At 2018 November's meeting David Cufley gave an illustrated
talk on Brickmaking with some illustrations showing barefoot
children carrying lumps of clay, life was harsh for all workers,
often a family laboured together.
He showed a map indicating previous brick kilns in west Kent,
explaining the number of brick maker's kilns was dictated by
the requirement for building houses etc, often created just
for the duration of the construction.
Interestingly there was a kiln for bricks to build the Eynsford
Kate Mail the education offer at Chartwell spoke to the Society
in January 2019 on Winston Churchill's legacy through the Churchill's
Chartwell project. Local craftsmen have been re-creating some
of Churchill's most treasured artefacts to go on tour.
In February an enthusiastic talk was given by members of a
Society preserving the Medway Queen.
At the AGM IN March of the Historical Society Suzie Faubert
was elected chairman and all the committee members re-elected.
Suzie gave her annual report; the accounts were approved and
Hamish Howie was thanked for auditing the accounts.
The speaker after the AGM was Christop Bull a retired librarian,
very enlightening on the subject of how Carnegie had funded
new buildings for libraries if local authorities bought the
land, showing examples throughout Kent; also sadly he reported
of the present day closure or destruction of some of these with
the decline in available libraries & their content. Christop
retired early in protest at the direction local authorities
were taking with regard to libraries. He was an amusing and
On 26th April Marcia Barton spoke about Vita Sackville West
& Harold Nicolson May's speaker David Card related When Thanet
was an island prior to the visit in the area in June.
In July a strawberry teas was enjoyed by members at the Old
Vicarage by kind permission of Frank Hinks.