Village News

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 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

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

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.


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

Petition against Proposed Reduction in Train Services to London

The Southeastern franchise is due to be renewed at the end of 2018 and the government, under the guise of ‘improving the service’, are proposing a reduction in services from ‘intervening, rural stations’ (Pluckley, Headcorn, Staplehurst, Marden and Paddock Wood) to just one an hour, and to a single London station, so a big reduction in services.

This will allow them to run fast trains from destinations such as Ashford, Hastings and Rye thereby encouraging more people to move to those destinations.

There is a petition and information which is open till midnight on 2nd May only. Currently approx 2,200 signatures, so some way short of the 10,000 which I’m told is required for it to get noticed!  We have managed to get over 1,000 to sign since yesterday.

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

ONCLICK Photography – Snap up a bargain

Brook elearning product launch – House of Commons 2016

Photography has always formed a major part of the Onclick elearning development service. But last year, we were excited to expand this offering, by opening a dedicated photographic and film studio, right here in Marden.

Whether we are snapping staff profiles for company websites, product ranges for promotions, covering outside events or filming interviews and demonstrations, Onclick Photography can support your unique business and personal needs.

Some of our recent projects have included catalogue photography for Alpha Wholesale, fashion shoots with Brogdale Boutique and a new brand launch for sexual health charity, Brook.

But alongside the corporate projects, we enjoy venturing into the local community for the more personal shoots with individual models and families.

We are now offering all Marden Business Forum members, their staff, families and friends a 20% discount on our rates.
It’s great fun, a unique gift, and an essential window on local businesses.
Get in touch and quote “Marden Business Forum” to qualify.

t: 01622 831 463

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