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 27th January: 'Rescue dogs from Romania' talk by Hilary
Monday 10th February: Bingo.
Sunday 23rd February: Birthday meal at Chippenham Golf Club.
Monday 9th March: Card games.
Monday 23rd March: Tai Chi with Valerie Light.
Monday 6th April: Cooking Easter biscuits.
Monday 20th April: TV's Izzie Balmer from Wessex Auction Rooms.
Monday 4th May: "End of the Track" singers.
Monday 18th May: AGM.
There will be the usual raffles and 50 club draw during each month.
of Kington St Michael Autumn Club entered an Easter bonnet competition
at their last meeting before Easter. The judges, the only two male
members, decided between them that Betty Brotherwood, a lady over 90,
with the bright yellow hat on the left of the picture, was the person to
win the lovely big Easter egg.
For those who don't know about
the club's meetings, they are once a fortnight, bank holidays excluded,
on a Monday from 2 - 4pm in the village hall. There is a speaker at
alternate meetings and membrers play cards, bingo and occasionally a
type of skittles. The afternoon ends with the tea and biscuits. There
are outings at least twice a year, generally by coach and tailored to
those who cannot walk very far; the next outing is on June 3. Do join
the club to benefit from socialising and trips.
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.
November ~ Members 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.