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Welcome Steve Davis

Posted on 15th January, 2022

WELCOME TO STEVE DAVIES

Steve moved into Dawson’s Cottages, in November but he is no stranger to West Farleigh.

Steve has known Steve, from the Good Intent, since they were at playschool together, in the WI Hall in Forge Lane., East Farleigh. They have been friends ever since, so it would have been rude not to frequent the pub! Consequently, Steve has got to know a lot of the West Farleigh people who are regulars at the pub.

When he has time, he likes to fish in the Medway and in his youth swam in it also.

Steve has travelled the world, the furthest place he has lived was Sidney, but he always came back to base in East Farleigh, to his Mum, who lives in Priory Close.

He is working for the NHS Technical Services and working from home at the moment.

He is enjoying the house and its views, but is curious to know who Dawson was and why he needed four cottages!

We hope that he enjoys living in our friendly and sociable village.

GRETA IRENE BOTTEN

Posted on 25th November, 2021

 

GRETA IRENE BOTTEN

5TH DECEMBER 1932 – 28TH SEPTEMBER 2021

 

 

 

Greta was born in Battle but grew up in Robertsbridge. Her first job was in a chemical factory in Tenterden, where she trained as a chemist. It was here she met her future husband, Peter. They married in April 1954.

 

Peter accepted a farm maintenance job, which came with a house, at Tutsham farm. They settled in Kennel Cottage, which is in Wateringbury. It was there they raised their 6 children.

Unfortunately, the house being close to the river it was at risk of flooding. In the 1968 they had to be rescued by boat from the bedroom window! It was then that the Days decided to move the family closer to the farm and further away from the river.

 

They moved to Marshalls Cottage in Hunt Street. When Peter retired, they moved to Tutsham Cottages and lived next door to Geoff and Candy Martin. Greta did casual farm work while raising her children. Subsequently working as a cook at BHS and the Safeway. She then moved to Linton Hospital as a housekeeper. She later worked for Peter Day, driving him around to do shopping and generally looking after the bungalow in Charlton Lane. She followed this by working for Mr and Mrs Randell.

 

After her husband’s death, Greta moved into the village to a house in Charlton Lane. She retired finally aged 80.

Greta joined in village life, joining the WI and the Evergreens. She was often seen driving about in her little yellow car, taking friends out and about.

She will be a loss in the village, her wicked sense of humour and cheekiness will be missed by many folk!

 

She was not without mishaps in her life! Greta had put a ham joint on to boil and went out to pick the children up from school. On their return there was a fire engine and black smoke pouring out of the window. She had forgotten to put any water in the pan.

 

Another occasion on Christmas day, she tripped on a step in the kitchen knocked over a pile of saucepans, managing to get one stuck on her head. A trip to A&E was needed to remove it, which included having stitches! Greta was more upset that she had to set to and cook the Christmas lunch when she got home!!

 

Her daughter, Jean, will not forget the time she realised that both her mother and father were asleep in the car. Greta was supposed to be driving! What made it worse Greta was towing a caravan!

 

Another occasion, when she was driving to Bluewater, she found herself at the Dartford Crossing. Unbelievably Greta persuaded the attendant to stop the traffic so she could turn around and go back to Bluewater. Only Greta had enough cheek to ask!

 

Greta was planning to wing walk on her 90th birthday, but could not get insurance, so her plans changed to going down a zipwire. She did not make it, but her family will do it instead!

We hope that she is entertaining and making people laugh in Heaven. They will certainly know she has arrived!

NEO FENLON

Posted on 27th September, 2021

 

Baby Neo was born to Zoe and John Fenlon, of Garden Cottage, Smiths Hall.

He was born on 8th July  2021, wighing 6lbs 3oz. Congratuations, another young villager.

Lets hope Lucas and Neo will be mates!

 

LUCAS JOSEPH EASTERBROOK NORMAN

Posted on 27th September, 2021

       

 

Lucas Joseph Easterbrook Norman

 

Lucas was born on 6th August 2021 to Alex and William Norman, of Elmscroft Charlton Lane. He was born in Pembury Hospital, weighing in at 7lb 13 oz. 

Congratulations, its great to see new life in the village.

 

CHARLOTTE HENTY

Posted on 17th June, 2021
 

 
Charlotte (Lottie) moved to West Farleigh in 1975 when husband Vernon (Vern) took up the, live in, post of Head Gardener at Smiths Hall. When Vern retired they moved to the pretty ragstone bungalow near the Green. They had a great interest in Country and Western music and also in their garden. After Vern passed away, in 2011, Lottie grew increasingly frail, until her death on 22nd February 2021. She will be sadly missed by her friends and family.

GOOFBYE CHRIS

Posted on 17th June, 2021

                                                     GOODBYE CHRIS                                                                          

 

                                          

 

Christine Furlonger lived in Charlton Lane for 40 plus years and was a well- loved member of the community. An active WI member, Trustee and treasurer of The Farleighs’ WI Hall. A keen amateur performer, she and her pals put on entertaining shows for care homes, the WI and one year, performed at the Harvest Supper and upset the vicar, with their leotards and fishnet stockings. (Not seemly in church!) But it was great fun!

She had bravely fought and appeared to be winning a battle with cancer, but unfortunately it was not to be won. Several of her neighbours and WI friends stood on the Green to see her off and wish her love and peace. Her coffin was a wicker casket decorated with pink roses. Chris would have approved!

 

ALEX AND WILLIAM NORMAN

Posted on 13th May, 2021

 

 

William and Alex

 

William and Alex Norman are very pleased to have at last moved into Elmscroft House.

Renovation of the house started in April, 2020. Latterly they have been the painters and decorators. William is no stranger to West Farleigh as Smiths Hall is his family home. Alex is also a Kent girl living in Sevenoaks as a child. They have spent the last decade living and working in London. Alex as an antique dealer and upholsterer.

They have recently acquired a Dalmation puppy, Roxy, and soon will be collecting a Golden Retriever puppy. To add even more fun they are expecting their first child in August.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIKE AND SUSANNA

Posted on 13th May, 2021

 

 

 

 

Michael (Tonkin, 65) and Susanne (Knuth,57) had been looking for a house for three years, and are happy that they found Greenwood (the former home of Alf Board and his family)
By trade Michael is a toolmaker and engineer who ran a shop fitting company for 30 years in Croydon. He loves working on property is keen to repair and update their new home. Susanne is from Germany living in England with Michael for the last 8 years. She loves gardening and is a student and practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu for over 20 years

RIP BOB CAUDWELL

Posted on 8th March, 2021
 
  
BOB CAUDWELL
1920-2021
 
 
 
Bob Caudwell celebrated his 100th birthday in June last year. Sadly, we were not able to celebrate with him due to lockdown.It is with much sadness that we report that he died at home on 27th January, from prostate cancer. When he moved to Kent at the age of 76, to be nearer his son, he became the organist and choirmaster at Linton Church, where he became a well-loved member of the church. He also played at other churches in the Benefice to help out. We will all remember, fondly, his introduction to We Three Kings “full of eastern promise”and his impromptu rendering of secular Christmas songs at the end of our Carols Services.He liked the organ at West Farleigh as it has a theatre organ setting. He entertained the Evergreens, playing anything and everything without music, while the Evergreens enjoyed afternoon tea. He also used to play when Linton church had their Strawberry teas.Latterly Bob had to endure deafness and poor eyesight, playing hymns from memory, and with Margaret prodding him to tell him the vicar was ready to start the service etc.
 
 
 
A short clip of Bob playing West Farleighs Organ.
The smile at the end is directed to Margaret his friend and partner.
 
 
Bob served with the Liverpool Welsh tank Regiment in WW11. He served in Egypt, North Africa. Sicily, Italy andGreece, where he was a frontline infantryman. He conducted the regimental choir and his concerts were broadcast by the BBC.
 
 
Bob at the top of mount Etna during the war.
 
He later enrolled as a teacher and taught Maths, Science and Music. He gained the Licentiateship of the Royal Academy of Music and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.He will be missed by many and our condolences go to his family and close friend Margaret, with whom he enjoyed many holiday.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

Posted on 8th March, 2021

 

MICHAEL AND SUSANNA

 

 

 

Michael (Tonkin, 65) and Susanne (Knuth,57) had been looking for a house for three years, and are happy that they found Greenwood (the former home of Alf Board and his family).By trade Michael is a toolmaker and engineer who ran a shop fitting company for 30years in Croydon. He loves working on property is keen to repair and update their newhome. Susanne is from Germany living in England with Michael for the last 8 years. Sheloves gardening and is a student and practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu for over 20 years.

 

 

ALEX AND WILLIAM

 

 

 

 

William and Alex Norman are very pleased to have moved into Elmscroft Houseat last. Renovation of the house started in April and for the last few months they have been the painters and decorators. William is no stranger to West Farleigh as Smiths Hall is his family home. Alex is also a Kent girl living in Sevenoaks as a child. They have spent the last decade living and working in London, Alex as an antique dealer and upholsterer.They have recently acquired a Dalmatian puppy, Roxy, and have also added a Golden Retriever puppy (Arnie) to the household.

To add to the family they are expecting their first child in the summer!

 

 

JULIA LARGE

 

 
Julia has moved into Peacehaven, with her three dogs. She supports two young women with special needs. You may meet them when out for a walk with the dogs, when lockdown is eased. Julia enjoys walking in the countryside and also cycling. There areplenty of lovely places to walk and ride locally so we hope she enjoys her new home and environment.
 
 
SHARON AND ROSS
 
 
Sharon and Ross married back in 2007. They had been living in Chatham before moving to our village. They have moved into the house previously own by Dave and Nickie Cheeseman, (who havenow moved to Hampshire to be nearer to their son Matthew). They are or “were” both heavily into fitness, having both completed the London Marathon as well as taking on numerous other challenges throughout the years. They are both animal lovers and the family is complete with cat Lucy and dog Bucky, both of which are rescues and will enjoy their new environment.