RESULT OF PLANT SALE IN AID OF THE POPPY APPEAL OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION.The amount raised for the Poppy Appeal on Saturday, 16th May, at The Plain was £970.19. Barbara Stafford, Honorary Poppy Appeal Organiser writes: "Thanks to all who purchased and donated, particularly Golden Hill Nursery and Hartley Dyke Farm Shop at Charity Farm, who were very generous in their donations of plants. Special mention must be made of Rupert and Judy Hodges who grew a large number of plants for the event." <
Commemorating the Fallen of the Great War: May 191511th May 1915: Thomas William Relf, Driver 95251, 6th Depot, Royal Field Artillery. Family home at Combourne Farm, Goudhurst, where he worked alongside his father as a carter and ploughman, his experience with horses suiting him for a position as Driver. Though an early volunteer for the army, he never left the UK. His unit was based in Glasgow, and he died there in Maryhill Barracks of double pneumonia, aged 18.
27th May 1915: Victor Iden Moore, Stoker 2nd Class, K/23684, HMS Princess Irene, Royal Navy. Family home at Trillinghurst Farm, between Kilndown and Goudhurst. A farm boy until he enlisted at Chatham in January 1915, he never left Kent. A massive explosion destroyed his ship near the mouth of the River Medway, killing about 370 dockyard workers and sailors, including Victor, aged 19.
WEEE - ELECTRICAL SKIP: GOUDHURST & KILNDOWN PRIMARY SCHOOLIn the school car park, for the summer term, there is currently a large pink skip which is designed to take unwanted electrical items. This will be emptied monthly and the school will receive a donation based on the weight of the goods disposed. Place all unwanted WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) in the skip and encourage family, friends and members of the wider community to do so to. Goods that are accepted in the skip include: electronic toys and games, irons, toasters, hairdryers, clocks, microwaves, kettles, games consoles, drills and other electrical DIY equipment, vacuum cleaners etc.
Village Green Application for the Glebe FieldTHE GLEBE FIELD IN GOUDHURST HAS BEEN CONFIRMED AS A VILLAGE GREEN A unanimous decision by Kent County Council on 19th May 2015 confirmed the registration of the Glebe Field in Goudhurst as a Village Green and has concluded four years’ work by a committee of villagers who claimed that the field had been used “as of right” by residents for more than twenty years. After a Public Inquiry in June 2014 when many villagers gave witness to their use of the field, the adjudicating Inspector, Barrister Annabel Graham Paul, agreed with Goudhurst but the Diocese of Canterbury, which owns the field, requested a delay to hear a Supreme Court decision on an appeal of a village green application in Newhaven. The Inspector found that that decision did not affect the legality of Goudhurst’s claims and recommended to KCC that the field be granted Village Green status. It took the KCC Committee of Regulatory Services just a few minutes to accept her recommendation with no reservations. A dozen village residents were at the Hearing in Maidstone to support members of the Goudhurst “Save the Glebe Field!” committee. Ed Bates, who chaired the committee, said after the decision: “We are all very pleased that Village Green status of the Glebe Field has been registered, confirming the right of residents of Goudhurst parish to use and enjoy access without hindrance in perpetuity.” Ed Bates, Pamela Boniface, Richard Bushrod, David Edwards, Lynette Edwards, Shiona Gardiner, Richard Hillier, Donald Sargeant, Barbara Stafford.
UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGEDesigned for retired or semi-retired people who wish to make new friends, have fun and learn something new. There are Monthly Talks, Outings and Interest Groups which meet in small numbers at regular intervals.
15th July: “Marbles, Minsters & Monarchy” by Patricia Francis, a London Blue Badge Guide
Non-Members welcome: admission £2.50
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
E-mail Goudhurst u3a
FINCHCOCKS NEW SEASONFinchcocks has published its 2015 programme, which sees a wide variety of musical events at the Georgian mansion and musical museum set in idyllic countryside just outside Goudhurst.
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
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 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 LegionThe 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.
See if your home is in an area at risk from floodingVisit the Environment Agency's search service. Just enter your postcode and it will show you a map showing flood risk in your area.
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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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