Meetings are held at the old village hall on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm.
The floral crown was designed and made by the Biddenden Horticultural Society for the 2012 Jubilee celebrations.
Biddenden in Kent is a typical Wealden village with one of the prettiest main streets in the county.
The first recorded mention of the name is in a 10th century charter concerning a den, or swine pasture, in Bydyngden. Pottery of the Romano/British period has been found near the old railway line, north of the village.
Biddenden is rich in timber framed and brick buildings from the 1400s, and from Tudor and later periods, many of which were the result of wealth created when the broadcloth industry flourished in the Weald. The much-photographed houses along the south side of the High Street were built in the 1600s, when the cloth industry was in decline, possibly where cottages occupied by weavers once stood. Many of the houses on the north side of the street are of timber construction but were later given brick fronts. The West House restaurant is one of the oldest, though legend tells of a soldier returning from Agincourt in 1415 to set up the Red Lion public house.
The village is famous for the story of the Biddenden Maids, a story which rests on legend as well as on fact. Two sisters, whose true names and dates remain uncertain, are believed to have left about 20 acres of land to the church wardens so that the rent from farming it could pay for a dole of bread and cheese to be given at Easter to the most needy villagers. This charity was given High Court approval in 1656 and has continued its work ever since. The dole is now managed by the trustees of the Consolidated Charities and is given out on Easter Monday morning from the old workhouse on the Sissinghurst road.
All Saints Church was mainly built in the 1200s, though there was probably an earlier Saxon church here. After the decline in the cloth industry, the village continued its life as a busy agricultural community with a population which never fell below one thousand inhabitants, and was often nearer 1500. Today it is over 2,500. Several modern industries thrive: PK Produce and Biddenden Vineyards, and the Chart Hills Golf Club hosts international events on its 18-hole course.
The Biddenden Local History Society has published Biddenden in Pictures (on sale from the Post Office) and the Story of Biddenden (on sale from the church). Biddenden in Pictures is also available from YouByYou Books
*Text courtesy of Pru Stokes
Recycling and Refuse Collection dates over Christmas 2013
The Parish Council has a Vacancy
Ashford Borough Site Submissions - Building Plots
Smarden CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 6th, 7th, 8th December 2013
St Michaels Church, Smarden, 11am - 6pm each day 34 different trees decorated by clubs, families and local businesses from the tasteful to the downright whacky! Vote for your favourite tree. Refreshments - Christmas Crafts - Food Stall. Memory Tree in aid of Canterbury-based Charity 'Catching Lives'. Music - Sunday Evening Concert
COMMUNITY-LED PLAN 2013 - formal adoption was discussed by the recent BPC September 2013 meeting
Village Recycling Credits
Visit the Kent Police website
Kent Police to see the locations, dates and times for when the Police Contact points are in or near your area. Some locations, dates and times have recently been changed so please have a look for up-to-date details.
WARNING! An incident near Canterbury very recently.
Between 12pm and 1pm today a middle aged man knocked on our door saying that he was from the Gas Board and he needed to check our meter.
Our meter is in our garage so I made him wait whilst I went through the house to open the garage door. He then started to walk towards the internal door when I pointed out that the meter was just next to the garage door.
I asked what did he need to check the meter for and he said that he was from G4S working on behalf of British Gas who own the meter to see if it was a low level gas meter rather than a medium level meter. I asked him why the cause for concern and he said that the medium level have a gas release valve and in some new properties people have built around them. He then proceeded to take a number of photographs on his IPhone of our meter and valve. He had plausable ID on him and was in a G4S fleece and black trousers, he also carried a clip board with him with some paperwork.
I thought it was a little bit strange but saw him head off to our neighbours and thought nothing more of it until I spoke to our neighbours at 14:30 who said that they had not heard anybody knock at their door. Our neighbour suggested that we call our energy provider.
I called EDF and they stated that they were not aware of anyone working in our area but that British Gas do use G4S for their meter reading and works although they stated that it is EDF that own all of the old Seeboard area meters ( thus our area ). EDF then stated that they would contact the Meter Operator, British Gas and G4S to see if they had anyone working in our area today. The lady from EDF called me back within 15 minutes and advised me to report the incident to the police as they also had no record of anyone working in our area today.
Whilst I was waiting for EDF to call me back I contacted G4S myself and they took down all of the details and then checked out their systems to see if there was anyone working in our area. I explained that he did appear genuine but the G4S operator confirmed that there was no one working in our area today, he thought it was strange that the chap had taken a photograph of our meter and also stated that they would have a paper trail on their system if the chap had been genuine.
Folllowing the advice of EDF and G4S I have contacted Kent Police who took down the details and said they were refering the matter to their intelligence section, they then gave me the following reference number 20-09-88.
Please would you be kind enough to forward this to your neighbourhood watch group and ask everyone to be vigilant.
Household Waste Recycling Centre
The improved facility is opening on Saturday 6th July 2013 at 08:00
The temporary facility provided during site re-development closes on Sunday 30th June at 16:00
Please note - for 5 days neither facility is open. This is required for movement of waste containers between sites. Details of alternative Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) can be found at www.kent.gov.uk.
The Ashford HWRC has been re-designed to increase the capacity of the site for the future, help to cut queues and improve the overall customer experience.
Biddenden's Recycling Centre - What happens next?
Rural Local Needs Housing Guidance Notes
Free Loft and Cavity Wall Insulation
News in Kent April 2013
Hedges on Roads and Paths
Ashford Borough CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU Newsletter Spring 2013
Welfare reform is coming – are you prepared?
Council Tax Benefit
Advice Services Transition Fund
Grants of between £50,000 and £350,000 are available for local not-for-profit providers of advice services to continue to give vital help to people and communities in the areas of welfare benefits, debt, housing and employment.
Non-emergency Police phone number 101
Chalara dieback of Ash (Chalara fraxinea)
Information about Bonfires
Rogue Telephone Calls purporting to be from the CAB
Trading Standards Alert: members of the public are being telephoned by someone pretending to be from CAB and offering debt advice. Citizens Advice never call a member of the public without them having first contacted the CAB and giving permission for a call back.
Members of the public are reminded that they should never give personal details, banking information or other data to anyone who cold calls them. They are also reminded that the Citizens Advice Bureau do not charge a fee for the advice they give.
Ashford Borough Citizens Advice Bureau
No Golf on the Gordon Jones Playing Field
A large number of golf balls have recently been found on the Gordon Jones Playing Field, tennis courts and bowling green. No golf or golf practice is allowed on the Gordon Jones Playing Field as it is an area heavily used by dog walkers and children. Golf presents serious health and safety issues because of the possibility of personal injury to others using the area. If you wish to practice or play golf, please visit either a local golf course or golf practice facility.
ATTENTION DOG OWNERS!
Red dog waste bins are provided around the Gordon Jones Playing Field and Millennium Field area. Most people make good use of these bins but a few do not. Please do not allow your dog to defecate in public areas without clearing up afterwards and disposing of it in the red bins provided. Bags are available, free of charge, from the Post Office.
Please note that if you do not pick up your dog waste, then you may find yourself picking up a fine instead.
VOTE NOW FOR BETTER BROADBAND
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Localism Act received Royal Assent on 15 November 2011
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST FORM
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To provide the Parish Council with an action plan for critical issues, as identified by the Steering Group through parish-wide consultation (click for details).
The initial 2005 Biddenden Plan revisited and updated for 2009 (click for details).
Updated 8 Jan 2013: Information about: who and what we are, what we spend and how we spend it, what our priorities are and how we are doing, how we make decisions, our policies and procedures, lists and registers, the services we offer, additional information. Model Publication Scheme 2013: