Village News

Burtons Are Expanding

Burtons have just taken on an extra building in Pattenden Lane, Weald House opposite the entrance to Wheelbarrow Ind Est.
Over the last couple of years we have developed two additional strings to our business bow. We now stock and distribute an extensive range of products for canine beauty professionals (dog grooming) as well as an ever growing range of products and feeds for Koi ponds, including the BD series of drum filters, which we manufacture at our main site.

Weald House will be the centre of operations for these products, which are sold online and also provide a warm welcome to those wishing to view products in our show room and make purchases to take home. We hope to have everything up and running by the end of April.

Why not call in and have a browse? Everything you need from a small bottle of dog shampoo to a whole new filtration system for your pond!

David Burton
Burtons Group of Companies

Marden Post Office

On behalf of the Marden Business Forum, we’d like to wish Will & Jill Welby a happy retirement from the Marden Post Office and thank them for all their hard work over the past years.

‘Good Luck’ to Nav in Crowhurst & Tompsetts (The Premier) in taking it on. Having lost our Bank, it was vital that our Post Office should remain open, it appears to be in safe hands!

What will happen to the Old post Office is uncertain at the moment, but all I can say, is, the Purchaser has the wellbeing of Marden at heart and he wishes to keep it as retail use…

Any entrepreneurs out there with some great ideas????

Stolen Equipment

Just after midday on the 10th October 2016 a thief took a rental truck owned by Mobitech Lift Trucks from an address in Goudhurst Road, Marden, Kent.

Mobitech Lift Trucks are offering a £500 reward to be paid to the person who provides the information that leads to the successful recovery of the equipment.

Truck details:

4WD All Terrain forklift
Make: Agrimac
Model: Th-175c
Serial no: 2612A

As you will see from the pictures, being lime green, it is quite a noticeable colour, so it will be quite difficult to hide.
If you are offered this piece of equipment please get in contact with Mobitech Lift Trucks direct or contact Kent Police referencing the crime number below:

This is will be too hot to handle as there are not many in the UK!

Crime Ref: YY-22659-16
Please call Mobitech Lift Trucks on 01580 852473


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 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

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

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
01622 433971


Marden Cubs Poster

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

Emergency Road Closures




Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 – Section 14 (2) as amended by

The Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991

Kent County Council gives notice that various roads in Maidstone will be closed to through traffic as per the schedule below. These are necessary for emergencyrepairs to the carriageway.


9th May 2015 for up to 1 day – Bull Lane, Lenham. Diversion is via Lenham Forstal Road, Crab Tree Lane, Lenham Heath Road.

11th May 2015 for up to 1 day – Pagehurst Road, Staplehurst. Diversion is via Marden Road, Park Road, Pagehurst Road.

This Notice applies when the relevant signs and barriers are on site, and is valid for a period of no more than 5 days max.

Signed for and on behalf of the Kent County Council by John Burr, Director of Highways, Transportation & Waste or by his authorised signatory

Road Closure: This Sunday

When KCC plan to carry out the work and how long it will take:
This is to inform you that as part of the on-going maintenance and improvement of the highway network, Kent County Council will be carrying out patching repair work to the carriageway of
Maidstone Road and High Street, Marden between the junction of Pattenden Lane and ‘Hartridge’.

Work is due to start on Sunday 22nd March 2015 and will take 1 day to complete.

How will KCC carry out the works and how will it affect you:
During these essential works, it will be necessary to close High Street and Maidstone Road so that we can carry out the works safely for both the workforce and road users. Works will take place between the hours of 09:30 and 15:30, and the road will be re-opened when it is safe to do so. It is inevitable that residents and businesses near the works will experience minor disruption, KCC aim to keep this to a minimum. Access to properties within the site will be maintained at all times although vehicle access to individual properties may be restricted for short periods whilst work is carried out. If you have any particular access requirements please let the workforce on site know or call KCC on the number provided below.

A signed diversion route will be in place during the closure via Maidstone Road, Underlyn Lane, Green Lane, B2162 Collier Street, Maidstone Road, Sheephurst Lane and Gouhurst Road (and vice versa).

What you can do to help:
KCC need your help to make sure the work is done as quickly as possible. If your vehicle is usually parked on the carriageway, please could you make sure you park it somewhere else away from the site whilst the works are being carried out.

Please respect KCC workers space and safety by driving carefully and slowly near where they are working. Feedback from their workers shows that too many drivers drive too fast. Their crews work next to moving traffic and risk injury every day, every one is entitled to a safe workplace.

How to contact KCC:
If you have any urgent concerns about how these road works will affect you – call KCC on 03000 418181. Please also visit their website to find out how they look after the roads throughout Kent or report any faults you find on their roads.

If you have any urgent concerns or worries as the work is taking place, please speak to the workmen on site in the first instance.