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Fantastic competition for half-term!
Young Photographer Competition
To enter you need to be 7 to 12 years old and take a photograph of wildlife in Iwade. Artwork should be sent to by the legal guardian or someone with the permission of the legal guardian. Closing date for entries Friday 15th June 2018. The winner will receive a photography book and a bug hotel.
Click on the image to read what Antony has to say about his road trip and why he is doing it ...
"Ten years ago, I completed ‘My Big Fat Greek Road Trip’ through 10 countries over 5 days with a "co-driver" after I lost my own father to cancer. This time, I'm going to 'up the ante' by driving solo through 13 countries in 5 days...all for Cancer Research UK and the fine work they do every day to try and beat illnesses that seem to surround us on a daily basis. I'm not a long-haul driver and I have some anxiety and confidence issues, so this drive - although daunting - is a suitable challenge and a small token of what I can do for a very worthwhile charity.
Telephone 101 with any information you may have that can help
Iwade Garage Break-Ins do you have any information?
Wow a lot of garage break-ins in Iwade at the moment. Sheerstone 6th March 10.24am drill, batteries and a charger reference XY/012877/18, Redwing Avenue 6th-7th March a carrera mountain bike reference XY/012951/18, Bittern Road Iwade 6th-7th March garage entered illegally reference XY/013646/18, Woodpecker Drive Iwade 7th March 1.46am attempted garage burglary reference XY/013178/18, Sanderling Way Iwade 8th-9th March fishing reels, a drill, jigsaw and a bag of clothes were stolen from a garage reference XY/013260/18, Sanderling Way Iwade 8th-9th March fishing equipment stolen reference XY/013336/18, Sanderling Way Iwade 8th-9th March a garage was entered illegally reference XY/013419/18. Do call 101 if you have any information that can help the police.
Click on the image to go to the Kent Police website
Neighbourhood Watch!
Between 6 am and 10:30 on 23rd of February, a set of number plates LG53RZY were stolen in White Satin Close Iwade Sittingbourne crime reference XY/011787/18. And between 1st and 2nd of March, a Makita drill, a screwdriver and a spanner were stolen from a maintenance van belonging to West Kent Housing, while it was parked  in Helen Thompson Close Iwade Sittingbourne crime reference XY/011824/18. If you have any information that could help investigators please contact Kent police on telephone number 101 and quote the relevant Crime Number.
Chair Philip Fearn and members presenting cheque to KSSAAT
Medway Model Flying Club have raised £2121 for the KSSAAT (Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust) in 2017. A fantastic achievement! Medway MFC have been flying Radio controlled model aircraft near Iwade for over 40 years now and have supported the Air Ambulance since 2004 and hope to be able to continue supporting them for many years to come. With little finance from government they need help and support from the public.
Edward on stage at The Royal Opera House
A big thank you to Phill Hyde, father of Iwade's Edward Hyde who has had an amazing year since winning BBC Young Chorister of the Year at the age of 12. Thanks go to Phill for detailing what Edward has been up to and the beginning of his amazing journey ...... "Edward has had an amazing year since winning a National BBC singing competition and being crowned as The BBC Chorister of the Year at the age of 12. The performance opportunities and recordings this past year have taken Edward around the country and abroad including the opportunity to work and record with some amazing musicians. The list of engagements is an impressive one with many notable highlights for Edward.
Click on the image to read all about the candidates who have responded...
So it's the General Election this Thursday 8th June 2017 where you can vote at Iwade Village Hall. We have asked all candidates for a paragraph and a picture so you can read what they have to say before you visit. Click on more... to read all about them in alphabetical order of surname.
We Can Sing UK is headed up by T Jae Cole who we are very lucky to have running Iwade Can Sing!
Iwade Can Sing - now for adults and kids!
So Iwade Can Sing, part of We Can Sing UK has been going strong for around a year now and is soon to have some strong competition from Iwade Can Sing - Kidz which starts on Monday 15th May 2017 from 4pm to 5pm for 6-12 year olds. It's £15 for 4 weeks. To book a place or for more information email If you are an adult and would like to join Iwade Can Sing it is currently on Monday evenings from 7pm to 8.30pm at All Saints Church Iwade, running until Monday 12th June with a performance planned for 18th June and will probably reconvene in September. You can get in touch with T Jae Cole at We Can Sing UK by email at or on the phone on 0844 3304065. If you or your children love to sing why not get in touch or go along, don't be shy!
Click on the KCC image to read the candidates' statements, uncut
You can vote at Iwade Village Hall on Thursday 4th May 2017 between 7am and 10pm for the Swale West division KCC councillor from the following candidates: Mike Baldock UKIP, Tim Valentine Green Party, Mike Whiting Conservative Party, Marc Wilson Liberal Democrats and Tony Winckless Labour Party. Click on more to read their statements issued exclusively to and and published here uncut to allow you to easily make an informed vote.
Click on the KCC image to see full details of candidates on the KCC website ...
Swale West KCC Election this Thursday!
This Thursday if you are on the electoral roll and live in Iwade you can vote at Iwade Village Hall between 7am and 10pm for the Kent County Councillor to represent Swale West division of which Iwade is a part. Strictly in alphabetical order of surname the candidates standing are Mike Baldock UKIP, Tim Valentine Green Party, Mike Whiting Conservative Party, Marc Wilson Liberal Democrats and Tony Winckless Labour Party. has today requested a short paragraph and a picture for each candidate and will publish those provided on Wednesday 3rd May to allow residents to make an informed choice. Watch this space!
Mr George Wildridge for KSSAAT receives cheque from Club Chairman Phil Fearn
Medway Model Flying Club raised £2300 for the Kent , Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust during 2016. The club has been collecting for the trust since 2004 and has already started collecting for 2017. Medway Model Flying Club would like to thank everyone who helped with donations and gifts for raffles including local model shop Weston UK.
Click on the image to read your Iwade Observer for March 2017 online. Enjoy!
March Iwade Observer now online!
You read it here first! A big IV thank you to the Iwade Observer team headed up by Rynn Kemp, chief editor Dale Wells and partner in crime Nicola Reynolds. Click on the image to read your March Iwade Observer online before it's even landed on anyone's doorstep. You're welcome!
Telephone 101 if you have any information that could help the investigation
Neighbourhood Watch 6th February 2017
Between 30th-31st January tools were stolen from Iwade Garage in Ferry Road. Phone 101 quoting XY/004710/17 if you have any information. | Between 15th Jan-3rd Feb there was an attempted burglary in Colson Drive Iwade. Phone 101 quoting XY/005220/17 if you have any information. | Between 5:55 and 6:10pm on 15th January 2017, an orange QINGQI QM motorcycle registration number GN62 EAA was stolen from the car park at The Woolpack Pub in The Street, Iwade, Sittingbourne. If you have any information telephone 101 quoting reference XY/002335/17.
Will your property win a bottle of champagne?!
Champagne Christmas Lights Competition!
Iwade Parish Council is pleased to announce the first of hopefully many Christmas Lights Competitions! Judging will take place on Sunday 18th December at 6pm so make sure your lights are on to be in with the chance of a bottle of champagne for the best display of Christmas lights in Iwade. Note the judging date will shortly be in the IV What's On. Competition sponsored by Iwade Parish Council. Bring on the Christmas lights!
Click on the image to hear Edward's story ...
Edward Hyde, 12, of Iwade beat thousands of boys and girls across the UK to win the title of BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year. Edward a chorister at Rochester Cathedral has shot to stardom after winning the prestigious national competition.

Click here up to around 24th November 2016 to listen to Edward's stunning performance on IPlayer - Edward is the first to perform ...

Click on the image to find out who to contact to book your place!
The Mega Craft Day on Sunday 20 November is just what you need if you find it hard to dedicate time to craft projects at home. It’s promoted by Iwade WI but this is an open event and you don’t have to be a WI member or even live in Iwade to participate. For an entry fee of £10 you get to craft all day from 10.00am - 5.00pm. Unlimited drinks are included in the price as are biscuits and Val’s home-made cakes. Bring your lunch and stay all day although you can come and go as you please. Your crafting space is protected all day. Come with a crafting friend or come on your own. You won’t be lonely.
Click on the image of the barn to read more about what's involved ...
Were you disappointed you didn't get involved in the recent DIY SOS project on the island well now is your chance to get involved in Iwade! After many months (years) the Iwade barn is ready for work to start on the internal alterations now that the Iwade@TheBarn trust has obtained Listed Building and Building Control consent. Local company Knauf has kindly said that they will donate materials and may also be able to help with labour but we are going to be reliant on other trades and expertise to complete the task ahead and get the barn ready for use. None of the trustees are professionals with this sort of project and if anyone is willing to help we would like to know. We already have a list of people who have come forward offering help and we’ll be contacting them at some point soon.
Click on the image to read your October 2016 Iwade Observer online now ...
October Iwade Observer Now Online!
If you haven't received an Iwade Observer this month or maybe you're not an Iwade resident but are still interested then click on the image on the left to read it online. A big thank you to the new team this month who have produced the Observer headed up by old faithful Rynn Kemp, that's Dale, Nicola (Owen) and Nimfa - great job guys!
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Happy Days Open Day this Saturday 8th October 2016 11am to 2pm!
Happy Days Childrens Nursery in Grovehurst Road Iwade are opening their doors from 11am to 2pm this Saturday 8th October 2016 to anyone looking for childcare now or in the future. The Open Day will include a Bouncy Castle, Arts and Crafts, Cooking and lots more so you can see what they have to offer your family. There is even 10% off your first bill if you sign up on the day. Happy Days offers full day care from 3 months to 5 years and have a Good Ofsted with Outstanding Leadership. See you on Saturday!
Click on the pic to read your September Iwade Observer online!
September Iwade Observer Now Online!
A big thanks to Rynn Kemp and Mel McDonald for producing September's Iwade Observer. Click on the image to read your September Iwade Observer online and thank you to all contributors.
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Dig Deep for the Ride and Stride!
A team from Iwade are riding the Friends of Kent Churches Ride and Stride this Saturday 10th September from All Saint's Church Iwade visiting churches all over and returning to All Saint's. All proceeds are split between All Saints Church Iwade and Friends of Kent Churches who support All Saint's and other churches across Kent. If you would like to donate then please do, all donations welcomed however big or small. Click here to make your donation online or click on the image of All Saints on the left.
Click on the image to go to the Council page
A big Iwade thank you to James Hunt
A big thank you to Chair of Iwade Parish Council James Hunt who his now stepping down to Vice Chair to be replaced by Matt Gale. James will still be active on Iwade Parish Council and also in his role on Swale Borough Council representing The Meads ward. James has been massively involved in the Iwade community for many years not least in his role as Chair of the Parish Council so a big thank you to him for that and long may it continue!
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Are you drone aware? Do you know your legal responsiblities? If you fly a model Drone, Quad or Multi-Copter and are not sure about your legal responsibilities then click more.
Click on the image to read your April Iwade Observer online!
April Iwade Observer now online!
The April Iwade Observer carefully crafted by Laura and Rynn of the Iwade Observer team is now available for your viewing online. Thank you to all the contributors and to you our readers for your support we hope you enjoy it. Until next month!
Click on the pic to read your March Iwade Observer online
March 2016 Iwade Observer now online!
A big thank you to this month's Iwade Observer team Rynn, Marc, Laura and Mel who worked like a machine this month to get the Observer to the printers! Thank you also to all the contributors, to Stephen Plumb and to all those who deliver in all weathers to get the hard copy through Iwade residents' doors. Click on the picture to enjoy your March Iwade Observer online!
Click on the image to read the full Executive Summary
A massive Iwade Observer apology as there was an incorrect percentage in the February Iwade Observer version of the Housing Needs Survey Results. It should have read "85% of respondents who answered the question said they would not be supportive ov future housing development in Iwade Parish" not 5%. Click on 'more' to read the full Executive Summary.
The Model Flying Club have made a massive contribution to the Air Ambulance over the years! Click on the image to go to their website ...
Model Flying Club raise £1740 for Air Ambulance!
The Medway Model Flying Club started in 1974 at Raspberry Hill and have been flying at Orchard farm Iwade since 1986. Collecting for the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air AmbulanceTrust since 2004 they have raised over £12000 for the charity to date, this year raising a massive £1740. A big thank you to Chairman Phil Fearn who got in contact to give IV an update. The Model Flying Club have had displays (static) at Borden Village Fete  and Bredgar Light Railway during the year and are always willing to give a talk about radio control  model aircraft to any Iwade clubs or organisations that are interested. The Club had a lucky escape this year with the new Solar farm nearly ending the club, but the size of the farm was reduced so they were able to continue at Orchard Farm. Contact Phil Fearn at for any more information and the Club would like to wish Iwade residents a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Click on the image to go to "When is my collection day" page ...
Christmas Bins!
It's the question everyone is asking. When should I put my bin out over Christmas and when will it get collected?! Well Iwade if you're a standard Friday collection put your bin out on Monday 28th December and again on Saturday 2nd January 2016 (and a Happy New Year to you) and you'll be fine. Weather permitting of course!
Click on the image to read your December Iwade Observer online!
December Iwade Observer now online!
Thank you to Mel MacDonald and Rynn Kemp for turning around the December Iwade Observer which should soon be back from the printers and on your doorstep. Thank you also to all the contributors and to the die hard team distribution team who deliver to residents' doors in all weathers. The Iwade Observer team have a well earned rest in January and are back with a February 2016 issue. An early Happy Christmas from the Iwade Observer team!
Click on the image to read your November 2015 Iwade Observer online
November Iwade Observer now online!
A big thank you to content manager Rynn Kemp and editor Mel Macdonald and to all the contributors for this month's newsletter the Iwade Observer November 2015 which is now online. You can find an archive on the News page or click on the image to view the November Observer online now. Also a big thank you to Stephen Plumb and the delivery team without whom residents would not receive a hard copy newsletter through their door. Enjoy!
Click on the image for the Out of the Ordinary Places booklet on events and turn to page 18-21 for the section on Iwade ...
Wend Iwade by Richard Houguez
Wend Iwade is a live programme of events, workshops and residencies hosted by artists, musicians, archaeologists and residents that explores Iwade’s changing identity. Over the past three months artist Richard Houguez has been guided through Iwade’s shifting boundaries and territories by residents, uncovering hidden histories and exploring relationships between people and the surrounding landscape.

Richard has worked with a series of collaborators including; Artist Holly White who has been leading improvised role-plays with residents to develop the stories of “deep future scenarios” for the village. Musician Maxie Gedge is making tradition and history tangible through contemporary folk storytelling and song. Archaeologist Kyle Lee-Crossett has developed text that draws links between the recently unearthed Iwade Henge, land ownership and other local histories.

Check out the IV What's On page for details of Folk Song for Iwade, We Were// We Are// We Will and Wend Iwade Walks in October...

Click on the image above to read the Iwade Observer October 2015 online - enjoy!
October Iwade Observer now online!
A big thank you to the Iwade Observer team Rynn and Mel for content managing and editing this month's Iwade Observer packed full of useful info. Click on the image on the left to read your copy online and let Stephen Plumb know on if you are a resident and haven't received your paper copy although they have not been back from the printers for long so hopefully you will receive yours soon.
Click on the Iwade Rock logo to go to their facebook page ...
Iwade Rock 2016 Official Line Up and Ticket Information
So the official lineup for Iwade Rock 2016 plays like this - 12pm - Perfect 5th, 1pm - Total recall, 2pm - Alter Ego, 3pm - Paradox, 4pm - Electric Beatles, 5pm - Fat Badger, 6pm - Diamond Dogz, 7pm - Marylebone Jelly, 8pm - Stoned, 9pm - Hats Off To Led Zeppelin. If you want to be first in the queue for ticket releases email - according to Event Director Keith Reynolds tickets are expected to sell out by Christmas ...
Contact Iwade School if you are interested in this position.
Road Crossing Patrol Vacancy at Iwade School
Iwade School require a Road Crossing Patrol to work 10 hours per week for 38 weeks per year (term time). The successful applicant will be paid within Kent Scheme KR2 which is £13,512 - £14,526 based on a full time appointment and will be pro rata for the part time hours. This school and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and persons. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check. For further information or for an application pack, please contact the school office on 01795 472578.
Click on the image to see the full broadband cabinet map for Iwade
Iwade Broadband Cabinet to benefit from increased capacity!
Broadband cabinet PCP28 (next to Iwade Garage) which covers a lot of properties in Iwade and is at full capacity will be one of the first in the UK to have a new type of "high density" card fitted when they are released in November. This will increase its capacity significantly without the need for an additional physical cabinet.
Click on the image to donate on Steve's fundraising page ... every little helps
Help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes
Iwade's Steve Carnt is running the London Marathon for JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charity as his daughter Isobel who goes to Iwade School suffers from this life-changing condition. This is what Steve has to say, "I am nearing the end of my epic journey to run the London Marathon, as I am only 10 days away from the BIG day, with the date fast approaching. The last couple of weeks have been all about the taper which involves a gradual reduction in distance but an increase in intensity. This has meant more hard work, through hill sessions and pace rather than grinding out the miles, which if I’m honest I prefer. I now need to focus on my preparation for the day, food, protein, travel, rest, sleep etc. and next week involves pretty much total relaxation with a few gentle runs thrown in. A few days before the race, I have to formally register at the Excel Centre to prove my identity and receive my official race number. I will be providing an update following the race as to the whole experience of the day, the trials and tribulations, hopefully be able to provide a pretty decent time as a result of all the hard work over the last few months….Until then wish me luck" - click on the pic of Steve to donate to his page, he only needs another £361 to reach his £2000 target!
Click on the image to read your Iwade Observer online now ...
September Iwade Observer Now Online!
Apologies for the delay on this month's Iwade Observer to your door but it is on its way. Thank you to Mel McDonald and Rynn Kemp for making the September Iwade Observer happen and while you wait you can read your Iwade Observer online. Click on the image on the left to read yours now. Enjoy!
Telephone 101 if you have any information
SatNav and Car Radio Stolen in Sanderling Way
According to Neighbourhood Watch between 29th and 30th July 2015 a Tom-tom Satnav and a car radio were stolen from a vehicle in Sanderling Way Iwade, Sittingbourne. If you have any information please telephone 101 quoting reference XY/026304/15.
Click on the image above to read your August Iwade Observer - exclusively online so this is the only way!
August Iwade Observer Exclusively Online!
A massive apology from IV as articles were missed from the July Iwade Observer that went to print. To compensate the Iwade Observer team, Mel and Rynn to be specific, have created an August Iwade Observer that will be published exclusively online :-) Click on the image on the left to read your August Iwade Observer and find out about all the exciting events and what's been 'going down' in Iwade lately. Enjoy!
Click on the image to read your July 2015 Iwade Observer online ...
July 2015 Iwade Observer Apology
A massive apology to any contributions that didn't make the July Iwade Observer, we are currently working on an August Iwade Observer so that we can include anything that was missed. This will be an online publication online. Thank you for your support :-)
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Thanks for the orchard update from Pippa Palmar through the Kent Orchards for Everyone Project - "A fantastic number of locals from Iwade were passionate about their plums during March when they attended a big planting of 27 new plum trees. These trees gapped up the spaces between the trees which are sadly decaying in Iwade’s community orchard. With the help of the ‘Kent Orchards for Everyone’, a Heritage Lottery funded project, 50 members including many children from the community planted, staked and protected their new plum trees and are now keenly awaiting their fruition.
Telephone 101 if you have any information
Shed Theft in School Lane
Between 14th and 16th April 2015 a Honda petrol lawnmower was stolen from a garden shed in School Lane Farm School Lane Iwade. Telephone 101 quoting crime reference XY/013162/15 if you have any information.
Telephone 101 if you have any information that could help
Attempted Burglary in Pintail Drive Iwade
Do you have any information on an attempted burglary in Pintail Drive between 5th and 6th March 2015? If you do have any information that could help investigators please contact Kent police on telephone number 101 and quote the Crime Number XY/007881/15
Click on more to read just that
The National Grid suggest holding on to something metal if you are within 20 metres of the power lines on Sheppey Way to avoid microshocks. Thank you to Dave Wastall of Iwade Parish Council who has provided us with the latest information on the microshocks reported by residents on the Sheppey Way to the island.
Can you help Vicky?
Do you remember 1983?
IV has been asked to find out if any of its readers know anything about a car crash in 1983. Here's the details - "I am looking for the local newspaper that published the accident and death of the car(mini metro) crash with a bus in November 1983. It was definitely on the road classed as Iwade and was approaching the bridge to go to Sheerness. I know it was put in a local newspaper at that time and really would like to get a copy of the details that were published on the lady who passed away and her family Mum and Dad were pictured in the paper too. The lady in the crash was Judith Hills she was approximately 38 years old when the accident happend, was married to Malcolm Hills she had 3 children too at the time and her son was in the car in the passenger seat with her at the time of the crash and his name is Justin Hills and he survived." If you know anything email or you can email Vicky direct at
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Have you ever wanted to act? Were you nervous about how to start or whether you could learn the lines? Now is your opportunity. Coming to Iwade soon is a new, unique theatrical presentation. If you wish to know more or to join us then contact Pamela by phone 01795 437 026 or email as soon as possible. You can also click on 'More' to read just that!
Click on the image to complete the simple survey ...
Have you got 10 minutes to spare?!
Ideas Test is an arts organisation which works in Swale and Medway to increase opportunities for people take part in the arts and creative activity. We are working with the parish council and others to create an exciting new project unique to Iwade and its residents. We'd like to know more about you and what you are interested in to help shape our ideas. Please fill in this short survey - it will take less than 10 minutes of your time, and will help us to develop a programme you will enjoy being part of. The information you give us will be used anonymously. If you choose to give us your name and contact details we will never give them to a third party and you can ask us to stop mailing you at any time. Just click on the Ideas Test logo on the left to complete your survey, IV has just done theirs and it only took 5 minutes so why not do yours now ...
May you rest in peace David ...
It is with great sadness that we publish the following message from Stephen Plumb of All Saints Church Iwade: "Sadly we've received the news of the death of Rev. David Webb. David had being fighting against cancer throughout 2014. On Friday 23rd January 2015 at 6pm, David died in the Wisdom hospice.
Telephone 101 if you have any information
Trailer and Pallets stolen from Orchard Farm Iwade
Between 5th and 9th December 2014 a 13-ft By 6-ft Ivor Williams twin axle trailer and five 20-ft-long wooden pallets were stolen from Orchard Farm School Lane Iwade. Telephone 101 if you have any information quoting reference XY/043572/14.
Telephone 101 if you have any information
Criminal Damage at Londis
Just before 1am on Saturday 29th November 2014 there was an attempt to criminally damage the Londis shop in School Mews School Lane Iwade Sittingbourne. If you have any information please telephone 101 quoting reference XY/042176/14. There were other criminal damage incidents in Iwade that night involving car wing mirrors, which may be linked. Again telephone 101 with any information, references XY/042165/14, XY/042173/14 and XY/042206/14.
Click on the image to read your December Iwade Observer online ...
December Iwade Observer Now Online!
Thanks to the amazing Iwade Observer team Mel, Rynn and Ben for next month's Iwade Observer which is currently at the printers awaiting its turn, hoping to be into the village in print on Friday 21st November. A Christmassy edition packed with Christmas What's On, feature articles and useful info and contacts to see you through to the next issue in February 2015. Enjoy!
You can donate to Smile Malawi by clicking on the image ...
Smile Malawi Christmas Cards For Sale!
Iwade-based charity Smile Malawi run by Iwade's Elspeth Baecke that helps orphaned and vulnerable children in Malawi is selling Christmas Cards for the charity. To order yours email Elspeth at Pack of 10 for £5, choice of 2 designs.
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The Parish Council has been looking into having the whole of Iwade Village covered by a 20 mph speed limit; some parts are already 20 mph others are 30 mph. Back in the Summer Kent County Council undertook a traffic survey on the four entrances to the village; the results came back that there is not a highlighted vehicle speeding problem or identified (speed related) crash site in Iwade; the report indicated that the ‘mean speed’ for The Street was 23.4; Ferry Road 26.35; Sheppey Way 25.25; School Lane 23.55.
Do you have any info, if so telephone 101
Lorry load of bars stolen from Ridham Dock
A lorry load of steel reinforcing bars belonging to Thames Reinforcements Ltd was stolen from Ridham Dock Iwade at 6pm on 6th November 2014. A green and white Scania lorry was involved in the theft. If you have any information that could help investigators please contact Kent police on telephone number 101 quoting crime reference XY/039275/14
Click on the Tinks image to go to their Directory listing or click on the Directory link in the top menu ...
Tinkerbells Early Years Iwade get outstanding Ofsted
A massive well done to Donna Barker and the Tinkerbells girls for receiving an 'Outstanding' in their latest Ofsted. Fantastic news. We are privileged in Iwade to have three such fantastic nurseries, Tinkerbells, Happy Days and Ickle Pickles all of whom you can find listed in the Directory if you want to get in touch.
Iwade School is due to expand to three form entry from September 2015 subject to planning approval for expansion of the buildings
Iwade School Expansion Update
According to Iwade School, as a result of changes to the plans mainly for the entrance to the school, requests for additional reports and delays by Swale Borough Council, the construction of the new school building to accommodate the additional form entry will not now start until January 2015, subject to planning approval. This means that the new classrooms will not be ready until the end of October 2015 which the school are extremely disappointed to learn. A planning decision is due around 19th November 2014 so watch this space for more information as it becomes available.
Click on the Openreach logo to read more about it ...
IV have been in discussion with Openreach in recent months regarding broadband capacity issues in Iwade. We now have the latest information direct from Openreach. Openreach has confirmed that they are planning to install a second cabinet for cabinet PCP28, situated next to Heaven, which is at full capacity and that this should be in service by February/March 2015 all being well. PCP28 serves a large proportion of Iwade compared to the other three cabinets which still have available connections. Click on more to find out how this might affect you with more detail.
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Are you the sort of person who could encourage others to get together to create art, film, music, craft, dance, literature, photography or any other artistic activity in the village? If so then you should know about ‘Creative Art and Places: Swale and Medway’. Their task is to help, advise and encourage the creation, performance or exhibition of the most imaginative arts ideas in order to engage the community in these activities. Where appropriate they have seed funding from a few hundred to a few thousand pounds with which to start projects involving the young or the elderly or the disadvantaged and all those in between. More importantly they offer help and support to get such projects off the ground. Click on more to read just that ...
Telephone 101 if you have any cctv footage or have any information that could help.
Hold on to your front lights!
There has been a spate of thefts of car lights in Iwade recently and the latest Kent Community Message reports the following two incidents. If you have any information telephone 101 quoting the reference number: XY/037223/14: Between 20th and 21st of October front fog lights were removed and stolen from a van which was parked on the owner's driveway in Sheerstone Iwade Sittingbourne; XY/037235/14: Between 20th and 21st of October 2 LED front lights were removed and stolen from a van which was parked on the road in Sanderling Way Iwade Sittingbourne.
Do you have any information that could help? Call 101
Power Tools stolen from Woodpecker Drive
Several power tools were stolen from a vehicle in Woodpecker Drive Iwade during the early hours of Tuesday 14th October 2014. If you have any information that could help investigators please contact Kent police on telephone number 101 and quote the Crime Number XY/036424/14.
Click on the image to read your November Iwade Observer online
November Iwade Observer now online!
A massive thank you to all the contributors this month and to the Iwade Observer team, Mel, Rynn and Ben who turned the Observer around in record time this month! Click on the image on the left to read your Iwade Observer online now. You read it here first, enjoy!
Click on the image to read the Smile Malawi newsletter online now ...
Smile Malawi October Newsletter now online!
Iwade-based charity Smile Malawi's October newsletter is now online thanks to School Lane Iwade's Elspeth Baecke. Why not have a read by clicking on the image on the left and see what it's all about. Hats off to Elspeth she's doing a fantastic job, incredibly worthwhile and we love to see what you're up to at IV HQ. Enjoy!
The Stride kids enjoying the gates along the way
As at 29th September the 2014 Ride and Stride had raised £207.75 on the justgiving page, so All Saints Church Iwade will receive just over £100 as will Friends of Kent Churches. Thank you to everyone who donated and/or rode or strode on the day. Would you like to ride or stride next year?
Telephone 101 with any information or email crimewatch
Do you have CCTV?
Following a recent foglight theft in School Lane Iwade, IV has been asked to see if anyone has any CCTV footage between 2am and 2.20am on Thursday 25th September 2014 in the area of School Lane and Linkway. According to the victim, minutes before the crime a Peugeot car drove past the house, turned around and parked somewhere in Linkway. Minutes after, a tall, slim, hooded man with a ruck sack was caught on CCTV. He was seen walking from Linkway up School Lane and within minutes leaving the property where the crime took place. Telephone 101 if you have any CCTV footage or any information or email in total confidence with contact details.
Click on the KCC image to e-sign a petition to KCC to turn our lights back on
Right to Light
If you have issues with Kent County Council's decision to switch off 70,000 of Kent's street lights between the hours of 12am and 5:30 am including lights in Iwade then you can e-sign a petition by clicking on the KCC logo on the left. 372 e-signatures at the time of writing this. Let's make it 500 Iwade.
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October Iwade Observer now online!
Thanks to the Iwade Observer team Mel McDonald, Rynn Kemp and Ben Marsh-Allen for their sterling efforts this month to get the Observer to print. It's packed with content this month so thank you to all the contributors. You can find out what tricks or treats Frankie has up his sleeve this Iwade Halloween and find your Frankie Stop Here poster on the back page! Frankie asked IV to ask Iwade to really get into the spirit (see what I did there) of halloween this year. Why not put on your own show or have a party? Looking forward to it already. Enjoy your October Observer online!
Iwade would like to pay tribute to Aunt Bet who died on 27th August 2014
Tribute to Aunt Bet
We say a heartfelt Iwade goodbye to Betty Heathfield, fondly known as Aunt Bet, of Meadow Close, Iwade who died on Wednesday 27th August 2014. Aunt Bet was a well known, well respected and loved member of the Iwade community. She came from Murston but lived in Iwade for 58 years, starting married life with her husband Roy, who came from Iwade, at 62 Sheerstone in 1956 before moving to 1 Meadow Close in 1967. Aunt Bet worked locally out in the fields for Mr Hinge in the 1960s. In the late 1970s she worked for a short time at Iwade Primary School as a dinner lady, before working for Mr Neame out in the fields until retirement, fruit picking and cutting vegetables. She made many friends there. Aunt Bet will be deeply missed by all. Rest in Peace Aunt Bet
If you still have issues with the telephone then why not email the health centre or try again later. New system coming soon. Click on the image to go to the Places | Iwade Health Centre page
Iwade Health Centre Update
Thank you to Dr Tom Reichhelm for the latest update on Iwade Health Centre personnel and to Samantha Toms for the telephone system update. Samantha Toms came in as the new Practice Manager on 1st July 2014. You can find Sam's email on the Places | Iwade Health Centre page. Dr Kotwal, Female GP, started at the surgery on 4th September 2014 and Dr Poplett, Lead GP, will start 20th October. Samantha will be discussing the phone system with the providers this week and will be requesting a system that will play a recording to the caller stating that they are in a queue etc and if they wish to speak to the Medical Secretary about referrals or insurance reports they can press 1. They will also be having more phones actually ring in the reception area so more staff are aware of incoming calls and the need to answer them. The new system should be in place by early October all being well.
Telephone 101 with any information you may have or 999 in an emergency.
Raspberry Hill Lane Shooting Update
Thank you to PCSO Matthew Link for his latest update, "In relation to the incident on Raspberry Hill Lane regarding the shooting. I want to reassure residents of Iwade that although it was very serious, this was an isolated incident. If anyone has information about the incident please call ‘101’ quoting crime reference: XY/31860/14. I would also like to ask residents to be extra vigilant about vehicle security, particularly as the nights are now drawing in. There have been incidents in Iwade over the last month of vehicle interference. Please report anyone acting suspicious to us on ‘101’ or 999 if a crime is in progress."
Telephone the Environment Agency in case of a foul smell...
What to do if there's a bad smell!
Iwade Parish Council ask that in the event of a terrible smell in Iwade as there was on Tuesday 10th September residents call the Environment Agency on freephone 0800 807060 so that they can investigate. The Foul Smell number in the Contacts (Browse A-Z by Category) has been updated to reflect this so do use the Contacts section if this news article is no longer available :-) As at Wednesday 10th September the smell seems to have disappeared so fingers crossed!
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Broadband Cabinet in Ferry Road has reached capacity!
Following reports of some residents not being able to get broadband, IV pursued this with Openreach as superfast broadband should be available for all Iwade residents. It transpires that the Ferry Road cabinet has reached its capacity of 288 connections and an additional cabinet is now required. Click on the image to go to our Broadband page and scroll down to the broadband map. If you are in the white area and are unable to currently get broadband that probably explains it. IV is on the case as are Openreach who have just been on the phone. Watch this space for more information as it becomes available.
Help deliver Iwade's fave community mag!
Free Monthly Exercise!
The Iwade Observer Distribution Team are looking for 2 new volunteer deliverers! One for the new Hillreed/Persimmon development which is approximately 40 copies at the moment and one for the round Ferry Rd, Grovehurst Rd which is 42 copies. Would you like to help? Contact Stephen Plumb by email at or on 07905 040 119. Thank you, you know you want to!
Callum Park is offering 4 sessions for £40 thanks to sport funding
Sport Funded Learn to Ride Offer at Callum Park
Learn to ride at Callum Park on the edge of Iwade this summer (on Basser Hill just off School Lane Iwade) for £40 for 4 sessions thanks to sport funding. Click on the image to read full details :-)
Click on the image to read the July Iwade Observer online :-)
July Iwade Observer Online!
A big thank you to Mel McDonald for editing this month's Observer, with a surprise 3 lots of Parish Council Minutes to edit! And thank you to Ben Marsh-Allen and Rynn Kemp for volunteering to join the Observer team and inspiring us with their enthusiasm. Ben is graduating this year from the University of Kent and Rynn moved to Iwade last year and is retired. Welcome both, Mel and I look forward to working with you on the September issue. Click on the image to read the July Observer online, before it's even been emailed to the printer. Now you really did read it here first!
Do you know anything that could help the police?
Burglary in The Street Iwade
According to Kent Community Messaging, overnight between 20th and 21st May 2014 various items were stolen during a burglary in The Street Iwade. If you have any information that could help investigators please contact Kent police on telephone number 101 and quote the Crime Number XY/017809/14.
We're liking this month's colours Mel!
June Iwade Observer now online!
A massive thank you to Mel McDonald who worked tirelessly again this month to get the Observer to the printers. If you'd like to help out with the Observer, sourcing articles and prepping and proofing them when we do get them then contact Nicola at or on 01795 439892. We are a 2 person team currently hence the 4 pager for May so if you can spare a few hours a month and are computer literate we'd be glad to have you! Click on the image to read yours online.
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Thank you to Dr Thomas Reichhelm, Managing Director of Malling Health who run Iwade Health Centre, for the latest update on Iwade Health Centre. Click on more to read what Dr Reichhelm has to say.
The Health Centre are currently undergoing a period of change
Iwade Health Centre Staff Update
Malling Health have asked us to issue the following statement on their behalf: "It is with regret that Malling Health have to inform patients of Iwade Health Centre that Dr Oochit will no longer be joining the practice on April 1st due to health issues. Malling Health are committed to providing excellent health care to the patients of IHC and will now interview again for the GP posts available. In the meantime, we have 2 locum GPs and a permanent Advanced Nurse Practitioner who are providing care to our patients and this arrangement will carry on until we have found new GPs to ensure continuity of care. ". Thank you for the update. Karen Graystone Practice Manager will also be leaving the health centre on 30th April 2014. We wish her well in her new venture.
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April 2014 Iwade Observer Online!
Well done again this month to all contributors and to Mel McDonald for editing the April Iwade Observer. It will soon be thank you to the delivery team who will hopefully be able to deliver in sunshine if they're lucky as it's due from the printers into Iwade on Friday 28th March. New distribution coordinator Stephen Plumb will then split it into delivery rounds and get to the delivery team meaning you should get it in the next week or so! Click on the image to read the April Observer online. You know you want to!
Click on the image to find out more about volunteering as a Special Constable
Do you want to do something new, do something extra, do something special? Then maybe the Kent Special Constabulary is for you. Click on more to find out just that!
Click on the image to read your March Iwade Observer online
March Iwade Observer Online!
Thanks to this month's contributors and to Mel McDonald for this month's Spring has Sprung Iwade Observer. Would you like to join the Iwade Observer team? Email for more information :-)
Would you like to volunteer? Click on more to find out who to contact
The Iwade Community Speed Watch team urgently need more volunteers. Community Speed Watch enables groups of concerned citizens to reduce excessive vehicle speeds on their roads.
Leeds class are asking for your support in their campaign
The Year 5 classes at Iwade School are taking part in a project called Go-Givers, Make a Difference. Leeds Class project is focussing on making a difference to litter in Iwade village. Litter is a major problem worldwide, simply because it affects our environment. Our project so far has taken us on a walk around the village, to collect evidence of the litter and the amount of it. Even though, we felt that, generally, the village was tidy, some areas need particular attention. For this reason, we would like the support of you, the villagers, in our campaign. If you are out and about around the village, make sure you put your rubbish in the bins provided.
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We thought it was time to update everyone about the progress at Iwade Health Centre. As you might well be aware, we have been awarded the contract to provide GP services at the centre and took over in the middle of last June. We would like to thank everyone for their patience so far and must acknowledge that it has taken a little longer than expected. You may be aware that there are some historical issues at the centre and these had to be sorted first. The contract was awarded under a tight budget allowing for 2 GPs and 1 Advanced Nurse Practitioner alongside other nursing and a full compliment of administrative staff.
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Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is appealing to people to make sure their homes, and those of loved-ones and people they care for or come into contact with, are safeguarded from fire. Just three breaths of fire smoke can be life-threatening and sadly, it is often older residents, or those with mobility problems, physical or mental health issues or impaired sight or hearing, who are injured by fire. KFRS offers free safety advice and a range of free services to ensure vulnerable members of the community are protected from the risk of fire.
After 28th February Dr Izmeth and Dr Pragasam will no longer be practicing at Iwade Health Centre
Iwade Health Centre Doctors Leaving
Thanks to Karen Graystone Practice Manager at Iwade Health Centre for asking us to let you know the latest situation regarding the doctors at Iwade Health Centre. Dr Izmeth has now left Iwade Health Centre and Dr Pragasam will be leaving on Friday 28th February 2014.
Click on the image to read the February Iwade Observer online now
February Iwade Observer Now Online!
Thanks to this month's contributors and to Mel McDonald and Sally Coe for their efforts in bringing it all together. If you have an article you'd like to see in the March Observer email Click on the image on the left to read the Observer before it's hit Iwade doorsteps. Enjoy!
Click on Shaun to donate a couple of quid to this worthy cause.
Support Iwade's Marathon Man Shaun Pusar
Iwade's own Shaun Pusar is running the London Marathon on 13th April 2014 and is asking for our help. When I say our I mean your! Would you give Shaun a couple of quid to run for the World Wildlife Fund? Click on the image of Shaun to go to his justgiving page and help him raise the funds he needs to pound the streets of London. We can help can't we Iwade?!
Click on the image to go to the School Consultations page on the Kent website
Iwade School Expansion Approved at KCC
According to KCC, the report back on the outcome of the public consultation was discussed at today’s Education Cabinet Committee meeting and the recommendation was to proceed to public notice. Roger Gough, Cabinet Member for Education and Health Reform will make his decision within the next week and should he agree to go to public notice, this will be published on 2nd February in the Kent on Sunday. The notice will also be displayed at the entrance to Iwade School. The public notice will run for a period of four weeks during which time anyone can send in objections and comments. The public notice will also be published on the school consultations webpage on KCC are working towards a date for submitting the planning application of 18th March 2014 provided all goes to plan.
Click on the image to find out more about Ickle Pickles on their website :-)
Ickle Pickles Iwade Recruiting!
Ickle Pickles Nursery Iwade are currently recruiting for maternity leave cover. To join their team you need to be experienced, qualified and caring. If you are interested please email for an application form.
You can also visit the Start website to find out more at
Dawn and Steve Plumb will be running and hosting a Start Course at 27 Monins Road Iwade from 13th January 8-9.15pm for 6 weeks. The Start Course is a basic introduction to the Christian faith for adults. Click more for just that!
Click on the link to read the official consultation information on the Kent website
New Iwade School Consultation Statistics
KCC responded to a request for information today showing that only 63 applications to Iwade School put Iwade as 1st preference for September 2013 admissions. Of the 63 1st preferences only 44 applications were from Iwade residents.
Do you have any information?
Attempted Burglary in Iwade
According to Kent Community Messaging there was an attempted burglary at Orchard Farm School Lane Iwade between 6th and 8th of December. Be security conscious especially at this time of year Iwade and if you have any information regarding this incident please telephone 101 quoting Crime Reference XY/039669/13.
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Free Anti-Burglary Packs this Saturday and Fortnightly in Iwade
There will be a police contact point in Sheerstone Iwade on 16th November, 30th November and 14th December 2013 between midday and 1pm. Your Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) will be handing out free anti-burglary packs including infra-red battery operated alarms, UV pens to mark property, timer switches to help make empty homes appear occupied and personal attack alarms. You can also chat to a PCSO to raise any concerns or ask for crime prevention advice. Keep an eye on the What's On 7 Days top right so you don't miss out on the next one. IV will be there!
Click on the image to register to vote online. Click on Register Now on the page...
Have you responded to your Voter Registration Form?
Swale have asked us to ask you to respond to your Voter Registration Form if you haven't already. . If you have any queries you can telephone 01795 427316, you can email or you can go to the link by clicking on the image.
New lamp columns are on order for Sheerstone and Coleshall and should be in place in December.
Message re Street Lighting in Coleshall Cottages
Iwade Parish Council have asked IV to pass on a message to residents: "Iwade Parish Council are aware of a street light not working at Coleshall Cottages. It is need of a whole new lamp and not just a bulb but it would cost around £500 to replace. New lamp columns are on order for all of Sheerstone including Coleshall Cottages and should be installed at the beginning of December so it wouldn't warrant spending £500 to get the light working for a few weeks. The Council asks residents to bear with them while the new columns are on order. Thank you.". Thanks for the update Iwade Parish Council I'm sure residents will agree you are using their money wisely :-)
A massive congratulations to Scott Anderson Ltd
Iwade's own Scott Anderson Ltd Regional Finalists in Wedding Industry Awards!
A massive congratulations to Iwade business Scott Anderson Ltd who are REGIONAL FINALISTS in the Wedding Industry Awards 2014! Over the years Scott Anderson Ltd have gone from strength to strength cooking for Raymond Blanc and providing high end wedding and event catering. We wish them well here at and can't wait to find out if they make the Nationals. Watch this space!
Contact Gordon Henderson's office now if you are dissatisfied with your Property Management company.
Raise your Property Management Issues with MP Gordon Henderson
Gordon Henderson MP is to raise in Parliament concerns he has about the way some property management companies operate. Contact Gordon's office if you have issues (we all know there are property management issues aplenty in Iwade so make the most of this opportunity!) please contact Jess McMahon, Mr Henderson’s Office Manager, on 01795 423199 or by email on Do it now Iwade residents, make the most of this parliamentary opportunity.
Click on No to download a No Trick or Treating poster
No Trick or Treating Poster Online!
Thank you James Hunt for prompting me to publish a No Trick or Treating poster for download so you can display this in your window if you don't want Trick or Treaters knocking at your door. In this case please don't decorate your house as Trick or Treaters are easily confused! No decorations and a clearly visible poster and if you are Trick or Treating please respect those that don't wish to, many thanks.
We wish both Dr Kukla and Mamie well
Farewell to Dr Kukla and Mamie
Dr Kukla and Practice Nurse Mamie will be leaving Iwade Health Centre on Thursday 31st October and Monday 2nd December respectively. If you would like to sign a card pop in to Iwade Health Centre reception and ask to write a message. We at would like to wish Dr Kukla and Mamie well in their next venture :-( Dr Kukla has found a new post in Canterbury where she lives which means she does not have a long journey in bad weather so good luck Dr Kukla!
Telephone 101 if you have any information.
Wheel Trims Stolen in Sanderling Way
Did you see a male stealing four wheel trims from a vehicle parked in Sanderling Way Iwade at 9:56 p.m. on Friday 4th October 2013? Telephone 101 quoting crime reference XY/031977/13 if you have any information.
Why not give it a whilrl!
Calling Wannabe Dancers and Musicians!
The Scottish County Dancing club which meets at Iwade Village Hall every Friday evening desperately needs new members to pay for the cost of the hall. Would you like to have a go? Or perhaps you're a budding musician and would like to accompany the dancing. Some of the members are musicians and are learning tunes to accompany the dancing and would welcome budding musicians to play along? It's from 7.30 to 10.30pm for just £3 including refreshments. You can go along next Friday or contact Ernestine on 07952 382424.
Do you have any information?
Truck stolen from Basser Hill Farm
A white commercial truck registration number SF57 GGU was stolen from Basser Hill Farm, Basser Hill Iwade between 23rd and 24th of September 2013. If you have any information that could help investigators please contact Kent police on telephone number 101 and quote Crime Number XY/030275/13.
Click on the image to read your October Iwade Observer online!
Spooktacular Observer now online!
So the October Iwade Observer is now online for your spooktacular delectation having only just hit the printers's inbox! Your favourite Halloween characters from Frankie's Lab and Haunted Hallows photobombed the Iwade Observer office this month and scared the living daylights out of the team. Click on the image to be the first to read the October issue and get the full picture. Well done Mel McDonald for tirelessly editing this month's issue. Great work!
Healthwatch is a free service for Kent Residents
Free NHS Information Service available for all
A FREE service is now available for all Kent residents to help them find which health and social care services are available for them. The service is part of Healthwatch Kent, a new independent consumer champion for people who use Kent’s many health and social care services and is available to everyone and will help people to find the services that they require within the complex NHS system in Kent. Call Healthwatch now on Freephone 0808 801 0102 or alternatively email your enquiry to
I look forward to sitting on the lovely new chairs!
Iwade Village Hall Spruce Up!
The Iwade Village Hall Committee are pleased to announce that they have been spending some of the hard earned money from their fund raising events. The hall and stage floors have been treated to some much needed TLC. Roy Cooper, of Orchard Edge Property Maintenance, was brought in to patch up, repair, sand and seal the floors after another year's hard wear and tear. The hall floor now looks brighter with its light varnish, while the stage has benefitted from a dark Mahogany finish. And at long last and much overdue, the old Brown plastic chairs have been replaced with nice new Gold and Green Banquet chairs, with thick padded cushions and backs. The hall committee hopes everyone likes the changes and will treat them with the respect they deserve.
Click on the image to see what "our survey said"...
Results of Iwade Survey
As part of the Localism Live Pilot, Iwade Parish Council is creating a 10 Point Plan setting out ambitions for Iwade. The aim of this 10 Point Plan is to focus the attention of all partners: the Iwade Parish Council, Swale Borough Council, Kent County Council, Police, Church, Schools and others on a set of shared priorities for Iwade. To inform this 10 Point Plan, Iwade Parish Council asked residents in the village to complete a survey. Residents were asked to put forward their suggestions, needs and aspirations for Iwade village. Click on the image to read the full survey.
Click on the image to read all about our new high-tech flood screens!
Two high-tech screens have been installed in Iwade to boost local residents' protection against the risk of flood. And if you're reading this on Friday 6th September before 1.30pm why not head down to the outside of 32 Sheerstone at 1.30pm where there'll be a photo call and a chance to have a closer look at the new flood assets.
Please take the time to read all about it and lodge any concerns if you have them.
Remember the Bearing Fruits Consultation (what was with that name?!), when Iwade was faced with the prospect of more housing? IT'S IMPORTANT YOU READ ON! Swale Borough Council is now going out to consultation on the 'Local Plan, Part 1', which means they will be looking to include most of the land allocations necessary to support the development strategy. Although the Borough Council is preferring not to change its overall strategy and housing development targets from that set out in Bearing Fruits, they comment that there is still enough new material to warrant a further round of public consultation before the plan is finalised, published and formally submitted to Government.
Click more to find out how you can comment on the consultation.
Click on the image to find out all about the Community Responders
New Sittingbourne Community Responders Website!
Thanks to Iwade's Community Responder Alex Hill who has set up a website for the Sittingbourne Community Responders to let people know what they actually do. Do you know? Why not click on the logo to visit their new website and find out more. Thanks Alex!
John used to own a cycle shop in Sittingbourne
Do you know John Cordingly?
Mark Tindall contacted us here at asking to help him locate an old friend who lived (or lives?) in Iwade. The name is John Cordingly and his wife's name was Pat formerly Muir and he remembers that they have a daughter with a Spanish name! John apparently used to own a cycle shop in Sittingbourne high street. If you have any information you can email Mark at
Weekly youth activities at Woodpecker Park with the CATs team and their van
A CATs session runs locally in Woodpecker Drive, Iwade on Tuesdays from 18:30-21:00. CATs is a mobile youth provision targeting 13-19 year olds in rural areas to deliver services normally available in local youth centres. The specially adapted minibuses manned by fully trained staff deliver a number of fun exercises, including football, rounders, tennis, quick cricket, arts, and many more exciting activities; providing the opportunity for young people in rural areas to socialise with others, and get involved in their local community.
Contact Ickle Pickles today if you are interested in this exciting opportunity
Ickle Pickles Opportunity!
Ickle Pickles Nursery in Iwade are now recruiting for an Apprentice - aged 16-19 and prepared to work with them whilst studying for a Level 2 qualification in childcare. If you know someone who may be interested please drop them an email at
Telephone 101 for non-emergency police matters
Iwade Crime Update
Fog lights were stolen from a vehicle which was parked in Springvale Iwade overnight on 17th/18th June. If you have any information that could help investigators please contact Kent police on telephone number 101 quoting Crime Number XY/018794/13.
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July Observer now online!
The July Iwade Observer is now online for your delectation having hardly hit the printer's inbox let alone landed on any doorsteps. Be the first to read your Iwade Observer thanks to the new Iwade Observer team and this month's contributors. Just click on the image and away you go. Enjoy!
Ivor Thomas was founder of Sittingbourne Speedway Club
Sittingbourne Speedway Club will on the 7th July 2013 host a very special event the Ivor Thomas Memorial meeting.Ivor, along with brother Barry originally built the track at Iwade way back in 1971 and for many years Ivor and Barry ran Iwade Speedway gradually developing the track and surrounding area and giving countless would be riders their first taste of speedway.
Please contact Alice Gentry if you have seen this cat or are maybe feeding it?
Contact Alice Gentry if you have seen Bella, Alice's missing cat, at, at 17 Swallow Avenue or on 01795 439031 or 07544 258 497. Click on more to find out more about Bella. Alice is desperate to get Bella back so even if you are feeding Bella and have become attached please get in contact with Alice. Thank you!
Telephone 101 if you have any information
Spectacles stolen in Mansfield Drive
Two pairs of spectacles were stolen from a vehicle parked on the drive of a property in Mansfield Drive Iwade during the early hours of Sunday 2nd June. If you have any information that could help investigators please contact Kent police on telephone number 101 quoting Crime Number:XY/017020/13.
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June 2013 Iwade Observer Online!
Thanks to the new Editorial team the June 2013 Observer is now available to read online. Click on the image to read your Iwade Observer. Thank you to this month's contributors without whom it would truly not be possible!
Telephone 101 for non-emergency crime matters.
Crime Update
Unknown offenders have stolen various plumbers tools from a works van at a building site in School Lane Iwade Sittingbourne between 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday 21st of May.If you have any information that could help investigators please contact Kent police on telephone number 101 quoting Crime Number XY /015454/13.
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Iwade Parish Council has been getting clarification from Persimmon Homes as to what is going to be happening on the playing field at the top of School Lane. Click more to read all about it.
Can you help Graeme discover Iwade's military history?
Graeme Horner of Mansfield Drive Iwade is researching those who served in the First World War and are remembered at All Saint's Church Iwade either on the War Memorial Tablet or buried there. Are you a living relative that can help Graeme with his research? There are 8 names that Graeme is researching: Percy Edward Taylor, his brother George Thomas Taylor, William Thomas Kingsnorth, Ernest Arthur Ransley, Walter George Colchin, George Thomas Hopkins, William John Barnes and T. Clements. If you can help Graeme contact him direct by telephone on 01795 437 026, by email at or address to Graeme Horner, 42 Mansfield Drive Iwade Sittingbourne Kent ME9 8TW. Good luck Graeme, let us know how you get on! For Graeme's full rundown on what he's up to click more...
Betty Boo cat pictured, is now safely home.
Thank you for helping to find Betty Boo!
After being missing for a week new Iwade residents Val and Paul are pleased to report that they have finally found their cat Betty Boo. They had a call from a man who thought he had seen her a mile away and dashed over there and called her and she appeared over a wall!! Val and Paul have asked that we let everyone know that they have found her and thank everyone for looking out for her. Particular thanks to Paul Whitehead who turned out to be said man! Well done Paul!
Iwade's Phil Fearn hands over handsome cheque for charity
Flying Club Raise £752 for Air Ambulance!
Medway Model Flying Club, who fly in Iwade have for many years collected for the Kent Air Ambulance Trust. Now called the Kent and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust, at their February meeting they handed their representative, Mr George Wildridge a cheque for £752. This takes their donations since 2006 to over £7000. Well done to all their members and their wives who helped with the fund raising. They are already collecting for 2013 so if you see them at any event please sort any old change or old wrinkled notes and help fill the Green boxes :-). It's a worthy cause but hopefully we wont need it.
Would you like to trial for the September Under 10s?
Under 10s Trials in April May and June
Iwade Heron’s FC current Under 9’s (School Yr4) are looking for experienced players to strengthen our squad for the coming season. We would like to invite players to trial during several friendly fixtures throughout April, May and June with a view to signing strong candidates for the September season as an Under 10 (School Yr5) player. Please contact Mark Foster at or 07817 326 965 for further information.
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April Iwade Observer Online!
Thanks to the new Iwade Observer team the April Iwade Observer is now online, hopefully coming to a doorstep near you soon. Enjoy! Click on the image to download...
A long-awaited lollipop patrol in School Lane, Iwade, will soon be a reality thanks to a local County Councillor.
Londis will open its doors on Wednesday 6th March at 9am. Why not give them a try...
Londis Breaking News
Londis are opening on Wednesday 6th March 2013 at 9am. Happy Shopping! Look out for their advert on coming soon. We wish them every success and a well-stocked shop!
Telephone 101 if you have any information
Debit Card stolen in Iwade
While visiting an address in Mansfield Drive Iwade a woman was approached by a young female with an Eastern European accent, who asked for directions to Cambridge. After a few minutes they were joined by a male who stood to her right whilst she was giving directions to the female who was using a map and pen whilst talking to her. She felt her handbag being knocked by the male but noticed nothing obvious at the time. The couple then left and walked off in the direction of Mansfield Drive into Colson Drive. The victim checked her handbag and found her debit card was missing. This happened at 3:10 p.m. on Tuesday 26th of February. If you have any information telephone 101 meanwhile hold on to your handbags...
Click on more to find out what Roger has to say about the latest on housing in Swale and Iwade.
Thank you to Councillor Roger Truelove, Labour Leader on Swale Borough Council, for his housing update following the intense concern in Iwade about the possibility of further housing site allocations being made in Swale’s Local Plan.
Well done Joa, Gayna, Mel, Dawn and Sally!
March Observer now online!
Well done to the brave new Observer team who jumped in at the deep end with the March 2013 Iwade Observer which you can now read online. Just click on the image to be the first to read the March Iwade Observer. Enjoy!
We would love a supermarket back in the Budgens unit wouldn't we Iwade?!
"Budgens" Update
According to Andrew Wilson of Swale Properties (formerly Town and Village Homes) they are very close to a deal on a new supermarket. Sorry we can't give you more than that but he's promised we'll be the first to know when there is more information so watch this space!
The picture just depicts a white van and is not necessarily the shape of the van in question
Dog Theft Arrest now on bail
According to a Kent Police message, "A man has been arrested following a number of dog thefts in the Sittingbourne area in the last month. Six dogs have been reported stolen since 22nd of January although four of the animals have been recovered safe and well. A 22 year old male from Sheerness has been arrested on suspicion of theft and bailed pending further enquiries until 27th of February. Officers would like to trace the driver of a white panel van with rear doors seen in the areas where many of the thefts occurred. Investigating Officer is Detective Sergeant Jo Kirkham.". Contact 101 if you have any information that can help the enquiry.
Click on the image to read your February 2013 Iwade Observer online!
First Iwade Observer of 2013 now online!
Thank you to this month's Chief Editor James Hunt and Sub-Editor Sarah Cotta for the February 2013 Iwade Observer. A big thank you to the delivery team volunteers who often get forgotten and deliver the Observer to your door in all weathers. Click here to read it online...
Ron pictured at the Christmas Eve service 2012
We say farewell to Reverend Ron Partridge, the Parish Priest of Iwade who retired on 31st December 2012 in accordance with the Canterbury Diocese policy that clergy officially retire at 70. Thank you to Bishop Trevor Wilmot for allowing Ron to carry on until Christmas following his 70th birthday.
Maisie pictured with her daughter Janet
Maisie Finch 1917-2012
Maisie Finch, who lived with her daughter Janet in Sanderling Way Iwade for 8 years, died on 21st December 2012 aged 95. If anyone wishes to make a donation to Kent Association for the Blind in Maisie's memory please send to R High & Sons 1 Bayford Road Sittingbourne ME10 3AD. Our thoughts go to Janet and her family at this time.
101 for non-urgent crime and 999 if a crime is in progress or life in danger
8 newly planted conifer trees were stolen from the garden of a property in Sanderling Way Iwade overnight on 6th / 7th December. If you have any information about this or any other crime you can contact Kent Police on telephone number 101 for 15p regardless of the length of the call. Reference for this crime is XY/038655/12. Note there was also an attempted garage break-in in Iwade on 18th December, further details not known. Click on more to find out how to prevent crime this Christmas and other crime-related news and useful information...
School Lane Recreation will probably be closed for 2013
Sadly Iwade Parish Council has to vacate School Lane Playing Field on 31st December 2012. The Council in the past has leased the field from the landowner, but he has since sold the site to Hillreed Homes; and it now forms part of the ‘Land at Coleshall Farm’ development.
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Keeping Warm in Winter
With this slightly fresh weather it's timely that MP Gordon Henderson is launching a new website Keeping Warm in Winter and offering Energy Advice surgeries in Sittingbourne on 11th January 2013 and Sheerness on 18th January 2013, both of which are in the What's On Calendar. Stay Warm!
Joshua Killick is a boy of many talents!
Joshua Killick of Stangate Drive, Iwade – better known to locals as Igor in the Halloween Frankenstein production – recently retained his position as London and South East England Olympic Weight Lifting Champion.
Travel advice from Councillor Ben Stokes
Sittingbourne Traffic Havoc
Councillor Ben Stokes has asked us to advise those of you travelling to Sittingbourne for an appointment to allow more time for your journey due to the roadworks in town due to the new Morrison's store. If the predicted 16 weeks disruption is anything to go by disruption will continue until around the end of February 2013. Happy New Year!!!
Click on the image to read your December 2012 Iwade Observer online
December Iwade Observer Now Online!
You read it here first. A big thank you to Editor Tara Kent for December's Observer, now ready for print. Also thank you to this month's sub-editors Sarah Cotta, James Hunt and Murray Crundwell and to this month's contributors. Click here to be among the first to read the December Observer or click on the image. Enjoy! (Apologies for the double page format, as always hopefully it won't detract from the fantastic content!)
Click on the image to read the November school newsletter
November School Newsletter now online
Click on the image to read the busy busy busy Iwade School newsletter. Important dates for parents and interesting for others to find out what goes on at Iwade School. Well I think so anyway!
Click on the image to read the Health Centre Q and A paper
Iwade Health Centre Questions and Answers Document
Mike Whiting, KCC Member for Iwade, said, "Following on from their non-attendence at a previous public meeting in Sittingbourne I welcome this new and concerted public engagement. This is a most useful update from the NHS and the question and answer paper will be welcomed by many patients, as will the appearance of NHS staff at public meetings in Iwade parish and at the Sittingbourne local engagement forum in the coming weeks". Click on the image or click here to read the Q and A in advance of Wednesday's Iwade Parish Council meeting with Health Centre representatives in attendance.
Click on the image to visit the new Iwade Pharmacy page which you can find under the Places menu
Iwade Pharmacy request feedback
Hinal and Dipak Patel at Iwade Pharmacy are keen to meet Iwade's pharmaceutical needs and would love your feedback. Do you use Iwade Pharmacy? If you don't use them and you live in Iwade would you consider using your local pharmacy. Did you know they do free local deliveries? You can feed back directly to Iwade Pharmacy or email and we'll pass on your feedback. Why not visit their new Iwade Pharmacy webpage in the Places section.
Watch out watch out
Electricity Cable stolen from Orchard Farm
A large barn at Orchard Farm School Lane Iwade was broken into overnight on 1st/2nd November. Electricity cable was removed and stolen from electrical equipment and appliances which were stored in 2 shipping containers. A brick wall was damaged and two padlocks were also taken by thieves. If you have any information about this crime please contact Kent police on telephone number 101 quoting Crime Number XY/033180/12.
Click on the image to read the November Observer online
November Iwade Observer now online
Apologies for the delay but you can now read your November Iwade Observer online whilst hopefully if you live in Iwade you've had your hard copy delivered to your door. Note the new format is 4 double pages as that's how we now have to provide the printers. Hopefully this shouldn't detract from the content too much. Enjoy!
Do you know anything that may help?
GLIDE ALONG Trailer Stolen in School Lane
Between 7.30 and 9.30 pm on 27th October a 6ft x 4ft trailer with 'GLIDE ALONG' printed in red on the side was stolen from the driveway of a cottage in School Lane Iwade.If you have any information about this crime please contact Kent police on telephone number 101 quoting Crime Number XY/032689/12
Click on the image to read the October Iwade School newsletter online
October Iwade School Newsletter now online
Whether you have children at Iwade School or not you may be interested to have a read of the October Iwade School Newsletter online. Enjoy!
Also thank you to this month's contributors without whom ...
October Observer - you read it here first!
A big thank you to James Hunt, Murray Crundwell, Tara Kent (and myself but you can't thank yourself really eh?!) for getting the October Iwade Observer to the printer before the weekend, it was touch and go there for a while. Great team effort which started in the Woolpack this month as all the best team efforts do. Click on the image to read it online or click here. Enjoy!
Help your Health Centre to help you
Iwade Health Centre "did not attend" stats
Click here to find out how many patients did not attend their doctors' and nurses' appointments in August 2012 at Iwade Health Centre. Help your Health Centre to help you and help other patients get appointments by letting them know if you are unable to attend.
2011 riders pictured at Newington Church (I think!)
This Saturday 8th September a team of budding cyclists from Iwade are cycling out from All Saint's Church Iwade to visit other churches as part of the annual Ride and Stride organised by Friends of Kent Churches. Half of proceeds go directly to All Saint's Church Iwade and half indirectly via Friends of Kent Churches who help churches in need of funds. If you enjoy All Saint's Church Iwade from the outside or the inside then please sponsor the team at Donations large or small very welcome!
Click on the image to read your September Observer online
Do you enjoy your Observer?
Apologies for the delay as you may have already received your printed version if you are a resident but better late than never here is the online version of the September Observer. If you enjoy your Iwade Observer would you consider doing a round. Rounds available in Monins Road area by the Health Centre and the new roads behind Helen Thompson Close (currently Fulmar Avenue and Swallow Avenue). Good exercise and great feel-good factor! Contact Val Pugh on 01795 429883 or by email at
Why not go along to get the latest on Iwade Health Centre
Thanks again to Mike Whiting who has put Iwade Health Centre top of the agenda on the Tuesday 11th September Local Engagement Forum agenda. Iwade Health Centre patients and residents all welcome to attend, indeed encouraged to find out the latest on the situation at Iwade Health Centre and show your concern. Put 11th September 7pm Avenue Theatre Sittingbourne in your diary and hope to see you there.
Councillor Mike Whiting pictured with the new sign
A new speed indicator sign has been installed in Sheppey Way Iwade. The sign was requested by Cllr Mike Whiting, who represents Iwade at Kent County Council, and paid for from his Highway Grant Funds. Mike said, "Many residents and the Parish Council asked for something to be done to slow down traffic through the village, and I have seen for myself cars driving too fast. The pinch points and build outs are not as effective as they might be, with some motorists speeding up to get through them before oncoming vehicles.
Telephone issues at the Health Centre today
Health Centre Telephone Problem
Iwade Health Centre are having trouble with their telephone system and are working with the provider Eastern and Coastal Kent, to get this rectified as soon as possible. Practice Manager Karen Graystone would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Click on the image to read the bogus olympic ticket sites information
Olympics Update
Thank you to Warden Nick Mayatt who passed on this information re a bogus olympic ticket site. Have a read if you are buying or have bought olympic tickets. Our friend Nick has a leg injury so we wish him well as he limps around Iwade soldiering on with his Warden duties. We hope it's not serious Nick. Also on the Olympic theme if you are going to the Olympics why not take your SNE (Sittingbourne News Extra) to be pictured with and send your photo to Go Team GB!
Remember telephone 101 for non-emergency police matters
Suspicious Vehicles in Iwade Health Centre Car Park
A sharp eyed householder noticed two suspicious vehicles parked in the Iwade Health Centre car park in Monins Road late at night. A Police patrol attended and found a diesel siphoning kit and 2 large plastic containers and the two drivers were arrested for going equipped to steal fuel. If you see anything suspicious you can telephone the non-emergency line 101 or the usual 999 in an emergency.
Click on the image to join Iwade Mums on facebook
Iwade Puddle Ducks Netmums Winner
Iwade's Angela Higginbotham of Puddle Ducks has started an Iwade Mums facebook group to 'chat, sell unwanted items and generally be sociable'. Puddle Ducks advertise in the Directory and offer Iwade residents 10% off for children's swimming classes and Aquanatal classes. Well done to Puddle Ducks for being awarded the Netmums Winner for the ‘favourite pre-school class in East Kent'! You are busy Angela!
Give it a try, you might even like it!
Iwade Boot Camp Anyone?!
According to Kelly Edwards on facebook the Iwade Wednesday evening Boot Camp is looking for more regulars. Boot Camp meets at School Lane recreation ground or the Stangate Drive playground every Wednesday at 6.15pm. Cost £2. Why not give it a go. You can contact at Kelly Edwards on facebook for more information or be brave and pop along.
Iwade Village Hall needs your support. Can you help?
Iwade Village Hall Committee Members Sought
Iwade Village Hall Committee has two positions available, one as of now and one as of September as Reverend David Webb leaves the village. The positions are essential to the ongoing operation of the hall so can you help? If you are interested in finding out more please contact Peter Lovelock at and come along to the September AGM at the Village Hall on Wednesday 5th September at 7.30pm.
Good luck Jim Grundy of Stangate Drive Iwade
Think of Iwade's Jim Grundy cycling from London to Paris for charity (Scope) this weekend 14th/15th July and perhaps click this link to sponsor him? Cycling 280 miles solo Jim is one of a small group of riders who is not rotating as part of a team. Good on you Jim!
Click on the image to see the official 101 poster
Neighbourhood Watch and Telephone 101
Did you know that 101 is the non-emergency number to contact the police? Click on the picture to find out more about it but you can basically use it any time and calls will never cost more than 15p even from a mobile. Note you should still use 999 if life is in danger or crime is in progress. Meanwhile in Iwade a red vehicle had its tyres slashed in Springvale on the night of 6th/7th July so if you know anything call 101.
Click on the image to see if you've won a prize...
Iwade Rock may just now be in your memory bank as 'one of your best Iwade weekends ever' but click on more to find out if you've won something in the Prize Draw. Apparently there's good coverage of Iwade Rock in today's (Weds 11th July) Sittingbourne News Extra so you may want to buy a copy.
Click on the image to visit
Introducing Iwade's Click Create with Jemma Rannard
Telephone 07763 635 512, email or visit the Click Create website at if you're looking for design ... logos, business cards, stationery, brochures, leaflets, adverts and posters. Bring your business to life with Click Create's inclusive design and photographyservices, image re-touching and printing.
Call 101 immediately if you know anything. Stolen Toyota pictured.
Scrambler Bikes caused deliberate damage and Car stolen in Sheerstone
According to Kent Police, three male riders of red, yellow and white scrambler bikes were involved in the deliberate damage of a vehicle driven by a female driver on Sheppey Way Iwade at around 4.20pm on Wednesday 20th June. A blue Toyota Hilux Surf registration number M521 AAR was also stolen from Sheerstone during the night of 24th June. Please telephone Kent Police urgently on 101 if you have any information that could help their enquiries.
Click on the image to read your July Observer online
July Iwade Observer now online!
Thank you to Editor Gemma Coleman and this month's contributors for this month's Iwade Observer which you can now read online before it's hit the printing press. September is the next issue so if you have any articles, news or photos email Meanwhile click on the image to start reading the July issue...
Did you have telephone and broadband issues this week?
Iwade Telephone and Broadband Issues
On 17th June 2012 a householder in Sheppey Way Sittingbourne saw a 4 by 4 Jeep Cherokee, registration N102 VOG dragging 100 metres of telephone cable behind it from a BT manhole. Police attended but the vehicle sped off. If you have any information call the police on telephone 101. Presumably the cause of the telephone and broadband issues in Iwade this week...
Watch out watch out
Neighbourhood Watch Update
On 15th June between 10:30 am and 4pm a Mongoose Mischief BMX cycle with blue tyres and silver wheels was stolen from a front garden in Colson Drive Iwade. Between 8th and 11th June 250 litres of red diesel were stolen from a mechanical digger on the Hill Reed site in School Lane Iwade. Between 6th and 7th June 2012 a caravan was stolen from Featherbed Farm Iwade after the gates were cropped open. Call 101 with any information you may have.
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Iwade Herons FC U18s looking for players
If you are interested in playing for the Herons Under 18's or know someone who is contact Karen on 01795 553640 or 07545 250 156. The Under 18's train on Saturday mornings from 10am in Iwade. would like to wish the Iwade W.I. a very Happy 80th Birthday
Iwade WI has celebrated its 80th birthday year with a group photograph to look back on in years to come. Our beautiful appliqueed tablecloth has a history all of its own.
Iwade Health Centre politely request...
...that if you are unable to attend your appointment you telephone to let them know so they are able to offer the appointment to someone else. During April 80 patients did not attend their doctor's appointments and 88 patients did not attend their nurse's appointments. Help the Health Centre to help you.
Click on the flame to find out more about the Olympic Flame event in Faversham
Do you want to marshal the Olympic Flame event in Faversham?
Swale Borough Council is in the process of recruiting 100 'Volunteer Event Marshals' to be part of the team to welcome the Olympic Flame on July 19th in Faversham. For further details and to request the application form please contact the Council’s Project Officer Martin Goodhew for a word document version by email at or by post at Swale Borough Council, Swale House, East Street Sittingbourne, ME10 3HT. To discuss please call Martin on 01795 417399.
Beware of telephone scams
Computer Scam
An Iwade resident called me today regarding a computer scam she was subjected to over the telephone. They told her they knew she was having problems with her computer and asked her to log on to the website where they would have taken control of her machine and potentially taken bank details. Beware.
Click on the image to be one of the first to read your June Observer
June Iwade Observer now online!
You read it here first. No sooner than it is sent to the printers it is here for you to read thanks to this month's editor James Hunt and all the contributors. Click here to enjoy your June Iwade Observer online!
Click on the links in the article to find out how to apply
Vacancies at Rural Kent
Rural Kent have asked to share two vacancies with you, one for a Welfare to Work Advisor and one for Administrative Support. Click on the links for details.
Would your little one like Puddle Ducks?
Puddle Ducks offer discount on swimming lessons
Iwade's Angela of Puddle Ducks East Kent would like to offer Iwade residents and new customers a chance to join for a 'mini-term' of swimming lessons at a heavily discounted price. Check out the Puddle Ducks advert in the Directory for contact details. Have fun!
Click on more to find out about wheel trims being stolen from Sharfleet Crescent
A blue Leyland DAF and LDV Convoy Commercial Tipper lorry and 3 engines and 20 wheels inside the vehicles were stolen from Willow Bank Industrial Estate Old Ferry Road Iwade between 8:25 pm 28th April and 3am on 29th April 2012. The blue Leyland DAF vehicle was later recovered in School Lane Bapchild. If you have any information, please contact Kent police, on telephone number 101.
Do you have any information?
A red Vauxhall Vivaro van is believed to have been involved in the removal of 4 copper cylinders and copper piping at a site in School Lane Iwade on Thursday 19th of April. If you have any information, please contact Kent police, on telephone number 101.
Click on the image to read your May Observer online
May Observer Print Run Error
Apologies from Swale BC Printers who have unfortunately printed a batch of our May Observers with 4 pages from a previous issue. On behalf of the Observer team please accept our apologies if you have received one of the duff Observers. Meanwhile you can read the all present and correct May Observer online... Swale are running off a batch of correct editions so that we can replace any that have not gone out yet and we'll do our best with Swale to make sure this does not happen again. If you're a volunteer deliverer and you've not already delivered your batch please check them for incorrect editions and let us know at how many copies you need and hold fire on the delivery. Thank you for your patience.
Click on the image to find out when you switch over
Digital Switchover Countdown for Kent
Television Digital Switchover in most of Kent begins on 30th May and runs until the end of June. Find out when you switchover by putting your postcode in the Digital Switchover website.
You can sponsor Dave by going to his justgiving page
Iwade's Dave Wastall and Nick Clarke are cycling 60 miles on 10th June to raise funds for people suffering from Mesothelioma in memory of Dave's Dad. You can sponsor Dave and Nick at
Click on the image to find out about Neighbourhood Watch Iwade
Overnight on 13th / 14th April 2012 a vehicle parked in The Street Iwade was damaged by the rear window being smashed. If you have any information, please contact Kent police on telephone number 101. Click on more to find out the latest on Neighbourhood Watch in Iwade from the Watch Liaison Officer Swale Jacqui Blake.
The Bird-Barnes Matrimony takes place on Saturday 14th April
We would like to wish Claire Bird and Christopher Barnes all the best for their wedding day on Saturday 14th April 2012 and every happiness for the future. Claire Bird and Christopher Barnes of Sanderling Way Iwade will marry at St Margaret's Church Rainham followed by a lavish reception at Bradbourne House East Malling.
A great result for Iwade, the Parish Council and RAHM
Thank you to our Parish Chairman Stephen Plumb for giving us the latest on the potential housing developments in Iwade. Click on more to find out what he has to say. It's all good!
Iwade's Claire Bird shall go to the ball on the A2! If she wishes!
A2 High Street and Bull Lane Newington due to be reopened Thursday 12th April
According to Kent Highways the new main has now been laid and works have been completed considerably earlier than expected meaning the A2 High Street, Newington along with Bull Lane will be reopened to traffic by tomorrow morning 12 April 2012. Whatever next! Did they know that Iwade's bride-to-be Claire Bird was to be married to Iwade's Christopher Barnes this Saturday 14th April in Rainham travelling from Iwade?!
Click on the image to read the official briefing note...
Minster Medical Group serve notice on Iwade Health Centre
According to the NHS Primary Care Contracting Team, Minster Medical Group have served notice on their contract for Iwade Health Centre so the Primary Care Contracting Team will be looking for another organisation to manage this service. If you are a patient you should have received a letter about the Drop-In Session which is now in the What's On Calendar so you will be reminded on the home page What's On 7 Days in the week before.
Thank you to the Grundys for their offer of a £50 donation
The Grundys would like to thank Iwade
James and Kiri Grundy would like to thank everyone who contacted them with leads which have resulted in the safe return of Charcoal their family cat. As a thankyou the Grundys would like to make a £50 donation to a village initiative. Email with your vote for the initiative that should benefit from the donation!
A new date is to be set for the meeting
Health Centre Patient/Public Meeting Postponed
Apologies from Iwade Health Centre's Karen Graystone as the Patient/Public Meeting previously advertised here has been postponed. Watch this space for the new date...
Find out what our local school is up to!
Iwade School March Newsletter Online
Find out what Iwade Community Primary School get up to in termtime, you'll be amazed at the hive of activity behind those school gates! Click here to read the latest school newsletter online...
Superfast broadband soon to be available through more providers...
Superfast Broadband Update
According to the Sky website (thank you to Andrew Rose for the heads up) superfast broadband will be available through Sky from 12th April. Also a local source tells me that Talk Talk offered superfast broadband in Iwade when trying to switch to BT. If you don't ask you don't get!
Contact Mags on 07946 625628 if you'd like to be on the winning side!
Herons Under 12s Won the League!
Two goals from Jamie Hardy and Edd Jenkins was enough to win the league for the Iwade Herons Under 12s against Hartley De Sales. Fantastic result boys and thank you to Mags for keeping us up-to-date throughout the season. Find out how they did it...
Click on the image to read your Observer first...
April 2012 Iwade Observer Now Online
A massive thank you to new Editor Gemma Coleman (you may remember her from the December issue) who has done a grand job of the April 2012 issue of the Iwade Observer.Thank you also to the contributors who made this issue possible. Click here to read your copy or click on the image...
Hosepipe Ban as of 5th April 2012 in Iwade...
Hosepipe Ban Takes Effect on April 5th 2012
Southern Water is to bring in restrictions on water use for the first time since 2005/6 following the second driest 12 months on record. Click on the image to read what Southern Water have to say with a hosepipe ban impacting Iwade starting April 5th 2012.
Click on the image for key appeal dates...
According to KCC Councillor Mike Whiting Iwade pupils have been offered one of their secondary school choices however this may not have been their first choice and parents may want to appeal. They need to do so by 19th March. Click on more for more key dates in the appeal process and stats on who got into where...
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Communities across Kent are being invited to start planning street parties for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this summer at, once again waiving charges for street parties on quiet residential roads with a very easy application process for road closures in quiet roads and cul-de-sacs.
Click on the image to read the explanation from Southern Water
Water Meter Installations from early February 2012
According to correspondence from Southern Water to our Parish Clerk Southern Water are due to begin meter installations in the Sittingbourne area from early February 2012 for those who are not already metered. Click here to read the explanatory letter from Southern Water or click on the image.
Click on the image to read the latest school news...
Iwade CP School February Newsletter now online!
Perhaps you're a parent who hasn't had a chance to read your newsletter or just interested in the world of activity going on behind the doors of Iwade School. Click on the image to read the latest newsletter online or click here.
Do you know of a missing black and white cat?
Have you lost a Black and White cat?
Dee Jacobs in Ferry Road has been feeding a black and white cat and desperately wants to find its owner before she calls cat rescue. The cat is young and has been around since about 15th Feb and is mainly black with white socks, a white spot on the end of its tail and a black face with a slight white mark by its mouth. Contact Dee at
Click on the image to read your March Observer online
Read all about it in the March Observer
Thank you to editor James Hunt for the March Iwade Observer currently winging its way to the printers. Also to the contributors without whom there would be no Observer. Click here to be one of the first to read your March Observer online...
Head down this Friday 24th February at 6pm
Last Friday Zumba this Friday 24th February
This Friday 24th February is the last Zumba in Iwade Village Hall at 6pm with Sarah Johnson while Sarah finds a new venue. Why not go along ... I am!
Do you have this type of house?
Resident Heidi Girdler has problems with slabs coming off the lower roof of her Wards Romney house and is interested to see if any other residents have the same issue? If you do you can email Heidi at
Sky get on board with superfast broadband
Sky Provide Superfast Broadband in Iwade
Thank you to resident Andrew Rose who informs me that Sky have announced their move to provide superfast broadband from the Sittingbourne exchange out to Iwade. You can read the press release or register your interest here to get an early installation as Andrew did!
The Street is currently open...
The Word on The Street!
According to a source, The Street is now open again after Southern Gas Networks dug a hole and realised that they don’t own the pipes so can’t do the work! Much ado about nothing!
Click on the image to read your Observer online
February Observer now online
Thanks to Editor Tara Kent, Distribution Manager Val Pugh, to the Delivery Team (brrrrr) and all the contributors this month for getting the February Observer to the printers and to residents' doormats. Email James Hunt at with your input to the March 2012 edition.
Will it snow?
The Parish Council has received a donation of 100 bags of salt from County Councillor Mike Whiting. Volunteers were sought from residents to spread this salt in the event of extreme weather, to try avoid the problems the village encountered last year during the heavy snow falls. This salt is for use on pavements and the highway, not for private driveways.
Hillreed will be building closer to 400 houses in this development
Site Plans and details of Hillreed Planning Application SW/11/1537 relating to Outline permission SW/08/1127 for 187 properties adjacent to School Lane and round to and behind Coleshall Cottages will be on display at Iwade Village Hall from 7-7.30pm on Wednesday 8th February 2012.
The Street may be closed but the Woolpack is open for business!
New Menu at the Woolie Starts 1st Feb
Click on the image to read the new Woolpack menu starting 1st February 2012. Menu will be published on shortly...
Contact Kay if you would you like to be an Avon rep
Earn Extra Cash showing an Avon brochure to family and friends and covering your own allocated roads in Iwade Village. No Outlay!....Free Brochures to get you started!.....Earn up to 25% commission on your sales! the hours that suit you, so fits in around your current lifestyle.Lots of roads in Iwade that need to be covered urgently!
Lock up carefully
Burglary in Grovehurst Road Iwade
There was a house burglary in Grovehurst Road Iwade when the owners were out for only 20 minutes. Lock up carefully and if you know of anything regarding this burglary call the local Police number 101.
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From 30th January 2012 it will be necessary to close The Street Iwade for up to 8 weeks for gas mains replacement between the junctions with School Lane and Sanderling Way. During the closure, traffic will be unable to drive all the way through Iwade using The Street. The signposted alternative route will be via Ferry Road, Sheppey Way, Grovehurst Road, the A249 Iwade By-pass and Sheppey Way.
Click on the image to do a survey about All Saint's Church Iwade
All Saints Church Iwade want your feedback!
All Saints church, Iwade, part of The Six, a team of six local churches, would like to hear from everyone with a short online survey. The survey allows you to tell them what you think about the church, what they do well, what they could do better and what other things they could be doing. With just 9 questions why not help All Saint's Iwade plan for the future.
Image shows site location relative to Iwade (also in letter to residents - click on more)
Nicholls Transport are intending to submit a planning application to relocate to the land north of Swale Way between the A249 and the Sheerness trainline. The Parish Council are concerned about the huge impact on the A249 and noise levels in Iwade. Have your say at Iwade Village Hall to Nicholls on Wednesday 18th January between 3.30pm and 8pm.
Thanks to Kevin Friend for the first match report of 2012!
Herons Under 12s Back to Winning Ways
After being rocked by their first defeat of the season, Iwade needed to get back to their winning ways to stay on course for promotion and Ditton certainly made them work hard for it. Click on the picture to read the full match report courtesy of Kevin Friend...
Watch out for open drains...
Drain Covers Stolen in Sheerstone
If you are walking around Sheerstone watch out for open drains as drain covers have been stolen. Call the non-emergency local police number 101 if you have any information...
Click on the image to read the Consultation document...
Recycling Consultation
Iwade Parish Council have asked me to inform you of a Recycling Consultation deadline for response Thursday 9th February 2012. Go to to find out more or read the letter to the Parish Council by clicking on the KCC image. You can email with any comments.
Do you still use an analogue signal?
Digital UK Switchover
Iwade Parish Council have kindly passed on information regarding the tv switchover from analogue to digital taking place in 2012. Click on the image to go to the digitaluk website where you can find out more and when your postcode will be switching. The Mansfield Drive Iwade results said "Using the Bluebell Hill transmitter, switching over in two stages on 13 Jun 2012 and 27 Jun 2012." but if you still use an analogue tv signal or know someone who does check the postcode to find out more.
What colour are you?!
Claim Your Broadband Subsidy
Did you mean to claim for your superfast broadband subsidy and it didn't make it to the top of your To Do list? I can relate to that! Well Iwade Parish Council are asking that you make your claim sooner rather than later. Click on the image to find out how...
Do you have any information?
Various crimes have been committed over the Christmas period in Sheerstone according to Kent Community Messaging so do be vigilant still in Iwade. Click on 'more' to read the full details and call the local police on 101 to report any information you may have.
The Street Closure has been postponed...
The previously reported closure of The Street Iwade due to have been from 3 January 2012 has now been postponed. A new date has yet to be finalised, but it is likely to be from 30th January 2012.
You can still buy your All Saint's Teatowel
Sylvia Francis at All Saint's Church has asked me to let you know that tea towels depicting our lovely village of Iwade and All Saint's Church are still available. You can buy yours for £3.99 by calling 07802 419 498 or pop in to 38 The Street.
Flying Club present a cheque for £1059 to Kent Air Ambulance
Medway Model Flying Club who fly near Iwade gathered at the Walnut Tree Club in Gillingham on 14th December to present a cheque for £1059 to the Kent Air Ambulance. The money was raised throughout the year with raffles, boot-sales, swapmeets, bbqs and a lot of hard work by club members.
Pictured Matt Ramsden Editor of the Sittingbourne News Extra
The new Sittingbourne News Extra hit the streets on Wednesday 14th December. The paper was launched by The KM Group to fill a gap in the market following the closure of the East Kent Gazette and is on sale for only 65p.
Plotholders digging in!
Iwade Allotments are in the January issue of Grow your Own and have received an extremely useful donation of compost from local company Countrystyle so thank you very much on behalf of Iwade Allotment Association.
Click on the image to see if you won a raffle prize...
Complete with free presents from Santa, plate-decorating, cookie-decorating, a great raffle, sand bottles, tuck shop, refreshments, letter to Santa, photos with Santa, and that's just from memory, the Iwade School Christmas Fayre was a great event where parents, teachers, children and the community entered into the festive spirit to raise money for the school.
Click on the image to read Iwade's Jack Evans Karting success story...
It's been another successful year in karting for Iwade's Jack Evans. The aged 11 pupil from Westlands School in Sittingbourne has just competed in the Henry Surtees Commemorative Meeting at Buckmore Park and won by over 5 seconds.
Do you qualify for housing assistance?
The Iwade Parish Council inform me that Swale have some essential repair loans available in accordance with their Housing Assistance Policy. Click on more to find out just that about the policy and whether you or someone you know qualifies.
The East Kent Gazette's final souvenir edition will be on sale today
The KM Group have announced that they will be printing a new newspaper for Sittingbourne to replace the East Kent Gazette whose last edition will be today.
Home safe and sound
African Grey Parrot Found
Thank you to everyone who has kept an eye out for the Nolans' lost African Grey Parrot. It is now safely back with its owners thanks to a chap in Saxon Walk who found it in his garden. Phew. Not sure it would have coped well with this English weather we're having!
The Iwade Calendar Girls have raised a fantastic amount of money
Fantastic fund-raising from Iwade Calendar Girls whose Calendar Girls' event packed out the Woolpack on Saturday 19th November. Linda Wren and co have raised £3,897 once all the money's in and are hoping to raise £4000 for Mesothelioma.
A Winter message from Cllr Mike Whiting
Our Iwade representative on Kent County Council, Mike Whiting would like to pass on a message about salt, grit, Icelandic banks, the bus shelter and finger posts! Click on more to read Mike's message to Iwade residents...
Shave Our Chef with Ickle Pickles' Adrian Williams!
Ickle Pickles hoped to raise over £200 on Friday for Children in Need with 'Shave our Chef' (Adrian Williams pictured), a Design your own t-shirt competition, a spotty day complete with teddy bear's picnic and spoty Pudsey cookies
Note the picture quality is reduced to speed up the download online...
Is it a) iguana b) Iwade c) igloo ... ?! Find out in your December Iwade Observer now online before it's even hit the printing press! Thanks go to Gemma Coleman this month our new Editor, to Sarah Smith Photography for the front cover image and to all the contributors.
Rainbows is at Iwade School every Monday between 4.15 and 5.30.
Iwade Rainbows are a unit full of keen girls but they need a leader. Can you help? Have you been a guider and would like to return to the movement or do you have spare time on a Monday and are willing to train as a leader.
Memorable number 101 for non-emergency police issues
From Monday 14th November 2011 you will be able to call 101 for non-emergency calls to the Kent Police. Callers will not be put through to a national call centre but will be connected to their local neighbourhood officer, team or relevant department.
Keep an eye on for regular updates
Representatives from 10 local Parish Councils attended two meetings in the summer to share concerns about the public consultation held earlier this year to determine future development in Swale over the next 20 years.
Do you have any information?
Six Dogs Stolen from Iwade Property
Overnight on 2nd/3rd November 6 dogs were stolen from a property in Iwade. If you have seen a black male labrador (about 8 years old), a female liver and white English Springer Spaniel (2 years old), a black and white male ESS (2 years old), a female golden cocker spaniel (2 years old), a female tri-colour cocker spaniel (2 years old) who recently weaned her pups or a 2 year old female blue roan cocker spaniel or believe you know where they are call the police on 01622 690690. Note that some of these dogs are chipped.
Why not follow Window Tech on twitter at @WindowTechHI
Introducing Window-Tech Iwade's New Website!
Congratulations to Gavin Marsh and Window-Tech on the relaunch of their new website Think Window-Tech Home Improvements and you'll remember the initials Window-Tech are based in Iwade and advertise in the Directory so once this article has dropped off the page you can still find them here. Check out their new website to find out more about the services they offer.
Brilliant achievement at 14 years old
Congratulations Herons Referees!
Congratulations are in order for Jack Bailey and Nathan Jarrett who at just 14 years old have achieved their Referee badges. Brilliant achievement boys and two more referees into the pot for Iwade Herons FC!
Iwade Allotments in the News!
Iwade Allotment Association's success in Kent Village of the Year Environment category was reported on with a brilliant picture of allotment holders down at the site. Click on the image to read all about it.
Do you know someone who fits the bill?
Iwade Herons Uner 14's are seeking one or two more experienced players for Division 1 Maidstone Boys Primary League games on Sunday mornings. Training is on Saturday mornings in Iwade.
Click on the image to read your Iwade Observer online..
November Observer Now Online!
As always you read it here first. November's Iwade Observer is now online thanks to all the contributors and to this month's editor James Hunt. Now printed it should be making its way to Iwade residents' doorsteps in the next week or so. Click here to read it online or click on the image...
Click on the image to donate online to Children in Need
Bogus Children in Need Callers
According to Mid Kent Swale Police and Swale Neighbourhood Watch, there have been bogus Children in Need collections in Swale. Two males aged 45 and 20 have been door knocking collecting for Children in Need and Scope. If you want to donate to a charity it is advisable to donate at your bank or building society or donate online where you can be sure the donations are correctly distributed.
Cutting the ribbon to open Kingsferry Place
Winner of the new Ward Homes development naming competition Sophie Coleman and four friends were invited to open Kingsferry Place on Tuesday 18th October 2011.
Well done to the Iwade allotments project and all involved...
Congratulations to the Iwade Allotment Association whose allotments won Iwade a runner-up prize in the Environment category of the 2011 Kent Village of the Year competition.
Why not follow at @IwadeVillage
So is on twitter at @IwadeVillage. Click on more to find out who else to follow in Iwade...
The Under 9's need a goalie...
Do you know a budding Goalkeeper?
The Iwade Herons Under 9's (that's School Year 4) are looking for a Goalkeeper. If you are interested or know someone who is then contact Simon Beard at or on 07411 847 065
Click on more to read just that plus a link to the KM article...
According to Neighbourhood Watch and the Police, last week's power failure was caused by an electricity cable being cut from a pylon, in the process electrocuting a 4-year old horse valued at £6000.
Have you seen a cat that answers to Mia?
Urgent Lost Cat
A Springvale family with 2 sad children lost their cat about a week ago (around 20th September). Cat Mia is black, brown,and ginger with a red collar and pink love heart tag. If anyone has seen Mia please could you telephone Nikki on 01795 476739.
Monday 31st October is the proposed date for Iwade Halloween...
Halloween Now on Monday 31st October
After some heated discussions about when to have Halloween in Iwade this year the general consensus seems to be for Monday 31st October. If you're on fb the Discussion Board makes for interesting reading! Obviously you can do what you like but do try to respect those houses that don't do Halloween and only trick or treat at those with a lit pumpkin. Have fun!
Thanks go to Dave Wastall for organising this year's cycle.
Thank you to Dave Wastall for reporting on the Church Cycle 2011 (take it with a pinch of salt, particularly 'churches close by'! - really Dave?!). Click on more to read the full report, makes for an interesting read...
Click on the image to read all about it!
You read your Iwade Observer here first!
The October Iwade Observer is now available to read online thanks to editor Tara Kent and this month's contributors. Read all about it!
Freya will be part of the Olympic Torch ceremony at Leeds Castle
If you have followed since way back when you may remember a story about Freya Quested who was born on 20th December 2004 and was promised a role in the 2012 Olympics as part of a London Children's Promise scheme.
Lock up carefully...
Iwade Garage Break-Ins
Two garages in School Lane Iwade were broken into overnight on 14th, 15th September although it is not clear if anything was stolen. If you have any information please contact your local police on 01622 690 690.
Click on the Herons image to read how the Under 9's got on in their first match...
Herons Under 9s Win Against Barming
Saturday 10th September saw the Iwade Herons Under 9's play their first game of the season against Barming Youth and win with a convincing 4-0 1-0 victory. Well done team and thank you to manager Simon Beard for providing a match report. You can also read how the Under 18 Colt's got on thanks to Coach Ian Lucas
Swale Borough Council will be announcing their 20 year Local Plan in a few months, and as a result Iwade and other rural areas may spread out over surrounding fields. Swale R.A.H.M. (Residents Against Housing Madness) have formed, made up of Parish Councils, residents and Campaign for Protection of Rural England to endeavour to get the best outcome for rural areas in Swale.
Be part of our team or sponsor your ancient church, the choice is yours!
So Iwade this is not personal sponsorship we're asking for, we're asking you to sponsor your church, you know that beautiful old building opposite the pub! Click here to sponsor the Iwade Cycle team who will be cycling around Kent churches this Saturday 10th September to raise money for All Saint's Church Iwade and Friends of Kent Churches.
Take a look at the Woolpack's new website complete with exciting new menu at
Woolpack gets a new website
Everyone loves the Woolpack but we love it even more now it's had a makeover! New vintage red décor, food available every day from an exciting new menu including 2 for £10 meals and bottles of wine starting at £7.49. Find out more at their new website
Do you have any information that could help?
Repetitive car break-ins in Iwade this week and items stolen from buildings in School Lane Iwade. Contact Kent Police on 01622 690 690 if you have any information. Since this article was published there was also a break-in in Monins Road where a mountain bike and power tools were taken and someone was seen on a motorbike taking pictures of cars.
Thank you to Hillreed for updating us on the dig...
Thank you to Hillreed Homes Project Manager Chris Cooper who has kindly updated us on the work they are undertaking in the fields next to School Lane recreation ground.
Click on the image to read your September Observer online
You read it here first...
The September edition of the Iwade Observer is now online thanks to its contributors and volunteer editorial team. It was Tara and Nicola's turn this month. Lots of features and some details on who to call if there's an odour (apt if you had your windows open yesterday!). Click here or click on the image to enjoy. And when this article has gone you can find back issues of the Iwade Observer on the News page.
Click on more for just that, more information!
The Sheerness Scottish Heather Club who meet at Iwade Village Hall on a Friday evening (not in August) are looking for new members and welcome complete beginners. You don't even need a partner and it's only £2.50! Click on more to find out what they have to say...
Click on the image to find out who to contact...
Both the Under 16's and the Under 18's need players for the 2011-12 season starting in September. Click on more if you are interested or know of anyone who may be...
A pub is at the heart of every community. Or it should be!
Mark and Liz Burgess at the Woolpack are making lots of great changes to your friendly local that will make the Woolpack even better than it is is already!
Sittingbourne Speedway Club is just off Raspberry Hill Lane Iwade...
Sittingbourne Speedway have two events in their September calendar to which they would like to invite Iwade residents just asking that you make a donation to their chosen charity on the day.
Click on the duck to find out more about baby swimming lessons with Puddle Ducks
Welcome to Puddle Ducks run by Angela from Evergreen Close Iwade who is offering Iwade residents 10% off their first term of baby swimming classes with Puddle Ducks. Click on more to find out just that... more!
Click on the houses to
Resident Janet Gregory is asking for you to play your part in fighting the move to develop more houses in Iwade over the next 15 years. Click more to read what she has to say.
Contact Janet if you are interested in giving something back to the community
Do you want to give something back?
If you love receiving your Iwade Observer would you like to be part of the volunteer delivery team? The Iwade Observer cannot survive without volunteers and we are currently looking for someone to deliver to Ferry Road, The Street, Plantation Court, Grovehurst Road, Church Mews, Saxon Place and All Saint's Close. Contact Janet Gregory on 01795 435955 or at if you can help.
A group of residents from Sanderling Way are questioning the fees the Sanderling Way area residents in Ward homes pay to OM Property Management, the majority of which would appear to be spent on administration. Click on more to read what the residents have to say.
Do you think Iwade could go the distance?!
It's that time again when the Kent Village of the Year competition opens, each year in a different format. This year villages are being asked to submit up to 5 exemplary community activities.
The Kulpritts headlined this year's Iwade Rock
Thank you to all those that attended Iwade Rock 2011 on Saturday 23rd July. The event was a huge success with over 400 people attending and some coming from as far as Swanley and Tonbridge to join in the fun.
Google Iwade and you're away
Top in Google Again!
If you've had trouble finding us in google trouble no more. Just google Iwade and we're right at the top. Happy surfing!
Happy Vole Watching!
Did you know we have water voles in the Iwade stream and that they are fully protected by law in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (amended 2008). So says Debbie McNamara our friendly Environment Agency contact. Click more to read what she has to say on the subject...
The Prettiest Front Garden Competition was a great success
On Saturday 15th July Mayor Ben Stokes judged Iwade's first Prettiest Garden Competition, selecting a winner, runner up and third place from twelve nominations.
Photograph Copyright 2011 S.T. Beard LRPS
The relaunch party at the Woolpack on Tuesday 12th July celebrated the new website with a visit from the Mayor, a birthday cake and a glass of wine.
Some of Summer Fete 2011 helpers pictured...
A big thank you from Friends of Iwade School to all of our volunteers, sponsors and supporters! With your help we brought in more than £2000!
Click on the image to read the Environment Agency fact sheet
Environment Agency Odour Fact Sheet
Thank you to the Environment Agency for sending us the latest Odour fact sheet, aware that odour problems still exist for residents. Click on the image to view the Information Sheet.
Click on the image to read the full story...
Sittingbourne Messenger reports Man Hunt
According to the Sittingbourne Messenger seven illegal immigrants were found in a truck carrying flower supplies on Thursday 7th July. Six of the men were captured but one escaped. Click on the image for the full story.
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Contact Nicola at or on 01795 439892 or 07738 828 308 to talk about options to advertise your business with us. Prices from £5 upwards if you pay by standing order so why not give us a call.
Click on the image to see the Explore Kent poster
Book Now for Iwade Explore Kent Walks
Iwade has two walks in the Explore Kent Walking Festival now open for bookings through Explore Kent. There's more information in the What's On Calendar list view about when and where. Receive a free bag with a bottle of water and pedometer! Or check out the Explore Kent website.
Why not digitally include yourself or someone else?!
Digital inclusion is the new thing so if you know anyone over 50 who could benefit from some basic Information Technology training click on more.
Why not try the Christmas band concert?
Our news correspondent Amanda Hurrell who publishes Iwade news in the local press community pages took a trip out to the annual summer band concert. Click on more for her story...
Click on more to find out about the drop-in sessions
Public consultation has begun on the Environment Agency’s draft decision to issue an environmental permit for an energy from waste plant at Kemsley.
Click on the image to read the results on the Village Hall website...
Where are the Village Hall Results?!
Following last week's article about planning on the Iwade Village Hall site, Iwade Village Hall have now published the results of the village-wide survey included with your Iwade Observer earlier this year. Your survey said...
It was fantastic to see such a range of flower displays
The weekend of Saturday 25th June saw All Saint's Church Iwade adorned with flowers for our biannual Flower Festival. Click more to see the pictures and read the thank yous...
Has your milk been lacking?
Those of you in Iwade who get your milk delivered by the New Road Dairies Sheerness milkman may now understand why you have not been receiving your milk.
Click on the image to read your Iwade Observer online.
July Iwade Observer Online!
Read it here before it's even hit the printing press. Click on the image to read your July 2011 Iwade Observer. Are those your village clean-up feet?!
Exciting venture for Chantelle previously of Body and Sole
Chantelle Williams, previously of Body and Sole Dance Academy with classes at Iwade School, is pleased to announce that she will be running a Glee Musical Theatre Summer School.
What a lot of litter
In its sixth year this year's Iwade Village Clean-up saw the best turnout yet with community spirit and cake to-boot.
Young Herons doing the FA Respect handshake
Congratulations to the Iwade Herons Football Club who have been awarded the Charter Standard and is your child starting in Reception in September?
Need childcare in the holidays?
Holiday Club at Iwade School
If you are interested in Iwade School Holiday Club this summer then contact the School office to get a leaflet. Pupils and non-pupils welcome.
Time for a new hall to fit our growing 'village'?
Iwade Village Hall Committee have submitted a planning application for 10 properties on the current hall site to raise money for a new hall.
Peter Wilks is the first "Honorary Freeman" of Iwade
Former Chair of Iwade Parish Council and resident of Coleshall Farm for many years Peter Wilks was given the title of "Honorary Freeman" of the Parish of Iwade at the Annual Parish Meeting 2011 chaired by new Chair Stephen Plumb.
A new provider will run Iwade Surgery in the next 9 months
Currently Kent Community Health NHS Trust provides services from Iwade Surgery. Notice has been served on this contract and over the next 9 months will be handed over to a new provider. To help with any questions you may have please click on 'read more' to read the FAQ courtesy of Iwade Health Centre.
Lunch Cover Vacancy at Ickle Pickles
Ickle Pickles Nursery has a vacancy for lunch cover Monday to Friday 12-3. Applicants must have experience with children and preferably be qualified although this is not essential. For more information please call Hannah or Michelle on 01795 474551.
Click on the image to visit their website
Places at Michelle's School of Dancing
Michelle's School of Dancing runs dancing classes at Iwade Primary School on a Thursday after school. Currently the classes are 4 to 5.30pm for ages 2 and a half to 6 and 5.30pm to 7.15pm for ages 7 +. Places available this term and incorporate ballet, tap and jazz so why not contact Michelle on 07957 350205 for more information.
Call 0800 923 7000 today
Protect Your Home from Fire
You can contact Kent Fire and Rescue to book a free home safety visit on 0800 923 7000. The visit takes approximately 30 minutes and may save your life. Any equipment fitted is free and may include a smoke alarm or even a fire safety device for the visually and hearing impaired, as well as other special gadgets for example if someone is getting forgetful about turning off the cooker.
Why not visit the new Herons website at
Herons Want Players
In particular Under 16s all positions, an Under 9 goalie and Under 10s and 11s for the 2011-2012 season but all interest welcome, contact Jo Simms on 01795 477821 or 07597 947 226 or by email at and she will put you in touch with the right person.
Claim back your fibre broadband installation fee
To claim back a one-off installation or activation fee (if you had one) for fibre broadband post an original invoice, a current council tax bill and a stamped address envelope to the Iwade Parish Council at P.O. Box 588 | Sittingbourne | Kent | ME10 9ET.
What are your community priorities?
Swale Community Safety Partnership would like to know your community priorities so why not click on the image to complete a short online questionnaire and tell them. If they don't know they can't help! Click on the image to complete the online questionnaire

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