Contact details for local Churches
All Saint's Church
169 Hempstead Road, Hempstead. 9.30am Sunday Service with Sunday School 9.00am Tuesday and Thursday Morning Prayer, 9.15am Friday Holy Communion. Church open Saturday morning for tea or coffee see www.allsaintshempstead.org.uk
All Saints' Church Loose
Church Street, Loose, ME15 0BU Sunday services at 8.00am and 10.15am. Groups for children 0 -14 at the 10.15am service. Children's and Youth Groups during the week along with Home Groups for adults. For more information www.allsaintsloose.org.uk or 01622 741265
All Saints Church
Allington Baptist Church
Angel Messenger Spiritualist Centre.
Rainham Oast Community Centre, Granary Close, Rainham, ME8 7SG meets every Thursday, doors opens at 7.00 for 7.30pm start, entrance £3. For information on 'Whats on' please go to www.angela-theangelmessenger.com
Bearsted Community Church
Beulah Christian Fellowship
204 Napier Road Gillingham. Linked with Pioneer. Lively worship, practical biblical teaching, warm fellowship. Sundays 10.30am or earlier for refreshments. Contact David Tolhurst 01634 310229.
Berachah Free Church (Reformed Baptist)
Bible Teaching Church
All are welcome to join us at Black Lion Leisure Centre, in the Creche, Mill Road Gillingham. Services 3:00pm Sunday's. Contact Anthony Forsyth 07986 510806.
Blue Bell Hill St Alban's
Borstal Baptist Church
Wouldham Road, Borstal, Rochester, Sunday service 10.30am with Sunday School. All welcome. Lots on throughout the week – visit www.borstalbaptistchurch.org.uk or contact the Rev Julie Aylward on 01634 303428.
Bredhurst, St Peter's
As well as services at 11am each Sunday, there is a 20 minute evening service at 6.30pm every fourth Sunday, with simple worship, restful music and a lot of peace. Contact Rev Graham Lewis on 01634 373036.
The Sunlight Centre, 105 Richmond Road, Gillingham. A very warm welcome every Sunday. The service starts at 10.00am and finishes between 11.15 & 11.30am. Refreshments are then served in the café area. Weekday events at Sunlight include; Parents and Toddler Group, Youth Dropin Club, Kids Club and Women's Meeting. For more details please contact Denise Smith 01634 577560.
Catholic Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham
meeting at Cottage Chapel, 37A Barming Road, Wateringbury ME18 5BD Sunday Mass 11.00am, further details 01622 813916
CEC (Chatham Evangelical Church)
Ordnance Street Sunday 11.00am & 6.30pm, Parent & Toddler Friday 10.00am – 12noon, Cyber-cafe, Youth Club Friday 7.30 - 9.30pm (age 12 - 17), Open Doors Coffee Morning / Walking Group Wednesday 10.00am – 12noon all welcome. 01634 405548 Lots more information at www.cec4u.co.uk
Chatham Unitarian Church
(New Road, corner of Hamond Hill) Liberal services every 1st Sunday of the month at 10.30am and every 3rd Sunday at 3.30pm. All are welcome. For more information contact Beryl Payne, Lay Leader 01634 847407
Discussion Group of the book Science & Health
with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. Every 2nd Saturday of the month. 10.00am at the Christian Science Reading Room, Vinters Road, Maidstone, Kent. Contact Peter 01634 723838 or 01622 685830.
Ebenezer Community Ministries
Silverweed Road, Walderslade. Main Service 10.30am every Sunday, all welcome for more information contact 01634 687466.
Emmaus Church Centre
Faversham Gospel Mission
Gillingham Baptist Church
Gillingham Methodist Church
100 Third Avenue, Gillingham ME7 2LU. Sunday service for all ages at 10.30am, including Sunday Club for children. A friendly welcoming church. Office 01634 575139 Website www.medwaymethodistchurch.org.uk
Gillingham Parish Church St. Mary Magdalene
(The Church on the Green) Sundays 8.00am Holy Communion (said); 10.00am 1st Sunday of the month All Age Worship, other Sundays 10.00am Parish Communion (sung). Weekdays (not Bank Holidays) Monday - Friday 8.30am Morning Prayer; Wednesdays 10.00am Holy Communion (said) Saturdays 5.30pm Evening Prayer
Monday Morning Coffee Drop In 9.00am - 11.30am
Fridays Open Church 9.30am - 4.00pm. Further details St. Mary's website www.gillinghamparishchurch.org.uk
Gillingham SNU Spiritualist Church
Gillingham United Reformed Church
Balmoral Road, Gillingham. Sunday services for all ages 11.00am. First and third Sunday each month – evening worship at 6.30pm. Pastor Pam Tolhurst 07889 941092.
Glad Tidings Community Pastors
fed up with hassles of life, sickness, bereavement, financial struggle, family breakup, the list never ends? spiritual help is at hand call pastors Moffat on 07852114894 or Jayne on 07961933805 for FREE prayer and counselling
God's Love Mission Pentecostal Church
based in Chatham meet every Sunday 12.00noon - 2.00pm at the Hookmeadow Community Centre, King George Road, (off Walderslade Road) Chatham ME5 0TZ. Ring 07961 933805 for details.
Grace Community Church
Grove Road, Maidstone, ME15 9AR. We meet for worship every Sunday at 10.30am. Ring 01622 664940 for more information.
Halling Baptist Church (FIEC)
1 Vicarage Road, Halling, ME2 1BJ. Sunday 11am. Thursday Bible Study and Prayer Meeting 7.00pm. Friday (monthly) Senior Citizens' Tea 3pm. Contact M West 01634 243335.
Holy Family Catholic Church Maidstone South
Holy Trinity Church, Twydall.
Services – Sunday 8.30 & 10.00am First Sunday of the month – Family Service 10.00am, Wednesday Service contact Vicar 01634 231690. For more details visit our website www.twydall.org.uk or contact the Parish Office 01634 231372.
Jubilee Auditorium, Upper Stone Street, Maidstone, ME15 6HD meet on Sunday 10.00am & 6.00pm contact 01622 673754 www.cotnjubilee.org.uk
Liberty Christian Fellowship
Kestrel Road, Lordswood ME5 8TH, Service every Sunday 11.00am in the Church Hall celebrating Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Details 01634 683014 or 07886 615266
13 - 15 Brewer Street Christian Bookshop and Café Zest, Maidstone, Sunday mornings 10.30 – 12noon, contact 01622 757095 www.thelifechurch.org.uk
Linton Road Congregational Church
(near Linton Crossroads). Every Sunday at 3.00pm Worship Service followed by tea. Tuesday am Coffee Stop, all welcome.
Loose Baptist and Beacon Church merge!
Main meeting all together on Sunday at 10.00am at the Loose site, Boughton Lane, Maidstone, ME15 9QF All enquiries to 01622 746839, and watch this space for our new name. All ages welcome, so feel free to come along!
Maidstone Baptist Church
Knightrider Street. In the heart of Maidstone, a church with a heart for the community meets every Sunday at 10.30am and 6.30pm, except the first Sunday evening of the month when Cafe Church meets in Costa Coffee on King Street at 4.30pm and there is no service at 6.30pm. 01622 686013 (Tues & Fri am) www.maidstonebaptist.net
Maidstone Family Church
94 Boxley Road, Maidstone ME14 2BQ Tel:01622 695604. All-age service and children's groups: Sunday 10.30am. Various activities through the week, please see www.maidstonefamilychurch.co.uk
Maidstone Independent Christian Spiritualist Church
next to 100A Tonbridge Rd, Maidstone. Services: Sunday 6.30pm, Tuesday 2.30 & 7.30pm. Spiritual Healing each Saturday 2.00 - 4.30pm. Minister, Mrs Rose Hedley 01622 609223.
Maidstone International Community Church
Maidstone Community Support Centre 39 Marsham Street Maidstone ME14 1HH We meet on Sundays at 11.00am Details 01622 230716 or www.maidstonechurch.com
Maidstone Methodist Churches
Maidstone Quaker Meeting
Need an hour of quiet? A Friendly welcome with no strings at the Quaker Meeting House, 170 Union Street, Maidstone ME14 1EE. Meeting for Worship every Sunday 10.45 - 11.45am. Children's Meeting 1st & 3rd Sundays 10.45am, for more information see www.westkentquakers.org.uk for more information.
Maidstone Salvation Army
Union Street, ME14 1ED Sunday Services at 10.15am & 6.00pm. Contact 01622 681808 www.salvationarmy.org.uk
Maidstone Unitarian Church
Maidstone Unitarian Church, Market Buildings: Service times: first and third Sundays 6.00pm and second and fourth 11.00am. Newcomers welcome to share in music, prayer, silence and inquiry, without dogma. www.ukunitarians.org.uk/maidstone
Maidstone United Reformed Church
67 Week Street ME14 1QU, Sunday 10.30am, contact 01622 686053.
Medway Christian Spiritualist Church
Woodlands Road, Gillingham. 6.30pm Sunday No entry charge. Phone Linda Elston 01634 572487 for details.
Medway Family Church
The Jasper Centre, Jasper Avenue, Rochester, ME1 2LD. Meeting at 10.00am each Sunday. Everyone is welcome. Please contact the church office for details of the weekly programme on 01634 322878. Or see our website at www.medwayfamilychurch.org.uk
Minster Road Baptist Church
70 Minster Road, Halfway, Sheerness, Kent. Sunday Services, Morning Service and Junior Church 11am and Evening Service 6.30pm. Parent & Toddler Group Tuesday and Wednesday 9am until 11am. For further details please contact Cathie Lewis on 01795 663693. Oasis Coffee Shop opens 10am until noon on most Thursdays.
New Covenant Church (Medway Branch)
Sunday Services at St Francis Church, Galahad Avenue, Strood, ME2 2YS 12.30 – 2.30pm (refreshment after service) Everyone welcome. For more information phone David or Richard 07985 194273 or 07709 290997.
New Covenant Church
Sittingbourne meets at Kemsley Village Hall, Ridham Avenue, Kemsley, Sittingbourne ME10 2SF Sundays – 10.00am - 12noon Contact details ring 07956 210093 or 07533 151984 Website: www.nccsittingbourne.org
New Life Community Church
Parkwood Christian Fellowship
Parkwood Green. Sunday Service 10.30am. For more details of the Fellowship contact Richard Hayton on 01634 235799.
Peninsula Methodist Church
Centres at Cliffe Road Strood & Allhallows Road Lower Stoke. A warm welcome to our services at 10.30am Sundays at both centres plus occasional evening services. During the week prayer groups are held and other social activities planned from time to time. For more details please contact Rev Will Grady 01634 239890 email pastor.grady@btinternet
Pip and Jims
St Philip's and St James church, King George Road, Walderslade, ME5 0TZ). Sundays 9:30am service, coffee etc from 10:30am, 11am service (with children's groups); and 6:30pm (also last of month 4pm Songs of Praise). Everyone welcome. Loads in the week too (toddler group, community lunch, Alpha..) pipnjims.co.uk church office 01634 681671.
Quaker Meeting House
(The religious Society of Friends) Northgate, Rochester. Meeting for Worship: Sunday 10.30am, visitors always welcome. For details visit our website www.kentquakers.org or telephone 0845 4191702.
Rainham Christian Fellowship
Service on Sundays at 10.30am at Baptist Church in Waltham Road / Begonia Avenue, Twydall. Mums and Toddlers and Children's clubs, Phone 01634 302631.
Rainham Evangelical Church
near Railway Station. Sunday Service 10.30am in Oast House. Other Services in homes. Contact Pastor Danny Hawkes on 01634 310959.
Rainham Lutheran Church
Rainham Methodist Church
Station Road. Warm welcome to Worship on Sundays at 10.30am, and services of Healing & Wholeness at other times. For further details please contact Sue Whitaker 01634 230639.
Redeemed Christian Church of God
Redeemed Christian Church Of God
Mercy centre for all Nation, Stonecrosslea Community Hall, Stonecrosslea, off Streetend Road, by Luton village, Chatham, Kent ME5 0BL Join us every Sunday 10am-11.30am and your burdens shall be lifted off. Visit our website at www.mercycentreuk.org for prayer request and counselling. Telephone 07786 689723.
(a.k.a The Word House), 5a New Road, Under 1 roof, Chatham. Sunday Service 10:30am, (Tea & chat after church) Wed 7.00pm, Freshfire Revival Fridays 7.00pm. Kid's Church every Sunday. Everyone welcome. www.rockckurchkent.net
Ryarsh Baptist Church
Chapel Street, Ryarsh, West Malling ME19 5LX. Sundays - 11.00am and 3.00pm (2.30pm from 4th December) Contact: John Field 01622 718164
St Andrew's Church
Barming Heath Tonbridge Road, Maidstone. Sunday services at 8.00am and 9.45am. Contact 01622 752234 or 01622 728233 www.standrewbarming.co.uk
St Augustine's Church
Rock Avenue, Gillingham, Sunday services at 8.00 and 10.00am and 6.30pm, Thursdays at 9.30am. Many activities for all ages. Website www.sagk.org.uk or phone 01634 850288.
St Barnabas Church
St Faith's Church
Station Road, Maidstone, ME14 1QJ meets Sunday 10.30am, 01622 673068 www.st-faiths.org.uk
St John's Church
Provender way, Grove Green, Maidstone, meets Sunday 10.30am www.stjohngg.co.uk
St Luke's Church
Foley Street, Maidstone, ME14 5AW. Sunday Services 9.00am, 10.30am & 6,30pm. Here to love God and people. Visitors welcome, contact 01622 661169 www.stlukes.org.uk
St Luke’s Church
Sidney Road, Gillingham (a Forward in Faith parish of the Church of England) Services: Sunday 10.30am, Wednesday 7.30pm, Saturday 9.30am. Morning Prayer daily (Mon-Fri) at 9.30am. For information about Baptisms, Weddings, or Funerals, contact Fr. Paul Matthias 07876 594207 (mobile) or 01634 576197 (Church office).
St Luke's Methodist Church
St Martin of Tours Church
Detling, Services 10.30am, Sung Eucharist on 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays All Age Service on 2nd Sunday. For details and activities, www.boxleyanddetlingchurches.org.uk
St Mary and All Saints Church
Boxley, Sunday services 8.00am Said Communion, 9.00am Sung Eucharist on 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays, All Age Service on 2nd Sunday. For details and activities, see www.boxleyanddetlingchurches.org.uk
St Margaret’s Church, Rainham
Rainham Sunday Service at 8:00am, 10:30am and 4:00pm. For more details see our website www.rainhamchurch.co.uk or contact the Parish Office on 01634 362023.
St Martin's Church
Northumberland Road, Maidstone, ME15 7LP Sunday Service 10.00am, contact 01622 676282 www.stmartinsmaidstone.org.uk Our Messy Church meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month in St Martin's Church Hall. Everyone is welcome, free entry (although donations are welcome if you are able). Doors open at 3.30pm, fun activities etc start at 4.00pm! If you would like any information in advance, please contact Geoff on 07917 224225.
St Matthew's Church
Borstal Street, Borstal, Rochester. Sunday service 10:30am, all ages made welcome, Telephone 01634 324960 for further information.
St Michael's Church
Tonbridge Road, Maidstone ME16 8JS. Traditional Anglo Catholic Worship. Sunday Eucharist every week at 10.30am. Temporary contact number for weddings, baptisms etc 01622 664678.
St Paul with All Saints Church
Magpie Hall Road, Chatham. Sunday services at 9.00am and 10.30am, Thursday Holy Communion @ 9.45am. A lot going on in the life of our church as we reach out into our local community. For further information either contact The Parish Office on 01634 845419 or visit www.stpaulwithallsaints.org.uk
St Paul's Parish Church
Boxley Road, Maidstone. Various Sunday Services, 01622 691926 www.stpaulsmaidstone.org
St Philip's Church and Community Centre
Waterloo Street, Maidstone. For details of all the activities and services see www.stphilip-maidstone.org.uk or contact Rev Christopher Morgan-Jones 01622 756002.
50 Green Street, Gillingham, ME7 2JZ. Sunday Services: 10am & 5pm, Mon-Friday, Pre-School 9.30am - 12.30pm (Term time only), Monday, Cameo Club 1.30pm (Doors open 12.30) Tuesday, Parent & Toddlers 1.00 – 3.00pm (Term time only) Wednesday, Open Doors Drop-in 9.30am - 12.30pm (Term time only) Contact 01634 851224 / 851507 for more details.
Sanctuary of Healing Spiritualist Church
Healing services, Sunday 8.30 - 9.30pm, Monday 7.30 - 9.30pm, Wednesday 10am – 2pm, and Friday 4pm - 6pm all welcome. Divine service Sunday 6.30pm start, Communion held 1st Sunday of every month 5pm start. Friday Evening of Clairvoyance starts 8pm cost £3.00 members £3.50 non-members. Weddings, Christenings and Funerals available, please contact the church for any further information and speak to Reverend Janet Mills President 01634 880039 or visit us at Mills Terrace, Chatham ME4 5NZ or visit our Website www.sanctuaryofhealing.co.uk
Sittingbourne Baptist Church
Strood Gospel Mission Church
Brompton Lane, Strood. Sunday 10.00am & 6.30pm; Prayer & Bible study groups; Drop-in Coffee Bar Monday 9.30am-12noon; Parent & Toddlers Wednesdays 10am -12noon, J-club (children 7-10) Wednesays 6.15pm: Youth Club (11-16) Friday 7.45pm; 55-Plus Group; Arrows Family Support programme; Rev David Clarke 01634 718718 www.strood.2day.ws
Temple of Light Christian Spiritualist Church
221 New Road (Nr. Luton Arches) Chatham, Kent 01634 819268. Evening of Clairvoyance - Every Wednesday at 7.30pm - £3.50 Sunday Service - 6.30pm. Large Hall with kitchen/toilet facilities for hire – please enquire on telephone number provided. All welcome!
The Centre, Mind, Body, Spirit
M2 Service Area, Farthing Corner, Rainham, ME8 8PQ, 01634 366944. www.thecentreonline.co.uk We hold a service on the first Sunday in the month, 6.30pm with a guest medium and healing given before the service with a special self healing meditation during the service. Every Tuesday, our probationer and full healers are available from 7.30 – 9.00pm for healing. All are welcome. For more information call one of our healing leaders Alan on 01634 362121 or Dave on 01634 668132
Tovil Christian Fellowship
meeting at the Children's House (the hut) Barfeston Road, Maidstone, Sunday 10.30am contact 01622 679439.
Twydall Evangelical Church
Goudhurst Road, Twydall. Services: Sunday 9.30 and 11.00 a.m.. All welcome. For details of these and other activities see www.twydallec.org.uk or telephone 01634 233739.
Verity Christian Fellowship
We meet at: Howard de Walden Community Centre, 1 Bluett Street, Maidstone ME14 2UG. Sunday 10.30am. Please come and join us. Contact details: 01622 205379, www.veritychurch.net
VOICE (Victory Outreach International Church England)
Wigmore Evangelical Free Church
Durham Road. Sunday 11.00am (with supervised crèche) & 6.30pm – all welcome. Tuesday 7.30pm Bible Study & prayer meeting. Pastor Timothy Wood 01634 388187. Website: www.wigmorefreechurch.org.uk
Contact details for local charities
Abbey Physic Community Garden
Action for Children, Maidstone
Age Concern Maidstone
offer free computer classes suitable for complete beginners aged over 50.You will learn how to email, browse the web and use programmes on the computer. You must be a resident of the Borough of Maidstone to qualify. Classes are held at Mill Street office computer suite. Contact 01622 753618 to register or for more details.
Age Concern Malling
Age UK Faversham
Age UK Sheppey
Age UK Sittingbourne
Allington Millennium Green
Battery Collection Point
Riverside Primary School St Edmund's Way, Rainham is a collection point for used batteries - please bring all sizes of battery from 1.5V to 9V to the School's Reception.
Bearsted Country Market
is held in the WI Hall, The Street, Bearsted, ME14 4EX on Saturday mornings from 10.00 – 11.00am. Produce locally grown or home made home baked goods. Helpers and new producers welcome, Please enquire at the Market.
St Andrews Road, Maidstone, 01622 726128 www.blackthorn.org.uk Our vegetarian café and garden are open 10.00am – 3.00pm every week day with bread, plants and handmade crafts available to buy
uses donated goods for the benefit of needy people locally and globally. We need volunteers to help in our shops and depot. 01634 291411. Donations of second hand goods are always welcome.
Breast Cancer Support Group (Medway & Swale (West) Association)
meets first Tuesday of the month (except Jan & Dec) at Medway Hospital Level 2 Area 7 at 7.00pm. For details contact Margaret Lewis 01634 362898.
Breathe Easy Maidstone & District
Breathless? Wheezy? You are not alone. Breathe Easy Maidstone & District is your local patient and carer support group for anyone living with a lung condition. The group meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Langley Village Hall, Horseshoes Lane, ME17 3JY from 2pm to 4pm. Meetings are designed to be fun, informative and social with various speakers and events taking place. There is also information available on lung health from the British Lung Foundation and local respiratory team. Adequate parking and facilities are available and new members will be warmly welcomed. We look forward to seeing you soon. For more information please contact
01622 691899 or 01622 752083 or 03000 030 555
Bredhurst Woodland Action Group (BWAG)
works to improve habitats for wildlife and flora and to restore and protect Bredhurst Woods for future generations. Volunteer days are held the 3rd Sunday in every month plus lots of nature related and social events throughout the year. For details phone Vanessa Jones 07813 785940 or visit www.bwag.org.uk or find us on Facebook.
British Red Cross Medway Centre
British Wireless for the Blind Fund
Unit 1, 92-94 Hopewell Drive, Chatham, ME5 7PY provides Conductive Education to help children born with Cerebral Palsy and similar motor disorders. For more information see www.cpckent.com or call 01634 818138.
Cats Protection Bredhurst Adoption Centre.
Cats Protection - Maidstone & District
rescuing and rehoming cats and kittens. Volunteers, foster carers, permanent homes and donations always needed, for more information call 0845 371275, www.maidstone.cats.org.uk.
Cats Protection Charity, Swale Branch.
Cerebral Palsy Care Kent
Unit 1, 92-94 Hopewell Drive, Chatham, ME5 7PY provides Conductive Education to help children born with Cerebral Palsy and similar motor disorders, For more information see www.cpckent.com or call 01634 818138
City of Rochester Society
Computers 4 Africa's
aims to transform communities across Africa, by accepting working redundant P.C's and IT equipment from individuals, corporates and organisations in the U.K; once securely data wiped, the computers are then shipped out to schools, colleges, libraries, and other specific projects throughout Africa. We are located at 4 Priory Park, Mills Road, Aylesford, Kent, ME207PP. Information see www.computers4africa.org.uk or call 03000 112233. "Give your PC a 2nd life, give a child in Africa a better chance in life".
Cutbush & Corrall Charity
founded in 1865, by local businessman Thomas Robert Cutbush provides affordable housing to residents of Maidstone and Harrietsham, aged over 50 and retired from full-time employment, who are able to live independently and who are deemed in need. The charity currently owns 129 properties in Maidstone and a terrace of 12 almshouses in East Street, Harrietsham. However, this number of almshouses will increase this autumn with the purchase of six one bedroom flats within the development of twenty six units currently being built by Golding Homes at Church Street, Maidstone. Further details about the charity can be found at www.cutbushandcorrall.co.uk or by telephoning The Administrator on 01622 765612.
Cuxton Countryside Group:
Volunteers maintain local footpaths and countryside. Working parties operate on the third weekend in the month, all tools and refreshments provided. Training, social activities, outings and good company. New members welcome, phone Jan on 01634 712157 for more details.
Down about deforestation?
So over oil? Want to make the world a greener place? Then take positive action by coming along to NKG Active, your friendly local Greenpeace group where we are taking steps to defend the natural world. We meet on the third Wednesday of the month. Interested? Check us out on www.greenpeace.org.uk/groups or call 01634 324860 for more information
Faversham Rotary Club
Serving good causes locally and Worldwide, Friendly interesting meetings Monday evenings. To find out more about our Club and Membership visit www.rotary1120.org/faversham
Friends of Horsted Valley
Volunteer group whose primary interest is to protect the Horsted Valley as an open space for the benefit of present and future generations. Free membership to under 18s, others £2 per year. For more information and an application form visit www.fhv.btck.co.uk or phone 01634 400395
Friends of Rede Common:
Volunteer group looking after this public open space for the community. Excellent views over Medway together with a diverse range of plants and wildlife. Working with Medway's Greenspaces team to protect and enhance the area for education and enjoyment. New members very welcome. Phone Rita on 01634 295580 for more details.
Friends of Rochester Cathedral
Friends of The Wisdom Hospice
German Shepherd Dog Rescue
Greyhound & Lurcher Rescue
Foster homes needed for greyhounds and lurchers in Kent while we find them their permanent loving homes. Support and advice provided by local volunteers. Contact GRWE on 07000 785 092 or see www.grwe.com for more information on the charity.
Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
Hands & Gillingham Volunteer Bureau
Hands Rochester Volunteer Bureau.
Harmony Therapy Trust
Heart Of Kent Hospice
charity shops, Aladdin's caves for Maidstone and the surrounding villages, please support your local Hospice with your custom and donations. Starnes Court, Union Street. Contact Sheila Morgan 01622 693858
Local Registered Charity helping Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. We can provide all kinds of assistive equipment which can be seen at our local base off the Audiology Unit at Medway Maritime Hospital. We also run regular hearing aid maintenance clinics in Rainham, Rochester, Hoo, Strood and Twydall. We always need more volunteers, so if you are able to provide a few hours each month we would love to welcome you to our friendly team. Tel 01622 691151 or visit our website at www.hikent.org.uk
is a voluntary organisation supporting parents with under fives in their own homes, throughout the Medway area. Before visiting parents volunteers attend a free preparation course, which is a day a week for ten weeks. Courses are held in January, April and September. If you are interested contact Home-Start Medway on 01634 570717.
Iwade Village Hall
Kent Association for the Blind
requires volunteers. Local office Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4TR. Tel 01634 332929. For further information contact Jo Wells on 01634 332929. Your time could make so much difference.
Kent Greyhound Rescue
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research
For further information please contact the Maidstone Branch on 01622 756506 or 01622 720989.
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research
Medway Branch, for further information please contact the Chairman Jim Dowle on 01634 864642
Lions Club of Gillingham
a group of volunteers whose aim is to serve the local community meet 1st Monday of the Month (except when Bank Holiday then 2nd Monday) 8.00pm Call Barry Sprason - Secretary 01634 308878 for venue details.
Lost / Found Dogs
All missing and found dogs should be reported to the local council dog warden. Help and advice is available Free of Charge on 0844 800 3220 a free poster service is available on line at www.doglost.co.uk to help find your dog. Stolen dogs – Kent section of doglost works in collaboration with Kent Police.
Lucky Tales Dog Rescue Without Borders,
Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support
Maidstone & Malling Carers Project
Maidstone Cat Welfare
has lots of beautiful cats in our care. Could you give one of them a permanent loving home? We also need temporary foster homes and help with fundraising. For more information please phone Marion 01622 741591.
Maidstone Country Market
Every Thursday 10.45am- 12.15pm at the United Reformed Church Hall, Week Street, Maidstone, ME14 1QU, Co-operative with locally grown, home made and home baked goods, See website www.country-markets.co.uk for map, Helpers and new producers welcome, please enquire at the Market.
Maidstone Hospital League of Friends
Volunteers are needed, if you have a few hours to spare and would like to support your local Hospital come and join our happy team. Contact Pat Gaskin on 01622 726367 for further details.
exist to create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and interactive cooperation. Maidstone Lions is a friendly and active club of men and women of all ages who care about their community. For further information 01795 841439
Medway & Swale Advocacy Partnerships
a local charity providing accommodation and support for homeless individuals in Medway. Please see our website for further details www.medwaycyrenians.org.uk or call Head Office 01634 365469 if you wish to make a donation.
Medway League of Friends
needs Volunteers. Have you got time to spare and would you like to make a difference? Have you thought about becoming a Volunteer with the League of Friends at Medway Maritime Hospital? If you would like more information please contact Margaret Gilham on 01634 830000 x 3695.
Medway Queen Preservation Society
Restoring the paddle steamer Medway Queen, the last Estuary paddler and a Dunkirk Veteran, known as the "Heroine of Dunkirk". Please view our website for more information and contacts www.medwayqueen.co.uk
Medway Urban Parks & Green Spaces Forum
is a voluntary body co-ordinating best practise of local Friends groups as well as Heritage, Historical and Amenity bodies concerned with the protection, use and enhancement of our outdoor recreation and leisure areas. New groups and individuals welcomed. Contact 01634 319461 or visit the Forum website www.MUPGSF.btck.co.uk for further information.
Medway Valley Countryside Partnership
a non-profit organisation in Maidstone is dedicated to environmental conservation in the boroughs of Maidstone and Tonbridge. We provide advice, training and practical support to communities to conserve wildlife, habitats and the landscape We work with the local community, Borough Councils, Parish Councils and Public Rights of Way to improve access and recreation along the Medway Valley Walk and throughout our area and provide opportunities for people of all ages to volunteer, do practical work, wildlife surveying, and enhance their locality For more information contact 01622 683695, 07919 212071 or see www.medwayvalley.org
Mid Kent Group of Advanced Motorists
To improve your driving and pass your Advanced Driving Test please contact Terry Nunn on 01634 716049
is a Dog Rescue that is seeking forever homes for older dogs. If you know of someone or would like to adopt a more mature dog yourself please ring 0844 586 8656 or find us at www.oldies.org.uk
Parkinson's UK Maidstone Branch
meets on the 1st Friday of the month at The Maidstone Hockey Club, South Park, Armstrong Road, Maidstone ME15 6AQ, 2.30 to 4.30pm. There is a varied programme, plus fundraising events and outings. All those affected by Parkinson's, carers, friends and family welcome. For more information contact Branch Secretary: Susan Thistlethwaite: 01622 859608.
Queenborough and Rushenden Gateway
Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)
Faversham Branch, 37 Newton Road, Faversham 01795 533524. Local area contact point for donations from individuals, social groups and in memoriam. Purchase, order and collect seasonal items, greetings cards, calendars, diaries etc. and a variety of small, non-seasonal goods. Find out more about the work of our volunteer RNLI Lifeboat Crews and Lifeguards and how you can help them save lives at sea.
R.N.L.I. Maidstone Branch (Lifeboats)
meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 8.00pm. New members and volunteers would be welcomed. Contact John Ashbolt - 01622 725435
Join Rotary and a world of possibilities opens up for you. The enormous sense of achievement you'll experience in helping your local community - and other communities around the world - will be matched only by the fun you'll have doing it. Interested in joining? Call Peter Taffs on 01622 884880 for full details.
Royal Voluntary Service for older people.
Royal Voluntary Service
Free beginners Basic Computer Course (for over 55yrs). 6 weekly sessions - refundable deposit £5. Introduction courses on Word, Spreadsheets, Genealogy, Digital Photography, Power Point/Publisher, also Skype and Computer Maintenance available. Contact Davina 01634 844390
SSAFA Forces Help.
A national charity helping serving and ex-Service men, women and their families, in need. Local contact 01634 578793.
(SSAFA) Forces Help
Need someone to talk to? Feeling sad, low, depressed or suicidal? We are here 24 hours a day 7 days a week to provide you with confidential emotional support Phone 01634 730981. If you would like to chat face-to-face you can also come into our branch in Priory Road, Strood between 9.00am and 10.00pm. Don't bottle it up – tell someone about it!
Save the Children Shop
Find amazing bargains - clothes, books, household items - and help children at home and abroad at the same time. Donations and volunteers always welcome. 66 Union Street Maidstone.
Shepherd Community Services
is a homelessness charity that: offers accommodation to vulnerable people who are currently facing exclusion from society due to various reasons. We specialise in offering life changing support and advice on issues such as benefits, Job opportunities, training and endeavour to assist our community to grow in strength by actively creating lifes chances. We recognise that the cornerstone for individual growth is in having secure accommodation, with the required support readily available. We aim to offer individually tailored care plans to help you attain independence, and offer you a new start in life. Our objectives are to increase life chances for vulnerable people, all over the United Kingdom. We are based, in the South East of England, Medway, Kent. Support services available from Shepherd Community Services: Help in setting up and maintaining a home, Help in establishing personal safety and security (including alarm systems), Emotional support and advice, Supervision and monitoring of health and well-being, Help in developing social skills and managing behaviour, Assistance with money matters benefit claims & resettlement support, Advice, advocacy and liaison with statutory agencies, Assistance for young care leavers, homeless people and those leaving institutions, Helping people prepare for greater independence through training in basic life skills, see shepherdcommunityservices.co.uk
Sittingbourne & Milton Rotary Club
meet every Tuesday 6.00pm at Hempstead House Hotel, Bapchild. For details please contact Valerie Hildred 01634 389442.
Sittingbourne Heritage Museum
Come and see the history of this town over the past 5,000 years, the World War I and II display, the 1930s kitchen and the Anderson Shelter in the back garden. We are open on Saturdays from 10.00am to 5.00pm from March to October. Join our museum and receive our quarterly journal.
an exhibition of the Anglo Saxon finds from The Meads. The conservation work is being done in public so that everyone can see the swords, shields, spears, jewellery and other objects being revealed in the laboratory in The Forum, High Street, Sittingbourne. Doors open daily from 10.00am to 4.00pm, free entry. Books etc on sale, come and learn about the local people from the 5th, 6th and 7th Centuries.
Need a new CV for free? The Rock is pleased to offer CV writing and/or review, most Thursdays 12.00 – 1.30pm at The Hoo Institute. Just pop in, or to book an appointment call Mike on 07976 529190
Step and Learn Conductive Education
a charity for children with cerebral palsy and associated motor difficulties based in Frindsbury. For further information call 01634 787951.
supports community initiatives by making funding available through your neighbourhood police officer. We are independent of the police and our Trustees are all volunteers. For more information visit our website www.streetcops.org.uk.
Strood Action Volunteers
Swale Lions Club
meet at 8.00pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Ypres Tavern, Sittingbourne. The club is part of the largest community service organisation in the world, who have a fun, enjoyable time, raising money for those less fortunate both at a local level and internationally. Membership (usually by invitation) is open to both men and women. If you have some spare time and would like to put it to good use, why not contact Club Secretary Neil Hamilton 01795 471449 to enquire about the club in general and perhaps membership.
Swale Youth Development Fund
Saturdays 10.00am – 12 noon in St. Peter's Hall, Delce Road, Rochester. Come and browse or just for a cup of tea. There is always someone available for a chat.
The Brain Tumour Charity
The U has come to Maidstone!
Tools with a Mission (Medway)
collects unwanted tools together with sewing machines (manual or electric) and knitting machines from anywhere in Medway. After refurbishment all go to Africa. Collector Rod Butcher 01634 571647 Collector for Strood only Colin Turner 01634 250427
Tools with a Mission (Maidstone)
collects unwanted tools together with sewing machines (manual or electric) and knitting machines from anywhere in Maidstone. After refurbishment all go to Africa. Local collector Mr Steve Jessup 01622 747645
Tools with a Mission (Sheppey)
collects unwanted tools together with sewing machines (manual or electric) and knitting machines from anywhere in Sheppey. After refurbishment all go to Africa. Local collector Miss Ann Wagstaff 01795 662951
Tools with a Mission (Sittingbourne)
collects unwanted tools together with sewing machines (manual or electric) and knitting machines from anywhere in Sittingbourne. After refurbishment all go to Africa. Local collector Mr. Trevor Waters 01795 421650
the national charity for people affected by crime, helping over 1 million people every year. We have trained volunteers in your area offering free and confidential information, support and practical help to anyone affected by crime, whether or not it has been reported, and regardless of when it happened. The national charity also runs the Witness Service and the Victim Support line. For more information visit our website www.victimsupport.org.uk
West Faversham Community Centre
Bysing Wood Road (on the west side of Faversham). The many activities include; short mat bowls, nursery, youth club, badminton, dance classes, Pilates classes and Over 55s Social Club. See www.westfavershamca.co.uk or ring 0844 892 2403 for more details (normal call rates). Hall available for hire, friendly bar service for licensed events. Also Friday Bingo nights every month. Call Bev 07718 339004 or Gay 07517 879322 to book.
West Kent Afasic UK
charity representing children and young adults with communication impairments working for their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers. Members meet twice a term to share experiences and invite speakers from related local organisations. Come and meet us at our next coffee morning. Contact Gill 01892 834577 Or Debbie 01959 533292
supporting witnesses at Medway Magistrates Court. Contact us to join our team of volunteers or if you would like us to help you. Giving evidence in court can be daunting; we are here to help calm nerves and explain unfamiliar procedure. Phone 01634 815779 www.victimsupport.org.uk
Young Lives Foundation
Hobbies - Contact details for local "hobby" clubs & societies
Allington Garden Club
meet on the first Thursday of each month (except May and January) in St Nicholas Church Hall, Poplar Grove, Allington, Maidstone from 7.30 to 9.30pm. We have speakers most months, competition evening in September, and coach outings. Visitors and new members are very welcome. For more details call Alan on 01622 756600
Alpine Garden Society
Alpine Garden Society
Maidstone Area meet on the third Friday of the month between September and June. For further details please contact Linda Weeks, Secretary, email maag.info:virginmedia.com, 01622 762422 or visit www.maag.btck.co.uk
Archaeological Research Group
The Lower Medway Archaeological Research Group are a group of people who are interested in the area around the Medway Towns and general Kent. We encourage individual member and group research into the aspects of Medway's history, and we take part in excavations, either organised by the Group or as volunteers with professional units who are contracted to work on local sites. We hold nine monthly meetings each year, usually on the last Tuesday in the month. To hear talks or see displays by members and/or visiting experts, and to discuss recent local and national developments in archaeology. Our current meeting place is in the friends Meeting House, Northgate, Rochester opposite the Corn Exchange & Library. Web site address lmarg.btck.co.uk
Aylesford Knitting Group
Barming History Society
meetings are held in Barming Village Hall on the second Monday of the month from September to May. Meetings start at 7.45pm and we have a wide range of Speakers covering such diverse subjects as 'The history of Magistrates' , 'Bricks and Brickwork', The story of Julius Brenchley' etc. Visitors are welcome for a small fee. Membership details are obtainable from Sue Knight 01622 729148 or from the Secretary Barry Plummer 01622 728749
Barming Horticultural Society
meets in Barming Village Hall on the third Monday of the month throughout the year with meetings starting at 7.30 pm. We have a Speaker every month except December and January. Topics cover such subjects as 'Wildlife of the North Downs', 'Full Use of The Small Greenhouse', 'The Vegetable Garden' The Scented Garden' etc. We have two Flower and Vegetable Shows per year and a Plant Sale in May (plants from a local nursery and others grown and donated by Members. Visitors are welcome at Meetings for a small fee. Details from the Secretary - Barry Plummer 01622 728749
Bearsted Bridge Club
meets on Tuesday evenings from 7.15 – 10.30pm in the function room above the Bearsted and Thurnham Club in Bearsted Village. This is a non affiliated Bridge Club played in a relaxed atmosphere and is suited to those less experienced and less confident players. Food is supplied during the evening and Coffee is available at the bar. Rubber bridge is also played on Monday and Wednesday afternoons but players must be members of the B&T Club to participate. More details at www.maidstonesbridgeclubs.org.uk or ring Richard on 01622 750789.
Borden and District Horticultural Society
New members are always welcome. For details please contact David Outred on 01795 842785 or Richard Wilson on 01795 424566.
Bredhurst Garden Club
meets every third Wednesday of the month in Bredhurst Village Hall, Hurstwood Road, Bredhurst at 8.00pm. New members are always most welcome. Please contact Kate Adams, Hon Secretary on 01634 233554 for further information.
Bredhurst Receiving and Transmitting Society (BRATS)
Bredhurst Whist Drive
meets every other Tuesday at Bredhurst Village Hall starting at 7.30pm promptly. We are a friendly group, single people are welcome as you do not need a partner. For dates and more information please contact 01634 360171
Bright Headland Quilters
British Sugarcraft Guild
(Maidstone Group) meets Mondays once a month, 7.30pm at St. Paul's Church Hall, Boxley Road, Maidstone ME14 2AH. At the meetings we have demonstrations. Everyone is welcome, with an admission charge of £4 for non members. For more information, contact Mrs Margaret Edwards 01622 791622
Chatham & District Model Railway Club
meet at the Ropery Basement, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, each Tuesday and Friday at 7.30pm. Interested and prospective members are very welcome to visit or contact Dave Harris, 01634 613894 or www.chatham-mrc.com
Chatham Dockyard Historical Society
is a registered charity which helps run the Museum of the Royal Dockyard at Chatham. With a lively programme of social meetings we research and maintain the memory of dockyard workers, crafts and naval personnel who served the Royal Navy at Chatham. For more information, visit www.cdhs.org.uk or write to CDHS, The Museum, Historic Dockyard, Chatham, ME4 4TE.
Chatham Historical Society
meets on the second Thursday of each month (except January) at The Lampard Centre, Sally Port, Brompton, Doors open at 7.15pm. Plenty of free unrestricted roadside parking space. Easy disabled and wheelchair access, Annual subscription £10. Members £1, Visitors (most welcome) £3 per meeting. Refreshments available. For more information ring Sheila Erwin, Hon Sec, 01634 865176 or visit website www.chathamhistoricalsoc.btck.co.uk
Coxheath Gardening Club
do you enjoy making cards, scrapbooking or papercraft? We meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 8.00 - 10.30pm at The Church of Christ The King, (next to Morrisons), Walderslade. For further information, please contact either Gillian on 01634 867318 or Donna on 01634 682249.
will take place on the 4th Thursday of month (not August) at The Church on Gillingham Green ME7 1SS, 6.30 - 8.00pm. If you are willing to share knitting and crochet skills etc. and enjoy a chat do come along. Further details from Mrs Pauline King 01634 280478 on behalf of Gillingham Parish Church St. Mary Magdalene.
Maidstone Branch. Our friendly group invites you to join us on 2nd Saturday of every month from 11.00am to 4.00pm. Meetings held at the Aylesford Village Community Centre, Forstal Road, Aylesford. Free parking Workshops, demonstrations, talks, exhibitions and outings. No experience necessary. For more details call Ann Juett 01732 847265.
Fant Wildlife Group
is a charity of volunteers from the local community who manage an area of abandoned allotment gardens close to the town centre. Their aim is to maintain and diversify the wildlife in the Fant wildlife area and to encourage educational use and local involvement. Volunteers meet on the second Saturday of each month at Roseholme entrance at 10.00am. Contact 01622 682982
Faversham Horticultural Society
meets every month at the Age Concern Centre, Middlerow, Faversham (access from the car park via Crescent Road). Meetings start at 7.30pm. New members are warmly welcomed. We also have four shows a year and various social events for our members. See www.faversham.org for more details about membership and events or call Elaine Hilden on 01795 537225.
Faversham Natural History Group
Friends of Broomhill
Friends of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre (FOMA)
Friends of the Vines
A group of people who look after this historic park in Rochester, and who organise a number of events in the park each year. New members are always welcomed.
Full Frontal Gardens
German Conversation Group
meets weekly 29 Bramblefield Lane, Sittingbourne, ME10 2SX.on Thursday mornings between 09.45am and 12noon a lively and sociable group suitable for beginners and already competent speakers. German and Austrian members are especially welcome as well as those just starting. It is a talking shop no formal teaching is offered, we have no age limits and wheelchair access is available. What is important is enthusiasm and a desire to advance. For further details contact Christopher on 01795 425978.
Gillingham & District Fuchsia & Pelargonium Society
Meet at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month at Rainham School for Girls, Derwent Way, Rainham (follow the signs). We have interesting speakers, do interesting things and learn more about Fuchsias and Pelargoniums. All are very welcome. Non members £1 admission. For more information contact the Secretary on 01634 852519.
Gillingham & Rainham Local History Society
Meetings are held at Byron Road School, Byron Road, Gillingham, generally on the second Friday of each month from September to May at 7.15pm. For more details contact Mr Baker on 01634 854982.
Gillingham Flower Arrangers
meet the first Thursday of each month at 21st Scout Headquarters, Brasenose Field, Junction Road, Gillingham from 7.30 - 9.30 p.m. For more information contact 01634 852956.
Gillingham Games Club
Gillingham Horticultural Society
G.H.S. Floral Art Group
meets United Reformed Church Hall, Balmoral Road, Gillingham, on 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm. Small friendly group would welcome new members, novice or experienced flower arrangers. Come and meet the group free of charge for the first visit. Details from Wynne Prescott 01634 234734
Gravesend Railway Enthusiasts Society (GRES)
invites people with an interest in railways in particular, although present members have enthusiasm for other forms of transport such as model railways, buses, trams, planes & shipping. Interested? Please contact Bob Poole (Sec) on 01474 326232 or visit www.gres.org.uk
Guild of Church Flower Arrangers
meet in different churches every quarter in the Maidstone, West Malling areas. Visitors welcome contact Mrs Pat Wallis on 01622 746025 for further details.
Higham Village History Group
meet bi-monthly on the third Thursday of the month, 8.00pm, in the Memorial Hall, School Lane, Higham, see www.highamvillagehistory.org.uk
Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne
The HRGS is a friendly, active and interactive group of like minded people who share an interest in local history. We arrange visits to local buildings and churches, have guest speakers at our social evenings and run course for members. We also offer support to any member who wants to undertake their own research projects and have an extensive library exclusive to members. For more information and details of 2012 events please visit our website www.hrgs.co.uk. or telephone 01634 230421
Invicta Bridge Club
Invicta (Kent) Dog Training Club
(Kennel Club Accredited) Meet at Hartlip Village Hall Tuesday evenings from 7.00pm "KC Good Citizens", Puppy Socialisation, Bronze, Silver & Gold classes. New members always welcome. Contact 01795 843670 or 01634 235873
Invicta Photographic Club
welcomes everyone interested in photography in the Mid-Kent area. Regular meetings September – April, Thursday 7:30pm, Detling Village Hall. www.invictaphotographicclub.co.uk or call 01622 726669
Irish language for Beginners
Jugglez Juggling & Circus Skills club
for all ages & abilities. Friday Nights 8 - 10pm, Rainham School for Girls, £2.50. For further info contact Pat on 07758 800521 or see jugglez.org
Kent Advanced Motorcyclist Group
meet last Thursday of the month, 8.00pm, at Hailwood Centre at Brands Hatch Circuit, A20. Membership covers all of Kent. Group runs Sunday after Group night, meet in the layby opposite Oakdene Café, London Road, Wrotham, Kent 9.30am (summer) 9.00am (winter). Contact 0870 3215264 for more details.
Kent Branch of the Orders and Medals Research Society.
Meet 2nd Monday of each month, 7.30pm at the Upper Gillingham Conservative Club, 541, Canterbury Street, Gillingham ME7 5LP. Contact Glen Jones 01634 851912.
Kent Classic and Sports Car Club
meet first Tuesday of each month at the Hastings Arms, Gillingham starting at 8.00pm. For more details contact Paul Friday 01634 362612 or mobile 07749 927411.
Kent Family History Society (Maidstone Branch)
Meets 2nd Wednesday of most months. St Paul's Church Hall, Boxley Road 7.30pm. Information 01622 204923
Kent Family History Society
Kent Group of Plant Heritage
(National Council for the Conservation of plants and garden) Winter Lectures Contact Janet Gasson 01322 864138
Kent Guild of Spinners Dyers & Weavers
meet on the last Saturday of each month except December at Furley Hall (St. Johns Ambulance), Maidstone Road, Ashford TN24 8TX at 11.15am - 3.30pm. Visitors are very welcome. See www.kgsdw.btck.co.uk
Kent Inventors Forum
is a strictly confidential, advice/help group to those individuals who have a brilliant idea, but have reservations on how they may be able to proceed. The group meet at 6pm, on the first Wednesday of each month in Room B028 of the Blake Building at Greenwich University, Chatham Campus. Join us for inspiration that may change your life, we look forward to meeting you there. Contact details are available on http://www.business-kit.co.uk/?page_id=113/ and navigate to Forums & Networks.
Kent Potters Association
Kent Wildfowling & Conservation Association
Details from www.kentwildfowlers.co.uk
Kent Wildlife Trust
Gain new skills, increase your knowledge of wildlife, conservation, make new friends and find a new interest. We have 60 reserves and 5 visitor centres. To find out more and become a volunteer phone 01622 662012
Kent Woodturners Club
meets The Brocard Room (next to the pottery),The Friars, Aylesford. Ist Tuesday evening of each month and 3rd Saturday all day. www.kentwoodturners.com
Knit & Natter Groups
meets alternate Monday afternoons, Rainham Library, knitting for charity and Premature Baby Units. New members always welcome. Please leave any unwanted knitting wool at the library. For more information ring Judith Pender 01634 377474.
Loose Area History Society
meets once a month from October to May at Loose Infant School Hall, Loose Road, Maidstone, for talks on local history and related subjects, and arranges visits in June and July to places of historic interest www.looseareahistorysociety.webeden.co.uk for full programme.
Maidstone Bird Club SECAS
Meetings/Talks regularly held on the 4th Tuesday in the month. For details ring Hon Sec Ken Shelton 01622 717423 or see our web site www.maidstonebirdclub.co.uk
Maidstone Bird Club SECAS Sunday Club
2nd Sunday in the month for Sales of Birds, Cages, Equipment, seeds, etc, or just a cup of tea and a chat ! All most welcome. Larkfield Village Hall. New Hythe Lane, Contact Dave 07946 272761 for information or see our web site www.maidstonebirdclub.co.uk
Maidstone Bridge Club
meet at the Hilton Hotel, Bearsted Road Maidstone by Junction 7 of the M20. EBU affiliated with electronic scoring and hand dealing. Wednesday nights 730 start ideal for the less experienced player and beginners. A host is always available. Thursday nights at 715 for the more competent player, host by arrangement. Teams competitions once a month. Annual subscription £12, table money £3 (visitors/non-members £3.50). Coffee/Tea included. Beginners lessons by arrangement. See www.maidstonesbridgeclubs.org.uk or telephone John Walker 01622 631456 or 07703 439455 for further details.
Maidstone Camcorder Club
meet East Farleigh WI Hall, Forge Lane 1st and 3rd Wednesday (not December) 7.45 – 10.00pm. An enthusiastic group of amateurs interested in all aspects of video and film making. Ring Frank Bassett 01622 745123 for details.
Maidstone Camera Club
Affiliated to the Kent Photographic Association & Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. If you feel we could develop your interest in our hobby then do come along to one of our Tuesday meetings at Madginford Hall, Egremont Road, Bearsted ME15 8LH from September - June 7.30 -10.00pm. New members always welcome or contact Tony White 01732 521121 or Derek Hodge 01622 738556
Maidstone Chess Club
Maidstone Leisure Centre, Willow Way, ME15 7RN. Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm for players of every level, juniors welcome. Contact Bob Lane 01795 842331 or David Heath 01622 741758
Maidstone Film Society
contact the Membership Secretary for details www.maidstone-film-society.org.uk 01622 746078.
Maidstone Floral Art Group
meets Baptist Church hall, Knightrider Streeton the 2nd Monday each month 2.00 – 4.00pm. Demonstrations and workshops ring 01622 764750 for details.
Maidstone Flower Club
Meets second Thursday each month, Baptist Church, Knightrider Street,(via rear entrance) Membership £25.00 p.a All visitors welcome £5.00 per meeting, Demonstrations, workshops, Social events, For more information phone 01622 741207 or 01622 661498 also on Facebook.
Maidstone Historical Society
meets on the third Wednesday of the month from September to April (excluding December) at the Methodist Church Community Centre, Brewer Street, Maidstone at 7.30pm. Members enjoy a varied programme of talks with an historical theme and visitors are welcome. Details from the Hon. Secretary telephone 01622 751900.
Maidstone Horticultural Society
meets first Thursday in the month at 7.30pm during Spring & Autumn for Gardening Themed Talks in the large hall of Baptist Church, corner of Knightrider Street, Maidstone. Also, we organise 3 Shows, 4 Coach trips to gardens, Summer Garden Party and much more. For more information please contact our Secretary on 01622 737323
Maidstone Postcard Club
meets on the 3rd Monday each month at St Paul's Hall, Boxley Road, Maidstone 7.00 – 10.00pm. Visitors and new members welcome, ring Keith Hursy 01622 717037 for details.
Maidstone RSPB Group
Indoor meetings every third Thursday at Grove Green Community Hall, Penhurst Close, Maidstone ME14 5BT (off Grovewood Drive North) at 7.30pm. Outdoor field trips are also organised monthly. lnformation 07971 934101
Maritime Games Club
is a role-playing game (RPG), card game, boardgame, and wargame club at the Universities at Medway campus (Nelson, Room 7, Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime, Kent, ME4 4TB). We meet on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday evenings, and once a month on Sunday. Further details at www.maritimegames.co.uk
Medway Aircraft Preservation Society (MAPS) Ltd
is an all volunteer not-for-profit company limited by guarantee which has gained an international reputation for restoring and preserving historical aircraft to static and flying condition. Visitors are welcome to view the aircraft in our workshop at Rochester Airport on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday mornings from 9.30am till 12.00noon. Please note that photographs are not allowed to be taken in the workshop by order of the RAF Museum. There is an entrance fee of 50p for adults which includes a conducted tour around the visitors centre showing a potted history of MAPS. Do please take a look at our website www.mapsl.co.uk
Medway Antique & Collector's Club
If you live in the Medway area and have an interest in Beekeeping, Bees and their Honey, why not contact us to find out more. Join the friendly workers and drones of the Medway Beekeepers at our meetings throughout the year, covering all aspects of Beekeeping for beginners and the more advanced. For further information find us on the net www.medwaybee.org.uk
Medway DLSR Camera Club
A new camera club for all digital camera users meet every Monday 8.00pm at the Walnut Tree Club, Medway Road, Gillingham. Varied and interesting programme throughout the year, information www.medwaydslrcameraclub.co.uk.
Medway Film Makers
Meet every other Thursday at Davis Estate Community Centre, Barberry Avenue, Chatham. ME5 9TE from 7.30pm. For more details ring 01634 360401 or see www.medwayfilmmakers.com
Medway Fossil and Mineral Society
meet every Wednesday 7-30 to 9-30pm St Peters Church Hall, Delce Road, Rochester. Contact 01634 235507 or 01634 864403 www.mlms.org.uk
Medway Geographical Society
meet Byron Primary School, Byron Road, Gillingham, 7.30 – 9.00pm usually fourth Friday in the month Sept to May. New members welcome contact Mrs Pat Meredith 01634 362683 for more details.
Medway Magical Society
Est 1946. Meet 1st & 3rd Tuesday each month, St George Hotel, New Road Avenue, Chatham. Interested persons, Juniors or Seniors, by invitation only. Contact for details Hon Sec Tim Decker 3 Hillside Avenue Strood ME2 3DB 01634 713642.
Medway Scrabble Club
meets on Monday afternoons at 2pm at St. Stephen's Church Hall, Maidstone Road, Chatham, usually every fortnight. New members welcome. Ring David Brock 01634 230500 for more information or see our entry on Medway Council's website.
Medway Slot Car Club,
Race every Wednesday Evening 7.30-10.30pm on our 6 lane 90ft Purpose built MDF track with braking and Computer Control. At Tunbury Avenue, Catkin Close, Chatham, Kent. ME5 9HP. We race 1:32 Scale, Scalextric, SCX & Ninco Contact: Steve Mumford: 01634 721970 for more info or Visit us at: www.medwayslotcarclub.co.uk
Medway Towns Bridge Club
meet at St Lukes Methodist Church Hall, City Way, Rochester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday evening, Host Monday, for social duplicate bridge, competitions, cups. £10 pa membership, £2.50 table money, visitors and beginners welcome. Partners arranged. Phone 01634 840094.
Medway Towns Dog Training Club
meets every Wednesday at Christ Church Hall, Luton Road, Chatham. Vacancies for puppies and older dogs. Contact Trevor Smith 01634 686965/Dave Pierson 01634 407126 or www.medwaytownsdogtraining.co.uk
Medway Towns Philatelic Society
Meet on the first Monday of the Month (second Monday if the first is a Bank Holiday) at 7.00pm at La Providence (The French Hospital) in Rochester High Street. Visitors always welcome. For further information phone 01634 304940 or 01634 230324 www.medwaytownsphilatelicsociety.co.uk
Medway Valley Countryside Partnership
works to enhance the River Medway and the surrounding countryside to the benefit of the wildlife and the local community. The Thursday Action Group volunteers carry out projects ranging from wildlife garden creation, enhancing the public rights of way and wildlife surveying. To find out more about an enjoyable and healthy day out contact the volunteer coordinator on 01622 683695.
Medway Wargames Society
We play all the popular wargames and some of the more obscure at our Walderslade club on Tuesday evenings. Please visit http://sites.google.com/site/medwaywargamessociety/location or see facebook for more details.
meets at Bredhurst Village Hall, Hurstwood Road, Bredhurst on the 4th Wednesday of every month, except December, from 7.00pm. New members very welcome. For further details please call Mike 01634 271908
Memorable Order of Tin Hats
Meet alternate Thursdays at 8.00pm at Ham Hill Workman's club. Snodland Ex-Service Personnel welcome. Contact Senior Old Bill 01634 650038 or 02033 718971.
Micro Scalextric Style Slot Car Racing
HO North Kent hold regular HO slot car race meetings on their 230ft 6 lane permanent race circuit at Gleamingwood Drive, Lordswood. Meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month starting at 6.30pm, racing from 7.00pm Contact Dave on 07411 533535 for more information, hokent.webs.com
Mid-Kent Astronomical Society (MKAS)
meets the second and last Friday of the month 7.45pm at Bredhurst Village Hall, Hurstwood Road, Bredhurst. For observing we meet on other Fridays at the Victoria Hotel, Canterbury. Details on 07983 398327 or http://www.midkentastro.org.uk/
Mid Kent & Beverley Bridge Club
We meet on Monday and Friday evenings at Penenden Heath Social Club for Duplicate Bridge from 7.30 to 11.00pm. Entry is currently £1 per evening and includes tea or coffee. Free parking. New players are most welcome and can telephone for more information on 01622 686711 or 07885 156511.
Mid Kent Fuchsia Group
meet every 2nd Thursday of the month 7.30pm, St Nicholas Church Hall, Poplar Grove, London Road, Allington, Maidstone. We are a lively and friendly group and new members are always made welcome to enjoy the speaker plus table competition and or course a cuppa. For more information contact Mrs Mary Hart on 01795 539722
Milton Hundreds Wargames Club
meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday evening at Iwade Village Hall. Members must be over sixteen. Call Alan on 01795 873379 or visit www.mhwc.co.uk
Orchard Wood-Turners Club
Milstead Village Hall, Milstead, Sittingbourne. We meet on the second Saturday of the month. Come and join us. For further information see our website www.orchard-woodturners.org.uk or call Mr Taylor on 01634 387223
Parkwood Camera Club
Rainham & District Dollshouse and Miniaturist Group
meets the last Thurs each month at The Howard Hall, Woodside, Wigmore, 7.30pm. Contact Sylvia Wildridge 01634 312038 or Valerie Lloyd 01634 366183.
Rainham Bookshop Craft Club
meets in the residents' lounge at Longford House, Longford Court, Mierscourt Road, Rainham. We meet on the fourth Thursday each month except December from 7.00 to 9.00pm. For any further information please contact Mary Smith on 01634 365412
Rainham Flower Club
meet every second Wednesday in the month at 7.30pm at Upchurch Village Hall. Interested in Floral Art? Do join us. Annual Membership £25-00, Senior Citizens £20-00, Visitor’s £6-00 on Demonstration Evenings Member’s £3-00 on Demonstration Evenings Visitors £5.00 on Workshop Evenings. For further information please telephone any of the following numbers: 01622 884657 / 01795 472973 / 01634 863034
Reflex Photographic Club
meets on alternate Wednesdays, 7.30 for 8.00pm, at Star Meadow Sport Club, Darland Avenue, Gillingham ME7 3AN. We welcome both film and digital photographers. Contact Secretary Sid Kingman 01634 315209 or mobile 07956 357686
Rochester and Chatham Dickens Fellowship
Meetings held on the third Thursday each month normally at the The Education Room. Dickens World, Dockside, Chatham at 7.30pm. Non-members welcome, details from Steve Martin 01474 834164
Rochester Flower Club
Meet at 1.30pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the Baptist Church Hall, Crow Lane (off High Street) Rochester. Contact 01634 295652 for more details.
Rochester Wine Appreciation Society
Come and learn about wine. Contact Hilary on 01634 308550 (evening) or John on 01634 308488 for details.
Royal Enfield Owners Club
RSPB Medway Local Group
meets third Tuesday of the month (not Aug), at 7.45pm at Parkwood Community Centre, Parkwood Green - £3 entry charge. Also walks throughout the year. More information www.medway-rspb.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. or Sue Carter 01795 472854.
Sheppey Local History Society
Sittingbourne & District Model Aircraft Club
has vacancies for new members from 7 to 87. Training by qualified instructors available for the novice. More information from Brian Martin 01634 364407.
Sittingbourne Bridge Club
meet in UK Paper Club House, Remembrance Ave every Wednesday afternoon at 1.30 – 4.40pm. New and old members welcome. Must have basic knowledge of Acol bidding. Lessons may be available. Contact Bob Broderick on 01795 473245 or Rita Cox on 01634 232640.
Sittingbourne Chess Club
Sittingbourne Gardeners & Flower Arrangers Society
Sittingbourne Photographic Society
meet every Wednesday, 7.30 to 10.00pm September to June at Phoenix House, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne. Lectures, Camera advice, Competitions, & Monthly Outings. See our website for contact details or phone Chairman Sam Pellatt on 01795 470466.
Sittingbourne Reading Group
We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month in Sittingbourne Library from 6.45 - 7.45pm. We read a wide variety of books chosen by the members and provided by the library. We do not have to buy the books. New members are welcome to join us. For further details ring 01795 426197.
Sittingbourne's Steam Railway
is the former Bowaters paper mill railway using its original steam locomotives and rolling stock. Its facilities include a museum, Café, Souvenir Shop and Model Railways. It is open from Easter to September on Sundays, Bank Holidays and most school holidays for the public to enjoy or learn about historic transport systems. Details are on the website: www.sklr.net or by telephone on 01795 424899. It is totally operated by its volunteer membership and is open to new members with an interest in industrial railways.
Snodland Chess Club
Spinners, Dyers and Weavers Association
(Medway) meets on alternate Monday evenings at Balmoral Road Church Hall (entrance to the left of the church) primarily to share the enjoyment of the ancient arts of spinning dying and weaving. Contact Elspeth Darby 01634 578294 for more information.
Stockbury Gardeners' Association
Meetings 8pm first Thursday every month (no meeting in January) at Memorial Hall, the street, Stockbury, ME9 7UD, Gardeners young and old, experienced or novice are warmly welcomed, you do not need to be a resident of Stockbury, Membership includes free meetings and discount on seed orders- this year 40% (seeds) & 10% (equipment) For further information call 07753 197806 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Strood & District Aquarist Society
Tropical Fish Club meets from 8.00pm 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month at the Conservative Club, 49 Cuxton Road Strood. New Members Welcome Contact Allan 01634 408656 www.stroodaquarist.co.uk
Strood Gardening Club
meets at St Nicholas Church, High Street, Strood on 2nd Tuesday at 7.30pm & 4th Tuesday at 1.30pm. Membership £7.50p.a. meetings £1.60 inc. refreshments, guests always welcome £2.50. Speakers, Outings & Shows. Reduced RHS membership. Contact Lesley Wenbourne 01634 712242.
Strood Knitting Club
Meets every third Thursday in the month at Strood Methodist Centre, Cliife Road, 2.00pm, Both machine and hand knitting plus other crafts, New members welcome, ring 01634 253710 for details.
Strood Wargame Group
Hello anyone out there we are a small group of gamers who meet every week on Thursday evening at a members house in Strood. For further information ring Colin at 01634 717681.
Kent Invicta Table Football Club weekly at Medway Park Sports Complex (Gillingham) on Fridays 7.00 – 10.00pm. For further information - www.kentinvictatfc.co.uk
Swale Philatelic and Postcard Society
meet twice monthly from Sept to May at the Masonic Hall, Albany Road Sittingbourne. All collectors welcome whether beginner or mature. Details can be obtained from Mrs V Harris 01795 422415.
The 79th Cameron Highlanders
a living history and battle re-enactment group representing 1815, the era of the Napoleonic wars. We welcome individuals, couples and families. Our monthly drill day takes place at Fort Amherst in Chatham, 10.00am – 4.00pm. For more information see www.the79thcameronhighlanders.co.uk or ring Secretary Suzanne Bartolo 01634 306422
Twydall Village Garden Club
meets every second Thursday of the month at Nye Bevan Hall, 7.30pm for 8.00pm. New members and visitors always welcome. For more information please ring 01634 362239.
Upchurch Horticultural Society
meets monthly, for full details of meetings and show dates please contact Steve Laming (General Secretary) on 01634 373723. New members always welcome.
Weald Wine Society
Wateringbury Local History Society
(est 1977) meets 7.40pm third Wednesday most months at Wateringbury Village Hall with a speaker. We have members from many surrounding villages and welcome visitors Annual membership £9, visitors £2.50. For details contact Terry Bird 01622 812566
West Kent Speakers Club
Practice and achieve speaking confidence. Meetings held 7.45pm on 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at The Bull Inn, Lower Road, East Farleigh. Further details at www.kent-speakers.co.uk
West Malling Photographic Society
meet in West Malling Village Hall, Norman Rd West Malling, ME19 6RL
on Tuesday evenings at 8pm, September to April. For further details ring 01634 717693 or see our website, www.westmallingcameraclub.co.uk
Contact details for local "Music & the Arts" clubs & societies
is a vibrant Theatre Company, based at Cleave Warne Hall in Borstal. We are a busy group putting on 6-8 shows a year. In addition to performing published plays we write a lot of our own material, putting on regular Murder Mysteries around the time of the Dickens Festival in Rochester and have taken our work to the Edinburgh Fringe on several occasions. We meet regularly every Thursday evening at the Hall behind St Matthew's Church in Borstal 8.30 – 10.30pm. If you would like to be involved on, or off stage or indeed in any capacity, or simply want to come along and watch one of our shows – you can contact either Richard or Sophia on 01634 311387 or view the website at www.alternate-shadows.co.uk.
Thursdays 12.15pm to l.15pm, Holy Trinity Church Hall, Greenporch Close, Milton Regis, Sittingbourne. £3 per session, please contact Pat Carnell 01795 550190 for further details
Bearsted Choral Society
Chandeliers Drama Group
is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, we meet 8.00pm - 10.00pm on Mondays and Thursdays at Madginford Village Hall, Egremount Rd, Bearsted. New members always welcome, whether to act, sing, prompt or do props, help backstage, front of house etc... Just come along and introduce yourself or phone our membership secretary, Jody Parks on 07547609333
Chandeliers Drama Group – Youth Section
City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra
rehearses 7.45pm on Mondays at Rochester Grammar School for Girls and performs in the Central Theatre Chatham. New members welcome especially in the string or brass sections. For further information please ring 01634 841567.
Cobdown Art Club
meet at Cobdown Sports and Social Club, Station Road, Ditton Monday 7.00 – 9.00pm, Wednesday 12noon - 3.30pm and Thurday 7.00 - 9.00pm. Two exhibitions a year. New members welcome contact Robin Cooper 01732 841516.
is a non profit community of local doers and creatives in Medway, who share office space at 161 High Street, Rochester. New members are always welcome and low cost room hire is also available to non members. See www.cofwd.org for more information. Current members include organisers from the Rochester Literature Festival (rochesterlitfest.com), Creatabot (creatabot.co.uk) and Seasonally Effected (seasonallyeffected.wordpress.com).
If you like to sing, are retired and living in Medway with your own transport we should like to hear from you. We are looking for new members to join our small friendly Concert Party which gives afternoon performances in the Medway and Maidstone area. For more details call Brenda 01634 409564 (evenings).
The Detling Singers are a small, friendly choir that love their music! Singing a wide variety of music including classical, folk and show music. Meeting Mondays at The Old School, Detling Village 8.00pm. New members welcome as are enquiries for bookings .More information www.thedetlingsingers.co.uk or to speak to a human 01622 880404
Donn Barcott Band
regular Sunday Jazz at The Eagle PH, High Street, Rochester, 1.00 – 3.30pm, first Sunday Extra 6.00 - 9.00pm, Five 5 Live Light Jazz Swing with special guests 2nd Thurs 8.30- 11.00pm 44Two Club, Featherby Road, Gillingham open to all, licensed bar, admission £6, Ring 01634 405037 for more information.
Music groups for all ages and abilities held in Sittingbourne on Wednesday afternoon and evenings, new members welcome. Beginner to advanced level strings, guitar groups and concert band. Contact Derek Boyne on 01795 423854 for more information
Energize Parkwood Community Choir
every Wednesday 7.15 - 9.00pm, Holy Family RC Church Hall, off Longshaw Road, Parkwood, Maidstone, new adult members welcome, no auditions, just singing for fun. Several concerts. £3 per week, 01622 690286 for details Try it for a week – no obligation to join.
Faversham Art Society
meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month February – November, in the United Church Hall, Preston Street, Faversham 7.15 – 9.30pm. Demos, workshops and exhibitions, New members welcome, ring 01227 750548 for details or see website spanglefish.com/favershamartsociety
Faversham Choral Society
meets on Wednesday Evenings at 7.45pm in the United Church Hall Preston Street. The society performs three concerts each year covering the full range of choral music New members are always welcome. Website: www.favchoral.org
Faversham Folk Club
Faversham Mission Brass
Brass Band available for concerts, garden parties and bandstands throughout the local area, www.favershammissionbrass.btck.co.uk New players welcome. Rehearsals Tuesdays. 01795 533473
Faversham Uke Players
meet 1st & 3rd Thursday in Baptist Church Hall, Institute Road, Faversham, 7.15pm, Beginners and experienced players welcome, Ring Keith or Janet 01795 530854.
Folk Clubs in Rainham
Oast House Community Centre, Granary Close, Rainham on the first three Fridays of every month. Play or listen, all welcome, 8.30pm Details from Rainham Folk 01634 372048 or Moore or Less Folk 01634 366155.
at The Old House at Home, Pudding Lane, Maidstone on the fourth Monday of every month at 8.00pm. Free and easy acoustic sing-around and session Folk Music with no hard and fast music policy. Run by The Starks Family and members of the local folk/rock band Wheeler Street. All ages and standards of players and singers welcomed with open arms but arrive early if you want a seat in the "inner circle".
Gillingham Dramatic Society
Gillingham Male Voice Choir
New members welcome, all voices. Meets every Wednesday at Gillingham Golf Club, Woodlands Road at 8.00pm. Contact Mike Osborne 01634 365963
We play music in harmony at Tunstall Village Memorial Hall every Tuesday, 2.45 – 4.15pm. Belleplates ring and sound like handbells. (You do not need to be able to read music). New members welcomed. Further details contact Kevnie 01795 474015
Gillingham Dramatic Society
at the Y.M.C.A Maidstone, Guitar Tuition & advice, for further details ring 01622 688001
HALIA (Health And Living In Art)
An art therapy group for patients/carers/relatives affected by a cancer journey. All welcome to a friendly supportive environment. All materials and refreshments provided. Meetings are held on the first Monday in every month between 6.00 and 8.30pm at Peninsula Methodist Church Cliffe Road, Strood.
A community group bringing people together through music, every Tuesday 10.00 - 4.00pm, Sunlight Studios, 105 Richmond Road Gillingham, ME7 1LX Come along and meet new people, learn songs old and new, join in with song writing workshops. All styles and abilities welcome. Instruments provided. For more information call 01634 338636.
meet regularly at East Malling Institute, Mill Street, ME19 6DB on Friday evenings from 8.00pm to 10.00pm. We are an amateur dramatic group, founded in 1948, and welcome anyone from 8 - 80+ who is interested in getting involved with any aspect of amateur theatre. For details ring 01622 717491.
are a small informal group who write for pleasure, but who knows, fame and fortune may find us one day. We meet in Higham on Monday mornings and also write assignments at home. We sometimes have vacancies, so if you would like to join us, please contact either Marion on 01474 823609 or Denise on 01474 822881.
Icon Theatre Youth Theatre Classes
Isle of Sheppey Singers
would welcome new members, male and female. We meet on Wednesday Evening, 8.00pm, at the Sheppey Little Theatre, Meyrick Road, Sheerness. Please contact our secretary 01795 471693 to find out more.
Community Choir @ Jasper Centre, Jasper Avenue, Rochester, ME1 2LD. Come and join us, singing for pleasure, every Tuesday from 6.50 - 8.15pm. We are a friendly group who enjoy singing and like to perform occasionally. We sing a wide range of material, from musical theatre to gospel in 3 and 4 part harmony. No auditions, just enthusiasm and a desire to learn. Choir led by professional West End singer. Text or Call 07790 000409 for more details, or just come along! You will be very welcome.
Kaleidoscope Creative Arts Centre
Kent Music's New Folk Band
KM Medway Band
Maidstone Amateur Operatic Society
perform at the Hazlitt Theatre. New recruits always needed – actors, singers, dancers, stage hands, scenery makers, programme sellers, make up artists, wardrobe specialists, all welcome. For more information call Pat Moss 01622 761998.
Maidstone Art Society
meets once a month (dates vary) on a Friday between 7.30 - 9.30 pm at Madginford Hall, Egremont Road, Bearsted, Nr Maidstone, ME15 8LH. There is an annual exhibition and painting out days in the summer. For further details please contact the Secretary, Linda Stymest on 01732 849105.
Maidstone Choral Union
gives four concerts a year, and rehearses 7.30 - 9.30pm on Tuesdays at Invicta G.S. New voices always welcome to sing a wide range of music. Contact 01622 679412 or 01622 631586. www.maidstonechoralunion.org.uk
Maidstone Film Society
show a season (September to April) of 12 films from around the world at The Hazlitt Theatre, Monday evenings, 8.00pm. Membership prices for 63rd season: Single - £24.00, Couples - £42.00, Concessionary - £19.00 Secretary Francois-Yves Belver 01622 746078 Web site www.maidstone-film-society.org.uk
Maidstone Music Appreciation Society
a group of 20 accomplished singers who perform a cappella works from the 16th Century to the present day, including close harmony arrangements and newly written pieces. From pre-Bach to post-Beatles a truly varied repertoire, more details 01622 630016.
Maidstone Visual Artists' Network (MVAN)
For anyone interested in the Visual Arts, living or working within a 10 mile radius of Maidstone. We are a friendly group who meet informally on the first Saturday of each month, 10.30am - 12noon, at the Hazlitt Arts Cafe, Graham Clarke Gallery, Rose Yard, Maidstone ME14 1PL. www.mvan.info
Medway Jazz Society
Medway Little Theatre
is now in its 56th season, a fully-equipped public theatre, with well over 400 productions behind us. We have opportunities for new or experienced performers, directors, stage management, front-of-house staff, set construction and costume management. We stage six productions annually and have two active youth sections, who also stage their own shows. Anyone interested in joining the company in any capacity is invited to come along to meet us at 256 High Street, Rochester (opposite Rochester Station), any Tuesday from 8pm onwards, except during productions. For more information, please visit our website: www.mlt.org.uk.
Meets Mondays and sometimes Wed, at the Anchorians Club, Darland Avenue, Gillingham at 8.00pm. We are always happy to welcome new members. For further information please ring Gill Williams on 01634 233090 or Jean Willis 01634 230793 or visit our website www.medwayopera.org.
Medway Organ Club
Medway Poetry Group
meet every 2nd Wednesday 40 Birling Avenue, Rainham 7.30 – 9.30pm. All welcome to listen or read poetry. Phone for details 01634 260228.
An adult mixed choir singing a wide variety of music through the centuries. We meet on Mondays at 8.00pm at Frindsbury Baptist Church, Cooling Road, Strood. New members always welcome – singing is good for you! Contact Josie Ryder on 01634 300725.
Musical Merry Go Round
a music group for pre-school children accompanied by a parent or carer, Monday 9.30 – 11.00am (term time) The Pavillion, King George V playing fields, Walnut Tree Lane, Loose, £3.50 per child and carer, £1 for each additional adult or child over 8 months, ring Alison 07794 040046 or Michelle 07748 746079 for details.
North Kent Art Society
Meets on the last Tuesday of the month at the Peninsula Church, Cliffe Road, Strood, 7.30- 9.30pm. All abililities welcome, Ring Tina 01634 725006 or Hazel 01634 250322 for more details.
Old Barn Orchestral Society
The Orchestra for Medway and Maidstone. Rehearses on Friday evenings at St Martin's Church, Maidstone. This friendly and enthusiastic orchestral society has a wide classical repertoire and welcomes new players where there are vacancies – mainly strings and brass. Contact Karen Brown on 01634 376979 or through www.oldbarnos.co.uk.
Old Bridge Music Club – Aylesford
Recorded Music afternoons, Small Hall, Aylesford Community Centre, 2nd & 4th Friday each month. New members welcome. More information - Betty 01622 754564.
Ospringe Handbell Ringers
would welcome new members. You do not need to be able to read music. Come for a taster session to see if you would like to join us. We play a variety of music and practice on Mondays 7.00 - 8.30pm in Ospringe Church. Please contact 01795 424591
Out of the Asylum 18+ Drama Group
An adult drama group that meets at St Philip's church hall, every Wednesday 8.00 - 9.3pm. Fast - paced games, improvisation and script work. Enquiries phone NIkki 01622 685564
Phoenix Arts Company (amateur dramatic group)
encompasses all ages and abilities from 6 – 69, we rehearse on Sundays at the Acacia Hall, Dartford. For further details contact Madeline Gosnell 01322 221840.
Rainham Ladies Choir
We are always pleased to welcome new members (all voices). Rehearsals on Mondays 7.30 – 9.45pm at Twydall Junior School Romany Road, Gillingham Contacts 01634 365806 & 01634 363627.
Rainham Oast Old Time Sessions (ROOTS)
Rainham Theatrical Society
is based in the Oast House Theatre just off Rainham High Street. New members, acting & backstage, welcome. Call in Monday, Tuesday or Thursday 8-10pm, visit www.oasthousetheatre.co.uk or phone 01634 374183.
Recorder Players Society (Kent Branch)
A small, friendly group of adult players who meet on Wednesday evenings during term time. We play a wide variety of music from 6th to the 21st centuries. Players with reasonable sight reading skills welcome, contact Anna 079688 44654 or Dave 01622 756152
Rochester Choral Society
rehearses 7.30pm on Tuesdays, The Vines Church, Crow Lane, Rochester and performs in Rochester Cathedral. New members welcome, especially gentlemen. Paul Simpson 01634 844467 www.rochesterchoral.co.uk
Rochester and District Music Society
meets alternate Thursdays at the Strood Methodist Centre, Cliffe Road, Strood. 7.30pm. For programme details of this, its 75th season and for ticket prices/subscription rates please ring David Goodwin (Chairman) on 01634 717185
Rochester Film Society
Rochester Literature Festival -
local writers who stage interactive writing events for readers, writers and like minds. See www.rochesterlitfest.com for details.
Rochester and West Kent Art Society
meet on the first and third Wednesday each month 7.30 – 9.30pm at the Brook Theatre, Chatham. New members welcome, more information from Pat Maynard-Smith 01634 233053.
St Paul's Drama Group
meet at Gillingham Methodist Community Centre, Third Avenue, Gillingham on Tuesdays (& some Thursdays) 8.00 – 10.00pm. We present Panto, Drama & Musicals throughout the year. New members welcome. More details 01634 852712.
Sittingbourne Music Society
Three classical concerts a year. For more information ring 01795 423215.
Sittingbourne Orpheus Choral Society
Spotlites Saturday Sessions
New House Sports and Youth Centre, Chalkwell Road, Sittingbourne: Children's Theatre 10 – 11.15am for 5–11 years, Youth Theatre 11.15am – 12.30pm for 12–21 years, Dance & Singing Sessions 10 – 11.15am for 12–21 years. £4.50 per week, Every member of Spotlites has the chance to appear in their hit shows! Call now to join on: 01634 829468. Further details www.spotlites.co.uk
Spotlites Theatre Company
Spotlites @ Kings Theatre, 338 High Street, Chatham Drama sessions for age 4 - 6 Wednesdays 5.25 - 6.25pm, Fridays 5-6pm and Brunswick House School, Maidstone Tuesdays 5.30 – 6.30pm. Drama fun and games on a different theme each week! Including acting, improvisation, dance, musical theatre, voice, puppetry, singing, dressing up, script writing, comedy and drama games with the emphasis firmly on fun and imagination. £4.50 a week. Book on 01634 829468. www.spotlites.co.uk
Spotlights Theatre Zone
a workshop for 18 – 30 year olds Mondays 8 – 10pm – Spotlites @ Kings Theatre, 338 High Street, Chatham (beside Gala Bing o). £6 per week. Every member of Spotlites has the chance to appear in their hit shows! Call now to join on 01634 829468, Further details www.spotlites.co.uk
Spotlites Youth Theatre
have opened a New theatre session at Brunswick House School in Maidstone. This Junior Youth Theatre session for 11-13 year olds runs from 7.30 – 9.00pm every Tuesday and they are looking for new members to come along.
Kids Spotlites sessions for 4 - 6 years from 5.30 - 6.30pm.
Spotlites Children’s Theatre for 7 -11 years from 6.30 - 7.45pm. There is a New dance session to accompany this too.
Spotlites Youth Theatre for 1 4 -18 years from 7.45 - 9.30pm. New members are welcome at all sessions. To enrol, call Spotlites on 01634 829468 or book online at www.spotlites.co.uk to come along to one of their sessions.
Square Mile Community Gospel Choir
Sutton Valence Choral Society
We rehearse on Monday evenings 7.30 - 9.30pm in the Music Room at Sutton Valence School - just off North Street, Sutton Valence. We perform about four concerts per year, excluding Carol Concerts. Our main venue for concerts is All Saints Church, Maidstone. New members always welcome in all four voice parts. For further information phone 01622 842269 or visit our website: www.suttonvalencechoral.co.uk.
meets 1st Monday of the month at the Red Lion in Sittingbourne High Street about 8.00pm. We are an informal group that meet to chat, discuss Art and events within the area. All artists really welcome. Please come and join us, www.swalearts.co.uk for more details.
Swale Electronic Organ Club
presents concerts on the 4th Tuesday evening each month at UKP Leisure Club, Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne, www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/swale.html
Thomas Clark Quire
Do you enjoy singing or playing music? Are you interested in local history? The Thomas Clark Quire specialises in music written for, and performed in Kentish churches during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Quire meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday evenings of the month, from 8-10pm, at Maidstone Baptist Church, Knightrider Street (through the car park to the rear door). New singers and string or woodwind players would be very welcome. There are no auditions, just come along and join in. For more information please ring 01622 763916.
Three Towns Theatre Company
We produce two shows a year, normally musicals and meet every Thursday evening at 8pm at the Gillingham United Reformed Church Hall in Balmoral Road. Further details by calling 07504 855826 or from our website www.threetownstheatrecompany.co.uk
Twydall in Lights Community Theatre
UK Paper Band
rehearse at the UK Paper Club, Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne, Wednesday 7.30pm. We regularly perform throughout the year at various concerts, bandstands and private functions - see web site ukpaperband.org.uk. New brass players very welcome. To book the band, or to join us, contact Mark Hinchliffe, 01634 315588, 07794 989241 or email through then band website ukpaperband.co.uk or come on a Wednesday night.
1st & 3rd Wednesday each month at Four Horseshoes Pub, Graveney Village from 2.00 - 4.00pm, Beginners and experienced players welcome, ring Keith or Janet 01795 530854.
Upchurch Hand Bell Ringers
looking for new members of all ages to join us, why not come and see how the group works? We meet every Tuesday evening 7.30p.m, for more details call Pete Boakes on 01634 230805.
are preparing for this year's pantomime. New members are always welcome whether you want to take to the stage, or help behind the scenes. For more information on how to get involved please contact Gloria Knight on 01634 363271.
Wigmore Music and Drama Society
meet Thursdays 8.00 - 10.00pm at St Matthew's Community Centre, Drewery Drive, Wigmore. New members are always welcome, for more information call Sharman 01634 374598
Wolfshead and Vixen Morris
the premier side in Medway, and winners of the Green Man Shield twice in a row at the Sweeps Festival. They practise at the Good Intent pub, John Street, Rochester, every Wednesday from 8.00pm. They welcome new members, male and female, along with musicians.