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
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.
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. .
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 – – 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


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