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02/05/2018 12:03:32
topic: Closure of website

Posts 383
why no forum on the new website?
The facebook page is mainly for helping people, so not really a replacement for this forum.
27/04/2018 14:53:40
topic: Engines left running

Posts 16
At 2:40 today, three cars are waiting near the primary school with diesel engines running. Just waiting and polluting the air.
22/04/2018 09:35:51
topic: Hen & Duckhurst

Posts 383
I have received a letter regarding changes made to the planning application for 250 homes on the Hen & Duckhurst site, but have been unable to get onto the planning site. Does anyone know what these changes are?
12/04/2018 19:49:10
topic: Bell and Jorrocks - Frittenden

Posts 38
Hi all,

its the B & J beer festival this weekend. Pop along to sup some tasty real ale at Maidstone and Mid-Kent CAMRA's pub of the year.
05/04/2018 12:24:37
topic: April Footpath Group walk

Peter Ashby
Posts 71
This month's Footpath Group walk will be next Sunday (8th) at 2.00 pm, meeting at Linton Church Car Park. The route will be around 4 miles, leaving St Nicholas Church to go east along the Greensand Way to Boughton Monchelsea Church, continuing along the northern boundary of Boughton Monchelsea Place, before turning south then west to skirt the deer park. Finally it will return westward crossing Church Lane into fields reaching Loddington Lane & after a short distance entering Linton Park and on to Linton Hill and up back to the car park. Please join us for a social ramble for people of all ages. However, no dogs please, as the walk will include farmland.
04/04/2018 08:45:22
topic: Closure of Marden rd for gas main replacement

Posts 205
Station Road is the part of the A229 north of the crossroads. They mean from the crossroads to Lime Trees.
03/04/2018 17:49:49
topic: Closure of Marden rd for gas main replacement

Posts 383
Not sure if this is right, but it says "The road will be closed between Station Road and Lime Trees."
To my knowledge there is no Station rd off the Marden rd.
21/03/2018 10:48:53
topic: Closure of this Forum

Posts 205
And a quick read of the news today will tell you why I won't be doing that.

The growing assumption that Facebook is a staple of life, effectively part of the infrastructure, worries me. They are a commercial organisation whose product is YOU. If lots of people choose to accept that than fine, but a desire to retain a shred of privacy should not make one a second-class citizen.

So farewell, Staplehurst Forum.
08/03/2018 20:22:54
topic: Village Clean-Up this Saturday 10th March

Parish Clerk
Posts 316
Don't forget! Please come to the Youth Club from 10.00am on Saturday 10th March for the Spring Village Clean-Up and help keep Staplehurst tidy. Equipment and refreshments will be provided. Please see the Latest News page of this website for full details.
06/03/2018 08:40:04
topic: Footpath Group March walk

Peter Ashby
Posts 71
The March walk will be on Sunday March 11th at 2.00pm, with for 4 miles circular walk around Chainhurst. Park/meet in Hunton Road opposite Dairy Lane (TQ 731 476) before heading off past Orchard Dene & on to Tilden Lane. After passing Great Tilden, it’s along paths & tracks to the River Beult & after following the river the return is back along a short road section. We had two new walkers last month but would always welcome more! If you are stir crazy after the snow or want to get fit for the summer, what could be better than a social walk to get the circulation going? No dogs, please.
03/03/2018 15:35:33
topic: Closure of this Forum

Posts 83
First stage would be to set yourself up a new Facebook account - try
Then add some details about yourself and save some groups such as and/or
02/03/2018 08:57:32
topic: Closure of this Forum

Posts 26
I have just read in the Spring 2018 Village Update that there is to be a new Parish Website which will not be able to accommodate a Forum section. As a regular visitor and occasional contributor I am very disappointed at this news and surprised at the lack of consultation.

Apparently the number of post and viewings has tailed off and there are thriving Facebook groups being heavily used. Can anyone, in simple language and step by step,tell me how to access Facebook and find a group that discusses items relevant to living in Staplehurst
20/02/2018 10:40:06
topic: Staplehurst Open Gardens 2018

Posts 9
All Saints Church is organising Open Gardens 2018 over the weekend of June 9th and 10th; gardens can be open for either or both days. We welcome gardens of all kinds: tiny or vast, tidy or natural, flowers or veg, expert or novice, exotic or just what likes growing!
If you would like to open your garden (or would like more information) please email organisers:
Mary Henley or Anne Brenchley
13/02/2018 14:09:16
topic: FOR SALE: YEW CD Tower

Posts 61
Beautiful CD Tower - yew reproduction. Stores 60 CDs. Excellent condition apart from one mark on the side.


H 105cm
D 24cm
W 22.5cm

08/02/2018 17:16:30
topic: Blue and White Bicycle Found

Parish Clerk
Posts 316
A child's/small adult's bicycle has been found at Surrenden Field. Please contact the parish office, Village Centre to claim.
08/02/2018 12:11:25
topic: New Pedestrian crossing in Marden Road

Posts 83
There is some logic to it and it is being built at no cost to the council tax payers, being funded by Taylor Wimpey as part of the building of the houses at the top of Oliver Road. No, of course people from Northdown won't use it to get to the Village, it's more for pedestrians from Oliver/Stanley/Jeffery Roads and, of course those new houses to walk to the station via Lime Trees. It was I believe a Pelican crossing originally, but will now, sensibly, be a Zebra.
07/02/2018 20:58:28
topic: New Pedestrian crossing in Marden Road

Posts 383
Most people I have seen crossings there just ignore it and walk straight across. Will it be a zebra or pelican crossing? I think the former would be more useful.
07/02/2018 08:54:23
topic: New Pedestrian crossing in Marden Road

Posts 8
Am I alone in thinking that this new crossing is totally in the wrong place? The vast majority of foot traffic comes from Northdown and is heading to the shops or the school. Do the planners really expect them to turn left, walk 100 yards in the wrong direction, cross the road and walk back again?

I rather think that they will continue to do what they do now. Cross Marden Road between Northdown and Thatcher Road. This surely is where the crossing is needed and where it should be if safety is the prime consideration. Put it where it is needed, not where it is more convenient (or cheaper).

Yes, the new Lime Trees estate is closer to the crossing and the new estates North and South of Marden Road will be too, but I predict the majority of the foot traffic from these new estates will also be heading towards the village centre and therefore use a crossing further down Marden road at Northdown. Currently I see very little use of the temporary crossing being made. It don't that see that changing when a lot of our money has been spent building the permanent crossing.

I can only think the brains behind this has never been to Staplehurst!
05/02/2018 15:46:46
topic: Measles outbreaks in England

Robin Oakley
Posts 200
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and can sometimes lead to serious complications. Children and young people who have not received 2 doses of MMR vaccine are at risk. Anyone planning to travel to central and eastern Europe where there are currently large outbreaks of measles are at particularly high risk. Public Health England local health protection teams are working closely with the NHS and local authorities to raise awareness of the outbreaks in England with health professionals and local communities. The MMR vaccine is available to all adults and children who are not up to date with their 2 doses. Anyone who is not sure if they are fully vaccinated should check with their GP practice.
04/02/2018 14:01:35
topic: Footpath Group February walk

Peter Ashby
Posts 71
This month's walk will be next Sunday at 2.00 pm, meeting at Bell Lane Car Park. The route will be around 3.5 miles. Please join us for a social ramble for people of all ages. However, no dogs please, as the walk will include farmland.
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