Community News

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Friday 9 June to Sunday 25 June

Jessops Farm, Tonbridge Road (between Chiddingstone Causeway and Bough Beech). Closed Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Jessops farm is just one of the many artists studios open to the public throughout Kent in the 2 weeks of Open Studios. Eight artists will be exhibiting a wide range of subjects and styles from local landscape to still life and flowers. Visitors are welcome to browse and enjoy the art as well as our pop-up tea room.

Free workshops:
By popular request Jessops Farm also invite you to come and paint flowers under the guidance of our artists. Our free workshops are on Saturday 10 and Saturday 24 June. Materials supplied or bring your own. More details here.

Other artists nearby:
Make a day of it and visit other local artists. A short drive from Jessops Farm are The Red House, Rectory Lane, Hever; Helen McKenna-Menges, Hill Hoath Road, Chiddingstone; and Daniel Huckfield, Chequers Cottages near the Wheatsheaf Pub at Bough Beech.

For all opening times see or pick up a booklet from the library or one of the local outlets.




Eden Valley Museum Coffee Mornings/Museum Tours/Guided Walks

Coffee Mornings, the first Saturday of every month

Enjoy a visit to the museum, refreshments and share your memories and experiences of the Eden Valley. Alongside tea and cake, objects and photos not currently on display can be handled. Entry is free, first come first served (limited to 10 visitors, no booking required).

3rd June, 1st July, 5th August, 2nd September, 7th October, 4th November, 2nd December

Museum Tours, the first Thursday of every month

On the first Thursday of the month, join a member of the Museum Team for a 30-minute tour of the galleries which span the history of the Eden Valley. The tour will take you from Stone Age artefacts to modern-day local heroes. Each tour is free and starts at 10.30 am, no booking required. Join us to learn more about the Eden Valley!

1st June, 6th July, 3rd August, 7th September, 5th October, 2nd November, 7th December

Free Saturday Guided Walks, suitable for all abilities

A walk along the High Street with a museum guide.

10th June, 8th July, 12th August: 6.30 pm, meet in courtyard behind Museum 6.15 pm

9th September: 2 pm, meet in courtyard behind Museum 1.45 pm

More details here.


Penshurst Village Cross-country Run 2017:

See the results and write-up


Penshurst Village Cross-country Run 2017

The winners!


Penshurst Village Cross-country Run 2016:

See the results and write-up


Penshurst Village Cross-country Run 2016

Watch 'Wolf Hall' on BBC2 from Wednesday 21st January 2015 - featuring Penshurst Place

Penshurst Place and Gardens in Kent will feature in the new six-part series of the highly anticipated Wolf Hall drama, due to hit our screens at 9pm on Wednesday, 21st January 2015 on BBC2.  The Kent historic house, once owned by King Henry VIII, was used as a filming location during the summer (6th - 9th May and 7th - 9th July) and hosted a raft of stars including Ashford-born Mark Rylance (Oliver Cromwell), Damien Lewis (Henry VIII), Claire Foy (Anne Boleyn), Jonathan Pryce (Cardinal Wolsey) and Mark Gatiss (Wolsey’s secretary Stephen Gardiner).

Wolf Hall - Penshurst PlaceWolf Hall, adapted from Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels in a six-part serial written by Oscar-nominated Peter Straughan and directed by Bafta-winning director Peter Kosminsky, charts the meteoric rise of Cromwell in the Tudor court from his lowly start as a blacksmith’s son, to Henry VIII’s closest advisor.  The drama will feature scenes shot in

several historic rooms at Penshurst Place, including The Long Gallery, Tapestry Room, Queen Elizabeth Room and Baron’s Hall; used as York Place and Whitehall.

The Great Fire comes to Penshurst Place & Gardens

Kent historic home to feature in major new ITV1 historical drama to be broadcast at 9pm on Thursday 16th October 2014

The Great Fire - Penshurst Place

The first of a major new four-part historical drama shot at Penshurst Place and Gardens earlier this year is to be shown on ITV1, starting on Thursday evening, 16 October at 9pm.

Penshurst Place & Gardens will feature as the setting for the Palace of Whitehall in all four episodes of The Great Fire with notable actors including Andrew Buchan, Jack Huston, Rose Leslie, Daniel Mays, Charles Dance, Perdita Weeks, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Antonia Clarke appearing in the drama filmed at the Kent ancestral home on 12th – 15th March.


The Penshurst Blacksmith

Penshurst Forge by Richard Wheatland
Read Michael Skinner's account of John Ephraim Skinner, the Penshurst blacksmith, whose name can still be seen above the forge today.

Illustration by kind permission of Richard Wheatland


Action Window Cleaning are looking for additional customers in Penshurst to make it worthwhile coming here. If you are wanting a window cleaner to visit every 6 weeks (uses the pole method) then please telephone 07971 051532

Were Arthur and Terry in Penshurst?

George Cole OBE and Dennis Waterman from Minder Did Penshurst Point-to-Point feature in Minder, the TV series starring George Cole OBE and Dennis Waterman?

The Fans of Minder website is trying to document the locations used in all 116 episodes of the show and think part of an episode might have been filmed at a Penshurst Point-to-Point meeting in 1979/1980.

The episode, National Pelmet, Series 2 Episode 1 is on YouTube here:

The location features right at the start of the episode at 1m:17s - if you recognise anyone there or remember it let us know!


Memories of childhood in a Kentish village during the Second World War
A wartime childhood in Penshurst
Born in Penshurst in the thirties, David Martin spent his childhood there until the 1950s. He lived in the village in what is now the doctors’ surgery and has just completed a wonderfully evocative account of his memories of Penshurst during World War II. This is published here in serial form.


Changing Scenes of Life: a partial autobiography by Michael Skinner

Michael Skinner's personal recollections of life in rural Kent from the 1930s to the 1950s can be bought here through Amazon.


Forge Stores now open Wednesday afternoons...

The Forge Stores Penshurst Forge now opens on Wednesday afternoons.

Penshurst may only have one shop but it is now open from 6.30 am weekdays and on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Originally a village forge and still retaining the original wooden floor, our community shop also now has a National Lottery machine.

Carrot Cake Query

And SDKB Photography ( writes from Surrey:

"If you are able to pass on the recipe for the carrot cake which we enjoyed so much at Quaintways that would be fabulous."

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