Charing in the First World War Exhibition opens next Saturday, June 14th
Those who served – and those who fell; the family who lost three sons; a remarkable cure from a cigarette burn; the children who lost their schooling; the vicar who was a keen astronomer and a Knight of the Order of the Holy Redeemer of Greece; the contrasting fortunes of two butchers; the shopkeeper who would cut a sweet in half if the scale went over; children collecting fruit stones for the war effort; parcels for POWs; the effect of the new drinking laws introduced; the impact of the Spanish Flu epidemic; the struggles of farmers with farmhands enlisting, machinery and transport diverted to war needs; food prices and rationing; the Vermin Club; looking after billeted soldiers; peeling 200 potatoes a day in the VAD hospitals…..
All of this and much more can be found in the exhibition which starts on Saturday June 14th. Spread over 14 venues in Charing and Charing Heath the exhibition will run until July 23rd... June 14th-15th (Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm; Sunday 2pm to 5pm) is the first open weekend when all information will be available and additional events will take place. (The second is July 5th-6th, same hours.) Outside the open weekends, venues will be open during their normal opening hours. Details can be found on www.charinghistory.co.uk
The First World War had a profound effect on Charing and Charing Heath. In addition to sending around 280 of its sons to serve and enduring its share of losses, the village ran two VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) hospitals, billeted troops (on three occasions for prolonged periods) and struggled with the impact of the war on agriculture and daily living. Venues will host displays appropriate to them – for example the Parish Hall will cover the two VAD hospitals of which it was one as well as how the village was run, the churches will concentrate on those who served particularly the fallen, Charing Heath Memorial Hall will look at how farmers coped with the loss of manpower, transport difficulties and the imperative to grow more particularly wheat.
In the Library (or the Church Barn on the afternoons of the open weekends) you will be able to find information about the village 100 years ago, where your relatives lived or who lived in your house.
Additional events will take place during the open weekends, particularly the Saturdays. On June 14th you will be able to hear a talk about the First World War, see and hear members of Portsmouth WW1 Remembrance Centre in costume and look at various exhibitions including a display of surgeon’s tools actually used at the front. Wander up the High Street and see what the shops were 100 years ago. And don’t forget to go to the school where schoolchildren will be giving presentations and showing off books they have made – as well as a model “war horse” inspired by the play. There will also be a quiz for children.
Finally don’t forget that in addition to taking its share of the WW1 exhibition, the Methodist Church will have an exhibition commemorating 200 years of Methodism in Charing and that Holy Trinity Church in Charing Heath will be commemorating its 140th anniversary.
The simple act of relaxation has many benefits for health & wellbeing, but is not always that easy to achieve. With this in mind, Charing Surgery & Yvonne Fernando, NLP Master Practitioner & Life Coach introduced a new 10 week programme of Relaxation, Mindfulness & Meditation. The first programme was very well attended with participants reporting positive results after only a few sessions. Everybody gained a greater understanding of these powerful techniques and learned something of value that they can apply to their daily lives. The group experience also proved to be extremely uplifting and everyone enjoyed coming together.
Yvonne was keen to ensure a positive experience all round and to this end, the decision was taken to support charity, Canine Partners. This inspirational charity transforms the lives of people with disabilities through the provision of Assistance Dogs. The final session of the first programme took place on Thursday, 20 March, which saw the presentation of £690 for Canine Partners. A second 10 week programme of Relaxation, Mindfulness & Meditation starts on Thursday, 11 September, 2014. Read More>
Yvonne explained "Relaxation is fundamental to good health & wellbeing and one of the best antidotes to stress. Learning how to relax can clear the mind, calm the emotions and result in a healthier body. It was a real pleasure to be able to run this programme and see so much enthusiasm and positivity within the group."
Friday 7 February
RAMP UP THE RED
British Heart Foundation Charity Night
Pool knockout competition
Live music quiz
Teams of four please
Please go as red as you can to help fight heart disease.
Prize for the best effort.
Any donations of prizes for raffle will be much appreciated.
Thursday 20 February
Please book your table soon
The Bowl Inn
In June and July 2014 Charing and District Local History Society will be holding an exhibition to show how Charing and Charing Heath were affected by World War 1. It will be sited in 14 different venues:
3 churches, three halls, 2 pubs, the library, the surgery, railway station, coffee shop, post office and the school.
The displays will be site specific, so the surgery will cover illnesses and injuries includingthe flu epidemic, the railway station will show the role of the railways and Charing Parish Hall will cover VAD hospitals, of which it was one, as well as showing how the parish was run.
The school will look at education and children’s lives while churches will concentrate on those who served, particularly the fallen, and their families. In Charing Heath the Memorial Hall will cover the effect of the war on agriculture. Charing library will show the result of census research into who was living here and how the population has changed.
The aim is to give a complete picture of how a small rural community coped with the impact of the war on daily living. Over 280 of our 1,223 population served; others worked at the two VAD hospitals, or supported them with gifts of money and food. Troops were billeted in the village – for prolonged periods on three occasions - and local farms had to continue the vital work of food production despite the loss of both men and horses to the army.
The displays will be mounted for several weeks, including two open weekends (14/15 June and 5/6 July) when as many venues as possible will be open and a programme of events will take place.
The History Society is delighted and grateful to have been granted generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Ashford Borough Council, Charing Parish Council and local ward councillors.
Stand by for further information closer to the time on this website as well as on www.charinghistory.co.uk
Starting 16 Jan Charing Surgery and Yvonne Fernando are introducting a 10 week programme of Relaxation, Mindfulness & Meditation to help people learn to relax.
People can join the whole programme or come to just a few sessions.
The programme is being run in support of charity with a suggestion contribution of £5 per class. Call Yvonne to book (spaces subject to availability).
Yvonne Fernando has a new programme of Talks & Workshops for Health & Wellbeing, also being run at Charing Surgery
Talks - Free to attend
Food for Thought - Thurs 23 Jan 12-1pm
Fears Phobias & Traumas - Thurs 20 Feb 12-1pm
Workshops - cost £35 each, call Yvonne on 07968 785714 to book or see www.yvonnefernandonlp.co.uk for more details
Introduction to NLP - Sat 25 Jan 9.30-12.30
NLP & Health - Sat 22 Feb 9,30-12.30
Meditation & Mindfulness - Sat 22 Mar 9.30-12.30
The weather has been ordered and we are ready to go with the
BOWL BEER FESTIVAL 2013
12,13,14 JULY 2013
Bands as below - Beer list to follow mid week. Hope to see you all on at least one of the days !
Friday 12th evening:-
Fate the Juggler
Saturday 13th afternoon:-
Saturday 13th evening:-
Sunday 14th afternoon:-
Paine - The Bowl
Inn (Great company, food and drink)
Saturday 22 June 2013 - Clewards Meadow - from 12 o'clock
We welcome you all most warmly to the 2013 Church Fete, Flower show & Crafts Fayre with its fun, stalls and activities.
This year's fete is held on June 22nd, the week before Charing Church celebrates its Patronal Festival when we remember St. Peter and St. Paul after whom the church takes its name.
The Fete represents something very important as it provides a means to build on the friendship and acquaintances we have with others in our community. The involvement of the Gardening Society and the Primary School makes this much more than just a church event. An observer would recognise that there are many parts of the overall Fete that come from outside the immediate village community but none the less would see it as a typical English village activity.
A community only grows as the relationship between its members are enriched. Spending time together at events like the Fete enables our relationships to grow.
So, enjoy the hog roast, and the other things there are to eat and drink. Good luck with "guess the wieght of the cake" and other games and may you make new friends and renew old friendships.
Finally, my thanks go to the many, many people who work so hard to make this event possible. It is months in the planning and without the effort of all involved it would be impossible to hold. So to you all, thank you so much.
Reverend Sheial Cox (Rector)
Graham Mason and Kevin Moon - Churchwardens.
12.00pm Fete opened by the Revd Sheial Cox (Rector)
12.05pm Prize Giving - Primary School Art Competition "The Changing Face of Charing Primay School"
12.15pm A Muscial Melody with Charing School Choir
12.30pm Karate display by Karate Leadership UK, Lenham
12.45pm Tug o' Wat heats and final for Charing Primary School
01.15pm Punch and Judy show
01.45pm East Kent Morris Men
02.15pm Tug o War - adults heats & semi-final sponsored by Dalemarsh Ltd
02.45pm East Kent Morris Men
03.00pm Decorated Hat & Bonnet Competition judged by Corry Bain-Smith
03.15pm Pet Competion, judged by Vic Reeves & Nancy Sorrell
03.30pm Novelty Races for Children and Adults
04.00pm Tug o' War adult final - Prize £ 100
04.15pm Gardening Society Sale of Flowers
04.30pm Announcement of Competition Winners
The Fete Committee wish to express their appreciation and thanks for the generous support received from businesses, local traders, the Primary School, Gardening Society and individuals. At the time of going to print here are many who many not yet realise that they are going to volunteer or be involved in some way. As a Committee we will never be aware of every individual's involvement but rest assured that we are grateful for everyone's support.
We would encourage everyone to make use of the local traders and businesses whenever possible. Sourcing things local is likely to be an ever-increasing aspect of our daily lives as we start to look at our carbon footprint in response to the concerns about global warming.
Having sustainable village shops and businesses is a vital part of what makes this a vibrant and active village rather than simply being a "residential suburb of Ashford".
The Fete Committee
Every year on the weekend of the last May Bank Holiday, Charing welcomes a large group of walkers on the annual Pilgrimage from St Martin- in- the- Fields Pilgrimage to Canterbury.
This morning we received the following email:
I'm coming to Charing on Sunday 27 May as part of the annual Pilgrimage from St Martin- in- the- Fields Pilgrimage to Canterbury. Every year, we come down + raise money for the connection at St Martins and for the Canterbury homeless charity as well.
Some of us are happily staying in the Barn this year, or in the parish Hall or camping, and come post supper we will be clogging up the Royal Oak. Unfortunately all the Rooms at the Royal Oak are booked, but I wonder if you know anyone who would be happy to do a B + B (i.e. Bed + Bath) on the Sunday evening. It has to be within WALKING distance of the church.
All I'm after is a
Bath (Bliss) from about 4.30 ish, depending how fast I walk that day, and a
bed in a spare room. We leave early on Sunday morning + have breakfast all
together. I would happily donate my over night fee to a Charing Charity if
preferred (I was going to email the Vicar….) Unfortunately I don’t have any
connections in Charing I could ask directly … it’s the sort of thing one would
usually put in the Post office … and I know there would be several other pilgrims
who would also love a discreet B + B.
anyway, here's hoping, and my home email is Gillie.firstname.lastname@example.org