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 2017 to 2018
All meetings: open at 7:45 with tea and coffee
Speaker: at 8:00pm
Venue: Plaxtol Memorial Hall
Membership subscription is £15.00
November 13th: Our speaker was Mr. Tim Tawney, the subject “a snake in the lavatory – a background of colonial history”. After National Service and university (which included a year’s colonial training; this included some law) Tim joined the colonial service and worked as a District Officer in Kenya Uganda Tanganyika and Nyasaland in the periods leading up to their independence.
Tim reminded us that over the period 1880-1960 many European countries had colonies. Many modern day Africans forget that the colonial masters often replaced cruel Arab slave traders and despotic regimes, and that they introduced key social benefits such as sanitation, hospitals, roads bridges and railways. An independent (?) American historian compared the different colonial powers and judged that, with all our faults, the British were the best!
Tim explained that the young District Officers often had responsibility for areas as big as Wales with the help of only a few policemen; had to travel (safari) 10-15 days every month to visit the areas for which they were responsible; had to multi-task, serving as administrators, magistrates, police, tax collectors. Serious crimes such as murder, rape and witchcraft were dealt with at a national level. In the key periods up to independence they had also to act as Election Returning Officers. The wives were often quite lonely, but this was offset somewhat by quite active social and sporting events.
In summary, his period as a District Officer was the best possible preparation for his return to civilian life.
Peter Brewin was formally elected to fill the vacancy as secretary
Our Chairman, Tom Hogg, reminded members about the Christmas Social Monday 11th December. If you wish to attend please contact Treasurer Tom Owen: Tel. 810955 for details.
December 11th: Our Christmas Social Event, to which wives and partners are invited – about The Heart of Kent Hospice.
January 8th: A local Magistrate will talk about “The Work of the Magistrates Court”.
February 12th: “The musings of a retired PC!” by Peter Crossley.
March 12th: Peter Brewin will talk about “Metal Powders and the musings of a retired Engineer”.
The Annual Dinner 2018: April. Details to be confirmed.
A Summer Outing 2018: To be arranged and notified to members by email.
Chairman: Tom Hogg 01732 811016 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Tom Owen 01732 810955 Email: email@example.com
Secretary: Peter Brewin 01732 810361 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org