Parish Council meeting followed by Planning Committee

Village Hall Upper Room



Footpaths Walk

Car Park



Teston & Wateringbury Pre-School AGM

Teston Hall



Coffee, Chat and Craft




Women’s Institute

“50 Years of Collecting

Autographs” – Geoffrey Green

Village Hall



Borough Councillor’s Surgery

Village Hall Downstairs room



History of Red Arrows talk

Village Hall

7.40 for 8pm


Coffee, Chat and Craft





Footpaths Group Local Walk

Car Park



Parish Council meeting followed by Planning Committee

Village Hall Upper Room



What happened after the Titanic Sunk History Society talk

Village Hall

7.40 for 8pm


An Evening of Snooker with Jimmy White

Village Hall





Village Panto - 23 and 24 January

Village Fete  -  Sunday 7 June

Wateringbury Church of England Primary School is holding two Open Mornings for parents of children who will be starting school in September 2020. The Open Mornings will be held on Tuesday, 1st October and again on Thursday, 3rd October at 9.15am.  The headteacher, Chasey Crawford Usher, will address parents in the hall promptly at 9.15am, followed by tours of the school and then coffee in the library and the chance to chat with the headteacher.  Please ring the office on 01622 812199 to request a place at either morning.  If you would like to visit but cannot make those dates, we welcome parent visits at any time.  







Please let us have your news and tributes by 17 October for our November magazine.  Entries are free.

LOST DOG  £1OOO REWARD for safe return of THEO   Golden Pomeranian  Last seen in  Wateringbury on 2nd September

If you have Theo or know of his whereabouts please get in touch.  No questions asked 

0746 8434142  or 0795 1228589




The Parish Council would ask residents to report suspicious or anti-social behaviour via the Police non emergency number 101.  This will mean incidents are recorded and in turn reflect the true picture of events in our village so that appropriate action can be taken.  Thank you.


I am starting to plan for this year’s house to house collections for the Royal British Legion Annual Remembrance Day Poppy Appeal.  Funds are still very much needed to support those who have served our country in the forces.  It’s a good way to catch up with your neighbours by collecting in your street.  Please help if you can with the collections which take place in the two weeks before 11 November   My number is 07867 975508.  Or email   Thank you.   Larry


Saturday 23rd November 2019 at 7.30pm

at Wateringbury Village Hall

Tickets £25 each      Paying bar      Auction and Raffle

Would you like to play a frame of snooker with Jimmy?

We have 8 frames available at £200 each

All funds raised go towards the upkeep of the hall

If you would like to buy tickets, then please make cheques payable to 'Wateringbury Village Hall' and send to:

Bookings, c/o 175 Tonbridge Road, Wateringbury  ME18 5NU

Please include your name, address and contact details


The nights are drawing in, and Summer is pretty much over which means that the new recycling scheme is here - it starts on 30th September.  I have provided information below for what goes where.  Anyone who has not received a food caddy bin, please contact, and this will be rectified.  The small food caddy goes out every week; a much better system.


The Parish Council is the first tier of local government, withvillage residents who voluntarily give up their time.  There are currently 3 vacancies – are you someone that would like to donate a few hours each month to improve their community?  Please contact the Clerk on if you would like more information.  It is a worthwhile experience, and gives a good insight into village life, behind the scenes.


Preparations are underway for the Village FeteThis will be on Sunday 7th June 2020, so please keep a note in your diaries.  The fete committee will be looking for helpers nearer the time, so watch this space.  In the meantime, if you would like to donate a raffle prize please contact me on


My next Surgery will be on Wednesday 16th October at 7pm.  Anyone resident with any issues they would like me to look into, should come along – no appointment necessary.  I will be in the downstairs room at the village hall.

Sarah Hudson



Green Lidded Bin  Plastic trays, pots and tubs, glass bottles and jars, tins and cans, aerosols, food and drinks cartons, kitchen foil, plastic bottles

Black Bin  Plastic bags, nappies, polystyrene, pet waste/bedding, plastic film/wrapping

Green Box  Paper, cardboard

Food Bin  Cooked and uncooked food, peelings

Brown Bin (optional)  Garden waste, grass clippings, tree prunings

The food waste bin will be collected every week, with fortnightly collections of the other bins. The TMBC website has a list of FAQs, which should help with any questions you may have.  Please go to



2ND WATERINGBURY BROWNIES –VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED!  We are searching for a new leadership team to keep the Brownie pack open.  Do you have an hour or two to                spare on a Wednesday evening?

Assistance needed in all areas of running the pack - meetings, activities, accounts, communication, first aid.  Volunteers will be part of a team. Flexible arrangements possible.  If you would like to get involved, please contact Lesley Barker ( or

Carolyn Peal (

The Wateringbury Players Pantomime 2020

is fully underway.  This year’s will be

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood

It will be performed on Friday 24 & Saturday 25 January 2020.

We have had a fantastic response to our call for participants in this season’s production of Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood. Due to the almost overwhelming response, we have had to close to all new cast members for this year.


However, if you would like to assist backstage, we would welcome your help with props, costumes, make-up, staging -  to know more please contact:


We have a new website, please see   for updates, including a blog. Keep your eyes peeled for news of ticket releases!



Our meeting on 16th October will be a talk about the History of the Red Arrows by Guy Bartlett.  On the 20th November Ian Porter will be returning to deliver a talk entitled What happened after the Titanic sunk.  Meetings are at the village hall with tea or coffee being served from 7.40pm and the talk starting at 8pm.  Visitors welcome at £3.


In July members and guests enjoyed an interesting coach trip to the Wealden and Downland Open Air Museum.  Our September meeting was most enjoyable and based around Downton Abbey life with our speaker dressing in period costume and singing some well-known songs of the Edwardian era to add to our pleasure and whet our appetites for the Downton Abbey film which we can enjoy at the cinema.




On 10th October  Graham Green will be telling us about his “50 Years of Collecting Autographs”, the competition is ‘an autographed item’.  Visitors very welcome.


Our speaker in September was Mary Smith, a former Head Teacher at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls. During Mary’s time at the school, the Air Raid Shelters built during WW!!, were opened and found to be in good condition, and later at the back of a cupboard a Scrap Book dated 1939-1946 was also found containing paintings and drawings by Helen Keen the Art Teacher depicting life at the school during the war. Mary’s talk, illustrated with many of Helen Keen’s pictures, and memories of that time from former pupils who Mary had contacted, revealed how the school and Maidstone coped with both the arrival of evacuees and living during the war. Local primary schools are now welcomed to the school for a day to experience schooling during the war, including the dinners, and going into the shelters when the siren goes off.  The talk called ‘A Schoolgirl’s War’ is also the title of a book written by Mary which makes a very interesting and memory jerking read.




Welcome back everyone!  Firstly, we’d like to thank everyone who brought in cards and gifts for the setting at the end of the school year. We were overwhelmed with the gifts and cards but also with the kind words received from our lovely families.

 “The involvement and communication with parents and staff is exceptional. All children are nurtured and loved.”

“Thank you for helping me grow.”       “I’m going to miss you all very much.”

“We truly love your patience, enthusiasm and passion” 


Our first day back felt like Autumn was here, with rain falling for most of the day. We are pleased to see the good weather return though. We had record numbers of children attending our Holiday Club this year and feedback indicates everyone had a great time. We hope to be offering ‘holiday club’ during the October half term, subject to interest, so do contact us if you would like to find out more about our

Childcare, Education and Out of School Clubs, including Holiday Club

01622 813120, ,





Over the past year the Group have been on crazy adventures, visited far flung places abroad, enjoyed fantastic activities and above all, made new friends.  Here are some of our highlights:


Beaver Scouts have been on sleepovers at Tyland Barn, paraded with huge smiles on St George’s Day, made shelters in the woods, hunted for treasure, played ice hockey without ice and even had time for pancakes!


Cub Scouts have also been busy.  We started with an awesome bat walk by the Mill Ponds, we carved soap, made poppies, had a HUGE fire and went ten-pin bowling.  We played wide games, enjoyed Chinese New Year, and even held a snake, lizard, giant snails and giant cockroaches!


During  Pack Holiday we basked in gorgeous sunshine and learnt basic skills that Cubs back in the day used to learn.  We took on the long arm of the law at Tonbridge Police Station in full riot gear and our newest leader, Julie, lived out her life’s dream of wearing handcuffs!   Our Summer Superhero Camp was all about crashing through walls, shooting straight and surviving 3 quite severe thunderstorms and torrential rain!


The Scouts have also had a year that is off the charts!  It started with learning about their senses and what it’s like to lose one.  They made Sudan chairs and raced them in the dark, were scared silly at Halloween, learnt about electronics, went trampolining and of course had a huge fire on Guy Fawkes night.  They learnt to cook over an open fire (without burning everything), made their own woggles, went foraging for food and tried nettle soup and played crazy golf - some even got a hole in one.  One of the highlights was kayaking on one of the hottest days of the year, it’s always a great way to cool down with 30 scouts splashing you!  We even managed to get a few of them having a go on Stand Up Paddleboards.


For Explorers  it’s been another exceptional year with activities from ice skating to watching TV being made and testing their navigation skills in the dark.   Several Explorers gained their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards and some are now working on finishing their Queen’s Scout Awards, the highest award in scouting a youth can obtain. 


We have also seen some of our members go to far flung countries with Dan Baughurst, Ben Plane, Izzy Fisher and Rachel Peal attending the World Scout Jamboree in North America. To be selected for this is a huge privilege, they were representing Wateringbury, Kent, The United Kingdom and World Scouting.  I’ve heard lots of what they achieved while out there, but I’d need another 6 pages to tell you all, please ask them how awesome it was.  We were also very lucky to see Joe Peal attend the World Scout Jamboree as a Leader.  This is a life changing opportunity and something I know Joe will be telling the youths about for years to come  inspiring them to attend such events.  Image representing the United Kingdom Scouts abroad.   #AwesomeCV!


Jodie Smith, Pippa Wright and Fern May also represented Wateringbury when they went to Kandersteg, Switzerland, in the Alps for an awesome time taking part in mountain activities, meeting new people and enjoying the culture of Switzerland.


A huge thank you to the Leaders, Young Leaders, Parents and Helpers who give a hand from week to week and give up their own time.   I owe you a debt of gratitude, you truly are amazing.


Some of you may  know that over the last year Scouting has carried on and grown from strength to strength in Wateringbury while my wife, Helen, and I have gone through IVF in a bid to have a child.  Well I’m pleased to report that there will be a new member of Wateringbury Scout Group hopefully in mid-November.  I know that my child will be taught bad habits, jump in muddy puddles, put a tent up wrong, capsize a kayak and bring home lots of muddy, smelly clothes from camp -  but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

#ScoutingIsAwesome  #TeamWateringbury  #Scouts  #SkillsForLife

Yours In Scouting   Nick Keates

GSL Wateringbury Scout Group       Tel : 07539265484





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!  Continuing with exploring our book ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy we have been making space rockets for our teddies to fly to the moon, searching for moon rocks and the children have been making their own rain sticks to take home.  We will finish off with the children coming into preschool in their pyjamas just like the bear in the book.


A reminder that our AGM will be on Tuesday 8th 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.



To help with our fundraising, we have a ’bags to school’ collection from Teston village hall on Friday 1st November.  If you are having a clear out of clothes, handbags, shoes or belts please bag them up and bring them along to Teston village hall between Monday 28th October and Thursday 31st October between 9am and 3pm.  All monies raised will go towards craft material for the children.


If you are interested in joining our preschool please contact Tina Driver on 07805 796353 or email on and come along for a taster session.



Next walks -  6th October meet at the village hall 2:30pm for a local stroll   3rd November is the start of winter times, meet at the village hall 2pm.


Our September walk was one to the boundary of Kings Hill. Following the Gransden path towards where the paths cross near Red Hill estate we then passed through the fruit trees of Nectarines, yes, I was surprised they are growing here. Then on to Cattering Wood. Coming out of the woods at Kings Hill we skirted the edge to the old Teston Road before walking back into the woodland at Ketridge Lane and back through the woods to Love Lane and the start.

Kevin Reynolds    07713 740 375




The term is off to a fine start! Our fifth annual Wateringbury Walk took place, as always, on the first Friday afternoon back at school and this year we included a picnic at Teston Country Park.  All our children completed the 2-mile walk with no complaints and at a record pace!  The children continue to work towards running a mile in 10 minutes and run at least three times per week to build stamina.


Our annual Harvest Service takes place on Monday, 14th October at 9am at St John the Baptist church and we warmly invite the community to join us and enjoy the children’s class songs, poems and gifts. We are delighted to have the Rev Brenda Hurd joining us.


Our new Reception Class have made their classrooms and outdoor area their own and they already feel a real part of our school.  Open Mornings for parents whose children will be starting school in September 2020 will be held on 1st and 3rd October at 9.15am. Prospective parents will receive a short introduction to the school and its vision by the headteacher before tours of the building with Year 6 pupils.  Open Classroom – a chance for parents and their child to spend time in the Early Years’ setting – is on Tuesday, 8th October and all visitors are also invited to stay for Worship from 10.20 – 10.35am. Tea and coffee will be served in the library at the end of each morning for further conversation and questions. 


Classes are already planning interesting school trips for this term with exciting trips to places like Parliament, the Saatchi Gallery and Rochester Castle.  Year 5 will spend time in the woods as part of our Forest School programme.  Our busy first term ends on Friday, 18th October and the children return on Tuesday, 29th October.

Chasey Crawford Usher – Headteacher

Maidstone Mencap Jumble Sale

Cobtree Hall, Maidstone ME15 8EB

Saturday 12 October 2019    2.30pm - 4.30pm

Quality second-hand, nearly-new and designer clothing

Books  -  CDs & DVDs  -  Bric-a-brac  -  Toys  -  and so much more!

Donations appreciate / queries: please email



This month we have handed over the Rostrum entry to the girls following our fabulous, but very hot, camp over the August bank holiday.   It was very hard work but very rewarding.  We took 11 girls, only one of which had camped in the traditional guiding way but all the girls were willing to learn and did extremely well.   So, over to the girls:


I really enjoyed camp because the activities were fun and the food was great.  Thank you for taking us.  I learned a lot and made new friends.  As my first time camping in a tent I would give it a ten out of ten!


I am very grateful to have been on camp, we had a great time and learnt a lot!  One of my favourite things was cooking all the food on the campfire because I had never really done that before.


Paxwood camping site was an enjoyable experience for all the guides.  We did many fun things, such as making gadgets, but our favourite was playing ‘capture the flag’ in the dark.  There were many things to do such as the zip wire and water fight, with a woods surrounding our tents. We had delicious warm meals cooked on the open fire. During the weekend we made lots of new memories and were sad to say goodbye.


My favourite parts of the camp were the wide games, chariot racing and seeing and hearing the parakeets. 


I enjoyed guide camp a lot because you had a lot of freedom and you got to make all kinds of cool gadgets such as a washing up stand and lots more.  We got to put up some tents.  There were three jobs to do – cooks, health and wood and water.  I enjoyed my experience and hopefully I can do it again. 


We have planned the programme for the new term and are delighted that we restart with four new members meaning we are up to 23 girls.  As always there is room for more to come and join the fun so do please email us at:     Sheena, Emily and Hayleigh 

The rubbish bins in the Playing Fields are sometimes full to overflowing especially with disposable plastic bottles.  If possible take your excess rubbish home with you and recycle. Thank you.



The Chairman announced that a Highways Committee meeting is scheduled for 24 September 2019.


County Councillor, Matthew Balfour commented that the crossroads in the village continues to be an area of pollution and congestion.  He advised that the footpath along the A26 had been cleared and he will discuss with Sarah Hudson our Borough Councillor, the responsibilities of their respective organisations for the clearing and removal of rubbish.  Parish Councillor, Mark Burrows asked why Wateringbury village does not have a speed camera.  Discussions followed regarding the siting and maintenance issues of a speed indicator device.  Cllr Balfour would support the implementation of such machinery and it will be discussed at the forthcoming Highways Committee meeting later in the month.


Borough Councillor, Sarah Hudson reported that a full-time warden is now in place at Pelican Court; three residents had been removed and incidents of anti-social behaviour (ASB) had been reduced.  She emphasised that any incidents of ASB should be reported to the police.  Cllr Hudson is on the Wateringbury Fete Committee and advised the fete will be held on Sunday, 7 June 2020.  Since the last Parish Council meeting, she had attended an emergency training course on how to deal with crises such as flooding, etc.  In the borough there has been an uptake of 42% of households for the new garden waste bins.  Waste food caddies will be delivered to homes via a third-party contractor during the next few weeks.


Crossroads – Review: Parish Councillors were unable to comment further and await KCC Highways to put their proposals forward.  There would be a Public Consultation.  This will be raised at the Highways meeting.


The Crime Report for July recorded two crimes of note: items stolen from a boat in the Marina and 2 windows broken at the School.  Two ASB incidents were observed - in the woodland off Old Road where youths had lit a fire; and a drunk male seen in the bus stop along the Tonbridge Road.  It had been noticed that there has been an increase in anti-social behaviour/damage to property in the village and some of these incidents are not being reported to the police.


New Pavilion Proposals: the plans were discussed and various issues raised.  The Parish Council agreed to support the proposals in principle.  A pre-application will now be submitted to the Borough Council and then be followed by a public consultation. 


Village Facebook Page: Cllr Mark Burrows offered to set up a village noticeboard on Facebook to advise of local information, eg road closures, and notices or items of general interest.


Plastics Litter Bin: The Wateringbury Sport & Recreational Association would be asked for their views on a plastics bin in the Playing Field. 


Speedwatch Group: during July and August the volunteers had spent 40 hours observing traffic through the village.  Over the two months average percentages of offenders against vehicle count were – 11.23% westbound A26, near Lodge Close; 15.89% southbound down Red Hill; 14.08% northbound up Red Hill; and 5.31% northbound Bow Road near the bridle path.  Cllr Hudson advised that she had sent calculations to the Kent Road Policing Unit.


Allotments: an inspection would be carried out in September.


Cemetery: the car park hedge needs to be cut back.


Public Discussion: Residents attending the meeting brought the following items to the attention of the Parish Council.  Children had been observed climbing on the buildings in the Playing Fields, it was suggested that the safety notice is renewed.  A suggestion that a speaker from either Kenward Trust or the Police visit the school to increase awareness of the dangers of drug/alcohol use.  The footpath between Glebe Meadow and Bow Road had been cleared of a considerable amount of offensive rubbish by a member of Friends of Wateringbury.  A suggestion that users of the Playing Field take away their own rubbish.  Cars had been seen speeding down the track to the Playing Field.  New tenants would be taking up the old Maidstone Autos garage on a one year lease.


Planning Committee – Applications received during August 2019:

First floor rear dormer extension at 47 Old Road

Comment: no objection.

Reduction of height of a portion of the brick wall between Red House Cottage 29 Old Road and 31 Old Road

Comment: this wall is around 100 years old and part of the history of that part of the village.  The Parish Council asks the Conservation Officer to consider instructing that the wall be rebuilt using existing matching bricks with the correct mortar.

Provision of stable block for three horses with associated areas and 40mx20m menage with silica sand surface, Orchard Cottage 30 Red Hill

Comment: The Parish Council has no objection, but would ask the Officer to ensure the stables and menage are for personal use only and not for any commercial or business use.


The public are welcome to attend the next meeting of the Parish Council on Tuesday 1 October at 7.30pm in the Village Hall (upper meeting room).  Approved minutes of September’s  meeting will appear on the Parish Council website in due course.





A reporter once asked Mother Teresa what she said to God when she prayed. ‘Nothing,’ she replied, ‘I listen’. Trying to recover, the reporter asked, ‘and what does God tell you?’  ‘Nothing’, she said, ‘He listens.’ The reporter said 'I don’t understand'. Mother Teresa replied, ‘if you don’t understand that, nothing I can say will explain it.’


Prayer is surprisingly common in the human population, but it can become wish listing demands, like the ancients who made sacrifices in the expectation of divine returns!  Mother Teresa seems to have been getting at something else.  For her prayer was more like mutual attentiveness.  It takes closeness in a relationship to be able to be comfortable with silence with another person as silences can be uncomfortable.  It’s not quite the same as ‘not talking’ either as that can be a smothering blanket to hide things that ought to be said.  Sometimes things do need to be said.


A deeper connection happens when the other person already knows what you would say, even before you do say - an empathy beyond words. Each already understands and already holds the other.  To achieve this connection spiritually takes focus and courage.  The darker side of thoughts and feelings cannot be hidden easily in silence.  There is a coming clean which can be scary, but the mystics say it’s a journey we must make.  Once the bridge is crossed, once all our ‘show’ surrendered, and once we are truly honest within ourselves, then maybe it’s possible to find a different place and a new possibility for growth.


The Sisters at the Abbey in West Malling know about this quality of closeness.  They find it through a lifetime of service and devotion often expressed in and through silence.  They’re struggling to protect that silence in face of a proposed major building development.  Silence can be difficult to understand - how can anyone sell anything in silence?  How can we build with silence?  Maybe the truth is it’s the inner building that silence offers.  Maybe we need to step aside from the latest news crisis or social media dispute and do some inner home restoration. 


Action can help. It’s not all about meditation poses.  You can do it wrestling with brambles or walking the dog.  Activity can connect us to a deeper inner stillness.  But maybe home isn’t a place for quiet in your world.  If so you can try the village Church.  Wander in, pull up a pew and grab some silence, free of charge!  Try the door, and step through.


Bob Bowie


We welcomed into our Church Family:

Maisie TAYLOR                                                                                             Baptism on 25 August

Samantha Ann CHAN                                                                         Baptism on 15 September

Phoebe Mae CHAN                                                                     Baptism on 15 September

Lily Ann CHAN                                                                            Baptism on 15 September


This month we will meet at the church on the mornings of Wednesday 9th and Wednesday 23rd October from 10.30am until 12.30pm.  Come and join us for coffee/tea, cake, chat and perhaps revive an interest in handicraft or share your knowledge in a craft.  For more information please contact Pauline (814673) or Gillian (813076).

Christmas Craft Bazaar on Saturday 16th November 2019

in Wateringbury Church - 11am-3pm



Plus Raffle, Tombola, Cakes and Seasonal Refreshments

East Malling Singers Autumn Concert is on

Saturday 19thOctober at 7.30pm at the church of

St James the Great in East Malling. The highlights will be Mozart’s Coronation Mass and his Clarinet Concerto, as well as other favourites such as Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring and Elgar’s Ave Verum. Tickets are £12, concessions £10, schoolchildren free, available from 01622 750943.

Benefice of Mereworth, Wateringbury and West Peckham while we have a vacancy for a vicar


Please contact our Administrator

Jenifa Muscat  01622  814568


SJB Church web site:

Church Face Book Page:

Friends of SJB Church:  web site


We hope you will be able to join us. A warm welcome awaits you.   Refreshments are served after our 10am services so do stay for a chat if you can.


Saturday 5 October – 3-5pm - Messy Church

You are invited to come along and enjoy crafts, a bible story, prayers, songs and afternoon tea.  The worship is designed for families with young children.



Sunday 6 October - 10am – Eucharist

Led by Canon Brian Stevenson

A Communion service based on the Church of England Common Worship Service Book.  Sundays Cool (for all children) meets in the Vestry during the service.



Sunday 13 October – 10am – Harvest Festival

Come and give thanks for seedtime and harvest

Led by our Evangelist, Pauline Welch Secondary Division for those at Secondary School meets for discussion in the Vestry.

Monday 14 October – 9am – School Harvest Service

With Canon Brenda Hurd


Sunday 20 October

8.30am – Book of Common Prayer, Said Holy Communion

Led by Rev Jim Brown

10am – Family Service

An informal service led by our Sundays Cool team


Sunday 27 October – 10am – Eucharist

Led by Canon Liz Walker

A Communion service based on the Church of England Common Worship Service Book.  Sundays Cool meets in the Vestry.