News October 2021


Well, they are all getting going and we now have 4 across the Tonbridge & Malling Borough Cafes are at The Angel Indoor Bowls club in Tonbridge, St Johns Church in Hildenborough, and at Spadework in West Malling The East Malling cafe began last week with a visit from TMBC Mayor, Cllr. Roger Roud and the Mayoress.  A list with dates, times and contact details of all cafes is below. I am hopeful that there may be another coming along at St Stephen's church in Tonbridge and I am in discussion with their community engagement lady there. We may get that up and running before Christmas. I have been working to put together a resources box for our cafe volunteers to dip into and it’s getting to be a pretty comprehensive box of activities. If you're a volunteer and want to take the box or dip into it let me know.

I was sad to hear that Pearl, who volunteers at the Bowls Cafe has been in hospital and unwell. She is now away for a few days to recover and we all wish her well. Another volunteer from that cafe, Alicia, has returned to school where she has started in the 6th form at Judd. She hopes to join us for the last half hour each month after school gets out and we shall be glad to see her and wish her luck with her A level studies.



1st Monday of the month

Time to Talk Café at Spadework,Teston Road, Offham, West Malling. ME19 5NA.

From 2.30 – 4.30. Contact Hayley Brooks 01732 870002.

2nd Wednesday of the month

Forget me not Café at St John’s Church, London Road, Hildenborough, From 11am – 12.30pm.  Contact Julie Rhodes.

2nd Thursday of the month

Memory Café at East Malling Centre, Chapmans Way, East Malling. ME196SD From 2-4pm

Contact Liz Simpson 07463 222733

4th Thursday of the month

Bowls Café at Angel Indoor Bowls Club, Ave DU Puy, Tonbridge. From 2.30 – 4.30

Contact Chris Thorogood.

Last Thursday of the month

Crowborough Community Café at Oasis Community Church, Beacon Road, Crowborough. TN6 1AS From 2pm – 4pm

Contact Zoe Sorrell 07985 811972


Hidden Disabilities have teamed up with National Highways, who manage England’s motorways and major A-roads, to create a free Sunflower for your vehicle. This Sunflower discreetly indicates to roadside assistance or emergency services that you, or someone in your vehicle has an impairment and may need additional support.

You can order ONE free Sunflower for your vehicle. The Sunflower comes as a sticker or a magnet. Once you've chosen which one suits you best, use the discount code ONTHEROAD for free shipping of your National Highways Sunflower to your door.  Thank you to Maidstone DFC for passing on this information.



The singing group which meets on Wednesdays at the Oast Theatre still has spaces for anyone who would like to attend.  Similar group at Trinity plus the moving with music groups.

The sessions are every Wednesday as follows:

Trinity, Tunbridge Wells

Moving with Music: 10am – 11am.                       Senior Sing: 11.30am – 12.45pm

The Oast, Tonbridge

Moving with Music: 2pm – 3pm                         Senior Sing: 3.30pm – 4.45pm

If you would like more information about any of these groups please contact Jason Lower at 01892 500673


We remain hopeful that our Musical Memories group will be able to restart very soon.


Meets on the first Friday of each month at the Rose and Crown Hotel, High St Tonbridge at 2pm. Next meeting is on October 1st when David Braithwaite from Citrus Finance will speak about financing care costs and be available to answer your questions.

At the November meeting we hope to welcome somebody from the Able Label company who will bring samples of their clothing range specially designed for those with mobility issues.


Hold the following dates:

The Tonbridge Rotary Christmas festival is on Sunday November 28th, when the High Street will be closed to traffic to host a Christmas market. Live music and then fireworks at around 6pm. The town will be very busy and knowing that some people who live with dementia may find that a bit overpowering we will have our gazebo on river walk just along the riverside past HSBC bank. We will have chairs and one of our volunteers there throughout the day to provide a safe and quiet space for any of you who just need to take a break from the hustle and bustle.

St John's Church Hildenborough will be hosting a dementia friendly carol service on at 11am on Wednesday December 8th. Everyone is welcome.


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