30 October 2010

The Red Dog (High Halstow) - Now Open!

A special welcome and every success to Lee Atkinson, the new licensee of the Red Dog pub in High Halstow.

The pub re-opened its doors to the public this week, following a period of refurbishment. Lee is hoping to make the pub a place to be proud of and is serving-up a variety of quality real ales and good food. Having been fully transformed, the pub's interior offers a warm, friendly and inviting atmosphere.

Best wishes to Lee and his team!

29 October 2010

Bat and Trap on the Hoo Peninsula - the real beautiful game of Kent!

I used to play in a Bat and Trap team that won a league championship in East Kent, so it was good to hear about the thriving Peninsula Bat and Trap League, of which the 2010 season ended on Wednesday 3 October. The Finals Night was held at the Evening Star pub in Cliffe.

The following pubs were awarded with cups and trophies:

Royal Oak (Wainscott) - 53 Cooling Road, ME2 4RP.
Six Bells (Cliffe) - 181 Church Street, Cliffe, ME3 7QD.
Tudor Rose (Upnor) - 29 High Street, Upnor, ME2 4XG.
Evening Star (Cliffe) - 128 Church Street, Cliffe, ME3 7PY.
White Horse (Upper Stoke) - The Street, Upper Stoke, ME3 9RT.

The 2011 season will start in April / mid May and finishes at the end of September. Games are held on a Wednesday evening, commencing at 8pm. Any pub wishing to submit a team should contact Danny Gibson on 01634 290079 or 07988 769604. Or you can email Danny here.

Bat and Trap is an old Kent game, dating as far back as the 1700s - according to Ye Olde Beverlie pub in Canterbury! The Canterbury & District Bat and Trap League was the first to be set-up, in the 1920s. If you want to know more, their website provides detailed information about the history of the game in Kent.

Click the video below to see how Bat and Trap was played in the 'good old days' - not that much has changed, although it isn't necessary to wear a suit anymore!

28 October 2010

Fenner Family History

I was recently contacted by Chris Fenner, who runs a family history website. The site includes information about numerous family members that lived on the Hoo Peninsula. Click here to visit the website.

27 October 2010

Youth Soccer School (Isle of Grain), Every Saturday - 9.30am to 11.30am

The Isle of Grain Youth Soccer School started in September 2010, for children aged 4 to 15. Meeting on the St. James' C of E Primary School football field, behind the Church on the High Street, kick-off is at 9.30am every Saturday morning. Cost per child is £2.50.

For membership details and other information, contact Paul on 07818 558036. The Isle of Grain Youth Soccer School recently obtained sponsorship from E.ON.

Image: Google Maps UK

14 October 2010

Autumn Fair (High Halstow), Sunday 31 October 2010

On Sunday 31 October, from 2pm until 5pm, there will be an Autumn Fair at Memorial Hall, The Street, High Halstow. 20p entry fee for adults with free raffle. All proceeds go to CPC Kent, registered charity number: 1041434.

Pop along and purchase presents and gifts, including: gift baskets, gift mugs, homemade cards, candles, handbags, bracelets, necklaces and much more! Refreshments available.

To book a table, please call Emma-Louise on 07860 144010.

10 October 2010

Curlews, Convicts and Contraband (walking route), St. Mary Hoo

Making the most of the sunny weather, I headed to St. Mary Hoo this morning and joined public footpath RS22, before linking-up with the ‘curlews, convicts and contraband’ walking route. There were great views of the estuary as I walked across St. Mary’s Marshes and Halstow Marshes to St. Mary’s Bay and Egypt Bay. A favoured landing spot for smugglers, Egypt Bay was also home to Napoleonic prison ships.

From St. Mary Hoo (The Street), I walked towards Ross Farm and followed the road past The Old Rectory, where walking markers are placed. I followed these markers down through a number of fields before reaching St. Mary’s Bay.

The route between St. Mary’s Bay and Egypt Bay is clear, offering numerous opportunities to enjoy the views.

Although both St. Mary’s Bay and Egypt Bay are similar looking, Egypt Bay has had concrete sea defences added.

8 October 2010

Farmers' Market (Lower Stoke), Saturday 9 October 2010

There will be a Farmers' Market at the Village Hall in Lower Stoke (Mallard Way, Lower Stoke) between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 9 October (tomorrow). Pop along for local produce, pet food, jewellery, cards and much much more!

5 October 2010

Harvest Festival Supper (High Halstow), Saturday 9 October 2010

Taken from the September 2010 edition of the High Halstow Times (the date on the advertisement should read Saturday 9 October) - please click the image to enlarge: