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Community website for all things Herne Bay (Kent, UK). Covers: The Downs, Herne Bay Museum, Herne Bay Historical Records Society, Herne Bay Pier Trust, Herne Bay in Bloom, East Cliff Neighbourhood Panel, No Night Flights, Manston Airport, Save Hillborough, Kitewood, WEA, Local Plan and much, much more...


Herne Bay Museum to be run by Herne Bay!


It's time for rejoicing, congratulations and a bit of planning. The Council have given The Herne Bay Museum Trust the green light to run our own Museum, which is a very good reason for a lot of rejoicing and congratulations.

We've already done a lot planning for "if"... now it's time to move on to planning for "when". We take over the running of the Museum on 1st April (I'm not joking!) and we'll be opening the doors on 23rd May. Between now and then, we've still got a lot to sort out.

We've got a lot of volunteers (thank you all), and we need more. We've got plenty of ideas for how to reinvigorate our Museum, and we would like to know what you think of them, and to hear your ideas.

Do please come along to our open meeting and bring your friends.

It's at 7pm on Friday 27th March at The Retreat (which was the British Legion Hall) just along Central Parade from the Bun Penny.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

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Celebrations set for completion of restoration project at Herne Bay clock tower


The restoration work at Herne Bay clock tower is set to be completed in mid-February. After months of work, Canterbury City Council will be hosting a celebratory evening at the clock tower on Saturday, February 14th from 6pm, which will include a firework display and a light show.

A grant of £250,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, plus £100,000 from CCC, has funded the restoration project. Cracked stones have been replaced, whilst others were restored with a fresh covering for the columns, and the clock itself has been gilded with gold leaf. A CCC spokesman said there will be a small amount of cosmetic work to be completed after the event, but the main works will be finished.

The landmark's history dates back to October 2 1837, when Herne Bay’s benefactor Ann Thwaytes celebrated her birthday by handing over a clock tower to the town. There were military bands, circus acts and fireworks, and 500 children were also given a free meal as part of the event. Mrs Thwaytes used £4,000 from her inheritance from her tea merchant husband, about £175,000 in today’s terms, to pay for the structure to be built.

HB Times 14th Jan 2014

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What does the future hold for the pier?


A public meeting has been called to discuss of Herne Bay's iconic pier.

Ed Targett, the prospective Green Party MP for Herne Bay, has called a meeting (7pm Sunday, 23rd November at the King's Hall) in order to discuss how the pier could be extended or rebuilt. He claims the short term plans of the Pier Trust, which runs the pier are "profoundly lacking in ambition" and accused them of standing in the way of proposals to rebuild the pier as a £70 million marina.

But Doreen Stone said the timing of the meeting was just a day before the trust is due to take part in ITV's People's Millions programme. She said:

"It is very short notice for the meeting as this is the day before the People's Millions and we will be working on that. I have been working my socks off with the trust for our plans for the pier and we presented this to the Herne Bay members panel (last week). We have no objection to the marina plan. If someone came forward with £70million we would support it. Ultimately, I want to do what is best for Herne Bay because I love the town.We are just trying to provide something fun for people in Herne Bay."

Ed Targett says the public meeting date was chosen to accommodate a group member coming from Spain and said he hopes the pier trust is in its People Millions bid. He added:

"This meeting is a great opportunity for the Pier Trust to present its short term and long term plans and face some robust questioning about them. I've invited them and I really hope they'll turn up. We’ll be revisiting the mothballed Pier Marina plans and three Pier reports for the sake of frank discussion."

Asked what he was hoping for from the meeting, Ed Targett said:

"We can have a robust discussion about should be a vital town asset, perhaps finding some common ground for the future between people who are too frequently at loggerheads, and hopefully we can clarify some apparent confusion about the various plans and reports out there.
No personal attacks, throwing of rotten vegetables, or shouting please... It’s an emotive topic but I'm sure people can 'play nice'. Please do come along and invite friends and family."

The public meeting is at 7pm Sunday, 23rd November at the King's Hall.

HB Times 16th Nov 2014

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Free money for the Pier! Well, sort of free...


Vote for £50,000 for your pier.

Herne Bay pier is in the finals on ITV Meridian on Monday November 24th. Please phone up to 10 times per landline and mobile. You can vote 10 times on landline at 11p a time. You can vote 10 times on mobile at 15p a time.

The number will be available on the day on ITV Meridian news and in the Daily Mirror and on the Herne Bay Pier Trust website and Facebook.

Peoples Millions voting ends at 10pm on Monday.

Thank you.

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Windfarm extension work starts next week


Vattenfall is poised to start work on a £165m extension to the Kentish Flats offshore wind farm, which will see 15 new turbines installed off the Kent coast by the end of next year. The Swedish utility today confirmed it would start offshore construction work next week on the latest phase of the development, preparing the seabed to lay 30 kilometres of cables from the wind farm to the shore in Herne Bay.

Once complete, the project is expected to increase the current capacity of the 90MW Kentish Flats offshore wind farm by more than 50 per cent to a total of 139.5MW. Matthew Green, Vattenfall project director for the construction of Kentish Flats Extension said:

"Kentish Flats Extension was consented in spring 2013 and since then we have been planning, organising and contracting. We're now ready to go and by this time next year we plan to be generating low carbon power from all 15 wind turbines. Building an offshore wind farm is no easy task; that is why it is one of the most exciting engineering challenges around today."

The company plans to start installing foundations in spring 2015, and will then install each of the Vestas 3.3MW wind turbines by the end of July.

The announcement represents a boost to an offshore wind industry that has been hit in recent weeks by warnings that a number of proposed projects are "grinding to a halt" amid concerns over the transition from the government's current subsidy regime to its new support mechanism.

Business Green 15th Oct 2014

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A town full of art and artists


It's that time of year when our local talent flaunt their wares. East Kent is liberally sprinkled with artists, and the finest have gravitated to Herne Bay, of course.

This coming weekend they're opening up their homes for you to gaze, goggle-eyed at the marvels they have wrought. If you can't make this weekend, don't fret - they'll be doing it again 25th/26th October and 1st/2nd November.

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Vote Herne Bay! Vote Duchamp!!


Vote for the Duchamp Festival in the Canterbury 4 Culture awards

Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp

Herne Bay arts and culture lovers are being urged to vote for the town in the Canterbury 4 Culture awards. The Marcel Duchamp Festival has been nominated for four of the top accolades, and the public has their chance to vote in the category of People's Award.

Last summer it commemorated the 100 anniversary of the artist famously writing on a postcard: "I'm not dead... I'm in Herne Bay." The festival ran for three weeks and was embraced by the whole town, as well as hitting the headlines in national media too.

It has been nominated in three other categories including the best cultural experience in East Kent, offering the best project to engage the wider community and being the best event to promote the area nationally and internationally. They will be up against projects including the Turner Contemporary in Margate, and arts groups in Canterbury.

Duchamp organiser Sue Austen said:

"To be up there with arts organisations like the Turner Contemporary shows that sometimes a bunch of amateurs can be as serious and as professional as the professionals. It was a fantastic effort to put on so many events and exhibitions in such a short time. It brought the whole community together, and showed if everyone does a little, we can all achieve a lot. The nominations show we are a cultured town, so we're looking for lots of support from people in Herne Bay."erbury 4 Culture awards on Thursday, June 12

Fellow organiser Steve Coombes is spearheading the campaign to win the People's Award. He said:

"This was huge news for Herne Bay last year. This is the first time Herne Bay has had so many nominations, no town has ever got as many as this. It's really a feather in the town's cap."

You can vote in the People's Award by visiting

kentonline 2nd June 2014

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Bun Penny: progress at last


Bun Penny pub sold for development

The burnt out Bun Penny could soon rise from the ashes after it was sold for redevelopment. The derelict building - one of the town’s most complained about eyesores since it was gutted by fire in September 2011 - was under offer last month and the sale has now been formally completed.

Estate agent Peter Goodwin, from Wilbee and Son, handled the deal and said it was the start of a new era for the building. He said:

“The new owners are local but they do not want to be named for the moment. But they are very pleased it is now completed and they are hoping it will not be too long before work can start.”

New hoardings are due to go up on the site, on the corner of William Street and Central Parade, on Wednesday and a planning application has been prepared. The proposed scheme would see the former pub demolished and a new building in its place, with luxury flats on the upper floors. Mr Goodwin said:

“The idea is to have commercial on the ground floor, ideally a family restaurant. That is what the new owners will be targeting and I think it is something that Herne Bay needs. The council have been very supportive and everyone is now hoping they will be able to rubber stamp the application so it can go through quickly.”

The site has attracted complaints since it was first burnt out, and councillors have insisted since July 2012 that it was “a priority”. Business leader Nigel Hancock, of the Bay Independent Retail Group, set up a petition calling on Canterbury City Council to tidy up the site and officials were discussing taking action to force the owners to act. Mr Goodwin said:

“The owners have been very helpful in making sure the sale goes through smoothly and they pleased it is all finalised now. It has taken a lot of work and a lot of negotiations and I want to formally thank the old owners and the council for their help and support. Everyone is keen for the site to be brought back into use and we are all now hoping the council will feel able to continue to support this so work can start soon.”

HB Times 6th June 2014

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Anyone for tennis? A councillor wants you to pay first...


Tennis courts at Herne Bay’s main park are to be given a facelift – but players could be forced to pay to help recoup the cash, a leading councillor said.

West Bay councillor Peter Lee, who is responsible for Canterbury City Council’s finances, said officials should try to recover some of the £3,000 investment by charging people to use the courts in the Memorial Park. The funding is from £15,000 given to the town last year by developers as part of the conditions of their planning permission. Cllr Lee said:

“If we are going to spend so much money we should look at getting some money back. I am floating the idea that we should perhaps be looking at having keys for these courts and charging for them. If we are going to improve them by putting money into them we should be trying to recoup that money in some way.”

But panel chairman Cllr Jennie Edwards, who represents Reculver, said introducing charges could actually add to the cost. She said:

“We could make it a concession but if you have to pay someone to open it up and look after it, it negates the point. I would be happy to see Herne Bay having no payment to use the courts because that is how it has been done for very many years.”

Up to £10,000 is also to be spent improving the play area at Burton Fields and the rest on the new QEII coastal park, funded as part of the town’s People’s Millions lottery bid.

HB Times 31st May 2014

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The Oradour 70 Exhibition

Oradour Poetry Evening Saturday 7 June 7.30pm

As part of the Oradour 70 exhibition at Beach Creative Galleries, Beach House, Beach Street, Herne Bay, CT6 5PT (June 4-17) there will be an evening of poetry, music, humour and drama.

The event is free (limited seating) and will last approximately 2 hours, with an interval, starting at 7.30pm.

The emphasis will be on war related poetry and will look at many aspects of war from different viewpoints and different poets - some famous, some not. Among the poems being read will be some by Ian Sabey, an Australian born in England, he served in the allied forces in World War II. He wrote his poems while a prisoner in Austria and they give a rich and moving account of that experience. His daughter, Christina Carr will be In the audience on June 7.

Oradour 70 is a collection of photographs, by Alan Porter, of the French village Oradour-sur-Glane, the scene of a massacre on 10th June 1944 that left 642 villagers dead. The ruins of the village now stand with poignant dignity and a strange beauty as a permanent memorial. The exhibition explores what we can learn from such war crimes.

Alan's photographs are accompanied by poems by John Grant and artwork and an installation by Mandy Troughton.

June 4 - 17 2014

Open every day from 10am - 4pm

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Fun day to open Herne Bay market


The new Herne Bay market will be officially opened this Saturday (7 June) by the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Cllr Ann Taylor, as part of a fun day.

The city council-run market in William Street and Mortimer Street is open from 8am, with live music from 10am and the opening ceremony at 11am. There will also be face painting, special offers on every stall, a prize draw and family entertainment.

In addition, there is a free find a monkey game (go to the museum in William Street to enter) and the first 100 visitors to the market will receive a free reusable shopping bag.

The market moved to its new home in William Street and Mortimer Street on 3 May following many years at the King’s Road car park. Some minor tweaks to the layout of the stalls and the position of others have been made and it has now settled into its new location well.

Executive member for markets, Cllr Andrew Cook, said:

“We’ve had excellent feedback from the traders since the move was made and many people are saying how great the atmosphere now is in the town centre on Saturdays. Everyone involved is looking forward to the fun day and official opening this weekend and we hope to welcome lots of new customers too.”

Herne Bay market has 32 stalls selling a variety of fresh and local produce and gifts from eye-catching green and white gazebos and is open every Saturday between 8am and 4pm.

The move aimed to increase footfall to the market and town centre and give it a more professional and uniform layout. It also frees up the market’s former home in the King’s Road car park for redevelopment.

CCC website 02 June 2014

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Final consultation for draft Local Plan


Six weeks of public consultation on the final draft version of the city council’s Local Plan gets underway on Thursday 5 June.

This is the version of the plan that will be the basis for a public examination carried out by an independent inspector later this year. Full details and all the documents will be on the council’s website at

Last summer, the council held 10 weeks of consultation on the preferred option plan. Nearly 7,000 comments were submitted, which covered a range of issues across the whole plan.

There was support for large parts of the draft plan, particularly policies relating to landscape, heritage, tourism and open space. The main objections related to the overall strategy and the development proposals, including the growth strategy for the district, amount and location of development, specific site allocations, capacity of local services and the ability to deliver the necessary infrastructure, and environmental issues.

As a result, the council has made some changes to the draft plan, partly to reflect additional information and comments that were received, and partly to ensure that the draft plan is consistent with national guidance (such as the National Planning Policy Framework) and evidence collected by the council over the last few years.

In the consultation starting this week, people will be able to comment on any aspect of the draft plan. But at the public examination, if anyone wants to object to parts of the plan, it will help the inspector if they can identify in their comments why they think the plan is not ‘sound’. Advice on how to go about making a comment is available on the council’s website.

Consultation is also taking place at the same time on the draft District Transport Strategy and Open Space Strategy. These are integral parts of the Local Plan and back up the whole plan process. Council Leader Cllr John Gilbey said:

“We have reached this point following several years of hard work and consultation, producing a Local Plan that we believe provides development in the most sustainable locations. And I am particularly pleased that we are proposing that several areas of the district should have Local Green Space protection.

This is now the final period of consultation before the public examination when the plan receives rigorous independent scrutiny, so I would urge people to make their views known over the next six weeks.”

The consultation will close on Friday 18 July. Copies of the plans will be available to view at the council’s offices in Canterbury and Herne Bay, in libraries across the district and at Whitstable Museum from 5 June.

A number of public information evenings are being held during the consultation period for people to learn more about the plans. They will take place starting at 7pm at:

  • Monday 16 June – Herne Bay High School
  • Wednesday 18 June – Spires Academy, Sturry
  • Wednesday 2 July – Kent County Cricket Ground

CCC website 03 June 2014

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MOD Shoeburyness - Forthcoming Activity Alert: 2-13 June 2014

Dear Resident,

Detailed below is advance notification of activities which may be noticed in your neighbourhood. All of the limitations and stipulations outlined below apply.

  • Date:: Reason for Notification
  • 2, 3, 5, 6, 9,10,13 June 2014:: Explosions may be noticed.
  • 4 June 2014:: Gunfire and Explosions may be noticed.
  • 11 June 2014:: Explosions may be noticed earlier than usual, 08:00.


Local Gunfire = Gunfire that *may *be noticed in the immediate neighbourhood of MOD Shoeburyness.

Gunfire = Gunfire that may be noticed by communities in the vicinity of the Thames Estuary.

Explosions = Explosions that may be noticed by communities in the vicinity of the Thames Estuary.


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I hope that you find this information useful. Please feel free to pass it on to your neighbours.

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Hundreds storm out of Pilgrims' Hospice meeting


Hundreds of furious people stormed out of a public meeting with executives and senior staff at the Pilgrims’ Hospice in Canterbury last week.

Tensions ran high throughout the two and a half hour meeting, as hundreds of members of the public, and former healthcare professionals, stood up to oppose the decision to close the Canterbury hospice’s Inpatient Ward in 2016. Many of the crowd had lost family and loved ones in the ward.

Members of the public speaking afterwards were already calling the meeting a “catastrophic failure” for the executives, with little to no evidence that anyone was convinced by their arguments.

Hundreds of people stormed out of the meeting when Doctor Richard Morey, the chair of the hospice’s Board of Trustees, told the assembled crowd that they were treating the meeting as “mostly a presentation; an opportunity for us to explain to you what our views are”, as opposed to a public consultation to change plans going forward.

Vicki Radford, whose 41-year-old husband died in the ward, and is a leading voice in the online campaign to stop the plans, said she was disappointed by what she’d heard.

“I wasn’t at all convinced. They didn’t come here to listen to us. They will continue to do what they want, and they will continue to lose funding because of this. We will definitely be continuing our campaign.”

HB Times 2nd June 2014

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Hospice closure backlash


Fears donations could drop after shock announcement of closure of Pilgrims Hospice in Canterbury.

Bosses at Canterbury's Pilgrims Hospice are standing their ground over the planned closure of the 16-bed care unit despite a growing campaign to force them to change their minds. They claim the charity-run centre – which opened in 1982 – is "no longer fit for purpose" and the closure will save £500,000 a year.

Instead they want to expand hospice care in the community, with staff visiting patients in their own homes, nursing homes and hospitals. But there has been a massive backlash to the announcement with an online petition calling for the unit to be saved gaining more than 14,000 signatures. A Save Pilgrims Hospice Canterbury Facebook page has been set up and it already has more than 12,000 supporters.

Staff and volunteers are also said to be shocked at the decision, which many claim they had not been consulted on and were of only told of last week. But today Pilgrims Hospices chief executive Steve Auty said:

"The reaction to our announcement shows just how much the local community cares about Pilgrims and we can assure you that we all share that passion. We are touched by the many stories, we have heard this week, of people whose loved ones have died in the hospice and pleased that we have been able to provide them and their families with love and care in such difficult times.

We also know that whilst we have been able to provide this support for many it is still only a small proportion of those who need it, with the majority (almost 90%) dying in hospital, care homes or their own home. So we need to be responsive to these needs and change the way in which we deliver care to ensure that, while we have enough hospice beds to serve east Kent, which we are fully committed to providing, we also provide a greater level of hospice care out into the community.

That is the challenge, which Pilgrims is taking up – to deliver the same care that a patient would receive in a hospice bed but out to a number of locations across the community when and where it is required. We recognise that change can be difficult to contemplate which is why Pilgrims is setting up a series of meetings where we can fully and directly discuss with you our plans, explain why we believe they are needed, listen to your concerns and ensure that everyone has a good understanding of what has been proposed.

We want to work with our supporters to ensure that we deliver the best care for all who need it across east Kent and are in the process of organising venues and dates for public meetings, starting the week of May 26."

But there are fears donations to the charity could fall, with reports some benefactors have even cancelled standing orders to the hospice.

David Denne, who has helped raised funds for the hospice for 17 years and was chairman of its fund raising committee, called the decision "disastrous". He said:

"The manner in which this news was broken in my view leaves much to be desired. To put it mildly I was totally shocked, amazed and filled with sadness at this announcement. To cease to offer such well funded services at our hospice is nothing other than disastrous. For over 30 years our hospice has built a truly wonderful service and is held with such loving memories of lost ones by very many local families, with nothing but warm praise to all the medical staff.

Many companies have donated large sums of money over the years, let alone all individuals who have supported it through sponsored events. It really feels that the carpet has been pulled from under our feet and that all those who have worked so hard particularly over this period of time, badly let down."

Hospice volunteer Keren Tattersall said volunteers were "absolutely horrified" by the announcement and planning to arrange a public meeting. She added:

"I accept that increasing provision of hospice at home teams and the spreading of day care services beyond the hospice is admirable. This will require funding - but not at the expense of our local inpatient facility. But I have heard that some people are so appalled they have even cancelled their standing orders to the hospice and others have said they will not now be leaving money in their wills."

The decision to close the unit is all the more baffling because work is underway on a £260,000 refurbishment of the building, following a grant from the Department of Health. The charity says it will no longer provide 16 inpatient beds at Canterbury from 2016, bringing to an end 32 years of the hospice providing end-of-life care to the terminally ill in the district. But it will continue to offer day care services from Canterbury and its other purpose-built centres in Ashford and Margate will continue to operate with in-patient beds.

The unit at Canterbury will be "mothballed", but charity chief executive Steve Auty insists the site will not be sold off or abandoned but continued to be used for administration and the training of staff and outside care providers. The charity has a monthly wage bill of £700,000 to support is three sites. But there could be some redundancies among the 65 staff who work at the Canterbury unit, most of who will be retrained and redeployed to work in the community.

Mr Auty said care will now be provided in hospitals and at home, ensuring a more "expert and responsive service for more patients". They also claim they can now re-deploy more staff into the "heart of the communities in east Kent". Mr Auty said:

"This is a decision we have not taken lightly because we know the emotional attachment the Canterbury site has with local people. But of our three sites, Canterbury is the oldest and would need considerable investment in the future. There are savings by closing it but that has not been the driving force behind the decision and if there are any compulsory redundancies, they would only be in single figures. We have considered our future with all our staff, who we know are saddened by it too. But hospice care is not about buildings and we believe we can reach more people who need us out in the community."

But the decision to shut the hospice has angered those who recognise the important role it has played in the lives of many across the district.

  • Anne Booth wrote on Twitter: "Surely we can't let that happen? It is so important - and we've hardly had it any time. Our healthcare is in a mess."
  • Andy Dawkins said on Facebook: "Very sad news. Most of us sadly have a connection with the Canterbury hospice. A truly remarkable place run by fantastic and caring staff."
  • Referring to the closure of Kent and Canterbury's birthing unit in 2012, Lettie Austen added: "Does this mean that we now not only cannot be born in Canterbury, but cannot die here too?"
  • Darren Legge, the son of late panto legend Dave Lee, said: "What a loss."

Canterbury was the founding hospice of the charity, with two others later opening in Ashford and Margate, which will not be affected by the changes. Together, the three sites care for 2,300 people each year and are supported by almost 2,000 volunteers. The NHS contributes just a quarter of the £10.5 million funding needed to run the charity every year, with the rest raised through charity shops, a weekly lottery and a series of fund-raising events.

Hundreds of trustees, staff and volunteers met yesterday in Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet to discuss the "new strategy" for the hospice - known as the Future Hospice Programme. Mr Auty said:

"We want to make Pilgrims Hospice more responsive, equitable and accessible, and to focus on our core responsibility of providing expert palliative and end of life care. By 2016 we aim to provide more of our care in the community and at bedsides in hospital and care homes. We are already showing that this strategy works in practice, and are proud of our newest outreach centre opening in Folkestone on Friday, May 9."

News of the closure comes just months after the Canterbury hospice started a £260,000 refurbishment project and days after it raised almost £100,000 through a charity bike ride in the city. After its closure to inpatients, the building will be used to train the charity's staff and volunteers, as well as health and social care professionals across east Kent.

Charity bosses say they will be working more closely with other providers of inpatient care, including the East Kent University Hospitals Foundation Trust. Chairman Dr Richard Morey said:

"These are exciting changes for Pilgrims Hospice, which will allow us to deliver more care in people's homes, where many want it, while still retaining expert inpatient hospice beds. Together the staff, volunteers, trustees and our supporters will work to make Pilgrims Hospice fit for the future."

Medical director Dr Claire Butler is leading the team implementing the changes, which will cost £500,000 over three years. She said:

"Pilgrims Hospice has grown and adapted since its beginnings in the early 1980s and will continue to do so in new and innovative ways, aiming to serve all the people of east Kent who can benefit from our care and support."

The hospice marked its 30th anniversary with a special service at Canterbury Cathedral in June 2012.

kentonline 12th May 2014

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MOD Shoeburyness - Forthcoming Activity Alert: 15-30 May 2014

MOD Shoeburyness – Forthcoming Activity Alert: 15-30 May 2014

Dear Resident,

Detailed below is advance notification of activities which may be noticed in your neighbourhood. All of the limitations and stipulations outlined below apply.

*Date *

Reason for Notification

15 & 16, 19-23, 29 & 30 May 2014

Explosions may be noticed.

27 & 28 May 2014

Explosions may be noticed earlier than usual, 08:00.


Local Gunfire = Gunfire that is likely to be noticed only by communities close to MOD Shoeburyness.

Gunfire = Gunfire that may be noticed by communities in the vicinity of the Thames Estuary.

Explosions = Explosions that may be noticed by communities in the vicinity of the Thames Estuary.


This information was correct at the time of publishing. The most accurate and up to date information can be found on the MOD Shoeburyness website at, why not visit and save it to your favourites for quick access.

I hope that you find this information useful. Please feel free to pass it on to your neighbours.

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Glass by the Sea



Bay Art Gallery welcomes for the first time Ruth Rice, who is showing an eclectic exhibition of fused glass and driftwood art, paintings and jewellery made from sea glass, and fused glass, all of which  have been inspired by our beautiful North Kent Coast.

Monday 12- Sunday 18 May 2014. 10am to 4pm

Bay Art Gallery, 47a William Street, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 5NR

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Herne & Broomfield need your help to fight the Local Plan


Herne & Broomfield Parish Council is launching a fighting fund in a bid to stop farmland in Herne being developed as a housing estate. The plan by Hollamby Estates is to build 800 houses.

The Parish Council could have to pay thousands of pounds as part of their battle to block the plans to develop Strode Farm as part of Canterbury City Council’s development plan.

The parish council has already employed a highways consultant, jointly funded with the charity CPRE Protect Kent, and is hoping to employ a planning consultant who would represent it at the official hearing.

At the last parish council meeting, councillors agreed to launch the fund to appeal to local residents to help fight the development, which will have a huge impact on Herne Village, and the local roads including Herne Street and Bullockstone Road. Many children within the parish would be unable to choose Herne Bay High School as they will be pushed out of the catchment area.

People able to help with the cost should send a cheque made payable to Herne & Broomfield Parish Council in an envelope marked Strode Farm, or pop into the parish council office at The Parish Office, Herne Mill, Mill Lane, Herne, Kent CT6 7DR.

For more information phone the parish office 01227 742700.

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No need to go to Eton - Eton's coming here


I do hope nobody is over-awed by the fact that Eton College is the driving force behind the JCBs in this proposed development.

I'm not sure how this fits in to the Local Plan, but Cllr John Gilbey has said that "the Bends should always be protected as a valuable green gap and open space". This is the other side of the Old Thanet Way from the Bends, but it's still part of the green gap that keeps the Bay and the Bubble apart. As one of the online commentators has said:

Residents are invited along to be completely ignored as the decision will already have been made that Eton can buy this land and bank it undeveloped for years and years to come with a never-never promise of health centres and care homes, which will all fall by the wayside to become thousands of rabbit hutch houses.

The development is unlikely to look anything like Eton College

The development is unlikely to look anything like Eton College

Eton College has today revealed it wants to build a 300-home estate next to the Old Thanet Way between Whitstable and Herne Bay.

The private school - which educated Princes Harry and William - has alerted residents to the plans, which also include 300 homes, a care home, hotel, restaurant, health centre and gym on on land next to Bodkin Farm near Chestfield.

Letters have been posted through the doors of people living nearby, inviting them to exhibitions which will showcase the proposal later this month. Chestfield parish chairman Steve Bailey says he and his colleagues had been aware of the plans for two months before they became public. He said:

"We're concerned a development as big as this will change the demographic of the village. It would increase the population of Chestfield by about 2,500. When does a village become a town? We can't really comment at the moment, but we will be looking to oppose this. I'm going to go to both exhibitions and we will be keeping a very close watching brief on this. With a thing of this scale, we'd probably look at calling an extraordinary meeting at a later date."

Mr Bailey also questioned whether the proposed health centre would take the place of the existing one in Chestfield. He said:

"We just don't know. The existing centre has an application to extend as well. And the care home? Well, that's usually just a bolt-on to any proposal now."

The first exhibition will take place at Whitstable Rugby Club in Reeves Way on Friday 16th May from 4pm to 8pm, with a second at Chestfield Hall on Saturday 17th May from 11am to 3pm. Eton says it will give residents the chance to have their say on the proposals before a planning application is submitted to Canterbury City Council.

kentonline 11th May 2014

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