Tuesday, June 25th, 2024

Volunteers wanted to help keep Riverhead parkland looking good plus more dates for your diary

RIVERHEAD PARKLAND: The next Riverhead Parkland Working Party will be held on Wednesday 13 June from 9.30  to 11.30am when the small volunteer group of Riverhead Parish Councillors and local residents would welcome you to join them. The parkland is a large and lovely open area in the centre of the village but your help is needed to keep it looking good. Tools and refreshments are provided but do come appropriately clad, including  sturdy footwear  and gardening gloves. Fresh air and good company! Meet at the entrance to the Parkland off St Mary’s Drive at 9.30am. More information on the Parish Council web-site at www.riverheadpc.kentparishes.gov.uk or phone 01732 461278. Or why not take a walk through the Parkland to see what goes on?

CHIPSTEAD WI: The next meeting of Chipstead WI will be on  Tuesday  12 June starting at 8pm. The speaker will be Nigel Dawson who will talk about ‘50 Years of Comedy Greats’.  The venue, as always, is Chevening Parish Hall, Homedean Rd, Chipstead (TN13 2RU). For more information about Chipstead WI call Janet Sharp on 01732 452715 or email barjansharp@tiscali.co.uk.

WILDLIFE EVENTS: On the morning of Sunday 17 June there  will be another orchid walk at the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve (off Bradbourne Vale Rd TN13 3DH). These  walks are always very popular so prior booking is essential. For more information about this and the other varied events at the reserve  or to make a booking see www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events. The reserve with its walks around the lakes is open free every day from dawn until dusk. (NB no dogs allowed because of the wildlife). The Visitor Centre with its café is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm during the summer months.

SCHOOL SUMMER FAIR: Only two weeks now until the Riverhead Infants’ School PTA Summer Fair on the afternoon of Saturday 23 June. As always there will be loads of stalls, refreshments and activities and everyone is welcome. Save the date!

OUTDOOR THEATRE: On Friday evening 13 July, the ever-popular Pantaloons Theatre Company will be returning to the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve to perform Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Ernest’. The company says: ‘This energetic and musical production from the critically acclaimed Pantaloons infuses Wilde’s witty words with snappy new songs and frantically funny physical theatre to give this perennially popular play a hilarious contemporary twist’. This is an outdoor theatre production so take your own seating and a picnic.  Refreshments will also be available from the visitor centre café. More information at www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events. Booking is essential via the Pantaloons website www.thepantaloons.co.uk/shows/. For information only call 01622 662012.

RIVERHEAD CARNIVAL DATE: This year’s Carnival, held on Chipstead Common and once again organised by our local 3rd Sevenoaks Scout Group, will take place on Sunday afternoon 16 September so save the date now. With around 70 stalls usually on offer, the event encourages local voluntary and community groups 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, tombolas, plus beer tent, teas, burger stall and of course the now famous egg-throwing competition! To book a pitch for your stall email now to tracey@3rdsevenoaks.org.uk. (NB no more refreshment stalls are required as these are provided by the Scouts.) This is always a  fun event, so save the date now!


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