Wateringbury Village Fete
12.30 - 5pm 6
Village Hall Car Park
12 - 3pm
Hall Car Park
VILLAGE SUMMER FETE SUNDAY 4 JUNE
2017 12.30 to 5pm at Wateringbury
Playing Fields (off Fields Lane)
free entry and free car parking Come along and
enjoy your village fete - something for everyone
Don’t forget to bring your fete programme
which was with May’s Rostrum – take it along to the fete and enter the £25 cash
VILLAGE PEOPLE Please let us have your news
and tributes by 17 June for
our July/August magazine.
Entries are free
A Film Crew visit by Channel More 4
is scheduled this month to film Yvonne Marks’ amazing White Italian Courtyard Garden at Crowmarsh House, Boorman
Mews. The programme is due for screening
in 2018, but you don’t have to wait that long.
Yvonne’s garden will be open under the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday 23 and Monday 24 July. Admission
£3.50. Homemade teas £3. Parking
facilities in the village hall car park - no parking on site.
also by arrangement for groups up to 24 maximum June to August
telephone 01622 434897.
garden will also be featured in Kent Life July issue.
MAY PARISH COUNCIL REPORT
Tripp was re-elected as Parish Council Chairman. There were no volunteers for the position of
Vice Chairman. Absent from the meeting
were Michael Cayzer and Simon Jessel.
Margaret Daly was co-opted as a new member onto the Parish Council.
Cllr Matthew Balfour advised that funding is available via the Local Enterprise
Partnership to investigate what improvements could be made to the
crossroads. The surrounding land is
owned by both Kent County and the Parish Council.
Cllr Simon Jessel had sent an e-mail to the Parish Clerk about a report on air
quality at Wateringbury crossroads.
Councillors are hoping to meet with the Borough Council to discuss this
following crimes were reported during the month of February: on or near parking
area/Maidstone Auto Centre - one violent crime;
on or near Petrol Station - one criminal damage arson; on or near Bow Terrace - one violent crime.
The lease has been signed for Drayhorse
Meadow and the site is now occupied.
Stables have been updated and the site has been cleared up. Fencing is to be refurbished and galvanised
iron strips on the stable doors will be removed in line with a request from the
Observations had been made of cars
crossing red traffic lights at the crossroads.
It had been noticed that over-sized
lorries had been using Bow Road. This
issue is to be raised in line with the prospective improvements at the
crossroads - perhaps signage could be made more obvious to heavy goods drivers
to enhance awareness of restrictions.
Road signs near the approach to the bend
in the A26 by Pizien Well Road still require attention - with one sign being
obscure by vegetation and the other being damaged and no longer facing
Councillors discussed the possibility of
a road survey being carried out in the parish.
The pavement on the A26 along to the church is particularly narrow in
report was awaited on work to the CCTV system at the village hall.
There has been no response as yet from
the landowner of the cemetery car park to the proposal to replace hedging with
a picket-style fence.
A letter had been received from the
Chairman of the Wateringbury Pear Orchards assuring that the aged iron fence on
the side of Bow Road will be removed in due course. A letter will be sent to the WPO to ask if
rubbish and vegetation could be cleared at the same time.
The overgrown trees near to the village
hall need cutting back and a report is awaited to see what work/cost is
Damage has been caused to the entrance
door of the Post Office by poorly repaired roadwork and subsequent laying water
splashing against the building. Kent
Highways is to take up the matter with BT.
After lengthy discussions, Councillors agreed that sadly the use of
volunteers to undertake work could not be permitted. At the present time they would continue to
use qualified and appropriately insured contractors. The situation could be reviewed in a further
6 months' time.
The rail service at Paddock Wood will be
affected by revised train services operating from Ashford direct to Tonbridge
station. To make the Ashford to London
service faster by requiring the majority of trains to stop at Tonbridge, reducing
the number of trains calling at Paddock Wood and other intermediate stations.
there is an online petition regarding
this proposal. Also, a public
consultation running until 23 May.
An artist has applied to use the Engine
Shed at Wateringbury Station for business purposes. He is seeking local support for his
Cllr Frances Fielding had attended a
Joint Parishes Flood Group/Environment Agency (EA) meeting. Properties at
risk have now been identified and information has been fed back to the EA.
A damaged wooden bench in the play area
has been repaired.
public session the following matters were raised:-
The replacement of the height barrier to
the village hall car park is still to be resolved. The problem of insufficient parking space for
vehicles in the village. A request for
the Council to apply pressure to the bus company for improved services was
Planning Committee Meeting the application from the History Society for the
installation of commemorative blue plaques was supported by the members with no
Next meeting: Tuesday 6 June at 7.30pm in the Village Hall (upstairs room).
WATERINGBURY FOOTPATH GROUP
good turnout for the annual May bluebell walk in the local woods, and we were
not disappointed. Our walk took us into Cattering Wood then after crossing
Canon Lane we passed the golf course where more flora was in abundance.
to Wisteria Villa we then made our way back to the village hall via Old Road.
woodland floor was carpeted in blue. Other wild spring flowers seen included
Yellow Rattle, Lesser and Greater Stitchwort, Forget-me-not, Early Purple
Orchid, Red Campion and Honesty - also here a pair of Common Lizards basking on
Sunday 11 June for a local river walk. Meet at the village hall at
2:30pm. Please Note: this is on the
second Sunday so as not to clash with the village fete.
walk: 2 July - meet village for a local
walk to North Pole and Livesey Street.
Kevin Reynolds - 01622 813763
WATERINGBURY PARISH COUNCIL CHAIRMAN'S REPORT
This is my first report as Chairman
and I wish to place on record my thanks to my predecessor, Michael Cayzer for
his contribution to the village and his continuing support.
In his last report Michael recorded
that three new members had joined the Council - all of whom subsequently
resigned. These vacancies have been filled and I am pleased to welcome to the
Council, David Marks, Keith Fisher and Frances Fielding. We will soon have
three female councillors as all the candidates for the outstanding vacancy are
We are grateful for the important
work of Rostrum, led by Christine and Trudy, in recording village life and
their continued presence at Council meetings is appreciated. I particularly
want to acknowledge their help in publicising my wish to encourage more women
to join the council.
A major challenge facing the Council
comes from the decision of T&MBC to eliminate grants to Parish Councils.
For us this means an immediate reduction in income of £12,000 a year with no
prospect of this being restored. We will do what we can to reduce the impact on
the rates but this means all discretionary payments will be under increasing
scrutiny. I am pleased to report an increase of £1,200 pa in our self-generated
income through my successful negotiation of a new lease for Drayhorse Meadow.
Traffic and the resulting pollution
is a major issue for the village and we have made significant progress in
putting our position before the relevant authorities. Cllr Michael Wells has
fought tirelessly to achieve a speed limit of 40mph on the A26 at Pizien Well
Road The new limit is unfortunately advisory only and we will continue our
efforts to get it upgraded to “compulsory”. The results from our dedicated
village Speedwatch team greatly assisted in preparing our case and we thank
them for their continuing commitment to this important work.
Our County Councillor Mathew Balfour
has persuaded KCC Highways to put the Wateringbury crossroads on the list of
sites needing urgent attention. He is endeavouring to obtain funding for an
early study of the problem and developing alternative solutions for
consideration and consultation. A further and more immediate concern however is
the issue of drivers, frustrated by the long queues, running red lights at the
We have continued to oppose further
large scale developments in the village. T&MBC have recognised the strength
of our arguments and their draft plan “The Way Forward” proposes there be no
further significant development in the village for the period to 2031. I know
we can look forward to the continued support of our Borough Councillor Simon
Jessel to ensure this policy is implemented.
The Council would not function
without the commitment of its employees; the Clerk to the Council Sue Cockburn
and John Ibbs our Village Warden. I wish to record my thanks to them both.
WATERINGBURY CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Last September, our school building
turned 40 years old and we held a celebration party. We also launched a Capital
Campaign to raise funds to renovate our library which has water-logged windows
and a leaking roof. As the best-selling children’s author Anthony Horowitz
said, “You can tell a school instantly by its library….The library is the
beating heart of any school and its life and vitality depend on it.” We agree.
The library should be the hub of any school. After 9 months of fundraising and
a bid submission to the Department for Education, I am delighted to announce
that we’ve just about done it! Our £90,000 bid (less 10% due to our Voluntary
Aided mandatory contribution) has been approved by the DfE while the business
community, parents and children have raised just over £18,000. With the
school’s contribution out of our budget, we are now only a few thousand pounds
away from our target of £115,000! Thank you to our entire community for the
support and enthusiasm generated. We look forward to sharing further details
with you as they emerge.
Our Year 6 children have completed their
SATs exams and were impressively focused and calm. We are proud of what they’ve
achieved to prepare for the exams and even prouder of who they are and the
kindness, humour and talents they bring to our school. They certainly deserve
their week on the Isle of Wight in early June!
Shanghai/Singapore maths and its
impressive impact on children’s mathematical understanding is currently much in
the news. We are hosting a maths forum for parents - and anyone interested in
the teaching of mathematics - on Tuesday, 27th June from 6:45-7:45pm.
We always look forward to meeting our
new parents whose children will be starting with us in September and our
initial Reception parents’ meeting is on Tuesday 20th June at 7:00pm. Other
highlights of the final summer term, which begins on Monday, 5th June, are
Sports Day on 29th June and the Summer Fete on 24th June from 12-3pm. All are
Crawford Usher – Headteacher
NEWS, JUNE 1917
June 7: Battle
of Messines in Flanders starts with 19 British mines being exploded. June
13: German daylight air-raid on London kills 160, inc 18 school children.
In May 1917 Lord Devonport, the Minister of
Food, exhorted the country as follows: "We must all eat less food and
especially we must all eat less bread. The enemy is trying to take away our
daily bread. He is sinking our wheat ships. If he succeeds in starving us, our
soldiers will have died in vain.
The Times published an anonymous letter in
July 1917 from “One behind the scenes” describing what one parish had
achieved. Previously most children had
taken their own dinners to school, which included, on average, 6oz of bread. By
setting up a canteen in the school which fed 125 children, 5 days a week, the
writer estimated a saving of more than 1½ cwt of flour a week. The letter also
noted that, it provided the children with a wholesome change of diet. The
unidentified village is Wateringbury, and the letter was written by its vicar,
Greville Livett, who devoted considerable energy to a variety of food issues in
1917, including the school dinner canteen project.
There is a large bundle of papers in Kent
archives relating to the school dinner canteen at Wateringbury School, which
includes minutes of the meetings of its canteen committee and lists of the many
helpers. The canteen benefited from gifts of fruit and vegetables as well as
financial donations from people in the village. The Working Men’s Institute
provided a large room and Leneys, the brewers, paid the gas bill.
The school dinners repeated every 4 weeks:
the menu for one week was:
Monday: Brown vegetable soup-Dumplings; Rice Pudding
Tuesday: Cottage Pie; Green peas; Sago Pudding
Wednesday: Scotch Barley Broth; Ginger Pudding-Sweet
Thursday: Meat and Potato Hash; Peas; Baked Jam Roll
Friday: Fish and Potato Pie; Parsley Sauce; Green
Peas; Rice Pudding
The Vicar’s letter claims all the children
appreciated the food “except one boy, who has not yet learned to like what he
The Leney board, meeting on 28th June,
decided to ration their tenant public houses to “about 50%” of their beer
consumption of the previous year. Although bread and beer were in short supply,
cherries were not: The Times reported "excellent crops of cherries in Kent
this year and very high prices have been paid for fruit on the trees" with
18 acres at Wateringbury fetching £600.
The Parish Council met on 26th June and
the Chairman read “a letter received from Malling RDC stating that the Local
Government Board wished a scheme to be prepared for the erection of Working
Class Dwellings immediately after the war. After discussion it was agreed that
more cottages chiefly for Agricultural Workers would be needed in the
Parish.” It was premature to be thinking
about “Homes for Heroes”, as much more blood was still to be shed by
Wateringbury and other villages and towns. Terry Bird
more details see the web-site of Wateringbury Local History Society. (https://www.sites.google.com/site/wateringburylocalhistory/)
WATERINGBURY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
ourJune meeting will be held on
Thursday 15th and not the 8th as published when the hall will
be used as a Polling Station.
We will not be having a speaker on the
will be holding a “Games Afternoon”,
why not come along and join in some familiar table games as well as one or two
new ones. Meetings start at 2.00pm with
WI business matters and end with tea and cakes and the drawing of the raffle. Visitors very welcome.
Helen Allinson came along in April
to give her talk ‘100 years of Toys and Play.'
You may have spotted her in the Kent Messenger recently with some of our
members. An afternoon spent
remembering toys we had known in our childhood and those played with by our
children. Helen had brought
along a wide selection of toys, some she had inherited, and others collected
over the years, many like lead soldiers would be considered too dangerous for
children to play with now. Winners
of our monthly competition were first Linda Gower’s teddy, Jenny Cropley’s doll
was second and Margaret Fyffe’s 1936 Schuco 3000 metal clockwork car was third.
We held our Annual Meeting in May
when the election of our officers took place.
Our new President is Joan Wilson, Diana Burbridge remains our Treasurer
and Sue Cockburn became our new Secretary. Elizabeth Astrid, our retiring
president, was thanked for her tireless work carried out during her five years
in office together with Gillian Sessions who had been our secretary for the
last three years. The
afternoon ended with a cup of tea and cakes, during which we placed our bids on
the items brought in by members for the Silent Auction. For
enquiries please contact Elizabeth on 01622 812018
WATERINGBURY FLOWER CLUB
May saw one of
Kent's new trainee demonstrators Sian Tribe take to the stage for our
entertainment, and we were not disappointed.
Sian's title "The container
dictates" really did on this occasion and Sian produced six lovely designs
in glorious colours to make the evening go with a bang. Our club
competition with the same title also produced a wealth of entries and they were
all something to be proud of, well done everyone.
got members in the mood for the area show at Detling on the spring bank holiday
weekend and at least 6 members are taking part in this. I hope they do well.
is a club outing to the gardens of Maurice Foster at Ivy Hatch and we are all
looking forward to this. If you are
interested in attending let the committee know, new members are always welcome
as we are having a club show in August called Going Global it will be well
worth a visit. Hope you can join us sometime as a visitor and find some new
friends, you might like to join as a new member.
NETTLESTEAD PRE SCHOOL
We continue this term with our
theme ‘people who help us’ and look forward to welcoming a local police officer
who will be talking to the children about his job and how he helps people in
As usual we have our father’s day
activity where all our dads, granddads and uncles are invited in to join their
children for a fun craft activity.
year they will be decorating a mug inspired by the book cuddly Dudley which we will
be reading to the children on the day.
Our five hungry caterpillars are
now in their cocoons and we are looking forward to meeting our new butterflies
in the very near future. The children
are already talking about releasing them in the garden.
We have also been busy preparing
for our end of year sports day which will be held on Friday 14th
July on Teston village green. The
children have been practicing their running, jumping and throwing in the
If you are interested in joining
our preschool please contact Tina Driver
on 07805 796353 and come along for a taster session.
Come along to the.....
Teston Village Hall
9am-1pm on 10 June, 8 July and 12 August
If you are
interested in sewing, knitting, crochet or embroidery; or have always wanted to
learn any of these skills then the group is for you. Learn to cut
patterns, etc . Take along your sewing machine and be guided in using
it. 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.
Valerie Sharp - 01622 812948
WATERINGBURY LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY
Our speaker for the
meeting (AGM) to be held on 21 June
2017 is Melanie Gibson-Barton who will be talking about the life and times of
Edith Cavell who had a connection with Maidstone. This is a change to the
speaker in our programme.
Our summer outing on Wednesday 19 July 2017 is to Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village and then on
to Loseley House near Guildford.
BABY & TODDLER GROUP
After a very busy winter term finishing
with our Easter Craft and Easter Bonnet competition, we now move into the
spring term. There is lots to look forward to. Our craft sessions will include
masks and dinosaur making. The highlight of this term will be our Teddy Bear
Hunt and Teddy Bear Picnic. So why not join us for craft, singing and fun. We meet every Wednesday and Friday
10am - 12 noon in the village hall. The cost is £2 for the first child and
£1 for every other child (this includes tea/coffee and snacks for the
For further information please contact
Linda on 01732 522 437
concert is on 1 July at 7.30pm at St James the Great Church, East Malling. We will be performing music from the deep
south of America to the deep south of Africa. The main work to be performed is Feel the Spirit, a collection of 7
spirituals arranged by John Rutter
for choir, band and mezzo-soprano soloist.
£12, concessions £10 and children go free obtainable from email@example.com
Roll Up, Roll Up, for “The Big Top”
Benefice Holiday Club
This Summer, come and travel back
in time, when our Time Machine returns... for a Circus Themed Holiday Club
On Monday 14 –
Wednesday 16 August, from 10am - 12pm at Wateringbury Primary School
will be playing lots of outdoor games and sports, make many different crafts
each day, have singing, dancing, face painting,
refreshments and more...
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!
days will be led by experienced ‘children and youth workers’ from different
local Churches. 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.
is no charge for this event and 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.
more information or to book a place (s) please contact Lisa Glasscote on 07950 852899/ e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
COFFEE, CRAFT & CHAT Do come and join us at our
fortnightly meetings for tea/coffee, homemade cake, conversation and optional
handicrafts. We will be getting together
on Wednesdays 14th and 28th June in the Church from 10.30am to 12.30pm. For further information call 814673.
Rev Nick Williams
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org East Malling 01732 843282
Brothers and sisters in
As many of you will know Thursday the 25th May 2017 is Ascension Day.
This is the day, 40 days after the Resurrection, on which the Church remembers
Jesus returning to heaven, but not before leaving his disciples with the
injunction they should remain in Jerusalem praying and awaiting the coming of
the Holy Spirit. As promised by Jesus
some 10 days later the Holy Spirit did indeed descend on the apostles at a very
public meeting on the day the Church now knows as Pentecost (sometimes also
known as Whitsunday). You can read the
story of both the Ascension and Pentecost in the Bible in Acts 1:1-12 and Acts
I write to tell
you all this because I feel it's important that you know that your local parish
Churches are involved in this initiative as well. Not only have the Churches of East Malling,
Teston and Wateringbury undertaken to pray for every street and those who live
in them across the three parishes but you may also see groups of people walking
our streets and praying quietly in small groups. If you see such a group then feel free to
approach them, and if you wish ask them to pray with you or for you and they
will be happy to do so.
It’s not just
our parishes that are involved in this initiative, all of the local Church of
England Churches are involved in some way and different prayer events will be
taking place in different Churches from 25th May right through to Pentecost on
4th June. There will also be events
taking place in churches of other denominations. So please join in, even if you do so in the
privacy of your own home and in your own way pray, pray for the people you
know, for our streets and at this time of political and social uncertainty pray
for our nation. After all it can’t do
any harm can it.
Rev Nick Williams
A huge thank you
to all our volunteer collectors and to everyone who donated money as part of Christian Aid Week. Rostrum is going to press before we have
counted the donations, so I will be sure to announce the figure next month! Becky Bowie
Deanery Confirmation Service will
be held at St James the Great, East Malling, on Sunday 1 October at 6pm. If
you wish to be Confirmed, or Baptised and Confirmed, please get in touch with Rev
Nick as soon as possible. If you want
your child confirmed and he/she is under 12 (or in years 5/6 at school) then
please get in touch with Rev Nick a bit sooner. The course is normally around 5 weeks, further
who were confirmed some time ago and those who wish to have a ‘refresher’ are
also welcome to attend, but you can’t be confirmed or
a second time.
"I look forward to hearing from anyone
who would like to be confirmed." Rev Nick
God's Big Picture in
the Old & New Testament - is a Diocesan course that aims to give an
overview of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, which will run for 5
evenings: 8, 15, 22, 29 June and
6 July at St Benedict's Centre, 52 Swan Street, West Malling
ME19 6JX. The course
is suitable for beginners and life-long readers of the Bible. Cost £25.
For further details contact email@example.com.
St James the Great, East Malling
SUMMER FAYRE 10 June 2017, 11am - 2pm
in the church
craft stalls, hot-dogs, cream teas, plants,
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For all other enquiries, please contact the
01622 815218 or