Penny for your Thoughts! – Neighbourhood Plan Expo & Plant a Tree Day this Saturday, Village Hall

Think of the Trees

Thank you for making the Village Fete great!

Typically – the Bank Holiday weather was less than perfect, but, despite a breezy day and a brief rain shower, the Village Fete provided a fun day out for all ages and an opportunity to catch up with friends and neighbours, old and new.

There was lots to do. An excellent turn out in the children’s fancy dress competitions were judged by Margaret Gibbs and Peter New and everyone who dressed up went away with a prize. The fun dog show, organised by Rod Gibbs, attracted over 30 entries (both pedigree and Heinz 57) and was judged by Peter Edgar, with the winning dogs taking away a tasty treat. Ashford Youth Jazz Orchestra entertained the crowd and got feet tapping with two fantastic sets, with one of their first major performances for over a year due to the lock down. Thank you to Colleen Loader for organising.

Amanda and David Hughes brought along some of their fantastic collection of historic images of Aldington and Bonnington as well as biographies of some of the brave men who are remembered on the new war memorial.

Children were entertained with a number of stalls thanks to the wonderful volunteers –Rachael Tyson, Andrew and Louise Bowman, Stephen Wagstaff, Matt Baldwin, Sharon Swandale, Icy Wong, Jasper Baldwin and Harry Baker. Special thanks to Mark Patterson aka The Custard Pie & Water Man for his ‘Carry on Sponging’ stand and for all the ongoing support for this event behind the scenes.

Jerry Newsom was an amazing compere and the many stall holders who came along made the day. We thank them all for their support.  We must especially mention the Pilgrims Hospice volunteers for their wonderful toy and plant stall and for help setting up – Bill, Lau and John Taylor.

Afternoon teas were served throughout the afternoon by a number of volunteers from St Martin’s Church and we are grateful to everyone who supplied a home-made cake or ingredients including the WI and to Karen /The Walnut Tree for the delicious scones. Thanks also to Karen’s team for keeping the party going into the evening with a BBQ  and hog roast cooked by Ivor.

Thank you also to Sally Newall / Simply Ice Cream and Doug Wanstall / Bank Farm for the hay bale seating.

We had a fantastic selection of raffle prizes kindly donated by local businesses. Our thanks to Roberta Spicer, Maureen & Mary for managing the raffle and to all of the following:

NFU Mutual Ashford, Tenterden & Whitfield https:

DP Vehicles, Sellindge https:

Barry Scousesoundz Briggs

Louise Bowman, LBV Bookkeeping Services Ltd

Helena Tobitt at Blooming Delicious, Aldington

Beyond Beauty Retreat, Ruckinge https:

April Rose Retreat, Aldington https:

Harrisons Hair Team https:

The Dog House Micro Pub https:

Dandelions and Daisies (The Old Good Intent Pub on the Frith Road, Aldington)

Aldington Post Office

Harringe Plants at Potton Farm, Sellindge:

Sue Marshman and the crafters.

Final thanks go to Brenda and Peter Kemp, Alison Baldwin, Ginny Taylor and all other Parish Council members, without whom this event wouldn’t have been possible.  If we’ve left anyone out – apologies. This was truly a Village Event and we are indebted to everyone who participated to make it happen and to all those who came along to make doing so worthwhile.  Events bring communities together so we very much hope that you enjoyed this one and will support us doing more. the profit from this event will be ring fenced for the next one.

Next Parish Council Meeting

Monday 13th September, starting at 7.30pm in Aldington Village Hall.

The agenda can be found here:

Village Fete this weekend!

Aldington & Bonnington village hall and the Reynolds playing field next to it will be buzzing with things to see and do this Bank Holiday Weekend.

All afternoon on Saturday 28 August ( from 2.30pm-5pm) we will be serving tea/coffee & homemade cakes from the village hall, where there will be a display of historic photographs and other fascinating local items illustrating Aldington & Bonnington Past.  Look for a younger you or come to visit the history of the village in which you have settled ( as well as enjoy the cakes on offer!)
On Reynold’s playing field there will be stalls selling ice creams, pop corn and a range of other goodies, including a local gin! There will be a number of local craft stalls with producers selling a wide range of items as well as some traditional fun games with prizes, including a coconut shy and tin can alley for you to try your hand at. The raffle has a fantastic selection of raffle prizes that have been kindly donated by local businesses.
From 3pm there are performances by Ashford Youth Jazz Orchestra, followed by a fun dog show and children’s fancy dress competition.

From 5pm the entertainment moves across to the Walnut Tree for a hog roast, BBQ and live music.

The weather forecast for once looks great so fingers crossed for a beautiful sunny day so we look forward to seeing you all there!

Proposal for solar farm off Church Lane

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On Monday EDF Energy presented a project proposal to the Parish Council.  It involves the creation of a large solar farm on land to the west and south of the converter station and current solar farm on Church Lane, as outlined in red above.  The land outlined in green is proposed to be a battery storage site and will be subject to consultation in the future, but is included here to give residents a complete picture.

It is our understanding that this is a first round of public consultation. You can view a virtual public exhibition and take part in Q&A sessions this Saturday 17 July, 2:00pm and on Thursday 22 July, 7:00pm or visit an exhibition online at the project website:
If you do not have internet access and would like to view hard copies of the materials, please contact the EDF team using Contacting us directly on or 0800 0194 57
The developer is currently collecting feedback and intends there to be a second round of public consultation in the Autumn, ahead of a formal planning application, which, if approved, will lead to a 9 month build and an operational site sometime late 2022/early 2023.

obituary; FRANK  VIVIEN  HIGGINS 1929-2021

The following tribute has been written by Councillor Peter Kemp:

Frank, one of the kindest most generous and helpful people to have lived in Aldington.

His family have lived at Poulton Manor Farm for approximately 100 years. He and his elder brother Eric ran a dairy there for many years. The dairy was like everything else at Poulton, calm and laid back, everything done at the same steady pace.

He played cricket and football for the local teams and was a prolific gardener, along with his wife Jean, selling excess fruit, vegetables and flowers at the farm gate, always making generous donations to the Hospice.

He was a retained fireman at Aldington for 29 years, leaving 3 months before his 30 years as he had to retire at 55. He helped organise fund raisers for the  Fire Service Benevolent fund with American suppers, dances and jumble sales.

When the village held a carnival the fire brigade entered afloat depicting Toy Town. Frank was dressed as Louby Lou and looked very fetching in his long pink dress with yellow pigtails in his hair. It was typical of the man to join in whole heartedly.

Everyone will have their own happy memories of Frank, a true gentleman.

He leaves his wife Jean, son John and stepdaughter Jackie to whom the Parish Council send their deepest sympathy and regards.

Reynold’s Play Park CLOSED 10th – 19th May

Wednesday Workshop – Have your say!

It’s been tricky – but the Team have continued to work towards  developing our Neighbourhood Plan.  Your responses to Questionnaire 1 have shaped the Vision and Objectives of the draft Plan – which are revealed in the new website section and will be discussed in two online workshops that we will run next week.

The digital format has come into it’s own over the last year as in-person meetings have been impossible.  Some parishes have found that being able to listen to, or join in, discussions from home has increased public participation in events that they have run.  This is a first for Aldington & Bonnington Parish Council!  We hope that it will make this workshop more accessible and encourage younger people to have their say too.  A more conventional ‘exhibition’ type event will run later in the year.

In the mean time – please do email the Clerk ( ) for the Zoom link, stating which time suits you best. ( or call/message Cllr. Linda Harman on 07802 776779) Hope to see you on Wednesday!

Parish Newsletter April/May

Parish News for April/ May now out.  Printed copies can be picked up in Aldington Post Office or Aldington Fresh Foods.

If you’d like to distribute these to people in your road please contact us.

April Parish Council meeting cancelled.

Due to being in a period of national mourning all public meetings are suspended until after the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The next virtual Aldington and Bonnington Parish Council meeting will be therefore be held on Wednesday 5th May at 7.30pm.

As always, any concerns can be sent by email to