Spike’s Hedgehog Sanctuary

May 10, 2016

Spike’s Hedgehog Sanctuary is a small home-based hedgehog hospital run by volunteers Mary Lane in Yorkletts and Angela Warne from Hernhill.

We take care, of sick injured and orphaned baby hedgehogs and once fit and well we return them to the wild.

Hernhill is very lucky to still have a good population of hedgehogs as they have been lost in many areas of the U.K. and as this is an endangered species we feel our work is even more important.

This year, as well as our usual hospital work, we aim to try and help increase the numbers of this rapidly decreasing species. Recently we have released 34 hedgehogs who over-wintered with us back to their original homes.

We make and sell hedgehog -themed items which are available to buy from us, to boost our funds, as we are totally self-funding and 100% of all profits go to the hedgehog hospital.

If you want to help hedgehogs in your garden there are lots of tips on our website.

If you find a hedgehog out during the day or a sick or injured hedgehog please don’t wait a few days we are here to help.


We can be contacted on 01227 280535

Email: spikessanctury@aol.co.uk




Housing Exhibition 27th February

February 15, 2016

Village residents are invited to an exhibition about the proposed new housing scheme for Hernhill on Saturday 27th February, 1.00pm – 5.00pm.


Continued controversy over 12 Market Place, Faversham

May 1, 2015

12 MarketA new application has been submitted for 12 Market Place, Faversham. This is the third application for change of use since the shoe shop Stead & Simpson closed down. The owners have applied for the existing retail premises to become a restaurant. Costa withdrew a similar application in February, but have not responded to enquiries regarding their involvement in the new application.

While some welcome the introduction of a Costa coffee shop in the town centre, the application received many objections from members of the local community, who did want to lose retail premises in order to create another coffee shop. They also expressed concern that a Costa would create unfair competition to the independent coffee shops in the market square and the introduction of a multinational company would spoil the unique town centre.

Members of the community are invited to comment on the latest application, with their support or objection to the proposals, but must do so before 7th May. Find out more and have your say on the application on the Swale Planning website here.

Alterations to Hernhill Village Hall have Planning Approval

April 1, 2015

Planning approval has been granted for the extension and alterations to the Village Hall & Dawes Community Association Centre. You can view the application drawings and documents on the Swale Planning Register.

The DCA and the Village Hall will be joined together with a shared entrance, to create one connected community centre with a new ‘Foyer’ community room at the front of the building. The idea is that the ‘Foyer’ space can be open to the public as often as possible; during activities on the playing fields, for parents to use while they are waiting to pick up their children from childcare, or as a place to shelter from the wind when the kids are playing in the park.

What is needed now, is the funds to build it, so if any members of the local community would like to help fundraise, please contact the Chair of the DCA committee, Peter Rawlins, pgrawlins@aol.com, and we’re sure he would be very grateful for any help or contributions.


Fundraising in memory of Josh Oliver

March 24, 2015

Josh Oliver’s dad, Paul is fundraising for Child Bereavement UK. The Olivers are a local family and their son, Josh died recently, at age just 15. Paul’s JustGiving site says:

“The purpose of the Josh Oliver Charity Foundation is to raise funds and to give something back to the Organisation that has supported and helped me and my family through this very tough time – Child Bereavement UK, which is mainly run by volunteers and parents who have lost their children.  With the help from The Personal Trainer Company, who are donating free Fitness sessions, diet & nutritional advice and on-going support, delivered by some of Kent’s finest fitness professionals, I will be aiming at losing 1.5 stone in weight over the next 8 weeks (starting w/e 27th March 2015)”.

You can find Paul’s JustGiving page here and more information about Child Bereavement UK here.



Window trail: calling all Faversham businesses!

March 2, 2015

If you run a shop in Faversham, how do you fancy being part of a window-trail around the town, something to engage children and adults, local residents and visitors alike, and help encourage them into your shop ?

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The Cat’s whiskers…

Window-trails are simple to do, and highly effective in raising awareness of your premises. All you need to do is place an object somewhere in your window display – a teddy-bear, a model car or boat, for example – at an arranged date, and then encourage children and visitors to the town to hunt through the town to spot them. Talking with one shop-owner in Faversham at the weekend, they were remarking how easy it can be for your store-front to become invisible through familiarity – everyone knows you are there, but they are so accustomed to it that they stop seeing it as they pass by.

So, let’s re-invigorate the retail life of the town for a week, by all putting an object in our windows, and then we’ll advertise a ‘Faversham Window Trail’ through our various social media platforms,  which will enthuse shoppers, visitors and residents to wander around the town in a bid to identify all the objects – and, hopefully, over your thresholds.

If you’re interested in taking part, get in touch via Twitter or drop us an e-mail; how about an Easter-themed trail at the end of the month ? It could be eggs-actly what local retail needs…

All boats rise with the tide: cultural and retail collaboration

February 24, 2015

It’s very exciting to see some of Faversham’s cafes beginning to feature artistic opportunities amongst the crockery and cutlery recently – both Jittermugs and the newest addition to the town’s cafe-culture, The Yard are currently hosting exhibitions of work by local artists.

It seems to me that this is a development which could also serve the wider community, whereby the arts and retailers work together for the benefit of wider promotion. Local photographers could celebrate Faversham’s shops, cafes and historic buildings and amenties, and in return, shops could host artists’ work, displays and exhibitions.

IMG_2374The eye-catching window displays which frequently adorn The Disgruntled Cat could form the basis for a photographic exhibition, for instance, that the shop itself could then host, or which could be featured in a display in the Alexander Centre, or a pop-up gallery at another venue in town. Customers browsing for goods would also be exposed to artwork, to paintings and drawings celebrating the life of the town and its inhabitants. Restaurants such as The Saddlers or Posillipo‘s could host temporary paintings; a photographic exhibition might explore the various eateries to be found around the town. Art in unexpected places is always exciting: live music in a library (!), poetry in a cafe, pictures in a farm-shop…

For a creek-side town with a nautical heritage, the metaphor ‘All boats rise with the tide’ is entirely appropriate; and if we could pull this together in time for June, when the public eye will be drawn to Faversham for the celebrations of the Magna Carta, so much the better. If we can work side by side to promote and foster businesses, the arts, the history and the town of Faversham, we could really begin to reinvogorate the Market Town of Kings. There’s a vibrant community, full of creative individuals, that feels like an untapped resource at the moment; it’s all about finding new ways of engaging customers, and drawing people over the threshold. An art exhibition in the foyer of Faversham Pools, or a floating exhibition or book-club on the boats at the creek, anyone ?!

IMG_2375If you would like to develop this idea, get in touch: talk to us on Twittter. If we can get retailers, artists and traders talking to one another, it could be a welcome tonic for the town’s economy too. Let’s see if we can make this work.

Local Road Closures Start Next Week

February 12, 2015

Bull Lane & Church Hill will be closed during the next few weeks, KCC have issued the notice below:


Falconry & Archery Days at Mount Ephraim

February 7, 2015

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Joe’s Bows Country Sports are now offering Archery, Falconry, Axe Throwing and other traditional country pursuits experience days at Mount Ephraim.

“As you walk through the wonderful grounds of Mount Ephraim Gardens, you will get to see our beautiful birds up close in their natural surroundings, from flying owls to your glove hand or taking our Hawks on a walk, you will really be in for a treat to explore their behaviours and be guided by our professional falconers”

Joe’s Bows are holding half term courses. Your child will be able to learn several activities; Falconry, Archery and Woodland Skills all in one day. The course is running from Monday 16th February through to Friday 20th February, from 8.45am – 3.15pm. The cost is only £20 per head per day; you will need to supply your child with a pack lunch and drinks.

Or treat your valentine by booking a half day falconry experience on the 14th Feb only, not only 20% off but also buy one get one free at £48, hence, you both can experience a romantic day flying birds of prey!

Check out their website for more information or email  joesbows@hotmail.com

#Favershamhour tweet-up: Weds 7.30pm

February 2, 2015

It strikes me that it’s high time for a dedicated Tweet-up for Faversham and the surrounding environs, and therefore propose we should hold one on Wednesdays between 7.30-8.30pm.

For anyone for whom a Tweet-up is new territory, it’s very simple – at an appointed hour, we all come onto Twitter to promote local events, opportunities, news stories and anything we think might be of interest to the local community, using the hashtag #Favershamhour. It’s a useful way for business to network and to promote current offers, for people to talk about what’s coming up and more; you can stay for as long or as short a time as you like, so needn’t feel you have to be glued to Twitter for the duration. Participants then click on the hashtag to see all the tweets talking about the same topic.

twitter_in_useOther Tweet-ups such as #kenthour and #createinkent are currently proving very popular and successful as a means of spreading the word.

All you need to do is start your tweet with #Favershamhour and let us know what to look out for; everything from festival events to car-boot sales, missing pets, Deal of the Week at the local market, forthcoming gigs at the local pub – whatever you’d like to share!

See you all on Twitter this Wednesday…

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