President, Jane Napper, welcomed 40 members to the meeting and had received 5 apologies. She highlighted the Health and Safety procedures and reminded members of the kitchen restrictions and requirements when we get our refreshments. Jane went on to thank members for their help in setting up this meeting.
Jane reminded members that there will be no raffle or book table today.
She then went on to present Pauline Murrell with a gift for all her work on the Committee. Pauline stood down from the Committee at the AGM, but was not present at the AGM.
Jane then welcomed our new member, Janet Livermore.
Jane had sent out a newsletter to all members in PDF format and she asked if any members had any difficulty in opening this format. There was an amendment noted and that was that the Coffee and Chat date was in fact set for 18th November, not 16th.

Before we welcomed our speaker Jane explained to members the progress that was being made regarding concerns which had been raised on Data Protection, which she said, came down to three issues:-

  • The holding of TBWI data by a non-member
  • The sharing of telephone numbers with members
  • What’sApp set up in relation to Data Protection

She explained that the Law surrounding Data Protection requires us to obtain actual consent of each member, rather than accept assumed consent. These issues have now been passed to Federation and National and we await further instructions. However, today we are handing round slips for members to give their consent, or not for the sharing of information. A contract is in the process of being drawn up so that a non-member (PJ in our case) can be given consent by TBWI to hold our data.
Although Jane took a few questions from members, she did point out that we are unable to say any more until we receive further guidance from Federation/National, as this is a legal issue.
Record of Previous Meeting: Were available on the table at this meeting and also on the website.
Review of October Activities:
12th October AGM
– Was enjoyed by all, especially the uplifting film of our 10 years presented by PJ. It was felt that the meal afterwards was mediocre.
Coffee and Chat – 21st October was enjoyed by many members at The Marine
26th October – Guided Walk around Gorrell Valley Nature Reserve arranged by Shirley Edwards was most enjoyable and informative. Pictures can be seen on the website. It was noted that this area is one of the largest in the country with the status of Village Green. This is largely down to the efforts of about 20 volunteers.
26th October – Seasalter Quiz, Alison Edwards, who organised a table for this event, reported that it was a fun evening and they came 4th out of 9 tables.

Bring and Buy: later today. Jane pointed out that the craft tables would put 10% of their takings into TBWI funds, and those who brought along Bring and Buy were donating all monies received.

Jane then introduced our speaker, Julie Corke, From Talk of Tankerton to tell us about the work that is undertaken.

Julie started by telling us that she was born and bred in Whitstable and has a business in Tankerton, Café 89. She went on to tell us that there is much work being done in Tankerton that the businesses are involved with the community. At the recent Trick or Treat, more than 1000 children took part. She said that they will be holding 2 Christmas Markets, 28th November and 12th December. When asked about closing the road, she explained that this would not be viable as the arrangement has to be made between them and Police and the cost would be prohibitive. It is planned to have Christmas singing in the Gardens near the roundabout and efforts were being made to help keep the roundabout grounds clean and tidy. There are plans for small libraries, tree planting, and all funds received go back into more projects for the area. A Jubilee Party is also planned for next year and two new shops are due to open soon. Talk of Tankerton can be found on Facebook and Instagram and further information can be obtained from Julie at Café 89 and also Darren and Peter at the Bear Trading Co. Julie’s email is:
Jane thanked Julie for such an interesting talk and gave her a donation.

We broke for coffee and then continued with:-

Up and coming events:
Coffee and Chat
is the third Thursday in the month at The Marine, the next one being 18th November – see website for more details.
Tree of Life: Jane brought the completed tree to the meeting which was lovely, but it was reported that the event at which the tree was to be judged on 24th November, had been cancelled.
Christmas Lunch: the date has been set for this to be Tuesday 25th January. Judy is exploring venues for this and would welcome any suggestions from members. A discussion progressed and it was agreed that the budget for this be increased to £20 per head for a two-course meal.
Munch Bunch: Shirley Wren advised that a date was being considered for the next one.
Coach Trip: Margaret Earles is organising a coach trip for Thursday 24th March 2022. She and Jane are looking at a trip to Croydon for a viewing of the Strictly Come Dancing costumes. This could be combined with a visit to Bluewater on the way back and the coach company is allowing us to eat a packed lunch on the coach. The cost is likely to be around £45 per head, with deposits for half this amount due in at the January meeting (11th January)
ACM: is at Folkestone on Wednesday 16th March, with payment of £15 due to Marylyn by cheque at the December meeting. Jane told members that she felt it was a very interesting day with speakers and stalls etc.

Secretary’s Report: Gill reminded members to look at the Notice Board, both today and also on the website. She read out a letter of thanks from PJ for the gift he received at the AGM in recognition of his work for TBWI.

Treasurer’s Report: Marylyn had nothing to report.

Any Other Business: Caroline Cable asked members if they could donate any paperback books for the Catching Lives (homeless) Bookshop in Palace Street, Canterbury, who were short of books for the first time ever. Any fiction books from Victorian to present day in good order can be delivered to Caroline or she can arrange to collect. Caroline can be contacted on: 07910 228510.

Date of Next Meeting: 14th December – Christmas Themed talk, songs in the development of Christmas.

The meeting then closed to allow the Bring and Buy to take place.
Note: it was reported later from Marylyn that £207.50 had been raised)