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2014 News Archive

December 2014

Energy Deal for Parishes

Click here to find out about this initiative.



The recycling weeks calendar can be found here.


Airports Commission – Drop in Session 16 December 2014

We have received details of a forthcoming drops in session being organised by the Airports Commission and would like to share the details with you.

The drop in session will be held in Longley Suite of the Arora Hotel in Crawley between 18:00 and 20:00 on 16 December. The session will give the opportunity to ask further questions about the consultation process on the Heathrow and Gatwick expansion options and give advice on how to respond to the consultation. Further details are attached. Tickets or reservations are not required for this event.

For further information, please visit the Airports Commission website here


November 2014


The Mayor of Tunbridge Wells Christmas Toy Appeal

Click here to read about this year’s appeal.


Being a Local Councillor

Are you interested in becoming a local councillor? Read on if the answer is yes.


Rusthall Christmas Tree Lights & Carol Service
This will be taking place on Saturday 6th December at the United Reformed Church Grounds and Hall.
Final details and times to be confirmed, we are currently looking for musicians and singers if anyone would like to perform a few Christmas Carols. Also those of you involved with the school, library, youth clubs, guides, scouts etc we are hoping the residents of Rusthall would like to make decorations for the tree? Please contact Lisa Lindfield, Events Organiser on 07738 662687
And save the date : Rusthall Fete – Southwood Road Playing Field – Saturday 11th July 2015 – 12-4pm, Music from 4-6pm.
Please save the date. If anyone is interested in playing music or booking a stall contact Lisa Lindfield, Events Organiser on 07738 662687


October 2014

Temporary Road Closure – Woodside Road, Rusthall – from 17 November 2014 for up to 5 days

There will be no access for through traffic between the junctions with Grange Road and Apsley Street.

The alternative route is via Grange Road, Bretland Road, Rusthall Road and Apsley Street.

The closure is necessary to line a public sewer to be carried out by SDI Unistride.


Private trees overhanging roadways

Please click here to read how you can help.


KCC Highways & Transportation’s winter service provisions

Please click here to read about winter service provisions in Kent.


Gatwick Airport

The Parish Council have sent a letter to the Airports Commission, raising some residents’ concerns with the increased air traffic and proposed second runway at Gatwick airport. They have also voted, with a vote of 7/2, to join the HWCAAG as an Associate Member.


Fun Day

Tunbridge Wells library are holding a fun day on 25 October. More…


Community wardens consultation
We are looking at how we can make the Community Warden service more efficient. From 29 September 2014 to 9 November 2014 we are asking you to read our proposals and tell us what you think.


September 2014

Ice Rink 2014

Click here to view the press release.



Interested in renting an allotment? Information on available plots can be found on our Allotments page.


Tunbridge Wells Library Event

There will be a special visit by the writers of ‘The Dreamers’, a musical based on the life of David Reginald Salomons, on Wednesday 1 October at 6.30pm.

David Reginald Salomons was the only son of David Salomons of Broomhill, Southborough. He was killed along with many other soldiers on the Hythe when it was sunk during World War I.

The writers James Beeny and Gina Georgio will talk about the production ahead of its premiere at the Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells They will be joined by some of the cast who will play a selection of songs from the show.

Tickets for the evening are free, but booking is advisable. Telephone 03000 41 31 31 or email


Sunnyside Community Hall

Sunnyside Community Hall has a new website. Click here to view.


Rusthall Grange

Kent High Weald Partnership are visiting Rusthall on Saturday 4th October to have a tidy up at Rusthall Grange. More…


New Rusthall Common Walking Trail

The Kent High Weald Partnership Rusthall Common walking trail can be downloaded here. Click here to view their latest events. The maps can also be downloaded from the Tunbridge Wells Commons Conservators website.


August 2014

Clive Roberts

Meet Clive Roberts Author of ‘Rusthall’s Fallen’ Tuesday 9 September 2014, 7pm Rusthall Library. Tickets are free but booking essential For more information, telephone 03000 41 31 31 email More….


Patrick Gooch

Meet author Patrick Gooch Thursday 25 September, 6.30pm Tunbridge Wells library Tickets are free, booking essential. For more information call 03000 41 31 31 or email More…


Change of day and time to meet Parish Clerk

Please note that Parish Clerk Su Denne, will now be at Rusthall Library each Tuesday between 9am and 10am.


July 2014

Rusthall: A Picture Tells All 2014 is back!

The photographic competition run by Rusthall Village Association and supported by the Kent and Sussex Courier is back for another year. To enter simply email a photograph you have taken in, or of, Rusthall in the last 12 months to our website editor and include your name, contact telephone and where the photo was taken. If entering the 16’s and under category please include your age. More…

Knit & Natter

Starting 8th August, a free event taking place every Friday from 2-3pm at Rusthall Library. Bring along your knitting, sewing, crafts, sequins and have a natter and share skills with like-minded creatives. Free tea, coffee and biscuits provided!


Gatwick Airports Airspace Survey

Click here to complete the survey.


Rededication of the War Memorial

An open air service to commemorate the commencement of the First World War 100 years ago. After the service, which will be attended by a number of organisations and dignitaries, light refreshments will be served. Wednesday 23rd July, 11am at St. Paul’s Church, Langton Road.


Free Weight Loss Group
Help and advice available from qualified and experienced professionals. Rusthall United Reformed Church, Manor Road, Rusthall TN4 8UD. Tuesdays starting 15 July for 10 weeks, 6pm to 7.30pm. Booking is essential. If you have a BMI of 28 or more contact the Health Team today on 01892 554201 or email For more details or other dates and venues visit our website


Denise Barnes

There will be an author talk by Denise Barnes at Paddock Wood library on Thursday 26th July More….


June 2014

West Kent Business Support Programme

Please note that two business advice surgeries will be held on the 8 July specifically for home-based businesses at:

  •  Cranbrook Library between 10am -12.30pm
  •  Royal Tunbridge Wells Library between 13.30 – 4pm

Further details can be found here.


Nourish Community Foodbank

Can you help?? The shelves are bare!!! We are in desperate need of food donations. We really need tinned veg, soup, beans & fish, coffee , sugar and breakfast cereal… Please help!! Food is distributed throughout Tunbridge Wells including Rusthall.

Donations can be dropped off at St Paul’s Church Centre or you can donate at Big Yellow in Tunbridge Wells or at the YMCA Warehouse.


Father Christmas World

Dear All,
Many thanks to everyone who signed the petition requesting a Planning Forum in connection with the proposals for Salomon’s. Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has agreed to hold a forum to discuss the Father Christmas World application, on 12th June at 2pm.
This means local residents can present their views to Councillors, Planning Officers and the owners of Salomon’s Estate before any decision is made. A team is putting together the arguments and three representatives will speak on behalf of all of those who are concerned. What we really need FROM EVERYONE ELSE now are two things:
1.) For as many people as possible to BE AT THE MEETING. If you are able to go — even for a relatively short time — that would be a very powerful message to the councillors. It may be that there will be TV cameras present too — again, the more people there, the better. The Forum is at the Town Hall in Tunbridge Wells, next to the Assembly Halls; nearest parking is Crescent Road. Thursday June 12th, 2pm.
2.) It is also vitally important that we all register concern about the inappropriateness of Father Christmas World in this location, by WRITING DIRECTLY TO THE COUNCIL. Letters don’t need to be long, but they do need to be original. They should address your worries about Father Christmas World in relation to planning and these might include some or all of the following:
Traffic; on the narrow lanes approaching Salomon’s Estate and roads in Rusthall, Speldhurst, Langton, Southborough, Bidborough. (Especially in mid winter. Remember the flooding this year? Imagine adding snow and ice to the mix!)
Road safety
Noise pollution (Think back to the concerts last summer.)
Light pollution
Inappropriate Development in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Inappropriate Development in Metropolitan Green Belt
Impact on Wildlife

Letters should be addressed to Mrs Jane Lynch, Planning Department, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council TN1 1RS, and should include the reference 14/01567/FULL. They can be emailed directly to The Planning Portal on the website is down at the moment so please also copy in
Please try to find time to write to the council as soon as possible and certainly by 12th June. By spending 15 minutes at your computer or desk NOW you could save hours queuing in traffic to get into or out of your house/road/village/town in December!

Thanks again for your support so far and please, please let’s keep up the momentum to ask the Councillors to support only responsible development at Salomon’s. Do please forward this email to everyone you think would be interested and could help. They can receive the emails directly by contacting

Any questions or comments, please let us know and in the meantime, many thanks once again, and best wishes,

Speldhurst Residents


Help for Dementia

There will be an open meeting for all those interested in how to cope and help people who have any form of dementia.

It is being organised by the Rusthall Medical Centre’s Patients’ Participation Group. The meeting is being held on Wednesday 18th June in the Lounge at Simmonds Court , Rusthall High Street, between the Library and the Primary School, from 7 pm – refreshments – for 7.15.

The main speakers are Kate Sergeant, Alzheimer’s UK, Tunbridge Wells branch, and Janette Olley from Carers First.

Admission is free with donations invited for expenses.

Sadly, there is no parking facility at the venue but Simmonds Court is close to the 281 bus stop in Southwood Road


May 2014

Rusthall Village Association Special Meeting

Following on from last week’s RVA meeting it has been arranged for representatives of the Marker Study Group to come to Rusthall to discuss their plans for development on Salomons Estate and Father Christmas World.

The meeting will take place from 6.30pm, Thursday 5th June 2014 in the United Reform Church (URC) on the High Street.

Why is this important? It’s estimated there will be over half a million extra people people a year on the narrow Broomhill Road and the surrounding lanes.

The RVA  are still very much supporting the request for wider consultation but understand the desire for Rusthall residents to have an opportunity to discuss Rusthall-centric issues, as these will differ to those of Langton Green/Speldhurst/Southborough etc. For further information, please visit the RVA website.


Manor Road Pre-School Spring Fair

Please come along to the Manor Road Pre-School Spring Fair this Saturday 17th May from 10am-12pm. In addition to cakes and face painting there are some fantastic local makers and raffle prizes include:

Family entry to Godstone Farm, A Summer Pass for Pure Fun Factory, Family Swim from Larkfield Leisure Centre, 2 x Family Swims from Tonbridge Swimming Pool, Sunday Roast for 4 at the Red Lion Rusthall, A Cake from Daily Bread, £20 voucher for a gel manicure/pedicure from Beautiful Nails by Kate… plus many, many more.

All money raised goes to the Pre-school and the children…


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Rusthall U14’s

Rusthall Parish Council sponsors Rusthall Football Club’s under 14 team!
Click here to see how fabulous the boys look.


Rusthall Theatre Club

For our next outing we have secured front stalls tickets for Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York’s Theatre. This will be on Wednesday, 2nd July, 2014. For more information and a booking form, click here.


Headway Court Coffee Morning

We are holding a coffee morning at Headway Court, 55 Edward Street, Rusthall on Friday 8th August at 10 till 2pm, to help raise money for the tenants social fund used to buy new equipment for the garden or communal areas and any activities as a group.

Any donations towards the tombola, bric-a-brac or book stalls will be welcome. Please spread the word to any local friends and family that may like to attend.


Pedestrian Crossing Campaign

I’ve started the petition “KCC: Install pedestrian crossings on A264 Langton Road & Major York’s Road” and need your help to get it off the ground.

Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here’s the link.

Here’s why it’s important:

Given the extent of usage and the absolute need to cross at these hazardous and extremely busy points, we call on KCC Highways (@KentHighways) to install pedestrian crossings urgently at the most appropriate and technically feasible points:-

1. On Langton Road between Rusthall village and St Paul’s Church and Common opposite
2. From the area of the car park on Major York’s Road across that road to the pavement and Common opposite

On Langton Road a very serious accident and several minor incidents have already occurred and others are easily predictable. Traffic frequently speeds around the shallow bend that leads children between the church and the rest of the villiage and has difficulty slowing down in time by the time pedestrians are seen.

On Major York’s Road the absense of a proper path on the car park side forces pedestrians to share the entrance/exit with traffic whose drivers are concentrating on selecting the best lane to negotiate the upcoming junction. The situation is set to become worse when National Cycle Route 18 joins up to this point.


Beach Party & BBQ

We are having a fund raising event for Rusthall Bonfire on Sat 10th May from 7-11pm, Beach Party and BBQ with as much as you can eat, meat, salad and puddings, being your own drink, tickets £12pp, great DJ and limbo competition, beach style fancy dress optional, please message me for tickets

Lisa – 07738 662687


Project R

Project R is a new up-and-coming project to get more activities going on in Rusthall for 11-19 year olds…. BUT we will need your help!! Please feel free to send us a message with your ideas and fill in our survey here.

Follow Project R on twitter @RusthallYouth

Like Project R on Facebook


Rustic Rusthall

Another lovely blog post from Mrs Anke on Rustic Rusthall.


March 2014

Easter Bingo

An Easter Bingo event is being held at Broomhill Bank School on  Friday 4th aid of their registered charity ‘Friends of Broomhill Bank School’. The main details are as follows:

  • Event runs from 7 – 9 p.m.
  • £2 entry per person which includes a free game (thereafter it is £1 a strip which includes 5 games)
  • Bring your own refreshments / drinks and glasses
  • Prizes are easter eggs or bottles of wine
  • Raffle tickets for sale to win a week’s holiday in a Cornish cottage

Anyone interested should contact the school office on 01892 510440 to book their tickets.


Community Warden

Our community warden Eloise Macey can be contacted as follows:

Telephone: 07813695872
Drop-in surgery: Fridays at Rusthall Library from 2pm-3.30pm



Just a reminder that you can donate non-perishable food and toiletries to the Nourish Community Foodbank via St Paul’s Parish Office, Church Centre or The Venture on the High Street.


Langton Green Village Market

Our neighbouring village will be holding a village market @All Saints Church Saturday 26th April, 10.30am till 1pm.

Stall holders are required for the first of what we hope will be many Langton Green Village Markets held at All Saints Church and in the surrounding grounds. If you are a local producer, business or talented individual and are interested in having a stall, please email Emma Stevens. We would like as many stalls as possible and a mix of produce, arts and crafts. Stalls are £10 or a donation -whatever you see fit on the day!


February 2014

Consultation on new bus pass for 11-16 year-olds

Residents are being asked to comment on the proposed revision of the bus pass for 11-16 year-olds.

The new scheme – the Young Persons’ Travel Pass, which mirrors many of the benefits of the Kent Freedom Pass – would allow pass holders to travel by bus 6am to 7pm, Monday to Friday, from 1 September to 31 July. Consultation begins on Monday 24 February.

David Brazier, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said:

“The £200 annual travel pass represents excellent value for money, and could allow parents to save hundreds of pounds a year on the costs involved in transporting their child to school.

“We have worked hard to meet parents’ needs – focusing the limited budget we have on providing bus travel to and from school for their children.

“This new scheme does not provide for weekends or the school holiday month of August. But it must be borne in mind that this is a discretionary service that we do not have to provide. Outside London it is the most generous of its kind and in other areas the level of support is significantly lower or non-existent.

”Research shows that under the current scheme 75–78% of all journeys are made between home and school. We must find £273million of savings over the next three years, and so have focussed on providing school-day travel.”

Under the proposed Young Persons’ Travel Pass there would be no charge for Looked After Children and Young Carers, while the cost of a pass for those receiving Free School Meals may be halved to £100.

A decision will be taken once the consultation, which runs until 24 March, is concluded and the results have been analysed. It is proposed to implement the new scheme in September 2014 to coincide with the new academic year. A review will take place after six months to assess how the new scheme is operating.

Details on the consultation can be found at:


Public Health England – Advice

In the event of major floods, Public Health England works with local agencies, including the NHS, police, KCC, District Councils and Environment Agency to provide expert advice on protecting the health of the local community, particularly from microbiological and chemical hazards.

Our local health protection centres, liaising with national colleagues who specialise in environmental hazards, infectious diseases and emergency planning, can provide a focal point for health protection advice to local responders and the public. The Environment Agency has a key role in warning people about the risk of flooding, and in reducing the likelihood of
flooding from rivers and the sea.

A variety of leaflets have been produced and are available to support and inform people at


Kent School Games Cultural Celebration

We are seeking talented variety performers (e.g. singers, dancers, musicians, magicians, etc.) of school age to compete for an opportunity to perform at the Kent School Games Cultural Celebration event on Sunday 7th September 2014 at The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells.

Talented performers can enter via posting an audition video online. These will then be used to select performers to go through to one of two semi-finals. The judges will be specialists in their field, whether music, dance or variety. We have a top prize of £1,000 that will go towards the winner’s training in their performance field. The second prize is£500 and the third £250.

Deadline for entries: FRIDAY 28th MARCH 2014

To download an application form go to:


Discover Your Past : local history marketplace

Taking place on Tuesday 18 March 2.00 – 6.00pm at Southborough Library there will be a series of local history talks by Tony Streeter, Peter Barrett, Deborah Cole and Judith Johnson. History groups from Southborough, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells will be attending to offer advice on how to research family and local history. All talks are free, but booking essential For further details please ask a member of staff, call 01892 793680 or email



Try to avoid floodwater as much of it contains effluent. If you do have contact:

1. Wear gloves and boots
2. Wash contaminated clothes on a separate cycle
3. Cover any abrasions and cuts
4. If you feel unwell – contact a GP and mention that you have been in contact with floodwater.


Kent on standby for storm damage

An army of extra highways crews have been drafted in and others put on standby ahead of the severe weather that is expected to batter Kent this weekend. Highways teams are poised to tackle fallen trees and flooding across the county as heavy rain and high winds follow some of the wettest months on record. Motorists are being warned to take care of branches and trunks blown across roads, and likely flooding as water runs from already saturated fields on to highways. Tree clearance and other repairs will be carried out on a priority basis, with key routes and locations where homes are directly affected being tackled first. Working closely with other agencies, including district councils, the Police, Kent Fire and Rescue and the Environment Agency, KCC has been deploying sandbags to vulnerable areas.
Residents are asked to report highway faults on line at:, where details can be easily uploaded and locations pinpointed on an interactive map. Providing this information electronically helps speed up the rate of repairs. In the event of a highways emergency, residents should call 03000 41 81 81.
Further information can be obtained from:

Weather forecasts, warnings & advice:
Flood alerts, warning & advice:; call 0345 988 1188 or 0345 988 1188
Travel advice: or follow @KentHighways


Street Lighting

If you would like to see how the new night time street lighting affects you, please click here.


January 2014

Rusthall Theatre Club

For our next outing we are returning to the Theatre Royal Brighton for Bill Kenwright’s production of Fallen Angels by Noel Coward. This will be on Monday, 3rd March, 2014. More…


Some dates for your diary

19th July 2014 – Rusthall Village Fete, 12pm-6pm, Southwood Road Playing Field.
25th October 2014 – Rusthall Bonfire, Torchlight Procession and Fireworks Display, Torches on sale from 7.00-7.30pm, Procession leaves Common View at 7.30pm, Fireworks to commence approx. 8.15pm for about 20mins.

If anyone would like to help out marshalling or volunteering on a stall please contact Lisa Lindfield on 07738 662 687, or email


Rusthall in the news!

It’s been a busy week for Rusthall this past week what with Mrs Anke’s blog post and the Ostrich on the run making The Telegraph!


Some more dates for your diary…

Parish Meetings 2014

(These are held every second Monday of the month)

10th February, 10th March, 14th April, 12th May, (Annual Meeting of the Parish), 9th June, 14th July, 8th September, 13th October, 10th November and 8th December.

Date required for Annual Parish Meeting


Finance Meetings 2014

3rd April, 7th July, 6th October and 3rd November. Additional meetings may be held if required.


Allotment Meetings 2014

(These are held every third Tuesday, four times a year)

18th March, 17th June, 16th September and 16th December.


Burns Night Quiz

A Burns Night Quiz and meal is taking place on 25th January at the Parish Hall. The food choices are: haggis, neepes and tatties, sausage, mash and peas or beans or nut roast, mash and vegetables. There will also be a selection of puddings on sale, a grand raffle and it’s bring your own drinks. At £5 per person it’s great value for money and should be a good night out. So iron your kilt and contact Lisa ( or Tina (01892 544121) to book a place. There’s a maximum of six people per team. Arrival from 7.00pm with dinner Served at 7.20pm and the quiz starting at 8pm.


Rusthall Village Association Meeting Dates for 2014

This year’s open meeting dates for the Rusthall Village Association are:

Jan 15th
March 19th (AGM)
May 21st
July 16th
Sept 17th
19th Nov (Xmas Social)

All meetings take place at 7.30pm at the Rusthall Club, St Paul’s Street (unless otherwise notified). All welcome.


Urgent call for more foster carers

Kent County Council has launched a recruitment drive to find foster carers who are urgently needed to offer homes to the county’s most vulnerable children. The call comes as leading fostering charity The Fostering Network today (WED) revealed 8600 more foster carers are needed nationwide, and 925 in the South East, to provide stable, secure and loving families to children.

In Kent, more people are needed in the North and West of the county as well as families, couples and single people who are prepared to take in older children aged 12-15 and 16+.

Jenny Whittle, KCC cabinet member for specialist children’s services, said:

“There is a real shortage of foster carers in the West and North of the county which means vulnerable children risk being placed further away from their families, friends and schools. As the new year begins, people may be considering a change of career and we really need people in these areas to think about whether they could open their home to a child who needs them.

Since April 2013, 123 new foster carers have been recruited by Kent County Council but more are constantly needed to replace those who retire or move on from fostering and we need more carers who can care for older children and young people. Age, sexuality, ethnicity, and family make-up are no barrier to becoming a foster carer – all you need is a spare room, a positive attitude and a desire to work with children. Foster carers can offer short breaks or long term care and homes are particularly needed for those with complex needs and sibling groups.

To find out more about fostering, visit or call 0845 330 2968


Military History Quiz

A military history quiz is taking place at the Red Lion on Tuesday 14th Jan starting at 8pm. The cost will be £2.00 per person. For more
information please contact Amanda on 01892 520513.