Welcome to the 2018/19 season of lectures 

Arranged by Sheila Neil on behalf of the committee. 

 We hope you find them interesting and stimulating.

As a local History Society, we aim to offer more than just the lectures – although that is the main focus for us all, and enables us to meet together once a month. As in recent years, at the first meeting of the season the committee would like to take the opportunity of meeting and talking to members both old and new.

Our meetings are held in the Parish Hall, Station Road, Charing, Kent and start at 8pm.

Doors open at 7:30pm and Visitors are welcome at £3

Tea and Coffee served from 7:30pm followed by the talk at 8pm.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE
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Membership (email for more details)
Adult £9 p.a.
Family membership: £16 p.a.
Full time students: free

Noticeboard

Date Lecture
Speaker
Thursday
  20 Sept
BEHIND THE SCENES OF TV'S GOLDEN YEARS 
Remember Morecambe&Wise, The Two Ronnies, Terry&June, Till Death Do Us Part, The Good Life.....; dramas like The Forsythe Saga, Pennies from Heaven, When the Boat Comes In.....; music from Top of the Pops to Last Night of the Proms; and the pageantry of Royal events? Wilf will give us an insight into how these and many other great programmes were made, and the outstanding and hilarious situations and characters involved. Never has 'you wouldn't believe it' been more appropriate.
Wilf Lower
Thursday
11 Oct
DOVER'S BRONZE AGE BOAT
Keith will tell us about the discovery and excavation of the Bronze Age Boat in 1992.
Keith Parfitt
Thursday
8 Nov
SMARDEN, A VILLAGE IN KENT
Historically Smarden's wealth was based on wool, the production of Broadcloth and the cheaper Kersey cloth which was mainly used for everyday clothes of the working people. Martin will be giving us the history of this important Weald village and telling us of the interesting people connected with Smarden.
Martin Brooks
Thursday
13 Dec
Christmas Social Evening
This will be the usual buffet with mulled wine and our quiz followed by a talk THE GOOSE IS GETTING FAT telling of some of the many Christmas traditions and rituals.
Imogen Corrigan 
Thursday
10 Jan
A SPITFIRE GIRL
Melody Foreman is the biographer of First Officer Mary Wilkins Ellis. Mary died in July 2018, aged 101. Mary was the last remaining pilot from this extraordinary group of women at the ATA. Melody reveals the life and times of this pioneering woman pilot who played a key role in helping the RAF during WW2.
Melody Foreman
Thursday
14 Feb
WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR, JUSTIFIED INVADER?
We all know that William invaded England in 1066. What is less well known is that William may have a justified claim to the English throne. This talk outlines the basis of this interesting claim. It will also cover the invasion, the battle of Hastings and the advance on London and deal briefly with William's rule and the circumstances of his death. Lastly, we will hear of the cultural legacy of the Norman invasion.
James Dickinson
Thursday
14 Mar
ROMNEY HYTHE AND DYMCHURCH RAILWAY
A reminder of the exciting history of this railway with pictures and its transition into the tourist attraction it is today. How it is reliant on a 90year old infrastructure, maintained by a dedicated and enthusiastic group.
Danny Martin
Thursday
11 Apr
AND SO TO TED ..... A HISTORY OF TEDDIES AND OTHER BEARS
A fun talk of Bear Essentials to appeal to arctophiles and bear lovers! Originally inspired by a teddy bear that brought comfort to its owner during the Battle of the Bulge. BRING YOUR OWN TEDDY ALONG.
Melanie Gibson-Barton
Thursday
16 May
AGM



updated 2/8/2018