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Updated Tuesday, 08 April, 2014 Weald of Kent Morris in Goudhurst on Mayday 2013. Photograph: Weald of Kent Morris


The Weald of Kent Morris, currently in its 25th. year, will be dancing on Wednesday 23rd. April at The Vine Inn, Goudhurst, at 8pm.


This year's fête will be held on 14th. June.


St Mary’s Church, Goudhurst, Saturday May 3rd – Monday May 5th, 10am – 5pm Admission Free.
‘Working Wonders’
A Festival of Flowers depicting some of the myriad of occupations mentioned in the Bible. Around thirty imaginative arrangements, created by villagers and friends to raise funds for this lovely village church. There is also an Art Exhibition, staged by Art on the Hill, in the Church Rooms, a short walk away. Take the opportunity to climb the tower steps; on a clear day it is possible to view a vast swathe of the Weald of Kent. Homemade refreshments available throughout the day, a grand selection of plants to buy and a homemade cake stall to tempt. On Sunday, May 4 there will be a Thanksgiving Service at 10am and at 6.30pm a Festival Community Concert, with wine and canapés, tickets on the door £ 10.


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.


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 Finchcocks is now open for the 2014 season, with 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, 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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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 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.

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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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
Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator Peter Rolington 01580 212920 Send an emailFlood risk mapping

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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:
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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