Weald History Group

Formed for the enjoyment of our own history


Weald History Group Autumn talks 2018


  1. Our pub lunch, which used to be our New Year Lunch – this year to be known as a Spring Lunch – will be on Friday 16th March at the Greyhound, Charcott, at 12.30.  Fran can fit 20 people into the dining area which should accommodate us OK. We will pre-order so when I hear from you I will send a menu.
  2. On Monday April 9th at 8pm I have booked Douglas Chapman to talk to us about Dode Church.  The Village of Dode was destroyed in 1349 as a result of the Black Death and shortly afterwards the church was abandoned. After a chequered history it was bought by Douglas Chapman and his wife Mary in 1992. Douglas will tell us about the church’s history and his work in restoring it. It is near Meopham so I thought we could follow this up with a visit. (perhaps also taking in Meopham windmill if the repairs have been finished – and a pub lunch!)
  3. On Wednesday 9th May at 8pm I have booked Rod LeGear to talk on ‘History from the Air’ . Rod is a vice-president of the Kent Archaeological Society and qualified pilot, and you may remember his talk on the Chislehurst Caves prior to our visit to the caves. This talk should give an interesting view of historical sites.
  4. The visit to Dode (see above) – date to be arranged with those who are interested.
  5. Summer outing. We have had the suggestion of going to Hastings. “ The Norman ruins of Hastings Castle, once home to William the Conqueror, overlook the English Channel. East along the shingle seafront of Stade beach, Hastings Fishermen’s Museum and Shipwreck Museum document maritime history. The Jerwood Gallery shows contemporary art.” 

There is also the Old Town and there are guided walks on Tuesday afternoons throughout the summer led by volunteer guides from the Old Hastings Preservation Society :  “ They start at the top of the West Hill lift and proceed gently downhill, but there are steps. Allow 2 hours.”   Or we can book a private tour if there is enough interest.


Alternatively there is the offer of “a fascinating tour of the Stade Fishing Quarter of Hastings Old Town. The walk can be over uneven ground but there are no hills or steps to climb. We can tailor the walk to your mobility needs or interest. The walks are led by experienced volunteer guides from the Fishermen’s Museum. These walks take about 90 minutes.”   A private walk could be booked on a Wednesday or a Friday.


Ideas for talks and visits, or any other activity, welcome. 

Committee Members
Chairman  Richard Gidman  454222
Secretary  Sheila Turley  463339
Treasurer  Nigel Turley  463339
Gillian Moysey
Ken Hocking