A History of YALDING, Kent, England

The first mention of this group was under the title of the Women's Friendship Guild in 1962, and was run for many years by Mrs Pattie Bowring of Bowhill House. On Monday July 13th 1964 a most successful garden meeting was held in the garden of Cleaves House at the invitation of Mrs Joanne Livingston Booth, to welcome new friends who had moved onto the Downs Estate. Two outings were organised later that year, one to Ivychurch where they planned to have tea with Mrs Prentice, and the other to Winchester. The following year twenty four ladies spent an enjoyable day in Oxford.
Other than the social features of the Guild, one of the main functions was to perform any needlework or sewing needs for their Parish Church, and to prepare gifts to be sent to the church in other parts of the world. New communion kneelers were completed for Harvest Festival services on October 10th 1965.
In 1968 twenty eight members visited St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle and the RAF Memorial at Runnymede.
The Guild was always aware of various needs and in March 1969 they raised £ 81 with a jumble sale for fittings and equipment at Cleaves Hall, and made up a working party to clean up Laddingford Church, making it ready for the resumption of sevices. The 1969 committee consisted of Chairman Mrs P Bowring, Secretary Miss M Perrins, and Treasurer Mrs D M Licence.
As time progressed meetings changed and were held on the second Monday of each month at 2.00 pm at the Vicarage.
Last record of a meeting was at Downs House in 1978.

The first record of this group is in May 1967, when it appears already established, having been started by Jenny Wright, daughter of Peter Kenyon, then of Collier Street. They had organised a talk for Thursday June 8th, by Dr Hugh Bird on `Children and some of their emotional problems'.
One is pleased to hear of integration and harmony between groups, and there is an intriguing example of this in a quote from January 1969 that reads:- `We planned a carol-singing evening, and a coffee morning for the Women's Guild and the Darby & Joan Club with the playgroup Nativity Play for entertainment'.
The group held fortnightly meetings of talks, craft demonstrations and various social events; until early 1973 when records ceased. Three years later, Eve, Wife of the Rev'd Peter Wilkinson, was asked about setting up a similar group again, but only four names were put forward and no further mention was made.