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The annual boundary Walk was again a great success, Ther were a total of 49 people who took part plus 4 dogs.

The 4.5 miles route was completed in 2 hours 15 mins.

At the end a social time was had at the Y Centre with tea and cakes served.

  CPR and Defib Course (1)

– a great afternoon! A big thank you to Domino’s

Our walking treasure hunt on the afternoon of Sunday 9th September turned out to be a great success, with 42 adults and 17 children going out in 13 different groups.   We were lucky with the weather, with the sun shining making it a very pleasant afternoon to be out walking around our area.  

Contestants had 53 questions to answer as well as dealing with clues as to which direction to take and we are very pleased to report that all came back safely!    All said they had enjoyed their afternoon.

A huge vote of thanks to Radu and his staff at Domino’s on Boughton Parade, who sponsored this event for us. 

They provided pizzas and tea/coffee for everyone at the end of the treasure hunt, with the added bonus of chocolate pizzas and cookies for the children, as well as balloons to take away..

They also sponsored the prizes which were vouchers for Domino’s pizzas, and their generosity meant we were able to give prizes not only to the joint winners but also to the 3rd placed group.   The joint winners each scored 50 points and the runners up 48 points. 

Well done to all those who took part.



On 6th October more than 100 NLRA members and friends met at Loose Junior School for the annual Quiz Night.

Question Master and NLRA Chair Sean Carter had prepared a testing range of questions covering among other subjects Politics, Sport, and General Knowledge plus a Live Music round performed by Alan and Lisa Moore. Isn’t it amazing how easy questions are when you know the answer and isn’t it peculiar how your brain switches off and fails to come up with a fact that you absolutely knew a few hours earlier!

The winners for the last two years have been the Newberry team. This year they were on holiday and the Loose Bowls Club team led by Bruce and Sandra Carr were the top table. We look forward to next year when we hope the Newberrys take on LBC or perhaps a new team of winners will get it right on the night.

The Winning Planter

During the evening the winner of the Best Planter competition was announced with Sue Ditcher and Pamela Hawker claiming that title. Mick and Pat Abbott, Denise Douglas, Keith and Pauline Wright, Mick McDowall, Tony and Gillian Adams and Val Smith were also thanked for all their work which has done so much to improve the appearance of Boughton Parade.

There was the traditional raffle with some excellent prizes supplied by the local shops many of whom were also involved with judging the planters. For all this we must thank:

  • The Dolly Tub
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Doo Das
  • Loose Chiropody Practice
  • Lucky Newsagent
  • Nicky’s Florist
  • Page & Wells
  • Paydens
  • Sainsburys
  • The Y Centre

A very successful evening and we look forward to doing it all again next year. 


Don’t forget this months Loose “Ends”, Wednesday 17th October.

A talk by Brynn Cornwell from The Valley Conservation Society.


Following last Saturdays efforts a further group of NLRA committee members and volunteers got together on Wednesday to complete trimming the entire East side of the Greenway. 

The cuttings have been moved to the West side where they will be left  with the cut grass, nettles etc; as they are. We are waiting for it to dry out for approx. one week when we will remove it all and burn it.




Land at rear of 422 Loose Road (former Lloyds Bank). 

An application to build a house on the former car park (a brownfield site) has been approved by Maidstone Borough Council. 

This will be a traditional 4 bedroom chalet bungalow with small gardens; car parking will access from Warnford Gardens and complies with residential parking standards.   The NLRA consider the form and scale of this property to be in keeping with the character of the area and will be an improvement on the current disused site. 

We did object to the original fencing proposed along the side of Cripple Street and this has been removed from the application.  

The developers are required to submit a green living plan before the house is occupied, thus ensuring that the property is energy efficient.  

A previous application for two houses on this site was strongly opposed by the NLRA and that application was withdrawn.