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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.



14th November 2014
CC41 Utility Clothing - Book Launch & Talk


Mike Brown talk and book signing - 7pm

Mike Browns long awaited book "CC41 Utility Clothing" (ISBN 978 178122005 4) is launched today at Sevenoaks Library (kent) on an evening jointly organised by Kent Libraries and the 1940s Society.

Mike will be giving a fully illustrated talk on Utility Clothing, displaying utility clothing items and signing copies of his new book.

Tickets are just £2 and are available directly from Sevenoaks Library on 01732 585300 or by email from jenny.carter2@kent.gov.uk

(Sevenoaks Library, Buckhurst Lane, Sevenoaks TN13 1LQ)


14th - 17th November 2014
Riviera Swing - 30's & 40s Weekender


Victoria Hotel in Torquay

RIVIERA SWING is a unique and small 30's and 40's long-weekender dedicated to providing the very best AUTHENTIC period entertainment, with a British slant. They pride themselves on hosting the UK's greatest swing orchestras and dance bands playing music of those eras, all in the beautiful art-deco Victoria Hotel in stunning Torquay 'The English Riviera'. This Riviera Swing incredibly stars THE NEW SQUADRONAIRES, THE ALEX MENDHAM ORCHESTRA and DUNCAN GALLOWAY'S RHYTHMIC SIX.

Whatever your dance style - whether it's Quickstep, Fox Trot, Waltz, Lindy, or Balboa - top DJs OKAY FOR SOUND, ROB BE-BOP and RICK'S COMMUNITY SWING will cater to all period styles. They may even throw in some period party dances - ever fancied trying your hand at the Palais Glide? The Valeta? How about The Lambeth Walk? Dance teachers MARK & HOC EWING, aided and abetted by Bryan & Lou Webb and Rob Be Bop & Julie, who will be on hand to show you how.

Enjoy authentic and elegant period tea dances every afternoon with top DJ's, or gather round the piano for daily lunchtime sing-a-longs with the wonderful DEREK WEBBER. Also enjoy large-screen showings of expertly-curated classic vintage cinema by Paul Cotgrove of THE WHITE BUS, or browse clothes, shoes, music, accessories and more at the big vintage market all day Saturday (open to the public). And don't forget that the event continues through 'til Monday so the party will still be going strong on Sunday night! And it's all hosted by the legendary VIV THE SPIV!

For booking enquiries go to www.rivieraswing.co.uk or call Tony on 07966 390802

28th November 2014
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks


Doodlebugs & Rockets - V1s & V2s
Bob Ogley


It took Bob Ogley many months to research and write the story of the flying bombs - V1 and V2, or Doodlebug and Rocket - the unique, brilliantly conceived, indiscriminate briefly lived weapons that were launched by the Germans against London in a last ditch orgy of violence designed to turn the tide of the war.

Appealing for reminiscences and photographs Bob was overwhelmed by the response. Thousands remembered the ungainly monsters that roared across the skies like badly tuned motorbikes. Who could forget that moment when the engine cut out and the missile fell silently to earth followed by a shattering explosion?

Bob will be sharing his research and reminiscences in a not to be missed evening for everyone with an interest in the Second World War Home Front.

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
29th November 2014
Otford 1940s Swing Dance 7-30 till Midnight.


Otford Village Memorial Hall, Otford, Kent TN14 5PQ
Dress to Impress, 1940/1950s civilian or allied uniform
Free tea, coffee & doughnuts, Please bring your own drinks
Large dance floor and clothing stalls
Tickets £7 on the door
Details: 07931 674 158or www.preservers of sound.com
13th - 14th December 2014
Make Do And Mend Christmas On The Home Front - ME4 4UG


Royal Engineers Museum, Prince Arthur Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME4 4UG
Visit Christmas at the Royal Engineers Museum to find out how Christmas time was celebrated during the Second World War. Watch the 'Medway Lindy Hoppers' dancing in the style of the 1940s, with the opportunity to participate in the fun. Observe demonstrations of cooking with rationed food. Visit 'Sapper Christmas' and receive a traditional toy (additional cost £2.50). Make vintage home-made decorations (additional cost £2.50). Listen to the Brompton Military Wives Choir singing classic Christmas carols (Saturday only). Have your hair turned into a 1940s up-do hair style or have a 1940's makeover. Listen to author and historian Mike Brown talking about CC41 Utility clothing (Saturday) and Wartime Christmas (Sunday) and purchase one of his books to get signed. Browse through our in-house vintage craft market. Sip mulled wine and eat mince pies served from 1940's NAAFI wagon. Watch ARP warden in full action.
The 1940s Society will also have a stand for the weekend so do drop by and say hello if you are coming along. More details at www.re-museum.co.uk or on 01634 822839
19th December 2014
Timeless Retro Big Band Dance - ME8 0BX


Big Band Dance featuring Roger Luxton's Dance Band. 7.00pm - 10.45pm.
Tickets £10 each or two for £16.00. Price includes Sausage and chip supper.
Venue: Rainham School for Girls, Derwent Way, Rainham, Kent ME8 0BX.
Details 07771 356 732
31st December 2014
THE BRIGHTON BOOGIE NEW YEAR'S EVE SWING DANCE


Top Vintage DJs Slick Nick and Spinnin' Jim will be helping you to swing into the New Year, playing some of the finest swing music from the 1930s and 40s.

There will be free tea, coffee, and soft drinks so all you need to do is bring along your own alcohol if you'd like. Feel free to bring some nibbles along, although they will be providing a few tasty treats too!

Dress code: Smart vintage or evening attire preferred

All this at our 1930s period venue, Rottingdean Village Hall, Park Road, Rottingdean, Brighton, BN2 7HL.
Details at: dance@brightonboogie.com
30th January 2015
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks


The influence of WW1 on the home front of WW2
Mike Brown


Whilst Mike Brown is well known as an author and expert on Britains WW2 Home Front he has also written a number of excellent books on Britain during the First World War. This evening he will be discussing the significant impact that the First World War had on the thinking and organisation of Britains Home Front in World War Two.
Mike will be illustrating his talk with both photographs and artefacts. Come along for a fascinating evening on a little discussed or thought about subject.


8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
14th March 2014
SCARBOROUGH 1940s HOME FRONT CHARITY DANCE


The Grand Hotel St Nicholas Cliff Scarborough YO11 2ET
Join us once again for our 4th year in this lovely period ballroom with fabulous sprung wooden dance floor on our journey back to the 1940s.
Popular 1940s entertainers Paul and Natasha Harper.
Tickets £11 to include supper. All profits to The Royal British Legion.1940s dress appreciated but not essential Please no German or Axis uniforms.
(Accommodation available at the hotel at reduced rate of £30 per person bed & breakfast but must be booked with Tracey at the hotel quoting this dance) For further details contact Linda on 01723 366123 or 07739 231053.


27th March 2015
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks


Speaker to be confirmed

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
28th March 2015
The Coco Club


Enjoy the style and glamour of the 1930s
At the Stag Theatre Plaza Suite, Sevenoaks - 7.30 pm

This vintage nightclub features period music from Empire Radio and live performances by renowned musicians.This evening we are proud to present the much acclaimed Benoit Viellefon Hot Club who will be playing the best music from the 1930s.
This is an opportunity to wear your best classic clothing and enjoy an evening of fabulous music, social dancing and a unique atmosphere.

Tickets £15.00
Order Now from the Box Office on 01732 450175 or online at www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk
22nd May 2015
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks


Speaker to be confirmed

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
31st July 2015
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks


Speaker to be confirmed

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
25th September 2015
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks


Speaker to be confirmed

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
27th November 2015
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks


Speaker to be confirmed

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