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 sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk quoting reference 28-0045.

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.

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

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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 ]  motepark.co.uk or leave a comment below.

image source Kindly taken by Jacqui Sadler.

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!

 

Hello – we’re new!

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This is a brand new information site about Mote Park, Maidstone. We aim to publish the latest items of news and forthcoming events taking place in the park. We’re not an official site, so you’ll need to contact the council directly if you have a pressing matter. We’re not the only site about the park either, so when we get the chance we’ll tell you about other sources of information.

We’d love to start a history section on the site and feature old Mote Park photos, leaflets, etc – so if you’ve got any please get in touch.