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Westerham Community Play
Westerham and Crockham Hill Community Play has its own website.
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Westerham Cycling Club
Sunday 7th September we are entering a team into the circuit of Kent http://www.kentcyclosportive.co.uk/ which is an 80km sportive organised by the Rotary Club of Sevenoaks.
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.
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
The Fleapit Cinema Club. Mamma Mia and Layer Cake Friday 20th June 7.30pm in aid of the Westerham Hall. . Tickets from Karrisons Esteate Agents or our website Click here for our website
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 life.
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
The Fleapit Cinema Club. Mamma Mia and Layer Cake Friday 20th June 7.30pm in aid of the Westerham Hall. . Tickets from Karrisons Esteate Agents or our website Click here for the Fleapit website
Westerham Hall has relaunched its Website
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.
Summer Reading Challenge
This year’s Summer Reading Challenge has a Mythical Maze theme and is already underway at Westerham Library. Children aged 4 to 11 years can sign up and set themselves the challenge of reading six books, of their choice, during the summer holidays, collecting stickers and rewards along the way. The library will also be running themed craft sessions on Fridays, 25 July, 1 and 8 August. Come and make a fire breathing dragon, the head of Medusa or a fantasy bird and perhaps hear one of the Greek myths. The craft sessions will run from 10.30am to midday and are aimed at 4 to 11 year olds. Visit or call the library on 01959 562326 for full details or see www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk.
Friday, 25 July. 10.30am to midday – Children’s Crafts at Westerham Library
Friday, 1 July, 10.30am to midday – Children’s Crafts at Westerham Library
Friday, 8 August, 10.30am to midday – Children’s Crafts at Westerham Library.Talktime and Community Warden Drop In - Wednesday 10-11am
Royal British Legion
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
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.
are invited from anyone with an interest in the river. Thank you for your time.
See Sevenoaks Chronicle article Westerham Brewery's Back.
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.
Westerham Brewery Co. Ltd
Edenbridge, Kent TN8 6SA
Kings Arms Hotel
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."
Headteacher, Churchill C of E Primary School
01959 56219701959 562197 www.churchill.kent.sch.uk
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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.
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
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 56510601959 565106
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 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!
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 Dave Campbell 01959 56565501959 565655 Visiter le site internet de Bonneval
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 57290401959 572904
Westerham Ladies Football
Cancer Research Westerham and Crockham Hill District
We have just created a facebook page for the Westerham/Oxted Cancer Research group - the link is
Our May event is sold out, but if it is not too late to add it in, it's good to have lots of 'events' on your calendar!
Friday May 9th : Talk by gardening expert Helen Yemm, followed by lunch at Chipstead Sailing Club
subsequent events are:
Wednesday 4th June : friendly tennis competition day - play on local courts, followed by a delicious lunch
Friday 10th October : Bridge Tea in Crockham Hill village hall
Wednesday 5th November : CHRISTMAS FAIR at The Grasshopper - this year we are having a grand opening by Nicholas Owen
Monday 8th December : return of Graham Harmer for a seasonal floral demonstration, plus ploughman's lunch
My contact details 01959 57723601959 577236
Check out our outings on the Westerham Theatre Club website!
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 .
Flawless Jewellery. Officially one of the hottest jewellers in the country.
21 High Street,
Westerham, Kent, TN16 1RA
01959 569 61201959 569 612
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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.
'History and Myth, Winston in the First World War'
This lecture will take place at 11.30am on the 22nd June and tickets are £10 and available from our website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell/things-to-see-and-do/events/
We have an award winning actor with a passion for Sir Winston giving a talk for us about Sir Winston’s involvement in the First World War. He has undertaken a great deal of research on the topic and has written a film script and hopefully one day soon it will be made into a film. He has kindly agreed to do a talk for us on his based on his research.
is the subject. 'BAFTA nominated actor Christian McKay, internationally acclaimed for his portrayal of Orson Welles in Richard Linklater's film, Me and Orson Welles, is preparing to play the role of Churchill.’ In preparation for this he is going to be at Chartwell sharing his passion and enthusiasm for Sir Winston Churchill with a very entertaining and informative lecture and then Q&A.
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
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The Westerham Society are pleased to confirm that a Concert by the London Welsh Male Voice Choir will be held in St Mary's Church on the evening of 15th November 2014. This Internationally renowned Choir will perform a concert of their current programme and the second half will have a focus on the commemoration of WWI. This will be a truly unique opportunity to see this 70 strong choir performing their exceptional repertoire in Westerham. Tickets will be available from September but please make a note for your diaries. Full details will be advertised next month.
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 561201959 561261
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.’
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.
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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Poetry Evening. World War 1 Poetry, Songs and Readings. Little Grasshopper on The Green, Saturday 9th August starting from 8pm. View Flyer for more information.
Read "The Green Room" Wads Newsletter
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.
• 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 Race Night...
as you’ve never experienced before with not a video or film in sight!
Saturday 11th October Westerham Hall Doors open 6.45pm: first race 7.20pm
Come and bring your friends! Tables for 6 or 8 available
Ticket price £12 (includes meal!). View Flyer
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 Commemorate the First World War.
1. Weekend of 26/27 July Westerham Remembers, organised by the Town Partnership
1a) exhibition in church: this will be the exhibition which David has put together and which will be moved after the weekend to the library for a period of about 6 weeks as part of their commemoration. It includes material from the Warde archives as well as from other sources. It is currently in the church (John Fryth Room? for safekeeping)
Sunday 22nd June at 3:00pm Walk of Witness from St John the Baptist Church, Hosey Hill to Westerham Green followed by tea on the green and accompanied by Friary Guildford Brass Band. All Welcome! More information: www.westerhamcatholic.com
Fr Aquilina Telephone 01959 56322601959 563226 www.westerhamcatholic.com
Further details are on our website:westerhamcongregationalchurch.co.uk or telephone 01959 56314801959 563148. Pastor Phil Sutton
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
Appeal for new members
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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.
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.
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Meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at Westerham Hall 7.30 – 8pm
Our June Lecture featured the extra-ordinary Gothic fantasy of Strawberry Hill House designed and created by Horace Walpole by the Thames in Twickenham. This was admirable preparation for our visit to the mansion the following week.
We were most fortunate to have a perfect summer day for our outing to Strawberry Hill and were fascinated by the vision of this little “castle” - shining white in the sun after restoration work of several years. The interiors boasted brilliant stained glass and fan vaulting made of papier mache! Restoration is continuing with a drive to trace and acquire many of the Walpole’s collections which were sold to raise money in the 18thcentury. We spent the afternoon visiting Ham House and Garden near Richmond, by the river and enjoyed mooching around the gardens and house after lunch in their Orangery Cafe
"It Will Never Show! Designing Historical Costumes for Film & Television."Wednesday 2nd July 7.30 - 8pm. Westerham Hall. Entry free to members. £4 non-members. As a theatre designer Anna Buruma was involved with the costumes in several rather special period productions.
Highlight of our summer season is the whole day Thames Cruise from Gravesend to Chelsea and back on 16th July; with a commentary on the history and architecture of the river and lunch on board.
There is NO meeting in August. Please see www.westerhamfinearts.weebly.com
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
Dear WHS Members & Friends, a couple of things for you:
Today, as part of Westerham's commemoration of WW1, the WHS has given every school child at Churchill Primary School a packet of Flanders Poppy seeds to plant.
The Royal British Legion has a campaign to cover the UK with poppies during the centenary period in commemoration of all those who lost their lives in the First World War and we thought this was an appropriate gesture from the WHS and hope this starts this off in Westerham.
For interest, Scarlet corn poppies (popaver rhoeas) grow naturally in conditions of disturbed earth throughout Western Europe. The destruction brought by the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th Century transformed bare land into fields of blood red poppies, growing around the bodies of the fallen soldiers.
In late 1914, the fields of Northern France and Flanders were once again ripped open as World War One raged through Europe's heart. Once the conflict was over the poppy was one of the only plants to grow on the otherwise barren battlefields.
The significance of the poppy as a lasting memorial symbol to the fallen was realised by the Canadian surgeon John McCrae in his poem In Flanders Fields. The poppy came to represent the immeasurable sacrifice made by his comrades and quickly became a lasting memorial to those who died in World War One and later conflicts. It was adopted by The Royal British Legion as the symbol for their Poppy Appeal, in aid of those serving in the British Armed Forces, after its formation in 1921.
On Sunday 26th October we are having our first Fungal Foray! A Senior Wildlife Recorder from the Kent Wildlife Trust is going to lead the foray for us at Limpsfield Chart. This is a strictly members only event as spaces are limited so do get in touch as soon as possible if you are interested.
It was great to see so many people at the Summer Show and just a reminder that it is the Autumn Show on Saturday 13th September. Over the Summer you can practise your fruit jelly, tend your roses, weed your vegetables and get your children decorating wooden spoons! Schedules are available online at www.whs.btck.co.uk or from show sponsors Ibbett Mosely Estate Agents, Market Square, Westerham.
We look forward to seeing you soon! Please get in touch if you have any queries.
April Richer on behalf of the WHS Committee
Our Summer venues have been very interesting and the weather has been very kind. Our visit to Charts Edge was a pleasure as always . There is so much colour to see and paint.
Chiddingstone is a lovely setting with the Stone, the old buildings and the Church. The tea garden was appreciated by all on a warm afternoon, also by the sparrows clearing up all the crumbs, a very English country scene.
At Limpsfield Church we assembled around the Church to paint and then took time to see the interior of the Church and learn of the famous people buried in the churchyard.This was followed up by kindly being invited by Brian Stott and his wife Linda for tea in their garden, a very pleasurable end to the afternoon.
At Standen most of the time was spent in the house as there is so much to see. Furnishings being in the era of the 1920's with William Morris wallpapers and fabrics. The old kitchens with original range and pots and pans and bedrooms with their brass bedsteads made a very interesting afternoon. The gardens are also very colourful and some members managed to paint a scene of them. Tea in the garden in lovely sunshine made a nice ending. Our final venue at Broadview Gardens Hadlow College made a colourful ending to our Summer Painting sessions.
For membership details contact Gwen Smith(Secretary) 01959 563110
We are preparing for our August Bank Holiday Exhibition in the John Fryth room at St May's Church Westerham
Saturday 22nd August 10.00am--6.00pm
Sunday 23rd August Noon -- 6.00pm
Monday 24th August 10.00am--5.00pm
We look forward to seeing all our visitors again.
Membership details: Gwen Smith Secretary (01959) 563110(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
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.
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
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.
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Thanks to all who have renewed their membership ...
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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