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.
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.
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.
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.