I do hope that everybody enjoyed the unusual meeting last night! What a funny evening – it wasn’t far off the play some of us saw the night before at the Marlowe ‘the play that went wrong’. I think the lost stranger who arrived with the late speaker was hilarious! Alison was worth the wait – what a quirky hobby but how interesting!

Next month our speaker will be The History of the Medway Queen Paddle Steamer. We have decided to make it an Open Meeting; you can invite your other halves, friends or family. It’s a chance for them to see what we do!!

We hope that you liked the new way of presenting the Programme Planning. Mandy has already booked some brilliant speakers but if you have somebody that you would love to hear or hear again just let her know and she will do her best to book them for the coming year or even the following.  It sounds like another year of superb speakers and great entertainment.


Upcoming events:

Wormshill have their Pop up Café on the first Tuesday of each month at their village hall between 10 and 12.

Milstead are holding their Annual Flower Show on Saturday 19th August 14.30-16.30. Please come along and support the show and our ladies who will be working hard on our entry. It’s a really lovely show and worth a look! The theme this year for our entry is ‘what your WI means to you’. For me its meeting such lovely ladies!

The Craft Club will resume in October, date will be emailed out nearer the time. We will continue with the Twiddle Cushions, then start on Christmas Crafts and some White Ribbons.

We have decided to support the National Sports Week held during the week commencing 11th September. The Village Hall has been booked for Tuesday 12th September from 1pm. Dee from Hempstead House will be coming along to provide a beginner Pilate’s class followed by Jane Seyler with a Medau class. This is a free event for members and is just a bit of fun. IF your name isn’t on the list please let Marcelle or I know ASAP. We hope that this is something we can build upon next year, maybe trying some more unusual sports!! Who knows we could have The Milstead fencers or Wing walkers next year!

The first of our new trips will be to the Copper Rivet at Chatham Dockyard on Thursday 21st September 6pm. This will be a tour of the Gin Distillery. Check it out at The tour costs £12 with an optional meal afterwards. This should be a brilliant outing, lifts can be arranged. Please let Dilys know if you would like to be added to the list.

The Bredgar Group’s October meeting takes place on October 11th at 2.30 Helen Kendall-Tobias will entertain with Diamonds are a Girl’s best Friend! At present I have Linda, Marcelle and myself. It would be lovely if a few more could come and support the Group.

Friday 27th October is the date for our fund-raising Race Night. We will start at 7pm and there will be a fish and chip supper. We think the cost will be £10 (still to be confirmed) for a fun night out. This is a new idea to replace our usual Beetle Drive. Please put your name on the list next month or let Marcelle or myself know.

This year our Birthday Party is going to be held in The Blacksmith’s Arms, Wormshill Thursday 16th November starting at 7pm. There will be a hot buffet, entertainment by Ruth Minhall and a drink on arrival for just £15. You do not have to worry if you can’t get there as we will be providing lifts from Milstead VH as we did at the Garden Party. If you haven’t put your name on the list please let myself or Denise know. The committee hope that by providing hot food it will prevent all the food waste that we tend to generate (unintentionally!) and make it easier for us all. I think this will be a lovely evening.

Another National event that we have decided to add our support to is the Not in my Name (White Ribbon) Campaign. This is an initiative that asks men to denounce Domestic Abuse against women; a white ribbon is the symbol that shows support for the campaign. We have managed to attract two brilliant speakers for our event on Friday 24th November 4pm at Rodmersham Coffee Shop. Cllr Alan Horton is the Cabinet lead for Safer Communities and Andy Rabey is the White Ribbon Ambassador for Swale Action to end Domestic Abuse (SAEDA). Neither has done this before and is delighted to be asked. They will be able to tell us what their roles involve, what help is available and how they aim to reduce incidence of domestic abuse against women in Swale. We are able to accommodate 25 ladies, so if you are interested please let Marcelle know quickly as we have had a good interest already. I hope that this will be a really informative afternoon and again something we can build upon in the future. Also there will be tea and cake available!

Our Christmas meal will be December 9th 1pm, the venue will follow but at least you can get the date in your diaries to avoid double booking.

I hope that you agree there are plenty of interesting events coming up. We are working hard to provide a variety of ideas for you; hopefully there is something for everybody. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them.


Upcoming dates

19th August   Horticultural Society Annual Flower Show 2.30-4.30

4th September Top Team Quiz at Tunstall VH 6.30pm.

7th Sept.  The History of the Medway Queen Paddle Steamer open meeting.

8th Sept.        Horticultural Society meeting Robin White 7pm

12th Sept.       Sports Day 1-3pm Milstead VH. Pilates then Medau

21st Sept.      Copper Rivet Chatham Dockyard 6pm then dinner (optional)

23rd Sept.       Benefice Coffee Morning Frinsted VH

10th Oct.        Borden birthday party 2pm

11th Oct.        Group Meeting 2.30pm Teynham Community Hall

23rd Oct.        ACWW annual lunch, Chartham. Madagascar and Fairtrade

27th Oct.        Race Night 7pm £10

8th Nov.         Craft Day Chartham VH £10

10th Nov.        Charity Fashion Show at Alexander Centre Faversham 7.15pm

16th Nov        Birthday Party Wormshill 7pm £15

24th Nov.       Not in my Name at Rodmersham Coffee Shop 4pm

27th Nov.       Christmas Fayre Chartham VH

9th Dec.          Christmas Meal 1pm venue to follow

27th March 2018    ACM Folkestone.

14-17th May 2018 East Kent Denman Holiday


There are several interesting events in the East Kent News. If there are any that interest you just let Marcelle know and she can book it for you.

Words by Angela Coleman