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HAYES REVIEW Spring 2019 No 237 Hayes Village Association Editorial Sadly, on pages 5 and 7 of this Review, we report the deaths of two figures, both of whose invaluable contribution to Hayes demonstrated their abiding concern for the community in which they lived and worked for so many years. Which is why we felt the line illustration of the former Walnut Tree shop on Hayes High Street bears testimony, to the artistic skills of the late Michael Savage whose work regularly graced the cover of the Review. Our choice of cover also reflects the changes that have taken place over 50 years of publication since April 1969, perhaps the most significant being an increase in circulation from 1,500 to 4,000. This is due in no small measure to the dedicated army of over 70 Road Reps who deliver the Review to the local population four times a year. And if that wasn’t enough, the on-line copy of the Review has already taken ‘hits’ from as far away as the US, New Zealand, India and Singapore. All of which focuses the mind on the increasing need for younger likeminded folk to think of the skills, experience, and above all, concern they could channel into making their community a safer and happier place for their families to grow.

Trading Places Autumn 2018 saw a flurry of activity in Hayes with several new establishments opening, although, sadly, we lost some old friends, notably Anne Stewart, a very long established hairdressers. Come Spring 2019 and this activity ceased for the moment with only a name change to report. Pie, Pint and Prosecco in Bourne Way is now trading as the Craft Beer Rooms and we hope that 2019 will be a successful year for them and all other Hayes traders.

Front Garden Competition At the time of writing, the gardens are covered in snow and summer seems a long way away. However, it will be with us very soon and now is the time to start planning to make your front garden the best in 2019. Shrubs and drought resistant plants are more widely used now in a bid to survive dry summers like that of 2018, in addition to the many wonderful colourful summer plants. Judging takes place towards the end of June, so start planning now. Helen Best, HVA Front Garden Competition Co-Ordinator


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HAYES REVIEW Spring 2019 No 237 Hayes Village Association Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held in Hayes Village Hall on Thursday 11 April at 8.00 pm when the speaker will be Jeremy Leach, London Campaign Co-ordinator for ‘20’s Plenty for Us’. The aim of this campaign is to make our streets safer through more traffic control and speed restrictions.

Review Copy Deadline The deadline for providing copy to the Editor for the Summer edition of the Review is Tuesday 21 May. Please note the Editor’s new email address is b.mcewan487@gmail.com.

The Review On-Line It is now possible to read the Review on-line. The link to the on-line version is on the Village Association Website www.hkva.org.uk.

Michael Savage 1925 – 2018 Michael was a long standing and active member of our committee who sadly died last June. He was born in Peterborough on the 11 December 1925. His early years were spent in East Anglia and Lancashire, moving to Shipley near Bradford in 1938 where he started Art School. He was called up to the army in 1944 and spent most his service in Greece, becoming demobbed in 1947. He then started an architectural training course at Leeds College of Art but transferred to a 3 year National Diploma in Design (now a Design Degree), gaining one of two awards given by the Advertising Association to the most outstanding graduates. He came to London in 1951 and started a succession of jobs in advertising, eventually becoming part-owner of an agency. Michael gained a reputation as one of the best creative directors in London, creating ground-breaking campaigns for Monsanto, Fiat and Scania Trucks among many others. Michael married Shirley in 1960. They had two sons, Richard and Crispin, and two grandchildren Eliza and Max. The family moved from Wimbledon to Bromley North in 1963 and to Hayes in 1991 shortly after which he retired.

Michael joined the HVA committee in 1992 and took over the responsibility for all the


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HAYES REVIEW Spring 2019 No 237 publicity, including the Review, making radical changes to its format, layout, contents and cover for which he produced a series of line drawings of Hayes scenes. He also designed a new logo, a series of Christmas cards and a set of notelets. When HVA took over responsibility for the Hayes Fair he designed the publicity, signage and layout and continued with this until an independent committee later took charge. He also acted in this role for the two Fairs held on Hayes Common in 1993 and 2000. Together with the late Peter Cahill and Gordon Collis, he undertook an in-depth study of Station Approach in an attempt to improve its layout and facilities in the interest of traders, pedestrians and drivers. Sadly, lack of council funding put an end to their initiative. Peter G Harrold, HVA Vice-President

Peter James Cahill 1930 – 2018 It is with deep regret that we learned of the death of Peter Cahill on 29 November. He will be remembered by all as an interesting gentleman with a subtle sense of humour, who gave and received advice in equal measure with sincerity.

Peter will be sadly missed by our Association. He first joined the committee in 1980 and it soon became his abiding interest, serving for many years as our planning officer and dealing with many complicated planning applications. His immense knowledge acquired from many years as an architect made his experience invaluable. He was a familiar face at Bromley Council Planning department who will miss his letters which always started with the words ‘I strongly object to this planning application . . .’ Hayes and Coney Hall Ward Councillors will feel lost without his contact when seeking his advice on some very contentious matters. Peter was born in Silvertown, London in 1930, moving to Barkingside in 1936. Although many children were evacuated during the war he and his sister stayed in London. He went to Walthamstow Technical College and left to take up an apprenticeship with an architect in Central London. At 18 he did his National Service in the RAF. On being demobbed he enrolled at Regent Street Polytechnic spending 3 hour sessions 4 evenings a week over a number of years, as well as working during the day. His career was with R. Seifert and Son, Architects, working on buildings such as the Wembley


HAYES REVIEW Spring 2019 No 237 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:-


HAYES REVIEW Spring 2019 No 237 Conference Centre, NatWest Tower and Kensington Garden Hotel as well as others in Europe and Egypt. A keen traveller, he visited widely many places in the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Japan. He was an enthusiastic motorist and travelled via Yugoslavia to Rome in his 1932 MG. His plan was to restore this vehicle, but sadly events overtook him and it remains incomplete. His love of cars meant trips to Glorious Goodwood – the festival of speed – every summer. On many occasions he cycled from London to Brighton on the yearly bike ride.

He married Pam in 1964, moved to Hayes in 1965, and leaves three children, Judith, Gillian and Michael and four grandchildren. Peter G Harrold, HVA Vice-President

Community Matters Planning Hayes Street Farm A reminder that the appeal by Rookery Estates against the decision by Bromley Council to refuse their application to build 9 houses at Hayes Street Farm will be heard at a Public Enquiry commencing Tuesday 30 April 2019. Further details from the Planning Inspectorate are available at acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk quoting Case No. 3206947. 32 West Common Road

The application to build sheltered accommodation has been refused by Bromley Council citing over-development of the site and lack of provision for affordable housing. An appeal is anticipated. 145 Hayes Lane In spite of a plethora of objections the appeal against Bromley’s decision to refuse planning permission was allowed and work has now started on the demolition of the existing house. It will be replaced with what we feel to be an inappropriate block of flats. HVA Planning Committee


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HAYES REVIEW Spring 2019 No 237 Safer Neighbourhood Team Update Dear All, I hope that this finds you well and looking forward to Easter. I wanted to take this opportunity to fill you in on what your local team has been up to since the beginning of the year. Firstly, 2019 got off to a cracking start as we executed a couple of warrants on the ward in order to tackle a drugs problem. Our first took place in Letchworth Drive and a large amount of class A and class B drugs were found as well as some very nasty weapons:

We were more than happy to arrest two people connected with the address, who were later charged. A few weeks later, at the other end of the ward, we entered an address in Robins Grove, West Wickham where we had suspected that there was someone growing cannabis. Sure enough, we discovered several locations were being used within the house and outside buildings.

The owner was not at home when we


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HAYES REVIEW Spring 2019 No 237 called but found working nearby. He was subsequently arrested and brought to the station to answer a few questions. We also had some success with the arrest of a youth in Bourne Vale for breach of his Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO). The youth had previously been banned from Chilham Way shops and surrounding roads but was spotted in the area by some eagle eyed colleagues. After an energetic foot chase in which he managed to take out a neighbour’s fence, he was finally found hiding in his own loft. He was promptly arrested as well as his father for obstructing police.

On 6 February Bromley joined together with Croydon and Sutton Boroughs to become South Area (SN). This means that all three Boroughs now operate as one policing team or Borough Command Unit (BCU). The head of SN is Chief Supt. Dave Stringer and his neighbourhood strand is led by Supt. Colin Carswell and Chief Insp. Craig Knight. The advent of the new BCU meant that we finally received our second PC, in line with the Mayor’s policing promise. PC Jim Watkins has nearly 16 years service and may be familiar to some of you as he was Ward officer of West Wickham. He has also worked on the response team and has previously been responsible for our volunteer special constables and the rollout of the ‘Smartwater’ security marking scheme. Jim has made an immediate impact and has been enjoying meeting residents and the different groups around the area. Please make sure that you say hello the next time you see him. By the time you read this you will hopefully be experiencing better weather as we move into Spring (bar the odd April shower) and the evenings will start to get lighter and longer. Please remember:

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keep sheds and side gates locked don’t leave tools lying around in the garden don’t leave ground floor windows and doors open while you are upstairs or out.

Just a quick reminder that you can ‘phone us on 020 8649 3548, email on hayes.coneyhall.snt@met.police.uk or even follow us on Twitter @MPSHayes.

Hidden Hayes 7 In recent years there have been many changes in Hayes, particularly in the shops and businesses. When shops are converted to houses there is often little evidence, apart from old photographs, to remind us of their past use. Three examples show the changes that have taken place in the area that was for hundreds of years the main centre of the village.


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HAYES REVIEW Spring 2019 No 237 St Mary Cottages – No 12 Baston Road This is part of the nationally listed Victorian terrace designed by George Devey and built in 1888 to replace older cottages bought by the banker Sir Everard Hambro of Hayes Place. From its beginning the house was occupied by a butcher and there was an abattoir set up in the old stables behind the cottages. I have been told about the cattle being driven down the road to the abattoir. Many will recall Mr Foat who became the tenant in 1920 and bought the property in 1931. I remember buying Foat’s sausages when we first moved to Hayes in the 1970s. It remained a butcher’s shop into the 1980s until it and the abattoir closed. My children were frequent visitors to the tuck shop, situated in the same terrace at No 24 Baston Road, which was in use from at least 1950 when Mrs Arthur was listed in the directory as confectioner. Once again it has been converted back to a house and there is no obvious evidence from the outside of its former use. The Walnut Tree Many will recall the Walnut Tree to the north of the Village Hall, which was the


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HAYES REVIEW Spring 2019 No 237 village bakery in the 18th and 19th centuries and became the village newsagents and confectioners in the 20th century. A listed building, its facade has been retained in its change to a residential dwelling in 2003. We will be pleased to receive your memories of these former shops. Bourne Way

When shops change hands often traces of the past are discovered when new sign boards are erected. These will often be quickly replaced or covered over unless spotted by local residents. I was sent this one in 2018. Do any of you remember the Curtain Shop at 6 Bourne Way?

Station Approach

A much older sign was discovered when renovations were taking place to change 44 Station Approach into a Turkish Restaurant. This was one of the earliest shops to be built in Station Approach. It was a grocer’s shop and was opened in 1933. It remained listed as a Provisions Merchant in the Directories until 1968. It became a record shop and in the late 1970s was Hayes Cards. Please let me know at contact@hayeskenthistory.co.uk if you have any other examples of hidden shop signage. Jean Wilson


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HAYES REVIEW Spring 2019 No 237 What Makes a Community Readers may remember from our Autumn issue that we invited our five local primary schools to enter any interested Year 6 pupils for a writing competition sponsored by the Review and entitled ‘What makes a community’. Disappointingly only one of the schools was able to submit their pupils’ work. Despite that we were delighted to receive the following two excellent pieces from Hayes Primary pupils each of whom received a £30 W H Smith gift voucher from the Hayes Village Association which also presented a £50 cheque towards the school library. Congratulations Alice and Ella! Hayes Community Dear Reader The reason I’m addressing you personally is because I need to tell you something. A tree is very hard to grow. It needs water and sunlight and a seed, obviously. Trees remind me of communities and they are also hard to make. They need happiness and respect and, a bit like seeds, people. As I said communities are hard to make so when it turns out right, that community is stronger than ever. Hayes is community, that’s where I live. My window overlooks Hayes, not all of it but the library and the garage and the church. It’s like when in the movies they say they can feel danger coming but instead you can feel happiness here. Even the small things like when a neighbour says “Hello” to you in the street can make you smile. When my granny and I used to go to get coffee from the café the waitress used to sprinkle a love heart in my hot chocolate. I used to smile every time she did it but now I see what she did just made a five-year old’s day. Not long ago the Hayes Christmas lights were turned on and my favourite part was when they all lit up and a cheer erupted. Everyone came and made that cheer; every single person was part of it and everyone there made that night what it was. Hayes is a community and now, as we speak our branches are growing. Alice Suggett, Hayes Primary Year 6T What Makes a Community? I think that the main thing about a community is family. The reason for this is that family is always there whenever you need them. Personally, I adore my family because they are very kind and friendly towards everyone including myself. If I didn’t have the family I have now I wouldn’t be where I am today. That’s why family is a great part of everybody’s community!


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HAYES REVIEW Spring 2019 No 237 What does a family do for you? A family will care for you if you are ever unwell or feeling upset. They also entertain you and make you meals that you will enjoy. However, family is also there to love you and cherish you as you blissfully succeed in life. If I wander around Hayes, I can see children with their parents/grandparents walking to their first ever day of school. When I see this it automatically settles a smile onto my face. You can’t find happiness on your own – family always needs to be something to do with it. It’s always a pleasure to have your family around because they are the only ones that truly understand your feelings and emotions. On the other hand, you still have your friends but having a friendship with one of your friends doesn’t always give you the same connection you will have with one of your family members. On days like Christmas, or your birthday, our families are full of surprises and you never know what they are going to do next. You could almost say that they are unpredictable, but in a good way. They tell Father Christmas what you would like so he can fill your stocking up with many different varieties of things – all the way to the top – for you to be mesmerised by on Christmas morning. You also get plenty of wished for presents on each birthday you have up until a certain age. There is nothing like being ill and having a crowd of your family members burst through the bedroom door panting; they just sprinted up the stairs quickly to come and check that you are feeling alright! If that doesn’t happen, then they probably check that you’re alright regularly whilst having brought you a hot chocolate, hot water bottle and some snacks in case you’re hungry. I have been told many stories about my family’s childhood and my childhood whilst being around my family, but one thing never seems to change, that thing is the smile that appears on everyone’s faces which is a sign of pure happiness. However, it’s not just my family that I see this happening with, it’s everyone’s! This is another thing that brings families closer together. I’m always being told how much fun my friends have had with their families and I am very amused by it and like seeing them happy. What I would like you to take from this is that family is very important to everyone no matter who they are! Family is very important to our community. Ella Frost, Hayes Primary Year 6M


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HAYES REVIEW Spring 2019 No 237 Local Groups and Societies The Hayes Players Ciphers by Dawn King A young woman is found dead. Her sister sets out to find out what really happened and stumbles into a world of secrets and subterfuge that makes her question who Justine really was. How well can you ever know someone who lies for a living? Ciphers is a smart and provocative thriller about spies and double agents. The production will be performed at Hayes Village Hall, Hayes Street from 24 – 27 April at 7.45 pm. Tickets are £8 available from the Box Office 07905 210718 or at boxoffice@hayesplayers.org.uk. Mike Ashman, Chair The Hayes Players

Friends of Hayes Common As I sit here starting to write this quarter’s update we are having the first snow of the year but luckily so far, not the complete whiteout they predicted and, as usual, Tuesdays have been bright and dry and there have been some stunning mornings with trees coated in hoar frost and incredible sunrises – what a place we live in!


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Come to the Hayes Fair at Old Baston Field on Saturday 8 June for an afternoon of entertainment and fun. 12.00 noon till 4.30 pm

❖ ❖ Back for 2019 ❖ ❖ Steam Train Rides, Craft Stalls Visit the stalls and try your hand at tombolas, raffles or games of skill or chance. Buy something sizzling from the barbecue and then indulge in afternoon tea in the pavilion. Enjoy the arena events and the children’s fair. View the vintage Jaguar cars and find out more about local associations and support services. Come for the start at 12 noon and by 4.30 pm you will have had a wonderful afternoon. All stall holders are working to support their own charities or non-profit making organisations. All profits made by the Hayes Fair Committee are distributed to local and national charities so your enjoyment of a real village event will benefit the community as a whole. 24

HAYES REVIEW Spring 2019 No 237 CAN YOU HELP US? Making the fair a success calls for a lot of effort and needs practical support from many people. STEWARDING Effective stewarding is vital for the safe and efficient running of the event and volunteers are urgently required for this role. If you would like to be part of the team please contact Pam Anderson on 07891 705094 as soon as possible. HAYES FAIR PROGRAMMES This year the programme will be available on line via a link on the Hayes Village Association website HKVA.org.uk. A single sheet flyer showing the times of events and location of stalls will be available on the day. PLANT STALL Please plant an extra seed for our stall. Indoor and outdoor plants, vegetables and herbs sell very well indeed and all contributions are most welcome. Please call Lisa Stevens on 07515 908149 if you can help in any way. STALL HOLDERS If you are a charity or an organisation and would like a stall, please contact Janet Knapp on 07749 125 464.


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HAYES REVIEW Spring 2019 No 237 Before Christmas we had a couple of sessions on the heathland near Keston Village removing a lot of the dense gorse to hopefully encourage more heather regrowth. We had a record turn-out of 42 to enjoy mulled wine and excellent homemade mince pies – thanks once again to Pauline Muggridge who makes them each year and brings them up to the hungry workers beautifully warm! We have just finished working on the West Common Road site and are waiting for IdVerde to tidy up the last remaining stumps but we are so pleased with how many enormous old trees we have discovered hidden in the holly. Our new venue is along Prestons Road, continuing alongside an area we worked on a few years ago but working towards the little grassy glade by the road. Once again there are dense mangrove-like areas of holly and lots of big laurels so we should be kept busy for a little while. Having looked after us for over the past three years, our chairman Richard Brookes retired this year having said he would only do it for a year! His tenure has seen numbers rise dramatically and so, consequently, many majestic trees freed from the under and overgrowth – a wonderful legacy. He remains a committee member and Allan Tabraham has been voted in unanimously as our new chairman.

As always new members are welcome every other Tuesday from 10.00 to around 12.00 so for more details please email our secretary Ian Thomas at ithomas12@compuserve.com.

Clare Britton, FoHC


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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 Spring 2019 No 237 Friends of Hayes Parks The FoHP have spent time in the Hayes Library Gardens across the winter period. They have weeded all the rose and flower beds, cleared the path edges of unwanted grass, pruned the roses and removed dead wood and leaves from the grassed areas. They felled the dead tree behind the Library which was situated only feet from the tennis courts. This tree bore a white cross and had been dead for some years, just awaiting a strong prevailing wind which would have brought it down across the fence onto the courts. Work was carried out to keep tidy the flower bed at the entrance to Forge Close which is looked after by the FoHP and to clear leaves and earth from the paths around the pond in Husseywell and the top entrance to the park. Litter clearance from all the parks continued, including that blown or dropped into the ponds. In Husseywell pond a bag containing a number of soggy hard back books was removed – books about the actor Michael Caine in his younger days and boxing and male dominated sports. Was this the act of a sad male no longer able to cut it or a disgruntled partner clearing out. Either way books (whilst dry preferably) should go to a charity shop where they will do some good. The Friends of Hayes Common (FoHC) have made a major contribution for which we thank them, in clearing leaves and cutting back brambles and nettles in the Knoll. They have kept open the paths used and enjoyed by many and work non-stop with energy and enthusiasm, leaving with only a few scratches and stings and a job well done. With the mild winter we have had, spring is now upon us with early snow drops, crocuses, cyclamen and the rising shoots of daffodils and blue bells. Birds are singing. Spring is coming, so put away your mobile phone as you walk and enjoy the parks. Debbie Palmer, FoHP


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HAYES REVIEW Spring 2019 No 237 Hayes Horticultural Society Gardening notes spring 2019 Warning: if you’re thinking of mowing the lawn – and some may already regret doing so as early as February – do set the blades to the highest setting, gradually reducing them until the desired height is reached. For fine lawns, this is 6-13mm (¼-½in) and with ordinary ornamental lawns 13-25mm (½-1in) in summer and up to 40mm (1.5in) in spring and autumn. Failure to do so weakens the grass, encourages shallow rooting and makes the lawn more susceptible to drought, weeds and the dreaded moss. It may also leave bare patches where there are bumps or tree roots protruding above the surface. Another pretty wet and warm winter, at Spring outside the Village Hall least at the time of writing, has also hardly helped in this respect. Finally, rake the earth, sow new grass seed and spruce up existing turf with weed, feed and moss killer. Use sparingly to avoid a burnt lawn. And don’t forget a bit of scarifying helps get rid of the winter thatch. Prune early flowering shrubs, such as forsythia, immediately after flowering. But do leave daffodil foliage for up to six weeks to die back naturally; don’t bend them over and tie up, or use elastic bands. April is a good month to use rose fertiliser. Check gooseberries and blackcurrants for mildew. It’s also the month to harden off leeks in the cold frame, and ‘stop’ (pinch out) the tops of early flowering chrysanthemums. April and May are the months to sow both flower and vegetable seeds, spacing them out to avoid a glut – but leave planting runner beans to around the end of May. If you don’t have space, there may be an available plot at the society’s allotments in Constance Crescent. Ring James Thorn on 07752 048128 for details. It is also an ideal time for mulching around plants though avoiding the bark of fruit trees. Thin out gooseberries – which can be used for cooking – at the end of May, thin out unwanted raspberry canes or shoots and, unless you want to increase the stock, get rid of strawberry plant runners. Stake herbaceous perennials in May and plant out tomatoes in an unheated greenhouse, feed accordingly. Finally, don’t buy bedding plants too early. A late frost could quickly kill them off.

John Ruler President, Hayes Horticultural Society


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HAYES REVIEW Spring 2019 No 237 Hayes Community Singers Nestled between houses, opposite Ravensbourne School, lies a little church called Hayes Lane Baptist. At 10.00 am on a Tuesday, it’s my favourite place to be! Where else can I fill my lungs and become Maria from West Side Story, sing ‘The Lord’s My Shepherd’ in harmony, or enunciate Korean words that belong to their oldest folk song whose melodic tune washes over me – causing my 14-year-old son later in the day to say, “That’s nice singing, Mum”, as I pass him with an armful of laundry. You can do the ordinary, mundane things all week but, come Tuesday, from 10 – 11.30 am you’ll meet around 20 men and women, from their 30s to their 80s, from all walks of life. And we have a laugh! We enjoy each other’s company and drink tea (or coffee). And we never forget to have a pause for thought as we’re directed to a Bible verse or story. It’s interesting, helpful and we can always ask questions. It can also be moving. More than once I’ve seen a person take a tissue out and surreptitiously dab their eye as they’ve been touched by something someone has said. Not everyone can read music and not all of us always hit the right note! But we’re in the capable hands of a talented professional musician called Johnny Gooch, who can make the piano sing! He has the ability to turn a game group of eager voices into a summer or winter concert that’s appreciated by all. We’re learning some new pieces at the moment and if you’d like to see if Hayes Community Singers are for you, why not get in touch hlbcbromley@gmail.com – the choir is free and you don't need to audition! Or you could simply come along to Hayes Lane Baptist Church, Hayes Lane, Bromley BR2 9EA www.hayeslanebaptistchurch.co.uk on a Tuesday morning around 10.00 am and we’ll give you a warm welcome. Julie Clayton

2BX Boxing Club 2BX Boxing Club was set up over 10 years ago for the community of Hayes. Starting life in church halls and school halls dotted around Hayes and the surrounding area, the new club in Station Approach now has over 200 members with over 50 competitive professional and amateur boxers currently selected for London and representing England.


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HAYES REVIEW Spring 2019 No 237 The club has worked with local schools, youth clubs and young offenders and raised over thousands for Women’s Aid and various other charities from many events such as running and boxing. Despite receiving little or no funding from Bromley Council, 2BX provides a valuable contribution to the local community through its support for the many younger members of the community, sponsoring troubled teenagers excluded from school and enabling them to achieve GCSE A grades.

2BX is a non profit making club running various classes for amateur boxers ranging from 8 year olds to teenagers and adults alongside classes for beginners, welcoming members from all backgrounds and making boxing one of the most diverse activities bringing children and families together into the community. 2BX is affiliated to the London Amateur Boxing Association offering a full range of subsidised classes and personal one-to-one training. For further information please contact info@2bxgym.com or ring 020 8462 3569.


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HAYES REVIEW Spring 2019 No 237 Notices Merrie England and London May Queen Festival The Crowning of the 107th London May Queen will take place on Hayes Common on Saturday 11 May at 3.00 pm. The festivities start with a procession which leaves the Common at 2.00 pm when the London Queen in her carriage, attended by her retinue together with some 18 May Queens and their realm groups, proceeds around Hayes Village. The procession is led by a piper. On the way the London Queen will stop at Hayes Parish Church for a blessing in the church porch. Following the Crowning, if the weather is good, the day will end with dancing round the May Pole. If the weather is bad all the ceremonies will take place in the Parish Church. The Realm Queens come mainly from around the Bromley and Beckenham areas and all are crowned locally before 11 May. If anyone is interested in finding out more about starting a local group or joining an existing group they can contact the Festival Secretary on 01634 235565 who will be happy to put them in touch with a local organiser.

Biggin Hill Concert Band Are you interested in joining a friendly group of 30 – 40 musicians? If so, the Biggin Hill Concert Band is a locally based community band of dedicated amateur musicians. We play in support of local charities and, in addition, perform approximately 4 – 5 concerts each year at the request of local businesses including the Biggin Hill Air Show. We can be found every Monday evening at the Metropolitan Police Hayes Sports Club where we rehearse from 8.15 until 9.45 pm. We enjoy playing music from films, theatre, TV and military pieces. If you play trumpet, tuba, clarinet, oboe or trombone to at least grade 5


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* For all musculo-skeletal problems * Expectant mothers * Children and babies also treated * Home visits available 211 Bourne Vale, Hayes, Bromley, Kent BR2 7LX Telephone for appointments: 020 8462 8027


HAYES REVIEW Spring 2019 No 237 standard and are interested in joining a friendly band, please contact Martin at m.purser@mpthewarren.com.

Coney Hall Bowling Club We are a small friendly club and have been here for more than 60 years, open 7 days a week from end April – end September. Bowls is a game that can be played from age 8 upwards allowing you to maintain that competitive edge.

On many afternoons and evenings there are social ‘roll ups’, we also have a full ‘friendly’ fixture list throughout the season against other local clubs, together with club competitions and league matches for our more competitive players. Social events including quiz nights, trips to local restaurants and visits to the theatre, together with barbecues at the club after some bowling events and bowling trips abroad. If you have never bowled before (or even if you have) come along and see our Bowling Club, meet our players and HAVE A GO. We simply ask you to wear flat soled shoes or trainers and come prepared to have fun, we will provide everything else.

CONEY HALL BOWLING CLUB OPEN DAY SUNDAY 5 MAY STARTING AT 10 AM FREE COACHING SESSIONS Start in May If you are interested but can’t make the Open Day please phone the Club Secretary:

Fiona Thomas: 0208 777 5570 Now you know where to find us – call in. We are just a group of friends you haven’t yet met and we all look forward to seeing you.

Wot’s On in Hayes, Hayes Village Hall, Saturday 4 May 2019 Hayes Village Association regret that due to unforeseen circumstances this event has now had to be cancelled.


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HISTORIC HALLS IN THE HEART OF OLD HAYES WITH DISABLED ACCESS OFFERING 2 LARGE HALLS, 1 MEDIUM HALL & A ROOM SUITABLE FOR COMMITTEES etc. AVAILABLE FOR CLUB MEETINGS, CHOIR PRACTICE, DANCE & DRAMA CLASSES, INDOOR BOWLS & KEEP FIT etc. Good transport links, Car Parking & very Reasonable Rates (Next door to car showroom) For further information and bookings please phone: 020 8462 4029

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HAYES REVIEW Spring 2019 No 237 Hayes Tennis Club needs you – get 50% off new membership in 2019 Hayes Tennis club is a small, friendly and vibrant tennis club. We have a busy summer schedule planned with regular social play, and a number of teams playing matches in both the North Kent and Kent leagues. We were also awarded ‘North Kent Club of the Year’ last year. We have opportunities for new members at all levels. We welcome people who simply want to participate in friendly but competitive social play, as well as accomplished players who are looking for the opportunity to play match tennis. Summer matches take place on weekday mornings, weekday evenings, and over the weekends between April and mid-August, and teams are picked based on ability only. The club also runs a host of social events throughout the year. As regards tennis, these include four American tournaments, the annual club tournament and other doubles events. Off court activities include curry nights, quizzes and ‘bring and share’ lunches. With the summer season starting in April, now is the best time to dust off your racket and join. Please contact me directly on phil.jopson@sky.com if you have any questions, or simply want to arrange to come along for a hit. You are invited to attend three social sessions without any obligation to join, and remember if you do then decide to join, we are offering a 50% discount off membership fees to all new members in 2019. More information is available on the Club’s website at: www.hayeskenttennis.org.uk.

Hayes Christmas Lights Greetings Hayes! Whilst we are preparing for spring, our Hayes Christmas Lights Committee have already started to plan our year ahead for fundraising activities in order for us to deliver yet another fantastic Hayes Lights Switch-on 23 November 2019 at The New Inn. We will have our performers on stage, attractive stalls, activities, and of course, Father Christmas and his team of elves. Last year at the event we had some new volunteers on the day supporting the committee. I thank you for your time and hope we can have the same commitment this year! We really did make a good team on the day which essentially was the best Switch-on ever!

We will of course have our fun filled Bingo nights. Date for


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HAYES REVIEW Spring 2019 No 237 this is confirmed as Friday 14 June in Hayes Village Hall. We hope to have this popular event twice this year. We are also planning other events through the year and will be advertising these on our notice boards on Hayes Station Approach. This year we will also be sending notifications of events on the Facebook page of ‘Hayes Life’. This is a great social platform with 6000 followers that has the focus on our community in Hayes! The Hayes Lights Committee will be attending the Hayes Summer Fair. Here we will be selling our ever popular ‘Memory Bows’ – the red ribbons tied to our Christmas tree opposite The New Inn. These ribbons have a ‘special’ message written on them from you in return for a small donation of £1 per ribbon. I’m sure you will agree the tree looks glorious with the ribbon decoration during the Christmas period and the very personal touch contributed by you! Please note however that there is a limited amount we can tie on. We hope to see you all at these events and give your support to Hayes Christmas Lights. Without your support through our fundraising activities, we would not be able to have such an amazing Switch-on event. We do not receive any funding elsewhere. It is, after all, our Hayes community!

Ashley Hewett-Brown, Chairperson

Hayes Christmas Lights Dance Night

1940s Dance Night In the Hayes Village Hall Saturday 6 April at 7.30 pm Tickets £8 — Doors open at 7.00 pm Tickets from Hayes Boots Opticians or Email ‘secretaryhva@msn.com’ Live entertainment by PERFECT


1940s & Wartime Costumes welcome





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We have treatments available for the whole person. Osteopathy Acupuncture Cranial Osteopathy

Laser therapy (sports injuries) Strappings and Supports A range of complementary therapies All our practitioners are highly trained, registered and insured.

12 Station Approach, Hayes, BR2 7EH

020 8650 0509 44

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Hayes Christmas Lights Fundraising Committee

BINGO NIGHT Friday 14 June 2019 HAYES VILLAGE HALL Doors Open 7.00 pm

Tickets £5.00 each

Bring your own drinks and nibbles ENQUIRIES to Jo at jdhorniblow@btinternet.com 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)

Wickham Wanderers Bridge Club

Every Monday 7.15 pm – 10.30 pm Old Church Schools

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 Spring 2019 No 237 Other Events For more details of HVA events go to www.hayeskent.org.uk Date




Sat 6 Apr

HVA Easter Egg Hunt

Library Gardens

12 noon – 4.00 pm

Sat 6 Apr

Hayes Horticultural Society

Spring Show

2.30 pm

Sat 6 Apr

Hayes Christmas Lights

1940s Dance Night

7.30 pm

Thur 11 Apr Hayes Village Association

Annual General Meeting

8.00 pm

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

A Year at Chartwell – Peter Jones Rosary Church Hall

7.45 pm

Wed 24 – Sat 27 Apr

The Hayes Players


7.45 pm

Wed 1 May

Hayes (Kent) WI

AGM (members only) Rosary Church Hall

10.00 am

Sun 5 May

Coney Hall Bowling Club

Open Day Coney Hall Recreation Ground

10.00 am

Sat 18 May

Hayes Horticultural Society

Plant and Craft Sale

10.00 am

Sat 22 May

Hayes (Kent) Evening Townswomen’s Guild

Easy Exercise for All – Pat Marshall Rosary Church Hall

7.45 pm

Wed 5 June Hayes (Kent) WI

Downe Dames Rosary Church Hall

10.00 am

Sat 8 June


Old Baston Field

12 noon – 4.30 pm

Fri 14 June

Hayes Christmas Lights

Bingo Night

Wed 5 July

Hayes (Kent) WI

Shipwrecked Rosary Church Hall

Sat 20 July

Hayes Horticultural Society

Summer Show

7.00 pm 10.00 am 2.30 pm

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