Updated Friday, 21 November, 2014


Saturday November 22
11.30am - 3pm. Free entry.
Goudhurst Parish Hall
Vintage cushions, oil paintings, silk scarves, handmade soap, knitted toys, jewellery, woodcrafts, hanging baskets, Christmas cakes & bakes, decopatch, pottery and more.


Arrangements and Decorations for Christmas, with Sharon Wood from Flowers At Colonnade (Tunbridge Wells) Thursday, 4th December, 7.45 p.m., at Kilndown Quarry Centre.
Sharon has won medals at the Chelsea Flower Show for ten consecutive years, including 6 Silver Gilts and a much-coveted Gold. Beginning with Eileen Nott’s in Tunbridge Wells, then Pulbrook & Gould in London, Sharon then set up the Colonnade Florist in Hawkhurst before moving back to Tunbridge Wells.
Sharon has very kindly donated her arrangements to the Raffle.
Visitors always welcome - £2.00


Sunday November 23, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Crafts, Gifts, Art, Food & Drink, Dancing Dogs & Christmas Music
Lunches & Teas
Entrance: Adults £5 Children £2
Finchcocks Museum Goudhurst TN17 1HH 01580 211702


Friday, November 28, from 4 till 9 pm.
Featuring community choirs, including the Primary School Choir, Crafts, Gifts, Art, Food & Drink, Barrel Organ.
Shops and businesses open till 9pm
In aid of Friends of St. Mary's.


The inaugural launch meeting was a resounding success with 97 people enrolling to join this exciting new venture. The initial membership will be over a hundred. Owing to high numbers, many interest groups will be divided in two.
The monthly meetings begin at 2.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 19th November, in Goudhurst Parish Hall with Albert Granville describing “…….and so we raised the Mary Rose”. He has many fascinating – and indiscreet – tales to tell.
The December meeting on the 17th will bring Don Dray describing “The Dancing Decades: from Ragtime to Swing”. All are welcome to the talks. For visitors the charge is £2.50.
In addition to the talks and interest groups, a number of outings and social events are planned, including “A Guided Tour of the Pantiles” and “A Backstage Tour of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden”.
If you are not yet a member of U3A but would like to learn more, please contact the membership secretary, Paul Griffin on 01580 212457
E-mail Goudhurst u3a


A night-time commemoration of the outbreak of the First world War took place on Monday 4th August at 11pm, the exact date and time that Great Britain declared war on Germany 100 years ago. Throughout the UK, towns and villages observed the occasion. In Goudhurst, residents and businesses in the High Street switched off their lights for 2 minutes.
A commemoration was held at the restored War Memorial in central Goudhurst, in which the names of the 69 fallen were read, with small wooden crosses laid for each one, some placed by descendants of those who died.
Portraits of the fallen were projected onto the wall of the adjacent Vine pub and restaurant from the War Memorial. (see pictures)
Subsequently, it is planned to project a portrait of each who died in WW1 and WW2 onto The Vine’s wall, on the exact anniversary of the person's death.

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.


The ancient Vine Pub (right) in the centre of Goudhurst has re-opened under new management, following the collapse of a plan to refurbish the building for the second time in a year. The team who intended to open "Restaurant Hallows" on the site have apparently abandoned the idea. Instead they will open the new restaurant "in a UK city" according to the Vine's Facebook page.

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


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. Copies may be obtained from the Local History Society.

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:
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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