Online Parish magazine

The online version of the Parish Magazine will appear here at the end of April / beginning of May.

Due to the Covid -19 virus it is impossible to deliver the usual printed version of the Parish Magazine at the present time. (The magazine covers church and community news for Capel Parish and usually costs £6 annual subscription for 12 issues). For the next few months an online version will appear  on this website under the tab Parish Magazine free of charge. Alternatively you can request your own copy by emailing:


List of local suppliers and delivery now available

A list of local suppliers including those prepared to deliver is accessible from the menu to the left [Coronavirus – resources].

In addition the One Stop in Five Oak Green is happy to prepare orders for collection on behalf of those residents vulnerable or self isolating. Telephone 01892 837286

“Tell us what shopping you need and who will be collecting it for you. We will then get your shopping ready for your nominated person to pay for and collect as soon as we can.”

The fish and chip van is Five Oak Green on Saturday evening. You have to order by phone or email between 10 am and 12 and collect your food at the agreed time. Contact details are in coronavirus resources.

Last updated 14/4/20

Allotments Update

Due to the current Covid-19 crisis please note that we are unable to process any new allotment applications. If you would like to be added to the allotment waiting list please email and we will add you to the list. Once the lockdown restrictions have been lifted we will contact you to progress your application.

Existing allotment holders should review the advice of the National Allotment Society for the latest guidance on visiting your allotment plot at this time.


Parish Chairman Notes May 2020

These are very strange and worrying times for the parish. The Chairman’s Notes of March and April, have been overtaken by the fast moving events of the last few weeks, and are now largely irrelevant, but I hope the following will give you an idea of how Capel Parish Council and community it serves are coping with the present emergency.

It has been heartening to see the community pull together over the last few weeks to support each other and those most vulnerable within our community. Parish councillors were among a much wider group of volunteers that came together in mid-March before the lockdown to deliver slips of paper to local residents offering a phone number and contact details of a neighbour willing to help those vulnerable or self-isolating at this difficult time. Since then the group has grown into the Capel Covid volunteers, a group seeking to help those within the parish affected by the virus. The parish council also refers requests for help made by the Borough Council to the group.

In co-operation with the Paddock Wood Community Advice Council (PWCAC) Capel Parish Council has made the Capel Hardship Fund available to those suffering financially from the virus or the previous flooding episodes in February. Details can be found on the parish council website or directly from PWCAC

The Parish Council is not running normally at the time of writing, and we envisage this situation remaining for several weeks ahead. All face to face meetings were stopped, and the planned council meeting on 30th March was postponed. The parish elections scheduled for this May have now be postponed until May 2021, so the present council has another year in office. At present the day to day running of the council is being handled by the clerk in consultation with the Chairman and vice Chairman and where relevant the chairs of the council’s various committees. As from April 4th the Government bought in legislation allowing virtual council and committee meetings and the council are investigating the practicalities of this, meanwhile we are communicating with each other through email. Parish council meetings are normally held in public. However, this is no longer possible so we would encourage residents with concerns or issues they want to raise with the parish council to write to and she can refer these to councillors who can respond accordingly. Comments on planning applications should also be made to the clerk and copied to TWBC via their planning portal. The parish council will continue to make planning comments having agreed their response through email. At the time of writing councillors are also due to take part in a telephone conference call with the Borough on setting up a Neighbourhood Plan group.

As of the first week in April the Recreation Ground remains open for exercise within government guidelines, but to encourage social distancing and to prevent the transmission of the virus on hard surfaces the play areas and the MUGA have had to be closed for the time being. Please abide by this instruction which is for the safety of everyone. On a brighter note the Friends of Five Oak Green have been awarded the funding which will allow them to install a new play area next to the MUGA; this will be installed at the same time as the zip wire funded by the parish council. The installation has been provisionally timed for June, but circumstances may push this back until later in the summer.

If you are a key worker you have our thanks and admiration, if you are not stay at home and stay healthy!

Hugh Patterson

Capel Hardship Fund

The Capel Hardship Fund has been set up by Capel Parish Council in conjunction with Paddock Wood Community Advice Centre (PWCAC).

Any Capel Resident who is experiencing hardship for whatever reason is invited to apply for a one off grant up to a maximum of £250 from the Hardship Fund.

Capel Parish Council and PWCAC  would particularly welcome applications from residents affected by Storms Ciara and Dennis in February 2020 , and those facing uncertainty as due to Covid-19.

If you would like to apply for a grant, please download an application form from:

Alternatively you can call the Paddock Wood Advice Centre on 01892 838619 between 9:30 am and 1:30pm Monday to Friday; email; or request one from a parish councillor. All applications will be considered by a panel, and if successful grants will be paid by cheque from the Capel Hardship Fund.


Fish & Chips Takeaway

Fish and Chips available to take away

Ordering – 1st April 2020

Following Local Government Advice:

We MUST control social distancing

You must order in advance… By Midday on the Saturday please

Limited new menu from 1 April 2020

Phone: Call 07528 630377. Please DON’T leave a voice message on the phone. Please be patient and speak to MIKE directly. He will take payment over the phone

Email: Order up to midday on the day we are visiting your village NO LATER. We will confirm receipt of order and collection time. We will call you back and take payment over the phone. Order, Time, Name, Address tel number on email please.

If you are unable to place an order we will try and help as a last resort BUT priority will be give to pre-orders. Please bear with us during these difficult times we are trying to help!


Ideally, contactless card only or exact money please, if you do come to the van.

On-Line orders:

Saturday – , 4-8pm

Please order by MIDDAY on the day, thank you

Household recycling and waste service update – March 2020

Update from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council:

We are writing to update you on our recycling and waste services in light of the current national emergency.

Our collection crews have been working hard to maintain services over the last few weeks. However, the measures put in place by the Government to control the coronavirus outbreak have led to a reduction in our staffing levels, despite the use of temporary staff.

With these pressures likely to increase, garden waste collections have been suspended from Wednesday 25 March so that crews can focus on collecting refuse, food waste, clinical waste and recycling.

We have also suspended our weekend Civic Amenity Vehicle service to safeguard residents’ health following the updated government advice on social distancing.

Street cleaning is continuing on a priority only basis, with the service reduced to reflect the current situation and the lack of activity on our streets.

What can you do to help?

Please ensure that the correct waste is placed in the correct bin. This will help avoid contamination which may mean your bin is not emptied.
Please do not overfill your bins as that may mean they will be too heavy for the crews to collect.

Please ensure your bin is placed at your property boundary by 7am on the day of collection; collections may happen earlier than usual.

Please report any missed collections online within two working days of the missed collection. Our crews are trying their best to deliver the service and many are working on different rounds from normal or are new, so are unfamiliar with all of the property and bin locations.

If possible please wait until after 5pm on the day your collection was due before reporting a missed bin, as your collection may happen later in the day than usual.

Will there be further changes?

As we are sure you appreciate, the situation is changing rapidly, and we may need to make further adjustments to our recycling and waste services in the coming weeks.

We will keep residents informed via our website, on our social media channels and through direct emails as and when any further changes are necessary.

Thank you for your patience at this difficult time.

Garden Waste Collections – service suspended – March 2020

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has announced it is suspending its garden waste service due to the current coronavirus outbreak.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council statement:

Thank you for subscribing to the garden waste service.

We are writing to let you know that due to the impact current coronavirus outbreak, garden waste collections have been suspended from Wednesday 25 March.

The measures put in place by the Government to control the outbreak have lead to a reduction in our staffing levels despite the use of temporary staff. With these pressures likely to increase, garden waste collections have been suspended so crews can focus on collecting refuse, food waste, clinical waste and recycling.

You will be unable to report missed garden waste collections whilst the service is suspended.

We apologise for the inconvenience the suspension of garden waste collections will cause, and thank you for your patience as our resources are focused on priority services and supporting the response to the current emergency.

What do I need to do?

Store any new garden waste in your garden rather than overfilling your garden waste bin as that might mean that it will be too heavy for the crews when the service recommences.

Look out for further information from us and we will let you know when collections resume.

Keep garden waste out of your other bins otherwise they will be considered contaminated and will not be emptied.

Please note that Kent County Council’s Household Waste and Recycling Centres are currently closed due to the current government guidance.

What about my subscription?

To help us keep our support staff free to deal with high priority and emergency contacts please don’t contact us about your subscription, which will remain in place. We are keeping the situation under review and will be touch regarding your subscription as soon as possible.

Coronavirus latest local news

Capel Parish Council is working with local volunteers to help fight the virus that has disrupted our lives, and threatens the well being of many local residents. We intend to develop this website to point residents to available local resources and contacts during the crisis.

An Emergency Meeting of the Council on March 23rd agreed to suspend the normal workings of the council and allow the clerk to run the Council in consultation with the chairman and vice-chairman, and where relevant the chairs of the relevant committee.

There will be no more face to face meetings for the time being and the Annual Parish Meeting scheduled for 29th April has been postponed indefinitely. The Parish election has also been postponed until May 6th 2021. We await further guidance from the government on the legality of virtual council meetings. An update on this will follow when available.