Visit Spadework

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.

Open 7 days a week

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! | Phone: 01732 870002 | Charity No 291198

Old Ryarsh

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]

Ryarsh Protection Group Progress & Update Public Meeting

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:

Beginning of September 2018THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Sign online at: Ryarsh Protections

Please follow: Facebook: Ryarsh Protection Group / Twitter: @Save Ryarsh

Ryarsh proposed site of 3.1m tonne sand quarry for 24 years of excavation

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: (preferred method)

or email your comments to, or post your comments to:

Minerals and Waste Planning Policy

1st Floor, Invicta House

County Hall



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The Duke’s old bell rings time again

This bell was recently given to Helen & Jon by a family who visited the Duke recently. The last time this bell was in the pub was when it was run by Miss Hariet Capon, who was landlady from 1887 to 1905, following on from Joseph Capon who was landlord from 1835 to 1887. It’s been rung in the Duke many times, and now rings time again.

You can see a list of landlords of the pub here.


Road Maintenance – Road Surface Improvement The Street, Ryarsh (Inc Woodgate Road, Birling Road & Ryarsh Road)

This is to let you know that, as part of the on-going maintenance and improvement of the highway network, Kent County Council will be working to improve the road surface of Woodgate Road, The Street, Birling Road and Ryarsh Road between Trottiscliffe Road and Bull Road.

These surface treatment works will start on 23rd October 2017 and should take 5 days to complete, with working hours between 9.30am – 3.30pm. This type of work can be affected by bad weather, so if it is not possible for us to carry it out at this time, we will arrange a new date and let you know via a letter drop to your home. We will also put up signs along the road before we start showing the date we plan to start work.

What we plan to do
We are going to use a product called ‘Micro-Asphalt’ to improve the road surface. Micro-Asphalt is quick to apply, which means less disruption to road users, residents, local businesses and the emergency services. It is a cost effective way of prolonging the life expectancy of the road before any major repair works are required. It also benefits from having a low carbon footprint.

Micro-asphalt is applied cold, in fluid form directly onto the existing road, in two 8mm thick layers, that seal the surface to prevent water penetration, restore texture and improve skid resistance. The first layer is rolled in order to achieve a compact surface on which to lay the top layer. The top layer is not rolled as we want the stones to remain proud of the bitumen whilst it cures to give texture to the new surface; this influences skid resistance and durability. The action of a roller would push the stones deep into the bitumen, which is why we rely on the movement of vehicles, which are much lighter, to aid the embedment of the stones.

The finished surface will look quite coarse, uneven and rough immediately after laying, but will improve during the first four to six weeks of use by traffic, as the material beds in. The laying process may result in the fluid splashing slightly up the kerb face; this is normal and will weather with time. Generally within seven days of completing the works the road markings will be reinstated and within four to six weeks the ironworks (road drain covers, manhole covers etc.) will be adjusted to suit the new surface. BT covers are excluded from our works, as these are normally raised by BT themselves and this may not be carried out until after the completion of our works.

How you can help
During these essential works, it will be necessary to close the road completely so that we can carry out the works safely for both the workforce and road users. Any pavements will remain open at all times. The diversion route will be via Trottiscliffe Road, The A20 London Road, The Leybourne By-pass Birling Road and Bull Road. It is inevitable that residents and businesses near the works will experience some disruption, but we will try to keep these to a minimum. Any pavements will remain open at all times, but vehicle access to properties will need to be restricted for a short period while work is carried out in front of each property. If you have any particular access needs, please let the workforce on site know. We need your help to make sure the work is done as quickly as possible and to the best possible quality.  If your vehicle is usually parked on the carriageway, please make sure you park it somewhere elseaway from the site whilst the works are carried out, so the road is clear for us to resurface.

If you need more information, please call us on. 03000 41 81 81

You can also visit our website to find out how we look after the roads throughout Kent or report any faults you find on our roads.
For your safety and the safety of our workforce, please drive carefully and slowly through the roadworks.

WARNING – Doorstep Criminals
Kent County Council Highways, Transportation and Waste do not allow works to be carried out on private properties. If anyone says they are working for us or our specialist contractors and offer to carry out any work they should be treated with caution. We advise you to contact Citizen’s Advice on 03454 04 05 06 (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm) Kent Police on 101 or if you feel threatened Kent Police on 999.