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2013 News Archive

December 2013

Household Waste Collection and Recycling Services Over Christmas and the New Year

Please check on the Borough Council website for waste and recycling collections over the Christmas and New Year. More…


Collective Energy Switching

The Energy Deal Switch site is now accepting registrations so why not register and see if you can save £££’s off your energy bills. The scheme is supported by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and you can register now with no cost and no obligation.


November 2013

Community Christmas Tree

On the 14th December the Rusthall Bonfire and Fete Committee are putting up a Community Christmas Tree in the grounds of the United Reformed Church. We are inviting everyone to make decorations and come along to see the lights being switched on at 5.30pm, then moving over to the Parish Hall for Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and a Carol Sing a long to be started by the School Choir, this will run between 6.00pm-7.00pm. If anyone would like to donate homemade decorations please let Lisa Lindfield know on 07738 662687 or before the 13th December. Please note as the tree will be outside and subject to the weather conditions we will not be able to return the decorations.


Forthcoming Events at the Red Lion

The Red Lion are holding a charity race night Friday 29th December in aid of the children’s charity Dreams come true. Free entry come along and help make a child’s dream come true.

On Saturday 14th December they are holding a Christmas quiz in aid of Hospice in the Weald. Come along and test your music knowledge against councillor Chris Elwood!


Primrose Project

The Primrose Project now have their spring bulbs all potted up. In addition to hyacinths, they also have Narcissi Tete-a-tete, Daffodils (white with yellow centres, red edge), Tulips ( and creamy white), snowdrops, crocuses and irises (blue). They are priced between £1 to £2 a pot. Hopefully there will be something for everyone. They also have some spring bedding and perennials, some living willow for arches etc. Any visitors very welcome!


Red Lion

The Read Lion are now doing Sunday Roast lunches from 12.30pm. Every Tuesday starting from Tuesday 26th November they will be holding the golden members (over 60s) lunch club. The cost of this lunch will be £4.00 for 2 courses and it will be available to order between 12 -2 pm.


Manor Road Pre-school Christmas Fair

Please come along to the Manor Road Pre-school Christmas Fair. This year it promises to be bigger and better than ever before! More…


Addition to the War Memorial

It is requested that the name of Rifleman 7597 John Barnett, killed on 28th October 1914, be added to the War Memorial. Please read the information herewith. If anyone has any objections or comments please make appropriate representation to the Parish Council. More…


Poetry Evening

There is a poetry evening on November 28th at Tunbridge Wells Library. More…


Primrose Project

The Primrose Project is a social and therapeutic gardening project based at the Southwood Road allotment site next to the sports pavilion. They still have lots for sale and their dahlias are still blooming and are being sold by the bunch. Coming very soon are narcissi, tulips, irises, crocuses and snowdrops in pots. Plants are priced from 50p to £3.50.  More…


October 2013

The Red Lion Pub, Rusthall
The Red Lion has now been taken over by Amanda and Michael.  They have several events
planned and are starting off with a Thai night on the 9th November at 7.30pm. Spaces are limited so booking early would be advisable. For more information just pop in to the pub or phone them on 01892 520513.  You can also email them at


Commons Survey

The Kent High Weald Partnership wants to know about how people to use the Commons.

Do you ever go to the Commons? Could you tell us what could be done to enhance your visit and help you come more often? Please take a few minutes to fill in a short online survey.


Bag it and Flag it!

Following complaints about dog mess, there will be another event at 10.30am on Saturday October 12. Come along and help show up the irresponsible dog owners in the village. Bring gloves but bags will be provided. Meet at Common View.


Rummage Sale

The Friends of Rusthall School are holding a Rummage Sale Saturday October 12 in the Junior School Hall. Doors open at 10am. Entrance is 50p for adults, children free. The sale will include children’s and adults clothing, shoes and handbags and second hand school uniform. All funds raised will be used to support the provision of music, sport, art and drama in school. No dealers please.


Mark Rutherford’s People : A selection of readings by Mark Crees

William Hale White, who lived in Groombridge, wrote a number of novels under the pseudonym ‘Mark Rutherford’. Few people will have heard of him or read his books, but in his day Hale White was one of the most influential literary figures in the country. He knew George Eliot and William Morris and George Orwell said he had written “one of the best books in English”. Critic and playwright Mark Crees will present an evening of readings of Rutherford’s books at Tunbridge Wells library on Wednesday 30 October at 7.00pm

Tickets, priced £1.50, are available from the library. Please call 0300 333 6022 or email<



A very welcome to Clare Coburn our new PCSO who started on Monday. She is moving to Rusthall from St John’s area and is a very experienced PCSO.


Common Conservators

The Commons Conservators are going to make improvements to the path to the Marlpit Pond as it always gets very muddy in the Winter. They are also going to improve the access onto the Common at the junction with Common View at the start of the High Street.


September 2013

Macmillan Cancer Care Table Top Sale

Come along to the Children’s Centre on Monday 30th September 2013 between 12 – 2pm for our Table Top Sale in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care.

There will be all sorts of lovely things for sale including cakes, cosmetics, christmas gifts, greetings cards, candles and baby items. Some of the Made in Rusthall ladies will be there with lots of new Christmas stock for you to buy.

Please stop by to help us to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care and to learn about the proposed changes to Children’s Centres in Kent and have your say.


Help your community become dementia friendly

Click here for information on this initiative.


Transformed by You

Have you got an idea to improve your local area? For information on this new initiative, click here. In short:

  • Anyone can enter an idea
  • It only takes about 5 minutes on the website – really straightforward!
  • Share of £9,000 prize fund up for grabs
  • Ideas wanted on 3 subjects – staying fit and healthy, helping people to help each other and getting involved in arts & culture
  • Ideas need to be submitted by 11 October
  • Selected ideas will be taken to the Innovation Day on 23 November at the Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells. Anyone can come to this, but need to register on-line and they can work with experts to develop their idea or other people’s
  • Winning prototypes will be decided on 23 November and prizes handed out after the judging


Healthwatch Kent

Healthwatch Kent is now established, and is here for anyone with healthcare or social care issues. Read on…


John Butler

As part of the Tunbridge Wells Children’s Story Festival, John Butler, children’s author & illustrator will be visiting Rusthall Library on September 21st at 11.30 to read three of his books. Booking is essential and can be done in person or by calling the library on 01892 521667.


Electric Film Festival

The Electric Lantern Festival, Tunbridge Wells’ international film festival is taking place between the 2nd and 8th September. Click here for further information.


Shared Lives Scheme

Give people with dementia a break. Read the press release here.


Harmony Children’s Centre

The autumn/ winter timetable is now available to view here.


August 2013

Council tax

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is aware that some residents in the Tunbridge Wells area have received a letter from a company called Bainbridge Simpson Ltd, claiming that they are likely to be in the incorrect council tax band. The company will charge residents a percentage of any future reduction in council tax.

The letter is not connected with the council in any way.

If you are concerned that you may not be paying the right amount of council tax, go to the council’s website  to check your council tax band, or call the Valuation Office Agency on 03000 501501. Enquiries about council tax can be made free of charge and you do not need the services of an agency to make an enquiry on your behalf.


Road Closure

Temporary Road Closure – A264 Church Road and Castle Road – from 24 August
2013 for up to 14 days. Church Road will be closed between A264 Mount Ephraim and A26 London Road  and Castle Road between A264 Mount Ephraim and A264 Church Road.

The alternative route is via A264 Mount Ephraim, Bishop’s Down, Major Yorks
Road, A26 London Road. The closure is to locate a collpased sewer to be carried out by Southern Water Services.


Work needed

Alastair Powley is 15 years old and lives in the Toad Rock area of Rusthall. He is looking for some occasional employment to accompany his studies, such as babysitting and odd jobs. Alastair has experience in looking after children in his role as Young Leader at Rusthall Cubs. Please contact him on 01892 545067 or 0780794553 or email


Rusthall Library

Tunbridge Wells Library will be closed from 29th August through to 21st October for a refit. During this period, Rusthall library will open on two extra days each week and will additionally open Monday and Wednesday between 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm.


Jack and the Beanstalk

Well, it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas


July 2013

Police Contact Point on Rusthall High Street

Starting from Wednesday 7th August, there will be a fortnightly Police Contact Point on Rusthall high Street. The mobile police station will park on the High Street and a local Police Community Support Officer will be on hand to help with any policing issues or questions. Click here for further information.


Competition time!

Rusthall Village Association are holding a photographic competition. All you have to do is take a photo of the ever so lovely Rusthall so get your camera out and start snapping. Closing date is 8th September 2013. More information can be found here.


Water Aid Coffee Morning

This is taking place on 24th August. Click here to view information on the event.


Street Lighting

Kent County Council has launched a public consultation on the hours it is proposing to switch-off lights during the early morning as part of a drive to deliver better value for money for council taxpayers. It proposes to convert around 70,000 of its 120,000 street lights to ‘part-night’ lighting. This could involve switching these lights off between midnight and 5.30am. Meanwhile, later this summer, Kent County Council will turn off around 3,000 surplus lights on a trial basis.

To take part in the consultation or find out more information, please visit


Harmony Children’s Centre Summer Timetable

There are lots of exciting things going on at Harmony Children’s Centre over the 6-week break…
… singing & dancing, cooking, arts and crafts, outside play and more…

Take a look at the Summer Holiday Timetable and ring the centre on 01892 521284 to book your place.


Rusthall Theatre Club

For our next outing we have secured stalls seats for Liolà by Luigi Pirandello in a new version by Tanya Ronder at the National Theatre, London. This will be on Wednesday, 4th September, 2013. The coach will depart from outside Rusthall Pharmacy at 5.00pm. The cost including both ticket and coach is £30.00. Click here for a booking form.


Roll up, roll up!

The village fete is almost upon us. It’s taking place this coming Saturday July 13th, from 12-5pm at the Southwood Road Playing Field. There’s lots of fun to be had on the day and best of all Made in Rusthall will be making a special guest appearance so don’t forget to stop by and say hello and to by some lovely handmade in Rusthall goodies. How was that for a shameless plug, eh? (Please don’t write in). See you there.


Consultation on Children’s Centres

NB: Harmony Children’s Centre in Rusthall is affected by this consultation.

Kent County Council is currently reviewing the way in which our Children’s Centres operate. We have put together a proposal which will enable children and families to continue to access a range of advice and support services through our Children’s Centres but we want to know what you think. A consultation on this proposal will be taking place between 4th July and 4th October 2013.

We are consulting on one proposal which includes;

  1. Reducing the number of Children’s Centres
  2. Linking Children’s Centres to reduce management and administrative costs
  3. Reducing hours at some Children’s Centres

If you want to contribute to the consultation, which we hope you do, please go to, and read the document we have put together. There is also a survey where you can tell us what you think, which is really important in shaping the future of Children’s Centres in Kent.

If you have any questions please visit your local Children’s Centre, email us at, or phone 0300 3335540.


Honorary Freedom of the Borough

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is very pleased to announce that it has recently awarded The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment the Honorary Freedom of the Borough. This is the highest award that can be given by a local authority to a military unit.

A formal ceremony will take place on Monday 15 July from 11.15am. The Regiment will exercise their right to ‘march through the streets, with bayonets fixed, drums beating and colours flying’, with a parade at 11.00am from the High Street, up Mount Pleasant and into Crescent Road. On arrival at Crescent Road outside the Assembly Hall at approximately 11.15am there will be an award ceremony and inspection of troops by the Lord Lieutenant of Kent and the Mayor


Rusthall Grange

The transformation of Rusthall Grange Greenspace, Grange Gardens is almost complete so come along on Wednesday July 10 to help with the last push before our celebration day which will be Thursday July 25 when after all the hard work, it’s time to relax and enjoy the results. Join in the celebration with wild play, arts & crafts and a free BBQ, 11am to 3pm.


Coffee Morning

A coffee morning is taking place on Saturday 6th July between 10.00- 12.00pm at the United Reformed Church. Stalls include  homemade cakes, temporary tattoos, cards, Folly Wildlife and Air Ambulance stalls, bric a brac and a raffle. There will also be a display by the Rusthall Local History Group. All welcome.


Summer Fete – reminder

A reminder that St Paul’s summer fete is taking place on Saturday June 29 (tomorrow) from midday.


Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge for children starts in all Kent’s libraries on Saturday 13 July 2013.

This is a spine tingling adventure for children aged 4-11. They will collect stickers for reading whichever library books they choose. If they read 6 books they will receive a fantastic medal and certificate.

The challenge is a great opportunity to have fun with reading over the summer holidays.

Children can join at Rusthall library (or any other Kent library) from Saturday 13 July and it’s FREE!

There is also a free Holiday Happenings event at Rusthall Library on 13th August.


Primrose Project


The Primrose Project have a selection of cut flowers and fruit and veg available to buy. Everything they sell has been grown in Rusthall so shop local and support this amazing project.


Kent County Show

For information on the show this year, click here.


Letter to all allotment holders

Click here to view.


Primrose Project

The Primrose Project on Southwood Road has some wonderful herbs and Spring plants for sale. If you haven’t visited recently why not stop by to say hello and to see what they have available to buy. Their pear and apple juice is divine!


Street Lighting

Kent County Council has launched a public consultation on the hours it is proposing to switch-off lights during the early morning as part of a drive to deliver better value for money for council taxpayers. It proposes to convert around 70,000 of its 120,000 street lights to ‘part-night’ lighting. This could involve switching these lights off between midnight and 5.30am. Meanwhile, later this summer, Kent County Council will turn off around 3,000 surplus lights on a trial basis.

To take part in the consultation or find out more information, please visit


Free Hearing Aid Support 

Friday 14 June from 10am to 11.30am, at Rusthall Library, no appointment needed, free of charge. More information from 01622 691151 or


Music Quiz

The Red Lion, Rusthall are holding The Ultimate Music Quiz, on June 14 from 7.30pm for 8.00pm. Entry fee £5 per person. Hot food will be included and a cash prize to be won.


Rusthall Ladies Society

Do come along on the evening of June 19 at 7.45pm to the Church Centre and share an evening with Vicky Burger. Vicky has called her evening “Anti-aging Facial”, this will be an evening of fun and an opportunity to discover how we can keep those facial lines at bay, or at least try!


Rusthall Youth & Community Project

Rusthall Community and Youth Project are holding their AGM Wednesday 26th June at 7pm at the Zone part of Rusthall Library. All welcome. For youth aged 12-16 there are two places still available for sail training in October on the OYTS “John Laing”, a 72 foot sail training vessel. Contact Mike Bassett on 01892 543544 or email for further details.


Summer Fete

The Friends of Rusthall School would like to welcome you to their Summer Fete on Saturday June 29. The fun starts at midday so why not join us for lunch at our tasty BBQ and follow it with a delicious homemade cake or strawberries and cream. With loads of fun activities for children and adults alike including Bouncy Castles, Face Painting, Smash the Crockery, Coconut Shy and many more there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. Stalls include our popular summer raffle, first prize £50. In the main arena, we will have a wide range of displays by our school clubs culminating with the traditional tug of war. All proceeds will be used to support projects to benefit every child in school. Entrance £1.00 adults, children free.


Rusthall Village Fete

Rusthall Village Fete is to be held on July 13, from 12-5pm at Southwood Road Playing Field. There will be a great selection of activities and stalls including making miniature gardens, face painting, classic cars, beer tent, tug of war, dog show, line dancing, modern jive demonstration, Kent Ferret Club, bowling alley, RNLI stall, the Local History Group presenting history of the fire station and police in Rusthall, Youth Club with free giant games, punch and judy and much more. To book a stall or more information please email or call 07738 662687.


**** Chairman’s Annual Report- click here to view ****


Nourish Community Food Bank

The Venture in the High Street will from Saturday 25th May have a collection box for non-perishable food items to be donated to Nourish Community Food Bank. All donations are very much welcolmed.


Allotment holders

There will be a skip at both the Southwood Road and Wickham Gardens Allotments from Thursday 23rd May. They will be there for one month only. ONLY rubbish collected from the allotments is to go into the skips and NO VEGETATION WHATSOEVER please. Thank you!



May 2013 News

Half Term Activities

Click here to view the exciting half term activities available through the Harmony Children’s Centre.


Bag It and Flag It!

Help raise awareness of dog fouling on Rusthall Common and Sunnyside Road on Saturday 18th May. Wear your wellies and come along to bag the offending mess and to place a white plastic flag on it. The bags will be counted, left for one day and then disposed of. The exercise will be repeated a month later to see if there has been any improvement. Meet at 10am by the recycling centre where the Courier photographer will take a photo before the event starts.


Rusthall History group

Read the latest Rusthall History Group Newsletter here


Love Where We Live Awards

For information on the Love Where We Live Awards, click here.


Rusthall Village Association

There are a number of positions within the Village Association Committee to appoint. For further information, click here.


Collective Switching Scheme aims to help residents pay less for their energy

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has launched its first collective energy switching scheme. ‘Energy Deal’ offers a new way for households to save money on their gas and electricity bills. The scheme will enable residents to group together to harness their buying power and aims to negotiate lower energy tariffs on their behalf.

Up until 3 June 2013 you can register to take part in the scheme by visiting You will need to have your most recent energy bill or annual energy statement to hand. It is free to participate and there is no obligation to switch your supplier. You can also register up to five households on the same email address, so you can help friends or family who do not have internet access to join in.

The scheme will help to overcome the confusion of searching through the large number of energy tariffs available. On 4 June, an energy auction will be held where energy suppliers will compete to offer the best energy deal. A personal offer will then be sent to everyone taking part, informing them of the auction result and showing whether they could make a saving. Only then do participants decide whether to switch and take up the winning supplier’s offer.

The scheme is jointly run by the districts of Tunbridge Wells, Dartford, Dover and Gravesham Councils and their appointed intermediary iChoosr. Guidance is provided throughout the registration and switching process. From Tuesday 30th April, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council residents without computer access can call 01892 554635 (Mon-Fri; 9am-5pm) or visit Tunbridge Wells Gateway to register, but will need to have their energy statement to hand.


County Council Elections

County Council Elections will take place on 2nd May 2013. To view the list of candidates for Rusthall (Tunbridge Wells West- last on the list), click here.


Nicholas Owen

Listen to Nicholas Owen speaking of his life as a broadcaster at Tunbridge Wells Library. More…


April 2013 News

Primrose Project

The Primrose Project on Southwood Road has some wonderful herbs and Spring plants for sale. If you haven’t visited recently why not stop by to say hello and to see what they have available to buy. Their pear and apple juice is divine!



From April 1st, the Parish Council will be taking over the running of the allotments. To find out more, click here.


Rusthall Theatre Club

For our next outing we have decided to go in a different direction and have secured stalls seats for the English Touring Theatre production of The Misanthrope by Roger McGough after Molière at the Theatre Royal Brighton. This will be on Wednesday, 1st May, 2013. The coach will depart from outside Rusthall Pharmacy at 5.45pm. The cost including both ticket and coach is £35.00. Click here for further information on the Rusthall Theatre Club.


March 2013 News

Who was the King’s jockey?

On Wednesday 13th March, Lesley Gray will be talking about her new book on the Epsom Derby suffragette tragedy. Tickets are available from Tunbridge Wells library.



February 2013 News

Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon

Temporary Prohibition of Traffic Order 2013


Rusthall Medical Centre Survey

A survey, which is running to the end of February at Rusthall Medical Centre, has been organised by the Patient Participation Group (PPG) for the practice. People can pick up the survey if they visit the centre or can do it online at: . The PPG are looking to get at least 200 responses. Already new doors have been fitted and the waiting room has been redecorated with bulbs planted in the courtyard planter. There is a noticeboard with information about the PPG that will go up shortly.


Sale in aid of Hospice in the Weald

An indoor sale is being held in aid of Hospice in the Weald at St. Paul’s Church Centre on Saturday 23rd February between 12-2pm. To book a table which costs £8, please contact Rose Patterson on 07775914848 or by email. Entrance will be 50p. Come along and support this worthy cause.


In Case of Emergency (ICE)

The Ambulance Service are currently running a campaign to encourage people to store an In Case of Emergency (ICE) telephone number on their mobile phone.  If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn’t know who to call.  In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialling the number you have stored as ‘ICE’.  It really could save your life, or put a loved one’s mind at rest. For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc


Wardens Update

Click here to view the latest update from the Tunbridge Wells Commons Conservators.


National Libraries Day

Saturday 9th February is National Libraries Day. Rusthall Library is hosting a variety of events including Baby Bounce and Rhyme,  Talk Time, Story Time, Book Group (adults) and Web Wizards. Why not pop in on the day  for a cuppa and to find out more about the resources and services our wonderful library has to offer.



January 2013 News

Rusthall Music Festival

Rusthall is to host its first music festival on Saturday 10th August! The event jointly organised by the football club and the Rusthall Village Fete and Bonfire Society will feature five local bands. The event starts at noon and will finish at 8pm. Tickets will be available soon and will cost £6 or £8 on the day. More information to follow.


Water Meters

Over 18,500 water meters are to be installed in the Tunbridge Wells area starting in February. Residents should receive a letter in due course. For further information, visit the South East Water dedicated website.


Harmony Street

Please note that Harmony Street will have no parking on the Toad Rock side while new paths are installed by the Commons Conservators. The work will commence on Monday 14th January for 5 days. Residents may park up on Rusthall Road so please be aware of and maintain the 30mph speed limit.


Advice Surgery

Greg Clark MP will be in Rusthall Library on Friday 25th January 2013 for an advice surgery. To book an appointment please call his office on 01892 519854.


Property Marking and Security Roadshow

Local Police Community Support Officers, a TWBC Community Safety Officer and KCC Community Warden will provide free security marking for bicycles, skateboards, scooters, phones and gadgets at the Fire Station, Lower Green Road. More…


Rusthall Theatre Club

The next outing is for the acclaimed production of One Man, Two Guvnors at Theatre Royal Haymarket.  This will be on Wednesday, 6th February 2013.  The coach will depart from outside Rusthall Pharmacy at 5.00pm.  The cost including both ticket and coach is £45.00. Click here for further information.


Potential Dog Poisoning on Rusthall Common

Commons Warden Steve Buddon reports on the Tunbridge Wells Commons Conservators website:

“I am hearing reports of dogs picking up poisoned items on Rusthall Common and have been told that have been a number of deaths. The implication seems to be that someone is putting out poison bait, with the intention of deliberately targeting pets; but I would emphasise that these reports are not confirmed yet. I will of course, keep you all informed of any developments but in the meantime, I would urge all dog owners to be vigilant when walking on the Commons.”

Could dog owners please report any incident to the Commons Conservators Warden – – as soon as they think their dog is a victim.


Harmony Children’s Centre

The New Year Harmony Children’s Centre timetable can be found here.