Archive for the ‘Rainham Central’ Category

Highway Drainage Works – Maidstone Road Rainham ME8

May 4, 2016


News from Medway Council

Medway Council will shortly be carrying out works to replace highway drainage covers at the above location from SUNDAY 15 MAY 2016 for 1 day, between the hours of 7AM and 7PM. The junction of Maidstone Road and Herbert Road will be closed for the duration of the works. Temporary traffic lights will be installed on Maidstone Road during this time to allow the works to be carried out safely. An appropriate diversion route will be put in place and access to properties maintained where possible and where safe to do so.

The Council will make every effort to complete the work within the dates given, however the date may be subject to change if the Council experience poor weather conditions or other issues arise within the working area.


Great to meet the new Head Teacher of the Howard School in Rainham

April 15, 2016


Having just started in his new role as Head Teacher of the Howard School in Rainham it was a real pleasure to be visited by Terry Millar this morning where he brought both myself and my ward colleague Cllr Barry Kemp up to date with his plans for the future of the school.

Terry joins us from the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Crayford Academy and I know is extremely excited at his new role with us here in Medway.

After discussing local ward issues I was able to spend time with Terry discussing various issues and really look forward to working with Terry and the leadership team at the Howard School in the future.

Thank you Terry for taking the time to visit, it is very much appreciated.


The 132 Bus and Arthur Road, Rainham, ME8 9DA

March 21, 2016


The 132 bus service will be on diversion between 9.30am and 3.30pm from 4- 8 April.

This is due to resurfacing works in Lonsdale Drive between Wheatcroft Grove and Mierscourt Road.

During the works buses will divert from Lonsdale Drive along Arthur Road, and Maidstone Road to the A2.

Notices are being posted at bus stops and screens on route this week.

Opening Best Buys in Norreys Road

October 31, 2015

I joined the Mayor of Medway Cllr Barry Kemp yesterday in opening the new store in Norreys Road in Rainham.

With longer opening hours and a wide variety of goods on sale it will prove a valuable asset to our community.

On hand were the previous owners for 30 years Narendra and Usha Patel happy to wish good luck to the new proprietor Partheepan Kunanayagam.

The ribbon was cut by young Jason Kennedy.

We wish the new owners the very best for the future.

A warm welcome to the new Deacon of St Margaret’s Church in Rainham James Harratt

September 27, 2015

James ordination (17)

It was an honour to be in the congregation at Rochester Cathedral yesterday when our new Deacon James Michael Harratt was ordained Deacon by James, Bishop of Rochester. Altogether some 12 Deacons from around North Kent were Ordained.

Deacons were originally members of the Bishop’s household and share in his ministry of service and evangelisation, represented liturgically by their proclamation of the gospel and their assistance during the Eucharist. They have a special care for the sick and needy in the community, and for assisting the worship of the people.

James will be joining the Rev Judy Henning and Rev Melanie Simms at St Margaret’s Church in Rainham and I am photographed above with both Rev Judy and James.

and below with James.

James ordination (16)

All photographs are copyrighted to Tony Fairclough of St Margaret’s Church in Rainham

Following the Ordination we all retired to a welcoming party at the Millennium Centre organised by members of the congregation where we all drank a toast to James and his wife Helen.

James ordination (10)

This morning (Sunday) James and Helen were welcomed into our Church at a super service.

A warm welcome to James and Helen, may your stay with us be long and happy!



St Matthews Church, Wigmore – Open Gardens Weekend Saturday & Sunday 20th & 21st June 2015

June 20, 2015




I had a busy day visiting some of the wonderful gardens that were open today with my wife and granddaughter and I thoroughly recommend them to you for a visit tomorrow if you can make it.

Above I am pictured with Paul and Sue from Maidstone Road and below with Colin and Linda from Lonsdale Drive.


The it was off to Arthur Road to meet up with Colin and Jill in their wonderful garden.



Finally it was a visit to The Goldings to visit the super garden of Mick and Maggie.




Here are the details for tomorrow, I do urge you to go along and have a look, in addition to getting some wonderful ideas for your garden, you also meet some fantastic local people.

This is the ninth biennial Open Gardens Weekend organised for the people of Wigmore, Medway and beyond. There are sixteen gardens of all types and sizes for everyone to explore and enjoy over the two days. As well as refreshments, cream teas and lunches, there will be plants and other items for sale.

The entry programme is £6 and is great value for access into all the gardens. Alternatively, the entry price is £1 per garden. Programmes can be obtained at any garden on the day, or in advance by contacting any of the following:

All Saints, Hempstead: Jean Bird (234149) St Pauls, Parkwood: Jackie North (231819)
St Peters, Bredhurst: Ann Keeble (361263) St Matthews, Wigmore: Paul Bellerby (387328)

PARKING: please do not park too near an open garden. This will help to avoid congestion and also show consideration to the neighbours.

Saturday 20th Lunches are 12 – 2pm (L1=Burgers, L2 = Ploughmans) C = Cream Teas

10am – 4pm 25 Hanover Drive, Wigmore Fascinating rooms in mature garden
10:30am – 4pm 48 The Goldings, Rainham Relaxing garden with herbaceous borders sales in support of Macmillan Nurses
10:30am – 4pm C 48 Bredhurst Road, Wigmore Large garden with herbaceous borders plus cream teas to support Indian Orphanage
10:30am – 4:30pm 332 Maidstone Road, Wigmore Wide garden with interesting features
11am – 3pm 36 Swain Road, Wigmore Herbaceous plants, shrubs & Lasagne beds!
11am – 3pm L1 52 Bredhurst Road, Wigmore Interesting garden with bedding plants
11am – 4pm 393 Maidstone Road, Wigmore Long Garden with interesting features
11am – 4pm 67 Arthur Road, Rainham Designed for wheelchairs and grandchildren
12 am – 4pm L2 210 Lonsdale Drive, Rainham Sloping garden with features
1pm – 4pm 21 Beacon Close, Rainham Well stocked garden with features

Sunday 21st C =Cream Teas

12:30pm – 5pm Drewery Drive, Wigmore Secluded walled garden with ponds
1pm – 5pm 95 Woodside, Wigmore Large transformed garden with pond & bridge
1pm – 5pm 121 Marshall Drive, Rainham Shrub & perennial garden with ponds
1pm – 5pm 64 Kenilworth Road, Rainham Small and colourful
2pm – 5pm 6 Gainsborough Close, Rainham Garden for all seasons and pond with Koi
2pm – 5pm 10 Springvale, Wigmore Flower, fruit & vegetable garden
2pm – 5pm C 173 Bredhurst Road, Wigmore Large evolving woodland & wildlife garden
(Raffle Prize draw will be held here at 5:15pm)

Full details are in the Programme purchased in advance or at most Saturday gardens.
Alternatively, contact Paul Bellerby on 01634 387328 or on the day on 07947 472248.

All the above information is available on the church website

Changes to Arriva Bus routes through Rainham Central

June 13, 2015
I thought that you might be interested in the following information concerning Arriva Bus Services through Rainham Central which are due to be implemented from the 12th July:
120/121– minor timing change on one journey
132- This will increase to every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday; Sundays remain at every 30 minutes.
New Loop service (replaces 116) – This will be a new service which will run via Chatham, Dockside Outlet, The University, Gillingham, Medway Hospital, Tescos Rainham Mark, Twydall, Rainham, Hempstead and Luton. This will run every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday from morning to early evening as the 116 currently does. There is a slight reduction in frequency from every 30 minutes to every 30 minutes. Please note that Arriva have posted some posters which state that Maidstone Road Rainham will no longer be served. This is INCORRECT and an error on their part which they are rectifying with new posters.
700- Wigmore – Gillingham – Chatham – Rochester – Strood – Bluewater

These services will be completely revised
All journeys will be numbered 700 and will run only between Chatham Waterfront Bus Station and Bluewater every 20 minutes. There will no longer be a direct service from the Lords Wood, Luton, Wigmore and Gillingham areas to Bluewater, but certain Service 132 buses will continue beyond Chatham as Service 700 to Bluewater and through fares will be available.

Footway resurfacing in Salisbury Avenue, Rainham

February 9, 2015


Your Rainham Central Conservative Councillors are pleased to report that the footways in Salisbury Avenue, Rainham between Nursery Road and Derwent Way will be resurfaced.

Work is schedule to commence next Monday the 16th February and is expected to last for five days between the hours of 8am to 7pm.

Residents who are affected will receive a letter with full details by hand delivery tomorrow the 10th February.

Presenting “Unconquered” to Rainham School for Girls

January 15, 2015


Continuing my tour of our Medway Secondary Schools, it was my pleasure to visit Rainham School for Girls today to present them with their copy of the History of the Lord Lieutenancy of Kent called “Unconquered”. Witten by David McDine it is a fantastic book which I hope will be used for Citizenship lessons in the future.

I am in the process of presenting a copy of the book to each Secondary School in Medway.

Accompanying me once again was the Medway Liaison Deputy Lieutenant Russell Race who gave a short history of the Lieutenancy before signing and presenting the book to the Head Boy and Girl.

We are photographed above at the presentation.

Thank you to all at Rainham School for Girls for a wonderfully warm welcome.

A fantastic Christmas Tree Festival at St Margaret’s Church in Rainham

December 12, 2014


Congratulations to all of the team at St Margaret’s Church in Rainham for a fantastic Christmas Tree Festival this week.

Some thirty trees donated by local voluntary and church groups, schools and local businesses all lit up and looking super.

I am photographed above with the Christmas Tree that Rainham Central Ward Councillor’s were able to support financially from their Ward Funds and thank you to Rosemary for the wonderful poem in this months Sunburst Magazine.

Lots of super services coming up all of which can be found on the Church website

Photograph by kind permission of Tony Fairclough.