Do you love to be outdoors and want to help your community?If your answer is "yes", then volunteering as a Countryside Access Warden may be ideal for you. Wardens carry out simple tasks on Public Rights of Way such as clearing overgrown vegetation and improving waymarking so people can use footpaths, bridleways and byways easily.
Kent County Council are looking for volunteers to become Countryside Access Wardens in Goudhurst, Kilndown and Curtisden Green. You need to be over 18, fit enough to carry out light physical duties and able to spare at least a couple of hours every month at times convenient to you.
Knowledge of Public Rights of Way is not necessary as free training and equipment will be provided, a basic knowledge of map reading and regular access to a computer would be useful.
For more information and to apply to become a Countryside Access Warden for your local area please contact Anthony Farnfield, Clerk to Goudhurst Parish Council. 01580 212552 or email the Parish Clerk
What's on in Goudhurst & Kilndown:Read this month's Parish Magazine
Goudhurst Parish Council Precept for 2015-2016Goudhurst Parish Council has announced an increase in their Council Tax precept for 2015-2016.
The Parish element of the Council Tax bills for a Band D property in the Parish will rise from £40.70 to £63.63, an increase of 56% (£0.44p per week). The Chairman of Goudhurst Parish Council Cllr Antony Harris said “As a result of changes coming from central government, a number of services previously financed through Tunbridge Wells Borough Council will be withdrawn, unless locally funded by parishes. On this basis TWBC had decided to dispose of what it calls ‘non-performing assets’ and to put them up for public auction, unless Parish Councils were willing to take them on.” “Following a discussion with local residents at the open meeting held in Goudhurst Parish Hall on 10th November, the Parish Council voted on 8th December to take ownership of the Balcombes Hill Car Park and Public Toilets from 1st April 2015.”
“To lose the car park would create even more congestion than there is at present in the Village.” “Nor do we want to lose the public toilets since the Goudhurst conservation area is a popular tourist destination with visiting coaches and groups of walkers.”
“We will take over the car park in a very poor state of repair and the Council believes this must be put right as soon as practicable.”
“The Parish Council had plans to renovate the picturesque pond in Goudhurst in the coming year as it has become very silted up, but this project is now postponed until 2017 at the earliest.”
For any further information, please contact:
Clerk to Goudhurst Parish Council
GOUDHURST FETE 2015The 2015 Goudhurst Fete will be held on Saturday, 13 June. Any queries please to James Cooke: 07754 492605.
UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGENext monthly talk: Wednesday, 18th March, 2.30 p.m., Goudhurst Parish Hall John Singer Sargent 1856-1925 A painter of glamorous portraits and atmospheric landscapes
by Marian Insley, an art history lecturer on Western European and American Art from early Renaissance to the present day.
J.S. Sargent was the most successful portrait painter of his era, as well as a gifted landscape painter and watercolourist. He is known for his glamorous society portraits, and "Gassed" - his response to the Great War in 1918.
Non-Members welcome to monthly talks: £2.50
Coach Tour of Romney Marsh Churches, Tuesday, 14th April. Members are invited to register by 15th March for this outing, which leaves Goudhurst at 9.15 a.m. and returns at approximately 5 p.m. The cost, excluding lunch and refreshments, will depend upon the number taking part, but is hoped to be around £25.
The planned visit to The British Library to see the Magna Carta Exhibition will now take place later in the spring.
To join any of the above, to receive booking forms and further information about outings, or to request information about interest groups, please contact the membership secretary, Paul Griffin on 01580 212457
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Kindown Gardening ClubGrowing Flowers & Vegetables in Containers
by Ken Turner Thursday, 5th March, at 7.45 p.m. in Kilndown Quarry Centre.
Ken Turner is a retired nurseryman and former lecturer at Hadlow College. He was a director of Coblands Nursery in Tunbridge Wells until 2001, and is an Associate of Honour of the Royal Horticultural Society.
Next show: Saturday, 11th April: SPRING SHOW.
Village Green Application for the Glebe FieldThe Public Inquiry has now finished but there will be a long wait to know the outcome and whether the Glebe Field will be granted Village Green status. Four days were spent at The Vine while evidence of past history was presented to the Inspector conducting the Inquiry, barrister Ms Annabel Graham Paul. 25 stalwart residents stood up to searching questions from the Q.C. representing the Diocese of Canterbury, Mr. Vivian Chapman, and did Goudhurst proud. For most of them it was the first experience of questioning of this kind but their honesty and sincerity shone through in spite of Mr. Chapman’s efforts. Over 110 Evidence Questionnaires had been completed by supporters and played a fundamental rôle in putting our case. It was obvious from the references to individual Questionnaires that Mr. Chapman had read them all! The Inspector will take some months to complete her Report and Recommendation which will in turn be considered by the Committee of Regulatory Services at Kent County Council which makes the final Decision. There may be a further delay if the Inspector agrees to the Diocese’s request to postpone her Recommendation until the result of a relevant case is heard by the Supreme Court in November. If this is the case, the result will probably not be known until perhaps February or March 2015. We have of course resisted this delay. We would like to thank all those who helped us with written and oral statements and others who cheered us along the way. Also, many thanks to Ben, Tobin and staff at The Vine for allowing the Inquiry to take place in such pleasant and central surroundings. The venue was selected and arranged by Kent County Council. We put in a lot of hard work but were glad to do so as we all sincerely believe it is important to retain the Glebe Field at the heart of our community for the use of the community for generations to come. Ed Bates (01580 212 129), Richard Hillier, Shiona Gardiner, Pamela Boniface, Barbara Stafford, Richard Bushrod, Donald Sargeant, Lynette Edwards, David Edwards.
THE VINE RE-OPENSThe ancient Vine Pub (right) in the centre of Goudhurst re-opened last year under new management.
Goudhurst at the BBCSir Roy Strong, historian and former Director of the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A, accompanied BBC Radio Four's Justin Webb to record a radio interview in Goudhurst. Sir Roy chose Goudhurst to represent the heart of the English countryside in his book published on national identity, titled Visions Of England. The BBC produced an audio slideshow of the interview, which can be found at:
Citizens' Advice Bureau mobile visits GoudhurstThe Citizens Advice Bureau Bus will be visiting central Goudhurst on Tuesdays between 10am and 11.30am
Goudhurst British Legion
The British Legion in Goudhurst has its own dedicated page
GOUDHURST VILLAGE PRE-SCHOOLGoudhurst Village Pre-school is open for 2 - 5 year olds in Goudhurst, Kilndown and Curtisden Green.
All 3 to 5 year olds are eligible for 15 hours' free Early Years educational funding.
Sessions are from 9 a.m. to 3.30 p.m Monday to Friday (except Wednesdays, to 12 p.m.)
£4.50 per hour (£13.50 per session), with an optional £3 lunch club until 1 p.m.
A minimum of two sessions per child, per week, are required.
For further information please contact Jo Galloway on 01580 212777 (session times only) 07896 890370 (out of hours), send an email to Alison Clarke, or see the Goudhurst Village Pre-School website
A TASTE OF KILNDOWNThe Kilndown cookery book, published in aid of the Village Hall Project, is available. 96 pages, over 90 recipes, and black-and-white illustrations. Price £5.99 (plus £1 post and packing). Cheques should be made payable to Kilndown Village Hall. Copies can be obtained from the Quarry Centre on Saturday mornings, or from Hilary Bird at Rogers Rough Chicks Lane Kilndown Kent TN17 2RP tel 01892 890554
Parish FootpathsDid you know that we have just over 40 miles of public rights of way in Goudhurst parish? Walking should be easy and enjoyable in and around the area. To achieve this the local footpaths need to be kept clear of overgrown hedges and brambles, and wobbly stiles and marker posts need to be repaired. Roger Coles has, for many years, organised volunteers to walk the paths to report on their condition so that the Parish Council can arrange the necessary maintenance work, sometimes in conjunction with Kent County Council. The volunteers are known as Hon Footpaths Officers and they have made an enormous contribution to raising and maintaining the standards of our paths. However, some of the volunteers have now retired and replacements are needed. If you would like to become involved, even on a very occasional basis, please contact Cllr David Boniface on 01580 211430 or the Clerk to the Parish Council, Anthony Farnfield 01580 212552 or Email the clerk
Kent Police“Police and Community Together” (PACT)
Kent Police, in association with Town & Country Housing Group, hold public surgeries for members of the community to discuss, in confidence, any issues which may be causing concerns and would otherwise not be brought to their attention. The surgeries are part of a multiple agency event and a representative from Town & Country Housing Group will be present, with Neighbourhood Officers for Goudhurst.
Ms Eleanor Dench from Town & Country Housing Group
PCSO Dave Jenkins: mobile 07969 584279. Dial 101 for non-emergencies. Send an email to Dave Jenkins
Surgeries are held on the 1st Friday of every month from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at John Stacey Heights, Goudhurst TN17 1BB.
All members of the community are invited to the meetings.
Contact Kent Police: :
For all non-urgent incidents or enquiries, call 101
If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, call 999
If you are deaf or speech impaired, text 'Police' and your message to 60066
For news, advice or details of your neighbourhood officer, visit www.kent.police.uk
Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator Peter Rolington 01580 212920 Send an email
The Goudhurst and Kilndown Millennium BookThis splendid book by local resident Mr WJC (Bill) Musgrave MBE records the millennium celebrations in the villages of Goudhurst and Kilndown, together with matters of general interest, directories and historical notes and reminiscences. It runs to 1,157 pages, together with a very comprehensive index. The book was written by Bill Musgrave as a companion volume to the 1935 Goudhurst Jubilee Book and the 1937 Goudhurst Coronation Book by the local historian Mr AW Tiffin. These two books have proved immensely popular over the years and, now long out of print, fetch considerable prices on the second-hand market.
The book is full of local interest and is illustrated with photographs throughout. Also included is a fold-out coloured map of Goudhurst and Kilndown. It gives a fascinating portrait of these Kentish villages at the turn of the century and will be of special interest to new residents and visitors to the district. It would make an ideal present for a birthday or Christmas. The remaining copies have been generously donated by the author to the Goudhurst and Kilndown Local History Society and all profits from their sale benefit the Society.
The book is in blue hard-back and is priced at £40. Copies may be obtained from the Local History Society.
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Handy Van ServiceThe Help the Aged HandyVan service is a unique home security service, where trained HandyVan fitters visit your home and install equipment such as door chains and viewers, window locks and smoke detectors.
A fleet of 35 HandyVans are based around Britain and deliver a free service to those who meet the following criteria:
1. Applicants must be over 60 years of age.
2. Applicants do not pay income tax (excluding tax on personal pensions).
3. Applicant's disposable savings/assets do not exceed £16,000 (Not including the value of their home).
Everyone is vulnerable to burglary, and the HandyVan service enables people to feel safer in their homes. Prevention is always the key to a safe, secure home and HandyVan fitters will work to help you ensure that your home is free from the risk of burglary. If you would benefit from the HandyVan service, or you know someone who would, then please call the team on 01255 473 999 or Email
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