My Community Rights – The local area is in your hands!

My Community Rights

The local area is in your hands!

The My Community Rights website is free advice service run by Locality helps communities to use the Community Rights.

This is a really useful site it will help anyone trying the understand the opportunities we now have to make a positive contribution to our community…

Posted by: Caroline Archer

Village Quirks – The face in the wall

Can anyone help? While on my walks around the village I have noticed an unusual brick in the Boughton Aluph Wall (one of the longest walls in Britain built by a father and son) in front of Middleton Cottages, which has been carved into a face. To find the ‘face in the wall’ start by facing the Iron Room and then walk towards St Christopher’s church. The face is a little way along. 
When was it built into the wall, by whom and what is its significance? I would love to know! Please send me any information you have for inclusion in a future Parish Magazine.
Ann S Hardie



 7.00 p.m on Tuesday February 11th 2014 in the Iron Room – Boughton Lees




You are cordially invited to attend the second AGM of Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Residents’ Association.  We plan to bring you up to date with what we have achieved since our inaugural meeting.  There is a lot going on that may have implications for communities across Kent and in particular in rural areas where small and large scale housing developments may occur quickly.   We hope that what you hear will  encourage you to join us and support our aims.   It is intended to allocate two hours for the meeting with extra time if needed for questions and answers.


Committee Members will present themselves for re-election and we would welcome nominations from any interested in becoming committee members.     Please advise the Secretary, Elspeth Watt, by phone on 01233 813810 or by e-mail  at     We expect that the formal business of the meeting will take about 20 minutes.  We will then progress to the main topics of concern for our community in the coming years in particular and beyond.


  1. The re-establishing of a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme for the area, to help ensure community safety and ensure that those who may be vulnerable by isolation have a point of contact for help and assistance.  An active Neighbourhood Watch Scheme can combat the increase in rural crime by ensuring that unusual activity is noted and recorded.  The use of internet technology will now make the awareness of such activity quick and easy and make crime more difficult for the opportunist.


  1. The Neighbourhood Plan – We need to ensure that the voice of our community is heard in the development process of a  Plan which will affect the whole of Ashford. The Residents Association is working constructively with the Parish Council and has a number of members  on the planning sub-committee which will provide input for a Plan that will be agreed with the  Borough Council and will eventually update and modify the existing  Parish Design Statement .


  1. This session will provide an opportunity for questions from the floor and we anticipate that there will be many questions that will be raised in terms of possible future developments and the effects on roads and communications


The BA&ERA was formed in November 2011 with the aim of achieving and maintaining a vibrant rural Parish of Boughton Aluph and Eastwell, quite distinct in several ways from the adjacent  relatively concentrated urban area of Goat Lees/Trinity Road.  


The current committee consists of :


Chairman – Derek Anthony; Vice Chairman – Frank Avery;  Treasurer – John Faulkner;

Secretary – Elspeth Watt;  Committee Members – Robert Oliver,  Hugh Davies, Caroline Archer,

Norma Devereese, Laurie Fermor and Alan Vaughan.


♫ ♫ Our First Community Carol Singing ♪♫ ♫

♫ ♫ Our First Community Carol Singing ♪♫ ♫

Our village carol singing event on Sunday 14th December was a great success – we certainly didn’t let the wet weather dampen our spirits.

The aim was to get villagers together and to have a good seasonal time and judging by the turnout and all the rosy cheeks and sparking eyes, we can safely say that this mission was accomplished! Our rich community spirit could certainly be felt…!! The singing was magical and Hugh Davies’s rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas was a real treat.

Thank you to all of the members of the choir for your wonderful singing and for giving it your all, a very special thanks to Jack, our Choirmaster and Claire on percussion who has  kept us all on the straight and narrow- it’s certainly been a giggle.

The choir and the community would also like to thank the Parish Council for funding the mulled wine, lights and signs, thanks also to Paul and Nicola for allowing us to take over the pub, and of course a huge thank you for all those wonderful mince pies donated from various residents… Mmmmm

May this be the first of many Christmas choir events to come, if you have an idea or desire for an event please share it, we have a very willing community as demonstrated on Sunday. Do keep an eye out for further vocal treats, and remember this is a community choir, no experience or auditions just a desire to sing, have company and fun. (I have in mind an event in commemoration of the Great War –  ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’ medley, we will require some solos, tenors and suggestions for war time songs- please see resident’s blog for further details)

Once again thank you.!!

 Wishing you and your families a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

Caroline Archer