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:
- 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.
- July 1st Picnic
on 1st Jul 2017 2:00:pm, at The Green
Traditionally, each year, the Society has held an informal picnic on 4th July. This date recognised Winston Churchill's American Mother, acknowledged our American members and was a jolly good reason for an informal get together! However, we have decided to give focus to our other great Westerham hero, General James Wolfe, and his obvious connection to Canada. Saturday, July 1st is Canada Day and 2017 sees the 150 anniversary of the granting of Dominion Status to Canada. Our picnic has always been an informal, come for as long as you want, bring some food and drink, mix with friends and enjoy the (hopefully) sun.
- 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, about it 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.
- Beating The Bounds 2017
on 1st May 2017 8:00:am, at
Monday 1st May (Bank Holiday Weekend), approved Beating the Bounds Beating the Bounds is an established and enjoyable annual walking event in Westerham. The tradition of ‘beating the bounds’ of a parish to know its full extent existed before the days of maps. This ancient tradition has been revived in Westerham, for sale with residents, ed friends, families and visitors invited to walk as much or as little as they wish of the 12 mile route. Walkers and all others are invited finish up on the Green . There is no charge for this event which begins at 8am. Trek as much, or as little, as you like , families can enjoy the special family section. ( for more details see: “What’s on” page at www.visitwesterham.org.uk).
Music, stalls, entertainment and Pizzas begin on the Green from 12 noon
The tradition of Beating the Bounds seems to go back at least to Anglo-Saxon times, and may have been started by the Romans, who had a festival called Terminalia in honour of Terminus, the god of landmarks, to whom cakes and wine were offered, while sport and dancing took place at the boundaries.
- St George’s Day breakfast
on 23rd Apr 2017 9:30:am, at George and Dragon
Sunday 23rd April, more about 9.30 – 11am, St. George’s Day Breakfast at the George and Dragon. Come along and join our 11th St. George’s Day Breakfast! Members, children and guests are invited to sit down to a full cooked English breakfast. Booking forms will be distributed in the March newsletter.
- Westerham Society AGM followed by “Westerham , The Way Forward” with Henry Warde
on 24th Mar 2017 7:30:pm, at Westerham Hall
The Westerham Society AGM will be at 7:00 pm and is for members only.
At 8:00 pm there will be a presentation and discussion led by Henry Warde of the Squerryes Estate.
- Lecture “The Roman Villa at Lullingstone” by Rod Shelton
on 10th Feb 2017 7:30:pm, at Westerham Hall