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Marden Fire Engine

Marden Fire Engine needs a temporary home for one week from 25th July 2016.

The Marden Fire Station is having some work done to the floor, and rather than lose the local cover,
they are looking for a temporary home for the appliance in Marden. It needs to be preferably under cover, secure and at a location with access 24 hours a day, every day.

If you can offer accommodation then please contact. Andy on 07590 229 910

Kind Regards,
Steve Ford
Secretary – Marden Business Forum


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Claygate Friends and Family

Businesses within the Marden Business Forum are invited to participate in the scheme, allowing them to offer “deals” to their friends and family.

More details to come.

Work Experience Request

A member of the forum is helping a French family, whose 19 year old son is intending to come to England next August.  He is looking for work experience and to improve his English (he already speaks very good English).

He is well educated and, coming from a farming family, is used to turning his hand to most things.  A CV and covering letter is available.

Please contact Tony Lloyd Mobile Disco for more information.

Medway River Flood Management

Newsletter from Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald

It is now almost two years since the floods of Christmas 2013 and in the wake of the dreadful flooding in Cumbria last weekend I thought it might be a good time to review our preparedness for future events here in the constituency of Maidstone & The Weald.

I am delivering this letter in hard copy to one randomly selected person per household from the electoral role within the Yalding and Laddingford ME18 6 postcode area, which was particularly badly affected in 2013. Many other parts of the constituency were also affected; Allington Marina, Maidstone town centre and Marden, to name but three. I am therefore also sending this letter to my entire email database to try and reach as many people as possible who might be at risk of flooding here. It contains several links to some valuable information and guidance, so please forward this to others you know if you think it may be of some help to them.

In February 2014 I established a Flood Forum (pictured right) to pull together a comprehensive plan of action to manage future flood threats. Participants included County, Borough and Parish Councils, the Environment Agency (EA), Emergency Services, Residents and Businesses. A joint action plan was devised and I continue to monitor progress of that plan.  A brief summary of progress is set out below.

  • The authorities’ response report on the events of 2013-14 has been reviewed and shared with residents and parishes.Helen-Grant-1
  • Public flood risk meetings have been held by the EA
  • Personal flood plan leaflets have been devised and distributed.
  • Revised flood warning systems are in place
  • Sandbag sites have been earmarked
  • Local flood wardens have been appointed and trained.

Click here to download the contact details and zones of responsibility for our wardens for Yalding and Laddingford.

A key part of the action plan was to secure the funding for two new major local flood management projects. In December 2014 central government rewarded our efforts by confirming £17m of funding, which was matched by a pledge of a further £17m by Kent County Council. The Chancellor reconfirmed the Government’s funding commitment in his Autumn Statement as a part of over £2 billion committed to protect 300,000 homes across the country.

The initial work for these projects has been underway during 2015 through the development of a new Medway flood model to test the defence options. The complexities of the Medway catchment area, with the number and orientation of the tributaries, has posed quite a challenge.  The EA tell me, however, that they expect to have completed this work by February 2016 with projected design and construction completion dates of 2019 and 2022 respectively.  Click here for more information on the EA website

The EA are issuing newsletters every 6 months updating on progress with the River Medway Flood Storage Areas which are being distributed to local people or published in the Parish Magazine by the Parish Council. The first two can also be downloaded here;

• No.1 – June 2015

• No.2 – December 2015

The EA have also provided me, and our flood wardens, with a range of very helpful documents all of which can be downloaded by clicking on the following links;

Help with household insurance for houses in flood risk areas is also being planned through the world’s first Flood Reinsurance scheme Flood Re. DetailHelen-Grant-2s are available on the website www.floodre.co.uk which also confirms that April 2016 remains the target date for implementation.

In Yalding last Friday (4th December) I met the newly appointed Chief Executive of the Environment Agency Sir James Bevan (pictured right, on Yalding Bridge) to ensure he was fully apprised of the urgency of the situation here.

Sir James was accompanied by the EA Area Strategic Planning Engineer Neil Gunn and EA Area Manager Andrew Pearce who told me that they felt the local community in Yalding had never been as well prepared as they are now and took their hats off to them for such a sterling effort.

Of course, flood risks will not be significantly mitigated until the longer-term capital projects are completed but I hope local people can take some comfort from the co-ordination now in place between the County and Borough and Parish Councils, the Environment Agency, Landowners and Emergency Services.

Yours sincerely







Battery Theft – 12 November 2015

There were approx. 12-14 batteries stolen from a business unit in Pattenden Lane yesterday (12th Nov) between 1-2pm.  Two males with baseball caps were seen to take the items.  Vehicle believed to be a Fiat Doblo white van, perhaps someone did take down the number plate?

Nicola Morris
PCSO Marden & Yalding

Wellbeing Symposium 2015

Wellbeing Symposium 2015


Free entry to the Exhibition Zone, Workshops and Live Demonstrations!

11th November 2015 from 12.30pm at The Kent Event Centre, Detling ME14 3JF
If you are an employer, employee or an individual wishing to learn more about health and wellbeing,
the Wellbeing Expo gives you the chance to talk to companies and individuals to find new ways
to improve your or your staff’s health and wellbeing!

Click here to register your place

For more information about The Wellbeing Symposium and Exhibition visit www.thewellbeingsymposium.com

Or call Justine or Holly on 01622 834834

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Marden Cubs Need You

Cub Leaders & Assistants required

Our Cub Scout Leader, Matt Causer, has decided to step down from his role at the end of this year. Over the last 9 years he and his assistants have ensured that Cubs have enjoyed a varied, challenging & fun experience with highlights including Shelter building, pond dipping, Chinese cooking, kayaking, wide games, Camps and Water Fun Days.

With Matt’s imminent departure it is important that we now find additional volunteers to ensure Marden are still able to provide Cub Scouting for the young people in the area.

Volunteers need not necessarily know how to tie a reef knot or put up a tent as enthusiasm goes a long way. Joining our team may sound like a big commitment to already busy lives but we encourage flexible volunteering and, like all things, many hands make light work.

  • Being able to encourage a young person to achieve their best is a valuable skill. Giving them self-confidence to achieve is a gift for life. All it takes are a few words and actions – Can you do that?
  • Providing the direction to make a young person see the way forward, encouraging them to find the answer and discovering a solution through doing – Can you do that?
  • Scouting provides young people with opportunities to develop their lives into a positive outlook for tomorrow – Can you help guide them?
  • Helping them to grow into happy, confident, respected young people is a life changing experience – Can you make a young person smile?

If you or someone you know would be interested in finding out more about joining our team please contact me


Contact: Kieran Burns at GSL@mardenscouts.org.uk
01622 433971


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Marden Business Showcase – 2 July 2015

Marden Business Showcase on the 2nd of July 2015

The venue will be Burtons Forecourt in Pattenden Lane, and if necessary an overspill into Airclean.

This event is the next step on from the successful Manufactured in Marden event of last year.

This year we are opening the showcase to what the whole forum does in Marden.

The event will be open from 5:30pm until 6:30pm for the Forum Members and then open to everyone in village from 6:30pm until 8:30pm.

If you would like to exhibit, please contact committee@mardenbusinessforum.com

Members Event – May 2015

Networking Event
Weald of Kent Golf Club
Wednesday 27th May

Marden Business Forum, in conjunction with Charing Business Association, Lenham Valley Business Association and South Maidstone Business Association, would like to invite members to our May 2015 Event.

Award winning business coach and #1 ranking author Andrew Priestley will present ‘Eight strategies to increase revenues and profits’.  If your business could perform a lot better in 2015 then this is will be an invaluable session.

Andrew has performed hundreds of business strategies over 2008-2014 and has a clear insight into why small to medium sized businesses under-perform and stall… and importantly why they grow.  You will find this fascinating as well as practical for your business.  Andrew is a much sought after business speaker and not to be missed.

Andrew Priestly

Marden Business Exhibition 2015

The 2nd July 2015 will see the return of the Marden Business Exhibition.

Come along and see all that is great about business in Marden, once again hosted by Burtons the evening is open to all MBF members.

If you would like to exhibit, please contact committee@mardenbusinessforum.com