BARMING  ACTIVE  RETIREMENT  ASSOCIATION                                                                            

Chairman – Colin Wallsgrove.                                                                                                       

Issue 151  January 2018    

Happy New Year to everyone.     

Don’t forget we are now at Barming Village Hall on Friday’s at 1pm.    

Today’s speaker is Melanie Gibson- Barton.  

Her subject is, “ Bruges- it’s more than just chocolate”.   

Our next meeting is on Friday  23rd February . The speaker will be Mark Walsh  talking about Max Miller.      

The Christmas Lunch was a great success, one of the best we have had, I have put a     

few pictures in this month, sorry if you not included.     

A big thank you to Mo for organising such a good bash.    


 BUS CONCESSIONARY  TRAVEL PASS. These passes will expire on 31st March and cannot be used after this date.  If you have used your pass in the past year  the council will send you a new pass by the middle of march 2018. If you have not used your pass in the past year you will be asked if you still  need it . Make sure you have informed the council  if you have moved address in the last year. 


NEW. We are holding a Quiz on  SATURDAY 17th MARCH  at BARMING VILLAGE HALL  In aid of our nominated charity,  Parkinson’s Disease. 

The event will start at 7 pm and finish at 10pm  

Tickets are on sale at £5.00 From Brenda Sargent at 84 Newbury Avenue Allington.  Tel  693755. 

Bring your own drinks and nibbles.  

Please support this event, previous quizes have been fun and have not Taxed the brain too much?????!!!! 


Christmas riddles.  What Christmas carol is a favourite of parents.  Answer  Silent Night. 


What’s the most popular wine at Christmas. Answer  Do I have to eat these sprouts.? 




TRIPS FOR 2017/18                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ISLE OF WIGHT HOLIDAY                    

Friday 16th/Monday 19th  February 2018. Half Board Including Coach for the sum £129, Single Rooms £137.                

Contact Gloria  720515                         



9.00AM.  FANT LANE. EW               

9.10AM   BEVERLEY ROAD.               

9.15AM   TOP OF BEVERLEY ROAD/HEATH ROAD.               

9.30AM   ALLINGTON (SHOPS).              

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

Anybody who hasn’t collected their labels for the Isle of Wight holiday can               

They  please  collect from Gloria at the 26th Jan meeting. 



TRIP to the Dog and Duck at Pluck’s Gutter. 

Wed  21st  March   2 course Dinner with music entertainment.                 

Cost £29     

eave Alling ton 10.45am, 

Fant lane 10.55, 

Beverley  11.00am                 

Contact Mo  661498. 


When paying for this trip, please select your 2 courses from the list below.               

f you would prefer a dessert  instead of a starter select  S.                                  

STARTER                                              MAIN COURSE 

A- Pate with toast                      E-  Roast Chicken  Roast pot/veg 

B-  Melon with fruit coulis             F-  Steak & ale pie  Pot/veg. 

C-  Prawn cocktail/brown bread.         G-  Grilled  fillet of salmon  pot/veg   

D-  Soup with roll and butter.          H-   Vegetarian Kiev chips/veg/salad  


DESSERTS                 S-  Choose from a selection on the day 




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                     

NOTE. The balance for this holiday is due now


Rambles/ Ambles   Dates for your diary.  19th March Amble  ANN 738762, 23rd April RAMBLE PAULINE &KEN  720476,  21st May Amble  JOHN & LORNA 687415,  25th June RAMBLE  LAURIE 726918,  23rd July  Amble  VAL&DAVE,670034, 20th August RAMBLE DOT & BRIAN 721719, 24th September Amble BETTY & MARION 202659-727253, 29th October RAMBLE DOROTHY 726389, 26th November Dinner LORNA & JOHN 687415. Please inform Dave of your walk at least a week before the Barmara meeting  of the previous month, for entry in the Newsletter. 

TEN PIN BOWLING. Not so many of us at 10 pin bowling today – nine players and three coaches 

unfortunately the scores were not so good this month, may be to much  

Christmas Pudding and sitting about not to mention, may be the alcohol. 

Peter had the top score of 135 with John coming second with 112.     

Marion again had the highest score of the ladies with 98 – we won’t  

mention the other ladie’s  scores!!. 

PETANQUE.DATES FOR 2018. 26th March, 16th April, 28th May, 18th June, 9th July,  13th August,  

10th September,  22nd October.         

             KURLING ( John 687415 )             

TA Centre Boxley Road 10am to 12.noon   

Cost £1-50 

Fridays Dates.             

9th Feb, 16th Mar, 20th Apr, 18th May, 15th Jun.                 


Ten Pin Bowling  

 Hollywoodbowl Maidstone. 

Start 11am £6.25 includes tea or Coffee. 

Thursdays Dates 1st Feb,     1st March.   

John  687415 


COFFEE MORNING (Maureen 727066)   

Barming Parish Hall Mondays 10am to 12 noon 

Dates, 5th Feb, 5th Mar, 9th April, 14th May,  


ART  GROUP  (Sheila 728183)  

Barming Parish Hall 10am to 12 noon 

Dates,16thJan, 30th Jan 6th Feb, 13th Feb, 27th Feb,6th Mar   


  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