Issue No. 258
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Mission Hall Hire

Assuming Covid restrictions are eased we can open the Mission Hall for bookings from 19 July. A thank you to everybody for your patience over the last 18 months and especially to Diana Gibb who has kept it going for dance classes. To book, contact Rob Seall (1 Bell Cotts 01732 850664 And we welcome Roo Cummings who is going to do hall cleaning – thank you to all the others who offered to help.

Recycling Collections

TMBC’s refuse contractor Urbaser blame HGV driver shortages for the temporary suspension of recycling collections. They hope to resume on 12 July but for GG, that’s a household waste week (black bin), so our recycling collection (green-lidded bin & box) will presumably have to wait another week! In the meantime, TMBC say if you can’t store it, you can put your recycling out with your black bin. It will not be recycled, but burnt with general waste to generate electricity. Alternatively, they suggest taking it to a recycling centre or one of the extra cardboard/paper banks that have been installed in five locations, including Sainsbury’s car park and Longmead Sports Ground in Tonbridge. Black bin, brown bin (garden waste) and food caddies are being collected as normal. More information on the TMBC website. (Don’t waste your time asking for a council tax rebate as TMBC say it’s a tax, not a direct payment for services received, so won’t offer refunds or rebates).

Bye-bye Co-op, Hello Budgens

The convenience store at the Three Elm Lane BP garage has changed hands and is now a Budgens store. A 2019 Which? report on convenience stores gave Budgens a customer satisfaction rating of 55% – 5th in their list of 14 brands. Their stores are franchised to local independent retailers.

Brass Band Concert

Unfortunately, with delayed Covid opening, we have had to postpone the East Peckham Silver Band concert which was due to be 11 July. Watch this space.

Golden Green Get-together Coffee – Thursdays

Live in Golden Green? Spend a pleasant morning with friends and a free cup of coffee and a biscuit every Thursday at The Bell at 10.30. Bring your own mug! Covid restrictions apply.

Quiz Night @ The Bell

Monday 2 August in The Bell courtyard – 8pm sharp
£3 entrance fee, cash prize. Questions set by Quizmeister Bernie.

Golden Green Fete – 15th August?

We are still intending to hold the fete on August 15th, hoping that restrictions will have eased and everybody will have a bit more confidence in gathering. I’m starting to think about how we organise things this year. I would very much welcome ideas: new things to do, stalls to include and as always we welcome helpers for things like the tea tent, tombola and children games etc. It’s always a good opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with neighbours and enjoy an egg-and-spoon race. Ideas please. We will organise a meeting at the Bell in early August to finalise the plan.

Golden Green Association’s 250 Club – £25 each


Prizes can be collected at the Thursday coffee get-together.
12 – Alison Edwards
214 – Rod Belsey
237 – Tom Gardner

Pierce Mill Farm Cherries

Because of the late frosts in May, there will be a short cherry season this year, so get them while you can. The stall in Pierce Mill Lane (on the left as you’re leaving GG heading towards East Peckham) is open from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Strawberries and raspberries also available. Not PYO. Cash payment only.

The Bell News

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

Friday night is Cocktails and Burger Night! Delicious cocktails served between 5pm and 9pm.

COMING SOON! A new chef is arriving later this month so watch out for exciting new menus to tickle your tastebuds! Keep an eye on Facebook for updates.

Golden Green WI Update

The WI has resumed meeting in person after a long break! Their report is attached – watch this space for details of their next meeting. For further information about Golden Green WI, contact Ros Seall, 1 Bell Cottages 01732 850664

St Mary’s Church, Hadlow

St Mary’s website >>
St Mary’s Facebook page >>
Office: , Tel: 07570 941809 (Tues 9.30am-3pm; Thu 8.30am-2pm)
Vicar: Revd Paul White, Tel: 01732 850238, Email:

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

St Mary’s Food Bank

The Church is open for private prayer and for the Food Bank on Wednesdays from 10.30am–12.30pm.

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

Next Parish Council Meeting: 21 July. None in August. There are three vacancies for parish councillors. Contact the parish clerk for details.

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

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).

Hadlow Primary School Job Opportunities

Supervisor and Playworker needed for new After School Club. Hourly rate of pay: £10–£12 per hour subject to enhanced DBS, references and experience. Term-time contract (38 weeks). For further information or to apply please email or 07717 214041.

Doorstep Crime

KCC Trading Standards warn that doorstep crime is on the increase. Criminals (also called rogue traders, cowboy builders, building and gardening scammers) cold call on households offering convincing deals to try to get you to agree to having work carried out. Doorstep crime and financial abuse affects the most vulnerable in our communities. Victims are 2.5 times more likely to end up in care. Learn to spot the signs and protect your family, neighbours and friends. See the KCC Trading Standards website for more information.

Tonbridge U3A: A Chance to Socialise

The TU3A invites members and interested individuals to come to the Rose & Crown in Tonbridge on 23 July between 10.30 am and noon. Come and meet us. Get to know us. Talk to group leaders. Social distancing may still be necessary. Enjoy meeting people once more. There will be further coffee mornings at the same time and venue every third Friday of the month. Visit the TU3A website or email

Compiled by Alec Pelmore and Anne Waddingham © 2021

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