Issue No. 274

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Mission Hall bookings

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

Volunteers to join our team to manage the hall are always welcome.

What’s on in Golden Green?

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

Weekly Classes in the Mission Hall

Mondays – New! Strength, Mobility and Balance Class – 10.30-12 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


Coming soon!

Saturday 5 November – Pride Night – The Bell – 7pm-late
Contact: The Bell Inn 07940 250644

Monday 7 November – Bernie’s Quiz – Bell Inn – 7.30-10pm
Contact: Bernie McGawley 01732 220811

Thursday 10 November – Coffee Morning – Hall – 10.30am-12 noon
Contact: Alec Pelmore 01732 850739

Saturday 12 November – Live music with Leah Hall – The Bell – 7pm-late
Contact: The Bell Inn 07940 250644

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

Monday 21 November – Bingo! – Hall – 8-10pm
Contact Nicky Whapshott 07702 212317

Saturday 29 November – Karaoke Night – The Bell – 7pm-late
Contact: The Bell Inn 07940 250644

Sunday 18 December – Carol Service – Hall – 4pm
Contact: Alec Pelmore 01732 850739

Golden Green Coffee Morning

Thursday 10 November – 10.30am in the Mission Hall

Come along for a chat, a cuppa. All ages welcome!

Strength, Mobility and Balance Classes

10.30am-12 noon every Monday in the Mission Hall, Golden Green

A friendly and fun class to improve your balance or gain mobility and strengthen your muscles with a fully qualified instructor, followed by refreshments. Classes are mainly seated and you do as much as you can; £4 each (£6 for couples). For more information or help and advice contact Sue (mob 07867 648667 or email

Golden Green WI

Wednesday 10 November from 7.30pm Mission Hall, Golden Green

Talk on ‘The Fabulous Fifties’.  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

New! Lunch menu Wednesday to Saturday 12-3pm; Thursday & Friday noon-6pm.

First Saturday of every month 7pm to late – Pride Night.

Second Saturday of every month 7pm to late – the amazing voice of Leah Hall.

Last Saturday of every month 7pm to late – Karaoke Night.

Bernie’s Quiz Night @ The Bell

Monday 7 November 7.30-10pm

All are welcome to join us at this fun event. £3 entrance fee, cash prize.

Carol Service

Sunday 18 December 4pm Mission Hall

This year our service of carols and readings will be accompanied by Pat’s Clarinet Choir, who will play some carol arrangements from 3.45 – so make a point of coming early! To be followed by mulled wine/cider and mince pies. The real start of the festive season!

Golden Green 250 Club – October winners

195 Mark Knowles
84 Stan Ellis
28 Mrs Parris

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2022

Did you know the Royal British Legion (RBL) helped Sean Connery learn to be a French polisher before he took up acting? Today the RBL continue to help ex-servicemen and women transition to civilian life. Read about the many ways that the RBL support the Armed Forces community.

Wearing a poppy is also about Remembrance – honouring those whose service and sacrifice help to preserve our freedoms.

Thank you for supporting the 2022 RBL Poppy Appeal. Your local Poppy Appeal Organisers are Sean & Anne ( 01732 850038).

Elaine Belsey – Rod Writes

I would like to thank family, friends and neighbours for their kind words of condolence, the many cards received on the death of my wife Elaine (Tress), the donations to the Stroke association and the Hillside Animal Sanctuary Norfolk that has now amounted to £605 … plus the ton of carrots kindly donated to the Animal Sanctuary.

Elaine was trained on leaving education as a children’s nurse, joined the Women’s RAF (WAAF’s) at the age of 18 years assigned to the medical wing of that service, and worked at two hospitals plus the Modbury General in Adelaide Australia. On returning to the UK she worked, as did I, for The Wellcome Foundation pharmaceutical company in research, development and production of human and animal medication.

When we first came to Bourne Park we were both very involved in the then Bourne Park Residents Association. For 14 years Elaine was very much the inspiration that allowed us to enjoy two outings each year to various locations, always with interesting stops en route; a Christmas Lunch and a spring lunch each year at locations such as the Golf Club, Hadlow Manor; even seeing the London Christmas Lights with fish and chip supper. This was all paid for from money raised from early morning boot fairs, raffles and lottery funds. All our events were well attended by most if not all BP residents, about 50 people, with each persons needs carefully catered for.

Elaine and I were part of the Dartford Archaeology group the unearthed the Saxon bowl now known as the Darenth Bowl. This was yet another activity that she got from when her class at school worked for a period of time during summers holidays on the Lullingstone Roman villa.

Elaine was the most caring and understanding person that I have ever known, and in every way she was and will continue to be the wind beneath my wings.

May I conclude by thanking The Bell Team for giving us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Elaine’s life, the food provided and the service was excellent. Thank You.

Road Closures and Roadworks

Traffic disruption caused by roadworks in and around GG is finally easing this month but the following works remain to be completed:

This information was taken from the traffic map at on 2 November – we can’t guarantee that it’s up to date! Any deviation from the dates given are down to the contractor(s) concerned.

We have also had notice that there will be gas mains work on Hartlake Road (top end) from 21st November for 4 weeks which may involve some closures. Watch this space.

Hadlow Gift Fair

Sunday 20 November 11am-3pm Hadlow Village Hall, Williams Field TN11 0HQ
For all things Christmassy!

Speed Watch

Volunteers wanted for GG and Hadlow. Training is online and Speed Watch sessions are carried out at designated places.

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 – 14 November 7.30pm Old School Hall, Hadlow.

The 2023-24 Budget Process has started, and Precept request will be made in December or January.

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

Community Breakfast

Sunday 13 November 9-11.30am Old School Hall, Hadlow
Please contact the parish office or 01732 851878 by 12 noon Thursday 10 November if you wish to attend, to ensure there is enough breakfast for all.  £4 For full English,

Borough Councillor Surgeries

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

Compiled by Alec Pelmore and Anne Waddingham © 2022

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