The first of two very successful events was our Fish & Chip quiz evening held in mid October at the Norton Village Hall. We had four full tables of eight people who all thoroughly enjoyed the evening which comprised an excellent quiz set and asked by Ray Clark and an equally excellent fish & chip supper.
All in all it was considered to be a very successful evening which raised a goodly sum for our charitable activities.
Our second event was a Cottage Pie Lunch held at the Black Lion Public House, Lynsted on the 14th November. This was a new event for the Lynsted Branch and proved to be a winner. It was a sell-out due, largely perhaps, to the reputation of the pub landlady's catering skills.
We all enjoyed a first class meal consisting of cottage pie with a range of vegetables followed by a generous portion of apple pie with a choice of custard. cream or ice cream. The meal ended with coffee or tea.
The occasion was such a success that we are seriously considering more pub lunches in the future.
On 18th July we had our second cruise on the Kentish Lady up (and down) the River Medway. This started at the Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone and took us upstream as far as East Farleigh and then back downstream to Springfield.
The cruise included a commentary on the places and features we were passing and a good and ample fish & chip lunch.
There was also a bar on board much to the satisfaction of certain of our members!
The weather was perfect which added to our enjoyment. It was once again a very well supported event and one which we would like to repeat, maybe next year.
Our annual Car Treasure Hunt took place on 23rd May. This was held on a fine evening and took us along some beautiful country lanes starting at Lynsted School and finishing at Lenham Square - from where we adjourned to the Dog & Bear for a well earned ploughman's supper.
All in all it was another successful evening enjoyed by all those who took part. The winners were, for the second year running Alison and Jim Hopkins.
Our forthcoming events for the rest of the calendar year 2013, so far as are known at the present time,
are as follows:
17th October Fish and Chip Quiz Evening
14th November Cottage Pie Lunch
7th December Annual Christmas Lunch.
On 27th April we held our annual quiz evening at Norton Village Hall. The event was masterminded by Maureen Brown who did a fantastic job in setting and asking questions, some easy, some more difficult, on a whole range of subjects.
She was supported by Marian Clark in particular, in the catering arrangements which were very good and very generous and by numerous other helpers on the night in setting up the hall, clearing away, etc.
It was an excellent and well supported evening attracting, so I am told, some 55 people who all seemed to have a great time. Added to this it was a financial success raising a goodly sum for our fund in support of local charities. Brian Johnson
Our annual Christmas Lunch was held as usual at the Dover Castle Inn. This was a very pleasant occasion with a good number of members enjoying an excellent meal and excellent company.
Apart from this the only other gathering of note was for our Branch AGM held at Norton Village Hall on 27th March. The meeting itself was well attended with twenty members being present. It was quite a short meeting with the existing Committee being re-elected en-bloc.
Mel Underdown, the Chairman, summarised our events for the last year and briefly mentioned those planned for the current year.
Financially the branch is quite sound and despite a declining membership was still able to donate £550 to local charities.
At the end of the meeting we were well entertained by Ray Clark (our current Secretary and a Vice President) with an interesting and amusing talk on the month of March and things that had happened in that month - starting as far back as 44 BC with Julius Caesar and the Ides of March!
We then enjoyed a glass or two of wine, some light refreshments (provided as usual by Marian Clark and Maureen Brown) and, of course, some social chit chat.
Sadly, we must report the sad and unexpected passing of our only life member, Mrs Joyce Fuller.
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