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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

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.

Stowt­ing WI

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.

Bethers­den WI

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.

Or­le­stone WI

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.

Lydd WI

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.

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