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Feb 22 2019

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Joshan of Wye reopened at last

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Three years after a dramatic fire brought Joshan of Wye to a close. It reopened Thursday 21st February.

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Aug 29 2018

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Former Shop High Street a Site of Discovery

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A rare bead was once discovered in the garden at a former shop in The High Street.

from Topography of Wye 1842

For further information visit our ‘History of Wye Village Shops and Businesses page:


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Aug 08 2018

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News from Ticketyboo Art & Gifts

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Mr Bodkin - Master Copy for web

‘Mr Bodkin’ a fantasy painting by Ann Sutherland

The above painting is a recent commission inspired by Wye’s allotments.

The client who has a love of scarecrows has now commissioned a wife for Mr Bodkin!

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Aug 08 2018

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Kings Head Nominated

The Kings Head have been nominated for Gastro Pub of the year in the Good Food Awards.

If you have had a good meal with them please support them by nominating them at

Meanwhile we wish them the very best of luck”Kings-Head-Wye

Post card featuring The Kings Head in times gone by kindly supplied by Ian Cooling.
For further history of Wye shops and businesses please go to:

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Jul 05 2018

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F T Ruck General Store Opposite Wye College

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Again we thank Ian Cooling for sharing with us more treasures from his collection.

This beautiful artwork featured on a 1919 complimentary calendar would have been given out to the customers of Mr & Mrs F T Ruck who had a General Store on the High Street. For more information and photographs on this please go to our History of Wye Village Shops and Businesses:

1919 calendar. F T Ruck. College Stores. In High Street opp Collage entrance


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Jan 15 2018

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The Changing Face of the Tickled Trout

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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!

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Dec 23 2017

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Lepper’s Homes and Gardens Closes Down.

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Leppers shop


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.

Robert Earl unloads thge BBQ's

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.

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Dec 19 2017

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Thankyou Perry Court Farm!

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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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Nov 24 2017

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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 .

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Oct 21 2017

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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 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.

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// 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.



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Oct 20 2017

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

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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.

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Oct 02 2017

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Valuing Village Shops

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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: ‘’

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

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Sep 20 2017

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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

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

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Sep 11 2017

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Wye Motor’s New Additional Service

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Wye Motors

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Aug 24 2017

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Wye Community Farm Harvest Festival

Wye Community Farm Harvest Festival

       Saturday 9 September  The Honest Miller, Brook 

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 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.

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Aug 10 2017

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New Flying Horse at Wye gets Makeover

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New Fly Sign 2017

A Beautiful New hanging sign adorns the New Flying Horse at Wye.

New Flying Horse sign

The front of the inn has new signage and attractive large lanterns.

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Jul 04 2017

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Wye Bakery comes to the front

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There’s much excitement at Wye Bakery in Church Street as they prepare to open their new shop this coming Saturday 8th July.

For some time the Bakery has hidden itself away at the back of the building in Church Street. Now that the original Bakery shop and window has become available the owner Pauline Hickson has been preparing for this proud moment whereby she will be able to display her tasty bread and pastries for all to see. Who could resist and walk on by!

Wye Bakery 2 (2)

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Jun 08 2017

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Keep it local with your summer BBQ

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Everything you need for the BBQ will be at the Wye Farmers Market on Saturday 17th June. Burscombe Cliff Farm and JR meats will have a wide range of local sausages on sale, with VJ game also offering wild boar bangers. Wye Community Farm charcoal, salads from Ripple Farm, and Strawberries from Perry Court mean that your BBQ can be a truly local affair.


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May 26 2017

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Wye Community Farm Charcoal Production Training Day

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Spend a day with WCF woodsman Jeff Austin to learn about the ancient craft of charcoal burning. Using WCF’s ring kiln in Brook Wood you will learn about all stages of the process; selection of timber, loading of the kiln, firing, controlling the burn, unloading and grading the charcoal.

£25. To book your place contact WCF:

Wye Community Farm


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May 24 2017

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Wye Coffee Shop & Kitchen Takeaway

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Takeaway Fridays open till 9.30pm
Homemade burgers, fish and chips lots more …

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May 10 2017

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New Market Manager Wanted for Wye Farmers Market

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Wye Farmer’s Market is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic person to be their new Market Manager. Responsibilities include general planning and administration of the market, organising special events, sourcing new stall holders and carrying out local publicity and marketing.

12 hours per fortnight including market days– flexible to suit your situation although attendance at market days is mandatory – £10 per hour

  • Excellent communication and organisation skills essential
  • Basic IT literacy important – experience of working with social media, websites and Content Mgt Systems useful but not essential
  • Must have own transport
  • Most importantly, must be “community minded” and comfortable interacting with stall holders and shoppers alike.

For more information or for a detailed Job Description please email Mike Webster or send your CV or a covering letter to . The post remains open until a suitable candidate is found.

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May 04 2017

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Fond Farewell Rumpus as Wye Bakery Comes Upfront

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Wye said goodbye to Rumpus on the Green last Saturday. A popular clothing agency run successfully by Jak Mansell. This was a lively and friendly business based at 22 Church Street. It certainly added sparkle to our village especially  its window displays. We wish Jak and her family all the best for the future. (We will however miss the bargains and lovely clothes.)

Twenty Two Church Street has for many years been a bakery. In 1960 Mr G. Hatton owned the Bakery and sold the business to Mr J Small who in turn sold it to Mr Bob Young. He closed down in the late 90’s -2,000. The shop stood empty until Mary Braithwaite and Nigel Ings opened it once again as a bakery in 2012 after a tremendous amount of restoration.

Mary & Nigel

  Mary & Nigel

They based the bakery and counter at the rear of the premises and the customers used the side passage to queue eagerly for their bread. The village was pleased to have its Bakery back again.

The shop itself was rented out to Jak Mansell who opened her dress agency Rumpus on the Green March 2012.

Wye Bakery 1991 (2) Bakery

Wye Bakery 1991                                                                   Wye Bakery 1998

In 2014 Mary & Nigel sought a new project moving up to the Isle of Luing Oban Scotland handing over the Bakery to Pauline Hickson who,  now will take on the shop bringing her wonderful display of pastries and freshly baked bread  back onto the front line of Church Street.


Pauline Hickson
Congratulations Pauline, Wye Bakery is to come out!

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Apr 28 2017

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Wye Beer Festival 2018

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The Wye Beer Festival is held annually on The Green just near the Post Office TN25 5AH.

The event takes place on the last weekend in June. From Friday until Sunday .

For further information contact:Graham Austen <>

Our Farmer’s Markets are held on the same location just off the A28 between Ashford and Canterbury, every 1st and 3rd Saturday from 9am – 12noon.

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Apr 26 2017

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Ticketyboo Latest Artwork for Sale

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Defiant Hops Wye. 450 pxls

15 3/4 ” x 11 3/4” acrylic on canvas £100 by Ann Sutherland


              Defiant Hops of Wye

           There was a time when hops grew here.

           They were used to make the finest beer.

           ‘Progress’ ripped them from the ground.

           But… a few defiant hops can still be found.


                                                           copyright Ann Sutherland






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Apr 04 2017

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In Celebration of The WI – 100 Years

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May we draw your attention to The Wye Flower Festival in June.

Events 2017

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Mar 27 2017

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Say ‘Cheese’ at the Wye Farmers Market

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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.

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Mar 19 2017

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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!




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Mar 12 2017

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History of Wye Village Shops & Businesses

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

A History of Wye Village Shops & Businesses

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Mar 01 2017

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‘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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Happy Birthday

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!’


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Feb 26 2017

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Wye Farmer’s Market Pancake Challenge

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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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Feb 24 2017

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Bugden’s of Wye

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A new article now appears on our History of Wye’s Shops and Businesses Page.

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Bugden’s of Wye Church Street.


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Feb 24 2017

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Street Party Retirement

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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

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