Last month I started the newsletter by saying ‘What an inspiring woman’ but I think on a very different level Dianne Gallan was truly inspirational. To be able to deal with such a dreadful blow with such humanity and sense of humour takes a lot of courage. I am sure you all wish her well. I spoke with her after our meeting and she wanted me to thank you all for making her and Peter feel so welcome. She hopes that if any of us find ourselves in a similar position we will remember her and take some comfort from her.

On Tuesday 28th April there is a coach trip to Greenwich organised by East Kent Federation.  The details are in your East Kent magazine. To book onto this see Marcelle.

There is a quiz walk around Canterbury on Thursday 25th June 1.30pm for teams of up to 3, £8.50. Let Marcelle know if you are interested.

There are several trips on P10-11 of your East Kent news. Please see Marcelle to book onto any of them. These are always really well organised outings.

The East Kent Annual Council Meeting is on Wednesday 25th March at Folkestone. There are two very interesting speakers; Helen Sharman, the first British person in space and Colin Woolgar a counter terrorism security adviser for Kent.

The Annual Meeting of the National WI is at The Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 4th June. There are observer tickets available and a coach is organised.

Please put Saturday 4th July in your diaries. This is our annual Charity coffee morning at Frinsted. We will need cakes, plants, raffle and tombola prizes please. We also would love to see you there!

We have three fund raisers this year; a Quiz on Friday 27th March, a Wine Tasting on Friday 25th September and a bingo night with sausage and mash on Friday 23rd October. These are a fun way to raise money for your WI. There is a list for the quiz night to add your name to. You don’t need a team! Just let me know if you want to come to the quiz and are not on the list,

If you are interested in learning more about the Resolutions chosen this year there is a meeting at Chartham VH on Monday 20th April 10.00. The cost is £8.  The two being debated are Stem Cell donor registration and End Modern Slavery.

This year’s outings are:

  • 18th June Belmont Garden Tour at 2pm with the head gardener £7 with optional cream tea for £6.50. Please put your name on the list. This will be open to friends and family if we do not get the required 12 needed. See Di
  • The Chatham Synagogue Wednesday 17th June, tour starts at 7pm. The cost is just £2.50. Car sharing available. See Angela
  • Downderry Lavender Nursery on 11th July. We will depart Milstead VH at 10.00 the cost of the tour is just £5. There are teas and coffees afterwards.
  • Fort Amherst September. Date to be confirmed. Be warned it may be scary!! Time to follow.
  • Possibly a trip to see the Strictly come dancing dresses.

This month’s WI craft club is at Joyce’s house at 1pm on Thursday. The group are making poppies for the church pews. All are welcome.

Mandy is organising another Travelling Trends fashion show on Wednesday 22nd April in Bredgar VH. The cost is just £8 and the clothes are really fabulous.

Milstead Church is having a Garden Safari on Sunday 5th July 11-5pm. The Old Rectory, Hoggeshaws, Rose Cottage plus others will be open with tea and cake. All profits go to our beautiful church.

Our Centenary committee are busy organising our 100th year in 2022. We will have our Milstead w Frinsted Book launch on Saturday 13th November 2021 to start our 100th year. This should be a very interesting day with lots of archive material available to look through. It will be open to anybody. Lady Kingsdown has agreed to let us have a Garden Party at Torry Hill. This will be a wonderful day.

The yearly Group meeting takes place May 4th at Tunstall VH. The speaker will be Martyn Harrison singing Musical Mysteries.  You will need to take your own food and drink and set up the table that our WI is sitting on. I am away that day so won’t be attending but please call me if you are interested and want more information. The cost is £2.50 plus a raffle.

Next month’s meeting is on Thursday April 2nd at 7.30 pm. We will have Jack Deans a former New Scotland yard forensics expert! Should be good. Plus our new WI advisor is coming to the meeting.


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.



25th March               Annual Council meeting Folkestone

27th March               Quiz night

15th April                  Spring Garden Day

20th April                  Resolution lunch

22nd April                 Fashion show

28th April                  Greenwich trip

4th May                     Group meeting Tunstall VH 2.30pm

12th May                   Wisteria walks

15th May                   Flowers for friendship.

18th May                   Belmont Garden tour

4th June                     Annual Meeting Royal Albert Hall

17th June                   Chatham Synagogue

25th June                   Canterbury Walk and Quiz

2nd July                      Chelsea Physic Gardens

2nd July                      Annual garden party Frinsted VH

4th July                       Coffee morning Frinsted

5th July                       Milstead Garden Safari

11th July                    Downderry Nursery

18th September      Fort Amherst

25th September      Wine tasting evening

23rd October            Bingo night

5th December          Christmas Lunch

8-10th December   Thursford extravaganza


Words by Angela Coleman