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HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 Hayes Village Association Editorial I suppose we can all come up with reasons for the sad decline in the membership of our community clubs and organisations, chief of which seems to be the lack of younger members to succeed the diminishing so-called older generation. And it’s not just about the organisations themselves. What about the future of the Village and Old Church Schools Halls, together with similar premises, which depend upon their organisation and club bookings for their own survival? Perhaps it could be said that the ‘oldies’ were able to balance the everyday pressures of the workplace and bringing up a family, with the happier distractions of competition on the sports fields, cricket grounds, tennis and badminton courts and bowling greens, or even the less physical challenges of the bridge and whist tables, and within the amateur dramatic societies, to name but a few. In the absence of present social and world-wide media distraction they were also more aware of what was on their own doorstep. Now more than ever, local clubs and organisations, at the very least, need to make residents aware of their existence. A good start would be to get themselves on the directory of the HVA website.

Trading Places Apart from the closure of Cards4All the shopping scene remains stable. Blooms & Candy has moved into the old Anne Stewart premises, offering flower decorations for weddings and other celebrations together with other services. We welcome them to Hayes and wish them every success. The pavements and parking spaces near the station have had a comprehensive face lift and the pedestrian island in that area has been made much safer. As always, the hanging baskets and planting are lovely. We do hope that you are making good use of the local facilities.

Thames Water Priority Scheme Thames Water have been extremely busy in this area during the summer and some people have had their water cut off. If this happens Thames Water deliver emergency supplies to local supermarkets for collection or set up standpipes. However, for those of us with mobility problems or other difficulties who would find it hard to collect water from a standpipe or supermarket, Thames Water offers a Priority Service Scheme. To access this service you should ring 0800 009 3652 where a very helpful employee will explain the system of registration. Shirley Savage, HVA Local News Co-ordinator


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HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 Front Garden Competition Unlike last year, this year has been a typical British summer, with some lovely sunny days and some very wet ones as well, which is the ideal weather for gardens. Thanks to the weather we have had some beautiful front gardens, which has meant the judges have had a really hard job and actually commented on how high the standard was and how varied the gardens were in layout. They praised all the entries for making their judging a ‘very colourful event’. However, after a very hot day of judging they reached their decision and the results are as follows:

Ist place 2 Westland Drive, 2nd place 2 Forge Close, 3rd place 3 Hayes Hill Road

Congratulations to the residents of these gardens. Helen Best, HVA Front garden Competition Co-ordinator


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HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 Hayes Village Association on the Web HVA has had a presence on the web for sometime. I was asked last year to take over the maintenance of the Association’s website. This was an exciting prospect for me and I was given the opportunity to redesign and re-imagine how it should look. That is how http://hkva.org.uk was started last November. The website is mainly a mix of information about what the HVA is and what it does, together with a growing repository of knowledge about the village in which we live. It also features news items affecting Hayes and the surrounding areas which we hope will be of interest to you.


HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 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, , Kent Hayes (Kent) Trust c/o The Rectory , Hayes Street, BromleyBR2 7LH


HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 Since we published the new website, we have added an Organisations Directory to help local clubs and societies promote themselves to local residents. The website is a popular resource and gets on average around 300 visitors a week. Not only local visitors, but as far away as America and Australia! Primarily the HVA website should be there to serve you and I encourage anyone to feel free to contact me, at steve@websdezined.com, with comments, suggestions, news and events.

Looking for New Road Representatives We have recently lost four HVA road representatives who deliver the four HVA Reviews and the Hayes Fair programme each year to all the houses in a particular road. Sadly, Wendy Harding has passed away. She delivered to the 12 houses in Oakmead Avenue. John Leverett retired after many years of sterling service. He delivered to all 39 houses in Holland Close. Gil Fuller and Serena Shaw have moved away. Gil delivered to the 49 houses in Hayes Mead Road and Pondfield Road and Serena covered the 53 houses in Eastry Avenue. I would like to find four new road reps to cover each of these areas. If you would be happy to spare two or three hours per year to help us then I would be very pleased to hear from you. My contact details are 020 8462 0771 or charles.wimble@baston.demon.co.uk. Charles Wimble, Chairman HVA

HVA SnowFriends Autumn is here as I write, so start to keep an eye on the Bromley Council website at www.bromley.gov.uk/winter and follow the Bromley Gritting crews on Twitter at @BromleySnow. According to the Council a small handful of salt is sufficient to treat 1 square metre/yard and each 10kg bag should be enough to treat 100 metres/yards. Please remember that snow must be cleared before using any salt (and try to avoid getting salt on gardens and trees). When there is a forecast of freezing road surface conditions, the gritting crews will be covering priority routes across the Borough and information about which routes will be gritted is available by visiting the above websites.


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AT THE CENTRE OF OLD HAYES, NEXT TO THE PARISH CHURCH LARGE HALL WITH GOOD STAGE, TWO SMALLER ROOMS FOR MEETINGS TWO KITCHENS, DISABLED TOILET, WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE, KERBSIDE PARKING NEARBY AT MOST TIMES Sorry, no weddings no family, teenage or children’s parties. Visit our new website www.hayesvillagehall.org.uk FOR BOOKING DETAILS: Please ring 07760 261568 or email hayesvillagehall@gmail.com

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HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 To join HVA SnowFriends visit www.hvasnowfriends.org.uk or text/phone 07775 943407 to register and get your snow shovel and 10kg sack of road salt. We have lost several of our group as people have moved away, so if your road is on our ‘missing’ list please consider ‘doing your bit’ for your neighbours and local elderly people by joining the HVA SnowFriends group. Kate Head, Coordinator HVA SnowFriends

Review copy deadline The deadline for providing copy to the Editor for the Winter edition of the Review is Tuesday 26 November.

Community Matters Planning There have been several instances recently where controversial planning applications, opposed by Hayes Village Association and many local residents and refused by London Borough of Bromley, have subsequently been granted on appeal by the Planning Inspectorate based in Bristol. According to our local Councillors, once the inspector has made a decision, there is little scope for the Council to appeal against this. The only available route would be a judicial review which can only be brought if the inspector has erred in law or the process was materially flawed. This is a very worrying situation, particularly when, under the Government's New London Plan, Bromley is required to complete 14,240 new houses within the next 10 years. HVA Planning Committee

Safer Neighbourhood Team Update Hello, I hope that you have enjoyed a good summer. The nights are already starting to draw in and before we know it Hallowe’en and fireworks night will be upon us – a very busy time of year for us! I would like to take this opportunity to tell you what we have been up to over the last few months: Two arrests were recently made following late night patrols in the Coney Hall area. A call was received about half past midnight regarding a burglary in Coney Hill Road. The suspects were stopped just around the corner in Croydon Road and were consequently arrested not only for burglary but also for possession of a class A drug which was discovered after being searched.


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Pinnacle Restoration Ltd Mr Philip Skeffington 07968 240380 pinnacle50@hotmail.com www.pinnaclerestoration.co.uk My name is Phil and I have 30 years’ experience in the stone restoration business, I have been running my own company for the last 18 years. I provide a personal service. We can provide specialist advice and free estimates for you. If you would like any more information about the company, or have any enquiries then please don't hesitate to contact us on the details above. The type of work I undertake ranges from • • • • • •

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HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 Officers have been out and about recently targeting drug use on the Ward. There have been a number of positive stop and searches and arrests across the Ward, including Warren Road/Polecat Alley, Coney Hall recreation ground, Chilham Way, Station Approach and Letchworth Drive. If you are concerned about drug dealing or smoking in your area please get in touch with us and we will make sure that it receives our close attention. We have recently had rogue traders on the Ward again – they do tend to see Hayes and Coney Hall as a soft target. In this particular case the traders did some work in someone’s garden in the Hayes area, clearing items and overgrowth. They had advertised via flyers and were offering a 25% discount for their work. Instead they charged a vastly inflated price for what they had claimed was over five tons of rubbish. To give you an example, five tons is equivalent to the size of two adult rhinos! To add insult to injury the resident then received a visit a couple of weeks later from a male claiming to be the boss of the company claiming that the ‘discount’ received wasn’t valid and the resident needed to pay more! If you are concerned about work going on in your area or that a vulnerable neighbour or relative may be being targeted then please call us on 020 8649 3548 or our colleagues in Bromley trading standards on 07903 852090. Please remember to never buy goods or services at the door and always research a company as much as possible before having any work done. 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. To speak with the Council’s ASB officers please call 020 8208 461 7765 Kick off at 3.00 pm took place at The Warren in July. This is an initiative that was started up a few years ago by a policeman and a community leader to combat knife crime and get young people off of the streets. It is a football tournament open to both boys and girls and regional finals are held all over the UK. The grand final was held at The Warren and attended by a number of high profile guests, including Police Commissioner Cressida Dick. As the autumn nights are drawing in please remember to continue to secure your


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HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 property. Burglars and thieves love the fact that the nights start to draw in as it gives them extra cover. Please consider the following: •

Re-adjust your timer switch(es) when the clocks go back.

Test out your security lights and replace any bulbs if necessary.

Draw the curtains when it starts to get dark.

Don’t forget to leave a light on when you go out.

Leaving a talk radio station on could also help give the impression that somebody is home.

Nominate a safe place or neighbour for deliveries when ordering presents online.

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

Hayes Fair – the Results In spite of the very windy and occasionally damp weather, the fair committee were able to raise over £4200 from the bar, the barbecue, the raffle stall, the plant stall, programme advertising, sponsorship and the sale of pitches. We donated £250 to the Mayor’s charities, a further £250 to the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club charity and the Chartwell Cancer Trust. The balance of the money, a total of £3772 (including £636 matched funding from Barclays, courtesy of David Taylor) was donated to the Hayes Village Hall to cover the cost of the new electric window openers. We were particularly grateful to our sponsors, the Mary Jones Dental Surgery and Floral and Hardy, to our advertisers in the on-line programme, Beauty Concept, Cannon Cars, Giardinos, Hayes (Kent) Trust, Hayes Village Kitchen, Hurstway Builders, J & R Killick, Rob Belcher and to Shepherd Neame for providing the beer. We also thank all those who kindly donated Raffle prizes: DFDS, Shepherd Neame, Ginger Indian, Samuel Oliver, Park Vets, Kent Flower Company, Hayes Street Farm Shop, Tugra, John Ruler, Antonio's, Hayes Village Fish Bar, Hayes Street Kitchen, The Real Ale Way, Crown Roast, Java & Chai, Klinik and Thara Thai. Their support is greatly appreciated. Charles Wimble, Chairman Hayes Fair Committee


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HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 Youth in the Community Towards the end of the summer term the Review was in discussion with 6th formers and the English Dept at Hayes School regarding the launch of an ongoing series of articles entitled ‘Youth in the Community’. Conscious of the fact that our readership focuses largely on the 40’s upwards age range with little or no youth contribution, the aim is to redress this by bringing the voice of youth into our coverage. As a ‘taster’ perhaps, and by courtesy of the authors themselves together with the English Dept, we are delighted to print the following three excellent pieces. FLOWERS The flowers in Spring are shy but still beauties, Although happy, they miss opportunities. Their life isn’t in full flow, A certain hesitation dampens their glow. The flowers in Summer are confident and joyful,

They are bursting with life, faithful and loyal. In full bloom, they tell their story, Not afraid to bask in their vibrant glory. The flowers in Autumn are not the risk-takers, Unfulfilled, they are the comfort makers. Their journey is long, never changing, Their plans set in stone, not once re-arranging. The flowers in Winter are cold and closed,

Are they ever happy? No-one knows. Surrounded in work, no time for fun, Invite them out but they will never come. If you are going to bloom just once, Be a flower with many stunts. We all are different, with one similarity, We will all bloom with irregularity. Jasmine Bahal, Year 7


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HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 NEW YORK AT NIGHT You wander down the endless roads of New York City, Lights glowing, lighting up your curious eyes. The siren sounds wail in the distance, Finding their way through an endless maze of buildings. Towering above you, Billboards with huge adverts surround you, and a sea of bright colours envelop you. They gleam as the adverts change every 30 seconds. You gaze up at the sight, The intricate way the stars sit in the sky this night, and realize what a beautiful place you are admiring. Taxis raid the roads, splashing yellow across them, Creating a path of yellow cars and bright white lights. What a picture perfect city through day and night. Thea Reynolds-Wall, Year 8

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ME! Hi, my name is Alfie. I don’t know how old I am. But this is how my day goes. I wake up when I hear the sound of food. In my opinion, everyone loves food more than life don’t they? When I get up my mum or dad gives me my breakfast (my favourite part of the day). I walk to school but I’m not allowed in. I don’t know why, because I’m perfect. I go to the park instead where I play with my ball in the fresh air. I can smell loads of good things: food, fresh air and the smell of others like me. I can hear loads of kids screaming and I run over to them to play but my mum tells me off and I don’t know why.

We go home via the shops where I have to wait outside because I’m not allowed in. I have no idea why. We then go home and I get to go to bed for the rest of the day. I only get up if I hear the sound of food; everything else I ignore, even my name, which my parents find extremely annoying. After a few hours of napping, I walk to school, and again I’M STILL NOT ALLOWED IN! We go back home and it’s time to have another nap until I hear my food being made for me. This is my second favourite part of the day. Then after my dinner I like to play for a while until I get bored. Then I go to my best friends and they say “You’re the best dog in the world Alfie!” Grace Walker, Year 7


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HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 Feature yourself in print! While the Review continues to depend on its excellent regular contributors for its very existence, contributions from its readership are equally important and most welcome, bringing as they do a wider range of features which serve to further enhance your reading interest and enjoyment. In this context we are delighted to include the following article by the Rev. Brian Ellis.

Past Hayes My grandparents lived in Hayes village for over 55 years during which my grandfather worked at Hayes farm which I now believe is a garden centre. Hayes farm is referred to in vol 2 of ‘Hayes a History of a Kentish Village’ and there is a photo within that of cows being milked in the yard at the farm and my grandfather could well be one of the men in the photograph. My grandfather died in 1963/64 and is buried in Hayes Churchyard alongside his wife Mathilda. At best guess the accompanying press cutting must have been from the late 1950’s. It gives a background picture of my grandfather at work on the farm, while the photograph shows him in First World War uniform.

Rev. Brian Ellis


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HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 And finally, welcome to our new regular contributor who has chosen to head his features ’Growing Old in Hayes’. On reading his first article for the Review, readers will quickly realise that his drift doesn’t quite reflect his choice of heading in the way one might expect. It’s also possibly why he wishes to conceal his identity by using the nomenclature O.F.

Growing Old in Hayes – the Interweb Why do we need a Hayes Review? If I want to find out what’s going on in Hayes I turn to the internet and local Facebook sites. There I can find out what Hayes, Coney Hall and West Wickham businesses are offering, who residents are recommending as plumbers, roofers or belly dance tutors, and I can keep up with local gossip and crime reports. All sorts of interesting photos appear on the Facebook sites, not least the ones that have been entered in competitions. Pets are pictured that have gone missing, thieves are shown stealing doorbells that film unwanted callers, prima donna road use by boy bikers and inconsiderate parkers are quickly exposed, historical pictures of Hayes spark discussion as do items for sale and so on. All very community enhancing and all immediately accessible if you have internet access and know how to use it. And there’s the rub. Some of those who are technically competent cannot wait to get themselves noticed on the internet even if there knolidge of the English langwich and spellchequer leaves something to be desired. Their hurry to appear online can lead to such inanities as, “Does anyone know why there are sirens sounding in Chatham Avenue?” (Measured response: “Perhaps there is an emergency?”). “Can anyone tell me what time Sainsbury’s open tomorrow?” (Measured response: “Er....you are using the internet to ask....oh never mind”). The internet also encourages ‘Troll’ like behaviour among a few who cannot resist simply being rude for the sake of being rude. Wearing the cloak of the Internet, a few individuals, who might never be offensive to anyone face to face, find satisfaction in using profanities and advocating extremism that would never be tolerated by the community as a whole. Such people tend to cause divisions and unhappiness where previously there was unity of mutual respect and tolerance. (Indeed it has not been unknown for leaders of nations to.....steady!). Facebook and other social media sites’ immediacy is also their weakness as reference points. Today’s posts quickly disappear off the screen to be replaced by new entries – I know, I saw a recommendation for a removals firm but then how far back do I have to trawl to find it again now that I need to move house? When is the Hayes Fair? – I can’t see the original post anymore. Ah, but I know where the Hayes Review is and I know it was advertised there.


HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 Again, pity the poor Facebook site administrator who can only block posts after the written event. Too many and repetitive advertisements for local businesses drown out news and information about local groups. Too many angry posts begin to have a negative effect on a largely peaceful and contented community. Thanks to having an Editor responsible for style and content*, the Hayes Review can offer a considered and informative focus on the community and allow budding journalists from local schools, colleges, voluntary groups and so on to see their work presented to a wide audience and become a source of reference. Indeed, thanks to the new distribution policy, anyone in Hayes can read what is in the Review whereas not everyone has access to the Internet or indeed, wants access to the Internet. I wonder whether or not the Editor of the Review will allow you to read this. O.F. *Many thanks O.F. – cheque in the post. Ed.

Notes from Coney Hall Village A trip to the coast and a stop off at the Dungeness Lifeboat Station sparked off the memory of an unlikely connection between the present lifeboat and our village. Twins Cyril and Stanley Morrell, entrepreneurs, opportunists, visionaries and astute businessmen with flair and imagination, were only in their early twenties when embarking upon the building of Coney Hall in the 1930’s. An excerpt from their promotional brochure states; ‘Morrell Brothers (Builders) are planning to create the perfect enterprise, a dream town of gardens, wide, tree bordered streets and the finest homes which skillful architects can devise and British craftsmen can erect, side by side with ancient beeches and silver birches that sweep up to its boundaries. We will take the perfect site, as yet untouched, and build upon it a perfect and lovely town of fair gardens and such homes as thousands dream of. The estate will be cunningly planned so that every delightful home has maximum of fresh air and sunshine enabling young couples of moderate means to bring up happy, healthy families in an ideal environment.’ Their aim to build affordable homes earned them the unenviable reputation as ‘Jerry Builders’ but their houses survived a World War and a hurricane, and with the stipulation from The Lennards (who originally owned the land) that only 7 houses to the acre should be built, the properties easily lend themselves to


HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 extensions without crowding. Free furniture removal was offered as an incentive to prospective purchasers and a workman’s bus provided free transport daily to and from Hayes Station. A few things have changed over the ensuing 80 odd years, house prices for a start, but Coney Hall Village is still surrounded by woods, farmland and the Common, still providing plenty of fresh air! Both Cyril & Stanley Morrell were severely diabetic and died in their 70’s almost blind, leaving a considerable fortune. With no children or grandchildren to inherit, the last of the Morrell widows made generous bequests to various charities with the bulk of the Morrell money going to the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, resulting in a state of the art lifeboat built and stationed at Dungeness. The boat proudly bears the name ‘The Morrell’. Stella Etheridge Footnote: perhaps a happy co-incidence that we publish an article from the RNLI later in this issue.

Local Groups and Societies The Hayes Players Arnold Ridley's classic drama was first produced in 1925 and has been filmed no fewer than three times. A very silly young man accidentally strands six passengers at a small Cornish wayside station. Despite the psychic stationmaster's weird stories of a ghost train, they decide to stay the night in the waiting room. Soon they regret this decision as ghostly and not so ghostly apparitions materialise, before the young man reveals the true reason behind the night's event An amateur production presented by arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.

Mike Ashman, Chair The Hayes Players


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HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 Friends of Hayes Common In the week the temperatures soared and the UK experienced its hottest day it was lovely to be able to escape to the Common to keep cool under the trees. We have a quieter time in the summer so have just been tidying up paths and areas that we have worked in before. The Bromley Countryside Volunteers have helped IdVerde winch up some of the holly and laurel stumps in the area off West Common Road, a very hard task but the only way to prevent regrowth so we thank them for their efforts. Hayes Fair was quite a challenge with the gales and showers especially as we wanted to show our wonderful film. Luckily, after a final heavy shower just after the fair opened, things settled down and so people were able to watch the work we do on the Common and see some beautiful views. If you would like to watch the FoHC film it is now on YouTube and can be viewed simply by searching for FOHC AGM. You’ll find lots of familiar faces!!

Once September begins we will be back to our fortnightly sessions, initially working between West Common and Baston Roads continuing the work we started early in the


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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 Autumn 2019 No 239 summer, removing the dense holly trees and revealing the beautiful oaks. Liz Woodman has asked me to include a little piece which we all agree with as we want to keep the Common a special place. ‘I have been walking my daughter’s dog recently and was pleased to see how many dog walkers are using the Common, but I was also sorry to see that there are a few dog poo bags either thrown away, all be it away from the path, but I have also found some, left on the path itself apparently waiting for someone else to pick it up and dispose of it. It will not go away by itself so please do either take it home or dispose of it in the two bins, one at the left hand side of the open space at the top of Station Hill or on the glade in Preston Road.’ Do come along and join us if you are free on a Tuesday morning. Further details can be obtained by emailing our chairman Allan Tabraham tabraham518@gmail.com or our secretary Ian Thomas ithomas12@compuserve.com. Clare Britton, FoHC

Friends of Hayes Parks As Spring passed to Summer, the lush green growth of plants we nurture and plants we tolerate resulted in a continuous cycle of ‘we cut it’ and ‘it grows’. These include bamboo, nettles and brambles (now producing a fine crop of blackberries for those wishing to seek them out). A request for help to breathe life back into the gardens of Hayes Village Hall has seen the FoHP and Friends of Hayes Common (FoHC) combine to create a team that has tackled this task with vigour and determination, clearing away weeds, brambles, tree saplings, etc. to allow planting to take place in the autumn. Paths in the parks needed continual clearing as did the litter which appears in greater quantities when the sun shines and seems to move about the parks. It was not the only thing to


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HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 move as a spate of seat moving has occurred. Seats in both Husseywell and The Knoll have been wrenched from their mountings and moved about the parks. IdeVerde were notified and re-affixed some of the seats which were unfortunately wrenched free once again. A better method of fixing needs to be employed and is being pursued. These seats are not light in weight and are not being moved by young kids. The seats are nicely situated to give views across the parks. A study carried out by Plymouth University has found that a view of green space such as a garden, park or woodland may reduce cravings for alcohol, cigarettes and unhealthy food, thus helping to cut obesity and alcoholism. So help keep these seats in place by sitting on them, putting your mobile phone away and enjoying the lovely green views. Debbie Palmer, FoHP

Friends of Pickhurst Park and Green (FoPP) Work continued over the summer to clear brambles, leaves, nettles and rubbish from the path, lane and ditches. Much time was spent with great help from the Friends of Hayes Common (FoHC) to clean up the ditch that runs from the top of the park down the side of Pickhurst School to the lane. The elderly hawthorn tree on the Green lost its battle to stay upright during a windy spell and two of the three upright trunks fell and were removed and cleared by the FoPP. Some parts of the wood were so soft they could easily be pulled apart by hand. If trees could talk, what stories that old tree could tell. What comings and goings it has seen in the growth and development of Hayes. Early intervention by members of the public prevented travellers from setting up camp on Pickhurst Green on 8 August. The Police were summoned and the travellers decided to move elsewhere. We urge all users of parks and open spaces to be vigilant and report any such activity to the Police immediately so that the relevant action can be taken. Please also report any fly tipping seen in the lane, on the Green or in the park as this appears to be on the increase.

Debbie Palmer FoHP


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HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 Hayes Horticultural Society Garden Notes At least, unlike last year, they are not scorched. But lawns still deserve a little autumn care. So, if you have not done so already, and certainly before temperatures fall and growth stops for winter, get down to raking out the thatch. But don’t be too brutal, as it could damage the turf. Use moss killer where needed. Admittedly it’s a hard slog but this is also a good time to aerate the lawn, using a garden fork to open up the ground every 15 cm or so. Rake in a top dressing of soil and compost. Inevitably the fierce summer sun will have killed off some grass; if replacing bare patches by seeding, stick to early autumn when the there is plenty of moisture and the weather is neither too cold nor too hot. Germination should take between seven and 10 days and seedlings will become established before the first severe frosts. Leave it to spring and the grass could sprout before the new roots have properly established. Watch out for coarse grasses blown in from fields and the countryside as they are more deeply rooted than your lawn grasses. Though scarifying is often a recommended control for weed grasses it is just that – control not removal! I use an old kitchen knife to cut out either young and single plants or small tufts without too much disturbance to the lawn. Knock off any soil from the roots and you shouldn't leave a hole. Any bare patches bigger than your palm will need a light sprinkle of grass seed. What else needs planting and when? October: spring bulbs. Sprinkle a little bone meal, along with gritted sand; likewise spring cabbages, autumn onion sets for mid-summer and garlic cloves. November: new fruit trees and bushes but not please if the ground is too frosty or wet. Stake Brussels sprout stalks. December: generally dig over the soil and add manure where needed; prune apple and pear trees, also autumn raspberries along with red and white currants and gooseberries. Also • Add a splash of colour with the likes of sedum and heuchera which survive most types of weather. • Split up perennials and plant out for next year. • Book in your mower early for an annual overhaul at Mowercraft in Green Street Green.

John Ruler, President Hayes Horticultural Society


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HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 Group 88 If you would like to get out more and make new friends we will be pleased to welcome you to our friendly group of newly and not so newly retired people. We enjoy a weekly club evening with interesting speakers or social activities and a programme of active weekend events. We are particularly proud of our excellent weekend programme covering Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays which offers visits to theatres, cinemas, country gardens, restaurants, pub evenings, special exhibitions, activities such as walks, whist drives, boules, ten pin bowling and holiday weekends and day trips and more. Two recent new members are keen to recommend this group to others so come along to see if it suits you too. We meet every Monday (except bank holidays) at The Rosary Church Hall, West Common Road, Hayes, BR2 7BX at 8.00 pm. If you would like more information contact Pam B on 020 8462 6628 or Pam D on 020 8659 2076 or email group88hayes@gmail.com.

90th Anniversary of the National Townswomen’s Guild The Hayes (Kent) Evening Townswomen’s Guild, a branch of the NW Kent Federation, together with the other two Kent Federations, celebrated the 90th Anniversary of the Townswomen’s Guild on 23 May when 128 members attended an all day event at Oakley House Bromley. On arrival at 11.00 am, coffee, tea and biscuits were served before our speaker Graham Dear, a retired Yeoman of the Guard, outlined his background as one of the Queen’s Bodyguards. The special duties and formalities covering the wide variety of State occasions he had the opportunity to attend proved of great interest to his audience. He was able to intertwine so much detail with the occasional amusing incident. The first appointment of Bodyguards dates back to 530 years ago when Henry VII felt the need for protection. Following lunch we were entertained by Miranda Richards, a lively vocalist who strolled around the tables introducing a medley of opportunities for audience participation. The Honorary National Treasurer, Penny Ryan, gave an appreciative Vote of Thanks to the organisers of the event and at the same time stressed to everyone present the importance of continuing to promote the Townswomen’s Guild organisation. Once the raffle was drawn it was time to bring a very successful celebration to a close at around 4.00 pm.


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HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 Biggin Hill Concert Band We have had a busy summer with 3 outdoor concerts around the area. In June we held our breath as it poured all morning and into the afternoon. Luckily by 3pm, although overcast, the clouds behaved and we played to a lovely audience in the beautiful garden of the Blacksmith’s Arms, Cudham, the concert being serendipitously opened with a vintage plane flying back to Biggin Hill. In July we were in the magical surroundings of Ightham Mote playing on the lawn which was a wonderful experience. Visitors enjoyed the sounds of Abba, Tom Jones, Mary Poppins, Queen, Adele and more and it was great to see little ones dancing to our music

and we were made to feel very welcome by staff and visitors alike. August found us performing on the Vine Bandstand, Sevenoaks. The wind certainly made it a lively performance as we pegged sheets of music down and kept feet on music stands to prevent them taking off! Luckily the audience braved the weather and fortified with cups of tea from the cafe to keep warm it was a fun afternoon. Especially trumpeters and clarinettists! We are now back to rehearsing for our winter concert which will be held at the Warren on Friday 22nd November. It will be Pick of the Pops as we fly through the decades from the 1920s to the present day. Do come and listen to us and if you feel like dusting off that instrument you haven’t played in a while we would love to hear from you, especially trumpeters and clarinettists! We rehearse on Monday nights from 8.15 until 9.45 at the Warren so please email Martin at m.purser@mpthewarren.com for more details and check us out on social media. Our website is bigginhillconcertband.co.uk.

Clare Britton, BHCB


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HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 West Wickham Rotary We started the first quarter of the 2019-2020 Rotary year West Wickham with a Presentation Evening to local organisations and charities who focussed their activities on youth and those in the community needing an extra bit of help. The recipients and the purposes of their awards were: Coney Hall Girl Guiding – activities for girls and young women. The award is for the acquisition of new tents. CASPA Community Café – CASPA supports autistic children, young people and their families and the award is for funding to help buy equipment for the new café. The café will provide work skills training for the young people and great coffee! Bromley Community Counselling Service (BCCS) – BCCS provides mental health & psychological therapy in Bromley which the NHS is unable to support. The award will go towards the cost of the counselling. Local Heroes – Bromley – Pakiki Theatre – Local Heroes is a borough-wide heritage education project for 8-11 year olds to bring to life some of the extraordinary residents of Bromley borough who've made significant contributions to society. The award will help pay for an interactive 75 minute performance and follow-up resources for children, teachers and parents. The Maypole Project – music instruments – Maypole offers services to families living in the West Wickham and Hayes areas. The aim of the grant is to provide instruments for workshops to enable children and young people with complex medical needs, disability or SEND to engage with drumming and musicality (and each other!) in a fun environment. These workshops are also inclusive to siblings of these children so it is a truly inclusive club. Positive Pete – mentoring programme for young people for the 2019-2020 academic year, covering a broad range of students some of whom have ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome or Dyslexia, as well as working with a number of students who are currently in foster care. The award will assist with expenses for two mentors. To find out more about Rotary West Wickham contact Ian Leach on 0773 0029526 or at ianleach216@gmail.com.


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HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 Notices Hayes Christmas Lights As we move into the second half of 2019, this can only mean one thing – CHRISTMAS IS COMING! So far this year, the Hayes Christmas Lights Committee has organised and executed our fundraising events with two Bingo nights and a sellout 40’s evening, with plentiful raffle prizes to be won, generating funds for our big event in November. We were also present at the Hayes Summer Fair. Through the wind and rain, we sold some more Memory Bows, ready to tie onto the tree with all your personal messages. Our events were attended by our loyal supporters and the Hayes community. This year’s events see some changes. As well as some of our familiar existing stalls, we will have new and exciting offerings! There will be a mix of local businesses and producers and our Hayes Community Charity stalls and our always popular raffle. We are excited to welcome along for the first time a local homemade preserve and chutney stall, Christmas wreaths and centre pieces made to order, soy wax candles and unique clothing and accessories from a local boutique. Also attending will be a gluten free and vegan cake stall for those that fancy a sweet treat! For our VIP’s (the children) we are going to have marvellous face painting and an arts and crafts stall. And of course, our Father Christmas and team of elves in the grotto waiting to welcome all who visit! During the afternoon there will be a variety of local performances on the stage, and a new presenter to introduce the acts! We will also engage and encourage our local shops to take part in our best ‘Christmassy Window’ competition to make Station Approach atmospheric. We look forward to seeing you all in the afternoon of 23 November, hosted as always at The New Inn. Ashley Hewett-Brown, Chairperson Hayes Christmas Lights Committee


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HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 HAYES FREE CHURCH CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 30 November – 12 December 2019 in aid of BROMLEY DISTRICT TALKING NEWS keeping the blind and sight-impaired in touch with their local community through recorded local news, features and events. THE CHURCH WILL BE OPEN: FOR SERVICES

at 10.30am and 6.30pm on both Sundays

TO VIEW THE TREES from 2.30 – 5.00pm on Monday 2 – Saturday 7 December inclusive and Monday 9 – Thursday 12 December inclusive AND FOR THESE EVENTS: OPENING CONCERT Croydon SDA Gospel Choir

Saturday 30 November 7.00pm


Pickhurst Junior Academy

Sunday 1 December 6.30pm


The Wandle Ringers


Beckenham Concert Band


Churches Together in Hayes with musicians from Hayes School Sun 8 December 6.30pm


Vocal Eclipse (female a cappella group) Thurs 12 December 7.45pm

Wednesday 4 December 7.30pm

Saturday 7 December 7.45pm

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of evening events. PLEASE NOTE VARIED START TIMES Admission free but contributions invited. All the money raised will go to Bromley District Talking News.



Royal National Lifeboat Institution Can you give your time to help the search and rescue charity? The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) The Bromley, West Wickham and Hayes Fundraising Branch need your help. The RNLI relies entirely on voluntary donations to provide their essential search and rescue service around the entire coast of the UK and the Republic of Ireland, as well as on the River Thames. Did you know that Tower Lifeboat Station in London is only 12 miles away from our area? Tower is the busiest lifeboat station covering 16 miles of the


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HAYES REVIEW Autumn 2019 No 239 river Thames with a full crew on the station 24 hours, 365 days a year. 303 lives have been saved since the Lifeboat Station opened in 2002. Your local fundraising branch makes collections in many places in the area including supermarkets and garden centres, organises events such as the successful Rock Choir Concert in 2018 and we would like to do much more. We do need more volunteers to help us maintain our fundraising now and in the future. Lifeboat Day is an annual event and we collect all over the Branch area and we really need your help with a bucket collection on that day or at one of our events. You can volunteer for as much time that you can give – a couple of hours for a collection each year or on call to help with one of our events or both. To volunteer – please contact the Branch Secretary, Lynda Jones. You can email lyndajones@btconnect.com or call her on 07855437767. Lynda is looking forward to hearing from you. The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Registered charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland.

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


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Sat 19 Oct

Safer Neighbourhood Team

Java And Chai Tea Rooms Station Approach

10.00 – 11.00 am

Mon 21 Oct Safer Neighbourhood Team

SJ’s Croydon Road

10.00 – 11.00 am

Wed 23 Oct Hayes (Kent) Evening Townswomen’s Guild

Blue Plaques Rosary Church Hall

7.45 pm

Wed 6 Nov

Hayes (Kent) WI

A Magician

Sat 9 Nov

Hayes Horticultural Society

Winter Show

Sat 16 Nov

Hayes Free Church

Christmas Fair & Charity Card Sale 10.30 am Hayes Free Church Hall

Sat 23 Nov

Safer Neighbourhood Team

Java And Chai Tea Rooms Station Approach

10.00 – 11.00 am

Sat 23 Nov

Christmas Lights Committee

Christmas Lights Switch On New Inn Car Park

3.00 pm –5.00 pm

Mon 25 Nov Safer Neighbourhood Team

SJ’s Croydon Road

10.00 – 11.00 am

Wed 27 Nov Hayes (Kent) Evening Townswomen’s Guild

Crystal Palace London 1851 Rosary Church Hall

Sat 30 Nov

Charity Christmas Fayre

10.00 am – 3.00 pm

Mon 2 Dec – Hayes Free Church Thu 12 Dec Pickhurst Lane

Christmas Tree Festival Hayes Free Church Hall

See p43 for times

Wed 4 Dec

Hayes (Kent) WI

Christmas Party

10.00 am

Wed 4 – Sat 7 Dec

The Hayes Players

The Ghost Train

7.45 pm

Wed 22 Jan

Hayes (Kent) Evening Townswomen’s Guild

Members’ Evening

7.45 pm

St Mary’s Parish Church

10.00 am 2.00 pm

7.45 pm

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