IMPORTANT: In 2017 all meetings will be held on the FIRST 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
The Parish Council is trying to canvass support and involve our MP Damian Green, to put pressure on BT / Open Reach to do something positive about this.
Check your broadband speed here:
and then report your results here:biddenden.gov.uk/broadband-survey.asp
You only get one go at it so be careful entering data.
Full information in respect of the proposed Biddenden development to ensure that parishioners can make an informed choice.
Simon Cole, Planning Policy Manager at Ashford Borough Council, said that Ashford Borough Council would need full information from the BPC by **mid December (12/12/16: We understand that this date has been extended slightly) . If this deadline were not met then there would be no community benefit linked to a section 106 agreement for this development:
UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register
Local Boundary Commission Consultation
You may already be aware of this but the Local Boundary Commission is undertaking a consultation on the ward boundaries within the Ashford borough. The purpose of the Commission’s work is to make recommendations about our ward boundaries so that each elected representative at a borough level represents around the same number of voters and the specific interests and identities of local communities within those wards. It has stated that it will need to re-draw ward boundaries across Ashford to achieve this aim and is asking for feedback on its findings.
More details are available via the following link: www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-east/kent/ashford
The Ashford Local Plan
The Ashford Local Plan - Biddenden specific detail
Biddenden's meeting to discuss the proposed sites is on the 26th June 15.30 - 19.00hrs at the Biddenden Village Hall
New Email & Internet Scams
There are some dangerous new email and computer scams of which you should be aware. Here is some information to watch out for from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau
NEW: Consumer Rights Act 2015
Watch Out! A new parcel delivery scam!
Kent Police has produced a helpful leaflet on.
Rural News 138
Kent Parish News
Rogue traders spotted in the Maidstone area
Report a pot hole
Council Tax Support - Review
Ashford Borough Council has to review its council tax support scheme that it introduced in April 2013. Council tax support has meant that some people have had to pay something towards their council tax for the first time.
Ashford Borough Site Submissions - Building Plots
COMMUNITY-LED PLAN 2013 - formal adoption was discussed by the recent BPC September 2013 meeting
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.
Rural Local Needs Housing Guidance Notes
Free Loft and Cavity Wall Insulation
News in Kent April 2014
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.
Localism Act received Royal Assent on 15 November 2011
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST FORM
Any Freedom of Information requests for the BPC should now utilize this new form: Click here for further information...
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: