Church and Community Groups

Senior Fitness Group

ARE YOU OVER 55?

Do you feel the need for some gentle exercise, a nice cup of tea and good company. Then join us at St Lukes church hall in City Way Rochester every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm. For more details contact Angie on 01634 325747 or Mobile: 07826 049396. The exercise programme comprises of suppleness, balance, poise, coordination, stamina, muscle strengthening and cardiovascula exercises, all done to pleasant music, with a nice cup of tea afterwords.

Homemakers (formerly called St Luke's Young Wives) are still a cog of St Luke's. Our meetings are every Thursday commencing at 2-4pm with various speakers, bring and buys, quizes, jumble sales, coffee and chats, occasional visits and weekends away. We are a friendly group so why not pop along and join us?

Every Friday between 10.30am and 1.30pm.  Bring a packed lunch.  Hot drinks supplied.

COMMUNITY NEWS


Latest From Stuart Tranter as at 14th May 2023


Loose ends…

 

List of parking changes proposed 2023/23

These are the list of changes already in hand – subject to design and final approval.

  • Borstal Street - 15min waiting restriction to provide vehicles with somewhere to stop for the corner shop (by Shorts Way)
  • The Close and Gordon Terrace There will be a consultation to consider possibly a controlled parking zones. Initial views have been passed on to officers.
  • Backfields - Extend DYL on north side / extend Watts Ave Controlled Parking to possibly include Backfields.
  • St Johns Way - DYLs on junction of St Johns Way / Mount Rd, restriction should be on both sides.
  • Cookham Hill / Sidney Rd – yellow lines on junction as it is impossible to exit safely and drivers coming down the hill can't see. New bollards are planned.
  • Wouldham Road (under motorway bridge) – Yellow lines to maintain access to cycle lane (chicane under motorway bridge)
  • Gun Tower Mews – Yellow Lines at junction with St Margaret's St
  • Abbotts Close - Extend yellow lines on bend opposite junction.

 

Priority 2 locations

Valley View Road - Explore possibility of yellow lines down one side to protect verges and trees.

Crow Lane - consider replacing SYL with DYL due to parental parking for school.

Maidstone Rd - Vehicles parking where there is a cycle route. Cecil Rd/Clive Rd around numbers 227-259

Cloudesley Close - Extend yellow lines from Trevale Road into junction.

 

I am also putting forward concerns regarding Sir Evelyn Road (parking on some corners) and visibility concerns at the junction of Cookham Wood road to council officers.

 

Brambletree Tip

My ongoing involvement with this continues, along with Tim Joiner. I am now even more closely supporting and working with Kelly Tolhurst MP; she tells me the government minister has been dissatisfied with the Department of the Environment (DofE) progress and so Kelly will now be more involved and holding them to account as it progresses. Last year the council planning team did all they can following my pressure, and those legal proceedings are continuing, but the key push at the moment is with the DofE who are actively seeking to stop illegal activity as soon as possible. Tim and I will also be looking at DVSA issues and evidence, and I will ask the council environment team to consider further action.

 

City Wall Wine Bar

The planning team had been working to try and find a solution with the owner by encouraging a valid application.

They have been meeting him and his agents and trying to find an alternative solution that will meet his needs in an acceptable way but enable the speedy removal of the unauthorised structure.  They received an incomplete application.  Despite chasing the additional information/details have not been received and the set deadline has passed.  They will therefore now proceed to enforce, but the owner will have a right of appeal.

 

Other Planning Matters

The Subway Building (one outstanding matter) is applying for listed building consent. The Chicken Hut, Royal Victoria and Bull Hotel and other places are in various stages of enforcement regarding planning issues. Hopefully they will be resolved soon. I will still be receiving lists of all planning applications, and I will be continuing to take a close interest. Let me know if you need advice or help.

 

Roads issues

I am pleased to say the drainage issue causing flooding on Wouldham Road is now fixed; that battle took a few years! The Esplanade traffic calming is in hand, but on road related issues, despite having all the contacts, I will usually leave with others to fret about from now on. Assuming they act….

 

Litter and Rubbish

As I previously announced, new bins are planned for the High Street and I will continue working with the New Rd Pact Group, the City Centre Forum and council officers to get our High Street areas free of fly tipping and illegal rubbish.

 

Chatham Docks

I am still supporting and working with the docks companies along with Kelly Tolhurst MP; it is well known I had to stop my own side from going ahead with a local plan which would have closed this important Medway facility. Despite great progress, the war is not won, but fortunately the new council administration is also supporting the docks companies. I will continue to help them and anyone else to ensure that this essential place of maritime related employment is not lost to Medway forever. I think we will win.

 

Fully restoring Rochester City Status

This is a project I can now start to focus more on, fully ignoring the ridiculous council position. It was the last Labour administration which actively decided we should lose the City Status; if you doubt the truth, I will send you the minutes from the meetings! Then the recent Conservative council were so fixated on Medway City Status that they had no appetite to worry about Rochester. But Kelly Tolhurst and I are determined to do all we can – and we have the outline of a plan to ensure this great place will once again be called by its correct title “The City of Rochester”.

 

Other community projects

I am part of a team planning an exciting Major Public Art installation in Medway, and I will be continuing with charity work and perhaps other exciting projects such as a new Band Stand for Rochester Castle Gardens.

 

Finally,

My lovely but long-suffering wife has reminded me about a long list of neglected household issues, and we are planning a couple of long-delayed breaks. I still have all my contacts, my experience and enthusiasm; but thankfully fewer tedious meetings!

 

Future updates will come from me occasionally on important topics if you still want them. Meanwhile contact me at any time if I can be of any help. Wishing you every success.

 

Stuart Tranter

Herewith the final edition of the Rochester South and Horsted prayer bulletin which includes within its boundary St. Stephen’s (Maidstone Road), St. Luke’s (City Way), Apostolic Faith Mission (who meet at St. Luke’s), RCCG Friends Parish (who meet at DECC, Barberry Avenue) and Berachah (Neville Road) churches. Please do pray in agreement with Christians from across the ward and beyond for our churches and congregations and for God to impact miraculously the folk and life of the ward. 

 

  • Medway House Of Prayer: The monthly fourth Thursday prayer meetings continue and will next be held on Thur 27 Apr at 7.30 pm at The Emmaus Christian Centre, Clover Street, Chatham, ME4 4DT and then again on Thur 25 May and Thur 22 Jun. If you are unable to join, please consider praying at some point on these days for our local communities. MHOP also hosts weekly Wednesday lunchtime meetings from 12.30 – 1.30 pm as well as fortnightly Saturday morning meetings from 7.30 – 9.00 am (see: https://www.medwayhouseofprayer.org.uk).

 

  • Local Elections Thur 4 May: All 59 council seats are being contested. We have the highest number of evangelical Christian candidates we have ever had standing this time. 32 churches are acting as polling stations across the Towns. Please pray for God-honouring and uplifting results that bless Medway and lead us further into the calling and destiny the Lord intended for the area, and for those entering our churches to have a sense of the grace and mercy of God. Pray too for the Council’s new Chief Executive, Richard Hicks, who takes over from Neil Davies in June.

 

  • Thy Kingdom Come: This global prayer initiative runs between 18 – 28 May (see www.thykingdomcome.global ) and aims to mobilise millions of Christians around the globe to pray for His Kingdom to come in each of our localities and for the people we know (especially our families and neighbours) to come to know Jesus.

 

  • Crime: The Medway Neighbourhood Watch Association and the police have advised of the following incidents in the ward. Please pray for all affected by them and the police as they search for the offenders; that those responsible come to a knowledge of the Lord and cease their criminal lifestyle and for protection of all homes and vehicles in the ward:

 

16 Mar: Woodhurst: Theft from vehicle

15 Mar: Association Walk: Damage to vehicle

15 Mar: Wemmick Close: Attempted vehicle break-in

09 Mar: Dale Street: Theft of vehicle

28 Feb: City Way: Burglary

23 Feb: Meadside Walk: Theft of parcel

14 Feb: Argyle Close: Damage to property

03 Feb: Maidstone Road: Burglary

02 Feb: Balfour Road: Damage to vehicle

 

  • Easter: Please pray for the services and the outreach initiatives over the Easter period across the whole ward, for many to be touched by the truth of the Cross and come to know Jesus as their personal Saviour. Pray too that the traditional Easter films broadcast on national television will speak into the hearts of the many lonely and fearful folk still suffering the isolating effects of the Covid pandemic.

 

The following Easter prayer for our community is taken from the CARE daily Prayer Diary that is available for free from https://care.org.uk/about/our-publications .

 

“Lord Jesus Christ, thank You, from the depth of our hearts, for sacrificing Your life at Calvary – atoning for our sin and bearing our sufferings on the Cross. We cannot fathom the depths of what this loving sacrifice cost You, but by faith we gratefully trust You as our Redeemer and humbly worship You, our God and King. May we live out Your love here in our ward and amongst those in our close circles by the power of the Holy Spirit; that many we know will come to a personal faith in You. Amen”

 

The local press provides an interesting snapshot of life in the ward and we feature below abridged versions of stories and reports published in the Medway Messenger. Please pray and intercede as the Lord leads for the people involved and the wider situations that these stories are representative of (e.g. employment, family, schools, crime, planning etc.).

 

  • Gym plan still in the pipeline: (Mar 15 pg 2) “Plans for a gym in an empty unit at Horsted Retail Park have fallen through but negotiations are now taking place with another leisure operator.”

 

  • Double the fun at care home to mark milestones: (Mar 15 pg 20) “It was a double celebration at Rochester Care Home, Pattens Lane when two residents turned 100 just two days apart. D.S. and F.D. were treated to a fun-filled day with family and friends.”

 

  • Shop is now donations depot for quake victims: (Feb 22 pg 3) “Donations for the Turkish and Syrian earthquake disaster have been pouring into Davis Dry Cleaner’s, Shirley Avenue after the owners launched their appeal hours after the news broke.”

 

  • Businesses sign up for £15 million airport hub: (Feb 22 pg 14) “The first tenants are preparing to sign on the dotted line to take up space at the new multi-million pound Innovation Park Medway, the Council’s flagship business park by Rochester Airport.”

 

  • Disabled boy who captured hearts during lockdown dies: (Feb 8 pg 16) “A plucky little lad who overcame severe disability to complete a Captain Tom-style walking challenge for the NHS during lockdown has died. Nine-year-old Wilber Turpin [son of Cllrs Rupert and Elizabeth] of Purbeck Close captured the hearts of all around him when he took to the streets with his frame to pace 10 miles in 10 days.”

 

“Then the Lord answered his prayer on behalf of the land, and the plague on Israel was stopped.” 2 Samuel 24:25 NIV

 

“Lord, surely You are the one who can turn tragedy to triumph, despair to hope and hopeless situations into a testimony of Your faithfulness and love. Increase our faith that we might live more boldly for You, making the most of the opportunities and open doors that You bring across our paths so that those we know will both hear of and sense Your love for them and give their lives to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen”

 

Thank you for having shared in these prayer bulletins that we began in October 2010, I hope to be in touch further post election and that we will continue to intercede together for those whom we will be living and working amongst in the new wards. If you have any questions about the new ward boundaries, please do get in touch.

 

With every blessing.

 

Trevor Clarke, 19 Wemmick Close, Rochester, ME1 2DL

Coordinator of Medway Prayer Net and Ward Councillor for Rochester South and Horsted

tacrsh19@yahoo.com – 0788 4271471