BeARA weekly activities Senior Elastix & Tai-Chi. BeARA fortnightly activities Kurling, monthly Tenpin Bowling usually 1st Tuesday of the month and Bi-Monthly Walks. See "Diary of Events" for all forthcoming activities.

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2nd October 2020   Holiday to Blackpool Illuminations CANCELLED

40 Members had planned to have a short break in Blackpool to see the illuminations but as with everything else this year was CANCELLED due to the Coronavirus.

3rd September 2020 

 Segway Tour at Leeds Castle (2nd Group)

Another group of 8 members took part in a Segway tour of Leeds Castle Grounds although there was some drizzle while we were training this stopped so we had a most enjoyable tour on these incredible machines.
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A short film of this event appears below Click on the video player below to view.


25th August 2020

Segway Tour at Leeds Castle. POSTPONED due to Storm Frances. See Above. 

3rd August 2020 Committee Meeting (Virtual)

28th July 2020 Our First Actual Group Activity since Lockdown

Segway Tour at Leeds Castle (1st Group)

Eight members made their way to Leeds Castle to take part in a Segway tour of the park once the necessary PPE had been donned they were introduced to their Segway and given some one to one tuition before being led around the park by the instructors, a most enjoyable time was had by all.

Segway Tour Participents

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Why not give it a go for more information visit Segway Tours at Leeds Castle Website Click Here

6th July 2020 Committee Meeting (Virtual as in May)

2nd July 2020 Trip to Duxford Museum & Cambridge

This trip was planned and again Cancelled due to the CoronaVirus.

24th June 2020 Theatre Trip to the Piccadilly Theatre London 

Was scheduled to take place to see "Pretty Woman - The Musical" but was CANCELLED due the the Coronavirus Pandemic.

15th June 2020 Main Meeting

Today, we should have been listening to Martyn Harrison, celebrating 36 years of British Musical Theatre, The person some of us saw at The KentARA Christmas Concert 2019. He has been re-booked for Monday 21st June 2021, ( We suspect the presentation should then be called 37 years of British Musical Theatre).

1st June 2020 Committee Meeting (Virtual as in May)

18th May 2020 Main Meeting- Don’t Sneeze at the Microphone’ - 

by Wilf Lower CANCELLED due to Coronavirus.

12th May 2020 Mystery Tour

Today a record number of members were to be enjoying our 2020 “Mystery Tour”. Unfortunately, this and other outings organised for your enjoyment this year, will not be happening as a result of The Covid-19 academic.

11th May 2020 Committee Meeting

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Again we would not normally report the event of a committee meeting but as there was various business to discuss it was decided to hold a meeting as scheduled for today.

Last week it was more of experimental dummy run to test the technology of Zoom. 

7th May 2020 Traditional High Tea at the Ritz 

Sixteen members were due to don their best apparel (suits for the men and cocktail dresses for the ladies) to travel to London and partake in the the extravagance of a Traditional Afternoon Tea at the Ritz. 
But of course this has like all other activities has been postponed thanks to the Coronavirus Lockdown. 


4th May 2020 Committee Meeting (Dummy Run)

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We would not normally report on a committee meeting, but these are not normal times. 

Although as BeARA is effectively shut down the committee held a Virtual Meeting on "Zoom" ably hosted by James who kindly set up and guided us through the process. Unfortunately despite considerable efforts Ron was unable to join us. 

Despite there not being much "business" to discuss it was very nice to see other members again for a virtual chat.

21st April 2020 Trip to Windsor including River Trip. POSTPONED

Would have been a lovely spring outing in the sunshine, but this was not to be because of the Corona Virus Covid-19 lockdown,

20th April 2020

Main Meeting  ‘I am a Tulip’ : Jacqueline Aviolet CANCELLED

2nd April 2020

Social Meeting "Getting to know you" CANCELLED

16th March 2020

Main Meeting  Guide Dogs for the Blind CANCELLED 

15th March 2020

All Activities Suspended, Cancelled or Postponed until further notice (Due to the Corona Virus)

5th March

Social Meeting - Music & General Knowledge Quiz by Brian & Lynn Philpott

About 35 members attended our March Social Meeting for the ever popular Music & General Knowledge quiz. Refreshments were as usual provided by the Tea Team our thanks to them, a;so to Brian & Lynn for compiling the quiz.  

3rd March 2020

Tenpin Bowling - March Meetup

17 members joined the March session for a "normal" meet up.

Top scores of players who attained 100 or more at this session are as follows:

Shirley Miller        108
Jim Patton          136
Dave Flexman        125 
Grahame Lock       120
Graham Morecraft     119
Ron Lawrence       107
Richard Hassell       104


17th February 2020

Main Meeting - Elastix Demonstration - AGM - Presentations

Elastix Group Feb AGMPrior to the AGM our Elastix Group gave a demonstration of a selection of their exercises.

On their penultimate routine their numbers were augmented with some reluctant volunteers from the audience who managed well to follow the instructions of Wendy. 

Presentation to Pam Longhurst Feb 2020

Pam Longhurst Has been an enthusiastic member since BeARA began in 1998 and served on the committee for almost as long.
Although she has decided to retire from the committee she has commendably offered to continue to produce and edit the monthly newsletter.

Our sincere thanks to Pam.

Presentation of Cheque to Heart of Kent Hospice

Shortly before the conclusion of the meeting a cheque was presented to a representative of The Heart of Kent Hospice that was our chosen charity for 2019.  



12th February 2020

The Adult Panto - "Peter Panties" Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Twelve members ventured up to The Orchard Theatre Dartford on Wednesday 12th February 2020, to see the Adult Panto. One of our members, Pam Longhurst was asked out by our chairman, in recognition of her 20years as a BeARA committee member. 

Pam was collected from her home by car, and driven to the theatre, where wine was consumed, before enjoying a fast, furious and very funny show, or as a review stated, “Its like a Carry on film, made by a rugby club”. Nearly lost one of our group after the show, but soon found, and everyone was returned to their homes safely, after a lovely evening out.

4th February 2020

Tenpin Bowling - February Meetup

21 members joined the February session. As mentioned last month our 2019 Men's Champion was not at the January Meetup so as speculated he was presented with his prize and trophy this month. Well done Graham for attaining the top score of 182.

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Top scores of players who attained 100 or more at this session are as follows:

Ladies Top Scores
Barbara Hawkes     132
Mo Garforth        119
Pauline Lock       109
Pauline Horsley     109 
Mens Top Scores
Peter Humphrey    200
Jim Patton         159
Graham Morecraft   152
Paul Jenkins       135
Richard Hassell     117
Ron Lawrence     117
Dave Flexman     117
Grahame Lock     112
Dave Kent         109

30th January 2020

Club Outing - Tina The Musical - Aldwych Theatre London.

Tina the Musical Jan 2020A full coach had a good journey into London arriving in in time for some retail therapy or a leisurely lunch before making our way to the theatre where the show for most if not all of our party certainly exceeded our high expectations.

Regrettably a number of our members had to pull out of the trip at quite short notice and we offered these places to DoARA and MaidARA and a couple of guests who kindly took up these seats at short notice. Our thanks to those people.


29th January 2020

Short Mat Bowls - Lunch & Presentation at Bearsted Golf Club.

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Following an intense internal singles tournament held on the 20th November at our normal meeting place the Drill Hall, Boxley Road where Chris Patton came out the winner beating her husband in the final. 
Her trophy was presented by Dave Brown after a splendid lunch at Bearsted Golf Club. 

Chris & Jim (above) are the Short Mat Bowls group organisers so congratulations to both of them on the achievements.

20th January 2020

Main Meeting - Music through the Decades by Jasmine Kittermaster.

Jasmine Kittermaster

114 members were present at our January meeting where following the usual meeting and refreshments we were superbly entertained by Jasmine Kittermaster who sang many popular songs from the 50s to 80s.
There was much hilarity as she recruited members of the audience as her impromptu backing singers and dancers.

7th January 2020

Tenpin Bowling - January Meetup.

20 members joined this meet up and was a memorable occasion as 2019 ladies champion Pauline Lock was presented with her trophy and prize. Well done Pauline.
The men's Champion was not at this session so presentation will take place at the next meet up in February. 
Tenpin 2019 Ladies Champion
Tenpin Jan 2020 Meet up

Tenpin Ladies 2019 Presention

Top scores of players who attained 100 or more at this session are as follows: 

Ladies top scores:
Pauline Lock    133
Julie Wickens   117
Chris Patton     107
Mo Garforth     101
Men's Top Scores:
Dave Kent     150
Paul Jenkins    143 
Jim Patton     138
Peter Humphrey 129
Grahame Lock   123
Dave Flexman   105