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Edenbridge Town Council Press Release
Presentation of a civic medallion
On Friday 26th May the members of Edenbridge Town Council were delighted to award Robert McKillop with a civic medallion in recognition of his long and valuable service to the communications section of Edenbridge Town Council’s Emergency Planning Committee.
Robert and his wife Julia have been involved in Emergency Planning for over thirty years.
In 1987 they attended Kent County Council’s Emergency Planning “Community Volunteer” Training course over a period of 32 weeks. Before the course finished, Edenbridge was to experience major flooding, followed shortly afterwards by the ‘hurricane’. In both emergencies, they supported Edenbridge Town Council by providing communications with Sevenoaks District Council.
They were active members of Edenbridge Town Council’s Emergency Planning Committee for many years and participated in their annual multi-agency exercises.
Unfortunately, Julia was diagnosed with MS in 2003, but Robert continued to work with the Emergency Planning Committee, in particular by encouraging members to take the Amateur Radio Foundation Licence training course and encouraging others to operate radios confidently.
Robert’s most recent achievement was to design a radio system that provides resilient communications throughout the parish and beyond. Without his expert guidance, the arrangements for dealing with emergencies in the town would be very much less effective.
Edenbridge & District Twinning Association is welcoming their French visitors for the weekend of Friday 12th to Sunday 14th May. The French group is arriving late on the Friday evening, and the following day there is an outing to Penshurst Place and Church. That evening everyone is joining together for a meal in Edenbridge WI Hall, and on the Sunday a farewell light brunch is being held in Rickards Hall, with entertainment by Marlings Morris.
A number of French ‘twinners’ are expected and any help with hosting would be much appreciated. The Association pays for the activities for the French, courtesy of fund-raising events and donations, so those hosting just need to provide bed, breakfast, picnic and some drinks for their guests, and it doesn’t matter if you can’t speak French.
Information is on the website www.edta.org.uk or please contact 01732 863226 by early April.
PRESS RELEASE January 2017
Council Tax
The Edenbridge element of the Council Tax has been agreed and is a 1.96%% increase on the Band D rate, a rise of £2.57 to £136.07. This money is used to run the local council services and includes maintaining Stangrove and Blossoms Parks, the Cemetery, Lingfield Road Recreation Ground, two allotment sites and four children’s playgrounds. The Council works with local sports clubs at Lingfield Road, Blossoms Park and Mowshurst. Church House and Rickards Hall are maintained as community buildings. Doggetts Barn houses the Visitor Information Point and Town Council Offices. The Council generates income from its assets, which help offset the amount needed from residents to provide services in Edenbridge and Marsh Green.

Town Clerk
Edenbridge Town Council
01732 865368

Edenbridge Town General Press Releases
Edenbridge Partnership celebrating its 10th anniversary

Ten years after its launch in 2006, the partnership of more than 20 organisations working with, in, and for, the Edenbridge community is celebrating its 10th anniversary on 6 December.
Under the slogan “forward together”, the Partnership meeting quarterly helps communications between organisations, and by pooling resources various combinations of groups over the years have carried out projects to meet identified needs – such as improving the local environment, opportunities for young people, support for start-up businesses, encouraging tourism, promoting volunteering, and also events to bring the community together – aiming to enhance the economic and social well-being of Edenbridge and surrounding parishes.
Current Partners range from local councils and churches, to the chamber of commerce, police, housing associations, youth work, community rail partnership, and rail travellers’ association. There are also up to five places available for individuals not linked to any specific organisation.
Look before you book this Christmas with food hygiene ratings
Christmas is a great time to enjoy good company and all the great food available in the District and residents will now be eyeing up where to enjoy a work Christmas meal or a Boxing Day family gathering.
This year, Sevenoaks District Council is urging residents to check the Food Standards Agency (FSA) hygiene ratings of their outlets and take this into consideration before booking.
The FSA run a national scheme in partnership with local councils, which rates food outlets on a scale ranging from zero at the bottom (which means ‘urgent improvement necessary’) to a top rating of five (‘very good’).
Residents can check the ratings online at www.food.gov.uk/ratings, via a free phone app, or look for the distinctive green and black rating sticker that businesses are encouraged to display.
Cllr Matthew Dickins the Portfolio Holder for Direct and Trading Services says: “This scheme offers residents a simple way to choose where to book a safe meal out this Christmas, with ratings now available through the mobile phone app to get a rating up on anywhere in the District within seconds.
“Just like locations and times, this should always be another thing to consider when choosing where to organise a meal.
“So just take a moment to check the food hygiene rating, pick the right place and enjoy a great meal out”.
Press Release 13 October 2016
National Community Rail Awards 2016
Members from the ECTreme Youth Club and the Youth Forum were presented with certificates by the Vice Chairman, Cllr Richard Davison, prior to the start of Edenbridge Town Council’s meeting on 10 October. The young people were winners at the National Community Rail Awards 2016, Community Art Scheme category, for their art work on the underpass at Edenbridge Town station.
For any further information call 01732 865368.
Fundraiser. Come and support your local museum.
Eden Valley Museum
Christmas Coffee Morning
Rickards Hall
(behind the museum)
Saturday 26 November 2016.
10 am till 12 Noon.
Press Release 11 July 2016

Fun for families in free Summer playscheme
Local families have the chance to enjoy free Family Fun Days on Thursday afternoons in Stangrove Park during August, thanks to Edenbridge Town Council.

For the sixth year running the Town Council is funding these free sessions, with play
provider PlayPlace Innov8 delivering fun and games, including an inflatable and craft activity. The dates are 4, 11, 18, and 25 August, and with additional funding from Great Stone Bridge Trust there will be a magic show, and also the chance to learn circus skills, as extra activities on two of the sessions.

Chairman of Open Spaces committee Alan Layland said: “I'm pleased that the council is able to help families through these play schemes as they are a great way for parents and children to enjoy themselves together, and have fun during the long summer holidays."
There is no need to book in advance, families can just turn up and join in from 2.15pm.
For any further information call 01732 865368.
The Edenbridge Neighbourhood Plan (ENP) team would like to say a BIG Thank You to all those who responded to the recent proposed policies survey. Over 300 people, 8% (higher than the average response to postal surveys) of residents responded, giving substantial support for the direction of the proposed policies. However, analysis of the responses to the questionnaire reveals that half the local population is under 45 years old, but only 24% of the responses was from this age group, whilst a quarter are aged over 60, and they provided 60% of the feedback. It is important that the Neighbourhood Plan takes into account the views from a representative cross section of the local community, so the ENP team are actively seeking the views of the younger residents. The ENP team will be attending a number of local fetes and public events during the course of the summer and hope you’ll spare a few moments to share your views.
The Edenbridge Neighbourhood Plan is being developed against a backdrop of the current ongoing consultation on local health services and the recently publication of Sevenoaks District Council’s ‘Call for Sites’ exercise which invited local landowners to put forward potential development sites for consideration. Both these issues are central to how we plan for the future of the town. If you would like to make your views known, get in touch with the ENP team, either through

Kathy Staff at Edenbridge Town Council, kathy@edenbridgetowncouncil.gov.uk

the ENP facebook page https://www.facebook.com/EdenbridgeNeighbourhoodPlan/

PRESS RELEASE January 2016

Sadly Jo Chappell has resigned from the Council due to work pressures. She will be missed and in her time as a member has played a role in taking forward drainage and flooding issues and work with young people. It is hoped that when time allows she will stand again.

The Chairman of Edenbridge Town Council, fellow Councillors, and the staff, wish her every success in the future.
The search is on to find her replacement and notices advertising the vacancy have been posted. Residents have two weeks to get together and request an election, and if no requests are made the Council will look to co-opt someone.
For more information please contact Christine Lane Town Clerk 01732 865368

Town Clerk
Edenbridge Town Council
01732 865368
News Release 13.10.2015
Housing needs survey results
Nearly a quarter of Edenbridge households responded to the Housing Needs Survey carried out during July for the Neighbourhood Plan project.
Local residents were asked to help the project team by giving information about their housing needs over the next few years. Would they need to move home, to down-size or upsize, did they want to change from renting to home ownership, leave parents’ home to set up their own, or move in to share with a relative – depending on the stage of their lives.
From 4,000 surveys delivered, 23% were returned, and key points which emerged were that 84% of respondents were owner occupiers either with or without a mortgage; the remaining 16% were a mix of renters (private and social housing), shared owners and tied tenants – 66% of respondents had lived in the parish for 10 years or more.
There was not great support for more housing being built in Edenbridge:
53% of respondents who answered the question said they would not be supportive of future housing development in Edenbridge parish, but 64% of respondents who answered the question said they would support a development of affordable local needs housing, if there was a proven need for people with a genuine local connection to Edenbridge parish.
The survey replies showed 25 households need affordable housing – a total of 9 single people, 3 couples and 13 families, 28 households need open market housing – a total of 8 single people, 8 couples, 11 families and 1 household consisting of two siblings sharing. A further 100 additional respondents indicated that they or someone living with them were considering moving to alternative accommodation within Edenbridge parish, either open market or affordable housing within 5 years, or in 5 or more years.
The Housing Task Group within the Neighbourhood Plan team is now looking at the details of the survey results to see how they can be reflected in policies within the Plan.
Creating a Neighbourhood Plan is a way communities can shape how they develop in future through local-level planning policies. This two-year project has been under way in Edenbridge since spring last year, headed by a Steering Group of representatives from a dozen organisations.
Local people were first asked what they liked about the town, and what they would like to change, and invited to help with the project. From the replies to those questions, a vision for the town’s future emerged, and objectives agreed with community support through two public events in autumn last year.
Volunteers have been working in five different Task Groups on aspects of the Neighbourhood Plan – housing, economy, environment, infrastructure, and health/learning/well-being. These are meeting monthly to produce the sections of the Plan – next is 19th November, 7.30-9.00pm at Rickards Hall, just off Edenbridge High Street, behind the Museum. Local people are invited to join in and help shape the future of the town, and can keep up to date with the news by following the project on Facebook.
Key contacts for Edenbridge
Steering Group chairman Annette Hards - 07932 686011 Edenbridge Town Council - 01732 865368
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EdenbridgeNeighbourhoodPlan
• Support and a grant provided by the Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning Programme, led by Locality in association with RTPI/Planning Aid England, CDF and partners, through the My Community Rights website.
Press Release 13 October 2015
Summer playscheme success
Family Fun Days held on Thursday afternoons in Stangrove Park in Edenbridge during August were again well supported by local families, according to a report received at the Town Council meeting this week.

The Town Council funds these free sessions as one of 11 parishes which commission PlayPlace Innov8 to deliver fun and games, including an inflatable and craft activity. With additional funding from Great Stone Bridge Trust Edenbridge families were able to enjoy a magic show, and also learn circus skills, as extra activities on two of the weeks. Almost 350 people attended the local sessions, though the second week was unfortunately hit by very wet weather. Council chairman Stuart McGregor said: “I'm pleased that the council is able to support these play schemes as they are a great way for children to enjoy themselves and have fun during the long summer holidays."

Edenbridge Town General Press Releases
Sainsbury’s – not coming to Edenbridge
The Town Council is extremely disappointed that Sainsbury’s have decided not to go ahead with their plans for a superstore in Edenbridge.

The Chairman, Cllr Stuart McGregor says ‘I share the disappointment of the people of Edenbridge, particularly given the level of support both the Town Council, residents and business community gave to the scheme.

The Council will continue to work with Sainsbury’s to find strong viable alternative uses for the site.


Headway In West Kent – the brain injury association – is launching a new Drop-in service at The Eden Centre, Four Elms Road, Edenbridge.
The drop-in is a social space for people over the age of 18 who have been affected by a brain injury. Visitors are warmly welcome to drop in for a drink and a chat with people with similar life experiences, or sit quietly to read a newspaper. Families, carers and friends are welcome to attend.
A wide range of information will be available with staff and volunteers on hand to give advice and signpost to alternative Headway services and external organisations. There will be a regular programme of speakers to provide specialist information about their services and support available. The atmosphere is informal and relaxed, with just a small donation for refreshments.
Drop In venue, time and dates:
Edenbridge: Wednesday’s, 1.30pm-3.30pm at The Eden Centre, Four Elms Road, Edenbridge TN8 6BY. LAUNCH DATE WEDNESDAY 6th MAY
Edenbridge Fairtrade Town Group are calling on the local community to support Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 and bring about positive change for millions of farmers and workers in developing countries.
In 2015, Fairtrade Fortnight will be on a mission to ask shoppers and businesses to choose products that change lives. Campaigners across Edenbridge will join forces with the rest of the country and share stories from the people who grow our favourite products, to remind everyone of the dramatic difference Fairtrade makes and why it is still needed.
David Stafford from Edenbridge Fairtrade Town Group said: ‘Over the past 20 years, Fairtrade has paved the way for fairer and ethical trading but there is still a long way to go as trade isn’t working for the poorest farmers in the global south. We want to drive more benefits for farmers and workers in the Fairtrade system and make sure we can support those who aren’t, so they can receive a fairer deal too.
‘It is easy to get behind Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 and we hope as many residents in Edenbridge as possible will join us in the lead up to February. Every Fairtrade choice counts for farmers and workers, as well as their families and communities.’
2015 is set to be a busy year for the Group. As well as celebrating 20 years of the Fairtrade Mark Edenbridge is also celebrating 10 years of being the first Fairtrade Town in Kent. Planning is underway for the celebrations on Saturday, 11th July and looks to be centred around a street party to involve the whole community. With over 50 businesses, groups and organisations listed in the Edenbridge Fairtrade Directory it should be a great event for everyone to enjoy.
New branding has also been offered to everyone included in the Edenbridge Fairtrade Town Directory. Bob Orridge, Chairman of Edenbridge Town Council accepted the new window sticker and certificate and commented “We are delighted to support Edenbridge Fairtrade Town Group. Their activities not only promote the interests of the world’s small scale producers but also the town itself. Over the years they have provided us with many exciting events supported by many local businesses.”
Gill Musgrove, Secretary of Edenbridge Fairtrade Town said “The new branding is a fantastic way for anyone who supports Fairtrade locally to make sure their support is seen by everyone. We hope the new branding will help local businesses promote themselves as well as the Fairtrade movement.”
70% of the world’s food is produced by 500 million smallholder farmers yet many of them remain trapped in chronic poverty while shoppers enjoy the fruits of their labour. Fairtrade ensures farmers across the developing world receive a fairer price for their work, as well as an additional Fairtrade Premium, used by farmers and workers to invest in their communities. The community then decides what the Premium is spent on, whether that’s building a new school or hospital, or investing in better environmental business practices.
Adam Gardner, Fairtrade Foundation’s Communities Campaigns Manager, said: ‘The UK has one of the most powerful networks of Fairtrade campaigners in the world, raising awareness about Fairtrade values in their communities and driving positive change for smallholder farmers, and their families, in developing countries. It is thanks to the support of groups like (insert town/ group) that currently more than 1.4 million farmers and workers around the world benefit from the Fairtrade system.
‘In 2015, we want to see more individuals and businesses buying and selling Fairtrade products in the UK. The more that people choose Fairtrade, the more farmers and workers will be empowered to improve their lives through the better terms of trade it offers.’
Fairtrade Fortnight is the highlight of the year for Fairtrade campaigners up and down the country. From 23 FEBRUARY – 8 MARCH, thousands of events will be held to amplify the campaign in many of Fairtrade’s network of 600 Fairtrade Towns, 1350 Fairtrade Schools and 170 Fairtrade Universities, and 7,500 Fairtrade Faith Groups. Look out for the winners of the Design a T-Shirt competition from the local primary schools. Winners will be presented with their designs printed on Koolskools Fairtrade Cotton polo shirts on Wednesday, 4th March.
You can find out more about Fairtrade Fortnight, and how to get involved in your local area, at fairtrade.org.uk/fortnight or email edenbridgefairtrade@gmail.com

Fairtrade Press Release
The Edenbridge Fair Trade Group continues its work to show that ordinary shoppers, businesses and organisations have the power to improve the lives of the world's small-scale food producers. Thanks to the success of the Come Dine With Us evening held in March this year new branding has been offered to everyone included in the Edenbridge Fairtrade Town Directory.
Bob Orridge, Chair of Edenbridge Town Council accepted the new window sticker and certificate and commented “We are delighted to support Edenbridge Fairtrade Town Group. Their activities not only promote the interests of the world’s small scale producers but also the town itself. Over the years they have provided us with many exciting events supported by many local businesses.”
Gill Musgrove, Secretary of Edenbridge Fairtrade Town said “The new branding is a fantastic way for anyone who supports Fairtrade locally to make sure their support is seen by everyone. We hope the new branding will help local businesses promote themselves as well as the Fairtrade movement.
The new branding comes at an exciting time for the town. Edenbridge was the first town in Kent to be awarded the title of Fairtrade Town, certified by the Fairtrade Foundation. 2015 will see the town celebrates its 10th Anniversary of this fantastic achievement. Lots of events and activities are being planned to involve the whole community in the celebrations. There is talk of a street party, another Come Dine With Us and much, much more.
If you are a local group or, business and would like to know more about how you can get involved with Fairtrade within Edenbridge then please contact edenbridgefairtrade@gmail.com.
PRESS RELEASE February 2015
Annual Town Meeting
Edenbridge Town Council will be holding its Annual Town Meeting at the W.I. Hall at 8pm on Monday 2 March. All residents are encouraged to come and hear about the progress of the Neighbourhood Plan and to hear from representatives from Kent County Council, Sevenoaks District Council and Kent Police.
There will a chance to ask questions and an there will be an opportunity to view displays from the groups and organisations who have received grants from the Town Council.

Town Clerk
Edenbridge Town Council
01732 865368

Neighbourhood Plan Project – Edenbridge 2030
News Release 22.12.2014
Support for the Neighbourhood Plan vision of the future for Edenbridge
Comments from people at the recent community engagement events 100% supported the vision for the future of Edenbridge in the next 15 years. Those who came to the drop-in sessions at the Eden Centre and Rickards Hall agreed that they wanted a compact and balanced community, connected in ways that encourage walking and cycling, and sympathetically developed to enhance the environment, maintaining and improving existing facilities.
They also would like thriving attractive High Street in character with the existing mix of historic architectural periods, continuing to attract visitors as a tourism hub with improved facilities, and to have retained and regenerated industrial areas, adapted for changing economic trends and providing local employment.
Giant maps of Edenbridge and surrounding area gave people the chance to pin flags with comments on aspects they liked, or on matters about which they had concerns. There was also the chance to speak with the team, discuss ideas, and to vote on issues that affect the area. Children from the primary school and Edenbridge cubs had also thought about the town’s future and their work was also on display.
Not all the possible objectives being tested were supported by those who attended, but the task now is to consider how to turn those which were agreed into local planning policies to be included in the Neighbourhood Plan, and to gather evidence to support those policies.
When completed, the Plan will be used to shape future development in the area. It will cover topics such as housing, health, economy and the environment, dealing with how land is used. A Neighbourhood Plan does not cover the operation of services and facilities provided by organisations.
Key concerns about services, which will need to be addressed in other ways than through land use planning, have been passed to the Town Council, to consider to pursuing those with appropriate organisations for action – ranging from policing and anti-social behaviour, to road maintenance, medical facilities, parking enforcement, train services, litter/dog fouling, flood defences, High St traffic calming and transport for non-drivers. The need for secondary education divided opinion: one side views this as vital, while the other agrees it is needed but is not viable to pursue. There is solid support for post-school and adult education in town.
In Edenbridge the team working on the plan includes the Town Council, Eden Valley Chamber of Commerce, local housing associations, Sustainable Edenbridge, Kent Wildlife Trust, Rail Travellers Association, residents and landowners. The steering group was formed in Edenbridge to make use of the new powers available to communities since the introduction of the Localism Act to decide what happens where they live.
Key contacts for Edenbridge
Edenbridge Town Council - 01732 865368
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EdenbridgeNeighbourhoodPlan
Web: http://www.edenbridgetc.kentparishes.gov.uk/default.cfm?pid=news&newsid=8734
• Support and a grant provided by the Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning Programme, led by Locality in association with RTPI/Planning Aid England, CDF and partners, through the My Community Rights website.
What’s on at the Eden Valley Museum
The Great War & Postcards
Continuing our First World War commemorations here at the Eden Valley Museum our recently opened WW1 Silks and Postcards is proving to be a fantastic insight into the personal experiences of both the soldiers at the front and their families at home.
There are handmade silk postcards giving thanks, celebrating victory or just saying Happy Christmas. Soldiers sent back views of local French towns with long letters or quickly scribbled messages for their loved ones. We even have some sentimental song cards sent to the boys over there from families at home to keep their spirits up. Due to the wonderful response and offers of more postcards from local families we might just put on another display of postcards next year so look out!
Of course the main Great War exhibition ‘Til the boys come home is still here to give you a taste of what life was like for those left to do their bit back home. We always love hearing local stories so please do tell us if you have anything to share. Everyone is welcome and it’s free entry as always.
Check out website for opening times and more at www.evmt.org.uk
Dinner & Dance
For anyone who doesn’t know we have a dinner & dance event coming up on Fri 31st October at the Kent & Surrey Golf Club to raise funds for the museum. This event is open to everyone and includes a three course meal and musical entertainment from local band The Cattch for just £20 per person. Please come along and support the museum!

News Release 9.10.2014
Take 15minutes to help shape the future of Edenbridge
Communities have had the power to decide what happens where they live since the introduction of the Localism Act. A taskforce has been formed in Edenbridge to make use of these new powers and local people are invited to be part of the planning process at two Neighbourhood Planning events.
It could take as little as 15minutes for people to add their thoughts and ideas that will shape Edenbridge’s future until 2030. Simply pop along to one of the open Neighbourhood Planning events – on 22nd October at 6pm-9pm at the Eden Centre, or 25th October at 9.30am-12.30pm at Rickards Hall.
At the events there will be activities with giant maps of Edenbridge and surrounding area illustrating future opportunities for development. There is also the chance to speak with the team, discuss ideas, and to vote on issues that affect the area. Children from the primary school have also thought about the town’s future and a display of their work will also be on show.
The new Neighbourhood Plan will be developed using the feedback from these events and an online campaign running alongside. The plan will be used to shape future development and infrastructure in the area. It will cover hot topics such as Housing, Health, Economy and the Environment.
Energy-saving and healthy living are two other issues for the future well-being of the community, and the District Council will be there to highlight these – healthy lifestyles with the “smoothie bike” in action, and also cutting energy costs with the Switch and Save scheme offering a chance to compare prices on household energy bills.
A Neighbourhood Plan sets out policies on development and use of land in a parish or local area, with the added bonus of being designed by local people for local people. In Edenbridge the team working on the plan includes the Town Council, Eden Valley Chamber of Commerce, local housing associations, Sustainable Edenbridge, Kent Wildlife Trust, Rail Travellers Association, residents and landowners.
Additional Information
Neighbourhood Plans - https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/giving-communities-more-power-in-planning-local-development/supporting-pages/neighbourhood-planning
PRESS RELEASE October 2014
Road closures around Edenbridge
This is advance notice of upcoming road closures around Edenbridge.
Station Road Edenbridge, from Minstrels Close to Stangrove Road (cul de sac section) from 13 to 16 October, to replace the failed section of carriageway. It is planned to carry out some evening hours resurfacing to Station Road from 19:00 hours to 02:00 hours. To ensure a safe working environment for the crew and to assist with the progress of the work, it will not be possible to park in any section of the works during this period, including the lay-by which is also going to be patched. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and the contractor will allow access to residents, station users and all taxis/deliveries, although there may be some delays to allow machinery to be moved. Please drive slowly whilst these works are being undertaken. Please note that it will be necessary to drive around the diversion route to enter the road from the opposite direction at times when machinery is occupying the full width of the road or when the material is still within its curing time.
Lingfield Road, from Mont St Aignan Way to the High Street, will be closed from 27 October, for up to 5days. This is to enable footway reconstruction to be carried out.
Crouch House Road, from 4 November, for up to 1 day. The road will be closed at the railway bridge between 09.30 to 15.30. The alternative route is via Stangrove Road, Mont St Aignan Way, Station Road, Main Road, Hilders Lane and Little Browns Lane. The closure is to enable a detailed railway bridge examination to be carried out.
Lydens Lane, from 16 November for up to 6 days. The alternative route is via Lydens Road, New House Farm Road, Hever Road, Mill Hill, Hartfield Road. The closure is needed for works to be carried out on the railway bridge to clear vegetation.
Monday 8 June 2014
Westerham steps back in time to the summer of 1914 -
Horse-drawn ambulance, trench warfare and chimney sweeps
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July 2014
The historic town of Westerham will step back in time to the summer of 1914 during the weekend of 26th and 27th July 2014. (See timeline of events in Westerham 1914 http://www.visitwesterham.org.uk/heritage/fww/1914)
All across the town, shops will demonstrate what they looked like and the goods they sold 100 years ago - from coal merchants and tobacconists to butchers and bakers. Local historian, Bill Curtis, has been researching Westerham’s past and the shops will be displaying memorabilia, photos and posters he has unearthed, dating from the early part of the last century. (See some of the town’s posters from the era at http://www.visitwesterham.org.uk/heritage/fww/shops-and-trades)
At The Royal British Legion, Mill Lane, there is the opportunity to experience a WW1 trench and face ‘no-mans land’, visit a French cafe and enjoy the live music from a vintage street piano. The Saturday evening will culminate in a Live 1914 style Concert Party and Music Hall.
On Sunday the heavy horses of Hurst Green Shires will lead a procession through Westerham, featuring a First World War gun carriage and munitions vehicle, the standard bearer, nurses and troops.
A quiz for children will invite them to discover what life in Westerham was like at the beginning of the 20th century (answers in shop window displays). There will also be a best-dressed window competition and the Westerham Brewery will exhibit old bottles and labels in their beer tent. St Mary's Church will exhibit a collection including biographies and photos of Westerham's soldiers and the town's support work for them. There will be a BBQ and music on The Green; vintage cars will park up in the town.
The event is organised by Westerham Traders and the Westerham Town Partnership, with the Royal British Legion. Entrance and parking is free. A full programme of events is available at http://www.visitwesterham.org.uk/whats-on/summer-of-1914
Monday 2 June 2014
Pupils at three Lambeth primary schools are joining forces with local adults and a national opera company to create and perform a new opera this June at Lambeth Town Hall.
Edenbridge tells the story of the evacuation of children from Lambeth to the countryside in the second world war.
The project sees 60 pupils at Reay School in Oval working for the second time with national opera company English Touring Opera (ETO), following the success last year of Laika in Lambeth, an opera about the first dog in space.
Two classes from Reay School are working alongside pupils from Oasis Academy and Vauxhall primary school, together with adults recruited from the local community.
Edenbridge has been devised during a series of workshops involving the creation of the design, the words, the story and the music of the piece.
In the opera, which lasts around an hour, a group of children are evacuated from Lambeth to the countryside during the second world war. The story sees the children journey from Waterloo station to the town of Edenbridge in Kent, home to a haunted castle, a mysterious aristocrat and even a talking goose.
ETO’s creative team includes professional opera singer Susan Moore and cellist Rebecca Hewes, as well as orchestral musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.
Edenbridge also features the same conductor and director as Laika in Lambeth last year – Russell Hepplewhite is writing the music and Tim Yealland is directing the show.
The show features original designs by Catherine Ryan, and is produced by Sarah Botchway, Acting Headteacher of Reay Primary School.
Sarah Botchway said: “It has been another fabulous year producing Edenbridge in collaboration with the English Touring Opera. After the success of last year’s performance, the children have taken to it like ducks to water! It has been a great experience for our pupils to work alongside pupils from other schools as well as adults from the community.”
ETO’s Tim Yealland, directing the project, said: “Our project with Reay School a year ago, Laika in Lambeth, was one of the highlights of 2013 for ETO. It is wonderful to be returning, and to be working with excellent pupils from other schools as well as older people from the borough is an added treat. The story we have found - the evacuation of children from Lambeth in the second world war - seems to have touched everyone involved.”
The two performances of Edenbridge take place on Friday 13 June at Lambeth Town Hall’s Assembly Hall, at 2pm for groups of schoolchildren and teachers, and at 7pm for parents and the general public.
Tickets cost £6 (£4 for children under 12). To book tickets call 020 7735 2978 or email admin@reay.lambeth.sch.uk
For further information, press tickets, photos and interviews, contact John Walker, Press and Marketing Officer:
Tel: 020 7833 2555, 0774 361 0 362.
Lambeth schools work with national opera company to create a new opera about WW2 evacuations
Provision of sandbags during periods of flooding
Edenbridge Town Council would like to apologise to the residents who were disappointed with the response they received to requests for sandbags during the winter flooding incidents.
During periods when no sandbags were available, or requests did not meet the criteria, staff provided details of where supplies could be purchased locally. The Edenbridge Emergency Planning Committee is in the process of reviewing its plans and the Council has already adopted a revised policy for provision of sandbags.
In times of widespread flooding the availability of sandbags can be limited, and in light of this and to assist as many residents as possible, subject to availability a maximum 6 sandbags can be available to residents with priority given to elderly, vulnerable, or disable people, living in flood risk areas.
Should any residents wish to discuss specific concerns or difficulties experienced they may do so through the Chairman of the Town Council, Cllr. Robert Orridge via the Town Council Offices.
Christine Lane
Town Clerk
Edenbridge Town Council
01732 865368
Additional information
Edenbridge Revised Sandbag Policy 14 February
Subject to availability a maximum 6 sandbags will be made available for collection, or, in exceptional circumstances, delivered to the residents identified below along with advice on use, and health and safety guidance – verbally, or in form of an adapted Environment Agency leaflet. Residents in Housing Association accommodation should contact their Housing Association if further assistance is required. .
Distribution priorities
5 June 2014
Edenbridge Primary School
Edenbridge Town Council Members, as trustees of The Norman Foundation, were delighted to note that Edenbridge Primary School were extremely grateful to receive a cheque for £958.50 from The Norman Foundation towards the installation of a low level sink in one of the classrooms.
Dr Rosemary Addison, at Edenbridge Primary School said:
“The new child friendly sink has been welcomed in the Reception classroom, as the children can now access the tap themselves, and also wash up their own paintbrushes and pots!”

Council’s charges for use of facilities

Edenbridge Town Councillors were pleased to be able to hold the prices for the use of its facilities, in line with the lower measure inflation figures at 2.2% based on the Consumer Price Index. This is to help keep costs for residents hiring Rickards Hall, having an allotment or using the cemetery as low as possible.
For more information contact 01732 865368.
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