The New Millennium and the Present Day
The predominant land use in the Parish is still agriculture, closely followed by the holiday camps. Local employment is centred on the holiday trade or prison service.
Many residents commute to work, mainly to Sittingbourne, the Medway towns or London.
The 2001 census gave a resident population of 1,432. Additionally 1,286 were inmates in the three local prisons whose number, by 2004, had increased to a total of 2,224.
Education still continues at Eastchurch Primary School that, as a 'first' school, covers the age range from five to nine year olds. The Church of England retains its association although the school is funded and basically controlled by the Local Education Authority. The school has almost 300 pupils and serves the whole eastern end of the Island. A new Nursery Unit is presently under construction (Nov.2005).
We have active groups of Boy Scouts and Cubs, Guides and Brownies, each with their own meeting premises. The Range Rovers football club for boys play regularly on the local pitch at Dickson's Field. Members of these organisations come from Eastchurch and adjoining parishes.
A Pre-School Playgroup meets daily, in term time, at the Guide Hut.
The Village Hall has a number of regular users. Clubs for Badminton, Gardening, Short mat bowls and by organisations for Fetes and Bazaars.
The Hall is host to the Parish Council Office and Kent Police Community Post where the centre for the village CCTV system is located. The Hall has been extended to accommodate an On-Line Computer 'drop in' centre and training facility.