Castle Green WI
The president, Sheila Smith, welcomed 54 members and a visitor to the March meeting. Among business matters dealt with was a challenge from the rector to come up with ideas for an historical tableau for the evening of drama to be staged in the grounds of Saltwood Castle. A letter of thanks was received from Tony Budell of the British Humanitarian Aid for the 142 handbags which members and friends had collected. They were filled with essential and luxury items for the women of the Ukraine who have Leukaemia due to the Chernobyl disaster. After coffee, members listened to an interesting and lively talk by Mrs Carter entitled Vegetarian Cookery, Guess who’s coming to dinner? Explained was the different forms of vegetarianism. Showed to members were several products asking which ones would be suitable for vegetarians and Mrs Carter provided answers to the many questions from members. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 12. The speaker will be Dorothy Gray with a talk entitled The Group, Hoping for a Few Laughs.
Guest speakers for March were Maria and team from the Blue Cross Animal Welfare Centre, Northiam. Also present was PAT dog Doris, a three-year-old border terrier, wearing a smart Blue Cross uniform. The canine is used for educational visits to schools, hospitals and homes. Maria spoke about the work the Blue Cross does for abandoned and distressed animals, which also undertakes re-homing. Head of the equine section, Debbie said there is a need of secure loving homes for some residents. This institute as part of a group sponsored an employee who was running the London Marathon with proceeds going entirely to the Blue Cross. Guest speaker for the meeting on Thursday, April 12 in the evening will be Alan White, the auctioneer from Hobbs Parker in Ashford. Alan will be recounting experiences as an auctioneer. He has agreed to value any small items that members would like to bring. The competition is for an old coin.
At the meeting on March 1, the president welcomed a new member, Shirley Mayne and visitor Evelyn Brown. Members attended the Pancake Day event hosted by the Lydd institute. They cheered on Pam Goodliff and Maggie Crimmins, who were participants and adjudicator Patricia Butcher who were the representative team. Despite good support the side finished fourth. Kathleen May has volunteered to be delegate for the East Kent Federation annual council meeting which will be held on Wednesday, March 28 at the Winter Gardens, Margate. The pick-up point is the bus stop at Jefferstone Lane, St Mary’s Bay at 8.25am. Arrangements have been made to host an indoor boot fair and lunch on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7 in the village hall from 8am to 2pm. To book a table at £5 phone 01303 875148 or 01303 873958. Greatstone WI will jointly host the group quiz with this institute. It will be held in St Mary’s Bay Village Hall from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. The summer outing is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17. Congratulations were showered on Edith Kingsland, who celebrated a 95th birthday on February 24. To mark being a member in her 65th year, joining in October 1942, Edith was presented with a WI vase by the president. John Pearce captured the audience with an interesting talk on Paris, City of Lights. The guest speaker judged the competition entitled Something Parisian. The winner was Sue Bucanan. Second came Sheila Hooker and third Rose Stoner. The next competition requires entries of an old theatre programme. Visitors, friends and husbands with a fee of £1, will be welcomed to the next meeting on Thursday, April 5 in St Mary’s Bay Village Hall at 9.45am. There will be a talk by a representative of the Air Ambulance.
South Willesborough & Newtown WI
The fund-raiser for Dungeness lifeboat, Nigel Packer, gave a talk and film showing of the RNLI at the last meeting. Members heard how the seamen’s charity operates and is funded. Previous members will be welcomed to the 21st celebration dinner, scheduled for Friday, October 21. For more details contact Mrs Martin, phone 01233 720197. The competition for a photograph of a lighthouse was won by Margaret Scott. Ellen Martin came second and third Margaret Gray. The contest letter was M, the winner being Elaine Gore with a sheet of music. Diary dates: whist drive, Fridays, March 16 and April 20 at 7.15pm; jumble sale, Saturday, April 21 at 2pm. The next meeting will be held on Friday, April 13 in the SWAN centre at 7.30pm. Speaker will be Sue Haydock, the ex-mayor of Medway. The competition is for a piece of Dickens memorabilia. The contest letter will be E. Visitors will be welcomed.
Ashford Flower Club
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 20 in the Furley Hall at 7.30pm. Andrea Winder will be the demonstrator of flower arranging entitled March Motives. Doors open at 6.30pm allowing members to browse the sales tables. Visitors will be welcomed with a entrance fee of £3. For further information phone 01233 628278 or 01233 629773 (evenings).
Hawkinge Acrise & Paddlesworth WI
The March meeting was well attended. The speaker, Imogen Corrigan, gave a riveting and incredibly informative talk entitled Seeing is Believing, introducing the subject of art produced in churches during the medieval period of history. In keeping with the theme of the afternoon, the competition was for a Medieval Headdress. The winner being Janet Cripps who had an entry made completely from natural resources. Members were reminded of trips being planned; in May a guided walk in Canterbury; July a trip on a paddle steamer; and October a visit to Westminster Abbey. With regular monthly meetings there is so much to do. New members are welcome to come along and find out what can be enjoyed. A very warm welcome awaits at the meeting on Tuesday, April 3. Mrs Dunkley will give a presentation on Around the World in 50 Minutesy. The session takes place in Hawkinge Village Hall at 2pm. For more information contact the secretary on 01303 863146.
Hythe & District Gardeners Society
Recently the annual meeting has been held with nominations elected to serve on the committee and officials. President, the Rev D. Sampson; chairman, Mr K.W. Beavis; vice chairman, Mr I. Nash; treasurer, Mr T. Ross; secretary, Mrs S. Refault; show secretary, Mr I. Nash; membership secretary, Mr P. Refault; monthly shows, Miss A Lewis-Johnson; social secretary, Mrs M. Haining. The committee is made up of Mr B. McArdell, Mrs P. Shearman and Mr M. Young. Currently there is a membership of 54 with several life members. Applications to join will be welcomed at monthly meetings, which take place on the first Tuesday except January, August and November. Meetings take place in the SJAB hall, Albert Lane, Stade Street at 7.30pm.
Pluckley Over 60’s Club
There was a good attendance for the meeting held on March 5. Entertainment was provided by Ian Clark, who played the electric organ, giving a mixture of songs and tunes from the past and more recent melodies. There was some audience participation in the singing. Bookings were taken for the theatre outing on Saturday, April 14 to Margate. Best wishes were given to Mrs Joncock who was unwell. Following refreshments, the raffle and draw was made: winners, 69, Mr Spillett, 44, Mrs Smithens, 25, Mr Mills and 46, Mrs P. Bush. Members celebrating birthdays this month: Mrs B. Sage, Mrs Woodcock, Mr R. Sheppard, and Mr B. Sage. To conclude the session, the organist played a selection of melodic tunes while members socialised. At the meeting on Monday, April 2, entertainment will be presented by Neville Marsh and Michael Gilbert with slides to music.
Ashford Philatelic Society
At the last meeting, hosted was a visit by the Thanet club. The visitors entertained with a variety of displays, ranging from the Battle of Britain to postcards of the last Czar of Russia’s Family. There will be an auction at the meeting on Wednesday, March 21 in the Friends Meeting House. Proceeding begin at 7pm and new members and visitors welcome.
Ashford Archaeological and Historical Society
As the advertised speaker was unable to attend the last meeting, members enjoyed a talk on Discovering Ancient Lenham, by Lesley Feakes. John Iveson will be the guest speaker at the meeting on Monday, March 19 entitled Dover Fortifications. New members and visitors will be welcomed to the Friends Meeting House, Albert Road at 7.30pm.