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Westerham Cycling Club
I would like to extend a further welcome and thanks to our sponsors for 2015 – MoorEnergy Fitness Club, Karrison Property and Cyclepods. In addition to our sponsors, WCC has also partnered with a few of the local business’s to offer club members discounts. Here we welcome Napoli Restaurant, Chocs on the Green and The Beauty Spot. Further details of these member discounts will be forthcoming, as will be the distribution of WCC membership cards.
As was recently communicated, Westerham Cycling Club has been accredited by British Cycling as a “Go-Ride” club. This will allow the club to achieve one of our 2015 goals to bring a development & coaching programme to the young people of Westerham (and surrounding areas). We will be working in closely with the Westerham Town Partnership and are looking to establish links with Churchill School. More will be communicated in the spring.
2015 promises to be a big year for WCC but we will not lose focus on the core beliefs that started this club… friendliness, enthusiasm and open to all!
Our Sunday group rides have been successful, even over the cold and sometimes wet and/or icy conditions of the festive period. With a growing member base we will look to diversify the weekly ride in the months ahead – possibly splitting groups and appointing different ride leaders based on anticipated distance or pace, although I hope these can be arranged with common meeting points for plenty of shared coffee and stories.
When Summer-time arrives we will look to have a Wednesday (tbc) evening ride-out with periodic “challenges” to test ones fitness throughout the season – these have tentatively been decided as a hill-climb of Toy’s Hill and a 9-mile time-trial loop from Sundridge to Polhill and back.
Some of you have already signed up to the Bologna trip in May and we will communicate other events and sportives throughout the season ahead.
A re-design of the website is expected soon and will include a lot more detail of club events & calendar.
The early success of the WCC jersey cannot be underestimated. Our weekly post-ride coffee group is getting noticed and the local feedback has been wonderful with many commenting of how much Westerham “needed” its own cycling club. For those of you that have not yet purchased a jersey, I encourage you to contact Mark Brewer regarding sizing and pricing. Bibs will also be added later and we will communicate once the design is completed.
Thank you all again for your support!
Wishing you the best for 2015, in cycling and everything else.
I’m really pleased to announce that Westerham Cycling Club’s recent application to become a British Cycling accredited Go-Ride club has been accepted.
In a nutshell Go-Ride is British Cycling’s development programme for young people. Interestingly 60% of riders on the Great Britain Cycling Team started out at Go-Ride clubs so who knows one day Westerham could have its very own Bradley Wiggins. Please visit http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/…/article/goridest-What-is… for more information.
We aim to launch the Go-Ride part of the club in the early spring and have been given permission to use the King George’s playing fields and the Pavilion as our base. We will also be meeting later this month with representatives from Churchill School in Westerham regarding a partnership, additional coaching facilities and of course a source of potential riders!
Nothing will change with regards to the adult side of the club however I would encourage any club members that would like to volunteer their help to step forward. There is a Go-Ride conference taking place in Dartford on Saturday the 14th March and any volunteers are invited to attend the conference and take part in a workshop run by British Cycling. You can book a place by visiting: http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/…/20150105-goride-news-Boo…. Michael and I will both be attending as the Club’s certificated coaches.
Finally, any parents that have children between the ages six to sixteen that are interested in cycling should consider putting their names down as early as possible as places will be limited. More information on what we will be offering and how to sign your child up will be provided shortly.
Mark Brewer & Michael Craig
We are recently formed road cycling club, we welcome cyclists of all levels that like to ride regularly in a group. We currently meet every Sunday morning at 08.45am outside MoorEnergy Fitness Club. There are changing facilities and lockers available.
We arrange annual cycling trips to the Bologna region of Italy (and beyond in 2015!) as well as taking part in many sportives in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
WCC is a British Cycling affiliated club and with two Level-1 coaches on our current roster, we will be looking to establish local youth coaching activities in 2015.
Membership is by subscription via the British Cycling website “Club Finder” or here https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/club/profile?&club_id=7052
See also www.westerhamcyclingclub.co.uk
The club is now affiliated with British Cycling and two of our members have recently achieved Level 1 coaching status and are progressing on to Level 2. Club numbers currently sit at 20 but we have had a lot of interest and I believe the club will really take of in spring of next year. I have designed the club kit which is now in production so you will hopefully see cyclist in and around Westerham sporting the new jerseys soon.
Mark Brewer and Nigel Moore from Moore Energy Fitness club have been riding together for about four years. Mark has been cycling most of his life but got hooked by a charity event that he did for the Princes Trust called the "Coast to Coast" Challenge which was a ride from one side of Costa Rica to the other climbing the continental shelf which was about 5 days up hill and 1 day down. He has also completed an Iron Man man so can advise club members on the training required to complete a Triathlon. Club Members have done numerous events/challenges and we aim to do a lot more moving forward.
Over the last four years we have entered a team from the gym into the Princes Trust "Palace to Palace" cycle ride. The team has consisted of a wide range of individuals that age from mid twenties to mid seventies. Prior to the event we trained with the group and had some really lovely rides and even though there was a huge disparity in ability we have always finished as a team, albeit some quicker than others.
We already take a group to Italy once sometimes twice a year and next year we are hoping to take a group to France to sample some of the Tour De France routes.
£25 subscription fee for admin and insurance purposes. I am working on club kit that will advertise the club name and give the club members a true club feeling.
Weekly ride, every Sunday at MoorEnergy fitness club on Fullers Hill at 09:45am and tend to do rides of around 30 - 40km.
The Westerham Club
Saturday 31st January
- Band / Live Music - Into the Blue
- 8pm to late
Saturday March 14th
- Band / Live Music - Randy and The Rockets
- 8pm to late
The Westerham Club would like to wish all members and non-members a Happy New Year. Memberships are due for renewal in January - only £15.00 for the year. New members are always welcome
Apollo Youth Choirs
Songwriting/singing workshop for children aged 7-16 with Apollo Youth Choir
Learn to write a song and sing it! Saturday October 11th
Do have a look at our on line shop www.squerryes.co.uk if you are looking for a some bubbly for Christmas and New Year. The deliveries are underway, but there have been some who would prefer to pick up or buy directly from us rather than over the internet.
So we have decided to have an open day in the Hall at Squerryes Court on 13th December from 10:00 to 14:30. The main gate will be open and there is plenty of parking here.
Hope to see you then if you can drop by and do let others know you might be interested,
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
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Westerham Local Vocals celebrate the end of another successful year.The choir has grown from a small mixed group of 8 members meeting in The Kings Head to an awardwinning all-female troupe of 18 seasoned performers who now meet in the Russell House. We have sung in Godstone and Hayes this year, raising money for Deaf Awareness and St Nicholas Church. We sing gospel, pop, rock, jazz and a cappella - all taught by ear with no need to read music.
We start our new term on Wednesday January 7th 2015 at 8pm. We have tremendous fun
in rehearsals and love to welcome new members. For more information contact Jo Wood
Westerham Local Vocals won The Battle of the Choirs at Tentertainment on July 4th. Conchita Wurst presented the winner's trophy and sang her Eurovision song.
The choir meets in the Council Chamber, Russell House on Wednesday evenings from 8 -9.30 pm. We sing rock, pop, gospel and acapella. There is no audition and no need to read music.
The next term begins the second week in September. Visit www.kentchoirsrock.co.uk for more details.
The Design Gallery
Art Deco glamour is heading from Westerham to Eltham Palace for the country’s most popular Art Deco Fair, which is being staged on May 10-11. The Design Gallery in Westerham will be taking their original 1920s and 1930s furniture, lighting and jewellery to the event.
“The fair attracts visitors from many walks of life. From fashion designers and artists such as Damien Hirst to an American owner of one of the world’s largest superyachts, Art Deco is an international phenomenon,” explains Chrissie Masters of the Design Gallery. “We will be taking Jazz Age cocktail cabinets, geometric mirrors, Clarice Cliff ceramics and long ‘sautoirs’ – the glass and pearl necklaces that would have been worn by the ladies who lived Downton Abbey lifestyles,” she adds.
University undergraduate Gabriella Blake of Lingfield, who featured on these pages when she had her hair cut for charity and has since raised over £800 for the Little Princess Trust, enjoys helping out at The Design Gallery during her holidays. She has been packing for the fair, her new Great Gatsby-style bob inspiring her to try on some of the gallery’s latest stock.
The rare Art Deco Triumph Dolomite car dates from 1939, owned by a Design Gallery client, will also be making the journey to the English Heritage-run mansion in south London. The house and gardens, which were home to Henry IV and Henry VIII before being extended into an Art Deco palace by the Courtauld family, can be visited during the fair. Amongst the lavish attractions, you can see the sleeping quarters of Stephen and Virginia’s pet lemur, ‘Mah-Jongg’, who had been bought from Harrods in 1923 and travelled with the Courtaulds throughout his lif
Mark Nelson Vets
We are delighted to announce that we have been nominated for 'Practice of the year awards'! Known as the 'Oscars of the Veterinary World', these celebrated awards are highly regarded and to be nominated is a great achievement!
Please help us gain more votes by nominating us at:www.petplanvet.co.uk/vetawards . Closing date for nominations is the 16th Jan 2015 so please vote for us!
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.
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 Website http://www.westerham-hall.org/
WESTERHAM HALL ANNUAL QUIZ 2015. View Poster.
Friday, 27th February
Doors & Bar Open: 7.30pm
First Question: 8:00pm PROMPT
To raise funds for improvements at Westerham Hall
Cost: £10.00 per person, including an interval supper
The classic Westerham Fish Pie is back by popular demand,
If you require the vegetarian option,
please ensure you complete the return form accordingly.
Cash Bar selling wine, beer and soft drinks
prices will be held for the third year running.
Tables for six, maximum eight, can be booked.
If you are booking as an individual, couple or smaller group, you can join another
team or a small table can be arranged - please call me.
Please complete and return the form WITH your payment,
cash, or cheque (made out to WHMC) to:
59 Quebec Avenue
To arrive NO LATER than 10th February.
The Westerham Hall Quiz is always oversubscribed and tables are allocated
on a first-come, first-served basis. Please apply for yours as soon as
possible – and if you have been a regular participant but can’t make it
this time, may I ask you to let me know?
Click here for the Fleapit website
Westerham Independent Literature Group
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.
Free Christmas craft activity at Westerham Library. Tuesday 23rd December, 10.30-11.30 am. No booking required, just drop in. Children 7 and under must be accompanied by parent or carer. (Phone 01959 562326)
Parent/Child Drop In run by Children's Centre - Thursday 9.30 - 11.30am, includes Songs and Rhymes for Babies 9.30 - 10am
Royal British Legion
The Westerham Lunch Club takes place every last 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.
River Darent Consultation - survey responses invited
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.
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.
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.
New for 2015 is Brewery Fresh beer. This gives our customers all the benefits of live beer with the convenience of bright beer; there is no sediment to be settled but the beer has sufficient yeast in suspension that it remains fresh for up to four weeks unopened, and five days once opened. It is available now in 72 pint firkins, 36 pint polypins, 18 pint minipins and 9 pint minicasks in our British Bulldog, Finchcocks Orginal and God’s Wallop varieties, and other beers will become available in this format throughout the year. Perfect for fetes, village halls, weddings and garden parties where the beer must be moved on the day it is to be served.
Looking forward, 2015 will be The Year of the Hop. Westerham Brewery has developed a fantastic range of 4% single hop monthly specials which all pack a hoppy punch. First to launch in February is a single hop pale ale called Sovereign, using hops grown in Kent. Bred from an open pollination at Wye College in Kent and released in 2006, Sovereign is the granddaughter of Pioneer and works well as a single hop. With floral, grassy notes, it has a wonderfully complex and delicate aroma and a classic, well-rounded bitterness. March will see the release of the next in the series, a single hop pale ale called Herkules, using German grown hops which impart delicious spicy black pepper and pine characteristics. The entire year's monthly specials can be found on our website.
Orders can be placed online www.westerhambrewery.co.uk or by telephone 01732 864427
Westerham Brewery Co. Ltd
Edenbridge, Kent TN8 6SA
General Wolfe Public House
For more information visit www.thewolfe.co.uk.
Churchill School Reunion
30 year Churchill School Reunion - 16 May 2014 at 7pm - Grasshopper on the Green Westerham
Hiya, Paul Furst here and I'm organising a 30 year School reunion for all of the people who went to Churchill School Secondary Westerham.
Churchill School Westerham stopped taking new students in 1983 but we left at the start of the summer holidays in 1984
We all left after the 3rd year of School in 1984 and were scattered to Schools in the local areas of Oxted, Sevenoaks, Edenbridge and Biggin Hill, we were separated from friends and had to find new ones and new schools.
Visit our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/churchillschoolreunion for links to the various groups that are advertising the Reunion.
Paul Furst www.furstwebdesign.co.uk 07905 357 14007905 357 140
Medals and Poppies Letter to the soldiers
In school the children have been learning all about WW1 and last week the whole school focused on the topic; they enjoyed a great visit from Hurst Green Shires and had workshops with David from Frontline Living History. David was fantastic and really made the life of a WW1 soldier in the trenches come to life. The children saw weapons, tried on clothing and tasted ration pack food.
We displayed all the children's wonderful work in a fabulous exhibition, some of which then transferred to the Summer 1914 exhibition. The parents loved seeing what the children had been up to, especially as a lot of the work is really moving. The children have shown such empathy with the people they have learned about.
"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
Read the latest Ofsted Report
New workshop calendar. Go to Workshops for more details on their website.
“Twas the month before Christmas and it’s officially -Sewvember at Annies Attic. We have lot’s of new Workshops for Christmas so take a peek at our Calendar! www.anniesattic.co.uk
*Late night shopping & Christmas Lights Switch on*
Join us for Westerham town’s late night Shopping event from 6-9pm on Thursday 27th November. www.vistwesterham.org.co.uk Seasonal stalls, hot chestnuts & an ITV Breakfast star to turn on the lights! We will be doing live workshop demonstrations and offering mulled wine & mince pies whilst you browse our handmade goodies for sale in the shop. 10% off all purchases on the night!
Kid’s Festive Fridays!
We are holding kids Christmas sewing workshops starting on Friday 14th November 5-6.30pm. Please check out the website calendar for dates. £15 per child per Friday night session.
A workshop voucher!
Simply enter our raffle on the Late night shopping event for a chance to win a Workshop Gift Voucher. All proceeds to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Next meeting 20th May Read latest Newsletter
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
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
Auction on Saturday 28th February 2015 see Flyer
Westerham Bowling Club is having a big fundraising push over the next 18 months in an effort to get a new Club House. Our existing building is over 30 years old, was secondhand when we bought it, and no longer provides the space and facilities that the modern game requires.
Perhaps you are one of those few people who have never realised that there is a Bowling Club and Green tucked away in the corner of King George V Playing Fields. We’ve been in Westerham for more than a century and have great plans for our future development to carry us forward for the benefit of future generations over the next 100 years. Do our photos make you think of hot Summer days spent in the outdoors? Is your New Year Resolution to get more active? Why not give bowls a try? It’s a social game which can be played by men, women and children of all ages and abilities.
It can be played just for your own enjoyment or it can be a competitive game that you can make as challenging as you like. It’s a way of meeting new people and making friends on and off the Green, in the friendly and sociable surroundings of our Club House and Bar.
For more information contact Club Secretary Anne Farley Tel: 01959 565106 or visit our website www.westerhambowlsclub2.talktalk.net
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 10636107765 106361
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”.
Trophy Winners Remembrance Day
. If you would like more information about the Westerham Sea Cadets they can be contacted on 01959 56500601959 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
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 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
Brownies and Rainbows
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!
Winnies Pre School
Friends of the Long Pond Association
Westerham (Darenth) 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 56288601959 562886
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 Pamela Williamson 0n 01959 57290401959 572904
Westerham - Bonneval Town Twinning Visit 2015
The Westerham Bonneval Association members will be visiting Bonneval this year from 9-12 April. Visitors will be home hosted. The trip will be by coach and ferry and will include a visit to Chateau de Maintenon, free time to explore the local area and some planned time with hosts. We welcome anyone who would like to join us for the trip. The cost for the coach from Westerham to Bonneval return is £75.00 per person which has been subsidised by the WBA , and the cost to cover the activities in France is 100 euros per person. This is a good opportunity for anyone with an interest in France to make friends and enjoy the culture and ambiance of the area. Anyone interested in making the trip please contact the chairman Pamela Williamson 01959 572904 or 07799 601480.
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 57290401959 572904
Westerham Ladies Football
Cancer Research UK
Our events for this year are as follows:
Saturday 28th February: Film Night at Westerham Hall, showing 'Genevieve' - £20 per ticket including a 2-course supper, cash bar & raffle
Tuesday 10th March: Talk & Tea at Titsey Tea rooms - Dr Sam Godfrey will be talking about the work of Cancer Research UK & its collaboration with the Crick Institute
Friday 10th, Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th April: Street Collection in Tandridge area
Friday 15th May: Talk and Lunch at Chipstead Sailing Club, with Henry Warde talking about the award winning Squerryes Brut - tickets £20 to include a glass of Squerryes Brut and 2-course lunch
Wednesday 3rd June: Fun tennis day with lunch
Friday 9th October: Bridge Tea at Crockham Hill Village Hall
Wednesday 4th November: Christmas Fair at The Grasshopper, with special preview evening on Tuesday 3rd.
Ou facebook page has information about all events
and many photos as well.
Lord Colgrain speaks about his year as High Sheriff of Kent April 2013-April 2014. Friday 17th October 2014 11.30am Westerham Hall. Tickets £15 to include lunch. View Flyer
We enter the New Year with a spring in our step and a tune on our lips, having seen a total of 16 shows, many at substantial group discount prices, in the 12 months since our last AGM. This coming year the annual meeting will be he held at 7.30pm on 6th January upstairs in the Grasshopper on the Green. All those attending will be welcomed with a free drink on arrival. If you have an interest in live theatre please join us.
Our annual subscription remains at £5 single and £8 for couples. For more information including reviews of all past shows and forms for joining, click on: www.westerhamtheatreclub.weebly.com
The club committee wishes you all a Very Happy Christmas and a successful year of theatre-going in 2015.
Barry Reid- Chairman.
Check out our outings on the Westerham Theatre Club website!
Westerham's Jill Tookey, MBE, founder and artistic director of the National Youth Ballet was featured on BBC news http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28776224 as protege Drew McOnie, also supported by Matthew Bourne, premiered his Little Red Riding Hood. Westerham Theatre Club was privileged to visit the Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks yesterday to witness a certain star of the future. The afternoon was without doubt one of the finest your Theatre Club has enjoyed. The founder, and artistic director of this wonderful show was Jill Tookey, who happily is one our members. She featured on BBC South-East News the previous evening when she talked about her career and particularly about this show, how it was developed and the people who were most involved, Jill chatted with some of us during the interval, telling us that some 130 young dancers were on stage and that they had only had 9 days to learn their parts and rehearse. Everything about this afternoon deserves superlatives, from the music, much of it played by a 10-piece jazz band, to the brilliant costumes, the beautiful settings, and the extraordinary acting and dancing. As for the theatre itself, the seats were raked and extremely comfortable. And for a new experience, some of our members even arrived by bus! Westerham Theatre Club costs just £5 to join, and has a great selection of outings on offer - all newcomers welcome! See http://westerhamtheatreclub.weebly.com/ or call Alicia on 01959 563763 >Westerham Theatre Club costs just £5 to join, and has a great selection of outings on offer - all newcomers welcome!
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.
Westerham Chess Club
Side Saddle Association - Area 8 .
Beatles Artist creates new artwork featuring Westerham Jeweller.
Westerham's Flawless Jewellery manager, Kaylie, has been picked out of thousands to feature in a piece created by Beatles Artist, Sir Peter Blake. This is part of the Amex Small Business Saturday and the Shop Small initiative. See Press Release and picture
See The Guardian newspaper article for more
Flawless Jewellery. Officially one of the hottest jewellers in the country.
21 High Street,
Westerham, Kent, TN16 1RA
01959 569 61201959 569 612
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.
For the first time The Royal Tunbridge Wells Choir will be performing three concerts from the dining room at Chartwell house.Sat 20 & Sun 21 December, performances at 11am, 12.30 and 2.30pm. The rooms that are open in the house are decorated as 1930s Christmas as the Churchill’s would have enjoyed.
Tickets are £10 per person including admission. Booking essential on 0844 249 1895 or via the website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell
Death of a Hero Exhibition
Chartwell is set to open an exhibition commemorating the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill. Death of a Hero, which opens on 15 November. It looks at the passing and impact of the country’s greatest statesman and war time leader ahead of the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death in 2015. see Press Release
HRH The Prince of Wales presented with 2013 Sir Winston Churchill Award. Press Release
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More rooms are opening so we need more VOLUNTEERS can you help?
Volunteers - Click here for more
For more information call 01959567430 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quebechouse
“Squerryes Vineyard – Talk by Henry Warde” Friday 16th January, 7.30pm for 8pm at Westerham Hall. View Flyer
The development of the Squerryes Vineyard is a fascinating story, from concept in 2004 to the release of the 2010 first vintage in 2014. The south facing North Downs and their unique combination of chalk and greensand has proved to be an ideal site for the Squerryes’ vineyards.
Henry Warde has already completed a very successful release of his first vintage, on show in ‘open’ days at Squerryes earlier in 2014, and most Westerham folk are aware that the Charman’s Farm site is to become the future home for Squerryes’ wine production.
Henry plans to team up with Robert Wicks of Westerham Brewery and has put forward a proposal to have a joint production facility which augurs well for the future of local industry and Westerham.
We look forward immensely to Henry’s talk on bringing this project to fruition and his plans for the future of the vineyards. There will be tasters available during the talk as well as the opportunity to buy a glass or bottles of this award winning sparkling wine.
Please come along to the talk or call 07538 731417 for more details £5 entry for guests
“Churchill’s Final Farewell”
Talk by Rodney J Croft on Friday 13th February 7.30pm for 8pm, at Westerham Hall £5 entry for guests.
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Welsh Male Voice Choir Concert
"Saturday, 15th November 2015 saw Westerham experience a truly memorable evening when the renowned London Welsh Male Voice Choir gave their concert in St Mary's Church.
Sponsored and organised by the Westerham Society, the concert was an evening of fabulous choral pieces and a reflection on the start of World War One.
The London Welsh Male Voice Choir, under their conductor Edward-Rhys Harry and their accompanist, Annabel Thwaite, introduced the concert with a first half of their standard and outstanding repertoire. We were fortunate to have Katy Secombe, the daughter of Sir Harry Secombe, and a resident of Westerham, interleaf this half with a selection of other pieces. Katy is a well known and successful singer and actress. The whole evening was introduced and compered by Ian Edwards, a member of the Choir.
In the second half, the concert faced toward a reflection of the Great War. Both the Choir and Katy sang numbers that touched on the emotions and sentiments of this 100 year anniversary. The choir continued their programme, including a truly moving rendition of 'Stille Nacht/Silent Night' and finished with a rousing medley of soldier's favourites from 100 years ago. Between the songs the speakers, Katy, Michael Rudkin, Ashton Taylor Smith and Marril Gibson treated the audience to a selection of moving prose and verse. The Vicar, the Reverend Paul McVeagh also read out letters, to the then vicar of St Mary's, written by troops from the Western Front. The second half was a suitable tribute to the 350 men, from Westerham, who went to war and particularly the 50 who never returned.
The Westerham Society was incredibly fortunate to have a Choir of this calibre be available to perform. They have just performed at the Albert Hall and are next in Canterbury
Cathedral. Our thanks go to Harry Planche, a member of the choir and resident of Westerham, for his huge assistance in coordinating with the Choir.As ever, a huge thanks to all the other volunteers who helped organise and run the evening.
A collection for the British Legion Poppy appeal raised £543.31 . The sale proceeds form the evening will be used, by the Westerham Society, to enhance the Memorial Garden and to assist in the repairs needed to the town War Memorial."
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
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 56442801959 564428 or through www.pasttimespress.co.uk or lodge your interest with us at ‘Visit Westerham.’
Westerham Society Contacts :
The Westerham website is at www.visitwesterham.org.uk
Don’t forget the Society’s web site is at www.westerhamsociety.org.uk
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.
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.
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.
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 & WESTERHAM LIONS CLUB Incorporating Charity Trust Fund No: 294654 Press Officer: Malcolm Lowing, 4 Foxearth Close, Biggin Hill, Kent, TN16 3HQ Phone 01959 57662801959 576628 (home) 07790 27988607790 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 57662801959 576628 or visit www.bigginlions.2ya.com to find out more.(Willingness to stand around in freezing conditions shaking a bucket an advantage!)
Tales from the America’s Cup. Supper, talk and music. Friday 3rd October 7.30pm in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. View Flyer for more information.
Westerham Junior Sea Cadets
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.
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
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ACTING AND VOICE SKILLS CLASSES
WADS will be offering a series of classes in acting and voice skills, a course of four practical and participatory sessions for actors and directors delivered by tutors currently working in the professional theatre.
Please respond early to help us establish the level of interest and ensure we organise appropriate facilities.
WADS next production will be Colder Than Here by Laura Wade. This will be directed by Richard Woolnough and auditions will immediately follow the last class on Sunday 8th March. Performance dates are 6th - 9th May 2015.
Jo Shirley is an award winning, accomplished actor, singer and voice teacher who enjoys a large following and respect for her work both on and off stage within the performing arts profession. Jo graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, went on to train with Studio France and then took an MA in Shakespeare at UCL. Her career has spanned both performance as well as teaching, working with, among others, The English Theatre Company, the BBC, Sir Elton John and Second Skin Theatre.
• 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.
• 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:
▫ 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.
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
01732 86644301732 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 56210601959 562106
Cecily Stiles - Secretary
The Youth Theatre Committee
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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'St Mary's Heritage Trust wishes everyone a Happy, Peaceful and Healthy New Year, and hopes to see as many of you as possible at its forthcoming events. Make a note of the dates!
31 January 2015: 'A Magical Extravaganza' 7pm: Westerham Hall.
Come and enjoy an evening of illusion, prestidigitation, magic and mystification while you dine with your friends. Marvel as strolling magicians perform at your table, then sit back and watch in wonderment the main show on the stage.
A truly memorable evening with two course dinner, followed by coffee. Cash bar open on the night.
25 April 2015: The Messiah; St Mary's Church 7.30pm
Look out for more details of this not to be missed performance of The Messiah as you have never heard it before!
Twelve singers of the Merry Opera Company tell the eternal story of Birth, Death and Resurrection through the singing of Handel’s masterpiece. .
Tickets on sale in the New Year from www.stmarysheritagetrust.org.uk or Karrison in Westerham
Day of Music May 2014
'The sun shone again on Westerham on Saturday 17th May, when, in conjunction with the Rotary Fair on The Green, the traditional Day of Music was held in and around St Mary's Church. The good weather tempted out the crowds, who were entertained throughout the day by music in all its forms. St Mary's bellringers rang in the day , and were followed by very polished performances from Churchill School Choir and the Junior Choir of Walthamstow Hall School. A highly talented saxophone quartet from Eltham College brought a change of tempo, and the morning session finished with choir and organ music from St Mary's Choir, Junior Choir and Director of Music Michael Barlow. The Junior Choir stole this part of the morning not only with their singing, but also their actions!
The afternoon saw the action move on to The Green with traditional jazz performed by The Stompers making a welcome return to the town. The Band of Westerham's own Sea Cadets played , and the sun shone on. Visits to the church's bell tower attracted a constant stream of visitors during the afternoon, with many climbing the unique left handed spiral staircase to view the bells at close quarters and learning from the bellringers much about the art of campanology!
Bringing the day to a close was the concert by the London Mayfair Saville Jazz Quartet. Led by saxophonist and Westerham resident Michael Coates, with pianist Geoff Eales, bass player Paul Morgan and vocalist Jenny Howe, the quartet set feet tapping and smiles broadening with a programme from the 'Great American Song Book'. Ranging from the upbeat 'Sweet Georgia Brown' to the haunting 'No Moon at all' the quartet ended the concert to a standing ovation by the large audience.
Organised jointly by St Mary's Church and St Mary's Heritage Trust, this was truly a musical day to remember!
St Mary’s Westerham Heritage Trust Preserving our past for today and tomorrow
St Mary's Church
Sunday 30 November
6.30pm Advent Carol Service
Monday 1 December
6.30pm Light up a Life Service
Sunday 7 December
8am Holy Communion
10.30am Family Service
5pm Carols round the Christmas Tree on the Green
Sunday 14 December
8am Holy Communion
10.30am Holy Communion (& Prayer for healing and wholeness)
4pm Messy Church
Sunday 21 December
5pm Carols at Costa
6.30pm Candlelit Carol Service
5pm Christingle Service
11.30pm Midnight Communion
8am Holy Communion
10.30am Christmas Family Service (followed by a short communion)
Farewell to the Vicar.
After 12 years in Westerham Paul and Nikki McVeagh leave to take up their new ministry in Sussex at the beginning of the New Year. There's to be a Farewell Tea for them from 3.30pm to 5.30pm in Westerham Hall on Saturday 3rd January 2015. You are cordially invited to join St Mary's congregation at this event held on the day before Paul's final service in the parish. Invitation
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Fr Aquilina Telephone 01959 563226 01959 563226 www.westerhamcatholic.com
Further details are on our website:westerhamcongregationalchurch.co.uk or telephone 01959 56314801959 563148. Pastor Phil Sutton
Saturday 8th November St Georges Playing Field.Gates open 5.30pm Display starts 6.30pm.
Paying bar and barbecue. Tickets: Family (2 adults & 2 children) Adult £8 Children £5
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
Westerham's Rotary Club
The Rotarians of Westerham are looking forward to another busy year,the first main item being the Fair on the Green on Sat May 16th. We have plenty of room for new members who are keen to help in the community and with projects the world over. Peter Stapleton will be pleased to hear from anyone interested on 01732 866 288.
Appeal for new members Click here for Sevenoaks Chronicle article
A NEW VENUE FOR WESTERHAM ROTARY. Westerham's Rotary Club celebrated the arrival of spring with a move to a different venue. Its new meeting-place is The Carpenters' Arms at Limpsfield Chart, and there is a new spring in the step of local Rotarians as a result. Westerham Brewery's beers go down a treat, and the dinners prepared by Chef Dale and his team are delicious and greatly enjoyed. To celebrate the move, three after-dinner speakers of very high calibre gave presentations to the Club at meetings in April and May. Professor Frank Matthews told members and their guests about the ladies of the Air Transport Auxiliary, whose job it was, during the Second World War, to deliver new fighters and bombers fresh from factories to the R.A.F.for operational use. An excellent talk about a little-known but extremely brave group of ladies, whose contribution to the British war effort has not been sufficiently acknowledged. A few weeks later, another well-known figure from the academic world, John Salter of Sevenoaks, spoke about the pleasures of collecting silver. John is a well-known and published expert on silver, and his enthusiasm for silver collecting inspired the whole of his audience. His ability to assess and inform on the silver objects several members had brought to the meeting was remarkable. Then there was a great friend of the Club and local resident, David Whitmore, who spoke most knowledgeably and interestingly on Clementine Churchill. Warm thanks to all three for adding so much to the Club's meetings at The Carpenters' Arms. Incidentally, the Club also wonders whether it holds a world Rotary record! There can be very few Rotary Clubs in existence that can boast of a mother-daughter combination on its membership roll. Westerham's Club can! Rotarian Zena Belton was delighted to be joined in the Club by her mother, when mum, Lynda Belton, moved to the area from Leicestershire and transferred to Westerham Rotary. Loughborough's loss is very much Westerham's gain! Finally, mention should be made of Westerham's annual Fair on The Green, hosted and organised by the town's Rotary Club. This took place on Saturday 17th. May. The sun shone, and The Green was crowded with local folk who came to participate, listen to and enjoy the various entertainments and attractions arranged by the Club. The Fair was its usual great success, and adds so much to the community spirit of the town. So the Club continues to work eagerly and energetically for both the greater world community and for the smaller local one. And if you think you'd like to learn more about what Rotarians do, your first step is to log on to www.rotary1120.org.uk, and follow the steps described therein.
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!
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
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 46801959 562 468 or
June Ingram on 01959 565 54601959 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 56246801959 562468
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)
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.
For a brief summary of WFAS 10th Anniversary programme for 2015 Click here
Meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at Westerham Hall 7.30 – 8pm
We send Seasonal Good Wishes and we welcome new members. 2015 Subscriptions are - £32 individual – and £55 per couple: please contact Lynn Worrall on 01959 569895 or go to our website
Our meeting in October was a talk giving us a fascinating glimpse into the Lindisfarne Gospel – from a calligrapher’s point of view, by the renowned local scribe Patricia Lovett.
On a fine Autumnal day in mid October we made a “Pilgrimage” to the Garrick Club in London - founded in 1831 it houses the largest and most significant collection of British theatrical works of art – featuring many of the major literary, theatrical and artistic personalities of the last two centuries. Interestingly the Garrick is one of only a few remaining “Gentleman Only” Clubs in London! A mooch round Covent Garden and some lunch after which we rejoined the coach which brought us back via the Tower of London where we were able to stop and view the wonderful “ Poppies in the Moat” – very effective and moving.
On Wednesday 5th November the lecture is “An introduction to Organic Gems – Amber, Ivory and others” by Maggi Campbell Pedersen – she is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain and an Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography.
We go to the Royal Academy later in November to view the “Rembrandt – the Late Years” Exhibition.
Our programme for our 10th Anniversary Season in 2015 is now completed with some interesting lectures and exciting visits – come and join our friendly Society - contact Lynn Worrall on 01959 – 569895.
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.
Westerham Horticultural Society and Westerham Beekeepers News
Just a reminder that WHS Membership subscriptions are due this month and we hope to see as many of you as possible at the WHS Coffee morning this Saturday 17th January in the John Fryth Room behind the church from 10-12.
Time to pay subs, chat, eat good cake and get the details of this years events including the Shows in June and September and a Willow Craft session in April.
Last year was another good year for the WHS especially the wonderful Autumn and Summer Shows and we are excited about what we have planned for you in 2015! The Society is its members and as such we rely on your continuing support and subscriptions and welcome new members. Membership for 2015 is £4.50 for individuals and £7 for families. As well as reduced entry to WHS events and the Shows, membership also entitles you to 20% of plants at Westerham Heights Garden Centre and a reduced entry offer to beautiful RHS Wisley with our ticket.
We look forward to seeing you soon! Please get in touch if you have any queries.
April Richer on behalf of the WHS Committee
We had another successful Autumn term, with a varied programme and extra tables being needed for several meetings.
A workshop with Carol Robson was greatly enjoyed as we painted a woodland scene with birch trees. The technique of splashing and flicking with our paint brushes caused some laughter as well as paint-covered hands. Our life model from the Chinese Restaurant had a beautiful face, which proved a challenge for us, as there were no wrinkle lines to help us 'join the dots'! We also painted autumn leaves; made fascinating shapes with Quink ink, then turned them into pictures; created patterns based on drawings of kitchen stools; depicted memories from holidays and made 'Angels in Art' decorations for the church Christmas Tree Festival. We discovered that, over the years, they have been depicted in an amazing variety of colour and styles, not just wearing flowing white robes.
The term ended with a very pleasant social evening with Christmas food and drinks; an Angelic Quiz; a Body Parts Puzzle and a Name that Baby Quiz using members' childhood photos. We look forward to a varied Spring Programme.
For membership details, contact Hilary Seery 01959 562946 or Avril Norton 01959 700648
Hospice in the Weald
Support your local Hospice
Light Up A Life service. Thanks to the the generousity of all those who attended, donations totally £571.97 have been sent to the Hospice in the Weald
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 56514101959 565141 and ask for Jo.
Click here for 2015 Calendar of Events
Westerham U3A off to flying start in 2015 - New groups up and running - - Fascinating speaker line-up - - Programme of visits and events
Although barely 18 months old, Westerham U3A is now approaching the 250-member mark and has close to 40 study groups up and running.
Chairman Lyn Snowden says: ‘With Westerham U3A, you can learn or brush up on French, Italian or Spanish, play racketball or go walking. You can immerse yourself in great paintings and brilliant books, or discover more about your local area, historic houses or the city of London. Our U3A offers some amazing opportunities for people to keep active – mentally and physically!’
Among the recently formed study groups are Architecture, and Archaeology & History, while some groups – wine appreciation and the book clubs to name but two - have proved so popular they have had to start second - or even third - groups.
Social Secretary Tina Rhoda said: ‘As well as the study groups, we’re lucky enough to have some very interesting speakers lined up. At our March Open Meeting (Westerham Hall, 2pm 12th March 2015) Brian Freeland will reveal what really goes on in the theatre in his highly amusing “View from the wings”. In April we have an insight into the works of one of England’s most enduringly popular writers, Rudyard Kipling, when Geoff Hutchinson talks on his life and verse (2pm 9th April). Non-members are welcome.’
Monday 3rd November Coffee Morning, 10.30am Grasshopper on the Green
Open Meeting, Thursday 13th November 2pm in Westerham Hall.
Club and Society Information
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).
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David Bateman, author of Uncle Charlie Comes Home will talk about his book Saturday 1st November at 3.30pm In St Mary’s Church. All are welcome to join the Trustees and Members of St Mary’s Heritage Trust at this Annual Meeting The meeting will be followed by the Trust’s. AGM Also attached are the AGM <a href="/images/localnews/Heritage/Agenda for 2014 AGM.doc
Agenda</a>, the <a href="/images/localnews/Heritage/Minutes of Trust 2013 AGM.doc
minutes of last year’s AGM</a> and a <a href="/images/localnews/Heritage/UncleCharlieTalk.pdf
flyer advertising the event</a>