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Can you Help?

Some years ago the late Eileen Starkey, finding herself with an empty shop and wanting to do something for the community, decided to start a charity shop.
That was when “Charities at Home” came about. Over the years many thousands of pounds have been raised for charity, 50% of the profits going to the Air Ambulance and the remaining 50% being distributed by Cranbrook & Hawkhurst Rotary Club to local charities such as Hospice in the Weald, Cranbrook Blind Club and Cranbrook in Bloom as well as numerous other worthy causes that are so important to the wider community.
Sadly now many of the volunteers are being overtaken by age. In order to keep this valuable service open we desperately need additional volunteers to undertake a two-hour slot Monday to Saturday.
If you feel able to help please contact Mrs Liz Tapper 01580 713836 or Peter Martin 01580 752222 or alternatively email with your telephone number and we will get back to you.

Norman Freeston

Cranbrook & Hawkhurst Rotary Club

Alert – Doorstep Crime

Tree cutting services
We have received reports that doorstep criminals are active in the East Peckham area – all Kent residents should be on alert. 
What happens
Residents are cold-called for tree cutting work
Exorbitant sums of money are demanded 
The criminals drive the resident to the bank to withdraw cash
What to do
NEVER agree to work being carried out from someone who knocks on
your door uninvited 
Don’t allow anyone to pressure you into having work done
If you ask them to leave and they don’t, contact the police on 999
Use reputable traders who are members of the KCC Trading Standards
approved trader scheme, run in partnership with Checkatrade
Get a minimum of 3 quotes in writing
Warn vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours.

For advice and to report issues to KCC Trading Standards contact
Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06
Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Public Consultation – Energy and Low Emissions Strategy

Kent and Medway have just launched a consultation on a draft Energy and Low Emissions Strategy. The draft strategy describes how Kent and Medway councils and their partners will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, tackle poor air quality and ensure the county benefits from a competitive, innovative and resilient low carbon economy. The draft Strategy focuses on the actions that need to be delivered in partnership across the public sector; joining up the local activity within Kent and Medway that is being undertaken by councils officers, health professionals, and schools to influence and work with energy and transport providers, housing developers, landlords and other private sector organisations to achieve benefits for everyone. The draft strategy identifies actions that will:

improve the quality of the air we breathe

reduce household energy bills

take action on climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050

promote sustainable, low carbon transport, walking and cycling

support economic growth and technological innovation

promote and develop affordable, clean and secure energy

bring wider health and environmental benefits to communities, residents and visitors.

The draft strategy and consultation questionnaire can be accessed online until 23rd September. Please click on the link to have your say:


Temporary Road Closure – Common Road, Cranbrook – from 6th August 2019 for up to 4 days The road will be closed between Hovendens and Sissinghurst C of E Primary School. The alternative route is via Common Road, The Street, Sissinghurst Road, Wilsley Pound, The Common, Frittenden Road. The closure is to enable carriageway resurfacing by KCC Highways. Map data © Google Terms of Use