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 Winter 2000 Newsletter

NEW YEAR CELEBRATION PARTY

 Due to the success of last year's New Year Party hosted by the Association we are pleased to announce that another celebration will be held on SATURDAY, 13th JANUARY 2001 in the Memorial Hall between 8.00 p.m. and Midnight. 

Tickets for the Party are now on sale from the Post Office or from Tracey on 53447l at a cost of 5.00 each. The Ticket price includes a Buffet and disco but you must bring your own drinks and glasses! Tickets are only available to adults and we would advise that you get yours as soon as possible to avoid disappointment as numbers are limited.

WHIST DRIVES

Several residents have expressed an interest in attending a Whist Drive in the Memorial Hall in the future. Mr & Mrs Inwood have kindly agreed to run one of these on behalf of the Association in the New Year although the date of this has yet to be finalised. Please watch the Noticeboards for further details in due course.

VILLAGE SIGN

Planning Permission for the Village Sign to be erected outside the Post Office has finally been granted and arrangements are in hand for the Sign to be made. It is hoped that the Village Sign will be ready for erection in the very near future and once again we would ask that you watch out for details of the 'opening' ceremony of the Sign on the Noticeboards!

It would be nice to see as many residents as possible when the Sign is unveiled. 

COMMITTEE NEWS

At the end of August Trevor Simmons resigned from the Committee for personal reasons. The remainder of the Committee were very disappointed to receive Trevor's resignation as he was an excellent Chairman who put a lot of time and effort into the Association's objectives to protect and enhance the environment of Badgers Mount.
To fill this and two other vacancies which arose from the recent resignations of June Begg and Dawn Cooper, Alison Chase and Chris Lucas have been co-opted on to the Committee. Gordon Plumb has taken over as Chairman for the remainder of the year. We will, however, be needing someone with more time available to take over as Chairman from next year's AGM.

Anyone who is prepared to consider taking on this position can be co-opted on to the Committee for the remainder of the year to get "run in". Please contact Tracey McCartney on 53447l for information on Meeting dates etc.

The changes to the Committee have necessitated changes to the Road Representatives. Alison Chase has taken over Sandersons Avenue, Christies Avenue and Woodlands View. Chris Lucas has taken over Badgers Rise and half of Old London Road and Tracey McCartney has taken over Johnsons Avenue in addition to Milton Avenue. Now that these reallocations are complete, the Committee Members will shortly be collecting the annual subscriptions.

ROAD SPEED

Everyone is no doubt aware that the speed limit on Old London Road is now 40 mph and that the road markings have been changed in an effort to improve safety. We hear that people keeping to the new limit are frequently harassed by other drivers trying to exceed even the old limit. Please don't be intimidated, but keep safe! If this persists we will ask the Police to set up speed traps to catch offenders. We are continuing our efforts to get similar safety improvements and a reduced speed limit on the Orpington By-Pass.


We still frequently see and hear of people driving at inappropriate speeds in Badgers Road, Highland Road and Milton Avenue. You will probably have seen the recent High Court case where a boy was awarded 3.5 million after being knocked down by a car which was not exceeding the speed limit but was being driven at an INAPPROPRIATE speed for the conditions and for which the driver had been warned on an number of occasions. To prevent you from hitting the headlines in the national press, please drive at a speed appropriate for the conditions of the road. Always assume that a child, dog etc. may run out from a concealed driveway or be in the road around the corner. 
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!! 

There have been suggestions for installing chicanes, bumps etc. to slow vehicles. While they would be effective, they would cost a lot of money to construct and could cause further problems. We will continue to monitor this situation and report further.

FINALLY

With Christmas rapidly approaching the Committee sends Seasons Greetings to all residents.

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