Monday, 15 September 2008

25 Miles and 17 Churches

Our team of four Iwade residents cycled for this year's Church Cycle on Saturday 13th September. (L-R Stephen Beard, Amanda Hurrell, Nicola McKenzie and Rowena Beard. We visited 17 churches in total and the Sittingbourne Cemetry as part of the 2008 Friends of Kent Churches Cycle.
We started at All Saints Church Iwade at 10am and after a hot cup of tea made by Sylvia and then made our way to Lower Halstow via Raspberry Hill. Another warm cup of tea was waiting for us followed by lots more tea and refreshments! We then cycled to Upchurch, Newington, Hartlip, Borden and stopped for lunch at the Maypole pub. Hartlip to Borden was the hardest bit, beautiful but very hilly! Thank you to the landlady for making some last minute sandwiches for the team after lunch had officially closed. So we had a rest in the beer garden before heading off into Sittingbourne to add some more churches to the list of those visited. It was then onto Sittingbourne and then back to Iwade Church Milton and Bobbing.

A big thank you to all those who sponsored the team including local companies Budgens, Iwade Garage, Scott Anderson Ltd and Costcutters.

Also a big thank you to all the people who were waiting at each church for the cyclists and walkers. A very warm welcome was made to us at each open church. And thank you to Hartlip Church, although this was not open, they had left some refreshments on the table outside!

The beautiful All Saint's Church Iwade desperately needs £8000 for essential rewiring and a team of Iwade residents are trying to help. Please give generously. It's a very worthy cause right on our doorstep.

Monday, 8 September 2008

Cycle Ride 13th Sept 2008

Just to remind all of you out there that I will be cycling for All Saints Church Iwade this coming Saturday. There is still time to sponsor me by clicking on this link I will also except email bids with your full address and postcode for the extra gift aid donation.

Thanks for all your support. Amanda

Monday, 1 September 2008

Well its been a while since I wrote something, due to being on holiday (at home) and finding lots of other things to fill my time, gardening being one of them.

I went along to the Sheerness Flower and Vegetable show on Sunday, and now I wish I had submitted something! I've been making jam and chutney for the last month and my cherry toms may have even stood a chance! So I've asked Dave if I can enter next year. He said they need new blood so I may just put Iwade veg to the test next August. And its only about £1.40 for the annual membership, so no excuse really.

He also mentioned a gardening talk being held this Thursday 4th Sept at 7:30pm Tunstall Village Hall. Andy Garland from BBC Radio Kent will be there to give the talk. Anyway its only £1.25 to go along and this includes a cup of tea! I'll be going and I hope to meet lots of other keen gardeners. Maybe I will see you there!

My runner beans seem to be doing a bit better now, lots of new flowers on both varieties. French beans are still going mad, I have to pick them almost daily. Not that I am complaining as I may end up freezing some.

I've also been eating my cherry toms by the handful the last week. They are really good and actually taste of tomatoes (not like the shop ones!) My next-door neighbours little boy Brandon sat on his driveway at the weekend eating a bag I gave him. I've talked him into growing some for his garden next year. Better start them off young!

Happy gardening. Amanda