FREE COMMUNITY EVENT
On Friday, 26th February 2016, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s Private Sector Housing Team have organised a community event to be held in the Victoria Suite of the Camden Centre in Tunbridge Wells, between 2.00pm – 5.00pm. There will be free advice on how to stay warm and reduce energy bills, energy schemes available, and also information about the Handyperson Service that is offered in the wider Tunbridge Wells area.
Tea and coffee are available.
There will be information on Disabled Facilities Grants and Decent Homes Assistance Loans.
For more information, call Sophie Marsh at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council: 01892 554241
ROYAL BRITISH LEGION POPPY APPEAL 2015/16
Barbara Stafford, Honorary Poppy Appeal Organiser writes:
“All donations during the Remembrance period last year have been gathered in and the total is a grand £11,598, up £55 on the previous year. Very grateful thanks are due to all the volunteers who pounded the highways and byways or stood in the High Street in rain and wind and to all the locations where poppy tins were displayed. Special thanks must go to Lord Mayhew whose personal efforts brought in very generous donations. This result is very gratifying as there was not the stimulation of the 100th Anniversary of World War One, and shows that parish-wide we will always step up to the plate and remember the sacrifices of all our armed forces, last century and this, and that of their families. The work of the Royal British Legion in supporting them is never-ending and this contribution will play its part in helping their efforts. Fund-raising events will continue throughout this year with the aim of topping the record amount raised in 2014/15.”
UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE
Designed for retired or semi-retired people who wish to make new friends, have fun and learn something new. There are Monthly Talks, Outings and Interest Groups which meet in small numbers at regular intervals. To join any of them, to receive booking forms and further information please contact as below.
The next monthly talk will be “The Work of the Kent Air Ambulance” by Goudhurst resident Ted Fullelove on Wednesday, 17th February, at 2.30 p.m. in St. Mary’s Church, top of the High Street, Goudhurst. The Kent Air Ambulance provides Kent with medical services by helicopter and became a seven-day service in January 2000 based in Marden. It relies 100% on charity and Ted Fullelove is one of a band of volunteers who tour the county increasing awareness and raising funds. Ted will describe the history of the service, why and how it was formed and what is planned for the future. Non-members welcome – £2.50.
(This is a change to the published speaker, David Kerby-Kendall on The Acting Profession, due to illness. The talk will be rescheduled later.)
Future Monthly Talks:
16th March “Running a different race – people with intellectual disabilities and the
Paralympics” by Jan Burns
20th April “Bruges – It’s More Than Just Chocolate” by Melanie Gibson-Barton
18th May “Some Mother’s Son –A Project of Discovery” by Peter Ewart
15th June “World without Vision” by Steve Pendleton
The world-renowned musical museum and concert venue just outside Goudhurst closed at the end of 2015. Part of the large collection of historic pianos and keyboard instruments is to be auctioned for charity, with the remainder being kept to form the basis of a new collection by the current owners Richard and Katrina Burnett.
The Grade One listed Georgian manor house, set in extensive grounds, will be sold.
BURGESS STORES has reopened under new ownership after a complete refurbishment.
Burgess Stores is a general store in the High Street, Goudhurst and was founded by William Burgess in 1831.
FASTER BROADBAND IN GOUDHURST: Special Report. Updated 13.01.2016
Faster broadband speeds (“up to 25Mbps”) are available in Goudhurst village, following the completion of Kent County Council’s contract with CallFlow Solutions.
The top speed of 25 Mbps costs £36.93/month, with a connection fee of £29.99 and a 40Gb/month download limit. Households with teenagers regularly viewing YouTube are advised to subscribe to the CallFlow Plus service at £41.99/month to increase the monthly quota to 200 GB.
The “Lite” service (Connection fee £79.99) costs £26.94/month including line rental for an “Up To” 5 Mbps service with 5Gb/month download. This package is likely to be slower than the existing ADSLMax village broadband of “up to” 8 Mbps. Line rental and call package from £15.95/month is required on all deals. The exceptions to the line rental requirement are wireless broadband and direct connections by cable to the premises which bypass the public phone network.
Comparable deals : BT: £22.49/month for the first year, then £35.99/month, Plusnet: free broadband for 12 months, then £33.48/month, Sky £34.40/month after first year, TalkTalk: free broadband for 18 months, then £25.20/month, EE: £42.45/month. All can provide unlimited downloads, and all have introductory deals of either half price or free broadband for an initial period. Many offer packages which reduce the cost if you take additional services, such TV and mobile phone, or are an existing customer. Installation and delivery fees usually apply, and there are circumstances where an installation fee can be quite hefty if no phone line has been installed previously.
All suppliers apart from CallFow offer identical speeds of “up to” 8Mbps.
To subscribe to CallFlow, cancel your existing broadband and phone contract, then transfer services to CallFlow by supplying a MAC code, which your existing supplier will give you.
A business package of “up to” 40 Mbps is available for £179.98 per month, with an £80 connection fee.
There is an 18 month minimum to all residential and business contracts.
If you are connected via an existing copper cable, your actual broadband speed depends on the distance from CallFlow’s cabinets in the village, and the quality of the wiring in your house. Speeds will be lower than the “up to” advertised maximum. The further you are away, the greater the loss of speed, this can be considerable in outlying areas. Houses with many old extension phone sockets may need the services of a telecoms engineer. (This though applies to any broadband supplier)
More advanced “superfast” fibre optic broadband offering speeds of up 76Mbps is not yet available in the village.
Faster broadband (“up to 25Mbps”) is also available in outlying areas of the parish that have a clear line of sight to St Mary’s Church, Goudhurst. Microwave antennas have been installed on the church tower to supply the internet over a wireless fixed link.
More information is available from CallFlow on 0800 280 0590.
CallFlow Website for Goudhurst and Kilndown
Village Green Application for the Glebe Field
THE GLEBE FIELD IN GOUDHURST HAS BEEN CONFIRMED
AS A VILLAGE GREEN
A unanimous decision by Kent County Council on 19th May 2015 confirmed the registration of the Glebe Field in Goudhurst as a Village Green and has concluded four years’ work by a committee of villagers who claimed that the field had been used “as of right” by residents for more than twenty years. After a Public Inquiry in June 2014 when many villagers gave witness to their use of the field, the adjudicating Inspector, Barrister Annabel Graham Paul, agreed with Goudhurst but the Diocese of Canterbury, which owns the field, requested a delay to hear a Supreme Court decision on an appeal of a village green application in Newhaven. The Inspector found that that decision did not affect the legality of Goudhurst’s claims and recommended to KCC that the field be granted Village Green status. It took the KCC Committee of Regulatory Services just a few minutes to accept her recommendation with no reservations.
A dozen village residents were at the Hearing in Maidstone to support members of the Goudhurst “Save the Glebe Field!” committee. Ed Bates, who chaired the committee, said after the decision: “We are all very pleased that Village Green status of the Glebe Field has been registered, confirming the right of residents of Goudhurst parish to use and enjoy access without hindrance in perpetuity.”
Ed Bates, Pamela Boniface, Richard Bushrod, David Edwards, Lynette Edwards, Shiona Gardiner, Richard Hillier, Donald Sargeant, Barbara Stafford.
Do you love to be outdoors and want to help your community?
If your answer is “yes”, then volunteering as a Countryside Access Warden may be ideal for you. Wardens carry out simple tasks on Public Rights of Way such as clearing overgrown vegetation and improving waymarking so people can use footpaths, bridleways and byways easily.
Kent County Council are looking for volunteers to become Countryside Access Wardens in Goudhurst, Kilndown and Curtisden Green. You need to be over 18, fit enough to carry out light physical duties and able to spare at least a couple of hours every month at times convenient to you.
Knowledge of Public Rights of Way is not necessary as free training and equipment will be provided, a basic knowledge of map reading and regular access to a computer would be useful.
For more information and to apply to become a Countryside Access Warden for your local area please contact Anthony Farnfield, Clerk to Goudhurst Parish Council. 01580 212552 or email the Parish Clerk
Goudhurst Parish Council Precept for 2015-2016
Goudhurst Parish Council has announced an increase in their Council Tax precept for 2015-2016.
The Parish element of the Council Tax bills for a Band D property in the Parish will rise from £40.70 to £63.63, an increase of 56% (£0.44p per week).
The Chairman of Goudhurst Parish Council Cllr Antony Harris said
“As a result of changes coming from central government, a number of services previously financed through Tunbridge Wells Borough Council will be withdrawn, unless locally funded by parishes. On this basis TWBC had decided to dispose of what it calls ‘non-performing assets’ and to put them up for public auction, unless Parish Councils were willing to take them on.”
“Following a discussion with local residents at the open meeting held in Goudhurst Parish Hall on 10th November, the Parish Council voted on 8th December to take ownership of the Balcombes Hill Car Park and Public Toilets from 1st April 2015.”
“To lose the car park would create even more congestion than there is at present in the Village.” “Nor do we want to lose the public toilets since the Goudhurst conservation area is a popular tourist destination with visiting coaches and groups of walkers.”
“We will take over the car park in a very poor state of repair and the Council believes this must be put right as soon as practicable.”
“The Parish Council had plans to renovate the picturesque pond in Goudhurst in the coming year as it has become very silted up, but this project is now postponed until 2017 at the earliest.”
For any further information, please contact:
Clerk to Goudhurst Parish Council
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 no longer be visiting central Goudhurst on Tuesdays. Alternative arrangements are being made. For advice telephone 01892 533 880.
Goudhurst British Legion
The British Legion in Goudhurst has its own dedicated page
GOUDHURST VILLAGE PRE-SCHOOL
Goudhurst Village Pre-school is open for 2 – 5 year olds in Goudhurst, Kilndown and Curtisden Green.
All 3 to 5 year olds are eligible for 15 hours’ free Early Years educational funding.
Sessions are from 9 a.m. to 3.30 p.m Monday to Friday (except Wednesdays, to 12 p.m.)
£4.50 per hour (£13.50 per session), with an optional £3 lunch club until 1 p.m.
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
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
Copies can be obtained from the Quarry Centre on Saturday mornings, or
from Hilary Bird at
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 Email the clerk
“Police and Community Together” (PACT)
POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICER: PCSO Dave Jenkins: mobile 07969 584279. Dial 101 for non-emergencies. Send an email to Dave Jenkins
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 CO-ORDINATOR Peter Rolington 01580 212920 Send an email
The Goudhurst and Kilndown Millennium Book
This 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 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.
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.
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
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