Rusthall Village Association

DATE: Wednesday 17th January 2018
VENUE: The Rusthall club
TIME: 1930 hours

Committee members present: Chair: Alex Britcher, Secretary: Sue White, Treasurer: Hazel Duncombe, Nigel Suckling, Chris Perry

Apologies received from Vice Chair, Beryl Woodall

1. Alex Britcher welcomed everyone to the meeting.

2. Guest Speaker – Sandra Leonard from Slimming World

Sandra explained that the Slimming World programme is not a diet, but a healthy eating plan which is suitable for everyone, including teenagers, pregnant women etc. It was set up in the 1960's as a way to lose weight without dieting, and is now recommended by doctors. Basically it teaches people a different way to look at food when shopping, cooking and eating. A nutrition and research team provide receipe plans based on 'free food' – i.e. what can be freely eaten. It is all about proportion rather than portion size.

To access slimming world, it is necessary to become a member. Meetings take place whereby members are weighed and given support and help by other members. People set their own weight loss targets.

Meetings take place weekly. Slimming World has 350 members in Rusthall, with 6 meetings taking place per week. Contact Sandra on 07942 888722 for more information.


A date has been agreed for the start of the Big Garden Dig. On Saturday 5th May 2018 a meeting will take place in the URC, starting at 11am. Nigel Stapple and David Thorpe will give a talk about how to go about digging a test pit and what to expect. This will be followed by a test pit being dug in Alex Britcher's garden, next door to the URC. Anyone interested who has not already given their contact details should contact Sue White on


The next village litter pick will take place on Saturday 21st April with an 11am start. This will concentrate on the south side of the High Street up to Common View. The social will take place after the litter pick at the Rusthall Club from 12.30pm. It is hoped to purchase hi-viz jackets displaying the RVA logo for pickers to wear. As usual Sodexo will provide the litter picking sticks, black sacks etc and take away the rubbish. Anyone interested who has not already given their contact details should contact Sue White on


Photographic competition This will take place again this year, starting from the day of the fete on Saturday 30th June

Fire in St Pauls Church Hall roof

Damage was done to the roof of the Church Hall when a fire took place earlier in the month. No injuries were sustained, but the roof was badly damaged and the venue will probably not be useable until September. In the interim all other venues in the village have offered their spaces. The lunch club will take place at the Rusthall Club, but numbers will have to be limited to about 30.

Battle's Over 2018 celebrations

Another meeting will take place on February 20th at 7.30pm in the Rusthall Club to consider suggestions for the celebrations of 100 years since the end of WW1.

Jenny Blackburn said the Commons Conservators had approved a suggestion that an oak tree be planted near the trough and fountain at the Coach Road / Rusthall Road crossroads. Dennis Penfold explained that the idea would not be to restrict the memorial to those who lost their lives, but for everyone who was involved, be they from the services or civilians. The tree will have some sort of marker to this effect.

History Society

The next meeting of the Rusthall History Society will be on Monday 29th January at 7pm in the URC Church Hall. Dennis Penfold will be speaking about Hop Growing in Kent, and will be assisted by James Teubler who will provide some old hop implements to illustrate the talk. On the following meeting on 26th February, Stuart Robinson will give a talk about The River Thames – London's Liquid History.

Rusthall Community Cinema

The last film shown, Hidden Figures, was attended by 81 people. On 27th January the film will be Hannah and her Sisters, a 1986 film written and directed by Woody Allen, and starring Mia Farrow and Michael Caine.

Fair Trade Cafe

This takes place on the last Saturday in every month at 10.30am in the URC Church Hall.

* Break for Raffle ticket sales and socialising *


Councillor James McIlroy (KCC)

• Councillor McIlroy reported that the new budget report is being prepared.

• With regard to the plans for the one way system at Woodside Road, Kevin Mullery has now submitted the plans and these have been forwarded to the district manager for consideration.

• Chris Perry reported that the kerbstones at the top of Edward Street have now been repaired, and thanked Cllr McIlroy for his help with this matter.

Councillor Thelma Huggett (TWBC)

• Approval has been given by the full council for the new Civic Complex and theatre.

• Viv Hughes asked if Cllr Huggett knew what the outcome was of the Commons Conservators request to Defra for advice on putting up signs about the bye-laws. Cllr Huggett said she would check back over the minutes but that it was up to Steve Budden, the Commons warden, to follow this up

Jenny Blackburn (Parish Council)

• There is an ongoing issue regarding the land at Jockey Farm. Joy Podbury (TWBC councillor), has had a meeting with the officers and is putting the case against development, although approval for the change of use has been given.

HD said she met with Greg Clarke about this, and although he can't do anything officially, he is willing to meet with the owner of the land to give his advice.

• Bus passes will be automatically renewed in March so long as they have been used in the past year.

9. AOB

• One of the parish councillor's is interested in finding out more about the 20's Plenty campaign. This has now been implemented in the side streets in St John's. It will need someone in the village to take charge of the initiative, and the parish councillor is willing to do this. SW has handed over all the information obtained a couple of years ago.

The raffle raised £15
Meeting closed at 21.25
The next meeting will be on 21st March 2018

Chair – Alex Britcher
Vice Chair: Tel: 01892 540018
Website editor Nigel Suckling
Secretary: Sue White