At the AGM of the Society in March Suzie Faubert the Chairman
gave a report of the meetings held over the past year. David
Simmons reported that the Finances were healthy. Our president
Ken Fowler has decided to step down from the committee, hoping
someone younger would join the committee with fresh ideas, he
will however remain as the president. The remainder of the committee
were prepared to continue serving.
Following the AGM The speaker at the meeting was Alex Ferris
who spoke about the Plague in 17th century Smarden, an interest
he pursued when researching into their Society archives he discovered
50 deaths unrecorded in the parish; These were thought to be
of plague victims excluded from the village. Mr Ferris then
went on to relate various perceived cures for the plague and
avoidance measures from contracting it.
At the April meeting Rod Shelton gave a presentation on Lullingstone
the Rise & Fall of a Roman Villa explaining the reasons
for this; he brought along to the meeting two models of the
Villa to demonstrate where additions were made.
In May David Carder showed slides of the Romney Churches beginning
from Hythe along the ridge to Winchelsea and from there on to
the marshes. All but one of the Churches are still in use, many
built of rag stone but one, Fairfield Church was wooden. Followed
by a visit in June when members took a trip around 4 churches
on Romney Marsh guided by David Carder.
July Members Summer Tea The Society enjoyed the Summer Strawberry
Tea in the Garden of The Old Forge by kind permission of Richard
Inniss, who gave a talk on the history of the house.