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Meopham

 Meopham Green, Cricketers pub & Windmill.

A train journey of just under 30 miles from London Victoria will bring you to Meopham, (pronounced 'Mep-am'). Meopham is a 'ribbon' village just within the Borough of Gravesham in North-West Kent, situated about 5 miles south of Gravesend. Covering an area of approximately 8.5 square miles (22 sq.km), with a population of 8,787 (2011 census - Meopham + Vigo), Meopham has been described as having one of the longest village streets in Kent, along about 4½ miles (7.25 km) of the A227, rising from the railway station area in the north almost to the crest of the picturesque North Downs in the south near Vigo.

Four smaller settlements, (Hook Green, Culverstone, Harvel, & Meopham), each with its own green, form the Parish of Meopham, which thus contains no fewer than four village greens! Many consider the largest, Meopham Green, to be the archetypal Kent village scene, with a well-used cricket pitch, (where the game has been played since at least 1778), two inns & a beautifully preserved windmill. Nearby there is a vineyard & a section of the Kent Downs Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) ! Meopham possess a wealth of historic buildings & well signed footpaths, bridleways & byways which traverse miles of attractive landscapes, & open countryside which includes Camer Country Park. The photograph was taken by Brenda, one of our photography group members. To read about our village sign (above), click: Village Sign.

Famous residents have included Simon de Mepham, (Archbishop of Canterbury 1327–1332), famous botanists & horticulturalists John Tradescant the elder (c.1570-1638) & John Tradescant the younger (1608–1662), Victorian courtiers Sir Sydney Waterlow, Bt (1822–1906) & Sir Fleetwood Edwards (1842–1910), hydrographer Sir Edmund Irving (1910–1990), artists Spencer Gore (1878–1914) & Graham Sutherland (1903–1980), author Michael Gilbert (1912–2006), psychic researcher Harry Price (1881–1948), entertainer Hughie Green (1920–1997), President of the Royal Academy Sir Roger de Grey (1918–1995), museum curator & scholar Dr John Physick CBE DrRCA FSA (1923-2013), & former Sun Editor Kelvin MacKenzie (1946- ). Current residents include actor Sir Michael Gambon (1940- ), author, historian & philosopher Donald Adamson (1939- ), & Sir Richard Joseph St. Lawrence Gethin, 10th Bt.Gethin. (1949- )

 

Hello, I said Hello....

Yes we are still open, Its about time for a change of attitude.... Things will be a long time getting back to the old normal so let's get busy being positive and planning for our continuing Meopham U3A future.
Group contacts have been emailed by Heather and me, (Gus) asking for information about your groups and your website page and if not much has happened PLEASE be courteous and at least reply  as it all helps us to understand how our U3A is coping.
Face to face meetings of any type are going to be difficult as we all have our own "Bubbles" to feel safe in but online group quizes, coffee mornings or just a phone call can be helpful for many who miss personal contact. 
Help is available and dont be scared to ask / email someone on committee who will point you in the right direction and for many try asking grandchildren for help, I do!!
As you can see from this list many of the groups are keeping the members informed of what is going on.

Amblers:   have done one distanced outdoor walk
Art Appreciation:   meeting fortnightly via Zoom - temporary members welcome
Bee Watch:   email bee sightings
Book Club 1/2/3:   all meeting via Zoom
Bridge:   hoping to organise meetings in gardens in groups of 4
Canasta:   weekly newsletter to keep in touch
Current Affairs1:   meeting fortnightly via Zoom
Cycling/For Softies:   have held one outdoor ride
French Advanced:   meet on Tuesday via Zoom
Improvers 1:   meeting via Zoom
Improvers 2:   meet via Zoom / WhatsApp
Intermediate:   Zoom on Tuesday evening
Genealogy:   Zoom meeting planned for July - new members welcome
German:   meeting twice monthly via Zoom
Guitar:   fortnightly Zoom / WhatsApp contact
History1:   fortnightly Zoom meetings
Italian Beginners:   have met in gardens.
Italian Intermediate:
  Reviewing the situation ready for re-start in September
Meditation:   using WhatsApp for guided meditations
Music for Pleasure:   monthly Zoom - have honorary members
Needlecraft:   all active on WhatsApp
Painting/Drawing:   using WhatsApp to share and discuss work
Patchwork:   garden meetings planned
Petanque:  Awaiting goverment advice as to when restart is possible

Photography:   meet on Cluster to post photos
Quilting:   using WhatsApp to share work
Singing- ladies:   meet weekly on Tuesday morning via Zoom
Singing - men:   fortnightly Zoom meetings
Spanish:   fortnightly Zoom meetings
Wine Appreciation 1:   Zoom meeting on usual Thursday
2:   Zoom meet on Wednesday / WhatsApp group
3:   weekly Zoom meeting

Gus.