Welcome to the home page of The Wye Business Association

Updated 30/11/2016

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

If you are looking for services, skills or products, our quick and easy search facility will take you straight to those members who may be able to help. Whether you seek an  estate agent/letting agency, a packet of half inch nails, custom made curtains and home interior, nearly new clothes, hair styling, beauty therapy, hand- crafted gifts & art, bed & breakfast or  restaurants and pubs with good food, good drink and a room for the night, a coffee shop,  newspaper in the morning from the local news agents, a family butcher’s, a farmers market or fresh bread from our bakery and of course a great vetinary practice you will find it all here. We also are fortunate to have a wonderful Post Office and Co – Op both of who offer cash back services. We have recently gained a general handyman qualified to carry out basic electrics. If you have other questions please use our “Contact Us” facility and we shall aim to reply within 48 hours, weekends and bank holidays accepted.





For these reasons we are pleased to publish both News of our Village and our Businesses.

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!

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


Richard Blackford & Mary Barratt

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 »

Change of use for 24 Church Street from A1 (retail)

Full Planning Permission
10 Nov 2016 Wye with Hinxhill
24 Church Street, Wye, Ashford, Kent, TN25 5BJ
Change of use from A1 (retail) to yoga/therapy room (sui generis)

The former Llyods Bank Building in Church Street which became the very successful Art & Gift Shop Botanic currently not occupied, is planned to become a Yoga/ Therapy room subject to the above Planning Permission.

Wife of Bath Opening Date Announced

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We are delighted to announce we will be open for business from Thursday 1st December. Visit www.wifeofbath.co.uk to book a table.
Here is a sneak peak at a sample menu to whet your appetite.http://www.wifeofbath.co.uk/pdfs/wob_menu_sample.pdf


Dave Dubber


Dave Dubber far right

We regret to announce the death of long standing WBA member Dave Dubber.

Dave came down from London in the nineties with his business partners Alan and Judy to open their new restaurant The Devil’s Kneading Trough up on top of the Downs. They were busy in those days with lunches , special occasions and many weddings.

Dave became known for his favourite response to when asked ‘How are things Dave?’ He would reply ‘it’s manic up here, absolutely manic!’

The businesses in the WBA have always helped one another. One year on Valentine’s night Dave rang Sutherland Stores. He didn’t have any staff and they were packed out. Sutherland Stores found themselves waiting and washing up!

After his partners returned to London Dave stayed on and ran the restaurant himself. He hosted the WBA meetings. We all bought ourselves a drink and Dave provided what became known as the best egg sandwiches in East Kent. They were fun times and a chance for the businesses to let off steam, have a laugh and of course achieve a few things.

For this we thank you Dave. RIP

Please note, Dave’s funeral will be held Wednesday 30th November  9.20am at Charring Crematorium Ashford.


Wye Bakery Christmas Orders


Pictured, Pauline Hickson owner of Wye Bakery

To be sure of enjoying some lovely Wye Bakery Bread at Christmas, please place your orders  by 16th December.

Wye Bakery opening hours are:
Tuesdays , Thursdays and Fridays 8:30am to 3pm
Saturdays 8am to 12.30pm

Twenty Years Since WBA Lit Up Wye For Christmas


Chairman of the WBA with ‘Norma Desmond’ 1996



Friday 2nd December 6pm – 8pm in Church Street

It was 2o years ago that The Wye Business Association raised the funds to provide Christmas Lights for our village. It was 20 years ago that Janet Hullet dripping in borrowed mink and jewels arrived as Norma Desmond our brilliant Hollywood movie star to switch on the lights for the first time. Taylor’s Garage joined in the fun by driving our star up Church Street in their white Rover car where she engaged with the waiting crowd of excited parents and school children. Norma Desmond supposedly just over from Hollywood was introduced to the then vicar the Rev David Stewart-Smith who informed her that he had relations in the USA. Janet’s own Mother did not recognise her and when introduced to Norma she was obviously thrilled to meet a ‘real’ movie star!

Its been 20 years of fantastic support from our Community providing donations of prizes and making facilities available.

We invite you all to join us and help us make this Wye village Christmas event an extra special one. Put on some extra glitter, wear some tinsel and sparkle. Dress up in costume, what ever you want to do. The Street Party is for you. Enjoy it! Continue Reading »

News from The Wife of Bath


This is the latest news from The Wife of Bath which appeared on their Facebook Page 1st November 2016

We are delighted to announce that we are finally in and we are wasting no time! Renovation work has already begun, out with the old and in with the new!!!

Foxwood Maclean Celebrate 20 years in the WBA


The Wye Business Association celebrates 20 years in November.

The WBA was fully up and running by 1996 following a meeting late 1995.  The two original partners of Calcutt Maclean estate agents soon became members of the association. These were Chris Calcutt and Nigel Maclean who set up their practice here in Wye at 150 Bridge Street.

In 1998 Nigel Maclean became the third Chairman of WBA just in time to organise the third Christmas Street Party.

Calcutt Maclean were great supporters of our community events and as Foxwood Maclean they still are today. Currently their bright red signs positioned at the entrances to our village herald twenty years of our businesses coming together.


Tickled Trout Christmas Menu

Below is the Tickled Trout Christmas Menu available to book now by ringing on 01233 812227

If you are looking for an excellent quality meal with top service from Tom’s brilliant staff, look no further than the Tickled Trout, proud sponsors of Wye Cricket Club

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The Tickled Trout Christmas Menu

3 Courses £22.95


Smoked mackerel flakes

In a creamy cheese sauce with crostini

Confit leg duck terrine with black cherry compote

Winter vegetable soup and fresh roll

Truffle oil & garlic wild mushrooms

with parmesan shavings &  mizuna salad Continue Reading »

Out Now – Wye Tree Trail Leaflet


This is a great leaflet for both our visitors and residents! Created by Wye School in partnership with The Kent Heritage Tree Project the walk takes approximately one hour in and immediately around Wye Village. There’s lots to learn on the way about our trees which are identified for you in this imaginative and helpful leaflet. It really creates an interesting walk.

Set off in the morning and you will be back in time for lunch at any of our pubs and restaurants. If you prefer an afternoon walk then you will also have time to call into Wye Café & Kitchen at the bottom end of Church Street for afternoon tea.

The leaflet opens out into an A2 map with photographs identifying the trees of Wye Village.

This can be seen by clicking on our Wye for the Walkers & Wye for Tourists and Cyclists pages.

The walk really is an education in itself!

For copies of this publication and other visitor’s guides pop into our Tourist Info point Ticketyboo Arts & Gifts 145 Bridge Street. 01233 812671.


Wife of Bath Restaurant

The Wife of Bath Restaurant will open at the end of November 2016 under new ownership.


Kings Head has £150,000 makeover


Licensees Mark Lightfoot and Scott Richardson have completed refurbishment of their new rooms. The refit has created four new en-suite guest rooms making a total of seven en-suite rooms.

Mark and Scott have picked up awards this year for the food they produce becoming finalists in the Taste of Kent Awards for Kent dining pub of the year category. They also won Restaurant of the year in the Shepherd Neame Pub awards.

In the last three years they have worked very hard to transform the business into a stylish destination to eat, drink and stay.

For more information visit www.kingheadwye.co. or phone 01233 812418

Wife of Bath Restaurant under new ownership – Mark Sargent of Rocksalt


A Professional Dog Walking Service is Launched

Mary Lacey a Wye resident of 30years and a dedicated experienced dog handler, has now set up a business walking dogs.

Mary  experienced and reliable  is fully insured, police checked and trained in canine first aid.

For further information contact Mary Lacey 0776 366 2861 or click on www.one2onewyewalkies.co.uk

Wye Coffee Shop & Kitchen Now Serve Sunday Lunch

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Our Wye Coffee Shop & Kitchen serve Sunday lunch from 12 until 2.30. Small is £6.95 or go for large for £8.95

Booking early is advisable.

Telephone: 01233 812452

Ticketyboo Art & Gifts Sponsors Wye Summer Fair

Chicory Summer Copy for Reproduction

Chicory Summer by Ann Sutherland can now be purchased as a print on canvas 100 x 75cm.

Framed prints are also available.

This painting of Wye is a favourite of many proved by the amount of prints sold.

Contact Ticketyboo @ ticketyboo@clara.co.uk 0r 01233 812671


Taylor Wimpey Sponsor Wye Summer Fair

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Wye Veterinary Surgery Summertime Snaps Pet Photo Competition


Would you like to win some great prizes for you and your pet? If you live in Wye and the surrounding villages all you have to do is send Wye Veterinary Surgery a photo of your pet enjoying Summer. Details below of how to enter. Good luck we look forward to seeing your photos!

Terms and Conditions
Please read the following before submitting your entry. All entrants are deemed to have accepted these rules and agreed to be bound by them.

Format and Submission
Images can submitted by email as JPEG, GIF or PNG at the highest possible quality to wyeoffice@cinqueportsvets.co.uk with the subject line ‘Summertime Snaps Competition’

Please make sure you include:
• Your name, address and contact details 
• Your pet’s name, age and breed
• One pet per photograph please but you can enter as many pets as you wish

Alternatively you can post your submission to:
Wye Veterinary Surgery
5A Oxenturn Road
TN25 5BH

Prizes and closing date
Closing date is midnight on 7th September 2016
Winners will be contacted by Friday 16th September

• A family ticket to the Rare Breeds Centre, Woodchurch
• A £50 voucher to spend on Cinque Ports Vets range of toys, food and services
• One month’s free supply of food for one of your pet’s featured in the photo
• Ten runner up prizes of toys for your featured pet

Judges decision is final and no alternative, cash or otherwise will be given for any prizes

Winning photos will be used in publications.



Kings Head Win Best Restaurant Award 2016


Picture from Shepherd Neame’s Awards. Mark Lightfoot & Scott Richardson of the Kings Head with Rob & Donna Taylor of The Compasses Inn receiving their awards.

Congratulations to Scott and Mark of The Kings Head who have won Shepherd Neame’s  ‘Restaurant of the Year’ at their annual Pub awards.  The Compasses Inn Crundale were presented with the award for best Tenanted Pub.

Great achievement for this corner of Kent!





Wye Beer Festival

24th, 25th & 26th June!

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Cinque Ports Vets Wye to run Fun Dog Show

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Cinque Ports Vets Wye Branch Oxenturn Road

The Wye Jubilee Community Group were pleased to learn that our local veterinary branch Cinque Ports Vets, have agreed to run a Fun Dog Show at the Wye Summer Fair which will be held on Sunday 28th August on Churchfield Way Green 1pm -4pm.

Tickets for the Summer Fair Grand Draw are now on sale at Ticketyboo. This is your chance to win a  luxury camping holiday with conditions in France kindly donated by Venue Holidays. There are also many other great prizes to be won including  complementary tickets for Leeds Castle for two adults and three children.

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WJCG are working together with the Wye Village Hall Committee to raise funds for the Village Hall project and the Kent Air Ambulance.

Cinq Ports Vets Award

For a long time many pet owners in Wye had on their wish list a veterinary practice to operate in Wye. That wish became a reality when Cinq Port Vets opened their clinic in Oxenturn Road and soon became members of The Wye Business Association.

WBA has received the following news from Rachael Stooks RVN PHC . Rachael is the Personal Assistant to Rita Dingwall Practice Manager of Cinq Port Vets. 



Centre: Director of Cinq Ports Vets Sharon Marsh who runs the Wye Veterinary  Surgery accepted the award on the practice’s behalf.

Rachael writes:

Cinque Ports Vets were thrilled to be nominated for a Keep It in KentNew Year’s Honours Award at the start of this year.

Keep It In Kent is a campaign run by Steve Newman and Tina Halperin for anyone who believes in the importance of actively supporting local Kent businesses. Our New Year’s Honour was awarded for ‘Services to Veterinary Care in Kent’ and we even made the local paper!

We were kindly invited to attend the awards dinner at The Hythe Imperial Hotel in February where Gold Awards were presented to local businesses following an online vote. Other worthy award winners were King’s Head at Wye, Country Brides of Faversham and Home Cooked By Hannah.

We are very proud of our award and being able to care for you and your pets alongside our sister company Milbourn Equine and look forward to working with ‘Keep It In Kent’ this year.


Wye Beauty Sky Dive

Robyn Gardener of Wye Beauty  www.rtbs.co.uk was inspired last year to take a 
sky dive in aid of the Breast Cancer charity. When the great day came she had raised her 
target of £395.
 However, having braced herself for this daredevil act, her jump was cancelled due
 to bad weather. After two more cancellations and a year later Robyn writes....... 

Robyn Sky Dive

'Perfect weather on Sunday 13th March at Headcorn Airfield. The most amazing 
experience of my life! I felt very safe and surprisingly not nervous at all! 
We jumped at 12,000 feet, did a free fall at 130mph for 30seconds and then 
there was 5minutes of gently coming down. 
You can talk to each other during the decent.The views were fantastic. 
I would do it all again! The good news is that by being postponed 
three times, the original £395 target has turned into £1,400 for Breast 
Cancer which is brilliant. 
Thanks to generous family, friends and clients!'

Get the Rumpus Look

Emily feeling very Rumpus


MEP Richard Ashworth visits Wye Community Farm



Local MEP Richard Ashworth

Local MEP Richard Ashworth member of the European Parliament’s  agriculture and Budgets committee visited Wye community Farm on Thursday 11 February.
After a visit to the farm’s  livestock and around the Brooke agricultural museum mr Ashworth joined a meeting of the farm team looking at developing the micro businesses which are direct spin offs from the farm itself. Della Newman at spinningearth.co.uk presented her fibre and wool business, directly related to the farm and several of the traditional crafts promoted by the farm were on display: felt making, spoon carving, leather work and also acquiring skills for the restoration of a beautiful old bullock cart.
The farm intends to bid for EU funding in the context of the LEADER programme for some of these micro businesses and skills to develop the rural economy and encourage training and apprenticeships in these key areas.

Mr Ashworth noted how many of these skills and businesses dovetail together with the Farm at their hub.