The Association of Men of Kent and Kentish Men has a long history, having been founded in 1897. The Lynsted Branch is one of 18 branches currently in existence, and was set up in 1979.
The difference between a Man of Kent and a Kentish Man was originally decided by his place of birth - those born east of the River Medway being Men of Kent and those born west of the River Medway being Kentish Men. Nowadays, there is a more relaxed attitude to this with people relating more to their place of residence than place of birth. Also, the title of the Association is perhaps misleading with many lady members, who are known as Fair Maids of Kent or Kentish Maids. Often, husbands and wives join together.
The Association’s aims are noble in encouraging good fellowship and citizenship and a sense of pride in the historic County of Kent. The Association also provides bursaries to students in tertiary education and operates a benevolent fund. One of the main aims is to provide a series of social activities for members with each branch deciding its own programme, although interbranch events are also encouraged.
Lynsted Branch has always staged a mixture of fundraising and non-fundraising events designed for the mixed-age membership. Its aim in doing this is not only to provide social activities for its members, but also to raise money for distribution to local charities. We have an enviable reputation at Lynsted for the level of donations we give to charities. Since 2000 we have raised almost £10,000, which has been distributed to about 40 local charities and worthy causes.
For further information or if you are interested in joining, please contact:
Association of Men of Kent & Kentish Men - Lynsted Branch
46 Unity Street
Kent ME10 1HX