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  • Bridge Club

    BRIDGE CLUB

    Contact :  Peter Slevin

    Tel :  01689 853596

    St. Margaret’s Church runs a Contract Bridge class from 2 - 4 p.m. every Friday in the North Room at the Church - beginners are always welcome.

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  • Halstead Players

    HALSTEAD PLAYERS

    Contact:  Mrs. Decima Grundy

    Tel:  01732 750667

    To find out more about Halstead Players, please go their website at www.halsteadplayers.org.uk.

    Not just Am Drams, more a lot of fun

    We are always looking for new members, so why not come and join us. We need new people, new ideas and new faces.  Our Membership Secretary is Ruth Verrall on 01959 533201 - why not give her a ring if you're interested.  We only have 2 productions a year but we also get together for photos.

    Each year we alternate between a Revue and Panto at Christmas and during the year we produce one other play, sometimes comedy, sometimes drama.  Each production only takes about 6-8 weeks to rehearse.

    • In January 2007 we performed a very amusing comedy called 12th Man about a Yorkshire village cricket team who find themselves playing against the England Women's' Cricket team.
    • In 2010 we worked with Farnborough Players to put on a joint production of “Under Milk Wood” in both Farnborough Village Hall and St.Margaret’s Church in Halstead
    • In June 2012 we put on a “Right Royal Revue”, as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
    • In June 2014 we put on another revue to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the start of the 1st World War;
    • and in 2015 we put on a pantomime, “Beauty & the Beast”;

    We are a very friendly group although we take our drama very seriously.

    We are looking for actors but if performing is not your thing we always need help with costumes, make-up, set building, electrics and ordering the beer.

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  • Halstead Womens Institute

    HALSTEAD WOMEN’S INSTITUTE

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    President :           Tel : 
    Secretary :  
    Mrs. Val Dennett              Tel :  01959 533344

    Badgers Mount Memorial Hall - Afternoons

    Secretary :  
    Mrs. Alice Tester              Tel :  01959 532498

    Halstead Women's Institute was reformed as an evening institute in 1965 and so we have just celebrated our 50th anniversary. We meet on the second Tuesday of every month in Halstead Village Hall at 8 p.m. and finish at around 10 p.m.

    Our meetings are very friendly and informal and we enjoy talks by a variety of speakers covering a wide range of topics to suit all tastes. We finish our meeting with tea and cakes/biscuits and a good chat.

    Throughout the year we also have various outings, including a day trip to France (you can bring a friend or partner) and a trip to London to visit a place of interest.

    Come and join us, meet old friends or make new ones - we are a very sociable crowd and would make you very welcome.

  • Horticultural Society

    HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

    Hort-soc-badge-websizeThe Society was originally founded to encourage allotmenteering and it is again very much in vogue to have an allotment.  We are fortunate to have several allotments within the delightful Walled Garden at Halstead Place.  Barrie Blundell (01959 533084) is at the helm, so telephone him about availability.  Produce grown on the allotments often wins prizes at our Shows, in particular our Autumn Show.

    Three Shows take place each year at Halstead Village Hall where silver cups are awarded.  It is interesting to read the names on the cups, some of which were donated decades ago.

    • The Spring Show is in the evening on the fourth Thursday in March, when it is a joy to see an abundance of daffodils, tulips, polyanthus and bulbs grown in pots. 
    • our Summer Sweet Pea and Rose Show is held on the fourth Thursday in June,
    • and our Autumn Show is held in the afternoon at the Village Hall at the beginning of September - usually the first Saturday.  There are classes for vegetables, fruit, cookery, arts and crafts, photography and flower arranging.  There are seven children’s classes, and the Pat Lewis Trophy is presented to the child with the highest aggregate number of points.

    The thriving gardening club at Halstead Community Primary School is encouraged by members of the Society, who often lend a hand when needed.

    Talks on Horticultural topics are held at the Village Hall at 8.00 p.m. on the fourth Thursdays of February, April, July, September and October.  Visitors are always welcome at a minimal charge.  Our AGM is held on the fourth Thursday in November and strangely popular with mince pies and wine tasting !

    Coach outings are always popular and these usually take place in June, where over the years we have visited many, many wonderful gardens.  Sometimes an “Autumn Colours” outing is included.  Each May we have an evening outing to a fairly local garden, followed by a convivial supper at a pub or restaurant.

    Every other year, in May or June, the Society opens a number of gardens to raise funds for charity.  The whole village becomes involved and many thousands of pounds are raised, to be divided equally between St.Margaret’s Church and another worthwhile charity.


    To join the Society contact Membership Secretary, Sally Nicholson, (details in the column to the right).

    CONTACTS :

    Secretary
    Peter Nicholls
    (01959) 534497


    Membership:
    Sally Nicholson
    (01959) 533184


    Talks and Outings:
    Brenda Rogers
    (01689) 857209


    Shows:
    Janet Simpson
    (01959) 533320


    Allotments :
    Barrie Blundell
    (01959) 533074

    To see a list of Horticultural Society events for 2017, please click on this link.

  • Kent Heights Flower Club

    NAFASKENT HEIGHTS FLOWER CLUB

    Contact: Jill Wilson

    Tel:  01959 532220

    All meetings start at 8 p.m. in Halstead Village Hall.

    The Kent Heights Flower Club is affiliated to the London and Overseas Area of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS).

    To find out more, connect to either:

     the local branch at www.flowerslondonandoverseas.org.uk,

    or the national organisation at www.nafas.org.uk

  • Knockholt Art Club

    KNOCKHOLT ART CLUB

    Chairman :   David Taylor
    Tel:  01959 533105

    Secretary :   Philip Jones
    Tel :  01689 869471

    The Art Club meetings are at 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month throughout the year in the main hall in Knockholt Village Centre.

    Members Annual Subscription is 20.  If you would like to become a member, please contact David Taylor on 01959 533105.

    Guests are also welcome to attend monthly meetings, at a charge of 3.

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    The above picture is by well-known artist Ray Campbell Smith, who was an earlier President of the Art Club.
     

    • 21st September 2017

      21st September, 2017

      Landscape with River in Watercolour

      A presentation by Joe Francis Dowden..

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    • 23rd/24th September 2017

      23rd & 24th September, 2017

      Autumn Exhibition
      Coolings Nursery on Rushmore Hill


      THIS WAS CANCELLED.

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    • 19th October 2017

      19th October, 2017

      Landscape in Oil

      A presentation by Stephen Hawkins.

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    • 16th November 2017

      16th November, 2017

      Landscape in Oil

      A presentation by John Parris.

       

    • 7th December 2017

      7th December, 2017

      Portrait

      A presentation by Roger Dellar
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      (Please note this meeting is not being held on the normal night, but 2 weeks earlier than usual)

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    • 18th January 2018

      18th January, 2018

      New Year Lunch

      New Year

    • 15th February 2018

      15th February, 2018

      Fun Evening

       

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    • 15th March 2018

      15th March, 2018

      Landscape in watercolour

      A presentation by Carole Aston

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    • 7th/8th April 2018

      7th & 8th April, 2018

      Spring Exhibition
      Coolings Nursery on Rushmore Hill


      Members will be required to steward.

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    • 19th April 2018

      19th April, 2018

      Architectural Theme in Mixed media

      A presentation by Adrienne Parker.

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    • 17th May 2018

      17th May, 2018

      Annual General Meeting

      Please stay afterwards for a drink and a chat.

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    • 21st June 2018

      21st June, 2018

      Seascape

      A presentation by Hashim Akib.

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  • Mens Fellowship

    MEN’S FELLOWSHIP

    MensFellowshipContact:   Alan Brown

    Tel:   01959 532361

    This organisation is open to any man who would like to spend a couple of hours in congenial company listening to an interesting speaker and enjoying a cup of coffee.  Meetings are held bi-monthly from September to May, usually on the first or second Tuesday in the month in the North Room of St. Margaret’s Church at 8 p.m.  Some of our speakers are from within our Fellowship or from the village and it is surprising at the variety of experiences which these speakers can offer.

    Recent visits have included tours of Lords Cricket Ground, Houses of Parliament, backstage at the Royal Opera, The Royal Pavilion, Brooklands Racing Circuit and 10 Downing Street.  Although there are no subscriptions, many members kindly make a small contribution to the costs of biscuits and coffee.  With the profits from these contributions, the Fellowship has been able to donate to the church a combined video cassette recorder and DVD player.

    Why not join us at one of our meetings ?

    Details of dates and reports of meetings are included in the church magazine and further information can be obtained from Alan Brown (Tel: 01959 5323619).

  • Reading Group

    READING GROUP

    reading-group-01Contact :   Jean Peel

    Tel :   01959 533180

    E-mail :   jmpeel@homecall.co.uk

    “Only one hour in the normal day is more pleasurable than the hour spent in bed with a book before going to sleep and that is the hour spent in bed with a book after being called in the morning !”
    Rose Macaulay

    This quote was one of the ideas that started the Halstead Reading Group in June 2004 and now we meet monthly from 9.30 a.m. - 11 a.m. on a Tuesday morning in one anothers homes and over a cup of coffee (and maybe a biscuit !)

    There are 16 members and we’ve read and discussed over 50 books in the past 5 years !  Jane Austen, Dan Brown, Khaled Hosseini, Charles Dickens and Kate Moss are just some of the authors we’ve got to know and enjoy.  We’ve held 3 guest events with local authors, travelled to Carcassonne and Granada to find out what inspired Kate Moss and Victoria Hislop to set their books in these wonderful places and now have a literary lunch outing at Christmas !

    Books we have agreed to read over the next few months include :

    • “The Road Home” by Rose Tremaine,
    • “Earthly Joys” by Philippa Gregory,
    • “War & Peace” by Tolstoy (going to be a challenge!)

    If you’d like to join a Reading Group, we would be very happy to help set up another group perhaps at a different time of day or different day of the week so just give me a call. Jean Peel 01959 533180.

  • Reading Group (Evening)

    READING GROUP (EVENING)

    A few people living in the Halstead area, who find it difficult to meet during the day, have decided to start a new evening reading group.

    Our plan is simple - to enjoy ourselves talking about books !  We will meet about once a month to discuss a book we have chosen together and other books we have found interesting and perhaps wander into film, theatre and general gossip over a glass or two of wine.

    Our first meeting will be on Wednesday March 18th at 8.30 pm.

    If you are interested in joining us or finding out more, email Sarah Bennett on sarahbennettmail@gmail.com or phone 01959 534218.

  • Royal British Legion

    ROYAL BRITISH LEGION

    Halstead is a small village branch with 25 members.  It organizes the Poppy Appeal in Halstead and Badgers Mount, and in 2009 this amounted to over 5,000 and it contributes to the Remembrance Service at St.Margaret’s Church.

    During the year it organizes an outing to a place of interest and holds a social evening with a talk and refreshments.

    Our AGM is held in October.  The formal business of the royal_british_legion_hdr_bg.jpgmeeting is usually followed by a talk from a suitable speaker, all helped down by a glass of wine.

    We are always pleased to welcome new members. If you would like to become a member, please call or write to the Secretary at the address above.

    Halstead (Kent) Branch - BR1966

    Contact:  Barbara Davenport  (Hon. Secretary)
    Tel :   (01959) 532025

    Poppy Appeal Organiser :   Allan Spence
    Tel :   (01959)
    533209

    To find out more about the work of the Royal British Legion, please go to :
        www.britishlegion.org.uk
     

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  • Senior Club

    SENIOR CLUB

    Contact :   Jackie Johnson

    Tel :   01959 575432

    Halstead Senior Club was originally set up as the “Monday Club” in 1959, when it was generally agreed that there was a need for the senior people in Halstead to be able to come together, if they wished, for the purpose of enjoyment.  To date, the membership has grown to 43, with members not only coming from Halstead, but also from Knockholt, Sevenoaks, Dunton Green, Badgers Mount and Riverhead.  We are an extremely friendly group and welcome new members.  It always seems to me that the club has an extended family atmosphere.

    We offer a full programme of speakers, entertainment or occasional games, quizzes, etc.  We always try to ensure that we hold four luncheons per year, including a Birthday Party and a Garden Party.  We have an Annual trip to the seaside and always try to listen to our members’ wishes and incorporate them.  The Club is run on a voluntary basis by a team of seven, plus cake makers from the village.  We are very fortunate to have the support of the village, the Parish Church, the Local Store and the Rose & Crown and its customers.

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