The Kench Hill Centre, Tenterden, Kent
Wed 1st to Sun 5th June 2022
A long weekend in the depths of Kent, in the High Weald, to enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable break in good company. We have exclusive use of the Kench Hill Centre, an intimate and comfortable venue set in a rural location, only a short journey from London.
We warmly invite you to bring your ideas, skills and talents to share, but more than this, we would like you to come with an openness to become part of a supportive community, in whatever way suits you - to take a lead, offer a workshop, take part in activities - or not, just relax and, most importantly, make friends. As always, the success of the gathering depends on the enthusiasm and initiative of the participants, Any activity can be a “workshop” – from a chat to a cha-cha-cha demo, or anything else.
We’ll keep the usual structure for ECC, condensed into the weekend – so we’ll have daily small base groups plus a heart circle for those who want one.
The property itself is in a secluded area away from the road with about a hectare of garden and is surrounded by arable farmland and woods. Amenities include a hall suitable for dancing etc. and a garden with picnic tables and a croquet lawn. The location is close to the historic market town of Tenterden in the beautiful High Weald countryside. The coast – Rye, Camber Sands, Derek Jarman’s cottage at Dungeness, Hastings and Fairlight Beach are all accessible by car.
We will be wholly self-catering, so we ask all to do their bit helping out with cooking and washing up at a couple of times during the weekend. The kitchen is modern and well equipped. Breakfast will be self-service, and lunches kept simple, to allow folks to enjoy the day out and about. We have a lead cook – David – to look after the kitchen and the food. All food will be vegetarian and we can also cater for vegan or gluten free diets. Please mention these or any other dietary requirements when you book.
Accommodation is in shared bunk bedrooms with between 2 and 8 bunks in each room. Kench Hill’s full capacity is 45, so there will be plenty of room to spread out, and we can avoid using top bunks.
Your organising team comprises David Haines, Shaun Kent and Stevenson Graham. For all booking enquiries, please contact Shaun (tneks [at] hotmail.com | 020 8673 3471). For all other general enquiries, contact David Haines (davidhaines [at] ntlworld.com | 07982 234689) or Stevenson (swg1066 [at] gmail.com | 07957 255564). David Wray will be looking after the kitchen and the catering arrangements.
Venue: The Kench Hill Centre, Appledore Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 7DG www.kenchhill.co.uk
Dates: Wednesday 1st June to Sunday 5th June 2022.
Participants are invited to arrive from 5pm on Wednesday. We need to leave by 2pm on Sunday.
Note that Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June are the Queen's Platinum Jubilee bank holidays.
Places: There are 23 places available on the weekend, though we'll reserve 6 places for first-time attenders until Friday 28th April.
Accessibility: The building can present some physical challenges for people with mobility difficulties. However the ground floor does have a bedroom equipped to make it accessible for the disabled. The ground floor also has a bathroom (separate from the bedroom) which is equipped to make it accessible. If you have concerns or queries please contact Shaun before booking. Email tneks [at] hotmail.com or phone 020 8673 3471.
Shops and Public Transport: In Tenterden, a small local town 2 miles away, about a 10 minute drive.
The nearest rail stations are Headcorn (10 miles) or Ashford International (13 miles). The journey is about an hour from London Bridge / Charing Cross stations. A bookable taxi service from Headcorn is available. Cost is about £25 per single journey so we advise pre-booking in advance, and taxi-sharing, as far as possible. More transport details will be circulated in advance of the event to those who book.
In keeping with best practice at recent ECC events, and to promote general safety, we anticipate the likely need for measures concerning Covid-19. These might include making places on this event open only to men who can demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated, and/or have tested negative for Covid-19 on the day of arrival. Circumstances have a habit of changing, so nearer the time we may revisit what Covid-19 measures are needed, and make alterations. We will keep these measures under review and set out what we expect or require of participants ahead of the event, in pre-joining instructions to be sent out in May 2022.
Note full refunds will be available to those who book but subsequently need or want to cancel on grounds of concerns about Covid-19 or the measures we are planning.
This event has a waiting list.
You can book onto the waiting list. We still require a payment, and will contact you when a place becomes available.
You don't have to be an existing ECC member to book. Payments for ECC events are on a sliding scale according to your income, and you're invited to pay as much or as little as you can afford. You'll be asked to state how much you're going to pay for your place when you book. The breakeven cost for this event is £199.00 and the rates for different income levels are shown below.
You can make your payment by cheque or bank transfer, and you should send it to us straight away to secure your place.
We maintain a generous bursary fund to help men on very low incomes to ensure no-one is excluded for lack of funds. If you don't feel you can afford the concessionary rate, we may be able to help. Please contact the bookings organiser, once bookings are open, if you'd like to request a bursary.
|Concessionary rate (for people living at benefit levels)||£99.00|
|Low income (£10k to £20k)||£199.00|
|Average income (£20k to £30k)||£239.00|
|High income (£30k or more)||£269.00|