Milstead w Frinsted Newsletter

MARCH 2019.


What a lovely evening again. The ‘mudwrestlers’ were so interesting!!! Sad how much mental health is a big part of their work. Something that hadn’t occurred to me! Very brave men, what would this country be without volunteers!

Once again so nice to see so many new visitors, we must be doing something right!  I know you will make them really welcome.

Another huge thank you to Jackie for the gorgeous pennant to represent MwF on the East Kent Centenary bunting. A deserved winner of Woman of the Month!

We send out a newsletter as on the night all the dates and events get a bit confusing. If you are interested in finding out about any of the events just call me on 07729828959.

Here are the upcoming events:

Tonight is the Annual meeting of the Horticultural Society. IF you aren’t a member it is just £3.50 per person to join and they organise great events and trips. This year they are going to Wisley on 21st July. Please come along and see what they do, you don’t need to be a brilliant gardener! Further details from Jenny Harper.

Our Craft Club will meet next Wednesday at Joyce’s house. They will be making Iris folded Easter cards. They meet 1pm-3.30pm. Please feel free to come along and see what they are doing. You do not need to be ‘crafty’ as Sue and Lynne will show everybody what to do.

Jo Arnell from Hornbrook Manor has a pruning workshop on Saturday 16th March. It is from 10-12.30 and costs just £20. If you would like to go please let me know. Her workshops are really fun and she is very knowledgeable. If you want more details just call me.

We are serving Soup and Sandwich lunch in our Village hall on Tuesday 19th March at 1pm for just £3. The idea is to invite neighbours and friends within the villages as winter can be long and dreary. Please can you let anyone on the committee know if you are coming and how many guests you are bringing with you? All are welcome.

We are visiting the Criterion at Bluetown on Wednesday 20th March 2pm to see Rodgers and Hammerstein. The cost is 25 pounds which includes an afternoon tea. Please let me know ASAP if you want to join us, we can always arrange a life if needed. At present there are four ladies going Barbara, Lynne, Valerie and me but there is room for more.

Our annual Quiz Night will take place on Friday 29th March 2019 at 7.30pm. This is a great night at just £7.50 a head which includes a great supper. Friends and family are all welcome, you do not need a table or team as you can join a table. If you have not been before it really is great fun!


We are going to the George Newnham on Sunday 7th April for lunch, husbands or friends are welcome. We will meet there for 1pm. If your name isn’t on the list just let me know.

There is a spring gardening day at the Canterbury Academy on April 10th with some interesting speakers. I am going if anybody wants to come with me. It is 10.15-3.30 and £12.

Painters Forstal w Selling WI have invited us to their birthday party on Tuesday April 16th 2pm. This takes place at Eastling VH. Please let Marcelle know if you would like to go.

East Kent Federation is arranging a trip to Eltham Palace on Wednesday 8th May. The price will be £18 for members of English Heritage and £32 for others. If you want to join us please let Marcelle know. These trips are always well organised and fun. The coach pick up will be from Sittingbourne station.

On 11th June 2pm we are planning to take a river trip in Canterbury, please let us know if you are interested.

We are visiting Provender House on Tuesday 2nd July at 2.30pm for a guided tour with tea and cake (optional). The price is £11 for concessions with £6.50 for tea and cake. I will collect the money in May.

Our Annual Garden Party will take place on Thursday July 4th in Janice’s garden. We will have a great entertainer and a BBQ. Husbands are invited too. Please put the date in your diaries and pray for sunshine!!

The Bredgar Group of WI’s are celebrating East Kent’s Centenary on July 11th at Upchurch Golf Club. The cost is £26 for three courses. Please note the change of date if you have put your name down. We need a £5 deposit at the April meeting.

There is a Garden Party to celebrate East Kent’s Centenary on Monday July 22nd at St Edmunds School, Canterbury. Please let Marcelle know if you want to attend. There are two sittings and the cost is £15 .I believe that Vena will be demonstrating Tai-Chi at the party and there are lots of things going on.

I have enquired at Shepherd Neame about the cost of a tour and dinner on October 9th at 11.45. Before I book I need to see who is interested and if I can drum up interest elsewhere to make the numbers up. Please let me know if you fancy it.

I am also enquiring to see who would be interested in a Christmas Party night at the Great Danes (it’s called Christmas Beatles) 2/3/4/5th December £30 for a 3 course meal. We would need to book early.

The Art Course is provisionally booked for 6 people on Monday 10th, 17th and 24th June 7-9pm. Helen Neaves assures me that by the end of the third week you will all be able to draw! Can you let me know ASAP if you are interested as numbers need to be kept to 6?

We will be distributing small posies in May to show that we care about people, the idea started a few years ago and it ties in with the Alleviating Loneliness resolution which is at the heart of the WI. I need flowers and people to make the posies plus an idea of where we could deliver them! I will make the arrangements.   Volunteers please!

The Coffee mornings have recommenced at Frinsted on the first Saturday in the month. We will be raising money for the Freedom Project on Saturday July 6th 10.30-12.00. This is a charity which fosters dogs when a family need to go to a domestic violence refuge. We will need cakes, brick a brac, tombola prizes, and people to help us again.

East Kent Federation have organised a lunch where the proposed resolution is discussed at length. This is to help members decide which way they will vote. We will be informed of the chosen resolution for 2019 very soon. I will be attending with Marcelle and Jean. This takes place at Chartham village hall on Monday 15th April 10.00. If you want to come along please let us know, lifts can be arranged. The cost is £7.50 which includes a very nice lunch.

Next month’s meeting will be fun – we have Mary Smith ‘a schoolgirls war’ then the Maypole Minstral singers. The other groups from our Bredgar Group are invited so it will be a great evening.  The committee will be providing food but if you want to make something it would be very welcome – just let me know so I can work out the necessary food. Look forward to seeing you all there. It’s a chance to show the other WI’s just how wonderful our WI is!!!

We have a website  which has details of all our events and our notice board also contains all the future dates, and a Facebook Group please LIKE our page.

Upcoming dates.


13th March               Craft club

16th March               Pruning workshop Hornbrook Manor, Woodchurch

19th March               soup and sandwich Milstead VH. 1pm

20th March               Criterion Bluetown 2pm

27th March               East Kent ACM Folkestone

4th April                    Group meeting Milstead 7.30pm

7th April                    Sunday lunch at the George Newnham 1pm

10th April                  Spring garden day see EKNews for details

15th April                  Resolution discussion and lunch Chartham VH

16th April                  Painter’s Forstal WI party Eastling VH 2pm

8th May                     Eltham Palace

5th June                     Annual Meeting Bournemouth

10th June                   Art course 7pm MVH.

11th June                   River trip Canterbury

2nd July                      Provender House 2.30pm

6th July                       Frinsted Coffee morning

11th July                    Bredgar Group lunch to celebrate East Kent Centenary

22nd July                    Garden Party St Edmunds School

 10th Oct                    Group meeting Tunstall 7.45pm

Words by Angela Coleman