The organiser of the South East gathering, Biff Way, ably assisted by his wife Netta, faced a dilemma when they tried to book the usual venue which was no longer available. Wanting to keep the venue in the same area, and after a long search, they came across the K Sports Club on Station Road, Aylesford. It is a sports club used by local teams for football, hockey and other sports, has a large private function room with bar, and other facilities that Biff was looking for.
So, on Saturday 27 October 2018, the second gathering of the year took place at the K Sports Club. Biff and Netta were on hand to welcome 65 members, wives, partners, friends and guests, get them to sign the attendance register and to issue name badges (most attending
were regulars and knew each other, although a few needed reminding). Bertie Cubitt with the aid of Jenny had set up their shop at the entrance, hoping that trade would be good.
Late morning, Mike Coleman, Branch Chairman, thanked Biff for once again organising the gathering and welcomed everyone who had made the effort to attend. He mentioned that the next issue of the Outpost would be a little late as Parry Jones, Editor, had a serious operation and that Mike was putting the Outpost together.
The time leading up lunch went very quickly, with everyone catching up on all the latest news before tucking into a very tasty and varied finger buffet which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
An unanimous show of hands indicated that the South East gathering should continue to be held at the K Sports Club in the future as it proved to be an ideal venue.
The usual tombola was a great success which raised £266.00. A very big “Thank You” goes to everyone who brought the large number and variety of prizes and to Betty Simpson and Helen Tate who organised the prizes and sold the tickets.
It was late in the afternoon when everyone started to leave and make their way home after another very successful and enjoyable gathering that is turning out to be one of the largest Branch Regional Gatherings.
Attending were: 4428 Bruce and Odette Gates, (4942) Ivy Marriott with Debbie Marriott, (5055) Jean Miners with Ida Ballard and Lynne Irwin, 5248 Alan and Pauline Lane, 5351 Derek and Babs Hollis, 5486 Mick and Mayleen Wood, 5625 Biff and Netta Way with Kathy Hall, 6015 Al and Jean Patterson with Paul and Maureen Trigg, 6193 Peter and Cheryl Good, 6514/7562 Chris and Ann Johnson, 6737 Mike and Pauline Coleman, 6905 Peter Phillips,
7211 Peter Biddulph and Maggie Mitchell, 7359 Bertie and Jenny Cubitt, 7363 Phil Mead, 7540/8595 Charlie Atkinson, 8131 Brian and Ann Hodson, 10532 Dave and Eileen Pillans, 10577 Jim Harris with Maureen Harris and Steve Harris, WP129 Sheila Gault with Sue Jenner, WP472 Betty Simpson, 901556 Chris and Helen Tate, 16043 Percy Claridge, 18250 Bob Wansbury with Dany Eaffon, 381733 Ron Dicken with Alice Mann, Carolyn Burton and
Sandra Grams, 2387 Norman Simister with Barbara Russell, Mike and Aileen Shute (RAA), Hobo and Jenny Hobson (RAA), Will and Vic Ranson (RAA), Bruce Ditcher (RAA), Alan and Margaret Allsop, Sue Sinkins and Valerie Zacharius.