Tenterden and District Local History Society meet in the Zion Baptist Church, High Street, Tenterden on publicised Monday evenings from 7.15pm until 9pm (please see the link to the events at the bottom of this page). We have speakers on a variety of subjects, usually to do with local history. Membership is £6 per year. Visitors are welcome to attend, at a cost of £3 per meeting. Members receive a regular newsletter; members can attend coffee mornings when the fascinating Tenterden Scrapbooks are on view, and are also invited to join in with outings which are arranged in the summer months.
Mrs Eleanor Bliss, Halfways Cottage, Pluckley Road, Smarden Kent TN27 8NJ
The Annual Subscription is £6. Guests and Visitors are welcome at any meeting on payment of £3. Annual subscriptions are due on 1st September.
If you know of anyone who may be interested in joining, please encourage him or her to do so, or ask the Secretary to send them a copy of the Programme. Perhaps members may be able to offer lifts to near neighbours. Please offer to help if you have room in your car.
COFFEE MORNING SOCIALS:
We hope that members will come to the social events and bring their friends. Local history scrapbooks have been maintained for over 50 years and these will be on display. The Scrapbooks make a fascinating record of events as seen at the time by local newspapers and periodicals and photographs.
Our collection of books, papers, etc. on local history is stored in the Museum. These can be made available to members on request.
Notices of events are placed in the Parish Magazine, Wealden Advertiser, Kentish Express (Emma Isworth’s Tenterden Column), The Journal of Kent History and The Gateway Digital Display. Further information can be found on the Tenterden Website.
THE JOURNAL OF KENT HISTORY
This is published twice a year by The Kent History Federation, of which we are members. It contains a wide selection of articles and items of interest, as well as details of events and talks in Kent. The cost is £2 per issue. Orders can be placed with Mrs Eleanor Bliss.
Do visit and support the Museum in the Car Park in Station Road. Please contact the Curator (Tel. 01580 763286) if you would be willing to help as a volunteer at the Museum
Mr Colin Young is our Genealogist and Researcher. He can be contacted via email: email@example.com. Information is also available from him about the various burial places in the town, including names, dates and sites.
These fascinating guided walks of Tenterden can be arranged for clubs, societies or small groups. Tours last for about an hour, and cost £2 per person. They can be tailored to suit your needs. For more information, please contact Mrs Jean Sugden.
Details of the outings organised by Mrs Kathy Corby for the summer of 2017 will be published in due course
Please note that we are now insured with the British Association of Local History (BALH). In common with other insurers, cover only applies to the under 80s.
OUR PROGRAMME FOR 2016-2017
Roy Ingleton returns to start the year with his talk about crime and punishment and is followed in October by Maureen Clayton’s talk about civil unrest in England. November brings our AGM (I hope we don’t have any revolutions there!) and our own member Fred Walker puts us in a more restful frame of mind with his fascinating Royal Yachts of Europe. After the Christmas break we hear from Fred Lemont who will tell us all about the Flemish Weavers, and their importance to Tenterden and the Weald. In February, Peter Ewart returns to tell us about Rye, and in March Peter Batty will tell us all about Maidstone ‘a town of firsts’. We finish the year with another good friend of the Society, Imogen Corrigan, who returns to tell us all about the Bayeux Tapestry.
We have tried to provide something for everyone in the programme. I am grateful for the ideas people have given me for this year’s programme and any ideas, suggestions or requests for future talks are most welcome
Carolyn Hickmott, Programme Secretary
2016-17 History Society Programme