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WELCOME TO BURHAM We would like to welcome you warmly to our village and hope that you will quickly feel part of our village community. This booklet has been compiled to give you information about the various facilities, clubs, organisations and businesses offering local services. The original village was sited around Old St Mary’s Church close to the river crossing to Snodland. The Redundant Churches Trust now maintains the Church. With the development of the chalk pits, which supplied the raw materials for the extensive cement works (now long since closed), the present village was developed in the mid nineteenth century. Small modern housing developments have taken place in the last fifty years. There is easy access to the North Downs by many bridle ways and footpaths. The Kent Wildlife Trust is doing much work to enhance the flora and fauna. Despite its rural setting Burham has excellent road and rail links to the continent and S E England. If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact myself or any member of the Parish Council.

Roger Dalton Chair of Parish Council


BURHAM WEBSITE From the outset this was designed to be informative and useful and complementary to the established Parish Magazine. A website has been established for over 10 years. The site is updated at least once a month and date stamped to show this. All previous updates are detailed on a dedicated page. Existing facilities include: • • • • • • •

Agenda for nearest Parish Council meeting Approved Minutes from the latest Parish Council meeting Contact details for all Parish, Borough and County councillors and local M.P. Items of interest regarding the history and geography of the village Descriptions and contact details of important village amenities and organisations Individual pages for the Church Individual pages for the local Public Houses

New features are being planned to include: • •

Local weather forecast Updating of the website


DOCTORS The Medical Practice covers the villages of Burham and Eccles. There are three General Practitioners and a full range of ancillary staff. The Practice has its own dispensary. The Surgeries are in: Bell Lane Burham

Mackenders Lane Eccles

The contact telephone number is:

(01634) 867982

Opening times for Burham are: Mon, Thurs

8.30 -17.00

Tues, Wed, Fri

8.30 -18.00

HOSPITALS Accident and Emergency services are available in both Maidstone and Medway as follows: Maidstone Hospital Hermitage Lane Maidstone

Medway Maritime Hospital Windmill Road Gillingham

Tel (01622) 72900

Tel (01634) 830000


PRESCRIPTION COLLECTION SERVICE This is a service offered to the housebound. managed by a group of volunteers. Contact:

Heather Lloyd


It is

Tel (01634) 863345

TRANSPORT Railways There are mainline stations at Maidstone, Chatham and Rochester with fast and frequent services to London and the Kent coast. The nearest station for the high speed rail link is at Ebbsfleet with services to London and the Channel Tunnel and beyond. Tel 08457 48 49 50 Buses The 155 bus runs to and from Chatham, via Rochester to Maidstone. This service is provided by Arriva. For enquiries phone (01634) 283600 or (01622) 690577. Timetables are displayed at the bus shelters in the village, but as a quick reference evening buses run at the following times: Chatham to Maidstone Chatham Bus Station 17:50, 18:35, 20:25, 22:15 Burham (the Windmill) 18:19, 19:01, 20:51, 22.41 Maidstone Chequers 18:44, 19:25, 21:15, 23:05 Maidstone to Chatham Maidstone Chequers 19:30, 21:20, 23.10 Burham (the Windmill) 19:54, 21:44, 23:34 Chatham Bus Station 20:20, 22:10, 00.00


The 158 service runs three times a day to and from Maidstone Hospital. The service is provided by Nu Venture, telephone (01622) 882288. Free Buses On Tuesdays there is a free bus to Sainsbury’s leaving the village at approx 9.30 a.m. On Wednesdays there is a free bus to Tesco leaving the village at 10.00 a.m. approx


POLICE The following are the appointed officers for Burham and the adjacent villages.

PCSO Roxane Negus

Tel 101

Community Warden

Tel 07977 982187

To contact the police for non-emergency matters Tel 101


CHURCHES THE CHURCH IN BURHAM ALL SAINTS CHURCH, WOULDHAM The Parish Church is All Saints Church in Wouldham. Burham is part of the Burham & Wouldham Parish in the Diocese of Rochester. The Church, of Saxon origin, is situated at the end of the High Street and on the bank of the Medway. Up to date information about the Services, events, how to contact the Rector, Church Wardens, other church members and how to get access to the Church are in the Burham & Wouldham Parish Magazine which is available to view on the website. Some Services are also held in the Old School Community Centre, Burham and at St Mary’s Church in Burham.

ST MARY’S CHURCH, Burham This now a redundant church which is maintained by the Churches’ Conservation Trust. It is usually open during the day. Occasional services are held there and advertised in the Parish Magazine which is attached to this website . It is close to the old river Medway crossing and dates back to the 1200’s. BURHAM METHODIST CHURCH. Church St, Burham. Details of Services are on the Church notice board and Old School Community Centre notice board. Up to date details about the services, events, the Minister and contact details can also be found in the Burham & Wouldham Parish Magazine which is available to view on the website.


SCHOOLS BURHAM CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL The Junior School moved to the modern building in Bell Lane in 1984, soon followed by the Infants School. All classes are housed in modern permanent buildings. The school draws pupils from Burham and equally from further afield. It enjoys a good reputation for high academic standards, a strong Christian ethos and a caring atmosphere. There is a strong governing body and an active Parent Teacher Association. Head Teacher: Miss M Grima

Tel (01634) 861691

BURHAM PRE SCHOOL This is held Monday-Friday in the Village Hall for all children aged 2½ - 5 years. This is a long established group with caring experienced staff. Ofsted report 2011/2012 “Outstanding” Contact:

Tracey Beechey


(01634) 685239

VILLAGE SERVICES MEETING PLACES Burham Village Hall This is a large modern building in the centre of the village adjacent to the Recreation Ground. It is the venue for a wide range of activities including charity events, Burham Music Hall, short mat bowls, wedding receptions and the Burham Pre School. For hire, contact:

Betty Young (01634) 867669

Burham Community Centre This was formerly the Infants School. It was purchased by the Parish Council and totally refurbished. Further developments have taken place to provide changing facilities for Burham Football Club. For hire, contact:

Thurza Browne (01634) 863322

Burham Church Halls There is a main Hall and a smaller Meeting Room, suitable for up to 16 people. For hire, contact:

Doreen Northover

(01634) 864139

MOBILE LIBRARY This visits the village every Tuesday 3.00 – 4.00 p.m. The library vehicle is parked in the Village Hall car park. 10

REFUSE COLLECTION Each household has two wheeled bins and a green box. In the green box you can place newspapers, magazines, telephone directories and food and drinks cans. The paper contents are recycled into paper. In the green lidded bin you can place food waste, garden waste and cardboard. This is recycled into compost and sent to local farms. Note: Cardboard and paper can also be placed in the recycling bin adjacent to the Village Hall. This generates income for the village (over ÂŁ2,200 raised in 2012/13) All other waste goes into the black lidded bin and is then incinerated to generate electricity. The green box and green bin are emptied one week, the black bin the next week. Contact:

Waste Services Team (01732) 876147

BULKY REFUSE COLLECTION The collection vehicle is stationed in the Village Hall car park from 8.00 – 9.00 a.m. on the second Saturday in each month.


RECYCLING BANKS Containers are sited adjacent to the Village Hall for cans, plastic bottles, textiles/shoes and green/clear/brown glass and cardboard/paper.


VILLAGE CLUBS AND ORGANISATIONS Burham Sure Start Centre We offer the following services to children and families: A variety of play sessions and groups for children aged 0-5 years. Courses and groups for parents/carers including adult education courses and ante-natal and post natal groups. Help for parents to access family support and health services. Support for parents who are looking for work or training. All of our sessions and groups are free of charge (unless otherwise stated) and some include a free healthy snack and drink for your child, so please take a look at what we have to offer your family and come along and see us. Jane & Sarah are happy to help with any information on 01634 686472 or Web Burham Football Club The Club was formed in 2003 and there are now 2 adult teams and 2 teams for youngsters. The Club now has its own changing facilities at the Community Centre when outer buildings were refurbished in 2005. Contact:

Len Fletcher

(01634) 861012

Burham Music Hall This was formed in the early 1970’s. 4 shows are produced over two weekends in March. All the performers are non-professional and the shows include sketches, musical numbers and solos. Contact:

Ken Simmons


(01634) 861858

Parish Council Allotments Contact:

Dave Young

(01634) 867669

Burham Blue Belles Dance School This was established in 1990 and meets at the Community Centre on Saturday mornings, offering classes in ballet, tap and modern dance and following the British Ballet Organisation syllabus. It is open to children aged 3 yrs and above. Contact:


07958 494828

Duet Dance School This club, established 14 yrs ago, currently has approx 52 members and meets twice a week. Contact:

Julie Frost

(01634) 241171

Burham Baton Twirlers Held in the Village Hall every other Thursday 5pm – 6.30pm Contact:

Lyn Robinson


Short Mat Bowls Club The Club was established 15 years ago and has 30 members. The Club is open to all adult age groups and meets on Monday and Wednesday evenings and Thursday afternoons in the Village Hall. Contact:

Sonia Watson


(01634) 867581

Women’s Institute The WI meets on the third Tuesday of each month, at the Village Hall. There is a programme of outside speakers. The WI has been established 25 years. Contact:

June Very

(01634) 862245

Thursday Community Club This is an informal get-together, meeting in the Community Centre, with tea/coffee and cakes. Hi Kent Hearing Clinic attends once a month and there are sometimes outside speakers, including the Community Warden and Police Community Support Officer. Contact:

Betty Young

(01634) 867669

Country Lunch This is held once a month at 1.00 p.m. in the Church Hall, usually the second Thursday in the month. A simple meal of homemade soup, bread, cheese, apple crumble and tea/coffee is served for ÂŁ2.00. The lunch is open to all Contact:

Trevor Smith

(01634) 867022

Art Class (Painting) This is run once a week by a local resident who exhibits in top London galleries. Currently a few spaces are available. Contact:

Emma Abnett (01634) 865254


Bear Paws Quilters The Club meets at the Community Centre twice a month on Wednesday evening. There are approximately 30 members, covering all adult age groups Contact:

Mrs Taylor

(01634) 861781

Coffee Morning for Breast Cancer This is held in the Community Centre on the first Wednesday of each month, 9.00-10.30 a.m. Contact:

Trish Golledge

(01634) 862966

Zumba Classes These are held in the Community Centre on Monday evenings Contact:


0774 6082182

Afternoon Tea This is held in the Church Hall every Tuesday afternoon 3.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Contact:

Trevor Smith

(01634) 867022

Dance 4 u Latin/Ballroom dancing, held in the Community centre, Tuesday evenings, 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Contact:

Taylor Ann

07968 038114


Burham & Wouldham Book Club Meet every other month on a Wednesday evening at various venues Contact

Rebecca Kennedy 01634 864614

Force Medway Group This is a self-defence group for all ages held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 7.30 pm -9.30 pm, Weds 6pm -7.15 pm and Fri 6pm – 8pm. Contact:

Stuart Lowe

01634 862943 07786 156109

Table Tennis Club Held in the Village Hall Thursday evenings 6.30 – 8 pm. Contact:

Ken Horn

01634 868767

Messy Church Held at the Community Centre 3rd Sunday of the month 10.30am – 12 noon. Service to welcome children and families with activities and fun and to learn about God’s world. Contact:

Rod Murr

01634 868075

Men’s Supper Meetings are held at the function room at the Medway inn (Wouldham). A warm welcome to all from the villages of Burham and Wouldham. Contact

Dennis Worcester


01634 672060

LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES PARISH COUNCIL Roger Dalton (Chairman) Bill Stead (Vice Chairman) David Young Carol Barritt Wendy Neath William Frost Chris Gunn Sue Clark Parish Council Clerk Pam Saunders

(01634) 867281 (01634) 682036 (01634) 867669 (01634) 687314 (01634) 861339 (01634) 861228 (01634) 671882 (01634) 862995 (01622) 609324 e-mail:



Roger Dalton (01634) 867281 David Davis (01634) 869650

Peter Homewood (01634) 682399


020 7219 7203


BUSINESSES OPERATING IN THE VILLAGE (inclusion in this list offers no guarantee or recommendation) Frost’s Service Station (01634) 861228 Vale Bakery (01634) 861572 Street Farm Livery and Stables (01634) 861339 Arkadia Accounting Services (01634) 869900 Happy House (Chinese Takeaway) (01634) 668326 Public Houses/Restaurants: The Toastmasters (01634) 869181 The Windmill (01634) 861919 The Robin Hood (01634) 861500 Robert Lavallin (lawnmower repair, servicing) (01634) 864293

Details of other businesses operating in the village can be found in the free Parish Magazine, delivered to every household in the village


CONTENTS Introduction

page 1

Burham Website

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page 3

Prescription Collection Service

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page 9

Village Services

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Village Clubs and Organisations

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Local Representatives

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Businesses operating in the Village

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Burham Welcome Booklet  
Burham Welcome Booklet  

Welcome to Burham, here you can find information about our village.