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Updated 27/3/2017



We hope to help achieve these aims by publishing news of both our businesses and village.

Our members offer a startling range and variety of products, skills and services. Continue Reading »

Say ‘Cheese’ at the Wye Farmers Market


Visitors to Wye Farmers Market on Saturday 1st April will have the chance to try a tasty new product from Wye Community Farm. With cows, goats and sheeps cheese being widely available, WCF have seen a gap in the market and developed a cheese made from pigs milk. Although it sounds like a novel idea, cave drawings in the Scilly Isles show pigs being milked around 4,000 years ago. A grant from the Department for Agriculture and Food Technology has enabled WCF to develop a milking machine for pigs to meet modern hygiene requirements. Anyone wanting a free taste of the new cheese, called Porkies, just has to go to the WCF stall at the market and say “cheese”. The Market is held around the green in the centre of Wye 9am to 12 noon.

300 Bread Rolls and Much More as Wye Experiences the Effects of Spring

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This weekend in Wye started off with a jolly note on Friday night. To be sure the Barbers Arms celebrated St Patrick’s day with Irish music and Guinness!

The same establishment appeared to be busy Saturday evening as rugby fans settled down with a pint or two to watch the match.

It is amazing how the weather can affect business, people spend more time at the Farmer’s market when the weather is kinder. The pubs and restaurants benefit too. How lucky we are as a village to sustain four pubs and two restaurants.


Here’s one young lady who with her husband and friends enjoyed a walk in Wye Woods followed by lunch at The New Flying Horse.

Robert of Leppers Homes and Gardens has his front window full of things to remind us it is time to get busy in our gardens. The store has a wealth of items right on our doorstep giving us more time to get on with those jobs!

Wakelins Butchers only had two portions of their delicious homemade vegetable lasagne left but plenty of fish as they had just had a delivery. Of course their meat always creates a fine display.

Pauline at Wye Bakery told us that as well as baking for this Saturday she had achieved producing 300 bread rolls for The Norton Knatchbull School Party. Judging by the empty bread baskets which surrounded  Pauline, Wye Bakery had had a successful Saturday.

Yes Spring has sprung in Wye and its good for business! Having sampled the homemade marshmallows of many different flavours, such as Bakewell Tart and Peaches and Cream which are produced by a young man at the farmer market….. Readers, if you are tempted to come to Wye, don’t fight it come and enjoy it!




History of Wye Village Shops & Businesses

May we draw your attention to a new article on our ‘History of Wye Businesses Page.’ 

A History of Wye Village Shops & Businesses

Kings Head to Host Art Exhibition

The Kings Head  are to host an Art Exhibition for local Artist Faye Glen.

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 Faye is currently an undergraduate at the University of the Creative Arts in Canterbury studying for a BA Fine Art degree. Her  passion for art has intensified since starting her degree and allowed her to be bold and take risks which is a completely new experience. She has  embraced mixed media  from the collages inspired by Hannah Höch to the expressive paintings of Chantal Joffe and Marlene Dumas. For further information take a look at Ffaye’s website: https://fayeglen.com/
From now on Faye will be busy in her studio preparing for her exhibition entitled ‘ Disquiet Intentions’ to be held Saturday 22nd April – Sunday 23rd April – 11am – 4pm.

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  Faye’s Studio

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This is a great example of how our village businesses interact with village events. We wish Faye every success and if our readers are able. we are sure she will appreciate you printing off her poster and displaying it. Thank you.

‘Its a huge thumbs up’ for The Wife of Bath

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Mr & Mrs Robert Ward

Here’s one happy couple who celebrated a birthday at The Wife of Bath last Sunday. Having eaten a delicious lunch they were surprised with a plate containing ice cream and a ‘Happy Birthday’ message lettered in chocolate.

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Here’s what the Wards wrote on Facebook: ‘Thank you for THE most perfect lunch yesterday….. we were looked after SO well! Wonderful atmosphere and totally delicious, delicious food! A huge thumbs up from us!’


Wye Farmer’s Market Pancake Challenge


Visitors to the Wye Farmers Market this Saturday will be invited to demonstrate their flipping skills in a series of pancake races,  with prizes for adult and junior winners. Races start at 10 am, with contestants having to flip their pancake at least 10 times over the course of the race – get practicing now!

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A new article now appears on our History of Wye’s Shops and Businesses Page. http://wyebusiness.org.uk/a-history-of-wye-village-businesses/

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Bugden’s of Wye Church Street.


Street Party Retirement

The Time Has Come

After twenty years of being involved and running the Wye Christmas Street Party (a WBA initiative) we have made the decision to retire and hopefully hand the event over to a younger keen community minded group.

It has been a lot of fun, very rewarding and indeed a privilege.

Also retiring are Richard Blackford and Mary Barrett who for some years have run the BBQ. For this we thank them very much and hope they can now stop dreaming of burgers!

We would like to thank all those people who have supported this event.

How sad it would be if what has now become a twenty year old Wye tradition and a good way of raising funds for our community ceased.

It now needs a younger input to come forward and pick up the Street Party baton.

Peter will remain treasurer but it needs others to manage the event.

Ashford Borough Council require 12 weeks notice for the Road Closure and Clubs and Societies two months notice. Therefore mid August would be a good time to start planning.

Anyone from Wye interested please contact 812 671

Yoga therapy room to go ahead

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Circled the former Llyods Bank building

Nothing can be more miserable for a village than to have an empty shop. The former home of Mr & Mrs Luing became a branch of Llyods Bank in the 70’s and was a busy establishment together with The Nat West  opposite. Wye college provided plenty of students all wishing to sign on at the banks as soon as they arrived in our village. Following the closure of the College our Llyods branch in Church Street eventually closed November 2010. The front doorway was decorated with black ribbons in ‘memory of’ by a saddened resident.

The village was delighted when artist Edwina Finn opened her beautiful art and gift shop  naming it Botanic. Number 24 Church Street was alive again! Unfortunately this lovely establishment closed last year and has stood empty.

The Parish Council Website reports the following:

Ashford Borough Council has approved a change of use application for the ground floor of the former Lloyds Bank at 24 Church Street, from A1 (retail use) to a yoga and therapy room.

The planning application did not propose any internal or external changes to the fabric of the Grade II listed building, or new signage, but the decision will result in the loss of retail premises in the centre of Wye. The case officer’s report concluded that “Whilst this proposal would result in the loss of an A class use, which Policy TRS16 seeks to resist, marketing evidence had been provided to demonstrate that the property is no longer viable for this purpose.”

“Further, the proposed development for a yoga/therapy use would bring a vacant unit back into a commercial use thereby supporting the local rural economy in accordance with national planning policy. I do not consider that the proposed development would cause demonstrable harm to highway safety or cause substantial harm to the listed building or character and appearance of the conservation area. I therefore consider that on balance the application should be approved.”

Wye Parish Council regretted the loss of a small shop, and drew the officer’s attention to the lack of off-road parking in the centre of Wye, but supported the application for the reasons above.

After Lloyds Bank closed its Wye branch in 2010 the 392 sq ft premises operated as a gift shop. The applicant, Alison Belsom, trading as Sunfish Yoga and Therapy Ltd from Mersham, has run popular weekly yoga classes in Wye for over ten years. http://www.sunfishyogaandtherapy.co.uk/

 We wish Alison every success. Its good to see Number 24 Church Street back in business!

National Award for Wye Community Farm

The British White Cattle Society have awarded Wye Community Farm their Enterprise Trophy, in recognition of WCF’s work to promote the breed. Pictured are our young farmers, who tend the cattle every Saturday morning, with the trophy.  To learn more about the British White breed visit www.britishwhitecattle.co.uk WCF’s educational work is funded by members annual subscriptions; if not yet a member please visit the membership page on our website www.wyecommunityfarm.org.uk

Top 50 Gastropubs 2017 – Wye’s Kings Head at Number 25!


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Wye’s dynamic duo are once again aiming for yet another award. Not only are people hungry for their tasty locally sourced food, these two gentlemen are hungry for awards! This time they are up against 49 other competitors and are currently at number 25.

The Top 50 Gastropub Awards is a highly regarded and influential national list of food led pubs, recognised for their outstanding food offer and service. The list entrants are voted for by top foodies and hospitality experts, these include gastropub operators (who can’t vote for their own pubs), food writers, pubco catering development managers and executive chefs, celebrity and top hospitality industry chefs, pub guide editors, industry chiefs and food operators. The voting criteria ensures the list really is decided by the industry.

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This is an exciting time for not only Scott, Mark and The Kings Head, its exciting for our village!

We wish them lots of luck!

For further news, check out the following websites:







No Veg Shortage at Wye Farmer’s Market






The current shortage of imported vegetables is a reminder that there is no substitute for seasonal local produce.
At this Saturdays Farmers Market Ripple Farm Organics will have on sale a wide range of winter salads and vegetables, all grown within 1 mile of the market.
Importing fresh food has a huge environmental impact; to give one example, for every calorie of iceberg lettuce flown in from Los Angeles, 127 calories of fuel are consumed.

 Wye farmers Market is held around the green in the centre of Wye every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 9am till noon.

Office for Rent

There is an office for rent over the top of Wye Bakery.

22 Church Street Wye, tN25 5BJ

Contact Mary Braithwaite & Nigel Ings  Tel: 01852 314094

History of Wye Village Businesses – New Article

Hop onto our History of ‘Wye Villages Businesses Page’ where a new article awaits you!

A History of Wye Village Businesses

Foraging Walk with Wye Community Farm 11th February


Discover the subtle signs that spring is on its way and some of the edibles from February hedgerows – it may be slim pickings but we will try!
Dress warmly, wear boots and meet at Brook Agricultural Museum at 10am on Saturday 11th February.
£5 adults, £2.50 children.

Wye Community Farm

Sweet Love at the Wye Farmer’s Market



Velta’s Heavenly truffles will be running a Valentines Day themed stall with a range of delights to treat your loved one.  Try some strawberry truffles with Bols strawberry liqueur, strawberry segments, and a strawberry extract with a light strawberry dusting.  All truffles will be included in a gift box along with a range of Belgium chocolate hearts and colourful chocolate mini handbags.  You can order your special gift from Velta at the Market to be delivered in Wye for Valentines Day.

Also at the market will be young entrepreneur Sam, with his love heart delights in Marshmallow –  he has some very cool flavours to try.

The Wye Farmers Market is held around the green in the centre of Wye every 1st and 3rd Saturday 9 am till noon

Books by Sir Charles Jessel now Available at Ticketyboo

Ticketyboo are pleased to introduce ‘Memories by Request’ the latest book by Sir Charles Jessel who lives in the neighbouring village of Hastingleigh.

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Memories by Request – Sir Charles J. Jessel Bt.


Reprinted with revisions 2017

Memories by Request is a reflection on a long and varied life partly in the very different world between the two World Wars. Having served in the Second World War, the peace brought Sir Charles varied careers and occupations as farmer, magistrate, journalist, restaurateur, dowser, nutritionist and charity trustee. His reflections, tempered by these experiences, provide a fascinating insight into country life over the last 80 years of dramatic change.”

Also by Sir Charles…

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An Anthology of Inner Silence compiled by Charles Jessel. Hardback at £10.

The management of stress is now considered a required skill if one wishes to avoid chronic ill health,a broken marriage, or other forms of trauma.

The available techniques are legion and their benefits variable. Of their exponents, the better ones disclaim the miraculous in favour of self-help and inner seeking; they postulate the need for mental stillness as a prerequisite bringing with it physical relaxation. Such stillness is the first step along the road towards an inner silence. But what is inner silence? Continue Reading »

Remember this ?

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Sutherland Stores 145 Bridge Street 1980 -1999.

Currently Ticketyboo  Art and Gifts. http://www.ticketyboowye.org/

Take a look at our NEW History of Wye village businesses page   http://wyebusiness.org.uk/a-history-of-wye-village-businesses/

The Bubble Waffle Company at this Weeks Farmer’s Market

New Stalls for the New Year at Wye Farmers Market


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Joining us for the first time at this weeks Wye Farmers Market is 21st January, Louis with his Waffle Making Machine!  Louis is just 13 years old and with the support of mum and dad, he has saved his pocket money to buy his equipment in order to fulfill his entrepreneurial ambition of running a Market Stall.  Louis was inspired by street food in Hong Kong on a family holiday Louis uses all local ingredient in his waffles including free range eggs which makes them taste amazing. So come along and support  him at ‘The Bubble Waffle Company’ Stall this Saturday 21st January from 9 am til noon around the village green in the centre of Wye   His Facebook is  (https://www.facebook.com/louiscallinge/): Also New To the Market we Have Marshmallows, Truffles and the return of Bonnie Shortie to delight us among our regular fabulous selection of stall holders.

A Message from Wye Post Office



Whilst speaking to our lovely customers, it has been brought to our attention that a lot of people are still unaware of the wide range of services we offer.

In our office you can:
*Withdraw and deposit cash from your personal bank account. Also pay in cheques to your bank, as long as you have a paying in slip.

*Withdraw and deposit cash from business bank accounts
*Postal Orders
*Buy Currency
*Send Money Abroad
*Purchase the One4All gift cards
*Have your pension/benefits paid into our cash card account.
*Renew your car tax (we only need renewal form)
*Pay your bills and much much more…

From the team at Wye.

Wye Coffee Shop & Kitchen

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There were plenty of volunteers helping to take our village Christmas lights down this morning. In fact the job was done in record time! Everyone gets on so well, its nice to just wrap up  the moment with a cup of coffee together. Where better than to land up in our very much appreciated Wye Coffee Shop & Kitchen being served by the lovely ladies in our photograph.

Whilst taking down the Christmas Tree (donated by Perry Court Farm) opposite the café, we observed a trio of motor cyclists popping in followed later by a team of cyclists. This is so good for Wye. Once settled with our excellent coffees we saw (eyes stretched) some pretty amazing breakfasts coming out of the kitchen!

Good food, good coffee, all served with a warm friendly smile. Definitely worth a visit!

To visit Wye Coffee Shop & Kitchen click here:  http://wyecoffee.co.uk/

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2017 – A New Business Looks Forward

Editor: We live in the age of Supermarkets and Online Shopping a fact we have to accept if we want to live in the now. However Wye is still most fortunate to have some shops a Post Office, Pubs and Restaurants. We do still have a garage but please take note that it has recently stopped selling fuel.

So, lets kick off the New Year by wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy 2017. Lets also start on a positive note. Wye has changed a great deal with many young families moving in. What goes with families? Dogs naturally! It is fair to say that the dog population in our village has increased a great deal thus creating the opportunity for a new business in our Village. Below is an article from Mary Lacey who seized this opportunity in September 2016.

All good wishes to Mary, our Wye Businesses and their Customers. May 2017 be a successful one.


One2One Wye Walkies Mary Lacey introduces her new dog walking service based in Wye

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On 20 September 2016, I launched my dog walking service, ‘One2One Wye Walkies’. It is still early days, but I’m delighted to report that my client base is gradually evolving and word is spreading. In addition to my website – www.One2onewyewalkies.co.uk – I have also established a designated Facebook page, to enhance interactive communication with existing clients, potential clients and interested followers. Fully insured, police checked, and having undertaken a canine first aid course, together with years of practical experience, I am keen to offer a reliable and professional service, with an emphasis on the specific needs of owners and their dogs. My underlying principle is that I’m aiming to provide the kind of service which I would be happy to use for my own dogs this includes walking dogs individually, using a 10m line to ensure the safety and security of the pets in my care. Although my focus is on attracting clients in the village, I welcome enquiries from dog owners within a 6-mile radius of Wye.

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I am honoured to be a member of the Wye Business Association. Having spent most of my working life in the corporate environment, being a newly registered sole trader is a very exciting if slightly daunting prospect. I look forward to sharing ideas with WBA collegues and hopefully picking up some top tips



Foxwood Maclean Office to Let

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Foxwood Maclean have a lovely first floor office they wish to let out.

If you are interested please contact Malcolm Vint the Senior Branch Manager 01233 812606 or on his mobile 07714 481206

email: mvint@foxwoodmaclean.co.uk



Wakelin’s Turkey a Hit at Christmas Lunch

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           Table set ready to go!                    Veronica Cackett, Father Christmas & Helen White


              Ready to go!                                                   Tasty Turkey!

Wye’s Sheltered Housing complex Luckley House held their Christmas lunch on Tuesday.

Resident Veronica Cackett organised the lunch helped by the Scheme Manager and other volunteers.

In the planning Veronica, a customer of our local butchers Wakelin’s knew exactly how she wanted the Turkey to be prepared for cooking.

She also knew that she could rely on Martin and Sarah Wakelin to give her precisely what she wanted plus quality. Cooking for twenty three expectant people needed full proof preparation. Turkey Breasts rolled and presented ready for the oven were a huge success. Those enjoying the lunch all stated how much they had enjoyed it and remarked on how tasty the Turkey was!

Shopping locally once again proves to be a friendly and pleasant experience with good quality reliable service and produce.

A winner all round!

Wye Farmer’s Market Christmas Special

Ding dong and sing along!!

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With Carol singers and hand bells bringing some festive cheer to this Saturdays Wye Farmers Market, you will be able to stock up on all your festive treats.  This will be a bumper Market with special stalls offering home made Christmas cakes, truffles, pottery gifts and and warm knitwear. With the usual wide range of locally reared meats and winter vegetables, shoppers will be able to source their entire Christmas meal at the Wye Farmers Market, making a real contribution to the local rural economy. The market is held around the Green in the centre of Wye from 9am-12noon. www.wyefarmersmarket.co.uk

Cheese Please! A must for your Christmas Table from Cheesemakers of Canterbury
 Artisan Jams and Chutneys  The Wooden spoon has gift packs
Exotic game bangers for Boxing day! V J Game have it all

Wife of Bath Reopens


Wishing all at the Wife of Bath with Rooms every success as they open their doors tomorrow! (Thursday 1st December)http://www.thewifeofbath.com/


20th Christmas Street Party this Friday


Perry Court Farm Donate Wye Christmas Tree

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Thank you Perry Court Farm for your kind donation of our Village Christmas Tree which you also delivered for us.

This will be a busy time for you and we hope you have a very successful Christmas! http://www.perrycourt.farm/



Wye All Ready for Christmas

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This morning volunteers helped WBA to put up the village Christmas Lights in time for the Christmas Street Party which will be held on Friday 2nd December.

The Christmas Tree was donated and delivered by Perry Court Farm Shop http://www.perrycourt.farm/

Grateful thanks to our volunteers who gave up their Sunday morning to help WBA.

This is the twentieth year of lights for our village!


Post Christmas:

How nice it was to receive the postcard above from a grateful member of our community.

Wye Businesses Reunite Lost Dog with it’s Owner


This little old chap was reunited with his owners after he was found wandering in the road in Wye

The people who rescued him from getting run over were advised to take him to Ticketyboo Art & Gifts. It wasn’t long before this elderly pooch was on Facebook. The dog warden was informed and then he was taken to Cinque Port Vets who have a branch here in Wye (not before he had eaten some lunch.

(http://www.cinqueportsvets.co.uk/lost_and_found/found_pets.html )

Jenny at the vets ran her scanner over this poor bewildered boy. The information that came up was that he was a resident of our village. His owners had recently moved here from London. It wasn’t long before Zak’s delighted owner was reunited with his dog.

Tardis is Wye’s Latest Tourist Attraction


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Editor:  Wye Ground Force volunteers work to make our village attractive  not only for the residents of Wye but also for our visitors. In turn this benefits our businesses. 

The group’s latest project has been to restore a telephone box in Bridge Street just down from The Wife of Bath Restaurant and opposite the Café, Wye Coffee & Kitchen. The box is now known as the Wye Tardis and inside displays a wonderful map and set of leaflets outlining the  history of our village. A must for the tourist! These can be purchased from Ticketyboo (Art & Gifts) just a little further down Bridge Street.

To read a report from Wye Ground Force about their projects: Continue Reading »