The Goudhurst Calendar – Events in Goudhurst

Regular events
Day of the weekWhatWhenWhere
Every MondayBeavers6-7pmGoudhurst Scout Hut  
Every Tuesday  Kilndown Quilting Group10am-12pmQuarry Centre
Every Tuesday  Community Lunch (free)11:30am-1pmSt Mary’s Church, Goudhurst
Every TuesdayScouts7-9pmGoudhurst Scout Hut  
Every Wednesday in term time  Blend at St Mary’s (school years 7-10; friends, snacks, table tennis, games, crafts)   Contact blend@gkchurch.org  4-6pmSt Mary’s Church, Goudhurst
Every Thursday  Cubs6-7:30pmGoudhurst Scout Hut
Every Friday  Explorers7-9pmGoudhurst Scout Hut
Every Friday in term time  Café Toddlers (pre-school children, parents, carers; toys, fun, coffee, cake, chat, company)   Contact kat.ogden@gkchurch.org  9am-11amSt Mary’s Church, Goudhurst
Every Saturday  Kilndown Saturday Shop9am-12pmQuarry Centre
Every Sunday  Sunday Clubs (for babies to 18-year-olds)   See www.gkchurch.org.uk for details   Goudhurst and Kilndown Churches
Every other SundayScramblers (for babies and pre-schoolers during the morning service)  10:45amSt Mary’s Church, Goudhurst
Every other Sunday  Climbers (for Reception to Year 2 children; fun, games, activities, prayer)  10:30amGoudhurst Primary School
Every other Sunday  Pathfinders (for Year 3 to 6 children; fun bible-based activities)  10:30amGoudhurst Primary School
Every other Sunday  Pioneers (for Year 7 to 9 children; faith-exploration, socialising, often with Explorers, see below)  10:30amGoudhurst Primary School
Every other Sunday  Explorers (for Year 10 and 11 children; deeper faith exploration)  10:30amGoudhurst Primary School
Every other Sunday  Ignite (for 16- to 18-year-olds; faith-based discussion, hot drinks)  10:30amThe Star & Eagle
May 2024
DateWhatWhenWhere
Thursday 2 MayKilndown Gardening Club (The Primula Auricula, its history and cultivation, including plants for sale)  7:30pmQuarry Centre
Tuesday 7 MayGoudhurst & Kilndown Local History Society (The Hop Bine, a talk on Kent hops)  7:30pmGoudhurst Club
Saturday 11 May  This is My Theatre performance of Persuasion  7pmSt Mary’s Church, Goudhurst  
Wednesday 15 Mayu3a: Neil Sadler – Come Fly With Me: An Odd Thing Happened Today at the Airport  2:30pmGoudhurst Village Hall
Saturday 18 May  Kilndown Gardening Club plant sale  9am-12pmQuarry Centre
Sunday 19 May  Antiques and Collectors Fair Goudhurst Village Hall
June 2024
DateWhatWhenWhere
Tuesday 4 JuneGoudhurst & Kilndown Local History Society (Walking the High Weald and historical buildings)   Goudhurst Club
Thursday 6 JuneGoudhurst D-Day 80    
Kilndown Gardening Club (Potions, Pests, Parasites, and Poisons, a talk by Dr Mick Lynn)  7:30pmQuarry Centre
Saturday 8 JuneGoudhurst Village Dog Show and Fete    
Wednesday 19 Juneu3a: A musical picnic with two folk groups playing during the afternoon  12:30pmKilndown Village Hall
Saturday 22 JuneKilndown Community Choir summer concert  7pmFinchcocks
24-30 JuneGoudhurst in Bloom judging    
Saturday 29 JuneJumble Sale   Goudhurst Village Hall
July 2024
Saturday 13 JulyGoudhurst Village Open Day (TBC)    
  • 25 May 2024  9:00 am Kilndown Saturday Shop, 3 hours, Quarry Centre,
  • 28 May 2024  10:00 am Kilndown Quilting Group, 2 hours, Quarry Centre,
  • 28 May 2024  11:30 am Community Lunch (free), 2 hours, St Mary’s Church, Goudhurst,
  • 29 May 2024  4:00 pm Blend at St Mary’s (in term time), 2 hours, St Mary’s Church, Goudhurst,

    Every Wednesday in term time.  7–10-year-olds; friends, snacks, table tennis, games, crafts. Contact blend@gkchurch.org

  • 31 May 2024  9:00 am Café Toddlers (in term time), 2 hours, St Mary’s Church, Goudhurst,

    Every Friday in term time

    Pre-school children, parents, carers; toys, fun, coffee, cake, chat, company

    Contact kat.ogden@gkchurch.org

May 2024

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
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  • Blend at St Mary’s (in term time)
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  • Café Toddlers (in term time)
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  • Kilndown Saturday Shop
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  • Kilndown Quilting Group
  • Community Lunch (free)
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  • Blend at St Mary’s (in term time)
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  • Café Toddlers (in term time)
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  • Kilndown Saturday Shop
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  • Kilndown Quilting Group
  • Community Lunch (free)
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  • Blend at St Mary’s (in term time)
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  • Café Toddlers (in term time)
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  • Kilndown Saturday Shop
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  • Kilndown Quilting Group
  • Community Lunch (free)
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  • Blend at St Mary’s (in term time)
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  • Café Toddlers (in term time)
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  • Kilndown Saturday Shop
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  • Kilndown Quilting Group
  • Community Lunch (free)
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  • Blend at St Mary’s (in term time)
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  • Café Toddlers (in term time)

This information has been provided by the groups below and is subject to change and updates.

Please continue to check the community Facebook page and these groups’ websites for more information.

Please email edward.hodgskin@goudhurst-pc.gov.uk to get your group’s events and details on this calendar.

Group info

Christ Church stands at the very heart of Kilndown. Built in 1841, it is one of the finest early Victorian churches in the country. It offers both fascinating architecture and a strong sense of God’s presence. Sunday Worship is Holy Communion at 9.15am with music led by the choir. The church is open daily. Please come to join us for Worship or just come in to pray or to enjoy the stillness and peace of this holy place.

The Friends of St. Mary’s, a charitable trust, focuses on the preservation of the Grade 1 listed C14th church, St. Mary’s, rather than its ministry. The trust preserves historically significant art and architecture, recently funding essential repairs and planning a memorial window in honor of Elizabeth II, anticipated for autumn installation.  Contact andrea@tapoff.co.uk

Goudhurst Ex-Servicemen’s Club has existed since 1919 and is run by volunteers for the village.  Please come in and have a look.  Annual membership is £25 for adults and £15 for over-65s.  Day guests are welcome for £2 a visit.  Opening hours:  Wednesday 4-9pm, Thursday 4-10pm, Friday 4-10pm, Saturday 12-10pm, Sunday 12-6pm, closed Monday and Tuesday.

The Goudhurst & Kilndown Local History Society provides monthly illustrated talks for its members from autumn to spring. The meetings are held in the evenings in the Goudhurst Club. Professional speakers and the Society’s own members cover subjects ranging from the purely local to broader historical subjects, mainly from Kent. The Society has an archive from Goudhurst & Kilndown of books, slides, photographs, postcards, maps, and other material, together with a small number of interesting artefacts. www.goudhurstlocalhistorysociety.org

For over 50 years, Goudhurst Scouts has been providing inspiring opportunities for young people.  We have a thriving Beaver Colony, Cub Park, and Scout Troop, and we host Weald District Explorers which means young people from 6 years old can get involved.  Sections meet throughout the week.  We’re always looking for willing grown-ups to help.  Contact Chris, Group Scout Leader (Skip), gsl@goudhurstscoutgroup.org.uk / 07572 871 904

Kilndown Community Choir meets at Christ Church Kilndown on Monday evenings from 7.30-9pm. We sing a huge range of material, from pop songs, songs from musicals and film, folk and spirituals to serious and sacred music.  The choir is always keen to improve its singing, but our main focus is enjoyment. For more information, please email Tina (the choir secretary) at tinagallagher22@aol.com or phone her on 01892 890426 or 07909 946195.

St Mary’s Goudhurst and Christ Church Kilndown. All are welcome to our local Church of England parish churches and our beautiful buildings are open every day for you to visit. Our Sunday worship is at 8am and 10.45am at St Mary’s and 9.15am at Christ Church. www.gkchurch.org.uk | office@gkchurch.org | 01580 211 739

St. Mary’s Church in Goudhurst, a historic landmark since 1119, offers architectural beauty and serenity. Notable for the Bedgebury Chapel, the 
church features a bookstall. Its tower, offering expansive views of the Weald of Kent, is accessible weekends from Easter to mid-July.

Membership of the Goudhurst Branch of The Royal British Legion is open to everyone; no Armed Services experience is needed. Members are welcome to join our modest programme of local Branch quarterly meetings, supporting the Goudhurst Poppy Appeal and Goudhurst Remembrance Day.  For more information, contact Ed Bates, Branch Secretary, ed_bates@hotmail.co.uk

The u3a, a learning cooperative for those who have retired from full-time work, offers creative and leisure activities in Goudhurst. With 150 members, 20 interest groups, and monthly meetings featuring speakers and refreshments, it’s a vibrant community for learning and socialising. General meetings are held at 2:30pm on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, usually in Goudhurst Village Hall. Visitors and new members very welcome. Contacts: Secretary: secgandd@gmail.com  Membership secretary: lynnegane@aol.com

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