GMS Notes No.67 March 2014

Early Spring

spring_flowersThere has hardly been a pause in the torrential rain which has blighted the first two months of the year. All along Mongeham Road streams flow from the water pumped out of people’s cellars. Water still lays in the fields near the Brooks.


However the weather has been mild, encouraging the early appearance of spring flowers.

We expect the first snowdrops in mid February, but they have been accompanied this year by crocuses, and even the early daffodils are in flower. Those around the field beside the Village Hall provide a magnificent display.




Here are few of the daffodils which border the field.









The field near Mongeham Brooks.


Last Month’s Meeting

Jim_Davies_at_meetingWith the aid of archive video clips, old photographs and his own intimate knowledge of the Waiting_minerhistory of the East Kent Coalfield Jim Davies gave us a comprehensive view of the economic and social history of the coalfield. Photographs and anecdotes stirred memories for several of us and there were many familiar faces .

There was not time to cover such a huge topic, and 9 o’clock was on us too soon. Many of us would have been quite happy to carry on. However we were all pleased when Jim agreed to come back at a future date to complete his talk.




Our next meeting will be in the Village Hall at the usual time of 7.30 on Thursday, 20th March when Brian Marlow, past chair of the Dover and District Beekeepers' Association with tell us about beekeeping, probably from a local perspective. The hard winter of 2012/13 saw the demise of a large proportions of local hives. 

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