Laura Trott MP visits Fawkham

Our local MP, Laura Trott, has recently made two visits to Fawkham at the invitation of the Parish Council, when she was taken to a number of locations including St.Mary’s church, Churchdown Woods, Fawkham Primary, the village green, Small Grains, Sun Hill and Speedgate Hill. This gave her a good flavour of Fawkham and we discussed several key issues with her, including the volume and speed of traffic, road conditions, housing development and the importance of protecting the green belt. Laura Trott posted about her visits on her Facebook page where she said, “The countryside around Fawkham is very special and it is vital that we protect it from inappropriate development”.
three people including local MP standing in front of fields

Laura Trott MP visits Fawkham

Remembrance Service

A short service of remembrance will be held at 12 noon on Sunday November 14th at the war memorial on the village green. A wreath will be laid on behalf of the parish. All welcome to attend.

Fawkham Parish Council

war memorial decorated with red poppies

Fawkham War Memorial decorated with knitted poppies

Local Housing Needs in Fawkham

Residents of Fawkham received a Local Housing Needs survey in the post this week. This aims to find out if there is a need for affordable housing and/or housing for older people in the Parish, and whether there is support for such developments. Sevenoaks District Council send this survey on a regular basis – some of you will remember the previous one in 2015. Please take the time to complete the survey – many of you will only need to fill in the first page – and return it in the pre-paid envelope. The covering letter with the survey explains more about its purpose and what will happen with the results.
The survey needs to be returned by 24th November.
Thank you, Fawkham Parish Council
letter, form and envelope

Local Housing Needs survey

What makes Fawkham special?

As part of updating the Local Plan, Sevenoaks District Council are asking people to fill in a survey about what makes their area special. Those of us who live in Fawkham know it’s a special place, so we should let Sevenoaks District Council know that too!
This will form part of their study looking at the “character” of the District – its history, landscape, people, places, streets and buildings. SDC say, “We need residents to help us better understand how the local area is viewed. As well as your thoughts on where you live and spend your time, we also want to know your favourite memories of the District”.
One of the questions asks you to send photos of Fawkham to show what’s special about it, so here are some photos to start things off.
The survey runs till 8th November and can be found here: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/…/3f88b252cc88458c919df067…
The survey is only available online so if you or someone you know would like some help completing it, then please get in touch: fawkhampc@gmail.com or 07503 651138.
Thank you,
Fawkham Parish Council
St Mary's church among the trees

St Mary’s church and Churchdown Wood

trees and what covered field

Forty Acres from Church Down

farmed fields and distant view with blue sky

View looking north along Fawkham valley from Speedgate

Fawkham Parish Councillor Vacancy

Fawkham Parish Council is looking to co-opt a new Member onto the Council. 

This is a voluntary position and would suit someone who has a keen interest in Fawkham and is willing to be actively involved in the local community and represent its interests. More information about the Parish Council can be found on our website: https://fawkhampc.org.uk.

If you are interested in this opportunity please provide us with a brief background about yourself and why you feel you are suitable to be a member of the council.

Applications can be via email (fawkhampc@gmail.com) or in writing to the Clerk (Grace Champion, 6 Small Grains, Fawkham, DA3 8NT)

Interviews will be held in late October/early November.

Closing Date: 5pm Monday 25th October 2021

Flowers at St. Mary’s Church

The Parish of Fawkham and Hartley is looking for volunteers to add to the St. Mary’s Church flower rota which involves volunteers preparing arrangements at St. Mary’s Church.
If you don’t feel comfortable doing the actual flower arrangements, donations towards the cost of the flowers which are changed on a weekly basis would be gratefully received and can be made to Anne Senneck (01474 709068) or via the Parish Office which is situated at The Church Centre on Ash Road.
Many thanks

Wildflowers on Baldwin’s Green

You may remember a News post in August asking whether you would like to see wildflowers grown on the triangle area at the bottom of Castle Hill called Baldwin’s Green, where the village sign is. Votes were cast as follows:
Yes, I’d like wild flowers here – 45
No, keep it grass as it is – 5
I don’t mind – 2
As can be seen, there was a clear majority in favour. Fawkham Parish Council is now taking steps, along with those who volunteered, to prepare the area and sow the seeds. We will use a 70:30 split of perennial wild flowers to cornfield annuals. The cornfield annuals should flower next year, with most of the perennials following the year after. A strip of grass will be kept around the outside of the area and the daffodil, crocus and tulip bulbs already planted will remain and continue to bloom in the spring.
We will keep an eye on things to make sure the flowers don’t grow too high and they will be cut back if they create a risk to road users. Due to the way a wild flower meadow is managed, the site may look a little bare in winter, and a little untidy at times, but please bear with us. We can always revert back to grass in the future if we prefer it!
 
Thank you,
Fawkham Parish Council