Issue No. 284
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Mission Hall bookings

The Golden Green Hall is available for bookings. Contact Nicky Whapshott or 07702 212317. Ideal for children’s parties.

What’s on in Golden Green?

Weekly Classes in the Mission Hall

Mondays – Strength, Mobility and Balance Class – 10.30am-12 noon
* 2 October class has been cancelled *

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

Monday 2 October – Bernie’s Quiz – Bell Inn – 7.30-10pm
Contact: Bernie McGawley 01732 220811

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

Saturday 14 October – Afternoon Tea (booking required) – Bell Inn – 1-4pm
Contact: The Bell Inn 07881 0816227

Monday 16 October – Bingo! – Hall – 8-10pm
Contact Nicky Whapshott 07702 212317

Wednesday 18 October – Golden Green WI Meeting – Hall – 7.30-10pm
Contact: Rosalind Seall 01732 850664

Golden Green Speedwatch Appeal

Time to reduce the incidence of speeding through Golden Green! Andy Bowerman is coordinating a new Speedwatch group in Golden Green to discourage speeding though the village. Speedwatch is not a new idea. It has enjoyed several outings over the years and earned a mixed reputation. It is not being promoted as a cure-all for speeding but rather as one valuable contribution that communities can make towards tackling the issue. Training for volunteers along with systems and procedures within the Police have been improved in recent years. If you would like to be part of the team in Golden Green, email Andy at

Golden Green 250 Club – three £25 prizes per month – September:

89 Sam Gaines
65 Mark Bailey
250 Anne Waddingham

Strength and Mobility Class

Mondays 10.30-12 noon Mission Hall

Unfortunately, the class on Monday 2 October has been cancelled because the instructor is ill.

Golden Green Coffee Morning

Thursday 12 October 10.30am in the Mission Hall

All ages welcome for refreshments and a chat with friends. If you’re new to the hamlet, you’re guaranteed a friendly reception. Just turn up or contact Alec 01732 850739 for more details.

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.

Bernie’s Quiz Night 2 October 7.30-10pm
Ska & Reggae Family Day Saturday 7 October 2pm to late
Afternoon Tea Saturday 14 October 1-4pm Booking essential

Bernie’s Quiz Night @ The Bell

Monday 2 October 7.30-10pm

Everyone’s welcome to join us at this strictly-for-fun event. 7.15 for 7.30pm start £3 entrance fee, cash prize. It’s a lorra lorra laughs!

Golden Green WI

Wednesday 18 October from 7.30pm Mission Hall, GG

Lisa Hawney will be talking about the work of the YMCA in Tunbridge Wells and West Kent. For information about Golden Green WI, contact Ros Seall, 1 Bell Cottages 01732 850664

Bourne Park Freeholders Group

Are having a get-together with a buffet on Thursday 26 October at 6pm in The Bell. Please let Rod Belsey know if you’re interested.

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2023

This year’s appeal is from 26 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 fortheir country. If you can spare an hour or two to help with house-to-house collections in Golden Green and Hadlow, please contact Sean on 01732 850048 or email

Road Closures

Hartlake Road is scheduled to be closed for UK Power Networks cable installations until 12 October, although it has been frustrating that nothing has actually happened for two weeks – they have been waiting for the cables to be connected before they can repair the road surface again. At least no cars have yet fallen into one of the very large holes that have been left.

It won’t be open for long though, as SGN are scheduled to close it again from 30 October to 24 November to finish replacing the gas mains. Does anyone know when SGN are coming back to finish the work in Three Elm Lane? It was scheduled from early October (to mid-February 2024!) but there’s been no update for some time.


We did finally have a very pleasant rescheduled trip to Hastings, but I think that’s it for the winter – ideas for 2024 please.

TMBC Bourne Ward Councillors

Contact your TMBC councillors by email or phone:
Cllr James Lark; mob 07812 596194
Cllr Steve Crisp or c/o Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, Gibson Building, Gibson Drive, Kings Hill ME19 4LZ.

(Monthly surgeries in Hadlow have stopped).

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 – 9 October 7.30pm Old School Hall, Hadlow.

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

Hadlow Community Breakfast

Sunday 8 October 9-11.30am Old School Hall, Hadlow

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

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

Community wardens’ aims are to foster community wellbeing, support the elderly and vulnerable and help with accessing community services.

Our Community Warden for East Peckham and Hadlow (including Golden Green) is Diane Wakeling. Contact her on 07813 713740

Compiled by Alec Pelmore and Anne Waddingham © 2023

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