We are just completing our second full year and the group has gone from strength to strength. We are now up to 38 members and have established a number of interest groups who meet outside of the monthly meetings.
The theatre group, organised by Debbie, has continued with a number of trips to both local and West End theatres, our most recent being to
Billy Elliot a week ago.
Our walking group started with a family walk last Easter and continued over the summer with walks led by Kay round Edenbridge, Penshurst, Knole Park and Sutton Valence. She then treated us to a spine chilling evening tour of the haunts of Jack the Ripper around Whitechapel. This was very well attended and, thanks to all her preparation and research, was not only informative but also great fun. We are all looking forward to her tour of the Inns of Court in May. Several of us also take Nordic walking classes with Katherine, another of our members.
The call by the Sailor’s Society for WI’s to knit hats for sailors, led to the creation of a weekly knitting group. They managed to produce 35 hats by the New Year which should keep the sailors going for a little while! This has now developed into a more general needlecraft group with crochet and sewing included. 5 of our crafty members attended a log cabin patchwork workshop at Ethel Hunt Lodge – the first group to visit the
At our meetings over the year we have had the opportunity to try a variety of activities from flower arranging and creating a Christmas wreath,
to making flowers from sugar paste, decorative glass work and mosaic making. We have also had interesting talks from the Kent Air Ambulance and the local history society, as well as an uproarious evening with our speaker tonight, Charmian.
We always try to support each other in any way we can and a recent idea was to gather a list of recommended traders, such as builders, plumbers, mechanics etc to be available for anyone who was looking to find a reliable workman. This is a work in progress.
Two trips we would recommend are to Lullingstone – the country park there organised a wonderful walk followed by Christmas lunch in December, and we are hoping to participate in their lavender walk over the summer. There is also the World Garden at Lullingstone Castle, which is well worth a visit and has very reasonably priced plants. The second recommendation is to The Clink restaurant at Highdown Prison, an innovative project in a working prison where the food is top class but the prices aren’t.