Rusthall Village Association

DATE: Wednesday 18th September 2019
VENUE: Rusthall club
TIME: 1930 hours

Committee members present: Chair: Alex Britcher, Vice Chair: Beryl Woodall, Membershp Secretary: Sue White, Treasurer: Bjorn Simpole Website: Nigel Suckling, Committee members: Joseph Baldwin, Carol Mellors and Chris Perry

Apologies - Angela Funnell


Alex Britcher welcomed everyone to the meeting, and reminded everyone that the RVA is a non political, non partisan forum for all Rusthall residents and we rely on membership fees, donations and raffle tickets to fund our activities.


Alex Britcher thanked everyone for their entries to the annual photographic competition. The winning entries were shown on a big screen and were as follows: -

Adult Competition

WINNER - £50. Legends of the Rocks IV by Sue White.

Judge's comments - Excellent location shot, definitely Rusthall and a good blend of vivid colour in the foreground and almost monochrome background, and the characters are interacting with one another and not just staring at the camera.

First runner up - On the Rocks at Denny Bottom by Elizabeth Elicott.

Judge's comments - A beautiful silhouette but still includes enough detail in the sky to give interest to the upper part of the image. The two figures are excellently framed by the foliage. Prize - Meal for two at Toad Rock Retreat.

Second Runner up - Rusthall High Street at Sunset by Jenni Mathews.

Judge's comments - Beautifully composed to show the sky above Rusthall. Using the “Rule of Thirds” for those that are aware of this term in art and photographic composition whereby the key points of the subject fall within the frame split into thirds. The figure in the right corner leads the viewer into the picture. Prize - Meal for two at the Red Lion.

Third runner up - Dressing the toad by Nigel Suckling.

Judge's comments - Similar to the Legends of the Rocks photo, split between monochrome and vivid colour. The line of colourful people leads your eye into the picture. Prize - £20 voucher for the Daily Bread.


WINNER - Shadwell Woods I by Felicity Mathews aged five.

Judge's comments - A stunning image and not easy to take shot straight into the sun. But this shows brilliant backlighting with the beams of light shining through the trees and retains detail in the ground foliage. Prize - £40.

First runner up - Steps on the Common I by Ben Neal aged 14.

Judge's comments - Nicely composed and I always like a photograph where there is something to lead you into the picture, wondering what could be around the next corner. Prize - Beginners Guide to Photography book.

Second runner up - Owls on Rusthall Common by Elena Teubler aged ten.

Judge's comments - Nicely framed by the foliage and an image that draws your in and makes you think about the subject matter. The eyes appear to stare out at you. Prize - Beginners Guide to Photography book.

Third Runner up - Pick and Mix at the Venture by Evie Brown aged 11.

Judge's comments - Very colourful and Evie has taken a different perspective on Rusthall. Prize - Beginners Guide to Photography book.

Thanks to Rusthall Parish Council for the grant of £185 for prizes and publicity materials and to local businesses for providing gratis prizes - please support them with your custom!

3. GUEST SPEAKER – Alison Daykin

Alison Daykin was welcomed to the meeting. Following the exciting developments of Hedgehogs being seen more often in Rusthall gardens, Alison gave a presentation on how we can help our prickly friends to thrive. She highlighted that:

• Declining hedgehog numbers nationally. The hedgehog has become a UK priority species.

• Numbers are making an appearance in Rusthall.

• Hedgehog Street - national conservation campaign

• You can help by making your garden hedgehog friendly - natural environment with easy access between gardens. Make holes in the fence to pass

• Remove hazards such as pellets/poisons, chemicals, netting and be careful with bonfires as they can nest there!

Looking for enthusiastic volunteers to become hedgehog champions - if interested see

Discussion focused on what we can do to help Hedgehogs and other wildlife to thrive in Rusthall. Hedgehogs have been sighted in a number of gardens across the village and do seem to be making a comeback though sadly some can fall prey to other wildlife such as foxes.

Alex thanked Alison for a great presentation and announced that the RVA were planning a Spring family wildlife event on a date to be announced which will be great for the whole family.


The next litter pick will take place on Saturday 5 October 2019, starting at 10.30am from outside the Toad Rock Retreat. As usual, litter picking sticks, hi viz vests and bin bags will be provided. Bring your own gloves although there might be some available. We will pick litter in the area around Toad Rock and Denny Bottom. Afterwards there will be a social with a buffet in the Toad Rock Retreat from noon. Please let Sue White know if you are coming on


Bonfire and Torchlight parade

This will take place on Saturday 26 October 2019 with the usual torchlight procession followed by the bonfire on Rusthall Common. Volunteers are needed to help and anyone who could offer support should contact Linda Lindfield.

Rusthall Community Cinema – Eugene Gardner sent the following report:

All shows are at Sunnyside Community Hall, Rusthall Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 8RA

Doors open 7pm on Saturdays, programme starts 7.30pm with short entertainment related to the main feature. Or 2pm for our Sunday matinees.

No advanced booking, entry £5 (Saturdays) or £8 (Sundays) or free for subscription holders (£40 per year) and active volunteers

The full list of films for the current season to Christmas is:

22 September - The Favourite

29 September - Midnight Cowboy

6 October - Blade Runner

20 October - Wild Rose

27 October - Billy Liar

2 November - Woman at war

16 November - Fishermans Friends

24 November (2pm) - 8 ½

30 November - All is true

14 December - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

22 December (2pm) - Henry V

28 December - Fidler on the Roof

Details and trailers on the website New volunteers are very welcome

Toad Rock Retreat – Forthcoming Blues Gigs

Tuesday 15 October, 9pm - Dave Peabody and Regina Murdich
Tuesday 22 October, 9pm - Tortora & Tyzack

Rusthall Local History Society

Meets last Monday of each month in the United Reformed Church hall, facing One-Stop across Manor Road in the village, from 7 to about 8.30. Next talk is on the Crossness Pumping Station.

Fair Trade Cafe

Continues to take place on the last Saturday in the month at the URC - please pop along.


Cllr Dave Funnell (TWBC) highlighted that the big vote on Calverley Square was coming up. A number of residents also commented on issues with the new waste contract and Cllr Funnell agreed to take these on residents’ behalf.

No other KCC or TWBC councillors were present.

Parish Councillor reports - Alex Britcher reminded everyone that residents are welcome to attend Parish Council meetings. Discussion focused on progress with 20s Plenty and recent development decision for new dwellings at the rear/side of the Red Lion. Also potholes on Broomhill Road seem to be getting worse with no action being taken.

7. AOB


The raffle raised £27
Meeting closed at 21.30
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 20 November 2019 at 7.30pm (Christmas Social) and the main speaker will be Rusthall Community Arts

Chair – Alex Britcher
Vice Chair: Tel: 01892 540018
Website editor Nigel Suckling
MembershipSecretary: Sue White
General contact: