Carriage Driving helps to improve co-ordination, balance and sense of well-being and can greatly improve the quality of life of many disabled people.” The group meets every Wednesday between April and October and activities include driving around the local lanes and fields, grooming, tack cleaning, and a well-attended annual fun day. Susi added “We all get immense pleasure from carriage driving and volunteering with the group is fun and rewarding.
The Woodchurch Carriage Driving for the Disabled is on a huge drive for volunteers. The group, which is part of the National Riding for the Disabled Charity now, has around 50 people involved with the group and urgently needs more help. Susi Anderson, the group’s organiser said “The group has gone from strength to strength but we desperately need more volunteers if we are to expand and help more disabled adults. . Previous experience is not necessary as all training is given – all we need is enthusiasm!” The group has had a successful year as fundraising has provided 2 new carriages and planning permission was granted for an indoor carriage driving arena. Anybody interested in volunteering, helping with fund-raising for the group or wanting to know more about the group should contact Susi Anderson, Group Organiser on 01233 860 870 or visit the website at http://www.rdawoodchurch.co.uk
A regular monthly film club with annual membership fee of £6 giving access to films throughout the year. (non-members may buy at the door for £4). Funding via Kent County Council means the Memorial Hall now has its own film projection equipment, complete with fabulous surround sound, so that once a month the hall will be transformed into Woodchurch’s own cinema.
Refeshments are available.
Check the events calandar for upcoming films
Film Society 2017 line-up (all 7.30pm)
April 7th – Sully: Miracle on the Hudson
May 12th – The Jungle Book
June 9th – Hail:Caesar
August 11th – A United Kingdom
October 13th – A Street Cat named Bob
November 10th – Me Before You
NB Other months have not yet been decided
Tickets – 4 pounds for members – 5 non members
Woodchurch is fortunate to have many societies and clubs which provide the focus for community life. The Woodchurch Gardening Society can claim to be the oldest society in the village. Founded in 1887, the Woodchurch Amateurs and The Cottage gardening Society existed under the patronage of the Schreiber family, owners of the estate that covered much of the village. Nowadays the Society is affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society.
The highlights were the shows which eventually amalgamated into one annual show, which continues to this day.
The society holds monthly meetings from March to November. There is a varied programme which includes
- Guest Speakers
- Practical demonstrations
Visit http://www.woodchurchgardeningsociety.com or call Chairman Chris Stafford on 01233 861193 or Vice Chairman Reg Short 01233 861295 for more information about the Society.
Woodchurch Herb Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month between 2 -4pm.
During spring, summer and autumn join in on workshops growing and using herbs to make ointments, teas, creams, tinctures, during the winter workshops to make marigold lip balm, frankinsense face cream and myrrh ointment.
Please contact Lucy for further information or to join Woodchurch Herb Group
Meetings are held in the Woodchurch Memorial Hall at 7:30 pm on the first Monday of each month.
Subscription fee is £10 (£5 after 1st September)
The evening entry fee for non-members is £2
One of the key focal points of the village – available for meetings, parties, events etc (Delia Lee – bookings Secretary on 01233 860555) The Memorial Hall is “Hall Mark” accredited & comprises of 3 separate buildings on one site. Hall Information leaflets are held at the Information Centre
The Players present three productions a year ranging from pantomime to comedy and drama. Our productions take place in the Memorial Hall next to the village green.
The Players welcome new members who are interested in not just acting but in all aspects of the theatre
Some years ago, local resident John Pellett suggested to Richard Carley that, it would be nice for the over 60s residents in Woodchurch, and surrounding area, to have somewhere to socialise. So after some deliberation Richard started The Woodchurch Pop-In Centre. He had plenty of land but no building into which he could accommodate the people, so not to be beaten, he arranged for a large marquee to be erected. The Pop-In has proved so successful that Richard has decided to erect a purpose built unit to replace the marquee. Unfortunately the marquee stood where the new building would be, so the original erectors ‘Perfect Day Marquees’, offered to move the Marquee to its new position, FREE OF CHARGE, as their donation towards the new building. So Miles and his gang , set to and had the marquee moved in a trice.
Before moving on, we feel it is necessary to publicly thank, local councilor Aline Hicks for her tireless efforts to see the planning permission though, and recognition is also due to Ashford Borough Council’s planning department who could not have been more helpful.
When the new building is completed, The Pop-In Centre will be open several days a week but, in the mean time, the Pop-In Centre is still being held in the Marquee every Wednesday between 1.45 & 4pm where visitors can socialise and participate in a weekly quiz, raffle and bingo. Furthermore visitors will not go hungry or thirsty as there is always a wide selection of refreshments, including, tarts, pies and sponges, supplied by two stalwart members, Mary Blundell and Joan Boorman. For liquid refreshment there’s tea or coffee, all year round, plus cold fruit juice in the summer.
John Pellett – the originator of the Pop-In can be found helping to run the Wednesday meeting, ably assisted by Clive & Shirley Looker and Richard’s sister Jean.
Our Pre-school welcomes children from the age of 2 into the heart of the Woodchurch community, with close links to Woodchurch C of E Primary School and All Saints Church. Woodchurch Windmills Pre-School offers a safe, secure, happy, healthy and stimulating environment. The Pre-school is fully accessible for all children. We offer a child-centred approach where children are encouraged to develop their creativity, individuality and self-confidence in secure surroundings, led by trained staff.
At Woodchurch Windmills children can relax and have fun in a loving environment, encouraged by our staff to explore and learn about the world around them. You’ll find a wide range of appropriate learning materials and stimulating, high quality toys and activities both indoors and outdoors. Children are provided with variety in their day including fresh air, exercise, rest and play, all contributing positively to their physical, emotional and educational development. Surrounded by their peers, they can develop at their own pace and enthusiastically learn new skills.
Our close links with Woodchurch C of E Primary School allow us to prepare children for a happy and confident transition into full time education.
We believe that Woodchurch Windmills offers a very special pre-school experience and we welcome visits from parents/ carers who would like to find out more.
Woodchurch WI was founded in March 1927, and is still going strong. Our meetings are held at The Memorial Hall on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. We generally have a speaker,on as wide a variety of subjects as possible, then a time for coffee and a chat. We also have meals out and trips. Woodchurch is part of the larger WI movement, and, as such, we are able to take part in national, county and local group activities as well. We welcome new members…..you don’t need to know how to make jam, just be interested in learning new things!
If you want to know more, contact the President, Josie, on 860363, or go online and take a look at Facebook (search: Woodchurch-East Kent) or at our website [www.woodchurchwi.weebly.com], where you can read about our exploits and see what you think of our regular ‘Recipe of the Month’.