Swanley Village News Issue No.110   June 2018
The Quarterly News Sheet for the residents of Swanley Village



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 Lamb 
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 delivery team).
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 their time
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 Road junction;
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 meeting tonight.
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 proposals.
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 Banks.

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) - mustang01uk@yahoo.co.uk

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’ Association,
c/o 4 Hotham Close, Swanley Village, BR8 7UX


FACEBOOK
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 we organise.
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 in November.
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 Lane
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

Tony Searles



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 website.

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 Lane.

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, roger.gough@kent.gov.uk 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 property.

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 currently available.
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 authorities.

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 swanley_village_trust@yahoo.co.uk 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 Village safer!

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 people.
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.

7 gardens
1&2 Downs Cottages
4 Hotham Close
4 Prospect Row
Elizabethan Cottage
Fern Cottage
May Cottage
Old Vicarage

Teas & Homemade cakes
Plant sales
Children’s games
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 school equipment.
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 achievement!
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 great success.
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 Warren.
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 Exhibition.



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 to
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 May.
Cheques payable to Swanley Village Gardening Society.

Please tick all appropriate boxes.


SUNDAY 1ST JULY: DEAL NGS GARDENS

Name ………………………………………………………………………………..

Number of seats ……………..

Price: Coach and entrance £25          Deposit only...............         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 vicarjohnny@gmail.com 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 .

£50.00
Jan Bowdery, Sally Leach, Katheryn Grant And Joanne Tary

£30.00
Iris Cann, Sandra Canty, Rachel Watson and Bob Wallis

£15.00
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 / davistweedlodge@aol.com.so 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.
Excellent references.
? 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 from us.
So could you please reply to christinebanks32@yahoo.co.uk with your wishes as soon as possible. Many thanks




Sams Ballroom

Mondays:
Stretch & Tone 9:45 am at The Howard Venue
Adult Ballroom Dancing 7:30 pm at St Peter’s Church

Wednesdays:
Adult Dance 10:45 am at The Howard Venue

Thursdays:
Dance Fitness 10:15 am at The Howard Venue
Junior Ballroom (7 to 14 years) 4:30 pm The Howard Venue

Saturdays:
New Junior Ballroom (5 to 10 years) 11:30 am – Starts September
Personalised Wedding Dances & Private Lessons

07712 588 385
sam@samsballroom.co.uk
www.samsballroom.co.uk


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 highbrow!
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 pattywells@hotmail.co.uk


Odd Jobs
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 decking
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
email: paulsoddjobs1@gmail.com


HONEY FOR SALE
Collected by my Bees at
Elizabethan Cottage, Swanley Village Rd
Beekeeping since 2009
Donnahoy@icloud.com



COMPUTER PROBLEMS?
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 problem?
Alan : 01689 890888 or 07770 880500
Email: alanjcjohnston@gmail.com

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


TIRED OF
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
FixMyStreet.com

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 REPORTING.

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            geofflees@yahoo.co.uk 01322 662693 or 07766 11607


WOODLANDS SERVICES
Woodlands Building Services
Glen Gould, 1 Olive Villas,
Swanley Village Road     BR8 7NL
Tel: 07947556070
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 etc.  
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
dmolyneux@talktalk.net  or phone 01322 669523
 



Charlotte Lisa - Wedding Photographer - 0771 7575 966
info@charlottelisa.co.uk www.charlottelisa.co.uk
Romantic, vintage style specialising in reportage photography and stop motion videos.
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 month.
For more details please contact Liz Davies on 01322 613640

alan.williams@japrojects.co.uk
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 dmolyneux@talktalk.net
www.molyneux-photography.co.uk
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 learners.
If you'd be interested in me tutoring you, please contact me on 07502390372 or livvysayers@gmail.com


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 the bank?
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.
www.playhouse.org.uk www.thegwt.org.uk

HOUNDS HAVEN
Home Dog Boarding & Dog Walking
1 Elm Cottages, Swanley Village Road
Swanley Village, Kent BR8 7NS
Contact: Carl & Fay
07470303379 Carl-hill@hotmail.com

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!

Glebe Gate
: 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 Years.

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 service.

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 workshop
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
EMAIL: sales@artscroll.ltd.uk
www.artscroll.ltd.uk/

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.sharon@gmail.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.

Competitive Prices
Offering:

Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage,
Full Body Massage,
Hot Stone Massage,
Aromatherapy,
Manicures and Pedicures using OPI Lacquer and Gel
Waxing,
Reiki,
Indian Head Massage,
Moroccan Oil Scalp Treatment,
Thermo-Auricular Therapy (Hopi Ear Candles),
Rejuvanessence (facial energy release),
Paraffin Wax Treatments for Hands and Feet,
Facials,
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
email: tranquillity.therapies@yahoo.co.uk

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.

Eligibility Criteria
To qualify members must:
• Be over 60 years of age.
• Reside within Christchurch, St Mary’s, Swanley Village and Whiteoak Swanley wards.
• Complete the registration form attached.
• Provide identification and proof of address documents to Swanley Town Council.
For further information
SENIOR PASSPORT TO LEISURE
REGISTRATION FORM
Name: ..............................................................
Address: ...........................................................
.........................................................................
.........................................................................
Postcode: .........................................................
Home Telephone Number:...............................
Mobile Number: ..............................................
Email Address: .................................................
Date of Birth: ...................................................
NEXT OF KIN
Name: ..............................................................
Address: ...........................................................
Telephone: .......................................................
Signed: .............................................................
Please return this form to: Swanley Town Council, The Swanley Link, London Road, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7AE
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For further information
Please contact: The Swanley Link, London Road, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7AE
Telephone: 0300 421 270 or 0300 421 254 E-mail: csa@swanleytowncouncil.gov.uk.
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 at
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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christinebanks32@yahoo.co.uk

It is FREE for all Swanley Village residents to advertise, sell items or contribute to the Swanley Village Newsletter.
Costs to ‘outsiders’ are £5 per issue or £15 for the year (4 issues).
If anyone would like an article to be included in the
September 2018 Newsletter,  please contact the Editor by MID-AUGUSTat the latest.


Edited by Chris Banks christinebanks32@yahoo.co.uk
This newsletter is published on the web site. www.swanleyvillage.com
Thanks to all those villagers who post this Newsletter to your door