A Happy New Year to all and
an extremely warm welcome to new residents.
Since our last Newsletter the Association
has organised three very successful
events - a Barn Dance, New Year's Eve Party and Children's
Party. Attendance at all of these events was high and enjoyed
by all. We hope that you will continue to support our planned
activities throughout 2003.
By now you will all have received information
on the Parish Plan and hopefully returned your comments
on this to the Post Office. If not, please do so as soon
as possible. Volunteers are still needed to give Badgers
Mount a fair representation in the overall Shoreham Parish
Plan. If you have a couple of hours to spare please contact
Trevor Simmons (534454) for further information.
After considerable correspondence from the
Association DERA finally cutback the trees and bushes on
the East side of Highland Road (opposite to the Hall) and
replaced the fencing.
As stated in our last Newsletter
we opposed the Application for the Telecomms Mast near
Woodlands View and this was accordingly refused by Sevenoaks
District Council. However, the Council failed to notify Orange
of this refusal within the statutory timescale and thus the Mast
was erected. The Association have written to the Council to
complain about this matter and have been informed that they are
reviewing their procedures for notifying planning applicants in
SHOREHAM PARISH COUNCIL
We believe that both Len Cottle and Trevor
Simmons will stand down from their positions within Shoreham
Parish Council at the next elections in May 2003. To this
end, Badgers Mount URGENTLY needs at least three volunteers
to come forward and fill these spaces. If you would be interested
in doing this or finding out more of what is involved in
becoming a Parish Councillor please speak with either Trevor
(as above) or Len on 534304. It is imperative that the Badgers
Mount ward is represented so please help if you can.
You will be pleased to hear that a new Shelter
for the Bus Stop near to the roundabout has now been erected,
replacing the one blown down in the Gales at the end of
The Library continues to stop on Orpington
By-Pass opposite to the Hall by the Public Footpath sign.
The Library arrives promptly at 10.00 a.m. and departs at
10.15 a.m. Please lend your support to this much needed
facility. The next stop is scheduled for Thursday, 23rd
January and thereafter at fortnightly intervals.
MEMORIAL HALL BOOKINGS
We would remind you that all
bookings are now
undertaken by Brian and Pauline Butler in the Post Office.
Could we remind residents that the salt bins
are provided for use on the roads only and not private driveways
during icy conditions. We were pleased to see that the bins
were refilled after the recent cold spell.
We also need to remind residents that a speed
limit of 20 mph exists on the unadopted roads on the Mount.
When driving around please be vigilant for pedestrians and
(All in the Memorial Hall)
Valentine Barn Dance
Saturday, 15th February 2003
This will be held between
7.30 p.m. and 11.30 p.m.. Tickets will shortly be available
from the Post Office at a cost of £6.00 each. A fish &
chip supper will be included. Bring your own drinks and
Thursday, 6th March 2003
This will start at 8.00
p.m. and tea & biscuits will be available to those who
attend. An entrance fee of £1.50 per person will be taken
at the door. A raffle will be held during the course of
No experience needed - novices extremely welcome!!
Saturday, 29th March 2003
Tickets shortly available
from the Post Office for this event at £5 per head including
a buffet supper.
Doors open from 7.45 p.m. to start at 8.00
p.m. Teams of up to 6 people will compete on the night.
You can either create your own 'team' or book your tickets
and form a team on the night with others.
Please remember to keep a look out for posters
to remind you of all of the above events as they draw nearer.
The Entertainment Sub-Committee are considering further
functions for 2003 including a possible summer event to
commemorate the Queen's Coronation, following the success of our
Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002. Any suggestions for this or
any other events are always welcome. Please contact any member
of the Committee with your ideas.
Anyone for Tennis?
The Association recently received a letter
from Doctor Bliss, Oaklea, Highland Road, inviting Badgers
Mount residents to play Tennis on her Tennis Court. If you
would like to take up this very generous offer please contact
Doctor Bliss direct at the above address.
Remember to visit the Residents' Association
website - www.bmra.info, for more local information. Just
added is a reference to Sevenoaks District Council's recently
launched Online Planning Enquiry System which allows all
Planning Applications to be viewed. Just follow the Links
and Information page.
Finally, may we remind you that Road Stewards
will shortly be calling to collect your Association subscriptions
which are currently £1 per adult/maximum of £2 per house.