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EDF Energy - Pole and overhead cable replacement

EDF Defective 'D' pole marker - photo by CharlotteResidents will have noticed that a number of electricity poles and overhead cables are being replaced around Badgers Mount. EDF notify residents in advance when they will have their power cut off while the cables are being transferred to the new poles, and whether access is necessary to their premises or meters when reconnecting. They include such advice as setting fridges and freezers to their lowest temperatures before the power is disconnected and not opening the doors more than necessary.

Informed by EDF that due to a fault that's come to light as they started work,  some of the Highland Road properties have had their power outage postponed.
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Changes to REFUSE / RECYCLING collection times

Changes from week commencing 16th August.
Sevenoaks District Council are only writing to those residents that will be affected.
Full details are here on the SDC website


July BMRA Newsletter
Welcome to our Summer newsletter and to all new residents of Badgers Mount – we hope to meet you all at our forthcoming Garden Party (details below).


A good number of residents attended our recent AGM at which the existing committee were re-elected for another year. Richard King also volunteered to join the committee and was duly elected by those present. Our Committee now comprises 10 members as follows:

Gordon Plumb (534279)
Tracey McCartney (534471)
Chris Lucas (534143)
Len Cottle (534304)
Myra Marshall (534745)
Mary Bliss (534278)
Zena Belton (534566)
Eric Raven (535171)
Liz Dallimore (535080)
Richard King (533979)

At the AGM the question of renaming the Orpington Bypass was raised again. To gauge interest from those who will be affected, a slip is attached to this newsletter. Please return completed slips to either Len Cottle (Marchwood, Orpington Bypass) or the Memorial Hall letterbox (kitchen door facing the Bypass) or by emailing us via our website.

Most residents will recall that in 2004 the committee transferred ownership and insurance liability of the Millennium Sign to Shoreham Parish Council. Recent discussions with the Council regarding the deterioration of the sign has resulted in their decision to provide a replacement in the near future. This will be very similar to the current sign but only the Spring picture being used on both faces.


Saturday, 10th July 2010

A Summer Garden Party will once again be held between 2 and 6 pm at Oaklea, Highland Road by the kind invitation of Dr. Mary Bliss. Oaklea is located off the track from Badgers Road into the woods. Additional signs to the party will start at the top of Badgers Road. However, if you are unsure please contact us or check out the ‘House Locator’ page on our website. Tea, coffee, soft drinks, cakes, biscuits etc will be served. Any donations of cakes will be gratefully received on the day at Oaklea (am preferably). There is no charge for this event but to gauge likely attendance for catering purposes please contact Gordon, Myra or the website and also let us know if you will be bringing a cake.

A quiz with all of the questions about Oaklea, for all the family to take part in is being organised as part of the afternoon’s activities. It would be great to see as many residents as possible take part whilst exploring this interesting garden which featured recently in the Channel 4 series ‘Genius of Britain’, being the former home of Mary’s brother, Professor William Hamilton, an eminent Evolutionary Biologist. An information pamphlet on Bill produced by the Shoreham & District Historical Society, together with some of their other publications, will be on sale.

Children are especially welcome to come and explore this large garden which includes a tree house, swings, tennis court (please bring own racquets and balls) and croquet lawn. As the field behind Oaklea has just been cut, it is available for parking as space near the house is limited. Better still for those living closer, please walk if you are able.


Our recent Barn Dance attracted 41 people who thoroughly enjoyed dancing to the music of the Hatted Hens. Another Barn Dance has been suggested for next Spring.


Now that summer is here, we make the usual request about trying not to cause a nuisance to your neighbours by having smoky bonfires, allowing dogs to bark all day or playing loud music in the garden. Your neighbours are entitled to enjoy their homes and gardens just as much as you are entitled to enjoy yours without nuisance from them.


A new Tots and Toddlers play group has recently started in the Memorial Hall on Monday mornings between 10.15 am and 12 noon. If you are interested in taking your child, please contact Kerry Richardson on 0797 3853675 for further information or just go along and join in the fun (but not on 5th, 19th and 26th July)! It is intended to run through the summer holiday, when older siblings will also be welcome.
*UPDATE* - Due to very low numbers attending, the Tots and Toddlers Group has closed.


Japanese Knotweed at Well HillSeveral Badgers Mount residents attended the recent PACT meeting in Well Hill and amongst other matters, were advised of the presence of the highly invasive Japanese Knotweed in Well Hill. This weed grows up to 3m high with hollow stems similar to bamboo, spreads rapidly – one plant can spread to the area of a tennis court in one year – and is extremely difficult to eradicate once established. It can damage paving and tarmac, and sometimes even structural damage to buildings. It was recently reported that some mortgage lenders have refused mortgages where Japanese Knotweed is present in the garden. Gardeners were advised to keep a look out for this in their locality and seek expert advice on its removal. When disposing of any, it is classed as controlled waste and must be handled and transported in accordance with regulations.


The next police surgeries will be on Thursdays 8th July and 2nd September from 11.00 am to 12.00 noon in the Memorial Hall during the Coffee Morning. PCSO Jane Wright will be pleased to discuss and give advice about any concerns you have about crimes, suspicious vehicles and callers etc.


Gordon Plumb – 534279
Tracey McCartney – 534471

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