Accident near Mote Park: Witnesses sought

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Kent Police is appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision that happened at 12.45am on Saturday 28 January 2017.

The incident happened on the A20 Ashford Road, Maidstone, approaching New Cut Road, where it is reported there was a collision involving a black BMW car and a male pedestrian in his 20s.

Police officers and South East Coast Ambulance Service went to the scene and the pedestrian was taken to a London hospital with injuries that are described as serious.

Can you help?

Anyone who was in the area at the time and has information about the incident is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538 or email quoting reference 28-0045.

Race for Life 2017 at the park

Race for Life events are being held at Mote Park on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9. There’s a 5K and 10K on the Saturday and a muddy, obstacle 5K on the Sunday.

Full event details can be found here.

Race for Life jazz band

race for lifeCharlotte would like your help in contacting the jazz band trio that played in Mote Park during the Race for Life event in July.

Sadly her friend, who participated in the event, has since lot her battle with cancer and a ‘Celebration of Life’ event is being organised for next month in memory of her. Charlotte would like to have the unknown jazz trio play at the event but can’t find any contact details them.

So if you have contact details for the jazz trio please leave a comment below.

Thanks very much for your help.

Race for Life: 2013 event details for Mote Park

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Mote Park is again a host venue for the 2013 Race for Life and there are two runs on Sunday 7th July; a 10K that starts at 9am and a 5K that starts afterwards at 11:30

Here’s some “getting there” race day details from Cancer Research:

Please arrive at least an hour before the start of your Race for Life event to avoid queuing.

Parking is available at this venue. Please arrive early in order to avoid congestion.

Alternatively, for 10km event at 9am please use town centre car parks. More information regarding drop off point to follow. There will be a bus service from Mote Park to King Street, Maidstone Town Centre, operating after the event.

For 5km event at 11:30am please use London Road and Sittingbourne Road Park and Ride service, buses will start running at 8:50am and will travel to and from Mote Park. The will be no charge for the Park and Ride service but donations on the day would be appreciated. More information regarding drop off point to follow.

Stay with us through the afternoon and celebrate in style in our new picnic area while you enjoy the entertainment and activities on offer for the whole family including crazy golf, inflatable volleyball and live music.

Good luck and remember to collect any sponsorship monies afterwards!

Hazlitt Theatre: Events in the park

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The Hazlitt Theatre is organising some events in Mote Park that are taking place later this week:

Bird Song, Wildlife Study Day – Friday 10th May, 9.30am – 3.00pm

This one day course gives you the basics of how to identify bird songs and calls. Birdsong lifts everyone’s spirits and if you ever wondered which birds are creating the particular songs, then this is your chance to find out. Suitable for beginners and less experienced birders, this course combines classroom with being out in the field. You’ll cover everything from how birds produce such wonderful sounds to what they mean, how we interpret them and what sound belongs to which bird.

£28 pp (max of 16 participants)

Wild Foods Walk – Saturday 11th May, 10.30am – 12.30pm

A great opportunity to spend a morning foraging for wild foods with Carol, a local bushcraft expert.

£2.50 pp (max of 20 participants)

Bat Walk Leaders Training – Saturday 11th May, 2.00pm – late

An introduction to bats (ecology and biology), a closer look at our local bats (and how Kent Bat group and the Bat Conservation Trust are helping with their conservation), guidelines on planning and running a bat walk, and use of bat detectors as a survey tool. Followed by a bat walk in the evening. Delivered by

Adults only. £40 pp (max of 20 participants)

For more details and bookings for all of the above events contact The Hazlitt Theatre on 01622 758611

BBC Country File visits the park

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As part of a feature about bumble bees, the BBC programme Country File paid a visit to Mote Park (pictured) where members of the local community had fun bursting balloons that were full of seeds. To find out why visit iplayer and watch from about 29mins.

If you’d like to find out more about the campaign against pesticides then visit the buglife website.

Photo: One of the tunnel entrances

mote park tunnel entrance

Many thanks to Alex Griffiths for sending in this photo of a locked entrance to (one of) the tunnel(s) underneath Mote Park. This entrance is located on the south side of the park next to Keepers Cottages.

If you’d like to send in a photo of the park feel free to get in touch at hello [ @ ] motepark .co .uk. All images will be credited.

Are there secret tunnels under the park?

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Do secret tunnels exist under Mote Park?

Having spent an hour so searching the internet, I’ve pretty-much failed to find a definitive answer. There’s certainly some conjecture and a few articles mention a sandstone mine that used to be where the park is. This discussion thread about the Volunteers Pavilion (pictured) mentions a skylight that can/could be seen in the grass, suggesting that something was/still is below ground.

This 2005 pdf document (link) from Maidstone Borough Council references various historic built structures remaining within Mote park including tunnels:

  • Mote House (Grade II*) and its outbuildings (Grade II)
  • kitchen garden walls
  • 19th century memorial Doric pavilion (Grade II),
  • entrances to underground caves or smugglers’ tunnels
  • boundary stone walls
  • boat house
  • weir on the lake
  • a number of inhabited park lodges (three of them listed as Grade II)

And this discussion thread on an urban explorers website only offers hearsay rather than concrete proof that tunnels do exist.

So, what can you add to the tunnels debate? Have you got maps or photos of the Mote Park tunnels or maybe you’ve been in the tunnels yourself? Please get in touch at hello [ at ] or leave a comment below.

image source Kindly taken by Jacqui Sadler.

RSPB: All day walk event

rspb-logoA local RSPB volunteer group is organising an all-day walk event within Mote Park.

Where: Meet at Mote Park (TQ771555)
When: Monday 15th April, 2013.
Time: 9:45am
Tickets: £1 suggested donation

For further details contact Alan Prior on: 01227 361362 or via email

It’s also worth bookmarking the local Maidstone RSPB group web page for details of other forthcoming events.

Video: Power kiting with Kent Scouts

Here’s a video of a small group of scouts from Kent Scouts making the most of a recent breezy day in Mote Park with their power kites – looks fun!