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West Malling and its surrounding area
West Malling is an historic mediaeval market town based in West Kent, with a hinterland consisting of the parishes of Addington; Birling; East Malling; Kings Hill; Larkfield; Leybourne; Mereworth; Offham; Ryarsh; Trottiscliffe.
The area is unusual in that East Malling, Larkfield and Kings Hill are substantial communities with their own shops and facilities – however they provide the main commercial and industrial estates, leaving West Malling as a traditional market town offering retail shops, services and hospitality to the surrounding area. There are more than 500 businesses in the Malling area.
The parishes are within the Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council (offices at Kings Hill). The town is actually closer to Maidstone, County Town of Kent, than to Tonbridge; however both are substantial centres within easy reach of West Malling. 
Initiatives by topic
East Malling, Ditton and Barming, blog of wildlife sightings
eastmalling.net, independent project providing information and news for residents and visitors of East Malling
East Malling - supporting community projects in East Malling
Communigrow - Kent Community Supported Agriculture, aims include the current transformation to create a viable market garden run by the local community of Larkfield, Ditton and the Mallings.
West Malling group on LetsGrow, Landshare
Pilsdon at Malling, community, based in West Malling. Christian-based Community with its ideals and ethos taken from the Pilsdon Community in Dorset. The first Pilsdon Community was founded in 1958 as a refuge for those in crisis. See also Cycling
Spadework, independent training organisation, based in Offham, which undertakes tuition in a number of subject areas for adults with Learning Disabilities.
Sustainable transport activism
traveline south and east, plan a journey
Live departures and arrivals - West Malling, National Rail Enquiries
2nd Saturday of the month - Offham Farmers Market at Spadework
4th Sunday of each month (usually, but December earlier) - West Malling Farmers Market
December 14 - West Malling Farmers Market (see also regular events)
December 6 - Festival of Fair Trade and Local
News and comment
Following West Malling Parish Council's decision to produce a Neighbourhood Plan, and the formal approval process, the Parish Council is asking residents 4 questions to help start the process. You can see a summary of answers from West Malling residents who attended the event on 3rd July, but also still give your answers via the PC website. See our talk page for a sample response, October.
Citizens data initiative
Census data 2011, use drill down menus for ward and Census Output Areas
West Malling Poverty and Index of Multiple Deprivation data from the Church Urban Fund
Poverty Map from the Church Urban Fund. (Enter location eg 'West Malling, Egland', then zoom out to see whole and neighbouring parishes)
Wikipedia: West Malling