Loose – A Ragstone Village

Loose is situated approximately two miles south of the County Town of Maidstone in Kent.

The main A229 Loose Road runs through the heart of the parish, which commences just before the Walnut Tree Public House to the north and culminates at the Linton Cross Roads to the south. In 2008 there was a slight change to the parish boundaries, which now includes Busbridge Road and a corner of Stockett Lane. The northern boundary takes in part of Pickering Street, including Leonard Gould Way, Northleigh Close, and on the other side of the A229, Waldron Drive, Valley Drive and Busbridge Road. To the south, the parish boundary culminates at the Linton Crossroads, and encompasses Cornwallis Academy, Hubbards Lane, part of Haste Hill Road and Quarry Wood.

The picturesque ragstone village of Loose is a historical settlement, which dates back to Saxon times. The original village nestles at the bottom of Old Loose Hill to the west of the A229.

The attractive Loose Valley and stream traverses the parish in an east-west direction. The village has a unique alpine character and is well known for its wonderful trees.

The population of Loose is approximately 2,500 and the electorate currently totals around 2,000.

The Loose Parish Council owns and maintains some great open spaces for people of all ages to enjoy.

In the centre of the village, next to the Loose stream and mill pond is Brooks Field. This is where the Parish Council is aspiring towards creating a wild lower meadow. Fine views of the village can be seen from the top of Brooks Field.

The Events Committee which was set up in 2013, is looking at how the council can make better use of both Brooks Field and also the King George V Playing Field (below). If you have any ideas please contact the committee.

On the main A229 Loose Road, behind the Walnut Tree Public House, 659 The Salon and Albany Funerals is the King George V Playing Field. This is a recreational a rea for the people of Loose. Adjacent to the KGV playing field is the Loose Parish Pavilion. This is the location for most of the main parish council and committee meetings, all of which members of the public are very welcome to attend. The pavilion is used as a meeting place for a number of other groups particularly during termtime, including Mother & Baby/Toddler groups, two WI groups, Brownies,Rainbows and Slimming World. It is also available for hire to the general public, businesses, community and charity organisations at other times. The hall and playing field are owned and maintained by the Loose Parish Council.

During the football season, the playing field is ‘home’ to Cross Keys football team and in the summer months there are a number of pre-booked activities that take place. The Loose Fete is an annual event which is usually held on the first Saturday in September. This community event has grown bigger each year and is organised by some parish council members, plus representatives from local groups and residents from the local area. The council welcomes any help from local residents. If you are interested in getting involved, either on the day or generally helping in its organisation, then please contact the Clerks office.