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Winter Safety advice from Kent Police

  • Stay with Your Vehicle

It’s fairly common for people to warm up their vehicle in front of their homes during the winter months. But be careful! If you warm up your vehicle unattended, a passing auto thief may just hop in and steal your vehicle. To prevent this, stay with your vehicle when you’re warming it up. Don’t give anyone an opportunity to take advantage of your absence. In addition, never leave your vehicle running in your garage with the garage door closed! Having the engine running in a closed area can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

·       Lock Your Doors

Lock all the doors of your vehicle and home, including the garage door. Any opening is an invitation for crime. Thieves can infiltrate your garage and break into your car, or even worse, your home. You should make sure all entrances and exits are secure at all times (this includes windows!).

·       Keep Valuables with You

Whether you’re out shopping or in the comfort of your home, never leave your valuables out of your sight. One common mistake people make is leaving their valuables in their car, only to find that their car has been broken into. Keep your valuables in a safe, if you own one, and make sure to hide it in a place no one would think to look. If you’re out shopping, keep your wallet in your front pocket and your purse in front of you.

·       Stay in the Light

Many people take advantage of the darkness to perform their crimes. Staying in visible areas is one key to winter crime prevention. When in your home, make sure your outdoor lamps are lit at night, if you have them. When outdoors, try to stay in well-lit areas. You should never walk alone at night! People always take advantage of loners, and the cover of darkness makes it much easier.

·       Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Thieves and other crime-doers take advantage of people who seem distracted. Nowadays, many people use their mobile phones when they should be paying attention to their environment. Don’t use your mobile phone too often, and appear confident in where you are going. There is a lesser likelihood that a predator will go after you if you appear confident and aware of your surroundings.

  • Leave a light on!

If you are going out for the night make sure your house is well lit! Burglars will try to identify houses that look empty – if all your lights are switched off it will look as though no one is home, setting up the perfect opportunity for crime.

You could use a timer switch to turn the lights on when you are out.

Fake/simulated TV units can give the impression that someone is in when your home is empty (never leave your actual TV on).

Do not leave items of value on show through ground floor windows eg laptops, tablets, car keys and games consoles etc.

Everyone at home should get into the habit of locking the door, even when they are at home – remove the keys from the lock and keep them out of reach/view but know where they are in case of an emergency.

Winter Maintenance Strategy 2019-2020

It is the individual responsibility of every parishioner to take due care and attention in adverse weather conditions.

The Cranbrook & Sissinghurst Parish Council have made no arrangements this winter for snow and ice clearance, salting or gritting of the Regal, Tanyard or Jockey Lane Car Parks.

Cranbrook & Sissinghurst Parish Council will not undertake clearance of pavements within the parish.  Residents and businesses are encouraged to clear the areas in front of their own property, although this will be entirely at their own risk.

There are salt and grit bins throughout the Cranbrook and Sissinghurst parish for use by parishioners.  Spreaders are available from the Parish Office at the corner of Stone Street, under the Vestry Hall. 

Throughout the winter season all residents and visitors to Cranbrook and Sissinghurst must use the roads, car parks and pavements with due care and attention.  It must be clearly understood that all users of the car parks do so at their own risk.

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.


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