Spring Newsletter 2015

Posted on May 14, 2015

Dear Members, When I was elected as Chairman at the AGM in November 2014 I outlined a few things we hoped to achieve in the coming years. As the Programme states we have a couple of Local History talks which I hope will be found of interest to all. We have received several enquiries about these. We also hope the 50th Anniversary celebration will be well attended and the weather kind to us. The ‘Friendship’ arrangements with the Municipality of Baigneux-Les-Juifs near Dijon, France is well supported by their Mayor and progressing very well. The Twitch Inn opened over Easter with the WWI Exhibition on display along with a few more new artefacts. The Outing in June to Cobham Mausoleum and Owletts with lunch at ‘The Leather Bottle’ are processing well and a coach is being arranged. We attended a couple of Parish Council Meetings. Parking was high on the Agenda, which affects us all, with proposals for additional Yellow Lines. Planning is still a ‘hot potato’ and we continue to be vigilant as to what’s coming down and what’s going up. We hope to see many of you at our Meetings, if you can make the stairs! Regards, Molly Potts. Chairman New Year Supper Thirty members and friends met at Frank’s Restaurant in West Malling on the 16th January for the Annual New Year Supper. Excellent food and good company made a pleasant evening. The evening closed with a Raffle, which made £117 Many thanks to you all Eileen Vago. Download the invitation HERE and return the slip with your cheque to the addresss...

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Autumn Newsletter

Posted on Nov 11, 2014

Dear Members, After 32 years living in West Malling Anne and I have decided to move to a smaller house in Pembury so this will be my final Chairman’s Newsletter. I have been Chairman for well over twenty years and have seen the Malling Society become an influential body in Kent and in the local community. Our biggest achievement was probably setting up the Twitch Heritage Centre at Douces manor. As you know we have been lucky having the full support of the Parish Council and The Malling Action Partnership and although we have had two incidents of flooding this year it is very much up and running. I cannot stress how important to the success of this venture is the support of volunteers who man the openings. At the Millennium we produce the highly successful Malling Times Paper and have continued to mount photographic exhibitions each year in the Clout Institute. We have continued our series of meetings at the Clout and have been involved in Heritage Open Days. We have a member of the Executive Committee on the Parish Council Planning Committee and continue to monitor all the Planning applications. Also we are members of Protect Kent, the campaign to protect rural England, and the Kent Federation of Amenity Societies and have attended their meetings. Our website www.themallingsociety.org.uk is regularly kept up to date. During the past year our meetings have been well attended. All the speakers have been excellent and the post Christmas Dinner and the social evening at the Twitch proved popular. Finally I would like to thank all the committee members (past and present) for their support and also the other helpful volunteers and wish the Society all the best next year which will be our 50th anniversary of the founding of the Society in 1965. Bernard Tyson The Societies Visit to Malling Abbey18th June Twenty three members visited the Abbey on a lovely summer afternoon. Myself and Mike North with Mother Mary David went around the peaceful site and later attended a short service in the Modern Church (built 1965/66), then we had tea and cakes in the Guest room. Workman were working on the ruined tower removing the plant life that had grown over the years between the ancient stones, a task that took care as re-pointing the building that dates from 1090 was no mean feat. Molly Potts Members Visit the Heritage Centre –‘Twitch Inn’ On July 9th seventeen members visited the Heritage Centre for an evening tour and talk. Questions were answered by Molly Potts and Ron Martin. For some members, it was their first visit and they found the centre very interesting and quite surprised with the amount of work that has been done since the opening in 2010. We closed the evening with wine and nibbles. Many thanks to Molly and Eileen for organising this event. Eileen...

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