This message is to all who live and work in Westerham from your Council.

Posted on May 11, 2020

As Westerham, along with the rest of the Country, gets ready to enter the third month of ‘lockdown’ and awaits information on how we might emerge from this situation, we continue to be thankful to all those who are giving their time, their talents or their donations to support the community through these strange times.

Too numerous to list, we say thank to you all.

Your Council continues to carry on business as usual as far as is possible:

Both Council and Committee meetings continue to be held virtually when there are decisions to be taken or business to be done.

They are open to the public and times and date may vary; please contact the Town Clerk for details of how to join them.

Although the Council offices are closed to members of the public, our phones are still answered, our mail picked up and our emails acted upon.

Our Allotments and Playing Fields remain open; but please observe social distancing and don’t use the playgrounds, skate park, tennis courts or outdoor gym.

We are really sorry, but in the light of the advice we have received, we do need to keep them closed. This is under regular review and we will keep you updated of any changes.

Our Town Clerk is acting as Westerham Coordinator for the Sevenoaks District Volunteer scheme. One of our Cllrs, Deborah Coen, fulfils the same role for Crockham Hill.

From Shopping to prescription collection and delivery, from lost tortoises to distribution of information on anything and everything, volunteers are matched with those needing help.

The Council’s website now has a section devoted to Covid-19 (look for the tab at the top of the home page) which is regularly updated. It brings together all the sources of information on the pandemic in one place and gives the contact details for those who need more information. Updates are also posted on our and other Facebook pages

As ever, communication is key and while the world moves inexorably ‘online’ we are aware that many of our residents are not connected. Our Community Warden Steve is out and about in the Town and has delivered paper copies of information to those he knows have no internet connection. The Town Clerk and volunteers’ phone those who have asked for support. Key information is on notice boards.

Our message remains the same : Your Council is here to support the communities of Westerham and Crockham Hill. Let us know if you find gaps we can fill or people who might need support. We know how difficult it can be to ask, but please do not hesitate. If we cannot do it ourselves, we probably know someone who can!

So until we meet again face to face, keep well and stay safe.

Councillors and Staff of Westerham Town Council