DIARY JUNE 3
V Hall Car Park
Parish Council Meeting
Followed by Planning Committee
A Bit of a Sing
V Hall Car Park
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A BIT OF A SING – Voices Across the A20
We invite you to join us in singing Songs from The Musicals
at St John the
Baptist Church on Saturday 23 June
The performance will be led by singers from Wateringbury and
Snodland Parish Churches together with The Wateringbury Players. A chance to sing along with some of the
numbers if you wish or just enjoy the music.
Tickets £7 (£5 for children up to 16 yrs) are available from
The Post Office and The Handy Stores.
The concert will also be performed at Christ Church, Malling
Road Snodland on Saturday 9 June.
All proceeds will be divided between
St John The Baptist Church and Christ Church Community Hall
Contact: Barry Fisher
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VILLAGE PEOPLE Please let us have
your news and tributes by 17 June for our July/August magazine. Entries are free.
doubt many of you watched the television coverage of the Commonwealth Games
from Australia earlier this year. Perhaps you watched the gymnastics, where the
competitors performed what to us mere mortals were superhuman skills at the
highest levels. James Hall was one of
those “supermen” competing for England in the men’s gymnastics competition. He won three medals – gold, silver and bronze
in different disciplines. His
performances were outstanding and his achievement impressive - it is difficult
to imagine how a human body could work in such a way.
was a Wateringbury School pupil from 2000 – 2007 and even then had his sights
fixed on a gymnastic career. However,
anyone who saw him at school would have seen a typical boy – happy, naughty,
full of energy and fun, but his gymnastic ability was apparent even then and high
on his hit list was to be an Olympic gymnast. He is living proof that “normal” can become
exceptional through personal effort, dedication, commitment, hard work, and the
unstinting support of his parents. Well
**SUMMER PARTY - SAT 30 JUNE - ALL WELCOME - FREE ENTRY**
Friends of Wateringbury Primary
School are pleased to announce that we will be holding our first Summer Party
on Saturday 30 June.
Entrance is free and everyone is
welcome between 4pm and 7pm. The event will be held at Wateringbury School and
will include a barbecue, music, inflatables, games, activities, face painting
and more. Please note that some items are chargeable on the day so please bring
cash along with you. We hope that this will be a fun, informal afternoon
attracting pupils, families and our village as a whole. As always, our events
are run by a team of volunteers. If you would like to be involved or can pledge
any help on the day please
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org We hope to see you
TESTON & WATERINGBURY NURSERY GROUP
all, I would like to thank all those parents, grandparents, staff and friends
of the preschool who attended the recent fun quiz night, a great time was had
by all and we managed to raise an amazing £352.00.
here - and the children have been enjoying our garden where we released our
five beautiful butterflies. The children have enjoyed watching them grow and
have painted wonderful butterfly pictures.
we are concentrating on Sports, which brings me on to our first activity this
month…. cricket. After purchasing a number of cricket bats and soft balls, the
children have been very busy enhancing their hand/eye co-ordination skills, and
in some cases managed to hit the soft ball on top of the hall roof and over the
hedge into our neighbour’s garden! Luckily,
we have very understanding neighbours!
sessions start this month when all our school leavers bring in their PE kit and
they learn to change by themselves as if they are at big school. Our PE sessions this month are summer sports including
athletics, cricket and basketball.
sports day this year will be on Friday 13 July on Teston Village green where
all families are welcome to join us for fun in the sun and an ice cream.
are interested in joining our preschool please contact Tina Driver on 07805
796353 and come along for a taster session.
Parish Council would like to remind residents that any vegetation that hangs
over a pavement must be cut back so pedestrians can use the pavement safely. Also, sight lines must be kept clear so
drivers can see oncoming traffic.
Michael Wells was elected as Chairman of the
Parish Council. Lin Simons was voted as
Potholes - several large and dangerous potholes in the road surface of
Danns Lane were reported. There is also
one at the crossroads on the Tonbridge Road near the kerb. Cllr Matthew Balfour advised that the
Government had made funds available for road repairs; he requested that the
Clerk email the details to him so that matters could be taken up with the
The Chairman announced that Stephen Tickner had resigned from the
Council. The reasons for his resignation
were discussed and it was agreed that he would be contacted to ask if he would
reconsider his position.
PCSO Wendy Stanley submitted a report for April with the following
crimes of note: burglary of a bike, tools and golf clubs from a garage;
burglary of tools from a workshop. Theft
of signs saying “private land” were stolen from the Marina. A resident was caused distress by the driver
of a vehicle along the public by-way from Bow Road to Love Lane. Police were advised of fly-tipping in Mill
Lane. A fallen tree was reported near
the North Pole pub causing partial blockage of the road.
was agreed that an amount of no more than £75 per year will be available to the
Friends of Wateringbury to use for repairs/ treatment of property owned by the
There is a Bill going through Parliament about General Data
Protection. Councillors are unsure if
Parish Councils will be exempt from regulations, consequently discussions will
be postponed until the outc
ome is known.
The computer used by the Clerk is encrypted and so should be compliant.
New signs about dog fouling will be displayed on the Playing
Fields. An article will also be
published in Rostrum.
The Parish Council would like reassurance that Wateringbury Sports &
Recreational Association has suitable insurance cover. Cllr David Marks will make enquiries about the
implications of the Council insuring on behalf of the Lessee. A letter will be sent to WS&RA.
Equipment/wet pour had been found to conform to British Safety Standards
following an accident and injury of a child on the zip wire in the
playground. An inspection of the
playground is due in July.
was agreed to take up a new street lighting contract which would include a
Proposed road layout changes at the Crossroads are currently being
designed. There will be a Public
Consultation before works are carried out in September.
There seem to be no problems anticipated with the installation of
automatic barriers at the railway crossing.
Network Rail will apply for planning permission to sympathetically box
up the signal box as it cannot be used for any other purpose due to safety
April the Speedwatch Group carried out 15 one-hourly sessions during which time
over 4,500 vehicles passed by, which included 439 observations of speeding
vehicles. Two members of the team
attended the Kent annual speedwatch conference at the police training college
in Maidstone. CSW on-line, the company
that operates the software used to process in observations of
speeding vehicles, has won an award for their product, and it is now recognised
as being at the forefront of this technology.
CSW are now in consultation with politicians and road safety bodies, and
it is expected that this will lead to advances in the way which data provided
by speedwatch groups is treated. One of
the options under consideration is that a direct feed to insurance companies
will be set up where as soon as offenders are identified as multiple or fast
offenders, their insurance company will be notified which could lead to their
premiums being increased. Kent police
now own a new piece of equipment, known as a Trucam, a handheld camera radar
gun that records the speed of offending vehicles; this is operated by an
authorised police user.
The Speedwatch Group were advised that their site
outside number 22 Red Hill is a particular hot-spot and, as a result, the
camera will be deployed there in the coming months and this will lead to the
imposition of fines rather than the letters which sessions currently generate.
Allotment holders had asked the Council to
repair the roof of a shed on the site.
As this shed had been left by a previous tenant and not supplied by the
Parish Council, they declined to finance the repair.
During the public discussion the following
items were brought to the attention of the Council:
A proposal to replace the pavilion on the
playing fields with improved facilities to include storage area for sports
equipment, toilets and café.
advised that use of the Queen Elizabeth playing fields are restricted by a deed
of dedication and details will be sent to the enquirer.
The issue of badly parked vehicles in
Allington Gardens. The Clerk will
contact the PCSO with details given to her by a resident.
A villager asked if the Council could
obtain clarification of T&MBC’s proposals on changes to the car park near
the village hall as he had concerns that there would not be opportunity for a
public consultation. Another resident
suggested that the Council meet with local businesses to ask them to park their
vehicles elsewhere which would free up spaces to allow their customers and
users of the village hall to use the car park.
The Council was asked if they had heard
anything about the proposed development on land near Fields Lane. No planning application had been received and
it was considered that pollution levels in the area were already high.
The next meeting is on Tuesday 5 June at 7.30pm in the Village Hall (upper meeting room).Approved minutes of the May meeting will
appear on the Parish Council website in due course.
WATERINGBURY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
On 14 June,
Andy Thomas is returning to give another of his talks ‘Unexplained Mysteries’,
a talk which will no doubt provide a few unexpected surprises. The competition
is an ‘Unusual Object’, and books and items on the trading table will be
available to buy during the social time following Andy’s talk. Visitors very welcome.
Our meeting on 12 July
is a cookery demonstration, when Julia Davies will be giving her talk ‘A Taste
of Summer’, during which she will be making some delicious desserts for
us. The competition for
June is a photo and recipe of a favourite dessert. Visitors welcome.
At our May meeting we held our AGM and voted in our
committee for the coming year. There were no changes to the committee with the
president, treasurer and secretary and remaining committee members all agreeing
to continue for another year. Following
the business matters we enjoyed our usual cup of tea with a cream and jam scone
and then held a very successful silent auction when the majority of the items
brought along were sold. The
afternoon ended with our raffle when two lucky members received a prize.
Our next meeting will be on the 20 June and following the
AGM our speaker will be Pat Mortlock, Elizabeth 1 - Queen or Goddess.
Also, a reminder that on Wednesday 25 July our annual outing
will be to Parham House and Gardens, Pulborough, West Sussex. The cost
per person is £45.00 and non-members are welcome. Further enquiries or to
book a place please telephone 01622 812148.
Our speaker on 18 April was Mary Smith who spoke about
school life during WW2 and in particular about the air raid shelter that is
still at Maidstone Grammar School. Mary had produced a wonderful
publication illustrated with drawings that Miss Keane, the art teacher at
the time, had sketched.
On the 16 May the Society held their successful wine and
buffet evening which was enjoyed by all who had attended.
NEWS, JUNE 1918
June 1: French government prepares to
leave Paris for Bordeaux
4: first British troops arrive in North Russia.
6: German advance in Third Battle of Aisne halted.
In June 1918 the German
advance on the western front halted. The burden of allied casualties fell more
on the French and the Americans. The United States was significantly engaged
for the first time in the war. After several months of multiple war deaths, the
village suffered no further deaths in June.
At home, June was
the start of the soft fruit season. It was customary for many farmers in
Wateringbury and the surrounding parishes to sell their crops still growing on
the trees. An auction was held each year in The King’s Head, at the crossroads
in Wateringbury, covering the soft fruit of this and other parishes. Cherries
were the principal soft fruit. Plums, damsons, strawberries, raspberries, hard
fruits (apples and pears) and “mowing grass” were also included in the auction.
The cherry crop in
1918 was reckoned to be the worse for some 30 years and the South Eastern
Gazette reported “Eight acres at Wateringbury, belonging
to Messrs Blest, realised £50 this year, as against £145 in 1917, six
acres in the same parish belonging to the Successors of Mr. R. H. Fremlin going
for £66 as against £195.”
The poor cherry
crop and poor prices would not have only hurt the farmers but the local
residents who provided the bulk of the pickers. Unlike hops in September, soft
fruit did not warrant vast numbers of pickers coming from London.
always recognised the agricultural cycle, giving a holiday each year at a
different date depending on the timing of the crop so that children could join
in the picking. In 1918 a week’s holiday was given starting 21st June.
The Girls’ School
log records on 11th June: “Mrs Livett [the vicar’s wife] called to invite the
girls and teachers to haymaking on Friday next.” And then on 14th June, “School
will dismiss at 3.30 and march to the Vicarage Glebe where they will make hay;
each child will receive a bun and ginger beer.”
continued and, in June 1918, Percy Holder of North Pole Cottages, who had been
exempted the previous year, was denied exemption despite being 43 years of age
and, apparently, engaged in vegetable production, He worked for Col Warde of
Barham Court who did not support his case
. But the village was
not just an agricultural community, and the Leney Board minutes for June show
that they were investing their considerable and increasing cash surpluses,
mainly in government war bonds. The issue of the conscription to the army of
the managing director, Betram Leney, was still not solved. Beer volumes held up
reasonably in 1918 compared to 1917, but in each of the previous years of the
war there had been significant declines in sales. Despite this decline the
Leney brewery had financially performed well. Perhaps employing more women
during the war, who were paid less than men, contributed?
For more details see the web-site of
Wateringbury Local History Society. (https://www.sites.google.com/site/wateringburylocalhistory/).
WATERINGBURY FOOTPATH GROUP
Our May walk, not as advertised, (this old fool got it wrong) was the
annual Bluebell walk in the local woodlands. Our route was Gransden path to
Redhill Farm vineyards, then out on the road before heading back into Cattering
Woods to return to the start. A good
show of flora was found throughout the walk, not only carpets of Bluebells but also
Lesser and Greater Stitchwort, Red Campion, Yellow Rattle, Forget-me-not and
Early Purple Orchid - all adding colour to the woods in the Spring sunshine.
Our next walk: 3 June meet near the village hall for a river and
farmland walk out to the Tickled Trout (weather permitting)
On 1 July a requested walk: from Mereworth School through Mereworth
Woods to Peckham Hurst.
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EXERCISE YOUR DOG ON THE
If you do, and as a responsible dog owner you
pick up after your dog has defaecated, then thank you. However, there are a minority of dog owners
who are not picking up after their animals.
Not only is it unpleasant to tread in faeces, but dog faeces may contain
diseases and parasites which can be picked up by animals and humans. For example, worms can cause serious eye
disorders and even blindness. These
fields are used by children on a regular basis for recreation and sport. Please do not endanger their health.
Remember – not cleaning up after your dog is
a fineable offence. Be a responsible dog
owner – bag it and bin it so our open spaces are a pleasant environment for
everyone to enjoy.
The issue of dog fouling has recently been
raised with the Parish Council. In
response, the Parish Council has obtained additional signage which will shortly
be installed, and a dog poo bag dispenser so there is no excuse not to pick up.
TMBC Dog Warden, Lorraine Basedon will be
carrying out extra visits to the playing fields to remind dog owners of their
responsibilities and will be organising a ‘flag it & bag it’ day.
CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
At this time last year, we
had just completed a fundraising campaign to raise significant funds to replace
our library roof and windows and refurbish the interior. Following our
successful bid to the DfE for funding and an impressive amount raised within
the parent and business community, work began last October. The process of
designing the interior has been a long one as we were keen to include
children’s ideas and staff suggestions and requirements. I am delighted that
the interior work is due to start in June and should be completed by the end of
this school year. It will be a ‘reading for pleasure’ library with irresistible
nooks and spaces for children to curl up with a good book.
Our Year 6 children
completed their SATs exams on 17th May and were impressively focused
and calm. We are proud of what they’ve achieved to prepare for the exams and
equally proud of who they are and what they bring to our school. They certainly
deserve their week on the Isle of Wight the first week of June!
We are fortunate to enjoy
the talents of many volunteers who work in school alongside us on a regular
basis. Their commitment and expertise will be recognised at our annual
Volunteers’ Tea on 28th June from 2.15 – 3.15pm.
Attendance figures are
reviewed regularly to ensure we are working successfully with parents to have
the highest possible attendance. I am delighted that our attendance at this
point of the year is above last year’s and is just under the highest quintile
Our new intake for Reception
Class in September is full at 30 pupils and we’re looking forward to meeting
all our new parents at our information evening on Tuesday 19th June
Highlights of the final
summer term are, of course, Sports Day on 5th July and our Summer
Party on Saturday, 30th June from 4-7pm – join us for music, BBQ and
fun and games. All are welcome!
final summer term begins Monday, 4th June.
At our May meeting our guest was Robin White whose topic was titled “The
Link is Green”. Robin gave us a
brilliant fun-filled evening with lots of wonderful designs all along the theme
of the title. The club competition was
of the same title and there were some stunning entries, all judged by Robin. Well done, ladies.
The June meeting is a workshop run by the
committee with a trug and a supermarket bunch; it sounds like a challenge. Come
and join us to see if it's for you - friendship and flowers.
2 June, 3-5pm Messy Church Messy Churches are found all around the world and are
for all ages, though mostly attended by families with young children. There will be craft activities, a short bible
story and prayer times and ours will always end with afternoon tea. Do give it a try.
3 June, 10am Eucharist
A Communion service based on the Church of England
Common Worship Service Book. Rev Nick
Williams always prepares a service sheet so it’s easy to follow. Sundays Cool (for all children) meets in the
Vestry during this Service.
10 June, 10am Matins
A traditional service from the 1662 Prayer Book with
hymns, led by our Reader, Barry Fisher. Secondary
Division for those at Secondary School meets for discussion (and a second
breakfast) in the Vestry.
17 June (Father’s Day) 8.30am
Prayer Book Said Communion
A quiet service using the beautiful words written by
Cranmer in 1662. Rev Nick also gives a
An all age informal service led by the Sundays Cool
team with well-known hymns.
24 June, 10am Eucharist
The choir leads our singing of hymns which are usually
lively and easy to sing. Sundays Cool
meets in the Vestry.
are served after all our 10am services so please stay for a chat if you can.
is with much regret that our team of four helpers has decided to close our
meetings at The Guide and Scout Headquarters in Wateringbury.
Jim Brown formed the group in 2002, in the church from 2pm until 3pm every
Monday. This venue was not convenient
for the mothers or carers to collect other siblings from the school, so Father
Jim met with the Leaders of the Scouts and Guides for permission to use their
HQ, this was kindly granted. Father Jim enjoyed leading and participating until
have been greatly indebted to the organisation for their kindness as the room
for the little ones was ideal for them to have the space for their activities,
such as exercise with the banners, musical instruments, the parachute, and
freedom to run around and enjoy themselves in safety.
the number of children attending has dropped recently, on account of the
toddlers going to school earlier, at 4 years old, and the local nursery schools
have increased their hours to have the toddlers. Three of our delightful four
years olds commence school this September.
plan to hold our meetings until half term, and our last meeting will be on the
21 May, to give us time to advise every parent of our closure.
we suggest that parents bring their children along to church and stay with them
for “Messy Church” which is held once a month on a Saturday afternoon from 3pm
to 5pm. This is a new venture for our church.
If you would like to come along, I am sure you would be made most
Edna Craig (Senior Toddler)
COFFEEBREAK – Wednesdays 13 and 27 June
Do come along to the church between 10.30-12.30and enjoy coffee, cake and a good chat. Revive an interest in knitting, crochet, needlepoint
or other craft. Members have been making
poppies, using various methods, which will be used for the Carpet of Poppiesweekendin the Church on 2, 3 and 4 November. Save the date!
come and travel back in time, when our Time Machine returns….. for a “Ship Wrecked” Themed
Holiday ClubOn Monday 13 – Wednesday 15
August from 10am-12pmat
Wateringbury Primary School
We will be playing
lots of outdoor games and sports, make many different crafts each day, have
singing, dancing , face painting, refreshments and more..... The Holiday Club is open to all primary
school aged children. Pre-school
children are most welcome if a parent or carer stays and joins in the fun
too! These days will be led by
experienced ‘children and youth
workers’ from different local
Last year we had a number of
secondary school children who made the most fantastic Young Leaders, we would
love that help again if any young person is interested.
This year we have
needed to introduce a small fee of £2 a family
per day. Children are welcome to do all
3 days or the odd day(s).
It would just be
lovely to see lots of children ready for some summer fun.
information or to book a place(s) please contact
Glasscote on 07950 852899/e-mail email@example.com
A huge thank you to all who attended
the Canterbury Cathedral Choristers Concert on Saturday 5 May. We were entertained with amazing sacred and
secular songs and organ pieces. Can we
ever forget “The Girl from Ipanema”?! Truly an evening that we will remember
for a long time. After expenses the sum of £1,422.40 was raised. £300 is being donated to Canterbury Choristers and
£1,122.40 to Church Funds
PRIESTLY PONDERINGS Rev Nick Williams The Vicarage, 2 The Grange, East Malling
of you may be aware that the annual parochial church meetings and vestry
meetings of St John The Baptist, Wateringbury has now been held. For those who
didn’t make it to the meeting or for whom the way in which the Church conducts
its business, the vestry meeting (to use its traditional name) is a meeting of
all those parishioners whose names are on the local authority electoral roll
for the parish, which of course means anyone on the local authority electoral
roll whether they attend church or not. It’s advertised by way of legal
notices in the Church or in some Churches according to the traditional method
of a legal notice nailed to the Church door.
It meets to elect the Churchwardens for the
parish and in theory could elect Churchwardens who have no connection with the
Church provided they fulfil the criteria for election. Immediately after this
meeting the annual parochial church meeting or APCM is held. This is a
meeting of people who are on the Church electoral roll and it is the meeting
that elects Parochial Church Council (PCC) members and appoints people like the
PCC secretary and Treasurer. One of its other functions, the one most people
take the most interest in, is to receive a report from the Churchwardens and
the various groups connected with the Church, together with the Vicar about
what has happened in the Church in the previous year and what is planned for
It’s at this meeting that those who actually
make the Church work are thanked and in many cases a report from them is read
out. This year was no exception and I would like to reiterate my thanks to all
the groups who really do make the Church work. Yes, I turn up to take the
services but there is a small army of people who make that possible.
There is of course another group of people
who, whilst they may be thanked at the meeting and provide a report are in all
probability not there to hear the thanks and to realise how important the work
they do is to the Church in Wateringbury. I write of the Friends of
Wateringbury Church (FOWC) and the Bellringers.
Now as you know the consultation on the
reorganisation of Malling Deanery has finished and there is a recommendation
(although no more than that) that Wateringbury joins with Mereworth, this may
well therefore be last opportunity I as Vicar of the benefice of East Malling,
Wateringbury and Teston have to thank those groups in a ‘post APCM’
The FOWC under the inspirational
leadership of Col William English CBE have worked tirelessly to raise money for
the Church and recently to have the shingles of the spire of Wateringbury
Church replaced. Many others have worked at this task as well but the FOWC
comprised as it is of many people who are only occasional Church attendees has
done immense work in raising the money that has enabled the project to go ahead
and to reach the stage it quite visibly has.
The second group are the bellringers.
Again, they are a group who are rarely seen at the Church services they ring
for. In many cases this is because the rush from tower to tower ringing for
service in a number of different services. One of the pleasures of living in
the vicarage next to the Church at East Malling is that I get to hear the bells
here quite regularly, a pleasure I know that’s shared by those living in
Wateringbury. So, let me publicly thank our bellringers for continuing what is
an ancient tradition. Without their largely unsung dedication the call to
worship at Wateringbury would be much poorer than it is (if you want to read
more about the use of bells in the Church you could do worse than read John
Arnold and Caroline Goodson ‘Resounding Community: The History and Meaning of
Church Bells’ Viator 43:1 Jan. 2012 pp. 99-136).
In closing let me once again thank all
those groups who through their unstinting efforts make the mission of God in
Wateringbury that little bit easier.
Yours in Christ
Rev Nick Williams
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