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Pauline Gibbons sadly informs us that Mike/Geoff died last Friday after a heart operation. He had his 80th birthday while in hospital. Some of us knew him as Geoff, some as Mick and some as Mike, but he was well known to us all for his kindness, generosity and his wonderful sense of humour. It was a privilege to have him as our next door neighbour and friend for so many years. He was always there at the Orchard Road work parties and well known locally, especially at the Bulls Head.
His funeral will take place at Eastbourne crematorium BN23 8AE at 4 pm on Tuesday 17 September.
Donations to Sussex Air Ambulance which covers Kent as well.
We are sad to announce that Barbara died last weekend after a period in Farnborough Hospital and a short stay in a local nursing home.
On Friday 20 September 2013, after the funeral at Chatham crematorium at 3 pm officiated over by Canon Penny, there will be a Memorial Service at approximately 4:30 pm at All Souls Church, Rushmore Hill, Pratts Bottom. After the service, everyone is invited to the Pratts Bottom Village Hall for a chance to chat and remember Barbara.
It all went downhill when Woolworths folded: does The Fuhrer have a point? Perhaps it’s better to have pound shops than boarded up ones, even with “vinyls” on their windows. Have charity shops saved our high street?
BEWARE COARSE LANGUAGE IN VIDEO.
After an incredibly successful 10 and a half year run Vernon Leese finally left The Bulls Head in mid August this year. The village pub has now been taken over by two local business men, Matthew Coady and Andrew Harding. “Listening to our locals, and what they want The Bulls Head to be is what’s really important to us. So, we will be giving you the opportunity to voice your opinion via a suggestions box at the pub, and on a simple on line form which you can fill out at our web site. Remember, it’s your local pub..we’re only manning the pumps, and we look forward to seeing you very soon”
Matt, Andy and Steve.
Popular features of the pub’s legacy, such as Live Music with current favourite bands and singers, Jam Nights a showcase for our local undiscovered talent, and of course the sports elements such as Darts, Golf, Pool, etc.and traditional games like Bat and Trap will continue to be part of the everyday life of the Bulls Head. The famous and much missed WHAT’S ON GUIDE will be back very soon, so you can keep up with live events at the pub, our new menu, and our arrangements for this Christmas.
The robbery, which left the proprietor very badly injured, took place on Monday 19 August between 10 and 11pm. If you have any information please contact DC Quigley at Bromley Police Station on 020 8284 99665 quoting crime reference 3315424/13. You may receive a reward.
Alternatively, if you don’t want to give your name, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Across London there has been a growing trend of stealing cycles from garages and sheds. In your role as NHW coordinators could you please ask all of your NHW colleagues to be particularly vigilant to this type of crime and advise local communities of the benefits of two good quality locks placed on cycles (as thieves generally carry only one type of tool) and securing them to an immovable object. Audible sheds alarms are also a great deterrent and please lock away tools.
To successfully deal with this type of crime the MPS seeks information as to where these stolen cycles are being taken to and sold from. We would ask NHW and cycle clubs / enthusiasts to contact police if they become aware of any premises (residential or other) where different cycles are being regularly seen there. A recent arrest found a male with 3 stolen cycles in the living room of his flat and he was busy filing off the serial numbers. Many stolen cycles are being sold through the Internet. Cycle enthusiasts who regularly visit specialists sites can help the police combat this type of crime by reporting web activity and adverts which lead them to believe stolen cycles are being sold. It is the cyclists with specialist knowledge who can assist police by being our eyes and ears against crimes being committed against your community
Anyone having information or concerns should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Our friendly local landlord, Vernon Leese, has announced, “It is my intention to move from The Bull’s Head on Monday 5th August. The weekend of 2nd, 3rd & 4th will be my ‘at home’. I will be here all weekend if anyone wishes to pop in and say farewell. There is live music on the 2nd. During my 10½ Years here, I have met many wonderful people who I shall always remember. I will be leaving The Bull’s Head with very fond memories and I thank all of you for your custom during this time.”
Unlikely as it may seem, the major seismological survey being carried out around Pratts Bottom, Knockholt and Farnborough by Tesla Exploration Ltd is to explore for “oil” (more likely, shale gas) for Northdown Energy Ltd, a partner of the Texas-based Alamo Energy Corporation.
The Sevenoaks planning application is available here but it doesn’t state the purpose: http://www.sevenoakstown.gov.uk/updates/20130204PlanAg.pdf
Note reference to an “oil discovery” at Knockholt: http://www.oilvoice.com/n/Alamo_Energy_Announces_Partnership_With_Northdown_Energy_to_Develop_UK_Weald_Basin_Acreage/8977c5fa7b74.aspx
Apparently we are considered to be in part of the “Weald Basin” and if you drill down far enough there are oil deposits: http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/Yes-s-true-hunt-oil-planned-Sevenoaks/story-18076098-detail/story.html#axzz2U1JIv3ov
When will the nodding donkeys arrive? I think we should be told.