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Chairman’s Report September 2015 for Kent 


Hello Members, 


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

Dispatch. 


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,

 

 
 
Chairman of Council
Association of Men of Kent & Kentish Men
 
 
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