Photo by Tesla Exploration Corporation
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?
A chance to get out your bunting again and win a prize for the Best Dressed House in the Village! With a little imagination, you can create a wonderful scarecrow for the competition: just bring it along to the URC before 11 on the morning of the 11th or display it in your front garden, letting us know that it is there so that it can be included in the judging.
There will be prizes for children who dress up as characters from children’s story books and join the May Queen Procession which begins at 11 in Broke Farm Drive Recreation ground. Once the May Queen opens the fete at 12 noon the fun will begin.
The “Fun Dog Show” will be judging the dog which looks most like its owner, the one with the waggiest tail and best entertainer, so bring along your “best friend” and enter it for one or all of the “classes”. The popular Horsey Hopper Races are being run again. Competition is fierce, so get in some practice. As well as the entertainment there will be many exciting games to play, great prizes to win and lots of stalls to browse, with interesting things to buy. The Railway Society are running a splendid steam train on a 50 foot track across the Green and in the Village Hall, together with other stalls and super refreshments, children will have a chance to drive Thomas the Tank Engine!
If you buy a Lucky Programme you will know what is happening and when it is going to happen and you could also win £50. An exciting end to the day is the raffle draw – don’t forget to buy your tickets as there are some great prizes to be won!
Lesley Jones – Chair of the Fete Committee
The May-June edition of Pratts Bottom Village News is now available on line here
Come to the Village Hall and show off your knowledge for charity on Friday 3 May, 7 for 7.30 pm. Teams of up to 8 people
Tickets £8.00 per person
Available from 01689 825755
Cash bar available
Supported by All Souls Church
The consultation runs from 7 January 2013 – 4 March 2013, and MOPAC are hosting town hall meetings in every London borough throughout January and February. The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Stephen Greenhalgh, and senior Metropolitan Police officers will be sharing a platform at each event to answer questions and discuss the issues.
The Bromley borough event is being held on 28 January 2013 at 8pm at the Great Hall, Bromley Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, Kent BR1 3UH.
From 7 January you can also take part in the consultation by viewing the draft plan online and completing a questionnaire at www.london.gov.uk or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Arrr, Jim lad! The Pratts Bottom Dramatic Society has another Christmas treat in store for us. This season’s panto is Treasure Island.
There’s something for everyone at the ever popular Model Railway Exhibition at the Village Hall. Click the image for full details.
See also www.orpingtonmodelrail.org.uk
As an experiment I have set up a small weather station on my roof. As this is an experiment and uses only hobbyist equipment please don’t expect great accuracy.
Bromley Police are reissuing their warning regarding frauds targeting the elderly and vulnerable after a recent increase in these offences across Bromley, with one resident losing her £26,000 life savings.
Elderly residents have been receiving unsolicited telephone calls from fraudsters purporting to be from the police fraud squad or their bank. The fraudster will state that there is an ongoing investigation into fraudulent payments on their bank account/card. The person will be asked to ring the police/bank back using the phone number printed on the back of their bank card or by calling 999. This helps to convince the person that the call is genuine. However, the fraudster has kept the telephone line open so even though the person has dialled a number, the call does not go through. Instead they are unknowingly still connected with the fraudster.
The victim is asked to provide their full bank card details and key in their PIN so that their existing card can be “cancelled” and a new one “activated” or “authorised.” The fraudster will then explain that the bank will need to collect the card. The fraudster will then attend the person’s address or send an innocent courier company driver to collect the card. The fraudster, having obtained the person’s name, address, full bank details, the card itself and the PIN, then used the card to empty the victim’s bank account.
Fraudsters have also pretended to be from the police cold calling members of the public claiming to be from the Economic Crime Department and that the person’s bank account has been compromised by criminals. The fraudster suggests that the person should withdraw the money for collection by a police representative for safekeeping until the investigation was complete.
Detective Inspector Louise Knipe from Bromley Police said: “If you receive such a call end it immediately. The police will never ask you for any money, either to assist with an investigation, or for safekeeping. Your bank will never attend your home, your bank and the police will never collect your bank card, your bank and the police will never ask for your PIN.
If you do receive any call that you are suspicious about, please speak with a younger family member or relative before giving out any details or withdrawing any money and also contact the police.
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