All posts by Claire Reed

Bedgebury to reopen

The team at Bedgebury are making preparations to re-open in line with government guidance around coronavirus. Bedgebury will open at 10am on Friday (22nd May) in several phases to help manage initial visitor numbers.

Over the public holiday weekend many facilities will remain closed with only the car park, toilets and trails open. From Tuesday 26th May facilities such as the café and cycle hire will begin to open in line with government guidance.

The management are being clear that people visiting Bedgebury have the responsibility to follow the new guidance on “staying safe outside your home” and they will share messages to encourage responsible parking. The Bedgebury website will be kept up to date with advice for visitors and what to expect during a visit –

TWBC Launches new website to combat isolation and LONELINESS

Tunbridge Wells Social has been created to establish an online sense of community across our borough and to help combat the social isolation and loneliness we can all feel sometimes. Tunbridge Wells Social offers something for everyone – entertainment for all ages, tips and workshops for healthy living and helpful information on where you can go to get more support if you are feeling anxious or lonely. Plus Tunbridge Wells Talking, our weekly podcast, provides a light-hearted round up of local news, views and music, with contributions welcomed from the Tunbridge Wells community. Please join us.

Visit the Tunbridge Wells Social Website

Garden waste collections to resume

We have been informed by TWBC that, following the temporary suspension of the garden waste service due to the impact of coronavirus on staff numbers, collections will resume from Monday 18 May.

Please put your garden waste bin out for collection before 7am on your scheduled collection day, as you did before the service was suspended.

Although you may have been gardening more in recent weeks, please do not leave extra garden waste on top of, or around your bin, as it will not be collected. Please store any extra garden waste and add it to future garden waste collections.

Garden waste subscriptions will automatically be extended to cover the period during which we have been unable to provide the garden waste service.

Parish Magazine – May 2020

In current circumstances it isn’t possible for the Parish News to be printed and distributed in the normal way. The wonders of technology however mean that is available online from the Church website. It contains all the usual news, information and articles.

Please pass this on to any regular readers or anyone who would appreciate the opportunity to read it.


The Ridge COVID-19 Assessment Hub is an initiative of 16 GP practices, including the Old Parsonage Surgery, which has been set up in the past month at Headcorn Aerodrome.

It is a dedicated space where GPs can assess their patients with symptoms of coronavirus face to face. It does not offer testing, but the doctors and nurses there can assess people who might be becoming more unwell with COVID-19. They can then advise if their patients can stay safely at home, or whether they need to go to hospital.

The Chair of the Ridge Primary Care Network Patient Groups, Michelle Gardener, is co-ordinating a fundraising effort on behalf of the GPs working together at this centre. She says,

“We would like to request donations for further equipment related specifically to caring for COVID-19 patients, particularly resuscitation equipment. We hope that this never becomes necessary, but we would rather be prepared. Furthermore, the supplies of PPE nationally are extremely low. We are needing innovative solutions so that our health care workers are protected. Our funding goal is for £1,000. This will pay for the resuscitation and personal protective equipment (PPE), the teams feel is necessary at the centre, (hub).”

Donations can be made via Facebook:

Kilndown Quarry Pond

Goudhurst Parish Council is aware of the flooding problem at Kilndown Quarry Pond. We are working with contractors to solve the problem and are currently awaiting advice from drainage experts. In the meantime please take extra care if you are visiting the Quarry Pond for your daily exercise.