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


At our AGM in May, only attended by 28 residents, the existing committee was re-elected. The members of the committee, their phone numbers and the roads that they cover are:-

Gordon Plumb (Chairman) – 534279
(Badgers Rise & 4-16 Old London Road)
Len Cottle (Vice Chairman) – 534304
(West side of Orpington Bypass)
Tracey McCartney (Secretary) – 534471 (Milton Avenue)
Chris Lucas (Treasurer) – 534143
(Christies & Sandersons Avenues)
Myra Marshall – 534745
(Badgers Road)
Mary Bliss – 534278
(Highland Road)
John Ralston – 533412
(East side of Orpington Bypass & Woodlands View)
Zena Belton – 534566
(Johnsons Avenue)
Eric Raven – 535171
(Crest Close & 52-74 Old London Road)
Brian Modlock – 533738
(18-50 Old London Road).

If you have any questions or concerns on Badgers Mount issues please contact your road representative in the first instance or email the website (address above).

Saturday, 12th July 2008

Our Summer Garden Party will 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 into the woods from Badgers Road and additional signs will be put up on the day. 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 or Myra and also let us know if you will be bringing a cake. 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.


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.


The applications for 14 houses and a replacement car dealership building on the Orpington Bypass frontage of Foxs Garage have both recently been refused. This means that all applications for the site have now been refused.

An appeal against the refusal of planning permission for the block of 33 flats and a retail area is due to be heard at 10.00 am on 7th August at the Hollybush Indoor Bowls Centre, Hollybush Close, Sevenoaks. Residents are welcome to attend this hearing.


Following recent illness, Barry Saunders regrets that he will have to relinquish his role of booking secretary. This means that the Hall Committee urgently require someone to take over this important function which mainly involves taking telephone enquiries, passing details of confirmed bookings to the Treasurer and issuing keys to casual hirers. If you think that you could help with this, please contact Derek Heritage on 01959 534538 to discuss this role in more detail.

The Hall is now available for regular or occasional hire on Friday evenings as the martial arts group has left. There are also some weekday mornings and afternoons available.


The next collections are Saturdays 28th June and 13th September between 11.15 am and 12.00 noon, at the end of Highland Road near the Memorial Hall or at the junction of Badgers Road with the Orpington Bypass.


The next Police Surgery will be on Thursday, 10th July from 11.00 am to 12 noon as part of the Coffee Morning in the Memorial Hall. PCSO Dave Birchall will be pleased to discuss and give advice about any concerns you have on crimes, suspicious vehicles and callers etc.


We have asked the Parish Council if they can provide a bus shelter in Old London Road at the Badgers Mount Post Office stop near Badgers Rise. This is currently being investigated and we hope to have more news on this shortly.

The Association has recently resurrected the request to change the name of the Orpington Bypass as some residents of this road feel that the current name is totally inappropriate and misleading. Following receipt of the procedure for this from Sevenoaks District Council we are now in discussion with Shoreham Parish Council to move this forward. Names suggested so far are Mount Way, Main Road and Polhill Way. If you have any further suggestions for a suitable name please let Gordon or Tracey know. Residents of the Bypass will be contacted by the District Council with more details if the proposal is accepted, and a vote will be conducted.


Thursday 10th July – Police Surgery
Saturday 12th July – Summer Garden Party, 2 to 6 pm at Oaklea
Wednesday 13th August – WI fund raising afternoon, 2 to 4 pm
Thursday 25th September – Macmillan Coffee Morning, 10am to 12.30pm



Gordon Plumb – 534279
Tracey McCartney – 534471


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