I trust that Christmas passed smoothly and wish you good luck for the New Year.

Congratulations to Five Ashes! Shortly before Christmas we heard the fantastic news that the Five Ashes Village Hall Committee has been awarded a grant from The Big Lottery Fund, Reaching Communities initiative. This will fund the refurbishment of the existing facilities and a new extension, the plans of which can be viewed at the Village Hall on Sunday, 5th January at 2.00pm. Congratulations for this fantastic achievement!

[The Village Hall Chairman, Geoff Gregory, gives a comprehensive story on this in our Round and About section below.]

Mayfield Post Office: The Field Change Advisor from the Post Office is very optimistic that they will be able to provide Mayfield with an interim Postmaster early in the New Year which is very good news. The Post Office is however determined that any future Post Office in the village will be a Post Office Local* and they have received two applications which they are processing. A Post Office Local will provide 90% of the services that we have been accustomed to receiving. They have provided a comparison table which compares the previous Post Office’s services with those the new branch should provide. Please click on the link below labelled “Post Office”.

Post Office

[* A “Post Office Local” is – we read from the Post Office website (www.postoffice.co.uk/transforming-post-office) – an establishment combining both a Post Office and retail service in a convenience-type of store. This “agency contract”  basis means the operator is not an employee of the Post Office as such and customers can usually expect extended opening hours under this arrangement.

Trespassing on St Leonard’s Land: The Parish Council has received a worrying complaint from the Bursar and Head of Riding at St Leonards-Mayfield School concerning residents trespassing on their land to and from Rotherfield Lane. There is no public right of way on to their fields from Rotherfield Lane. The official rights of way are accessed from Royal Oak Mews and North Street in the High Street and along Tunbridge Wells Road opposite the Fire Station and adjacent to the bypass.

Trespassing on their land is raising child protection issues which of course is of great concern. In addition their horses are being frightened and the sheep worried by dogs. Please therefore refrain from accessing their fields from Rotherfield Lane.

GRIT: Finally, as winter is upon us no doubt we will get some cold snaps and surfaces will become slippery. Please be reminded that the grit bins are for the gritting of communal roads and paths and not for use on private property.

Dates of Council meetings in January:

Date Meeting Venue Time
13 January 2014 Planning Executive Old Manor House, High St, Mayfield 11:00
13 January 2014 Community Safety & Traffic Old Manor House, High St, Mayfield 19:30
29 January 2014 Governance & Risk Old Manor House, High St, Mayfield 09:30