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Charity Joined by Local Mayor for Groundbreaking Celebration

Zach Miles and the Mayor of Tonbridge, Cllr Mark Rhodes dig in
Zach Miles and the Mayor of Tonbridge, Cllr Mark Rhodes dig in
Guests didn't seem to mind the rain
Guests didn't seem to mind the rain

Joined by the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Mark Rhodes and its Chairman, Zach Miles, The Abbeyfield Kent Society, a charity and housing association, celebrated work starting on its new extra care housing scheme in Tudeley Lane, Tonbridge. 

Mark Rhodes, Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, and Zach Miles, Chair of The Abbeyfield Kent Society, braved torrential rain and dropping temperature to celebrate breaking ground on the new housing scheme, which is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2018.

Zach Miles, welcomed the guests to the site, which is being constructed by Jenner, and, with the Mayor, formally marked the start of work on site.

Leaving their umbrellas, guests headed next door to dry off and warm up with a cup of tea and slice of cake at the Society’s new care 101 bed residential care home, Barnes Lodge, where they looked at plans, and were given more information about the scheme.

The extra care housing scheme will comprise 59 one and two bedroom apartments, available on an affordable rent basis and for sale through Older Peoples Shared Ownership (OPSO). All apartments will be for over 55s with a care and/or support need, those with a local connection to Tonbridge will be prioritised. Residents can enjoy living in their own apartment, with an excellent range of on site facilities and varying levels of care and support or hand.

In his speech, Zach Miles said: “Today, we are breaking the ground of another extra care scheme, one of several that we are building in Kent. This scheme is adjacent to our state-of-the-art care home, Barnes Lodge and once completed, 160 people will live on the site, sharing services and having the option of their care needs being met up to end of life in familiar and friendly surroundings.”

The Society also recently started work on a similar scheme in Larkfield, which will have 74 apartments available on an affordable rent basis. To find out more, visit or email

Posted : 23/03/2017

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