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Can you help fill up our Christmas Gift Bin?

It’s that time of year again when we’ve brought out our Christmas gift bin!

As part of our support for Edenbridge Food Bank, which helps provide emergency food for Edenbridge families in crisis, we are inviting the community to donate items that can be used for Christmas such as wrapping paper, gift tags, festive napkins and crackers. We would also be grateful for festive food treats – think chocolate tree decorations, Christmas cake, biscuits and tins of chocolate!

We know this year in particular may be a struggle for many families, but even if you are only able to make a small donation, you will be making a huge difference to someone else’s Christmas this year.

The donation bin can be found outside the Council office (Doggetts Barn, 72a High Street) until 5pm on Tuesday 13 December, and will be emptied daily. Please ensure all items are within sell by date for Christmas day.

Thank you so much in advance.

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Remembering the fallen

Chairman Cllr Bob Todd was honoured to lay a wreath at the War Memorial on behalf of Edenbridge Town Council on Remembrance Sunday, 13 November 2022.

Branches of the Royal British Legion have a long history of organising wreath-laying ceremonies and parades across the country. Thank you to the local Edenbridge branch for bringing together organisations from our community for this special day of remembrance.

The commemorations continued with an afternoon service held at St Peter and St Paul’s Church.

Poppy wreaths are laid at the War Memorial at Edenbridge War Memorial Hospital
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New Town Guide out now

Look out for your copy of the new Edenbridge Official Guide & Map, which is being delivered to homes this week!

View Official Guide & Map

The Edenbridge Official Guide & Map is published every two years and contains lots of useful information for residents and businesses in the town.

Take a look to discover some of the town’s history, as well as contact details for local clubs and groups.

Copies of the Town Guide are also available from the Council office – Doggetts Barn, 72a High Street.

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VOTE FOR EDENBRIDGE in the Great British Market Awards 2023!

If our Edenbridge Thursday Market is your favourite market around, and seeing our stallholders is the highlight of your week, please show us (and them) your support by voting – it would mean the world.

Vote online by midnight on 13 December 2022: https://bit.ly/MyFavouriteMarket

The Great British Market Awards have been launched by NABMA and are sponsored by Market Place. The prestigious award will be presented at the NABMA January 2023 conference.

You can follow the campaign on social media with the hashtag #MyFavouriteMarket and #GBMA2023

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Edenbridge remembers

The Edenbridge Yarn Bombers have been at it again – and we think this year’s display is the best yet!

This is the third year the Stangrove Park railings have been adorned with bright red knitted poppies to mark Remembrance Day next week.

Thank you to everyone that helped Councillor Angela Baker and Councillor Margot McArthur put the poppies up.

Remembrance Sunday – 11 November

11.00am: The wreath laying ceremony will take place at the War Memorial (Edenbridge Memorial Hospital).

2.30pm: There will be a service at St Peter and St Paul’s Church, and the Town Band will be performing.

Councillors will be attending the Church service, and all members of the public are invited too.

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Warm Spaces – how to register or find out more…

‘𝑾𝒂𝒓𝒎 𝑺𝒑𝒂𝒄𝒆𝒔’ 🔥☕️🍪💻🧤🧣𝐖𝐚𝐫𝐦 𝐒𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬, 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐩𝐬 𝐨𝐫 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐬, 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐰𝐢-𝐟𝐢, 𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐢𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐞𝐚 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐲 𝐛𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐝𝐨𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐖𝐚𝐫𝐦 𝐒𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞. 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐧 𝐨𝐧 𝐝𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐮𝐬𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐧, 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐫 𝐰𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐨𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐢𝐧 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐖𝐚𝐫𝐦 𝐒𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞. 𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐨𝐧…

Warm Spaces are safe and friendly public places where people of all ages can go to comfortably spend time reading, studying, chatting with others, and meeting new people in their community.

The initiative is to create an online directory promoting facilities across the district’s towns and parishes where people can go to a warm space and feel welcomed, for example, community cafes, leisure centres, libraries, play groups, met and chat groups, church groups etc.

To help residents during these difficult times to find alternative Warm Spaces, the four district towns have been working with Sevenoaks District Council who has set up a web page and Warm Spaces Charter.

Organisations and businesses can join the Warm Spaces directory by filling out the online form to be a Warm Space. Posters can be provided free of charge advertising your Warm Space. Visit ww.sevenoaks.gov.uk/warmspaces to register your Warm Space and to look at the directory.

If you or someone you need, needs help during the coming winter months, take a look at the Warm Spaces directory. SDC also offers advice and information for people impacted by the cost of living crisis, for more details visit its website – Help with the cost of living | Sevenoaks District Council

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Advance notice of office closure dates

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Silver Sunday – information of what’s on in and around Edenbridge and Sevenoaks District

As part of this year’s Silver Sunday celebrations, Sevenoaks District Council is promoting a series of free events for older residents.

Silver Sunday (3 October 2021) was originally set up to tackle loneliness, however, in recent years, the national occasion has become an opportunity for older people to meet others, visit new places, try new activities and connect with their local communities.

Throughout October, older residents can sign up to coffee mornings, talks, health sessions and more!

Silver Sunday booklet 2022

 

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‘𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐰’ winners and runners-up

‘𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐰’ 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. 🌷🏆🪴

Last night (4 October) entrants and residents came together to congratulate the winners and runners up. There were some fantastic floral displays, nature gardens and allotments entered. It was great to see so many young people entering which made judging the Young Gardner of the year tough.

Thank you to everyone who entered the gardening competition, and to local resident Nantawan Staples, who was a finalist in the 2021 BBC Gardener’s World magazine, for judging the entries along with Cllrs Baker, Layland and Todd and the Community Warden.

Jim Buttress presented the prizes to the winners and runner-up, and then entertained guests with anecdotes from his career at the Royal Parks in London, where he was responsible for Hyde Park, St James Park, Clarence House and Buckingham Palace. Jim has won eight gold medals at the Chelsea Flower show. One anecdote was from meeting Her Late Majesty The Queen Mother who always enjoyed talking with the gardeners. Jim’s gardening career started here in Edenbridge when he worked for Greater London Council looking after Spitals Cross Estate.

𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬

𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐭/𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐆𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐧 – Patrick & Carole Connor. Runner-up Auralucia Brook
𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥𝐬 – Four Elms Primary School
𝐀𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐫 𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐠𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐧 – Michael & Rosemary Hill. Runner-up Auralucia Brook
𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐫 – Susan Butcher. Runner-up Min Reynolds
𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐠 𝐆𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫 – Lyla Strong. Runners-up: Victoria Jepp, Sophie Hoad, Gabriella Sloane
𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐩 𝐆𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐧- Marsh Green Pre-School
𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐆𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐧 – Peter and Penny Brook. Runners-up: Liz Rose, Edenbridge Beavers

Thank you to our sponsors: Kent County Council Covid-19 Local Recovery Fund; Allans Plant Stall, Hever Castles and Willerby’s.

If you missed this year’s competition, we are hoping to run another in 2023 – so watch this space!

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PACT – 10th October 1.30 pm

𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐬𝐚𝐟𝐞𝐭𝐲 – 𝐄𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐏𝐀𝐂𝐓 𝐍𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐏𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐥. 𝐍𝐞𝐱𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠: 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝟏𝟎𝐭𝐡 𝐎𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐 𝟏.𝟑𝟎𝐩𝐦, 𝐑𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐇𝐚𝐥𝐥, 𝐄𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐠𝐞.

Residents and local businesses are invited to attend PACT meetings to put their concerns and questions about community safety to Sevenoaks District Council, the Police, West Kent Housing, Town Council and other agencies that may attend. For more details visit the Town Council’s website / PACT https://www.edenbridgetowncouncil.gov.uk/news/pact/

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