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God­in­ton 55 Plus Club

A silent auc­tion and games ses­sion took place at the last meet­ing. Bob Cooper will give a wood­work and lathe turn­ing demon­stra­tion at the meet­ing on Thurs­day, March 8, in the vil­lage hall, Loudon Way from 2.30pm. There will also be a sales ta­ble, raf­fle and re­fresh­ments. En­try £1. New mem­bers wel­come. For de­tails phone 01233 640159. Manned will be a stall at the boot fair on Satur­day, March 17 in the lo­cal hall from 2pm to 4pm.

God­in­ton WI

Bingo and bee­tle were among games played at the last meet­ing. Ar­range­ments were made for the an­nual coun­cil meet­ing at Mar­gate. Ideas were put for­ward for fundrais­ing ef­forts for the year. Some mem­bers will be at­tend­ing Great Chart WI’s birth­day this month and Willes­bor­ough WI’s in April. East Kent Mag­is­trate Heather Maple will give a talk at the meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, March 21 in the vil­lage hall, Loudon Way at 7.30pm. Vis­i­tors and new mem­bers are wel­come with en­trance fee £1. For more de­tails con­tact the sec­re­tary Va­lerie Blair, phone 01233 638045.

Kingsnorth Se­nior Cit­i­zens

Mau­reen James sang songs, played the gui­tar and re­cited po­etry, much of which was her own work, at the last meet­ing. Sheila Brig­nall will play the key­board at the meet­ing on Tues­day, March 13 in Stubbs Cross Mis­sion Hall at 2pm. Richard King will give a talk en­ti­tled On The Buses at the meet­ing on Tues­day, March 27. For more in­for­ma­tion on ac­tiv­i­ties con­tact Shirley Cleave, phone 01233 628269.

Ash­ford Al­lot­ment Fo­rum’s Trad­ing So­ci­ety

An ad­van­tage of mem­ber­ship are dis­counts of be­tween five per cent to 10 per cent. There will be a trad­ing store this Satur­day, March 10 sit­u­ated at Westrees al­lot­ment site, Quan­tock Drive, sign­posted next to St Teresa’s pri­mary school. Be­tween 10am and 3pm on pro­duc­tion of a mem­ber’s card, of­fered are a variety of fer­tilis­ers for the grow­ing sea­son. To join there is an ini­tial out­lay of £5 for a year and £2.50 an­nu­ally, which is also open for the private gar­dener.

Ash­ford WI

For the sec­ond month run­ning the mem­ber­ship were let down by the booked speaker. How­ever, the pres­i­dent, Cherry Ki­ley took it in her stride. A mem­ber popped home and re­turned with a quiz set­ting out 40 ques­tions and pic­tures. The win­ner with a score of 25 was by new mem­ber Beris Bartlett. Mem­bers were kept busy with di­aries (and purses), book­ing places at the May birth­day lunch; seats on coaches to Whit­stable; a fed­er­a­tion pic­nic; and an out­ing in June to Lulling­stone Cas­tle and Ea­gle Heights. The com­pe­ti­tion for a Scent Bot­tle pro­duced some ex­quis­ite ex­am­ples. The win­ner with a beau­ti­ful pink crys­tal ex­am­ple was en­tered by Cicely Lewis. At the next meet­ing Ge­orgina Reed will give a talk en­ti­tled Light­house Ahoy. The com­pe­ti­tion will be an Easter Bon­net. Meet­ings are held on the first Thurs­day monthly in the Bap­tist church hall, Sta­tion Road at 10am. Vis­i­tors and new mem­bers wel­come.

Ash­ford Quest Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety

At the meet­ing on March 2, mem­bers took part in the bi­en­nial au­dio-vis­ual com­pe­ti­tion. There were 10 en­tries that were in dig­i­tal for­mat and the stan­dard was ex­tremely high. The se­quences were judged by those present. Re­sult: 1 The Splen­dour of Antarc­tica by Bea Auger; 2 Christ­mas Wish by Mike Auger; 3 Gokyo Val­ley in the Nepalese Moun­tains by Andy Wood. At the meet­ing this Fri­day, March 9, there will be a talk with Cibachrome prints pre­sented by Alan Bar­rett, en­ti­tled Light and Lo­ca­tion. New mem­bers wel­come. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact the sec­re­tary, Ka­t­rina Deven­port, phone 01303 814842 or the chair­man John Wood­ward on 01303 268109.

In­ner Wheel Club of Ash­ford

The pres­i­dent Val Pater­son opened the busi­ness part of the Fe­bru­ary meet­ing. Two mem­bers of other SE dis­trict clubs are un­der­tak­ing a spon­sored cy­cle ride in aid of Break­through Can­cer and Parkin­son’s Dis­ease, and will be pass­ing through Ash­ford. It was agreed to do­nate £50 to each of th­ese char­i­ties. Plans for the char­ity con­cert on Fri­day, May 18 in Wye parish church are well in hand. De­tails were dis­cussed con­cern­ing a tea for Ro­tary En­ter­tains, or­gan­ised by Ash­ford Ro­tary Club on Sun­day April 29. Vol­un­teers were sought to pro­vide items of food. Five mem­bers will be at­tend­ing the Ten­ter­den In­ter Club meet­ing on Mon­day, March 12. John Tat­ters­field gave an en­thralling talk on the his­tory of maps and map mak­ing and in par­tic­u­lar ge­o­graph­i­cal fea­tures of Africa. Mr Tat­ters­field and wife Judy were thanked for kind hos­pi­tal­ity. The next meet­ing is sched­uled for Thurs­day, April 5 at the home of Pat Izard.

Rol­ven­den WI

Cindy Nor­ring­ton wel­comed mem­bers to the Fe­bru­ary af­ter­noon meet­ing. She said it is al­ways pleas­ing to have vis­i­tors as this could lead to them con­sid­er­ing tak­ing up mem­ber­ship and maybe en­cour­ag­ing a friend or rel­a­tive to come along too. Pippa Lud­ley from Cot­tage Beauty in Rol­ven­den Layne, demon­strated make-up skills. Pippa has been in this line of busi­ness for many years, some spent work­ing on cruise ships. Pippa set up a busi­ness work­ing from home about four years ago and sev­eral mem­bers are known to her and have en­joyed the lux­ury of a lit­tle pam­per­ing. Mar­garet Bow­dery chaired the dis­trict ac­tiv­i­ties meet­ing. Many out­ings and ac­tiv­i­ties were dis­cussed, en­abling plans to be made for the com­ing months. Mar­garet is to form a sub­com­mit­tee to sup­port the WI head­quar­ters in its Great Milk De­bate, to help to get farm­ers a fair price, which is to be put be­fore Par­lia­ment. Mem­bers have re­ceived the new pro­gramme, thanks to Chris­tine Black’s daugh­ter, Sarah. The com­pe­ti­tion for an item made from cot­ton, was won by Jan­ice Aspinall, closely fol­lowed by Doreen Spell­ing. Fu­ture diary dates: lunch, Mon­day, March 19, Lit­tle Sil­ver Ho­tel 12.30pm for 1pm; plant stall, Satur­day April 14 grass area out­side the vil­lage hall 2pm to 4pm. At this month’s meet­ing Kathryn Field will tackle the sub­ject of walls, pots and pa­tios. The com­pe­ti­tion is an item made or

re­lat­ing to the Stone Pearl.

Folkestone Cam­era Club

On Fe­bru­ary 26, John Wig­more judged the fourth dig­i­tal im­age com­pe­ti­tion of the sea­son. Mr Wig­more is a pre­mier judge who is re­garded very highly by all such clubs in the county. Marks out of 20: mono­chrome, joint win­ners Spray, Frank Bar­r­a­clough, Gemma, Dave Turner and Well Pol­ished, Pam Wraight (20). Creative: joint win­ners, Moroc­can Sun­set, Dave Turner and Open­ing Into Hell, Marie-Laure Stone (20); run­ners-up, Fall­ing Leaves, Frank Bar­r­a­clough and Flow­ers, Mike Con­nell (19). Open: joint win­ners, Ex­otic Equine, Bob Bris­ley and Tran­quil­ity, Jenny Bar­r­a­clough (20); run­ners-up, Man in Brown Mask, Dave Turner and Last of the Au­tumn Leaves, Paul Gavin (19). Slides: 1 On the Street, Keith Rad­ford (19); 2 In Re­tire­ment, Jerry Wat­son (17). On Fe­bru­ary 23, mem­bers had a dig­i­tal im­age bat­tle with pre­mier club in the area Ash­ford Quest Cam­era Club. Judge, Dave Ma­son, marked 60 images equally from each club and came out win­ners by 14 points. More suc­cess was given the fol­low­ing Tues­day (Fe­bru­ary 27) tak­ing part in a bat­tle of the prints which was hosted by Malling Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety. Six prints each from eleven clubs in com­pe­ti­tion. Judge Richard Wal­ton had a dif­fi­cult task with 66 prints from 11 par­tic­i­pat­ing clubs to pass judge­ment. Dart­ford won the tro­phy with 109 points, and a great achieve­ment was to lift joint third place with 101 points. A spe­cial award was pre­sented to Ian Stone, for the best over­all print en­ti­tled Lit­tle Bee Eater. Also par­tic­i­pat­ing were Sit­ting­bourne, Sta­ple­hurst, Gravesend, Malling, Re­flex, In­victa, Park­wood and Tovil. On Mon­day, March 12, mem­bers will be over­see­ing the Lon­don Salon Ex­hi­bi­tion. Sched­uled for March 19, Dr Peter Brandham will be show­ing In­dia’s Rail­ways, Old and New. Meet­ings are held in St Ge­orges church hall, Aud­ley Road, the cor­ner of Shorn­cliffe Road at 7.45pm. New mem­bers wel­come. More de­tails from Jenny Bar­r­a­clough, phone 01303 245399.

Folkestone Dec­o­ra­tive & Fine Arts So­ci­ety

The Fe­bru­ary lec­ture was by Oliver Everett, li­brar­ian emer­i­tus of the Royal Li­brary at Wind­sor Cas­tle. He shared a deep knowl­edge about the li­brary by means of an il­lus­trated tour of the col­lec­tion, high­light­ing ex­hibits that the Queen would typ­i­cally show guests At the next ses­sion, the lec­ture will be by Anthea Streeter, dis­cussing The 50s and the De­vel­op­ment of Mod­ern De­sign. The meet­ing takes place on Thurs­day, March 22 in St Ge­orge’s Church, Aud­ley Road, at 2pm. Vis­i­tors and prospec­tive mem­bers are wel­come. For in­for­ma­tion phone the mem­ber­ship sec­re­tary on 01303 237758.

Ash­ford Civil Ser­vice Re­tire­ment Fel­low­ship

At the an­nual meet­ing, all mem­bers of the com­mit­tee were re-elected. The next meet­ing takes place on Thurs­day, March 29, when Martin Ba­con from Char­ter House, speaks on the fu­ture of Ash­ford. Mem­bers meet in the Bap­tist Church, Sta­tion Road. For more de­tails con­tact John Bom­phrey, phone 01233 628071 or Mrs M. May on 01233 732506.

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