is an entrance charge of £4 for each talk -
which are held in Bridge Village Hall starting at 7.30pm.
will explain the religious intolerance and upheaval of the
16th and 17th centuries in England.
The persecution and martyrdom of Radical Christians - called
the Separatists - created a desire for a new start in a place
where they could set their own conventions. This led to a
group we call the “Pilgrim Fathers” planning a
fresh start in the New World.
short AGM followed by
Founding America, Cushman, Canterbury
and the Mayflower voyage -
Aristocratic Amazons in Arms, the
First Aid Nursing Yeomanry - Juliette Pattinson
talk examines the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, the earliest
quasi-military female force to be formed (in 1907) and still
in existence today with unbroken voluntary service. We will
consider the wider context of the formation of the Corps,
the adventurous young women who flocked to this innovative
organisation and their service during the First World War.
Canterbury in the 19noughties and
some Naughty Goings On - Ian Osterloh
Bennett Goldney, a colourful and controversial Mayor of
Canterbury (and later MP), shook the ruling elite to its
core, when he tried to oust the sitting MP. Being implicated
in the Irish crown jewels robbery of 1907 did not diminish
his status and the controversies continued long after his
death. Is he still fooling some of us even today?
Committee invites you to join them in the Village Hall for
a pre-Christmas social with complementary mulled wine, sausage
rolls and mince pies. More details to follow.
Thirty Years of Bother on the Hover
Laverick-Smith is a retired hovercraft pilot. He will give
us a humorous behind the scenes look at the world’s
biggest hovercraft in operation across the English Channel,
set against the history of the hovercraft in Dover.
Thomas Becket- Imogen Corrigan
Becket is one of the most famous Archbishops of Canterbury,
best known for his violent end in Canterbury Cathedral on
December 29th 1170. Imogen’s talk charts
the rise of Thomas Becket from a scholar who loved sports,
to being one of the most powerful men in the land. It is
a story of great drama but nonetheless a human one.
Smuggling on Romney Marsh
illustrated talk, using quotes and poems, starts with an
introduction to when, what and why smuggling took place.
It then moves on to look at the locations on Romney Marsh
and local people involved in smuggling and explains how
smuggling began to decline.
The Black Prince - Peter Genower
Black Prince-hero or villain? He was the classic romantic
knight at the height of the age of chivalry, a national
hero and military genius, the warrior prince who never became
king. But do fatal flaws in his character cloud the reputation
and legacy of Edward the Black Prince? The talk will cut
away the hype and take a clear-eyed view of the man behind
Spring Social at the Red Lion
traditional Christmas Social is moved to the Spring. You
are reminded that you need to have subscribed to the Society
beforehand if you would like to attend.
The Elham Valley Railway
the late 1880s the Elham Valley Railway line linked Cheriton
and Canterbury. In addition to passengers, it was used to
transport all manner of household and commercial wares.
After WWII its usefulness declined and the line closed in
1947. However, its path and earthworks still hold fascination
for passers-by and provide a valuable habitat for wildlife.
JUNE 25th 2023
Visit to Bishopsbourne Station
chance to visit Bishopsbourne Station on the old Elham Valley
line, lovingly restored by its owner Jan Knott who will
show us round. Further details to follow.