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Nailbourne Horticultural Society Update

Because of the current situation and uncertainty, we have reluctantly made the decision to cancel the Summer Show which was to have taken place on Saturday 25th July.

However, we still have the Chairman’s Challenge potato-in-a-bucket competition (for members only) to judge and we will be back in touch with everyone when we have decided how to do the “weigh-in”. So, despite everything, all is not lost, please do keep tending to that bucket of spuds!

If you have not grown potatoes in a container before and have any questions or issues, please get in touch and we will do our best to answer/resolve.

We are also considering how we can organise one of two virtual classes as we did for the Spring Show and, again, details will follow.

We do not meet in August and will have to see nearer the time how to proceed with the remainder of this year’s programme.

If you have any ideas or comment about any of the above, please get in touch.

Happy Gardening!

Extra Rubbish Collection

To help with the lack of garden waste collections and so many people doing clear-outs and the tips closed, Canterbury City Council will now collect up to extra back bags of rubbish. They say:

“If you put out more than two extra sacks, we will only take two of them. This is to make sure that we can collect everyone’s waste.

This could be general waste or garden waste, but if possible, we would ask you not to put out recyclables that can go in your blue or red containers. Electrical items are not allowed.

This ‘side waste’ will be allowed at each weekly collection initially until Monday 11 May only on “black bin” weeks. Please do not put bags out on recycling weeks. The collection of the extra sacks will not necessarily take place at the same time of day as the regular collection.We have put this arrangement in place at short notice. We will do everything we can to deliver on it, but as with all things planned in this way, problems may occur and some roads may be missed. We are doing our best in difficult circumstances and will clear as many extra sacks as we can.

Much will depend on the amount of extra rubbish put out and the number of trips required to dispose of it. These are simply unknown factors.

If, sadly, we do not manage to get to your sacks, please do not report them as a missed collection. Instead, take them back inside and try again the following week.

This is a temporary change to our waste collection rules due to the emergency situation we are in. We are able to do this through the support of Kent County Council, Viridor and Serco.

It will be reviewed on Monday 11 May. If the lockdown continues and the tips stay closed, we will look to extend the arrangement for longer.”

Kent Together Helpline

A 24 hour helpline has been set up to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication.

 If you are vulnerable and have an urgent need that cannot be met through existing support networks, you can contact the Kent Together helpline at  or by calling on 03000 41 92 92. It is a 24 hour service.

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Social Distancing in Shops

Only one person per household should go shopping and only for necessities. Please don’t send/let your children go to the shop just for sweets or chocolate.

Shops and business are all operating a limited capacity. Please wait outside until you are allowed in.

Rationing may also be in place. Please observe limits.

Also, if you want a coffee from the machine, please wait in the till queue until it’s your turn, then get your coffee, It is not possible to get a coffee and keep 2 metres from the till.

Please, take social distancing seriously and be respectful to those working in shops.

You can find full guidance on social distancing here: