Skip to content Skip to left sidebar Skip to right sidebar Skip to footer


City Council Election

The election will be held on Thursday 4th May

You will need photo-ID to vote

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as a city councillor for Nailbourne on 4 May 2023.

Name of candidateHome addressDescription
HARRISS, Cerise Thea Olivia(address in Canterbury)The Conservative Party candidate
HOLMAN, Mike(address in Canterbury)Labour Party
SOLE, Michael JohnBirch Lodge, Church Lane, Kingston, CT4 6HXLiberal Democrats

River concerns?

The River Group will be meeting this Saturday (1-April). If anyone in the village has any questions or concerns that they would like raised to the Group, please email the village chairman before this Saturday.

Power Cuts

If you get a mini power cut, call UK Power Networks “Customer Care” on

0800 028 4587

Calls to the previous number (ending 3105) are “enquiries” only and do not get recorded as complaints!

Tell them “I want to make a complaint” and get a reference number.

Apparently all the calls to the “enquiry” number are not recorded as complaints.

It seems obvious that this isn’t a “tree problem” – as we can tell from the cuts not being during high winds – but is due to a fault in their switching equipment somewhere. They switch power around all the time, but it’s usually so fast no-one notices.

Nailbourne Horticultural Society – Summer Show 2022 Report

We were delighted to be back in Bridge Village Hall for our Summer Show on Saturday 23 July and despite everything that this year has thrown at us, we could not have been more pleased with the number of exhibitors (24 in total) and 143 entries. The flower and floral art entries were particularly impressive and made a fine display for visitors to enjoy.

President of the Society, John Hill, presented the prizes which this year were shared amongst a number of members. Trevor Wood received the Champion Cottage Gardeners Cup for most points in the vegetable classes as well as the Tankard for his collection of three vegetables, whilst Caroline Hollands won the Silver Rose Trophy for most points in the flower classes. Rajini Dasan was awarded the Sarah Louise Prestige Cup for most points in the floral art classes and the Fremlins Challenge Cup for most points in the cookery classes. Tony Walder was presented with the Blee Cup for most points overall in the Show as well as the renamed Household Duo trophy with his wife Kathy for most points as a couple. Peter Fairweather won the Whitten Spencer Cup for his chilli entry in the Chairman’s Challenge, as well as the trophy for Best Photograph in Show. In the garden classes judged earlier in the month, the Pewter Tankard for the Best Kept Vegetable Garden was awarded to Tony Walder, the Silver Rose Bowl for the Most Picturesque Garden to Jane Millyard, whilst the Prettiest Small Garden class was won by Caroline Hollands. The winners of the Open Class Wildlife Garden were Lesley and David Sinnock.

Janine Doulton, who judged the Show, was impressed with its standard and variety as a local show and praised the overall layout. She particularly admired Pleasance Kirk’s outstanding “Sea Spray” arrangement in the floral art class. We are grateful, too, to John Newell for judging the photography classes and to Pam Dobson and Helen Groves for giving up an afternoon to judge the four garden classes.

Finally, a big thank you to all members of the committee without whose help we would not be able to stage such an event, to all those who entered and to everyone who came along to support us on the day.

WI Tea Party

The WI Tea Party which took place in bright sunshine on Friday afternoon at the Pavilion on the Recreation Ground was ‘buzzing’ with over sixty people from the village and around, supporting it. The great variety of cakes baked by committee members were enjoyed by all, and there was also a plant stall, book stall and popular raffle. The tables, both inside and outside the Pavilion were full, and everyone enjoyed themselves in the relaxed, and happy atmosphere.

The committee would like to thank everyone who came and supported this event.

New Parish Councillor

Welcome to Hazel Chowcat, our newest member of the Parish Council

Councillor Hazel Chowcat

After completing a BA and a PhD as a mature student, Hazel worked as a Research Fellow in new technology at Southampton University. She then became a National Negotiating Officer for the telecommunications union, NCU, dealing with remuneration, job evaluation, equal opportunities and work restructuring. She later worked in the voluntary sector running a family mediation service. She subsequently became a Justice of the Peace, a parish councillor, district councillor and worked for a period as a parish clerk.