Consultation – Pluckley Settlement Areas

The Parish Council has been reviewing our Neighbourhood Plan to see where it might be strengthened. One move would be to define more precisely the three Settlement Area of the Parish. These help in determining future planning applications. It so happens Ashford Borough Council has been thinking along similar lines and is currently drawing up maps for all the parishes in the borough.

The maps for Pluckley have just arrived and are attached. They are for the three Settlement Areas of Pluckley village, Pluckley Thorne/Fir Toll, and Pluckley Station. The planners’ aim is to define where settlement is continuous and contiguous. Please note that any existing applications – whether approved or not – have been ignored for the moment.

The Parish Council has studied the maps and already has some points to make.. Before doing so, we invite all Pluckley residents to submit their views. We will then formulate our response to Ashford Borough Council.

If you have any views on any of the maps, please send them to the Clerk at [email protected] by 20 January.

Please click the links below to see the maps:

SA Pluckley Station Map
SA Pluckley Thorne Map
SA Pluckley Map

Superfast broadband is here…

The long awaited upgrade has now been completed for the whole village.

All four cabinets are now connected and you  should be able to contact your internet service provide (ISP) and place an order for the new service.

Pluckley Tennis Club – latest

After the AGM which was held on 11th September, Pluckley Tennis Club is going from strength to strength. Club Days will be held at the tennis courts on the recreation ground every Saturday from 9am to 12 noon. Further information is available on the Pluckley Tennis Club page or please get in touch with Gavin Russell on 01233 820426 or by email to [email protected] A Facebook group for the new club has also been created. Click here to send a request to join the group.

Pluckley’s Neighbourhood Plan latest

Pluckley’s Neighbourhood Plan has now been approved by the Parish Council and formally submitted to Ashford Borough Council (ABC), with its supporting documents. ABC will now review the document and publish it for a six week consultation period. After that, they will decide whether it is ready to go to an independent examiner. Following that examination, it will come back to the parish for a public referendum.

Click here to see the Neighbourhood Plan and accompanying documents.

PWC Family BBQ was a great success


Pluckley Women’s Collective (PWC) was able to conjure up beautiful sunny weather for its August event, a family BBQ and picnic which was held on the recreation ground last Saturday. There was something for everyone including games and music and an ice cream van was in attendance.  Pluckley residents were able to spend a thoroughly relaxing afternoon and enjoy delicious food courtesy of Gary Boodle, our local butcher and Helen Baird at Pluckley Farm Shop. A big thank you for their support and generosity.

Thanks are also due to the Parish Council for the loan of the Pavilion and the marquees, to Chris Housman for supplying the music, to Martin Chambers for providing an excellent BBQ and finally to the many helpers; ladies, gentlemen, children and dogs who came along on Saturday morning to help get everything ready. The biggest task was the erection of the marquees but helpers managed to follow orders at the right time so that much fun was had by all.

Finally thank you to everyone who came along and made the event such a success. Hopefully it will become an annual event.

For further information about Pluckley Women’s Collective and other forthcoming PWC events please click here.

Pluckley Tennis Club AGM

After the inaugural meeting of Pluckley Tennis Club in July the next event will be the AGM this Saturday 11th September at 11am. Click here for further details of the AGM which will take place at Pluckley Pavilion. If you are unable to attend but think you might be  interested in playing tennis, either for fun or on a more competitive basis, please get in touch with Gavin Russell on 01233 820426 or by email to [email protected] A Facebook group for the new club has also been created. Click here to send a request to join the group.


Pluckley now has a defibrillator….


Pluckley’s new defibrillator is now installed in a yellow box on the side wall of the village store – thanks to Sena. It is fully automated, and designed to be used by the public without any training. We hope that it won’t need to be used, but it’s reassuring to know that it’s there.

Pluckley Village Hall Quiz Night – Thank you…

quizThank you to everyone for making our Quiz Night such a success! We made a profit of £650 for the Village Hall! We would like to say a particularly big thank you to all our sponsors; The Rare Breeds Centre, The Rose and Crown, Glass and Glaze, Pluckley Butchers, Pluckley Post Office, Pluckley Farm Shop, Madrona Nursery, Nicci McBride, Pivington Pots, The Granary Spa. And thank you also to all those who came to take part, to Jill for helping to prepare the suppers, to Chris for being Paul Ticehurst’s brother for the evening, to Jenny for helping to set up and to all the wonderful people who stayed to help clear up after the event.


Pluckley Community Chronicle – issue 2


Issue 2 is now available and includes articles on “Pluckley and the Kindertransports”, “Geocaching” and “Thomas Hardy, Lady Dering and Pluckley”. Residents can subscribe for £10 a year and have the magazine delivered to their front door.

Subscription fees can be left with Gary at Pluckley Butchers. Ideas for future articles and village news are welcomed and next month’s deadline is 21st June.

Please submit ideas and questions via email to Kaye Sowden at [email protected] Further information is available on Facebook at Pluckley Community Chronicle.

Pluckley’s Pond Warden


Pluckley’s Pond Warden, Ros Rowan, spoke at the Annual Parish Assembly last week and advised that she has been  carrying out her annual night-time monitoring of newts in Pluckley’s ponds. If any residents would like Ros to carry out a garden pond survey in order to establish the extent of any population of newts, please contact her on 01233 840253 or by email at [email protected]