All meetings are held in the Church Room, Back Lane, Goudhurst.

Meetings start at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated.


2nd October 2018Rod LegearUnderground Kent – 

a brief look into various underground features in the county ranging from medieval chalk mines to nuclear bunkers.

6th November 2018James Preston – Malting & Malthouses in Kent –

an explanation of how you get from barley to beer, the malting process, the buildings in which it took place and how malt is used in brewing, all with reference to Kent.

4th December 2018N.B. This meeting will start at 7.15pm for minced pies and mulled wine.

Bob Ogley – Weather in Kent –

some of the dramatic weather events going back to the Third Ice Age when Kent was once part of the continent of Europe. Also, the coldest winters, hottest summers, big floods and, crucially for Bob, how the great storm of 1987 changed his life.

5th February 2019Dr Simon Elliott – Kent during the Roman Occupation –

why ragstone quarries of Kent were key to the Roman occupation of Britain and why this industry mysteriously disappeared in the mid 3rd century.

5th March 2019Ray Shayler – The Hidden Collection at Scotney Castle –

the story of a black metal trunk that lay undiscovered until 2011 and descriptions of the letters, diaries, photographs and battle plans found inside.

2nd April 2019 – AGM

followed by – Jane Davidson – Goudhurst/Kilndown place names –

an explanation of how some of Goudhurst and Kilndown places and buildings got their name.

7th May 2019Prof. Jackie Eales – Civil War in Kent (with references to Goudhurst) –

there were no major battles in Kent during the English Civil Wars, but local communities from Canterbury to Goudhurst were deeply divided by the key issues at stake, including the extent of royal power and religious loyalties.