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October 2017 Update

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Fire Station Special Event
9th November / 6-8pm
The Fire Station, Marden

Andy Wardley of Kent Fire and Rescue Service has invited Marden Business Forum members to have a look around Marden Fire Station.

There will be a chance to meet the our local crew and
to find out about their valuable work in the community.

Drinks and barbeque food are provided.

Members and a guest welcome. RSVP: event@mardenbusinessforum.com

Marden Parish Council
RE: Southons Field, 4th November 2017

Is there anyone at the Business Forum that could lend the Parish Council some suitable ground covering for pedestrian access to Southons Field for 4th November 2017? The measurements are 12m wide x 2.4m long.

Thanking you in anticipation
Erika Lock, Assistant Parish Clerk
01622 832305 / assistantclerk@mardenkent-pc.gov.uk

Maidstone Borough Council
The Business Terrace – Upcoming events

  • 18th October – HSBC strategies for Growth event
  • 19th October – Family Law and Mediation Networking
  • 19th October – GDPR Cyber security @ The Business Terrace
  • 24th October – Breakthrough in branch @ Santander
  • 1st November – Intro to Lean and 5s @ The Business Terrace
  • 9th November – Building a sustainable business @ The Business Terrace
  • 15th November – Kent Constructing excellence
  • 21st November – Disputes: avoidance and resolution @ The Business Terrace
  • 22nd November – what does fire safety mean to you?
  • 8th December – Kent choices Maidstone exhibition
  • 18th January – Timeless principles of exceptional businesses @ The Business Terrace

For further information, please contact:
Gabrielle Collins
Economic Development Assistant
Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6JQ
t 01622 239 300 w www.businessinmaidstone.co.uk

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Parish Council Shed Base

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Parish Council Shed Base

Is there anyone within the Business Forum who could quote to lay a concrete shed base for a shed measuring 10′ x 17′ please?


Alison Hooker
Parish Clerk
Marden Parish Council
Goudhurst Road
TN12 9JX

01622 832305 / 07376 287981

The Parish Office is open Monday, Tuesday, Friday 10am to 12noon
(Please note the Clerk is not in the office on Wednesdays – therefore any emails will not be answered until the following day)

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Mornings @ the West End Tavern

Open Weekdays 8.30am to 2pm, Saturdays and Bank Holiday Mondays 9.30am to 2pm.

Serving Breakfast, Teas, Coffees, Pastries and Elevenses in our Restaurant or in our Patio Garden.


Why not celebrate Fathers’ Day at the West End Tavern.

Traditional Sunday Roast Lunch served 12noon to 2pm and then the Bells Yew Green Big Band will be playing in the Garden from 2pm to 4pm.

During the band performance the kitchen will open again for Burgers, Hot Dogs etc.

Please reserve your table for Traditional Lunch by calling 01622 831956.

Please see posters for more details or ‘Like’ the West End Tavern Facebook page.

What Marden Does Best

As representatives of this year’s family fun day and music event on

Southons Field Marden 2pm till 8pm Saturday 17th June 2017 we are writing to you for assistance.

Event: What Marden Does Best

Showcasing all that is great about Marden from Turners Cider, ANNO Distillers and The West End Tavern and Unicorn PHs to all of the charities, clubs and organisations within Marden.

Anno, Turners and the 2 pubs are contributing a % of their days takings, exhibitors are paying £5 to have a stall and visitors are paying £5 per adult, U16’s free.

I am Chairman of Marden Scout Group and we are always desperately searching for new leaders.

I know other clubs and organisations are looking for new members or even just awareness and the businesses and charities are looking for new customers and donors.

We have a very large amount of new houses being built at the moment and now is the time to try and encourage the new residents (and old) to join in.

What are we looking for:
The more people we can reach out to the more of a success the day will be. Not only are we looking for visitors to the event we are looking for:


  • Portaloos £340 for 6 from Four Jays
  • Insurance for the day NFU quoted £250
  • Wrist bands £30
  • General costs plastic fencing/ribbon etc.


  • We will welcome any offers that we can give as prizes in the raffle
  • Including a prize for “Marden’s Got Talent” competition.

General Advertising:

  • If anyone would like to advertise their company and sponsor the event please feel free to make an offer and provide us with a sign/logo that can be erected on the field in the morning.
  • All monies raised (after any personal outlays for setting up the event are taken out) will go to the:
    • Kent Air Ambulance
    • Marden Heritage Society

    With a small donation as a prize for Marden Primary School for creating our advertising poster

Please could all interested parties contact whatmardendoesbest@gmail.com with the interest in the subject title ie Sponsorship or Raffle

The day is open to everyone living and working in Marden and as well as the exhibitors we also have live music from around 4.30 from bands and singers in Marden followed by the finale of Marden’s Got Talent.

If anyone has any questions or would like to help us set up on the day and clear down the morning after please feel free to contact us whatmardendoesbest@gmail.com subject “Helper”

David Brockis, Chris Brampton, Nigel Jenner, Darren Reeves Matt Mitchell Co-organisers

Portcullis Insurance

Cyber and data risks insurance protects your business should it suffer a data breach or an attack by a malicious hacker, impacting your computer and industrial control systems.
The Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report 2017 states that more than 57% of UK businesses have been attacked in the last year, with SME firms hit hardest; the average estimated cost to the business is £25,736; and only 36% of UK businesses, despite the very real threat, have Cyber Insurance.
If your business:

  • Handles sensitive customer data (names, addresses, bank details, merchant payment services etc.)
  • Are reliant on computers and industrial control systems to trade
  • Have a website

You will need Cyber and data risks protection.
Typically, and there are many variations in insurance cover provided and of course exclusions, you can be covered for:

  • Breach Costs – unauthorised access; use or disclosure of personal data
  • Cyber Business Interruption – loss of income and increased costs of working
  • Hacker Damage – corruption, misuse or theft of programs
  • Cyber Extortion – third party ransom demands
  • Privacy Protection – claim made against the business for release of personal information or data
  • Media Liability – alteration of email and website content that results in a claim made against the business

Portcullis are offering a complimentary meeting to Marden businesses and manufacturers to describe the different types of Cyber attacks, typical impacts, and the insurance solutions currently available.
Contact Portcullis Insurance mentioning Marden Business Forum.

The Unicorn – Grand Opening

Saturday 6th May
Doors open 6:30pm

Guest M.C. Former World Welterweight Champion John H Stracey.

The music of Frank Sinatra & friends performed by Aiden Kent.

National Garden Scheme at Wheelgate Nursery

Wheelgate Nursery will be open for the National Garden Scheme Charity on Sunday 21st May from 11 am to 4pm. Entry is £4 per person (children free).
Teas and a selection of homemade cakes will be available. All proceeds to National Garden Scheme Charity.
Wheelgate Nursery will be open on the day for plant sales with 10% of sales donated to the charity.
The NGS supports a variety of charities including Macmillan Nurses, Marie Curie and Perennial.

Anno has won a silver medal at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition.

Anno Distillers are delighted to announce that our high strength gin, 602, has been awarded a silver medal at the 17th San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Anno 602 was judged in the gin category, going up against many different styles of gin such as London Dry and Old Tom. This is the second award for 602 which also won the Specialist Drinks category at the 2016 Taste of Kent Awards. 602 now joins our Kent Dry Gin, which won gold at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirit Competition, as an internationally recognised, multi-award winning product.

What is a Silver Medal?

A silver medal represents “a product that is outstanding in its category. The product shows refinement, finesse and complexity. The product is amongst the best examples of their category”.

What is the SFWSC?

This was the 17th San Francisco World Spirits Competition; it was founded in 2000 as a way to recognize exceptional products in the spirits industry. The 2017 Competition was the biggest in its history, featuring more than 2,100 entries from all over the world. The SFWSC is considered to be the most influential spirits competition in the world and medal winners represent some of the finest products from around the world. An SFWSC medal has become a recognized affirmation of high quality and one of the most reliable and universal indications of spirits excellence.

The 43 judges of the 2017 Competition are established spirits-industry experts, including:
Anthony Dias Blue (Executive Director), author, editor, publisher, and one of the most influential food, wine, and spirits writers and lifestyle personalities in the U.S.A.
Tony Abou-Ganim (Director of Judging), the Master-Mixologist, one of the leading pioneers of America’s craft cocktail movement
David Wondrich, James Beard Award–winning author and longtime Spirits Writer for Esquire Magazine
Julie Reiner, the renowned bartender who has brought New York’s Flatiron Lounge and Clover Club rave reviews and top rankings among the best bars in the world
Jeffrey Morgenthaler, of Clyde Common at Portland’s Ace Hotel, named America’s Bartender of the Year and the country’s Best Cocktail and Spirits Writer at the 2016 Spirited Awards

Notes on Anno 602

Anno 602 was originally released as a limited edition of 1000 bottles to celebrate founders Andy and Norman’s 60th birthdays. However the overwhelmingly positive response we received from consumers means that it’s here to stay.

As Anno 602 Gin was a celebratory release, we made sure that the flavour literally bursts in the mouth by combining a selection of local hops, woody botanicals, and enticing spices to give a fantastically deep over proof spirit.

Despite being 60% abv, this spirit is still delightfully smooth on the palate, yet big, bold and woody in the mouth. Enjoy the taste of 602 as the flavours of juniper, angelica root and aromatic spices unwind across your tongue before gracefully giving way to the sweet liquorice and hop after notes.

Just months after its release Anno 602 claimed the title of ‘Specialist Drinks Category Winner’ at the Taste of Kent Awards in March 2016.

It’s bold flavour make it perfect for cocktails such as a negroni with a twist of orange to garnish or if you’re more traditional – to concoct the perfect G&T pour a generous helping of chilled 602 over ice, add premium Indian Tonic water, and garnish with a twist of lemon or orange and peppercorns for an added citrusy infusion.

Tasting notes

Appearance: A clear, bright liquid.
Nose: A distinctive juniper nose, with a citrus lift and sweetness from hops and spices.
Taste: Classic juniper with bold woody notes bursting in the mouth, giving way to tantalising
Finish: Long lasting sweetness from hops, balanced with woody flavours ending with a dry lift.

Anno 602 is available in 70cl and 5cl bottles.

Notes on Anno Distillers

Hailing from the luscious green countryside of Kent, ‘The Garden of England’, Anno Distillers produce some of the finest gins and spirits to ever emerge from the county. In fact, we are the first to distil gin in the county in over 200 years, continuing the proud traditions once applied by its spirit-loving ancestors. Founded in 2011, and after much scientific endeavour, they released their signature gin into the marketplace to much acclaim in 2013. In its short time on the market, it has racked up accolades at a frenetic pace, pleasing the palettes of awards judges and consumers alike, locally, nationally and internationally.

Anno Distillers was founded in 2011 by lifelong scientists, Dr. Andy Reason and Dr. Norman Lewis. They left the Pharmaceutical industry when their Research & Development site was closed at the end of 2010 choosing to, rather than move to another part of the country, follow their passion for spirits and formed Anno Distillers in August 2011.  Science-based to our core, our name ‘Anno’ has been crafted from the Christian names of the co-founders, ANdy and NOrman.  The “A” monogram is taken from an ancient German Alchemical text and was used as the symbol to describe the process of distillation, which of course ties in beautifully with our company name. The logo, together with our strap-line ‘The Spirit of Alchemy’ nicely connects our scientific background with our products.

Our product range now includes 5 different spirit drinks. Our signature Kent Dry Gin, our high strength 602, a Sloe Gin, an Elderflower & Vodka spirit drink and our seasonal Cranberry & Gin spirit drink (available from October – December).

Our distillery, based in Marden, also offers Tour & Tasting evenings. Please see our website for more details.

To find a local stockist or for more information please visit our webpage at www.annodistillers.co.uk or contact the distillery on 01622 833278, email info@annodistillers.co.uk

Sausage & Cider Fest

Turners Cider, Marden

We’re opening our doors for a spring

Sausage & Cider Fest

Sunday 23 April 2017
1.00pm – 5.30 pm

Look around the Cidery
Taste the new season’s ciders
Enjoy a sausage from the BBQ
For all the family
Buy cider direct

£5 entry (includes 1/2 pint cider / apple juice & sausage bap)
Little Mill Farm, Underlyn Lane, Marden TN12 9AU
TEL: 07825 394164 EMAIL: phil@turnerscider.co.uk