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information as received by 1 July 2018 and published in the September issue of the Journal of Kent History

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Ashford Archaeological & Historical Society

Mons, 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 Feb        ‘Caesar in Kent and the Fifth Continent Project’ – Andrew Mayfield (Community Archaeologist)

16 Mar *      Saturday Industrial Archaeology Study Day at Willesborough Windmill 10am – 2:30pm

18 Mar        ‘Update on the Dover Bronze Age Boat’ – Paul Bennett of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust.

Aylesford History

1st Friday at Aylesford Community Centre. Contact

Barming History Society

All Meetings are held in Barming Village Hall (ME16 9JU) and start at 7:45pm
Visitors are welcome for £2 per head.
11 Feb         ‘And So to Ted: History of Teddy Bears’ – Melanie Gibson-barton
11 Mar         ‘History of the Red Arrows’ – Guy Bartlett
8 Apr           AGM followed by ‘Hue and Cry: 1,000 years of crime and punishment in a Kent Village’ – Alex Ferris.

Bearsted & District Local History Society

7:30pm King George V Memorial Hall, Manor Rise, Bearsted, ME14 4DB

Bexley Historical Society

7:45pm for 8pm, Mons at the Hall of St John Fisher RC Church, Thanet Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1AP.
Contact: Penny Duggan, (020) 8309 5884, e-mail:

Biddenden Local History Society

2:30pm in the Biddenden Old Village Hall (* Exception)
14 Feb         ‘Hidden Gems of Kent’ – Peter Batty
14 Mar         ‘Pitt the Younger and the Martello Towers’ – Geoff Hutchinson

Brenchley & Matfield LHS

7:30 for 8pm Matfield Village Hall

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

Canterbury Historical & Archaeological Society

Meetings are held in the Newton Lecture theatre Ng03, Canterbury Christ Church University, starting at 7pm, except where indicated differently.
13 Feb         ‘Following the whale’s road: perceptions of the sea in prehistory’ –      Peter Clark, CAT
13 Mar         ‘Kent and Turkish piracy in the 17th century’ – Jackie Eales, CCCU

Charing & District Local History Society

7:30 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 Mar         ‘Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway’ – Danny Martin
11 Apr         ‘And So To Ted… A History Of Teddies And Other Bears – Melanie Gibson-Barton
16 May: AGM
Meetings recommence 12 September 2019

Chatham Historical Society

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.
Visit more details
13 Feb         ‘The Medway Hulks’ – Jeremy Clarke
13 Mar         ‘Sensational Murders’ – Candy Horton
10 Apr         ‘Luton Village Memories II’ – John Thorpe (7:20 pm start) A presentation of the original 2002 Luton Village Memories video followed with an update by John Thorpe since this production. Doors open pm.
8 May          Annual General Meeting
12 Jun         ‘Exploring Chatham Churches & Chapels’ – Catharina Clement

Cranbrook Museum and Local History Society

7:30pm the Congregational Church, High Street, Cranbrook, TN17 3DN at 7:30pm. Visitors welcome.
Cranbrook Museum – Opening Times 2 – 4:30pm Apr        to Oct – Tues to Sat inclusive
11 Feb         ‘Wealden Flemish Weavers’ – Fred Lemont
11 Mar         ‘William the Conqueror: a justified invader’ – James Dickinson
8 Apr           ‘The Titanic: what happened after the ship sank’ – Ian Porter
13 May        Annual General Meeting & talk ‘They dared to be Doctors’ – Toni Mount

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.

Dartford Historical & Antiquarian Society

Fridays, 7:30 for 7:45pm Mick Jagger Centre, The Grammar School (boys), Shepherds Lane, Dartford
Saturday 1 Sep Proposed coach outing to Tewkesbury.
15 Feb         ‘Bletchley Park’ – Ian Tomson
15 Mar         ‘The History of Dartford Grammar School’ – Dr David Lepine
12 Apr         ‘Rochester Airport’ – Jim Preston
17 May        Public Lecture: ‘Rural Rides’ – Christoph Bull

Dymchurch and District Heritage Group

7:30 pm Methodist Church, Dymchurch Contact: Adrian Goodsell (Press Secretary), 01797 458200, or visit
21 Mar         ‘Lookers of the Romney Marsh’ – Dr Pat Argar
18 Apr         ‘Elizabeth Barton of Aldington’ – Melanie Gibson Barton
16 May        ‘The Mystery of the Missing Nurse’ – John Pearce
1 Jun           Heritage Afternoon 2-5pm at New Hall
20 Jun         Members Evening
18 Jul          ‘St. Leonards Church, Hythe’ – Mike Umbers
7 Sep          Heritage Afternoon 2-5pm at New Hall
19 Sep         ‘A Day in the life of a Town Sergeant’ – Kev Cook
17 Oct         Members’ Evening
21 Nov         AGM & ‘Timothy Bedingfield: His Story’ – Colin Walker
The Heritage Room at the rear of the Methodist Church is open from 2pm to 5pm on the 1st Saturday of each month – Apr to Dec.
For more information on the talks, the Heritage Room and the Dymchurch Heritage Trail visit our website:

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 (£3.50) free parking
12 Feb         ‘Whose God Is It Anyway? Islamic Art and Architecture’ – Imogen Corrigan
12 Mar         7:45pm Annual General Meeting and ‘A Schoolgirl’s War’ – Mary Smith
9 Apr           ‘The Italian Influence on the Gardens of Kent’ – Dr Ann Kneif
14 May        ‘The Swing Riots: Violent Rural Dissent in 1830’ – Peter Ewart
11 Jun         ‘Sir Charles Igglesden: Sauntering Through Kent’ – Malcolm Horton
August         Summer Outing (date tbc)
10 Sep         ‘The French Hospital, Rochester’ – Dinah Winch
8 Oct           ‘The History of Morris Dancing’ – Melanie Gibson-Barton
12 Nov         ‘Cadbury, Fry; and Rowntree: The Chocolate Quakers’ – Fred Lemont
10 Dec         Quiz
14 Jan         ‘The Life and Loves of Catherine the Great: Collector and Stateswoman’ – Patsy Erskine-Hill
11 Feb         ‘Cobham Parish – a Kentish Gem’ – Christoph Bull
10 Mar         7:45pm Annual General Meeting, ‘Edward I and the beginnings of modern Britain’ – James Dickinson

Farningham & Eynsford Local History Society

7:30pm for 8pm, Display of new acquisitions at each meeting. Contact Helen Smith 01322 864234
15 Feb         ‘The history and origins of nursery rhymes’ – Dr John Reuther (Eynsford VH)
22 Mar         ‘Mills of the Darent Valley’ – Dr Lionel Parks (Eynsford VH)
26 Apr         ‘Some Kent ghosts’ – Dennis Chambers (Farningham VH)
31 May        AGM & Display of Anthony Roper School photos (Eynsford VH)
20 Sep         ‘Dirty Dartford’ – Christoph Bull (Farningham VH)

Folkestone & District Family History Society

1st Thursday of the month during 2018. 7 for 7:30pm All Souls’ Church Hall, Cheriton
7 Feb           ‘History of the Harvey Grammar School’ – Ian Gordon
7 Mar           ‘The Alkham Heroes of WWI & II’ – Mark Robson
May             TBA Visit to local venue
6 Jun           ‘George Fox: Founder of the Quakers’ – Jean Hatton
4 Jul            ‘Kent’s Mining Heritage’ – Darren Cowd
1 Aug          Photographic workshop on gravestones with Ian Stone
5 Sep          ‘Manorial Documents Register’ – Liz Finn

Folkestone & District Local History Society

7:30 for 8pm start. Holy Trinity Church Hall, Sandgate Road, Folkestone
6 Feb           ‘A Stroll Along the Nailbourne Valley’ – Pete Ewart
6 Mar           ‘A Schoolgirl’s War’ – Mary Smith

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.

Great Mongeham Society

7:30pm Gt Mongeham Parish Hall

Hadlow Historical Society

Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month Sep  to May at 8pm in St Mary’s Church Upper Room, Hadlow.
8pm St Mary’s Church Upper Room, Church Street, Hadlow

Harrietsham History Society

7:15 for 7:30pm Harrietsham Village Hall. Cost £3 to include tea, coffee, and biscuits. All welcome

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 Feb         ‘A Schoolgirl’s War’ – Mary Smith Jones

Herne & Broomfield Local History Group

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

Horton Kirby and South Darenth Local History Society

All meetings start at 8pm in the Village Hall, South Darenth

Kemsing Heritage Centre Association

7:30pm St Edith’s Hall, Kemsing. Members Free – Non-Members £2.50 unless specified

Lamorbey & Sidcup Local History Society

7:15pm St Lawrence’s Community Hall, Hamilton Road, Sidcup, Kent DA15 7HB. Non-members welcome: Admission £3. Pay at the door.
5 Feb           ‘The Bayeux Tapestry’ – Imogen Corrigan
5 Mar           ‘What’s in a Name? How bits of Bexley got their names’ – Will Cooban
2 Apr           ‘History of London Bridge’ – Robert Woolf
7 May          ‘History of Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens’ – Stephen Harmer
4 Jun           ‘2nd Lt Wilfred Salmon and the First Blitz’ – Peter Daniel
2 Jul            ‘The Last Curtsey: The History of Debutantes’ – Kirsty Macklen
3 Sep          History of Bethnal Green - Chris Burton
1 Oct           ‘Greenwich Maritime History’ - Stuart Bligh
5 Nov          ‘Winchester Geese: The story of Cross Bones Cemetery Southwark’ - John Constable
3 Dec                  Christmas meeting. Details to be confirmed

Leigh & District Historical Society

Leigh Small Village Hall; 8pm. Further details of meetings may be found on their website:
21 Feb         ‘Houses in Kent from Medieval Times to the Present’ – Sir Paul Britton
21 Mar         ‘The Heritage and Memory of Hop Picking in West Kent’ – Toby Butler

Lewisham LHS

7:45pm Methodist Church, Albion Way SE13 6BT

Loose Area History Society

Unless otherwise stated all meetings will be held at Loose Infant School Hall, Loose Road, Loose, Maidstone, on the 2nd Mon 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, third Wednesday of each month. Hardy Hall, Skinner Road, Lydd
20 Feb         Gardeners’ Question Time – Members to submit their questions
20 Mar         ‘Hadrian’s Wall’ – Chris Wade
17 Apr         ‘Walkers’ trips on film’ – Robin Helmer
15 May        ‘Food for Free and Herbs that heal’ – Martin Newcombe
19 Jun                 ‘My Journey to Lydd’ – Revd Chris Maclean
There will be no meeting in July as the Museum opens for the on 22 July with a short service followed by cream tea served in Hardy Hall from 3:30pm.
18 Sep         ‘My time in Syria?’ – Chris Aubrey
From 22 September until 29 October the museum will be open at weekends only until end October but we will take groups by prior arrangement until end November.
16 Oct         ‘My National Service’ – Roy Jackson
2 Nov          Will be the date for our annual draw which will take place in Hardy Hall with coffee or tea at 10:30 and the draw at 11am by our Town Mayor
20 Nov         AGM & ‘My Life in Romania’ –Sue Baker
No meeting in December.

Lyminge Historical Society

7:30pm Tuesdays at the Tayne Centre, (behind the Methodist Church) Church Road, Lyminge New Members Welcome £11 p.a. for talks, Visitors £4 payable at the door.
5 Mar           ‘South Foreland Lighthouse and the Knott Family’ – Rosemary Selman           
2 Apr           ‘East Kent Railway: Tenterden and Bodiam’ – Derek Smith
7 May          ‘Battersea Fun Fare – The playful side of the Festival of Britain’ – Bob Preedy
Also in May TBC  The 75th Anniversary of the Powell and Pressburger Film, ‘A Canterbury Tale’ – John Buss       
4 Jun           ‘Kent’s Victorian & Edwardian Resorts’ – John Buss  
18 Jul          Summer Outing         Whitstable Museum: A talk and guided tour of this historic town.
August                Summer Break
3 Sep                  ‘Preservation of Life at Sea and Along the Coast’ – John Keeble, National Coastwatch Institution
1 Oct                   ‘The Channel: Bridges and Barriers – How our ancestors adapted’ – Anne Beecham
5 Nov          ‘Doing our Bit during WWII’ – Steve Hookins 
3 Dec          AGM and a talk from our President Derek Boughton

Lympne (SHAL: Studying History & Archaeology in Lympne)

7:30pm (* exception) 2nd Tuesday in the month. St Stephen’s Church, Lympne.

Maidstone Historical Society

7:30pm Methodist Church Community Centre, Brewer Street, ME16 0WC
Annual subscription £10, visitors £3 enquiries 01622 751900
20 Feb         ‘Some Unusual Kentish Buildings’ – David Carder
20 Mar         ‘Public Time-keeping in Kent’ – Mike Bundock
17 Apr         AGM, Members’ Evening & Book Sale

Margate Civic Society

7 for 7:30pm Walpole Bay Hotel, Margate Non-members welcome: £2 at the door.

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, and there is always a raffle.
Further details secretary: 01634 718231,, or find us on Facebook, see local press.

Meopham Historical Society

7:30pm St John’s Centre, Wrotham Road, Meopham, DA13 0AA
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
13 Apr         (note change of date) ‘Travelling on the Victorian Railways’ – Dr David Turner
18 May        ‘Gretna Green: Romance or Remorse’ – Melanie Winterbotham
15 Jun         ‘The History of Borough Market’ – Julie Carver-Pierce
20 Jul          ‘Old photographs, their identification and dating’ – Tom Doig
17 Aug         ‘The Brushmakers Society’ – Ken Doughty
28 Sep         (note change of date) ‘London’s sailor town in the 18th century’ – Derek Morris
19 Oct         ‘An Enumerator’s Tale’ – Meryl Catty & Maureen Binks
16 Nov         ‘The History of the Royal Variety Performance’ – Dean Caston
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
6 Apr           Annual Meeting & ‘Zoe Hart Dyke & the Leyton Silk Road’ – Claire Weiss
4 May          ‘Fit for purpose? Unusual history of the London Underground’ – Alan Williams
1 Jun           ‘The Secret Intelligence Services & Espionage’ – Dr Helen Fry
6 Jul            ‘Dragons Blood & Willow Bark- Mysteries of Medieval & Tudor medicine’ – Mrs Toni Mount
3 Aug          ‘The History of Lloyd’s of London Insurance’ – Jerry Dowlen
7 Sep          ‘Cadbury, Fry & Rowntree: the chocolate Quakers’ – Fred Lamont
5 Oct           ‘Gondolas & Growlers: How the hansom cab affected the lives of every Londoner’ – Ian Waller
2 Nov          ‘The real Downton Abbey’ – Ian Porter
7 Dec          ‘Christmas on the Home Front 1939-45’ – Mike Brown
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.

Otford History & Historical Society

Talks are held in Otford Village Memorial Hall, High Street, Otford. Doors open 19:30 for refreshments and the talks begin at 20:00. Visitors are very welcome (£3) and you can join the society at the meetings. Car parking in the adjacent car park is free after 18:00.

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

Plaxtol Local History Group

All meetings are at 8pm in Plaxtol Memorial Hall, School Lane, Plaxtol TN15 0QD (*exception)
Non Members Welcome £2, Annual Membership £7, Due April 2019
8 Jan                   ‘Maritime Kent’ – Jonathan Fenner
12 Feb *       In Plaxtol Church: The 15th Molllie Lewis Lecture: ‘The Saintly Pull of Canterbury’ – Janina Ramirez         Limited seating, Members having priority. Visitors £2. Apply to
12 Mar         ‘Sevenoaks a past to treasure’ – Ed Thompson
9 Apr           ‘Houses in Kent from medieval times to the present’ – Sir Paul Britton
14 May                AGM & ‘Just a Piece of Paper – history of papermaking in Great Britain’ – Jean Stirk
4 Jun *                 1:30pm A guided visit at Chilham Castle
25 Jul *        (Thursday) Maidstone: A guided tour arranged by Jonathan Fenner
10 Sep         ‘The Camden portraits – the family & the pictures’ – Dr Ian Beavis
8 Oct           ‘Anglo-Saxon Kent’ – Geoff Doel
12 Nov         ‘Discovery and Innovation in the Tudor Period’ – David Carder
10 Dec         ‘The good, the bad & the ugly: 160 amusing years of Public Libraries in Kent’ – Christoph Bull

Sandwich Local History Society

7:30pm Grand Jury Room, Sandwich Guildhall. Meetings held on 3rd Thursday of the month.
14 Feb         ‘The Sons of Plunder: Daniel Defoe and the Wreckers of Kent’ – Dr Cathryn Pearce
14 Mar         ‘Outsiders: Outlaws, Poachers, Smugglers & Highwaymen’ – Dr Geoff Doel
18 Apr         ‘The Death to the Funeral of Lord Nelson’ – Dr John Reuther
9 May          ‘Our Ports of Stranded Pride: the Cinque Ports of Kent & Sussex’ – Lt Col Dick Bolton

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.

Sheppey Local History Society

7:45pm Wednesdays at the Bethel Hall, Chapel Street, Minster-on-Sea. (*exception) Queries to Mrs Lena Crowder, Society Chairman 01795 875111
27 Mar         ‘A Journey along Sheppey Light Railway’ – K Ingleton
24 Apr         ‘Sheppey’s Maritime Disasters’ – Miss D Chapman
29 May *      Exploring the History of Blue Town – Mrs J Hurkett (Meet at Heritage Centre High Street, Blue Town at 7pm)
26 Jun         History trail at Halfway Cemetery led by J Fryer
31 Jul *        Dockyard Church, Sheerness – M Brown (Meet there at 6:30pm)

Shorne Local History Group

7:30pm Shorne Village Hall, The Street, DA12 3EA

Sittingbourne Society

7:30pm Mons. The Phoenix, Swallow Centre, Central Ave, Sittingbourne ME10 4NT. Non-members pay £2

Smarden Local History Society

Monthly meetings the third Thursday of the month at 6:45pm for a 7:30pm start in Smarden Charter Hall. All welcome. Non-members £4. Membership £10 a year.
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. (Nov’s meeting commences at 19:00 with the Society’s AGM).

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 Feb         ‘The Story of Sandwich’ – Dr Frank Andrews
14 Mar         Coffee & Cake Morning 10am Entrance £1: Tenterden Scrapbooks available to view at St Mildred’s Church Hall, Church Road.
25 Mar         ‘Old Kent Windmills’ – Andrew Wood
29 Apr         ‘Kentish Seaside Resorts until the First World War’– Dr Ann Kneif
Outings will be arranged in the summer: members to be informed in due course

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.
14 Feb        ‘Old Kent Windmills’ – Andrew Wood
14 Mar        ‘A Schoolgirl’s War’ – Mary Smith
11 Apr        7:30pm AGM followed by ‘The Domesday Knights of Canterbury’ – Vanessa King

Wateringbury Local History Society

7:40 pm Wateringbury Village Hall. For more information contact Janet Coltham,, 01622 766220

Westgate-on-Sea Heritage Centre

Open 10am – 12 noon 1st Saturday for a talk. St Saviour’s Church, Westgate Bay Avenue, CT8 8NX

Woodchurch History Society

7:30pm, Woodchurch Memorial Hall. Entry to individual talks is £2 or £5 for the autumn season.

Wrotham Historical Society

8pm Fridays (* exception) Wrotham Village Hall. Annual subscriptions £9 Visitors, £3

Wye Historical Society

7:30pm First Wednesday Oct to Apr. Non-members welcome (£2)