NEW MAYOR ­Councillor David Coates

David was born in Plumstead and moved to Swanley in 1983. David is an experienced Councillor having served on Woolwich Borough Council for 2 years before a merger formed the London Borough of Greenwich where he served for a further 6 years. He then went on to serve on Sevenoaks District Council for 12 years and was Chairman of the Council in 1996. David has been a Councillor for Swanley Town Council for 5 years. A Former National Trade Union Officer for 27 years in the furniture, timber and associated industries, David was responsible for encouraging and persuading employers to provide cancer screening facilities where it was believed that cancers may be induced by occupational exposure to fibrous dust. David is founder member of Swanley & District Athletic Club and is a coach for all endurance events organised by the Club. Interests include the environment and the provision of sport and recreation facilities for young children. David has chosen two charities for the year, the Cardiac Unit at Darent Valley Hospital and Swanley & District Volunteer Centre, and says he will be arranging fund raising events throughout the year to increase awareness of the two charities and to donate money he raises throughout his Mayoral year to the two of them.



Les Ayres (Conservative) c/o Swanley Town Council, Civic Centre St Mary's Road, Swanley BR8 7BU Tel: 07757 774755 email: [email protected] John Barnes (Conservative) c/o Swanley Town Council, Civic Centre St Mary's Road, Swanley BR8 7BU Tel: 665855 email: [email protected] Tony Henley (Conservative) 83 Waylands, Swanley BR8 8TN Tel: 406383 email: [email protected] Dr Stephen King (Conservative) 67 Goldsel Road, Swanley BR8 8HA Tel: 662233 Ray Morris (Conservative) Meadowbank, College Road, Swanley BR8 7LW Tel: 669030 email: [email protected]






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Summer Activities for Young People

No need to be bored in the summer school holidays!! There are lots of activities in Swanley provided by the Town Council and other agencies, such as: Passport to Leisure (by Swanley Town Council for 8-12 years)


David Coates (Labour) 199 Swanley Lane, Swanley BR8 7LD Tel: 661159 email: [email protected] Kathleen Coates (Labour) 199 Swanley Lane, Swanley BR8 7LD Tel: 661159 email: [email protected] Janet Sargeant (Labour) c/o Swanley Town Council, Civic Centre St Mary's Road, Swanley BR8 7BU Tel: 07931 317804 email: [email protected] Carol Theobald (Labour) 9 Juniper Walk, Swanley BR8 7SS Tel No: 616791 email: [email protected] Robert Woodbridge (Labour) 7 Garrolds Close, Swanley BR8 7BF Tel No: 667190 email: [email protected] Terri Woodbridge (Labour) 7 Garrolds Close, Swanley BR8 7BF Tel No: 667190 email: [email protected]

Sports coaching:

Cricket 28 & 29 July, 10am-3.30pm St Mary's Rec £5 (for Passport to Leisure members) 3 & 4 August, 10am-3.30pm St Mary's Rd £5 (for Passport to Leisure members) 11 & 12 August, 10am-3.30pm St Mary's Rec £5 (for Passport to Leisure members) 18 & 19 August, 10am-3.30pm St Mary's Rd £5 (for Passport to Leisure members) 25 & 26 August, 10am-3.30pm St Mary's Rd £5 (for Passport to Leisure members)



Tuesday 29 September 2009 1.00pm to 4.00pm At the Alexandra Suite Entertainment by Mr Adrian Chapman. The Mayor and Mayoress of Swanley Councillors David & Kathleen Coates invite you to join them for their Mayor at Home. If you would like to be included please contact Liz Piggott and Lisa Quinn on 01322 665855 BY TELEPHONE ONLY FROM 9.00AM ON MONDAY 10 AUGUST Places are limited to 150 and numbered ticket will be issued on a first come, first served basis. To ensure fairness to all, a maximum of 2 names only will be taken per telephone call. If names are different you will be asked for full addresses including post codes and telephone numbers. Please ensure you have all these details to hand when calling. Due to the increasing popularity of this free event, and to ensure all residents have a fair chance of attending, those who attend will automatically be placed on the reserve list for 2010.





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30 July Museum of Kent Life 6 August Dover Castle 13 August London Wetland Centre 20 August Ten Pin Bowling at Gravesend 27 August Treejumpers near Brands Hatch all prices to be confirmed ­ plus discounts on Sencio's Funtastic programme at White Oak Leisure Centre, and on swims & flumes all year round (ring Swanley Town Council for enquiries re Passport to Leisure)

Details WILL NOT be taken before Monday 10 August. Kent County Councillors covering Swanley Parish elected for a 4 year term from 2009 Roger Gough: Treetops, East Hill Road, Knatts Valley, Sevenoaks TN15 6YB 01959 525109 Robert Brookbank: 36 Goldsel Road, Swanley BR8 8EZ 01322 669440

Mark Fittock (Labour) 41 Crescent Gardens, Swanley BR8 7HE Tel No: 665026 email: [email protected] Connie Lee (Labour) 30 St Mary's Road, Swanley BR8 7BU Tel No: 410370 email: [email protected] Michael Mahy (Labour) Lavender Villa, 48 Plantation Road, Swanley BR8 7SB Tel No: 614194 Ian Rashbrook (Labour) 8a Manse Parade, Swanley BR8 8DA Tel No: 07951 902917 email: [email protected]


Tony Searles (Conservative) 9 Egerton Avenue, Hextable BR8 7LG Tel: 662637 or 07769 686100 email: [email protected]

Contents 5

Swanley In Bloom 5 1812 Night 5 Fun Bus 5 Dates for your diary 5 Youth Gig 5 Environment Group 5 Great Nights Out

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







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Young people will be able to once again `jump-in' to a Swanley pool party when the popular event comes back to the town next month. The Jump-in' pool party will be held at White Oak Leisure Centre on Saturday 18 July from 6pm to 8pm, exclusively for 8 to 14 year olds. There will be a DJ playing all the latest tunes, cool lights, plenty of fun stuff in the pool, all for just £5! Tickets can be purchased in advance from White Oak Leisure Centre or on the night (01322 662188). Places are limited and the last party sold out, so buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment!

At last the sun is out, flowers are appearing and Swanley is set to Bloom for summer 2009! Councillor Robert Woodbridge, Chairman of the Environment Committee said "You know that summer is here when the Town Council's parks staff are busy planting up the flowerbeds and putting up the floral baskets to bring alive the parish of Swanley and Swanley Village with beautiful floral decoration once more! We are fortunate to have generous sponsors of Swanley in Bloom both in our business sector and local community groups who still continue to support the Town Council's summer floral displays. This support is essential for our blooming displays and we are very grateful" Our main sponsors include: ASDA, AV Produce, Carroll Carpets, Ruxley Manor Garden Centre, Strata, United House and White Oak Management Company ­ thanks for their continued commitment to Swanley in Bloom. The Town Council is organising the local gardening competitions for 2009 including Best Front Garden, Best Back Garden, Best Hanging Basket/ Window Box or Planter, Best Water Saving Garden, Best Residential Area, Best Community Initiative, Best Kept School (judged before end of summer term) and Best Shop or Business. There is also a category for Best Junior Gardener, so please encourage your child or grandchild to enter ­ we need to find the next Alan Titchmarsh from our community! Why not get together with neighbours and enter Best Residential category? We are looking for at least 4 adjacent properties that have neat, tidy and colourful gardens which enhance their local area. This year we have asked winners in the previous two years of any category to take a year out to enable other people to win a 1st prize; we want everyone to have a chance to take the honours! Closing date for entries is 17 July and judging will take place 20-31 July. Cash prizes to be won ­ every entry is very welcome, so don't be shy. Entry forms from the Civic Centre or Tourist Information Centre.

Junior Passport to Leisure

If you are aged 8-16 and live in Swanley or Swanley village and are looking for something to do this summer why not join our Passport to Leisure scheme?

For just £5 joining Fee (£1 after first year) you will be entitled to discounts on outings and activities arranged by Swanley Town Council as well as reduced prices on swims and swims & flumes at White Oak Leisure Centre with discounts on their funtastic programme. Swanley Mayor, Councillor David Coates said "This summer looks to be another fun packed holiday. Some of the sports activities we will be doing this summer are tennis, cricket, and football. We will also be organising trips to Dover castle, London Wetlands Centre, Museum of Kent life and ten pin bowling and we are hoping to secure a grant to take the Passport Members to treejumpers aerial adventure park." So why not join up today and enjoy the fun this summer? To join contact Ann O`Reilly or Liz Davies at Swanley Town Council.

On Friday 28 August Swanley Town Council will once again be hosting the annual 1812 Night in Swanley Park, New Barn Road, Swanley. At 7.00pm there will be a children's entertainer followed by live music starting at 7.30pm from the Eynsford Concert Band ending in a finale of a spectacular fireworks display to the sound of Land of Hope and Glory and the 1812 Overture. Councillor Ian Rashbrook, Chairman of the Policy Committee said "This is one of the biggest events in the area and it always attracts a large number of people. Why not come a bit earlier with a picnic? Alternatively food will be sold on the night. There will be many community stalls raising money for various local charities and it is a fantastic night of free fun entertainment."

Tree and Seat Donations

Since 2000, the Town Council has received donations from local residents to help plant new trees in Swanley Park. The first area to be planted was the new avenue that leads from the `top' car park at The Birches to the café and play area. The Town Council will continue to plant new trees in this area and also elsewhere in the park and other Town Council areas in Swanley. If you would like to contribute to tree planting please contact Ann O'Reilly at the Town Council.

Swanley & District Swanley & District Environment Group Environment Group

Do you know that there is an area of land in Swanley Park managed by a group of volunteers (Swanley & District Environment Group) in partnership with the Town Council, called the Environment Area? You can find this wonderful semi-wild area to the right hand side of the top car park in Swanley Park at The Birches entrance. The Environment Area is full of wildlife: birds, butterflies, insects etc, which find homes and food in this Area that contains wildflower meadows, native hedging, native trees, natural footpath, and logpiles. The Group has been working for 8 eight years to create this special area, planting wild flower areas, new hedgerows, fruit and other native trees and would welcome NEW VOLUNTEERS with fresh ideas. We normally meet on the last Saturday of every month from 10am to 12 noon, in the top car park and children are very welcome (if under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). We have an enthusiastic children's section of the Group who really enjoy planting trees, bug hunts etc, and adults who have a lot of fun and some hard work while learning about our natural area around us in Swanley. ­ look at website Contact Liz Davies at the Council Offices if you would like more information or email her on [email protected]


Following the Annual meeting of the Council, the new leader of Swanley Town Council is Councillor Robert Woodbridge. The Deputy Leader is Councillor Ian Rashbrook





Civic Church Service, St Paul's, Church Civic Church Service, St Paul's, Church Swanley Village hosted by Deputy Mayor Swanley Village hosted by Deputy Mayor Cllr Janet Sargeant, Sunday 12 July at Cllr Janet Sargeant, Sunday 12 July at 3.00pm. By invitation only 3.00pm. By invitation only Mayor's Charity Fashion Show 1 October Mayor's Charity Fashion Show 1 October at the Alexander Suite at the Alexander Suite FREE Fireworks Night Thursday 5th FREE Fireworks Night Thursday 5th November -- gates open at 6.30pm. November gates open at 6.30pm. Wednesday 11 November at 11.00am, Wednesday 11 November at 11.00am, Remembrance Day 2 minutes' silence. Remembrance Day 2 minutes' silence. Maroons will be fired in Swanley Park. Maroons will be fired in Swanley Park.



Sevenoaks District Council's `In The Zone bus' will be coming to St Mary's Recreation Ground on Wednesday 5 August 11.00am ­ 3.30pm ­ this is National Playday so it should be great fun! The Youth Zone Team will be on hand to provide a safe, fun and lively atmosphere, leading games, sports and workshops, encouraging children to have fun, try new things and make new friends and sharing ideas and help for our many arts, crafts and messy activities! From April 2009 staff will not be registering children while they play and will not be able to monitor if they leave the site. It is advised that all children should be supervised by a parent or carer. Children under 8 MUST be accompanied by a parent/carer at all times. Ring Sophie Lord on 01732 227000 for details or check out the website The Youth of Generation (YOG) organisers are holding a FREE music gig in Swanley Park on Saturday 11 July from 1.00-6.00pm when there will be live music from local young bands playing. These outdoor events have been held in Dover and Maidstone previously, and the young people coming to the YOG gigs in the Alexandra Suite and Leisure Centre, Swanley have requested an outdoor event in Swanley Park this year. The event is aimed at 13 years upwards, but all who enjoy music are welcome. No alcohol is permitted and the event provides the ies to Any quer chance for young dy email: Lisa Can people to play btinterne and listen to their [email protected] website and see music. Swanley Town . ww.yoggig w Council is working with the organisers to provide another successful event in the parish.

Fun-filled summer holiday activities at White Oak Leisure Centre





Six weeks packed with ideas and inspiration for the summer school holidays have been unveiled by Sencio Community Leisure. With World Cup 2010 qualification for England looking ever more likely and Andy Murray now occupying the world number three spot, football and tennis head up a strong sporting offering that also features golf, swimming, trampolining and Tae Kwon Do. It's not just sport though as musical theatre, dance, ballet, belly dancing and circus workshops all take their place within the packed programme and there will be sessions inspired by Hannah Montana, High School Musical, the hit productions of the West End and Broadway, and the songbook of that most enduring pop phenomenon ABBA. As usual, the under fives get their own programme of activities designed to help build confidence, co-ordination and social skills ahead of the early school years. Priority booking for Sencio Card holders opens on June 29 and general bookings can be made from July 6. Further details can be found by visiting or by picking up a copy of the NR-gize brochure from WHITE OAK LEISURE CENTRE or the Library and Information Centre.

Swanley Town Council is helping the enthusiastic and committed group of volunteers in Swanley Village to provide Blooms for the summer again. We have provided more hanging baskets in the Village and helped with a project on the Village Green. Local Village residents, led by a small committee, are already planning working parties to help get the village ready for the big day of judging ­ date to be confirmed in the first two weeks, but it will be in first two weeks of July. There are shrubs to be pruned, baskets and troughs to be planted and allotments to be tidied as well as the more mundane tasks of litterpicking, sweeping and graffiti removal, all to be tackled to ensure Swanley Village is looking its best not only on the day of judging but all year round. The village has won the Best Village title in previous years and achieved a Silver Gilt award in the competition as well as a prestigious Gold award for the Village Green. If you would like to lend a hand with preparations, please contact Chris Banks: 01322 668531 or Ian Beale on 01322 664041.

Blooming Marvellous

Free Play Days

West Kent Extra will be at Cherry Avenue play area on Wednesdays, August 3, 10, 17 & 24. Parents please come along to sign your child in. Come and play for free in Swanley this August. West Kent Extra's Play Team is visiting with sports and games, arts and crafts, face-painting, junk modelling and lots of different things to play with. Days are free and children aged 8-15 years old can come along for the day; younger children are also very welcome as long as their parents stay and play too! The days run from 10:30am ­ 3:30pm and whilst WK Extra provides free drinks and fruit, those staying all day will need a picnic lunch. We suggest old clothes as you may get messy. These days may be affected by the weather and special guests and one-off activities will be confirmed nearer the time, so look out for flyers in your area, check the website at or call Heather Brightwell on 01732 749487 to check.


White Oak Leisure Centre, Hilda May Avenue, Swanley Sencio is putting on a full FUNTASTIC programme for the summer holidays (discounts available if you are a PASSPORT TO LEISURE member). Ring the Centre on 01322 662188 for details of FUNTASTIC and the Town Council for details of Passport to Leisure. If you are involved in a Swanley based group or club and need money for equipment or for set up costs, then you can apply to the Town Council for support through the Grant Aid scheme. The Council considers grant applications twice a year, so if you would like more details, please contact Chris Drake at the Town Council offices

Swanley snooker club welcomes new members

We are situated within The Olympic Leisure Centre in Beechenlea Lane, Swanlely. We have six full-sized tables, bar, restaurant and plenty of parking. Open 10am -10pm Monday to Friday, 10am ­ 8pm Saturday & 10am ­ 6pm Sunday Half-price play seven days per week up to 5pm. Membership fee is £20 per year with half price for juniors and seniors. Telephone 01322

Library and Information Centre 10 years old

The Library and Information Centre celebrated its 10th Birthday in June. Swanley Mayor, David Coates said "This is a fantastic achievement and has proven to be a really popular service provided by the Town Council in partnership with the County and District Councils." The Centre not only has the library, but also a café and a reception for Sevenoaks District services as well as Tourist Information. Advice on housing benefit and the payment of council tax and other bills can be found here. The Centre is also home to The Volunteer Centre, and houses Adult Education and training providers. The Mayor continued "There will be many people who will remember the old and very small library. The investment and ongoing management by Swanley Town Council with support from our other partners has seen this centre develop into a much needed base which saves people from having to visit the council offices at Sevenoaks. We are also pleased to welcome the Simon Paul Foundation who lost their previous offices and who provide valuable information for people with physical disabilities to lead independent lives."



The Swanley Parish Plan

Every household in Swanley and Swanley Village will soon receive a questionnaire asking what the people who live and work in our community think are the priorities for Swanley. This will be the first time that we have approached our community in this way and asked for your views and we hope that you will complete and return the questionnaire. We want you to discuss the questions with all members of your household so that you give a 'household view'. A special set of questions will be included for young people aged 6-12 and 13-19. Once all the questionnaires have been returned, a public meeting will be held in the autumn to discuss the results and from this we will produce a Parish Plan for Swanley.

Planning and Developments

The proposed housing development at Bonney Way has been approved and demolition of the former laundry has started. There will be a mix of apartments and houses on the site which is a short walk to the town centre. There are still no plans for the Déjà Vu site. The Town Council recently met with the District Council and site owners to encourage better management of the site and to progress plans for the re-use of the site. It is important that this site is brought back into use as it is such an important and prominent landmark leading into Swanley.

The Take That Experience Alexandra Suite

St Mary's Road, Swanley

Floodlight all weather facilities

We have floodlit courts for hire at St. Mary's Road which can be used for Tennis, Netball, Football Training, 5-a-side Football and Basketball. If you are interested in any of the above please contact Lisa Quinn at Swanley Town Council.

G r a ff i t i

Do you hate to see graffiti spoiling our parish? Then please report it to us at the Town Council and we will try to get it removed as quickly as possible. If the graffiti is on public property, we work with Sevenoaks District Council and the "Grimebusting" team from Probation Service who clean the areas 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 kept at the Town Council offices which 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 they have your permission to undertake the job. Ring Liz Davies at the Council offices for advice and help.

Friday 23 October 2009

8.00pm - 12.30am Tickets £18.00 per person Including live entertainment, disco and basket meal. For reservations call Swanley Banqueting

01322 613900

Reservations and payment in advance. Over 18's only


Calling all local senior football teams. Swanley Town Council has a full size pitch available for hire at St. Mary's Recreation Ground. The pitch will be available for the 2009/2010 football season on Saturday afternoons. For further information contact Lisa Quinn at Swanley Town Council.






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