Speldhurst Parish Council hold their annual parish meeting on Monday 23 April at Speldhurst Village Hall at 8.00 pm. The Agenda can be seen by clicking here - SPC Agenda
Well done to the team of "Wishful Thinkers" who were the Society's quiz winners for 2018. The quiz took place in early March up at the Village Hall.
Some 11 teams in total took part, with some new teams making their debut appearance this year.
The photo shows the team winners to the left, with Caroline Chapman being presented with the shield by Ed Langridge. Former TV personality and local resident Anton Vamplew was the quiz master and can be seen here on the right.
Preparations are now under way for this year's Langton Green Fete. If you are able to help, either in the run up to Saturday 7th July or on the day itself (perhaps by helping to run one of our main stalls for an hour or two), please do get in touch. Please email Neil & Debbie on firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much!
The Langton Green 2018 Calendar is now available to buy. Members would have had an email already giving details of how and where to obtain a copy. The Village Society, along with some local outlets in the Village, are now selling copies at £5 each. Many of the photos seen up at the Fete in July will be seen (one photo per month) along with a few others to give the calendar a true village feel. The calendars are similar to what a lot of you probably have hanging up in your kitchen or study at the moment so we hope our entire print run will be sold out!
Some of you may know that there is a consultation period currently open regarding the amending of Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries. This is perhaps important to villagers because potentially Langton Green could be moved in to the Tonbridge constituency instead of remaining in the newly named "Tunbridge Wells and Crowborough" one. If you wish to make a comment on this, whether in support or against, you can do so via the BCE website (links below). To note, this is purely for voting in a General Election and who your MP would be - Langton Green would still remain under TWBC for all local issues.
This public consultation runs until Monday 11 December. Opening up the expanded map function on the first link is quite good as you can see how the whole of Spelhurst Parish has been moved away from our "home" town of Tunbridge Wells if you zoom in.
Langton Green has a new PCSO. His name is Simon Fuller and he may be contacted by his email here
In emergencies always call 999. For non-emergencies please call Kent Police on 101.
The Trustees of the Langton Green Charitable Trust, which owns and manages the Village Hall, have two important news items to bring to our attention.
On Thursday 12 October at 7.30 pm, the Trust's AGM will be held in the Gallery Room up at the Hall and all villagers and users of the Hall are welcome to attend.
Secondly, the Village Hall recently applied for a renewal in their HALLMARK status, levels 1 and 2 - a quality standards scheme for village halls. This requires the Trustees to show competence and strong performance in the general running of the Village Hall along with an efficient day to day working functionality of the hall itself. We are pleased to report that our Village Hall passed with flying colours and attracted the following comments from the inspectors -
"This is an extremely professionally run hall. Committee members (the Trustees & managers) are committed and progressive and there is an excellent relationship with the local Parish Council. Particularly noteworthy is their use of the electronic booking system, which has not only increased hall bookings substantially, but is much more in tune with the way that the community prefers to interact with the Hall. Their effective use of IT in both the booking system and their website is a good example of their forward thinking. This is probably the most professionally run hall that we have visited and yet it retains its friendly Village Hall feel".
Our second student grant this year went to Nandini Magoon, a pupil at Tonbridge Girls Grammar School, who was a volunteer for the Joshua Orphan and Community Care Charity. Nandini moved to Langton Green with her parents and younger sister in 2015. They have two dogs who you'll see being walked regularly in the village.
Several schools and churches around the UK send volunteers out to Malawi specifically to help with projects in the country and in particular to make life better for young children and orphans. You may read Nandini's report on the attached document and learn more about the charity from the link here -
The Village Society awards grants to students living in Langton Green who are generally in years 11 to 13 and are raising funds for overseas educational trips. Please visit the Village Society page above for details.
As you may know, the Village Society awards grants to students who apply directly to us in order to help with the cost of educational trips abroad. Isabelle Ormsby, a local musician & student, went to France at the end of July and has kindly written the attached report for us on her return to Langton Green.
Isabelle has lived in the village all her life and attended our local primary schoool before going on to Tonbridge Girls Grammar. She is now studying Biological Natural Sciences at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. She started to play the cello in primary school aged eight and has been playing ever since.
Congratulations to our Photo Competition winners who were awarded their prizes at the Village Fete on Saturday 1 July. This photo shows them along with some of our second placed contestants. The judges, Ian Palmer and Jonathan Bolland, were also present along with the new Mayor of Tunbridge Wells Julia Soyke. All three presented the prizes to our winners as follows - Clare Marples, Andrew Chapman, Amy Collinson, Ben Macklen, Karen Williams, Warwick Morris, Henry de Carle, Tina Chandler and Claire Edmondson. Well done to them all, and thank you to everyone who entered. We had nearly 50 photos in all.
Once again our local sports club put on a fabulous football fiesta at the end of the half term holiday up at the recreation ground where a thousand kids took part. For a full report, please see their own website as follows https://langtongreencsa.org.uk/fiesta/
An introduction to Langton Green's new vicar
Hello, it’s so good to finally be able to introduce myself. I am the Reverend Lynn Trainor, and it is with great joy that I shall be arriving in September to be the new vicar of All Saints Church, Langton Green.
As a teenager, Langton (and especially The Greyhound Pub) was the centre of my social life. I have so many warm memories: the annual Langton men vs women cricket match (where half the women’s team was made up by men in drag); sleeping in the tents to ‘guard them’ (!) the night before the fete on the Green and a very bad panto we put on for the Brownies (Snow White and the 5 dwarves).
The intervening years have been spent doing a Physics degree at Bristol University (where I met my hubby, Nick), teaching Physics, having 4 children and being ordained. The children are all now grown; Abi (25) lives with her partner Ed and works as a teacher in Spain, Eden (23), Rosie (21) and Ruth (19) are all at university. The family was also adopted by two other teenagers who live with us; Ebony (now 21 and also at university) and Steve (now 23). I became a priest 15 years ago, initially working full time at All Saints Church, Ascot, then in the Chaplaincy and as an R.E. teacher at The Marist School in nearby Sunninghill.
My arrival in Langton will mark a new chapter in the life of All Saints Church, as I shall be the first part-time vicar in charge. I have a very good feeling about this as it means the leadership and traditional role of the vicar will be shared among a group of us, rather than limited to the amount of time and energy that one person can give to the role. Along with the church family at All Saints, I hope that we might increasingly become a church that everyone in the village can feel is ‘theirs’.
And so until September - May the blessing of light be on you, light without and light within. May the blessed sunshine shine on you and warm your heart till it glows like a great peat fire, so that the stranger may come and warm himself at it, and also a friend.
One of the aims of the Village Society is to help keep a strong sense of village community. When we were asked if we could provide a donation towards the purchase of new backpacks for the local Brownies group we felt this was a worthwhile village cause that could do with a little help.
The Brownies were thrilled to finally receive their new backpacks earlier this year. Here they are showing them off in the Village Hall!
Please click to enlarge the photo.
TWBC have announced that from April 2017 letters to households giving notice of nearby planning applications will cease and that residents will have to register via their website and/or rely on reading public site notices which will continue to be erected in close proximity to the planning application address.
Please see the attached note -
Earlier this year we reported on a local family's fundraising efforts for their son to have a potentially life changing operation called selective dorsal rhizotomy. There was a fantastic response to the Hassett family's fundraising efforts and Theo, who also has cerebral palsy, had his SDR operation in May. Theo, who started at LGPS in September, is recovering well from the procedure and is now working hard at his daily physio with a view to improving his mobility and achieving independent walking over the next couple of years. You can follow Theo's progress here - www.facebook.com/readysteadytheo
New Pavilion Opening
After seeing all that rain Friday evening, it came with much relief that the sun was out for the morning of Saturday 3 September for the official opening of the new LGCSA sports pavilion up at the Village recreation ground. Several local celebrities such as Guy Lambert, Chairman and Chris Allen, Head of Football were joined by Greg Clark MP, George Cohen MBE and Lord Pendry (representing the FA) for the ribbon cutting event.
The ceremony was ably assisted by Mike Bender and with Steve Alldis supporting everyone by cooking the bacon for the breakfast rolls being served from the newly fitted out kitchen, many local parents and their kids enjoyed a really nice start to their day's activities. Several local Councillors were also in attendance as help and support for this large and important building project was necessary over the last year or so from Speldhurst Parish Council. Official photographers from both the FA and the Courier attended, so look out for lots more photos of this event over the next week or two.
You may have noticed a fairly constant stream of 'arriving' aircraft over Langton Green during July and the first part of August. Seemingly, summer had truly arrived for us all. Well, there has been some very recent, important news for everyone concerned by the noise from overhead aircarft.
From Monday 15 August the flight landing swathe for planes coming in to Gatwick was officially re-widened, effectively negating NATS and the CAA's plans to create a narrow superhighway over a number of villages in west Kent, including ours. Planes coming in to land at Gatwick from the east will now be guided over a larger area which we should definitely notice from this week by having fewer planes diectly over us.
This has come about largely due to the huge public oppostion from those villages that, through no fault of their own, suddenly found themselves experiencing far greater noise from aircraft than they had five years ago. Huge thanks must go to the team behind 'Gatwick Obviously Not' who have worked so very hard on everyone's behalf to get this far. Many local people have helped with donations directly to GON as has the Langton Green Village Society on your behalf.
However, please stay vigilant as there is still much work to be done following on from the independent review which was released at the end of January this year and which we reported on at the time and can be found further down this page.
Gatwick - There have been several items of interest concerning Gatwick and the associated aircraft noise over East Sussex and Kent in the last few days. One primary piece of information was the results of the independent review by Bo Redeborn released on Thursday 28 January. This has been reported quite widely in the local press, for which we attach some links of interest for you. In addition, late last year 'Gatwick Obviously Not' were informed by the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) that they had won their right to take their Judicial Review to a full hearing concerning the narrowing (concentration) of flight paths "being engineered" by the CAA over the last couple of years. Again we attach a link to their relevant website page.
You may have seen this previously, but even so it still makes pleasant reading! Country Life magazine mentioned Langton Green as one of the best places to live in Kent. Their full article was entitled 'The 50 Best Places to Live Near London' with 6 villages in our county getting a mention. Langton Green was first out of those six on the list, just in case that makes a difference ;-)
You may read their article HERE