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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.
    Summer Food & Craft Festival
    Summer Food & Craft Festival
    We're planning our Summer Market for Sunday 14 June, 11am - 2pm, in the Square and St Mary's Church, so please save the date. It will coincide with Elham Open Gardens so promises to be a festive weekend. And our Scarecrow Competition is back by popular demand. We hope you'll feel inspired to join in - more details in the next newsletter.

    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

    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.

    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


    click on the event for more details
    Fri 24 Jan 19:30
    Dockland Church, Sheerness
    Peggy Pike VH - Elham Historical Society
    Architectural Historian Will Palin will be giving a talk on Dockyard Church Sheerness. The Sheerness Dockyard Preservation Trust is working to repair and transform Dockyard Church, which stands at the entrance to the former Royal Dockyard on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent. Come and hear about its importance to the naval heritage of our nation. Members £3 Non Members £5
    Mon 3 Feb 19:30 - 21:00
    Ordinary meeting of the Parish Council
    Peggy Pike VH - Elham Parish Council
    Thu 13 Feb 12:30 - 14:30
    Friendship Lunches
    St. Mary's Hall - Elham Residents' Association
    Thu 13 Feb 14:30
    The Fifth Trust
    St. Mary's Hall - Elham Circle
    Sun 16 Feb 10:15
    Elham Valley Walkers
    Elham Valley Stores - Elham Elham Valley Walkers
    Thu 20 Feb 19:30
    Growing Vegtables
    Peggy Pike VH - Elham Gardening Society
    Sat 22 Feb 10:00 - 16:00
    Fur Feather and Exotics Exhibition
    Boughton-Under-Blean Village Hall - Rhodes Minnis Lord Whisky
    Sat 22 Feb 19:30
    EVHA Not BORED Games Night
    Village Hall - Elham Village Hall Association
    Fri 28 Feb 19:30
    Elham Women - Part 1 (1217 - 1914)
    Village Hall - Elham Historical Society
    Mon 2 Mar 14:00
    Royal British Legion Talk
    St. Mary's Hall - Elham Valley Royal British Legion
    Mon 2 Mar 19:30 - 21:00
    Ordinary meeting of the Parish Council
    Peggy Pike VH - Elham Play For Elham
    Wed 11 Mar 19:00
    ERA Meeting
    St. Mary's Hall - Elham Residents' Association
    Thu 12 Mar 14:30
    My Adventure in Nepal
    St. Mary's Hall - Elham Circle
    Sat 14 Mar 13:00 - 16:00
    ERA Recycling Conference
    Village Hall - Elham Residents' Association
    Sun 15 Mar 10:15
    Elham Valley Walkers Circular Walk
    Elham Valley Stores - Elham Elham Valley Walkers
    Thu 19 Mar 19:30
    Why a Chemical-free Garden is Better
    Peggy Pike VH - Elham Gardening Society
    Fri 20 Mar 19:30
    March Quiz
    Village Hall - Elham Village Hall Association
    Sat 4 Apr 10:00 - 12:00
    Spring Show and Coffee Morning
    Village Hall - Elham Gardening Society
    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
    07887 918458
    Shepway Dist. Councillor: Jennie Hollingsbee
    07968 406702
    Shepway Dist. Councillor: Phillip Martin
    07956 110887
    Shepway Dist. Councillor: Stuart Peall
    01233 670561
    Kent County Councillor: Miss Susan Carey
    01303 840215
    Parish Council Chairman: Kevin Lamb
    07581 524402
    Parish Council Vice Chairman: Emily Arnold-Newing
    07702 268475
    Parish Council Clerk: Claire Greenwood
    01303 840006
    Parish Council Member: Brian Swan
    01303 840820
    Parish Council Member: Clive Stanyon
    01303 840255
    Parish Council Member: Geoff Clements
    01303 840872
    Parish Council Member: Ken Percival
    01303 862087
    Parish Council Member: Kevin Allen
    Parish Council Member: Kevin Scott
    07956 110887
    Parish Council Member: Stuart Peall
    01303 840566
    Abbot's Fireside
    01303 840242
    King's Arms
    01303 840890
    Rose & Crown
    01303 840304
    Church Matters: Mary Morgan
    01303 840219
    Church: St Mary the Virgin vicar: Jane Weeks
    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
    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 840295
    Newsletter Editor: Renee Bull
    01303 840007
    Newsletter Distribution: Pauline & Barry Flanagan