The Westerham Society
The Society held its annual Sir Winston Churchill Dinner on Thursday, 30th November. Some 80 members attended at Chartwell where the National Trust team provided their ever excellent service and food. Our appreciation goes to Zoe Colbeck and all her team. The speaker this year was Mr Allen Packwood OBE. Allen is a Fellow of Churchill College at the University of Cambridge, the Director of the Churchill Archives Centre and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His talk on the portrayal of Churchill in recent films, as compared to the reality of research, was hugely informative and presented in a totally engaging way. Our thanks got to him and to Randolph Churchill for his introduction of Allen. As ever, we must that Jacs Taylor Smith for her organising of this event and to David Taylor Smith for his summary of Sir Winston’s activities some 100 years ago.
Our next event is the members Christmas Social on 10th December.
Ae already outlined, the main focus of the Society has now become the various proposals and plans re the development of housing in the town. Both the Westerham Town Council and Sevenoaks District Council questionnaires have confirmed a strong objection to any major proposals. Inherently the Society is opposed to any plans that will be to the detriment of the town or the Green Belt and these results confirm that any future planning applications will have to be very carefully reviewed and, as required, opposed.
We are pleased to report that the Co-Op Group have made repairs to the paving in the memorial garden. We arranged for the benches to be repaired and repainted and have planted winter flowers, bulbs and bushes placed in the garden and planters. We thank Westerham Heights Nursery for their recent tidying and upkeep of the garden and their support in the supply of material and plants. Sadly, the garden is subject to vandalism and we would ask anyone who sees such events to report them to the police. It would also be appreciated if members could tidy the garden if they see rubbish left on site.
The Society has donated over 20 Christmas wreaths to various businesses in the town for them to display and decorate over the Christmas season. These have already started to appear and we thank those businesses for their participation.
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.
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. Mitch Young will also be stepping down as Events Secretary. The lack of new committee members will seriously impact our ability to maintain even the current levels of activity.
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