Thursday, December 27, 2012

Treasures of Tenterden 2

There were lots of Morris Men...


English eccentrics...


Mum sorted the sheets out...

while Christopher tweeted about it.

Yesterday's Treasures of Tenterden quiz was actually not as good as last year's, unfortunately. The quiz itself was great, but we just didn't have as many takers.

Last year The Vine Inn was busy all afternoon and finally closed around 5. This year, the pub emptied quickly and by 1:25 we'd had enough. They closed at 3pm. We only managed to sell 19 quiz sheets, in stark contrast to last year's 40+. But oh well. 

I shall announce the names of the winners when all sheets have been collected and marked. Watch this space.


Under-13's prize of a Waterstone's Gift Card goes to Mark Hanham, who scored a very respectable 59 points.

Adult prize of a meal for 4 at The Vine Inn goes to A. Crotty and C. Roberts, who scored 66 points. 

Well done!


In actual fact, the winners scored 67 points! It was a typographical error folks! My bad!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

T3 Christmas Newsletter


Hi everyone,

This is our first Festive Newsletter, and let's start with a recap of all we've done this year.

Well, it's been quite a year!

In March we had our Spring Fair which was very well attended. A great day with great

music, book swap, plant swap, lots of different stalls and tea and cakes!

We were also at the Homewood School Farmtastic Fair. We'd helped the students install a

giant bug hotel in their farm's chicken run and they invited us to attend.

In April we had our second succesful town Clean Up Day. We also went Bug Hotel building

again, this time at Tenterden Infants School. We went to Highbury Hall Preschool to

help the kids plant sunflower seeds, which then grew big and tall and helped the hall

look lovely and summery.

At Tenterden's May Fair we unveiled our now-famous Smoothy bike and even though it was

muddy and damp it made quite an impression.

Later in May we teamed up with jo Vos, the town's Community Warden, and PCSO Archer for

a free Bike Marking session at The White Lion.

Tenterden's Diamond Jubilee Fair saw us with the Smoothy bike again and then on Bank

Holiday Monday we were at Highbury Hall again for our retro Time Tunnel of Tunes, our

version of a 1950's coffee bar!

In late june we were at Tentertainment with Smoothy bike again and then in August we

hosted a green energy concert at Zion Baptist Church which we called Lo-Carb/Hi-Fi.

there were performances from Nina Clark, The Lucky Ones, Pierre Vincent, Inburst and Up

All Night, all powered by batteries charged via solar panels and wind turbines!

September saw our third town Clean Up and our contribution to Harvest Festival where we

unveiled our Local Food Map and talked about Food Miles.

In November we hosted a PotLuck Supper at Highbury Hall to help raise money for the

ongoing renovations, and in December we have been seen at Homewood Christmas Fair and

Late Night Shopping, raising money for an orphanage in Benin and Highbury Hall's Youth

Cafe. On Dec 26th at the Vine Inn we have yet another Boxing Day walking quiz planned,

"Exploring Tenterden".

We have made donations to :-  The Mayor's Charity, Tentertainment, Folk Festival, and

over £100 to Tenterden Youth Club at Highbury Hall, for refurbishment/Youth Cafe.

Prizes were donated to us by :- Tesco, Liquid Pleasure, Old Dairy, White Lion, The

Vine,The Lemon Tree, Carolyn Carter Massage,The Potato Shop,Romney Marsh Wools,The Nutmeg  and

numerous individuals.

Upcoming events :- Exploring Tenterden (Dec 26th, the Vine, 12pm), Renewable Energy Talk (Mon Jan 21st, Tenterden Club, 7:30), Green Energy Fair in

Ashford, (Sat Jan 19th, County Square Shopping Centre)

TBA: Clean Up Day (March/April), Quiz night (March) ,Craft Fair (April)

Watch this space for further details.

Last year I remember saying something along the lines of 'peace, love, harmony and more recycling'. Well, on a personal level, I have had some of the above... my daughter Rosie was born in September and she's beautiful. As to the more recycling bit... on the upside, we had two successful town cleanups, and it appears from the leaflet that came through our door the other week that Ashford Borough Council is definitely making an attempt to 'up its game' in the recycling department. On the downside, the Cobbs Wood Estate council rubbish/recycling centre is closed for an upgrade, which will take quite some time, meaning that now we are severely limited for a while. Also Chris Weir on the Cranbrook Road has quit taking plastics, which is a great shame.

As to my hopes for the New Year... I would like to see more people recycling, composting, growing their own food and taking a more proactive approach to waste and saving energy. I'd also like to see an increase in volunteerism, and hope to get our LandShare idea off the ground - that is, matching up people with the skills, desire and ability to grow a vegetable garden who don't have a garden to do it in with people who have the garden space and neither have time or ability to take care of it.

We at T3 hope your Christmas is a happy one and your New Year filled with endless possibilities.

See you soon!

Jeff, Carolyn and all at T3

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Late Night Shopping

Folks, T3 will be on the High Street on the 'Fat Face' side of the Town Hall at Late night Shopping! We will be talking about all the usual things and selling Tealight Holders made by Phill and his Treelight Co., which are made from reclaimed wood and sanded and polished to a high gloss! Look very cool and make an ideal Christmas gift! Not to mention the wonderful bespoke birdhouses that he makes too! As well as all that there will be... dare I say it... free cookies! Come on Tenterdonians - you know you want one! Hope to see you all there on Friday night!

Not to mention the Homemade Xmas Gift Tags,reasonably priced and made from recycled materials. Even more importantly, the T3 Xmas Raffle,with a host of fantastic prizes donated by local businesses. Make sure you come and get a ticket !