Issue No. 264
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Happy new year to all our residents and I hope everybody managed to make the most of a once-again-reduced Christmas. The good news is that the latest figures show that 65% of people over 12 in Hadlow and East Peckham have had their boosters and there are only 50 people in Maidstone/Pembury with Covid (it was over 300 this time last year). So we hope that this wave may be shorter and less severe and we may soon be able to relax a little. It is better to organise events in hope and then cancel than not to organise at all! So as you will see below, we are still planning to have our charity coffee (13 Jan) and seniors lunch (19 Jan) but watch this space – things are changing by the day.

Mission Hall bookings

The GG hall is now available for bookings. Contact Rob Seall, 1 Bell Cottages 850664

What’s on in Golden Green?

***Owing to the current COVID-19 situation, classes and events listed here may change – please check with the organiser***

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


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

Thursday 13 January – Charity Coffee Morning – Hall – 10.30-12 noon
Contact: Alec Pelmore 01732 850739

Monday 17 January – Bingo! – Hall – 8pm to 10pm
Contact: Rob Seall 01732 850664

Wednesday 19 January – Seniors’ Lunch – Hall – 12.15 for 12.30pm
Contact: Linda Daker 01732 851969 after 3 January or Rob & Ros Seall 01732 850664. Booking essential – see details below.

(No WI meeting in January)

Seniors’ Lunch

Wednesday 19 January 12.15 for 12.30pm sit-down in the Mission Hall – you need to book your place on the Seniors’ Lunch booking form.

Home-baked pies, delicious desserts and good company, raffle (prize donations welcome) for a good cause. Contact Linda Daker (22 Sherenden Park, 01732 851969) after 3 January or Rob & Ros Seall (1 Bell Cottages, 850664) to book your place, stating number of places, your names(s), phone number and any special dietary requirements. Current government Covid-19 guidelines will be followed. Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell or are self-isolating.

A final decision about whether the lunch will go ahead will be made on 15 January and those who have booked will be informed before the 19th.

GG Coffee & Cake for Charity in the Hall

Thursday 13 January –  10.30am in the Mission Hall

Last month’s Gathering raised £120 for the Kent homelessness charity Porchlight. This month’s charity is local wildlife rescue Folly Wildlife Trust. Current government Covid-19 guidelines will be followed and we will keep a close eye on any changes that may affect the event. Please as usual bring your own mug; bake a cake, eat some cake … it is all for charity and good company.

The Bell News

Clare, Justin & Nigel
Tel: 07940 250644
Facebook: The Bell – Golden Green

Every Friday night – Burgers, Cocktails.

Monthly Saturday Quiz – date tbc £3 entry, Bar prize.

Clare, Nigel & Justin and all the staff would like to wish all their customers a Happy New Year!

Golden Green 250 Club – Renewal for 2022

December 2021 winners – contact Alec Pelmore (01732 850739)

50 – Jackie Edwards
183 – Penny White
235 – John Hibbs

It’s time to renew the numbers for 2022. A listing of last year’s numbers is attached. If you do not want to renew, please contact Alec Pelmore (

If you want to renew and keep your numbers, please:

  • drop the money with the coupon at the bottom of the attached listing into my post box at The Old Farmhouse, Hartlake Road or give it to Linda Daker (22 Sherenden Park) or Anne Waddingham (13 Sherenden Park) or Gabrielle Lear (Orchard House, Three Elm Lane)
  • please remember to specify the names for each number
  • please include £6 per number: cash or cheque payable to “Golden Green Association no 2 Account”)
  • if you want to pay online to the GG account, please email Alec Pelmore  ( for the bank details
  • note that we try to set a limit of two numbers per person and five overall per household so everybody gets a chance. 

There are some spare numbers so new joiners are very welcome. If you want to join, please complete the form as above and drop round to Alec at The Old Farmhouse, Hartlake Road.

The 250 club is for GG residents. There are 250 numbers (£6 each for the year) and 36 prizes in the year of £25 each, so a win percentage of 60%. The proceeds go mainly to maintaining the village hall and other activities such as our annual seniors’ lunch.

Thank you everybody for your continued support for the village and Happy New Year.

New Year Refuse & Recycling Collection Arrangements

See the TMBC website for details of New Year collection arrangements >>

Collections on 3-7 January will be made one day later than normal, finishing on Saturday 8 January.

Monday 10 January – normal service resumes (except garden waste)
Don’t forget to recycle your cards and non-shiny wrapping paper.
Brown Bin Garden Waste remains suspended but Goldhill Mill are collecting real Christmas trees, which are shredded into bedding for their ducks – leave your tree outside for collection. Alternatively, some charities will collect in return for a donation.


Our last minute change to singing carols outside this year seemed to go down very well and we raised £180 for Childrens Liver Disease ….. so my question for everybody is: next year should we do an indoor carol service, or an outdoor carol singalong, or a carol singalong in the Bell; or two or all of the above. Comments welcome …….

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

You will see on the Hadlow newsletter that various events are being planned including a procession and Hadlow village picnic on Sunday 5th June. What should we in do in Golden Green – perhaps a village picnic of our own on the newly created lawn behind the village hall – I was thinking of naming it the Jubilee Lawn! Ideas please ……

St Mary’s Church, Hadlow

St Mary’s website >>
St Mary’s Facebook page >>
Office: , Office: 07570 941809 (Tues 9.30am-3pm; Thu 8.30am-2pm)
Although St Mary’s does not currently have a vicar, we are still able to arrange weddings, baptisms and funerals.  If you would like to discuss any of these – or arrange a visit, please email the office or telephone 01732 850238.

Please see the St Mary’s website or Hadlow newsletter for details.

St Mary’s Food Bank

Open in the church on Thursdays from 10am to 12 noon. From January, some changes will be made to the way the food bank is run both in the interests of Covid-safety and to bring it more in line with other food banks in the area.

Police Community Support Officer

Our local PCSO has asked us to include details of how to contact him if you need to – Josh Vincent is his name – call 101 and ask for him or the officer best placed to deal with your problem … or email See attached poster for more details.

Hadlow Parish Council or 01732 851878
Hadlow Parish Council website >>
Twitter @HadlowParish

Next Parish Council Meeting 10 January 7.30pm Old School Hall, Hadlow.

There are four vacancies for parish councillors.

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

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).

Compiled by Alec Pelmore and Anne Waddingham © 2022

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