Village News Issue No.110 June 2018
The Quarterly News Sheet for the residents of
SWANLEY VILLAGE RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION
The AGM of the Swanley Village Residents’ Association (together with the AGM of
Swanley Village Trust) was held in The Red Lion on Monday, 14th May 2018.
The Chairman, Bob Wallis gave his report for the year :
First of all I must mention that sadly at the end of 2017 we lost Geoff Davis.
His wit, knowledge and insight are sorely missed.
At the beginning of this year the village and this pub also lost Eric Rooke –
one of its great characters.
More recently the village has lost another resident: Peter Cottell. Peter very
kindly asked in his will that paintings and ceramics created by his wife Pat
should be sold
with proceeds to go to Swanley Village Trust. The silent auction was held at The
Secondly I must thank those without whom nothing would get done! Chris Banks for
her tireless work getting the money in and the newsletter out (and of course her
David Sayers, who as Vice Chairman has provided a venue for our summer meeting
and has been generous with refreshment.
Sally Leach, who has stepped in, taken over as Secretary and added a voice of
sanity to our meetings. And thank you to all the committee members for giving up
Thanks also to Roger Gough who deals with all things Kent County Council and to
Tony Searles for keeping us up to date with Swanley Town Council and Sevenoaks
District Council matters
Last but certainly not least - thanks to the Red Lion for hosting us tonight and
throughout the year.
The past year
Unsurprisingly the issues that have concerned the committee this year are very
similar to those I mentioned last year: fly-tipping;
HGVs coming through the village; flooding at the Button Street/Swanley Village
unplanned development in and around Swanley Village at Ship Lane and Standalone;
potholes; and streetlights.
I think that Tony and Roger will update you on progress with these issues so I
will leave that to them.
In March this year Toni Roast from Swanley Town Council organised another litter
pick and more than 15 villagers joined a team from the council and cleared
verges and roads
around the village. It’s a good initiative which merits repeating more
than once in a year.
At this time last year following the decision by Sevenoaks District Council not
to progress with the Garden Village plan which would have swallowed the green
wedge between the Village and the Town, I made a comment about how difficult it
is for the village to get its voice heard. Recently Swanley Town Council has
revived its intent to create a Neighbourhood Plan. This plan – if put into
effect – does have the power to influence planning decisions which may be taken
by Sevenoaks District Council. But before that happens a Plan first has to be
agreed; and then there must be full and open consultation with residents of both
Swanley and Swanley Village, after which there will be a referendum. Members of
the Residents’ Association have engaged with this process and we have secured a
guaranteed place on the Steering Group - Mark Johnson should be at the first
The timescale for completion of the Neighbourhood Plan is likely to be towards
the end of 2019. Sevenoaks District Council’s ‘Local Plan’ is driven by pressure
from central government to identify and build a significant number of new
houses. Its Planning Advisory Committee is going to consider in June at least 5
large scale developments around the district, one of which stretches from the
land opposite The Olympic to the south edge of the railway line. This represents
half of the land that was earmarked for the ‘turned down’ Garden Village
proposal last year. It is likely that by the time the Swanley Neighbourhood Plan
is being finalised, Sevenoaks District Council will already have set out the
‘exceptional circumstances’ which it needs to justify building on this high
quality agricultural green belt land. The Neighbourhood Plan is important, but
it is unlikely to affect any decision on the development of the Cooper Estates
land beside Beechenlea Lane. We will therefore need to remain alert to these new
We have spent a considerable amount of time this year discussing the volume of
traffic coming through the village, the speed of the traffic, traffic accidents,
damage to property caused by vehicles and the number of unsuitable HGVs coming
through the narrow lanes. Clearly any decision to build approximately 800 new
homes with direct access to Beechenlea Lane
is likely to have a significant impact on traffic.
At our last meeting we discussed a variety of measures and their effectiveness.
The challenge all the residents of the village have to face is how much
inconvenience we as people who live here are prepared to put up with in order to
discourage vehicles from speeding through the village.
Finally I encourage everyone to read the Newsletter, to participate in the
village events and of course to make sure you have paid your annual £3 to Chris
This was followed by the election of the committee and officers for 2018/19.
Bob Wallis, Chris Banks and Sally Leach were all re-elected.
The next RA Committee meeting will be held on 3rd September 2018 – if there is
anything you would like the committee to discuss please contact :
Sally Leech (Secretary) - email@example.com
WELCOME PACK - If you are new to the village and would like an introduction to
all the activities and information regarding all your surroundings please call
? Daphne Davis 01322 664710 or Chris Banks 01322 668531
SWANLEY VILLAGE RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION & NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME
Thank you to the residents who have paid their £3 towards the Residents’
Association and Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. For those of you who haven’t yet
paid, please send your donation to: Chris Banks, Treasurer, SV Residents’
c/o 4 Hotham Close, Swanley Village, BR8 7UX
We now have a community page on Facebook. To see what is going on in the
village, photos and news, look for ‘Swanley Village’
The PTA for St Paul’s School recently had a meeting to get plans for the
summer fete underway. The event is on Saturday 30 June from 12pm to 3.30pm
They were wondering if the village residents would want to get involved with
manning or providing a stand e.g. plants/cuttings for sale, books, toys… provide
cakes to sell. There will be a ‘Bake –Off’ - we would love for as many residents
to put in an entry – the only criteria is for the cake to have some association
with the word fruit – it can be fruit cake, shaped like fruit, fruit-flavoured…
whatever they like.
Any help on the day would be hugely appreciated, even if it’s just setting up in
the morning. Of course, we would love for as many villagers to attend the fete
as possible and support our school. The new head teacher is doing an amazing
job, the kids are excelling and happy in their environment and the parents are
very supportive with both their time and money.
SWANLEY VILLAGE TRUST (fundraising)
URGENTLY WANTED: Items for raffle prizes
Do you have anything suitable which we could use as prizes at our forthcoming
events (perhaps any unwanted Christmas/Birthday presents !)
? Chris 01322 668531
We really do appreciate all the support we get for our fund raising events, but
would love to see even more people from the village joining in the events which
As you are no doubt aware, all the profit from these events goes towards
maintaining our Village Green, the Easter Egg hunt and the FREE firework display
So the more people who attend our events the more money we can raise - we can’t
do it without you!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
DISTRICT AND TOWN COUNCILLOR'S REPORT – February 2018
Dear Residents, Clearly the need for more infrastructure to alleviate the
traffic problems is a priority as Swanley is already gridlocked. The suggestion
by KCC Cllr Horwood at the latest Residents Association AGM meeting that
Beechenlea Lane be widened is not what Swanley Village residents want as
it will increase the traffic flow in the village.
I think that we all need to be aware that the threat of housing development
hasn’t gone away completely, with the land opposite the Olympic in Beechenlea
which runs all the way up to the bridge is still in the draft local plan and
sites south of the railway behind Archer Way being ruled out.
The Call for Sites is still being consulted on with a new draft local plan being
published on 19th June, we all need to be active in the consultations that start
in the summer.
U+I the owners of Swanley Town Centre have lodged an appeal which will be heard
as a public inquiry later in the year.
The new Mayor of Swanley was recently elected and Lesley Dyball was chosen.
Lesley is well known in the town for her charity work.
I attend the Residents meetings to hear resident’s concerns and try and make a
difference to their problems. At these meeting I give the Residents information
on decisions taken by both Sevenoaks District Council and Swanley Town Council
and how they might affect Swanley Village and its Residents.
My current committee appointments are
Swanley Town Council
Policy & Finance
Sevenoaks District Council
Audit / Scrutiny / Health
Kent County Council
KCC Health & Wellbeing Board Sevenoaks District
KCC Health Overview Scrutiny Sevenoaks District
District Representative on the following outside bodies
DGS Health & Wellbeing Board -Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley
DGS Clinical Commissioning Group -Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley
If you can’t get along to a meeting I am happy to visit you to discuss your
problem. If you have any issues I can help residents with then please contact me
- my Mobile number is 07769686100 and email Cllr.Searles@sevenoaks.gov.uk
County Councillor’s Report (May 2018)
With the coming of Spring, the County Council has launched its ‘find and fix’
programme for potholes. More than £7 million has been set aside and more money
will be allocated in the summer if sufficient progress has not been made. It is
much needed; in January we were running at the highest level of pothole reports
for four years, and that was before the Beast from the East. There is now some
progress being made (and in Sevenoaks we appear to be getting potholes filled
faster than in many other Districts across Kent) but there is a lot more to do.
Please report potholes in the usual way on the Highways section of the kent.gov
Drainage engineers are working intensively on Button Street flooding issues, and
I hope to be able to report more detail soon – at this stage I can simply
confirm that the issue is very much in their sights.
As mentioned in the last newsletter, there will be some enhancements soon to
signage and lining in Swanley Village Road close to the junction with Beechenlea
At the time of the abortive scheme to close off the right turn out of Button
Street onto the A20, some changes were made to signage near Farningham Hill
Road, in effect installing No HGV and width restriction signs just beyond the
turnoff to Watts Farm. I continue to push for positive signage as well as part
of the ongoing effort to minimise HGVs getting stuck in the village.
In April, we saw National Offer Day for Reception places at primary school.
Across Kent, almost 90% of families secured their first choice of school and
almost 98% one of their preferences; the number of those ‘allocated’ a place by
KCC (in other words, not getting any of their choices and being given a place at
another school that they did not choose) was at a record low. At a time when
there are places unfilled at some local schools, it is a tribute to St Pauls
that they were significantly oversubscribed.
As ever, I can be reached by phone (01959 525109) or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org
My website, www.roger-gough.blogspot.co.uk reports on what I'm doing across the
Sevenoaks North and Darent Valley Division, and I am on Twitter @RogerGough2
POLICING & NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Hello, I’m Laura Morris. I am the Police Community Support Officer for Swanley,
Swanley Village and Hextable, along with PCSO Dan Barnes. We have taken over the
area from Steve Vincent who now covers New Ash Green and Hartley.
We are based at Swanley Police Station. I have been a PCSO for 5 years,
previously covering Swanley town 2014 to 2015 so I am familiar with the area.
PCSO Dan Barnes has also recently started with us and has joined me to cover
yourselves and Swanley. We work opposite shifts so hopefully providing more
coverage. We are often seen travelling round in the car, and on foot around the
patches. I am hoping to get the bike out too, getting to the hard to reach
places. We spend a lot of time on high visibility patrol, visiting victims of
crime, attending calls from members of the public, providing crime prevention
advice and getting to know the community in general, listening to any concerns
that people have.
We are starting to make more and more links with key local people to try and
work together as best as possible. Of course this takes time, but we are hoping
to meet new people and develop stronger links in the next year. If anyone has
any particular issues or concerns, feel free to raise it or if anyone would like
me to attend any events of group meetings, please make contact and I will do my
best to pop along.
The majority of crimes in the area at this time of year are mainly breaks to
sheds, vehicles and garages, with these traditionally peaking with the lighter
evenings and people out in their gardens a lot more. I can’t stress enough how
important it is to secure your homes and sheds securely, especially coming into
the warmer months. Power tools should be locked away and garages locked, and
aids such as shed alarms, sensor lights and padlocks are a huge help. With
vehicles, always lock your vehicles. We have had a few reports recently of
thefts from vehicles where doors have been left open- with petty cash or small
easy items taken. You will be surprised at how many people leave their doors
unlocked which make it quick and easy for an offender to go along on a spree.
Cold callers are also a bit of a problem everywhere. Always ask for ID and
anyone who doesn’t appear genuine, call us.
Never hand any money over at the doorstep, however genuine they look.
Many people do not call in a lot of incidents that may happen in their area as
they either don’t think it will go anywhere or they think they are causing a
nuisance and wasting our time. Such information is not useless and even though
offenders may not always be found, it is a record of what has happened and can
be valuable in providing links to other offences. You all live in a very safe
area. Unfortunately crime happens everywhere. It is just about protecting
yourselves as much as you can and making it harder for criminals to target your
101 is the non-emergency number for submitting reports. You can now however
submit online enquiry forms and crime report forms on the main Kent police
website. Of course, if a crime is in progress or life is in danger call 999.
This is a friendly area and we would like to thank everyone who has made us feel
welcome. I look forward to meeting more of you in the next year.
Laura & Dan
Crime Stoppers : 0800 555111 (anonymously) www.crimestoppers-uk.org
If deaf or speech impaired text ‘police’ and your message to 60066.
REPORT CRIME ONLINE
You can Report suspicious calls like these to Action Fraud by visiting
www.actionfaud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. You can also report crime
online via the Kent Police website, simply visit www.kent.police.uk and click
the REPORT ONLINE tab and then follow instructions. Alternatively you can report
crime to us by phoning 101
If you want to keep up to date on crime for Swanley Village then remember you
can find information on all crime in the Village by visiting - www.police.uk
Ever wanted to work for the Police?
Visit www.kent.police.uk/jobs-recruiting-now to see which vacancies are
At the time of writing recruitment is open for Police Officers, PCSOs, IMU
Investigators & 999 Call handlers
ACCIDENTS & INCIDENTS IN SWANLEY VILLAGE
If you witness or know of an incident or an accident which occurs within Swanley
Village, can we please ask you to immediately report this to the police or the
We would also ask you to copy such records of the accident/incidents to the
Residents’ Association email SwanleyVillageRA@outlook.com or The Trust’s email
email@example.com to see if we can get a bigger picture.
The Trust and RA cannot report such incidents to the Police on your behalf -
this will be down to the residents who witness any accidents as they will have
the full information, but it is helpful if we know of these events.
Bob Wallis. Chairman, Swanley Village Residents’ Association
DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
These are the Lamb Inn upcoming events
*09th June – 80’s Disco (fancy dress) 8:00 – 12:00pm
*23rd June – Open Mic Night 19:30 Start.
*14th July – Band Night featuring FEEDBACK 19:00pm – 22:00pm
*10th August – Live Music performed by Paul Cantara 19:30pm
*18th August – Live Music performed by Thee and Me
DOGS ON THE VILLAGE GREEN
We are still receiving complaints from people who have been unfortunate to have
walked in dog poo over on the green.
We have supplied dog bins and have put up posters asking dog walkers to keep
their dogs on a lead so that if their pets do ‘their business’ the owners can
collect and dispose of it.
Also some dogs can be quite intimidating to small children if not on a lead.
The mess that is constantly left by dogs (and their very inconsiderate owners)
is deterring other people from using our beautiful Village Green.
If Peter Piper can pick a peck of pickled peppers then you can pick up poo !!
PLEASE KEEP YOUR DOGS ON A LEAD, PICK UP THEIR WASTE, & USE THE BINS PROVIDED
GARDEN WASTE ON THE VILLAGE GREEN
Some years ago compost heaps were built and sited on the village green behind
the trees (Church Path end of the Green) and available for residents to use.
However, over the past few years people have been abusing this facility as it
appears that private gardeners and outsiders are now just dumping their garden
waste there and it has become totally unmanageable.
The Trust informed residents in the last newsletter that composting is no longer
available to residents but some people are still dumping their green waste over
on the Village Green!!
It is going to cost a great deal of money to get this area cleared and we would
appreciate, If you employ a gardener, that you pass on this information to
ensure that this area is kept clear.
PLEASE DO NOT DUMP YOUR GARDEN WASTE ANYWHERE ON THE GREEN
SWANLEY VILLAGE TRUST
FUND RAISING EVENTS
****DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES****
QUIZ NIGHT 27th October – with hot supper
FIVE WENTS HALL 7.30 pm
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
£10 p/p – bring your own drinks & glasses
? CHRIS :01322 668531
? DAPHNE 01322 664710
Tickets are limited and we always sell out!!
SWANLEY VILLAGE BONFIRE & FIREWORK DISPLAY
Next year’s FREE Bonfire Night is being planned for Saturday, 3rd November so
please reserve this date in your diary and tell your friends and neighbours they
are welcome to attend.
Do you have a village ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ sign near your property?
Many are overgrown with foliage – if so, could you please cut the growth back so
that the signs are more visible. The signs are there to hopefully make the
SWANLEY VILLAGE PETANQUE TEAMS
A new summer season begins with a new challenge in Division 3. But first the Cup
Competition which began with a walk over win against Chislehurst as, sadly,
the team were unable to field a side and subsequently folded as a team due to
lack of available players.
In our league games we started the season with two heavy defeats, albeit against
strong sides, but they were still very enjoyable as both teams are very sociable
After a sticky start we faired a little better in our third outing, winning 3-2.
We are predicting a very close run competition in the league again this year.
As we have been eliminated again from the Cup, always a good plan as we stand a
better chance in the Plate, we were confident of a good performance. Again, luck
was not on our side as we were drawn against a Division 2 side, and lost on a
very cold night. On a brighter note the players from Seal are a good friendly
team to play and the food was excellent.
In our next round of the Plate we played a re-formed side from Division 7 which
consisted of players from higher divisions, and had a respectable 3-2 loss,
losing on the last boule of the final game
If you need more information and would like to have an informal chat about the
game please contact Steve Wells - Team Captain ? 01322 666806
I am Membership Secretary of the Sevenoaks and District Philatelic Society
that meets once a month in Sevenoaks.
I live in Beechenlea Lane if anyone is interested in coming to any meetings,
please contact David Best. 667045
LETS KEEP OUR VILLAGE TIDY!!
Residents are asked not to dispose of their 'garden waste - grass cuttings,
tree clippings etc. by dumping them in the hedgerows opposite, or anywhere else,
near to their properties.
Whether it be themselves or contractors. The Council provide,at a very
reasonable cost, both bins and bags for this purpose. It is also an offence to
do so. Thank you.
SWANLEY VILLAGE GARDEN SAFARI 2018 PRESENTED BY
SWANLEY VILLAGE GARDENING CLUB
IN AID OF the Ellenor
SATURDAY 16TH JUNE 2018
11:00 – 16:00
Tickets only £5.00 per adult (for all 7 gardens)
Accompanied children (under 16) go free.
1&2 Downs Cottages
4 Hotham Close
4 Prospect Row
Teas & Homemade cakes
Church & Village allotments
Village Green/The Church/St Paul’s School
For more information or for offers of help please telephone Elaine ?662757
St. Paul’s Church of England Primary School
The children returned to school on 16th April for the start of Summer Term and
there was a busy half term of events and activities planned.
We celebrated St. George’s Day with a sponsored “red and white” parade around
the Glebe and raised £800 in sponsorship; this money will be used to purchase
We have introduced healthy snacking at break times and our “Snack Shack” is
proving extremely popular on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Our new “Good to be Green” behaviour system has been rolled out and is ensuring
a consistent approach across the school in how we manage behaviour.
This has been introduced as a result of feedback from parents, staff and pupils
and we are already seeing great improvements since its implementation.
We welcomed author Billy Bob Buttons to school in May to speak to the children
about how he became an author and the process of writing. He has sold over 1.8
million books worldwide and children were able to purchase personalised signed
copies of his latest works.
We are continually investing more time and money in our sports curriculum and
are pleased to report that our Year 1 and 2 children came second in a
Dartford School Games Partnership Infant Agility Competition which was a great
Mrs Keech, one of our TA’s, undertook a week’s Forest School training. This
means that she can now officially teach Forest School and we can call ourselves
a ‘Forest’ School!
Making use of our wonderful outdoor environment enriches the learning experience
for all our children.
Karen Claxton, Senior Improvement Advisor in North Kent, visited school to see
what has been happening since her last visit three years ago.
She was extremely pleased with what she saw and commented on the behaviour of
the pupils, learning environment and quality of work.
Quantum Theatre delivered a Science Show to our younger children, which was a
Some of Year 3 and 4 children took part in a Dartford School Games Partnership
Mini Tennis Tournament at David Lloyd Leisure Centre in Dartford.
They played ten games each and came a very respectable fourth place overall.
We are extremely proud of all our Year 6 children for the hard work and effort
they put into the SATs. Sean Harford from Ofsted visited school on 18th May to
meet with Governors,
staff and the children; he really enjoyed his visit.
At the time of writing, we are making preparations for a Royal Wedding Streety
Party to celebrate the marriage of Harry and Meghan and our Year 6 children are
travelling to the Ashdown Forest for their activity residential trip to Hindleap
Year 6 will be visiting the Houses of Parliament on 22nd May for a Tour/Law &
Debating Workshop and this half term finishes on 25th May with a Photography
SWANLEY VILLAGE GARDENING CLUB
Swanley Village Gardening Society was formed in 1991 by a group of villagers
with a keen interest in both their own gardens and their surroundings.
Following a sharp decline in numbers, at the beginning of 2015 the committee
decided that all villagers should be members by default.
The Spring Show was held on Sunday 15th April at the Red Lion. It was a lovely
bright afternoon, so the show was held outside. First places were divided
between Linda Barham, Bernard Stowers, Mike Banks, Chris Banks, Pat Wells and
Rosemary Stowers. Other prizes were divided evenly between the other entrants.
We sold cakes, and these proved extremely popular. It was the most successful
show we have held for several years. It was lovely to see a good number of
villagers and specially to see some new faces. We hope you will be able to join
us next year. We would like to thank the Red Lion, the ladies who baked,
everybody who helped, Mark Johnson for plants and anybody who donated prizes.
We have organised a Garden Safari in aid of ellenor (our local hospice) on
Saturday 16th June. There will be seven or eight gardens open. There will be
refreshments available and children’s games. We would like to raise as much
money as possible for this worthwhile cause so please ask family and friends to
come along. If you have some spare time on that afternoon we would be grateful
for volunteers; we would appreciate your donations of cakes or plant cuttings
for us to sell. More details available in this newsletter.
There is an organised trip to Deal in the summer and information regarding this
is included in this newsletter. Please ask friends and family if you think they
may be interested.
At the time of going to print we have plenty of seats still available.
We are trying to keep our page on the village website (www.swanleyvillage.com)
up-to-date so please look there for current news and we have a Facebook page.
We have signed up for a trade card at Provender Nurseries in Leydenhatch Lane.
This entitles you to a significant discount on Provender plants. We have been
issued with several cards, which must be presented each time you purchase plants
to receive your discount. Mike Banks (? 668531), Daphne Davis (?664710), Donna
Hoy (?613462) and Elaine Freundlich are all card holders. Please contact one of
them if you wish to purchase goods at Provender. For further details please
contact the Secretary, Elaine Freundlich 662757).
SWANLEY VILLAGE GARDENING CLUB
DAY TRIP 2018
We have booked a visit to Deal NGS Gardens on Sunday 1st July. The support of
members, their families and friends is, as always, vital. A non-refundable
deposit of £5 per person needs to be paid at the time of booking. If the booking
is cancelled, the deposit will be retained by the Society. The balance will be
due one calendar month before the trip. In the unfortunate event that you are
unable to join the trip Swanley Village Gardening Society will consider
refunding coach fares only and this will be at the discretion of the committee.
Please complete the booking form and return it together with payment by 25th May
Mrs E Freundlich, 1 Hotham Close, Swanley Village, BR8 7UX. Cheques payable to
Swanley Village Gardening Society.
Sunday 1st July 2017 DEAL NGS GARDENS
The gardens in this group are:
4 George Alley
The Landmark Garden
4 Robert Street
10 St Georges Road
53 Sandown Road - Homemade teas at 53 Sandown Road.
88 West Street: Small cottage garden, full of perennials, shrubs, clematis and
roses. Finalist Kent Life Amateur Gardener Award.
53 Sandown Road: Three rooms including decked terrace with pots, courtyard with
water feature and olive trees. Studio and greenhouse.
Landmark Community Garden: Useful native plants, self-seeding, edible annuals,
fruiting perennials and useful foliage. 130 labelled plants.
Gleaners: Down a pretty alleyway a secret garden. Colourful courtyard leading to
a vibrant cottage garden with summer house.
4 Robert Street: A small walled garden divided into four separate areas each
holding little surprises; bedding plants, perennials, shrubs, trees, a small
water feature and mature bamboos.
10 St Georges Rd: North facing walled garden attached to 18 Century house. Lawn,
borders and pond overlooked by majestic willow tree.
Partial wheelchair access at 53 Sandown Road, 4 Robert Street and 88 West
Street. No access at Gleaners.
Coach leaves Swanley Village at 9.30am and will pick up at the usual stops.
Price: Coach and Entrance £25
BOOKING FORM FOR DAY TRIP IN 2018
Please complete and return to
Mrs E Freundlich, 1 Hotham Close, Swanley Village, Kent BR8 7UX
together with a non-refundable deposit of £5 per person or full payment by 25th
Cheques payable to Swanley Village Gardening Society.
Please tick all appropriate boxes.
SUNDAY 1ST JULY: DEAL NGS GARDENS
Number of seats ……………..
Price: Coach and entrance £25
Payment in full..................
ST. PAUL’S, SWANLEY VILLAGE & ST. PETER’S, HEXTABLE
One Church in two locations
Thank you so much to all those who have contributed to our Swanley Village
Consultation. We have received lots of helpful ideas and suggestions to
consider, as we refresh the vision of St Peter’s, Hextable and St Paul’s in the
village, seeking to better serve our two communities.
We are one church in two locations giving different expressions of Christian
worship in the parish. The services held at St Paul's are traditional, offering
a place of quiet, contemplative and prayerful reflection. St Peter’s is a
vibrant, more contemporary style church, with greater informality.
Due to its central location in the village there's always a lot happening at St
Peter’s ranging from the Kindergarten, Thursday Fellowship (for older people),
activities for children and young people and lots more. This year’s popular
Holiday at Home for older folk is on 9th-10th August.
Sundays are always busy and we have a range of services across both our churches
and we’d love to welcome you to come and join us. At St Paul’s there is a simple
Holy Communion Service at 8.30am, except on the second Sunday of the month when
there is a morning service at 10.30am. There is also a 6.30pm service (except on
the 2nd Sunday). At St Peter’s our main Sunday Celebration is an informal
service of worship, teaching and ministry, with a full programme for children
and youth activities that take place during the service. Our twice-monthly
Overflow Celebration is held on the second and fourth Sunday - a contemporary
style service of worship, teaching and ministry. Refreshments served from 7.30pm
and available throughout the service.
We would love to see you and be of service to you and your family. If you wish
to contact me direct please feel free to do so.
May God bless you,
Revd Johnny Douglas firstname.lastname@example.org 077990 72845
Swanley Village ‘Life’ Group The new ‘term’ for the Swanley Village ‘Life’ Group
is well underway and breaks for the summer holiday on the 19th July. The group
meets fortnightly on Thursday evenings at 7.45pm, normally at the ‘Old Vicarage’
but also in other homes in the village. ‘Life’ groups, based in various homes in
the area, are to help the church achieve its objective of being at the very
heart of our community. They not only provide an important spiritual focus, but
also to help with the more practical issues of everyday life. Anyone is welcome
to join us whether or not you are part of St Paul’s, St Peter’s or any church.
If you are interested please contact the leaders, David and Pauline Pearson
(Pine Cottage, Beechenlea Lane - 01322 666362 or 07836 376 803) or any member of
the group for further information.
For more details of all these and other services and events see www.stph.org.uk/
or ring the church office on 01322 662320
SWANLEY VILLAGE ‘100 CLUB’
YOU HAVE TO BE IN IT TO WIN IT
Swanley Village Trust 100 Club
The 100 Club is run by the Swanley Village Trust and all profits go towards
maintaining the Village Green and other projects in the village .
Here are details of those members of the 100 Club who have been lucky enough to
win in the the last two draws .
Jan Bowdery, Sally Leach, Katheryn Grant And Joanne Tary
Iris Cann, Sandra Canty, Rachel Watson and Bob Wallis
Sue Rice, Linda Barham, Joan Lamb, Steve Hunt, Debbie Mccadden, Eric Newman,
Cliona Reilly and Julie Bullen
If you would like to join the 100 Club please contact Daphne Davis
07964 681041 / email@example.com that your name can be added to the
waiting list .
YOU HAVE TO BE IN IT TO WIN IT.
Would you like your ironing done?
I can do it for you.
Reliable experienced lady.
? Niki 07709 546679
Due to the new regulations coming into force at the end of May, we need to know
if you wish to remain on the Swanley Village Trust’s email list. We'd love to
keep in touch with you so that you can continue to receive valuable information
So could you please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org with your wishes as
soon as possible. Many thanks
Stretch & Tone 9:45 am at The Howard Venue
Adult Ballroom Dancing 7:30 pm at St Peter’s Church
Adult Dance 10:45 am at The Howard Venue
Dance Fitness 10:15 am at The Howard Venue
Junior Ballroom (7 to 14 years) 4:30 pm The Howard Venue
New Junior Ballroom (5 to 10 years) 11:30 am – Starts September
Personalised Wedding Dances & Private Lessons
07712 588 385
DO YOU ENJOY A GOOD BOOK, A GLASS [OR 2] OF WINE AND NIBBLES?
If the answer is "yes" then you would find a warm welcome at the Swanley Village
Book Club. We meet on a monthly basis
on the last Thursday of the month at 7.30 in the Red Lion or the Lamb. We are
an informal group and enjoy reading a wide range of books - but definitely not
Whether you are a newcomer to the village or an existing resident, this is a
great way to share your enjoyment of books with other like-minded people....and
make new friends.
If you are interested in joining us or would like to know more about us, please
contact me –
Pat Wells - 01322 666806 or 07400 615245 email@example.com
We offer a variety of services including:
General DIY - hanging, shelves, pictures & curtain poles
Pressure washing decking, drives, patios and paths. Treating fences, gates and
Assembling flat-pack furniture plus much, much more!
Smoke or Carbon monoxide alarms supplied and fitted from £25
If you need it put up, fitted or fixed. No job too small - just give me a call!
Friendly , reliable , local service
Paul on 07749 024375
HONEY FOR SALE
Collected by my Bees at
Elizabethan Cottage, Swanley Village Rd
Beekeeping since 2009
I have over 40 years’ computer experience and would be happy to help with any
home or business computer issues.
Why not give me a call to discuss details or drop me an email describing the
Alan : 01689 890888 or 07770 880500
FIVE WENTS MEMORIAL HALL
Large Hall & Car Park
Good hire rates for parties/meetings/children’s parties etc
BOOKINGS CAN BE MADE AT THE HALL ON SATURDAYS 9 – 10.15 a.m.
ANDY THOMSON ? 01322 660733 / 07989197899
Painting & Decorating Specialist based in Swanley Village
Internal & External – free estimate
FLY-TIPPING- POTHOLES-LOOSE PAVING- DOG POOP VANDALISM- BROKEN STREET LIGHTING
OVERGROWN TREES STREET CLEANING
Want to report something to the council but think it’s a too much hassle or
think “they won’t do anything anyway’’?
Think again - this is the easy ‘hassle free’ way to get things sorted.This app
makes all the difference.
REPORT IT TO THE COUNCIL WITH
It’s independently run by a charity, free to download and use and councils
nationwide respond to postings - it works!
1. DOWNLOAD THE APP.
2. REGISTER AN EMAIL ADDRESS AND PASSWORD. NOW YOU’RE SET TO INSTANTLY REPORT
ANYTHING YOU SEE.
3. THE APP USES YOUR PHONES LOCATION TO MARK THE INCIDENT OR YOU SCROLL YOUR
FINGER OVER THE MAP TO MARK A SPOT.
4. SELECT THE MOST APPROPRIATE TITLE FROM THE LIST TO DESCRIBE THE THING YOU’RE
5. YOU CAN ENTER ANY INFORMATION OR USE YOUR PHONE TO TAKE A PHOTO.
6. PRESS SEND.
The incident you are reporting will be sent to the appropriate council,
depending on the incidents location. Job done! Councils do respond.
Make a direct difference to Swanley Village, and download the app.
You can still phone Sevenoaks District Council on 01732 227000
Contrary to popular belief, membership of the Royal British
Legion is NOT restricted to former members of the Armed Forces.
It is open to anyone. The Royal British Legion is the major charity in
this Country that provides assistance and support to both serving and former
members of the Armed Forces, and their families and we work very closely with
other, similar organisations like Help for Heroes, SSAFA, etc.
This is achieved by fund raising and public donations, the primary source being,
of course, Remembrance Time when
the Great British Public excel themselves and donate millions of pounds at Poppy
Collection bases everywhere.
So. Got a couple of hours a month to spare and want to do something worthwhile?
You could do worse than join The Legion.
If you would like more information, please feel free to contact me.
Geoff Lees May Cottage, Swanley Village Road
firstname.lastname@example.org 01322 662693 or 07766 11607
Woodlands Building Services
Glen Gould, 1 Olive Villas,
Swanley Village Road BR8 7NL
Plastering, Rendering, Interior and Exterior decorating.
UPVC Facia Soffit and Guttering. Brickwork, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrics,
Fencing, Drives, Patio's, Turfing including Artificial Lawns.
Kitchens and Bathrooms.
Free estimates and advice. No job too small.
Swanley Village Film now on DVD
This film made in 1976-7 is a documentary including a tour through the village
and interviews with the local characters in the village at that time.
Featuring The Lamb, lace making, Church, racing car preparation for Brands Hatch
It also covers the Silver Jubilee Party on the Glebe in 1977 and features shots
of the village people and children at St Pauls School (it could be you) in the
egg & spoon and 3 legged races.
Previously on VHS, it has been made into a DVD. £10 per dvd
Please Contact Dennis at 2 Beechenlea Lane, Swanley Village, Kent BR8 7PR
email@example.com or phone 01322 669523
Charlotte Lisa - Wedding Photographer - 0771 7575 966
Romantic, vintage style specialising in reportage photography and stop motion
My photos will tell the story of your day from beginning to end and keepsakes
you will treasure forever
HEXTABLE & SWANLEY VILLAGE W.I.
Did you know we are the oldest W.I in the District? We
are a friendly group who always welcome new members.
There are interesting speakers and activities throughout the year at our monthly
meetings and a varied programme within the District too.
The W.I even has its own College in Oxfordshire, which offers a huge range of
subjects from crafts to public speaking.
Why not join us one month, as a visitor, to see if you like us?
We meet at Five Wents Memorial Hall for a 7.30 start on the 4th Thursday of each
For more details please contact Liz Davies on 01322 613640
14 Barfield Sutton at Hone DA4 9EL
Tel. 07730 748619
* BOILER RENEWAL AND SYSTEM UPGRADES
* RADIATOR REPLACEMENT
* BOILER SERVICING
* HOT WATER CYLINDER REPLACEMENT
* UNVENTED HOT WATER SYSTEMS
* COLD WATER STORAGE TANK REPLACEMENT
* HOME OWNER/LANDLORD GAS SAFETY CERTIFICATES
* BATHROOM INSTALLATIONS
* ALL ASPECTS OF DOMESTIC PLUMBING
Portrait & Wedding Photography
For a personal service with Storybook Album
tailored to your personal requirements. Call Dennis
Also Passport Service. Biometric passports are guaranteed
acceptable acceptable by passport office. Childrens passports a speciality.
Also selection of old photos of the village. Old photos restored.
Dennis on 01322 669523 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Beechenlea Lane Swanley Village BR87PR
FRENCH AND SPANISH TUTORING
I am bilingual in English and Spanish, and speak fluent French, and I have just
spent three months teaching in a primary school in Barcelona. I attended
Sevenoaks School where I studied the IB Diploma and achieved the top grade in
Spanish and French. I have four years' experience tutoring students in foreign
languages, in primary school classes and on a one-to-one basis. I am able to
tutor for Spanish and French GCSE, A Level and IB exams, as well as for adult
If you'd be interested in me tutoring you, please contact me on 07502390372 or
THE ARK CATTERY - SWANLEY VILLAGE
HEATED INDOOR PENS - VIEWINGS WELCOME
01322 668584 / 07966999602
LOCAL THEATRE GROUPS
Do you know you have some fantastic local theatre on you doorstep?
Want to experience theatre as good as the West End at prices which won’t break
Steve and Melinda Hunt (who own the Ark Cattery) are both involved in two
fantastic local theatres; the Playhouse at Erith and the Geoffrey Whitworth in
Crayford. Each theatre puts on 10-12 plays each year, seats cost between £10 and
£12 - a bargain at today’s prices. Both theatres have a bar( at discount prices)
and you can buy the usual sweets and also ices in the interval. If you want to
see shows which are as good (and sometimes better) than the West End, whatever
your taste then come along. Have a look at the websites for full details.
Home Dog Boarding & Dog Walking
1 Elm Cottages, Swanley Village Road
Swanley Village, Kent BR8 7NS
Contact: Carl & Fay
Wilmington Country Market ( Formerly W.I. Market
It is held every Thursday morning 9.30-11.30. at the Village Hall by the mini
roundabout and is on the 477 bus route.
We sell homemade preserves, savouries and cakes, meat from a local Butcher and
locally produced cheese.
Bread from a local bakery, home grown plants, fruit and vegetables and a variety
of craft items, including greetings cards.
There is a very friendly atmosphere and it makes a pleasant place to meet up
with friends for a chat over an inexpensive cuppa and a piece of cake!
: Volunteers (perhaps dog walkers?) are still being sought to join the group to
lock and unlock the Glebe Gate, a.m. & p.m. and in School holidays.
If you wish to join this band of volunteers for a short rota period please
contact Barbara Ramsey ?666668
Artscroll Gates and Railings
has been proudly manufacturing and fitting Automatic and Manual Entrance Gates,
Entry Systems, Security Gates, Railings and Wrought Iron Products for over 30
Artscroll was established in 1983 and specialises in Bespoke made Gates and
Railings, as well as offering a comprehensive metal work service for both
industry and to the public.
We are a family run business based in the South East of England and we pride
ourselves on the quality of our workmanship and ability to manufacture almost
anything required by our Customers.
It is impossible to list every service we carry out at Artscroll, but confident
to say that the experience and expertise possessed within the company places us
in a unique position to offer a total metal work fabrication and fitting
Our work consists of Entrance Gates, Automatic or Manual, Railings, Pedestrian
Gates, Balustrades & Handrails, Balconies,
tructural Staircases, Security Side Access Gates, Window Grilles, post-boxes and
many other Metal/Security products and services.
You can view an example of our work at Hotham Close, Swanley Village, BR8 7UX –
as you go into the close on the right features a Bespoke Automated Gate with
entry system to 3 houses on a shared driveway complete with Matching Railings,
Manufactured & Fitted by us here at Artscroll Ltd.
Contact us today for a free no obligation quotation, or you can visit our
to discuss your requirements with either Warren or Jasmine
Unit 8 Graves Yard Industrial Estate
Rear of 96 Upper Wickham Lane
Welling. Kent, DA16 3HQ
TEL: 0208 854 8944 / 07831213270
In A Glass of Its Own
For unique gift why not give personalised Glasses?
I create glasses for all occasions at very affordable prices.
10% Discount for any local orders. Please visit my website to view the standard
range but I can make any item with names or Logo’s etched into the glassware.
Email me directly for any local orders or enquiries:
Ray.email@example.com IAGOIO.com Buy five glasses and get
the sixth free!!!
Tranquillity Natural Health and Beauty
Are You Summer Ready?
We have all your Waxing, Manicure and Pedicure needs covered!
Treatments on FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS
“on your door step” in Swanley Village.
Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage,
Full Body Massage,
Hot Stone Massage,
Manicures and Pedicures using OPI Lacquer and Gel
Indian Head Massage,
Moroccan Oil Scalp Treatment,
Thermo-Auricular Therapy (Hopi Ear Candles),
Rejuvanessence (facial energy release),
Paraffin Wax Treatments for Hands and Feet,
Eyebrow and Eyelash Tinting,
Jennie has been practising since 1996
For a leaflet with prices or to book an appointment please contact her
?07967 530 218
GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE
SWANLEY TOWN COUNCIL PASSPORT TO LEISURE SCHEME
The Passport to Leisure Scheme was founded by Swanley Town Council exclusively
for the senior citizens living within the wards of Swanley. It provides
residents with the opportunity to meet socially with local people within the
community and enjoy a range of events. Trips to historic places of interest,
sightseeing cruises and theatre outings are organised and arranged by Swanley
Town Council each month, throughout the year.
To qualify members must:
• Be over 60 years of age.
• Reside within Christchurch, St Mary’s, Swanley Village and Whiteoak Swanley
• Complete the registration form attached.
• Provide identification and proof of address documents to Swanley Town Council.
For further information
SENIOR PASSPORT TO LEISURE
Home Telephone Number:...............................
Mobile Number: ..............................................
Email Address: .................................................
Date of Birth: ...................................................
NEXT OF KIN
Please return this form to: Swanley Town Council, The Swanley Link, London Road,
Swanley, Kent, BR8 7AE
For further information
Please contact: The Swanley Link, London Road, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7AE
Telephone: 0300 421 270 or 0300 421 254 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SWANLEY TOWN COUNCIL SENIOR PASSPORT TO LEISURE SCHEME
The Swanley Town Council Senior Passport to Leisure provides senior citizens of
Swanley the opportunity to meet socially with local people within the communit
and enjoy a range of events.
To qualify members must: Be 60 +.
Reside within the Swanley Wards.
Provide identification and proof of address documents at The Swanley Link,
London Road, Swanley, BR8 7AE.
Please find below details of the Passport to Leisure trips for July, August and
September 2018. The ‘booking day’ for these events will take place from 9.00am
The Swanley Link, London Road, BR8 7AE on Tuesday 22nd May 2018.
Reservations for trips can be taken no earlier than Tuesday 22nd May. Trips
booked In person on booking day will need to be paid in full. Payments by cash
or cheque only.
Reservations need to be paid in full within two weeks of booking in person at
The Swanley Link, by phone or e-mail.
THE POPPY FACTORY & STRAWBERRY HILL HOUSE Tuesday 31st July 2018
On your tour of The Poppy Factory you will enjoy a fascinating presentation
regarding the factory and its history. You will move through the museum area
where you will have the opportunity to make a poppy and see wreaths & poppies
made throughout history. Once tour has ended you will board the coach for 15
min. journey to Strawberry Hill House & Gardens. Here you will have the
opportunity to explore the House & Gardens. Lunch and refreshments can be
purchased at the on site Heavenly Dish café.
Depart The Civic Centre: 8.30am Return Journey: 4.00pm £36.45 per person
EASTBOURNE Tuesday 7th August 2018
Eastbourne grew as a fashionable resort due to the Duke of Devonshire. In
1859 he wanted to develop the town and appointed architect Henry Currey to
design a street plan. The 300m long pier was opened by the Duke in 1870. Lunch
can be purchased at the numerous restaurants and cafes that adorn the sea front.
Depart The Civic Centre: 9.30am Return Journey 4.30pm £16.35 p/p
THE CHOCOLATE LADY & SAFFRON WALDEN Tuesday 11th September 2018
Chocolate is probably the most popular luxury food. Almost everyone loves to be
spoilt with the creamy smooth taste of milk chocolate or the bitter-sweet
flavour of plain chocolate. Julie has been a chocolate maker for 28 years. For a
period of 10 years Julie was the BBC Radios ‘Cambridgeshire Farmhouse Cook’ and
is a regular contributor to BBC local radio channels. Saffron Walden is a
picturesque medieval town in North West Essex. A market has been held there
since 1141. Enjoy the open spaces of the Jubilee Gardens and The Dorset House
Rest Gardens both situated within the town centre. Lunch can be purchased at a
variety of pubs and restaurants located within the town centre.
Depart The Civic Centre: 9.30am Return Journey: 3.30pm £37.70 per person
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