Useful dates for Council Services over the Christmas and New Year Holiday

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From the Medway Council website

Christmas and New Year opening times (winter 2014 – 2015)

Adult education centres

Rochester Centre
23 December           9am – 4:30pm
24 – 27 December           Closed
29 – 31 December           9am – 4:30pm
1 January           Closed
2 January           Normal opening hours

 

Gillingham Centre
23 December 9am – 4.30pm
24 December – 1 January Closed
2 January Normal opening hours

To find out about courses starting in the New Year, visit our adult learning page.

Attractions

Rochester CastleThe Guildhall Museum and Medway Visitor Information Centre (VIC) in Rochester High Street will be closed 25, 26 December and 1 January.

The VIC will be open 10am to 3pm on 27 December and 10am to 5pm on 2 January.

Read more on things to see and do, including festivals and free events, at Enjoy Medway.

Burial and cremation services

Crematorium services
24 December     8am – 4pm
25 and 26 December     11am – 4pm
27 December     10am – 4pm
28 December     11am – 4pm
29 to 31 December     8am – 4pm
1 January     11am – 4pm
2 January     Normal opening hours

Chapel of Meditation and Books of Remembrance close 15 minutes before the grounds close. The crematorium office is closed 24 – 28 December and 1 January.

Cemetaries
24 December       9am – 4:30pm
25 and 26 December       9:30am – 4:30pm
27 December       9am – 4:30pm
28 December       9:30am – 4:30pm
29 to 31 December       9am – 4:30pm
1 January       9:30am – 4:30pm
2 January       Normal opening hours

Care, health and support

Out of hours emergency requests for a social worker are dealt with under an arrangement with Kent County Council. Call 0845 76 26 777.

Children’s Centres

All centres will be closed 25 and 26 December and 1 January. For further information on specific opening times over the Christmas period, check the Children’s Centres pages.

Country parks

Car parks at Capstone Farm Country Park and Riverside Country Park will be closed 24 – 26 December. Normal opening hours (8.30am to 5pm) on all other days.

Customer services

Community hubs and contact points
25 and 26 December Closed
27, 29 and 30 December Normal opening hours
31 December 9am – 5pm
1 January Closed
2 January Normal opening hours

 

Customer services
24 December                      8am – 5pm
25 and 26 December                      Closed
27 December                      Normal opening hours
31 December                      8am – 5pm
1 January                      Closed
2 January                      Normal opening hours

You can also contact customer service here.

Libraries

Libraries
Wednesday, 24 December Closed
Thursday, 25 December Closed
Friday, 26 December Closed
Saturday, 27 December Normal opening hours
Sunday, 28 December Closed (Libraries always closed on Sundays)
Monday, 29 December Normal opening hours
Tuesday, 30 December Normal opening hours
Wednesday, 31 December Closing at 5pm
Thursday, 1 January Closed

Visit our libraries page for more on opening hours or to renew a book, e-books and DVDs online.

Archives and local studies centre

Medway Archives Centre
Wednesday 24 December Closed (MALSC always close on Wednesday)
Thursday 25 December Closed
Friday 26 December Closed
Saturday 27 December Normal opening hours
Sunday 28 December Closed (MALSC always closed on Sundays)
Monday 29 December Normal opening times
Tuesday 30 December Normal opening times
Wednesday 31 December Closed (MALSC always closed on Wednesday)
Thursday 1 January Closed

For more on Medway’s history, visit the Medway Archives and Local History centre.

Sport and leisure

Medway Park,  Strood and Hoo Sports Centre
22 and 23 December                           8am – 8pm
Christmas Eve                           7am – 2pm
25 – 28 December                           Closed
29 and 30 December                           8am – 6pm
31 December                           7am – 2pm
1 January                           Closed

 

Splashes Sports Centre
22 and 23 December                8am – 8pm
24 December                8am – 4pm
25 and 26 December                Closed
27 and 28 December                10am – 4pm
29 and 30 December                8am – 6pm
31 December                8am – 4pm
1 January                Closed

 

Deangate Ridge
22 and 23 December                   8am – 8pm
24 December                   8am – 4pm
25 – 28 December                   Closed
29 and 30 December                   8am – 6pm
31 December                   8am – 4pm
1 January                   Closed

 

The Strand
22 and 23 December                   8am – 4pm
24 December                   8am – 2pm
25 – 28 December                   Closed
29 and 30 December                   8am – 4pm
31 December                   8am – 2pm
1 January                   Closed

 

Find out what’s going on at your local sports centre.

Theatres

Central Theatre                         Theatre / Box Office / Aladdin
15 December               10am – 5pm / 10am – 5pm / No performance
16 December               9:30am – 8:30pm / 9:30am – 6pm / 10:30am, 5:30am
17 December               9:30am – 10pm / 9:30am – 7:30pm / 10:30am, 7pm
18 December               10am – 5pm / 10am – 5pm / No performance
19 December               10am – 10pm / 10am – 7:30pm / 7pm
20 December               10am – 8:30pm / 10am – 6pm / 2pm, 5:30pm
21 December               1pm – 8:30pm / 1pm – 6pm / 2pm, 5:30pm
22 December               10am – 8:30pm / 10am – 6pm / 2pm, 5:30pm
23 December               10am – 9:30pm / 10am – 7pm / 2pm, 6:30pm
24 December               10am – 5:30pm / 10am – 3pm / 11am, 2:30pm
25 December               Closed / Closed / No performance
26 December               1pm – 8:30pm / 1pm – 6pm / 2pm, 5:30pm
27 December               10am – 8:30pm / 10am – 6pm / 2pm, 5:30pm
28 December               1pm – 8:30pm / 1pm – 6:30pm / 2pm, 5:30pm
29 December               10am – 8:30pm / 10am – 6pm / 2pm, 5:30pm
30 December               10am – 9:30pm / 10am – 7pm / 2pm, 6:30pm
31 December               10am – 5:30pm / 10am – 5pm / 2pm
1 January               Closed / Closed / No performance
2 & 3 January               10am – 8:30pm / 10am – 6pm / 2pm, 5:30pm
4 January               1pm – 5pm / 1pm – 2:30pm / 2pm

 

Brook Theatre         Theatre / Box Office / Poppy
15 December Normal times / 10am – 5pm / No performance
16 – 18 December Normal times / 10am – 5pm / 11am, 1pm, 4:30pm
19 December Normal times / 10am – 5:30pm / 4pm, 6pm
20 December 9am – 6pm / 10am – 5:30pm / 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
21 December 9am – 5pm / 9am – 4:30pm / 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
22 December Normal times / 10am – 5pm / No performance
23 December Normal times / 11am – 5pm / 11am, 1pm, 3pm
24 December 10am – 4pm / 10am – 3:30pm / 11am, 1pm, 3pm
25 & 26 December Closed / Closed / No performance
27 December 10am – 6pm / 10am – 5:30pm / 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
28 December 9am – 5pm / 9am – 4:30pm / 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
29 December – 4 January Closed / Closed / No performance

You can still check what’s onsale and book tickets.

Waste and recycling

Normal collection day Revised collection day
Thursday, 25 December Saturday, 27 December
Friday, 26 December Saturday, 27 December
Thursday, 1 January Friday, 2 January
Friday, 2 January Saturday, 3 January

There will be no bulky waste collections from 22 December up to and including 2 January.

Medway’s SWEEEPS electrical item collection service not run from 1pm on 24 December up to and including 1 Jan. Normal hours will resume 2 January. SWEEEPS will respond to all calls and emails received during this time within 24 hours of the office reopening.

To book a SWEEEPS collection, email medway@sweeep.co.uk or call 01795 434126.

Recycling centres are open at normal times except 25 and 26 December, and 1 January when the sites will be closed. These are:

  • Gillingham – Ambley Road, off Hoath Way
  • Chatham – Shawstead Road, Capstone
  • Cuxton – Sundridge Hill

Getting around this Christmas

During the Christmas and New Year period, rail and bus timetables will vary from their normal timetables.

Buses

The information centre at Chatham waterfront bus station will be closed on 25, 26 and 28 December, and 1 January. Visit our bus services page for full details or call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.

Rail

Visit Southeastern Railway for timetables and updates or phone 0845 000 2222National Rail enquiriesis also available on 08457 48 49 50.

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