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    Welcome to the Chilham Parish Council website. We hope you will learn something useful about what we are doing to improve the quality of life in our parish.  
    We recognise that many people in the parish dont understand what the parish council can and cannot do, so this website and the quarterly newsletters printed in the Parish News is our attempt to keep you better informed about what your parish council is doing on your behalf..  
    We welcome feedback, good or bad, so please use the form on the how are we doing page to let us have your views on the website or, for that matter, any issue that you think the parish council should be dealing with.  
    If you would like to receive emails that the parish council considers would be of interest with regard to life in the parish you can use the feedback form on the how are we doing page to let us know your email address.  
       
    PARISH COUNCIL SETS PRECEPT FOR 2020/21  
    At its January meeting, Chilham Parish Council (CPC) approved a budget and precept proposal. The proposal was based upon a four year budget forecast for the period April 2020 to March 2024.  
    For 2020/21,this shows an annual precept of £31,891. An increase of £3,803 compared with 2019/20 due in the main to inclusion of an annual allowances for parish cartetaker activities and parish community grants of £1000 and £3000 respectively. With the Tax Base for the parish of Chilham decreasing from £751.17 to £751.00, the effect on the Band D precept charge is an increase of £3.54 from £37.72 to £42.26.  
       
    NOMINATE A LOCAL PERSON FOR A COMMUNITY AWARD  
    Members of the public who make significant contributions to their communities are set to receive official thanks and recognition with a KALC Community Award. The scheme is supported by Kent County Council, Medway Council and the High Sheriff of Kent.  
    Chilham Parish Council is participating in this scheme and invites the help of its parishioners by nominating a person or group that has made a significant contribution to the local community.  
    In 2019, the award was given to Peter Higgs for many years dedicated service to the community, significant contributions to charitable causes, community events and Chilham Tourism and Retailers Group, and maintaining Chilham Post Office as a vital facility.  
    A nomination form can be downloaded by clicking here. The parish council will consider nominations at its February meeting.  
    The award will be presented by the parish council chairman at the Annual Parish Meeting on 16th April in Chilham Village Hall and the winner will receive a certificate signed by the KALC Chairman and the High Sheriff of Kent.  
       
    PARISH DESIGN STATEMENT REVIEW - PUBLIC CONSULTATION - HAVE YOUR SAY  
    The Chilham Conservation Area Management Plan (CAMP) and Informal Design Guidance outside the Chilham Conservation Area documents have been prepared in consultation with Ashford Borough Council in order to strengthen the Parish Council's influence in the planning process. These documents together replace the Chilham Parish Design Statement published in 2005 which is increasingly at risk of being challenged as “out of date”.  
    Ashford Borough Council (ABC) are responsible for organising the statutory consultation for the proposed adoption of the Chilham CAMP and will be publishing these arrangements with public adverts throughout the parish. For more information on this consultation, go to the ABC consultations page by clicking here.  
    Chilham Parish Council are responsible for organising the local consultation for the Informal Design Guidance documents which will run in parallel.  
    The deadline to respond for both consultations is 5pm on 20 January 2020.  
    For more information on both consultations, go to the Parish Design Statement Review page by clicking here.  
    The consultation on both documents will involve a Public Consultation meeting at 630pm on Thursday 9th January 2020 in Chilham Village Hall.  
    There will also be a residents walkabout at 10am on Saturday 11th January meeting in Chilham Square to take interested members of the public on a walk through the conservation area to identify key areas of interest or street scenes to help visualise the significance of the Chilham CAMP.(PLEASE NOTE: THE WALKABOUT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO INSUFFICIENT INTEREST)  
    This is an important opportunity to shape the future of decision making on planning and development in our parish and we would be grateful if you could take the time to review these draft documents and tell us what you think.  
       
    CERTIFIED ANNUAL RETURN AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION  
    The annual return for 2018/19 has been audited by the external auditor and is published on this website to meet statutory requirements.  
    The notice of conclusion of audit can be viewed by clicking here.  
    The certified annual return can be viewed by clicking here.  
       
    PARISH QUESTION TIME 2019 ANALYSIS NOW AVAILABLE  
    The parish council invited all parishioners to complete its Parish Question Time 2019 questionnaire in March, either by returning the questionnaire delivered to all households by the parish distribution network volunteers, or completing the online version.  
    The questionnaire feedback has now been reviewed and the results formed the basis of the parish council's Strategic Plan to 2023 which will be distributed to all households in the parish by the parish distribution network. This plan sets out the projects and work streams that council will prioritise over the course of its four year term to 2023.  
    Full details can be found on the Parish Question Time 2019 page.  
       
    PARISH COUNCIL SETS PRECEPT FOR 2019/20  
    At its January meeting, Chilham Parish Council (CPC) approved a budget and precept proposal. The proposal was based upon a four year budget forecast for the period April 2019 to March 2023.  
    For 2019/20,this shows an annual precept of £29,088. A decrease of £7,995 compared with 2018/19 due in the main to one-off expenditure of £7,500 in 2018/19 to review and refresh the Parish Design Statement. With the Tax Base for the parish of Chilham decreasing from £753.74 to £751.17, the effect on the Band D precept charge is a decrease of £10.21 from £48.93 to £38.72.  
       
    WW1 THE BATTLES OVER COMMEMORATION EVENTS IN THE PARISH  
    As a celebration to mark the end of World War One a hundred years ago, the parish has organised the following events:-
10.45am Service of Remembrance in St Marys Churchyard.
11.00am The traditional Remembrance Day Service in St Marys Church.
4.00pm Tea Party in Old Wives Lees Hall.
6.30pm Procession from OWL Hall to the Mount, Grove Lane, Old Wives Lees.
7.00pm Lighting the Beacon and fireworks.
 
    Full details can be found by clicking here.  
    The press release issued by the parish council can be found by clicking here.  
       
    NOMINATE A LOCAL PERSON FOR A COMMUNITY AWARD  
    Members of the public who make significant contributions to their communities are set to receive official thanks and recognition with a KALC Community Award. The scheme is supported by Kent County Council, Medway Council and the High Sheriff of Kent.  
    Chilham Parish Council is participating in this scheme and invited the help of its parishioners by nominating a person or group to that has made a significant contribution to the local community.  
    In 2018, the award was given to John Willis who had made significant contributions to parish life playing important roles in Chilham Chase 400 and Chilham Chase & Chill 2017. He had been a church warden for 4 years.  
    A nomination forms could be downloaded by clicking here.  
    The parish council considered nominations at its January meeting and decided to present its 2019 Community Award to Peter Higgs.  
    The award was presented by the parish council chairman at the Annual Parish Meeting on 18th April in Chilham Village Hall and Pewter Higgs received a certificate signed by the KALC Chairman and the High Sheriff of Kent.  
       
       
 
PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS, AGENDAS AND MINUTES
Meeting agendas are published on noticeboards at least 3 clear days prior to each monthly meeting. These meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month. The agenda and supporting papers are also posted to this website, as are the draft minutes after they have been cleared for publication a week or so after the meeting.
Agendas and minutes can be viewed and downloaded from the our documents page. In the Document Class selection box, just select Class4 - How we make our decisions and click on the Find documents button and you will get a list of agendas and minutes, then click on the document you want and it will open up in a new window. The first document in the list is the timetable of meetings for the current council year which starts with the AGM in May.
 
PARISH COUNCIL SURGERY HELD BEFORE EACH MONTHLY MEETING
The clerk and parish council chair Paul Lulham arrive 30mins prior to parish council meetings (ie at 7pm) so that parishioners can come along to raise and discuss any issues or concerns they would like the parish council to take up on their behalf.
This is intended to complement existing methods of contacting the parish council, eg. using the clerks phone or email address or the feedback form on the how are we doing page.
 
OPEN FORUMS CAN BE REQUESTED PRIOR TO A PARISH COUNCIL MEETING TO BRING A MATTER TO ITS ATTENTION
If parishioners wish to bring a matter to the attention of the council they can either contact one of the councillors or they can contact the clerk and request that the matter be included on the agenda or discussed in an Open Forum before the council meeting starts.
 
PARISH COUNCIL GRIEVANCE POLICY
Chilham Parish Council is committed to providing a high quality service to the residents, businesses and organisations of Chilham, Shottenden and Old Wives Lees. However, if you are dissatisfied with the action, lack of action or quality of a service for which Chilham Parish Council is responsible, the procedure for making a complaint can be found by clicking here.
 
PARISH WELCOME PACK
The parish council has produced a "Welcome to the Parish" booklet containing useful information about the parish and its organisations. It can be found by clicking here.
 
Enjoy Chilham
Check out the Enjoy Chilham website for more information on Chilham and its local businesses.
 
Chilham's Future
Check out the Chilham's Future Delivery Board website to find out what they are doing to revitalise Chilham Square.
 
Chilham Village Hall
Check out the Chilham Village Hall website to find out the facilities available and how to book.
 
Old Wives Lees Village Hall
Check out the Old Wives Lees Village Hall website to find out the facilities available following the recent refurbishment and how to book.
 
Chilham Sports Centre
Check out the Chilham Sports Centre website to find out the facilities available and how to book.
 
Chilham School
Check out the Chilham St Marys CofE Primary School website to find out their latest news and useful information for prospective parents.
 
Friends of St Marys Chilham
Check out the Friends of St Marys website to find out their latest news and how to support St Marys Church.
 
Chilham Nursing Association
The object of this charity is to relieve in cases of need, persons resident in the parishes of Chilham, Godmersham, Challock and Molash who are sick, convalescent, disabled, handicapped or infirm ... provided that neither the National Health Service nor the Social Services is not bound by statute to meet such assistance.
If you are aware of any person who could benefit from this charity, please contact Rev Paul Ratcliffe on 01227 738720.
 
Chilham United Charities
These charities are for the benefit of any needy person in the parish of Chilham - including Old Wives Lees and Shottenden.
Anyone aware of a person living in the parish who could benefit should contact Rev Paul Ratcliffe on 01227 738720.
 
Wealden Wheels
Following promising usage of this scheme since 2009, the parish council decided to fund extending membership for another year – at the last count 22 groups and families have enrolled to use this service and average usage is 2 bookings per month.
They operate 3 vehicles:
1) a 15-seater custom-built Vauxhall Movano, with a tail lift for wheelchair access and removable seats that allows transport for up to 3 wheelchair-bound passengers or folded wheelchairs
2) a 9-seater Ford Tourneo, again with removable seats for additional space
3) a 7-seater Volkswagen Caddy, with disabled access via a rear ramp. This vehicle is owned by East Kent Strokes and is managed by Wealden Wheels on their behalf. It is available for hire to all members.
For more details contact Wealden Wheels on 01233 840000.
 
WhatsOn Listing
Want to find out more about village events and clubs, then check out our whats on in the parish page.
Our community events committee have put this together. The aim is to promote any event in the parish so if you want your event included please contact the clerk using the feedback form on our how are we doing page.
The Whats On listing will also be posted on village noticeboards at the start of each month.
 
 
 
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