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:
- 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.
- Beating The Bounds of Westerham 2018
on 7th May 2018, at Various Locations
The Westerham Society and Westerham Town Partnership are delighted to welcome families, groups, friends and visitors to join the residents of Westerham in checking our boundaries are still in place! Explore our wonderful countryside, enjoy the views and join the community for a Maypole Dance by the children of Churchill School, with pizzas from Federicci, entertainment and refreshments on The Green in the afternoon. Walking starts any time after 8am and refreshments and stalls will be on The Green from about Midday. The day is free to enjoy, although donations in the buckets in aid of the town’s Hanging Baskets will be gratefully received. To download a route card and map see the Beating the Bounds section of the Visit Westerham website.
- AGM and “Thinking of the Past, Planning for the Future” by Bill Curtis
on 23rd Mar 2018 8:00:pm, at Westerham Hall
Following the AGM, Bill Curtis spoke about the challenges experienced in launching the Heritage website and compiling and preserving the huge amount of historically important information on Westerham's heritage, much from local families. Bill also provided a taster on some classic and interesting material posted onto the website.
- Cold War Pilot to Gulf War Commander
on 9th Feb 2018 7:30:pm, at Westerham Hall
Talk by Air Vice Marshall Nigel Day, educated at King's School Canterbury and Imperial College, recounts highlights form his RAF career which took him from Lossiemouth to involvement in the Gulf War and later Kosovo.
- The Great Storm
on 12th Jan 2018 8:00:pm, at Westerham Hall
A chance to hear Bob Ogley's personal account, of the damage and impact locally, caused by the Great Storm in October 1987. Bob was the first local journalist on the scene and his subsequent book went into the bestsellers list.
- Christmas Social
on 10th Dec 2017 12:00:pm, at Private Venue
The annual lunchtime Christmas Social open to all members.
- October Lecture: “Churchill at Chartwell” by Kate Mail and Nicole Day
on 13th Oct 2017 7:30:pm, at Westerham Hall
Last September, Chartwell launched an appeal to raise over £7 Million and reinvigorate the legacy of Sir Winston Churchill at his family home.
To date the Chartwell appeal has reached £6 Million and many important items have been acquired. Kate Mail, Learning Officer, will advise how the funding has been springboard for engaging a new generation with Churchill's legacy.
Nicole Day, House Manager, will highlight some of the objects that have been acquired and advise how the funding will also allow new rooms and spaces top be opened, including Churchill's bedroom.
- Lecture: “The Queen’s Jewels” by David Thomas
on 15th Sep 2017 7:30:pm, at Westerham Hall
David Thomas was crown jeweller to the English monarchy from 1991 to 2007, capsule when he retired. His job was keeping the monarchs crowns and jewels in order. His talk covers the Queens fabulous personal jewellery collection including the famous Cambridge Emeralds – which were apparently won in a German lottery in the nineteenth century.