Welcome to Stone-cum-Ebony Parish Council. Our meetings are normally held every third Tuesday of every other month, usually at 7.30pm, in the Memorial Hall. Parishioners may attend as observers if they are not councillors. It’s your village: help us improve it together.
Our next meeting: January 19th 2021.
Next planning application meeting: TBA.
Due to the current Coronavirus Pandemic, meetings are being held over Zoom. If you have any issues you would like discussed at the next meeting, please contact one of your Parish Councillors to get items added to the Agenda.
If you have any concerns or need help with food and supplies during this time, please reach out to a neighbour for help, or if you prefer please telephone a councillor. All our contact details are under ‘Your Councillors’ tab. There is also a Stone-in-Oxney Facebook page, where messages can be left for those needing help, and also for those offering help. We hope everyone keeps safe and well.
For added information and support, there is a link below to the Ashford Borough Council website for help for the community at this time.
What is a parish council?
We are the first tier of local government, and members are democratically elected. There are seven members on the parish council, including the Chairman and Vice Chairman, and we are assisted by the Clerk. Details of your local Stone-cum-Ebony councillors can be found in the ‘your councillors’ section.
To become a parish councillor, you must be –
- A British citizen, or citizen of the commonwealth or EU.
- At least 18 years old on the day you are nominated as a candidate.
- A registered local government elector within the parish.
- A resident in the parish, or within 3 miles of the parish, or working full time in the parish for at least 12 months prior to the nomination.
We have a wide range of powers, representing the interests of local people and ensuring local services meet residents needs. These range from managing community buildings and spaces, planning applications, street lighting, gullies, children’s play areas, signs, notice boards and clubs to name a few.
Most English parishes have origins dating back 500 years, to a time when England was divided into areas knows as ‘manors’ owned by Lords. Over time, the Lord of the Manor’s rights were taken over by the church, and the obligations were managed by each church’s parochial area also known as ‘parishes’.
Over the course of several hundred years, the church’s control declined, until 1894 when Parliament passed the Local Government Act. This created local authorities, with responsibility for the administration of each Parish’s services and civil functions. These are now known as parish councils.
What’s on in the village
|DAY||WHAT'S ON & WHERE||TIME
|Tap dancing, Cricket Pavilion.|
Mindfulness and Meditation
Mindful Movement and yoga
Both in Memorial Hall.
|9.30 – 10.30am
4.45 – 5.45pm
6.00 – 7.00pm
(3rd every other month)
Parish Council Meetings.
All in the Memorial Hall.
|7.30 – 9.30pm
1.00 - 4.00pm
(every other Wednesday)
Mindful Movement & Yoga. (TBA when booking)
Mobile Library, all Memorial Hall.
10.00 – 11.15am
10.30 - 11.00 am
|Short Mat Bowls, Memorial Hall.||7.00 - 9.00pm
See under the Activities and Projects tab for more information.
Stone-cum-Ebony, which includes the small hamlet of Ebony, lays to the south of the nearest large town of Ashford and south east of the small vibrant town of Tenterden.
It is part of the Isle of Oxney, the name dating far back to near Roman times. There is a well know walking route that passes directly through the parish, the Saxon Shore Way. This is a popular destination and many a walker with map in hand can be seen walking along the marked route. Whilst the original Saxon water edge has long since changed, the original Saxon shore line can still be traced.
Stone-cum-Ebony has the Parish church of St. Mary’s plus a Baptist Chapel. Whilst St. Mary’s is situated slightly outside the village, the Baptist Chapel is on the main street. Services are not as frequent but are still held in the Chapel at certain times of the year.
The boundaries are still the traditional way of dividing up areas, following the parish church boundaries, that were formed many years ago.
Some of the buildings have listed status, but many are contained within a conservation area.