Updated Saturday, 30 November, 2013
NEW PRE-SCHOOL IN GOUDHURST
The new Goudhurst Village Pre-school will be opening its doors for 2 - 5 year olds in the local area and beyond on Wednesday January 8th 2014. All 3 - 5 year olds are eligible for 15 hours' free Early Years educational funding. Sessions will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the cost will be £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 211295, send an email to Alison Clarke, or see the Website
Goudhurst Amateur Dramatic Society’s winter production for 2013 is The Alchemist by Ben Jonson (right), which will be performed in Goudhurst Parish Hall at 8pm on Thursday 5th, Friday 6th and Saturday 7th December.
The Alchemist, first performed in 1610, is Jonson’s masterpiece. It’s a ribald, ruthless comedy with a beautifully crafted plot which Samuel Taylor Coleridge said was one of “the three most perfect [...] ever planned”. In the early seventeenth century, alchemy was considered to be a genuine and highly prestigious activity. Indeed it was so much believed in that it was a criminal offence to pretend to be an alchemist. In the play, Subtle’s fake alchemy is paralleled by the real alchemy by which the three conspirators turn the base materials, their victims, into gold. There will be a licensed bar. Tickets are £10 and can be bought from Goudhurst Newsagents, Sizzlers (both in Goudhurst High Street) or from the GADS box office (Colin Willis, 01580 211204). More information is on the GADS website
Goudhurst Recorded Music Society
The next meeting of the new season will be at 7.45 on 12 December: AGM and Members’ Choice
FIRST FRIDAY BUSINESS FORUM
A free business forum, First Friday, has been created for Goudhurst, Kilndown & Curtisden Green. This should be of benefit to existing home workers, people who plan to start a business from home, local premises, recent graduates and local businesses based here. Meetings provide the opportunity for local business people to share or provide services to each other. The forum meets in the back dining room of Weeks the Bakers on the first Friday of the month. It is informal, starting at 10.30 a.m. and lasting no later than 12 mid-day. Refreshments are available.
BOUNDARY COMMISSION FOR ENGLAND
Goudhurst Parish Council has received notification of a consultation from the Boundary Commission for England. The proposal reallocates Goudhurst from the Tunbridge Wells constituency to a new Weald constituency which includes Crowborough, Battle and Rye. The consultation is open until 5th. December 2011. Details can be seen on www.independent.gov.uk/boundarycommissionforengland. If you respond directly to the Boundary Commission, it would be very helpful if you would consider sending a copy to the Parish Council so that any representation we send will reflect the views of local residents. Anthony Farnfield, Clerk to Goudhurst Parish Council email@example.com
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 this week. Sir Roy has a new book published on national identity, titled 'Visions Of England, and chose Goudhurst to represent the heart of the English countryside. The BBC has 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 every Tuesday afternoon from 1.00pm to 2.30 pm.
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.
Vine Pub to re-open
The Vine hotel, pub & restaurant, ( photographed right, May 2013 ) in the centre of Goudhurst village, which was closed and boarded up, has been purchased by new owners who plan to carry out extensive ( and much needed ) refurbishments. Re-opening is planned by the end of 2013.
OIL CLUB FOR GOUDHURST
An oil club has been formed in the village: The Goudhurst Heating Oil Club
A TASTE OF KILNDOWN
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
“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
This 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 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
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
See if your home is in an area at risk from flooding
Visit the Environment Agency's search service. Just enter your postcode and it will show you a map showing flood risk in your area.
Go to: Environment Agency Website
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:
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: email@example.com
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