Talks and Excursions
Talks will be held at the Angel Centre at 8.00 pm. Coffee is available before the start of the meeting, from 7.30 pm.
- Tuesday 16th September
TRADITIONAL KENTISH TRADES, CRAFTS AND INDUSTRIES
Over the last few decades, many traditional Kentish trades and industries have rapidly declined. Richard Filmer’s fascinating illustrated talk captures perhaps the very last generation of the town and country craftsmen of yesterday and today, in their workshops and in the fields and forests of South East England.
- Tuesday 14th October
STAINED GLASS IN KENT CHURCHES
Sir Paul Britton’s illustrated talks on Kent churches and architecture are becoming an annual feature of the Society’s calendar. On this occasion, Paul will focus on the wealth of beautiful stained glass to be seen in local churches and will seek to trace the development of stained glass as an art form, especially in the last 200 years.
- Thursday 16th October
VISIT TO APOTHECARIES HALL AND ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL
[application form enclosed with Autumn Newsletter]
- Tuesday 18th November
THE WORK OF THE SPITALFIELDS HISTORIC BUILDINGS TRUST
Oliver Leigh-Wood, who has been involved with the Trust as a squatter, a trustee, the Chairman and now one of its two administrators, will give an illustrated talk on the 32 years of achievements in preservation and conservation by this wonderfully innovative organisation, with special reference to its recently completed, ongoing and future work in Kent.
- Tuesday 16th December
DOODLEBUGS AND ROCKETS
In the year of the 70th Anniversary of World War 2’s flying bomb campaigns, Bob Ogley will give an uplifting talk about the courageous, resourceful and often humorous exploits of the men and women of Kent during the 80 days and 80 nights of the V-1 Doodlebug raids and the subsequent V-2 Rocket attacks on London and the South-East.
- Tuesday 20th January
THE TONBRIDGE CIRCULAR WALK (IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MEDIAEVAL KNIGHTS)
In 1279, 24 lords and knights circled the lands around Tonbridge Castle to establish its boundaries. Deborah Cole will tell us about the project, and will take us on an illustrated journey through 33 miles of beautiful Wealden countryside with its ever changing scenery, glorious views and fascinating history.
- Tuesday 17th February
THE SKINNERS’ COMPANY’S CONTRIBUTION TO EDUCATION IN KENT – A SKINNER’S VIEW
Hubert Ashton is to retire shortly from being Chairman of the Board of Governors of Judd. He will provide a personal insight into the remarkable contribution made, both in the past and in the present, by the Skinners’ Company to the cause of education in Kent and the benefits it brings to the wider community.
- Tuesday 17th March
HADLOW COLLEGE AND THE BETTESHANGER PROJECT
Hadlow College has been extremely active recently in the fields of both education and regeneration. Mark Lumsdon-Taylor, the Director of Finance at the College, will give an illustrated talk on the College’s exciting plans for the future, and will focus on its leadership of the ground-breaking Sustainable Parks Scheme at and around the old Betteshanger colliery.
- Tuesday 21st April
CIVIC DESIGN AWARD PRESENTATION AT THE SCHOOLS AT SOMERHILL *
- Tuesday 19th May
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING *
*Please note that an asterisk indicates that details of the talk or event will be advised later, both in the Newsletter and on the society’s website
Tuesday, 19th September, 2017