Art Exhibition

A very successful Art Exhibition held by Green Street Green Art Class took place on Saturday 22nd September at All Souls Church. There was art work on display from all the participants from the class showing all different levels of expertise, some very talented work produced by some very talented artists. Enjoyed by everyone who attended they were also able to see work by Pratts Bottom Ladies that Quilt. There was the ever popular well stocked Farmers Market and plenty of cake to have with a cup of tea after taking in the wonders of the art work.  Below are some photos from the day.

Halstead Green Belt Future meeting tomorrow Wednesday 22 August at Halstead Village Hall

Halstead Green Belt Future meeting tomorrow Wednesday 22 August at Halstead Village Hall.  If you value our Green Belt, please write to object to this massive development on our doorstep. The meeting will tell you how…

Halstead Geen Belt letter writing

In addition Sevenoaks District Council have an open meeting at their offices 14.30 – 20.00 hours on 5 September before the consultation closes on 10 September.

Carole Sales, on behalf of Halstead Green Belt Future

Broke Hill Development on Green Belt Land

The Sevenoaks District Council Draft Local Plan has been published. As well as several brown field sites it includes the proposed Broke Hill Development on Green Belt Land.

There will be opportunities to speak to the planners from SDC at Halstead Pavilion for Open Consultations on

  • Monday 13 August 17.30-19.30
  • Thursday 16 August 10.00-14.00

On Wednesday 5th September 14.30-20.00, Sevenoaks District Council is holding a drop-in day for further consultation.

If you are unable to make these dates or you would like more support with letters and emails, please attend Halstead Green Belt Future Group’s Green Belt Support day on Wednesday 22 August in the village hall from 14.00-20.00. They will update you on progress and provide additional information. They would welcome any further professional and financial help to fight this.

They urge you to look on SDC website – Broke Hill New Draft Local Plan for further information on the proposed site with maps and reports.

Have your say! Your views need to be received by SDC no later than Monday 10 September 2018. You can email planning.policy@sevenoaks.gov.uk or write to Planning Policy, Sevenoaks District Council, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1HG

Geoff Copus

Geoff Copus(from Orpington History Organisation Facebook page)

We were very sad to be informed that Geoffrey Copus passed away on 10 June at 88 years.

Geoff was a significant local historian and published author. His focus and expertise was on Orpington, Chelsfield and Pratts Bottom. Geoff was an active member of many local history groups and the go-to person for queries on the aforementioned areas.

Geoff was a genuinely nice guy, he was old school nice. He was firm with his opinions but also very fair and open to discussion. Very much a family man, Geoff would always update you on how his family were and how they kept him active and young. Our thoughts go out to his wife Brenda and their family at this difficult time.

Rest in Peace Geoff, may all of your legacy local history work serve and assist others going forward for many years to come.

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I would add that Geoff helped me considerably in my research on Chelsfield Grange and he supported Sue Short in writing her book on Pratts Bottom. Geoff and I corresponded on local history matters over 15 years and he never failed to furnish interesting titbits. His favourite character was the nefarious and highly embarrassing “Archbishop” Mathewe who lived in PB because he ticked all of Geoff’s boxes as an unconventional churchman. Geoff and Brenda have been our friends for a long time and our thoughts are now with her and family.

Tony Lavelle, PB Webmaster.