St. John's Church Centre
Hildenborough is situated on the B 245 between Tonbridge and Sevenoaks.St Johns' Church Centre is located on the Sevenaoks to Tonbridge road next door to St John's Church. Turn into Foxbush Lane and then turn into the car park which is behind the Centre.
Parking in the Centre car park and surrounds. Our friendly car park attendant will guide you in and out and of course there is NO CHARGE.
Hildenborough Farmers' Market was started in 2008 and has grown steadily with an average of 20 stalls each week. We are able to offer a wide range of fresh local produce of high quality at competitive prices. Additional seasonal items, e.g. asparagus, soft fruit and flowers, are also available.
Our friendly team of volunteers is available at all times to lend a hand.
To complete your shopping experience visit our tea and coffee lounge for refreshment in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
What a great time we had during August cooking with all our young visitors. Around 40 wannabe cooks made pasta the first week, mixing, kneading, rolling and cutting the dough and then cooking and eating the results of their efforts accompanied by sauces made by Helen’s Deli, which proved a hit. We also made Eton Mess, doughnuts and stir fries during the following three weeks, but the experience of getting stuck in and hands on with food will hopefully encourage our younger generation to cook for themselves with fresh local ingredients. Can we say a big ‘thank you’ not only to members of our Team for their organisation, but to our loyal band of helpers always willing to come along when asked to help us out. You are much appreciated.
As we step into September, what we’ve all been waiting for comes at last, new seasons apples and pears from Andy, and those lovely late season plums. (See this month’s recipe) As well as enjoying them fresh, perhaps accompanied by a piece of Cheddar from Leigh Park Farm, why not make a date with some of these delights by looking forward to Christmas and making presents of jams and chutneys, mint and apple jelly, mincemeat or even fruits in brandy. How many of us visit a Christmas display, like the look of the prettily decorated preserves, and think “I could have done that if I had thought about it earlier!”
Your village Market ticks along nicely. After Lesley’s retirement, we have been without a cake stall for a few weeks, but you will be pleased to know that Jennifer from Church Farm, who is often to be found outside with her flowers, has agreed to be our new regular ‘cake lady’ with all your old favourites, and they did look pretty amazing last week. A very talented lady our Jennifer. Paul from Knife Ninjas has had a busy season, too, making sure all our mower blades, shears and saws are up to those gardening jobs and oh, how nice it is to have really sharp knives again – much less likely to cut yourself when cooking.
Our next ‘special’ event on 13th September is our annual Grand Raffle. In previous years we have supported Macmillan and been able to send them around £2,500 over the past few years. However, this year, as our own Hospice in the Weald is fund raising extra specially hard in order to open a new facility fairly locally, we felt it would be good to hold the same Grand Raffle, but with proceeds going to this cause. For those of you who don’t know, our stallholders donate all the prizes and on that particular Market morning and our shoppers , visitors and helpers all contribute most generously by buying lots of tickets. Why not invite a friend to accompany you to the Market that morning to shop, have coffee, and join in. We are being joined this year by members of Hildenborough Hospice Group who will be helping us to sell as many tickets as possible and they will also be armed with information about our village Hospice Group, what it involves and how you can join.
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