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So, just to very simply summarise the current requirements we are all subject to:

CoronaVirus: Current Status & Government Requirements

Stay at home / Protect the NHS / Save Lives
Only go outside for essential food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water as soon as you get home
At the time of writing, the UK have a devastating and rising number of deaths - this is the time we can make a difference and avoid the dire situations faced in Italy and Spain right now.

IT IS INCUMBENT ON EVERY ONE OF US TO ACT RESPONSIBLY

STAY AT HOME, PROTECT THE NHS, SAVE LIVES.

 

LOCAL SUPPORT & RESOURCES UPDATE - JUST HEATH STORES & HEATH PHARMACY FOCUS THIS WEEK FOLKS.......

Heath Stores

Heath Stores continues to stock their shelves with all the food, sundries and other supplies we have grown to love and could possibly need with a truly heroic delivery service now added to their already busy schedule of support.

Kate, Andrew and the team are asking that you comply with the government requirement of only leaving your home to shop for essentials when you really need to - this doesn't mean going to the store every day or every couple of days - you need to go to the store less frequently, get larger shops when you do go so that you go less often. This helps to protect you, other customers and the Heath Stores staff team who need to be fit to help us in the amazing ways they currently are - please don't pop in every day - when you do enter the store, comply with the 2 metre distancing and anti-bac your hands at the door on the way in please.

Kate also notes that they have received many many requests to open accounts and receive deliveries and will be processing all of these requests in the next couple of days so please, please do be a little patient and don't telephone or email to ask if they've received your request - they'll get back to you as soon as they can - it'll be sooner if they can just get on with it without keep picking up the phone or non essential emails - lots of extra admin without lots of extra hands so be kind and considerate whilst they work their way through it all.

A HUGE SHOUT OUT OF A THANK YOU TO THE HEATH STORES TEAM - WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!

Heath Pharmacy

Ola and his team have introduced a 10am opening time each day with the usual lunchtime 1pm to 2pm closure. There is an unprecedented demand on their services and they are doing their absolute best to continue to meet the growing needs of the community at large whilst providing a safe and efficient process.

Social distancing applies in the shop with a restriction to two people at any one time plus the usual 2 metre gap between each person.

If you or someone you know cannot collect prescriptions in person due to self-isolation or social distancing, the volunteer group (see facebook or the leaflet recently delivered to all Horsmonden homes) Horsmonden Responds can and will continue to help.

HUGE THANK YOU'S FROM US ALL TO TEAM HEATH PHARMACY - WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL!!

And now, a very quick run through of other food and drink delivery/take outs (forgive me if I've left anyone off - I'm doing my best too!!)

Watts Farm have posted on facebook that they have lots of fresh produce available for delivery - £50 minimum order so perhaps worth teaming up with others. https://shop.wattsfarm.co.uk/

Cellar Head Brewing Company, local beer and cider delivery tel: 01580 879523

Hartley Coffee House & Farm Shop - offering home delivery of veg boxes, fruit boxes, meat boxes - tel: 01580 720444

Taywells are offering to deliver their rather good ice creams in 1 litre or larger tubs This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Turners Cider Marden - order online and delivered to your door - https://turnerscider.co.uk

Marden Farm Shop - taking orders and delivering for the vulnerable and elderly tel: 01622 831504

Hammonds Butchers - offering a drive through only service now - tel: 01622 831504

The Halfway House - home delivery meals and drinks and the same still from The Hopbine - go guys - brilliant efforts!!!

INTRODUCING - SATURDAY NIGHT IS ......... QUIZ NIGHT @ YOUR VIRTUAL CLUB!!!!

Through the not insignificant efforts of one of our fabulous Club members - Jan Cobley - we are in the amazing position of being able to offer you a series of virtual quiz nights over the coming weeks - so, gather your team together (of course applying all necessary distancing and other rules) or pit your sole wits against the quiz master and get ready as this is how it's going to work.

At 5pm this Saturday, we will email the quiz out to you all - this week, it is 'All Creatures Great & Small' - seven rounds in total for you to take a shot at - you can either participate on your own, as a household or via phone/email/whatsapp etc with others - a bit of light hearted entertainment - normal rules apply - no looking answers up etc. Complete the rounds either for your own amusement or if you want to email your quiz answers back for a chance to win a coveted prize - you can do so to this email address with entries being accepted up to Tuesday 31 March so it gives you the whole weekend to take a shot. The winner (if there's lots of correct answers, we'll do a draw from a hat winner) would then be announced in the following week's newsletter - who knows, maybe we'll even get to a grand final in the weeks to come!!!! Great prize tucked up my sleeve - you'll all really, really want one!!! Anyway, massive thanks to Jan for all her work - let's all give it a go - the new normal for a while peeps.

AND FINALLY, LET'S END ON A JOKE (which truly isn't meant to offend anyone).......... This one is from Hayle Farm's Whatsapp group in case you'd like someone to blame!!!

There's a plane with 5 passengers on board - Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Angela Merkel, The Pope and a 10 year old school boy.

The plane is about to crash and there are only 4 parachutes.

Trump says 'I need one, I'm the smartest man in the USofA and am needed to sort out the problems of the entire world' - he takes one and promptly jumps.

Boris says 'I'm needed to sort out the UK right now so I must not let the nation down' - he takes one and jumps.

The Pope says 'I really need one as the world needs the Church right now' - he takes one and jumps.

Angela turns to the 10 year boy and says 'You can have the last parachute - I've lived my live, made my mark and your life is only just starting so you must have the last one'.

The 10 year old replies 'Please don't worry - there are two parachutes left, the smartest man in the USofA strapped my school bag to his back before jumping'...........


Remember everybody - stay home, protect the NHS, save lives xxx

PS: Probably time to say this newsletter is written by Billie Edmonds-Bell - one of the Club committee members but absolutely utterly always inspired by 'what would Ewen Kellas (Kell) write'........