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BMRA Newsletter - September 2014

There have been a number of properties changing hands in Badgers Mount since our last newsletter and we welcome all new residents. We hope you find our newsletters informative and useful. If there is anything that you wish to know about Badgers Mount, please get in touch or visit where a wealth of information about the community is available.

The Association has a new email address for you to contact us. Please see above and note this for future reference.

The AGM in May marked 50 years of the Association and those who attended celebrated with specially decorated cupcakes in addition to the usual refreshments.
The new Committee members are:
David Woledge – Chairperson
Alistair Dunlop – Vice Chairperson
Tracey McCartney – Secretary
Gordon Plumb – Treasurer
Together with Nicola Walker, Adrienne Dunlop, Brian Marston, John Ralston, Eric Raven, Zena Belton, Christine Donovan and Trevor Simmons.
Committee members will be calling very soon to collect the annual subscription which remains at 2 per adult with a maximum of 4 payable per house. This provides you with regular newsletters and covers the administrative costs of running the Association.

Over 60 people attended this event in July and a good afternoon was had by all. Our thanks go to Mary Bliss of Oaklea, Badgers Road for allowing visitors to explore her extensive garden.

Superfast Fibre Broadband is now available in Badgers Mount!! Please see the village website for further information if you are interested in obtaining this.


Crematoria Update
At the present time there is still no decision on the planning application for a crematorium at Watercrofts Woods. There have been no further applications or appeals relating to the other two potential sites. We continue to monitor the crematoria situation closely.
General Planning Applications
The Applications to demolish and re-build Ringwood and Whipsiderry, Highland Road have been approved and construction is now underway. An application has now been submitted to replace Shepherds Green, Highland Road with two houses. The committee has opposed this application as the property is within the Green Belt where rules concerning overdevelopment and size need to be considered.

You may have seen that KCC recently had a county wide consultation about proposals to switch off street lighting between midnight and 5.30 am in a bid to cut costs. The nearest affected areas to Badgers Mount are the A224 Polhill and Wheatsheaf Hill. Lights on the Orpington Bypass and Old London Road will not be affected.

At the recent Coffee Morning, PCSO Lisanne Fry was introduced to residents. Lisanne replaces Jenny Boyden. She will shortly arrange to hold another community surgery. Look out for the date of this on the village website calendar and noticeboards.

At the Annual General Meeting it was decided that dialogue at a local level should be opened with FM Conway Ltd on matters appertaining to the Chelsfield Depot. The initial objectives are and remain to address any issues residents may have regarding the operations within the depot, in particular "night hours noise" emitting from the depot and where possible seek solutions to minimise the impact on the local community.
A member of the BMRA Committee and a resident affected by the FM Conway Ltd situation have had three meetings with both their Depot and Head Office staff. The issues covered so far have been:
1. Depot night time noise
2. Early morning parking in Shacklands Road
3. Planned Forestry work on the surrounding Ancient Woodland
We are pleased to report that F.M. Conway Ltd have responded in a positive and constructive manner and in conjunction with the BMRA are addressing all issues and regular meetings with them along with site visits, are to be continued. In the meantime one request from F.M. Conway Ltd Estate Manager - Would residents please not put "garden waste" into their woodland as this has a negative effect on the trees etc and requires unnecessary forestry work to be carried out.


The final Order for the formation of the new Badgers Mount Parish Council has been issued by Sevenoaks District Council. The Parish Council will come into effect on 1st April 2015 and until the elections in May 2015 our existing three Shoreham Parish Councillors will be responsible for any interim planning applications etc.
On FRIDAY, 10TH OCTOBER 2014 an open meeting will take place in the Memorial Hall, Highland Road at 7.30 pm. Despite his recent promotion in the Cabinet, Michael Fallon still intends to attend this meeting and address residents about the opportunities afforded by this change. Roger Gough, our KCC Councillor will also be present and give a short talk. Philip McGarvey, Deputy Leader of Sevenoaks District Council will also be present to discuss the opportunities of the new Parish Council.
We hope that as many residents as possible will join the Badgers Mount Parish Council Working Group on the 10th October to hear what our guests have to say. There will be an opportunity for residents to ask questions during the meeting of our guest speakers and the Working Group.

Speeding vehicles on Polhill Roundabout
Following a number of occasions earlier in the year when vehicles were being driven at high speed around the roundabout, the Police managed to stop and caution some of the drivers concerned in June. We have not been aware of any further occurrences of this anti-social behaviour. However, if this does recur please contact the Police by dialling 101 immediately to report the problem and give them a chance to attend the incident.
SCAMS (and how to avoid them)
Our Neighbourhood Watch team would like to remind you that fraudsters are increasingly trying to get people to reveal PIN numbers and hand over their bank cards so that they can access your bank account.
Remember: the police and banks will never ask for your PIN or bank card over the phone. So never give them to anyone. If you think that you have been a victim of this type of crime, call the police on 101. Or if the incident is in progress, dial 999.

The weekly Thursday coffee mornings continue to be well attended, and numbers have increased over recent months. If you would like to come for a social chat with other residents, why not come along between 10.30 am and 12 noon. You don’t have to come at the start or stay until the end – just stay as long as you like!!

The recent Macmillan Coffee Morning raised 135 for this worthy charity.

The mobile library continues to visit the Memorial Hall car park on alternate Thursdays between 10.45 and 11.20 am during the coffee mornings. Numbers using the library have declined in recent months, so if you like reading proper books rather than the modern electronic books, please make use of this service. If you want a particular book which is not carried on the van it can be ordered and will be brought as soon as it is available. The next visits are on 9th and 23rd October.


Ladies, if you are unable to attend coffee mornings why not join us on the 4th Thursday of the month from 8pm in the Memorial Hall for “coffee morning in the evening with wine!”

Despite our previous request the number of bags of dog waste being tied to branches or fences along roads and footpaths, put in the salt bins or even dropped over a fence into other residents’ gardens continues. There are five strategically positioned dog waste bins in Badgers Mount which are there for your use. PLEASE USE them as it is not nice for others to have to clear away your bags of dog waste.


We are planning a number of activities to bring the community together. We intend to continue with the events that have been popular in the past and to gradually build up a wider selection of events that will hopefully appeal to all tastes and age ranges of the residents of Badgers Mount.

Here is a proposed calendar of events – some will start this year, and continue yearly, some will start next year and some that need more planning will come along in the future.

Saturday, 6th December 2014
We will be holding a carols evening in the Memorial Hall from 7.45 pm on the above date, with carols commencing at 8pm. The cost will be 3.00 per adult and 1.00 per child. Light refreshments will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional drink (and own glasses) too. So that we know how many people to cater for please make your reservation at one of the coffee mornings or contact Gordon on 01959 534279.
Are you able to play the Piano? We are looking for someone who would be able to play the piano for the Carols Evening as our regular pianist is unavailable. Please contact Gordon (as above) or email if you can help.
Wednesday, 31st December 2014
From 8pm in the Memorial hall with music for all ages we are sure some of you will be up dancing. Bring your own nibbles, drinks and glasses! This is an opportunity to meet new neighbours and catch up with old ones. All Badgers Mount residents are welcome, come along for the full party or pop in just to say hello. For more information contact Zena on 01959 534566 or email us at
Other future events
17th January 2015: Soup night
5 per head. Share soup & bread roll in the Memorial Hall. Catch up with New Year news.
28th February 2015: Quiz night
Tickets with probably a fish & chip supper.
April 2015 - Easter treasure hunt for children
Aimed at younger children – collect a quiz sheet, clues throughout the village.
Return completed sheet for a prize.
May 2015 - Spring Safari Supper
Adults only. Volunteer to host 4 people for one course of a meal, others pay to be hosted. Each course in a different person’s house. Start for pre drinks in the Memorial Hall & possibly return to there for coffee and chocolates.
June 2015 - Treasure hunt
All welcome Fun for all ages – entry fee is a cake! Collect a quiz sheet from Memorial Hall. Return for a cup of tea and a piece of cake (oh and the answers!).
September 2015 - Musical event
Suggested - barn dance, or a band, or a sing-a-long, or a choir.
31st October 2015 - Halloween lantern procession
Suggested - an organised lantern procession for younger children around the houses – not promoting trick or treat.
November 2015 - Winter warmer safari supper
Adults only. Volunteers host 4 people for a course of a meal.
Each course in a different person’s house. Start for pre drinks in the Hall etc (see Spring Safari Supper above).
March 2016 - Cheese and wine tasting evening
Sample a variety of cheese and wines in the village hall. Adults only.
Other events that residents have expressed an interest in seeing happening in Badgers Mount - Beer festival, Summer fair with competitions eg produce baking etc. Open gardens event and possibly a monthly cinema club. If you want other events to run or perhaps you would like to help run one of the events mentioned above, please contact Zena on 01959 534566 or

To keep in touch with activities in Badgers mount visit or follow the Webmaster on twitter @badgers_mount. Alternatively email with your name and email address thereby giving us permission to contact you to share information about up and coming events. We will not pass on your email address.



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