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Village Hall Refurbishment Phase One Update

The Village Hall Committee are pleased to announce that the work is well underway for the Phase One Refurbishment. There was an issue with the roof which has been successfully resolved with this work due to be completed shortly […] Click here to read moreDecember 2011Twitter

High Halstow Parish Council has joined the Twitter age with its new account: High Halstow@High_Halstow

It will be used to promote the Parish Council and the activities of the local groups within the Parish December 2011

Update on Santa’s Visit 2011


The crowds came out in large numbers to see the Annual Visit of Santa Claus, Fairy George and all of Santa’s Helpers on Christmas Eve. For details and more pictures please click here December 2011

Large Developer Tries It On

Some thing to bear in mind when we are next up against a large developer (Lodge Hill !!!) that they definitely don’t always play by the rules!

Housing giant bulldozes 24 brand new homes after building on land without planning permission. […] Click here to read more December 2011

Medway Cabinet Discuss Estuary Airports

On the 20th December Medway Council’s Cabinet will meet to discuss the three estuary airport proposals. They will be given a presentation by Robin Cooper, Director of Regeneration, Community and Culture.

To read full article click here December 2011

The Red Dog Presents



12th October 2011 Council Minutes

Read the minutes for the October meeting by clicking here December 2011

To comment please click here December 2011

Highways Agency Highlight Serious Traffic Congestion Re Lodge Hill

In a response by the Highways Agency to the Land Securities planning application they highlight how serious the traffic congestion could be at the junction of the A2 /M2. if plans go ahead to build a new town at Lodge Hill. They also highlight errors in calculations to properly assess traffic volumes.

With only one road on and off the Hoo peninsula, home to some 11,000 residents, Kent’s largest container port and many other road reliant businesses, it is absolutely vital that an accurate assessment of the traffic situation is submitted to the authority. This planning application should be withdrawn and a full detailed consultation undertaken. […] Click here to read more December 2011

Christmas & New Year 2011/12 – Medway Refuse & Recycling Collections

Glance Back To See Forward

There has been a constant pressure to build an airport in or around the Thames Estuary for 60 years. The threat is real relentless since 1947 when it was suggested as the new London Airport replacing Croydon. For the full article, published by Friends of North Kent Marshes, and the chance to read up on the history for proposals for Estuary Airports – 1945 to 2011 please click here December 2011

Plans For Lodge Hill Criticised By Environmentalists

Plans for a new town on the Hoo Peninsula will cause extensive damage to the area’s wildlife, according to nature groups. The Kent Wildlife Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Buglife have come out against the proposal to build 5,000 homes, shops, offices and schools on the site of the former army base at Lodge Hill, Chattenden.

To watch both interviews please click here December 2011

Railway Communication System – Network Rail

Please click here for information from Network Rail who plan to roll out a nationwide Railway Communications System across the entire network and the proposals for High Halstow December 2011

National Infrastructure Plan

The Chancellor of the Exchequers speech on Tuesday 29th November announced proposed changes to the National Infrastructure Plan Within the document it includes areas of concern for the community including the weakening of the Habitats Directive Direct from page 111 item 6.26 The European Union’s habitats and wild bird directives protect Europe’s most precious ecosystems, […] Click here to read more December 2011

RSPB Accuses “Greenest” Government of Hypocrisy

The RSPB is angered by today’s Government announcement recommending a new hub airport for the South East

The two schemes currently in the public domain, Boris Johnson’s island airport and Sir Norman Foster’s giant transport hub covering the Isle of Grain, both threaten one of the UK’s most important wildlife sites. They gloss over the very real dangers of bird strike to planes and continue to fail to address the very serious environmental impacts on sensitive and legally protected habitats.[…] Click here to read more November 2011

Leading Kent Wildlife Groups Warn of Severe Threat to North Kent’s Nationally Important Wildlife

A planning application for a 5,000 house development is likely to cause extensive damage to the area’s wildlife, says Kent Wildlife Trust (KWT), the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and Buglife – the Invertebrate Conservation Trust. A military site at Lodge Hill near Chattenden has been earmarked for a major housing development. […] Click here to read more November 2011

Santa’s Visit 2011

For the ninth year running Santa Claus wishes to come to the streets of High Halstow on Christmas Eve. In time honoured fashion Fairy George and the Parish Elves will be assisting Santa in delivering presents to the children and adults (and animals!) of our wonderful village The charge as last year will be £2.00 […] Click here to read more November 2011

The Red Dog At Christmas

Click on the image above to see the events planned for the Red Dog this Christmas November 2011

December High Halstow Times

In this months edition read about Santa’s coming to High Halstow, the winning WI Darts Team exploits, request for wood, the new Zumba classes, the Red Dog Christmas events, and much much more. Click here to read the December edition and for back isues please click here. November 2011

Saving Special Places

Read the article published by the RSPB’s Andre Farrar in respect of the proposed development at Lodge Hill. Nightingales – Top Site At Risk The Hoo peninsula in North Kent is not unfamiliar with threats to its most excellent natural environment. Leading the litany of potential destruction have been a variety of over-blown airport proposals. Not far behind was the proposal to develop the carbon-spewing Kingsnorth power station. The area is very special […] Click here to read more November 2011

Next Police Surgery

Next Police Surgery in High Halstow will be

24th November 2011 from 9.00 in the Village Car Park

To view the crime statistics for High Halstow please click here

Contact Details

Telephone: 101 Please note new number for all non emergency situations
Email:nhp.medway@kent.pnn.police.uk November 2011

Digital TV Switchover – Volunteers Wanted

Volunteers wanted! Support our outreach work in Kent and Medway’s villages and towns Why do we need volunteers? How we receive our television signal is changing. In most of Kent and Medway we receive our terrestrial television signals via one of 4 main transmitters at Dover, Tunbridge Wells, Bluebell Hill and Heathfield. The analogue signals […] Read more November 2011

Smugglers’ Britain

If you are fascinated about history of smuggling then click here to read about this piece of history published with permission of Smugglers’ Britain © Richard Platt 2009 November 2011

Theresa Villiers Rules Out Estuary Airport

This is an extract from Hansard yesterday 16th November 2011

In conclusion, I again thank my hon. Friend for securing the debate. I hope that the Minister will feel able to respond positively and make up for the Government’s failure to date to provide an aviation strategy that this country so badly needs………

…..In response to the hon. Members for Central Ayrshire and for Blackley and Broughton on the issue of the Thames estuary airport, as the Prime Minister has said, the Government have no plans to build a new airport in the estuary, or in Medway or elsewhere in Kent. The hon. Member for Central Ayrshire outlined some of the practical issues that would have to be surmounted before such a programme should go ahead, including, of course, the very significant airspace capacity issues. Nor do we have plans to redevelop Northolt as a third runway for Heathrow.

I agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Reading East (Mr Wilson) that surface access to airports is a crucial part of making them successful. That is why

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Crossrail and Thameslink are going ahead—both will improve access. We continue to consider other options for western access to Heathrow, including work that could be co-ordinated with the proposed HS2 spur to Heathrow.

We have made it clear that a key plank of the Government’s approach to aviation is the cancellation of Labour’s misguided plans for a third runway at Heathrow. I find it ironic that the shadow Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Garston and Halewood (Maria Eagle), accuses us of having no policy, when the previous Government spent 13 years on an aviation White Paper that everyone agrees is no longer fit for purpose, and on pursuing a runway that is universally agreed to be absolutely the wrong approach for the UK economy. One of the coalition Government’s first acts was to cancel the third runway at Heathrow. I continue to believe that the price in terms of the environmental impact would have been far too high, given that noise already has a significant impact for thousands of people living with a plane overhead every 90 seconds. At the time, Labour described our position as……….

To see this comment along with the original article please click here. November 2011

High Halstow PTA Christmas Fair 8th December 2011

For further details please click here November 2011

High Halstow Primary School Academy Status – Consultation

Please click here to read full letter from the Chair of Governors, Graham Cottle re the Academy Status consultation November 2011

High Halstow Calendar 2012

Winning Photograph of High Halstow 2011 Photographic Competition by Ella Kitney

Winning Photograph of the High Halstow 2011 Annual Photographic Competition by Ella Kitney

Peninsula Councillor Tony Watson, Parish Councillor Gary Jerreat, Relief In Need Representative Lesley Munday and Editor of the High Halstow Times Carl Mitchell made up the Judging Panel to select the winners for the High Halstow Annual Photographic Competition.

The pictures themselves now make up the High Halstow 2012 Calendar which can be purchased in the Village Shop, Price £6.00 (Large) £5.50 (Small). All profits from the sale of the calendar are donated to the Village Hall Fund Raising (HUGH Fund)

To see the full list of winners and their photos please click here

Angela Turner seen here receiving her certificate for her photograph from Tony Watson

To see the winners receive their certificates and prizes please click here

George Crozer & Gary Thomas pictured with the Calendars

November 2011

High Halstow Pre School

Click on the poster below for the revised details for the High Halstow Pre School

November High Halstow Times

In this months edition read the Chairman’s comments re Lodge Hill, statement on Lord Foster’s Thames Estuary Airport Announcement, update on the MacMillan Coffee Morning, the resume of the October Parish Council meeting, speech and language therapists host drop-in sessions for local parents, and much much more. Click here to read the November edition and for back issues please click here November 2011

Memorial Hall Mini Christmas Fayre – December 4th


Dramarama Proudly Presents

Karmann Dance Centre

Click on the poster below to review the revised details for the Karmann Dance Centre

Lord Foster Unveils £50bn Thames Estuary Airport

Details of privately developed plans to build a four runway airport on the Hoo peninsula have been formally unveiled. The ambitious plans link freight connections between sea ports to the passenger airport, built on a tidal energy barrage and flood protection barrier.[…] Read more November 2011

The Redfords Come To High Halstow

Playing in the Red Dog on Friday 4th November is the Redfords Accoustic Duo. Performance starts from 8.00. – see you there. For more information about The Redfords please click here  November 2011

Why Shouldn’t The Isle Of Grain Be Turned Into A Massive Airport?

Listen to the Julia George Radio Programme on Radio Kent.  Hear the comments from George Crozer, Parish Chairman. Link will last until 9th November November 2011

A Service of Remembrance Sunday November 13th

St Margaret’s & All Saints Christmas Market Saturday November 12th

New Hoo Hub ‘Could Beat Aviation Bottleneck’

Boris Johnson said on 19th October that plans for a £15billion airport on north Kent’s Hoo peninsula deserve “proper consideration” as he urged new Transport Secretary Justine Greening to address London’s aviation crisis. […] Read more October 2011

The Blossom Tree Issue 3

For the latest news and views from the High Halstow PTA read the latest edition of the Blossom Tree by clicking here. To view previous editions, find out about the School Amazon Link or the HHPS Lottery then please click here October 2011

Annual Photographic Competition

As part of the November Parish Council meeting the winners of this years Photographic Competition will be announced. To see who has won and which photo’s will make up the 2012 High Halstow Calendar come along to the Memorial Hall at 8.00pm on November 9th Calendars will be […] Read more October 2011

High Halstow Parish Council Response re Medway Council Core Strategy

Please see below response from High Halstow Parish Council re the Local Development Core Strategy. Regarding the public consultation […] Read more October 2011

Village Hall Refurbishment Starts Phase 1

The Village Hall Committee are pleased to announce the works have started on Phase 1 of the refurbishment programme. This phase will see a new back wall, new fire doors, additional room in the roof space and a new roof over the main part of the Hall This is being paid for by the fund […] Read more October 2011

The Villager

To read how the Community Travel Scheme works or how to become a driver please click here. October 2011

Next Police Surgery 

3rd November 2011. For further details click here October 2011

High Halstow Parish Council Response re Lodge Hill Development Brief

The initial thoughts and comments including questions to be answered from High Halstow Parish Council in respect of the proposed Lodge Hill Development can be viewed by clicking here. October 2011

RSPB Feed The Birds Day – Saturday 29th October

From 10.00 -12.00 join the RSPB at the Wildlife Garden Party and watch the birds on their feeders. There will be activities for children to prepare for a winter feast […] Read more October 2011

7th September 2011 Council Minutes

Read the minutes for the September meeting by clicking here October 2011

Macmillan Supports ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’

Well done to all of those who supported the Macmillan Coffee Morning in High Halstow. This year saw over £750 raised from this annual event with donations still coming in […] Read more October 2011

A Piece Of Village History

Eden Road and Harrison Drive rebuild…I remember it well! Back in the early 1980’s, an acquaitance of mine knocked on my door and introduced me to a Mr Roy Puddie and his friend from Trevale Road in Rochester. What came of this meeting was to change the face of High Halstow forever. They informed […] Read more October 2011

 October High Halstow Times

In this months edition read the comments re Lodge Hill, the resume of the September Parish Council meeting, update of the Parish Council consultations, a piece of the Village history, why we love High Halstow and much much more. Click here to read the October edition and for back issues please click here September 2011

13th July 2011 Council Minutes

Read the minutes for the July meeting by clicking here September 2011

Local Development Framework

Planning the future development of Medway Following the consultation carried out at the end of last year Medway Council has been working hard taking account of representations made, as well as changes from government and other bodies, to produce the Publication Draft Core Strategy. We are now consulting on a number of documents for the […] Read more September 2011

Farmers Market

Don’t forget the Farmers Market is on Saturday 3rd September at the Village Hall with doors from 9.30. The proceeds from the Market are for the refurbishment programme which is due to start this month. Please continue to support this event. Free Entry September 2011

Draft Lodge Hill Development Brief

Medway Council has written a draft Development Brief for the Lodge Hill site. This sets out their detailed objectives for the proposed new settlement of Lodge Hill and its relationship to the surrounding area. The Development Brief will serve as a guide for planning applications over the course of the development of the Lodge Hill […] Read more September 2011

Your Neighbourhood Your Community Be Involved

Medway Council and Medway Voice are running some free workshops in September 2011 to support local people and communities. For further details click here. September 2011

September High Halstow Times

In this months edition read about Phase 1 of the refurbishment of the Village Hall, review of the Cricket Club season, the MacMillan Coffee Morning, The New Family Service, Gardening Club results and much much more. Click here to read. For previous editions please click here. August 2011

Cobdown Hockey Club

“Cobdown Hockey Club regularly plays its home matches on the Hundred of Hoo School Astro Pitch on Saturdays, usually from 12.30 onwards and from September till the following April.The club presently runs two mens teams and a ladies team and each plays within leagues throughout the season. We are a really friendly club and enjoy […] Read more August 2011

Friday Classic Film Night Starts on 9th September

Rare Jersey Tiger Moth Reaches High Halstow

The RSPB has reported that the Jersey Tiger moth has headed east from London and been sighted at RSPB’s Northward Hill nature reserve in High Halstow. David James, field teacher at RSPB Northward Hill, said: “I’ve checked all our records and those from other people who have trapped here – to no avail. So with this first sighting at Northward Hill nature reserve it looks like the Jersey Tiger might be spreading further East. We’ll need to keep monitoring the situation and see if we get further sightings before we can be sure.”

Original item posted www.medwaygreenparty.wordpress.com August 2011

Gardening Club Annual Show 27th August 2011

The Annual Summer Show is on Saturday 27th August in the Village Hall. Entries for the Show should be submitted between 9.30am to 11.30am and it is open for members or non-members. The Show is free and will be open to the public at 3pm, so please come along and see the fantastic array of vegetables, flowers and arts and crafts being exhibited and enjoy some refreshments. The Show is a great annual event and is worth a visit! There are classes for your children/grandchildren to enter and also the men as well as the ladies, so don’t miss the opportunity! There’s lots of talent out there, so come and show it! August 2011

Yogi Bear 26th August 2011

The final film show for the Friday Film Club is Yogi Bear. The program starts at 10.00 and finishes about 12.00 at St Margaret’s Church. A tuck shop selling inexpensive sweets available but not drinks. The morning consists of the main feature as well as a combination of short stories and songs. Children under 11 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please note the Church has no toilet facilities so it is suggested that you go before you come along. There will be a retiring collection to help recover costs August 2011

Treasure Hunt, From the Rectory 20th August

A Treasure Hunt is being held in and around High Halstow on Saturday 20th August. For more details click the image August 2011

A Community Forum

Caring for Our Towns and Countryside – A Community Forum being held on Tuesday 30th August at the Heritage Community Hall, Craylands Lane, Swanscombe. For more details please click here August 2011

Egypt Bay

Tony Watson, your Peninsula Councillor is trying to find out how Egypt Bay became to be named. […] Read more August 2011

Dramarama Sale 7th August

The sale of Dramarama costumes takes place on 7th August read more August 2011

RSPB Countryside Fair 7th August 2011

August High Halstow Times

In this months HHT read about the new shop opening, comments required re the peninsula bus service, High Halstow Cricket Club update, the Photographic Competition rules and much much more. Click here to read. To read previous copies of the High Halstow Times please click here July 2011

Parish Consultation – Skateboard Park

The Parish Council have been asked by a young member of the public to consider whether a skateboard park could be built for the youth in the village. […] Read more July 2011

Parish Consultation – Bus Shelter

The Parish Council are keen to hear from you with regard to your views on a new bus shelter to be put in Christmas Lane, near the Heron sign. Do you think this should be the next bus […] Read more July 2011

Peninsula Bus Service

One of the key issues that keeps coming up whilst talking to residents on the doorstep is that of our bus services here in Medway, particularly Arriva’s 191 service which serves our villages on the Hoo Peninsula. Public transport in our rural communities provides a vital lifeline for those members of our community who either […] Read more July 2011

Summer Fete, St Mary Hoo, Saturday 30th July

A local animal rescue sanctuary is holding its first Summer Fete this Saturday (30 July) at the Fenn Bell pub in St. Mary Hoo, from 12 noon until 4pm. Supporters of the Anim-Mates animal rescue sanctuary, based in St. Mary Hoo, will be bringing lots of family fun to the pub for the afternoon. […] Read more July 2011

The Church Yard Work Day Saturday 30th July

St Margarets Church 1926

Following the successful clearance last month why not come along to help this Saturday at 10.00am St Margaret’s Church[…] Read more July 2011

The Blossom Tree

The PTA update, What’s Cool After School, School Council News, and much much more can be read in the second edition by clicking here July 2011

Grand Opening of the New Village Shop

The sun shone and the villagers turned out to witness Fred Beringer perform the Grand Opening of the new Village Shop. The shop will be run by Dale and Ria’s son Bob who has been working tirelessly for the business for the past eight months. With the extended hours, many more lines, Premier Deals, brand […] Read more July 2011

School Amazon Link

Have you used the school Amazon link yet? The school earns up to 10% commission on your purchases at no cost to you. Why not save the link as a favourite or bookmark ready for next time you are shopping with Amazon. You can find the link at the bottom of the school newsletter emails or send us an email to ptamag@highhalstowprimaryschool.org.uk with ‘Amazon Link’ in the subject line and we will forward the link to you July 2011

High Halstow PTA

Click here to read the first edition of the new High Halstow PTA magazine. Update on planned events, winners of the Lottery, fun and games for adults and children alike and much much more. Details of forthcoming events will be placed in the High Halstow calendar and comments can be found on the High Halstow PTA page under Local Groups July 2011

8th June 2011

Read the minutes for 8th June 2011 by clicking here July 2011

Dramarama Sale

What-Ever-The Weather Sunday 24th July 10.00am

Price: Members Adult £3; Child £1.50. Non members Adult * £5; Child £2.50. Wildlife Explorers £1 * Refunded if you join the RSPB on the day.

A stroll through the delightful reserve with one of our wardens looking at the wildlife but giving a thought to the heavens, clouds, our weather and its influence upon the landscape and its wildlife. If the sun is out, Mid Kent Astronomical will be on hand with helioscopes, to safely observe the sun.

Meet in the main RSPB car park at Bromhey Farm.

Especially for the Explore Kent Walking Festival. July 2011

Music at the Cherry Orchard Saturday July 16th

The RSPB are proud to present by popular request, a return visit from the “Darenth Diversion”. The ensemble includes cello, viola and clarinet and the performance takes place in the shade of the cherry trees, first glass of wine included ( otherwise £2 a glass )

Booking essential Price £10.00

Cheques payable to RSPB ( inc SAE if you would like your tickets before hand )

Meet in the cherry orchard, 15 minutes walk from the main car park at Northward Hill. The route from the main car park to the cherry orchard will be sign posted on the day.

Directions Cherry Orchard, RSPB Northward Hill July 2011

Farmers Market July 9th

Don’t forget the monthly Farmers Market is to take place on Saturday 9th July in the Village Hall. Doors from 9.30 with entrance free. Beaney’s Bread, Denis Hills the Butchers along with a variety of other goods including cards, honey, candles, cakes, the meat raffle etc will be available. The event is to support the village Hall Refurbishment Programme with work planned to start for Phase 1 in September July 2011

The Annual Teddy Bears Picnic – Saturday 9th July 1-3.00 pm

Bring your best teddy bear or cuddly toy, a blanket and picnic and bring it along to the Rectory Garden at High Halstow for a great fun filled afternoon. With free tractor rides, bouncy castle, water slide and games galore as well as songs and puppets. For more information please contact Reverend Stephen Gwilt on 250637 or email stephengwilt2@hotmail.co.uk. July 2011

July High Halstow Times

In this months HHT please get the details of the official opening for the Village Shop, an update on the Parish Church review, a review of the Garden Club activities including the Garden Safari and much much more. Click here for details June 2011

Garden Party At The Rectory 2nd July From 12.00

The Ramblers come to High Halstow 7th August 2011

The Medway Ramblers are having a walk through High Halstow on 7th August. The walk details are as follows:Meet in front of St Margaret’s Church in High Halstow. Park courteously around the village. A circum-navigation of High Halstow – making use of the east & west bound Saxon Shore Way. Mainly flat but we will climb Northward Hill. We will pass through / nearby Fenn Street and Sharnal Street. This is a walk of fine views and historical interest. We will have a number of […] Read more June 2011

11th May 2011

Read the minutes for 11th May 2011 by clicking here June 2011

Football Cage

Following consultation with its parishioners, the Parish Council, at its meeting on 8th June 2011 decided that the Village did not want a Football Cage located within the Village. As a consequence this project has been terminated but in order to try and improve the recreational facilities for the younger element it has been decided […] Read more June 2011

Revised Village Hall Plans

Please find attached links with regard to the plans for the Village Hall We have had an issue with regard to the original proposal for a brick wall at the back. We will now have a timber cladded frame for this wall. In addition there is a requirement for air vents at the bottom and […] Read more June 2011

Garden Safari Sunday 12th June 2011

High Halstow and District Gardening Club are proud to present Garden Safari on Sunday 12th June Tickets £2.50 each to be bought at the first garden visited Gardens open to visit in any order between 12 noon and 4 pm Tea served at the Oast, Dux Court Farm from 3 pm Open Gardens listed […] Read more June 2011

Dramarama – Photos of the Show

Please click here to view photos from the latest show June 2011

Farmers Market Saturday 11th June/Village Hall Plans

Why not come along and support the Village Hall refurbishment programme by coming to the market this Saturday. In addition to the normal stall holders bread, meat, vegetables etc there will be an opportunity to view the revised Village Hall plans currently submitted to Medway Council. The ever so popular meat raffle will also be held, so why not come along – you never know you could win the voucher. Doors open 9.30  June 2011

Presentation by Land Securities

Click here to view details of presentation by Land Securities on 8th June 2011 June 2011

Saturday 25th June 2011 – The Pink Dog


A new page has been added for the copies of the programmes from previous shows. Click here to review. June 2011

June High Halstow Times

In this months HHT please see the resume of the 11th May Parish Council meeting, Village Hall refurbishment update, review of the Memorial Hall re-dedication, review of the Cricket Club start to the season, and much much more. Click here for details June 2011

Thank You

I am sure that many of you will have noticed how long the grass has been in the churchyard. Sadly a component in the gear box of our mower broke and we have been unable to cut the grass for some weeks. The big problem has been that there is only a single world wide […] Read more May 2011

May High Halstow Times

In this months HHT read the Annual Reports from the Chairman of the Parish Council, George Crozer, as well as a number of reports from local groups within our Parish plus much much more. Click here for details May 2011

9th March 2011

Read the minutes for 9th March 2011 by clicking here May 2011

Berry Early Treat as Soft Fruit Springs up at Farm

A FARMER is harvesting his bumper crop of luscious strawberries early after exceptionally warm and dry weather in April. John Myatt, 50, of Decoy Farm, High Halstow, had to bring in pickers on April 27 – a week earlier than usual – to bring in the harvest. […]Read more May 2011

RSPB – Dawn Chorus Sunday 29th May

Listen to the sounds of blackcap, whitethroat, chiffchaff, songthrush and other songbirds, identified by your guide, as they defend their breeding territories, while we walk through the wood. Meet at the RSPB main car park at Bromhey Farm. From High Halstow continue along Cooling Road towards Cliffe. After about 1 and 1/2 miles a brown […]Read more May 2011

Chat To Your Local Police Team

Reminder that the next public engagement meeting is this Thursday, 19th May at 9.00 a.m. in the Village Hall Car Park May 2011

New Village Post Office

The current post office is due for closure soon and with all being well the new one will open this summer. The new Postmaster will be Dal Brainch. The relocation of the Post Office ensures that Post Office services continue in High Halstow. There is ironically a process to go through even though the new […] Read more May 2011

Your Village Church Needs You Saturday 21st May 2011

Click here to see how you can help the Village Church on Saturday 21st May 2011

Beware Bogus Callers – If In Doubt Keep Them Out

It has been reported that there are a number of people going round the village bringing to the attention of householders that they have loose roof tiles. This could well fall into the category of a bogus caller as informed by Neighbourhood Watch May 2011

Kent Police – Kent KeyLink

In partnership with Kent Police, Kent KeyLink provides a vital service to help keep homes throughout the county of Kent safe. · Peace of mind as Kent Police has 24-hour access to your keyholders’ details, 365 days a year · Kent Police will contact your nominated keyholders in the event of an incident and contact […] Read more May 2011

Hoo Peninsula Historic Landscape – Project Update

A project update has been published by English Heritage, about their work to raise awareness of the historical development of the Hoo Peninsula landscape. Click here for more details May 2011

Medway Council Election Results May 5th 2011 for Peninsula Ward

Click here to view the results for the Peninsula Ward where there  were three seats to be won. May 2011

Dramarama Proudly presents ‘Putting on the Glitz

Click here for more details. May 2011

Farmers Market May 7th

Don’t forget the monthly Farmers Market is to take place on Saturday 6th May in the Village Hall. Doors from 9.30 with entrance free. Beaney’s Bread, Denis Hills the Butchers along with a variety of other goods including cards, honey, candles, cakes, the meat raffle etc will be available. Why not come along and support this great event May 2011

Emergency Closure of Dux Court

Please be advised of the following information from Medway Council regarding the above: For information there has been a partial collapse of the carriageway in Dux Court Road between the A228 and the golf course, as a result there has been an emergency closure placed on Dux Court Road, whilst repairs are carried out. It […] Read more April 2011

Village Carpenter

You may have noticed the splendid new oak notice board in the Church grounds. The work was carried out by our local village carpenter Nathan Hall April 2011

St Margarets Church

Waste Collection Services

Notice from Medway Council, please be aware that rubbish, including garden waste, will be collected this Friday as usual irrespective that it is a Bank Holiday April 2011

Memorial Hall

Now added is a copy of The Plaque. In addition pictures and details of some of the names on The Plaque can be found by clicking here April 2011

HHT April

In this months edition of the HHT please see about the Memorial Hall Easter Fare on April 16th, Broadband on the peninsula, the Kent Historic Environment Board, resume of the last parish meeting, details of the next two walks for the High Halstow Hikers and much much more. Click here for details  April 2011

St Margaret’s Bell Ringers

The Ringers meet for practice every Tuesday evening between 19.30 and 21.00. They would welcome new members. For more information please contact Alan Driver, the Tower Captain on 252031 April 2011

Annual Parish Meeting 2011

NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual Parish Meeting will be held at the Memorial Hall, High Halstow on Wednesday 13th April 2011 at 8.00pm, which meeting Members are summoned to attend and to which all parishioners are invited AGENDA 1 Apologies for absence 2 Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 14th April […] Read more April 2011

Notes from Medway’s Hoo Peninsula

Please note we have a new link added to the website www.hoo-peninsula.co.uk for your enjoyment April 2011

Nomination for Elections 2011

Please view the following statement of persons nominated for the election of NINE Parish Councillors on Thursday, 5th May 2011 for the High […] Read more April 2011


I recently heard that local councils have the power to recommend a speed limit. High Halstow has a problem with speeding vehicles in particular on Christmas Lane and the Street, it is time something was done to not only reduce the speed limit to 20 MPH but to introduce some form of traffic calming programme. […] Read more April 2011

Broadband In High Halstow

I am working with colleagues on supporting a bid for improving broadband infrastructure in Kent and Medway. The Hoo Peninsula is likely to be the focus of work in Medway, as the rural area will be a low priority for market investment by the telecoms industry. The bid is to the Broadband Delivery UK fund set […] Read more March 2011

Kings Kitchen

Note the changes in times now open from 10.00am to 1.00pm every Tuesday of the month in the Memorial Hall. A coffee and cake cafe for the whole village to enjoy. For more details please click here March 2011

Mother & Toddler Spring/Summer 2011 Programme

To see what is planned by the Mother & Toddler Group for this coming spring and summer please click here

9th February 2011 Council Minutes

Read the minutes for the February meeting by clicking here March 2011

High Halstow Halt

Do you remember the High Halstow Halt Station in operation? Do you know where it was? If not please click here to read information provided by  www.disused-stations.org.uk March 2011

Time and Tides Project

If you would like to learn about your local or family history, have an interesting story to tell about Upnor, Cuxton or High Halstow or would like to be part of keeping your local history alive then there are lots of opportunities for you to get involved Then click here March 2011

Timetable for the Local Elections and AV Referendum 5th May 2011

Click here for the timetable in respect of the May 5th Elections which will be for High Halstow Parish Council as well as Medway Council. In addition click here for the 2011 Nomination Form March 2011

HHT March

In this months edition of the HHT please see about Lodge Hill, resume of the last parish meeting, Gardening Club activities for 2011/12, High Halstow Cricket Club update, Karmann Dance Centre results and much much more. Click here for details March 2011

Next Farmers Market 5th March 2011

The next Farmers Market is on Saturday 5th March with doors opening in the Village Hall at 9.30. Why not come along and buy your weekend vegetables, meat, bread and cakes. We also have a huge selection of craft stalls including hand-madecards, jewellery, candles, plants and honey. With the ever so popular meat raffle, a chance to speak […] Read more March 2011

Wybournes Way Permissive Bridlepath

Medway Council are pleased to announce they have signed a legal agreement to create a permissive bridlepath between Wybournes Farm, High Halstow and New Barn Farm, Spendiff. The path has been created with the generous agreement of the landowners/farmers, Richard Whitebread and Harold Osenton. So far its been waymarked by volunteers and further signage will […] Read more March 2011

All about Parish and Town Councils

With the re-election of the Parish Council due in May 2011 what does it mean to be a Councillor. For anyone wanting to know more about parish and town councils and the role of the local councillor […]  Read more February 2011

Farming Funds Could Transform Birds’ Fortune

A major research study on 70 farms over seven years has shown the vital importance of publicly-funded environmental measures to save threatened farmland birds. The study – published in the Journal of Applied Ecology – focuses on one of the UK’s most threatened farmland birds, the Corn Bunting. The once widespread species has crashed by […]  Read more February 2011

Keeping Us Informed Just Got Easier

What will Lodge Hill mean for High Halstow

I guess it depends on what you are expecting but here are the main points as far as I can see that will affect High Halstow. Please see the plan above 4 to 5000 houses. 3 New Primary Schools.( including the existing one at Chattenden) A new secondary school. 2 Hotels. A town […]  Read more February 2011

Football Cage

The Parish Council are considering seeking funds to assist the installation of a football cage which will allow people to play football (five-a-side size) on an all weather surface. Before the Parish seek funding from additional sources which it will need to do comments are sought from the parishioners on the possible location of the […]  Read more February 2011

St Margaret’s Church

The Parish of High Halstow with All Hallows and St Mary Hoo is a combination of three ancient parishes each dating back almost a thousand years. Read more at www.triunity.org.uk

Mark Reckless Comes To Town

High Halstow and District Gardening Club

See what is planned for the club this year […] Read more February 2011

Geoffrey Longfield

An amateur family historian is trying to help a group of French historians who are documenting the allied airmen sadly killed during the Second World War. He is trying to trace the family of Geoffrey Phelps Longfield who was born in 1909 and was the son of our Rector. The citation from the Commonwealth War […] Read more February 2011

2011 Census

The 2011 CENSUS is coming to a letterbox near you. On Sunday 27th March 2011,the Census will take place to capture a snapshot of society in England and Wales. It asks a variety of questions in relation to work, health, national identity, citizenship, ethnic background, education, language, religion and so on. This information enables […] Read more February 2011

Holliedale Dog Training & Puppy School

Starting on Sunday 13th February in High Halstow Recreation Hall Puppy Classes start at 6:30pm Adult Dog Classes start at 7:30pm Places are limited so please book in advance on 01634 270496 For more information visit our website, or speak to Kerrie or Selena on 270496 www.holliedaledogtraining.co.uk February 2011

Drop the Plans Boris

Kent County Council and Medway Council call on London mayor to stop airport ‘madness’ The leaders of Medway Council and Kent County Council have called on the Mayor of London to make clear where he stands on the Thames Estuary airport a scheme they say is madness The mayor has campaigned for more than two […] Read more February 2011

Church Roof

Many of you will know that a couple of weeks before Christmas we had some very unwelcome visitors on the church roof. Sadly the got away with a large amount of lead off the roof, amounting to several thousand pounds. Unfortunately three weeks ago they came once more and stole even more. Sadly this caused […] Read more February 2011

High Halstow Hikers Walking Club Latest News

Our planned walk for December around Cliffe Pools had to be cancelled because of the deep snow. The January walk around the Darnley Trail from Shorne Country Park was also affected by ground conditions, in that case by wet and slippery paths. In January we therefore did the previously planned walk around Cliffe Pools in […] Read more February 2011

Parish Budget 2011/12

The Parish Council met on Wednesday 12th January to set the precept for the coming year. The outcome of the meeting was to cut the precept from £43,410 to £40,000, which is a drop of nearly 8%. The allocation of the budget […] Read more February 2011

Thank You Alan and Doreen

Alan and Doreen West have been distributing copies of the High Halstow Times for many years and have decided that it is time to give a younger pair of legs a turn. Everyone associated with the High Halstow Times, and the Parish Council would like to say a huge “Thank You” for all your time and effort over the years. February 2011

Does This Concern You?

At a recent meeting of the Parochial Church Council (PCC), members of the Council expressed unanimous concern at the sheer level of shrinking numbers at our Church services (on occasion the congregation could be counted in single figures). Firstly the PCC asked me to write a letter to all those who are members of our […] Read more November 2009

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