Newsletter No. 139 – December 2019

Our last meeting was the AGM, and although we did not manage to come close to our record of 3 minutes, it was under 10 minutes, and we did co-opt a new committee member – Stephen de Winton.

Stephen then kindly gave us a short talk about his research into Sutton’s longest serving vicar – John Hallett Hotham – who spent all his career in the parish and made major changes in the parish, including the building of the church at Swanley Village, as well as building Sutton’s school. Afterwards we held the traditional Cheese & Wine evening.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 13th January at 8pm in the Horton Kirby Jubilee Hall, when Steve Hookins is going to give us a talk entitled “Doing our Bit”, about the roles carried out by some of the Home Front’s unsung heroes during WW2.

Our 2020 schedule:
9th March      Dartford Rural Rides – Christoph Bull
18th May        Murder, Madness, Mayhem – the Belgian Royal Family – Melanie Gibson-Barton
13th July         Up the Junction (Old Swanley) part 2 – Keith Whitworth
14th Sept       Leeds Castle – Ann Kneif
9th Nov          AGM followed by a short talk and Cheese & Wine

The new book “Horton Kirby and South Darenth – Yesterday and Today” will be available at our meeting if you have not purchased your copy yet.

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