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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Newington History Group and Village Festival - News

Newington History Group

Some of the best examples of medieval church graffiti figures in Kent can be seen in Newington Parish Church, but they can be quite difficult to find. 
Join members of the village's History Group on Thursday, May 12, when Alan Anstee will take you on a tour of the church and help you identify the different types of graffiti, while Thelma Dudley will explain the history of the church's wall paintings. 
Bring a torch and you might spot some previously undiscovered graffiti yourself. The tour starts at 7pm.
Somme Centenary: The centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, the most devastating battle of WWI, is on Friday, July 1. Newington lost four men during the period up to Nov 18. They were: Henry Bishenden , Harold Brand, Edgar Hales and James Mannering.
The History Group will be commemorating these men. If you have any personal comments or family connections, please contact or 01795 842711.
The group organises community events to unearth, preserve and promote the history of the village and its neighbours. Guests (£3) and new members (£15p.a.) are welcome to its monthly meetings.

Newington's Village Festival

The village's annual summer festival will be held on Saturday, July 16, on the school field (noon-7pm).

Every year thousands of people enjoy this family-friendly community event, organised by the parish council and volunteers, in conjunction with Demelza Children's Hospice.

It's now one of the largest festivals of its kind in Swale, but that means it needs a lot of people to help retain its continued success. Contact Tony Mould at or 07590 464700 to offer your services, or to book a stall or programme advertising.

Among this year's attractions will be a medieval re-enactment camp and fight display, live bands, dance displays, funfair, sideshows and stalls.

The day includes the popular Newington tug-of-war tournament. Entries are open for teams of 8-10 people. Gather together your mates and have some fun taking part. It's free and there's a trophy for the winners.

Richard Thompstone

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Latest News from Upchurch WI

W.I. enjoyed a very successful Quiz Night on Friday evening, the 22nd of April in the Village Hall. Seventeen tables of six people competed for the prize of a bottle of wine for each team member, while enjoying refreshments organised by members of the Committee.

The raffle was very well supported and, when all the expenses are in, we hope to have raised a good sum of money to pay for interesting speakers during the coming year.

Thank you to all those people who supported us at what has been our most successful Quiz to date.

Our next Quiz Night will be on Friday the 14th of October.

We hope you will be able to join us.

Christine Stevens
Upchurch WI

Monday, 25 April 2016

Afternoon Tea Dance at Upchurch Village Hall - Amount Raised and Thank You

A very successful Afternoon Tea Dance was held at the Village Hall today, Monday the 25th of April to help raise money towards the refurbishment of the Hall.

With help from a lot of village people we managed to raise £289.00, but more importantly a great social afternoon was enjoyed by all!

It is hoped that this may encourage more people to use the Hall in the future.

Thank you,

Jill Lewis
Village Hall Secretary
Tel: 01634 230643