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Newsletter No. 126 – August 2017

For our July meeting, our Chairman Terry Moyle showed us several hundred images of Horton Kirby, Sutton at Hone and the surrounding area in his “Old Dartford & District” talk.  Whilst Terry gave us information on the background to the slides such as where it had come from and where it was (not all images were labelled), our members helped to fill in any gaps and provided lots of additional information, making it a lively evening for all.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 11th September at 8pm in the Horton Kirby Jubilee Hall (next to the Village Hall) and Anne Carter will be giving us a talk on Queen Victoria, which will be topical as the 2nd series of the ITV drama “Victoria” has just started.

Our 2017-2018 schedule:

13th November                    AGM a short talk by Malcolm Scott and the Cheese & Wine Evening

8th January                             Gravesend- Gateway to the Thames – Christoph Bull

12th March                             Kent and East Sussex Railway – Then and Now – Doug Lindsay

The Heritage Open Days weekend takes place 7th (Thursday) to 10th (Sunday) September, and there are lots of Kent events (go to www.heritageopendays.org.uk for more details) that you may be interested in, and if you are not a National Trust member, you can visit many local properties for free over this weekend.  On 16th and 17th September the London Open House weekend takes place, which includes all London boroughs, as well as Central London, so you can visit Erith Lighthouse (!) or the Priory at Orpington, or go to London to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office or the Derry and Toms Roof Garden, for example.

Hextable – Beating the Bounds 2017 – Saturday 9th September

Beating The Bounds walk starting at 10.00 – walk the entire boundary of the village with an expert guide.

Explore the Heritage Society’s archive of artefacts, photographs and documents concerning the Swanley Horticultural College, Swanley Working Men’s Club and the village in general.  Saturday 9 September: 10.00 – 16.00,  Heritage Centre, College Road, Hextable, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7LT

Pre-booking: Preferred – Booking Contact: Mrs Sharon Mitchell 01322 616424 or email: sharon_mitchell@hotmail.com

Eynsford Shops Exhibition

On Saturday 9th September at the The Castle Hotel, Eynsford, High Street from 11 am until 4pm. Display of photos and memorabilia related to shops in Eynsford over the years

 

 

Newsletter No. 125 – June 2017

In our May meeting Christoph Bull told us about the parish of Stone, its history and how it has changed in recent years, particularly in size.  Did you know that Bean is the newest parish in Kent, as it was detached from Stone in the 1980s.  Stone has also lost other areas to Dartford, particularly along the Thames, but it is also home to Bluewater, which is now the UK’s 4th largest shopping centre.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 10th July at 8pm in the Horton Kirby Jubilee Hall (next to the Village Hall) and our Chairman Terry Moyle will be giving us a slide show entitled “Old Dartford & District” with a large number of images to show us.

Our 2017-2018 schedule:

11th September       Queen Victoria – Anne Carter

13th November        AGM a short talk by Malcolm Scott and the Cheese & Wine Evening

8th January             Gravesend- Gateway to the Thames – Christoph Bull

12th March              Kent and East Sussex Railway – Then and Now – Doug Lindsay

The full list of 2018 speakers will be announced in our next newsletter.

The new walking tour guide is very close to being ready, and we should have an update in our meeting next month.  One of our publications, “Sink the Link” is being used as a reference work for a talk at the Swanley History Group in August.  The recent proposed redevelopment plans for Swanley reminded members of their earlier protesting activities when the Channel Tunnel Rail Link route was announced and this talk will feature a lot of video footage taken at the Swanley protests and other local events.

We look forward to seeing you next month at our meeting,

Newsletter No. 124 – April 2017

Our March talk was by Steve Hookins, who has given us talks in the past, this time it was “To Wilhelm with Love – Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Somme”. Steve’s talks are always thought provoking, as he gave us a rounded view of the battle, which lasted several weeks, accompanied by a very well illustrated slide presentation. Steve also brought to the meeting a display of WW1 items which we all had time to look at before and after the meeting, and answered many questions.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 8th May 2017 at 8pm in the Horton Kirby Jubilee Hall (next to the Village Hall) and our speaker will be Christoph Bull, and this time his talk will be “The Incredible Shrinking Parish of Stone”.

Our 2017 schedule:
10th July                     Old Dartford & District – Terry Moyle
11th September       Queen Victoria – Anne Carter
13th November        AGM a short talk by Malcolm Scott and the Cheese & Wine Evening

The new walking tour guide to Horton Kirby and South Darenth is not quite ready yet (there have been significant issues with maps…) and the guide will be available soon. Work is also progressing on the history of the villages during World War One, and I am currently reading the bound volumes of The Dartford Express for 1914, 1915 and 1916, lent to me by a very kind member of the Dartford Historical & Antiquarian Society, and this is providing interesting additional information about the activities in the villages during this period which we will be using in the book.

Forthcoming local events:

British Legion Plant Sale – Saturday, 6th May 10.30am – 1pm.
At the British Legion Hall, Devon Road, with cakes, tea and coffee available

British Legion Quiz Night – Friday, 12th May 7.00pm for 7.30pm.
At the British Legion Hall, Devon Road, bring your own drinks and nibbles

Sutton at Hone Church Quiz Night – Friday, 19th May 7.30pm.
At Sutton Court (off Church Road), £4 per person and teams of up to six.

 

Newsletter No. 123 – March 2017

Our first meeting of 2017 featured Dr Ann Kneif telling us about the history of the “Women’s Land Army” from its beginnings during World War One to the vital role the Land Girls played in food production during in World War Two. As ever, Dr Kneif gave us a fascinating talk and slide show, and we were privileged to have a local Land Girl join us for the evening, and she was wearing her Land Army Badge, which she showed us after the talk.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 13th March 2017 at 8pm in the Horton Kirby Jubilee Hall (next to the Village Hall) and the speaker will be Steve Hookins, and this time his talk will be “To Wilhelm with Love – Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Somme”.

Our 2017 schedule:
8th May   The Incredible Shrinking Parish of Stone – Christoph Bull
10th July   Old Dartford & District – Terry Moyle
11th September   Queen Victoria – Anne Carter
13th November    AGM, a short talk by Malcolm Scott and then Cheese & Wine

The new Walking Tour of Horton Kirby and Horton Kirby is “work in progress” and should be launched soon.

We hope to show our World War One display in St Mary’s Church, Horton Kirby when the rewiring work has been completed, and hope to be able to confirm dates very soon.

Talking of WWI, Malcolm Scott and I have been emailed by a relative of an Old Boy from the Farningham Home for Little Boys, asking if the Old Boy was on the Roll of Honour. We could confirm that he was (with pictures) and Malcolm has since exchanged information on the Old Boy’s Homes career and in return has been told of his family and career. It just goes to show how useful having an internet presence can be for the society.

Forthcoming Local Events

St George’s Day EventSaturday 22nd April, 12 – 4pm  At Heathside, behind the Village Hall
British Legion Plant SaleSaturday, 6th May   At the British Legion Hall, Devon Road

Newsletter No. 122 – December 2016

Thank you to all who attended our AGM, we managed to keep the formalities very brief, taking around 10 minutes, before having an fascinating short slide show by Terry Moyle, who is going to give us a longer show later in 2017. Jan, Paddy and Doreen again laid on an excellent buffet (thank you so much for all the time and effort you put in), which was enjoyed by everyone judging by all the empty plates.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 9th January 2017 at 8pm in the Horton Kirby Jubilee Hall (next to the Village Hall) and the speaker will be Dr Ann Kneif who will be telling us about “The Women’s Land Army” which should be very interesting as the Land Army served in both WW1 and WW2.

Our 2017 schedule:
13th March  To Wilhelm with Love – Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Somme – Steve Hookins
8th May   The Incredible Shrinking Parish of Stone – Christoph Bull
10th July   Old Dartford & District – Terry Moyle
11th September   Queen Victoria – Anne Carter
13th November    AGM a short talk by Malcolm Scott and the Cheese & Wine Evening

If you have not yet had an opportunity to pay your subs, please do so when next at a meeting. Individual membership £7 and Joint membership £10.

John Woodhead is currently working on the new walking tour guide to Horton Kirby and South Darenth, and that will be available soon. We are also going to be producing a book on the villages during World War 1 and the men commemorated on the War Memorial, including the men on the Farningham Home for Little Boys Roll of Honour. If anyone has any information or photos they would like to share with us, please do contact us.

Newsletter No. 121 – November 2016

Our meeting in September was a talk by Rod Shelton, who had published a book called “Darent – The history and stories of a river and its communities” last year. Rod’s presentation was full of illustrations from his book, and travelling from the source above Westerham to the Thames, he told us lots of snippets about the villages and surrounding areas . If you are interested in seeing more information about the book (which has just been reprinted), go to Rod’s website .

Our next meeting will be on Monday 14th November at 8pm in the Horton Kirby Jubilee Hall (next to the Village Hall) and it will be our AGM (which should take about 10 minutes), followed by a short talk by Terry Moyle, and then finally our Cheese & Wine evening.

Our 2017 schedule:
9th January          The Women’s Land Army – Dr.Ann Kneif
13th March          To Wilhelm with Love – Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Somme – Steve Hookins
8th May                The Incredible Shrinking Parish of Stone – Christoph Bull
10th July               Old Dartford & District – Terry Moyle
11th Sept             Queen Victoria – Anne Carter
13th Nov              AGM a short talk by Malcolm Scott and the Cheese & Wine Evening

Please note that subscriptions are now due for 2016-2017, and you can pay at our next meeting.
Individual – £7                                         Joint – £10

We look forward to seeing you all at the AGM.

Forthcoming Local Events

St Margaret’s Christmas Fair at Darenth Hall – Saturday, 19th November at 11.00am

St Mary’s Christmas Fair at Horton Kirby Village Hall – Saturday, 26th November at 2.00pm

British Legion Poppy Appeal Quiz Night – Friday 11th November, 7.30pm at the British Legion Hall, Devon Road, South Darenth

Newsletter No. 120 – August 2016

Our meeting in July was a talk by Laurence Hatfield, about his restoration of Reynolds Place in Horton Kirby. This talk attracted a very large number of visitors (more than I can ever remember) and Laurence gave us a fascinating talk, with lots of before and after pictures and a video shot from his roof. As well as sharing all the challenges he faced to restore this long neglected house back to its original glory, Laurence told us of items found under floor boards, the background to the remaining original features and some of the earlier history of the house and its grounds.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 12th September at 8pm in the Horton Kirby Jubilee Hall (next to the Village Hall) and our speaker will be Rod Shelton, who will be talking to us about “The Darenth Villages”. Rod published a book last year about the Darent Valley, and copies will be available, for more details, see overleaf.

2016 meeting:
14th November AGM, a short talk by Terry Moyle and the Cheese & Wine Evening

Our 2017 schedule:
9th January The Women’s Land Army – Dr.Ann Kneif
13th March To Wilhelm with Love – Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Somme – Steve Hookins
8th May The Incredible Shrinking Parish of Stone – Christoph Bull
10th July Old Dartford & District – Terry Moyle
11th September Queen Victoria – Anne Carter
13th November AGM a short talk by Malcolm Scott and the Cheese & Wine Evening

Please note that although subscriptions are technically due in September, because our Treasurer will not be at the meeting, we won’t be collecting subs until the November meeting.

Darent – The history and stories of a river and its communities by Rod Shelton (£25)
Read about the history and stories of a river and its communities in this new book:
* Over 1000 photos, illustrations and paintings
* The histories of all sixteen ancient villages and market towns
* Evidence of the earliest settlers to the region from the Stone Age to the Anglo-Saxons
* Thumbnail background on every home of interest
* Where the water mills were – what they did and how they worked
* Stunning wildlife photos – from butterflies to winter waders
* Features on each of the Darent’s medieval churches
* How paper was first made along the river
* World-changing inventions that made the river famous
* Foreword by Nick Johannsen of Kent Downs AONB

Other Local History Society events

Swanley History Group meets at White Oak Indoor Bowls Club, Garrolds Close, off Hilda May Avenue, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7BF. Doors open 7.15 p.m for 7.30 p.m. Visitors £2.00. For information contact Terry Morris 07884493894 or http://swanleyhistorygroup.weebly.com
Tuesday 6th Sept The Dark Side of the City- Crime and Punishment in 18th/19th Century London – Stuart Robinson
Tuesday 4th Oct The Trade of the Ratcatcher – David Cufley tells us about the people who made a living from dispatching this feared rodent.
Tuesday 1st Nov The Hazards of the Journey – What was it like to be a pilgrim in the Middle Ages? – Imogen Corrigan.
Tuesday 6th Dec Lost Empires – The Last Days of Music Hall and Variety -Wilf Lower.

Farningham & Eynsford Local History Society meets at Eynsford Village Hall – 7.30pm for 8.00pm. www.felhs.org.uk
Friday 23 Sept World War One poets by Bob & Fern Ogley. New items for FELHS collection on display.

Hextable Heritage Society – Meetings are held in the Heritage Centre, College Road, then Dawson Drive into Crawfords. 7.15 for 7.30pm start. Visitors £2.00. . www.hextable-heritage.co.uk
Thursday, 8 Sept A Sheltered Life – Mike Brown
Thursday, 13 Oct Our Thames, from Dartford to Grain – Christoph Bull
Thursday, 10 Nov Kemsing Hospital & VAD Nurses – Janet Eaton

Dartford Historical & Antiquarian Society – www.dartfordhistorical.org.uk – at The Mick Jagger Centre, The Grammar School (boys), Shepherds Lane, Dartford, at 7.45 pm (doors open 7.30 pm).
Friday, 15 Sept The Rochester Bridge Trust – Sue THreader
Friday 21 Oct The Romance of London’s River – Tony Farnham
Friday 18 Nov AGM & The Names on the Sutton at Hone War Memorial

 

The Battle of the Somme – 100 years on, local men who fell

The Battle of the Somme started on 1st July 1916, and the first day is notorious for the number of men who died or were wounded on the first day, making it the worse day in the British Army’s history.

The following men are from Horton Kirby and South Darenth, and they died during this battle, which lasted from 1st July to 18th November 1918

Bombardier Robert Leonard Couchman, Royal Field Infantry, 58th Battery, 35th Brigade. attd. “X” 7th Trench Mortar Battery.

Robert died on the first day of the battle, and is described as killed in action, at the age of 27 and was buried at Citadel New Military Cemetery, Fricourt.

Robert was a regular soldier and was in the Royal Field Artillery by 1911.  His parents and his siblings were living at Franks Farm Cottages, Horton Kirby, and his father was described as a Cowman in 1911.

Rifleman Percy Allen Bean, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 17th Battalion

Percy died on the 2nd July, the second day of the battle, and was also killed in action, and is buried at Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L’Avoue.

Percy was born in 1895 in Horton Kirby, the son of John and Elizabeth Bean, and the second of six boys. By 1911 the family were living at 3 Drays Cottages, Horton Kirby, where his father John was working as a horseman on a farm, Percy was working as a farm labourer, and his brothers Leonard and Lionel were working at the paper mill.

Percy enlisted on 22 November 1915 at Bromley, and gave his address as 6 Bexley Cottages, stating that he was a carpenter (working for Mr Fox, a builder in Horton Kirby), and he was 22 years  and 10 months old.  He went out to the front in France in April 1916, so did not serve for long.

Three of Percy’s brothers also served during the Great War, Lionel served as a stoker in the navy, Reginald was a rifleman in the Rifle Brigade and Lionel served in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps before being invalided out.

Newsletter No. 118 – June 2016

The May meeting was all about Richard III, a King who has recently become more famous for where he was buried than what happened in his reign. Toni Mount gave us an excellent explanation of Richard’s complicated family background, how he came to be on the throne, and what happened during his brief 3 year reign, with lots of slides

Our next meeting will be on Monday 13th June at 8pm in the Horton Kirby Jubilee Hall (next to the Village Hall) and our speaker will be Christoph Bull, who will be talking to us on “Our Thames from Dartford to Grain”.

Future 2016 meetings:
11th July Restoring Reynolds Place, Horton Kirby – Laurence Hatfield
12th September The Darenth Villages – Rod Shelton
14th November AGM, a short talk by Terry Moyle and the Cheese & Wine Evening

As ever, our publications and other items are available at all our meetings. We have recently received a grant from the Parish Council, and the Walking Tour of the parish is going to be updated and reprinted

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 13th June at 8pm in the Jubilee Hall viagra est une pilule.

St Mary’s Church Summer Fete
Saturday, 25th June at 2pm
At Court Lodge

Other Local History Society events :

Swanley History Group meets at White Oak Indoor Bowls Club, Garrolds Close, off Hilda May Avenue, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7BF. Doors open 7.15 p.m for 7.30 p.m. Visitors £2.00. For information contact Terry Morris 07884493894 or http://swanleyhistorygroup.weebly.com
Tuesday, 5th July – Stephen de Winton & Sarah Lewis – Sutton at Hone & Hawley during WW1

Farningham & Eynsford Local History Society at Eynsford Village Hall – 7.30pm for 8.00pm. http://www.felhs.org.uk/
Friday, 1 July Somme 100 – A Concert to Remember, from 5pm. Performance 7-9pm with a short interval. Pay Bar. Display of First World War memorabilia

Hextable Heritage Society – Meetings are held in the Heritage Centre, College Road, then Dawson Drive into Crawfords. 7.15 for 7.30pm start. Visitors £2.00. . http://www.hextable-heritage.co.uk/
Thursday, 14 July – Brian Wates Visit to Rowhill Grange
Thursday, 11 August – Steve Hookins Somme 100, To Wilhem, with love

Dartford Historical & Antiquarian Society – www.dartfordhistorical.org.uk – at The Mick Jagger Centre, The Grammar School (boys), Shepherds Lane, Dartford, at 7.45 pm (doors open 7.30 pm).
Friday, 15 September – Sue Threader The Rochester Bridge Trust

 

Newsletter No. 116 – March 2016

Our January meeting gave us an interesting start to the year with an talk by Paul Rason called “The Edith Cavell Story”, and Paul gave us Edith’s life story, explaining her family background, her career in nursing (which was one of the few professions open to a Vicar’s daughter), which led to her setting up a training scheme for Belgian nurses before the outbreak of the Great War. Her execution by the Germans in 1915 gave a huge boost to recruitment before conscription was introduced.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 14th March at 8pm in the Horton Kirby JUBILEE HALL (next to the Village Hall) which is our new venue, which will provide us with step free access, as well as different chairs (hopefully more comfortable, than the hall ones).

Our speaker is Neil Arnold talking about “Creepy Kent”, which should be interesting as Neil is the author of several books about haunted Kent and some of you may remember the talk that Neil gave us about big cat sightings in Kent some years ago.

Future 2016 meetings:
9th May Richard III – Toni Mount
13th June Our Thames from Dartford to Grain – Christoph Bull
11th July Restoring Reynolds Place, Horton Kirby – Laurence Hatfield
12th September The Darenth Villages – Rod Shelton
14th November AGM, a short talk by Terry Moyle and the Cheese & Wine Evening

As ever, our publications and other items are available at all our meetings.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 14th March at 8pm in our new venue.

Other Local History Society events

Swanley History Group meets at White Oak Indoor Bowls Club, Garrolds Close, off Hilda May Avenue, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7BF.  Doors open 7.15 p.m for 7.30 p.m.  Visitors £2.00 faut il prendre viagra.  For information contact Terry Morris 07884493894 or http://swanleyhistorygroup.weebly.com

Tuesday 5 April           Dr John Ray                       The Life of our Queen from the 1950s onwards

 

Farningham & Eynsford Local History Society  at Eynsford Village Hall – 7.30pm for 8.00pm

Friday, 20 May            AGM

 

Hextable Heritage Society – Meetings are held in the Heritage Centre, College Road, then Dawson Drive into Crawfords.  7.15 for 7.30pm start.  Visitors £2.00.  .  http://www.hextable-heritage.co.uk/

Thursday, 14 April       Ann Carter                           How life changed forever in 1914

Thursday, 12 May      AGM                                      The Victoria Cross – Glen Jones

Thursday, 9 June        Brian Wates                         Rowhill Grange

 

Dartford Historical & Antiquarian Societywww.dartfordhistorical.org.uk – at The Mick Jagger Centre, The Grammar School (boys), Shepherds Lane, Dartford, at 7.45 pm (doors open 7.30 pm).

Friday 18 March – Public Lecture. Chris Baker. “Edwardian Dartford”. Note time: 7.30 for 8pm.

Friday 15 April                Steve Hookins                “Waterloo 201”.

Friday 20 May                Ken McGoverin              “Industrial Northfleet”.