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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.



The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 30 March 2018

Kent at War 1939-1941 by Bob Ogley

During the Second World War Kent was the county closest to occupied Europe with many of the population living closer to France than to London. Well-known local Kent historian Bob Ogley will explore some of the major events and effects of the war on Kent, a county that was on the ‘front line’ of the war and experienced many of its effects at first hand.

Meetings are held in Otford Village Memorial Hall, High Street, Otford, TN14 5PQ. Parking in the adjacent car park is free from 18:00. Meetings start at 20:00. Refreshments are available. Admission £3. All are welcome to our informative, entertaining and often thought-provoking evenings.
01 / 02 April 2018
CRICH TRAMWAY VILLAGE 1940s weekend


Crich Tramway Village, Crich, Derbyshire
A real taste of life during the Second World War in this unique setting.
Step back in time to Britain on the Home Front at this World War II / 1940's Event. Historic wartime road and military vehicles will be on display and mingling with vintage trams from the 1940's period. You will be entertained with war-time songs from a variety of entertainers throughout the day. Re-enactors and those displaying vehicles need to pre-register and those attending in 1940s clothing on the day will be able to obtain a discounted ticket. Visit: www.tramway.co.uk for further details.


12 May 2018
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. A very enjoyable event which I very much enjoy attending. Prices vary so please check the website - there is a discount for advance tickets. For further details visit www.brooklandsmuseum.com
19 - 20 May 2018
Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre - Home Front weekend


Station Road, Amberley, Near Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT
A weekend of nostalgia and history to go back in time to the wartime period. Dress up and be part of this event, and on the Sunday take part in the evacuee train. Watch
re-enactments, dioramas, military vehicles and enjoy period bus rides.
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 2018
Dear Old Blighty - Mike Brown Book Launch


Methodist Church Hall, Albion Way, SE13 6BT (7:45pm)
On the 100th anniversay year of the ending of the First World War, Mike Brown will be launching his book on Britain's First World War Home Front. The book is of particular interest as it highlights so much of what was learned and subsequently undertaken in the second world war. The evening is being organised by Sabrestorm Publishing in association with the Lewisham Local History Society and is free to attend. www.sabrerstorm.com
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 25 May 2018

Mary Ellis: Spitfire Girl by Melody Foreman

'Mary Wilkins Ellis' was one of the 166 brave women ferry pilots who flew with the wartime Air Transport Auxiliary. In this illustrated talk Mary's biographer Melody Foreman examines the life and times of this determined aviatrix who flew and delivered 400 Spitfires and 76 different types of aircraft to RAF and USAF airfields throughout Britain. Prepare to be amazed by her fascinating story.

Meetings are held in Otford Village Memorial Hall, High Street, Otford, TN14 5PQ. Parking in the adjacent car park is free from 18:00. Meetings start at 20:00. Refreshments are available. Admission £3. All are welcome to our informative, entertaining and often thought-provoking evenings.
26 - 27 May 218
Ironbridge Gorge WW2 weekend


This beautiful location is the setting for a WW2 weekend with re-enactors, vehicles, stalls, and talks. Visit the website at ironbridgeww2weekend.co.uk for further details.
9 - 10 June 2018
Dig for Victory Show


10am - 5pm
North Somerset Showground, Wraxall, Nr Bristol, BS48 1NE

The Dig For Victory Show is a fantastic 1940's family festival held in the beautiful North Somerset countryside, exploring the turbulent yet thought-provoking wartime years. Come and enjoy military vehicles, re-enactors, live music, dancing, history talks, vintage stalls, delicious local food including our lovely vintage tea room and bar, arena events, our 1940s farm, a vintage fun-fair and children's trail and much, much more.

The festival has close links to the local community, it has raised £16,000 for charity to date and attracts all ages from across the South West. The 2018 show will be proudly supporting Combat Stress and the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.

www.digforvictoryshow.com
10 June 2018
RAF Cosford Air Show


RAF Cosford , Albrighton , WOLVERHAMPTON , WV7 3EX
Fantastic aeroplanes, vintage villages, should be a fantastic event. Tickets only available in advance and the top tip is to arrive early as it gets VERY busy. Take a look atthe website at www.cosfordairshow.co.uk for full details.
24th June 2018
A Big Band Concert - Celebrating the Fabulous 40's


Time: 12 noon to 5pm
Venue: The Concorde, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh, SO50 9HQ
A fun 1940's event in the grounds of The Concorde, listen and dance to the amazing Swing Unlimited Big Band, Eddy Hailwood and sing-along with Andy "Formby" Whitaker. Entertainment also from Highcliffe Charity Players and learn to Lindy Hop with Gary & the Lindy Hoppers.
Stalls - BBQ - Restaurant - Vintage Vehicles, 1940's Fashion
Prizes for the best dress 1940's (optional).
Tickets £15 per adult (early bird offer £12.50 before 4th June)
Contact Rotary Club 02380 908434 or 01489 795694
More details on our website: www.rcsw70.org
30 June / 1 July
Windsor 2018 - Royal British Legion


A genuine once in a lifetime opportunity to parade through Windsor in support of fundraising for the Royal British Legion
In recognition of the role of living history in carrying forward the legacy of wartime generations, the parade through the Royal Borough passes the Castle and
finishes on the Long Walk. Official Salute. British, Commonwealth, American WW1 and WW2 re-enactors uniformed and civilian invited. Military vehicles welcome
100th Anniversary of the end of the Great War, D-Day and VE-Day anniversaries

Full details available soon but early expressions of interest welcome

GDingley@britishlegion.org.uk

TEL 077 483 10996
24 - 28 July 2017
The War & Peace Revival


Tthe Hop Farm - Beltring, Kent
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 detailsas there just isn't enough room to list everything here. Be aware that this years event runs from Tuesday to Saturday (NO SUNDAY)
Visit www.thewarandpeacerevival.co.uk for more details.
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 27 July 2018

'If War Should Come' by Alan Williams.

Alan will explore examples of British film production and show a selection of British documentary and feature-film extracts from British cinema between 1936 and the early 1940s. From the mid 1930s British commercial film producers, the documentary film movement and the government sought to predict and explain to the British cinema-going public what impact war would make to life in Britain. Films and film extracts to be shown this evening include, amongst others, 'Things to Come' (1936), 'If War Should Come' (1939), 'The Front Line' (1940) and 'Miss Grant Goes to the Door' (1940).

Meetings are held in Otford Village Memorial Hall, High Street, Otford, TN14 5PQ. Parking in the adjacent car park is free from 18:00. Meetings start at 20:00. Refreshments are available. Admission £3. All are welcome to our informative, entertaining and often thought-provoking evenings
18 - 19 August

Combined Ops Show - Headcorn in Kent

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

This unique event held at Headcorn Aerodrome has a variety of vintage and modern aircraft displays, on the ground and in the air. A family event which includes static military vehicles, living history re-enactment groups, arena events, military stalls, children's entertainment and food stalls to make this a perfect day out. Visit www.headcornspecialevents.co.uk for more information or to book tickets.
8 - 9 September 2018
Newbury 1940s Weekend


An historical event taking place in Newbury with many activities throughout the weekend including:

• War walks
• photo exhibitions,
• 1940's radio throughout the weekend,
• 1940s fashion show
• Wartime films
• Ruby's Vintage & Retro fairs (including hair and make-up) Sunday only,
• Community & Military parades
• Children's street party
• Vehicle Displays
• Arts & Crafts
• Apollo Big Band & other artists on Saturday Evening.

10:30am - 18:30pm www.visitnewburyevents.org.uk
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 28 September 2018

'It ain't half dusty and don't tread on that'. A talk presented by members of the 'Desert Rats' Living History Group.

It ain't half dusty is an insight into the living conditions, hardships and challenges overcome by the British and Commonwealth troops and supporting services in the Western Desert War 1940 to 1943. Don't tread on that! is an introduction to one of the new battlefield weapons of the second world war, the mass-produced land mine. Shedding light on what it was, how it was used and the methods used to disarm it.

Meetings are held in Otford Village Memorial Hall, High Street, Otford, TN14 5PQ. Parking in the adjacent car park is free from 18:00. Meetings start at 20:00. Refreshments are available. Admission £3. All are welcome to our informative, entertaining and often thought-provoking evenings.
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 30 November 2018

Christmas on the Home Front. by Mike Brown.

In this seasonal talk well-known historian Mike Brown will explore how Christmas was celebrated in Britain during the war years.

Meetings are held in Otford Village Memorial Hall, High Street, Otford, TN14 5PQ. Parking in the adjacent car park is free from 18:00. Meetings start at 20:00. Refreshments are available. Admission £3. All are welcome to our informative, entertaining and often thought-provoking evenings.
15th December 2018
The Coco Club


The doors of the 1930s Coco Club re-open on Saturday 15th December for a grand Christmas Ball. - 7.30 pm


Experience the golden age of British Dance Band music in the perfect setting of the art deco style Stag Plaza.
Dance to the fabulous music of such legends as Carroll Gibbons, Jack Hylton, Roy Fox, Ambrose and Lew Stone, plus a wealth of singers from Josephine Baker to Al Bowlly.

The highlight of the Ball sees the return by popular demand, of the sensational Brandyn Shaw and his Rhythm Makers.
With glamour and elegance being bywords for the night, black/white-tie, evening or cocktail dress are recommended, and this, the décor, music and dancing, combine to provide a wonderfully unique atmosphere.

This very friendly evening successfully integrates people of all age groups, and the level of dancing is varied, so anyone can move around the floor just as it suits them. There are also several very eventful novelty dances that have become firm favourites !



Tickets £18.00
Available from the Box Office on 01732 450175 or online at www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk

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