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South Tonbridge          8 July 2016

President's Welcome

Hello All

So here is July and we're all enjoying the tremendous weather right..?! It was gorgeous for the Tonbridge Carnival in June though and it was lots of fun 'parading' up the High Street fortuitously behind the samba band.

We've got some more fun stuff coming up too - gin tasting tour of Anno distillery at Marden in August anyone?! More details below - spaces are very limited and you'll need to bring your money to Tuesday's meeting.

There is no formal meeting in August but we'll be having either a bring your own picnic and rounders thing in the park or if it's raining, Wetherspoons like last year. 

In October we have secured the services of Mr Mark Scannell as Quiz Master again and will be repeating (by popular demand!) last year's fun quiz night at the rugby club.

Anyway, looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday when a local historian will talk us through the history of Tonbridge. Less interactive than Bob in June although I now know how to hold my phone to get maximum signal! Thanks Bob!

See you Tuesday!


Members Meeting: History of Tonbridge

Tuesday, 12 July
19:30 - 21:30  Angel Centre, TN9 1SF

Pat Mortlock from the Tonbridge Historical Society will join us to talk about 'the Growth of a Market Town' and a brief history of the town over ten centuries. Pat has an honours degree in History and taught history for 25 years at Tonbridge Grammar School. She began speaking when Tonbridge Historical Society asked her to do some local history and then, after she took early retirement and began to volunteer at Ightham Mote and was asked to join the National Trust Speakers panel and now speaks all over the South East.

Previous Meeting Minutes

Distillery Tour and Gin Tasting

12 August, 18:00, Marden
Cost: £25

We have booked a private tour and gin tasting at the Anno distillery in Marden.  If you love gin then this is the outing for you!  The evening involves a guided tour of the distillery, exploration of the botanicals used to make the gin and a tutored tasting of 5 different gins. The cost is £25 per person and there is a maximum of 18 spaces available.  If you would like to join us please sign up at the secretary's table at the July meeting.  As places are limited please make sure you bring payment with you to the July meeting to secure your place and give it to Laura Olley (Secretary)

Final details about where to meet and how to get there will be sent out nearer the time.

Subgroup Update

The Book Group met for the first time and decided to read Dissolution(The Shardlake series Book 1), by C. J. Sansom ,for a discussion on Wed., 27 July.  See Ruth or Doris at the meeting for details of the venue (it will be someone’s house each time) or email  Anyone is welcome to come along. 
Supper Club is meeting at Havet on 19 July – places still available so contact to sign up or look at the sign-up sheet at the meeting.
Walking group has scheduled 3 walks in August, please keep up to date with the calendar and the subgroup page of the website. You can always contact the group at and there will be others to sign up for at the meeting.
Handicraft group is trying to re-energise, so anyone interested please see Fay at the end of the meeting to share ideas.
All groups are open to all members all the time.  Keep up to date with the calendar and the subgroup page of the website.
There will be a sheet at the meeting for anyone who isn’t already a member to sign up for each subgroup so they receive emails. Ideas for any new groups or one-off events/visits etc are always welcome.

 Ruth Davies
Subgroup Coordinator

Handicrafts Group - give us your thoughts!

Have you always wanted to learn how to do a certain craft? Can't make it to the last Tuesday of the month? To meet in a coffee shop or somewhere else?

The handicrafts sub group will be holding a stall after July's member's meeting to canvas thoughts on the running and activities of the group. It will be open to all members, not just current crafters so grab your bubbly wine or cup of tea after the main meeting and come and share your thoughts and ideas.

Which day of the month should we meet? Would you like organised activities at some meetings such as tutorials? Would you prefer a 'knit and natter' approach? Any suggestions as to where to meet? We'd love to hear from you at

Faye Carradine
STWI Member

Tonbridge Carnival Success!

Thank you to all who were involved in the Tonbridge Carnival. Weather you marched up the high street, baked cakes, did a stint on the stall or waved at us as we went through the town, together it made for a brilliant day. Special shout out to those of you who contributed to the banner, it looked magnificent and it was carried with pride through the parade.

We received lots of kind comments from customers and passers by of the stall on how great it is to see a new WI in the town. We made over £200 so thank you again to all the bakers and members who contributed items to sell. All in all it was a huge success so bring on Tonbridge Carnival 2017!

Helen Williams
Events Coordinator

Queen's Tea Party: Hadlow WI

Accompanied by a staunch royalist, I attended the Tonbridge District WI Queen's birthday party at Hadlow village hall. On arrival, we were met by members in their glad rags, accessorised in either tiaras, crowns and rosettes in red, white and blue and then, there was us?? It was nice to see other members, making the effort to welcome us. We were entertained with a raffle, tombola, bagatelle and a pretty challenging quiz (due to a combination of acute hearing and intelligent guess work,  somehow I came joint second, so STWI wasn't put to shame). Afternoon  tea was in abundance and was followed by the acoustics of the Wealden Choir. Great hospitality and a lovely day out.
Thushara Kasturiratne, STWI Member

Upcoming Events

Check the calendar for full details and the list of Federation Events
  • Harvel WI Garden Trail, Harvel, 15 July, 10:00-16:00, £10
  • STWI Walking Group: Lavender Fields, Hadlow, 17 July, £4
  • STWI Book club, 27 July, 19:30
  • South Tonbridge WI Members pub night, TBC, 9 Aug., 19:30
  • STWI Book club, 24 August, 19:30
  • STWI Walking Group: Family Bat Walk, Haysden country Park, 26 August, 20:15
  • STWI Walking Group: Deal to Sandwich, 28 August, 13:00, £2
  • STWI Walking Group: White Cliffs Challenge, 28 August, 8:30, £8
  • Multi-Activity Day, Meopham,  10 Sept., 10:00-16:00, £25
  • South Tonbridge WI Members Meeting, Angel Centre, 13 Sept., 19:30-21:30
  • A Taste of South America, Sevenoaks, 23 Sept., 19:30-21:45, £9
  • STWI Book club, 28 September, 19:30
  • Workshop: Speaking with Confidence, Pembury, 30 Sept. - 1 Oct., 10:00-16:00, £40
  • Music Fest, Dartford, 7 October, 19:30-22:00
  • STWI Quiz Night, 21 October, 19:30-21:00
  • STWI Book club, 26 October, 19:30
  • Trip to Amiens, France, 9-11 Dec., £235

Denman Day Visits

Visiting the WI College of Denman is a great way to expand your learning and experience what the WI is all about! There are Day Visits both with and without a cookery demonstration at Denman available, you just have to sign up! A visit of this type is the perfect way to introduce members to Denman and all it has to offer. For those who are familiar with Denman it is an opportunity to enjoy the house and grounds that they have come to know and love. 

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Win £10k!!

Enter to win the annual national federation raffle where the proceeds will go to strengthening the WI at the national level, as well as the Kent West Kent federation getting 60% of the proceeds of the tickets we sell! Email us if you would like to buy a ticket and find out more here. 
Ruth Davies will be selling them at each members meeting by the sign in table.
Member Profile: Lesley Joy Mason, Treasurer
Age: 56
Where are you originally from? Birmingham
How do you spend your days? Work, gardening, being with my husband Terry and dog Rifle
What is your favourite thing about living in Tonbridge? There is such variety of things going on.
What unique skill or area of knowledge can you share with our members? I have done quite a lot of Tai Chi over the years and have a collection of bookmarks from all over the world.
What is your theme tune? Spirit of Man

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