MBF News

Marden in Bloom Plaques

Marden in Bloom are so grateful to those businesses who generously sponsored us earlier this year which enabled us to replant the planters in the village this Autumn and purchase over 5,000 bulbs! We have placed plaques in the planters listing those businesses who kindly donated.

To continue with our project, we have to hold fund-raising events or rely on donations, so any help would be wonderful. Community engagement is our motto.

Please check out our Facebook page or email: mardeninbloom@outlook.com

Anne Boswell

Chairman of Marden in Bloom

Kent Air Ambulance, Goodbye Marden Event

Over the last 18 years, Marden has been home to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, but they are moving to Rochester Airport soon. All MBF members have been invited to their Goodbye Marden event to celebrate their time here and to thank everybody for the support over the years.


Turners Cider – Best Kent Cider Award 2018

Kent craft cider business, TURNERS CIDER, based near Maidstone, has won the prestigious Kent Cider or Perry of the Year award for their Elderflower Cider.

Turners Cider, a family-run business, situated on an apple farm in Marden, just south of Maidstone, has scooped the top award at the Taste of Kent Awards. The awards, hosted by Produced in Kent, showcase the best of the county’s food and drinks industry. Turners had already been shortlisted in the top three after a public vote and were delighted when the Produced in Kent judges deemed them the best of the best.

The awards took place at the Kent County Showground, Detling, on 8th March 2018 with a gala dinner and ceremony. The award for Best Cider or Perry of the Year was sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy LLP.

Director of the company Phil Turner said he was delighted to win the award: “We work hard to preserve the calibre of our craft cider and we are proud that this has been recognised and pleased that so many people are enjoying our ciders across Kent and beyond. Winning this award is a real accolade for Turners Cider, but it also really helps to put the high quality cider that we produce in Kent on the UK cider map.”

Stephanie Durling at Produced in Kent said: “Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists. They should be thrilled at making it through to the final phase, as the results are always close and the judging is difficult as the standards are so high. The winners have however shone above the competition to be named the tastiest or the best. For the winners, these awards are the ultimate accolade from their customers and confirmation of their food and drink excellence.”

Turners Cider makes cider in a traditional way. They use a variety of dessert and culinary apples grown locally and produce a wide range of craft ciders. The ciders are made with 100% Kent apples and use no concentrate, no artificial flavourings, colourings or additives.

Their Elderflower Cider has already been recognised as a top cider, winning a Silver Award at the British Cider Championships in 2017 at the Bath & West Show, Somerset.

Turners Cider is stocked across Kent, Sussex and London and online. Please visit our website. If you would like to become a stockist, please contact us below for more information:
For further information please contact:
Phil Turner, Turners Cider: 07825 394164
May Turner, Turners Cider: 07786 656137


PRESS RELEASE – Issued:  21 March 2018


Marden History Group – Victim of our own success

As can be seen by visiting the Marden History Group website, the Marden Heritage Centre has landed national awards for the work done by our volunteers but, as more and more important artefacts and documents are discovered and donated by local residents, storage space inevitably becomes a major problem.

Although aware that major space saving could be achieved by digitalising our many thousands of documents, this expensive exercise has been beyond the group’s meagre financial resources. However, as part of their Centenary Celebrations Project, Paddock Wood Lions have made the generous donation of £200, specifically to launch the Marden History Group’s fund raising appeal. Marden businesses have also chipped in towards the the total of £1,500 needed.
If any other Forum members would like to contribute, this would enable digitalisation to be undertaken as soon as possible.

Attached is a photo of the presentation of the £200 cheque by Paddock Wood Lion, Rod Easter, to Eunice Doswell, Vice Chair of Marden History Group.

Colin Whittle, Marden History Group Steering Committee
Westfield, West End, Marden, TONBRIDGE, Kent. TN12 9JA


Notice of Annual General Meeting 2017

Marden Business Forum

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2017.

Notice is hereby given that the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Marden Business Forum will be held in the West End Tavern, West End, Marden, TN12 9JB on 27th April at 6pm:

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Annual General Meeting 2016

The 2016 Marden Business Forum annual general meeting with take place on the 17th March.

The location of the event is yet to be finalised, but keep an eye on the on this page for further details of the 2016 AGM as they come in.

Marden Business Showcase 2015

The 2nd July saw the second annual Marden Business Showcase, hosted by the Forum in Burtons Forecourt, Pattenden Lane.

The event showed just how much goes on in Marden; from Wellbeing People providing Health MOTs as part of their Health MOT Roadshow, to Pixel Farm and their CGI software, and the growing number of alcohol producers all based here.

With over 20 exhibitors and 100 people, the evening was once again a great success.

Closer to the time, watch out for details of the 2016 Business Showcase on the Marden Business Forum website

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Sponsorship Opportunity

The founders of the innovative board game “Business on the Move“, which teaches people of all ages about the importance of today’s supply chain, are looking for local sponsors.

Details of the opportunity can be found here:


Business on the Move are asking local companies to sponsor 5 copies of the game, which will provide the sponsor with their logo on the box lid, or alternatively have their company name included as part of the game itself.

Kent Fire & Rescue: Business Engagement Team

The Business Engagement Team from Kent Fire & Rescue Service are offering FREE informal seminars to help keep your business safe from fire.

The nearest seminar to Marden is on Wednesday 13th January 2016, at Mercure Maidstone (Great Danes Hotel).  Click Here for tickets.

For the full events calendar, click here: KFRS Business Engagement Team Calendar

Kent Downs and Marshes Leader Programme

Message from Huw Jarvis, Programme Manager, Kent Downs and Marshes Leader (Kent County Council):

The Kent Downs and Marshes Leader programme has now been confirmed and will be officially open for applications in June.  However the Programme Manager is willing to consider project ideas now.   Getting in outline applications early is essential in my experience.  The details of project eligibility have yet to be finalised but broadly speaking it is likely to follow these lines (it may change):

  • Leader will match fund between 40% and 100% of the costs of the project depending on the project
  • The maximum Leader contribution will be around £50,000.
  • Minimum grant will be £2,500
  • For the first time all of Maidstone’s rural areas are eligible
  • The programme will run for 6 years
  • There is roughly £250,000 per year
  • It’s a grant not a loan
  • Projects should:
    1. support micro and small businesses and farm diversification
    2. boost rural tourism
    3. increase farm productivity
    4. increase forestry productivity
    5. provide rural services
    6. provide cultural and heritage activities
  • Leader should be a fund of last resort
  • Innovative projects are favoured


If you have a project idea discuss it first with Huw Jarvis at KCC, the Programme Manager, his contact details are:

Huw Jarvis,
Programme Manager,
Kent Downs and Marshes Leader,
Tel; 03000 417104