Looking for transport help? Whenever you have a problem in finding transport to the doctor, dentist, hospital, shopping, visiting friends etc. etc., please telephone us—we have a team of volunteer drivers that might be able to help you. Register with us and when the paperwork has been completed, we will do our very best to find you a driver. There is a small annual admin fee, and then we just ask that you cover our driver’s costs at 40p per mile. 

Please note that the transport office is now open to enquiries between 9.00 am – 1pm each weekday thanks to additional funding from the Kent County Council Transport Fund.

Seniors Helping Seniors

Seniors Helping Seniors is an in-home paid for care service for Seniors. Care and companionship is provided by Seniors. Service is paid for privately. The company is a member of the UK Care Association and we have the very highest standards, training and credentials. We would like to see if people of Upper Hardes/ Stelling Minnis are interested to become care providers because we have people who need care locally. No experience is necessary and full training is given. We would also be interested in hearing from Seniors, or their families, who feel they need help. 
We find that as the nights draw in a few hours company during the day, or getting odd household jobs done, or trips to the shops are very helpful. Benefits of using our service for these tasks are seeing the same person and seeing someone with a great work ethic who understands what it’s like to get older! We manage to pair people with similar interests and we usually find the relationship benefits both people very well. 

Sally Wilse
01227 454 900

Information from Canterbury City Council:

Ash Dieback Disease (Chalara fraxinea)

Ash Dieback Disease was first identified in Poland in 1992. Since then it has spread across Europe with Norway, the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark particularly affected. In Denmark it is reported that some 90% of their Ash trees may have been killed or been infected by the fungus causing the disease. 

In the UK evidence of the disease was found early in 2012 in tree nurseries and sites recently planted with young Ash trees. However it was not until October that the disease was found in established trees, in East Anglia. A recent survey has now revealed affected trees in Kent.


It is not yet fully understood how the disease is transmitted. Initially the disease was carried on young trees imported from Europe and these infected new planting sites. It is now thought likely that spores of the fungus have also been carried by winds blowing from Europe, infecting established trees and woodlands.


The presence of the disease does not make an infected tree any more hazardous or likely to fail. It can take a number of years to kill a mature tree and there is evidence of a natural resistance amongst the Ash population. It is therefore premature to consider felling trees.


It will be difficult over the winter months to assess whether trees have been infected as the most obvious visible symptoms affect the leaves. However, if you are concerned about your trees please email your name, address and a contact telephone number totrees@canterbury.gov.uk, as our arboriculturalist may be able to visit the site and offer advice on current best practice for managing affected trees.


Additional information, including guidance on how to identify the disease and how to formally report suspected outbreaks is available on the Forestry Commission website:




Details of new restrictions on the importation and movement of Ash trees (including seeds and seedlings) may be found here:


Our web page regarding the situation


Julia Manning

Administration Officer

Trees Section

Canterbury City Council

 Office hours 9.30am to 1.30 pm       Tel: 01227 862191