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Christopher Westbrook has recently won the ‘Environmental Achievement Award’

Posted by on May 29th, 2019 in Community News, Latest News | Comments Off on Christopher Westbrook has recently won the ‘Environmental Achievement Award’

Christopher Westbrook has recently won the ‘Environmental Achievement Award’.

Kingsnorth Parish Council nominated Christopher for his dedication to not only the environment but also to his community.

Christopher has been volunteering for 6 years as a litter picker in Joys Wood, Washford Farm, Kingsnorth.

Kingsnorth Parish Council would like to thank Christopher for his continued support and congratulate him on his very worthy achievement.

Find a Voice – May 2019 Newsletter

Posted by on May 22nd, 2019 in Community News | Comments Off on Find a Voice – May 2019 Newsletter

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Kingsnorth Community Cafe

Posted by on May 2nd, 2019 in Community News, Latest News | Comments Off on Kingsnorth Community Cafe

Following the Parish Council’s statement regarding the suspension of the Community Café that operated out of the Parish Council’s sports pavilion, a meeting has now taken place with the Café volunteers and representatives from the Parish Council to discuss events and what needs to be done to put the café on a sustainable and regulated footing.

Any monies taken for raffles, will be returned, an assets register completed and a review of stock undertaken.

Volunteers will reflect and consider what type of organisational structure they think would be appropriate based on the activities they want to undertake and the parish council will assist them in finding the right governance model and with the transitional arrangements.

Once the new parish council Manager has been appointed, one of their priorities will be the role and relationship the Café has with the Parish Council so there is clarity over who is responsible for what.

Residents will also be consulted over what they want from the Café and how it can be used to not only generate an income that supports community projects but provides a meeting place for residents and possibly undertake specific activities e.g. knit and natter, Chess and organised walks.

While we go through this process the café can be open for specific events.

Kingsnorth Community Cafe

Posted by on Apr 10th, 2019 in Community News, Latest News | Comments Off on Kingsnorth Community Cafe

Over two years ago Kingsnorth Parish Council was asked to support the idea of a community café that would operate from the sports pavilion on the playing fields.

This enterprise would have to share this space with users of the pavilion e.g. football clubs, private hire and the Parish Council as we hold our monthly Parish Council meetings in the pavilion.

The pavilion was re decorated to make it more welcoming as a café and storage provided to accommodate supplies and Borough Councillor grants secured to purchase the coffee machine.

The café has proved to be a success and over the two years settled into regular opening hours and supported and led on many community and charity events.

The café has been run by volunteers and money raised used to support local projects with support from the Parish Council, but the time has come for the café to have its own organisational structure, constitution, and clear purpose.

This lack of governance came to a head recently when decisions had been made regarding the use and access to the pavilion which belongs to the Parish Council and lack of clarity over who has the authority to make decisions and on what basis decisions are made.

The café is at a cross roads and considering extending its opening hours and possibly employing paid staff which moves it from a project to an enterprise which requires the appropriate governance arrangements in place.

As the café operates within a building owned by the Parish Council, we have a duty to ensure that their activities are fully compliant and that will depend on the constitution adopted by the café volunteers and the Parish Council.

To inform the future direction of the café we will consult residents and volunteers on what role they want the café to play as a community facility and assist in identifying the right form of governance structure e.g. a committee, board of trustees, registered charity or not for profit enterprise.

Until such time as these issues are resolved the café is suspended but could be used to support one off events.

We are currently without a Parish Council Manager and the number of Parish Councillors significantly depleted so we lack the resources to undertake this transitional exercise as speedily as we would like but hopefully this will soon be resolved as we are in the process of recruiting a new PCM and this will be one of their top priorities.

The suspension of the café is regrettable but we are confident that following this review process it will come back better and stronger with a more sustainable and clear future.

Knife Crime – cut it out

Posted by on Mar 28th, 2019 in Community News, Latest News | Comments Off on Knife Crime – cut it out

Win £5,000 for your community

Posted by on Mar 11th, 2019 in Community News | Comments Off on Win £5,000 for your community

Your project. Your community. Calor’s Rural Community Fund.

It’s full steam ahead. Our fund’s topped-up. And your voters are at the ready. Applications for the Calor Rural Community Fund are now open and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

The weird. The wacky. The wonderful. We want to hear it all.

Excite us with your community project ideas and we’d love to pop some money in the pot.

So take a pew and submit your ideas to us by Monday 29th April.

What could your community do with £5,000?

Pen to paper, paper to planning… You’ve found the perfect solution to better your community. You’re raring to go. But the only thing is, you’ve come to a financial full stop.

It’s situations like these that motivated us to create the Calor Rural Community Fund. So every year we offer rural communities, that aren’t connected to the mains gas grid, the chance to gain funding for projects that will improve local life.

From the simply superb, to a well-needed refurb… We’re offering grants of up to £5,000 for projects that will provide an on-going service for local communities. And, as this is the third year running of our Community Fund (and since all good things come in threes) we’ve not only increased our total funding contribution to £70,000, but we’ve also partnered up with Crowdfunderto give you the opportunity to raise even more funds.

We’re here to help rural communities like yours lead the way.

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Parish Nomination Papers

Posted by on Feb 24th, 2019 in Community News | Comments Off on Parish Nomination Papers

Download: 2019 Parish Nomination Pack

The Complete UK Smart Meters Guide

Posted by on Feb 19th, 2019 in Latest News | Comments Off on The Complete UK Smart Meters Guide

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Chilmington Green water plans move to the next phase

Posted by on Jan 12th, 2019 in Latest News | Comments Off on Chilmington Green water plans move to the next phase

The next phase of our £1.3 million water network improvement project is about to begin

From Monday, 14 January, we will begin laying 800 metres of new water pipes along the verge of the A28 Chart Road and along Loudon Way to reinforce the existing network.

This follows work elsewhere in Ashford as part of a wider project to protect the town’s water supplies when the Chilmington Green development is built.

Read more on their website

Find a Voice – December 2018 Newsletter

Posted by on Dec 29th, 2018 in Community News | Comments Off on Find a Voice – December 2018 Newsletter

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