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The Cranbrook Poppy Appeal 2020

Things have to be a bit different this year, but you will be able to get your poppy.

  • POPPY STALLS, at the Co-op and outside the Vestry Hall. Saturday 31 October and Thursday 5th, Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November, 10.00 am to 2.00 pm. Some of the “fancy” Poppy Appeal items will also be available. You will be able to make your donation by:


†QR CODE using your phone’s camera;

†TEXT from your phone;

†CASH into a bucket and help yourself poppy tray.

  • Self service in selected shops and other establishments. Cash or, in some cases, QR Code.

Remembrance Sunday in Cranbrook Sunday 8th November 2020

Changes to the usual arrangements due to the pandemic:

* There will be no parade.

* St Dunstan’s Service at 10.30am until 11.00am – 2 minute silence and Last Post/Reveille. By INVITATION ONLY. Live on

* Names of Cranbrook war dead on display boards in the churchyard. Those unable to attend the service may gather round one of the boards socially distanced.

* Wreaths to be laid on Cranbrook School Gym Lawn. INVITATION ONLY. Wreath layers to assemble at 10.45 am. Silence and Last Post shared with St Dunstan’s congregation. Strict social distancing. Live on

* People not attending any central activity are invited to stand outside their front doors for a two minute silence at 11.00am. Many will be able to hear the Church clock and Last Post/Reveille from the Church tower.

“When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today!” The Kohima Epitaph.

20th October 2020

A Meeting of the PLANNING AND PRESERVATION MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE will be held remotely on TUESDAY 20th OCTOBER 2020 at 9.15am. The business to be transacted at the meeting is shown on the Agenda

Clerk to the Parish Council

Declaration of Interests, Dispensations and Predetermination:

Members are required to declare any interests, dispensations or predetermination on items on this agenda in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct. Members are reminded that changes to the Register of Interests should be notified to the Clerk.



Oak Cottage, Dorothy Avenue, Cranbrook, Kent. TN17 3AN

Removal of front porch; ground floor front extension; new porch and new entrance door and side light; landscaping and additional parking.


1 Hill View Cottages, Starvenden Lane, Sissinghurst, Cranbrook. TN17 2AN

Loft conversion including the insertion of 3no dormer windows to side elevation.


Upper Willsley House, Angley Road, Cranbrook.  TN17 2LF

Side/rear extension with associated landscaping


Hockridge Friezley Lane Cranbrook Kent TN17 2LL

Demolish existing pool house/plant room/storage room and build new pool house/plant room/storage room. 


Flishinghurst Orchard Chalk Lane Cranbrook Kent TN17 2QB

Variation of Condition 1 (Use) of 95/00102/FUL – Variation in order to facilitate any other users within the Class B1 use class  


Land Adj Robindale, The Common Sissinghurst Cranbrook Kent TN17 2AD

Erection of single dwelling


CL2 Hair And Beauty 33 Stone Street Cranbrook Kent TN17 3HF

Change of use from office to residential and creation of one bedroom residential garden flat. 




Update of major gas works by SGN in Cranbrook.

Our projects involve the replacement of old, metal gas mains with new plastic pipe as part of our commitment to ensure the reliability of the gas supply to properties in the local area and beyond. We’ve agreed all our work following close consultation with Kent County Council and our contractor WCB Utilities is undertaking this work on our behalf.

Following feedback from the local community and stakeholders, we agreed to reverse our original plans and complete our necessary upgrades in the High Street across the October school holidays, to help minimise disruption in the area.

From Monday 31 August, we’ll be working in the A229 Angley Road from the war memorial to the junction with Wheatfield Way for approximately six weeks. We’ll need to install temporary traffic lights around our work area to keep everyone safe and the traffic flowing.

Once we’ve completed our work in A229 Angley Road, our engineers will begin working in New Road. For everyone’s safety, we’ll need to close New Road from Monday 12 October for approximately five weeks.

On Monday 19 October we’ll progress onto the High Street. To ensure everyone’s safety, we’ll need to close the High Street between the junction with the A229 Angley Road and Cranbrook Fire Station. Through network planning and downsizing our pipes, we’ve been able to reduce the road closure from a planned 12 weeks down to two weeks. New Road will remain closed during this phase. A signed diversion will be in place for motorists and access for residents will be maintained.

Once we’ve completed our work in the High Street, New Road will remain closed for a further week while we complete the final upgrade to our gas mains.

As agreed with the local authority, we’ll be working Monday to Friday from 7am to 7pm, and on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm. We are mindful of people who live in the area and will try to minimise noisy activities where possible.

We’ve worked closely with UK Government and public health bodies to make sure we’re working in line with expert advice during the coronavirus pandemic. We have extra safety precautions in place to protect you and our colleagues from catching or spreading the virus.

Once our engineers start work, they’ll be happy to answer questions at any time during our project. Please remember to keep a safe distance when speaking to our team or passing our site.

We understand that people can get frustrated by roadworks. However, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means that when the work is complete, local residents will continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation, if you have any questions please about our Cranbrook project, please contact our Customer Service team on 0800 912 1700.

SGN, St. Lawrence House, Station Approach, Horley, RH6 9HJ

Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter: @SGNgas

Domestic Abuse Support Services from Kent Police

Kent Police have also provided the following social media links:

We're still here

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, you can report it. Limited contact with the outside world during this pandemic may make you or someone you know feel unsafe, but our specialist teams are still here 24/7. Visit: #KentTogether #Covid19

Posted by Kent Police on Thursday, 14 May 2020

TWBC launch new social website

A new website has been launched. With social distancing measures currently in place many people are experiencing social isolation and loneliness. To help combat this, and the impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has launched a new community website ‘Tunbridge Wells Social’.

The site is a collaborative project between the Council’s Culture, Health and Housing teams, the Community Safety Unit and partners including Town & Country Housing, St Giles Trust, KCC’s Early Help, Salus, DAVSS and Age UK. The site is free to use. More content will be added over the coming weeks and months, and the site will continue to be available as a community resource after lockdown measures are lifted.

Tunbridge Wells Social offers something for everyone. It’s a one stop shop of information and support as well as entertainment and fun. There is an interactive weekly podcast ‘Tunbridge Wells Talks’ airing lighthearted views about what’s going on, as well as updated and relevant content to help connect people.

Stars from the stage and small screen with local connections have given their support to the initiative. Comedian, writer and presenter Jo Brand recalls her school days in Tunbridge Wells; local actor Philip Martin Brown (Waterloo Road and Coronation Street) reads a favourite poem; Olympic medallist Jayne Torvill shares a message of support, commending how the local community has come together, and TV presenter Nick Knowles, who went to school in Tunbridge Wells, is also supporting the project sharing funny poems and a message.

Please do share this email and the website with your contacts and networks, families and friends. It would be also helpful to note that the Council has set up a local helpline to support people who need urgent help, supplies or medication as a result of the coronavirus. The number is 01892 554497.

Keep well and stay safe

Best wishes The Social Isolation Group
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

Launch of New Wellbeing Support Info Hub

Health partners and providers, local authorities and emergency services across Kent and Medway are working together to provide information on local support services to help people’s mental wellbeing during the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic crisis.

Information is available at for people experiencing bereavement and loss, debt and financial difficulties, pregnant women and new mums needing extra support, families looking for help with young children or teenagers.

There is support for those who might already have pre-existing mental health conditions, are victims of domestic abuse or are people in the shielded community.

The site also offers help for people with learning disabilities, people who don’t use English as a first language, carers and NHS staff, care staff and other key workers.

Kent County Council Director of Public Health, Andrew Scott-Clark said: “The challenging reality of lockdown is creating uncertainty and anxiety for many. The constant news can feel overwhelming and you may be adjusting to a different way of life, with children off school, many people not working or working from home, as well as not seeing family, friends and colleagues.

“This anxiety is natural, and we are all feeling it. Fortunately, there are things that we can do to protect our mental health and to support the wellbeing of our friends and family. At you can find information, advice and signposting to other great sites which can help, whatever your situation and need. This is #kenttogether.”

Thanks to all of those supplying content to including: Kent County Council; Medway Council; Public Health England; NHS England; Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group; Kent Community NHS Foundation Trust; Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust; Live Well Kent; Healthwatch Kent; Kent Community Foundation; Headstart Kent; Carers UK; Kent’s Integrated Domestic Abuse Support Services; KCC Children’s Centres; Citizen’s Advice and Age Concern.

As part of the Release the Pressure campaign, a new text service is now available – by texting the word “Kent” or “Medway” to 85258, you will start a conversation with one of the many trained and experienced volunteers who can give support at any time, wherever you are. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help. Texts are free on all major mobile networks and the service is provided by SHOUT and the Crisis Text Line.

The service will run in addition to the current 24/7 freephone helpline and is funded by the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) which is a collaboration between Kent County Council, Medway Council, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust and all the NHS organisations across Kent and Medway.

Vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication are also reminded of the helpline – called Kent Together – which provides a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the county who is in urgent need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is a collaboration between KCC, central Government, District, Borough and local councils, the voluntary and community sector, the NHS and other partners to ensure help is at hand for vulnerable people.

If you are vulnerable and have an urgent need that cannot be met through existing support networks, you can contact the Kent Together helpline at  or by calling on 03000 41 92 92. It is a 24-hour service.The Kent Together service is a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in Kent who is in urgent need of help during the coronavirus outbreak

Fake Tesco Phishing Email and other Scams

Please see below an alert from Action Fraud in relation to a phishing scam, where fraudsters are impersonating Tesco.

The fake Tesco emails are offering ‘free vouchers’ during the coronavirus outbreak and you are asked to click on a link, which takes you to a convincing looking phishing website that is designed to steal your login, personal and financial information.

If you receive one of these, please do not click on the link and delete it and report to Action Fraud.

For more info and extra help on how to keep yourself safe online visit

Use the A, B, C of scam awareness:

  1. never assume a caller, email or text is genuine.
  2. never believe a caller, email or text is genuine.
  3. always confirm by contacting a trusted number, family member, friend, your bank’s fraud department or the police to check if it’s genuine.

Keeping a safety net around children in Kent

Kent Police is urging parents to look out for the signs of online grooming as children and young people in Kent spend more time at home.

The Covid-19 worldwide pandemic means that children who would normally be visiting friends and family or attending school around the county are now in lockdown and may be searching for things to do to keep them occupied.

With more people turning to the internet, Kent Police is reminding everyone of the steps that can be taken to keep young and vulnerable people protected from online abuse.

Detective Chief Superintendent Andrew Pritchard at Kent Police said: ‘This is an extremely worrying time for families who may be feeling anxious and dealing with new and difficult living situations. As a result it may be harder than usual to spot the signs of online abuse.

‘Whilst there is nothing to suggest more children are being groomed at this time, there is a potential for more young and vulnerable people to fall victim to predators who may take advantage of the health crisis and seek to enter homes without leaving their own.

‘Keeping children and vulnerable people safe is a top priority for us and significant resources are dedicated to tackling this issue. As the public continues to play their part in social distancing and saving lives, we will remain committed to keeping people safe both outdoors and at home.’

It is important that children using mobile phones, tablets and computers know what is right and what is wrong especially when using instant messaging services. They should only ever be speaking to people they know personally and report anything suspicious to their parents or the police.

Check what restrictions are in place, most devices or internet access will have parental controls available. Ask your child to be open and honest with you about their passwords and profiles.

Parents should talk about the risks when uploading and sharing private information as you can never be sure whose hands it will end up in or who can see it.

DCS Pritchard added: ‘We have invested in educating young people about online dangers and the chances of a real child meeting someone they’ve met online and becoming a victim of this sort of offence is extremely low.

‘Rest assured the force has specialist detectives who are trained to work in this field and have the skills and resources needed to carry out investigations in the most appropriate way.

‘It is important we all continue to do our bit to keep children safe, not just at this unprecedented time but always.’

Further advice

• Speak to your children. Understand the capabilities of the devices they use, and the websites that they use.

• Keep the computer in a communal room. Explain to them the dangers of talking to strangers; whether that be in ‘real life’ or on the internet.

• It’s important that online privacy settings are checked regularly especially when updating apps – the same applies for location settings too.

• Encourage the use of strong passwords such as three or more random words or capital letters, numbers and symbols.

• ‘Stranger danger’ is as relevant on the internet as it is on the streets. You should not speak to strangers and we encourage children to raise any concerns with their parents.

• Only speak to people you know and have met. Don’t accept social media requests from people you don’t know.

For more advice or to report online abuse visit

Parish Council Meetings

The Parish Council intend to hold meetings remotely under new powers the government have introduced to help us continue to function during the current crisis. Please keep an eye on our agenda page for details of those meetings and how you can attend these meetings remotely

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