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

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Information as at 1 July 2017

Ashford Archaeological & Historical Society

Mondays, 7:30pm Quaker Meeting House, Albert Road, Ashford. All Welcome (* exception)
Further enquiries please contact Marion Pont on 01233 820679, or use our website and Facebook
18 Sep         ‘Recent Excavations at East Wear Bay, Folkestone’ – Andrew Richardson of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust
16 Oct         ‘Those Dirty Miners’ – Geoff Turner
20 Nov         ‘Recent Discoveries in Ashford and the new community archaeology project’ – Paul Cuming and the Heritage Conservation group
18 Dec         ‘The Coming of the Railways’ audio-visual – Andy Wood on 175 years of the railways in Ashford. This will be followed by Christmas supper.
15 Jan         ‘Excavations at Bigbury’ – Steve Willis of the University of Kent
19 Feb         ‘Master Masons: the story of how they built our cathedrals’ – Imogen Corrigan
10 Mar *       Sat. 10-2:30 Industrial Archaeology Study Day at Willesborough Windmill
19 Mar         ‘The Crossing of the Medway’ – Rob Poole

Bearsted & District Local History Society

7:30pm King George V Memorial Hall, Manor Rise, Bearsted, ME14 4DB
29 Sept        ‘The Topsy Turvy World of Misericords’ – Imogen Corrigan
27 Oct         ‘Three Cheers for Pooh! The Life and Times of Pooh, a Bear of Very Little Brain’ – Brian Sibley
24 Nov         ‘The East India Company and the Life of the Memsahibs’ – Molly Poulter
26 Jan         ‘Female Agents of the Second World War’ – Dr Juliette Pattinson
23 Feb         ‘The First 100 Years of Hops in Kent’ – Dr Peter Darby
23 Mar         ‘Don’t Mention the War: least of all, Hitler’ – Dr Patrick Müller
27 April        ‘Foreigners, Aliens, Citizens: Medway and its Jewish Community’ – Irina Fridman
25 May        AGM and Members’ Evening

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, e-mail:
11 Sep         ‘Backstage to Front of House’ – John Logan Short
9 Oct           ‘Along the River Cray’ – Denise Baldwin and Katherine Harding
13 Nov         ‘Hellfire and Brimstone: the history of cement’ – Nick Hepher
11 Dec         ‘Tales of a Modern Day Plant Hunter’ – Tom Hart Dyke

Biddenden Local History Society

2:30pm in the Biddenden Old Village Hall (*Exception)
12 Oct         ‘The Preacher Slave of Kent’ – Alex Ferris
9 Nov          ‘The Story of Kent (Apples, Ale, Art and Architecture)’ – Dick Bolton
14 Dec         ‘The Politeness of Princes’ – Imogen Corrigan
11 Jan         ‘Kent during the Roman Occupation’ – Simon Elliott
8 Feb           ‘Gravesend: Gateway to the Thames’ – Christoph Bull
8 Mar           ‘Trackway to Motorway’ – Mike Bundock
11 Apr         * Annual General Meeting 7:30pm in the Biddenden New Village Hall

Brenchley & Matfield LHS

7:30 for 8pm Matfield Village Hall (* exception)
21 Sep         ‘Sutton Hoo’ – Imogen Corrigan
19 Oct         ‘Wandering Flanders Fields’ – Melanie Gibson-Barton
16 Nov         ‘What is Christmas?’ – Geoff Hutchinson
25 Feb         * Society Lunch

Bromley Borough Local History Society

7:45pm Trinity United Reformed Church, Freelands Road, Bromley, BR1 3AQ
More details about visits and walks will be published in Bromleag or contact Mike Marriott nearer the event (2 The Drive, Orpington, BR6 9AP 01689 820794 or 079717101520
5 Sep          Members’ Evening
3 Oct           ‘Exploring Archives’ – Pam Temple
7 Nov          ‘Richmal Crompton and Bromley’ – Ruth Bennett
5 Dec          ‘Digitising the History of Beckenham’ – Ian Muir

Canterbury Historical & Archaeological Society

CHAS meetings are held in the Newton building, room Ng03, at the North Holmes Road campus, Canterbury Christ Church University, starting at 7 p.m.
11 Oct         ‘The Great South Window: a Canterbury tale of destruction, survival and recreation.’ – Leonie Seliger
8 Nov          ‘Myth and reality: two Archbishops of Canterbury, SS Augustine and Becket’ – Richard Maltby
13 Dec         ‘Bigbury in context: new light on Canterbury’s origins’ – Christopher Sparey-Green
10 Jan         ‘Mayor-making and other medieval ceremonies at the Kentish Cinque ports’ – Sheila Sweetinburgh
14 Feb         ‘Creating a place in history: the abbey of Le Bec in the 11th and 12th centuries’ – Leonie Hicks
14 Mar         ‘Death and rebirth of a city: late Roman and early Anglo-Saxon Canterbury’ – Andrew Richardson

Charing & District Local History Society

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
14 Sep         ‘The Making of Spielberg's Film War Horse’ – Andy Robertshaw
12 Oct         ‘Bad King John?’ – Dr Marc Morris
9 Nov          ‘Behind the Scene at Leeds Castle’ – Annie Kemkaran-Smith
14 Dec         Christmas Social Evening
11 Jan         ‘A Schoolgirl's War’ – Mary Smith
8 Feb           ‘Godinton House and Gardens’ – Nick Sandford
8 Mar           ‘Ragstone to Riches’ – Simon Elliott
12 Apr         ‘Horatio Nelson and Emma Hamilton’ – Sheila Boyd
17 May        AGM
19 May        Cadman Event (date and venue TBC)

Chatham Historical Society

The Lampard Centre, Sallyport, Brompton on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:30pm and then from *December at St Stephen’s Hall, Maidstone Road, Chatham on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm
Talks are open to all. Members £1; Visitors £3. Annual membership is £10.
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14 Sep         ‘Young Nelson’ – Brian Davis
12 Oct         ‘Medway Union Workhouse’ – Deborah Collins
9 Nov          ‘A Schoolgirl’s War’ – Mary Smith
13 Dec         Society Christmas Evening (*Note new venue)
14 Feb         ‘Strood Anecdotes’ – Len Feist
14 Mar         ‘Medway Memories: a Reminiscence Evening’ – Peter Cook

Cranbrook & District Local History Society

7:30pm The Congregational Church, High Street, Cranbrook, TN17 3DN at 7:30pm. Visitors welcome.
9 Oct           ‘The Plague Doctor of Kent’ – Alex Ferris
13 Nov         ‘Lashenden at War’ – Graham Holmes
11 Dec         Christmas Festivities and talk from Terry West about Cranbrook Windmill
12 Feb         ‘Kipling’ – Geoff Hutchinson
12 Mar         ‘Babies Castle’ – Sylvia Golding & Joyce Saunder
9 Apr           ‘Shakespeare in Kent’ – Stephen Prickett
Cranbrook Museum – Opening Times 2 – 4:30pm April to October – Tues to Sat inclusive

Crayford Manor House Historical 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
Enquiries to Mrs J Hearn-Gillham or 01322.551279.
14 Oct                 ‘Diplomatic Reflections: 35 years in the Diplomatic Service’ – Ian Soutar
4 Nov          ‘What the Romans Built for us in Kent’ – Kevin Fromings
9 Dec          ‘What‘s on the Cards: The history and mystery of playing cards’ Plus wine/buffet.** – Alan Payne
13 Jan         ‘The Old Dover Road: an illustrated journey from Shooters Hill to Crayford.’ – Bonita Chamberlain
10 Feb         ‘Woolwich Women at War’ – Steve Hookins.
10 Mar         ‘The Mistresses of King Charles II’ – John Halligan
14 Apr         AGM and President’s Lecture

Dartford Historical & Antiquarian Society

Fridays, 7:30 for 7:45pm Mick Jagger Centre, The Grammar School (boys), Shepherds Lane, Dartford
15 Sep         ‘The City of London – a guided tour’ – Stuart Robinson
30 Sep (Sat) Coach outing to Uppark House and garden (NT)
20 Oct         ‘Recent Palaeolithic work in the Dartford area: elephant butchery, Neanderthals & managing the Baker’s Hole scheduled monument’ – Dr Francis Wenban-Smith
17 Nov         AGM followed by ‘The Short Brothers’ – James Preston
8 Dec          ‘Tudor & Stuart Christmas food’ – Toni Mount (followed by buffet – please bring a plate to share)
19 Jan         ‘A Schoolgirl’s War – the story of Maidstone Girls’ Grammar School in WWII’ – Mary Smith
16 Feb         ‘T S Worcester’ – Ken Chamberlain
16 Mar         ‘Vickers of Crayford’ (Public Lecture – 8pm start) – Peter Daniel

Dymchurch and District Heritage Group

7:30 pm Methodist Church, Dymchurch Contact: Adrian Goodsell (Press Secretary), 01797 458200, or visit
21 Sep         ‘Burmarsh’ – Dr Pat Arger
16 Nov                AGM – speaker to be arranged
15 Mar         ‘The Grand Redoubt’ – Mike Umbers
19 Apr         ‘A Schoolgirl’s War’ – Mary Smith
17 May        ‘St Mary’s Bay Part 2’ – Ray Moses (TBC)     
The Heritage Room at the rear of the Methodist Church is open from 2 pm to 5 pm on the 1st 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
12 Sep         ‘Kiln to Kitchen’ – Christopher Sparey-Green
10 Oct         ‘More of Gary’s postcards’ – Gary Martin
14 Nov         ‘The Fire Takes Hold’ – Patsy Erskine-Hill
12 Dec         Quiz
9 Jan           ‘Colonel Stephens, the father of the light railway’ – Doug Lindsay
13 Feb         ‘Tunbridge Ware’ – Dr Ian Beavis
13 Mar         7:45pm Annual General Meeting followed by ‘Pocahontas’ – Christoph Bull

Farningham & Eynsford Local History Society

Farningham and Eynsford LHS. 7:30pm for 8pm, Display of new acquisitions at each meeting.
6 Sep          Day trip to Gravesend/Tilbury Forts
22 Sep         ‘Charles Darwin’ – Toni Mount (Eynsford Village Hall)
30 Sept (Sat) Display: Elliott Downs Till remembered (died 30/9/1917) The Castle Hotel, Eynsford 1am-4pm
17 Nov         ‘George Bernard Shaw: playing the clown’ – Brian Freeland (Farningham Village Hall)
16 Feb         ‘Darent Valley – Well I never knew that!’ – Rod Shelton (Farningham Village Hall)

Folkestone & District Family History Society

2nd Monday of the month during 2017, 1st Thursday of the month during 2018. 7:15pm All Souls’ Church Hall, Cheriton
11 Sep         ‘Kent and East Sussex Railway’ – Doug Lindsay
9 Oct           ‘Old Cheriton’ – Vince Williams
13 Nov         AGM
11 Dec         ‘Tracing the history of your house’ – David Cufley
4 Jan           Open evening
1 Feb           TBA
1 Mar           TBA

Folkestone & District Local History Society

7:30 for 8pm start. Holy Trinity Church Hall, Sandgate Road, Folkestone
6 Sep          ‘Fashionable Folkestone’ – Hilary Tolputt
4 Oct           AGM
1 Nov          ‘History of Folkestone Warren’ – Alan F Taylor
6 Dec          ‘Folkestone's New Museum’ – Terry Begent
3 Jan           Open Evening
7 Feb           ‘The Cinque Ports’ – Len Howell
7 Mar           ‘Folkestone, St Botolph, and St Eanswythe’ – Dr Denis Pepper

Goudhurst & Kilndown Local History Society

Tuesdays, 7:45pm unless stated otherwise. Held at the Church Rooms, Goudhurst except May meeting at Kilndown Village Hall. Visitors welcome £2.50.
3 Oct           ‘Wealden Houses, to include Goudhurst examples’ – Richard Marsden (Followed by members of the Wealden Building Studies Group who will outline a proposal to survey houses in Goudhurst –
7 Nov          ‘Kent & East Sussex Railway, Then and Now’ – Doug Lindsay
5 Dec          ‘Kentish Ghost Stories’ – Christoph Bull
6 Feb                  ‘The West Kent Militia guarding the French POWs at Sissinghurst Castle: the story of 3,000 French prisoners who were incarcerated during the Seven Years' War (1756-63)’ – Peter Mellor
6 Mar                   ‘Elizabethan & Jacobean Deer Parks in Kent’ – Dr Susan Pittman
3 Apr           AGM followed by display from the society’s archives

Great Mongeham Society

7:30pm Gt Mongeham Parish Hall
19 Oct         ‘Fascinating Phone Kiosks’ Illustrated talk – Peter Esposito.
16 Nov         AGM

Hadlow Historical Society

Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month September to May at 8pm in St Mary's Church Upper Room, Hadlow.
26 Sep         ‘Hadlow's Breweries’ – Anne Hughes

Harrietsham History Society

7:15 for 7:30pm Harrietsham Village Hall. Cost £3 to include tea, coffee, and biscuits. All welcome
16 Sep         Joint meeting with Harrietsham Gardening Society
16 Oct         ‘Road and Rail Disasters in Kent’ – Roy Ingleton
20 Nov         ‘Chalk Mining in Kent’ – Rod Le Gear
4 Dec          Christmas Social

Headcorn LHS

7:30pm Wednesdays. Methodist Church Hall (Rear of Methodist Church), 2 High Street
More information is available on and click on Local History.
27 Sep         ‘Old Maidstone firms Part 1 Sharp's Toffees, the breweries, and Clarkes’ furnishers’ – Andrew Clarke
25 Oct         ‘The Herald of Free Enterprise’ – Colin Breed
29 Nov         ‘Tithes 19 & 20 Century’ – Peter Cooper
31 Jan         Annual Meeting and buffet followed by Tim Thomas ‘More Pictures from the Archive.’

Horton Kirby and South Darenth Local History Society

All meetings start at 8pm in the Village Hall, South Darenth
11 Sep         ‘Queen Victoria’ – Anne Carter
13 Nov         AGM with a short talk on a subject of local interest

Kemsing Heritage Centre Association

7:30pm St Edith's Hall, Kemsing. Members Free – Non-Members £2.50 unless specified
29 Sep         ‘Origin and History of Nursery Rhymes’ – Dr John Reuther
27 Oct         ‘Royal Visits to Kent (part 2)’ – Colin Breed
17th Nov      ‘Pluckley, Most Haunted Village in England?’ – Dennis Chambers
26 Jan         ‘Kemsing VAD Hospital’ – Janet Eaton

Lamorbey & Sidcup Local History Society

7:15pm St Lawrence's Community Hall, Hamilton Road, Sidcup, Kent DA15 7HB.
5 Sep          ‘Treasures from the Bromley Collection’ – Lucy Bonner
3 Oct           AGM plus ‘Faces of the Great War’ – Kirsty Macklen
7 Nov          ‘Darenth Hospitals’ – Francine Payne
5 Dec          Christmas Surprise
2 Jan           ‘Women of Woolwich’ – Steve Hookins
6 Feb           ‘Napoleon III in Chislehurst’ – Vanessa Jenkins
6 Mar           ‘The Rise of Kent’ – Carole Divall

Leigh & District Historical Society

Leigh Small Village Hall; 8pm. Further details of meetings may be found on their website:
21 Sep         ‘The Grand Tour and the Lure of Italy’ – Martin Heard
19 Oct         ‘Maritime Kent’ – Jonathan Jenner (followed by AGM)
16 Nov         ‘The Scandalous Life of Lady Jane Digby’ – Patsy Erskine-Hill
14 Dec         ‘Gluttony and Starvation in the 19th Century’ – Julian Dussek followed by Christmas Party
18 Jan         Afghan Wars - What History has taught us’ – Richard Streatfeild
15 Feb         ‘The Life and Times of Edith Cavell’ – Melanie Gibson-Barton
15 Mar         ‘SOE - Secret Agents in Occupied France’ – Juliette Pattinson
19 Apr         ‘Jack Cade and the Battle of Solefields’ – GIllian Draper

Lewisham LHS

7:45pm Methodist Church, Albion Way SE13 6BT
29 Sep         ‘Abraham Colfe: Lewisham’s Benefactor & Protector’ – Julian Watson
27 Oct         ‘The “Lenox”: a celebration of a unique heritage’ – Julian Kingston

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.
9 Oct           ‘All the rage (1920’s and 1930’s)’ – Lee Ault
13 Nov         ‘Four Smarden Air Crashes’ – Alex Ferris
11 Dec         ‘A Kent Christmas’ – Dr Geoff Doel & John Morgan

Lydd Museum, Friends of

7:30pm Hardy Hall, Skinner Road, Lydd
20 Sep         ‘Rudyard Kipling’ – Gary Enstone                  
18 Oct         ‘A Trip along the Military Canal’ – Brian Doorne
15 Nov         AGM
17 Jan         Members’ Evening With entertainment
21 Feb         ‘Operation Fortitude’ – Len Howell
21 Mar         ‘A Swipe up the Seventies’ – Alan Haines
18 Apr         ‘A Day at the Races or a night at the opera’ – Julius Bannister
From 23 September until 29 October the Museum will open at weekends only, but will open additionally for booked groups. Our annual Draw will take place on Saturday 4 November. This is their one fund-raising event of the year and takes place in Hardy Hall, Skinner Road, with coffee at 10am and the draw 11am.

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.
5 Sep          ‘Underground Thanet’ – Rod Legear
3 Oct           ‘The Folkestone & Hythe Railway and Tramway’ – John Buss
7 Nov          ‘South Foreland Lighthouse and the Knott Family’ – Rosemary Selman
5 Dec          AGM and talk – Derek Boughton

Lympne (SHAL: Studying History & Archaeology in Lympne)

7:30pm (* exception) 2nd Tuesday in the month. St Stephen's Church, Lympne.
12 Sep         An early start to attempt practical Roman cookery
10 Oct         ‘Roman Building Methods & tools’ – Gez Moody

Maidstone Historical Society

7:30pm Methodist Church Community Centre, Brewer Street, ME16 0WC
Annual subscription £10, visitors £3 enquiries 01622 751900
Heritage Open Days: 7 – 10 September, 10am to 4pm
                   Display of photographs, documents, maps and newspapers, etc. at All Saints Church, Mill Street, Maidstone ME15 6YE
20 Sep         ‘1917: Bombs over Kent – the first mass bomber attack of WWI’ – Alex Ferris
18 Oct         ‘Henry II and the Empire of the Devil’ – James Dickinson
15 Nov         ‘A Celebration of Christmas’ – Anne Carter
17 Jan         ‘Old Kent Windmills’ – Andrew Wood
21 Feb         ‘The Maunsell Sea Forts in the Thames Estuary’ – Frank Turner
21 Mar         ‘Agatha Christie: a life of crime’ – Rosemary Piddock
18 April        AGM and members’ evening

Margate Civic Society

7 for 7:30pm Walpole Bay Hotel, Margate Non-members welcome: £2 at the door.
5 Oct           AGM followed by a talk on ‘The Secret Gardens of Sandwich’ – Steve Edney (Head Gardener)
2 Nov          ‘The Vikings are Coming’ – Imogen Corrigan
14 Dec         Christmas social evening, including films, Christmas raffle, quiz, and refreshments. Guests £3.50.
1 Feb           Dr Steve Alexander with another talk about his father’s marvellous paintings, this time those on a Mediterranean theme.
1 Mar           ‘Westgate in the Fifties’ – Sally Whitworth
5 Apr           ‘Public Timekeeping on the Isle of Thanet’ – Mike Bundock.

Medway Archives, Friends of

7 for 7:30pm (* exception) Frindsbury Parish Hall, Church Green, Frindsbury ME2 4HY. Talks are £5 non-members, £3 members inc. light refreshments, and there is always a raffle.
Further details secretary:  01634 718231,, or find us on Facebook, see local press.
12 Sep         ‘Relocating the Archive: the trials and tribulations of moving MALSC to its new home’ – Alison Cable  
14 Oct*        10:30 – 4pm Special Event. The Heritage Lottery Funded National Prefab Museum will be mounting an exhibition with displays, film show, opportunity to have your memories recorded, refreshments, etc. This will be in co-operation with Medway Archive & Local Studies, FOMA and Friends of Broomhill. Did you or any relations or friends live in one of the many prefabs that were built in Medway in the late 1940s? Come and share your memories.
28 Oct         Quiz. Booking essential. £8 per person inc. interval ploughman’s. Booking essential – contact secretary.
14 Nov         ‘The Commonwealth War Graves Commission: a 100 years on from its establishment in 1917’  Discover why it was set up and what it does today. – CWCG Community Representative
13 Mar         ‘Untold stories and Hidden Treasures: is Rochester Cathedral revealing its secrets?’ – Simon Lace 

Meopham Historical Society

7:30pm St John's Centre, Wrotham Road, Meopham, DA13 0AA
13 Sep         ‘Behind the Scenes of Television's Golden Years’ – Wilf Lower
11 Oct         ‘And so to Ted... a history of Teddies and other bears’ – Melanie Gibson-Barton.
8 Nov          ‘The Plague Doctor of Kent’ – Alex Ferris
13 Dec         AGM
10 Jan         No Meeting
14 Feb         TBA – Dr Ann Kneif
14 Mar         ‘The good, the bad & the ugly’ – Christoph Bull

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
16 Sep         ‘Heir Hunters-taking part in a TV series’ – Lady Teviot
21 Oct         ‘The future of the internet for family historians’ – Peter Christian
18 Nov         ‘The goose is getting fat! The history of Christmas tradition’ – Imogen Corrigan
Dec             No meeting
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
2 Sep          ‘Call the Midwife’ – Ian Porter
7 Oct           ‘Sir Cloudsley Shovell & Longitude: The story of Crayford’s famous admiral’ – Peter Daniel
4 Nov          ‘The Masons & 300 years of the Grand Lodge of England’ – Peter Jones
2 Dec          ‘The biography of Father Christmas’ – Rupert Matthews
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.
14 Sep         ‘Victorian doctors: the story of women who struggled to survive in a man’s world’ – Toni Mount
12 Oct         ‘Battleships and blockade: Jutland & the Royal Navy in the Great War’ – Nick Fothergill
9 Nov          ‘Spooky Tales: the history of Halloween’ – Geoff Hutchinson
14 Dec         ‘A celebration of Christmas’ – Anne Carter

Otham History Society

Small Hall at Madginford. Spring lunch and summer & autumn outings arranged. There is no charge for meetings. New members welcome. For further details please contact the Secretary, Mrs Sylvia Wadeson 01622 745848
5 Oct           ‘Royal Visits to Kent in the 1990’s – behind the scenes’ – Colin Breed
2 Nov          ‘Bruges: More than just chocolate’ – Melanie Gibson-Barton
7 Dec          AGM followed by a quiz.
1 Feb           D I Y Evening
1 Mar           ‘The role of women in the Great War’ – Peter Batty

Plaxtol Local History Group

All meetings are at 8pm in Plaxtol Memorial Hall, School Lane, Plaxtol TN15 0QD
Non-Members welcome £2
12 Sep         The 13th Mollie Lewis Memorial Lecture: ‘The Cazalets of Fairlawne’ –  Sir Edward Cazalet
10 Oct         ‘Kent’s Cinque Ports in the Middle Ages’ – Dr Sheila Sweetinburgh
14 Nov         ‘The Wedding Journey through Kent of Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria’ – Dr Sara Wolfson
12 Dec         ‘George Austen’s Tonbridge’ – Mark Ballard             

Sandwich Local History Society

7:30pm Grand Jury Room, Sandwich Guildhall. Meetings held on 3rd Thursday of the month.
14 Sep         ‘Early Aviation in Kent’ – Brian Flood (Joint meeting with Sandwich Library Guild)
16 Nov         ‘Life in a Victorian Workhouse’ – Peter Ewart
18 Jan         AGM followed by light refreshments & short talk ‘History all around us – Sandwich Street Furniture’ – Nick Woodward
15 Feb         ‘The Battle of Waterloo’ – Derek Murphy
15 Mar         ‘Not by Clockwork Alone: the 18th century search for longitude’ – Dr Rebekah Higgitt

Sevenoaks Historical Society

8pm The Undercroft, St Nicholas’ Church, Sevenoaks TN13 1JA Admission to talks is free to Members: annual membership fee is £10. Non-members are very welcome at meetings for a fee of £3.
21 Sep         ‘New Light on the Austens of Sevenoaks’ – Dr Mark Ballard
26 Oct         Annual Gardiner Lecture: ‘The Reformation and British Values: Protestantism and Liberty revisited’ – Prof John Coffey
23 Nov         ‘Radical Voices in Sevenoaks since the 18th Century’ – Prof David Killingray
15 Feb          ‘Fit for Purpose – the History of the London Underground’ – Alan Williams

Sheppey Local History Society

7:45pm Bethel Hall, Chapel Street, Minster-on-Sea. Queries to Mrs Lena Crowder, Society Chairman 01795 875111
28 Sep         ‘Ships’ Figureheads’ – J Thornton
25 Oct         AGM

Sittingbourne Society

7:30pm Mondays. The Phoenix, Swallow Centre, Central Ave, Sittingbourne ME10 4NT. Non-members pay £2
11 Sep         ‘Elizabeth Fry, Prison Reformer’ – Jean Hatton
12 Feb         ‘The Ganiga people of Papua New Guinea' – Sue Senior
9 Apr          ‘ Suffragettes‘ – Ian Porter

Smarden Local History Society

Monthly meetings the third Thursday of the month at 8pm (AGM 7:30pm) in Smarden Charter Hall. All welcome. Non-members £4. Membership £10 a year.
21 Sep         ‘Along the route of the Royal Military Canal’ – Brian Doorne
19 Oct         ‘Inn Signs’ – Eric Spear
16 Nov         7:30pm AGM. Followed by ‘Ernie Wheatley a true Smardonian’ – Margaret Wheatley
15 Feb         ‘Bovver on the Hovver’ – Brian Laverick-Smith
15 Mar         ‘Royal Visits’ – Colin Breed
19 Apr         ‘The Great Storm’ – Bob Ogley
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

St Margaret’s

7:30pm, St Margaret’s Village Hall, Reach Road St Margaret’s at Cliffe on the third Tuesday of the month. (November’s meeting commences at 19:00 with the Society’s AGM).
19 Sep         ‘Dover’s Bronze Age Boat: 25 years on’ – Peter Clark.
17 Oct         ‘The Channel Dash’ – James Rouse.
21 Nov         AGM followed by ‘Village Scandals II’ – Heather Berwick
19 Dec         ‘A Kent Christmas’ – Dr Geoff Doel and John Morgan.

Tenterden & District Local History Society

7:15 for 7:30pm Zion Baptist Church, High Street, Tenterden. Admission free to members, visitors welcome & pay £3. There is parking in the car park behind the church or in Station Road opposite (free after 6pm).
25 Sep         ‘Kentish Folk Songs’ – Dr Geoff Doel
30 Oct         ‘A Schoolgirl’s War’ – Mary Smith
27 Nov         AGM & ‘Behind the High Street’ – Dr J Gillett
29 Jan         ‘Underground Kent’ – Rod LeGear
26 Feb         ‘The Plague Doctor in the 17th Century’ – Alex Ferris
26 Mar         ‘Here be Dragons… Medieval Monsters’ – Imogen Corrigan
24 Apr         ‘Stories from Smallhythe’ – Susannah Mayor
Saturdays 12 October & 26 March Coffee mornings at St Mildred’s Church Hall, Church Road, Tenterden, 10am. Entrance £1 coffee and cakes plus Tenterden Scrapbooks available to view.

Tonbridge Historical Society

Meeting in the Riverside Room at the Angel Centre, TN9 1SF, on the 2nd Thursday at 7:45pm unless otherwise stated.(* exception)
Non-members are welcome at a fee of £3 (under 18's free), payable at the door.
21 Sept            ‘British Travellers at the Court of Tsars: Spies, Merchants and Adventurers’ – Patsy Erskine-Hill
12 Oct              ‘Well I never knew that! A tour through the Darent villages from Westerham to Dartford’ – Rod Shelton
Sat 11 Nov*      2:30pm 2 Session meeting with a cream tea. Pre-book
                        Bronze Age wood and Iron Age stone: Prehistoric discoveries on Kent’s Channel coast – Andrew Richardson
14 Dec             ‘Ships, clocks & stars – the quest for longitude’ – Rebekah Higgitt
2 Feb               ‘The heritage & memory of hop picking in West Kent’ – Toby Butler
8 Mar                ‘The Plague Doctor of Kent: how a 17th century Wealden doctor confronted a lethal disease’ – Alex Ferris
12 Apr              7.30 pm AGM followed by ‘The Armistice, Before, and After’ – Geoff Vines

Wateringbury Local History Society

7:40 pm Wateringbury Village Hall. For more information contact Janet Coltham,, 01622 766220
20 Sep         ‘History from the Air’ – Rod le Gear
18 Oct         ‘Life of Pocahontas’ – Christoph Bull
15 Nov         ‘Life in the Victorian Workhouse’ – Peter Ewart
17 Jan         ‘Charles Dickens and Gadds Hill – Ann Carter
21 Feb         ‘Aviation on the Medway’ – J Preston                          
21 Mar         ‘USS Montgomery Liberty Ship’ – Frank Turner

Woodchurch History Society

7:30pm, Woodchurch Memorial Hall. Entry to individual talks is £2 or £5 for the autumn season.
4 Sep          ‘Woodchurch Doctors’ – Jon Chaplin
2 Oct           ‘Captain Willecke’s Legacy: a WWII event that still affects Kent today’ – Geoff Turner
6 Nov          ‘Broadway 1943-53: the heyday of the stage musical in New York’ – George Taylor
5 Dec          Members’ Evening: a short talk/s by members followed by wine and nibbles. Our programme for 2018 will be outlined at this meeting and confirmed at the AGM in February. We do not meet in January.
Further details available from Jane Gurdon (secretary) 01233 861076