Plaxtol Men’s Society is open to men of all ages from the village and surrounding areas. It was founded in 1966 to provide a venue for socialising and widening members’ interests by engaging interesting speakers.
Its season is from October to March, normally on the 2nd Monday of the month in Plaxtol Memorial Hall. It has an Annual Dinner in April and a summer outing.
PROGRAMME for 2016 to 2017
All meetings: open at 7:45 with tea and coffee
Speaker: at 8:00pm
Venue: Plaxtol Memorial Hall
Our 2016/17 season of monthly meetings finished on a high note with Kevin Reynolds’s “Best of Kent” talk. Kevin, a well-known travel writer with several published books to his name, was born in Crockham Hill and is a resident of Edenbridge. He has travelled the world, notebook and camera in hand, and maintains that the beauty of the Kent countryside compares well with that of the mountains of the Himalayas (in its own way).
Taking us on an illustrated tour of Kent from Chartwell to Rochester via Knole House, Ightham Mote, Lamberhurst, Scotney, Hever, Penshurst, Tonbridge, Teston and other points of the North Downs way in between, we were treated to a series of his photographs and local stories. Kent has over 20,000 buildings of historic interest and Kevin seems to have walked to, and photographed, all of them.
Of particular interest were “before and after” photographs of the grounds of Scotney Castle around the October 1987 hurricane and some of the history of Penshurst’s old Leicester Square buildings adjacent to the Church – not to be confused with the better known, but slightly more edgy, spot in London. It was noted that, surprisingly, the Kent Weald was once a centre of iron making and, sadly less surprisingly, that the production of hops has declined sharply mainly as a result of more cheaply produced varieties in Eastern Europe and the USA.
Apart from being an indefatigable walker Kevin is a fine photographer, particularly of flowers, gardens and wildlife, and raconteur. The evening passed quickly, and after our usual question and answer question, was brought to a close with the announcement of our Annual Dinner, which will be at The Plough, Ivy Hatch on Thursday 20th April.
Our new season starts in October.
The Annual Dinner 2017: On Thursday 20th April at The Plough, Ivy Hatch – contact Secretary or Treasurer for menu choices and further details.
A Summer Outing 2017: To be arranged and notified to members by email.
Chairman: Tom Hogg 01732 811016 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Tom Owen 01732 810955
Secretary: Alan Chacon 01622 872172