You will have seen that we are again not sending out a formal ‘Hamlet’ this month. So this is just an update bulletin.

Keep well Alec

Diary dates

Virtual Pub Quiz (via Zoom) – Monday 4 May 8pm
There will be another informal virtual quiz next Monday 4 May at 8pm.

Just for fun! Participants should bring along five general knowledge questions per household. Contact me if you want details of how to log on.

‘Name the Bear’ Competition. Entries by 7 May.

Victoria Road resident Heidi Cummings’ giant teddy bear has been a big local hit, dressed up in a variety of outfits that have kept us amused during lockdown. Now Heidi would like you to give him/her a name (gender varies according to the outfit!). Enter your suggestion at the Golden Green Bear competition Facebook page. Rosettes awarded to the winners on 8 May (doorstep delivery/collection).

VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebrations – Friday 8 May 12-2pm

Decorate your house red, white and blue, and enjoy a VE Day picnic in your front garden. Post your photos in our Golden Green Association Facebook group.

Golden Green Association AGM – Wednesday 13 May 7.30-10.30pm (via Zoom)

Every resident of Golden Green is a member of the GGA ……We will be holding the AGMs for the Golden Green Association and Village Hall Charity by Zoom on 13 May at 8pm. To join, click on

Community News

Buddy System

This is working very well. We have 10 volunteer ‘buddies’ in Golden Green looking after 12 buddy ‘clients’. In addition, I know that there are many other residents who are doing shopping for neighbours so the community is coming together well. If anybody else needs help from the system, they should contact Mel at the parish office (851878).

Golden Green 250 Club Lottery

Apologies for the delay – the winners of the January draw are:
£25 Mike Easter
£25 Shirley Toop
£25 Alan Cattermole

Update on The Bell

We’re all looking forward to the opportunity to ‘mix’ again! So here is a message from the ‘new’ Bell Inn: “As many of you have seen, the Bell Inn is undergoing a light refurbishment. Our intention is to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for everyone of all ages. We have already received fantastic feedback from the Facebook page and from local residents walking past. We would like to thank the people within the local community who are giving us much needed help.” Clare Justin and Nigel.

Hadlow Hospital Transport Service

This is still being run by Mike Harvey to take residents of Hadlow & Golden Green who need help to get to clinic appointments. Tel 01732 851881, mob 07464 548448.

East Peckham’s Lockdown Dinners

Local chef David Marsaud is offering free delivery of delicious home-cooked meals at very reasonable prices three days a week. See what’s on offer and order via his Facebook page.

Supermarket Opening Hours

MP Tom Tugendhat has put together a list of supermarket opening times.

Scrubs for the NHS

Hadlow clothing firm Carr & Westley have turned some of their production line to making scrubs for the local NHS Assessment Centre, with the help of volunteers. Visit their website.

Further advice

•    Home food & drink deliveries from local businesses
•    Sainsbury’s Volunteer E-Gift Cards, to enable helpers to shop and pay in store for you. Waitrose also sell e-gift cards and Aldi has a voucher scheme
•    Self-isolators can access cash through the Post Office’s Payout Now scheme
•    Covid scam warnings from KCC Standards and Kent Police
•    What will energy suppliers do to help prepay customers?
•    24-hour Helpline for vulnerable people
•    Release the Pressure helpline, the new text service offering mental health support
•    Funding available for local organisations
•    New funding stream available for volunteer groups helping with COVID-19 – email mob 07920 246658

Compiled by Anne Waddingham and Alec Pelmore © 2020

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