is an entrance charge of £4 for each talk -
which are held in Bridge Village Hall starting at
21st: CHAIRMAN’S REPORT by Alan Walton
SINCE 1500, A CHANGING SOCIETY” DOREEN ROSMAN
talk charts 500 fascinating years in Canterbury’s
history. It describes how major events from the dissolution
of the monasteries to the Second World War, its aftermath
and beyond, changed the lives of its citizens. The
later expansion of higher education and tourism was
about to bring further change, giving the city we
AMERICA, AND THE MAYFLOWER VOYAGE” MARTIN
Martin 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 new start in the New World.
“SMASHING UP THE CATHEDRAL” PROF. JACKIE
There were two key periods of image smashing in Canterbury
Cathedral when medieval windows, statues, altars,
textiles, books and manuscripts were defaced or destroyed.
First in the 1530s during the Reformation and a century
later during the English Civil Wars. Jackie will consider
why such images were seen as offensive and will make
parallels with the toppling of statues of Stalin and
Lenin and the objections to statues of slave traders
in more recent times.
21st: SOCIAL EVENING: “GHOST STORIES”
WITH GEOFF DOEL
his essay “Christmas Ghosts,” Charles
Dickens mentions “Telling ghost stories round
the Christmas fire and other good comfortable things.”
Geoff will explore Christmas ghosts through stories,
songs and old traditions.
Committee invites you to join them in the Village
Hall for a pre-Christmas social with complementary
mulled wine, sausage rolls and mince pies.
“CARVE THEIR NAMES WITH PRIDE” JULIETTE
Using personal accounts, official documents and film,
the talk examines the role of the 39 female members
of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) that worked
with the Resistance in WW2. Juliette follows their
story into the infiltration of occupied France, exploring
their operations and, for some, their arrest and incarceration
in concentration camps. She also looks at their post-war
POWERS BEHIND THE THRONES - WOMEN OF THE FIRST MILLENNIUM”
think that it was only in the 20th
that women came into their own. The truth is that
our Anglo- Saxon sisters had a surprising freedom
in law. They could own land, make wills, sue and be
sued. In this talk we discover the influential woman
of the first thousand years AD.
PILGRIM INNS OF CANTERBURY” DAVID GILMOUR
Pilgrimage was an important part of medieval Christian
life and one of the most popular pilgrimages was to
the shrine of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.
David’s talk will encompass all the Inns used
by the pilgrims, but concentrate on “The Checker
of the Hope” where it is believed Chaucer’s
“THE BATTLE FOR CAEN HILL 112” FRED ROSS
Hill 112 saw one of the most brutal battles of WWII,
following the D-Day landings in 1944. The talk follows
the experience of local veteran Gunner Albert Figg
who campaigned for a memorial to his colleagues who
fell during this battle which achieved a major breakthrough
for the Allies in securing Normandy and eventually
winning the war.
SOCIAL at the Red Lion
Our 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.
16th: “HISTORICAL MAPS OF CANTERBURY”
Dr. ALEX KENT
The new Historical Map of Canterbury was published
by the Historic Towns Trust in 2021 in a joint venture
with Canterbury Archaeological Trust and Canterbury
Christ Church University. This talk explains the cartographic
aspects of bringing this new visualisation of the
city to life and outlines the plans for its future.
A GUIDED AFTERNOON WALK AROUND FAVERSHAM
A guided walk
around England’s oldest market town following
in the footsteps of kings and queens. Faversham is
home to nearly 500 listed buildings, with architecture
spanning many centuries and picturesque Abbey Street,
which has been described as “One of the finest
medieval streets in Britain.”
tour will bring the town to life with tales of murder,
royal visits, civil war, tax avoidance and much more.
first meeting of the year will be preceded by a short
Annual General Meeting. This
will be an opportunity for you to have a say in what
you would like the Society to do for you.
Accounts are on the web site
There is no
charge for Membership. Members join by subscribing
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with advance notice of the next events will be sent
out by email to all who subscribe.
and District History Society
was formed in 1995 to promote interest in aspects
of local history in and around the villages of Bridge,
Barham, Bishopsbourne, Bekesbourne, Kingston and Patrixbourne.
meetings are informal and sociable and include refreshments.
Transport and/or escorts can usually be arranged with
other members living nearby.
trips by member’s cars, those without transport
can usually be accommodated in spare seats.
contact the organiser of each event for arrangements.
contact any Society officer or committee member if
you need any help.