Talks and Excursions
Talks will be held at the Angel Centre at 8.00 pm. Coffee is available before the start of the meeting, from 7.30 pm.
Wednesday 11th September 2019
VISIT TO BATTLE ABBEY
[Application Form enclosed with Autumn Newsletter]
Tuesday 17th September 2019
THE NEVER-ENDING CHALLENGES OF STRAWBERRY GROWING
Marion Regan, the Managing Director of Hugh Lowe Farms, with a family history of 125 years of strawberry growing in Mereworth, will give an overview of the crop in West Kent, from the days of early morning loads heading to Covent Garden market, to the focus now on using new and sustainable growing methods, while producing berries with the best flavour and meeting the demands of the market.
Tuesday 15th October 2019
TONBRIDGE AT WAR
Eddie Prescott will present a detailed account of the various incidents and tragedies that occurred in and around Tonbridge during World War II, particularly related to RAF and Luftwaffe aircraft crashes, together with the V1 ‘Doodlebugs’ and V2 rockets.
Tuesday 19th November 2019
A SCHOOLGIRL’S WAR
Mary Smith, ex-Head Teacher at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls and author of ‘A Schoolgirl’s War’, will tell the story of school life in Kent during WW2, using the fascinating and original drawings of a Kent art teacher who documented the lives of school girls and their teachers as the war unfolded.
Tuesday 10th December 2019
BEHIND THE SCENES OF WEATHER FORECASTING
Sarah Keith-Lucas has been presenting the weather on the BBC for over a decade. In this talk, she will take you through her journey into the world of Meteorology and forecasting. You will hear how they go about creating a weather forecast, how that is turned into an on-screen presentation and also discover what it’s like to work in the biggest newsroom in Europe. She will also talk about our changing climate and look at what is happening right now with the world’s increasingly wild weather.
Tuesday 21st January 2020
THE CASTLE HILL BRICKWORKS AND OTHER DISCOVERIES ALONG THE A21 DUALLING SCHEME
The main focus of the talk by Tim Allen, Senior Project Manager with Oxford Archaeology, will be the brick and tile works found on the slopes of Castle Hill. He will follow the brick-making process by describing the clay quarries, pugmills, Making Shed, drying sheds and kilns that were found. Finally. using a mixture of artefactual and documentary evidence, the talk will attempt to chart the development of the brickworks through the 19th and the first half of the 20th century.
Tuesday 18th February 2020
THE HISTORY OF TONBRIDGE SCHOOL
Tonbridge School was founded in 1553 by Sir Andrew Judde as a free Grammar School. The charter was granted by Edward VI, the Headmaster’s salary was set at £20 per annum and the school was to have as its Governors the Worshipful Company of Skinners. David Tennant, who has taught at Tonbridge for over 35 years, will review its 465 year history, discuss various aspects of the school as it is today and speculate on some of the challenges it might face in the future.
Tuesday 17th March 2020
BRITAIN WITH BETJEMAN
John Vigar will introduce us to the Poet Laureate’s architectural opinions and writings on historical buildings, from churches to pleasure piers.
April 2020 (date to be advised)
CIVIC DESIGN AWARD PRESENTATION*
Tuesday 19th May 2020
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING*
*Please note that an asterisk indicates that details of the talk or event will be advised later, both in the Newsletter and on the society’s website.