Eynsford & Farningham events put on hold but there’s an ABBA night to look forward to – villages organise a coronavirus support network
FARNINGHAM AND EYNSFORD LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY: In view of the current situation the society is not holding its evening meeting on 24 April and is also postponing the Friday 22 May AGM. The local History Centre in the village will also be closed until further notice.
COFFEE & CRAFT IN ST MARTIN’S, EYNSFORD: The usual meetings on the last Wednesday each month have been cancelled but will be back as soon as possible.
TEA AND CHAT: In view of the current situation this friendly group which usually meets every Thursday at Farningham Village Hall and offers a supportive and enjoyable break to anyone who is lonely or is on hold until further notice.
TONBRIDGE & MALLING RAMBLERS: Activities have been cancelled until at least the end of May, following government advice on the Covid-19 virus. See website at www.tonbridgeandmallingramblers.org.uk/ to show that all planned walks are cancelled. The organisers will circulate a new programme when the led walks are up and running again.
ABBA DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: The ABBA Chique tribute group will be performing a selection of ABBA’s greatest hits at Farningham Village Hall on 30 October. Add this date for your diary now to make sure you don’t miss it! For more information contact bookings at FVH on: firstname.lastname@example.org
EYNSFORD & FARNINGHAM CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT NETWORK
Message from village parish councils:
Eynsford and Farningham Parish Councils are working together to co-ordinate the volunteers in our villages and to make sure that all areas are covered. We will cascade useful information to the volunteers and also respond to queries and refer to appropriate support services as required. Our central information point will be www.eynsfordparishcouncil.org.uk so that it can been seen by those not on social media.
We are aware that not everyone is on Facebook or online. Please share this information with others you think could help.
We are aware that lots of people have already volunteered and have started sharing information in their areas and we want to work with you.
The proposal is that one or two people volunteer to cover their street or area, this may include more than one street if there are not too many houses. Those volunteers will use the postcards circulated online (which we can produce more of in the parish office) to houses in their areas with contact details. They will then be able to help out those people with shopping, and picking up other supplies, other practical help or even a chat on the phone. Ideally volunteers would not be in any of the vulnerable/self-isolating categories, or key workers who are needed elsewhere.
We would ask these volunteers (who may have a larger pool of helpers) to give us their name address and mobile number (which we will not share) and we will create a larger Whatsapp group of these street representatives. We will communicate with you all via this group if needed. We are in touch with Sevenoaks District Council who are looking at producing ID lanyards for volunteers so that elderly or vulnerable people can be sure that you are genuine – they can check with SDC for your ID number.
Below is a long list of streets in all of our villages – if you are already, or would like to be a volunteer please send an email to email@example.com with:
Which street/area you will be helping
Are you happy to be joined to a Whatsapp group (this will mean your number will be seen by other volunteers). (We will not share your contact details apart from this, except if we need to share with SDC to get your ID lanyards.
If we have too many names for one street, we will only add up to two into the whatsapp group so it doesn’t get too big.
Calfstock Lane and Dartford Road
Donkey Lane and Gorse Hill
Eynsford Road (inc Southhall Close and Valley View)
Farningham Hill Road
High Street (may be split into parts)
The Mill area
Lambourne Close and White Post Hill
Old London Road
Sparepenny Lane, Farningham
Bower Lane inc Knights Field
High Street (can be split)
Lullingstone Park (from Roman Villa to the castle)
Mill House Close
Old Mill Close
Riverside (inc Furlongs Road)
St Martin’s Drive
Sparepenny Lane, Eynsford
Station Road (inc Walnut Close)
Upper Austin Lodge Road
The Eynsford & Farningham Village news is compiled by Viv Parker. If you have any news or events you would like considered for the village column you can email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org