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It is perhaps rather ironic that in the week when our Community Speedwatch volunteers were out on a road in the village, a car ploughed into one of the pedestrian islands along the A264, close to the junction with Farnham Lane. Several single car accidents have taken place along this stretch over the years, often with the cars ending up smashing into a front garden fence or wall. KCC Highways patched the damaged island with a temporary bollard and removed the damaged light within a few days.
In the CSW exercise, the volunteers recorded over 20 cars speeding over 30 mph in just over an hour and forty minutes along one stretch of road. In Langton Green, the Village Society are taking responsibility for organising CSW under the auspices of the Parish Council. There will be further Speedwatch exercises taking place this year throughout Speldhurst Parish.
Artistic Director, Tobias Cornwell, is bringing a production of 'Black Fate' to The Beacon pub from the 28th January to 8th February. He writes -
'Black Fate' is an immersive adaptation of William Shakespeare’s perennial tale 'Romeo and Juliet'. Ten closely intertwining narratives culminate in one astonishing theatrical experience. Let us welcome you to theatre like you have never experienced it before.
London. Late 1800’s. The all-female crime syndicate known as ‘The Forty Elephants’ are running Elephant and Castle, headed by their leader, the fiercely intelligent Capulet. Amidst unrest in the streets, a desperate Montague runs a pub within the Forty Elephants' territory, paying the syndicate for protection from the conflict. But with no power and with the price of protection continually rising, Montague and his boys must look elsewhere for income. Romeo and Juliet begin crossing family boundaries, Paris starts sparking tension in the streets and the stakes keep rising. Through struggle and strife, these characters face a deeply troubling question: what is the price of power?
Highways News - you may be interested in reading about the Parish Council's latest news and plans for our local roads around Langton Green and the other villages. Please CLICK HERE to be taken to the article.
As is usual at Christmas time, The Village Society provided the tree, decorations and lights up by the Green just outside the Hare for the village to enjoy. We hope you liked it!
STOP PRESS : 21-23 Newlands appeal has been dismissed by the inspector. Please CLICK HERE to read the full appeal dismissal.
5th November 2019
After a very successful summer fete in July, the Village Society are pleased to distribute some of their funds over the next 6-12 months to local good causes, as agreed by the Committee, such as the Primary School (as required in the future for possible new development), the short mat bowls club, the local allotment society and to help support a monthly lunch club to be held in the Pavilion. In addition, a donation was made this year to Folly Wildlife Rescue, an animal charity based along Fairview Lane, just outside of Langton Green. Lastly, a substantial amount of funds will be used over the coming year to improve our environment with new bulbs being planted and perhaps even a tree or two in areas which can support this. Our recent membership survey results gave more weight to the look of the village, tidyness and environment than any other category.
The Annual General Meeting of the LGCT took place in the Langton Green Village Hall on Thursday 10 October. The Trust confirmed to all those who attended that it would be merged into the newly incorporated 'The Langton Green Village Hall' CIO before the end of the year. At that time, the Trust would effectively become a dormant charity and the new CIO would take over the running of the Village Hall.
STOP PRESS - This action has now been completed and the new charity which owns and operates the Village Hall is now known as 'The Langton Green Village Hall' (Charitable Incorporated Organisation).
1st November 2019
The LG recreation ground field nearest to the Village Hall is now closed off to the general public. This is to allow the necesary groundworks to be completed over the next six months or so.
The project is being led by the Community Sports Association along with the Parish Council, who are the landowners. Further information may be obtained from here - Grass Field Project
The children's play areas are still accessible.
25 July 2019
Planning - You may have seen recently that both Knowle Close and Newlands were refused planning permission by TWBC, although the development at Speeds Farm was eventually approved. In particular, the Newlands application had attracted a massive amount of local opposition and which shows how important it is, these days, to focus any objection on the key facts and with, perhaps most importantly, reference to the relevant planning policies both at local and national level. If this is done in a clear and sensible manner, the TWBC delegated officer responsible for deciding on the application has every reason to consider each point in an objection very carefully.
Also to note, on nearly all applications, it is this individual delegated planning officer who makes the decision with regard to approval or refusal. Some people still believe, erroneously, that these decisions are made by committee. Many years ago that was the way; in our case the TWBC 'Western Area Planning Committee' would have decided on a planning application. Now, one officer decides using a clear set of local and national criteria. Only if a Borough Councillor "calls in" an application, does the application go before the full Council in one of their evening meetings. This happened in the Speeds Farm example, on which the delegated officer had given his view that it should be approved. Councillors then made their decision based on all the information before them.
Our Borough Councillors (Speldhurst & Bidborough) are Julian Stanyer, Julia Soyke and Lucy Willis. Their contact details can be found on the TWBC website.
Lastly, please remember that TWBC no longer send out letters to neighbouring properties about new planning applications. We first mentioned this back in 2017 on this page (see below). Instead, you need to look out for any yellow notices on lamp posts, trees or fences etc which now notify you of an application or be registered for email updates direct from the Council.
The Village Society AGM took place up at the Village Hall on 25th March and was well attended by many residents. As well as the usual 'AGM stuff' and our guest speakers, it was particularly pleasing to be able to present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Lynn Jeffreys of Langton Green for her long service, as both a councillor and for many years as chairman, on Speldhurst Parish Council. Well done Lynn!
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Several years ago the Village Society commissioned a factual book about Langton Green and which contains lots of old, historical photos of the Village. We do have several copies still available for purchase. For further information, please see the History tab above and contact the webmaster if you would be interested in buying a copy (at a reduced price).
Some new planning applications in the village recently submitted by developers have been objected to by both the Parish Council and the Langton Green Village Society. We felt that both were trying to over develop the sites in question (in one case 10 houses where two currently are) and were not in keeping with the established neighbouring houses or roads. December 2018
On a wet and windy Saturday morning, volunteers from the village helped erect the Christmas tree which as always was provided by the Village Society for the benefit of all those passing by during the seasonal period. New lights were purchased last year to improve the look and this year we were treated to some mince pies by one kind neighbour along the Green - thank you!
Speldhurst Parish has a new PCSO. His name is Matt Hill and he can be contacted via email -
In emergencies always call 999. For non-emergencies please call Kent Police on 101.
As you may have seen by now, the Village Society has put up the hanging baskets for this year. Whilst our own funds do pay for these, we do also receive a donation from one household specifically to help towards the cost of the baskets, so thank you to that family as well. May
Preparations are now under way for this year's Langton Green Fete. If you are able to help, either in the run up to Saturday 7th July or on the day itself (perhaps by helping to run one of our main stalls for an hour or two), please do get in touch. Please email Neil & Debbie on email@example.com
Thank you so much!
Some of you may know that there is a consultation period currently open regarding the amending of Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries. This is perhaps important to villagers because potentially Langton Green could be moved in to the Tonbridge constituency instead of remaining in the newly named "Tunbridge Wells and Crowborough" one. If you wish to make a comment on this, whether in support or against, you can do so via the BCE website (links below). To note, this is purely for voting in a General Election and who your MP would be - Langton Green would still remain under TWBC for all local issues.
This public consultation runs until Monday 11 December. Opening up the expanded map function on the first link is quite good as you can see how the whole of Spelhurst Parish has been moved away from our "home" town of Tunbridge Wells if you zoom in.
Our second student grant this year went to Nandini Magoon, a pupil at Tonbridge Girls Grammar School, who was a volunteer for the Joshua Orphan and Community Care Charity. Nandini moved to Langton Green with her parents and younger sister in 2015. They have two dogs who you'll see being walked regularly in the village.
Several schools and churches around the UK send volunteers out to Malawi specifically to help with projects in the country and in particular to make life better for young children and orphans. You may read Nandini's report on the attached document and learn more about the charity from the link here -
The Village Society awards grants to students living in Langton Green who are generally in years 11 to 13 and are raising funds for overseas educational trips. Please visit the Village Society page above for details.
As you may know, the Village Society awards grants to students who apply directly to us in order to help with the cost of educational trips abroad. Isabelle Ormsby, a local musician & student, went to France at the end of July and has kindly written the attached report for us on her return to Langton Green.
Isabelle has lived in the village all her life and attended our local primary schoool before going on to Tonbridge Girls Grammar. She is now studying Biological Natural Sciences at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. She started to play the cello in primary school aged eight and has been playing ever since.
Congratulations to our Photo Competition winners who were awarded their prizes at the Village Fete on Saturday 1 July. This photo shows them along with some of our second placed contestants. The judges, Ian Palmer and Jonathan Bolland, were also present along with the new Mayor of Tunbridge Wells Julia Soyke. All three presented the prizes to our winners as follows - Clare Marples, Andrew Chapman, Amy Collinson, Ben Macklen, Karen Williams, Warwick Morris, Henry de Carle, Tina Chandler and Claire Edmondson. Well done to them all, and thank you to everyone who entered. We had nearly 50 photos in all.
TWBC have announced that from April 2017 letters to households giving notice of nearby planning applications will cease and that residents will have to register via their website and/or rely on reading public site notices which will continue to be erected in close proximity to the planning application address.
Please see the attached note -
Earlier this year we reported on a local family's fundraising efforts for their son to have a potentially life changing operation called selective dorsal rhizotomy. There was a fantastic response to the Hassett family's fundraising efforts and Theo, who also has cerebral palsy, had his SDR operation in May. Theo, who started at LGPS in September, is recovering well from the procedure and is now working hard at his daily physio with a view to improving his mobility and achieving independent walking over the next couple of years.
You can follow Theo's progress here - www.facebook.com/readysteadytheo
New Pavilion Opening
After seeing all that rain Friday evening, it came with much relief that the sun was out for the morning of Saturday 3 September for the official opening of the new LGCSA sports pavilion up at the Village recreation ground. Several local celebrities such as Guy Lambert, Chairman and Chris Allen, Head of Football were joined by Greg Clark MP, George Cohen MBE and Lord Pendry (representing the FA) for the ribbon cutting event.
The ceremony was ably assisted by Mike Bender and with Steve Alldis supporting everyone by cooking the bacon for the breakfast rolls being served from the newly fitted out kitchen, many local parents and their kids enjoyed a really nice start to their day's activities. Several local Councillors were also in attendance as help and support for this large and important building project was necessary over the last year or so from Speldhurst Parish Council. Official photographers from both the FA and the Courier attended, so look out for lots more photos of this event over the next week or two.
You may have noticed a fairly constant stream of 'arriving' aircraft over Langton Green during July and the first part of August. Seemingly, summer had truly arrived for us all. Well, there has been some very recent, important news for everyone concerned by the noise from overhead aircarft.
From Monday 15 August the flight landing swathe for planes coming in to Gatwick was officially re-widened, effectively negating NATS and the CAA's plans to create a narrow superhighway over a number of villages in west Kent, including ours. Planes coming in to land at Gatwick from the east will now be guided over a larger area which we should definitely notice from this week by having fewer planes diectly over us.
This has come about largely due to the huge public oppostion from those villages that, through no fault of their own, suddenly found themselves experiencing far greater noise from aircraft than they had five years ago. Huge thanks must go to the team behind 'Gatwick Obviously Not' who have worked so very hard on everyone's behalf to get this far. Many local people have helped with donations directly to GON as has the Langton Green Village Society on your behalf.
However, please stay vigilant as there is still much work to be done following on from the independent review which was released at the end of January this year and which we reported on at the time and can be found further down this page.
Gatwick - There have been several items of interest concerning Gatwick and the associated aircraft noise over East Sussex and Kent in the last few days. One primary piece of information was the results of the independent review by Bo Redeborn released on Thursday 28 January. This has been reported quite widely in the local press, for which we attach some links of interest for you. In addition, late last year 'Gatwick Obviously Not' were informed by the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) that they had won their right to take their Judicial Review to a full hearing concerning the narrowing (concentration) of flight paths "being engineered" by the CAA over the last couple of years. Again we attach a link to their relevant website page.
You may have seen this previously, but even so it still makes pleasant reading! Country Life magazine mentioned Langton Green as one of the best places to live in Kent. Their full article was entitled 'The 50 Best Places to Live Near London' with 6 villages in our county getting a mention. Langton Green was first out of those six on the list, just in case that makes a difference ;-)
You may read their article HERE