Happy New Year from SWHS!
COVID again limited the Stanford & Westenhanger History Society’s ability to meet out plans for presentations in 2021. Towards the end of the year, we did manage to have two meetings. The first meeting on 01 October 2021 was a presentation by Christopher McCooey on ‘Smuggling on the South Coast’.
The second meeting, our largest to date, covered the Otterpool Park Archaeology presented by the Senior Archaeological Consultant from Arcadis, Kate Clover. The presentation was held at Lympne Castle to accommodate the 100 booked seats. The presentation focused on the archaeology found to date including prehistoric finds and a Roman villa as well as Westenhanger Castle and its’ deer park. Please note you can watch a playback of the evening's talk on our Links page.
Due to the inactivity of the society in 2021 caused by COVID, we will not be charging a membership fee in 2022 for existing members.
For your diary, we outline below plans for 2022. The plans are again subject to change and further notes will be sent closer to the dates shown.
Planned Events 2022
18 March 2022 – Gillian Rickard
‘Lives of Vagrants, Gypsies, Travellers and Strangers’
These were the people in history who were the most harassed, punished
and victimised by the authorities both nationally and locally. Gillian is an
expert in this field of study.
06 May 2022 – Betty Black
‘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.
16 Sep 2022 – David Brockenhurst
‘The Battle of Britain’.
David manages the Kent Battle of Britain Museum at Hawkinge and has an
in-depth knowledge of the subject.
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.
on behalf of Stanford & Westenhanger History Society