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 Autumn 2001 Newsletter

Welcome to the Association’s Autumn Newsletter.  The Association held it’s Annual General Meeting in May 2001 in the Memorial Hall, Highland Road and 32 members attended this with apologies from 13 others.

Several Committee changes took place during the latter part of 2000 and the early part of 2001. Trevor Simmons resigned as Chairman, followed by June Begg and Dawn Cooper.  However, following these sudden resignations we were able to co-opt two further members namely Chris Lucas and Alison Chase. Although Gordon Plumb had stated before the AGM that he did not wish to continue as Chairman, he has now agreed to continue for another year, principally due to a revised work location making travel less arduous.

 At the AGM no further members were elected to the Committee and thus the Road Stewards for 2001 are as follows:-

GORDON PLUMB (534279) one half of Highland Road.

TRACEY McCARTNEY (534471) -  Milton Avenue and Johnsons Avenue.

MARGARET TUTT (534404) Other half of Highland Road.

VIVIENNE CLARKE (532987) crest Close and half of Old London Road.

MYRA MARSHALL (534745) Badgers Road.

JOYCE PITT-PAYNE (534344) One side of Orpington By-Pass.

LEN COTTLE (534304) Other side of Orpington By-Pass.

CHRIS LUCAS (533312) Badgers Rise and half of Old London Road.

ALISON CHASE (532065) Sandersons Avenue, Christies Avenue and Woodlands View.

The Committee currently has 9 members but should, under it’s Constitution, have 10.  If you think that you would like to join us and make YOUR Community Association as effective as possible please contact any Committee Member.

The Committee has arranged the following Social Events.  Please make a note of these in your diary and come along to the Memorial Hall and enjoy yourselves:-



7.45 PM FOR 8.00 PM

Teams of up to 6 people answer questions on a variety of subjects.  Tickets £5 per person - includes Ploughman’s Supper but please bring own drink.  Contact Gordon Plumb (534279) or Tina Bennett (533809) to reserve your place.  Don’t worry if you haven’t got a full table of 6 there are usually other people in a similar situation prepared to make a ‘scratch’ team.



7.30 P.M.

Just turn up on the night. Entrance £1.50, which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Organised by Dennis Inwood, who also holds raffle during the evening.  Dennis also organises a monthly Drive at Halstead for anyone who catches the bug!



8.00 P.M.

Our annual Carol Singing Evening that takes place in the Memorial Hall.  Tickets for this will be on sale nearer to the date so watch out for the Posters! 

Weather permitting we will also be carol singing around the roads during the following week – more details to follow.



8.00 P.M.

Due to the success of the last two years’ New Year Celebrations we are arranging for another evening of dancing, singing and good food on the above date.  More details on this will follow in due course.



8.00 P.M.

We realise that this is quite away ahead yet – only the date has been agreed so more details will follow nearer the time.


Next year marks the Queen’s Jubilee.  Various national social events are being organised but we haven’t yet decided what form the Badgers Mount event will take so if you have any ideas or would like to help organise something please let the Committee know.

The Sevenoaks Mobile Library parks in the Memorial Car Park every other Thursday. The next two dates are October 11th and October 25th – each between 10.00 am and 10.15 am. PLEASE try to use this service wherever possible, as we will lose it if it continues to be poorly attended.

Progress on the Village Sign is slow at present. The Sign is now complete and ready for erection. Planning Permission has finally be granted BUT insurance of the Sign proves awkward.  The Committee are actively doing all that they can to resolve this situation and hopefully the Sign will be erected before the end of 2001!

The Committee is also working hard to try and effect a reduction in speed along the Orpington By-Pass.  We have also requested Pedestrian Islands (similar to those at the end of Badgers Road) for the Highland Road end of the By-Pass. 

Hopefully we will be able to report back with positive news on these issues in our next Newsletter.

It has been pointed out to the Committee that several dogs roam freely on the Mount.  As you can appreciate this is dangerous to vehicles driving on the Mount and extremely unsafe for the animals concerned.  Can we please ask that you try to ensure that your dog is kept securely within the curtilage of your own grounds.

There were several complaints during the Summer months of people being smoked out of their gardens by inconsiderate neighbours lighting bonfires in the afternoon or early evening.  Please be considerate of others and not light bonfires before 8.00 p.m. in the Summer and before dusk at other times in the year.

The Badgers Club was formed some 25 years ago as a monthly social gathering for retired gentlemen.  They ‘ring the changes’ with talks in the Memorial Hall, Pub Lunches, outings etc and challenge the W.I to Darts matches. Numbers have never been high, but have recently decreased to a level when it may not be viable for them to continue any further.  More members are urgently needed and if you would like more information about becoming a member, please contact Dennis Inwood (534320) or Barry Saunders (534536) as soon as possible.

Finally, if you feel that you have any matters that you would like to have raised at an Association Committee Meeting please write to our Secretary (Tracey McCartney) c/o Sett Point, Highland Road.  We will raise all written issues at our next available meeting and report back to you threafter.  Please remember that for the Association to remain effective it must have an input from it’s members – we await hearing from you!!

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