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December 2012 & January 2013

Keep Christ in Christmas!

Rev’d Mike Hayes All Saints’ Church, Wouldham View the Magazine online: 1

THE PARISH OF BURHAM & WOULDHAM All Saints Church, Wouldham Rev’d Mike Hayes Available on Thursdays, Fridays & Sundays.

Tel: 07964 697556 E-mail: Church Wardens

Mrs Gwen Worcester. Mrs Marie Rayner.

Tel. 01634 672060 Tel. 01634 681873


Mrs Gwen Worcester.

Tel. 01634 672060


Mrs Catherine Gore.

Tel. 01634 404742

Funerals (also Internment of Ashes & Permission for Churchyard Memorials)

Mrs Nicky Grimes.

Tel. 01634 864319

Prayer requests

Mr Rod Murr.

Tel: 01634 868075

Church Flowers

Mrs Catherine Gore.

Tel. 01634 404742

Church Treasurer

Mrs Janet Parris

Tel: 01795 555615

Church Secretary

Mrs Nicky Grimes.

Tel. 01634 864319

Parish Magazine Editor

Mrs Mary Davis.

Tel. 01634 869650

HONORARY ORGANIST & CHOIRMASTER We have a vacancy for an organist and/or a choirmaster at All Saint’s Church, Wouldham on 3 Sundays a month. The small choir rehearses weekly on Thursday evening. Please contact Rev’d Mike Hayes if you are interested. TREASURER VACANCY Our present PCC (Parochial Church Council) Honorary Treasurer has moved outside the Parish, so there is now a vacancy for the position. Previous experience is desirable but not essential. This will involve keeping financial records and attending PCC meetings every two months. The present Treasurer is happy to help with a gradual handover if required. Please contact Mrs. Janet Parris, Tel. 01795-555615 2

Dear Friends, We can’t help being aware that Christmas is approaching fast and hopefully during November we have taken the opportunity to purchase some gifts at all the village bazaars and fairs. Advertising everywhere for Christmas food and gifts seems relentless—BUY! BUY! BUY! and all the expectations at Christmas can make us feel stressed when it should be a time of joy and peace. So, there is an opportunity to enjoy a more peaceful Christmas by taking time out to go to the special Christmas Services (Page 5). Rev’d Mike Hayes has carefully planned and timed services throughout December so that everyone can find services for them and where they will be made very welcome. You can also donate some flowers to decorate All Saints Church in memory of a loved one ( page 8). So the church will be looking particulary beautiful. I have been given an update on how the 155 evening bus service is running (page 14). It is good news that the usage is just above the targets at which the future of the bus is secure, but we must keep on using it. I had a ‘bus moment’ myself when I realised I could take the bus instead of jumping in the car! I keep making my journeys in the same way and don’t immediately think of the bus. So we can be adventurous and use the bus! The ‘Friends of the 155 Bus’ website has lots of ideas for adventures using the bus! I’m sure many of us have had frustrating and annoying moments trying to drive through Burham along Rochester Road. So it is welcome that the police have sent me an article giving advice about good driving in this situation to try to prevent the jams. (page 14 & 15) I note that Zumba Classes are starting up in Wouldham (page 8) which is great for working off the excess of Christmas and also in Wouldham, the men are having another get-together in good company for supper and a drink and with a speaker. (page 7) Also in this Magazine, ‘Benecare Fostering’ are advertising for Foster Carers. (page 9). Perhaps there is someone who has thought that they could foster a child at a difficult time in their life. You can ring Benecare for an informal chat. Well this is a combined December/January edition of the Magazine which gives us all a bit if a break for Christmas and we will be back again in the New Year with a February edition. The Magazine wishes you A VERY PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS. 3

Mary Davis, Editor

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HOUSE GROUPS Wouldham On the 3rd Friday of the month. 21st December, 18th January, 3.30pm, 12 Trafalgar Close. Burham— On the last Wednesday of each month on 30th January, 8pm at 4 Church St. Contact Gwen: 01634 672060 4

You are invited to the Coffee Morning at All Saints Church, Wouldham. 10.30 - 11.30 am, 25th January No coffee morning in December

All are welcome

DECEMBER & CHRISTMAS Church of England Services All Saint’s Church, Wouldham

Sunday, 2nd December 10.30am,

All Saints, Wouldham All Age Eucharist, Advent Rev’d Mike Hayes & Church Worship Team

Sunday, 9th December 10.30am,

All Saints, Wouldham

Holy Communion Rev’d Mike Hayes.

Sunday, 16th December 9.00am 10.30am

Said Holy Communion All Saints, Wouldham Messy Church Burham Community Centre Rev’d Mike Hayes & Church Worship Team

Thursday, 20th December 10.30am

Winchester House

Holy Communion, Rev’d Mike Hayes

Friday, 21st December 6.30pm

Winchester House

Carol Service, Rev’d Mike Hayes

Sunday, 23rd December 10.30am 6.30pm

Said Holy Communion All Saints, Wouldham A Service of Lessons & Carols . Rev’d Mike Hayes. Mulled wine & mince pies afterwards. All Saints, Wouldham

CHRISTMAS EVE, 24th December 4.30pm

Christingle Service Rev’d Mike Hayes Midnight Mass Rev’d Mike Hayes

All Saints, Wouldham

Sunday, 30th December

All Saints, Wouldham



Holy Communion, Rev’d Mike Hayes

All Saints, Wouldham




Wouldham Parish Council Meeting

Wouldham Village Hall

Monday 14th January


PCC Meeting

All Saints Church, Wouldham

Thursday Community Club & Hi Kent Hearing Aid Clinic here on 19th December & 17th January

Old School Community Centre, Burham

WI Meeting Christmas Party Mr Ray Spiller— Musical Entertainment

Burham Village Hall

10.30 December Thursdays: 12 noon 6th & 13th & Wednesday 19th. January. 10,17, 24, 31 Tuesday 18th December


Mondays:, 7.30pm 17th December, 28th January

Burham Parish Council Meeting

Burham Scout Hut

Applications are now invited for Christmas distributions from

The Wouldham Perrins Charity. You may apply if you meet the following conditions : 1. Have lived in Wouldham for 10 years or more. 2. Are 60 years of age or older. 3. Are known to be of good character. 4. At the discretion of the Trustees are known to be in need of financial. assistance. Forms can be obtained from: Wouldham Stores, Mrs Marie Rayner, 8 Trafalgar Close, Wouldham Mrs Janet Parris, Arkadia Accountants, Burham. Trustees: The Rector, churchwardens & 2 members of the PCC 6

JANUARY Church of England Services All Saint’s Church, Wouldham

Sunday, 6th January 10.30am,

All Saints, Wouldham

All Age Eucharist Rev’d Mike Hayes & Church Worship Team

Sunday, 13th January 10.30am,

All Saints, Wouldham

Holy Communion Rev’d Mike Hayes.

Thursday, 17th January 10.30am

Winchester House

Holy Communion, Rev’d Mike Hayes

Sunday, 20th January 9.00am 10.30am

Said Holy Communion All Saints, Wouldham Rev’d Mike Hayes Messy Church Burham Community Centre Rev’d Mike Hayes & Church Worship Team

Sunday, 27th January 10.30am,

All Saints, Wouldham

Holy Communion, Rev’d Mike Hayes

Men’s Supper Evenings with guest speakers. Medway Inn, Function Room, Wouldham A warm welcome is extended to every gentleman who enjoys an evening of good company and lively conversation on a diversity of topics. The evening begins with a simple two course meal at a cost of £4-00. Supper is served at 7.30pm and drinks are available at the bar. To assist with catering quantities, please let Dennis Worcester know that you are coming – 01634 672060.

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Flowers in memory of a loved one at Christmas It is customary to remember family and friends who have sadly departed with flowers at Christmas time. This Christmas, with your help, we would like to fill All Saints, Wouldham with flowers in memory of our loved ones. All their names will be recorded in a book of remembrance which will be on display in the church over Christmas. Hopefully All Saints will be open during daylight hours giving families and friends the opportunity to see the flowers and to have a time of reflection and quietness during this busy period. If you would like to remember your loved ones in this way please use the form below and send to Catherine Gore, Ringshill Farm, Wouldham, Rochester, Kent. ME1 3TP or leave in the Shop in Wouldham or in Frosts Service Station, Burham in an envelope. Please make cheques payable to Catherine Gore or enclose cash. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Please print in block capitals I would like Flowers to be placed in church this Christmas in memory of: ....................................................................................................................................... ……………………………………………………………………………….............. Donation from: …………………………………………………………….............. ………………………………………………………………………………............. Telephone number: ……………………......I enclosed £ ………………………......

BLYSTHWOOD CARE APPEAL FOR YOUR HELP Blythswood Care responds to requests for help locally and globally— demand for clothing, bedding, shoes, etc is currently exceeding what we can supply! We would be grateful if you would help us by passing the word around that we URGENTLY need more clothes, bedding, shoes etc. There is also a need for musical instruments for young people to learn, spectacles and empty spectacle cases, hearing aids, good quality pots & pans, crockery, cutlery — where appropriate in sets of four or more, personal CD or audio players, sports equipment for children’s camps etc. Contact Doreen & Malcolm Northover: 01634 864139 8


THE CHURCH IN BURHAM (Methodist), Church St. Minister:- Rev Gary Watt 01732 522722 Stewards:- Eileen Smith, 01634 867022. Joyce Brown 01634 864413 Stewards & Property Stewards: Trevor Smith 01634 867022. Rod Murr 01634 868075 Any requests for Baptisms, Weddings or Funerals should be made to: Rev. Gary Watt or one of the Stewards.

SERVICES FOR DECEMBER Sunday, December 2nd


Advent Sunday Worship led by Martin Smith. At this Service we will be lighting the first Advent Candle and dedicating the Christmas Windows. Sunday, December 9th 10.30am Holy Communion led by Rev. Dr. Gary Watt. Sunday, December 16th 10.30am A Celebration for Christmas led by Robin Oakley and friends. Sunday, December 23rd 10.30am Morning Worship led by Eddie Vincent. Christmas Eve 2.0pm Christingle Service Christmas Day 10.30am Informal Worship led by Worship Team. December 30th 10.30am Morning Worship led by Worship Team.


Sunday, January 6th


Sunday, January 13th


Sunday, January 20th

Sunday, January 27th


Morning Worship led by Gill Gray. Morning Worship led by David Newall. Covenant Service led by Rev. Dr. Gary Watt. Evening Worship led by Tony Brown.

We look forward to welcoming you to our services, especially the special Christmas activities. On December 2nd the windows decorated by Church members, friends and the children of Burham School will be dedicated. 10


continued ...... The Celebration for Christmas on December 16th will include well-known Christmas Carols, readings poems, led by Robin Oakley and his music group. Mince Pies, tea and coffee will be served at the end of the service. Why not come with your children to help assemble the Christingles on Saturday December 23rd at, ready for the Annual Christingle Service at on Christmas Eve. The short service on Christmas Morning at 10.30am is a lovely way to start this special family day. OTHER ACTIVITIES

Afternoon Tea This continues each Tuesday in the Church from till 4.30pm. All are welcome to join us for a chat over a cup of tea and piece of homemade cake. There is also a Fun Quiz to add to the enjoyment!!. This of course will not take place on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day!

Country Lunch Please note that the Christmas Country Lunch will be on Thursday December 20th with special Christmas goodies. The Country Lunch in January will be as usual on the second Thursday on the month, January 10th.

Book Exchange

Book Exchanges will be held on Saturday December 1st and Saturday January 5th from 10.30am till 12.0. (Please note the change of time for this.) Everyone is most welcome to come to see what book choices are available from our substantial collection!!. Tea, coffee and cakes are served and we ask for a donation of £1.

“St Mary's by Candlelight” Saturday, December 8th, 7- 8:30pm In the beautiful setting of the Old Burham Church down by the river. Music, Singing & Refreshments. Free entrance. 11

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BURHAM PARISH COUNCIL NEWS 155 Evening bus service: As you are aware, this has been reinstated from 1 October 2012, for a 6 month trial period ONLY. There are 4 bus runs each way, each evening and we are no assured that if an average 10 people (either with bus passes or cash paying) travel on each run (no matter how long or short their individual journeys) then the evening service will be commercially viable and therefore safe without further subsidy. PLEASE USE IT OR LOSE IT. As the Christmas tree on the green The Parish Council is fully opposite Whitehouse Crescent never aware that the lagoon at really established last year (or the Margetts Pit is overflowing into year before that), it has now been the road. Aylesford Newsprint, removed. We are looking at the the operators of the pit and possibility of hanging lights on an KHS are also fully aware and existing tree, this is dependant on the are monitoring the problems. costs of moving the electric box. Don’t’ forget to recycle all your cardboard and paper in the large recycling bank at the village hall site. We do, as reported on many occasions, receive funds from both Smurfitts recycling and KCC, so by recycling you are generating funds. Don’t forget the Police crime reporting number is 101 For our project next year, we will be looking at improving the war memorial gardens, if you have any ideas/thoughts/comments on this, just let me know. Finally, we would like to wish all our residents a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!! If you have any items that you would like the Parish Council to discuss, just give me a call on 01622 609324, e-mail me on or come along to the monthly meetings, normally held the last Monday of the month. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday 17 December 2012, 7.30 pm in the Scout Hut, Village Hall Site, Rochester Road, Burham. January 2013 meeting is scheduled for 28 January 2013, 7.30 pm in the scout hut. Pam Saunders - Clerk


155 EVENING BUS SERVICE UPDATE There are good reports on the reinstated 155 evening bus service during October. Firstly Arriva reports that passenger usage is just above the targets at which the future of the bus is secure. That is good, but it is essential that usage is maintained or even improved on in the coming months. Even more positive are the reports coming back from bus users. They say the service is good and reliable and the drivers are cheerful and helpful. The main thing they like is that it enables people to get into Maidstone or the Medway towns for a really good evening out without having to worry about parking or not having a drink. They also say that the new bus timings seem to be working really well. Finally Arriva have kindly agreed to keep their October fare offer open until the end of the year which is a reduction of about a third on the full fare. For those on the internet, there is: “The Friends of the 155 Bus” website which has a wealth of current information on the 155 Bus service. Also there is Arriva’s own website at We need to continue to use the bus service whenever we can. It is essential to our villages.

Village, Choked Roads -

Police Driving Advice

A growing number of cars per household, and 24hr lifestyle are placing increased demands on our roads. Amplified in rural communities established before the motor car, such as Burham and Wouldham, a consequence is chocked roads that present driving challenges. Take Rochester Road in Burham between Bell Lane and New Road. It is a long slow “S” bend and difficult to see oncoming traffic until well past the second bend in the direction of travel. Wouldham bound vehicles face a line of parked cars with few passing spaces. In the Eccles direction the clear lane becomes the single carriageway. Good driving can ease this problem. The top tips below will ease your passage through. continued ......... 14

continued ........ Highway Code - gives the basic guidance that drivers going towards Wouldham should give way to those going toward Eccles. This will help keep the traffic flowing. Anticipation - read the road ahead beyond what is immediately obvious – more than just the car in front. Look for oncoming traffic especially buses and lorries that cannot fit into the available passing places. Look ahead for reflections of vehicle lights in house windows and on the walls. Seeing the small clues ahead enables a good driver to avoid problems or work through them. Avoid those distractions in your car to concentrate on reading that road ahead. Speed. The speed limit is 30mph however this driving situation requires slower speeds – it’s a limit not a target! Travelling slower allows more time to manoeuvre into the available passing places and give on coming drivers’ maximum thinking time. Allow more time for your journey – time pressures force driving decisions you’d otherwise not make, increase tendencies to speed and create stress. Bunching. Bunching or nose to tail driving is the normal cause of grid lock on this stretch of road, and increases the risk of accidents. Leave a good distance between you and the car in front so you know that you can use passing places if needed. Teamwork . Use your indicators to inform drivers ahead and behind that you are waiting for the gaps to appear, and consider not entering the difficult stretch until it is all clear. Parking. Considerate parking by residents goes a long way to providing those vital passing spaces, and making sure your wing mirrors have a better chance of remaining attached to your car! Car shares & alternate routes. Varying your route and car sharing will also ease the volume using the road, especially at peak hours. These simple tips can make all the difference to safe road travel, especially in Burham and Wouldham. Safe and happy driving 15

PARISH NEWS Choir Practice

Halls for Hire (Please do not telephone after 8.0pm)

Practices are held on Thursday evenings: 7.30pm—9pm. All Saints Church, Wouldham New junior and senior members are most welcome.

Burham Methodist Church Hall – 01634 864139 Burham Old School Community Centre – 01634 863322


Burham Village Hall – 01634 867669

If you are unable to collect your prescriptions and live in the Parish of Burham & Wouldham, the Church offers a collection service. Contact: Heather Lloyd— 01634 863345. Volunteers collecting these prescriptions need a minimum of 24 hours notice.

Wouldham Village Hall – Tel: 01732 870862 Burham Scout Hut 01634 863322

Saturday Waste Collection

MOBILE LIBRARY VAN The Mobile Library visits Burham & Wouldham every week on a Tuesday at: Wouldham, School Lane -1.15- 2.15pm Wouldham, Post Office- 2.20- 2.40pm Wouldham, Ravensknowle-2.45– 3.00pm Burham, Village Hall - 3.05– 4.05pm A selection of books – fiction & non-fiction. Large print books. Children’s books. DVDs. Orders can be taken. Use it or loose it!!

TMBC Helpline 01732 876147

Wouldham - 1st December 12th January Village Car Park, Knowle Rd, 8.0am – 9.0am.

Burham – 8th December 12th January Village Hall Car Park, 8.0am – 9.0am

Eccles – 1st & 15th December

In September ‘THE WORLD’S BIGEST COFFEE MORNING’ raised £204.15 for the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity.

12th & 19th January Bull Lane lay-by, 8.0am – 9.0am


Do not leave waste unattended at the collection sites or in advance of the waste vehicle arriving.

Phoenix Medical Practice 33, Bell Lane, Burham, Rochester. ME1 3SX Telephone 01634 867982. Fax 01634 864513

FLU CLINICS AT PHOENIX MEDICAL PRACTICE If you are over 65, you can have a flu vaccination free of charge at the Phoenix Medical Practice in Burham or Eccles. Clinics are being held until February. Please call in or phone: 01634 867982/01622 718558 to book your appointment.

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8:30 am - 5:00 pm 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Dispensary Opening Times Monday & Thursday:

8:45 am - 12:00 pm; 2:00 pm – 4:45 pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 8:45 am - 12:00 pm; 3:30 pm – 6:15 pm

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Christmas Special Offers

Wouldham Village Hall Monday 8pm Thursday 8pm £5 per class

Christmas Nails: Shellac/Gelish - £20 Smooth Skin: Microdermabrasion- £20 Eye lash and brow tint £10 - (patch test needed) ¾ leg wax - £10

Advance purchase 6 classes for the price of 5 Loyalty scheme Official Zumba merchandise and chilled water available to purchase at classes

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WOULDHAM PARISH COUNCIL NEWS Crime Report: - The Parish Council were pleased to note there were not any crimes reported to the Police in the village during September and October. Let us hope that this trend continues. On a further positive note, the recreation ground seems to be relatively free of dog poo and the recycling area is tidier. Please keep up the good work here helping to make Wouldham a pleasant Have you notice a problem place to live in. with a streetlight? The 155 evening bus service is in full swing again With the dark nights upon providing 4 journeys each way after 6pm. Please us we need to make sure all however remember that this service is only on a 6 Wouldham’s streetlights are month trial so we need to use it if we want to keep it working. If you spot a running. Why not try using this bus service if you are problem, please give the having an evening out. The last bus leaves Maidstone clerk a call. It would be at 11.10pm. You don’t have to worry about parking helpful to have the number and you can safely have a drink for the festive on the column, location to season! nearest property and details There have been several reports of cars parking on of the fault. the pavement in the various locations in the village. This does make it difficult for pedestrians to pass safely on the pavement, especially mums with pushchairs or a person in a wheelchair. We understand that parking can be a problem in Wouldham, but would ask people to be considerate to other residents when parking in the village. Also may we remind you to remember to park your car facing the way of the traffic flow as this is a legal requirement. (see the Highway Code). Zumba is back in Wouldham Village Hall on a Monday and Thursday evening, from 7.50 pm for an 8pm start for a 50 minute class. The class is run by a fully qualified Zumba instructor who lives in the village. You can contact Charlene for further details on 07919 091734. If you are thinking of booking Wouldham Village Hall for a party or a club, please contact the Parish Clerk for further information regarding hire or view the Parish Council website for further details. As the cold season is upon us and maybe a possibility of snow over the next few months, please check on any of your neighbours who may need help getting about in severe weather conditions. Also, don’t forget to report any hazards that may cause a risk to safety. With this being the last edition before Christmas, Wouldham Parish Councillors would like to wish all residents a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year and we will see you in 2013!

The next Council will be meeting on 4th December 2012

Contact details: Community Warden, Dave Liepnik : 07977 982187 , Police non emergency no. - 101, Parish Clerk, Sarah Egglesden: 01732 870862 Email: Website: 19

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Wouldham All Saints Church of England Primary School Dark nights and short days are a feature of this time of year but we’re glad of the brightness of our children bringing lots of light to our school. Last month we had good news when we discovered that children at Wouldham All Saints make better than expected progress so a big well done to everyone! This can only happen as a result of hard work by the staff, parents and of course, most importantly - the children! We are always working hard at ‘Flying High’ and encouraging the children to ‘Make their best their standard’ and have recently spent time looking at our behaviour management and friendship policies in a child friendly way. We have introduced a ‘Hall of Fame’ to highlight those children doing a particularly good job of this! We are constantly striving to develop greater responsibility from the children in developing good behaviours for learning which is a completely different thing to just ‘being good and doing as you are told!’ Part of this includes the introduction of Christian values that particularly support the building up of our learning community. We have taken the ‘Fruits of the Spirit’ from Galatians 5 and explore each one for a month. So far we have considered love and joy and how they can be developed and harnessed within the school and for December we will look at peace followed by patience in January. As always, to help us with this we have adopted a rather catchy song and if there was a league table for knowing all 9 fruits in the right order we would surely be at the top! Thinking of peace – especially suitable for this time of year – may you all have a truly happy and peace filled Christmas and we look forward to a successful and fun filled 2013! Dates for your diary Tuesday 11th December Tuesday 18th December Wednesday 19th December Thursday 20th December Friday 21st December Tuesday 8th January 2013 Wednesday 30th January Thursday 31st January

Otter & Badger Christmas Show Junior Christmas show Party, party, party! Whole school panto trip to Chatham End of Term 2. Shining Stars. Term 3 begins for all pupils Full Governing Body meeting. 7pm Shrek the Musical outing - pm

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Burham Children's Centre Welcome To The Team: Bell Lane, Burham. ME1 3SY

Jane Higgins Manager Jacqui Norwood - Community Involvement Worker Shelly Thomson - Early Years Practitioner

Please pop in or call us on 01634 686472. We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday—am. Stay & Play 9.30 - 11.30am - For children between 0 – 5 years. Free with no booking required. Tuesday—am Music Mayhem 9.45am - 10.45am - For children between 0 - 5 years. No booking required. Held at Burham Children’s Centre. £1 per child. Baby Time—every Tuesday 1.00—2.30pm, An informal group for new parents of babies up to 12 months. We have a soft play area with sensory play and a chance to weigh your baby. Wednesday—Stay & Play. Eccles, St Marks C of E Primary School. 9.45am - 11.15am - For children between 0 - 5 years. Physical, creative & free play. Free group with no booking required. (Term time only). Baby Clinic/Baby Time in Aylesford Community Hall every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Aylesford Baby clinic have joined with Burham Children's Centre for parents to come and meet in the informal setting. A soft play area is available. Also weigh your baby and seek advice from the health visitor. 22

CHILDREN’S GROUPS Burham Pre-School. Burham Village Hall. ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted inspection, March 2011. We welcome children aged 2 – 5yrs. Sessions Monday’s to Fridays from 9.15am to 11.45am. Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Lunch Club (11.45 – 12.20pm) & Afternoon session (12.20pm – 2.50pm). Come along and visit any morning and see if we are right for you. Supervisor - Tracey Beechey 01634 685239. Pre-school - 07946 793781 E:Mail:

Jelly Beans Pre-School, Wouldham Village Hall. Our Ofsted inspection found Jellybeans provision to be ‘good’ Sessions run Monday to Friday 9.15am – 11.45am, and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, 12.25pm – 2.55pm. For all children aged from 2yr. We also now run a lunch club, Tuesdays to Thursdays, 11.45am – 12.25pm, Feel free to visit at any time, no appointment necessary. For any further information, please contact Mrs Donna Cook, Supervisor, on 07581 661525 (out of session time) or 07855 041496 (during session time) THE NEW WAY OF CONTACTING YOUR LOCAL NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICE OFFICERS

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The Magazine of the Burham & Wouldham Parish Church Editor: Mary Davis, 132 Rochester Rd, Burham. ME1 3SH. Tel. 01634 869650. e-mail: Please send items for inclusion by the 10th of the preceding month. Please note; there are combined July/August & December/January editions. A Note From The Editor We hope you enjoy reading this Magazine. We welcome your news items and articles. However, we reserve the right to edit or not to publish. The publication of any advertisement does not carry the32 Church’s endorsement.

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