meetings start at 7.30 pm in Bridge Village Hall.
There is an entrance charge of £4 per person
for each talk.
A short AGM
Frontline Folkestone -
name given to Folkestone in WW1. The talk will illustrate
the reasons why Folkestone got this name, including
the welcoming of Belgian refugees, the importance of
the harbour, the requisitioning of houses for Rest Camps,
the Canadians at Shorncliffe and the Gotha Raid of 1917.
The Pubs of Bridge - Alan Walton
former landlord of the White Horse Inn, will take us
on a Pub Crawl through the histories of the 3 pubs in
Bridge. We will learn of the characters that have frequented
them and the events that have been celebrated within
Rupert Bear and Friends - Martin
the story of Rupert Bear and his creator Mary Tourtel:
The talk will also explore the work of Smallfilms animators
Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin including Bagpuss,
Ivor the Engine and the Clangers.
Christmas Social at the Red Lion
will be sent to Subscriberss in November.
The Working Lives of Women in Canterbury and
Kent 1500 to 1700 - Jackie Eales
opportunities for Tudor and Stuart women were very limited.
They could not pursue a professional career and their
labour was seen as unskilled. Nevertheless the fascinating
evidence shows the range of jobs open to women and the
perils they encounterted in entering the early modern
Master Masons: The Men who built the Cathedrals
- Imogen Corrigan
why and for whom did ordinary human beings build these
delicate, decorated, dazzingly high buildings? We meet
the men who designed them, ran the sites, sourced the
materials and workers, whilst creating heaven on earth
all those centuries ago.
Paintings and Prints of Kent -
talk will be based on the book by Samuel Ireland A
Picturesque Tour of the River Medway published in
1793. The accompanying letterpress gives much interesting
information about Kent, shortly after the French Revolution.
The In-Laws - James Dickinson
story of Joan the Fair Maid of Kent, who became the
first Princess of Wales and John of Gaunt, who was called
the most hated man in England. Joan of Kent was born
in 1328. This talk will cover her life story and that
of John of Gaunt, her brother-in-law.
Kent Spring and Summer Seasonal Customs
- Geoff Doel
Kent's Spring and Summer seasonal folk customs, including
May Garlands, Jacks in the Green, Morris dancing and
many more. The talk will be illustrated with images
and folk songs.
Tolputt will take us to look at the Victorian and Edwardian
houses in the western area of Folkestone, including
part of the Leas and Holy Trinity Church which reflects
the Earl of Radnor's ambitious ideas for the west end
of "Fashionable Folkestone".
details to follow.