Village Events

Match Fit! FREE Men’s Health Programme

Match Fit is a unique programme, designed to help men exercise more and lose weight. The course involves 10 one hour sessions with an experienced exercise professional. Over the 10 weeks participants will gradually build up their level and intensity of exercise.

Why ‘just for men’?

Many men find the thought of going to a gym is not for them or maybe they haven’t exercised for a while. This is a free course for men of all ages, backgrounds and abilities that have a BMI of 28 or more.

Where and when does it take place?

Courses will be running:

Wednesdays, 5:00pm – 6:00pm at Heather House, Parkwood starting 5th April
Thursdays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm at Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone starting 6th April.

Click Here for more information

The Queens 90th Birthday Party

On the 23rd April, Marden will celebrate the Queens 90th Birthday from 12pm till 4pm at Southons Field Marden.

There will be the West Kent Big Band performing, BBQ, a Queen’s Portrait Competition (Children’s) and a Wheelbarrow Race.

“I would really like to get as many companies involved in the Wheelbarrow Race and engaged with the local community.  We are asking for teams of 3 people.  There will be a prize for Best Decorated Themed Wheelbarrow, Best Dressed Themed Team and Fastest Circuit around the course (each of the 3 people taking turns in the barrow for 3 laps).  I will be asking local companies to see if they can donate items for the course in exchange for an advertising PVC banner attached to the fencing.  Course will be cordoned off with Plastic Meshed Fencing and we will be creating chicanes with haystacks, we also want to build a ramp with some logs to create an obstacle.  I’m hoping some companies can donate this items (or let us borrow them!) in exchange for advertising on the day.  Each team will have to sign a disclaimer that they enter at their own risk!  All good It’s A Knockout kind of fun with the public cheering them on.” – Rachel Gillis-Coates

Further details to come.

Marden at Christmas

Staurday 12th December 2015

On Saturday the 12th of December there are lots of festive activities happening around Marden.

From 11am both the Cricket & Hockey Club AND the Village Club will open their doors so you can pop in and have a drink.

From 11am till 1pm at the Allens (or if the weather is inclement at the Marden Village Club) will be carol sing-a-longs, led by Pastor Bill and the Village Voices. There will also be hot beverages, sausages, mince pies and popcorn served by the parish councillors.

En route to the Memorial Hall, between 11am and 1pm there will also be:

  • Mince pies and hot toddy at The Unicorn.
  • Toasted marshmallows with the Marden Scout Group in the Vestry Hall Ground.
  • Hot Soup and the St. Nicholas Christmas Tree display at the Marden Church.
  • Anno Gin, Turner’s Cider, 12 Bar Brewery and Turkey Burgers accompanied by carols by The Village Voices at the West End Tavern.

From 1.30pm to 4pm at the Memorial Hall:

  • Craft Fayre including jewellery, decorations & gifts
  • Visit Santa in his Grotto – for children up to 11 (free)
  • Enjoy a cuppa & cake – provided by the WI
  • Children’s Roundabout
  • BBQ with Hot Dogs & Burgers

Marden Business Forum is proud to have donated the grotto’s gifts


To view the Marden At Christmas Poster Click Here


Marden in Bloom – ‘Planting the Seed’!

A group of residents have recently come together to form a ‘Marden in Bloom’ Group which has the endorsement of the Parish Council and whose aim is to enhance the appearance of the village

The Group’s first step is to become a member of ‘Britain in Bloom‘, an organisation set up by the Royal Horticultural Society who get involved in various projects such as caring for local parks and squares, helping to establish school gardens and run wildlife projects.

The Group’s initial mission is to brighten up Marden by installing village planters/troughs, installing hanging baskets on lamp posts and encouraging residents and retailers to keep their frontages clean and tidy.  If successful this may encourage more visitors to our lovely village of Marden.

We will be contacting you again in the next month or two with some ideas about how you could help;  perhaps by sponsoring a planter, providing labour to install hanging baskets, Marden in Bloom signage, funding towards a Village Sculpture or bench outside the library depicting the history of Marden etc.

Thank you for your time and if you have any thoughts/ideas, please contact Anne Boswell.

Kind regards.

“Marden in Bloom” Group

Equine Crime Prevention Event

Monday 19th October 2015
7.30pm until 9.00pm
Coldblow Equestrian Training Centre,
Coldblow Lane,
ME14 3LR

Come along and:

  • Meet members from Kent Horse Watch
  • Talk to Rural Crime Officers to find out what actions they are taking in your area
  • Meet suppliers of security equipment

Kent Horse Watch will also be security-marking saddles for a small fee

Equine Crime Prevention Event Flyer

Harvest A Festival Of Music 2015

Message from May Turner, Turners Cider:

“The festival is going to be held locally on Loddington Farm, Linton – just a short distance from the Stile Bridge Pub off the A229. It is going to be a family friendly event held for a single day on Saturday 3rd October 2015. Gates open at 1pm and live music goes on till 11pm. We have got some great bands lined up to play, ranging from Rock, 1950’s rhythm and blues, to soul and folk – so it promises to have something to appeal to all musical tastes!

“As you know, Turners Cider is made in Marden and our first festival is being held just outside Marden – but still very locally. As such, we are hoping to promote and attract a good following of local people from Marden to join us at what is going to be an amazing day of live music. We will have hot food stalls, a cider bar, party barn, children’s activities and more!

harvest a festival of music


Tickets will not be available on the door, and are only available online.

To purchase tickets, please follow the link below

Tickets £15 | Available from See Tickets


Marden’s Big Musical Picnic 2015

Marden ‘Big Musical Picnic’

As I am sure you are aware, every year Marden Village has a picnic in the park – on Marden’s Southons Field, which is a cross between a family fun day, a fete and last night of the proms!! Though naturally not in the Royal Albert Hall! It is a charity fundraiser for the Friends of Marden’s Heritage. We raise funds for the History Group and the Heritage Centre, please visit our website ( for more details ! We have very recently become a registered charity with the Charities Commission (reg charity number: 1160682).

This years’ Big Musical Picnic is on Saturday 6th June and will run from 3.30 – 8.30pm. There will be stalls, children’s games and races, refreshments, a BBQ, lots of amazing singing organised by Mo and Rachel Gillis- Coates, tug-o-war, creative activities, a bouncy castle and more!

We will also be running a raffle and this is the reason I am writing this letter!! We are contacting local businesses, and asking for a raffle prize or for sponsors to come forward in support of the event. A raffle prize could be a specific service that your business offers (which would hopefully inspire lots of people to buy raffle tickets), or simply a gift donated in your business name. Sponsorship would be a financial contribution (please do not think this needs to be a large amount, small and medium contributions are very much appreciated too!) which would help with the Picnic overheads, thereby allowing us to raise more for the charity.

If you are very kindly able to help, we would arrange to come and collect anything that is not easily posted, at your convenience. Your business would also get a mention in the programme as one of our generous sponsors/raffle prize givers, and thanking you for your support!

We can be contacted by telephone on 01622 832479 (Kitty) or 01622 832370 (Peter) or via email or . Thank you for taking the time to read this and we hope very much to hear from you soon.

Peter Cook and Kitty Nayler

On behalf of Friends of Marden Heritage and the Big Musical Picnic

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

Summer Play Scheme 2015

Summer Play Scheme
Monday 27th July to Friday 7th August

Marden Parish Council is planning to run the Summer Play Scheme again which was such a resounding success last year.

It will run for two weeks from 9.30am to 3.30pm from Monday 27th July to Friday 7th August for 5 to 11 year olds (please note that children must have reached their 5th birthday by 1st September 2014).

Further information will be available from Marden Parish Council in due course and registration forms can be picked up from the Marden Parish Office or Primary School from 1st June 2015.


Marden Fun Dog Show 2015

Marden Fun Dog Show
Marden Playing Field
Sunday 14th June

Maidstone Borough Council will be holding a Fun Dog Show at Marden Playing Field on Sunday 14th June (times to be confirmed).

Not only will it be a fun day for all, but will include stands and information regarding responsible dog ownership, health and behavior as well as a dog show and entertaining staff.

The main contact is Louise Duke at Maidstone Borough Council and she can be contacted on or speak with Alison Hooker (Marden Parish Council) at or call 01622 832305.