West Kent and Wealden Villages Set for Funding Boost

SILVER surfers in Uckfield and villagers in Speldhurst, Langton Green and Groombridge are among dozens of groups benefiting from a cash bonanza handed out by the National Lottery.

St Mark’s Primary School, which runs an IT club for Uckfield’s pensioners, has been awarded more than £7,000 to buy new computers and bring in specialist help, while the people of Speldhurst have been given £5,000 to fund a questionnaire.

St Mark’s head teacher, Claire Rivers, said the money offered a lifeline to the service, allowing the club to use 14 laptops over one floor, so avoiding the need to use stairs to the main computer suite.

The club, known as DO IT HD (Hadlow Down), meets every Friday and helps those in their 70s, 80s and even 90s to learn up-to-date skills.

Mrs Rivers said it taught pensioners vital techniques, such as ordering online and how to talk to distant relatives via video link, such as Skype.

“From the school’s point of view, the community is very important and it’s very good for the children to see adults still learning and to see that learning does not stop when you leave school. You can still learn new skills,” she said.

“We have been running it for four years now and our members have found that looking at things on the internet can be quite good fun.”

italian-garden-409969_1280People living in the parish of Speldhurst say they are also delighted after being handed a £5,000 cash injection to fund a parish questionnaire – the results of which will be used to outline the parish plan.

The questionnaires will drop through letterboxes in the next two months with people asked to give their views on issues including transport, speeding and aircraft noise.

Chairman of the parish plan working group Ken Howes, 68, said the results would then be collated and a draft plan produced in the first quarter of next year.

“The money is extremely welcome,” he said.

“Our main aim is to find out from people the sort of things that affect their quality of life within the parish and what they would like to see happening over the next few years.”

Mr Howes said the money would be used to employ a marketing firm to help format the questionnaire and analyse the answers.

The pamphlets will be distributed by volunteers to all households in the three villages of Speldhurst, Langton Green and Old Groombridge.


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west kentWomen in Business West Kent is a networking for all business women – whether employed or running their own business or just with an aspiration to do so.

The group includes many women already running a diverse range of businesses and is a safe environment for women to meet and discuss business issues. WIB members can also promote their business via the WIB website.

Each event begins with the opportunity for members to promote their own services and to mingle, making it a valuable forum to meet other members, make new friends and contacts. Prospective members and their guests are very welcome. Networking and information evening events are free for members and £10 for guests, unless otherwise stated. Don’t forget to bring plenty of business cards with you!

Events are held on the fourth Thursday of every month, alternating between venues in Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells.

St Julians Club, Rumshott Estate Ltd, St Julians, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RX.  Click here for a map

Royal Wells Hotel, 59 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 8BE. Click here for map


7.30pm – Meet for networking and refreshments

7.45pm – Each attendee has a 1 minute slot to briefly describe themselves and their business.

8pm – Speaker or workshop commences at 8pm.


West Kent Networking

If you own or manage a business in West Kent or want to do business locally, then this is the network for you.

West Kent Networking is a free business networking group for local business people to link up, offer mutual support, exchange business contacts and generate sales leads for each other.

No joining fees, no breakfast meetings, no speed networking or enforced leads quota, no dull speakers, all new members are screened but there’s no exclusion if a trade is already represented in the membership.

Monthly Meetings

October 13, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm – The Townhouse
November 11, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm – Hospice in the Weald