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You gotta have friends

You gotta have friends

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FRIENDSHIP, FUN AND FOOD were certainly on the menu for our afternoon at Linda and Bede’s home. A group of some 22 members enjoyed the sunshine in Linda’s delightful garden on Saturday 22nd August.  She refreshed us with different flavours of tea served with scones (to die for), clotted cream and jam, beautiful sponges and homemade shortbread. WONDERFUL! Thank you Linda for giving us the opportunity to discuss ways of improving friendship, what a great example the afternoon was.  

Smoke me a kipper, I’ll be back for breakfast!

Smoke me a kipper, I’ll be back for breakfast!

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Kenilworth & District Soroptimists took part in one of the group’s favourite pastimes in August – eating! This time it was breakfast at an event organised by Carole and Nick Nicholson. Guests were invited to enjoy traditional breakfast fare, including kedgeree and kippers, whilst enjoying a rare sunny Sunday in the Nicholson’s award-winning garden. Funds raised will go to one of the charities supported by the President this year.

Flowers in the rain

Flowers in the rain

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    The annual plant sale was held on June 6th in torrential rain much to everyone’s disappointment. There were so many plants left over that we decided to take the remainder to the next car boot sale (see picture above) at Leamington RFC. Thankfully, this was far more successful (weatherwise and also regarding plant sales). Some of the plants were donated to a local lady andshe is pictured with members Andrea Kingston and CaroleNicholson (Jane Beckett was wielding the camera) who planted up her patio pots for her. In total, the plant sale made £670, 50% of which will go to the Cotton Tree Children’s Trust and the remainder to the President’s chosen charities.

Life begins at 40!

Life begins at 40!

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Kenilworth & District celebrated their 40th year this weekend (17th to 19th April).  The celebrations commenced on Friday evening with a civic reception in the company of the mayor and mayoress of Kenilworth.  Guests were welcomed from friendship link clubs in Remscheid, Mulhouse, Arnheim Oost, Cardiff, Leicester and Coventry. On Saturday we were treated to a preview tour of the Elizabethan garden at Kenilworth Castle (due to open to the public in May 2009).  A formal dinner was held at Kenilworth Golf Club where the menu was sixties themed.  Sunday started with coffee at Milsom’s hotel before a guided tour of the Abbey ruins and Barn.  This was followed by lunch at Haigs Hotel in Balsall Common. The picture shows founder member Hilda Sparkes with Mayor Spencer Harrison and his wife Daphne Harrison, also a member of the Kenilworth club.  They are joined by a visiting Remscheid member

Saturday of Service – the work is done!

Saturday of Service – the work is done!

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Pupils from Kenilworth School provided their time and effort on Saturday March 7th in local service projects organised by Kenilworth and District SI.  The youngsters pitched in to plant up tubs in the garden at Newlands Nursing Home and spent some time socialising with the residents there.  In a separate project over at Abbey Fields much hard work was done to clean up the information plaques which are scattered over this historic site.  The pictures show what one of the plaques looked like before and after its makeover.  The chilly conditions were bravely borne by a cheerful group of volunteers who certainly weren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty.

Saturday of Service

Saturday of Service

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Soroptimists in Kenilworth are joining with young people to show the town what the young community can do. Concerned about the negative image often attributed to young people, they are planning a Saturday of Service when young people will be involved in some voluntary activities of their own choice for the benefit of Kenilworth and its community. The Soroptimist club will give help to plan and support for these projects. There will be a forum for young people to put forward their own ideas at the Kenilworth Youth and Community Centre at Abbey End at 7.00pm on Thursday 29 January 2008. Responses and participation from as many local youth groups as possible will be welcomed to send a really positive message about our young people. If you are interested you can contact the Soroptimists by email on kenilworthsi@googlemail.com.