Our meetings are held in the Church Room, Back Lane, Goudhurst and they usually consist of illustrated talks on subjects of local interest.
Doors open at 7.15pm and meetings start at 7.30pm, unless otherwise stated in the programme. Meetings normally end around 9.15pm.
Membership for a year, giving free entry to all the season’s meetings, is an annual subscription of £10. Our subscription year runs from October to September.
Visitors are always welcomed at our meetings. A charge of £3 is made for each visitor per meeting.
The Society is pleased to be able to reinstate monthly meetings from October.
October 5th 2021 – The Goudhurst Post – by Gill Joye
Gill will talk us through post in Goudhurst from the early provincial post to the modern post office.
N.B. The talk will be followed by the Society’s AGM.
November 2nd 2021 – The Heritage and Memory of Hop Picking in West Kent – by Dr Toby Butler
Toby has brought ex-hop pickers from East London to the hop gardens they picked in to record their evocative memories. The talk includes documentary and archive films shot at the hop farms around Tonbridge.
December 7th 2021 – Mrs Beeton’s Victorian Christmas – by Toni Mount
Celebrating the Festive Season with Isabelle and Sam Beeton, including their time living in Kent, plus Christmas traditions introduced by the Victorians.
N.B. Doors will open at 7.15 pm and the evening will start with mulled wine and mince pies. Toni’s talk will begin at 7.45pm.
February 1st 2022 – No Meeting
March 1st 2022 – Suffragettes of Kent – by Jennifer Godfrey
Thought provoking stories about the determination, courage and sacrifice of those involved in the women’s suffrage movement with references to Goudhurst and surrounding areas.
this talk will include the lives of Vita Sackville West and Harold Nicholson at home and on the farm as well as the involvement of the Home Guard and secret Auxiliary Units during the threat of enemy invasion
We look forward to welcoming you to our meetings.
If you are considering joining our society you can talk to us at a meeting or email us via our “Contact Us” page.