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 clerk@abpc.org.uk


Village Views Competition – and the winner is….

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Village Views Photography Competition

The location of Aldington and Bonnington, being just above the Romney Marshes and, in the case of Aldington, upon a ‘hurst’ (or hill) means that we all enjoy some spectacular views.

village viewsWe are seeking to document those views so that they can be recorded as part of the character of our area – and to have a bit of fun whilst doing it, we are launching the Village Views Photography Competition. There is  £100 first prize to be won and 5 runner-up prizes of £20. The best photograph will be selected by a judging panel of creative professionals together with Paul O’Grady.

So – whilst out walking to disperse those Lockdown (2) blues… do make sure you have your mobile phone or a camera to hand to enter your Village View into our photography competition.  Email your photos to; robertaspicer@abpc.org.uk along with details about where the shot was taken and your contact details. If your phone has a compass take a note after you’ve taken the image of the map coordinates.  Don’t worry if you don’t have this facility though; we will work it out!

Looking forward to seeing all your lovely photographs and hoping for some autumnal sunshine to make our parish glow.

Closing date for entries: Midnight on Friday 8th January 2021

Terms & Conditions of entry:

  1. This competition is open to residents and friends of Aldington & Bonnington parishes
  2. Photographs must be taken within either Aldington & Bonnington parishes and should feature your favourite village views
  3. Photographs must be original, taken by you and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other photographic competition
  4. Photographs should be submitted via email as a .JPG file and be no larger than 5MB in size
  5. a) Photographs submitted must have been taken between 1 January 2020 and 8 January 2021b) Please provide a date, location and short description to accompany your photograph. If possible please provide map coordinatesc) Entrants may enter no more than 3 different photographs in total
  6. It is the photographer’s responsibility to obtain any appropriate permissions. Please do not submit photographs that include children unless you have expressly gained the permission of their parent or guardian
  7. The competition is only open to amateur photographers (defined as someone who does not derive more than 10% of their income from photography)
  8. The competition is not open to parish council members
  9. The competition will be judged by creative professionals and local celebrity Paul O’Grady
  10. Winners will be notified by email, the judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Prizes are non-negotiable and non-transferable
  11. Judging will take place after the closing deadline and winners will be notified by the end of January 2021
  12. All commercial rights to the images remain with the photographers with the following exceptions:
    a) Aldington & Bonnington Parish Council have the right to use all entries in any future publicity material, (print or electronic) such as the Neighbourhood Plan, parish magazine or web sites without payment – subject to crediting the original photographer
  13. By entering this competition you agree to participate in any reasonable publicity that may be generated as a result of the competition


Remembrance Sunday, 8th November 2020

Sadly, for the first time in history, Services of Remembrance nationally will be closed the public, in line with the Government’s latest advice.  This means that the Remembrance Sunday event at the Aldington, Bonnington & Hurst War Memorial will be much reduced this year, in order to comply with national guidelines and to keep everyone safe.

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Instead, members of the public are urged to remember all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, our veterans and all our Armed Forces by coming together for a national moment of silence at 11am on the doorstep of their own homes. The service from the Cenotaph will be broadcast nationwide on BBC One, Sky and ITV.

At our own Memorial, after the two minute silence is observed, the Last Post will be sounded and wreaths will be laid by an invited group, observing strict social distancing measures.

You are invited to show your support by replicating the Clap for Carers at the end of The Last Post.

It would also be nice to join in the national suggestion of using our windows  to display support for the War Veterans and Armed Services.  We invite everyone to show their respects by displaying a poppy in your window and by joining in the one minute silence at 11.00am, Sunday 8th November on your doorstep, alongside your neighbours.

You can download a Poppy Poster, or an outline Poppy Poster for children to colour in from the Royal British Legion website in return for a small donation. The Royal British Legion need support from online donations this year, because they have not been able to organise collections in the usual way.

Aldington Churches Together will lead our Remembrance Day ceremony as follows:

  • Two minute silence at 11.00am
  • Sam Loader will play The Last Post
  • Wreath laying by an invited group – unless government advice changes.

Fittingly, in time for Remembrance Day, commemoration of the 49 men and one woman honoured on the Aldington, Bonnington & Hurst War Memorial is now online – in a new section of the Parish Council website that is launched today. The phenomenal dedication of David Hughes has not only brought us the Memorial itself, but also, through his research, the stories behind each individual. The poignant history of enlistment, the Great War and Second World War battles and the tragedies that local families endured is told here.

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COVID-19 Helpline

If you need help during lockdown, or in order to self-isolate;

Telephone : 01233 721838  or 07802 776779

or contact the volunteer group on FaceBook via the Aldington and Bonnington’s Action and Support Group for the Coronavirus

Ashford Borough Council support can be accessed via the dedicated website section.  Anyone having difficulty please contact Councillor Linda Harman; tel: 07820 776779.

Further helpful information and links to more on our COVID-19 Support page :https://abpc.org.uk/covid-19-support/

Keep safe everyone.

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Quarry Pond – update.


The pond on Quarry Field has been temporarily fenced off and the entrance up to Quarry Field from Quarry Wood is closed for a short time. img 0552This is due to damage to the ground surrounding the pond during mechanical clearance of reeds and parrot weed this week.  The area is extremely muddy following heavy rain, so please keep clear.  We realise that many people enjoy walking around the pond area and apologise for the inconvenience whilst works are carried out. We very much hope that the ground will recover quickly to enable removal of the fencing.

img 3495Many thanks to Darren Godden and Martin Boulden for their support in achieving this first stage of a conservation and improvement plan. The parish council are working with Martin Newcombe, professional ecologist and founder member of the East Kent Badger Group with support from the Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership.

This autumn, the centre part of the pond has been mown and cleared to increase the free water area and reduce vegetation.  Next autumn, further reed will be removed after which it is hoped that annual hand clearing will be able to keep vegetation under control.

Ponds provide a rich and very natural habitat for a wide range of threatened freshwater species such as: Great Crested Newt, Natterjack Toad, Pillwort, Starfruit, Marsh Clubmoss and Medicinal Leech.   We hope that through conservation work we will be able to make the pond on Quarry Field a biodiverse haven.  Next year we will be forming a working party to get involved in projects to expand the diversity of species found in the pond and Quarry Woods area.  In the mean time we hope that you will bear with us.



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New Parish Councillor brings team back up to nine

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We are delighted to welcome Stephen Wagstaff to the Aldington & Bonnington Parish Council.  Stephen has lived in Postling Green at the end of Roman Road for 8 years.

It being mid term for the current electoral period, Stephen was co-opted onto the Council by the remaining 8 councillors. Co-option is a process whereby councillors select a person to join the parish council.

Residents elect 9 Parish Councillors every four years; 7 from the Parish of Aldington and 2 from the Parish of Bonnington. The Parish Council elects its Chairman each year at the Annual Parish Council Meeting which is held in May.

The Council reports to residents at the Annual Parish Meeting held in April.

Parish Councillors are holders of public office but are not paid for their services, they commit to three main responsibilities; decision-making, monitoring and getting involved locally.

The next elections are scheduled to take place in May 2023.

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Your community needs you!

Parish Councillor Vacancy

Aldington and Bonnington Parish Council currently has a vacancy for a member of the public to become a Parish Councillor for Aldington.

If you feel you would like to get involved in making decisions about your local community, local issues and make a significant contribution to the area in which you live or work, then this is the position for you!

Do you have an interest in your local environment, local transport, local government finances, amenities, planning and housing issues, community events, anti-social behaviour and policing, and want to make a difference then please apply!

  • You must be aged 18 years and over, eligible to vote and have lived or worked in the parish of Aldington for 12 months or more, or within 3 miles of the parish boundary.

Please apply in writing to:

Peter Setterfield PSLCC, Clerk to Aldington & Bonnington Parish Council
The Mission Hall
Forge Hill
TN25 7DT
Email: clerk@abpc.org.uk

Closing date for applications: 7th September 2020