on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

To help ensure we do take away your papers, please consider;

  • Placing them in a prominent place so that they are visible. (Some of our helpers do not live in the village and so may not know all of our local roads).
  • Placing the papers at the roadside so that we definitely can’t miss them, even better to place them with someone else’s papers to make a bigger pile to see.
  • If you have any difficulty in getting the papers put out please let me (Ian Plowright – 01303812251) know and I can ensure we come right up to your house or even knock on the door.
  • Please ensure the papers are out by 09:00 hrs on collection days (always the second Saturday of every month)

Please remember we take birthday wrapping paper, birthday cards and any other paper based products and card (hard card preferably like the card used for cereal boxes) as well as any TV Guides, newspapers, magazines, books, directories etc. We don’t have much room for large corrugated cardboard boxes, whether they have been flattened or not. Please use small cardboard boxes (like the ones that take reams of photocopier / printer paper) to put your newspapers in as these are the most efficient way of collecting your papers, are just about the right weight for a Guide or Scout to lift and can go straight from collection vehicle to skip.

For those in outlying parts that bring paper to our skip in the playing field car park, please do so BEFORE 10.15 a.m. after which the skip is locked and we’ve all packed up.  On NO ACCOUNT must paper be left beside our skip after that time.   Thank you to all the Villagers who donated their papers in April!




Our well-appointed premises are available for hire, when not in use by our own units. The headquarters is particularly suitable for those special occasions: children’s birthday parties, christening receptions or for local association meetings in comfortable surroundings. Please contact our Letting Officer: Anne Mapley on 01303 812769 for further information.

We currently have the following Unit meetings at our HQ. If you wish to find out more about any particular Unit please contact the Leader as shown below. We are always looking for more people to help with the running of the Units, so if you would like to talk about becoming a Leader or Assistant Leader or simply helping at any of our meetings please talk to Julia Adams or Jon Rose.


 Leader: Jean Hodgkin 01303 812747
Meetings: Wednesdays in term time 5.00pm to 6.30pm – Girls aged 7 to 10 years.


        Leader: Julia Adams

Meetings Wednesdays in term time, 6.45pm to 8.30pm – Girls aged 10 to 14 years.



   Sadly the Ashford District Senior Section no longer runs from our HQ. Any girls aged 14 to 25 wishing to join the Girl Guide Movement should register their interest via the Guide Association webpages.


       Leader: Andrea Poynter 01303 812119

Meetings: Thursdays in term time 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm and is for boys and girls aged 6 to 8


       Leader: Katherine Davenport 01303 812265

Meetings Fridays in term time 5.30pm to 7.00pm – Boys and Girls aged 8 to 10 years.

         Group Leader: Jon Rose 01303 814742 Meetings Fridays in term time 7.30pm to 9.15pm – Boys and Girls 10 to 14 years.


        B&S Mountbatten Explorer Unit

Leader: Heather Hale 01233 631416  and Matt Hedges 07743 452740. Meetings are normally held on Fridays from 7.30 / 8.00pm onwards but sometimes meetings are during the week in association with Ashford District Explorers.    Youth, male and female aged 14 to 18 yrs.


In other news from the Scouts and Guides:

Brabourne & Smeeth Brownies has continued to grow and we now have a full pack of 24 Brownies.

The Brownies have had a very busy term  including a visit to Ashford to follow the snow dog trail, finishing off the evening with an ice cream and a trip to the Stour Centre for swimming where we enrolled 6 new Brownies. We have made paracord lanyards, coconut ice snowmen and mice, reindeers for the Christmas tree and a Christmas table arrangement. So, a very busy half term culminating in a  Christmas sleepover at our HQ where the Brownies made and wrapped four presents for family members:- a wooden bird box, a beautifully decorated canvas bag, a photo frame from washers and bolts and a love in a box present. For many of the Brownies it was the first time they had stayed away from home so a wonderful achievement and a sense of pride when the morning arrived.

If you would like to add your daughter to the waiting list please go to the Girl Guiding website to do this or if you are interested in volunteering with us please e mail me on Juliabsguides@yahoo.co.uk:      Julia Adams.


Guides and Rangers. The Guides and newly formed Rangers group under Jodie’s wonderful guidance have had a very busy half term too. Lots of cooking activities, fire lighting, a mocktail making evening a trip to flip out and lots of chilling and chatting as well as Christmas cake making, marzipanning, icing and decorating.

The younger Guides had a weekend camp at Mystole in September which was a great success with several of the new Guides having their first camping experience. We had the opportunity to take some of our Guides to Euro Disney for the day!! An action packed and very tiring but wonderful trip for the girls and we are taking the rest of the Guides and Rangers to Euro Disney in January.

If you would like to register your daughter for Guides please go to the Girl Guiding website and if you are interested in volunteering please e mail me on

 Juliabsguides@yahoo.co.uk:  Julia Adams.


Paper Collection Dates 2019

The Brabourne and Smeeth Scouts and Guides Management Committee would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year and say a massive thank you for all your paper donations throughout 2018. Jim Noble keeps our records and tells me in the 11 months to November 2018 we had collected 43.7 metric tonnes. The largest elephant (a male African Bush Elephant) weighs about 6 tonnes, so by the end of 2018 our Scouts, Explorers, Guides, Leaders and volunteers will have collected, debagged the equivalent of 8 African Elephants!

As always the dates for collections in 2019 will be published in the Parish News each month, but please remember that it is always the second Saturday in the month. The collection dates for 2019 will therefore be:

Sat 12th Jan; Sat 9th Feb; Sat 9th March; Sat 13th Apr; Sat 11th May; Sat 8th Jun

Sat 13th Jul; Sat 10th Aug; Sat 14th Sep; Sat 12th Oct; Sat 9th Nov; Sat 14th Dec

Any questions please contact Ian Plowright on 07836 736026.