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 Cricket Match BBQ

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Village Cricket Match

The Green, Boughton Lees

 

Sunday 31st July 2016, 2.00 p.m.

Barbecue and raffle

 

The annual Village Cricket Match will be held on the Green at Boughton Lees on Sunday 31st July, starting at 2.00 p.m. and will be run jointly by the Iron Room Management Committee and the Cricket Club.

As usual, there will be a barbecue and raffle and we hope that an early afternoon start means we won’t have to worry about fading light or falling temperatures – with luck players and spectators may even enjoy some summer sunshine!

This will be a fun game and is suitable for children aged 11 and under, their families and other villagers. All equipment will be provided, but experience and ability are not essential requirements! We will work out the format of the game depending on the mix and number of players.

If you’re interested, please sign up on the poster on the Notice Board outside the Cricket Pavilion, contact Simon Richardson on 01233 50300 or email simonrichardson53@btinternet.com

Cantiacorum Community Choir

Cantiacorum Choir 30th July 2016

Cantiacorum Choir 30th July 2016

2nd May 2016 The Five Church Walk

Full details including maps and entry forms can be found at http://www.thefivechurchwalk.co.uk

 

 

2nd May Five Church Walk… walking or helping??

May has arrived. What does it mean in our Parish?
Lots to do. Our spring migration from St Christopher’s to All Saints later in the month but first The Five Church Walk. Boughton has taken part since the beginning and changes have taken place .This year the route to Godmersham has changed. This will add new interest for the seasoned walkers who come each year and a relief to those who remember the long drag uphill from Godmersham. What ever the weather people come to enjoy the walk AND the food at the churches. Although many walk in pairs or groups there are solitary walkers. Many start as such but soon link up in friendly conversation.
Lots of people are involved in the organisation of the Walk. This year the splendid website has moved us into the digital age but not yet into the virtual state. At Boughton as well as contributing the secretarial skills to the Committee we cook and serve food, register in walkers and mark the route. It is a real team effort.
For the 2nd May Bank Holiday we feed a large group from St Martin-in-the-fields who are following the Pilgrim route to Canterbury. This time it is sandwich making.
If you are reading this and feeling that you would like to be part of the team or would like to do some cooking please contact Clare. Unfortunately a change that we cannot stop is age and we do need some new helpers. If you are new to the village it is a good way to meet friendly faces.
All Saints is a fantastic Grade 1 listed building but it is what goes on inside which gives it life.
Come and join us. Services start there on May 22nd at 9.30am.

Clare Hardwick and Rita Hawes
Churchwardens
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Neighbourhood Plan Survey

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There’s just a few days left to fill in the Neighbourhood Plan Survey.

It’s easy to fill it in online at www.parishplan.uk/2030. We’ll call to collect completed paper copies of the survey after 17 April. Call us on 01233 332602 if you need assistance.

Please don’t miss this important opportunity to have your say on how our community changes and grows over the next 15 years. Your opinion counts.

Further information on the Neighbourhood Plan Survey can be found here.

Thank you for your help.

Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group on behalf of Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council

Our friendly (flying) publican at The Flying Horse will be running The London Marathon for charity !!

…The London Marathon – help Rob support Children’s Charity…

On April 26th Rob Dixon, our fast-and-friendly (flying)publican at The Flying Horse, will be running The London Marathon for the second year.
He is raising funds to support Global’s Make Some Noise – http://www.makesomenoise.com – which is a national charity that helps disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

If you would like to help and support him please visit his “justgiving page” at: http://www.justgiving.com/Robert-Dixon6

Good Luck Rob!

Kennington Sites and the Local Plan 2030

The Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Resident’s Association

To: Simon Cole, Planning and Development, Ashford Borough Council

From: Alan Vaughan, Chairman

17.02.2016

Hello Simon, I trust that you are well.

Re: Kennington Sites and the Local Plan

On behalf of the Association’s members I write to express our grave concerns regarding suggestions in the press and elsewhere that land at the so-called “Large Burton sites, Kennington” might be identified as potential development sites in the soon-to-be-published Local Plan 2030.

In addition to the recent refusal by the Planning Inspectorate to permit development on Kennington land for reasons which still pertain the Association recognises that there is no strategic imperative to develop these sites in preference to other sites in the Borough.

The National Planning Policy Framework clearly states: ”Local planning authorities should take into account the economic and other benefits of the best and most versatile agricultural land” which of course this is, and that “Where significant development of agricultural land is demonstrated to be necessary local planning authorities should seek to use areas of poorer quality land in preference to that of a higher quality.”

For the avoidance of doubt, it is my duty to advise you of our absolute and unconditional objection to the inclusion of these and any such sites (for potential development) in the Local Plan to 2030.

I would be very grateful, Simon, if you would kindly convey the contents of this email to all Councillors.

With Sincere Regards,

Alan Vaughan, Chairman, The Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Resident’s Association

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