Ryarsh School PTFA 2020 Christmas Raffle

The PTFA of Ryarsh School are hosting a Christmas Raffle, with the aim of raising funds for the benefit of the children of Ryarsh School.

Tickets are on sale from now until 25th November and cost £1 each (available in books of 5 tickets).

The raffle will be drawn live on zoom by Mr Childs, Headteacher of Ryarsh School on Thursday 3rd December at 8.30pm.

We have been tremendously supported by both local and national businesses and have received over 40 raffle prizes to date. The below poster shows our confirmed raffle prizes… watch out for more prizes to be added!

If you would like to support the school and purchase some raffle tickets please email PTFA@ryarsh.kent.sch.uk confirming the following:

  1. Number of tickets you would like to order
  2. Your name, email address and telephone number

The PTFA will then confirm your raffle ticket numbers, issue you with an invoice for online payment and once paid I will arrange to drop your tickets off.

We look forward to your support
Ryarsh School PTFA

Ryarsh Lotto

The West Malling quarry proposal is not over – the community needs your support!

The West Malling quarry site is currently excluded from the ‘Local Plan’ by Kent County Council, strong objections, however, have been received from the quarry operator which could seriously jeopardise the situation. Ryarsh Protection Group has independently funded the campaign to SAVE OUR COMMUNITY, but we have now reached a critical stage with a forthcoming hearing scheduled.

As a result of this further threat, we have engaged professional & legal advice to represent our cause and additional funding is now required to save our community – legal expertise is very expensive.

To raise funds, we’re offering you the opportunity to win a ‘once in a lifetime holiday’ and huge cash prizes worth thousands of pounds.

Visit www.ryarshprotectiongroup.com/ryarshlotto for more details and to purchase tickets online.

Ticket sales will end on 30 November 2019. Lottery authorised by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council – Licence number 850

If you’d like to donate to us without entering the Ryarsh Lotto, email us at contact@ryarshprotectiongroup.com

Thank you for your support – please share this post.

Village Fete donates £1,109.90 to Parish Council

Our annual Fete which was held in June this year over the hottest weekend on record recorded a profit of £1,109.90 which was donated to the Ryarsh Parish Council. The money has been directed towards the children’s play area exclusively and will help to maintain the facilities within.

Lynne Mackie, Ryarsh Parish Council Clerk said:

On behalf of the Parish Council I would like to thank you very much for the donation of £1,109.90 towards the play area project raised from the summer fete.

Any play area works are expensive and so this donation is very gratefully received.  The play area is a focal point of the village and very popular, as we saw from the toddler in tears when he arrived this morning to find the slide was closed!

The contractor was able to begin work at very short notice today and work to replace the two old swings, install a new swing and lay safety surface under the swings and slide could be completed by the end of Wednesday but is likely to take longer due to the forecast rain.

A big thank you to all involved in organising the fete and those who helped on the day, those traders who attended and of course everyone who came along and enjoyed the event.

We’ll be planning next’s years soon with a focus on the day being a Children’s Activity Day along with the fete – any offers of help, suggestions, improvements, bookings etc, please email fete@ryarshvillage.co.uk

Does anyone remember Victor Lennon of ‘Stockton’, Roughetts Road?

Does anyone remember Victor Lennon who lived in ‘Stockton’ on Roughetts Road in the mid-fifties? Here’s an email we just received from Canada via the Ryarsh website.


64 years ago (1955), I was in Grade 1 Cascades Elementary School, Burnaby, BC Canada. My teacher was Mrs. Buckston, who I believe was from England, though I don’t remember her accent, lol. She connected with a teacher in England, our two schools were bonded; we wrote to a pen-pal, I still have an original ‘hand-written’ letter and ironically his name is:

Victor Frank Lennon, Stockton, Roughetts Road, Ryarsh, West Malling, Kent, England

Researching Google Earth, there are perhaps 8 houses on Roughetts Road, none with numbers but names, seems a common tradition. Perhaps the name changes when the house is bought and sold.

Both us “Victor” have evolved thru some of the most interesting times in the world and in each of our countries, gosh, who ever heard of a microwave, computers, cellphones and jet planes, though I never acquired the taste for Marmite!

Is it possible to let me know, ‘Where is Victor today?’

Thanks, Vic Smith
[I live 20 minutes from Cascades Elementary School.]”

Visit Spadework

Spadework is a charity, which provides life skills training and work experience for over 90 people with learning disabilities.

They aim to support the Trainees who use the service as they develop their independence and personal skills through social interaction with the community, and to ultimately provide them with the necessary skills to reach their full potential.

The Trainees are involved in all aspects of Spadework. They produce the plants that are sold in the garden centre and the fruit and vegetables served in the café and sold in the farm shop. They help to make cakes, jam and chutneys and serve customers in the café and in the farm shop.

Open 7 days a week

Situated on a 7 acre site in the pretty village of Offham, near West Malling, Spadework’s garden centre, farm shop and 50 seat café is open to the general public 7 days a week.

Please visit at: Teston Road, Offham, near West Malling, Kent ME19 5NA.

Check out the website to find out more about this wonderful local charity!


info@spadework.net | Phone: 01732 870002 | Charity No 291198