Village Events

Marden 10K and Half-marathon

On Sunday 18th November Marden will have it’s own 10K and Half-marathon. Everyone is welcome. For more details please visit

Half-marathon starts at 9am (Registration at 7.30 am) and 10K starts at 9.30am (Registration at 8.00 am)

Marden Theatre Group: Inspector Drake’s Last Case

Marden Theatre Group’s next production will be Inspector Drake’s Last Case with performances at the end of October in the Marden Memorial Hall.

Standby for the ultimate Agatha Christie spoof, as Inspector Drake, ably hampered by Sergeant Plod, interviews a colourful confusion of characters. David Tristram’s first-ever play is riotous fun from opening curtain to outlandish denouement.


No one could have foreseen the strange events that took place one dark evening at the home of Mrs Gagarin. We see her taking a stroll. Next she screams, “Who is it? Oh, it’s you!” Next a gunshot! It’s up to the world’s greatest detective to solve the crime. But, in the words of Sergeant Plod, “don’t believe everything you see …”.

Come and see Marden Theatre Group create this fantastically entertaining play. Email us at with any queries.

Tickets can be purchased from local businesses and also online (booking fee applies). Here is our Eventbrite page for online tickets.

Marden Station needs your help.

South Eastern Railways are asking for nominations for Railway Stations to benefit from £300m government cash funding to enhance step-free access and this could mean a lift if Marden is successful.

As a number of employees use Marden station I am asking if you could circulate to gain their support and nominate Marden at

Marden Parish Council is also arranging a photoshoot at Marden station on Thursday 27th September at 5pm for anyone to come along especially if they have experienced problems with gaining access to the opposite platform.

Many thanks
Alison Hooker
Parish Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer
Marden Parish Council

Marden Station Nomination Poster

Rural Business Forum – July 2018

Marden Business Forum – Rural Business Forum View this email in your browser

Rural Business Forum Event
12th July / 12:30pm – 3pm
Kenward Conference Centre, Kenward House,
Kenward Road, Yalding, ME18 6AH


Post-Brexit arrangements and the Seasonal Labour Market
Rural Crime & Fraud Awareness
Legal and Commercial Business Preparations for Brexit


George Eustice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture,
Fisheries and Food
Matthew Scott, Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent
Peter Jones, Kenward Trust Social Enterprise Manager
Gullands Solicitors
Alex Douglas, Barclays Digital Engagement Champion

Attendance is free but places are strictly limited and must be
reserved to assure a seat will be available.
To reserve your seat, please email or call 020 7219 7107

Marden Business Forum
Freepost SEA7234
MARDEN, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 3BR
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Marden in Bloom 2018

The following companies have generously sponsored Marden in Bloom this year.

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Claygate Distribution Ltd
Crest Engineering (UK) Ltd
Alan Firmin Ltd
– Homeleigh Timber
Marden Pharmacy
Pattenden Vet Clinic
Staplehurst Transits Ltd
Stanley’s of Marden
Tomkinson GG Ltd

These donations help to keep the Marden in Bloom project going and we will be use by replacing the village planters with plants in the Autumn when we will advertise the sponsors, buying more bulbs to plant in open spaces and for another project next year such as the School Project.

Can we also thank the Business Forum for distributing our leaflet with the new Business Directory.

With very many thanks.
Anne Boswell
Chairman of Marden in Bloom

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 Support

After our initial e-mail regarding possible donations or raffle prizes from local businesses. We have only had 1 kind response to donate £30.
NFU Mutual have kindly offered to not charge us for the Public Liability Insurance but this has come via a couple of personnel meetings. This is a massive help as it was about a third of our costs for the day.

We have spent a lot of time and effort putting together what we hope will be a great community event. As the name of the day suggests we are proud of our village and are trying to showcase the many varied things we have to offer, many of the stall holders have surprised us as to what they do.

Also if any of your members have any covers for electric cables suitable for laying on the floor could they contact us and we will arrange to collect them for use on the day.

Any help will be gratefully received and the business is welcome to have a banner or sign up on the day in our space reserved (which currently has plenty of space).

Kind Regards,
What Marden Does Best

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 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 subject “Helper”

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

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.

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: