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Swanley Town Councillors elected for a four year term from May 2011

Christchurch and *DC Conservative Les Ayres c/o Swanley Town Council, Civic Centre, St Mary's Road, Swanley, Kent BR8 7BU [email protected] Swanley Village and *DC Conservative Tony Searles 9 Egerton Avenue, Hextable, Kent BR8 7LG 662637 or 07769 686100 [email protected] White Oak and *DC, **KCC Conservative Robert Brookbank 36 Goldsel Road, Swanley, Kent BR8 8EZ 669440 [email protected] White Oak and *DC Labour Angela George c/o Swanley Town Council, Civic Centre, St Mary's Road, Swanley, Kent BR8 7BU 07943 672885 [email protected] White Oak Conservative Jim Halford Homelea, London Road, Swanley, Kent BR8 7AQ 660929 or 07758 094760 White Oak Conservative Nikki Hill c/o Swanley Town Council, Civic Centre, St Mary's Road, Swanley, Kent BR8 7BU 665855 [email protected] White Oak and*DC Labour Janet Sargeant c/o Swanley Town Council, Civic Centre, St Mary's Road, Swanley, Kent BR8 7BU 07931 317804 [email protected] White Oak Conservative Harry Willingale c/o Swanley Town Council, Civic Centre St Mary's Road, Swanley, Kent BR8 7BU 665855 [email protected]

Christchurch and *DC Conservative Laurence Ball 25 The Oaks, Swanley, Kent BR8 7YQ 07515 770220 [email protected] Christchurch Conservative John Barnes c/o Swanley Town Council, Civic Centre, St Mary's Road, Swanley, Kent BR8 7BU 665855 [email protected] Christchurch Conservative Ray Morris Meadowbank, College Road, Swanley, Kent BR8 7LW 669030 [email protected] Christchurch Conservative Victor Southern 88 St Georges Road, Swanley, Kent BR8 8AZ 407790 or 07940 234408 [email protected] St Mary's and *DC Labour Mark Fittock 41 Crescent Gardens, Swanley, Kent BR8 7HE 665026 or 07944 006043 [email protected] St Mary's Labour Connie Lee 30 St Mary's Road, Swanley, Kent BR8 7BU 410370 or 07745 217125 [email protected] St Mary's Labour Michael Mahy Lavender Villa, 48 Plantation Road, Swanley, Kent BR8 7SB 614194 St Mary's and *DC Labour John Underwood Kalana, London Road, Swanley, Kent BR8 7AW 07958 547129 [email protected]


Swanley Town Council - Caring for you

Message from the Chairman of Swanley Town Council ­ Councillor Tony Searles

"I am pleased to be writing to you as Swanley Town Council's new Chairman for the year. The local elections in May brought a big change for our Town Council as residents elected a Conservative Council for Swanley for the first time in our history. Your new Town and District Councillors are listed in this Town Crier together with your existing County Councillors and our MP. We are all here to help and make our area a great place to live, work and play. The first change we have made is to the name of my role, from Mayor to Chairman. The Chairman will be more


locally focused and will promote the economy of our town as far as we can. I plan to attend as many events and activities locally as I possibly can and look forward to receiving invitations from groups and organisations during the year ahead. As promised we will review the car parking charges for Swanley Park and also the annual charge to belong to the Seniors' Passport Scheme. It is a great honour to have the support of my fellow councillors and I am very proud to be the first Chairman of Swanley Town Council and look forward to serving the residents of Swanley and Swanley Village. "

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New sports pitches for Swanley?

In partnership with Woodland Environmental Ltd, the Town Council is hoping to create sports pitches on the currently underused area of Swanley Park adjacent to the former Birchwood School site. To level the site the company will import clean, inert soil and sub soil, which should take about 3 months to complete. The Town Council is talking with local clubs and they have said there is demand for junior and youth pitches. As part of the works we plan to create footpaths to link all areas of the park and improve access to the park throughout the year and we also plan to install a trim trail. We will also be planting lots more trees and shrubs and carrying out other works to continue to improve some of the wooded areas. To be able to do all of this the company

needs planning permission to import the soil. There are plans of the proposals in Swanley Park Café. More details can be found on the website


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Local MP Michael Fallon MP House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA 020 7219 6482 [email protected]


G Plant a tree - the for Queen's Jubilee G Dates for your diary G Entertainment in Swanley Park G Swanley in Bloom 2011 G Paddling Pool Refurbished G Gardening Club

To contact: Swanley Town Council Tel: 01322 665855 Fax: 01322 613000 email: [email protected]

*District Councillor **Kent County Councillor

Junior Passport to Leisure

Shorne Country Park Join Swanley Town Council's Youth Passport to Leisure Scheme for 8-16 year olds and you can enjoy some great trips and activities. Trips included the Science Museum in May half term and in the Summer we are looking at doing the following activities:Activities at Shorne Country Park Eagle Heights Lost Encounters Mini Golf Bowling During October half term we will be visiting the Houses of Parliament and meeting Michael Fallon, our MP. We also have 3 days of sports coaching including football, tennis and cricket for just £5.50 for the 3 days. Remember as a passport member you also get reduced rates at White Oak Leisure Centre for swim and swim and flumes all year round and discounts on White Oak Leisure NR-Gize programme as well as concessions on snooker membership at The Olympic and on Focus on the Arts at Hextable Dance. The membership is just £5.00 initial joining fee and then £1.00 per year to renew. To join you must be aged 8­16 and live in Swanley or Swanley Village. For further information contact Liz Davies at the Town Council or pick up a form from the Civic Centre or Swanley Information Centre.

Entertainment in Swanley Park

Swanley Town Council is organising children's activities in Swanley Park during the summer. These sessions are free to attend. The times of each performance is 3.00 - 4.00pm, and all show days are on Wednesdays.


The Town Council has recently invested in solar heating and electricity generation for one of the Town Council buildings. 50 panels are now in place on the Civic Centre roof, some of which generate hot water for use in the football changing rooms and kitchens with the majority generating electricity for use in the building. The Town Council has an agreement where the electricity generated not only saves money as less will have to be bought from suppliers, but through a Government scheme the Town Council gets paid to produce the electricity for 25 years. Even during early spring electricity was being generated as well as hot water for the changing facilities. It is planned to introduce this technology to other council buildings. 01322 668106 to arrange door to door transport to social clubs, shopping etc, The service is subject to availability and agreement with Rural Age Concern. if we have your permission to undertake the job. Ring Liz Davies at the Council offices for advice and help.

27th July ­ Mickey the Magician's Magic Show

Dates for your diary

1812 Night

This year's 1812 Night will be on Friday 26th August 2011. Swanley Town Council will once again be hosting its annual 1812 Night in Swanley Park, New Barn Road, Swanley. There will be live music starting at 7.30pm played by the Eynsford Concert Band ending in a grand finale of a spectacular fireworks display to the sound of Land of Hope and Glory and the 1812 Overture. There will be a BBQ, food outlets, fun fair, light ups and many community stalls raising money for various local charities, so come along and enjoy the free fun and entertainment.

Plenty of fun and laughter in this very popular magic show, featuring magic, balloon modelling and a hilarious puppet routine.

3rd August ­ Gary the Musical Clown Show

A top act, featuring Gary the Musical Clown, a legend in and around Kent. One of the county's best children's entertainers.

10th August ­ Circus Skills Workshop

Come and try your hand at a variety of circus skills. Learn to spin a plate, or even how to juggle with 3 balls. Loads of fun.

24th August- Micky's Massive Parachute Games

What child doesn't want to get involved in these energetic and fun games? Micky's parachute can hold up to 80 children, so come along and get involved.

31st August ­ Mrs Back to Front Magic Show

Everyone loves this wonderful performer, crazy comedy magic for all ages. Highly recommended. more places on its buses at £1 a journey. Rural Age Concern received Following the changes made by two of the newest buses to help conSevenoaks District Council to the tinue this service. If you are not able to mini-bus transport service, the Rural Age use public transport (through disability Concern office in Swanley is offering or seniority) contact John Arnold on

Plant a tree - for Queen's Jubilee

Swanley Town Council is encouraging residents and clubs to sponsor tree planting in Swanley Park to commemorate the Queen's Jubilee in 2012. The aim is to create a new avenue of trees linking the main car park with the main play and other areas. Chairman of the Town Council Cllr Tony Searles said "This idea is a wonderful way to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee but also to mark a special event in people's own lives. We have completed one avenue already which was started for the Queen's Golden jubilee which already looks great and our aim is to plant at least 60 trees to mark the 60 years. The tree sponsorship is subsidised by the Town Council. A donation of £60 will buy a semi mature tree and the planting and maintenance will then be the Town Council's responsibility. If a tree dies in the first few years the Town Council will replace it at no charge. The planting of six trees has started the avenue and the plan is to plant more donated trees from October to December. Every person or club who donates a tree will be entered on to a roll of honour that will be displayed in Swanley Park. For more details contact Liz Davies at the Town Council.

Rural Age Concern

Litter and Graffiti

Sevenoaks District Council provides the street cleaning and refuse services in our area, but we can all help keep our parish tidy. Litter is not necessary as there are many litter bins in public places. Millions of pounds is spent by local authorities throughout England picking up litter in parks and on streets. We can all encourage people not to drop litter and do their bit to tackle the problem. One way you can help is to register with the Big Tidy Up at and organise a litter pick in your local community. Alternatively, the Town Council has litter-pickers and bags which can be loaned out to groups or individuals who would like to do a litter pick. Contact the Town Council for details. Is there any graffiti in your area? Please report it to us at the Town

Fireworks Night

This year's annual Fireworks Night on Swanley Recreation Ground will be held on Monday 7th November. Fireworks at 7.00pm.

Council and we will try to assist. We talk to Sevenoaks District Council, Housing Associations and others to tackle graffiti removal through the "Grimebusting" team from Probation Service with special equipment. Graffiti on private property is usually the responsibility of the landowner or householder, and small amounts of graffiti can be removed by special materials which are kept at the Civic Centre and can be loaned out to residents. Alternatively, if there is a large amount of graffiti on your property and you cannot remove it, the Town Council will request a visit from the Grimebusters if the surface is suitable, and

Trips for Swanley

over 60s

If you are already one of our Senior Passport to Leisure Scheme members you will know about the interesting and varied trips we enjoy each month throughout the year. If you are not a member and you live in Swanley or Swanley Village, you are missing out on some great trips to all sorts of places. To join, you just need to complete a simple form at the Civic Centre. This year we have trips to Althorp, childhood home of Princess Diana, Portsmouth, Herne Bay and there will be more to come for Autumn and Winter. Sandy and Gill will be happy to assist you and answer any queries on 01322 665855.

Swanley Wildlife and Nature Group

Swanley Wildlife & Nature Group (SWAN) had a busy and productive winter/spring season developing further the Environment Area in Swanley Park. We have re-seeded one wildflower area (look out for their first flowers in May/June), planted 7 native trees (4 silver birch and 3 rowan) and a further 400 hedging whips continuing the natural hedge border being developed in the Environment Area. This project was made possible thanks to a grant from our local KCC Member for Swanley as well as 100 free whips from the North West Kent Countryside Partnership and 250 free whips from The Big Tree Plant scheme. SWAN members have also done a study of small mammals and a dawn chorus walk identifying the various and rich species of mammals and birds found in Swanley Park. Meanwhile the path repairs are continuing and other tasks undertaken to maintain this valuable area in the park; the Group meets on the last Saturday of most months from 10am ­ 12noon and welcomes NEW MEMBERS. Why not join us for a great regular and free activity outdoors and bring the children? For further details contact Liz Davies on 01322 665855, email [email protected] or look at websites or STOP PRESS...Visit the Environment Area adjacent to the Top Car Park, Swanley Park on Saturday 25 June,10am-12 noon, OPEN DAY event to meet members of SWAN and find out about the Group ­ bug hunts, wildflower and bird identification and lots more.

Swanley in Bloom 2011

Plans are well in hand for this year's fantastic flower displays thanks again to the generous support from businesses such as: ASDA, Carroll Carpets, Greenbox Storage, Jones Homes, Ruxley Manor Garden Centre, United House and White Oak Management. Without sponsorship from these and other local businesses and community groups the Town Council would not be able to provide the summer flowers which are enjoyed by residents, visitors and employees in the parish alike. Look out for the return of the "Union Jack" bed in front of the church in Bartholomew Way. Look out for the leaflets at the Civic Centre and Library & Information Centre in June telling you all the details of this year's Swanley in Bloom local gardening competitions. There are various categories to enter and cash prizes to be won. It's not too late to get your garden, hanging basket or planter ready to enter our very popular local gardening competition. It's always very popular. You don't have to have an entry for Chelsea Flower Show, but a colourful and tidy display will please the judges and win valuable points, especially water saving features. Last year we had some first time entries that won 1st prizes, so don't be shy ­ give it a try! We will be looking for Best Front Garden, Best Back Garden, Best Hanging Basket/Planter/Window Box among other categories. Please encourage your friends and neighbours to enter too.

Swanley & District Gardening Club

Do you suffer greenfly? Black Spot on your leaves? Well come and join our gardening club coz we've got all of these. We meet every third Monday of the month at 7.30pm The Clocktower Pavilion, St Mary's Road, Swanley, Kent BR8 7BU Our activities include: Guest Speakers, Visits to Gardens and Nurseries Flower and Produce Shows For information contact Mrs Evelyn Dodson 01322 660123


for all this summer

Swanley Bowls Club

Swanley Bowls Club home green is at The Olympic, Beechenlea Lane. The club is celebrating its 25 years anniversary this year and new members are always welcome to join this friendly club. For more details contact Ray Craddock 01322 866774.

Need ideas for the family in the long school holidays? Look no further ..... West Kent Extra, Kent Youth Service, Play Place Innov8 CIC and Swanley Town Council are working together to make sure there is a great range of free and subsidised activities for children and young people this August. There will be weekly trips to theme parks and outdoor adventure centres for young people aged 13-17 years, and local activities around the Sevenoaks District for all ages (parents must stay with the under 8s). Local activities include sports, games and arts and crafts at local parks and green spaces. Play Place will be bringing their Roadshows, West Kent Extra their Fun Days, Kent Youth Service are organizing special workshops for young people (ie graffiti workshops and art and music sessions) and Swanley Town Council will be running the Junior Passport to Leisure scheme for 8-16 years with outings and sports coaching sessions. Dates and venues to be confirmed but the programme will be available from any of the organizations mentioned above and will be on the West Kent website at from the end of June. Look out for flyers in your area, call in at the Civic Centre (01322 665855) or Library and Information Centre in Swanley or the West Kent offices (01732 749487) for more information.


Kent set to celebrate its woody heritage

The British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) has been awarded £650,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to run a five year BTCV Kent Heritage Trees Project. The project will not only survey and record over 10,000 Kent heritage trees but also aims to celebrate and promote the value of heritage trees. BTCV is looking for volunteers to undertake heritage tree surveys in their area and will be running three launch projects for interested people on 14 June and 10 July. Full training will be given and no previous experience is necessary. To register your interest for this project and be invited to attend one of the 3 project launch events, please contact Virginia Hodge, BTCV Kent, Singleton Environment Centre, Westley School Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 5LW. Telephone 01233 666519. Email [email protected]

Fundraising by Local Lions

The Swanley & North Downs Lions Club is holding two fundraising events this summer: BIKE AROUND BRANDS on Friday 19 August, 6.30 to 8.30pm ­ a sponsored cycle ride around the 1.2 mile Indy circuit at Brands Hatch, and a FUN RUN AND CROSS COUNTRY RUN on the morning of Sunday 18 September in Swanley Park. Both events are to raise funds for EllenorLions Hospices and other worthy causes. For information and sponsor forms for Brands please contact Colin McRobert on 01732 823827 or e-mail [email protected] and for the fun or cross country run contact John Hickmott on 01732 884432 or e-mail [email protected]

Paddling Pool Refurbished

The paddling pool in Swanley Park has had major refurbishment work. Due to the very heavy snowfall in winter and lots of frost the surround of the paddling pool and walls had to be removed and the Town Council's contractors worked hard to get the pool ready for the May Whitsun half term and the main summer season. The plaster contains a special mixture and we hope that this will reduce the amount of frost and ice damage in future years. The works have cost around £4000 to complete. During the works the wonderful water features are still operating.

Poster competition

The Town Council has organised the "Just Bin It" poster competition again this year among schools in the parish inviting pupils to produce a poster which best gives the message of disposing of litter in a bin rather than dropping it. The Chairman of Swanley Town Council judges the competition and selects the best posters in three different age categories 4-6, 7-9 and 10 years upwards, plus an overall winning entry. Category winners receive prizes presented by the Chairman and the overall winner's poster is copied and displayed throughout the parish.


Tree works completed

Some of the many trees in Swanley Park planted when The Spinney estate was developed were becoming a nuisance to neighbouring houses because of shade and overhanging branches. In spring about 40 trees had work carried out with many trees that were too close to the boundary being felled. This work was completed in April at a cost of over £3000. The avenue of trees linking the footpath from The Birches car park to the main play areas has been completed. The Town Council matched donations from local groups and residents to buy and plant the trees. There is a new avenue of trees to be created linking the main area to the New Barn Road car park, already we have had some donations towards the cost of the tree planting. If you have a special event to commemorate why not make a donation towards planting a tree? For more information contact Liz Davies at the Town Council.

Grass cuts

The main parks in Swanley are owned and operated by the Town Council. Most of the other grass verges are owned by Kent County Highways or Sevenoaks District Council and the Town Council maintains these areas through a formal contract. Due to the budget reductions by Kent and Sevenoaks Councils they have had to reduce the amount they pay to the Town Council and this would normally have meant poorer quality maintenance and longer grass in all of these areas. The Town Council wants to maintain the pride in our area and decided that, rather than reducing the regime of grass cutting and other maintenance, it would maintain the areas to the same high standards as it has always done.

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2011 Events


Friday 15th July

All nights include a meal of chicken & chips or vegetarian option served at 8.45pm


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Ballroom and Latin Dance Classes

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The Woodlands & Alexandra Suite Christmas Celebrations 2011

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