Pluckley Over 60’s Club
Due to the spring bank holiday, the last meeting was held a week later. Paul Harris of Radio Kent gave a talk entitled Digs and The Landladies of the Posh. The audience enjoyed the talk which had many laughs for members. Mrs E. Manktelow will be celebrating a birthday this month. Names were collated for the trip on Sunday, May 27 to Herne Bay. The coach will be departing the village at 9am. Scheduled for next month is an excursion to Hastings and a cream tea at Reading Street garden centre. On Wednesday, July 18 there is an outing along the river, departing from Rochester. The fee is £7 to include coach. For the annual meeting, accounts were read and passed plus a diary of events. The committee remains unchanged. Winners of the 100 club draw: 11 Mrs Treadway; 13 Mrs Smart; 42 Mrs H. Golder; and 81 Mrs Elliot. Two games of bingo were played and the meeting came to an end. The next session takes place on Monday, June 4. The Ashford Camcorder Club will be entertaining.
Folkestone Camera Club
On May 14, John Butler judged the sixth and final print competition of the season. Marks out of 20: Novice: 1 The Blue Door, Trevor Page (20); 2 Guardian of the Golden Temple, Eve Wilson (19). Intermediate: 1 The close of the day, Muriel Hilliard (20); 2 Looking out from De La Warr, Sue Cowell (19). Advanced: 1 Farmer in the Tian Shan Mountains Kyrgyzstan, Marie-Laure Stone (20); 2 Dwarf Mongoose Serengeti, Ian Stone (19). Portraits: novice: 1 Natalie, Trevor Page (20); 2 Here’s looking at you looking at me, Derek Green (18). Intermediate: 1 Michelle, Sue Cowell (20); joint 2 Michelle, Maurice Worsley and Mischief, Gill Jefferson (19). Advanced: joint 1 Peter, Frank Barraclough and The Clown, Paul Gavin (20); 2 Uyghur Elder in Kashgar N/China, Marie-Laure Stone (19). St Aubyn Cup (landscape competition with 32 entries): 1 Tree Mound, Frank Barraclough; 2 Castle Hill, Folkestone, Frank Barraclough; 3 Morning Frost, Alkham, Paul Gavin. To end the season the annual dinner and awards night will be held on Friday, May 25. The new season begins on Monday, September 3. For membership details contact the press officer, Jenny Barraclough, phone 01303
245399. Folkestone & District Family History Society Making the most of the family records centre was the title of the talk at the May meeting. A light-hearted and humorous presentation by Gerry Toop, the education and outreach manager at the centre, left even the most experienced members with some very useful tips on researching the archives. From March next year all these records will be transferred to the National Archives, Kew. The next meeting takes place on Thursday, June 7 at The Radnor Park Folkestone Community Association Hall, Castle Hill Avenue at 7.30pm. Author of family history books, Kathy Chater will give a talk entitled Suicide. Visitors will be very welcome. Anyone wishing to book seats for coach trips to the record offices, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Egerton Over 60’s Club
At the April meeting, welcomed was Tony and Eve Turner as members. Mr Turner was presented with a box of chocolates, as by alphabetical order, was deemed to be the 100th member. The scheduled guest speakers, Adrian and Veronica Stabbings were unable to attend. The presentation on Mercy Ships will be given in October. Stepping in to the breach was the Ashford Camcorder Club, who were able to switch dates in the programme. The president is John Williams, who is also a club member. With the aid of friends Peter and Alan, a selection of films were shown to the audience. Of particular interest was the screening of Spring, filmed by Ollie Nisbet. The next foot clinic is scheduled for Friday, June 8. Members celebrating birthdays: Margaret Nisbet, Jim Homewood, Ambrose Oliver, Jill Hope and Albert Webb. Members were delighted to congratulate Francis and Janet Oliver, who were celebrating the 61st wedding anniversary. Received were invitations from Smarden Afternoon Club for four members to attend the Friday, July 20 meeting, which has been accepted. The speaker will be Geof Hutchins on Mad Jack Fuller. There has been two request to begin meetings at 2.30pm. The committee brought the subject to the attention of members, who have decided to retain the original time of 2pm. Tickets for the dance on Saturday, May 26 are still available at £7, to which funds will benefit the RNLI at Dover. To book phone 01233 756294. At the meeting on Monday, June 11, the guest speaker will be Paul Harris on the topic The History Of Panto.
Ashford Model Collectors Club
The committee was elected en bloc at the recent annual meeting. The treasurer and chairman gave reports. There was a review of the previous 12 months and the calendar agreed for the year ahead. To commemorate D-Day on Wednesday, June 6, hosted will be a military evening. Members are invited to bring along and talk about Second World War models. Sessions are held in Godinton Village Hall, Loudon Way at 7.30pm.
The May meetings are always for resolutions. The topic was on closure of community hospitals. Members debated the motion, which will go forward to the national federation’s annual meeting in June. With business matters dealt with, there was a raffle and a welcome amount of social time. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 13 in the Peace Room at 7.30pm. A member will give a talk about the Samaritans, who said the organisation desperately needs volunteers in the Ashford area.
Because the May meeting is traditionally saved for discussing and voting on the resolutions, no speaker was invited. Audrey Pepper offered her garden for a party for the Stretch-a-Tenner challenge, and Brenda Millen accepted the bursary from Denman College. Mary Ford gave a report on the group meeting. Faith Spooner had entered a white rabbit into the puppet competition and the speaker was a Mr Stockwell who spoke about experiences while taking puppets across the country. Suggestions are needed for entertainment at the next group meeting, which is to be held in this village. Arrangements are being made for a day trip during the summer to Whitstable. Included is a tour of the old town with a guide and lunch at a restaurant. A resident of the village has suggested that a community picnic be held on the day of the Tour de France at the cricket club. Members agreed this was a great idea, but were in favour of it being a social occasion rather than held for fund-raising. The resolution urges Her Majesty’s Government to stop the closure of community hospitals which provide essential services to local people. There were 28 votes for and one against. The flower of the month competition was won jointly by Mary Ford, Brenda Millen and Faith Spooner. The headdress for a May Queen contest was won by Faith Spooner and Mary Ford. Next month the speaker will be Mr A. Graves, talking about Lawrence of Arabia. The session ended with a game of whist that was enjoyed by everyone, even though many had not played before!
Castle Green WI
May is for resolutions, to be put before the annual meeting in June at the Royal Albert Hall. Debated was concerns of the closure of community hospitals. The president, Sheila Smith led discussions and when the vote was taken, members were unanimously in favour of calling upon the Government to stop the closures. Brought along were examples of craft work and hobbies and there was an excellent display by the talented members. There was also a well-stocked plant and produce stall. The next meeting takes place on Thursday, June 14 in Saltwood Village Hall at 10am. Mrs E. Booker will give a talk about the Marlowe Theatre. Visitors and new members are always welcome.
The president Diana Strode welcomed 25 members and a visitor to the May meeting. Apologies were given on behalf of two members. A health and safety drill was carried out. The resolution was on closures of community hospitals. The debate was based on strong feelings that community hospitals are not only fundamental to the health and well-being of the community locally, but also provide a diversity of care, particularly for vulnerable people. It was felt that with the everincreasing growth of the community it is imperative more than ever to keep this valuable service alive. Voting was unanimously against the closures. Freda Thompsett acted as delegate at the annual meeting in Margate. She gave an interesting report highlighting several points of interest. The speaker was Clarrisa Dickson-Wright. Adam and Theresa Coulton performed a duo of memorable folk songs, which members thoroughly enjoyed and were able to sing-along. Diana Strode gave a vote of thanks. Enjoyed was a ploughmans supper, which was provided by the committee. Hostesses Jean Knott and Sheila Leutchford served tea and coffee with a delicious array of cakes. Birthday posies were presented to Marion Jolin, Lilian Milton and Mary Want. The competition was won by Liz Whately. Joyce Owen and Marie Taylor were joint second and third Mary Want. Future events: Saturday, June 9, Hamstreet country fair with a tombola stall; Thursday, June 14 summer picnic at Quex Park to include a band, raffle, side-shows and games. Sue Owens will be making a scarecrow. Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24 the Strawberry Express, Kent and East Sussex Railway days out (NorthiamBodiam). Saturday, June 23 hospice garden party, Beech Court Gardens, Challock; Friday, June 29 evening walk, Pound Leas car park to Warehorne with a meal and possible walk back. The next meeting will be held on Monday, June 11 in the Victory Hall, Hamstreet at 8pm. There will be a speaker highlighting pensions. The competition is for a hair ornament.
The May meeting got of to a flying start as Paul Croft, the community warden was the guest speaker, who needed to be back on the beat. Paul has spent much of his life in uniform, serving the country. Paul freely admits to not being politically correct, but also to having respect of the minority of people, who can make life unpleasant for others. Advice was made available to members concerning bogus callers and personal security. There were pamphlets on ways to keep warm or report possible criminal activities. Members discussed the resolution: urging the Government to continue maintaining community hospitals. There was little opposition to the motion. There was a tasting of cakes session, which were originally for the monthly competition. Items to be made for the forthcoming Lydd Over 60’s party required 100 scones and preparing two loaves of bread for ham sandwiches. A traditional tall story by Billie Snow ended a very pleasant and informative session. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 13 in the community hall at 7.30pm.
Mersham Afternoon Club
The 23rd birthday celebrations were held on May 8 with a tea party. Many raffles were held and teas were served by Joyce Wimble and Kath Malloy and helpers. Canon John Tipping was welcomed as a guest. Sandra and John entertained, which was enjoyed by members. The couple kindly donated the fee to the Pilgrims Hospice. A card and a floral arrangement were presented to members celebrating birthdays. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 12 in the Mountbatten Hall at 2pm. New members welcome.
Aldington 8 O’Clock Club
At the annual meeting, Jan Bunce and Joan James were welcomed. They said they enjoyed themselves so much they will be coming again. On payment of the current subscriptions, members were given a programme of activities and events for the year. The committee remains unchanged: Pauline French, Eileen Mills, Cath Aldridge and Anne Mason. Winners of prizes: Pauline French, Zenna Petty, Joan James and Cath Aldridge. Raffle winners: Eileen Mills, Teresa Harris, Joan Manual and Anne Mason. Members participated in a bringand-buy, a bring-and-share and a session of bingo with the caller being Pauline French. At the meeting on Tuesday, June 5, the speaker will be Helen KendallTobias on the subject Capsule Packing For Holidays. Sessions are held in the village hall from 8pm with an entrance fee of £1.50 to include a raffle and refreshments. For additional information contact Anne Mason, phone 01233 720216.
Aldington Ladies Gentle Exercise Club
Currently there are members who live outside of the village, at Mersham and Smeeth and further afield at Hythe and Ashford. Whatever the weather, the instructor, Allanah Small, travels from Smarden. Meetings are held on Wednesdays in the village hall from 2.15pm to 4pm. Cost is £3 to include refreshments. The group are affiliated to the Margaret Morris Movement, which is a world-wide organisation. Members exercise all parts of the body at a gentle pace, with some undertaken while sitting down. A welcome will be given to any ladies to participate. For further information contact Anne Mason, phone 01233 720216. Advance notice: There will be no session on Wednesday, May 30 due to the hall being pre-booked for an event.