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Chairman’s Report September 2015 for Kent
As I sit and write this article, firstly I must say congratulations to our Faversham Branch
in securing a successful win at this year’s Bat and Trap at The Castle in Oare. This year
saw 9 teams entering the competition; the calibre of play was much higher this year with
some excellent batting and bowling from our members; it seems the hours of practice
were beneficial. Many thanks to Medway Branch for hosting the event and Peter Wyatt
for overseeing the day’s proceedings. The buffet provided by the Ladies at The Castle was
to the usual excellent standard and if you didn’t attend this year I highly recommend that
you get a team together for next year’s event for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon with
great company, delicious tea and a chance to win the Bat & Trap Shield for your Branch.
The County AGM was well attended at which the sale of Cantium Lodge was discussed.
An offer has since been received of £132,500 by the osteopath business adjacent to
Cantium Lodge. Kent Playing Fields Association has expressed their wish to proceed with
this offer; this is a good and competitive offer given the current market for commercial
property. The average value which was given by three estate agents indicated a final sales
price at being between £125k to £135k. It was made very clear by KPFA that they wish the
sale to be mutually agreed rather than forced upon AMKKM under the signed agreement
already in place; the Executive have discussed the offer and are in agreement to accept
the offer and the sale is proceeding. An update will be discussed with Council and Branch
Officers at the meeting in October and the information will then be passed on to all of our members.
I represented the Association on June 20th at Canterbury Cathedral for the 200th Anniversary
of the Allied Victory at Waterloo and the arrival of the Waterloo Dispatch in Canterbury.
Our President, The Viscount De L’Isle MBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Kent reminded us that
the frontline County of Kent played a significant role in early 19th century events which
would decide our Nation’s survival. Throughout the Napoleonic Wars, culminating in the
allied victory at Waterloo in June 1815, our coastal towns were of crucial importance in sustaining those fighting in Europe. Men of Kent and Kentish Men fought on land and the
sea in a series of battles from the Iberian Peninsula to the Nile, Trafalgar and ultimately Waterloo. As with earlier and subsequent campaigns, it was through Kent that news of momentous events was passed to the Sovereign in the capital. We were honoured to see
our Patron, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent KG GCMC GCVO ADC(P) who read the second reading, whose own regiment, The Royal Scots Greys, fought with great distinction
in the defeat of Napoleon two hundred years ago. Following the Service the congregation
moved outside to watch an excellent re-enactment of the arrival of the New Waterloo
June once again saw us at Sittingbourne Greyhounds for the Annual Men of Kent County
Dog Racing Evening, a fine nights racing with twelve races on the card; the first race being
won by the aptly named “Sign Emily” which was heavily backed by the Deal contingency.
It was safe to say that no life changing amounts were won or indeed lost on the night, but
good fun and a two course dinner was enjoyed by all that attended.
I have had the good fortune to be invited to several branch events; Canterbury had their
Summer Supper Party in a most beautiful venue, Nackington Barn; a cheese and pate
supper was provided by the ladies of the branch and a very pleasant evening was enjoyed
by all. The Blessing of the Waters in Whitstable was once again well attended; we gathered
at the church to parade down to Reeves Beach, stopping at Starvation Point to remember
the Merchant Seamen of Whitstable who served during the two World Wars. The service at
Reeves Beach was conducted by the Revd Simon Tillotson - we did not let the flying ants
detract us from following the service! We later moved on to The Marine Hotel for a most
enjoyable dinner, a very successful day for Whitstable, well done! I joined Medway for their
Summer Picnic at Kits Coty and had a lovely afternoon at the beautiful home and garden
of Lorna & Brian Culver (I also got to have a quick peek at their wonderful business venture
of “Kits Coty Glamping – Glamorous Camping For Everyone” what a delightful way to
camp!) The picnic was WWII themed, there were some great outfits, Pimms in the marquee
and a picnic tea made for yet another most enjoyable Men of Kent afternoon.
At all these events it was lovely to see visiting members support other Branches, this is
good to see and we must all be greatly encouraged to join in other branches events;
please make sure you look at the Diary of Events and support other Branch’s - together
we are stronger!
On closing my column in your Kent, can I please remind you to buy the Association
Christmas cards, these can help make the Association more visible during the “Season
of Goodwill” On a more serious note, please remember to support your local Branch,
neighbouring branches and very importantly, to buy your Lottery Tickets in the New Year,
this is an excellent way to help fund your Association to ensure that we continue to thrive.
With very good wishes and kind regards to you all,