Updated Wednesday, 26 February, 2014
On Thursday 27th Feb Jo Stevens will be running a 45 minute circuit classStarting at 8.10pm every Thursday, it is for all levels of fitness, but particularly those who are new to exercise or wanting to get back into exercise after some time out. I am positive about giving people self-confidence through exercise, and this will be a fun, friendly but effective workout taken by an approchable and motivating instructor. The class costs £6.50 and is on a pay-as-you-go system, to allow flexibility to hard-working, busy parents and families. Anyone wanting to book a space in the class, or to ask further questions can contact me on MotivateInfo@aol.com, or see my Facebook page Motivate Fitness.
GOUDHURST RECORDED MUSIC SOCIETYOur next meeting in St Mary’s Church Room will be at 7.45 on Thursday 13th March when Clive Wilkes talks about George Gershwin. Gershwin spanned the worlds of pop, jazz, musicals and classical music. From working in Tin Pan Alley to produce numbers like ‘I Got Rhythm’ to the complexities of ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, he is a pivotal figure in 20th century music. Clive, the President of the Eastbourne RMS, has made a study of Gershwin and will give us a survey of his work, with particular emphasis on ‘Porgy and Bess’. Members come at no charge and visitors are welcomed at £5.
FASTER BROADBANDThe installation of the 4 new roadside telephone cabinets, necessary for the improved Broadband has been delayed due to the exceptionally bad weather conditions. The broadband "golive" date for central Goudhurst is June 2014. The challenge is improving speeds to various ‘notspots’ around the Parish. Mr Andy Conibere of Call Flow Solutions will be invited to address the Annual Parish Meetings on 22 April at Goudhurst and 24 April 2014 at Kilndown.
Vine Pub re-opens
The Vine hotel, pub & restaurant, in the centre of Goudhurst village, which had been closed and boarded up, re-opened on 9th. December. 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.
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NEW PRE-SCHOOL IN GOUDHURST
The new 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
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.
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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