Cranbrook Library

Do you need help with your computer? Book a free IT BUDDY appointment for one-to-one help on a Friday morning at Cranbrook Library. Please call 03000 41 31 31 or speak to a member of staff for more details.

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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:

The Hop Pickers Line Heritage Group

Hop pickers Line Heritage Group


In 2015, AOC Archaeology was commissioned by the Hop Pickers Line Heritage Group (the parishes of Paddock wood, Goudhurst, Cranbrook and Hawkhurst), with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, to produce an Historic Environment Assessment of the Paddock Wood to Hawkhurst branch railway which was closed in 1961.

This iconic rural steam railway was known for bringing considerable numbers of hop- pickers each September from London’s crowded East End for their annual hop-picking  “holiday” in the local hop gardens.

The Group is pleased to announce the publication of this report, which is now available online at: and as hard copies at the relevant Council offices and libraries throughout the Borough.

It makes for fascinating reading and informative reading for anyone interested in the railway, hop-picking and related features along the line, but it also has the potential to unlock further interest and interpretation of this important part of the area’s heritage.

The Group has established important links with Tower Hamlets in London’s East End where some older residents have been happy to contribute their memories of hop-picking.

The Group is planning area workshops as future events where local residents will be able to contribute stories of the railway or of hop-picking, or develop ideas for taking the project forward.

For further information please contact Yolanda Laybourne, Chairman and Press Officer for the Hop Pickers Line Heritage Group on 01424 215790/07972 559606 or

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:


St Dunstan’s – Toddlers’ Service

A service for pre-school age children with their parents/carers.

Every Wednesday during term time at 11.00am.

The service will last approx. 20 minutes including a song, bible story and prayer, and will be followed by coffee and colouring to help children come to know St. Dunstan’s as their church.

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:

Helping local communities to reduce the number of attacks by pet dogs on sheep

Sheep watch

  • Dog attacks on sheep seem to be increasing: a situation that affects rural businesses, food prices, animal welfare, community relations, access to the countryside and much more
  • The problem can be addressed by bringing people together and using education and awareness to gradually change behaviours
  • Sheepwatch UK is a new initiative which is trying to help people work together to reduce the number of attacks on sheep and support responsible dog ownership
  • The initiative is working closely with the Kennel Club, Farmers Unions, Police Forces, the National Sheep Association and others
  • Thousands of sheep (many of them pregnant) are killed by dogs every year – and many more are worried (which can lead to them losing lambs which they are carrying)
  • SheepWatch UK is trying to encourage all farmers to report incidents to its website so that there is a better picture of the scale, nature and costs of the problem
  • The campaign will offer ideas and advice to farmers as well as producing a ‘Toolkit’ for local communities so that they can organise local campaigns to increase awareness and encourage responsible behaviour in the countryside
  • Communities are encouraged to obtain copies of the Toolkit and find out more about the issue via the SheepWatch UK website
  • A national conference (free of charge) is being arranged for Friday 3rd June (details via the SheepWatch UK website)
  • The initiative has already been featured on BBC Countryfile and interest in using the Toolkit to organise local campaigns has been received from over half the counties in the country.

We hope that this information may be helpful to you.  There will be no ‘quick fix’ to this issue but, hopefully, if lots of communities take an interest and help to raise awareness then changes might be seen over the years ahead …

With best wishes

Doug Jones and Terena Plowright

SheepWatch UK



Guides have a chance to get out there and do something really different. They are girls aged 10 to 14 who explore new places, go on camps, holidays and trips, meet new friends at events like the BIG GIG, and try exciting activities. By joining you can become part of a worldwide community of girls who come together to have fun, learn and make things happen. Discover how at We meet in Cranbrook on Friday evenings, for details contact

Golford Cemetery Chapel Opening Times 2019

Golford  Chapel, which is non-denominational, will be open to members of the public for quiet reflection and the opportunity to view the beautiful stained glass windows every Wednesday from Wednesday 3rd April until Wednesday 30th October.           

Opening times are 10am until 4pm each day unless stated otherwise.

The Chapel will also be open on the days listed below but are liable to change if circumstances arise throughout the course of the year.

Mothering Sunday Sunday 31st March
Easter Weekend:
  Good Friday Friday 19th April
Easter Saturday Saturday 20th April
Easter Day Sunday 21st April
Easter Monday Monday 22nd April
Mayday Holiday Monday 6th May
Spring Bank Holiday Monday 27th May
Father’s Day Sunday 16th June
Summer Bank Holiday Monday 26th August
Remembrance Sunday Sunday 10th November
Armistice Day Monday 11th November
  Christmas Eve Tuesday 24th December
  Christmas Day Wednesday 25th December
  Boxing Day Thursday 26th December
New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Day 

Tuesday 31st December

Wednesday 1st January 2020

Private viewings of the chapel and its windows are sometimes available by prior arrangement.

For further information and enquiries please contact the Parish Office 01580 713112

or email:

“Cuppa & Company”

Enjoy a good cuppa with cake & time to chat on Sundays from 3.30pm at Cranbrook Primary School Hall including a brief epilogue to end the hour.

If you would like a lift, call us on 01580 713035/712604.

Sponsored by The Vine Church

1st Sunday afternoon monthly for everyone.

Bell Ringers Wanted

We urgently need more ringers at St Dunstans, anyone between 12 and 112 can join us. If you have an hour to spare, why not give it a try? Our practice night is on Tuesday at 7.30, you will probably hear us! We will give you a tour of the Tower and Belfry, which houses our Peal of 8 bells. You could also help to wind our historic clock, that was made in 1856, by F. Dent. It strikes each hour on the Tenor, which weighs in at 21cwt.

You can be assured of a warm welcome, and will literally be shown the ropes. You don’t have to be that strong as it’s technique and practice that you will need to learn.

For further information please contact

‘Messy Church’

Creative Family Fun

Fun Crafts, Praise & Meal

2nd Friday of every month, 3.30pm – 5.30pm in the Vestry Hall, Cranbrook

FREE ENTRY – donations welcome

For more information contact St. Dunstan’s Church Office 01580 715861.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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 :


Central Office:

5th Floor,

Vale House,

Clarence Road,

Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1HE

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.