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Celebratory Officer Vacancies

The Kent Registration Service is looking for Celebratory Officers to register and conduct their civil ceremonies; these include marriages, civil partnerships and renewal of vows. If you are customer-focused, confident and reliable, then this opportunity could be for you. Not only do you work as part of a great team, but you also get to work a range of beautiful venues and be a part of a couples’ very special day.

We have annualised hours contracts available across the county for 248 hours and 136 hours per annum, with the salary paid in equal monthly instalments over the year regardless of the hours worked that month.

The greatest proportion of the work will take place from June to September inclusive, for which you will be required to work Fridays and/or Saturdays dependant on your contractual hours. Ceremonies also take place on other weekdays and bank holidays.

Whilst you will be allocated to a District base, the ability to travel across a wide geographical area in a timely and flexible manner at various times of the day is essential. This role can require long periods of standing.

Candidates must be available to attend the following:

  • One of our Assessment Days which will be held on 13th February, 17th February and 18th February 2020
  • Interviews which will be held week commencing 24th February 2019
  • Training for successful candidates which will take place during April and May 2020

Salary is £20,222 pro-rata (This equates to £1426 or £2602 p.a. depending on the size of the contract taken)

To apply, please visit https://kenthrbc.referrals.selectminds.com/jobs/celebratory-officer-4114 . For more information about the position, please telephone David Todd on 03000 414738.

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?

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.

Major Planning Application

Brick Kiln Farm – 16/502860/OUT

Outline planning permission for the erection of up to 180 dwellings (including up to 35% affordable housing) with means of access to be determined at this stage together with structural woodland planting and landscaping, informal public open space, community orchard, children’s play area, attenuation basin, vehicular access point from Hartley Road and associated ancillary development.

Comments are due by: 5th October 2017

Please visit the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council website to view the planning application

http://www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk/

 

16/503953/FULL – Former Cranbrook Engineering Site And Wilkes Field

Mixed use development comprising of demolition of unlisted buildings (Buildings A, B, D, E, F, G, H, I on former Cranbrook Engineering site and Building J on Wilkes Field) and construction of a new Community Centre, 28 no. residential dwellings, including conversion of a listed building to residential use involving internal and external alteration, 1 no. retail unit, together with parking, access, landscaping and ancillary works. 

To view this major planning application, click on the link below:

http://pa.midkent.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=O6WFELTYHIH00

Major Planning Application

Brick Kiln Farm – 16/502860/OUT

Outline planning permission for the erection of up to 180 dwellings (including up to 35% affordable housing) with means of access to be determined at this stage together with structural woodland planting and landscaping, informal public open space, community orchard, children’s play area, attenuation basin, vehicular access point from Hartley Road and associated ancillary development.

To view this major planning application, click on the link below:

http://pa.midkent.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=O4Y388TY0NN00

 

Cranbrook Bowls Club Is Seeking New Members

  • We seek new members of all ages and abilities, novices to experienced players.
  • Low yearly membership fee of £55 (less for under 18’s). No joining fee
  • Play for up to 4 times at no cost before deciding whether to join
  • Excellent facilities with modern clubhouse and first class green in central Cranbrook
  • Free coaching available with qualified Kent Bowling Association coaches
  • Friendly and sociable club where members support and help each other.

INFORMATION AND CONTACTS

Visit our website for more information

www.cranbrookbowls.co.uk

Write,email; or speak to Dave Pullin to arrange a free roll up or obtain an application form

Dave Pullin – Membership Secretary

Cranbrook Bowls Club

21 Norris Close

Hawkhurst, Kent TN18 4NE

Telephone: 01580 388846  Email:  pullindb@aol.com

Or contact

Chairman – Peter Hulme

Telephone: 01580 713517  Email: peter.hulmes321@btinternet.com

Secretary – John Houghton

Telephone: 01580 714843  Email:  joju@fonant.co.uk

Cranbrook Citizen Advice Bureaux

Can be found at Cranbrook Library, Carriers Road, Cranbrook TN17 3JT.

They are open Monday, Wednesday & Friday at the following times –

Monday – Form Filling by appointment only

Wednesday – 9:30am – 5:30pm

Friday – 9:30am – 5:30pm

Advice Line : 01580 714936

Admin Line: 01580 713989

Email : advicecranbrook@catwd.org.uk

Website:  www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Advice Line: 01892 533880

Email: advice@catwd.org.uk

Website www.citizenadvice.org.uk

The Oil-Club

The Oil-Club has launched a club for Cranbrook and the surrounding area. If you would like to join or find out more about the club, please visit the website: http://www.oil-club.co.uk.

The benefits are:

Reduced heating oil costs

Reduced heavy goods vehicle traffic through our villages

Reduced carbon exhausted into our environment

About the Oil-Club

The Oil-Club is an independent organisation and has no links to any of the suppliers. The Clubs aim is simple – reduce the cost of heating oil for our members and the environmental impact as much as we can! The Oil-Club already manages over 2, 200 clubs across the country.

How much can we save you?

By grouping our deliveries by village or postcode sector and the bulk purchase ability of The Oil-Club, we are able to negotiate with our panel of suppliers the best bulk purchase price for heating oil and pass on the saving to our members.

As the membership grows so does our negotiating power of The Oil-Club!

How do we help the environment?

A village with 100 members will save between 150 to 180 heavy duty vehicle trips a year through your village. A big saving on wear and tear to our village, our lanes, roads and to the environment.

This also means that a village will only have one oil tanker delivering to a number of homes on the same day rather than many deliveries to individual households on different days by different suppliers.