V Hall Car Park
Parish Council Meeting
followed by Planning Committee
Coffee, Craft & Chat
WI - Competitions Day (members only)
Club Quiz Night
Coffee, Craft & Chat
Easter Fun with Faith
226 Tonbridge Rd
Hall Car Park
226 Tonbridge Rd
Parish Council has notified The Friends of Wateringbury that from 2nd to 4th March "The Great British
Clean-up" will take place. Thousands
of people across the nation will be doing their bit to keep their area clean
and tidy. Will you become a Wateringbury Litter Hero? If you require black sacks or any more
information please ring Mike on 01622 814529.
POST OFFICE TRANSFORMATION
It’s goodbye old PO, welcome
PO with Flannagans Local Produce Store. The refurbishment of the
Grade II listed building has revealed an inglenook fireplace and old
beams. By utilising store rooms more retail space has been created
allowing lots of mouth-watering locally sourced products to be sold including
fresh bread from Teston & Plaxtol Bakeries, Home-made cakes and pies, deli
items such as cooked meats, quiches and cheeses. There are also home-made
jams, fruit juices, ice creams in yummy flavours and lots more as well as the
old PO favourites of cards, toys, fancy goods and stationery. Well worth
VILLAGE PEOPLE Please let us have
your news and tributes by 17 March for our April magazine. Entries are free.
Steve Biggs and Melissa Khouri
are proud to announce the birth of their son Charlie Ethan Biggs born on the 29th December 2017 at Pembury
Hospital, weighing in at 7lb and 1oz.
DAVID JOHN SKINNER, 20 June 1943 – 18
David lived in
Wateringbury all his life. He was born at Prospect Place where his
parents Edwin and Phyllis
owned a butcher shop. He went to the village
school which was then in a Victorian Building on Red Hill, where one
class mate remembers him giving a short talk on growing plants. So, his
great love of growing things must have been in his genes. In 1954 (aged
11) he started growing plants to sell using some land behind the butcher’s shop.
As David grew, so did his business. He acquired land of his
own on part of a market garden. On 18 January 1969 he
married his beloved Rosemary. They worked hard together
over the years and Bijou Nurseries rightly gained a
reputation for the quality of its plants, especially fuchsias.
David had a great
sense of humour and a fund of stories of village life. He
was a people person and took a genuine interest in the lives of his
friends and customers and their families. He willingly gave advice
and shared his knowledge of plants. Rostrum extends its
condolences to Rosemary, Louise, Jo and their families who will be
continuing to run Bijou Nurseries to which David devoted
his working life.
The family wish to thank everyone for all their cards,
prayers and support at this difficult time.
Thank you to Wateringbury Players for such an enjoyable pantomime “Camelot
the Panto”. Every year the pantomime seems to get better and
better. Well done to all the cast and those who work behind
the scenes to produce such professional standard performances.
EASTER ART EXHIBITION
Wateringbury based portrait and seascape
artist Thomas Best-Shaw will be exhibiting his paintings at South View
House, 226 Tonbridge Road, Wateringbury on Saturday 31 March, Sunday 1 &
Monday 2 April and Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 April, 11am - 4pm. For viewings outside these times, please call
01622-299713 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do go along & see his work. All
welcome. 10% of all sales will be
donated to shelterbox.org
The new season will soon be upon us and our first
match is on Sunday 22 April against Loose.
Please come down and support your local team. We play on the sports ground in Fields Lane. If you would like to join the club or just
find out something about us then please contact the Club Captain, Dan Vallance,
on 07733222651 or e-mail him at email@example.com
We have just started nets practice and you
are welcome to join us or come and meet some of the team. It takes place on
Sundays, 11am-12pm at Maplesden Noakes School.
There will not be a session on the 1 April.
Recently, a survey carried out by
the British Red Cross indicated that 50% of our adult population are not aware
of the location of their nearest
defibrillator. If someone should
have a cardiac arrest and stop breathing, after dialling 999 for an ambulance,
one should carry out CPR and, if circumstances permit, get help to locate your
nearest defibrillator. This piece of
equipment is vital to re-establish the normal function of the heart until the
Emergency Services arrive.
defibrillators in our local area are listed below:
Outside the entrance to Wateringbury
Village Hall 2)
(Monday-Friday 8am - 6pm)
Outside Teston Village Shop 4)
Outside the entrance to Nettlestead
On all the boxes containing the
defibrillators there is a number to ring to obtain the code to open the
box. Simple, electronic, and verbal
instructions for using the equipment will be given when the equipment
rain just before the start of the of the February walk I was beginning to think
it was going to a bit of damp one, but just before the start we were blessed with
the sun coming out. Walking to Gransden then up to the top of Canon Lane where
I intended to go through Cattering Wood to the old disused Ketteridge Lane, but
conditions underfoot were very muddy so a diversion on the path between the
woods and Kings Hill to the old Teston Road was taken and glad we did, not many
knew that the path was there! Back into the woods we returned to the start
where some took refreshments and chat in Where Memories Meet.
walk meets village hall at 2pm for a local walk towards Bow Hill and Tutsham.
meet at 2:30pm village hall for woodland walk and the early Spring flora. NB: later
summer start time.
WATERINGBURY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
At our March meeting, we will be holding our
‘Competitions Day’, which is for members only.
On 12 April Pat Mortlock is coming back to tell
us about ‘The King’s Supporters’, which is a look at the mothers and wives
whose support was vital for the monarchs of the Tudor period. The monthly
competition is ‘An Example of Lace’, meeting starts at 2.00 pm, visitors very
Our February speaker Captain Brian Laverick-Smith,
during his very interesting and informative talk ‘Bother on the Hover’, told us
about his experiences as a pilot on Hovercrafts based in Dover. Brian worked on
Hovercrafts from their inauguration until their demise and enjoyed every
minute, although it was not always smooth sailing. He met many well-known
people and he and his crew dealt with some very awkward passengers and
situations, another trip back in time for many of us who had experienced the
pleasure of travelling to France in a Hovercraft.
FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING KENT (CILK)
CiLK is a charity based in Kent providing
information, advice and guidance to disabled people, their friends, family and
professionals around independent living.
CiLK give out information on various topics such as how to get a
wheelchair, basic benefit information, aids and equipment, support at home
(including Direct Payments), accessible transport and much more. CiLK was established in 2002 and is run and
managed by disabled people for disabled people.
Since April 2016 CiLK have been part of Kent Advocacy providing
community advocacy to physically disabled people in Kent on issues such as
problems with social services, housing and attending benefit assessments and
tribunals. CiLK has an office in Ashford
and has a drop in on Tuesdays from 10am to 3pm.
CiLK can be contacted on: Telephone Number: 01233 633187, Email:
TESTON & WATERINGBURY PRESCHOOL
may I just say a huge thank you to all at the Crown City Chinese restaurant for
their help in decorating our hall for our Chinese New Year celebrations, and
providing us with a selection of authentic Chinese dishes for all to try.
theme for term 4 is ‘Planting and mini beasts’ where we will be planting and
measuring runner beans, making butterfly cakes and reading about the enormous
turnip! We will also be keeping a close
eye on our bug hotel in the garden to see who’s visiting in early spring.
as the mini beasts this term we will also be welcoming back ‘our amazing
animals’. They came to see us last year
and the children are keen to see how they’ve been since their last visit. Walter the skinny pig, Maud the Chinchilla
and Filepe the chameleon were big favourites with our children last time.
will be celebrating Mothers’ day by asking all our mums, nans and aunties to
come in and join their children in a craft activity. Prepare to get messy!
will also be celebrating world book day on 1st March when staff and
children will be dressing up as their favourite book character.
you are interested in joining our preschool please contact Tina Driver on 07805
796353 and come along for a taster session.
JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB QUIZ NIGHT7pm
for 7.30pm start, Saturday 17 March - Wateringbury Village Hall
Well it’s back - the famous WFC quiz night.
Definitely a quiz night with a difference. You don’t need to be Einstein
and the accent is most certainly on humour and fun. Tickets are now available by email
registration only to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tables of 6 at £5 per person. Bring your own nibbles and drink. Smaller parties are fine, but we will be
making up tables of 6 from these parties.
Come along for a fun-filled evening and win that honorary “ology” you’ve
always dreamed of!
Karl Smith, Academy Coach WFC
& WATERINGBURY PRESCHOOL & OUT OF SCHOOLS’ CLUB
This term the children and staff have been
out having fun in the snow. The children enjoyed making hand prints and foot
prints in the snow, as well as finding prints left by rabbits and birds.
We have also begun to prepare children for
school by starting ‘fledglings’. Each week children explore different letter
sounds and bring in something beginning with the sound to talk about.
Calling out to the community:the preschool and out of schools’ club
offers an invaluable service to families. We are a non-profit making charity
pre-school and are run by a voluntary committee of parents. As such, the parents have a say in how the
setting is run and support us in raising much-needed funds. We would welcome involvement from the local
community. So, if you feel you would like to become part of the committee, or
could support the setting in any other way, we would love to hear from you.
Atkinson, Manager Tel: 01622 813120
Could you help a toad across a
road? Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group
(KRAG) a volunteer organisation is looking to recruit more people to help
Kent’s declining toad population which suffers each spring when thousands are
run over on our roads and lanes when they wake up from hibernation to begin
migrating to their breeding ponds. More info at http://kentarg.org/project/kent-toad-patrol/
WAR NEWS, MARCH 1918
March 4: First
“Spanish Flu” case at a US Army camp in Kansas.
21: Spring (or Luddendorf) Offensive on Western
front by Germany.
26: General Foch appointed to coordinate British
and French armies.
21 1918 saw the start of the final major German offensive on the Western Front,
bolstered by troops taken from the Eastern Front following Russia’s surrender.
It was initially very successful in taking ground, with British troops
withdrawing along the front.
Wateringbury suffered two immediate casualties on
the second and third days of the offensive. Both came from families still
living in or very close to the village.
Walter Maytum came from a large
family. His mother, Grace had 13 children, although 3 had died by the time of
the 1911 census. His father, Thomas, was a waggoner working with horses, which
may have influenced several of his boys, including Walter, to join cavalry
units. Walter attended Wateringbury School, where he won many prizes, and
joined the Wateringbury scout troop. Five boys from the Wateringbury scouts
lost their lives in WWI, 4 of them in 1918.
working as a farm labourer, Walter joined the 15th Hussars before
the outbreak of war as a professional soldier. He was killed, aged 21, in the
Somme area of France.
He is commemorated on the
Pozieres Memorial along with fellow Wateringbury scout, Percy Fuller. Walter’s photo is from the Kent Messenger in
June 1918 when his mother still hoped that he had been taken prisoner rather
Alfred Cronk was killed the day
following Walter’s death, also in the Somme area. Alfred was born and lived
until at least 1911 near the North Pole in Wateringbury, but apparently, did
not go to Wateringbury School. Like Walter he was a farm labourer and came from
a large family of 8 children 3 of whom had died by 1911. He married Ellen Costin
in 1912. She also came from a North Pole family, although she had worked for
some time as a live-in servant in Hunton and Maidstone. When Alfred was killed,
aged 33, Ellen was living at 16, Bow Terrace.
Alfred was not a professional soldier, probably joining up in 1916 as a
volunteer or conscript. He was in the 7th Battalion Royal Fusiliers
whose dramatic war diary for the day of his death graphically reflects the
conditions prevailing, including the extensive use of gas. He and 35,000 others
whose bodies were never identified are commemorated on the Arras Memorial.
parish council met on the same day as Alfred’s death. Mr. Owen English drew
their attention to the problem of the constant flooding of the Tonbridge Road
near the Church, due to the blockage of the culvert carrying water from
Wateringbury Place to the pond at the Thatched House. The parish wrote to the
County Council about the problem, who promised in their reply dated 28th
March 1918 to “see that this matter receives early attention”.
Terry Bird See
WATERINGBURY CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
days grow longer and the school field begins to dry out, school life turns more
to the outdoors. Our Year 6 and Year 1 children buddied up to tally birds for
the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. The variety of birds they logged was
impressive! Our children continue to run 10 minutes around the field and
playgrounds at least 3 times per week and to reinforce the importance of
healthy diets and limiting high-calorie ‘snack’ foods, we allow crisps in
lunchboxes only on Fridays.
Internet Day was marked on 6th February. Each class completed a
circus of activities which highlighted the endless possibilities and interest
of the internet and emphasised how to manage personal safety and good behaviour
celebrate World Book Day on 1st March with an Art & Book Week.
Classes will explore the theme of movement and journeys though literature and
art and the week will include visits by two authors (Billy Bob Buttons and
Christopher Lloyd). These events will also coincide with the completion of the essential
work on our library – new roof, windows, heating, carpet. We are in the middle
of planning the library redesign with a children’s committee.
will be busy this term studying Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and
performing their own abbreviated version on 28th March. Their study
of Shakespeare begins with a school trip to the Globe Theatre in London where
they will tour the theatre and take part in Shakespearean workshops.
term wraps up with a new initiative from our oldest children: Year 6s Got
Talent! Auditions were held some weeks ago and a number of acts will be
presented to parents and friends cabaret-style on 23rd March. Every
child is involved: front-of-house, production, technical, stage management –
and the money raised from ticket sales will help fund the Year 6 Leavers’ party
closes with our Easter Service on 28th March at 9am at St
John’s and term ends with our annual egg hunt on 29th March. We wish
all families and community members a joyful and peaceful Easter.Chasey Crawford Usher – Headteacherwww.wateringbury.kent.sch.uk
Every Thursday - 9am in East Malling Church – Holy Communion
Pilsdon Community, 27
Water Lane, West Malling – Rev Viv Ashworth invites you to the Barn Chapel to
join members of the community for a Communion Service every Wednesday at noon
and 6pm on Sundays
Weddings, Funerals and other arrangements please contact the
Vicar Rev Nick
Williams on 01732 843282 or email email@example.com
For all other
enquiries, please contact the Administrator on 01622 815218 or
VISITING PREACHERS FOR
OUR SERVICES AT ST JOHN THE BAPTIST
25 March, Palm Sunday,
10am – Canon
30 March, Good Friday,
2pm – Pauline
1 April, Easter Sunday,
10am – Canon
15 April, 8.30am – Canon Alan Vousden
OUR SORROWS - FROM THE PARISH REGISTERS
We extend our deepest
sympathy to the loved ones of: Michael
Anthony Cayzer (Interment of Ashes on 9 February 2018)
SIMPLY SOUP LUNCHES IN
LENT Wednesdays 7 & 21 March, 12.15 to 1.30pm There is no
charge – donations are invited for a different
COFFEEBREAK – Wednesday 7 & 21 March, from 10.30am to
We would be pleased to welcome you to one of our morning sessions for a
hot drink, cake and chat. Knitting,
crochet and drawing are some of the crafts shared during our time together and
you can be assured of help if you are keen to expand your skills. For further details call Pauline on (814673)
or Gillian (813076).
Weekly discussion groups continue to meet
in the church vestry on either Monday evenings from 7.45-9pm on 5th,
12th and 19th March; or on Wednesday lunchtimes between
1-2pm on 7th, 14th and 21st.
We will be meeting
from 4-6pm on the following dates during March at the Village Hall:
Sunday 11th – for
– for Easter celebrations
Our next session of Messy Church is on
Saturday 3 March from
Come along with your children (up to about 8 years of age) for light touch
Christian teaching and some messy and not so messy activities. For further information please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01622 812342.
PRIESTLY PONDERINGS Rev Nick Williams
The Vicarage, 2 The
As you may be aware we have entered the season
of the church year called Lent which began on Ash Wednesday, 14 February. Ahead
of us we have 40 days of reflection and self-examination that lead into the joy
of Easter and the telling once again of the resurrection story. It is truly a
time of reflecting on the old and looking forward to the new.
For the Christian community in the villages
of East Malling, Wateringbury and Teston the reflection and anticipation of
this Lenten and Easter season has this year a particular relevance. For some
years the three churches have been part of what the wider church terms a single
benefice under a single vicar. This has not always been the easiest arrangement
and all three villages, I suspect, feel they would be happier with their own
vicar. Sadly, however, and amongst other considerations, the financial position
of the three churches precludes this happening.
A short while ago a review into the
position of all the churches in Malling Deanery (a wider grouping of churches
under a Rural or Area Dean) was carried out and its recommendations were
launched last week in the form of a consultation document. The document
proposes that in effect the Benefice of East Malling, Wateringbury and Teston
ceases to exist. It is proposed, and it is important to note that this is a
consultation document, that Wateringbury forms a new benefice with Mereworth
and West Peckham; and Teston forms a similar pairing with Barming, whilst East
Malling in time partners with Larkfield.
As I said, this is a consultation document.
Nothing is fixed immutably and each church is conducting a survey of its
worshippers to ascertain what they think about the proposal. Now, it may be
that you don’t think your village church has any relevance for you. You may not
attend it or support it, so where it sits administratively may be a matter of
indifference. Nonetheless, your parish church is there for you whether you use
it or not. Its clergy pray for all of you daily and if asked will conduct your
marriages, baptise your children and ultimately conduct the funerals of your
loved ones. For better or worse each of the three parish churches are your
parish churches as they have been for generations before you.
So, your views count every bit as much as
the views of the faithful few who worship in each church Sunday by Sunday. I,
as the current Vicar of all three churches am interested in what you think so
please email or write to the Parish Office to let me know what you think of the
proposal as outlined. The Benefice will put together and submit a response to
the plan so if you wish to comment please do so not later than the last day of
I began by writing about the reflection of
Lent and the renewal of Easter, the proposal as outlined, offers something for
us all to reflect on and potentially it could offer the opportunity for renewal
and new life. Yours in Christ Rev Nick
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING NOTES
At the start of
the meeting the Chairman announced that Chris Talbert had resigned from the
Council. The Clerk was asked to write to
Chris to thank him for his many years of service on the Parish Council. There are now two vacancies on the
council. Two candidates had put their
names forward to fill the first vacancy.
After a secret ballot neither candidate was elected. Councillors felt that they did not know
enough about either candidate to make an informed decision.
KCC Councillor Matthew Balfour reported that we were living in difficult times. The KCC had been required by central
government to make cuts of £75 million from this year’s budget and a similar
amount next year on top of the substantial cuts made in previous years. The KCC’s priority was on supporting the
vulnerable. The chairman thanked Matthew
for his support in trying to solve the traffic congestion at the Cross
Roads. Parish Councillors would be
meeting will KCC traffic planners in the near future to discuss the proposed
plan. Matthew Balfour was asked find out about KCC’s
plans for the main former MacIntyre Care building at Pelican Court.
PCSO Wendy Stanley whose area covers Kings Hill and Wateringbury,
attended the meeting and introduced herself to councillors. In response to questions Wendy provided a
little more up to date information about local crimes. Two people had been
arrested recently in relation to cars being damaged. At the moment the main focus of thieves were
of tools from vehicles and sheds and vehicle crimes including theft of number
plates. PCSO Stanley recommended vehicle
owners to fit anti-tamper screws to their vehicle plates to deter loss. She explained she did not spend set hours in
any location – she went where she was needed.
The best way to contact her is via the 101 police non emergency number
as she always picked up any messages left at the start of her shift.
Crime Stats for November from the Kent Police website showed a total of 13 crimes. 6 violent
crimes, 3 burglary, 1 public order, 1 bicycle crime, 1 criminal damage arson, 1
vehicle crime. Councillors were
concerned about the high number of crimes described as violent and asked Wendy
about this. She replied that she could
not go into specific details but many were of a domestic nature rather than
Insurance of Sports Pavillion the clerk was instructed to write to the Chairman of the Association to
inform him that the Parish Council will not insure the Sports Pavillion or
contents after September when their insurance policy came up for renewal. In accordance with the terms of the
Association’s lease it is their responsibility to insure the Pavilion and its
contents. Recently elected parish
councillor Stephen Tickner, who said he used to run a football club,
volunteered to represent the Parish Council at meetings of the Sports and
Village Car Park
After debating the problems councillors agreed that the chairman could meet
representatives of T & M to discuss possible options which could free up
more short-term parking spaces for users of local businesses and the village
The Chairman and Parish Clerk had attended a recent
meeting about new regulations due to come into force on 25 May 2018. The Chairman outlined options available in
order to comply with the statutory requirements. He would up-date councillors in due course.
Village Fete Councillors were disappointed that this
year’s fete had been cancelled due to lack of volunteers. The chairman did not recall the Parish
Council receiving a copy of the Wateringbury Village Fete Committee
Constitution and would endeavour to obtain one.
It was hoped that the fete could be held in 2019.
Village Signs After studying quotes councillors
deferred a decision on appointing a contractor until more information was
Traffic Matters The good news is that from 11 March the No 6 bus service through the
village will be reinstated.
Polution Monitoring Equipment will be installed by
T & MBC in the foyer of the village hall to monitor pollution
levels at the Cross Roads which is one of the most highly polluted areas in the
South East. Councillor Tripp thanked the
Village Hall Trustees for their co-operation.
The equipment will be in situ for at least a year.
Planning The Council has no objection
to the application for change of use of annex to separate dwelling at 5 Phoenix
Next meeting The public are very welcome to attend the next meeting of the Parish
Council at 7.30pm in the village hall on
Tuesday, 6 March.