British Legion Evening – Wednesday 19th August – St Mary’s Church

Royal British Legion on behalf of the St Mary’s Church Electrical Fund

On Wednesday, 19th August at 7pm in St Mary’s Church, Horton Kirby


A Talk & Tour of the Church – by Malcolm Green

A Talk about Wilfred Owen – by John Ward

The Hymn that never was – by John Williams

Refreshments will be available, and a Raffle will be held during the Entertainment

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Remembering Dunkirk – 75 years later

As the 75th Anniversary of the Evacuation of Dunkirk takes place,  there are two men on the War Memorial who did not come back from France.

William E Burberry was a Driver in the 17th Field Company, Royal Engineers, and died on the 1st June 1940 at the age of 25.  He was the child of Herbert and Ellen Burberry, of Horton Kirby, and is commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial.

Donald L Gardner was a 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery, and was killed between the 22nd and 23rd of May, and is commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial. Donald had been born in Malaysia, and had come back to England as a young child, his father Donald S Gardner lived at Kirby Hall in 1940.

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Dunkirk Memorial – courtesy of CWGC

Society Newsletter No. 110 – April 2015

The March meeting was another fascinating talk by Dr Ann Knief about ‘Kentish Seaside Resorts until World War 1’. We were told of the joys of travelling by steamer to the resorts before the railways, the fun to be had watching people using bathing machines, seaside landladies, as well as all the entertainments laid on for visitors. One of the illustrations showed us that dining chairs would be used on the sand before the invention of deck chairs, which must have damaged the chair legs.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 11th May at 8pm in the Horton Kirby Village Hall. Our speaker will be Colin Coe and the topic is “Rochester Then & Now and Kentish Villages”.

The 2015 meetings are as follows:
8th June – Along the River Cray – Denise Baldwin & Katherine Harding
Note the Change of Date
Thursday 2nd JulyKeep the Home Fires Burning Dartford 1914-1918 – Chris Baker
14th September – Change of talk – Waterloo 200 – Steve Hookins
9th November – AGM, a short talk by Sarah Lewis & Stephen de Winton, and the Cheese & Wine Evening

The 2016 meetings can now be revealed
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

As mentioned in our last newsletter, we now have our own website – – which is rather basic but does show these newsletters, as well as information about where to find information about the villages. Our publications list will be available very soon, and we have plans to add other sections over time. There is also a Sutton at Hone local history blog on This is also work in process…

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 11th May at 8.00pm.


Horton Kirby Parish Council
There is a upright piano available, free of charge, at the Village Hall, where it is surplus to requirements acheter viagra sans ordonnance en suisse. Please contact the Parish Clerk, Heather Rohard, 01322 865193 if you would be interested in rehousing the piano.

Other Local History Society events

Dartford Historical & Antiquarian Society
Meetings held at The Mick Jagger Centre, The Grammar School (boys), Shepherds Lane, Dartford, at 7.45 pm (doors open 7.30 pm)
Friday 15 May –  ‘Stone Church & ‘A Walk to Lincoln’ – Rev. K. Clarke

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
5th May – Joyce Green and the River Hospitals – Francine Payne,
2nd June – FT Everard Shipbuilders of Greenhithe – Gary Vaughan.

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.
14th May – AGM followed by Lorries in WW1 – Adrian Herbert,
11th June –  Waterloo 200 – Steve Hookins,
9th July –  Visit to Farningham,
13th August – Military Medals – Glen Jones,
10th September – Dickens and Gads Hill – Anne Carter,
8th October –  Edith Cavell – Paul Rason,
12th November – Five Wents Memorial Hall Tablet
3rd December – Christmas Social Evening.

Farningham & Eynsford Local History Society at Eynsford Village Hall – 7.30pm for 8.00pm
Friday, 22 May – AGM with buffet & wine. Speaker/theme to be announced
Friday, 18 Sept – The Gentlemen at War, Roy Ingleton on British Police in WW2