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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 January 2019 - 1940s Society Meeting

Maidstone Grammar School for Girls at War by Mary Smith.

As war was declared in 1939, a Kent art teacher set out to document in paint and pencil the lives of schoolgirls and their teachers at the school at which she worked. Her paintings and drawings provide a fascinating and unique insight into secondary school life during wartime. This talk features example of her work, and the story is enhanced by contemporary photographs and by the reminiscences of pupils who recall the lessons in underground shelters, sharing the school with evacuees, and dodging the doodlebugs under their desks.

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 ev
9th February 2019
The Coco Club - Valentine Ball in Devizes


The doors of the 1930s Coco Club re-open on Saturday 9th January for a grand Valentine Ball. - 7.30 pm


Experience the golden age of British Dance Band music in the perfect setting of the vintage Corn Exchange in Devizes.
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 Red Fez Orchestra, an 11 piece musical delight bringing you the very best vintage music.
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 £20.00 (inc booking fee)
Ticket details available at: www.wegottickets.com/cococlub
29 March 2019 - 1940s Society Meeting

The Biggin Hill Memorial Museum by Jemma Johnson-Davey,

Museum Director of Biggin Hill Memorial Museum. Jemma will talk about the the development of the Museum.

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 ev
21 / 22 April 2019
CRICH TRAMWAY VILLAGE WW2 Homefront Event


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. Visit www.tramway.co.uk for further details.

Please note that if you are intending to visit as a re-enactor or vehicle owner you will need ro pre-book via their website.

18 May 2019
Brooklands Museum - Vintage Festival


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. Turn back the clock to celebrate the Music, Fashion, Style and Dancing of the 40s, 50s & 60s. Vintage stalls, classic cars, music and entertainment. A great 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
25 - 26 May 2019
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.
31 May 2019 - 1940s Society Meeting

The Bethnal Green Tube Shelter Incident, 3rd March 1943 by Peter Nixon.

Peter will explore one of the most tragic domestic disasters of the war in which 173 people died. The tragedy was ''hushed up' at the time.

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 ev
23 June 2019
A Big Band Concert - Celebrating the Fabulous 1940's


Time: 12 noon to 5:30pm
Venue: The Concorde, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh, SO50 9HQ (in the grounds)

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 The Hampshire Hoppers
Stalls - BBQ - Restaurant - Vintage Vehicles, 1940's Fashion
Prizes for the best dress 1940's (optional).
Tickets £15 per adult (earlybird offer £12.50 before 4th June)
Contact Rotary Club 01489 795694 or 02380 908434
More details on our website: www.rcsw70.org
26 July 2019 - 1940s Society Meeting

British Women War Artists in World War Two by Carol Harris.

Founded during World War One, the official British war artists scheme was re-established at the start of World War Two as the War Artists' Advisory Committee (WAAC). The idea was to create a comprehensive artistic and documentary history of Britain at war.

Many leading female British artists took part, usually assigned to produce home front scenes and portraits. A few of the women were already established but for many, their work for the scheme established their reputations. Today, Laura Knight's portrait of Daphne Pearson, and Evelyn Dunbar's scenes of life in Kent are among the most recognised paintings from the War.
Over the course of War, the WAAC commissioned, bought and and otherwise acquired over 5,500 works of art by 400 artists, most of which form the art collection of the Imperial War Museum.

This talk will look at how the scheme worked; the artists -- especially, but not exclusively the women; tensions between the committee, the artists and chiefs of staff, and the impact on the artists themselves.

The talk will be thoroughly illustrated with many of the artworks that created a unique and influential record of aspects of life here and at home during the War.


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 ev
6th & 7th July 2019
Isle of Wight Steam Railway - 1940s Weekend


This is definately one of may favourite 1940s railway events.
Inspired music and dance … Silk stockings and military machines … Men in uniforms and spivs doing deals – pure nostalgia!

Experience 1940s train travel and relive the hustle and bustle of a country railway station where wartime activities collide with every day rural life.

Be wowed by the stunning female group "Company B" singing spankingly good songs from the swing era, jitterbug along with "Now That's Jive" dance group. Be entertained by "Old Time Rags". To complete the day there is also entertainment from "Steve Howell, Hannah Perera & Thomas Benjamin wild Esq" who will be performing with his ukuele.

See the fashions of the time with our fashion show organised by "The House of Foxy."

Try the hairstyles and fashions of the day, tuck into 1940s food in the refreshment rooms and ‘T’ Junction kiosk, and sample an ale from The Spitfire Bar!

Get up close and personal to an array of civilian and military vehicles, and marvel at the farmyard threshing machine working in the shadow of a magnificent Mark IX Spitfire. Enjoy 40's music on the ENSA stage, visit the wartime holiday home and take a stroll through the 1940s street-scene and displays.

There are a variety of ticket prices and savings to be made by booking on-line so please check the website for full details at: www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk
23 - 27 July 2017
The War & Peace Revival


The 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.warandpeacerevival.com for more details.
19 - 20 August 2019

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.
27 September 2019 - 1940s Society Meeting

Sword, Jelly and Gold. The Unknown Story of D Day by Andy Robertshaw.

Well-known historian and TV presenter Andy Robertshaw will talk about D Day.

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 ev
29 November 2019 - 1940s Society Meeting

'Over-paid, over-sexed and over-here'. The American Invasion of Britain 1942-1945 by Alan Williams.

Between 1942 and 1945 American service personnel flooded into Britain in what George Orwell called 'the invasion of Britain'. Alan will explore this 'invasion' and its impact on Britain and show the 1943 War Office film 'A Welcome to Britain' which explained to American servicemen and women how strange life in Britain was, from 'funny money' and driving on the wrong side of the road to warm beer. Prepare to be amused and perhaps shocked in equal measure.

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 ev

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