Notice of Casual Vacancy

Sissinghurst ward

Notice of Vacancy


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor for the SISSINGHURST ward of the Parish of Cranbrook & Sissinghurstfollowing the resignation of Councillor Carl Meewezen.

Rule 8(1) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (Amendment) Rules, 1986, provides that on a casual vacancy occurring in the office of councillor of a parish, an election to fill the vacancy shall be held within 60 days if, within fourteen days after public notice of the vacancy has been given in accordance with Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act, 1972, notice in writing of a request for such an election has been given by TEN electors of the parish to

The Returning Officer
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Town Hall
Tunbridge Wells

If no such notice is given by 11th June 2021, Cranbrook & Sissinghurst Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

Dated 24th May 2021

Lori Ham
Clerk to Cranbrook & Sissinghurst Parish Council

In computing any period of time for the purposes of this notice a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning, shall be disregarded.

The Katherine Elisabeth Wood Trust

The Katherine Elisabeth Wood Trust is a fund that was set up by the will of Katharine Alice Wood many years ago, with money left to help those in the Parish of Cranbrook who most needed it.

The grants from the trust are designed (among other things) to help young people with ‘training, school or college expenses, equipment, tools, special clothing’ etc. 

Recently we have given small grants towards; a set of knives for a trainee chef, accommodation fees for a budding young actor at drama school and fees for a book keeping course to name just a few. So, if you live in Cranbrook, are under the age of 21 and are looking for some help with your next steps in training or education, please get in touch with Reverend Ann by email at or by phone – 01580 388173 to see what we might be able to offer.

Click here to download the application form

CRANFEST: Cranbrook Town Music Festival

CRANFEST 2021 – Cranbrook Music Festival takes place on the evening of FRIDAY 3 SEPTEMBER and all day on SATURDAY 4 SEPTEMBER.

There will be an amazing array of different artists playing throughout plus local school bands and, with the exception of our two headline acts which will be ticketed, the whole thing is COMPLETELY FREE!

The music will be spread across six venues, and will cover a variety of musical genres, with something to suit everyone! Plus there will be music workshops and food & drink available throughout the day at a variety of outlets. We look forward to welcoming you, your friends and family to the festival, it’s sure to be a great day out for all!

Here’s some of what you have to look forward to…..

Dom Prag, Em & Men, Music workshops, Fortune Favours, Jumbo Gumbo, Blanid, Sam Brothers, David Mumford, Cafe Society and Grace & Danger.

At venues across Cranbrook including The Hive, The George Hotel, St. Dunstan’s Church, Larkins’ Alehouse & The White Horse.

Cranfest 2021 has been sponsored by Cranbrook & Sissinghurst Parish Council, the four commercial venues and numerous businesses in the town. We would like to thank all our sponsors for their generous support.

All profits made on the day will be donated to local charities; Wellbeing In The Weald, The Sam West Foundation, Cranbrook Union Mill, Cranbrook Museum, St Dunstan’s Church Restoration Fund and Cranbrook Rugby Club. Please give generously on the day to support our worthy charities.

A Hello from Emma, The Member Pioneer for Co-op Cranbrook

Please see below information from the Co-op, Cranbrook…

Hello! My name is Emma, I’m the Co-op Member Pioneer for the Cranbrook Area.

I’m contacting you because I’m keen to connect with groups doing great things for the local community and find ways Co-op can support this! 

Would you like to share what you are working on and hear more about the Co-op’s work in Cranbrook? Then I’d love to hear from you! You can reply to this email or find my contact details at the bottom of the page.

I am excited to let you know that the Local Community Fund applications will be open from 4th – 30th May! 

The Co-op Local Community Fund supports projects across the UK that our members care about. Thanks to our members, we’ve delivered £15m to over 4,500 local causes.

From 4th May, groups can apply for funding if they are looking to deliver a project that:

1. Enables people to access food and co-operate together to feed everyone

2. Helps improve people’s mental wellbeing

3. Offers young people opportunities to develop new skills and make a difference in their community

If this sounds like you then we would love for you to apply! If you know of other local groups championing any of these 3 aims and might benefit from funding then do share this with them. For full details of eligibility and how to apply from 4th – 30th May, please click the link here.

We will also be hosting Join in Live on 26th May at 4pm

This is a free online event celebrating how membership not only benefits our Members but also the community around Cranbrook. Attendees will be able to ask questions to the panel, talk about what’s going on in Cranbrook and also be in with a chance to win £50 of Co-op vouchers to spend in store. Full details can be found through the EventBrite Link by clicking here, and the Facebook event can be found here.

More events coming soon, including a car wash to raise funds for MIND Charity during May and Community Litter Pick 16th May.

To be notified of more events like this, connect with Co-op Cranbrook on Facebook.

If you have any questions or comments do let me know.

Wishing you all the best,

Emma Brown

Co-op Member Pioneer for Cranbrook

Notice of Casual Vacancy


Sissinghurst Ward

Notice of Casual Vacancy


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor for the CRANBROOK ward of the Parish of Cranbrook & Sissinghurst following the resignation of Councillor Carl Meewezen.

The Returning Officer at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has confirmed that the regulation 10 requests from electors has not been fulfilled and the Council can now fill the casual vacancy by co-option.  NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to Rule 8 of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rule 1986 the council will fill the casual vacancy by co-option.

The council may co-opt any person who is legally qualified to hold such office, and who is willing to serve provided they are a British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union, and are neither the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order or have, within five years before the day of the co-option, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a prison sentence (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine.

Provided the person also satisfies at least ONE of the following they may be apply.

• They are registered as a local government elector for the parish

• They have during the whole of the preceding twelve months occupied as owner or tenant, any land or premises in the parish

• Their principal or only place of work during the preceding twelve months has been in the parish

• They have during the whole of the preceding twelve months resided in the parish or within 4.8 km of it They must also be 18 years or older on the day they become nominated for election.  Written expressions of interest from persons wishing to serve as a councillor need to be submitted to the Clerk of the Council by 30th June 2021. Final selection will be by vote at the Parish Council Meeting to be held on the 8thJuly 2021.

                                        Clerk to Cranbrook & Sissinghurst Parish Council

In computing any period of time for the purposes of this notice a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning, shall be disregarded.

Printed and Published by the Clerk to Cranbrook & Sissinghurst Parish Council, The Old Fire Station, Stone Street, Cranbrook,

Kent TN17 3HF – Tel: 01580 713112, email:

UPDATE Re: Announcement from Buckingham Palace – 09.04.21

Further to our post on Friday, we have been notified the guidance has now changed, and it is with regret that we must inform you that the decision has been taken not open up physical condolence books in any of the Local Authority buildings. 

Please see below the latest statement from Kent County Councils Communication Team:
“Following the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh we know that many of you will be wanting to pay tribute to him and offer condolences to Her Majesty The Queen at this sad time.

Our priority remains to keep everyone safe and, due to the current public health guidelines and lockdown restrictions around COVID-19, we will not be providing books of condolences at our buildings.

We would like to encourage you to leave your tributes to The Duke of Edinburgh by signing the book of condolence on the website of The Royal Household.

You can find the book of condolence at

If you are unable to access the online book of condolence you are welcome to send your tribute in writing to the following address;

Tribute to HRH The Duke of  Edinburgh, The Civic Office, Sessions House, County Road, Maidstone ME14 1XQ

The Royal Household has requested that members of the public do not leave floral tributes or gather in public places to offer their respects. The Palace has suggested that people could donate to charity instead, if they wish to do so.”

Best wishes
The Cranbrook and Sissinghurst PC team

National Garden Scheme – Goddards Green

The garden at Goddards Green, Angley Road, Cranbrook, TN17 3LR will be open for charity in the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 18th April, noon – 4pm. Teas and plants for sale.

Gardens of about 5 acres, surrounding beautiful 500+yr old clothier’s hall (not open), laid out in 1920s and redesigned since 1992 to combine traditional and modern planting schemes. Fountain and rill, water garden, fern garden, mixed borders of bulbs, perennials, shrubs, trees and exotics; birch grove, grass border, pond, kitchen garden, meadows, arboretum and mature orchard.

For more details Visit a garden in your area – National Garden Scheme (

TWBC Weekly E-Newsletter

Did you know Tunbridge Wells Borough Council have a weekly e-newsletter that keeps you up to date with new planning applications near you, bin day reminders, local events, garden waste updates and more?

Increase of dog thefts in Kent

From Kent County Council Public Protection

There are reports from Kent Police on the increase of dog theft or attempted thefts in Kent over the past week.

Cases have increased by 33% in the South East since 2018 – with 163 incidents reported within the last year. Demand for dogs have skyrocketed in lockdown and prices have soared as a result. 

Organised crime is exploiting this situation by smuggling puppies from abroad and stealing dogs across the UK. Dog thefts are now at an all-time high, with puppies stolen for an immediate resale and adult dogs being taken for forced breeding on puppy farms.  

What to do:
Keep your dogs safe by following these simple steps:
Safe – secure your property and garden.
Spottable – Keep your dogs in sight and train them to return to you. Searchable – Know what steps to take if they go missing. Read more from Dogs Trust on keeping your pet safe. 

Report any information about a stolen dog or suspicious behaviour to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or call the Police on 101.

Please warn family members, friends and neighbours.

Message from KCC …

Shaping our Adult Social Care Strategy Kent County Council Engagement Workshops

KCC want to work closely with the public, people they support and their partners, to develop the Adult Social Care Strategy.
If you’re interested in the future of social care or have had a recent experience of accessing support in Kent, please get involved to share your views at our early engagement sessions.
We’d like to hear from people from all backgrounds in Kent aged 18 and over. Workshops are also open to members of voluntary organisations and community groups.
Join one of our online Zoom workshops in February and March*
•         10.30am – 12.00 Friday 26 Feb
•         10.30am – 12.00 Friday 5 March
•         10.30am – 12.00 Wednesday 10 March
•         10.30am – 12.00 Friday 19 March
•         10.30am – 12.00 Wednesday 31 March
    (*Dates and times may change subject to demand)
Continuing the conversation
We want to make sure that as many different communities as possible in Kent have the chance to get involved. If you run a local voluntary group or charity, let us know if you would like us to attend one of your virtual meetings. 

Register your interest at with your name, area of interest within social care, organisation (if applicable) and the date of the workshop you’d like to attend.

For information call the Stakeholder Engagement team on 03000 418 179

Census 2021

The census is coming. By taking part, you can help inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport.

The census is a unique survey that happens every 10 years. It gives us a snapshot of all the people and households in England and Wales – the most detailed information we have about our society.

It’s important that you fill in your census questionnaire. Without the information you share, it’d be more difficult to understand your community’s needs and to plan and fund public services.

In one way or another, your information touches the lives of every single person living in England and Wales, whether it’s through using census information to plan new schools, doctors’ surgeries or bike lanes.

Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census. Do not worry, government officials dealing with applications you’ve made or payments or services you receive cannot see it.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs the census in England and Wales and is independent from government. Your details are protected by law and information published is always anonymous.  

Census Day is Sunday 21 March 2021. You can fill yours in online as soon as you get your access code in the post. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let the ONS know.

Everyone should have the support they need to fill in the census. If you, or anyone you know, needs help, there’s a wide range of support services available.

These include a contact centre that can give you help over the phone and guidance in a range of languages and accessible formats, including paper questionnaires and large print.

If you need help or have any questions, visit

Burst Water Pipes? What to do in an Emergency…

As the snow and ice starts to melt over the coming days it may uncover some unwelcome surprises in the home.

A change in the weather can result in frozen taps and pipes at home leaking or bursting so South East Water has released it’s top tips of what you should do if you have a water related emergency at home.

If your pipes have burst

  1. Turn off your stop tap
  2. Turn off electrics at the fuse box if water is leaking near any electrical appliances
  3. Open all taps to drain the system quickly
  4. Soak up/block off escaping water with thick towels
  5. Call a qualified plumber. To find your nearest WaterSafe accredited plumber visit  
  6. If water has leaked near your electrics or into any electrical appliances, switch them off at the mains
  7. Turn off taps once the pipework is repaired to avoid further flooding

 If your pipes have frozen

  1. Turn off the water supply at the stop tap
  2. Slowly thaw the pipe with a warm towel (we recommend using your tumble dryer or soaking them in warm water) or a hairdryer, starting at the end nearest to the tap. Never use a naked flame or blowtorch

South East Water has more advice, as well as details of how to keep homes nice and toasty and protected from the cold on its website:

You can also sign up to be on the company’s Priority Services Register which can help you, your family or friends with additional support when you need it most.

Support ranges from receiving prior warning of planned work which may interrupt your water supply, receiving priority treatment if your water supply is interrupted to receiving alternative heating and cooking facilities to your door in a gas or electric emergency.

Plus much more.

To sign up visit: or call: 0333 000 2468

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