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Parkin­son’s Dis­ease So­ci­ety - Folkestone and Dover branch

The cof­fee morn­ing held in New­ing­ton Vil­lage Hall, to cel­e­brate Parkin­son’s Aware­ness Week, raised more than £128. Thanks are ex­pressed to the ladies of the com­mit­tee for re­fresh­ments, and grate­ful ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Jen­nifer Clifton and Jan­ice Cousins, for or­gan­is­ing the tombola, which raised £70. For fur­ther de­tails of the lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion con­tact the sec­re­tary, Madeleine Thomas, phone 01303 253535. There is also a na­tional helpline avail­able on 080 8800 0303.

Alpine Gar­den So­ci­ety

At the East Kent’s group’s April meet­ing, Roger Facer showed alpines from north east Aus­tria that had been pho­tographed while based in Vi­enna. The next meet­ing takes place on Fri­day, May 11 in God­mer­sham Vil­lage Hall at 7.45pm. Don Wilks will show spring flower scenes, par­tic­u­larly or­chids, birds and an­i­mals seen in Cyprus. Vis­i­tors are wel­come for a fee of £1 and an­nual mem­ber­ship is £5. For fur­ther de­tails con­tact the sec­re­tary Rose­mary Powis, phone 01227 732348.

Ash­ford and Dis­trict branch, As­so­ci­a­tion of Men of Kent & Ken­tish Men

The Rev El­iz­a­beth At­t­away joined 47 mem­bers at the Iron Room, Boughton Aluph on April 27, to present an il­lus­trated talk en­ti­tled The Dar­ling Buds of May. She was re­spon­si­ble for the wel­fare and ed­u­ca­tion of the chil­dren in­volved, and of­fered de­light­ful anec­dotes and private photo images not avail­able to the pub­lic. On Sun­day, May 13, mem­bers will join the con­gre­ga­tion of the Church of St James, Sheld­wich, for a Ro­ga­tion Ser­vice at 11am. There will be lunch at The Ge­orge pub­lic house at Mo­lash af­ter­wards. The as­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual church ser­vice takes place on Satur­day, June 16, in St Michael’s parish church. Fol­low­ing on there will be lunch and the an­nual meet­ing within the Lon­don Beach Golf Ho­tel.

RAFA Wye branch

A meet­ing will be held on Thurs­day, May 10 in Wye Vil­lage Hall at 7.30pm. The guest speaker will be high­light­ing: The Last Of The Wartime Boffins. There will be a cheese and wine ses­sion on Satur­day, May 26 in the hall from 7pm to 9pm, which will be rais­ing funds in aid of the Wings Ap­peal. For avail­abil­ity of tick­ets cost­ing £5 con­tact Ge­off Davis. A wel­come will be given to ex-RAF per­son­nel, along with part­ners at meet­ings. Any­one in­ter­ested in mem­ber­ship con­tact the sec­re­tary, Ge­off Davis, phone 01233 812431.

Ash­ford Evening Townswomen’s Guild

The 74th birth­day din­ner took pace at the Ma­sonic Hall on April 26. The chair­man, Mary Pullen wel­comed mem­bers and guests. Af­ter an en­joy­able meal, Mrs Pullen pre­sented a 50-year mem­ber­ship cer­tifi­cate and badge to Joan Dormer. Two fur­ther awards will be pre­sented at a later date to Edith Green and June Reynolds, who were un­able to be present. The vice-pres­i­dent, Mrs Dormer thanked the chair­man for con­tin­ued lead­er­ship and pre­sented a bou­quet. En­ter­tain­ment was given by Har­monie Singers from Fairlight, who gave songs and mono­logues. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Pullen on be­half of mem­bers. Two raf­fles were held, one be­ing a ham­per won by Joan Sharp. A re­minder was given of a lunch date set for Thurs­day, May 10 at an Ital­ian restau­rant.

Ken­ning­ton WI

The vice-chair­man, Ur­sula Jones took the chair at the April meet­ing, due to Judy Skin­ner still re­cov­er­ing from an ill­ness. Speaker was Roy Bur­don from Brock­man’s Travel. High­lighted was the topic Trav­els Round The World, which con­cerned lo­cal de­par­tures, by Eurostar, Manston Air­port, and cruise ships at Dover. Mem­bers at­tended the an­nual coun­cil meet­ing at Mar­gate’s Win­ter Gar­dens, where the main speaker was Clarissa Dick­son-Wright. Cherry Wood gave a de­tailed re­port, which in­cluded mem­bers’ de­light that Pam Dob­son was pre­sented with the Ken­tish Ex­press rose bowl. A bou­quet was pre­sented to Grace Thompsett, who will be cel­e­brat­ing a 90th birth­day on Thurs­day, May 3. A group of mem­bers re­cently went to the Mar­lowe Theatre, to see Kiss Me Kate. At re­cent book group ses­sions, mem­bers have en­joyed read­ing and dis­cussing a variety of pub­lished lit­er­a­ture, to in­clude To Kill A Mock­ing Bird and Small Is­land. There will be a coun­try mar­ket on Satur­day, May 12 in the WI Hall, Faver­sham Road be­tween 9am and noon. At the meet­ing on Mon­day, May 14, dis­cussed with be the na­tional fed­er­a­tion res­o­lu­tion.

Ash­ford Civil Ser­vice Re­tire­ment Fel­low­ship

At the last meet­ing, Frances Turner gave a talk on Fair Trade. She brought along many items, which can be pur­chased. Mrs Fryer will be the guest speaker at the meet­ing on Thurs­day, May 31. The topic will be Guide Dogs for the Blind. Mem­bers meet in the Bap­tist Church, Sta­tion Road at 10am. New mem­bers wel­come. For fur­ther de­tails con­tact the chair­man Mr Bom­phrey, phone 01233 628071 or the sec­re­tary, Mrs May on 01233 632506.

Folkestone Af­ter­noon Townswomen’s Guild

Au­drey Pep­per from the East Kent Fed­er­a­tion was in at­ten­dance for the an­nual meet­ing, held on March 27. Betty Hall was nom­i­nated vicechair­man, as Chris­tine Cook has re­tired in the post. Mrs Cook still re­mains a com­mit­tee mem­ber, who stood-in as the vice-trea­surer, as So­nia Grant was ab­sent from the meet­ing. At the meet­ing on April 24, a com­pe­ti­tion was for the Best St Ge­orge’s Day ar­ti­cle. Pro­duced were some in­ter­est­ing items: a stone dragon; a St Ge­orge cross on tis­sues; postage stamps; a brooch and pen­dant. The win­ner was Mrs Pas­more. Joint sec­ond came Mrs Kelly and Mrs Hall. Au­drey Peper was in at­ten­dance again, to give mem­bers a re-cap of fed­er­a­tion events planned. There will be a rally on Thurs­day, July 12 at Faver­sham and a lunch on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 13 at Ash­ford. Coaches will be pro­vided en­abling ev­ery­one to get to the venues and meet other guild mem­bers. A film pre­sen­ta­tion was given by Julie Barer on hol­i­days by a well-known lo­cal com­pany. The next meet­ing takes place on Tues­day, May 22 in the United Re­form Church com­mu­nity hall at 2.30pm. Ann Fin­ney will be talk­ing about Gra­cie Fields. Vis­i­tors will be wel­come with a fee of 50p.

Folkestone Cam­era Club

The fifth print com­pe­ti­tion of the sea­son was held and judged by Dr Peter Lewis on April 25. Peter is a mem­ber of St Mary’s Bay Cam­era Club and a very com­pe­tent judge, who had a very tir­ing time judg­ing 50 prints. Win­ners (out of 20): open sub­ject, novice: 1 The Gate, David Con­nell (20); 2 Sun­set Gods Easter Is­land, Sue Peake (19). In­ter­me­di­ate: 1 Evening Glow, Mon­ica Stringer (20); 2 Vil­lage Church, Faroe Is­lands, Charles White (19). Ad­vanced: 1 Weath­ered, Frank Bar­r­a­clough (20); joint 2 Af­flu­ent So­ci­ety, Keith Rad­ford and Scot­tish Wild Cat, Ian Stone (19). Por­traits, novice: 1 Thank Heaven for lit­tle Girls, Eve Wil­son (20); 2 Lady of the Dance, Derek Green (18). In­ter­me­di­ate: 1 Pat, Mike Con­nell (20); 2 Stella, Mon­ica Stringer (19). Ad­vanced: 1 Kr­ishna, Frank Bar­r­a­clough (20); 2 Wo­man of Goa, David Hughes (19). At the meet­ing on Mon­day, May 14, the topic will be the fi­nal print com­pe­ti­tion of the sea­son along with the St Aubyn Cup com­pe­ti­tion, which is for land­scape p0rints only. The an­nual meet­ing is sched­uled for July. Ses­sions are held in the United Re­form com­mu­nity hall, Cas­tle Hill Av­enue from 7.45pm. New mem­bers wel­come. More de­tails from Jenny Bar­r­a­clough, phone 01303 245399.

Smar­den WI

Tom Pock­ley, a wood­turner, was the speaker at the open meet­ing held ear­lier this month. He clev­erly demon­strated how to turn a lump of wood into an at­trac­tive and use­ful bowl and showed mem­bers some of his very strik­ing work. Mem­bers en­joyed host­ing the spring group meet­ing. Alan Stock­well was an ex­cel­lent speaker. Some mem­bers per­formed a short play as part of the en­ter­tain­ment. Dur­ing the month there was a de­light­ful walk at Frit­ten­den, ob­serv­ing stun­ning dis­plays of blue­bells in beau­ti­ful weather. Ac­tiv­i­ties in May in­clude a walk in the Whit­stable area; a day out at Bedgebury Pine­tum; a cof­fee morn­ing and a quiz evening. At the meet­ing on Thurs­day, May 10, dis­cussed will be com­mu­nity hos­pi­tals; and look­ing at some lit­er­ary ef­forts of tal­ented mem­bers, past and present. Ses­sions are held on sec­ond Thurs­day monthly in the Char­ter Hall from 7.30pm. A wel­come will be given for new mem­bers. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact El­iz­a­beth McLeish, phone 01233 770523 or Terry Sher­man on 01233 770793.

God­in­ton 55 Plus Club

Sheila Brig­nal played the key­board at the Easter themed meet­ing. Beryl won the Easter bon­net com­pe­ti­tion with a straw hat dec­o­rated with flow­ers. The meet­ing on May 3 has been can­celled be­cause of the bor­ough coun­cil elec­tions. Mem­bers will go on a mys­tery coach out­ing with cream tea on Thurs­day, May 17. Jenny Green and the keep fit ladies will en­ter­tain mem­bers at the meet­ing on Thurs­day, May 31 in God­in­ton Vil­lage Hall, Loudon Way from 2.30pm. There will be a sales ta­ble, raf­fle and re­fresh­ments. En­try £1. New mem­bers wel­come and for de­tails phone 01233 640159.

Kingsnorth Se­nior Cit­i­zens

Harry Kem­s­ley played the pi­ano ac­cor­dion at the last meet­ing. Bingo will be played at the meet­ing on Tues­day, May 8 in Stubbs Cross Mis­sion Hall at 2pm. San­dra Brown and John Hur­rell will sing songs from the shows on May 22. The an­nual out­ing takes place on Tues­day, June 19 which is to the Bent­ley wild fowl and car mu­seum at Hal­land near Lewes. For more in­for­ma­tion on ac­tiv­i­ties con­tact Shirley Cleave on 01233 628269.

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