VILLAGE DIARY SEPT 3
V/ Hall Car Park
Parish Council Meeting
Coffee, Craft & Chat
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Craft & Chat
WATERINGBURY LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY HERITAGE DAY Saturday 9 September
is to have 7 Blue Plaques to mark those with Wateringbury Connections who have
enhanced our world. A blue plaque guided walk will visit each property when the
plaque will be unveiled by invited guests with connections to the plaque
people. Meet at the entrance gates to Wateringbury Place on the Tonbridge Road opposite
Love Lane to leave at 10.30am
walk will end near the church at about noon where Ploughman’s Lunches will be
The final plaque for William Rutter Dawes who discovered the interior dark ring of Saturn will be unveiled at 3pm by Professor John Zenecki, President of the Royal Astronomial Society. Meet at the church at 2.45 for the short walk to Brooms Down which is at the bottom of Mill Lane, near the Mill Pond.
From noon to 4pm the church will host displays about the Blue Plaque
people and properties and other items from the History Society Archive.
Publications of local interest will be on sale. Refreshments and Cream Teas
will be available for you to enjoy.
JULY PARISH COUNCIL REPORT
unveiling of the History Society's blue plaques will take place on Saturday, 9
September. All are invited to the
celebrations. There will be an
exhibition in the church on the same day.
County Councillor Matthew Balfour advised:
- The Ofsted report on children's services was
- There are the usual finance and budget
- Local bus services continue to be an
on-going problem over which the KCC has no control.
- Issues with the Wateringbury crossroads are
continuing and protracted, although financial support for improvements are
on pollution levels at Wateringbury crossroads have been held between the
Parish Councillors and Borough Councillor.
Wateringbury crossroads is the worst in the Tonbridge & Malling
area. Councillors are keen to support
the installation of equipment to measure nitrous oxide levels and other data.
There is only one set of pollution monitoring equipment in the Borough which at
present is in Tunbridge Wells
possibility of carrying out a traffic survey on main roads through the village
were discussed. Recording strips could
be placed on roads to measure weight, speed and number of vehicles using our
road system and provide useful information to back up observations on congestion.
Further investigation is needed to establish costs.
Well Road is being used as a cut-through by an increased number of vehicles in an
attempt to avoid congestion at the Wateringbury crossroads. The Clerk is to contact Highways to say the
Parish Council would support traffic calming measures in this area.
reports during April 2017 : on/near The Orpines - 1 Criminal Damage, 1 Violent
Crime; on/near Bow Terrace - 1 Burglary; on/near Tonbridge Road - 1 Burglary;
on/near Danns Lane - 1 Violent Crime. In
June the number plate of a vehicle was stolen from a parked vehicle on a
residential drive way.
old and damaged iron fencing on Bow Road has been attended to with regard to
the dangerous aspect. Further work is required.
pruning of overgrown trees near to the village hall will go ahead.
Council would like to obtain any information on unmapped village culverts. It was suggested that perhaps KCC or Southern
Water may have records.
of Reference, timings of meetings and agendas are to be sought to allow Parish
Councillors the opportunity how they can best add their experience to cover
representation on outside bodies.
application has been received from a Wateringbury resident who is willing to
take over the running of Speedwatch. A
formal response will be sent to this offer.
More volunteers are required (please see separate article in Rostrum
the public session the following matters were raised :
- Overgrown brambles obscuring the village
- The former Speedwatch Co-ordinator advised
that he still has equipment belonging to the Parish Council. - A request was made for the Council to write
to a letter of thanks on behalf of the parish to the former Speedwatch
Co-ordinator. - The Parish Council was asked why it has
taken so long to repair the village signs.
Quotations for work are being sought.
- The Council was asked who is responsible for
the removal of out of date planning notices.
These should be dealt with by an official of the Borough Council.
following planning applications were received: - Alterations to elevations and change of
cladding material at 10 Upper Mill - no objection.
- Part single/part two storey rear extension and
internal alterations; proposed replacement garage at Gladia, 609 Tonbridge
Road - no objection.
To read the full minutes of the meeting, go to:
Next meeting: Tuesday 5 September at 7.30pm in the Village Hall
VILLAGE PEOPLE Please let us have your news
and tributes by 17 September for our October magazine. Entries are free.
Karen and Adrian on becoming first-time
grandparents. A son, Archie Alfred, for
Hannah and Ashley.
Sophie and Yemi in Sydney on the arrival of their
twin girls, Coco Rose and Cleo Eve.
Our thanks to
Tessa Fyson who delivered copies of Rostrum to her neighbours
in Phoenix Drive for many years. We are
grateful to Avril Cavender for her offer to continue the distribution of the magazine
in that area. Also, thanks to those other
people who responded to our request for help.
Christine & Trudy
During the July walk we were blessed with good
weather despite rain being forecast. Leaving the village hall, we walked along the
Gransden path to Red Hill Farm then on to the new path bordering the edge of
Oakenwood to Livesey Street. Returning
via Teston Church and back to the start alongside the river. The August walk was out to the top of Gibbs
Hill via Millpond and Mill Lane to Rock Farm then passing Nettlestead Quarry to
Pizien Well over the Wateringbury stream to Old Road. It was nice to see some
old faces out and about with us.
3 September - meet village hall at 2:30pm for
local walk. 1 October - again meet at village at 2pm
(please note earlier start) for a local walk, probably out to Tutsham via Small
Kevin Reynolds - 01622 813763
Our speaker for 21st
June was the excellent Melanie Gibson-Barton on the life and times of
Edith Cavell and we learnt that her surname rhymes with travel, she was an
accomplished and talented water colour painter, she began her nursing career at
the age of 30 and wished to be remembered as a nurse who tried to do her duty.
Our next meeting is on
Wednesday 20th September 2017 and is entitled "History from the Air"
by Rod le Gear and on the 18th October 2017 Christop Bull will be talking to us
about "The Life of Pocahontas". Meetings are at Wateringbury
Village Hall 7.40 pm for 8 pm talk, refreshments available. Visitors
welcome - £3.00 per person.
WATERINGBURY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
At our meeting on 14 September,
our speaker will be Alison Elman-Brown who is coming along to give her talk
“What You Don’t Know About Buttons”. The meeting will commence at 2
o’clock with a short session of WI business and will be followed by Alison’s
talk, our competition for September is a ‘Favourite Button’. We will end the meeting with tea and cake, a raffle, and
there will also be time for you to browse the Trading Table. Visitors very welcome.
Our October speaker is
Wilf Lower who will be telling us about “Lost Empires – the Last Days of Music
Hall and Variety”. For enquiries please contact Janet, on 01622 817833.
COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH – LOOKING OUT FOR YOU
Speedwatch is a
community group, acting for the Parish Council, but in partnership with Kent
we do? We sit at the side of the road, in selected locations that have been
identified and risk assessed by the police, and we record the details of any
vehicles travelling at excessive speed through the village.
to ponder –
have been seen passing Lodge Close doing in excess of 60mph!
Saturday afternoon during a one hour session, on Red Hill, 63 vehicles passed
doing 35mph or over!
2016, Wateringbury returned the 3rd highest number of speeding motorists in
Kent, with a total of 3,912 observations. The total for Kent that year was
initiative is all about education; we have no teeth, but all of our session
reports are submitted to Kent police, and they then determine any action.
many first time offenders do not appear on the lists again, and whilst there is
quite a list of second time offenders, the number drops dramatically for third
more that we highlight there is a problem, the more likely we will receive a
visit from one of the police camera vans, and they have all the teeth that are
our members have been doing this for over ten years, but our number is small,
and we cannot cover as many hours in a week as we would like to. It doesn’t
take a lot; if ten people could each offer one hour a week, we could double our
cover. You don’t have to be any particular age; just think about it, one hour a
week (or more) of peace and tranquillity and all you have to be able to do is
read half a number plate.
is a small amount of basic training, which is done on-line and Kent police
provides insurance cover for all participants whilst on duty.
can spare one hour a week (or more), at a time and on a day that suits you,
then please get in touch by e-mailing me at email@example.com. If you
would like to hear more about what is involved, I will be pleased to have an
informal chat 07484200764. You can also find out more about the scheme by
NEWS, SEPTEMBER 1917 September
2: First night time air raid on Britain
10: Kerensky takes control in Russia
20: Battle of Menin Road in 3rd Ypres
26: Battle of Polygon Wood, near Ypres
the heavy casualties of the “successes“ in the 3rd Ypres campaign
(Passchendale), at Menin Road and Polygon Wood, Wateringbury suffered no
fatalities in this, or any other sector
of the war, in September.
On the home front the first night time air
raid on Britain took place at the beginning of September, soon followed by one
on London. In previous months we have seen the impact that fear of air raids
had on the village, despite the fact it was not actually bombed in World War I.
The September Leney Board meeting, decided that they should insure their
extensive portfolio of pubs in the Chatham area against air raids.
Food concerns remain evident. They
affected all, including the top echelons of society, but in a different way.
The Viscount Falmouth lived in Mereworth but owned, as now, land in
Wateringbury. The record of Malling Petty Sessions shows that, despite pleading
not guilty, he was fined 4 guineas (£4.20 or about £400 in today’s value) for
breaching the Horses (Rationing) Order 1917. Possibly he was not personally
affected by the food shortages, but his horses certainly were!
School had finished for the (hopping)
holidays and a report was made in the village magazine on the progress of the
school dinner canteen to the end of term. Unsurprisingly, given the vicar had
been the driving force behind it, the report concluded that it had “so far
proved a distinct success. Both parents and children appreciate it, and it has
helped save literally hundreds of loaves of bread.” The accounts of the canteen
are published showing that over 10 weeks payments (at 2d. per meal) raised over
£41, implying an average of 100 meals a day being served. Nearly £9 in
subscriptions (and there were the voluntary contributions of time) had been
received, with the result that the canteen had generated a surplus over
expenses of £9.
A village fete in the grounds of the
vicarage (The White House, near the village hall) had been held at the end of
August, featuring May pole dancing and various parades, including one on war
work, “baby competitions” and a scouts display. The competitions were judged by
wounded soldiers from the hospital at Barham Court, Teston, who attended along
with their nurses.
he church organ had been professionally
cleaned and repaired, at a cost of £21, and the Church itself, including the
high beams, had received a thorough spring clean from volunteers of the
congregation. “For the most part seat-holders scrubbed and polished their own
pews.” The result was that the Church was cleaner than it had been for many
years with “an atmosphere that is really sweet to breathe (unless, as
occasionally happens there is an escape of gas)”! Terry
Crossroads Care Kent & Medway Volunteer Service are
hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning
at the Crossroads Care Kent office at The Oast, Orwell Place, 170 Tonbridge
Road, Wateringbury ME18 5NS on Friday 29
September 2017 from 11am to 2pm. You are invited to call in and enjoy
a slice of cake or a delicious cookie with a cup of tea or coffee or join us to
play one of our games: guess the height of the cake tower or play a round of
Every cake and cuppa helps Macmillan make a huge difference
to people facing cancer, so please join us to help us raise funds for
Macmillan. And while you’re here you can find out more about your local
Macmillan Crossroads Volunteer Service which is hosted across Kent & Medway
by Crossroads Care Kent. We are looking for volunteers to join the
Macmillan Crossroads Team to provide companionship, emotional and practical
support to people diagnosed with cancer and their carers. We also support
carers caring for a loved one with a long term health condition. So if
you would like to find out more please contact Jen Lane, Volunteer Coordinator
on 01622 817 114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
& TODDLER GROUP
Our next meeting is on 6
along and join us. We meet every Wednesday and
Friday 10am to 12 noon at Wateringbury Village Hall. The cost is £2 for the first child and £1 for
any others. This includes tea/coffee for
the adults and snacks for the children. For further information please contact
Linda on 01732 522 437.
back to all our children and families to what will be a very exciting start to
the new academic year when we will be learning all about ourselves, where we
live and the different cultures around the world.
In our craft
activities we are making gingerbread biscuits, pet puppets, and creating hand
print trees for our display board. We
are also talking about our family and will be bringing in our baby photos,
including the staff, (some of these will be in black and white!!).
Our annual general meeting will
be on Wednesday 18 October at 8.00pm.
All are welcome when we will be saying goodbye to our outgoing committee
members and welcoming our new team of parents.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to all
who have contributed to our fundraising last year, without which we would not
be able to give the children the varied activities we have available.
would like to thank the Teston Village hall committee for redecorating the hall
during the summer holidays and cutting the grass and hedge in the garden which
will help to make it a brighter play area for the children.
We were also very fortunate to
have Leo’s grandad build us a very large bug hotel for our garden which looks
amazing. From all the children who will
have endless hours of fun and all the staff, thank you.
finally we would also like to thank Bella Jordan for working really hard over
the summer holidays and building us a new website. Take a look at
If you are interested in joining
our preschool please contact Tina Driver on 07805 796353 and come along for a
CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Our summer term ended with a week of celebratory
activities including the annual Year 6 production and prizegiving, our Leavers’
Service at St John the Baptist Church and a farewell water fight and inflatable
fun on the field for our Year 6 pupils. Good luck to all children who will be
starting new adventures at secondary school. We are looking forward to
welcoming back children and teachers when we return to school on Wednesday, 6th
September. Our youngest pupils in Reception start on Wednesday, 13th
September with home visits taking place the week prior.
We are excited to
welcome new faces to school this year: Florence Saunders joins us in Year 1
with a special interest in musical theatre and singing. Gaye Brierley will be teaching Year 3 with
expertise in geography and English. Jenny Moffat, long-time classroom
volunteer, is formally joining the team to assist with special needs in our
Year 1 classroom and long-time parent and sports coach Suzanne Parr will be
working part-time with us to develop our PE programme and extra-curricular
We hope to see many of you at an exhibition in Church as
part of the village’s Heritage Day and blue plaques unveiling walk on Saturday
9th September. During the afternoon we will be handing out flyers about our
quest to find former Wateringbury Primary School pupils as we look to
strengthen our links with the local community even further.
Our traditional ‘Wateringbury Walk’ takes place on Friday
afternoon, 8th September when all pupils in Years 1-6 walk the river path down
to Teston Bridge, dressed in their class colours. This is our way of ‘walking
in’ the new academic year! Chasey Crawford Usher,
has a vacancy for a Part-Time Caretaker
and Fridays 7am-9.30am and 3pm-6pm
Please contact Headteacher, Mrs Chasey
Crawford Usher for details
or telephone: 01622 812199
HERITAGE DAY Wateringbury
Local History Societyinvites you
to: 10.30am Blue Plaque Unveiling Walk A walk of about 1 mile which starts at entrance gates to
Wateringbury Place on Tonbridge
Road (opposite Love Lane)
Noon to 4pm Displays in
ChurchDisplays about the blue plaque people and properties Items from History Society Archives
- Publications for SalePloughman’s Lunches, Cream Teas
COFFEE, CRAFT & CHAT
Do come and join us at our
fortnightly meetings for tea/coffee, homemade cake, conversation and optional
handicrafts. We will be getting together
on Wednesdays 6 and 20 September in the Church
from 10.30am to 12.30pm. For further details
FROM THE PARISH REGISTER
Ivor Baker on 7 July 2017
Wedding Blessing: John
& Jeanette Chamberlain on 20 July 2017
PONDERINGS Rev Nick Williams
Brothers and sisters in Christ,
holidays season is in many walks of life seen as a bit of a ‘quiet time.’
Schools are closed for Summer holidays and many people with children take the
opportunity to get away for a break. The roads seem quieter and the whole pace
of life seems to slow down a little. In Church terms however it's still quite a
busy time, one that is ‘bookended’ by two of the great seasons of the
agricultural year. We have already celebrated Lammas Day at Teston as one of
our Benefice services. As I’m sure many of you know this is the festival that
marks the beginning of the harvest and which predates the Churches Harvest
Festival, which we celebrate at the end of the Harvest season, by many years.
It was a joy to see people from Wateringbury, Teston and East Malling gathered
together at Teston Church, to use the freshly baked Lammas Loaf for Communion
bread and to celebrate together God’s goodness toward us.
Harvest Festival and Lammas day are great community events during which we give
thanks to God for the produce of the land, the people who produce it and the
people who work to maximise the yield of the land, something particularly
relevant in a Benefice where we have so many farming families and East Malling
research station is such a significant presence around us.
important part of our thanksgiving is the gathering together of produce, fresh,
dried and tinned which is later distributed to those who have less than many of
the rest of us, an activity in which we are joined by the children of the two
primary schools in our benefice. This produce is distributed to those in need
with any suitable surplus being donated to the Pilsdon Community at West
Malling as a gift from the bounty God has blessed each of us with.
The holiday season is also, perhaps unsurprisingly, a very popular
time for Weddings and Christenings and most weeks see weddings on Fridays and
Saturdays and Christenings on Sundays at one or other of our Churches. To see the sun shining, hear the bells
ringing and to see happy families celebrating a new direction in their lives is
another truly joyous gift to us all.
enjoy your holiday if you are having one, try and find some time to relax if
you aren’t going away and above all remember that God walks with you and looks
after you irrespective of who or where you may be.
Rev Nick Williams
Shining Bright Party
“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks
and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying “ Take it, this is my body “
then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they drank from
it “ Mark 14:22
invited to a “ Mad Hatters Tea Party” at Shining Bright this year.... Are you curious…? School aged children are
invited to come and follow the White Rabbit to Wateringbury Church on Tuesday
October 31, 5-7pm and journey with us
into Wonderland for Wonderland inspired crafts, games, dance, snacks and fun,
including our outdoor treasure hunt.
This event is free. For more
information or to book a place at our non-scary alternative halloween party,
please email email@example.com or
pick up a booking form from East Malling, Wateringbury or Teston church.
STRAWBERRY TEA PARTYSUNDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2 - 5PM MANOR
FARM, OLD ROAD, WATERINGBURY
The Friends of Wateringbury
Church (FOWC) invite you to come and join us in the beautiful gardens of Manor
Farm (by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Mark English). Everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy a
good old-fashioned English country house garden afternoon.
Glasses of Pimms will be on offer and there will also be
an opportunity to buy tea/coffee and homemade cakes and delicious local strawberries
and cream donated by Hugh Lowe Farms.
To complete the afternoon, a white elephant stall and
raffle will be run while you relax and/or play garden games. Whilst some garden
seating will be provided, you might like to bring along a rug/folding
Admission is free and
pedestrian and car entry is via the farm entrance in Old Road.
at Pilson Community, West Malling this month:
9 September, 10am-4pm - Barn Chapel open as part of the
30 September, 11am - Music@Malling Concert (see
their website for details).
BENEFICE SERVICESVisit our website www.wateringburychurch.org.uk SUNDAY 3 SEPTEMBER
2017 8.30am BCP Holy
Communion - East Malling
Service – East Malling 9.45am Family Service "Food for Thought"
– Teston 10amEucharist– Wateringbury 6pm Choral
Evensong - East Malling
SUNDAY 10 SEPTEMBER
2017 9.45am Eucharist
- East Malling
& Praise - Teston
10am Matins - Wateringbury 6.30pm Evensong - Teston
SEPTEMBER 2017 8.30am BCP
Holy Communion - Wateringbury 9.45am Eucharist
- East Malling
Communion/Sunday School - Teston 10am Family
Service - Wateringbury
SEPTEMBER 2017 8.30am BCP
Holy Communion - East Malling
Praise – East Malling
& Praise - Teston 10am Eucharist – Wateringbury 6.30pm Parish
Communion - Teston
Every Thursday - 9am in East Malling Church – Holy
Pilsdon Community, 27 Water Lane, West Malling - Rev
Viv Ashworth invites you to the Barn Chapel to join members of the community
for a Eucharist Service every Wednesday at noon and 6pm on Sundays
For baptisms, weddings, funerals and other
arrangements please contact
the Vicar Rev Nick Williams on 01732 843282 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For all other enquiries, please contact the
01622 815218 or email email@example.com
FESTIVAL SERVICES AT WATERINGBURY CHURCH: Sunday
1 October - 10am Monday
2 October - 9am - (Wateringbury Primary School)