Welcome to the Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Residents Association blog

Here we’ll keep a bit of a record of Village “happenings”

 Let us have your village related stories for inclusion in our “blog”.Resident Association Committee Members:

Alan Vaughan Chairman

John Faulkner

Elspeth Watt

Robert Oliver

Caroline Archer

Hugh Davies

Frank Avery

Carol Bunker

Tony Evans

Laurie Fermor

Rohan Thuraisingham

Neal Guthrie

Erica Lasparini

George Watt – Observer

We would like to warmly encourage and welcome new members to the committee.  We are keen to attract new members to represent your community; we could do with toddlers, primary school children, teenagers!! Please feel free to contact us if you would like to join us or to create or promote your activity or interests to your wider community..!!   This blog is yours..!! With your help we can share your views and aspirations within your community for your community.  The blog can be used to share information on events, resources, clubs, local Parish and Council business, Village achievements, endeavour to capture collective bargaining and purchasing power, for example ‘oil’. Work towards improved neighbourhood watch schemes, campaign on road safety, and archive newsletters, useful contacts, and a ‘Village Welcome Pack’… all this as well as providing a conduit to essential links, see are link’ tab for facilities and local businesses.

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Village Quiz 2015 Boughton Aluph

Boughton Aluph Village Quiz 2015

Who can give the cricket club teams a run for their money this year? Will the question-setters’ microphones be working properly? And will this be the occasion when unruly elements are finally sent to the sin bin for daring to question the infallible authorities? All these questions (at least) will be answered on:

Saturday 28th November in the Iron Room

7.15pm for a prompt 7.30pm start

As usual, the format is for teams of 4, with the extortionate entry fee of £2.50 per person (pay on the door). Buffet food will be provided at the half-way mark, but please feel free to bring your own nibbles and drinks as well to sustain you as the suspense mounts. Just sign up on the village noticeboard beside the Flying Horse, or in the Iron Room, or e-mail Nigel Bunker at cbnb@btinternet.com with team name, contact person, and contact telephone number.

♫♪Village Choir Sing-alone Come and join in ♪♫ The first ‘gathering’ will be on Monday 23rd November 7.30pm – 9.00pm Flying Horse – Pegasus Bar

♫♪Village Choir Sing-along Come and join in ♪♫

Village Choir Sing 2014


Monday evenings 7.30pm – 9.00pm Flying Horse
A seasonal invitation to you from your neighbour
♪♫♫ Carol Singing ♪♫♫

The first ‘gathering’ will be on Monday 23rd November – there are no auditions, no previous experience is required… everyone is welcome..!
The aim is simply to gather as a village and rehearse for a village Christmas Carol Singing held on the Sunday 13th December 4.30pm. All welcome complimentary mulled wine, mince pies and a roasting log fire in the Pub.
PRACTICE AND REHARSALS: Monday evenings, only 3 rehearsal’s no need to make them all.

Please join us, following the last two years success this looks like becoming an annual event…. !!Do you remember the Nativity Productions organized by Cannon Neal..? Any questions or to keep up-to-date with the rehearsals & review songs sheets etc follow the residence blog- http://boughtonaluphandeastwellresidentsassociation.com click the black box “+ FOLLOW” enter your email address and submit, you will then be automatically sent Village updates

Bessie Fuller at aged 100 years was probably the village’s oldest inhabitant, having lived and worked in the village most, if not all, her life.

Her funeral will be at Charing Crematorium at 11.20am on Monday 2nd November and will be followed by a gathering, with refreshments, for friends and family in the Iron Room.  Anybody who cannot make it to the Crematorium is still welcome to come to the Iron Room, from about 12.30.



Invitation to our annual general meeting

To be held in the Iron Room on Monday 29th June starting at 7pm sharp.

Doors open at 6:45pm


The agenda will include :

Appointment of committee members (new appointees welcome)

Development of the Neighbourhood Plan

Broadband enhancement

An open discussion on what you, as a member want from our association.

Followed by


Please come along and hear from our area coordinator just what is involved, what you can expect from the scheme and how you can participate in helping to make a safer environment. Also meet our local PCSO


And Finally


Hear a presentation from a local producer – Westwell Wines – on the growth of their company and sample some of their current vintage. Accompanied by a cheese tasting with products supplied by Perry Court Farm.

A raffle for some fascinating prizes will take place during the evening,

Kent Police Band 6th June 2015

Police Band 6th June 2015




For a rousing concert of classical and modern music, from marches to pop and Broadway.

All Saints Church, Boughton Aluph, Ashford TN25 4EU (off A28)

Saturday 6 June 2015 at 7.30pm

Retiring collection in aid of church restoration.

FREE admission, ample parking and a glass of wine in the interval – so come along!

Further information: 01233 640357

Concert kindly sponsored by Eastwell

WK                                                                 Manor and Wilkins Kennedy LLP

Eastwell Manor



 Five Church Walk Route


The walk starts from 10am, from Chilham, Godmersham, Boughton Aluph, Challock or Molash church. It links these churches in a clockwise circular 16 mile route following footpaths, bridleways, country lanes and private paths, some of which are made available only on the day by the land-owners. The route passes through some of the most scenic countryside in East Kent for all to enjoy, and with the bluebells out and the cuckoo calling you can be sure of a lovely day.

You can choose to complete the circuit or not provided you start and finish at any of the churches.  This is a sponsored walk in aid of the participating churches, the Kent Air Ambulance and/or the Pilgrims Hospices, and funds raised are distributed according to your wishes as indicated on the entry form.  Those without sponsors are equally welcome and are asked to make a minimum donation of £5 each.  The churches also have delicious home-made refreshments (and loos) to offer while you take a welcome break.

So, for a great day out make a note of the date and be sure to come along


For more information or for entry and sponsorship forms, contact any of the local churches, the charities, or phone 01233 641913.  Or you can just turn up on the day.

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The best Tea and Cake served in the Churches though out the walk .!! 

If the boundary of your property borders the … Form KCC


KCC Vegetation letter to parishes-2

Dear Resident

Every year throughout the spring and summer KCC Highways & Transportation receive numerous complaints regarding trees, hedges and other vegetation, which overhang the highway from private property. This matter can pose a number of problems for people trying to use the footways, especially if they are trying to pass with buggies, wheel chairs and scooters.  It would be greatly appreciated if you could ensure that any trees and hedges that are bordering the Highway are maintained and cut back to your boundary which would greatly benefit all Highway users. This will help us all keep the highway safe and prevent the need for KCC Highways & Transportation writing to you requesting that you cut back your vegetation.

So that you are aware of our requirements, please refer to the text below.

If the boundary of your property borders the footway, then please be aware that:

  • The full width of the footway/pavement must be available for use by pedestrians.
  • As well, there must be a minimum height clearance over the footway/pavement of 2.1 metres / 7 feet for any vegetation.

If the boundary of your property borders the carriageway, then please be aware that:

  • If you have vegetation that overhangs into the road, there must be a minimum height clearance of 5 metres / 16 feet, to accommodate buses and HGV’s that may use the road.
  •  If your property is rural, then vegetation should be 0.45 metres / 1’6” feet behind the edge of the road and all signs need to be kept clear of foliage for at least 20 metres.

Also, I would ask that you pay special attention to your trees, hedges and vegetation if your property is on or near a junction, and/or inside bend of the road, to maintain maximum visibility for road users.

Finally, I would like to thank you for the time taken to read this article and wish you a pleasant summer. I am looking forward to working with yourselves and your parish to keep the roads as safe and clear as possible.


Highway Steward

Kent County Council Highways, Transportation and Waste


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