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Newsletter No. 127 – October 2017

Our September meeting was a talk by Anne Carter on the life of Queen Victoria, covering the background to Queen Victoria’s existence (the death of Princess Charlotte of Wales in childbirth meant that there was a lack of legitimate heirs), her rather unusual upbringing and what she was really like as Queen. The talk helped to give a more rounded view than is possible in a TV historical drama.

Our next meeting will be our AGM (which never lasts more than 10 minutes), followed by our colleague Malcolm Scott showing us some of the documents that Queen’s College, Oxford has in its archive about Horton Kirby (the College used to own much of the village). This will be followed by the Cheese & Wine evening.

Our 2018 schedule:
8th January        Gravesend- Gateway to the Thames – Christoph Bull
12th March        Kent and East Sussex Railway – Then and Now – Doug Lindsay
14th May            In Flanders Fields – Melanie Gibson-Barton
9th July               1917 – Bombs on Kent – Alex Ferris
10th Sept           Development of South Darenth before 1900 – Malcolm Scott
12th Nov            AGM & Short Talk followed by Wine & Cheese

A reminder to our members who were not at the last meeting, our new publication “A Walking Tour of South Darenth & Horton Kirby” is now available, and costs £1. This booklet will make an ideal stocking filler for friends and family (and it will be much cheaper to post than a calendar). Copies are available in the parish office, and other local stockists, and you will see posters around the village very soon.

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 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:

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.