Village News

New state of the art laser cutting centre opened in Marden.

The Minister for Sport, the Right Honourable Helen Grant MP officially commissioned the new Amada Laser cutting machine at Burtons on Friday 2nd May 2014. Helen was invited to start the machine to engrave a stainless steel plaque to commemorate the occasion. The assembled guests counted down as Helen launched the machine into life.

The Amada laser centre with auto change tables and 4000 watts of cutting power is capable of effortlessly slicing steel up to one inch thick (25mm) as well as the intricate profiling and engraving of very thin materials. It represents a significant part of a million pound investment programme by the Burtons Group of Companies. The laser has also been equipped with the latest tube cutting capabilities and this significantly expands the range of parts that can be produced.

David Burton spoke of the company’s passion for manufacturing in the UK and commented that it was possible to be competitive on the world stage with the right technology and investment in cutting edge production equipment. He went on to say that the other ingredient for success was British innovation. “Innovation means people and I am very proud of the team we have here. They encompass a huge range of skills”

“The new facility will increase our competitiveness and enable new products to be developed. We are also offering a sub-contract laser cutting service to other engineering companies.”

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Could you work part time as a firefighter?

Come to a drop-in session at Marden Fire Station, 19:30-20:30 on Thursday 1st May 2014.

Marden Fire Station - Recruiting Now

Marden Fire Station – Recruiting Now

Marden Health Fair – Saturday 26th April 2014

10am-4pm, Marden Village Memorial Hall, Goudhurst Road Marden Kent TN12 9JX

Marden Medical Centre Patient Reference Group invites you to a fun, free, interactive event, for all ages, involving many local experts:

  • British Heart Foundation
  • Wellbeing People
  • Age UK
  • Brighter Futures
  • Zeroth
  • Brachers
  • Kenward Trust
  • Open Care
  • St John Ambulance
  • Marden GPs on bicycles
  • Benenden Hospital
  • Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide
  • Marden Children’s Centre
  • Marden Walking Group
  • San Fairy Ann
  • Kent Association for the Blind
  • And many more!

FREE confidential Health MoT from Wellbeing People
Healthy food and drinks from the WI café
All visitors will be entered for a FREE raffle for a luxury basket of fruit – winning ticket will be posted on Monday 28th April on the web site
FREE crèche courtesy of Marden Children’s Centre

For more information view our flyer, or visit the website:

Protect Your Belongings

Kent Police have launched two public service posters, with information on how to protect your bag and how to protect your mobile phone.  If you would like to put the posters on your office noticeboard, please click the links below:

Protect Your Mobile

Watch Your Bag

Flooding Support

Kent County Council have supplied the below details for places business owners can get support following the recent floods:

Maidstone Borough Council – Paying Business Rates if affected by flooding

Kent County Council – scroll down to the section “If you have been affected by flooding”

National Flood Forum – Ready for Flooding

Small Business Storm Relief Fund

UK Storm Business Fund- RBS / NatWest

Barclays – Emergency support for customers affected by severe flooding

HSBC – Support for business customers affected by floods

Lloyds – Support for flood victims (businesses and farmers)

RBS – Support for families and business affected by storms and floods

Santander – Helping Families And Businesses Hit By Floods

Please note, the MBF is not responsible for the content of external websites.

Neighbourhood Watch – Public Meeting

Work together for a better Community

Join your local


Marden Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

In partnership with the Parish Council, the Local Community Warden, Police Community Support Officer Nicola Morris and Maidstone & District Neighbourhood Watch, a public meeting will be held to launch the initiative to encourage communication amongst residents and to circulate crime prevention advice.

Public meeting on 18th March

Residents are invited to attend a public meeting on 18 March at 6:30pm in the John Banks Hall of the Marden Memorial Hall in Goudhurst Road, Marden, to find out more about getting involved with the Watch.

Neighbourhood Watch schemes have been running for many years across the country, and are designed to bring communities together to help reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and improve links between communities and organisations such as the police.

House Needed for Flooded Out Family

A 3-4 bed house is needed urgently for a Marden family that have been flooded out.

A minimum of 2 reception rooms (3 preferable) as the husband works from home.

If you have anything at all of this size empty or becoming empty soon, please call 01622 832679

Kind Regards,
Steve Ford
Secretary – Marden Business Forum

Miranda Pigott – New York Marathon

On 3rd November, Miranda Pigott of Travel Finders completed the New York Marathon!  Miranda ran in aid of The Kent Air Ambulance Trust.

“I have just returned from New York City where I completed the NYC Marathon.  It was a fairly daunting affair being in a foreign city having only just started running in May.  However I am happy to say I completed the Marathon in 5 hours.  It was a tough course, incorporating 3 bridges and a nasty uphill last few miles!!  Thankfully my daughters, husband and parents were there to cheer me on, which was much needed!!  It was a wonderful moment to cross the finish line, feeling relief that the pain and hard work had paid off!!!”

If you would like to make a donation, please visit Miranda’s Just Giving page

Miranda Pigott with Kent Air Ambulance

Miranda Pigott with Kent Air Ambulance

Marden Children’s Centre

Due to a reduction in funding Kent County Council are currently consulting on the future of some of the Children’s Centres in Kent.

In some cases this will involve linking centres to reduce management and administrative costs, but in some other cases it will mean closure.  Marden Children’s Centre is on the list of potential closures.

If you would like to know more about the consultation process please visit the KCC Children’s Centre website:

For specific information on the Maidstone Children’s Centres, click here.

Children’s Centre Consultation Poster

Ben Miller Sketch Show

Three hours of filming to produce approx 5 mins of a new silent sketch show, staring Ben Miller, took place at Stanleys Garage on Sunday evening.

“It was a great experience to watch the effort that goes into perfecting each shot.   Ben Miller was a real gentleman and kept a great humor and positive drive no matter how many times a re-take was called for, stopping to pose with the locals between shots, he even took the time to visit my Mum who wasn’t well enough to stand and watch.” said Liz.

It had been hoped that all the scenes would be filmed in Marden, but in the last week new locations at Linton were found for 2 of the scenes.   Although, it is still hoped that should this “Taster” be successful and a series made, Marden will once again be their preferred village.

Ben Miller

Liz Stanley meets Ben Miller during pilot filming for his new silent sketch show