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:
- AGM and Talk on General James Wolfe – Myths and Legends
on 13th Mar 2020 7:00:pm, at Westerham Hall
All Members are invited to the Society's AGM which will commence at 7.00 pm. The Committee will present reports on the activities in 2019 and plans for the current year. Members will be invited to comment on the reports and the Committee's plans for the future. The talk and presentation by John Rawlinson on General James Wolfe - Myths and Legends scheduled to follow the AGM was cancelled by the speaker due to advice on gatherings during the Coronavirus. We will plan to reschedule this talk at a later date.
- A Diva on a Harley Davidson
on 14th Feb 2020 7:30:pm, at Westerham Hall
A Talk by Alison Charles
Alison Charles’ talk will outline her journey from a shy Essex girl to becoming a Harley Davidson riding, opera singing diva and everything that happened in between. Her time in the military, her work in Africa – this talk covers it all. This promises to be an interesting story.
- The British Tommy in France and Flanders in WW1
on 17th Jan 2020 7:30:pm, at Westerham Hall
A talk by Roger Stiles about his lifelong interest in our history of the First World War which stemmed from his father's service with the Queen Victoria Rifles. Over the years Roger has carried out research on a great number of men, with many visits to France and Flanders to trace the footprints of these soldiers who fought in the battles and to give a place in history for their courage and lives. Roger can bring stories of some of young men from Westerham who crossed the Channel to do their duty with such bravery.
- Christmas Social
on 15th Dec 2019 12:00:pm, at A Private Venue
The annual convivial lunchtime Christmas Social at a private local venue. Open to Members through advanced ticket sales.
- Annual Churchill Dinner at Chartwell
on 30th Nov 2019 7:00:pm, at Chartwell
The Society will hold its annual Sir Winston S. Churchill memorial dinner in the Mulberry Room at Chartwell. This year the guest speaker is Lord Michael Dobbs. Lord Dobbs was an adviser to Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major. He is also a well known author whose work has included award-winning novels about Winston Churchill and the classic political novel 'House of Cards'. Tickets by invitation to members.
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.