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Village Directory

Published by Preston Parish Plan Steering Committee on behalf of Preston Parish Council
Last revision: May 2007

The Parish Council and the residents of Preston and Elmstone welcome newcomers to our village.
This page provides details of village amenities, services, organisations and contacts and of some within the surrounding area of East Kent. While far from being exhaustive, we hope it will prove useful to newcomers and that it will help you to find your way around.

1 Democratic Structure

  Preston Parish Council:
  Chairman: Mr. Ollie Chapman Tel. 01227 721162
  Parish Clerk: Mr. Frank Pinnington Tel. 01227 728460

  Dover District Council:
  Council Offices White Cliffs Business Park, Whitfield, Dover CT16 3PF Tel. 01304 821199
  Ward Councillors: Trevor Bartlett, Sue Chandler, Jane Sheridan

  Kent County Council:
  Council Offices County Hall, Maidstone Tel. 08458 247 247

  Member of Parliament (Thanet South):
    The Rt. Hon. Stephen Ladyman, M.P. Tel. O207 219 3000

2 Church (C.of E.)

  Vicar: (Interregnum).  

  Rectory: St, Mary’s House, St. Mary’s Meadow, Wingham CT3 1DF Tel. 01227 721530

  Preston Church Wardens:
    Alison Stone, Diane Coller, Roger Rose. (Junior Church: Jackie Rose) Tel. 01227 722501

  Junior Church:
    Penny Cornet, The Forstal, Preston Tel. 01227 722513
    meets in Preston Village Hall at 9.30 am during term time (except on 2nd Sunday of the month)

3 Schools

  Pre-School Held in Village Hall  
    Kathy Hills Tel. 01227 712086

  Preston Village School
    Mrs. Penny Day Tel. 01227 722235

  KCC Secondary Schools
    Kent County Council Education Department Tel. 01622 696 565
    KCC Education Enquiries, Sessions House, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ  

4 Postal Services

  Post Boxes in the village:
    At the junction of Court Lane and Preston Road  
    By the bus shelter in The Street, just north of Preston Stores, last collection 4pm. (Monday to Friday only)  
    At Elmstone in the wall of the Old Rectory  

    Please note that there is NO Sunday collection from Preston; the nearest is from Wingham P.O.  

  Nearest Post Offices:
    Wingham. Closed Saturdays from 12.30 pm.
Upstreet. Closed Wednesday and Saturday from 1pm
Ash. Closed Tuesday and Saturday from 1pm

5 Village Amenities and Retailers

  Preston Butchers The Street, Preston Tel. 01227 722394
  Preston Nursery Tim Offord, The Street, Preston Tel. 01227 722250
  Preston Village Hall
    Chair. John Simpson Tel. 01227 722677
    Bookings. Sue Taylor Tel. 07811 655953
  Preston Village Stores
    Mr. M. Fenney, The Street, Preston Tel. 01227 722300
  The Farm Shop Mr. M. Hadley, The Street, Preston  
  The Half Moon & Seven Stars Public House
    The Street, Preston Tel. 01227 722296
  Park Farm Riding School
    Ms. Anne Seymour, Park Road, Preston Tel. 01227 728349

6 Some Village Organisations

  Bellringers Mr. P. Titmus, Chequerfield Farm, Park Road, Preston Tel. 01227 722311
  Preston & Elmstone cricket club
    Mr. Joe Atkins, Rose Bank, School Lane, Bekesbourne Tel. 01227 831127
  Flower Arrangers (Elmstone)
    Miss. E. Timms Tel. 01227 722704
  Preston football club
    Mr. R. Butcher, 65 Southwood Gardens, Ramsgate Tel. 01843 581861
  Friends of Preston Church
    Miss. E. Timms Tel. 01227 722704
  Friends of Preston School
    Mr, Ian Turner c/o Preston School  
  Preston with Elmstone & Stourmouth Horticultural Society
    Mrs B Read, 5 Cannon Green, Wingham CT3 1DQ  
    Meets every 2nd. Tuesday of the month in the Village Hall  
  Minor authority governor
    (to be appointed)  
  Short-mat Bowling
    Mrs. B. Read, 5 Cannon Green, Wingham, CT3 1DQ  
  The Women’s Institute
    Mrs. Joyce Evans Tel. 01227 722477
    Mrs. June Hodges Tel. 01227 860512
    W.I. meets on the 2nd. Wednesday of each month in the Village Hall at 7.15 p.m.  
  Tuesday Club
    Mrs. Doreen Allison, Langfield, Longmete Road, Preston Tel. 01227 722368
  Preston Village Hall
    Bookings. Sue Taylor Tel. 07811 655953

7 Some Other Sports Activities within 15 km radius

  Wingham Tennis Club
    Recreation Ground, Goodnestone Road, Wingham  
    Contact: Wingham Post Office or ‘phone Liz Scott Tel. 01227 722282
    Junior Tennis (Wingham) Contact Liz Scott Tel. 01227 722282
  Ash Tennis Club
    Recreation Ground, Queen’s Rd., Ash  
    Gilly O’Neill Tel. 01843 821 232
  Canterbury Hockey Club
    Littlebourne Road (A257)  
  Canterbury Rugby Club
    The Pavilion, Merton Lane North, Nackington, Canterbury Tel. 01227 761301
    Clubs in Canterbury, Sandwich, Deal and Thanet  
  Public Swimming Pools
    Kingsmead in Canterbury, also pools at Ramsgate and Deal

8 Travel and Public Transport

  Bus services (poor from the village):
    Preston to Canterbury: Stagecoach Route 622  
    4 buses a day Monday to Saturday to Canterbury, and 4 from Canterbury to Preston, one of which runs to Margate – one way only. Times vary in School holidays.

    Island Hoppa (Eastonways) Route 51  
    3 buses a day, weekdays only to Aylesham via Wingham and return. One only, weekday mornings at 9.30a.m., goes to Margate and Westwood via Thanet villages.

    From Wingham  
    There are more frequent buses to Canterbury, Sandwich and Deal from Wingham.

  Taxis: Ash Cars Tel. 01304 812187
  Nearest Train Services:
    Adisham Station for Dover, Canterbury and London Victoria

9 Health Services

  Doctors’ Surgeries:
    Wingham Tel. 01227 720205
    Ash Tel. 01304 812227
    Littlebourne Tel. 01227 721515
  Nearest Dental Practice:
    Wingham Dental Practice, 66, High Street, Wingham (not NHS) Tel. 01227 720284
  Nearest Pharmacy:
    The Street, Ash Tel. 01304 812242
  Nearest Chiropodist:
    86, High Street, Wingham Tel. 01227 451317
  Note A wide range of health practitioners are advertised in Yellow Pages and in other directories

10 Hospitals (NHS)

  Canterbury: Kent & Canterbury Ethelbert Road Tel. 01227 766877
  Margate: Queen Elizabeth Q.M.Hospital Tel. 01843 225541
  Ashford: William Harvey Hospital Tel. 01233 633331
  Herne Bay: Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital

Tel. 01227 594700
11 Mobile Library

  Canterbury: Calls at Padbrook Lane Elmstone on alternate Tuesdays from 2.55 to 3.10 p.m.
Calls at The Downs, Preston also on alternate Tuesdays from 3.20 to 3 55 p.m.

12 Refuse and Recycling

  Preston: Main collection is on Thursday mornings weekly from 7a.m. Bottles and paper are collected fortnightly on Thursday mornings. There are also dedicated recycling skips in the Village Hall car park.  
  Elmstone: The refuse collection is on Mondays from 12 noon. Bottles and paper are collected fortnightly on Thursday mornings.

13 Services

  Emergency only: Police, Fire, Ambulance Tel. 999
  Police: non emergency Tel. 01304 240055
  Fire: non emergency Tel. 01227 454724
  Ambulance: non emergency Tel. 01227 457555
  Southern Water: emergency service Tel. 0845 2780845
  Cesspool emptying: Tel. 01304 872410
  Electricity: emergency Tel. 0800 783 8866
  Gas: emergency Tel. 0800 111 999

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