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Rose gardenBMRA Newsletter - August 2016

Whatever happened to ‘flaming June’? One of the wettest Junes on record, apparently. In spite of living on a hill, some residents had problems with flash flooding. With the sun now appearing, everything in the garden is growing fast – especially the weeds! For everybody’s sakes, please don’t light bonfires in the late afternoon/evenings when we are all trying to enjoy our gardens.

 



GARDEN WASTE

Annual Garden Waste Collection Service Permit - 44 for 12 months.
Subscribe to the annual permit scheme before 31 March 2017 and Sevenoaks Council will loan your household a 240-litre garden waste wheelie bin for you to use while you are a permit holder. Collected fortnightly, place your bin at your property boundary by 7am Friday for roads East of the Orpington Bypass, otherwise by 7 am Tuesday.

Garden Waste Collection Sacks
13.50 for 25
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You can purchase a bundle of 25 from the council or Hancocks Newsagents in Halstead for 13.50, and use them all-year-round. Pick-up arrangements as above for bins.

You can take your waste to the free Dunbrik disposal site about half a mile along the A25 West of Sevenoaks. This takes all kinds of household waste, not just garden.

And, for the keen gardeners, you can always compost it at home.


SEVENOAKS DISTRICT COUNCIL CALL FOR HOUSING SITES

Last Autumn, Sevenoaks District Council asked for potential sites for their 20-year plan covering future housing needed to satisfy the current local housing shortage. In mid-June, the Sevenoaks Chronicle published the list of over 250 sites which had been submitted to the District Council for possible future housing development.

Most of these submissions are in the Green Belt which is not surprising as this accounts for over 90% of the District area. Locally, the site opposite Parish Field has been submitted for 10 houses and the F M Conway site submitted for 200 houses. Also within Badgers Mount Parish Council area, the Calcutta Club and Polhill Business Centre have been submitted for a total of 60 houses. If all of these sites were selected, Badgers mount would more than double in size.

It is believed that at present, SDC don't know how many houses they will need in this period, nor therefore, how many sites will be required. It has been suggested that they may need less than half of the sites offered. The portfolio holder for planning at SDC noted that many of the sites submitted will not be considered suitable for development; the initial lists will open for public consultation in 2017 followed by a down-select and the remaining sites will be examined by a planning inspector in 2018.

We need to keep an eye on this process and prepare for a detailed response when the public consultation opens next year.


PLANNING

Elite Motors / Nursing Home: Revised landscape drawings have recently been submitted to SDC, and this has extended the consultation period. There is no revised determination date available at present.


MOBILE LIBRARY

Following a review of the Mobile Library service throughout the county, KCC have removed about half of the stops which were under-used, but fortunately ours is one which has been retained although with revised timing. The new time is from 11:10 to 11:45 am on alternate Thursdays, but as it is only coming from Halstead with 20 minutes travelling allowed, arrival may be a little earlier. The next visits are on 25th August and 8th September. As many villages have seen, if you don't use it, you will lose it!


SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Badgers Mount Ramblers! - 1st Sunday of the month meet at the hall at 10 o’clock

Badgers Mount Residents Association Annual Garden Party: 9th July 2016
The prolonged wet weather of the early summer yielded to the will of the Badgers Mount Residents Association and produced a pleasantly warm summer's day for the Annual Garden Party held at Oaklea on 9th July 2016.

Special thanks to Gordon who delivered the marquee and to all the members of the committee who helped put it up with much good humour and bonhomie.
The garden was in beautiful condition thanks to the considerable and sustained efforts of Dr Mary Bliss and her son James. Many participants kindly brought various cakes, biscuits, and other delicious snacks.

Attendance was not as high as some years, perhaps because the Knockholt Village Carnival took place on the same day; but children did attend and even some teenagers were spotted trying out the tennis court and exploring the rambling garden.

Towards the end of the afternoon the croquet equipment was got out and set up. An enjoyable game followed involving a wide range of ages and (it has to be said) a varying set of rules.

Walking treasure hunt
The event that nearly didn’t happen!

In the lead up to the walking treasure hunt we had had no interest so we decided to cancel the treasure hunt and just meet for tea and cake imagine my shock when I arrived at the hall greeted by a large group of excited children (and adults) ready to set out across Badgers Mount looking for clues. A hasty return with clue sheets hot off the printer, and happy detectives set off. Over 16 people scoured Badgers Mount.
A lesson has been learnt – we really need to know if you are coming to an event, I will make sure that this is made very clear on all the advertising (which it wasn’t - my fault!)

So what next – there has been discussion around an early evening walking procession around the mount for children on Halloween which this year is Monday 31st October, I am happy to run this if enough young families are interested - please get in touch.

For all social events Please contact Zena 01959 5345666 zbelton@live.com


FUTURE SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Quiz

Back by popular demand BMRA Quiz night Saturday 22 October. The Quiz starts prompt 8pm. Tables of 6-8 5 per head or we can help you make up a team. A ploughmans will be provided at the interval. Bring your own nibbles, drinks and glasses. Cut off for tickets 20th October


Wine tasting with a difference

Do you know your Lidl from your Laithwaites?
Saturday 12th November 2016
7.00pm to start tasting at 7.30pm
Badgers Mount Memorial Hall 12 a ticket (over 18 only)
During the evening we will taste 12 different wines including reds, whites, rose and sparkling.
Cheese and bread included.
Tickets must be bought in advance a minimum of 24 people required to ensure the evening will happen!
Cut off for tickets 1st November.

For all social activities, please contact
Zena 01959 5345666 zbelton@live.com

 

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