The fifth Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival is on the first Bank Holiday weekend from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 May 2020. This year’s line-up is our biggest and best with a stellar cast of authors, performers and workshops for children and adults over the four days, along with tasty food and drinks to keep you going.
Highlights include ...

Michael Morpurgo
Tom Holland
Alexandra Shulman
Andrew Roberts
Maggie O’Farrell
Neil MacGregor
Piers Torday
Aardman Animations
... and many more.

Please visit for more information and pre-register for priority booking and updates. Booking opens for pre-registered guests on Monday 16 March and tickets go on general release from Monday 23 March. 



Chiddingstone Hoath
           at The Rock Inn

Bough Beech
at Wheatsheaf Inn

Chiddingstone Causeway
at Richards Close

07.03.20 09.45 to 10.30 10.45 to 11.3011.45 to 12.30


09.45 to 10.30 10.45 to 11.3011.45 to 12.30
12.09.2009.45 to 10.30 10.45 to 11.30 11.45 to 12.30
05.12.20 09.45 to 10.30 10.45 to 11.30 11.45 to 12.30

The Freighter cannot accept fridges, freezers, cookers, cast iron boilers or baths, long metal poles, building materials, manure, large parts of engines or vehicles or hazardous waste.

Hazardous waste now includes items like fluorescent tubes, TV’s & computer monitors, batteries, oil tins and filters, paint and paint tins and chemical containers. These items cannot be accepted on the Saturday Freighter service and must be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Compostable garden waste cannot be accepted. SDC operates a separate, fortnightly Garden Waste Collection Service. Paper garden waste sacks or a wheeled bin & an annual permit can be purchased for a small charge.

LITTER PICK - Next date 7th March 2020.

Please meet at the following locations:

Location Time Coordinator
Bough Beech, Wheatsheaf 9.30am 
Chiddingstone, Village Hall 9.30am 
Chiddingstone Causeway, Richards Close 9.30am 
Chiddingstone Hoath, The Rock 9.30am 

There will be litter pickers, high visibility vests, gloves and bags available. If you love where you live, please spare an hour or so on Saturday to help collect rubbish from our lanes. Thank you!


Chiddingstone Parish Affordable Housing Scheme

The short-listed sites which are subject to public consultation are:

Site 1
Land adj. to Chequers,
Bough Beech
Site 2
Land adj. to Bassetts, Chiddingstone Causeway
Site 3
Land opp. The Rock, Chiddingstone Hoath

Please submit your feedback to the public consultation by downloading the form and returning it to the Clerk before the deadline of Friday 16th March. You can email your completed form to, or post it to:
Chiddingstone Parish Council, Salehurst Barn, Oak Lane, Blackham, Kent TN3 9UB

Feedback Form

Be Winter Ready

UK Power Networks is working with the other Electricity Distribution Networks and their trade body, Energy Networks Association, on a new national campaign called Be Winter Ready. Be Winter Ready aims to encourage people to prepare in case they experience a power cut or gas emergency this winter.

In recent years the chances of unscheduled problems with electricity and gas supply have dropped dramatically. Since 1990, network companies have invested £80bn in improving the reliability of local energy networks in the UK. As a result, on average, electricity customers have a power cut just once every two years and gas distribution customers will have their gas supply interrupted without advance notice just once every 40 years. Whilst the UK’s gas and electricity supply is very reliable, bad winter weather can cause damage and disruption.

Steps you can take to ‘Be Winter Ready’:

  • Know your free emergency numbers: In a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.
  • Prepare your home: Keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Register as a vulnerable customer: Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Click here to find out more about the Priority Services Register in London, the South and East of England or to sign up.
  • Keep your eyes open: Keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.


Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Service

The Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Service (DAVSS), supports domestic abuse victims in West Kent to break the cycle of abuse. Volunteers can support DAVSS in a number of ways including direct interaction with victims (following professional training) or through support roles such as marketing, graphics and fundraising. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men experience domestic abuse in their lifetime - this can range from controlling behaviour right through to physical violence. Please see their one-page overview that outlines their desire to attract new volunteers. Anyone who is then interested is then directed to the DAVSS website where further information is available. Volunteering is critical to the provision of the service. Would you be able to help?

Sevenoaks District Council Local Plan Issues & Options consultation

This can be found at The deadline for responses to the consultation was 5pm on Thursday 5th October. The Parish Council's response can be found here.

The Issues and Options consultation is part of a lengthy process:

Issues and Options consultation – Summer 2017
Draft Local Plan consultation – Spring 2018
Pre-submission Publication – Summer 2018
Submission – Autumn 2018
Adoption – Summer 2019

There are several sites included in this consultation in our parish:

- Garages at Richards Close: 1-2 residential units
- Redleaf Estate Yard, Camp Hill: 4-5 residential units
- Causeway House (industrial units): 7-11 residential units, retention B1(a) office floorspace
- KCC Highways depot, Chiddingstone Causeway: 6-8 residential units
- Newtyehurst Farm, Chiddingstone Hoath: 34-46 residential units
- Penshurst Station Yard - B1-B8 employment use

I stress that these sites are subject to consultation and further assessment by SDC. They may or may not be taken forward as suitable sites in the Local Plan.

SDC has classed the following as category 5 sites, which are locationally unsustainable and therefore unsuitable, and SDC will not assess further:

- Land west of trading estate, Chiddingstone Causeway
- Kettles Field, Chiddingstone Causeway
- Land east of Ide Hill Road, Bough Beech
- Land adjacent to Chequers Barn, Bough Beech
- The Woodyard, Hoath Corner Wood, Ryewell Hill, Chiddingstone Hoath
- Land north of Tonbridge Road, Chiddingstone Causeway.

If you have any questions or concerns about the consultation, please contact me for further information.



Our PCSO Laura Morris has advised that there has been an increase in the number of thefts of oil in the area. Please see the Kent Police section of this website for more information. 


At the Parish Council meeting held on 13th July, members considered the results of the parish wide poll on whether residents support the Parish Council’s proposal to take out a loan with the Public Works Loan Board for £100,000 over 25 years in order to give a grant to help cover the shortfall in funding to refurbish/redevelop Chiddingstone Causeway Village Hall. There was a 36% response rate, and there were 94 votes in favour of the proposal and 91 votes objecting to the proposal. Many comments and queries were submitted with the return forms, which members considered in detail and discussed with the Redevelopment Group. The Parish Council held an Extraordinary Parish Council meeting on 21st July in order to discuss this proposal in more detail, with additional thorough information supplied by the Redevelopment Group. Members were satisfied that the Redevelopment Group has used due diligence in their process, and the specification and contracts are fit for purpose. Members held a ballot, and there was a majority of 5 votes to 3 in favour of applying for a loan from the Public Works Loan Board and awarding a grant of £100,000 to the Chiddingstone Causeway Village Hall Redevelopment Group. This is subject to the Parish Council having the appropriate insurance cover in place and, if the Parish Council is satisfied in this regard, the process now involves an application to the Secretary of State, via National Association of Local Councils, for a loan from the Public Works Loan Board.

The survey can be found here