Deep in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty walkers are striding out today and enjoying the spring. This year the 16-mile walk is anti-clockwise, and as usual the route takes in the parish churches of Godmersham, Chilham, Molash, Challock and All Saints, Boughton Aluph. Part of the signed route passes through Kings Wood, and the bluebells are at their best about now.
Since 1984 the annual... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 02 May 2022 10:00 by Admin
KCC Highways has issued a notice to close a section of the A28 today. This is to enable Network Rail to remove a hazardous trackside tree. The closed section is between Branch Road and The Beeches Chilham where the track runs in a cutting adjacent to the A28. The diversion route is via Challock on the A251 and A252. Network Rail estimated that its contractors would need six hours for the tree works... Read More »
Posted: Sun, 20 Jun 2021 11:11 by Admin
Network Rail is preparing to replace its bridge over the River Stour at Chartham. The main heavy engineering work is scheduled over the bank holiday weekend to minimise disruption. Consequently, no trains will run between Ashford International and Canterbury West for four days. Engineering work is planned to start early on Saturday 29th May and continue through until the end of Tuesday, 1st June. During... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 18 May 2021 20:00 by Admin
While planned engineering work takes place on the lines between Ashford International and Minster on Sunday 11th April 2021, buses will replace the Southeastern train services. The Network Rail notice confirms that works will require the closure of both lines between Ashford International and Ramsgate via Canterbury West. This will affect the intermediate stations at Wye, Chilham, Chartham, Sturry... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 07 Apr 2021 15:12 by Admin
Following a day of heavy rain on Thursday two landslips near #Bearsted on Friday afternoon closed the Maidstone East to Ashford line. Consequently, train services to and from Wye are still disrupted. Network Rail reports that track clearance and repair work at Bearsted is 'currently running ahead of schedule' and expects trains to be running on the Maidstone East line from Monday morning.' Charing... Read More »
Posted: Sun, 08 Mar 2020 21:30 by Admin
Wild weather associated with Storm Ciara is causing widespread damage and disruption to the electricity supply network across the country. Power cuts affected over half a million homes on Sunday. In the Wye area UK Power Networks is dealing with five faults involving high voltage overhead electricity lines. Another fault with an underground electricity cable fault 'is causing an area wide power cut.'... Read More »
Posted: Sun, 09 Feb 2020 22:05 by Admin
Southeastern will not run any trains across the region on Christmas Day, or Boxing Day. However, planned engineering work at Ashford station, starting Friday 27th December through to Sunday 29th December, will continue to affect the Ashford to Canterbury line. Nor will any High Speed (HS1) services to London via Ashford run for these three days. Instead Southeastern will operate a replacement bus service... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 24 Dec 2019 11:45 by Admin
The Returning Officer declared the result of the poll in the Ashford Rural East division, with votes cast as follows, in alphabetical order: Clair Bell, (Conservative Party) 2,621 (Elected); Stuart Dove, (Liberal Democrats) 686; Lyn Martin, (Labour Party) 429; Geoff Meaden (Green Party) 350; and Pat Purnell (UKIP) 269
The turnout was 35.1% from a total total electorate of 12,404. The total number of... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 06 May 2017 08:00 by Admin
Kent Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal crash on the A252 at Dane Street, near Chilham.
For no apparent reason a red Renault Kadjar left the road and collided with a tree at 15.36 on Friday 10th March. The passenger, Paul Hardisty a 49-year-old local man and Chilham parish councillor died at the scene. The driver received minor injuries.
If you saw the crash please call the Serious Collision... Read More »
Posted: Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:00 by Admin
KCC Highways will close the A28 again at Chilham, on Monday 19th September to complete resurfacing works. A Temporary Order to prohibit overnight through traffic will apply from 22.00 until 05.00 Tuesday. The works are between the A252 Maidstone Road and the A28 Canterbury Road and the junction with Bagham Lane.
All through traffic on the A28 traffic will be diverted via the A2042 Faversham Road to... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:00 by Admin