Some news in brief…

Crockham Hill War Memorial Playing Field Trust applied for and was granted a £28,000 Biffa Award to replace the 40+ year old play equipment in the playing field.

The Trust also secured a substantial grant from Westerham Town Council and smaller grants from Kent County Council and the Crockham Hill Community Interest Company.

These, together with the trusts own funds, have enabled a £40,000 playground replacement to be undertaken.

The equipment installed was chosen after consultation with the primary school children at Crockham Hill school and local parents and includes both inclusive equipment and equipment to provide stimulating play for older children (aged 8-12 years).

There will be an official opening of the playground on Tuesday , September 11 at 2.30pm, at Crockham Hill Playing Field, Dairy Lane, Crockham Hill.
The Inner Wheel Club of Oxted & Limpsfield is holding a coffee morning at the White Hart Barn, Godstone, on Saturday, September 8, 10am-noon, selling cakes and souvenirs and there will be a raffle.
Tandridge Handicraft Society meets every Monday at the Woodhouse Centre, Hoskins Road car park, opposite Tandridge Leisure Centre, Oxted and on September 17 the Society is hosting a talk with examples entitled “Warm Glass – an Artist’s Journey in Casting” given by Joanna Lloyd. The talk starts at 2pm. Visitors are welcome, £5 entry including tea and biscuits. Further details on or contact Jenny Beal on 01883 620730
OXTED’S St Mary’s Church has secured funding to proceed with the urgent restoration and conservation of crumbling stonework of the church.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has granted £46,900, the Garfield Weston Foundation has granted £20,000 and the public has provided £75,000 to this project.

The project will restore and conserve the chancel walls and walls to the north and south aisles of the church, which have been crumbling away for a number of years and need urgent attention before this risks the stability of the building. The work also includes improved access to the church for a people with a variety of disabilities by removing the step at the main church door.

The project will include the development of website materials to give the public more information about the church and the churchyard in which it sits, and a self-guided tour of the building. Opening times will be extended and more public events and workshops are planned for the church in the future.

St Mary’s Church has been a site of Christian worship in the area for more than 1,000 years and is referred to in the Domesday Book of 1087.

The Rev Andrew Rumsey, Rector of Oxted, said: “We are thrilled that we have received these grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Garfield Weston Foundation. They add to generous support from the local community in our efforts to safeguard Oxted’s oldest building as a unique resource for future generations.”
Westerham’s Design Gallery will be showing fabulous new stock at Eltham Palace Art Deco Fair on September 8-9; three Cocktail Bars, Banded Cloud Chairs, a Cloud Sofa in wraparound blonde burr walnut, a pair of armchairs, occasional tables and a skyscraper console table.

A large collection of fine Art Deco and Art Nouveau art glass has recently arrived into the gallery, including Rene Lalique, Galle, Schneider and Legras.

The Design Gallery’s new 3000 sq ft furniture warehouse at Starborough Farm, Starborough Road, on the outskirts of Edenbridge can now be visited by appointment.

If you are seeking specific items or would like to commission bespoke furniture to your own designs you can visit call 01959 561234 or email

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