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2 Issue Maidstone 156 December 2017 Advertising Businesses and Voluntary Groups Serving Local Community FRINDSBURY FENCING ltd Free quotes Family business 10% off with this voucher Call now LTD Unit A3, St George s Business Park, Castle Road, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 3TB Reg. Office Address: 10 Savage Road Lordswood Chatham Kent ME5 8DY GAS BOILER Care and Cover Agreements INCLUDE ALL PARTS AND LABOUR* NO EXCESS FEES From 4.16** per month *Subject to an inspection **Service Only Cover Maidstone: Chatham: Sittingbourne: Head Office: Electric Rewired For all your electrical needs. From extra sockets to house rewiring. Replace old light fittings with new. The new 17 th Edition wiring regs are applied. We are Part P certificated. Call Alf for your free quote or DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL Plastering - including over Existing Artex Rendering - Patch Repairs Insurance Work - Lath and Plaster Lime Plastering and Rendering New Stud Work and Ceilings Painting and Decorating, Interior and Exterior For free advice and estimates please call Andy Rookledge Tel: Mob: The Net is printed by William Gibbons on paper which contains material sourced from responsibly managed and sustainable forests, certified in accordance with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)

3 All Aspects of Tree Surgery Seasoned Logs & Woodchip Supplied Hedge Trimming Stump Grinding Fully Qualified and Insured Free Quotations Tel: Mob: Please call Rob or Dawn on: or for a free estimate! Quality Kitchen Facelifts Why replace when you can reface? VISIT US ONLINE Dreaming of a new kitchen this Christmas Est Door swaps to full kitchens tailored to your needs UK s leading kitchen facelift expert Trusted reputation Call Peter For a Free Estimate: SHOWROOM NOW OPEN 12 Pudding Lane, Maidstone. ME14 1LN page 3

4 Contacts for Local Clubs and Societies There are many more events being organised by local voluntary groups and charities than we have space for in our green boxes in this magazine. The full list we hold, in date order, can be seen on To have details of your event included please m to Copy date for January events Tuesday 5th December This is a free service for local voluntary organisations. We will only accept details in writing - letter or . The publishers reserve right to shorten or omit entries at ir discretion. CHARITIES Unfortunately lack of space means we do not have room for all Charities entries this month. They all appeared last month and will be included again in next edition. CHURCHES All Saints Church Church Street, Loose, Sunday services 8.00 & 10.15am. Groups for children 0-14 at 10.15am service. Children s and Youth Groups during week and Home Groups for adults. For more information or All Saints Church, Mill Street, Maidstone ME15 6YE see for more information see or contact Rev. Ian Parrish Allington Baptist Church 76A London Road, Maidstone, 9.00am (1st & 3rd Sunday) 10.30am & 6.30pm every Sunday Web site Blue Bell Hill St Alban s (part of Holy Trinity South Chatham), Robin Hood Lane. Main service 9.30am every Sunday. All welcome. Ring for details. Baha i Faith: All welcome to learn about Spiritual Teachings of Bahá u lláh on 2nd and last Saturday of each month at 3pm in Loose or Boughton Monchelsea. Contact David or John on ; Bodhicharya Kent Meditation Evenings Every Tuesday 8.00 to 9.30pm (not last Tuesday of month) Quaker Meeting House, Northgate, Rochester, ME1 1LS. Open to everyone including Buddhists of all traditions, those of or faiths and those with none. Voluntary donation 5 (if you can), for details see Catholic Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham meeting at Cottage Chapel, 37A Barming Road, Wateringbury ME18 5BD Sunday Mass 11.00am, furr details Important Notice If you have an entry in any of Clubs and Societies Sections: Charities, Churches, Hobbies, Music & Arts, Self Help, Social Concerns, Social Groups, Sports or Youth please carefully proof check details and if any changes are required. Please note if your entry is not included this month a full list is available on website page 4 Maidstone Mencap Fundraising Team Thank you for supporting our recent sale. We made a fantastic profit of 647 biggest ever for this event. Thank you everyone who came on day, made donations and helped before, during and after event. You really do make difference. Christadelphian Church, Madginford Hall, Egremont Road, Bearsted. Meeting Sunday 2.30pm and Public Address at 4.30pm. Contact David on or Bible Line Connect Church (Bearsted Community Church) meet at Valley Park School, Huntsman Lane, Maidstone. every Sunday at 10.30am. Everyone welcome to join m. or Destiny Ministries Vinters Park, Vinters Park Community Centre, Aldon close, Maidstone, ME14 5QF destiny_ or Services every Sunday at 10.30am 12.30pm Come & be a part of Church with a difference. Discussion Group of book Science & Health, with Key to Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. Every 2nd Saturday of month am at Christian Science Reading Room, Vinters Road, Maidstone, Kent. Contact Peter or Grace Community Church, Grove Road, Maidstone, ME15 9AR, meet for worship every Sunday at 10.30am. Ring see website gccmaidstone.org.uk or find us on Facebook and Twitter for more information. Holy Family Catholic Church Maidstone South, Park Wood. Bicknor Road, Maidstone, ME15 9PS Tel: Priest - Reverend Roy Tablizo, The Presbytery, Bicknor Road, Maidstone. Mass times Saturday 6pm Sunday 10.30am. Jubilee Church Jubilee Auditorium, Upper Stone Street, Maidstone, ME15 6HD meet on Sunday 10.00am & 6.00pm contact Christmas Present Appeal The Salvation Army Maidstone The Appeal aims to ensure that Christmas gifts can be distributed to those in need within our local communities. We invite you to donate New, unwrapped gifts or toys and take m to community office at The Salvation Army, Union Street, Maidstone ME14 1ED from Monday 20th November until Friday 8th December. A team of volunteers will accept gifts between 9.30am and 12 noon each weekday. Anor team will n wrap gifts and arrange for ir distribution. No gift is too small. Gifts required include those for younger children and gifts for teenagers. By giving a gift to our Christmas Present Appeal you can make a real difference in someone s life this Christmas. For furr information, please ring Community Office on See more clubs and societies on page 6 for more information about se visit

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6 JARMANS SOLICITORS Business and Personal Legal Advice Business Advice Corporate Transactions Commercial Property Wills & Probate Family Conveyancing Civil & Commercial Litigation Employment Bell House, Bell Road, Sittingbourne, ME10 4DH Clubs and Societies Continued from page 4 C.A.M.E.O. Coffee and Crafts Maidstone Salvation Army Union Street, Maidstone, ME14 1ED Each Wednesday, 9.00am - 12 noon. Bring your own crafts (knitting, patchwork, card-making etc) and join us for coffee and a chat and/or to share in our craft time. Also at C.A.M.E.O introducing Art Toger Would you like to paint in a friendly atmosphere with tea and coffee provided? If so, join our art group, each Wednesday, 10.00am - 12 noon. For a donation of 1 you may use materials provided, or bring your own. If you require help or advice we have two artists who are willing to advise you. For information on se or any or events, contact Community Office Larkfield and East Malling Methodist Church, New Hy Lane, Larkfield. Sunday services at 10.00am. www. larkfieldchurch.co.uk, Telephone Life Church, Brewer Street, Maidstone ME14 1RU. Sunday mornings noon. For details of or activities see Church Café Zest open Monday-Friday Linton Road Congregational Church, (Near Linton Crossroads) Worship is held every Sunday at 11:00am. Also a Coffee Stop is held on 1st Tuesday each month at 10.00am to 12.00noon. All are welcome. page 6 Theresa Elsey PFA Local Qualified Financial Adviser With 30 years experience within Financial Services, I provide specialist advice in a wide range of areas including: Investment and Pension Planning, Annuities, Protection and Inheritance Tax. For furr details contact Theresa on: Office: Mobile: / Post Your Letters to Far Christmas Hempstead Valley s Christmas events Children can hand deliver ir letters for Far Christmas and post m in our big red post box and collect ir Free personalised reply back from grotto elves. You must include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you would like your reply to be posted. Please allow a week to collect your reply. The last posting date is 20th December, with last collection on 22nd December. Maidstone Baptist Church Knightrider Street, In heart of Maidstone, a church with a heart for community Sundays 10.30am & 6.30pm, except first Sunday when Cafe Church meets Costa Coffee, King Street, 4.30pm (no 6.30pm service) (Tues & Fri am) Maidstone Family Church, 94 Boxley Road, Maidstone ME14 2BQ Tel: All-age service and children s groups: Sunday 10.30am. Various activities through week, see Maidstone Independent Christian Spiritualist Church next to 100A Tonbridge Road, Maidstone. Services: Sunday 6.30pm, Tuesday 2.30 & 7.30pm. Spiritual Healing each Saturday pm. Minister, Mrs Rose Hedley Maidstone International Community Church United Methodist Church Building 20 Brewer Street, Maidstone ME141RU We meet on Sundays at 11.30am Details or see Training Course Venue Available Are you looking for a town centre venue for a training course? Heart of Kent Hospice has facilities available in King Street, Maidstone, for 120 per day including free tea and coffee, free wi-fi access, air conditioning, lockable storage area, one free car parking space. For furr details of venue or to book please contact Scott at Heart of Flavour on or more clubs and societies on page 8 for more information about se visit

7 ORDER NOW FOR JANUARY SALE PRICES Also Complete Kitchens A bespoke service without bespoke price tag Advertising rates, Line Ads & Index - see page 38 Tunbury Primary School PA to Head Teacher Tunbury Avenue, Walderslade, Kent ME5 9HY T: Fixed term contract for one year (initially) Salary Scale KR5 pro-rata actual pay 15,043-16,546 (full time equivalent 17,827-19,608) 37 hours per week (39 weeks per year - term time only plus 5 INSET days). Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm and Thursday 9.00am to 4.30pm with 1/2 hour lunch break each day. Probationary period of six months. Required to start immediately or as soon as possible. This is an interesting and challenging role in which you will be responsible for working closely with Head Teacher and Senior Leadership team of school. The primary responsibility of this role is to provide P.A. duties to Head Teacher including day to day administration, audio typing, dictation, diary management, attendance at high level meetings, production of minutes and reports and or ad hoc duties. The position requires a highly presentable, organised, accurate, discreet, approachable and dedicated individual who has ability to multi task and work under pressure. As a rst point of contact, a good telephone manner, pleasing personality with good communication skills and smart appearance are essential. Candidates must show a mature, patient and diplomatic aptitude with a strong sense of conndentiality and loyalty. The ability to manage time and workload efficiently is essential as is a good working knowledge of MS Office. Candidates are strongly encouraged to visit school by prior appointment. Please contact Head Teacher Miss E McIntosh at to arrange an appointment. Visit https://www.kent-teach.com/recruitment/vacancy/vacancydetails.aspx?vacancyld=56462 to apply or submit a CV to Closing Date: 8th December 2017 Interview Date: 14th December 2017 Only those shortlisted for interview will be contacted. References will be requested for shortlisted candidates and prior to interview. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting welfare and safety of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check. page 7

8 Clubs and Societies Continued from page 6 Christmas Cards are now on sale! Heart of Kent Hospice You can pick up your cards in support of Hospice from any of our shops, café at Hospice in Aylesford, Heart of Flavour Café in King Street, Maidstone. They are also available to order on Heart of Kent Hospice s Ebay page (HOKHORG) or by using order form available on our website. Why not take a look at our 2018 diaries too. For a list of our shops or to download your order form please visit Maidstone Methodist Churches Union Street Methodist Church 20 Brewer Street, ME14 1RU, meets Sunday 10.00am, and Tonbridge Road Methodist Church, Maidstone, ME16 8JS, Sunday at 10.30am. Both can be contacted on , or Maidstone Quaker Meeting Need an hour of quiet? A Friendly welcome with no strings at Quaker Meeting House, 170 Union Street, Maidstone ME14 1EE, meeting for Worship every Sunday am. Children Welcome: contact Ja in advance, see for more information. Maidstone Salvation Army Union Street, ME14 1ED Sunday Services at 10.15am & 6.00pm. Contact Maidstone Unitarian Church, Market Buildings: Service time: first and third Sundays 6.00pm and second and fourth 11.00am. Newcomers welcome to share in music, prayer, silence and inquiry, without dogma. www. ukunitarians.org.uk/maidstone Maidstone United Reformed Church, 67 Week Street ME14 1QU, Sunday 10.30am, contact Reading and Sharing Group meet to study The Bible, Science & Health with Key to Scriptures and or works by Mary Baker Eddy at 10.30am, monthly on 2nd Saturday at Christian Science Reading Room, Vinters Rd, Maidstone, Kent ME14 5DX. See or telephone Ryarsh Baptist Church, Chapel Street, Ryarsh, West Malling ME19 5LX. Sundays 2.30pm. Contact: John Field St Andrew s Church, Barming Heath Tonbridge Road, Maidstone. Sunday services at 8.00am and 9.45am. Contact or www. standrewbarming.co.uk St Faith s Church, Station Road, Maidstone, meets Sunday 10.30am, St John s Church Provender way. Grove Green. Maidstone. meets Sunday 10.30am, excludes 5th Sunday, St Lawrence Church The Street Mereworth, Maidstone ME18 5LU ring or for more details St Luke s Church, Foley Street, Maidstone, ME14 5AW. Sunday Services 9.00am, 10.30am & 6,30pm. Here to love God and people. Visitors welcome, contact page 8 Dementia Café Open to All Heart of Kent Hospice, Preston Hall Aylesford, Me20 7pu If you have dementia or are caring for someone with Dementia n you are warmly welcomed to Dementia Café at Hospice where you can find out more about support available locally whilst enjoying a tea or coffee. The café is open from 10.30am 12.30pm on first Saturday of every month, is run by Hospice s Dementia Nurse Specialist, Tracey Jackson. Please just turn up and we would be delighted to see you. St Martin s Church Northumberland Road, Maidstone, ME15 7LP Sunday Service 10.00am, contact Messy Church 3rd Thursday of month 3.30pm, St Martin s Church Hall. All welcome, free entry (donations welcome), information contact Geoff on St Martin of Tours Church, Detling, Services 10.30am, Sung Eucharist on 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays All Age Service on 2nd Sunday. For details and activities, www. boxleyanddetlingchurches.org.uk St Mary & All Saints Church, Boxley, Sunday services 8.00am Said Communion, 9.00am Sung Eucharist on 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays, All Age Service 2nd Sunday. For details & activities, St Michael & All Angels C of E Church, Tonbridge Road, Maidstone ME16 8JS Sung Mass 10.30am Sunday; Low Mass 10.30am Thursday; Benediction 4.30pm third Sunday. Fr Neil Bryson St Nicholas Church, Poplar Grove, Allington Maidstone, ME16 0DE. Ring or see for up to date service information. St Paul s Parish Church, Boxley Road, Maidstone Various Sunday Services, all welcome, wwwstpaulsmaidstone.org St Peter s Catholic Church, Button Lane, Bearsted, ME15 8NJ. Far Geoffrey Pointer: Masses: Saturday 6.00pm, Sunday 10.30am and weekdays. Our services are streamed live on inter at St Philip s Church and Community Centre, Waterloo Street, Maidstone. For details of all activities and services see or contact Rev. Ian Parrish Alcoholics Anonymous. Is alcohol costing you more than money? If your drinking is causing you concern n re is a solution. AA is an organisation run by recovering alcoholics with primary purpose of helping ors to achieve sobriety. Call to speak to someone who understands problem from personal experience. AA holds many regular meetings locally. For more information see alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk...see more clubs and societies on page 10 for more information about se visit

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10 Clubs and Societies Continued from page 8 Samaritans Need someone to talk to? Feeling sad, low, depressed or suicidal? We are here 24 hours a day 7 days a week to provide you with confidential non-judgmental emotional support, National Free phone number Don t bottle it up tell someone about it! The Vine Church. Main meeting Sunday mornings at 10.15am at Boughton Lane, Maidstone, ME15 9QF. All enquiries to All ages welcome so feel free to come along! Tovil Christian Fellowship meet Maidstone YMCA at Tovil Community Centre, Barfreston Close, off Courtenay Road, Tovil Maidstone ME15 6FG. Sunday 10.30am contact Verity Christian Fellowship We meet at: Howard de Walden Community Centre, 1 Bluett Street, Maidstone ME14 2UG. Sunday10.30am. Please come and join us. Contact details: , HOBBIES Allington Garden Club meet first Thursday each month (not Jan or May) St Nicholas Church Hall, Poplar Grove, Allington, Maidstone 7.30 to 9.30pm. Speakers most months, competition evenings, coach outings. Visitors and new members welcome. Details Pam Alpine Garden Society (Mid-Kent Branch) meet at Madginford Village hall, off Willington Street, Bearsted, first Friday each month (not June, July & Aug) 7.45 for 8.00pm. Annual membership 10, visitors 2.50 Information or ring www. alpinegardensociety. Archaeological Group Maidstone Area meet on second Friday of month between September and June. For furr details please contact Linda Weeks, Secretary, maag.info:virginmedia.com, or visit Aylesford Historical Society meets Aylesford Community Centre (small hall) pm first Friday of month from September until May. Doors open 2.00pm. New members and friends always welcome. For furr details, contact Andrew Brown Barming History Society Barming Village Hall, 7.45pm second Monday each month Sept to May. Wide range of Speakers. Visitors welcome (small fee). Details Sue Knight or Secretary Barming Horticultural Society Barming Village Hall, 7.30pm, third Monday each month. Speaker most months, two Shows, Plant Sale in May. Visitors welcome (small fee). Details - Barry Plummer (Sec) Christmas Fayre The Friars, Aylesford (ME20 7BX) Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November 10.00am pm Visit Santa s Parlour. Enjoy our skating rink, Polar Express Train, Christmas Craft Market, Entertainment, Ceramic Workshop, Seasonal Refreshments and much more! Something for all family Under 12s Free - Adults 4.50 page 10 Christmas Card Printing Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve Saturday 25th November from 10.15am 8 per person, 30 per group of 4 Booking advisable Kentwildlifetrust.org.uk Bearsted Bridge Club meets Tuesday pm function room above Bearsted and Thurnham Club, suitable less experienced players. Rubber bridge Mon & Wed afternoons open to members of B&T Club. Details British Sugarcraft Guild (Maidstone Group) meets Mondays once a month, 7.30pm St. Paul s Church Hall, Boxley Road, Maidstone ME14 2AH for demonstrations. Everyone welcome, 5 admission charge (non members), for details contact Coxheath Gardening Club meet monthly at Scout HQ Westerhill Road, Coxheath, 7.30pm, entry 2, friendly informal group who discuss gardening, share knowledge and problems, swap cuttings and seeds. Beginners & experienced gardeners welcome. For dates/details ring or Detling Whist Club meet every Thursday evening pm. at Detling Village Hall cost All welcome contact Pauline on Embroiderers Guild, Maidstone Branch meets at Aylesford Community Centre 11.00am 3.00pm on 2nd Saturday every month (not August). Visitors welcome so please come along if you are interested in embroidery and related crafts. For details contact Carine Shirley - or English Speaking Union Canterbury and East Kent Branch covers all Kent east of Medway. Events include issues relating to business, science, social matters and literature. For details, see website ring or Fant Wildlife Group Charity founded in 1996 to manage Fant Wildlife Area in Medway Valley. Work party second Saturday of each month from 10.00am. Regular activities and special events for all ages. For details go to Gravesend Railway Enthusiasts Society (GRES) invites people with an interest in railways in particular, although present members have enthusiasm for or forms of transport such as model railways, buses, trams, planes & shipping. Interested? Please contact Bob Poole (Sec) on or visit Guild of Church Flower Arrangers meet in different churches every quarter in Maidstone, West Malling areas. Visitors welcome contact Mrs Pat Wallis on for furr details. Quiz Evening St Peter & St Pauls Church, Aylesford Saturday 25th November, 7.00 for 7.30pm. Brassey Rooms, Station Road, Aylesford. You may make up a table of up to 6 or come individually and join in a team on night To reserve a table or place contact Aline / or Ann Please bring your own nibbles and drinks....see more clubs and societies on page 12 for more information about se visit

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12 Clubs and Societies Continued from page 10 Autumn Concert Old Barn Orchestra Saturday 25th November, 7.30pm Pilkington Building University of Greenwich at Medway Chatham Maritime ME4 4TB Schubert: Symphony No 3 in D major Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni Warlock: Capriol suite for string orchestra Tickets 14 from members of orchestra, on door or from oldbarn.brownpapertickets.com or ring In aid of Demelza Children s Hospice Invicta Bridge Club a friendly club meets Friday 7.30pm, Sandling Village Hall. Duplicate in pairs (sometimes teams, intermediate level, novices welcome. Membership 6.00, 2.50 members. Guests free first visit n Single players and couples welcome contact: Pam on or via Invicta Photographic Club welcomes everyone interested in photography in Mid-Kent area. Regular meetings Sept April, Thurs 7:30pm, Detling Village Hall. www. invictaphotographicclub.co.uk or call Kent Card Club. (formally North Kent Cigarette Card Club. Dave Peet Crofton Halls, Crofton Lane, Orpington, Next to Main Line Station. Meets First Thursday of Month (Not Jan & Aug ) 2 entry Under 16 free, hot/cold drinks sandwiches, Cigarette/trade cards, Postcards, Stamps, Postal History, Paper Ephemera. We are keen to attract new Dealers & Collectors, Comfortable Hall,40 Tables, Bring lots on day Auction, Tony Atkins Kent Family History Society (Maidstone Branch) meets 2nd Wednesday of most months, St Paul s Church Hall, Boxley Road, 7.30pm, Information Kent Group of Plant Heritage (National Council for Conservation of Plants and Garden) Winter Lectures contact Ja Gasson Kent Guild of Spinners Dyers & Weavers meet on last Saturday of each month except December at Furley Hall (St. Johns Ambulance), Maidstone Road, Ashford TN24 8TX at 11.15am pm. Visitors are very welcome. See Kent Inventors Forum informal group of inventors who meet 6pm first Wednesday every month Blake Room 028 Chatham Campus University of Greenwich. All meetings free. All welcome no upper age limit. Interested contact current convener, Dr Tom Shelley Kent Miniaturists Dollshouse Club have moved! now at Leeds Village Hall. A group of likeminded people who love to make anything in miniature for our dolls houses. Our scale is 1/12th, 1/24th and 1/48th. Every first Sunday of month 10.00am pm (Not August) Everyone warmly welcomed. Call Ellen for details. Kent Potters Association open to anyone with an interest in pottery. We seek to promote interest and education in pottery. Contact Kent Smallholders Hadlow College. nr Tonbridge. Wednesday evenings once a month. Lots of talks and farm visits, contact page 12 Messy Church - The Christmas Journey Do you have Primary school age children who enjoy fun messy activities? If so please join us Saturday 25th November, pm The Salvation Army, Union Street, Maidstone (ME14 1ED). This is a time for primary school aged children and ir families to enjoy fun messy activities, a time of worship and share a meal toger. All this fun and a meal for only 3 per family. Please Note - Places must be booked in advance for catering purposes please contact Community Office Children must be accompanied by a parent/ carer throughout event. Kent Wildfowling & Conservation Association. Details from Kent Wildlife Trust Gain new skills, increase your knowledge of wildlife, conservation, make new friends and find a new interest. 60 reserves and 5 visitor centres, To find out more, become a volunteer ring Kent Woodturners meet first Tuesday ( pm) and third Saturday 10.00am pm) The Friars, Aylesford ME20 7BX next to Pottery. Instruction and demonstrations available, well equipped with las and tools for use by club members. Details Hon. Secretary Knit and Natter join Heart of Kent Hospice knitting group at: Heart of Flavour, 13 King Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1BA Third Thursday every month 2.30 to 4.00pm Suitable for all abilities. Entry 1 donation and all proceeds go to Heart of Kent Hospice. Just turn up or call fundraising team on Loose Area History Society once a month October to Ma, Loose Infant School Hall, Loose Road, Maidstone, talks on local history and related subjects, visits in June and July Loose Gardeners Society, Maidstone, A society managing allotments at top of Old Loose Hill ring or Maidstone & Mid Kent Philatelic Society meet fortnightly on Thursday, 7.30pm at St. Paul s Church Hall, Boxley Road, Maidstone ME14 2AN and monthly on Thursday, 10.30am, Mote Park Indoor Bowls Club, Willow Way, ME15 7RN both Sept to May. Varied programme of speakers and visitors. New members and visitors always welcome. For furr details contact Maidstone Ramblers Walk Sunday 26th November, 10.00am 7.5 miles/12.1 km Moderate (Finishes 1.30pm approx.) Starting from Bearsted Station car park ME14 4PH GR: TQ Aldington - Coldblow Lane - Broad Street - Barty Farm Assistance dogs only. Walk hilly in places and approx. 15 stiles. Bring packed lunch/drinks if required. Circular walk. Pace: Moderate Contact: Roger Batt, or See more clubs and societies on page 14 for more information about se visit

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14 Clubs and Societies Continued from page 12 Maidstone Ramblers Walk Wednesday 29th November, 10.00am, 10 miles/16.1 km - Moderate (Finishes 4.00pm approx.) Starting from Egerton village hall CP, TN27 9DS. GR: TQ Grafty Green - Ulcombe - Fairbourne Heath - Boughton Malherbe Assistance dogs only. Gently undulating walk. Lunch stop at The Pepperbox Inn, Fairbourne Heath, Food available. Circular walk. Pace: Moderate Contact: Denis M, Maidstone Bird Club SECAS Sunday Club - 2nd Sunday - Sales of Birds, Cages, Equipment, seeds, etc, or just a cup of tea and a chat! All most welcome. Larkfield Village Hall. New Hy Lane, Contact Dave www. maidstonebirdclub.co.uk Maidstone Bridge Clubs meets three times a week. Tuesday 7pm (mixed abilities) B & T Club Bearsted Green, Wednesday (Beginners and Intermediate) and Thursday (Competent Players) both 7.15pm Civil Service Association Club Recreation Close, Maidstone. Lessons arranged. Details see Maidstone Camera Club meet Tuesday Madginford Hall, Egremont Road, Bearsted from September to June pm. New members always welcome, just come along or contact Tony White or Derek Hodge Maidstone Chess Club Maidstone Leisure Centre, Willow Way, Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm for players of every level, juniors welcome. Contact Bob Lane or David Heath Maidstone Film Society, contact Membership Secretary for details Maidstone Floral Art Group Baptist Church Hall, Knightrider Street on 2nd Monday each month pm, Demonstrations and workshops ring for details. Robin Hood & His Merry Men by Robin Bailes & Jonathan Hales The Heath Players Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 30th November 2nd December, 7.30pm, Matinee Saturday 3.00pm. East Malling Institute, Mill Street, ME19 6DD. Parking is free, re is disabled access, a licensed bar and Friar Tuck shop. Tickets 10 adults, 5 children. Buy one get one free (cheapest free) on Thursday evening and a family ticket (2 + 2) is available for or performances To book, call or page 14 Messy Church St Peter & St Pauls Church Aylesford Friday 1st December, 4.15pm pm Brassey Centre Station Road Aylesford Join us as we enter exciting season of advent. We welcome all family members (but no unaccompanied children please) to join us for a time of sharing toger in craft activities (relevant to me of day) story time, singing, celebration and sharing food toger. There is a small cost of 1 per child to help cover costs. If you would like any more information please contact Jane or Jonathon Maidstone Flower Club meets 7.00pm second Thursday each month Allington Baptist Church, 76a London Road, Maidstone (opposite Somerfield Hospital) Free Parking, Membership 30 p.a. Visitors welcome 6 a meeting, Demonstrations, Workshops, Social events. For details phone , also on Facebook. Maidstone Historical Society meets third Wednesday of month September to April (not Dec) Methodist Church Community Centre, Brewer Street, 7.30pm. Varied programme, visitors welcome, details Maidstone Horticultural Society meets first Thursday in month 7.30pm during Spring & Autumn large hall of Baptist Church, corner of Knightrider Street, Maidstone. 3 Shows, 4 Coach trips, Summer Garden Party and more. Information from Secretary or Maidstone Imaging & Video Group Enthusiastic local mixed group with a common interest in video, photo, audio-visual. Making videos, editing, photo adjusting, adding audio. A mixed friendly bunch meeting twice a month helping each or. Furr information www. maidstonecamcorder.co.uk Maidstone Postcard Club meets on 3rd Monday each month at St Paul s Hall, Boxley Road, Maidstone pm. Visitors and new members welcome contact for details Maidstone RSPB Group Indoor meetings every third Thursday at Grove Green Community Hall. Penhurst Close. Maidstone ME14 5BT (off Grovewood Drive North) at 7.30pm. Outdoor field trips are also organised monthly. see or ring or Maidstone Wargames Society meet 2nd & 4th Saturday of month, Linton Village Hall 10am-5pm. All aspects of miniature gaming, any scale, any period. Beginners or pllayers welcome. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Call Brian Simons aol.com or just turn up. See website: Maritime Games Club is a role-playing game (RPG), card game, boardgame, and wargame club, Universities at Medway campus (Nelson, Room 7, Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime, ME4 4TB). We meet on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday evenings, and once a month on Sunday. Furr details at more clubs and societies on page 18 for more information about se visit

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16 Clubs and Societies Continued from page 14 Wassail Friday 1st December, 7.30pm St Andrew s Church, Tonbridge Road, Maidstone ME16 9LW Friends in Harmony present Christmas Songs and Carols plus Kyrie Credo Agnus Dei from Schubert s Mass in G Minor. Free Admission and Refreshments Retiring Collection for The Winter Shelter Medway Aircraft Preservation Society (MAPS) Ltd is a volunteer company restoring historical aircraft. Our current aircraft is a Short Scion built at Rochester in Visitors welcome to workshop and sales room on Rochester Airport Monday, Wednesday and Sunday 9.00am to 12.30pm. Suggested donation of 1 adults, children free. See Medway Area Boardgamers meet 7.00pm every Wednesday, function room Style and Winch PH, Union Street Maidstone to play boardgames Euro-games style subtype/boardgame). More details can be found at www. facebook.com/groups/medwayareaboardgamers/ Medway DLSR Camera Club A new camera club for all digital camera users meet every Monday 8.00pm at Walnut Tree Club, Medway Road, Gillingham. Varied and interesting programme throughout year, information Medway Queen Preservation Society restoring paddle steamer Medway Queen, last estuary paddler and a Dunkirk veteran, now at Gillingham Pier. For more information contact project office or www. medwayqueen.co.uk Medway Woodturners meets at Bredhurst Village Hall, Hurstwood Road, Bredhurst on 4th Wednesday of every month, except December, from 7.00pm. New members very welcome. For furr details please call Mike Mid Kent Fuchsia Group meet every 2nd Thursday of month, 7.30pm, St Nicholas Church Hall, Poplar Grove, London Road, Allington, Maidstone. A lively and friendly group new members always welcome. Information Mrs Mary Hart Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), North Kent Branch. Meets every 2nd Monday of month at The Nags Head, 292 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1HS Campaigning for rider s rights Brass Band Concert St Peter & St Pauls Church, Aylesford Aveley & Bewham Brass Band Saturday 2nd December, 2.30pm See our Festival of Angels in Church throughout December. Tickets: 10 adult, children free (includes tea/ coffee and biscuit) from Aline / or at door. Festive refreshments and raffle available. page 16 Concert Maidstone Symphony Orchestra Saturday 2nd December, 7.30pm Mote Hall, Maidstone Leisure Centre, Maidstone ME15 7RN. Wagner Overture, The Flying Dutchman Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto Vaughan Williams A London Symphony Brian Wright - Conductor Oliver Stankiewicz oboe Tickets: 26, 21, 12 Students 5; 18s and under Free! Cash & cheques: Card payments or mso.ticketsource.com Pre-concert talk presented by Steve Migden from pm. Otham History Society meets first Thursday of month October, November, December, February and March in Small Hall at Madginford. Spring Lunch, Summer & Autumn Outings arranged. No charge for meetings, New members welcome, For details contact Secretary, Mrs Sylvia Wadeson Ramases, North Kent Egyptology Society meet periodically at Newington Village Hall for lectures and social events. We also organise day outings, weekend events and study tours to Egypt. For more details ring Ante Crowder or Reflex Photographic Club: Welcomes everyone MUSIC & THE ARTS, SELF HELP Unfortunately lack of space means we do not have room for all Music and Self Help entries this month. They all appeared last month and will be included again in next edition. SOCIAL GROUPS Allington Castle W.I. meets third Wednesday of month (except August) at Small Hall, St Nicholas Church, Poplar Grove, Maidstone, ME16 ODE, 7.30pm. Speaker on a different topic each month. All visitors very welcome, for furr information contact Secretary Diane Blaber on Association of Men of Kent & Kentish Men meets Town Hall, Maidstone (Beauvais Room) last Friday most months. Coffee from 10.00am, followed by talk or entertainment. Occasional visits. Open to all, regardless of sex, colour, creed or or persuasion; just an interest and a pride in Garden of England. Visitors welcome. Please contact Roy Ingleton on or for furr information. Association of WRENS (Chatham Branch) welcomes new members. We meet on first Tuesday in month 2.00pm at The Lampard Centre Room 3 Sally Port Gardens Brompton ME75BS. If interested please ring for details. Christmas Wreath Workshop Tyland Barn, Maidstone Saturday 2nd or Friday 8th December 40 per person Booking Essential Kentwildlifetrust.org.uk...See more clubs and societies on page 18 for more information about se visit

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18 Clubs and Societies Continued from page 14 Christmas Bazaar Maidstone Mencap Cobtree Hall, Maidstone ME15 8EB Saturday 2nd December, Doors Open 2.00pm Santa & His Elves, Tombola, Cakes Face Painting, Bumper Christmas Raffle Refreshments & Lots More! Come and start your Christmas with us! Contact: Lesley AYLESara a group for retired/semi-retired people hold monthly meetings 4th Thursday each month (earlier in Dec) at 2.00p.m. Community Centre Aylesford. If you would like to know more please see our web site or contact Wayne New members are always welcome with no obligation to join at your first visit. Aylesford & Eccles WI meet fourth Wed each month (earlier in Dec), 7.30pm, Brassey Centre, Station Road, Aylesford, usually a speaker, refreshments and time for chat. New members always welcome, do come along and find out what it is like. Details contact Eileen or Barming W.I. meets first Monday of month Barming Village Hall, Heath Road, 7.30pm. New members and visitors welcome. Contact Fiona Plant BeARA (Bearsted Active Retirement Association) meets every 3rd Monday of month, 3 to 5pm, at Grove Green Community Hall, Penhurst Close, Weavering, Maidstone, ME14 5BT. Some full and associate membership places now available at 12 and 6 per year respectively. For information please contact Maureen Evans or Dave Finch Bearsted Book Group meet 2nd Tuesday of month, Bearsted library from pm. We read an eclectic array of books, new comers always welcome. For more information contact or come along to a meeting. Bearsted and District U3A meets 2:00pm on 2nd Thursday each month at Detling Village Hall, ME14 3EY. Over 30 Special Interest Groups, a variety of speakers, a Lunch Group and visits to places of interest. Visitors welcome go to for our programme. Call for furr details Bearsted Round Table Are you a man? Aged 18 to 45? Free on a Monday night? We are recruiting new members for a group of friendly outgoing guys from all walks of life. check our website or call/text to find out more details. Christmas Fayre St. Philip s Church and Centre Waterloo Street, Maidstone. Saturday 2nd December, 11.00am 2.00pm Grand Draw, Tombola, Children s Toys, Cakes, Christmas Decorations, Books plus Many or stalls. Refreshments - tea, coffee & B.B.Q. Proceeds to Friends of St. Philip s Community Centre, Church and Centre. Free entry, All Welcome. page 18 St Martins Christmas Fair Saturday 2nd December, pm Church Hall, Northumberland Road, Maidstone Grand Tombolas! Toy Tombola! Mystery Christmas Bag Tombola! Lucky Dip! Craft and gift stalls, cake stall, Childrens Games. Grand raffle with 100 Cash First Prize! Entry 20p includes complementary drink and mince pie. Boughton Monchelsea Womens Institute meet every 2nd Tuesday of month, Boughton Monchelsea Village Hall, 7.30pm, new members very welcome. Speakers every month, wide variety of subject;, craft group, book club, film club, dining out, atre visits and more. Contact Anne Norris Civil Service Retirement Fellowship - for retired people now open to everyone. Friendly group with varied activities [Xmas lunch, Summer outing, etc] Meets 2nd Monday each month 2.00pm in centre of Maidstone [easily accessible from Medway Towns, by car or bus] For more details, contact Yvonne Morgan Click Singles Free events for singles every month. First Thursday, Medway Maidstone Monthly Mixer at Lower Bell, Chatham Road, Aylesford and last Tuesday every month North Kent Monthly Mixer at Holiday Inn Black Prince, Bexley. For more information seeclickeventsuk. com or Cobtree Men s Shed retired or semi-retired men and women make things, get involved in community projects, or have a cup of tea and a chat. Elephant House, Cobtree Manor Park, Aylesford, ME20 7AG, every Tuesday and Thursday 10am pm. New members very welcome. For details please see our Facebook page or Demara We are a group of Retired/Semi-Retired fun loving people. We meet pm second Wednesday of each month at Ditton Community Centre. If you would like opportunity to have a chat and make new friends please come along to meeting or for more information contact our Secretary on Drop-in Afternoon Come for a cup of tea and cake and game, Scrabble, Rummikub, Trivial Pursuit (if you like) or just to chat with friends! Third Thursday of each month pm, Bearsted Methodist Church, ring Bardy for more information. Disabled Christians Fellowship With Through Roof (Maidstone Branch) Saturday 2nd December, pm Allington Baptist Church 76a London Road ME16 0DT opposite Dunelm junction of London Road & Leafy Lane Christmas Celebration with guest Jenny Edwards Bring & Buy Stall Interested ring Christine See more clubs and societies on page 22 for more information about se visit

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22 Clubs and Societies Continued from page 18 Tonbridge & Malling Ramblers Walk Sunday 3rd December 10.45am 3.5 miles/5.6km Leisurely, Finishes 12.15pm Starting from Matfield - The Star PH TN127JS, TQ Short walk around Matfield to work up an appetite for Christmas lunch. Contact Ray, or FGB (Full Gospel Businessmen) changing lives forever. You ll never regret it or forget it. Meal with a speaker who tells why ir life changed, sit, eat, and listen, get set free and become some of Happiest People on Earth. Ring Terence Lowe Must be booked Grange Moor Hotel, Maidstone. 2nd Wednesday of month. Firm Friends Singles Social Club meet Cobtree Manor Golf Club off A229 Blue Bell Hill, Wednesday from 8.30pm, programme of events available, attend three times before joining, contact Lynn Freemasonry in Maidstone Interested in joining, or as an existing member, visiting Lodges who meet in area? Contact or see justaskone.org French Conversation Club in Maidstone. Bonjour a tous! ideal for anybody wishing to improve with a French native speaker, learn vocabulary, become confident and enjoy yourself, Mondays, daytime. A bientot! Cecile Friends are us over 50 s singles social club. Meet at Stone Street Club 2 Lower Stone Street Maidstone ME15 6JN Thursdays 8.30 pm. Contact Rachel Grenadier Guards Association Medway Branch meet!st Wednesday each month at Warren Wood Social Club, Warren Wood Rd, ME1 2XA at 7.30pm. If you are an Ex Grenadier or any member of Household Division you are very welcome to join us. Contact Des Flynn on or Italy Star Association 1943/45 Veterans! Join us. Phone our National Secretary Kentara (Kent Active Retirement) Line Dancing Classes Larkfield Village Hall, New Hy Lane, Larkfield, Maidstone celebrate 20 years of Line Dancing this year. New beginners class every Monday 12noon, followed by easy class 12.45pm and more advanced 2.00pm. All over 50s welcome to join in fun, enquires Kent Association for Blind (KAB) has over 60 social groups for people with sight impairments. Varied clubs - whole day, morning coffee, pub lunch or evening meetings usually at same venue offering reading, rambling, sports and visits. For information call or Santa Special Miniature Steam Train Rides Gravesend Model Marine & Engineering Society Sunday 3rd, 10th & 17th December pm includes train ride, refreshments & sweets for children from Santa. Additional train rides 50p Situated in grounds of Cascades, Thong Lane, Gravesend, DA12 4LG. Facebook: GravesendMMES Website: page 22 British Sugarcraft Guild Maidstone Group Monday 4th December, 7.30pm St. Paul s Church Hall, Boxley Road Maidstone, ME14 2AH Christmas Party, Mini Demos Please bring a plate of food Everyone is welcome Admission charge 5 for non-members. For more information contact Mrs Margaret Edwards Kent Socialites (KS) an active meet up for those looking to meet new people and participate in diverse activities (walks, night outs, trips to Europe, comedy nights, live music, competitions). Aimed at 30s - 50s plus but ors welcome. Sign up now! Its FREE to join and majority of our events are free Kings Hill and District U3A (University of Third Age) for retired or semi-retired. Meetings first Thursday every month, 2.00pm, Kings Hill Community Centre (near ASDA),see or Mark Richards phone Kings Hill W.I. meets at Community Centre, Gibson Drive, Kings Hill on fourth Wednesday of every month, at 7.30pm. Interesting Speakers and lots of social events. New members most welcome, for details please contact Tina Patterson on Knit and Natter join knitting group at Heart of Kent Hospice Shop/Café 13 King Street Maidstone, third Thursday every month pm, 1.00 per session, suitable for all knitting abilities from beginners to professionals! Just turn up or call Larkfield Active Retirement Association meet Larkfield Village Hall, 3rd Friday of month, If you live in Larkfield/ East Malling, are 55+ and looking for a fun, active retirement we offer activities, outings and Holidays. If you are interested please ring Membership Secretary Chris Baker to arrange a visit. Larkfield Women s Club meet Wednesdays pm, Church Farm Village Hall, New Hy Lane, First week free. Contact Sarah Layland for details or find us on FaceBook The Larkfield Woman s Club. A great evening to meet new friends and learn new skills. Maidstone Film Society Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone Monday 4th December, 8.00pm Hunt for Wilder People (2016) NZ 101 mins Cert: 12A Brought up in a succession of foster homes, city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in New Zealand countryside with loving Aunt Bella and cantankerous Uncle Hec. When Ricky decides to run away, Hec realizes only sensible thing to do is to follow him. Soon ir disappearance sparks a nationwide manhunt. Sam Neill and Julian Dennison are wonderful as mismatched pair in this comedy about joys of running away....see more clubs and societies on page 23 for more information about se visit

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24 Clubs and Societies Continued from page 23 Carols by Candlelight Tuesday 5th December, 8.00pm The Salvation Army, Union Street, Maidstone (ME14 1ED). You are invited to join us for a thoughtprovoking evening of worship led by our Songster Brigade (choir), reflecting on birth of Jesus and joy of Christmas season. Coffee and mince pies after service. For furr information, please ring Community Office on Larkfield WI meets at Church Farm Hall, New Hy Lane, Larkfield ME20 6ST. Third Thursday of every month pm. A lively, varied programme, New members always welcome contact Carole Smith Laughter Club for health and well-being. Meets one Friday/ month at Southcote Chiropractic Clinic Studio in Maidstone. Contact Liz on or gmail.com for dates and furr details. Leeds WI meets second Thursday of month in Leeds and Broomfield Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. A small, friendly group, interesting speakers, social events. New members welcome, Lynn or Jane Les Petits Lapins a work of French-speaking families offers opportunity for bilingual children to meet Leybourne Active Retirement Association meets second Thursday each month 2.00pm, Leybourne Village Hall, see trips and activities on offer, have a speaker or entertainer, hopefully win raffle and generally have a chat over coffee/tea and biscuits. If you are 50+ and retired or semi-retired and interested call Roy Crouch on or just turn up! Loose WI meets 1st Thursday of month 2.00pm Loose Parish Pavilion. Interesting Speakers and join in or social and WI events. New members most welcome. Details contact Anne Stephenson or Doreen Marsh Loose Valley W.I. meet Loose Parish Pavilion every 1st Wednesday of month, 7.30pm. Speakers most months and enjoy Whist, Darts, Scrabble, Crafts and Luncheon Club. A small friendly group, new members are most welcome. Information call Lyn or Jane Junior Musicians Christmas Praise Thursday 7th December, 6.30pm The Salvation Army, Union Street, Maidstone (ME14 1ED). An evening not to be missed, where our Young People s Band & Singing Company (Children s choir) will lead an evening of Christmas Music and readings to celebrate birth of Jesus. Followed by refreshments. For furr information, please ring Community Office on page 24 Otham History Society Thursday December 7th, 7.45 for 8pm start Small Hall at Madginford. AGM + Quiz and Raffle No charge for meeting all welcome. For furr details please contact Secretary, Mrs Sylvia Wadeson, M&D Reunion Club meet every fourth Wednesday Franklin Rooms, Gillingham, pm. Recreation (Bingo etc) Afternoon tea, guest speaker, Holidays, trips etc. New members welcome (M&D & Arriva), 2.50 annually. Details contact Madginford (Bearsted) WI Don t be shy - visit Madginford WI second Thursday, (except Aug), Madginford Hall, Egremont Road, Bearsted, 8.00pm. Speaker/ entertainment; wide range of additional optional events/ activities, contact / Maidstone Active Retirement Association (Maidara) we are young at heart people, retired or partly retired, who organize a range of activities, outings and holidays and would like new members to join us. See web site www. maidara.org.uk Information or call Maidstone Alzheimers Association invite you and your carer to a Tea Party last Wednesday each month (not Dec) pm, Holy Family Church Hall, off Bicknor Road, Parkwood Maidstone ME15 9PS also Quarterly Saturday Lunch Parties and Social Outings, details contact Denise Maidstone Book Group meets at 7.00pm 3rd Thursday of month for friendly and interesting discussions. Information Maidstone Deaf Pub meet every 3rd Saturday of month, Society Rooms Pub (Werspoons) next to Maidstone East station, 7.00pm late, no hats or sports wear allowed. Find us on Facebook - Maidstone Deaf Pub. All ages (currently years) and signers welcome. Maidstone U3A, for fully - or semi-retired people monthly meetings in Town Centre. Established 25 years, now no waiting list so new members welcome. For information on wide range of activities see website (follow links to Maidstone) or phone membership secretary Christmas Concert RiverVoice Community Choir Friday 8th December, pm St George s Centre, Pembroke Road, Chatham Maritime ME4 6UB With Byron Primary School Children Enjoy some Christmas classics, a few foottapping, heart-warming popular songs to cheer you up and 2 beautiful new pieces by composer Darren Clark Tickets - Adults 6, Children 3 Available on door or at: more clubs and societies on page 26 for more information about se visit

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26 Clubs and Societies Continued from page 24 Community Carol Concert You are invited to join us Friday 8th December, 7.30pm The Salvation Army, Union Street, Maidstone (ME14 1ED). This service will be a celebration of joy of Christmas with guests - Paddock Wood Choral Society and - South Borough Primary school drama club, StarBurst plus our Salvation Army Band. Tickets 5 (under 15 s free) in aid of Heart of Kent Hospice, Maidstone, from our Community Office or Malling Rotary make friends, have fun and help ors! Meet Spadework Offham every Tuesday, eat toger and organise fund raising or social events or hear interesting speakers. We aim to raise 10,000 per year to donate to local and national charities and community organisations Fellowship is an important part of Rotary life. Interested? see our website or Messy Church join us for on 2nd Monday of each month from 3.30pm at St Nicholas Church, Otham. Craftwork, songs and a story followed by a sit down tea. All ages warmly welcome with ir parents or carers. For more information please ring Rev Steve Hughes , or Lynn Blake Messy Church St Peter & St Pauls Church, Aylesford every 1st Friday in month, 4.15pm Brassey Centre, Station Road, Aylesford. Come along as a family for a couple of hours fun and celebration and a simple shared meal. 1 per child to cover costs (no unaccompanied children) For more information please contact Jane on or Jonathan on Mid Kent Outdoor Pursuits and Social Group meets every Tuesday in Maidstone and Medway areas and most weekends for various activities including walking, cycling, bowling, meals, atre. For furr information or Text/call on Mors Union in Diocese of Canterbury founded 1876 by Mary Sumner a worldwide Christian charity that supports marriage and family life. Monthly meetings with speakers in churches and or public events. For details ring or see muenterprises.org/canterburymu National Trust Mid Kent Centre, a voluntary group of NT members to promote and prosper Trust. Monthly Talks, Visits, Meetings at Church Farm Hall, 198 New Hy Lane, Larkfield ME20 6ST evenings second Thursday each month April to September Admission 4, Ring for more details. page 26 Woodland Christmas Grotto Tyland Barn, Maidstone Saturday & Sunday 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th December 6 per child Booking advisable Kentwildlifetrust.org.uk Christmas Fayre in support of Heart of Kent Hospice Saturday 9th December, 10.00am 3.00pm Heart of Kent Hospice Preston Hall, Aylesford ME20 7PU Christmas fun for all family including Santa s grotto, children s activities, gifts, toys, festive decoration specialist food and drink Entrance 2 adults Children free For more information please visit or call fundraising on Naturist Club with camping facilities between Maidstone and Sittingbourne, friendly, safe environment within nine acres private woodland. A family-oriented club established 50years. Memberships currently available for couples and families. For information please contact: or ring NHS Retirement Fellowship Maidstone & District Branch open to any former NHS employees, meet first Thursday each month (not January) 10.00am - 12 noon. Variety of speakers, social outings, atre trips etc. New members welcome! contact Chris Cook Open To New Members - a small group of people who have lost husbands, wives or partners, meet 3rd Tuesday each month, 7.00pm at Riannos, Maidstone. Meetings include a raffle and occasional quiz. There are evening meals, Sunday lunches and trips. For more information phone Kath or Maureen Parachute Regimental Association, Maidstone Branch meets first Friday of each month at Invicta Barracks, Maidstone, 8.00pm. All ex-airborne Forces welcome. Call Derek Lee on Petite École Kentoise de Maidstone a charity based in Maidstone organises French lessons for bilingual children on Saturday mornings at St Francis Catholic Primary School, Queen s Rd, Maidstone ME16 0LB. Find out more on our website: Probus II Club of Maidstone a group of retired and/ or semi retired businessmen meet Maidstone Masonic Centre, Courtenay Road, Maidstone 1st and 3rd Friday every month 10.30am to 12.00noon. New members are most welcome. Contact Cliff White, Secretary or Festival of Angels St Peter & St Pauls Church, Aylesford. Saturdays 9th & 16th December 10.00am pm See our Church decorated with a host of angels. Refreshments available and workshops to take part in: Saturday 9th - Christmas Decorations & Tree Baubles, Saturday 16th - Stained Glass demonstration and workshops with glass painting and decorations. Small charge for workshops....see more clubs and societies on page 27 for more information about se visit

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28 Clubs and Societies Continued from page 27 RSPB Maidstone Group Sunday 10th December, 9.00am 4.00pm Harty Ferry & Elmley NNR Meet RSPB Capel Fleet Raptor Viewpoint, Harty Ferry Road ME12 4BG TR Waterproof clothing & footwear recommended, packed lunch & RSPB card. Non group members pay 4 on first field trip which lasts until following September For more information contact Secretary Kevin Willis or visit our website RAF Association (Aylesford & Malling Branch) second Wednesday every month Dennis Cadman House RBLV Aylesford 8.00pm. Meetings, interesting talks and social events. Contact Ted Bates or visit www. aylesfordandmallingrafa.org.uk RAMC Association Maidstone Branch Past members of RAMC and attached personnel (REME, ACC etc) to army medical services units most welcome to our monthly meetings, 7.30pm, 2nd Thursday, TA Centre Ditton, Maidstone. Hugh Crawford or Mike Cross Ringletots Baby and Toddler Group every Tuesday am term and holiday, St Faith s Hall, corner of Moncktons Lane and Chatham Road, Ringlestone. Playthings, activities, refreshment, story and singing. Donation basis (to cover costs). For more information, contact Rotary Club of Maidstone Join Rotary and a world of possibilities opens up for you. The enormous sense of achievement you ll experience in helping your local community - and or communities around world - will be matched only by fun you ll have doing it. Interested in joining? Call Peter Taffs on for full details. Rotary Club of Malling - make friends, have fun and help ors! Meet Spadework Offham every Tuesday, eat toger and organise fund raising or social events or hear interesting speakers. We aim to raise 10,000 per year to donate to local and national charities and community organisations Fellowship is an important part of Rotary life. Interested? see our website or outlook.com. Royal Airforce Regiment Association Kent Branch. Meet at Bush Pub Aylesford, every second Wednesday of month 12noon, for details ring Jim on Loose Footpaths Walks Sunday 10th December, 10.00am ½ day walk Hawkhurst Hike: meet in Dickens Way Car Park (free) off A268 Rye Road (TQ764304) (TN18 4PQ) for a 5 mile walk circling Hawkhurst. There is a choice of good pubs for lunch afterwards Mob Assistance Dogs only on all walks A working Party on Loose Swiss Scout Land is held on 2nd & 4th Monday of each month from am, meet at footpath off Pickering Street page 28 Gift Service - Children s Nativity Maidstone Salvation Army Union Street, Maidstone ME14 1ED You are invited to join us Sunday 10th December, 10.15am. This lively family service will focus on gift of Christmas. As part of our worship we invite you to bring new, unwrapped toys to be given out to Maidstone children whose families are struggling financially, as part of The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. Children are invited to come to this service dressed as a shepherd, Wise Man, Inn keeper, Angel or an animal from Christmas story. For furr information please telephone Community Office on Royal Marines Association. Once a Marine always a Marine. Camaraderie - Welfare - Events. Join our branch. Contact Secretary: Mike Russell mike. Royal Military Police Association (Kent) Ex members invited to join a like-minded bunch of men and women who meet lunchtime 4 or 5 times a year at The Ashford International Sports and Social Club, Beaver Road, TN23 7SG plus or events. Contact Ray Ellam for details. You will be assured of a warm welcome. Royal Naval Association (Maidstone Branch) every or Monday Brewer Street, Maidstone, 7.00pm. Full membership for all serving and ex service members: RN, RM, RNR and RMR, Wrens & QARNNS. Contact John Cooper Ryarsh W.I. meet at Ryarsh Village Hall on 3rd Monday of month at 7.30pm. New members are most welcome for information call Pat Meehan Stockbury W.I. meets 2nd Wednesday each month (not August), Stockbury Village Hall, 7.30pm in Summer and 2.00pm Winter. Small lively group, interesting speakers, outings and activities. Craft & Chatter sessions 3rd Wednesday 1-3pm. Just turn up, we will be pleased to see you. Call Secretary, Brenda Mace Unison Retired Members Group looking for new members, 3rd Wednesday, 10.00am, Salvation Army Hall, Union Street, Maidstone, Speakers, occasional quizzes, outings and holidays. Now open to non-unison Associate Members. Details call Jean Smith or WAAF Association We would be delighted to welcome ex-waaf (and WRAF/RAF as Associate members) to our National WAAF Association. Subscription 8 p.a. Twice yearly magazines/ AGM/ St Clement Danes RAF Church. Join today! Details Iris Sheppard Tonbridge & Malling Ramblers Walk Sunday 10th December 10.30am 5 miles/8.1km Leisurely, Finishes 1.15pm Park opposite St Pauls church, Four Elms on B2027 TN86NE, TQ A walk from Four Elms through fields and woods with views of Bough Beeches reservoir. Contact Elizabeth, See more clubs and societies on page 30 for more information about se visit

29 Clubs and Societies Continued from page 28 WALKING, DANCE & SPORTS Arethusa Venture Centre Climbing Wall, Lower Upnor, Rochester, Kent ME2 4XB Heated swimming pool for hire 22 x 8 metres. Open for organised groups, swimming clubs, youth groups for more details please contact us on Aylesford Short Mat Bowls Club Come along and join fun. We meet Wednesday pm at Aylesford Community Centre, 25 Forstal Road, Aylesford. Contact Tony on or just turn up. Badminton Club - New Players Wanted for St. Philips Badminton Club. Long established non league, friendly sociable atmosphere, intermediate standard. Maidstone Grammar School sports centre, Barton Road, every Tuesday 8.00 to 10.00pm, visit for low cost evening of exercise and fun. Derek or Sue for details. Medway Towns Footpaths Group Sunday 10th December, 10.00am Meet Lindsay Floyd / Andy Boorman Hand & Sceptre PH. London Road. Southborough Common. Park in Pennington Road. GR Postcode TN4 0RJ For 4 ½ Miles following Tunbridge Wells Circular walk through High Weald wooded countryside with far reaching views. One steep slope which can be slippery when wet. Crossing railway track. 8 Stiles. Dogs Allowed J.DOWLE FENCING & GARDEN SERVICES LTD Boxley Sawmill, Pilgrim Way, Boxley Maidstone, ME14 3EB All types of fencing supplied & erected Decking Pergolas Gates Hedge Cutting Stump Grinding Over 40 Years experience Visit Us At Boxley Sawmill No job too small - Fully Insured / FREE NO OBLIGATION QUOTATION Christmas Concert Energize Community Choir and Front Room St Martins Church Northumberland Road, Maidstone Sunday 10th December, 3.00pm Tickets 5 from choir members/on door. Refreshments available. For more information ring Bearsted Healthy Walking Group Every Tuesday 10.15am from Holy Cross church car park, Circular walk eir 30min or one hour. Easy to moderate pace depending on fitness, Walks are free, contact Jeante Ward for more information or Bluett Short Mat Bowls Club meet 3.00pm Fridays at Grove Green Community Hall (by Tesco s). Beginners and experienced bowlers welcome. Come along or contact for furr information. Bobbing Village Hall for Short Mat Bowls. Every Tuesday pm and Thursday pm. Any age, No experience necessary. Come and make new friends. A very good social activity. New Members always welcome. No equipment required to start - just turn up. For furr details call Boughton Monchelsea Bowls Club play indoor short mat bowling at Village Hall, Thurs & Sunday 7pm to 9pm come and give it a go! First three sessions Free. For more information please contact John Huthwaite See more clubs and societies on page 30 for more information about se visit What our Advertisers say The Net is best for new business. Our customers like receiving The Net and trust advertisers. Elaine Plush Interiors we have been advertising for last year. We get a lot of enquiries and The Net has helped us obtain new business and expand business. Anil Aggarwal Aggarwal Chartered Accountants All I can really say about THE NET is that it works. Jolene Levy C&D Plumbing The Net is a great way to advertise I like fact that y have five magazines which enables us to covers lots of different areas. Everyone knows and likes The Net so it s No.1 Joni Cooper AHM Installations The Net magazine gives me over 80% of my work brilliant job., Justin Wheeldon JW Builders I have tried or publications but The Net is most effective. It s great value and brings me custom. Quick Dry Kleen For advertising price table and contact details see inside back cover. page 29

30 Clubs and Societies Continued from page 28 Christmas Carol Concert in support of Heart of Kent Hospice With Peter Brice and his Christmas Choir St. Mary s Church, West Malling, ME19 6NE Wednesday 13th December Doors open 6.30, Concert pm Entrance is free - we just ask you to make a donation to Heart of Kent Hospice We do hope you will join us for this special Concert which will be a lovely evening of Christmas music including carols old and new, readings and audience participation. Drinks and canapes served in interval. Tickets will not be issued but, as places are limited, we would appreciate it if you let us know number of people in your party by contacting fundraising on Boughton under Blean Bowls Club. New green to open this summer, New members Novice or Experienced welcome. Contact Jackie Leek (sec) Breeze Bike Rides for Women - 7 miles fortnightly, Fridays 12.30pm, a gentle and friendly cycle ride along River Medway towpath in Maidstone, almost entirely off road, cycling for fun. Details and to sign up (it s free) see search rides in Maidstone. We go at pace of slowest rider, which is always gentle, and have a good chat on our way too. Bulgarian Folklore Group Kitka. Affiliated to SIFD. Meets Matws Memorial Hall, Castle Avenue, Rochester ME1 2DU most Saturdays 10.30am - 12 noon.for furr information A warm welcome awaits. CALARA - (Coxheath and Loose Active Retirement Association) Dancing in Line, Coxheath Village Hall Stockett Lane, ME17 4PT. Beginners class at 1.15pm on Wednesday followed by intermediate class at 2.30pm. All over 50s welcome. Contact Jackie Christian Expressions Dance, Larkfield and East Malling Methodist Church New Hy Lane, Larkfield ME20 6PN, Monday afternoons term time 1.30pm, Refresh, rejoice, stretch through creative dance. Contact Sylvia Ratcliff for more details Cobdown Hockey Club men s and women s teams, playing in Kent League every Saturday home matches The Hundred of Hoo School, clubhouse Aylesford. View or Nick Shread on Country Dancing at Sutton Valence We meet fortnightly. Beginners welcome - come on your own or with a partner. Please ring Rita for details. Croquet without flamingos or a shrubbery! Medway Croquet Club offers you coaching on its three lawns at K Sports Cobdown, Station Road, Aylesford. Training for beginners, Ann Bowler - page 30 Loose Carols around tree Wednesday 13th December WI Christmas Party Aylesford & Eccles Wednesday 13th December (please note change from usual 4th Wed) 7.30pm Brassey Centre Station Road, Aylesford. Entertainment by Eddie Graham with his keyboard, guitar, vocals and for good measure - comedy. Party food and plenty of fun. If you would like to know more about your local WI n please come along and join us, have a look at our facebook page or contact Kay on Curling Club (SECC) South East England Curling Club meets Tuesdays and Wednesdays pm (also a variety of weekend day events through season) at Fenton s Rink, Dundale Road, Tunbridge Wells, Dancing for Fun 17th Century Jane Austen style, Ceilidh, American Contra, Squares, Barn Dance, and Contra Waltzing! Great low impact exercise! No experience or partner required! Have fun, get fitter, meet new people! Tuesdays 1.45pm pm Exchange Studio, Hazlitt Arts Centre Ditton Bowls Club, Friendly Mixed Club. Lawn Bowls -April to September, Short Mat Bowls - October to April Junior Section Clubmark, EBCS coaches, Bingo Club. Secretary: Shirley Andrews See website for full details. Fitness For Life - Medau Movement, Classes fun and suitable for all ages, wear comfortable clothing, one free trial class, Memorial Hall, Holly Road, Wainscott Tuesday 10.00am; St Pauls Church Hall Friday 1.15pm, for information contact Joan Hear House Short Mat Bowls Club meets every Tuesday at 1.30 p.m. at Longshaw Road opposite Parkwood shops New or experienced Bowlers very welcome, Come along or contact or for furr information. Hunton Bowls Club, West Street, Hunton. New or Experienced Members welcome. Contact Diane Cheeseman (sec) on for details. Kentara (Kent Active Retirement) Line Dancing Classes Larkfield Village Hall, New Hy Lane, Maidstone celebrate 21 years this year. Beginners class Monday (not Bank Holidays) 12noon, followed by easy class 12.45pm and more advanced at pm. All over 50s welcome to join in fun, enquires RSPB Maidstone Group Indoor Meeting Thursday December 14th, 7.30pm Grove Green Community Hall Penhurst Close, Grove Green, Maidstone ME14 5BT (next to Tesco s) Alpines of Chillan (Alpine flowers of Chile) John Hughes 3.50 members, 4.50 non-members. Light refreshments included Ample parking in Tesco car park with pedestrian access to hall For more information contact Secretary Kevin Willis or visit our website more clubs and societies on page 31 for more information about se visit

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32 Local Jobs for Local People Looking for employment? See Page 37 & search Clubs and Societies Continued from page 31 Maidstone Flower Club Friendship Through Flowers Thursday 14th December, 7.30pm start Allington Baptist Church (opposite Somerfield Hospital) New members and visitors warmly welcomed at our friendly club which normally meets on second Thursday of month. Free parking is available. Membership 30 per annum, visitors fee 6 per visit. Information Sue Shaw or Secretary Pam Hayward Kent Artistic Roller Dance Club - a friendly club operating from YMCA Maidstone on Fridays - we coach all standards from 5 years to competition level. Furr details from Jackie Kent Health Walks Come and join us for a short friendly walk led by a caring volunteer walk leader. Everyone is welcome! Phone Martyn on or go to www. kenalthandwellbeing.nhs.uk to find details. Kent Invicta TFC (Table Football Club) is always on look out for new members young and old, average age 28. We participate in tournaments in UK and Europe. See for more information or contact Loose Bowls Club 444 Loose Road ME15 9UA. A friendly and social club New and experienced players welcome, Come and try game. Details ring Christmas in Bearsted Bearsted Choral Society Christmas Carols and more with audience participation Saturday 16th December, 7.30pm St Peter s Roman Catholic Church Button Lane, Bearsted ME15 8NJ Under baton of our Music Director Andrew Lowen Tickets 10 (Students free) Available from: by from and also available at door page 32 ELECTRICIAN ATLANTIC ELECTRICAL FOR ALL YOUR ELECTRICAL NEEDS SOCKETS & LIGHTING FUSEBOARDS RE-WIRES ALL SAFETY CERTIFICATES NICEIC PART P CERTIFIED 30 YEARS QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN FOR YOUR FREE QUOTATION CALL STEVE HALSTOW CLOSE, MAIDSTONE ME15 9XA DISTRIBUTORS NEEDED. We distribute The Net to well over 40,000 homes in and around Maidstone every month. If you are interested in joining our team of distributors please text or to add your name to our list of reserves. Tonbridge & Malling Ramblers Walk Sunday 17th December 10.00am 6.5 miles/10.5 km Moderate, Finishes 1.30pm Park in Trosley Country Park (fee payable). Tea room and toilets. DA13 0SG, TQ Trosley Country Park - Coldrum Stones Ryarsh. Splendid views almost all way. Majority of route is flat or gently undulating, but steep slopes at start and end. Contact Margaret, Loose Cricket Club Players wanted! Sunday Kent Village Cricket League and Friendly matches Call Cyril Davey for information. Maidstone Badminton Club, Maidstone Leisure Centre ME15 7RA Badminton is a sport enjoyed by many as it is easy to learn and enjoyable to play. For more information or ring Maidstone Baton Twirlers now recruiting, boys and girls aged 5 and over, to be part of our fun, friendly and successful competition team! Aged 10 and over especially welcome! Classes: Mon pm, Beechwood Community Hall Barming: Wed pm TA Centre, Boxley Road, Maidstone. Contact Sharon or see Maidstone Bowls Club Buckland Road, New members of any bowls experience or age (10 years to pensionable) welcome, Free coaching Monday & Thursday pm, May to September. First class facilitie, Coaching and equipment provided, Interested? For information call Martin website Maidstone.bowlsclub. Maidstone Fencing Club Hear House, Bicknor Road, Monday pm, Information John Goddard Maidstone Hockey Club 4 ladies and 7 men s sides on Saturdays and a number of youth sides from age Coaching for 5 18 year olds at South Park, Armstrong Road, Contact Mike Evans www. maidstonehockey.org Maidstone Ramblers an enthusiastic and extremely friendly walking group, over 200 guided walks to suit every level of ability annually. Explore Kent s beautiful countryside, make new friends and keep fit at same time. Pprogramme see or phone Ray on for more details Maidstone Run England, fun and friendly local running group. All abilities welcome, Meets Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 6.30pm, around Maidstone, 2 per session. For details contact Shelley Abela or amethyst-secretarial.co.uk...see more clubs and societies on page 33 for more information about se visit

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34 Clubs and Societies Continued from page 33 Family Festive Spectacular Maidstone Wind Symphony Sunday 17th December, 3.30pm Mote Hall, Maidstone Jonathan Crowhurst - Conductor Edward Hyde Treble A magical musical adventure for whole family this Christmas. Soundtrack of The Snowman to accompany film and music from Polar Express & Home Alone Christmas plus Festive Favourites A Christmas Festival, Sleigh Ride Tickets 10, Concessions 8, 3 12 year olds 5, Free under 3 Unallocated seating, ticket price includes access to pre-concert workshops Pre-booking advisable to avoid disappointment. Tickets available via Maidstone Swimming Club for Disabled meet every Tuesday Midday to1.00pm Maidstone Leisure Centre. People with disabilities or mobility problems welcome. We are also looking for volunteer helpers. Contact Clive on for more information. Maidstone Victory Angling Club (MVAS) Wide variety of waters in Maidstone area to cater for most types of fishing. For details see or write to MVAS, PO Box 1306, Maidstone ME14 9QD. Maidstone Warriors Basketball Club Boys and girls from infant to secondary school age, Aylesford School Sports College, Teapot Lane, Aylesford. Saturday morning, information Richard Medway Mermaids Synchronised Swimming Club. Junior club sessions North Kent College, Gravesend on Saturday pm (additional training Tuesday pm by invitation). Masters training (18+) Hoo Sports Centre Thursday 8-9pm. or see for more details MX Fencing meet every Wednesday at The Malling School, Beech Road, East Malling, Kent, 6.15 to 8.15pm web site mxfencing.org.uk Pegasus Gymnastics Club, Unit 2,3,4 Farleigh Hill, Tovil, Maidstone, ME15 6RG Designated facility with International quality equipment for 4 months upwards, including special needs. For more information contact or Family Carol Service Maidstone Salvation Army Union Street, Maidstone ME14 1ED Sunday 17th December, 6.00pm. This family Carol Service will be an opportunity to celebrate good news of Jesus birth and will include a nativity play. The evening will be supported by our own Band and Songsters (choir). For furr information please telephone Community office on page 34 Military Cadets Carol Service You are invited to join us Tuesday 19th December, 7.30pm The Salvation Army, Union Street, Maidstone (ME14 1ED). This is an evening where young people from local Military Cadet Corps are invited to celebrate Christmas toger with ir leaders, parents and members of our Church Family. Our Young People s Band will be leading evening. Refreshments will be served afterwards. For furr information, please ring Community Office on Penenden Heath Bowls Club located on heath at ME14 2DU) New and experienced players welcome. Come along and try game for free on Monday afternoon, ring or for details. Phoenix Short Mat Bowls Club meets every Monday evening pm at Hear House, Parkwood. New members welcome, for furr information please contact Roger Marchant San Fairy Ann Cycling Club The oldest and one of largest cycling clubs in Kent caters for riders of all abilities. Ron Lee Stockbury Short Mat Bowls Club welcomes new members, no experience or initial equipment required, we meet twice a week at Memorial Hall in Stockbury Village (just off A249). Contact our club secretary on for furr details. Stockbury Social Sequence Dancing Club Stockbury Village Hall, 8.00pm every Friday night. We are sorry but our membership is now full, call or to be added to our waiting list. The Mote Squash Club, Willow Way, Maidstone. Now offer use of courts to non members. For more details please contact club (evenings) or The Secretary Vinters Football Club welcome boys and girls between ages of 4-7. Training Saturday 10.00am - 12noon at Valley Park playing fields, off New Cut Road, Maidstone. 3 per session Information or Kevin Seaward or Volleyball Club - Strood Volleyball Club, Strood Sports Centre. Men s, women s and mixed teams playing in local Kent league. Tuesday :30pm. All abilities welcome at this friendly and successful club. For more information contact or visit AylesARA The group for anyone aged 50+ who is retired/ part retired or not working Thursday 21st December, 2.00pm Community Centre, Aylesford (please note change from usual 4th Thursday) Entertainment by Alan Simmons Singer/ ventriloquist. If you would like to know more about this group n come along and join us, have a look at our website or contact Wayne See more clubs and societies on page 35 for more information about se visit

35 Rainham Community Orchard Lower Bloors Lane (on Junction with Lower Rainham Road) ME8 7TP Open to visitors and prospective volunteers every Tuesday and Thursday to (wear permitting) Pruning is major task through winter, although re is much more to do. If you have no experience of pruning we will gladly teach you. Do drop in to find out more about us, how you could join in and buy our apple juice. See for more details New season Apple Juice now on sale per one litre bottle Eir Cox or Russet. Made from apples grown in Rainham Community Orchard without pesticides or or sprays. Pressed and bottled by award winning Owlet Fruit Juice. Available from Rainham Community Orchard ~ Sunburst Books, 21 Station Road, Rainham, ME8 7RS Davey Butcher, 189 Station Road, Rainham, ME8 7SQ ~ Harbow, 5 Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, ME10 4BX Berengrave Service Station, 666 Lower Rainham Road, ME8 7TY ~ Harbow, 5 Tollgate Lane, Strood, ME2 4TG The Net, 4 Saracen Close, Gillingham Business Park, ME8 0QN ~ Mask Flowers, 11 Military Road. Chatham, ME4 4HW Cake Innovations, 27A Lawrence Square, Gravesend, DA11 7HW All profits made are donated to Kent Wildlife Trust Or volunteering opportunities We now have opportunity to expand community activities associated with orchard, but will need more volunteers to achieve this potential. We particularly need an experienced administrator to ensure that... we are complying with all our legal obligations, keep records and to co-ordinate work of our various... volunteers. If you can help with this, organising publicity, secretarial work, distribution of juice or in any... or way please or call Hamish on Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm.... Hamish Mackay Miller Publisher of The Net and Corporate Ambassador for Kent Wildlife Trust Follows us at A.Short LOCKSMITH Free Call Out Serving Maidstone, Medway & Mid Kent 24 hour emergency Call Out Lock upgrades to BS standards Door & window handles & hinges Multipoint locking systems / Plains Ave. page 35

36 Clubs and Societies Continued from page 35 Loose Footpaths Group Walk Tuesday 26th December Meet at 10.30am at Chequers Pub, Loose Valley for a 4 mile walk in local area. Contact walk leader on: Assistance Dogs Only Wateringbury Cricket Club, Fields Lane, are looking for new players. Contact our club captain on or go to We look forward to meeting you. Westborough Bowls Club founded in 1925 extends an invitation for new members to join including novices. Located at Cloudberry Close off London Road. Maidstone near to Pippin Inn. Please contact Acting Secretary Michael Brooker or for details. YOUTH 1st Larkfield Boys Brigade Company, Larkfield & East Malling Methodist Church Hall, New Hy Lane, Wednesday (term time) recruiting new members. Anchor 5-8 years pm, Junior 8 11 years pm, Company years and, Senior years pm First session Free! 1st Larkfield Girls Brigade meets on Monday evenings between 5.00 and 9.00pm across four age groups at Larkfield & East Malling Methodist Church Hall. We run a wide range of activities and events. Contact Val Burnage or for more details. 40F (Maidstone) Squadron, Air Training Corps Yeomanry Cottages, Boxley Road, Maidstone, ME14 2AR meet Wednesday and Friday Evenings, pm. For more information please phone (cadet nights only) or Meet your brand new friends this Christmas! Adopt A Species with Kent Wildlife Trust kentwildlifetrust.org.uk page 36 Registered Charity No Protecting Wildlife for Future Have a Hearty Breakfast Save Date Monday 5th Sunday 11th February Enjoy breakfast with family, friends or colleagues and raise money to help Heart of Kent Hospice provide free care for those with a terminal illness. For more information call fundraising on or Aylesford Youth Club, Open to year 6 - year 13 every Thursday (term time) 7-9pm, Capel Morris Centre, Aylesford ME20 7NL. Non-member 1.50, craft, sports, Pool Table, Table Tennis, WII U and Xboxes, tuck shop. Trips Contact Hannah or see Barming Primary School Parent Teacher Association We have a busy schedule of fundraising events to provide some little extra s for children; making ir school experience easier and more enjoyable. Visit kent.sch.uk and click on PTA to see our full list of events. Boxley Road Detachment Kent Army Cadet Force. Meet every Monday & Wednesday pm behind Reserves Centre, Boxley Road, Maidstone, ME14 2AR. All welcome from 12 to 18yrs. Looking for adults too. Uniform supplied after induction period. Drop in with parent/carers for a taster of what we do. Boys and Girls Brigades Maidstone Baptist Church Knightrider Street, Maidstone, E15 6LU every Wednesday evening pm for school years 1-6 and from pm for school years 7+. For more information please contact Girlguiding - Interested in joining? Rainbows, girls aged 5-7. Brownies, girls aged Guides, girls aged Young Leaders, girls aged Volunteers aged 18+. For details, to find your nearest local unit and register your interest telephone or log onto www. girlguiding.org.uk/interested Girls and Boys Brigade We meet every Monday during term time, Tonbridge Road Methodist Church, Bower Mount Road, Maidstone ME16 8AT. Ages 5-18 years. A way to make new friends and learn new things. Why not come along and see what we do. No waiting list! Ring or for details. Moncktons Detachment Kent Army Cadet Force. Meet every Monday & Wednesday (term time) pm at Moncktons Detachment, College Avenue, Maidstone, ME15 6YJ (under stone arch) Cadets from 12yrs to 18yrs. All welcome, uniform supplied after induction period. Drop in with parents/carers to see who we are and what we do. North Downs Young Farmers Club, based in and around Maidstone a group of year olds with an interest in animals and farming, offering a variety of fun farming and non-farming activities, interested? Visit www. northdownsyfc.co.uk Youth Club Maidstone Baptist Church, Knightrider Street, Maidstone, ME15 6LU Friday Nights pm for school years 6+, running fun activities from cooking to football and lots in between, Fully equipped and safe environment, enquiries Youth Club The Salvation Army, Union Street, Maidstone (ME14 1ED) Open to all year olds Wii, darts, nerf guns, table tennis, pool and lots more.1st and 3rd Friday of month, pm, 1.50 per person, tuck shop is extra. For furr details, please phone Church Office to book your free green box entry see page 38 for details.

37 Local Jobs for Local People See below for a selection of vacancies, more details can be found at If you have a job to advertise please download form for employers at PLAYGROUP ASSISTANT Hempstead Pavilion Playgroup, Gillingham PA TO HEAD TEACHER Tunbury Primary School, Walderslade CARE ASSISTANT Bluebird Care, Medway 1st LINE IT SUPPORT ANALYST Avocet Strategic Resourcing, Sittingbourne TELEMARKETING EXECUTIVE AB Marketing Services, Swale & Medway SUPPORT WORKER PCAS Kent Ltd, Gravesend BAR STAFF St George Hotel, Rochester SUPPORT ASSISTANTS MCCH, Medway FIELD SALES EXECUTIVE Mitec Telecom Solutions, Rochester BARTENDER & WAITER Riva Restaurant, Gravesend TEMPORARY PA (CARE) Bluebird Care, Gravesend/Northfleet SEWING MACHINIST Violet Elizabeth, Homeworker Kent LOTTERY SALES ADVISOR Demelza Hospice TEMPS WANTED Interpersonnel UK Ltd, Kent IT CONSULTANT Morris & Turner, Chatham. CLEANERS Self Employed KITCHEN FITTER Dream Doors, Maidstone CARER Boldglen, Swale & Medway ASSISTANT PRINTER Goldstar UK, Aylesford HGV, LGV & Non HGV DRIVERS Best Connection Employment, Maidstone This is a FREE service offered to local companies for benefit of local people. For full details of jobs advertised above & or vacancies please visit and search for employment or Employer name. DISTRIBUTORS NEEDED We are looking for distributors of The Net in all areas The delivery rounds are usually between 1000 and 2000 houses. If you are interested in joining our team please call or Advertising Disclaimer Publication of an advertisement does not constitute an endorsement by Publisher. Readers are advised to carry out ir own due diligence before entering into any contract. The Publisher shall not be responsible for any loss, liability or damage (wher direct, indirect or consequential) personal injury or expenses of any nature whatsoever which may be suffered by you or any third party as a result of or which or may be attributable, directly or indirectly, to any information, goods, products or services from any advertiser in magazine. page 37

38 Maidstone December 2017 Advertising Businesses and Voluntary Groups Serving Local Community The Net is distributed to over 250,000 homes and small businesses in Medway, Maidstone and Swale in six editions: Gillingham & Rainham; Chatham & Rochester: Strood and Malling, Gravesham, Maidstone and Swale (Sittingbourne, Faversham & Sheerness), Next issue January 2018 Space booked & copy by 5th December 2017 Finished artwork by 7th December 2017 Published December 16th 2017 Full digital copy preferred. No charge for simple typesetting with proof. Design work, scanning, colour separation and or extra work will be charged at cost Publisher Hamish Mackay Miller All enquiries to The Net 4 Saracen Close, Gillingham Business Park, Gillingham ME8 0QN Telephone (for paid advertising) (for voluntary groups) (distribution queries) Cheques payable to The Net Cash, debit cards and payment by bank transfer also welcomed. Rates Excluding VAT Full page Half Quarter Eighth Tw elfth One edition Two editions Three editions Four editions For each additional edition Width-depth 1 month 3 months 1 month 3 months 1 month 3 months 1 month 3 months 1 month 3 months 130 x 185mm x 90 or 62 x x 42 or 62 x x x 27 or 42 x per line Highlighted per line Line ads Line ads The 12 month prepaid rate is 10 X 1 month rate in all sizes All rates are for prepayment and plus VAT Premiums for guaranteed positions by negotiation Leaflet Distribution: 30 plus VAT per 1000 for leaflet up to A5 size distributed with The Net Line Ads Next issue January 2018 Published: December 16th Copy date: December 5th Copy must be in writing, preferred. For rates see price table above MAN & VAN at competitive rates Chris s Handyman Services No job too small or BOUNCY CASTLES / CAROUSELS Family concern est BANJO TUITION 5 string & tenor Fun, easy to learn, all ages, or group lessons. Graham APPLE JUICE FOR SALE See ad for Rainham Community Orchard on page 35. LEAFLET DISTRIBUTION Your leaflets distributed with The Net for 30 plus VAT per 1000 in all ME postcodes. For details call James on or uk.. THE NET COPY DATES FOR 2018 are shown on our A4 year planner free to download on If you are planning an event next year you need to send us copy for a free green box early in previous month. ARE YOU A PRIVATE TUTOR looking for more pupils? These Line Ads are an effective place to find m. your ad to and we will reply with a proof and cost. How good are our ADVERTISERS? If you have used one of our display advertisers please go to our website give a star rating and leave a testimonial on ir page. If you are considering using one of m see reviews that have already been posted. MEMORIES OF UPCHURCH By David Wood. With over 300 pages & 200 photos, this is first detailed history of village. Available at in Sunburst Books, 21 Station Road, Rainham, Kent ME8 7RS. For mail order ( including P&P) please call AMM Books Third Picture Book of RAINHAM by Barbara Mackay Miller and Rosemary Dellar published at Over 180 old photos, maps etc with extended captions. Available from Sunburst Books 21 Station Road, Rainham, Kent ME8 7RS. For mail order ( incl P&P) please call AMM Books on DISTRIBUTORS NEEDED. We distribute The Net to well over 40,000 homes in and around Maidstone every month. If you are interested in joining our team of distributors please text or com to add your name to our list of reserves. page 38

39 INDEX OF DISPLAY ADVERTISEMENTS W in place of a page number indicates a business to be found on Accountancy & Bookkeeping Aggarwal & Co. 19 Thompson Elphick Accountants 33 Aerials R&P Aerials 25 Bathroom Installation AHM Installations 20 Dovetail Interiors 23 Nightingale Bathrooms 19 Blinds, Shutters & Awnings AT Blinds 40 Classic Blinds 25 Ideal Shutters Spectrum Blinds Block Paving M Dowle Fencing 15 Royall Drives & Patios 27 Builders & Maintenance Crest Scaffolding 31 David Jones Building 15 Goodridge Building Contractors 9 Lambert & Fletcher 31 SJ Group 5 Caricaturist Mark Thatcher 1 Carpentry Carpentry Service 19 Plane & Simple 25 Steven Broom 31 Charities Kent Wildlife Trust 36 Rainham Community Orchard 35 Cleaning Services Gutter Clean Kent 27 Homefresh 5 Oven Wizards 33 Computers BL Computer Solutions 5 Computer-Fix (Pure CNS) 15 Logitex 3 Domestic Appliance Repairs MD Appliances 15 Double Glazing Repairs Access Denied 1 Cloudy2Clear 9 Dial Glass 27 Lockstock Double Glazing Repairs 1 M&M Double Glazing 25 Miranda Double Glazing Repairs 5 Window Fix Direct 13 Drains Drainage & Plumbing 25 Electricians Atlantic Electrical 32 Electric Rewired 2 Gravesham Electricals 9 J Norris Electrical 23 Fascias, Soffits etc BD Rooflines 9 Fascia Plastics 1 Window Fix 13 Fencing Frindsbury Fencing 2 J Dowle Fencing & Garden Services 29 M Dowle Fencing 15 Financial Services Theresa Elsey 6 Flooring Comprehensive Coverings 40 Garage Doors A1 Garage Doors 19 GDA Garage Door Associates 15 Garage Services Autospray Solutions 40 Garden Services ASAP Gardening 19 Maidstone Tree Services 1 RD Landscapes & Construction 1 RGT Landscapes 6 TNC Landscapes 23 House Clearance The Clutter Man 15 JOBS Local Jobs for Local People 37 Tunbury Primary School 7 Kitchens Bespoke Kitchens 7 Dovetail Interiors 23 Dream Doors Maidstone 3 Fitted Doors 21 Trend Transformations 11 Woodlands Joinery & Kitchens 33 Leaflets Brilliant Leaflets W Locksmiths Access Denied 1 A Short Locksmith 35 McCallum Locksmiths 9 Logs The Log Man 15 Maps Nat. Map Centre: Plan Printing W Mobility Tailor Made Mobility 31 Painters & Decorators Anthony Strong 23 Art Décor 5 NP Painting & Decorating 33 Pest Control David Bruce 5 Pet Supplies Luxway Canine Supplies 33 Plasterers A.R. Plastering 2 David Chapman 25 Plumbing & Heating AP Plumbing & Heating 2 Boiler-Tech 23 Drainage & Plumbing 25 Gas Tech 9 JT Plumbing & Heating 19 Low Plumbing & Heating 5 MY Heating & Plumbing 15 Plumbing & Heating Services 20 Plumb N Fit 3 Prestige Solar & Heating 2 Robinson Plumbing & Heating 1 Solaris 23 Roofing A1 Roofing 15 ASAP Roofing 2 BD Rooflines 9 Kentish Roofing 25 M & M Roofing 23 Re-Roof Sterling Roofing Solutions 2 Shoe Repairs TNT Shoes Repairs 35 Skip Hire South East Skips 35 Solicitors and Legal Services Graham Colley 27 Jarmans Solicitors 6 Pembroke Will Writers 20 Surveyor ALD Surveying 27 Tree Surgeons Maidstone Tree Services 1 Tree Doctors Kent 23 Treetops Tree Surgery 5 WM Tree Services 3 Web Site Design Web Expand 2 Windows, Doors & Conservatories RB Windows 25 Trade to Trade 17 Window Fix Direct 13 Considering using an Advertiser? See Testimonials and Star Ratings on our website page 39

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