VILLAGE DIARY APRIL 1
Meeting followed by planning committee
WI talk - The Kings Supporters
Cream Teas & Silent Bids Pictures
Coffee, Craft & Chat
Life in WW2 History Soc talk
Meeting followed by planning committee
Canterbury Cathedral Choristers Concert Church
Village Car Park
WI AGM and
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VILLAGE PEOPLE Please
let us have your news and tributes by 17 April for our May magazine. Entries are free
1 hour per week in Wateringbury
details please call
813870 or 812852 ask for Heather or Mary
WATERINGBURY FLOWER CLUB www.wateringburyflowerclub.co.uk
The Club meets on the
third Wednesday evening of each month at the East Malling Institute (behind the
King & Queen pub)
a workshop guided by our
own member Jean and also our in house club competition with the title Spring
May sees Robin White, an old friend , with his title The Link is Green. Robin is very popular as he keeps us in
stitches while flower arranging. Jean
TESTON & WATERINGBURY PRE-SCHOOL
Thanks to all the
mums, nans and aunties who attended our special mothers’ day workshop, great
messy fun was had by all, with the children making pop up flowers and planting
sunflower seeds for their mums to take home.
would also like to thank Mark and Jerry for bringing in and showing the
children and parents all their amazing animals. The children got to hold and get up close to
Cynthia, a very friendly but rather large python, a skinny pig called Walter,
Stinky the pygmy hedgehog, Cilla the chinchilla, Cynthia the gecko, Ozzie the
bearded dragon and my favourite Gaston the chameleon who I’m sure is still in
the hall somewhere, we just can’t find him!
theme for term 5 is ‘Seasons and Weather’ where we will be learning about
different weather conditions and temperatures relating to each of the four
seasons. In our craft activities the
children will be making weather mobiles and painting season trees.
And finally a day
to put in your diaries, we will be hosting a Quiz Night in Teston Village Hall on Friday 11 May at 7pm
in aid of Teston Preschool. All are
welcome, £10 per head including a sausage and chip supper. To book a table, ideally 6-8 people, please
contact me, Tina, on 07805 796353.
VILLAGE HALL CURRENT ACTIVITIES Surely there’s something for you?
Council Meeting. First Tuesday evening of the Month. wateringburypc.kentparishes.gov.uk
Institute. Second Thursday
afternoon of the month. thewi.org.uk
School of Dance. Thursday 5.30-7pm 5-12yrs.
Chrissy Marcelino email.INFO@CIM-DANCE.COM
Monday 11-12pm 3-4yrs Rebecca
Club Thursday 7.30-9.30pm Rod Moodley email@example.com
If none of the above is for you what
about joining us in looking after our splendid village hall.
Contact Mike Hoiles firstname.lastname@example.org 07956 396985.
FOOTPATHS GROUP Next Walks
Easter Sunday 1 April Meet village
hall at 2.30pm for local woodland walk.
Note later summer time start of 2.30pm 6th May A river walk meet at village hall 2.30pm
I was surprised so many turn up for
our March walk. It was a little damp to
say the least! Rain began just before
the start and continuing throughout; I decided to cut a little short to about
2½ miles. Taking the Wardens path to
Upper Mill, still frozen from the recent snow, then on to Old Road, down to through
the Ford on the stream intending here to carry on to Gibbs Hill but instead
took the path to Pizien Well, from there some road walking as conditions
underfoot were getting worse and a tad slippery.
you enjoy a game of snooker in pleasant surroundings and a pint at a
competitive price then do go along to the Club (entrance on the Tonbridge Road
about 25 yards from the traffic lights) Opening hours are: Monday 7-11pm,
Tuesday Closed, Wednesday and Thursday 4-11pm, Friday 1.30-11pm, Saturday Noon-
11pm, Sunday Noon – 7pm
NETTLESTEAD AND WATERINGBURYPRESCHOOL AND OUT OF SCHOOLS’ CLUB
This term we
have been celebrating Chinese New Year, the children had fun decorating their
Chinese dragons and fans. They have also tried eating noodles with chopsticks,
which was very messy but fun.
Recently we had
a surprise adventure - we accosted a police car that was parked behind the
setting and asked if the children could be shown around the vehicle. The children sat inside and were shown the
various equipment and listened to the siren. Thank you to the two officers for giving the
children this wonderful opportunity.
Calling out to the Wateringbury community
and Out of Schools Club offers an invaluable service to families in the
community. 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
support us in any way, do get in touch
Clare 01622 813120;
WATERINGBURY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
On 12 April Pat Mortlock will be telling 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’. The meeting starts
at 2pm., visitors very welcome, why not come along and bring the ‘Flyer’,
inserted in the March Rostrum which offers Free Admission.
March we held our “Competitions Day” when our ‘Hickman Cup’ (Decorated Napkin
Ring) and the ‘Flower Cup’ (Novelty Container of Spring Flowers) were both won
by Gillian Sessions, and the ‘Freda Robbins Plate’ (Lemon Drizzle Cake) was won
by Janet Marshall. All the competitions
were closely contested, and our congratulations go to the worthy winners.
Wednesday 18 April in the village
hall, Mary Smith former Head of Maidstone Grammar School will talk about School Life during World War II. Visitors are welcome at £3. Free refreshments from 7.40pm with the talk
starting just after 8pm.
February meeting was Aviation on the Medway where we learnt about the Short
brothers and why in 1914 they chose to build their factory at Rochester
esplanade, this was because they needed smooth water for their flying boats/sea
planes to take off.
Maidstone Mencap's Storybook Sponsored Walk
& Fairytale Family BBQ Saturday 28 April 2018 10am-3pm Cobtree Hall, Willington Street, Maidstone ME15
is a storybook character themed walking event for the whole family to enjoy
following a Fairytale Adventure Route around Mote Park, 2.7km or 3.9km. Entry: Children £1 Adults £2.50 includes
medal for children, bottle of water, burger/hotdog and parking for adults.
Entry closes 14 April. Entry and
Sponsorship forms and more information available from Sarah Heath at 01622 670464 or email@example.com
manage the walk, can't sponsor but happy to donate? Follow link from our website at www.maidstonemencap.org/donations.
for helping to raise some essential funds to support adults and children with
severe learning difficulties and disabilities and their families.
students and staff enjoyed a Movement and Journeys-themed book and art week to
mark World Book Day. Each class chose a
book as a focus and from which to develop writing and art. Each child created a work of art around the
theme and these were professionally framed and hung in the hall to create the
Wateringbury Gallery. Parents and
children were delighted to browse the exhibition and the variety and quality of
the artworks was remarkable. We had
four performances during a very busy March: Year 5’s version of A Midsummer
Night’s Dream as part of their work in English; they wrote the script
themselves, drawing on their deep understanding of the play through a trip to
the Globe theatre and class time spent exploring the Shakespearean text. Year 6 showed off their many talents at Year
6s Got Talent! – a fundraiser for the leavers but, more importantly, a chance
for each child to shine and take responsibility for one aspect of the show.
Our after-school Drama Club performed their
play Superstar to both school and families with the children taking on
particularly zany roles and costumes! And, finally, the centrepiece of our
Easter Service at St John’s was a new sung story, A Tale of Three Trees, in
which all children participated with many taking solos and speaking parts.e-Safety
is often in the headlines and it is a challenge for both schools and families
to prepare children for a swiftly-changing online world. We held two ‘webinars’
for parents and a practical session about privacy settings and how to manage
Cycling safety is another area
we’ve tackled with both Year 5 and Year 6 undertaking the Bikeability course.
By offering it to Year 5, we’re hoping to encourage younger pupils to cycle to
school has celebrated some stunning sporting achievements with our U11 girls’
football team winning the Maidstone area final; they will be representing
Wateringbury at the regionals!
boys’ team made it to the finals and narrowly missed winning the cup. Our netball team kicked off the season with an
unbroken winning streak. We’re delighted
to have revived this excellent game and we are grateful to all our sports
coaches and parent volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure our children
experience the excitement and beauty of sport and games.Our busy
term closed with a favourite school tradition: the annual Easter egg hunt,
lovingly set up by our parent organisation FOWPS.
The new term starts Monday, 16 April and our
annual St George’s Day assembly takes place at the flagpole on 23 April. Term 5 is always a busy one with final
preparations for the Year 6 SATs examinations as well as the Year 2 SATs and
the Year 1 phonics check. Chasey Crawford
Usher – Headteacher
WAR NEWS april 1918 April 10/11 Messines, Armentieres and Merville taken
12 “Backs to the Wall”
order to British Army issued by Haig
In April 1918 the thrust of the
German Spring offensive shifted from the Somme to Ypres in Belgium and the Pas
de Calais and this is reflected in the location of Wateringbury’s dead in
Fred Gurr, was born in Wateringbury. The son of a brewery worker, he was one of a
family with 8 children. He was brought up on Bow Road, attended Wateringbury
School, winning a number of prizes, and was a member of the Wateringbury Scout
troop. Two of his elder brothers served in the war. He was only 19 when he was
killed on 9th April serving as a gunner in an artillery battery. He
is buried in a cemetery in Beuvry, near Bethune, in the Pas de Calais.
In December 1917 Frank Cruttenden married Lilly Sharp, a close neighbour from Bow
Terrace, in Wateringbury Church. It was one of only 5 marriages held that year.
Probably Frank was home on short term leave from the front. Frank and Lilly
were from large families, Frank’s parents having 10 children (4 had died by
1911) and Lilly’s parents 11. Frank’s father, like Fred’s, worked at one of the
breweries in the village and Frank also attended Wateringbury School. By 1911
Frank had left home and was working as a “Boots” in a Maidstone hotel. Two of
Frank’s brothers also served in the army but survived the war.
months after his marriage Frank was dead, killed in action in the Ypres Salient
on 10th April, the same day Messines fell to the Germans, He was 31 years old.
The photo published in the Kent Messenger in June recounts the circumstances of
his death: he was sheltering in a dugout with others when a shell landed
killing all. His battalion’s war diary (the 5th battalion South Wales
Borderers) lists by name the 9 men and one officer killed in action that day.
He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial
married in Wateringbury Church during the war, in September 1915, one of 8
marriages that year. Henry’s family were recent arrivals in Wateringbury where
he married Gladys Martin, daughter of the publican of the Queen’s Head on the
Tonbridge Road. They had a daughter the following year, baptised in
Wateringbury Church in June 1916. The photo is courtesy of John Gilham of the
“Wateringbury Remembered” web-site to which it was contributed by Henry’s granddaughter.
in The Black Watch, part of the Royal Highlanders. He had been wounded earlier
in the war, but recovered, before being killed, aged 26, near Ypres on 26th
April. He is buried in Haringhe cemetery. Gladys’ widow’s pension record survives,
from which we know she received a pension of just over 20 shillings a week
(about £100 in today’s money) including 6 shillings for her child.
board met twice in April discussing the implications of the conscription of its
Managing Director, Bertram Leney, and how to get him released from military
service. A considerable degree of “co-operation” with other Kent breweries is
evident in the board minutes..
paraded in Maidstone on St. George’s Day under the Wateringbury scout leader, Mr.
Edgar A. Smith, also head of Wateringbury School and Church choirmaster. They
were led by the bugles of the Wateringbury troop. Mr. Smith made an appeal in
the parish magazine for the recycling of all paper which would be collected by
the Scouts from homes. High paper prices, however, resulted in this being the
last magazine for over a year.
Bird -More details at (https://www.sites.google.com/site/wateringburylocalhistory/).
Cathedral Choristers in Concerton
Saturday 5 May at 7pm at the Church
Adults £10 Accompanied Children £2. Tickets from PO Tonbridge Road and Handy Store, Bow Road or
from 01622 299713. This expected to be a
popular event so we recommend buying your tickets in advance
EAST MALLING SINGERSSpring Concert Saturday 14 April 7.30pmin East Malling Church
THE ARMED MAN by Karl Jenkins
Concessions £10, school children free
01622 750943 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or on the door if
Gravesham Choral Society and Orchestra
Saturday 21 April 2018, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 Full time students £5
Please book in advance to avoid disappointment
Box Office 01474 816684 or on the door
Maidstone Mencap Plants, Books & Cakes Sale,
Sat 12 May, 2.30pm,
Cobtree Hall, Willington St, ME15 8EB
Donations received with thanks Contact:
Lesley 01622 892433
CREATIVE WORKSHOPS IN WEST MALLING.
artist and embroiderer Angela Collins will be holding a workshop on 21 April at The Clout Institute, West Malling. At just £25 per day including refreshments workshops
provide excellent value for money. They
are suitable for anyone interested in embroidery, mixed media and paper craft. Call 07766 117779 or email email@example.com
for further dates and info.
MARCH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING NOTES
New Councillor At
the start of the meeting Dave Mitchelmore was co-opted onto the council.
Allotments Invoices had been sent
out to allotment holders for this year’s rent of £20. There are 3 vacant plots, anyone wishing to
rent an allotment should contact the Parish Clerk.
Borough Councillor Simon Jessel reported that the
focus of all meetings he attended were budget related. The council was struggling to meet its
statutory duties in the face of cuts in its funding from central government who
had reduced its financial support by 48% and after 2022 a further 30% cut was
expected. T & M had
reduced its staff to the minimum needed to maintain essential services. In order to balance the books very difficult
decisions will have to be made. The
Borough Council have set an increase of 3% (the maximum allowed by central
government without the need for a borough wide referendum). This represented an increase of £5.91 a year
for a band D property over last year’s council tax. Consideration was currently being given to
leasing out the Council Chambers at Kings Hill during the day for use as a
Magistrates Court, charging for parking in all T & M owned car parks
including Wateringbury (although against
the charges would have to be off-set the costs of monitoring those parked),
selling the council offices and leasing them back.
There were a total of 20 crimes listed for December 2017 1 burglary,
1 theft, 2 violent crimes, 4 criminal
damage, 6 vehicle crimes, 6 criminal
damage arson. Councillors were concerned
at the number of criminal damage arson crimes and asked the Clerk to try and
find out more details.
Cross Roads The Chairman reported that successful
discussions had been held with KCC on draft plans to ease the congestion at the
traffic lights. The scheme would be funded by accessing monies from a
Government Scheme designed to improve quality of life.
The proposal is to create a new third lane for the A26
extending both sides of the cross roads. Traffic from Maidstone turning left
into Bow Road or going straight ahead to Tonbridge will use the new lane which
will start just after the Shell garage and continue over the crossroads to just
beyond the Village Hall. This will give space to create right turn filter lanes
for traffic turning into Red Hill and Bow Road. Similarly, Bow Road will also have a new third
lane starting from the Car Park for ahead and left turn traffic creating space
for a new right turn lane. The land to be used for the new lanes is already
owned by the Parish Council and KCC. There will also be a new light controlled
pedestrian crossing for Red Hill.
If the draft plan is approved by the Joint Transportation
Board monies will be released for an in depth study of traffic, etc with
further work starting on 5 April. Any
monies must be used within the next financial year. These more detailed plans will then be the
subject of public consultations and be on the Parish Council agenda for its
June meeting. If the scheme is approved
by all relevant authorities work could start about August. All councillors felt the plan was well worth
pursuing since it should ease traffic congestion and therefore lower pollution
Planning Noobjections were raisedto:Proposed loft conversion to
part of existing roof to accommodate master bedroom 3 Mill Lane Listed Building Application demolition of
existing rear lean to and construction of enlarged replacement and repairs to
party wall 238 Tonbridge Road Single storey lounge/study and utility room
rear extension 13 Tonbridge Road -
Partnership Councillor Wells
reported on the meeting he had attended on 15 February. Items he felt were particularly relevant to
Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Mr Matthew Scott
had attended the meeting and set out his aspirations and priorities for
Policing. These included supporting
vulnerable people, and making sure those with mental health issues who came
into contact with the police had the right support and maintaining visible and
accessible policing. Particular
reference was made to the financial challenges around the policing budget which
had resulted in a £12 increase to the police element of Council Tax. However this increase represented a
significant commitment and investment in neighbourhood policing as £1 per month
funded 200 additional police officers.
This also enabled a further 80 call operators to be recruited to improve
the 999 and 101 call handling.
Government funding for local policing remained unchanged and Mr Scott
would continue to press and lobby for increased funding.
Council Tax The Cabinet
Member for Finance, Innovation and Property emphasised that the Borough
Council’s financial position remained challenging, especially against a
continuing reduction in Government funding.
chairman informed the meeting that John Ibbs, who had recently moved out of the
village, would resign from his post as village warden with effect from 31
March. The clerk was asked to write to
John to thank him for all he has contributed to village life over his years in
topic of dog fouling at the playing
fields was raised and discussed. A
resident, who had recently acquired a dog, was greatly dismayed at the amount
of dog poo which was not picked up particularly on the path from Fields Lane to
the Playing Fields and on the fields themselves. She had learned that before the fields were
used for football matches players and parents of young players had to mount a
‘pick up’ exercise to removed dog poo from the pitches. Possible solutions were: asking the dog
warden to visit more frequently, asking residents to report any they knew who
did not pick up after their dogs, and provision of dog poo bag dispensers at
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
Cream Teas to enjoyand an
opportunity to join Sealed Bids Auction for 3 pictures on Saturday 14 April 2.30-5pm at the Church
proceeds to Tower Re-shingling Appeal.
being auctioned are an original water colour painting of Wateringbury
Church by Frank Oakley dated 1988 Measurement
inc frame 17” x 14” 43 x 36 cm:
produced by The Newgate Gallery, Newgate St, London of Graham Clarke print produced in 1970s for
the Marley Group’s Trade Calendar showing old cottage with roof being
repaired. Measurement inc frame 20 ½ “ x 16 ½ “
52 x 42 cm:
& Child print Measurement inc old damaged frame 20” x
32” 51 x 81 cmA
PARISH CHURCH MEETING 26 April at 7.30pm
The APCM is the
time when the church reflects on all aspects of church life in the past year
and looks to the future. In our digital
age all the reports are circulated before the meeting so they are no longer
read out but it is a time to ask questions and make suggestions. If you would like a copy of the reports
please contact Sandra the parish administrator 01622 815218 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BREAK – Wednesdays 4 and 18 April -
Did you know that
there have been lots of research projects
which prove what all knitters
have known for years. – knitting is good for your health and wellbeing! The click of the needles are a great stress
buster and help to keep the hand joints moving too. If you have access to the internet just
google Knitting and Health and read all about it. So if you would like to learn to knit or to
refresh your skills do go along to the Church and enjoy coffee and home-made
cake and get some informal training. Or -
like many do - just go along for a pleasant morning. Pauline
PRIESTLY PONDERINGS Rev Nick Williams
Vicarage, 2 The Grange, East Malling
As I write we are well over half way
through Lent. The joys of refreshment or Mothering Sunday with its change in
the colour of vestments and hangings to Rose are past and we have returned to
the deep purple of repentance and reflection or at least we have until Palm
Sunday when we change to the colour red, the colour of blood and sacrifice as
we call to mind Jesus entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and the way they lead
us into the events of Holy Week - the last supper, the arrest, the trial the
crucifixion and the joy of the resurrection on Easter Day.
There is a full programme of the
traditional services being held in Churches throughout the benefice throughout
this period including the dawn service at 6am on Easter morning at East Malling
and I hope to meet as many of you as possible at some of the services.
When I wrote for the last edition we had
just received the proposals for the reorganisation of Malling deanery which as
I’m sure you recall would have quite far reaching effects on the parishes of
this benefice. The results of the consultation are now in and two of the three
PCCs have met to discuss them. I would like to thank those of you who took the
time to participate in the consultation, your views are important and have been
taken into account in the PCC discussions and my response to the plan. Thus far
the results have been overwhelmingly in favour of the proposals but as I said
one PCC has yet to meet and I await their views with interest.
So, in our spiritual lives we are bringing
to a close that time when we particularly reflect on our lives and take stock
of our behaviour as we look forward to the new life offered to us by Jesus
Christ in the joy of the resurrection. But we are also reflecting on the
results of the consultation and looking forward to the opportunities it offers
us to further the kingdom of God in our three parishes.
Yours in Christ
Rev Nick Williams
CHILDREN'S SOCIETY BOX COLLECTION
The total this
year from Wateringbury boxes was £340.43. Last year over £1.6m in loose change
was collected from boxes across the UK. The
total from the Wateringbury Christingle candles was £44.80. Thank you all for your continued support.
are delighted to announce that the work to re-shingle the spire of our lovely
church is due to start on Tuesday, 3
April. We are immensely
grateful to everyone who has given of their money, time and talents to enable
this project to proceed. We are indebted
to the Friends of Wateringbury Church, All Churches Trust, the Friends of Kent
Churches, the Wolfson Foundation (Church Care), the Rochester Bridge Trust and
the Alan Evans Memorial Trust, all of whom have either given us grants or
pledged them towards this work.
we are still somewhat short of our target figure, and would really welcome
further contributions. Donations can be
made either by cheque (payable to Wateringbury PCC),
which you can give to our Treasurer, Richard Dunn, or either of our Church
Wardens. If you can Gift Aid this it
will add a further 20% to your donation (at no cost to you!), but we would need
your name and address. Alternatively:
to donate £3 text WATS45 £3 to 70070 or
to donate £5 text WATS45 £5 to 70070
any further information, please feel free to contact me via email: email@example.com Liz Gummer
AID WEEK 13-19 MAY - CAN YOU HELP? A
house-to-house collection is planned again for this year. If you are able
to volunteer to deliver and/or collect envelopes from
a street in the village this would
be very helpful. Support and guidance
is available for new volunteers. Please
contact Becky Bowie on 01622 813396 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BENEFICE SERVICES IN APRIL Church
Face Book Page fb.me/wateringburychurch SJB
Church website www.wateringburychurch.org.uk Friends
of SJB Church www.fowc.org.uk
Easter Sunday 1 April 6am Dawn
Service East Malling
Easter Communion – East Malling
9.45am Easter Communion – Teston
10am Easter Communion – Wateringbury
Sunday 8 April 9.45am Holy Communion– East Malling
Come and Praise - Teston
Matins - Wateringbury 6.30pm
Evensong - Teston
Sunday 15 April 8.30am PB Communion – Wateringbury 9.45am
Holy Communion – East Malling
Parish Communion - Teston
10 am Family .Service – Wateringbury
Sunday 22 April
Holy Communion – East Malling
Morning Praise – East Malling 10am Holy Communion – Wateringbury 6.30pm Parish Communion - Teston
Sunday 29 April Benefice Service 10am in Teston Church
Thursday - 9am in East Malling Church – Holy Communion
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
Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals and other arrangements please
Nick Williams on 01732 843282 or email
other enquiries, please contact the Administrator on 01622 815218 or
The worship team wish all readers a Joyous Easter
Easter Sunday 1 April 10amCome and join us for our service which will be led
by Canon Derek Carpenter
Saturday 7 April Messy Church 3-5pm (includes tea)
The theme this
month is God’s Wonderful World. All
families with young children are most welcome
IN OUR SORROWS - FROM THE PARISH REGISTERS Funeral - We extend our
deepest sympathy to the loved ones of David John Skinner (23 February)