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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.

Ap­ple­dore WI

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.

Mid­dle­marsh WI

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.

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