Saturday, July 2nd, 2022

Weald supports village community shop through table top sale

TABLE TOP SALE: In between the torrential downpours on Saturday 7 June, £410 was raised at the Table Top Sale in the Weald Memorial Hall, which will help to fund extra shelving in the Weald village Community Shop. Thank you to everyone who braved the elements to come out and support the event, especially to Karen Elsom and Linda Walker for their organisation, to all the people who donated homemade cakes, cupcakes and jams for sale, and to those who volunteered to sell them on the day. Special thanks must go also to the 12 local stallholders who supported the shop by taking a stand and for getting up early to display their wares. 

WEALD COUNTRY FAIR: The theme for the Weald School annual School Fair/Fete on Saturday 22 June is ‘Weald Country Fair’ . A lamb or a piglet has been promised for the ‘guess the weight’ competition and there will also be some very cute ducklings and donkey rides.

Items in the silent auction include a week in a 4/5 bedroom house in Marseillan, France; Hockey Heaven – One place on a YPSA Hockey Camp and a half term’s free trial at Sevenoaks Junior Hockey Club (September – October half term) – a brand new child’s hockey stick and bag, gum shield/new hockey club socks (that’s all one lot); Two Wimbledon tickets for No 2 Court (row L), Thursday 4 July; Family membership of St. Julians; Laser 4D Skin Rejuvenation Facial worth £450; Plus numerous vouchers for activity centres and attractions around Kent, hair and beauty vouchers, meals in some fabulous local pubs and restaurants and many exercise classes.

SAVE OUT PLANET DAY: All members of the Weald community are invited to a special assembly at Weald Community Primary School on Tuesday 2 July from 2.45-3.15pm.  Guest speaker Kate Whitton has been invited to talk about the important work of a national charity – the Marine Conservation Society. The talk is part of a ‘Save our Planet Day’, organised by Weald students Christopher Pearson (Year 6) and Barnaby Yates (Year 5). They plan to turn the school blue for the day, to raise awareness about the plight of our seas, which cover 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface.

By the end of the day, children throughout the school will have produced information leaflets and posters to campaign for cleaner oceans. The blue theme extends to the blue cupcakes which they will be selling later that week to help raise funds for the Marine Conservation Society and its work in protecting our shores, seas and wildlife.

WEALD HISTORY GROUP had a guided tour around Rochester recently. It is steeped in history with the earliest part of the cathedral dating back to its foundation in 604 which makes it the second oldest catherdral in England but, probably, what they city is best known for is its association with the novelist Charles Dickens. Many of its buildings and landmarks appear in his books. Behind the 16th/17th century  Grade 1 listed Eastgate House is Dickens’ Swiss Chalet, used by the author as his study at his home at Gad’s Hill Place.  

DOGS ON SHOW: Pandora’s Fun Dog Show on the Green raised around £1,500 for the charity ‘Canine Partners. The winners were: Bitch & Best Condition – Carl with Chakra; Handsomest Dog – Tillie with Jasper; Best Rescue – Ray with Indy’ Best Veteran – Michelle with Ralphie; Best Junior Handler – Lily with Gem; Dog Most Like Its Owner – Nicki with Baxter and Waggiest Tail – Sarah with Rudi. The overall winners were: Best bitch in show – Chakra; Best dog in show – Ralphie.

WEALD HORTICULTURAL SUMMER SHOW is being held on Saturday 15 June in the village Memorial Hall with the doors opening to visitors from 3pm. There are plenty of flower categories to enter from roses, sweetpeas, lupins, hollyhocks, delphiniums to iris, hosta, lily, pansies and pinks. Other exhibitors are more interested in the fruit and vegetable categories so can choose from raspberries, rhubarb, strawberries, gooseberries, currants and salad vegetables. There is also a cooking section which includes a colourful plate of Summer Kebabs – own recipe, to include summer fruit and veg; A plate of savoury Summer Picnic food; Very Fruity Irish Tea Cake; A Victoria Sandwich traditionally filled with raspberry jam only; Jar of Jam made within the last 12 months.

POEMS ABOUT DEMENTIA: Elizabeth Miller will officially launch her book of poems in the Weald Community Shop on Friday 14 June between 10am and 11.30am. The book costs £7.95 and Elizabeth will be on hand to sign copies and will read a poem or two.

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