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.
A message from a concerned resident. Can you help?
Has anyone seen or heard the white cheeked Turaco bird lately?
He has been in the Langton Green area since 2014. We have had the pleasure of his company since October 2016 everyday from dawn till dusk. Feeding his continuous appetite of tropical fruits, grapes and a soft robin mix & plenty of fresh water for him to drink & bathe in.
He flew off to roost late evening on Thursday 20th April as he always has done after his final feed. Sadly we have not heard or seen him since. Every morning he would be waiting for his breakfast outside our window or back door. We do hope he has not been captured, caged, or injured.
Evidently there are many of these Turacos living wild in the UK & are the hardiest of their species.
If anyone has him, please consider allowing him to have the freedom he so obviously has been used to in the past 3 years living in this area. We miss him & only hope he has not been injured or held captive in any way.
Any information of his well being & whereabouts would be grateful.
The Crundwell family,
Leggs Lane, Langton Green.
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Kindly reply to firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help or provide any information.
Langton Green's Photographic Competition - 2017
The Langton Green Village Society in cooperation with Langton Life magazine is holding its first ever photographic competition to celebrate the beauty and diversity of what our village and the immediate surroundings have to offer. It is so easy to take things for granted, things we see every day of the week ~ the rolling countryside, the walks, the trees, the people, the buildings, the activities. Now we want all of you to put those images on record - during the next two months or so. The entries will be independently judged and displayed; and prizes presented at the Langton Green Village Fete on Saturday 1st July by BBC South East newsreader, Ian Palmer.
There are four categories for you to submit your photos under (please tell us which ones you are entering) -
'Our Village Life' - buildings,events, work, social gatherings, sport, traffic, schools etc.
'Our Countryside' - wildlife, nature, landscapes, trees etc.
'Our People' - home portraits, personalities etc.
'Sixteen and Under' - any photographic subject for our younger residents to enter their photos.
We hope there will be enough support for this initiative to produce a 2018 calendar, the proceeds of which will go to 3H - a local charity which helps over 700 disabled children and their carers get a break away from their confined surroundings every year.
Please send your entries via email to email@example.com giving your name, address and contact details. The closing date for us to receive your entry is Monday 5th June. By submitting your photographs you give permission for them to be displayed on the Village website, at the Langton Green Fete, in Langton Life magazine and, if chosen, in the Langton Green Calendar. No fees can be paid for publication.
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!
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The Village Society annual quiz took place up at the Village Hall on Saturday 4 March and as always was well attended and well contested!! Dare I mention, yet again, the winners were team Saorsa. If you think you can beat them, then do please enter next year!! (Click to enlarge the photos)
Another Langton Green student also went away last October, this time to Ghana, a 'favourite' destination for TWGGS and the Society was able to make a contribution to help her with her fundraising efforts. In return we ask the student to write a trip report which we are pleased to add to the website for your information.
Please read Lily's report in the attached document -
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 -
Back in October of this year, Anna Exall from Langton Green undertook an educational trip to India. The Village Society was able to make a donation towards the cost of her trip as per our guidelines for these sort of requests. We ask any recipient to do a trip report on their return so that we can mention it on the Village website which is maintained and paid for by the Village Society.
You may read Anna’s report below.
The LGVS may be able to make a grant towards a student's educational trip provided they live in the village. Please visit the Village Society tab above for further details and an application form.
Everyone in the Village by now should have received their copy of the final published document from Speldhurst Parish Council entitled 'Parish Plan - A Vision for the Future'. It has taken many hours of preparation over the last year by both the Council and a local volunteer working group and this brochure now gives us an insight into how the Parish Council will plan for the future. Many of the comments and ideas are directly related to the results of the household questionnaire which was sent out about two years ago to everyone in the Parish.
If you haven't had a copy of the Parish Plan Vision brochure, a copy may be obtained from the Parish Clerk's office within the Village Hall or by telephoning 862927 - during their specific opening hours.
Earlier this year (& further down this page) 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 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.
On a warm Bank Holiday Monday morning and with what seemed like a constant stream of traffic passing along the main A264 Langton Road through the Village, several members of the Village Society committee were busy 'refreshing' the hanging baskets with some new begonias and the like just to give us all a bit more colour for hopefully another month or so...
We had become aware that our baskets this year were not perhaps as good as we had seen in previous years so a quick trip to the local nusery to find a few bargains was the order of the day before removing some of the old compost and dead plants and replacing them with our fresher stock.
May we thank the local residents who live close by and who kindly water the baskets for us as often as they can... keep it up!
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.
The Village Society's annual Fete took place on Saturday 2 July and, despite some on/off rain showers, was well attended by many local residents and visitors from other parts of Kent and Sussex.
We're now working on the preparation for the fete for 2017 (which will be on the 1st July). Please see the Fete tab above for further information.
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The Trustees of the Langton Green Charitable Trust are pleased to announce the availability of a new room upstairs at the Village Hall for business meetings, social gatherings and other general get-togethers. Now refurbished with fresh paint, new carpet and new blinds the room offers seating for up to 30 people in a smart yet relaxed environment.
For further information or to book any of the rooms at the Village Hall, please visit their website -
One local family, as recently highlighted in the K&S Courier, is now fighting a race against time as they look to raise £35,000 to fund a selective dorsal rhizotomy operation for their four year old son Theo, which is now no longer available 'for free' on the NHS. This operation, ideally, is carried out when a child is at a young age and would be expertly performed at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
The Hassett family has raised over £9,000 so far towards their target and with Theo starting at the Village Primary School in September the 'let's get this done' intention is to raise the total and to see Theo through the operation before then.
Please find below some links of interest, including their fundraising 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 earlier in the year, 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