THE Allhallows fun and games - otherwise known as the parish council election - has brought swift change.
There was no surprise that Mark Skudder would become chairman, replacing Yvonne Forrest. The outcome of the election left him in a strong position.
What has surprised the survivors of the old regime is the way he is demanding to know the things from which his faction had been excluded in the past year or so. Most notable is the Cross Park Association.
It is a sub committee of the council whose committee members raised thousands of pounds for it.
They also spent that money with little thought for the right of the public (or opposition) to know.
Astonishing was the revelation a new association chairman was elected 10 months ago from outside the council - and the councillors were not told.
When it was mentioned at the parish council meeting someone blurted out: "Well the council chairman knew."
One area where there could be problems in Allhallows in the Mothers and Toddlers club.
Mrs Forrest has now withdrawn from any involvement with it.
It was suggested to me that the club could fold without Mrs Forrest's guiding hand.
That would be a considerable pity. On the other hand, it is up to the members to determine what happens.
The erstwhile council chairman said the duties involved setting things up, making tea, and putting everything away again at the end of the day.
If I can make a cup of tea (I can), it is not beyond the realms of probability that at least one of the members can also do that - and take responsibility for the village hall to the satisfaction of the council.
[Just after I wrote the above blog I received details of an extrraordinary meeting of the council which is taking place on Wednesday night. Read on...]
Cllr Skudder has no intention of letting the grass grow beneath his feet.
Another meeting of the council has been called that seems to be setting the trend for the future.
Item One is the Clerk/minute taker.
The council's clerk, Karen Draper, cried off sick last week and the minutes were taken by Mr Skudder's wife, Noleen, who was attending her first meeting of the council.
The agenda proposes retrieving documents from Mrs Draper, lifting the controversial ban on recording meetings, calls for an audit, agree on an editor (or editors) for the council's local newsletter currently edited by Mrs Forrest, tackling the lack of training for councillors which led to many of the past problems, setting up a monthly surgery for the residents to meet councillors and air their problems, and getting on with the much delayed annual meeting of the council.
One can hear the wind howling through the cracks.
A former Medway Cabinet member who was re-elected after a four year absence has got one of the vice-chairmanships.
Cllr Wendy Purdy may have hoped to return to her rightful place.
Maybe in the future.
Another interesting twist is the way the committee seats have been split up.
It's based on percentage of members for each political group. So the Tories, with 63.64 per cent of the membership of the council, get 71 of the 112 available seats. Labour will get 31, the Liberal Democrats will get six and Cllr Stamp's two-strong membership of Independents will get four seats.
Two of the seats are on scrutiny committee, another on the planning committee - and the last on the School Transport committee.
They also have a representative on the Standards Committee for Medway, a largely independent body, but with a councillor from each of the groups as a member.
Councillors wield little control over the committee - they are outnumbered by members of the general public.
However, the Independent Group representative is an interesting one. Cllr Andy Stamp succeeds the former councillor, Ian Burt.
Cllr Stamp is in the midst of an investigation into whether he broke some of the rules.
He has also made complaints against former Lib Dem colleagues.