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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.  
       
    UNAUDITED ANNUAL RETURN AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION  
    The unaudited annual return for 2018/19 is published on this website to meet statutory requirements and 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.  
       
    CERTIFIED ANNUAL RETURN AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION  
    The annual return for 2017/18 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.  
       
    UNAUDITED ANNUAL RETURN AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION  
    The unaudited annual return for 2017/18 is published on this website to meet statutory requirements and can be viewed by clicking here.  
       
    PARISH QUESTION TIME 2018 ANALYSIS NOW AVAILABLE  
    This year we had a response rate of over 10% which is considered good for this type of survey. More detail, including an analysis of the returns can be found on our Parish Question Time 2018 page.
In March, the parish council had invited its parishioners to participate in its annual local consultation.
In order to increase the response rate from last year, this year's questionnaire was limited to 10 simple questions about life in the Parish and an online version was provided as well.
The responses will directly influence the Parish Council's new Conservation Area Management Plan (CAMP), which we have commissioned in order to strengthen our role in the Planning process.
We know that Planning and Development are of strong interest and concern to local people, so it was important that as many residents engaged in this process as possible.
The parish council is very pleased with the increased return this year.
 
       
       
 
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 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
 
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.
 
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 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.
 
CATHAS SEAT COMPLETED ON CYCLEWAY BETWEEN CHARTHAM AND GODMERSHAM
A local project to instal a seat offering stunning views of the Stour Valley and Chilham Castle on the new cycle path has recently been completed. The Cathas seat website has more details.
 
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.
 
Kent Probation - Community Payback
In any week the community payback scheme carries out nearly 6,000 hours of unpaid and supervised work for the community across Kent as offenders pay back for the crimes they have committed.
Community Payback projects range from litter removal to clearing dense under growth, and environmental projects through repairing and redecorating community centres or removing graffiti. Offenders usually work as part of a team, monitored by a supervisor, and will work all day with short breaks, although there are some opportunities for individual placements.
Local people and community groups are encouraged to help with the selection of projects that will help make their community a better place to live. The scheme looks for projects or jobs, not normally carried out by paid workers, which combine both hard work and learning skills.
To be considered your project must meet the following criteria:
a) It must benefit the local community
b) It must not take paid work away from others
c) No one must make a profit from the work
d) It must be challenging and demanding
e) It must be worthwhile and constructive
Offenders must be seen to be putting something back into the community.
Anyone can nominate a project, so, if you are an individual, member of a club, community group, faith group or voluntary organisation and have a project that fits the criteria above please call Kent's Community Payback Resource Hub on 03000 473100.
 
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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