Birchington Remembers Victory in Japan

On Saturday August 15 Birchington remembers those who fought for our freedom.  VJ day was a day of celebration marking the end of the Second World War.

The community gathered for a morning service conducted by Rev. Don Witts.  The Royal British Legion led the community in remembrance.

Wreaths were laid by Cllr. Jack Cohen Chair of Birchington Parish Council  Cllr. Roger Latchford for Birchington Royal British Legion,  Birchington Parish   Cllr. Linda Wright and Neville Hudson, Chair of Birchington Residents Association.

A buffet lunch was served kindly provided by The Sea View Pub in Birchington.

In the evening a beacon was lit on Epple Bay and was attended by residents.  Many thanks to the hard work of Tom who successfully built and lit the beacon.

The Event was supported by Birchington Parish Council

Many thanks to Pat Orpwood for taking the fantastic photos of the service

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A special meeting has been called by your Parish Council to discuss

THE LOCAL PLAN this will be held in THE CENTRE Alpha Road at 7.00 pm

on FRIDAY  the 13th of FEBRUARY your Parish and District Councillors together with Officials from Thanet District Council planning department will be in attendance to hear your views.


Recycling bins saved


Councillors Bill Furness and Jack Cohen met up with Gavin Waite together with Peter Thomas from Thanet District Council regarding the proposed closure of the recycling bin area in Albion Road Car park by TDC , In December,Thanet District Council sent an e mail to the Parish Council stating that they were to close the recycling facilities in Albion Road down, the Parish Council objected to this, an agreement has now been reached with TDC to keep this very well used public facility open,it is also hoped that overhanging branches obscuring the light above the car parks ticket machine will be lopped to ensure that the lighting of this area is improved,

The other good news is that Birchington Parish Council are planning to extend their CCTV coverage to include this car park to make it safer for users both day and night, TDC have agreed that it will help towards the funding.

Sandles Road bus shelter

The new bus shelter located at Sandles Road has just been erected thanks to Councillors funding from Kent County Councillor Roger Latchford O.B.E and fund matching by Birchington Parish Council.




Councillor Roger Latchford O.B.E. together with Parish Councillor Bill Furness

The Birchington Christmas event 2014

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Birchington Parish Council’s Christmas event held in conjunction with the youth group “Pipeline” on Saturday, 29 November was a rousing success, those people attending this event were treated to the sound of the All Saints church bells rung by Birchington’s campanologists at the commencement and at the end.
The length of Station Road had a kaleidoscope of excellent entertainments for young and old.
Dog Acre was packed with youngsters enjoying the bouncy castles provided by “Pipeline” who also supplied a host of Stewards.
As people proceeded towards The Square there was a relay of super choirs near the Co-Op from namely,The Intergenerational Project, Birchington Primary School, All Saints Choir and the Blend Choir. Crowds gathered to listen to the delightful rendering of the ancient carols .
The Baptist Church provided continual refreshments and housed the Igloo from which Santa Claus (David Hearnshaw, President of Westgate and Birchington Rotary) operated and was overwhelmed, distributing masses of chocolates, donated by the Co-Op Supermarket with children queuing out into the street.
Four troupes of dancers operated professionally and continually on the pavement outside of the Dancewear Shop and were great fun.
Finally as dusk drew in, crowds moved towards the Square for the switching on of the lights. The 1st Birchington Air Scouts provided a Light Parade.
In the Square we were greeted by the Reverend Don Witts who blessed the occasion being supported by the excellent All Saints Church Choir with those around enthusiastically joining in.
We also had members of the” Happy Ever After” group depicting characters from “Frozen” of which two young ladies looked particularly Christmassy with brilliant dresses depicting Snow Queens. There was also the” Act One” pantomime group with a colourful Cinderella and associated characters.
The Chairman of the Parish Council , Cllr Dr Jack Cohen welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming and wished them a good festive season . He singled out Scott Butler of “Pipeline”, the main organiser behind the event and all the others who had done so much.
The Community Warden, Liam Doogan and Police Officer Sean Ritches were recognised for diligently looking after the hundreds of people crowding around the square at the switching on of the lights . Councillor Dr Jack Cohen confirmed that “I was expected to switch on the lights but instead asked Councillor Marion Evans, one of Birchington’s most highly respected and appreciated ladies to throw the switch”. This was accomplished with a flourish, supported with an appropriate countdown. A fine ending to an exceptionally enjoyable afternoon.

REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE Sunday 9th November 2014




Address given at the reception at the Village Centre Birchington on Remembrance Sunday 9th November 2014 by the Chairman of Birchington Parish Council Cllr. Dr. Jack Cohen MGDS LDS RCS Eng.

Thank you all for coming and Birchington Parish Council extends a warm welcome. We must first recognise the excellent Parade produced by the British Legion and in particular their two dedicated organisers, namely the Parade Master Brian White so ably supported by his wife Jan. Their work is relentless throughout the year in ensuring the smooth running of the Birchington Branch of the British Legion.

As usual, Liam Doogan, our Community Warden has been a linchpin in our security and safety on the roads around us today in tandem with our ever vigilant PCSO Shaun Riches ably assisted by a team of volunteer Road Stewards. Thank you all for your conscientious efforts on our behalf.

The Village Centre has produced its usual excellent facilities that are managed so well by Leon Cox. As ever our reliable caterer Vi Craven has once again done us proud. The Reverend Don Witts rendered a sensitive sincere service, that added to the level of solemnity of the day, allowing us to reflect on the momentous depth of the occasion. We also appreciate the excellent support given by the Reverend Ben Crick.

Our sincere thanks go to our French colleagues making the long journey from La Chappelle to be at our side. Your regular attendance on such occasions is very much appreciated by the Birchington community. Mr Mayor, Bernard Coisne, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your resounding election result this year, gaining 75% of the vote and giving you a further term of office. Your reputation is awesome and invincible.

Finally Birchington Parish Council thanks all of those that made up our noble parade, there were many veterans with us that we honour and respect. They have given so much to their country and risked life and limb that allows us to be here today as free people. But I must also recognise the excellent contribution made by our young participants, that are the future of our wonderful country. Birchington youth, we are proud of you and your dedication and your excellent performance. You are a credit to those that organised your participation and in particular to your families. Thank you for helping to make this such a very fine and honourable day.



Remembrance Day parade and ceremony in La Chapelle d’Armentiere


As part of  the Birchington Parish Council’s further remembrance of the declaration of WW1, a hundred years ago the Parish Council decided to take a coach to La Chapelle in recognition of the solemnity of the event on Armistice day.We visited War memorials and War graves. The coach carried representatives from religious and other groups in Birchington as well as Flag-bearers from our local Air Scout Group as well as the Royal Army Medical Corps and the Queen Alexander Nursing Corps that played such a vital role during the dreadful conflict. We were also honoured by the presence of our Community Warden Liam Doogan and PCSO Shaun Ritches. This was in addition to members of the Birchington Twinning  association and Royal British Legion that made their own way over. The Mayor of La Chapelle Bernard Coisne gave a pensive and analytical speech that touched all of our hearts. He also thanked the citizens of Birchington for such a strong turnout. The ceremony then ended with the very young children of La Chapelle singing the French and British national anthems. A most beautiful touching magic moment. Cllr Dr Jack Cohen Chairman Birchington Parish Council.

The ceremony of laying the wreaths at the church in Wex-Marcquart at 11.10


Bernard Coisne the Mayor of La Chapelle d’Armentieres welcoming visitors from Birchington before marching onto the British Cemetery below.


P1050242Vice Chairman Councillor Bill Furness together with the Scouts and P.S.C.O.s Liam Doogan and Shaun Ritchie outside of the Civic Offices where the official reception took place.



Birchington Beacon

P1090811beacon new2beacon new 3 The re-built Birchington Beacon in Epple Bay was finally topped this weekend when the Birchington shield was fixed to its bracket by Joseph La Roche, the beacon was burnt down during the celebrations for the Queens Diamond Jubilee last year. The top section has now been constructed in steel.