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Membership Subscription Renewals Ė 2019 Ė Final Call


Membership subscription renewals for calendar year 2019 became due on 01 January 2019.

All renewal forms were distributed circa 21 November 2018.

We would like to thank the many societies and individuals who responded promptly and have returned their forms and payment.


As at 01 March 2019 returns and renewals from a small number of Societies and Individual Members are still awaited.

Because the General Data Protection Regulations do not permit KFHS to hold personal data any longer than is necessary,

we will be removing expired membership data from our records after the KFHS AGM, which is due to held on 17 March 2019.


If you have not received any renewal forms, please contact the Membership Secretary.

Note that most forms were distributed as e-mail attachments. Messages would be retrieved either by e-mail client software (such as Outlook) on a PC or laptop,

†or by means of webmail, which requires a device to connect directly to the recipientís ISPís servers (BT, Microsoft, etc) for message access.

It is possible that the e-mail may have been withheld in a Junk/Spam filter as both of these message download methods employ them.

It is good practice to regularly check the filter(s) to ascertain what messages have been withheld and to either permit their download or delete them.


Please note that Society Contacts are offered various consent options for published methods of communication to themselves as representatives for their Society.

These include phone, mobile and e-mail. May we remind Contacts that not everyone has access to e-mail, particularly our more senior members and website visitors,

so restricting enquiry channels to non-verbal communications can create difficulties for persons requiring information.


Renewal documents, together with any updates to Society web pages including society information and diary listings, are being processed as we receive them.

We would like to complete the renewals processing during January and would therefore greatly appreciate ongoing prompt response.

If elected Officers change at any Society AGMs held at any later date, our Membership Secretary may be contacted to update affiliation documents accordingly.



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Bob Lawrence Ė 1941~2018



It is with great sadness that we remember our dear friend and colleague, Bob Lawrence, who passed away on Christmas Day 2018.

Bob was a quiet, kind, and unassuming man, always generous with his time and always making himself available to provide assistance if any was needed.

His warmth and good humour will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


Bob lived with his wife Phyllis in the village of Acol for more than fifty years. Together they loved the village, its countryside, the local area and its history.

He devoted much time and effort in supporting local residents and communities and in taking part in many village activities.


Over time he undertook many varied roles and duties, both formal and informal, including Parish Councillor, Chairman of the Parish Council, and member of the Village Hall Committee.

In December 2018 he was still actively serving as a Churchwarden of St Mildredís and as the Acol Tree Warden.

Bob was regarded by his neighbours as a true gentleman and an unsung local hero.


Bobís interest, extensive knowledge and expertise of all things horticultural probably developed during the many years that he worked on a local farm.

He greatly enjoyed working in the open air, particularly when working in his beautiful garden, tending his flowers and vegetables.

Dahlias were among Bobís favourite flowers, which he and his late son Neil, who sadly passed away in 2014, grew and exhibited at many local and regional shows, where they regularly won prizes.


Together, over many years, Bob and Neil gradually accumulated a vast collection of farming and gardening equipment, including vintage lawn mowers and hand tools,

which they proudly displayed at many of the horticultural shows around Kent and gave talks to interested societies and clubs about their purpose and history.

Some of you may remember seeing Bob at the annual Kent Shows, where he displayed a small collection of his more unusual and interesting tools.

He loved the opportunity to meet the wide variety of people and to talk to them, answering their many questions and sharing his knowledge.


Bob was a founder member of the Acol Horticultural Society, which was formed in 1967.

He continued to serve on the AHS Committee during following years, undertaking the many and varied roles including Chairman and President.

In December 2018 he was still actively fulfilling the role of Show Secretary.

The AHS Society paid tribute to Bob commenting that his contribution over the years had been immense.


Bobís enthusiasm for growing and showing around Kent resulted in his meeting with and joining KFHS, which opened up even more interesting areas of participation and involvement for him.

He subsequently served on the KFHS Committee for over twenty-eight years, initially as an Area Representative and for the last few years as Vice-Chairman.

Bobís wide experience made him an invaluable member of the KFHS show team at the annual Kent Shows, where he always managed

to identify solutions to the many problems encountered whilst setting up equipment and exhibits on very uneven ground.

No doubt there will be some quiet reflections among the team of times past as they prepare for this yearís show.


We offer our sincere condolences to Phyllis at this very sad time and share in her loss.





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