Welcome to the home page of The Wye Business Association

Updated 22/05/2018


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 »

When one shop door closes… another one is opening

Its always sad to see a shop close and we were certainly sad to say farewell to Mary Hemsley’s Interiors recently.

However we have heard from Mike Lepper the owner of the said shop in Bridge Street, that he has had three different businesses interested in the property. Mike has confirmed that there will be a shop opening here.

Good news for our village indeed!


   Illustration copyright Ann Sutherland Ticketyboo Wye


Geerings 34 High Street

As part of our History of Wye Village Shops Page we are pleased to be able to share the above photographs of 34 High Street Wye.

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Geerings 1937  34 High Street Wye –     Photo kindly supplied by Delia Copland on loan from Miss Dorothy Coulter.

The young lady on the right is Miss Dorothy Coulter.

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Geerings 1973 High Street Wye –  Photo kindly supplied by Delia Copland on loan from Miss Dorothy Coulter.

Standing in the doorway is Miss Dorothy Coulter.

Some may wonder why the High Street is so named when there are today no shops here. Of course there was a time when this street was lined with shops including the Co Op.

1980’s until the current day.

When Geerings closed, 34 High Street was purchased by Wye College and became a residence for students.

Later it was sold and became a private property  again. The shop then took on a chequered life and became a work shop and showroom for a potter, a bridal gown showroom and two different types of book shop.

It is now totally a private residence.




Spring at the Farmers’ Market

Saturday 19th May

The Green 9am until noon

We have had a glourious start to Spring and the market has been bustling with some fantastic produce, as well as our very own special guests!  The little ones of Wye enjoyed meeting Peppa Pig herself at the last market, and this week we have something for all the family.  David Archer is busking for Cancer Research UK, he is their official busker and will be raising money for this amazing cause.  He will be at this weekends market providing us with a live set. We will also be welcoming new stallholders, The Food Junkies, who specialise in Vegan produce, be sure to come along and try their food, its delicious!
Recipe for May OMELETTE ARNOLD BENNETT We tend to associate omelettes with France but they have been known in Britain since the sixteen century.  This omelette is named after the novelist Arnold Bennett.  The original version was devised in the 1930s by the chef of the Savoy Hotel for the author who regularly dined there.
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This recipe uses haddock, cheese and eggs from the market.OMELETTE ARNOLD BENNETT

Serves 2 175g undyed smoked haddock, skinned 25g Butter 4 Organic free range eggs 1 tbsp Olive oil 4 tbsp Single cream 2 tbsp grated Ashmore Cheese

  1. Place the fish in a large saucepan and cover with water.  Bring the water to the boil, then turn down to a simmer and poach fish for 8-10mins until it flakes easily. Remove from heat and drain onto a plate. When cool enough to handle flake fish and remove any bones.
  2. Melt half the butter in a saucepan, add haddock, to warm.
  3. Beat eggs, season with pepper.
  4. Melt remaining butter with oil in a frying pan over medium heat.  When butter starts to  froth pour in eggs.  Use spatula to move eggs around. When cooked underneath and soft on top tip in haddock and spread over.  Pour over cream and top with the grated cheese.
  5. Place under the grill for one minute and then serve immediately. Yum!
Next market dates:    2nd June   16th June
Copyright © 2015 Wye Farmers Market, All rights reserved.

Another Success for Catha’s Seat Awards Fund – Wye Food Businesses donate Food & Drink Towards Picnic

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Locally sourced picnic raises funds to encourage cycling between Ashford & Canterbury

On Saturday 5th May over 80 people cycled and walked along National Cycle Route 18 from Wye, Ashford, Chilham and Canterbury to this year’s Catha’s Seat Picnic. Volunteers curated a menu for the picnic that showcased producers and purveyors operating along the cycle route. This featured food and drink kindly donated by; Wye Bakery, Wye Butchers, The King’s Head, Wye Coffee & Kitchen, Ripple Farm, Perry Court Farm, The Wooden Spoon, Wye Co-op, Woodpecker Farm and the Cheesemakers of Canterbury.

Proceeds from the picnic spread raised over £400 for the Catha’s Seat Awards Fund. The awards provide a total grant fund of £1,000 annually to encourage safety and increased use of National Cycle Route 18 between Ashford and Canterbury. Local groups, schools and individuals can apply for funding for equipment and expenses to support their projects. Those that are interested in applying for this year’s awards are encouraged to register their name and email address by 14th May at http://cathas-seat.org/awards/

At the picnic there were inspiring presentations from the 2017 awards winners: Continue Reading »

‘Window on Wye’ – Illustrated Poem in The Frame at The New Flying Horse

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New Flying Horse Licensee Steve Collins and Poet Robert Graham
pictured following the hanging of Robert’s poem ‘Window on Wye’

This nostalgic poem by Robert Graham, www.healinggardens.click was inspired by the fact that the stained glass
West Window in our Parish Church of St Gregory and St Martin, was blown out by an aerial landmine in 1943.
Robert’s poem reflects on a time gone by creating a window on Wye’s past but at the same time looks to the future.
As well as the poem being about yesterday, and what has gone, it is also about today and what has replaced what is ‘lost’  – i.e. the oasts are now houses, the people from abroad now come and work hard and pick our fruit not us… and yet much remains.wye window poem greyscale.indd

The poem has been illustrated by Ann Sutherland and produced by Ticketyboo http://www.ticketyboowye.org as a print packed with a hard backed envelope making it an excellent gift at £10.

A pound from each sale will be donated to Wye Scouts.

Wye picture framer Paul Callaghan http://www.intheframewye.wordpress.com was commissioned to frame a print in oak to hang in The New Flying Horse http://www.newflyinghorsewye.co.uk courtesy of the licensee Steve Collins.


Mary Hemsley Interior Design Closes After Twenty Years Trading in Wye

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Today, Wye says goodbye to Mary Hemsley Interior Design after twenty years of trading here in our village.

Mary’s talent for interiors and curtain making brought style to her shop in Bridge Street and into people’s homes. She was able to provide top of the range products and the latest fabric designs.

She was an active member of The Wye Business Association from early days. For this reason Mary is awarded honorary membership of the Association.

Mary has recently semi-retired and moved to Walmer, but will continue to operate from her studio where she will be producing bespoke curtains and blinds. She can be contacted via the following:

Mobile – 07980 148706

Email – info@mary-hemsley.co.uk

Mary looks forward to helping you with any projects in the future.

Editor: Good luck Mary and thankyou for all your support.

Wife of Bath reveal bill from 1973


Bill from Holdstocks

The statement featured, recently appeared on The Wife of Bath’s Facebook Page.

It shows a list of goods purchased from Holdstock’s in 1973.

The shop is now a private house on the corner of Upper Bridge Street and the High Street

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Our Place Promote Wholesale Purchase off the Internet

Whilst a group of local people are democratically free to invite the Community to join their Wholesome Wye Buyers Group. It is morally wrong for Our Place a Government initiative and Parish Council adopted project funded with public money to promote this. http://www.wyeparish.info/our-place.html

In the Our Place April edition of their newsletter, it states ‘Ordering in quantity means that all items we purchase are often significantly cheaper than buying in shops.’

The reference to shops in this way is a broad brush stroke written without sensitivity to the few remaining food shops that Wye has left.

The Wye Business Association has spent the last twenty two years working hard to preserve our Village Shops and do not expect Our Place to endanger the remaining shops by using public funds to act against them.

There are Parish Councillors on the Our Place Committee who have lived here long enough to know how much the Wye shops have done for their Community in gratitude for the Community’s support of their businesses. The WBA have always seen business as a two way situation of giving and receiving.

We were pleased to read on the same Our Place News letter of all the good works achieved during the snow. This included shopping.

Should the village ever be entirely cut off by snow as it was in 1986 and there are no shops left in Wye, it would prove very difficult to carry out voluntary shopping for those less able to venture out.

A little more careful thought and joined up thinking please.

Perhaps Our Place when spending public money on their next issue of their news letter could encourage people to support their local shops! Shop keepers pay income tax like everyone else.

Ann Sutherland

Fifth Annual Catha’s Seat Picnic Saturday 5th May Supported by Local Businesses

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Celebrate cycling, walking and local food at the Catha’s Seat Picnic

Cyclists, walkers and runners from all over Kent are getting ready for the fifth annual Catha’s Seat Picnic (Saturday 5th May 1-3pm). Gathering at a peaceful rural spot in the Stour Valley overlooking Chilham Castle, all are welcome to join and enjoy live music from Ashford Folk, original poetry from Robert Graham and a locally sourced picnic donated by Wye Bakery, Wye Butchers, The King’s Head, Ripple Farm, Perry Court Farm, The Wooden Spoon, Wye Co-op and the Cheesemakers of Canterbury.

Local cycling and walking organisations – Spokes East Kent Cycle Campaign, Cycle Circle and the Wye Footpaths Preservation Society – have got together with Catha’s Seat to guide you to the picnic. The nearest train station is Chilham, from where you can walk just 1 mile to Catha’s Seat with a friendly local guide. For a longer walk (6 miles) meet at Wye Farmers Market. Cycle rides start from Wye (5 miles), Canterbury (7 miles) and Ashford (11 miles). If you feel like running, join us at Wye (5 miles). The walks, rides and run are at participants’ own risk. All details and start times at http://cathas-seat.org/picnic/

For the picnic food and drink, small donations will be invited, and proceeds will go to the Catha’s Seat Awards. The awards provide a total fund of £1,000 annually to encourage safety and increased use of National Cycle Route 18 between Ashford and Canterbury. Local groups, schools and individuals can apply for funding for equipment and expenses. For this year’s awards expressions of interest are open until 14th May. Find out more at http://cathas-seat.org/awards/

At the picnic there will be an opportunity to get inspired and discover what last year’s Catha’s Seat Awards winners have been doing to promote cycling in the area:

Wheel Potential CIC put their award towards vital spare parts to support them to provide bespoke bicycles and open-air cycling experiences for less able adults in the Canterbury district.

2nd Wye Scouts ran their second cycling treasure hunt on National Cycle Route 18 with funds supporting cycling themed prizes, refreshments and hi-viz vests.

Cycle Community CIC’s ReCycle project at Goldwyn School gets students involved in refurbishing bicycles that are then offered for sale at affordable prices and used by the School. Their award funded a pressure washer to help them establish a wash station, which saves time when recycling donated bikes and maintaining their fleet.

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Wye Bakery a Blogger’s Inspiration

Pauline Hickson of Wye Bakery has sent us a copy of an email she received from blogger and author Jessie Cahalin.

Click on her link below to read her amazing creative account of her visit to Wye Bakery.

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We visited your lovely bakery in the summer. I chatted with you and your daughter, and explained I would blog about the experience. Well, after all this time, here is my blog post. I am a blogger and an author so the post combines a literary reference. I hope your like it. Here is the link to the blog post: http://jessiecahalin.com/a-bread-tale-on-the-road-to-canterbury/ I have shared the post of Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/people/Jessie-Cahalin/100016975596193?fref=nf

Village Shops Working Together

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During last night as snow continued to fall from the evening onwards, Pauline Hickson our village baker had been baking the bread for today’s trade.

After her night’s work she returned home to get some rest. Unfortunately neither Pauline or her assistant were able to get back to Wye due to the heavy snowfall.

A phone call to Martin and Sarah Wakelin who run their butcher’s shop opposite, saw a note on the bakery door directing customers for their bread over to the butchers. Anyone visiting Wakelin’s today would have been aware of the tall trolley full of lovely fresh baked bread which Martin and Sarah had offered to sell for Pauline.

Local businesses in Wye have always supported one another and todays events is just one example of how we carry on here in Wye.

Thanks to Martin and Sarah, Pauline’s trade continued but from a different shop!



Another business gem from our past


These are the latest photographs we have added to our ‘History of Wye Village Shops & Businesses’ Page.

For more detail : http://wyebusiness.org.uk/a-history-of-wye-village-businesses/


Holdstock’s General Store 1970’s. Photograph Delia Copland.

The shop further along the High Street (N0 34) was Geerings Stationers and News Agents.

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The Farm Shop 1980’s. Photograph Miss Pam Harbour.

Cinque Ports Vets React to Wye Dog Fouling

Wye Business Association members Cinque Ports Vets have reacted to a client’s concern over the amount of dog fouling we currently have in our village. We thank them for supplying us with the article below.


Why should I pick it up?

Dog fouling, it’s not just a ‘litter’ issue, it’s against the law!


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 We’ve all been there, that familiar squish underfoot and immediately identifiable pungent odour that wrinkles the noses of even the strong stomached, you’ve trodden in someone else’s dog poo!! But apart from the obvious annoyance, wiping of shoes on the grass and trying to get it out of the cracks in your trainers, why is it such a problem?

Unfortunately our four legged friends can be quite merrily carrying around diseases and parasites that not only pose a risk to their doggy friends, but to us and particularly children. There are around 6.8 million dogs in the UK, with an estimated production of 900 tonnes of faeces everyday!! That’s a lot of poo!

Apart from the potential risk of some stomach churning bacteria such as Campylobacter, which could lose you a few days sitting on the toilet, or worse a trip to hospital, the biggest public health risk is a parasite called Toxocara canis. T. canis is a type of intestinal roundworm, they are the ones that look like spaghetti (I hope no one is reading this over dinner). A responsible pet owner should worm their dog (and any cats out there) every 3-6 months with a reliable worming product, you won’t always see worms in their poo even if they have them.

Young children are more at risk from T. Canis which is transmitted either directly from dog faeces or a contaminated environment. Each female T. canis can lay up to 700 eggs a day and when a dog defecates they are passed out into the environment where the eggs can survive for up to three years in soil. During warmer weather the eggs develop into larvae which when ingested migrate through the body. When ingested by a dog the worm follows it natural life cycle and ends up as an adult in the digestive system (where it can cause irritation, diarrhoea and vomiting). However people are not part of the worms’ normal life cycle and so when the larval stages are ingested by us they can cause nasty reactions and tissue damage. The larvae sometimes migrate to the liver and can cause abdominal pain and fevers, or can migrate to the eyes and cause visual impairment or even blindness by damaging the retina (the back of the eye).

So the moral of the story is, always carry poo bags with you when out walking your dog (we know it’s easy to forget sometimes) and more importantly pick up your dogs’ poo and dispose of it appropriately!! It is becoming increasingly common for used poo bags to be left lying around, if you’ve bothered to pick it up please put it in a poo bin! The local authorities are also happy for it to be disposed of in general public bins if a poo bin is not available.
It is also important to regularly worm your dog against these parasites, ideally every 3 months with a reliable worming product. Speak to your local branch of Cinque Ports Vets for more information, you’d be amazed how excited they get over a humble dog poo!

More information available at www.gspca.org.gg/page/dog-faeces-facts


New Bespoke Picture Framing Service Wye


Oak frame with double mount.

Do you have something that needs framing;  a canvas, a print or photo that has been waiting for the right frame?  Or is there something you have which you would like re-framed ?

A new Wye Picture Framing Service  offers  you  choice  from a very wide range of frames (also known as mouldings) available to you. All frames are professionally constructed and samples are available.

They  also professionally mount (single or double)  work. You  just choose  the colour and texture of the  mountboard you prefer  from their wide selection. Samples of mountboards are available.

Finally, there is a  range of glazing options   available from Water White (colourless float glass),  Reflection Control,  Conservation Control   (which offers high UV protection) and Museum Glass . All glass  is cut to order.

As  a  new start-up, this service have low overheads making their pricing very competitive.

These frames create  a unique gift for any occasion.

For more details contact:

Email : intheframewye@btinternet.com

Text : 07983 687798

11 Oxenturn Road, Wye, TN25 5BH



News from our Farmer’s Market

Saturday 17th February 9am until noon The Green Wye

February Markets. After a quiet January, it was great to host a fantastic market at the start of February. We had a full array of stall holders, many back for the first time after a well deserved post-Christmas break and despite the cooler weather we had some great support with high visitor numbers. Crumbs Cakes, our newest stall holder, was again in attendance, so please show your support for her and hopefully she will become one of our regulars. Dockers sold our of their wonderful bread and the Cheesemakers of Canterbury had one of their most successful markets. This market, the game of VJ Game is still at it’s winter best and Botterell’s fish is often at it’s finest at this time of year. Perry Court and Ripple Farm Organics continue to sell a great array of winter fruit and vegetables.  It was also great to have the Kent Wildlife Trust at the market, raising awareness of the wonderful work they do in Kent. We also have a new stall holder, please see side article. So please come out and support your local market, shop local, as Wye truly is a local market, with many of our stall holders from within the village and all within the lower 30 mile radius allowed by Farmer’s Markets.
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Welcome to Let’s Eat In. We have a another new stall holder this week, and I know that many people will be delighted to see a stall selling ready to eat and cook at home food. Tara and Gary Gilbert are based in Whitstable, and have proved very popular at Whitstable Farmer’s Market, they were recommended by Della Newman, our previous market manager and owner of Spinning Earth. They produce a range of food to eat at the market and also to be consumed at home. The Frittata’s, sold at room temperature, have proved very popular at Whitstable, produced with free range eggs and being a low GI food. They also sell soups to re-heat at home, chutney’s and hope to be able to make ready to eat salads in the warmer months. Please have a look at their website, and come along and show your support for our newest stall holder. https://www.whitstabletakeaway.co.uk/
Picture: Good support at the last market in cold weather.
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Next Market Dates. Saturday 3rd March 9am to noon Saturday 17th March 9am to noon

The Changing Face of the Tickled Trout

Thanks to Mrs Delia Copland we have some more photographs of shops and businesses from living memory, These were taken during  the 1970’s. Some of these have already been added to our  ‘History of Wye Village Shops and Businesses’ page.


The photograph of the Tickled Trout formerly known as the Victoria Inn certainly shows how things have improved for this popular pub by the Riverside!


The Victoria Inn now the Tickled Trout.


Our popular Tickled Trout as we know it today!

Lepper’s Homes and Gardens Closes Down.

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Today, Robert Earl owner of our local shop Lepper’s Homes and Gardens (traditionally an Iron Mongers with lots more) has retired. Unable to find someone to take the shop on, sadly we lose another village asset.
Robert took the shop over from his Mother and has run it for many years.

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Many of us wish Robert all the best and I personally thank him for all the support he has given me in the Wye Business Association and village events.
Happy Christmas, happy life Robert, you deserve it!

Ann Sutherland.

Thankyou Perry Court Farm!

The amazing Christmas Tree at the Upper Bridge Street and Church Street junction was once again donated by the Fermor family of Perry Court Farm. Not only are we grateful to these lovely people for our tree but also for kindly delivering it!



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Wakelin’s Turkey Hot Favourite at Christmas Lunch

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Luckley House Sheltered Housing unit held their Social Club Christmas lunch yesterday.

Thirty two people sat down to a three course meal organised by the Scheme Manager Denise Libbeter and Resident Veronica Cackett.

They were helped by four volunteers and of course Jack Woodford stepped in once again to play his role of Santa. Santa even helped in the kitchen washing up!

The delicious turkey was purchased from our local butcher Wakelins in Church Street. With the personal service offered at this Wye establishment, carving the meat proved no problem. Martin Wakelin prepared the meat by taking it off the bone. It was then rolled ready for the oven. It takes a skilled butcher to do this.

Wakelin’s are currently accepting orders for Christmas. If you want a tasty Christmas joint or bird  with personal service and advice, why not give Martin and Sarah Wakelin a call: 01233 812225

Congratulations to Wye Beauty

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Ten years have passed since Wye Beauty opened it’s doors in Bridge Street. Since then Robyn Gardner has built up a strong clientele from Wye and surrounding areas.

Robyn  is celebrating 2017 as her 33rd anniversary since starting her first salon, in Tenterden in 1984, and at The  Ashford International Hotel in 1990.

Reliability, quality, dependability and trust have made Robyn and her team members stand out from the crowd, which is why she is still in business when so many have come and gone. Moving within an industry that is more medical, rather than just beauty, Robyn and her therapists offer an unusually large number of treatments available under one roof.

Robyn and her team can suggest the best skin care routine and treatment prescription to suit your budget and skin care needs to give you optimum results, to keep you looking your best. Your face is a worthwhile investment – it is on show for 365 days a year and needs looking after!

Wye Beauty specialise in anti-ageing treatments, and semi-medical treatments such as red vein, skin tag and milia treatment, IPL hair reduction  and semi permanent makeup. Follow Wye Beauty on Facebook . https://www.facebook.com/robyn.gardener.12?fref=ts

Ticketyboo together with poet Robert Graham – present Poetry at The Market

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West Window – St Gregory and St Martin Church, Wye.

Wye poet Robert Graham http://healinggardens.click/well practised at Café recitals, will be present at the next Wye Farmer’s Market looking forward to giving recitals to those who wish to listen. http://www.wyefarmersmarket.co.uk/

His recent poem West Window reflects on the historical past of Wye and the very foundations that moulded the village we have today.

Through his talent Robert weaves in words that which is depicted in the beautiful window of our Parish Church. A tribute to all that has gone before.

The poem, illustrated by Ann Sutherland http//:www.ticketyboowye.org has been reproduced as an A3 print and comes packed with its own hard backed envelope making it an ideal gift to send to friends and loved ones.

The print will be on sale at the Wye Farmer’s Market and also from Ticketyboo.



Awards for our Farmer’s Market and The King’s Head

Congratulations to both The Wye Farmer’s Market and The King’s Head for winning the following awards! 
Wye Farmer’s Market Saturday 21st October 9am to 12pm

We were very pleased to be nominated as one of the three finalist in the Kent Life Food and Drinks Awards 2017, Wye Farmer’s Market was one of just two Kent Farmer’s Markets that was Highly Commended in the Best Farmer’s Market category, congratulations to the winners Cliftonville Farmer’s Market. Also huge congratulations to the Kings Head in Wye which won Best Pub in Kent! Please see link below for more details.
Wye Community Farm – orders will be taken at the market for logs and kindling, and lamb, mutton and beef.

Learn to Start a Heart at this Saturday’s Farmer’s Market

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Wye Farmer’s Market Saturday 21st October 9am to 12pm

We are looking forward to the Kent Life Food and Drinks Awards 2017, Wye Farmer’s Market has been nominated for Best Farmer’s Market in Kent, so fingers crossed. Please see link below for more details. http://kentfda.co.uk/ Wye Community Farm – orders will be taken at the market for logs and kindling, and lamb, mutton and beef.

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A Big Thankyou to Wye Bakery

Thanks to Wye Bakery for stepping in to provide refreshments at the Farmer’s Market on 7th October, JR Meats who normally provide tea, coffee and sausage/bacon sandwiches were away on their well deserved annual holiday. After some initial problems getting the generator, kindly leant to us by Martin from Bouncing Bears, we eventually got it fired up and the team provided some much needed refreshments. You’ll be pleased to know that JR Meats and their van will be back for the upcoming market. We have also introduced a covered seating area, so please have a seat, grab a drink and something to eat and enjoy.

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Your Market

Please remember that the Wye Farmer’s Market is your market to enjoy, to shop, to meet people, and to relax whilst the kids play on the green. So if there are stalls you would like to see, things you would like to happen at the market, do you want a stall for something you produce (within 30 miles of the market) or know someone who does? Then please do contact me and let me have your thoughts. Craig Macara – Market Manager marketmanager@wyefarmersmarket.co.uk

November 4th Halloween and Bonfire Night Special We will be hosting a halloween/bonfire night special on November 4th November. Prizes for :- – Best Guy – Best Pumpkin Carving – Best Halloween Outfit So please bring your entries to the market by 10am for judging at 10.30. There will also be apple bobbing.

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Future Market Dates and Events Halloween/Bonfire Special Saturday 4th November 9am – 12pm Saturday 18th November 9am – 12pm

Perry Court Farm Apple Fayre


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This wonderful annual event is in aid of the Ashford Pilgrim’s Hospice.


Valuing Village Shops

Village shops stand for more than just a place of business. They are places where the community connect. Where the community receive support.  Donating a prize to  a village event is often expected of village shops and businesses. They share both the joys and sorrows of the community and a whole lot more. More than others would ever realise.

Why this afternoon did two female pupils from the Free School throw sticky drink up the window of a village shop whereby it ran down the fresh paintwork which had just been done this afternoon?

These young ‘ladies’ were wearing the School’s uniform and therefore were representing their school.

They let their school down badly.

The owners of the shop in a bid to follow community spirit with the school, by request have in the past given a talk to a class at the school on community.

They have also spent time with a teacher sharing their knowledge on a map  she was preparing for the pupils.

Today’s abuse by pupils of Wye School has led to the owners of the shop involved, withdrawing any help or assistance to the School.

There will be no prizes donated to their fund raising events.

A letter carrying this message was delivered to the School Principal this evening.

The School would do well to teach their pupils to respect our village and make them realise what a privilege it is for them to be here.


From: Sarah Jessop

Sent: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 8:12 AM

To: ‘ticketyboo@clara.co.uk’

Subject: Community spirit

Dear Mrs Sutherland

Can I apologise for the behaviour of the two girls, I am very disappointed with them. I would like to identify them, if that was possible, any description would help us in this matter.

We will also talk to the students in assembly about community spirit. Please do not hesitate in letting me know should anything like this happen again.

Yours sincerely

Sarah Jessop

Farmer’s Market Saturday 7th October 9am – 12pm

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Wye Farmer’s Market Saturday 7th October 9am to 12pm

Autumn is now fully upon us and thoughts turn to hearty casseroles, warming soups, game, a wider selection of fish and shellfish as the waters around our shores cool (remember the saying “only eat Mussels when there is an ‘r’ in the month”). Vegetables in season now include pumpkins, gourds and squashes, celeriac, chestnuts and of course the wonderfully local Kentish Cob Nuts, wet walnuts, apples and pears are now at their glorious best. So come to the market, stock up on your autumnal local produce, go for a long walk and come home to a fantastic one pot wonder or warming soup.

A big warm welcome to Cake ‘n Bake

At the last market we were very excited to welcome our new cake stall, Cake ‘n Bake. They had a very successful first market on 16th September and very nearly sold out of their cakes. Cake ‘n Bake is run by mother and daughter, Judith and Gemma Lewis. Cakes are all baked in their home in Wye, where possible using locally sourced ingredients. At the market, they were joined by Gemma’s daughter Ruby, making three generations of the family on the stall. A wide selection of cakes went down extremely well with the sweet-toothed locals, so please come along to the next market, show your support for this (very) local family business and of course buy some delicious cakes.

Your Market

Please remember that the Wye Farmer’s Market is your market to enjoy, to shop, to meet people, and to relax whilst the kids play on the green. So if there are stalls you would like to see, things you would like to happen at the market, do you wnat a stall for something you produce (within 30 miles of the market) or know someone who does? Then please do contact me and let me have your thoughts. Craig Macara – Market Manager marketmanager@wyefarmersmarket.co.uk

October Recipe.

As the seasons change I often find myself returning to my favourite seasonal cookbook, the River Cafe Green CookBook. It is a delightful celebration of what’s in season and splits the year into months, so turning to October it’s all about Chestnuts, Pears, Polenta, Pumpkin, Porcini and Truffles. I’ve picked a soup this month, as their soups are always a wonderfully complex warming delight after an autumn walk. Chestnut and Celeriac Soup Ingredients (for six) 500g cooked and peeled chestnuts (why not try with Kentish Cob Nuts). 60g unslated butter 2 medium celeriac peeled and cubed 150g finely diced pancetta or smoky streaky bacon from VJ Game inner head of celery finely diced 3 cloves of garlic chopped 1 litre of chicken stock 5 juniper berries 4 fresh bay leaves (remove centre spine and finely chop) 150ml double cream 100g parmesan cheese (or replace with a nice hard cheese from Cheesemakers of Canterbury) extra virgin olive oil Method Heat the chicken stock in a saucepan. In a seperate pan melt the butter and ass the pancetta, slowly cook until transparent. Add the celeriace and celery and stir to combine the flavours for a few minutes. Add the whole chestnutsand chopped garlic and cook on a low flame stirring. Then add juniper berries and bay leaves. Now pour in just enough stock to cover the vegetables. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15-20 mins, or until the celeriac is soft. Using a potato masher break up the vegetables in the saucepan. You want a rough, thick soup. Finally stir in the cream, heat through and serve with the grated cheese and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Future Market Dates and Events Saturday 21st October 9am -12pm Halloween Special Saturday 4th November 9am – 12pm (More details to follow)

Cake & Bake – A New Stall for our Farmer’s Market

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What always goes well at any event? Yes, a cake stall! And who better to run one at our Wye Farmer’s Market than Judith Lewis

together with her daughter Gemma and Granddaughter Ruby.

Judith way back, used to run  Ye Old Tearooms in the High Street so standby for some delicious cakes from  three generations of a Wye family.

The market operates every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month round the Post Office Green http://www.wyefarmersmarket.co.uk

Always a great atmosphere and plenty of lovely purchases to make. Including yummy cakes!

Wye Motor’s New Additional Service

Wye Motors

Wye Arts Association – Photographic Competition – My Wye

Final Village image copy 7.5 x 10.9 a

                                      Entry reproduced by kind permission of Michael Gilburt

Earlier on this year The Wye Arts Association held a photographic competition which was judged by International World Wild Life photographer Steve Bloom. The subject being ‘My Wye.’

The winner of the adult section was Michael Gilburt whose compilation of pictures taken around our village depicts a whole picture of our village today, including our shops and businesses.

There was an exhibition of the entries in Wye Church where Mike was presented with the Ticketyboo cup.

Congratulations Mike for this wonderful depiction of our village!

Wye Community Farm Harvest Festival

Wye Community Farm Harvest Festival

       Saturday 9 September  The Honest Miller, Brook 

enterprise trophy 2014 resize Larkspur 1 straw carting 13

 Sheep with Spinning Wheel FM Christmas Market Sausages
   Livestock displays  Country crafts  Food stalls
          BBQ  Real Ales  Hay Pit Games       
    Music from Larkspur

         Adults £5, Under 16’s free of charge.

All proceeds towards WCF’s educational work.
Gates open at 12 noon. Dogs on leads please.