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In September, Ian Porter talked about the lives of servants in The Real Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs. It made us realise just how tough life was before WW1 and how lucky we are to live today. We were also looking forward to our Cream Tea in the Elham Valley Vineyard on the 16th.

In October, on Wed 7th we have a visit from Wing Commander Simpson from the Battle of Britain Memorial in Capel Le Ferne. On Fri 9th we have our Curry Night in the Gurkha Palace and on Wed 21st we are going to the Yesteryear Museum in Battle with lunch in Jempson’s of Peasmarsh.

On Wed 4th November we have a return visit from Don Wilks and this time his subject is South Africa and on Wed 18th we will do a little Christmas shopping.

Meetings are 10.30 – 12.30 in the Rigden Room, Tayne Centre. Entry is currently £2.00 and includes refreshments. We are a friendly social group and welcome new members. If you’d like to talk to one of us first, please call 863500



Click here for the amended 2014 Programme. Why not pop in to one of our meetings – you will be made most welcome. If you’d like to talk to one of us first, call 863500 or 86 44, alternatively, email

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This is where we will post occasional updates – latest first….


June 2014

1. 4th June – Pub Lunch after our meeting and we will do car shares to the Cat and Custard Pot in Paddlesworth. This is the first Lyminge Friends visit and we are booked in for 12.30pm so we’ll have plenty of time to get there.  They have a varied menu and I will bring a copy with me on Wednesday if you want to check it out.


2. 25th June – Cream Tea outing to Lathe Barn, Burmarsh.  This is booked for 2.30 – 3pm so we’ll leave from the Methodist Hall at 1.45pm doing car shares.  The Lathe Barn Kentish Cream Tea is two homemade scones, butter, jam and fresh cream plus a slice of homemade cake (five choices) and a pot of tea for one all for £7.00 or you can chose from their menu.  I need to take names on Wednesday to make sure we have enough transport – please make sure I know you want to come…


3. 16th July – Garden Party at Fran & Rod’s.  Entry is £4.00 per person and very good value it is too.  We will be taking payment on Wednesday please. We have a couple of raffle prizes donated already but welcome more! I know it’s a pain but we really appreciate your support as this is our main fundraiser.

4. 27th August – Outing to Teapot Island. We have provisionally booked the Minibus for this trip at a cost in the region of £70.00 which means we need a good number to go to make it viable. The Bus carries 16 passengers plus Richard driving and if we have a full bus it will be £4. each but if only 10 of us go it increases to £7.00, any less than 10 and it becomes too expensive.  Can you think about this please and let me know?  Hopefully there will be enough people. We will collect the fares before confirming our booking so if anyone pulls out it will not cost Lyminge Friends anything.  I will bring a leaflet on Wednesday.


April 2014

1.   Garden Centre Trip on 30th April to Wyevale’s in Chartham – Car Shares – starting from outside the Methodist Church at 10.30am.  We will go to the Golden Lion in Broadoak for Lunch as we all had a nice lunch last time we were there. We need to book so I need numbers and will be taking names in the April meeting. Please make sure you are on the list if you want to go!

2. Easter Monday Lunch (April 21st) in the Coach & Horses – 2 Courses £10  – includes Tea or Coffee

Minted Lamb Pie with Roast Potatoes  & Vegetables
Grain Mustard Chicken with Mashed Potatoes & Vegetables
Beer Battered Cod, Chips & Salad
Roasted Vegetable & Red Bean Stew with Roast Potatoes & Vegetables (vegan)

Strawberry Cheesecake
Mixed Ice Cream
Lemon Syrup Sponge Pudding (vegan)

I need names and menu choices at the April 2nd meeting,  so please mark your choices on the attached and return the slip to me.


3. Changes to the 2014 Programme


We regret to report that we have had to make several changes to the programme and this makes our small cards out of date and it we will be replacing them with a paper version which can be collected at the meeting. In the meantime……


For the remainder of the year the Programme is as follows:


April 2nd           Talk Folkestone Churches Winter Shelter

April 21st          Easter Monday Lunch in the Coach & Horses

April 30th          Trip to Wyevale Garden Centre in Chartham with Lunch in the Golden Lion

May 7th            Talk – Oranges and Lemons

June 4th           Talk – Shopping in Lyminge (New Speaker)

June 25th         Cream Tea Trip – Lathe Barn  (Date corrected)

July 2nd           Talk – Cyprus in Spring

July 16th          Garden Party at Fran’s (New date)

Aug 6th            Talk – Churchill at Chartwell

Aug 27th          Trip to Teapot Island

Sept 3rd           Talk – Titanic – the aftermath of the sinking

Sept 10th         Cream Tea Trip – Walpole Hotel  (Venue corrected)

Oct 1st            Talk – From Russia with Love

Oct 10th          Curry Night in the Gurkha Palace

Oct 22nd         Shopping Trip to Westwood Cross with Carvery Lunch

Nov 5th           Talk – Memories & Souvenirs from around the World

Dec 3rd          Talk – The Royals and Me; Winter Lunch; Secret Santa and Raffle

Dec 31st        New Year’s Eve Lunch on China China


Changes and amendments:

May 28th – The Trip to Cranbrook Museum had previously been cancelled. We have now found we can’t replace it so the date has been removed.
June 4th – Phil Layton has advised that he can’t do his talk as he is leaving the area which is a great shame as we were looking forward to hearing all about competing in the London Triathlon.  We have been very fortunate and have booked Derek Boughton to give his talk about Shopping in Lyminge.
June 25th – The Cream Tea trip to Lathe Barn is in June not July as misprinted on the Programme Card
July 16th – The Garden Party is now a week later than originally planned due to a clash of events with another group.
Sept 10th – The Cream Tea will be in the Walpole Hotel, not the Waypole as misprinted on the Programme Card.
The Trip on Sept 24th has been removed and unfortunately, we are not able to replace it at present.


July 16th Garden Party @ Fran & Rod’s.  We have set the cost at £4.00 per person and in order for us to be more accurate when catering we will ask for payment to be made in the June meeting because that way we will have a clear idea on the numbers to cater for and what our budget is.  We will have the raffle and as usual will be asking for your donations of items for prizes. Your support is really appreciated as this is our main fundraiser of the year.


Winter Lunch on December 3rd – The cost for the December meeting and the Winter Lunch combined has been set at £5.00 per person and we are going to apply the “booking” idea and ask for payment in November and once again we will need donations of items for prizes in the Raffle.


March 2014

After a sucessful start to the year, in March we listened to John Long as he talked of his experiences during the Normandy Invasion in 1944.  John is now 94 and still going strong and he joined us for a trip over to Aldington for Lunch in The Walnut Tree – and very good it was too!

Next month in April we will have Jon Wilson from the Rainbow Centre telling us about the Folkestone Churches Winter Shelter. As we all know, it is far too easy to fall into homelessness but Jon will report on what is being done to help.  Also in April is our Easter Monday Lunch on 21st which will be in the Coach & Horses, Lyminge, as usual and on the 30th  we have our trip over to Chatham Garden Centre with a Pub Lunch.


December 2013


On December 18th – Secret Santa, Mince Pies and a Talk!

We’ve booked Mike Chisnall to give his talk called Christmas – A nostalgic (and irreverent!) look at Christmases past and present, Fran will be providing the mince pies as usual and we’ll have our Secret Santa. 

Please note, we do not want you to spend a fortune on your Secret Santa Christmas gift but it should be something nice – something that you’d like to receive yourself – we suggest a £4 limit.


Our Christmas Lunch will be in the Coach & Horses on Wednesday 8th January 2014 after our meeting.

Here is the Menu, please let Marian know your choices in the December meeting:

2 Courses £9.95


1) Beef & Red Wine Pie with Roasted Potatoes

2) Roast Chicken in a Mushroom Sauce served with Mashed Potatoes

3) Pan Fried salmon with Olives & Sun Dried Tomatoes served with New Potatoes

All the above will be served with Mixed Vegetables

4) Mixed Bean, Roasted Vegetable & Aubergine Bake with New Potatoes & salad – Vegetarian & Vegan


1) Lemon Cheesecake

2) Apple & Cinnamon Crumble

3) Fresh Fruit Salad

Followed by Teas & Coffees

October 2013

1.  November 6th Shopping Trip – Car Shares – starting from outside the Methodist Church at 10.30am to The Range on Sturry Road Canterbury.

Lunch will be in the Golden Lion in Broadoak and in the afternoon we’ll have a side trip to Dunelm Mill.  There will be plenty of opportunity to rest if you need it so make sure you are on the list if you want to go!

2. Wednesday th November – This year the Bring and Share Lunch has evolved into the first Annual Winter Lunch.

There will be a complete change as we are asking you NOT to bring anything – all the food will be provided.  We are trying to learn the lessons of previous years when we were unable to get the balance right and also had a lot of unused food.

When we use the main hall for our lunch we incur additional hall hire fees so we are going to ask everyone to pay a £4.00 meeting entry fee for that day only. We expect this £4.00 to cover the hall hires with a little bit over which will go towards the food costs.  It’s worth a try and will be something a bit different.

Here is the Menu:


Fran’s Cottage Pie

Jacqui’s Fish Pie

Rita’s Chilli

Richard’s Aubergine and Red Bean Casserole


Potato Wedges, Peas, French Bread


Eileen’s Pavlova

Richard’s Iced Chocolate Cake

Connie’s Apple Crumble

Rosemary’s Iced Cake



We will also have some Wine (non-alcoholic), Fruit and Tomato juices.


3. Christmas Raffle – more changes!

We decided to hold the Raffle during the Winter Lunch on th November instead of in the December meeting this year, as it makes it more of an event and leaves us space in December to have a talk instead.

4. December 18th – Secret Santa, Mince Pies and a Talk!

We’ve booked Mike Chisnall to give his talk called Christmas – A nostalgic (and irreverent!) look at Christmases past and present, Fran will be providing the mince pies as usual and we will still have the Secret Santa.  Please note, we do not want you to spend a fortune on your Secret Santa Christmas gift but it should be something nice – something that you’d like to receive yourself – we suggest a £4 limit.

5. Good News!  The Committee has accepted Jacqui’s kind offer to take over as Lyminge Friends Treasurer – effective November 2013.

6. More good news! The Community Bus organisation in Folkestone has very kindly agreed NOT to charge Lyminge Friends the cancellation fee for last September when we cancelled the hire at such a late date. This is very much appreciated as £30 is lot for us to find.


2014 Programme


1. The Programme is almost complete but we need your help to decide on where we should go on the October Shopping Trip next year.

We thought about going to Westwood Cross again but wonder if there are other places you might like to go instead?  Maybe somewhere you feel with more to recommend it than just shops!  Please let me know in our October meeting – otherwise, Westwood Cross it will be!

When we have a decision, I’ll be able to finalise the programme and get it to the Printers.


2. Lyminge Friends Christmas Lunch – this will be after our Meeting on January 8th in the Coach & Horses.  We’ll let you have the menu choices at the November meeting.

3. New Ideas for 2014….

Fanfare please….!!!

We are introducing a new event in the 2014 Calendar – Cream Tea Outings.   Jackie thought that some members might like to go on a trip out somewhere that doesn’t involve a lot of walking about and the Committee agreed that an outing centred on a Cream Tea would fit the bill. Accordingly, we have chosen 2 dates for this and we’ll see how we go.

The Committee was approached to charge a fee to visitors and guests who go on our outings and after a lot of discussion, the Committee decided on £3.00 as a contribution to our funds.  This was thought to be fair and follows a pattern set by other local groups. Please note, this does not apply to friends with cars offering lifts to our members.

There are some new venues for Group Outings next year which we hope you’ll love and we’ll probably want to book the Minibus. If we decide to do this, we will be collecting fares in advance.

July 2013

New 2013 Date for your Diary…

Bob Drury is doing his show, The Neil Diamond Story in the Tower Theatre, Folkestone on Friday 27th September.  Some of us saw Bob’s show last year and he’s a really great entertainer sounding very much like Neil Diamond. So, if you fancy spending a couple of hours in the company of Sweet Caroline, I’m a Believer and Cracklin’ Rosie, tickets are £12.00 each.  This is now an official Lyminge Friends trip and we would hire the bus – cost would be between £1.75 and £3.00 depending on the number of passengers going.  I will need payment to book the tickets so can you let me know about this one?

Guests are welcome so if you know someone who would like to join us for a particular trip, let me know.

2014 Programme

1. Changes afoot…?

The Committee has been asked to consider changing the day of our Monthly meetings back to the first Wednesday of the month with our Outings on the fourth Wednesday – this is to avoid clashes with other events going on that members want to attend.

If we go ahead, the changes would come into effect from next January.  Please think about this and let me know in the next meeting.  We start to plan our 14 Programme of Events fairly soon and must have a decision before I can make any bookings.

Lyminge Friends Constitution…

In the beginning of Lyminge Friends, we were running informally, going from month to month, usually by the skin of our teeth and no-one expected us to last any distance, including us if we are honest! But against all the odds, we are still going more than 5 years later so it is time to formalise ourselves with a written Constitution. This is still in draft form at the moment but when it is finalised we’ll make sure everyone has a copy.

The Constitution has been drafted to reflect what we actually do and specifies the way the group should be run. For instance, it includes safety features to prevent a future Treasurer running off with the funds!

The Constitution introduces the need for an Annual Meeting (AGM) – where the Committee give you a report on the year just gone, the plans for the year ahead and presents the financial situation. We already do this so it’s just going to be done in a more formal way.  There will also be elections to fill the three main Committee posts: Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, as well as other volunteers who make up the Social Committee.  We would be happy to welcome new Committee members especially if you would like to be Chair, Treasurer or Secretary – just talk to us.

We’ll have the AGM in the January meeting before we go for our Christmas Lunch so it won’t be as painful, or take nearly as long, as other AGMs!

3. Ideas for 2014….

If you know of an interesting speaker – who doesn’t charge very much, please tell us about them.  We also need ideas for visits and lunches so if you go somewhere that might be suitable, tell us the name and we’ll check it out.  Remember though, we have to cater for very different tastes so some ideas won’t make it past the consideration stage!
Click here for the 2013 Programme. Why not pop in to one of our meetings – you will be made most welcome. If you’d like to talk to one of us first, call 863500 or 86 44, alternatively, email


December 2012
In our December meeting we had our Christmas Social. Fran made the Mince Pies and we had a Secret Santa and
the Christmas Raffle. Many thanks to thise who donated raffle prizes.
We are going to Lunch in China China on New Year’s Eve and in January 13, after our meeting on the 16th we will be going to the Coach & Horses for our official Christmas Lunch.
Finances: The entry fee will be £2.00 from January 13. We kept the entry fee at £1.50 since 08 but speaker fees have gone up over time and as fuel prices are going through the roof, speakers have increased their travel expenses as well. We will keep the Summer Raffle at the Garden Party and the Christmas Raffle in December but we’ll probably have to think up another fundraiser as projections for next year show a shortfall on income over expenditure. Even so, our financial position is relatively healthy but of course we don’t know how outside influences will affect us; we’ve just had increased costs for printing the Programme cards and the cost for our Newsletter entries goes up in the New Year but we can pay our way in 2013 and we’ll worry about 14 this time next year.
We have a great programme for next year with some interesting talks and new places to visit! The Programme Card should be ready to give out in our next meeting but in the meantime I can tell you we have talks ranging from Jack the Ripper to Butterflies and Orchids of Kent by way of Canoeing down the Orinoco and the planned visits include Rochester, Herne Bay and Great Dixter!


August 2012

The weather was kind on our minibus trip to Rye and Peasmarsh on Wed 1st August; we had a good time and hardly got wet at all! The talk on Wed 15th by Sally from the Alzheimer’s Society was very informative and Lunch in the Coach & Horses afterwards was another success! Thanks Alicja!
We start September with a trip to Romney Marsh on Wed 5th where we will visit the Lighthouse before lunch in Dungeness and in the afternoon, drive into Lydd where we’ll have a guided tour of the Museum (and Town), before refreshments to set us up for the journey home.
We have a treat in our meeting on Wed 19th as Rosemary Piddock will give an illustrated talk entitled Bonjour! A year in Picardie, a humorous insight into buying and owning a property in France; after the meeting we will car share over to the Brockhill Country Park Café for Lunch.
Meeting are 10.30 – 12.30 in the Tayne Centre Parlour. There are no membership fees, only £2.00 (2013) a month entry which includes refreshments. We are a friendly social group and always welcome new members so give us a try. If you’d like to talk to one of us first, call 862598