Gill Kingscott retired as Parish Clerk after 17 years service to the parish Council. The Council organised a small get-together for Gill in the Pavilion on November 30th to thank her for her work and to wish her a long and happy retirement.
The Council now has a new clerk, Louise Dancy, who took up her post on December 1st. We wish her well for the future.
The 402 bus service has now stopped and been replaced by the 431 service, operated by Go Coaches. The service runs between Orpington High Street and Sevenoaks Bus Station. The timetable is a more restricted than it used to be, with only 4 buses operating per day in each direction. Also there is no service on Saturdays, Sundays or Public Holidays, including Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
We did mention last year that we would be pleased to welcome help from parishioners to paint the benches on the Recreation Ground. But, on inspection, there are only four benches which are able to be used. Thanks must go to Miss Dicker who keeps her brother’s bench in excellent condition.
There must be other people in the village who own or have connections with the other benches. perhaps there are one or two who would like to volunteer to carry out some repairs.
There are several vacant plots at the allotments and many of these have been worked in the past so are ready for use. The annual charge is still £25.00 (to include water costs) and hoses can now be used. There are also half plots available at £12.50. Several allotment holders are starting up an Allotments Association which means that seeds and plants can often be bought at a reduced price. If you are interested in a plot contact the Clerk, either :