Chairman – Colin Wallsgrove.

 Issue 149 NOVEMBER 2017

 Today’s Speaker is Mr Leslie Allman, his subject is “Life in a Victorian Rookery”

 There is no meeting in December due to the annual Christmas dinner.

 Our next meeting is on Friday 26th January 2018 When the speaker will be

 Melanie Gibson-Barton. Her subject “Bruges- It’s more than just Chocolate “.

 Review of trip to see 42nd Street.

 About 45 members went to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, to see the Musical

 42nd Street. Our driver Mark made very good time driving us to London, so we

 were able to spend a couple of hours having lunch and a wander around before

 the show started.

 Sheena Easton was the main star. It was an American musical set on Broadway.

 A story of an up and coming young dancer who gets a lucky break, when the

 star of the show breaks her ankle.

 The scenery was very well done, and the costumes were amazing.

 Although all the dancers were very good, the main female and male dancer

 were something else. I cannot imagine how they can perform this show 8 times

 a week for so long. We came away feeling very tired just by watching them.

 If you have not seen this show, it is well recommended.

 Mark and our coach were waiting right outside the theatre to take us home.

 Another good outing. Well done Gloria.

 Brenda Sargent.

 Race night at the village hall in aid of Parkinsons Charity.

 Over 50 people braved the weather on a Saturday night to attend our first Race

 Night, and by all accounts seemed to enjoy it (especially if you won ). After our

 sparks, Pete, worked miracles with the equipment we got the first race away on

 time. Halfway through the evening Ken and John produced our supper of fish

 and chips washed down with a cup of tea/coffee provided by Maureen and her

 helpers. Neil and Dave ran the tote, a better pair of scooges you would have to

 look a long way to find. The evening turned into a lot of fun with people urging

 their horses on. After the last race we held a raffle run by Gloria and Mo of 20

 donated prizes. Thankyou everyone for turning up and supporting our charity

 event. I would also like to thank the committee for all their help .

A big thank you to members, committee, and Sainsburys for donating the

Raffle prizes. A special thank you to Ken for the many trips he made to the

Fishshop sorting things out. The only complaint we had was “ to many chips”.

The night made £150.50p for our charity. Well Done.


Have you ever thought how much we rely on paper in our daily lives, despite

The term”paperless office” which in fact created a paper mountain. We use

It for a wide range of items from cups, newspapers, packaging, books,etc.

The Japanese even built houses out of it, they also used paper to make

large balloons in wwII to which they attached bombs and sent them to USA

via the jet stream, fortunately little damage was caused.

What about Maidstone and it’s connection to the paper industry. It has an

abundance of water supplies, rivers ,Medway, Len, Loose Springs and other

water souces around the town. A number of “Fulling Mills” were built on

these to facilitate the wool industry as these became redundant paper mills

took over. Paper was being produced in Maidstone in 1773. As more mills

started to produce paper, many innovations were introduced such as “wove

paper” as opposed to “laid paper”. Many of the named producers of paper

are still around today. ie, Whatman(who introduced white paper as opposed

to yellow) Balston, Reed. And mills such as Turkey Mill, Tovil Mill, Aylesford

Mill, Snodland Mill these eventually employing thousands of people during

the 50’s/60’s, I Expect nearly everyone had a relative that was involved in

the paper industry here producing newsprint, tissue, banknotes,cardboard

and filter paper.

Some famous people used paper produced in Maidstone , Queen Victoria,

Napoleon, Washington were all said to prefer it, even dispatches from

Waterloo were written on it.

These local firms had good reputations for providing excellent sports and

social facilities even employing out of season professional sportsman as

salesmen and ambassadors.

But the demise was to come, originally paper was produced from rags and

Ropes, old sails etc boiled to break down the fibres, but then wood was

used and did not take long to find this could be obtained from forests

abroad at much cheaper costs and shipped here to be processed.

Today the industry around Maidstone is just a shadow of it’s previous one

With just a couple of specialised firms surviving, and the town is poorer

For it?.

 TRIPS FOR 2017/18

 This year’s Christmas Lunch will be at the Weald of Kent golf club/ hotel.on

 Tuesday 19th December . the price is £25.including coach.

 A deposit of £10.00 is required, and you will be asked to select your choice

 of Menu from the list published last month. You need to select a letter

 representing your choice for each of the three courses.

 Coach pickups Allington 10.50am, Fant 11.00am, Beverley 11.10am.

 Contact Mo 661498.


 Another Bargain of the year ! 4 day holiday to the Ocean View Hotel on the

 Isle of Wight. Friday 16th/Monday 19th

 February 2018. Half Board

 Including Coach for the sum £129, Single Rooms £137.

 Gloria will start collecting the payment for this holiday at the september

 Meeting, bring your cheque books. £129 pp double/twin. £137pp single.

 Contact Gloria 720515.











 We are booked on the 1pm ferry and should be at the hotel approx. 2.15pm



 Barmara holiday next year is from the 7th

– 11th May. Due to difficulty

 Obtaining rooms this year I am unable to offer one price for all. The basic

 Price is £325.00 pp, single rooms have a surcharge of £10.00 pp. To make

 The numbers up I have had to accept 6 rooms on the next grade up, so a

 £10.00 pp will apply to these. Booking opens at the meeting on 27th June

 2017 for names. Deposits of £30.00pp due by the25th July 2017.

 Contact Neil kenwright 01622 727066 


Rambles are now finished until the spring.

Ten Pin Bowling.

11 of us were at 10 pin bowling this time with 9 players and 2 coaches.

Dave M had to share the top spot with David Wood this time at 131.

Marion again was top lady with 122 but Maureen and Dot excelled

themselves with scores of 106 and 103 respectively. We all wanted to

know what they had for breakfast! Come and join us for a fun morning

even if you only come as a coach.

Interested in Art??

The Art club is recruiting new members. If you fancy trying your hand at

Painting, drawing , designing, or any other form of art, come along, novices

welcome some guidance is available. Nice Friendly group.

Every Tuesday 10am till 12 noon Barming Parish Hall. Sheila 728183.


KURLING ( John 687415 )

TA Centre Boxley Road

10am to 12.noon Cost £1-50

Fridays Dates.

 15th Dec, 19th Jan, 9th Feb,

 16th Mar, 20th Apr, 18th May, 15th Jun.

Ten Pin Bowling

Hollywoodbowl Maidstone.

Start 11am £6.25 includes tea or


Thursdays Dates

7th Dec, 4th

 Jan, 1st Feb,

1st March.

John 687415

COFFEE MORNING (Maureen 727066)

Barming Parish Hall

Mondays 10am to 12 noon


6th Nov, 4th Dec 8thJan, 5th Feb,5th Mar

ART GROUP (Sheila 728183)

Barming Parish Hall

10am to 12 noon

Dates,28th Nov, 5th Dec, 12th Dec

2nd Jan, 9th Jan,16th Jan,30th Jan.

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