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May 2013

Rev’d Mike Hayes All Saints’ Church, Wouldham View the Magazine online: www.burhamvillage.org www.wouldhampc.kentparishes.gov.uk 1


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

Tel: 07964 697556 E-mail: mikejhayes@hotmail.co.uk Mrs Gwen Worcester. 672060 Mrs Marie Rayner. 681873

Tel. 01634

Baptisms

Mrs Gwen Worcester. 672060

Tel. 01634

Weddings

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. 868075

Tel: 01634

Church Flowers

Mrs Catherine Gore.

Tel. 01634 404742

Church Treasurer

Mrs Janet Parris

Tel: 01795 555615

Church Secretary

Mrs Nicky Grimes.

Tel. 01634 864319

Church Magazine Editor

Mrs Mary Davis.

Tel. 01634 869650

Church Wardens

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Tel. 01634


Dear Friends, This month the Magazine has something of a wildlife theme. Surrounded as we are by such beautiful countryside and special diverse wildlife, it’s good to get out and enjoy them. Dennis tells us (page 15) about some of the birds that the group spotted on Burham marshes on a cold, blustery day in April. This month I see he has organised an evening bird spotting event ( page10). There’s also a walk out in the woods (page 17) to enjoy and to help raise some funds for charity while doing so. Last year I took part in the ’Great Butterfly Watch’ in my garden and was disappointed to see very few species. Butterfly Conservation sent me information about why 2012 was a disaster year for butterflies (page 18) and they give us some very easy ways of helping the butterflies to re-establish themselves as well as helping the bees. Also on page 29, I have some clues for wildlife detectives. During our ‘snowy season’ I found many different animal tracks in our garden so I did a bit of research. As usual there are plenty of events going on. Firstly, the week 12th— 18th May is Christian Aid week and you can expect volunteers to call house to house to ask for a donation to help some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. We hope you can make a donation however small. Ladies, don’t miss the fashion show (page 17) which will also raise funds for leukaemia and lymphoma research and men, you can enjoy an evening in good company with a home made meal and an interesting speaker (page 13). Don’t forget, if you are ‘of age’, to go over to the 60+CLUB on Tuesday afternoons in Wouldham (page 10) to, most importantly have a good time, but also to help the club establish itself as the weekly event everyone wants to go to. Also in Wouldham you can ‘BASH THE TRASH’ and take part in giving your Village a spring spruce-up (page 11). So now that spring has sprung it’s time to enjoy getting outside and also to sow and plant some flowers to brighten up the garden and give some much needed help to the butterflies. Mary Davis 3


WHY I GO TO CHURCH. Tradition has a lot to do with it. When I was a little girl I would go to the local Church as all my school friends did because it was closely aligned to the school. I sang in the choir and tried to earn a sixpence from the Vicar for learning a passage of the bible off by heart. The church was dark and quiet, with lots of stained glass windows and quite gothic in style. I loved it; the whole feeling of peace in the Church combined with the bustle of the village. Now I go to All Saints, Wouldham and am beginning to love this little Church just the same, not dark and gothic but light and, after its recent ‘makeover’, quite a modern look. My favourite bit is singing the hymns. Everyone has a go regardless of their singing ability and if you don’t want to sing, the lovely choir will do it for you. I am sad that more children don’t go with their parents or grandparents to gain all those village memories. I don’t go every week. Sometimes a lie in and a morning with The Archers wins over but when I go, I come out feeling somehow renewed. There is time for private prayer, time thinking about others, time for a sing and time for thought and afterwards a cup of tea and a chat with the congregation followed by a rush home to put the roast in—it feels like a proper Sunday. Above all, the Church and its regulars are so friendly and welcoming. Why don’t you come along. You will be very welcome. Get back some of your own memories of childhood and bring your children so they can have some themselves. It would be lovely to see the Church full on a Sunday and great for the 2 villages, after all, a Church isn’t just for Christmas! Nicky Grimes

CHURCH TREASURER Our present PCC (Parochial Church Council) Treasurer has moved outside the Parish and we now have a vacancy for the position. This is an honorary position which will mostly involve recording all income and expenses each month and then informing the PCC of these. The church does need to prepare yearly accounts, based on these figures, but lots of help is available and the present Treasurer will assist in completing these if needed. While previous experience is helpful, it is not essential and it would give lots of practical experience of simple bookkeeping. The present Treasurer is more than happy to give any help with a gradual handover if necessary. Please contact Janet Parris Tel. 01795 555615 4


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

Sunday,

5th May. Easter 6

10.30am,

All Age Holy Communion, & Baptism

Thursday

9th May, Ascension Day

7.30pm

Holy Communion

Sunday,

12th May. Easter 7

10.30am,

Holy Communion Followed by Hunger Lunch

All Saints, Wouldham

St Marys Church, Burham All Saints, Wouldham

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 12th—18th May Thursday,

16th May

11.00am

Holy Communion,

Sunday,

19th May, Pentecost

9.00am 10.30am 4.30pm

Holy Communion Messy Church Taizé Service

Sunday,

26th May, Trinity Sunday

10.30am,

Holy Communion & Baptism,

Winchester House All Saints, Wouldham Burham Community Centre St Marys Church, Burham

12TH –18TH MAY

Christian Aid Week Raising funds to help some of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people. We hope you will make a contribution, however small, when volunteers from the Church make a house to house collection during this week. Thank you.

If you are able to help with the collections please ring Gwen: 672060 5

All Saints, Wouldham

You are invited to the COFFEE MORNING All Saints Church, Wouldham. 10.30-11.30am, 31st May All are welcome


MAY MEETINGS Tuesday 7th May

7.30pm

Wouldham Parish Council Meeting

Wouldham Village Hall

Wednesday 1st May, & Thursdays: 9, 16, 23, 30 May

10.30 12 noon

Thursday Community Club & Hi Kent Hearing Aid Clinic here on 16th May

Old School Community Centre, Burham

Tuesday 21st May

7.30pm

Monday: 20th May

7.30pm

Burham WI Meeting AGM Competition: Spring Flowers Village Hall Burham Parish Council AGM Meeting

Burham Scout Hut

THE PEW CUSHION PROJECT AT ALL SAINTS CHURCH We now have a group of skilled and willing needle workers who are in the process of working beautiful tapestry cushions for the pews. Can you help by making a donation towards the project? This might also be in someone’s memory and the finished cushion will carry a permanent label with the name of the donor and/or to whom it is dedicated together with the name of the person who has worked the cushion. Complete below and send to : Mrs H Lloyd, 40 Downsview, Burham. ME1 3RR Cheques payable please to ‘Burham & Wouldham PCC Account’ Thank you.

I donate £ ...............................to the PEW CUSHION PROJECT My name & address ..................................................................................... ...................................................................... .

Contact tel. no. .................

In Memory of ..............................................................................................

I also wish my name to be recorded on the back of the cushion.... Yes/No 6


BURHAM PARISH COUNCIL NEWS 155 Evening Bus Service: March was the final month of the trial period. The trial has gone really well and the demand for the service is good. However, regardless of the outcome there will be no changes to the service until at least early June after the trial has been fully assessed. Recently, there have been incidents of fly-tipping. If you see any fly-tipping, you can either report it direct to TMBC, or give me a call and I will report it for you.

Pot Holes: If you spot any large pot holes in the village, just let me know. Kent Highways are currently carrying out a “fax and find” on pot holes.

Don’t forget to use all the recycling facilities at the Village Hall site. Recycling is available for all glass, cardboard, paper, books CD’s and clothes. From April 2012 to March 2013, funds raised from the cardboard/paper bank was over £2,200. Police crime reporting number is 101 Please do not leave unwanted goods or recycling items in the recycling area if you are unable to access the required bank. Any left items are classed as fly tipping. A bulky refuse facility is available on 11 May 2013 between 8.00am – 9.00 am.

Street Lights: If you are aware of any street lights that are inoperative or intermittent, let me know and the appropriate authorities can be contacted.

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 pam@burhampc.co.uk or come along to the monthly meetings, normally held the last Monday of the month. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday 20 May 2013 (Annual Meeting of Parish Council – Election of Officers) - 7.30pm SCOUT HUT, ROCHESTER ROAD, BURHAM. Pam Saunders - Clerk 7


BURHAM MUSIC HALL Burham Village Hall was full again for 4 nights this year as every year for the Burham Music Hall performance. Ken Simmons has once again pulled it off to bring us in and get us all laughing! The show has now been running for 40 years. Each year Ken dreams up the funny stories and sketches, a script is written and local people with exceptional talent come together to make a wonderful performance. Also in front and back stage are Ken’s team of clever people who make it all happen in the most professional way. Thank you, Ken and every member of your Company for all the fun we have had. We really hope we can see you all again in 2014. RATING:

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Opening times Monday & Thursday: Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday:

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 www.phoenixmedicalpractice.co.uk 8


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

Sunday

th

May 5

SERVICES FOR MAY 6.0.pm

Evening Worship led by Rev. Velma Campbell Sunday May 12th 10.30am Morning Worship led Lesley Trott Sunday May 19th 6.0.pm Holy Communion led by Rev. Dr. Gary Watt th Sunday May 26 10.30am Morning Worship taken by Worship Group Please note the slight alteration to the times of services The Service on Sunday May 19th will be the last one to be taken by Rev. Dr. Gary Watt as he will be moving to Sittingbourne in June. We will then be welcoming Rev. Tony Graff as our Minister. If you would like to join us on May 19th to wish Gary farewell, you will be very welcome to join us. AFTERNOON TEA continues each Tuesday in the Church from 3.0.pm 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!! COUNTRY LUNCH will be held on May 16th at 1.0.pm with the usual menu of soup, cheese and crusty bread followed by fruit crumble and ice cream – still a bargain at £2.50p. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A WEEK LATER THAN USUAL. BOOK EXCHANGE Please note that there will be no Book Exchange in May but will resume on the first Saturday in June i.e. June 8th. Why not come and see our selection of books, while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea and homemade cake. We ask for a donation of £1 and you may buy books for 50p each. At a recent meeting of the Church, it was decided that the proceeds from our Social Activities, the Afternoon Tea, Country Lunch and Book Exchange would be donated to a different charity each month. £100 has been sent from the proceeds in March to Martha’s Trust, a local charity which provides accommodation for severely disabled people. 9


ARE YOU OVER 60? COME AND JOIN OUR

“60+CLUB” TUESDAY AFTERNOONS, 2.00—4.00PM At the FUNCTION ROOM, MEDWAY INN, WOULDHAM (Corner of High St & The Knowle) Enjoy a social afternoon meeting old friends and making new—help to shape the future of our club.

Bird watching on Burham Marshes 6.30pm, 8th May

with Dennis Worcester. Meet outside St Mary’s Old Church. A small donation would be appreciated for Burham & Wouldham Church Funds

MOBILE LIBRARY VAN

Charlene Malone 07919 091734 www.Facebook.com/CarlenesZumbaclasses

Wouldham Village Hall Monday & Thursday at 8pm Burham Old School Community Centre Monday 7pm £5 per class 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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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, Ravensknowle2.45– 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!!


WOULDHAM PARISH COUNCIL NEWS THE TRASH’ event in Wouldham on Saturday 4th May 2013. Why not join Parish Councillors and other residents in your community for this one off event to help improve our local environment. Meet at the recreation ground at 10.30 am until lunchtime. Equipment will be provided by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council. All ages are welcome to join this event. ‘BASH

Wander with Wisdom on the longest day of the year ........ Be a STAR, dress up, have fun and help raise money for your local Wisdom Hospice in Rochester. They are currently planning their Moonlit 10KM walk on Friday 21st June 2013, starting at The Park Club Gym in Chatham. Registration is at 7pm, with walking starting at 8pm. The route takes you through historic Rochester. Registration is now open via their website www.fowh.org.uk or you can call them on 01634 831163 for an entry form. Entry is £15 for adults and £7.50 children which includes a t-shirt, glow stick, medal and refreshments. Looking to hire Wouldham Village Hall for a club, party or event – contact Sarah Egglesden for further information. Hire fees - £8.50 per hour for private hire /£10.50 per hour for business hire Local Crime Update Unfortunately, there has been a report of hedging plants being removed from the edge of the farmer’s field in Pilgrims Way. It is important that these plants are given time to get established. There have also been numerous reports of fly-tipping along Hill Road. If you see anything suspicious here please report this to the Police. Contact details: Community Warden, David Liepnik : 07977 982187 , Police non emergency – 101 Parish Clerk, Sarah Egglesden: 01732 870862, Email: wouldham.pc@hotmail.co.uk Website: www.wouldham.pc.kentparishes.gov.uk

The next Parish Council meeting is on 7th May 2013 in the Village Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend. 11


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155 EVENING BUS SERVICE UPDATE March was the final month of the 155 Evening Service trial period and that month saw some of the best passenger figures. Overall the experiment has been very successful showing that, with the revised time-table, there is a real and sustainable demand for the service. The future of the 155 Evening Bus Service is still to be decided once all the information from the trial has been analysed and in forthcoming Church Magazines, we will keep you informed of the results. However we are quietly confident that there will be a future for the Evening Service with one big proviso: that the service continues to be used. As always for those on the Internet there is “The Friends of the 155 Bus” website http://www.155bus.co.uk which contains the most current information on the 155 Bus service as it becomes available and there is also Arriva’s own website is at www.arrivabus.co.uk/southeast

MEN’S SUPPER EVENING. 7.30pm, Tuesday, 7th May 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. Speaker, Ann Bennett is talking on ‘Working with Young Offenders’

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ROOFING & PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

Quality Sheds & Summerhouses. Sleepers & Decking. Gates & Trellis made to size. All types of Fencing. Collection/Delivery

All Roofing & Roofing Repairs Guttering / Fascias / Soffits Roof Windows/Skylights Extensions & Renovations Loft & Garage Conversions Loft Access & Insulation

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Call Nick: 07949 588464 01634 262582 AP Systems

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10.00am—12.30pm

Sat 11th May Sat 8th June (Summer

Fair 10.00—4.00pm) Sat 13th July Sat 14th September

Sat 10th August Sat 12th October Sat 9th November Sat 7th December (indoor Christmas Market

10.00—4.00pm)

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Bird watching on Burham Marshes 6.30pm, 8th May with Dennis Worcester. Meet outside St Mary’s Old Church. A small donation to Wouldham and Burham Church Funds would be appreciated

Friday 5th April was a cold blustery day and 9 people joined me for a bird watching walk around Burham marshes. We were rewarded for facing the cold with a bird spot number of 42 species; not bad for a cold windy three hours. Species seen included a brief glimpse of a Hobby and Kingfisher and towards the end of the walk, the highlights included good views of chiffchaff which are mainly Summer visitors to Britain and Ireland but can be seen occasionally here in Winter. They usually spend Winters around the Mediterranean and partly south of the Sahara . Various ducks and geese were seen on the marshes; attractive Gadwall and Teal were present in small numbers. The heron was present as usual. Large numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing were also identified in good numbers. These are winter visitors forming large flocks on open fields and other grassy areas. Redwings are a characteristic bird nesting in Northern European conifer forests. Very good views of a pair of Kestrels sitting in a Hawthorn tree were seen through the telescope. They were waiting to pounce on worms and beetles of which they can eat a surprisingly large number. We were unfortunate to miss seeing wheatears which I had seen the day before. They were passing through on their way to their breeding areas which can include rocky and moorland areas. Given the weather conditions this proved to be quite a successful bird watching walk. My thanks to those who joined me on this walk. Dennis Worcester 15


PARISH NEWS Halls for Hire

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

Prescriptions 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. PIANIST/ORGANIST Would any pianist/organist be interested in joining a rota for playing at Church Services in Wouldham? You could play as little or as often as you wish. Please contact Rev. Mike Hayes, tel.07964 697556 if you are interested. ORGAN The electric organ in Burham Old Church is no longer needed and may be had for a small donation to ‘Friends of St. Mary's’. Please contact Mike on 07964 697556 mikejhayes@hotmail.co.uk.

(Please do not telephone after 8.0pm) Burham Methodist Church Hall – 01634 864139 Burham Old School Community Centre – 01634 863322 Burham Village Hall – 01634 867669 Wouldham Village Hall – Tel: 01732 870862

Saturday Waste Collection TMBC Helpline 01732 876147 www.tmbc.gov.uk

Wouldham - 4th May Village Car Park, Knowle Rd, 8.0am – 9.0am. Burham – 11th May Village Hall Car Park, 8.0am – 9.0am

Eccles – 4th & 18th May 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.

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WANTED If you have any spare knitting wool, Doreen can make good use of it for charity. Doreen: 01634 864139


SMALL GREEN BOUTIQUE FASHION SHOW ! ! FRIDAY,10th MAY, BURHAM VILLAGE HALL DOORS OPEN 7.00PM. SHOW STARTS 7.30PM TICKETS £5.00 Including a Glass of Wine / Orange Juice A night out with the girls, buying this season’s high street clothes & accessories at bargain prices, and raising money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

To purchase tickets please contact: Dot 01634 864642 Pay for clothes by cash/credit card on the night

WALK TO BEAT BLOOD CANCER SHORNE WOODS, FORGET-ME-NOT WALK 10am, Sunday 12 May Come and join our Medway Branch for a 5km walk in Shorne W o o d s and enjoy the wild flowers and wildlife of the Country Park Contact Nicky: nburch@nhs.net 01634 264135

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FOR LEUKAEMIA & LYMPHOMA RESEARCH 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 17


2012: A DISASTER YEAR FOR BUTTERFLIES We all remember that last year’s soggy summer wasn’t much fun, but for our butterflies washout 2012 proved to be a disaster. More than 1,000 sites were part of a leading scientific survey; the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS) and their results made for uncomfortable reading. In fact, 2012 was the worst butterfly year on record. Cold, wet conditions made it difficult for species to feed, fly and mate. Only four from 56 species studied saw their populations rise – all the others recorded falls. Some of these declines were extremely worrying – the very rare Black Hairstreak fell by a shocking 98% and threatened butterflies such as the critically endangered High Brown Fritillary and vulnerable Marsh Fritillary saw significant population falls. Butterflies have proved before that given favourable conditions and the availability of suitable habitat they can recover, but with numbers in almost three-quarters of UK species at a historically low ebb any tangible recovery will be more difficult than ever. But, it’s not all doom and gloom, with your help we can reverse these declines. The delayed spring this year has meant that most of us have had to wait for warmer days to get back out into the garden to start tidying up the beds and borders and, after seeing what has survived the winter, it’s time to create spaces for sowing. Mixed seed packs will attract moths, butterflies and other pollinators such as bees. By planting hardy annuals you will be providing long-lasting nectar sources that will sustain until the first frosts of autumn What to plant….. These suggestions are all easy to grow in well-drained soil in a sunny position: Pot Marigold, Calendula officinalis (single form) Cornflower, Centaurea cyanus Candytuft, Iberis amara Red Valerian, Centranthus ruber Chamomile, Anthemis arvensis Forget-me-not, Myosotis spp Night Scented Stock, Matthiola longipetala 18


The seeds should be scattered, rather than planted in rows to give more natural grouping. If you prefer to plant wild flowers, then the following are easily managed and can be left to seed from year to year: Common Bird’s-foot-trefoil, Lotus corniculatus. Sweet Rocket, Hesperis matronalis & Red Campion, Silene dioica Use Chive, Allium schoenoprasum and Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus in the vegetable patch. Chives provide nectar for butterflies and food for us. They also have a strong scent which will discourage pests from attacking some plants. If planted next to carrots they keep carrot root fly away and if near tomatoes will keep aphids away. They also have a fungicidal effect which discourages blackspot on roses. Nasturtiums planted in close proximity to brassicas (cabbages) provide a host for the eggs and later caterpillars of Large and Small White butterflies, thus saving your cabbages. Getting your fingers dirty in the garden in the next few weeks could result in a butterfly bonanza . Happy Gardening Go to http://butterfly-conservation.org/ for more information about butterflies. Richard Fox lifts the lid on which species could be first to emerge from the cold snap—

Look out for - the Orange-tip butterfly. The first Orange-tip sighting of the year brings the same sense of excitement as glimpsing that first Swallow – it means spring has sprung! Orange-tips, harbingers of the warmer weather to come, are one of our most exotic-looking butterflies and will be on the wing this month. With their resplendent bright orange wing tips, Orange-tips usually start to emerge in late March or early April. Its first appearance and the main peak of its emergence and annual flight period have shifted significantly since the mid-1970s and now take place much earlier in the year. This change appears to be a response to temperatures in the early part of the year (Feb-April), with warmer conditions hastening the development of the overwintered Orange-tip pupae. But such a relationship works both ways and so, after an unusually cold few months this year, we might expect Orange-tips to be rather late in appearing this year – still, better late than never. continued .............. 19


Orange –tip butterfly continued ..... The dashing flight of the male orange-tip (only the males boast the dapper orange colouration) is a quintessential springtime sight and a sign that the butterfly-year is well and truly underway. It is a lively and mobile butterfly, often seen flying along hedges and roadside verges, but equally at home in meadows or woodland, and a common visitor to gardens. Females exhibit an amazing ability to locate suitable food plants, usually Garlic Mustard or Cuckooflower, for their offspring, so even seemingly isolated plants growing in gardens may well be visited. Check for the distinctive orange, skittle-shaped eggs, which are usually laid singly (to avoid competition and cannibalism between Orange-tip caterpillars) on the stalk immediately below flowers or buds. Happy butterfly spotting!

SUMMER PLAYSCHEME Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council has been successfully running Summer Playschemes for over 30 years. Packed with exciting activities from art and craft projects to competitions, games and a variety of sports, our OFSTED approved playschemes are a great way for children aged 4 11 to have fun and make friends over the long summer holidays. "The Playscheme promotes an inclusive, caring, stimulating and fun environment" OFSTED. The Playscheme Plus Programme is for children with additional needs including special educational needs and/or physical disabilities. Playscheme Plus offers your child a 1:1 Support Assistant to ensure their needs are being met. Playscheme Plus is only available to Borough residents and those children who have 1:1 support at school. Playscheme Brochure. The 2013 Summer Playscheme brochure will be available in schools, leisure centres and libraries from June 2013. Further information Email: leisure.services@tmbc.gov.uk Website: www.tmbc.gov.uk Phone : 01732 876166 20


POLICE NEWS Hello everyone, I would just like to update you of some of the things the neighbourhood policing team have been doing in Burham and Wouldham during the last few months and offer appropriate security advice. Something that always crops up is parking in the villages; I have received reports from local residents of Wouldham about illegal parking outside the Village Hall on the High Street. I have attended the area along with KCC traffic enforcement officers at peak times and will continue to do so to help resolve the situation. Kim Kitterhing the Valley of Visions PCSO has been working hard in catching nuisance vehicles in the villages and has issued many warning notices over the past few months. If you have any information regarding nuisance vehicles please report it on 101. Stay Safe this Spring Beware of bogus callers! Most people who call at your home will be genuine. However, occasionally people may turn up unannounced and try to: • trick their way into your home to steal valuables or money • sell you services or items you do not want or need • carry out unnecessary repairs to your home at inflated prices. If you have concerns about someone calling at your home, don’t open your door. When an unexpected visitor calls, remember to Lock, stop, chain, check • Lock windows and doors to the rear of your home before you open the door • Use a spyhole and chain to check who the caller is before you answer  Ask for identification and call their company yourself (not on a number they provide) to check they are genuine • Never leave the door unattended • Ask the visitor to return another time when someone can be with you There more ways than ever for the public to contact and engage with Kent Police. Call 101 to report a non emergency incident, visit www.kent.police..uk, follow us on Twitter @kentpoliceton or Facebook. People who are deaf or speech impaired can still text ‘police’ and their message to 60066. People should continue to call 999 in an emergency, such as when a crime is in progress, when someone suspected of a crime is nearby, when there is danger to life, or when violence is being used or threatened. PCSO Roxane Wilson 21


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. Calling all gardeners!! We would love to start planting some flowers and veg. at the children's centre but haven't any pots, planters or hangers. If anyone could donate anything for our garden we would love to hear from you! Please call Sarah on 01634 686472 or pop in for a visit! 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: Burham.pre-school@hotmail.co.uk

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)

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Wouldham All Saints Church of England Primary School Spring has sprung! Hurray! It has been such a long and cold winter and so it is a welcome change to be able to have the heating off, feel the sun and eat outdoors from time to time. This time of year always seems to go so quickly in school but is filled with lots of exciting activities. April was mainly school holiday but after this came a couple of goodbyes as we saw Mrs Teresa Wood retire from her role of school office manager after many, many years of dedicated service. We hope you all join us in wishing Teresa a very happy and healthy retirement and know she will be having a good time with family! We also say farewell to Mrs Smajli as she leaves for maternity and so we also wish her the very best of health and lots of energy and the safe arrival of her special bundle of life. We can’t wait to see the new family on a visit very soon! As well as good byes we have a couple of hellos with Mr Woodcock becoming a regular member of the teaching team, Mrs Shimmins covering a TA post and Ms Luck joining us as a lunchtime play leader. We also have a big welcome to Mrs Daryl Russell who will have taken the lead in the office from last month. We hope all our ‘newbies’ settle in well and look forward to your contribution to the family! May is a ‘testing time’ for schools with SATs in Year 6 and Year 2 as well as continuing to push everyone to be the best they can be in all areas. Better weather means more opportunity for getting out and about and we have lots of things set for May including snorkelling, Gymnastics, a sports festival, library trips, a visit to the Houses of Parliament, Christian Aid week activities, golf, a Robin hood dress up day and a Robin Hood Everybody Writes day, Cylcopark trips, Garden Centre visits and much more! Can we fit it all in? We’ll do our best! Dates for your diary Friday 3rd May Spring Sports Festival th Saturday 4 May ‘Bash the Trash’ from 10:30 at Wouldham rec. Thursday 9th May Trip to Houses of Parliament th Monday 13 May Year 6 Assessment week Wednesday 15th May Key Stage I mixed sports event at ASSC Friday 17th May Robin Hood dressing up day. Yr6 Golf! th Monday 20 May Everybody Writes Day Wed 22nd May Show ‘n’ Share – 3:15 to 4pm. All classes. th Friday 24 May End of Term 5 Visit www.wouldham.kent.sch.uk or call 861434 for more information. 25


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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: zero.mexdavis247@btinternet.com 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.


Burham & Wouldham Parish Magazine May 2013  

Burham & Wouldham Parish Magazine May 2013

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