Programme of Meetings 2019-20

Thursday September 19th 2019

Mary Smith - A Schoolgirl’s War

The Art teacher at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, set out to document in paint and pencil the lives of school children as WW2 unfolded. Mary Smith - a former Head Teacher at the school - will include some of these paintings as well as anecdotes from “Old Girls” who were at the school during the war.

7.30pm Bridge Village Hall. Members £4.00, non-members £5.00 to include refreshments


Thursday October 17th 2019

Martin Crowther - Canterbury in a Little Less than 100 Objects

Join local historian and curator Martin Crowther as he investigates and uncovers the fascinating stories behind 20 local “Finds” from the Ice Age to the Baedeker Blitz.

7.30pm Bridge Village Hall. Members £4.00, non-members £5.00 to include refreshments


Thursday November 21st 2019

Hilary Tolputt - Fashionable Folkestone

Before WWI, Folkestone was known as “Fashionable Folkstone".

Why was it so called and how had this come about? The talk will be illustrated with pictures of the town in its heyday.

7.30pm Bridge Village Hall. Members £4.00, non-members £5.00 to include refreshments

 

Thursday December 19th 2019 7.00pm

Christmas Social

Our annual Christmas Social Evening will again take place at the “Red Lion”, Bridge this year, at a subsidised cost of £15 for members.

A choice of menu and a drink on arrival (glass of wine or soft drink) is included.

 

Thursday January 16th 2020

Imogen Corrigan - The Bayeux Tapestry

This illustrated talk will take us on a journey through what is an iconic, moral story of kings, chivalry and ambition. Imogen will look at many of the scenes depicted in detail, and explore what can be learned from this depiction of a turning point in our history.

7.30pm Bridge Village Hall. Members £4.00, non-members £5.00 to include refreshments

 

Thursday February 20th 2020

Tim Jones - Louis Zborowski Archive Film

In 1924, local amateur Sidney Bligh was commissioned by Louis Zborowski to film a Hollywood style silent movie featuring his short-lived miniature railway at Higham Park. His death, whilst racing at Monza, meant it remained unfinished. Rediscovered, almost a century later, Time Jones has edited the film, adding intertitles and music. The result, entitled “The Map”, will be shown tonight, together with “Seeking Sidney”, focussing on the filmmaker.

7.30pm Bridge Village Hall. Members £4.00, non-members £5.00 to include refreshments

 

Thursday March 19th 2020

Dick Bolton - Wickhambreaux - Oasts and Archangels

At the time of the Domesday Book 1086, the village of Wickhambreaux was well established. Dick Bolton will tell us about the history, architecture and people of this beautiful village.

7.30pm Bridge Village Hall. Members £4.00, non-members £5.00 to include refreshments

 

Thursday April 16th 2020

Geoff Doel - Kent Spring and Summer Seasonal Customs

Explore Kent’s exciting array of Spring and Summer seasonal folk customs, including May Garlands, Jacks in the Green, Morris Dancing, Beating the Bounds and the Biddenden Dole, illustrated with images and folksongs.

7.30pm Bridge Village Hall. Members £4.00, non-members £5.00 to include refreshments

 

Thursday May 21st 2020

Alan Walton - The Pubs of Bridge

Having acquired a fair amount of knowledge of the pubs of Bridge whilst landlord of The White Horse Inn, Alan will take us on a “pub crawl” through their histories, the characters that have frequented them and the events that have been celebrated within their bars!

7.30pm Bridge Village Hall. Members £4.00, non-members £5.00 to include refreshments

 

Thursday June 18th 2020

Tour of Sandwich

Members of the Sandwich Local History Society will take us on an evening tour of historic Sandwich, said to be the most complete medieval town in England.

Meet at the Guildhall, CT13 9AH at 6pm. Members and non-members £2.00