Affiliated Societies' Meetings

information as received by 1 January 2016and published in the March 2016 issue of the Journal of Kent History

Kent History Federation Quarterly Meetings for Affiliated Societies are held on the first Friday in March, June (AGM), September & December
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Ashford Archaeological & Historical Society

Mondays, 7:30pm Quaker Meeting House, Albert Road, Ashford. All Welcome
19 Sep  ‘Suffragettes’ – Ian Porter
17 Oct  ‘The Maidstone Dinosaur’ – Peter Golding
21 Nov ‘The Battle of the Somme’ – Steve Hookins
19 Dec  ‘The Plague Doctor of Smarden’ – Alex Ferris followed by Christmas supper.
16 Jan   ‘Ancient Iron Age Sites and Settlements of the British Isles,’ – Andy Wood
20 Feb  ‘Community Archaeology Projects in Kent’ – Andrew Mayfield
11 or 12 Mar      Industrial Archaeology Study Day at Willesborough Windmill
20 Mar  ‘Those Dirty Miners’ by Geoff Turner
Apr       TBA
15 May AGM and member’s night
Further enquiries please contact Marion Pont on 01233 820679, or use our website and Facebook,

Ashford Branch Kent Family History Society

6:45 for 7:30pm The Barn, Willesborough Windmill, off Hythe Road (A20) Parking just off Cornes Close, left off Lees Road, Ashford. Other updates on
27 Sep  ‘Georgians – Polite and not so Polite’ – Patsy Erskine-Hill
25 Oct  ‘Find My Past’ – Myco Clelland
29 Nov  ‘Christmas Traditions’ – Geoff Hutchins

Bearsted & District LHS

7:30pm King George V Memorial Hall, Manor Rise, Bearsted, ME14 4DB
30 Sep  Paul Oldham – The Mote Estate in Maidstone History
28 Oct  ‘MAPLINES’ – Nicholas Crane
25 Nov  ‘Moving Heaven and Earth. Capability Brown and the Gift of Landscape’ – Steffie Shields
27 Jan  tba
24 Feb  ‘Has the Antiques Bubble Burst?’ – Lennox Cato
31 Mar  tba
28 Apr    ‘The Eternal Pantheon: A Gallery of Rogues’ – Gillian Hovell

Bexley Archaeological Group

For talks - contact Martin Baker, Chairman, 020 8300 1752,
For young archaeological club events - contact Francine Payne, 07954 421 797,, or visit them on Facebook

Bexley Historical Society

7:45pm for 8pm, Mondays at the Hall of St John Fisher RC Church, Thanet Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1AP.
Contact: Penny Duggan, (020) 8309 5884,
12 Sep  ‘Biggin on the Bump’ – Bob Ogley
10 Oct  ‘Gravesend Lifeboat Station’ – Ian Smith and crew member
14 Nov  ‘Young Dickens and his Kent’ – Ian Porter
12 Dec  ‘Dulwich Village’ – Ian Bevan
9 Jan    ‘Woolwich Women at War’ – Steve Hookins
13 Feb ‘Childhood in the Second World War’ – Alan Tizzard

Biddenden LHS

2:30pm in the Old Village Hall, Biddenden
13 Oct ‘Jewish Life in the Medway Towns’ – Irina Fridman
10 Nov  ‘Battle Abbey’ – Geoff Hutchinson
8 Dec   ‘A Celebration of Christmas’ – Anne Carter
12 Jan  ‘A Stroll Along the Nailbourne Valley’ – Peter Ewart
9 Feb    ‘The History of Policing Kent (943-1943)’ – Roy Ingleton
9 Mar    ‘Made in Maidstone: A History of Maidstone’ – Peter Batty
7:30pm in the New Village Hall, Biddenden
12 Apr  Annual General Meeting

Brenchley & Matfield LHS

15 Sep  ‘Peter the Great – Making of Modern Russia’ – Patsy Erskine-Hill
20 Oct  ‘Victorian London Street Life’ – Delia Taylor
17 Nov  ‘Gone for a Soldier’ – Peter Ewart         
27 Nov  Society Lunch at Dale Hill Golf Club Hotel

Bromley Borough LHS

Details about visits and walks will be published in Bromleag or contact Mike Marriott (2 The Drive, Orpington, BR6 9AP 01689 820794 or 079717101520 )

Charing & District LHS

7:45 for 8pm Charing Parish Hall, Station Road, Charing.
Adult: £9 p.a. Senior Citizens: £8 p.a. Joint membership: £15 p.a. Full time students: Free. Visitors £3
8 Sep   ‘Underground Kent: A look at the types of underground sites’ – Rod LeGear
13 Oct  ‘The Bevan Boys: Find out what awaited the young men who were sent down the pits by Ernest Bevin’ – Dr Ann Kneif
10 Nov  ‘The Rebirth of Paris 1853-69’ – Mark Withers
8 Dec   Christmas Social Evening
12 Jan  ‘Horatio Nelson and Emma Hamilton: The more human side of Admiral Lord Nelson’ – Sheila Boyd
9 Feb    ‘The Campbells: Speed Kings Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell’ – Donald Stevens
9 Mar    ‘The First Prize: why did so many invaders and settlers want England?’ – Imogen Corrigan
13 Apr ‘The Wedding Journey of Charles I and Henrietta Maria through Kent: a diplomatic rumpus’ – Sara Wolfson
18 May AGM
20 May Cadman Event (date and venue TBC)

Chatham Historical Society

The Lampard Centre, Sallyport, Brompton on the 2nd Thursday of each month (excepting January and August) at 7:30pm.
Talks are open to all. Members £1; Visitors £3. Annual membership is £10.
8 Sep   ‘Filmed Views of Kent’ – Colin Coe
13 Oct  ‘Tales of a dividing river’ – Wilf Lower
10 Nov  ‘Women’s Rights’ – Toni Mount
8 Dec   Christmas Social
Visit more details

Cranbrook & District LHS

7:30pm The Congregational Church, High Street, Cranbrook, TN17 3DN at 7:30pm. Visitors welcome.
Cranbrook Museum – Opening Times 2 – 4:30pm April to October – Tues to Sat inclusive
10 Oct  ‘Made in Maidstone; a town of firsts’ – Peter Batty
14 Nov  ‘The West-Kent Militia guarding the French POWs at Sissinghurst Castle’ – Peter Mellor
12 Dec  Christmas Festivities and talk ‘Medway Tales from the dividing river’ – Wilf Lower
13 Feb  ‘The revolting English – a story of discontent and revolt’ – Maureen Clayton
13 Mar  ‘Old Country Skills’ – Melvin Smith
10 Apr  ‘Hastings Old Town’ – Ken Brooks
8 May   Annual General Meeting & talk ‘Waterloo before, during, and after’ – Brian Awford
Cranbrook Museum – Opening Times
2 – 4:30pm April to October – Tues to Sat inclusive and Bank Holiday Mondays

Crayford Manor House Hist & Arch Society

7 for 7:30pm Baker Trust Hall, Maxim Road, Crayford DA1 4BG Ample parking; easily accessible by public transport (Non-members are welcome to attend lectures at a fee of £4 – additional charge in December)
Enquiries to Mrs J Hearn-Gillham or 01322.551279.
8 Oct    ‘The In-Between Years: The 21 years between the two world wars’ – Bronwen Sadler
12 Nov  ‘Bryan Faussett: the 18th century pioneering Kentish archaeologist’ – David Wright
10 Dec* ‘History of Smuggling: Lively insight into smuggling in Kent and Sussex’ – Geoff Hutchinson - plus Buffet
14 Jan  ‘Crayford - Then and Now: Pictures of yesteryear and how they compare with today’ – David Gillham
11 Feb  ‘The Golden Age of Coaching 1780-1840’ – Ken Chamberlain
11 Mar  ‘The Men Behind the Pen: The life of the scribe in the Middle Ages’ – Imogen Corrigan
8 Apr    AGM and President’s Lecture
*Please note additional charge to all for the December buffet.

Dartford Historical & Antiquarian Society

Fridays, 7:30 for 7:45pm Mick Jagger Centre, The Grammar School (boys), Shepherds Lane, Dartford
16 Sep  ‘The Rochester Bridge Trust’ – Sue Threader
21 Oct  ‘The Romance of London’s River’ – Tony Farnham
18 Nov  AGM & ‘The Names on the Sutton-at-Hone War Memorial’ – Stephen de Winton & Sarah Lewis
9 Dec   ‘Kentish Ghost Stories’ – Christoph Bull. Followed by food – please bring a plate to share
20 Jan  ‘The Thames & Medway Canal’ – David Rowe
17 Feb  ‘Wartime Women Workers in the Munitions Factories’ – Ann Kneif
17 Mar  Public Lecture: ‘The Kaiser’s War: a different point of view’ – Christoph Bull Note time: 7:30 for 8pm
21 Apr  ‘The Origin & History of Nursery Rhymes’ – Dr John Reuther
19 May  ‘The Plague Doctor of Kent’ – Alex Ferris

Deal Branch KFHS

Second Tuesday of each month, apart from January. 7 for 7:30pm (* exceptions). Venue is Trinity Church, Union Road, Deal CT14 6EA. Contact details for more information:
13 Sep  ‘If you can’t beat them, join them’ A customs officers account of his smuggling ancestors – Gerry Williams
11 Oct  ‘Non Conformity’ – Pat Smith

Dymchurch and District Heritage Group

Contact: Adrian Goodsell (Press Secretary), 01797 458200,
7:30 pm, Methodist Church, Dymchurch
8 Sep    Trip to the Somme – guided by Col Anthony Kimber
15 Sep  ‘Forgotten Wrecks of WWI’ – Stephen Fisher
17 Nov  AGM and talk on ‘Celebrities in Dymchurch’ – Andrew Ashton
19 Jan  ‘Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway’ – Andy Nash
16 Mar  ‘Wandering the Somme’ – Melanie Gibson-Barton
18 May ‘Smuggling’ – George Chittenden, TBC
20 Jul   ‘The Black Death and its aftermath’ – Imogen Corrigan
Heritage Room at the rear of the Methodist Church is open from 2 pm to 5 pm on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month - April to December.

East Peckham Historical Society

Second Tuesday of each month, 8pm (refreshments from 7:45pm) Salvation Army Hall, 50 The Freehold, East Peckham, TN12 5AQ Guests welcome (£2) free parking

Elham Historical Society

8pm Elham Village Hall
Dates of our talks have still to be finalised but hopefully will include a talk by John Buss on Walmer Castle, a talk on the history, wildlife, settlement and farming of the North Downs by author Dan Tusan, and a talk on the history and impact of the Kent Coalfields (speaker to be confirmed.)

Farningham & Eynsford LHS

Farningham and Eynsford LHS. 7:30pm for 8pm, new items from FELHS collection on display.
23 Sep  ‘World War One Poets’ – Bob and Fern Ogley at Farningham Village Hall
11 Nov ‘The Crystal Palace Story 1854-1936’ at Eynsford Village Hall
Feb (date and venue to be confirmed) – ‘Road, rail and air’ display of items from FELHS archives

Folkestone & District Family History Society

Thursdays, 7:15pm Radnor Park Community Hall, nr Folkestone Central Station
1 Sep   Members’ evening – 40th anniversary party
6 Oct    ‘Nobody’s Child: the work of Dr Barnardo’ – Dr Frank Andrews
3 Dec   AGM & quiz
8 Dec   ‘Wandering on the Somme’ – Melanie Gibson-Barton
5 Jan    Social evening
2 Feb tba

Folkestone & District LHS

7:30 for 8pm Holy Trinity Church Hall, Sandgate Road, Folkestone
7 Sep   ‘Special places in Canterbury Cathedral’ – Roland & Hilary Tolputt
5 Oct    AGM
2 Nov   ‘Folkestone’s Catholic Church and School’ – Andy Orfila
7 Dec   ‘The History of Dover Castle’ – Len Howell
4 Jan    Open Evening
1 Feb    ‘Three Wars, One Soldier’ – Andrew Richardson
1 Mar ‘Two Historic Buildings in Hythe’ – Mike Umbers

Goudhurst & Kilndown LHS

Tuesdays, 7:45pm unless stated otherwise. Held at the Church Rooms, Goudhurst except May meeting at Kilndown Village Hall. Visitors welcome £2.50.
4 Oct    Three Committee members talk about Goudhurst Workhouse, Paper Mill, and High Street
1 Nov   ‘The Plague Doctor of Kent’ – Alex Ferris
6 Dec   ‘The Medieval Christmas’ NB starts at 7:15pm – Toni Mount
7 Feb    ‘First Home, Last Home’ – Roger Joye
7 Mar    ‘The Social History of Wealden Villages’ – Dr John Kay
4 Apr    AGM followed by ‘Goudhurst & Kilndown in Pictures’
2 May   ‘Goudhurst in the 1850s’ (NB at Kilndown Village Hall) – Gill Joye

Great Mongeham Society

7:30pm Gt Mongeham Parish Hall
18 Aug  Visit to East Kent Railway, Shepherdswell
20 Oct  ‘Smuggling in Kent & Sussex’ – Mike Burrows
17 Nov  AGM

Hadlow Historical Society

Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month September to May in St Mary's Church Upper Room.
27 Sep   'SS Great Britain' – George Buswell

Harrietsham History Society

7:15 for 7:30pm March & April meetings at Harrietsham school hall, May & June meetings at Harrietsham Village Hall. Cost £3 to include tea, coffee, and biscuits

Headcorn LHS

7:30pm Wednesdays. Methodist Church Hall (Rear of Methodist Church), 2 High Street
28 Sep  ‘The Medway Queen’ – Mark Bathurst
26 Oct  ‘Lost Empires the last days of the music hall’ – Wilf Lower
30 Nov  ‘Indian Hill Railways and more’ – Tim Thomas
25 Jan  Annual Meeting, buffet and Pictures from our archive 3 – Tim Thomas
22 Feb  ‘The in between years - the lost peace. The 21 years between 1918-1939’ – Bronwen Sadler.
More information is available on and click on Local History.

Herne & Broomfield Local History Group

7:30pm on first Tuesday of the month. The Institute Hall, Canterbury Road, Herne (opposite Strode Park) CT6 7HE

Horton Kirby and South Darenth Local History Society

All meetings start at 8pm in the Village Hall, South Darenth
12 Sep ‘The Darenth Villages’ – Rod Shelton

Lamorbey & Sidcup LHS

7:15pm St Lawrence's Community Hall, Hamilton Road, Sidcup, Kent DA15 7HB.
6 Sep   ‘Merton Court Lost Boys of WWI’ – Dominic Price
4 Oct    AGM followed by ‘Plastic Surgery since Sir Harold Gillies’ – Nurse Jackie Chapman
3 Jan    ‘Orpington Priory’ – Mike Marriott
7 Feb     ‘Rough Music and Community Protest in 19th Century Kent’ – Andrew Walker

Leigh & District Historical Society

Further details of meetings may be found on their website:
15 Sep  Chris Rowley talks to Gladys Hale, Word War II Evacuee in Leigh
20 Oct  ‘Notice! Outrage! Reward!’ – Mark Hammer.
17 Nov  ‘Meet Mr Warden’ – Steve Hookins
15 Dec  Christmas Party and Quiz
19 Jan  ‘Defending Kent: 2,000 Years of Fortification in the County’ – Sir Paul Britton
16 Feb  Burglary, Brothels and Brawls: Crime and Punishment in bygone Kent’ – Roy Ingleton
16 Mar  ‘History of Maidstone’ – Peter B
20 Apr    ‘The Cazalets of Shipbourne’ – Sir Edward Cazalet

Lewisham LHS

Details of meetings may be found on their website:

Loose Area History Society

Unless otherwise stated all meetings will be held at Loose Infant School Hall, Loose Road, Loose, Maidstone, on the 2nd Monday of the month, at 7:30pm. Non-members welcome. Admission £3. Pay at the door. Free parking in school grounds.

Lydd Museum, Friends of

7:30pm Hardy Hall, Skinner Road, Lydd
21 Sep  ‘Life & Times of Edith Cavell’ – Melanie Gibson-Barton
19 Oct  ‘English Heritage’ – Paul Pattison
16 Nov  AGM followed by: ‘How have our communities changed?’ – John Mills
18 Jan  Member’s Evening with Music by Pete & friends
15 Feb  ‘Mad Musicians & Crazy Dancers‘ – Alan Haines
15 Mar  ‘I’m a Tulip, what are you?’ – Jacqueline Aviolet
19 Apr  ‘High Kent’ – John Clayton
17 May ‘We’ll Meet Again’– George Taylor & Peter Clayton
21 Jun  ‘The Cinque Ports’ – Len Howell

The Museum will be open daily until mid-September then week-ends only until the end of October

Lyminge Historical Society

7:30pm Tayne Centre, (behind the Methodist Church) Church Road, Lyminge New Members Welcome £10 p.a. for talks, Visitors £4 payable at the door.
6 Sep   ‘Battle of the Somme - A Family Connection’ – Rosemary Piddock
4 Oct    ‘Neanderthal Man in the Elham Valley’ – Anne Beecham
1 Nov   'RMS Republic and RMS Titanic: Safety of Lives at Sea' - Tony Selman
6 Dec    AGM and talk ‘Another look at Shopping in Lyminge’ - Derek Boughton

Maidstone Area Archaeological Group

New Venue: 7:30 – 9:30pm Maidstone Community Support Centre
Non-members £1 For further details contact Mrs Linda Weeks (Hon. Sec.) on 01622 762422 or
No programme for next year available yet, because they are changing venues - moving from New Line Learning, Boughton Lane, Loose to the Maidstone Community Support Centre.
No dates or speakers have yet been booked, but it is likely that they will be moving to the second Friday in the month, and not the third - still to be confirmed.

Maidstone Historical Society

7:30pm Methodist Church Community Centre, Brewer Street, ME16 0WC
Annual subscription £10, visitors £3 enquiries 01622 751900
21 Sep  ‘The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games’ – Tony Bosworth
19 Oct  ‘Trackway to Motorway in Kent’ – Mike Bundock
16 Nov  ‘Mummers Plays and the Hooden Horse’ – Geoff Doel
18 Jan  ‘Paper-making in Kent’ – Dr Maureen Barcham Green
15 Feb  ‘History from the Air’ – Rod Le Gear
21 Mar  ‘Lost Mansions of Kent’ – Helen Allinson
18 Apr  AGM and Members’ Evening
Special event for heritage weekend: Thursday 8 and Friday 9 September, Corpus Christi Hall, Earl Street, Maidstone, Display by Maidstone Historical Society of photographs, documents, maps, etc. relating to Maidstone‘s heritage. 10am to 4pm, admission free.

Margate Civic Society

7:30pm first Thursday of the month in the Walpole Bay Hotel, Margate Non-members welcome: £2 at the door.
Further talks will be held from 2 February to May. There will be a social evening in early December. For details please consult the website.

North-West Kent Family History

Bromley Branch: Bromley Methodist Church, College Road, Bromley BR1 3NS. On the third Saturday of the month 9:45am for 10:30am to 12:15pm Free car parking adjacent to the hall
24 Sep ‘Shopkeeper Ancestors - Sources for finding out about a trade and the shop itself’ –Sue Gibbons
15 Oct ‘Penge - the making of a London suburb’ – Martin Spence
Dartford Branch: Dartford Technology College, Heath Lane, Dartford, DA1 2LY. On the first Saturday of each month. 9:45am for 10:30am to 12:30pm. Free car parking, via this entrance
3 Sep   ‘Vickers – Crayford’ – Peter Daniel
1 Oct    ‘How to research House History - uncovering the secrets behind your front door’ – Melanie Backe-Hansen
Sevenoaks Branch: Sevenoaks Community Centre, Otford Road, Sevenoaks, TN14 5DN. On the second Thursday of the month. 7:15pm for 8pm to 9:30pm. Parking Free, well-lit, easy car parking.
8 Sep   ‘WWII escape lines: the routes that criss-crossed Europe’ – Geoff Cowling
13 Oct ‘The Searchlight Girls’ the 93rd (Searchlight) Regiment Royal Artillery – Imogen Corrigan

Otham History Society

6 Oct    ‘A title of his choice’ – Andrew Clarke
3 Nov   ‘Outsiders, Smugglers, Poachers, Highwaymen and Pirates’ – Geoff & John
1 Dec   AGM + Quiz + Raffle.
2 Feb    DIY.
2 Mar   ‘Kent Coalfields’ – Jim Davies

Plaxtol Local History Group

All meetings are at 8pm in Plaxtol Memorial Hall, School Lane, Plaxtol TN15 0QD
Non-Members welcome £2
13 Sep  ‘Wealden Houses’ – Richard Marsden
11 Oct   ‘Seal & Ightham: Neighbours but Different’ – David Williams

Sandwich LHS

7:30pm Grand Jury Room, Sandwich Guildhall. Meetings held on 3rd Thursday of the month.
15 Sep  ‘The History of Papermaking in Kent’ – Dr Jean Stirk
13 Oct  ‘The Medieval Wealden Iron Industry’ – Jeremy Hodgkinson
19 Jan  AGM followed by light refreshments and short talk ‘Roman Canterbury: Recent 2nd-3rd century finds on a building site’ – Nick Woodland
16 Feb  ‘Spying in World War I: the true story of Margriet Bellegeer’ – Janet Dean
16 Mar  ‘The Huguenots in Kent’ – Amy Dinnock
20 Apr  ‘A 17th Century Wealden Plague Doctor’ – Alex Ferris
18 May  ‘Culloden: the last of a lost cause’ – Dr John Graham

Shepherdswell & Coldred History Society

7:30pm Thursdays (*exception) Village hall, Coxhill, Shepherdswell, CT15 1NN
Sat 3 Sep, 10am-1pm *  Big History Day in the Village Hall
29 Sep  ‘Our Mining Heritage’ – Jim Davies
27 Oct  Annual General Meeting

Sheppey LHS

7:45pm (* exceptions) Bethel Hall, Chapel Street, Minster-on-Sea. Queries to Mrs Lena Crowder, Society Chairman 01795 875111
21 Sep  A special presentation by Ken Ingleton to mark 200 years of the 1st Co-operative Society in Sheerness.
26 Oct   AGM

Shorne LHS

7:30pm Shorne Village Hall, The Street, Shorne, DA12 3EA
20 Oct  ‘Woolwich Women at War’ – Steve Hookins
17 Nov  ‘The Maunsell Sea Forts of the Thanet Estuary’ – Frank Turner
15 Dec  ‘Diamond Queens’ – Peter Hartley
19 Jan  ‘The Secret History of North Kent’ – Christoph Bull
16 Feb  ‘Gravesend’s Famous Son: Malcolm Jennings’ – Robert Porlock
16 Mar  ‘The Dregs of the People: The aftermath of the Black Death’ – Imogen Corrigan
20 Apr   ‘Pitchers Dockyard, Northfleet’ – Ken McGoverin

Sittingbourne Society

7:30pm Mondays. The Phoenix, Swallow Centre, Central Ave, Sittingbourne ME10 4NT. Non-members pay £2
12 Sep  ‘Ghosts – Fact or Fiction?’ – Dennis Chambers

Smarden LHS

Monthly meetings the third Thursday of the month unless otherwise stated* at 8pm in Smarden Charter Hall. All welcome. Non-members £4. Membership £10 a year.
15 Sep  ‘The challenges and history of bomb disposal after conflict around the world’ – Guy Lucas (local bomb disposal officer)
20 Oct  ‘Spies, merchants, adventurers, and travellers at the court of the tsars’ – Patricia Erskine-Hill
SLHS members’ annual subscriptions £10. Guests welcome at any event £4. All members meetings in Smarden Charter Hall commence at 8pm, admission from 7:30pm.
Every Friday, 9:30am to 12:30pm: The Kent Heritage Resource Centre in Hamden Room, Smarden Charter Hall, – bookings and openings phone or email: Project Leader Alex Ferris 01233 770353, email

Tenterden & District LHS

7:15 for 7:30pm Zion Baptist Church, High Street, Tenterden. There is parking in the car park behind the church or in Station Road opposite (free after 6pm).
There will be two Coffee Mornings in St Mildred’s Church Hall. These will be held on Thursdays. Outings are arranged in the summer. Details will be announced later.
26 Sep  ‘Burglary, Brothels, Brawls and Bestiality - crime and punishment in bygone Kent’ – Roy Ingleton
13 Oct  Coffee Morning at St Mildred’s Church Hall, Church Road, Tenterden. 10 am Entrance £1 – Coffee and Cakes, Tenterden Scrapbooks available to view
31 Oct  ‘Revolting English’ – Mrs Maureen Clayton
28 Nov  AGM followed by ‘Royal Yachts of Europe’ – Fred Walker
30 Jan  ‘Flemish Weavers’ – Fred Lemont
27 Feb  ‘Rye: The Story of an Ancient Town’ – Peter Ewart
16 Mar Coffee Morning at St Mildred’s Church Hall, Church Road, Tenterden. 10 am Entrance £1 – Coffee and Cakes. Tenterden Scrapbooks available to view
27 Mar  ‘Made in Maidstone: The History of Maidstone, a Town of Firsts’ – Peter Batty
24 Apr  ‘The Bayeux Tapestry’ – Imogen Corrigan

Tonbridge Historical Society

Meeting in the Riverside Room at the Angel Centre, TN9 1SF, on the 2nd Thursday at 7:45pm unless otherwise stated.
Non-members are welcome at a fee of £3 (under 18's free), payable at the door.
8 Sep   ‘Crossrail Archaeology’ – Jay Carver
13 Oct ‘Life in a Noble Household in the 14th century: Elizabeth de Burgh, Lady of Clare’ – Jennifer Ward
12 Nov ‘Monasteries & Monastic Life and Building a Medieval Cathedral’ + cream tea – David Carder Saturday 2:30
15 Dec ‘Bad King John?’ – Dr Marc Morris
9 Feb    ‘Witchcraft in Tudor & Stuart Kent’ – Prof Jackie Eales
9 Mar    ‘Elizabethan & Jacobean Deer Parks in Kent’ – Dr Susan Pittman
13 Apr  AGM + tbc 7.30 pm

Wateringbury LHS

8pm Wateringbury Village Hall
21 Sep  ‘Disinherited’ – Robert Sackville West
19 Oct  ‘The Mote Estate in Maidstone History’ – Paul Oldham
16 Nov  ‘Malting and Malthouses in Kent’ – James Preston
14 Dec  Christmas Social Evening
18 Jan  ‘Kent Disasters’ – Roy Ingleton
15 Feb  ‘Bother on the Hover’ – Capt Laverick-Smith

Wye Historical Society

7:30pm Lady Joanna Thornhill School, Wye on the first Wednesday of the month from October to April. Ample car parking in the school playground.
5 Oct    ‘Thomas Brock: London’s Forgotten Sculptor’ – John Sankey
2 Nov   ‘Jane Austen, Kent, and the Curious Incident of the £10 note’ – Dr Jennie Batchelor
7 Dec   ‘The First Day of the Somme’ – Maurice Sherreard
4 Jan    Members’ Evening
1 Feb    ‘The Lusitania: the Last letter’ – Dr Michael Wain
1 Mar    AGM followed by ‘Dickens and the railways in the 1860s’ – Simon Bradley
5 Apr’    ‘The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and its Influences’ – Delia Taylor