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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, 26 January 2018

The history and restoration of the paddle steamer ‘Medway Queen’ by Pat and Mark Bathurst of the Medway Queen Preservation Society.

Paddle Steamer Medway Queen was built by the Ailsa Shipbuilding Company of Troon Scotland in 1924, for the New Medway Steam Packet Company of Rochester and is the last of the estuary paddle steamers that were built to take passengers on day trips on the Thames and Medway Estuaries, calling at locations such as Southend, Clacton-on-Sea, Herne Bay and Margate. At the outbreak of the Second World War she was commissioned into the Royal Navy and became a minesweeper As HMS Medway Queen she was now armed with a twelve pound gun and two Lewis guns. On the 27th of May 1940 she was ordered to the beaches of Dunkirk “to embark some troops that would be waiting there”. During the following days the Medway Queen rescued in excess of 7,000 men, completing seven trips – a record for a ship below the size of a destroyer. At the start of her final return to England, with almost 500 French troops on board, she sustained significant damage in a collision. After the war she was refitted and then returned for several years to her peacetime role. With lottery and European funding the vessel is currently being restored. The talk this evening will explore the history of this unique vessel.

Come along to what will be an informative and thought provoking evening.
8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details on 07927 748773 Admission £3
Stoneleigh Militaria Fair - 28 January 2018

Stoneleigh Militaria Fair
Coventry, Warwickshire. Post code CV8 2LZ


One of the largest militaria fairs of the year with 8000Sq metres of heated exhibition Halls.
Details from www.militariashows.com
Adults £10 under 14s (with adult) free
17 February 2018
The Coco Club - Valentines Dance


The doors of the 1930s Coco Club re-open on Saturday 17th February for a night of music and romance. - 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.

We are delighted to welcome back Benoit Viellefon and his Band who will be performing the best (and of course romantic) music from the golden age of British Dance Bands.

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
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.

Come along to what will be an informative and thought provoking evening.
8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details on 07927 748773 Admission £3
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
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 25 May 2018

Speaker to be confirmed



Come along to what will be an informative and thought provoking evening.
8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details on 07927 748773 Admission £3
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
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

Speaker to be confirmed



Come along to what will be an informative and thought provoking evening.
8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details on 07927 748773 Admission £3
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.
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 28 September 2018

Speaker to be confirmed



Come along to what will be an informative and thought provoking evening.
8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details on 07927 748773 Admission £3
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 30 November 2018

Speaker to be confirmed



Come along to what will be an informative and thought provoking evening.
8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details on 07927 748773 Admission £3

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