Bearsted is a community on the outskirts of Maidstone in Kent and has a population of approximately 9,500. It has well-defined boundaries with the railway line to the north, the River Len to the south, Willington Street to the west and the grounds of the Marriott Hotel to the east.
There are three separate areas of shops at the Ashford Road, Egremont Road and around the Green which cater for the majority of residents’ needs together with medical and dental surgeries as detailed in this booklet. Bearsted Parish Council is very proud to support local businesses as it is a valuable asset to our village and would encourage our residents to share that view.
Bearsted is serviced by four highly regarded schools for children ranging from infants to juniors. Secondary school pupils travel outside of the village to school.
Bearsted Parish Council has 15 councillor positions and meets once a month for the main Council meeting with small committees meeting in between, addressing items such as planning input, Council finances, transport issues, community and environment matters and provision of services for residents from young to old. The Parish Council is in turn supported by Borough Councillors Mike Cuming, Denis Spooner and Val Springett. The Clerk for Bearsted Parish Council is Mrs. Sarah Lewis.
There are several sports clubs providing recreation in the village which include cricket, football, tennis bowls and badminton. Other organisations cater for residents of all ages such as the WI, Scouts, Guides, Choral groups and groups for the elderly and retired.
Bearsted Parish Council hold an awards evening called the ‘Mynn Awards’ after the famous cricketer and resident Alfred Mynn. These awards are a well-attended event where selected residents have gone above and beyond in providing services and help for others in and around the village and are recognised for their efforts.
Bearsted boasts a number of areas of outstanding beauty including the Green, the Bearsted Woodland Trust that is manned entirely by volunteers who keep the area in wonderful condition and the Church Landway which is home to some recreational organisations.
The Parish Council are proud of the thriving community that we live in. Bearsted continues to maintain a separate identity from Maidstone with the green areas of Banky Meadow and Mote Park preventing the urban sprawl encroachment to the village.