Ide Hill Society Events 2019
If you wish to attend an event, please download the form and send to the Hon Sec. Thank you.
Mar 20th AGM and Ladybird Book talk in the Village Hall
Wed 8pm Following our AGM, Caroline Alexander, doyenne of Castle Farm and its lavender fields and
Paul Hop Shop, will give a personal account of the story of Ladybird Books – their authors and artists, why so popular and their place in social history. Please bring along your favourites!
Apr 17th Sevenoaks School and its Almshouses talk in the Village Hall
Wed 8pm Mike Bolton taught history at the school for 38 years and retired as the Undermaster. He is
Paul Chairman of the Trustees of the Almshouses.
May 15th Greensands Commons talk in the Village Hall
Wed 8pm Andrew Willmore, who manages the project to re-instate the Greensands Commons for the Kent
Henry Wildlife Trust/Sevenoaks District Council, will talk about how the project was developed and work being carried out on the Commons which are linked by the Greensand Way and extend from Seal Chart to Crockham Hill.
June 12th Chilham Castle visit
Wed 11am Coach leaves village Green for Chilham, near Canterbury, where after a light lunch at the village
Henry Pub, we will be given a guided tour of the house and its garden. The castle, now a private house, was built in 1616 on the site of the ancient castle. The tour, which includes an outline of the history of the building, covers all the main rooms.
July 2nd Smithfield and Charterhouse visit
Tues 10.45am A fresh perspective on the ancient heart of the City. The guided tour includes a visit to the old
Barbara/Maggie meat market in the morning, followed in the afternoon with a tour by a resident Charterhouse brother, finishing c4.15pm. There will be an opportunity to stay on for the 5.30 evening service.
July 21st Summer Party
Sun 12noon Drinks and canapés at the Old Vicarage. Please bring a plate of savoury or sweet canapés.
Sep 24th Clink lunch
Tues 12noon Visit to the Clink Restaurant, HMP High Downs, Sutton for a unique dining experience, within
John the walls of this category B prison. You will be served in a modern spotlight dining room with a delicious 3 course lunch, cooked using fresh, seasonal ingredients and latest cookery techniques, all in an open kitchen and prepared and served by prisoners. The restaurant is a major part of the Clink Charity’s prisoners rehabilitation initiative.
Oct 16th The Wear and Tear of Horses in the Boer War talk in the Village Hall
Wed 8pm John Head, a third-generation vet from Cornwall, will draw on his grandfather’s extensive
Paul diaries attached to the Inniskilling Dragoons in the 2nd Boer War 1899/1901 and explain why
horse losses were so much greater than in the 1st World War.
Nov 20th The Great War and its Legacy talk in the Village Hall
Wed 8pm Matthew Ball, a local author and historian, will consider how life in Sevenoaks in 1919 differed
Maggie from that of 1914. He will talk about the hidden casualties of WWI, and the impact that conflict, along with the influenza epidemic, had on the lives of local people and their families.