Section 6: Available Services

Eastling School in Kettle Hill Road provides primary school education for 5 to ll year old children, under Kent County Council auspices. There are about 100 children on the roll, only 37% of which live in the village. The School, which originally opened in 1881, has been extended several times. At present (Spring 2004) a school hall is under construction. The school's catchment area extends as far as Faversham. Most Eastling children of primary school age attend Eastling School, but other local primary schools available to them are at Sheldwich, Ospringe (Church of England), and Painter's Forstal (Lorenden, a private sector school).

Secondary education available to Eastling's 11-18 years age range include The Abbey School (Faversham) and Swadelands (Lenham), both secondary modern schools: also the grammar schools: Queen Elizabeth's (Faversham), Borden (Sittingbourne), Simon Langton (Canterbury)

Adult education facilities are provided by Kent County Council and the Workers' Educational Association, and are available in Faversham, Sittingbourne and Canterbury. The University of Kent at Canterbury offers degree level courses of study for mature students.

For health services, the nearest general medical practitioners operate in Faversham where there is a choice between two health centres and a range of General Practitioners.

The East Kent Hospital Trust's Faversham Cottage Hospital has limited provision for short-stay convalescence and geriatric patients. Those needing more specialist attention must travel to a hospital at Canterbury, Margate, Ashford or Chatham.

Social Services are under the authority of Kent County Council.

The Ecclesiastical Parish is part of a combined Benefice along with Stalisfield and Otterden, and the Priest-in-charge is based at Eastling. She is assisted by a team of Eastling residents which is able to give practical help and support to the elderly and those in need.

In emergencies the nearest ambulance, fire and police stations are at Faversham, some 15 minutes away.

Royal Mail provides two post boxes in the village from which one collection is made on weekdays. There is one daily delivery. The nearest post office is in Faversham or Lenham. There is one public telephone box, in The Street, adjacent to the local exchange.

There are no shops in the village. The large supermarkets now provide a home delivery service for orders which are placed on-line.

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