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CONTENTS  

Age UK Sevenoaks and Westerham; Air Cadets;  Annies Attic ; Art Group;

Beavers; Bonneval Association; Bowls Club; Brownies and Rainbows;

Cancer Research; Chartwell; Children's Centre; Chartwell Branch TCC (UK); Chess Club; Churchill School; Community Play; Congregational Church;

Fine Arts Society; Flawless Jewellery; Friends of the Long Pond;

General Wolfe Public House; Grasshopper  Inn at Moorhouse;  Grasshopper On The Green;

Horticultural Society and Beekeepers News;  Hospice in the Weald Friends;

Inner Wheel; 

Junior Football Club; Kent Police; Kings Arms Hotel;

Hurst Green Shire Horses

Library; Lions Club; Loyalty Card;

Medical Practice;

Neighbourhood Watch News; Netball Club; NSPCC;

Project Kilimanjaro;

Rotary Club;Rotary Club;

Retailers Association; RNLI; River Darent;  Rotary Club;

St John the Baptist Catholic Church; St Mary's Church; St Mary's Heritage Trust; Scout Group; Sea Cadets; Schools Reunion; Side Saddle Association; Sports Association; Squerryes Winery

Theatre Club;

U3A; 

Voluntary Project(s)- various;

WADS (Amateur Dramatics Society); Westerham Brewery;  Westerham Hall; Westerham Society; Winnies' Pre School; Women’s Institute;

 

 Westerham Community Play

Westerham and Crockham Hill Community Play website

See also the Community Play Page on this website
 

 

 

Squerryes Winery

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Food and Drink Festival at Squerryes, a celebration will be opening at 11:00 to 17:00 on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st June. £8 per adult, children under 18 free. Included in the ticket price will be a free glass of Squerryes Sparkling Wine, 1/3 pint of Westerham Brewery beer and cup of Blends for Friends tea. There will be the first opportunity to buy Squerryes Sparkling Wine. Single bottles will be available to take away on the day and £8 will be deducted from the sales price. Larger quantities will be available to order on the day. Tickets will be available before the day. Click here for Squerryes Website and full details

 

 

Project Kilimanjaro 

           

The Westerham Medical Practice

The Westerham Practice – Have Your Say

The Westerham Practice aims to provide the highest standard of care. The findings of the survey carried out at the beginning of the year, which will be published on the Practice website and noticeboards, discussed with the Patient Participation Group (PPG) for Westerham and Sundridge surgeries, and an action plan developed based on the feedback received.

www.thewesterhampractice.co.uk .

Kent Police

Crime notice from Kent Police on burglers ‘marking’ properties:-

Burglary detectives are asking homeowners to be on their guard against a technique that burglars have been known to use to identify vulnerable properties.

In other parts of the country, reports have been received of stickers being placed on doors or letterboxes of houses advertising a locksmith service. The sticker has a telephone number on it, but the number is not a registered number. If the stickers are not removed, burglars presume that the house is empty or that the owners are away.

Placing the stickers also gives burglars the opportunity to 'scout out' the house, and look through windows but to be able to explain themselves as 'delivering advertising' if anyone were to stop them and ask questions.

Police officers recently cracked a similar case in Sevenoaks where the offender was leaving mud on doors to see if it was cleaned away. If it wasn't, the property was potentially empty and a good target. The offender was caught and sentenced to four years and eight months in prison.

Police are now asking that homeowners keep an eye out for - and to report - any suspicious activity to ensure that burglars are thwarted before they get a chance to strike. The advice comes as officers continue their crackdown on burglary as part of Operation Castle, which is a force wide initiative designed target burglary suspects in the winter months.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Parker from Kent Police said: 'At Christmas time people tend to have some high value and new items in the house that are appealing to burglars. That is why we are asking members of the public to keep an eye out for unusual signs that might suggest the house has been 'marked' as a possible target and to report this or anything suspicious to us. It is well worth homeowners investing in items such as timer switches for lights, and alarms for sheds, and if they would like further advice around these they can visit our local Police Contact Points.'

-extracted from Kent Police Neighbourhood Watch Notices.

Please watch out for signs of this on your neighbour’s doors if they are away over this festive period. Dec 2013

 

Westerham Hall

Westerham Hall has relaunched its Website

http://www.westerham-hall.org/

Westerham Independent Literature Group

Is half-way through a 20 week course entitled ‘The Voices Inside’, which refers to our interior conversations and monologues, having already studied The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, Robert Browning’s My Last Duchess and Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies. Next term’s texts are Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, George Crabbe’s Peter Grimes (excerpts) and Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. 

Currently, there are 21 members of the tutor-led group who enjoy taking from two to five weeks to explore by discussion each of the chosen texts. The tutor is David Matthews. Next term we will meet on Mondays at the New Westerham Hall from 10am-12 noon for 10 sessions from January 6th 2014 (Half-term will be on Monday 17th February 2014). The fee for the term is £67.00. For further information and to discover whether there are any places available for the coming term, please contact Margaret Robertson (Group Secretary) on 01959 564149 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Westerham Library

Talktime and Community Warden Drop In - Wednesday 10-11am
Parent/Child Drop In run by Children's Centre - Thursday 9.30 - 11.30am, includes Songs and Rhymes for Babies 9.30 - 10am
Storytime - Thursday (term time only) - 2.15-2.45pm
Computer Buddy - Friday 9.30-10.30am
 
 

Royal British Legion

 

Age UK Westerham and Sevenoaks

The  Westerham lunch Club takes place every lasy Friday of the month at Westerham Hall.

Lunch clubs are great places for friends to regularly meet up or for people looking to meet new friends. You can spend a few hours catching up on news and sharing stories as well as enjoying a freshly cooked 2 course lunch followed by tea & coffee for just £4.00 per person.
The club is run by volunteers supported by Age UK Sevenoaks & Tonbridge.

  Doors are open from 11.30am
2 Course lunch served at 12pm

 Lunches are to be booked and paid for in advance

 If you would like to book a place  please contact our office on 01732 454108 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

River Darent

River Darent Consultation - survey responses invited

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> The River Darent rises in Westerham and flows through Brasted, Shoreham, Eynsford and Lullingstone to meet the Thames just beyond Dartford.  It is particularly precious as it is a chalk streamp which creates an particularly attractive natural environment. The Westerham Town Partnership and Council are represented on the Darent Catchment Improvement Group (DCIG) which wishes to feed into the consultation of the The Environment Agency and The North West Kent Countryside Project (NWKCP) who are preparing a report to fulfil the requirements of the Water Framework Directive. 
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> The WFD concerns itself with the state of Europe's rivers but there are all sorts of issues relating to fish passage and the removal of  obsolete man-made obstructions and unnecessary weirs which need considering on a individual basis for each river. The Darent River Preservation Society website explains more, and  is represented on the DCIG. 
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> In order to feed into the consultation, contributions to a Survey are invited from anyone with an interest in the river. Thank you for your time.


The River Darent rises in Westerham and flows through Brasted, Shoreham, Eynsford and Lullingstone to meet the Thames just beyond Dartford. It is particularly precious as it is a chalk stream which creates a particularly attractive natural environment. The Westerham Town Partnership and Council are represented on the Darent Catchment Improvement Group (DCIG) which wishes to feed into the consultation of the The Environment Agency and The North West Kent Countryside Project (NWKCP) who are preparing a report to fulfil the requirements of the Water Framework Directive. 

 

The WFD concerns itself with the state of Europe's rivers but there are all sorts of issues relating to fish passage and the removal of  obsolete man-made obstructions and unnecessary weirs which need considering on a individual basis for each river. The Darent River Preservation Society website www.darent-drips.org.uk/ explains more, and  is represented on the DCIG. 

 

In order to feed into the consultation, contributions to a Survey  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YM5JLJZ   

are invited from anyone with an interest in the river. Thank you for your time.

 

 

 Hurst Green Shire Horses

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Westerham Brewery


Draught beer available again in Westerham
Draught beer to take away is available once again in Westerham. The Market Stores - Nisa in Westerham is stocking draught beer straight from the cask in 2, 4 and 8 pint containers with prices from £2.20 per pint.  It is the perfect place to pick up a Westerham beer to go with your dinner or for a night in with friends. They also stock the full range of our bottled beers and 5 or more different beers in 9 pint minicasks.

Pop in to see Alan, who ran our Beer Discoveries store before greedy landlords closed us down! He knows what he's talking about when it comes to our beer.

Beer for home delivery
A quick reminder that we have changed our off-sales arrangements.  We will deliver beer to most post codes within 30 miles of the brewery.  If you live within 10 miles of the brewery we will deliver to your home Tuesday to Friday. Points beyond are on selected days of the week.  You must allow 1 1/2 days minimum between order and delivery - an order placed before noon on Monday will be delivered on Wednesday earliest.  Please call the Brewery to place your order.

You can also collect beer from our two pubs 7 days a week during opening hours for no extra charge.  What a great excuse for a quick pint while you are collecting your contraband! For full details please see the Buying Beer page on our website.

All our regular and seasonal beers can be supplied, subject to availability, in 9 pint minicasks, 18 pint minipins and 36 pint polypins.  Please order well in advance to avoid disappointment, remembering that we need at least 36 hours notice for all draught beer orders.

Best wishes!

Robert Wicks

CONTACT US
Westerham Brewery Co. Ltd
Grange Farm,
Pootings Road
Crockham Hill
Edenbridge, Kent TN8 6SA

 

 

 

 Kings Arms Hotel

 

 

General Wolfe Public House

For more information visit www.thewolfe.co.uk.

 

Grasshopper on the Green

 

 GrasshopperInn at Moorhouse

 

 

 

 

Churchill School

"We are delighted that our school has been officially recognised by Ofsted as a ‘Good’ school in all areas. This is a significant improvement from the previous inspection and reflects the determination and commitment from staff, Governors, children and parents to raise standards at Churchill. We are especially proud of this achievement as Ofsted have raised the bar under the new inspection framework.

I started as Headteacher at Churchill C of E Primary School in September 2012 and staff have embraced many changes in a short period of time to be able to make these improvements. There has been a unified vision to improve and our efforts are now evident in both our pupil results and quality of teaching.

We are particularly pleased that Ofsted recognised that our above national achievement is largely due to our quality of teaching. In summer 2013 our Year 6 pupils exceeded levels expected for their age in both English and mathematics and we achieved a particularly high proportion of pupils achieving Level 5 in writing and mathematics.

 We are also thrilled with comments that the Inspection team made about our children demonstrating consistently positive attitudes, good behaviour and are keen and motivated to learn. In addition the Inspectors recognised that all children in Reception get off to a good start.

Leadership and Management were also praised by the Inspectors and Ofsted commented on the strong leadership with a very clear focus on raising achievement and the strong and effective way that Governors both support and challenge the school.

There is a continued determination to improve further and we are now looking forward to working on the areas that Ofsted have recommended."

Alice Early

Headteacher, Churchill C of E Primary School
01959 562197   www.churchill.kent.sch.uk

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Children's Centre

 

 

 

 

Retailers Association

 

 

 





Annie's Attic

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Westerham Schools Reunion

 

Next meeting 20th May Read latest Newsletter
 
 

hoseysch1929   I've also obtained a list of those present in the cast of Hosey 'Night
 School' production of 'A Christmas Carol' in 1929. See photograph.
  They are:-
Back Row J Granville, Jack Bateman, A Sherry, B Austin, F Boreham, D
Payne, John Hooker,
 W Matthews, Mr Forsey (Headmaster), C Hewitt.
  Middle Row V Hollingsworth, M Mills, E Austin, D Penfold, K Medhurst, H
 Webb, M Ashby.
W Pickett, I Burton, H Jupp, R Aley.
  Lower Row A Slaymaker, W Leney, F Haslett, R Waterhouse, T Taylor, G
Keeley.

 

Westerham Loyalty Card

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The Westerham Loyalty Card has launched!Get a stamp every time you spend £10 in one of the participating stores. Once you have 6 stamps, drop it in to Karrisons, Chocs on The Green or The Courtyard to enter the Prize Draw to win a £50 voucher to spend in one of the participating stores!

 Many thanks to Challis & Co, Chartered Certified Accountants in Brewery House, High Street, Westerham for sponsoring the card, and to Sevenoaks Chronicle for inviting us to join the local scheme.

The next Draw will take place shortly and will be reported in the Sevenoaks Chronicle.

RETAILERS PARTICIPATING IN WESTERHAM LOYALTY CARD SCHEME (April 15th 2012)
Amelia Rose;   Beverley Deen Interiors;   Chocs on the Green;   Domecrest Ltd;   Entre Nous Lingerie;
Essential Flooring;    Fringe Benefits;   Grasshopper on the Green;   Hopps Boutique;   Ivy House;
Judy French;   Kent Flower Company;   L A Larratt Butchers;   Manuka Shoes;   Prelude;   The Deli;
The Vintage Home Company;   Touchline Physio;   Tudor Rose Tearooms;   Westerham Dental Spa;
Westerham Green Furniture;   White House Gallery;   Zebra Zebra

 

Westerham Bowls Club

 

 Summer’s well on its way.  Are your thoughts turning to the great outdoors?  Are you looking for an opportunity to take up a new sport and make new friends, whilst increasing your health and well-being?  Why not give BOWLS a try?  Come down to Westerham Bowling Club’s OPEN DAY on Sunday 25th May 2014 between 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m.   Our Green is rolled and ready.  Our friendly members are waiting to welcome you and introduce you to a new experience.  Interested?  You’ll find us in the corner of King George V  Playing Fields, Costells Meadow, Westerham, TN16 1BN.

                          For further details contact Club Secretary Anne Farley 01959 565106

 

 

 

 

Westerham Netball Club

 

Westerham Netball Club is looking for new players to join us for next season, which starts in September. We play at Weald of Kent School Tonbridge on a Tuesday night. We are a long established and very friendly club, we'd love to welcome some new members! If you're interested in joining us please contact Maggie 07765 106361

Air Cadets

Sqn Ldr Paul Saunders, Officer Commanding 2247 (Biggin Hill) Squadron commented “2011 has been a busy year for the Squadron with the cadets experiencing a multitude of activities and gaining numerous proficiencies, the annual presentation of awards is one of the Squadrons many ceremonial events and it’s a great occasion to formally recognise the cadets efforts and achievements throughout the year. Our Wing Commander, Wing Commander Greg Garrod-Bell who is the Officer Commanding of Kent Wing of Air Training Corps, said he was suitably impressed and that Biggin Hill is and remains a flag-ship Squadron for the Corps”.

 

Westerham Sea Cadets Corps

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If any one between the age of 10-18 would like to join us, we meet on a Tuesday and Thursday between 7-9pm, at The Drill Hall High Street, Westerham, phone: 01959565006, or  email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

. If you would like more information about the Westerham Sea Cadets they can be contacted on 01959 565006 or email

Check us out on www.ms-sc.org   and follow the link to Westerham unit, or just turn up at the Drill Hall in the High Street on a Tuesday or Thursday evening from 6.45pm.
PO J Dean
1st Lt./TO
Westerham SCC
The Westerham Sea Cadet Corps is a registered Charity and part of a nationwide voluntary youth organisation for young adults aged 12 - 18. We also recruit Junior Cadets aged 10 - 12.
Cadets will learn valuable skills and have the opportunity to gain qualifications that future employers view in high regard, such as first aid, DofE and BTECTraining is based around a nautical theme, with cadets experiencing both indoor and outdoor lessons, in a variety of subjects.

During the summer, cadets get the chance to go boating, whereas in the winter, cadets tend to work more towards their chosen specialisations and proficiencies, such as cook steward, seamanship and shooting.

Westerham Sea Cadets is one of the newest units having been started in 2005. They currently have around 25 cadets and juniors, and have participated in local and community events such as the Jubilee Celebrations, Scarecrow Festival and Remembrance Day.

The unit is currently looking urgently for volunteers to assist the Unit Management Committee – a desperate need for a treasurer, secretary and others to assist in the fund raising activities the unit needs to continue working and providing valuable skills to their members and also services to the local community. If you have some spare time and would like to help out please contact the unit on 01959 565006 or email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Unit is looking forward to hearing from you to help us continue in our valuable work !

Thank you – Ana Hughes Chair Unit Management Committee on behalf of the Staff and the Unit members

 

Beavers

After the retirement of their long standing leader, Christine Reiman, Westerham Beaver Colony are desperate to find a replacement. The mixed group of boys and girls meet on a Wednesday evening and enjoy arts and crafts mixed in with some fun and games, all of which contributes to their badge scheme. Currently the colony has a temporary leadership team under the guidance of Helen Hutchinson- however, due to commitments she can only continue until the summer holidays.The colony has been running for a number of years now and has won its fair share of awards within the district. The umbrella group, 17th Sevenoaks boasts a fantastic headquarters, vans and state of the art training equipment. If anyone is interested in giving a couple of hours a week to help these youngsters please call 07836 694627 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 

Brownies and Rainbows

Brownies are not running at present

We meet on Tuesdays 6:15 pm - 7:30pm at Churchill School.
Rainbows are ages 5 - 7 and Brownies are for ages 7 -10.
We have a range of activities with lots of badges to do from agility to watersports. The Brownies usually spend a week away in August at a farm near East Grinstead with lots of outdoor activities like archery, bungee trampolining and abseiling.
New members warmly welcomed! 
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information... or call 01959 569620.

 

 

Cancer Research

 

 

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Friends of the Long Pond Association

 

 

 

 

Westerham (Darenth) Womens Institute

 

Womens Institute

The Westerham (Darenth) Womens Institute holds meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 7.45pm in Westerham Hall. In addition we hold social meetings

On the first Wednesday of each month, 2pm December - February and 7.45pm for the rest of the year, also in Westerham Hall. We have a varied programme of talks, outings, social evenings and suppers, all for an annual fee of £32. We are welcoming new members: please feel free to come along to one of our meetings! For more information see the What's or contact Hazel Cook T: 01959 562886

 

Bonneval Association

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The Westerham-Bonneval Association was founded over 50 years ago to foster relationships between individuals and organisations in Westerham and its twin town, Bonneval. Exchange visits are made annually, the host country organising a programme of culture and friendship.
Membership of the association costs £5 per household per annum and all members are kept in touch via a regular newsletter. For more information contact Dave Campbell 01959 565655 Visiter le site internet de Bonneval

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Westerham- Bonneval Town Twinning Visit 2013

Twinning relationships between towns can be found recorded on town signs, but what are they? The concept began after the Second World War as a way to encourage people from different countries to forge links and through establishing friendships, foster greater understanding of each other. So in the age of advanced technology and social networking, what can twinning offer?

In Westerham there is a long established link with the small town of Bonneval, situated about an hour and a half south east of Paris. Originally based on the friendly rivalry between the towns’ football teams, the relationship has lasted for more than 50 years with annual visits alternating between the two communities.

The essence of the Westerham – Bonneval twinning is friendship; enjoying long established relationships and building new ones; (marriages have even taken place). Last thursday, a group travelled across the channel to attend the annual town twinning reunion.  Our hosts welcomed us to their homes and had arranged a busy programme. With the reputation for great food, wine and cheese, we were never going to be hungry and the meals were superb throughout the weekend. The programme included a visit to Château du Clos Lucé in Amboise, the home of Leonardo di Vinci from 1516 -1519, when he died. The artist worked up until his death on a range of projects and the property has an exhibition of some of his engineering projects. A leisurely lunch and the opportunity to wander the old town, shopping or exploring the other sites completed the day.

Saturday evening was spent at the Moulin de Cloyes, situated on the bank of the River Loir. With another meal, good company and an evening of music and dancing we partied late into the evening.

On Sunday morning, we stood with our hosts for a short service at the Bonneval War Memorial to lay flowers and a wreath to remember those who lost their lives in the two World Wars. This simple service was followed by a simple civic reception, where good wishes and gifts were exchanged. One of the stages of the 2012 Tour de France took place in Bonneval last year and gifts associated with the event were particularly poignant for the British as Bradley Wiggins was the race winner. A farewell brunch brought the weekend to a close with a promise to meet next year in Westerham.

The Westerham – Bonneval Association is a well-established organisation and would welcome new members to join in the exchanges. If you would like more information please contact Pamela Williamson 0n 01959 572904

 

 

NSPCC  Westerham and Crockham Hill District

 

 

Westerham Theatre Club

Are you interested in Theatre? Want to gain more from your Theatre-going? Like to socialise and share ideas? Come and join us! 

  • see interesting plays and shows locally and in London
  • meet like-minded people, discuss and review
  • benefit from Group Rates, if available
  • make friends, have fun!

Westerham Theatre Club members come from all over town, and like mixing with other theatre-goers. Enjoy the best local and London Theatre has to offer in the company of friendly residents and neighbours of Westerham. 

We aim to organise regular outings at Group prices: to do this we have a cut-off payment date for bookings, but there are often returns available as the outing approaches, so do join the waiting list if you've missed a booking date!  We also aim to offer coach travel from Westerham, when performances are in the evening. If you are not currently a member, do join us - we have a varied programme of shows and plays coming up, from musical treats to more challenging opportunities. And all in the company of friends.

 The first quarter of the year has seen us attending quite a few musicals, the latest being Dirt Rotten Scoundrels starring Robert Lindsay and Samantha Bond, which was just excellent - far better than the film which some of us remember! The Weir, a rambling ghost story was the only serious note - but then we needed some light relief through the dreary first few months of the year.  

 Coming up we have a couple of Royal Shakespeare Company adaptations of Hilary Mantel's Tudor dramas and then our summer picnic outing to Hever Castle to see a local production of Henry Benton's Anne Boleyn. The committee will shortly be looking at more purchases to lighten the Tudor load a little, and welcomes fresh ideas, and new members, so watch the website for new outings. http://westerhamtheatreclub.weebly.com/

 Some 35 members, old and new, attended our second AGM in February in the excellent upstairs space of The Grasshopper on The Green. Everyone had a complimentary glass of wine or pint of beer, and thus refreshed we got through the business of the day very rapidly. Accounts, showing a small but healthy surplus, were approved, the Committee was re-elected, and appealed for scouts, or show ideas - all suggestions welcome! We then reviewed the results of a survey previously conducted to see how members felt about the 20 shows that had been seen during the past 12 months. Getting joint top marks were The Judas Kiss and The Curious Incident, but close behind was The National Youth Ballet at Guildford,which many had attended. Bottom of the pile came A Chorus Line. Best attended was The Buddy Holly Story where 30 went to Bromley. We then had a lively and useful discussion ranging from what types of show we might see to pricing, venues, transport and beyond. All of this of value to the Committee going forward. Joining the Westerham Theatre Club gets you on the mailing list for our outings as they are planned. The cost is £5 each or £8 for a couple, per annum (plus £6 to cover postage costs for those not on email); there is the option to go to as many or as few productions as you choose. If you'd like to talk it through, please ring Alicia on 01959 563763. View our forthcoming outings at http://westerhamtheatreclub.weebly.com/

 Check out our outings on the Westerham Theatre Club website!   

 
 

 

Westerham Chess Club

 

 

Side Saddle Association - Area 8 .

Interested in riding a horse on a Side Saddle? Please do not hesitate to contact: Angela Wells 01959-532191 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Rowena Zelley on 07765148221. Website: http://www.stripeycats.org.uk/sidesaddle8/index.html

 

Flawless Jewellery

Flawless Jewellery. Officially one of the hottest jewellers in the country.

Flawless Jewellery


21 High Street,

Westerham, Kent, TN16 1RA
01959 569 612
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Read article from February  News Shopper.
 

Press Release – January 2014.

Flawless Jewellery one of 50 Inspiring Independents 2013!

Flawless Jewellery have been named as number 45 of 50, in Retail Jeweller magazine’s Inspiring Independents (UK and Ireland, 2013). This is a huge achievement for the family-run business and tops off a fantastic year for them., 

The list was created by Retail Jeweller magazine, a leading industry magazine distributed around the country.

Inspiring Independent’s was created in 2011 for the retailers, by the retailers. The list of 50 businesses was shortlisted by the Retail Jeweller team, be it for creating bigger stores, those who champion ethics, those who managed to translate their stores into successful websites or for those who simply do everything to the highest possible standard. 

The order of each was voted for by the individual businesses themselves, as they are the ones who know what it really takes to become a successful independent retailer.

Proprietor, and Diamond Mounter, Robert Bicknell says “Being nominated for and voted as one of Britain’s most inspiring independents is a real honour. It is an unbelievably proud achievement for myself and Flawless Jewellery, and we are thrilled to have been recognized as so!”

Although Rob has been in the trade for 25 years, his first Flawless Jewellery boutique was only born 6 years ago, after he relocated from a Hatton Garden workshop.

Flawless Jewellery now has two stores in Kent, specialising in handmade and bespoke pieces. It has leapt from small, local jewellers to one of the country’s hottest properties in a matter of months.

This relatively new business has already experienced a series of professional highlights, including a high profile introduction to Her Majesty the Queen in 2012, achieving Professional Jeweller magazine’s Hot 100 status 2013, and celebrating Robert’s 25th year in the jewellery industry. 

With Flawless Jewellery now confirmed as an Inspiring Independent boutique, which rounds off a spectacular year for them, their place as one of the jewellery industry’s finest is now cemented.  

Contact: Shannon Urwin at - 02084675862 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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Chartwell

HRH The Prince of Wales presented with 2013 Sir Winston Churchill Award. Press Release  

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Quebec House

  More rooms are opening so we need more VOLUNTEERS can you help?

Volunteers - Click here for more

Three new rooms are being refurbished and will be opened to the public soon – The Edwardian Study, Mrs Wolfe’s Kitchen and the Housekeeping Room. When I was introduced to volunteering at Quebec House by a friend, I realised that the many happy hours I had spent in National Trust properties were largely thanks to the thousands of volunteers throughout the country. Quebec House isn’t a rich stately home but makes up for it by the warmth of welcome from its volunteers. Volunteers are there to welcome visitors, make sure they are safe and help them enjoy their visit rather than be experts in history. For example some visitors take their pictures dressed in 18 century cloaks, feel the weight of the replica musket or try their hand at eighteenth century pastimes in the drawing room. Most volunteers offer on average one afternoon every fortnight and we all enjoy being part of the team. We normally have 5 volunteers in the house during opening hours (1 to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday) and need extra volunteers for the new rooms. If you would like to visit and find out more about volunteering with us please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call into Quebec House.

For more information call 01959567430 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quebechouse

 

 

Westerham Society

WESTERHAM FLOWERS

The Westerham Society Floral Fantasia has expanded its interest beyond hanging baskets this year. We have added 3 - 6 foot perennial fragrant jasmine towers to the High Street, located at Market Square, outside the George and Dragon and one in front of Costa Coffee. 3000 Dutch Master daffodils were planted in the Autumn and will adorn various sections of Westerham this Spring and beyond. Each year the Floral Fantasia project, overseen by JoAnn Sheekey of the Westerham Society, needs to raise £6500+ for baskets, new plantings, feeding, watering and maintenance. We will be most appreciative of your kind support again in 2013. For further details please contact JoAnn Sheekey 01959 561261

 

Virtual Museum 

We’re trying to save Westerham’s past for future generations. 

This town has an amazing amount and variety of history. We have lots of incredible material on Westerham’s past but sadly there is no chance of having an actual museum. Thanks to people lending us albums and all sorts of memorabilia, which we are copying and returning: the collection is growing all the time. This means that fascinating local family history is being saved for the future. We need to put all this fantastic information on to a virtual museum website. We are putting together a Heritage Lottery Fund application and, within this, giving evidence on local interest.
We'd be very grateful if you'd be kind enough to fill in the Survey, so that we can demonstrate demand, which can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RYDF37N 

 

Detail of forthcoming Westerham Society and other events

                        

                           
 
 
Friday 14th February, 8pm, Westerham Hall, “Westerham Press  - an innovative history” - Lecture by Francis Atterbury
 
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Rowley Atterbury founded the Westerham Press which from its early post war beginnings in Biggin Hill moved to a purpose built site in Westerham in 1965. The Westerham Press name became synonymous with innovation and also fostered publicity for the town itself. Rowley was passionate about design and printing; he was closely associated with the advance of colour printing and in the development of the application of computers to type-setting.
The Westerham Press was set up to do sound, well-designed work for customers in commerce and industry as well as technical and scientific work in the principal European languages. Customers included a wide range of big names from the local Bromley Building Society to Penguin Books and the British Council. In the 80’s Westerham Press was acquired by a large print and media group but Rowley Atterbury continued the work of the Hurtwood Press which is still in business today under the guidance of his son Francis.
 
Friday 14th March, 8pm, Westerham Hall – “A social history of Westerham” – Lecture by Bill Curtis
 
Local resident Bill Curtis published his first work in 2012 called “Westerham, a social and commercial history 1865 – 1915 “ which is full of intriguing anecdotes, historical pictures and stories of a bygone age on life and the people of this rural community during the period. The book contains fascinating detail on building usage, the development of social activities via public houses, cinemas, town halls and community spaces as well as the impact of the railways, schooling, power, sanitation and the outbreak of WW1.
 
Bill is now working on a further book and gathering material much of which is via the recollections of people in the town.   
                   
 
2014 subscription fees
 
We are fast approaching 2014 and we would like to remind those of you that use standing orders to settle their 2014 membership in the coming months by setting up or amending your standing order instruction from January 2014.
 
It is a great help to the smooth running of the subscriptions if members opt for the Standing Order method. A form for your bank is available on the website or you could simply use the following key information:
 
Westerham Society ; Sort code 20-76-55 ; Account 63709892  ; Barclays Bank


After agreement at the 2013 AGM, annual subscription rates for 2014 are £12 for an individual and £22 per family. For any assistance, please contact Jacs Taylor-Smith using the details below.
 

Email reminder

 
If you use email, please provide the Society with your email address to enable a more efficient and cost effective means of communicating with you. Please send your email address to Jacs Taylor-Smith at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The Society will email you the newsletter and other information relating to the Society. Your email address will not be divulged to any third party.

 

The Westerham Society Diary for 2013 and early 2014 in brief
 
Unless stated to the contrary, all meetings are free for members and £5 for guests and will be held at 7.30pm for 8pm in Westerham Hall, Quebec Avenue, Westerham. Guests are most welcome.
 

Date Event
Saturday 30th November Annual Sir Winston Churchill Dinner at Chartwell, with Sandy Gall
Friday 13th December Christmas Social at The Manor House, 7.30-10.00pm
Friday 17th January Lecture “The Best of Kent” – by Kevin Reynolds of Crockham Hill
Friday 14th February Lecture “Westerham Press” – innovation & history by Francis Atterbury
Friday 14th March Lecture  “ Westerham’s Social History” – by local resident Bill Curtis
Sunday 20th or 27th April (tbc) St. George’s Day Breakfast at the George and Dragon, 9.30 – 11am
Sunday 4th May Beating The Bounds – Westerham’s premier ‘walk’ event & barbeque

 
 
Westerham Society Contacts :
 
Gordon Rodgers, Westerham Society Chairman’s details are c/o The Westerham Society, 2 Yew Tree Mews, Market Square Westerham TN16 1BF, on telephone number 01959 564140 or at email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Jane Dodd is the Westerham Society secretary and her contact details are c/o The Westerham Society, at 3 Saxon Hill, Westerham TN16 1HH, on telephone number 07721 918002 or at email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
For information on events you can contact Mitch Young c/o The Westerham Society, at 1 Croft Hall, Off London Road, Westerham TN16 1BD, on telephone number 01959 561073 or at email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
The membership secretary, Jacs Taylor-Smith, can be contacted at c/o The Westerham Society, The Old Barn, Dunsdale, Westerham TN16 1QL, on telephone number 01959 561265 or at email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
The Westerham website is at www.visitwesterham.org.uk
Don’t forget the Society’s web site is at www.westerhamsociety.org.uk

 

 Have you got any memorabilia about Westerham?

As part of a virtual museum initiative, The Westerham Society is inviting anyone who has material of historic interest relating to the town to lend them to our local historian, Bill Curtis. Bill has a solid track-record in conservation and will ensure your personal mementos, photographs and letters are returned intact following high-resolution scanning and photography. He is also progressing an oral history project to digitally record the memories that older residents have of the town between the wars and up to the early 1960s.

Please, if you feel you can help with memorabilia and memories, do contact Bill direct on 01959 564428 or through www.pasttimespress.co.uk or lodge your interest with us at ‘Visit Westerham.’

 

Chairman: Gorden Rodgers                                                                             Secretary: Jane Dodd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Westerham Society is a civic society open to people of all ages who share an interest in Westerham and the surrounding countryside. In addition to hosting a series of interesting talks, visits and social events, the society aims to protect the beauty and character of Westerham and the surrounding countryside. It takes action on relevant issues and represents its members on matters which might impact on the welfare or development of the town.

 
For more details of events and how to join the Society, please contact Jane Dodd This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to www.westerhamsociety.org.uk

Get Involved
The Society is run by volunteers. Even if you do not want to stand on the committee, we need volunteers to help with running Society projects, help at lectures, run stalls at local events, maintain the Co-op garden and to represent the society at planning meetings. It does not matter if you can only lend a hand from time to time; your help is most welcome. If you are interested, please make contact.
Email reminder
If you use email, please provide the Society with your email address to enable a more efficient and cost effective means of communicating with you. The Society will email you the newsletter and other information relating to the Society. Your email address will not be divulged to any third party.
Promotional Material
If you would like some Westerham Society leaflets to distribute, please collect some at a lecture or from Taylor-Smith Antiques at the Grange.
Suggestions on talks and activities
We have received some excellent suggestions on potential events and talks and they have made their way into the Society’s programme with great success. We always welcome these, so please contact us with any thoughts.

 

Biggin Hill and Westerham Lions Club                       

BIGGIN HILL & WESTERHAM LIONS CLUB Incorporating Charity Trust Fund No: 294654 Press Officer: Malcolm Lowing, 4 Foxearth Close, Biggin Hill, Kent, TN16 3HQ Phone 01959 576628 (home) 07790 279886(mobile) Details of an exciting joint project between Lions Clubs in South East England and Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Press Release. We will also be supporting the appeal with a bucket shake at Sainsbury's Otford on 8th & 9th February. If you need anything else - please don't hesitate to contact me on 07790279886 on 01959576628.

The Lions need new members to help continue their good work in the community. So if your new years resolution is to: Get out more; Make new friends; Get more involved in your local community; Use your skills for the benefit of others; Develop new skills.

Then phone Malcolm Lowing on 01959 576628 or visit www.bigginlions.2ya.com to find out more.(Willingness to stand around in freezing conditions shaking a bucket an advantage!)

 

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)

 

 

 

 

 

Westerham Junior Sea Cadets

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On Saturday 2nd June we were privileged to go and watch the rehearsal of the Trooping of the Colour at Horse Guards Parade, it was amazing to see how it all runs smoothly even in the rehearsal.
Up bright and early on the Sunday for the Cadets to help set up a sweet and cake stall on the green, as well as preparing the unit for a bbq after the events on the green had finished, we set up 'work stations' showing just some of the 'specialisations' the cadets can qualify in, we had a marine engineering table - where they could take an engine apart and re-build it as well as learn about circuits. We had a seamanship table - showing how to do different knots as well as decorative rope work, some even managed to make their own key rings or bracelets. We also had a cook/steward area where cadets showed off their knife skills and different napkin folds and a first aid area complete with a rhesus annie. We invited along the neighbours and were extremely pleased to see so many of them, the cadets took great pride in showing them around the unit, explaining what we do.
The highlight of the day on Sunday was the band and pt display (which was choreographed by a young PO who himself started as a junior sea cadet nearly 10 years ago) and getting some of the audience involved.
To round of our part in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations we were asked to take part in the beacon lighting by Mr John Ward.
It does not stop for us as next weekend the cadets will be taking part in a district rowing competition, next week we start boating a Chipstead lake as well as preparing for our annual Royal Naval Parade, the cadets are inspected by the area officer, they will do a display for all the visiting officers, members of the committee as well as parents, supporters and friends of the unit.
This is just a brief outline of the next month, to list all what the cadets do/can do would take forever, it is fair to say that no matter what an individual is interested in the Sea Cadets has something for them, as they get older they have the opportunity to do BETEC, Duke of Edinburgh Award, (in fact I am off to Australia with a group of Sea Cadets to assess a gold expedition which they have raised the funds for themselves).
All the boating we do whether it is sailing, kayaking, rowing, windsurfing all the qualifications they gain are recognised outside the Sea Cadet Corps.
We are always looking for new cadets and staff to come along to the unit - adults do not to have any military training although this is obviously an advantage. if any one wishes to contact us they can do so on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01959565006 or myself PO Jan Dean on 07534455903.
On a sad note the cadets also formed a 'funeral guard' for Mr Cyril Edwards who was the last survivor of off HMS Gallant whom we are named after, the family asked for donations rather than flowers all the donations are to go to Westerham Sea Cadets

Who says life for a 10 -18 year old is boring! All this as well as our normal 2 nights at the unit and band on a Friday. Interested? Come and join in and have some serious fun.

Westerham Sea Cadets (12 – 18 year olds) parade on Tuesday and Thursday nights 19.00 – 21.00, And Junior Sea Cadets (10 – 12 year olds) on Thursday 19.00 – 21.00 at The Drill Hall, High Street, Westerham. If you are interested in joining us and having some serious fun, come along - or contact LT SCC (RNR) John Ingram 07967139926, PO SCC Jan

Dean-Roberts 07534455903 or visit us on http://www.sea-cadets.org/westerham/home.

Westerham Amateur Dramatics Society

THE CHERRY ORCHARD

  Park ViewWESTERHAM   HALL
7th – 10th May 2014
Doors open:  7.30 p.m.  Curtain-up:  8.00 p.m.
Licensed Bar
Our Spring production is Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard directed by Marli Bailey. We will be using Tom Stoppard’s acclaimed 2009 Old Vic translation which keeps to the original setting but injects the language with fresh insights and brings out the comedy. In short Chekhov for a modern audience.

The play takes place at the ancestral home of Madame Ranevskya. She is returning after five years living abroad. Everything appears just as she remembers but hers is a diminishing world. The extensive and beautiful Cherry Orchard is to be sold off to pay her mounting debts. The insistent warnings of Lopakhin, a peasant’s son, now a wealthy businessman, go unheeded. It soon transpires that more than the family estate is at risk. In the words of Trofimov, the eternal student, “the whole of Russia is our Orchard”.

Chekhov’s final and best loved play is a poignant reminder of the slow-rolling change that came to ahead with the Russian Revolution in 1917.

Performance dates 7th – 10th May 2014 at Westerham Hall. Buy tickets,
£8.50 (£6.50 under 16s), at Karrison Estate Agent or on line here.
 
 
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STUDIO WADS

Following its approval at the AGM, we are delighted to introduce STUDIO WADS - a new idea, open to all Members, to extend the Society’s repertoire and activity through small-scale performances outside of our main productions. Studio performances could include:


• A reading or performance of any play – from scripts or books down, either is fine

• A themed reading from plays, poetry and/or prose

• A ‘bring your favourite piece’ evening

• Radio and TV scripts

• Performances/readings of work written by Members

They’re intended to take place in locations other than on the Hall’s main stage and although budgets will be tightly controlled, the scope of STUDIO WADS is not – the above are just suggestions, so be as imaginative and creative as you like.

STUDIO WADS will also give new and/or young directors a chance to cut their teeth (the minimum age has been set at 16); allow Members to perform (and watch) plays that would not be suitable and/or financially viable for a main production; road test potential plays for a main production and help build our audience for main productions. We want to make STUDIO WADS open and simple and for as many Members as possible to take part.

Therefore:

• A Studio proposal does NOT have to take into account the size of its likely audience and proposals will therefore not be vetoed on these grounds

• You do not need to be an experienced director – first-timers are welcome

• While the Proposer must be a Member of WADS, participants do not have to be – it’s a good opportunity to let potential new members find out what we’re about

• A Studio performance does not need to have an open audition. Members are encouraged to approach and talk with each other to put a proposal together.

Alternatively, a Member can submit a suggestion which the Committee will circulate asking interested Members to contact the Proposer direct

• Admission to a Studio performance will generally be free. Please note that the public performance of any entire work in copyright will attract a licence fee whether or not there is an admission charge. The Committee will arrange and fund this, though, very occasionally, the work of a particular author may prove to be prohibitively expensive

• The Committee will:

▫ Book and pay for any hired space. Members are free to check the Hall’s availability via Rita Wilson, the Hall Manageress ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), but please do not confirm any booking

▫ Arrange to meet you at the Hall if costumes and/or technical equipment are required

▫ Forward a Press Release (draft to be supplied by the Proposer) to our usual press contacts

• If the performance is to take place in somebody’s home, then that person naturally has the right to restrict attendance to WADS Members only

To ensure there are as many Studio productions as possible, we need to minimise costs. To this end, Studio performances will take place in low cost venues – typically, but not exclusively, Westerham Hall’s front meeting room. You are free to choose other venues subject to costs. We will be asking for actors to pay for their own script and if the work is in copyright, official scripts MUST be bought – no photocopying or Internet downloads. Costumes, props, lighting and/or sound equipment must come from stock and it is assumed that rehearsals will take place in private homes, not in rented space. A Studio performance will generally be ‘for one night only’. Finally, the timing of Studio performances cannot compromise any aspect of a main production – the Committee will advise of any conflict.

INTERESTED?

Unless you are asking for more than the cost of hire for the performance venue and/or the initial meeting, you will generally not be asked to present your proposal at a Committee Meeting. Although there is no official form to fill in, we will need the following information from anyone interested in organising a Studio performance:

▫ Name and contact details

▫ Details of the performance - title & author or information on the contents and whether it is to be a reading or a performance

▫ What, if any, costume and/or technical equipment you may require

▫ Location for the performance (and hire charge if not Westerham Hall’s front meeting room)

▫ Proposed timing – we will confirm whether or not there is a clash with the Society’s other activities

▫ Whether you are putting the cast together or would like the Committee to send out a call to action on your behalf. If the latter, we will arrange and pay for Westerham Hall’s front meeting room to be available for an initial meeting with interested Members

▫ Whether or not the general public as well as Members is to be invited

▫ Your experience if you haven’t directed a WADS’ production. Please, please, please do not let this put you off – we really do want to encourage new directors Please e-mail your proposal to me and I will circulate it to the Committee. We will get back to you within a week.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or simply want to talk an idea through and do let us have your ideas of what you’d like to see.

Over to you…

Mark de Angeli

Studio WADS Co-Ordinator

On behalf of the Main Committee

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

01732 866443

PS: Please do not commit to any costs until your proposal and budget has been approved - the Society is under no obligation to pay costs incurred prior to approval.

 

For further information, please contact Tony Lincoln on 01959 562106

Cecily Stiles - Secretary

 WADS YOUTH 

 

 The Youth Theatre Committee

Contact: Cecily Stiles (WADS Secretary)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Chartwell Branch TCC (UK)

We started the year with a meeting at Chartwell on 23rd February with a talk by Allen Packwood, Executive Director of The Churchill Centre UK and the Churchill Archives. In April we will hold our AGM and ‘KBO” Churchill Quiz, this will be at The Grasshopper on The Green in Westerham. We also plan to organise a trip to the Churchill archives in Cambridge, date and time to follow.

We have just arranged an additional meeting for 22nd May. This will be a talk by Dr Wyn Beasley who is visiting from New Zealand, about Sir Winston's various sea voyages and will be held at Chartwell.
      Mention is made of this together with biographical details of Dr Beasley in our last newsletter but any more information you may need just get in touch.

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To join please contact our Chairman, Nigel Guest: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

 St Mary's Heritage Trust

Day of Music

 In conjunction with the Rotary’s Fair on The Green, Saturday 17th May the Day of Music. View Poster. You can buy tickets by following the link from here BUY TICKETS or at Karrison Estate Agents (cash/cheques only) in the Market Square, Westerham

In St Mary’s Church and on The Green

During the day:

9:30 a.m. St Mary’s Bells will ring

10:.15am to 12:30 pm Performances by local school choirs in the Church

12.30 pm St Mary’s Church Choir sing in the Church

2pm to 4.30pm Visit the Bell Tower, see the bells.....and the view !

2:30 pm The Stompers play Traditional Jazz on The Green

3.15 pm Sea Cadets Band on The Green

3.45 pm The Stompers— on The Green

Refreshments by “Sound of Eating” in the church all day Trust’s bric-a-brac stall on The Green

 Michael Coates Jazz Quartet

5:30 p.m.

Celebration Concert in Church

 

Tickets £15 (members £13, children under 16 £6) available on line at www.stmarysheritagetrust.org.uk , or at Karrison, Market Square

St Mary’s Westerham Heritage Trust

Preserving our past for today and tomorrow

 

 

St Mary's Church

 

Follow is a list of Services and events at St Mary’s Church as I have them:   
5th April  Quarterly meeting of the bellringers KCACR from 3 p.m.
6th April  8 a.m. Holy Communion
                10.30 a.m.  Family Serviceth April Annual Parochial Church Meeting 8 p.m. in John Fryth room
13th April Palm Sunday 8 a.m. Holy Communion
               10.30 a.m. Holy Communion starting on The Green (King’s Klub)
17th April  Maundy Thursday service in JF room 7.30 p.m.
18th April Good Friday Children’s workshop and service from 10.00 a.m.
               Service at the Cross  (Raising of the Easter Cross) from 1 p.m.
               Sequence of readings, hymns and anthems at 6.30 p.m.
19th April Holy Saturday – renewal of baptism vows at 8.00 p.m.
20th April EASTER DAY  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion
               10.30 a.m.  Family Communion with hymns and anthem
27th April  8 a.m.  Holy Communion
               10.30 a.m. Holy Communion (King’s Klub for children)

Margaret Webb - Verger

 

Musical Director Westerham Schools Music Festival                                                

The North Downs Guild of Music is delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Jane Maxwell as its new Musical Director. Jane has considerable experience in teaching music to primary aged children over many years, and is currently Music Co-ordinator at Bromley Road Infant School. She holds a masters degree in music and is currently a member of 3 choirs. We look forward to her taking up her duties in September to prepare primary children locally for the Annual Festival Concert which is held each March in St Mary's Church Westerham."

 

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St John the Baptist Catholic Church

 Fr Aquilina  Telephone 01959 563226 www.westerhamcatholic.com

 

 

Westerham Congregational Church


Further details are on our website:westerhamcongregationalchurch.co.uk or telephone 01959 563148.  Pastor Phil Sutton

Westerham Scout Group

 

Westerham Scouts December 2013 Report

.A number of the scouts recently visited Biggin Hill airfield to have a go at landing a plane - in the simulator.  Later in December Quintus took a party of boys to the Science Museum and the Royal Albert Hall travelling by train and underground. They had a questionnaire to answer at the museum where they found lots of hands on activities and at the Albert Hall they sung carols and Christmas songs with the London Concert Orchestra. A good time was had by one and all safely arriving back at Oxted station at 8.20 p.m. after a full day of fun and they all gained by the experience.

The Cubs and Beavers enjoyed Christmas Parties at the Scout HQ

 

 

 

Rotary Wheel

Westerham's Rotary Club

WESTERHAM'S ROTARY CHURCHILL COMMEMORATION DINNER - NO. 50.

Pictured: Members of the Rotary Club of Yvetot with Mr. Randolph Churchill - far left - Westerham Rotary's President, Terry Cartwright and the Hon. Rupert Soames,O.B.E.) and fourth (President Terry Cartwright - with Chain of Office - and the Hon. Rupert Soames,O.B.E.

Over 160 Rotarians from all over the South East were joined by members of the Rotary Club of Yvetot (Normandy) on the evening of Tuesday 26th. November, to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of the late Sir Winston Churchill. The great man was an Honorary Member of Westerham's Rotary Club, and an annual Dinner has been held for the past 50 years to mark his birthday. Speakers closely associated with Churchillian matters and affairs have been found to regale diners with a wide range of topics and themes. This year's rather special Dinner was held at Park Wood Golf Club, Tatsfield; the menu was typically British, suitably Churchillian, and the Golf Club's high standards of catering met with the approval of all. In the past, the occasion has attracted speakers of a very high calibre indeed. The political world has been represented by the late Lord Shinwell, the late Enoch Powell and Ann Widdecombe; the journalistic world by the late Lord (Bill) Deedes and Mark Webster, the family by the late Mr. Winston Churchill, Nicholas Soames, M.P. and Randolph Churchill, and other luminaries associated with the great man, such as Sir John Colville, Sir David Pitblado, Oscar Nemon and Mr. Robert Hardy. To make this dinner just a little more memorable, a message of Loyal Greetings was sent to the Queen, informing her that the first Prime Minister of her reign was still very much remembered in Westerham; the Club was honoured to receive a most gracious reply from Buckingham Palace.

 This year the speaker was the Hon. Rupert Soames,O.B.E., grandson of Sir Winston and younger brother of the M.P., Nicholas Soames. He gave an interesting, informed and thought-provoking address, interspersed with wit which can only be described as Churchillian, and which was extremely well-received. He also kindly agreed to draw the traditional Raffle, and among the prizes was a magnum of Sir Winston's favourite champagne, Pol Roger, "certificated" by Rupert Soames and Randolph Churchill.

 Westerham's Rotarians were delighted to welcome to the dinner 10 members of Yvetot Rotary Club, which has been twinned with the  Westerham Rotary Club for over 50 years, and during the course of the evening the highest award a Rotarian can be given, the Paul Harris Fellowship, was presented to Past President Zena Belton for her service both to the Club, and to the local Rotary District. A considerable sum of money was raised for charity, and Westerham Rotary Club President, Terry Cartwright, professed delight and pride at how enjoyable and interesting the whole evening had been. He also expressed his and the whole Club's gratitude to the dinner's organiser, Past President Robin Greaves for all his work and time expended on making the dinner the great success it was. 

 

Charity Fair on The Green 2013

The Westerham Rotarians are pleased to report another successful Charity Fair on the Green.The weather is all important and although not very Summery was good enough to attract sufficient visitors for those charities we consulted to say they had done pretty well.
 
We had the usual mix of stalls, refreshments, kids' games,etc and entertainment from the ever popular Punch and Judy and Bellydancers. The ambience was enhanced by Romeo with his accordian, plus bubble pistols and baloons. The parking warden paid his usual early visit at a cost to the Scouts and others.
 
As always it was pretty hard work for the Rotarians but very rewarding to see the Town enjoying itself. A good advert for Westerham Rotary which we hope might encourage like-minded people to join us - we're at the Kings Arms every Tuesday.
 

 Rotary meets for an evening meal at The King's Arms in Westerham on the 1st, 3rd and 5th (if there is one) Tuesdays. The alternate Tuesdays are taken up with companionship over a pint and to cover a little "business". More often than not we invite a guest speaker to join us at dinner and we have had some very entertaining evenings covering a wide variety of subjects.vWe are always seeking new members. For anyone who would like to come along to one of our meetings they would be very welcome - a dinner one would be a good place to start - just contact John on 01959 577645 or Terry on 577749.

Inner Wheel Club of Westerham

We  have had a busy year fund raising for local, national and international charities; our cake stall on the green at the May Fair was a sell-out once again and instead of baking we are now trying to design an appropriate outfit for our scarecrow.
President June Ingram thanked all the members for their continued support and hands over to Marie-Louise Gibson for the coming year.

The Inner Wheel was initially formed in 1923 by the wives of Manchester
Rotarians and has grown from that single Club into one of the largest
women’s organisations in the world, with members in 103 countries and
further ones in the process of joining and expanding its numbers. It is now
divided into three levels, firstly the International Inner Wheel, which is self
explanatory, followed by the 29 Districts which form the UK contingent, The
Association if IW Clubs in GB & I and finally flowing into its grassroots, the
smaller units of individual Clubs that operate in towns and villages all over the
British Isles, of which Westerham is one.
Its foundation had a simple conception, it was to promote friendship;
encourage the ideals of personal service and foster international
understanding, and these principles have remained the basis of all IW
activities subsequently. Presently they include meetings at Westerham Hall;
fundraising; inter Clubs which involves journeying to others around the
District and annual rallies that enable all members from any section to meet
one another.
Inner Wheel wishes to extend its friendship to any ladies who are interested
and invites them to contact either Marie-Louise Gibson on 01959 562 468 or
June Ingram on 01959 565 546 for further information.

New members are always welcome, we meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Westerham hall at 6.45pm for an excellent meal followed by a business meeting and sometimes a guest speaker.
For further information please contact Marie-Louise Gibson on 01959 562468  

 

Westerham Sports Association

 
 

 

 

 Westerham Juniors Football Club

Westerham JFC continues to go from strength to strength. For the third consecutive year, last season the club received the Tandridge League Sportsmanship Cup as well as a number of team awards, an unprecedented achievement and one of which the club is justifiably proud. Looking ahead to this season, the Under 15 Wolves team will be looking to repeat their League and Cup double success from last year, whilst we welcome a number of new players to the club; we have a record number of teams competing at all levels from Under 7 through to Under 17, including five teams at under 10! King George's Field will certainly be a hive of activity during weeknight training sessions as well as Saturday mornings when our successful School of Goalkeeping also takes place. The project to create new pitches has progressed well over the summer and we are hopeful that these new areas will soon be swathed in lush, green grass, ready for use in 2014. Pre season training is now underway for many teams with a busy evening of friendly matches against the Dutch Football Academy (a local team, not overseas!) coming shortly. The Tandridge League kicks off on Sunday 15 September and we wish all players, coaches and managers a happy and successful season.

All teams are performing well on the pitch with the Under 14s sitting top of the league having won all eleven of their games this season.

We also have three teams, the Under 9 Wolves, Under 9 Pumas & Under 12s, sitting in second place in their respective leagues.

We are always on the look out for new players in all age groups (from age 4 -18) irrespective of their totalling ability.

We are particularly interested in hearing from parents of children in school years reception & Year 1 who would be interested in joining the colts section for a fun introduction to football on Saturday mornings.

For Recruitment Flyer click on PDF (on right)

Players Wanted at Westerham Junior Football Club

 

Goalkeepers - the goalkeeping school meets every Saturday from 10am -11:30am for training from our FA qualified goalkeeping coaches. The cost is £5 per month which entitles them to attend four 1 ½ hour training sessions. Most members play in goal for a school or club team but beginners of all ages are also welcome.

U5s - There are currently spaces in our fun introduction to football sessions. These sessions are aimed at children who are currently in reception classes at school. The sessions run on Saturday mornings from 10am - 11am. The cost is £5 per month which entitles them to attend four 1 hour sessions.

U17s – New players from school year 12 are required for our oldest youth team who currently play on Sunday mornings in the Tandridge League B division.

All enquires should be directed to Paul Carter E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Telephone: 07770 801584

Please contact Paul Carter on 07770 801584 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Westerham Fine Arts Society

 For 2014 programme Click here

Meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at Westerham Hall 7.30 – 8pm

www.westerhamfinearts.weebly.com

The subject of our April meeting was appropriately Spring-like!   “Tulip Mania” was a most interesting talk, given by Martin Heard, about the extraordinary speculation in tulip bulbs in 17th Century Holland. as their popularity and price escalated to dizzy heights!  This explains why there are so many beautiful floral artworks of that period, featuring tulips in detail – owning a painting was the next best thing to possessing and growing the bulbs!  

 Our next meeting is on Wednesday 14th May when the noted historian William Tyler MBE, will speak about  “Wind in the Willows –the last years of peace before 1914”.

 On Thursday 22nd May a group will meet in London for a Guided Walk with David Thompson  –  “A Memorials Meander” starting at the Cenotaph,  through the Royal Parks, breaking for a snack at the Serpentine Lido and finishing at the Albert Memorial in South Kensington. Walking at a gentle pace, away from the noise of the traffic, examining and learning about the famous and not so well known statues and memorials.  There are a few places still available on this outing, priced £12 – enquiries 01959 569769.

 It’s never too late to join our Society -  www.westerhamfinearts.weebly.com  really interesting - great fun and wonderful value!!  Or come as a visitor - only £4 on the door at Westerham Hall !  We have arranged an interesting itinerary of outings and visits to compliment our new lecture programme.

 Membership is still only £30 single or £50 per couple – extremely good value for eleven meetings!  We cordially invite new members to join us – please contact our membership Secretary Lynn Worrall on 01959 – 569895 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

NSPCC news

If you would like any further information about our events or on the work of the NSPCC please email the secretary on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Westerham Horticultural Society and Westerham Beekeepers News

Family Membership - £5 per year Individual Membership - £3.50 per year You can also renew by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If you would like any further information please contact J Saunders at 563466 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information:
Westerham Beekeepers' Association
Westerham Horticultural Society

Westerham Art Group

 

Spring Exhibition
 
 
Quebec House
Wednesdays to Saturdays 1st March to 27th April
 
 

Westerham Art Group meets,during term time on Monday afternoons at Russell House 2.00pm---4.00pm. New members welcome.
For further details regarding membership please contact Gwen Smith (Secretary) 01959 563110

 

 

 

Hospice in the Weald

Support your local Hospice                         

 

Last year, with the help of our supporters, we raised  £4140  This year we hope to do even better. We take pleasure in presenting some of the fund raising events we are organising. We hope you will put the dates in your diary and enjoy some or all of them. If you have any friends who might be interested please pass on the dairy.

JUNE 8th  SUNDAY -  GOURMET  BRIDGE LUNCH

Westerham Hall 10.30 for 11am start £80 Team/ Table.. Duplicate or Chicago Bridge. Raffle. Contact Sylvia Tonge 01959 564607 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book a table.

 JUNE 27th  FRIDAY - TEA AT THREE  

Home-made scones with strawberries and lots of cream and jam for £5.
Venue: Churchgate, (The house on the left before St Mary’s Church)
The Green Westerham 3-5pm. By kind permission of Ms Jane Hunter.
Bric-a-brac stall.

OCTOBER 31st  FRIDAY - HALLOWEEN FILM NIGHT

Westerham Hall Bar opens 7.30pm, film starts 8pm.
Showing of Mel Brooks’ iconic tale –Young Frankenstein
Raffle.  By kind permission of the Fleapit Cinema.
Tichets including  supper £15 (£10 for Fleapit members)  from Entre Nous

 DECEMBER 1st  MONDAY - LIGHT UP A LIFE SERVICE

St Mary’s Church The Green, Westerham 6.30pm                                                                 

 

Volunteers Wanted

The Hospice Needs You

Volunteers wanted to help run the Hospice in the Weald shop and raise valiable funds. A couple of hours a week helping to sort clothes and donations, and serve customers.
Gain retail experience and get out and meet people: great for bored teenagersneeding work experience.

FULL TRAINING GIVEN. Call 01959 565141 and ask for Jo.

 

 Westerham U3A

Click here for 2014 Calendar of Events

Open Meeting*
2.00-4.00 pm 10 April Westerham Hall
Let's celebrate spring!
 As well as our delicious home-made cakes, there will be a free-of-charge raffle, details of our exclusive 'behind the scenes' tour of Coolings Nursery, and of groups where places have become available.  There will also be information about some of the national events members can attend, and the opportunity to make suggestions for the future of Westerham U3A.
(*We ask for a contribution of £1 towards Hall hire and refreshments - OR of a cake - home-made or otherwise!)
 
Our speaker, Ben Timson, will talk about the ups and downs of being an investigator of accidents, incidents and fires. He will reveal  the sometimes shocking sights seen by an accident investigator  and give an insight into industrial relations within the world of health and safety. He will also talk a little about challenges in his personal life. Check our website for the latest news.
 

 

 Thanks to all who have renewed their membership ...

Over two thirds of you have already renewed your Westerham U3A membership - thank you. Forgotten? Bring your renewal form to our Open Meeting or mail it to: Membership Secretary c/o Fiddler's Field, Croydon Road, Westerham TN16 1TX. 
If you have mislaid your renewal form, you can find one here.

 

 

Do you have suggestions for new groups (could you lead one?), for speakers in 2015, local places you would like to visit?  We will have a SUGGESTIONS BOX at the next meeting, or you can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Don't forget our next coffee morning10.30am on 7th April), will be at the new venue of The Grasshopper on the Green
What do you think of the new venue?

 

 

Tour of The Thames Barrier 20th May
The Science & Technology group leader has organised a tour of the Thames Barrier, with lunch. This is open to all members, the cost is only £17.50 per person.  

 

 Club and Society Information

Westerham U3A now has 200 members with 39 study and interest groups on offer to our members, including Music Appreciation, Military History, Yoga and an Allotment Group.  We are also looking for people with experience of cooking, current affairs, needlework and theatre studies to lead new groups, so if you have skills or expertise in any of these subjects that you are willing to share, please call 01959 562274 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If you are retired or no longer in full time employment and are interested in finding out more about Westerham U3A, you may come as a visitor to our Open Meetings held at the Westerham Hall on the second Thursday each month, or contact the Membership Secretary on 01959 562274 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details

Editors’ notes:

 Westerham U3A is an educational charity that promotes life-long learning for those retired/no longer in full-time employment in Westerham and its surrounding area.

  • Westerham U3A is an educational charity that promotes life-long learning for those retired/no longer in full-time employment in Westerham and its surrounding area.
  • Membership costs £20* (to 31 March 2014).  Group contacts are unpaid volunteers.
  • Westerham is part of a network of around 800 local U3A groups in the UK, with a nationwide membership of 300,000+.
  • More about the University of the Third Age movement at: www.U3A.org.uk (although limited to those no longer in full time paid employment, there is no lower age limit).

 

 

 

West Kent Neighbourhood Watch News

To find out more about the latest updates from the Neighbourhood Watch News
please click here..

You can also check out the latest news from Westerham and Crockham Hill, West Kent Watch in the West Kent Watch here..

 

A Rotary Club World Record ?
 
A second Westerham Rotary Club member will have completed 50 years of membership of the world-wide Rotary movement in August, following in the footsteps of Founder Member, Neville Wells of Limpsfield Chart. He is Past President Peter John, the retired Oxted solicitor who joined the Club at the age of 28. His strongest memories involve helping to move the Club's meetings to the evening (instead of lunching at the King's Arms Hotel), and being a member of the Committee which decided to commemorate the Founder Honorary Member Sir Winston Churchill's birthday, by holding an annual Dinner (the Club will hold its 50th. Commemorative Dinner this November); and the Club's decision to admit ladies to membership.
Remarkably, Rotarian Peter John follows his Welsh father David, an Oxted Rotarian, in clocking up half a century of membership. Is this a British Rotary record? Some of your readers may know differently!