Covering the villages of Four Elms, Hever & Markbeech

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My Community Voice

My Community Voice is a messaging service that helps Kent and Medway residents, businesses, and community groups to keep in touch with their local policing teams. The service sends
updates about your local area directly from the police officers themselves.

My Community Voice is more than just a messaging service; it allows you to reply to the alerts sent to you, share information and tell them about the issues affecting you. You will be able to play an active part in police appeals as well as keeping updated in what is happening in your local area. For further information, visit:


Saturday Bulk Refuse Freighter – Saturday 12th February 2022

09.15 – 10.00 FOUR ELMS village hall

10.15 – 11.00 HEVER bottle bank area next to Henry pub in coach car park

11.15 – 12.00 MARKBEECH village hall

The Freighter cannot accept white goods, washing machines, dishwashers, fridges, freezers, cookers, cast iron boilers or baths, long metal poles, building materials, manure, large parts of engines or vehicles or hazardous waste or compostable garden waste.

Hazardous waste now includes items like fluorescent tubes, televisions  & computer monitors, batteries, oil tins and filters, paint and paint tins and chemical containers. These items cannot be accepted on the Saturday Freighter service and must be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Please do not leave any rubbish unattended. Please DO NOT arrive early or leave items on site, otherwise will be classed as flytipping and information passed to the police, thank you.

This is a service free to residents, funded by Hever Parish Council and provided by Sevenoaks District Council.

Notice of Vacancy in Office of Councillor

Notice of Vacancy

Hever Parish Council – Four Elms Ward


that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If by 4 February, 2022 (14 days excluding Dies Non, after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Proper Officer at the address below by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than 7 April, 2022.

Dated 17 January, 2022

Dr Pav Ramewal

Returning Officer

Council Offices

Argyle Road




Join the NHS COVID-19 vaccine team

 More opportunities to help save lives

COVID-19 continues to be the single greatest public health emergency in the history of the NHS.

But thanks to the remarkable success of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, which has delivered close to 100 million doses in just a year, estimates suggest more than 120,000 lives have been saved in England alone.

This success has been possible thanks to a huge national effort by NHS staff, supported by tens of thousands of new vaccine staff and volunteers.

Following new advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, the NHS is now accelerating its vaccination programme further, aiming to offer booster and third doses to all eligible adults by the end of January, as well as providing second doses to eligible young people.

To achieve this, the NHS needs your help. We have reopened recruitment for approximately 10,000 paid and 40,000 volunteer roles across the country, to join existing vaccine teams in protecting those who need it.

The roles available are all flexible and range from vaccinators (paid and volunteer) and registered healthcare professionals to healthcare support workers, administrators and steward volunteers. Further details on the roles and routes available to take part are below. All roles provide full training with appropriate supervision. If you can help, please consider stepping forward.

This is your opportunity to join a team which is saving lives and helping the country return to normal life.

Paid roles

Legislation allows a wider group of staff to undertake training to deliver vaccines. This includes many allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and dental staff, as well as other individuals with appropriate first aid training, who are able to undertake additional comprehensive training; so opportunities for flexible, paid roles are open to a huge variety of people.

Volunteer roles

The NHS continues to partner with St John Ambulance and the Royal Voluntary Service, which runs the NHS Volunteer Responder programme, to help coordinate the training and deployment of thousands of volunteers who can help ensure the safe and smooth running of vaccination services.

TELEPAL – Telephone conversation service is relaunched

Do you live in the Sevenoaks District?

Working together with Age UK Sevenoaks and Tonbridge and West Kent Mind, we’re relaunching our free telephone conversation service, Telepal.

Telepal is a lifeline to people living alone or for those who feel isolated. Some individuals go all day without speaking to another person, which can cause loneliness and poor mental health.

With Telepal, you can talk to a friendly volunteer over the phone about anything you wish and as frequently as you like. It’s easy to register and you only need to do it once.

Telepal is for those living alone or those who feel isolated. With Telepal you can talk to a friendly volunteer over the phone for half an hour a week.

To set up your first chinwag, register using the details below. Once registered, you’ll be matched with your volunteer.

For those over 50 years old – Age UK Sevenoaks and Tonbridge – Email or call 01732 454108

For anyone 18 years old and over – West Kent Mind – Email or call 01732 744950.It’s good to talk


Flooding preparation – a message from SDC

Following recent flooding events from storms across the United Kingdom, we would like to encourage residents & businesses to be prepared for flooding in the District. We advise the following preparations before any further severe weather occurs:

  • Regularly check road or surface water drains are not blocked near where you live. If they are, use the Kent County Council “Report a Problem” tool to get it cleared
  • If there are any water courses that are blocked or partially blocked with rubbish or weeds, report it to the Environment Agency via email or telephone 03708 506506.
  • It is wise to have a sufficient stock of sand bags or flood sacks ready to deploy when there is a threat of flooding. Bags of sand and flood sacks can be bought from local DIY stores or off the internet. Sevenoaks District Council Direct Services also sell sand bags, but payment must be made first by calling 01732 227000 before you collect them.
  • The Kent Prepared website offers advice on how you can protect your home or business, including a ‘Personal Flood Plan’ template and links to Environment Agency documents:
  • Register to Floodline to receive the latest information for your area during a flood by calling 03459 881188.

Sevenoaks District Council will only provide sand bags to residents in emergency situations. Unfortunately, with flash flooding incidents, it is normally too late to stop flooding reaching your property. More information on how we serve our district during flooding and a video on how to lay sandbags and floodsax can be found at

Town and Parish Councils can contact Direct Services if they have the facility to take their own stock of sandbags to assist residents in a flooding event.

If you would like any further advice on how to protect your home during flooding you can call the District Council Emergency Planning service via our main switchboard at 01732227000 or you can talk to the Kent Resilience Forum on 01622 212409. You can also find more information on the Government website:

Gatwick expansion – please reply to their Consultation questionnaire before 1st December.

Gatwick expansion

The impact of the expansion would be –

  • More noise for HPC residents from a 35% increase in the number of flights.
  • Further congestion on road and rail networks in the area and on routes to Gatwick (54% increase in car parking at the airport).
  • Increased air pollution.
  • More pressure on local housing and infrastructure, on assumption that Gatwick’s claims re job creation are accurate, and that there are sufficient people to carry out such roles.
  • Climate change – Gatwick Obviously Not figures suggest a 50% increase in the production of CO2 from the plans and that by 2038 Gatwick would be responsible for 5.5% of total UK CO2 emissions.
  • There would be no change to flight paths meaning a large increase in flights over HPC when flights arriving from the east (2019 – 60 air movements per hour at peak increasing to 81 per hour as per Gatwick plans / projections).  Example summary responses and more information.

Consultation questionnaire   or you can also just send an email to: –

Job Vacancy – Hever Parish Council – Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

Applications are invited for the position of Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to manage the administration, personnel and finances of Hever Parish Council.

The Clerk provides all the administrative functions of the Council and is the principal point of contact for Hever parish residents, other local councils, contractors and professional organisations. This includes preparing minutes, agendas and project plans, all correspondence and financial matters/annual audit and planning applications.  Maintaining the parish council website/noticeboards/social media also required. The Clerk is also the Proper Officer and Responsible Financial Officer of the Council.

The post is interesting and varied and the successful applicant will be required to provide professional guidance in respect of all aspects of the Council’s work.  It is not essential to have experience of working in Local Government.

Evening meeting attendance will be required for ~ 6 evening parish meetings per year, the rest of the hours (20 hours per week in total) can be worked flexibly from home.

The salary will be in the range of £11.76 – £16.75 per hour depending on experience and annual appraisal.  There is a generous pension and working from home allowance.

The Council – Hever Parish Council has 10 Councillors, who make decisions and represent ~ 1,200 residents in Four Elms, Hever and Markbeech, Kent. See  The Council owns and maintains two play areas/recreation grounds, one closed cemetery, a pond and surrounding bank and a large “hut”.

The Role/The Person: The successful applicant will be a highly motivated and forward-thinking individual who can promote the interests of the community by forging strong local partnerships. They will manage the statutory obligations of the council, including its financial responsibilities. Ideally the candidate will have previous office-based experience with excellent computer literacy skills, the ability to multitask and provide both written and numerical support to the council and have some knowledge/interest of the area. The Clerk provides independent support to the Councillors, who vote on decisions. Confidence in basic accounting finance is also required.

We are looking for someone with a professional attitude, excellent time management skills together with flexibility and a can-do, hands on, proactive attitude and who is confident that they can work on their own using their own initiative. They must be an excellent communicator with good interpersonal skills

Whilst relevant experience is preferred, specific training will be provided where required e.g. finance, planning, local government. There will be a comprehensive handover and support from the Council members and experts.

The Offer: 20 hours of work per week will be flexible. All the work is from home, so it is essential to have good broadband access.  A computer/webcam will be provided and there is professional IT support.

Interested applicants should contact the Clerk asap, Christina Divall ( with any queries and for a formal job description and subsequently send a brief CV and set out reasons for applying in a covering letter.

The closing date for Applications is 30th November – which may close early subject to interest, with interviews provisionally planned for week commencing 6th December.  

Start date asap.

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