BARMING ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION

       

                                                         Chairman – Peter  Sargent

                                                              www.Barmara.org.uk

                                                               Issue 120 June 201

     

           

         There will be no speaker at today’s meeting. The afternoon will be dedicated 

         to our members to take this opportunity to demonstrate their very talented

         and clever skills over a range of hobbies and interests. Please feel free to bring 

         along samples of your work i.e. Paintings, Needlework , Photos, Clocks ,musical 

         instruments,Flower arrangements,Magic tricks,Exotic dancing, in fact anything 

         that takes your interest will I’m sure be of interest to other people.

         Because this a social afternoon,it’s a good chance to meet and chat to members

         that you may not have seen before.

         There will be an optional quiz on the tables if that takes your fancy.

          Just enjoy yourself.


 RUNNYMEDE.

         The Barmara outing on Thursday 28th May was favoured with a bright and  

          breezy day, and the affable greetings of our coach driver, Peter (he of the 

          Bruges holiday fame), picking up firstly from Fant Lane and then the highly

          successful , convenient point in  Beverley Road, at 8.35am.

          We had a smooth and steady ride to our main destination of Runnymede,

          arriving around 10am, time for a quick ” coffee stop”, before boarding our 

          Thames River Cruise boat.

           As most folk are aware, Runnymede is where, in 1215, King John signed the

           Magna Carta, that became the foundation stone of democracy, bringing

           freedom to peoples all over the world (and was influential in America’s

           Declaration of Independence in 1776).  Timing being  against us, we were

           unable to see the monument depicting  this event in this, its 800th 

           Anniversary year.

           However, the beauty and tranquillity of our gentle cruise along the Thames

           was compensation, as was the sight of the enviable river-side homes, many

           with private moorings.  The lush greenery of the trees and vegetation with

           occasional sights of wild life prompted thoughts of the lovely book, “The

 Wind in the Willows” and the characters in it.

           The commentary given on the speaker-system wasn’t always easy to hear

over the conversations of the passengers on board, but gave us many

 interesting facts and information of the history of the river.     

 in the below-deck salon, a pleasant youthful staff served us a very tasty

Ploughman’s Lunch, with beverages and cake.  Seating and space were a 

challenge for everyone as there was another large group on the boat (many

had previously been sitting on the open-air deck above) and joined us for 

lunch, but guess which group produced the most jokes and laughter?!

The most spectacular distant view of the cruise was that of the imposing 

structure of Windsor Castle, a truly magnificent sight, (worth another visit

close up oneday?)

We then proceeded to the beautiful Savill Gardens in Windsor Park where 

we disembarked and were free to explore at our own pace. Our luck was in

as the display of the azaleas and particularly the enormous banks  of multi- 

coloured rhododendrons were a dazzling sight. The entire grounds were a 

feast for the senses , as was the beautiful  formal garden , which was   

accessed with our tickets via a turnstile system. We enjoyed a scrumptious 

cream tea in the cosy café and did a little retail therapy in the shop. 

 a smooth ride home, arriving  about 6.30pm ended a ‘perfick’ day.

 Our warm thanks and appreciation to Gloria for organising it –well done.

 Maggie Barclay.       

Charity Auction

Our July meeting on Tuesday 28th will take the form of a fun Charity Auction, the proceeds going to the Heart of Kent Hospice.

We are asking for donations from yourselves to sell at the auction.

As a guide items such as jewellery, ashtrays, metal toys, glassware, golf clubs, vases, plates and dishes would be most welcome. In fact almost anything you might want to get rid of out of the attic!!

 NO LIVESTOCK OR ELECTRICAL ITEMS.

You may also like to offer your services such as cutting someone’s lawn, weeding, cleaning a car or even transport to a local airport.

We want to produce a catalogue beforehand for the June meeting so it would be ideal if the donations could be bought along at the May meeting or given to any committee member between meetings.

As there will be a maximum of 75 lots, it cannot be guaranteed all items submitted will be in the auction

Items can be bought along on the day but may not be included in the auction. Items not sold will be offered back to the donors.

The meeting will start half an hour earlier than usual at 1.00 pm to enable viewing. The auction will start at 1.30 with time afterwards to pay for items

 

           Trip Calender 2015                                                                                                                                                                                   


            Thursday 25th June.  A visit to East Kent College at Broadstairs for a  

          3 Course meal , and then onto the Secret Gardens at Sandwich which has a

             Restaurant . Leave Fant Hall 10.15am, Beverley Shops 10.20am.

             Price £26 per person. Contact Gloria 720515.

             NOTE  Gloria requires payment for this trip A.S.A.P


             Wednesday 8th July. A trip on the Watercress  Line Alresford to Alton

              Ploughman’s lunch, Cheese or Ham choose when booking. Cost £32

             

              Contact Mo 661498.

    

             Wednesday 5th August. A trip to Dover , it will include a fish and chip lunch. 

              A free day to do whatever you wish. Shopping or sightseeing enjoy the

              Castle and the Museum or perhaps a paddle in the sea.Lunch at 1pm.

              Leave Fant Hall 10am. Beverley Shops 10.05am. Price £20.

              Contact Mo 661498

            

             Thursday 10th Sept . A trip to The Great Days Music Hall Lunch. At Mercure

              (Great Danes Hotel) Price £29. We can arrange lifts for those without 

             transport, if required.

             The Day’s Programme is:-

             Arrive at 10-45am for either tea or coffee and biscuits

              11.30am    First half of Show.

              12.30pm    3-course meal followed by tea or coffee.

              2pm till 3pm  Second half of Show. Contact Gloria 720515.

            Saturday 26th September. Barn Dance.

            To be held at Barming School Beverley Estate.  7pm till 10pm.

            The cost is £4.  Bring your own food and drink

             Come and have a lot of fun?.


            Saturday 21st November  Kentara Christmas Concert at Maidstone Leisure

            Centre.  The Paul James Variety Show. More details to follow or see Wendy 



                    ACTIVITIES

                          

RAMBLE. Monday 20th July. Headcorn.

Leave  Maidstone Bus Station No 12 bus J3 stop at 10-15am                  

For easy walk around countryside from Headcorn .   

Plenty of options for lunch if required.

If travelling by car meet at village bus stop at approx. 10-50am

Lorna 687415. Val 670034.



A NOTE FOR YOUR DIARIES.


The Christmas Lunch this year will be on Tuesday 15th December and will be

Held at the Strand Palace Hotel London.  A list will be put out by Gloria with

Full details at the May meeting for all those interested. The meal will be:-

Starter:-            Mushroom  veloute (soup)

Main course:-  Carvery ,choice of meats.

Dessert :-          Cheesecake.

Choice of Tea or Coffee.

Cost £25    Contact Gloria 720515.





          

KURLING(John 687415, 07742069527)            

TA Centre Boxley Road

10am to 12.noon   Cost £1-50

Fridays .  NOTE NO AUGUST DATE.


   17th July , 18th Sept, 16th  Oct , 13th

   Nov, 11th Dec,

                    


Petanque (John 687415) Redstart 

Pub North Street                        

Mondays 10am to 12 noon

Dates.   

 27th July, 24th Aug,

21st Sept, 12th Oct.


COFFEE MORNING (Maureen 727066)   Barming Parish Hall

Mondays 10am to 12 noon

Dates,   

 6th July, 3 Aug, 7 Sept, 5 Oct, 2 Nov.                

               

ART  GROUP  (Sheila 728183)  Barming Parish Hall

10am to 12 noon

Dates,  every Tuesday except

            Meeting day. 

 

Any Items, Photos, Events or Articles you would like to be placed in the

Newsletter Please contact Dave Mayger ( editor ) on 670034 or E mail

dadvals@hotmail.co.uk  

   


                       BARMING ACTIVE  RETIREMENT  ASSOCIATION

                        

                                                  Chairman -  Peter  Sargent

                                                       www.Barmara.org.uk

                                                        Issue 118 April 2015       


                           

         

      The speaker today is Mr Alan Haines, his subject, “A kick up the sixties “?.  

       

       This month the trip, organised by Mo , was to Hatchlands- a National Trust

       Property near Guilford.  The coach left on time but we then hit a serious

       holdup on the M25.  We weren’t  downhearted though as it was a beautiful

       day and the countryside was in bud. 

       Hatchlands is a beautiful manor house built in the 18th century by Boscawen

       family. They did not live there very long and the property was then owned by

       the Sumner and Rendell families. They both made substantial changes to the

       House and also had the park re-designed by Humphey Repton.

       It is a magnificent estate with woodland, a lake, and well mapped walking

       paths. One of the features of the estate is the bluebell wood and Mo had 

       chosen exactly the right time to see it at its best.  It was beautiful.

       The house itself was in fact a finishing school  for young ladies in the 1960’s 

       before being acquired by the National Trust. For the past twenty years there              

       has been a tenant, the Cobbe family, who needed a property which would

Adequately display their  immense collection of art and musical instruments.

There  were  portraits  of the families and several harpsichords and pianos

 used by very famous composers and pianists. All of these were displayed in room settings showing the elegance of the house. The ground floor of the house is used

display these and the Cobbe family live 'upstairs'  It was obvious, though, that the family do still use the rooms. The drawing room, with all its splendour, had a small flat screen TV, a pile of children's toys. 

The magnificent dining room had been used the previous day for a private dinner party. It gave a feeling of being 'lived in' which isn't always the case        in houses open  to the public.

So, after a very interesting day we headed homeward,  no problems on the M25.  thanks to our careful driver Keith and thanks especially to Mo for organising an interesting day.

Sylvia Lichfield.

         

        

Charity Auction

Our July meeting on Tuesday 28th will take the form of a fun Charity Auction, the proceeds going to the Heart of Kent Hospice.

We are asking for donations from yourselves to sell at the auction.

As a guide items such as jewellery, ashtrays, metal toys, glassware, golf clubs, vases, plates and dishes would be most welcome. In fact almost anything you might want to get rid of out of the attic!!

 NO LIVESTOCK OR ELECTRICAL ITEMS.

You may also like to offer your services such as cutting someone’s lawn, weeding, cleaning a car or even transport to a local airport.

We want to produce a catalogue beforehand for the June meeting so it would be ideal if the donations could be bought along at the May meeting or given to any committee member between meetings.

As there will be a maximum of 75 lots, it cannot be guaranteed all items submitted will be in the auction

Items can be bought along on the day but may not be included in the auction. Items not sold will be offered back to the donors.

The meeting will start half an hour earlier than usual at 1.00 pm to enable viewing. The auction will start at 1.30 with time afterwards to pay for items.


     KURLING(John 687415, 07742069527)            

TA Centre Boxley Road

10am to 12.noon   Cost £1-50

Fridays


 15th May, 19th Jun.


                    


Petanque (John 687415) Redstart Pub North Street                        

Mondays 10am to 12 noon

Dates.   

25th May (bank holiday )

22nd June, 27th July, 24th Aug,

21st Sept, 12th Oct.


COFFEE MORNING (Maureen 727066)   Barming Parish Hall

Mondays 10am to 12 noon

Dates,   11th May, 1st June,

 6th July, 3 Aug, 7 Sept, 5 Oct, 2 Nov.                

               

ART  GROUP  (Sheila 728183)  Barming Parish Hall

10am to 12 noon

Dates,  every Tuesday except

            Meeting day. 

 

Any Items, Photos, Events or Articles you would like to be placed in the

Newsletter Please contact Dave Mayger ( editor ) on 670034 or E mail

dadvals@hotmail.co.uk  

  




                                      ACTIVITIES

                          

RAMBLE.

18th May (Monday). Leeds Castle.

Start at 10am at Leeds Church car park. Distance 3.5 miles 1 stile.

Publican at the George Pub will take food orders before the walk and has

requested that we all park in the church car park, which is only 2 minutes

walk from the pub. Anybody wishing to go on the walk but do not have 

their own transport please contact Laurie Moore 07583026446.


A NOTE FOR YOUR DIARIES.


The Christmas Lunch this year will be on Tuesday 15th December and will be

Held at the Strand Palace Hotel London.  A list will be put out by Gloria with

Full details at the May meeting for all those interested.


Our next meeting will be on Tuesday May 26th. The Speaker will be Mr Tony

Harris, his Subject is  D-day Through The Eyes Of Sgt Major Harris.

Bring your Tin Hat.




       

      




          Trip Calender 2015                                                                                                                                    

                  

            Thursday 28th May. A River Cruise from Runnymead with a Ploughmans

.           Lunch on board and then onto the Saville Gardens in Gt. Windsor Park with 

            A cream tea.  Leave Fant Lane 8.30am and Beverly Shops 8.35am. 

            Price £34 . Contact Gloria 720515

            NOTE  Gloria requires payment for this trip A.S.A.P


            Thursday 25th June.  A visit to East Kent College at Broadstairs for a 

             3 Course meal , and then onto the Secret Gardens at Sandwich which has a

             Restaurant . Leave Fant Hall 10.15am, Beverly Shops 10.20am.

             Price £26 per person. Contact Gloria 720515.

             NOTE  Gloria requires payment for this trip A.S.A.P


             Wednesday 8th July. A trip on the Watercress  Line Alresford to Alton

              Ploughman’s lunch, Cheese or Ham choose when booking. Cost £32

             More details to follow. Contact Mo 661498.

    

             Wednesday 5th August. A trip to Dover , it will include a fish and chip lunch. 

             Details will be released later. Contact Mo 661498

            

             Thursday 10th Sept . A trip to The Great Days Music Hall Lunch. At Mercure

              (Great Danes Hotel) Price £29. We can arrange lifts for those without 

             transport, if required.

             The Day’s Programme is:-

             Arrive at 10-45am for either tea or coffee and biscuits

              11.30am    First half of Show.

              12.30pm    3-course meal followed by tea or coffee.

              2pm till 3pm  Second half of Show. Contact Gloria 720515. 


            Saturday 26th September. Barn Dance.

            To be held at Barming School Beverly Estate.  7pm till 10pm.

            The cost is £4.  Bring your own food and drink

             Come and have a lot of fun?.


            Saturday 21st November  Kentara Christmas Concert at Maidstone Leisure

            Centre.  The Paul James Variety Show. More details to follow or see Wendy

           

            

          BARMING ACTIVE  RETIREMENT  ASSOCIATION

                       

                                                 Chairman -  Peter  Sargent

                                                      www.Barmara.org.uk

                                                       Issue 117 March 2015       


                                  

                                             

          

                         The Chairman presenting a cheque to Mr Ted Fullelove

          

        At our February meeting Mr Ted Fullelove gave a very detailed and informative

        talk on the history and operation of the Kent Air Ambulance.  

        Although most of us knew about the Air Ambulance , not many were aware of       

        the costs that it entailed and that no direct funding was available from the NH.S        

        In fact it is run entirely on voluntary donations such as ours.

        They do run a lottery and if you feel you’d like to help in this way contact the

        Kent Air Ambulance Service. The amount donated  £321-68p Well done.

        

        This year’s nominated charity is The Heart of Kent Hospice.

         

        Today is our annual Spring Tea where we will sit down together and enjoy a   

        Cream Tea and a chat.

        And to round off the afternoon we have arranged at vast expense a very

        Talented  Skiffle Group called the Village Folk to entertain us all, starring our

         very own Peter Sargent.

        

       The speaker for the April meeting will be Mr Alan Haines, his subject

        “ A kick Up the Sixties “?


              Kill or cure.

Today, 18th March we had a visit which was both relaxing and interesting thanks to Mo who organised it and our very safe driver, Bernie and our excellent guide Christine.

On the tour we were able to sit back and enjoy the day in their capable hands with very little walking or effort at all. Our first stop was for coffee and biscuits - always welcome – and we were able to select our lunch from a menu with a good list to choose from.  It meant that when we returned later for our lunch they would be able to serve us quickly.

The title of the tour, Kill or Cure, gives a clue to its content! We were driven around the East End of London and learnt about the early development of medical care during the 19th century. Christine was able to provide information on so many things of interest – the buildings, the people, the environment and the way of life.  Did you know that hatters really were, very often, mad?  This was because they used mercury during the preparation of the fabrics for the hats and mercury can be very toxic. So they really did become a 'mad hatter'.  Did you know that the hospitals were often founded by nuns and St Mary of Bethlehem was one such nun. The title in her name, Bethlehem, was soon to become the more common name Bedlam. These were just two snippets of information and there were many more. We learned about Mr Guy and Mr Beecham  -  both famous in the world of hospital and medicine. The development of medical practices by these two and many others was the result of the poor environment in the area.  Slums and prostitution were commonplace.

After our excellent lunch we then were taken to the Hunterian Museum owned by The Royal College of Surgeons. A serious museum with exhibits in glass jars – some of them a bit gory. Some of them a reminder to one or two of us of replaced knees or hips!  But all fascinating.

Finally we were able to enjoy a cup of tea and excellent cakes at the nearby tea room before saying goodbye to Christine and letting Bernie drive us safely back to Barming.

    Thank you to Sylvia Lichfield for this review

Footnote. The name that sticks in my memory is Mrs Clutterbollock, the brothel       

Keeper, I wonder why????.                   


           

KURLING(John 687415, 07742069527)            

TA Centre Boxley Road

10am to 12.noon   Cost £1-50

Fridays


17th Apr, 15th May, 19th Jun.


                   


Petanque (John 687415) Redstart Pub North Street                        

Mondays 10am to 12 noon

Dates.  30th March, 27th April,

25th May (bank holiday )

22nd June, 27th July, 24th Aug,

21st Sept, 12th Oct.


COFFEE MORNING (Maureen 727066)   Barming Parish Hall

Mondays 10am to 12 noon

Dates,  13th Apr. 11th May, 1st June,

6th July, 3 Aug, 7 Sept, 5 Oct, 2 Nov.                

              

ART  GROUP  (Sheila 728183)  Barming Parish Hall

10am to 12 noon

Dates,  every Tuesday except

           Meeting day.

Any Items, Photos, Events or Articles you would like to be placed in the

Newsletter Please contact Dave Mayger ( editor ) on 670034 or E mail

dadvals@hotmail.co.uk  

 



                                     ACTIVITIES

                         

Ten Pin Bowling. 14 of us attended this time -11 players and 3 coaches.                                  

Marion had the highest score for the ladies again at 126 with Janet coming

a close second with 121 but Dave excelled himself even more this time by

breaking the all time record and getting 165!. Lorna again came bottom with

52 with Dot close behind with 54 – anything to get their names in the   

Newsletter.  John.


Monday 20th April. Ramble.

A ramble starting with a bus ride along the picturesque medway valley then

a walk around the Historic and Dickens features of Rochester.

The going is easy on paved surfaces so no boots required. This walk is unique

In that you can do as much or as little as your circumstances allow.

We meet at Pudding Lane Maidstone at 10.10am to catch the 155 bus to

Rochester.

Monday 30th March.  Petanque.

The Petanque season is back and we meet at the Redstart Pub at 10am

Coffee and lunch  are available if required.

Note Petanque replaces Ten Pin Bowling for the summer.  


                 


      

On this day 24th March:-      

1877  University boat race between Oxford and Cambridge ends in a dead heat.      

1909  Clyde Barrow was born. (bonnie & clyde fame )     

1958  Elvis Presley  joins the army.       

      

      

          

         Trip Calender 2015                             

                              

           Wed 22nd April Hatchlands Park

           Hatchlands Park is a National Trust property consisting of a House and

           Gardens. The house also contains a large collection of musical instruments

           Cost £19 for non NT members.     £12 for NT members

           Leave Fant Hall at 0930am

          Contact Mo 661498


         WARNER HOLIDAY MAY 4th-8th 2015

         I have secured rooms for our spring holiday next year to WARNER Alvarston                                 

         Hall Cheshire for 4-8 May 2015. The price has been held to £325 per person.         

           NEIL 01622 727066


           Thursday 28th May. A River Cruise from Runnymead with a Ploughmans

.           Lunch on board and then onto the Saville Gardens in Gt. Windsor Park with

           A cream tea.  Leave Fant Lane 8.30am and Beverly Shops 8.35am.

           Price £34 . Contact Gloria 720515

           NOTE  Gloria requires payment for this trip A.S.A.P


           Thursday 25th June.  A visit to East Kent College at Broadstairs for a

            3 Course meal , and then onto the Secret Gardens at Sandwich which has a

            Restaurant . Leave Fant Hall 10.15am, Beverly Shops 10.20am.

            Price £26 per person. Contact Gloria 720515.

            NOTE  Gloria requires payment for this trip A.S.A.P


           Saturday 26th September. Barn Dance.

           To be held at Barming School Beverly Estate.  7pm till 10pm.

           The cost is £4.  Bring your own food and drink

            Come and have a lot of fun?.


           Saturday 21st November  Kentara Christmas Concert at Maidstone Leisure

           Centre.  The Paul James Variety Show. More details to follow or see Wendy.


           4th- 12th  MAY 2016. The Kentara Anniversary River Cruise.

           Cruising the River Rhine from Switzerland. 9 Days Cost from £999.

            For more details contact Wendy ,or better still ring 01603 886742 or

            Email : sales@justforgroups.co.uk


                    

     


                           


                       BARMING ACTIVE  RETIREMENT  ASSOCIATION

                        

                                                  Chairman -  Peter  Sargent

                                                       www.Barmara.org.uk

                                                     Issue 116 February 2015       


       At our January meeting we were entertained by Mr Brian Laverick-smith                            

         with stories and anecdotes of his career spanning 30 years working on the

         Cross Channel Hovercraft. I expect many of us remembered the stomach   

         churning rough ride,  especially when the weather was bad,  fortunately   

         It was quick.  I for one was glad when the tunnel was built. For anyone   

         interested there is a Hovercraft Museum at Lee-On-Solent.

         

         ICE (In Case of Emergency).          

                 

         Following our successful ‘ Contact Card' campaign we have found another

         way of adding similar information to your mobile phone. 

         In case of an accident, First Responders (i.e. Police,Fire and Ambulance

         Personnel ) will find your mobile phone and look in the Contacts for ICE. 

           

         ICE stands for ‘In Case of Emergency ‘ and can be added to the contact list 

         on your phone by typing in the letters ‘ICE' then adding contact phone 

         numbers ( mobile or landline, or both )

          

         It is the same way as you do at the moment, but instead of putting a person's 

       name you put ICE.  

       

       You can have more than one ICE contact by adding Wife or Son for example:-

       

       Phone book contact -ICE  wife

       Mobile phone No - 077123456

       Landline phone No- 01622 9876.

       

       Phone book contact- ICE  son

       Mobile phone No - 067854321

       Landline No - 01622 6789.

       

       Make sure the contact knows you are adding their name as an emergency 

       contact.


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels!

No, I'm not talking about the committee, but about the latest adventure of the BarmARA Music and Drama Appreciation Group aka "Gloria's gang"

On a cold February morning with dark snow clouds gathering over Barming we assembled in the bitter cold at the Beverley Road bus stop. But we didn't make a song and dance about it - although actually that's exactly what we had in mind - the song and dance of the musical "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" starring Robert Lindsey (of My Family fame) at London's Savoy Theatre.

In the safe hands of Brookline, we left Barming after a successful trial of a new pick-up system. The threatening clouds dispersed in the face of our optimism and cheeriness and before we knew it we were among the now familiar skyline of Shard, Eye, Gherkin, Helter Skelter, Cheese-grater and Walkie Talkie as well as good old St Paul's, Big Ben and Nelson's column. The coach soon disgorged us onto the pavement outside the Strand Palace Hotel with hurried verbal instructions of where to find the coach at home-time! "Turn right then just carry straight on. I'll be parked in Kingsway past Drury Lane."

Anyway it was time for lunch so, with smartly uniformed lackeys holding the doors open for us, in we trooped and settled ourselves down for what turned out to be an excellent meal in very pleasant surroundings and, of course, wonderful company. There was just time for a bracing walk after lunch to get some fresh air before making our way to the Savoy Theatre.

There was initial disappointment when we realised Robert Lindsey was indisposed but that was soon forgotten as the show got under way and his stand-in proved very competent and a really good singer. We also enjoyed Bonnie Langford's performance. She had been talking on Radio 4 that morning saying how she "comes alive" when she's on stage and we certainly could see that. The whole show went with a lively swing and ended with a nice twist, the Scoundrels getting their come-uppance but everyone finishing up happy - which is the way it should be.

The walk back to the coach didn't take long (once we realised that instructions to "carry straight on" actually meant "at the end of the Strand, bear left around the Aldwych!") and gave us a chance to stretch our legs again. And so ended another successful BarmARA Outing, so many thanks to Gloria again for organising a very enjoyable day - excellent lunch and, to coin a phrase, "JOLLY GOOD SHOW!"

Thank you to John Williams for this revue.





          Trip Calender 2015                                                    


           Wed 18th March  Kill or Cure.

           From the barber surgeons of the Old Square Mile to the body snatchers 

           Of St Barts, from cholera in the rookeries to the cosmetic surgeons in

           Harley Street this tour offers a very entertaining day exploring the history

           Of medicine in London from theRoman times to the present day. designed

         To keep you warm and entertained whatever the weather. This tour includes

           Coffee and a one course lunch with an option to purchase a dessert if desired

           This is a coach based tour which makes the day ideal for poor walkers.

           Cost including coffee and lunch £35            Leave Fant Hall at 9am.

            Contact  Mo  661498


            Wed 22nd April Hatchlands Park

            Hatchlands Park is a National Trust property consisting of a House and

            Gardens. The house also contains a large collection of musical instruments

            Cost £19 for non NT members.     £12 for NT members

            Leave Fant Hall at 0930am

           Contact Mo 661498


          WARNER HOLIDAY MAY 4th-8th 2015

          I have secured rooms for our spring holiday next year to WARNER Alvarston                                 

          Hall Cheshire for 4-8 May 2015. The price has been held to £325 per person.         

            NEIL 01622 727066


            Thursday 28th May. A River Cruise from Runnymead with a Ploughmans

.           Lunch on board and then onto the Saville Gardens in Gt. Windsor Park with 

            A cream tea.  Leave Fant Lane 8.30am and Beverly Shops 8.35am. 

            Price £34 . Contact Gloria 720515

            

            Thursday 25th June.  A visit to East Kent College at Broadstairs for a 

             3 Course meal , and then onto the Secret Gardens at Sandwich which has a

             Restaurant . Leave Fant Hall 10.15am, Beverly Shops 10.20am.

             Price £26 per person. Contact Gloria 720515.


           ACTIVITIES

                          

24th February  Charity Day Kent  Air Ambulance                                  

Mr Ted  Fullelove will give a talk on the Air Ambulance Service.


24th March  Meeting will be the annual Spring Tea followed by music

 From a very talented Skiffle Group.


Ten Pin Bowling News. Thirteen of us turned up for  ten pin bowling this

Month-11 players and two trainers. Dave really excelled himself getting 157

Which we think is the highest score ever in our club. Marion once again had

ladies score at 142. Didn't they do well? Lorna once again had the lowest 

score at 39. Peter had the lowest score for the men at 59 but towards the end 

of the morning he seemed to find his form and can't wait for next time.

Ramble . 23rd March leisurely stroll around Mote Park. Meet at Sainsbury's

Carpark at 10am by the store entrance.


Petanque  Which will be played at the Redstart pub at 10am. Lunch optional.

30th March,  27th April, 25th   May(bank holiday ).  22nd June,   27th July,

24th August,  21st September,  12th October.



            

KURLING(John 687415, 07742069527)            

TA Centre Boxley Road

10am to 12.noon   Cost £1-50

Fridays


20thMar,17th Apr, 15th May, 19th Jun.


                   

TEN PIN BOWLING DATES  AT

AMF BOWLING, LOCKMEADOW                         

12th March.

11am start.  Cost £6-25

John  687415


COFFEE MORNING (Maureen 727066)   Barming Parish Hall

Mondays 10am to 12 noon

Dates,  2nd Mar, 13th Apr.

                              

ART  GROUP  (Sheila 728183)  Barming Parish Hall

10am to 12 noon

Dates,  every Tuesday except

            Meeting day. 

 

Any Items, Photos, Events or Articles you would like to be placed in the

Newsletter Please contact Dave Mayger ( editor ) on 670034 or E mail

dadvals@hotmail.co.uk  

  





































                          
                         

           

     


                       BARMING ACTIVE  RETIREMENT  ASSOCIATION

                        

                                                  Chairman -  Peter  Sargent

                                                       www.Barmara.org.uk

                                                     Issue 115 JANUARY 2015       


       Chairmans New Year Message                            


         Well, here we are in 2015, hopefully a healthy and happy one for us all.


         As far as the club is concerned I believe 2014 was an ‘average year'.


         The usual events took place with a variety of Speakers, Outings and holidays

          Along with the activities of Kurling, Petanque, 10 pin bowling, Coffee Mornings,

          Rambles,  Art  Group and Singles Group, not forgetting  ‘The Show' in October.


          At the AGM back in August I stated this will be my last year as your Chairman.


          I have enjoyed being chairman, but, three years in this position is quite long

          Enough, it is now time for someone else to take the reins.

          So, if any of you fancy having a go please let me, or any of the committee,

          Know.


          Finally I wish you all the best for 2015 and look forward to your continued

         Support for our club.  May I remind you that a New Year's resolution is

       Something that goes in one Year and out the other.       Peter   

       

       Christmas Lunch.

       This year's Christmas Lunch was held at the Grangemoor Hotel. The afternoon

       proved enjoyable, and it was nice to see some of our associate members.  Most

       people enjoyed the meal.  Entertainment was provided by Mick Abbott who

       sang some festive and  60's hits which brought  a touch of nostalgia to the

       afternoon.  Our traditional  "twelve days of Christmas"  was performed with

       a degree of reluctance and confusion but was still very entertaining.


       A raffle in aid of the Air Ambulance raised  £141.  Well done everybody.

       A big thank you to Mo for organising the lunch.


       Todays speaker  is  Mr Brian Lavcrick-Smith and his subject is  30 Years of

       Bovver on the Hover.

TOVIL TREACLE MINES.


Most local people will be aware of the famous Tovil Treacle Mines but a large

number of our members  have moved into the area from other places, and I

am sure would like to know about  the mines.


A famous German Archaeologist and Historian Professor Eva Brecke

conducted a study of the mines in Britain and is regarded as the leading

authority on the subject.  I have taken my information from her study.

Treacle Mines are rare and only appear in five regions of the country, Cumbria

Yorkshire, Lancashire, West Country and Kent.  The Tovil mines were the 

smallest of these.  The origins of the treacle bearing strata starts from a type

of large sugar beet that grew in the humid and hot primeval  forests that

covered  the area.  Over many hundreds of years a layer of the residue from

the sugar beet was formed, eventually covering  in silt.  When the Ice  Age

arrived pressure from the weight of snow formed a porous rock which 

absorbed the sap from the sugar beet, trapping  and preserving it  into treacle

ore.


Tovil Mine was discovered quite late and by accident.  As you all  know from the

recent protest against the extension  of  the quarry in North Pole woods,  how

valuable  Kentish Ragstone  is and this  is what was being quarried at Tovil when

the seam of treacle ore was discovered.  


The abolition of slavery in the late 1800's lead to the price of sugar rising.  From

that time the demand for the treacle increased and it was shipped out to other

parts of the country by barge on the river Medway.  Demand was so great that

the railway was needed and so a station was built on the north side of the river,

In fact if you walk the footpath from Tovil to Fant  you can still see remnants of

the station today.  Although I cannot verify the story  it is said that the 

availability of the treacle influenced the building of Sharp's Toffee factory.

Eventually the seams were  exhausted and the mines were abandoned.  Later

on the local Council used the workings to dump household rubbish until it

became full.  It was then landscaped,  so there is no evidence of the mines 

existence.


I hope you have found this interesting  and if you or your relatives have any

more information of interest please let me know. Dave




          Trip Calender 2015


         Wed 4th February A trip to see a 3pm matinee performance of ‘ Dirty Rotten

         Scoundrels' , with Robert Lindsey, Bonnie Langford and Gary Wilmot at the

         Savoy Theatre. Inclusive price for Dress Circle seats £41. NOTE this trip will

           now have two pick up points, 1st Fant Hall at 10-15am 2nd Beverly Shops                                                       

           At 10-20am. Optional 2 Course Carvery at The Strand Palace Hotel  £15

         Payment required at the November  meeting  Gloria 720515.


           Wed 18th March  Kill or Cure.

           From the barber surgeons of the Old Square Mile to the body snatchers 

           Of St Barts, from cholera in the rookeries to the cosmetic surgeons in

           Harley Street this tour offers a very entertaining day exploring the history

           Of medicine in London from theRoman times to the present day. designed

         To keep you warm and entertained whatever the weather. This tour includes

           Coffee and a one course lunch with an option to purchase a dessert if desired

           This is a coach based tour which makes the day ideal for poor walkers.

           Cost including coffee and lunch £35            Leave Fant Hall at 9am.

            Contact  Mo  661498


            Wed 22nd April Hatchlands Park

            Hatchlands Park is a National Trust property consisting of a House and

            Gardens. The house also contains a large collection of musical instruments

            Cost £19 for non NT members.     £12 for NT members

            Leave Fant Hall at 0930am

           Contact Mo 661498


          WARNER HOLIDAY MAY 2015

          I have secured rooms for our spring holiday next year to WARNER Alvarston                                 

          Hall Cheshire for 4-8 May 2015. The price has been held to £325 per person.

         BOOKING ON MEETING DAY 22 JULY 2014. I can only keep these rooms

         until the beginning of September without a deposit of £30 per person.

           I must have a deposit at the August meeting. I have booked  two coaches          

           again but I need 70 people to make it viable. Single rooms are at a premium

          so if you can share a twin room with a friend or relative I am happy to take 

          you.  After  the July meeting contact  NEIL 01622 727066


                       

KURLING(John 687415, 07742069527)            

TA Centre Boxley Road

10am to 12.noon   Cost £1-50

Fridays

Date   20th Feb,

20thMar,17th Apr, 15th May, 19th Jun.


                   

TEN PIN BOWLING DATES  AT

AMF BOWLING, LOCKMEADOW 12th February,                        

12th March.

11am start.  Cost £6-25

John  687415


COFFEE MORNING (Maureen 727066)   Barming Parish Hall

Mondays 10am to 12 noon

Dates, , 2nd Feb, 2nd Mar, 13th Apr.

                              

ART  GROUP  (Sheila 728183)  Barming Parish Hall

10am to 12 noon

Dates,  every Tuesday except

            Meeting day. 

 

Any Items, Photos, Events or Articles you would like to be placed in the

Newsletter Please contact Dave Mayger ( editor ) on 670034 or E mail

dadvals@hotmail.co.uk  

  



                                      ACTIVITIES

                          

24th February  Charity Day Kent  Air Ambulance                                  


Ten Pin Bowling News


Eight of us braved the rain for the ten pin bowling  (7 players and  our

Coach,  Ken)   Dave surpassed himself and scored 143 with Marion

coming a very close second  with 140.   Peter and Lorna,  as usual

fought  over the bottom place and this time Peter succeeded.  John


Dates for your diary for Rambles and Petanque, which will start soon.

Rambles . Details of each walk  will be published in the Newsletter. 

March 23rd(Betty and Marion). April 20th(Dave and John). May18th(Laurie)

June 15th(Dorothy). July 20th(Val and Lorna). August 17th (Dot and Brian).

September  28th(Pat and Gordon). October 26th(Christmas lunch).


Petanque  Which will be played at the Redstart pub at 10am. Lunch optional.

30th March,  27th April, 25th   May(bank holiday ).  22nd June,   27th July,

24th August,  21st September,  12th October. 

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                       BARMING ACTIVE  RETIREMENT  ASSOCIATION

                        

                                                  Chairman -  Peter  Sargent

                                                       www.Barmara.org.uk

                                                     Issue 113 DECEMBER 2014 

               

                          

            

                          

 ‘Cheers everybody from myself and the

  Committee we wish you all a very merry              

  Christmas and a healthy and happy new                           

  year to come. 

          

 



A picture of the gardens at Thursford taken by Tony Brenton.


Thursford trip


After various stops to pick up people we left Maidstone on a dismal day

bound for the Brook Hotel at Norwich a brief stop for refreshments on 

the M11 and we arrived in the afternoon. Most people's comfortable 

rooms were ready so we were able to freshen up before an early dinner

which most people enjoyed (lovely roast potatoes ). After dinner we

boarded the coach for the journey to the " Thursford Spectacular "

When we arrived it was dark which showed up the multicoloured lights

In the trees which made it look quite magical.

The show was brilliant with a cast of over 200 made up of Singers,

Dancers, Musicians, Comedians ,Acrobat and Doves. The show has a

Christmas theme but includes other areas as well. To describe it as

Spectacular was very apt because that is what it was.John Grognet did

very well to win a raffle prize in an audience of 1400 that included Jim

and Barbara Hearsey.

The next day after a very good breakfast we travelled to Norwich where

many did a bit of Christmas shopping whilst others visited the Castle

or the Cathedral.Back to the Hotel and after another good dinner we 

enjoyed each others company for the evening before retiring. 

In the morning after another good breakfast we were homeward bound

but with a stop at St Albans to visit a disappointing Christmas Market

and take lunch and in indifferent weather. Back on our way home we 

made good time to Maidstone dropping people at their various stops. 

Concluding a good trip good Driver, Hotel,Food, and of course 

Entertainment.  Well done Mo.       

KURLING ( John 687415 )            

TA Centre Boxley Road

10am to 12.noon   Cost £1-50

Fridays

Date  16th Jan, 20th Feb,

20thMar,17th Apr, 15th May, 19th Jun.


                    


TEN PIN BOWLING DATES  AT

AMF BOWLING, LOCKMEADOW

 18th December

8th January, 12th February,                        

12th March.

11am start.  Cost £6-25

John  687415


COFFEE MORNING (Maureen 727066)   Barming Parish Hall

Mondays 10am to 12 noon

Dates, 5th Jan, 2nd Feb, 2nd Mar, 6th Apr.

                

               

ART  GROUP  (Sheila 728183)  Barming Parish Hall

10am to 12 noon

Dates,  every Tuesday except

            Meeting day. 

 

Any Items, Photos, Events or Articles you would like to be placed in the

Newsletter Please contact Dave Mayger ( editor ) on 670034 or E mail

dadvals@hotmail.co.uk  

  




                                      ACTIVITIES


 

                          

After playing Kurling this happy group of members went off to the Russell 

Hotel to enjoy a very nice Christmas Lunch.

  

27th January  The meeting at Fant Hall will have Mr Brian Smith as the speaker                                  

His talk will be " 30 years of Bover with a Hovercraft ". 




          Trip Calender 2015


         Wed 4th February A trip to see a 3pm matinee performance of ‘ Dirty Rotten

         Scoundrels' , with Robert Lindsey, Bonnie Langford and Gary Wilmot at the

         Savoy Theatre. Inclusive price for Dress Circle seats £41. NOTE this trip will

           now have two pick up points, 1st Fant Hall at 10-15am 2nd Beverly Shops                                                       

           At 10-20am. Optional 2 Course Carvery at The Strand Palace Hotel  £15

         Payment required at the November  meeting  Gloria 720515.


           Wed 18th March  Kill or Cure.

           From the barber surgeons of the Old Square Mile to the body snatchers 

           Of St Barts, from cholera in the rookeries to the cosmetic surgeons in

           Harley Street this tour offers a very entertaining day exploring the history

           Of medicine in London from theRoman times to the present day. designed

         To keep you warm and entertained whatever the weather. This tour includes

           Coffee and a one course lunch with an option to purchase a dessert if desired

           This is a coach based tour which makes the day ideal for poor walkers.

           Cost including coffee and lunch £36            Leave Fant Hall at 9am.


          WARNER HOLIDAY MAY 2015

          I have secured rooms for our spring holiday next year to WARNER Alverston                                 

          Hall Cheshire for 4-8 May 2015. The price has been held to £325 per person.

         BOOKING ON MEETING DAY 22 JULY 2014. I can only keep these rooms

         until the beginning of September without a deposit of £30 per person.

           I must have a deposit at the August meeting. I have booked  two coaches          

           again but I need 70 people to make it viable. Single rooms are at a premium

          so if you can share a twin room with a friend or relative I am happy to take 

          you.  After  the July meeting contact  NEIL 01622 727066


            

           A seasonal limerick.


           At christmas as always I ate

           So much that I put on some weight

           New year I must try

           To stay off the pie

           And next year , well I just can't wait.







































                          
                         

           

     BARMING ACTIVE  RETIREMENT  ASSOCIATION                                                                    


 Chairman -  Peter  Sargent                                                          

www.Barmara.org.uk                                                      

 Issue 112 NOVEMBER 2014     


Our October meeting was given over to the members of the Drama group for their   show , TRIBUTE TO THE SILVER SCREEN. Can you spot who is not in costume???                                                     Review of the show.                                                                             The show started with a sketch  of the silent movie Charlie Chaplin.  The villain John   Grognet (type cast).  Maureen and Charlie (Jackie) soon found a way of disposing of   him in the cellar but he found his way back!              The audience then sang the first of several songs accompanied by Beryl on the                  organ,  and John our compere.   Now we had some glamour with a titillating performance from South Pacific by   our scantily clad ladies singing Happy Talk.  Continuing on a nautical scene with   Nelson and Hardy performing a humourous sketch mocking health and safety rules.   Still on the ship now HMS Lollipop, we have Maggie demonstrating her amazing   skill of tap dancing.  She was very accomplished.  How many of us would have had   Her energy!!            We then switched from sea to land, notably the wild wild west with the saloon   Girls singing Home on the Range and Black Hills of Dakota.  Followed by Neil    And Wendy as Roy and Dale Rogers who introduced us to Trigger's brother    Cockit  because Trigger was sick.  Unfortunately Cockit  (John and Peter)  had     Trouble with flatulence. Continuing in the same vein we then went off to                                                                                            Austria where the naughty Von Trapp children had the same trouble with their          Singing nun.  Max then treated us to some scottish humour and barefaced           Cheek before revealing the secret of the kilt, that put a damper on it.   There was no clear winner in the bingo,  although many hands went up when    No 8 was called, very funny end with roars of laughter.  The show ended with ,a Monster Ball with some fantastic costumes.   John  Williams did an excellent job of filling the gaps between scenes.    Finally, the presentation,  excellent scenery , lighting,  and music set off the   Show as one of the best ever.   Ken Comber A big well done  to the cast who were,  Maggie Barclay, Marion Brown, Jackie Boyle, Cathy Churchill, Lorna Grognet,    John Grognet, Maureen Kenwright, Neil Kenwright, Val Mayger, Val Power, Max Power, Jeanette Reid-Marr, Godfrey Reid-Marr, Peter Sargent, Wendy Thorpe, Betty West. Compere JohnWilliams,  Organist beryl  Fletcher, Sound/Light Chris Hall A Special thank you to Marie Everett ,Betty Gay and Val Power for their sewing  skills. Not forgetting  guest appearances by Minnie and Micky, Natalie and Gavin  Power. The Show was Produced and Directed by Dave Mayger. I would like to thank again all those members who supplied paint,  curtains, sheets,hardboard, and other materials without which we would struggle.  


 8th November 2014 BARMARA QUIZ.                            

The Quiz at Barming School, organised by Brenda, was supported by     forty members who had the task of answering questions put to them  by the quizmaster, Phil, who along with Steve,Val and Pom, are    members  of the Barming Kettle Clog Dancers.                                   

Phil read out the catagories - sport, literature,food & drink, pot pourri,   ‘L' of a round(all answers began with ‘L' ), film, history, and ‘whats  the connection?' (where nine of the answers gave a clue to the tenth  answer) - he presented the questions in a clear, often humorous,  manner. There was also a ‘London Underground Anagram' quiz and a ‘World Picture' quiz. To top it all Phil invited us to a silly ‘Heads and Tails' coin Tossing game, all good fun. 

The winners of the quiz won bottles of wine  and the losers won lemons. A good fun evening  all round                                       


ACTIVITIES 

KURLING ( John 687415 )             TA Centre Boxley Road 10am to 12.noon   Cost £1-50 Fridays Date   12th Dec.16th Jan, 20th Feb, 20thMar,17th Apr, 15th May, 19th Jun.                     

 TEN PIN BOWLING DATES  AT AMF BOWLING, LOCKMEADOW  18th December 8th January, 12th February,  12th March. 11am start.  Cost £6-25 John  687415 

 COFFEE MORNING (Maureen 727066)   Barming Parish Hall Mondays 10am to 12 noon Dates,  3rd nov 1st Dec,                                  

ART  GROUP  (Sheila 728183)  Barming Parish Hall 10am to 12 noon Dates,  every Tuesday except             Meeting day.    

Any Items, Photos, Events or Articles you would like to be placed in the Newsletter Please contact Dave Mayger ( editor ) on 670034 or E mail dadvals@hotmail.co.uk  

    16th December Christmas Lunch at the Grangemoor Hotel. Cost £18.  Deposit required of £10 at the time of booking. Contact Mo 661498. Please arrive at 12 noon for 12-30 sit down.       

Todays Speaker is Mr Stuart Robinson whose subject will be,THE LONDON  OF CHARLES DICKENS. 

The Christmas Dinner at the Grangemoor Hotel  will take the place of the December meeting but there will be a Newsletter.                                                       

TRIP CALENDAR 2014           Thursford  Christmas Show.           2nd, 3rd,  4th, December 2014    3 days and  2 nights           Staying at the Brook Hotel a Best Western Hotel,  on Half Board           First Day,  travel to the Brook Hotel where we have early dinner   then go on to Thursford for the evening show.           Second day,  an all day excursion TBA.           Third day,  travel  home with a stop at a Christmas Market.           Cost £215.           Require £50 deposit per person when booking.            Contact   Mo  661498.          

Wed 4th February A trip to see a 3pm matinee performance of ‘ Dirty Rotten          Scoundrels' , with Robert Lindsey, Bonnie Langford and Gary Wilmot at the          Savoy Theatre. Inclusive price for Dress Circle seats £41. NOTE this trip will            now have two pick up points, 1st Fant Hall at 10-15am 2nd Beverly Shops                                                                   At 10-20am. Optional 2 Course Carvery at The Strand Palace Hotel  £15          Payment required at the November  meeting  Gloria 720515.            Wed 18th March 2015             City and Village Trip   Kill or Cure.     includes coffee and lunch.            Details to follow           

WARNER HOLIDAY MAY 2015           I have secured rooms for our spring holiday next year to WARNER Alverston                                            Hall Cheshire for 4-8 May 2015. The price has been held to £325 per person.          BOOKING ON MEETING DAY 22 JULY 2014. I can only keep these rooms          until the beginning of September without a deposit of £30 per person.            I must have a deposit at the August meeting. I have booked  two coaches                      again but I need 70 people to make it viable. Single rooms are at a premium           so if you can share a twin room with a friend or relative I am happy to take            you.  After  the July meeting contact  NEIL 01622 727066              


 mail dadvals@hotmail.co.uk         

         



        

           BARMING ACTIVE  RETIREMENT  ASSOCIATION

                        

                                   Chairman -  Peter  Sargent

                                           www.Barmara.org.uk

                                          Issue 111 OCTOBER 2014  



                                                  IMPORTANT



           ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS WERE DUE IN SEPTEMBER.  MEMBERS £8             

           ASSOCIATES £5-00                                   

           ( cheques preferred) CONTACT BRENDA SARGENT(membership secretary)

           84 Newbury Ave Allington ME160RD Tel 693755.

         

          There will not be a speaker today because  members of the Barmara Drama

          Club are performing their very own show. The theme this year  is something 

          we are  all familiar with namely The Movies. The title of the show is

          Tribute To The Silver Screen.

           I would like to thank everyone who has donated items of paint, curtains, 

           sheets and other sundries to the drama club, we really value the contributions 

          these make to our meagre  stock of supplies and fun


         Twenty nine ramblers enjoyed a lovely Christmas lunch at the Hop Pole Pub

         Well done Lorna for organising a great meal.


Some of our members at the show at the Criterion Music Hall. 


Trip to Isle of Sheppey

We set off on a lovely day (Gloria did it again) for a guided tour of the 

Isle of Sheppey. Many of us wondered what was there that  we had not

Seen before, but I  for one was quite surprised by what was revealed.

Our driver  was Peter again.  We picked up our guide Chris, who turned

out to be a man of many talents, who pointed out places and told us

about famous people who had visited the Island, ranging from Henry V111

to Winston Churchill.  We learned about the prisons and how the Island

gave birth to aviation.  Eventually we arrived in Sheerness at the Criterion

Music Hall and museum for an afternoon performance of Old Tyme

Music Hall.  The show consisted of songs and ditties, some we knew and

were able to join in the singing.  In the interval we enjoyed a very nice

cream tea  with some delicious cheese straws and sausage rolls.  The

Theatre had been completely renovated from a derelict wreck,  all by

Volunteers, and  I have to say  it was very comfortable  and felt very warm

and welcoming.  After the show we boarded the coach for our return to

Maidstone.         

 

          TRIP CALENDAR 2014

          Thursford  Christmas Show.

          2nd, 3rd,  4th, December 2014    3 days and  2 nights

          Staying at the Brook Hotel a Best Western Hotel,  on Half Board

          First Day,  travel to the Brook Hotel where we have early dinner   then go on to           

          Thursford for the evening show.

          Second day,  an all day excursion TBA.

          Third day,  travel  home with a stop at a Christmas Market.

          Cost £215.

          Require £50 deposit per person when booking.  

         Contact   Mo  661498.



         Wed 4th February A trip to see a 3pm matinee performance of ‘ Dirty Rotten

         Scoundrels' , with Robert Lindsey, Bonnie Langford and Gary Wilmot at the

         Savoy Theatre. Inclusive price for Dress Circle seats £41. Leave  Fant Hall  

           At 10-30am. Optional 2 Course Carvery at The Strand Palace Hotel  £15

         Payment required at the time of booking. Gloria 720515.

                               ACTIVITIES

 

8th November 2014 BARMARA QUIZ.                             

AT BARMING SCHOOL . 7PM START £5 PER PERSON . BRING YOUR OWN 

DRINKS. 

                                  

20th November 2014 KentARA  Christmas Concert at Mote Park  

2pm for 3pm start.With Force Ten Medway Towns Music Centre plus

a Choir. Tickets £10 each .Anyone wishing to attend contact Wendy 729771.


16th December Christmas Lunch at the Grangemoor Hotel. Cost £18. 

Deposit required of £10 at the time of booking. Contact Mo 661498.


Once again with winter approaching we were back at  ten pin bowling.   

There were only nine members there but great fun was had by all.

Marion came out on top again with 126 and Neil was a close

second with 122 not forgetting Tony who scored 115.  The next          

session will be on the 6th November.  All members are warmly

Invited to attend. 


          WARNER HOLIDAY MAY 2015

          I have secured rooms for our spring holiday next year to WARNER Alverston                                 

          Hall Cheshire for 4-8 May 2015. The price has been held to £325 per person.

         BOOKING ON MEETING DAY 22 JULY 2014. I can only keep these rooms

         until the beginning of September without a deposit of £30 per person.

           I must have a deposit at the August meeting. I have booked  two coaches          

           again but I need 70 people to make it viable. Single rooms are at a premium

          so if you can share a twin room with a friend or relative I am happy to take 

          you.  After  the July meeting contact  NEIL 01622 727066


               

  

           

KURLING ( John 687415 )           

TA Centre Boxley Road

10am to 12.noon   Cost £1-50

Fridays

Date   14th

Nov, 12th Dec.             

 

TEN PIN BOWLING DATES  AT

AMF BOWLING, LOCKMEADOW

6th

November, 18th December

8th

January, 12th February,                        

12th

March.

11am start.  Cost £6-25

John  687415

 

COFFEE MORNING (Maureen 727066)   Barming Parish Hall

Mondays 10am to 12 noon

Dates,  3rd nov

             1st dec.  

              

ART  GROUP  (Sheila 728183)  Barming Parish Hall

10am to 12 noon

Dates,  every Tuesday except

            Meeting day.

 

Any Items, Photos, Events or Articles you would like to be placed in the

Newsletter Please contact Dave Mayger ( editor ) on 670034 or E mail

dadvals@hotmail.co.uk  

  

 

 










































                          
                         

           

                                                        

           

                   Barming Active Retirement Association
                         
                            Chairman - Peter Sargent
                                              www.Barmara.org.uk
                                      Issue 109 AUGUST 2014

        ELEVENTH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ON TUESDAY 26TH AUGUST 2014
          
                                                             AGENDA  
        
1.  Approval of Minutes of AGM held on Tuesday , 27th August 2013.
       
2.  Chairman's  Annual  Report.
        
3.  Treasurer's  Annual  Report.

4.  Outings Annual  Report.

5.  Election of Officers  - Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary,  Membership   
 Secretary.
                The current Treasurer (Kate Hallet ) is not standing for re-election.
                Nomination has been received for  Laurie Moore to be Treasurer.
                No other Nominations have been received.
          
6.  Election of Committee Members - John  Grognet, Maureen Kenwright, Neil
 Kenwright,  Gloria Rayment, Maureen Smith, Judy Thomson and Brian        
                Wade are all standing for re -election. Dave Mayger was co-opted onto the
                committee in January and his position needs formalising.
                No other nominations have been received.

7.  Appointment of Auditor.

8.  Any Other Business.

Closure of Meeting.

         Annual  Subscriptions due in Sept.  Member £8 Associate £5 (prefer cheques)
         Oct. meeting  will be a restricted entry meeting due to the Show, tickets will be
         Required @ £1 each. No refreshments will be available.





                                                              ACTIVITIES                                            
20th November 2014  KentARA  Christmas Concert at Mote Hall,  Mote Park
2pm for 3pm start.  With Force Ten Medway Towns Music  Centre plus a Choir
Tickets £10 each.  Anyone wishing to attend contact  Wendy  729771.

8th November 2014   Barmara Quiz
At Barming School .  7 00pm start £5 per person . Bring your own drinks.


16th December  Christmas Lunch at the Grangemoor  Hotel.
 Cost £18  Deposit required of £10 at time of booking.      

5th September  next drama meeting @ 2-45pm parish hall

No Barmara Calenders will be available this year.

Sept Speaker will be Mr Jeremy Golch  his subject  is ,MY  Experiences in
A Japanese War Camp


                                                                      


   

                       We left Maidstone for a calm channel crossing from Dover and arrived in
Bruges mid afternoon.  Our hotel was pleasant and central with air conditioned                  
rooms. Bruges is a great place to visit with Museums, Churches and, of  course
shops filled with chocolate, lace and beer. There  were tours available by mini-
bus, boat or horse-drawn carriage, all of which were enjoyed by someone on
our trip. The clatter of horses' hooves over cobbles accompanied us most
everywhere. A visit to a local brewery was made enjoyable by an excellent
Guide. There were lots of steps to climb to the top and bottom of the building
but everyone was rewarded with a glass of the brewery's lager! On Monday,
we visited Tyne Cot, the largest of the WW1 cemeteries. It was an emotional
place where nearly 12,000 soldiers are buried with over 8,000 unidentified
Including 4 Germans, 3 unidentified. However, it was peaceful and beautifully
planted with colourful flowers. Tyne Cot was the name given to a barn by the
Northumberland Fusiliers which became the centre of 5 or 6 German pillboxes.
An Australian Division captured it in October 1917 and a Cross of Sacrifice has
been built over the largest of the pillboxes with an opening left so that a little
of it can be seen. All the headstones are arranged in semi-circles facing the
Cross. It was raining during our visit but when we reached Hill 62-a museum
built round trenches occupied by Canadians in WW1, it was just overcast but
that seemed appropriate and made the walk over the ground between trees
very atmospheric. It was very quiet - no sound of birds - with craters filled
with water and the network of trenches. We then had a few hours in Ypres
and our day finished when we stood quietly at 8pm at the Menin Memorial
Gate whilst the Last Post was sounded and wreaths laid. Maggie Barclay had
friends in Bruges and with their help, Gloria procured us a cut-price boat trip
and so, the next day, 30 plus of us piled into a boat and enjoyed a guided tour
          on the canals. That was fun especially the way the boat rocked as we got
          on and off!. After leaving Bruges, we had a couple of hours in Ostende before
          making our way home via the Tunnel. Thanks to all who helped by
          carrying suitcases for those less able and a very special thanks to
          Gloria for a wonderful holiday. Wendy.

         TRIP CALENDAR  2014
            
          27th August. Visit to Arundel.This has been cancelled due to lack of
          Support.
        
           Wed 3rd  Sept
           Gloria's  Mystery  Trip,  includes an entrance fee and a lunch.
           Leave Fant Hall at 10.30am
           Cost  £24.     Gloria 720515
 
           Wed 22nd October
           A trip has been arranged to a Show at the Criterion Music Hall on the Isle of
           Sheppey, Chairman Paul Harris.  A tour of the Island with cream tea included.
           Leave Fant Lane at 11am.  Price £27 inclusive.  Gloria 720515

          Thursford  Christmas Show.

          2nd, 3rd,  4th, December 2014    3 days and  2 nights
          Staying at the Brook Hotel a Best Western Hotel,  on Half Board
          First Day,  travel to the Brook Hotel where we have early dinner   then go on to          
          Thursford for the evening show.
          Second day,  an all day excursion TBA.
          Third day,  travel  home with a stop at a Christmas Market.
          Cost £215.
          Require £50 deposit per person when booking. 
         Contact   Mo  661498.

          WARNER HOLIDAY MAY 2015
          I have secured rooms for our spring holiday next year to WARNER Alverston                                
          Hall Cheshire for 4-8 May 2015. The price has been held to £325 per person.
         BOOKING ON MEETING DAY 22 JULY 2014. I can only keep these rooms
         until the beginning of September without a deposit of £30 per person.
           I must have a deposit at the August meeting. I have booked  two coaches         
           again but I need 70 people to make it viable. Single rooms are at a premium
          so if you can share a twin room with a friend or relative I am happy to take
          you.  After  the July meeting contact  NEIL 01622 727066

           The speaker today is Mr Carrigan, his subject will be Felons & finger prints.                                  
                   
                          
                         

           

p;                   Chairman - Peter Sargent
                                              www.Barmara.org.uk
                                    Issue 108 JULY 2014


URGENT.  TREASURER REQUIRED FOR THE CLUB Kate Hallett is standing down. Without this post the club cannot function

             
             
              Last month Dr Ann Kneif gave us a talk on Women Wartime Workers.
              She showed us a number of photos and amusing cartoons depicting various
              facets of women working in munitions factories  where the majority of
              these  were placed.  She stressed  it was Ernest Bevin, The Minister of
              Labour during the war, (not to be confused with Aneurin  Bevan, the
              Welsh  Politician) who was responsible for introducing  conscription for
              women  between the ages of 20 and 30.  These women were given the
              choice between  joining the services or working in industry.  Dr Ann also
              told us about the conditions that they endured and the disparity in pay   
              between men and women, that still exists in some jobs today.  An
              Interesting talk especially as most of us were too young to remember
              these plucky women.

              A thankyou to Dr Ann for  trying our new remote mike for the first time.
              It seemed to work very well.

              The speaker today is Michael Abbot, his subject  Loose Covers Musician.

              Next month is the AGM.  Any items for inclusion must be sent to Wendy            
              Thorpe by 14th august.

              After the AGM  the speaker will be Mr Carrigan, his subject is Felons and
              Fingerprints.


Outing to Hampton Court - Thursday 26 June 2014

With the weather on our side it was time again to go on one of Gloria's well planned outings, which we all looked forward to. 

So off we departed with our driver Michael from Brookline.  He already had had a marriage proposal from Laurie, which went down well with us all!  A good laugh for the start of the day.

It seemed that in no time we were arriving at Chertsey Lock for our 2 hour river cruise.  When all on board, the Windsor Majestic, we soon settled down with refreshments and enjoyed the lovely views going down the Thames.  Passing locks which were very colourful and pretty.  Everywhere the eye could see were picturesque beautiful houses and river craft leaving us all in envy.  Upon reaching Molesey Lock we all made our way across the bridge and into Hampton Court.  In the early afternoon sunshine the sight was magnificent.

We all went our separate ways, either viewing the impressive house or enjoying the gardens.  The house dates back to the Tudor time which is still looking great to this day.  The royal chapel is well known for its truly exceptional gilded ceilings made in 1535 for Henry VIII.  Church services are still provided daily for all to attend.

With lots to see within the 60 acres of unique, historical and horticultural gardens with flowers beds in full bloom, I am sure time beat us all.  A thoroughly lovely day which I know we all enjoyed.  Most of us finished the day off with irresistible ice creams.

All our thanks go to Gloria for another well arranged great day out.

Pete Manser


Trip to Water perry Gardens  Thursday 17th July.
Our trip to Art in Action could not have been better  planned for the weather, hot and
sunny.  There was so much to see ranging from demonstrations of glass blowing, painting, blacksmithing , to performing arts,lovely gardens, house and Saxon Church, the list was endless. Everyone enjoyed themselves supping Pimms and
eating icecreams. The place was very well organised in dealing with the hot weather. We had a good journey home .Well done Mo.


            TRIP CALENDAR  2014
                     
           26th to 30th July.  5 day Coach trip with Brookline to Bruges staying at the
           4* Hotel Acadamie with Bed and Breakfast.Outbound crossing by Boat
           Inbound crossing by Eurotunnel Shuttle.  Cost( Twin Room ) £240pp
           Single Room £343 pp.This also includes 2 excursions.
           Contact Gloria 720515.

           27th August. Visit to Arundel.This has been cancelled due to lack of
            Support.
        
           Wed 3rd  Sept
           Gloria's  Mystery  Trip,  includes an entrance fee and a lunch.
           Leave Fant Hall at 10.30am
           Cost  £24.     Gloria 720515
 
           Wed 22nd October
           A trip has been arranged to a Show at the Criterion Music Hall on the Isle of
           Sheppey, Chairman Paul Harris.  A tour of the Island with cream tea included.
           Leave Fant Lane at 11am.  Price £27 inclusive.  Gloria 720515

          Thursford  Christmas Show.

          2nd, 3rd,  4th, December 2014    3 days and  2 nights
          Staying at the Brook Hotel a Best Western Hotel,  on Half Board
          First Day,  travel to the Brook Hotel where we have early dinner   then go on to          
          Thursford for the evening show.
          Second day,  an all day excursion TBA.
          Third day,  travel  home with a stop at a Christmas Market.
          Cost £215.
          Require £50 deposit per person when booking. 
         Contact   Mo  661498.

          WARNER HOLIDAY MAY 2015
          I have secured rooms for our spring holiday next year to WARNER Alverston                                
          Hall Cheshire for 4-8 May 2015. The price has been held to £325 per person.
         BOOKING ON MEETING DAY 22 JULY 2014. I can only keep these rooms
         until the beginning of September without a deposit of £30 per person.
           I must have a deposit at the August meeting. I have booked  two coaches         
           again but I need 70 people to make it viable. Single rooms are at a premium
          so if you can share a twin room with a friend or relative I am happy to take
          you.  After  the July meeting contact  NEIL 01622 727066

           Next drama meeting  8th August  @ 2-45pm parish hall.

           
KURLING ( John 687415 )           
TA Centre Boxley Road
10am to 12.noon   Cost £1-50
Fridays
Date  8th Aug,(this is a change )
 19th Sept, 17th Oct, 14th Nov, 12th Dec.               
PETANQUE (John 687415)
10.am Mondays at Redstart Pub, 
25th Aug, 22nd Sept, 13th Oct
 Lunch after optional                       


COFFEE MORNING (Maureen 727066)   Barming Parish Hall
Mondays 10am to 12 noon
Dates,  4th Aug.
                               
ART  GROUP  (Sheila 728183)  Barming Parish Hall
10am to 12 noon
Dates,  every Tuesday except
            Meeting day.
Ramble 18th August Hadlow to Hop Farm.
Catch the No 7 bus opposite the Spice Fusion to Hadlow leaving at
9.38 am.
5 mile walk to the Hop Farm where lunch can be taken if required.
Contact Dot/Brian Lawrence Telephone No 721719




  

           



 

                                                                                    

      
             Barming Active Retirement Association
                         
                            Chairman - Peter Sargent
                                              www.Barmara.org.uk
                                      Issue 107 JUNE 2014


   URGENT.  TREASURER REQUIRED FOR THE CLUB Kate Hallett is
   standing down. Without this post the club cannot function.

 
 Last month we had a talk on Buckingham Palace
 Patricia Wright used many photographic slides to show maps of the City of
   Westminster dated from 1100's when the monks of Westminster Abbey  were
   relocated to a building on a marshy area beside the river Tyburn.
   After many owners, including Edward the confessor and William the
   Conqueror, Henry V111 acquired the ground in 1536.
   The first house built on the site was finished in 1624.
   The Duke of Buckingham built a large house on the site in 1703 and King
   George 111 brought it as a retreat for the Royal Family.
   It was not until 1837 when Queen Victoria was on the throne that it became
    the official principal Royal residence.
   Prince Albert took on the job of completely overhauling the building with
   heating , better working conditions for the staff and adding new areas to the
   site to give us the  Buckingham Palace we know today.
   As a matter of interest the River Tyburn still runs under the Palace courtyard.
   Another interesting talk - well done Brian.

   Speaker today  is Dr Ann Kneif her subject will be Women Wartime Workers

   Next  Meeting  22nd  July.  The Speaker will be Michael Abbot  his subject is
   Loose  Covers  Musician

".



         A TRIP TO THE ASHDOWN FOREST.
As we set off in the coach on Thursday 29th May for the Ashdown Forest, the heavy grey rolling clouds didn't deter the happy chatter of Barmarians. We were accompanied by a professional guide whose commentaries during the day were informative and interesting. The Ashdown Forest covers a huge area, lying mainly to the south of East Grinstead and was the favourite hunting ground of HenryVill. We were amazed by the enormous extent of the forest which was interspersed by magnificent open views of the Downs, embracing picturesque old villages, cottages and churches reached by narrow, winding lanes.
Our first short stop was at a lovely place called 'Heaven Farm' where we had coffee/tea and biscuits. As the sun was then out, some of us sat in the picnic area and were entertained by a spectacular cockerel noisily 'strutting his stuff' amongst his foraging harem of hens, joined by other farmyard birds. Then back into the coach for a further awe-inspiring leisurely tour of the forest and surrounding area.
Returning to 'Heaven Farm' we were served a superb home-made ham and cheese Ploughman's Lunch. After which we were then free to spend time and money exploring the delights of their art and craft boutique, the well-stocked delicatessen and antique shop.
The afternoon's surprise itinerary was a visit to Saint Hill Manor near East Grinstead, home of the founder of Scientology. It was a huge imposing estate with a grand country manor house built in the late Georgian style. We were given a tour of the interior by the staff of the many magnificent rooms, all furnished, maintained and decorated in sumptuous style, including a rare 1852 grand piano in the conservatory. A staff member gave us a brief tune on the Wurlitzer organ and Melletron electronic keyboard housed in the large elegant office suite.
An object of particular admiration by all in the immaculate garage was a gleaming black 1960 XK- 150S Jaguar fixed-head coupe. Not a speck of dust in sight (or in the house either)!
We then adjourned to the airy ballroom overlooking the gardens, terrace and roses, with separate tables set for afternoon tea, each having its own matching china tea service. The room, more usually known as 'The Monkey Room' is so called owing to each wall being a mural depicting more than 140 monkeys of 20 different    species in a variety of fun poses and costumes, painted by John Spencer Churchill. These were not to everyone's taste, but the delicious spectacular cream tea served on 3 tiered dishes certainly was!
A short stroll around the extensive gardens in the evening sunshine before re-boarding the coach and an easy drive back home, rounded off a very enjoyable perfect relaxing and great value day. Many thanks and congratulations to Gloria for organising it!  Maggie Barclay.
                           
 TRIP CALENDAR  2014
  

  26th June  A visit to Hampton Court Palace and Gardens. Entrance
  Fee included with a two hour cruise on the river from Chertsey Lock.     
  Leave  Fant Lane at  9am.    Cost  £35.00  Contact  Gloria  720515
                                  
 17th July  A  visit to  Art In Action  at West Perry Gardens Oxford                                                                             
  Cost approx.   £28.  Contact Mo    661498

  26th to 30th July.  5 day Coach trip with Brookline to Bruges staying at the
  4* Hotel Acadamie with Bed and Breakfast.Outbound crossing by Boat
  Inbound crossing by Eurotunnel Shuttle.  Cost( Twin Room ) £240pp
  Single Room £343 pp.This also includes 2 excursions.
  Contact Gloria 720515.

  27th August A visit to Arundel. A leisure day to visit the Castle, Cathederal
  Have a ride on the river or just wander in the town. Cost £16.00
  Leave Fant Hall at 9am. Contact  Mo 661498.

  Wed 3rd  Sept
  Gloria's  Mystery  Trip,  includes an entrance fee and a lunch.
  Leave Fant Hall at 10.30am
  Cost  £24.     Gloria 720515

  Thursford  Christmas Show.

   2nd, 3rd,  4th, December 2014    3 days and  2 nights
   Staying at the Brook Hotel a Best Western Hotel,  on Half Board
   First Day,  travel to the Brook Hotel where we have early dinner     then go on to          
   Thursford for the evening show.
   Second day,  an all day excursion TBA.
   Third day,  travel  home with a stop at a Christmas Market.
   Cost £215.
   Require £50 deposit per person when booking. 
   Contact   Mo  661498.

       KURLING ( John 687415 )           
TA Centre Boxley Road
10am to 12.noon   Cost £1-50
Fridays
Date 18th July, 15th Aug,
 19th Sept, 17th Oct, 14th Nov, 12th Dec.               
PETANQUE (John 687415)
10.am Mondays at Redstart Pub,   30 June, 21st July,
25th Aug, 22nd Sept, 13th Oct
 Lunch after optional                       


COFFEE MORNING (Maureen 727066)   Barming Parish Hall
Mondays 10am to 12 noon
Dates,  7th July, 4th Aug.
                               
ART  GROUP  (Sheila 728183)  Barming Parish Hall
10am to 12 noon
Dates,  every Tuesday except
            Meeting day.
Ramble 14th July. Linton to Goat's Sanctuary, meet in Linton Church car park
At 10.30am. By bus catch the No 5 from the Chequers , Stop J4, leaving at
10.16am.  Walk is approx. 4 miles.  Return to Maidstone for lunch if
Required.
Contact Lorna 687415 or Val 670034
                                            ACTIVITIES                                            
20th November 2014  KentARA  Christmas Concert at Mote Hall,  Mote Park
2pm for 3pm start.  With Force Ten Medway Towns Music  Centre plus a Choir
Tickets £10 each.  Anyone wishing to attend contact  Wendy  729771.


  

           

      


  

           
                      Barming Active Retirement Association Chairman - Peter Sargent
                                                 www.Barmara.org.uk
                                           Issue 106 MAY 2014

                           

SPRING TEA About 100 members turned up for our annual Spring Tea, but for the Committee things were a little fraught at the beginning. The morning Play School had a surprise visit from Ofsted inspectors which made them late vacating the hall, that meant we could not get access to the tables and chairs, but as usual the Committee rallied round and with the help of Ken Comber we managed to set the room out all be it a little late. There was no speaker, but we were entertained to an afternoon of music and singing by a very good skiffle group called Village Folk in which our Chairman played a vital part. Everyone seemed to enjoy the cream tea especially as the Committee had to serve it, and afterwards the Members joined in a sing song which included all the old favorites and even as a special request for Marlene, namely When The Saints Come Marching In. All in all a very good afternoon.

, URGENT. TREASURER REQUIRED FOR THE CLUB Kate Hallett is standing down. Without this post the club cannot function.

 Highclere Castle Our journey to Highclere Castle ( Downton Abbey ) began on a overcast day and despite a detour to pickup more passengers at Wrotham and the backlogof two accidents we arrived at about noon. Most of us made a dash for the Loos then a much needed cup of refreshments. We were able to tour the houseon our own(no guide )but there was plenty of information and people to ask.The rooms were on three floors and we could recognise many of them from the TV series, although the downstairs corridors were used in filming the Kitchens were filmed in a studio. In addition there was an exhibition of Egyptian relics and of course extensive grounds. The Gardens were not asadvanced in growth as in Kent. The Egyptian exhibition was full of actual or replicas of Tutankamun artefacts (Lord Carnarvon financed the Nile discovery)One keen visitor came into the exhibition and asked if there was any Mummiesthere and immediately 20 ladies put their hands up. We were lucky with theweather just a little rain fell mostly when we left at 5pm for a long and steady ride home. A good day out . Well done Mo.

Holiday to Warner Hotel Bembridge I.O.WOn Monday the 5th May, two coaches went to Bembridge on the Isle of Wight,where I haven't been since a teenager, now I am a recycled teenager it's timeto visit there again. We left Maidstone at 9, caught 12.30 ferry and were in ourhotel by 2.15. The hotel was right by the sea, some were lucky to have a roomwith a sea view. The meals were good with a choice of food, In the evening we were entertained by Brucie's Play Your Cards Right, Dave, Max and John played and Dave won and received a bottle of plonk and a fridge magnet.We danced each evening to the New Horizon Group, staying till only we (Barmara) were left. On Tuesday we went to Ventnor Gardens and Needles Park.Some braved the cold to ride the chair lift to the beach. The show tonight was a lady telling jokes and impersonating Cilla Black. On Wednesday some of us wentTo Ryde, I bought a Tea Strainer. In the afternoon with the help of Renee andJohn we won the Quiz and got a Fridge Magnet!! The show tonight was songs from the 50's performed by the resident team, very good. On Thursday we went to Osborne House, one of Queen Victoria's homes she stayed there with her nine children. Because of the rain we only stopped until 1-30pm enough time to see the house but to wet for the gardens.Our show tonight was songs from the Musicals performed again by the resident team who pulled off a marvellous show with lovely dresses. On Friday, it was back home to our domestic chores. As usual the cases were loaded by our drivers and volunteers supervised by Neil and Maureen.I am sure everyone had a good time, so thank you Neil for arranging it. I am looking forward to the next holiday. Jackie Boyle

 KURLING ( John 687415 ) TA Centre Boxley Road10am to 12.noon Cost £1-50FridaysDates. 20th June, 18th July, 15th Aug, 19th Sept, 17th Oct, 14th Nov, 12th Dec.

PETANQUE (John 687415)10.am Mondays at Redstart Pub, 26th May, 30 June, 21st July,25th Aug, 22nd Sept, 13th Oct Lunch after optional COFFEE MORNING (Maureen 727066) Barming Parish HallMondays 10am to 12 noonDates, 2nd June, 7th July, 4th Aug. ART GROUP (Sheila 728183) Barming Parish Hall10am to 12 noonDates, every Tuesday except Meeting day.

RAMBLE Monday June 16th at 10amMeet at the Bull East Farleigh, please park considerately, for a 4 mile walk along the river from East Farleighto Barming, Teston and back.Optional lunch at the Bull after walk. Tel. Dorothy 726389

ACTIVITIES 20th November 2014 KentARA Christmas Concert at Mote Hall, Mote Park2pm for 3pm start. With Force Ten Medway Towns Music Centre plus a ChoirTickets £10 each. Anyone wishing to attend contact Wendy 729771.

Next Meeting 24th June. The speaker is Dr Ann Kneif her subject will beWomen Wartime Workers.The Speaker today is Patricia Wright her subject is The History Of BuckinghamPalace.

29th May . A trip called ‘The Ashdown Forest Explorer' with guide Includes Tea & biscuits , lunch and cream tea at Saints Hill Manor Country House .Leave Fant Lane at 9.00am.Price including coach £37.Contact Gloria.

26th June A visit to Hampton Court Palace and Gardens. Entrance Fee included with a two hour cruise on the river from Chertsey Lock. Leave Fant Lane at 9am. Cost £35.00 Contact Gloria 720515

17th July A visit to Art In Action at West Perry Gardens Oxford Cost approx. £28. Contact Mo 661498

26th to 30th July. 5 day Coach trip with Brookline to Bruges staying at the 4* Hotel Acadamie with Bed and Breakfast.Outbound crossing by Boat Inbound crossing by Eurotunnel Shuttle. Cost( Twin Room ) £240pp Single Room £343 pp.This also includes 2 excursions. Contact Gloria 720515.

Wed 3rd Sept Gloria's Mystery Trip, includes an entrance fee and a lunch. Leave Fant Hall at 10.30am Cost £24. Gloria 720515

 Thursford Christmas Show. 2nd, 3rd, 4th, December 2014 3 days and 2 nights Staying at the Brook Hotel a Best Western Hotel, on Half Board First Day, travel to the Brook Hotel where we have early dinner then go on to Thursford for the evening show. Second day, an all day excursion TBA. Third day, travel home with a stop at a Christmas Market. Cost £215. Require £50 deposit per person when booking. Contact Mo 661498.

      




                                            
                  
               Barming Active Retirement Association                          
                                  Chairman - Peter Sargent
                                        www.Barmara.org.uk
                                           Issue 105 APRIL 2014

       
         The March meeting brought us some interesting topics,  such as                Cats, Dogs and Bytes, the bytes were not from our guest, Medical Dog ‘  Lucky ' who treated the audience with indifference for most of the afternoon.  Sharon who was from The Medical Detection Dogs Charity gave an in depth talk about the role of these remarkable dogs.  I expect we are all familiar with the detection dogs that sniff  out drugs and explosives at the Airport and Docks but how many of us knew about Dogs that detected the smell of Medical Conditions such as Diabetes and Cancer and could alert the patient or a relative or carer of an impending life threatening crisis, even  over long distances. A deserving charity I think?.
After listening to the feats of smell detection of these and dogs in general I Wonder if, like me, you are confused when watching dogs meeting each other their sense of smell seems to diminish to such an extent that they need to get as close as possible, especially  the nether regions of the other dogs.  

          The next  meeting will be on Tuesday  May 27th  at Fant Hall
           from  1. 15pm.   The Speaker will be Patricia Wright  her
           Subject,  History Of Buckingham Palace.
 

Can anyone remember these trams, the area has not altered much??
DID YOU KNOW ?.
Maidstone Corporation Tramways decided to make an investment in Trams
They began operations on the 14th July 1904 with the introduction of a
service to Barming,  why M.C.T.  selected  Barming for the first  service
is a bit of a mystery,  at that time there must have been limited housing  in
the area,  did visitors to the much expanded Hospital (Asylum)  influence
the decision as it was a fair distance from the town with only,presumably
Horse and Carts to make the journey.  If anyone can throw more light on
this please let me know.
The tramway's main depot was in Tonbridge Road opposite the shop next
to the Cherry Tree Pub, this has now become a residential development
known as Coach Yard,  but they have retained a section of tracks and
cobbles as a feature in the car park.
The trams were replaced in Barming  in 1928 by Trolleybuses, a subject
For another date.
          

                                              NEW TRIPS

     Thursford  Christmas Show.

     2nd, 3rd,  4th, December 2014    3 days and  2 nights
     Staying at the Brook Hotel a Best Western Hotel,  on Half Board
     First Day,  travel to the Brook Hotel where we have early dinner
     then go on to Thursford for the evening show.
     Second day,  an all day excursion TBA.
    Third day,  travel  home with a stop at a Christmas Market.
    Cost £215.
     Require £50 deposit per person when booking. 
    Contact   Mo  661498.


     Wed 3rd  Sept
     Gloria's  Mystery  Trip,  includes an entrance fee and a lunch.
     Leave Fant Hall at 10.30am
     Cost  £24.     Gloria 720515

    
            Neil Kenwright will not be at  todays  meeting,  any queries
     regarding the Warner Holiday please contact him . 727066

 Associate members are welcome to attend Events except the Monthly Meetings                                          
EVENTS       23rd April 2014. A trip to Highclere Castle - location of Downton                                                                                    Abbey at a cost  £40-00. Contact MO 661498  Leave  Fant   Lane at 9am.
             5th/9thMay 2014 Holiday to Warner's Bembridge Isle of Wight £325.00 half board from Monday evening meal to Breakfast on the Friday. Drivers tip included and two excusions. Sorry no single rooms left. Contact Neil 727066.
                  29th May . A trip called ‘The Ashdown Forest Explorer' with guide Includes Tea & biscuits , lunch and cream tea at Saints Hill Manor Country House
.Leave Fant Lane at 9.00am.Price including coach £37.Contact Gloria.
                  26th June  A visit to Hampton Court Palace and Gardens. Entrance
Fee included with a two hour cruise on the river from Chertsey Lock. Leave                                     
Fant lane at 9.00am. Cost £35.00   Contact Gloria 720515.
                  17th July  A  visit to  Art In Action  at West Perry Gardens Oxford                                                                             
Cost approx.   £28.  Contact Mo    661498
           
KURLING ( John 687415 )           
TA Centre Boxley Road
10am to 12.noon   Cost £1-50
Fridays
Dates;    16th May , 20th June
 
PETANQUE (John 687415)
10.am Mondays at Redstart Pub, 28th April, 26th May, 30 June
Lunch afterwards
                        


COFFEE MORNING (Maureen 727066)   Barming Parish Hall
Mondays 10am to 12 noon
Dates,   12th May,  2nd June
                               
ART  GROUP  (Sheila 728183)  Barming Parish Hall
10am to 12 noon
Dates,  every Tuesday except
            Meeting day.

RAMBLE  Monday 19th May (laurie Moore 726919 ) A very pleasant 4 mile
Walk in the Darling Buds of May country, starting and finishing at the Black
Horse Pub Pluckley, one stile. Directions, A20 to Charing, at the roundabout
Continue on A20 for .25 mile then turn right to Pluckley, look for the pub
Carpark on the left,it is well sign posted.

         

               

                                             
   
 

      

                     



                                            
                     Barming Active Retirement Association                          
                                  Chairman - Peter Sargent
                                        www.Barmara.org.uk
                                       Issue 103 February 2014

     January's meeting began with the Chairman giving his now customary
     Tale, and this one was about Fifty Shades Of Grey and no  it wasn't the
     Infamous one but still very funny.
     He also welcomed Sue Spiel who recited poems that Pam Ayres had
     written, she also related anecdotes about her life and career. One of the
     poems was about men, but I can assure you that it didn't apply to any of
     the BarmARA men!!!   As with all Pam Ayres poems they make you laugh
     and make you think and that's just what we did,  Sue finished her talk
     dressed as a Battery Hen and I can say she looked electrifying,  I enjoyed
     it and I expect many others did to.
     Todays  Speaker is Mr Tony Harris his subject is My Life as Henry Vlll.

     The 'Barmarians' are quite a hardy bunch  because we set off on a very
     Blustery and rainy day to see Bodyguard - the musical, but it was worth it.
     We had a smooth trip up to London and arrived in time to choose a nice
     Restaurant for lunch .  The show lived up to expectations and although
     we didn't see Beverly Knight (she doesn't do matinees) the understudy
     was absolutely fantastic, if you closed your eyes you thought you were
     listening to Whitney Houston.  The cast got a standing ovation and at
     least three curtain calls.  I can only say everybody enjoyed it and comes
     highly recommended.  Gloria
    STOP PRESS  STILL SEATS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNTON ABBEY
   
      

                                         


                                         Barming Asylum
Around 1825 it was felt that the County needed a secure place to house 174
people with mental problems.  So 37 acres of Barming Heath was purchased
and a building was erected in 1833 costing £50,000.  It was designed by a
Mr Whichcord the County Surveyor who was also the Architect of Maidstone
Prison,  hence the similarity between the two,  bearing in mind that the function
of the Asylum at this time was not as a Hospital but as a secure place to keep
dangerous persons.
The building inside was cold and dark with very  little decoration,  floors of 
stone, primitive wooden beds with straw as bedding. Most inmates were
 physically restrained.
In1844 the Asylum was beginning to be looked upon as a place for Curative
Treatment,  and so additional buildings were erected,  they incorporated
better conditions for the inmates,  cells were replaced with airy dormitories,
iron bedsteads with mattresses,  and to relieve the monotony,  games
and sports.  The physical restraints were replaced with Sedatives,  mainly
Opium,  bringing it's own problems. In the 1880's sanitary and heating improved,
 internal decoration undertaken , personal and medical conditions for the inmates
improved.
    
          The Institution was no longer a prison but was not yet a hospital.
          In the 1900's more building work took place,  introducing bathrooms,
          Treatment rooms, Operating Theatre and  Occupation Therapy, Trained
          Nursing Staff,  a Hospital at last.  Later renamed Oakwood Hospital.        
       
          We are  happy to announce that in  March two Activities are returning
          they are Petanque and Summer Rambles.
          Petanque is played outside (weather permitting) at the Redstart Pub located
          In North Street, it is fairly easy to play, not very physical and if instruction is
          required our expert Ken will help out.  The game is played using metal balls
          about the size of a tennis ball and these are known as boules, it is a little bit
          like Bowls but a much smaller pitch. Our games last about two hours and we
          have coffee halfway through and lunch at the end, both of these are optional
          Dates for 2014
          March 31st, April 28th, May 26th (Bank Holiday) June 30th, July 21st,
          August 25th (Bank Holiday), September 22nd, October 13th.
          Our Summer Rambles start on the 17th March and duration is about two
          hours, we walk at an easy pace, try to avoid stiles if we can.  Sometimes we
          use cars at other times we may use the bus to get to our start point.  Stout
          shoes and weatherproof clothing are recommended.  Normally we finish the
          walk at a Pub where you can have lunch if you want to , most people do.
          Other dates for 2014, April 14th(Betty & Marion), May 19th (Laurie), 
          June 16th (Dorothy)  July 14th (Lorna & Val),  August 18th (Dot & Brian)
          September 8th  (Pat & Gordon),  October 20th (Ann Barfoot)


          Drama group starts 14th March. Parish Hall 2.45 pm contact dave  670034.


Associate members are welcome to attend Events except the Monthly Meetings
MEETINGS; On Tuesdays at Fant Hall from 1.15pm

Next Meeting will be on 25th March  the Speakers will be Sharon & Brian and their Subject will be Medical Detection Dogs                      

         
EVENTS      

 23rd April 2014. A trip to Highclere Castle - location of Downton Abbey at a cost  £40-00. Contact MO 661498
5th/9thMay 2014 Holiday to Warner's Bembridge Isle of Wight £325.00 half board from Monday evening meal to Breakfast on the Friday. Sorry no single rooms left. Contact   Neil 727066.
29th May . A trip called ‘The Ashdown Forest Explorer' with guide Includes Tea & biscuits,lunch and cream tea at Saints Hill Manor Country House.Leave Fant Lane at 9.00am.Price including coach £37.Contact Gloria.
26th June  A visit to Hampton Court Palace and Gardens. Entrance Fee included with a two hour cruise on the river from Chertsey Lock. Leave Fant lane at 9.00am. Cost £35.00   Contact Gloria 720515.
           
KURLING ( John 687415 )           
TA Centre Boxley Road
10am to 12.noon   Cost £1-50
Fridays
Dates;  28th February , 21st March
11th April ,  16th May , 20th June
 
10 Pin Bowling (John 687415 )   
At the new venue in Lockmeadow
Leisure Centre.
New Start Time is 11am
Dates;  Thurs ,13th March
                        


COFFEE MORNING (Maureen 727066)   Barming Parish Hall
Mondays 10am to 12 noon
Dates,   3rd March,7th April
                               
ART  GROUP  (Sheila 728183)  Barming Parish Hall
10am to 12 noon
Dates ,every Tuesday except
            Meeting day.

PETANQUE (John 687415)
10.am Mondays at Redstart Pub
31st March, 28th April, 26th May,
Lunch afterwards 
RAMBLE Ken & Pauline (720476)
Mon 17th March, Gentle walk
Around Mote Park. Meet at
Sainsburys Car Park 10.am



Newsletter Issue 102 January 2014 


Associate members are welcome to attend Events except the

Monthly Meetings

MEETINGS; On

Tuesdays at Fant Hall from 1.15pm

                        February 25th    Tony Harris,his subject is My life as Henry

VIII

EVENTS;              12th February , A

trip to the newest musical in London for the 3pm Matinee performance of "The Bodyguard" starring BeverlyKnight.Based on the film with Witney Houston & Kevin Costner.Stall seats £29-50+£11-50 for the coach.Leave Fant Lane 11.00am.Contact Gloria 720515.NOW FULL

       23rd April 2014. A

trip to Highclere Castle - location of Downton Abbey       cost £40-00. Contact MO 661498

              5th/9thMay 2014 Holiday

to Warner's Bembridge Isle of Wight £325.00 half board from Monday evening meal to Breakfast on the Friday. Drivers tip included and two excusions. Sorry no single rooms left. Contact Neil 727066.

              26th to 30 July 2014. 5

day Coach trip with Brookline via Eurotunnel Shuttle to BRUGES staying at 4* Hotel Acadamie with Bed and Breakfast. Cost (Twin Room) £240 pp Single Room £343 pp. This also includes 2 excursions. Contact Gloria 720515.  One twin room left.

           

 

              KURLING

            ( John  687415 )

   TA Centre Boxley Road

10am to 12.noon   Cost £1-50

Fridays

Dates;  28th February , 21st

March

11th

April ,  16th May , 20th June.

 

 

     10 Pin Bowling

     ( John  687415 )

At the new venue in Lockmeadow

Leisure Centre.

New Start Time is 11am

Dates;  Thurs ,13th February

                        13th march

              

 

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        COFFEE MORNING

       ( Maureen 727066 )

Barming Parish Hall

Mondays 10am to 12 noon

Dates,   3rd February

             3rd March  

 

           ART  GROUP

       (  Sheila 728183)

Barming Parish Hall

10am to 12 noon

Dates ,every Tuesday except

            Meeting day.


 


    

                 Barming  Active Retirement Association                              


                         BarmARA

               Chairman - Peter Sargent


                    Issue 102 - January 2014

Chairman Peter's New Year Message


2013 was a year of the usual ‘ups and downs' associated with a club such as ours. I am pleased to say there were more ‘ups' than ‘downs'.

On the ‘down' side I have been to the Crematorium six times witnessing the funerals of our departed members.

On the ‘up' side I have experienced some good monthly meetings where we have been entertained by speakers selected by Brian Wade from

talks on ‘Auctioneering' to ‘Behind the scenes at the BBC'

I have enjoyed day trips out to shows, historic houses, mystery tours and, just recently, the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, all ably

organized by Gloria and Mo.

And then there is the ever popular holidays to Warners (this year to Nidd Hall) set up by Neil, and the Edinburgh Tattoo by Mo.

On top of all this there have been the regular monthly activities of New Age Kurling, Petanque,10 Pin Bowling, Coffee Mornings and

RamblesIt has not been possible for me to attend all the activities but I know those who have attended have thoroughly enjoyed themselves.Of course I cannot leave out a mention of ‘The Show' in April. It was a most pleasant experience being part of the cast under the direction of Dave Mayger. We had many laughs together during rehearsals and the actual show.

It has been a privilege to be your Chairman this last year, particularly celebrating our 10th anniversary at the

Grangemoor Hotel in July with Paul James.May I take this opportunity to thank the Committee for all their hard work during the year and I thank you all for supporting this great club.I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year in 2014

CHRISTMAS  LUNCH


This year we had our Christmas Lunch at the Grange Moor Hotel.The afternoon went down really well , everybody seemed to enjoy their meal,and it was nice to see some of our Associate Members present, as well asColin Prince and Peter Dickenson who have been ill or infirm recently

Entertainment was provided by our very own members in the form of a rendition of the song The Twelve Days of Christmas performed table by table (this seems to have become a bit of a tradition now ) some tables were a bit reluctant, but our Chairman gently galvanised them into action .A good afternoon ,people had a good chat and left to go home in a happy mood. Well done to Mo and her helpers.



DID YOU KNOW ??


In the 1950's Maidstone had it's own Golf Club and it was in our area,

The entrance was in Bower Mount Road ,and the Clubhouse is now the home of the Jehovah's Witness sect. The course was enclosed by Queen's Road,Cherry Orchard Estate,Oakwood  Park and Scrubb's

Lane.

In the middle of the Golfcourse was a very large deep grassy depression  down which people used to toboggan if the snow was deep  enough.If anyone knows the origin of this hole or how it was formed (I think the school may be built on it now ) please ring Dave on 670034.


AlsoWe are pleased to

announce that Dave Mayger has taken over the role of Newsletter Editor.If you have any information for the Newsletter contact

Dave on 670034 or email 

dadvals@hotmail.co.uk


 At the December Ten Pin Bowling session there was stiff competition

  In the ladies section,as usual  Marion was scoring well but she was Pushed hard by Sue who just pipped her at the end.Well done girls.

    


 

GUEST SPEAKERS FOR 2014 ARE AS FOLLOWS.

February    25th     Tony Harris             My life as Henry VIII.

March        25th       Sharon & Brian      Medical Detection Dogs

April           22nd       Spring Tea

May          27th         Patricia Wright     History of Buckingham Palace.


  June           24th         Mr Carrigan          Felons & Fingerprints

July            22nd        Michael Abbot       Loose Covers  Musician

August       26th         AGM  

Followed by Dr Ann Kneif              Women Wartime Workers.

 September  23rd   Jeremy Golch           My Experiences in a JapaneseWar Cam

 October       28th    Barmara Show

November   25th   Stuart Robinson      The London of Charles Dickens.   

December   16th    Christmas Dinner.

NOTE   Don't forget when writing cheques, the year Is 201

  NEW TRIP  Thursday 29th May ,A trip called ‘ The Ashdown Forest Explore With guide includes Tea and biscuits, lunch and cream tea ,at Saint Hill Manor Country House. Leave Fant Lane at 9.00am.

Price including coach £37.

BarmARA Newsletter - Issue 100 - November 2013

Chairman - Peter Sargent

10th Year and still going stronger than ever

Message from your Chairman


It is with great sadness we report the death of our newsletter editor and webmaster, Maurice, on Tuesday 12th November.

Maurice also organised the quiz nights and will be remembered for his activities in the Barmara shows.

He will be sadly missed by all.

This is our 100th Edition of the BarmARA Newsletter, which must be another milestone in the activities of this great club of ours, all thanks to the efforts and dedication of the previous Editors.

We seem to have missed the full force of the storm that passed over Kent as we haven't heard of any local damage being sustained.  I hope there is nobody who can prove us wrong.

The only casualty was the Petanque Session that was scheduled for the Monday.  John and Lorna Grognet thought it prudent to cancel this session due the forecast seriously bad weather. Hopefully we managed to contact everyone by email; and via our web page. The next session is planned for some time next year.

Our Quiz Night was held recently at Barming Primary School and although numbers were disappointingly low we managed to fill 6 tables of quizzers. This year our Quizmaster and his assistants came from Kettlebridge Clogs and a very professional team they were.   They run quiz nights to raise funds for their club and we were very happy to support them. 

The winners on the night was the John & Judy Jefferis team.

At the other end of the league table, Sheila and Roy Malthouse and team came up to collect the Lemons!


Speakers

Todays speaker is Robin Burfoot talking on the humorous side of a Town Crier.

Last month we had Wilf Lower giving a very interesting talk on ‘Behind the Scenes of TV's Golden Years'.  The talk was accompanied by numerous slides of TV shows from the 50's,60's and 70's which brought back many happy memories.

Brian has got a full programme for 2014 and details will be published later but you can view the programme on the web site which is www.barmara.org.uk 

In January we have a Pam Ayres Poetry Recital by Sue Spiel and in February Tony Harris talks about his life as Hennry VIII. In March the speakers subject is ""Medical Detection Dogs."

 Thank you to Jen Cornish for the following words of wisdom!

Take one Weetabix and one Aero chocolate bar.  Grate the Aero over the Weetabix and, surprise, surprise - you have AEROBIX

Santa,  All I want for 2014 is a fat bank account and a skinny body.  Let's try not to confuse the two as you did last year!

Our 2014 Calendars are available here today or from Sheila Malthouse (01622728183) at £4.00 each. They show paintings from our Art Group and make good Xmas presents. 


Important

This month is the last opportunity to pay your subs for 2014.

The fees are £8.00 for full members and £5.00 for associates.

Please send payment (ideally by cheque made out to ‘Barmara') to Brenda Sargent, 84 Newbury Avenue, Allington, ME16 0RD.

If fees are not paid it will be assumed you no longer wish to be members of Barmara


Meetings

Fant Hall from 1.15pm

November 26th Robin Burfoot - For whom the Bell Tolls
December 17th     Christmas Lunch at the Grangemoor Hotel
January 28th   Sue Spiel - Pam Ayres Poetry Recital

Events

DATE DETAIL COST CONTACT
28th November Coach trip to London's Hyde Park Christmas Market and Winter Wonderland with Fish Supper on the way home.  Leave Fant Lane at 10.00am Cost £21.00 Mo 
661498
13th December Kurling Christmas Lunch at the Harvester 12.00 Noon £5 deposit on booking Lorna 687415
17th December BarmARA Christmas Lunch at the Grangemoor Hotel.  There is now a waiting list Mo
661498
27th January 2014 The Ramble Group's Christmas Lunch at The Bull, Farleigh at 12.30. Three course lunch with carvery £23.95.  A deposit of £10 is required Lorna 687415
12th February A trip to the newest musical in London for the 3pm Matinee performance of
'The Bodyguard'
starring Beverley Knight. Based on the film with Witney Houston & Kevin Costner.  This price is heavily discounted and must be paid on booking. Leave Fant Lane 11.00am.
Stall seats £29.50+ £11.50 for coach Gloria 720515
5th/9th May Holiday to Warners, Bembridge Isle Of Wight.  Half board from Monday evening meal to Breakfast on the Friday. Drivers tip included and two excursions.  Sorry no single rooms left. £325.00pp Neil
727066
26th to 30th July 2014 5 day Coach trip with Brookline via Eurotunnel Shuttle to BRUGES staying at 4* Hotel Acadamie with Bed and Breakfast.  Good news from Gloria - the Bruges holiday has filled a 40 seater coach but if there are any members still interested it could be possible to get more double/twin rooms. Cost (Twin Room) £240 pp Single Room £343 pp. This also includes 2 excursions

Gloria 720515


Associate members are welcome to attend Events except the Monthly Meetings

KURLING
(John 687415)
TA Centre, Boxley Road
10am to 12:00 Cost £1.50
December 13th
ART GROUP
(Sheila 728183)
Barming Parish Hall 10:00 to 12:00
COFFEE MORNING
(Maureen 727066)
Barming Parish Hall
10am to 12 Noon
Dec Jan
2nd   6th

10 Pin Bowling
At the new venue in Lockmeadow Leisure Centre. 
New Start Time is 11:00
5th December,
9th January, 13th February,
13th March

Barming Active Retirement Association
BarmARA
Chairman - Peter Sargent
www.Barmara.org.uk
Issue 99 - OCTOBER 2013.
                  10th Year and still going stronger than ever

We are approaching our 100th edition of the BarmARA Newsletter.  Do you think we will get a letter from Her Majesty?

On Wednesday 2nd October, a coach load of Barmarians headed towards the Lyceum Theatre in London to see a performance of "The Lion King". "Our coach was nearly full when we set off to see the matinee performance of the Lion King in London.  This trip was one of two halves in as much that we were booked in for lunch at The George Pub only to discover that another group was also there at the same time so to say that it was chaotic would be an understatement so as it says on Trip Advisor "not to be recommended".  It did not spoil the day as the Lion King show was superb full of colour and animation, and the song 'Circle of Life' was just as wonderful as I remembered it all when I first saw it ten years ago when it first opened.  So on our journey home we were all smiles."  Thank you for this report from Gloria.

Your annual subscriptions are now due, £8 full membership and £5 for associates .If you have not already paid yours please send them to me at 84 Newbury Avenue, Allington, ME16 0RD. If we have not received these by the end of November it will be assumed that you now no longer wish to continue your membership. Many thanks    Brenda Membership Secretary

The Chairman gave out a timely warning at the last Meeting regarding a potential credit card/bank account scam as reported by one of our members.
This seems to be on the increase in our area so please be very vigilant.  If you are suspicious about anyone who telephones you claiming to be a bank official or a police officer make a note of as much information as possible, do not give out any details and ask for a number to call them back. The Police or your Bank will never never never ask for your pin number. Never hand over any bank cards to someone who calls at your door or give any information about your bank accounts out over the phone. Contact a friend or call the police special help line number 01622 654367.

 Speakers

Today we have a  talk by Wilf Lower telling us stories on "Behind the Scenes of Television's Golden Years". Then November's Meeting Robin Burfoot talks on the humorous side of a Town Crier. Brian has got a full programme for 2014 and details will be published later but you can view the programme on the web site which is www.barmara.org.uk
 
At our September Meeting, we had perhaps the most thought provoking Speaker ever.  Andy Thomas talked on the subject of "The Crop Circle Mysteries". This isn't just a modern phenomena as records dating dack to 1688 report descriptions of Crop Circles, but, in those days, the explanation was that they were created by "The Devil".  The first photos of these circles were taken in 1932. They occur in many countries, but in the UK are predominately in Wiltshire, although there was a crop circle found in Boxley Kent. The weather, lay lines and underground water aquafiers have been named as the cause.  Since the 1980's these crop circiles have become more numerous and complex with sophisticated geometric designs.  Andy had photographs of many designs but one made an impact as it was in ASCII code - this is a computer programming language.  Andy couldn't give us any answers but he left us trying to sort out the answers in our own minds. 

Please note the 10-pin Bowling Sessions now start at 11.00am.  It seems that the Bowling Centre doesn't open until then.

Gloria has arranged a coach holiday to that wonderful city of BRUGES in Belgium. Details are in the events calendar in this Newsletter and of course on our web site.

Bruges is a charming little city often known as the Venice of the North full of old world charm with exciting museums such as "The Beer Museum", The "Chips Museum", the "Chocholate Museum", and as you would expect the "Diamond Museum".

So it looks like there is something for everyone.


As an Association, we have no political views, but as Editor,  I thought that because of the recent difficulties that the National Health Service has had recently,  I would like to share with you my very recent experiences as a patient in our local  Maidstone Hospital.....  My breathing was particularly laboured and following a visit to my GP who said that I ought to report to the Maidstone Hospital A&E for an Oxygen top up.  I did as suggested, but they wouldn't let me go home.  I had nothing with me except a good wife.  They admitted me to the Urgent Medical Ambulatorary Unit following tests for MRSA and stayed overnight in my "civvy" clothes.  The next day I got on to a proper ward  - I knew it was for me, as it was full of geriatics and confused and bewildered old gentlemen.  Anyway, following various tests and examinations, they discovered that not only was I suffering from a condition called Pulmonary Fibrosis I also had some blood clots on the lung - subsequently called Pulmonary embolisms.  My point is that my admission, diagnostic tests and stay worked like a well regulated clock.  Everything happened as it should.  The Doctors, Nurses and other Staff treated me professionally and with care and compassion. The food was good and the cleaning regime was strict and comprehensive. From my experience, I would suggest that if you or your loved ones are likely to be hospitalised then you shouldn't worry.  We have a fine hospital here in Maidstone.

As it is only 70 days to go until the New Year, you will be thinking about your new calendar for 2014.  Think no more, our Art Group have produced a BarmARA Calendar and these will be available for purchase shortly.  They also make very good Christma presents.

Our Quiz Night takes place this Saturday and there is still room for a few more to join us at this fun evening. If you haven't yet booked in then please contact Maurice on 669421.  Please bring your own nibbles and drinks.  It is being held in the Barming Primary School Hall and starts at 7.00pm. Cost £5 pp plus £1 for the heads and tails competition.

In case you have forgotten, British Summer Time ends this weekend 27th October so I will remind you to put your clocks back one hour.  We then have to wait until Sunday 30th March 2014 before we put the clocks forward again.  (Spring forward - Fall back)

This Newsletter gets distributed to many other KentARA friends, so let us be the first to wish them all a "Happy Christmas"

Associate members are welcome to attend Events except the Monthly Meetings
MEETINGS:  Fant Hall from 1.15pm
 October 22nd Wilf Lower - Behind the scenes of Television's Golden Years
 November 26th      Robin Burfoot - For whom the Bell Tolls
 December 17th     Christmas Lunch at the Grangemoor Hotel
EVENTS:
26th October BarmARA Quiz Night at Barming Primary School. 7.00 to 10.00pm Ticket £5.00p plus £1 heads and tails.  Bring your own nibbles/drinks. Contact Maurice 669421
21st November KentARA Concert 2013. The Rat Pack at Mote Hall. Tickets £10.00. Contact Wendy 729771
28th November Coach trip to London's Hyde Park Christmas Market and Winter Wonderland with Fish Supper on the way home. Leave Fant Lane at 10.00am.  Cost £21.00p.  Contact Mo on 661498
17th December BarmARA Christmas Lunch at the Grangemoor Hotel Cost £18.00p  there is a £10 deposit on Booking. Contact Mo 661498
12th February A trip to the newest musical in London for the 3pm Matinee performance of 'The Bodyguard' starring Beverley Knight. Based on the film with Witney Houston & Kevin Costner. Stall seats £29.50+ coach. This price is heavily discounted and must be paid on booking. Leave Fant Lane 11.00am. Contact Gloria 720515
5th/9th May 2014 Holiday to Warners, Bembridge Isle Of Wight. £325.00pp  half board from Monday evening meal to Breakfast on the Friday. Drivers tip included and two excursions.  Sorry no single rooms left. Contact Neil 727066.
26th to 30th July 2014.  5 day Coach trip with Brookline via Eurotunnel Shuttle to BRUGES staying at 4* Hotel Acadamie with Bed and Breakfast. Cost (Twin Room) £240 pp Single Room £343 pp. This also includes 2 excursions.  Contact Gloria 720515


Barming Active Retirement Association
"BarmARA"
Chairman - Peter Sargent
www.Barmara.org.uk
Issue 97 - AUGUST 2013.


Our 10 glorious years as an Active Retirement Association was celebrated with a special meeting at the Grangemoor Hotel.  This venue has more space than that of Fant Hall and therefore we were able to accommodate Associate members as well as Full members.  To help with our celebrations the very popular comedian and radio personality Paul James came along and gave us an hour of stories of his life in show biz and told some very amusing jokes. Paul is well known to many ARA's. Not only were we treated to an hour of comedy........,
                                                           Our Chairman Peter Sargent with Paul James (See Photo Gallery)

we were also given some 10th anniversary cake generously donated by Gloria Rayment (See Photo Gallery) and if that wasn't enough, we were regaled with a cream tea.  Before Peter introduced Paul, he announced that one of the members present had an 80th birthday and we all sang "Happy Birthday" to June Sales. He then gave us a very interesting résumé regarding the "birth" of BarmARA.  An advert was placed in the Kent Messenger inviting people interested in forming an ARA in Barming to meet at Fant Hall. A Chairman and a Committee was formed and voted in. The first Committee Meeting was held a few days later in the Fountain Inn and the first BarmARA Meeting was held on 15th July 2003 attended by nearly 100 Barming folk. Four of the original Committee are still serving Committee Members, Neil and Maureen Kenwright, Gloria Rayment and Maureen Smith.  To date we have 149 full members and 79 associate members. Congratulations to everyone who over the past 10 years have worked to make BarmARA such a happy and a very successful club. Here's to the next 10 years.  See you in 2023.


 Speakers
Today We hold our AGM which will be followed by  Barbara Stevens talking about Downe Dames Calendars. A talk by Andy Thomas on "The Crop Circle Mysteries" will be our September Meeting speaker. This will be followed in October by Wilf Lower telling us stories on "Behind the Scenes of Television's Golden Years". Then November's Meeting Robin Burfoot talks on the humorous side of a Town Crier.  Such a full programme and every one a likely winner.

AGM Agenda
10th Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 27th August 2013.

1. Approval of Minutes of AGM held on Tuesday, 28th August 2012.
2. Chairman's Annual Report
3. Treasurer's Annual Report
4. Outings Annual Report
5. Proposal to ammend the Constitution of the Association as follows:
To alter note 4 referring to (3) of Clause 8 (Annual General Meeting) line 2 "the Annual Statement of Accounts published for the AGM and available to any member who requests a copy" to read "the Annual Statement of Accounts published and distributed to members at the AGM".
6. Election of Officers - Chairman (Peter Sargent), Secretary (Wendy
      Thorpe), Membership Secretary (Brenda Sargent). The Treasurer (Kate
      Hallett) was co-opted on to the Committee in February 2013 and her
      appointment needs to be formalised.  All are standing for re-election. 
      No other nominations have been received.
7. Election of Committee Members - Maurice Gay, John Grognet, Maureen
Kenwright, Neil Kenwright, Gloria Rayment, Maureen Smith, Judy Thomson and Brian Wade are all standing for re-election.  No other nominations have been received.
8. Appointment of Auditor
9. Any Other Business
                                    Closure of Meeting


As many of you know, the venue for 10 Pin Bowling has changed to the new 18 lane Hollywood Bowl in the Lockmeadow Entertainment Centre. John Grognet has managed to do a special deal with them and we will continue to pay £6.25p for three games.  This cost will include tea or coffee. The first scheduled meet at the new venue will be 10.00am on Thursday 10th October.  John has booked right through to March 2014.  These future dates will be published in next months issue; but you can see all these dates in our Events Calendar on our website www.barmara.org.uk   

Our Art Group will be producing and publishing a 2014 Calendar so don't buy any alternative products until you see what our artists come up with

Welcome to our new Associate Members; David & June Coward.

 

Our trip to Edinburgh to see the Military Tattoo
Forty-seven of us left Barming on Tuesday 13th August for a trip to the Edinburgh Tattoo. After a couple of comfort stops at Birchanger and Newark, our Brookline driver, Colin, drove us to the very well appointed Holiday Inn Hotel just outside Leeds. The next day we wound our way towards Edinburgh stopping of at Moffatt for lunch. We stayed at the Barony Hotel in Peebles, twenty miles south of Edinburgh. The hotel was an old castle style building in large grounds.  On Thursday morning Colin drove some of us into Peebles to have a look around, while the rest stayed behind to play pool in the games room. In the afternoon we all went into Edinburgh to take in the excitement of the ‘Fringe' with street artists performing their various routines. Some of us took the open top bus tour round the city while others just walked around taking in the atmosphere. We then made our way to the castle for the tattoo and gradually filtered into the castle arena. Our seats were in rows Y and Z, up 100 steps in the gods. It was worth the climb. Being on the side we had an excellent view of the whole arena and entrances. The show started with the traditional massed pipes and drums along with the highland dancers, heralding the year of Natural Scotland to the tune of The Rhythm of Life. The rain started as ‘Spring' was represented by the Band and Dancers from Korea. The flowing colourful costumes of the dancers were terrific. This part of the programme finished with ‘midges' flying around in the form of young motorcyclists some as young as six years of age, performing daredevil stunts and pyramid riding. We thought there might be some accidents with the rain but -no, they were very professional. ‘Summer' was represented by a large ensemble of Mexican musicians, singers and dancers who gave a very enthusiastic performance, full of colour, movement and energy. One of the best performances of the night was the New Zealand Army Band who represented ‘Autumn'. Their routine started with the ‘Haka' and proceeded on to precise marching formations at the same time playing some very modern music. Two of them even performed a Gangnam Style singing routine. A female marching drill team who also gave a tremendous performance considering the rainy conditions joined them. The ‘Winter' section was performed by members of the Mongolian Armed Forces showing Mongolia's history with traditional music, dancing and singing. During this performance a female gymnast performed extraordinary contortions. Each season was enhanced by images projected on the castle walls. The massed Military Bands and massed Pipes and Drums along with the human puppet Warhorse led us into the finale with the lone piper on the parapet, the singing of the National Anthem and Auld Lang Syne. A magnificent firework display finished a great evening of entertainment enjoyed by us all. On Friday Colin took us to York where we had time to walk around the city before moving on to the Tulip Inn Hotel for our last night. After all the excitement of the week all we wanted to do on Saturday was to get home so Colin stopped for a comfort break at Peterborough Services and we arrived home about 4pm.  All in all a long tiring five days break, but worth every penny of it. Thanks Mo for another successful holiday


Although they are not due until the September Meeting, our Treasurer Kate and our Membership Secretary Brenda, have asked that your 2013-2014 Annual Subscriptions be paid by cheque if possible and put in an envelope clearly marked with your name.The Annual Subscriptions will be Full Members £8.00 per person
Associate Members £5.00 per person. Will Associate Members please send their Subscriptions to Brenda Sargent. 84, Newbury Avenue, Maidstone ME16 0RD


Associate members are welcome to attend Events except the Monthly Meetings
MEETINGS:  Fant Hall from 1.15pm
 September 24th  Andy Thomas - Crop Circle Mysteries
 October 22nd Wilf Lower - Behind the scenes of Television's Golden Years
 November 26th      Robin Burfoot - For whom the Bell Tolls
EVENTS:
18th September. Coach trip to Canterbury Market and then on to The Dog & Duck pub at Plucks Gutter for a 2-course Lunch with entertainment.  Leave Fant Lane at 9.15am. Price £28. Contact Gloria 720515
2nd October Theatre trip to see The Lion King. Leave Fant Lane at 10.00am for 2.30pm performance. Royal Circle seats Lyceum Theatre. Cost £32.50 + Coach. Contact Gloria 720515
17th October KentARA Service of Thanksgiving hosted by SiARA at Rochester Cathedral at 11.30am.  Entry is by ticket only so anyone wishing to attend should contact Wendy Thorpe (729771) by 25th July 2013.
18th October KentARA Race Night Ditton Community Centre. Contact Wendy 729771
26th October BarmARA Quiz Night at Barming Primary School. 7.00 to 10.00pm Ticket £5.00p plus £1 heads and tails.  Bring your own nibbles/drinks.
21st November KentARA Concert 2013. The Rat Pack at Mote Hall. Tickets £10.00. Contact Wendy 729771
5th/9th May 2014 Holiday to Warners, Bembridge Isle Of Wight. £325.00pp  half board from Monday evening meal to Breakfast on the Friday. Drivers tip included and two excursions.  Sorry no single rooms left. Contact Neil 727066.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July Issue Newsletter 96

 Our Chairman's stories just get funnier and funnier and he got the June Meeting off to a good start with all the members feeling happy and then... he advised us that at the AGM he is to recommend that our Annual subscriptions will have to be increased.  The Committee have reviewed our income and expenditure and due to the increases in costs our subs need to rise to reflect these increases. The Committee over the last 10 years have managed to keep our Subs at the 2003 level by prudent management of our funds, but they can't contain these increased cost rises any longer.  It is likely that our subscriptions will be; Full members will pay £8 per annum whilst each Associate member will pay £5 p.a.

It is interesting to see that with a bit of creative accounting and after allowing for inflation from 2003 until now, that £8 now in 2013 would have had the purchasing power of £5.97 in 2003.  So you see in real terms the pound in your pocket hasn't changed much as we are only asking you for an additional 97p a year or about 8p a month more than in 2003. 

Gloria gave us details of the new trip she is organising and thanked all those members who sent their condolences on her recent loss.  Neil gave us details on the Spring Holiday at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight.

This is our 10th Anniversary Meeting and Paul James of Radio Kent fame is here to help us celebrate. Paul has had a tremendously interesting life in showbiz and we hope he tells us a little about it and all the people who have crossed his path.

BarmARA's inaugural meeting was held at Fant Hall on 15th July 2003 and was chaired by Gerald Benham of KentARA. The following people were elected to the Committee and they should be thanked for getting BarmARA "on the road" Ron Firth, Douglas Pryce, John Bell, Sheila Malthouse, Neil and Maureen Kenwright, Gloria Rayment, Maureen Smith, Jen and Brian Cornish and Shirley Skinner.

Neil and Maureen, together with Gloria and Maureen (Mo) have worked on the Committee from day one and they should be thanked and congratulated for their hard work and enthusiasm to keep this club of ours rolling along over the last 10 years. (and many more we hope)

The traditional gift for a 10th anniversary is tin.  I've been saving all our empty baked beans cans and I will drop them off at the Chairman's house in the next day or two with all our best wishes!


 

  Speakers
Today we celebrate our 10th Anniversary and welcome Radio Kent's Paul James to entertain us.

Our AGM will take place at our August Meeting which will be followed by  Barbara Stevens talking about Downe Dames Calendars. A talk by Andy Thomas on "The Crop Circle Mysteries" will be our September Meeting speaker. This will be followed in October by Wilf Lower telling us stories on "Behind the Scenes of Television's Golden Years". Then November's Meeting Robin Burfoot talks on the humorous side of a Town Crier.  Such a full programme and every one a likely winner.

Chris Hare was our Speaker at the June Meeting and he kept us all interested, amused and fascinated by his tales of life in the entertainment industry.  The stories that he related were about those entertainers that he had meet in his long career and must have included everyone in the "Who's Who" of Showbusiness. He told us anecdotes about personalities whose names we have known from the early days and included Sir Thomas Beecham, Rawicz and Landauer, Bob & Alf Pearson, Elsie and Doris Waters, Max Wall, Peter Brough and Archie Andrews up to  Eric Sykes, Max Bygraves, The Goons, Frank Carson,  Tommy Cooper, Tony Hancock, Roy Hudd, Ken Dodd and many others.  He has also met such famous musicians and singers like George Sheering, The Hot Club of France, Sarah Vaughan, Johnnie Ray, Tony Bennett and so on and on. 

It is good to see that our Newsletter is being read as several members brought in some books and jigsaws following our request in last month's issue.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Our Annual General Meeting is due to be held on our August Meeting. I'm sure there will be lots of important matters to discuss, so please make sure that you will be able to attend.  The annual accounts will be presented and if you would like a copy of these accounts they are available on request from our Secretary Wendy Thorpe. Telephone 01622 729771

A Note for your diary: Our autumn Quiz night will be on Saturday 26th October at Barming Primary School.

Do you know the most popular christian names of our members?  At this time we have 14 Johns, 9 Peters, 8 Joans and Maureen and Margaret tie with 7 each. 


What happened in 2003 the year BarmARA was formed?
The highest temperature ever recorded reached 38.5C at Brogdale, Kent. Sadam Hussein's regime falls, The Space Shuttle "Columbia" disaster, The last Concorde flight, the Soham killer jailed for 40 years, Apple launch Itunes, the government consider extending pensionable age, Among the famous people who died were Johnny Cash, Idi Amin, Katherine Hepburn, Bob Hope, Gregory Peck and Maurice Gibb.

A special astronomical event occurs during the night of 12/13th August when the maximum annual perseid meteor shower falls.  If you are up after midnight expect to see one meteor per minute.

I asked Gloria to share some of her memories of how she and Maureen got
started on their long journey of ten years organising days out and holidays for Barmara, and this is how it happened........
 
"We firstly joined Demara as recommended by a friend because they held their meetings at Ditton Community Centre and they needed new members to fill their hall.  We were members for a few months when we heard that a new ARA was going to be opened in Barming so we thought we would go along to the inaugural meeting to see what it was all about.  The hall was absolutely heaving with people so we knew that there was a lot of interest and Gerald Benham Chairman of Kentara said he would be looking for a Committee straight away.  So he comes down from the stage and starts to approach people, well when I saw him approaching me (Maureen was oblivious because she was talking to Georgie) he said would I be interested in doing the outings and holidays - well instead of saying no I said 'yes I like the sound of that and my friend will help me' and so much to Maureen's surprise she was now on the Committee whether she liked it or not. Speaking for myself I think it was one of the best instant decisions I have made because it has been so enjoyable and enabled me to make so many friends and hopefully you feel that we have done a good job!"
 
THE END (of the beginning and not the beginning of the end). Thank you very much Gloria.
 
We have a 80th birthday to celebrate here at the Grangemoor today so listen out.  What else happened in 1933?  Battersea Power Station first produces electricty, the first modern sighting of the Loch Ness Monster and portents of dreadfull things to come happening in Germany.  David Bellamy, Maurice Micklewhite (Michael Caine) and the Kray Twins were born.


Associate members are welcome to attend Events except the Monthly Meetings
MEETINGS:  Fant Hall from 1.15pm
 August 27th AGM and Barbara Stevens Downe Dames Calendars
 September 24th  Andy Thomas - Crop Circle Mysteries
 October 22nd Wilf Lower - Behind the scenes of Television's Golden Years
 November 26th      Robin Burfoot - For whom the Bell Tolls


EVENTS:

13th/17th August Coach trip and hotel to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
4 nights half board £389pp. For more details Contact Mo on 661498
18th September. Coach trip to Canterbury Market and then on to The Dog & Duck pub at Plucks Gutter for a 2-course Lunch with entertainment.  Leave Fant Lane at 9.15am. Price £28. Contact Gloria 720515
2nd October Theatre trip to see The Lion King. Leave Fant Lane at 10.00am for 2.30pm performance. Royal Circle seats Lyceum Theatre. Cost £32.50 + Coach. Contact Gloria 720515
17th October KentARA Service of Thanksgiving hosted by SiARA at Rochester Cathedral at 11.30am.  Entry is by ticket only so anyone wishing to attend should contact Wendy Thorpe (729771) by 25th July 2013.
18th October KentARA Race Night Ditton Community Centre. Contact Wendy 729771
26th October BarmARA Quiz Night at Barming Primary School. 7.00 to 10.00pm Ticket £5.00p plus £1 heads and tails.  Bring your own nibbles/drinks.
21st November KentARA Concert 2013. The Rat Pack at Mote Hall. Tickets £10.00. Contact Wendy 729771
5th/9th May 2014 Holiday to Warner Bembridge Isle Of Wight. £325.00pp  half board from Monday evening meal to Breakfast on the Friday. Drivers tip included and two excursions.  Sorry no single rooms left. Contact Neil 727066.

 

                 PETANQUE
                         (John Grognet 687415)
                              10.00am at the Redstart Pub
                August 26th     September 23rd   October 28th
 

 KURLING
(John 687415)
TA Centre, Boxley Road
10am to 12,00 Cost £1.50
     Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
      30th  20th   18th  15th  13th  

 

ART GROUP
(Sheila 728183)
Barming Parish Hall
 10am to 12 Noon
   July    August        September
    30th    6th  13th 20th    3rd 10th 17th 

 

 COFFEE MORNING
 (Maureen 727066)
Barming Parish Hall
10am to 12 Noon

   August   Sept.   Oct   Nov
       5th       2nd         7th   4th 

 

RAMBLES
August 19th Meet at Spice Fusion bus stop at 9.50am for No. 6 10.00am bus to East Peckham.
Contact Dot & Brian Lawrence
Telephone  721719
September 9th Lorna & Val
October 21st Pat & Gordon

 

 

                  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 Chairman - Peter Sargent
www.Barmara.org.uk
Issue 93 - May 2013.

REPORT ON NIDD HALL HOLIDAY by Brian Wade

The spring holiday this year was a return visit to Warner's Nidd Hall in Yorkshire. We were blessed with very pleasant dry spring weather, which showed the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales. We must have had one of the best rides to Yorkshire no hold ups just a smooth ride all the way to Nidd Hall. The next day we had a ride through the Yorkshire Dales to the town of Pickering which is a typical Yorkshire town were we had morning coffee and then made our way to The North Yorkshire Moors Railway station in Pickering. At the station Barmara had their own coach for a ride on the Moors Explorer Express to the village of Goathland. There is something magical about riding on a steam train especially when passing through the English countryside. Goathland is the village featured in the Television program Heartbeat and named Aidenfield. It looks very much like what you see on TV, The Aidenfield Arms Pub, Scripps Garage and the shops on the village green and in the lovely spring sunshine it was a very enjoyable afternoon.   The next day we again travelled through the Yorkshire Dales to Skipton with a coffee break in Grassington. In Skipton it was Market day this made the ladies happy us men tag along putting on a brave face and keeping our hands on our wallets with little success. Our last day we spent taking advantage of all the facilities Nidd Hall has to offer, playing Bowls arranged by Dave and Max which many of us enjoyed, A guided tour of Nidd Hall and grounds and many other activities or just sitting on the terrace taking in the spring sunshine It was in the evening that Barmara came in to its own; we all met up in the entertainment area after the evening meal to take part in the evening competitions and dancing. I must mention how well Barmara did in the competitions, Jill Tugwell came second in Play Your Cards Right, and Ken Comber won the Question of Sport, both well assisted by Barmara, also well done to Max and his team for winning one of the afternoon Quizzes. All too soon our spring holiday came to an end and I am sure we all had a great time. Thanks must go to our driver Peter for our smooth ride to Yorkshire and our trips around the Dales, and a Very big thank you to Maureen & Neil for all the time and effort they put into organising these Spring Holidays. Just one other thing I must own up to is I must be the first person to be thrown out of the Aidenfield Arms for eating an ice cream in the bar, I will do anything to get out of buying a round of drinks.

Quiz Night
The venue for this year's quiz night was the Barming Primary School. As most people know, we were not able to get a "proper" Quiz Master for this event. This job therefore fell on the shoulders of Maurice who with the help of a very glamorous young lady, who happened to be our Chairman's granddaughter - we entertained some 49 members and guests to pit their wits against the Question Master.  As usual there were 10 rounds with each round of 10 questions each.   It was very interesting to see how the table Teams progressed.  The individual round scores soon sorted out the men from the boys until the competitors started to play their Jokers - ie double points. At this point it was difficult to forecast who might win with the running total honours switching to and fro between teams.  Finally Table 7 Team consisting of Neil Kenwright, Brian and Joan Wade, Jen and Brian Cornish and Marlene Parkes overcame the opposition and won.  They went home happy with their prizes.  The lemons booby prize was won by ...well they know who.  Thank you to all those who turned up and supported the Quiz Night and the raffle.
 Speakers
Tim and Sue are Middle of the Road Singers in May and then in June, Chris Hare comes back to take up his story of 40 years without a proper job (part 2). There is a Social Afternoon in July, our AGM in August and a talk by Andy Thomas on "The Crop Circle Mysteries" at our September Meeting. This will be followed in October by Wilf Lower telling us stories on "Behind the Scenes of Television's Golden Years". Then November's Meeting Robin Burfoot talks on the humorous side of a Town Crier.  Such a full programme and every one a likely winner.

Don Bray was our Speaker at the April Meeting.  His subject was "The British Seaside". He took us on a trip from the 1700's to the 1960's.  Don's talk was based around a very professional audio-visual presentation. All through the ages, the seaside was everyones playground.  The evolution of beach fashion caused a stir and revived some deep down memories by the audience.  Many of us were unaware that the really first true seaside holiday resort was Scarborough, and this was due to the Spa, hotels and a wonderful beach. The art of promanading became popular and one dressed to see and be seen. During the inter-war years, the rise of the railways, motor coaches and car ownership encouraged a holiday at the seaside.  We stayed in boarding houses, guest houses, hotels and holiday camps.  The popularity of sunbathing quickly changed the swimsuit fashion from all covering to the bikini and sometimes even less.  We all thought that the bikini was a modern creation, but Don showed us that the ancient greeks had beaten us to it.  The seaside holiday also meant entertainment, saucy postcards and holiday romances.  A very interesting subject and speaker.

Special Stargazing event in June.  On the 11th June around 10.30pm look out for the crescent Moon on the north western horizon with Venus well to its right - the "star" between them is Mercury, while Castor and Pollux lie above. Then of course, the summer Solstice occurs at 6.04am on the 21st June. Expect to see an unusually large Moon on the night of the 23rd as it is closest to the Earth, only 357,000 kilometres away, which is no distance astronomically speaking.

In Fant Hall, the existing cupboard over which we store the Books, Raffle Drum and the Secretary's Notice Board is being upgraded to meet the Fire Officer's requirements. Unfortunately, this does mean that we will have to find alternative accommodation for all of the above.  We are asking the Hall Managers for a suitable alternative. If we are unable to obtain permission and/or a suitable alternative site we will have to cease the Books facility.  The Chairman will make a more up to date announcement during the May Meeting.


Gloria's Mystery Trip 15th May Report by Peter & Brenda Sargeant

Gloria checked us on the Brookside coach at Fant Lane and at 9.30 we set off on this year's mystery tour.Peter, our driver, motored along the M20 and turned off towards Sheerness on the A249 only to confuse us by then taking the A2 to Sittingbourne. Having passed Sittingbourne some of us thought ‘coffee at Brogdale', Faversham. Wrong - we joined the A299, Thanet Way toward Margate and Ramsgate. At the roundabout at the end of the Thanet Way Peter stayed in the outside lane as if going to Ramsgate or Canterbury. Once again he confused us by going completely round the roundabout and took the exit to Margate, with much cheering from us all. It was obvious now that we were going to Margate - Turner Gallery - pub lunch - walk on the beach - go home. Wrong again!! In Birchington Peter turned right and we ended up at Quex Park where there are extensive gardens and the Powell Cotton Museum. Percy Powell Cotton was a notable explorer in 1888 travelling through parts of India and the African continent. He bought back many animals and artefacts of the areas visited. The animals he had stuffed, mounted and displayed in huge glass cabinets. The displays included background rocks, foliage, dirt and sand showing the animals in a natural setting.

After coffee and lunch we set off again, this time to the Walpole Bay Hotel in Cliftonville. Gloria had already told us we were having a cream tea at 2.30pm so when we arrived outside the hotel just after 1.00 we wondered what we were going to do for one and a half hours. We were invited into the hotel and met by the owner Jane Bishop who told us the hotel was also a museum she and her husband had built up over the years. Items of the 1930's from kitchen tools, clothes, shoes, dolls, office equipment, etc. were on display, most donated by guests after their stay at the Walpole. Many guests used linen napkins to paint or write their holiday experience, which were displayed in frames around the hotel. The hotel itself is a museum piece having been built in 1927 and still uses a working Otis Lift from that time. A delightful cream tea was provided, along, in Maurice's case, with a slice of cake and a candle to celebrate his birthday that day. A quick walk outside to see the sea, back to the coach just as it started raining, and home to finish a very good ‘Mystery Tour.' Congratulations, Gloria, another superb day out and thank you Peter and Brenda for this Report.

Kurling
Another excellent morning of Kurling with a good turn out of Members.  The good news is that John Grognet has managed to secure bookings for the Kurling Venue - the TA Centre in Boxley Road - right through the summer.  Once the dates are available they will be published on our web site www.barmara.org.uk in due course.


 

Associate members are welcome to attend Events except the Monthly Meetings
MEETINGS:  Fant Hall from 1.15pm
 May 28th  Tim & Sue - Middle of the Road Singers
 June 25th  Chris Hare - 40 Years without a Proper Job
 July 23rd  Special 10th Anniversary Meeting with Paul James
 August 27th AGM and Barbara Stevens Downe Dames Calendars
OUTINGS:
14th June A visit to Audley End House and Gardens (English Heritage) at Saffron Walden, Essex. Leave Fant Hall at 9.00am. Price for English Heritage Members £13, All others £23.50 which includes a guided tour of the House. Picnics can be taken. Contact Gloria 720515 (Please no telephone calls before 9am)
18th June KentARA Hobbies and Craft Fair at Ditton Community Centre Free Entry
23rd July Special 10th Anniversary Meeting at the Grangemoor Hotel open to Associates as well as full members. Special Guest Paul James. Admission by Ticket ONLY Contact Brenda 693755
13th/17th August Coach trip and hotel to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
4 nights half board £389pp. For more details Contact Mo on 661498
18th September. Coach trip to Canterbury Market and then on to The Dog & Duck pub at Plucks Gutter for a 2-course Lunch with entertainment.  Leave Fant Lane at 9.15am. Price £28. Contact Gloria 7720515 (After 9.00am please)

 

 

MARCH 2013 Issue 92
 
Despite the cold and damp weather, 90 members turned up at the February Monthly Meeting in Fant Hall to hear our Speaker Cyril Baldwin talk on the trials and tribulations of an Auctioneers life.  Chairman Peter opened the Meeting by welcoming Ken and Betty Hart and Valerie Walker as new members.  He also let it be known that it was Judy Thomson's birthday and naturally we celebrated this news by singing the rousing "Happy Birthday" song. Judy is the hard working Committee Member responsible for all of our raffles.

There are still a few tickets available for the BarmARA Showtime Spectacular available.  This show will take place in Fant Hall on Tuesday 9th April.  Remember admission is by Ticket only and these can be obtained from Brenda Sargent (01622 93755)

A visit to the London Museums doesn't sound that exciting, but, how wrong that statement is!  On Thursday 21st March we left Fant Lane for Cromwell Road, South Kensington where the finest Museums in the UK are situated.  Mo our organiser reminded everyone that the shopping delights of Knightsbridge, Sloane Street and Oxford Street were just a short bus ride away if the Museums were not your interest.  Thinking that we could do the Victoria and Albert, The Science and the Natural History all in the time allocated before we had to embark on the coach for the return journey we started in the V&A.  Once again, how wrong we were! The Chairman, Brenda, Betty and I made for the V&A got our map and headed straight for the Coffee Shop for a mid morning break and to plan our visit. The coffee shop itself was a "Wow" experience with the ceramic tile décor.  The architectural design and craftsmanship of the tiling was just excellent. No wonder that at that time the V&A was built Great Britain was the powerhouse of the world. After coffee we visited the gold and silver gallery that again just amazed us.  The craftsmanship and design of these artefacts was astounding.  Many of the exhibits were donated or given on long-term loan.  We lunched in the coffee shop and then went to find the clothes and materials gallery.  The exhibition of clothes ranged from about 1700 to the 2000's.  The quality of the clothes worn by ladies in years gone by was incredible but must have been very uncomfortable to wear.  Following the clothes we toured the jewellery gallery.  The value of the pieces on display was unimaginable and the items were so beautiful. As time was running out we could then only visit the 20th century design gallery and saw many of the exhibits that were familiar to us. A lovely day out but not long enough to see everything. It was a pity that the traffic on the way home was so heavy.  Never mind, we were not driving. Thanks Mo for organising this great day o


Speakers
Today, syncopated music fans will be delighted by the talk on Glen Miller's Music by John & Sue Pearce. In April, as a prequel to summer, Don Bray will talk on the History of the British Seaside. Tim and Sue are Middle of the Road Singers in May and then in June, Chris Hare comes back to take up his story of 40 years without a proper job (part 2). There is a Social Afternoon in July, our AGM in August and a talk by Andy Thomas on "The Crop Circle Mysteries" at our September Meeting. This will be followed in October by Wilf Lower telling us stories on "Behind the Scenes of Television's Golden Years". Then November's Meeting Robin Burfoot talks on the humorous side of a Town Crier.  Such a full programme and every one a likely winner.

Our Speaker last month was Cyril Baldwin. Cyril gave us a very humerous account of an auctioners life having spent many years in the profession as an Auctioneer in his own business. The brief history of auctionering was very interesting particularly selling by the candle.  He also gave us some very good tips on buying and selling at auction. Always get a cataloge before you start bidding. All auctioneers must display an auctioneers tablet and if it is not the auction is unlawful.  His most unusual item he was asked to auction was an unused coffin. You may see Cyril about during the Dickens Festival as he plays Mr Pickwick.

This day in History

1780 The first British Sunday Newspaper published
1886 The first Cremation in England
1953 Salk Polio vacine announced
1973 Women allowed on to the trading floor of the Stock Exchange
1979 Camp Davd Peace Agreement signed between Israel and Egypt
1981 The "Gang of Four" launch the Social Democrat Party

The February Kurling session was well attended. We had two members with a birthday and of course  we sung happy birthday to both John Grognet and Laurie Moore. Laurie and Janet brought some lovely home made delicaties for us to enjoy during our coffee break.

Unfortunately, we haven't been able to book St. Andrews Church Hall for KEEP FIT on THURSDAY 18th APRIL and therefore this session has been cancelled

Our Quiz Night is back.  Make a note in your diary for Friday 10th May in the Hall at Barming Primary School.

It seems that our 10-Pin bowling venue may change!  It has been reported that the AMF Bowl in King Street may move down to the Lockmeadow Complex in June. Other local news items concern more house building in the Barming area. This time it is the former Maidstone Hospital grounds at the corner of Hermitage Lane and St. Andrews Road. The old Nurses Home opposite has also been earmarked for redevelopment. Where next!


Next Sunday 31st March is Easter Sunday and is also the beginning of British Summer Time and if you haven't remembered to put the clocks forward you will be an hour late for morning Service.

QUESTIONS POSED BY JEN CORNISH THAT YOU JUST CAN'T ANSWER
Why do we press harder on the remote control when we know the batteries are flat? Why do Banks charge a fee on "insufficient funds" when they know there is not enough money in the account? Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

10 pin bowling on the 14th March. Only nine people attended, but what a day. We seem to have found a champion bowler amongst us.  Marion Gilham bowled 3 games each with over 100 points scored. In her last game she scored 133.  This is a BarmARA Record.  King Street Bowl is closing so when we start again in the Autumn we will be bowling at the Bowl in Hart Street.  Hopefully at the same deal we have had this last year.

Petanque restarts  at the Redstart Pub in North Street and the first session will be on Monday 22nd April with a full calender through to the Autumn. Look out on our website.  The Rambling Group have also been busy and have arranged Rambles right through the summer. Once again check out our website.

You will see in the Diary that Gloria has arranged a visit to Audley End House and Gardens. Audley End House itself is a magnificent house, built to entertain royalty, and includes a Victorian Service Wing complete with kitchen, laundries and a dairy.  With beautiful gardens to explore, including an impressive formal garden and the working Organic Kitchen Garden. Theres so much to see and do and it promises to be a great day out.

Spring begun officially on Wednesday 20th March which as we all know is the astronomic Vernal Equinox.  If anybody has seen the Spring can they let me know!

There are two new telephone numbers that you should be aware of and to make a note of:  101  and 112.  The first, 101, is used to make Non-Emergency ‘phone calls to the Police and report non urgent crime, speak to your local Police Officer or make an enquiry. Dialling 999 or 112 will connect you to any of the emergency services from any phone, mobile or land-line. However,  dialling 112 is particular useful from a mobile phone, as the mobile operator can locate your position from  the phones GPS's capability. 112 can still be used if the phone is "locked" or if there is no credit.  If your mobile phone operator signal is not available the 112 call will hunt for other operators and still go through to the emergency service.  If you need immediate help from the Police if a crime is in progress or life is in danger then telephone 999 as usual.

Friday's Kurling session was well attended as usual Marion Brown played a blinder.  Everybody enjoys these sessions not just for the game but the social friendly chit chat and of course for Lorna's tea, coffee and biscuits.


Associate members are welcome to attend Events except the Monthly Meetings
MEETINGS:  Fant Hall from 1.15pm
 April 9th               A special Meeting for "BarmARA Showtime"
 April 23rd  Don Dray - The History of the British Seaside
 May 28th  Tim & Sue - Middle of the Road Singers
OUTINGS:
9th April BarmARA Showtime Spectacular at Fant Hall
18th April Coach trip to Cliveden National Trust Gardens, Taplow near Maidenhead. Leave Fant Hall 09.00am. Cost to NT members £13 all others £23. Contact Mo 661498
10th May Quiz Night to be held at Barming Primary School 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Contact Maurice 669421 or maurice.gay@barmara.org.uk
15th May Gloria's Mystery Coach Trip. Cost £19 includes Coach, Entrance Fees and Cream Tea. Leave Fant Lane at 9.00am. Contact Gloria 720515
14th June A visit to Audley End House and Gardens (English Heritage) at Saffron Walden, Essex. Leave Fant Hall at 9.00am. Price for English Heritage Members £13, All others £23.50 which includes a guided tour of the House. Picnics can be taken. Contact Gloria 720515 (Please no telephone calls before 9am)
23rd July Special 10th Anniversary Meeting at the Grangemoor Hotel open to Associates as well as full members. Special Guest Paul James. Admission by Ticket
13th/17th August Coach trip and hotel to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
4 nights half board £389pp. For more details Contact Mo on 661498

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 BARMARA
Barming Active Retirement Association
Chairman - Peter Sargent
www.Barmara.org.uk

FEBRUARY 2013 Issue 91
 
The Chairman opened the January Meeting by welcoming everybody particularly Vanessa Cook, Rosemary Nelson, David & Margaret Williams and Ron & Margaret Ridout who have all been "made up" to Full Members.  Peter also thanked Peter Dickenson for all his work as Treasurer and Neil Kenwright for stepping in as temporary caretaker "moneyman". Peter also reported that we have to thank Kate Hallett who has agreed to take over the role of BarmARA Treasurer.  Kate is well capable as she has been our Treasurer in times gone by.  Neil prepared the accounts up until the end of January and Kate assumed the role as from February 1st 2013.  Our Auditor has also been informed.

 Peter then went on to tell us about his Christmas present; "50 Sheds of Grey" This is a very funny book published mainly for men and it parodies the little grey book that all you ladies are reading.

The exciting news is that our July 10th Anniversary Meeting is to be held at the Grangemoor Hotel and not Fant Hall. This is so that we can "cram " many more members - full and associates - into the Meeting. In addition, we are having a special guest star, Mr Paul James the very popular BBC Radio Kent personality, to entertain us. A lovely cream tea will be supplied.  Entry to this event will be by ticket, which can be purchased for the small amount of £2.00p. Tickets will be limited and will be available shortly.  More information will be published later.

You will also notice from the Outings Calendar that Gloria has arranged her Mystery Trip again.  Those of us who went with her last year had a good day out visiting Walmer Castle after our coach driver tried to confuse us by slipping on and off at the motorway junctions etc and then ending up at a location on the Romney Marshes for a Cream Tea. Perhaps we can have a 50p wager on the final destination for this year. Book early as this trip is bound to prove popular.


Speakers
Today, Cyril Baldwin will give us the lowdown on Auctioneering and in March syncopated music fans will be delighted by the talk on Glen Miller's Music by John & Sue Pearce. As a prequel to summer in April, Don Bray will talk on the History of the British Seaside. Tim and Sue are Middle of the Road Singers in May and then in June, Chris Hare comes back to take up his story of 40 years without a proper job (part 2). There is a Social Afternoon in July, our AGM in August and a talk by Andy Thomas on "The Crop Circle Mysteries" at our September Meeting. This will be followed in October by Wilf Lower telling us stories on "Behind the Scenes of Television's Golden Years". Then November's Meeting Robin Burfoot talks on the humorous side of a Town Crier.  Such a full programme and every one a likely winner.

Our Speaker last month was Stuart Robinson who gave us a very interesting talk on "The Curiosities of the City of London". He illustated his talk with slides of various scenes that he talked about.  His talk started with the Roman history and took us through the years to 19th Century.  I had worked in the City for more than 30 years and he told us facts that I had never heard of or seen.

This day in History
1802: Victor Hugo was born
1815: Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the island of Elba
1846: William "Buffalo Bill" Cody was born
1852: Mr Kellog was born - He of corn flakes fame.
1952: Winston Churchill announces that Great Britain has the Atomic Bomb
1993: The World Trade Centre in New York bombed by Terrorist
1995: Barings Bank collapses
 
Re: last months Stargazing item. Did anybody see the asteroid  2012DA on the evening of 15th February?

In the September 2012 issue of the Newsletter you may remember I reported that the actor Michael Douglas and wife had birthdays on the same day and asked if any of our members are the same.  Well at last someone has owned up!  One of our Founders - John Bell and his wife Pam - celebrate their birthdays on the same day, St George's Day April 23rd,  John will be 80 and Pam ...well we never disclose a ladies age.

To all " keep fitters"  Lorna has advised that there will be NO KEEP FIT on Thursday 28th March or Thursday 4th April.

The number of members attending our Line Dancing sessions have been getting smaller and smaller recently and more dancers are needed to enable us to make this activity pay its way.  Unfortunately therefore, the Committee has taken the difficult decision to cancel this activity for the time being and the last Line Dancing session will be on Tuesday 12th March. This decision will be reconsidered after the Summer If more members can be attracted to this social, healthy and fun activity. Contact Maueen on 727066 if you want to sign up or want more information


Thursday 7th Februrary was the day when we went up to London to see the show "Billy Elliott - The Musical" at the Victoria Palace. This was the first trip this year and it proved to be very sucessful. As did the pre-theatre lunch that Gloria arranged at a very old and interesting Pub.  For those who are not familiar with the storyline, it is set against the background of the 1984/85 Miners Strike. Billy Elliott is an 11 year old with a love of dance who hopes to become a professional ballet dancer. Billy lives with his widowed father and older brother, both coal miners out on strike and both think that dancing is not  fit for "proper men" however, his invalid Nan who once aspired to be a professional dancer gives him plenty of encouragement. It is a story of how he overcomes all the prejudice and eventually does become a professional ballet dancer. Great show, but the language reflected the time and conditions that prevailed "up t'north" The young boy who played the lead took three curtain calls and the cast had a standing ovation. No wonder the show has been running for 10 years. Nice one Gloria.

If you are going on Mo's  forthcoming coach trip to the South Kensington Museum area in London and are not popping off to the shops in Knightsbridge or West End but would like to visit the Museums, you might like to know that Entrance to the general exhibitions is Free. There are free guided tours of the Museums exhibits including Theatre costumes in the Victoria and Albert and many interactive displays in the Natural History and Science Museums. There are a variety of restaurants and cafés in these museums as well.

There was a good turn out at the Coffee Morning on the 4th February with more new members turning up for a convivial hour or so. The next Coffee Morning is being held on the 4th March in the Parish Hall.

The Art Group is attracting new budding artists and is going strong.  They did a good job on the Parish Hall as it has been completely repainted

Choir practice was held in Peter Dickenson's home last week and he seemed to be in his element with so many lovely ladies serenading him.  As it turned out it was our Choirmaster - Dave Mayger - that they we singing for. There is still time and room for more aspiring singers and they would be very welcome to join in

This economic downturn and rising costs have filtered down to BarmARA.  and  even to the production costs of Dave Mayger's Showtime Spectacular. Entrance to this outstanding happening is by ticket only but, we regret, that we will have to make a small charge of £2.00 per ticket. These tickets are on sale at the Meeting  today and can also be purchased at the Coffee Morning on Monday 4th March or alternatively direct from Brenda Sargent who can be contacted on 01622 693755. Demand for tickets will be high so full and associates members should grab them as soon as you can and come along to see and experience the BarmARA Showtime Spectacular in Fant Hall on Tuesday 9th April.

Forward Planning Department: - Mother's Day Sunday March 10th.and  the  Quiz Night Friday 10th May. Did you know that chopsticks are one of the reasons the Chinese didn't invent custard!
Associate members are welcome to attend Events except the Monthly Meetings
MEETINGS:  Fant Hall from 1.15pm
 March 26th           John & Sue Pearce - Glenn Miller Lives On
 April 9th               A special Meeting for "BarmARA Showtime"
 April 23rd  Don Dray - The History of the British Seaside
OUTINGS:
21st March Coach trip to the Museums in South Kensington London (V&A, Natural History and Science) Leave Fant Lane 9.00am Cost £13.  Contact Mo 661498
9th April BarmARA Showtime Spectacular at Fant Hall
18th April Coach trip to Cliveden National Trust Gardens, Taplow near Maidenhead. Leave Fant Hall 09.00am. Cost to NT members £13 all others £23. Contact Mo 661498
10th May Quiz Night to be held at Barming Primary School 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Contact Maurice 669421 or maurice.gay@barmara.org.uk
15th May Gloria's Mystery Coach Trip. Cost £19 includes Coach, Entrance Fees and Cream Tea. Leave Fant Lane at 9.00am. Contact Gloria 720515
23rd July Special 10th Anniversary Meeting at the Grangemoor Hotel open to Associates as well as full members. Special Guest Paul James. Admission by Ticket
13th/17th August Coach trip and hotel to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
4 nights half board £389pp. For more details Contact Mo on 661498

 

 

 

 BARMARA
Barming Active Retirement Association
Chairman - Peter Sargent
www.Barmara.org.uk

JANUARY 2013 Issue 90
 
We hope you all had a great time over the Christmas and New Year period.  It seems so long ago even though it is only 20 odd days since we were celebrating.

2013 is a milestone in the history of BarmARA as it is 10 years since the founding of our great Active Retirement Club. Our Chairman and your Committee are planning various events to commemorate this anniversary. We already know that Dave Mayger's Showtime Spectacular is in production for staging in April and our Chairman has got something up his sleeve for the July Meeting.

The last BarmARA event of 2012 was the Christmas lunch, which was held at the Grangemoor Hotel on Tuesday 18th December.  100 members, full and associate, attended this function and it proved to be a great success.  When we had all sat down, the Chairman welcomed everybody and thanked the organisers for arranging everything.  Once again he told a very humorous story which went down well and got us into the mood to enjoy ourselves.  After the three courses Brian Wade introduced a young lady who was to entertain us.  Eleanor who is the granddaughter of a very proud Marion Brown started her repertoire by singing without accompaniment, an old folk song called "The Water is Wide".  This song demonstrated what a lovely voice she has.  If "the voice of an angel" hadn't already been taken, it could well be applied to "Ellie".  This song was followed by wonderful versions of Panis Angelicus and Ava Maria. She continued with other songs before playing a few Christmas carols that we were invited to join in.  Finally we got round to our all time BarmARA favourite "The 12 days of Christmas". Tables 1 to 11 all tried to out do each other, but from an Editors totally unbiased viewpoint Table 1 with your Chairman Peter, Membership Secretary Brenda, Maurice & Betty Gay, Pat and Gordon Stainton, Dot and Brian Lawrence, was the very best. The food was excellent; the company sparkling and the entertainment fantastic; all in all a terrific time. Once again the organisers should be congratulated and thanked.  Well-done Mo & Gloria.

 

Speakers
Those avid readers of the December 2012 Newsletter will have noticed that Brian has arranged a full programme of Speakers in 2013.  Today Stuart Robinson will tell us about "Curiosities  of the City of London". In February Cyril Baldwin will give us the lowdown on Auctioneering and in March syncopated music fans will be delighted by the talk on Glen Miller's Music by John & Sue Pearce. As a prequel to summer in April, Don Bray will talk on the History of the British Seaside. Tim and Sue are Middle of the Road Singers in May and then in June, Chris Hare comes back to take up his story of 40 years without a proper job (part 2). There is a Social Afternoon in July, our AGM in August and a talk by Andy Thomas on "The Crop Circle Mysteries" at our September Meeting. This will be followed in October by Wilf Lower telling us stories on "Behind the Scenes of Television's Golden Years". Then November's Meeting Robin Burfoot talks on the humorous side of a Town Crier.  Such a full programme and every one a likely winner.

This day in History
1561 Sir Francis Bacon born
1771 The Falkland Islands were ceeded to Britain by Spain
1788 Lord Byron born
1901 Queen Victoria died.
1924 Ramsay MacDonald became the first Labour Prime Minister
1941 Tubruk was recaptured from German forces
1944 Allied landings in Anzio Italy
1959 Motor racing driver Mike Hawthorn killed on Guildford By Pass
1972 United Kingdom joined the EEC
1984 Apple introduced the first Macintosh computer

For our Stargazing enthuiasts one special event to look out for is on 15th February at about 7.30pm when the Asteroid 2012DA14 skims past the Earth at a distance of only 22,000 kilometers - well within the orbit of TV broadcasting satellites.  It is some 45 metres across and should be visable with binoculars.

The first Coffee Morning of the year took place in the Parish Hall on Tonbridge Road on the 7th January.  This was a very well attended social event with 37 members enjoying each others company.  We welcomed Jackie Daniels on her first visit.

The next rehearsal for the Dave Mayger's BarmARA Showtime Spectacular for actors and singers at the Parish Hall is Friday 25th January at 2.45pm. If you are interested in joining the choir then do come along before Gareth Malone whisks us off to greater stardom.

Our Chairman and Membership Secretary, Peter and Brenda Sargent together with serveral other BarmARA  friends attended the funeral of  Betty Hopkins at the Vinters Park Crematorium on Thursday 3rd January.

We are sorry to report that after five years in the post as Treasurer of BarmARA, Peter Dickenson has tendered his resignation.  Peter has worked hard over these last years and has managed our financial affairs with prudence and professionalism, as the current state of our Accounts indicate.  Peter has been the longest servicing Treasurer and we are greatful and we thank him for all his efforts on our behalf. Neil Kenwright will act as a temporary "caretaker" Treasurer until such times as we can officially appoint a new Treasurer.

Following the normal Art Group session on Tuesday morning, 14 members  went off the Riverside Restaurant at Bow Bridge Wateringbury where they were welcomed by David - the owner -   for their pre-arranged Christmas and New Year lunch. Everybody enjoyed a delicious meal together with the very pleasant, friendly and social ambiance with David, Maggie and Peter telling jokes. A good time was had by all thanks to Sheila Malthouse for making all the arrangements.

For those interested in these things ( like the statistics of visits to our web site  www.barmara.org.uk ) The busiest days in December were Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.  This must mean that our visitors must have had more time on their hands than any other period during the run up to and over the seasonal period.  We had a total of 1364 visits.

 The coach trip that Mo has arranged for the 21st March to take us to London, will drop us in South Kensington close to the Victoria and Albert, Science and Natural History Museums. Mo would like to make it clear that it is not mandatory for you to visit one or all of these wonderful places and should you feel like flexing your bus pass you can take yourself off to visit the shops in Knightsbrige, Sloane Square or even pop along to Oxford Street. There is an excellent bus and tube service to the West End . 

John Grognet and fourteen other members bowled their way into 2013 on 10th January when they all met at the Maidstone 10-pin bowling centre in King Street. When asked who had the highest score John modestly replied "It was me of course!"  If you would like to come to the next session it is the 14th February (St Valentine's day)

The definition of an intellectual is "someone who can listen to The William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger"

 

Associate members are welcome to attend Events except the Monthly Meetings

MEETINGS:  Fant Hall from 1.15pm
       MONTH  SPEAKER
 February 26th      Cyril Baldwin Auctioneer - Going Going Gone

 March 26th           John & Sue Pearce - Glenn Miller Lives On
 April 9th               A special Meeting for "BarmARA Showtime"
 April 23rd  Don Dray - The History of the British Seaside
OUTINGS:
7th February 2013 Theatre trip to see "Billy Elliott - The Musical" leaving Fant Hall at 10.30 for the Matinee performance at 2.30pm. Price for Stall seats including coach is £34. A two course Carvery lunch is available for an additional £16. Contact Gloria 720515
21st March Coach trip to the Museums in South Kensington London (V&A, Natural History and Science) Leave Fant Lane 9.00am Cost £13.  Contact Mo 661498
9th April BarmARA Showtime Spectacular at Fant Hall
18th April Coach trip to Cliveden National Trust, Taplow near Maidenhead. Leave Fant Hall 09.00am. Cost to NT members £13 all others £23. Contact Mo 661498
13th/17th August Coach trip and hotel to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
4 nights half board £389pp. For more details Contact Mo on 661498


 

BARMARA
Barming Active Retirement Association
www. Barmara.org.uk
DECEMBER  2012 Issue No. 89
 
The Chairman's Christmas Message

 
                      Peter Sargent - Chairman

"CHEERS EVERYBODY"
From myself and the Committee
"We wish you all a very merry Christmas
and a happy New Year"
Speakers  .
Our speaker last month was Ann Chance. Her talk was entitled "Seasick in Sinai".  Ann previously talked to us of her experiences herding cattle in Montana, but today she told us about her time living with the Bedouins in the Sinai Desert. She started with a funny "Tommy Cooper" hat routine showing us the type of headgear necessary when in the desert.  Water is the sustainer of life and travellers had to drink at least 3 litres of water each day. She explained the title of her talk by illustrating the walking motion of a camel. When she asked one of the bedouins about toilet facilities he just indicated by a sweep of the arm to vastness of the desert. She had to put up with flies, a snake, a desert fox (No not Erwin Rommel)  and the chances of getting lost.  The night skiy was spectacular as there was no light pollution.  The Milky Way could easly be seen.  If you are ever in the desert you can tell if you are becoming dehydrated by investigating the colour of your wee wee.  Rosé colour indicates a problem and white then you are clear. Ann's talks are always very humerous and interesting and we all look forward to hearing about her next adventure.

This day in history
1476 Vlad "The Impaler" dies
1620 The Pilgrim Fathers land in the "New World"
1707 Charles Wesley is born
1865 Slavery in the US abolished
1878 Joseph Stalin born

Good news, members of the BarmARA Art Group have produced a 2013 calendar.  Once again it shows examples of the wonderful artwork that they create. The cost of the calendar is £4.00p and can be bought from Sheila Malthouse by telephoning her on 01622 728183- Hurry only one or two left.

The BarmARA Craft Section is still very active and meet regularly.  If you require any information and would like to join in, please contact ROSEMARY TAYLOR on 01622 727317
 
On the 3rd December, 29 ramblers met at the Riverside restaurant Wateringbury for their annual Christmas lunch.  The food as usual was excellent, as was the company of so many friends.  We won't mention any names but many of us had second helpings of dessert and all went home feeling rather full.  On the invoice we were addressed as 'The Intrepid Walkers from Far Afield.'  Neil Kenwright very kindly thanked Lorna Grognet for organising this enjoyable event.

 


We have been fortunate to have Marion Brown's grandaughter, Eleanor,  entertain us at our Christmas Lunch this year.  Eleanor is a very talented singer and musician and I am sure that we shall all enjoy her singing and playing music with a definite Christmas flavour.

With entertainment in mind, Brian Wade has managed to get a full calendar of speakers for our Meetings in 2013. The various subjects of the Speaker's talks are: The City of London, Auctioneering, Glenn Miller, The British Seaside, Crop Circles, Town Criers and a return visit by Chris Hare to hear part 2 of his funny talk on "40 years without a proper job".

Dave Mayger's "troupe of players and singers" are in rehersal for a special production of a spectacular show on TUESDAY 9th APRIL.  This is an extra date in our Meeting's calendar so don't forget to put this event in your diary so you can make sure you can attend. If you are interested in taking part, give Dave a call on 670034

 29 of our regular players gathered for the last kurling session of the year. It was good to see John Grognet looking well   Although the frost and wind chill had gone, the weather turned wet and windy, so we did well to attract so many players or should we call them "kurlers"?  Ken Comber once again showed us just how good he is at sweeping and using a dust pan and brush whilst Laurie Moore and Maureen Kenwright exhibited their mastery of the game by winning one session by 7 points to Nil. Perhaps they should be known respectively as the "Kurlie" King and Queen. As it was the last session before Christmas, Lorna supplied mince pies as well as coffee or tea.  When we were all played out and ready to leave, the Chairman called us all to Order and thanked John and Lorna for all their hard work in making Kurling such an enjoyable and well supported event. Most of the players then went off for a celebration lunch at the Redstart Pub.

Mo has arranged a new coach trip to the Cliveden National Trust Gardens on Thursday 18th April 2013. Although the house is now a hotel it used to be the glittering hub of society parties and became infamously associated with the Profumo Affair. She will be taking bookings in January. Details have been posted on our web site

Christmas Time is finally here;
it only comes but once a year.
And it's a time to spread good cheer,
to those we love and hold so dear
 
Associate members are welcome to attend Events except the Monthly Meetings

MEETINGS:  Fant Hall from 1.15pm
 MONTH                   SPEAKER
 January 22nd       Stuart Robinson on Curiosities of the City of London    
 February 26th      Cyril Baldwin Auctioneer - Going Going Gone

 March 26th           John & Sue Pearce - Glenn Miller Lives On
 April 9th               A special Meeting for "BarmARA Showtime"
 April 23rd  Don Dray - The History of the British Seaside


OUTINGS:
7th February 2013 Theatre trip to see "Billy Elliott - The Musical" leaving Fant Hall at 10.30 for the Matinee performance at 2.30pm. Price for Stall seats including coach is £34. A two course Carvery lunch is available for an additional £16. Contact Gloria 720515
21st March Coach trip to the Museums in South Kensington London (V&A, Natural History and Science) Leave Fant Lane 9.00am Cost £13.  Contact Mo 661498
9th April BarmARA Showtime Spectacular at Fant Hall
18th April Coach trip to Cliveden Nation Trust Taplow near Maidenhead. Leave Fant Hall 09.00am. Cost to NT members £13 all others £23. Contact Mo 661498
13th/17th August Coach trip and hotel to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
4 nights half board £389pp. For more details Contact Mo on 01622 661498

 

 

 

 

BARMARA

Barming Active Retirement Association
www. Barmara.org.uk
Peter Sargent - Chairman

OCTOBER  2012 Issue No. 87
 
 

It was with some trepidation that 24 hearty Barmarians set off to Highgrove.  It was early in the morning and pouring with rain but we kept our spirits up and just hoped for the best.  We arrived at 12 Noon and we just could not believe our luck because it stopped raining for the next 4 hours and we had a wonderful guided tour over what can only be described as glorious gardens which are completely organic.  The tour took 2 hours and then we all went into The Orchard Restaurant for lunch, which was excellent.  Most of us took advantage of the shop to do some early Christmas shopping. There were lots of watercolour paintings to be admired that Prince Charles has painted over the years, I never knew he was such a talented artist. We were also lucky to have Peter and Mark as our drivers who Gloria have named the "Chuckle Bros" because they kept us entertained and the journey just flew by.

Speakers  .
Our Speaker today is our own Chris Hall who will talk on the subject of "Fun & Games of an Olympic Games Maker. Chris has had TV exposure recently when he appeared on BBC's "Antique Roadshow" showing ephemera of and talking about his mother's time during WW2 serving in the ATS with the then Princess Elizabeth. 

To all our "keep fitters":  Unfortunately, there will not be a keep fit class on Thursday 1st November.

Our speaker last month, Tim Moore (nephew of our Laurie and Janet Moore), assisted by John Walker, gave us an interesting talk on the Community First Responder (CFR) Scheme, which is a volunteer organisation who provide life-saving care in their local community. When a 999 call is received an ambulance is dispatched and the operator will also send an‘on call' CFR at the same time.Very often the CFR, being local, arrives at the scene before the ambulance to administer vital life saving care. The kit supplied to the CFR's comprises of first aid items including oxygen, bandages, aspirin, and a defibrillator. The kits are purchased by the CFR's from voluntary contributions.  A collection at the meeting raised the total of £120.00.

For more information have a look at www.community1stresponders.co.uk

Local News
Maidstone Council Core Strategy and Kent Council are at it again planning new road schemes that will drastically affect Tonbridge Road, Fountain Lane and St Andrews Road. We have had the opportunity to give them our personal opinion, but I wonder how many members took this opportunity. Will Barming as we know it slowly disappear under mega housing developments, road widening and new traffic management schemes?

This day in history
According to Archbishop James Ussher, October 23rd 4004 BC was the date of the creation of the world! Other significant happenings on this date were in 1941 the Disney film "Dumbo" was first released.  The first showing of the now TV classic "Dr. Who" was transmitted with William Hartnell playing The Doctor and on this day in 2001 the first Apple Ipod was released. If you have a birthday on this date, you share it with the late Diana (Fluck) Dors and Anita Roddick (Body Shop). It was a quarter of a century ago this month - wow that long - that the great storm turned up on our doorstep as a hurricane. Although it happened 25 years ago I suspect that it is still fresh in everyones memory. 

Good news, members of the BarmARA Art Group are producing a 2013 calendar.  Once again it will show examples of the wonderful artwork that they produce. The cost of the calendar is £4.00p and can be ordered at this Meeting or from Sheila Malthouse by telephoning her on 01622 728183

I don't want to be a killjoy, but in 5 days time British Summer Time ends at 02.00hrs on Sunday 28th October and we have to put our clocks back by one hour and it is only 62 days to Christmas Day!

Our kurling session on the 12th October ably organised by Lorna with a little help from John attracted 27 players. This must be the best value in the Maidstone area as we get to play 3 or 4 games, get coffee and biscuits, meet our friends, exercise and all for £1.50p. It's a pity that a few more Associate Members don't turn up because they would be most welcome and they would enjoy the experience. Your Editor was paired up with Lorna in the first game but I let her down badly as we were soundly beaten by Pauline Coomber and her team mate Marie Everitt.  Laurie Moore's gentle and delicate hands proved to be on form in Kurling as well as in 10-pin bowling. See the following Report. Good fun.

On the 11th October 13 members met at King Street Bowling for a very enjoyable morning.  Laurie outstripped us all by getting a magnificent 140  score.  We all enjoyed our tea/coffee but 'no biscuits'.  That will have to be remedied next time.  Once again, everyone is welcome to join us on our next session the date of which is Thursday 8th November.

After leaving Fant Hall Tuesday 16th October heading for London to see Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre we arrived at our drop off point at approx 12noon, with the sun still shining.This gave us time to find somewhere to eat before the show began. It was a stage show that had you smiling from start to finish, the tap dancing and costumes were superb plus a comedic theme through out. This version of 'Top Hat' is based on the well-known film starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers which first graced the silver screen back in 1935 and stars Tom Chambers - he of Strictly Come Dancing fame.  Another good outing organised by Gloria. Thank You Tony Brenton for this report


Associate members are welcome to attend Events except the Monthly Meetings

MEETINGS:  Fant Hall from 1.15pm
       MONTH   SPEAKER
 October 23rd           Chris Hall , Fun & Games of an Olympic Games Maker
               November  27th        Ann Chance on Sea Sick in the Sinai
 December 18th       No Meeting. Christmas Lunch 
                   
OUTINGS:
28th September KentARA Supper & Race Night at Ditton Community Centre. From 7pm. Tickets £6 each. Contact Wendy 729771
16th October Coach and Theatre trip to see "TOP HAT" at the Aldwych Theatre. 2.30pm Matinee performance. Premium Dress Circle seats Cost incl. Coach £46. Leave Fant Lane 10.30am. Contact Gloria 720515
16th November KentARA Tea Dance at Ditton Community Hall Cost £3.00p. Contact Wendy 729771
22nd November KentARA Christmas Concert at Mote Hall Cost £9.00p Contact Wendy 729771
23rd November Coach trip "Royal Greenwich - The Cutty Sark & Cable Car"  Leave Fant Lane 9.00am. Cost £37 includes cable car or £30 without.  Contact Mo 661498 
December 18th BarmARA Christmas Lunch at the Grangemore Hotel.     Cost £18.  Deposit £10 when booking. Contact Mo 661498 or Gloria 720515
 

 

 

 

 

 

BARMARA
Barming Active Retirement Association
www. Barmara.org.uk
Peter Sargent - Chairman

September  2012 Issue No. 86

At the AGM Neil Kenwright officially stood down as Chairman after 4 years in Office and Peter Sargent was unanimously elected to serve as Chairman for the ensuing year.  Brenda Sargent was voted in as the Membership Secretary.  Your Committee is now
OFFICERS
Chairman    Peter Sargent
     Treasurer    Peter Dickenson
 Secretary    Wendy Thorpe
                      Membership Secretary    Brenda Sargent

COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Maurice Gay
John Grognet
Maureen Kenwright
Neil Kenwright
Gloria Rayment
Maureen Smith
Judy Thomson
Brian Wade

Peter Fisher agreed to continue to act as Auditor

Message from Peter Sargent, our new Chairman

Firstly I would like to thank you all for accepting me as your new Chairman.  Neil has done a magnificent job as Chairman for which we all thank him. I am sure you will agree the way our club has been run over the last few years has been very successful. I do not propose to change things. Why spoil something that runs so well!! I am grateful that Neil is staying on the committee as my Vice Chairman and I am pleased the other members have agreed to stay in their respective jobs. We welcome Brenda, (my wife) on board as Membership Secretary and we offer our sincere thanks to Dave Mayger (and his wife, Val) for their help in setting up the Kurling, the Keep Fit and, of course, the Drama Club. This year is the tenth anniversary of our super club, which we will be celebrating next July. Here's to a great year!!

Message from the Membership Secretary
Just to remind you that it's subs time again!! . £5.00 for Full Members and £3.00 each or £5.00 per couple for Associate Members. Subs may be paid at the meetings or posted to Brenda Sargent, 84 Newbury Avenue, Allington, ME16 0RD. Cheques should be made payable to ‘BarmARA'
 

Speakers  .

Our Speaker today is Timothy Moore and he is going to give us a talk on the important role that the Community 1st Responders  play.  I'm sure that this will prove to be very interesting and enlightening.

Following on from our AGM last month, Mrs Margaret Wood started her talk on the Magistrate system in the UK.  Magistrates are representitives of The Queen and on Appointment, have to take two oaths. One to Justice and the other to HM The Queen. As well as being between 18 years and 70, Magistrates need to live in and know the area of their jurisdiction. Certain elements in society are prohibited from being a Magistrate, serving policemen and HM Servicemen, MP's and of course criminals. There are about 28,000 Magistrates and the first woman - Ada Summers -  was appointed in 1919.  There was a strict dress code and for a lady, a hat was demanded.  This was only eased well into the 1960's. Of all the cases heard in the local Courts, 95% are dealt with under the Magistrate. The most common cases heard are Motoring Offences, Shoplifting and Assault.

Local News
I wonder how many of our members attended the exhibition at Oakwood House regarding Maidstone Councils's Core Strategy Site Allocation plan to build 715 houses adjacent to Hermitage Lane and Barming Heath. If this proposal goes ahead, this will probably mean 1500 or so more cars wanting to use Hermitage Lane/Fountain Lane as well as all the other infrastructure problems and loss of countryside amenities.  If you have any objections you should make your views known to the Council now. Check out www.maidstone.gov.uk/ldf

Famous birthdays coincidence.  How many husbands and wives have the same birthday?  Catherine Zeta-Jones (born 1969) and Michael Douglas (born 1944) both have birthdays today September 25th.  No excuses for forgetting! Do any of our husbands and wives also have same birthdays?

I took the opportunity of looking through some back numbers of the BarmARA Newsletter to check out the date Neil took over the Chairman's role from Shirley Skinner.  It was at the AGM in 2008.  I noticed that in 2006 the cost of a theatre trip to see "Blood Brothers" was £23 and the holiday in 2005 cost £240.  I wonder what the costs will be in another 6 years?

As our new Chairman has said, we are approaching our 10th anniversary as an Active Retirement Association.  Over the next few months I would like to collect and publish any memories relating to  BarmARA over the last 10 years. Have a think and put pen to paper and pass them to the Editor.

Good news, the BarmARA Art Group are producing a 2013 calendar.  Once again it will show examples of the wonderful artwork that they produce.


Chairman's Report 2011/12.

This has been a year where austerity has started to bite. As you will all know the bills are getting larger and the money to pay them has gone down in real terms. As a club we have been lucky and managed to continue more or less as normal. The membership has remained at a high level and stands at 239. The subs and entrance fees we have maintained with no increase, and intend to continue that trend for next year. However the outings and holidays have seen increases due to outside forces. The outings have seen a price rise mainly due to the fuel costs. I am glad to say that the numbers are holding up well, this due  to the varied program still maintained by Mo and Gloria after nine years. As for the holidays the numbers were down a bit for the turkey and tinsel but still had enough people to make it viable. We all had a good time in Germany which started off Christmas nicely. The spring holiday, usually to a Warner's, still amazes me as to the response. We again had a full coach to Littlecote Manor.

Unlike some other clubs our activities are being well supported. The kurling , keep-fit, Petanque and Art  group are all healthy but the Line Dancing still requires a bit of support. We may have to review that next year.  The Ten Pin Bowling in the Winter sometimes could do with a few more people but this could be due to a pricing change that has had to be sorted out. I'm glad to say I think that John has got some sense out of them now. One thing it does not affect club funds as it is pay the supplier on entry.

Brian has kept us entertained at the meetings with a varied supply of speakers from disc jockeys to serious crime detection.  And of course Dave's Pantomime. What can I say!. And he also arranged a Barn Dance Thank you Dave. Maurice as well as keeping us informed with the Newsletter, arranged another quiz night. However there was one casualty this year and that was the quiz in the Newsletter due to lack of entries Thank you Maurice.  The raffle has been well supported thanks to Judy's varied selection of prizes. Thank you. Maureen's coffee mornings are still well supported with attendances anything between 20 and 30 plus.
As we get older we become vulnerable to health problems. This year has seen several of our members with serious health problems and we wish them well and a speedy recovery.

Now to the future. Well this will be left to a new Chairman to steer. Two of us are standing down this year to make way for a new direction of the club. Dave Mayger has implemented so many changes and activities to the club he will be missed. As for myself I have enjoyed four marvellous years as your chairman and many happy times with the committee. I think we have left the club in a vibrant and healthy state for the future. But we must not be complacent. That is why it is time for me to stand down to leave space for the club to be taken in a different direction under the leadership of a new chairman. Thank you all for your support and I wish the club well.

Neil Kenwright
Chairman 2008 - 2012.


Associate members are welcome to attend Events except the Monthly Meetings

MEETINGS:  Fant Hall from 1.15pm
       MONTH   SPEAKER
 October 23rd           Chris Hall , Fun & Games of an Olympic Games Maker
               November  27th        Ann Chance on Sea Sick in the Sinai
 December 18th       No Meeting. Christmas Lunch 
                   
OUTINGS:
28th September KentARA Supper & Race Night at Ditton Community Centre. From 7pm. Tickets £6 each. Contact Wendy 729771
16th October Coach and Theatre trip to see "TOP HAT" at the Aldwych Theatre. 2.30pm Matinee performance. Premium Dress Circle seats Cost incl. Coach £46. Leave Fant Lane 10.30am. Contact Gloria 720515
16th November KentARA Tea Dance at Ditton Community Hall Cost £3.00p. Contact Wendy 729771
22nd November KentARA Christmas Concert at Mote Hall Cost £9.00p Contact Wendy 729771
23rd November Coach trip "Royal Greenwich - The Cutty Sark & Cable Car"  Leave Fant Lane 9.00am. Cost £37 includes cable car or £30 without.  Contact Mo 661498 
December 18th BarmARA Christmas Lunch at the Grangemore Hotel.     Cost £18.  Deposit £10 when booking. Contact Mo 661498 or Gloria 720515
 

 

 

 

 BARMARA
Barming Active Retirement Association
www. Barmara.org.uk
Neil Kenwright - Chairman
August  2012 Issue No. 85

NINTH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AT FANT COMMUNITY HALL ON TUESDAY 28TH AUGUST 2012

A G E N D A

1.  Approval of Minutes of AGM held on Tuesday, 23rd August 2011.

2.  Chairman's Annual Report

3.  Treasurer's Annual Report

4.  Outings Annual Report

5.  Election of Officers - Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership Secretary. (Treasurer and Secretary are standing for re-election.)

 Note:  Chairman is standing down. The following Nominations have
             been received for:-

 Peter Sargent as Chairman
                     and
 Brenda Sargent as Membership Secretary

No other nominations have been received.

6.  Election of Committee Members - Maurice Gay, John Grognet, Maureen Kenwright, Neil Kenwright, Gloria Rayment, Maureen Smith, Judy Thomson and Brian Wade are all standing for re-election.
Note:  If Peter and Brenda Sargent are not elected Officers, they will need to be voted onto Committee.

 No Other nominations have been received.

7.  Appointment of Auditor

8.  Any Other Business

Closure of Meeting.

Speakers  .

We welcomed back David Tadd as the Speaker at the July Meeting. David gave us his talk on Forensic use in Homecide.  Although retired now, he spent his working life with the Metropolitan Police Forensic Department.  It seems that we the public have an increased interest in the use of forensic techniques  due to the number of TV programmes dealing with this science.  The UK has about 800 murders a year and the clear up rate is over 75%.  As a result of previous high profile murder cases, all UK police forces have and now follow standardised techniques. David described the intricate and detailed forensic work that led to the arrest of the "Brighton Bomber". Parrick McGee. A significant part of the forensic evidence was a portion of a palm print which matched a print taken when McGee was a 15 year old Shoplifter.  The number of questions asked following his talk just demonstrated how interested the BarmARA audience were. (Is that a split infinitive?)

Following on from our AGM today, our Speaker , Mrs M. Wood, will give us a talk entitled "The Life of a Magistrate"  

I have been asked to remind you all again, that when you pay for any of our outings by cheque you should always make your cheque payable to "BarmARA Outings" and not to any individual.

The public consultation on Maidstone Council's Core Strategy regarding the provision of  housing developments for over 800 new houses including at least 350 "affordable houses" in the BarmARA catchment area has started. The public are encouraged to attend exhibitions and submit comments. If you are concerned then this is the time to make your feelings known to the Council.

The BarmARA Website continues to be a very useful method of diseminating BarmARA News and Information as the website usage statistics evidence. The monthly totals of visits average over 800 although in May of this year the figure rose to 1132.  If you haven't viewed our website we encourage you to do so.  The website address is www.barmara.org.uk
 

BARMARIANS WIN GOLD AT NEW AGE KURLING

The kurling session on 3rd August was the last one for which Dave Mayger will arrange and to celebrate or commiserate the occasion and in the spirit of the Olympic Games Dave organised a "friendly?" Kurling Olympiad  2012 competition. Teams were picked at random out of a hat and the fierce competition began.  Three games of six ends each were played and at the end of each game Dave collected and collated the scores.  And as in everything in life some must lead whilst others must follow.  The overall leaders and winners of this competition were Pat "Peerless" Pointin and her partner Peter "Super Star" Sargent.  These fine Barmarians were each presented with a winners "Gold" medal and a prize of a bottle of wine.  Fortunately, an approved photographer was on hand to record the scene for posterity.  As this was Dave's last time of organizing the kurling, our Chairman Neil thanked him and Val for all their hard work in setting up and running these kurling sessions.

A Note from our Membership Secretary

Subscriptions are due again in September!! To avoid the usual delays on entry to the Meeting we are going to try something different.  We ask that you submit your Subs in an envelope, marked clearly with your Name, into a box. Receipts will be given out at the following Meeting.  Subs will be the same as last year; Full Members £5.00p each, Associates £3.00p each or £5.00p per couple. Associates may send their Subs to BarmARA Membership Secretary, 84, Newbury Avenue, Allington   ME16 0RD


Associate members are welcome to attend Events except the Monthly Meetings

MEETINGS:  Fant Hall from 1.15pm
       MONTH   SPEAKER
      September 25th                                          Tim Moore on Community 1st Responders 
      October 23rd                                 BarmARA's Showtime Spectacular
                    November  27th         Ann Chance on Sea Sick in the Sinea
                   
OUTINGS:
September 24th Coach trip to Highgrove, the home of HRH Prince Charles.  Places limited and only 26 seats available. Proof of Identity will be required on entry. Cost £41.50p. Coach will leave Fant Lane at 8.15am Sharp. Contact Gloria 720515
28th September KentARA Supper & Race Night at Ditton Community Centre. From 7pm. Tickets £6 each. Contact Wendy 729771
16th October Coach and Theatre trip to see "TOP HAT" at the Aldwych Theatre. 2.30pm Matinee performance. Premium Dress Circle seats Cost incl. Coach £46. Leave Fant Lane 10.30am. Contact Gloria 720515
23rd November Coach trip "Royal Greenwich - The Cutty Sark & Cable Car"  Leave Fant Lane 9.00am. Cost £37 incudes cable car or £30 without.  Contact Mo 661498 
December 18th BarmARA Christmas Lunch at Grangemore Hotel.  Contact Mo 661498

 

 

 

 

 

 

BARMARA
Barming Active Retirement Association
www. Barmara.org.uk
Neil Kenwright - Chairman
JULY 2012 Issue No. 84

Our Quiz Night held at Fant Community Hall turned out to be a great success.  53 members and guests turned out in 8 team tables.  The Quizmaster Richard Warner and his assistant Sue set a wide selection of questions covering politics to sex (all in the best possible taste). At the half way stage, Brenda Sargent and her team (Betty, Una,) produced a delicious ploughman's supper on a stick. They had intended to present this supper with a nice selection of green salad leaves, but when the seven bags were opened they found that the salad leaves were not fit to serve. Apologies and a refund was obtained from the supplier later. At the end of the 10 rounds when all the Jokers had been played, Richard announced the winning team.  It was a close run thing as the spread of the points was very narrow. However, it turned out that Table 1 with John Jeffries and team were declared the winners.  As there must be a winner there must also be the tail end Charlies and on the night the winners of the Lemons were a well-known Treasurer and Secretary and their team. Richard informed us that he and Sue will be retiring and will not be available for future Quiz Nights.  Thanks to Brenda S, Betty G, Una W, Pam W, Joan W and Maureen K for all their help on the night and also to those gentlemen who helped clear away the tables and chairs at the end of the evening. A modest profit went into the club funds.

We had a stall (well not really a stall, just a bit of grass!) at the Barming Fete that took place in the Parish field in South Street. Dave Mayger and Ken Comber were down there setting up a ‘Flyathlon' at 7.00am. The setting up didn't take long so they helped other stallholder's to assemble their gazebos. Peter Sargent also turned up to lend a helping hand The ‘Flyathlon' consisted of a roped off area in which contestants could have a go at Petanque, bowls and glider flying all for the modest cost of 50p. The bowls and Petanque games were played to a bullring target and their accumulative scores were then added to the distance measured in the glider flying. A good many parents and grandparents were challenged by their children, which made for fierce competition. There were many stalls at the fete including Women's Institute, Barming History Society, second hand books, tea and refreshments, and tombola, The displays included a ‘tug of war' competition, the Kettle Bridge Clog Dancers, the St Margaret's Church Brass Band, the Barming School Choir and a very good Folk Band. There was also a very good Scarecrow competition. The fete was well supported by local residents including quite a few BarmArians. The best part of all was that the weather stayed fine!!! 

If you would like the Quiz reinstated , please let the Editor know.

Speakers  We welcome back David Tadd who will give us a talk on Forensic Use in Homicide and Serious Crime. August of course is the Annual General Meeting.

The Speaker at the June Meeting was the Radio Kent broadcaster and personality Dave Cash. Although Dave's accent gives the impression that he is North Americal/Canadian, he was in fact born in Suffolk UK. His family emigrated to Vancouver when he was very young but he returned to England to take up a scholarship.  After his education he returned to Canada.  Dave's ability to change accents was the start of his radio career when he got the job advertising a UK product as the advertisers were looking for someone with a typical upper crust voice. He returned to the UK in 1964. During his career he has met many famous people such as Kenny Everett, Jimmy Hendrix, Marianne Faithfull, Georgie Fame etc., He worked on the "Pirate " boats broadcasting for Radio London and Radio Caroline until the Marine Offences Act became law when he started working with Capital Radio for 20 years and then he changed boats to go to the BBC and Radio Kent. In his long broadcasting career he also met Elvis Presley.  It was an interesting talk and as you can imagine a thoroughly professional presentation.

The Kurling session on Friday 6th July, was again well attended and we managed to get in four games on all five rinks. For those who have not been able to attend in the past, the teams are selected at random for each game by the turn of a playing card, so you will be paired with a different partner each time.  This is such a good way of getting to know one another. The next scheduled session is on August 3rd.  Your Editor usually attends these sessions, but he was lucky and fortunate to be invited by his son to go the the F1 Meeting at Silverstone for three days of luxury camping and watching the Formula One Grand Prix.  Without any disrespect, the conditions were worse than  the battles of the First World War on the Somme. The rain, mud, wind and the bad planning of the Circuit officials left a lot to be desired. However, it was a good time for father son bonding!!
  
How she did it I shan't ask, but Gloria found a window in the weather pattern and produced a sunny warm day for our trip to Rye.  The coach driven by Tracey of Brookline left Fant Lane at 09.15am prompt.  We arrived in Rye at the River Haven Hotel in time for pre-arranged coffee and biscuits and after which, most of us explored Rye's Market. Having browsed and bought we headed back to the hotel for lunch (all except Maggie and Sheila who just couldn't stop the insurmountable urge to continue with retail therapy). Lunch was again pre-arranged and we were served roast chicken in a cream and Leek sauce. This was followed by a whiskey cream trifle and coffee. During the lunch period it did rain, but it didn't matter as we were inside.  The sun soon came out again allowing us to continue to explore Rye.  Tracey called as back so that we could depart at 4.00pm. After a very smooth ride and a quick and trouble free journey we arrived back in Fant Lane just after 5.00pm.   This was an excellent day out and our thanks go to Gloria for making all the arrangements.
I have been asked to remind you all that when you pay for any of our outings by cheque you should always make your cheque payable to "BarmARA Outings" and not to any individual.

 NOTICE OF
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting of BarmARA will be held at Fant Community Hall on Tuesday, 28th August 2012 at 1.30pm as a preliminary to the usual monthly meeting. Matters to be dealt with at the Meeting will be the delivery of Officers' Annual Reports, presentation of audited Accounts for the year, election of Officers and Committee and the appointment of Auditor for the year 2012/2013.

Our current Chairman, Neil, will not be standing for re-election as Chairman, but will continue to serve on the Committee if elected. Dave Mayger has also given notice that he will not seek re-election to the Committee.  If you or any member of Barmara that you know would like to stand as Chairman or a Committee Member, Nomination Forms can be obtained from our Secretary Wendy Thorpe here at the Meeting today or by calling her on 729771.

Below is a list of Current Offices and Committee Members and an indication of whether they are prepared to stand for re-election:-

              Officers

 Chairman   Neil Kenwright  NO
 Hon Treasurer   Peter Dickenson  Yes
 Hon. Secretary   Wendy Thorpe  Yes
 Hon. Membership Secretary Peter Sargent  Yes

 Committee Members

 Maurice Gay   Newsletter  Yes
 John Grognet   Oddjob   Yes
 Maureen Kenwright  Catering   Yes
 Neil Kenwright      Yes
 Dave Mayger   Activities   NO
Gloria Rayment   Outings   Yes
Maureen Smith   Outings   Yes
Judy Thomson   Raffles   Yes
Brian Wade   Speakers  Yes
 
Copies of our Annual Accounts will be available ON REQUEST prior to the AGM Meeting. Requests should be directed to:  Hon. Secretary Wendy Thorpe on 729771

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This observation by Marcus Tullius Cicero was made 2067 years ago in 55BC. Cicero was a Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, orator, political theorist. "The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance." .... Does nothing change?


Associate members are welcome to attend Events except the Monthly Meetings

MEETINGS:  Fant Hall from 1.15pm
       MONTH   SPEAKER
      August 28th      Annual General Meeting
OUTINGS:
August 15th City & Village "Forgotten Essex Explorer" Coach Trip. Cost £33 which includes a Blue Badge Guide and also a full English breakfast on arrival at 11.30am.  Leave Fant Lane 9.30am. Contact Mo 661498
September 24th Coach trip to Highgrove, the home of HRH Prince Charles.  Places limited and only 26 seats available. Proof of Identity will be required on entry. Cost £41.50p. Coach will leave Fant Lane at 8.15am Sharp. Contact Gloria 720515
28th September KentARA Supper & Race Night at Ditton Community Centre. From 7pm. Tickets £6 each. Contact Wendy 729771
16th October Coach and Theatre trip to see "TOP HAT" at the Aldwych Theatre. 2.30pm Matinee performance. Premium Dress Circle seats Cost incl. Coach £46. Leave Fant Lane 10.30am. Contact Gloria 720515
December 3rd Holly & Mistletoe Festive Break at Queens Hotel Bournemouth 5 days (4 Nights) Dinner B&B Cost £302. Contact Mo 661498
Spring Holiday 2013. Warner's Nidd Hall, Yorkshire. 29/04/2013 - 03/05/2013. Cost £350. Booking open from 26th June. Deposit of £25.00p required by July 24th Meeting. For more details contact Neil 727066 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BARMARA
Barming Active Retirement Association
www. Barmara.org.uk
Neil Kenwright - Chairman
MAY 2012 Issue No. 82


On Wednesday 25th April, despite a horrendous weather forecast a full coach of intrepid BarmARA travellers left Fant Lane for a trip to Waddesdon Manor - a National Trust property and previously the home of Baron Rothschild. Coach driver Colin told us that the journey was about 2 hours and he was just about right as we arrived at our destination just after 11am.  After getting off the coach, we approached the House along a long straight drive bordered by lovely lawns, flowerbeds and statuary.  This view of the house was magnificent and it looked so much like a French chateau that you could be forgiven if you thought you were in the Loire.  We had a pre-booked time for entrance to the house, which gave us all time to take a nice lunch.  Some went into the main restaurant whilst others went to the "Stables" coffee shop for a lighter lunch. At the time allocated to BarmARA we gathered in front of the house and were admitted.  It was a self guided tour although some members took advantage of the multimedia handset that was available for a few pounds. If you go back to Waddesdon Manor I highly recommend that you take one of these devices as it gives you a lot more information and certainly improves the experience of your visit.  The visit to the wine cellar ogling £2000 plus bottles of Chateau Rothschild's wine makes my visit to the local "offie" a bit down market.  Unfortunately because of the weather we were not able to take advantage of walking the gardens but it did give us more time to explore the house.  However this did not distract from a terrific day out.  Thank you and well done Gloria for organising this trip.

The coach for the holiday to Warner's Littlecote set off on a dull but dry morning. Because we encountered heavy rain on the way a planned visit to Windsor had to be abandoned. Instead we made our way straight to Littlecote.
On arrival we were met on the coach by a member of staff who spoke to us about the lay-out of the hotel, and arrangements for the cases before handing out the keys to our rooms. We were soon settled in our rooms with our suitcases, which gave us time to explore before getting ready for a pre-dinner drink in the bar. The evening entertainment was very good. The weather forecast showed Tuesday to be a better day, so it was decided to make it our day for a trip to Bath. The river weir was amazingly full and quite dramatic to see. As we manoeuvred around the city we saw other Barmarians either walking, playing crazy golf or taking the open topped bus ride to catch all the sites of a rather lovely city. Wednesday the weather closed in and it was an "at home" day where everyone enjoyed a relaxing day with walks, quizzes and entertainment in Littlecote. Thursday was the day when we set off for a ride to Marlborough where we had some time to shop and find coffee/tea shop before setting off for our horse drawn canal boat ride.  The black horse called Freddie was always eating grass unless he was actually pulling us along. (See photos on our web site www.barmara.org.uk)


The coveted BarmARA "Victor Ludorem" title for the March quiz went jointly to Jean Wells and Tony Brenton. Dorothy Tyler, Mary Wood and Maggie Barclay were the runners up.  Well done to all of you.

May Quiz.
Q1.  After Scafell Pike which is the highest English Peak? Q2. Who ruled England at the time of the Great Fire of London? Q3, In which county was the Battle of Naseby fought in June 1645? Q4. What World Championship competition was held in Ditton? Q5. What was the name of the Bear in Kipling's "Jungle Book"? Q6. If the code 5368 equal Kent what does the code 2276464 equal? Q7. Where can you find the inscription "Standing on the shoulders of Giants"? Q8. What did Walter Samuel sell to the Maidstone Council in 1929? Q9. What is the difference between "Whisky" and "Whiskey"? 10. Who played the character "Jason King" in the 1970's TV series of the same name?    Good Luck!

Answers please - for the Glory of Winning - in the box at the next Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by the Monday before the meeting.

Answers to the March Quiz  -
Q1.  London  Q2. Flora   Q3.  Noel Coward  Q4. Sandling Q5. The Dominican Republic Q6. The Eye Q7: Jay Q8. 57 Q9. Ryman League. Division One South  Q10. The Hosepipe ban

Speakers  at our Meeting today Ray Spiller the Comedian will give us a talk on "No. 1 Hit Records and in June, Monty Parkin will talk on "Yesterdays Papers". While in July we welcome back David Tadd who will give us a talk on Forensic Use in Homicide and Serious Crime. August of course is the Annual General Meeting

They say in life when one door closes another one opens; well this was very true with our speaker for April. Late Monday afternoon, Brian Wade received a phone call informing him that the booked speaker for the next days meeting had been taken ill and could not attend.  Happily Brian managed to get a stand-in at very short notice. Chris Hare must be congratulated and thanked for agreeing to come and talk to us on the subject of his life in show business or as he likes to call it "40 years without a proper job". His anecdotal talk was ‘hilarious.' Chris only started doing talks by accident, he was attending a football club dinner and the speaker failed to turn up, he volunteered and was an immediate success, which has led him to speaking along side sporting names like Ian St John and Danny Blanchflower.   During a 40 year career Chris production managed, booked

 

and produced numerous stars live on stage, along with countless community events, location film shoots, Royal Shows and Festivals. His stories and jokes he told about well know celebrities' were so entertaining and funny he had us all crying with laughter. He was probably one of the best if not the best speaker we have had at a Barnara meeting and let's hope that we will be seeing him again.

Littlecote continues.........
Val Power , Ken Comber braved the rain that was now falling, it was quite an experience going down through the locks. Later when we had turned and come back through the locks Margaret the lady on board served tea and snacks if anyone wanted it.
Some of the BARMARA drama group took part in a drama workshop which they found informative. Everyone seemed to agree that the evening enterainment had been exceptional. This year we did well in winning bottles of champagne. Max & Val Power won the Mr & Mrs , Ken Comber the name that tune. The Mayger's,Grognet's and Power's won a quiz and your Chairman won the Kurling.  Friday was a good trip home thanks to Peter our driver and Nidd Hall seems to be the preferred location for next year

 

A goodly number of kurling enthusiast turned up for the sesson on Friday 4th May.  Lorna stood in as "coffee lady" as Val was otherwise engaged.  We were pleased to see Maureen Kenwright come along complete with plaster cast, and, she played one game.  As usual we all enjoyed ourselves playing this social but friendly competitive game.
 

Associate members are welcome to attend Events except the Monthly Meetings
MEETINGS:  Fant Hall from 1.15pm
                MONTH   SPEAKER
  June 26th   Monty Parkin  "Yesterdays Papers"
  July 24th   David Tadd "Forensic use in Homicide
             and Serious Crime"
  August 28th  Annual General Meeting
OUTINGS:
May 23rd  "Gloria's Mystery Tour". Leave Fant Lane 9.30am. Price £21 includes Entrance Fee, HIGH TEA and Coach Contact Gloria 720515
June 14th Coach trip to Henley with Boat Trip.Tea and Cakes and a Guide. Cost £35  Contact Mo 661498
July 19th  Rye Market Coffee & Biscuits on arrival, then 2 course lunch at The River Haven Hotel. Cost £24.50p. Inclusive Leave Fant Lane 9.15am. Contact Gloria 720515
August 15th Coach to Beth Chatto Gardens and Ha'Penny Pier, Harwich. Cost £35.  Leave Fant Lane 8.00am. Contact Mo 661498
November 5th Holly & Mistletoe holiday at Doric Hotel, Blackpool. Cost £269 + £9 cancellation cover.  £30 Deposit required when booking. Hotel web site www.dorichotel.co.uk Contact Mo.661498

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2012 Issue No. 80

The trip to the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury on Leap Day Wednesday 29th February to see a production of "West Side Story" was a great success. We left Fant Lane on time in Brookline's brand new coach with driver Colin.   This very popular Musical was performed by pupils of The Kings School, Canterbury with great energy and gusto to a packed theatre. The dance routines were well choreographed and it was difficult to remember that the singers and actors were all young enthusiastic amateurs.  It was a good nights entertainment and thanks to Gloria for arranging and organising this trip.

Our coach left Fant Lane at 8.30am on a beautiful spring morning to visit those locations closely associated with HM The Queen. From the coach we saw the house where the Queen was born during the chaotic days of the 1926 General Strike and heard about her incognito London adventures with her governess Crawfie. We located the Harley Street premises where her father, Bertie, the Duke of York, overcame his stammer and discovered where the teenage princess first met her future husband. We were taken off the beaten track to follow royal routes not normally accessible by coach - through Hyde Park where the Queen learned to ride on Rotten Row, along Birdcage Walk and along the Mall to Buckingham Palace where the fates took her when, in the space of one very dramatic year, her beloved "Grandpa England" died and her Uncle David abdicated. We took lunch just across the road in the café tucked away in Westminster Central Hall.  Westminster Abbey enshrines in stone the history of our nation. Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers, poets, priests, heroes and villains - the Abbey is a living pageant of British history. At this "Royal Peculiar" every English or British monarch since 1066 has been crowned and there have been at least 16 royal weddings including Prince William, the Queen and the Queen Mother.  We finished the trip with a walk through Burlington Arcade. It was a lovely day and our thanks Mo for organising this wonderful trip.

We have been invited to submit entries to the Barming Scarecrow Festival 2012 and we are looking for volunteers to make a scarecrow to enter this "Olympics Theme" competition at St. Margaret's Summer Fair on 7th July.  Contact Dave on 670034 if you have any ideas or would like to help in making a scarecrow.

Unfortunately for our Kurling fanatics, the TA Centre Drill Hall will not be available to us during April so there are no scheduled Kurling sessions during April but you can play Petanque. (See the Diary).


February 2012 Quiz. Kent Connections
Q1 Which of these is NOT an original  Cinque Port, Dover, New Romney, Hythe, Folkstone Sandwich?  Q2. Who arrived at Ebbsfleet (Nr. Sandwich) in AD 597  Q3 Which Queen of England came from Hever Castle?  Q4.  Which famous Englishman died in Walmer Castle in 1852? Q5. What made Bambam famous? Q6. An exhibition in Dover Castle commemorates Operation Dynamo. What was Operation Dynamo?  Q7. What was the name of The Fair Maid of Kent?  Q8.  Who wrote the Canterbury Tales?  Q9   What famous ship was built at Chatham Dockyard? Q10  What is Romney Marsh famous for? Q11  What did the Romans call Kent?  Q12  What idea was withdrawn on April 25th 1907 because of a possible threat to the country?

Answers please in the box at the next Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by the Monday before the meeting so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw.

Answers to the February's Quiz
Q1. Strictly speaking never, but only on a building or boat where the Monarch's body lies.  Q2. 6th February 1952 the date her father King George 6th died  Q3. Westminister Abbey Q4. Dr. Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury. Q5. The Rod of Mercy and the Royal Ring of Sapphire and Rubies.  Q6  40  Q7. 6  Q8. Norman Hartnell  Q9. He was Sherpa Tensing Norgay who climbed Mt. Everest with Sir Edmund Hilliary and the news was released on Coronation Day  Q10. Her first corgi was named Susan.

Speakers  Today is our Social Afternoon with a cream tea and an Art exhibition by our Art Group. In April,  Russel Bowes tells us how to  "Dig for Victory."  Ray Spiller the Comedian will give us a talk on "No. 1 Hit Records at the May meeting and in June, Monty Parkin will talk on "Yesterday Papers".
 
The Drama Group is going strong but if you would like to join this active group please come along to our next meeting in Parish Hall. You will be made very welcome. (Contact Dave Mayger 670034)

 

The speaker at the February Meeting was Anna Astin.  Her talk was about women's role in the development of motoring from the 1890's to 1940's. In the early days of motoring, petrol was obtained from a chemists shop. Lady motorists were called Motorinas. In 1903, a lady motorist entered the Paris to Madrid road race and was placed 6th before an accident knocked her back to 77th. In the early 1900's there were 400 women drivers and they formed a club that met at Claridges Hotel in London.  At the time it was usual for lady learner  drivers to also be taught to fly.  Anna showed us a selection of antique advertisements for cars that were based on the premise of women buy cars but men pay.  The advertisments were rated as follows: the British were Dull and the French and Italian were Chic.  Incidentally the windscreen wiper was invented by a women.  A very interesting talk.

ALL MEMBERS whether FULL or ASSOCIATE are welcome to attend the following activities : Art Group. Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183. Line Dancing Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066.  Handicrafts Contact Mo Smith 661498. BarmARA Singles Contact either Wendy Thorpe 729771 or Peter Dickenson 755350. Keep Fit, Petanque and Kurling contact Dave Mayger 670034, 10-pin Bowling Contact John Grognet 687415

This day in History
1912 James Callaghan born      1963 The first Beeching Report
1964 The Great Train Robbers sentenced to total of 304 years
1977 Teneriffe Plane Crash       1978 Wilfred Pickles dies  
             
The cost of 10-pin bowling was due to be increased but, Barbara Sage, our KentARA Area 4 Representative has confirmed that KentARA has negotiated the price for BarmARA members  to participate in Ten Pin Bowling at the Maidstone Bowl and as such, we will still be able to play 3 games for £5.25 although refreshments will be now be extra. The costs were  due to rise to £8.25.
 
The first Petanque session of the season starts on Monday 16th April at 10.00am at the Redstart Pub. All are welcome. Lunch in the pub is available afterwards. We have been invited by Maidstone Bowls Club to an open session at the beginning of the new season. If any members are interested in free trials to see how they like bowls, you should contact John Jeff on 726820 during April.


 

Associate members are welcome to attend Events except the Monthly Meetings

MEETINGS:  Fant Hall from 1.15pm
                MONTH   SPEAKER
  April  24th  Russell Bowes "Dig for Victory"
  May  22nd  Ray Spiller "No. 1 Hit Records"
  June 26th   Dave Cash "Pirate Radio Stations of the 1960's"
HOLIDAYS:
May 7th 2012. Our Annual Spring Holiday to Warner Littlecote Manor, Wiltshire. 5 days (4 nights) Half Board, Coach travel to and from Maidstone plus 2 x Day Excursions. Cost £340 per person. Contact  Neil 727066
OUTINGS:
April 25th Visit to Waddesdon Manor former home of Baron de Rothschild now a N.T. Wonderful spring trip at tulip festival time.  Price NT Members £12 for non-NT members £24.  Leave Fant Hall 8.45am.  Contact Gloria 720515
May 23rd  "Gloria's Mystery Tour". Leave Fant Lane 9.30am. Price £21 includes Entrance Fee, HIGH TEA and Coach Contact Gloria 720515
June 14th Coach trip to Henley with Boat Trip.Tea and Cakes and a Guide. Cost £35  Contact Mo 661498

 

  FEBRUARY 2012 Issue No 79

A HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL OUR MEMBERS BORN ON
 FEBRUARY 29TH

DRAMA GROUP
16 Members turned up at the preliminary meeting in the Parish Hall to review and discuss a future BarmARA Spectacular for later in the year.  Although there were several other members interested, they were unable to attend on the day.  Nevertheless, following a lively discussion, it was decided that there was sufficient interest to proceed with a BarmARA Spectacular production.  A further meeting was arranged for Friday 24th February to give time for ideas to be formed and to be presented to the Group. More members' involvement would be welcomed. Contact Dave on 670034 for more information
   
KEEP FIT
The St. Andrews Church Hall has now booked out for our Keep Fit sessions taking us round until 26th April. Dates are shown in the Events Diary and on our web site.  Have we got the fittest ARA in Kent?

KURLING
The last months Kurling session was as usual very well attended. Unfortunately, the T.A. Centre will not be available to us during April, but a further programme of six meetings starting in May  has been arranged..

BARN DANCE
Our Barn Dance with Caller, Margaret Browning, will take place in Fant Hall on Saturday 31st March. Tickets are on sale at £5 each and this will include a Ploughman's Meal and tea or coffee. Tickets are available from Dave Mayger (670034). These tickets are limited and so as not to be disappointed, you should contact him as soon as possible. 

EXCELLENT NEWS: We thought you might to know that KCC have decided to scrap plans for the Tarragon Road/Maidstone Hospital Bus Gate. For the time being therefore there will be no change to the existing bus route.

February 2012 Quiz.- Looking forward to the Royal Diamond Jubilee
Q1. When is the Royal Standard flown at half mast?  Q2. On what date did Princess Elizabeth acceed to the throne?  Q3. What is the only Church allowed to fly the Royal Standard?  Q4. Who crowned the Queen at her Coronation?  Q5. In addition to the Crown and Sceptre, what else is handed to the Queen on her Coronation?  Q6  What number Monarch since William the Conqueror is the Queen?  Q7. How many Maids of Honour did the Queen have At her Coronation?  Q8. Who designed the dress that the Queen wore at her Coronation?  Q9. How did Dokmo Kinzom's son help to cheer up the nation on Coronation Day?  Q10. The Queen is a dog fancier but what was the name of her first corgi?

Answers please in the box at the next Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by the Monday before the meeting so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw.

Answers to the January's Quiz
Q1. The River Idle.  Q2. On Fant Farm.  Q3. The petroleum line from Rochester to Heathrow Airport.  Q4. Stone Steps at Merryworth for people to get into Stagecoaches. Q5. A Kent Sand and Washing Plant.  Q6. Henry Gee (this is why horses are called Gee Gees ) Q7 "Are you sitting comfortably?"  Q8. Pipe Line Under The Ocean.  Q9. "I don't mind if I do."  Q10  Life's Good.

Speakers  Today Anna Astin talks about "Motor to Racing Driver or How women learnt to love the motor car" March is our Social Afternoon with a cream tea and anArt exhibition by our Art Group. In April,  Russel Bowes tells us how to  "Dig for Victory."  Ray Spiller the Comedian will give us a talk on "No. 1 Hit Records
 
The speaker at January's Meeting was Ron Merritt.  Ron spent his life in the Army (R.E.M.E.) as a military bandsman.  His speciality was as a Double Eb Tuba player.  Due to his height 6'4'' he was "volunteered" for this role because the Recruiting Sergeant said "you would look daft playing the piccalo son!"  Ron told us many funny stories about his life and travels and gave us a musical tour of the British Isles by playing his Tuba and the various songs associated with England Ireland Scotland and Wales. As a Miliary Bandsman, he met most of the Royal Familiy and travelled to most countries of the world.  Do you believe in coincidences? Ron was born in Westbury Wiltshire, I was evacuated there during the War.  He spent a long time in Berlin and I was posted there when I did my bit for Queen and Country and he plays tuba and I try to play the Harmonica! How is that for coincidences?
                                          
This day in History
                  Born       Events
1925 Harry H. Corbett             1975 Moorgate Tube Crash
1942 Brian Jones (Rolling Stones)           1991 Iraq War Ceasefire
1961 Barry McQuiggan                             2001  Selby Rail Crash

ALL MEMBERS whether FULL or ASSOCIATE are welcome to attend the following activities : Art Group. Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183. Line Dancing Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066.  Handicrafts Contact Mo Smith 661498. BarmARA Singles Contact either Wendy Thorpe 729771 or Peter Dickenson 755350. Keep Fit, Petanque and Kurling contact Dave Mayger 670034, 10-pin Bowling Contact John Grognet 687415

The rose is red, the violets blue the honey's sweet and so are you. Thou are my love and I am thine I drew thee to my Valentine. The lot was cast and then I drew and fortune said it should be you!. The first recorded association of Valentine's Day with romantic love was in 1382 in Chaucer's Poem "Parlement_of_Foules -"For this was Saint Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate."  Your Committee met on February 14th - St. Valentine's Day - but sadly, we didn't exchange gifts of roses, chocolates and love poems but spent the time more productively discussing matters directly related to the running of your club.

The Bluebell Hill TV (Meridian Area) Transmitter will be switching to a fully digital service on 13th June  so you should make sure your home TV is ready for this change otherwise you will not be able to watch "Corrie".

Several members mentioned that one of the questions in the December Quiz wasn't strictly accurate.  On reflection I agree that "Onward Christian Soldiers" isn't really a christmas carol or song. 
 
A note for your diary:...
BarmARA Quiz Night at Fant Hall on SATURDAY JUNE 30th

EXCELLENT NEWS . We thought you might like to know that KCC have decided to scrap plans for the Tarragon Road/Maidstone Hospital Bus Gate. For the time being therefore there will be no change to the existing route.


 

Associate members are welcome to attend Events except the Monthly Meetings

MEETINGS:  Fant Hall from 1.15pm
  MONTH                  SPEAKER
  March  27th   Social Afternoon with Cream Team
  April  24th      Russell Bowes "Dig for Victory"
  May  22nd      Ray Spiller "No. 1 Hit Records"


HOLIDAYS:
May 7th 2012. Our Annual Spring Holiday to Warner Littlecote Manor, Wiltshire. 5 days (4 nights) Half Board, Coach travel to and from Maidstone plus 2 x Day Excursions. Cost £340 per person. Contact  (Neil 727066)

OUTINGS:
February 29th  Theatre Trip to see "West Side Story" at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.  Leave Fant Lane at 5.45pm for 7.30pm performance. Cost of Stall seat including Coach £22. (Gloria 720515)

March 21st  Coach trip for a tour of Westminster Abbey and other locations closely associated with HM Queen Elizabeth from childhood to her marriage and Coronation. Cost  £36. Leave Fant Lane 8.30am.  (Mo 661498)

April 25th  Visit to Waddesdon Manor former home of Baron de Rothschild now a N.T. Wonderful spring trip at tulip festival time.  Price NT Members £12 for non-NT members £24.  Leave Fant Hall 8.45am.  Contact (Gloria 720515)

May 23rd  "Gloria's Mystery Tour". Leave Fant Lane 9.30am. Price £21 includes Entrance Fee, HIGH TEA and Coach (Gloria 720515)

            KEEP FIT:  (Dave 670034)           LINE DANCING:  (Maureen 727066)
            St.Andrews Church Hall               Fant Hall from 2pm to 3pm
            from 2pm to 3pm. Cost £3           March   6th,  13th,  20th, 
            March  1st,  8th,  15th,  22nd.     April     3rd,   17th,  26th
            April     5th, 12th  ,26th
  


 KURLING:  (Dave 670034)                         10-PIN BOWLING:  (John 687415)
T.A. Centre Boxley Road,                            Maidstone Bowl, King Street
10am to 12 Noon. Cost £1.50                     from 10am . Cost £5.75
 March  2nd                                                 March 29th
 April    None                                               April    26th
 May     4th

     
COFFEE MORNING  (Maureen 727066)       RAMBLES (Ken 720476)
Barming Parish Hall                                     March  19th
from 10am to 12 Noon                               Meet 10am at Farleigh Bull
 March 5th                                                  for an easy walk along

                                                                   the Medway                                                                                       
April   2nd                                                   No Stiles.
May   14th


 

Issue No 77 Christmas 2011.
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all
If you noticed that Barming was unusually quiet in the period from Monday 5th to Friday 9th December it was because BarmARA went continental. 30 plus members took their leave of Fant Lane and headed by coach to Dover en route to Rüdesheim am Rhein in Germany.  Maureen (Mo) decided to try and catch an earlier train at Tunnel. It's a good job she did because the trains were delayed by an hour. David from Brookline drove us down to near Folkestone where we met Tracey our driver for the week. We travelled down the western side of the Rhine and caught a ferry from Bingen across to the Park Hotel in Rudesheim., arriving very tired at about 6.30pm. We were told dinner was at 7.30pm, so it was a bit of a rush. After dinner some of us went to find the Christmas market. Unfortunately, although it was open all day, it closed at 6.30pm, which was a shame. So we then returned to the Hotel for a drink before going to bed. The next morning at breakfast the main discussion was Gordon's interest in collecting train numbers. His room overlooked the railway and he was up most of the night taking notes of numbers!! Tracy drove us down to the Christmas market at Frankfurt, which was in the old part of the city around the Cathedral. There were many stalls selling all kinds of Christmas trinkets, food and gluewein (hot mulled wine with a generous dash of rum) Most people returned to the coach with something brought at the market. Wendy purchased a box of teabags, which she generously dished out, to members. Why? Because the Hotel advertised tea and coffee making facilities, but you had to buy a tea bag for 50p and a coffee strip for 80p. After dinner most of us roamed around Rudesheim ending up in a bar which had a musical entertainer and 1 litre beer glasses shaped like a lady's body. Most of the men had the beer and the ladies had Rudesheim Coffee, which was coffee with Asbach liqueur, topped off with a generous spoonful of cream. On Wednesday Tracy drove us to the market in Koblenz, which was very disappointing, partly because it was raining but, mostly, because the lack of stalls. We ended up walking round department stores for something to do. We were pleased to see the coach to take us back to the hotel. After dinner it was a quick walk round to the bar as the previous night. This time Tracy joined us for the evening and joined in the singing with the Barmarians. Our last morning, Thursday, was spent in Mainz Christmas market. Driving through the outskirts of Mainz we thought this isn't  going to be so good, because there was so much industry, power stations, factories and railway depots. Once again the market was close to the cathedral and the main shopping area and what a delightful place it turned out to be. Wide pedestrian shopping streets all very clean. We arrived back in Rudesheim early afternoon, which gave us time to explore the market and buy last minute bits and pieces. Some braved the chair lift up to the Neiderwald monument. Our last night in the bar was a noisy affair with the Barmarian choir (led by Dave and Max) managing eventually to clear everyone out leaving us the only ones in the bar. We said our goodbyes to the bar owner and staff and retired back to the hotel. Friday was an early start back home with Tracy organising the suitcases. She also led us in singing, "We are Sailing" while crossing back to Bingen. The Park Hotel was comfortable with excellent food at dinner and a large choice for breakfast. All in all, a great winter break, thanks to Maureen, Airdale, Brookline and especially Tracy for a memorable holiday


Quiz. - Our winner of the  November Quiz  was  Jackie Boyle

December 2011 Quiz.- This will give you something to think about when you are resting after the christmas pudding!  Next month, the quiz questions were submitted by Gordon Stainton so watch out for these as the answers are probably not on the internet!

The following phrases describe which Christmas Songs or Carols?
Q1. Loyal followers advance.  Q2. Have hitherward the entire assembly of those who are loyal in their belief of Christmas.  Q3. Give attention to the melodious celestial beings.  Q4. Monarchial Triad.  Q5. Nocturnal noiselessness.  Q6. The quadruped with the vermillion proboscis.  Q7. Far off in a feeder.  Q8. Our fervant hope is that you thoroughly enjoy your yuletide season.  Q9. Singular yuletide yearing is for twin anterior incisors. Q10. Castaneous coloured seed vesicated in a conflagration.
  
Answers please in the box at the next Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by the Monday before the meeting so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw.

Speakers  Brian Wade has a full programme for Speakers in 2012 commencing in January with Robert Merritt talking on "Life and Times of a Military Musician". In February Anna Astin talks about "Motor to Racing Driver or How women learnt to love the motor car" and in April,  Russel Bowes tells us how to  "Dig for Victory." Marty Parkin has been booked for the June Meeting with a talk entitled "Yesterday's Newspapers".
 
Our Speaker at the November Meeting was the entertaining Martin Gurden and his dog. Martin gave a quite hillareous talk about his early life trying to "break" into journalism.  From what he said he was very clumsy and got fired from many of his early jobs. He eventually found his niche writing about Motor Cars and the motor industry.  Following up from his previous chickens talk, we also had a funny half hour with him talking about his ducks.
  
ALL MEMBERS whether FULL or ASSOCIATE are welcome to attend the following activities : Art Group. Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183. Line Dancing Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066.  Handicrafts Contact Mo Smith 661498. BarmARA Singles Contact either Wendy Thorpe 729771 or Peter Dickenson 755350. Keep Fit, Petanque and Kurling contact Dave Mayger 670034, 10-pin Bowling Contact John Grognet 687415
 
Drama Group

This activity is still under wraps and Dave Mayger expects to make an announcement soon.

On This Day in History:
1915. British and ANZAC troops evacuated from Gallipoli.
1928. Harry Ramsden opens his first Fish and Chip Shop.
1969.  Rolf Harris reached No. 1 with his "Two Little Boys"

Ten-Pin bowling got off to a successful start today Nov 24th. All the regular bowlers turned up and we were pleased to see a few new members. The scoring was to a very good standard. I don't want to mention it but the organiser John G managed top score with 135. (Flash in the pan). Please remember that the next bowling session will be on the 26th January 2012.

The last Kurling session before Christmas was on Friday 2nd December.  Dave Mayger promised us something special and Oh Boy, what a splendid session it was. On arrival, Val Mayger offered everone a "slug" of Mulled Wine and it was delicious and helped create a party atmosphere.  Dave had devised a competition and split eveyone into teams of two with the promise of a super prize for the winning team.  Fifteen teams each played 3 games. When the scores were finally counted one team came top.  Thanks to the skills of Captain Lorna Grognet, she and her partner  Maurice Gay won the "Strictly come Kurling" competition!  In a close second place was the team of Freda Pearce and Tony Brenton.  Thanks to Val for providing the wine, coffee, mince pies and biscuits and also to Dave for organising a great mornings kurling.

Our coach trip on Friday 25th November to Hampstead Village and the London West End Christmas Lights started from Fant Lane at 8.30am. After battling through the London traffic we arrived in Hampstead High Street just in time for a welcome coffee break at the King William Pub. Tables were laid with coffee cups and biscuits, which were soon dispatched. We boarded the coach with our "Blue Badge" Guide for a short ride to Whitestone Pond where we disembarked for a short walk around the highest point on the tour to see various properties previously owned or lived in by the good and great. People like John Constable, John Galsworthy, Ralph Richardson, Russell Crowe and a host of other celebs. Russell Crowe's house was the inspiration for the house in Mary Poppins.  We walked back to the Pub via the cemetery, being the last resting place of more celebrities, and then on for a very nice roast turkey and trimmings lunch following which we boarded the coach again for another short trip to visit Kenwood House. This lovely house is set on top of the Heath and has spectacular views over London.  We once more boarded the coach for a ride to see some of the Christmas lights in the West End stopping at Somerset House to view the Ice Skating.  Whilst most of the members were in the coffee shop, four of us including Yvonne Jones bumped into Torvill & Dean.  We left London en-route for Fant lane arriving tired but happy after a very good tour thanks to Mo once again for organising this trip.

P.S.  2012 is a Leap Year and therefore we have an extra day - 29th February - to enjoy ourselves. It is also Olympics Year as well as the Queen's Jubilee Year
The Chairman and all members of your Committee wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2012


Events Diary  - List of Activities, Trips and Excursions.  Except for the AGM and Monthly Meetings, Associate Members are entitled and welcomed to all other Events.
 
2012 Leap Year
HM. Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Year
Olympics Year

Thursday 5th January Keep Fit Class commence after Christmas break at St. Andrew's Church Hall from 2.00pm (D)
Tuesday 10th January 1st Art Group Meeting of 2012  (S)
Tuesday 10th January Line Dancing commences after Christmas Break (M)
Friday 13th January Keep Fit classes St. Andrew's Church Hall from 2.00pm (D) Monday 16th January BarmARA Ramblers Lunch at Riverside Restaurant (D)
Tuesday 17th January Art Group Christmas Lunch at Riverside Restaurant (S)
Friday 20th January 2012 Kurling 10.00am TA Centre Boxley Rd. (D)
Tuesday 24th January BarmARA Monthly Meeting at Fant Hall from 1.15pm
Thursday 26th January 10 pin Bowling from 10.00am at King Street Bowl, Maidstone. Cost £5.75 for 3 games and coffee and biscuits (J)

Friday 10th February Kurling 10.00am TA Centre Boxley Rd. (D)
Thursday 23rd February 10 pin Bowling from 10.00am at King Street Bowl, Maidstone. Cost £5.75 for 3 games and coffee and biscuits (J)
Tuesday 28th February BarmARA Monthly Meeting at Fant Hall from 1.15pm
Wednesday 29th February  Theatre Trip to see "West Side Story" at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.  Leave Fant Lane at 5.45pm for 7.30pm performance. Cost of Stall seat including Coach £22. (G)

Wednesday 21st March Coach trip for a tour of Westminster Abbey and other locations closely associated with HM Queen Elizabeth from childhood to her marriage and Coronation. Cost  £36. Leave Fant Lane 8.30am.  (Mo)
Thursday 29th March 10 pin Bowling from 10.00am at King Street Bowl, Maidstone. Cost £5.75 for 3 games and coffee and biscuits (J)
Saturday 31st March 2012.  Barn Dance at Fant Hall. More details to follow (D)
Thursday 26th April 10 pin Bowling from 10.00am at King Street Bowl, Maidstone. Cost £5.75 for 3 games and coffee and biscuits (J)

Monday 7th May 2012.Our Annual Spring Holiday to Warner Littlecote Manor, Wiltshire. 5 days(4 nights) Half Board, Coach travel to and from Maidstone plus 2 x Day Excursions. Cost £340 per person.  Booking opens on 23/08/2011 (N)

Contacts:
(G) Gloria 720515, (Mo) Maureen (Mo) 661498.  (D) Dave 670034. (S) Sheila (760736)
(N) Neil 727066  (J) John 687415  (M) Maureen Kenwright (727066)

 
 

 

 

A Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 76 NOVEMBER 2011.
www.barmara.org.uk

The BarmARA Showtime Players and Singers, directed by Dave Mayger put on a fabulous production of Snow White and the Several Dwarves for the October Meeting.  Something you have never seen the like of before (or again!). The show opened with the Showtime Singers getting the full house of members in  the right mood with some well known audience participation songs. The curtains opened revealing wonderful scenery all made and painted by our members and made more magnificent by the expert lighting and sound by Chris Hall. There were no disasters and all the players took on their role in a most excellent manner particularly the dwarfs Maureen and Neil Kenwright, Val Mayger, Jackie Boyle and John Grognet. Max Power reprised his role of an Andrew Sister, but this time as the beautiful Nurse Sally. Both the Wicked Queen and the King looked terrific in their costumes (Maggie Barclay and Ken Comber). The wonderful Mirror played by Wendy Thorpe reflected the time spent in creating her costume and learning her words whilst the thigh slapping handsome Prince (not Colin) played by Val Power and Lorna Grognet as the beautiful Snow White were a sight for sore eyes.  The scamp Muddles (Dave Mayger) was excellent.    Lines were either learnt by heart or hidden about their person or on props. As a backup John Williams was hiding behind the curtains to prompt us whenever our memory failed. The players looked terrific in their costumes, all self made!  Leech & Sprain, the comedy couple,  were played by Maurice Gay and Peter Sargent. Scenery changes went smoothly thanks to Colin Prince and his helpers. The final scene was a "take off" -no pun intended- of The Full Monty when all the male players came on stage to the tune of The Stripper. This caused some amusement with the audience as seven oldies paraded in trousers and bow ties. At a critical moment the female players snatched off the men's trousers revealing .....union jack underpants.  Not a pretty sight but well applauded by the audience. The Showtime Singers, under the direction of Peter Dickenson as Choirmaster, sung their hearts out and certainly added to the enjoyment and success of our pantomime. Marion Brown, Betty West, Betty Gay, Angela Prince and Gloria Rayment were all in good voice. Pictures of the players in the show - thanks to Val Power - have been posted to our website www.barmara.org.uk. If the reaction of the audience was anything to go by this production was a success and on the Thursday evening following the performance the whole cast enjoyed a meal at the Redstart Pub. It was a very noisy event with good food and good company. 

We believe Dave Mayger is threatening to produce another Spectacular in 2012


Quiz. - Our winner of the  SEPTEMBER Quiz  was  Jean Wells, it was poetic justice really as I managed to get her name wrong in the last issue regarding the Barming War Memorial .

 Answers: Q1.  Jimmy Wheeler.  Q2.  Reg Dixon.  Q3.  Dick Emery.  Q4.  Arthur English.  Q5.  Sandy Powell.  Q6.  Max Bygraves. Q7.  Charlie Drake.  Q8.  Oliver Hardy.  Q9.  Rob Wilton.  Q10.  Bruce Forsythe.  Q11.  Arthur Askey.  Q12.  Tommy Trinder.  Q13.  Sam Costa.  Q14.  Frank Carson.  Q15.  Dick Bentley. 

Quiz NOVEMBER 2011

Q1.  What does "Doolally Tap" refer to?  Q2.  Who lived at Number 1, London? Q3.  Where would you find  a "Mappa Mundi"?  Q4.  What is "The Knowledge"?  Q5.  Who was the "Sun King"?  Q6.  Who saw the light on the road to Damascus?  Q7. In ascending order what comes next after Mega, Giga?  Q8.  Who was Bagpuss's owner?  Q9.  What is London's oldest theatre?  Q10.  What is the only word in the English language that ends in "MT"?

Answers please in the box at the next Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by the Monday before the meeting so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw.

At our Meeting today, Martin Gurden (remember the Chicken Man) returns to talk about his career as a Journalist. There is no Meeting in December as there is the Christmas Lunch at the Grangemoor Hotel.  Brian Wade has a full programme for Speakers in 2012 commencing in January with Robert Merritt talking on "Life and Times of a Military Musician". In February Anna Astin talks about "Motor to Racing Driver or How women learnt to love the motor car" and in April,  Russel Bowes tells us how to  "Dig for Victory."
 
Our Art Group  have produced a beautiful calendar for 2012 using art work by their members. The cost this year is £4.00p and they are available now for you to purchase in time for Christmas. For more information or to order a copy of this calendar please contact Sheila Malthouse on 728183

ALL MEMBERS whether FULL or ASSOCIATE are welcome to attend the following activities : Art Group. Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183. Line Dancing Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066.  Handicrafts Contact Mo Smith 661498. BarmARA Singles Contact either Wendy Thorpe 729771 or Peter Dickenson 755350. Keep Fit, Petanque and Kurling contact Dave Mayger 670034, 10-pin Bowling Contact John Grognet 687415
 
On This Day in History:
1956: The 16th Olympic Games were opened in Melbourne, Australia.
1963:  President John F. Kennedy was shot dead in Dallas, Texas.
1990:  Margaret Thatcher quits as Prime Mnister
2003;  England win Rugby World Cup in Sydney, Australia


10 Pin bowling starts again on Thursday 24th November at the AMF Bowl in King Street Maidstone. John Grognet has reserved 3 lanes from 10.00am. If you want some exercise combined with good fun then come along and try out your bowling arm.  If you don't want to play just come along anyway for the spectacle and coffee and biscuits.

Our first Keep Fit session took off on Thursday 3rd November. An amazing 30 members turned up for what proved to be a very successful hour of exercises that have been designed by Melody for members of all abilities.  Leotards are not mandatory. If you would like to keep fit but don't fancy formal keep fit classes why not try Line Dancing. For more information on Line Dancing talk to Maureen Kenwright (727066)

Kurling, 10-pin bowling and Keep Fit and line dancing activities are open to every member full or associate.
The last petanque session of the summer season took place on Halloween Monday 31st October 18 members attended in pleasant warm weather and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Ken's boules can now have a well-earned rest!  But, Kurling continues all winter - weather permitting - at the TA Drill Hall in Boxley Road. The cost of the session is £1.50 and this includes coffee and biscuits.

The winter solstice next month - 22nd December  - is the shortest day and longest night and then the nights start "drawing out"  so Spring cannot be far behind!...

The last Line Dancing session of 2011 will be on 29th November 2011 and will recommence on Tuesday 10th January 2012. The last Keep Fit class before the Christmas break is 24th November and classes will recommence on 12th January 2012 just in time to burn off all your festive indulgences

 Words of wisdom;
By the time that you can make ends meet, they move the ends.
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
Remember the past, plan for the future, but live for today because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come.

Probably because of the success of the BarmARA Showtime Pantomime, one of our members has suggested that we might like to form a Drama Group.  If you think that you may be interested, either contact Dave direct (670034)  or put your name down on the "I'm interested" Sheet on the Secretary's table at this Meeting and depending on the interest shown Dave will progress this activity further.

  
   REMINDER: If you haven't paid your Annual Subscriptions yet, you only have 8 more
   days to do so if you wish to continue as a Member.  Contact the Membership Secretary
   on 01622 693755


To all those members who are going on the German trip to Rudesheim an Rhein:

"Haben Sie eine gute Reise, amüsieren Sie und eine sichere Rückker"


Events Diary  - List of Activities, Trips and Excursions.  Except for the AGM and Monthly Meetings, Associate Members are entitled and welcomed to all other Events.

Thursday 24th November KentARA Christmas Variety Show at Mote Hall presented by Paul James. 7.30pm performance (Doors open 6.45pm) Ticket cost £9.00p. (W)
Thursday 24th November 10 Pin Bowling at the AMF Maidstone Bowl in King Street. Maidstone from 10.00am (J)
Thursday 24th November Keep Fit Class St. Andrews Church Hall between 2-3pm (D)
Friday 25th November Coach Tour to Hampstead, London. The Coach leaves Fant Lane at 08.30am.  Start with coffee (extra) followed by a guided tour around Hampstead with some free time. Roast chicken lunch and tour of the Christmas Lights included.  £30.  (M)

Friday 2nd December Kurling 10.00am TA Centre Boxley Rd. (D)
Monday 5th December. Coffee Morning has been postponed until Monday 12th December due to German Trip.
Monday 5th to Friday 9th December Coach Trip to Rudesheim on the Rhine staying at the Park Hotel. Three excursions included in price of £337. Travel by Brookline.(M).
Monday 12th December Coffee Morning 10.00 am Parish Hall. NEW DATE
Friday 16th December BarmARA Singles Christmas Lunch at 83, Bower Mount Road from 12 Noon.  Details from Wendy (W)
Tuesday 20th December.  Christmas Lunch at Grangemoor Hotel. Arrive Noon for 12.30pm  (M)(G)
2012
Tuesday 10th January Line Dancing commences after Christmas Break
Thursday 12th January Keep Fit Class at St. Andrews Church Hall between 2-3pm (D)
Monday 16th January BarmARA Ramblers Lunch at Riverside Restaurant (D)
Thursday 19th January Keep Fit Class at St. Andrews Church Hall between 2-3pm (D)
Friday 20th January 2012 Kurling 10.00am TA Centre Boxley Rd. (D)
Tuesday 24th January BarmARA Monthly Meeting at Fant Hall from 1.15pm
Thursday 26th January Keep Fit Class St. Andrews Church Hall between 2-3pm (D)

Friday 10th February 2012 Kurling 10.00am TA Centre Boxley Rd. (D)
Wednesday 29th February 2012 Theatre Trip to see "West Side Story" at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.  Leave Fant Lane at 5.45pm for 7.30pm performance. Cost of Stall seat including Coach £22. (G)

Wednesday 21st March Coach trip for a tour of Westminster Abbey and other locations closely associated with HM Queen Elizabeth from childhood to her marriage and Coronation. Cost  £36. Leave Fant Lane 8.30am.  (M)
Saturday 31st March 2012.  Barn Dance at Fant Hall. More details to follow (D)

Monday 7th May 2012.Our Annual Spring Holiday to Warner Littlecote Manor, Wiltshire. 5 days(4 nights) Half Board, Coach travel to and from Maidstone plus 2 x Day Excursions. Cost £340 per person.  Booking opens on 23/08/2011 (N)

Tuesday 5th June HM. Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee
Contacts:
(G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen (Mo) 661498.  (D) Dave 670034.
(N) Neil 727066  (J) John 687415 (W) Wendy 729771
                                        
 

 

                  BARMARA
                                                  Neil Kenwright - Chairman.
                         Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
                                              Issue No 75 OCTOBER 2011.
                                                    www.barmara.org.uk

This is our 75th Issue and just like the Johnnie Walker advert we are still going strong. This was also the message that our Chairman gave this year at the August Annual General Meeting.

We are happy to report that our friend and long term member Brian Cornish is home from hospital following a recent operation and is progressing satisfactorily. We send him our best wishes. Keep up the good work Jen.

Beryl Cavender would also like to thank all those members who enquired after her health and sent Get Well cards and would like to let friends know that she is on the road to recovery.

 Also Happy Birthday to our Speakers Secretary Brian Wade who is now three score and ten years old.

This is the last reminder to pay your annual subscription to our Membership Secretary. If you wish to continue your Membership make sure that your Subs are paid to Peter within the next two weeks.  Payment details inside.

Our first "Keep Fit Class for all abilities" will be on Thursday 3rd November in St. Andrews Church Hall from 2 until 3pm. The cost will be £3.00p per session.   Melody has agreed to become our instructor. So far we have 28 members interested in joining. Contact Dave Mayger  (670034) for more information.

On Friday 7th October, 20 BarmARA New Kurling aficionados met at the Boxley Road TA Centre for the monthly session under the watchful eyes of Dave and Val.  It was another well-organised and fun morning. There is still room for more members to attend and try their hand at this activity. Give it a go. The next Kurling meeting is on 4th November.

The last Petanque session of the season takes place on Monday 31st October at the Redstart pub and thereafter, we start up our 10 pin bowling season at the AMF Bowl in King Street, Maidstone.  John Grognet will be organising this activity and he is compiling a schedule of dates.  These will be published in the next Newsletter.

Quiz. - Our winner of the  August Quiz  was  Dorothy Tyler.
 Answers: Q1.  Babes in the Wood. Q2. Twankey. Q3. Wishy Washy. Q4. Diamond Miners. Q5. Dick Whittington. Q6. The stick that the Harliquin used to hit people. Q7. Happy. Q8. The Brothers Grimm.  Q9. 1937.  Q10. Maggie Barclay.

Quiz OCTOBER 2011
Q1.  Which year was the television Licence introduced?  Q2.  Which is the largest West End theatre in terms of seats? Q3.  Where in Kent did the artist and sculptor Graham Sutherland live?  Q4   30 degrees Centigrade equals to 86 degrees Fahrenheit.  True or False? Q5.  In what popular series in 1968 did the actor Martin Shaw play a character called "Robert Croft" ? Q6. What is the real name of the Rock star "Alice Cooper"?  Q7.  Which 92 year old women is the oldest living person to enter the UK album Chart?  Q8.  Who was the King of the Faries in Shakespeares "Midsummer Nights Dream"?  Q9.  Which Composer wrote "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba"?  Q10.  Where is there an American flag that has not been lowered since 1969?

Answers please in the box at the next Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by the Monday before the meeting so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw.

This October Meeting promises to be very exciting as the Barmarian Thespians  Showtime Players give us their version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Then in November Martin Gurden (remember the Chicken Man) returns to talk about his career as a Journalist. There is no Meeting in December as there is the Christmas Lunch at the Grangemoor Hotel.  Brian Wade has a full programme for Speakers in 2012 commencing in January with Robert Merritt talking on "Life and Times of a Military Musician". In February Anna Astin talks about "Motor to Racing Driver or How women learnt to love the motor car" and in April,  Russel Bowes tells us how to  "Dig for Victory."
 
Our Art Group are producing a beautiful calendar for 2012 using art work by their members. The cost this year will be £4.00p and they are available now for you to purchase in time for Christmas. For more information or to order a copy of this calendar please contact Sheila Malthouse on 728183

ALL MEMBERS whether FULL or ASSOCIATE are welcome to attend the following activities : Art Group. Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183. Line Dancing Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066.  Handicrafts Contact Mo Smith 661498. BarmARA Singles Contact either Wendy Thorpe 729771 or Peter Dickenson 755350. Petanque and Kurling contact Dave Mayger 670034
 
We are not a political organisation but I expect we all have our own personal views on matters that affect the area in which we live.  I wonder how many of our members read the Maidstone Borough Council Consultation on the Draft Local Development Framework Core Strategy Document that is available as a hard copy or CD Rom from the Town Hall in the High Street?  Did you know that the Council propose to allow a total of 10,080 new house units to be provided by the year 2026? Specifically 975 units in the Allington/Barming/Fant area. It is  very "dry" reading but an interesting insight on how your Council  views future development in our area.

For the past few years someone has been putting a poppy on the Barming War Memorial commemorating Jean Wells  ancestor. Will it happen this year and has she discovered who?


                     
     


For other star gazers, watch out for a special event on the night of 17/18 November when we should be able to see the maximum of the Leonid Meteor Shower.  This annual shower usually yields literally storms of shooting stars.

This Day in History:  1881 Pablo Picasso was born and in 1915 the cricketer W.G. Grace died.  In 1976, the National Theatre on the South Bank London was opened and in 1995 Cliff Richard received a Knighthood.

British Summer Time ends this weekend so don't forget to put your clocks back also, just to remind you, it is only 60 days to go until Christmas Day!

The speaker for our August meeting was Mr. R.Masters. All those who were there sat up and paid attention(he is a retired head master). He told of many tricks of the trade, such as when the best time to plant and also when not to plant to get the best results. Allotments were very popular a while ago with long waiting lists. They then seemed to drop in popularity with many going wild and overgrown. Since then allotments have become more in demand again, as vegetables in shops keep getting more expensive. The talk was so interesting that I almost went and signed up for an allotment.  (Almost). The talk was most enjoyable, thank you Mr.Masters. Looking forward to hearing another talk you have on a different subject. (Thanks to John Grognet for this report)


Events Diary  - List of Activities, Trips and Excursions.  Except for the AGM and Monthly Meetings, Associate Members are entitled and welcomed to all other Events.

Monday 31st October Petanque 10.00am Redstart Pub.

Thursday 3rd November Keep Fit at St Andrews Church Hall from 2 until 3pm. Cost £3.00 per session. Contact (D)
Friday 4th November Kurling 10.00am TA Centre Boxley Rd. (D)
Monday 7th November Coffee Morning at Barming Parish Hall 10.00 to 12.00
Tuesday 22nd November BarmARA Monthly Meeting Fant Hall from 1.15pm
Thursday 24th November KentARA Christmas Variety Show at Mote Hall presented by Paul James. 7.30pm performance (Doors open 6.45pm) Ticket cost £9.00p. Contact Wendy 729771
Friday 25th November Coach Tour to Hampstead, London. Start with coffee (extra) followed by a guided tour around Hampstead with some free time. Roast chicken lunch and tour of the Christmas Lights included.  £30.  (M)

Friday 2nd December Kurling 10.00am TA Centre Boxley Rd. (D)
Monday 5th December. Coffee Morning has been postponed until Monday 12th December due to German Trip.
Monday 5th to Friday 9th December Coach Trip to Rudesheim on the Rhine staying at the Park Hotel. Three excursions included in price of £337. Travel by Brookline.(M).
Monday 12th December Coffee Morning 10.00 am Parish Hall. NEW DATE
Tuesday 20th December.  Christmas Lunch at Grangemoor Hotel. Arrive Noon for 12.30pm  (M)(G)

2012

Friday 20th January 2012 Kurling 10.00am TA Centre Boxley Rd. (D)
Tuesday 24th January BarmARA Monthly Meeting at Fant Hall from 1.15pm
Friday 10th February 2012 Kurling 10.00am TA Centre Boxley Rd. (D)
Wednesday 29th February 2012 Theatre Trip to see "West Side Story" at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.  Leave Fant Lane at 5.45pm for 7.30pm performance. Cost of Stall seat including Coach £22. (G)
Saturday 31st March 2012.  Barn Dance at Fant Hall. More details to follow (D)
Monday 7th May 2012.Our Annual Spring Holiday to Warner Littlecote Manor, Wiltshire. 5 days(4 nights) Half Board, Coach travel to and from Maidstone plus 2 x Day Excursions. Cost £340 per person.  Booking opens on 23/08/2011 (N)

Contacts:
(G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen (Mo) 661498.  (D) Dave 670034.
(N) Neil 727066 


 


 

 

 

 BARMARA
Neil Kenwright - Chairman.
    Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 74 SEPTEMBER 2011.
www.barmara.org.uk

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Chairman's Report 2010/2011

When I came to compile this report I thought!  What were the most memorable events of the past year? The first was the weather. It was again a cold winter with plenty of early snow followed by a hot spring, which finished just before our Spring Holiday to Cricket St Thomas!  My second thought was our last AGM, where your Committee and members came together to put on a variety show. It was well received by the audience. My thanks go to everyone who took part and the producer Dave Mayger whose constant enthusiasm made it happen. A mention also for Chris Hall and the magnificent lighting and sound he provided.  The third was a disappointment, especially to our associate members on the waiting list. Of course I'm talking about Beechwood Hall. We persevered with the option to move and increase the full membership for three years. Only to be thwarted at the last hurdle.  We were led to believe that the new hall could accommodate about 150 people, but their hall committee set a limit of one hundred        ( Less  than Fant Hall). I would like to thank Peter Dickenson for keeping our interests alive by joining and attending their committee meetings for that length of time.  What else has happened in the year? Well we have provided the choice of three holidays. The turkey and tinsel to The Christmas Show at Thursford followed by a weekend at Potters Holiday village in Norfolk.  Springtime saw us on holiday at Cricket St Thomas Somerset, and last but far from being least a weekend in Paris by Eurostar.  Those who went seem to have had a lovely time. I think in the future we have to look at providing a cheaper holiday, as some of these holidays are getting very expensive. Besides the holidays Gloria and Mo have been very busy organising lots of day excursions for us. A varied programme from boat trips to theatre trips. They still amaze me that after nine years they still come up with new options. Thank you both very much. We now have well supported activities to keep you active. Ten pin bowling in the winter and Petanque in the summer, New Age Kurling , a Barn Dance, ramble's and line dancing which needs support. The Art group and Singles club goes from strength to strength.  Quiz nights are popular and well supported. For all these activities I would like to give a great deal of thanks to members and committee for their time and enthusiasm. Brian has kept us entertained by a varied programme of speakers and social afternoons. This is a very hard job, as you can never tell until they appear just how interesting they will prove to be. Thank you Brian. Thanks go to Judy who has kept us supplied with a good selection of prizes for the raffles. She must be doing it right as it is well supported. Thank you.
The membership is still healthy with nearly as many associates as full members.  This list is continually changing and requires a lot of work. We were also able to keep subs down to the level of the previous year.  I would like to thank Peter for stepping in as Chairman when both Gloria and I were in Hospital. Thank you Peter. Thanks to Maurice and his work on the Newsletter and Web site to keep us all informed as to what's going on. The web site has proved to be a boon to the club as it has cut down a lot of phone calls to activity organisers and the electronic distribution of the newsletter. Thanks to the Secretary and Treasurer's for their work of keeping BARMARA going from day to day. Thank you Peter, Wendy and Mo. This year we had an addition to the committee. It was of course  John Grognet who has been a very active member of the committee. He joined after the last AGM so I had to seconde him onto the committee until this meeting, where you will have the opportunity to vote him on as a full committee member.  Thank  you John for your help. I have not forgotten but thanks to my wife Maureen for keeping us all refreshed at the meetings and Coffee mornings also sending cards to members for special occasions. What of the future?  Well plans for next year are well under way. All activities from last year will continue. Dave has had us all in rehearsals for another show for you, hopefully before Christmas. The Christmas lunch this year is going to be at The Grangemore Hotel. So hope to see you all there.  Mo has arranged a turkey and tinsel holiday to Germany, and I have a Warner's at Littlecote on 7th May 2012.  2012 is Olympic year and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee  so it will be another full year. In conclusion, I would like to say that your club is in a very healthy state and has a very active committee.  Thank you to all of you, which without your  support none of the activities would be possible.         Neil Kenwright.

All the existing Officers were re-elected unanimously and unopposed with the Committee being led by Neil Kenwright as Chairman, Peter Dickenson as Treasurer, Wendy Thorpe as Secretary and Peter Sargent as Membership Secretary. The rest of your existing Committee Members were also re-elected unopposed.  Maurice Gay, John Grognet, Maureen Kenwright, David Mayger, Gloria Rayment, Maureen Smith, Judy Thomson and Brian Wade. The Annual Accounts were presented by the Treasurer and were Approved. The Membership Secretary confirmed that there is to be NO INCREASE in our Annual Subscriptions; and called on all members to pay them as soon as possible without the need for a reminder. They are as last year, £5 for each Full Member, £5 per couple for Associate Members and £3 for each single Associate Member.

It was a beautiful warm morning for our Petanque session on Monday 22nd August at the Redstart Pub. Unfortunately, Dave Mayger was unwell and  not able to attend and keep us all under control. However, Val Mayger, Ken Comber and John Grognet did a splendid job. 18 members did battle on the three pistes.  As Ken Comber didn't have his usual measuring stick, Maureen Kenwright used her British Standard hand span as an alternative. It is a really friendly game although it can get quite competitive at times.  Generally we are all improvng and could hold our own against any KentARA opponent.

The Coffee Morning still continues to well supported and the trip that Gloria organised to the Lea Valley was very sucessful.  Our Quiz Night was very enjoyable with the Quizmaster Richard Warner asking some very tricky questions. At half time Brenda Sargent and her team produced a very innovative "Ploughman's Skewer" which was relished by everyone.  Val and Dave Mayger and John Grognet were so keen to attend they came straight from the Kentara Cruise following a stormy crossing of the  Bay of Biscay to Fant Hall. This is just as well they did as they were on the winning table with John Jeffreys and his group.  Congratulations to Ann Barfoot, Freda Pearce et al as their table just managed to win the Lemons.

ALL MEMBERS whether FULL or ASSOCIATE are welcome to attend the following activities : Art Group. Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183. Line Dancing Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066.  Handicrafts Contact Mo Smith 661498. BarmARA Singles Contact either Wendy Thorpe 729771 or Peter Dickenson 755350. Petanque and Kurling contact Dave Mayger 670034


Events Diary  - List of Activities, Trips and Excursions.  Except for the AGM and Monthly Meetings, Associate Members are entitled and welcomed to all other Events.


Monday 3rd October Coffee Morning at Barming Parish Hall. 10.00 to 12.00
Tuesday 4th October Pantomime Rehearsal Parish Hall 2.30pm (D)
Friday 7th October Kurling 10.00am TA Centre Boxley Rd. (D)
Saturday 8th October. KentARA Supper and Race Night at Ditton Community Centre,  7.30pm to 10.30pm.Tickets - £6.00 per person.Contact (W)
Monday 17th October, Ramble Meet 10am Tesco Hermitage Lane, 3.5/4 miles good walking, no stiles, pub lunch at Muggletons ( optional) Contact (Go)
Tuesday 25th October BarmARA Monthly Meeting at Fant Hall from 1.15pm
Friday 4th November Kurling 10.00am TA Centre Boxley Rd. (D)
Monday 7th November Coffee Morning at Barming Parish Hall 10.00 to 12.00
Tuesday 22nd November BarmARA Monthly Meeting Fant Hall from 1.15pm
Friday 25th November Coach Tour to Hampstead, London. Start with coffee (extra) followed by a guided tour around Hampstead with some free time. Roast chicken lunch and tour of the Christmas Lights included.  £30.  (M)
Friday 2nd December Kurling 10.00am TA Centre Boxley Rd. (D)
Monday 5th December. Coffee Morning has been postponed until Monday 12th December due to German Trip.
Monday 5th to Friday 9th December Coach Trip to Rudesheim on the Rhine staying at the Park Hotel. Three excursions included in price of £337. Travel by Brookline. £40 deposit required and we recommend a £12 cancellation Insurance. More details follow Contact (M).
Monday 12th December Coffee Morning 10.00 am Parish Hall. NEW DATE
Tuesday 20th December. Diary Christmas Lunch at Grangemoor Hotel. £10 deposit required on booking. (M) Limited numbers so Book Early
Friday 20th January 2012 Kurling 10.00am TA Centre Boxley Rd. (D)
Friday 10th February 2012 Kurling 10.00am TA Centre Boxley Rd. (D)
Wednesday 29th February 2012 Theatre Trip to see "West Side Story" at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.  Leave Fant Lane at 5.45pm for 7.30pm performance. Cost of Stall seat including Coach £23. (G)
Saturday 31st March 2012.  Barn Dance at Fant Hall. More details to follow (D)
Monday 7th May 2012.Our Annual Spring Holiday to Warner Littlecote Manor, Wiltshire. 5 days(4 nights) Half Board, Coach travel to and from Maidstone plus 2 x Day Excursions. Cost £340 per person.  Booking opens on 23/08/2011 (N)

Contacts:
(G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen (Mo) 661498.  (D) Dave 670034.
(N) Neil 727066  (Go) Gordon 726965

 

 
 

 

Quiz. - Our winner of the July Quiz  was  Pat Whatford although we had nine others who got all the right answers but it was Pat's name was drawn out of the hat first.
Answers to the  July  2011 Quiz Q1. OBOE.  Q2. TRUMPET.  Q3. VIOLIN.  Q4. TUBA.  Q5. GUITAR.  Q6. BANJO.  Q7. FIFE.  Q8. FRENCH HORN.  Q9. SPINET.  Q10. DRUMS

Quiz SEPTEMBER 2011.  Brush away all those cobwebs from the recesses of your mind and see if you can match the comedian with their "catchphrase".  Who said the following?
Q1. "Ay Ay! That's yer lot."  Q2. "I'm poorly, proper poorly."  Q3. "Oh you are awful but I like you."  Q4. "Play the music, open the cage".  Q5. "Can you hear me Mother?"  Q6. "I've arrived and to prove it I'm ‘ere."  Q7. "Hallo my darlings."  Q8. "Another fine mess you've gotten me into."  Q9. "The day war broke out."  Q10. "Nice to see you..."  Q11. "Hallo Playmates."  Q12. "You lucky people."  Q13. "Good morning sir, was there something?"  Q14. "It's the way I tell em."  Q15. "I've only got four minutes."

Answers please in the box at the next Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by the Monday before the meeting so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw. We would welcome contributions for the Quiz from any Member. It could be on any subject providing it is legal and decent!!

Our Speaker at today's Meeting is R. Masters who will give us his talk on "Adventures on the Allotment".  The October Meeting promises to be almost as exciting as the Barmarian Thespians  Showtime. Then in November Martin Gurden (remember the Chicken Man) returns to talk about his career as a Journalist. Brian Wade has a full programme for Speakers in 2012 commencing in January with Robert Merritt talking on "Life and Times of a Military Musician". In February Anna Astin talks about "Motor to Racing Driver or How women learnt to love the motor car" and in April,  Russel Bowes tells us how to  "Dig for Victory."

 The Speaker at the August Meeting gave a very interesting talk on the Kent Air Ambulance.  The helicopter service was established in 1989 and was the 3rd to be founded in the UK.  Since then it has flown over 15,000 missions. We were told that 40% of their work is concerned with Road Traffic Accidents, 40% with outdoor sporting and leisure time injuries and 20% concerned with medical emergencies at home, work or travelling through Kent. They work 7 days a week for 52 weeks of the year during daylight hours with a crew consisting of the Pilot, a Doctor and a Paramedic..  They are based at Marden. For those of our members who like to know such things, the Helicopter registration is G-KAAT and it is an MD902 Explorer specially designed to be able to land in confined spaces. They cost about £5 million and carry £250,000 worth of medical equipment.  The amazing thing is that this incredibly important service does not receive any government aid or National Lottery grants and relies solely on charitable donations from the public or businesss.  The helicopter can scramble in 3 minutes and be anywhere in Kent within 18 minutes.so that patients can start receiving emergency treatment within the "Golden Hour" which is the most important hour within the whole recovery period. Treatment within this period greatly increases survival and recovery. A very informative and interesting talk which was indicated by our members who took the opportunity to make their individual donations to this valuable and important service. We heard later that in addition to the BarmARA Speakers Fee donation of £50, our members added a further £101 to their funds by way of the voluntary collection box.

Our Art Group are producing a beautiful calendar for 2012 using art work by their members. The cost this year will be £4.00p and they will be available for you to purchase in time for Christmas. To order please contact Sheila Malthouse on 728183
                                                   
 

 

 

 BARMARA
Neil Kenwright - Chairman.
Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 72 JULY 2011.
www.barmara.org.uk


Both our Chairman Neil and Vice-chairman Gloria have been in hospital recently and it is so good to know that they are well on the way to a full recovery. Thanks to Peter Sargent our Membership Secretary who took over the reins quite admirably whilst Neil and Gloria were hors-de-combat. Hopefully both will be on form and ready for next months AGM

The Kurling meeting this month went ahead despite the warm weather. Thanks to Lorna and John Grognet who stepped in as Dave and Val Mayger went on the Paris trip. John managed to keep the 16 members that were there in order. After all the jolly exercise John allowed 8 of our player members to go to the Bull PH at Penenden Heath for a little light lunch and a welcome libation.

 

Bonjour mes amis, Friday 1st July was a lovely morning and we saw 26 Barmara Eurotrain Virgins set off to Paris for the weekend, as the train approached Ebbsfleet station we were informed that the train would only stop for two minutes," no worries", as the Barmara Loaders leapt into action to uplift the cases. After a very fast but smooth journey of about 2 hrs 30 minutes we arrived in Paris. "Cass" our courier led us on a tour of the Gard Du Nord to our waiting coach, which took us to the Ibis Hotel. Next day after an interesting breakfast (a cross between Fawlty Towers and Oliver Twist) we set off for a very informative tour of Paris, followed by a visit to the beautiful House and Gardens of Versailles. After dinner, another tour of Paris by night culminating in a viewing of the magnificent illuminated Eiffel Tower. Sunday dawned to a clear blue sky and a trip to the colourful and risqué Montmarte, after which we enjoyed a river cruise along the Seine. In the afternoon we did our own thing, but as a bonus there was a carnival along the Champs Elysees (similar to the Notting Hill event), which lasted about 3Hrs. In the evening some of the group went "on" to a nightclub to have dinner and enjoy a fabulous cabaret. Monday saw us back home again and we all agreed it had been a really fantastic weekend thanks to our courier and of course to Gloria, a very big THANK YOU.

We have been asked to say a BIG thank you from all the ladies to the men on the Paris Eurostar trip that helped with their luggage XXX

Although Monday 18th July was a wet and cold day in Barming the weather in Tonbridge was a lot better as a group of our intrepid ramblers took a walk through Tonbridge Park (Haysden Country Park) This delightful park is mainly flat along a tarmac path with hard surfaces around the lake. Leaving the motte and bailey of Tonbridge Castle behind, the path follows through light woodland. Small streams and picturesque ponds to open out alongside Barden Lake - a popular spot with bird and wildlife enthusiasts, as well as families throughout the year.There were plenty of resting points to sit and enjoy the antics of the wildfowl on the lake.This area has been designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Interest. Lunch was taken at the Witherspoon pub. Remember, all members can join in any of the rambles, you will be most welcome. For more information check out the "Events Diary" and give the organiser a call.

 

Quiz. - Our winner of the MAY Quiz
Answers to the  May  2011 Quiz
Q1. Maidstone Grammar School.  Q2  A Crater on the planet Mars, namd by NASA.  Q3.  Wove Paper.  Q4.  Pubs in East Farleigh.  Q5 Lib Dem Councillors for the Allington Ward.  Q6.  Great Great Grandfather John Goldsmith.  Q7.  The Nepalese Gurkas.  Q8.  The last person to be publicly hanged in Britain.  Q9.  The Maidstone Coat-of-Arms.  Q10.  France.

JULY 2011 Quiz  Questions   Another quirky quiz from John Bell.  This one is all about Musical Instruments. What musical instrument does the clue describe?

Q1. American Tramp?  Q2.  How to win a card trick?  Q3. Disgusting pub?  Q4. Potato root?  Q5.  You can have this if you get a cold?  Q6.  Prohibit Joseph.?  Q7.  Just before six?  Q8.  A Gallic car accessory?  Q9.  What they do with yarn?  Q10.  Found in your ears?

Answers please in the box at the next Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by the Monday before the meeting so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw. We would welcome contributions for the Quiz from any Member. It could be on any subject providing it is legal and decent!!


On This Day in History- 26th July
1856: George Bernard Shaw was born, 1931: Mary Quant was born, 1943: Sir Mick Jagger was born.  In 1945, the Labour Party won a landslide victory in the General Election.

Todays Speaker is  Ray Austin. 

Did you know that Victor Hugo wrote "Les Miserables" during the time he was exilled on the island  of Guernsey and that Jenson Button the F1 racing driver has a home there.

Last month John Mills the ex-Prison Officer was on a return visit and gave us a talk on "How our communities have changed over the years"  John started his talk with a reference to a Prince Phillip truism.." "One's mind can only absorb what the bottom can endure". Hoping that his talk would be interesting and timely, he continued his talk comparing  today's society vis a vis the society of our childhood with particular reference to "elf and safety" and how claims conscious society has become. He posed various pertinent questions and probably most of us tended to agree that perhaps todays society's attitudes are uncomfortable and we would prefer many of the previously accepted ways of life. It was food for thought and I expect most of us took away many questions that need to be answered.

For Skywatchers amongst us, next month (August), look out for the Perseid meteor shower of shooting stars that is due to revisit us on the night of 12/13th August.
 
Next Month, Tuesday 23rd August is our Annual General Meeting so please make a special effort to attend this very important meeting. The Meeting will start sharp at 1.15pm.

Something to think about....
What if there were no hypothetical questions!
Is there another word for synonym?

One nice thing about egotists is that they don't talk about other people.
A bargain is something you don't need at a price you can't resist .


ALL MEMBERS whether FULL or ASSOCIATE are welcome to attend the following activities : Art Group. Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183. Line Dancing Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066.  Handicrafts Contact Mo Smith 661498. BarmARA Singles Contact either Wendy Thorpe 729771 or Peter Dickenson 755350. Petanque and Kurling. 

Please Note that Line Dancing closed for the summer break on Tuesday 19th July and will recommence on Tuesday 13th September.

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Annual General Meetingof BarmARA will be held at Fant  Community Hall on Tuesday, 23rd August 2011 at 1.30pm as a preliminary to the ususal monthly meeting. Matters to be dealth with at the Meeting will be the delivery of the Officers' Annual Reports, presentation of audited Accounts for the year, election of Officers and Committee and the appointment of Auditor for the year 2011/2012.  Below is a list of current Officers and Committee Members with their specialisations and an indication of whether they are prepared to stand for re-election.


                                                      Chairman   Neil Kenwright   Yes
                                                      Hon. Treasurer   Peter Dickenson   Yes
                                                      Hon. Secretary   Wendy Thorpe   Yes
                                                      Hon. Membership Secretary Peter Sargent   Yes
 
                      Committee Members
                                                     Maurice Gay (Newsletter/Web Site) Yes
                                                     John Grognet (Oddjob)  Yes
                                                     Maureen Kenwright (Catering) Yes
                                                     Dave Mayger ( Activities)  Yes
                                                     Gloria Rayment (Outings)  Yes
                                                     Maureen Smith (Outings)  Yes
                                                     Judy Thomson (Raffles)  Yes
                                                     Brian Wade (Speakers)  Yes

You may nominate members to compete for any of the Officer or Committee posts using a nomination form that can be obtained from Hon. Secretary Wendy Thorpe (729771) Any nomination should ideally reach the Hon. Secretary at least 14 days before the Annual General Meeting. A nomination may be entered at the Meeting provided that the nominee is present.  In the event of more than one nomination being received, an election will be held.

Now the good news: The Membership Secretary proposed to the Committee that the annual subscriptions remain unchanged for the year 2011/2012.  This proposal was accepted by the Committee unanimously.

It all happened on Tuesday 19th  at the Parish Hall when all those aspiring BarmARian thespians gathered for the first meeting for Dave Mayger's production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which is planned to be ready for public showing at one of the Meetings later in the year. David's astute and omniscient and carefully chosen casting was brilliant and  this spectaculr show should prove to be an outstanding success. Guess who plays the Wicked Queen.   If you want to be part of this production there is still time. Join in and have some fun,  especially ladies who would like to sing in the chorus.

Next Month our Speaker will be a representitive from the Kent  Air Ambulance Service.  It should be a very interesting and informative talk. This will follow after the AGM


Events Diary  - List of Activities, Trips and Excursions

Monday 1st August Coffee Morning at Barming Parish Hall 10.00 to 12.00
Friday 5th August Kurling at TA Centre. Boxley Road, at 10.00am (D)
Tuesday 9th August BarmARA Committee Meeting at Barming Parish Hall
Monday 15th August Ramble 4.5 mile with 2 stiles in the Hadlow area..  Catch the 09.38 No. 7 Bus at the Spice Fusion (Fountain) Bus Stop. Lunch if required at The Prince of Wales Pub. Contact Brian 721719
Wednesday 17th August Trip to Althorp House home of the Spencer family and the late Princess Diana. Admission to the House and Gardens. Optional (A) Afternoon tea in the State Dining Room or (B) in the Cafeteria. Cost - (A) £38 or (B) £23. Coach leaves Fant Lane 9.00am. Contact (G)
Monday 22nd August  Petanque at the Redstart Pub. 10.00am.
Tuesday 23rd August BarmARA AGM and Monthly Meeting Fant Hall from 1.30pm
Monday 5th September Coffee Morning at Barming Parish Hall 10.00 to 12.00
Tuesday 13th September Line Dancing at Fant Hall re-commences.
Tuesday 13th September Committee Meeting at Barming Parish Hall
Wednesday 14th September A coach trip has been arranged to the Lee Valley  Broxbourne where we take a cruise on the River Lee with coffee and a Danish included. Lunch will be at Waltham Abbey where we pick up the coach with a Blue Badge Guide and drive past the White Water Centre where the 2012 Olympic Canoe Slalom events will be held. Cost £30. Leave Fant Hall 8.45am.Contact (G)
Friday 16th September Quiz Night at Fant Hall from 7.00pm to 10.00pm. £6 a ticket includes food Teams of six or preferably eight (MG)  
Tuesday 27th September BarmARA Monthly Meeting at Fant Hall from 1.15pm
Monday 3rd October Coffee Morning at Barming Parish Hall. 10.00 to 12.00
Saturday 8th October. KentARA Supper and Race Night at Ditton Community Centre, Kiln Barn Rd. 7.30pm to 10.30pm. (Doors open from 7.00pm) Tickets - £6.00 per person.  Contact (W)
Tuesday 11th October BarmARA Committee Meeting at Barming Parish Hall.
Tuesday 25th October BarmARA Monthly Meeting at Fant Hall from 1.15pm
Monday 7th November Coffee Morning at Barming Parish Hall 10.00 to 12.00
Tuesday 8th November BarmARA Committee Meeting Barming Parish Hall
Tuesday 22nd November BarmARA Monthly Meeting Fant Hall from 1.15pm
Monday 5th to Friday 9th December Coach Trip to Rudesheim on the Rhine staying at the Park Hotel. Three excursions included in price of £337. Travel by Brookline. £40 deposit required and we recommend a £12 cancellation Insurance. More details follow Contact (Mo).
Tuesday 20th December. Diary Christmas Lunch at Grangemoor Hotel. £10 deposit required on booking.(Mo) Limited numbers so Book Early
Saturday 31st March 2012. A note for your 2012 diary Barn Dance at Fant Hall. More details to follow (D)

Contacts: - (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen (Mo) 661498.(W) Wendy 729771.  (D) Dave 670034.

 (N) Neil 727066   (MG) Maurice 669421
 

BARMARA
Neil Kenwright - Chairman.
    Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 71 JUNE 2011.
www.barmara.org.uk

So eventually the day arrived and we set off in Archie's bus for the mystery destination. After a couple of hours wending our way through delightful countryside and staying well away from motorways and stopping for a mid-morning break at Heavens Farm in Ashdown Forest where they have a free-ranging collection of crazy chickens, and after much ever-changing speculation, knowing calculation and blind stabbing in the dark we arrived at our mystery destination - charmingly genteel, old-fashioned Worthing, just in time for a fish & chips lunch. The day remained sunny and warm; there were bargains to be had in the shops and in the street market just behind the Front; we relaxed on the pier and the ice creams cost only £1. Our driver took the more direct route back to Maidstone so we arrived home in time for tea.  Thanks to Gloria and Archie the driver for a good trip.

 We tried a new format at our Kurling session this month when Dave organised a competition.  26 players were randomly organised into teams of 2 and each team played 3 games each of six ends and each game against a different team. The total score of each game was added up to find the team with the highest score. There were some interesting and very competitive games with husbands playing against wives. The mid-session break was fortified with coffee and biscuits thanks to Val Mayger.  The team of Maureen Kenwright and Marie Everett with 20 points won by an enormous margin. The teams of Sue Brenton and Marion Brown and Val Eates and Ken Comber were runners up. Our Chairman Neil and his team partner Eileen Moles with 6 points just managed to beat Peter Dickenson and Freda Pearce with 7 points into last place. It was a very good morning that we all enjoyed and we hope that Dave will do it again.

Our August Meeting which incorporates the Annual General Meeting (AGM) is fast approaching and it will be the time when you will be able to influence the membership of the Committee and the direction of our Active Retirement Association. If you want change then that will be the time to voice your opinion.

As a member of KentARA we circulate our Newsletter to other groups by email and similarly those groups who produce a newsletter reciprocate.  If you have an email address and would like to see these then let Maurice know and he will send them to you.

We have three new associate members and we welcome Reg and Ann Weller and Mrs Deborah Langworthy.

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.


Quiz. - Our winner of the April Quiz was David Williams.  David is an Associate Member. Once again, this month, Jackie Boyle, Dorothy Tyler, Daphne Sutherland and Jen Cornish narrowly missed out going into the winners circle by one point..

Answers to the APRIL  2011 Quiz that was a silly quiz about the names of classical music composers.
Q1.Shubert (Shoo Bert). Q2. Liszt (List). Q3. Britten (Britain). Q4. DeBussy (De pussy). Q5. Bach (Bark). Q6. Handel (Handle). Q7. Haydn (Hiding). Q8. Offenbach (Often Bark). Q9. Chopin (Show Pain). Q10. Brahms (Miss Brahms, Mr. Lucas liked her).


JUNE 2011 Quiz  Questions  
Q1. What is a PULPATOON? Q2. Which river forms the lake in Mote Park? Q3. In the Doomsday Book it was called CHENTH, what is it known as today? Q4.  How did Pratt's Bottom in Kent get its name from? Q5.If a collection of Magpies is known as a Tiding or Gulp or Charm or Murder What is a collection of Starlings known as? Q6.  What is the only continent occupied by only one country? Q7.  What connection does Lady Ghilaine have to the Sun Newspaper? Q8.  In pre-decimalisation, how many old pennies were there in one and a half guineas? Q9.  What does the acronym WYSIWYG mean? Q10. It is in the church

Answers please in the box at the next Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by the Monday before the meeting so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw. We would welcome contributions for the Quiz from any Member. It could be on any subject providing it is legal and decent!!


On This Day in History- 28th June

1491 King Henry VIII was born
1838 Coronation of Queen Victoria
1914 Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo precipitating WWI
1919 Peace Treaty signed in the Palace of Versailles.
1994 The 17.30hrs train from Paignton to Exeter was cancelled because the conductor
          wasn't wearing a tie.

Speaker
Today, John Mills the ex-Prison Officer is on a return visit and will give us a talk on "Have our communities changed over the years"

Last month our Speaker was Nick Thomas who regaled us with stories about his life as a comedy scriptwriter. Nick's overriding premise was that observing real life provides much more comedy material than that of imagination.  Nick spent many years as scriptwriter for the "Huddlines" and told many stories about the stars of that show including meeting Julian Cleary in make-up. Nick speaks at many WI, and ARA type meeting and always remembers Enoch Powell's maxim. "When given a time limit for your speech always start with a full bladder as this gives you a sense of urgency". We listened to an excerpt of the Boris Yeltsin sketch and to the story of the plumber Barry Balldock and the Space Station.  This and stories about John Wayne Bobbit and Willington Court ended a very enjoyable time listening to him.


 ALL MEMBERS whether FULL or ASSOCIATE are welcome to attend the following activities : Art Group. Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183. Line Dancing Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066.  Handicrafts Contact Mo Smith 661498. BarmARA Singles Contact either Wendy Thorpe 729771 or Peter Dickenson 755350. For the following activities see the Events Diary.  Coffee Morning , Ten Pin Bowling, Kurling. Petanque. Rambles

Art Group. The Art Group has proved so popular that unfortunately because of constraints on the size of the Parish Hall we are unable to accommodate or take any new members for the time being.

If you haven't been successful in obtaining your Olympic Tickets, don't worry because you will be able to see the Olympic torch, as it will pass through Maidstone on July 19th 2012 as part of an 8,000-mile relay ahead of next year's games. The Torch will stop overnight in Maidstone and the stop will act as an "evening celebration location" where the torch will rest before moving onto other areas the next day. It will arrive in the UK from Greece on May 18th 2012 and will travel for 70 days throughout the UK before arriving at the Olympic Stadium in east London for the opening ceremony of the games.  Does anyone remember when it passed through Maidstone in 1948? Do we have any members who may have been honoured to carry the Olympic Torch?

We are getting frequent visitors to the Royal Albert Hall as once again we went up to town by coach  to see "Strictly Gershwin" This show is a dazzling homage to George Gershwin, the big band era and the razzmatazz of the thirties. The dancers of English National Ballet were joined by special guests and a live jazz orchestra for this fabulous in the round dance spectacular. Our toes never stopped tapping to all the Gershwin favourites such as "Strike up the Band, Someone to watch over me, ‘s Wonderful, I got rhythm and many more. The dancers performed a truly exciting Rhumba to the music of "It aint necessarily so" Another beautiful performance was by Tamara Rojo who danced the girl part in the staging of "An American in Paris" to the music of "Rhapsody in Blue " They don't write music like this nowadays.  Thanks Mo for a great trip.

Tuesday 19th July will see the first meeting for our production of the Pantomime "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"  at the Parish Hall (see the Events Diary)  If you would like to participate in any capacity whatsoever then do please come along as every one will be welcome and you will enjoy yourself as it will be a lot of fun.

As a rule we generally do not recommend web sites. Nevertheless we would like to bring your attention of those members who have access to the Internet to this web site www.moneysavingexpert.com/tips  run by Martyn Lewis.  Using the information supplied  on this site one of our members was able to get the Inland Revenue to drop a claim for back income  tax they alleged he had underpaid.  As a result, our member managed to get them to drop their claim for over £650 under the Extra Statutory Concession A19.  All it took was two letters and an hour or so getting all the facts. It was well worth the small effort.


Events Diary  - List of Activities, Trips and Excursions

Friday 1st July Kurling at TA Centre. Boxley Road, at 10.00am (J)
Friday 1st to Monday 4th July   All Tickets for the  Paris by the Eurostar have now been sold...  (G)
Monday 11th July Coffee Morning at Barming Parish Hall from 10.00am - NOTE NEW DATE
Monday 18th July Ramble around Tonbridge Park of about 4 miles. Bus Service No. 7 leaves Maidstone Bus Station H1 at 10.02am, Barming 10.18am. Lunch can be taken at Wetherspoons.  Contact Ann 738762
Tuesday 19th July. Our first rehearsal for the Pantomime "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" Parish Hall at 3.30pm. All those interested in taking part in some capacity please come along, everybody will be welcome. It will be fun (D)
Friday 22nd July. Coach trip to Waterperry Gardens in Wheatley Oxon. Beautiful Gardens, Art in Action, River Walk, Country Life Museum and Tea Shop. Cost £23. Leave Fant Hall 9.00am. Contact (Mo)
Monday 25th July Petanque at the Redstart Pub 10.00am. Lunch Optional (D)
Friday 5th August Kurling at TA Centre. Boxley Road, at 10.00am (D)
Wednesday 17th August Trip to Althorp House home of the Spencer family and the late Princess Diana. Admission to the House and Gardens. Optional (A) Afternoon tea in the State Dining Room or (B) in the Cafeteria. Cost - (A) £38 or (B) £23. Coach leaves Fant Lane 9.00am. Contact (G)
Wednesday 14th September  A trip has been arranged for a tour of the Lee Valley to Broxbourne where we take a cruise on the River Lee with coffee and a Danish included. Lunch will be at Waltham Abbey where we pick up the coach with a Blue Badge Guide and drive past the White Water Centre where the 2012 Olympic Canoe Slalom events will be held. Cost  £30. Leave Fant Hall 8.45am.Contact (G)
Friday 16th September Quiz Night at Fant Hall from 7.00pm to 10.00pm.(MG)
Saturday 8th October. KentARA Supper and Race Night at Ditton Community Centre, Kiln Barn Rd. 7.30pm to 10.30pm. (Doors open from 7.00pm) Tickets - £6.00 per person.  Contact (W)
Monday 5th to Friday 9th December Coach Trip to Rudesheim on the Rhine staying at the Park Hotel. Three excursions included in price of £337. Travel by Brookline. £40 deposit required and we recommend a £12 cancellation Insurance. More details follow Contact (Mo).
Tuesday 20th December. Diary Christmas Lunch at Grangemoor Hotel. More details to follow

2012
Saturday 31st March 2012. A note for your 2012 diary Barn Dance at Fant Hall. More details to follow


Contacts: - (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen (Mo) 661498.(W) Wendy 729771.
                    (D) Dave 670034.  (N) Neil 727066   (J) John Grognet 687415
                    (MG) Maurice 669421

 

BARMARA
Neil Kenwright - Chairman.
    Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 70 MAY 2011.
www.barmara.org.uk

This is issue No. 70 of the monthly Newsletter and is another milestone in the history of BarmARA

Following on from our "Magic Session" with Jack Delvin our Speaker at the April Meeting, Mo and Maureen conjured up a right royal and delicious Easter Meeting cream tea and we all indulged ourselves with the now traditional scones accompanied by a pot of double cream and jam.  We didn't even have to move from our seats as members of the Committee brought it to us in a very professional manner. Thanks to all who were involved in this Meeting.

The trip to London to visit the Law Courts and other sites and buildings with a legal connection proved to be full of interest and was a very successful trip. We had a very good pub lunch and were entertained by the sight and antics of Dave Mayger falling off of his stool into the Bar.

The BARMARA spring holiday this year was to Warner's Hotel at Cricket St Thomas Somerset. If you remember it was where they filmed the television series ‘To the Manor Born' with Penelope Keith. On a nice sunny Bank Holiday Monday we boarded the coach for Somerset. On the way we stopped for lunch in Salisbury and had time to explore this Wiltshire town. We arrived at Cricket in time for afternoon tea. This gave us time to explore our surroundings before Dinner.  It lies in a valley with forty-eight acres of well-tended gardens. Most of the rooms had been newly refurbished and were in excellent condition, as was the restaurant. The meals were either carvery or waiter service from the kitchen again had a job to fault. In the evening quite a few of us enjoyed dancing and watching the cabaret. others just enjoyed a walk in the grounds or a quiet drink in the bar. Our first day excursion was entitled ‘Avalon and the summer people'. This was a guided tour that proved to be very popular. We went down narrow roads across the Somerset levels which can be compared to the Fens in East Anglia. Morning coffee was taken at Cheddar Gorge and then a short trip to Wells for lunch. The afternoon was taken up with a return trip to Cricket. Wednesday was a morning at leisure and then at one o'clock we set off for Lyme Regis. Enough said, it was a cold day and very windy, added to that I'm afraid it has seen better days and all the nice shops have been taken over by souvenir ones. That also applies to the cafes. Thursday Peter our driver gave us a mystery tour ending up in the lovely resort of Sidmouth. The only thing that spoilt it was the weather again cold with the east wind. We returned home Friday feeling tired but most enjoying the holiday. A couple of unfortunate accidents happened just before we left but we managed to get everybody home safely.  See photographs on the web site www.barmara.org.uk

Unfortunately, Dave had to change the usual day for our Petanque session and this clashed with the Art Group meeting and consequently several members were unable to attend. Nevertheless, this session at the Redstart Pub in North Street attracted 23 members. We are all getting quite good at this game and saw some excellent and tactical shots. It was lovely weather and the sound of boule on boule and Oohs and Aahs could easily be heard by our vice-chairman Gloria as she sat in her garden enjoying a Pimms or as she said a cup of coffee.
Quiz. - We had five winners this month, Brian Lawrence, Jackie Boyle, Dorothy Tyler, Tony Brenton and Jean Wells, but the Winner of the March Quiz was Brian Lawrence as his name was drawn out of the hat first.. Thanks to all who entered this quiz especially Dorothy Sutherland who missed out by only one wrong answer.

Answers to the March  2011 Quiz that was all about Queen Elizabeth ll.

Q1. Winston Churchill. Q2. Three. Q3. Alexandra. Q4. Eight. Q5. Trooping of the Colour. Q6 Mary l, Mary Tudor. Q7 The Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne. Q8. The Royal Yacht Britannia.**  Q9. Wales.  Q10.  Pigeon Racing.
** Although as Brian Lawrence quite rightly pointed out this is not strictly true as the Royal Yacht Britannia was launched BEFORE she was Crowned although she had acceded to the throne at the time of the launch.

May 2011 Quiz  Questions    WHAT LINKS....... All with a Maidstone flavour bar one!
Q1.  James Burke the TV Presenter and Lord Beeching to Maidstone.  Q2. The Planet Mars to Maidstone. Q3. Wove Paper to Maidstone  Q4. A Bull, Horseshoes, Victoria and a Walnut Tree to East Farleigh.  Q5  Other than by marriage, Mr. Malcolm and Mrs Cynthia Robertson to Maidstone  Q6. The Duchess of Cambridge and Maidstone.  Q7. The Himalayas to Maidstone Q8. Frances Kidder to Maidstone. Q9. An Iguandon, Gideon Mantell and Maidstone.   and just as a bit of trivia and no connection with Maidstone whatsoever
Q10. Where in the world, since 1959 has it been legal to marry a dead person?

Answers please in the box at the next Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by the Monday before the meeting so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw. We would welcome contributions for the Quiz from any Member. It could be on any subject providing it is legal and decent!!


On This Day in History- 24th May. 
1819: Queen Victoria was born
1930: Amy Johnson was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia
1956: The first Eurovision Song Contest was held in Lugano Switzerland.
           The winning song's title was "Refrain" and was sung by Lys Assia from Switzerland.
1995: Ex Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Harold Wilson died

Jack Delvin, the President of the Magic Circle, entertained us at our April Meeting. He told us how as a young boy when he was evacuated, he read a J.B. Priestly book and this sent him down the avenue of life as a magician.  He returned home to Bromley during the Blitz.  His first public professional spot was as a street entertainer in Leicester Square where he amassed a fee of 10/-. He also gave us an insight as to the history of how magic came about through the ages. The old bottle and coin trick and the scarves and knots trick demonstrated just how good a magician he is.  Towards the end of his talk he managed to get two people from the audience to help him out.  Brian Wade and Carole Eyre enthusiastically volunteered to help Jack with the Chinese Rings trick and both learnt that "wriggle, wriggle, blow blow" are the magic words. A mind reading trick ended a very interesting and enjoyable session.

Today, our Speaker is Nick Thomas who is going to talk to us about his life as a "Comedy Writer.  Next month we see the return of John Mills the ex-Prison Officer and he will give us a talk on "Have our communities changed over the years"

ALL MEMBERS whether FULL or ASSOCIATE are welcome to attend the following activities : Art Group. Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183. Line Dancing Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066.  Handicrafts Contact Mo Smith 661498. BarmARA Singles Contact either Wendy Thorpe 729771 or Peter Dickenson 755350. For the following activities see the Events Diary.  Coffee Morning , Ten Pin Bowling, Kurling. Petanque. Rambles

Art Group. The Art Group has proved so popular that unfortunately because of constraints on the size of the Parish Hall we are unable to accommodate or take any new members for the time being.

The Kent Fire & Rescue Service is running a scheme encouraging the most vulnerable members of our community to contact them to book a free home safety visit. Their freephone number is 0800 923 7000.  Once the person rings them, friendly staff from the Kent Fire and Rescue Service will take some information from them and arrange a time to visit them in their home to offer safety advice and fit a free smoke alarm. They also have a range of fire safety devices for the visually and hearing impaired people as well as other special gadgets e.g. if someone is getting forgetful about turning off the cooker.  It takes about 30 minutes and the visit and any equipment they fit is all free. If YOU know anybody who is elderly or in poor health, has mobility problems, lives alone, is on medication that makes them sleepy or uses an old or unstable heater, then encourage them to contact The Kent Fire & Rescue Service on the above freephone number.

For those with a passing interest in Golf, The Open Championship takes place at Royal St. George at Sandwich from the 10th to 17th July this year. I happened to look at the final results at the last Open held there in 2003 and saw that Lee Westwood came in 76th, This year the bookies rate him 2nd to Tiger Woods at odds of 12:1. He must be doing something right.

Dave Mayger has reminded me that he is still looking for those Barmarian Thespians who would like to take part - in any capacity - in the pantomime that we are producing in November. If you see yourself in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" then please contact Dave on 670034 or any Committee member.

Our fame a Kurling experts is spreading far and wide within the Kentara family as we have been asked by several ARA's to pop along to their meeting place and demonstrate the game of New Age Kurling to them. On Friday 13th!!! we held our own very popular Kurling Session at the TA Centre in Boxley Road Maidstone. It is well worth coming along if you haven't tried it yet.

The monthly Committee Meeting took place on Tuesday 10th May when many things associated with the club got discussed including our trips and waiting lists and would you believe next year's holiday.  The Committee want to remind you all that even if a trip is fully booked it is worth for both full and associate members putting your name down on a waiting list as very, very often places do become available.

(Pisstt.. a little seagull whispered to me that the incidents at Cricket St. Thomas were: Wendy Thorpe had her ice cream pinched by a seagull, Geoff Figgett MBE locked himself out of his room, two well known members were offered a double room but insisted they booked two singles, another well known member fell out of bed and poor old Lucky Jim broke his wrist .)

 

 

Events Diary  - List of Activities, Trips and Excursions

Wednesday 25th May  A Mystery day trip has been arranged with Archie of New
Enterprise.  Leave Fant Hall 9.30am.  Price £10 (G)

Friday 3rd June Kurling at TA Centre. Boxley Road, at 10.00am (D)
Monday 13th June Petanque 10.00am at the Redstart Pub. Lunch optional. Contact (D)
Monday 20th June Ramble. Meet at Teston Country Park 10.00am for a walk along the River Medway to Wateringbury  returning via Tutsham Hall and The Tickled Trout pub and back to Teston. Approx. 4 miles and 2 stiles.  Laurie can give lift to 4 walkers to Teston.  Contact Laurie on 726918
Tuesday 28th June BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall from 1.00pm

Friday 1st July Kurling at TA Centre. Boxley Road, at 10.00am (J)
Friday 1st to Monday 4th July   All Tickets for the  Paris by the Eurostar have now been sold. 3 nights good quality hotel. Comprehensive sightseeing tour of Paris. Visit to Versailles. Visit to Montmartre and Sacre Coeur. Evening tour of Paris illuminations. Fully escorted by French speaking tour manager. Price for Bed and Breakfast and including coach to and from Ebsfleet - £260.  (G)
Monday 11th July Coffee Morning at Barming Parish Hall from 10.00am - NOTE NEW DATE
Friday 22nd July. Coach trip to Waterperry Gardens in Wheatley Oxon. Beautiful Gardens, Art in Action, River Walk, Country Life Museum and Tea Shop. Cost £23. Leave Fant Hall 9.00am. Contact (Mo)

Friday 5th August Kurling at TA Centre. Boxley Road, at 10.00am (D)
Wednesday 17th August Trip to Althorp House home of the Spencer family and the late Princess Diana. Admission to the House and Gardens. Optional (A) Afternoon tea in the State Dining Room or (B) in the Cafeteria. Cost - (A) £38 or (B) £23. Coach leaves Fant Lane 9.00am. Contact (G)

Friday 16th September Quiz Night at Fant Hall from 7.00pm to 10.00pm.(MG)

Monday 5th to Friday 9th December Coach Trip to Rudesheim on the Rhine staying at the Park Hotel. Three excursions included in price of £337. Travel by Brookline. £40 deposit required and we recommend a £12 cancellation Insurance. More details follow Contact (Mo).
Tuesday 20th December. Diary Christmas Lunch at Grangemoor Hotel. More details to follow

2012
Saturday 31st March 2012. For your diary Barn Dance at Fant Hall. More details to follow
Contacts: - (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen (Mo) 661498.(W) Wendy 729771.
                    (D) Dave 670034.  (N) Neil  727066   (J) John Grognet 687415
                    (MG) Maurice 669421

BARMARA
Neil Kenwright - Chairman.
    Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 69 April 2011.
www.barmara.org.uk

 Peter Franklin R.I.P
Our good friend and long time member of BarmARA, Peter Franklin passed away on Wednesday 23rd March.  Peter was a resident of Barming for many years and was a past Editor of this Newsletter. He will be sadly missed; we send our condolences to his wife, Eileen and daughters Laura and Sally.

At our March Meeting the Chairman - Neil - gave the members details of the Beechwood Hall Survey (see the March issue of the Newsletter) followed by the news that the Beechwood Hall Management Committee have limited the occupation of the Hall to 100 persons.  As a result, Neil told the Meeting that we would not move to Beechwood Hall and continue to meet at Fant Hall. This news caused a lot of clapping and "hoorays". It was obviously a very popular decision.

On Friday 18th March, we left Fant Hall by Coach at 4.30pm for the Albert Hall to see the "Classic Spectacular" and arrived there about 6.15pm. The doors did not open until 6.45pm but by the time we all got off the coach and wandered round to the entrance we were able to go into the bar for a welcome drink. Our seats were almost the same as we had for the Christmas show, very good, we could see the orchestra and choir and had a good view of the laser lights that were going all through the show as well as the artillery waving flags and firing cannons. We thought the Christmas show was good but this really lived up to its name - SPECTACULAR. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra entertained us with a choir of over 90 and two superb soloist, plus the band of the Welsh Guards. They played all the favourite classical tunes, including, Rule Britannia, March of the Slavs, Bolero, Pomp and Circumstance and the Toreador's song from Carmen. The finale was of course the 1812 overture with the cannons firing and fireworks being set off all over the hall, also hundreds of red, white and blue balloons were released from the ceiling. We left the hall feeling elated and boarded the coach, which was waiting outside to bring us home. A very enjoyable and memorable evening was had by all. Those members who could not go and like the classics, you really missed out, look out for the next performance and book your seats, you will not be disappointed.  well done Maureen for organising it, and thanks to Brenda Sargent for writing this good report of the visit.

On Friday 1st April another well-attended Kurling Session was held at the Boxley Road TA Centre. We only managed to get in 3 games this morning as Dave and Val Mayger had to do some housekeeping and clear up after the last users of the hall before we could lay out the targets and other paraphernalia and commence play. Nevertheless we all enjoyed ourselves. Modesty forbids... but is understood that some players won all three games!

Our last 10 Pin Bowling session of the season took place on 7th April at the Maidstone Bowl. We now concentrate on Petanque.  10 Pin Bowling will return later in the year. Watch out for date in the Events Diary here in the Newsletter and on our Web Site Events Calendar. www.barmara.org.uk


Quiz. - Winner of the February Quiz was John Grognet. Thanks to Daphne Sutherland, Jackie Boyle, Tony Brenton and Dorothy Tyler as Runners-up. John should be congratulated as he offered to take the honours but not the prize money, as he is a Committee member. However, Chairman Neil persuaded him to "take the Money."

Answers to the February  2011 Quiz
Q1. 1801 Q2. Discovery of the circulation of blood in the human body. Q3. The right of tenants to graze their swine in the woods of a Manor. Q4. Joseph. Q5. A Grouse. Q6. The Postman Thomas Brown in the TV Series Lar Rise to Candleford. Q7. 100. Q8. Phyllis. Q9. Cooking Pot. Q10.4th Day. Q11. Eight. Q12. Purple. Q13. Violent Storm. Q14. Skegness in 1936l. Q15. Clothes and Textiles.
 
April 2011 Quiz (This Quiz, was submitted by John Bell so it is a bit quirky and the answers will make you squirm - so he says) From the clues given, can you identify 10 Classical Composers....  It will definitely make you think.

Q1. Go away Albert!.  Q2. Lean to one side.  Q3. United Kingdom.  Q4. The cat.  Q5. Goes round the trunk of a tree.  Q6. Turn it to go in.  Q7. What I got for being naughty.  Q8. A noisy dog does it.  Q9. Display French bread?  Q10. Miss......Are you free?

Answers please in the box at the next Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by the Monday before the meeting so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw. We would welcome contributions for the Quiz from any Member. It could be on any subject providing it is legal and decent!!

Stargazing in May; Look up towards the south and you'll spot a distinctly orange-coloured star that lords it over a huge area of sky devoid of other bright stars.  This is Arturus the brightest star in the constellation of Boötes.  A sure sign that summer is on the way. The Eta Aquarid meteor shower falls on 4/5th May when tiny pieces of Halley's Comet burn up in the Earth's atmosphere. The planet Saturn will be visible in the south sitting in the constellation of Virgo. A full moon will be on the 14th May.

Art Group. The Art Group has proved so popular that unfortunately because of constraints on the size of the Parish Hall we are unable to accommodate or take any new members for the time being.

Dave Mayger is planning to produce a pantomime this year and is looking for and hoping that those members who would like to participate - singing, acting, or helping in any way - will contact him. Those members who took part in the Christmas BarmARA Spectacular last year all said how much they enjoyed themselves; so how about it  Barmarians?

As a Speaker last month we had Almond Greenway to entertain us with a mixture of songs and stories of his life. He has had a very colourful life so far, appearing in "Opportunity Knocks", running a restaurant in Switzerland, having a Ronnie Kray connection, touring the Far East with his 3-year-old son. He sang a diverse range of songs from "Scarlet Ribbons", "Galway Shawl", "The Days of Curley Spencer" to "If You Were the Only Girl in the World" and a Buddy Holly Medley.

 Today, Jack Devlin is our Speaker and he will give us a talk on "My Magic Life". In May, we have asked Nick Thomas to talk about his life as a "Comedy Writer.


ALL MEMBERS whether FULL or ASSOCIATE are welcome to attend the following activities : Art Group. Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183. Line Dancing Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066.  Handicrafts Contact Mo Smith 661498. BarmARA Singles Contact either Wendy Thorpe 729771 or Peter Dickenson 755350. For the following activities see the Events Diary.  Coffee Morning , Ten Pin Bowling, Kurling. Petanque. Rambles

We have been warned recently of a "Scam" involving fraudulent BT calls:
Fraudsters, pretending to be from various phone companies, have been calling people on the pretence that there is an outstanding bill and threatening to disconnect their line immediately if they do not pay the bill straight away. BT does not do this so beware and don't get caught!

An "Introduction to Digital Photography" was held at the Parish Hall on Wednesday 6th April
When Ray Austin gave a very professional talk on digital photography, starting with a brief history of photography and the evolution of cameras and how producing and viewing of photographs has developed. A practical demonstration of taking photographs and the using the editing suite PICASA 3 proved very informative. The editing program PICASA 3 can be down loaded from the Internet free of charge and looks an easy program to use. After the talk Ray took questions and used his equipment to answer and demonstrate people's digital photography problems. There was only one problem with Ray's equipment, that when he went to print his edited photographs the printer would not work, just goes to show even experts have problems with their computer equipment. Thanks to Brian Wade for organising this very informative and instructive talk. Look out for Ray as a Speaker at one of our Meetings later in the year.

Once again the Barn Dance on Saturday evening 9th April at Fant Hall proved a very poplar event with a full house of 60 members and guests ready to dance to the music and calling by Margaret Browning. The choice of Fant Hall for this event was fully justified, as there was plenty of room for tables and chairs and dancing.  The Ploughman's Supper provided by Maureen Kenwright was up to her usual excellent standard as was the Raffle arranged by Judy almost all of the prizes went to good Committee Member's Homes - Maureen, Wendy and Peter D. Wendy won two prizes but the good soul she is put her second prize back to be redrawn. Max Power was also a winner. All the dance sets were great fun.  After walking through the movements Margaret played the music for the set and called out the moves.  It is surprising how many collisions and wrong turns were made, but this only made it more fun.  The most popular dance was "Strip the Willow" For those who know this dance you can imagine the chaos it caused.  We finished the evening with a medley dance including "Knees up Mother Brown" and other music hall and patriotic type tunes.  It was a really great evening superbly organised once again by Dave Mayger.  At the end of the evening, when Margaret Browning called out "Do you want another Barn Dance Evening" we all roared back in response "YES" See Pictures posted to our web site. www.barmara.org.uk

Monday 11 April saw a wonderful sunny morning and 20 members converge on the Redstart Pub for the year's first session of Petanque. Our Petanque expert Ken Comber had been busy manicuring the "piste" and organiser Dave Mayger soon had us in teams. It took a few ends to get back into the swing and to remember the Rules. We all took tea or Coffee half way through and then it was back to the game. Most members stayed for Lunch which a reasonable £8.50p included the meal, tea or coffee and a soft drink. Thanks Ken for all your hard work and for the tomato plants you generously gave away.   (see pictures of this event on our website) The next Petanque session is 10th May.


Events Diary  - List of Activities, Trips and Excursions

Friday 29th April.  For those BarmARIANS with an Invitation -The Royal Wedding 
Monday 2nd May to 6th. Holiday to Warners Cricket St. Thomas. Contact (N)
Monday 9th  May Coffee Morning at the Parish Hall 10.00am to 12 Noon
Tuesday 10th May Petanque. 10.00am at the Redstart Pub in North Street. Lunch Optional. Contact (D)
Tuesday 10th May BarmARA Committee Meeting Barming Parish Hall 3.30pm
Friday 13th May Kurling at TA Centre. Boxley Road, 10.00am (D)
Monday May 16th Ramble - meet 10 am The Bull Public House, East Farleigh. Please park on the gravel at the far end of car park. 4 miles around East and West Farleigh, Hill at start of walk and 3 stiles. Optional lunch after walk at the Bulll. Contact Dorothy on  726389
Tuesday 24th May. BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall.  From 1.00pm
Wednesday 25th May  A Mystery day trip has been arranged with Archie of New
Enterprise.  Leave Fant Hall 9.30am.  Price £10 (G)
Friday 3rd June Kurling at TA Centre. Boxley Road, at 10.00am (D)
Monday 20th June Ramble. Meet at Teston Country Park 10.00am for a walk along the River Medway to Wateringbury  returning via Tutsham Hall and The Tickled Trout pub and back to Teston. Approx. 4 miles and 2 stiles.  Laurie can give lift to 4 walkers to Teston.  Contact Laurie on 726918
Tuesday 28th June BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall from 1.00pm
Friday 1st July Kurling at TA Centre. Boxley Road, at 10.00am (J)
Friday 1st to Monday 4th July   All Tickets for the  Paris by the Eurostar have now been sold. 3 nights good quality hotel. Comprehensive sightseeing tour of Paris. Visit to Versailles. Visit to Montmartre and Sacre Coeur. Evening tour of Paris illuminations. Fully escorted by French speaking tour manager. Price for Bed and Breakfast and including coach to and from Ebsfleet - £260.  (G)
Monday 11th July Coffee Morning at Barming Parish Hall from 10.00am - NOTE NEW DATE
Friday 22nd July. Coach trip to Waterperry Gardens in Wheatley Oxon. Beautiful Gardens, Art in Action, River Walk, Country Life Museum and Tea Shop. Cost £23. Leave Fant Hall 9.00am. Contact (Mo)
Friday 5th August Kurling at TA Centre. Boxley Road, at 10.00am (D)
Wednesday 17th August Trip to Althorp House home of the Spencer family and the late Princess Diana. Admission to the House and Gardens. Optional (A) Afternoon tea in the State Dining Room or (B) in the Cafeteria. Cost - (A) £38 or (B) £23. Coach leaves Fant Lane 9.00am. Contact (G)
Monday 5th to Friday 9th December Coach Trip to Rudesheim on the Rhine staying at the Park Hotel. Three excursions included in price of £337. Travel by Brookline. £40 deposit required and we recommend a £12 cancellation Insurance. More details follow Contact (Mo).
 Tuesday 20th December. Diary Christmas Lunch at Grangemoor Hotel. More details to follow
Contacts: - (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen (Mo) 661498.(W) Wendy 729771.
                    (D) Dave 670034.  (N) Neil  727066   (J) John Grognet


 

 

 

Issue No 68 MARCH 2011. www.barmara.org.uk

 Chairman Neil Kenwright

We offer our best wishes to the following members who are not too well at present and wish them all a very speedy recovery to full health. Brian Cornish, Margaret Skinner and Joan Williams.

                                                                      Special General Meeting

                                             held at Fant Community Hall On Tuesday, 22nd February 2011

The meeting commenced at 1.30pm with the Chairman, Neil Kenwright, welcoming members. He then explained that the reason for this Special General Meeting was that the Committee would like Clause 3 of our Constitution which deals with membership numbers amended and rules can only be changed with members' approval. Our Constitution at the moment allows a membership of 135 and we normally have an attendance of about 85 - 90 each month. Fire Regulations for Fant Community Hall allow for a larger attendance., so we could take on a few more full members. There is also the possibility of the Club moving to the new Beechwood Hall and so with the changes that could happen in the near future, it would be easier for the Committee to get membership numbers right with the amendment of this Clause. Neil then read the Clause and its proposed amendment to the Meeting. Jean Pilbeam proposed and Val Power seconded the amendment, which was then unanimously approved by the membership. IT WAS RESOLVED that the Constitution of BarmARA be amended as follows: Clause 3 (MEMBERSHIP) Line 4 which reads "The club's membership shall be limited to 135 members." shall be amended to read "The Club's membership shall be set by the Committee." Neil thanked members and the meeting closed at 1.35pm. We were pleased to see three new faces at out Meeting those of Colin Prince and Joan and John Wells. As we didn't arrange for a Speaker for the meeting Dave Mayger put our time to a Social Occasion. There were quizzes such as guess the Committee member from a baby photo, Guess the location of pictures of Maidstone, Card Games, Dominos, Beetle, and balloon sculpting sessions with prizes on offer. It was also John Grognet's 72nd birthday and he was good enough to provide cakes (via Lorna I suspect) for everyone at teatime. Many of our members brought in old family photos and mementos and they created a lot of interest and discussion. Particularly Betty Webb and Pat Whatford. The buzz of conversation was indicative that we were all enjoying ourselves. Prizes were won as follows: John Whatford for the most unusual photo, Joan Wade for guessing the Committee's baby photos, Jackie Boyle for recognising the Maidstone Photos, Joan Taylor for the Beetle games, Lily Stewart for breaking more balloons than anybody and Eileen Jeffreys for the card games. It was a very happy time and social occasion thanks to everyone who planned, arranged and took part. Important matters regarding the proposed move to Beechwood Hall have now been resolved and are detailed inside on Page 3.

We welcome Wendy Westbrook of Farleigh Court as a new Member.

Quiz. - Winner of the January Quiz was Jean Wells.  Maggie Barclay and Betty Webb also got all the answers correct, but their names didn't come out of the hat.  Runners up this month were: Jackie Boyle, John Barton, Dorothy Tyler, Tony Brenton, Daphne Sutherland and Pat Whatford. Thanks to you all and also to Jen Cornish who set the Quiz.

Answers to the January 2011
Q1. Brambles. Q2. 723. Q3. Sebastian Vettel. Q4. Sydney Harbour Bridge. Q5. Lloyd Bridges. Q6. Brecon Beacon. Q7. Barbican. Q8. Black Beauty. Q9. Bill Beaumont. Q10. Brigadier. Q11. Rupert the Bear. Q12. Birmingham. Q13. A woman of exceptional beauty and goodness. Q14. Alexander Graham Bell. Q15. Barnum
 
March 2011 Quiz. With the Royal Wedding in mind here are 10 questions about Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll

Q1. There have been twelve British Prime Ministers since HM The Queen's accession in 1952. Who was the first?   Q2 When Princess Elizabeth was born in May 1926, what number in line to the throne was she? Q3. Alphabetically, which of Queen Elizabeth's three Christian names comes first?  Q4. How many grandchildren does The Queen have? Q5. Which annual event in London marks The Queen's official birthday in June? Q6. Apart from Queen Elizabeth 11, who is the only other British Queen to marry a Philip? Q7. The Queen visited Australia in March 2006 to open which sporting event? Q8 What is the name of the first ship launched in 1953 by the Queen after her coronation? Q9. The Queen's wedding ring was made from a nugget of gold mined in which part of the UK? Q10. "Sandringham Lightning" owned by The Queen, was a winner of a race in 1990, in which sport?

Answers please in the box at the next Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by the Monday before the meeting so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw. We would welcome contributions for the Quiz from any Member. It could be on any subject providing it is legal and decent!!

One of our member's ancestors wrote poetry during the early part of the 20th century and the manuscripts had lain in a suitcase undisturbed until quite recently when Vic Jefferys decided to collate them into one volume.  The following is one verse of one of these poems and Vic has given permission for us to include it in the BarmARA Newsletter. This poem is titled   "Seated one eve by the Medway" and was written on the 11th July 1911, (100 years ago)

I was happy and quite at ease,
The riplets were rippling idly,
Moved by the passing breeze.
I heard voices in the distance,
And when I caught the strain,
My heart's emotions deeply moved,
For this was the sweet refrain;
Home Home, sweet sweet Home,
There's no place like Home,
There's no place like Home.

.       By Alfred Hunt.

 

ebb also got all the answers correct, but their names didn't come out of the hat.  Runners up this month were: Jackie Boyle, John Barton, Dorothy Tyler, Tony Brenton, Daphne Sutherland and Pat Whatford. Thanks to you all and also to Jen Cornish who set the Quiz.

Answers to the January 2011
Q1. Brambles. Q2. 723. Q3. Sebastian Vettel. Q4. Sydney Harbour Bridge. Q5. Lloyd Bridges. Q6. Brecon Beacon. Q7. Barbican. Q8. Black Beauty. Q9. Bill Beaumont. Q10. Brigadier. Q11. Rupert the Bear. Q12. Birmingham. Q13. A woman of exceptional beauty and goodness. Q14. Alexander Graham Bell. Q15. Barnum
 
March 2011 Quiz. With the Royal Wedding in mind here are 10 questions about Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll

Q1. There have been twelve British Prime Ministers since HM The Queen's accession in 1952. Who was the first?   Q2 When Princess Elizabeth was born in May 1926, what number in line to the throne was she? Q3. Alphabetically, which of Queen Elizabeth's three Christian names comes first?  Q4. How many grandchildren does The Queen have? Q5. Which annual event in London marks The Queen's official birthday in June? Q6. Apart from Queen Elizabeth 11, who is the only other British Queen to marry a Philip? Q7. The Queen visited Australia in March 2006 to open which sporting event? Q8 What is the name of the first ship launched in 1953 by the Queen after her coronation? Q9. The Queen's wedding ring was made from a nugget of gold mined in which part of the UK? Q10. "Sandringham Lightning" owned by The Queen, was a winner of a race in 1990, in which sport?

Answers please in the box at the next Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by the Monday before the meeting so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw. We would welcome contributions for the Quiz from any Member. It could be on any subject providing it is legal and decent!!

One of our member's ancestors wrote poetry during the early part of the 20th century and the manuscripts had lain in a suitcase undisturbed until quite recently when Vic Jefferys decided to collate them into one volume.  The following is one verse of one of these poems and Vic has given permission for us to include it in the BarmARA Newsletter. This poem is titled   "Seated one eve by the Medway" and was written on the 11th July 1911, (100 years ago)

I was happy and quite at ease,
The riplets were rippling idly,
Moved by the passing breeze.
I heard voices in the distance,
And when I caught the strain,
My heart's emotions deeply moved,
For this was the sweet refrain;
Home Home, sweet sweet Home,
There's no place like Home,
There's no place like Home.

.       By Alfred Hunt.


ALL MEMBERS whether FULL or ASSOCIATE are welcome to attend the following activities : Art Group. Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183. Line Dancing Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066.  Handicrafts Contact Mo Smith 661498. BarmARA Singles Contact either Wendy Thorpe 729771 or Peter Dickenson 755350. For the following activities see the Events Diary.  Coffee Morning , Ten Pin Bowling, Kurling. Petanque. Rambles

BEECHWOOD HALL Here are the Results of The Survey to obtain the views of ALL members with regard to a move of our meeting place from Fant Hall to the new Beechwood Hall.  Survey enquiry forms were distributed to all members and members were requested to give the Committee their views.  At the time of the Survey, the total membership of BarmARA amounted to 251 people of which there are 134 Full Members and 117 Associate Members. We received back from the total membership, 112 completed Survey Forms.  This figure represents 45% of the total membership. Of those 112 members who replied 93 or 37% were from Full Members and 19 or 8% were from Associate Members. Some other facts and figures:  69% of the Full Membership List returned their Survey Forms and 16% of the Associate Members List returned their Survey Forms.  

Result of the Survey. 
Of the total number of 112 Survey Forms received, 54 Members or 48% were AGAINST moving to Beechwood Hall, 47 Members or 42% were IN FAVOUR of moving to Beechwood Hall and 10 Members or 8% were UNDECIDED. Of the 93 Full Members who replied 31 or 33% were in Favour, 52 or 56% were Against and 11% were Undecided.  Of the 19 Associate Members who replied, 16 or 84% were in Favour and 3 or 16% were Against. the move.

Since we last reported to you on the situation at Beechwood Hall, we can now confirm that the Hall has been handed over by Maidstone Council to the Residents Management Committee. Following the Handover, the Residents Management Committee has made several fundamental decisions regarding the occupation and letting of the Beechwood Hall. Although we should have been represented at this Meeting, we were not invited to attend. 

At this Meeting The Beechwood Hall Management Committee voted on and agreed that the capacity of Beechwood Hall would be limited to 100 persons. 

As a consequence, this vote effectively annuls and reverses our requirement to move to the new hall. As you will remember the proposed move was intimated to allow us to be able to increase our membership attendance from that of Fant Hall. As matters stand now a move to Beechwood Hall will not allow us to increase the numbers who can attend our monthly meetings. Your Committee has therefore taken the decision NOT TO RECOMMEND that BarmARA move from Fant Hall to Beechwood Hall and that we shall continue to use Fant Hall for the foreseeable future. In order to try and accommodate more members at our Meetings, your Committee has agreed to increase the Full Membership from 135 to 150.

Out of interest, in connection with Beechwood Hall, the Residents Management Committee have noted that the Hall is lacking in storage facilities and also acknowledge that there is very limited parking and under no circumstances can cars be parked in the surrounding residential street and, they have written into the Hire/Booking Form that there will be no parking on the private roads surrounding the hall.

We shall as a Committee continue to keep abreast of future developments.  We thank all those Members who took the time and trouble to participate in the Beechwood Hall Survey. The information we obtained has proved very valuable.

Events Diary  - List of Activities, Trips and Excursions

Friday 1st April Kurling at TA Centre Boxley Road at 10.00am (D)
Monday 4th April Coffee Morning at Parish Hall 1000 to 12.00
Wednesday 6th April A Talk and Demonstration by Ray Austin about the Mystery of Digital Photography and is based on the use of the compact digital camera. Barming Parish Hall from 2.30 until 5.00pm. Contact Brian Wade 710967
Thursday 7th April 10-Pin Bowling at AMF Bowl, King St. Maidstone. 10.00am (D)
Saturday 9th April A Barn Dance at Fant Hall. From 7.00pm until 10.30pm.
The Caller is Margaret Browning and the cost including a Ploughman's Supper
is £5.00p  We are limiting numbers so get your ticket early.(D)
Monday 11th April Petanque 10.00am at Redstart Pub. North Street, Barming (D)
Monday 18th April Ramble. Easy 4 mile walk around Gouldhurst with 2 stiles. Lunch at the Tea Room if required. Meet at the Bus Station Chequers Centre at 10.00am for the 26 Bus. For more information contract Marion on 727253
Thursday 21st April. Coach and Guided Tour of Legal London includes Morning Coffee and Carvery Lunch. Leave Fant Hall 8.30am. Cost £30 (M)
Tuesday 26th April BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall from 1.00pm
Friday 29th April.  For those BarmARIANS with an Invitation -The Royal Wedding 
Monday 2nd May to 6th. Holiday to Warners Cricket St. Thomas. Cost £333. A £30 deposit is required on Booking. Contact (N)
Tuesday 24th May. BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall.  From 1.00pm
Wednesday 25th May  A Mystery day trip has been arranged with Archie of New
Enterprise.  Leave Fant Hall 9.30am.  Price £10 (G)
Tuesday 28th June BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall from 1.00pm
Friday 1st to Monday 4th July   All Tickets for the  Paris by the Eurostar have now been sold. 3 nights good quality hotel. Comprehensive sightseeing tour of Paris. Visit to Versailles. Visit to Montmartre and Sacre Coeur. Evening tour of Paris illuminations. Fully escorted by French speaking tour manager. Price for Bed and Breakfast and including coach to and from Ebsfleet - £260.  (G)
Monday 11th July Coffee Morning at Barming Parish Hall from 10.00am - NOTE NEW DATE
Monday 5th to Friday 9th December Coach Trip to Rudesheim on the Rhine staying at the Park Hotel. Three excursions included in price of £337. Travel by Brookline. £40 deposit required and we recommend a £12 cancellation Insurance . More details follow Contact Mo.
 Tuesday 20th December. Diary Christmas Lunch at Grangemoor Hotel. More details to follow
Contacts: - (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen (Mo) 661498.(W) Wendy 729771.
                    (D) Dave 670034.  (N) Neil  727066      

At our meeting today, Almond Greenway will entertain us as will Jack Devlin in April when he gives a talk on "My Magic Life". In May, we have asked Nick Thomas to talk about his life as a "Comedy Writer". June sees the return of the Ex-Prison Warder John Mills talking on "Have our Communities changed over the years.

On this day in History in 1997 the comet Hale-Bopp had its closest approach to Earth

 

 

Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 67 FEBRUARY 2011.
www.barmara.org.uk

                                                                           Chairman Neil Kenwright

Sadly we report that Norma Halls passed away on Friday 28th January.

On the 20th January we were back in Covent Garden again.  This time it was for a visit to The Royal Opera House for a Backstage Tour. We left Fant Lane at 9.30am on a damp and misty morning and arrived in Drury Lane Covent Garden after a comfortable drive. We had an hour or so before the Tour started at 12.30pm so we all did our own thing until we all met in the Royal Opera House. The ROH is home to The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera and the Orchestra of the ROH. The building itself covers an area of 2.5 acres and this tour gave us an insight into the enormous world behind the stage.  We were divided into 2 groups each with our own guide. Simon took Group A whilst Stephen took Group B. We learnt the history and development of the ROH whilst sitting in the wonderful Floral Hall and elegant Paul Hamlyn Champagne Bar. We were taken into the Auditorium where Swan Lake was being rehearsed unfortunately we only managed to see a few moments before the dancers finished. We were all struck by the magnificence of the auditorium as it had the most astonishing "WOW" factor of all. Following our leaders, we visited areas where the colossal scenery was being prepared, the working Costume department and watched the principle ballerina Alina Cojocaru in one of the large practice rooms dancing "Giselle". It was unfortunate that the main lifts in the building were not available as they chose that day to do maintenance so there were quite a few stairs to climb. Nevertheless it was a wonderful tour thoroughly enjoyed by us all.  After this tour some went to visit the Transport Museum but the majority went off to have a look around the new St. Pancras Station.  The first impression is how big the station is, the 2nd is that trains seem incidental to all the shops that are there. Nevertheless it can't take away the magnificence of the structure.  There are two iconic statues on the station concourse, one a life size statue of Sir John Betjeman and the other a gigantic statue by Paul Day called "Meeting Point" . We had about an hour here then back on board the coach to return to Covent Garden to pick up those who went to the Transport Museum and then back to Maidstone.  It was an outstanding trip thanks to Gloria and of course our Driver, Archie of New Enterprise Coaches.

We welcome Mike & Christina Tindle of Tonbridge Rd as Associate Members


The November Quiz was won by Maggie Barclay. Congratulations.

Answers to the December 2010 Quiz. - Winner with all correct answers was Tony Brenton, but well done Pat Whatford and Dorothy Tyler as runners up.

Q1.  Its That Man Again.  Q2.  Capt. Georg von Trapp.  Q3.  Tony Blackburn.  Q4.  St. Paul. 
Q5.  Marie McDonald McLaughlin.  Q6.  BBC Home Service.  Q7.  Carol Ann Duffy.  Q8.  Dame Ellen Terry.  Q9.  Barry, Robin and Maurice.  Q10.  Neath.  Q11.  Sir Henry Wood.  Q12.  Love Shines a Light sung by Katrina and the Waves.  Q13.  Jenny Lind (Joanna Maria Lind).  Q14.  Paint Your Wagon.  Q15.  Ivy.
 
February 2010 Quiz. - General Knowledge.
Q1. When did the Union Jack achieve its present pattern?  Q2 What was William Harvey famously responsible for?  Q3.  What is Pannage?  Q4. Which Biblical character was sold into slavery by his brothers?  Q5. What is a Capercaillie?  Q6. What character does the actor Mark Heap play in a popular Sunday Television Series?  Q7. If 1 = 1 and 1010 = 10 what does 1100100 equal to?  Q8. What was Fanny Craddock's real first name?  Q9. Illustrated on its logo the product Marmite is named after a French word meaning what?  Q10. On what day of creation did God make the Sun, the Moon and the Stars?  Q11. How many people take part in the dance of a Quadrille?  Q12. What colour is Tyrian?  Q13. In the weather forecast what term comes between Storm and Hurricane?  Q14. Where was the first Butlin's Holiday Camp opened?  Q15. What came off rationing on the 15th March 1949?

Answers please in the box at the next Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by the Monday before the meeting so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw We would welcome contributions for the Quiz from any Member. It could be on any subject providing it is legal and decent!!

At our January Meeting we heard Rod Legrar's talk on the Chislehurst Caves. Although they are called caves they are entirely man-made mines for chalk and flint. Chislehurst Caves are a 22 miles (35 km) long series of tunnels in Chislehurst, in the south eastern suburbs of Greater London. The earliest mention of the mines is circa 1250 and they are last believed to have been worked in the 1830s. During the early 1900s the caves were a popular tourist attraction. In World War 1 they were used as an ammunition depot associated with the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich. During the 1930s they were used for mushroom cultivation.
During World War 2, in September 1940, the aerial bombardment of London began, and the caves were used as an air raid shelter. Within a short time, it became an underground city of some 15,000 inhabitants with electric lighting, a chapel and a hospital. Shortly after VE Day the shelter was officially closed. Only one baby, christened Rose Cavena Wakeman, was born in the caves. In the 1960s, the caves were used as a music venue. David Bowie, Status Quo, Jimmy Hendrix, and the Rolling Stones.Status all performed there. The caves were featured on several television programmes including an episode of the BBC programme Doctor Who from 1973 titled "The Mutants", and 'Seven Natural Wonders' as one of the wonders of the London area, in an episode presented by Bill Oddie.

A wonderful crowd of 32 members gathered for the Friday 4th February Kurling Session. It was Jackie Boyle's first time and she thoroughly enjoyed it, as we all do. Running repairs had to be done on one of the "stones" when John Grognet propelled it so powerfully that it almost went through the brickwork and all the running gear of the stone went to all corners of the hall. Thank you Val for looking after "The inner man" with teas, coffees and biscuits and also being on the door collecting our £1.50's. Another great event Dave. Well Done!


ALL MEMBERS whether FULL or ASSOCIATE are welcome to attend these activities

Art Group. Meets every Tuesday except the 4th in the month at the Parish Hall 10am to 12 noon. Cost £2 for two hours including coffee and biscuits. (Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183)

Coffee Morning on the first Monday in the month (Except Bank Holidays) at the Parish Hall, cost £1.00p. (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066). 

Line Dancing On the 1st, 2nd,and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Fant Hall 2 to 3pm. Cost  £3.00 for Members and £3.50 Non-members (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066)

Ten Pin Bowling See the Events Calendar ( Dave Mayger 670034 )

Kurling. See the Events Calendar (Dave Mayger 670034)

Handicrafts The meetings at St. Andrew's Church Hall have now been cancelled but the Handicrafts Group will continue to meet at member's houses on the 3rd Friday of each month.  Please contact Mo Smith 661498 for more information.

BarmARA Singles meet to share social and intellectual experiences. Please call Wendy Thorpe (729771) or Peter Dickinson (755350) to enquire about current events.

Buddy
On Thursday 3rd February, a full coach of 53 members left BarmARA HQ at Fant Lane for the Orchard Theatre in Dartford to see  "Buddy" The story of the tragically short life of Buddy Holly. Remember these songs from our youth?  "Peggy Sue., That'll Be The Day"., "Oh Boy"., "Heartbeat"., and "Everyday". "It was such a wonderful tribute to the man and his music that all of us of a certain age can remember. It was so lively that a few of our members were dancing in the aisles (I won't mention names) and all I could hear was the word "brilliant". We all came out with smiles on our faces and on the coach coming back people were still humming their favourite songs.  Thanks for organising this trip Gloria.

Recognising A Stroke
Remember the '3'Steps, STR Read and Learn they could be vital!
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
S* Ask the individual to SMILE
T* Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. It is sunny out today?)
R* Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

NOTE:  Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue.  If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.

Birthdays this day in history:  1857 Lord Baden-Powell, 1908 Sir John Mills,
1926 Kenneth Williams, 1926 Bruce Forsyth, 1933 Sheila Hancock, 1942 Christine Keeler.


Events Diary  - List of Activities, Trips and Excursions

Friday 4th March Kurling at TA Centre Boxley Road. 10.00am. £1.50 (D)
Monday 7th March  Coffee Morning at Parish Hall 10.00 to 12.00
Thursday 10th March. 10-Pin Bowling. King Street Maidstone 10.00am (D)
Friday 18th March Coach to Royal Albert Hall for a Classic Music, Lasers, Lights and Firework Spectacular.  All your popular classics including 1812 Overture, Land of Hope and Glory and Nessum Dorma etc. Leave Fant Lane at 4.30pm for 7.30pm performance. Cost £33.  Contact (M)
Monday 21st March. First walk of 2011. Meet and Park at Mid-Kent Shopping Centre at 10.00am. Walk to Whatman Park and back along the River to the Malta and then back to start. Refreshment at the Thomas Wyatt. No Stiles, 3 to 4 miles easy walking. Contact Ken 720476
Tuesday 22nd March Barmara Meeting at Fant Hall
Monday 4th April Coffee Morning at Parish Hall 1000 to 12.00
Wednesday 6th April A Talk and Demonstration by Ray Austin about the Mystery of Digital Photography and is based on the use of the compact digital camera. Barming Parish Hall from 2.30 until 5.00pm. Contact Brian Wade 710967
Saturday 9th April A Barn Dance at Fant Hall. From 7.00pm until 10.30pm.
The Caller is Margaret Browning and the cost including a Ploughman's Supper
is £5.00p  We are limiting numbers so get your ticket early.(D)
Thursday 21st April. Coach and Guided Tour of Legal London includes Morning Coffee and Carvery Lunch. Leave Fant Hall 8.30am. Cost £30 (M)
Tuesday 26th April BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall from 1.00pm
Friday 29th April.  For those BarmARIANS with an Invitation -The Royal Wedding 
Monday 2nd May to 6th. Holiday to Warners Cricket St. Thomas. Cost £333. A £30 deposit is required on Booking. See our web site for more details Contact (N)
Tuesday 24th May. BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall.  From 1.00pm
Wednesday 25th May  A Mystery day trip has been arranged with Archie of New
Enterprise.  Leave Fant Hall 9.30am.  Price £10 (G)
Friday 1st- Monday 4th July    Paris by the Eurostar. 3 nights good quality hotel. Comprehensive sightseeing tour of Paris. Visit to Versailles.Visit to Montmartre and Sacre Coeur. Evening tour of Paris illuminations. Fully escorted by French speaking tour manager. Price for Bed and Breakfast and including coach to and from Ebsfleet - £260. 5 single places available at moment with supplement to be advised. (G)
 Tuesday 20th December. Diary Christmas Lunch at Grangemoor Hotel. More details to follow
Contacts: - (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen (Mo) 661498.(W) Wendy 729771.
                    (D) Dave 670034.  (N) Neil  727066      

 We have no Speaker this month as Dave Mayger has planned a social afternoon.

In March, Almond Green will entertain us as will Jack Devlin in April when he gives a talk on "My Magic Life". In May, we have asked Nick Thomas to talk about his life as a "Comedy Writer". June sees the return of the Ex-Prison Warder John Mills talking on "Have our Communities changed over the years


 

 

 

 

BARMARA
Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 66 January 2011.

www.barmara.org.uk

Chairman Neil Kenwright

HAPPY 2011

Having got rid of all that wrapping paper, and finally finished off the last of the turkey, it is time to look forward to a year full of BarmARA activities. But before we do, cast your mind back to pre-Christmas when about 100 of BarmARA members had our Christmas Lunch at the Oakwood House.  Thank you Maureen and Gloria for organising it. Thanks also to Max Power for setting the table quiz and thanks to Dave and John for getting us all singing a variety of carols and Christmas flavoured songs. "The Twelve Days of Christmas" gave us all a lot of fun.   On the 21st December we continued the Christmas theme when a coach full of happy Barmarians left Fant Lane for a brief sojourn in Covent Garden for a spot of Christmas retail therapy then back on the coach and off to the Albert Hall. Most of us had magnificent seats in the Upper Gallery although some members chose an "upgrade" down to the auditorium level seats. The programme was a good mixture of one or two carols and popular Christmas pop music and anthems; particularly our now favourite "12 days of Christmas" and the Wizard and Slade ‘70's perennials. They got us all going especially Angela Prince who really moved it! The coach was waiting for us right outside the Albert Hall we loaded up then off we went via the lights of Oxford and Regent Streets and reached Fant Lane shortly before the witching hour, tired but happy.  It was a great trip thanks to Mo.

27 members turned up for the first Kurling session of the 2011.  This is really a great social game as the hall is filled with laughter and the boasting of the winners and the excuses of the runners up!  All this and tea, or coffee and biscuits for only £1.50.

On Monday 10th January, 28 members attended our first Coffee morning of 2011 when Eileen Jeffery's celebrated her 80th Birthday by supplying the biscuits. Congratulations Eileen.

On Thursday 13th January 17 members went 10-pin bowling at the Maidstone Bowl.  For those not familiar with this activity, we pay £5.75 for 3 games, which also include Coffee and biscuits. Our organiser is much toof humble to mention it, but he had the best score however, Marion Gilham gave him a good run for his money with a score of 136 points.

On the 20th January we were back in Covent Garden again.  This time is was for a visit to The Royal Opera House when Gloria had arranged a Tour of the Back Stage. A full report follows in our February Issue.

Answers to the November Quiz. - Thanks to Marion Gilham

Q1. Chicken Maryland. Q2. Baked Alaska. Q3. Schnitzel & Noodles. Q4. Spaghetti Bolognaise. Q5. Black Forest Gateau. Q6. Kedgeree. Q7. Potted Crab. Q8. Beef Wellington. Q9. Tournedos Rossini. Q10. Chilli Con Carnie  Q11. Peach Melba. Q12. Bombay Duck. Q13. Knickerbocker Glory. Q14. Crepe Suzette. Q15. Zabaglione

QUIZ - January 2011 - This is a "B" Quiz, but, beware in some cases  the "B" is in the question not the answer.  Thanks again to Jen Cornish

Q1. From what do we gather Blackberries? Q2. How many books did Barbara Cartland write, 623, 723 or 823?  Q3. Who won the 2010 Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix?  Q4. Which bridge is known as the "Coat Hanger"?  Q5. Who is the famous father of actors Beau and Jeff Bridges?  Q6. Name the National Park in Powys Wales?  Q7.  Which theatre was built in the City of London in the 1980/1980's?  Q8. Anna Sewell wrote one book. What is it called?  Q9. Who is the English Rugby Union Captain who also captained a team on BBC's Question of Sport?  Q10. Which military rank is between Colonel and Major General?  Q11. Which bear was 90 years old in 2010?  Q12. Which is Britain's second city?  Q13. What is a bellibone?  Q14. Who said "Mr. Watson, come here - I want you" in June 1875?  Q15. A musical about a circus opened in London in 1981, what was it called?
 
Answers please in the box at the next Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by the Monday before the meeting so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw We would welcome contributions for the Quiz from any Member. It could be on any subject providing it is legal and decent!!

Notice is given that a Special General Meeting will be held at the start of the February Meeting on Tuesday 22nd February.  Your Committee wishes to make a small change to the BarmARA Constitution to enable them to set Membership numbers.  Our normal Meeting will then follow and as we haven't booked a Speaker, this will be a Social Afternoon specially arranged by Dave Mayger; so it will be good.  He is planning to have a "Guess the Committee Member as a baby." competition, A Maidstone Picture Quiz, Your most "Unusual" Photograph, Biggles Flying Circus and best of all he hopes you will bring in some of your personal photos and effects such as where you may have lived, you as a National Serviceman, your wedding group, Granny and Granddad, Letters from the famous etcetera, etcetera anything you think may be of interest to someone else.   

Our Membership Secretary sent me a list of Members - Full and Associate - to make sure that a Newsletter reached everyone. Out of interest,  I sorted all members by their Christian Names and guess what the most popular male and female names are?  We have 14 members with the name of JOHN and we have 9 members christened PAT or PATRICIA.  The next popular male name is PETER (9 members) and in the ladies camp we have 8 lovelies called BETTY.

Welcome to two new Associate Members Ken and Betty Hart of Allington Way.
ALL MEMBERS, FULL and ASSOCIATE are welcome to attend these activities

Art Group. Meets every Tuesday except the 4th in the month at the Parish Hall 10am to 12 noon. Cost £2 for two hours including coffee and biscuits. (Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183)

Coffee Morning on the first Monday in the month (Except Bank Holidays) at the Parish Hall, cost £1.00p. (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066). 

Line Dancing On the 1st, 2nd,and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Fant Hall 2 to 3pm. Cost  £3.00 for Members and £3.50 Non-members (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066)

Ten Pin Bowling See the Events Calendar ( Dave Mayger 670034 )

Kurling. See the Events Calendar (Dave Mayger 670034)

Handicrafts The meetings at St. Andrew's Church Hall have now been cancelled but the Handicrafts Group will continue to meet at member's houses on the 3rd Friday of each month.  Please contact Mo Smith 661498 for more information.

BarmARA Singles meet to share social and intellectual experiences. Please call Wendy Thorpe (729771) or Peter Dickinson (755350) to enquire about current events.

The next Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday 8th February.  If you would like to bring any matter regarding BarmARA to the attention of the Committee then please let our Secretary - Wendy Thorpe  Tel: 729771 - have the details.

Those of us who went on the trip to the Royal Hospital Chelsea last year will remember our guide for the day - Sergeant Paddy Fox.  Paddy was the subject of "A Life in the Day" article in the. 26th December issue of Sunday Times.  I bet you ladies didn't know that he was engaged 4 times but never married!

This day in history: In 1533, Henry V111 Married Anne Boleyn.  Robert Burns born in 1759 and Al Capone died in 1947. Cilla Black made her stage debut at the Cavern Club in Liverpool in 1963. In 1994 "Eastender" Gillian Tayforth lost her libel case against the Sun Newspaper.

Beechwood Hall Survey.

Here is a précis of the results of the Survey conducted to discover the member's views regarding a move from Fant Hall to Beechwood Hall. From the 250 fully paid up members (Full and Associate) only 94 replies (38%) were received.  62% of the members did not reply. Of those replies received, 77 were from Full members and 17 came from Associate members.  Of the number of those members who replied, 46 were in favour of the move to Beechwood Hall and 39 members were against the move. 9 members were undecided.  A significant proportion (88%) of Associate Members did not make their views known, whilst only 42% of Full members didn't reply. On the basis of the Survey Results it seems that there is a majority albeit small in favour of a move to Beechwood Hall. Hopefully we will get back more Survey Forms at the February Meeting so that we can get a better representative result. 

Events Diary  - List of Activities, Trips and Excursions

Tuesday 25th January  BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall. 1.00pm

Thursday 3rd February Theatre trip to  "The Buddy Holly Story" on the Anniversary of his death. Orchard Theatre, Dartford. Stall seats including
Coach £25.  Leave Fant Hall 6.00pm.  Money required at time of Booking (G)
Friday 4th February Kurling at TA Centre Boxley Road.  10am. Cost £1.50
Monday 7th February Coffee Morning at Parish Hall 10.00 to 12.00
Tuesday 22nd February  BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall from 1.00pm

Monday 7th March  Coffee Morning at Parish Hall 10.00 to 12.00
Tuesday 22nd March Barmara Meeting at Fant Hall

Monday 4th April Coffee Morning at Parish Hall 1000 to 12.00
Saturday 9th April A Barn Dance at Fant Hall. From 7.00pm until 10.30pm.
The Caller is Margaret Browning and the cost including a Ploughman's Supper
is £5.00p  We are limiting numbers so get your ticket early.(D)
Tuesday 26th April BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall from 1.00pm

Monday 2nd May to 6th. Holiday to Warners Cricket St. Thomas. Cost £333. A £30 deposit is required on Booking. See our web site for more details Contact (N)

Contacts: - (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen (Mo) 661498.(W) Wendy 729771.
                    (D) Dave 670034.  (N) Neil  727066      

 Today, Rod Legrar talks about the History of Chislehurst Caves. In February  Dave Mayger is planning a social afternoon.  In March, Almond Green will entertain us as will Jack Devlin in April when he gives a talk on "My Magic Life". In May, we have asked Nick Thomas to talk about his life as a "Comedy Writer". June sees the return of the Ex-Prison Warder John Mills talking on "Have our Communities changed over the years?".  Ray Austin will visit us in July and tell us about "Guernsey, Herm & the German Occupation during WW2".  August will be the AGM. Details of the Speaker for the September Meeting will be published later. In October, Ann Chance returns and tells us of her experiences "Sea Sick in the Sinai .

We have been busy analysing the results of the Survey of the member's views regarding a move to Beechwood Hall.  We were very disappointed with the limited response.  If you haven't replied to let the Committee know your views, pick up another Survey Form at this Meeting or phone Maurice on 669421 to get one sent to you. Please return the completed Survey Form at the February Meeting or post it to Maurice at the address shown on the Survey Form. (More info inside)

 


 

 Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 65 December 2010.

 
The Committee wishes you a merry Christmas
 and a happy new year

A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
As 2010 draws to a close we reflect on the past year. The snow and cold weather of last winter played havoc with some of our activities and made a lot of people house bound for several days. Let's hope for a milder winter this year. Just before going to press we have had the most snow for a while. Oh well stay in doors and keep warm.  Although there is no meeting in December, BARMARA is providing Christmas themed entertainment for your enjoyment. This year we have a lunch at Oakwood House with everyone invited. The Ramblers, Singles and Art Groups are also holding their own Christmas lunches.  On the 21st December, we have an outing to the Royal Albert Hall for White Christmas. This will include visiting Covent Garden prior to the show and a tour of the lights in Oxford /Regents Street on the way home.

We start the New Year off with Kurling on the 7th and our outings on the 20th   with a trip behind the scenes of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. There are lots more activities planned for 2011 for you to look forward to.  We may even be going to a new home, where we can accommodate more members and make new friends.  So until then, see you all in the New Year

Neil
    Chairman BARMARA

 

Answers to the October Quiz.

Q1. 10.  Q2. S.S. Titanic.  Q3. Muster.  Q4. 5 points.  Q5. Torquay.  Q6. Geraldine Grainger.
Q7.  Napoleon.  Q8.  Ricky Tomlinson.  Q9.  Neverland.  Q10. The Artful Dodger.
Q11.  Greyfriars.  Q12. Stratford-on-Avon.  Q13. Biscuits.  Q14.  Spinach.  Q15. Battenberg
  And the winner was........... Sue Brenton.  Congratulations Sue

QUIZ - December 2010. Music and All That. Thanks to Jen Cornish

Q1. ITMA for what do these initials stand for?  Q2. Name Maria's employer in the "Sound of Music"?  Q3. Who was the first DJ on BBC Radio 1?  Q4. The Actor's Church is in Covent Garden. To whom is it dedicated?  Q5. What name is on LULU's birth certificate?  Q6. What was BBC Radio 4 previously known as?  Q7. Who is the Poet Laureate?  Q8. Who lived at Smallhythe Place, Tenderden before the National Trust bought it?  Q9. What are the first names of the original Bee Gees?  Q10. Where in Wales was Katherine Jenkins born?  Q11. Who founded the Promenade Concerts in 1895?  Q12. Name the last UK entry song to win the Eurovision Song Contest and who performed it?  Q13. Who was known as "The Swedish Songbird"?  Q14. Which Musical features the song "I talk to the trees"?  Q15. If mares eat oats and does eat oats, what do little lambs eat?
 
Answers please in the box at the next Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by the Monday before the meeting so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw We would welcome contributions for the Quiz from any Member. It could be on any subject providing it is legal and decent!!

The Speaker at our November Meeting was Laurie Manser who gave us a talk on his "Memories as a Garden Boy" Laurie has spent his whole working life - bar National Service - as a gardener and his memories took us through the long lost period when private houses were able to employ teams of gardeners as well as indoor staff.  His first "governor" a Mr. Butcher was the Head Gardener at Broadwater.  It was he that inculcated the disciplines and routines Laurie needed to become a "proper Gardener". Laurie is an advocate of the now old -fashioned practices and procedures, and listening to him you can understand why.  One of Laurie's biggest thrills was wining First Prize in 2003 for "Ann's Blush" a daffodil that he developed. A very interesting and well presented talk.

Here is a request for information from our member Jean Wells: "Does anyone know who placed Memorial Crosses for WALTER WELLS and GEORGE WELLS at the Barming War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday?  Walter was my Grandfather and George was his Brother - both were killed in the First World War.  If anyone has any information could they please contact Jean Wells on 01622 727746 or by e-mail to: jeanannwells@tiscali.co.uk  "

We all know that we should exercise more so here is something you can do at home to improve your fitness and muscle tone: Begin by standing on a comfortable surface where you have plenty of room at each side. Then, with a 5kg potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there for as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute and then relax.  Each day you will find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.  After a couple of weeks, move up to 10 Kg potato sacks.  Then try 25 Kg potato sacks and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 50 Kg potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a minute (I'm now at this level) After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each sack.

Associate Members are very welcome to attend any or all of these activities.

Art Group. Meets every Tuesday except the 4th in the month at the Parish Hall 10am to 12 noon. Cost £2 for two hours including coffee and biscuits. (Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183)
Coffee Morning on the first Monday in the month (Except Bank Holidays) at the Parish Hall, cost £1.00p. (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066). 
Line Dancing On the 1st, 2nd,and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Fant Hall 2 to 3pm. Cost  £3.00 for Members and £3.50 Non-members (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066)
Ten Pin Bowling  See the Events Calendar ( Dave Mayger 670034 )
Kurling . See the Events Calendar (Dave Mayger 670034)
Handicrafts The meetings at St. Andrew's Church Hall have now been cancelled but the Handicrafts Group will continue to meet at member's houses on the 3rd Friday of each month.  Please contact Mo Smith 661498 for more information.
BarmARA Singles meet to share social and intellectual experiences. Please call Wendy Thorpe (729771) or Peter Dickenson (755350) to enquire about current events.


Preliminary results of the Survey regarding a move to Beechwood Hall have indicated that of the 41 forms that have been returned, 63% of our members support the move from Fant Hall to Beechwood Hall.  As of now only 20% of our members have responded.

 We hope we will be able to publish the results in full of the recent Beechwood Hall member survey in the January 2011 issue so, will those members who haven't returned their completed Beechwood Hall Survey Forms please give them to a Committee member or send them to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, ME16 0QG.  The more completed Survey Forms we receive the more data we will have in order to make the right decision for the members.

On Tuesday 30th November, 16 members of the Art Group fought their way through the snow to enjoy their Christmas Lunch that was arranged at the Waterside Restaurant in Wateringbury . Thanks to Sheila Malthouse for organising this event.  A convivial and merry time was had by all.  It was a grand introduction to the forthcoming Christmas festivities.   It is pleasing to note that all of the calendars produced by the Art Group have been sold.

Unfortunately, because of the adverse weather conditions, we felt it prudent to cancel the Kurling session on Friday 3rd December.   All being well, our next session will be held in the TA Centre in Boxley Road on Friday 7th January.

Christmas Cracker Jokes?
How do you know Santa has to be a man?
No woman is going to wear the same outfit year after year.

Good King Wenceslas phoned Domino's for a take away pizza.
The salesgirl asked him:-  'Do you want your usual? Deep pan, crisp and even?'
 Events Diary  - List of Activities, Trips and Excursions
Tuesday 21st December Trip to the Royal Albert Hall for "WHITE CHRISTMAS" with all time favourite Christmas Songs. Evening Performance 7.30pm Cost including Coach £33.  Depart Fant Hall 2.00pm. The coach will drop us in Covent Garden to allow for lunch and a little shopping then collect us and head for the Albert Hall. After the Concert we will then see the Christmas lights in Oxford and Regent Streets on the way home.  Contact (M)

2011
Friday 7th January Kurling 10am TA Centre Boxley Road, Maidstone
Monday 10th January Coffee Morning at the Parish Hall 10.00 to 12.00
Thursday 13th January Ten-Pin Bowling 10.00am King St. Bowl Maidstone (D)
Tuesday 18th January  Line Dancing Resumes (N)
Thursday 20th January A trip has been arranged to visit The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for a Backstage Tour plus optional visit to Transport Museum or St. Pancras Station.  Cost including Coach £18. Leave Fant Hall 9.30am  (G)
Tuesday 25th January  BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall. 1.00pm
Thursday 3rd February Theatre trip to  "The Buddy Holly Story" on the Anniversary of his death. Orchard Theatre, Dartford. Stall seats including Coach £25.  Leave Fant Hall 6.00pm.  Money required at time of Booking (G)
Monday 7th February Coffee Morning at Parish Hall 10.00 to 12.00
Tuesday 22nd February  BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall from 1.00pm
Monday 7th March  Coffee Morning at Parish Hall 10.00 to 12.00
Tuesday 22nd March Barmara Meeting at Fant Hall
Monday 4th April Coffee Morning at Parish Hall 1000 to 12.00
Saturday 9th April Barn Dance at Fant Hall.  More Details to Follow (D
Tuesday 26th BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall from 1.00pm
Monday 2nd May to 6th. Holiday to Warners Cricket St. Thomas. Cost £333. A £30 deposit is required on Booking. See our web site for more details Contact (N)
Contacts: - (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen (Mo) 661498.(W) Wendy 729771.
                    (D) Dave 670034.  (N) Neil  727066         

Whilst we are not having an official Meeting in December we are having a Christmas Lunch when both full and associate members will be able to attend. In January 2011, Rod Legrar talks about the History of Chislehurst Caves whilst in February we are planning a social afternoon.  In March, Almond Green will entertain us as will Jack Devlin in April when he gives a talk on "My Magic Life". In May, we have asked Nick Thomas to talk about his life as a "Comedy Writer". June sees the return of the Ex-Prison Warder John Mills talking on "Have our Communities changed over the years?".  Ray Austin will visit us in July and tell us about "Guernsey, Herm & German Occupation during WW2".  August will be the AGM and in October, Ann Chance returns and tells us of her experiences "Sea Sick in the Sinai".
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Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 64 November 2010.
Chairman Neil Kenwright
 www.barmara.org.uk
The Chairman and the rest of the Committee welcome John Grognet on to the Committee. John volunteered to fill the vacant space. He is well known to you all and will be an able and active member.

Those members who were able to join us at our last meeting in Fant Hall will have noticed that the refurbishment of Fant Hall is just about complete.  We have a new floor, new stage and is now fully redecorated.

A number of members led by Mo Smith celebrated Christmas and the New Year early when they all went off the see the Thursford Christmas Spectacular and then had 3 days at the Potters Hotel & Leisure Centre to unwind with the full range of sporting activities including swimming, saunas, steam room, fitness suite, archery, bowls, shooting, 10-pin bowling, karting, kurling, snooker, darts, tennis, badminton, squash and a beauty salon and afterwards take it easy being entertained by Gerry & The Pacemakers and P.J. Proby singing all the "Hits" that made them Superstars of the Sixties.  Oh what memories!

The Thursford Christmas Spectacular is the ultimate Christmas Musical Experience with a cast of over 120 professional singers musicians and dancers.  This show really earns its title as a "Christmas Spectacular".

We have instituted a "Suggestion Box" facility as an opportunity for you to let us know of your concerns, requests and suggestions etc., At the last meeting, an anonymous suggestion made was to initiate a "car pool" to enable those members without transport to be put in touch with members who would be prepared to offer lifts.  At the next meeting, as an experiment we will put out enquiry forms for those wishing a lift and for those offering lifts.  

Beechwood Hall update.  There are still many unresolved matters between the Hall Management Committee (of which we are a member) and Maidstone Council and as soon as these are finalised we will inform you. A very important decision affecting BarmARA's future and thus all of the members will need to be taken shortly. It therefore beholds the Committee to decide whether to take the option of moving to Beechwood Hall. We will be sending out an information sheet and survey form shortly to poll the member's views regarding the possible move to Beechwood Hall. Please take time to read them and return the completed survey form so that we can gather your views to enable the committee to make a decision.

Our Membership Secretary - Peter Sargent - reports that he is still receiving applications to join our club.  This must tell us that we have a very popular and friendly club. Unfortunately we have lost several members due to non-payment of their annual subscriptions, despite several requests.

Welcome to Colin & Pat Ballard and Chris & Netta Couch our most recent joining associate members.
Answers to the September Quiz. We received correct entries from Maggie Barclay, Jean Wells, Jen Cornish, Brian Baker, Brenda Sargent, Joan Hart, Betty Webb, Sue Brenton and Dorothy Tyler but it was Dorothy's name that was pulled out of the hat for the £5 prize.

Q1. Brighton.  Q2. Morecombe.  Q3. Western Super Mare.   Q4. Ramsgate.  Q5. Blackpool.  Q6. Folkestone.  Q7.  Penzance.  Q8. Newquay.  Q9. Eastbourne. Q10. Cowes.  Q11. Southport.  Q12. Margate.  Q13. St. Ives.  Q14. Scarborough.  Q15. Brixham.  Q16. Broadstairs.  Q17. Rottingdean.  Q18. Southend.

QUIZ - November 2010.  Clues to Well Know Dishes from Home and Abroad as compiled by Marion Gilham
 
Q1. Yankee Doodle Dandy?  Q2. A very hot and cold dessert?  Q3. Two of Julie Andrews favourite things?  Q4. Sheep Toe Go Stabling? (Anagram)  Q5. Eat on a walk in Germany?  Q6. Fish for Breakfast?  Q7. Crustacean Starter?  Q8. Eat this with your Boots on?  Q9. Italian Composers favourite Steak?  Q10. Red Hot Mexican.  Q11. Coloured Toast for Dessert?  Q12. A Fowl from India goes fishing?  Q13. Magnificent Trews?  Q14. French Pancakes?  Q15. Bag a Zillion? (Anagram) 

Answers please in the box at the next Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by the Monday before the meeting so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw We would welcome contributions for the Quiz from any Member. It could be on any subject providing it is legal and decent!!

The Speaker at our October Meeting was Steve Pendleton. Steve has been to talk to us before.  He was a serving soldier with the Green Jackets in Northern Ireland and was seriously injured causing him to lose his sight and his left leg. He was given a very warm reception. Steve's talk was about some of the problems that visually disadvantaged people have to contend with.  A serious matter, but Steve's talk had plenty of humour. His talk focused mainly on his daily routine, telling the time, choosing which pair of socks to wear and do they in fact match? and so on. He brought some technological gadgets to show us one of which was able to detect colour, another was a small voice recorder that he attached to a tinned product for instance. Steve could speak and describe the contents and then it played back. Very handy when you wanted baked beans and not dog food. He also brought in pairs of spectacles to demonstrate the various vision disabilities. He did make a good point when asked about help.  Don't be frightened to ask if a blind person requires help and if offered and accepted let the blind person take your arm and not take his.  What a character and what an interesting talk.
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As you know our Rambling Group have called a halt to our organised walks until the New Year.  If you still want to go for walks on your own and do not know where to go, have a look at the Maidstone Council web site http://www.maidstone.gov.uk  where you can get details of "Walk Maidstone" .I quote "Discover Maidstone and get fit with these fascinating and invigorating walks around Maidstone". There are maps and walking instructions for walks around Oakwood, Sandling, Penenden Heath, Bearsted, Otham, Loose and Mote Park that you can download..  


A Reminder: From today, you only have 27 more Shopping Days left until Christmas Day.
32 of us turned up to play Kurling the other Friday.  These numbers show just how popular this activity is. The location is so easy to get to by public transport and has plenty of parking spaces for those who travel there by car. Dave Mayger looks after the administration and sorts us into teams whilst Val Mayger looks after the "inner man" by providing tea, coffee and biscuits. It really is a good morning out. If you haven't been come along and try it out.

I know that there are many of our members who are interested in Family Trees and Genealogy. Many of us have computers at home as demonstrated by the number of members, who take this newsletter by email. But, if you don't have your own computer how can you access all the family History information now available on the Internet? Well, your local library now has several computers that you can use - free of charge - that will give you access to the Ancestry databases.  The Internet address for this free access is http://ancestrylibrary.proquest.com  (do not insert www.) If you don't know how to use computers, the library staff are only too willing to help out.

Our first 10-Pin Bowling session of the winter months took place at the Maidstone Bowl in King Street on Thursday 11th November ably organised by Dave Mayger. Only 10 members managed to turn up to play. No doubt many of our regulars were put off by the atrocious weather. Remember we had very strong winds and heavy rain. It was Storm Force 10 in the English Channel that day. Brian Wade managed to score 160 the highest of the day!  I was told that he was apparently playing up to the ladies.

We are rapidly approaching the festive season and if you haven't got a suitable recipe for Christmas Puddings, try the following from Mrs Beeton.

Ingredients: ½ lb self raising flour, ¼ lb bread crumbs, 6 oz beef suet , 6 oz brown sugar, ½ tbsp black treacle, ½ apple, peeled and grated, ½ carrot, finely grated, ¾ lb mixed currants, raisins and sultanas, 2 oz mixed spice.
Method: Mix all ingredients together. Soak linen cloth in boiling water. Wring out. Sprinkle flour on cloth. Place mixture on flour. Secure tightly. Place a plate upside down in a saucepan of boiling water. Place the cloth bundle in the saucepan on top of the plate. Cook for 2½ hours. Remove from the pan and hang to drain in a cool dry place.

Associate Members are very welcome to attend any or all of these activities.
Art Group. Meets every Tuesday except the 4th in the month at the Parish Hall 10am to 12 noon. Cost £2 for two hours including coffee and biscuits. (Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183)
Coffee Morning on the first Monday in the month (Except Bank Holidays) at the Parish Hall, cost £1.00p. (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066). 
Line Dancing On the 1st, 2nd,and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Fant Hall 2 to 3pm. Cost  £3.00 for Members and £3.50 Non-members (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066)
Ten Pin Bowling  See the Events Calendar ( Dave Mayger 670034 )
Kurling . See the Events Calendar (Dave Mayger 670034)
Handicrafts The meetings at St. Andrew's Church Hall have now been cancelled but the Handicrafts Group will continue to meet at member's houses on the 3rd Friday of each month.  Please contact Mo Smith 661498 for more information.
BarmARA Singles meet to share social and intellectual experiences. Please call Wendy Thorpe (729771) or Peter Dickenson (755350) to enquire about current events.
 Events Diary  - List of Activities, Trips and Excursions
2010
Friday 3rd December Kurling. TA Centre Boxley Road. 10.00am. Cost £1.50p  (D)
Monday 6th December Ramblers Dinner at Riverside Restaurant Wateringbury.  Contact Lorna Grognet 687415
Thursday 9th December Ten-Pin Bowling 10.00am King St. Bowl Maidstone (D)
Thursday 9th December The Annual KentARA Christmas Concert at Mote Hall. 7pm for 8pm start. Tickets £9.00p. Contact (W)
Tuesday 14th December. BarmARA Christmas Lunch at Oakwood House. Time of arrival 12 Noon until 4.00pm approx. Price £19.00 to include choice of 3 starters, 3 main courses and 3 desserts.  A £10 deposit will be required at the time of booking. (G or M)
Tuesday 21st December Trip to the Royal Albert Hall for "WHITE CHRISTMAS" with all time favourite Christmas Songs. Evening Performance 7.30pm Cost including Coach £33.  Depart Fant Hall 2.00pm. The coach will drop us in Covent Garden to allow for lunch and a little shopping then collect us and head for the Albert Hall. After the Concert we will then see the Christmas lights in Oxford and Regent Streets on the way home.  Contact (M)

2011 or Year of Earth 45000002011, Hebrew Year 5771, Arabic year 1433
Monday 10th January. Coffee Morning at the Parish Hall 10.00 to 12.00
Thursday 13th January Ten-Pin Bowling 10.00am King St. Bowl Maidstone (D)
Thursday 20th January A trip has been arranged to visit The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for a Backstage Tour plus optional visit to Transport Museum or St. Pancras Station.  Cost including Coach £18. Leave Fant Hall 9.30am  (G)
Tuesday 25th January  BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall. 1.00pm
Thursday 3rd February Theatre trip to  "The Buddy Holly Story" at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford. Fully Booked with a Waiting List. Leave Fant Hall 6.00pm.  (G)
Monday 7th February Coffee Morning at the Parish Hall 10.00 to 12.00
Tuesday 22nd February BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall 1.00pm
Saturday 26th February Barn Dance to be held at Fant Lane. More details later
Monday 2nd May to 6th. Holiday to Warners Cricket St. Thomas. Cost £333.  This holiday is now fully booked. (N)
Contacts: - (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen (Mo) 661498.
                    (D) Dave 670034.  (N) Neil 727066   

At today's meeting we welcome Laurie Manser who will give us his "Memories of a Garden Boy".   We do not have an official Meeting in December although we do have a Christmas Lunch when both full and associate members can attend - see events calendar above. In January 2011, Rod Legrar talks about the History of Chislehurst Caves whilst in February we are planning a social afternoon.  In March, Almond Green will entertain us as will Jack Devlin in April when he gives a talk on "My Magic Life". In April, we have asked Nick Thomas to talk about his life as a "Comedy Writer". 

As our new age Kurling sessions are proving so popular, Dave is investigating having a real Curling session ON ICE. More detail will follow when he has completed his enquiries.

Tommy Cooperisms: I went to the Doctors the other day and asked if he had anything for wind, so he gave me a kite.  Sometimes I drink my whisky neat other times I take my tie off and leave my shirt out..

 

 Issue No 63 October 2010.
Chairman Neil Kenwright
 www.barmara.org.uk

A nice, bright sunny morning found us in Fant Lane waiting for the coach to take us to the Olympic site at Stratford, East London. The coach was half an hour late, which threw Gloria into panic mode, making many calls on her mobile. The driver, Jeff, took an ear bashing from Gloria after which he explained the reasons for his lateness was not his fault. Anyway, we got moving and Gloria started to calm down. We picked up our guide, Sean, who explained that firstly we go to the Railway Tavern pub for coffee, and then drive around the perimeter of the site before entering. After the visit, back to the pub for lunch then on to Woolwich via the ferry. The coffee was most welcome (as were the toilets!!). The ride around the perimeter was made interesting by Sean's obvious enthusiasm for the whole Olympic Dream. He pointed out facts about the area, the waterways, the derelict buildings, the new buildings and the logistics concerning such a project.

On entering the site we were escorted to a viewing platform and observation tower where Sean explained the layout of the site, which included the magnificent stadium, the velodrome, the water sports centre, and the indoor games buildings, all of which were in an advanced stage of construction. There were many workers beavering away at their various jobs. Sean tried to give us a picture of the site when the roads, grass and trees were established. It will be worth going back next year to see the improvements.

After an excellent lunch at the pub Sean took us down Green Street, West Ham, which was full of Indian shops mostly selling colourful sari's, past Upton Park, home of West Ham football club, then to the Excel building at London City Airport, where some water sports will take place in the old docks. After crossing the Thames on the Woolwich ferry we were taken round the Woolwich Arsenal area where the rifle shooting contests will be held. We stopped for tea at the very pleasant Woolwich Docks by the side of the Thames. Sean said his goodbyes at this point and Jeff got us home about 6.30.A most enjoyable day.

Well done Gloria and thanks to Peter Sargent for his excellent report on this trip.
Answers to the August Quiz
Q1. Lager. Q2. Nottingham. Q3. The Harry Potter books. Q4. The centre of the dartboard. Q5. The Marquis of Granby. Q6. The Red Lion Q7. The Nags Head. Q8. Long John Silver. Q9. The Angel Islington. Q10. Lion, Bull, Horse, White Hart, Swan.

QUIZ -October 2010. A Quiz in Four Parts- Thanks to Jen Cornish.
General: Q1. How many legs does a lobster have? Q2. Which famous ship made her last port of call at Cobh in Ireland?  Q3. What is the collective name for a group of Peacocks? Q4. What is the points score value of the letter "K" in a game of Scrabble?
Television:  Q5. What holiday resort was the setting for "Fawlty Towers"? Q6. What is the name of the character played by Dawn French in the "Vicar of Dibly"?  Q7 In "Dad's Army" what was the ARP Wardens nickname for Captain Mainwaring? Q8 In the sitcom "The Royle Family" who plays Jim Royle?
Literature:  Q9 Where would you be going if you took the second star to the right and then straight on till morning? Q10 What is the nickname of the Dickens character Jack Dawkins?  Q11 What is the name of Billy Bunters School?  Q12. Where was William Shakespeare born?
Food: Q13. Name the item of food that comes from the French word "baked twice"? Q14. Which vegetable gives the green colouring to Pasta Verde?  Q15. Name the two-coloured oblong cake covered in almond paste?
 
Answers please in the box at the next Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by Monday before the meeting so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw We would welcome contributions for the Quiz from any Member. It could be on any subject providing it is legal and decent!!

The Speaker at our September Meeting was Susan Pope.  Susan gave us an interesting talk entitled "Lighter than Air".  This talk was about the history and development of Airships which she coupled with her novel of the same name. Commercial development of airships came to a halt in the 1930's following the disastrous fire of the hydrogen gas filled German airship Hindenberg in New York and the crash in France of the British airship R101 whilst on passage to India.  One surprising fact came out which was that the USA government refused to sell Helium gas to the Nazi Government in Germany. Had they done so the history of the airship may have been very different!

Our last Ramble took members around the Oare Marshes near Faversham, which is also a wildlife haven. If you are interested in wildlife and birds in particular, we in Kent have several RSPB reserves on the North Kent Marshes.  One of the best is the RSPB Elmley Marshes Nature Reserve that is located on the Isle of Sheppey just over the new bridge and is well worth a visit and is well signposted. It is probably the best place to see birds of prey in southern England such as the Marsh Harrier, the Merlin, Peregrines and Hen Harriers as well as Redshanks, Lapwings and Avocets, Wigeons and Teals.  There is a visitor's Car Park and toilets. Disabled and elderly visitors are encouraged and can arrange convenient parking closer to the "action".  PS Check events calendar for Ramblers Dinner.

This is not a quiz, but could form the basis of one in the future or include it when we have our reminiscences meeting in February 2011.  What was your favourite comic when you were a child?  Beano, Dandy, Radio Fun, Knockout, Wizard, Rover, Adventure, Hotspur, Tiny Tim, Bunty, Eagle, The Girl etc, etc...
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Associate Members are very welcome to attend any or all of these activities.

Art Group. Meets every Tuesday except the 4th in the month at the Parish Hall 10am to 12 noon. Cost £2 for two hours including coffee and biscuits. (Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183)
Coffee Morning on the first Monday in the month (Except Bank Holidays) at the Parish Hall, cost £1.00p. (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066). 
Line Dancing On the 1st, 2nd,and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Fant Hall 2 to 3pm. Cost  £3.00 for Members and £3.50 Non-members (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066)
Ten Pin Bowling  See the Events Calendar ( Dave Mayger 670034 )
Kurling . See the Events Calendar (Dave Mayger 670034)
Handicrafts The meetings at St. Andrew's Church Hall have now been cancelled but the Handicrafts Group will continue to meet at member's houses on the 3rd Friday of each month.  Please contact Mo Smith 661498 for more information.
BarmARA Singles meet to share social and intellectual experiences. Please call Wendy Thorpe (729771) or Peter Dickenson (755350) to enquire about current events.
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As we all know, we had to rearrange our October meeting for today (2nd November).  This is Scorpio in the horoscope calendar and those born under this sign abhor waste and are adept at recycling. One consequence of this is that they can build a great wealth since they squander little. They are good with money and are willing to lend to others!

Our Kurling session on Friday 8th proved how popular this activity is.  Come along and have an enjoyable game with good company. .

The last Petanque Session of the summer season took place on Monday 11th October. We were lucky as it was a lovely sunny autumn morning.  Ken Comber and Dave Mayger are arranging for these sessions to recommence early in the New Year - 2011.  Full details will be published in the Newsletter in due course. There will not be any more Rambles this year as the weather cannot be guaranteed.  Check out the Events Calendar and website for the date of the first Ramble in 2011.

Tuesday 19th October was a lovely bright autumn morning when a full coach of "Rockers" left Fant Lane for the start of our trip to see the Matinee performance of  "Jersey Boys" at the Prince Edward Theatre. Despite heavy congestion in London, we arrived in time for refreshments before the show at 1500hrs. The thread of the show revolves around the career of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.  We basked in the nostalgia of songs we remembered and some we had forgotten.  Great performance from the "alternative" lead. Just a little downer from the occasional use of adolescent language, but a really enjoyable afternoon. It was a terrific show and the whole trip was enjoyed by all. Thanks Gloria

On Friday evening 22nd October at Barming Primary School 50 members exercised their brains and battled for the crown of Barmara's Masterbrains title.  Quizmaster Richard and his wife Sue set some very tough questions. The team that included Sheila Malthouse and Maggie Barclay won with 74 points. The "Wizz Kids" team with a creditable 63 points was awarded the "Booby" prize (No names: No pack drill).

Members of the BarmARA Art Group are producing a 2011 Calendar featuring some of their original work. The anticipated cost will be in the region of  £4.50p. A member of the Group will be on hand at the October and November Meetings to take orders or please contact either Sheila Malthouse on 728150 or Jo Phillips on 728183.
 Events Diary  - List of Activities, Trips and Excursions
2010
Friday 5th November. Kurling. TA Centre Boxley Road. 10.00am. Cost £1.50p  (D)
Thursday 11th November Ten-Pin Bowling 10.00am King St. Bowl Maidstone (D)
Thursday 18th November to Monday 22nd November Lunch and Christmas Spectacular at Thursford  followed by weekend break at Potters 5* hotel including 4 meals a day and entertainment. £360. Contact (M)
Tuesday 23rd November BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall. 1.00pm
Friday 3rd December Kurling. TA Centre Boxley Road. 10.00am. Cost £1.50p  (D)
Monday 6th December Ramblers Dinner at Riverside Restaurant Wateringbury.  Contact Lorna Grognet 687415
Thursday 9th December Ten-Pin Bowling 10.00am King St. Bowl Maidstone (D)
Thursday 9th December The Annual KentARA Christmas Concert at Mote Hall. 7pm for 8pm start. Tickets £9.00p. Contact (W)
Tuesday 14th December. BarmARA Christmas Lunch at Oakwood House. Time of arrival 12 Noon until 4.00pm approx. Price £19.00 to include choice of 3 starters, 3 main courses and 3 desserts.  A £10 deposit will be required at the time of booking. (G or M)
Tuesday 21st December Trip to the Royal Albert Hall for "WHITE CHRISTMAS" with all time favourite Christmas Songs. Evening Performance 7.30pm Cost including Coach £33.  Depart Fant Hall 2.00pm. The coach will drop us in Covent Garden to allow for lunch and a little shopping then collect us and head for the Albert Hall. After the Concert we will then see the Christmas lights in Oxford and Regent Streets on the way home.  Contact (M)
Thurtsday 13th January Ten-Pin Bowling 10.00am King St. Bowl Maidstone (D)
Thursday 20th January A trip has been arranged to visit The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for a Backstage Tour plus optional visit to Transport Museum or St. Pancras Station.  Cost including Coach £18. Leave Fant Hall 9.30am  (G)
Tuesday 25th January  BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall. 1.00pm
Thursday 3rd February Theatre trip to  "The Buddy Holly Story" on the Anniversary of his death. Orchard Theatre, Dartford. Stall seats including Coach £25.  Leave Fant Hall 6.00pm.  Money required at time of Booking (G)
Monday 2nd May to 6th. Holiday to Warners Cricket St. Thomas. Cost £333. A £30 deposit is required on Booking. See our web site for more details Contact (N)
Contacts: - (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen (Mo) 661498.(W) Wendy 729771.
                    (D) Dave 670034.  (N) Neil  727066         

Our Speaker this month, is Steve Pendleton who returns to talk about his world without vision. In November, Laurie Manser gives us his "Memories of a Garden Boy".   We do not have an official Meeting in December although we do have a Christmas Lunch when both full and associate members can attend - see events calendar above. In January 2011, Rod Legrar talks about the History of Chislehurst Caves whilst in February we are planning a social afternoon.
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A reminder: to those who haven't yet paid their annual subscriptions. If you do not pay your Annual Subscriptions by 30th November, your Membership of BarmARA will cease.

Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 62 September 2010.

Chairman Neil Kenwright www.barmara.org.uk Best wishes to Jen and Brian Cornish on their 50th Wedding Anniversary PLEASE NOTE THAT THE OCTOBER MEETING SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY 26TH OCTOBER HAS HAD TO BE RESCHEDULED TO TUESDAY 2ND NOVEMBER. THIS IS DUE TO ESSENTIAL BUILDING WORKS BEING CARRIED OUT AT FANT HALL DURING THE WEEK OF OUR SCHEDULED MEETING The AGM took place at our previous meeting and all existing Officers and Committee members were re-elected. The Annual Accounts were presented by our Treasurer and were accepted. Tony Simms who has been our Auditor for many years stood down and Ron Joliffe was appointed as Auditor for the year 2010/2011. Any member wanting a copy of the Annual Accounts should apply to our Secretary, Wendy Thorpe. There were no changes to our Constitution or Rules. We couldn't possibly ignore the Barmara Showtime production that immediately followed the Annual General Meeting. Members who attended the AGM meeting were treated to a truly magnificent feast of delightful, enjoyable and pleasurable entertainment provided by members of BarmARA. The "Showtime was introduced in the inimitable style of our Treasurer, Peter Dickenson and featured the BarmARA Calendar Girls - Gloria Rayment, Angela Prince, Val Power, Maureen Kenwright, Maggie Barclay, Wendy Thorpe, Mo Smith, Lorna Grognet, Val Mayger, Betty Gay - with the surprise appearance of Miss February our honorary girl, Geoff Figgett MBE. Ken Comber as the "Music Man", your Membership Secretary Peter Sargent and Newsletter Editor Maurice Gay as the "Two Morris's". Pam Ayres disguised as Maggie Barclay called in and did a recitation of three of her poems - I wish I looked after my teeth, The day they pass the Buck and I wish I looked after my T*ts. - The last renditition had the house in fits of laughter. Dave Mayger, Neil Kenwright and Max Power appeared as the Beverly Estate Sisters. Neil brought the house down with his lack of dress sense. The singing of John Williams and the musical talent of John Bell nicely wrapped up the whole show. Chris Hall's experience and his sound and lighting equipment only enhanced the whole production, as did John Grognet as Stage Manager. Colin Prince acted as official photographer. The rest of his "snaps" portfolios are on our web site photo gallery. If anyone wants copies please contact Angela Prince on 728478. OUR THANKS TO Tony Simms who has now stood down as our Auditor after seven years of dedicated work for BarmARA and a warm welcome and thanks to Ron Joliffe who has taken over the important task of Auditor. A thanks also to all the ARA's who have sent us their own Newsletters, particularly RamsgrangeARA from Ireland. QUIZ JULY 2010 - Thanks to Jen Cornish - Answers Q1: Too Marvellous for Words. Q2: Noel Coward. Q3: Richard Stilgoe. Q4: The Lady and the Tramp. Q5: She was barefoot. Q6: High Society. Q7: Gustav Holst. Q8: Advance Australia Fair. Q9: Romeo & Juliet. Q10: You Can Leave Your Hat On. Q11: Alexander Borodin. Q12: Orpheus in the Underworld. Q13: Ode to Joy. Q14: At W.I. Meetings Q15: Robert Burns. And the winner was.........Jean Wells. Thanks to all those who submitted entries and although got right answers didn't get their name pulled out of the hat first. QUIZ -September 2010 - Seaside Towns. submitted by Enid Deakes (Thank you Enid) Q1. The light will improve. Q2. Ernies late partner? Q3. A wonderful horse in cowboy films? Q4. Access for male sheep only. Q5. You get dirty if you swim in this. Q6. The peoples rock. Q7. A writing instrument with insects. Q8. Needed with a different lock. Q9. Carried away from the West. Q10. Come here and enjoy the herd. Q11. They don't drink this up North. Q12. The entrance for mother. Q13. Patron of cockney beekeepers. Q14. Blemish on a district. Q15. Building material and sandwich filler. Q16. Not a narrow way up by any means. Q17. A clergyman is going mouldy. Q18. A compass point at last. Answers please in the box at the October 2010 Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by Monday before the meeting so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw We would welcome contributions for the Quiz from any Member. It could be on any subject providing it is legal and decent!! Pétanque literally "Feet anchored" is the game you see played in every French village and is now being played enthusiastically by members of BarmARA. So it is time we learnt the language of pétanque. The gravel ground on which we play is the PISTE. The little ball used as a Jack is called a COCHONNET pronounced cosh-on-ay (literally, piglet). POINTING throwing your ball at the cochonnet. SHOOTING throwing your ball in order to knock an opponent out of the way or off the piste. TO DO THE BEC to knock one of your own balls closer to the cochonnet. If you want to buy your own set of BOULES a good web site to visit is www.pycpetanque.com. On Monday 13th September 26 members turned up to play. Our last meeting of the season will be on Monday 11th October so do come and try your hand at this very popular game. Did you see one of our members - Max Power - on BBC South East TV News? It was a news report regarding the protest about the proposed quarrying in Oaken Wood. Max was fronting for the Protest Group and explaining the reasons for the local resident's objections. His wife Val was hiding in the background. If you would like more information check out www.saveoakenwoods.co.uk or email powerval98@yahoo.co.uk. Line Dancing restarted on Tuesday 7th September and continues on the 1st 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of the month at Fant Hall. The Quiz Night is being held on Friday 22nd October and your Committee would like to see as many of you as possible. The Membership Secretary reminds you that the Annual Subscriptions for the year 2010/2011 are now due. There will be no increase this year so the subs remain at £5.00 for full membership and £3.00 (£5.00 per couple) for associate membership. All subs must be paid by November 31st. Failure to do so by this date will mean your membership will be terminated. BARMARA CHAIRMANS REPORT 2009/10 This year has seen the coldest winter for many a year. For the first time in our history we had to cancel a meeting and several activities. Also this year we have seen two of our previous Chairpersons, a secretary and several members with health problems we wish them all well. The club is still the place to be as our growing membership requests keep flowing in. We now have 136 full members and 125 Associate members. We are still accepting new members, as we still hope to move to Beechwood. This has been the case for three years now. The information to date seems to be that MBC has taken over the hall from Persimmons. The management committee for the hall are still not satisfied that all their requests have been met. A fence between the hall and the children's play area has yet to be built. We are still none the wiser as to the cost of the hire of the hall or what its fittings are going to be. Until these are resolved your committee cannot even consider a move. Now to the events of the year. We have seen Brian's choice of speakers for the year and I must compliment him on the varied and entertaining program. From our very own Geoff Figgett MBE, Bob Ogley with the "wind of change", Ann Chance saddle sore in Montana and ending the year with A forensic Response to the Tsunami. This being only a sample we experienced throughout the year. This year has seen us continuing quiz nights thanks to Maurice. A new evening event was arranged, a Barn Dance. This went down very well and was well supported. We continue to organise sessions of ten-pin bowling. Due to a drop in numbers towards summer this is now being concentrated on the winter months only. Petanque has been able to resume this summer thanks to Ken Comber and this is of course followed by a nice lunch in the Red Start PH . The Art club has I believe a full class now and is going from strength to strength thanks to the support of members Brian Cornish and Sheila Malthouse. A new activity has started this year ‘New Age Kurling' by Dave Mayger. This has become so successful that we now are the proud owners of five sets of our own equipment thanks to Gloria Rayment who arranged a grant from Grass Roots. A big "thank you" to those members who have continued to provide the monthly walks. They are well supported and always finish with an optional lunch at the local hostelry. The monthly Coffee morning still proves to be very popular with a regular attendance of 30. This gives the opportunity for Associate members to come along and socialise. As this is also attended by the Outings ladies this is an ideal opportunity to book and pay for outings. We also provide Line Dancing and Handicraft afternoons. These activities could do with a bit more support. I will not say too much about outings and holidays, as I'm sure that will be covered by the outings ladies report. I would like to thank you all for supporting the Outings, Holidays and activities we provide. Our Web site provided by Maurice has proved to be popular with several hundred hits recorded every month. The monthly newsletter is now emailed to a quarter of the membership. This is also useful for late cancellations or changes to outings or activities. I have tried to make the committee more visible to the membership. At meetings they now introduce the activities they organise and you can put names to faces. I also hope you feel you can approach them at anytime. Suggestions are always welcomed. With the recession and cutbacks, next year will pose some challenges. The committee are already putting together a varied programme. So as they say watch this space. For all those hard working committee members I have failed to mention, I thank you for your invaluable input to making this club so successful As I stated earlier I think your club is very healthy and going from strength to strength. Neil Kenwright. Chair BARMARA. 24/08/10 Events Diary - List of Activities, Trips and Excursions 2010 Friday 8th October. Kurling. TA Centre Boxley Road. 10.00am. Cost £1.50p Mondy 11th October. Petanque Last of the season at Redstart Pub North Street 10.00am. Lunch afterwards at the Pub (D) Monday 18th October. Ramble Oare Marshes, Faversham. 4.5 miles of flat easy walking with lunch at the Castle Pub. Plenty of wild life so brings your binoculars. Meet at Maidstone Bus Station in time for the 9.15am No. 333 Bus. Contact Gordon or Pat on 726965 Tuesday 19th October. A theatre trip has been arranged to see the Jersey Boys at Prince Edward Theatre. Matinee performance, leaving Fant Lane at 11.30am. Price including coach £35 for seats in the stalls. This trip is now fully booked (G) Friday 22nd October BarmARA Autumn Quiz Night at Barming Primary School at 7.00pm.Tables of 8. Tickets cost £5.00p. Bring your own drinks, food and nibbles. Contact (MA). Tuesday 26th October BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall. 1.00pm Friday 5th November. Kurling. TA Centre Boxley Road. 10.00am. Cost £1.50p (D) Thursday 18th November to Monday 22nd November Lunch and Christmas Spectacular at Thursford followed by weekend break at Potters 5* hotel including 4 meals a day and entertainment. £360. Contact (M) Tuesday 23rd November BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall. 1.00pm Friday 3rd December Kurling. TA Centre Boxley Road. 10.00am. Cost £1.50p (D) Thursday 9th December The Annual KentARA Christmas Concert at Mote Hall. 7pm for 8pm start. Tickets £9.00p. Contact (W) Tuesday 14th December. BarmARA Christmas Lunch at Oakwood House. Time of arrival 12 Noon until 4.00pm approx. Price £19.00 to include choice of 3 starters, 3 main courses and 3 desserts. A £10 deposit will be required at the time of booking. (G or M) Tuesday 21st December Trip to the Royal Albert Hall for "WHITE CHRISTMAS" with all time favourite Christmas Songs. Evening Performance 7.30pm Cost including Coach £33. Depart Fant Hall - Time to be advised later. Contact (M) Thursday 20th January A trip has been arranged to visit The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for a Backstage Tour plus optional visit to Transport Museum or St. Pancras Station. Cost including Coach £18. Leave Fant Hall 9.30am (G) Tuesday 25th January 2011 BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall. 1.00pm Monday 2nd May to 6th. Holiday to Warners Cricket St. Thomas. Cost £333. A £30 deposit is required on Booking. See our web site for more details Contact (N) Contacts: - (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen (Mo) 661498.(W) Wendy 729771. (D) Dave 670034. (MA) Maurice 669421 (N) Neil 727066 Our Speaker this month, is Susan Pope who will give a talk on "Lighter than Air"; while in October, Steve Pendleton returns to talk about his world without vision. In November, Laurie Manser gives us his "Memories of a Garden Boy". We do not have an official Meeting in December although we do have a Christmas Lunch when both full and associate members can attend - see events calendar above. In January 2011, Rod Legrar talks about the History of Chislehurst Caves whilst in February we are planning a social afternoon.

BARMARA Active Retirement Association
Newsletter Issue No 61 AUGUST 2010.
Chairman Neil Kenwright
 www.barmara.org.uk

Here are a few words that Jen Cornish asked to be inserted in the Newsletter.

 "I would like to thank the many people who have contacted me since Brian went into Hospital offering to chauffeur me or do shopping etc.  Brian has recovered well from the Pulmonary Embolism that caused him to go into Hospital on 9th July, but unfortunately a further cause for concern has been found.  He is home now, but attending the Hospital for tests etc.   Jen Cornish"

 I am sure we would all like to send our best wishes to Jen and to Brian for his speedy and full recovery.

It has been a busy month again. Since our last meeting we have had our regular coffee morning, played Kurling and Petanque, we have rambled around West Malling all in addition to our visit to and a trip on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. The RHDR was the realization of a dream of two men, Captain J.E.P. Howey and Count Louis Zborowski - he of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang fame.  The railway opened in July 1927 and runs for 13.5 miles. During the war the army who created an armoured train requisitioned it. The railway was used extensively for the building of PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) to supply petrol for D-Day and beyond.  It was reopened in 1947 by those two heroes of our childhood - Laurel & Hardy - and it is still one of the railway wonders of the world. Our coach left Fant Lane at 9.00am and arrived at Hythe shortly afterwards. We had a nice wander around Hythe and then we boarded the front 4 compartments of the RHD railway that had been reserved for us and then departed Hythe for Dungerness and the Pilot Pub for a fish & chips and a "gooey" dessert lunch. The coach left for home at about 6pm and we arrived back safely, tired but happy after a very enjoyable day out.

It was a very pleasant summers morning when 25 of us - including some new faces - gathered on the Petanque Piste in the Redstart's garden on Monday 9th August. The highlight of the morning was when three men - Neil Kenwright, John Grognet and Dave Mayger -challenged a ladies team consisting of Maureen Kenwright, Theresa King and Maggie Barclay.  To the embarrassment of the men, the ladies won by 13 points to 3 points.  Well-done ladies.  Once again Ken Comber had arranged a good deal with the pub landlord for the pub's lunchtime special and quiet a few players stayed to enjoy their meal. We are improving all the time and are looking almost professional.


QUIZ JUNE  2010 - Wordsearch
The hidden words in the word search quiz were: Tulip, Pansy, Poppy, Daisy, Iris, Viola, Lobelia, Salvia, Zinnia and Barmara.  We had correct answers from Enid Deakes, David Tyler, May Pilbeam, Maggie Barclay and Jackie Boyle.  Enid won the £5 prize, as her name was first out of the hat. Thanks to all those who entered.

QUIZ - AUGUST 2010
submitted by Gloria Rayment on the subject of Pubs and Inns.


Q1. What is "Amber Nectar"?  Q2. In which Midlands city is "Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem" which claims to be the oldest public house in England?  Q3. What series of books does the fictional inn  "The Leaky Cauldron" appear?  Q4.  What is, or should be 5 feet, 8 inches off the floor in most pubs?  Q5.  The 18th century cavalryman John Manners, who set up many ex-soldiers with pubs as a means of a livelihood has had many pubs dedicated to him under what name?  Q6.  What is the commonest pub name in the UK?  Q7.  What is the name of the pub in TV's Only Fools and Horses?  Q8. In Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island, who is the owner of the "Spyglass Inn" in Bristol?  Q9. Which London area on the Monopoly board is named after a 17th century inn?  Q10.  Which five animals appear in the top ten pub names in the United Kingdom?

Answers please in the box at the September 2010 Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by Monday before the meeting so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw

We would welcome contributions for the Quiz from any Member. It could be on any subject providing it is legal and decent!!

Last month's speaker was ex-Metropolitan Policeman David Tadd who gave us a very thought provoking talk on "The Forensic Response To The Tsunami." His talk was on a deadly serious subject but was interspersed with some really hilarious moments. David was called on by Her Majesty's Government to create and lead a team of skilled and experienced Metropolitan Police forensic experts to go to Phucket in Thailand and identify the bodies of those British citizens who were killed in this dreadful event. Of the 5000 plus bodies found in the carnage of this disaster his team managed to identify some 183 United Kingdom citizens. Without modern medical technology and good old-fashioned police work it would have been an impossible task. It made us all gasp at the magnitude of the task and we cannot but offer our sincere thanks to David and his team for their superhuman efforts in such a grim and ghastly project.

Thanks to the following members who gave up their time for rehearsals to provide the entertainment this afternoon:  David Mayger who organised it all, John Williams the lead singer, John Bell for his musical skill on the keyboard, Peter Dickenson as MC, our Calendar Girls, Geoff  Figgett OBE, Maggie Barclay, Maureen Kenwright, Val Power, Angela Prince, Gloria Rayment, Lorna Grognet, Val Mayger, Betty Gay, Maureen Smith and Wendy Thorpe , The Beverly Estate Sisters, Dave Mayger, Max Power and Neil Kenwright, The Music Man Ken Comber, Maurice Gay and Peter Sargent as the Morris Dancers and our sound team  Brian Wade and Chris Hall not forgeting our back room boy and stage manager John Grognet.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held today Tuesday August 24th 2010 in Fant Hall starting at 1.00pm immediately preceding our regular monthly Meeting.

Notice of the Annual General Meeting was published in the June Issue No. 59 of the Barming Active Retirement Association Newsletter. We had not received any Nominations for election to the Committee by the qualifying date so the existing Committee will continue until the next period for re-election.

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We had another successful Kurling Session on Friday 6th August.  More members than ever turned up at this meeting and this just shows how popular this sport is becoming.; even Val Mayger was persuaded to leave her tea, coffee and biscuit stand to have a game.

The Singles Club hosted by Peter Dickenson and Wendy Thorpe continues to be a success and it is hoped that in the near future they will give us a report on their activities and trips.
 
We have been sending our Newsletter to all the KentARA associated ARA's - nearly 50 in all - and have received some good feedback.  One or two clubs have reciprocated. It is interesting to read about some ARA's activities such as a Choir, playing Croquet and some have a Sunday Lunch Club and a joint ARA Carol Service at Christmas. Food for thought?
 
Please note that Line Dancing is closed for the Summer Break and will restart at Fant Hall on Tuesday 7th September when we look forward to seeing some new faces as well as our regular dancers. Contact Neil 727066

We are still looking for a volunteer who is a regular attendee at our meetings and other events who has an interest in or who has had some training in First Aid to act as our second nominated first aider.  You will be sent on a comprehensive One Day St. John's Ambulance "Emergency First Aid at Work" (HSE approved Course) Training Course. If you are interested please let Maurice Gay have your name.

Our Web site continues to receive an ever-increasing number of visits each month. During July we had 441 visitors. This time last year we had on 273 visits.

A message from our Membership Secretary.

The annual Subscriptions for the year 2010/2011are now due.  There will be no increase this year so the subs remain at £5.00 for full membership and £3.00  (£5.00 per couple) for associate membership. If you are not paying at the Meeting please send the correct amount to:
Peter Sargent,
84 Newbury Avenue,
Allington, ME16 0RD

Cheques should be made out to 'Barmara'. All subs must be paid by November 31st.  Failure to do so by this date will mean membership will be terminated.
 
 Events Diary  - List of Activities, Trips and Excursions
2010
Friday 3rd September Kurling. TA Centre Boxley Road, 10.00am Cost £2.00p (D)
Monday 6th September. Coffee Morning Barming Parish Hall 10.00am  to 12.00
Monday 13th September Petanque Redstart Pub 10.00am. (D)
Monday 20th September  Ramble. Meet at Wateringbury Railway Station. Food available at the Riverside Restaurant Order before setting off. Take No. 6 bus from Barming Fountain bus stop at 10.00am. Nice easy walk along the River Medway to Teston and back (D)
Wednesday 22nd September. Coach trip to Olympic Site with Guide. Trip includes tea, coffee, biscuits AND Roast Beef Lunch. Please let Gloria know if a vegetarian option is required. Cost £27. Leave Fant Hall 8.45am (G)
Tuesday 28th September BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall. 1.00pm
Friday 8th October. Kurling. TA Centre Boxley Road. 10.00am. Cost £2.00p
Tuesday 19th October.  A theatre trip has been arranged to see the Jersey Boys at Prince Edward Theatre. Matinee performance, leaving Fant Lane at 11.30am. Price including coach £35 for seats in the stalls. This trip is now fully booked (G)
Friday 22nd October BarmARA Autumn Quiz Night at Barming Primary School at 7.00pm.Tables of 8. Tickets cost £5.00p. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Contact (MA).
Friday 22nd October KentARA Supper and Race Night at Ditton Community Centre 7.30pm - 10.30pm.  Entrance Cost £6.00p per person. Contact (W)
Tuesday 26th October BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall. 1.00pm
Friday 5th November. Kurling. TA Centre Boxley Road. 10.00am. Cost £2.00p  (D)
Thursday 18th November to Monday 22nd November Lunch and Christmas Spectacular at Thursford  followed by weekend break at Potters 5* hotel including 4 meals a day and entertainment. £360. Contact (M)
Tuesday 23rd November BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall. 1.00pm
Friday 3rd December Kurling. TA Centre Boxley Road. 10.00am. Cost £2.00p  (D)
Tuesday 14th December. BarmARA Christmas Lunch at Oakwood House. Time of arrival 12 Noon until 4.00pm approx. Price £19.00 to include choice of 3 starters, 3 main courses and 3 desserts.  A £10 deposit will be required at the time of booking. (G or M)
2011
Tuesday 25th January 2011 BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall. 1.00pm

Contacts: - (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen (Mo) 661498.(W) Wendy 729771.
                    (D) Dave 670034.  (MA) Maurice 669421
         
It is our AGM today so there will not be a Speaker. Our Speaker in September, is Susan Pope who will give a talk on "Lighter than Air"; while in October, Steve Pendleton returns to talk about his world without vision. In November, Laurie Manser gives us his "Memories of a Garden Boy".   We do not have an official Meeting in December although we do have a Christmas Lunch when both full and associate members can attend - see events calendar above.

 
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BARMARA

Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 59 June 2010.
Chairman Neil Kenwright
 www.barmara.org.uk

BEST WISHES TO NEIL & MAUREEN KENWRIGHT ON THEIR
 GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

On Thursday 20th May a full coach left Fant Hall for our trip to Bletchley Park. The home during WW2 of the Code Breakers who famously cracked the Enigma Machine Code and the development of "Colossus" the world's first digital computer The outbound journey was delayed by an accident that closed the M20 so we arrived a little later than planned. Nevertheless, when we did arrive, our Guide - Maurice - was waiting and showed us into the main Mansion where we had coffee and biscuits whilst he gave us some information on the history of Bletchley Park and its use during the War. Following a tour of the area, which included a visit to the Bletchley Park Post Office, we had a good lunch of Cottage Pie, which was followed by a tour of the historic huts that housed Colossus and the Enigma and Lorenz machines. Tea and cakes in the main house followed. We departed at about 4.30pm and arrived safely back in Maidstone after a very interesting day. It is sad to report that this National treasure is supported only by voluntary subscription and not by the State.  Thanks once again to Gloria for organising a really great trip.

The BarmARA Petanque season started on the 14th June at the Redstart Pub thanks to Ken Comber and Dave Mayger. It was a lovely summer morning and over 20 members turned up to play. Ken reminded us of the Rules and supervised the team selection.  Coffee or Tea was served mid-way and when we had all completed our games, most of us went into lunch.  Ken had arranged for the meal and drink for a very reasonable £7.00p. An excellent start to the season! Our next Petanque session is at the Redstart Pub at 10.am on Monday 12th July at 10.00am and I urge you to come along and enjoy yourself.


Congratulations to Jackie Boyle on winning the April Quiz.. The answers were:
Q1. Desert Island Discs. Q2. Dick Barton Special Agent. Q3. The Billy Cotton Band Show. Q4. The Archers. Q5. Henry Hall's Guest Night. Q6. Children's Favourites. Q7. Paul Temple Q8. 2-Way Family Favourites. Q9. Top of the Pops. Q10. Down Your Way. Q11. Housewives Choice. Q12. Listen With Mother. Q13. Music While You Work. Q14. The Adventures of PC 49. Q15 The Shipping Forecast.

Commiserations to Dorothy Tyler and Jen Cornish who missed the  prize by one wrong answer.
 
QUIZ JUNE  2010:  Word Search
See if you can find nine common garden flowers and the name of our organisation

Answers please in the box at the July 2010 Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by Monday before the meeting so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw

We would welcome contributions for the Quiz from any Member. It could be on any subject providing it is legal and decent!!


BarmARA's name spreads far and wide.  RamsgrangeARA all the way from Ireland contacted us through our web site. Here is a précis of the message " Hi all, we are an Active retirement group from Ramsgrange in the south eastern area of Ireland, and our group has been up and running since 2003 and have 107 members, we are affiliated to Active Retirement Ireland. We have 487 ARA,s around Ireland and 60 groups in the South East Region, the region covers 5 counties, Wexford, Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford and Tipperary.
Our group is in South Wexford area 20 miles outside Wexford town. We are a rural area and cover 5 parishes. Like you we have many outings and part of the activities are Bowls, Ti-Chi, Ballroom Dancing, Tea Dances, Arts and Craft classes, Walks, Fado Fado (Story Telling) evenings, dog racing and horse racing, swimming, we have just returned from a five day holiday to Cork and Kerry. 42 of our members went and had a wonderful time.
We meet on the first Monday of every Month where we have a speaker, like you we charge 2 Euro to come in and 15 Euro for year membership, all coach trips are subsidised. We also go to the theatre both opera and musicals. Tomorrow we are all going to Tintern Abbey Saltmills where we will tour the Abbey followed by poetry reading and most importantly tea
and cakes."  We have responded likewise and gave RamsgrangeARA details of BarmARA and our activities. I thought the ARA movement was limited to Kent. Fado Fado intrigues me and perhaps we should ask Dave Mayger to organise something of a like nature, as he is the biggest storyteller I know!


NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting of Barming Active Retirement Association will be held at Fant Community Hall on Tuesday 28th August 2010 at 1.30pm as a preliminary to the usual monthly meeting. Matters to be dealt with at the Meeting will be the delivery of Officer's Annual Reports, presentation of audited Accounts for the year, election of Officers and Committee and the appointment of Auditor for the year 2010/2011.Below is a list of current Officers and Committee Members with their specialisations and an indication of whether they are prepared to stand for re-election:

Officers
Chairman:   Neil Kenwright  Yes.
  Hon. Treasurer  : Peter Dickenson Yes.
  Hon. Secretary:   Wendy Thorpe  Yes.
 Hon. Membership Secretary: Peter Sargent  Yes

Committee Members
  Maurice Gay (Newsletter)  Yes
  Maureen Kenwright (Catering)  Yes 
  Dave Mayger (Activities)  Yes
 Gloria Rayment (Outings)  Yes
  Maureen Smith (Outings)  Yes
  Judy Thompson (Raffles)  Yes
  Brian Wade (Speakers)   Yes

You may nominate members to compete for any of the Officer or Committee posts using the appropriate form available from the Hon. Secretary.  Any nomination should reach the Secretary at least 14 days before the Meeting.  A nomination may be entered at the Meeting provided that the Nominee is present.  In the event of more than one nomination being received, an election will be held.

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We have managed to secure funding from Grassroots Grants Kent Community Foundation in order to purchase our own New Age Kurling Equipment thanks to the efforts of our Vice-Chairman Gloria Rayment.  Thanks to Gloria for all her hard work connected with this project. Our own Vic Jefferys was in the Kent Messenger news again when they printed a photograph of the residents of Dover Street at the time of the VE Day celebrations. A young handsome 16-year-old Vic can be seen. He was able to recognise most of the other people in the photograph. The Speaker at our May Meeting was Jackie Aviolet.  Jackie runs a local plant nursery and she used her expertise and knowledge to relate our Christian names to flowers, shrubs, trees and vegetables. Some of our members and their names did match the type of flower, but Peter Sargent our Membership Secretary as a Sweet Pea..... I think not.  It was a fun and interesting talk.   

Please note that Line Dancing has now closed for the Summer Break and will restart in September.

Shakespeare went into a pub and the Landlord said "You're Bard".


Events Diary  - List of Activities, Trips and Excursions


Thursday 24th June. Coach Trip to Rye Market with time to shop and have lunch in this lovely town then in afternoon on to visit the Great Dixter Gardens at Northiam . Leave Fant Lane at 9.00am. Cost including Coach £16.  (G)
Monday 5th July Coffee Morning at Barming Parish Hall 10.00am to 12.00
Friday 9th July. Kurling 10.00am TA Hall Boxley Rd. £2.00p (D)
Monday 12th July Petanque 10.00am Redstart Pub. North Street, Barming (D)
Friday 16th July Rehearsals for Musical Spectacular Parish Hall 2.30pm
Monday 19th July. Ramble. 4 miles circular walk with some stiles via Boxley, Boxley Abbey ruins and Cuckoo Wood. Meet 10.00am Penenden Heath Car Park. (Take care of Height Barrier) Lunch afterwards at The Bull Penenden Heath. (DT)
Thursday 22nd July. Coach trip to R.H.S Gardens at WISLEY. Leave Fant Lane at 9.00am. Cost £10.00 plus Coach.  (M)
Tuesday 27th July. BarmARA Meeting at Fant Hall 1.00pm
Monday 2nd August. Coffee Morning at Barming Parish Hall 10.00am to 12.00
Friday 6th August. Kurling 10.00am TA Hall Boxley Rd. £2.00p (D)
Wednesday 11th August Leave Fant Hall at 11.00am for Coach trip with free time in Hythe then a ride on Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway followed by Fish & Chip Lunch at The Pilot Pub at Dungerness. Cost £30 (M)
Monday 6th September. Coffee Morning Barming Parish Hall 10.00am  to 12.00
Wednesday 22nd September. Coach trip to Olympic Site with Guide. Trip includes tea, coffee, biscuits AND Roast Beef Lunch. Please let Gloria know if a vegetarian option is required. Cost £27. Leave Fant Hall 8.45am (G)
Tuesday 19th October.  A theatre trip has been arranged to see the Jersey Boys at Prince Edward Theatre. Matinee performance, leaving Fant Lane at 11.30am. Price including coach £35 for seats in the stalls. This trip is now fully booked (G)
Friday 22nd October KentARA Supper and Race Night at Ditton Community Centre 7.30pm - 10.30pm.  Entrance Cost £6.00p per person. Contact (W)
Thursday 18th November to Monday 22nd November Lunch and Christmas Spectacular at Thursford  followed by weekend break at Potters 5* hotel including 4 meals a day and entertainment. £360. Contact (M)
Tuesday 14th December. BarmARA Christmas Lunch at Oakwood House. More Details follow (G or M)
Contacts: - (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen (Mo)  661498. (N) Neil 727066,
(W) Wendy 729771. (D) Dave 670034 (DT) Dorothy Tyler 726389   
         
At our meeting today, we have the pleasure of Chris McCooey to give us his new Talk called Birds, Beasts and Bacchanalia of Kent & Sussex.  On a more serious note we have a very interesting talk planned for July entitled "A Forensic Response to the Tsunami" .Our AGM will be held at our August Meeting.

With regard to our Meetings, would you please be aware that access to the Fant Hall for the monthly Meeting is from 1.00pm. If you arrive any earlier you may be refused entry until 1.00pm, as the Committee members will be setting out the chairs and tables.

 


Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 58 May 2010.
Chairman Neil Kenwright
www.barmara.org.uk

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY to MAUREEN KENWRIGHT
 who celebrates her  birthday today

On the 22nd April, we visited Burghley House. (See the report inside from Brian Wade.)   Saturday 24th April a large crowd of BarmARAns attended our very first Barn Dance. The venue at Barming Primary School Hall proved to be an excellent choice.  Our regular Meeting at Fant Hall on 27th April was also well attended and Steve Erickson who sung his way through very many popular songs provided entertainment. A very fine cream tea was also provided which was most enjoyable.  Neil took a sizeable crowd off to Warner's Holme Lacey for the Spring Holiday. Our Kurling session took place on the 14th May and we had a coach trip to Bletchley Park on the 20th; and don't forget we also had a General Election. All in all it was a very busy month.

And chaos reigned - no, not the volcanic ash cloud - but the Barn Dance at Barming Primary School. Sixty of us turned up for the first Barmara Barn Dance. Our caller, Margaret, was superb with a great sense of humour and loads of patience. Not everybody knew the dances but that did not deter from the enjoyment that we all had, in fact, it helped make the evening when going wrong and trying to catch up and put things right. It was even fun for those not taking part, just watching everybody else making a mess of things!! The food laid on by Maureen was good, as usual. With all the exercise and laughter that took place it must have done us all good. Well done, Dave, for organising the first, but hopefully, not the last Barn Dance. (And thanks to Peter Sargent for this Report)


There was another good turnout including a couple of first time members for our Kurling session on Friday 14th May.  It is such good value for £2.00p each, for which you get a bundle of fun and also coffee and biscuits.  If you haven't been come along on 11th June as you will definitely enjoy it.


Our own "Brain Box" Jen Cornish once again proved that she has an IQ of about 300 by winning the 11+ Arithmetic questions. :and the answers were:
Q1.12,012   Q2. 21 1/2    Q3. 18.02    Q4.30   Q5. 1hr 45 mins Q6. 2 minutes Fast.

QUIZ  MAY  2010: 
Q1 Where can you see the following inscription "Decus et Tutamen"?   Q2 What does that inscription mean?    Q3 What is a Ragged Robin?   Q4 Convert £1.65p into pre-decimal £SD   Q5  We all know what BarmARA means, but what is SYNARA?  Q6 "I am a weakfish speller" is an anagram of what famous person?  Q7  In France he is called Étienne but what is he known as in England? Q8  Why was Gillian Duffy in the news recently?    Q9   We have recently heard of Eyjafjallajökull but what is the name of the world's largest one?  Q10   What was the name of Billy Cotton's Band lead female singer?  

Answers please in the box at the June 2010 Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by Monday  before the meeting so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw

Thanks to Brian Wade for this interesting report on the recent visit to Burghley House.
 
"For some years now I have made visits to Stanford mainly due to the fact that my Son and Daughter-in-law live in the East Midlands. It was on a visit to Stilton village with the family to acquire and see Stilton cheese produced, which we found out to our surprise is not produced there.( To be able to call cheese, Stilton cheese it has to be made within a twenty mile radius of Stilton,) After a nice Lunch of Stilton Cheese we decided to head for Stanford, the road to Stanford took us past Burghley House and I said to myself that's a place I must visit in the future. So I was more than pleased when Barmara laid on a visit soon after.

Burghley House is not on our doorstep but the three-hour journey is well worth it, I am sure the company of Barmara members eased the journey. The Elizabethan house built between 1555—1587 is truly magnificent, the décor and furnishings are very interesting and in excellent condition. We were lucky on the day of our visit as the number of visitors was small which allowed us to spend more time looking and talking to the very friendly and informative guides. I must mention the Orangery Restaurant where most of us had lunch, this must be one of the most delightful and relaxing places to have a meal anywhere.
As it was a nice sunny day the gardens were a delight, and we were allowed access to the private South garden to see the spring bulbs. One garden which was different was the Garden of Surprise, many water features, where our Chairman, Mo and myself worked hard turning pump handles to pump a ball up a glass tube, they say little things please little minds, but it was hard work and we had to retire to the café for more refreshments. We must say thanks to Mo for organising a long but delightful day, and Mo it didn't RAIN"

At the April Meeting, Steve Erikson entertained us by singing a range of pre-punk era popular songs. Steve had a fine Irish voice and when he was singing certain songs I thought we had booked Val Doonican. He managed to get us all singing when he went into a medley of Al Jolson's songs. My favourite however was Steve's version of  "The Fields of Athenry" It's a great song for the Harmonica in the key of Eb!

The Raffle at the last monthly meeting was enhanced by a prize that the Committee won when attending the KentARA AGM.. Quite unselfishly, Gloria and the rest of the Committee decided to pass on this good fortune to you all by including the bottles of wine and box of chocolates in our raffle.
Associate Members are very welcome to attend any or all of these activities.
Art Group. Meets every Tuesday except the 4th in the month at the Parish Hall 10am to 12 noon. Cost £2 for two hours including coffee and biscuits. (Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183)
Coffee Morning on the first Monday in the month (Except Bank Holidays) at the Parish Hall, cost £1.00p. (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066). 
Line Dancing On the 1st, 2nd,and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Fant Hall 2 to 3pm. Cost  £3.00 for Members and £3.50 Non-members (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066)
Ten Pin Bowling  See the Events Calendar ( Dave Mayger 670034 )
Kurling . See the Events Calendar (Dave Mayger 670034)
Petanque. See Events Calendar (Dave Mayger 670034)
Rambles. See Events Calendar
Handicrafts The meetings at St. Andrew's Church Hall have now been cancelled but the Handicrafts Group will continue to meet at member's houses on the 3rd Friday of each month.  Please contact Mo Smith 661498 for more information.
BarmARA Singles meet to share social and intellectual experiences. Please call Wendy Thorpe (729771) or Peter Dickenson (755350) to enquire about current events.
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The spring holiday this year was at Holme Lacy House, a 14th Century manor house set in 52 acres of Herefordshire countryside. The house was well preserved and we took our meals in a tall ceilinged wood panelled room, which used to be the ballroom. As usual the food was good and plentiful. BARMARA members enjoyed pistol shooting, Croquet, Putting Green and Petanque  to name but a few.  We even enjoyed New Age Kurling in the Pavilion the evening entertainment venue. The shows were very good. For excursions out we went to the Black Country Museum in Dudley nr Birmingham. This is a recreated canal-side village in Victorian times and even had a fish and chip shop that did the cooking in beef dripping. Some of us enjoyed a trip into a drift coalmine, all donned in helmets and torches to one candle. The next day a half-day trip to Hereford which by chance had a festival going on with attractions in the centre. One or two of our members took themselves off to the Cathedral see the very famous "Mappa Mundi". This featured in a television programme recently and is about 700 hundred years old and depicts the then known world and shows Jerusalem at it's centre On the final day we had a lovely trip around the local area and the Forest of Dean with a lovely guide (Leigh). She fitted in with our group very well and showed us the best place to watch the "Severn Bore".. We even encountered a 71-year-old forest wood carver who entertained us with stories and a song. I might add that this was not planned he was just a man selling his wares.  Due to a late change to the coach driver we all enjoyed Peter and you know how he can add to a holiday. We all came home to Maidstone by 2.30pm happy but tired. Here's to next year. 


Events Diary  - List of Activities, Trips and Excursions
Thursday 27th May. 10-Pin Bowling 10.00am AMF Bowl King St Maidstone (D)
Friday 11th June. Kurling 10.00am TA Hall Boxley Rd. £2.00p (D)
Monday 14th June. Petanque. Our first session of the Season at the Redstart Pub, North Street Barming. Meet 10.00am. Meals available at the Redstart. Contact (D)
Monday 21st June. Ramble from  Staplehurst Church. Meet and park in Kings Head Pub car park at 10.00am. Lunch at Kings Head Pub. Choose menu before walk starts. Cost £10 for 2.  Contact (P)
Thursday 24th June. Coach Trip to Rye Market with time to shop and have lunch in this lovely town then in afternoon on to visit the Great Dixter Gardens at Northiam . Leave Fant Lane at 9.00am. Cost including Coach £16.  (G)
Friday 9th July. Kurling 10.00am TA Hall Boxley Rd. £2.00p (D)
Thursday 22nd July. Coach trip to R.H.S Gardens at WISLEY. Leave Fant Lane at 9.00am. Cost £10.00 plus Coach.  (M)
Friday 6th August. Kurling 10.00am TA Hall Boxley Rd. £2.00p (D)
Wednesday 22nd September. Coach trip to Olympic Site with Guide. Trip includes tea, coffee, biscuits AND Roast Beef Lunch. Cost £27. Leave Fant Hall 8.45am (G)
Tuesday 19th October.  A theatre trip has been arranged to see the Jersey Boys at Prince Edward Theatre. Matinee performance, leaving Fant Lane at 11.30am. Price including coach £35 for seats in the stalls. Must request payment at time of booking. (G)
Friday 22nd October KentARA Supper and Race Night at Ditton Community Centre 7.30pm - 10.30pm.  Entrance Cost £6.00p per person. Contact (W)
Thursday 18th November to Monday 22nd November Lunch and Christmas Spectacular at Thursford  followed by weekend break at Potters 5* hotel including 4 meals a day and entertainment. £360. Contact (M)
Tuesday 14th December. BarmARA Christmas Lunch at Oakwood House. More Details follow (G or M)

Contacts: - (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen (Mo)  661498. (N) Neil 727066,
                   (W) Wendy 729771. (D) Dave 670034 (P) Pauline Comber 720476
                   (A) Ann Barfoot 738762

At our meeting today, Jackie Aviolet's talk is entitled "I am a Tulip what are you?" 
For the June Meeting we have the pleasure of  Chris McCooey to give us his new Talk called Birds, Beasts and Bacchanalia of Kent & Sussex.  On a more serious note we have a very interesting talk planned for July entitled "A Forensic Response to the Tsunami" With regard to our Meetings, would you please be aware that access to the Fant Hall for the monthly Meeting is from 1.00pm. If you arrive any earlier you may be refused entry until 1.00pm, as the Committee members will be setting out the chairs and tables.

Contributions to the Newsletter from Members and Associates are always welcome.
Editor: Maurice Gay. 21, Howard Drive. ME16 0QG
Tel: 01622 669421. Email: secondfiddle1@btinternet.com

 

 

BARMARA
Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 57 APRIL 2010.
Chairman Neil Kenwright
www.barmara.org.uk

Alma Baker, a long-term member of our Committee, has decided to move to other parts to be closer to her family.  We 

are sorry to lose her but thank her for all her hard work as a BarmARA Committee member and hope she will be very happy in her new home.

I apologise for the lack of Newsletters at the March Meeting, I reduced the print run on the basis of the last couple of month's take up. I'll make sure we have adequate copies this month.  Quite a lot has happened since our last meeting. We had a group visiting the Tower of London, 10-pin bowling, Kurling, Auditions for the August Meeting, A Riverside Ramble, a coach trip to Burleigh House, KentARA Tea Dance and the Barn Dance. With regard to the forthcoming Bletchley Park visit, if you require the vegetarian option (Vegetable Lasagne) for lunch please let Gloria (720515) know right away.

Our second Kurling session brought out 20plus members on a lovely bright warm sunshiny day to the TA Centre in Boxley Road. Once again it was a very successful morning and everybody enjoyed themselves. I believe that MaidARA will be challenging us to a match! If you haven't tried Kurling yet come along. It is not too strenuous but it is good fun. Thanks to Val Mayger for providing teas, coffees and biscuits. See the events diary for the next session date

We have been in touch with the new landlord of the new refurbished Redstart Pub regarding starting the new season for Petanque.  They will welcome us back and look forward to our first session of the year. Keep a look out on the Newsletter Events and Activities Diary and the web site Events Calendar

A goodly number of BarmARAn's turned up on the 9th April for the first planning meeting for the August Music Experience and from what I've heard it looks like being a terrific "entertainment". Don't forget that next Monday - 3rd May - is the Spring Bank Holiday and that the Coffee Morning has been moved to the following Monday 10th May.


We had three winners of the February Quiz Jean, Wells, Jen Cornish and Jackie Boyle.  But as we can have only one winner of the £5.00p prize, Jean's name came out of the hat first, :and the answers were:
Q1.High Tide   Q2. Town Hall Q3. Queen Victoria Statue Q4.Samuel PepysQ5. 1sr Floor above 89-90 Bank Street Q6. Sir Thomas Wyatt Q7. The Russian Gun 13th Q8. Century stone bridge seen from Palace Gardens Q9. Sir Garrard Tyrwhitt-Drake Q10. Sir Joseph Bazelgatte. Q11 Fairmeadow. Q12. Corpus Christi Hall. Q13. Maidstone Museum and Bentiff Art Gallery. Q14. 55-57, Week Street.  Q15. Sir Joseph Banks.

QUIZ APRIL 2010:  Radio Memories: What programmes did the following tunes introduce?
Q1 " By the Sleepy Lagoon"  Q2. "The Devil's Gallop" Q3. "Somebody Stole My Girl"  Q4. "Barwick Green" Q5. "Its Just The Time For Dancing "Q6. "Puffing Billy"  Q7. "Coronation Scot"  Q8. "With a Song In MY Heart" Q9. "At the Sign of the Swinging Cymbal"  Q10. "Horseguards - Whitehall" Q11. "In the Party Mood" Q12. "Bercuese from the Faure's  Dolly Suite  Q13. "Calling All Workers"  Q14. "Changing Moods" Q15. "Sailing By"

Answers please in the box at the May 25 th 2010 Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by Monday 24h May 2010 so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw

Thanks to Brian Wade for submitting this interesting report of the visit to the Tower of London

"When it was announced that Barmara had organised a trip to the Tower of London Joan and I knew this was one trip we could not miss. I had been to the Tower many times in my youth with my parents but Joan had never been and all through our married life Joan kept on to me to take her, now was her chance. On arrival at the Tower we were met by our guide for the day Owen, and what a great guide he turned out to be, with a fountain of knowledge he had about the Tower and surrounding area. Before we could enter the Tower we seemed to have gained an extra member, Owen soon sorted this minor problem out and into the Tower we went. Our guided tour included The Traitors Gate, White Tower, Bloody Tower, and of course the Crown Jewels. The Crown Jewels are very impressive and well displayed, a bit different to the last time I viewed them in my youth, they were then in a dark cold room in one of the towers in small display cabinets. After lunch we toured the Tower precincts, which included the execution site, The Merchant Seamen's Memorial and St Olave Church one of just eight city churches to have survived the Great fire of London. Above the gates to the church Memento Mori skulls still greet visitors and Charles Dickens called this church St Ghastly Grim, I think it must have changed a great deal since Dickens day I didn't find Ghastly. I am sure we all had a very interesting and enjoyable day, so many thanks to Mo for organising another great BarmARA outing."

Truisms??
Money isn't everything, but it sure keeps the kids in touch.
Bills travel through the post at twice the speed of cheques.
If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple of mortgage payments
Love may be blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener.


Associate Members are very welcome to attend any or all of these activities.
Art Group. Meets every Tuesday except the 4th in the month at the Parish Hall 10am to 12 noon. Cost £2 for two hours including coffee and biscuits. (Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183)
Coffee Morning on the first Monday in the month (Except Bank Holidays) at the Parish Hall, cost £1.00p. (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066). 
Line Dancing On the 1st, 2nd,and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Fant Hall 2 to 3pm. Cost  £3.00 for Members and £3.50 Non-members (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066)
Ten Pin Bowling  See the Events Calendar ( Dave Mayger 670034 )
Kurling . See the Events Calendar (Dave Mayger 670034)
Petanque. See Events Calendar (Dave Mayger 670034)
Rambles. See Events Calendar
Handicrafts The meetings at St. Andrew's Church Hall have now been cancelled but the Handicrafts Group will continue to meet at member's houses on the 3rd Friday of each month.  Please contact Mo Smith 661498 for more information.
BarmARA Singles meet to share social and intellectual experiences. Please call Wendy Thorpe (729771) or Peter Dickenson (755350) to enquire about current events.
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Because of the Bank Holidays, the Coffee Morning scheduled for 5th April was moved to Monday 12th April and similarly, the Monday 3rd May Coffee Morning will now be on Monday May 10th. Please put a note in your diary.

Our Speaker at the March Meeting was Andrew Clarke brought back a lot of memories for our members when he presented his talk and showed photographs about Long Lost Maidstone. He provided the following poem about Maidstone 1945.

Hail Maidstone, Noble Medway's bride Thy suave and fruitful atmosphere
Kent's citadel of civic pride!  Embalmed with toffee, gas and beer.
Hail stately County Hall, and hail  They meditate how affluence dwells
Thou formidable County Jail!  Amid the reek of caramels,
Majestic buildings line thy stream  And turns their noble Medway's flood
Where red sails match the sunset gleam - Into a multi-coloured mud:
Though these be slender consolations Their High Street, they observe with thanks
To strangers at thy Railway Stations Is lined with shops and bulging Banks:
Who stagger, hot and unimpressed,  With fumes internally combusted
From Maidstone East to Maidstone West Their lungs are seared, their nose disgusted -
Thy burgers in St. Peter's Street  But who should such effluvia mind
Lift their proud noses high to greet  If affluence be unconfined?

(From Kentish Rhymes By John Alden 1945)

Jokes to amuse your grandchildren:
What do you get if you cross an elephant and a kangaroo? Big holes all over Australia!
What is the best thing to do if you find a gorilla in your bed? Sleep somewhere else.
What lies on its back, one hundred feet in the air? A dead centipede.


Events Diary  - List of Activities, Trips and Excursions
Monday 3rd May until 7th May. Spring Holiday at Warners Holme Lacey.  Cost £299. Contact Neil for more information. (N)
Thursday 13th May.  August Musical Extravaganza Meeting. 10.00am Barming Parish Hall (D)
Friday 14th May. Kurling 10.00am TA Hall Boxley Rd. £2.00p (D)
Monday 17th May. Ramble. Meet at Holy Cross Church Car Park Bearsted at 10.00am for ramble around Bearsted and Otham. Lunch at Newnham Court. (A)
Thursday 20th May. Coach Trip to Bletchley Park, a Splendid Victorian Mansion and during WW2 home of the Code Breakers of the Enigma Machine. Guided Tour with coffee and biscuits on arrival, Lunch then Tea and Muffins. Leave Fant Hall 9.00am. Cost £20 plus coach cost. There is currently a waiting list for this trip  (G)
Thursday 27th May. 10-Pin Bowling 10.00am AMF Bowl King St Maidstone (D)
Friday 11th June. Kurling 10.00am TA Hall Boxley Rd. £2.00p (D)
Thursday 24th June. Coach Trip to Rye Market with time to shop and have lunch in this lovely town then in afternoon on to the Great Dixter Gardens at Northiam . Leave Fant Lane at 9.00am. Cost including Coach £16.  (G)
Friday 9th July. Kurling 10.00am TA Hall Boxley Rd. £2.00p (D)
Thursday 22nd July. Coach trip to R.H.S Gardens at WISLEY. Leave Fant Lane at 9.00am. Cost £10.00 plus Coach.  (M)
Friday 6th August. Kurling 10.00am TA Hall Boxley Rd. £2.00p (D)
Tuesday 19th October.  A theatre trip has been arranged to see the Jersey Boys at Prince Edward Theatre. Matinee performance, leaving Fant Lane at 11.30am. Price including coach £35 for seats in the stalls. Must request payment at time of booking. (G)
Thursday 18th November to Monday 22nd November Lunch and Christmas Spectacular at Thursford  followed by weekend break at Potters 5* hotel including 4 meals a day and entertainment. £360. Contact (M)
Contacts: - (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen 661498. (N) Neil 727066,
                   (W) Wendy 729771. (D) Dave 670034 (K) Ken Comber 720476
                   (A) Ann Barfoot 738762

At our Meeting today, we welcome Steve Erikson for "Songs and Entertainment" and a Cream Tea.  At our May Meeting, Jackie Aviolet's talk is entitled "I am a Tulip what are you?"  The June Meeting we have the pleasure of  TBA.  On a more serious note we have a very interesting talk planned for July entitled "A Forensic Response to the Tsunami"

With regard to our Meetings, would you please be aware that access to the Fant Hall for the monthly Meeting is from 1.15pm. If you arrive any earlier you may be refused entry, as the Committee members will be setting out the chairs and tables.

Contributions to the Newsletter from Members and Associates are always welcome.
Editor: Maurice Gay. 21, Howard Drive. ME16 0QG
Tel: 01622 669421. Email: secondfiddle1@btinternet.com


 

 

BARMARA
Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 56 MARCH 2010.
Chairman Neil Kenwright
www.barmara.org.uk

Congratulations to John & Irene Cornell who were married 50 years ago on Friday 12th March and I'm sure you would all like to join the Committee in hoping that that it brought back lots of cherished memories and they had a very happy GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY 

Our last 10-pin bowling session on February 25th, turned out to be a gender battle with supporters on both sides cheering the bowlers. Neil Kenwright narrowly pipped Marion to clinch the highest score of the day. Our next session is booked for Thursday March 25th so come along and enjoy the game, the exercise and the company. You will have noticed from our web site events calendar that we have organised Curling or Kurling sessions at the TA Hall in Boxley Road on Friday 12th March and Friday 9th April.. New age Kurling is a form of the original curling game, but adapted so that it can be played indoors on any smooth, flat surface, such as a sports hall, rather than on ice.  Importantly, the game can be played by both able-bodied and disabled people of all ages alike. If you have access to the Internet check this Kent Sports web site as it gives much more information; or speak to Dave Mayger the organiser.

http://www.kentsport.org/pdfs/new_age_kurling_factsheet.pdf

On the 12th March session,  32 members turned up at the TA Centre in Boxley Road for our first taste of New Age Kurling. Only a few had played before so most of us were rookies. It didn't take long to understand the rules of the game supplied by Ron Harman of MaidARA.. The stones (?) slid easy over the floor surface either by pushing direct onto the stones or using a very handy broomstick for those less able to bend . Towards the end of three games everyone was using the sticks. The teams were made up from a random selection of playing cards given out by Neil, the idea being that we all played with different members each game. An excellent way to mix and meet members. The most strenuous task was holding the cups of tea and coffee ably supplied by Max. All in all a great time was had by all. Can't wait until next time (Friday 9th April). Our thanks to Dave and Val Mayger for setting it all up.

OThe winner of the January - Quiz of the Decade was won by Joan Wade.  The runners up were; Betty Webb, Dorothy Tyler and Jackie Boyle  and the  ANSWERS to January 2010 Quiz of the Decade are:
Q1.  Year 2000 - Millennium. Q2. 9/11 Twin Towers World Trade Centre NY
Q3.  World Cup Rugby final. Q4. Brendan Cole.  Q5.  Hurricane Katrina
Q6.  John Prerscott.  Q7. An Earthquake.  Q8.  Terminal 5,  Heathrow.  Q9. Swine Flu.  Q10. April 2006
QUIZ  MARCH 2010 - 11 Plus.
How would you cope with some questions from today's 11 plus Maths examination?
Q1. Write in figures twelve thousand and twelve. Q2.  6 ¾ of 4 2/3- 10 5/6 divided by 1 ½ = ?Q3 1.06 x 2.04 divided by 0.123.  Q4 Find the sum of all the numbers between 1 and 13 that are divisible exactly by 3.  Q5  The road from a town "A" to another town "B" is uphill for the first 2 miles, level for the next 3 miles, and downhill for the last 2 miles.  If I can walk at the rate of 4 miles an hour on the level, 5 miles an hour down hill and 3 miles an hour uphill, how long shall I take to go from "A " to "B"? Q6. A clock is 12 minutes slow, but is gaining 5 seconds per hour. A watch is 20 minutes fast, but is losing 7 ½ seconds per hour. How many minutes fast will the watch be when the clock shows the right time?

Answers please in the box at the April 27th 2010 Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by Monday 26th April 2010 so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw

                                        A LETTER TO MY FRIEND
Just a line to say I'm living                       and sometimes when its night time
That I'm not among the dead                  with my nightcap on my head,
Though I'm getting more forgetful           I'm not sure if I'm retiring
And mixed up in my head.                        Or just getting out of bed.
I've got used to my arthritis,                    If its my turn to write dear
To my dentures I'm resigned.                   I hope you wont get sore,
I can manage my bifocals;                        I may think that I have written,
But, Oh God, I miss my mind.                   And don't wont to be a bore.
At times I can't remember,                       So remember I do miss you
When I'm standing by the stair,               And wish that you lived near,
If I'm going up for something                   but its time to post this letter
Or I've just come down from there,         and say goodbye my dear.
And beside the Fridge so often               BLAST
My mind is filled with doubt;                    I stood beside the Post Box
Now did I put some food away?             And my face is really red,
Or come to take it out?                           Instead of posting this to you
                                                               I've opened it instead!

My thanks to Brenda Sargent for submitting this lovely poem. It certainly ticks a few of my boxes! 

Following the AGM this coming August, your Committee is planning to entertain you with a Musical Extravaganza using "home grown" talent. So if you would like to join in as a singer or you can play an instrument then turn up at Barming Parish Hall on Friday 9th April at 2.00pm to learn more.
ur Book Club is looking for members. If you like reading and discussing the merits of otherwise of the Book with other like-minded members then contact Dave Mayger. (670034)


Associate Members are very welcome to attend any or all of these activities.
Art Group. Meets every Tuesday except the 4th in the month at the Parish Hall 10am to 12 noon. Cost £2 for two hours including coffee and biscuits. (Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183)
Coffee Morning on the first Monday in the month (Except Bank Holidays) at the Parish Hall, cost £1.00p. (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066). 
Line Dancing On the 1st, 2nd,and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Fant Hall 2 to 3pm. Cost  £3.00 for Members and £3.50 Non-members (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066)
Ten Pin Bowling ( Dave Mayger 670034 )
Handicrafts The meetings at St. Andrew's Church Hall have now been cancelled but the Handicrafts Group will continue to meet at member's houses on the 3rd Friday of each month.  Please contact Mo Smith 661498 for more information.
BarmARA Singles meet to share social and intellectual experiences. Please call Wendy Thorpe (729771) or Peter Dickenson (755350) to enquire about current events.
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Because of the Bank Holidays, the Coffee Morning scheduled for Monday 5th April has been moved to Monday 12th April and similarly, the Monday 3rd May Coffee Morning will now be on Monday May 10th. Please put a note in your diary.

If you didn't make the February Meeting, you missed a very humorous and entertaining talk by Ann Chance.  At the age of 64, having been influenced by the "Western" films of her childhood, she decided that she would go on a cowboy cattle drive in Montana USA even though she could not ride a horse. For eight months she took riding lessons from Patrick. There followed many funny and adventurous stories about horses that couldn't spell Canter, about being caught up by her knickers. She did get to Montana was given a horse called Houdini and learnt of the dangers of Ticks and that Rattlesnakes couldn't strike above 18".   The temperature regularly reached 105 degrees.  She was posted to the riding position of "Drag". This is at the rear of the herd and had to sweep up the loose and wayward cattle. After a variety of lively horses she was give one called Cherokee.  Her riding ability improved and as she was able to stay in the saddle she was nicknamed as Bostic. Story upon story came about Pommels, bull whips, lassoes, beans, camp fires, Jacuzzis and sing songs like "Amazing Grace" which at the end of her talk we all joined in. - Ye Ha!.

On Monday 15th March, with beautiful weather the Rambling Group led by Ken Comber went on a four-mile walk over level ground with no stiles. The walkers started from Tonbridge Castle and took in Haysden Park and then took lunch at Weatherspoons.  If you are interested in joining in future rambles, Phone Ken on 720476. or Dave Mayger 670034

I literally bumped into Peter Franklin in the Library the other day, me with my walking stick and Peter driving his hi-speed walking frame. Peter used to be Editor of this fine Newsletter and is waiting for a new hip.  We wish him well and a speedy recovery.


We were sorry to hear of the death of Cyril Mayhew who passed away on the 4th March and we send our condolences to his family and friends  


List of Trips and Excursions for your diaries

Thursday 25th March 10-pin Bowling. Meet 10.00am at the Maidstone AMF Bowl in King Street Maidstone. (D)
Friday 9th April  Kurling at TA Centre Boxley Road, Maidstone 10.00am Cost £2.00p (D)
Friday 9th April We are holding Auditions for the BarmARA Spectaclular. 2.00pm at Barming Parish Hall. We want Singers and Musicians. Contact (D)
Friday 16th April KentARA Tea Dance at Ditton Community Centre, 2pm - 5pm (Doors open 1.30pm). Dancing to Stephens Dance Music. Cost £3  (W)
Monday 19th April Ramble. Meet 10.00am at Waitrose Car Park (Newbury Ave., Allington) 2 hrs River Walk to Whatman Millennium Park and back. Lunch (optional) at the Thomas Wyatt Pub. (D) 
Thursday 22nd April Coach trip to Burleigh House and Stamford. Cost £22. Coach leaves Fant Hall at 8.00am (M)
Saturday 24th April Barn Dance to be held at Barming Primary School Hall, Belmont Close. 7.00pm to 10.00pm Dancing to professional Caller Cost £5 includes Ploughman's Supper. (D)
Monday 3rd May until 7th May. Spring Holiday at Warners Holme Lacey.  Cost £299. Contact Neil for more information. (N)
Thursday 20th May Coach Trip to Bletchley Park, a Splendid Victorian Mansion and during WW2 home of the Enigma Machine. Guided Tour with coffee and biscuits on arrival, Lunch then Tea and Muffins. Leave Fant Hall 9.00am. Cost £20 plus coach cost. There is currently a waiting list for this trip  (G)
Thursday 24th June. Coach Trip to Rye Market with time to shop and have lunch in this lovely town then in afternoon on to the Great Dixter Gardens at Northiam . Leave Fant Lane at 9.00am. Cost including Coach £16.  (G)
Thursday 22nd July. Coach trip to R.H.S Gardens at WISLEY. Leave Fant Lane at 9.00am. Cost £10.00 plus Coach.  (M)
Thursday 18th November to Monday 22nd November Lunch and Christmas Spectacular at Thursford  followed by weekend break at Potters 5* hotel including 4 meals a day and entertainment. £360. Contact (M)

Contacts: - (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen 661498. (N) Neil 727066,
(W) Wendy 729771. (D) Dave 670034 (K) Ken Comber 720476.

Andrew Clarke will be talking to us today about "Old Maidstone". In April (Easter Meeting) there is "Songs and Entertainment" with Steve Erickson and a Cream Tea.  At our May Meeting Jackie Aviolet's talk is entitled "I am a Tulip what are you?"

Contributions to the Newsletter from Members and Associates are always welcome.
Editor: Maurice Gay. 21, Howard Drive. ME16 0QG
Tel: 01622 669421. Email: secondfiddle1@btinternet.com


 

February Issue 55

Chairman Neil Kenwright
www.barmara.org.uk

 

Sadly, Nora Harvey passed away during her sleep at Maidstone Hospital on Saturday 30th January. She was a gentle kindly lady and a good member of the Art Group. We will miss her and send our condolences to all her friends and family

 

The BarmARA Committee meet once a month under the Chairmanship of Neil in the Barming Parish Hall generally two weeks before the main Monthly Meeting at Fant Hall. It is at these meetings that matters pertaining to the efficient running and strategic direction of the club are discussed.  An Agenda of matters to be discussed is drawn up by our Secretary - Wendy Thorpe - under various headings such as; Treasurer's Report, Membership Secretary's Report, Outings Organiser's Reports, discussions about existing or new activities for the Members. We review the Draft Newsletter, Hear about KentARA and our Area 4 Matters and deal with anything else that affects or is relevant to BarmARA..  To use a naval simile, this is like the engine room, bridge, wheelhouse and Chart Room all rolled into one. This month, details of Speakers for the forthcoming months were discussed as was Beechwood Hall and the Closing of Fant Lane and local roads for essential road works. So if you would like anything brought to the Committee's notice just let us know.

Our website is still attracting a lot of visits and the statistics show that on average we have about 300 visitors a month - and they are not all me.  Talking about websites, KentARA has a web page - www.kentara.co.uk - that also has a link to our site and we have had several enquiries about membership via that link and I believe that one or two new members have joined us via that source. 

Are you plagued with Junk Mail?  Maidstone Borough Council is looking into this issue and is keen to hear the views of local residents. If you have a view then write to Ester Bell, Overview and Scrutiny Officer at the Council Offices or telephone her on 01622 602463.


 

The winners of our November and December Quizzes were Jen Cornish and Dorothy Tyler.  This is the first time that either of them has won so CONGRATULATIONS to you both. It will be a surprise for Dot as she was in Australia on the day of our last meeting.
QUIZ  February 2010 - How well do you know Maidstone
Q1. What leaves Chatham and arrives 27 minutes later at Allington? Q2. In 1793, where would you have found Maidstone Gaol? Q3. What did Alexander Randell give to Maidstone in 1862?. Q4 Who wrote in his diary, " ...having walked all round the town and found it very pretty"? Q5 Where do Lord Avebury, Sir Lawrence Washington, William Caxton and an Archbishop of Canterbury now stand? Q6. Who caused Maidstone to lose it's Royal Charter? Q7. What did Lord Pamure give to Maidstone in 1858? Q8. What is one of Maidstone's oldest structures now hidden under a modern road junction? Q9. Who was 12 times Mayor of Maidstone? Q10. What do the London Sewage system and a Maidstone Bridge have in common? Q11. Where are seven Protestant martyrs commemorated?  Q12.  Where until 1871 did Maidstone Grammar School stand for the previous 322 years? Q13. What is Chillington Manor now known as? Q14 If you were a Pargeter in 1680 where can your work still be seen? Q15. Who donated the almshouses in St. Faith's Street?
Answers please in the box at the March 23rd 2010 Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by Monday 22nd March 2010 so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw
Answers to the January Quiz
Q1. The mnemonic for the Millennium Year 2000  Q2.  The date of the attack on the World Trade Centre in New York 9th November  2001.Q3.  World Cup Rugby final. He kicked the winning Goal. Q4  Brendan Cole was the first Professional Dancer to win. He was partnered by Natasha Kaplinski Q5. Hurricane Katrina. There are the names given to Hurricanes in the Gulf. Q6. John Prescott. He was photographed playing Croquet when as Deputy Prime Minister he was running the Country acting as PM.Q7. An Earthquake measuring 4.3 in the Richter Scale.Q8.Terminal 5 Heathrow was not ready when opened to Flights, chaos reigned. Q9. The first reported case of Swine Flu. Q10. The first reported case of Bird Flu during  April 2006 in the UK

On Thursday 21st January 11 members met at the Maidstone Bowl for a 10-pin bowling session. This was the first session this year after all the over indulgence at Christmas and it showed. That is all except for Freda Pearce.  Freda must have spent the whole holiday period practising as she managed to attain the highest score of the day. We also welcomed Marie Everett (an Associate Member) for the first time. For those who have not been with us, it is great fun and a very enjoyable way of taking a little easy exercise. The cost  £5.75p for three games, which also includes coffee and biscuits. We usually start at 10.00am and are finished by lunchtime.
Our Chairman Neil and Dave Mayger have been looking for other activities that might interest members and they tried out "Curling".  The trial practice session proved to be very enjoyable so the Committee are looking into the possibilities for BarmARA.
I dream of a better tomorrow.. where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives.  I was standing in the park one day wondering why Frisbees get bigger the closer they get,; and then it hit me!
 
Associate Members are very welcome to attend any or all of these activities.

Art Group. Meets every Tuesday except the 4th in the month at the Parish Hall 10am to 12 noon. Cost £2 for two hours including coffee and biscuits. (Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183)
Coffee Morning on the first Monday in the month (Except Bank Holidays) at the Parish Hall, cost £1.00p. (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066). 
Line Dancing On the 1st, 2nd,and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Fant Hall 2 to 3pm. Cost  £3.00 for Members and £3.50 Non-members (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066)
Ten Pin Bowling ( Dave Mayger 670034 )
Handicrafts The meetings at St. Andrew's Church Hall have now been cancelled but the Handicrafts Group will continue to meet at member's houses on the 3rd Friday of each month.  Please contact Mo Smith 661498 for more information.
BarmARA Singles meet to share social and intellectual experiences. Please call Wendy Thorpe (729771) or Peter Dickenson (755350) to enquire about current events.
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Bob the January Meeting speaker took us on a voyage down the Medway, from Allington Lock to Sea Buoy No. 1 at the confluence of the River Thames and River Medway off Sheerness where the remains of the "Richard Montgomery" awaits! What was once a mighty trading River is now almost all recreational. This very interesting talk was illustrated with many photographs and was well received.

This is not strictly BarmARA business, although I suspect it could interest or affect many of our members. Earlier this month I was scheduled for elective surgery, a Total Knee Replacement, at Maidstone General Hospital.  I was naturally apprehensive considering the adverse publicity the local NHS Trust has received recently. I need not have been anxious for I can now report that the care, compassion, respect and professional treatment I received from every Department in the Hospital was well beyond my expectation and can only tell you that if you are due to be admitted for treatment you will be in the hands of some truly special people.

The Chinese New Year was on February 14th and this year, 2010, is known as the year of the Tiger or more formally as Geng Yin.  In Chinese calendar terms, 2010 is the year 4707. Their year zero was equivalent to our 2698 BC.  If the Chinese have New Year, we have St. Valentine's Day. This day has now become a day when your love for someone can be declared.  The following quotation seems to me to be quite appropriate.

"Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age"

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Because of the Bank Holidays, the Coffee Morning scheduled for Monday 5th April has been moved to Monday 12th April and similarly, the Monday 3rd May Coffee Morning will now be on Monday May 10th. Please put a note in your diary.

List of Trips and Excursions for your diaries

Thursday 25th February 10-Pin Bowling. Meet 10.00am at the Maidstone AMF Bowl in King Street, Maidstone (D)
Thursday 18th March Coach trip to the Tower of London. Cost £34. Coach leaves Fant Hall at 9.00am. (M)
Thursday 25th March 10-pin Bowling. Meet 10.00am at the Maidstone AMF Bowl in King Street Maidstone. (D)
Friday 16th April KentARA Tea Dance at Ditton Community Centre, 2pm - 5pm (Doors open 1.30pm). Dancing to Stephens Dance Music. Cost £3 (FREE to first 4 to apply) Contact Wendy (W)
Thursday 22nd April Coach trip to Burleigh House and Stamford. Cost £22. Coach leaves Fant Hall at 8.00am (M)
Saturday 24th April Barn Dance to be held at Barming Primary School Hall, Belmont Close. 7.00pm to 10.00pm Dancing to professional Caller Cost £5 includes Ploughman's Supper. Contact Dave for more information (D)
Monday 3rd May until 7th May. Spring Holiday at Warners Holme Lacey.  Cost £299. Contact Neil for more information.(N)
Thursday 20th May Coach Trip to Bletchley Park, a Splendid Victorian Mansion and during WW2 home of the Enigma Machine. Guided Tour with coffee and biscuits on arrival, Lunch then Tea and Muffins. Leave Fant Hall 9.00am. Cost £20 plus coach cost. There is currently a waiting list for this trip  (G)
Thursday 24th June. Coach Trip to Rye Market with time to shop and have lunch in this lovely town then in afternoon on to the Great Dixter Gardens at Northiam . Leave Fant Lane at 9.00am. Cost including Coach £16. Contact (G)
Monday 15th November to Friday 19th November "Turkey and Tinsel" at Potters, Great Yarmouth. Cost £385. Full Board plus Suppers, Cabaret and includes trip to see the magnificent THURSFORD SPECTACULAR and use of all Potters facilities. These details may change Contact (M) for more information
Contacts: - (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen 661498. (N) Neil 727066,
 (W) Wendy 729771. (D) Dave 670034

The Speaker today is Ann Chance whose talk is intriguingly entitled "Saddle Sore in Montana".

In March, we will be closer to home for Andrew Clarke's talk on "Old Maidstone."  In April (Easter Meeting) there is "Songs and Entertainment" with Steve Erickson and a Cream Tea.  At our May Meeting Jackie Aviolet's talk is entitled "I am a Tulip what are you?" Then in June, Dave Mayger will be offering something special!!

Contributions to the Newsletter from Members and Associates are always welcome


 


 

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Issue No 54 January 2010.
 A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF OUR MEMBERS
In December, our visit to see the Alan Titchmarsh Show being televised was a great success although it was a very long day. We left Fant Hall at 9.45am and did not return until about 9.00pm. Gloria booked a new coach company - Enterprise Coaches - for this trip and the driver entertained us by pointing out some interesting landmarks on the way. We arrived close to lunchtime and many of us explored the massive Westfield Shopping Centre before taking lunch there. We all met at 2.00pm at the BBC Studios, which was just opposite and after a little wait, we were admitted to the Studio. The "warm up" man kept us entertained until the show started. We saw 2 shows, the first was transmitted Live and the second was recorded for transmission the following day. Guests included two Reindeers, Jamie Cullum, Julia McKenzie and Brian May (from Queen) as well as Alan's regulars. If you haven't been into a TV Studio you will be amazed at all the lighting and sound paraphernalia as well as the hoards of people with headsets and clipboards. One of our party won a bottle of "Bubbly"! On the way back home we found ourselves in Oxford Street to see the Christmas Lights. It was an enjoyable, interesting but long day and thanks to Gloria for organising this trip. Barmara Christmas Lunch Can you remember as far back as the 15th December 2009? What a lovely winters day it was. Dry, frosty and the sun shinning in a beautiful blue sky. Maureen and Gloria worked hard to organise this event that was attended by 125 members. Thanks also to Brian Wade for his part in organising the entertainment by "Spare Parts" The room was decorated nicely. There were crackers, party poppers, whizzer balloons and hats on the tables along with a quiz for us to do during the meal. We were all given a glass of bucks fizz before being served with our meal, which, considering the numbers being catered for, was very good. Once we had had our coffee our Chairman Neil said a few words thanking the organisers and the caterers. He congratulated Eileen and Vic Jefferys on their forthcoming Diamond Wedding Anniversary on Boxing Day. Maureen then presented them with a cake. It was then on to the entertainment by "Spare Parts". They started by singing "When your old wedding ring was new" to Eileen and Vic, which brought tears to a few peoples eyes including Eileen's. Most of the songs were either Christmas ones or Carols, which everyone joined in with. The highlight of the afternoon was "The 12 days of Christmas" with every table being one of the days. Christine, the leader of Spare Parts, was running up and down the hall making sure each table was doing their bit. Festivities over we all made our way home about 4.30pm. Once more Maureen and Gloria did us proud. Thank you girls and thanks to Max for his quiz.

 

The winners of our November and December Quizzes will be disclosed at this meeting, as there wasn't a meeting in December.

QUIZ  January 2010 - Over the last decade
Q1.  What was Y2K ?  Q2.  110901 refers to what? Q3. J. Wilkinson helped us win what? Q4.  Who was the first strictly professional winner? Q5.  Who came before Rita and after Emily? Q6.  Croquet at Dorneywood was popular with whom? Q7.  At 4.3 what agitated Folkestone ?  Q8.  T1-4 were OK but what famous five wasn't?  Q9.  Why did H1N1 have us all worried in 2009? Q10. What year did H5N1 first fly in?

Answers please in the box at the February 23rd 2010 Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by Monday 22nd February 2010 so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw

Answers to November Quiz:
Q1. Mathew Web  1875 in 22 hrs. Q2. Sheppey. Short Bros. 1909.Q3. Broadstairs 1916. Q4. Cars, Reliant, Oldsmobile and Sunbeam.Q5. 6  (1+2+3). Q6. Golden Elephant. Q7. November 1989. Q8. Lord Haw-Haw.Q9. The Houses of Parliament. Q10. Harry Patch.

Answers to December Quiz:
Q1. Jacob Marley. Q2 Christmas cracker. Q3  Holiday Inn. Q4. Nine Ladies dancing. Q5 Cupid. Q6.Hen. Q7. The Queens Speech. Q8. Christmas Rose  Q9. (a) Pacific 2pm Friday 1st or (b) Indian Ocean 7 am Friday 1st   Q10. 14th February
Quizmaster he say, "Whoops, I didn't realise there were two Christmas Islands until Peter D enlightened me!  I'll take either answer to be the correct one.

I have been asked by Vic and Eileen Jefferys to pass on their special thanks to everybody who took the time and trouble to send them messages of congratulations, best wishes and good luck on the occasion of their DIAMOND Wedding and especially to Maureen K and the Committee for the Diamond Wedding cake and for Brian arranging for "Spare Parts" to sing that lovely song. Vic & Eileen also pass on their thanks to Val Power for designing and making such a magnificent card.  Many of you will have seen the report in the Kent Messenger, but for those who didn't ...they first met aged 16 and 17 on the Flat Iron on the Broadway, continued their romance in the Waverley Café. The "question" was popped on a bus and on Vic's first leave from the Navy 3 years later they tied the knot at All Saints Church with Eileen wearing a borrowed dress and holding the reception in her mother's front room.  Quite a change from nowadays when the whole wedding plan can cost thousands of Pounds.

I also understand that there might be an 80th birthday coming up, but I would never give a lady's age away.

 

Associate Members are very welcome to attend any or all of these activities.

Art Group. Meets every Tuesday except the 4th in the month at the Parish Hall 10am to 12 noon. Cost £2 for two hours including coffee and biscuits. (Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183)
Coffee Morning on the first Monday in the month (Except Bank Holidays) at the Parish Hall, cost £1.00p. (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066). 
Line Dancing On the 1st, 2nd,and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Fant Hall 2 to 3pm. Cost  £3.00 for Members and £3.50 Non-members (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066)
Ten Pin Bowling Thursday 25th February 2010 at 10.00am Maidstone Bowl King Street  (Contact Dave Mayger 670034 )
Handicrafts The meetings at St. Andrew's Church Hall have now been cancelled but the Handicrafts Group will continue to meet at member's houses on the 3rd Friday of each month.  Please contact Mo Smith 661498 for more information.
BarmARA Singles meet to share social and intellectual experiences. Please call Wendy Thorpe (729771) or Peter Dickenson (755350) to enquire about current events.

New Year Resolutions:
I wonder how many of our new years intentions we have given up? These are the Top Ten resolutions according to a "Survey" 1. Stop Smoking. 2. Get Fit. 3. Lose Weight. 4. Enjoy Life More. 5. Quit Drinking. 6. Get Organised. 7. Learn Something New. 8. Get Out of Debt. 9. Spend More Time With the Family. 10. Help Others.

I look forward to the New Year, as it is the opportunity to restart old habits.
May this New Year bring newly found prosperity, love, happiness and delight in your life
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Have you heard about that 66-year-old Romanian woman being the world's oldest mum?    I don't know what all the fuss is about, my mum's 85.  Beat that! These so-called speed bumps are a joke. If anything, they slow you down!

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It was Wednesday 13th following a long period of snow and freezing conditions when the Coffee Morning and the Art Group was cancelled, we wondered if our planned theatre trip to see "Sister Act" would also be cancelled. To help everybody out, Gloria arranged for Brookline to schedule various alternative pick-up points in addition to Fant Lane. At a few minutes before 12noon the coach left London Road, Allington for the journey to London with a coach load of brave people to see the enjoyable and "feel good" musical show - Sister Act.  It was just what everybody needed to buck them up, put a smile on the face and get off to a good start in the New Year. From the comments we have received we think it was a success that makes all of Gloria's work in re-arranging worthwhile and our thanks go also to David of Brookline for his help in difficult circumstances.  PS, the Nuns won

                                             List of Trips and Excursions for your diaries

Monday 22nd February The Ramblers Annual Luncheon. 12.00 Noon at The Running Horse (Harvester) Sandling Road. All Walkers Welcome Contact Dorothy 726389

Thursday 18th March Coach trip to the Tower of London. Cost £34. Coach leaves Fant Hall at 9.00am. (M)

Thursday 22nd April Coach trip to Burleigh House and Stamford. Cost £22. Coach leaves Fant Hall at 8.00am (M)

Saturday 24th April Barn Dance to be held at Barming Primary School Hall, Belmont Close. 7.30pm to 10.00pm Dancing to professional Caller Cost £5 includes Ploughman's Supper. Contact Dave for more information (D)

Monday 3rd May until 7th May. Spring Holiday at Warners Holme Lacey.  Cost £299. Contact Neil for more information.(N)

Thursday 20th May Coach Trip to Bletchley Park, a Splendid Victorian Mansion and during WW2 home of the Enigma Machine. Guided Tour with coffee and biscuits on arrival, Lunch then Tea and Muffins. Leave Fant Hall 9.00am. Cost £20 plus coach cost. (G)

Monday 15th November to Friday 19th November "Turkey and Tinsel" at Potters, Great Yarmouth. Cost £385. Full Board plus Suppers, Cabaret and includes trip to see the magnificent THURSFORD SPECTACULAR and use of all Potters facilities. (M)

Contacts: - (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen 661498. (N) Neil 727066,
 (W) Wendy 729771. (D) Dave 670034

The Speaker today is Bob Ratcliffe.  He will talk about " A trip down the River".

In February, Ann Chance will be "Saddle sore in Montana" whilst in March we will be closer to home for Andrew Clarke's talk on "Old Maidstone."  In April there is "Songs and Entertainment" with Steve Erickson.

Beechwood Hall.  We have nothing further to report at this time.

Contributions to the Newsletter from Members and Associates are always welcome

 

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BARMARA
Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 54 January 2010.
Chairman Neil Kenwright
A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF OUR MEMBERS
In December, our visit to see the Alan Titchmarsh Show being televised was a great success although it was a very long day.  We left Fant Hall at 9.45am and did not return until about 9.00pm.  Gloria booked a new coach company - Enterprise Coaches - for this trip and the driver entertained us by pointing out some interesting landmarks on the way. We arrived close to lunchtime and many of us explored the massive Westfield Shopping Centre before taking lunch there. We all met at 2.00pm at the BBC Studios, which was just opposite and after a little wait, we were admitted to the Studio. The "warm up" man kept us entertained until the show started.  We saw 2 shows, the first was transmitted Live and the second was recorded for transmission the following day.  Guests included two Reindeers, Jamie Cullum, Julia McKenzie and Brian May (from Queen) as well as Alan's regulars. If you haven't been into a TV Studio you will be amazed at all the lighting and sound paraphernalia as well as the hoards of people with headsets and clipboards. One of our party won a bottle of "Bubbly"! On the way back home we found ourselves in Oxford Street to see the Christmas Lights. It was an enjoyable, interesting but long day and thanks to Gloria for organising this trip.

Barmara Christmas Lunch
Can you remember as far back as the 15th December 2009?  What a lovely winters day it was. Dry, frosty and the sun shinning in a beautiful blue sky. Maureen and Gloria worked hard to organise this event that was attended by 125 members. Thanks also to Brian Wade for his part in organising the entertainment by "Spare Parts" The room was decorated nicely. There were crackers, party poppers, whizzer balloons and hats on the tables along with a quiz for us to do during the meal. We were all given a glass of bucks fizz before being served with our meal, which, considering the numbers being catered for, was very good. Once we had had our coffee our Chairman Neil said a few words thanking the organisers and the caterers. He congratulated Eileen and Vic Jefferys on their forthcoming Diamond Wedding Anniversary on Boxing Day. Maureen then presented them with a cake. It was then on to the entertainment by "Spare Parts". They started by singing "When your old wedding ring was new" to Eileen and Vic, which brought tears to a few peoples eyes including Eileen's. Most of the songs were either Christmas ones or Carols, which everyone joined in with. The highlight of the afternoon was "The 12 days of Christmas" with every table being one of the days. Christine, the leader of Spare Parts, was running up and down the hall making sure each table was doing their bit. Festivities over we all made our way home about 4.30pm. Once more Maureen and Gloria did us proud. Thank you girls and thanks to Max for his quiz.


BARMARA
Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 53 December 2009.
CHAIRMAN'S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

This is the time of year when we think of and enjoy family life. I like to regard BARMARA as a family and my committee and I would like to spread a little bit of Christmas joy to you the members.

 The December meeting/lunch is the ideal time to bring everybody in the club together to enjoy themselves. The festivities start with a welcome Bucks Fizz and then after the meal we have organised entertainment. We hope everyone will be in fine voice to have a Christmas sing along.

Over the past year we have tried to provide a varied programme of activities to cater for as many members tastes as possible. We do hope you have found something to suit you. New ideas are always welcome. Looking forward to the New Year, your committee have organised lots of goodies to keep you entertained at meetings, and exciting outings. New activities are also being considered.

I am sure you would like to join me in congratulating and in sending our best wishes to Eileen and Vic Jefferys who celebrate their DIAMOND WEDDING on Boxing Day, 26th December.

In conclusion my committee and I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year.  See you all at our next meeting on Tuesday 26th January 2010.

Neil Kenwright
BARMARA Chairman


The winner of our November Quiz was Daphne Sutherland. Once again, a big Christmas "Thank You" to all those who entered this quiz.  The answers to the October Quiz are: Q1. Rabbit's Cross. Q2. Loose. Q3. Crouch. Q4. Sandwich. Q5. Thong. Q6. Greenhill. Q7. Snowdown. Q8. Warmlake. Q9. Ware. Q10. Stanstead

QUIZ  December 2009.
Q1. What was the name of the ghost that visited Ebenezer Scrooge? Q2. What Christmas item did a London baker and wedding cake specialist invent in 1847? Q3. In what film was the song "White Christmas" first performed? Q4. "My true love brought to me. "Nine" What? Q.5 Comet, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Donner, Blitzen; who is missing?  Q 6 What is a female turkey called? Q7 "Pee's quench sheet" is an anagram for what? Q8 What is Helleborus Niger better known as?  Q9 When Big Ben strikes midnight on 31st December 2009, what day and time is it in Christmas Island? Q10. When does the Chinese New Year Fall?

Answers please in the box at the January 26th 2010 Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by Monday 25th January  2010 so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw

November Speaker
Bob Ogley was our guest speaker in November and he reminded us about the great storm that occurred during the night of 15/16th October 1987, that is 22 years ago!!  Little did he know at the time but it would change his life TOTALLY! The Fox and Hounds Pub also seemed to play a part in his story.  Bob was woken up at 2.30am thinking that an express train was rushing through the house.  He went out into his garden, narrowly being missed by a flying rabbit hutch and couldn't see the 400 acre wood that he had walked through coming home from the Fox and Hounds the previous evening. A fallen oak squashed his car. On his walk to work in the morning could only hear the sound of chainsaws. He passed a cottage where the occupants had miraculously escaped injury when a large tree fell on the cottage. He had the spark of an idea and hired a plane to fly over Kent so that he and a colleague could take photographs of the scenes of devastation.  These photos were to be the basis of a best selling book called "In the Wake of the Hurricane." This book was in the Booksellers top 10 for 8 months and enabled Bob to donate £65,000 to the Woodland Trust; and from the profits build his wife a swimming pool, which he says they use every day even during the hardest winter days. He left his job as Editor of the local paper and became a full time writer and publisher of such books as "Biggin on the Bump"  "Doodlebugs", "Kent at War ".  He then gave us his views on unpredictable weather patterns and is not fully convinced about the experts explanation of climate change and global warming. When asked, he said that the book he would have liked to have written would have been about the evacuees during WW2. Perhaps the best lesson he learnt when researching information for a book is not to trust potential contributor's memories, as they tend to become exaggerated and improved over the years. It was a good talk and well received by the members.

Associate Members are very welcome to attend any or all of the following activities.

Art Group. Meets every Tuesday except the 4th in the month at the Parish Hall 10am to 12 noon. Cost £2 for two hours including coffee and biscuits. (Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183)
Coffee Morning on the first Monday in the month (Except Bank Holidays) at the Parish Hall, cost £1.00p. (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066). 
Line Dancing Recommences on Tuesday 12th January and continues on the 1st, 2nd,and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Fant Hall 2 to 3pm. Cost  £3.00 for Members and £3.50 Non-members (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066)
Ten Pin Bowling Thursday 21st January 2010 at 10.00am Maidstone Bowl King Street  (Contact Dave Mayger 670034 )
Handicrafts The meetings at St. Andrew's Church Hall have now been cancelled but the Handicrafts Group will continue to meet at member's houses on the 3rd Friday of each month.  Please contact Mo Smith 661498 for more information.
BarmARA Singles meet to share social and intellectual experiences. Please call Wendy Thorpe (729771) or Peter Dickenson (755350) to enquire about current events.

Some interesting facts about Christmas
In AD 440 Pope Julius I declared Christ's birthday as December 25th. The colours in Santa Claus' suit, red and white, were the creation of artist Haddon Sundblom. Sundblom was commissioned by the Coca-Cola Company to redesign Santa Claus, although, Thomas Nast was the first artist to illustrate Santa Claus. The first Christmas card was designed by John Horsley in 1840 but was not sold until 1843. England has only known seven white Christmases in the entire 20th century according to the records of the Meteorological Office snow fell on Christmas Day only in 1938 and 1976. Christmas festivities were banned under the Puritan Government from 1647 until 1660. Santa Claus has many different names around the world including Father Christmas in the UK, Pere Noel in France, Kriss Kringle in Germany, La Befana in Italy, Julinesse in Denmark, Dedushka Moroz (meaning Grandfather Frost) in Russia and the Three Kings in Spain and Mexico. The film star Humphrey Bogart was born on Christmas Day 1899.


Ho Ho Ho....
What did the Spanish fireman call his two sons?     Hose A and Hose B.
What lies at the bottom of the sea and shakes?      A nervous wreck!
Why do Marxists only drink herbal tea?                   Because proper tea is theft.

And finally for 2009
What did the people say after watching a burglar speed away after stealing from the Louvre? Look at his Van Gough!  (Think about it)


List of Trips and Excursions for your diaries

Wednesday 13th January Theatre trip to see "Sister Act" at London Palladium Matinee performance at 3.00pm. Coach leaves Fant Hall at 10.30am. This trip is now fully booked with an extensive waiting list. (G)

Monday 22nd February The Ramblers Annual Luncheon. 12.00 Noon at The Running Horse (Harvester) Sandling Road. All Walkers Welcome Contact Dorothy 726389

Thursday 18th March Coach trip to the Tower of London. Cost £34. Coach leaves Fant Hall at 9.00am. (M)

Thursday 22nd April Coach trip to Burleigh House and Stamford. Cost £22. Coach leaves Fant Hall at 8.00am (M)

Monday 3rd May until 7th May. Spring Holiday at Warners Holme Lacey.  Cost £299. Contact Neil for more information.(N)

Contacts: - (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen 661498. (N) Neil 727066,
 (W) Wendy 729771. (MG) Maurice 669421 (D) Dave 670034


The Speaker for our January meeting is Bob Ratcliffe.  He will talk about " A trip down the River". In February, Ann Chance will be "Saddle sore in Montana" whilst in March we will be closer to home for Andrew Clarke's talk on "Old Maidstone."  In April there is "Songs and Entertainment" with Steve Erickson.

Notable BarmARA Dates in 2010

BarmARA Meetings Dates in 2010

January 26th., February 23rd, March 23rd, April 27th, May 25th, June 22nd, July 27th, August 24th, September 28th, October 26th, November 23rd, December 14th,.

Coffee Mornings in 2010

January 4th, February 1st, March, 1st June 7th, July 5th, August 2nd,
September 6th, October 4th, November 1st, December 6th

Contributions to the Newsletter from Members and Associates are solicited by the Editor and will also be welcome


 

 BARMARA
Chairman - Neil Kenwright
Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 52 NOVEMBER 2009
Also available on WWW.barmara.org.uk

The Beast of Barming
Our Speaker at the October Meeting was Neil Arnold.  Neil has been researching sightings of "Big Cats" in Kent man and boy for over 20 years.  He is convinced that there is a big cat roaming around the Barming area as well as Blue Bell Hill, Bluewater and Sheppey.  He receives information on about 150 sightings a year and has evidence such as paw-prints, livestock kills, faeces, fur samples and video footage. Once during a nigh time investigation in to a sighting he was shot at by some night time poachers and fell through a bramble bush in his efforts to escape.  On another nighttime occasion in the Rochester area he interrupted some devil worshipers practising their black arts. Until the 1970's when the law on keeping wild animals was tightened up you could quite legitimately buy a pet puma, leopard or lynx. After that time it seems that these owners released the animals in to the wild rather than pay for Licences or make the living accommodation secure.  It is the descendents of these animals that are roaming Kent.  So beware.  Check your garages and outhouses!!

On Monday 16th November a group of intrepid BarmARA travellers under the direction of Mo Smith were transported forward through time to 2010 via Christmas 2009. Their destination was the Delmont Hotel in Scarborough. There were 4 nights packed with festive merriment, including a Sherry reception, candle lit Christmas dinner and a visit from Santa with presents for all, a staff panto, a New Year party night, a daily festive quiz and entertainment each evening. One day we went to Whitby where we had a lovely fish & chips lunch. The next day we went to  "Heartbeat" country in TV land known as Adensfield but actually called Goathland where we went to the Adensfield Arms pub. We also had a day in the lovely old city of York. One trip was to the Eden Camp on the North Yorkshire Moors. This is a special award-winning Museum in an original Prisoner of War Camp built in 1942 where we experienced the sights, sounds, even the smells of those dangerous wartime years. We took lunch in the NAAFI, which brought back memories for some of us.  Everybody joined in to make this break a lovely holiday. The hotel and food was good, there was a nice atmosphere and the journey home went smoothly apart from some heavy traffic near Stamford. Once more our thanks go to Maureen Smith for organising this years excellent "turkey & Tinsel" holiday in Scarborough.

If you are still in holiday mood why not book in for Neil's Spring Holiday Warners Holme Lacy.


Maggie Barclay came in as Winner of the "50" Quiz. Many congratulations. Thanks to all who entered and better luck next time.

Answers to Issue 50 September Quiz: This was based around the figure 50 to commemorate the 50th issue of the newsletter

Q1.  Al Martino singing "Here in my heart." In 1952. Q2.  7.07106781
Q3.  Golden. Q4.  The first Governor, Sir John Houblon on the reverse.
Q5   Thursday 129th February. Q6.  L or 50. Q7. Warrington and Leicester
Q8.  Hawaii. Q9.  Alfred Balfour. Q10 Mini

QUIZ  NOVEMBER 2009. Because there is no actual December Meeting, Answers to be in by the January Meeting
 Q1. Who was the first recorded person to swim the English Channel? Q2. Where was the world's first aircraft factory built? Q3. Where was the politician Sir Edward Heath born? Q4. Other than types of swords with what else are these names associated Scimitar, Cutlass and Rapier? Q5 What number between 1 and 10 is Perfect? Q6. What was the Fremlin Brewery Trademark? Q7. What month and year did the Berlin Wall come down? Q8. William Joyce lived in Whitstable in 1936. Under what name was he better known as? Q9. What building is pictured on a bottle of HP Sauce? Q10. We recently said goodbye to the last 1st World War veteran, what was his name?

Answers please in the box at the January 2010 Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by Monday 25th January  2010 so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw

Did you know: that in 1704 the first ever recorded game of cricket was played at West Malling and that after the ravages of the Black Death (1348 - 1349) there were only 15 survivors left in West Malling.

Peter Sargent, our Membership Secretary, thanks everyone who renewed their membership for another year. Our newish committee member - Dave Mayger - has arranged for 10-pin bowling in January, so do try and come.  It is a lot of fun and of course good exercise. 

November is the month of Remembrance, particularly the First World War. Here is the first verse of a poem written by a Canadian Army Doctor named John McCrea

                                                      In Flanders fields the poppies blow
                                                       Between the crosses, row on row
                                                      That mark our place, and in the sky
                                                       The larks, still bravely singing, fly
                                                       Scarce heard amid the guns below


Associate Members are very welcome to attend any or all of the following activities
Art Group. Meets every Tuesday except the 4th in the month at the Parish Hall 10am to 12 noon. Cost £2 for two hours including coffee and biscuits. (Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183)
Coffee Morning on the first Monday in the month (Except Bank Holidays) at the Parish Hall, cost £1.00p. (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066). 
Line Dancing  is held on the 1st, 2nd,and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Fant Hall 2 to 3pm. Cost  £3.00 for Members and £3.50 Non-members (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066)
Ten Pin Bowling Thursday 21st January 2010 at 10.00am Maidstone Bowl King Street  (Contact Dave Mayger 670034 )
Handicrafts The meetings at St. Andrew's Church Hall have now been cancelled effective November but the Handicrafts Group will continue to meet at members houses on the 3rd Friday of each month.  Please contact Mo Smith 661498 for more information.
BarmARA Singles meet to share social and intellectual experiences. Please call Wendy Thorpe (729771) or Peter Dickenson (755350) to enquire about current events

The Quiz Night last Friday was a great success, 60 brilliant minds battled it out for the supreme accolade of Barmara Quiz Team Champion.  Richard the Question Master's usual standard of questions made us all open up our brain boxes searching for the right answers.  Maureen Kenwrights Ploughman's Supper, taken half way through the Quiz was as usual most excellent. It came at the right time giving us all a chance to re-charge our brains batteries. Many thanks also to all of Maureen's helpers. After robust scrutinising of the answers and the score count, it was found that two teams, Dorothy Tyler's Team and the "Tinkie Winkies" led by "Sliv" tied.  A tie-break was called and a member from each team battled head to head.The Tinkie Winkies just piped Dorothy's team to win the coveted prize. Wendy Thorpe and her Team honourably received the "Booby" prize. It was a good evenings entertainment enjoyed by all who braved the terrible weather. A raffle was held which was superbly organised by Judy Thomson as she seemed to arrange for most of the prizes to be won by your Committee Members!!  

Your Editor is almost too modest to report that the winning team - Peter & Brenda Sargent, Una Whale, Sid and Pam Witham, Maurice and Betty Gay and Sylvia Lichfield also won the previous Quiz Night.

Did you know? In just two days from now tomorrow will be yesterday

 

List of Trips and Excursions for your diaries

Wednesday 9th December. The Alan Titchmarsh Show at BBC TV Centre and the Westfield Shopping Centre.  Leave Fant Hall at 9.45am. Price £10. This trip is now fully booked with a waiting list (G)
Thursday 10th December KentARA Annual Christmas Concert at Mote Hall. 7pm for 8pm Start (W)
Tuesday 15th December Christmas Lunch at Oakwood House. Glass of Bucks Fizz on arrival and with entertainment by "Spare Parts". 12.00 Noon until 4.30pm. Cost £19. The full amount will be collected at the October/November meeting  Don't forget, Associate Members are welcome and are encouraged to attend. More details to follow (G) (M)

2010
Wednesday 13th January 2010. Theatre trip to see "Sister Act" at London Palladium. Matinee performance 3.00pm.  Leave Fant Hall at 10.30am. This trip is now fully booked with an extensive waiting list (G)

Monday 3rd to Friday 7th May - Spring Holiday 2010.  Warners - Holme Lacy - Cost £299.   (N)

Contacts:  (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen 661498.  (N) Neil 727066,
                  (W) Wendy 729771 (Maurice) 669421 (D) Dave 670034


Our Speaker today is the well-known author Bob Ogley who will be talking about the "Wind of Change."  December is the Christmas Lunch when we want to see as many of our members - Full and Associates - as possible

        SPEAKERS FOR 2010

  January  - Bob Ratcliffe - " A Trip Down the River "
  February - Ann Chance - " Saddle Sore in Montana "
  March - Andrew Clarke - " Old Maidstone "
   April - Steve Erickson - Songs and Entertainment

I have kleptomania, but when it gets bad I take something for it
Corduroy pillows are making headlines
Red meat is good for you, green meat is bad!

Contributions to the Newsletter from Members and Associates will always be welcome

 

 

 

 

 

  BARMARA
Chairman - Neil Kenwright
Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 51 OCTOBER 2009
Also available on WWW.barmara.org.uk
Congratulations to BarmARA members Rosemary (Wilson) and Graham Taylor who were married at St. Margaret's Church, Barming on the 2nd September.  Rosemary is a keen and talented member of the Art Group. We wish them both every happiness for the future.  (Is this BarmARA's first wedding?)

Steve Pendleton was the speaker at our September Meeting. Steve was a member of the Royal Green Jackets. He joined the army as he was influenced by his family's military background and the posters saying "Join the Army and see the world". He managed to see Northern Ireland and Dover!  During his service at the time of the "troubles" in Northern Ireland, he was involved in a terrible and tragic helicopter accident.  The result of which left Steve terribly injured.  The list of his injuries is too long to list, but it left him blind and with one false leg. His eventual recovery assisted by the worthy charity, St. Dunstans, formed the basis of his very interesting, emotional and most times very funny talk.  He is a man not deterred by his misfortune.  He married Michaela and has three lovely children, he learnt and teaches Braile, he is a qualified chef and is a great ambassador for St. Dunstan's.  There was no official collection for his charity - St. Dunstans -, but he went away with a collection box full to the brim. His story about toothpaste just brought home to us sighted folk the difficulties that those less fortunate than us have to contend with on a daily basis.   What a man!

The Chairman gave us an update on Beechwood Hall.  Watch this space for further developments, as things seem to be happening.

On the 7th October, Gloria sent us back a few years to the 1940's when we went up to the Churchill Theatre in Bromley to see the "Glenn Miller Orchestra" in the shape of Ray McVay and "The Andrew Sisters" posing as the "Moonlight Serenaders" After such a wonderful programme of smooooth evocative music we were transported "Back to the Future" after having a great time. Another good one Gloria.

                   A note from the Membership Secretary, Peter Sargent
To all those who have paid their subs - thank you very much! To all those who haven't paid their subs - you have only a few days left to remain members! As stated in our previous newsletters the final date to renew is 31st October. If there is a problem please do not hesitate to give Peter a call on 01622 693755.

 

Once again the winner of the  Quiz was Tony Brenton.
John Bell, Dorothy Tyler and John Barton got all the correct answers but were not successful on the ballot draw. Thanks to all who entered especially Enid Deakes.

Answers to Issue 49 August Quiz :
Q1. Richard Sellers. Q2. Vivian Hartley. Q3. Reginald Harrison  Q4. Michael Dumble-Smith Q5. Reginald Dwight. Q6. David White Q7. Mavis Fluck. Q8. Lesley Hornby Q9. Maurice Micklewhite.  Q10. Brian Rankin.

And the answer to the hidden phrase was BARMING ARA

QUIZ OCTOBER 2009.  Can you identify these Kentish Villages?
Q1. An upset bunny.     Q2. Not tight.     Q3. Bend down.    Q4. An Earls snack. Q5. Modern underwear.   Q6. This one is "Far away".     Q7. A Welsh mountain. Q8. Not a cold expanse of water.   Q9. Where?    Q10. An Essex airport.

Answers please in the box at the November Meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by Monday 23rd November  2009 so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw

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Throughout history, October seems to be a month when quite violent things happened i.e.

1066  - The Battle of Hastings.
1805  - The Battle of Trafalgar
1854  - The Charge of the Light Brigade
1914  - The First Battle of Ypres
1942  - Battle of El Alamein commences
1962  - The Cuban Missile Crisis
2008  - Lewd phone calls made by Jonathon Ross and Russell Brand

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The Editor is looking for a photograph or some Art work from our Art Group with BarmARA or local interest that could be used on the 2010 BarmARA Calendar - Any offers?

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Can this be true?
Wife: "Do you want dinner?"  Husband: "Yes please! What are my choices?"
Wife: "Yes or no."

Elderly Man: "I don't feel old. In fact I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's time for my nap."


Associate Members are very welcome to attend any or all of the following activities
Art Group. Meets every Tuesday except the 4th in the month at the Parish Hall 10am to 12 noon. Cost £2 for two hours including coffee and biscuits. (Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183)
Coffee Morning on the first Monday in the month (Except Bank Holidays) at the Parish Hall, cost £1.00p. (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066). 
Line Dancing Recommenced on the 8th September and thereafter will be on the 1st, 2nd,and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Fant Hall 2 to 3pm. Cost  £3.00 for Members and £3.50 Non-members (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066)
Handicrafts The meetings at St. Andrew's Church Hall have now been cancelled effective November but the Handicrafts Group will continue to meet at members houses on the 3rd Friday of each month.  Please contact Mo Smith 661498 for more information.
QUIZ NIGHT Friday 13th November at Barming Primary School, Belmont Close. 7.00pm. Cost £6 includes Ploughman's Supper but bring your own drinks. We can promise you a good fun evening (Maurice 669421)

BarmARA Singles meet to share social and intellectual experiences. Please call Wendy Thorpe (729771) or Peter Dickenson (755350) to enquire about current events
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I have been asked to include the dates of the forthcoming BarmARA Meetings in the Newsletter so you can make a note in your diary.  They are on the 4th Tuesday of every month except December.   We hope to print a 2010 Calendar and this will show all of the Meeting Dates and other important dates.  Our next Meeting at Fant Hall is on the 24th November. The December Meeting will be on the 15th at Oakwood House for a Christmas Lunch; and don't forget, both Full and Associate members can attend. Please let Gloria or Maureen know if you want to come along.

Unfortunately, due to the strength of the Euro against the £ Sterling and the lack of support due to the economic climate; Gloria will not be arranging the foreign holiday in 2010. Also, please note that the proposed trip to the Brick Lane Music Hall on Saturday 7th November has also been cancelled, as there were not sufficient members interested. 

Don't forget to book in for the Quiz Night; this is a really jolly and fun evening. 

The 39-ers had another 70th. Congratulations to Max P.


List of Trips and Excursions for your diaries

Friday 13th November. KentARA Tea Dance at Ditton Community Centre. 2pm - 5pm. First six to apply admission is Free, thereafter Tickets £3.00p each (W)
Monday 16th November Holly and Mistletoe Festive Break at The Delmont Hotel, Scarborough. Cost £229 includes 4 nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast and 3 excursions to North York Moors and Whitby, York and the Eden Camp. (M)
Wednesday 9th December. The Alan Titchmarsh Show at BBC TV Centre and the Westfield Shopping Centre.  Leave Fant Hall at 9.45am. Price £10. (G)
Thursday 10th December KentARA  Annual Christmas Concert at Mote Hall. 7pm for 8pm Start (W)
Tuesday 15th December Christmas Lunch at Oakwood House. Glass of Bucks Fizz on arrival and with entertainment by "Spare Parts". 12.00 Noon until 4.30pm. Cost £19. The full amount will be collected at the October/November meeting  Don't forget, Associate Members are welcome and are encouraged to attend. More details to follow (G) (M)

2010
Wednesday 13th January 2010. Theatre trip to see "Sister Act" at London Palladium. Matinee performance 3.00pm.  Leave Fant Hall at 10.30am.  Price for Stall seats including coach is £32.  Full amount to be paid at time of booking. (G)

Monday 3rd to Friday 7th May - Spring Holiday 2010.  Warners - Holme Lacy - Cost £299.   (N)

Contacts:  (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen 661498.  (N) Neil 727066,
                  (W) Wendy 729771 (Maurice) 669421 (D) Dave


Today's Speaker is Neil Arnold and he will tell us about the "Mystery Animals of Kent" whilst in November the well-known author Bob Ogley will be talking on the "Wind of Change."  December is the Christmas Lunch when we want to see as many of our members - Full and Associates - as possible

        SPEAKERS FOR 2010
  January  - Bob Ratcliffe - " A Trip Down the River "
  February - Ann Chance - " Saddle Sore in Montana "
  March - Andrew Clarke - " Old Maidstone "
   April - Steve Erickson - Songs and Entertainment
 

Contributions to the Newsletter from Members and Associates will always be welcome

 

 

BARMARA
Chairman - Neil Kenwright
Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 50 SEPTEMBER 2009
Also available on WWW.barmara.org.uk

This issue is something of a milestone as it is the 50th edition of our Newsletter.  Thanks to all the previous Editors - John Bell, Peter Franklin and Peter Sargent.

The Annual General Meeting took place at Fant Hall on Tuesday 25th August.  The Chairman's Report was very encouraging and the Treasurer's Financial Report indicated to us that BarmARA's finances are being managed very prudently and that our club has a sound financial base. The existing Officers and Committee Members were all re-elected. Dave Mayger was proposed and seconded to be a member of the BarmARA Committee and he was elected unanimously by the membership. Welcome Dave!   The Chairman advised us all that printed copies of Minutes and Reports were not being distributed but copies could be obtained from the Secretary if required.  The AGM was closed and our normal Meeting took place. Our special guest Speaker and member of BarmARA was Geoff Figgett MBE. Geoff gave us an insight into life as the "Keeper of the Silver" for Kent County Council and how the Honours process works. He also told us how to approach and "chat-up" Her Majesty The Queen. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry and the MBE is awarded "for outstanding service to the community that merits public recognition". 

Our BarmARA 10-pin Bowlers had a great time at the last bowl-up.  Pat Barton managed a series of three strikes. The Whatford's were up to their usual standard and Dorothy Tyler was  on form whilst Ken Coomber tried to lighten Pauline's laundry load by leaving his old sweaty socks behind; but he didn't get away with it. Better luck next time Ken!

Subscriptions for the coming year 2009/2010 are now due. They are the same as last year: - £5.00 single, (£10.00 double) for full members and £3.00 single, (£5.00 double) for associate members. If posting please make cheques payable to ‘Barmara' and send to Peter Sargent, 84 Newbury Avenue, Allington, ME16 0RD. It will be assumed that members who have not paid by 31st October 2009 do not wish to continue their membership unless mitigating circumstances are submitted to the membership secretary Peter Sargent at the above address or by telephone 01622 693755.

The winner of the July Quiz was Tony Brenton, but once again Maggie Barclay got all the correct answers but was not successful on the ballot draw. Thanks to all who entered.

Answers to Issue 48 July Quiz :
Q1. £1459.20p. Q2. April 4th. Q3. Allan Willett CMG. Q4. Peter Dickenson. Q5. Marylebone Cricket Club. Q6. DNA. Q7. Venus Williams and Lindsay Davenport. Q8. 120/80. Q9. Beauvais.  Q10. 1960. Q11. 2011. Q12. 2112. Q13. Jock (Anderson) and  Snowy (White). Q14. The Earl of Shaftesbury. Q15. Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP

QUIZ SEPTEMBER 2009
Q1. The hit parade started in the early 50's. What was the very first UK No. 1 based on record Sales? Q2. What is the square root of 50? Q3. What anniversary is 50 years of marriage? Q4. Other than the Queen, who is depicted on the current (E Series) Bank of England £50 note? Q5. In the year 2009 on what day did day 50 of that year fall? Q6.  What do you get if you subtract DCCCL from CM? Q7. Where in England does the A50 trunk road start and finish? Q8 What State was made the 50th State in the USA. Q9. Who was the 50th Prime Minister of Great Britain? Q10. What was the product designed by Sir Alec Issigonis that first went on sale 50 years ago?

Answers please in the box at the September meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by Monday 26th October 2009 so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw

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Our Speaker today is Steve Pendleton who is going to tell us all about "St. Dunstan's and his time in Northern Ireland."


Did you know that:
Lawrence Washington, great-uncle of the more famous George, was buried in 1619 in All Saints, Maidstone. In September 2005 unleaded petrol cost on average 82.0p per litre, New Orleans was still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina and England draws final test match against Australia and wins the Ashes.

Out of the mouths of babes:-
When my grandson asked me how old I was, I replied, "I'm not sure". "Look in your underwear Granddad" he advised, "Mine says I'm four to six"

 

Associate Members are very welcome to attend any or all of the following activities
Art Group. Meets every Tuesday except the 4th in the month at the Parish Hall 10am to 12 noon. Cost £2 for two hours including coffee and biscuits. (Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183)
Coffee Morning on the first Monday in the month (Except Bank Holidays) at the Parish Hall, cost £1.00p. (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066). 
Line Dancing Recommenced on the 8th September and thereafter will be on the 1st, 2nd,and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Fant Hall 2 to 3pm. Cost  £3.00 for Members and £3.50 Non-members (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066)
Handicrafts on the 3rd Friday of each month at St. Andrews Hall, 2pm to 4pm. (Contact Mo Smith 661498)
10-Pin Bowling. Thursday 15th October Meet AMG Bowl King Street Maidstone at 10.15am (Maurice 669421)
Friday 13th November  Quiz Night  at Barming Primary School, Belmont Close. 7.00pm. Cost £7  (Maurice 669421)

Indoor Bowling at Mote Park Wednesday 30th September. Open Day from Noon to 16.30. Free.  Coffee and Tea included. (Dave Mayger 670034)
BarmARA Singles meet to share social and intellectual experiences. Please call Wendy Thorpe (729771) or Peter Dickenson (755350) to enquire about current events
The trip to Lullingstone Castle on Thursday 10th September, which was a resounding success. We all enjoyed meeting Tom Hart-Dyke in his World Garden.  Our Blue Badge Guide told us all about the history of the house and church both set in a wonderful landscape.  We then went on to Polehill Garden Centre for refreshments. We were very lucky with the weather; it was sunshine all the way.


List of Trips and Excursions for your diaries

Wednesday 7th October The Glen Miller Orchestra a brand new show with Ray McVay with the Sound of the 1940s with tribute to the Andrew Sisters and many more Artists. Moonlight Serenaders and the swinging jazz sounds. At The Churchill Theatre, Bromley .7.30pm performance. Leave Fant Hall 5.45pm. £26 includes coach (G)
Saturday 7th November. A wartime Music Hall Show "There will always be an England" at Brick Lane Music Hall Cost £44 includes coach, 3-course meal and dancing.  Leave Fant Lane 4.30pm. (M)
Friday 13th November. KentARA Tea Dance at Ditton Community Centre. 2pm - 5pm. First six to apply admission is Free, thereafter Tickets £3.00p each (W)
Monday 16th November Holly and Mistletoe Festive Break at The Delmont Hotel, Scarborough. Cost £229 includes 4 nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast and 3 excursions to North York Moors and Whitby, York and the Eden Camp. (M)
Thursday 10th December KentARA  Annual Christmas Concert at Mote Hall. 7pm for 8pm Start (W)
Tuesday 15th December Christmas Lunch at Oakwood House with entertainment by "Spare Parts". Don't forget, Associate Members are welcome and are encouraged to attend. More details to follow (G) (M)
Wednesday 13th January 2010. Theatre trip to see "Sister Act" at London Palladium. Matinee performance 3.00pm.  Leave Fant Hall at 10.30am.  Price for Stall seats including coach is £32.  Full amount to be paid at time of booking. (G)
Spring Holiday 2010.  Warners - Holme Lacy - for the Spring Holiday Monday 3rd to Friday 7th May. Cost £299.  Booking opens 25th August.  (N)

Contacts:  (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen 661498.  (N) Neil 727066,
                  (W) Wendy 729771 (Maurice) 669421


In October Neil Arnold will tell us about the "Mystery Animals of Kent" whilst in November the well-known author Bob Ogley will be talking on the "Wind of Change." Our December Meeting is the Christmas Lunch at Oakwood House. (Members and Associates welcome)

Thanks to Gloria Rayment and Freda Pearce for their contributions on the visit to Lullingstone Castle.  More pictures on our website.
 
Contributions to the Newsletter from Members and Associates will always be welcome

 

 

BARMARA
Chairman - Neil Kenwright
Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 49 AUGUST 2009
Also available on WWW.barmara.org.uk

Many of our members who knew Iris Duffy will be sad to hear that she passed away on the 8th August at home sitting in her chair.

The BarmARA web site is still proving popular; averaging some 300 visits a month. As we regularly publish updates during the month it is worth having a look at our site. After the Annual General Meeting Peter Dickenson and your Editor will be seeing if you can identify photographs of the area around Barming.

Unfortunately, the planned cruise from Gravesend to Whitstable on Friday 14th August on the MV Princess Pocahontas had to be cancelled. We understand that the boat's engines developed a technical fault that could not be repaired in time for our cruise.  Princess Pocahontas (1595-1617) was a Red Indian princess, daughter of a powerful chief, who intervened to save the life of Captain John Smith, leader of the British Colony of Virginia. In 1614, she married colonist called John Rolfe, who brought her to England in 1616, when she was received at Court. Becoming ill, she was returning to Virginia when she died on board ship off Gravesend. Pocahontas was buried in the chancel of the old St. George's Church. A statue of Princess Pocahontas is located in the grounds of St. George's Church, Gravesend

A note from our Membership Secretary:
Subscriptions for the coming year 2009/2010 are now due. They are the same as last year: - £5.00 single, (£10.00 double) for full members and £3.00 single, (£5.00 double) for associate members. Full members will be able to pay at our September meeting. Associate members will be able to pay at the coffee morning on September 7th. If posting please make cheques payable to ‘Barmara' and send to Peter Sargent, 84 Newbury Avenue, Allington, ME16 0RD. It will be assumed that members who have not paid by 31st October 2009 do not wish to continue their membership unless mitigating circumstances are submitted to the membership secretary Peter Sargent at the above address or by telephone 01622 693755.

The winner of the June Quiz was Pat Whatford.
ANSWERS to Issue 47 June 2009 Quiz
Q1. Sir Peter Viggers. Q2. Kent International Gateway. Q3. Lewis Carroll. Q4. Neil Kenwright. Q5. Big Ben. Q6. Rowing. Q7. Western Mediteranean. Q8. Laurel. Q9. On a plant. Q10. Bear Grylls. Q11. 89. Q12 Fibonacci. Q13. J. Lyons & Co. Tea Shops. Q14. An Apple. Q15. Sophie Rhys-Jones
10 members entered this quiz. The winner of the £5 prize was drawn by ballot between Pat Whatford and Maria McCarthy who both got 13 answers correct. Pat's name came out first in the ballot. Well done Pat and thanks to all who entered.

QUIZ AUGUST 2009
Find out the real names of the following celebrities and select the letter as required from the real name and then re-arrange  these leters to form a well known two word phrase:-
Q1. Peter Sellers 5th letter of real christian name. Q2. Vivian Leigh 2nd letter of real surname. Q3 Rex Harrison  6th letter of real christian name. Q4. Michael Crawford  4th letter of real surname. Q5. Elton John  4th letter of real surname. Q6. David Jason 3rd letter of real surname. Q7. Diana Dors 1st letter of real christian name. Q8."Twiggy" 4th letter of real surname.  Q9. Michael Caine 4th letter of real christian name.  Q10. Hank Marvin 1st letter of real surname


Answers please in the box at the September meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by Monday 1st September 2009 so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw


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The Speaker at the July Meeting was the ex-Headmaster of the Dover Grammar School - Reg Colman - who spoke without notes for over an hour on the subject of Winston Spencer Churchill and his wife Clementine.  Reg set the scene by reminding us of the social, political and economical situation at the time of Winston's birth. "Winnie" was born in 1874 into a very aristocratic and privileged background although he was never financially sound. He met Clementine Hozier at a Ball and they married in 1908. Both of their early lives were less than happy and his life was rarely without drama. Their marriage produced 5 children. "Winnie" was a politician, author, artist, bricklayer and a depressive. Although Clementine had an independent mind, she gave her husband 100% support, but because of the various pressures of his duties, they wrote letters to each other.  Winston, and because of her support, Clementine, made a huge contribution to the history of Great Britain and the world.  It was a very interesting talk.

Associate Members are very welcome to attend any or all of the following activities
Art Group. Meets every Tuesday except the 4th in the month at the Parish Hall 10am to 12 noon. Cost £2 for two hours including coffee and biscuits. (Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183)
Coffee Morning on the first Monday in the month (Except Bank Holidays) at the Parish Hall, cost £1.00p. (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066). 
Line Dancing Is now closed for the summer break and will recommence on the 8th September and thereafter on the 1st, 2nd,and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Fant Hall 2 to 3pm. Cost  £3.00 for Members and £3.50 Non-members (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066)
Tai Chi at the Parish Hall, 2pm every Wednesday (David Arnold 01732 871538)
Handicrafts Restarts on Friday 18th September and thereafter on the 3rd Friday of each month at St. Andrews Hall, 2pm to 4pm. (Contact Mo Smith 661498)
10-Pin Bowling. Thursday 3rd September. Meet AMG Bowl King Street Maidstone at 10.15am (Maurice 669421)
BarmARA Singles meet to share social and intellectual experiences. Please call Wendy Thorpe (729771) or Peter Dickenson (755350) to enquire about current events.


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On this day; 25th August,
1930 Sir Sean Connery was born.
1944 Paris Liberated as Germans surrender
1958 Midland Bank announced it would be offering personal loans from next month- the first bank to offer such a facility.
1960 Rome XVll Olympic Games open
1983 The Milk Marketing Board launched a new soft butter, which could be spread straight from the fridge.

List of Trips and Excursions for your diaries

Thursday 10th Sept. Visit to Lullingstone Castle with guided tour by Tom Hart-Dyke also visit to the Polhill Garden Centre, Badgers Mount. Price including coach £15.50. Leave Fant Hall 9.30am. (G)


Wednesday 7th October The Glen Miller Orchestra a brand new show with Ray McVay with the Sound of the 1940s with tribute to the Andrew Sisters and many more Artists. Moonlight Serenaders and the swinging jazz sounds. At The Churchill Theatre, Bromley .7.30pm performance. Leave Fant Hall 5.45pm. £26 includes coach (G)


Friday 13th November. KentARA Tea Dance at Ditton Community Centre. 2pm - 5pm. Tickets £3.00p (W)


Monday 16th November Holly and Mistletoe Festive Break at The Delmont Hotel, Scarborough. Cost £229 includes 4 nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast and 3 excursions to North York Moors and Whitby, York and the Eden Camp. (M)


Thursday 10th December KentARA  Annual Christmas Concert at Mote Hall. 7pm for 8pm Start (W)


Tuesday 15th December Christmas Lunch at Oakwood House with entertainment by "Spare Parts". Don't forget, Associate Members are welcome to and are encouraged to attend. More details to follow (G) (M)

2010

Wednesday 13th January 2010. Theatre trip to see "Sister Act" at London Palladium. Matinee performance 3.00pm.  Leave Fant Hall at 10.30am.  Price for Stall seats including coach is £32.  Full amount to be paid at time of booking on 25th August Meeting.  (G)


Spring Holiday 2010.  Warners - Holme Lacy - for the Spring Holiday Monday 3rd to Friday 7th May. Cost £299.  Booking opens 25th August.  (N)

 

Contacts:          (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen 661498.
 (N) Neil 727066,    (W) Wendy 729771

The August meeting is our Annual General Meeting and we have a surprise special Speaker.

In September - Steve Pendleton will be speaking about "St. Dunstan's and his time in Northern Ireland." And in October Neil Arnold will tell us about the "Mystery Animals of Kent" whilst in November the well-known author Bob Ogley will be talking on the "Wind of Change."

Contributions to the Newsletter from Members and Associates will always be welcome

 

 

 

 

 JULY 2009

BARMARA
Chairman - Neil Kenwright
Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 48 July 2009
Also available on WWW.barmara.org.uk

 

Hopefully everybody was made aware that this July meeting had to be brought forward by one week because of Maintenance to Fant Hall.

                                                                  The Loire Valley

 "The climate is mild, the sun envelopes all things. This is a land of chateaux, wine and love". Our trip started with a visit to the French National Equestrian Centre at St. Hilaire Florent. Although there were no horse displays in the arena we were entertained by a wonderful and large Brass Band rehearsing for a concert they were giving later. It was tremendous and everybody thought it was a bonus and didn't want to leave. We followed up this by a visit to the Caves at Bouvet-Ladubay that has eight miles of caves carved into the Tuffeau. Lunch was taken in Saumur. On Sunday, we drove to Chateau Villandry that is possibly the best Loire chateau, as it has something for everyone. Ch. Villandry is known worldwide for its gardens because of the most spectacular ornamental, herb, kitchen and water gardens. Villandry is also the confluence of the Rivers Loire and Cher. On our return to our hotel in Angers, we called in at Bourgueil where we learnt a good deal from the English owner about wine making. Bourgueil is an Appellation d'origine contrôlee (AOC) for wine in the Loire Valley region, and produces primarily red wine from the grape variety Cabernet Franc. On Monday we had a morning visit to Chateau Brissac which has seven storeys altogether, making it the tallest chateau and commonly known as "Giant of the Loire Valley". Following a very informative guided tour we ended our visit with a wine tasting of "Anjou Villages Brissac" and a "Rosé d'Anjou" , an AOC for an area of less than 100 hectares. The afternoon was left to explore Angers, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in France. We have received many compliments to pass on to Gloria for her organising skills and for making this a superb holiday. The Chateau at Villandry with its spectactular gardens. Gardens abound at this chateau. There are 8 full time gardeners that raise and plant out 60,000 vegetables and 45,000 bedding plants a year for the kitchen and flower garden. The plants are arranged in colourful geometric designs and considered a typical Renaissance garden.  We all had a wonderful time.


Thanks to Gloria from all who went on this Loire trip. PS there are more photos in our website photo gallery.

See Maureen K. pole dancing.

 

The winner of the MAY Quiz was Pat Barton.
ANSWERS to Issue 46 May 2009 Quiz
Q1. Drive. Q2. Pot. Q3. Horse. Q4. Fancy. Q5. Horn. Q6. Paper. Q7. Water. Q8. Long. Q9. Elder. Q10. Gas. Q11. Curtain. Q12. Star. Q13. Rag. Q14. Box. Q15. Dolly. Q16. Back. Q17. Eye. Q18. Bore. Q19. Current. Q20. Gentle
 
15 members entered this quiz and many got 100% correct answers. The winner of the £5 prize was drawn by ballot and Pat Barton's entry was successful.

QUIZ July 2009
Q1. What is the Council Tax levy 2009/2010 for Barming Band D?  Q2. What date is Easter Day 2010? Q3. Who is the current Lord Lieutenant of Kent? Q4.A Committee Member's name anagram is "Citroen Desk Pen" Who is it? Q5. What do the initials MCC stand for? Q6 What is Deoxyribonucleic Acid more commonly know as? Q7. Which women's singles title final was the longest match in Wimbledon's history lasting 2 hours 45 minutes? Q8. What is the generally accepted normal blood pressure? Q9. Which town is twinned with Maidstone? Q10. What year was the Maidstone By Pass opened? Q11. When will  analogue TV transmissions in our area be switched off? Q12. When will the next palindromic year  occur? Q13  Who were Dick Barton's sidekicks? Q14. What does the Statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus commemorate? Q15. What is the name of the present Speaker of the House of Commons?

Answers please in the box at the August AGM meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by Monday 24th August 2009 so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw

The Speaker at the June Meeting was Fred Jepson who gave a very entertaining talk on the History of Irons. He took us from the Chinese Emperors through to specialist irons for top hats; choirboy ruffs and miniature dolls house irons. The early friction irons must have been immensely tiring so let us all be grateful for the invention of the electric iron.

The MULLINS Brothers.  I was diverted from the Mullins brothers when by chance the address Edinburgh Villas Barming Heath caught my eye. Frederick Curtis and Albert Waterman who both paid the supreme sacrifice in WW1 both lived at this address.  These two men were stepbrothers. Frederick was in the Welsh Guards and killed on 31st July 1917 whilst Albert was in the Bedfordshire Regt. and killed 27th September 1918. A second local family who lost two sons!  Edinburgh Villas must have been a very sad place as by the end of the war in 1918 another two local sons had been killed - Arthur Ashby and Walter Wells who both lived at no. 3 and 8 respectively.

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Male or Female? A hot air balloon is Male because you have to light a fire under it to make it go anywhere

 

Associate Members are very welcome to attend any or all of the following activities


Art Group. Meets every Tuesday except the 4th in the month at the Parish Hall 10am to 12 noon. Cost £2 for two hours including coffee and biscuits. (Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183)


Coffee Morning on the first Monday in the month (Except Bank Holidays) at the Parish Hall, cost £1.00p. (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066). 


Line Dancing Is now closed for the summer break and will recommence on the 8th September and thereafter on the 1st, 2nd,and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Fant Hall 2 to 3pm. Cost  £3.00 for Members and £3.50 Non-members (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066)


Tai Chi at the Parish Hall, 2pm every Wednesday (David Arnold 01732 871538)


Handicrafts on the 3rd Friday of each month at St. Andrews Hall, 2pm to 4pm. (Contact Mo Smith 661498)


10-Pin Bowling. Thursday 6th August Meet AMG Bowl King Street Maidstone at 10.15am (Maurice 669421)


BarmARA Singles meet to share social and intellectual experiences. Please call Wendy Thorpe (729771) or Peter Dickenson (755350) to enquire about current events.


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On this day; 21ST July 1969, Neil Armstrong becomes first man to step on the moon, in 1796 Robbie Burns died and in 1926 Bill Pertwee " Mr. Hodges in Dad's Army" was born.

 

                                               List of Trips and Excursions for your diaries

Thursday 23rd July. 2nd KentARA Crafts and Hobbies Fayre. Ditton Community Centre from 11.00am. Free Entry (W)

Friday 14th August  MV. Princess Pocahontas. Gravesend to Whitstable £30. Leave Fant Hall 8.30am (M)

Thursday 10th Sept. Visit to Lullingstone Castle with guided tour by Tom Hart-Dyke also visit to the Polhill Garden Centre, Badgers Mount. Price including coach £15.50. Leave Fant Hall 9.30am. (G)

Wednesday 7th October The Glen Miller Orchestra a brand new show with Ray McVay with the Sound of the 1940s with tribute to the Andrew Sisters and many more Artists. Moonlight Serenaders and the swinging jazz sounds. At The Churchill Theatre, Bromley .7.30pm performance. Leave Fant Hall 5.45pm. £26 includes coach (G)


Friday 13th November. KentARA Tea Dance at Ditton Community Centre. 2pm - 5pm. Tickets £3.00p (W)


Monday 16th November Holly and Mistletoe Festive Break at The Delmont Hotel, Scarborough. Cost £229 includes 4 nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast and 3 excursions to North York Moors and Whitby, York and the Eden Camp. (M)

 

Thursday 10th December KentARA  Annual Christmas Concert at Mote Hall. 7pm for 8pm Start (W)

 

Contacts:          (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen 661498.
 (N) Neil 727066,    (W) Wendy 729771

 

Our Speaker today is  Reg Colman who will be revealing all  about "Winston and Clementine"


The August meeting is our Annual General Meeting.


September - Steve Pendleton speaking about "St. Dunstan's and his time in Northern Ireland."


October - Neil Arnold telling us about the "Mystery Animals of Kent"


November - Bob Ogley and the "Wind of Change."

 

Contributions to the Newsletter from Members and Associates will always be welcome

 

 

 

 JUNE 2009

BARMARA
Chairman - Neil Kenwright
Newsletter of the Barming Active Retirement Association
Issue No 47 June 2009
Also available on WWW.barmara.org.uk

Please Note that the date of the July Meeting has been changed to Tuesday 21st July

On Wednesday 27th May we arrived at Caversham, on the northern side of Reading, and we were greeted with light rain, slippery pavements and a view of boats bobbing unenthusiastically on the River Thames.   But soon we were dining and wining from the Carvery of the nearest inn and later, braving the wind and spots of rain, boarded the river boat for the up-river run to the dock at Mapledurham mill-house. The Miller treated us to a fascinating tour of the oldest mill on the Thames still in commercial operation and reminded us that many mill-related products would be available for us to buy before we departed. The mill, church, house and associated buildings have been used as locations for many film and TV productions, notably ‘The Eagle Has Landed' starring Michael Caine. After touring the house we enjoyed an excellent cream tea that was largely sourced from local ingredients.

We are glad to say that Gloria feels fully recovered from her tumble on the coach on the Mapledurham trip and she thanks everybody who 'phoned to show their concern
 
Dave Mayger rounded up some 35 members for an indoor bowling session at Mote Park Indoor Bowling Club on Wednesday 3rd June. Many of us had not bowled before but the Bowls Club made us all very welcome and was able to loan the proper shoes and "woods" to those who didn't have their own. The club has 8 rinks and each was fully occupied which meant most of us novices used all of the available area chasing our bowls when we bowled with the bias on the wrong side. It was a very good couple of hours of fun and lets hope the Bowling Club will let us back again soon now that we have learned the language of the game; skip, jack, woods....  

 

On Tuesday 16th June, at 0945hrs., 40 of us boarded the "Brookline Battlewagon" at Fant Lane to visit the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the home of the Chelsea Pensioners. Gloria had arranged for a guided tour to start at 13.30hrs. We arrived in time to have lunch in the National Army Museum next door. At 13.30hrs sharp, we were met at the gates of the Royal Hospital by our Guide and raconteur Staff Sergeant Paddy Fox ex-Dragoon Guards. The tour took us through the grounds, the wonderful Wren Chapel and into the Great Hall where in In-Pensioners have their meals. Paddy was a great host and champion of the Royal Hospital and he told us of the history of the Hospital and a great many anecdotes both very funny and sad. One of our group started talking to one of the Pensioners and asked how he felt about Ladies being admitted as In-Pensioners, He apparently had no idea that 300 years of tradition had been overturned and that Lady Soldiers were living in! Paddy told us that living as In-Pensioners puts at least 10 years on their lives as they have absolutely no worries. Everything but everything is provided for them. No council tax, their own hospital, a five course breakfast should they want it. It was a wonderful day out and Thanks to Gloria.


 

The winner of the April Quiz was Dorothy Tyler.

ANSWERS to Issue 45 April Quiz
Q1. Christopher Isherwood. Q2. Mat Follas. Q3. Jane. Q4. Snowdrop. Q5 Picasso. Q6. Victoria Cross. Q7 Barming Parish Councillor. Q8. The last Public Hanging. Q9. Albert Einstein. Q10. 12 if using Americal notation or 18 using UK notation.

Thanks to Jen Cornish, Daphne Sutherland, Jean Wells, Jackie Boyle, John Barton, Maggie Barclay, Tony Brenton, Maria McCarthy for entering this quiz.

QUIZ June 2009
Q1. Who was in the doghouse over a duck house? Q2. These days what do the initials KIG stand for? Q3. Who is Charles Lutwidge Dodgson better known as?  Q4. "He knelt wiring" an anagram of who's name in Barmara? Q5. What striking reminder is 100 years old this month? Q6. What sport is the Wyland Challenge Cup presented?  Q7. Where would you find the Alboran Sea?  Q8. Cinnamon is the dried inner bark of what tree?  Q9. Where would you find a Petiole? Q10. Who is the Chief Scout of the United Kingdom and Overseas Territories?  Q11 What number comes next in this sequence 8,13,21,34,55? Q12. What is this sequence of numbers called (Q11)?  Q13. Where would you have seen a "Nippy"? Q14. What type of fruit is a "Maidstone Favourite"?  Q15. What Kentish girl married into the Royal family in 1999?


Answers please in the box at the July meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by Monday 27th July 2009 so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw

The Speaker at the May meeting was Martin Gurdon. We all appreciated his very entertaining talk. We heard all about Trevor the rheumatic Cockrell and his mate Fred the one eyed itinerant together with the transsexual goose-stepping Yvette. Would you believe that Natasha Kaplinski, Brahms, sexing chickens, penguins and prisons could all be mentioned in one talk? Well it was, and it was fun!

P.S. Martin is now keeping Doves. Listen out for another talk.

Our Speaker today is Fred Jepson speaking on the "History of Irons".

The MULLINS Brothers. Stanley Harold Mullins. Enlisted with the Royal Engineers at Chatham. His service number was 18650. He saw service with the 1st Field Squadron in France from 1914 until he was killed in action on 24th May 1915 aged 27.  He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres. He was awarded the Victory, British and 1914 Star Medals. More to follow.....

Associate Members are very welcome to attend any or all of the following activities


Art Group. Meets every Tuesday except the 4th in the month at the Parish Hall 10am to 12 noon. Cost £2 for two hours including coffee and biscuits. (Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183)


Coffee Morning on the first Monday in the month (Except Bank Holidays) at the Parish Hall, cost £1.00p. (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066).

 
Line Dancing On the 1st, 2nd,and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Fant Hall 2 to 3pm. Cost  £3.00 for Members and £3.50 Non-members (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066) Last meeting 14th July then closed for summer break


Tai Chi at the Parish Hall, 2pm every Wednesday (David Arnold 01732 871538)


Handicrafts on the 3rd Friday of each month at St. Andrews Hall, 2pm to 4pm. (Contact Mo Smith 661498)


BarmARA Singles meet to share social and intellectual experiences. Please call Wendy Thorpe (729771) or Peter Dickenson (755350) to enquire about current events.


 

List of Trips and Excursions for your diaries

Wednesday 15th July  Petworth House and Gardens. Cost £20 or £11 for National Trust Members. Coach leaves Fant Lane 9.30am (M)

Thursday 23rd July. 2nd KentARA Crafts and Hobbies Fayre. Ditton Community Centre from 11.00am. Free Entry (W)

Friday 14th August  MV. Princess Pocahontas. Gravesend to Whitstable £30. Leave Fant Hall 8.30am (M)

Thursday 10th Sept. Visit to Lullingstone Castle with guided tour by Tom Hart-Dyke also visit to the Polhill Garden Centre, Badgers Mount. Price including coach £15.50. Leave Fant Hall 9.30am. (G)

Friday 18th Sept. KentARA Supper and Race Night. Ditton Community Centre. 7.30 - 10.30pm. Tickets £6.00p per person. (W)

Monday 30th November Holly and Mistletoe. Esplanade Hotel, South Cliff Scarborough. Cost £233 includes Bed and Breakfast and evening meal with lunch on "Christmas Day" and 4 excursions to North Yorks Moors, Whitby, Beverley and York The Esplanade Hotel holds a commanding position above the cliffs overlooking Scarborough and the South Bay.  More details to follow (M)

Contacts:          (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen 661498.
 (N) Neil 727066,    (W) Wendy 729771


Our Speaker today is Fred Jepson speaking on the "History of Irons"; and in July we are to be entertained by Reg Colman when we will be told all about "Winston and Clementine"

The August meeting is our Annual General Meeting. More about this to follow. Don't miss out, make sure all these dates are in your diary

Contributions to the Newsletter from Members and Associates will always be welcome

 

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                                                            MAY 2009

                                                           Issue No.46

Our Quiz Night in April was a great success and we all had a good nights entertainment thanks to our Quiz Master Richard Warner and of course to Maureen Kenwright who provided a superb Ploughman's Supper. Thanks also to the ladies who helped Maureen to "Plate up" and congratulations to the winning table. If you were unable to be there, do try and make our next Quiz Night. (Details will be announced later)

This is the first time that Warner's is not the spring holiday destination. So those of us who had no previous visits to the Toorak Hotel Torquay wondered what to expect. We had no need to worry as most people enjoyed the experience. We started off on Bank Holiday Monday in two coaches bound for Torquay. After a scheduled pit-stop at Salisbury we arrived in Torquay about 16.00. The Toorak hotel in sunny Torquay was to be home to the Barmarans for the next  few days in May. The arrival was handled very quickly and we were all settled into our rooms in no time at all. The evening meal went down well, it was then onto the evening entertainment. This was split around several of the hotels in the complex with a small ballroom in our hotel. This proved to be popular with several of BARMARA quests with many a good time being had throughout our stay. The closest Peter Dickenson came to dancing was when he joined in a few of the less demanding Barmara community dances later in the evening.   Without knowing any actual steps we performed wonderful routines that owe a passing acquaintance to the dancing-round-your-handbag school of terpsichorean artistry. Others enjoyed Bingo (with a couple of good wins) and cabaret in the starlight room.

The first day's outing to the Eden Project although quite a long journey, was greatly enjoyed.

Various attractions close to Torquay formed the focus of Wednesday. It was a day to relax and do your own thing. This was the first time we have done this but it seemed to be quite popular. Dartmouth and the River Dart featured strongly on the third day.  Dartmouth proved an ideal place for a morning browse round the shops.  After a quick snack we boarded a steamer for the 90-minute voyage up-river to Totnes, passing the Britannia Royal Naval College then under the cliffs of Agatha Christie's home 'Greenway' en route.   We finished the day with a short call in to Buckfast Abbey, set on the south edge of Dartmoor, for prayers and a cream tea. Friday was time to go home. There was a slight delay on leaving the hotel but this did not stop us having lunch in Winchester and a visit to King Arthur's statue in order to complete the cultural aspect of our holiday.  We arrived home about 16.00. New friends were made and lots of happy memories. Here's to next year. 

Holidays, doctors and dentist's appointments meant that several of our regular 10-pin bowlers were unable to join us last thursday. Freda Pearce nearly missed the session as her transport -the number 8 bus - turned up very late. However, two new associate members added to our numbers when Pat and John Barton decided that they would like to see what 10-pin bowling was all about. It seemed that they hadn't bowled for over 20 years. They soon got back into the swing as Pat put in some very high scores, so well done Pat.  We were also very glad to see Jen and Brian Cornish bowl a bowl or two.  Brian as usual was getting some good scores as was Jen once she got the hang of how to use the "rails" to her advanage. 

As we are approaching summer and the experts are saying that it will be a scorcher we will be moving outdoors to the Petanque (Boules) terrain at the Redstart pub.  Our first date is Thursday 18th June. Meet at 10.00am at the Redstart. If you haven't played before, don't worry Ken Coomber will be on hand to give any help or advice that might be needed. If you have any Boules please bring them along but if not Ken will be able to provide a few sets.  Can you please let Ken Coomber or Maurice Gay know if you will be joining us.  The pub will be putting on tea ,coffee and biscuits during the morning and a lunch for us, the cost and menu details will be available shortly so come back to this page in the next few days for more information.

Following the Kentara Hobbies and Crafts exhibition at Ditton on Thursday 23rd July, at our meeting on July 28th, as well as our Speaker there will be a display showing the various skills used by our members in the Art and Handicrafts Groups. Members of the groups will be available to answer any questions.

 

We had 2635 hits on our web site during April. Let's hope all our visitors went away with a good impression of BarmARA.  The KentARA web site now includes a link to our Internet website so anyone looking at the KentARA pages can be directed to our site. (We are the first!)

  

The winner of the APRIL Quiz was Betty Webb with Dorothy Tyler coming a very close runner up.

ANSWERS to Issue 44 MARCH Quiz - Mostly TV (thanks to Jo Buchanan)
Q1. Firstly that she is wise, secondly that she is a woman.  Q2. A Chicken.  Q3. Mister Preview.  Q4. Paul Merton.  Q5. Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.  Q6. James (Jimmy) Beck.  Q7. Cassandra.  Q8. (Red) Pick-up Truck.  Q9. Joan Simms.  Q10. Cat.  Q11. Triumph Stag Mk 2 Green.  Q12. PWR 233P.

QUIZ May 2009:  The three words in each set each have a fourth word in common but not necessarily connected; Find the fourth word.  The number at the end of each set indicates the number of letters in the word you are looking for e.g. Bank, Blue, Milk (6) linking word and answer is "BOTTLE" (Thanks to Maggie Barclay for this quiz)

Q1. Economy, Whist, Tarmac (5)  Q2. Hot, Luck, Noodle  (3)  Q3. Clothes, Race, Hobby  (5)  Q4. Dress, Free, Goods (5)  Q5. Hunting, Cape, Shoe (4)  Q6. Weight, Daily, Shredder (5)  Q7. Fall, Hot, Table (5)  Q8. Distance, Jump, Winded (4)  Q9. Statesman, Berry, Church (5)  Q10. Natural, Bag, Laughing (3)  Q11. Bead, Call, Net (7)  Q12. Fish, Pole, Quality (4)  Q13. Rug, Student, Time (3)  Q14. Chocolate, Theatre, Clever (3)  Q15. Bird, Corn, Mixture (5)  Q16. Bone, Chat, Up (4)  Q17. Glad, London, False (3)  Q18. Hole, Severn, Twelve (4)  Q19. Electric, Account, Air (7)  Q20. Touch, Giant, Folk (6)

Answers please in the box at the June meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by Monday 22nd June 2009 so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw

The Speaker at the April Meeting was Paul Harris. Paul is well known as a Radio Kent Presenter. He gave us an extremely funny talk on that long gone breed of Theatrical Digs Landladies. They were real dragons. Intertwined with these stories he told us some memorable tales about other well known performers  and celebrities and the antics they got up to trying to beat the all seeing eyes and ears of these gorgons.

  

Our Speaker Today is Martin Gurdon who will talk to us about his "Travels with Chickens"

The MULLINS Brothers. Do you remember in the last issue regarding these brothers? Just a few minutes searching on the Internet gave me more information. Their father James was born in India, came back to "blighty" and worked as an Asylum Nurse. He had six sons, three of whom fought in WW1. Stanley was killed in action and Edward died of his wounds. Bartholomew served in the RAMC (Medical Corps) and survived. The family lived at Woodside Cottages and Edinburgh Cottage, Barming Heath.  Several members have an interest in this subject and perhaps we can publish details of other Barming Men who served in WW1.  More to follow..........

 

Associate Members are very welcome to attend any or all of the following activities
Art Group. Meets every Tuesday except the 4th in the month at the Parish Hall 10am to 12 noon. Cost £2 for two hours including coffee and biscuits. (Contact Sheila Malthouse  728183)
Coffee Morning on the first Monday in the month (Except Bank Holidays) at the Parish Hall, cost £1.00p. (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066). 
Line Dancing On the 1st, 2nd,and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Fant Hall 2 to 3pm. Cost  £3.00 for Members and £3.50 Non-members (Contact Maureen Kenwright 727066)
Tai Chi at the Parish Hall, 2pm every Wednesday (David Arnold                                                             01732 871538                                )
Handicrafts on the 3rd Friday of each month at St. Andrews Hall, 2pm to 4pm. (Contact Mo Smith 661498)
10 Pin Bowling Thursday 21st May 10.15am AMF Bowl, King Street Maidstone (Contact Maurice 669421)
Indoor Bowls Wednesday 3rd June from 1.30pm to 4.00pm at Mote Park leisure Centre. Cost £3.00p.  (Contact Dave Mayger 670034)
Rambles: Monday June 15th. Stroll around Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells with lunch in the Park Café. Meet at Barming Bus Stop "C" opposite Fountain Inn for the 10.04 Bus Service No. 6.  Contact: Jill Tugwell 727992


Monday July 20th. Circular walk around Bearstead and Otham.Meet 10.00am at the Holy Cross Church Car Park, Bearstead.  This can be found by turning right between Bearstead Green and "The Oak on the Green" Pub and following road to the end. Contact:


BarmARA Singles meet to share social and intellectual experiences.  Please call Wendy Thorpe 729771 or Peter Dickenson 755350 to enquire about current events.


PLEASE NOTE
We have been told that the Parish Hall will be closed for maintenance and redecoration for 9 days from Monday 1st June until Wednesday 10th June both dates inclusive.  This will affect the Art Group, Coffee Morning and Tai Chi; so please make a note in your diary.


List of Trips and Excursions for your diaries. Also see the Events page

Wednesday 27th May  Visit to Mapledurham House & Watermill, Nr.Reading with
Guided tour, Boat trip and cream tea. Price £29 including coach. Leave Fant Hall at 9.00am. (G)
Tuesday 16th June  Visit to the Royal Hospital Chelsea and Pensioners with a       Guided tour  A limit of 40 people. Price £12.50 including coach. Leave Fant Hall at 9.45am. (G)
Friday June 26th - 30th Holiday to the Loire Valley. Half Board with excursions to 3 Chateaux with wine tasting included. Price £387 Sorry, all single room allocations have gone but 3 twin rooms still available  ( G)
Wednesday 15th July  Petworth House and Gardens. Cost £20 or £11 for National Trust Members. Coach leaves Fant Lane 9.30am (M)
Thursday 23rd July. 2nd KentARA Crafts and Hobbies Fayre. Ditton Community Centre from 11.00am. Free Entry (W)
Friday 14th August  MV. Princess Pocahontas. Gravesend to Whitstable £30. Leave Fant Hall 8.30am (M)
Thursday 10th Sept. Visit to Lullingstone Castle with guided tour by Tom Hart-Dyke also visit to the Polhill Garden Centre, Badgers Mount. Price including coach £15.50. Leave Fant Hall 9.30am. (G)
Friday 18th Sept. KentARA Supper and Race Night. Ditton Community Centre. 7.30 - 10.30pm. Tickets £6.00p per person. (W)
Monday 30th November Holly and Mistletoe 4 nights Festive Break Esplanade Hotel, Southcliff, Scarborough. Includes excursions and christmas dinner. Cost £233.  More details to follow (M)

Contacts:          (G) Gloria 720515, (M) Maureen 661498.  (N) Neil 727066,    (W) Wendy 729771

 

Our Speaker today is Martin Gurdon who will be telling us about his "Travels with Chickens". Our speaker for the June Meeting is Fred Jepson speaking on the "History of Irons"; and in July we are to be entertained by Reg Colman when we will be told all about "Winston and Clementine"

The August meeting is our Annual General Meeting. More about this to follow. Don't miss out, make sure all these dates are in your diary

Contributions to the Newsletter from Members and Associates will always be welcome

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APRIL 2009

This is our first one so it can only get better.  We haven't got a spellchecker yet so bear with us and humour the editor

Issue No 45                                         APRIL 2009

It was raining when a full coach left Fant Hall to go to Duxford and Cambridge. It was mainly the men who "de-bussed" at Duxford to visit the Imperial War Museum's Aviation Museum whilst the girls went of to Cambridge.Thankfully the weather cleared and it was a reasonable although quite chilly day. However, we were all wrapped up so it really didn't matter. The Duxford visitors were told that they had 5 hours before being collected and then pick up the ladies. We thought 5 hours was far too long but as it turned out it was not nearly enough time to see all of the exhibits.  We saw all the iconic aircraft including the first flying Concorde, the massive Boeing B52, the plane that never was the TR2, a Lysander and of course the iconic Spitfire and Hurricane and every make and model in between. Colin Prince added to the enjoyment of this visit by imparting his immense knowledge of aviation when asked questions. The ladies in the meantime visited Kings College and the Chapel, punted down the River Cam (thanks to Gloria who negotiated a good rate with a "nice young man") and had a fine lunch in a riverside pub.  We all enjoyed this day out thanks to Maureen and Peter our driver.

Unfortunately, we have to report that our Committee member Brian Wade was admitted to hospital following a serious medical condition, but happily we can report that he is now home resting and recuperating and running Joan ragged, but, we all wish him a speedy recovery to full health so that he can continue with his excellent work in booking Speakers for our monthly meetings.  Our Treasurer - Peter Dickenson still continues to make progress and we hope to see him back in harness shortly.

Following the Kentara Hobbies and Crafts exhibition at Ditton on Thursday 23rd July, an exhibition will be on display at our meeting on July 28th, as well as the usual speaker, showing the various skills used by our members in the Art and Handicrafts Groups. Members of the groups will be available to answer any questions.

 

The winner of the February 2009 Quiz was Betty Webb. Thanks to all those who entered.


Answers to the March Quiz:
 Q1. Ode to Joy. Q2. 9th May. Q3. 27. Q4. 10. Q5. Krahule is generally accepted although there are 5 other claimants. Q6 It is the symbol of Perfection, Completeness and Unity. Q7. 23. Q8. 6. Q9. 1st January 2002. Q10. 1973

April Quiz
Q1. Whose short stories inspired the musical "Cabaret"?  Q2. Who was the winner of the 2009 TV Programme "Master Chef"?  Q3. 3 x Catherines, 2 x Annes but who is missing?  Q4. What is the common name for "Galanthus"?  Q5. Who had a "Blue Period"?  Q6. What in 1856 was first issued "For Valour"?  Q7. What does "Fay Gooch" mean to you?  Q8. What first happened in Maidstone on the 28th April 1868?  Q9. Who is conect with "e=mc2"?  Q10. How many noughts are there in one trillion?

Look out for next months Quiz it has been compiled by Maggie Barclay and it is a real brain teaser.


Answers please to this months (APRIL) quiz in the box at the May meeting or to Maurice Gay, 21 Howard Drive, Allington or by email at secondfiddle1@btinternet.com by Monday 25th May 2009 so that they can be included for the £5 prize draw


The Speaker - Richard King - at our March meeting gave a highly amusing and very enthusiastic talk on his travels around the world in a double decker bus.  Overcoming various difficulties - finding the right bus to use and lack of funds - he and his eight companions set off on their adventures.  4 years later having survived many technical hitches and having funded their journey by singing bawdy rugby songs to delighted audiences along the way, they arrived back at their local pub to claim their pint of beer as their promised reward.

 

Have you ever noticed the Roll of Honour on the wall in the Parish Hall during the Coffee mornings or at the Art Group or other visit? Have you seen the two Memorials to the dead of WW1 and WW2 within St. Margaret's Church? I have an interest in genealogy and WW1 and surprisingly the two interests are conjoined. The name "Mullins" caught my attention.  Two Barming brothers - Edward and Stanley Mullins - paid the supreme sacrifice, but who were they?  I know that they were the sons of James and Bertha Mullins who lived at 3, Woodside Cottage, Barming Heath and that they both enlisted in the Royal Engineers. Stanley was killed in action on the 24th May 1915 and Edward died of wounds on the 21st August 1915. More to follow...

 

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Associate Members are very welcome to attend any or all of our following activities full details on EVENTS and/or the ACTIVITIES Page


Art Group, Coffee Mornings, Line Dancing, Tai Chi, Line Dancing, Handicrafts, 10-Pin Bowling, Petanque, Rambles and Quiz Nights.


BarmARA Singles meet to share social and intellectual experiences.  Please call Wendy Thorpe 729771 or Peter Dickenson 755350 to enquire about current events.

For all our Trips, Excursions and Holidays see full details on the Events Page

 

 PLEASE NOTE
We have been told that the Parish Hall will be closed for maintenance and redecoration for 9 days from Monday 1st June until Wednesday 10th June both dates inclusive.  This will affect the Art Group, Coffee Morning and Tai Chi; so please make a note in your diary

Did you know....
A committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing, but as a group decide that nothing can be done!

You cannot lick your elbow!


 

Contributions to the Newsletter from Members and Associates will always be welcome