Support your local High Street and market this Christmas by shopping local
Come along to shop seasonal produce for your festive meals as well as gifts, plants and decorations. Pick up some delicious treats (you might not be able to save them for Christmas!) and enjoy some hot food and refreshments.
Eden Songsters and A Capella Choir will be singing traditional carols and popular Christmas songs on Thursday 14 December (11 am to 11.40 am) There will also be a festive area with a North Pole letterbox for all those letters to Father Christmas. View more details about Letters to Father Christmas
A message from the Elves to the children of Edenbridge
If you’d like to tell Father Christmas about all the kind things you have done this year, you can send a letter via the festive Edenbridge post box. All mail will get sent 1st class directly on the North Wind from Edenbridge to Mrs Claus (because let’s face it – she’s the one that sorts out all of Santa’s admin for him!) Bring your own letter and pop it in the box – perhaps on the way to/from school – or come along to our North Pole Post Office at Edenbridge Market and craft your letter there – a nice little activity for little ones.
The North Pole letterbox will be at the market on Thursday 30 November as well as 7 and 14 December, 11 am to 1 pm.
*Dear Parents – Father Christmas won’t be able to send a reply, but he hopes this activity will bring some festive happiness to the children of Edenbridge.
Visit Edenbridge Market again on 21 December and we’ll have some token gifts to hand out to all our small letter writers that have posted a letter!
Edenbridge Leisure Centre Car Park. Wellingtonia Way, TN8 5RE
Thursdays 11 and 18 January 9am to 9.45am
Four Elms Layby by St Paul’s Church, Bough Beech Road, TN8 6NE
Thursdays 11 and 18 January 10am to 10.45am
Marsh Green Marsh Green Road Layby TN8 5QR
Thursdays 11 and 18 January 11am to 11.45am
Cowden Memorial Hall, Chantlers Mead, TN8 7HU
Thursdays 11 and 18 January 12.30pm to 1.15pm
Hever Recycling site, Hever Castle Car Park, Hever Road, TN8 7NH
Fridays 12 and 19 January 7.30am to 8.15am
Chiddingstone Richards Close, TN11 8LF
Fridays 12 and 19 January 8.30am to 9.15am
Penshurst Penshurst Road layby, TN11 8DB
Fridays 12 and 19 January 9.30am to 10.15am
Fordcombe Village Hall, The Green, TN3 0RT
Fridays 12 and 19 January 10.30am to 11.15am
Leigh Recycling site, Crandalls, TN11 8RF
Fridays 12 and 19 January 11.30am to 12.15pm
Option 3 – Take your tree to a Household Waste Recycling Site
Take your tree to one of Kent County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Sites (informally known as the tip or the dump). They will take larger trees that are too big for Sevenoaks District Council to collect.
Having unanimously supported a bid for a £5000 grant earlier this year, Edenbridge Town councillors are happy to see that users of the Paulinus Centre in Marlpit Hill are now benefitting from a new floor. Edenbridge Town Council Chairman Cllr Bob Todd and Vice-Chair Cllr Angela Baker attended an open morning on 27 October, along with other funders, to view the new flooring, updated heating and paintwork.
John Nutting, chair of St Paulinus management committee said: “It was clear a couple of years ago that the condition of the hall’s floor, vital to the dance school, was deteriorating due to wet rot and that temporary corrective action couldn’t continue indefinitely. It was decided by the committee in 2022 that the only way forward to secure the future of the hall was to completely replace the floor structure.”
Chairman Cllr Bob Todd, said: “St Paulinus Centre is a well-used community facility, and we hope that everyone will enjoy the improved space.”
The centre has been providing services to the local community for many years, and currently hosts the St Paulinus Pre-School, the Cora Art Theatre dance school and pilates sessions. In the past the hall has been used for mother-and-baby groups, judo classes, art classes, a philately group along with quiz nights and fund-raising activities. It has been a venue for pre-school children for about 40 years.
“With increased local development we are sure that demand on this facility will grow even further, so we were pleased we could provide this funding through monies we’ve received from developers via the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL),” added Cllr Todd. “I would encourage community groups to consider applying for CIL funding when we announce that applications are open throughout the year, so that they too might benefit from such improvements.”
The Town Council has been working in partnership with the Royal British Legion and local groups to coordinate this year’s act of remembrance in Edenbridge on Sunday 12 November.
At 10.30 am there will be a march from Leathermarket car park to the War Memorial Hospital (with road closure), followed by a wreath-laying service at 11.00 am.
The whole community is invited to join, but please be advised that there will be limited parking available at the War Memorial Hospital. Instead, you should park in the town. Those who need to travel by car should arrive at the memorial by 10.30am to avoid the road closure.
As the countdown to the opening of Edenbridge Memorial Health Centre begins, local people are being given another opportunity to hear about the services that will be delivered from our new community hub when it opens at the end of November.
One-day leisure pass Residents aged 55 plus can claim a free one-day pass for Edenbridge Leisure Centre on 1 October, 5 November and 3 December. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details, terms and conditions and to request your pass
Sevenoaks District Seniors Action Forum Health & Wellbeing Event Thursday 5 October from 11.30am to 3.30pm at the Eden Centre
This event will give you information on how to keep in good health as you get older and how you can maintain a healthy lifestyle. Refreshments will be provided.
Seniors’ information mornings Monday 13 November, 10am to 12 noon at the Eden CentreCome along to find out what’s on in your local area. You can also get help and advice from local charities and organisations, the Council and Kent Police.
There’s no need to book on, simply turn up. Disabled access is available at all venues. Refreshments will be served.
Gardening at the Eden Centre The Eden Centre is looking for green fingered residents to help restore their sensory garden to its former glory. The lovely garden has become overgrown since the pandemic and is ripe for restoration.
They are looking for a group of volunteers who could attend once a week (Monday to Friday between 10am and 3pm), to weed and dig up the garden, ready for planting next spring.
Please call 03000 414010 for more information.
Games Club Come along and play your favourite games while making friends and having a cuppa!
This friendly group meets every Monday from 10am to 12 noon in Rickards Hall, Edenbridge and play different games such as, cards, Chess or Connect4. Refreshments are provided.
For further details, call Edenbridge Town Council on 01732 865368.
Eden Centre events The Eden Centre in Edenbridge holds lots of weekly events including exercise classes, quilting, yoga and more! Find out all the dates and times.
Bridges Café Bridges Café in Edenbridge serves delicious coffee and cakes as well as holding fun, social events. Find out what’s going on..
‘Pop Up Sue’ gentle exercise sessions Increase mobility, strength and balance through gentle exercise with Sue Larken from Age UK.
Meet new people, get useful health tips and learn to keep yourself strong and mobile. Classes cost £3.50 to £4 depending on the location and include a cup of tea or coffee.
Eden Centre, Edenbridge (TN8 6BY), alternate Thursdays 10.30am to 12 noon
Bridges Café , Edenbridge (TN8 5AJ), last Friday of the month 2pm to 3pm
Edenbridge Walking Group Setting off from Church Street, TN8 5BD, adjacent to the Church, this gentle circular walk will go across open fields, countryside and woodland thickets.
The next walks are taking place on:
Wednesday 4 October at 10.30am
Wednesday 18 October at 10.30am
Forget-me-not café Last Friday of every month at the Eden Centre 10.30am to 12pm
Getting to and from events If you need help getting to and from any Silver Sunday activity, contact Dial-a-Ride on 01892 832447. Charges apply for this service.
Edenbridge Town Council has been working with the Kent Dementia Action Alliance to make Edenbridge a supportive and friendly place for those who are living with dementia. If you run a local organisation or business, please join us in helping to make Edenbridge more dementia friendly.
Congratulations to everyone that took part in this year’s Edenbridge gardening competition – Ready, Steady, Grow.
Councillors enjoyed visiting the gardens and meeting residents back in July to help them decide the winners. As ever, they were really impressed with the level of skill and enthusiasm for gardening that was shown.
Chairman Cllr Bob Todd said: “From allotments, to small containers and giant sunflowers, it was great to see everyone’s efforts this year. It was especially nice to see young people getting involved and showing enthusiasm for gardening – hopefully it has sparked an interest that will continue throughout their life.”
A presentation evening was held on 5 September at Rickards Hall to announce the winners and present the prizes that were generously given by Hever Castle & Gardens.
The Council’s Open Spaces Committee has agreed to run the competition again next year, so if you didn’t take part this time, there will be another opportunity! Gardening has many benefits – physical, mental and social, and taking care of our outdoor spaces can also instil a sense of pride, as well as being good for the environment and wildlife.
Scroll down to see some photos from the presentation evening and the full list of winners.
And the winners for 2023 are…
Front/Back Garden Winner: Auralucia Brook Runner-up: Carol Connor Highly Commended: Michael and Rosemary Hill
Allotment Winner: Min Reynolds Runner-up: Michael and Rosemary Hill
Nature-Friendly Garden Winner: Jane Moore Runner-up: Ms J Burton Highly Commended: Auralucia Brook
Local Schools/Groups Winner: Hever CofE School Runner-up: Marsh Green Pre-School Highly Commended: Edenbridge Beavers
Container Winner: Pat Rayner Runner-up: Min Reynolds Highly Commended: Sue Butcher Highly Commended: Tracy Jeal