U P C O M I N G  T A L K S






The Battle of Britain


The Battle of Britain was fought in the skies above Kent and it was here that Hitler’s invasion plans were stopped.












The talk is by David Brocklehurst who is the museum chairman and historian for the Battle of Britain Museum at Hawkinge.



The presentation will take place on Wednesday 14 September 2022 and will be held at Stanford’s All Saints Parish Church.


Doors will open at 6:30pm with the presentation beginning at 7pm.


Entrance fee will be £4 per person of which £1 will be donated to the church towards electricity.


There are no toilet facilities at the church, therefore we cannot serve refreshments, but you are invited to meet at The Drum Inn following the presentation.


Parking is available on the roads to the church, and on the green by the church, but please ensure you do not cause an obstruction.


This promises to be an interesting evening and we do hope that you will be able to join us at this presentation given the importance of the Battle of Britain in its contribution towards victory in World War II.




18 Nov 2022 – John Buss

            ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’ How geological, economic and

 political factors shaped the history of this coastline”.

The Kent coast has been historically critically important to England in terms

of trade and defence. John is well known for his talks on the subject.



4th May 2022

‘The story of post war Aviation at Lympne Airport’

Betty will give a first-hand account of the time when Silver City and

Skyways provided passenger aviation at Lympne Airport.

Lympne was one of the oldest airfields in the country,

but after WWll it began to revert to agricultural use...

then along came Silver City and Skyways!


This talk, by Betty Black, tells the story.

The aeroplanes, the accidents and incidents,

the visiting celebrities and some of the characters

it was a privilege to work with.

18th March 2022 


Our planned speaker for this meeting has had to cancel. We are, therefore, very fortunate and grateful that Mike De La Mare has agreed to come to our rescue at the last minute. Mike is part of the Saltwood History Group and will be speaking on:

“Walking through the Past: Croft's Walk in Saltwood”

Mike has provided us with a map and directions for the walk which is attached. Weather permitting some people may like to complete the walk prior to the presentation as it will enhance visualisation.

The meeting will take place at the Stanford Parish Room at the Old Jazz Bar on the Folkestone Racecourse at 7pm on Friday  18 March 2020.  Doors will open at 6:30pm. A map is appended.

There will be a charge for members of the society of £3.00 per person or £5.00 for a couple; non-members' charge is £4.00 per person or £6.00 per couple.



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Our first talk will be by Christopher McCooney on ‘Smuggling on the South Coast’. It will take place in the Stanford Parish Room at the Old Jazz Bar on Friday 01 October 2021 at 7pm (doors opening at 6:30).



10 September 2020


The Stanford and Westenhanger History Society started 2020 with high hopes of bringing members some interesting presentations. Due the Coronavirus we had to cancel the talk on the archaeology found during the planning phase of Otterpool New Town plus the tour of Westenhanger Castle.

We now have to cancel the talk by Christopher McCooey on ‘Smuggling on the South Coast’ planned for October as government guidelines do not allow us to meet.


Therefore, 2020 has been a wash out for the society. We will not be charging members fees for 2021 and as soon as we have clearance to begin having meetings again, we will announce a program of events for 2021.


Until then, please stay safe.



Cathy Goodwin

On behalf of the Stanford & Westenhanger History Society