2024 Presentations & Events 

OUR Next Meeting – Thursday 25th September
Shepherdswell Village Hall @ 7.30pm


  • 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.