Helping local communities to reduce the number of attacks by pet dogs on sheep

Sheep watch

  • Dog attacks on sheep seem to be increasing: a situation that affects rural businesses, food prices, animal welfare, community relations, access to the countryside and much more
  • The problem can be addressed by bringing people together and using education and awareness to gradually change behaviours
  • Sheepwatch UK is a new initiative which is trying to help people work together to reduce the number of attacks on sheep and support responsible dog ownership
  • The initiative is working closely with the Kennel Club, Farmers Unions, Police Forces, the National Sheep Association and others
  • Thousands of sheep (many of them pregnant) are killed by dogs every year – and many more are worried (which can lead to them losing lambs which they are carrying)
  • SheepWatch UK is trying to encourage all farmers to report incidents to its website so that there is a better picture of the scale, nature and costs of the problem
  • The campaign will offer ideas and advice to farmers as well as producing a ‘Toolkit’ for local communities so that they can organise local campaigns to increase awareness and encourage responsible behaviour in the countryside
  • Communities are encouraged to obtain copies of the Toolkit and find out more about the issue via the SheepWatch UK website
  • A national conference (free of charge) is being arranged for Friday 3rd June (details via the SheepWatch UK website)
  • The initiative has already been featured on BBC Countryfile and interest in using the Toolkit to organise local campaigns has been received from over half the counties in the country.

We hope that this information may be helpful to you.  There will be no ‘quick fix’ to this issue but, hopefully, if lots of communities take an interest and help to raise awareness then changes might be seen over the years ahead …

With best wishes

Doug Jones and Terena Plowright

SheepWatch UK



Guides have a chance to get out there and do something really different. They are girls aged 10 to 14 who explore new places, go on camps, holidays and trips, meet new friends at events like the BIG GIG, and try exciting activities. By joining you can become part of a worldwide community of girls who come together to have fun, learn and make things happen. Discover how at We meet in Cranbrook on Friday evenings, for details contact

“Cuppa & Company”

Enjoy a good cuppa with cake & time to chat on Sundays from 3.30pm at Cranbrook Primary School Hall including a brief epilogue to end the hour.

If you would like a lift, call us on 01580 713035/712604.

Sponsored by The Vine Church

1st Sunday afternoon monthly for everyone.

Bell Ringers Wanted

We urgently need more ringers at St Dunstans, anyone between 12 and 112 can join us. If you have an hour to spare, why not give it a try? Our practice night is on Tuesday at 7.30, you will probably hear us! We will give you a tour of the Tower and Belfry, which houses our Peal of 8 bells. You could also help to wind our historic clock, that was made in 1856, by F. Dent. It strikes each hour on the Tenor, which weighs in at 21cwt.

You can be assured of a warm welcome, and will literally be shown the ropes. You don’t have to be that strong as it’s technique and practice that you will need to learn.

For further information please contact

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 :


Advice Line: 01892 533880



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:

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.

Age Concern Free Hearing Aid Service for all Ages.

Age Concern Cranbrook is pleased to offer a free hearing aid service for the whole local community. Free hearing aid batteries and new tubing supplied and fitted. This service is provided every Thursday 9.45am – 11.15am at Evernden House, Rope Walk, Cranbrook.

Enquiries: Roni Summers 01580 715516

Farmers Markets

Farmers market logo

The Cranbrook Farmers Market is held in the Vestry Hall between 9.30am and 1pm on the Fourth Saturday of every month.  For further details contact Jane Apps – telephone 07971413334

Available at the market:

♦ vegetables ♦ plants ♦ honey ♦ bread ♦ cakes ♦ vegetarian/vegan meals ♦ cheese ♦ chocolate ♦ meat ♦ fish ♦ wool craft ♦ natural cosmetics/body products and rag rug artist ♦ or



Kent Police – New Non-Emergency Telephone Number

Kent Police have issued a new non-emergency telephone number which can be used nationally:

Click on the attached link for details: Police new non-emergency number  : or visit our News Page for details:


101 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Each call will never cost more than 15p, even from mobiles.

NEED IMMEDIATE HELP?  If life is in danger or crime is in progress call 999.

If Deaf or speech impaired text ‘Police’ and your message to 60066.

For more information on 101 visit




Cranbrook Operatic and Dramatic Society – Could You Help? – What Could You Do?

Musicals, plays pantomimes, concerts…. there’s something for everyone –what could you do? 

Are you artistic? – Scenery design, publicity, costume, direct, choreograph:  Are you Technical? Sound, lighting, stage manage: Are you good with children? Chaperone: Are you a Performer? Act, dance, sing:  Social? BBQ, quizzes, barn dance, meals, theatre.   

Look us up on Facebook or go to our Website

Trinity Cafe, Sissinghurst

Held on the third Monday of every month in the Parish Room, Sissinghurst (next to Trinity Church).

Please come along for a chat and a get-together, with a two course lunch.  For further information telephone Sue Crowe on 01580 712567.


The wonderful spectacle of Sissinghurst Gardens are only a short drive from Cranbrook. The creation of Vita Sackville-West and her husband Sir Harold Nicolson.


Maintained by the National Trust, the gardens are open from 15th March until the 2nd of November 2008.

If you are interested in volunteering to help at Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, please telephone 01580 710700 for details or email We are looking for Guides, Visitor Services’ Volunteers, Office Volunteers, and Garden Volunteers. If you feel you have something to offer, we’d love to hear from you.

Read more about Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens on the official National Trust Website…

Cranbrook Union Windmill

Cranbrook Union Windmill is the tallest Smock Windmill in England, at 72 feet high, with unique, panoramic views of Cranbrook. Mary Dobell had the windmill built in 1814 by James Humphrey, a local millwright, for her son Henry.

Cranbrook Union Windmill

Nowadays, whenever possible, the windmill is worked and grain is milled during opening hours – flour can be bought in the Mill Shop. There are models for making flour, which are fun for children to operate, together with quizzes and exploration.

Guides are on each floor and written information is available in several languages.

Visits and full guided tours can be arranged for all age ranges at any reasonable time throughout the year.

Access to Cranbrook Union Windmill is via The Hill, St David’s Bridge, Cranbrook. Postcode for satellite navigation is TN17 3AH. Further information is available at

Email Telephone 01580 714557.

Entrance is free, donations are welcome.

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