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March 2013
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Although a little early, we would like to wish you all a very happy Easter and to send a warm welcome to new residents of Badgers Mount.

We also extend our condolences to the families of Margaret Tutt and John Asmus who passed away recently. Margaret was a member of the committee for many years and also served on Shoreham Parish Council.


There have recently been a number of changes to the committee. The current members of the committee are:

Liz Dallimore – Chairperson
Eileen Lessey – Vice-Chairperson
Gordon Plumb – Treasurer
Tracey McCartney – Secretary
Albert Thomas
Stephen Salmon
Karen Lagarde

The BMRA Annual General Meeting will take place in May and we will be actively seeking new committee members to join us. If you are interested in finding out more about taking on a committee role please contact Liz (535080), Tracey (534471) or Gordon (534279) for further information. Alternatively you can email

Annual BMRA Subscriptions

As agreed at the 2012 AGM subscription charges have this year increased to 2 per member with a maximum payable of 4 per household. This still represents good value for money when you consider, amongst other things, the increase in printing costs of newsletters which are delivered at least four times per year.

You will notice that the committee has considerably reduced in number. This makes collection of subscriptions a more onerous task for those who remain, some of whom have full time work commitments. As a result of this, it has been decided that we will try to collect subscriptions in an alternative way this year. There are three options available:

(1) If you use internet banking you can make a payment via the BACS system. This is quite straightforward. You will need the following details to make your payment:

Account name: Badgers Mount Residents Association
Account number: 01321247
Sort Code: 30-97-49

PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU PUT YOUR NAME, HOUSE NAME/NUMBER & ROAD IN THE REFERENCE BOX PROVIDED so that we know who is paying us!! (Roads can be abbreviated to their initials if you wish)

(2) Payment via the envelope attached to this Newsletter. Please ensure that you write your name and address on the envelope. We have arranged a number of drop off points for subscriptions. They are:

Tracey McCartney, Sett Point, Highland Road
Tina Bennett, 6 Crest Close
Eric Raven, Oakdale, Orpington Bypass, (next to the footpath to Old London Road)
Christine Donovan, Lyndhurst, Badgers Road (opposite Johnsons Avenue)
Karen Lagarde, Badgers Mount House, Highland Road
Stephen Salmon, Wildwood, Milton Avenue
June Begg, 8 Badgers Rise
April Wentzell, 1 Sandersons Avenue
Lorna Luck, 3 Woodlands View
Joan Neave, 26 Old London Road
Thursday coffee mornings in the Memorial Hall.

(3) If you are unable to pay via your bank or drop off the envelope please telephone Gordon (534279) or email the Secretary at the email address previously given and we will arrange collection from you.


Website address change

Please note that the BMRA website address has changed as detailed overleaf. For the time being if you use the old address you will automatically be re-directed to the website.

Appeal to KCC for safety improvements on our roads

You may have noticed the traffic counter and speed monitors placed on the Bypass and Old London Road recently. These were used to ascertain the current traffic situation on these roads following our appeal for safety improvements on both roads.

Following receipt of the results of the traffic survey, KCC are now discussing the possibility of a reduction of speed on the Orpington Bypass to 50 mph (we asked for 40mph but this is not felt feasible). Improved signage on the Bypass should be installed soon and KCC are still considering other possibilities. We will update you when we have further information.

Winter Weather update

We would like to extend a huge thanks to all residents who cleared snow from pathways and roads recently, particularly at the junction of Badgers Road with the Orpington Bypass enabling everyone to use the roads safely.

Regular checks are carried out to ensure that salt bins are stocked ready for use in icy conditions. Please remember that we do not have limitless supplies of salt and it should be used economically where possible.


A working party has now had preliminary meetings to start investigating the process of forming our Parish Council. We will shortly be having a meeting with Sevenoaks District Council and a further update on all Parish Council matters will be prepared and delivered in due course and also given at the AGM in May.

A Parish Council clerk will need to be employed and involved in the set up of the Council prior to the first elections in May 2015. The working party is unsure of what is expected of the Clerk at the preliminary stage, more will be known in due course.

If you would be interested in becoming a Clerk please telephone or email our Secretary, Tracey (details given previously) to register your interest.


The Annual Parish Meeting for parishioners and community organisations will be held on 24th April, and the Annual Council Meeting will be held in on 1st May, both in Shoreham Village Hall.

These events are open to all residents, as are all parish council meetings and you are welcome to attend.


You may be aware that the Watercroft Woods site is for sale. The Plymouth Brethren have expressed an interest in buying the site for a meeting hall and associated car park with the possibility of leaving the ancient woodland part of the site as a community area. This group is awaiting a meeting with SDC to discuss possibilities for the site. Following this, the group propose to give a presentation to Shoreham Parish Council and possibly to Badgers Mount residents. You will be advised of any progress in this matter.


There have been a number of incidents involving vehicles speeding around the Polhill Roundabout late at night. The issue was brought to the attention of the Sevenoaks Community Safety Unit and if you become aware of this happening please report this to ‘101’ so that the Police can try to apprehend those involved in this anti-social and potentially dangerous activity.



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