Issue No. 280
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Mission Hall bookings

The Golden Green Hall is available for bookings. Contact Nicky Whapshott or 07702 212317.

What’s on in Golden Green?

***Government COVID-19 guidance is still being followed; please stay at home if you are feeling unwell. The latest guidance: Living safely with respiratory infections, including COVID-19***

Weekly Classes in the Mission Hall

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 6 May – Drag & Cocktail Night – Bell Inn – from 8pm
Contact: The Bell Inn 07940 250644

Monday 8 May – King’s Coronation Afternoon Tea & Cocktails – Bell Inn – 12 noon-5.30pm
Contact: The Bell Inn 07940 250644

Thursday 11 May – Coffee Morning – Hall – 10.30am-12 noon
Contact: Alec Pelmore 01732 850739

Saturday 13 May – Leah Hall Singing & Music – Bell Inn – 8pm-late
Contact: The Bell Inn 07940 250644

Monday 15 May – Bernie’s Quiz – Bell Inn – 7.30-10pm
Contact: Bernie McGawley 01732 220811

Monday 15 May – Bingo! – Hall – 8-10pm
Contact Nicky Whapshott 07702 212317

Wednesday 17 May – Golden Green WI Meeting – Hall – 7.30-10pm
Contact: Rosalind Seall 01732 850664

Wednesday 24 May – Golden Green AGMs – Hall – 8pm
Contact: Alec Pelmore 01732 850739

Saturday 27 May – Disco & Karaoke Night – Bell Inn – 8pm to late
Contact: The Bell Inn 07940 250644

Local Elections Thursday 4 May

Don’t forget to take along your photo ID (such as passport or driving licence) when voting in the local elections on Thursday. Your local polling station is the Mission Hall on Three Elm Lane opposite The Bell Inn.

Golden Green Coronation Big Lunch

Sunday 7 May 1-4pm Signpost Field, Three Elm Lane

We’re all set for our Big Celebration of the Coronation. If you bought a ticket, thank you – the response has been wonderful, with over 100 sold. They will be hand-delivered to you before Sunday. When you collect your lunch, your ticket will be validated so you can swap it later for a free drink in The Bell (from 2pm to 10.30pm on 7 May 2023, restricted to the number of lunches stated on the ticket to a maximum of 7; not transferable).

Although there are no tickets left for the meal, you’re welcome to bring your own picnic and join in the fun. Cash bar available. There will be seating for most people but bring your own picnic chairs and/or blankets if you prefer. All we need now is good weather!

AGMs for the Golden Green Association and the Golden Green Mission Hall Charity

Wednesday 24 May 8pm Mission Hall followed at 8.12pm by drinks in The Bell

Notice is hereby given of the AGMs of the GGA and the Hall Charity – Democracy in action! Let me know if you want to get more involved in village activities. Should be very quick to allow time to go to the Bell.

With a special thank you to Peter Thomas who is stepping down at treasurer to the Mission Hall charity … and to Nicky Whapshott and Angela MacSheehy for taking on the roles of manager and treasurer.

Golden Green 250 Club – April – Prizes £25 each

150 Poppy Revell
190 Louise Gardner
1 Peter Moss

Golden Green Coffee Morning

Thursday 11 May 10.30am in the Mission Hall

All welcome for a cuppa, and a natter with friends.

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.

Drag & Cocktail Night Saturday 6 May 8pm onwards
King’s Coronation Afternoon Tea & Cocktails Monday 8 May 12 noon-5.30pm
Singing & Music with Leah Hall Saturday 13 May 8pm-late
Bernie’s Quiz Night 15 May 7.30-10pm
Disco & Karaoke Night with Dave Tanner Saturday 27 May 8pm-late

Bernie’s Quiz Night @ The Bell

Monday 15 May and 12 June 7.30-10pm

Because of the bank holidays, Bernie’s quiz for the next two months will be slightly later. All are welcome to join us at this strictly-for-fun event. 7.15 for 7.30pm start £3 entrance fee, cash prize.

Golden Green WI

Wednesday 17 May from 7.30pm Mission Hall, GG

Annual Meeting and Resolutions.
For information about Golden Green WI, contact Ros Seall, 1 Bell Cottages 01732 850664

Age UK Strength and Mobility Class GG Hall

Monday 15 May 10.30-12 noon Mission Hall

There will be no classes on any of the up-coming Bank Holiday Mondays: Coronation Extra! – May 8; May Spring Bank Holiday – May 29. The next session will be on 15 May.

Golden Green Summer Fete

Sunday 25 June 1-3.30pm Signpost Field

Join us for all the traditional summer fun of the fete: Tug-of-war, Egg & spoon, Pratt’s sack races, Home-made cakes, Books, Puzzles, ‘Antiques of tomorrow’, Tombola, Coconut shy, Wheel of fortune, Piggy races, Hook-a-duck, Buzzer game, Giant jigsaw, Raffle, Cream teas, Strawberries & cherries (if ready), Bar & BBQ and more! Next month we’ll be asking for donations to the various stalls. And as always, it can’t happen without Helpers! Needed for erecting tents, running stalls, managing games etc. Contact Alec (

Village Outings

Last year we visited Tenterden, Chiddingstone, Hastings and Whitstable. The minibus is available so where would you like to go? Contact Alec to put yourself on the list to be the first to hear about any plans.

Friends of Kent Churches Ride + Stride Sponsored Cycle Ride

Saturday 9 September

Sponsorship funds are split between the Friends of Kent Churches and the church/chapel of your choice. Details and sponsorship forms are available on the Kent Ride and Stride website or contact Rob Seall; tel 850664.

South East Open Studios

2-18 June 2023 Hadlow, Tonbridge and Kent, East Sussex Area

A group of Hadlow artists are opening their doors and studios to show their work. Look out for posters and banners. A map and a guide will also be available. Just look out for the yellow bikes to guide you to a huge variety of creative products in many styles and forms. SEOS is an artist-led event running for two weeks in June and is open to all artists and makers working in Kent and parts of East Sussex. Details and guide are on the website For more information contact Georgina Bays ( or 07834157243).

Chris Blackburn

We are sad to report the passing of Chris Blackburn – Chris and Rosemary have been pillars of Golden Green for many years and involved in a plethora of village activities. I will partilcularly miss his ‘local round’ at the annual quiz night where he always dug up interesting local facts which none of us knew! We will miss them.

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 – 11 May 7.30pm Old School Hall, Hadlow.

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

Parish Caretaker required 3 days a week. Full details and application form on council website or phone the Parish Office.

Community Breakfast

Sunday 21 May 9-11.30am Old School Hall, Hadlow

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

Hadlow Bowls Club Open Day

Sunday 28 May 10.30am-3.30pm

Everyone is welcome to come along and have a go. Flat soled shoes are the only requirement. The club is open every Tuesday at 2.30pm and Thursday at 4.00pm. These are just fun sessions. For more details ring Dave 01732 852138 or Brian 01732 850013.

Borough Councillor Surgeries

Are held on the second Saturday in every month, 10.00am-12 noon.

Services at St Mary’s Church and St Peter’s RC Church, Hadlow

Please see the Hadlow newsletter for details.

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.

Compiled by Alec Pelmore and Anne Waddingham © 2023

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