Community News Market

A very festive Edenbridge Market

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

Check what stallholders are attending each week by visiting or follow Edenbridge Market on Facebook.

For more places to shop in Edenbridge visit

The last market for the year will be Thursday 21 December, returning 4 January 2024.

The market runs Every Thursday from 8am to 2.30pm (some stallholders stay later) at Market Yard Car Park, off the High Street TN8 5BB. Free parking available.

Come along between 11 am and 1 pm
Community News Market

Post your letter 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!

Community News Waste Collections

Council services this Christmas

Festive waste collections 2023

Sevenoaks District Council’s staff will be working extra days over Christmas and the New Year so you don’t miss a waste and recycling collection.

Most collections will take place a day later than usual except the Christmas day collection on Monday 25 December, which will take place earlier on Saturday 23 December.

If you use the Garden Waste Collection Service, the same changes will apply.

Please refer to the table to the below for details:

Your normal dayYour revised collection day
Friday 22 DecemberNo change, normal collection
Monday 25 December (Christmas Day)Saturday 23 December
Tuesday 26 December (Boxing Day)Wednesday 27 December
Wednesday 27 DecemberThursday 28 December
Thursday 28 DecemberFriday 29 December
Friday 29 DecemberSaturday 30 December
Monday 1 JanuaryTuesday 2 January
Tuesday 2 JanuaryWednesday 3 January
Wednesday 3 JanuaryThursday 4 January
Thursday 4 JanuaryFriday 5 January
Friday 5 JanuarySaturday 6 January
From Monday 8 JanuaryNormal collection days resume

Please put your sacks out at 7am on your collection day to help prevent attracting animals and the build-up of litter.

To view your collection days online, visit

Christmas tree collections

Three, FREE ways to dispose of your real Christmas tree

There are lots of options available to recycle your real Christmas tree for free after this year’s festivities have ended.

Option 1 – Sevenoaks District Council’s Garden Waste collection service (for permit holders only)

If you hold a Garden Waste collection permit, simply place the tree in or next to your green bin and it will be picked up on your usual collection days throughout January.

Trees with a trunk of up to 90mm (3.5”) in diameter can be taken.

Option 2 – Take your tree to a local collection point

Take your tree to one of the District Council’s collection points and they will take if off your hands.

Sevenoaks District Council can take trees with a trunk of up to 90mm (3.5”) in diameter.

Crockham Hill
Deanery Road, TN8 6RE
Thursdays 11 and 18 January
8am to 8.45am
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
Memorial Hall, Chantlers Mead, TN8 7HU
Thursdays 11 and 18 January
12.30pm to 1.15pm
Recycling site, Hever Castle Car Park, Hever Road, TN8 7NH
Fridays 12 and 19 January
7.30am to 8.15am
Richards Close, TN11 8LF
Fridays 12 and 19 January
8.30am to 9.15am
Penshurst Road layby, TN11 8DB
Fridays 12 and 19 January
9.30am to 10.15am
Village Hall, The Green, TN3 0RT
Fridays 12 and 19 January
10.30am to 11.15am
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.

Visit or call 03000 41 73 73 to book a slot.

Community News grants

Council grant supports improvements at St Paulinus Centre

Cllr Bob Todd (2nd from right) and Cllr Angela Baker (3rd from right), St Paulinus Centre

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.”

View full details about CIL funding and eligibility criteria

Community News

Remembrance Sunday – 12 November 2023

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.

Help with Transportation

A Scouts minibus will lead the parade, with limited seats available for those with walking mobility issues. These should be booked in advance via this booking form. Alternatively, please email or telephone 07746 816092.

Remembrance schedule

10.15 am: Community groups gather at Leathermarket car park

10.30 am: Scouts lead march to War Memorial Hospital

10.45 am: Arrive at War Memorial Hospital, and gather around memorial

10.50 am: Church service and playing of Last Post

11.00 am: Last Post and two-minute Silence followed by wreath-laying, prayers and National Anthem

11.15 am: March back to the Leathermarket car park   


2.30 pm: Service of Remembrance at St Peter and St Paul’s Church. Music by Edenbridge Town Band. There will also be a cascade of poppies on display.

Working in partnership

Thank you to all the organisations and volunteers that are helping to make this possible including the Royal British Legion, Edenbridge Bonfire Society, Edenbridge Scouts and Girl Guides, St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Edenbridge Town Band, Edenbridge Town Councillors, Kent Police and Sevenoaks District Council.

Business & Employment Community News Consultations

Temporary closure of Edenbridge Post Office

Important information about Edenbridge Post Office, 36 High Street, Edenbridge, TN8 5AB.

Due to the resignation of the postmaster and the withdrawal of the premises for Post Office use, the above branch will be closing temporarily on Thursday 2 November 2023 at 1pm.

If you have any comments you can email:

For further information visit Edenbridge TN8 5AB – 097948 – Post Office – Citizen Space (

Other nearby Post Office branches
Community News Consultations Health

Book your place: Edenbridge Memorial Health Centre public meeting – 7 October

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.


Community News Events

Silver Sunday celebrations – register for free leisure pass, tea dance and more!

This year’s Silver Sunday boasts dozens of local events for older people, most of which are free.

Silver Sunday was originally set up to tackle loneliness, but in recent years it has become a national campaign to celebrate the contribution of older people while encouraging social activity.

Promoted locally by Sevenoaks District Council, and running from September to December, residents can sign up to a variety of activities and events.

For more information and a full list of events across the Sevenoaks District, visit To request a leaflet listing this year’s Silver Sunday events, call 01732 227000 or email

Events in Edenbridge

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 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.

Tea Dance
Friday 24 November, 1pm to 3.30pm at the Eden Centre
More information and to book:

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.

Business & Employment Community News

Register for free dementia awareness training

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.

Find out more about our Dementia Friendly Edenbridge initiative, and better still – sign up to this free training event!

To register, email:

Community News Open Spaces

Hever Castle digs out prizes for garden winners!

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

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

Winner: Pat Rayner
Runner-up: Min Reynolds
Highly Commended: Sue Butcher
Highly Commended: Tracy Jeal

Young Gardener
Victoria Jepp
Griggs family 

Tallest Sunflower
Winner:  Evelyn Luck
Runner up: Darcey Wilks

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