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Welcome to our October 2010 newsletter and to new
residents of Badgers Mount.
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
Macmillan Coffee Morning
The Macmillan Coffee morning raised £125. Thanks to all who helped,
attended or donated to this worthy charity.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
BMRA CONTACT DETAILS
Gordon Plumb – 534279
Tracey McCartney – 534471
Full contact details on the BMRA Committee
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