WWW.CROCKHAMHILLEVENTS.CO.UK – What do we do?
The main purpose and aim of www.crockhamhillevents.co.uk is to inform people who live inside and outside the village of news and events that occur in and around our village.
These events can include major village events such as the village fete or fireworks display (and torchlit prossesion, smaller events such as theatre in the village hall, quiz nights in the pub or sports occassions at the memorial park.
The site can also be used to promote other smaller events and to keep you informed of recent news.
www.crockhamhillevents.co.uk is meant to be used by the village residents and primarily for the village residents. If you have any comments or wish to add an event to the site please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated – 2nd October 2013
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Major up and coming events
Date and Time
Sunday 5.30pm (every second Sunday )
13th October 2013
CHUMS – Ukelele Group
Jane Werry – See Website
Saturday 5th October Beer, Wine & Food matching evening at the Royal Oak at 7 for 7.30pm start. .
Meal and Beer Tasting
Following the huge success of a similar event at the Carpenters Armsin April, Jake and Luke are preparing a five course meal which will be served with five beers or wines matched to bring out the best of the food and drink. The diners in April were surprised by the combinations and how they work – I could not believe how well the strawberry beer complemented the chocolate brownie
Please ring 01732 866335 to book, at £35 per head, as the event is proving popular and the catering numbers have to be precise
23rd October 2013
Saturday 26th October 2013
Crockham Hill Firework Display
|DATES FOR YOUR DIARY|
1st Tues 9.00 First Tuesday Group
2nd Weds 2.30 W.I.
5th Sat 7.00 Beer & Food Matching
6th Sunday 11.15 Harvest Festival & Sunday Fun
6th Sunday 12.30 Harvest Lunch
9th Weds 10.30 Women’s Christian Fellowship
11th Friday 2.00 Bridge Tea
12th Sat 9.30 Monthly Market
19 Sat 7.00 Tribute to Edith Piaf
20th Sun 3.30 Messy Church
23rd Weds 2.00 Prayer group
23rd Weds 7.00 Quiz Night Royal Oak
26 Sat 6.00 Bonfire Night
6th Weds 10.30 Cancer Research Christmas Fair
9th Sat 10.00 Churchyard Working Party
9th Sat 7.30 Film Night
Crockham Hill Latest News
CROCS VRS CHUFIN CURLING MATCH
A recent challenge was put down by the elderly in the village that now forms part of the trilogy of Young vrs Old sporting events for residents in the village, this idea taking place obviously in the The Royal Oak, the proposal being a curling match. The event took place at Fentons Curling Rink on Saturday 6th of April with CROCS (Crockham Hill Oldies Curling Society) taking on CHUFIN (Crockham Hill Under Fifties Including Neil) lovingly watched by over 20 SLAGS (Sliding Ladies and Girlfriends) and children. The teams of eight were divided into teams of four, the CROCS getting some practice in while CHUFINS were shown a video and explained how the game was played. After half an hour it was game on with team captains Adam Skinner (CROCS) taking on Neil Prime (CHUFIN) and his team, the other match was captained by Stuart Wilkie (CROCS) and Andy Seale (CHUFIN). The overall title was taken by CHUFIN after a tense finish, the match finished 1-1, with Neil Prime (CHUFIN) and Stuart Wilkie (CROCS) and their respective teams emerging victorious, CROCS winning by virtue of goal, or stone difference, thanks to an extraordinary performance by Neil Prime with his last couple of stones. Refreshments and Curry were then the provided by Dawn in the Royal Oak with much reminiscing about everyone’s performance and the two people who gracefully ended up on their backsides. Many thanks to Stuart Wilkie for arranging the event and providing the trophy – mounted Curling Tongs (put together beautifully by Ed Marriott). The event was enjoyed by participants and spectators alike. It should also be pointed out the CROCS visited the Curling Rink on a number of occasions prior to the event for some practice, although CROCS are only owning up to one practice session!
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Crockham Hill Youth Choir
Crockham Hill Youth Choir is a new choir for children in and around Crockham Hill in Kent
Crockham Hill Old News
HARRY’S CHRISTMAS POST
Once again the weekend before Christmas was given added colour by the visit of Harry the donkey and the Greenaway family all suitably attired as they delivered hundreds of cards around the village, in so doing they raised £1380 for Kent Air Ambulance and Hospice in the Weald – an amazing sum. Many congratulations and thanks to Pete, Sheila, Dawn and co – and to Harry – for what is becoming a much anticipated Crockham Hill tradition.
The Greenaways wish to thank everyone for their support, and for donations, refreshments and lots of encouragement received on their rounds.
A MESSAGE FROM TRISH
I shall be retiring after Christmas after 23 years as a Pastoral Assistant in the Parish. I would like to take this opportunity to say a big Thank-You to all the people in the parish for their support. I have been very privileged to meet and come to know so many wonderful people and make so many good friends. Trish
CROCKHAM HILL BONFIRE NIGHT
A big thank you for all who turned out to attend this year’s bonfire and fireworks event, which went off with a bang, despite a number of additional challenges!
The recent wet weather meant that the entrance to the field we normally use was waterlogged, and we had to move the event to another field further along New Road, so many thanks to all local residents for their understanding and co-operation at such short notice.
We were also faced with additional costs this year due to changes in local road closure policy, so well done to all stewards who had the additional responsibility of keeping everyone on the Main Road safe during the event.
However, over 950 people attended the event, with the biggest torchlight procession for many years. The guy, decorated by local children, looked wonderful, and the fireworks display was magnificent, so we’d like to thank all villagers, sponsors and friends of Crockham Hill for supporting this annual event. We look forward to seeing you all again next year. Janice Donaghue.
Crockham Hill Oldies versus Youngsters Village Cricket Match 2012
The Crockahm Hill Oldies versus Youngsters Village Cricket Match recently took place, with the Oldies winning a comprehensive victory. This now means that both teams are equal on one victory each
Crockham Hill Oldies versus Youngsters Golf Match
Inaugural Crockham Hill Crusties versus Babes Golf Day. The first annual, of hopefully many (depending upon survival rates), Crockham Hill Oldies versus Slightly less Oldies Golf Match took place at Tandridge Golf Club on the afternoon of September the 9 th 2012. The format was two teams of five pairs each matching up for a better ball stableford contest. It was a glorious day with great sunshine, and the promise of great competition.
The Crusties prepared impeccably by practising on the putting green, and practised ball striking in the nets. The Babes team warmed up by putting the bar staff through their paces!
The first tee time was 3pm, and the game was on. Four and a half hours later twenty weary golfers entered the club house, with the Crusties running out 4-1 victors (mainly due to local knowledge). The Crusties team ably managed by Roger Franklin took all the plaudits along with the putter trophy (to be displayed in the Royal Oak), and the Babes team not so ably managed by Mark Hancox sought solace in the bottom of a pint glass. Sandwiches and nibbles were generously provided by the Crusties and the festivities continued in the Royal Oak until late into the evening.
It was a great day for everyone involved with the most enduring image taken home by almost everyone was of Paul Cosh going round the golf course on his “Tesco Mobility Scooter”.
THE GUILDABLES SUMMER CONCERT
We would like to thank everyone who came to the Concert for their support and hope you all enjoyed the evening, even if the rain did try to dampen our efforts! We are delighted that the concert raised about £15,000 for our chosen charities, all of whom are very pleased and we know they will use the money wisely. Tony and Trish Proctor
Thank you to all who put so much hard work into providing Crockham Hill with such a splendid Queen’s Jubilee Day. Thank you also to all of you who came and entered into the spirit of the celebrations. If anyone has photos let me know as we could make an album for all to see.I still have some commemorative medals for sale at 5. If there is any profit after the event, we will donate this to the Village Hall and Church. Jilly Murison 01732 866 224.
A great evening at this years Hotpot Supper. Great food served and great entertainment. This year the entertainment was provided by the Singing Waiters, Tony Proctor provided a hugely amusing monologue taking uus on a tour of the village through the last forty years. Next up was the Syncrinised Swimmers (click to view video) and finally musical entertainment was provided by CHUMS led by Jane Weery and Simon Hurst (click to view video)
This year’s Hot Pot Supper was one of the best yet, with lots of good food, wonderful entertainment and a great atmosphere. What better way to prepare for Lent? Many thanks to Catherine Luck for organising the food, and to CHIPS for masterminding the entertainment.
Catherine writes: Many thanks to all who supported this year’s Hot Pot Supper, particularly those who helped, cooked, ‘swam’ and played – a fab time was had by all, and a record £780 was raised on the door for charity. I have a bumper cache of tea towels, ladles and even a hotpot left, so please claim them a.s.a.p. Catherine Luck 07971 541 988
HARRY AT CHRISTMAS
Once again Harry the donkey made a successful round of the village in the days before Christmas, delivering cards and goodwill. As a result of his colourful postal round, the Greenaway family raised £1430, which together with money brought in via Annie Tempest’s super illustration of Harry, enabled them to send the grand total of £1700 divided between the Kent Air Ambulance and Hospice in the Weald. On behalf of Harry, Pete and Sheila and all the Greenaway family would like to thank everyone in the village for their support. [Editor’s note: In the past five years, Harry’s Christmas Post has raised £5557 for these two charities; a terrific result. Congratulations.]
Movember – The Gentlemen of Crockham Hill
Dear all, WOW! what a ‘tache growing season. Some facts and figures: The Gentlemen of CH has raised a staggering £3,499 as of 2nd December – and it’s still rising! (we got another cheque for £200 last night that needs to be added!) Added to the other fundraising in the village, Crockham Hill has raised: £5,382 Other Movember stats: Currently our team is 341st in the UK Participants in the UK: 252,856 Participants worldwide: 852,812 UK Total (so far): £15,388,502 Worldwide Total (so far): £65,411,268 I can’t thank you all enough for the effort and itching you all went through last month but I am sure you’ll agree that it is definitely worth it! I set out to raise about £1000 so I am blown away by people’s generosity, especially in these times. Please pass on my thanks to all those who sponsored you and gave so generously! Bring on next year when we can hopefully encourage others to get involved and make the evening in the pub even bigger. I’m already planning next years’s ‘tache! Thank you again and see you soon – if i recognise you without the facial fuzz!! Cheers, Si.
BROADBAND IN CROCKHAM HILL
We are expecting an installation contract to be signed shortly with NextGenus. They will use a combination of fibre optic cable and wireless to cover the ‘not spots’ and provide an impressive minimum of 10mbps. Since the original survey your circumstances may have changed so please again register your conditional interest to:http ://www.nextgenus.co.uk/south-east/kent/crockham-hill/
Alan Wesley 866242
ANNUAL FIREWORKS GO OFF WITH A BANG
At least 900 people turned out to see fireworks light the sky above our village at the annual extravaganza on Saturday 29th October. The night began with a torch lit procession through the village followed by a wonderful display of fireworks. The event included a bonfire used to burn a model of Guy Fawkes, made by village residents. As in previous years children wore fancy dress on the night, all fabulous and we hope this tradition will continue.
Once again Crockham Hill School produced our artwork, and this year the competition was won by Izzy Netherclift with Charlie Lucas and Bethan Lewis worthy runners up. Congratulations.
I would like to thank the committee for the effort every member puts in to this event and also all villagers and friends of Crockham Hill who loyally support this important evening.
CRICKET IS BACK…
As you may know, Crockham Hill has not had a cricket team for several years, but Oxted came to the rescue, adopted the pitch, brought the game back to the village, and maintained the wicket.
Over a pint in the Oak (where all good debates take place) it was suggested that once a year it would be good if we, as a village, took advantage of this well-maintained wicket and arranged an inter-village cup. This became The Crockham Hill Charity Shield. It was therefore agreed that in August two teams from Crockham Hill would do battle on the cricket pitch. Captains were sought for their knowledge of the game, their stature in the village and athletic ability, but after this search failed Simon Hurst and Paul Cosh were appointed as the two leaders – and lead they did.
Cosh’s ‘EH Team’ batted first with a valiant effort scoring 159 for 8 off 22 overs. Then, after a tea made for royalty where local baking talents exceeded all expectations, Hurst’s ‘Bulldog XII’ came out to bat. With Prime and Watchorn both hitting sixes, Cosh knew that his opponents would not fall easily, but Blissett’s turn of the ball took two wickets, leading to Hurst’s players regretting drinking Westerham Ale instead of a strong cup of tea. It came down to Collins to take the winning runs for the Bulldog XII with two overs to spare.
After the game a BBQ was laid on with the very best local sausages provided by the Stockdales, which topped off a great afternoon’s cricket. A special word of thanks to all who provided the sandwiches and cakes for the tea, and to the Stockdales for the sausages. Our thanks too to the umpires, Alan Davies and Andy Esam, and of course to the two captains who fielded such great sides. We will be meeting again next year – so watch this space for details. Finally, during the day we raised £125 for the Crockham Hill War Memorial Playing Fields, which will be used for various planting projects around the village. Many thanks to all who contributed. Andrew Seale
POOFEST SUPPORTS WATER PROJECTS IN LATIN AMERICA
The Pootings Village Fundraisers are grateful to all those who supported the recent PooFest, attended by around 700 people of all ages. It was an enormous success, with activities for children and an excellent line-up of 12 acts, including the 20 piece Ukelele Orchestra from Tunbridge Wells, Pete Shoulder, the Standard Lumps, and the Charlie Rivers Band who closed the proceedings.
The PooFest raised over £4000 for LATA Foundation projects to supply safe, clean drinking water to more than 1000 people living below the poverty line near Granada, Nicaragua, and to construct a drinking water fountain in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to be used by around 500 people every day. For more information about the LATA Foundation, please see www.latafoundation.org or phone David Gilmour on 867421.
A Brief Crockham Hill History
Crockham Hill is situated on the Lewes to London Roman Road on the Kent side of the Kent and Surrey border, with some buildings dating back to the sixteenth century, the majority of the buildings and houses dating from the 19th century. The road on the hill (Main Road) was once a toll road with the toll both being situated next door to the The Royal Oak public house.
The northern part of Crockham Hill is mostly common land and the wooded part of Squerryes Park, whilst much of the rest belongs to the National Trust, including the Chartwell estate. There are many well-maintained public rights of way, which includes the Greensand Way.
Crockham Hill & Crockham Grange Farm – National Trust
Acquired in 1943, this 120-hectare property lies at the foot of the Greensand Ridge Escarpment and the northern half lies within Kent’s AONB. Within the woods are many woodland copses and ponds. Crockham is a working farm, mainly arable but with grazing cattle. The area has a good amount of human history scattered within its boundaries. A medieval moated manor house site exists and a Roman road passes within 100 metres of Crockham. The property is crossed by many rights of way and has a bye-way running east to west through the centre – the boundary of the designated AONB. The local primary school lease their playing field from the Trust and are involved in the conservation work. The village holds a fireworks event each year on the farm and the local churchyard is the resting place of one of the Trusts founding members, Octavia Hill. Within two miles to the north lies Mariners Hill and to the east, Limpsfield common. Footpaths link both National Trust areas. (National Trust)
Tragic event at Crockham Hill during the Second World War
In 1944, Little Mariners at Froghole (Crockham Hill) was being used by the LCC as a home for evacuated children, but the house was severely damaged by incendiaries and the children and staff moved to Weald House (now Hoplands) on the edge of Crockham Hill Common. In the early hours of Friday 30 June 1944 a flying bomb (doodlebug) came over, apparently struck a tree on Mariners Hill and was deflected onto Weald House. Twentyone children and eight female staff were killed in the tragedy – Kent’s largest single civilian loss during World War II. (Oliver Fielding-Clark’s autobiography, Unfinished Conflict contains a piece about this – he was Vicar of C Hill at the time and one of the first on the scene.) There was one survivor Peter Findley, then a year-old infant with measles who had been put in another house for isolation. Over the years Mr Findley has been trying to find details of his mother, who was killed in the tragedy. He lives in Yorkshire and has visited both Edenbridge and Crockham Hill several times with his wife, and has so far managed to locate a woman who worked at Weald House at the time and knew his mother well. (K Reynolds)