On-line only

Please be aware that we are now sending the Email Hamlet out only by email. If you know of anybody in the village whose email is not on our distribution list please let us know.

And if neighbours are not internet connected please take a copy of the email round to them.

Golden Green Coffee Morning/community get-together

Every Thursday 10.30 at the Bell.
Free coffee but bring your own mug.
Open to all in the village, young and old.

The Bell News

Tel: 07940 250644
Facebook: The Bell – Golden Green

The Bell has been very busy doing a wonderful job of charity fundraising in August. A hog roast and live music event were held over the Bank Holiday weekend for the benefit of the Alzheimer’s Society, and which raised an amazing £1600.

Mid-month, the VJ Day commemorations included live music from Miss Vintage and Llama Lounge and a display by the Queen’s Own Living History Group, with donations totalling £260 going to the Royal British Legion.

And earlier in the month, over £200 was raised for Hospice in the Weald.

And the Bell would like to thank TMBC Highways department and Colas who kindly at the last minute rescheduled the roadworks they had planned for the bank holiday weekend to make sure the Alzheimer event went ahead as planned. Much appreciated.

New Bell opening times:
Mon-Thu & Sun 12 noon to 11pm
Fri, Sat 12 noon to 12 midnight
Food served Fridays & Saturdays 5-8pm
Saturdays & Sundays 12 noon to 3pm (Booking essential on Sundays)
The Bell has a 5* food hygiene rating

Upcoming events at The Bell

Golden Green Quiz – Monday 7 September 8pm
Quizmaster Bernie McGawley. £3 entry fee with a cash prize. All welcome.

250 Club – August winners of £25 each – one couple on GG will be celebrating!!

40 – Chris Blackburn
231 – Richard Clarke
41 – Rosemary Blackburn

The Friends of Kent Churches Ride & Stride

Saturday 12 September, 10am to 6pm.

Golden Green Mission Hall is one of the churches/chapels on the list.

Robert Seall is the local ‘organiser’ [Golden Green only] and has sponsorship forms and copies of the list of churches/chapels that can be visited for anyone wishing to take part. He himself is riding 60 miles this year, visiting all the 25 parish churches along both sides of the Medway between Tonbridge and Rochester, and he is looking for lots of sponsors to help him on the way. Half the money he raises will go straight to our Mission Hall.

For more details please visit or call Rob on 850664.

Are you sitting comfortably?

The Watsons in Sherenden Park were surprised to find a bubble-wrapped garden chair from Out & Out left on their drive with no address or delivery note. Have you been expecting one? Contact The Hamlet ( if so.

Save Hadlow College Farm Shop update

– Anne Waddingham

Thank you to everybody who has joined the Save Hadlow College Farm Shop Facebook group (nearly 400) and to those (almost 600) who have signed the Save Hadlow College Farm Shop online petition (

As you may have seen in the media, the educational administration of Hadlow College and remaining associated sites were transferred to North Kent College on 15 August.

The response to the petition and comments from the new CEO and Principal David Gleed was non-committal. However, our MP Tom Tugendhat’s reply was a little more upbeat. He is due to meet with North Kent College and said ‘I fully appreciate the exceptional role [the college farm shop] has played helping our all residents in Hadlow, Golden Green and the surrounding area in recent months so will work to ensure it remains.’ So please keep signing and sharing!

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2020

– Hadlow & District Poppy Appeal Organisers Sean & Anne Waddingham (01732 850048)

There will be no house-to-house collections this year but the Poppy Appeal is arranging for a number of the major supermarkets, banks and online retailers to distribute paper poppies directly to the public in October/November. Remembrance Sunday is 8 November and Armistice Day is 11 November.

You can of course make a donation to the Royal British Legion at any time or there is wide range of merchandise at the online Poppy Shop.

Golden Green Association Facebook group

The group reached the milestone of its 500th member last month. It was created by GGA Secretary Cllr Howard Rogers in June 2014 and has gone from strength to strength as an invaluable means of keeping the community in touch. To join, visit and send a request (you need to be a Facebook member).

St Mary’s Church, Hadlow

Wednesday Communion is again being celebrated in the St Mary’s, and Sunday Communion is being added from 6 September. Booking essential. The service on 6 September is full but other dates are available – visit and search for ‘St Mary’s Hadlow’. If you are unable to attend in person, services will continue to be live-streamed via Zoom. More information at or tel 07570 941809.

St Mary’s weekly newsletters can be found at

Congratulations to Revd Nicky Harvey
St Mary’s curate Nicky Harvey will be licensed as Vicar of Marden on 13 October. She is currently on secondment to the Mereworth, Wateringbury and West Peckham benefice. Nicky will return to Hadlow for a final service at St Mary’s on Sunday 27 September at 10am. Her energy and enthusiasm will be much missed, and our best wishes from Golden Green follow her in her new role.

Hadlow 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).

Save Capel Newsletter

The July newsletter can be downloaded from

Citizens Advice in North & West Kent – revised services

The CAB advice service is still open but only available via phone, email or webchat.
•    Call 0300 330 9001 to speak to a CAB Advisor (Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm, calls cost the same as to a landline)
•    Email
•    For self-help advice, visit

Compiled by Anne Waddingham and Alec Pelmore © 2020

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