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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.



July 2013

4th - 5th July 2015
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

22nd - 26th July 2015
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.
Visit www.thewarandpeacerevival.co.uk for more details.
25 & 26 July 2015
Leyburn Home-Front Vintage Fair as part of the town wide Leyburn 1940s Weekend


Indoor and outdoor stands at Thornborough Hall, Moor Road Leyburn. DL8 5AB
Music dancing and refreshments spiffing atmosphere. True vintage fashions, jewellery, home-wares, menswear, militaria, vintage toys and games, hats and accessories and more. Admission is FREE
For stand bookings and all information BR Events www.brevents.co.uk email website@brevents.co.uk or call 07779342782
10.00-4.30 Saturday and 10.00-4.00 on Sunday
31st July 2015
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks


The Royal Engineers - Bomb Disposal

A display and presentation by Capt. Mike Authers


At the start of WWll, and early into 1940, the job of bomb disposal fell to the ARP & Civil Defence Corps. The Royal Engineer B.D. units were officially formed on the 11th May of that year.

In September 1940, after just two weeks of the Blitz, there were more than 3,700 unexploded bombs waiting to be dealt with in London alone.

The unknown quantity of these UXBs were crippling the nation: People were too frightened to return to their homes & factories central to the war effort, and key roads and railways were closed for fear of the damage that an explosion could cause.

Armed with the most basic equipment & little information, the Newly formed Royal Engineer sections were sent out to extinguish the threats of UXBs. In some cases, these UXBs were to be defused 'regardless of loss of life to bomb disposal personnel.

Capt. Mike Authers will be displaying ordnance and explaining the role of the Royal Engineers and how they dealt with the dangers of defusing UXBs, Butterfly bombs and firebombs.

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
3 to 9 August 2015
CRICH TRAMWAY VILLAGE 1940s weekend


Crich Tramway Village, Crich, Derbyshire
A real taste of life during the Second World War in this unique setting.
Policemen and members of the Home Guard will be patrolling the period streets and visitors must always be ready to show their identity card. Historic wartime road vehicles will be on show and on the move, mingling with a range of vintage trams which visitors will be able to ride on as often as they like. Events taking place throughout the week with a dance and extra activities at the weekend. Visit: www.tramway.co.uk for further details.


15 August 2015
Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire.
13:00 - 17:00


An old-fashioned day of nostalgia in town with live music performances from 40s & 50s, vintage markets stalls, military object handling, VJ day children's tea party and many more activities to enjoy. For further information please contact events@loveletchworth.com
15 - 16 August 2015
Combined Ops Show - Headcorn Airfield, Kent


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

The 7th annual IMPS show will exhibit hundreds of military vehicles and historic re-enactions, tank rides and vintage pleasure flights along with flying displays including THE Avro Vulcan in it's final season, The Red Arrows, the BBMF, WW2 fighters and other classic aircraft. 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.
30 August 2015 - 1.30pm to 5.00pm
Powell & Pressburger Appreciation Society - Chilham Event


Annual location walk for devotees of A Canterbury Tale
will be held at Chilham (aka 'Chillingbourne')


Meet at Chilham Railway Station at 1.30 pm

The first location stop will be Chilham Mill, where the "Boys' river battle" scene was filmed and Bob Johnson and Peter Gibbs later rewarded Leslie and Terry for finding the evidence that proved that Thomas Colpeper JP was the glueman.

We will then walk up the hill overlooking the mill to the field where Colpeper & Alison had their "roll in the grass" and on to Old Wye Lane where Alison got intercepted by the Bren carriers. Then we'll walk back to Julliberrie's Grave which was used as "pow-wow hill" by Bob and the boys. Then back via the mill and on to Chilham Square, to discover locations featured as "Chillingbourne" in several key scenes.

We'll explore Chilham village, where Bob and Peter played Catch! and Alison met the bus conductress, Polly Finn. Discover the street that was recreated at Denham Studio for the "cut to the chase" in which Alison, Bob and Peter pursue the Glueman through blacked-out Chillingbourne. Visit St Mary's Church and The Pilgrims' Way - and listen again to Thomas Colpeper's lecture about 'The Old Road'.

We will enjoy a picnic somewhere along the way and aim to complete our walk at one of Chilham's pubs between 4 and 5pm.

The walk will be led by Steve Crook of the Powell & Pressburger Appreciation Society.

No need to book. Just turn up. Nothing to pay. Bring your own picnic lunch.

Getting there: Find Chilham on www.streetmap.co.uk. If travelling by car, park at the station, in the village car park off Taylor's Hill, or wherever on-street parking is allowed. If you will be travelling by rail, normally there is a train to Chilham via Ashford at 12.10 from London, Charing Cross, and at 12:45 from Canterbury West, arriving at Chilham at 13:44 and 12:53 respectively. Please check with www.nationalrail.co.uk before your journey because engineering works sometimes disrupt Sunday services. If you arrive late, follow the waymarked 'Stour Valley Walk' from the station to the mill and join us there or at 'Julliberrie's Grave'.



19th September 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 ‘The New Arcadians’.
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
19 -20 September 2015
Salute to the 40s - Chatham Dockyard


An annual event which goes down in the diary of many every year. Set in the Historic Chatham Dockyard this event includes re-enactors, vintage vehicles, traders and much more including the normal attractions at the dockyard.
Further details at www.thedockyard.co.uk
20 September 2015
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
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
3rd October 2015
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
25 October 2015
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
7 November
Nostalgia Day at Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall, Sawbridgeworth CM21 9AX


To remember 70th Anniversary of the end of WWll
Nostalgia Day at Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall, Sawbridgeworth CM21 9AX to commemorate the70th Anniversary of the end of World War Two. 10.30am vintage military vehicles will leave the Hall to lay wreaths at Sawbridgeworth Airfield Memorial, Shingle Hall and then return to the Hall. Young performing arts group and professional singer Aimi Percival will entertain. Poppy display by local Junior Schools. Refreshments, plus war time food to purchase - bar open 12 noon. Free entry but donations to Bomb Disposal Unit. If you have a military, or other vehicle from the era please bring it along and you are welcome to come in war time fashion or military uniform. Further details david.mead7@btinternet.com 01279 724503
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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