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Open Spaces Vacancy

Vacancy: Open Spaces Officer

We are looking for a switched-on, organised and enthusiastic individual with great attention to detail to join our friendly team! This is a great opportunity to make a real difference in Edenbridge and to the open spaces residents use and enjoy.

Salary: From £29,000

Benefits: Full training, pension scheme with generous employer contribution, free parking, 23 days annual leave plus bank holidays

Hours: Full time Monday to Friday 9 am-5.30 pm

You will be responsible for:

  • Overseeing any maintenance plans and sourcing quotes
  • Liaising with contractors and various departments
  • Ensuring all sites are compliant with government regulations
  • Providing administrative support and front of house support to visitors
  • Organising and attending regular meetings
  • Managing the cemeteries enquiries and processing the bookings

Applications: All enquiries should be made direct to the recruitment agency. We will be looking at applications as they come in, with the aim to arrange interviews for successful candidates in mid-June.

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Community News Events

D-Day 80th anniversary commemoration – 6 June

The Town Council is delighted to be hosting another community event on Thursday 6 June 2024, which will see the second lighting of the Beacon at Stangrove Park.

Residents are invited to attend and “bring your own picnic”. Parking and toilet facilities will be available at the leisure centre.

6.45 pm Church bells ring in Edenbridge Town

7.30 pm Music by Steve Conway (1940/50s Swing) and Edenbridge Town Band

9.15 pm Lighting of the Beacon

Find out more about D-Day and what’s happening across the country at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/d-day-80

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Community News

Edenbridge Gardens in Bloom – entries now open!

Whether you are an experienced gardener or just fancy having a go at growing something this year, roll up your sleeves and enter this year’s 2024 gardening competition.

Prizes
There are some really lovely prizes to be won thanks to local sponsors including:

  • Afternoon Tea and personal garden tour at Hever Castle
  • Entry tickets to local gardens & historic houses
  • Plants and gardening tools/accessories
  • Family entertainment

Six categories:
• Front & Back Garden
• Allotment Garden
• Window Boxes & Hanging Baskets
• Young Gardener
• Youth / School Group
• Strangest or unique space to create a colourful display NEW this year!

To enter:

Or, print off the entry form and return to us in person, by post, email or Facebook Messenger (Edenbridge Town Council). Include up to three photographs.

Email: information@edenbridgetowncouncil.gov.uk

Edenbridge Town Council, Doggetts Barn, 72a High Street, Edenbridge TN8 5AR

Closing date: Friday 12 July

Winners will be announced at a late summer presentation evening

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Community News

Let’s make Edenbridge better – together!

poster image encouraging people to volunteer

If you have some spare time and would like to get involved in litter picks, seasonal planting, speedwatch and other community activities, come along and meet our Community Warden, Kevin, as well as current volunteers to find out more. There will be a cuppa and slice of cake waiting with your name on it!

We are hosting “Meet and Chat” afternoons at Rickards Hall on:

Wednesday 8 May, 3.00 pm to 4.30 pm

Monday 13 May, 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm

By volunteering with us, you can:

  • make a positive difference to your community and the lives of local people
  • improve self-esteem, confidence and wellbeing
  • develop your skills/learn something new
  • meet new people from a range of backgrounds
  • feel valued and part of a team

We’d love to see you at one of our Meet and Chats!

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Community News

The sad cost of vandalism

We would rather spend money on more positive things, but it’s a sad fact that each year the Council has to budget for vandalism. We usually set aside around £3,000, but this past year the cost of dealing with vandalism in Edenbridge has already exceeded £7,500. That’s not to mention staff time that could be better spent on providing other important services.

Vandalism and graffiti can be crimes – you can report it using Kent Police’s online ‘Report a Crime’ service:  Report vandalism or graffiti | Kent Police

The more we report issues and the more evidence we have, the more likely the Police and other agencies will be able to help us tackle antisocial behaviour in our community.

If you have been the victim of graffiti on your property, you can contact Sevenoaks District Council who can help you deal with it: Report graffiti · My Account SDC (sevenoaks.gov.uk)

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Community News

Annual Town Meeting highlights achievements of the Council and local groups

Thank you to all the speakers, community groups and residents who came along to the Annual Town Meeting on Monday 11 March. It was an opportunity for us to share what the Council and local organisations have achieved over the last year and what is planned going forward.

Talks were given by:

  • Edenbridge Town Council
  • Sevenoaks District Council
  • Kent County Council
  • Kent Police -Sevenoaks Community Safety Unit
  • Office of Tom Tugendhat MP
  • Youth groups – HOUSE and Eden Christian Trust
  • Bridges
  • Eden Valley Museum

There were also exhibitions from Bridges, Edenbridge Cricket Club and Everyone Active (Edenbridge Leisure Centre).

A special mention also to Sevenoaks District Council as it celebrates its 50th year. SDC Leader Cllr Julia Thornton explained how it is the busiest planning authority in Kent and one of only two local authorities in the country to hold the Platinum Investors in People Award.

View Minutes and Q&As from the meeting (published soon)

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Community News grants Young People

International Women’s Day – 8 March

This International Women’s Day we want to help #InspireInclusion by shining a light on Girlguiding in Edenbridge and the words of Anna Segall, Chief Executive of the World Association of Girl Guide and Girl Scouts:

These are just some of the important reasons why we are pleased to have awarded a community grant of over £500 to 1st Edenbridge Guides this year to help them run their activities. We would really encourage families to find out more about what girlguiding has to offer, either via the website www.girlguidingkentwest.co.uk/who-we-are/where-to-find-us/knole-division or www.facebook.com/GirlguidingKnoleDivision

“Girlguiding is slowly growing in Edenbridge,” says 1st Edenbridge Guides Leader, Steph Harrison. “We have just opened a new Brownie unit, and our Guide unit continues to grow.  This has only been possible with support from the community, and the girls who want to be part of Girlguiding. Our supporters include Edenbridge Town Council, who awarded us a grant of just over £500 this year, and have also supported us previously. This supports enables girls to participate in activities that help to grow their confidence, share new experiences, learn new skills and learn that Girls Can Do Anything!”

Brownies meet from 5.15 pm to 6.45 pm for girls age 7-10

Guides meet from 7 pm – 8.30 pm for girls age 10-15

Thursdays (term time only) at Rickards Hall

This information is from the Girlguiding website:

“Girls can do anything. We help them know that.”

We know that girls face pressures and expectations in every area of their lives. They’re limited by gender stereotypes, and they can face barriers to accessing the things they need to be happy.

Research shows that half of girls aged 14-17 believe that girls are more likely to experience negative gendered stereotypes than boys. And over a quarter of girls aged 14-17 have had a stereotype stop them from doing something.  Girls also tell us about the discrimination they face in their daily lives – our research shows that two thirds of girls aged 11 to 21 report seeing or experiencing sexism at school, college, university or work.

But we know that Girlguiding can help change this. Girls in Girlguiding are more confident than their peers: nearly 9 in 10 of them say they like being the way they are (compared with just 6 in 10 who have never been in Girlguiding).

Girlguiding offers a safe, inclusive space for all girls – one where they can try new things with friends they trust and volunteers they look up to.  This will give them courage, connections, confidence, and memories they’ll never forget. And when girls feel confident, they are more likely to know that they can do anything

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News

Changes to waste sacks from 1 April

From 1 April, Sevenoaks District Council will no longer supply residents with black waste sacks. Residents are being asked to put their household rubbish in sacks made for waste. These could be the black or grey sacks available from most supermarkets and hardware stores.

During the autumn, the Council will also provide every household with a ‘sack for life’ for their recycling. These will replace clear recycling sacks and will cut down on single use plastics.

The Council will continue to supply residents with black sacks until 31 March and clear sacks until everyone has their recycling sack for life.

Like many authorities, Sevenoaks District Council (SDC) is keen to reduce its carbon footprint as well as tackling rising costs.

Since the pandemic, the volume of household waste and recycling collected has increased significantly with more people working from home and greater reliance on home deliveries.

This has meant the cost of providing the service has rocketed in the past four years with more staff and vehicles needed and increased visits to the waste transfer station. Residents value weekly waste collections and SDC is determined to continue to offer this service for as long as it can.

Removing free waste sacks has been shown to increase recycling rates as residents make the best use of their recycling facilities. Once fully implemented, the changes will also save 30,000 miles of driving every year to deliver sacks, further cutting carbon emissions.

Cllr Margot McArthur, Sevenoaks District Council’s Cabinet Member for Cleaner & Greener, says: “As far as we are aware, we are just one of a handful of councils to still provide weekly waste collections and the last in the country to supply residents with waste sacks. We hope that residents will support these changes to deliver both cost reductions as well as helping the environment.

“We are confident that the changes will deliver environmental benefits by encouraging residents to make the best use of our recycling facilities, decreasing our use of disposable plastics and reducing travel – cutting the District’s carbon footprint.”

Black sacks will still be available to purchase from Edenbridge Town Council offices for the time being.

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Community News Open Spaces Young People

12 weeks of free football starts 28 February

**Due to unforeseen circumstances, Millwall Community Trust has cancelled the football sessions in Edenbridge and Swanley for the time being. They hope to rearrange them for later in the year.**

Millwall Community Trust is offering FREE football sessions for boys & girls aged 8-16 in Edenbridge. There’s no need to book, just turn up & have fun!

Ages 8 to 11 – 5pm to 6pm

Ages 12 to 16 – 6pm to 7pm

Please use the football car park entrance on Lingfield Road, rather than the rugby car park on Coombe Field.

For more information visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/freefootball

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Community News Democracy

Annual Town Meeting – Monday 11 March

Where: WI Hall, Station Road, Edenbridge TN8 5LX

6.30 pm: Registration and refreshments
7.00 pm: Meeting starts

Come along to hear updates from Edenbridge Town Council as well as our partner agencies and local groups. This year there will be a focus on youth provision, what’s new at the Eden Valley Museum, and displays organised by local sports groups with information on how to get more active.

It’s also a great opportunity to meet your local Edenbridge Town councillors.

Agenda papers and minutes will be available to view on our website.

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