Next Meeting 14 March
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South Tonbridge   11 March 2017

Committee Welcome

Hello All

I'm really looking forward to next week's meeting with Avery. We've invited some of our neighbouring WI's to join in too so please say hi if you spot them. I'm likely to make them wave a 'hallo' in the beginning so you'll know who they are! 

We're still on the hunt for new Committee members - more info below. We're also going to propose limiting time on the Committee too. This is part of our constitution so we'll need to formally vote on it at our next meeting.

Also, don't forget about our painting jolly next week, no experience necessary (yes really!) and you can use whatever colours you choose. More details below.

See you all Tuesday,


Finding Your Councillor

Following on from last month's speaker, Tonbridge District Councillor Vivian Branson, look for your local councillor by googling who is my councillor.  The littergram app is worth downloading and if you want to do anything local, contact Tamsin Ritchie at TMBC who runs Love Where You Live and could supply litter gathering gear and will help if residents want to make a group effort to rid their area of litter.

Ruth Davies, Subgroups

Members Meeting: Avery Edison

Tuesday, 14 March
19:30 - 21:30 
Angel Centre

Avery Edison is a comedian and humourist who has written and performed extensively about (among other things) her experiences as a transgender woman. Her writing has been published in The GuardianMcSweeney's Internet Tendency, and The Toast, and she's told jokes on stages across the UK and Canada. She maintains a popular Twitter account, @aedison, where she makes terrible puns and talks too much about her genitals.

Previous Meeting Minutes

Treasurer's Corner 

In order to keep you more aware and involved in how the committee is spending our money, we will be including a few updates in each newsletter on that month's expenditures. As usual, before we spend any large amount of money, we will consult you at the meetings and vote on it.

February 2017 Members Meeting

Room £77
Speaker £0
Flowers £14.75
Chocolates £9
Raffle profit £4.50

Total cost: £96.25

Lesley Mason, Treasurer

Your WI Needs You

We have our annual meeting every May and there you elect your committee members for the next 12 months. Some of our committee will not be standing for re-election and we have already had conversations with some of you about joining the committee. We are looking for some new faces! We have 10 spots available and if we have more people interested then we'll have an election. This isn't a popularity contest so nothing to shy away from! More the merrier right?

Being on the Committee involves a monthly meeting and some additional small organisational tasks to help our WI run smoothly. We have devised a matrix showing the roles within the committee which you can find here. This isn't fixed though and it can be shifted around.

The success of our WI depends on our members getting involved when they can and at some point most members should be considering doing a stint on the committee. I should also mention the nights out for pizza and wine too!

Come speak to us at any meeting or or alternatively e-mail us on with any questions or to let us know you're interested.

Check out the list of roles and responsibilities of a committee member.

Becky Lamb, President

Subgroup Updates

Book Group 
The meeting on Monday, 6 March was attended by 9 members to discuss the book The Penguin Lessons  by Tom Michell.  The book is a travel memoir of a 23 year old young man from Sussex who decided to travel to South America for adventure and work in the 1970s. Whilst on his travels he rescued a Magellan penguin who in turn refused to leave him even when returned to health. The rest of the story followed in the spirit of Gerald Durrell, part animal interest and part hilarious human anecdotes. Most people thoroughly enjoyed the story, and the issues it raised about human interference in the animal world to a greater or lesser degree. 

The next book choice is The Invisible Man 
by H G Wells.  We will meet on THursday, 24 March, 19:30 at Wetherspoons. Everyone is welcome, so start reading! Make sure Ruth has your email on the list to keep up to date -  

Walking Group
Three people went on the Ashdown Forest walk organised by Tracey.

Next Walk:
Dog walk (non-dog walkers welcome!)
Sunday 19 March 10 am
Mote Park
We will meet in the main car park off Mote Avenue at 10am. 
There is a cafe near the car park for an after walk treat.

We will let you know about other walks soon but I want to give you a heads up about June. Hospice in the Weald have a fundraising evening walk on Saturday 17th June and I will be advertising this as our June walk – it will be good to get interest now as we will need to register before end of March for early bird rates. You need to register as individuals and you can independently raise money for the Hospice without infringing WI rules.

Any questions, contact

Supper Club
Last supper club was at Mamma Mia, food was great and four people went, Ruth Thushara Sam and Sheila.

The next supper club will be will meet Monday, March 22, Gurhka Planet, 7.30.  Sign up at the meeting or contact Sara Scannell at

Sara Scannell, Vice President

Arts & Crafts Group
Our next exciting event gives you an opportunity to paint a picture. 
Event: Create a Canvas workshop
Date: Friday, 17 March, 7.30 pm
Location: Heavenly Glaze in East Peckham

Come and join us at Create a Canvas in East Peckham on Friday 17th March. You get to paint a prepared canvas (pencil outlines already drawn in) in colours of your choice.  We can take nibbles and wine and we can arrange lifts.  We need a minimum of 8 (we have 7 so far) so please add your name. Up to 20 can go.  It’s St Patrick’s day so maybe we will paint green sunflowers!

There will be sign up sheets for all subgroup events at the next meeting but you can also keep in touch through the facebook pages.

You can either sign-up and pay at the meeting or pay via bank transfer:

Bank transfer - you MUST make the reference your first initial and surname.

Sort Code: 20-88-13

Account: 53322521

If you pay online, be sure to email me and let me know when you have paid and so I can keep a list of those attending:

 Ruth Davies
Subgroup Coordinator

Federation Updates 

West Kent News
The accounts for the Kent West Kent Federation for 2016 showed a surplus which has been added to the Federation's services. As a result, the Federation Board of Trustees have decided to pass these savings onto members by reducing the cost of the West Kent News to 25p per copy, effective from January 2017.

Annual Council Meeting
Every year our federation holds an annual meeting where you will hear an update from other WI's in the federation, Denman bursaries will be drawn, a report on the accounts and short update from the President of the federation. There will also be 2 speakers and a musical performance. This year, the speakers include:

  • Sarah Rogers, The Legacy of Riverhill, owner of Riverhill
  • Dr Helen Sharman, OBE, first British person in space in 1991
I will be attending as our voting delegate. Thank you to Fay Carradine, Thushara Kasturiratne and Louise Parry Gathercole for answering the call for volunteer stewards on the day! 

Laura Olley, Secretary

VOTE: NFWI Board of Trustees

The NFWI Board of Trustees is 15 members - 12 voted in by postal vote from all WI's and 2 co-opted o by those who are elected. 

There are 17 candidates which you can read all about in this flyer (click to read).
Please vote for 12 of these ladies:

Please cast your vote by 27 March by clicking the VOTE button below. 

Laura Olley, Secretary

Pub Quiz 22 March: Jammy Dodgers

By popular demand South Tonbridge WI (code name The Jammy Dodgers) will once again pool our collective knowledge of all things trivial and not so trivial and step once more unto the breech of the Humphrey Bean Pub Quiz.
Do join us on Weds 22 March at 7.15pm for a 7.30 start. £1.00 per person entry fee. All welcome – if you can possibly let me know if you are attending I will try to ensure we save a seat for you – reply via Facebook page or just show up and be prepared to grab a seat - It’s generally quite busy. Look forward to seeing you then.

Tina Montrose, Member

Handbags for Refugees

Sadly, for many refugee women this is the harsh reality and having endured terrible journeys they are now facing a desperately uncertain future in Europe. BUT we ladies of STWI can help in a small way which will surely go a little way to making their lives a bit better. 

A refugee charity is asking women to donate any spare medium sized handbags and to fill them with items which would be useful to women who have lost everything: mirror, small sewing kit, scarf, sanitary wear, NEW pair of knickers, brush & comb, notepad, pen, toothbrush, toiletries, make up, perfume etc etc, I'm sure you can think of other essentials from your own handbags! These things can be second hand if in good condition but there must be NO FOOD (including sweets) and NO SCISSORS. The bags will be distributed to refugees in Greece.

It would be fantastic if some of us could fill a bag or two and bring them along to the next meeting on 14 March, or just bring any empty handbags or contents separately and I will do the filling! It looks like there is going to be a collection point in Tonbridge soon so I will gather up all our bags & get them there. If you can't make the meeting but would still like to contribute then please email me at and we can arrange collection. 

Sophie Quinell, Member

Choir Update

We now have some confirmed dates for the District choir. As you know the choir was formed for the Christmas carol concert and many people were keen for it to continue. As a result we have booked a room at Christ Church on Tonbridge High Street from 2.30-4.30 one Saturday a month. The dates of rehearsals until the end of June are as follows:
  • 25 March
  • 29 April
  • 27 May
  • 24 June
If you would like to join us please sign up on the sheet on the secretary's table. We are planning for it to be a very relaxed set up where everyone is welcome, no experience necessary!

Katherine Hougham, Assistant Secretary

Making Twiddle Muffs for Pembury Hospital

You may recall that we collected Twiddle Muffs last year and as they are a big hit, we would like to again! If you can make one (or a few!) we would be happy to collect and distribute them at Pembury Hospital where I work. They are used on the ward for patients with dementia as distraction therapy and I have seen how they comfort and anxious patient. Any donations of wool or bits to go on them would also be gratefully received. Here is a pattern but make them unique and add buttons and any extra bits you can!

Helen Wadey, Committee Member

Tonbridge Carnival 2017

The Tonbridge Carnival is taking place again this year on Sunday 18th June with the theme of Famous Families. We are hoping to have a group marching in the parade once again and there will be a sign up sheet on the Secretary’s table at the next meeting if you are interested in joining us in the parade, it really was great fun last year! There will also be a sign up sheet if you have any suggestions for the Famous Family we should parade as!

If we do march in the parade we also have use of a stall on the castle lawn. We don't have to use the stall, we could donate it to some other group to use. If you have any thoughts please speak to any of the committee at the next meeting or alternatively e-mail us on

Katherine Hougham, Assistant Secretary

Member Profile: Lindsey Morris

Age: 44
Where are you originally from?
I was born in Tonbridge and lived here until i was 5, then moved to Southborough. Since university, I lived briefly in London and for a few years in Sevenoaks, before coming back to my roots when my husband and I bought our  first house. We are now on our third house in Tonbridge!
How do you spend your days?
I spend some of my days teaching small children and the rest running around doing all the busy stuff family life needs. I try to fit in as much gardening as I can when the weather is fine.
What is your favourite thing about living in Tonbridge?
Favourite thing about Tonbridge is that there's a bit of everything for everyone. I love the castle and its grounds, having very fond memories of learning to ride my bike there aged 3.
What unique skill or area of knowledge can you share with members?
I can't think of any unique skill at all- my mother would say i have 'lots of common sense' and my ten year old says I can 'read stories with lots of expression'!!
What is your theme tune?
My theme tune would be the music from Bagpuss, I love its cosy nostalgia.

Upcoming Events

Check the calendar for full details and the list of Federation Events
  • Member's Meeting, Angel Centre, 14 March, 19:30
  • Arts & Crafts, Create a Canvas, Heavenly Glaze, 17 March, 19:30-21:30
  • STWI Supper Club, Gurhka Planet, 22 March, 19:30
  • STWI Book Club, Wetherspoons, 24 March, 19:30
  • Member's Meeting, Angel Centre, 11 April, 19:30

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