Parish Cake - Summer 2018

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Whilst every effort is made

to ensure accuracy, the

Cranbrook and Sissinghurst

Parish Council, editor and

authors cannot be held

responsible for published errors. The views

or opinions expressed do not necessarily

reflect views of the Cranbrook and

Sissinghurst Parish Council. Inclusion of any

advertising material does not constitute a

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Looking to the Future

IT IS really good news that the Cranbrook

Business Association has been re-launched,

striving to regenerate business in Cranbrook.

Adding to that is the monthly

Pudding Club lunch, organised

by Julie Taylor at Buss Murton,

which attracts businesses

from all over Kent. One

can’t help feeling that

Cranbrook is not “dying on

its feet”.

In Sissinghurst, obviously

not the business hub of the

parish, the community has on

offer the tennis and cricket clubs,

football teams, the Bun Penny Club,

Crafters Group, the Friends of Sissinghurst

Church and, of course, the village shop -

always a place to catch up on local goings-on!

We all need to acknowledge the huge

amount of work being undertaken by the

parish’s Neighbourhood Development Plan

(NDP) team and in this edition of Parish Cake



5 Directory & What’s On

7 Chairman’s Views

8 Letters

10 Parish News

11 Crane Valley Land Trust


14 Club News

18 Event News

20 Neighbourhood Plan


40 Parish Council Round-up

please be sure to read on pages 20 and 21

what hard work has been done, together with

the dates of NDP exhibitions coming up in

Cranbrook and Sissinghurst.

The Neighbourhood Plan really

is for you and the long term

aspirations of us all in the

years ahead.

Let me say a huge thank

you to the team that brings

you Parish Cake: Cllr. Trisha

Fermor, Tally Wade, Mignon

Brain, and Cllr. Graham

Holmes, and for the many

messages of support we have

received from our readers.



23 Raj Bisram – from ski

instructor to antiques


25 Change at the Castle

– Sissinghurst Castle

Garden’s new manager

26 500 Years – a brief history

of Cranbrook School

29 Rev Anne Pollington –

caring for two flocks

30 New Design Guide –

building standards to save

you money

Cllr. Brian Clifford - Editor

35 Kitchen & Garden – the

National Gardens Scheme

and crêpes!

37 Business Revival – the

relaunch of the Cranbrook

Business Association

39 Legal Q&A – cohabitation

rights and advice from

Buss Murton

42 Local Legend – Spitfire

mechanic Geoffrey Palser

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Parish Cake guide to events

in Cranbrook and Sissinghurst


• Cranbrook Union Windmill is open

on every Saturday 2.30-5pm plus

Wednesday and Sunday afternoons in

the summer

• Cranbrook Museum is open Tuesday to

Saturday, and Sunday afternoons in July

• Farmers’ Market every fourth Saturday

in the month, 9am -12 noon

• Tempo Singing every Saturday

morning at Cranbrook School Music

Centre, 10.30-11am

• Messy Church Children and Parent

Group, second Friday each month,


• The Children’s Centre, Cranbrook offers

free sessions for parents and children

throughout the week.

Call 03000 411035 for a timetable



12.30pm Lunchtime Concert, St

Dunstan’s Church


8.30am Cranbrook Men’s Breakfast,

speaker John Tapper, Hartley Farm

Shop. Tickets from 01580 715861


7.30pm Full Parish Council Meeting,

Council Chamber, everyone welcome


2.30pm Sissinghurst Flower Show in

Primary School


10.30am Cranbrook In Bloom Garden

Safari. £5 entry for all gardens


Flower Show and Arts Show St.

Dunstan’s Church


7.30pm Choral Society Summer

Concert, Queens Hall Theatre


7.30pm Time Travelling Magicians

Morgan and West, Queens Hall Theatre


2pm-9pm & 11am-2pm NDP Public

Engagement, St. George’s Institute,



3pm-9pm & 9am-3pm NDP Public

Engagement, Vestry Hall, Cranbrook



12.30pm Archaus String Quartet

Lunchtime Concert, St Dunstan’s



7.30pm Full Parish Council Meeting,

Council Chamber, everyone welcome


10am Kent Weald Crane Valley Project,

please wear suitable clothing


Cranbrook In bloom

Judging Day



12.30pm Rother Piano Trio Lunchtime

Concert, St Dunstan’s Church


7.30pm Full Parish Council Meeting,

Council Chamber, everyone welcome


1pm Sissinghurst Traditional Village Fête

While every effort is made to ensure

accuracy, dates and times may change. If

you are organising an event in the parish

why not drop us a line and we might be

able to include you in the listings too –



Cranbrook and Sissinghurst

Parish Council

The Old Fire Station

Stone Street, Cranbrook


Clerk – Mrs. L. Ham

Deputy Clerk – Mrs. L. Larkin

01580 713112 / clerk@




Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

01892 526121


Kent County Council

03000 41 41 41




Electricity: 0800 727282 (24 hrs)

Gas: 0800 111 999

Water: South East Water (drinking

water) 0800 0283399, Southern

Water (waste water) 0800 820999 (24

hrs), Emergency leak 0800 0283399,

Floodline 0845 9881188 (24 hrs)


Non-Emergency Police: 101

Crime Stoppers: 0800 555111

KCC Community Warden: Adam

Osbourn 07813 695741

PCSO: Lee Jules 07772 226048

Neighbourhood Watch Area

Co-ordinator: 01622 604395


St George’s Institute, Sissinghurst:

Ursula O’Connor 01580 713938

The Parish Room, Sissinghurst: Sue

Crowe 01580 712901


The Vestry Hall, Council Chamber and

Addison VC Room, Cranbrook:

01580 713112 (10am-12pm weekdays).

A full list of over 30 venues for hire in the

parish is available from the parish office



Congregational Church,

Cranbrook: 01580 388070

St. Dunstan’s, Cranbrook:

01580 715861

St. Theodore’s RC, Cranbrook:

01580 713364

Strict Baptist Church, Cranbrook:

01580 713212

Trinity Church, Sissinghurst:

01580 852275

Vine Church, Cranbrook:

01580 712505


Colliers Green CE Primary:

01580 211335

Cranbrook CE Primary:

01580 713249

Cranbrook Children’s Centre:

03000 41 10 35

Cranbrook School: 01580 711800

Dulwich Preparatory School:

01580 712179

High Weald Academy:

01580 712754

Rainbow Pre School, Cranbrook:

01580 715570

Sissinghurst CE Primary:

01580 713895

Woodpeckers Pre School, Cranbrook:

01580 720195


Jockey Lane Surgery, Cranbrook:

01580 713032

Old School Surgery, Cranbrook: 01580


Orchard End Surgery, Cranbrook:

01580 713622


Cranbrook Medical Centre, Cranbrook

Cricket Club, Sissinghurst

Parish Council office

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

St. George’s Institute, Sissinghurst

Tennis Club, Sissinghurst

The George Hotel, Cranbrook

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Brick Kiln Farm Application Approved

ON MARCH 28 Tunbridge Wells

Borough Council’s (TWBC) planning

committee approved an application

by Persimmon Homes to build 180

houses on land at Brick Kiln Farm,


At the meeting I noted that the

land had been earmarked for

development in the borough’s

Local Plan of 2013 and, therefore,

realistically, any rejection of

Persimmon’s outline plan would

immediately result in the developers

lodging an appeal which would

undoubtedly have succeeded.

We have to accept there will be

housing on the Brick Kiln site. The

parish council endeavours to try to

get the best possible design for the

development so that we do not end

up with a cul de sac that blights the

environment and causes harm to

Cranbrook’s heritage. We recognise

that the latest plan is significantly

better than the original but hope

that on-going communications and

negotiation with the Persimmon

team will result in an even better


Our speakers at the TWBC planning

committee meeting stressed the

historic landscape and the rich

architecture of the town that

we want reflected in the new


The Neighbourhood Development




Plan (NDP) steering group is working

Charles Church South East

Land at Kiln Farm


very hard on developing policies and

guidelines to be considered in the

design of any new properties.

The recent call from TWBC for sites

for housing is a result of the national

requirement for more homes. The

draft list of sites submitted for

assessment is available on the TWBC

website. Travelling around the Weald

we are aware of the significant

amount of housing development in

places such as Hawkhurst, Headcorn

and Staplehurst, and it is realistic

to presume that our parish will also

have to accept a significant number

of new houses. The purpose of the

NDP is to ensure that these are built

on acceptable sites to appropriate

and quality design.

As to what is an “acceptable site” is

a matter of opinion and is currently

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1 Proposed Residential Development

(Up to 180 dwellings)

the borough planning officers.

2 Proposed public open space

3You Retained existing may hedgerows hear reference to a

and trees

4 Proposed Attenuation Basin

Section 106 agreement. This is an


Proposed local equipped area

of play

6agreement Retained existing footpaths between the developer


Proposed informal pathways

and the local planning authority

8 Proposed woodland replicating historic


9 Proposed swales

(e.g. TWBC) about measures that the

developer must take to reduce the

impact of their development on the

community. These agreements are

part of the planning applications and

are concessions and contributions

from the developer. N These can

include contributions to Kent

County Council libraries, education,

B fpcr

and approved projects such as school

buildings or playground equipment.

The parish council is active in

the negotiations to identify local

projects that meet the grant criteria

so that as much money as possible is

allocated locally.

We continue to do everything we

can as a parish council to maintain

the character, heritage and rich

landscape of our parish.

Cllr. Bridget Veitch, chairman

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parish council please visit


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Star Letter

Cemetery Trees

As a regular visitor to

Sissinghurst Cemetery, I am

struck by how much the parish

council’s recent tree pruning work

has improved the site, which can appear a

bit unloved. Could I suggest that the council continue the

good work, judiciously removing the ugly conifers on the

north side – which block a sweeping view of orchards –

allowing the established deciduous trees room to breathe?

And then perhaps consider a planting scheme in the

cemetery itself of occasional ornamental trees, to give

colour in Spring and Autumn? For those who visit, it

would help to lift the heart, and be fitting as the cemetery

contains, among others, the grave of the co-creator of one

of England’s greatest gardens, Harold Nicolson – a man

who loved his trees.

Andrew Davidson, Sissinghurst

Strangled by TWBC

Star Letter

The author will receive

a voucher for a hot drink

and slice of cake from

Cranbrook café Cocolicious!


In the last issue Trisha Fermor asks: “Is Cranbrook Dying on

its Feet?” It’s not dying, it’s dead. Strangled by Big Brother of

Tunbridge Wells - the borough council. No one has the ability

to stand up and challenge it.

We have lost the Labour Exchange, borough council offices,

magistrates’ court, ambulance station, and many bus services,

especially at weekends.

Now, Cranbrook (a town) should be downgraded to village

status as we have so few amenities. I read of the £77 million

civic spend for investment in the royal spa town. In Cranbrook

we can’t even get what was estimated at £4 million for our

much overdue community centre – reduced now to £2 million.

It was to have provided space for parish offices, police, and

the borough’s housing offices – all public amenities. A lot

of money was raised by residents then wasted on plans

encouraged by the borough council. What have we to show off

in Cranbrook?

Susan Pratt, Cranbrook

Thank You

from CODS

On behalf of Cranbrook

Operatic and Dramatic

Society (CODS), I would

like to express an enormous

thank you to the people of

Cranbrook and surrounding

areas for the fantastic

support we have received

this past year. As the

director for our Christmas

pantomime ‘Peter Panto’,

I was thrilled that after a

year without a Cranbrook

pantomime, audiences came

flocking back to the Queens

Hall Theatre. This allowed

us to play to full houses and

donate over £400 to Great

Ormond Street Hospital.

CODS was extremely

grateful to receive a sizeable

award from the Cranbrook

Co-op Community Fund

supported by local residents,

which we have already

begun to put to good use.

It enabled us to fund a

Pick up the Poo!

British Sign Language

Interpreter to sign for our

recent production of ‘The

Real Inspector Hound’.

This is something we

hope to continue in our

forthcoming production

of ‘Guys and Dolls’

(25-27 October) and the

Christmas pantomime.

In these turbulent

financial times we would

also like to thank all

As a dog walker, I do the ‘Downward Dog’ yoga move and

pick up their poo. However, I do not then throw the plastic

bag in the hedge, ditch or countryside.

There appears to be a number of dog walkers who pick

up after their pooch, but then litter the countryside with

their poo bags. I have discussed this with many fellow dog

walkers, who are all appalled by the ‘strange fruit’ in the


Through the pages of The Cake, please could we implore

people not to throw poo bags about in the countryside but

put them in the many litter bins provided around the parish.

Woof woof!

Cllr. Kim Fletcher, Cranbrook

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We have been providing expert and

trusted legal advice to individuals and

businesses for generations.

out & about

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the loyal local businesses in

Cranbrook for their continued

support through sponsorship

and allowing us to advertise

our shows.

CODS will soon be

celebrating its 100th year. This

wouldn’t have been possible

without the amazing support

we have received from the

Cranbrook community over

many decades. Big celebrations

are already being planned.

Come and join the party!

Alison Withey-Harrison, by


Unfortunately in recent months items discarded in the

Crane Valley point to increased drugs use. Small snap bags

used to supply drugs are common place in the littering. We

don’t know of any other legitimate use when dropped in a

communal area in such number. Small helium gas canisters

litter the area congregated by youths on a regular basis. Even

‘bongs’ (an item used to smoke drugs) have been removed.

These items were not discreetly hidden or stored but are

brazenly left for all to see.

We all need to ensure the safety of our community and

especially the young who can be tempted at an all too early

age to join in with the crowd. If you see anything suspicious or

you are worried about any activity or behaviour please call 101

or 999 in the case of emergency. Crime stoppers can also be

contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online.

Let’s keep the Crane Valley safe.

Cllr. Andy Fairweather, Sissinghurst

Please send your letters to

editorial@parishcake.co.uk or by post to

Parish Cake, Cranbrook and Sissinghurst Parish Council,

The Old Fire Station, Stone Street,

Cranbrook, TN17 3HF. Please note, letters may be

published in a shortened form at the discretion

of the editor.

A Need for Stillness

In reply to Emma Wood’s letter in the Spring edition, filling

a church with a bouncy castle and climbing frame, allowing

children to kick a football around in the chancel and ride

scooters down the aisles, as we had in St Dunstan’s some years

ago, would only offer yet another children’s play space. The

real need is for children and young people to realise that there

is a ‘special place’ in our hectic world, in which more intangible

needs - for quiet, for stillness, for beauty, for other-worldliness

- can be met.

I am reminded very forcibly of the Cranbrook school boy,

whose mother was dying of cancer, who was found sitting

quietly in a pew. He insisted that when he needed the renewal

of his strength to cope, he could disappear into the pews, in

order to feel them enclosing him in a comforting security,

which the exposure of chairs could never offer in his state of

raw and vulnerable grieving.

Cllr. Linda Hall, Colliers Green

How much




Development Plan Public

Engagement Events:

St.George's Institute, Sissinghurst

• Thursday 28 June, 2pm-9pm

• Friday 29 June, 11am-2pm

Vestry Hall, Cranbrook

• Friday 29 June, 3pm-9pm

• Saturday 30 June, 9am-3pm

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Where should development go?

Is Cranbrook

'dying on its feet'?


your say

The future of

Cranbrook and

Sissinghurst is in

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and views from

Cranbrook and Sissinghurst


TORIES retain rural seat

– Alliance party second


Benenden and Cranbrook for the

Tories in the Tunbridge Wells

Borough Council elections in May

with 854 votes. John Smith of

Tunbridge Wells Alliance took 542

votes, with Anne Musker (Labour)

on 175, and Saul Clackson

(Liberal Democrats) 136.




needed to show the Cranbrook

windmill to the world.

People of all ages, backgrounds

and interests are being

encouraged to step forward.

Training and support will be

given and volunteers could find

themselves doing anything from

meeting and greeting visitors to

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For further information just

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The Sissinghurst Litter Pick

THE SISSINGHURST village litter pick

turned out to be the best we have had

for a number of years, with over 30

residents setting off from The Milk

House to collect items discarded by

inconsiderate people making our

village and surrounding areas look

untidy and unloved. Litter pickers went

a little further afield on the main roads

where there is more litter. In just two

hours 46 bags of rubbish were collected

plus car and other debris including; a

Helen Grant election poster from 2015,

a suit carry case, 11 hub caps, two pint

glasses, a sun lounger, 36 Guinness

cans and a gazebo, but no cuddly toy!

Disappointingly, there was a fresh

deposit of a drinks can less that 30mins

after Rebecca Smith and Duncan Crane

had cleared Chapel Lane.

We now do two picks each year, one

in February/March and one in October/

November, supported by the parish

council that provides the equipment

and bags, and arrange disposal of the


Our sincere thanks to all those who

turned out to help keep Sissinghurst

tidy, and to The Milk House for its

hospitality. Cllr. John Smith and Cllr.

Andy Fairweather


CRANBROOK IN Bloom members are over the moon at being invited to take part in

Britain in Bloom this year.

Chairman Linda Page said: “We are so excited! The last time we took part in 2014 we

won a silver gilt. It is a great opportunity to make the town look even better this year and

we hope we will get even greater community support.”

The invitation came at a seminar when 76 entrants were invited to compete. Seven

small towns, including Cranbrook, will be fighting it out for a gold.

Don’t forget this year’s garden safari which will take place on Sunday 17 June. Many

gardens will be open as far apart as the town centre and Wilsley Pound during the

afternoon, with several garden owners serving teas.

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Land Trust Celebrates First Year

With its AGM on the 15 May, the parish’s home-grown land trust celebrated

its first year of action, writes Mark Wade

Join Today

Add your Voice

Make a Difference


THE CRANE Valley Land Trust exists

to promote and deliver high quality,

sustainable and truly affordable housing

for residents and workers in Cranbrook

and Sissinghurst, while opposing poorly

designed, mass housing, dormitory estates

that threaten our landscape.

As a not-for-profit, community benefit

society run by volunteers, our mission is to

deliver housing solutions that integrate the

community, grow our economy, enhance our

environment and revitalise land use.

Working with the parish council and the

neighbourhood plan process, our approach is

based on the emerging ideas of:

> dispersed farmstead development (see

Neighbourhood Plan update, pages 20-21)

> brownfield urban and rural regeneration

> model village creation.

Developments will comprise a mixed

portfolio of ‘tenure blind’ affordable and full

market value homes, small business units

and land-related enterprises.

We stand for high quality construction and

design that embodies sustainability, energy

efficiency to Passivhaus standards, and is

sensitive to town and landscape settings.


The trust functions as a business, with all

profits returned to the community, and

we are actively engaged with landowners

who share our vision to secure option

agreements, conduct full site viability

assessments and obtain planning


We will form joint venture partnership

agreements to buy land, prepare sites and

build homes, and will realise value by selling

or renting new homes at affordable prices,

retaining the profit for

the next community

project, and the freehold

in perpetuity for the


At the AGM, members

heard that the trust

is highly engaged in

conversations with

Help shape the delivery

of truly affordable

housing in Cranbrook

& Sissinghurst

Join us at

Please get in touch if you are a resident,

landowner or investor interested in supporting

this Crane Valley community initiative


/cranevalleylandtrust @CVLTinfo

parish councillors, borough councillors,

planners, landowners and developers to

promote these ideas.

Our profile and credibility has been

recognised by TWBC in granting us £30,000

to be used to secure option agreements with

local landowners for the purchase of sites to

deliver affordable homes.

For more information on the trust and

how to become a member, visit






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CHILDREN FROM Dulwich Prep Cranbrook are celebrating a bumper

crop of scholarship awards this year to leading senior schools. Top

of the league comes the drama department with an incredible 12

Drama and Top Performing Arts Scholarships. The range of talent was

showcased in the recent senior production of ‘Daisy Pulls it Off’.

The story of jolly hockey sticks and dormitory japes was brought

to life by cast and crew, bringing the house down. The Senior Play is

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is a wonderful way to build confidence by feeling the buzz and hearing

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THE CRANBROOK Tourism Group comprises

representatives from our principal local attractions;

the Union Windmill, Cranbrook Museum, St.

Dunstan’s Church, and Cranbrook in Bloom. The

chairman is the borough councillor for Cranbrook and

Benenden, Cllr. Tom Dawlings, and he is supported by

a representative of the parish council.

The group was formed in 2015 following the demise

of the Cranbrook Weald Tourism and Economic

Forum. The founder members wanted to ensure

that the parish continued to have a representative

body to assist with promotion of Cranbrook and its

attractions. It has since assumed responsibility of

some tourism related duties previously undertaken

by the parish council’s Economic and Community

Development Committee. Cllr. Graham Holmes

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round-up of news from

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DID YOU know that Cranbook

has a creative writing group?

And that it’s free to join and

open to anyone who has an

interest in writing?

The group was set up three

years ago by local resident

Christine Newman who is

the librarian at Cranbrook

School and instigator of the

Cranbrook Literature Festival.

“I’d just completed a MA

in Creative Writing at the

University of Kent,” says

Christine, “and was very

much missing the tutorial

sessions in which we would

read and discuss each other’s

work. It occurred to me that

there were probably people in

and around Cranbrook who

enjoyed writing and might

benefit from sharing ideas and

work – and there is!”

The group meets once a

month at the George Hotel

in the Montgomery Room

from 7.30pm onwards and is

open to anyone who enjoys

writing - poetry, prose, short

stories, diaries, really anything

at all. Generally a task is set

from one month to the next

of writing 500 words on a

particular subject which is

shared at the next meeting.

The group also offers feedback

on any members’ longer

pieces they may be writing.

“Apparently we all have a

novel in us”, says Christine,

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INSPIRED BY the seasonal

array of televised sport,

fair-weather sportsmen

and women take up

their summer pursuits.

Meanwhile, some of us try to

convince ourselves that our

fitness level isn’t too bad.

With strawberries and cream

in hand we think, “I really

must dig out that old tennis

racket this year.”

There’s one thing that

separates the professional

athletes competing this

summer from those of us

who like to think we have

some sporting ability:

mindset. They’ve set their

mind on their goal and live

to achieve it.

In a recent series of

talks we’ve considered the

importance of thinking

about what we think about.

We don’t like to admit it,

but we’re too easily swayed

by others. Subconsciously

we adopt the thinking of

those we rub shoulders

“but mine seems to be

taking rather a long time to

come out! The group really

helps us to develop our

individual writing styles and

is wonderfully sociable too,

please join us!”

More details about the

group can be found at www.


What were we thinking?!

with, whether good or bad.

That can be toxic. Here’s the

catch; we become what we


The Bible urges us to

be intentional with our

thoughts; “Whatever is true,

whatever is noble, whatever

is right, whatever is pure,

whatever is lovely, whatever

is admirable - if anything is

excellent or praiseworthy -

think about such things.”

So, what are you thinking

about? It’s too important to

just follow the crowd. Chris


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club news

Hit em for Six at Sissinghurst

THE NEW cricket season is underway and Sissinghurst Cricket

Club is continuing to run coaching sessions for all junior boys

and girls on Sunday mornings at the club ground, with evening

fixtures for all age levels taking place throughout the summer.

The club has unveiled a new electronic scoreboard kindly

sponsored by J.M. Finn and Company. In addition, new

smart playing kit is again sponsored by Truplan. With the

refurbishment of the away changing room now complete, the

club will soon be looking at new projects in order to continue

improving its facilities.

Club night runs on Wednesday evenings where all are

welcome and practice takes place on the square including

the use of a bowling machine, which is very beneficial as well

as providing very lots of sporting enjoyment. New players or

members are very welcome and details of all the information

concerning the club can be found at www.sissinghurst.playcricket.com

Jonathan Gurr



EIGHT YEARS ago, Canon Doug Redman had an idea to

set up a special group of people to make sure the Trinity

Church in Sissinghurst would be maintained.

The group, under the name of the Friends of Sissinghurst

Church, has to be applauded for contributing funds for the

many works carried out on the Victorian building.

Unfortunately, Canon Redman, who was a much-loved

and respected villager, died and as chairman I can say

he was a very hard act to follow. But it is good to see the

church looking so lovely, thanks to members’ and villagers’


Among the many schemes carried out in recent years,

the Friends have contributed money to such works as the

painting of the interior, a digital projector, the muchadmired

parish room improvements, new oak cupboards

and roof repairs. The committee is now looking to put

money aside this year for a new kitchenette in the newlyextended

parish room.

With the current house-building in the village, we are

hoping that more people will sign up as members and

indeed come and join our committee.

Please remember to visit our book stall at the village fête

on Bank Holiday Monday August 27. It has always been

very popular and makes a large annual contribution to our

funds. Trisha Fermor, Friends’ chairman.

Should you wish to join please contact our treasurer and

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ABOVE FROM LEFT: Jeremy Vine, BBC presenter, journalist and author; Ann

Morgan, author and journalist; Natasha Farrant, children’s author; Alison

Weir, historian and novelist

THE PROGRAMME for the September Cranbrook Literature

Festival is really taking shape now with Jeremy Vine, Alison

Weir and Davina McCall all making an appearance, along with a

multitude of children’s writers booked for both days.

Events include writing workshops, lectures, poetry

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busking, plus a pop-up bookshop for the duration of the festival

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NDP update

What do

you think?

The neighbourhood plan is shaping up. Here

Cllr. Nancy Warne highlights some of the

emerging policies and invites you to one of

the process’ most important public events


“WHERE PEOPLE Come First” – It’s

Your Neighbourhood Plan. This

motto for our Neighbourhood

Development Plan (NDP) came from

resident Dr Peter Tullett, and we

agree that putting people first is at

the heart of what we are doing.

The Neighbourhood Plan is

all about giving residents the

opportunity to shape their own

future communities through writing

planning policies and having a

say in where development goes.

Everyone gets to vote on the final

plan in a referendum next year, and

once adopted, Neighbourhood Plan

policies will help determine the

future of all planning applications in

the parish.

For 15 months many residents have

been involved in helping create a

vision for the future of our parish

through a series of meetings,

workshops and public engagement

events. These have been attended

by hundreds of people and huge

amount of information has

been gathered. Last summer the

volunteers of the NDP Steering

Group (which is made up of parish

councillors and residents) set up

task groups to involve even more of

the community to begin to sort out

all this material.


The group has started to write

policies for the plan

covering Landscape,

Heritage, Community

and Culture, Access

and Movement, Housing

and Design, Business and

Employment, and Land Use

and Social Infrastructure. At

the November exhibition you

left many comments on these

emerging policies and they have

now been incorporated.



You told us that the

considerations of landscape and

heritage protection were top

of your list, closely followed by

culture and community, with the

beauty and richness of both our

built heritage and our landscape

being what you care about most.

It will come as no surprise that so

far there are 25 policies in each of

these chapters!



To create vibrant town and

village centres you’ve asked us to

follow the patterns of the historic

landscape and built heritage.

Large rambling dormitory housing

estates are a relatively modern

invention; they are not good for

our health as they encourage

ABOVE: Anstley Hall

Barns in Cambridgeshire,

an example of a

farmstead redevelopment

INSET: Landscape


RIGHT Arial view of


overdependence on cars, and

don’t necessarily create a sense of

community and neighbourliness.

A healthier alternative could

be a mix of high density mixed

housing and business spaces near

the settlements centres, together

with a collection of small-scale

developments based on the historic

pattern of dispersed farmsteads.

These could be connected to the

centres by a network of safe and

accessible footpaths, bridle- and

cycle-ways, and, of course, improved

public transport.


Some residents are worried about

Cranbrook “dying on its feet”. To

breath life back into the centre we

need to create a space where life can

happen and where people want to

be. But that space may already be

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there, we just need to use it

differently and more flexibly.

Perhaps Cranbrook could have

a new town square which acts

as a focus around which there

could be a community centre,

restaurants and cafes or a

cinema, as well as housing and

businesses. In Sissinghurst a

new village hall could open

out on to the Jubilee Field and

create more opportunities for

the village to come together.

There are many other spaces,

including churches, schools

and vacant shops, which could

become venues for a whole

range attractions, encouraging

people to come into the centre

to enjoy themselves and their




Our Enterprise Questionnaire

identified the need for 300

genuinely affordable homes for

those who currently work in

the parish. Over 70% of people

who work in the parish do not

LEFT: Postcards in


live here.

There are insufficient smaller

homes for older people

wanting to downsize, yet

interviews with local estate

agents confirm that demand

outstrips supply for familysized



An assessment of 19 sites

across the parish was

undertaken by Jesse Honey, an

independent assessor funded

by central government. He

reported a maximum capacity

of 420 dwellings on those sites.

However, TWBC are also

developing their new Local

Plan and think our parish may

be able to take a much larger

share of housing than this

figure indicates (up to c.800).

It’s at this point I am reminded

of the quote “Houston, we have

a problem”. We have managed

an agreement with the TWBC

Planning Policy department to

work collaboratively to decide

the site allocations.

Can’t afford to live in the parish?

NO to executive estates

NO to greedy developers

NO to disregard for our landscape

YES to lifetime affordability

YES to great design

YES to profits for the community

Tell us what

you think

We now need you to tell us what you think

– two exhibitions have been organised so

please come and share your views:

St. George’s Institute, Sissinghurst

• Thursday 28 June, 2pm-9pm

• Friday 29 June, 11am -2pm

Vestry Hall, Cranbrook

• Friday 29 June, 3pm-9pm

• Saturday 30 June, 9am-3pm

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Still so Much

More to do!

Trisha Fermor talks to ski instructor turned serial

entrepreneur and TV personality, Raj Bisram

ASKING RAJ Bisram what

he has done in his life made

me think it might have been

better, and shorter, to ask what

he hasn’t done.

The first Indian ski instructor

in Austria is the role of which

he is proudest. His busy life

has notched up an eclectic mix

of jobs which included a spell

in the army as a PE instructor,

running a book store with his

wife, Sue, playing host at his

former restaurant, Woody’s

in Stone Street, opening an

antiques shop and appearing

on TV. Not only does he make

regular appearances on Bargain

Hunt, Flog It and Antiques

Road Trip but he has also been

seen on Eggheads (his team

lost!) and Countdown.

Several years ago, Raj, now

62, and his family were flown

out to Elmau, Austria, by

holiday company Thomson on

an all-expenses paid trip to

mark 25 years since he worked

for them as a ski instructor and

rep at the pretty resort.

Born in London of Indian

parents, Raj, who also finds

time to run the highlysuccessful

Bentley’s Fine Art

Auctioneers in Cranbrook,

was educated at Highgate

School before joining the Royal

Electrical and Mechanical


“After leaving the army

I wanted to become a

professional skier and had

ambitions to be an Olympian.

Because of all the politics in

skiing I had to abandon it.”

However, skiing was always

his first love and it was in

Elmau, while working for

Thomson, that he met his wifeto-be,

Sue, who hailed from


“In Elmau I said I wanted

to become a ski instructor

and was told I had to learn

Austrian. I was the only British

person out of 50 instructors

and some people had never

seen a brown face before,” he

said. His expertise on skis even

led him to represent India in a

downhill race in Elmau.

After his marriage, the two

made their home in Cranbrook

where they brought up their

two daughters Aruna,27, and

Jade, 32.

“I had always had a love of

antiques and I even include

it in my list of hobbies,” said

Raj, who also loves cooking,

“it is a passion”, travelling and


“I feel very, very loyal to the

people of Cranbrook. I have

always loved Cranbrook since I

first moved here.”

Proclaiming: “I am British

through and through and I am

always looking for something

new. I love running my

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A New Face at Sissinghurst Castle

Trisha Fermor talks to Philip Barnes, the new manager of Sissinghurst Castle Garden


TAKING ON responsibility for one of the most

famous National Trust properties in Britain has

been described by Philip Barnes as “a huge honour

and privilege”.

The 47-year-old took over as manager of

Sissinghurst Castle Garden just days before the

extensive restoration of the towers was completed

in March.

A Kent man – he once lived in East Peckham

but now has a home near Wadhurst – his CV reads

like a wish-list of must-see gardens. Among the

National Trust treasures where he has worked are

Stourhead, Kingston Lacey and Standen.

On arrival at Sissinghurst, complete with his

collie x Labrador Chet who enjoys walks around the extensive

estate, Mr Barnes has thrown himself physically into every

department at the castle to familiarise himself with what goes

on. Among his tasks was going out with the rangers putting up

fences and seeing how the café and shop work.

He praised the staff and volunteers adding: “I have been very

Philip Barnes the new manager at

Sissighurst Castle with Chet

impressed by the teams here and the volunteers.

People have been amazing.”

With a degree in art history, Mr Barnes said:

“Gardens are very much my passion and I have

been coming here from a very early age.”

As well as Sissinghurst, whose gardens were

created by Vita Sackville-West and Harold

Nicolson, Mr Barnes is responsible for the day-today

running of Smallhythe Place near Tenterden,

Stoneacre near Maidstone, and Lamb House in Rye,

which has recently undergone restoration work.

“My role is as custodian for all of these

wonderful places and to ensure Sissinghurst

remains an internationally admired garden. I am

very conscious of all the work done by previous garden teams

and Troy Scott Smith, our current head gardener, is taking it back

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Cranbrook School

Celebrates 500 Years

Local historian Peter Allen shares the history

of one of the oldest schools in England

THE FOUNDER of Cranbrook

School was John Blubery,

Yeoman of Henry VIII’s Royal

Armoury at Greenwich, who

lived locally and worshipped at

St. Dunstan’s Church. His will

bequeathed “the chief mansion

place of my land” to his widow

during her lifetime and then

to the grandson he was hoping

for. However, if no boy was

born, the “ansion place” and

other lands should “founde

a frescole howse for all the

pouer children of the towne of

Cranbroke”. No boy was born,

and Blubery’s conscientious

executors, leading figures in

the parish, ensured that his

will was fully carried out in


We know little about the

new grammar school’s earliest

years. But much is known

about the 1573 visit of Queen

Elizabeth I to the important

cloth manufacturing and

exporting town of Cranbrook.








This visit gave the townsmen

the chance to obtain a royal

Charter for the school, setting

out the way its governors

were to manage it and naming

it “the Free and Perpetual

Grammar School of Queen

Elizabeth in Cranbrook” - a

name which it retained until

the late 19th century. The

“grammar,” which it taught

free to local boys, was mainly

Latin grammar, essential for

the education of priests and

for admission to universities.

Blubery’s “mansion place”,

housing the small new school,

was on the site of today’s

School House in Waterloo

Road. It was demolished in

the 1720s and replaced by

the fine Georgian building

we see today: big enough

then to contain schoolroom,

accommodation for

schoolmaster and family and

some boarding pupils whose

fees added to the master’s


However, in Cranbrook as

elsewhere, the syllabus was

slow to broaden and of little

use or enjoyment to most

boys: by the 1820s hardly any

Cranbrook parents chose to

send their sons to the school.

Revival came in the mid-

Victorian period - a time of

access by railways and of

new educational ideas. In

succession, two enlightened

clerical headmasters cared for

their pupils and for broader

education. They greatly

expanded the little school,

especially the number of

boarders. After 1870 the many

new buildings included the

impressive “Big School” and

School Lodge, beside and

opposite School House, that

we see today.

By the 1960s, the school had

about 280 boys, slightly more

than half of them boarders.

Headmaster John Kendall-

Carpenter then persuaded

Kent County Council and

school governors in favour of

a co-educational school, with

13+ entry and many more

buildings. Highly successful it

has been, but in recent years

the number of town children,

for whom Blubery so cared in

1518, has shrunk. This caused

the governors to reduce entry

age to 11+ from 2017 onwards,

with good hopes of reversing

the shrinkage.

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Two Flocks for the Rev Ann

“Everyone’s vicar” - Trisha Fermor visits the rectory


WHEN THE new vicar of

Cranbrook took over at St

Dunstan’s Church she was

looking forward to caring for

not one but two flocks - her

parishioners and her beloved


The inspirational and

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flock of chickens with her.

Tame and happy to be picked

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Ordained in 2002 at Exeter

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upbringing was “rooted and

grounded in the Church of

England. I have just grown up

in the church”. She describes

her services as “high church

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persons’ choir as well as

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Dr Michael Robertson in

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miles from Uckfield, where

she grew up, to Canterbury.

Another was 260 miles,

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involving 1,200 pilgrims in

memory of St Wilfrid who

brought Christianity to

Sussex and taught people to


“We did 15 to 20 miles a

day for a fortnight and slept

on hall floors. I thought I had

died and gone to heaven!”

She has fallen in love with

Cranbrook and said: “When

I walked down to the town

from the vicarage I became

quite emotional thinking this

is all mine. It is such a lovely


Rev Ann, who is also area

dean for eight benefices, is

quick to point out that she

is the carer of all souls in

the parish of Cranbrook and

not just attendants at the

“Cathedral in the Weald”

which she described as “the

Cranbrook people’s church”.

She added smiling: “I

am not the chaplain to

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Building Standards to save you Money

Cllr. Alison Bunyan explains the parish council’s commitment to energy efficient homes

WOULD YOU like your new

or refurbished home to cost

you 90% less to run than a

house just built to Building

Regulations standards?

The Parish Council and the

Neighbourhood Development

Plan (NDP) are working on a

list of ways to help you to do

just that, and to make sure that

the major housing developers

do the same. Below is a list of

our initial suggestions.

We plan to include these

standards in the NDP (see

pages 20-21), at which

point they would become

supplementary planning

requirements. Tunbridge

Wells Borough Council is

already sharing this guide

with applicants at the preapplication


• The ‘Fabric First’

Approach – get the

envelope(walls, windows,

doors, floors and roof) right

• Airtightness – seal all gaps

and avoid thermal bridging

where cold can enter via an

uninsulated area. Reduce the

number of air changes per

hour to below one air change

per hour. This also prevents

draughts which is a sign that

air can leave the building


• Insulation – use substantial

levels of insulation to

achieve the desirable

U-value (the measurement

of how much heat can leave

through a surface)

• Ventilation – if you have

airbricks, trickle vents and

open chimneys, you are

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The answer is mechanical

ventilation with heat

recovery. This takes the stale

and wet air from mainly

kitchens and bathrooms

and passes it through a

heat exchanger to warm

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• Orientation – as far as

possible have the largest

windows facing south (care

also needs to be taken to

make sure that there is no

problem with overheating

in summer) and the north

facing windows should be


• Triple glazing – for

minimal heat loss.


The points above are the basis

for ‘Passivhaus’ - a rigorous

standard for energy efficiency,

which results in ultra-low

energy buildings that require

little energy for space heating

or cooling. Obviously there is

a lot more to it, but if you can

build to or towards Passivhaus

standards you will be able

to forget about having a

central heating system, which

will mean a huge saving in

installation and running costs.

Oh, and yes, you can still open

the windows, despite all the

emphasis on air tightness!

Also on our the list, in no

particular order:

• Working chimneys with a

direct air supply balanced

flue woodburner – wood is

plentiful, cheap and CO2


• Solar panels and photo

voltaics – free electricity and

hot water is not to be sniffed

at, assuming your roof is


• Rainwater recycling

to minimise water


• Reduced sewage by the use

of highly efficient washing

machines, dishwashers and

particularly showers

• The use of local materials

to reduce delivery miles

and to help fit in with local

vernacular aesthetics

• Electric car charging points

• Composting areas

• Outdoor clothes airers

• Bat and bird boxes

We are very enthusiastic

to promote excellence in

building standards, but we do

also recognise that the cost

of building will be increased

by a small amount - but the

benefits and savings will very

quickly pay everything back

and continue to benefit bank

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Join us for

highlights from

an action packed

Summer term at

the Dulwich Prep

Open Morning


Dulwich Prep Cranbrook is

holding an open morning

on Saturday 23 June for

prospective families to have a look

round and try out some of the

activities on offer. Try your hand at

coding in the IT room, join in tying

knots, pitching a tent and lighting

a fire with Dulwich Outdoors Club,

get creative in the art and DT

workshops. Or join the audience

for our drama performances and

pop-up musical concerts.

Highlights of an action packed

Summer Term at Dulwich Prep

Cranbrook so far include:



› Nash House (Nursery and

Reception) have created jellyfish

paper lanterns, dyed fabrics,

and made fish out of willow

and tissue to form a gigantic

chandelier ‘under sea’ installation

– it has major wow factor!

› Little Stream projects range

from Pop Art style number

paintings using family birthdays

inspired by Jasper Johns in Year

2, and pen and ink self portraits

in the style of the ‘Green Man’ or

‘Mother Earth’ using collage in

Year 4.

› The Year 8 Leavers’ Project this

year is based around selfies and

an exploration of identity using

large canvases, photography

and embroidery, inspired by

Maurizio Azerio.


› Year 5 are busy rehearsing their

showcase performance for

parents and friends. Designed

to build confidence and help

every child feel the thrill of

applause, the whole year

group will be involved in this

exciting production.

› The child-led Year 8 Leavers’

Revue is devised and

produced by the children

later this term, and promises

to be a memorable evening.

The Drama Department are

celebrating an amazing 12

Drama and Performing Arts

Scholarships to leading senior



› Jazz Band on Tour: The

Dulwich Prep Jazz Band will

be performing at the Wealden

Times Summer Fair. The children

will be performing pieces

including Balderdash Blues,

a simple swing blues where

everyone takes a solo.

› The Summer Concert in May

gave opportunities for all our

children to express themselves

musically and build confidence

in a supportive environment.

From the kinder horn to the

ukulele, jazz band to rock band,

tribe music to chamber choir,

it’s very important that there is,

at the very least, something for



› Boys’ and Girls’ Cricket: Fresh

from their successful cricket tour

to the West Country in April,

both the boys and girls cricket

teams are hosting tournaments

at Dulwich this term, alongside

their regular fixtures. Girls’

Cricket is an exciting innovation

which has been embraced by

the children to sit alongside the

existing sports provision.

› Triathlon at Dulwich: Triathlon

is incredibly popular, with large

numbers of children practising

the three disciplines in Tri Club

every week in preparation

for the IAPS National Schools’

Triathlon, which the school is

hosting for the third year in a

row this June.

› Inspire Alternative Sports

Programme: For those that don’t

wish to participate in matches

on Wednesdays, the school

has introduced an exciting

alternative programme of

outdoor activities for children in

Years 7 and 8. Last term included

climbing, assault courses

at a local outward bounds

centre, and mountain biking at

Bedgebury Forest and around

Bewl Water. This term it is all

things water based including

sailing, kayaking and raftbuilding

at Bewl Water.


› All the children now learn a

programming language called

Python and children as young as

Year 1 are introduced to coding

within their Computing lessons.

Live feeds and connections aid

reflection on the lessons taught.

› The fantastically popular Coding

Club this term has seen children

create computer games and

code BBC Micro:bits.

› Media Club and especially

Dulwich TV is very popular.

Children use digital editing

software, report on news around

the school using their iPads, and

create content for our insider’s

guide to all things at school,

Dulwich TV.


Contact Georgie Labram,

Registrar, registrar@

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register for Open Morning

on Saturday 23 June and

for further details. www.


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In the



Open For Tea Cakes and Symphytum!

AS A CHILD I reckoned gardening

was a boring, adults-only pastime

but little did I know that I would

become so hooked I am now a


Quite how it happened I am

not sure but when we moved to a

beautiful old Wealden cottage with

about an acre of what could never

be described as garden I felt we were

duty bound to make one.

Lawns were encouraged

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greenhouse (never big enough) was

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Wealden clay with no thought for the

resulting hours of kneeling, weeding,

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Then the inevitable happened:

friends persuaded us to approach

the National Gardens Scheme (NGS).

By asking people to throw open

their gates to the public, the charity

has raised gazillions for a wide

range of UK charities. Unknown to

us we would be joining the likes of

super-cook Mary Berry, the charity’s

president, who has welcomed visitors

to her sumptuous garden for years.

I am sure the first time she opened

she did not fall into the trap, as we

did, of underestimating the number

of visitors, 359, having baked only

three cakes!

In Kent this year a record 156

gardens are opening, some for just

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Gardens range from pocket

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alms-houses and even Canterbury

Cathedral’s gardens. The total

raised last year was an amazing

£3million which was split between

nine charities including Macmillan

Cancer Support, Hospice UK, and

Parkinson’s UK.

Many of the gardens in our area

have already opened this year but

the gates to Goddards Green, Angley

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open on Sunday 8 July from 12.30pm

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Penny Royal

Let’s Cook!

Crêpes filled with

Mushroom, Ham

and Camembert

I have always had a soft

spot for Normandy, parts

of which are so like the

Weald with orchards,

rolling countryside

and woods. A kindly

chef once gave me this

delicious recipe while

eating in a wonderful



Serves 4

For the crêpes:

125g plain flour

55g buckwheat flour

2 eggs

8fl oz milk

4fl oz water

2tbsp vegetable oil

For the filling:

3oz unsalted butter

7oz brown mushrooms,

thinly sliced

4 slices of the best quality

ham, cut into small pieces

250g Camembert, rind


2tbsp crème fraiche

Salt and black pepper


1 Put flour into a mixing

bowl, make a well in the

middle, add the eggs

and a little milk. Whisk

the flour/eggs while


gradually adding the rest

of the milk, water and oil.

Let the mix stand for at

least an hour. If longer,

cover and refrigerate.

2 For the filling, melt half

the butter in a frying pan.

Add the mushrooms and

a little salt and cook for

about five mins until all

the moisture is lost.

3 In a saucepan melt

the remaining butter

on a low heat. Whisk in

the flour and cook for

30 secs without letting

it colour. Add milk and

whisk constantly. Bring to

the boil, reduce heat and

simmer for 10 mins. Add

the cheese and stir until


4 Add mushrooms, ham

and crème fraiche. Taste

and add seasoning as


5 Make the pancakes by

pouring enough batter

to thinly cover the whole

of the bottom of the pan.

Cook until lightly golden

on both sides and stack.

6 Spread the filling on

each pancake and fold

into a triangle. Allow two

crepes per person.

Bon Appetite! Emma


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A Business Revival

In Cranbrook

The Cranbrook Business Association’s Hazel Broadley

responds to fears Cranbrook is “dying on its feet”

IT WAS interesting to read

comments from local business

owners in last edition’s article,

Is Cranbrook “Dying on its

Feet?”. As a committee, we

found it really useful hearing

from those who have been

directly affected by fluctuating

footfall in the town, and

although we have already been

out and about chatting to local

shop owners, we hope to meet

many more of you over the

coming months.

We will be expanding our

efforts in 2018 to help local

businesses help each other. The

aims of the Cranbrook Business

Association (CBA) are to:

provide a central hub for local

businesses to share knowledge

and skills; provide formal and

informal business-related

training/advice; support and

promote local events.


There are a still a number of

shops for sale in Cranbrook

and we need to seize this

opportunity to welcome new

ideas and increase our offering

as a town. That said, new

businesses are moving into

the town all the time, which

provides an impetus for growth

and renewal. In the past five

years, Cranbrook has welcomed

a range of independent traders

including a fancy dress shop,

men’s clothing shop, coffee

shop, beauty salon, gift shop,

independent microbrewery,

restaurant, educational games

shop, cyber security company,

two new estate agents and

a law firm, among others.

The redevelopment of the

Cranbrook Pudding Club as

a business networking event

has attracted between 25-40

individuals to Cranbrook each


The CBA is committed to

supporting more businesses,

and if you have some news or

are planning a special event

or promotion, why not get the

ball rolling and let us know

what your business is up to?



One of the challenges the

former CBA faced was a

distinct “retailer vs officebased

business” divide. The

aim of the CBA is to bridge

the gap so that all businesses

– including shops, offices,

remote businesses and online

traders - can benefit equally

from membership. And we

are working to compile a

programme of diverse training



sessions and events.

Our training programme

kicked off with an insightful

session on how to prepare for

the forthcoming GDPR, and we

will also be focussing on topics

such as social media and cyber


We are attracting new

members each week, with 20

businesses signed up so far.

We’re excited to see what more

we can achieve this year, but

we can’t do it alone. Therefore,

we’re calling on local business

owners who have ideas or

suggestions to join forces

for the good of the town.

Businesses – we need you!

Please email

info@cranbrookbusinessassociation.co.uk or

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MELVIN DAVIES, who survived an horrific motor bike crash four years ago, has

opened his bathroom and tile shop in Cranbrook.

The 63-year-old, who is running the Carriers Road business with daughter,

Abby, 25, welcomed his first customers on 12 May.

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Buss Murton’s Julie Taylor sheds some

light on cohabitation agreements

My partner and I have been

living together for 15 years. We

are not married but I understand I

have rights as we are in a common

law marriage. What are they?

AIn England and Wales there is

no such thing as a ‘common

law marriage’. Whether you have

been living together for one year,

10 years or even 50 years, if you are

not married, you have no automatic

legal right over your partner’s




More and more of us are choosing

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married. A cohabitation agreement

is a written agreement which

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work from a financial perspective

and what should happen if the

relationship breaks down. While

unromantic and something couples

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will protect both of you by setting

out how savings are to be dealt

with, how the bills are shared,

how the mortgage is shared, who

owns the property or other assets,

and how these will be dealt with

if you separate. The purpose is to

protect your financial assets for

the future in a legal document so

there is a degree of certainty for the


If you are already living with

someone, you can still draw up a

cohabitation agreement and you

should take legal advice.

Here are two examples

of situations cohabitation

agreements could help with:

1. I have been living with my

partner, Anne, for seven years.

I pay the bills and Anne pays

the mortgage, which is in her

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house, I gave Anne a small

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and views from Cranbrook

& Sissinghurst Parish Council

Parish Council Finances

Highlights from the report given at the Annual Parish Meeting

THE ANNUAL Parish Meeting was held in Sissinghurst in April

and was attended by over 40 Cranbrook and Sissinghurst

residents. The guest speaker was Cllr. Julia Soyke who spoke on

the role of Mayor and her chosen charity DAVSS – a West Kent

Charity supporting men and women experiencing domestic

abuse. Chairman Bridget Veitch and all other committee

chairmen gave their reports which can be seen on the parish

council website.

A detailed presentation was given on the financial position

for the 2017/18 financial year. The precept for 2017/18 was

£325,200 and payments out were £339,861, with £71,480

transferred to earmarked reserves for future projects including

£14,775 for the Cranbrook car parks.


Staffing costs including National Insurance and pensions

amounted to £99,728. Other significant items of expenditure

were as follows:

Insurances £9,635

General Administration £15,606

Neighbourhood Plan £25,560

Street Lighting £10,602

Vestry Hall – Rates & Utilities £8,538

Vestry Hall – Repairs, Maintenance & Cleaning £7,707

Vestry Hall – Redecoration £5,250

Vestry Hall – Cottage Repairs & Maintenance £3,564

General Maintenance of Cemeteries & Churchyard


and War Memorials (excluding grass cutting)

Contracts for upkeep of Recreation Grounds, £27,852

Cemeteries & Allotments

Burial Grounds Business Rates £1,854

St Dunstan’s Churchyard – tree work £16,420

Sissinghurst Cemetery – tree work £6,470

Golford Cemetery – paths relayed £2,800

Golford Cemetery Chapel – new heating £1,567

Recreation Grounds – Repairs and Maintenance £1,736

Play Equipment £10,751

Crane Valley Nature Reserve £3,738

Car Parks – general £35,228

Tanyard Car Park – tree work £1,615

Amenity Refuse Vehicle £1,245

Defibrillators £379

New Telephone System £1,174

Grants to Voluntary Organisations £8,145

The above and all our other payments were funded by the

precept, various grants and monies earmarked in previous years,

plus the following income:

Bank Interest £1,208

Neighbourhood Plan – Grant £9,000

Vestry Hall Hire £21,825

Burial Fees £13,505

Play Equipment – Grants £6,933

From Tomlin Murton Playing Field Trust £5,000

Rents received £1,792

At the end of the year there was £360,325 held as a reserve

earmarked for future specified expenditure (including £113,275

for the car parks). There is also a general cash flow fund of


The parish council accounts are examined twice a year by

an auditor from KCC and then sent as part of an annual return

to the accountants, appointed by the Audit Commission, for

approval. Cllr. Brian Swann

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telephone boxes are now

owned by the parish

council. But what to do

with them?! We seek

ideas how we might make

them useful or attractive

in the community. Any

ideas would be much

appreciated and should

please be passed onto the

parish council clerk Lori



ROBIN BECK, the new member of Cranbrook

and Sissinghurst Parish Council, said after

his election he felt it was up to him to

“bring something to the party”.

Co-opted in March, Cllr.

Beck, 57, explained his

decision to stand: “I don’t

go on to committees to do


“A group of friends and I

sat down and moaned and

groaned about what was

going on locally so I thought

it was time I put my name down.

I stood before but Kim Fletcher was

re-elected which was the right thing and in

March when the vacancy came up I thought

I’d give it another go.”

The father of two grown-up children, Cllr.

Beck is in corporate restructuring and refinancing.

He has lived in the area since 1993

and been involved in many organisations.

They include being a governor of

Sissinghurst Primary School and

chairman of the village tennis

club. In his spare time he

plays golf and tennis and

also enjoys watching sports,

particularly rugby.

Cllr. Beck said he had

joined the council with no

pre-conceived ideas, adding:

“I can’t go in with all guns

blazing. I have no pre-conceived


One of his main themes is the need to have

more “hospitality places, restaurants and

pubs” in the town. Between 1900 and 1910, he

said, there were 30 pubs in Cranbrook. Trisha




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local legend


A Q&A with a wartime Spitfire mechanic, as told to Trisha Fermor


Ashford in Middlesex, 95 years ago!


Ashford County School, which was the

equivalent to a grammar. What was I good

at? Annoying the teachers!


My first and only job was with a very

eminent firm of commercial property

agents, Hillier Parker May and Rowden in

the West End. I went up to London on a

Saturday morning, not thinking I would

get the job, and got a letter asking me to

start on the Monday. I was with them from

1938 until 1982. During my time with the

firm I became a member of the Institute

of Chartered Surveyors and was given the

Freedom of the City of London.



I volunteered for the RAF and I worked

on all sorts of planes including Spitfires,

Hurricanes and Mosquitos. I saw service

in Bombay and Calcutta and was also sent

to Dum Dum. We had a camp in the jungle

and slept on charpoys. I was invalided

out with dysentery and was sent home

but when I was better I was posted to

Tangmere working on Typhoons. I then

went to Germany as part of the occupation

force and worked as part of a mobile

repair outfit. After the war, I re-joined the

London firm where I stayed until I retired.


My wife, Pearl, and I had been living in

Surrey but did not want to be in busy

places so we moved to Sissinghurst. We

were married for 65 years

and we had two

children, Judith and

David. She was a

wonderful wife and

mother, and I miss

her very much. She

died four years ago.



I like writing and

drawing. I have self-published a few books.


Oh definitely cats. We had three at one

time but I don’t think I could have one

now. I had to give up driving because of my

eyes so morally I should not take on a cat,

but if one came through the door I would

probably give in.


I think the most deadly was on the troop

ships. We had the Japanese overhead but

they did not bother with us but bombed

the docks in Calcutta instead.




Surviving the war and

having a supportive wife.



I don’t watch much TV but I do like

Countryfile and good plays.


Date and walnut, I don’t like heavy fruit



I repair things.


The Daily Telegraph but there is so much

rubbish in the way of advertising leaflets

on a Saturday I have switched to the Daily



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