Nonington's History

For detailed history of Nonington visit Clive Webb's The Old Parish of Nonington.

Our Surroundings

The village is central to some excellent walks and heritage trails. Our own historic church was built over 900 years ago. FredvilleSt Albans Court and Knowlton Court cover much of the land surrounding the village. The villages of Barfrestone, Goodnestone - where Jane Austen used to stay, Eastry where Lord Nelson was a guest at Heronden House and Broome Park, the home of Lord Kitchener, are just a few miles away.


Nonington School

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Chairman: Barry Rampton 01304849112

Vice-Chairmen:  Alan Palmer

Hon. Treasurer: Janet Holness

Events Secretary: Barbara Rampton

Minute Secretary: Pauline Hodding

Raffle Secretaries: Mary Bowden & Eileen Seddon

                             Press Officer: Ann Palmer

                             Village Hall Rep: Janice Willett

                             Trip Organisers: Di Mouzikitis/Alan Palmer

Committee:  Di Mouzakitis , Carol Goodall




The Gardening Club welcomes all villagers to take part in its programme of events for 2017/8. We have over 50 members and are always happy to see new ones. You don’t have to be a plant expert in any way! There is something for every level of skill and interest.

Our programme of speakers for 2017/8 is listed on the Programme page. These events are for everyone, whether a member or not. To help with costs there is a charge of £2 for non-members.

Annual membership subscription for 2017 is £5 per person,  .  

If you would like further details about the Gardening Club, contact: Chairman– Barry Rampton – Tel: 01303112


Monthly Reports 2017/8


Nonington Garden Club held its first ever Spring Show on 25th March 2017. The event was open to everybody and it was very pleasing to see a good number of new faces amongst the many visitors and members. 
There were various classes to enter beside Spring Flowers, such as Garden Photographs, Cakes, Sloe gin and a ‘Garden on a Plate’ category for children, so there was something to suit most people. The total number of entries was 198 which was very impressive for a first Show
Certificates for the Best Exhibit in each class were presented by Peter Hobbs. Steph and Rob Orridge were the winners of Section 1 with the Best Small Cup Daffodils, Cheryl Henley won Section 2 with her  Arrangement of Spring Flowers in a Cup and Saucer and Andy Kennedy produced the best Sloe Gin in Section 3. Juliette Matharu was first in the Children’s Category with her Garden on a Plate.
Present at the Show was the President of the of the East Kent Federation of Horticultural Societies, Mr Dennis Vickers who said that he was very impressed with all the Exhibits and hoped that this was the first of many Spring Shows that the Club would host.

Visitors also enjoyed teas, sandwiches and cakes and a raffle. Nonington Garden Club meets on the second Wednesday of the month in the Village Hall and new members will be made very welcome. Please contact the Chairman Barry Rampton on 01304 849112 if you would like more information.



Nonington Garden Club celebrated its 3rd birthday on 12 April 2017 in the Village Hall. 

The Chairman opened the AGM by thanking all the members who have made the Garden Club such an enjoyable and thriving monthly event. All the existing Committee Members will serve for another year apart from Ian Williams who has sadly had to retire for health reasons. Ian is a founding member of the club and was a Vice-Chairman and his contribution to the success of the club is greatly appreciated. One new member, Carol Goodall was welcomed onto the Committee. 

The Treasurer gave her report stating that the club had 60 members and enjoyed a successful year.

The Secretary reported that the club had a full programme of speakers for the coming year.

The first Spring Show in March was a great success and photos were shown as some members were unable to attend on the day.

Wine and nibbles were enjoyed with a quick fire quiz.

The next meeting will be on 10 May and the Speaker will be Steve Edney on the Salutation Garden at Sandwich. Please bring ‘an arrangement of flowers in a wine glass’ for the monthly competition. Last year’s competition was won by Pauline Hales who received a gardening gift voucher.

For further information on the club please contact The Chairman Barry Rampton on 01304 849112



Nonington Garden Club held its meeting on the 10th May and commenced with a Minute’s Silence for Ian Williams, a founding member of the club who recently sadly passed away.

The Speaker was Steve Edney from the Salutation Garden at Sandwich. He spoke about the disastrous flooding of the gardens in December 2013 and the loss of thousands of plants and earthworms and fish in the pond. The positive effect from the disaster was the opportunity to replant large areas of the garden and redesign the layout for the greenhouses and other working areas.

The monthly competition was ‘An Arrangement of Flowers in a Wine Glass’ and was won by Corliss Danstead with a lovely selection of spring flowers.

Next month’s meeting will be held on Wednesday 14th June and the speaker will be Mr Wiseman on ‘Vegetables on a Small Scale’. The competition will be ‘A Pot of 4 Herbs’. 

Volunteers are also needed to help with the Open Garden Weekend on 24th and 25th June and donations of plants and cakes are also requested please.

 For further information on the club please contact The Chairman Barry Rampton on 01304 849112




Programme 2017/8




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