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  • Map of Elham
    © Reproduced by kind permission of the Elham Village Hall Association Ltd, Elham Circle & the artist - Graham Clarke
    Elham village is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the North Downs of Kent. This beautiful and historic village can trace its past back to the Domesday Book of 1086.
    Map of Elham
    © Reproduced by kind permission of the artist Scarlett Rickard
    Nestled between Canterbury and Folkestone, the Elham Valley is situated in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is good access by car from the M20 and A2, alternatively by train to Canterbury or Folkestone and the regular No.17 Stagecoach bus service which runs along the valley.

    There can be few places as tranquil as Kent's Elham Valley that are so easy to reach and offer such a range of activities. Enjoy a walk in the unspoiled countryside followed by a pub lunch at one of the many charming village pubs.
    Breathe in the fresh air, drink in the views and feel yourself relax.

    There's accommodation to suit every budget from B&B to self catering or luxury rooms. The location makes it a great place for an overnight stop before a channel crossing from the nearby port of Dover or the Eurotunnel terminal at Folkestone.

    The Elham Valley Way, a 21 mile promoted footpath, passes over fields and through woods and villages, it therefore provides a wondeful encounter for the long distance walker. The Way largely traverses the track of the old Canterbury – Folkestone Elham Valley Railway which closed in 1947.

    The pretty village of Elham hosts some wonderful historic houses of Kent together with welcoming pubs, and log fires in the winter.
    Football's Coming Home

    Fond Farewell
    Ros Humphreys and Laura Benson have quietly and efficiently been ensuring that the Elham Newsletter arrived in your home on time for the past four years. The Village Hall Committee would like to say a sincere ‘Thank you’ to both editors for all their hard work and for the many hours spent at the computer and on the telephone. Their role is being taken over by Renee Bull. If you have items for the newsletter please send them as always to by 15th of the month.

    EHS Chairman
    I was delighted to be asked to act as interim Chairman of Elham Historical Society while Derek Boughton takes a writing sabbatical, and am looking forward to a busy summer of EHS visits to local places of historic interest. Andrew Joynes

    Mobile Telecoms
    I am pleased to report that a fairly large project team has now been formed and that its first meeting will have taken place before you read this newsletter article. I am hoping to get both help and new ideas from the members of that project team. Damian Collins MP continues to be supportive in helping to get some leverage with the mobile network operators and I think that significant progress has been achieved. EE, Telefonica (O2) and Vodafone have all reassessed the coverage in Elham and have agreed that the coverage is not good. All three companies are now working up solutions to address the problem. Telefonica and Vodafone have a technology-sharing agreement and so they will have one solution together. None of the companies are willing to share the details of their proposals with us at this stage, as these are commercially sensitive. I think that we can safely say that the first hurdle has been crossed in getting the mobile network operators to agree that a problem exists. The second hurdle will be to get some worked-up solutions on the table and a third may be negotiations around the positioning, details and impact of any proposed solutions, in particular bearing in mind the landscape quality in our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. One step at a time, but we are definitely out of the starting blocks! Clive Stanyon / 01303 840820

    The main hall windows will be enhanced by new curtains as the current ones have long served their purpose. We will also be fitting blackout blinds above the fire doors.

    Livestock Under Attack
    There is an increasing incidence of dog attacks on livestock. Thousands of sheep and cattle die as a consequence of injuries caused by dogs every year and livestock worrying costs the industry an estimated £1.6m* (NFU Mutual). But this figure is just the tip of the iceberg as many losses are uninsured and often unaccounted for. Kent NFU Adviser Amanda Corp says:“The NFU is reminding people to keep dogs on a lead, rather than letting them run freely because livestock may be nearby. Dogs naturally have a chase instinct and they can inflict the most terrible bites on sheep which can die slowly and painfully of their injuries. Pregnant ewes can also abort their lambs if chased by dogs.” She explains: “Dog attacks on livestock should be avoided at all costs. They can end in tragedy both for the farmer and for the dog owner whose pet can legally be shot by a farmer if it’s chasing sheep or cattle .” If a dog worries livestock, the dog owner or the person responsible for the animal at the time is guilty of an offence under the Animals Act 1971 and may be sued for compensation by the farmer. Ms Corp emphasises that sheep farming involves long-term husbandry, saying: “It takes two years of care and attention for a farmer to raise a sheep - from lamb to breeding ewe. It is therefore heartbreaking for a farmer when flocks are attacked by dogs. Even the smallest dog can injure a sheep, that’s why it is so important to use a lead around livestock. The KCAF asks walkers to follow The Countryside Code Note: There is a Government backed campaign to understand the true incidence of dog attacks. Please report livestock worrying incidents that you witness and cases of dogs that you know are not secured adequately at home. Phone Kent Police on 101 – they will welcome your call.

    4G comes to Elham
    EE are rolling out superfast 4GEE in Shepway this week.
    click on the event for more details
    Sun 8 Dec 10:15
    Elham Valley Walkers
    Black Robin CT4 6HS - Elham Walking Group
    All are welcome including dogs (able to negotiate or be lifted over stiles). Our walks are free and we welcome new members to join our group. We would love to hear from you if you would like to join us. Just go to our website at, click on 'contact' and send us a message. Peter Corkill 01303 840269 Chris Jelly 01303 862933
    Sun 8 Dec 17:30
    Triangle - Elham Village Hall Association
    Tue 10 Dec 19:30
    Desert Island Discs
    Village Hall - Elham Village Hall Association
    Wed 11 Dec 14:00
    Christmas Party
    Rhodes Minnis Hall - Rhodes Minnis Evening Circle
    Wed 11 Dec 20:00
    Peggy Pike VH - Elham Village Hall Association
    Thu 12 Dec 07:00 - 22:00
    Election Day
    Peggy Pike VH - UK Elections
    Thu 12 Dec 12:30
    Friendship Lunch
    St. Mary's Hall - Elham Residents' Association
    Thu 12 Dec 19:30
    AGM & Christmas Party
    Village Hall - Elham Gardening Society
    Sat 14 Dec 19:00
    ERA General Meeting
    Primary School Hall - Elham Residents' Association
    Sun 15 Dec 11:00 - 14:00
    Christmas Market
    The Square - Elham Farmers' Market
    Wed 25 Dec 12:00
    Christmas Day Lunch
    Lyminge Village Hall - Public
    Thu 9 Jan 14:30
    The Good Child School
    St. Mary's Hall - Elham Circle
    Tue 14 Jan 19:00
    General Meeting
    Primary School Hall - Elham Residents' Association
    Thu 16 Jan 19:30
    Snowdrops and Hellebores
    Peggy Pike VH - Elham Gardening Society
    Sun 19 Jan 10:15
    Elham Valley Walkers
    St Mary's and St Ethelburga's Church Lyminge - Elham Elham Valley Walkers
    Contact Name & email
    Non emergency Police
    07977 982185
    KCCCommunity Warden: Gary Harrison
    NHS Direct
    01227 766877
    Kent & Canterbury Hosp.
    01233 633331
    William Harvey Ashford
    01303 840213
    Elham Surgery
    01303 232300
    Hawkinge Health Centre
    01303 862425
    Lyminge Pharmacy
    01303 840577
    Bourne Physiotherapy: Julie Perkins
    01227 832322
    Bourne Vet Practice
    01303 273203
    Manor Vet Clinic
    01303 253524
    Member of Parliament: Damian Collins MP
    07584 304301
    Shepway Dist. Councillor: David Godfrey
    07968 406702
    Shepway Dist. Councillor: Phillip Martin
    07956 110887
    Shepway Dist. Councillor: Stuart Peall
    01233 670561
    Kent County Councillor: Miss Susan Carey
    01303 840255
    Parish Council Chairman: Geoff Clements
    07702 268475
    Parish Council Clerk: Claire Greenwood
    01303 840538
    Parish Council Member: Colin Johnson
    07581 524402
    Parish Council Member: Emily Arnold-Newing
    01303 840622
    Parish Council Member: Jon Worrall
    01303 840872
    Parish Council Member: Ken Percival
    01303 862087
    Parish Council Member: Kevin Allen
    01303 840215
    Parish Council Member: Kevin Lamb
    07956 110887
    Parish Council Member: Stuart Peall
    01303 840006
    Parish Council Vice-Chairman: Brian Swan
    01303 840566
    Abbot's Fireside
    01303 840242
    King's Arms
    01303 840890
    Rose & Crown
    01303 840304
    Church Matters: Mary Morgan
    01303 840344
    Cosy Tea Rooms: Dawn
    01303 862820
    Dog & Puppy Training
    01303 840485
    Elham Circle: Judith Ridley
    01303 840550
    Elham Gardening Society: Frances Horton
    01303 840584
    Elham Going Green: Sylvia Scott
    01303 840041
    Elham Pre-School:
    01303 840325
    Elham Primary School: Dan File
    07515 797591
    Elham Taxi Service
    01303 840974
    Elham Taxi Service
    01303 840186
    Elham Valley Stores
    01303 840606
    EVH Chairman: Tony Rossi
    01303 840647
    EVHA: Pat Holmes
    01303 840336
    Ladies' Walking Group: Andrée Sladden
    01303 862180
    Lyminge Library
    01303 261500
    Methodist Church: Kevin Taylor
    01303 840485
    Sports Centre
    01303 840009
    Sports Club: John Holmes
    01303 840538
    St. Mary's Church Hall: Bridget Johnson
    01303 840544
    Sunday School
    01303 862467
    Village Hall: Maggie Tappenden
    01303 840941
    Newsletter Editor: Ros Humphreys
    01303 840682
    Newsletter Advertising: Laura Benson
    01303 840007
    Newsletter Distribution: Pauline & Barry Flanagan