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Latest News

 

WANTED! - PARISH COUNCILLOR

The Parish Council is still seeking another Parish Councillor to bring the council up to its full strength of nine members.   This vacancy will be filled by co-option and a notice giving details of the application process is displayed on the High Street Notice Board or click here to view.

 

CHRISTMAS 2017

The Parish Council thanks the volunteers from the Kent Fire & Rescue Service who once again braved high winds and the cold to erect a 12' Christmas tree on the tower of St James' Church.  The volunteers were: Danny Searle, Ollie Searle, Paul Cooke and Graham Durey.

Parish Councillors also toured the village on Monday, 18th December to award certificates to residents who had taken the trouble to decorate their homes with Christmas lights.   A notice was displayed on the High Street Notice Board or click here to view the results.

 

BUDGET FOR 2018/19

On 23rd January 2018, the Finance Committee will meet at 19:00 to discuss setting the budget for 2018/19 to meet Medway Council's deadline for the precept calculation which is the end of January 2018.  The draft budget will then be presented to full council at the next Parish Council meeting (date shown below).

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is on 30th January 2018  

The Village
St James, Isle of Grain is one of the eleven parishes within the Medway Unitary Authority area.

The village is situated on the North Kent Marshes and is the most remote village on the Hoo Peninsula, reached via the A228 and B2001. The village is bordered by the Rivers Medway and Thames and has a large industrial area on the landward side. The Medway Estuary and Marshes SSSI and South Thames Estuary and Marshes SSSI are adjacent.

The village has a primary school, a pub and a church. The Chapel is used as a public library (provided by Medway Council) and a resource and learning centre which is run independently.

Community Land
The Parish Council owns the freehold of land within the village including two playing fields and a coastal park, consisting of ¾ mile of foreshore bordering the estuaries of the Rivers Medway and Thames. All of this land is maintained by the Parish Council as public open space for the benefit of residents and visitors. There is a very active voluntary group called The Friends of Grain Coastal Park who carry out the maintenance of these public open spaces using equipment supplied by the Parish Council.

Within the public open space, the Parish Council provides and maintains a floodlit MUGA, skateboard ramp, children’s play area and outside fitness equipment.

Community Buildings
The Parish Council owns two community buildings – a Sports Pavilion and a Village Hall which are both well used.

The Sports Pavilion is used by local football teams and also houses a Youth Club run by Medway Council Youth Service.

The Village Hall is the main community building in the village and provides excellent facilities to hirers. It is regularly used each week by local groups and for private functions such as quiz nights, dances, parties, funding raising events and wakes. The highlight of the year is a Christmas Pantomime which is an original piece written and performed by a local theatrical group.

Attached to the Village Hall is a fully equipped doctor’s surgery which is leased to the local GP Practice. This clinic is also the parish War Memorial dedicated to those who lost their lives in two World Wars.