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Staplehurst Summer Play Scheme Open Morning 3rd August

This year's summer play scheme will run from Tuesday 4th August until Friday 21st August at the Kathie Lamb Brownie & Guide Centre, Jubilee Field, Headcorn Road.  An introductory open morning will be held on Monday 3rd August.  Further information including the programme and an application form is available at
The scheme will again be delivered by Play Place, with financial and administrative support from Staplehurst Parish Council and Maidstone Borough Council.  If you are interested in helping at the play scheme please also go to for further information about how Play Place is recruiting paid helpers.

Presentation of Development Proposal for Woodford Farm 3rd August

Between the meetings of Staplehurst Parish Council Planning Committee and Full Council on Monday 3rd August DHA Planning will give a short presentation to the Parish Council about proposals for development of ten dwellings at Woodford Farm, Cross-at-Hand.  Residents are also welcome to attend, listen and ask questions.
The estimated start time of the presentation will be 7.15pm.  For information about the meeting agendas please go to the agendas page of the village website

Kent Rural Retailer 2015

Action with Communities in Rural Kent is looking for entries for Kent Rural Retailer of the year competition 2015. With four categories to choose from entries are to be submitted by 31st July 2015 and public voting takes place between 1st to 31st August. The 'Oscar' style Awards Dinner for all entrants will take place on Wednesday 4th November 2015 at Broadview Tea Rooms, Hadlow College, Hadlow, Tonbridge.  For more information please go to:

Affordable Housing at Highwood Green Marden

Golding Homes, together with Redrow, are developing 44 affordable homes available for affordable rent or shared ownership at the Highwood Green development in Marden.

The Home Ownership Team at Golding Homes want to bring to the attention of local residents that 5 of the properties being developed for Shared Ownership are available specifically to those residents with a local connection to Marden. However, if there is insufficient demand from Marden residents, then consideration will be given to those people living/working in neighbouring Parishes. The neighbouring parishes are: Collier Street, Staplehurst, Linton, Boughton Monchelsea and Hunton.

(Local connection eligibility through residence is classed as a continuous period of at least five years, including those who have immediate family (mother, father, children, brother, sister) members living in the Parish. Those with full time employment or about to take up full time employment in the Parish or who may have been forced to move away from the Parish due to a lack of suitable accommodation, also qualify. )

The remaining 13 shared ownership properties are available to those with a connection to the Maidstone Borough and as such, Staplehurst residents may be eligible for one of these properties also.

The property types are 6 x 3 bedroom houses, 6 x 2 bedroom houses and 6 x 2 bedroom apartments.

Please see the attached poster Here

Battle Lane Marden Temporary Closure from 1 June 2015

Battle Lane in Marden will be closed from 1st June 2015 for up to 3 months. The road will be closed between Little Wanshurst and Springfield Cottage.

The alternative route is via Marden Road, Lindridge Lane, Clapper Lane, A229 Maidstone Road and Summerhill Road.

This is necessary for installation of a new water main to be carried out by South East Water.

For details of roadworks, please see, telephone Kent Highways on 03000 41 81 81 or e-mail .