If you are on your own, new to the area, at a “Loose End” or perhaps you would like to make new friends?

Why not come along to the Y Centre, Melrose Close and join us.

For further details contact Richard at or ring 01622 201247. 



Christmas Table Centrepieces

At the North Loose Ends meeting on Wednesday, 21st November, an audience of 41 witnessed a superb demonstration of the florist’s craft when Pam Hayward made two Christmas table centrepieces, which she donated to the Loose Ends as raffle prizes. Pam’s demonstration was accompanied by many useful tips and advice which helped make it an engaging afternoon’s entertainment.


Valley Conservation Society Talk

Our October meeting welcomed 30 members who enjoyed a very interesting talk by Bryn Cornwall about the work of the Valley Conversation Society.

Bryn described the history, work completed and on-going maintenance that has taken place in and around Crisbrook Mill during the past 18 years.


September Talk

Thirty two members of the Loose “Ends” met at the normal YMCA venue, where they enjoyed a witty and entertaining talk by Fay Andrews on the subject of “What Do I Do Now I Am Seventy Five And A Half,” which was very well received.

The afternoon was rounded off with a couple of rounds of quiz questions, which were hotly contested by five teams.



The August meeting of the Loose Ends saw 5 teams of 6 competing in a hotly contested quiz. Four of the five teams won at least one round making for an exciting and close finish.



Good weather, good company and great food from our chefs with the bonus of free strawberries thanks to Morrisons.  A splendid barbecue brilliantly hosted in the much admired Loose Rd, garden of Richard and Sheila Hunt. 

With musical entertainment from Mick Abbott over 40 Loose ‘Ends’ members thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon. 

Thanks also to our committee members for salad and raffle prizes and other volunteers who helped make the event possible.





Beetle Drive

The June Beetle Drive was a fun afternoon enjoyed by a good crowd as usual.

The overall winners, shown receiving their prize, were Susan Bush
and Olive Kirkpatrick.

Thanks are due to Philip and Cathy Patton for their usual good preparation and organisation.



At the May meeting members of North Loose Ends were given a very helpful and thought provoking talk by Community Warden, Dawn Riach-Brown on the subject of scams and how to avoid them, which was well received. Dawn afterwards supplied a variety of useful pamphlets and equipment.

Following a coffee break local resident Paul Ledger, assisted by his wife Gill, gave a really informative  talk on the subject of Hearing Dogs, their training and how they help their owners, which was warmly received by the members and was particularly appropriate during Deaf Awareness Week.

Paul was accompanied by his faithful hearing dog Yorick,who wears a red “Hearing Dog” coat as an indicator of Paul’s hearing disability. They have been together for 10 years and I am sure they are familiar figures to many of our local residents.

Paul subsequently sent an email to the members thanking them for inviting him to address them and for their generous donation to Hearing Dogs.


Grand National

There was a good crowd at the North Loose Ends Grand National meeting on Wednesday,18th April, with firm support for all the runners. The going was good but there was the odd refusal at a jump and some difficulties encountered at the water hazards.

The overall winning team took the cup with two winners and an excellent afternoon’s entertainment was enjoyed by all.

The cleverly designed race set-up,designed and made by Phillip Patton, won the applause of members.



Royal Visits to Kent

Thirty members were entertained at the 7th March meeting with a talk given by Colin Breed, a retired Kent Police chief inspector, on the subject of Royal visits to Kent, which was interesting, ntertaining and humorous. The talk left the audience with an insight into the high importance the members of the Royal family place on fulfilling their public engagements.


Members are reminded that the next meeting will be at 1.45 p.m. on Wednesday 18th April and will be a Grand National.


Gentle Yoga    

In spite of bad weather there was a good turnout at the North Loose “Ends” February meeting, the first of the year. A  stimulating demonstration of exercises in Yoga was demonstrated by Shannon Clarke, which got everyone’s circulation moving, followed by a quiz. No, there wasn’t a hold up!


The photos show the members being gently put through their paces by Shannon.







Programme for 2019

January 16th          A Quiz
February 29th        Royal Visits Part 2 (Colin Breed)
March 20th            Gentle Yoga (Shannon Clark)
April 17th               Public Speaking (Barbara Stevens)
May 15th                Loose “Ends” Grand National
June 19th               Brogdale (Alan Hayward)
July 17th                Summer BBQ
August 21st            C.S.O. and Sing A Long
September 18th     Beetle Drive
October 16th          A Court Dressmaker (Christine Frost)
November 20th      Christmas Wreaths ( Pam Hayward)
December 18         Christmas Party

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting in January.