Council Updates


What is the FiSH Scheme?
The FiSH Scheme is a registered charity operating in Bridge, Patrixbourne, Bekesbourne and Bishopsbourne since 1980.

FiSH volunteers give neighbourly assistance to anyone in need or during times of emergency, particularly the elderly. Many families live far away from each other these days and it is not always possible to give the help needed, and indeed some people do not have families to call upon.

(NB: Don’t worry if the answerphone talks only of transport to medical appointments, the organisers are amending this to cover a wider range of services in the current situation).

Volunteer drivers assist in taking people to appointments and on errands. This could be a hospital or doctors visit, opticians, dentists, etc. Volunteers are paid a small mileage allowance.
If you or a relative/friend/neighbour needs transport, please contact 07935 966080 (leave a message if necessary).

Library service
There is a library book exchange service for those unable to get out easily, organised in conjunction with Canterbury Library Service.

Outings & social events
Several outings are arranged throughout the year. Either a coach tour of the countryside, tea and a visit to the garden centre, or a visit to the theatre. In the past, lunches have been organised in the village hall. Transport for all these is provided when required.

Emergency pot
A small pot of money is also available in unusual or emergency situations. Please contact the FiSH Scheme if you have a suggestion for consideration

Fund raising
On the second Wednesday of each month, a coffee morning is held in the Bridge village hall and is open to all. Often there is a book lending library and supply of knitting materials; any knitted garments can be donated for distribution through the Canterbury Health Centre.

Many volunteers give generously of their time and this support is much appreciated. However we would very much welcome new volunteers.
If you have a small amount of time to spare each month for driving, visiting or volunteering in some small way, please phone co-ordinator Jean Johnson on 01227 766182.

01227 206 272 |



Letter from Ian Parsons , received December 2020



From the 7th January, symptom-free Covid-19 testing will be available at the following locations:

  • Northfleet Youth Club, Hall Road, Gravesend DA11 8AJ
  • Swanley Youth Club, St Mary’s Road BR8 7BU
  • Dover Discovery Centre, York St CT16 1PH
  • Folkestone Library. 2 Grace Hill, Folkestone CT20 1HD
  • Unit 1 Eurogate Business Park, Thomson Rd, Ashford TN24 8XW
  • Kent Show Ground, Detling ME14 3JF
  • Kemsley Community Centre, Ridham Avenue, Kemsley ME10 2SF
  • The Centre, Birchington, Alpha Rd, Birchington CT7 9EG
  • Sidney Cooper Gallery, 22-23 St Peter’s St, Canterbury CT1 2BQ
  • Larkfied Library Martin Square, Larkfield, ME20 6QW
  • Fairfield Leisure Centre, Lowfield Street, Dartford DA1 1JB
  • Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent Rd, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2LU

All testing sites will be open daily from 9am to 7pm. Tests can be booked from today via this link: