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2012 Archived News

High Halstow Farmers Market 1st December 2012

December High Halstow Times

In this month’s full edition you can read about the Santas Visit on Christmas Eve, the Table Top Sale update, Sri Lanka comes to the Memorial Hall, review of the Cricket season, Needle & Natter and much much more. Please click here to read the full edition. For previous editions please click here November 2012

The Outdoor Gym Has Arrived

The outdoor gym equipment has now been installed on the Recreation Ground – between the back of the hall and the playground. The equipment comprises:[…] Read more November 2012

Time and Tides 2nd November

For more details please click here October 2012

November High Halstow Times

In this month’s full edition you can read about the calendar, the cook book, the Photographic Competition winners, Friends of St Margaret’s Church, Christmas Tree Festival, High Halstow Hikers, Time and Tides, enter the free prize draw, the Cricket Club report, Memorial Hall Market, MacMillan Coffee Morning and much much more. Please click here to read the full edition. For previous editions please click here October 2012

Kent Police & Crime Commissioner Elections

On 15 November 2012 Kent will elect its first Police and Crime Commissioner who will be accountable for how crime is tackled across the County. Please click here to read more October 2012

Christmas Tree Festival 8th December 2012

Should you wish to put a tree in please contact gary@highhalstow.org.uk October 2012

High Halstow Village Cookbook

This year High Halstow Village Hall celebrated its 50th Birthday.
To commemorate this we have put together “our villagers favourite
recipes” for you to try.

We hope most roads have been represented, with a varied
selection of recipes. We had fun putting ther book together and
hope you enjoy the culinary delights. We also hope to raise money
for the HUGH Fund.

Many thanks go to all the contributors and those involved in
getting the book together. Also a big thank you to you for buying it.

To read further details please click here October 2013

Take On Take That – Friday 9th November

Farmers Market – Saturday 3rd November 2012

For more details please click here. October 2012

2013 High Halstow Calendar

Following another successful Photographic Competition (winners and pictures coming soon) available soon from the Village Shop, Farmers Market and Church Market will be the High Halstow 2013 Calendar

Prices Large £6.00 Small £5.50

Don’t miss out October 2013

Friends of St Margaret’s Church

Dramarama Proudly Presents


October High Halstow Times

In this month’s edition you can read about the update on the update of the outdoor gym, High Halstow Hikers, Speed Limits, Lottery Ticket availability from the local shop, Gardening Club results and much much more. Please click here to read the full edition. For previous editions please click here October 2012

Council Minutes

Please find links to recent minutes of the parish Council as follows:
* 11th July 2012 * 13th June 2012 * 9th May 201214th March 2012 * 8th February 2012 *

For previous minutes please click here October 2012

What Is Scrapbooking

Due to an oversight the following should have appeared in the September HHT and as a result it is being shown separately September 2012

September High Halstow Times

In this month’s edition you can read about the update on the Cricket Club season, news on the Harvest Supper and the Harvest Festival and much much more. Please click here to read the full edition. For previous editions please click here September 2012

Updated Profile re Relief In Need Charity

This charity exists to assist those in the village who are in need, especially widows and widowers. The trustees wish to remind the people of the parish that they will give consideration to any request for a particular need at any time during the year. All requests […] Read more August 2012

August High Halstow Times

In this month’s edition you can read about the update on the Nightingales at Lodge Hill, update on the High Halstow Hikers, Tickets for Nicky Moore and Take That events, Zumba, Time & Tides, MacMillan Coffee Morning and much much more. Please click here to read the full edition. For previous editions please click here July 2012

Nightingale Population Could Be Wiped Out By Lodge Hill development Say RSPB

One of Britain’s most iconic birds, celebrated by the likes of Shakespeare and Keats, could be wiped out on the Hoo Peninsula by the development of a 5,000-home estate, a charity has warned. Click here to read more July 2012

Little Owl Tours 28th July

Join Little Owl Tours for a smuggling themed walk from the village of High Halstow across the marshes. Meet at 10.30am outside the village church. Click here for more information July 2012

Music In The Cherry Orchard Saturday 21st July

Join the extremely popular ‘Darenth Diversion’ – a classical acoustic trio, in the annual soiree in the shade of the cherry orchard. They will play a selection of show tunes against a background of rustling leaves, singing birds and mooing cows. Click here to read more July 2012

Dramarama Show 2012

For those who missed the show or for those who want to see what they were missing then please click here to see the videos

A taster below July 2012

High Halstow Times July

In this month’s edition you can read about the update on the Garden Party, Teddy Bears Picnic, Skateboard Park, All Weather Path, longer hours for the shop, Gardening Club trips, programme of events for the Village Hall, Diamond Jubilee review and much much more. Please click here to read the full edition. For previous editions please click here July 2012

Hoo Peninsula Railways

For people interested in old footage of the railway on the Hoo Peninsula including the stations in High Halstow please click here June 2012

Summer Reading Challenge

Medway Council in partnership with The Reading Agency, Medway Libraries will once again be running the Summer Reading Challenge.

The challenge is for 4 to 12-year-olds and available in all 16 libraries in Medway. The theme for summer 2012 will be Story Lab. Click here for more details June 2012

The Dickens Connection

The “User Friendly Theatre Company Presents……”

” The Dickens Connection “, A Dickensian drama on Dickens’s marshes. Two one act, musical plays by award winning performer and playwright Clare Graydon James.

“Estella’s Legacy” A heartwarming sequel to “Great Expectations” and “Rachels Christmas ” The comic spinster of “Pickwick Papers” makes a comeback !

A celebration of Charles Dickens on the marshes that he knew and loved For more details and how to get your ticket please click here June 2012

Dramarama – Light The Lights & Play The Music

Progamme now available for the show this week June 2012

Jubilee Pictures

Contingency plans made in the event of bad weather were fortunately not needed as the Jubilee in the Park day arrived. 220 children arrived to start the event with a tea party. Organised by Jo Mitchell and her army of helpers, all were seated fed and watered and the party well and truly began. Click here to read more June 2012

Friend’s of St Margaret’s Church

It is being looked at to see if there is support for the Friend’s Of St Margaret’s Church. Below please find a summary of what this means. We will be looking to hold a meeting in September to move this forward but in the meantime we welcome your views here. Click here to read more June 2012

Teddy Bear’s Picnic Sunday 15th July 2012

Rectory Garden Party 7th July 2012

Jubilee Party In The Park 4th June 2012

Please find below the programme for the Jubilee celebrations in High Halstow for the Diamond Jubilee

For a bigger version and the ability to comment please click here June 2012

Just Think What Would It Be Like With Lodge Hill

Following a traffic accident today Four Elms Hill was brought to a stand still. What impact would a further 5,000 houses at Lodge Hill have with no real improvements to the road network

Who could possibly think this is a good idea?

To comment please click here May 2012

Dramarama Proudly Presents

June High Halstow Times

In this month’s edition you can read about the update on the Diamond Jubilee, Annual Quizathon report, new evening bus service,an up-date on the picture in April’s edition, cricket club report, Gardening Club update for the year, history on the village bells and much much more. Please click here to read the full edition. For previous editions please click here May 2012

Our Village

Five girls in the village have been set the challenge of producing a tourist brochure about the place where they live. Over the next few months their contributions will be published in the High Halstow Times as space permits. Their whole brochures will be available on the village website.[…] Read more May 2012

Jack Budge Boxing Champion

Did you know that High Halstow has a national boxing champion in it’s midst? Jack Budge (17), born and bred in Harrison Drive, won the prestigious Junior ABA championship (54kgs) on Sunday 13th May in Sheffield,[…] Read more May 2012

Toddler Group

Pilates With Joy

Pilates classes are available at High Halstow War Memorial Hall on Friday afternoons at 2.15pm. Pilates exercises are a gentle form of stretching that tones and conditions your muscles while building up your core strength, increasing mobility and flexibility. […] Read more May 2012

John O’Groats to Lands End and back to High Halstow Update

Just to say we had an excellent journey, all 1100 miles covered with no breakdowns or accidents and as promised here is an update. First of all could we please say a massive thank you to all the people who sponsored us at the High Halstow shop, both me and Claire have raised over £750 and the total raised by all the riders was £23,000! […] Read more May 2012

Diamond Jubilee Party In The Park

Annual Report 2012

To read a review of the Parish Council, Medway Council Ward Members and a many of the local groups please click here. May 2012

May High Halstow Times

In this month’s bumper edition you can read about the update on the Diamond Jubilee, an up-date on the Red Dog, how close the WI came to,winning the Darts final, Gardening Club update, Zumba Voucher and much much more. Please click here to read the full edition. For previous editions please click here May 2012

Memorial Hall Sunday 3rd June

The Redfords Duo 20th April 2012

Annual Quizathon 27th April

Traditionally the quizathon has been held in the Village Hall to allow more people to join us for a fun evening and also as a way of the Memorial Hall assisting the Village Hall with all the major works needing to be done. Last year we broke with tradition because the Memorial Hall needed a […] Read more April 2012

The Threat Of A Thames Estuary on Your Doorstep – A Local Perspective

In 2003 when government launched its consultation into aviation expansion in the South East, for our part of the Thames Estuary, the announcement was like a bolt from the blue. This sleepy corner of Kent with its strange mix of dramatic Dickensian landscapes interspersed with power stations, oil refineries and everyday folk was suddenly thrust into the spotlight of progress ![…] Read more March 2012

Art Exhibition Shows How A Thames Estuary Airport Will Concrete Kent

A series of stunning images will starkly set out the devastating impact a huge hub airport could have on Medway and wider Kent.
A group of nine artists have put together an eye-catching exhibition, called Beauty or the Beast, which shows the damage they believe a Thames Estuary airport would cause. The exhibition starts on Saturday, 31 March, and will include work from artists Martin Booth, Karl Farrer, Jim Hill, Tina Lawlor Mottram, Stuart Ody, Peter Reeds, Teresa Tanner, Dave Wise and Kevin Clarkson. To read the full article published in the Peninsula Times please click here March 2012

April High Halstow Times

In this month’s bumper edition you can read about the update on the Diamond Jubilee, what’s the Village Cook Book all about, the Quizathon, why it’s Henry VIII’s fault, Take on Take That Tribute Night and much much more Click here to read this months edition. For previous editions please click here March 2012

Birds vs People?

Do you ever hear the exasperated cry “Its not about birds !! Its about people !!

If the airport is built here the price of my house will fall through the floor ! ….. Generations of our family have lived and worked here for years, our great grandparents are buried in the local Church. Moving away will mean breaking the family apart, changing doctors, losing friends, my children will have to move school I will have to find a new job! …. I don’t know If I can cope?? All of this and everyone is shouting save the birds, save the birds, what about the people don’t we matter?? Please click here to read more March 2012

High Halstow Farmers Market

Note new date for next Market is Saturday 31st March


Active Medway Cycling Groups

Medway Health Walks

Shadow Transport Minister Maria Eagle Visits Isle Of Grain

Never make plans that rely on mother nature as you will invariably be disappointed! We had planned to accompany RSPB on a boat trip to show journalist the site of Lord Foster’s Thames Estuary airport, off the Isle of Grain. On the way across to Queenborough to meet the boat we learnt that the trip was postponed in the face of a force eight.[…] Read more March 2012

Kent Heritage Trees Project – Community Orchard Planting Day

Volunteers needed to help plant trees at Northward Hill Reserve Saturday 10th March. Click here for details. March 2012

Wake up George! from The RSPB on Vimeo.

High Halstow & District Gardening Club

March High Halstow Times

In this months packed edition update on Diamond Jubilee celebrations, news of the Annual Quizathon, resume of Parish Council meeting in February, the High Halstow Hikers plans, Time and Tides update and much much more. Please click here to read. For previous months editions please click here February 2012

11th January 2012 Council Minutes

Read the minutes for the January meeting by clicking here February 2012

Wool SOS

When Joyce Davis took our Group’s latest offering of knitted blankets (bringing our current total to 628) to Blythswood this week, she was met with open arms and shown a lorry, standing ready to go on the forecourt, packed to the gunnels with supplies for Serbia. […] Read more February 2012

Hoo’s Herons

Sunday 11th March 10.00am – 12.00pm. One hundred pairs of grey herons and another hundred little egrets nest at the reserve, and they are the first to kick-off spring at the heronry in the RSPB wood at Northward Hill.[…] Read more February 2012

Boyhood Memories Of High Halstow

Further to the request for memories of High Halstow, I would like to offer some of my memories. I lived in Harrison Drive from 1956 to 1967, when we moved to West Sussex, when I was 12 years old. I loved my childhood in the village, and have lots of good memories. One that stands out […] Read more February 2012

Say No To A Thames Estuary Airport

Help us to take e-action BEFORE March 21st by telling George Osborne you object to these ludicrous plans

Click here to read more February 2012

Peninsula Times

We are pleased to announce a new link to this website. The Peninsula Times, for news, information and business services for the Hoo Peninsula and Medway please click here February 2012

High Halstow Residents Involved In 1000 Mile Classic Moped Ride For Charity

Following an online discussion about long journeys on mopeds, a thread was started on Volszone.com (VW) forums asking if anyone would be interested in a charity run from John O’Groats to Lands End – on 50cc motorbikes. As foolhardy an idea as it might appear, soon enough people started putting their names down and it has snowballed from there. As a result my […] Click here to read more February 2012

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

The RSPB Step Up To Save Nature Campaign

As well as telling us how much more we’ll have to pay for a pint of beer or a litre of petrol, the UK Budget on 21 March may prove to be one of the most significant moments the environment has faced in more than three decades.

In 2011, the Chancellor described hard-won legal protections for our most precious wildlife sites, as a “ridiculous cost on British business”. Here’s hoping that he had a good break over Christmas, feels refreshed and will take a different view in 2012.

Accepting that the Chancellor needs to deliver economic growth and create jobs in the face of an enormous economic challenge, what is not accepted is that the environment is a barrier to success. Instead of environmentally destructive and high carbon, how about sustainable growth that acknowledges the value of the natural world that sustains us? Instead of a Thames Estuary Airport that will destroy areas internationally acknowledged as important for wildlife and blow any chance we have of meeting our commitments to help avoid catastrophic climate change, how about the Chancellor looking to the London Gateway port development as an example of how infrastructure projects should be done?

Step up for nature and e-mail the Chancellor today. Urge him to use his Budget statement on 21 March to put the environment at the heart of the UK’s economic recovery. To take part (it only takes a few moments) please click here February 2012

Lodge Hill Development Brief

Medway Council has written a Development Brief for the Lodge Hill site. This was approved by Medway Council’s Cabinet in December 2011.The document was drawn up following a formal consultation process in autumn 2011. The comments received during the consultation were considered in producing the final version of the development brief. […] Click here to read more February 2012

High Halstow Times February

In this month’s bumper edition you can read about the update on Santa’s Visit, read the programme events for the High Halstow Walkers, how to help the Parish Council obtain a grant for more recreation equipment, the Gardening Club events for February, the new Police contact number and much much more Click here to read this months edition. For previous editions please click here January 2012

Dickens Marsh Walk 2nd February

In the week of Charles Dickens’s 200th birthday the RSPB is offering unique access to a part of the marsh at Northward Hill reserve that is normally closed to the public.[…] Click here to read more January 2012

Kent MP’s Demand Urgent Meeting With Prime Minister Over Airport Plans

A joint letter from the Kent North Kent MP’s has been sent to the Prime Minister urging the Government to scrap plans for a Thames Estuary Airport. […] Click here to read more January 2012

Farmers Market 4th February

New addition this time, why not come along and try a taster from Spice Fusion the new restaurant being run in High Halstow January 2012

Parish Precept 2012/13

The Parish Council meeting in January 2012 decided it would leave its precept at £40,000 for 2012/13. For details please click here January 2012

Spice Fusion Menu

Following the recent news of the new changes re Spice Fusion, we have attached a copy of the menu for your information. Please click here to view January 2012

Cameron Paves The Way For New London Airport

In The Telegraph, Robert Winnett, the Political Editor has said that David Cameron is to announce a formal consultation on plans for a new airport in the Thames Estuary within weeks. For the […] Click here to read more January 2012

9th November 2011 and 14th December 2011 Council Minutes

Read the Parish Council minutes for the November meeting by clicking here and December meeting by clicking here. For previous minutes please visit this page January 2012

Back By Popular Demand – The Redfords Duo at The Red Dog – January 20th

Spice Fusion – February News

101 The New Non-Emergency Telephone Number

You can now call kent Police for non urgent issues on 101. The number is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To make it quicker and easier for the public to get in contact […] Click here to read more January 2012

Does David Cameron Oppose Lodge Hill Development?

Hands Off Our Land: Housing estates will not be ‘plonked’ next to villages, pledges David Cameron Sprawling housing estates will not be “plonked” on the edge of villages against the opposition of local people under planning reforms, David Cameron has said. The Prime Minster suggested that the new planning rules which will fast-track planning decisions […] Click here to read more January 2012

Lodge Hill – Parish Council Response

High Halstow Parish Council c/o 53 Capelands New Ash Green Longfield Kent DA3 8LQ Further response to Medway Council Re Lodge Hill development MC/11/2516 Sirs We are objecting to the proposals for the development at Lodge Hill and are dismayed to read some of the submissions and comment to the outline planning application MC/11/2516 for […] Click here to read more January 2012

Lodge Hill Consultation Ends 13th January


Please find a selection of photos provided by Ward Councillor Chris Irvine of the area proposed for the development of some 5,000 houses. Residents are reminded that the extended consultation deadline ends on the 13th January so please make your comments Plans can be viewed online here. Responses can either be emailed to the […] Click here to read more January 2012

Time & Tides

To comment on this please click here

Welcome Back to the Farmers Market Saturday 4th February 2012

For comments please click here January 2012

Faster Broadband For Hoo Peninsula – Your Help Needed

Kent County Council and Medway Council, working in partnership, are aiming for 90% of homes to have superfast broadband access by 2015, and for all to have access to a service of at least 2mb. Some £20m is being invested to make this happen To achieve this ambition, there is a […] Click here to read more January 2012

Bird Strike in the Thames Estuary???

Is there already evidence of Bird Strike in the Thames estuary?

Since 1941 the estuary seen at least 4 deaths that could be attributed to bird strike and to this day they remain unexplained. Amy Johnson the celebrated aviator, first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia, died in suspicious circumstances on 5th January […] Click here to read more January 2012

High Halstow Walkers – 8th January 2012

The next walk by the High Halstow Walkers will take place this on Sunday 8th January around Trottiscliffe, which is 2.5 miles from West Malling. North Downs and Coldrum Barrow Walk Meet at the Village Hall car park, School Lane, Trottiscliffe at 10am. From the village we will be walking up the Downs to Trosley […] Click here to read more January 2012

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Please support the RSPB in its Big Garden Birdwatch. It is fun, free, really easy and only takes an hour. You can do your birdwatch wherever you like – at home, in your local park, or do it as part of a group.

For more details please click here

To comment on this please click here January 2012

Information Required for a run on the Marshes

We have a keen runner in the village and he would like to be able to run approximately 7 miles around the marshes starting and finishing in High Halstow

Does anyone know of a suitable route in order to assist him?

Any help greatly appreciated. Please click here to leave your responses. Thanks January 2012

High Halstow & Cooling Walk – Sunday 8th January

Join the Medway Town Footpath group to discover more about the Medway Towns, countryside and coast. Fairly flat walk via High Halstow & Cooling. Two easy hills, lovely views. For more details please click here January 2012

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