lane on the following dates:

Friday 23rd April 2021 (10.10 am to 10.55 am) Third week of the month.

Operating a Click & Collect Service only.  Telephone 03000 41 31 31 to order your library books.

Any parishioners who are unable to access the mobile library to contact the Parish Clerk who will be happy to collect and deliver to their homes.

Kent Community Foundation has a hardship fund running for children with families with complex needs.  These are cash grants directly to families who are struggling financially at this current time. KCF can provide cash hardship grants to families direct at the value of up to £500. This is aimed to help with either buying food or essential items for the home, or just to help pay the bills over the next few months (this excludes council tax/rent arrears).  They are currently open for applications. On-line complete their request form or call 03000 419292. It is a 24-hour service. 

The William Oure Charity

Challock Parish Council are Trustees for the William Oure Charity 

The Charity can provide financial support, items and services to villagers who are in need.  To support parishioners who have suffered a tragic accident or bereavement. 

If you are a parishioner or know someone who is suffering financial hardship in the village, please contact Di Sandy on 07895494851 or email

The Lees – Wildflower Borders

Area 5 – adjacent to planings.  The groundsman has prepared the area ready for the school children to plant the seeds.  The Rewilding Project group will be liaising with Councillor Tony Aitken and the school and assisting with marking out the area for the classes and dividing up the wildflower seeds for each class.  The rewilding project group have marked out the other areas.  The first cut by commercial services have taken place.  The grounds man will carry out a back up of the Lees early April.

A parish has kindly donated a bench to be installed in area 5.  

Play Park New Equipment

The Parish Council has agreed to install replacement agility trail, new junior swings and toddler and nest swing supplied by Playdale.  Installation to take place April/May time.  

Spring Litter Pick

The Parish Council are looking to organise a weekend litter pick campaign towards the end of May subject to covid restrictions.  The Parish Council would like to hear from parishioners if they would be interested in doing a litter pick along A251 Kingswood and top of White Hill, Kingswood, as well as within the village.  

Queens Platinum Jubilee June 2022

Nation will come together over a four-day Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate The Queen’s 70-year reign. Extensive programme of public events will mix traditional pageantry with cutting edge technological displays. Jubilee medal will be created and awarded to public services workers. Opportunity for the village to come together and organise events to mark this special occasion post pandemic.

Village Website –

Facebook Page – For up-to-date information and important announcements you can visit Facebook  Any comments regarding our new Facebook page please email the clerk on

The Parish Council meetings: the next virtual parish meeting will be held on 15th April 2021 at 7.30pm.  You can telephone in and listen to the meeting as well as accessing the meeting through laptop/computer or mobile phone. 

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