2024 Presentations & Events 


OUR Next Meeting – Thursday 29th FEBRuary
Shepherdswell Village Hall. 7.30pm

 

  • Thirty Years of Bother on the Hover with Brian Laverick-Smith, former cross-channel hovercraft pilot.

The title is a rather tongue-in-cheek description of Brian’s career driving the world’s largest Hovercraft across the channel. 

Set against its history in Dover from 1968 till its demise in 2000, the talk focuses on people he met and the experiences that occurred – erring distinctly to the lighter side of life. 

A humorous, fun-packed talk illustrated with slides and videos. 

All are welcome.

Entry FREE for Members. £3 for non-members


Thursday 28th March

  • Open Evening & AGM. 

Following a brief AG, the meeting looking at aspects of the history of Shepherdswell and Coldred. Topics to be announced nearer the date.


Thursday 25th April

  • The Domesday Book 

After his previous well-received talks on the Bayeaux Tapestry and Coldred Castle, Paul Dalton, an expert on the Norman Conquest, returns to Shepherdswell to talk about the Domesday Book. 

This great survey of England and parts of Wales was completed by William the Conqueror in 1086. 

After explaining the background and creation of the Book, Paul’s talk will outline what it tells us about life in our part of East Kent


Thursday 30th May

  • Open Evening. 

Exploring and researching local history: topics to be announced nearer the date.


Thursday 27th June

  • 800 Years of Halfway Street

This presentation will focus on Halfway Street and will take a look at its history from the 12th to the 20th century.

Using photos, maps and a great deal of research it will tell the story of people, buildings and events over the course of 800 years. 


Thursday 25th July

  • Open Evening

A meeting looking at aspects of the history of Shepherdswell and Coldred. Topics to be announced nearer the date.


Saturday 7th September

  • Big History Day – Shops, Traders and Businesses

After last year’s theme of farming and the previous year’s of pubs, this year’s BHD devotes attention to other trades, businesses and shops that played important roles in historic communities of Shepherdswell and Coldred.  As usual, there will be exhibits and talks, food and refreshments, including an opportunity to indulge in some fantastic home-made cake.  Other aspects of local history will be on display, and we will be welcoming stalls from local heritage groups. 

11.30 – 2.30, Shepherdswell Village Hall Admission £1


Thursday 26th September

  • Kent Folksong and Singers with Geoff Doel

According to Wikipedia, there are ‘relatively few traditional songs’ from Kent. Tonight’s talk by Geoff Doel will prove that wrong!

Geoff will introduce us to a rich Kentish folk tradition – songs such as: The Oyster Girl, The Dark Eyed Sailor, Love is Pleasing, The Whitstable May Song, The Nutting Girl, The Folkestone Murder, Hopping Down in Kent, Keys of Canterbury, All Men of Kent.

And there may well be a chance to join in a sing-a-long. 

Geoff Doel lectures on literature, medieval culture and traditional culture. With his wife Fran he has written sixteen books on aspects of traditional culture, particularly about Kent and Sussex. He has also made several TV appearances including ‘Time Team’.


Thursday 31st October

  • Open Evening. 

Exploring and researching local history: topics to be announced nearer the date.


Thursday 28th November

  • Special Event – The award-winning documentary film producer, Peter Williams MBE, presents his film: A Century of Coal, a unique history of the Kent coal field. 

Peter’s film outlines how miners were recruited from all over industrial Britain, to dig coal, discovered by accident in the Garden of England. They brought with them traditions of brass bands, choral singing and whippet racing. But like other migrants, they were strangers in an established community – largely one of folk who lived off the land rather than eaking out a living beneath it. 

A Century of Coal is a story of love and hate, great triumphs and crushing disappointments, team spirit and laughter.

Peter Williams has produced documentaries for the BBC, ITV and Channel Four and won awards at Television Festivals across the world. A Kent Ambassador and former president of the Canterbury Festival, he was awarded his MBE in 2007 for services to the arts and television.