Details of Recent Events
Note: Where an event requires special booking please refer to the latest Newsletter.
Here are details of the recent Westerham Society events:
on 26th Oct 2019 7:00:pm, at St. Mary the Virgin Church
The London Welsh Male Voice Choir last visited Westerham in November 2014. We are very pleased to announce another concert evening with the London Welsh Male Voice Choir will be held on 26th October 2019. We will also have two soloists from the Orpheus Centre, Angus Morton and Charlotte Rowling, with Sir Richard Stilgoe as the piano accompanist. This will be a joint venture with St Mary's Westerham Heritage Trust. Tickets, which include an interval drink, will go on sale from 9.00 am Friday 23rd August from James Millard Estate Agents (cash or cheque only) or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/stmarysheritagetrust .
- The Victorian Railways of Kent
on 18th Oct 2019 7:30:pm, at Westerham Hall
A presentation by Tony Riley on the complex history behind the development of Kent’s railways. Tony Riley has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the topic as well as a great collection of old photographs. We will hear how our regional railway structure was created, especially as it was undertaken with no government funding and even without an overall blueprint. Tracing developments from the Canterbury and Whitstable railway through to recent developments.
- The Orpheus Centre
on 13th Sep 2019 7:30:pm, at Westerham Hall
A presentation by Ann Lovelace on the inspiring work of the Orpheus Centre, an independent specialist college in Godstone. The Centre focuses on developing independent skills and confidence of young people between 18 and 25 with learning and/or physical disabilities. The personalised study programmes for students are based on developing skills through performing and visual arts to make dramatic improvements in their lives.
- Canada Day Social
on 1st Jul 2019 6:00:pm, at Quebec House
Following the successful garden party last year we are pleased to invite Members to another evening social. The Quebec House garden will be open to the Society between 6.00 and 9.00 pm. This will be a ticket only event with canapes and drinks served during the evening, but tickets must be purchased in advance of the event.
- The Magic, Mystery and Madness of Travelling in Latin America
on 7th Jun 2019 7:30:pm, at Westerham Hall
A presentation by Latin America travel specialist David Gilmour. David's introduction to Latin America will include past travellers' tales; Columbus claimed to have seen a mermaid; One of Magellan's crew caught sight of a giant off the coast of Argentina; Raleigh talked of an encounter with a tribe of headless men in the jungles of South America and more. He will pose the question 'What has Latin America done for us' He will tell us about modern travellers returning with exciting tales of their own. Also about tour leading at a time of transition from dictatorship towards democracy. This will be a talk guaranteed to give us plenty to think, to be amazed and to laugh about. Do try to come.
- Beating the Bounds and Fair on The Green
on 6th May 2019 8:30:am, at
The traditional Beating the Bounds family walk around the sign-posted route of the Westerham Parish boundaries starting from 8.00 am. The event is free and walkers can undertake all or part of the route. Walkers can finish at The Green where they will be able to enjoy food, refreshments, stalls and entertainment. This year the Fair on The Green will be a joint event between The Westerham Society, Westerham Town Partnership and the Edenbridge & Westerham Rotary and will run from 11.00 am until 4.30 pm. Come and enjoy the day. For further information, the route and to download directions please go to: www.visitwesterham.org.uk/whats-on/w-beating-the-bounds
- AGM and Talk on Kent Wildlife Trust & Greensands Commons
on 22nd Mar 2019 7:00:pm, at Westerham Hall
We look forward to seeing Members at the AGM to hear reports on the activities during the last year and to learn about the Committee's plans for 2019. Members will be able to express views and ask questions about the Society's plans.
A presentation by Andrew Willmore, Project Manager of the Sevenoaks Greensand Commons Project.
Andrew will tell us about the Kent Wildlife Trust and the Greensands Commons Project. Sevenoaks Greensand Commons are some of the most beautiful, wild places in the south-east but have become overgrown and undervalued. The aim of the Greensand Commons Project is to reinstate them as important and valued spaces for the local community, by working with local volunteers engaged in practical work, scientific research and hands-on learning.
- The Magical Mystery of Houdini
on 8th Feb 2019 7:30:pm, at Westerham Hall
The return of the charismatic Joe Mendell following his much appreciated and humorous talk on The American Presidents in Bits and Pieces. This time, Joe will tell the story of the greatest magician of his era and with some surprises too. What made him so special? Why was he so good? We will find out on 8th February.
- Carriage Driving: The Story
on 11th Jan 2019 7:30:pm, at Westerham Hall
A presentation by Sara Howe, who runs Bradbourne Carriage Driving Centre in Sevenoaks. She has been a top international carriage driver since 2003, representing Great Britain as a team member in 7 World Championships and is a bronze medal winner. This is an opportunity to hear about the history and drama of the sport.
- Christmas Social
on 16th Dec 2018 12:00:pm, at A Private Venue
The annual convivial lunchtime Christmas Social open to all members through advanced ticket sales.
- The Mistresses of King Charles II
on 12th Oct 2018 7:30:pm, at Westerham Hall
The talk will cover the many mistresses of the King and how they vied for position and the privileges the position gave them. The speaker is John Halligan, a well known London Guide and Freeman of the City of London. John will also explain how some of the mistresses have links with the aristocracy today.
- Women Aviators
on 14th Sep 2018 8:00:pm, at Westerham Hall
Anna Astin's presentation on Women Aviators. Anna is well know for her presentations on Women in Motoring and The Women of the First World War. It promises to be another interesting and entertaining evening.
- Canada Day Social
on 1st Jul 2018 6:00:pm, at Quebec House
A summer social in the lovely gardens of Quebec House where we can spend an evening together and raise a glass to the 151st anniversary of the granting of Dominion status to Canada. Drinks and canapes will be served. A pre-booking ticket event for members and guests.
- “America’s Presidents – in bits and pieces” Talk
on 1st Jun 2018 8:00:pm, at Westerham Hall
A humorous presentation by Joe Mendell, actor, director and theatre buff, on the strange facts about USA Presidents from George Washington to Donald Trump. Joe is a renowned "in character" presenter for talks on the likes of Mark Twain, Harry Houdini and Bob Newhart. It promises to be an entertaining and informative evening.