Issue No. 269
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Mission Hall bookings

The Golden Green Hall is available for bookings. Contact Nicky Whapshott or 07702 212317. We would like to thank Robert and Rosalind, who are stepping down from the hall manager role, for their years of service, especially during the difficult covid years. Going forward, we will have a team looking after the hall, led by Nicky Whapshott and Angela McSheehy – and we would welcome others to join the team.

What’s on in Golden Green?

***As we learn to live with COVID-19, Government guidance will still be followed; please stay at home if you are feeling unwell. Living safely with respiratory infections, including COVID-19***

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 – Bell Inn – from 5-9pm
Contact: Bell Inn 07940 250644


Saturday 4 June – GGA Platinum Jubilee Lunch –Signpost Field – 12.30pm
Contact: or 01732 850048

Saturday 4 June – Family Fun Day – Bell Inn
Contact: Clare Tanner 07940 250644

Monday 6 June – Bernie’s Quiz – The Bell Inn – 7.30-10pm
Contact: Bernie McGawley 01732 220811

Thursday 9 June – Charity Coffee Morning – Hall – 10.30-12 noon
Contact: Alec Pelmore 01732 850739

Wednesday 15 June – Golden Green WI Meeting (members only) – Hall – 7.30 to 10pm
Contact: Rosalind Seall 01732 850664

Monday 20 June – Bingo! – Hall – 8 to 10pm
Contact: Rob Seall 01732 850664

Thursday 23rd June – Golden Green Summer Outing to Whitstable
Contact: Angela McSheehy 01732 851974

Rosemary Blackburn

It is with sadness we report the death of Rosemary Blackburn, who had lived in the village since the early 80s. On joining the WI, she soon became a valued committee member, taking on the role of President for many years. Rosemary was the WI Representative on the GG Association Committee. At the annual summer fetes, she served on the bric-a-brac stall and baked for the cake stall. One of her many claims to fame was as an impresario, when she arranged the screening of a long-lost film about hop picking in Kent; for two nights, the hall was bursting with audiences of over 90 people.

Rosemary Blackburn

Rosemary belonged to The Quilters’ Guild and won Best in Show at Hever Castle for her beautiful patchwork (see photo). Her appliqué work depicting the village sign can be seen as part of the WI wall hanging in the Mission Hall. Her contribution to the village will be sorely missed and our thoughts are with Chris and family.

Bernie’s Quiz Night @ The Bell

Monday 6 June 7.30-10pm

All are welcome to join us at this fun event. £3 entrance fee, cash prize. Bernie McGawley (01732 220811) is Quizmaster.

GG Charity Coffee Morning

Thursday 9 June – 10.30am in the Mission Hall

Last month’s coffee morning raised £60 for the Alzheimer’s Society. This month our chosen charity is Demelza Hospice Care for Children, which helps children with serious or life-limiting illnesses to live life to the full. Everyone is welcome from 0-100 years!

Golden Green WI

Wednesday 15 June from 7.30pm Mission Hall, GG

Members only meeting.

For information about Golden Green WI, contact Ros Seall, 1 Bell Cottages 01732 850664. Email:

GGA Platinum Jubilee Lunch Free Drink Offer!

Saturday 4 June 12.30pm Signpost Field

The Bell have generously offered to supply one free drink to all ticket holders of the GGA lunch. To claim your drink:
(1) Get your ticket validated at Signpost Field by the GGA Helper who gives you your lunch box.
(2) After lunch, take your ticket to The Bell and swap it for your chosen drink.

The offer is only available from 2pm to 10.30pm on Saturday 4 June 2022, is restricted to the number of lunch boxes stated on the ticket to a maximum of 7, and is not transferable.
And if you haven’t got a ticket, we have just a few spare lunches available (free to residents, non-resident adult £10, child £5). They’re available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Gabrielle on 851252.

(Don’t forget you can still join in without a ticket but you’ll need to bring your own lunch and chair and of course you won’t qualify for The Bell offer).

Fancy-Dress Competition

Remember there’s a fancy-dress competition with a royal theme at our Jubilee Lunch, with prizes for the best adult’s and child’s costume.

The Bell News

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

Saturday 4 June – Family day for the Platinum Jubilee: disco, singers, face painting, bouncy castle, food.

Join our pool and darts teams! – speak to a staff member.

If you have a ticket for the GGA Platinum Jubilee Lunch, see the Free Drink Offer above for details.

Golden Green 250 Club – Reminder

Winning numbers for May – £25 each

210 Peter Harlock
123 Anne Evans
179 Donald McLennan

Golden Green Summer Outing to Whitstable

Thursday 23rd June 2022

There are still a few seats available on the Hadlow Community minibuses for our summer outing to Whitstable. Meet outside The Bell at 9am. Depart Whitstable around 4.00pm. All GG residents welcome – £3 per person. Please call to book a place – Angela McSheehy 851974.

New Strength, Mobility and Balance Classes in GG

Starts Monday 11 July 10.30am-12 noon then every Monday in the Mission Hall, GG

Improve your balance or gain mobility and strengthen your muscles with a fully qualified instructor – and you get refreshments! £4 each (£6 for couples). Classes are mainly seated and you do as much as you can. For more information or help and advice contact Sue (mob 07867 648667 or email

Golden Green Summer Fete

Sunday 14 August 1 – 4pm – Signpost Field

As well as needing lots of people to come and have fun, to make it all happen, we’ll be needing helpers to help set up/take down, run stalls and the tea tent, raffle etc. as well as contributions of books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, ‘antiques of tomorrow’, cakes, tombola and raffle prizes. Contact Alec ( tel 850739). More details next month.

Open Artists’ Studios in Hadlow

South East Open Studios is back, and three artist studios open their doors to the public in Hadlow: Bourne Grange Studios, Carpenters Lane, Natal House, High Street and 1 Nursery Cottages, Court Lane. Look out for the local art trail posters and signpost arrows in the village. Directories showing all local artist studios open days and times between 3 and 19 June can be found in the village shops or downloaded from South East Open Studios 2022 Guide.

Follow the Hadlow Art trail connecting all three studios, enjoy a local walk and discover more about our local sites and their history.

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

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

Next Parish Council Meeting – 13 June 7.30pm Old School Hall, Hadlow.

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).

Tonbridge U3A

TU3A coffee morning is on the third Friday of the month at the Rose and Crown in Tonbridge from 10:30am. Come and join us. Have some light refreshments and meet like-minded people.

Compiled by Alec Pelmore and Anne Waddingham © 2022

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