Issue No. 278
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Spring is Springing!

Spring is on the way. Well the buds on the trees and shrubs are swelling. Which is why this is a good time of year to be doing our village litter pick, before it all disappears under the verges as they grow. I have been keeping Hartlake Road clear and I know many others have been doing their ‘patch’. But we are planning to get as many as people together on 11th March to clean up the village (see below). All assistance welcome.

The other interesting event this month is the Dementia awareness session on 16th March. This a issue which is ever present especially in our village and puts a tremendous strain on partners and family so we all need to know more about it. See you there.

Meanwhile, I am planning to do a ‘sleep-out’ on March 27th in aid of Porchlight, the homelessness charity; although I am getting a little apprehensive about the weather! A lot of friends have been very generous in sponsorship so far and if you want to help go to

Mission Hall bookings

The GG hall is available for bookings. Contact Nicky Whapshott or 07702 212317.

What’s on in Golden Green?

***Government COVID-19 guidance will be followed; please stay at home if you are feeling unwell. For the latest guidance, visit Living safely with respiratory infections, including COVID-19***

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

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 4 March – Pride Night – The Bell – 7pm-late
Contact: The Bell Inn 07940 250644

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

Tuesday 7 March – Psychic Night – The Bell – 7.30-9.30pm
Contact Clare on 07881 816227 to book a place

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

Saturday 11 March – GG Community Litter Pick – meet outside Hall ­- 10.30am
Contact: Sean & Anne Waddingham 07375 674187

Saturday 11 March – Live music – The Bell – 7pm-late
Contact: The Bell Inn 07940 250644

Thursday 16 March – Dementia Friends Awareness Session – Hall – 2.30pm
Contact: Sandra Edmonds

Wednesday 16 March – Golden Green WI Meeting – Hall – 7.30-10pm
Contact: Rosalind Seall 01732 850664

Monday 20 March – Bingo! – Hall – 8-10pm
Contact Nicky Whapshott 07702 212317

Saturday 25 March – Karaoke Night – Bell Inn – 7pm to late
Contact: The Bell Inn 07940 250644

Golden Green Community Litter Pick

Saturday 11 March 10.30am Meet outside the Mission Hall

Everyone hates litter – please join us to make our community a nicer place to live. Equipment provided. More details from Sean or Anne (, 01732 850048).

Dementia Friends Awareness Session

Thursday 16 March 2.30pm in the Mission Hall

A free one-hour information session. Discover how dementia affects a person, what causes dementia, the signs and symptoms. Refreshments and cake provided! Led by Sandra Edmonds

NEW! Women’s Hula Hoop Dance Fitness – 3-week course

Saturday 11, 18 & 25 March 9-10am in the Mission Hall

Run by Laura Lamn. Hula is a cardio workout (burning calories and fat) and is great for toning your abs, glutes and arms. More information.

Golden Green Coffee Morning

Thursday 9 March – 10.30am in the Mission Hall

Grab the chance for a cuppa, a home bake and a chat with friends. All ages welcome!

Golden Green 250 Club

I have the last remaining  seven numbers to fill and then we can get going with prizes. Contact me if you want information. £6 per number, 36 prizes of £25 to be won over the year. All in aid of the village and the village hall.

Golden Green WI

Wednesday 15 March from 7.30pm Mission Hall, GG.

Our talk this month is on ‘Gardening for Wildlife’. For information about Golden Green WI, contact Ros Seall, 1 Bell Cottages 01732 850664

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.

Tuesday 7 March 7.30-9.30pm Join us for a Psychic Evening hosted by Carla Smith. Receive messages from loved ones as well as guidance.

Guests must be 18+. Booking essential – Please contact Clare on 07881 816227 to reserve a space.

First Monday of every month 7.30-10pm – Bernie’s Quiz.

First Saturday of every month 8pm to late – Pride Night.

Second Saturday of every month 8pm to late – the amazing voice of Leah Hall.

Last Saturday of every month 8pm to late – Karaoke with Dave Tanner.

Bernie’s Quiz Night @ The Bell

Monday 6 March 7.30-10pm

Tickle those little grey cells. All are welcome to join us at this strictly-for-fun event. £3 entrance fee, cash prize.

Coronation Celebration

Sunday 7 May Signpost Field

Plans are under way – details to follow. Volunteers needed – contact Gabrielle (

Golden Green Fete

Sunday 25 June 1-3.30pm Signpost Field

Join us for all the fun of a traditional fete – don’t miss this famous village event. Volunteers needed – contact Alec (

Village Outings

Last year we organised minibus trips to Hastings, Whitstable, Tenterden and Chiddingstone. With warmer weather on the horizon, more trips will be planned. Contact Alec with ideas or if you want to get regular updates on plans.

Road Closures and Roadworks

  • KCC are due to carry out drainage cleaning on 3 March in Cemetery Lane by Goblands Farm. Let’s hope it sorts out the flooding problem there. Stop/Go boards will control traffic
  • Temporary traffic lights are scheduled to continue to operate on Three Elm Lane until 6 March while South East Water carry out maintenance work
  • Blackmans Road will be closed on 15 March for one day, between 9.30am and 2.30pm, while a manhole is replaced

This information was taken from the traffic map at on 1 March – we can’t guarantee that it’s up to date! Any deviation from the dates given are down to the contractor(s) concerned.

(And don’t forget it’s Hadlow College’s Lambing Weekend on 25-26 March, so the roads around the college are bound to get very busy)

Speaking of Lambing …

Are you an irresponsible dog owner? Of course not – but sadly some people are. You know that your dog(s) must be kept on a short lead while around sheep any time of the year but especially now that pregnant ewes and lambs are in the fields. If you know any irresponsible dog owners, be sure to remind them to prevent needless tragedies – thank you.

Easter Egg Appeal

Mark Barrett is collecting Easter eggs for Hadlow Primary School pupils – please hand in to Reception or 10 Carpenters Lane.

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

Annual Parish Meeting and next Parish Council Meeting 13 March 7.30pm Old School Hall, Hadlow.

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

Community Breakfast

Sunday 12 March 9-11.30am Old School Hall, Hadlow

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

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).

Community Warden

Our Community Warden for East Peckham and Hadlow (including Golden Green) is Diane Wakeling. Contact her on 07813 713740 Community wardens’ aims are to foster community wellbeing, support the elderly and vulnerable and help with accessing community services.

Speed Watch

Volunteers wanted for GG and Hadlow. Training is online and Speed Watch sessions are carried out at locations designated by the Police.

Tonbridge and Malling Ramblers

We explore the beautiful countryside of Tonbridge and Malling and surrounding areas. Our guided walks usually start mid-morning. There’s a short break half-way through (bring refreshments) and we usually finish near a pub. You don’t have to be a Ramblers member to try a couple of walks with us, to help you decide if you’d like to join. If you’re new to our walks, it’s a good idea to contact the walk leader beforehand to check that their walk will suit you. For details of all our walks, visit

Compiled by Alec Pelmore and Anne Waddingham © 2023

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