VILLAGE DIARY NOV 5
V Hall Car Park
Parish Council Meeting
followed by Planning Mtg
"Royal British Legion" talk
Coffee, Craft & Chat
Craft & Chat
Hall Car Park
Thank you to our regular advertisers for their continued support in
funding this magazine. Invitations to
renew adverts for 2018 will be sent during the first week of November.
COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH – LOOKING OUT FOR YOU
If you 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 visiting www.communityspeedwatch.co.uk
VILLAGE PEOPLE Please let us have your news
and tributes by 17 November for our December/January magazine. Entries are free.
Wedding congratulations to..... John Evans and
Michelle Toft who were married at the Archbishop's Palace, Maidstone on 30
and James Fannon who married at St Peter and St Paul’s Church at East Sutton on 5
August. Becky has been a long time member of the Wateringbury Players. She
joined at about the age of 8 and is looking forward to this year's pantomime.
Diamond Wedding Anniversary Congratulations to Alan and
Janet Coltham who were married in 1957 at St Marks Church, Lewisham.
Congratulations to Darryl & Steve Jessop on the recent arrival
of their first grandchild, Beatrix Rosa.
Tom Blest unveiling the blue plaque to his
3 x great grandfather John Beal Jude founder
of The Kent Brewery who was born at
Cross House in 1807.
The History Society is delighted to learn that many people are enjoying
the Blue Plaques and using the QR readers to learn about those commemorated.
Due to a resignation there is a vacancy on the Parish Council.
Should you be interested in applying and would like more
information please contact the Clerk: email@example.com or telephone
01622 817068. It is anticipated the vacancy will be filled by the end of
VILLAGE HALLSaturday 25
November at 7.30pmTickets £15
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Bring your own nibbles
Wateringbury Village Fete Committee urgently need new
members to join their team of volunteers.
If you can help or require further information, please contact 01622
A PLEA FROM THE SOLE
a responsible dog owner and clean up your dog's deposits. Reports have been received about the mess
left in the playing fields. There are
plenty of designated bins in the area.
OCTOBER PARISH COUNCIL REPORT
The Chairman expressed his thanks to
Christine Byron for her organisation of the village blue plaques unveiling walk
which had been attended by some 80-100 people in September. Parish Councillors agreed that the event had
been a great success.
Members of the Council were reminded of the
Remembrance Day Service to be held at the church on Sunday, 12 November at
The resignation of Keith Fisher was
announced at the meeting.
Kent County Councillor, Matthew Balfour
referred to an invoice received by the Parish Council for the repairs done to
the Wateringbury finger signpost which included additional work not
agreed. The Parish Council were looking
at ways to cover the cost, but Cllr Balfour said he was happy to fund it. Cllr
Balfour reiterated the need to make financial cuts to local services - £10m on
this year's budget and £40-£50m next year.
The KCC would be averse to reducing funding for roads and drainage. More likely, bus services subsidised by the
KCC could be affected. A member of the
public asked Matthew to report to the Parish Council what the KCC plans were for the main building
at the former Macintyre Care facility at Pelican Court which had been closed in
An email had been received from the Borough
Councillor, Simon Jessel outlining the following:
- The refuse collection service for the area
is currently out to tender.
- Despite an admission that Wateringbury
crossroads experiences high pollution, it seemed unlikely that measuring
equipment could be borrowed from another area.
The Parish Council felt that there had been contradictory information
about the use of this equipment and a follow-up would be made.
- The closure of Aylesford newsprint had
adversely affected the Borough's income.
The Crime Report taken from Kent Police
website showed that during July there had been 2 violent crimes, 1 public order
crime and 1 other crime in the village.
During September there had been an attempted break-in of a residential
property. More recently a vehicle had
been stolen from Phoenix Drive.
Traffic congestion at the crossroads is a
constant problem and Councillors discussed the usefulness of undertaking a
survey. If data recording the movement
of vehicles/times, etc would be officially recognised by other authorities it
may be worth considering.
Trimming of the lime trees and hedge at the
cemetery would be undertaken soon.
Village and road signs in the village had
been cleaned by the Friends of Wateringbury.
Part of the soft surface in the play area
had been renewed. Swings in the lower
playground still need repairing.
A quote had been received for repairs to the
leaking roof at Drayhorse Meadow.
Another is still required before a decision can be made.
A free app to report crime is currently on
trial. An extra 300 Police Special
Officers will be recruited across divisions.
Advice/assistance had been given to local shop owners to guard against
Wateringbury Community Speedwatch Group
submitted a report detailing their observations during 7 hourly sessions during
July (123 speeding vehicles) and 13 sessions in August (381 speeding vehicles).
Another appeal was made for more volunteers to join the group. Councillors discussed how to recruit more
people and it was suggested that the front cover of Rostrum be used to raise
Maintenance of the planted beds near the
crossroads is due to be undertaken by KCC in November and confirmation of this
is awaited. A local businessman has
offered to take on the work in return for free advertising on the plot. A number of issues need to be resolved by the
Council before taking up this option.
The owners of properties previously affected
by flooding will be contacted to see if they have any photos of historic
During the public discussion session the
following matters were raised :
- The many large and brightly coloured signs
displayed by the Shell garage which lies
within a conservation area was mentioned .
- Vegetation overgrowing the bus stop in Bow
Road. - The recent protest at the crossroads
against traffic pollution. It was suggested that "no idling engine" signs be
installed. Councillors were supportive
of local initiatives and requested that organisers keep them informed of such events. - The continuing use of the village hall car
park by local businesses for commercial purposes. As the car park is owned by TMBC and is
classed as a public car park it is difficult to control usage. It was suggested that a registration
identifying system as used by some supermarkets could be utilised. - Congratulations were extended to Cllr
David & Mrs Yvonne Marks who had won the Kent Life Magazine Amateur Garden
of the Year Award.
At the planning meeting there was no
lounge extension, utility room & shower/wc - 21 Allington Gardens.
To read the full minutes of last month's meeting, go to:
Next meeting: Tuesday 7
November at 7.30pm in the
Village Hall (upstairs room).
NEWS, NOVEMBER 1917
November 6 : capture of village of Passchendaele, Belgium
8 : Lenin and Trotsky assume power in
12 : Italians
capitulate to Austro-Hungarians at 12th Battle of Isonzo, Slovenia
start of Battle of Cambrai, France
28 : Germans surrender to Britain in East
Thomas Waghorn, was the only village casualty of the month, killed
on 25th November during the Battle of Cambrai. The army deployed
mass tanks for the first time and had air superiority but, after initial
success, the German counter attack resulted in another inconclusive battle.
Thomas is listed throughout the war by the vicar on his list of parishioners serving
in the armed forces. He is on the village war memorial, but not the school one.
His family moved frequently, were not in the village for the 1911 census, and,
at the time of his death, were in Snodland, so his connection with the village
is not clear. Thomas was a volunteer, aged 18, just before the start of the
war. He was 5 foot 3 inches tall when he enlisted with a fresh complexion, brown hair and blue eyes. In
November 1914 he was listed by the Police Gazette as having deserted (a term
which includes overstaying leave) at Chatham. In December 1914 he was arrested
in Wateringbury, remanded in custody by West Malling magistrates to await
military escort and fined 2 shillings. However, this episode did not stop him
becoming a sergeant at the age of 21 by the time of his death.
On 7th November a meeting was
held in Wateringbury to encourage recruitment to a Wateringbury platoon of the
Kent volunteer regiment. Convalescent soldiers from Barham Court VAD Hospital,
Teston, attended the meeting and gave a programme of music. The volunteer force
would be given uniforms and training (10 hours a month, initially at the, now
demolished, King’s Head Hotel at the crossroads) but expected to fully serve
only in the UK in the event of imminent invasion. It was reported that 40
recruits had been secured, but a further 20 were needed.
The following day soldiers from Barham
Court again came to Wateringbury to give a concert (mainly comedy) in the
Church Rooms (as the village hall was then known) to raise money for the YMCA,
attracting a crowded audience of 240. There were many other worthy charities
collecting in the village, including one for Kentish prisoners of war, but no
Wateringbury prisoners are known.
The Wateringbury Scout and Wolf Cubs at
this time consisted of 28 boys under the leadership of Mr EA Smith, headmaster
of the boys’ school. One of the Patrol Leaders was Reg Rogers. He had gone to a
conference and rally the previous month in Chatham attended by Baden Powell,
where he delivered a paper “How to deal with the Slacker” which apparently
stimulated an hour’s “animated discussion”.
Thanks to everyone who turned up at my book signings.
I signed and sold 40 copies of my book Exclusive! The Last Days of
Fleet Street. My Part In Its Downfall at sessions in Teston Village Stores.
Even the photographer from the KM bought one! For those who missed out, the book is still
available at Wateringbury Post Office or direct from me - firstname.lastname@example.org
HAVE YOUR SAY ON KENT COUNTY COUNCIL’S
PROPOSED 2018/19 BUDGET
balance KCC’s budget for 2018/19 we have to find an estimated £66m of savings
in response to additional spending demands and reduced government grant. Our
consultation includes plans for £56m of savings with a further £9m yet to be
really welcome your comments on these plans as well as suggestions as to where
you think savings can and should be made.
of Kent County Council Paul Carter said in a recent press interview that “the
consequences for next year’s budget are really very significant”
plans to increase Council Tax by the amount permitted under the referendum
principles, including the additional social care levy. The estimated increase for 2018-19 is 3.99%
(£41.84 per year for a band C property.) This will increase KCC’s share of the
Council Tax bill for a band C property to £1,089.68 in 2018/19.
2011-12 KCC has saved £589m in response to the financial challenge.
visit: www.kent.gov.uk/budgetconsultation to have your say on
our proposals to fix the 2018/19 budget gap and tell us your priorities.
in October we could not do the advertised walk owing to Teston Bridge still
being closed for repairs. From the start
we walked down to the river to join the Medway Valley Path to Nettlestead
crossing and over the rail line. Passing
Nettlestead Place through the churchyard and on to Rock Farm. We crossed over the Wateringbury Stream to
Old Road alongside the Mill Pond and back to the start. A little shorter
than normal, but a good walk. Our next
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term 2 has started well settling in our new children and welcoming our new
parents. Our AGM was well attended and many thanks to those who volunteered to
join our fundraising committee. It is
great to hear so many fundraising ideas and plans for the forthcoming
year. I’m confident that we will succeed
in our aim of raising £2,000 a year. The
money raised by the committee is always used for the benefit of the children,
new toys, craft materials etc.
term we will be looking at animals that hibernate for the winter, making fat
balls for our bird feeders and hedgehog bread rolls. We will also be making poppy pictures for Remembrance
photography will be coming into the setting on Thursday 30 November,
pretty dresses, smart shirts and a big smile please! That’s the Grandparents'
Christmas presents sorted. Regarding
Christmas, as usual our Christmas concert will be taking place on our last day
which is Wednesday 20 December. Tickets
available nearer the time.
also mention a big thank you to our outgoing committee members that have
stepped down now their children are at big school, their support and contribution
has been invaluable over the past couple of years.
are interested in joining our preschool please contact Tina Driver on 07805
796353 and come along for a taster session.
WATERINGBURY LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY
September meeting was "History from the Air" given to us by Rod le
Gear, who showed us many interesting sites from the air, including a tour
around Kent which gave us an opportunity to guess many well known places, which
were not so obvious from above. Our next meeting on 18 October will be "Life
of Pocahontas" by Christoph Bull, this coincides with 2017 being the 400th
anniversary of her death.
November Peter Ewart will be talking to us about "Life in the Victorian
Workhouse". All welcome, visitors £3. Talks begin at 8pm but doors
open at 7.40pm for refreshments.
WATERINGBURY CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Autumn got properly underway with our annual
Harvest Service and each class’s presentation of thanksgiving through poetry
and song. £75 was generously donated during the retiring collection and this
money went immediately to our local foodbank.
The children’s contributions of food and produce were parcelled up and
delivered to individual families in need as well as to local shelters and
refuges. Another annual October event,
the Macmillan Coffee Morning, raised an impressive £125 to support families who
are facing the many difficulties of a cancer diagnosis.
If any parents with children who will be
starting school in September 2018 missed our two Open Mornings in October, we
are holding an ‘Open Classroom’ where parents and their child can join in the
fun and activities of the Reception classrooms.
This will take place on Thursday, 2nd November from 11-12
noon. Please contact the office on (01622) 812199 to reserve a place. Further visits by prospective parents (and
children) are welcomed throughout the autumn and you can arrange this with the
Two long-serving members of staff reached
milestones this autumn.
Humphrey was surprised with a special assembly, song and gifts to mark her 27
years of service at the school. She
continues in her role as Office Manager and it was delightful to celebrate all
that she brings to our school. Mrs
Crawford, our School Secretary, is retiring from school life to spend more time
travelling with her husband and settling into a new home and area. Mrs Humphrey and Mrs Crawford are a class
double act and we know we will be seeing Mrs Crawford from time to time when
she pops in to check on us!
Our parent organisation, FOWPS, are holding
their first Bonfire Night at school on Friday, 3rd November from
5:30pm. The evening will feature a
roaring bonfire, 7 large guys (made by each class) and delicious soup and
The school’s popular Christmas
Fayre will be held on Sunday, 3rd December and will feature artisan
stalls, craft and decorations, teas, cakes and crepes, of course, our
justifiably famous grotto. We are
trialling a Sunday afternoon and we look forward to welcoming the wider
Usher, Headteacher –
Residents may have noticed that the restored finger signpost is once again standing at our
crossroads. The restoration included a
new finial and repaint and this is thanks to the organisation of the work by
the Parish Council and funding from the County Council.
EAST MALLING CHRISTMAS MARKET on Saturday 25 November from 1.45pm to 3.45pm in East
Malling Village Hall, New Road. Proceeds will be donated to Centre for Independent Living Kent (CiLK) - a charity that promotes
independent living for disabled people.
November 9, Andrew Stickells is coming along to tell us about the Royal British
Legion. During his talk he
will be giving us the history of the Royal British Legion and the changes and
events that have affected both the Legion and members of the Armed Forces both
recently and in the past, and how it continues to help personnel injured in
present day combat. The
monthly competition is a “Poppy Related Item”. Visitors very welcome.
speaker in October was Wilf Lower who came along to tell us about “Lost Empires
– the Last Days of Music Hall and Variety”. Wilf’s talk covered many decades of
entertainment, from pubs to palaces and music hall, all of which survived both
cinema and radio but the arrival of television brought an end to them. We were given a light-hearted look at
the theatre which included performances by Marie Lloyd, Max Miller, and also
Gracie Fields and Ken Dodds who are still currently seen and mentioned on
television. Wilf, with his
talk, gave us a very entertaining afternoon and reminded us of many performers
we had seen in the past and now forgotten.
In December we will be holding a ‘Christmas Afternoon Tea Party’,
with festive activities, quizzes and a raffle. For enquiries
please contact Janet, on 01622 817833.
We have launched an exciting alumni project to track down
as many former Wateringbury School pupils as we can. Please email email@example.com for
more information or check out the school website ‘Our School Community –
Alumni’ page to see how you can get involved. We would like to thank Terry Bird
from Wateringbury Local History Society and John Gilham from the Wateringbury
Remembered website for their help with promoting this project.
St John the Baptist Church here in
Wateringbury has a strong focus on young
people and strong links with our primary school. We would love to see more
families join us for our various activities so let me tell you what we do and
what is coming up in the near future.
Sunday in each month we hold a
family service which takes a simplified and very accessible pattern led by
Becky Bowie with myself and Kate Millar putting on something practical to
illustrate the chosen story. As I write, this Sunday we will be having a
’wedding banquet’ which illustrates one of the parables Jesus told. However
small your children are you are most welcome - why not try us out.
On the first
and fourth Sunday we hold a session for all age young people in the vestry; we are very short of space but
we get by! These sessions are taken by
two adults and again there is a story focus with practical activities. The
young people join the service part way through for communion when Revd Nick
Williams brings them up near the front so they can see what he is doing and ask
questions if they want to.
On the second
Sunday in the month the secondary
division – their chosen name - meet in the vestry for something a bit more
challenging. I think refreshments take an important part! These sessions are
for young people at secondary school.
In addition to these sessions in church we hold Toddlers Praise every Monday in the Scout and Guide hut from
2pm – 3pm. It takes place every week except Bank holidays and is for pre-school
children, even babies. We have lots of fun with singing and marching round, a story
and show and tell, and of course refreshments!
Now what we are thinking about is adding to our
provision for our younger end, say 3 to 7+ year olds, so it is watch this
Also running is Watch
Club which meets on certain Sundays in the village hall and JAM Club in school. So parents, there is a lot of choice. Whatever you choose you will find a really
ust to let
you know about other events: our Christmas
Bazaar on Saturday 18 November will have plenty of games for children run
by the young people - plenty for adults, too.
Our next family service is special as well. Each year
we hold a toy service where we ask
for nearly new toys to send to the women’s refuge in Maidstone. Women often
have to leave an abusive relationship with little notice, taking their children
with them. The toys help to make their Christmas special and for the mums we
make up shoe boxes, filling them with toiletries. This service is on Sunday 19 November.
Our Sunday’s Cool (young people) will have a Christmas Party on 3 December during
the 10am service.
And our Nativity
play on Sunday 17 December – I
am looking for more children to participate. We rehearse on the Friday evening,
15 December at 5pm. And that brings us
right up to Christmas!
If you want to know more you
can e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org
to 3pm Saturday 18 November Entry FreeAt the Church
of St John The BaptistTonbridge
A great opportunity to buy some special and
Stock up your larder with
Sheena & Gordon’s Preserves,
Luxury Chocolates from The Kentish
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.
CRAFT & CHAT
and join us at our fortnightly meetings for tea/coffee, homemade cake,
conversation and optional handicrafts. On
Wednesday 1 November we will be
visiting the Chatham Outlet Centre. If
you would like to come please get in touch to arrange transport. Our usual meetings in the Church resume on Wednesdays 15 and 29 November
10.30am-12.30pm. For further details
FROM THE PARISH REGISTER
Baptism - We
welcomed into the family of the Church
Tom and Mia
Humphries on 24 September 2017
- 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 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 email@example.com
For all other enquiries, please contact the
Administrator on 01622 815218 or
SERVICES IN WATERINGBURY CHURCH
Annual Parish Act of Remembrance - 12 November at
and then to the War Memorial
in the churchyard for the laying of wreaths and the 2 minutes' silence. There will also be a small area for the
placing of wooden crosses dedicated to those we especially wish to remember who
have died in the service of our country.
Annual Toy and Gift Service - 19 November at 10am
Please help children and
mothers who will be spending time at local Women's Refuges enjoy the Christmas
festivities by donating nearly new toys and gift vouchers for the
children. Also, the mothers really do
appreciate toiletry items, etc.