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

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.  .

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 – 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”.


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