Friday, July 1st, 2022

Riverhead wellbeing walking group will help people take their first step back to fitness

WALK TO WELLBEING. A leader has now come forward for the exciting new free wellbeing walking group that is being set up in Riverhead. ‘Every Step Counts’ will organise short walks to help people take their first steps back to fitness. Everyone will be welcome, whether recovering from illness or an operation, trying to lose weight or maybe just needing some company.  Possible routes (as level as possible!) are now being researched and walks will probably begin at the end of August. If you feel that you would like to become involved in these short walks in any capacity contact Irene at everystepcounts17@gmail.com

FAMILY OPEN AIR THEATRE. On Sunday August 26 at the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve there will be a performance of ‘Pirate Pearl and the Big Blue Monster’ starting at 5pm. Book on-line at www.littlebluemonster.co.uk where you can also find more information.

SCOOP THE POOP. Dog-walkers are reminded to clean up after their pets. There seems to be a bit of a problem in the Parkland at present even though dog-bins are provided.

POPPY FLAG. Residents have been admiring the new Poppy Flag which has been flying on the flag pole outside the Village Hall. This is part of Riverhead’s commemoration of the centenary of the end of WW1 and it will now be flown every day until Armistice Day November 11 (except for such events as Royal birthdays, when the Union  flag will be flown as always).

KNIT A POPPY. To join the country in commemorating the end of WW1 this year Riverhead Parish Council is planning a display of knitted poppies at the area under The Heights to remember all who lost their lives in that terrible conflict. Anyone who enjoys knitting is invited to contribute to this historic event by knitting poppies. A simple knitting pattern is provided – all you have to do is find some red double-knitting wool and click your needles. For further information and a pattern email Shirley Stewart at shirleyannstewart@aol.com or call her on 01732 455230.

RIVERHEAD CARNIVAL DATE. This year’s Carnival, held on Chipstead Common and organised by the local 3rd Sevenoaks (Riverhead and Dunton Green) Scout Group, will take place on Sunday afternoon 16 September. With around 70 stalls and activities plus lots of food and drink on offer, the event encourages local voluntary groups, clubs and businesses to support their local community by holding a stall on the green. This great community event opens at 12.30pm and is supported with music throughout by DJ Nigel ending at around 4pm. Activities include bouncy castles, coconut shy, big slide and tombolas, plus beer tent, teas, ice creams, burger stall. Arena events will include the now famous egg-throwing contest which can get quite competitive! Toilets will be available. The ever-popular dog show will also be held, so start training your family pooch now. To book a pitch for a stall email now to tracey@3rdsevenoaks.org.uk. (no more refreshment stalls are required as these are provided by the Scouts.) This is always a fun event, so save the date!

WILDLIFE FUN. On Fridays throughout the school holidays there are family events at the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve (off Bradbourne Vale Road, TN13 3DH) – usually two sessions starting at 11am and 1.30pm. These include the Adventures of Stickman on 27 July 27 (hear the story and make  our own Stickman to take home); Pond-Dipping on 3 August and 31 August; Discover the Gruffalo on 10 August and Discover Birds on 17 August. 24 August will feature Leaf Art and Forest Skills while on Sunday 5 August there is an introduction to Geo-Caching. These events are always very popular and booking is essential at www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

Click on ‘Things to do’ and use the filters to find events at the Sevenoaks Reserve and the Jeffery Harrison Visitor Centre. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve with its walks around the lakes is open free every day from dawn until dusk. (no dogs allowed because of the wildlife). The Visitor Centre with its café and interesting local natural history displays is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm (café until 4.30pm) during the summer months.

 SPEEDWATCH. The Speed Watch training meeting at Riverhead Village Hall recently attracted 22 people and the scheme will soon be up and running. Anyone interested in this initiative to reduce traffic speeds through our village can find out more on the Parish Council website at www.riverheadpc.kentparishes.gov.uk. Or contact Riverhead Parish Council at clerk@riverheadparishcouncil.org.uk or phone 01732 461278.  More volunteers are still wanted.

HOLIDAY READING CHALLENGE. Riverhead Library is running a Reading Challenge to encourage children to keep reading over the school holidays. To find out more and maybe borrow some books call in at the library at 31 London Road Riverhead. It is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9am-1pm and 2-5pm and on Saturdays from 10am -2pm and has a large selection of books for adults and children. Or phone 01732 459218.

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