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TWYard Sale…

Well this initiative by the  “Popes of TW” is a really simple and great idea. Nick & Ingrid saw something similar whilst on holiday in the US and thought it would translate well to the their local community in Tunbridge Wells.

The have tirelessly put together a simple website where an “X” marks the sellers pitches and allowed now some 100 plus to easily sign up and take part. They have both leaflet dropped the town and distributed some 10,000 of them to spread the word and now with just a few days to go there is much excitement and anticipation.

I felt I somehow had to take part in this and am pleased to say I will be joining up with a couple of pals on their pitch at TN1 1JP where I will rock up with my paella kit and cook a fresh big pan of the stuff and serve up to anyone who fancies a refuel whilst they browse the assorted sellers stalls.

The pan holds circa 40 portions so it will be very much a first come first served situation and all profits from the sales will be donated to local charities. I will even take payment with a credit card if you have used up all your cash on other sellers stalls so no excuses on not selling out.

Lets hope the weather stays fine and warm and this will become very much an annual community event for the town. Well done to Ingrid & Nick for such sterling work… now just form an orderly queue for your paellas!


Dinner on a hot lead roof…

roofWe did say never again but well our arm was twisted and it is all in a good cause!

We are hosting another dinner on the roof of Yalding Church… in fact we are inviting 20 couples to come along for a Paella themed supper and on the night there will be a further prize draw and three couple will be invited to partake of their dinner on the roof!yc2

To be able to partake of this event we are requiring you enter our prize draw by heading over to our fundraising page here

For every £1 donation your name will be placed in the virtual hat one time. So a £5 donation will mean it will be there five times… and so on

YCPS_logo_colIt will be a fun night and the whole raison d’etre is to help this charity raise much needed funds to continue its support of the upkeep of the fabric of this building and hub of the village community.

Just remember it could be dinner on a “hot lead roof” with a great view and some fascinating company so just get donating!

The Tower Dinner… latest news…

Well it is but a few more weeks until the draw will take place for our biggest challenge yet. The “Tower Dinner” as it has become known as will take place on the evening of Saturday June 23rd.

We are asking for a donation of just £1 to get your name in our virtual hat that will then enable your name to be placed within the draw to be a guest at this very special event.

We will be serving a five course dinner to guests on top of the 13th century roof of St Peter & St Paul Church in the centre of Yalding. This flat roofed church has a wonderful heritage and when yours truly was asked to help the YCPS (Yalding Church Preservation Society) to assist in a charity fundraising event then we could not resist!

The YCPS are tasked with raising monies to help maintain this building and like many charities they struggle to raise sufficient funds especially with so many worthwhile local causes. So with our involvement it has been a challenge to spread the word further and wider but at the same time give the public the chance to partake in something that will be very unique.

It has taken many months of planning and cajoling to get the relevant permissions (something as an underground/secret eatery we are unaccustomed to) and now we need more people to sign up for what will be a once in a lifetime chance to dine in a very unique and magical spot.

The roof commands some stunning views of the hills and countryside around the village and what better way to see the sun set on what we hope will be a warm and barmy evening than relaxing on the roof with fellow diners.

In total 3 lucky pairs will be winners of the draw that will mount the stairs to the roof and will then sit down for a sumptuous meal (see menu below) However as this will be a very special night we will draw a further 25 names from the hat and they will be invited to attend as guests of the YCPS to be at a special drinks and canapé reception that will take place within the churchyard.

So why not give it a go yourself or if you cannot make it then please spread the word to all your friends, family and social networks.. we do have a target we are hoping to raise and the more that know about this very unique night the better. It will not happen again so remember this is your one and only chance to take underground dining to new heights!

Following the welcome arrival drink and assorted nibbles in the churchyard at 8pm the draw winners will be invited to mount the stairs to sit at a communal table on the roof and watch the sunset as they eat their meal.

Please note menu is subject to market purchases and alteration.

The Tower Menu

Smooth Chicken Liver Parfait served with

a Local Lavender Jelly and Melba Toasts


Poached Salmon Fillet and Fresh Lobster

served with a Wasabi Mayonnaise


Bang Bang Szechaun Chicken

served with a selection of seasonal fresh salads

Hot Minted New potatoes


Winterdale Shaw & Stichleton Cheese

served with Hari’s Porridge Biscuits


Homemade Chocolate Brownie, Crème Brulee and local Fresh Stawberries


Coffee and local Chocolate covered cobnuts

If you wish to donate to be in with a chance to dine on the roof than please go to our on line donation page here.

Donations made up to 12pm (Midnight) on June 2nd will be entered into the draw.

Donations made online after this deadline will not count.

Alternatively you can make an offline donation on Saturday May 19th at the Yalding Farmers Market 10am -1pm where YCPS trustees will be an attendance for this purpose or finally on Sunday June 3rd at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Yalding on the Lees. This will be the last chance for taking donations directly before the draw is made that day. Time is still to be confirmed.

Good Luck to all and thank you for your support and generosity… keep spreading the word!
Hari Covert

Covert by name, covert by nature