Event Reports for 2003
STEERING GROUP - 4th June
Established in response to Community Questionaires sent to every household with the Parish Magazine. This was undertaken by Bob and Norma Baxter; Nigel and Lis Heriz-Smith, John Jackson, and David Bage.
CHEESE & WINE PARTY - 16th July
Held at the home of David Bage - Forge Cottage. 20 attended. Purpose of Society outlined; draft Constitution available for comment; some ideas on future activities discussed.
Awareness-raising activity. Marking the Parish Boundaries. Six walks to the six points where our Parish meets shared boundaries of neighbouring Parishes. A larger image can be seen by clicking on the map.
Not a formal "beating of the bounds" as we could not arrange public access in time. We met in Park Farm Orchard (junction of Toll Lane and Lynsted Lane). Six groups walked to boundary markers put up by the Society and tied sprigs of Lime Tree to the posts - the name "Lynsted" has strong associations with Lime trees (Linden trees). Some particularly impressive Lime trees can be found in the old churchyard and by the pond at the centre of the village.
Twenty people converged on the Neaves' Traditional Cherry Orchard on Park Farm as the perfect place to start and finish our marking of the boundaries. Our particular thanks to them for their kindness in making the orchard available for a day of hail, sleet and snow to plant two holly trees at each boundary marker.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Dr. Robert Baxter's (then Chairman of the Society) wrote a splendid article on Beating of the Bounds to help us all make sense of the ancient tradition. That article also contains images from the 2003 walks and the 2004 holly-planting boundary event.
ADDENDUM: REPLACING POST 4 - 28th NOVEMBER 2017
Three holly whips were planted by the landowner, Fiona Boucher, to replace those lost in the clearing of a very overgrown field margin. The Society are grateful to the Boucher family for their generosity in adding hollies into their planting of mixed native hedging plants and related tree planting adjacent to the more formal orchard opposite Sandown Cottages. A full account is given appended to Bob Baxter's article of 2003.
BUILDINGS OF DODDINGTON - 2nd October
An illustrated talk from local historian, the late Arthur Percival, MBE, talking about "The history and buildings of Doddington", to inspire us to research the history of our own Parish. Arthur was a very widely sought after speaker in and around the Faversham area.
FOUNDATION DAY - 26th November
In the Community Room of Lynsted Church. A general meeting was called by the Lynsted with Kingsdown Society Steering Group to 'Found' The Society, adopt the constitution and elect the Committee.