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
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.
Jason our local road sweeper has received letters praising him for his work in the Village, if you think that your road needs attention please contact our Parish clerk who will ask Jason to do it.
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.
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.
Vice 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.
What Is The Javelin Train?
Bullet trains present iconic images of Japanese life and culture, and now they’re creating the same images on the UK rail systems. On 12th Dec 2008, the first UK Javelin train raced into London on its inaugural high speed rail journey.
These good looking dark blue liveried Javelin trains – also known as Class 395 – offer the fastest domestic service rail travel in the UK and went into full passenger service in December 2009. Built by Hitachi, the 140mph maximum speed Class 395 Javelin train completed the first rail journey from Ashford in Kent to London St Pancras in 37 minutes.
From the first scheduled service in December 2009, there have been around 29 Javelin trains in service with Southeastern rail on the Kent to London (St Pancras to Ebbsfleet/Ashford) domestic rail service and High Speed 1 Channel Tunnel Rail Link routes, reducing previous journey times from around 83 minutes to 37 minutes. Southeastern rail lease the trains from HSBC Rail.
David Martin with the last winning bowl of the tournament
Parish Chairman Councillor Jack Cohen and Nuala O’Donoghue from The Co-operative Funeral Care with the winning team
On 14th June 2014 Birchington Bowls Club held a successful Tournament involving 8 teams and sponsored by The Cooperative Funeral Care.
Bowling commenced at 1000 hrs and continued until 1500 hrs. The top 4 teams then fought out for the final positions. The winners were a team named Birchminster, made up from member of Birchington and Minster Bowls Clubs, who beat a team from Victoria Park, Deal. The scores being level after twelve ends a tense extra end was needed to decide the winners. Another match took place between Broadstairs and another team from Birchington to decide the remaining placings. Again the Birchington team were winners.
A lot of work went into the tournament and with the fine weather all went well, both for the teams and spectators. Jack Cohen, Chairman of Birchington PCC, Nulia O’Donoghue, from Co-op Funeral Care and Les Lush President of Birchington Bowls Club were in attendance to present the prizes. Mick Davis of the Executive committee thanked all the bar and catering staff for their help in making the tournament such an enjoyable event.