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.
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.
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.