Pembury Rocks

Pembury painted rock - rocks combine to make a tortoiseDid you paint any rocks during lockdown?  Do you still have them?

The Parish Council are considering a project to bring the stones together to create a memorial in the centre of the village.  If you are happy for them to be used in this project, please keep your stones and get in touch to let us know how many you have so we can see what we can create with them!

Please email us on clerk@pemburyparishcouncil.gov.uk or call on 01892-823193.

Tunbridge Wells Discretionary Grant Scheme now open

The new Tunbridge Wells Discretionary Grant Scheme has launched and is now open for applications at the following link: www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk/discretionarygrants

Businesses should read the associated guidance carefully (at the same link), in order to assess their eligibility for the scheme.

The deadline for applications is 7 June 2020.

If there are any enquiries about the scheme, please email businesscovid19@tunbridgewells.gov.uk.


Tennis Courts in Lower Green Recreation Ground to re-open

Tennis ball

Following the recent government announcement, Pembury Parish Council will re-open the tennis courts in Lower Green Recreation Ground for personal use only with effect from Wednesday 13 May 2020.

Users of the tennis courts are asked to comply with current guidance on using the courts.  Full details of the guidance can be found on the Lawn Tennis Association website.

Before leaving home and after you return

Please do not use the tennis courts if you have symptoms of Coronavirus or anyone you live with has symptoms.

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home to go to the court (or use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible).


  • Take hand sanitizer with you
  • Take all your own equipment (do not share equipment such as rackets, grips,
    hats and towels)
  • Only take the minimum amount of equipment with you that you need to play
  • Clean and wipe down your equipment, including racquets and water bottles before and after use
  • Bring a full water bottle, and do not share food or drink with others
  • Bring your own tennis balls that are clearly marked (e.g. with your initials)
  • Ensure you take all your belongings with you at the end of the session and do not leave anything on court

Travelling to and from the Court

  • Arrive as close as possible to when you need to be there
  • Avoid touching court gates, fences, benches, etc. if you can
  • Allow others to leave before you enter the court – if you need to wait then do so away from the courts and clear of the gates
  • Ensure you leave the court before other players enter
  • Do not congregate after playing. No extra-curricular or social activity should take place

Court Limits

  • Maximum of two people per court (singles play only). Players can be from different households
  • The only exception to the above is where a group of four players are all from the same household in which case they can play doubles

Maintain Social Distancing

  • Stay at least two metres away from other players at all times (including during play, when taking breaks and before and after play)
  • Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high five)
  • Stay on your side of court and avoid changing ends, or agree to change ends at opposite sides of the net
  • Avoid chasing the ball down to another court if other players are using it

Equipment & Facilities

  • Use your own clearly marked tennis balls
  • Avoid using your hands to pick up tennis balls that aren’t yours – use your racquet/foot to hit/kick them to your opponent or return them to another court
  • Avoid using other equipment such as  net handles where possible


  • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve.  Please take your tissues home with you and dispose of carefully
  • Avoid touching your face

Garden Waste Collection – Update 27 April 2020

garden waste wheelie bin

TWBC are not yet in a position to re-commence garden waste collections due to staff shortages.  They want to assure residents that they will restart the service when resources allow them to do so.  At the moment garden waste collections are suspended as the staff have been re-deployed to keep the core services running i.e. food waste, household waste and recycling collections.

TWBC will advise a start date as soon as they can.

In the meantime why not think about home composting. More details on this can be found on the Recycle Now and many other websites.

Paddock Wood Community Advice Centre – WE ARE OPEN!

During the Coronavirus outbreak, Paddock Wood Community Advice Centre remains open from 9.30am – 1.30pm Monday to Friday. We have adapted our service to enable our dedicated team of skilled volunteer advisers to access all our usual resources, including our secure case management system. We can help you with any enquiry, no matter how big or small. Our specialist debt advisers can talk to you about your options and plan ahead during this time of uncertainty and our specialist Welfare Rights Advisers continue to conduct casework for those appealing benefit decisions at the first-tier tribunal.

Due to the government’s guidance on social distancing, we cannot currently offer a drop-in service or schedule face to face appointments.

Here is how you can access our service:

EMAIL: info@pwadvice.org
WEBSITE: www.pwadvice.org/advice

Here are some of the ways we can help you:

If you are self-isolating, we can put you in touch with volunteer groups in your area who can help with collecting shopping, prescriptions or with regular telephone calls or posting letters.
We can provide advice and information about your options if you have a new issue arising from the coronavirus outbreak such as welfare benefits, employment or consumer issues.
We can signpost you or make formal referrals to other specialist agencies who can help, such as ACAS, your local Food Bank, your Local Authority, Parkinson’s UK, Shelter and many more.
We can support you if your relationship has been affected, if you are struggling to maintain child arrangements or if you or your children are at risk of or are experiencing domestic abuse.

For more information or help about any issue at all, contact Paddock Wood Community Advice Centre at 64 Commercial Road, Paddock Wood, TN12 6DP, call us on 01892 838619, email info@pwadvice.org or see our website: www.pwadvice.org