GMS Notes No. 37. July 2011


The Great Mongeham Fete.

fete_2011_-_1Although it was windy at least the sun was shining most of the time for our village fete a week last Saturday (9th July). The weather did not seem to put off the crowds and there was a festive air throughout the afternoon.  fete_2011_-_3

The GMS archives display drew some interest, particularly from people who had family connections with the village. Croquet, hoopla and coconut shy all drew crowds and all together in excess of £70 was raised for the Society.

The organisers, led by Tracey Ridyard raised in excess of £300, money which will be held over to help fund next year’s fete.

 

However the purpose was not to raise funds but to give local people an enjoyable day out, and with a dog show, children’s races, balloon bending and much more this was undoubtedly achieved. 


 

Wildflower of the Month

                      COMMON SPOTTED ORCHIDcommon_spotted_orchid

I know I normally feature plants that I photograph within the parish boundary, but I could not resist this one we came across while walking in the countryside above Folkestone. Like the marsh orchid common_spotted_orchid_2featured last month the common spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii ) is at home on the chalky soils of the North Downs. However this orchid prefers the drier soil of the meadows on top of the cliffs. We have very little grassland left around the village so it is unlikely that you will find a common spotted orchid round here.

spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii ) is at home on the chalky soils of the North Downs. However this orchid prefers the drier soil of the meadows on top of the cliffs. We have very little grassland left around the village so it is unlikely that you will find a common spotted orchid round here.

 

 

July Meeting

Western_HeightsOur meeting on July 21st will be a visit to the Western Heights of Dover to see the Napoleonic fortifications.

We will meet at the Hall at 7pm. We will make sure everyone has a lift but will not wait for late comers. We are gathering at the Car Park, Drop Ridout Road, Dover, CT17 9DY at 7.30. Member Paul Wells and a colleague from the Western Heights Preservation Society will lead our tour.

 

 

Last Month’s Meeting

After meeting at the Village Hall we took a stroll along Church Path to the back garden of Brian and Diana. We then enjoyed the late evening sunshine as we wandered around their garden identifying as many trees as we could. Nick Windsor took the prize, having identified 39 different trees.

The presentation was made as we sat around in the Knights’ kitchen and conservatory enjoying refreshments.


Theatre Royal, Margate 

Sometimes the most unprepossessing of buildings hide an architectural gem. This is so true of the Theatre Royal in Royal_TheatreMargate. Val and I have been to a couple of productions there and have fallen for its Victorian extravagance. When we saw that they were offering guided tours of the theatre we jumped at the chance And Val and I joined a tour. Royal_Theatre_4

We were surprised to learn that the theatre had been in existence since the eighteenth century and is the oldest working stage in England.

The painted plaster mouldings which decorate the balcony and upper circle and the ornate ceiling boss with its centre light rotating through a succession of colours create an almost magical mood.

No less fascinating was the potted history we were given. In all an excellent visit and possibly one which could be fitted in our programme next year. 

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