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Kington St Michael Autumn Club
Founded 12th January 1976

Chairman: Evelyn Jones, tel: 01249-650227
Vice-chairman: Pat Hunt
Secretary: Joan Gilbert
Treasurer: Margaret Abrahams
Speaker & Activities organiser: Ann Eccles

Membership fee: £7 per annum (over 90s free!)
Membership: We ask members to attend at least 5 meetings during the year, in order to qualify for subsidised events.
Eligibility: This club is open to anyone over the age of 50 living in Kington St Michael and the surrounding area. We particularly hope that some younger folks will join us to help with serving tea and biscuits etc. There is always a job we can find for those that want one, but others, maybe less agile are still very welcome.
Where we meet: Kington St Michael Village Hall.
When we meet: Alternate Mondays, 2pm – 4pm (except Bank Holidays and during August, when we arrange outings).

Come along and meet a friendly group of people. At each meeting we have an invited "Speaker", games (whist, bingo, a quiz etc) and refreshments. New members and visitors always welcome.

Autumn Club is associated with Age Concern Wiltshire.

Events & Outings
Monday 10th December: Christmas party, with entertainment by musician Graham Harding.
Sunday 6th January: New Year meal at Chippenham Bowls Club.
Monday 14th January: In-house entertainment.
Monday 28th January: Speaker, Jean Collins, will give a talk entitled ‘Looking at Life’.

There will be the usual raffles and 50 club draw during each month.

News

2017

January ~
On January 8th members met to enjoy a New Year's meal at Chippenham Bowls Club.  At our regular meeting on 16th January, members had a social afternoon and a bring-and-buy sale, which raised £44.  The 50 club winners for January were Eileen Baker, Peggy Newport, and Angela Virr.

2016

NovemberMembers met on November 14th, when they enjoyed a very interesting talk by local herbalist, Sam Entwistle. She brought along a selection of herbs that many of us have in our gardens, and showed us how these can be used to ease symptoms of many common ailments.

September ~ Members met on September 5th after enjoying a summer break throughout August. They had a social afternoon with games and celebrated member Joan Gilbert's special birthday with cake and sherry. The 50 Club winners for August were Heather Cuss, Pat Hunt and Audrey Pring, whilst September’s winners were Pauline Low, Kath Howlett and John Woodward.

July ~ Members met on July 4th, when they watched a film show presented by Michael Gamble; it contained footage of the Royal Family, starting with the birth of our Queen and followed her life story through the decades until the present day. It was a fantastic presentation which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. 50 Club winners for July were Marjorie Bolwell, Ethel Horsell and Shirley Stevens.

June ~ On June 20, members went on a coach trip to Weston-Super-Mare, where they enjoyed a two course meal in a sea front hotel. They also had some free time to enjoy the sights, followed by a scenic drive to Hawkesbury Upton, where the local WI served tea and cake.

~ Members met on June 6 and enjoyed an afternoon of curling, and celebrated Pat Dyer's special birthday. A minute's silence was held in memory of Ron Sigee, who recently passed away. Ron had spent many hours helping the club before his illness.
The 50 Club winners for June were Evelyn Jones, Doll Brewer, and Pam Smith.

May ~ Members met on May 9th and enjoyed a beetle drive followed by a cream tea. The winners of the 50 Club draw were Pat Hunt, Pam Smith, and Ernest Bird.

April ~ Members met on April 25th for the club's AGM, when a vote was taken to elect a new committee. Ann Eccles and Marian Hulbert were presented with bouquets in recognition of their three year terms as secretary and treasurer; Ann has now taken up the position of organiser for activities and visiting speakers and Joan Gilbert and Margaret Abrahams have taken over as secretary and treasurer respectively. The meeting concluded with a session of table games.

~ Members met on April 4th when they enjoyed a talk about Box Tunnel by Dr Michael Smith. We heard about the history of the tunnel and also about the plans for its future. A minute's silence was held in memory of member Audrey Cadby, who passed away recently. The 50 Club winners for April were Pat Dyer, Christine Farren, and Eileen Baker.

March ~ Members met on March 21st to celebrate Easter with hot cross buns and Easter eggs, and took part in a spring themed quiz.

~ Members met on March 7th to enjoy a sing-a-long, led by Mr Forbes Robertson with his guitar and fiddle. The 50 club winners for March were Sheila Sealy, Audrey Pring, and Jack Buckingham.

February ~ Onn February 22nd forty members met at Castle Combe Golf Club and enjoyed a two course meal to celebrate Autumn Club's 40th anniversary. The committee is very proud that the club is still so successful after all these years.

 Castle Combe Golf Club

 Autumn Club 40th anniversary, 22nd February 2016

Members met on February 8th, when speaker Derek Robins gave an interesting talk about his mining career in Zimbabwe. A minute’s silence was held in memory of David Snelgrove, a valued member of the club, who sadly passed away recently.
The 50 Club winners for February were Eileen Baker, Anne Houston and Pat Dyer.

JanuaryMembers met on January 11th, when George and Alison from St John's Ambulance attended. They gave a demonstration of basic emergency first aid and showed the group how to use a defibrillator. January’s 50 Club winners were: 1st Nigel Farr, 2nd Dave Snelgrove and 3rd Angela Virr.

Members enjoyed a New Year meal at Chippenham Golf Club on January 3rd. The 50 Club winners for December were Ron Sigee, Ernest Bird and Kath Howlett