Parish News December 2011
Notes from a small village, somewhere in Kent, in an AONB Thanks to all who have contributed to the magazine this year. Please keep those articles coming. Let’s hope for a less turbulent year next year. It should be an interesting one with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and Euro 2012 all in the summer. We’ve just got to get through the next 3 months hibernation. Hopefully we will be able to get about. We would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas. Mike
I’m dreaming of a White Christmas, But not January, February and March
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PETHAM WARDENS’ WORDS Christmas is just around the corner and we do hope you will be able to join us for one or more of our services which are as follow:Sunday, 18th December, 11 a.m. Sunday, 25th December, 11 a.m. Sunday, 1st January, 11 a.m. Sunday, 15th January, 11 a.m.
Crib Service and Story of the Nativity (Details in the Family Service Notice) Christmas Lessons and Carols Family Communion Family Service and Christingle
For other services in January please see the Church Notices. The choir are starting to rehearse for the Christmas Day service on Thursday, 8th December at 7.15 p.m. for one hour, in the church, followed by rehearsals on Thursday, 15th December and Thursday, 22nd December at the same time. Do come and join us, including any children who would like to sing - all music will be provided. Try to make it to at least two rehearsals. Don’t miss the Christmas Carol Concert which will take place in the church on Sunday, 11th December at 7.30 p.m. See the separate advertisement in the magazine. May we both take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. Rosie Hannibal 700281 Jo Allen 700518
Family Services in Petham during December and January Our next Family Service in Petham is on Sunday, 18th December, at 11 a.m., in the church. During this service we will be re-telling the story of the Nativity, acted out by the children, who are invited to dress up as shepherds, kings or angels for the service. On Saturday, 10th December we are holding a short rehearsal, about half an hour, in the church at 10 a.m for anyone who would like to take part. If you cannot manage to come on this date, just come to the service. You are invited to bring a present to put beside the crib on this occasion, which will be taken to the Women’s Refuge in Canterbury. Presents can be for children, with a label stating the sex and age of the child or can be toiletries or cosmetics for the mothers, who often arrive at the Refuge with nothing. These gifts are always very much appreciated by the families. The Family Service on the 15th January will take place in the church at 11 a.m. and will be a Christingle Service. Do come and join us and stay for some Christmas refreshments after the services.
CHURCH INFORMATION Sunday 4th December: 3.00pm Healing Service Waltham 11.00am Family Communion Petham Sunday 11th December: 8.00am Holy Communion Waltham 11.00am Holy Communion Petham December: Sunday 18th 11.00am Crib Service Petham 6.30pm Carol Service Waltham Sunday 25th December: Christmas
9.30am Holy Communion Waltham 11.00am 9 Lessons and Carols Petham Sunday 1st January: 11.00am Family Communion Petham Sunday 8th January: 8.00am Holy Communion Waltham 11.00am Holy Communion Petham Sunday 15th January: 9.30am Family Communion Waltham 11.00am Family and Christingle Petham Service Sunday 22nd January: 9.30am Morning Prayer Waltham Petham 6.00pm Evensong Sunday 29th January: 10.30am Joint Benefice Service Wye
JANUARY 2nd Mrs L Jenkin 9th Mrs S Geen 16th Ms E Marriott 23rd Mrs J Pickup 30th Mrs J Allen
7th, 14th Mrs G Miller 21st, 28th Mrs J Binstead
AfewdaysagoImetagrandmotherwithtengrandchildren whomshehadplannedforinreadinessforChristmas.Solike hermostpeoplearealreadyplanningtheirChristmas festivities.Therewillbesomuchtoaccomplishandneedy onesnottooverlook.Whyallthefuss? Lestweshouldthinkweareinanywayexceptionalin anticipatingtheneedsandrequirementsofothersdeartous,itwouldbehelpful torecallthatinthelastbookoftheBible,Revelationchapter13verse8,the writerrefersto“thelambslainbeforethefoundationoftheworld.”Hemust havehadinmindwhatJohntheBaptistexclaimedwhenhesawJesuscoming towardshimtobebaptised:“BeholdtheLambofGod,whotakesawaythesinof theworld”.St.John.chapter1verse29.Knowingthereforethatmankindwould needaSaviour,Godanticipatedtomeetourhumandilemmabeforeweever materialisedonearth.HappilyGodwasnotcontenttoleaveustoourown devices.HechoseapeopleweknowofastheJewishrace,bycallingoneman Abrahamtoreceivethepromiseofaspecialinheritance.Howexcitedwe becomeatsuchathought!Howthrillingtobechosen,selectedforaspecial opportunity!Downthroughtheages,generationaftergenerationofJews continuedtorespondtothatwellͲplannedprospect,untilaprofoundhope developedthatsomeoneveryspecialwouldcome,theirMessiah,tofulfilthat promise.AgreatwarriorwasexpectedenvisagedbyIsaiahintheOldTestament, whenhewrote:“Thepeoplethatwalkedindarknesshaveseenagreatlight.” and“Foruntousachildisborn,untousasonisgiven;andthegovernmentshall beuponhisshoulderandhisnamewillbecalledWonderful,Counsellor,Mighty God,EverlastingFather,PrinceofPeace.”Isaiahchapter9verses2&6.Couldit bethattheseamazinggreattitlescouldreallyapplytothebabebornina commoncattleshed,toalowlycountrymaiden?Nowonderthischild,who becameacarpenterinadespisedareacalledGalileeinthenorthofIsraelwas thenlaterrejectedbytherulersoftheJewishnation.How,theythought,could heeverbetheMessiahtodelivertheoppressedJewsfromtheRoman occupier’sdominance?ButwouldGod’sspecialplaneverbefulfilled? AnyonewhowishestofindthetruemeaningofChristmasshould listentothemessagefoundinthelovelyCarolswesing.InactualfactJesus Christcametoearthtodelivermankindfrombeingdominatedbyselfishness andsin.IfwearewillingtowelcomeHimbyreceivinggladlyHisgiftofeternal life,Hewillbothenrichusandmakeusanenrichmenttoothers.Soamidstall thehustleandbustleofourpreparations,letuscelebrateHiscomingby planningtoinviteHim,withawarmwelcomeintoourdailylives.Thatwillbean excellentreasontorejoiceoverthisChristmastide. HaveaHappyChristmas.Pensive
This will be my second or my third Christmas in Wye depending on how you look at it. Nikki, Arun, Tallulah and I moved into the vicarage on 17th December 2009 (it was snowing heavily!) but we jetted off to sunny Spain a few days later to stay with Nikki’s family because I wasn’t officially taking up my post until 14th January so had to keep a low profile. So it’s my third Christmas as a resident of Wye but only my second as vicar. How time flies… One of the most exciting things that’s happened in the last year from my perspective has been the launch – or should I say the relaunch? – of the Celebration service in Wye on the second Sunday evening of each month. Basically, this is a very informal service, with a guitar-based band rather than organ and choir, to which we invite visiting speakers. The two ‘biggest names’ we’ve had so far have been Eric Delve, vicar of St Luke’s Maidstone and Jane Williams from St Melitus theological college in London. Now I grant that these are hardly big names compared to, say, Robbie Williams or Barack Obama. Quite possibly you’ve never even heard of them (Eric and Jane, that is; I’m assuming both the others are familiar to you…) but Eric is certainly well known in church circles as is Jane – and her husband even more so. He’s the Archbishop of Canterbury and, thus, my boss. Anyway, this month’s speaker is, similarly, someone with a famous husband but a public ministry in her own right. Her name is Fiona Castle and her late husband was the legendary Roy, of Record Breakers fame who, very sadly, died of lung cancer in 1994. Roy was an ever-present figure in my childhood; he seemed to be on the telly all the time, not just in the afore-mentioned Record Breakers but also in classic British films such as Dr Who and the Daleks and Carry On Up the Khyber (some people might dispute the classic status of the latter but the British Film Institute declared it to be the 99th best British Film of all time and that’s good enough for me). And I have a connection to Fiona too. While I was at theological college, I did an interview with the Daily Telegraph which led to various other interviews (including with the local radio and TV stations when I arrived here) but by far and away the most exciting of these (for me) was when I was a guest on the late John Peel’s award-winning Home Truths show. Obviously, as a good Christian I don’t have idols (see the 2nd commandment) but if I did have, John Peel would have been one of them so it was a huge honour to be interviewed by him (although I didn’t actually meet him. I was in Bristol at the time and I went into the BBC studios there and we did it by phone). Anyway, a few weeks later, my friend John (who’s the vicar of Willesborough) called me up from Spring Harvest, a big Christian festival where Fiona Castle was speaking and told me that she had just mentioned me in her talk. For whatever reason she’d identified with and been touched by my story to the extent that she wanted to share it with other people. Obviously, I was very pleased to hear that and, having tracked her down, sent her an email and we’ve been in occasional correspondence ever since. I tried to get her to speak at my last church but obviously she’s a busy lady with lots of speaking engagements and it never worked but I’m delighted that she is now able to come to Wye and I hope to see lots of you there (6.30 pm on Sunday 11th December in the church).
Then on 8th January 2012 (same time, same place) we have Adrian Plass, author of the best-selling Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass. Adrian was born in Tunbridge Wells and has spoken in our benefice before (at Boughton Aluph a few years ago). More recently he was involved in The Gathering at the cathedral and he’s well worth hearing whether you’re a churchgoer or not – perhaps especially if you’re not. I will always remember him saying that he’d been brought up to think of God as like a cross between a headmaster and a bank manager [I have good friends who do both those jobs but you get the idea!] but then one day he met a monk who told him that ‘God is nice and he likes you!’ Those seven words changed his life and, for me, they sum up the Christian faith. So, it would be great to see you at either of those services or one of our Christmas services or just on a regular Sunday and may the nice God who loves you bless you and your family this Christmastime and always. Rev’d Ravi Holy
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Christmas Carol Concert by candlelight All Saints’ Church Petham Sunday 11th December 2011 at 7.30pm Tickets £ 7.50 to include a glass of mulled wine and mince pies from: Jo Allen 01227 700518, Rosie Hannibal 01227 700281 or on the door
Minutes of the Waltham Parish Council Meeting held on 11th November 2011, Waltham Village Hall
Present: Parish Cllr Jeremy Wilton (Chairman), Parish Cllr Sue Browne, Parish Cllr Jenny Oram, Parish Cllr Alastair Bailey, Parish Cllr Ben Grillet City Cllr Rosemary Doyle, City Cllr Robert Thomas, Miss Chenice Sparkes, Clerk to the Council. 5 members of the public were present 1. Chairman’s opening remarks and apologies for absence Cllr Wilton welcomed everyone to the meeting. There were no apologies for absence 2. Declarations of interest There were no declarations of interest 3. Minutes of the meeting held on 12 October 2011 The Minutes were signed as a true record of the meeting. 4. Information of matters arising (i) The Clerk reported she had received a map of the village boundary from Canterbury City Council since the last meeting. (ii) The Recreation Ground was suggested as the best place to locate a salt bag. The Clerk was asked to contact Kent Highways and organise the delivery of the salt bag. 5. Adjournment of the meeting (i) A resident spoke on behalf of his planning application to install a ground mounted solar PV array. A neighbouring resident spoke against the planning proposal on the grounds that it would not be aesthetically pleasing in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. (ii) A resident offered his gritting services for Church Lane and Richdore Road for a fee. The Parish Council thanked him for his offer and will discuss the proposal at the precept setting meeting. 6. Planning matters (i) CA/11/01704/FUL - A planning application for the installation of a ground mounted solar PV array was discussed, after taking into account residents’ views expressed at the meeting. It was decided that the Parish Council will take a neutral stance on the application however the Parish Council would bring the following points to the attention of the planning authority:• that the solar PV array would be better located either in the applicant’s garden or on their building at the rear of their garden • whether the array should be permitted on agricultural land. • whether the array should be permitted in an AONB. The Parish Council proposed that the applicant and his neighbour have further discussions to consider how the impact on the neighbour could be mitigated possibly by reducing the height of the array by excavating into the ground. (ii) CA/11/01519/FUL - The application at Springfield Farm to change the use of land for the stationing of a residential mobile home for agricultural workers was
considered by the Parish Council. The Parish Council had no objection provided the following conditions are written into the permission These are that:- the permission is granted only on a temporary basis - the residential mobile home only houses temporary workers as the purpose stated in the application, and - there should be a suggested five year time limit after which the applicant can re-apply if there is an ongoing requirement. 7. Finance (i) The expenditure list previously circulated to Cllrs as Appendix 3 totalling £1358.98 was authorised (ii) The Clerk reported she had written a letter to Lloyds Banks concerning the Service Charges seen on the bank statements. (iii) At the last statement received, the Account balances at 9 September were: Deposit £1463.93 Current £4763.41 Reserves £3251.40 WVA £2118.12 (iv) The Parish Council decided to have a separate meeting to discuss the budget and precept requirement for 2012-2013 in greater detail before the end of November. 8. Reports from county and city councillors (i) The City Councillors reported that they had attended the Rural Area Members Panel meeting, which discussed the Concurrent Function applications received. It was decided that the recommendation to the Executive would be that the applications be fully funded. The Executive will make the final decision in February. 9. Update on committees (i) Waltham Sport and Recreation Ground Committee A representative of the Committee reported that the bonfire night on Sunday 30 October was a great success. They reported that the Committee received £119.60 in donations, spent £79.69 on expenses included sparklers for young people and made a profit of £39.91. Cllrs resolved that the Parish Council minute their thanks to the organisers of the event for making it such a great success and loved by the community. (ii) Village Hall Committee The Committee is meeting on Wednesday 16 November 2011 to agree a constitution and elect 3 officers to occupy posts until the official AGM meeting. 10. Correspondence The Clerk reported that Trans-Fire Protection Ltd had sent a certificate confirming that the Village Hall had passed the fire safety inspection. 11. Invite to the lord mayor’s ball The City Councillors are already attending but none of the other Cllrs wished to attend.
12. Alternative to ROSPA The Clerk suggested an alternative provider for undertaking the annual safety inspection of the play equipment. The alternative provider is used by several other local parish councils. The Parish Council were glad to have a cheaper alternative and will consider the change of provider next year closer to when the inspection is due and allocate a lesser amount to next year’s budget accordingly. 13. KALC AGM meeting on 12 November 2011 Cllrs considered the invite but none were able to attend. 14. Queen’s Diamond Jubilee It was reported that initial investigations had found that the Bell Tower would not be suitable for a beacon. Councillors felt that a bonfire based event would be more inclusive and hoped that this would be an event promoted by the newly reconstituted Sport and Recreation Committee. 15. Environment A Cllr has heard of a scheme to plant six million trees for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and agreed to investigate further into the matter 16. Any other business (i) The Clerk was asked to make a date to carry out the home risk assessment as part of her Contract of Employment before the next meeting. (ii) A Cllr advised he had received an email from a resident requesting that the Parish Council do more about pot holes. The Cllr had replied explaining about the new Kent Highways website where residents can report pot holes directly to Kent Highways. (iii) A Cllr explained he had emailed John Howard concerning the existing Waltham Parish Council website. The Parish Council wish to revive the website and to post news and information from the Parish Council, Village Hall and Sports and Recreation Committees, together with other parish events. John Howard said he was willing to assist with the website. The meeting closed at 10.03pm. The next monthly meeting will be held at Waltham Village Hall on Wednesday 14 December at 7:30pm. There will be a further meeting to cover the Precept before the end of November. The date and time to be announced.
SOCIAL AFTERNOONS in DECEMBER and JANUARY Weather permitting, the monthly Social Afternoons will be held in Waltham Village Hall on Thursday 1st December and Thursday 5th January 2012! Always on the first Thursday of each month from 2.30 - 4.00pm , everyone most welcome. 8
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NOTES FROM THE PETHAM PARISH COUNCIL MEETING Held 13th October 2011 in Petham Village Hall In attendance were Cllrs. Palmer, Mrs Edwards, Mrs Spratt, Pickup, Obry, the clerk and three members of the public. Apologies were received from Cllrs. Nason and Williams Matters arising: Highways: Having obtained permission from a local farmer to store rock salt in his barn, an order has been placed for two tonne. Financial Matters: • It was agreed to continue support towards the maintenance of the Church grounds in the sum of £700.00. • Members noted the return from the VHMC of £128.06, part of the grant towards the Village Fun Day During the next item the meeting was suspended to allow members of the public to speak. Church Car Park: Letters in support were received from the PCC and a resident who has right of way of way over the land. Of three requested quotations for the design and specification for the car park, one company declined to quote, a second quotation was very high and the third was in line with members’ previous estimate. The companies had also been asked to quote for the inspection and signing off the works, but any resolution to accept only covers the initial stages at this time. CCC have been asked to confirm in writing that they do not object to the current grant being spent on a superior scheme or that the money may be spent on design plans. It was suggested that an article on the proposals be placed in the Parish News. Once design specifications are received, the Council would not go ahead without prior consultation and publicity. It was proposed and seconded • That the Council accept the Jacobs quotation of £1800.00 plus VAT for the design and specifications for the Church car park. • Once the initial proposals are prepared they will be publicised for village observations. Bus Waiting Area: The Chairman will draw up some designs in the next few weeks. Picnic Tables: Once the contractor is free the tables and seat will be installed. Planning Matters Notice of Proposed Work to Trees in a Conservation Area • The Old House, Garlinge Green: Reduce Ash tree crown on boundary between Old House and Garlinge Cottage by 30%. No objection EXEMPT WORK: Fell dangerous Ash tree on rear boundary. 10
• Eidart, Vicarage Hill, Petham: Reduce canopy of Hornbeam at rear of garage by 20%. Fell Silver Birch on bank on left hand boundary and replace with smaller ornamental tree. No objection During the next item the meeting was adjourned to allow members of the public to speak • Marble Pond: It was agreed that the Chairman write to the owner of the property, the PROW Officer and Conservation Officer, explaining concerns about possible hedging and advising that drainage of Church Lane flows through a gulley to the Marble pond. • CA/11/01665/FUL Kenfield House, Kenfield Road Petham: Demolition of existing detached garage and erection of a two bay garage with log and garden store. No objection Planning Decisions Granted by CCC New Barn Farm, Duckpit Road: Conversion of cow shed to residential. Highway Matters: Letters have been written to the appropriate bodies regarding a parking problem in the village but there has been no response. Playground: Agreed to accept quotation of £632.50 +VAT for replacement of three legs to the flat seat swings, but the clerk to enquire the price for the replacement of all four legs. Affordable Local Housing: Agreed that the Council instruct the appropriate body to carry out a survey of the village to ascertain if there is a need. Parish Plan: Footpath issues are progressing well. Cllr. Obry is to arrange a pilot scheme to assess the effectiveness of a fuel consortium. Some progress on Transport, Environment, Conservation and Good Neighbour Schemes. Correspondence, publications and other matters of importance • A letter and map was received from KCC regarding the proposed diversion of public footpath CB432 (part) and removal of CB442 (part), Broadway Green Farm. Members supported the changes in principle, but suggested a minor adjustment to the line of the footpath. • A letter was received from the Boundary Commission for England on the initial proposals for the 2013 Review of Parliamentary Constituencies in England. Details about the statutory 12 week consultation can be found on their website www.independent.gov.uk/boundarycommissionforengland Confirmed the date of the next meeting as 10th November 2011 The meeting closed at 9.30pm (The above do not constitute the complete minutes but are a sample of items considered to be of interest to members of the public) 11
Heritage Trees Wanted Every one hundred years or so there seems to be a national initiative to take note of ancient or special trees and record them for posterity. This year Kent is fortunate to have funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a major new tree recording project to be undertaken by volunteers managed by the BTCV. The BTCV is a national environmental charitable trust and it will use the funding to pilot a Heritage Tree project in Kent. The project has just started, it will run for five years and will involve hundreds of people of all ages from across the region in an education and activity programme focused on Kentâ€™s rich stock of heritage trees. The project will celebrate and promote the value of heritage trees, which are defined as old trees, wide trees, rare trees and trees with historical and cultural significance. The aim is to survey and record over 10,000 heritage trees across the county. Local knowledge is crucial to find and record these notable trees and tell their story, so your help is needed. Do you know of an unusual tree that should be celebrated as part of our local heritage? A tree can be notable for its physical characteristics, its age, size, height or because it is a fine specimen, a rare variety or oddity for its type or has grown into an unusual shape, perhaps as a result of ornamental topiary or storm damage. A tree may also be notable because of its literary or historical connections, perhaps through associations with a particular person or event. Trees are sometimes planted as a memorial to a local person or in commemoration of a birth, wedding or historical event. Some trees are local landmarks and may have been planted as part of landscape improvements in the grounds of an estate, private garden or public park. Trees may also feature in local stories and folklore, they may be remembered as the site of gatherings such as fairs and fetes or social meetings and sporting events or mark the location where an incident or accident happened or even where a memorable crime occurred, or where executions took place or a battle was fought. If you know a notable tree anywhere in Kent which you would like to be recorded then you can propose it through the project website http:// www.btcv.org/kentheritagetrees you can also view a map of those trees that have already been recorded and verified. Alternatively you can report a tree directly to your local volunteer contact for Petham and Waltham John Miller tel. 01227700152 email firstname.lastname@example.org. A Volunteer Surveyor will then come out and measure and photograph the tree and note down its characteristics, its history and any notable story that is associated with it. You can also visit the website to find out more about the projectâ€™s 12
programme of activities, courses for volunteers who would like to become Heritage Tree Surveyors, habitat management courses and biodiversity courses, all of which will be open to volunteers and members of the public and Woodland Wonder community educational sessions aimed at schools and families. These sessions will provide an introduction to practical conservation and the natural world with fun activities like welly walks, natural art and music, tree decorating and mini-beast hunts. To learn more about the Kent Heritage Tree project visit the website or contact Virginia Hodge at the BTCV in Ashford by tel. 01233666519 or email email@example.com
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Happy Christmas from Santa Claws
Petham & Waltham Social Club Ron Masters amused members at the November meeting with tales of the Joys of Christmas. As a start he switched on his festive tie which played a short carol. He then showed us another ten or so similar ties which had been given to him over the years by various grandchildren. When he was headmaster at a primary school in Faversham Christmas always involved making the Christmas pudding and all the pupils were then allowed to stir the mixture. The cook, known as Auntie Glo, would supervise the event but it was somewhat of a surprise to Ron that no pupil, especially the boys, ever tried to taste the mixture. That is until two years later that he discovered that around the corner was another bowl of Christmas pudding mixture with a sign above it saying that it was for finger dip tasting by permission of Auntie!! Health and Safety has put a stop to that practise. Another important task was the Nativity play and it always seemed that Mary was played by a blue-eyed blonde. In the early years it was relatively easy to cast but later with ambitious parents pushing their offspring problems ensued. However it wasnâ€™t only the parents who could cause a ruckus. One year an enterprising Joseph pushed Mary and the baby out of the way to announce that he could not see his Nan. Ron gave other instances of hiccups but these are not reported here to protect the innocent and obviate the need for a super injunction. Happy Christmas to everyone.
List for Santa Snowflakes softly falling Upon your window when they play Your blankets slung around you Into sleep you drift away I bend to gently kiss you when I see you on the floor there’s a letter dearly written I wonder who it’s for I quietly unfold it making sure you’re still asleep It’s a Christmas list for Santa one my heart will always keep It started just as always with the toys seen on TV a new watch for your father and a winter coat for me But as my eyes read on I could see that deep inside there were many things you wished for that your loving heart would hide You asked if your friend Molly could have another Dad; It seems her father hits her and it makes you very sad Then you asked dear Santa if the neighbour down the street could find a job that he might have some food, and clothes, and heat You saw a family on the news whose house had blown away “Dear Santa send them one thing a place where they can stay”
“And Santa, those four cookies that I left you for a treat, could you take them to the children who have nothing else to eat?” “Do you know that little bear I have the one I love so dear? I’m leaving it for you to take to Africa this year.” “And as you fly your reindeer on this night of Jesus’ birth, Could you magic bring to everyone goodwill and peace on earth” “There’s one last thing before you go, so grateful I would be, If you’d smile at Baby Jesus in the manger by our tree” I pulled the letter close to me I felt it melt my heart Those timy hands had written what no other could impart. “And a little child shall lead them” wasa whispered in my ear As I watched you sleep on Christmas Eve while Santa Claus was there
Celebrate Burn’s Night with a Highland Fling in aid of Odyssey on Saturday 28th January 7pm for 7.30pm dinner in Petham Village Hall Ticket: £35 3 course dinner (wine on table) and dancing to music by Abbey Capers (Scottish dancing - instruction will be given!) Dress: Black tie or tartan Odyssey is a charity founded in Kent by consultant oncologist Dr Howard Smedley, K&C. It provides outdoor courses for people either living with cancer or having had a recent experience of cancer who need a helping hand to get on with life again. Places are free and available to anyone over 18. www.odyssey.org.uk For further information and tickets please contact Katrina Meades on 01227 700 919
Petham Church Loo – thank you for your votes! Many thanks to all those who took the time and trouble to vote for funding for “Petham Church Loo” in the recent NatWest Community Fund competition. Unfortunately, there were problems with the website and some of you may not have been able to register your vote online – but thanks anyway for trying. At the time of going to press we do not know for certain how many votes we got – probably around 130 – but we do know that would not have been enough to secure one of the three £6000 prizes for the Canterbury area. We think the winners had in the region of 450-500 votes, which would have been achievable for Petham – if only everyone in the village had voted and got their friends and family to vote too. Ah well! Maybe next time! Meanwhile, you can still help us to raise the money for this important facility by logging onto http://easyfundraising.org.uk to do all your online shopping and choosing “All Saints Church Petham” as your cause. Thank you!
During the war (Continued from November Magazine) The Home Guard was another way that the government fooled the people, because we had managed to read German coded messages with the â€œEnigmaâ€? code machine, Churchill knew that the invasion had been cancelled by June 1941 but in order to prevent the enemy discovering that that we were listening to their secret messages we carried on arming the Home Guard as if they would be needed. It made no difference to the army requirements because all weaponsâ€™ that the Home Guard used were out of date American guns. The Home guard was a useful unit that was available on call for any emergency with hundreds of reasonably able bodied men from all the villages ready in about one hour. Every Village had an armed guard on duty every night which gave the local people some confidence. There were many lone mothers with children, the fathers were away in the services and woman on their own while their men were on duty at night that needed to know there was someone on watch. The Home Guard was not disbanded until the end of the war and when the Doodle bugs arrived special mobile units were set up, I bought a second hand motorcycle and left Lower Hardres Platoon to join the mobile unit set up at the headquarters at Bridge as a dispatch rider, there was a pickup truck available to take those on guard to any emergency, such as a Doodle bug crash until the army could take over. There was a shortage of troops available at that time because they were on the French landings. All crashes were guarded to prevent parts being taken for souvenirs which could be something new and could help in the way to defend against it or on the secret list if it was one of ours. As a young boy having the opportunity to have a motor cycle was exciting and there were about ten others from other villages, we met on Sunday mornings to ride around the villages to learn where each of the guard rooms were, petrol was supplied and the motorcycle was registered as a military vehicle and could only be used for that purpose. As a need for a defence from invasion towards the end of the war was ridiculous, there were thousands of American troops and aircraft massing here for the landings in France By the end of the Battle there had been changes in the aircraft, the Spitfire had the tips of the wings removed and the Germans were using a new Fokker Wolfe fighter, only the hurricane fighter remained the same, we never saw as many Hurricane fighters in the battle because they were no match with the German Messerschmitt and were mostly used on the bombers nearer London when they had lost their fighter escort, although at least two were shot down at Stelling Minnis.We never knew what changes to expect because anything new would be on the secret list.
We began to feel safer during the day because daylight air attacks were unusual, but one foggy day I had cycled into Canterbury and went to see my Father who was working on air raid shelters in the churchyard beside the Westgate towers. They were there for the passengers in the bus station which was opposite at that time. There were twelve brick shelters with a passage through the centre and my father was working on the roof, I had just climbed up beside him, there had been no air raid warning, when bombs started to whistle down, my father shouted “Get in the shelter” and we scrambled off the roof. Most of the people in the street had fallen flat and I saw a bomb pass through Barretts’ garage roof, about fifty yards away and everywhere inside turned orange because it was a fire bomb. I eventually got into a shelter and I heard my father shouting “Which one are you in.” We managed to get together through communicating holes in side and waited until it seemed safe to come out. When we came out a full kerb stone had been blown over the Westgate towers and laid in the street, we went through the towers and found the road covered in roof tiles and water and the ambulance people were bringing out the body of a man that had been killed by the high explosive bombs that had fallen there. Some of the shops had been knocked down and a small brown van with “Nut Brown tobacco” written on its side had been blown up onto the roof of the houses. To be continued. Laurence Marsh, Petham.
Hollow lane Update: A decision was made by Canterbury City and Kent County Council Members to ask myself and my colleagues to investigate an alternative proposal aiming to reduce the effects of traffic on lower Hollow Lane. We have been asked to investigate a proposal including: • No entry into lower Hollow Lane from the mini-roundabout at the junction with Homersham (however the street will not be closed nor will it be made one way as vehicles will still be able to make a right turn movement from Hollowmede into Hollow lane) • A 7.5 Tonne weight limit (except for access) on Hollow Lane from its junction with Wincheap to its junction with Homersham • Some form of parking restriction on Homersham - either on one side or on alternating sides to create chicanes, bearing in mind the location of the speed cushions which are already in place This proposal will be investigated and a report will be produced for the next Canterbury Joint Transportation Board which is due to sit on the 06/12/11. At this meeting a decision will be made as to how to proceed. - Dan Sheppard, KCC Highways & Transportation,Tel: 08458 247800, Mobile: 07917639071 http://www.kent.gov.uk/roads_and_transport.aspx
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Six Bell Striking Competition 12 November 2011 The annual striking competition for the Canterbury District section of the Kent Association of Change Ringers was held at St Mary Church, Teynham on 12 November 2011. The bellringers of Petham and Waltham decided to enter a band of ringers and take part. The bellringers meet regularly on Tuesday evenings, alternating between Petham and Waltham churches. There are five or six local ringers, who are often joined by bellringers from outside the parish and visitors to the area. Practice for the competition began in earnest a few weeks ago. A set pattern is rung for the test, which changes the order of bells so that each of the first five bells is moved into the ‘leading position’ and out to the fifth position. The complete pattern is conducted by a member of the band and takes approximately ten minutes to ring. The competition took place at St Mary, Teynham, which has six bells, the heaviest of which weighs ten hundredweight. Seven teams entered and each team was judged for the evenness of the ringing. Two visiting judges from Buckinghamshire sat outside the church and awarded marks on a faults system. When the bells are rung too closely or too far apart, the team is given a fault for each error. After ringing, teams were rewarded with a delicious tea, provided by the ringers of Teynham and Lynstead and a short church service conducted by the Rev Richard Birch, a bellringer, and accompanied by organist Walter Lewis. Finally the results of the bellringing competition were announced. 1st - St Dunstan’s, Canterbury - 16.5 faults, 2nd - St Stephen’s, Canterbury - 18 faults, 3rd - Thanington - 21 faults, 4th - Petham and Waltham - 21.5 faults 5th - Newnham - 51 faults, 6th - St Alphege, Whitstable - 53 faults 7th - Deal - 60.5 faults, All team members from Petham and Waltham felt quite pleased with the results and vowed to enter the striking competition again next year with a goal to improve on their final position with more practice! The team is very grateful for the support given by conductor, Len Huckstepp. Team members of Petham and Waltham included: Lynnette Gosling - treble bell Susan Cheetham - 2nd bell Paul Curtis - 3rd bell, John Miller - 4th bell M (yes, that’s his name!) - 5th bell Brian Law - tenor bell
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our readers
WEATHER INDICATIONS Rainfall for October 25.0 mm Running Total for 2011 423.0 mm
1.00 ins 17.00 ins
The almost dry weather for this region continues with about ½ ins rain during night of 3rd/4th November, at time of writing. No doubt some readers watched the BBC 2 weather programme called ‘Will it Snow?’ at 9.00 pm on Sunday 6th November. It generally indicated that forecasting future weather was very difficult, if not impossible. Due to events like Sun spots, the Pacific El Nino, and the Jet Stream (20 miles up) changing direction for unknown reasons. At the moment in the UK parts (mainly in the West) have plenty of water and others like Kent and the East are getting quite dry. The underground water level is falling about 1 ins : 25 mm per day and we need a wet winter, which is what I think will occur. ‘He who lives longest will see most’ but in any case Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
CANTERBURY CHORAL SOCIETY FAMILY CAROLS CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL FRIDAY 16th DECEMBER 2011 HANDEL MESSIAH SATURDAY 21ST JANUARY 2012 Canterbury Choral Society’s 2011/12 season starts with Family Carols at Canterbury Cathedral on Friday 16th December 7.00 pm. The Choral Society are delighted that Pharon Independent Financial Advisers continue to sponsor the event. Concerts for the 2012 Season will be Handel Messiah on the 21st January and on the 24th March a celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with Mozart Coronation Mass, Handel Coronation Anthems and Handel Music for the Royal Fireworks and on the 23rd June Rachmaninov Vespers (All Night Vigil). The Choral Society Youth Choir will again join with the Choral Society for the traditional Family Carols. The Youth Choir are now regular performers with the choir at the major concerts. The Family Carols are now a great part of the Christmas Season and Richard Cooke ensureS that the younger members of audience as well as everyone else in the Cathedral, are able to enjoy singing many of the most popular carols. A Brass Ensemble will accompany the choir. In January the Society will be performing Handel Messiah – probably the most popular Oratorio ever to be written. The Messiah has a wonderful sense of drama which gives the perfect progression from prophecy through suffering to fulfillment and ultimate triumph. Handel, a master of dramatic oratorio, visualised each scene as he was writing it. He said while composing the famous “Hellelujah” chorus that it was as if he saw God on his throne and all his angels round him. It is this quality which makes the Messiah Handel’s greatert materpiece. In this performance Richard Cooke has chosen a counter-tenor David Allsopp to sing the Alto parts, Julia Doyle will be the Sophrano, Benjamin Hulett, Tenor and Benjamin Bevan the Bass. Richard Cooke will be conducting the London Handel Orchestra.
Tickets for Family Carols, priced at £7.00 and £4.00 for children under 16, can be purchased from the Marlowe Theatre Box Office on 01227 787787 or on line at marlowetheatre.com. Tickets for all other concerts are discounts of up to 15% are available when booking for all three society concerts. Visit www.canterbury.co.uk for information on the Choral Society.
NOTES FROM A SMALL GARDEN In many ways gardening in the winter in decent weather (and there has been a lot of that recently) is far more enjoyable than gardening in the summer. There is less urgency about keeping things under control. Once a weed is pulled up it generally stays pulled up until the mild days of February. There is the satisfaction of tidying up, even for those of us who do leave quite a lot of perennials for the birds and as protection for the crowns of the plants. But for me I think the most satisfying part of winter gardening is that I get into every part of the garden and can see the structure (or where there is not any discernible structure). As the year progresses from March onwards parts of the garden fade into little more than the background for the changing seasonal displays. But in winter everything is exposed and the smallest leaves and potential new shoots of next season can be spotted. I have already noticed daffodils, crocuses and anemones poking through in pots, and the allium and coum cyclamen leaves are proudly emerging as the summer foliage of shading plants disappears. There is also nothing quite like the silhouette of trees, bare of leaves, against the low winter light, even if the braches and stems don’t have the added bonus of ‘winter colour’. No sooner do the glowing autumn leaves of the witch hazel fall than the flower buds swell for an early show. Haven’t the moles been active this year? Our ploy of using children’s plastic windmills to create noise and disturbance for them has been less successful than usual as there are just too many of them and they have managed to dislodge newly laid paving around the pond with their network of surface tunnels. But I am sure they will soon retreat back into the field where it is more peaceful than our garden. I have learnt quite a few things this past year both from other gardeners and from the garden itself. It was good to learn from experience that when circumstances conspire to make gardening difficult to fit in, if there is a good basic framework or plants, it doesn’t actually take too much effort to restore things to a semblance of a well-tended appearance. Cutting the grass has always been one of most obvious signs of care, but ten minutes each day with the secateurs and weeding fork can transform small corners into reasonably managed whole beds. At the worst time I made sure I only looked carefully at the easiest border, the shade garden outside the backdoor where any weed can be plucked whenever I go outside to the bins. So this year this plot has been enhanced by a hardy white shrub fuchsia, and some lovely ferns bought from a specialist nursery while we were on holiday in the West Country to ensure that the early spring display is followed right into winter. Elizabeth Edwards
DIRECTORY CHURCHES / PARISH Readers P W Churchwardens P P W Church Flower Rota P W Bell Ringers Captain P W Friends of Kent Churches Chair of Benefice Council
Mrs Sylvia Geen Ms Gill Metcalf Rosie Hannibal Jo Allen Mrs D ten Hove Mrs Loxton Edwards Mrs J Moor Mr Paul Curtis Mr Brian Law Rosie Hannibal Terry Donovan
CLUBS & ORGANISATIONS Baby & Toddler Group Mrs Anne Wickham Youth Club Mrs Pam Brady Cubs Mrs Caroline Cope Rainbows Mrs Michala Moys Wednesday Club Mrs D Marsh Pre-School Play Group Mrs J Pickup Adult Studies Co-ordinator Mrs Anne Wickham Whist Drive Mrs O Cox Kenfield Cricket Club Mr Gerrit ten Hove P&W Social Club Mrs A Way, 700283, Mrs C Peach Bingo Mr Peter Seabrook Tuesday Tappers Maggie Lee Rural Community Warden P&W Chris Chapman Waltham Gardeners Society, Chairpers Mrs Susan Watson - Secretary Micky Mosley Singing for Fun Fay Dickeson
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DIARY For Waltham, Petham, & surrounding areas 1 Dec
Waltham Social afternoon, WVH
Carol Concert, 7.30pm Petham Church
Open house, Vicarage Hastingleigh, 2pm
Waltham Social afternoon, WVH
Charity Quiz, 7.30pm WVH
Highland Fling, 7pm PVH
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Drop-in...warm up...and chill out! Every Tuesday afternoon during December and January (except 20th December & 3rd January) we will be serving cuppas and home-made cake free of charge
from 1.30 - 3pm in Petham Village Hall All welcome! You can also meet others, find out whatâ€™s going on in the village and pop into the library van (alternate weeks, 2.15-2.40pm) for books or DVDs
Petham Baby & Toddler Club
An informal drop-in for babies and toddlers and their parents or carers every Tuesday afternoon (except 20th December and 3rd January) in Petham Village Hall, 1.30 - 3pm ÂŁ2 per family All welcome (not just from Petham)
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Who are we: A well established local organisation with around a hundred members, which brings together the villagers of the old Petham Hundred.We meet in either Lower Hardres or Petham Village Hall and you will find a friendly informal atmosphere. What do we do: Offer a highly varied programme of Hundred Talks, Hundred Shows and Hundred Walks- five or six of each during the Autumn and Winter seasons. The support and interest shown by our members indicate that speakers and performers very often hit a standard that would match anything you will find anywhere in East Kent! How do we join: E-mail us today: email@example.com Phone us 01227 700434. Subscription £4 a person for the year – JOIN THE HUNDRED NOW!!!
THE HUNDRED CHRISTMAS SHOW 7.00pm on Wednesday, 14th December 2011 at Petham Village Hall. Please come and join us for an enjoyable and entertaining evening of music, song and dance featuring local talent from The Hundred villages and beyond. Entrance is free – no tickets required. Free soft drinks for the children and mince pies and mulled wine available at the end of the Show. THE HUNDRED WALKS 11.00am on Sunday, 4th December 2011, meeting at The George, Molash. 11.00am on Monday, 26th December 2011 – Boxing Day Walk. Please join us for our traditional family walk on Boxing Day, which is a one-way walk to The Compasses, Sole Street – please make your own way home. This walk is flat, with no stiles and takes an easy hour – an ideal walk for families, friends, Christmas visitors and dogs. Meet outside The Dower House, Petham (at the top of Vicarage Hill) at 11.00am. 11.00am on Sunday, 8th January 2012, meeting at Nackington Church. Lunch at The Chequers, Stone Street. NB: IMPORTANT CHANGE OF DATE Please note that the presentation by The Governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn King, will now be at 7.30pm on Friday, 24th February 2012 in Petham Village Hall. Admission by free tickets, which will be available in the New Year. For further details, please contact Richard Wickham on 01227 700434.
We are sad to announce the loss of David Sinclair of Kake St, Waltham. Our thoughts are with his wife Amber Sinclair and his family and friends.
As a rebellious 16-year-old David decided to leave school and took a job as an editorial messenger on the local morning newspaper, The Northern Echo, at a salary of £4 10s. a week, including a bonus for working at night. At his interview for the job, it was made clear to David that editorial messengers did not go on to become journalists, yet within a year he had progressed to the dizzy heights of assistant sub-editor on the sports desk of the group’s evening paper, The Northern Despatch, and six months later was appointed a junior reporter on the weekly Darlington & Stockton Times. By the age of 19 David had become features editor of the Despatch but a year later he had left the group to become chief sub-editor of the top-selling Sunday Sun in Newcastle. He spent five exciting years there, becoming expert in every aspect of the newspaper business, and was then recruited by Rupert Murdoch to join the newly relaunched Sun in Fleet Street. It was the beginning of a national newspaper career that would span 30 years and see David in senior positions at The Sunday Times, The Times, the Sunday Telegraph and later the Sunday Express, where he became deputy editor, and The Mail on Sunday, where he spent four years as editor of Financial Mail on Sunday. David has worked and travelled extensively in America and has written articles and books relating to American life and history. Over several years he was heavily involved in daily newspapers for United Nations conferences in Canada, Mexico and Brazil. He also lived in France for quite some time and has associations with the country going back more than 20 years. It was while he was at The Times in the mid-1970s that David was asked by the publisher J.M. Dent to write his first book, a biography of Edgar Allan Poe, which won high praise from, among others, the writers Patricia Highsmith and Anthony Burgess. This was followed by biographies of the Queen Mother, Lord Snowdon, the Astor family and a joint biography of the kings George V and George VI. There was a change of direction in 1990, when David’s book Shades of Green was
published. This caused a sensation as it dissected the decline of the British countryside and suggested vital elements of a cohesive rural policy. One of the effects of the book was to see David invited to join the Rural Economy Group of the House of Lords and he later became a commentator on rural and agricultural policy for the magazine Countryweek. David returned to full-time journalism in 1992 but stormed back into books in 2000 with the best-selling The Pound: A Biography, colourfully telling the story of Britain’s historic currency as debate raged over the wisdom or otherwise of accepting the euro. This was followed by what David calls a ‘drama documentary’ about the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, Hall of Mirrors, and in 2003 by Sir Gregor MacGregor and the Land That Never Was, the astonishing story of perhaps the most audacious fraud in history.
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Blessing of the Animals on Saturday 3rd December at 1.30pm
At Park House Animal Sanctuary, Stelling Minnis, Nr Canterbury CT4 6AN 1.30 with Benn Millberry playing bagpipes ~ 2pm short service with Rev John Coleman Crib scene with Lucy, our donkey. Please wear waterproof footwear and warm clothes
Why not enjoy a Christmas Lunch at the Lord Whisky Tea Rooms beforehand? 3 courses for £17, followed by coffee/tea & a mince pie. Pre-booking essential. Or treat yourself to an Afternoon Christmas Tea, from 3pm. To book lunch or tea, call 01303 862349 or 01303 862622.
Christmas Lunches also being served at the Lord Whisky Tea Rooms on Sundays 4th, 11th & 18th December. Please phone 01303 862349 to book.
We will also be serving Christmas Dinner at 7pm on Wednesday 14th December. 3 courses for £17 including coffee/tea & a Mince Pie. Bring your own wine and make a donation for corkage. Pre-booking essential, phone 01303 862349 or 01303 862622 Dates for your 2012 diary Fur, Feather & Exotic Exhibition Saturday 25th February, 10am - 4pm at Boughton-Under-Blean Village Hall Boot & Spring Fayre ~ Saturday 5th May 2nd Annual Cyclo-Sportive ~ Bank Holiday Monday, 28th May Dog & Owners Fun Day ~ Saturday 9th June Boot & Summer Fayre ~ Saturday 28th July Boot & Autumn Fayre ~ Saturday 8th September Boot Fayre & Clearance Sale— Saturday 20th October Halloween Supper at The Lord Whisky Tea Rooms - Saturday 27th October All our Boot Fayres are held at Park House from 12 noon ~ 3.30pm Entertainment ~ Hot & Cold Refreshments ~ Arena Displays ~ Tombolas ~ Stalls Look out for further details in this magazine.
We would like to say a big THANK YOU to all our supporters and everyone who has attended our fund-raising events this year. You have enabled us to help many animals and people in our community. Thank you also to everyone who gave lovely new homes to many of our animals.
We wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing you at our events in 2012.
Christmas can be a stressful time for everyone and it’s worth remembering it can be traumatic for your pets too. All the frenzied activity, visits from friends and family and changes in routine can all take their toll on your animals. To help your pets get through Christmas without going Crackers there’s a few important things to remember. Firstly, a lot of the foods we eat at Christmas are very rich and often give your pets stomach upsets if they have too many titbits. Even worse they can trigger a food intolerance reaction with itching and hair loss, and excess fatty food can also cause pancreatitis which is a very painful and serious condition. Certain foods are even poisonous to pets. Grapes and raisins are very poisonous and can cause kidney failure so it is important not to feed your pet any Christmas cake or pudding and to ensure these are safely stored away out of reach. Chocolate is also poisonous as it contains theobromine which is toxic to pets, beware that dogs have been known to sniff out wrapped chocolates under the tree and a box of dark chocolates could be fatal. Other potential hazards include poinsettias, mistletoe, holly and ivy all of which are poisonous and can cause stomach upsets and mouth ulcers. Pine needles can get lodged in paws and cause infections. Baubles and children’s toys can be chewed and cause serious internal damage and pets often chew the extra electric cables around the tree, these seem particularly appealing for puppies, kittens and house rabbits. Crackers, party poppers and fireworks are also very stressful for pets. Unfortunately, we saw a lot of traumatised animals around November 5th and there are likely to be more fireworks around New Year. If your pet is particularly stressed by fireworks they may benefit from a spray, collar or plug – in diffuser which releases synthetic pheromones to replicate natural signals of ‘well-being’ and can help reassure and comfort pets with firework fears. There are also other treatment options so if your pet found fireworks very traumatic this year please give us a call on 01227 832322 as we can help make next time less scary. Hopefully this hasn’t dampened your Christmas spirit too much! We want you to be aware of potential dangers but don’t want to cause more stress and we wish everyone and their pets a very Happy Christmas.
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LAYHAM GARDEN CENTRE & NURSERY Lower Road . Staple . Near Wingham, Canterbury
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The Professional Plant People Natural first choice for roses in Kent – we stock over 200 different varieties of rose – all grown on site.
The place to go if you want professional, expert advice on an extensive range of trees, shrubs, bedding plants and perennials.
Local stockist of a wide selection of quality garden furniture and gardening sundries.
Open 7 days a week, 9am - 5pm. Telephone: 01304 813 267 Website: www.layhamgardencentre.co.uk
M & T WELTON TRANSPORT LTD WALTHAM KENT LET US TAKE CARE OF YOUR GOODS AMBIENT/ REFRIGERATED GOODS INSURANCE RELIABLE SERVICE Phone Tony on 01227-700652 Mob 07508244260
TONY’S, GARDEN CARE & DESIGN FOR ALL YOUR GARDEN NEEDS NO JOB TOO SMALL FREE ESTIMATES ESTABLISHED 1968 Award winning Design and Build 2005 Phone Tony at Silver-birches. 01227-700652 mob 07508244260
Stoves & Fireplaces Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Stoves - Gas and Electric models - Wood and pellet burning boilers - Maintenance and chimney sweeping Otterpool Lane, Sellindge, Nr Ashford, Kent (500 yards from Port Lympne) Tel: 01303 813999 Free ample parking Open Mon-Sat 9am - 5pm.
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BEEF NATURALLY HOME REARED BEEF Local beef from our home bred Hereford and Angus cross herd. We hang our beef for a minimum of 21 days. This gives the meat a full flavour and moist tenderness. Our beef is available in a mixed box of approximately 18kg, consisting of roasting joints, sirloin and rump steaks, stewing steak, mince & burgers. For any enquiries, prices and availability please call Mark or Jo Izard on:-
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