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KEEP THE AIR AMBULANCE FLYING
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 nfreeston2002@aol.com 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: http://www.kent.gov.uk/energyandlowemissionsconsultation

KENT COUNTY COUNCIL ROAD CLOSURE

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

RESTORED SUNDAY BUS SERVICES TO CONTINUE – Press release

Great News! The Sunday Stagecoach 349 bus service between Hastings and Cranbrook, connecting there with Arriva 5 to Maidstone, is set to continue through winter 2018 and summer 2019 with 5 return services a day.

After a four year absence – and bucking a national trend – the service was restored in spring 2017 linking rural communities and major towns in East Sussex and West Kent to their mutual benefit. On the very first service, the bus helped to get people (two chefs) to their Sunday jobs. Food for thought!

Key to the start-up was a recognition that the growing annual visitor numbers at Bodiam Castle (200,000) and on Kent and East Sussex Railway (100,000) are mainly reliant on cars, putting pressure on local lanes and land for parking. Now there’s a 7 days a week public transport option, with rail connections at Hastings (for Stagecoach bus 349) and Staplehurst (for Arriva bus 5). These connections make ‘car free’ days out feasible to/from London/Brighton/Eastbourne.

Voluntary groups, organisations, parishes, the National Trust, 1066 Marketing and individuals raised sufficient funds to support summer Sunday/school holiday services. At this point, East Sussex and Kent County Councils began conversations with Stagecoach and Arriva resulting in recognition of the ‘cross border’ link and offering limited but crucial support, including for publicity.

Rother Voluntary Action helpfully held the funds raised and the idea was backed by Rother Transport Action Group. Commitment of the cross border Hawkhurst Transport Access Group – with Bodiam and Sandhurst parish members – was also notable and helpful, and the regular attendance of Stagecoach and Arriva at their meetings reflects the shared efforts of all to secure a high quality and comprehensive local and regional bus service. The fruits of this are certainly a great example of ‘partnership working’.

As well as serving attractive and growing village communities of Hawkhurst and Cranbrook, the Stagecoach bus 349 and Arriva 5 also make possible Sunday days out in the country to Sedlescombe organic vineyard, Sandhurst church and Hawkhurst Victorian walled nursery. For village dwellers, the riverside town of Maidstone, and Hastings seaside and medieval Old Town have their unique leisure, arts attractions and shopping opportunities. For walkers, the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers a network of footpaths across special landscapes of ridges and valleys, with a reward of good pub lunches in picturesque villages.

An e-mail from a young family with a new baby is telling: just moved back to Staplecross after some years in Hastings, they report their relief at having a 7 days a week service linking them to the services they need in the larger towns.

Derrick Coffee

(County Officer, Campaign for Better Transport – East Sussex)

The Stagecoach 349 and Arriva 5 routes and their passengers and linked communities in the High Weald  had a piece to cheer on Sunday last on the Politics Show – BBC South East

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bp0kf2/sunday-politics-south-east-28102018

Are you interested in having an allotment?

WOULD YOU LIKE AN ALLOTMENT?

  • A nominal current annual cost of £22 per 5 rods (45 x 30ft) with a 50% reduction for pensioners. 
  • A wonderful source of fresh fruit and vegetables for a healthy diet at minimal cost. 
  • A relaxed friendly atmosphere with an abundance of experienced allotment holders happy to give advice 
  • A great form of exercise. 

If you are interested and can commit to looking after a plot you, please pop into the Parish Office or alternatively call 01580 713112 for further details.

Looking for a new sport in 2019? Ever thought of playing bowls?

CRANBROOK BOWLS CLUB NEEDS YOU.

WE ARE AT THE TOP OF JOCKEY LANE CARPARK

NEW MEMBERS ARE MOST WELCOME

THE CLUB IS OPEN FROM THE END OF APRIL EACH YEAR.

FREE INSTRUCTION GIVEN ON THURSDAY AFTERNOONS FROM 5pm. BOWLS ARE AVAILABLE TO USE

WHY NOT COME ALONG AND GIVE IT A TRY, MEET NEW FRIENDS AND LEARN A NEW SPORT.

For further information contact David on: – 01580 388846 or Tony on: – 01580 714085

SEE OUR WEBSITE: – www.cranbrookbowls.co.uk