In order to be better able to help those who are in need, or to ask for help if required, there’s now a Ryarsh Community Support Whatsapp Group.
Please click this link to join.
We’ll also try to keep everyone updated with local news via the group.
The West Malling quarry proposal is not over – the community needs your support!
The West Malling quarry site is currently excluded from the ‘Local Plan’ by Kent County Council, strong objections, however, have been received from the quarry operator which could seriously jeopardise the situation. Ryarsh Protection Group has independently funded the campaign to SAVE OUR COMMUNITY, but we have now reached a critical stage with a forthcoming hearing scheduled.
As a result of this further threat, we have engaged professional & legal advice to represent our cause and additional funding is now required to save our community – legal expertise is very expensive.
To raise funds, we’re offering you the opportunity to win a ‘once in a lifetime holiday’ and huge cash prizes worth thousands of pounds.
Visit www.ryarshprotectiongroup.com/ryarshlotto for more details and to purchase tickets online.
Ticket sales will end on 30 November 2019. Lottery authorised by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council – Licence number 850
If you’d like to donate to us without entering the Ryarsh Lotto, email us at email@example.com
Thank you for your support – please share this post.
Our annual Fete which was held in June this year over the hottest weekend on record recorded a profit of £1,109.90 which was donated to the Ryarsh Parish Council. The money has been directed towards the children’s play area exclusively and will help to maintain the facilities within.
Lynne Mackie, Ryarsh Parish Council Clerk said:
On behalf of the Parish Council I would like to thank you very much for the donation of £1,109.90 towards the play area project raised from the summer fete.
Any play area works are expensive and so this donation is very gratefully received. The play area is a focal point of the village and very popular, as we saw from the toddler in tears when he arrived this morning to find the slide was closed!
The contractor was able to begin work at very short notice today and work to replace the two old swings, install a new swing and lay safety surface under the swings and slide could be completed by the end of Wednesday but is likely to take longer due to the forecast rain.
A big thank you to all involved in organising the fete and those who helped on the day, those traders who attended and of course everyone who came along and enjoyed the event.
We’ll be planning next’s years soon with a focus on the day being a Children’s Activity Day along with the fete – any offers of help, suggestions, improvements, bookings etc, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Spadework is a charity, which provides life skills training and work experience for over 90 people with learning disabilities.
They aim to support the Trainees who use the service as they develop their independence and personal skills through social interaction with the community, and to ultimately provide them with the necessary skills to reach their full potential.
The Trainees are involved in all aspects of Spadework. They produce the plants that are sold in the garden centre and the fruit and vegetables served in the café and sold in the farm shop. They help to make cakes, jam and chutneys and serve customers in the café and in the farm shop.
Situated on a 7 acre site in the pretty village of Offham, near West Malling, Spadework’s garden centre, farm shop and 50 seat café is open to the general public 7 days a week.
Please visit at: Teston Road, Offham, near West Malling, Kent ME19 5NA.
Check out the website to find out more about this wonderful local charity!
email@example.com | Phone: 01732 870002 | Charity No 291198
We’ve been able to get hold of some very old images of Ryarsh. It would be very nice to know more (eg when they may have been taken) and if anyone has any similar pictures, we’d be glad to share them.
Please click on the images below to enlarge.
[updated 15/2/2021 with thanks to Chris Cheek]
We are looking to identify this individual who was in Old School Lane, Ryarsh on Sunday 12th August between 10pm and 10:30pm.
If anyone recognises the person by the way the are dressed, their demeanor or if you know someone who was in the area during this time please contact us via the village website.
The KCC Environment & Transport Cabinet Committee were to meet on 13th July and the Ryarsh Quarry was to be on that Agenda. We were advised at the last minute that the proposed Quarry site will now not be discussed at that meeting and therefore should be on the Agenda for a meeting in September – date to be advised. This is very disappointing.
We therefore thought we should have a public meeting in order that we can update everyone on what we have been working on over the past few months and our plan of action for the future months ahead, and would value Residents’ input.
The good fight goes on. All the support we have had has been wonderful, and we hope we can rely on your continued support as we move forward.
Do please come along to our brief and informal meeting to discuss our future defence strategies.
Due to the delay in KCC discussing the Ryarsh site, we are continuing with our Petition and Tom Tugendhat will now be presenting this to Parliament in September.
THE PETITION WILL BE HANDED INTO PARLIAMENT BY OUR MP TOM TUGENDHAT to request that the House of Commons urges Kent County Council to reconsider the site for quarrying in Ryarsh
If you have not already signed, please do so:
PLEASE WRITE YOUR FULL NAME /& ADDRESS WITH POSTCODE & SIGN. Signatories MUST be on an Electoral Register – if not, they can sign the petition if eligible to register, then register: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Beginning of September 2018 – THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Sign online at: Ryarsh Protections Group.com
Please share this video with your friends & neighbours. It shows the site of the proposed sandpit, and what we can expect from quarrying in the area.
Kent County Council are considering Ryarsh as a location for a sand quarry. The site, on the western side of Roughetts Road will be subject to 24 years of excavation and 5 years of restoration. Lorries will be entering from the A20 and then using Roughetts Road when fully loaded to exit the site. The location that will be dug up is a part of the Kent Downs AONB (Area of Natural Beauty) and includes ancient woodland, public footpaths and agricultural land and will border directly onto homes on the road, some of which are listed properties.
The Council have also identified a site in Lenham as another source to fulfil their soft sand requirements and a further 7 sites around Kent for sharp sand and gravel. Their requirement is for 5m tonnes of soft sand, Ryarsh has 3.1m and Lenham has 4m.
Ryarsh Parish Council were informed of this yesterday and very pro-actively have arranged a public meeting at the Village Hall on Monday the 29th January 2018 at 8pm and we encourage as many people as possible to attend.
You can view KCC’s plans on their website here and below are images of the proposed location.
Your views to the council are of vital importance. Please ensure you contact them through their consultation portal at:
or email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, or post your comments to:
Minerals and Waste Planning Policy
1st Floor, Invicta House
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