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The return of Teston Blues...
KCC have announced that Teston Lane will be closed for up to 2 weeks from Mon 25 Aug.
roadworks.org, the national roadworks website, has the job posted as High Impact, Delays likely and features a memo (see below) which says "Please supply Civils Gang to dig down and investigate damaged drainage system..."
We contacted KCC directly and got a prompt reply (thank you):
The planned works to be carried out within the closure are drainage works to investigate and repair the system in the road, once this is complete the road will be resurfaced.
So the good news is that the council are planning on tackling the drainage issue.
This section of road was closed for resurfacing only 3 years ago, and the surface deteriorated almost immediately.
Informed local observers blamed a lack of tar under the trees (more tar is required to hold chippings in place under trees) but the constant problem with water run-off has been evident for years (see picture below)
There used to be a pond in the second field on the left as you go down Teston Lane from Lower Road. This pond was filled in but perhaps the spring that fed it was not connected to a drain and has found its way to the river down the road?
Anyway, let's hope that KCC Highway Dept is successful in fixing the drainage, whatever the cause may be...and let's hope it really does take 2 weeks or less to do that!
PS. Congratulations to the landowner of the woodland at the junction with Lower Road who has finally had the brush cleared (see below) so that traffic coming up the hill has a clear view of traffic coming from Maidstone...but now we can see that the fence needs mending!
14 Aug 2014
It's been almost five weeks since Terry suffered serious injuries when he parted company with his ladder while trimming a hedge. He spent a painful time in hospital (see left) in a brace but never stopped smiling.
The latest news (see photo below) is that he is in good spirits and is making a good recovery back at home in Charlton Lane. The original timetable was to be back to work in six weeks but that may be optimistic.
Don't know what the hedges are thinking but the rest of us are wishing him well and hoping he will be back on his feet very, very soon.
Last August, we published an article about the works to repair the century-old Teston Lock, which were just about completed. One of the intriguing things we learned at that time was that the Environment Agency had an ambitious and long-term plan to rejuvenate the fish life of the Medway by completing a series of fish ladders and eel passes, enabling sea trout, salmon and eels to migrate upstream to spawn.
The fish ladder and eel pass at Teston was completed. We can't show you a fish going UP, but here's an intrepid canoeist going down. The eel pass, by the way, is a concrete channel lined with plastic fronds which is on the right of the fish ladder as you look upstream. You can see the steel plates on top of it in the first picture.
So, after the floods (did you see this amazing aerial footage, taken from a helicopter on Xmas Day, 2013?) what's the latest on the lock and the plans...we went back to the ever-helpful Environment Agency to ask.
Question: was the lock or the new works damaged by the floods?
Answer: nothing major, just fences and footpaths. Most of the repair work should be completed by Easter week.
Question: the banks of the Medway are lined with rubbish washed down during the floods, especially plastic bags and polythene sheeting. Are there plans to clear this up?
Answer: this is a huge job and we have no funding to do it. We did try to organise a canoeing volunteers weekend with the River Medway paddlers (representatives from canoe clubs, schools, and other organisations) but there was only limited interest.
Question: what's the latest on the fish ladders and eel passes?
Answer: we still need to construct fish passes at East Farleigh and Anchor Sluice, however capital funding on these has dried up. We have a bid into DEFRA and are waiting to hear.
So, that's the news on Teston Lock. It's still there, but so's the rubbish!
April 20, 2014
The Farleighs WI Choir
On Saturday 1st February The Farleighs WI choir sang in the first round of
a competition to find the WI Choir of the Century. The WI nationally will be
100 years old in 2015. The winning choir will sing in the Albert Hall at the AGM.
They were competing against 3 other choirs from West Kent. They sang three
songs, an Italian Folk song (in english) Mozarts Ave Verum (in latin) and a
new song Butterfly written by Alan and Catherine Simmons. It was originally
written for children, but suits an all female choir very well.
They had rehearsed hard, the choir mistress Lynn Seeley is a perfectionist,
but the hard work paid off. They were selected by a panel of professional
musicians to go forward to the next round. They will be representing West
Kent in the South East regional competition in Dorking in September.
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And a Happy Christmas to all of you...
We've just posted two images taken by Clive Stevens with his panoramic lens.
Click on the thumbnails under "Recent Images" to see them.
Look forward to some more!
As promised, a follow up to my article on the trees of West Farleigh is a work in progress. I had the honour to host the judge for the annual competition and feel we have done well. The results won't be known until October or even later, but I'll give you an idea of what we have to offer.
FLOWER FESTIVAL &
CENTURY OF WEDDINGS
20TH AND 21ST JULY
All Saints Church West Farleigh
If you didn't get a chance to see this wonderful display
you will find some photos of the flowers and wedding dresses
on our Recent Images page
Peter Callway was instituted and inducted as the new Rector of our Benefice on Friday 7th June, and his wife Alison was licenced as a reader in the Benefice at the same time. About 200 people came along to this service and there was a fine reception afterwards.
I have posted some photographs of the service in "Recent Images" (many thanks to Kath Cooper) on this website.
July 1, 2013
PS. Institution means "the admission by the Bishop..into the spiritual oversight and care of a Parish.." while Induction means "the admission by the Archdeacon...into the possession of the church building, churchyard and parsonage." The Bishop in this case is Bishop James of Rochester and the Archdeacon is the Venerable Clive Mansell, Archdeacon of Tonbridge.
It could be a question in Tim Hill's Harvest Supper Quiz!
TheParish Council has had notification of more road closures.
This time they area filling potholes and resurfacing Lower Road and Smiths Hill.
This will again cause major disruption. Buses will not be able get through to West Farleigh
during both events.
More information can be found for Lowere Road disruption by clicking here.
Information for Smithsa Hill click here.