VILLAGE DIARY March 5Footpaths Walk - meet at village hall car park 2pm sharp
7Parish Council - Hall - 7.30pm then planning committee
Craft & Chat – Church –
9WI Competitions meeting – Hall - 2pm
15Maidstone a Town of Firsts History Soc talk - Hall - 7.40pm
Craft & Chat – Church –
31 The Mysteries of the Ecclesiastical Year – Fundraising Talk by Rev Nick Williams for Friends of
Church - 7.30pm 8, 15, 22, 29
Simply Soup Lunches -
April 2Footpaths Walk - meet at village hall car park 2.30pm sharp
4Parish Council - Hall - 7.30pm then planning committee 5 Simply
Soup Lunch -
Years of Toys and Play talk
- WI – Hall - 2pm
Fun with Faith – Church –
DIARY DATES May 13 - Innominata
concert in Church May 27 - Annual
Plant Sale in churchyard June 4 - WATERINGBURY
VILLAGE FETE at Playing Fields
BARN DANCE SATURDAY 4 MARCH
AT 7.30pmFANT COMMUNITY
HALL, FANT LANE, BARMINGCallers John and
Tickets £10 inc Ploughman’s Supper, bring own
drinks and nibbles
Proceeds to RNLI Maidstone Book your tickets from:
John Ashbolt 01622 725435 or Alan Cocks 01622
Casual Vacancy on
Wateringbury Parish Council following the resignation of Catherine
Moreland the Parish Council would like to take the opportunity to co-opt a
volunteer to correct the gender and age imbalance on the council as the present
membership does not reflect the demographics of the village community. The chairman of the council, Richard Tripp,
would be happy to chat informally with anyone interested in serving our village
as a councillor over a coffee in Where Memories Meet. In the first instance please contact either
Richard or Sue, the Parish Clerk, whose contact details are on the back cover of this magazine .
TESTON AND WATERINGBURY PRE-SCHOOL
The theme for term 4 is ‘Planting and Mini
Beasts’ where we will be making delicious caterpillar fruit kebabs and
chocolate nests. We shall also be
planting runner beans and making bug houses for our mini beasts in the garden.
We will be celebrating Shrove
Tuesday by making pancakes, (note to parents, no pretty dresses or best shirts
on this day please!)
We have our special Mother’s day
activity on 6 March when all our Mums, Aunties and Grandmothers are invited in
to join us for a fun activity with Alison from Kippy’s Pottery. This year we will be decorating a mug based
on the book ‘This is how much I love you’.
We are again collecting Sainsburys’
vouchers this year and would welcome any of your unused vouchers, just drop
them in to the preschool. Our children
benefit greatly by the sports equipment that we receive through
And finally a day to put in your
diaries, we will be hosting a quiz night
in Teston Hall on Saturday 22 April at 7.30pm in aid of Teston Preschool
and our chosen charity this year The Brain and Spine foundation. All are welcome, £10.00 per head including a
sausage and chip supper. To book your
place please contact Tina on 07805 796353.
If you are interested in joining our
preschool please contact Tina Driver on 07805 796353 and come along for a
VILLAGE PEOPLE Please let us have your news
and tributes by 17 March for
our April magazine.
Entries are free
Grandchild Congratulations to:
and Linda Cann on
the arrival in Sheffield of Wilfred Norman Cann (8lb 10oz) on 4 February, a
brother for Edith. All well with proud parents Oliver and Alyson.
and Joy Searle on
the arrivalon 13 February of Elodie Loveday Searle (9lb 2oz) and to
Andy, Rosie and big brother Gus.
Brian and Cathy Miller on the birth on 13 February of Sadie RinaBoswell (6lb 14oz) and to Katie, James and brother Miles.
Birthday Congratultions toSyd
Thompsett who will celebrate on 7 March.
Tessa Fyson whose birthday is on 19
and who is still delivering Rostrums to her
50th Birthday Anthony David Thompson!
Vera Tate and all the family would like to say
thank you for all the cards, gifts and acts of kindness they have received
following the recent sad loss of Jack.
Jack had lived in the village since 1974 and had supported many village
causes. Special thanks to Reverend Nick
Williams for conducting the service and to all at Wateringbury Church for their
support at this time.
to Shirley Higgins for distributing Rostrums to the Latters
Buildings area of Old Road for many years and to Hazel Mitchell who takes over the task from this month.
Done and Thank You to Wateringbury Players for their
amazing pantomime Sleeping Beauty. No wonder it was a sell-out; every year the
productions just get better and better.
We are so fortunate that so many talented people are prepared to work so
hard to entertain us so marvellously.
Music at The Wateringbury
Do go along to our local hostelry on the last Friday evening of every month and enjoy a musical evening with
a different singer each month. Clive, the manager, will be pleased to welcome
WAR NEWS MARCH 1917 March 15:
Abdication of Tsar Nicholas II as discontent in Russia increases.
March 18: Second German destroyer raid on
Broadstairs and Ramsgate.
Charles Large lived with his
family of 4 elder siblings in what is now Waterside Mews. Next door lived
Robert Head, slightly younger than Charles, and who had been killed in October
1914 near Ypres, a few miles from where Charles would also be killed in March
1917. Charles had gone to Wateringbury School, worked for the Leney brewery
and, possibly, was a conscript to the army.
Although clergy were exempt from
conscription, there was a strong militaristic streak during the war in the
Church of England. In the March 1917 parish magazine the vicar expresses the
view: “The enemy means to die fighting, and the sooner we gather up all our
resources and utilise all our strength in the task of killing him, the less it
will cost us in men and money.” His tone is more strident than his usual but is
short of that adopted by others, such as the Bishop of London.
The vicar’s main
focus, however, is finance and food. He notes, approvingly, that “the
wage-earning class [in Wateringbury] contributed more than £1,000, probably
nearer £2,000” to the latest war loan. Some people, having never been so well
off, are only now starting to feel “a little tightness of income”. He is concerned that “The
average working man eats considerably more than 4lbs. of bread [using imported
wheat] per week” and so must change his diet.
The food concern is reflected in action
across the village. The Parish Council,
meeting for the third time in 1917 after its near dormancy earlier in the war,
spends most of its time again on allotments and other food issues. The Boys School grants leave for boys, under
teacher supervision, to help farmers clear hop poles so the land can be used
for food crops. The Girls School has “cheap and nourishing recipes” written on
the blackboard for the girls to copy and take home for their mothers.
report in the parish magazine illustrates the hardship of an unnamed (war?)
widow, with 7 children. The vicar’s
daughter took 2 boys, aged 10 and 7, from the family to the Waifs and Strays
Society in London. The Society still exists, now known by the more prosaic name
of The Children’s Society. “The mother was brave in parting with them, and the little
fellows went off in high spirits, furnished each with a new collar and tie, a
new shirt and socks, and two new woollen undervests, which they were wearing to
keep out the cold on the journey.”
A conference of Scout patrol leaders,
held in Maidstone, was attended by some 25 patrol leaders from Kent. One Wateringbury patrol leader chaired the
meeting and another presented a paper on how patrols could “carry on” if their
Scout master was away on military service.
The village suffered its only pub closure
of the war when The Wheatsheaf in Pizienwell lost its license. The police report to the licensing magistrates
noted the Duke’s Head was under 500 yards away and the 9 pubs in the parish
represented one for every 137 persons, considered an adequate ratio.
For more details see the
web-site of Wateringbury Local History Society
(https://www.sites.google.com/site/wateringburylocalhistory/). At the top right of any page there is a
search box; for more information on any bolded name insert the name in this
Friends of Wateringbury
Church proudly present 'The Mysteries of
the Ecclesiastical Year'
entertaining and illuminating talk by
Reverend Nick Williams
of the Benefice of East Malling, Wateringbury and Teston
Friday 31 March 7.30pm St John the Baptist
Many people will have noticed that in many
churches the colours of the altar cloths change in a seemingly random sequence
throughout the year. These changes are linked with equally odd words like
Candlemas, Rogation Days, Plough Sunday, Gaudette Sunday, Quinquagesima and
Ever wondered what it all means? Is
it all necessary?
In Rev Nick’s fascinating talk, he will
outline how the Church year works and what these strangely named days and the
customs and traditions attached to them are now, and have been in the past. He will show that far from being an arcane
system that should be consigned to the dustbin of the past, the richness of the
church year and its customs is a participative teaching tool that helps to
improve our scriptural knowledge and bind us closer together in community.
Please come along and join us for the beginning of the Friends’ 7th
Year Tickets are £5 on the door, £2 for
Doors open 7pm and
delicious refreshments available
Maidstone Mencap Apple Pie QuizSaturday 11 March
7pm for a 7.30pm start
Cobtree Hall, Willington Street, Mote Park ME15 8EB
of 6-8 £6 each person (includes apple
pie and cream)
Rita 07790 643218
Maidstone Mencap Jumble
& Nearly New Sale Bargains Galore!Saturday 25 March at 2.30pm
Cobtree Hall, Willington Street, Mote Park ME15 8EB
entry - Refreshments available – Contact - Lesley 01622 892433
Teston’s Sewing Bee Saturdays
11 March, 8 April then 20 May.
are interested in sewing, knitting,
crochet or embroidery do go along.
If you have always wanted to learn any of these skills then the group is
for you too. Learn also to cut
patterns, etc . Take along your sewing machine and be guided in using
it. The group meets in Teston
Village Hall usually on the second Saturday between 9am-noon. There is room for 10 sewing machines,
refreshments provided. Meet
like-minded people in a fun atmosphere. There is a minimal charge towards
the hire of the hall. Details from Valerie
Sharp 01622 812948
WATERINGBURY CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
As we gallop
towards Spring and Easter, the days are brightening and less mud is finding its
way into school – thank goodness!
Safer Internet Day was a great success on 7 February with each class exploring the
endless possibilities of the internet and also its dangers. Like any risk, the
internet must be understood and managed to enable children to enjoy it and
operate safely within it. The giddying pace of technological advancement means
we’ll never keep up with it, but we must learn to manage our own online
World Book Day is always a fun opportunity to dress up as book characters and immerse
the children in one particular storybook. This year, the English team has
chosen the storybook The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan and the children will spend
their English lessons exploring different aspects of the book whilst the
library will be suitably transformed!
Following on from
the success of our first Science Fair last year, the children will be
engaged in a week of intensive science followed by the Science Fair on 17th
March. And never to be outdone, Year 5 have been busy studying Shakespeare’s A
Midsummer Night’s Dream and will perform their very own version of it on 24
Our busy term wraps up with our special Musical Evening on 28 March
where any child who sings or plays an instrument has an opportunity to perform
in front of a packed hall.
Our term closes
with our Easter Service on the last day of term at 9:00 at St John’s on
Friday 31 March, followed by an afternoon of Easter activities. This term the
children have also spent time in the Family Trust’s beautiful Prayer Space, set
up in a spare classroom for a day of prayer and reflection. And, our Year 4 and 5 children took part in
another of Family Trust’s initiatives, the Easter Experience. A joyful and
peaceful Easter to all of our families and readers.
STOP PRESS: Splendid news!
We have just been told that we have won a Caterlink
School Kitchen Garden Award of £600 to enable us to create a kitchen garden at school.
The panel were so impressed with our plans that they awarded us an extra £100.
We look forward to bringing you more news about this very soon. We already have
a very successful after-school Gardening Club, run by parent volunteers, and
this news will enable all our year groups to become actively involved in
growing, harvesting and cooking home-grown fruit and vegetables.
Chasey Crawford Usher – Headteacher www.wateringbury.kent.sch.uk
WATERINGBURY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
Chris Wade, a keen photographer, came along to our WI to give his talk ‘Kent in
Four Seasons’. Chris not only showed us
through his many pictures of the Kent countryside, magnificent views
of the Downs and coastal areas but reminded us that Kent is renowned for
its flora and fauna, particularly orchids, butterflies and birds, all to be
seen when out walking or riding. He
mentioned that some farmers are now ploughing and planting across long
established footpaths, which although they can still be walked on, it is better
to avoid crossing a field if possible.
Chris said that there are still many areas in Kent we could enjoy and
encouraged us to go out and find them.
Kathy Coates was the winner of our competition with her drawing of an
9 March is
our Competition Day, to enter “6 Cup Cakes” need to be made for the Hickman
Cup, a “basket of spring flowers” for the Flower Cup and a “decorated container
with a lid” for the Freda Robins Plate.
Visitors very welcome.
FOOTPATHS GROUP NEXT WALKS Sunday 5 March meet Village Hall at 2pm
for local walk.
Sunday 2 April meet at Village Hall at later
time of 2.30pm.
February walk was up to the edge of Cattering Woods, deliberately to point out
the “Private Woodland” signs erected around the paths there. From the top of Canon Lane, where we were
pleased to see a Kentish rag-stone wall has been built. We passed the edge of the Kings Hill estate to
the old Teston Road before entering Cattering Wood and back to the village hall
via the Gransden footpath. A good walk of just over 3½ miles.
Fairtrade Fortnight - 27 February to 12 March Do look out for, and buy, Fair Trade Products to celebrate good value
for money and the enormous benefits the Fair Trade Organisation brings to small
growers and crafts-people, their families and communities.
JUMBLE SALE TESTON
VILLAGE HALL SATURDAY 4 MARCH Outside
sales from 1.30pm Hall from 2.30pm Proceeds to Teston Church Funds
Since the club moved to the East
Malling Institute Hall in 2016 for its meetings the membership has lost some
members but also gained some new members, this decision was taken for better
facilities than the usual hall could provide.
The club meets every third Wednesday in the month, there is plenty of
parking and the hall is warm and welcoming.
2017 started with a
demonstration from Sylvia Cheeseman, a wonderful evening of beautiful designs
and a club competition entitled snowstorm which yielded many fabulous entries.
February saw the annual AGM with business for the year ahead also discussed, a
full programme of events to come with area and national demonstrators, trips to
gardens and members competing in the Area show and Kent County Show, always a
marvellous day out and a chance to see all the work showcased by Kent members.
In the last 12 months Kent members have donated over £1000 to Demelza House
come along and visit us - you can find more information on our website www.wateringburyflowerclub
for 2017 programme of events and membership fees.
Schofield for Wateringbury Flower Club
PADDOCK WOOD CHORAL SOCIETY'S SPRING CONCERT in St Andrews
Church, on 18
March takes the audience on a fascinating journey from Darkness to Light.
The music comprises John Stainer's well known oratorio "Crucifixion",
the premier of James Corse's hauntingly beautiful "Monsal
Blessing" and David Pennant's "Resurrection" - a
modern sequel to Stainer's “Crucifixion” written by his great
grandson. Don't miss this unique
opportunity to hear new and familiar music on your doorstep! Tickets
£12.50 online at www.paddockwood-choral.org.uk or box office firstname.lastname@example.org
Our speaker for the next meeting
on Wednesday 15 March will be Peter
Batty a retired teacher who has
qualified as a City of London tour guide and has arranged for tea and talks
around Maidstone on a variety of subjects.
He will be talking to us about “Maidstone, a Town of Firsts.” To see just what these firsts are you are welcome
to join us for a cup of tea or coffee from 7.40pm with the talk starting at
8pm. Visitors £3. Members free.
On 18 January Roy Ingleton came to talk to us about
"Kent Disasters". We learnt that in 1348, at the time of the
black death, due to burning of dwellings to get rid of germs, in Chart
Sutton and Dode the only buildings that remained were the Churches. We heard how Charles Dickens had a fortunate
escape from the 1865 Staplehurst railway disaster, clambering back into a
wrecked carried to save his manuscript copy of Our Mutual Friend. Roy finished his talk with the story of The
Hall at the junction of Pizien Well and Tonbridge Road, Wateringbury and how
this was burnt down in 1927.
February we enjoyed an entertaining talk
by Brian Laverick Smith entitled "30 years of bother on the
hover" and who would have thought that we would have elephant feet,
Richard Burton and John Cleese incorporated into the entertaining talk given to
us by Captain Smith. We learnt that the
first hovercraft travelled across the channel in 1959 to coincide with the 50th
anniversary of Bleriot’s crossing with the complete service stopping on the 1st
October 2000 and that Lord Mountbatten once presented our speaker with a brace
of pheasants, shot on his estate, by way of a thank you for a smooth crossing
and that there is a hovercraft museum situated at Lee-on-the-Solent.
Tonbridge & Malling BC have
launched a new online council tax billing service
It will speed up
services and save taxpayers’ time and money.
My Accountis a FREE online service portal which is a
personal, interactive and safe account.
It’s easy to use and each person who signs up will be able to:
J Request online notification of their
annual council tax bill
J Check their council tax balance online
J Ask for services through the website
with no waiting or queuing on the telephone
or at the Council’s offices
J Benefit from online services request
forms, which are pre-populated with their personal
details Setting up an account takes
about two minutes, just go to www.tmbc.gov.uk/my-account and fill in the brief
FEBRUARY PARISH COUNCIL REPORT
At the opening of
the meeting a secret ballot took place to fill two vacancies on the Parish
Council. Keith Fisher and David Marks
were elected to serve on the Council. The resignation of Catherine Mooreland
was also announced so there will be a ballot to fill this casual vacancy - probably
at the April meeting.
KCC Councillor Matthew Balfour reported on matters of local interest
Review of the Arriva Bus network It was
likely that the No 6 route would experience some changes.
Consultations re Railway Networks.
It was suggested that residents may like to submit comments. (The next meeting of the local Rail
Partnership on 14 March at The Bull Inn, West Farleigh will also discuss the Rail
Traffic Lights at north end of Hermitage Lane
plans were being made to re-order the lights to alleviate the traffic
Borough Councillor Simon Jessel reported on local issues including finance
Drayhorse Meadow The Council is in the process of
drawing up a lease and hope the new tenant will be in occupation in a few
Crime Figures The figures are obtained by the Parish
Clerk as soon as they are made available on the Kent police website. The November crime figures showed there were
5 crimes: 1 drugs related, 1 theft, 1
burglary and 2 violent crimes.
Old Road Street Light to the delight of all concerned the
light is now operational.
Planning Councillors had no objections to the
planning application for the conversion of garage to form home office at
109 Red Hill (TM/17/00124/FL).
Next meeting The public are very welcome to attend
the next meeting of the Parish Council at 7.30pm
in the village hall on Tuesday 7 March.
PICK UP AFTER YOUR DOG
come along to the Church and enjoy SIMPLY SOUPLUNCHES IN LENTon 5 WEDNESDAYSFrom 12.15 to 1.30pm There is no charge - donations are
invited for a different charity each week 8 March - Send
A Cow (Change an African family's future) 15 March - The
Heart of Kent Hospice 22 March - Christian
Aid Soupa Lunch Appeal 29 March -
Embrace the Middle East (Tackling poverty
and injustice in the Middle East) 5 April - Multiple Sclerosis Society
Our meeting on 2
March will be at 1pm in East Malling
Church when Caroline Hattersley will give a talk W@W Women at the Well.
DISCUSSION AND STUDY GROUP
We will be looking at the Rochester Diocesan course "A place in a
crowd" which explores Jesus' journey to the cross through the lens of
Meetings will take place in the vestry 7.45
for 8pm on Mondays 6, 13, 20, 27 March and 3 April; or on Wednesdays
at 1pm on 8, 15, 22, 29 March and 5 April.
Anyone wishing to join the Church Electoral Roll please complete a
form (these can be found at the back of the church near the hymn books) and
return to Hilary Fisher or Church Wardens (Liz Gummer and Peter Bond) by 5 March.
ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING
will be held on Tuesday28 March at 8pm in the Church.
PONDERINGSRev Nick Williams
email@example.com The Vicarage, 2 The Grange
firstname.lastname@example.org East Malling 01732 843282
Brothers and Sisters in Christ.
I seem to have said several times before, there is an old Chinese proverb which
asks God to preserve us from ‘interesting times’. I think we could all probably find some
agreement in the idea that we are currently living in very interesting times
although we might not find agreement on what constitutes interesting. A brief look around at the world we live in
perhaps gives us a few clues. In America the new Trump Presidency seems to be
overturning decades of foreign policy in its first few months of office. The effects of things that are being said and
done, rightly or wrongly, are rippling out across the world and whilst they
might be reassuring some, they are most certainly causing worry and concern to
our own country the Brexit debate is polarising opinion. Despite the best efforts of politicians to
allay the fears of many in the society in which we live out our daily lives,
you have only to listen to the radio or television to see and hear the uncertainties
and worries felt by many being voiced.
the Church of England is not immune from uncertainties and ‘interesting times’.
Only a short while ago the general synod
of the Church of England declined to ‘take note’ of a report from the college
of bishops on Human Sexuality and its associated issues, leaving everyone
wondering what the way ahead was going to be in this difficult area of doctrine
coupled with pastoral care. Interesting times indeed.
Christ knew all about 'interesting times’ as did the people who heard his words
and witnessed to his actions. For them
it must have been difficult to comprehend what they were seeing and hearing. The Messiah, come at last as they had prayed
for some many years, but come not as a king at the head of an all conquering
army but as a man who walked amongst them, preaching, teaching, healing and
demonstrating the love of God for all his creation.
challenge for us, the challenge that perhaps the forthcoming season of Lent
invites us to think about and to accept is how are we, both as
individuals and corporately as members of God’s Church going to model the
example given to us by Jesus Christ. How
are we going to show his forgiveness, his understanding and his love towards
our fellow human beings. How are we
going to learn to disagree generously and learn to treat those whose views are
different from our own with the respect and tolerance that we demand of them.
disagreement is not an easy thing to do, but then many of the things that those
who followed Jesus did weren’t easy to do either, they involved discussion,
generous disagreement and even compromise, you only have to read the Book of
Acts to see that in action. The thing
is, those early followers of Jesus managed it, it wasn’t easy and it took time
but managed it they did for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Surely therefore there is no real reason why
we who follow him some 2000 years later can’t manage it as well.
Rev Nick Williams
COFFEE, CRAFT AND CHAT
8 and 22 March, 10.30am to 12.30pm We will be meeting on the above
dates in the church during March. Do
join us for homemade cake and coffee and optional knitting, crocheting, etc. For more details please phone Pauline
(814673) or Gillian (813076).
SAVE OUR SPIRE
The Church spire is in urgent need of
replacing the existing worn out wooden tiles (shingles). Please help us reach our target. You can now leave a message on the Save Our Spire Facebook page where
you can also watch a short aerial video of Wateringbury Church. Go to https://www.facebook.com/saveourspire/
You can also text WATS45 £5
you to everyone who has responded to our appeal so far.
Easter Fun with Faith
Calling all Primary
school aged children in Wateringbury...join us in
celebrating the Easter Story A morning filled with fun, songs and craft activities
on Saturday 15 April
£2 per child and starting 9.30am until 12.30pm at your church Parent and/or older siblings helpers always welcome
Booking is essential because of numbers
or contact Debbie
on 01622 814793.
BENEFICE SERVICES Visit our website
www.wateringburychurch.org.uk Sunday 5 March 8am Holy Communion - East Malling
9.45am Family Service – East Malling
9.45am Family Service – Teston
10amMatins – Wateringbury
Sunday 12 March 9.45am Eucharist – East
9.45am Children's Church -
10am Eucharist - Wateringbury 6.30pm Evensong - Teston
Sunday 19 March 8am Holy Communion –
Wateringbury 9.45am Eucharist – East
9.45am Children's Church -
10 am Family Service – Wateringbury 6.30pm Eucharist - Teston
Sunday 26 March 9.45am Family Eucharist –
East Malling 9.45am Mothering Sunday Service - Teston
10am Mothering Sunday – Wateringbury
Every Thursday - 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 the
Vicar Rev Nick Williams on
01732 843282 or email email@example.com
For all other enquiries,
please contact the Administrator on 01622
SPECIAL SERVICES IN MARCH
March - Ash Wednesday Services East
Malling 11am Wateringbury 7.30pm
March - Malling Deanery Women’sWorld Day of Prayer St John the Baptist Church, Wateringbury
Coffees from 10am, service starts at 10.30am
March - School Easter Service
St John the Baptist Church, Wateringbury
Service starts at 9am
March - Mothers’ Union Tonbridge
Archdeaconry Lady Day Service St Peter & St Paul Church, Teston
Service starts at 11am
prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble but since the power of
prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers
do make a difference. Max Lucado