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Free summer fun in Edenbridge!

Families have been enjoying our family fun days at Stangrove Park as well as some special activities at the weekly Thursday market – all for free!

Edenbridge Market

Takes place every Thursday in Market Yard Car Park
8 am to 2 pm. From 11.30 am to 1.30 pm there will also be:

17 August: Decorate a cupcake

24 August: Face painting

Find out more about the market at www.edenbridgetowncouncil.gov.uk

Family fun day

Two more dates left! 2 pm to 5 pm at Stangrove Park, with an extra activity each week:

17 August: Balloon modelling

24 August: Face painting

There’s no need to book, simply turn up and have fun. However, children must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times. Activities are provided for children under the age of 12, but they may not be suitable for very young children.

Things for young people to do in Edenbridge

Did you know that 0-15 year olds make up around 20% of our local population in Edenbridge?* We are proud of the facilities we provide for this age group and the funding we are able to give to local groups that benefits young people in the town. Here’s a reminder of just how much there is for young people in Edenbridge, which may give some ideas of what to do during the summer holidays!

  • Blossoms Park skatepark and BMX ramps
  • Recreation Ground – home to Edenbridge Rugby Club and other sports opportunities
  • Playgrounds at Spitals Cross, Marsh Green, Stangrove Park and Recreation Ground
  • Stangrove Park outdoor gym and sports area including Street Snooker and Crossbar King

* Latest Census data available

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Council helps fund school play improvements

Two councillors at children's play area
They thought their playground days were over! Cllr Angela Baker and Cllr Alan Layland at Hever C of E Primary School

Cllr Angela Baker and Cllr Alan Layland were able to step out of the office last week and back in the playground to attend Hever C of E Primary School’s ‘Volunteer and Supporter Tea‘.

In 2022 the Town Council’s CIL Board awarded the school £24,659.72 towards its Longevity Project. The project aims to transform the functionality and all-weather usability of the outdoor areas by improving the ground and installing new play equipment and a children’s outdoor gym.

Cllr Baker said: “It is clearly evident to see how hard the PTA works in the school and what an amazing impact they have.
“It was a lovely afternoon hosted by the Year 6 class and a great opportunity to see the difference our grant has made towards the playground equipment and outdoor area. I’m sure the children really enjoy using the wonderful space that has been created.”

Cllr Layland added: “Over 80% of pupils at Hever School are Edenbridge residents, so I’m pleased that these improvements will benefit them and many others for years to come.”

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Community News Health

Councillors visit progress at the new health centre

Chairman Cllr Bob Todd and Cllr Margot McArthur – July 2023

Edenbridge Town Council Chairman Cllr Bob Todd and Cllr Margot McArthur (Chair of CIL Board) visited the site of the new Edenbridge Memorial Health Centre on 10 July. They were pleased to see the progress being made and learn that it’s on schedule for opening in the winter.

Edenbridge Town Council has contributed £200,000 of CIL money towards this project, alongside Sevenoaks District Council whose representatives also joined the visit.

To find out more about the new health centre, visit www.kentcht.nhs.uk/service/edenbridge-and-district-war-memorial-hospital/edenbridge-health-and-wellbeing-centre

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Local Council Clerk Week – Celebrating the work of council officers

10 – 14 July 2023

Council office at Doggetts Barn

The Town Clerk and officers work with your councillors to make sure that Edenbridge Town Council provides the services you need in your town. The Clerk is the proper officer of the council who implements the decisions of the council, ensuring that it acts within the law, and is skilled in a range of disciplines to make sure the council runs properly. Council meetings are facilitated by the Clerk and officers who prepare the agendas and papers which can often entail detailed research into a range of different subjects and areas of expertise; these meetings are held in public and residents are invited to attend.

The Clerk and officers will help make representation on a wide range of issues liaising with the district and county council about changes on highways matters, applying for funding grants for local projects, researching complex planning issues, running the council’s finances and managing community buildings and events. They will also make representation to the local MP. Clerks have to be adaptable, quick thinking and able to manage a wide range of issues as no two days are the same in Clerk World! They need to be good problem solvers, diplomatic, able to manage people and good in a crisis too, such as seen when they helped to coordinate community efforts during the pandemic, handling unexpected incursions or the consequences of extreme weather.

Clerks are professionals and serve around 10,000 local councils in England and Wales. These councils emerged in 1894 to give a democratic voice to local people and they’ve changed enormously in that time, particularly during the last 20 – 30 years. They are real place shapers and, today, many manage and maintain parks, sports facilities, skateparks and recreation grounds, play areas, allotments, community and youth centres, car parks, public toilets, cemeteries, street cleaning, run events and much more. Most of all clerks and councillors are advocates, the voice for their communities.

Whatever your local council is delivering for your community, your Clerk will be at the heart of getting it done. They provide the services that we all notice the most in our neighbourhoods but, disappointingly, they’re often not properly recognised for just how much they do.

Clerks are celebrated in other countries and Local Council Clerk Week aims to help raise the profile of this important profession here and explain the work clerks do on behalf of town, parish and community councils.

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Community News Events

Games Club enjoys classical afternoon tea

Members of our Monday Games Club enjoyed a delightful classical afternoon tea this week thanks to funding via a Better Together Community Mobilisation grant from Sevenoaks District Council. Also invited were other residents in the community who have found their network of friends have changed since the pandemic, and so this provided them an opportunity do something nice after the difficulties of the past few years, and to connect with some new faces.

The club runs every Monday at Rickards Hall (off the High Street next to the Council office) from 10.00 am to 12 pm and is aimed at over 55s. Lots of games are available such as cards, boardgames and jigsaws. It’s a great opportunity to socialise over a cuppa while exercising the brain too! For some of the members, it has been a lifeline and a way to combat loneliness and isolation. One member told us it gives her a reason to get motivated in the morning, “I look forward to it each week and I’ve made some great friends,” she said.

The club is funded through a grant from Involve Kent, and in March 2023 it was recognised with a Certificate of Achievement in the Older Person’s Group at Sevenoaks District Council’s Community & Voluntary Awards. Around a dozen members now come along each week, but new faces are always welcome!

Chairman of Edenbridge Town Council, Cllr Bob Todd, said: “It has been so nice to see people enjoying this afternoon tea with music played by the wonderful harpist Margaret Watson. Being able to host the Games Club in Edenbridge is really important to this Council and is just one of the ways we can support older people and those facing loneliness or living with dementia.”

The club is currently free to attend. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available – sometimes even cake! 

If you would like to contact us about the club you can email information@edenbridgetowncouncil.gov.uk or call the Council office on 01732 865368

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Community News Young People

Free summer club for 8-12yr olds

Sign up to West Kent Youth Service’s free summer club for 8-12yr olds at the Eden Centre from 14-18 August 2023.

Reserve a place by emailing youthservices@wkha.org.uk

Edenbridge Town Council supports West Kent with funding to run the HOUSE youth club throughout the year, as well as other activities it offers to support young people in Edenbridge.

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Community News Health Open Spaces

Free walking rugby sessions

Sevenoaks District Council is running free walking rugby sessions for adults of all abilities in Edenbridge this summer.

The sessions are taking place from 6pm to 7pm on Mondays from 3 July at Edenbridge Recreation Ground (The Pavilion, Coomb Field, TN8 5HL).

Run by Edenbridge Rugby Club, the sessions are open to men and women aged 18 years and above of all abilities.

They are suitable for former players looking to play again, newcomers interested in trying a new sport, anyone recovering from an injury or illness and disabled people.

The sessions do not require booking – residents can simply turn up and join in.

Participants should wear clothing and footwear suitable for exercise and are recommended to bring a bottle of water. All other equipment will be provided.

For more information, visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/edenbridgerugby or call Sevenoaks District Council on 01732 227000. 

The rugby sessions are funded by Active Kent and Medway.

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Community News Health Open Spaces

Join the Edenbridge Walking Group

Steps to Wellbeing – One You Kent, Kent County Council & Sevenoaks District Council

Get active and socialise with a one hour circular walk taking in the airfield, River Eden and local landmarks.

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 28 June at 10.30am
  • Monday 10 July at 2pm
  • Wednesday 9 August at 10.30am

Not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies.

To confirm your place, email healthy.living@sevenoaks.gov.uk or call 01732 227000.

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Community News Transport

Free Bus Weekend – 24/25 June

Bus passengers across Kent and Medway will be able to travel completely free over the weekend of 24 and 25 June, thanks to a collaboration between Kent County Council and the bus companies, paid for with funding from the government.

This initiative has been coordinated to support the Kent Big Weekend, organised by Visit Kent which is promoting more than 70 tourist attractions across the county with many offering free or reduced cost entry.

The Free Bus Weekend is funded by the Department for Transport through Kent’s Enhanced Bus Partnership Schemes.

Passengers can just turn up and travel for free on any bus within Kent and Medway up to 8pm on both days and it is hoped that as well as supporting the Kent Big Weekend, this initiative will encourage more people to use buses again following the pandemic, to discover new places, visit friends or family and to help reduce the number of cars on Kent’s roads.

So why not leave the car at home, hop on a bus and discover new places!

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Community News Democracy

Edenbridge councillor becomes Sevenoaks District Council’s new Chairman

Cllr Alan Layland with wife Lyn

After taking pole position to become Sevenoaks District Council’s Chairman, Cllr Alan Layland has got off to a flying start with his sights set on supporting a local charity that’s close to his heart.

Alan, who represents the Edenbridge South & West ward, was elected as the new Chairman at the District Council’s Annual Council meeting (23 May 2023).

Alan moved from East Dulwich to Edenbridge 56 years ago and worked as a health and safety co-ordinator for Eaton-Williams, an air conditioning company based in Edenbridge.

Alan says: “I was passionate about health and safety and proud to work for a business that exported to virtually every country you could think of. With manufacturing sites across the UK, I’d travel far and wide doing my bit to ensure my colleagues had a safe workplace.”

But work wasn’t Alan’s only passion, as he explains: “I’ve always loved living in Edenbridge. It has given me so much over the years so I’ve always wanted to give something back.

“As well as being an Edenbridge Town Councillor and a Sevenoaks District Councillor for the past eight years, I’m an honorary member of the Edenbridge Chamber of Commerce.

“In 2014, we organised a fabulous event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of John Surtees winning the F1 World Championship. John, who was also passionate about the town, drove his original 1964 race winning car through Edenbridge High Street followed by 36 classic Ferraris.

“Naturally, with my professional background, I was in the lead safety car! It was an honour to take part in such a fun event.

Over the next year, Alan is planning to raise the profile of the Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Community. Alan says: “Like so many others, I’ve been touched by dementia as both of my parents had the disorder. I know from personal experience it often has a profound impact on the loved ones of those living with the condition.

“I’ve worked with Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Community for some time and I’ve seen their amazing work first hand. I want to do everything possible to support this amazing cause during my year as Chairman.

“In addition, I’m keen to continue supporting the Town Council’s work to make Edenbridge a dementia friendly town.

Alan, who has been married to Lyn for the past 46 years, adds: “It’s both humbling and a privilege to be elected as the Chairman of Sevenoaks District Council. Lyn and I are really looking forward to meeting residents, volunteers, businesses and community groups across the District in the coming year to hear about their amazing work and stories.”

Alan welcomes invitations to community events as the Chairman of Sevenoaks District. To invite Alan, visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/chairman or call 01732 227247.

You can also follow Alan on Twitter at @sdc_chairman.

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