Hothfield Village Activities and Amenities

...in the rustic heart of Kent


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WHAT'S ON DIARY

(To list a public event here, please email the Parish Clerk or the Webmaster )
(See all the regular village events below and see other news and announcements)
   

May 2017
 

Evening Walk at Hothfield Heathlands on Monday 22nd May, 6pm to 8pm. Meet at the reserve’s car park, Cades Road. The Walk will look at the wildlife and flowering plants across the reserve, as well as offering a chance to meet the cattle, ponies and sheep that will be grazing. Approx 1-2 miles, uneven ground and slopes. Walk is free, but donations welcome. For further information please email ian.rickards@kentwildlife.org.uk or ring 07889 737839.
Village Fete Planning Meeting on Tuesday 23rd May, 7pm at the Old Dairy, Bethersden Road. More people needed to help organise and run the Fete.  Please come to our next meeting and see how you can help.

Village Hall AGM on Thursday 25th May at 7pm in the Village Hall. All are welcome to come along. We are looking for new committee members, so if you want to join us please come. Also, please come and tell us if you have any ideas as to how and what we can put on at the hall to attract the Villagers and others.
Fundraising Indian Meal
on Sunday 28th May. Bina Patel is cooking a delicious three course meal for a fund-raising event for St Margarets, Hothfield Parish
Church. £20 for a three course meal and coffee in the Hothfield Village Hall.

 

June 2017
 

Parish Council Meeting on Wednesday 7th June at 7pm in the Bluebell Centre.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Flower Festival on 10th and 11th June in Saint Margaret’s Parish Church. The Friends of Saint Margaret’s would like to invite you to try your hand at a flower arrangement. For more information contact Pam:01233 623568 or Karen: kpuzey@btinternet.com.
Village Newsletter Deadline
is Tuesday 20th June.
Letters and articles for publication in the July edition are always welcome. Email to hothfieldnewsletter@tiscali.co.uk.

 
Village Fête will be on Sunday 2nd July from 12noon to 4pm
and it will be on the Village Green

It happens every other year, alternating with the Gardeners’ Competition. This year, Ian Lloyd, our newest Parish Councillor, is in charge. Would you like to be involved in planning the event? If so, give Ian a call on 07905 422862. The more helpers we have, the more fun we can make it!

July 2017
 

Parish Council Meeting on Wednesday 5th July at 7pm in the Bluebell Centre.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.


 See photograph albums of previous Hothfield village events,
courtesy of Hedley Grenfell-Banks

ACTIVITIES AT BLUEBELLS CHILDREN’S CENTRE
03000 418300
(Fax 01233 622030)
Email: BluebellsCC@kent.gov.uk
web site here

Are you interested in attending one of our up and coming workshops?
Parents Forum ? Craft Attack ? Postnatal Checks ?

Places on activities and the free creche are limited - please book ahead.
Play sessions and other activities also held in Charing, Pluckley and Goddington.
Please ask for more details.

(Check with the Centre for current information)

>>> Volunteers Required <<<


Would you like to gain experience in working with children or polish up admin skills? If so speak to us at Bluebells Children's Centre to see if we can help.


Regular Hothfield Village Events
(Send all changes or updates to webmaster@hothfield.org.uk)

Every Monday -- Sensory Sensations, 10-11am (including half-term) in the Village Hall. Messy and Sensory activities for 6 months to 5 years old. Contact email SensorySensations@hotmail.com
Every Monday (except Bank Holidays)-- Country Dancing, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm in the Village Hall. Learn various styles including American Contra Dance, English Barn Dance, Contra Waltzing and the Polka.
More information, click here.

First Monday monthly -- Monday Night Group, 7.30 to 9.00pm Christian discussion group meets in various locations.

First Monday of every month -- Village Hall Committee meeting 7pm.

First Tuesday of every month -- Coffee Morning 10.30am in the Village Hall. 
First Tuesday of every month -- GIFT - Ladies only Christian Group 7.45pm meeting in various locations.

Every Tuesday -- Indoor Bowls, 7-9pm in the Village Hall. Phone 01233 662 921 or 610 455.

Every Wednesday evening -- Dog Training Class 5.30-9pm in the Village Hall.

Every Thursday -- Kent Mobile Library, for adults and children. 11–11.20am opposite Bluebells Centre on on School Road.

Every Thursday -- Merry and Bright, 2-4pmin the Village Hall.
Every Thursday -- Bingo in the Village Hall, 6.30 to 8.30pm.

Every Thursday evening -- Ladies Netball 7-8pm on the MUGA next to the old school.
Every Friday evening -- SQUAD 26 in the Village Hall from 6.30 to 8pm. All 7-11 year olds are invited to join in the fun – all kinds of creative activities happen along with games and challenges, even a weekly magic trick to learn and baffle your friends and family!
Every second Friday -- Hothfield Housing Surgery, 3 to 4pm in the Childrens Centre.

Every Friday during term-time -- Toddler Sense adventure play classes, 10.30am for childrens 13 to 20 months and 11.30am from 20 months to 3 years old. Email ashford-maidstone@toddlersense.co.uk to book or for more details.
Every Saturday -- Rugby Tots, 9-11.45am in the Village Hall.
Every Saturday morning -- Puddle Ducks baby and toddler swimming lessons at the hydrotherapy pool at Hothfield Manor for children from birth to 5 years old. More details click here or call 1622 236111.

For St Margaret's Parish Church events and information, click here.

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Link to Kentish Express Online webpage Click here to go to the KM KentOnline village news area.

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  Changes to the Environment Agency
Flood Warning Service on the River Stour

The Environment Agency has made some changes to the Flood Warnings they issue for the River Stour. These changes should make Flood Warning messages more relevant to affected Hothfield residents and easier to understand.

Residents are encouraged to register for the service via the website (www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings) or Floodline (0345 988 11 88). (If you are already registered to receive Flood Warnings you will automatically receive these new Flood Warnings.)

New Flood Warning information for our Parish:

Our Flood Warning Area is called: Great Stour from Lenham Heath to Hothfield. See more information and maps.
 

You will need quickdial number 0125311 to access these messages when you call Floodline and select option 1.

If you have any questions please contact Floodline on 0345 988 11 88 or the local EA Flood Resilience Team:

Emma Crofts
Flood Resilience Engagement Advisor
Kent & South London
01732 223130
07775704919

kentfloodwarning@environment-agency.gov.uk

Annual Maintenance

The Environment Agency will be carrying out the usual annual weed cutting maintenance work on the Great Stour and its main river tributaries from Ashford through to Sandwich. This work started in mid July and aims to be finished by the end of November 2015. This activity helps improve water conveyance.

Further details of the maintenance programme are available online at the following address:- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/river-and-coastal-maintenance-programme

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  London Commuter Coach Service Starts

There is a new coach service from Hothfield to North Greenwich Tube Station.
See more information. [ March 2015 ]

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Household Rubbish Clearance and Flytipping

Guard against YOU being fined!

The law now states that if you have any of your rubbish removed and it ends up being flytipped, you could be held responsible and fined. When dealing with waste removal services or tradesmen where rubbish will be generated e.g. builders, plumber, gardening contractors, always ask for a valid waste carriers licence. Householders should follow these 4 simple steps to help protect yourself and the environment.

1. Ask for their waste carrier registration number.
2. Check the number with the Environment Agency (click here) or by calling 08708 506506.
3. Keep a note of all the information you receive from the waste collector/tradesman.
4. If they're not registered don't use them. Inform Clean Kent of the rogue trader immediately by calling 0845 345 0210.

For more information, visit www.cleankent.co.uk

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Recycling and Waste Disposal

Residents who want information about recycling and waste disposal at their fingertips can now download a free smartphone app. The app, launched by Ashford Borough Council, allows residents to find out blue box collection dates, search for their nearest recycling and waste disposal centres, find out what items can be recycled where and set collection reminders. For more information about the app please click here.

A temporary recycling and waste disposal centre opened at Brunswick Road, Ashford on Monday 29th October 2012.  Read more details.

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Highway Defects and Issues

To see the Highway Issues Report Form, please click here.

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photograph of Hothfield Play Area
Hothfield play area and park

Amenities in Hothfield
 

Bluebells Childrens' Centre, Post Office, General Store and Play Area. A mobile library visits on Thursday morning.
The Multi Use Games Area can now be booked for games such as Football Basketball Netball Tennis. To book the MUGA, please contact Emma at Bluebells Chldren's Centre on 01233 622 296 for details and costs. Click here to view MUGA pictures.

For more information about the Bluebells Childrens' Centre, please call in or telephone 01233 622296 .


Charing Surgery News- Changes are afoot with Dr Lister's retirement and new contact telephone numbers.  Read more details. [September 2010]


The Ashford Volunteer Centre - Well-Being at Home Befriending service is looking for volunteers to befriend people with dementia. Our specialist befriending service supports older, socially isolated people in their own homes by providing a listening ear, tea and chat. If you would like to know more and for an informal chat please contact Jill on 01233 665535 or email home.visitor@volunteering-ashford.org.


We all deserve to feel safe and secure in our village. If any resident is concerned about anti-social behaviour, threatening behaviour or any other police matter please telephone 101.  Messages can be left for our village police officer, PCSO Angie Burden.
Mr Dave Beckley, KCC Community Warden is contactable on 07977 981 990.

CALLS WILL BE TREATED WITH COMPLETE CONFIDENCE

101 is the new national non-emergency number
to contact Police in your area.

 

Residents in the Kent policing area should call 101 to contact their local officer, make an enquiry and to report non-urgent crimes. If a crime is in progress or in an emergency then call 999.

More ways to contact your neighbourhood police officer

Police Contact Points are held each day from Wednesday through to Sunday, mainly in rural locations, on a rolling two-week schedule. Our police vans stop at a prominent location for one and a half hours per visit, enabling residents to drop by and speak to a neighbourhood officer about any policing concerns or issues they may have. The new Contact Points are in addition to the existing surgeries, meetings and online question and answer sessions local officers hold each month.

The contact points are currently available in Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Shepway and Thanet and by the autumn will be available across the county. Residents can follow their progress on dedicated Twitter accounts.
 
For times and locations of the Police Contact Points, and to find out about other ways of contacting Kent Police in your area, please visit the Kent Police website (www.kent.police.uk) and follow the links from the home page.

You can also follow us on Twitter: @kent_police

Read more information about staying safe.


Village Activities

Clubs include: Merry and Bright Club, Friends of St Margaret's Church, Local History Society, Singing Group, Monday Night Christian Discussion Group, Darts Club, Bingo and Short Mat Bowls Club.

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Hothfield News (PDF files)
To download and see Hothfield newsletter, please go to the Newsletter page.

Articles and contributions for Hothfield Newsletter can be emailed to hothfieldnewsletter@tiscali.co.uk

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W A N T E D  ~~ Bellringers for St Margaret's Parish Church, Hothfield

Would you like to learn to ring_church_bells? You'll find that it's both fascinating and fun.  There is a possibility that we might be able to arrange tuition sessions at Hothfield, so if you would like to seize the chance to be a bell ringer, or if you would like to know more before you commit yourself, then please get in touch with The Benefice of G7.

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~~~HOTHFIELD VILLAGE HALL NEEDS YOU~~~

photograph of mural in the entrance lobby of Hothfield Village Hall
Mural in the entrance lobby of Hothfield Village Hall

 
The Hall is a real asset to the village and is available to hire -- from village Quiz Nights to entertainment events to wedding receptions and parties.  Bookings and all other enquiries to 01233 329 824. The Village Hall Committee meet every 1st Monday of the month, 7pm at the Bluebells Children Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Support Hothfield Village Hall by entering the monthly Lottery.50% of all proceeds received will go to the Village Hall and 50% will be paid out in prizes each month. See and print more information plus the application form. [A PDF file opening in a new window].  

Go to the Village Hall webpage for much more information.
 

photograph of Hothfield Village Hall which is available to hire

Hothfield Village Hall

 

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Updated - 22.05.2017
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