Welcome to the home page of The Wye Business Association

Updated 17/2/2017

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.

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


Mark Lightfoot and Scott Richardson

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 ?

Sutherland Storers

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


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


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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.