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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 January 2017

Appledore Local History Society

Meetings take place on the third Thursday of the month in Appledore Village Hall from 7:
16 Mar            ‘Smugglers In and Around Appledore’ – Chris McCooey
20 Jun            ‘Vikings in Appledore’ – Stuart Brookes

Ashford Archaeological & Historical Society

Mondays, 7:30pm Quaker Meeting House, Albert Road, Ashford. All Welcome
11 or 12 Mar        Industrial Archaeology Study Day at Willesborough Windmill
20 Mar         ‘Those Dirty Miners’ by Geoff Turner
24 Apr         (please note change of week due to Easter) 'The History of Allington Castle' – Sir Robert Worcester
15 May        AGM and members 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

Bearsted & District LHS

7:30pm King George V Memorial Hall, Manor Rise, Bearsted, ME14 4DB
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, e-mail:
13 Mar         ‘The History of Kemnal Road’ – Tony Allen
10 Apr         ‘Once Upon a Dover Road’ – Bonita Chamberlain
8 May          ‘Diamond Queens’ – Peter Hartley
12 June        ‘Seaside Sauce’ – Alan Payne
10 Jul          ‘How Charing Got Its Cross’ – John Halligan
14 Aug         Our August Quiz by Sally Kirkpatrick

Biddenden LHS

2:30pm in the Old Village Hall, Biddenden
9 Mar           ‘Made in Maidstone: A History of Maidstone’ – Peter Batty
7:30pm in the New Village Hall, Biddenden
12 Apr         Annual General Meeting with refreshments

Brenchley & Matfield LHS

Bridge & District History Society

7:30pm Bridge Village Hall. Members £4, non-members £5 including refreshments

British Association for Local History (BALH)

More detailed information, prices, and booking forms at or – post with SAE from BALH(V), PO Box 6549, Somersal Herbert, Ashbourne, DE6 5WH

Bromley Borough LHS

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
7 Mar           ‘A hundred years of Biggin Hill airfield’ – Alan Piper
4 Apr           AGM, followed by ‘Not Forgotten: The V2 rocket attack on the Crooked Billet, Bickley, in 1944’ – Jennie Randall
2 May          ‘A Golfer and an Artist: The origins of the Queens Hospital in Sidcup – Dr Adrian Thomas
6 Jun           ‘Recent Work at Knole House’ – Nathalie Cohen
4 Jul            ‘Mr Guy’s Hospital and the Caribbean’ – Jane Bowden-Dan
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

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
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

We meet at 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.
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
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)
Enquiries to Mrs J Hearn-Gillham or 01322.551279.
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

Dartford Historical & Antiquarian Society

Fridays, 7:30 for 7:45pm Mick Jagger Centre, The Grammar School (boys), Shepherds Lane, Dartford
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

Dymchurch and District Heritage Group

Contact: Adrian Goodsell (Press Secretary), 01797 458200,
16 Mar         ‘Wandering the Somme’ – Melanie Gibson-Barton
18 May        ‘Growing Up in St Mary’s Bay’ – Raymond Moses
20 Jul                  ‘The Dregs of the People Remain’– Imogen Corrigan (the Black Death and its aftermath)
21 Sep         ‘Burmarsh’ – Dr Pat Arger
16 Nov                AGM – speaker to be arranged
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
11 Apr         ‘Tales, titbits and trivia’ – Chris McCooey
9 May          ‘The Bevin Boys’ – Dr Ann Kneif
13 Jun         ‘To marry an English Lord’ – Sheila Boyd
12 Sep         TBA
10 Oct         ‘Col Stephens, the father of the light railway’ – Doug Lindsay

Elham Historical Society

8pm Elham Village Hall Members £3 – Visitors £5
Further details please contact The Secretary, 01303 840336.
17 Mar         ‘the Medieval Computer, the Quadrans Novus, the unique find in Canterbury’ – Andy Linklater of CAT
21 Apr         AGM at Elham Village Hall – a review of the year’s work.   All welcome.

Farningham & Eynsford LHS

Farningham and Eynsford LHS. 7:30pm for 8pm, Eynsford Village Hall, Display of new acquisitions at each meeting.
19 May        AGM with display ‘Transport in our Villages: road, rail, & air’
August         Date TBA ‘Shops in Eynsford’ Exhibition at the Castle Hotel, Eynsford
6 Sep          Day trip to Gravesend/Tilbury Forts
22 Sep         ‘Charles Darwin’ – Toni Mount

Folkestone & District Family History Society

2nd Monday of the month. 7:30pm All Souls’ Church Hall, Cheriton
13 Feb         'Steady the Buffs' – Peter Ewart
13 Mar         ‘Folkestone Harbour’ Alan Taylor
10 Apr         ‘The Battle of Britain pilots’ – David Brocklehurst
8 May          TBA 
12 Jun         an outdoor meeting.

Folkestone & District LHS

7:30 for 8pm start. Holy Trinity Church Hall, Sandgate Road, Folkestone
1 Mar           ‘Two Historic Buildings in Hythe’ – Mike Umbers
5 Apr           ‘Folkestone’s Churches, Part 2’ – Vince Williams
3 May          ‘The Pleasure Gardens Theatre’ – Chris Phillips
7 Jun           ‘History of Pirate Radio’ – Bob Preedy
5 Jul            ‘A Folkestone Roman Tale: written in the landscape’ – Terry Begent
2 Aug          ‘Battle of Trafalgar’ Bronwen Sadler

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.
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
16 Mar         ‘Bronze Age Barrow and Anglo Saxon Cemetery in the Alkham Valley’ – Vince Burrows.
20 Apr         ‘Canterbury Cathedral’ illustrated talk – Hugh Norton.
18 May        Heritage Evening in Saint Martin's Church’ – Society archivist Jim Rees.
15 Jun         Visit to Burgoyne Heights – led by Chris Valdus
17 Aug         Visit to Sandwich Guildhall – with the Town Sergeant.
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.
28 Mar         ‘Oral History - Fact or Fiction’ – Chris Broomfield
25 Apr         ‘Knole’ – Gilly Halcrow
23 May        AGM and ‘Hadlow Harriers’ – Peter Fox

Harrietsham History Society

7:15 for 7:30pm Harrietsham Village Hall. Cost £3 to include tea, coffee, and biscuits. All welcome
20 Mar         ‘Pluckley most haunted village’ – Dennis Chambers
April            AGM
15 May        ‘Kent at War’ – Bob Ogley
19 Jun         ‘Call the Midwife’ – Ian Porter
17 Jul          ‘Talk on Smarden’ – Martin Brooks

Headcorn LHS

7:30pm Wednesdays. Methodist Church Hall (Rear of Methodist Church), 2 High Street
29 Mar         ‘Finding Quakers in your Ancestry’ – Peter Rate
26 Apr         ‘Chalk Mining in Kent’ – Rod LeGear
31 May        ‘Using Archives for Local History’ – Nicola Waddington
28 Jun         ‘William IV and Dora Jordan’ – Sheila Boyd
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 Members Free, Visitors £2 each
We Welcome members and visitors to join our friendly and informative meetings followed by refreshments. Membership £10 individual; £15 family. For more information contact Chairman Alan Dilnot on 01227 373695 or Secretary Sylvia McKean 01227 281257
The Group’s website is; or find us on Facebook; Herne and Broomfield Local History Group
7 Feb           ‘Family Memories of Broomfield’ Illustrated talk – Margaret Burns (Margaret draws on family memories to discover local history of the area)
7 Mar           ‘A look at the history of Higham Village’ – author & Bygone Kent Editor, Andrew Rootes, gives an illustrated talk on Higham which borders the Hoo Peninsular between Gravesend & Rochester
4 Apr           ‘A Brief History of The Huguenots, Kentish settlers, and the creation of the Huguenot Museum in Rochester’ Illustrated talk – Amy Dimmock
2 May          ‘Kent Sailing Barges in their Heyday’ Illustrated talk – Tony Farnham, Chairman Emeritus for Sailing Barge Research
6 Jun           ‘The Work of the Civic Voice War Memorial Project’ Illustrated talk – John Walker, Civic Voice Trustee

Horton Kirby and South Darenth Local History Society

All meetings start at 8pm in the Village Hall, South Darenth
13 Mar         ‘To Wilhelm with love: Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Somme’ – Steve Hookins
8 May          ‘The Incredible Shrinking Parish of Stone’ – Christoph Bull
10 Jul          ‘Old Dartford and District’ – Terry Moyle
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

Lamorbey & Sidcup LHS

7:15pm St Lawrence's Community Hall, Hamilton Road, Sidcup, Kent DA15 7HB.
7 Mar           ‘Woodmen and Fenmen: Blackfen’s Story’ – Penny Duggan 
4 Apr           ‘Medieval Childhood’ – Imogen Corrigan 
2 May          ‘Sidcup in the 1930s’ – Malcom Barr-Hamilton 
6 Jun           ‘Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurses in Kent’ – Hazel Basford 
4 Jul            ‘The Morrell Brothers: The Boys who Built Surburbia’ – Patrick Hellicar 
5 Sep          ‘A Guide to the Historical Collections of Bromley’ – Simon McKeon

Leigh & District Historical Society

Leigh Small Village Hall; 8pm. Further details of meetings may be found on their website:
16 Mar         ‘History of Maidstone’ – Peter Batty
20 Apr         ‘The Cazalets of Shipbourne’ – Sir Edward Cazalet
Wed 17/Thurs 18 May 2 – 4:30pm Outing to Matfield House, Matfield
22 Jun         All day outing to Canterbury

Lewisham LHS

7:45pm Methodist Church, Albion Way SE13 6BT
28 Apr         ‘All you ever wanted to know about “The Lieutenancy”’ – Colonel Jane Davis
27 May        ‘A better class than they look: the Crofton Park Story’ – Carol Harris.
30 Jun         ‘Gaseous Goings On’ – Mary Mills
28 Jul          ‘Sydenham Hill: the late 19th Century’ – Ian McInnes
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.

Lydd Museum, Friends of

7:30pm Hardy Hall, Skinner Road, Lydd
15 Mar         ‘I’m a Tulip, what are you?’ – Jacqueline Aviolet
19 Apr         ‘The Cinque Ports’ – Len Howell
17 May        ‘We’ll Meet Again’– George Taylor & Peter Clayton
21 Jun         ‘High Kent’ – John Clayton
20 Sep         ‘Rudyard Kipling’ – Gary Enstone                  
18 Oct         ‘A Trip along the Military Canal’ – Brian Doorne
15 Nov         AGM
The Museum will open for the season from 23 July through to 17 September from 2:30 - 5 pm. Museum official opening will take place at 2 pm in the Museum with a short service followed by teas in Hardy Hall on Sunday 23 July. From 23 September until 29 October the Museum will open at weekends only, but we will open additionally for booked groups. Our annual Draw will take place on Saturday 4 November 2017.  This is our one fund-raising event of the year and takes place in Hardy Hall, Skinner Road, with coffee at 10 am and the draw 11 am.

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.
7 Mar           ‘Henry Clifton, a Littlestone Lifeboat Man’ – Rosemary Piddock
4 Apr           ‘Kent Mummers Plays and the Hooden Horse’ – Geoff Doel
2 May          ‘How the ‘Light Bobs’ saved England from Napoleon’ – Chris Shaw
6 Jun           ‘The Making of the Kingdom of Kent’ – Dr Andrew Richardson
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. 
14 Feb         ‘Old Kent windmills’ – Andrew Wood
14 Mar         ‘Underground Kent’ – Rod Le Gear
11 Apr         AGM & a discussion & possibly a demonstration about Roman Cookery
9 May          ‘Researching your house’ – Dr Jean Stirk
13 Jun         Hopefully another visit to some of the Romney March churches.
11 Jul          TBA
9 Aug          ‘The Wealden Iron Industry from the Iron Age to the 19th Century’ – Jeremy Hodgkinson
12 Sep         An early start to attempt practical Roman cookery
10 Oct         ‘Roman Building Methods & tools’ – Gez Moody

Maidstone Area Archaeological Group

Meet on the Second Friday of every month from September to June at the Maidstone Community Support Centre, 39-48 Marsham Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1HH. Meeting times are from 7:30pm to 9:30pm sharp Non-members £1 For further details contact Mrs Linda Weeks (Hon. Sec.) on 01622 762422 or
10 Mar         ‘Aspects of Rural Life in Kent during the Roman Period’ – Dr Elizabeth Blanning
7 Apr           To be decided
12 May        AGM
9 Jun           To be decided

Maidstone Historical Society

7:30pm Methodist Church Community Centre, Brewer Street, ME16 0WC
Annual subscription £10, visitors £3 enquiries 01622 751900
15 Mar         ‘Lost Mansions of Kent’ – Helen Allinson
19 Apr         AGM followed by ‘Maidstone Girls’ Grammar School’ – Mary Smith
20 Sep         ‘1917: Bombs over Kent – the first mass bomber attack of WWI’ – Alex Ferris

Margate Civic Society

7 for 7:30pm Walpole Bay Hotel, Margate Non-members welcome: £2 at the door.
2 Feb           ‘The Medway Queen’ – Pam & Mark Bathurst of the Preservation Society
2 Mar           ‘Rites of Passage’ – Lee Ault
6 Apr           ‘Secret Gardens of Sandwich’ – Steve Edney, Head Gardener of the Salutation
11 May        Town Pride Awards
Provisional: 2017 Annual Outing to Arras/Vimy Ridge on 23 May.

Medway Archives, Friends of

7 for 7:30pm Frindsbury Parish Hall, Church Green, Frindsbury ME2 4HY. Talks are £5 non-members, £3 members inc. light refreshments.
14 Mar         ‘A Rat's Tail’ – Rob Flood
25 Mar         A celebration of our 10th Anniversary 2 to 6pm at gin distillery in Chatham Dockyard. Tickets £20 inc. tasting, buffet and entertainment. Further details and tickets from Secretary – Odette Buchanan, or 01634 718231.
11 Apr         AGM (members only)

Meopham Historical Society

7:30pm St John's Centre, Wrotham Road, Meopham, DA13 0AA
8 Mar           ‘Charity Fund Raising in WWI’ – Paul Baylis
12 Apr         ‘Crossings of the lower Thames & Medway’ – Rob Poole 
10 May        ‘The Crop Circle Mystery’ – Andy Thomas
14 Jun         ‘City Churches’ – Stuart Robinson
12 Jul          ‘Those were the Days’ – Maureen & Roy
9 Aug          ‘The Medway Queen’ – Mark Bathurst

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
8 Apr           (note change of date) Joint meeting with Bromley Borough Local History Society
20 May        ‘What happened to Lucy? Adoption & what happened before 1927’ – Ian Waller
17 Jun         ‘Poppy Fields & Ebay - researching WWI with memorabilia bought on Ebay’ – Geraldine Charles
15 Jul          ‘A shopping trip in Downe in a bygone era’ – Barbara Stevens                                               
19 Aug         ‘The sad & mysterious life of Amelia Dolding’ – Stuart Valentine
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
1 Apr           Annual Meeting & ‘Old Swanley (Or up the junction)’ – Keith Whitmore
6 May          ‘Victorian London Street Life’ – Delia Taylor
3 Jun           ‘Battle of Waterloo - 18 June 1815’ – Rupert Matthews
1 Jul            ‘Sutton at Hone - A Parish at War’ –Stephen de Winton & Sarah Lewis
5 Aug          ‘Stone House - The City of London Pauper Asylum’ – Francine Payne
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.
13 Apr         ‘Commonwealth War Graves-visits & much more’ – Don Doncaster
11 May        ‘The Suffragettes: women’s right to vote’ – Ian Porter
8 Jun           ‘The Inns of Court- The history & characters who have frequented the courts & alleyways’ – Ian Bevan
13 Jul          ‘The rise & fall of Lullingstone Roman villa’ – Rod Shelton
August         No meeting
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

Otford and District Historical Society

Talks take place in the Otford Memorial Hall (opposite 'The Bull' public house), High Street, Otford TN14 5PQ. Doors open at 7:30pm for refreshments and talks begin at 8pm. Individual annual membership is £10. Casual visitors are very welcome at a charge of £3 per meeting. School students admitted free. A free (after 6pm) car park is adjacent to the Village Hall.
15 Mar         ‘The Tragic tale of Tom Pryce (Formula 1 Driver buried in Otford Churchyard) 
17 Mar         DROP: Red Nose Day event – Archaeology, the Musical.
19 Apr         ‘The 1936 Olympics’ – Tony Bosworth
17 May        ‘The life of Helen Thomas (widow of poet Edward Thomas) and 1920s Otford’ – Alan Williams

Otham History Society

Otham History Society meets first Thursday of the month October, November, December, February, and March in the 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
2 Mar           ‘Kent Coalfields’ – Jim Davies

Paddock Wood Historical Society

8pm Day Centre, Commercial Road, TN12 6DP. Annual Subscription £12, visitors £2

Plaxtol Local History Group

All meetings are at 8pm in Plaxtol Memorial Hall, School Lane, Plaxtol TN15 0QD
Non-Members welcome £2
14 Mar         ‘Well, I never knew that!’ A tour through the Darent villages between Westerham           and Dartford – Rod Shelton
11 Apr         ‘The story of Smarden – a Wealden Weaving Village’ – Alex Ferris
9 May          AGM & ‘Emigration from Kent in the 19th Century’ – Gillian Rickard
16 May        Chevening House Tour
23 Aug         A conducted tour of the beautiful ancient village of Smarden
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 LHS

7:30pm Grand Jury Room, Sandwich Guildhall. Meetings held on 3rd Thursday of the month.
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

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. To join the Historical Society please contact the Membership Secretary on 07761 212151

Shepherdswell & Coldred History Society

7:30pm Thursdays (*exception) Village hall, Coxhill, Shepherdswell, CT15 1NN

Sheppey LHS

7:45pm Bethel Hall, Chapel Street, Minster-on-Sea. Queries to Mrs Lena Crowder, Society Chairman 01795 875111
29 Mar         ‘Transport in Sheppey’ – K Ingleton
26 Apr         ‘Mutiny at the Nore’ – D Charman
31 May        ‘Sheppey in WWI’ – M Hawkins
29 Jun         6:30pm Visit to Holm Place by kind invitation of Mrs C Lewis
26 Jul          6:30pm Evening at Rose Cottage, Sheerness
28 Sep         ‘Ships’ Figureheads’ – J Thornton

Shoreham & District History Group

Details of this society’s meetings may be found on their website

Shorne LHS

7:30pm Shorne Village Hall, The Street, Shorne, DA12 3EA
16 Mar         ‘The Dregs of the People: The aftermath of the Black Death’ – Imogen Corrigan
20 Apr         ‘Pitchers Dockyard, Northfleet’ – Ken McGoverin

Sittingbourne Historical Research Group

7pm Phoenix House, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, ME10 4BX. Non-members welcome £3. More details available on

Sittingbourne Society

7:30pm Mondays. The Phoenix, Swallow Centre, Central Ave, Sittingbourne ME10 4NT. Non-members pay £2
10 Apr         ‘Kent – Kingdom to County’ – Mike Baldock  
12 Jun         ‘Kent Wildlife Trust Reserves in North Kent’ – Vikki Golding
11 Sep         ‘Elizabeth Fry, Prison Reformer’ – Jean Hatton          

Smarden LHS

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.
16 Mar         ‘Old Kent Windmills’ – Andrew Wood
20 Apr         ‘Leeds Castle’ – Dr Ann Kneif
18 May        ‘Antique Clocks – a history of English clock making’ – Professor E A Parker
15 Jun         ‘Ightham Mote’ – Ray Shayler
22 Jul          ‘A visit to Ightham Mote’ £14. NT members £4. Both + transport.
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
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).
21 Feb         ‘Farming in this area, past, present and future’ – Alastair Lyon.
21 Mar         ‘Aviation in and around Dover: 1910 – 1918’ – Brian Flood.
18 Apr         ‘The Dregs of the People Remain: The Black Death and its Aftermath’ – Imogen Corrigan.
16 May        ‘Trinity House: our maritime heritage and keeping ships safe through the ages’ – David Whitehead.
20 Jun         ‘At the Centre of Things: Kingsdown Road Stories’ – Christine Waterman.
August Bank Holiday Monday: Exhibition in the Village Hall
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.

St Mary’s Platt

8 for 8:15pm at Platt Memorial Hall, Maidstone Road, St Mary's Platt, TN15 8JJ Visitors pay £2.50

Tenterden & District LHS

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).
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.
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.
9 Mar           ‘Elizabethan & Jacobean Deer Parks in Kent’ – Dr Susan Pittman
13 Apr         AGM + tbc 7.30 pm

Wateringbury LHS

3rd Wednesday of each month, 8pm Wateringbury Village Hall
15 Mar         ‘The History of Maidstone, a Town of Firsts’ – Peter Batty
19 Apr         ‘The Great Storm and how it affected my life’ – Bob Ogley
17 May        Buffet & Wine Evening – venue TBA
21 Jun         AGM followed by ‘Kent & East Sussex Railway: then and now’ – Doug Lindsay

Woodchurch History Society

7:30pm, Woodchurch Memorial Hall. Entry to individual talks is £2 or £4 for all four talks.
6 Feb           AGM followed by ‘Hester Stanhope’ – Tony Saunders
6 Mar           ‘Woodchurch Local History group - recent research’ – Josie Mackie
3 Apr           ‘Shipbuilding in Smallhythe in the 17th Century’ – Fred Walker
1 May          ‘James McCudden: Kent’s own Hero’ – Tony Saunders
5 Jun           ‘Driven to Distraction’ – Martin Gurdon

Wrotham Historical

8pm at the New Pavilion, Wrotham Village, Kent TN15 7AH (subject to change).

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.
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