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.

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