Issue No. 286
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According to my rain gauge we had 9 inches of autumnal rain in just 7 weeks, but saw only a small amount of flooding – which was lucky because with Hartlake Road closed we might have been cut off! Happily, Hartlake is open again (and once more a race track in rush-hour).

Frosty (and sometimes miesrably drizzly) winter is now upon us. Keep warm everybody! And please remember that while Christmas can be a time of great joy, it can also be very lonely for some of us. Please watch out for your neighbours and make sure they are warm, well fed and loved. I would encourage everybody to come along to our events and keep the community alive – carol service, coffee morning, Quiz nights, afternoon tea in the Bell, Leah singing, the January residents lunch ……. Bring your neighbours!

Wishing all Golden Green residents a very Happy Christmas from the Golden Green Association!

Mission Hall bookings

The Golden Green Hall is available for bookings. Contact Nicky Whapshott or 07702 212317. Ideal for children’s parties.

What’s on in Golden Green?

Weekly Classes in the Mission Hall

Mondays – Strength, Mobility and Balance Class – 10.30am-12 noon
Contact: Sue 07867 648667

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 – 2pm
Contact: Ann Kemp 01732 361947


This Month in Golden Green


Saturday 9 December – Afternoon Tea (booking required) – Bell Inn – 1-4pm
Contact: The Bell Inn 07881 0816227

Wednesday 13 December – Golden Green WI Meeting – Hall – 7.30-1-pm
Contact: Rosalind Seall 01732 850664

Thursday 14 December – Coffee Morning – Hall – 10.30am-12 noon
Contact: Alec Pelmore 01732 850739

Saturday 16 December – Leah Hall Singing & Music – Bell Inn – 8pm to late
Contact: The Bell Inn 07881 0816227

Sunday 17 December – GG Carol Service – Mission Hall – 4pm
Contact: Alec Pelmore 01732 850739

Monday 18 December – Bingo! – Hall – 8-10pm
Contact Nicky Whapshott 07702 212317

Monday 25 December – Christmas Day Opening – The Bell – 12 noon – 2pm
Contact: The Bell Inn 07881 0816227

Saturday 31 December – New Year’s Eve Party with disco & karaoke – The Bell – 7pm to late
Contact: The Bell Inn 07881 0816227


Monday 8 January – Bernie’s Quiz – Bell Inn – 7.30-10pm
Contact: Bernie McGawley 01732 220811

Wednesday 17 January – Residents’ Annual Lunch – Mission Hall – 12.15 for 12.30pm sit-down
Contact Linda Daker 01732 851969 after 2 January

Golden Green Carol Service

Sunday 17 December 4pm Mission Hall

Annual get-together with carols and readings will again take place on the Sunday a week before Christmas – to be followed by mulled cider and mince pies. Pat’s clarinet group will be accompanying the carols and will be playing music to get you in the mood from 3.45 so feel free to come along a bit early to listen!

Golden Green Annual Lunch 2024

Wednesday 17 January 12.15 for 12.30pm sit-down Mission Hall, GG

The perfect antidote to the post-Christmas doldrums, our annual residents’ lunch features home-baked pies and scrumptious desserts, served with wine or a soft drink, all courtesy of the Golden Green Association. There’s also a raffle (prize donations welcome) for charity. GG residents of all ages are welcome – a good opportunity if you are new to the hamlet to meet others, find out more about the community and make friends. Booking essential – contact: Linda Daker 01732 851969 after 2 January, stating number of places, your names(s), phone number and any special dietary requirements or food intolerances. Volunteer cooks and helpers, please apply to Linda.

Golden Green 250 Club – November Winners:

148 Valerie Boakes
111 Jane Rogers
190 Louise Gardner
Next month we will be asking you to renew or buy numbers for 2024 – details to follow

Strength and Mobility Class

Mondays 10.30-12 noon Mission Hall

This class is going from strength to strength – literally!  Contact: Sue 07867 648667 or or just come along. £4 per person for class, a cuppa and a biscuit; £6 for a couple.

Golden Green Coffee Morning

Thursday 14 December 10.30am in the Mission Hall

All ages welcome for refreshments and a chat with friends. If you’re new to the hamlet, you’re guaranteed a friendly reception. Just turn up or contact Alec 01732 850739 for more details.

The Bell News

Clare, Justin & Nigel
Tel: 01732 605352 or 07881 816227
Facebook: The Bell – Golden Green

Lunch menu Wednesday & Thursday 12-3pm; Friday & Saturday noon-6pm.

Saturday 9 December – Afternoon Tea (booking required) – Bell Inn – 1-4pm

Saturday 16 December – Leah Hall Singing & Music – Bell Inn – 8pm to late

Christmas opening:

Monday 25 December – Christmas Day Opening – Bell Inn – 12 noon-2pm

Tuesday 26 December – Boxing Day – closed

Saturday 31 December – New Year’s Eve Party with Disco & Karaoke – Bell Inn – 7pm to late

Golden Green WI

Wednesday 13 December from 7.30pm Mission Hall, GG

Our WI Christmas meal is on 6 December, and a reminder that the December meeting is one week earlier than usual, on 13 December. For information about Golden Green WI, contact Ros Seall, 1 Bell Cottages 01732 850664

Bourne Park Freeholders Group

Thursday 14 December 6pm The Bell Games Room

This will be a Christmas-themed buffet £7.50 per head. Payment in advance to Rod (no. 18) or Sue (no. 21)

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2023

Thanks to our generous donors and dedicated house-to-house collectors, the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in Hadlow District raised over £8000 towards its vital work supporting veterans and their families (find out more at Your local Poppy Appeal Organisers are Sean & Anne Waddingham ( 01732 850038)

Hadlow College Christmas Fair

Wednesday 13 December 1-4pm On campus inside the greenhouse

Plant sales, craft stall, wreaths.

TMBC Bourne Ward Councillors

Contact your TMBC councillors by email or phone:
Cllr James Lark; mob 07812 596194
Cllr Steve Crisp or c/o Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, Gibson Building, Gibson Drive, Kings Hill ME19 4LZ.

Hadlow Parish Council or 01732 851878
Hadlow Parish Council website >>
X (formerly Twitter) @HadlowParish

Parish Council Office open – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9.30am until 12 noon.

Next Parish Council Meeting – 11 December 7.30pm Old School Hall, Hadlow.

Golden Green Parish Councillors
Nick Collins: 850968 –
Ed Bright: 850590 –

Hadlow Community Breakfast

Sunday 10 December 9-11.30am Old School Hall, Hadlow

Please contact the parish office or 01732 851878. Booking essential. £4 For a delicious full English.

Hadlow Community Seniors’ Christmas Lunch

Sunday 17 December 1pm £12 per head

Please contact the parish office or 01732 851878. Booking essential

Christmas Services at St Mary’s Church, Hadlow

Wednesday 20 December 10.30am-1pm – Messy Christmas
Sunday 17 December 6.30pm – Carol Service in St Mary’s
Christmas Eve 24 December 10am – Holy Communion; 6.30pm – Carols in the Square; 11.30pm – Midnight Mass (carols from 11pm)
Christmas Day 25 December 10am – Family Communion Service in St Mary’s

St Peter’s RC Church, Hadlow

Christmas Day Mass 12 noon.

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).

Community Warden

Community wardens’ aims are to foster community wellbeing, support the elderly and vulnerable and help with accessing community services.

Our Community Warden for East Peckham and Hadlow (including Golden Green) is Diane Wakeling. Contact her on 07813 713740

Compiled by Alec Pelmore and Anne Waddingham © 2023

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