Rotary Young Photographer Competition

Winner Announcement 2020/ 2021
11 young people from across the local area entered the competition with 3 pictures on the theme of “wild nature”. Judging took place on Sat 13th Feb by a panel of two professional photographers (Barry Duffield and Gregg Esson) and our President, Penny Spiller, who were all impressed by the standard and variety of the entries.

Both winners live in Kings Hill, receive a £30 gift token and go forward to the District-wide competition later in the year.

The Rotary Club thanks all entrants for their submissions, and invites them to try again next year.

To see the winning entries please read the Rotary Club update

Gatwick to implement charging for vehicles using its North Terminal forecourt from 8 March 2021

Gatwick Airport can confirm, following an initial announcement of plans for the scheme in October 2020, that on 8 March 2021 it will introduce a £5 charge for vehicles which drop off passengers directly outside its North Terminal, where all flights are currently operating to and from. The charge will be extended to the South Terminal forecourt at a later date. The initiative will help to reduce traffic congestion and emissions for the surrounding area as well as being a deterrent for a car-led recovery once more regular travel resumes post the COVID-19 national lockdown. The charge will also create a vital new revenue stream for the airport, providing further protection for local jobs as the negative economic impacts of the pandemic continue.


Anyone who does not wish to pay the charge will be able to drop-off or pick-up passengers in the airport’s long-stay car parks with two hours free parking and a free shuttle bus to the terminal. Alternatively, passengers can arrive by public transport, taking advantage of the significant improvements to train and bus services to the airport in recent years.


By encouraging other forms of journey to the airport, the charge will help Gatwick continue to meet its commitment to reduce ‘Kiss and Fly’ - the least sustainable type of journey to the airport as it involves two return car journeys – and may contribute to a reduction in traffic at Gatwick and surrounding local areas. In 2019 around 15% of airport journeys were ‘Kiss and Fly’. Reducing the airport’s environmental impact continues to be an important focus and Gatwick will make a contribution from the revenue into Gatwick’s existing Sustainable Transport Fund.
Full Statement from Gatwick 

Gatwick North Terminal Sign

Volunteer Tree Warden Role

If you are interested in the volunteer tree warden role please contact for further information.

Speedwatch Recruitment Campaign

Speedwatch schemes help community volunteers reduce excessive speeds on local roads. There is no mandatory time commitment - just when you have availability.
Operating at the roadside in 20mph, 30mph and 40mph areas, volunteers monitor speeds using a speed indication device (SID).

M20 Roadworks - January 2021

Stopped Vehicle Detection Project – works update


Highways England are planning to upgrade motorways across the country with enhanced stopped vehicle detection. Every motorway where the hard shoulder has been converted to a permanent running lane will have new technology by March 2023.
Further details from Highways England

Tonbridge & Malling Ramblers

Message from Tonbridge & Malling Ramblers

Our friendly group is one of 13 Ramblers groups in Kent and part of the national Ramblers walking organisation. In normal times, we offer a variety of group walks, mostly on Sunday mornings with additional mid-week rambles each month. Our walks are usually circular and about 5-6 miles in duration. We explore the beautiful Kent countryside from different starting points within the Tonbridge and Malling area and, occasionally, further afield. New members are welcome, as are those wishing to try us out before joining Ramblers.                     

Group walks are currently paused due to Tier 4 restrictions. We will be restarting as soon as we can, dependent upon government guidelines and Ramblers national guidelines. Meanwhile, you can find out more about our group at:


One of our activities is to ensure that public footpaths within the Tonbridge & Malling area are readily accessible to all walkers. We have footpath observers in each parish to check paths and report issues such as broken stiles and gates; broken or missing footpath signs; fallen trees and other obstructions. We always welcome help with this so, if you are out walking and encounter a problem, please do raise an alert. You can do this by logging the fault yourself on the Kent Country Council (search for ‘KCC public rights of way’) or by emailing details (with photo and path number/location) to

I will update you again once we’re able to restart our group walks. 

Kent County Council - New Crisis Support Cards

There are newly designed 'Crisis Support Cards' which have been produced in collaboration between Kent County Council and the Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group.

The cards feature information on a range of easy to access mental health and wellbeing support services for children, young people, and adult in Kent. They can be shared with anybody struggling with their mental health and who could benefit from quick and local support. You can also use the cards to start a conversation with someone about their mental health, as we know that having the chance to open up to someone is often the first step towards positive action in improving wellbeing.

Noticeboard - Rotary Young Photographer Competition

Express yourself by putting your photography (or phone camera) skills to the test in the annual Young Photographer competition.

Entrants must be aged 11 - 17 and the topic is Wild Nature. 

For further information please see further details on the Young Photographer Competition Poster. 


Crowdfunding - Forty Acre Site and Broadwater Farm

East Malling & Larkfield Parish Council, with support from other local Parish Councils, is crowdfunding for its campaign to extend the Green Belt to protect land between East Malling and West Malling, including the agricultural fields at Forty Acres and Broadwater Farm. The extension will protect the setting of the historic market town of West Malling and prevent East Malling and West Malling joining up with Kings Hill in the south and Larkfield and Leybourne in the north in one large conurbation.

The planning application for 250 homes at Forty Acres is at a critical stage and support is needed for obtaining legal advice and representation for the Local Plan hearings before the Planning Inspectorate in the autumn.

Whether you can spare £5, £10, £50 or more, all funds donated will be gratefully received and will help fight to protect the countryside for the future.

The cost of seeking legal advice and representation at the Local Plan hearing is expected to be more than £50,000. By offering your support you will be helping to protect the precious green spaces from being lost forever.

If you wish to support the campaign please donate to the Crowd Justice Site.

Map of proposed greenbelt