Talks & Visits

We usually organise 9 talks and 2 visits each year. Places on our visits are usually limited in number and only available to members. There is normally an additional charge for each visit to cover items such as admission fees, guides and sometimes transport and/or refreshments. 

Unless otherwise noted below, all talks take place at 8pm in Plaxtol Memorial Hall, School Lane, Plaxtol, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0QD.  See the map at the bottom of this page. 

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OUR 2021 PROGRAMME

ZOOM MEETINGS:

Tuesday 12 January, 8pm – NEW ASH GREEN, a talk by Jonathan Fenner

Tuesday 9 February, 8pm – A TRIBUTE TO JAYNE SEMPLE by Vanessa Dussek, followed by a screening of “THE ANATOMY OF A VILLAGE” in which Jayne appeared

Tuesday 9 March, 8pm – PAINTING KENT – ARTISTS’ DEPICTIONS OF THE COUNTY – FROM TUDOR KNOLE TO TRACEY EMIN’S MARGATE, a talk by Lydia Goodson 

Tuesday 13 April, 8pm – THE FOLKLORE OF KENTISH FLOWERS, a talk by Sophie Leathart

Tuesday 11 May, 8pm – a short ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, followed by THE MEDWAY PRISON HULKS, a talk by DR JEREMY CLARKE

OUR SUMMER OUTINGS: PLEASE NOTE REVISED DATES AS FOLLOWS:

Tuesday 29 June (NB. NOT 8 June) – A GUIDED VISIT TO THREE KENT CHURCHES (Higham, Cooling and, possibly, Cobham) with Sir Paul Britton. Details to follow.

Thursday 9 September (NB. NOT 22 June), 10 30 am – A GUIDED MORNING WALKING TOUR OF DEAL with Jonathan Fenner, lasting about two hours. Meet in Deal (exact location to follow) at 10 15am for start at 10 30am prompt. £10 a head, payable on booking.

WE HOPE THAT, CORONAVIRUS RULES PERMITTING, THE REST OF OUR 2021 PROGRAMME WILL PROCEED AS USUAL. HOWEVER, SOME MEETINGS MAY NEED TO BE HELD VIA ZOOM INSTEAD OF IN PLAXTOL MEMORIAL HALL, AND/OR THE DATE, TIME, TOPIC AND SPEAKER MAY NEED TO BE CHANGED.

Tuesday 14 September, 8pm – THE ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY OF SEVENOAKS, a talk by Sir Paul Britton

Tuesday 12 October, 8pm – THE HISTORY OF OXENHOATH AND ITS OWNERS, a talk by Jonathan Fenner

Tuesday 9 November, 8pm – BIGGIN HILL MEMORIAL MUSEUM, a talk by Andy Burton

Tuesday 14 December, 8pm – TONBRIDGE IN THE CIVIL WAR, a talk by George Buswell

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HOW TO FIND PLAXTOL MEMORIAL HALL

The map below shows the location of Plaxtol Memorial Hall (click here for directions) where our Talks take place: