Internet infrastructure improvement with BT Community Partnerships and Rural Gigbit Scheme: Hernhill update

This is a very exciting development for our village and the updating of the BT infrastructure to enable faster internet.

Currently there are three separate applications in the pipeline:

Dargate, including all residencies in the area from and including Plum Pudding Lane, Dargate Road including the enclave at Belvedere Farm, through Butlers Hill. ending at Summer Lees Farm, including Hernhill Primary School – Lead Michelle Harris
Monks Hill area – Lead Kerry Parsons
Staplestreet area (around and including ME139HZ) – Lead Christopher Hildyard

All of these applications are hoping to draw upon the funding available from the Rural Gigabit Scheme to update their internet provision.

I spoke with the regional BT manager for Kent. He told me that we had now all missed the deadline to catch the funding which ends on March 31st, as we would have had to have a final offer price by Februay 14th, which none of us did. There is another Government Scheme in the pipeline, to begin in April, but the details of it are not yet known. It is likely to be a similar scheme and the indications are that this region is eligible, and all the applications are still progressing to that end.

Regardless of current speeds, all residences in the distribution point are eligible for the vouchers

The Monks Hill application is still waiting for a provisional offer to give a ball park idea of the cost before a more detailed quote is given known as the ‘final offer’. The Dargate and Staplestreet applications are waiting for the ‘final offer’. Details of the properties included in each application is listed separately below – Staplestreet here; Dargate here.

My understanding is that once the final offer is made, BT will write to every residence that benefits from the scheme (which is governed by the current phone lines’ distribution point). Regardless of current speeds, all residences in the distribution point are eligible for the vouchers. In the case of the Dargate application, this will be fibre to the premises, which will have the capacity to deliver much higher speeds than from the cabinet. Addresses in the distribution point will be provided with information as to how to pledge their vouchers to the application. if a business is registered from the address, in the old scheme, additional funding was available for that residence. Once the required funding level is reached, the pledging process ceases, there is final communication to inform everyone that the target has been reached and then the project is put into the upgrading diary of BT and will be completed within a year.

If you live in the target areas please keep your eyes open for information coming from BT and act on it as quickly as you can; the success of these partnerships depends on each residence in the community pledging their voucher support.


Staplestreet
Core community – 47 Premises

Initial Estimate – £67,032.00

Cost Per Premise – £1,426.21

Addresses included in Scheme:

FAIRBROOK BUNGALOW HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9HZ
FAIRBROOK COTTAGE HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9HZ
STAPLE STREET ROAD GOODNESTONE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HY
1 CHERRYWOOD GOODNESTONE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HY
2 CHERRYWOOD GOODNESTONE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HY
6 CHERRYWOOD GOODNESTONE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HY
LAVENDER COTTAGE STAPLE STREET ROAD GOODNESTONE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HY
WESTLAND HOUSE STAPLE STREET ROAD GOODNESTONE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HY
KEMSDALE LODGE HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9JT
4 STAPLE STREET HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9UD
5 STAPLE STREET HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9UD
ALBION HOUSE STAPLE STREET HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9UB
THE BOTHY STAPLE STREET HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9UB
FORGE ORCHARD STAPLE STREET HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9UD
KENT COTTAGE STAPLE STREET HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9UD
SUTHERLAND HOUSE STAPLE STREET HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9UD
2 FAIRBROOK OAST STAPLE STREET HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9FE
3 FAIRBROOK OAST STAPLE STREET HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9FE
4 FAIRBROOK OAST STAPLE STREET HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9FE
1 FAIRBROOK OAST STAPLE STREET HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9FE
3 CHERRYWOOD HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9HZ
4 CHERRYWOOD HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9HZ
5 CHERRYWOOD HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9HZ
7 CHERRYWOOD HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9HZ
8 CHERRYWOOD HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9HZ
9 CHERRYWOOD HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9HZ
10 CHERRYWOOD HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9HZ
11 CHERRYWOOD HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9HZ
12 CHERRYWOOD HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9HZ
13 CHERRYWOOD HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9HZ
14 CHERRYWOOD HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9HZ
FAIRBROOK FARM HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9HZ
1 OAST COTTAGE HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9HZ
2 OAST COTTAGE HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9HZ
1 LOWER OAST COTTAGES HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9HZ
2 LOWER OAST COTTAGES HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9HZ
FAIRBROOK HOUSE HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9HZ
KEMSDALE FARM KEMSDALE ROAD HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9JA
THE COACH HOUSE KEMSDALE ROAD HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9JP
1 KEMSDALE HOUSE KEMSDALE ROAD HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9JP
2 KEMSDALE HOUSE KEMSDALE ROAD HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9JP
1 EASTLEA OAST BULL LANE BOUGHTON-UNDER-BLEAN FAVERSHAM ME13 9JF
2 EASTLEA OAST BULL LANE BOUGHTON-UNDER-BLEAN FAVERSHAM ME13 9JF
1 STAPLE STREET HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9UD
VICTORIA COTTAGE STAPLE STREET HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9UD
GARDENERS COTTAGE CHALKY LANE BOUGHTON-UNDER-BLEAN FAVERSHAM ME13 9SP
1 CHALKY LANE BOUGHTON-UNDER-BLEAN FAVERSHAM ME13 9SP


Dargate Application

Core community – 86 Premises
Initial Estimate – £107159
Cost Per Premise – £1246.03

8 WOODLANDS DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HJ
10 WOODLANDS DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HJ
11 WOODLANDS DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HJ
12 WOODLANDS DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HJ
9 WOODLANDS DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HJ
3 WOODLANDS DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HJ
4 WOODLANDS DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HJ
5 WOODLANDS DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HJ
6 WOODLANDS DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HJ
7 WOODLANDS DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HJ
THE OLD GATEHOUSE BUTLERS HILL DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9EW HONEYSUCKLE VILLA DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9EU
GEORGE BELL FARM DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9EU
KENNELS EVALUNA PLUMPUDDING LANE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9EY CLARIDGES FOSTALL HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9JJ
THE OLD FARMHOUSE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HB
CHAPEL PLANTATION DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HB
THE CHAPEL DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HB
BUSHEY WHILDS DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HQ
DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HQ
HOMESIDE HOUSE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HQ
LITTLE ORCHARDS DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HH
1-2 WOODLANDS DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HJ
BRACONDALE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HH
BELVEDERE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HH

2 MILES COTTAGES DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HH
NEWLANDS DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HH
BARN ADJACENT BRECONDALE AND NEWLANDS BUTLERS HILL DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HH
1 MILES COTTAGES DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HH
OAKLEIGH DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HH
PEAR TREE COTTAGE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HH
YEW TREE HOUSE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HG
CHAPEL COTTAGE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HB
CHAPEL HOUSE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HB
DARGATE FARM DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HB
TUDOR WALK DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HB
FLAT THE DOVE INN PLUMPUDDING LANE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HB DARGATE FARM PLUMPUDDING LANE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9JE
CAIRO LODGE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HH
BROOK FARM DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HH
2 LILLIES PLACE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HQ
ORCHARD POULTRY FARM DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HB
ACORNS DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HG
1 LILLIES PLACE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HQ
ELMTREE COTTAGE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HG
SUNNYSIDE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HG
2 POST OFFICE COTTAGES DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9EX
PLUM PUDDING COTTAGE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9EX
2 MEADOW COTTAGES DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9EU
SUMMER LEES FARM FOSTALL HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9JJ
WOODFIELD FOSTALL HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9JJ
FOSTALL HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9JG
OAKLEIGH MANOR LANDSCAPES DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HB
PLUM PUDDING BARN BELVEDERE FARM DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HB
THE PADDOCKS BELVEDERE FARM DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HB
BELVEDERE MANOR BELVEDERE FARM DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HB
APPLE BARN DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HB
CHUDLEY HOUSE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HB
THE FORMER COLD STORE DARGATE FARM DARGATE ROAD DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HB
1 RED BRICK COTTAGES DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9EZ
2 RED BRICK COTTAGES DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9EZ
PLANTATION HOUSE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HB
ORCHARD HOUSE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9EX
DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HB
2 HONEYSUCKLE COTTAGES DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HA
1 HONEYSUCKLE COTTAGES DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HA
TWIN MAYS DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9EX
THE OLD POST OFFICE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9EX
5 OAST COTTAGES PLUM PUDDING LANE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9EY
4 OAST COTTAGES PLUM PUDDING LANE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9EY
3 OAST COTTAGES PLUM PUDDING LANE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9EY
1-2 OAST COTTAGES PLUM PUDDING LANE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9EY
OLD POST OFFICE PLUMPUDDING LANE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9EX

EVALUNA DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9EU
3 SUMMER LEES COTTAGES FOSTALL HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9JJ
BLACK OAST FOSTAL FAVERSHAM ME13 9FD
FORSTAL HOUSE FOSTALL HERNHILL FAVERSHAM ME13 9JJ
LAMBOURNE HOUSE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9HB
1 MEADOW COTTAGES DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9EU
BAILIFFS COTTAGE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9JE
PLUMPUDDING LANE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9EX
DARGATE HOUSE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9JE
GATE HOUSE DARGATE FAVERSHAM ME13 9EX
MOBILE HOME 2 HOLLY HILL FARM DAWES ROAD DENSTROUDE CANTERBURY CT2 9LF
KEEPERS COTTAGE DENSTROUDE CANTERBURY CT2 9LE
HOLLY HILL HOUSE HOLLY HILL FARM DAWES ROAD DENSTROUDE CANTERBURY CT2 9LF

Michelle Harris

Halloween trail through Hernhill

Calling all budding crafters, hobbyists, artist, scupltors, bodge-it quick-fixers, lovers of fancy-dress and costumes, pumpkin-carvers and anyone else!

There are plans to bring the village together for a Halloweenfest this November, with a trail leading through Hernhill beginning the weekend of 26/27 October, lasting throughout the following week with a grand finale at Summer Lees Farm on 31 October from 6.30pm.

We need YOU to get involved, by creating a decoration – however large or small – which needs to be able to be seen from the road or path, which can be spotted in daylight and early evenings. There will be a small charge for a map of the route to encourage goodly folk young and old to follow, as part of plans to gather fund for the Hernhill 900-year anniversary celebrations, culminating in a special celebratory weekend on 20/21 June in 2020. It’ll be all fright on the night.

Those interested, please contact either Joy Pritchard or Jane Foreman, or simply email the Forum and we’ll be able to put you in touch. The more, the scarier…

Image: (c) David Menidrey via Unsplash

Murky history in Hernhill’s past

Buried amongst reports of a lecture on the beauty of historic books at the Assembly Rooms in Faversham, a daring robbery from a watch-shop in Folkestone, the theft of a pair of boots in Harbledown and drunkenness in Whitstable, the pages of the Faversham Gazette published on the 24 January, 1857, disclose a dark episode in the history of the village of Hernhill.

In response to rumours abounding in the area of the death of a child, police visited a Mrs Charlotte Butcher in Waterham, the grandmother of Amelia Collyer, a former servant in Margate – Amelia, a married woman, had apparently given birth to a child on 9 January. According to Charlotte Butcher, her granddaughter had given birth but the child was deceased, and ‘had been thrown down the cesspool.’ When a search could find no trace of the child, the police went to visit the surgeon for confirmation; during the visit, a neighbour came in a revealed that Mrs Butcher had admitted that the child had in fact been delivered alive, but her granddaughter had strangled it. The child’s body had been hidden ‘in a hole between the ceiling and the roof’ and the police took it to the Red Lion in Hernhill.

Amelia Collyer and her husband  had by now sailed ‘as emigrants to Australia on Saturday last, at the Government’s expense.’ The husband was reported as not being the father of the child and quite ignorant of what had transpired. According to the newspaper, ‘the statements of the grandmother, who does not bear a very good character in the village, are extraordinary.’ In the view of the surgeon, one Mr Francis, the child had indeed been born alive. The inquest found Amelia Collyer guilty of wilful murder, and issued a warrant for her arrest, although the story concludes by saying that ‘should the vessel, in which Collyer and her husand have embarked, have left…the officer will have some difficulty in effecting her capture.’

Click each image above to read the original story. Thank you to Johanne Edgington of Rotten Ramsgate Tours for providing the story, found in the British Newspaper Archive, shedding light on a dark chapter of Hernhill’s history…

Windows into history

St Michael’s Church, which next year celebrates its 900th anniversary, declares its history not just in its stone and wood architecture, but in its windows too.

Two stained-glass windows in particular come from significant moments in the history of the village.  The oldest glass in the church can be glimpsed behind the right-hand choir stalls (Decani, for those choristers amongst our readers…), and dates from the fifteenth century. The Martyn Window, named after the family responsible for rebuilding the church at the time, was originally installed in 1447; the remaining glass owes its continued existence to the fact that it was apparently hidden on a nearby farm during the English Civil War.

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The Lady Chapel is home to a window from the Pre-Raphaelite Period, commissioned in 1877 from Henry Holiday (1839-1927), artist, illustrator, sculptor and stained-glass window designer who lived in Bayswater in London. Holiday’s windows can be found across the country, notably in Westminster Abbey and Worcester College, Oxford, to name but two. Holiday was also commissioned to illustrate Lewis Carroll’s famous The Hunting of the Snark. Holiday’s family were also friends of Emmeline Pankhurst, organiser of the Suffragete movement. The Pre-Raphaelites famously rebelled against the Royal Academy’s trumpeting of genre-painting and idealist depictions, urging rather an embracing of the natural world and an intense realism in art, led by William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

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Pieces from a civil war and rebellious art: echoes of great history and its wider cultural connections quietly presented in this small corner of the world…

(Grateful acknowledgement of the information leaflet in the church for some of these details).

Massive housing development threatens our landscape and environment.

The “Garden Community Prospectus” was published by the Government in 2018, Swale Borough Council have adopted this and invited proposals for “Garden Communities” in Swale, with a view to these schemes possibly being included in the Local Plan.

There are two proposals around Faversham, the Duchy of Cornwall have proposed a development including 2500 homes to the South-East, along the A2, and Gladman have proposed a development including 5000+ houses to the South, along North Street.

Both developments will be constructed on prime, Grade 1 & 2 agricultural land. They will bring further congestion on our roads, pressure on our infrastructure and demand on our already stretched hospitals and schools.

The Gladman proposal sits within the Area of Outstanding Beauty and will bring pollution from construction, traffic, light and noise to this protected landscape.

There is a public consultation being carried out at the moment. If you want to know about public meetings or find the most up-to-date information, follow us on facebook and we will keep you informed.

If you are concerned about these proposals, please write to your local Councillors and MP. Not all Councillors support these proposals, but they will need your letters and emails to demonstrate that the community do not support this large-scale development.

Councillors contact details can be found here.

Helen Whateley can be contacted at helen.whately.mp@parliament.uk

If you want more information about the proposals you can find it on the Swale BC website here and links to the Prospectus and other documents can be found here.

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Cleve Hill Solar Farm

The proposed Cleve Hill solar farm represents a hideous threat to a swathe of the internationally important North Kent Marshes.

You have until January 28 to register an interest in having a say. Please note that this doesn’t commit you to anything – it’s entirely up to you how much you want to get involved – but it is important that the more people who register, the better (for our environment). 

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The Cleve Hill Solar Park proposal is huge in more ways than one. The parent companies, Hive and Wirsol, have a lot of expertise, time and cash. They’ve spent years concocting their plans – and the 5000 page application shows the depth and breadth of this work.

So, we’re facing an uphill battle, a herculean task, a David and Goliath fight. But it is a fight that can be won. One project that was refused was the Mynydd y Gwynt Wind Farm consisting of 27 onshore turbines east of Aberystwyth.

Even though the Planning Inspectorate’s Examiners recommended approving the scheme, the relevant Secretary of State (Amber Rudd at the time) had the final say and refused the application. Her decision hinged on the potential fate of red kites and a failure by the developer to provide sufficient information about whether any international obligations might be breached“.

GREAT- Graveney Rural Action Team

You can find out more here:

There is also more information in Kent Online this week.

 

Recently unearthed documents provide a glimpse into Hernhill’s past

Recently unearthed documents relating to the village were on display in Hernhill Church last Saturday, affording a fascinating glimpse into the village’s history. Stored in a steel chest, to which the key had gone missing, the key recently came to light, and the treasure-trove of maps, letters, invoices and photographs was set out for visitors to examine.

There’s always something rather magical about coming into contact with archive documents, a physical, tangible manifestation of moments in history; artefacts which would have been touched, handled by people lost to memory, and the collection represented a brief moment for these lives to step out of the pages of history and into the light.

As expected for an area rooted in agriculture, there were documents relating to tithes and land ownership, included details from August, 1840, and a map of the area from 1913.

A map of the area, dated 11 October, 1918

There were plenty of letters relating to the village school, including a receipt for an insurance premium from 1935 for the princely sum of £2 11 shillings;

From the Second World War, letters to the then Headmaster, Mr S.B. Pritchard confirming the acceptance of the post of Divisional Commander to a Sea Cadet Camp in 1943; and most fascinatingly, details about the closure of the school for the wonderfully-named Whitsun and Fruiting Holiday period that same year.

There were also glimpses of mundane, pragmatic concerns that make up daily life, including a quote for cleaning and maintenance of the church clock in 1937.

There was also a wonderful Book of Common Prayer from 1785.

Also on display was the rather endearing Our Homes, a copy of an address given by the Rev W.D. Springett, former Rector of Pluckley and Rural Dean of East Charing and (at the time) formerly of Hernhill, which included photographs of the church,  given at the church in the afternoon of Sunday 12 December in 1915; a possible morale-boosting community event during the dark days of the Great War.

Memorial Church showing entrance: from 1915

Addition to churchyard: from 1915

All in all, the event was a marvellous look through a tiny window into the history of Hernhill and its people; thank you to all those who both organised the exhibition and who ran the event itself. Let’s hope these documents are preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Warning: woodland walks currently affected by forestry management

Eagle-eyed walkers, cyclists and dog-owners will have noticed that more forestry management is currently being undertaken in the woodland area up behind the properties along Butlers Hill.

Unfortunately, the paths and tracks that users tread have become unusable, with large swathes of timber having been felled and left in situ, with the result that a large section of the woods is impassable, with paths buried under trunks and ploughed-up land.

There are no ‘No Entry’ signs warning of this either before or after the area; ironically, the area marked with ‘No Entry’ signs further on, where work began, is actually far tidier and paths are navigable.

There’s a footpath buried somewhere under there…

It seems the work is likely to last until September. With dog-walkers being advised, in the current heat, to walk in shaded area and to avoid road surfaces which can get very hot underfoot (or paw), it’s currently not possible to use a large part of the woods, and without sufficient warning signs will also be extremely hazardous to the many off-road cyclists who come through the woods in bone-jarring fashion.

Your Loyal Correspondent has written to Swale BC to ask about what’s going on – further information as we receive it…