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Welcome to our October 2010 newsletter and to new residents of Badgers Mount.

WEBSITE UPDATES

Anyone who has visited our website recently will have noticed that it is undergoing a makeover to bring it up to date – thanks to Gary Davies for doing this for us.

FASTER BROADBAND SPEED?

The 'Race to Infinity' is a new BT programme which aims to eventually increase broadband speeds throughout the country by replacing the copper cables from the exchange (ours is in Knockholt) to the local green street distribution boxes with fibre optics. The first exchanges to be changed will be based on the percentage of customers who vote for it before 31st December 2010, not the total number. Even if not in the first group, the higher the percentage of votes, the exchange will be placed higher up the order and be changed earlier. For details and links to the voting form go to www.badgersmount.net/broadband

SOCIAL EVENTS

Macmillan Coffee Morning

The Macmillan Coffee morning raised 125. Thanks to all who helped, attended or donated to this worthy charity.

Coffee Mornings

Coffee Mornings continue to be held on Thursdays between 10.30 am and 12 noon and all residents are welcome to come along for a chat over a cup of coffee. The mobile library calls into the Hall Car Park on alternate Thursdays between 10.45 and 11.20. Their next visits are 21st October and 4th November.

Summer Garden Party

The summer Garden Party at Oaklea, Highland Road was attended by over 90 people who thoroughly enjoyed a sunny afternoon exploring the large garden, playing tennis and croquet, consuming tea, coffee and a variety of delicious cakes and trying to find answers to the quiz. The quiz prizes were awarded to Eileen Woledge and Linda George, Pat Cash and Terry Price and Charlotte Davies.

Carols & Entertainment Evening

Our annual Christmas celebration with seasonal songs and festivities will take place on Saturday 11th December. We hope you will be able to join us from 7.30 pm. Festive refreshments will be served during the evening. Admission will be 3.00 for adults, 1.00 for children. Reservations (so that we know how many people to cater for) can be made at coffee mornings, by telephoning Gordon (534279) or via the website.

New Years Eve Party

As a complete change from the usual disco based party, we have booked a live band with a caller for a ceilidh, which is a Scottish form of Barn Dance, for the New Year celebrations from 8.00 pm on Friday 31st December 2010. Tickets cost 10 each (adults only) which includes a light buffet supper but please bring own drinks and glasses. It is anticipated that this will be very popular, and to ensure that there is sufficient space for dancing, the number attending will have to be limited, so please purchase your tickets early from Gordon, as above, to avoid disappointment.

POLICE SURGERY

The next police surgery will be on Thursday 11th November 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.

SHOREHAM PARISH COUNCIL

Shoreham Parish Council holds two meetings each month which all residents are welcome to attend. There is an open session at which any issues can be raised. The next meetings on 21st October (planning committee) and 4th November (planning committee and main council meeting) are in the Memorial Hall, starting at 7.45 pm.

PLANNING

Polhill Garden Centre has recently applied for permission to erect a 3492 sq m polytunnel so that they can raise a significant proportion of their plants on site instead of importing them, mainly from Europe. There would also be changes to the car park, and the deliveries service road would be diverted round the outside of the car park. The polytunnels will be behind the row of existing trees/hedge at the side of the existing overflow car park, and significant areas of new screening and tree planting are also proposed so that when established little of the polytunnels will be visible. If you want to submit comments to SDC, you have until 17th October (quote application No. SE/10/02470/FUL). Drawings and the 19 page supporting statement can be seen on the SDC planning website.

KNOCKHOLT STATION PARKING

A number of residents have raised concerns about the increasing number of cars which have recently been parking on the south side of the road, opposite the station. Earlier this year SDC approved proposals for double yellow lines at junctions and restrictions at bus stops for safety, which should be implemented soon, but rejected proposals for pay and display charging on the north side and one hour restriction on the south side. SDC do not intend to look at the current situation again although it is a significant change from what was occurring when the original decision was made, and say it is now down to KCC. If you are concerned about this we recommend that you email or write to both KCC and SDC.

WASTE DISPOSAL

At the recent PACT meeting it was mentioned that if you have any type of waste taken away, it is your responsibility to ensure that the person taking it has a current Waste Carriers Licence from the Environment Agency. Not only does this apply to the obvious skip companies, but also tree surgeons, gardeners, carpet layers etc. If fly tipping occurs and the homeowners can be traced, they may be liable to a fine and/or prosecution. If you have any waste to dispose of, particularly garden waste, please do so properly, not just dumping it over a fence or hedge onto someone else’s land.

NEW YOGA CLASS

A new Hatha Yoga class has recently started in the Memorial Hall on Friday mornings between 10.00 to 11.30am. This is a different type of yoga from the Inyanga Yoga classes held on Wednesday mornings. If you are interested in taking part, either phone Sabine on 07900 915134 or just go along on Friday mornings.

HALSTEAD PLAYERS

Halstead Players is the local amateur dramatic group who try to put on two performances each year, which are usually very well supported and enjoyed by their audiences. This year they were intending to do a pantomime but due to lack of people available to take part, it has been cancelled. They urgently need new members if they are to continue. If you are interested in joining please contact David Barnes, chairman, on 532428 or Decima Grundy, secretary, on 01732 750667.

 

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Gordon Plumb – 534279
Tracey McCartney – 534471
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