Hothfield Village Activities and Amenities the rustic heart of Kent

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Please check events and meetings are actually happening before going out.
Parish Council meetings are cancelled until further notice but residents can contact us online or by phone with any issues. If anyone is concerned about a particular local resident during this time of self isolation then please let the Parish Council know as we can help.


May 2020

Annual Parish Council Meeting, Wednesday 6th May at 7pm. To be held via Video Conferencing.   Members of the Public are welcome to join in the Meeting. Please see the Agenda for details and how to pre-register.
Deadline, Hothfield Newsletter is 20th May --
please send all items and adverts for the June edition to Email


June 2020


July 2020

Hothfield Gardeners’ Competition
Sadly it will be necessary to cancel the Competition this year because of the
Coronavirus emergency situation.
As I am sure many residents will have been spending extra time in their gardens
this Spring & Summer, we would invite you to take photographs of your flowers,
shrubs, vegetables etc, and send them to the Editor of the newsletter over the
next few months.
We hope the Competition can return in 2021.
Penny Sutcliffe

** Save the Date **

St Margaret's Church Angel Festival,
November 28 & 29th 2020.
Create an angel to decorate the church.

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

03000 418300
(Fax 01233 622030)
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
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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.

Every Monday -- Tai Chi, 6.30 to 7.15pm in the Village Hall. Wear flat, soft soled shoes and loose comfortable clothing.  No booking, just turn up: fee payable.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.
Every Tuesday -- Youth Club, 6pm to 8.30pm in the Bluebell Centre for ages 8 to 18 years.
Every Wednesday evening -- Dog Training Class 5.30-9pm in the Village Hall.
Every Thursday evening -- Bingo, 7pm for 7.30 eyes down in the Village Hall.

Every fourth Thursday -- Craft, 1.00 to 5.00pm.
Every second Friday -- Hothfield Housing Surgery, 3 to 4pm in the Childrens Centre.

Every Monday and Friday during term-time -- Toddler Sense adventure play classes, 10.30am for children 13 to 20 months and 11.30am from 20 months to 3 years old. Email 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.


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


  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 ( or Floodline (0345 988 11 88). (If you are already registered to receive Flood Warnings you will automatically receive these new Flood Warnings.)

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


  London Commuter Coach Service Starts

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


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


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.


Highway Defects and Issues

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



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

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.


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 ( 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: Friends of St Margaret's Church, Local History Society, Singing Group, Monday Night Christian Discussion Group, Darts Club and Bingo.


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


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.



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 call the Village Hall office on 01233 625942 or email The Village Hall Committee meet every second Tuesday of the month, at the Village Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend by prior appointment.

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 website for much more information.

photograph of Hothfield Village Hall which is available to hire

Hothfield Village Hall


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