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Events Diary

A listing of future events and dances which are of interest to 1940's enthusiasts.
Please confirm details with event organisers before attending.



25 March 2016
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks


The Air Raid Warden
By Steve Hookins


Air Raids and Air Raid Wardens were an everyday part of life during WW2. Although Air Raid Wardens have been given a rather unfair reputation by the depiction of 'Hodges' in the comedy series 'Dads Army' they did in fact fulfil an essential role on Britain's Home Front.

Tonight's presentation see's 'Mr Warden' (Steve Hookins) talk about why he joined as an ARP warden, what it was like during the blitz, and the many duties he performed. The presentation, which is performed 'in character' is a mix of history and humour and is enhanced with artefacts of the period.

Steve Hookins is an author, historian, part of the MoD curatorial team at the Royal Artillery Museum in Woolwich and Battlefield Guide. Do come along to what will certainly be an entertaining and informative evening.


8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
2 April 2016
Open Day, Old Forge 1940's House, East Street, Sittingbourne, Kent.


The house in East Street Sittingbourne which was once a forge has been brought back to how it would have been in war time Britain. The house consists of a living room, dinning room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, ARP office and a garden with Anderson Shelter. The house and garden are filled with original furniture and artefacts and it is brought to life by experienced re-enactors. The theme of todays event is 'Spring into Action - Defending the realm'. Admission: Adults £4, Children £3, Families £10. Further details on 01795 479252 or visit www.oldforgewartimehouse.co.uk
10 April 2016
Jean Bentley Tea Dance


Tea Dance
At the Stag Theatre Plaza Suite, Sevenoaks 2.00pm - 4.30 pm

With dance lessons included and the Jean Bentley Dance Orchestra supplying the music what better way to spend the afternoon.

Tickets £7.50
Order Now from the Box Office on 01732 450175 or online at www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk
20 April 2016
The Otford & District Historical Society - Sevenoaks


The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
by Martin Stoneham


Doors open 7.30pm for refreshments. Meeting starts at 8.00pm.
Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.

Further details visit www.otford.co.uk/historicalsociety
Visitors £3
6 May 2016
The Princes Hall, Aldershot - 1940s VE Day Dance


A fabulous evening of music and dance with the 16 piece Apollo Big Band and trio Champagne At The Blitz. Comparing and playing your favourite sounds from the wartime era will be 'Empire Radio'.
Step back in time and relive all the glitz and glamour with sounds of the big band era. - See more at: http://www.princeshall.com
Tickets £15.00 (food available to order at time of booking))
7 May 2016
Open Day, Old Forge 1940's House, East Street, Sittingbourne, Kent.


The house in East Street Sittingbourne which was once a forge has been brought back to how it would have been in war time Britain. The house consists of a living room, dinning room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, ARP office and a garden with Anderson Shelter. The house and garden are filled with original furniture and artefacts and it is brought to life by experienced re-enactors. The theme of todays event is 'Come into the factories'. Admission: Adults £4, Children £3, Families £10. Further details on 01795 479252 or visit www.oldforgewartimehouse.co.uk
14 May 2016
Brooklands Museum - The 1940s Relived


Brooklands is a fascinating place to go if you have an interest in cars and motor racing but today there is so much more to see and do. Vintage stalls, classic cars, music and entertainment. I went for the first time last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. I plan to be back again this year. Prices vary so please check the website - there is a discount for advance tickets. For further details visit http://www.brooklandsmuseum.com
14 - 15 May 2016
Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre - The War Years


Station Road, Amberley, Near Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT
Amberley is a great place to visit but I haven't been to their War Years event yet. For further details visit http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk
18 May 2016
The Otford & District Historical Society - Sevenoaks


Battleships and blockade: Jutland and the Royal Navy in WW1
by Nick Fothergill


Doors open 7.30pm for refreshments. Meeting starts at 8.00pm.
Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.

Further details visit www.otford.co.uk/historicalsociety
Visitors £3
27 May 2016
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks


The Army Film & Photographic Unit
by Nigel Smiles


At the outbreak of WW2, unlike the Germans (or even the French), the UK had no cameramen or photographers in uniform. It just wasn't done, in part because propaganda wasn't British. Two years later with prospects gloomy, the authorities finally accepted that visual records could provide significant benefits not only for lifting public morale but also for military analysis, strategic planning and training. The RAF Film Production Unit and the Army Film & Photographic Unit were founded and despatched to cover the war in North Africa, including the Battles of Alamein. In March 1943, the British public flocked to cinemas to see their boys in action and - incredibly, for the first time - they were winning. Desert Victory won the 1943 Oscar for Best Documentary and is arguably the greatest campaign film of all time. The AFPU went on to cover the Italian Campaign, D-Day, the advance to Berlin and the jungle war in South East Asia. On 27 May 2016, the AFPU story will be told in an illustrated presentation by Nigel Smales whose father, Sergeant Cameraman Eddy 'Smiler' Smales, served with the Unit from 1941 until 1946.

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
4 June 2016
Open Day, Old Forge 1940's House, East Street, Sittingbourne, Kent.


The house in East Street Sittingbourne which was once a forge has been brought back to how it would have been in war time Britain. The house consists of a living room, dinning room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, ARP office and a garden with Anderson Shelter. The house and garden are filled with original furniture and artefacts and it is brought to life by experienced re-enactors. The theme of todays event is 'Use it up, wear it out use your coupon wisely. 75 years since the start of the Utility scheme'. Admission: Adults £4, Children £3, Families £10. Further details on 01795 479252 or visit www.oldforgewartimehouse.co.uk
2 - 3 July 2016
Isle of Wight Railway 1940s Weekend


The Railway Station Station Rd, Havenstreet PO33 4DS
01983 882204

A favourite 1940s events set in a wonderful location. Music, entertainment, dancing, re-enactment, vehicles and of course some lovingly restored Steam Trains. A wonderful setting for a 1940s weekend. Visit www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk for further details

29 July 2016
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks


Sheltering in the tube in wartime London
A presentation by Alan Williams


During the war, and despite initial official opposition, the London underground was used by many Londoners to shelter from the 'blitz'. In this illustrated talk Alan will recount the story of how thousands of Londoners used, as they had done in the first world war, the 'tube' to shelter from bombing and subsequent rocket attacks'

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
19 - 23 July 2016
The War & Peace Revival


RAF Westhanger, Folkestone Racecourse
A huge military vehicle event with masses of stalls, vehicles and entertainment. A real experience if you've never been. Check the website for full details.
Be aware that this years event runs from Tuesday to Saturday (NO SUNDAY)
Visit www.thewarandpeacerevival.co.uk for more details.
13 - 14 August 2016
Combined Ops Show - Headcorn Airfield, Kent


COMBINED OPS' MILITARY AND AIR SHOW, HEADCORN AERODROME, KENT

The 8th annual IMPS show will exhibit hundreds of military vehicles and historic re-enactions, tank rides and vintage pleasure flights along with flying displays. With a large stalls area, excellent catering and full 1940/50s music entertainment, there is something for all enthusiasts and their families at a sensible admission price. Visit www.combinedops.co.uk for more information or to book tickets.
3 - 4 September 2016
Vintage By The Sea


Morecambe Promenade and Seafront

The award winning Vintage by the Sea returns to Morecambe's fantastic seafront in September 2016 for a glamorous weekend of music, fashion, film, art, design and dance from the 1920's to the 1990's. Morecambe will once again be turned into a multi-venue playground where visitors can learn the dances, take in curated live performance and exclusive DJ sets, join in pop up fashion shows, peruse the classic cars, taste the finest street food, shop the vintage marketplace and much more - a joyous creative feast for all ages. Visit http://www.vintagefestival.co.uk for more information.
30 September 2016
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks


'SOE: Churchill's Secret Agents' by Terry Crowdy

The Special Operations Executive (SOE) was one of the most innovative British creations of the Second World War. Its mission was to export resistance, subversion and sabotage to occupied Europe and beyond, disrupting the German war effort. Terry Crowdy who is author of a new book on the subject will be giving a fascinating illustrated talk.

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
8th October 2016
The Coco Club


The Coco Club opens its doors again to an evening of style and glamour of the 1930s
At the Stag Theatre Plaza Suite, Sevenoaks - 7.30 pm

The Coco Club is very proud to announce that the Red Fez Orchestra will be performing three live sets, making it truly a night to remember.
This is an opportunity to wear your best classic clothing and enjoy an evening of fabulous music, social dancing and a unique atmosphere.

Tickets £18.00
Available shortly from the Box Office on 01732 450175 or online at www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk
25 November 2016
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks


Talk by Author, Collector & Historian Jon Mills

Whilst Jon has agreed to come and talk to us we have yet to decide on the subject. However, it will be an excellent evening so do put it in your diary.

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3

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