Do we have an Iwade henge?

Photograph Copyright ©2014

Archaeologists have been busy at work over the past months conducting a dig on behalf of Persimmon who are currently building houses on the stretch between the top of School Lane and the Sheppey Way. Whilst we don't have an official update from the archaeological team SWAT who have been commissioned to do the work, Iwade's Graeme Horner who has a keen interest in archaeology, believes the ditches in the picture to be a Bronze Age henge, due to the evidence of an entrance and the shape. Without the entrance it may have been considered to be a burial mound. There appear to be two concentric circular ditches with the outer circle having a gap in the ditch suggesting an entrance to the henge. Can you imagine people living in Iwade thousands of years ago? It brings a whole new meaning to 'old Iwade'!!!

Have a nice weekend Iwade, enjoy the sunshine!

Nicola McKenzie Friday 27th June 2014

Bake Off Sale, Market Relaunch and Ann Summers!

Just a quick blog entry to get you all excited about this weekend in Iwade, with the Great Iwade Bake Off Sale on Saturday and the relaunched Iwade Market on Sunday. I heard a rumour that Ann Summers will be in attendance at Heaven on Saturday night so contact Heaven if you want to find out more about that ladies!

The Great Iwade Bake Off Sale is this Saturday 7th June from 2pm to 4pm, baking contributions to be delivered to 30 Mansfield Drive before 12 or to All Saints Church Iwade (opposite the Woolpack!) 12 onwards, with small bakes being entered into the competition (judging by Emma Andrews from Jesson Cupcakes and Beverley Adams-Reynolds from Exquisite Vintage Teas, they will not be eating any lunch in preparation!). Large bakes will either go on sale or go into the Bake Auction or the raffle, with a prize for the bake that earns the most money in the 3pm grand Bake Auction with Iwade W.I.'s Glenn Walters holding the hammer!

There will be a Decorate a Ginger/Short-Bread Person and Salt Dough Modelling for the kids with a touch of face painting thrown in if you're lucky (cupcake motif anyone?!). For the adults and kids you can Take a Pew (sit down with a drink and a bake), Take Away (lots to buy, savoury and sweet), Guess the Weight of the Bake, enjoy the grand Bake Auction, enter the Raffle, browse the Second-hand Stall (books mainly with some kitchen toys for the kids). Look out for the grand balloon arch thanks to Jacqui's Balloons (Jacqui has a new shop over at Stone's Garden Centre so why not pay her a visit).

IV would like to wish the new Iwade Market, back for June every success on Sunday. Stallholders were offered free stalls for June to promote the event as I think you'll join with IV in saying we do not want to lose our market. Why not wander down at leisure between 10 and 1 on Sunday 8th June, Iwade Village Hall. Lots for the children, craft stalls, food and drink, I even heard there might be hot sauce ;-) Good luck Iwade Market!

Loving Iwade, have a great weekend everyone!
Nicola McKenzie Wednesday 5th June 2014

Iwade Market and other Iwade Ramblings

So since we last spoke the Iwade Market was off and is now on! Coming back for Sunday 8th June under new management (thanks to Steve Theobald for managing it up to now), as a June special a stall will be free. Email if you'd like to book a stall or find out more. In other news, today it was bin day in Iwade. Perhaps not breaking unless you put china in your bin ;-) What do you think of the new food bins? IV was a lazy composter but now feels compelled to file food waste in the bin provided by the lovely Swale. The main bin could do with a hose every week though which is a bit of a pain particularly with the (gladly) warmer weather kindly putting in an appearance. Today IV HQ was transformed into Iwade Observer HQ for the day with guest appearance from Editor Mel to get the June edition ready for print, this time 8 pages, lovely and bright to get you into the spirit of summer. Watch this space for more on the Iwade School Expansion planning application as it becomes available. Have an Iwade-tastic sun-fuelled weekend everyone, I think it has gone to my head!
Nicola McKenzie Friday 16th May 2014

Iwade Does Hats and the April Iwade Observer Now Online!

Iwade Does Hats Sunday 30th March 2014 Midday at Woodpecker Park
Apologies for the blog lull Iwade, I've been busy redesigning the National Gardens Scheme website. Check out the interactive map on the Gardens by county page and you can see what it has to offer in Kent! In Iwade this weekend it's Iwade Does Hats! In aid of Brain Tumour Research a charity close to my heart and to the organiser Beverley of Exquisite Vintage Teas. All you have to do is gather at Woodpecker Park at midday on Sunday 30th March (bring your mother, it's her day!) with a hat if possible but come anyway even if you don't do hats and put £1 in the raffle. Lots of prizes including an exquisite cream tea, an Indian meal for two and a photo shoot with David Rannard, Iwade's own Click Create photographer. In other news the April Iwade Observer is now online. Find it on the home page, the news page or simply click here! Have a great weekend and hope to see you at Iwade Does Hats to have a bit of fun, get a fantastic photo for the Iwade archives and raise some money for Brain Tumour Research.
Nicola McKenzie Friday 28th March 2014

Iwade Market Weekend!

A short blog as we head into the weekend, at home the highlight being the Iwade Market at Iwade Village Hall on Sunday 10am to 1pm with loads of fantastic stalls to browse and sausage, bacon and egg rolls in the kitchen. Mmmmm I know where I'll be! The Market is gaining momentum and we love it at IV. Why not give it a try this Sunday 9th February. If you embrace the world of facebook then why not like the Iwade Monthly Market page and you can get updates direct to your News Feed. Away, the Winter Olympics are kicking off. Our Iwade weather is feeling more wintery than the sunny snowy weather in Russia! Have a great weekend everyone and remember it's Family Movie Night with The Croods on Friday 14th February. Telephone or text Steve Plumb on 07905 040119 for your tickets. Enjoy! More details in the What's On Calendar. That's all folks, see you Sunday and enjoy the Olympics! Go Team GB!
ps the barn blog may not have been updated for a while but that's not to say the barn group have not been busy, watch this space!
Nicola McKenzie Friday 7th February 2014

Missing Cat Maude

Iwade residents Kate and Ian Williams would like to ask for your help in locating their cat Maude, an elderly mackerel quite thin tabby moggie who has not gone missing in the six years they've had her but has been missing since this morning Friday 17th January. Kate and Ian ask that you look in your garden, shed and garage in the hope that you may find her. Maude was last seen in Sheerstone Iwade on 16th January. You can contact the Williams on mobile 07949 840 569 if you have any information that could help their search. Kate says that Maude has not been herself since she saw the vet on Wednesday which is why she's so worried. We wish Kate and Ian all the best in finding Maude. Can you help?
Nicola McKenzie Friday 17th January 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Iwade!
I heard on the radio that it was ok to wish people you'd not seen a Happy New Year until 'mid' January so Happy New Year Iwade! So what's been happening since we last talked? Christmas in Iwade was fantastic as always and the Iwade Christmas Tree stayed strong throughout the bad weather so well done to those involved in both making it happen and making it stay up! Were you one of the unlucky ones who were without power on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? There's a survey in the new Have Your Say section on the home page on the right-hand side so why not fill it out and tell UK Power what you thought of the service you received. There are also some other survey links in the Have Your Say section so why not take a look and do just that! The Barn Steering Group have already met this month and are pushing on to get Iwade@TheBarn up and running. We'll have the kettle on before you know it. Iwade was front page news today in the local paper. Thanks to a Freedom of Information request by Iwade Parish Council it transpires that there are hundreds of 000s of £££s from various housing developments in Iwade that have not been spent, sat in a bank account. How exciting! This weekend is the first Iwade Market of 2014 so why not go along. 10am to 1pm this Sunday 12th January at Iwade Village Hall. It gets better month on month IV can say from personal experience so hope to see old and new faces there for a browse and a cuppa. Think that's all for now folks. Have a good weekend as always. Speak soon!
One more thing - Iwade Garage under new management. Why not give them a try. Full advert in the Directory complete with google map or click through to their website from their revolving ad on every page.
Nicola McKenzie Friday 10th January 2014

It's Really Nearly Christmas Iwade!

I can't believe it's already 23rd December. Am privileged this year to have a School Lane Farm Iwade turkey, thanks Ted Ledger. And thanks to Steve Theobald of Iwade Market who took a last minute fruit and veg order today for tomorrow. How good is that! You can find Steve's details on the What's On Iwade Market page. Apologies for the blurred images of Iwade. Taken with a phone in the rain. I felt there should be some photographic evidence of our beautiful Iwade Christmas Tree which is so very Christmassy. And now to the main reason for this blog, to wish you all a very Happy Iwade Christmas and an even Happier New Year. Iwade is a fantastic community and one we should be very proud of, I certainly am. To all the people who give up their time for different causes in Iwade well done and keep up the good work! Happy Christmas!
I'd like to say a special well done to those from Iwade featuring in Snow White at the Wyvern this Christmas, something to be proud of. That's where we'll be this afternoon :-)
Nicola McKenzie Monday 23rd December 2013

Christmas Band Concert This Weekend!

For some reason the sight of the bin men from my IV office window inspired me to update my IV blog! So it's bin day, the heavens are open and Iwade School is preparing for its first open house family panto tomorrow with 2 performances at 4 and 6.30pm. Give the school office a call if you'd like to go along but haven't got your tickets yet. More details in the December 2013 Iwade School Newsletter which also makes for interesting reading even if you don't have children who attend Iwade School. Another positive Iwade@TheBarn meeting this week at Swale Borough Council. Thank you to all those at Swale Borough Council who are supporting this exciting community project. Before I forget (diverts to source photo...) this Saturday 14th December is the annual Christmas Concert in Iwade with the UK Paper Band, this time at All Saint's Church which makes a fantastic venue especially at this time of year. You can get tickets on the door. Find out more in the What's On Calendar. Have a great weekend everyone, Iwade or away.
ps have just received an email from MP Gordon Henderson encouraging residents to call the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 to see if they’re eligible for assistance with heating this winter :-) pps have just realised I was remiss in not including Happy Days Christmas Fair which is tomorrow and to which all are welcome and Christmas Carol Singing on Monday at the Seed of Hope to which all are also welcome. Now in the What's On Calendar!
Nicola McKenzie Friday 13th December 2013

Friday Blog

Friday's a good day for a blog as there is always something happening in our lovely village at the weekend. This weekend is no different and boasts the Iwade Market which IV loves to go to. Santa will be there apparently and you can do some Christmas shopping, food and presents so I'd say it's a must do (how about you?!). Iwade School children have done Iwade proud this week with Years 3,4, 5 and 6 all bringing home silver medals at their interschools athletics events at Swallows. Well done! And well done to the choir who entertained the Morrison's Distribution Centre staff with their Christmas carols.
There's still time to respond to the Iwade School Consultation and if you have an opinion for or against then do go to this week's Parish Council meeting as the Parish Council will be responding to the Consultation based on residents' feedback.
According to KCC, of 122 applications to Iwade School for September 2013 intake, 57 gave an address in Iwade compared to the proposed 90 places. Note this includes 1st, 2nd and 3rd preferences. You can voice your opinion on the expansion by email to before 11am on 16th December and/or by going to Iwade Parish Council meeting this coming Wednesday 11th December at 7.30pm Iwade Village Hall where the School Consultation is on the agenda.
Have a great weekend Iwade, enjoy the Christmas Market!
ps Apparently Santa of Sittingbourne Christmas Lights fame will be gracing Iwade's streets this Sunday before 4 :-)
Nicola McKenzie Friday 6th December 2013

The Fourth Day of Advent

This weekend saw Kent Police tweeting about great community engagement in Iwade and the Church Christmas Fair which IV thought was great and excellent value for money with a fantastic cake stall and great jams, chutneys and pickles for sale ready for Christmas. Meanwhile whilst IV couldn't be there, the buzz on Monday morning on the internet after the great Sunday Iwade Christmas Tree Lights Switch On was amazing. Around 300 people turned out to sing carols, eat hot dogs, listen to Parish Chair Mr James Hunt's wise words (I can only guess that they were wise from the photos, he looked very wise) and head down to the Woolpack, not necessarily in that order. IV thinks everyone involved should be very proud including Santa and his elves and fairy. Did I also spy a dame?! The lights may now be off but nobody's perfect, not even Iwade ;-). Mental note to write to Santa and see if he can sort it out before Christmas. Can Do Iwade! Happy Wednesday 4th December Iwade, enjoy! ps thanks go to Deana Smart-Zegna for the lights pic :-)
Nicola McKenzie Wednesday 4th December 2013

Did you know the meaning of Iwade?

Did you know Iwade means crossing where Yew trees grow? Hence the picture of the Yew tree on your favourite Iwade Village Website!
It's all going on in the coming days in Iwade people, police contact point midday to 1pm tomorrow at Sheerstone, still unsure as to whether the anti-burglary packs are ready. I have no news on that unfortunately. Very importantly it's the Iwade Christmas Fair at Iwade Village Hall on Saturday between 2 and 4pm. Run by the church you can expect a great range of homemade chutneys and jams, fresh produce, cakes, toys and even a Giant Raffle (I love a raffle). Karaoke at the Woolie Saturday night and the great Christmas Tree Lights switch on from 4.30pm on Sunday 1st December on the corner of Grovehurst Road and Ferry Road (teletubby hill!). Hot dogs and Santa will be in attendance what more could you ask for. Mulled wine at the Woolie afterwards thanks to Mark and Liz Burgess. And if you have issues with Iwade Health Centre why not join the Patient Participation Group and make a difference. It's on Monday 2nd December at 8pm.
Have a great weekend Iwade, home or away, come rain or shine. Enjoy!
Nicola McKenzie Friday 29th November 2013

It's Nearly December in Iwade!

It won't be long before we can start those advent calendars (or candle in my case as I can't be trusted with 24 days of chocolate) and turn the Iwade Christmas lights on with a hot dog, how exciting! Last night the Iwade Observer team joined in a glass of mulled wine at the Woolpack and a crisp or two (we know how to live) to say thank you to all those people who create, distribute and deliver your Iwade Observer. The team is nearly 30 people strong! After a technical hitch at the printers the Iwade Observer is now printed and will be winging its way into Iwade into the hands of W.I. President Val Pugh for the last time. Val will count and split the Observers then navigate her way round Iwade dropping them off to the volunteers who deliver to your door in all weathers. Thank you Val, you've been a star doing this for 3 years, time for a well-earned rest! It's the Tinkerbells Christmas Fair today, always worth a visit on the way home from school, hope it went well Tinkerbells! And in other news, Mel's Angel's Cleaning are offering 15% off one-off cleans for Iwade residents until 12th January 2014. Check out their ad in the Directory. That's all for now folks, enjoy the December Observer online until you get a copy in your hand. There's lots going on in December so Dates for the Diary is especially useful this month. Enjoy! Click on the red image above or on the home page :-)
Nicola McKenzie Tuesday 26th November 2013

The Christmas Tree Has Arrived!

It's a momentous day and as you may have seen from Iwade Does Facebook if you're that way inclined the Iwade village Christmas Tree has arrived! You may have heard it here first ;-) In other news, apologies from Neighbourhood Watch that the anti-burglary packs promised at the Police Contact Points are not yet ready. Will let you know if IV hears any more news on these as Christmas would be the worst time to be burgled. Santa Does Iwade is now open for business as of yesterday evening. You can book a home visit for Santa and his elf to come to your house for that special visit. More details on the Santa does Iwade website at While IV is online, we thought the Table Top Sale and Boot Fair yesterday was fab, all the better for there being home-baked cakes in the kitchen courtesy of the Iwade W.I.. Mmmmmm apple cake!
Nicola McKenzie Monday 18th November 2013 1:49pm

It's the Weekend Iwade

Iwade Village Sign on a crisp sunny Friday morning, November 2013
So it's Friday and time for a weekly roundup. At Iwade School this week, the Year 5 hockey team came 6th out of 19 teams in the Year 5 and 6 Quicksticks Hockey tournament and Iwade School reported a fantastic 100% attendance on Spotty Day so hopefully they raised lots of money for Children in Need! Iwade Parish Council announced that this year we'll be having our very own Iwade Christmas Tree on Teletubby Hill on Pinks Corner. The area currently looks like a crime scene cordoned off with black and yellow tape! has been hard at work updating the What's On Calendar (list view) with the enormous number of Christmas events we have in Iwade this Christmas, proof of the great community spirit we have here in Iwade, despite what you may think if you ever venture into the minefield that is Iwade Does Facebook sometimes! Look for the red bauble for Christmas events for your diary, something for everyone. It transpires that we may acquire a community barn in the not too distant future. Check out Iwade@TheBarn's very own blog to keep you up-to-date on progress on this exciting community project. Coming up this weekend we have a Police Contact Point at Sheerstone tomorrow at midday where you can pick up a free anti-burglary pack, the Table Top Sale and Boot Fair at Iwade Village Hall, not to be missed with at last count around 25 tables booked in and refreshments in the kitchen from the Iwade W.I.. And on Monday a very important Public Meeting at Iwade School regarding the proposed expansion of Iwade School from two form to three form entry from September 2015. If you are a resident, parent or just have an interest then this meeting is for you. Have a great weekend in Iwade or away from IV HQ :-)
Nicola McKenzie Friday 15th November 2013 6:41pm

Beautiful November Sunday

It was a beautiful day in Iwade today for cycling, shopping and remembering, not necessarily in that order. The Wiggle Hellfire Corner Sportive event came through Iwade today, you may have seen the cyclists as they came up Ferry Road. So named from WW2 as apparently this part of Kent was within range of the German Guns in France. It was the November Iwade Market where IV enjoyed a cup of tea and a slice of cake (this will be a recurring theme in my blog!). And it was Remembrance Sunday where the Rainbows, Beavers, Cubs, Brownies and Scouts proudly paraded their flags and everyone enjoyed a moving Remembrance Sunday service at All Saint's. Graeme Horner brought the service alive with memories of those in Iwade who served and died for their country and we remembered Mrs Gaiger, a teacher at Iwade School who sadly passed away this week.
Nicola McKenzie Sunday 10th November 2013

Iwade Village Blog

Rooks in the trees at Toad Hall Farm
I had a meeting this week about an exciting new community project and immediately thought blog! Which led me to thinking that an IwadeVillage blog would be just what some of you are looking for. Not as full on as Iwade Does Facebook. And (I love starting a sentence with and) not as structured as the lovely ;-) So here we are. Enjoy! ps Do you know where this picture was taken?!
Nicola McKenzie Friday 8th November 2013 9.56pm