Village News

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.


Annual Parish Meeting 2015

Annual Parish Meeting
Memorial Hall
Tuesday 5th May 7pm

This is an ideal opportunity to learn more about the role of the Marden Parish Council and the work that they have undertaken over the past year.

Organisations will shortly be contacted by the Parish Council to provide a report of their activities in 2014 and these reports will be available at the evening and on the Parish Council website following the meeting.

Tea and coffee is served at 7pm and the business begins at 7:30pm.  After the meeting everyone is invited to stay to meet Parish Councillors over cheese and wine.  Speakers are currently being booked and if you have anything of interest you wish to hear about that is relevant to the village, please contact Alison Hooker (Marden Parish Council) at or call 01622 832305.

Marden Pre-School Open Days

Marden Pre-School
Open Days at the Memorial Hall
Wednesday 18th March / Wednesday 1st July

Marden Pre-School is holding Open Days on Wednesday 18th March and Wednesday 1st July from 9am – 11 am.

Please come along and see what the village Pre-School do and meet the staff – even if you don’t have children/grandchildren attending you are still welcome to pop in for a coffee.

There will be stalls selling gifts, jewellery etc. and a cake stall.  If you are selling items and would like a stall, please telephone 01622 832857 to book.

Keep Marden Beautiful 2015

Keep Marden Beautiful
Village Clean Up
Saturday 21st March

Last year we had a really successful Village Litter Pick so the Parish Council have decided to organise it again.

We would like as many of you to help out as possible, so if you would like to come along and volunteer your services on Saturday 21st March in the morning, please either email Alison (Marden Parish Council) at or call 01622 832305.

It would also be helpful if both businesses and residents could take the time to clear any rubbish/weeds from the front of their properties.  Let’s all do what we can to ‘Keep Marden Beautiful’!

Badminton Lines – Marden Memorial Hall

Marden Memorial Hall need the badminton lines in the main hall remarked. Is there anyone within the Marden Business Forum that would be able to help or know of someone that we could contact please?

Many thanks

Alison Hooker
Clerk to Marden Parish Council
Parish Office
Goudhurst Road
01622 832305
Parish Office open Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am to 12noon

The Great Interior Design Challenge

The second series of ‘The Great Interior Design Challenge’ for BBC2, will be coming to Marden next week (8th – 11th July 2014).

The series has a really simple purpose: to showcase the amazing talents of Britain’s amateur interior designers by allowing them to redesign a room in a period or architecturally interesting property. Each episode is set in a different part of the country and intends to explore and celebrate a particular architectural style specific to that area. Each programme features three amateur designers who each transform a room in three similar properties. A link to info on the previous series is here:

Filming will mainly be taking place on Hunton Road, but they may also get some shots of the surrounding area.

Yalding Vehicle Restriction Scheme Addition

Kent County Council have released details of the additions to the Yalding Vehicle Restriction Scheme, please see the attached documents for details of the additions which have now been passed by the council:
Yalding Vehicle Restriction Scheme Addition – Documents on Deposit
Yalding Vehicle Restriction Scheme Addition – North Map
Yalding Vehicle Restriction Scheme Addition – South Map

Road Surface Treatment: Boughton Monchelsea

KCC have issued the following notification for upcoming surface treatment works in Boughton Monchelsea on 20 May:

Boughton Monchelsea Road Works – 20 May 2014

Kent County Council will be treating the surface of Heath Road, Boughton Monchelsea between its junctions with A229 Linton Hill and Brishing Lane.

The Surface Treatment work will be on 20 May 2014, between 09:30 and 15:30. This type of work can be affected by bad weather, so if it is not possible for KCC to carry it out at this time, they will arrange a new date and release further details. They will also put up signs along the road before hand showing the date they plan to complete the work.

Yalding Vechicle Restriction Scheme

Following the consultation on the Yalding vehicle restriction, the scheme was approved on 22nd January 2014 at a meeting of the Local Maidstone Joint Transportation Board.

As well as approving the scheme in it’s current state, they also approved two further traffic regulation orders to include additional roads in the scheme.  Details of the additions will be published in the next few weeks.

NOTE: The additional restriction details have now been published: Yalding Vehicle Restriction Scheme Addition

If you have been adversely affected by the scheme, there are exemption permits available providing certain criteria are met.

See the attached document from Kent County Council regarding the announcement for full details:

Yalding Traffic Scheme Letter from Andy Corcoran of KCC