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Updated Saturday, 26 July, 2014 Oh What A Lovely War!

Oh What A Lovely War!

Goudhurst Amateur Dramatic Society
Goudhurst Parish Hall
Friday August 1st 8.00pm
Saturday August 2nd 2.30pm & 8.00pm
Monday August 4th 8.00pm
Tickets cost £10, performance times are 8 pm August 1,2,4 and 2.30pm Sat Aug 2.
Tickets available at the Goudhurst Newsagents or at the box office. (01580 211204)
Seats will be reserved and if you order through the Box Office, you pay and collect the ticket at the door.


The unveiling ceremony of the restored war memorial will be on Saturday 2nd August 2014. All are welcome to attend, and are asked to gather by 10.45 for an 11 o’clock start; please note that the crossroads will be closed to all traffic between 11.00 and 11.15. There will be a number of activities after the unveiling, including a function in the Ex-Servicemen’s Club for donors and relatives of the fallen, sponsored by Great War Battlefields.
Roger Joye will be signing copies of his new book “Goudhurst and Kilndown at War – the men, the women and the parish” (cover, right) published by the Local History Society. In the Parish Hall some of the senior citizens of Goudhurst who are members of the Lunch Club will be entertained to a meal. At 2.30 there will be the second of four performances of “Oh What A Lovely War” by Goudhurst Amateur Dramatic Society. There will also be a small display of Great War memorabilia in the Hall. New book by Roger Joye: Goudhurst and Kilndown At War


The second ceremony to take place at the Memorial will be on Monday 4th August at 11pm, the exact date and time 100 years ago that Great Britain declared war on Germany. Throughout the UK, towns and villages will commemorate the occasion in their various ways, and in Goudhurst we will be asking residents and businesses in the High Street to switch off their lights for 2 minutes while the background lighting on the War Memorial is illuminated. The names of the 60 fallen will then be read out and a small wooden cross will be laid for each one. This act of commemoration should last approximately 15 minutes. Again, all are welcome to attend what we hope will be a quiet but meaningful ceremony to remember the sacrifices made 100 years ago.


Saturday 16th August.
You are invited to join a circular walk on Saturday 16th August. Meet at the pond in Goudhurst at 2pm. We will set off in a NW direction along WC26a to reach Trottenden Farm. The walk continues to the footbridge over the River Teise before doubling back towards Gore Lane and Brandfold. The walk continues eastward on a bridleway to Bockingfold where a sharp right hand turn places us on WC19 to walk past Ladham House and back to the pond. We should arrive back at the pond by 4pm. The walk will be at an easy pace on footpaths. There will be a few stiles and, depending on the weather, there could be some muddy stretches. Everyone is welcome to join this walk. If you have questions about the walk please contact David Boniiface at 01580 211430.

Harvest Lunch

St Mary’s Goudhurst and Christ Church Kilndown
Kilndown Village Hall
Sunday 14th September 2014 12noon
(after the Harvest Festival service in Christ Church at 10.45) Tickets £3 (under 5’s free)
Bring your own drink.
Any profit to Christian Aid. There will be a raffle and the opportunity for donations.
Tickets from Tina 01892 890426

Village Green Application for the Glebe Field

The 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.


If you are interested in a possible University of the Third Age serving Goudhurst and surrounding villages please contact Pauline Hawker on 01892 824327 or email Pauline

FINCHCOCKS 2014 Season

Finchcocks Finchcocks' 2014 season includes fairs, many special events, and a concert programme.
Finchcocks is an 18th century manor, home to Richard Burnett's Collection of over 100 period keyboard instruments.
Informal musical demonstrations on all Open Days and private visits. Gardens open from 12.30pm, House 2pm - 6pm
Resident Executive Chef Graham Stock will offer home-cooked lunches on all Open Days, with seasonal produce from the gardens in the Cellar Restaurant from 12.30 - 2.30pm; Hot Dish of the Day £8.75. No booking required, though reservations are welcomed.
2014 Charges:
Adults: £12.00 Students: £8.00 Children: £5.00
Family ticket (to include school age children): £25.00
Garden Only: £3.00

Vine Pub re-opens
The Vine Pub and Restaurant The Vine hotel, pub & restaurant, in the centre of Goudhurst village, which had been closed and boarded up, has re-opened. The pub now specialises in locally - produced British food, wines, beers and spirits. The 17th century building in the village of Goudhurst has been painstakingly restored by new owners Tobyn and Ben.
Follow the Vine Pub and Restaurant Follow the Vine on Facebook See also The Vine website

Goudhurst at the BBC
Sir 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 Goudhurst
The Citizens Advice Bureau Bus will be visiting central Goudhurst on Tuesdays between 10am and 11.30am

Goudhurst British Legion
The British Legion in Goudhurst now has its own dedicated page
The Goudhurst Branch is active in sending ‘goody boxes’ to our front line troops in Afghanistan.  For that we need shoe boxes – lots of them!  If you have any spare, please contact Mrs Rosemary Southon 01580 211791.  She parcels up packets of sweets, pot noodles, socks and other home comforts.  From the letters we receive in return, we know these parcels are very welcome.

Goudhurst Pre-School

An oil club has been formed in the village: The Goudhurst Heating Oil Club

A Goudhurst Village Pre-school has opened its doors for 2 - 5 year olds in the local area. All 3 - 5 year olds are eligible for 15 hours' free Early Years educational funding. Sessions are from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the is £4.50 per hour (£13.50 per session), with an optional £3 lunch club until 1 p.m., Monday to Friday. 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 Website

The 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 Footpaths
Did 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

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“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 Laura Carey (07969 584282)
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.

The Goudhurst and Kilndown Millennium Book
Old map of Goudhurst villageThis 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. A leather-bound edition is available at £80. Copies may be obtained from the Local History Society (telephone to the treasurer, John Benfield, on 01580 211517).

Policing the Parish
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Handy Van Service
The 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:
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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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