Eastling

Village

 

We'd like to thank the "Good News" magazine for allowing the use of some of their content for our news items.

 

Eastling Neighbourhood Watch
Added Sep 2017

Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

Swale Police 101 Emergency 999

After a slight hitch last month now back to normal.

It is the time of year when the pheasants and partridges have been let out of their pens and are enjoying the freedom of the countryside. It is also the time when we come together with the countryside and keep to the footpaths and bridle paths with our dogs on leads. This is more important towards the east of the village, from echo valley and down towards Hockey Farm. The gamekeeper has enough problems with the nasties that come in the area with their air rifles and catapults, so if we can cooperate it would be most helpful.

There was a recent burglary at Stalisfield in which jewellery items were stolen. It is very rare for criminals to walk to our villages to commit crime so please be alert for any strange vehicles or persons touring the area and let me know details, it does not matter if it is a false alarm as it is better to be safe than sorry.

The scams etc do not go away, so be alert and do not give any of your personal details away unless you are absolutely sure to whom you are giving them. When drawing money from a cash machine always hide your pin details and if that’s not possible walk away, as the person behind may be taking note and endeavour to steal your bank card at a later time.

Finally, no doubt we would like to thank Ben and his team of merry men for bringing in the crops and the professional way their vehicles have been driven on our roads.

Have a good month and take care, Alan

Eastling School
Added Sep 2017

It is a delight to introduce myself as the new Head Teacher of Eastling Primary School. I am a married mother of three children who are at secondary school and beyond. Therefore I have first-hand experience of being a primary school parent. This enables me to appreciate the pressures, challenges and great pleasures of bringing up children.

Working closely with parents/carers and the wider community of Eastling is important to me. Together we can aim to improve the educational outcomes for all children in our care. This affords them the best possible choices for their future.

I have held various positions in education over 19 years. It is my privilege to become Head Teacher at Eastling Primary School. The warm, welcoming family atmosphere that permeates through this thriving village school, was apparent on my first visit.

My priority is to ensure that we maximise the life chances of all our pupils. The provision of a rich and exciting curriculum is the responsibility of us all. It is important that children are energised about their education. This school has happy, enthusiastic children, hardworking staff, a supportive community of parents/carers and a committed governing body.

I would appreciate the support of the whole community, as we further improve our school. My aim is for us to provide the best education.

Melanie Dale

Churchfields, Eastling
Added Sep 2017

As many villagers are aware, Churchfields obtained a stewardship scheme award to grant public access to the land. It was to allow the enjoyment of an old cherry orchard and vegetable plot. This scheme has now ended country wide.

Therefore please note there is no longer public access to our land, which is now under a new tenancy as an equine centre. Obviously those having allotments at Churchfields are welcome as are those with express permission to visit. The public footpath running from east to west across Churchfields is, of course, open to all.

Julia and Graham Bailey.

Fireworks to celebrate Wedding
Added Sep 2017

There will be fireworks to celebrate Mary’s and Simon’s wedding on 2nd September 2017.  Following approval from Belmont Estate, the footpath between Eastling Rd and Eastling Church will be closed on Saturday 2nd September from approx 5.30pm - 10.00pm to allow a firework display to be set up and cleared away. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

The area outside the Carpenter’s Arms would provide an excellent viewing point of the display, which will be at approx 9.00pm and we hope that as many people will enjoy them as possible.

John and Bay Lees

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Eastling Parish Council
Added Aug 2017

The council is seeking a new Neighbourhood Watch coordinator.

Please contact the Parish Clerk Wendy Licence if you are interested in this role. Wendy can be reached by email: eastlingpc@gmail.com

Any resident requiring the services of the village warden should contact the Kent County Council warden co-ordinator.

email: maurice.stewart@kent.gov.uk tel: 07813 711 942.

Painters Forstal with Selling WI
Added Aug 2017

On a lovely hot day in June several of our members were allowed to wander at will through the beautiful garden belonging to Jonathan and Lucy Neame in Oare. We were first told how the family came to buy the house. It was also possible to visit Oare church next door, which has some fine stained glass windows, and afterwards we all indulged in a wonderful tea with sandwiches and cakes.

Later in the month we held our Fashion Show which was well attended. It was opened by the Mayor of Faversham and our own members and their families modelled the clothes. Thanks to M&Co who hosted the event. We were able to raise a good sum for the charity Physic Garden of Faversham.

We now look forward to August when we will be visiting the garden of one of our members.

Any further information please contact Barbara on 01795 890020 or e-mail tombar72@hotmail.co.uk

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Eastling Neighbourhood Watch
Added Jul 2017

Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

Swale Police 101 Emergency 999

Reports of shed and outbuilding break-ins in Faversham and surrounding areas are coming in quite regularly, so please ensure that security on your property is at its best.

With the warm weather that we have experienced lately, please remember to close windows and doors before leaving home as the nasties will take advantage of any opportunity that is offered to them.

As is well known, a tree came down and blocked the road at the junction of Kettle Hill Road. I would like to express my thanks to the support given firstly from Belmont and then by tree surgeons supplied by Shepherd Neame.

Have a good month,

Take Care,  Alan

Garden Party Thank You
Added Jul 2017

Thank you to everyone who made the Garden Party at Eastling Manor on June 11th such a wonderful occasion. We raised the magnificent sum of £1,365.00.

Special thanks to John and Bay Lees, for loaning us their beautiful garden for the day, and to Graeme, head gardener from Belmont, for the stunning array of donated plants.

Most importantly thank you to everybody who contributed the most wonderful cakes, scones, sandwiches and more for the Tea Party, also the wonderful band of men who helped set up and take down and the volunteers press ganged on the day.

Thank you also to the Doddington Ukelele Band and Faversham Community Choir for entertaining us.

We would like to have a special mention for our long suffering husbands Gordon, Alan and Colin whose support on both days of the weekend and manning the teas, bar and gate was invaluable and so much appreciated.

Dorothy, Marion and Pam

Eastling Seniors’ Christmas Lunch Committee

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Eastling Neighbourhood Watch
Added Jun 2017

Village Warden 07794 010 394 or 01795 890848

Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

Swale Police 101 Emergency 999

During the middle of May a ride-on mower was stolen from a property in the Throwley area. The people who steal these machines do not turn up on the off chance, it is planned, so there must be vehicles involved. Please keep alert for any strange vehicles in the local area especially those showing unusual interest.

In Tong Lane on Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May, a black and white cat was attacked by two greyhounds whose owner was a young woman. The cat must have been badly injured and the attack was witnessed by a resident but the dog owner walked off, leaving the injured cat which subsequently disappeared. The owner must be found and the dogs muzzled, we don’t think they came from Eastling. If anyone has any relevant information, please contact Alan on the above number.

Have a good month,

Take Care,  Alan

Eastling Bluebell Walk Thank You
Added Jun 2017

A big THANK YOU to all who came on the successful Bluebell Walk on 1st May, and especially to all those who helped to plan, set up and help deliver an excellent event which was enjoyed by all. The weather was unfortunately showery this year but the bluebells and wild orchids were splendid. Walker numbers were slightly down from last year (178 adults and 73 children). The Bluebell Bistro and drinks and cakes/desserts did a roaring trade, together with additional income from Steve and Bridget Withell selling drinks and ice cream at Derbies Court and the sale of ‘Bluebell Walk’ T-shirts. In total £1,507 was generated for church funds.

Eastling School
Added Jun 2017

We love the summer season at the school when the weather is fine and a whole range of community opportunities can be provided for our pupils without the worry of National Testing rearing its head (although the Phonics testing for Year 1 does take place at the start of the month).

We say a sad farewell to Canon Lawton as he returns to Canada on the 7th but welcome all our new parents to the school on the 6th for an informal Q&A meeting. We still have a couple of places left for entry into Reception in September 2017, so please let friends and acquaintances know as we find that often parents fail to apply here because of the reputation that they 'won't get in'!.

Our social and sporting events for the children start straight away with a ‘Drama for all’ session on Tue 6th and Archery Sessions on 8th, 15th &22nd, as well as the recommencement of the very popular Mathematics club on Thursday evenings. We also prepare parents for 'moving on' as Year 5's have the start of their 'Pupil entry to secondary education' (PESE) registration on June 1st and a Parents' information evening on Monday 12th. We even have a Magistrate visit at the end of the month to let the children learn about our justice system.

Hoping that it's properly Summer we have invited the Lifeguard service to talk about their work (13th) and are due to attend the Otterden open day of countryside life on Wednesday 14th. There's a whole host of sporting opportunities going on as well as a range of field trips to enhance our curriculum - we even have a series of induction days for our new pupils to come and try out their new school.

Although we had a hiccup on the Leopards' Residential this year, we still do intend to push in a range of activity days for them to make up for the sad cancellation of their annual overnight stay.

During the month our FOES (Friends of Eastling School) group are rapidly organising the Eastling School Fete due to take place on Sunday 2nd July from 12.00pm. This includes a couple of dress-down days in June on Fridays 16th and 30th when students are invited to donate goods such as unwanted gifts and bottles to the fete stalls.

Showcases of the school work and achievements are undertaken during our class assemblies with Tigers leading on the 16th and Lions on the 30th, but don't forget that Leopards' full musical production is at the beginning of July when they show their dramatic, artistic and musical flair.

It's going to be a great month!

Mr Dave Walsh, Head teacher

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The Carpenters Arms
Added May 2017

Eating and Drinking house in Eastling is now fully operational under award winning publicans Marc Perkins and Carl Ringsell. Come in and check out the fabulous new new menu, including ‘Pie and Pint’ Tuesday evening special for £10. A brand new courtyard will be up and running in the next 3 weeks. Stay tuned for up coming bands and events in the summer.

We are looking for kitchen assistants for during the week and weekends, If interested please call 01795 890234 and ask to speak to Marc or Carl.

 

Eastling Neighbourhood Watch
Added May 2017

Village Warden 07794 010 394 or 01795 890848

Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

Swale Police 101 Emergency 999

Again whilst it has been quiet in our area, Faversham and local villages have not been so lucky, so please be vigilant and report any strange vehicles or persons acting suspiciously within our area.

A reminder to keep your dogs under strict control in the vicinity of sheep or any other livestock, remember livestock can be very aggressive if a dog or persons approach them.

Have a good month and take care, Alan

 

Eastling Short Mat Bowls Club
Added May 2017

We are still looking for new players, male or female. Come along to Eastling village hall any Friday, either 2.30 - 4.30pm or 7.30-9.30pm. You will be very welcome. Contact Roy on 01795 537162.

Not such good news for Eastling in the Swale League as we only gained two points away to Lower Halstow, these two points were thanks to Des Briggs and Brian Searly. This result sealed our position, for we shall be going down into the third division next season, after working our way to the top and being in this division for a good many years. Better news in the East Kent League; although in our last game, away to A.R.C.A. (Canterbury), we gained no points, Des, Byran and Roy fought well in their triples game going into the last end 10 shots each but we lost by two shots. The good news is we stay (only just) in the first division.

Our final game of the season was the long standing match against Tunstall for the Graham Barrow trophy, I would like to thank all members, Afternoon and Evening players, for turning out for this match. We had some good wins but on the evening they were just too strong for us and they retained the trophy.

Our A.G.M is on 21st April and with two afternoon members retiring from the game, it looks very unlikely we shall be continuing in the Swale league, and despite appealing every month in the Good News, no new members have been forthcoming. We shall have to see what the outcome will be at the A.G.M.

 

Eastling School
Added May 2017

Our village school is working happily in this lovely Summer term when all our facilities and space really come to the fore! Although we have a good take up of places for September 2017, we think we can still fit in a few additional children to our new intake class. If you know of anyone still looking for a place (or unhappy with the place they've been allocated!) then please let them know about our wonderful village school.

As always we start our May celebrations by offering the school playground as a car park for the ever popular village bluebell walk. This year we also celebrate Japanese children's day with a Japanese guest telling the children all about these far Eastern celebrations. Our farming heritage is not forgotten either with the Tigers class visiting the "Dancing sheep" of the Living Land exhibition on May 4th and Cubs finding out how food comes from "Farm to fork" at Tescos on May 9th.

Our Friends group (FOES) are now planning towards their annual fete (July 2nd) with the first non-uniform day on May 5th, when students are invited to 'swap' unwanted gifts for the excitement of coming to school in casual attire. If any of you have suitable gifts around your home that you'd like to donate to the school fete, please let FOES have them through any contacts you have with the school or indeed just dropping them off to our school office.

Term 5 actually closes on Thursday 25th May, whilst staff spend the next day collaborating on pupil annual reports. This gives us plenty of time to push in a few sporting activities to our programme, such as the Year 5 swimming sessions, area football tournament, netball competition and possibly even involvement in the Faversham 2K cross country on the 14th May.

Dave Walsh, Head Teacher

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Bluebell Walk
Added Apr 2017

Help Needed on Bank Holiday Monday, 1st May. The annual Bluebell Walk is a very busy day and we need lots of helpers to make it a good day for everyone. The Bluebell Bistro is an essential part of the fundraising, open from 10am till 2.30pm.

Can you help before the day: Making soup, cakes or puddings?

Can you help on the day: Serving food, clearing plates, washing or drying up?

Please call Norma on 890487 or Hilary on 890338.

Thank you.

 

Eastling Neighbourhood Watch
Added Apr 2017

Village Warden 07794 010 394 or 01795 890848

Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

Swale Police 101 Emergency 999

There are many reports around about emails being received from inland revenue saying that you are due a tax refund. This is another con so do not reply. Inland revenue will not contact via email, nor will any bank, asking you to confirm your details so, please, if in any doubt delete the email and let me know so I can pass the information on.

Another reminder to keep your dogs on a lead when in the vicinity of sheep, even if you are not in the same field, this is very important.

There are many reports coming in from local villages and Faversham area relating to break-ins to outside buildings and unlocked cars. Do be careful and make sure all property is secure. Remember that, as we live in rural areas, the undesirables need transport to visit us so please report any suspicious vehicles that are around our areas.

Have a good month and take care, Alan

 

Eastling Short Mat Bowls Club
Added Apr 2017

We are still looking for new players, male or female. Come along to Eastling village hall any Friday, either 2.30 - 4.30pm or 7.30-9.30pm. You will be very welcome. Contact Roy Piles on 01795 537162.

Competition News

In the Swale League the Cherries played away to Newington who totally out played Eastling and we came home with our tails between our legs and no points. Sadly we were no better at home when again, they out played us, left us with four points to their ten.

In East Kent league against Aylesham, at home and a much better result, we beat them four points to two. Still in the East Kent, Minster came to Eastling and another good result, we won on both mats and overall shots six points. But - on 7th March the return game away to Minster (Thanet) and no points for Eastling.

Back in the Swale league, at home to Sheppey and good result for Eastling winning eight points to six. Then our latest Swale game on 21st March was away to Lower Halstow, we only gained two points, thanks to a win from Des and Bryran; Roy only lost the Singles by two shots and the Triples was very close going into the last end 6 shots each, their skip's last wood taking shot. In this 2nd division it looks very much as though we shall be going into a lower division.

Back to East Kent league and A.R.C.A (Top club) came to Eastling, although Des, Bryan & Roy won two points, they won overall. We visit them soon but do not hold much hope of gaining any points. Report next month, along with the result of our Annual match against Tunstall.

 

Eastling School
Added Apr 2017

It's a very quiet time for school events in April and this is mainly caused by the fact that Term 4 ends on 31st March whereas Term 5 (the summer term) starts on Tuesday 18th April. This is to allow all our lovely children to have time with their families as well as lots of Easter treats and surprises. When we do return the school changes to Summer mode with activities such as our ever popular cinema club shelved until the September and new activities, like our "Outings club", taking hold! We also welcome Mrs Cook back in our Reception department as she takes over the reins for the final term of the school year.

This term we start taking our Year 5 children for swimming lessons at the Faversham pool every Wednesday. These lessons have resulted in none of our children leaving school unable to swim, in the last five years. We are in negotiation with Faversham Strike Force and hope to invite them into school to operate a football club especially for our Infant children.

We're also hoping that all our children will show the marvellous progress and attainment that they have made within the school as they approach the period of National testing (SATs) at the start of May.

Thank you to all of you who suggested yourselves as school governors - it really is an exciting time for the school with a new Head teacher due to start in September, this will be only the 14th Head teacher in the school’s 136 year history.

Dave Walsh, Head teacher

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Eastling Neighbourhood Watch
Added Mar 2017

Village Warden 07794 010 394 or 01795 890848

Police 101 Emergency 999

A strong reminder that the lambing season is with us again and I cannot emphasise enough, how important it is to keep your animals, namely dogs, on a lead in the vicinity of sheep. The Farmers have the right to shoot any animal that is causing distress to their sheep, so please respect the countryside code.

There are many reports of sheds etc being broken into in local towns and villages. Please be extra vigilant and report anything suspicious in our area.

In the near future I have no doubt the farmers will be ploughing the fields, so please take care on the roads.

Have a good month

Take care Alan

 

Eastling Short Mat Bowls Club
Added Mar 2017

In the East Kent League the Whitstable Pearls came to Eastling and we won on both mats gaining 6 points. Then on 6th February the Eastling Cherries went to Whitstable and after some very tight games we came home with 0 points. In the game against Aylesham Des Briggs, Bryan Searly & Roy Piles won 21 shots to 3 shots and, though the other team had a very good game and kept their shots down, we had more overall shots and we came home with 4 points, leaving them with just 2.

In the Swale league game at Eastling against Borden, Roy lost his singles but the team all played well and we gained 12 points, a very good result against them. Our next game is on Sunday 19th away to Newington; more next month.

New members are always welcome - come and give it a try on Fridays 2.30 - 4.30pm then 7.30 - 9.30pm in Eastling Village Hall.

Roy Piles, 01795 537162.

 

Eastling School
Added Mar 2017

What an exciting March we have coming up! This starts with the visit of Catherine Spencer, the former GB Rugby captain, who led her side to victory in several six nation championships. She will put the children through their paces in a sponsored event to raise funds for the current Team GB. After this, we start a major new writing initiative with Pobble- and you can follow us on it! Pobble allows children to publish their writing online for positive feedback from their audience. The Rochester Bridge trust also visits us to help children design an animal crossing. Although our celebration of World Book day week ends with an assembly from our Tigers class on Friday 3rd March, it continues the following Friday with Top 10 children’s author Edward Trayner (known as Billy Bob Buttons) running a gifted writers session on the 10th for ourselves and partner schools.

Our after school clubs and activities continue with the popular soft play on Mondays, “Magical Maths” on Thursdays and Cinema on Fridays. On Thursday 16th we have a zoological ‘feel’, with the science department from Highsted grammar demonstrating adaptations to life for their reptile collection.

Cubs celebrate Mothers’ day with a special event on Thursday 23rd March, whilst we are doubtless going to celebrate Red Nose day on Fri 24th with a modicum of silliness and cakes! Our term ends on 31st March with the traditional FOES competition and Easter egg hunt (remember that any pre- school child can take part from 2.30pm regardless of whether they will join us in September!).

Would you like to help the school? We are currently seeking community governors who might have an interest in education and would be willing to support the school within their own experience area (be it personnel, finance, development, management or strategy). Please call or email if you’d like to be involved in your community's school.

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Eastling Neighbourhood Watch
Added Feb 2017

Village Warden 07794 010 394 or 01795 890848

Police 101 Emergency 999

Due to repairs being carried out on the wooden bridge on the public footpath at Flintstones, the footpath will be closed for a short while. Please be tolerant as this work is being carried out for the safety of all. In the meantime please take care on this part of the footpath.

There have been many shed break-ins around the local town and villages so please be vigilant and report any unusual sightings.

Reports of scams, cyber and door calling, are still being reported so please continue to be vigilant and report anything which seems suspicious.

Unfortunately there have been two reports of horse carcasses found in fields locally, this is obviously happening in the night time so please be alert to any vehicles parked up which seem unusual.

Have a good month.

Take care, Alan

 

Eastling Short Mat Bowls Club
Added Feb 2017

We have put 2016 behind us, and looking to play better in 2017. On January 2nd we played Wingham at home and both teams played well winning six points to nil, then on January 11th we were away for the return game, and came home with 4 points winning on one mat, and losing on the other, but gaining overall shots, this left them with 2 points.16th January away to Whitstable who are top of the division, after two very close games on both mats, we came home with nothing. They are coming to us on 24th January, so we hope to turn the tables. Our next two games in February will be against the other Whitstable team, let’s hope both teams have good games.

New members are always welcome - come and give it a try on Fridays 2.30 - 4.30pm then 7.30 - 9.30pm in Eastling Village Hall.

Roy Piles, 01795 537162.

 

Eastling School
Added Feb 2017

We start February with our special Literacy week in school when children are involved in a whole range of special activities including a reading challenge, literacy workshops ("A night at Maidstone museum") and the well known phenomena of the village suddenly being full of princesses, Harry Potters and super heroes on our "Dress as a character" day.

Our Year 3 children are developing their swimming skills whilst our Football team continues in its series of matches against other schools in our group league.

February also sees the school close for the respite of the old half term between February 13th and 17th, immediately preceded by our Valentines' Disco on the Friday night where our children enjoy a great social evening with music, food and friends. We're keen to see all their parents at our consultation slots on Tuesday and Thursday (7/9th Feb) to let them all know how well their children are doing and how much effort they're putting into their work!

After our half term we return on Tuesday 21st February (with a staff training day on the 20th) for the term up until Easter. During this second half of the month we are visited by the England Female Rugby squad captain for a special sports event.

Dave Walsh, Head teacher

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Eastling Neighbourhood Watch
Added Jan 2017

Village Warden 07794 010 394 or 01795 890848

Police 101 Emergency 999

It has been a bad year for various scams occurring locally either via computers etc, doorstep callers, via telephone calls. Let us turn the tide on these evil people who are after our hard earned finances.

Please in the future do not pass on any bank or personal details to any one you do not know as bona fide. Your own bank will not contact you to ask you to verify your details nor will any company you deal with on the internet . If at any time there is the slightest hesitation do not give your details away. If you are not sure please contact either me or Citizens Advice to check it out. Again if you are worried about doorstep callers please contact me or the police.

Some horrible person decided to carry out fly tipping on the S bend as you come into the village. They were seen at the time but unfortunately at the angle the van's full number plate could not be seen and at this time has not been traced, however markings on the side of the van are enabling enquiries to continue.

Fly tipping is on the increase so if seen please with as many details as you can contact me or Swale borough council with the info.

Have a happy New year and thank you for all your support over the last year.

Take care out there

Alan

 

Eastling Short Mat Bowls Club
Added Jan 2017

October was a very busy month for our competition team, the Eastling Cherries, who played Caple at home and away losing both games. Then came Swalecliffe, we gained 4 points in the home match, but lost 6 - nil away playing under very difficult conditions with a very loud disco going on next door. That out the way Des Briggs, John Graham and Roy Piles played in County triples competition at Maidstone (early bath!).

Playing in the Swale League, November 7th was our trip to Sheppey, sadly we came home with only 4 points leaving them with 10, they were due to come to Eastling on 2nd December but we had to put them off due to a small problem in the hall, this fixture to be rearranged. Lower Halstow came and we gained 9 points to their 5 points.

In the East Kent League on November 22nd, the Hoverspeed team came to Eastling and we won on both mats - 6 points, from the return match on the 28th we only came home with 2 points. It was looking a little better when Ash came next but, what a disaster, we lost both home and away.

Eastling was this year represented in the Oyster cup by Nellie Potter, Eileen Piles and Des Briggs who won two games and lost two, thanks go to them for taking part. Our last game of 2016 was against Boughton away, only coming home with two points, so no more games until 2017.

From all at the Bowls Club “Happy New Year.”

If you want to get off to a good start in the new year come along and try Bowls. Contact Roy on 01795 537162.

 

Eastling School
Added Jan 2017

A very warm welcome back to the New Year from everyone at the school. We come back from the Christmas break after a staff training day on Tuesday 3rd January, so the children will be making their way through the village from Wednesday 4th January 2017 with an 8:50am start.

We're off to an exciting start, with an afternoon of Mathematics at Highsted grammar on the first Wednesday, as well as a recommencement of the football league against all our local schools. We're also hoping to take part in a number of wider sports competitions, the first of which is Sportshall athletics on the 18th. We continue with our swimming sessions, taking our Year 3 children to the Faversham pool each Wednesday afternoon.

As always we continue with our Arts activities, inviting Drama4all back to the school on Tuesday 24th whilst having a literacy activity week starting at the end of the month. This is preceded by a challenge read, so watch out for students with their noses stuck in novels on The Street. A new activity for us is the arrival of a dinosaur man (he tells us he has a pet dinosaur that he brings along as well!). This happens during our Literacy week on the 30th Jan, followed on the 31st by a special Usborne book sale in our school hall.

We also welcome Mrs Rayner as our new senior teacher - she is a village resident so it's a delight to invite her on to our staff team.

Dave Walsh, Head Teacher

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Eastling Neighbourhood Watch
Added Dec 2016

Village Warden 07794 010 394 or 01795 890848

Police 101 Emergency 999

There was a break in/burglary at the Village Hall on the night of the Saturday 19th November around midnight. The goods stolen as to date were an antiquated CD player together with amplifier, microphone and speakers. A large tea urn was also stolen. Although the haul was not too large the damage to the property was quite bad. An attempt had been made to enter at all the doors, without success, and finally access was made in forcing one of the Windows open. It is known that persons in a white transit van were responsible for this crime. Should anybody have any further information please either contact the police or give me a call. It is believed that this is a gang targeting the local villages. The police have been informed and enquiries are continuing.

It is vital, especially at this time of the year, to report any strange vehicles or persons within the local area, as I would say, who are obviously checking out their targets beforehand.

As the Christmas season has arrived remember to keep lights on in your property of a night time should you go out and to make sure all windows and doors are locked.

Have a merry Christmas. Take care,

Alan

 

Eastling Parish Council
Added Dec 2016

The Council is seeking to appoint a clerk to work approximately 12 hours per month paid according to the NJC hourly pay scale (this scale commences at £8.71 per hour rising to £12.44 per hour according to experience).

We are looking for a friendly individual, who is well organised with good computer skills, and familiarity with Excel for parish accounts. The clerk will work from home apart from attendance at meetings which are generally held bi-monthly.

A clerk who holds, or is working towards the Certificate in Local Council Administration, would be most desirable. The clerk will be expected to act as the Responsible Financial Officer.

Please forward a CV and covering letter by the closing date December 12th 2016 by email to the Chairman jimmy@jimmywest.net and acting clerk julia.bailey98@outlook.com. The Council hopes to hold interviews on the evening of December 15th 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

 

Eastling School
Added Dec 2016

December is one of the most exciting months for a Primary school like Eastling with the prospect of Christmas celebrations always on the horizon. We perform our Nativity show between Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th and would like to extend an invitation for village residents to enjoy our dress rehearsal on the Tuesday at 2pm, along with a freshly brewed cup of tea (and possibly cake!). On Friday 16th December we have the beauty of our Christingle service in St Mary’s church from 9.10am, again with an open welcome to villagers (although please leave the central pews empty for the school children to use!)

Christmas is also traditionally the time of theatre shows and for our school community there is no exception, with a visit to see "Hansel and Gretel" at the Gulbenkian on the 8th, "Jack and the beanstalk" performed in school for all on the 19th and even our community visit to the Marlowe pantomime on the 7th.

Our celebrations lead up to the end of term 2 on the 21st December with class parties, Christmas lunches and even a special Christmas jumper day in aid of the FOES group. For any villagers thinking of buying Christmas presents online, please consider specifying us as your "Supported cause" at EasyFundraising who donate a percentage of your purchases to us from many high street stores - we have a direct link on our web site! Retailers include Currys, Amazon and Ebay to name 3 of thousands.

Finally, we wish you all a very happy Christmas and a prosperous new year- may it be a peaceful one for you all.

Dave Walsh, Head teacher

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Eastling Seniors' Christmas Lunch
Added Nov 2016

Another Christmas will soon be upon us and our lunch this year will be held on Thursday 8th December - your invitation will be with you in early November.

As always anyone over 60, including partners who may be younger, are very welcome and if you are new to the village or have had that special birthday please let us know. We will again be delivering your lunch to you if you are not well enough to attend and this will include a lunch for a relative or friend to share with you. Our thanks to everyone who has supported our fund raising activities this year or made a donation to this very special Eastling tradition. The West Faversham Community Choir are also joining us to add to the festivities .

Please r.s.v.p by 1st December to Dorothy 890144, Marion 890848 or Pam 892194.

 

Treasurer required at St Mary’s Eastling
Added Nov 2016

Our church treasurer, Liz Bell, is stepping down in April 2017 after many years service. We are now looking for someone to take over as Treasurer. The work the Treasurer does is in two parts and could be done by two people. The Treasurer role involves some simple bookkeeping, including entering monies received and paid out and the preparation of the annual accounts each January. The Treasurer also deals with the small number of expenses from our sister churches in Stalisfield and Throwley.

The other role is Gift Aid Secretary - we are fortunate to receive regular sums from members of the congregation on which we can claim gift aid. The Secretary records these transactions and completes gift aid returns, always after 5th April and 31st December and occasionally at other times. The jobs are made easier through the use of online banking. Each would suit someone with a few spare hours every few months. You don’t have to be an accountant, however, some computer literacy and access to the internet would be welcome.

Liz is happy to tell you more about this and you can contact her by email - lizbell12@outlook.com. Alternatively, call Andrew Baxter on 890598.

 

Eastling Short Mat Bowls Club
Added Nov 2016

On Sunday 2nd October the Eastling Cherries played their first Swale League game of the season against Borden; Des Briggs and Bryan Searley won their pairs and Roy Piles won his singles so the team came home with four points, leaving the winners with eight points.

Next came the first East Kent League game at home to Capel when Nellie Potter, Eileen Piles and John Graham won their game but Des, Bryan and Roy lost by two shots. The return game, away to Capel, did not start until 8pm. John and Eileen were join by Chris Smith, who had not played for a year, as skip. Unfortunately they did not have the rub of the green and lost, but Des, Bryan and Roy managed to draw their game, the team arrived back home at 10.15pm. On 8th October John, Des and Roy played in a triples match at Hawkinge but only won one game so had an early bath. The following day Des and Roy played a pairs county game at Maidstone winning the first game but losing the second.

We are still looking for new members so, do come and give it a try. We meet in Eastling Village Hall on Friday afternoons, 2.30pm to 4.30pm, and Friday evenings, 7.30 to 9.30pm. All equipment provided, all we ask is to bring flat soled footwear, then have a go. We stop half way through for drink and biscuit.

Contact Roy Piles on 01795 537162.

 

Advent Decorated Windows around the village
Added Nov 2016

On a recent visit to Northamptonshire friends showed us their internet copy of what the villages in the county do for advent. 24 property owners undertake to decorate a window visible from the road. The windows are lit by lights or candles with each owner lighting their window on their allocated day. By Christmas Eve 24 windows are alight. I wonder if any of our Eastling residents feel they would like to do this. The main road through the village, School Lane, Otterden Road and Newnham Lane would be favourite locations. Let me know if you feel you would like to take part. You can look at examples of the windows by googling Helmdon advent window project.

You can contact me on 01795 890401 or email Julia.bailey98@outlook.com

 

Eastling Neighbourhood Watch
Added Nov 2016

Village Warden 07794 010 394 or 01795 890848

Police 101 Emergency 999

As Christmas approaches and the extra long dark evenings are here, it is a sure sign that the unwelcome nasties will be touring the villages to see if there are any rich pickings they can find. Let us make it as hard as possible for them by making sure that our property is securely locked - windows etc., and of course our vehicles.

Please report any sightings of vehicles either parked or moving, which look suspicious and any persons in them out of place in our vicinity. If at all possible, without endangering yourself, obtain a vehicle registration number.

There have been reports of poaching, which includes pheasants, in the local areas by people with hunting dogs who are probably after hares. If seen do not approach these people, but please contact me or the police.

Have a good month and take care,

Alan

 

Eastling School News
Added Nov 2016

Eastling School is back for Term 2 (the run up to Christmas) from 31st October with a full programme of activities for the children. We'd also be keen to involve village residents more after the success of our youngest class delivering Harvest tea parcels and cheer to the elderly around the village. In particular we'd love to invite you to our Nativity in December and to support our young gardeners before that.

November is the month when we have a number of specialist weeks within the school starting with our maths week (7-11 Nov) and the National anti-bullying week (14-21 Nov). In addition to these we're proud to support the National Film Festival with each of our classes attending a cinema film showing during the month. We're also happy to report our involvement in the Canterbury Festival with two of our young poets, the two Lucy's, performing their work.

Our FOES team continue to work hard on behalf of the children of the school with their fantastic Christmas shopping day coming up towards the end of the month.

Our Football team is also in action in the Rural Swale school's league over the month with all our matches scheduled at home this season! On the 18th November we invite parents to come and see the Tigers’ class assembly where they provide an overview of their work this term.

Dave Walsh, Head Teacher.

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Eastling Neighbourhood Watch
Added Oct 2016

Village Warden 07794 010 394 or 01795 890848

Police 101 Emergency 999

Over the weekend 17/18th Sept there was a wedding at the church and subsequent reception at the Village Hall. These are supposed to be happy events but due to the behaviour of a minority of guests the evening turned out be to anything but happy for people in the village.

Police were called to the village around midnight to reports of dubious persons attempting to either steal or break into motor vehicles. These persons were wearing attire that you normally would associate with a wedding and were still believed to be in the village. When the police arrived at the village hall they were confronted by a vehicle being driven by someone with too much alcohol in their system, and proved it by hitting their vehicle. He was subsequently arrested and taken away and his car was impounded and taken away by a car transporter. The rest of the guests disappeared by taxi around the 2.30 am mark.

It was seen the next morning that the school playing field had not missed some of the guests’ attention with goalposts trashed and items from the children’s play area strewn about. The headmaster was informed and, on closer inspection, it was seen that some drug paraphernalia was around. A full inspection was carried out the following morning to make sure the area was completely cleared.

Although these incidents are very upsetting we must remember this is really the first crime that we have experienced in the last couple of years and be put in its correct perspective. Now the darker nights are creeping in remember to adjust your lighting timers and make sure all your outbuildings are securely locked. Please keep going with your calls about suspicious vehicle and persons around, it all goes into police intelligence.

Have a good month and take care,

Alan

 

Eastling School
Added Oct 2016

Eastling school had an updated inspection just 5 days into the new year, which came as a bit of a surprise. The full inspection report available from our website www.Eastling.kent.sch.uk.

On September 30th we welcome Bishop Trevor to the school to award the prize for the Diocesan cookery competition "Delicious Kent" which we took part in last term. On Saturday 1st October you'll find the school down in the Faversham market, talking to prospective parents whilst running a badge making workshop for their children. Back in the normal Mon-Fri world, we have our first Cubs outing on Monday 3rd to Trowley Park for woodland art activities, followed by McNades the following week. They are also involved in our Drama4all workshops on the 4th along with Lions and Tigers. Swimming sessions continue for Lions throughout the month and they're doing brilliantly as did our School sports team who came back from a local sports day last week with a host of prizes and certificates!

Our Friends group goes from strength to strength planning activities throughout the year, starting with our traditional disco on the 21st October, split for our younger and older children. Cinema club runs each Friday and Soft play club each Tuesday.

Parents are invited into lunch on the 5th October (delicious roast chicken with our new catering company - Nourish) and also to our first curriculum event on Thursday 20th when Cubs will be carving the pumpkins they went out to collect on the Monday of that week. We're now starting our publicity to gain children for next year and have an Open afternoon on Thursday 13th October from 1.10-4.30pm. Please let anyone you know with 4 year old children know about our marvellous village school so that they can share in our favourable facilities and activities.

 

Eastling Short Mat Bowls Club (Eastling Cherries)
Added Oct 2016

The Eastling Short Mat Bowls Club (Eastling Cherries) are looking forward to the coming season, with our first game away to Borden on Sunday 2nd October. This is followed by nine further games to make up the 2016/17 season in the Swale League. Then on 4th October we start the East Kent season against Capel, with ten games in this League for the 2016/17 season. So you can see the Eastling Cherries are going to be very busy.

 

Come for a taster . . . . . . .

 

We are still looking for new members so, don’t just keep thinking about it - come and give it a try for something to do for the winter evenings. We meet on Friday afternoons, 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm, and Friday evenings, 7.30 to 9.30 pm. All equipment provided, all we ask is to bring flat soled footwear, then have a go. We stop half way through for drink and biscuit, try it out only once a week in Easting Village Hall.

 

Contact Roy Piles 01795 537162.

 

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Village Emergency Telephone system
Added Aug 2016

In the past, if an Emergency Volunteer was required whilst waiting for the emergency services to arrive, it was necessary to ring one of eight telephone numbers to contact someone. That system has been replaced by just one telephone number which will ring all eight volunteers' numbers at the same time so that contact should always be available.

The new number is 01795 342990 and the new system is called the Village Emergency Telephone system and is sponsored by Eastling Parish Council. It is advisable to put this telephone number on your mobile as a contact called 'Help', also a note on your fridge.

As before, in any emergency it is imperative to call 999 and this must be done before contacting the Emergency Volunteers whose task is to assist whilst waiting for the emergency services. This system is available within the localised areas and there is no restriction on age at either end of the scale. All volunteers have been vetted. Let us hope there will be no necessity for a call but the volunteers are available 365 days a year, 24/7 if needed.

Be Safe

Alan

 

Eastling Garden Safari
Added Aug 2016

Thank you to everyone involved with the Garden Safari which was held on Saturday 18th June. The weather was not as good as we had hoped but we received very good feedback from all visitors who enjoyed our gardens and the refreshments provided. We raised £209.80 on the day. All funds to go to St Mary's Church, Eastling.

Julie Kyte

 

Thank You
Added Aug 2016

The Plant Sale in aid of the Seniors Christmas Lunch raised the magnificent sum of £725.00. A huge thank you to everyone who came along and supported us and especially those who donated plants, dispensed some much valued plant advice and helped to sell plants on the day. Also more thanks for the wonderful cakes people made and were very much enjoyed with a cup of coffee. Our heartfelt gratitude as always to Graeme Watts, the head gardener at Belmont, for their more than generous and superb donation of some stunning plants.

Marion Willson

 

Short Mat Bowls
Added Aug 2016

Eastling bowlers went to Harrietsham to play a friendly and had a most enjoyable evening. They did us proud with the food they provided and they also played better than us. So next season we shall have to have a return match with them.

We are looking for new members to come along and have a go, all equipment is provided we just ask for flat soled shoes to be worn: Eastling Village Hall on Fridays: 2.30 - 4.30pm and 7.30 - 9.30pm

Contact Roy Piles on 01795 537162.

 

Eastling Gardeners' Club Evening Garden Safari
Added Aug 2016

On a dreary June evening some 40 garden lovers decided to join the Eastling Gardeners' Club evening garden safari. They were rewarded with visits to six immaculate gardens and were also fortified with wine and nibbles at various points. The evening ended with a meal at the village hall hosted by members of the committee of the Gardeners' Club. Many thanks to those who generously opened their gardens.

Clive Jolliffe

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