V/Hall Car Park
Parish Council Meeting followed by Planning
Coffee, Craft & Chat
Days of Empire WI talk
Council Finance Committee
Church 10.30 - 12.30pm
Parish Council Meeting followed by Planning
Church 11am-3pm 25
GARAGE SALE SATURDAY 14
OCTOBER 10am-2pm61 Pizien Well Come along and bag a bargain - New and
CHIQUE One of the UK's top tribute bands to ‘ABBA’
Authentic sound and appearance Covering all
‘ABBA’s’ classic hits!
Saturday 25 November
7:30pm Wateringbury Village Hall Tickets £15 from The Handy Stores or The Post
Office Licenced Bar
- Bring your own nibbles
All funds raised go towards the Village Hall
POPPY APPEAL Can you help?
Once again in early November
house-to-house collections are planned for the village. If you can help by collecting in your street
or near-by please contact our village organiser
PARISH COUNCIL REPORT
KCC Councillor Matthew Balfour said some difficult decisions would need to be made as, due to
funding cuts from Central Government, KCC had to make savings of £80 million in
the next financial year. £1 million
would need to be cut from bus services. Only 3% of bus routes were
subsidised. He was looking into the
problems of pupils travelling from the village to Mascalls School in Paddock
Wood. Matthew spoke of Community Bus
services which may be the answer. A
couple of schemes are being successfully operated by volunteers who drive a 12
seater mini bus which is funded by KCC.
was not enough room to site a roundabout: other engineering options are still
being investigated. The high levels of
pollution were a real problem. It was the duty of the Borough Council to
monitor air quality, KCC had no statutory responsibilities and so no authority
is obliged to solve such problems.
Richard Tripp remarked that he was pleased that air quality was moving
up the political agenda.
Rail Franchise renewalnational government are handling the renewal of the
franchise. Three companies had put in
bids to run our local line. Maintaining
the Medway Valley Line, which runs through Wateringbury, was a priority request
Road Signs hidden by vegetationin
response to a question Matthew said it was the responsibility of the land-owner
to ensure that road signs were kept clear.
Borough Councillor Simon Jessel reported onlocal
matters but said the main focus was how to maintain essential and statutory
services while balancing the budget.
Further cuts of 30% in funding from Central Government are in the
pipe-line over the next 3 years on top of those already made.
were now 2 vacant plots. Anyone wishing
to rent a plot should contact the parish clerk.
Cemetery Councillors voted to accept a quote from
A & F Services to remove the car park hedge and replace it
with a post and rail fence.
Crime Statistics May 7
Crimes - 2 Violent Crimes. 1 Burglary, 1
Vehicle crime, 1 Anti Social Behaviour, 2 Criminal Damage Arson June 3
Crimes - 1 Public Order, 1 Vehicle Crime, 1 Burglary
Drayhorse Meadow the stable roof is
leaking. The clerk was requested to
obtain quotes for its repair/replacement.
Flood Group the group are keen to
receive any thoughts or suggestions from the general public about possible
flood prevention measures. Please send
your ideas via the Parish Clerk.
Playing Fields Councillors
considered in depth the recommendations made in a recent inspection of
equipment. A new sign is to be ordered
to replace the present damaged one.
Planning The council had no
objections to the following applications:
Demolition of existing conservatory and
replace with single storey extension at 34 Phoenix Drive Listed Building application to fit
internal steel lintel and connecting work at 61 Bow Road
Convert existing garage into study/guest
room at 6 Phoenix Drive
Conversion of existing garage into
study/guest room and associated works Orchard House 11 Tonbridge Road
Single Storey rear extension 6 Phoenix
Drive - Subject to any objections from the neighbours the PC has no objection
Councillors made observations regarding
various conditions pursuant to granted planning permission at Abbeyfield
Greensted 16 The Orpines
Public Open Forum Various topics were
brought to the attention of the council including:
Ivy and vegetation at various locations
on Bow Road.
Water was leaking in Waterside Mews and
had been for months; the tarmac was now
being worn away. KCC highways to be
informed as now a hazard
Speedwatch A quote for the
equipment to be calibrated was to be obtained.
public are very welcome to attend the Finance
and General Purposes committee meeting on Tuesday 17 October at 7.30pm when the budget for the next financial
year will be discussed and the October and November
General Meetings at 7.30pm on Tuesdays 3 October and
7 November. Both meetings are in the
Please be a responsibile dog ownerand keep your dog on the lead when using
publicroads especially on our
seemingly quiet, safe lanes such as Old Road where there have been several
incidents lately of near misses when dogs off their leads met cars. Also
please always pick up after your dog and don’t leave it for local
householders to do so.
VILLAGE PEOPLE Please let us have your news
and tributes by 17 October for our November magazine. Entries are free
Congratulations to William and Emelia Boscawen on the
birth of their second son Edward Julius George on 5 July in Pembury Hospital.
Silver Wedding Congratulations to
Thomas and Emily Best-Shaw who were married in Wateringbury church on 19
Congratulations to Carl Farrin who
celebrates his 80th Birthday on 19 October and also (at last) his
FRIENDS OF WATERINGBURY
With the various cutbacks from the Government, Wateringbury
Parish Council is to receive £12,000 less this year from Tonbridge and Malling.
This puts great strains on the Parish Council's resources. Jobs that would
normally be done in our village are not being carried out. Although there are
already villagers volunteering, it would be great if more public spirited
people in our village could come forward to maintain our lovely village.
We need a
handful of volunteers who are
prepared to give up a couple of hours a month to assist in, for example, cleaning
the village signs, cutting back over-grown hedges, tending to the flower beds
at the crossroads and litter picking. If
you are interested in helping your village community, please ring Mike Williams
on 01622 814529.
The Last Days of Fleet Street. My Part In Its Downfall.
Chittenden, a Fleet Street journalist for almost 40 years and a Teston resident
for the past 30 years, has just had his memoirs published by leading London
publisher Biteback. Andrew Neil
describes it on the cover as: 'A hilarious romp through the dying days of Fleet
Street from one of its most colourful characters'. Wateringbury Post Office has agreed to stock
some copies and Maurice is holding a book
signing session at Teston Village
Stores from 10 to 12 noon on Saturday 14 October.
will be available at a special price of £10 for the villagers of Wateringbury
and Teston compared with £12.99 on Amazon.
you aged between 10 and 14? Fancy
some fun and adventure? Then try
guides. Where else would you get the
opportunity to make sweets, swimming and trampolining, learn about nail
care, make and use rope ladders and rope bridges, learn how to make
homemade jam, abseil and wall climb and spend a few days on a canal boat
having great fun. We did all these
things last term and have more fun planned for this term.
guides currently have spaces if you would like to join us and are aged ten
or older. We meet at the Guide and
Scout HQ in Glebe Meadow, Wateringbury on Fridays at 6.30. If you would like to find out more
information you can call me on 01732 873737 or email me at email@example.com. We look forward to meeting you.
Stewart 1st Wateringbury
WATERINGBURY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
speaker on 12 October is Wilf Lower
who is coming along to tell us about
“Lost Empires – the Last Days of
Music Hall and Variety”. Wilf
will bring to us a light-hearted look at theatres, performers (in front and
behind the curtains) and the very British ‘French Revues’ of the Fifties.
The monthly competition is a ‘Show Programme’. Visitors very welcome.
In September Alison Elman-Brown came along to give us
her talk “What You Don’t Know About Buttons”, and we soon found we did not know
very much. Alison started collecting
buttons in her ‘teens’, when she received a sewing box following the death
of a Great Aunt, and found in the box Visiting Cards used by her aunt with
memorable buttons attached. Amongst
her collection of buttons and buckles on display, were items with gold and
silver edging, as well as hand painted buttons there were also some made of
wood and non-precious stones. We were
shown hand-made buttons, and the different methods used in making them and
for attaching them to clothes.
In November Andrew Stickells will be speaking to us
about the Royal British Legion. For enquiries please contact Janet, on
GROUP WALKS – Sunday 1 October a local
walk, probably out to Tutsham via Small Profits. Sunday 5 November a local woodland walk For both walks meet at village hall at the
winter time of 2pm Kevin
WAR NEWS , October 1917
October 4: Battle of Broodseinde (part of
9: Battle of Poecapelle (part of
26: Passchendaele campaign recommences
after 2 week lull.
1917 was a bloody month for the village.
36, died on 1st October
in the Passchendaele campaign. In 1890 the Wateringbury School log records him
fainting from hunger and the school managers paying his
school fees of 2 shillings. He
came from a poor family in Pizien Well where his mother still lived in 1911,
although Arthur had, by then, moved from the village. Arthur won in 1916 the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.), one
of the only two village men to do so during the war. He is buried at Kandahar Farm Cemetery,
A few days after
Arthur, John Dumbrell, aged 20, was
killed on the same front. John was from Nettlestead but had attended
Wateringbury School. He is one of the 35,000 missing commemorated on the Tyne
Cot Memorial at Passchendaele, Belgium.
On the 26th
William Pearson, aged 30, was
killed. His roots were Pizien Well and Nettlestead but, unlike Arthur and John,
he had not attended Wateringbury School. He was serving with the 1st Battalion, Royal West
Kents, whose regimental history records the day of his death as “the "worst day in the [1st] battalion's experiences in
the war." "Those who were
wounded at any distance from our line had no chance of extricating themselves
from the awful mud which was the dominating feature of the day". The battalion lost 348 of 581 men involved. William is
buried, at Hooge Crater Cemetery, 4 kms east of Ypres, Belgium. His wife, Ellen, was then living at 4,
Glenleigh Terrace, Nettlestead.
We can imagine the rumours that would have
been circulating in the village associated with the losses at
Passchendaele. Air raids continued to
generate fear as well. The Girls School log records that Gwendoline Mercer from Canning Town was
admitted to the school “on account of the air raids”. In WWII there was an organised evacuation of
children, Operation Pied Piper, but in WWI it was a private initiative.
The school children were busy collecting
horse chestnuts, part of a country-wide effort to produce explosives from
non-imported sources, but at the time no one understood why. An inquest jury, meeting at The Railway, concluded that, a baby from
a hopping family who had died, had been killed by exposure to a German gas bomb
attack in London.
This is highly
unlikely but shows the general febrile state of mind at the time.
In contrast some
things went on as normal. Mrs. Spittles of Old Road’s testimonial to Clarke’s Blood Mixture featured in a
nation-wide advertising campaign.
Although the ad is on the following page, unfortunately, this marvellous
mixture was withdrawn from the market in 1968.
more details see the web-site of Wateringbury Local History Society. (https://www.sites.google.com/site/wateringburylocalhistory/).
WATERINGBURY CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
The new term is
off to a fine, if chilly, start! Our annual Wateringbury Walk was delayed by
one week due to torrential downpours. The following week, classes stretched
along the river in rainbow colours as we all walked to Teston Bridge and back.
The walk is just one part of our school goal to inspire children to enjoy the
outdoors and improve fitness and health.
Harvest Service takes place on Monday, 2nd October at 9:00am in St
John the Baptist church and, as always, we warmly invite the community to join
us. Each class will present their thanks to God in song, poetry and readings
and the children will bring their Harvest offerings to the altar.
Reception Class have settled beautifully into their classrooms and routines. No
sooner are they in, however, than we need to gear up for admissions in 2018.
Open Mornings will be held on Thursday, 5th October at 11:00 and
Wednesday, 11th October at 09:00. Prospective parents will receive a
short introduction to the school and its vision before tours of the building
with Year 6 pupils. Visitors on 11th
October are encouraged to stay for Worship from 10:05-10:25am. Tea and coffee
will be served in the library at the end of each morning for further
conversation and questions. An ‘Open Classroom’ morning will be held on
Thursday 2nd November from 11-12 when parents and their children
have the chance to spend an hour in the classroom alongside the teachers and
already planning interesting school trips for this term to the Maidstone
Museum, Hastings and Rochester. Year 5 are gearing up for their annual
overnight at Carroty Wood where they are given a variety of team and individual
challenges. This trip is always a highlight of the year and for many it is
their first overnight away from home.
Our busy first term ends on Friday, 20th
October and the children return on Tuesday, 31st October.
Chasey Crawford Usher – Headteacher
After our summer break and a very successful outing
to Watts Gallery and Loseley House, along with a superb Saturday unveiling the
blue plaques, we are back in the village
hall on Wednesday 20 September for a talk by Rod Le Gear entitled "History
from the Air." The talk will begin at 8 pm but refreshments are
available from 7.40 pm. Visitors welcome - £3 per person.
ALL OVER THE WORLD THE SOLUTIONS
Come to the Old
Lecture Theatre, Tonbridge School on Friday 6 October at 7pm and watch
Demain, an uplifting French documentary film showing positive stories from
around the globe about how we can build more sustainable societies. A free event hosted by Tonbridge and
Malling Friends of the Earth.
BABY AND TODDLER GROUP
We are back from our summer break, and as we begin
the autumn term there are lots of exciting things to look forward to. We have
our harvest craft and then move on to firework night craft. If you would like
to join us we have a craft and singing session plus lots of toys. We meet
on Wednesdays and Fridays at Wateringbury Village Hall. The cost is £2 for the first child and £1
for any further children. The price includes children's snacks and drinks, with
tea and coffee for the adults. We are open from 10.00am to 12
noon. For more information please contact Linda on 01732 522 437.
TESTON & WATERINGBURY
Our term 1 has
started well with all our new children settling in well. Luckily the weather has been kind and the
children have enjoyed exploring the garden and discovering all the new
residents in our bug hotel!
our theme ‘Me and my family’ we have been making jam sandwich people, hand
printed family trees, gingerbread man biscuits and pet puppets. We have also introduced a colour, shape,
number and letter of the week and the children have been enjoying finding these
in the hall and garden.
A reminder that
our AGM will be on Wednesday 18 October
in Teston Village Hall at 8pm. All
welcome; it would be a good opportunity to join our pro-active fundraising
team and hear your ideas. Tina Driver (07805 796353)
Mencap Jumble & Nearly-new SaleCobtree Hall
Maidstone ME15 8EBSaturday 14
October - Doors open 2.30pm
Contact Lesley 01622 892433
BLUE PLAQUES UNVEILING WALK
On Saturday 9 September Wateringbury
unveiled Blue Plaques to celebrate 7 people with village connections whose
lives have helped shape our world.
Approximately 80 people, including the
Mayor of T & M Councillor Roger Dalton, Mrs Crawford-Usher head teacher of
our school, Rev Nick Williams, and a couple of dogs, gathered at the South
Entrance to Wateringbury Place where Lucy Williamson unveiled the plaque to her
great x 4 grandfather Matthias Prime Lucas, owner of Wateringbury Place
Estate and Lord Mayor of London in 1827.
Walkers then progressed along the
Tonbridge Road to Cross House, next to the Post Office, which was the
birthplace in 1807 of John Beal Jude, founder of The Kent Brewery. His 3 x great grandson Thomas, who was
brought up in the village, spoke of his life.
The next stop was at the oldest house
in the village, The Wardens, just off Bow Road, where in 1833 Ralph Fremlin, founder of Fremlin’s Brewery,
Maidstone was born. The mayor unveiled
this plaque telling of Ralph’s life and his own boyhood memories of the area.
At The Beck, Mill Lane, about 20 more
joined the walkers. Frances English,
representing the Royal British Legion, spoke of the career of Admiral Sir Henry
Ruthven Moore, and her mother-in-law Elizabeth recounted the part the Admiral
had played in introducing her to her husband Mark.
Opposite, at The Thatched House,
Richard Tripp, chairman of our Parish Council before unveiling the plaque told of the Koh i Noor diamond and the part
played in its story by Lady Lena Login.
The last stop of the morning was to
The Red House for the plaque commemorating Dame Ellen Terry who celebrated her
80th Birthday there. Rick Schembri,
representing Wateringbury Players, read the tribute written to Dame Ellen by
Oscar Wilde and Olivia Curtis of the Kent Acting Studio, recited a Shakespeare
Sonnet on Love. In 1928 2 girls from the
school took a basket of primroses to the house as a birthday gift for Dame
Ellen. On Saturday Martha Bowie and
Catherine Stockham, pupils at the school, presented a basket of flowers to the present
The walk ended at the church where many
enjoyed refreshments and browsed the history displays.
The unveilings concluded at 3pm when
Professor John Zarnecki, President of the Royal Astronomical Society,
and nearly 40 visitors walked down Mill Lane to Brooms Down where the Professor
outlined the many achievements of William Rutter Dawes who while living in the
village independently discovered the interior dark inner ring of Saturn in 1850.
Each of the blue plaques (which were
supplied and fitted by Maidstone Signs) displays a QR code so, with a mobile
phone, information on each of the plaque people can be accessed. We hope the circular walk of about 1 mile
will be enjoyed by many present-day residents and visitors to our special
Special thanks to all the property
owners and the Parish and T & M councils for their co-operation and to Dail
Whiting for her help and advice.
Terry Bird and Christine Byron for
Wateringbury Local History Society
COFFEE, CRAFT & CHATIn the Church 10.30-12.30
Do come and join us at our
fortnightly meetings for tea/coffee, homemade cake, conversation and optional
Wednesday 4 October – normal session Wednesday 18 October Macmillan Coffee Morning with a raffle-
guess the spots on the cake – auction - plus a cake competition The cakes being judged will be for sale at
the end.Wednesday 1 November an outing to the Chatham Outlet Centre. Please let us know if you plan
to come so we can organise transport. For further details call 01622 814673.
WATCH YOUTH CLUB4-6pm
Sundays 8 October and 12 November in the Village HallFor secondary school aged children
Details from firstname.lastname@example.org
3pm Saturday 18 November - Entry Free At the Church
of St John The Baptist, Wateringbury
A great opportunity to buy some special and
Stock up your larder with
Sheena & Gordon’s Preserves, Luxury
Chocolates from The Kentish Chocolate Company,
or Honey from James, our
Revitalise your Christmas tree with some
sparkling new decorations Gifts Galore
for everyone on your list Come along and find just the right thing
for that difficult person.
Children bring a Teddy to have an Adventure on the Zip
while you keep your
strength up with a cup of tea or coffee, or a glass of mulled wine.
PONDERINGS Rev Nick Williams
email@example.com ( 01732 843282)
Brothers and Sisters in
are in many ways in something of ‘quiet time' before the start of the
incredibly busy time of November and the run up to Christmas. The three PCCs that make up the benefice are
already busy sorting out the large number of services that will take place and
there have been some changes around dates and times for some of the most
popular services, so please keep an eye out for the diary when it’s finally
published just in case a service you normally attend has changed in some way.
6pm on the 1 October the benefice is hosting the Deanery Confirmation Service
at East Malling, we currently have six candidates for Confirmation from
Wateringbury and Teston and they will be joined by other candidates from across
the Deanery. Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali,
the former Bishop of Rochester, is the presiding Bishop. All are welcome to
attend this service.
month I had the pleasure of listening to a short lecture by the Precentor of
Rochester Cathedral on the subject of All Saints and All Souls Days, both dates
that you will without doubt be familiar with. His lecture re-emphasised the link between the
two days (1st and 2nd November) and how we lose that link if we celebrate All
Saints Sunday and miss out All Souls Day altogether. So this year, in one of the changes I
mentioned earlier, I’m going to celebrate the two festivals on the correct days
using the liturgy provided by the Church for exactly that purpose. At The All Souls service we will also remember
by name all those who have died in the previous year and other years. If you have loved ones you would like
remembered at this service please let me know.
new service pattern at Teston is in place and has been positively received so
if you would like to attend something a little different in the benefice try
one of their new services.
‘nave altar’ experiment at Wateringbury is drawing to a close and we are
collating the many frank and honest comments that have been received before the
PCC makes a final decision as to whether or not to continue with it. So if you haven’t had a say please pass your
thoughts on to the Church Wardens at Wateringbury who will most certainly take
them into account.
Your in Christ Rev Nick
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
You are 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or pick up a booking form
from East Malling, Wateringbury or Teston church.
MORNING AT OUR CHURCH
We have great sessions for young people on a
Sunday morning, while adults have time in the Sunday service. Let me tell what is on offer.
month is Sunday’s Cool for primary aged children and lower
secondary. We learn about God and Jesus
and play games too!
secondary division meet and is for secondary aged young people. They set their own programme of challenging
3 is our all
aged family service – a good starter if you haven’t been before. Week
4 is Sunday’s
Week 5 is a service at one of
the three churches in the benefice.
And on Monday afternoon 2pm -3pm we have Toddlers’
Praise at the Scout and Guide premises. Every Monday except Bank Holidays.
If you think you might want to join us and need
to know a bit more then you can e-mail me on email@example.com or
phone on 01622 812342. I would love to
hear from you. Ruth
BENEFICE SERVICES www.wateringburychurch.org.uk Sunday
1 October 8.30 am BCP Communion – E M
9.45am Family Service
– E M 9.45am
Harvest Family Service – T
Harvest Communion – W’bury 6pm Confirmation Service – E M
8 October 9.45am Harvest &
Communion – E M
9.45am Come and Praise
Morning Praise - W’bury 6.30pm Evensong - T
15 October 8.30am BCP Communion – W’bury 9.45am Eucharist – E M
9.45am Parish Communion
am Family Service – W’bury
22 October 8.30am BCP Communion – E M .45am Morning
Praise – E M
9.45am Come and Praise - T
10am Holy Communion – W’bury 6.30pm Holly
Communion - T
29 October – Benefice Service in Wateringbury Church at 10am
-– Holy Communion 9am
in East Malling Church
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
Vicar Rev Nick Williams on 01732 843282 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For all other enquiries, please contact the
Administrator on 01622 815218 or
East Malling T = Teston
W’bury = Wateringbury
Services in Wateringbury Church Come and join us in
Wateringbury Church to celebrate Harvest unday 1 October - 10am
Communion with Harvest Thanksgiving Monday 2 October - 9am
School Harvest Thanksgiving
Special Services in East Malling Church Sunday 1 October Deanery Confirmation Service at 6pm with
Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali Wednesday 1 November at 6.30pm All Saints Day Service Thursday 2 November at 7pm All Souls Day Service to include
Distribution of Harvest Gifts will
take place in early October. We are very
fortunate that for most of our recipients the gift
from the church is not because of need but to show they are in our thoughts and
prayers. Most of the tinned and
packaged items are used for the Parish Blessing Bags over the winter months or
are given to Maidstone Christian Care
who support the local homeless and disadvantaged