Goudhurst, Kent. A Wealden hill village


It would be nice to think we could remain a beacon of light (and isolation) where issues are resolved by us alone and with less to fear from outside than the omens might suggest.

Though this parish news is about “our” parish, we are not an island uncoupled from the world nor our neighbours.  Perhaps we could try to ignore our troubled world if we do not like what is happening, even when it may affect us. But then we cannot complain, when we take our head from the sand, that all was not advertised or “no one told me”.  Beware the Ides of March.

But here we try to make the best of what we can make best. In our parishes, villages, organisations, U3A, Village Hall & Social Club, NDP and Parish Council and Borough. All reported in these pages every month. We have been very fortunate with an excellent level of community connection, our NDP, our Dynamos kids’ football, St Mary’s youth and other activities, and even our parish open meetings. But there is much more that could be done.

If you like or dislike what is happening here in the parish or in our in monthly news item, do write in to our Clerk and it will be responded to. But why not join in, take part and help shape the future of our village by becoming a Parish Councillor; influencing directly what we do and indirectly the Borough and County? It can be very interesting. Our parish council activities are about much of what most immediately affects us directly, our roads, schools & shops and indirectly planning. If you are interested in what affects this parish or want to really get to know the village and community where you live, this is an excellent way to do so. It is not without a commitment; much work is done, and training is available to help do it well BUT it is without doubt rewarding. Next parish election will be on Thursday May 1st, candidate applications will need to be in by early April, just a few weeks away. So, if you are interested or would like to learn more, do contact our Clerk Antony Farnfield or Chairman Antony Harris over the next month.

Your Parish Councillors  David Boniface, Angela Broom, Chris Ditton, Alan Foster, Antony Harris (Chairman), Phil Kirkby, Susan Newsam, Barry Noakes, Caroline Richards, Guy Sutton, and Stephen Wickham.