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  • Bridge Club

    BRIDGE CLUB

    Contact :  Peter Slevin

    Tel :  01689 853596

    St. Margaret’s Church runs a Contract Bridge class from 2 - 4 p.m. every Friday in the North Room at the Church - beginners are always welcome.

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  • Halstead Players

    HALSTEAD PLAYERS

    Contact:  Mrs. Decima Grundy

    Tel:  01732 750667

    To find out more about Halstead Players, please go their website at www.halsteadplayers.org.uk.

    Not just Am Drams, more a lot of fun

    We are always looking for new members, so why not come and join us. We need new people, new ideas and new faces.  Our Membership Secretary is Ruth Verrall on 01959 533201 - why not give her a ring if you're interested.  We only have 2 productions a year but we also get together for photos.

    Each year we alternate between a Revue and Panto at Christmas and during the year we produce one other play, sometimes comedy, sometimes drama.  Each production only takes about 6-8 weeks to rehearse.

    • In January 2007 we performed a very amusing comedy called 12th Man about a Yorkshire village cricket team who find themselves playing against the England Women's' Cricket team.
    • In 2010 we worked with Farnborough Players to put on a joint production of “Under Milk Wood” in both Farnborough Village Hall and St.Margaret’s Church in Halstead
    • In June 2012 we put on a “Right Royal Revue”, as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
    • In June 2014 we put on another revue to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the start of the 1st World War;
    • and in 2015 we put on a pantomime, “Beauty & the Beast”;

    We are a very friendly group although we take our drama very seriously.

    We are looking for actors but if performing is not your thing we always need help with costumes, make-up, set building, electrics and ordering the beer.

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  • Halstead Womens Institute

    HALSTEAD WOMEN’S INSTITUTE

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    President :           Tel : 
    Secretary :  
    Mrs. Val Dennett              Tel :  01959 533344

    Badgers Mount Memorial Hall - Afternoons

    Secretary :  
    Lesley Salmon              Tel :  01959 532276

    Halstead Women's Institute was reformed as an evening institute in 1965 and so we have recently celebrated our 50th anniversary. We meet on the second Tuesday of every month in Halstead Village Hall at 8 p.m. and finish at around 10 p.m.

    Our meetings are very friendly and informal and we enjoy talks by a variety of speakers covering a wide range of topics to suit all tastes. We finish our meeting with tea and cakes/biscuits and a good chat.

    Throughout the year we also have various outings, including a day trip to France (you can bring a friend or partner) and a trip to London to visit a place of interest.

    Come and join us, meet old friends or make new ones - we are a very sociable crowd and would make you very welcome.

  • Horticultural Society

    HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

    Hort-soc-badge-websizeEstablished in 1976, the Halstead & District Horticultural Society is an active village club with over 120 members.  It is organised and run by a committee of twelve.  The committee prepares and distributes to members an annual Programme of Events that includes:

    *  Three shows – Spring, Summer and Autumn
    *  A full day coach outing plus other outings using members’ transport
    *  Regular talks on a wide range of gardening and related topics
    *  Plant Sale in May
    *  Annual Quiz in October


    We also have around twenty Walled Garden Allotment plots and currently the waiting list is quite short.

    The Society usually meets on the 4th Thursday of the month but check by telephoning the Chairman or Secretary first.  Details of the monthly meetings and outings can be found on the website on the Hort Soc Programme page.

    We also field a pub quiz team at The Rose & Crown, Halstead on the third Sunday evening of each month.

    We are delighted to welcome new members not just from Halstead but also from the surrounding area.

    Annual Subscriptions for 2018 are:

    • Any Age Adult:  8
    • Any Age Couple: 10
    • Family:  14
    • Under 18’s:  Free
    • Allotmenteers: 5 plus 20 per annum allotment fee

    Names and telephone numbers of committee members who can be contacted for any information including membership are in the column on the right.

    CONTACTS :

    Secretary
    Peter Nicholls
    (01959) 534497


    Chairman & Membership:
    Barrie Blundell
    (
    01959) 533074

    Outings: & PR
    Sally Nicholson
    (
    01959) 533836

    Allotments :

    Helen Erhardt
    (01689) 860805

    To see a list of Horticultural Society events for 2018, please click on this link.

  • Kent Heights Flower Club

    NAFASKENT HEIGHTS FLOWER CLUB

    Contact: Jill Wilson

    Tel:  01959 532220

    All meetings start at 8 p.m. in Halstead Village Hall.

    The Kent Heights Flower Club is affiliated to the London and Overseas Area of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS).

    To find out more, connect to either:

     the local branch at www.flowerslondonandoverseas.org.uk,

    or the national organisation at www.nafas.org.uk

  • Knockholt Art Club

    KNOCKHOLT ART CLUB

    Chairman :   David Taylor
    Tel:  01959 533105

    Secretary :   Philip Jones
    Tel :  01689 869471

    The Art Club meetings are at 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month throughout the year in the main hall in Knockholt Village Centre.

    Members Annual Subscription is 20.  If you would like to become a member, please contact David Taylor on 01959 533105.

    Guests are also welcome to attend monthly meetings, at a charge of 3.

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    The above picture is by well-known artist Ray Campbell Smith, who was an earlier President of the Art Club.
     

    • 20th September 2018

      20th September, 2018

      Painting in Oils

      A presentation by John Parris

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    • 22nd/23rd September 2018

      22nd & 23rd September, 2018

      Autumn Exhibition
      Coolings Nursery on Rushmore Hill

       

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    • 18th October 2018

      19th October, 2017

      Venice Scene in a Water-based Madium

      A presentation by Paul Chambers.

      Paul is a new presenter at the Art Club

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    • 15th November 2018

      15th November, 2018

      Cafe Scene in Oil

      A presentation by
      Paul Simmons.

      Paul is a new presenter at the Art Club

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    • January 2019

      18th January, 2018

      New Year Lunch

      New Year

    • 15th February 2019

      15th February, 2019

      Fun Evening

       

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    • 21st March 2019

      15th March, 2018

      Animal in watercolour & Gouache

      A presentation by Carole Aston

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    • 7th/8th April 2019

      7th & 8th April, 2019

      Spring Exhibition
      Coolings Nursery on Rushmore Hill


      Members will be required to steward.

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    • 18th April 2019

      18th April, 2019

      Still Life in Mixed media

      A presentation by Adrienne Parker.

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    • 16th May 2019

      16th May, 2019

      Annual General Meeting

      Please stay afterwards for a drink and a chat.

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  • Mens Fellowship

    MEN’S FELLOWSHIP

    MensFellowshipContact:   Lewis Grey

    Tel:   01959 534243

    This organisation is open to any man who would like to spend a couple of hours in congenial company listening to an interesting speaker and enjoying a cup of coffee.  Meetings are held bi-monthly from September to May, usually on the first or second Tuesday in the month in the North Room of St. Margaret’s Church at 8 p.m.  Some of our speakers are from within our Fellowship or from the village and it is surprising at the variety of experiences which these speakers can offer.

    Recent visits have included tours of Lords Cricket Ground, Houses of Parliament, backstage at the Royal Opera, The Royal Pavilion, Brooklands Racing Circuit and 10 Downing Street.  Although there are no subscriptions, many members kindly make a small contribution to the costs of biscuits and coffee.  With the profits from these contributions, the Fellowship has been able to donate to the church a combined video cassette recorder and DVD player.

    Why not join us at one of our meetings ?

    Details of dates and reports of meetings are included in the church magazine and further information can be obtained from Alan Brown (Tel: 01959 5323619).

  • Reading Group

    READING GROUP

    reading-group-01Contact :   Jean Peel

    Tel :   01959 533180

    E-mail :   jmpeel@homecall.co.uk

    “Only one hour in the normal day is more pleasurable than the hour spent in bed with a book before going to sleep and that is the hour spent in bed with a book after being called in the morning !”
    Rose Macaulay

    This quote was one of the ideas that started the Halstead Reading Group in June 2004 and now we meet monthly from 9.30 a.m. - 11 a.m. on a Tuesday morning in one anothers homes and over a cup of coffee (and maybe a biscuit !)

    There are 16 members and we’ve read and discussed over 50 books in the past 5 years !  Jane Austen, Dan Brown, Khaled Hosseini, Charles Dickens and Kate Moss are just some of the authors we’ve got to know and enjoy.  We’ve held 3 guest events with local authors, travelled to Carcassonne and Granada to find out what inspired Kate Moss and Victoria Hislop to set their books in these wonderful places and now have a literary lunch outing at Christmas !

    Books we have agreed to read over the next few months include :

    • “The Road Home” by Rose Tremaine,
    • “Earthly Joys” by Philippa Gregory,
    • “War & Peace” by Tolstoy (going to be a challenge!)

    If you’d like to join a Reading Group, we would be very happy to help set up another group perhaps at a different time of day or different day of the week so just give me a call. Jean Peel 01959 533180.

  • Reading Group (Evening)

    READING GROUP (EVENING)

    A few people living in the Halstead area, who find it difficult to meet during the day, have decided to start a new evening reading group.

    Our plan is simple - to enjoy ourselves talking about books !  We will meet about once a month to discuss a book we have chosen together and other books we have found interesting and perhaps wander into film, theatre and general gossip over a glass or two of wine.

    Our first meeting will be on Wednesday March 18th at 8.30 pm.

    If you are interested in joining us or finding out more, email Sarah Bennett on sarahbennettmail@gmail.com or phone 01959 534218.

  • Royal British Legion

    ROYAL BRITISH LEGION

    Halstead is a small village branch with 25 members.  It organizes the Poppy Appeal in Halstead and Badgers Mount, and in 2009 this amounted to over 5,000 and it contributes to the Remembrance Service at St.Margaret’s Church.

    During the year it organizes an outing to a place of interest and holds a social evening with a talk and refreshments.

    royal_british_legion_hdr_bg.jpgOur AGM is held in October.  The formal business of the meeting is usually followed by a talk from a suitable speaker, all helped down by a glass of wine.

    We are always pleased to welcome new members. If you would like to become a member, please call or write to the Secretary at the address above.

    Halstead (Kent) Branch - BR1966

    Contact:  Barbara Davenport  (Hon. Secretary)
    Tel :   (01959) 532025

    Poppy Appeal Organiser :   Allan Spence
    Tel :   (01959)
    533209

    To find out more about the work of the Royal British Legion, please go to :
        www.britishlegion.org.uk
     

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  • Senior Club

    SENIOR CLUB

    Contact :   Jackie Johnson

    Tel :   01959 575432

    Halstead Senior Club was originally set up as the “Monday Club” in 1959, when it was generally agreed that there was a need for the senior people in Halstead to be able to come together, if they wished, for the purpose of enjoyment.  To date, the membership has grown to 43, with members not only coming from Halstead, but also from Knockholt, Sevenoaks, Dunton Green, Badgers Mount and Riverhead.  We are an extremely friendly group and welcome new members.  It always seems to me that the club has an extended family atmosphere.

    We offer a full programme of speakers, entertainment or occasional games, quizzes, etc.  We always try to ensure that we hold four luncheons per year, including a Birthday Party and a Garden Party.  We have an Annual trip to the seaside and always try to listen to our members’ wishes and incorporate them.  The Club is run on a voluntary basis by a team of seven, plus cake makers from the village.  We are very fortunate to have the support of the village, the Parish Church, the Local Store and the Rose & Crown and its customers.

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