Friendship Club

Areley Kings Friendship Club meets on alternate Monday afternoons 1.45pm until 3.45 pm.

Provisional 2017 programme (as at Dec 2016)

Jan 17 – Invited by Astley Chat Club to join them for their New Year Party.
Jan 30 – Film Revue of 2016. Inviting Walshes Friends Group to join us.
Feb 13 – Marion Canning – Toastmaster
Feb 27 – Phil Hoar – Life in Prison.
March 13 – Mary’s Hot lunch to start at 1pm.
March 27 – Grant Mitchell – Severn Trent Water.
April 10
April 24 – Our Lizzie Cooking Demo.
May 8 – Coach Trip – 12noon from Village Hall.
May 22 – Flower arranging.
June 5 – Invite Astley Chat Club, Afternoon tea and Ukelele Band.
June 19
July 3 – Margaret Green – Prison talk
July 17 – Chris Westwood – One stroke painting.
July 31
August 14 – Mary’s Ploughman lunch. 1pm.
August 28 is a Bank Holiday.
Sept 11 – AGM. Quiz
Sept 25
Oct 9
Oct 23 – Shoe boxes and Quiz
Nov 6 – Robin Hill – Landgirls in WWI and WWII
Nov 20 – Christmas makes
Dec 4 – Christmas lunch
Dec 18 – No meeting.

September 2015
The past year has been very busy, we have celebrated our 10th birthday, had a variety of speakers covering the Orang-utan’s in Borneo, The Severn Valley Railway, Magistracy in Worcestershire, WW1 in Areley Kings, The Shoe Box Appeal, The Windmill Children, Another Man’s Shoes, the story of escape during WW2, Becoming a Dementia Friend, Being the Son of a Village Policeman, Life in Kenya and recently Armchair Aerobics. A small group went to the Monday Night Pantomime, and a larger group went to the AK Players Panto, both thoroughly enjoyed and up to their usual very high standard. Geoff and Chris Brown have organised for us an Italian afternoon and a Cosmic afternoon where the committee ‘volunteered’ to have their horoscopes made known to all! They also organised the plant exchange in June, all of which were very successful. Graham Baldwin put together a video of the last year’s events, and we were joined by the Walshes Friendship Club to view it, and afterwards enjoyed an afternoon tea. We have come to look forward to these reviews, as you forget so much, and miss friends who have passed on. We have enjoyed making Christmas goods, and also our Christmas dinner out at the Granary.  We played Bingo one afternoon, and went on our Annual afternoon outing enjoying a mystery trip round Broadheath, Malvern and Bromyard, arriving at Upper Sapey for tea. We were blessed with good weather and the views were superb. We have recently entertained Astley to a Summer Tea Party, the food being brought by all our members, when we were suitably entertained by Dandy. A thoroughly enjoyable year, which would not have been possible without the help of donations from the Carnival Committee, The Monday Night Group and The Areley Kings Players for which we send our sincere grateful thanks.

The Club has a waiting list at present, but if you would like to know more details please phone Pauline and Graham Baldwin, our leaders, on 01299 871004

March 2015
Our founder leader was Margaret Danby, who began the Friendship Club in the old Parish Rooms in Areley Kings with a handful of members and very little money. I offered to help Margaret and with the help of the Friends of AKVH we began meeting in the Millington Room in Areley Kings Village Hall in September 2004 just 6 months after the Hall was officially opened. We have just enjoyed our first ten years.

As our name suggests we are a friendly group of people, gentlemen and ladies who prefer to meet in the daytime rather than go out in the evening. We have a varied programme of speakers both entertaining and informative.
Our programme includes some ‘hands on’ activities and each February we have a film revue of the previous year’s activities which is when we invite the Walshes Friendship Club to join us for the afternoon.  We take a coach trip in June every year and every August we invite Astley Chat Club to join us for a party. We go out for a Christmas lunch in December so you can see that we do enjoy ourselves.

HOWEVER OUR NUMBERS HAVE GROWN SO MUCH THAT WE CANNOT TAKE ANY NEW MEMBERS AT PRESENT (there are too many members to fit on one coach) SO IF YOU THINK THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN US PLEASE RING PAULINE OR GRAHAM BALDWIN 01299 871004 pjb.28@btinternet.com  AND WE CAN ADD YOU TO OUR LIST.

March 2014
At the beginning of the year our members very generously supported the food bank with three large boxes of essential items following Denise Carson’s excellent presentation on the way the food bank is run. As usual in February Graham presented our film revue of 2013 to which we invited the Walshes Friendship Club and twelve of them enjoyed the afternoon’s hospitality. When our speaker had to cancel at short notice on 3 March we quickly devised a Welsh quiz (as it was almost St David’s day) and Graham found a Laurel & Hardy film which we all enjoyed, courtesy of the new multimedia system, followed by welsh cakes and a cup of tea.

After Easter we are looking forward to a demonstration on chocolate making with lots of tasters! We are also looking forward to a visit from husband and wife duo Morning Dew who were unable to fulfil their engagement last year. The Friendship Club as we know it was formed in September 2004 just six months after the hall was opened; we are decorating our own tree with finger prints to celebrate these first ten years.

We are also proud to be a part of the Tenth Anniversary Celebrations of the hall in June this year by being co-hosts of the tea dance on Sunday 22 June. If you would like to come and see what we do please contact Pauline or Graham either by telephone 01299 871004 or email pjb.28@btinternet.com

2013
Our founder leader was Margaret Danby, who began the Friendship Club in the old Parish Rooms in Areley Kings with a handful of members and very little money. I offered to help Margaret and with the help of the Friends of AKVH we began meeting in the Millington Room in Areley Kings Village Hall in September 2004 just 6 months after the Hall was officially opened. Our numbers quickly increased and we transferred to the main hall in 2005 which is where we meet today. Our Club continues to be very popular and once again is very close to full capacity so we would ask anyone wishing to join us to first contact Pauline or Graham either by telephone or email to see if there is room for new members.

As our name suggests we are a friendly group of people, gentlemen and ladies who prefer to meet in the daytime rather than go out in the evening. We have a varied programme of speakers both entertaining and informative. Our programme includes some ‘hands on’ activities and each February we have a film revue of the previous year’s activities. We take a coach trip in June every year and every August we invite Astley Chat Club to join us for a party. We go out for a Christmas lunch in December so you can see that we do enjoy ourselves.

Something that is worth a mention is our connection with ‘Teddies for Tragedies’ an organisation providing teddies, puppets, jumpers, blankets, hats, gloves and draw string bags for the teddies or school books for children all over the world who are orphaned or disadvantaged through no fault of their own. Several ladies in our group knit and sew for this organisation which has a local organiser in Kidderminster who collects our donations when we have enough. We only began knitting and sewing in January 2010 and by January 2012 we had donated just over 2,000 items; something we are very proud of. We would be so grateful for any oddments of double knitting wool and any oddments of good usable fabric that would otherwise be discarded such as old curtains, table cloths, pillow cases or duvet covers.

Anne Priestley came to talk to the Friendship Club this summer it used to be known as the College for the Blind in Worcester and it would be lovely to support something so local so easily, that is if you shop at Morrisons! Taking part in Let’s Grow 2013 is easy. From Monday 2nd September (England and Wales) until Sunday 27th October 2013. For every £10 spent, customers receive one voucher, please do ask for them. This year we want to collect as many vouchers as we can to order some raised beds to put in the College grounds as part of our grounds development plan. The raised beds we want are;

Timber Raised Bed – 1,750 vouchers Raised Bed Table – 1,538 vouchers Wheel Planter – 974 vouchers

The more vouchers we collect the more raised beds we can have, for our students to start growing plants, fruit or vegetables to enhance their learning in Science lessons or towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award. Please try and collect as many vouchers as you can and send them into the Fundraising Department at College before the 1st November 2013. Thank you as always for your support

 

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