Wednesday, November 30th, 2022

Riverhead district and parish councillors are all re-elected as their seats in local elections are uncontested

RIVERHEAD PARISH COUNCIL

There are currently two vacancies on the Parish Council as only 7 of the 9 current members have put their names forward again. Are you concerned about Riverhead and able to contribute your business or personal skills and expertise? Why not become a councillor and make a difference. For more details, call Caroline the Parish Clerk on 01732 461278 or email her on clerk@riverheadparishcouncil.org.uk.  You can find out more about what is involved via a link on the Parish Council web-site at www.riverheadpc.kentparishes.gov.uk  Or just turn up at the next Parish Council meeting on Monday May 20 at 7.30pm at the Committee Room at Riverhead Village Hall to listen to the proceedings. Residents are always welcome to attend these monthly meetings.

LOCAL ELECTIONS:  You won’t need to turn up at Riverhead Village Hall to vote on Thursday, 2 May, as no elections are required in Riverhead this time. Our two serving Sevenoaks District Councillors (for Dunton Green and Riverhead) Kim Bayley and Cameron Brown, are both standing again and as no one else has put their name forward they are elected uncontested. More information can be found on the Sevenoaks District Council web-site at www.sevenoaks.gov.uk.

Seven of the nine serving members of Riverhead Parish Council are standing again and no one else has come forward so these seven are all elected uncontested. However, there are still two vacancies to be filled. Are you concerned about Riverhead and feel able to contribute your business or personal skills and expertise? Why not become a councillor and make a difference. For more details, call Caroline the Parish Clerk on 01732 461278 or email her on clerk@riverheadparishcouncil.org.uk.  You can find out more about what is involved via a link on the Parish Council web-site at www.riverheadpc.kentparishes.gov.uk  Or just turn up at the next Parish Council meeting on Monday May 20 at 7.30pm at the Committee Room at Riverhead Village Hall to listen to the proceedings. Residents are always welcome to attend these monthly meetings.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: Meet your Riverhead Parish Councillors and hear about the work, achievements and future plans of the council on your behalf at the Annual Parish Meeting on Thursday 9 May at 7pm in Riverhead Village Hall. You will also have a chance to ask questions and make suggestions. The formal part of the meeting will be followed by a buffet with  wine/soft drinks providing a chance to chat informally to councillors and meet fellow residents. More about Riverhead Parish Council and its responsibilities as the most local rung of local government at www.riverheadpc.kentparishes.gov.uk

WILDLIFE EVENTS: Upcoming events at the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve include a guided walk to hear the ‘Not Quite Dawn’ chorus and identify the various song birds on Sunday 5 May from 7.30-9.30am. The price includes a hot drink and food. In the summer half-term holiday on Monday, 27 May at 11am – 2pm families can enjoy ‘What a Hoot!’, a day of owl and bird based fun including a live outdoor display and a talk from the Kent Owl Academy. Booking is essential for all these events.
For more information and to book see www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events. The 73 hectare Sevenoaks Reserve with its lakes, paths and wildlife is off Bradbourne Vale Rd TN13 3DH. It is open free every day from dawn until dusk and has ample parking. The Jeffery Harrison Visitor Centre with its displays and café is open daily 10am- 5pm. Please note that no dogs are allowed in the reserve, except guide dogs.

PRINT EXHIBITION: Portico Gallery at 25 London Rd Riverhead currently has an exhibition of beautiful print making by six leading exponents of this art. Learn the differences between linocut and reductive linocut printing and the processes of mono, collagraph and mezzotint printing. All works are for sale. Portico is open 10am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday.

PARKLAND WORKING PARTY: The monthly Riverhead Parkland Working Party will be held  next Wednesday 8 May from 9.30 -11.30am when the regular volunteer group of Riverhead Parish Councillors and local residents would once again welcome you to join them. The village is very fortunate to have this  wonderful parkland area but help is needed to keep it looking good. For anyone who is able to come to the working party, tools and refreshments are provided but do come appropriately clad, including  sturdy footwear  and gardening gloves. Not arduous but fresh air and good company. Meet at the entrance to the Parkland off St Mary’s Drive at 9.30am. More information on the Parish Council web-site at www.riverheadpc.kentparishes.gov.uk or phone 01732 461278.

The Riverhead village news is compiled by Maggie Miles. If you have any news or events you would like her to consider for the My Sevenoaks Community village column you can email it to her at: maggiejmiles@gmail.com

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