The good news is that we are only a couple of weeks away from the day when the evenings start getting lighter and, as the Hamlet shows, we have a busy month to get through. Meanwhile we will have to stay vigilant about new infections – so keep safe.
Looking ahead, we will have our annual seniors lunch on the third Wednesday of January. The current team took over running this event over twenty years ago; when they were in their forties and fifties and their ‘guests’ were in their sixties and seventies. Time moves on … so we are now in our sixties and seventies and alas not many of those original ‘guests’ are still with us. So it may be that this time we will be both organisers and ‘guests’! But it would be good to welcome some younger blood into the organising team …. please get in touch – there is a free lunch in it!
Mission Hall bookings
The GG hall is now available for bookings. Contact Rob Seall, 1 Bell Cottages 850664 firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s on in Golden Green?
Tuesdays – Line Dancing – Hall – 10.30-11.45am
Contact: Wendy Langley 07833 079213
Tuesdays – Colin’s Art – Hall – 8-10pm
Contact: Colin Obray 01732 464187
Wednesdays – Dog Training – Hall – 2-3pm
Contact: Ann Kemp 01732 361947
Fridays – Burgers, Cocktails, Disco – Bell Inn – from 5pm
Contact: Bell Inn 07940 250644
Thursday 2 Dec – Charity Coffee Morning – Hall – 10.30-12 noon
Contact: Alec Pelmore 01732 850739
Saturday 4 Dec – Busker Night – Bell Inn – 7pm till late
Sunday 5, 12, 19 Dec – Craft Fair – Bell Inn – 11am – 4pm
Contact: The Bell Inn – 07940 250644
Wednesday 8 Dec – WI meeting – Bell Inn
Contact: Rosalind Seall 01732 850664
Monday 13 Dec – Bingo! Hall – 8-10pm
Sunday 19 Dec – Children’s Christmas Party – Hall – 11am -12.30pm
Booking essential – see details below
Sunday 19 Dec – Carol Service – Hall – 4pm
Contact: Alec Pelmore 01732 850739
GG Coffee & Cake for Charity in the Hall
Thursday 2 December – 10.30am in the Mission Hall
This month’s Gathering is in aid of Porchlight, a Kent homelessness charity, so relevant as we approach Christmas. Please come along and eat cake, drink coffee and chat. And we can also think about plans for our Carol Service on 19 December. Last month’s coffee morning raised £154 for the RBL Poppy Appeal.
Golden Green Children’s Christmas Party
Sunday 19 December – 11am – 12.30pm in the Mission Hall (also known as the Village Hall)
The Golden Green Association are hosting a Christmas party for the children who live in the village. We will have party games and a visit from Father Christmas. The ideal age group will be 3-7 years but there will be some activities for younger siblings to enjoy too.
This is a free event courtesy of the GGA but we are asking parents or guardians to bring along a small, wrapped gift, labelled with your child’s full name. One of the village elves will collect these up during the party ready for Father Christmas to deliver them.
We have space for 20 children and you can secure your space by emailing email@example.com with the names of each child who will be joining in. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate anyone who turns up on the day without having booked. Parents and guardians will need to stay for the duration of the event.
There will be some refreshments and we would always welcome any donations of mince pies or a cake to add to the fun.
Current Government Covid-19 guidelines will be followed and we will keep a close eye on any changes that may impact the event.
Golden Green Carol Service
Thursday 19 December – 4pm in the Mission Hall
We have no vicar presiding so this year we will do a carol service with a difference. Pat’s clarinet choir will accompany the carols and also play some fun arrangements and we will have a selection of Christmas readings. All of course followed by mulled cider and mince pies. The clarinet choir will start playing at 3.40 so please come early. and please let me have ideas of readings and offers to read them! We are conscious of the current infection risks so will probably need to have plenty of ventilation … so come wrapped up!
The Bell News
Every Friday night – Burgers, Cocktails.
Monthly Saturday Quiz – date tbc £3 entry, Bar prize.
Every Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm to 19 December: Christmas trees – super-grade Nordmann fir, non-drop £10 per foot. Also serving sausage rolls, hot dogs, tea, coffee, mulled wine.
Every Sunday to 19 December 11am-4pm: Craft fair – still spaces for stalls if anyone would like to sell their wares.
Saturday 4 December 7pm-late: Busker Night.
Come listen to the amazing voices we have in store while enjoying a two-course meal, followed by karaoke.
Clare, Nigel, Justin and all the staff would like to wish all their customers a very Happy Christmas!
Golden Green 250 Club September
November Winners, £25 each – come along to the Porchlight coffee & cake fundraiser on Thursday 2 December at 10.30am in the Hall to collect.
75 Tina Hodges
191 Paul Gardner
199 Jo Ivell
Welcome Colin & Jenny
The GGA would like to extend a warm welcome to new residents Colin & Jenny Green, who have recently moved into Barnes Street Cottages from Wales. We hope they are very happy in our little community.
Friday 3 December 10.30am-12.30pm at 28 Old Road, East Peckham
You are warmly invited to come along for coffee/tea, biscuits and mince pies, a raffle and a festive catch-up in aid of the East Peckham & Golden Green Branch Conservative Association.
Christmas & New Year Refuse & Recycling Collection Arrangements
Collections start earlier at 6:00am.
Refuse/Food Waste & Recycling: 27-30 December, collections will be made one day later than normal.
3-7 January, collections will be made one day later than normal, finishing on Saturday 8 January.
Brown Bin Garden Waste remains suspended.
Monday 10 January – normal service resumes (except garden waste).
Don’t forget to recycle your real Christmas trees, cards and non-shiny wrapping paper.
2021 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
Thank you to everyone who supported the Poppy Appeal this year, including our wonderful collectors and our generous donors. As well as the coffee morning last month, which raised £154, in GG, Hadlow, Plaxtol and Shipbourne, over £6600 was raised, to help the RBL continue its important work supporting veterans and their families. More information about what the RBL do >>
St Mary’s Church, Hadlow
St Mary’s website >>
St Mary’s Facebook page >>
Office: firstname.lastname@example.org , Office: 07570 941809 (Tues 9.30am-3pm; Thu 8.30am-2pm)
Paul White has transferred to Rye, so Hadlow will see an ‘interregnum’ for a few months with no incumbent.
Sunday 12 December
3pm Messy Christingle: All-age craft activities and games to explore the meaning of Christmas. Followed by informal worship. All welcome, but no unaccompanied children please.
Sunday 19 December
4pm Golden Green Carols; 6.30pm Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in St Mary’s.
Christmas Eve 24 December
4pm Family Crib Service; 6.30pm Carols in the Square; 11.30pm Midnight Mass (carols from 11pm)
Christmas Day 25 December
10am Family Service in St Mary’s.
Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
8am Holy Communion
Christmas Fair Saturday 4 December 1-4pm in Church Street and St Mary’s.
St Mary’s Food Bank now on Thursdays
The foodbank has changed from Wednesdays to Thursdays. Open from 10am–12.30pm.
Hadlow Parish Council
Next Parish Council Meeting 13 December 7.30pm Old School Hall, Hadlow.
There are four vacancies for parish councillors.
Xmas holidays: Offices close noon Thursday 23 December and re-opens on Tuesday 4 January 2022.
For urgent matters, please contact the Parish Clerk email@example.com
Borough Councillor Surgeries
Held on the second Saturday in every month, 10.00am-12.00 noon. Cllrs Jill Anderson and Howard Rogers attend.
Hospital Transport Service
Residents of Hadlow & Golden Green who need help to get to clinic appointments can contact Mike Harvey (tel 01732 851881, mob 07464 548448).
Tonbridge Vaccination Centre
As well as East Peckham, an additional vaccination centre offering Covid-19 third (booster) jabs has opened in Sovereign Way East car park, Tonbridge.
TU3A will not be holding a coffee morning in December.
In 2022 they will be held on the third Friday of the month at the Rose and Crown in Tonbridge from 10:30am. Come and have a natter or find out more about us. For further information about Tonbridge U3A >>
Compiled by Alec Pelmore and Anne Waddingham © 2021