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BMRA Newsletter - October 2015

We are still waiting to hear from KCC Highways about the speed limit road markings (Roundels) and the remaining village gates on the Old London Road.
Parking in Old London RoadPlease be careful where you park.
Some residents have to use mobility aids such as walking frames or mobility scooters; parking on the pavement blocks the footpath, forcing them into the roadway. On a blind corner like this, the potential for a fatal accident is high.

Kent Police inform us that they have no power to remove vehicles even if causing an obstruction so anyone seriously inconvenienced by thoughtless parking should get in touch with the local authority to enforce removal or penalty ticketing.





There is a short cut between the Hewitts roundabout and Old London Road which misses out most of Wheatsheaf Hill. It uses much of the old road which was cleared a few months ago.
This picture shows the upper entrance near to the Hewitts Roundabout.



The proposed crematorium at Oak Tree Farm opposite Polhill Garden Centre is still awaiting the outcome of a High Court challenge. The Watercroft Woods site has been refused a Lawful Development Certificate by Sevenoaks District Council, but an appeal is pending. The proposed sale of 10 grave plots at this site through auction has also been withdrawn. Developments at Fort Halstead have already been reported in the Sevenoaks Chronicle.
A liaison meeting took place recently and was followed by a site visit. Night time noise appears to be under control; a one-off Day time noise incident was reported and F M Conway apologised and gave assurances that there would be no further such incidents. F M Conway will be improving road safety around their site entrance on Shacklands Road, and will open up their approach road to allow off-street temporary lorry parking. Please do not hesitate to contact the committee should you have any problems with the site.
Following the meeting on the 25th of September, it was decided to rekindle interest in the Badgers Mount Neighbourhood Watch and incorporate it into the BMRA. Richard King has agreed to co-ordinate the road stewards and every house should be contacted in the coming months to gauge interest. If you are not already receiving the bulletins, newsletters and scam warnings via e-mail contact Richard on 533979 or e-mail
A village shop - do we need one?
Badgers Mount last had a village shop many years ago. Is it time we had a new one? Would you like to see the local fish and/or greengrocer’s vans stopping at Badgers Mount, possibly during the Thursday coffee morning?
The residents association are currently looking at the viability and are after feedback, good or bad! Are you interested in helping? Would you use it?
The Parish Council have now appointed a Parish Clerk. She is Sarah Moon who also works as the Clerk to Shoreham Parish Council.

The bus shelter and utilities building near the Polhill Roundabout were recently defaced with graffiti. This must have been done by local children/teenagers or by people they know. The Parish Council arranged to overpaint the bus shelter, but this does represent a drain on the Parish resources which could lead to a small increase in the local part of the Council Tax.
On Saturday 3rd October the Hatted Hens music group entertained a good number of us with a Barn dance and music and singing. Much laughter and fun with some people dancing an energetic jig, whilst others enjoyed watching them work out their right hand star and their left hand reel. It was a great opportunity to swing your neighbours round and round and we all got to know those in the community as we apologised for treading on their toes.

Sadly there hasn’t been any interest in the Halloween fancy dress and parade so it won’t be happening. Not to worry it will still be in the diary next year!
BADGERS MOUNT WALK Sunday 1st November at 10 a.m.
Meet in the Memorial Hall car park. We shall be walking 3.5 miles with an option to do just 2 miles.
As this is the first walk we shall rediscover an old footpath in Badgers Mount.
Expect to see:
Clearing in Hollows Wood/Barnetts Wood, with a possible chance to see a deer!
Rediscovered footpath to Wheatsheaf Hill
Greens of Broke Hill Golf Club
Discover Halstead private golf course
Views of Badgers Mount from Halstead fields
Dogs are welcome though for the majority of this walk would have to be kept on a lead. Clothing weather dependent, walking shoes/boots or an old pair of trainers that you don’t mind getting muddy. The only hill to note is the climb from London Road to Broke Hill Golf Club.
Dependent on demand, this would be a regular monthly walk taking place on the 1st Sunday of the month. If there are keen walkers out there, the routes will be longer with shorter options available.
CHRISTMAS CAROLS Saturday 5th December
Is it too soon to mention Christmas?
A great social occasion on Saturday 5th December at 7.30pm. Come along to the hall and meet up with friends old and new for a chance to sing some Christmas Carols. Wine and fruit juice as well as nibbles, mince pies and sausage rolls, all for 5 adults, 2 children.
How about celebrating New Years Eve in Badgers Mount? From 8pm in the Memorial hall with music for all ages we are sure some of you will be up dancing. Free entry with a small collection to cover Hall hire. Bring your own nibbles, drinks and a glass! There are no refreshments provided. An opportunity to meet new neighbours and catch up with old ones. This invitation is open to all Badgers Mount residents, come along for the full party or pop in just to say hello, or catch an early taxi home to avoid the rush and join us to welcome in the New Year. We can even arrange for the walking bus to call for you if you don't want to walk up to the hall on your own!
SOUP AND A ROLL Saturday 16th January 12:30
Early in the New Year we will be repeating the Soup and a Roll lunch on Saturday 16th January 2016 12.30-2.30. Purely social - a chance to share news, while you have a warm bowl of soup, donation of 5.00 to cover the cost. For more information on any of the above or to book a place, contact Zena Belton 01959 534566,



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