The Westerham Society

The Society’s AGM was held on Friday 24th March, 2017. Gordon Rodgers confirmed that he will step down as Chairman in March 2018. Any members interested in talking on this role should contact Gordon as soon as possible.

The St George’s day breakfast took place on 23rd April with some 35 attendees. Suggestions as to how this event could be enhanced and developed are welcome.

May 1st, was the Beating of the Bounds event sponsored this year by the Society and the Westerham Town Partnership. The day started with heavy rain but by 9:30 the sky cleared and intrepid walkers set off on all or part of the route. Some 150 persons, including children, scout and Beaver Groups, a church group and the Westerham Ramblers passed through the children’s section from Westerham Hill to Charmans Farm. Again this year,  we arranged for a group walk over the same part of the route.

Activities started on the Green at 11:30 with a full and varied programme of music, stalls and Children’s entertainment. The weather was reasonably kind with one severe downpour at about 2:00. Nevertheless the day was a great success and enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. This year we we had a Pizza van (Pizzafedericci) provide food and this was very well received. Many thanks to all the people who make this event possible.

Traditionally our next event is the 4th July Picnic. Thought has been given to changing this to 1st July which is Canada Day and this is the 150 anniversary of the independence of Canada. Given our local links to General Wolfe it may be more appropriate to celebrate on this date each year (or a day nearest to 1st July). The Committee will be giving further to to this and will update details as decided.

The Society has now received a Heritage Lottery Grant for our Westerham Heritage Collection initiative. This is a virtual museum  concept and will require the listing and cataloguing of thousands of photographs and documents. A sub Committee has driven this forward but we now need volunteers to move the project forward. Full training will be given and any amount of support will be much appreciated. Should you wish to assist please contact us by using: heritagecollection@westerhamsociety.org.uk

 

 


  • Our Next Event

    Lecture: A day in the life of a “Tower of London’ Beefeater by Mitch Jones
    on 2nd Jun 2017 7:30:pm, at Westerham Hall
    The guards at the Tower of London are called Yeoman Warders but nicknamed Beefeaters. In principle they are responsible for looking after any prisoners at the Tower and safeguarding the British crown jewels, but in practice they act as tour guides and are a tourist attraction in their own right. Come and listen to some lovely stories from Mitch Jones who is also active in the London Welsh Male Voice Choir.  

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