News Cars on show

THE Heritage Transport Show will be rumbling into the Kent Showground inApril. Organisers are promising an

array of vintage vehicles includ- ing cars, tractors, commercials, motorcycles and stationary en- gines. Featuring the South East Bus

Festival, the eventwill also have a display of more than 100 vintage buses. For details of the show on Sat- urday, April

6, visit itage-transport-show.

Help for trust

PARISH councillors have voted to give a £1,976 grant to Bearsted Woodland Trust. The charity,which protects and

maintains 26 acres of trees and meadow, restores and enhances natural habitats for animals and plants, aswell as providing recre- ational space. Bearsted Parish Council voted

for the cash injection in support of the trust’s work at its meeting on February 5.

WImarks its centenary with cake and dancing

LEEDS Women’s Institute cele- brated its 100th birthday with cake, personal tales and a lesson in salsa. TheWImet at the village hall on

February 14 for a special evening, where members talked about per- sonal mementos. These included a pieceofWelshslate,abookonStHe- lena, blessed Hindu offerings from India andapiece ofCaribbeanrock. The night was rounded off by a

demonstration of salsa dancing by the newly-elected chairman Louise Menenes-Bautista and her Colom- bian-bornhusbandAndres. The WI branch has, like many

rural groups, suffered dwindling numbers in recent years but has al- ready started attracting new, youngermembers. Mrs Menenes-Bautista said:

“There are lots of people who per- haps want to get more involved in the community orwould like some company.We are a small group but we have a laugh andwemake new

members verywelcome.” Treasurer Jane Newsome has

launched a project to chart the 100 years of theWI in the village.Mem- bers were able to leaf through old records and photographs. A recent article inDownsMailwill formpart of the project to celebrate the special anniversary. The Februarymeeting also welcomed its newestmember, Bearsted resident Jane Shotliff, who is also a community represen-

tative of InspiredVillages, the com- pany behind the development of Ledian Farm where a new retire- ment complex is being built. In the picture are: Janet Buller,

SueWenham, JaneNewsome,Tina Walters,AngelaMorris,Lesley Fin- lay, SylviaChatterton,TeresaTom- lin, Louise Menenes-Bautista and Jane Shotliff. Call Jane on 01622 862558 or Louise on 346785 to join up.

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