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”.

 

Newsletter No. 115 – January 2016

  • Our November meeting was the usual brief AGM, followed by an overview of the WW1 anniversaries to come in 1916 from Stephen de Winton, and a brief slide show of some WW1 postcards, giving a more light hearted view of the war from battlefield to home life by Sarah Lewis.

    During the Cheese & Wine every one present was able to look at the WW1 Display that has been created by the History Society. Our thanks must go to Jan, Paddy and Doreen for providing us with a wonderful selection of food. We nearly had a cheese & wine with no wine, as I had forgotten my job, but fortunately a quick trip to the Co-Op provided us with all the bottles we needed.

    Our next meeting will be on Monday 11th January at 8pm in the Horton Kirby Village Hall. Paul Rason will be giving us a talk on “The Edith Cavell Story”, a topical talk as the 100th anniversary of Miss Cavell’s execution was on 12th October 2015. When Miss Cavell’s body was brought back to England from Belgium in 1919, it came along our railway line. The children of Horton Kirby School were present on the station platform when the train passed through.

    Future 2016 meetings:
    14th March Creepy Kent – Neil Arnold
    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 and the Cheese & Wine Evening

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

2015 AGM – November 9th at 8pm

HORTON KIRBY AND SOUTH DARENTH LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY

21st AGM to be held on Monday 9th November at 8.00p.m. in Village Hall

AGENDA

1. Apologies for absence
2. Minutes of the AGM held on 10th November 2014
3. Matters arising in the Minutes
4. To approve the Treasurer’s Report and Accounts
5. To elect officers and members of the committee
6. To approve the appointment of the independent auditor
7. AOB

Minutes AGM 2014

AGM 2015 Nomination Paper

2014-2015 Accounts Part 1

2014-2015 Accounts Part 2

Newsletter No. 114 – October 2015

Newsletter No. 114 – October 2015

Our September meeting was a talk by Steve Hookins called “Waterloo 200”, and Steve gave us an excellent talk about how the Battle of Waterloo came about, and how it was fought, and who was involved. He also showed us some items from the battle including a small cannon ball.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 9th November at 8pm in the Horton Kirby Village Hall. Sarah Lewis and Stephen de Winton will be giving a very short talk after our speedy AGM, and there will be a display of WW1 information as well as the legendary cheese and wine.

Please note that subscriptions are now due for the year 2015-2016 (these can be paid at our meetings) and they have now risen to:
Single £7
Joint £10

2016 meetings:
11th January The Edith Cavell Story – Paul Rason
14th March Creepy Kent – Neil Arnold
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 and the Cheese & Wine Evening

Our publications will be available at our next meeting, and they do make excellent stocking fillers.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 9th November at 8pm.

Other Village Events
Saturday 21st November – St Margaret’s Church Christmas Fair – 11am at Darenth Hall
Saturday 28th November – St Mary’s Church Christmas Fair – 2pm at Horton Kirby Hall
Saturday 4th December – Horton Kirby Primary School Christmas Fete

Other Local History Society events
Swanley History Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at The Clocktower Pavillion St Mary’s Road Swanley Kent BR8 7BU. Doors open at 7.15 p.m for a 7.30 p.m start. Visitors £2.00. For information contact Terry Morris 07884493894 or go to http://swanleyhistorygroup.weebly.com
Tuesday 3rd Nov Ration Book Britain. How we lived in the 1940’s and 50’s.
Tusday 1st Dec A musical quiz. A tuneful end to our 2015 programme

Farningham & Eynsford Local History Society at Eynsford Village Hall – 7.30pm for 8.00pm
Saturday 31 Oct Eynsford Pubs, an informal exhibition, at The Castle Hotel 12 – 5p
Friday, 27 Nov Waterloo 200 – Steve Hookin

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 20 Nov Annual General Meeting followed by Brief History of Dartford Library’s 100 years. Members memories of the library wanted.
Friday 11 Dec Wilf Lower. “The Last Days of Music Hall” followed by Christmas Buffet. Please bring a plate of food to share.

 

Newsletter No 113 – September 2015

Newsletter No. 113 – September 2015

Our July meeting was a talk by Chris Baker called “Keep the Home Fires Burning Dartford 1914-1918”, and it gave a fascinating insight into what was happening in the town during WW1, with munitions manufacturing, the Joyce Green aerodrome, hospitals for wounded soldiers of different nationalities, POW camps and zeppelin raids interrupting normal life.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 14th September at 8pm in the Horton Kirby Village Hall. Our speaker will be Steve Hookins and the topic is “Waterloo 200”.

Please note that subscriptions are now due for the year 2015-2016 (these can be paid at our meetings) and they have now risen to:
Single £7
Joint £10

Forthcoming meetings are as follows:
9th November AGM, a short talk by Sarah Lewis & Stephen de Winton or an exhibition, and the legendary Cheese & Wine Evening
2016 meetings:
11th January The Edith Cavell Story – Paul Rason
14th March Creepy Kent – Neil Arnold
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 and the Cheese & Wine Evening

The World War One display is currently being created and we hope to be able to unveil to members at the AGM in November. If anyone has any items they think we may like to display, please do contact either Terry Moyle (Tel: 01322  862368) or Sarah Lewis (sarahvlewis@yahoo.com).

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 14th September at 8.00pm.

Other Local History Society events
Swanley History Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at The Clocktower Pavillion St Mary’s Road Swanley Kent BR8 7BU. Doors open at 7.15 p viagra en ligne en france.m for a 7.30 p.m start. Visitors £2.00. For information contact Terry Morris 07884493894 or go to http://swanleyhistorygroup.weebly.com
Tuesday 6th Oct Edith Cavell and the Maidstone medal. Tony Miles tells us about this special award
Tuesday 3rd Nov Ration Book Britain. How we lived in the 1940’s and 50’s.
Tusday 1st Dec A musical quiz. A tuneful end to our 2015 programme

Hextable – Meetings are held in the Heritage Centre, College Road, then Dawson Drive into Crawfords. 7.15 for 7.30pm start. Visitors £2.00. For information contact Barbara Cannell 01322 864253.
10th September Dickens and Gads Hill – Anne Carter,

Farningham & Eynsford Local History Society at Eynsford Village Hall – 7.30pm for 8.00pm
Friday, 18 Sept The Gentlemen at War, Roy Ingleton on British Police in WW2
Friday, 23 Oct Unexplained Mysteries and Cover Ups – Speaker – Andy Thomas. A ticketed evening (£10) with buffet (bring your own drinks).

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 Sept – Ian Porter. “Dickens London”.
Friday 16 Oct – Christoph Bull. “Stone – the Shrinking Parish”.
Friday 20 Nov – AGM followed by Brief History of Dartford Library’s 100 years. Members memories of the library wanted.
Friday 11 Dec – Wilf Lower. “The Last Days of Music Hall” followed by Christmas Buffet. Please bring a plate of food to share.