A shudder ran round the news room - rather like a bit character in Harry Potter's life, I had mentioned That Which Shall Not Be Mentioned.
In the past year Allhallows Parish Council has managed to become part of Medway newspaper folklore (along with one or two killers, a few tragic accidents, the odd wedding, and the good looks of Ugly Sisters at Central Theatre pantos).
I'm not going to air the old arguments but it came down to a matter of personalities (and their strength), of knowledge (or lack of it) and of sheer cussedness.
This week the parish council met for the last time before they go to the polls.
One councillor has dropped out of the running.
The other seven councillors are entering entirely new ground: they will fight an election next month along with six other candidates.
The worst thing that could happen is if the two factions split the vote four - all. It is not inconceivable.
What would then happen is that the eight would have to agree on a chairman. Failing that it would fall to the parish clerk to control the council's programmes and decisions.
As the present incumbent has indicated that she can only work five hours a week on parish matters compared with the ten for which she is contracted, and has lodged complaints against one of the councillors, it might end up with resignations.
It might also end up with resignations if the new faction at the council gains control.
Whoever wins faces a major task.
There is a lurking black hole for which they should all be aware. And so should the electorate.
It is this: unless they cut their spending plans for 2012, this year's 38 per cent rise in the parish precept (effectively the village tax) will seem insignificant.
This is because the number of taxable properties in Allhallows is plummeting as the leisure park removes the traditional chalets overlooking the beach.
As the number of properties drop the individual cost increases unless the new council finds ways of cutting services.
At the moment Yvonne Forrrest's explanation for the current 38 per cent rise (that "we aren't required to follow the same rules as Medway Council") holds good.
Parish Councils can fix any rate they fancy, or get all of their precept without any guarantees that the money will be collected.... at the moment.
Medway Council has handed over several hundred thousand pounds to the parishes in the past few days.
It includes nearly 60 grand to Allhallows.
It is their spending for the coming year.
If villagers default on their bills, or their homes are pulled down before the end of the year, then the people of Medway must cover the cost.
For how much longer will the government allow that to happen?
If you thought the bitter rows were over, think again.
The meeting was interesting - it certainly didn't disappoint those who enjoy petty bickering.
There was a lot of political manouevering using the resignation of a councillor not seeking election, and sparring over the scouts use of the Brimp, to cause upset.
It would certainly never be allowed in Medway.... or Kent .... or neighbouring Stoke .... or virtually anywhere.
No. The real enjoyment for those who like bare-knuckle fighting was the way the clerk refused to allow a councillor to speak "until he apologises to me for being rude in public".
Well, I was listening quite closely at the time of the outburst by the paid employee of the council.
I noted that a councillor told the clerk that a matter being discussed was for parish councillors to consider (eg, not for a paid employee).
I didn't notice rudeness - just a factual statement.
From the resigned silence of the other councillors it would seem they agreed with their colleague.
This silence seemed to stun the lady into silence.
I now wonder what the role of the chairman is if it is not to ensure balanced, polite discussions.
Medway Council has also finally gone into recess (apart from the odd Cabinet meeting and a planning gathering).
If I had any money it would be on a reduced Conservative vote, the demise of the Liberal Democrats as a force in Medway, Labour gains, the possibility of some of the minor parties parties getting a look in - but the disappearance of a number of present-day councillors.
The real disgrace is the failure of parish councils to set aside cash for the 2011 elections. It has caused a number of councils to end up with the perfect list of nominees, and for several people to stand down. That is robbing the people of a democratic choice.