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HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 Hayes Village Association Editorial ‘The glory of the village fete The fete is a ritual of summer. It is a peculiarly British, one might venture to say English, creation. In Italy and France, villages come out to mark saints’ days with communal feasts and possible bull running. Germany has carnivals and beer festivals. It is only the English who see the charm of dressing up to enjoy a mixture of tea, old fashioned games, homemade cakes and the chance of a bargain. Fetes are a representation of the modern village.’ Clive Aslet, 2010 Villages of Britain Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. Used with permission. Sounds like Hayes Fair? Good to know that we’re still celebrating the glory of the village fete.

Trading Places We have to report the recent loss of two establishments. Sited in Bourne Way for many years, D&M, the wholesale greengrocers, have re-located. They have merged with Houghtons, a very well respected green grocery firm in Purley. People may remember that for some time, D&M also had a retail outlet in Bourne Way. Cards 4 All, trading for the last 12 years at the bottom of Station Approach, closed at the end of May and both establishments will be missed. Our traders generously and willingly support Hayes Fair every year by both providing raffle prizes and displaying posters. This is valued greatly by the Fair committee as it helps so much to ensure the Fair’s success. Thank you to all our traders. Shirley Savage, HVA Local News Co-ordinator

Goodbye message from the owner of Anne Stewart I just wanted to say a sad farewell to Hayes after 50 years of owning my hairdressing salon, Anne Stewart, in Station Approach. It has been at the heart of my life for all those years and is an enormous wrench to leave all my clients whom I consider my friends. Many were young mums with children at the schools when I first came and are now in their 80s and 90s and doing amazingly well! An ongoing back problem and the crippling business rates have forced my hand I’m afraid.


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HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 I have wonderful memories to cherish however, meeting my lovely late husband Mike, our last real long term village policeman, my year in the chair of our very thriving chamber of commerce, the birth of my daughter Clare, now 41 with 3 children of her own, my brilliant staff, always so loyal, and not forgetting Stewart my original partner in the business and his wife Jackie. Stewart retired 20 years ago with hearing problems. I still have wonderful and close friends in Hayes. I was twenty when we first bought the shop so Hayes has shaped the whole of my adult life and it has been a joy, full of lovely people whom I feel privileged to have known.

So thank you Hayes for a wonderful life and good luck for the future!

Technique’s Hair and Beauty Salon in Hayes Street reach the Grand Final of the L’Oreal Colour Trophy!

Line Dancing and Carolina C.M.C I run a line dance club every Wednesday, covering beginners to intermediate, and a live music club called Carolina, every other Friday at Pickhurst Infants School. The line dance club runs from 7.30 – 10.00 pm and costs £6 (including refreshments) paid on the door. Carolina C.M.C is an evening of live country/60’s music from 7.30 – 11.00 pm and costs £9 (including refreshments) also paid on the door. For more information and Carolina C.M.C programme details, please contact me, Jo Horniblow, on 020 8462 5314 or jdhorniblow@btinternet.com.


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HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday 6 April 2019 Once again, in early April, the Library Garden in Hayes was alive with young children racing around trying to find the twelve Easter pictures which, when found, entitled them to a boxed chocolate Easter Egg. All in all we managed to give out 180 chocolate eggs, kindly donated by West Wickham Rotary Club, as well as a couple of non-chocolate toys for those with food intolerances. Despite the constant drizzle Ankia Sonnekus was on hand to create wonderful butterflies, tigers and monsters from her face painting kit, ably assisted for some of the time by Heidi Nicks. The event was free but once again the community spirit of Hayes was obvious in the generous donations made which amounted to £275. Most of this was split equally between the West Wickham Rotary Club’s charity, The Special Olympics South East Ski Group and HVA’s charity choice, Demelza Hospices for Children and Young People. Overall a very successful (if somewhat damp) day enjoyed by children, parents and the various HVA helpers there on the day. Pam Anderson, HVA


HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 The Trust makes grants in support of people living in Hayes for the following purposes:

• Support for people who are suffering hardship or distress;

• Support for people who are sick, convalescent, disabled or infirm;

• Support for the aged; • Support for people needing financial assistance to support their education;

• Support for advancement in life; people needing financial assistance to help enter into or develop their role in a trade, profession, occupation or service. Hayes (Kent) Trust is a local charity registered with the Charity Commission. Registered Charity No. 221098

The Trust has funds available to support people who live in Hayes and who are in some kind of need.

The Trust makes grants to individuals, as well as charities and other voluntary organisations based or operating in Hayes. The Trustees, who are all local people, meet on a regular basis to discuss applications for grants. If you would like to make an application, please write a letter to:- The Hon. Secretary, Hayes (Kent) Trust c/o The Rectory, Hayes Street, Bromley Kent BR2 7LH


HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 Front Garden Competition Last summer was very unusual for Britain, with day after day of wonderful sunny hot weather. Despite this the gardeners of Hayes still managed to produce some beautiful front gardens and the three winners of last year’s Front Garden Competition were: Ist place 2nd place 3rd place

90 Constance Crescent 8 Hayes Wood Avenue 71 Holland Close

Don’t forget judging for this year’s Front Garden Competition will be taking place as you read this magazine in late June. Good luck to everyone. Helen Best, HVA Front Garden Competition Co-ordinator

HVA Officers and Committee 2019 – 2020 Following the AGM in April, the following members were elected: Officers President: Vice Presidents: Chairman: Secretary: Minutes: Treasurer: Planning: Review Editor: Press Officer: Hon Auditor: Hon Legal Advisor:

Beryl Grimani-Harrold Pat Grimani, Peter Harrold, Alan Williams Charles Wimble Diana Taylor Pamela Anderson Gill Jaynes Stuart Howe, Brian McEwan, Charles Wimble Brian McEwan Stuart Howe Alan Farrer Linda Gabriel

Other Committee Members Helen Best, Hazel Davey, Kate Head, Sheraz Khwaja, Christine Maddy, Oliver Pereira, Shirley Savage, Janet Thompson, John Thompson, Steve White.

Review copy deadline The deadline for providing copy to the Editor for the Autumn edition of the Review is Tuesday 20 August.


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HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 Community Matters Hayes Fair 2019 The Hayes Fair 2019 was a difficult fair to prepare for as the weather was not kind to us. We start work preparing the field on the Monday before the fair and then helpers continue throughout the week setting up and preparing for the fair on Saturday. We lost the Tuesday and Friday to rain but we were still ready to go on the Saturday morning. However the weather was still being unkind to us with near gale force winds. These contributed to the loss of several gazebos. Nevertheless most stallholders eventually made their stall safe and enjoyed another really good day at the Fair. We were delighted that the Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Nicholas Bennett was able to join us for almost a couple of hours in the afternoon during which time he climbed aboard the fire engine and had a ride on the steam trains. All the money raised by the fair committee is being donated to the Hayes Village Hall. It is likely that this will exceed ÂŁ3000. Unfortunately the organising committee do not know how much the individual stalls make so we cannot say how much the fair actually contributes to the local good causes. We are very grateful for the support from the people of Hayes who attend the fair each year and make it such a jolly occasion, the performers in the arena who provide additional entertainment, to the committee who work throughout the year and above all to the helpers who worked during the week before the fair and to those who helped with the clearing up at the end of the long day. Without these we would not have the summer fair we all enjoy.

Charles Wimble, Chairman Fair Committee


The Mayor on board the fire engine

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HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 Planning Hayes Farm Appeal: The HVA attended all four days of the appeal against Bromley Council’s refusal to grant planning permission for the building of nine houses on the site of the Hayes Farm courtyard in Hayes Lane at the end of April. A final decision by the inspector is likely to be made by the end of June. Given the strength of public opinion against the development the HVA was disappointed so few members of the public were able to attend. HVA Planning Committee

Safer Neighbourhood Team Update Firstly, we have been busy with various events and meetings across the Ward, including Hayes Fair. We were also happy to help out with the May Queen parades this year in April and May. Luckily, the weather behaved itself (for the most part) and both parades went ahead without incident. As always, it was great to see the children dressed up and the effort made by them and proud parents alike.

At time of writing we are about to have our annual football tournament at The Warren titled ‘Kick Off @ 3’. This is a project that engages with young people through the medium of sports and music, raising awareness and funds for a range of charities that promote health and well-being in young people. Each year there are tournaments held in different parts of the country that encourage the local youth to take part. This year, our local tournament at The Warren is being run by an officer many of you will be familiar with – PC Karl Eccott, late of this parish. We are expecting a good turn out and


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HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 some very special guests. We have also been active across our cluster with warrants, arrests and crime enquiries in West Wickham and Biggin Hill as well as our own Ward, with more planned. When serving the warrant in Biggin Hill officers uncovered a cannabis factory that had a little something extra. Two residential properties were searched, with one having been converted into a cannabis farm. A large quantity of cannabis was seized as well as ÂŁ10K in cash. What was unexpected, however, was the discovery of what animal experts believed was a serval cat guarding one of the properties. Serval cats are originally from Africa and require a special licence to be owned in the UK. The cat was eventually safely taken from the property by the RSPCA and no officers were harmed in the execution of this warrant!

On the left, officers preparing to enter one of the properties. On the right, what they were not expecting to find! (picture is just an example of the type of cat, NOT the actual cat found!)


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HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 We have continued to patrol our anti-social behaviour hotspots with emphasis on Station Approach and Chilham Way. I know a lot of people were disappointed that the camera in Chilham Way was taken down by the council. Unfortunately this was because it was only supposed to be there temporarily. We are continuing to work closely with the council’s ASB unit, local councillors, our schools unit and Clarion Housing regarding the problems there and to see if there is any chance of getting a more permanent solution. If you do get any trouble in the area please call us on 101 or 999 if it is more serious and a crime is being committed.

Now that we are in the summer months I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of some crime prevention advice:

If you’re off on holiday and wish to post anything on social media, make sure your posts aren’t public and that they’re only seen by your friends

Leave lights and a radio on a timer to make the property appear occupied

Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property or join a Neighbourhood or Resident Watch Scheme

Consider asking your neighbours to close curtains after dark and to park on your drive

Remember to cancel newspaper and milk deliveries.

It is always worth bearing in mind the following tips as well when leaving the house, whatever the time of year:

Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re only going out for a few minutes

Double-lock any door

Make sure that any valuables are out of sight

Keep handbags away from the letterbox or cat flap and hide all keys including car keys, as a thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small opening

Never leave car documents or ID in obvious places such as kitchens or hallways

In the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on

If you’re out all day, then it’s advisable to use a timer device to automatically turn lights and a radio on at night


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Set your burglar alarm

Make sure the side gate is locked

Lock your shed or garage

Lock your bike inside a secure shed or garage, to a robust fitting bolted to the ground or wall, like a ground anchor.

I will leave you with a reminder that you can contact me or PC Watkins on 020 8649 3548, email on hayes.coneyhall.snt@met.police.uk or even follow us on Twitter @MPSHayes. Adam Lighterness, PCSO 7123SN

Recognition for Hayes Village Hall Long Service Officers. Mr Lawrence Mack and Mr Alan Williams were honoured for their long service to the Hayes Village Hall, at the Annual General Meeting of the Hayes Community Council on 16 May 2019. The plaques were unveiled by Erica Skillen, the grand-daughter of a previous long-serving member of the Community, Mr Percy Jones.


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HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 Hayes Village Hall I am sure many of you are familiar with our wonderful old Village Hall, next door to St Mary’s Church. This hall was built in the late 1920s when the Community Council, made up of leading members of the Community, decided Hayes needed a public hall. Once built, the management of this hall was handed over to a new committee, the Hayes Village Hall Management Committee, who have looked after it ever since. It is in constant use and, like all buildings, needs a lot of maintaining. We currently have a number of large projects planned, including renewing the heating, painting inside and out, replacing the paving outside the main doors to name a few. All of this needs money. We have increased the hire charges slightly but with at least four other halls in the vicinity we cannot price ourselves out of the market. And that is why I am writing this; to ask you to consider making the Village Hall a beneficiary of one of your fund-raisers, or to offer a donation. Any help, however small, will be much appreciated. However, it is not all gloom and we have lots of good stories, like the wonderful response to the garden day last September. Another is when I asked through Hayes Life for someone to remove a hive of bees that had made themselves at home in the ceiling of the Green Room over a number of years – you can see their old home in the picture below. They were removed by a pest controller who donated his time (over 6 hours) and who took the bees with their queen, seen in the second picture, to a new hive.

Hayes Community have been, and continue to be, very supportive of the Hayes Village Hall, and with your help the Hayes Village Hall Management Committee can continue to provide you with a Hall of which you can be proud. Pam Anderson, Hall Manager


HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 Hidden Hayes 8 Water, an essential condition for life, is a major reason why Stone Age people came to Hayes thousands of years ago. Today there are fewer signs of the early river and streams although the ponds in Husseywell and Knoll Parks and on the Common are a reminder of the value of water. Many back gardens, particularly along Bourne Way, have small streams in them although for most of its way through Hayes the River Bourne has been culverted, mainly after the development of the Hayes Place Estate in 1934/5. Some of the back gardens in Glebe House Drive also have signs of former streams. I was also told a few years ago that at particular times a stream used to run underneath Street House in George Lane. A plan to bring piped water into Hayes in 1875 was rejected due to the cost. It was not until late Victorian times that piped water came to parts of Hayes. Most of the inhabitants relied on their wells or water pumps. Do any of you still have signs of these original wells on your property?

This well still survives in a cottage near Pickhurst Green as a reminder of former times. It served the cottages known as Whites Cottages until water was laid on in 1937. As late


HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 as 1943 a survey found that two cottages in Hayes were still using water pumps. Some of you may have found strange deep brick structures in your gardens which have subsequently been filled in. One was found behind St Mary Cottages and although the photographs that survive are very indistinct they reveal a deep structure which appears to have had a curved wall. Was this a deep well and part of the brewery that existed nearby in the early nineteenth century? In Victorian times drinking fountains were popular and one can be seen in the memorial that was set up by public donations to commemorate the life of a much loved Rector – George Varenne Reed (1854 – 1886), tutor to Charles Darwin’s sons. It was designed by the architect J Oldrid Scott, who built the south aisle of the Parish Church, and was placed on the wall of the Village School in about 1889. It still stands although it no longer works.

Revd G V Reed’s Memorial Fountain

An earlier rector Thomas Hussey (18311854), a man with a great scientific interest in the world around him, gave his surname to Hussey’s Well which can be found opposite Husseywell Park in Pickhurst Lane. It normally has water in it, although whether that still contains the medicinal qualities that Revd Hussey discerned is doubtful. Please let me know about any secrets of the past hidden in your gardens. Jean Wilson, contact@hayeskenthistory.co.uk

Hussey’s Well


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HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 Our Park Public parks were often created from private grounds once belonging to grand houses no longer in occupation. Husseywell Park and Kelsey Park are two local examples and although Coney Hall Recreation Ground is sited adjacent to Wickham Court, the land there was purely agricultural. The earliest reference to ‘a park’ was in the very first edition of the newly formed Residents’ Association Newsletter, dated Spring 1938. ‘The Recreation Ground is at last taking shape. The heap of dirt that contractors have been shifting about for the last six months has finally found a resting place’. The ‘heap of dirt’ referred to was spoil from the foundations of the Coney Hall houses in course of construction. This was finally deposited, in great quantities, on a sloping site set aside for a park. Much levelling and landscaping was needed resulting in the ‘banks’ which the local children, with nothing else to play on, called ‘Helter Skelters’ and used as slides; the playground with swings etc. came later. A pre-decimal penny was dug up recently bearing the date 1936. No doubt dropped from a workman’s pocket at that time.

Cricket was played regularly and the Pavilion in the centre of the park, (now Parklands Nursery), accommodated visiting teams, serving teas and light refreshments. There were toilets of a primitive kind, replaced by more acceptable facilities which in turn were finally removed due to vandalism. With the outbreak of War a large proportion of the park was ploughed up for the growing of wheat and allotments were created on much of the remainder. A large public Air Raid Shelter was erected in what is now the car park but according to one resident, a child at that time, its main use was as a roller skating rink by the local kids. The handsome iron railings marking the boundary along Layhams Road were taken for salvage. When peace finally came the park was restored and football took over from cricket. The Friends of the Park Group, formed some eight years ago, has done much to make our park more community friendly. The out-dated equipment in the playground was replaced after lengthy fund raising and is now the best for miles around. 1,000 daffodil bulbs were planted amongst the trees and the tennis nets in the courts were renewed with donations from local groups. The skateboard facility, though modest, is popular and the ambition is for a basket ball court one day, when we win the Lottery! Stella Etheridge


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Tai Chi & Qigong Learn an Ancient skill from China. Beneficial for posture, balance, Health, relaxation and fun Wednesday mornings 11.15 – 12.15 Hayes Village Hall Tuesday afternoons 2.00—3.00 Thursday evenings 8.15 – 9.15 Hayes Old Church Schools Hall Contact Sylvia on 07729952918 Or sylviajarvis@hotmail.co.uk


HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 Lostways 2026 Did you know that all Public Rights of Way must be officially recorded by 1 January 2026. After this deadline, access to Footpaths and Bridleways could sadly be lost forever, and this includes the many routes throughout Hayes and Bromley Common. In order to raise awareness, a national campaign (www.ramblers.org.uk/www.bhs.org.uk/www.oss.org.uk) has been set up urging the public to help preserve their local routes, so if you cycle, ride a horse or walk locally, and would like to know if any of the routes you use are already recorded, you can check the bromley.gov.uk/public rights of way map. There are many Public Right of Ways still to be recorded or registered correctly on Bromley Council’s definitive map so make sure you don’t lose your way! For a form, map and more information on how to help, join lostways 2026 Facebook page or email lostways2026@hotmail.com.

Local Groups and Societies

An inventive, fast-paced comedy featuring P.G. Wodehouse’s iconic double act. Winner of the 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. To avoid marriage Bertie Wooster has to reconcile his host’s drippy daughter Madeline Bassett with his newt-fancying acquaintance Gussie Fink-Nottle – assisted by the invaluable Jeeves. An amateur production presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books. Mike Ashman, Chair The Hayes Players


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HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 Friends of Hayes Common Spring has definitely sprung over the Common and it is wonderful to see all the shades of green in the foliage and little clumps of different wild flowers dotted about. We have patches of bluebells, lily of the valley, wood anenomes, garlic mustard and honesty. We have had a busy winter working on a site just off Prestons Road and clearing (as usual) vast quantities of holly and laurel to open up the area to the beautiful oak trees and a lot of sky. As numbers of volunteers stayed around 30 we managed to fell and burn a great deal and yet we managed to leave slightly denser areas so that two of our members were able to watch a deer in the area early one morning. Now the birds are nesting we have moved our site to a very dense area of holly between West Wickham and Baston Roads and we have been tidying up pathways cutting back overhanging branches and removing a large swathe of gorse to show off some beautiful trees and bring in some light. We have also opened up a few very overgrown paths so do explore – you never know what strange things you might come upon. If you look up at the canopy above the tangle of holly there are some majestic oak trees so we aim to stay in this area into the winter and liberate more of these beauties. We held our annual AGM on 8 May which was very well attended and so lovely to see some faces that haven’t been able to make it to work days. I have been having fun taking videos of the Common, our work and our members and these were expertly converted into a film by one of our new committee members, Michael. We enjoyed watching the film during the evening and hopefully by the time you read this a lot of you will have seen it at the Hayes Fair. It really shows how gorgeous our Common is and how lucky we are to have it on our doorstep. As always if you would like to join our team please email our chairman Allan Tabraham, tabraham518@gmail.com or our secretary Ian Thomas, ithomas12@compuserve.com. Clare Britton, FoHC


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HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 Friends of Hayes Parks Spring came and brought with it a host of favourite flowers: snowdrops, cyclamen, daffodils, although these were not so prolific after last year’s hot dry summer, and finally blue bells. Also came the rampant growth of nettles, brambles and weeds which the FoHP and the Friends of Hayes Common (FoHC) have battled with in all of the parks. Clearing these exposes the ever present problem of litter which has been tackled by both groups. Ditches in Husseywell have been cleared by the group and steps have been taken and are continuing to improve the flow of water that should cascade through the ponds in the Knoll. Much of the water has for years been escaping under the grass and flowing to the lower end of the park before making its way under Pickhurst Lane towards the bank in Husseywell where it crosses the path to the pond. Talking of grass, the contractors have finally made the first cut of the year in the Library Gardens in the second week of May. The grass resembled a spring meadow and requests to get some sheep in to control it were being considered. In a time when front gardens are being paved over at an ever alarming rate to cater for increasingly larger cars and their usage, trees and shrubs are disappearing fast and the parks remain green havens for the public to relax in and enjoy. So don’t delay, get out and enjoy them today.

Debbie Palmer, FoHP


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HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 Friends of Pickhurst Park and Green (FoPP) Following the sterling work carried out by the FoPP and Friends of Hayes Common (Clare, Michael, Sue and Elizabeth) to clear brambles, nettles, ivy, etc. that was carried out over the last summer and early autumn period, the benefits were clearly seen in Spring. The pond beside the lane looked healthy and clean and brambles and nettles were kept in check. Work has been undertaken and continues to clear the drainage ditches of leaves, brambles and nettles and to keep the many paths used by young and old open. There was a lovely display of blue bells throughout Coppola Wood in Pickhurst Park. The strong winds in late March brought down an Ash tree living but rotten at its base adjacent to the bus stop in Pickhurst Lane which fortunately fell parallel to the fence and not across the main road. After some eight days of inactivity in clearing it, the FoPP carried out this work. They also brought to earth a large dead branch which was completely detached from its parent tree and resting some 40 feet above a major path for well over a year. FoPP and FoHC cut up and removed a number of other fallen trees including two that had fallen across Pickhurst Green Road.


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HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 So if you are brave, walk these paths and find the new one cut by the FoPP and FoHC; just remember to be careful on windy days and enjoy your lovely local parks. It’s healthy for you and lets you get away from the pressures of life. So whether you are walking the dog, walking to Bromley to catch your train, getting your step count up or just getting some peace and quiet do use your lovely local park. Debbie Palmer, FoPP

Hayes Horticultural Society As the spring bulbs finally fade so the summer flowerbeds begin to flourish. So too does the lawn which means weekly mowing, using the grass cuttings (if unaffected by weed killer) for mulching later on. Protect too, tender plants for late frosts. You never know these days. With this in mind, follow the basic Royal Horticultural Society tips for what is the busiest time of the gardening year. These include watering early and late to conserve water, recycling whenever possible, and continuing to hoe those wretched weeds, especially in dry conditions. If growing vegetables, pinch out side-shoots on tomatoes during June; also harvest lettuce – not forgetting to spread out sowing to get a continuous crop – along with radish and early potatoes. Dead heading should mean better floral displays as July should see temperatures soar, so water well, using grey water where possible and yes, keep on hoeing. Check clematis for wilt, pick courgettes before they become marrows and do give the lawn a sprinkling of quick acting summer feed, especially if you forgot to do so in spring. If you’ve a greenhouse or conservatory, move suitable indoor plants on to the patio to save them from burning; this also lessens some pest and disease problems. Give remaining plants more ventilation and shade to prevent scorching. Trees and shrubs? Prune philadelphus and weigela and clip fast growing hedges. Tie in climbers and ramblers as they grow. Keep any eye out for tall flowering stalks on bamboos and remove them promptly, and give newly planted trees and shrubs plenty of water as they often need more than you think. Remove rose and tree suckers. It’s more of the same for August – enlisting the help, perhaps of friends or family, to look after things while on holiday. At least make time to prune wisteria and summer flowering shrubs such as lavender once they’ve finished flowering.


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HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 It is also the time to collect seeds from garden plants, finish cutting out old fruited canes on raspberries and lifting and potting up rooted strawberry runners. Finally feed the soil with green manures. Plan for the future. Sow hardy annuals directly into borders for flowering next summer. Spruce up hanging baskets to help them last into autumn, and likewise deadhead dahlia, roses and penstemon to prolong colour. John Ruler, President, Hayes Horticultural Society

Rotary Club of West Wickham So far this year we have enjoyed many activities with other local clubs including Quiz Nights, a Magic Evening and a Rock Choir concert. In addition we also enjoyed talks hosted either by ourselves or local clubs and have been entertained on subjects as diverse as ‘The Old Palace – its Bishops and Buildings’ and a talk by the Army Engagement Team. One memorable talk was by a remarkable 90 year old lady who escaped the Holocaust in WW2. It is hard to imagine today what she lived through, but it included the loss of family in the camps, the loss of civil liberties, being ‘hidden’ in an orphanage by a Lutheran priest and being reunited with surviving members of her family in London as someone recognised her brother-in law’s voice on the BBC, enabling them to make contact. Our charity work continues and we have already donated £7,000 in total since the start of 2019. At our Charities Allocation Night in late March we further ‘earmarked’ over £9,500 for local, national and international charities. Within the local community we were pleased to sponsor the Hayes Easter Egg Hunt and helped at the Hayes Fair in June. Rotary West Wickham is essentially a service club, looking to help others in our community. We are part of the global Rotary organisation and we meet every Tuesday evening at The Warren, Coney Hall. To find out more about us or get involved, contact Ian Leach on 0773 0029526 or at ianleach216@gmail.com.


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HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 Notices And so the Fun(d) begins! Our Fundraising for the 2019 Hayes Christmas Lights commenced with a huge sell-out of tickets for our 40’s Dance Night with Perfect Vintage as our guest act.

The Village Hall was wonderfully decorated and prepared in the 1940’s theme with bunting, flags and table flower decorations to give our attendees a nostalgic feel. We were all taught how to ‘swing’, and watched those who danced in ‘perfect vintage’ style. At the interval we had a well-received Bingo with some great prizes donated to our committee. We also had prizes for the ‘Best Dressed’ 40’s outfit. Everyone joined in the fun and by popular demand we shall organise another event. As we move through 2019, we continue to fundraise. The Hayes Lights Committee was at the Hayes Fair on Saturday 8 June. We were selling our popular Memory Bows, ready to decorate our tree in Station Approach for us all to see in November. BINGO - Friday 14 June 2019 The Bingo evening was held in the Village Hall. This was one of our most popular events. It was a fun packed evening with some fantastic prizes being won. Future Hayes Lights Committee events will be advertised on the notice boards in Hayes Station Approach, Hayes Street, selected shops and on the Facebook page of Hayes Life. We aim to make this the most enjoyable Christmas Lights switch on Saturday 23 November ever with continuous fundraising and of course your support. We will again this year also request the local shops to participate in our ‘Best Christmassy Window’ competition so watch out nearer the time. Is it beginning to feel like Christmas? Ashley Hewett-Brown, Chairperson Hayes Christmas Lights Committee


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HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 Biggin Hill Concert Band We have had a busy term preparing for our summer concerts which are taking place at a variety of venues and all outside so let’s hope it’s a good summer! We performed Proms in the Park at the Blacksmith’s Arms, Cudham, on Sunday 16 June, then we have a concert at Ightham Mote on Sunday 7 July from 1 pm and we will be playing at the Vine Bandstand, Sevenoaks on Sunday 11 August from 3 pm so do come and see us and listen to a selection of music from Adele, Madness, Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia, Queen, Glen Miller and much more. If you would like to join the band which currently has 30 – 40 members, we are actively seeking musicians, especially those playing trumpet, clarinet, tuba or trombone. We rehearse from 8.15 pm until 9.45 pm every Monday night at the Warren (Metropolitan Police Hayes Sports Club) so please email Martin at m.purser@mpthewarren.com.

Royal British Legion Defibrillator The Royal British Legion Hayes (Kent) Club are proud to announce that a defibrillator has been purchased and installed on the outside of the Club at 14, Station Hill, Hayes, BR2 7DJ, for the benefit of the Hayes community. This has been possible due to the kind donation from the legacy of a long standing member of 20 years, James Teakle, who particularly requested that the legacy be used for projects for the benefit of the members and the community.


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HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 Metropolitan Police (Hayes) Bowls Club Have you ever thought about playing bowls? Metropolitan Police Bowls Club is a mixed bowls club for ladies and gentleman, young and old. We welcome new and experienced bowlers. We are a very friendly club and play games with other clubs in the area. We also play in the County competitions, have in-house club competitions and other fun events throughout the season. If you are a new bowler, worry not; we have experienced and knowledgeable members who will happily give you some tips and tuition. You do not have to be an ex-serving, serving or retired Police Officer to join the Metropolitan Police Bowls Club – we welcome all new members. Please do not feel you are too old or too young; we have members between 9 and 90 years old – it is never too late or too early to take up this fantastic sport. Bowls is maybe the only sport that is truly NOT ageist. Bowls really is for all ages; it gives you friendship and exercise without too much effort so if you are interested please contact Angela on 07952404385 for more Information. We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to the wonderful world of Bowls shortly.

What’s On All events take place in the Village Hall unless listed otherwise

Regular Events Group 88 (Social Group for the over 60s)

Every Monday 8.00 pm – 10.00 pm Rosary Church Hall (with weekend events)

Activities Group for the Elderly

Every Tuesday 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm Hayes Free Church

Hayes Men’s Fellowship

1st Wednesday of the month 2.30 pm Old Church Schools

Hayes Over 60s Club

Every Thursday 1.30 pm – 4.00 pm

Hayes (Kent) Flower Club

2nd Friday of the month (not Aug & Dec) 2.00 pm

Hayes Library Opening Hours

Tuesdays and Fridays: 9.30 am – 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm Saturdays: 9.30 am – 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm


HAYES REVIEW Summer 2019 No 238 Other Events For more details of HVA events go to www.hayeskent.org.uk Date



Sat 6 July

St Christopher’s Open Garden Open Garden & Plant Sale Festival 28 Ridgeway, Hayes BR2 7DE

Sat 20 July

Hayes Horticultural Society

Sun 21 July

St Christopher’s Open Garden Open Garden with Garden Festival Railway & Telephone Museum 36 George Lane, Hayes BR2 7LQ

Summer Show

Wed 24 July Hayes (Kent) Evening Townswomen’s Guild

Strawberry Tea Venue TBA

Wed 7 Aug

History of Teddy Bears Rosary Church Hall

Hayes (Kent) WI

Wed 28 Aug Hayes (Kent) Evening Townswomen’s Guild

Martin & Molly Print, Footsteps International – Rosary Church Hall

Time 1.00 pm– 5.00 pm 2.30 pm

2.00 pm– 6.00 pm TBA 10.00 am 7.45 pm

Sun 1 Sept

St Christopher’s Open Garden Open Garden with Garden Festival Railway & Telephone Museum 36 George Lane, Hayes BR2 7LQ

2.00 pm– 6.00 pm

Wed 4 Sept

Hayes (Kent) WI

10.00 am

Sun 8 Sept

St Christopher’s Open Garden Refreshments, home grown 2.00 pm– Festival produce and plants for Sale 5.00 pm Allotments next to 127 Bourne Vale BR3 7NJ

Antiques – Rosary Church Hall

Wed 25 Sept Hayes (Kent) Evening Townswomen’s Guild

Harvest Supper Rosary Church Hall

Wed 2 Oct

Hayes (Kent) WI

Italian Food and Tasting Rosary Church Hall

Wed 2 – Sat 5 Oct

The Hayes Players

Jeeves and Wooster

7.45 pm 10.00 am 7.45 pm

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