Gran gets community together for a picnic

CROWDS turned out in Larkfield for a picnic organised by a gran whowanted villagers toshowsome community spirit. Jackie Hirsch,whohas lived in the

area for 40 years, swung into action after seeing places such as Snodland and Kings Hill organise big events bringing neighbours together. She called a successful meeting to

set up Larkfield Together, and the groupwent on to organise Picnic on the Rec on bank holiday Sunday, August 27. It was a dream come true for Mrs Hirsch, as families arrived at Lark- field Recreation Ground with their picnics for a sunny afternoon of music, fun and games. The festivities were opened by Tonbridge and Malling deputy mayor Cllr PamBates and therewas a chance to join in dances, try a zumba class and attempt the biggest hokey cokey in Larkfield. Stalls, raffle, beer tent, rugby, foot-

ball and races were all on offer, to- gether with a bake-off and children's fancy dress competitions, both judged by the deputy mayor.

Therewas also a dog competition

with three classes, waggiest tail, most handsome dog and prettiest bitch. This was judged by Ian and Verity from Sandhole Veterinary Centre, who also supplied the prizes. Jackie said: “Agreat afternoonwas

had and we have shown that Lark- field knows how to have fun!We'll be back to do it again next year.” A member of Larkfield Women’s Group, Jackie launched her mission with a plea to residents on the

Downs Mail Community Notice Board online. She wrote: “I’m looking to start a Larkfield Community Group. Some- where that Larkfield residents can get together and enjoy social events and gatherings. Anything from Christmas fairs to summer fetes, music evenings to barn dances, in fact anything that peoplewant to do. I’ve seen the once-small village ex- pand, losing its community feel. I’d like to get that back, and get neigh- bours together again.”


Golf club raid POLICE are appealing for infor- mation following a burglary at West Malling Golf Club. It took place at West Malling

Golf Course, Trottiscliffe Road, at around 12.40am on Sunday, Au- gust 20. A fruit machine was stolen from

a bar area, along with a cash box. No arrests have been made, but

it is believed that two men com- mitted the offence, with at least one of them running off across the golf course when the alarmwas ac- tivated.

Anyone with information can

call Kent Police on 01622 604100 quoting 20-0071 or Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

Rations demo A TALK and demonstration on Wartime Cookery will be given by Julia Davies at the next meet- ing of the Aylesford and Eccles WI.

The group will meet at the Brassey Centre, Station Road, Aylesford, on Wednesday, Sep- tember 27 at 7.15pm for 7.30pm. The completion will be for any

item coloured orange and there will be the usual bring-and-buy sale.

Contact Kay on 01622 718353.


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