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Wellbeing in the Weald August Newsletter.

As August draws to a close we begin to consider what Autumn will bring for us.  For our young people it means a return to school or even starting a new school.  WitW and the Weald Family Hub are funding a pilot scheme teaching mindfulness to children at Cranbrook Primary school to help them cope with challenges to their mental health and wellbeing.  For the rest of us, the allotment, health walks, drop-in sessions and choir will continue as normal and we hope that some of you may join Mark on his day trip to the Imperial War Museum at the end of September, read on for more information.

Also, do look out for Mark’s article in the next edition of Parish Cake (out in September) where he explains his new job role and the plans he has to help people in the community become more active.

August activities
Our allotment now has a shed, opened on a very wet Sunday.  Thanks go to Tony and his son in-law James Pettet of J.P. Joinery for putting it up for us
Karen ran the tombola stall at the Sissinghurst fete and raised over £100 for WitW.

Volunteers needed!

One of the five ways to wellbeing is to GIVE and it states that “individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy”.  But volunteering can also give us opportunities to CONNECT with others, BE ACTIVE, TAKE NOTICE of the envioronment around us, and KEEP LEARNING new things.  We have all certainly noticed the benefits and would like to encourage you to try giving some of your time to a worthy cause.  Here are some local opportunities:

The Community Coffee Morning held in Cranbrook on Sat’s 9.45 – 12 noon.
Helpful hands needed to enable it to continue serving coffee, tea & cake to the public.
Held in Church House and working in friendly groups of 2 or 3, once every
6 to 8 weeks to suit your lifestyle. Training and practise will be given.
Please phone Charlotte 01580 714501 or Linda 01580 712732 if you are interesting in joining our team.

Cranbrook Library is looking for volunteers to help set up and run the following activities.

  • Gardening Club
  • Colouring Club
  • Creative Writing Group 
  • Family History Group 
  • Children’s activities- this could include story time, rhyme time, craft club, lego club.  

If people are interested they need to apply online at

Cranbrook Museum needs volunteers to help with the maintenance of the building and grounds.

This would suit anyone with practical DIY or gardening skills; any time that you can spare would be most welcome.  The museum itself is open Tuesday to Saturday from 2 – 4.30pm.

To enquire please call 01580 712929 or 01580 712475 or email
Wellbeing in the Weald needs people to help us with promotional / fundraising events.
Please email us at

Imperial War Museum trip

Mark is intending to visit the IWM in London on 27th Sept and is openly inviting anyone who wishes to join him. 
The arrangements are very loose, there is no need to book just meet Mark at Staplehurst train station, buy your own train tickets and either bring a packed lunch or plan to buy something there.

Meeting time:  Friday 27th Sept  – 9.10am (for the 9.20 train)
Cost:  Approx. £22.20 for adult off-peak return (concessions available)
Parking:  Approx. £6 at the train station
Travel to the Museum:  it is a 15-20 minute walk from Waterloo East but there are also busses
Lunch:  Bring your own or buy up there
N.B. If people could, it might be a good idea to car share to the train station.  Also, we may be able to get group saver tickets on the day if we can group ourselves into fours. 

If you have further questions, or simply want to let Mark know you would like to attend, please email or call Mark on 07860 949272

Compass Choir Concert   
This will be on FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER at 7.30pm in St Dunstan’s Church,
Cranbrook and the proceeds of which will be shared 50-50 between the
church’s lighting appeal and WitW.
Lighting has been an issue in the church for some time so they are raising money to replace the old fashioned and ineffective lights;
Compass wishes to help towards this in order to thank them for their hospitality when they started out.
Compass is also dedicated to raising money for organisations that
promote good mental health, so have chosen us as the charity they wish
to share the proceeds with.
If you are interested in joining the choir or want more details about the concert please email
Dates for your diary
3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th Sep – Wellbeing walks from 9.20am at Congregational Church
4th, 11, 18th, 25th Sep – Drop-in’s/compass choir from 4.15pm at Vestry
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th Sep – Allotment  from 10.30 to 12pm
Sat 14th Sep – Supporting Dementia Drop-in
Fri 27th Sep – Community day trip to Imperial War Museum, London
Fri 18th Oct – Compass Choir Concert at St. Dunstan’s Church
Sat 16th Nov – Community quiz night at Vestry Hall (details to follow)

Can you Help?

Some years ago the late Eileen Starkey, finding herself with an empty shop and wanting to do something for the community, decided to start a charity shop.
That was when “Charities at Home” came about. Over the years many thousands of pounds have been raised for charity, 50% of the profits going to the Air Ambulance and the remaining 50% being distributed by Cranbrook & Hawkhurst Rotary Club to local charities such as Hospice in the Weald, Cranbrook Blind Club and Cranbrook in Bloom as well as numerous other worthy causes that are so important to the wider community.
Sadly now many of the volunteers are being overtaken by age. In order to keep this valuable service open we desperately need additional volunteers to undertake a two-hour slot Monday to Saturday.
If you feel able to help please contact Mrs Liz Tapper 01580 713836 or Peter Martin 01580 752222 or alternatively email with your telephone number and we will get back to you.

Norman Freeston

Cranbrook & Hawkhurst Rotary Club

Alert – Doorstep Crime

Tree cutting services
We have received reports that doorstep criminals are active in the East Peckham area – all Kent residents should be on alert. 
What happens
Residents are cold-called for tree cutting work
Exorbitant sums of money are demanded 
The criminals drive the resident to the bank to withdraw cash
What to do
NEVER agree to work being carried out from someone who knocks on
your door uninvited 
Don’t allow anyone to pressure you into having work done
If you ask them to leave and they don’t, contact the police on 999
Use reputable traders who are members of the KCC Trading Standards
approved trader scheme, run in partnership with Checkatrade
Get a minimum of 3 quotes in writing
Warn vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours.

For advice and to report issues to KCC Trading Standards contact
Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06
Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Major Planning Application

Brick Kiln Farm – 16/502860/OUT

Outline planning permission for the erection of up to 180 dwellings (including up to 35% affordable housing) with means of access to be determined at this stage together with structural woodland planting and landscaping, informal public open space, community orchard, children’s play area, attenuation basin, vehicular access point from Hartley Road and associated ancillary development.

Comments are due by: 5th October 2017

Please visit the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council website to view the planning application


16/503953/FULL – Former Cranbrook Engineering Site And Wilkes Field

Mixed use development comprising of demolition of unlisted buildings (Buildings A, B, D, E, F, G, H, I on former Cranbrook Engineering site and Building J on Wilkes Field) and construction of a new Community Centre, 28 no. residential dwellings, including conversion of a listed building to residential use involving internal and external alteration, 1 no. retail unit, together with parking, access, landscaping and ancillary works. 

To view this major planning application, click on the link below:

Major Planning Application

Brick Kiln Farm – 16/502860/OUT

Outline planning permission for the erection of up to 180 dwellings (including up to 35% affordable housing) with means of access to be determined at this stage together with structural woodland planting and landscaping, informal public open space, community orchard, children’s play area, attenuation basin, vehicular access point from Hartley Road and associated ancillary development.

To view this major planning application, click on the link below:


Cranbrook Bowls Club Is Seeking New Members

  • We seek new members of all ages and abilities, novices to experienced players.
  • Low yearly membership fee of £55 (less for under 18’s). No joining fee
  • Play for up to 4 times at no cost before deciding whether to join
  • Excellent facilities with modern clubhouse and first class green in central Cranbrook
  • Free coaching available with qualified Kent Bowling Association coaches
  • Friendly and sociable club where members support and help each other.


Visit our website for more information

Write,email; or speak to Dave Pullin to arrange a free roll up or obtain an application form

Dave Pullin – Membership Secretary

Cranbrook Bowls Club

21 Norris Close

Hawkhurst, Kent TN18 4NE

Telephone: 01580 388846  Email:

Or contact

Chairman – Peter Hulme

Telephone: 01580 713517  Email:

Secretary – John Houghton

Telephone: 01580 714843  Email:

Cranbrook Citizen Advice Bureaux

Can be found at Cranbrook Library, Carriers Road, Cranbrook TN17 3JT.

They are open Monday, Wednesday & Friday at the following times –

Monday – Form Filling by appointment only

Wednesday – 9:30am – 5:30pm

Friday – 9:30am – 5:30pm

Advice Line : 01580 714936

Admin Line: 01580 713989

Email :


Advice Line: 01892 533880



The Oil-Club

The Oil-Club has launched a club for Cranbrook and the surrounding area. If you would like to join or find out more about the club, please visit the website:

The benefits are:

Reduced heating oil costs

Reduced heavy goods vehicle traffic through our villages

Reduced carbon exhausted into our environment

About the Oil-Club

The Oil-Club is an independent organisation and has no links to any of the suppliers. The Clubs aim is simple – reduce the cost of heating oil for our members and the environmental impact as much as we can! The Oil-Club already manages over 2, 200 clubs across the country.

How much can we save you?

By grouping our deliveries by village or postcode sector and the bulk purchase ability of The Oil-Club, we are able to negotiate with our panel of suppliers the best bulk purchase price for heating oil and pass on the saving to our members.

As the membership grows so does our negotiating power of The Oil-Club!

How do we help the environment?

A village with 100 members will save between 150 to 180 heavy duty vehicle trips a year through your village. A big saving on wear and tear to our village, our lanes, roads and to the environment.

This also means that a village will only have one oil tanker delivering to a number of homes on the same day rather than many deliveries to individual households on different days by different suppliers.

Farmers Markets

Farmers market logo

The Cranbrook Farmers Market is held in the Vestry Hall between 9.30am and 1pm on the Fourth Saturday of every month.  For further details contact Jane Apps – telephone 07971413334

Available at the market:

♦ vegetables ♦ plants ♦ honey ♦ bread ♦ cakes ♦ vegetarian/vegan meals ♦ cheese ♦ chocolate ♦ meat ♦ fish ♦ wool craft ♦ natural cosmetics/body products and rag rug artist ♦ or