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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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