Issue No. 273

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Mission Hall bookings

The Golden Green Hall is available for bookings. Contact Nicky Whapshott or 07702 212317. Book your Christmas Party now!

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


Coming soon!

Saturday 8 October – Live Music with Leah Hall – The Bell Inn – 7pm-late
Contact: The Bell Inn 07940 250644

Thursday 13 October – Coffee Morning – Hall – 10.30-12 noon
Contact: Alec Pelmore 01732 850739

Friday 14 October – Pie & mash and singalong with Tom Carradine – The Bell – 7pm
Contact: The Bell In 07940 250644

Monday 17 October – Bingo! – Hall – 8-10pm
Contact: Nicky Whapshott 07702 212317

Wednesday 19 October – Golden Green WI Meeting – Hall – 7.30 to 10pm
Contact: Rosalind Seall 01732 850664

Saturday 29 October – Karaoke Night – The Bell Inn – 7pm to late
Contact: The Bell Inn 07940 250644

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

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

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

Golden Green Coffee Morning

Thursday 13 October – 10.30am in the Mission Hall

Come along for a chat, a cuppa and some of Alec’s famous bakes. 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 19 October from 7.30pm Mission Hall, Golden Green

Talk on ‘The Story of Great Ormond Street Hospital’. 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 time menu Wednesday to Saturday 12-3pm; Thursday & Friday noon-6pm.

Friday night burgers are back soon! Date tbc.

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.

We are also looking for men to play in the Monday dart league.

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.

Bacchus Wind Orchestra Concert

Saturday 8 October 7.30pm Tonbridge Parish Church

The band that Alec and Pat play in is performing on Saturday 8 October at Tonbridge Parish Church. Exciting programme. Tickets in advance £10 from or just turn up!

Carol Service

Sunday 18 December 4pm Mission Hall

Last Christmas we had organised a service to include Pat’s clarinet group but which, because of the Covid surge, morphed into a brass singalong outside the pub. The plan this year is to try to resurrect the carol service. We still don’t have a vicar so there will be a mixture of readings, carols and clarinet with Christmas arrangements. Pop it in your diaries now and let’s hope the current surge in Covid cases doesn’t derail us again!

Minibus Trips

Alec has driven minibus outings for a variety of groups from Golden Green and Hadlow this summer – Rye, Hastings, Whitstable, Tenterden, Chiddingstone, Wisley, Merriments Garden Centre – all good fun. If anybody wants to organise a group outing, just get in touch. Suggestions for other outings either this winter or next summer would be welcome. One thought is a trip to the Bedgebury Christmas lights. If you are interested, contact Alec.

Golden Green 250 Club – September winners

205 Louise King
69 Wendy Fairweather
225 Daniel Maxted

Yoga Mats

We have some yoga mats in the hall which were left many moons ago and are no longer wanted. If you would like one (for a donation?), get in touch with Alec.

Road Closures and Roadworks

The main disruption to traffic this month is going to be the closure in Golden Green of Hartlake Rd and temporary lights on Three Elm Lane; the continuing closures on the A21; and the weekend closures in Hadlow:

  • Blackmans Lane is due to reopen on 7 October but roadworks continue to 21 October.
  • Hartlake Rd is scheduled to be closed 3-21 October while SGN continue to upgrade the gas network between Three Elm Lane and Goldhill House.
  • SGN roadworks are returning to Victoria Rd 3-14 October but shouldn’t affect through traffic much.
  • SGN’s temporary traffic lights are due to be installed on Three Elm Lane just past Sherenden Park (towards East Peckham) from 3 October to 24 February 2023!
  • The A26 at Hadlow will be closed for three weekends starting 21 October to resurface the road.
  • The A21 overnight closures between Vauxhall and Morleys roundabouts continue in October.
  • Finally Seven Mile Lane will be closed at Mereworth 5-7 October

This information was taken from the traffic map at on 3 October – we can’t guarantee that it’s up to date! Any deviation from the dates given are down to the contractor(s) concerned.

Rosemary Blackburn

The Blackburn family would like to thank all those who donated at Rosemary’s Memorial Day, raising £203 for the Hospice in the Weald.

Leather on Hartlake Willow

“Leather on willow and afternoon teas
Plum bread with butter and slices of cheese
In the pavilion ladies cut bread
Should anyone fancy a sandwich instead”
From “Simply Cricket” by David Threadgold

Ever wonder where the willow from which cricket bats are made comes from? Well, some of it comes from Hartlake Rd! You may have noticed that a few big willows were cut down last month –felled for Gray-Nicholls, a family firm in Robertsbridge who have been making cricket bats since 1855. Many famous players have used their equipment, including England’s Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, James Anderson and Mike Atherton. The trees are harvested on a 30-year cycle and the stumps will grow again.

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2022

This year’s appeal is from 27 October to 12 November. Every poppy counts, and your contribution will make a real difference to the lives of the Armed Forces community who have given so much for their country. If you can spare an hour or two to help with house-to-house collections in Golden Green or Hadlow, please contact Sean on 01732 850048.

A Little Light Music

Do you play an orchestral instrument? Did you know Hadlow has its own amateur orchestra? We’re a friendly group who meet monthly to have fun playing light classics and arrangements. No audition necessary. If you’re a beginner or an expert, or just rusty, why not join us in Hadlow on Saturday afternoon on 22 October? Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Anne ( 01732 850038) for more details.

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.

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 – 10 October 7.30pm The Mission Hall, Golden Green.

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

Borough Councillor Surgeries

Held on the second Saturday in every month, 10am-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).

Compiled by Alec Pelmore and Anne Waddingham © 2022

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