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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.



29 January 2016
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks


Refugees in World War Two

Author and journalist Carol Harris will be giving a talk on the role, involvement and contributions made by refugees during the Second World War. With recent controversies concerning migration and refugees in the modern world this should be a fascinating talk.

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
6 February 2016
Open Day, Old Forge 1940's House, East Street, Sittingbourne, Kent.


The house in East Street Sittingbourne which was once a forge has been brought back to how it would have been in war time Britain. The house consists of a living room, dinning room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, ARP office and a garden with Anderson Shelter. The house and garden are filled with original furniture and artefacts and it is brought to life by experienced re-enactors. The theme of todays event is 'Love & Marriage in WW2'. Admission: Adults £4, Children £3, Families £10. Further details on 01795 479252 or visit www.oldforgewartimehouse.co.uk
13th February 2016
The Coco Club


A romantic flavour to the evening as the Coco Club celebrates Valentines.
Enjoy the style and glamour of the 1930s
At the Stag Theatre Plaza Suite, Sevenoaks - 7.30 pm

The Coco Club is very proud to announce that the wonderful Benoit Viellefon and his Band will be performing three live sets, making it truly a night to remember.
This is an opportunity to wear your best classic clothing and enjoy an evening of fabulous music, social dancing and a unique atmosphere.

Tickets £18.00
Order Now from the Box Office on 01732 450175 or online at www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk
14 February 2016
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
5 March 2016
Open Day, Old Forge 1940's House, East Street, Sittingbourne, Kent.


The house in East Street Sittingbourne which was once a forge has been brought back to how it would have been in war time Britain. The house consists of a living room, dinning room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, ARP office and a garden with Anderson Shelter. The house and garden are filled with original furniture and artefacts and it is brought to life by experienced re-enactors. The theme of todays event is 'Sowing the seeds for Victory'. Admission: Adults £4, Children £3, Families £10. Further details on 01795 479252 or visit www.oldforgewartimehouse.co.uk
25 March 2016
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks


The Air Raid Warden
By Steve Hookins


Air Raids and Air Raid Wardens were an everyday part of life during WW2. Although Air Raid Wardens have been given a rather unfair reputation by the depiction of 'Hodges' in the comedy series 'Dads Army' they did in fact fulfil an essential role on Britain's Home Front.

Tonight's presentation see's 'Mr Warden' (Steve Hookins) talk about why he joined as an ARP warden, what it was like during the blitz, and the many duties he performed. The presentation, which is performed 'in character' is a mix of history and humour and is enhanced with artefacts of the period.

Steve Hookins is an author, historian, part of the MoD curatorial team at the Royal Artillery Museum in Woolwich and Battlefield Guide. Do come along to what will certainly be an entertaining and informative evening.


8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
27 May 2016
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks


The Army Film & Photographic Unit
by Nigel Smiles


At the outbreak of WW2, unlike the Germans (or even the French), the UK had no cameramen or photographers in uniform. It just wasn't done, in part because propaganda wasn't British. Two years later with prospects gloomy, the authorities finally accepted that visual records could provide significant benefits not only for lifting public morale but also for military analysis, strategic planning and training. The RAF Film Production Unit and the Army Film & Photographic Unit were founded and despatched to cover the war in North Africa, including the Battles of Alamein. In March 1943, the British public flocked to cinemas to see their boys in action and - incredibly, for the first time - they were winning. Desert Victory won the 1943 Oscar for Best Documentary and is arguably the greatest campaign film of all time. The AFPU went on to cover the Italian Campaign, D-Day, the advance to Berlin and the jungle war in South East Asia. On 27 May 2016, the AFPU story will be told in an illustrated presentation by Nigel Smales whose father, Sergeant Cameraman Eddy 'Smiler' Smales, served with the Unit from 1941 until 1946.

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
2 - 3 July 2016
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

29 July 2016
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
19 - 23 July 2016
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.
Be aware that this years event runs from Tuesday to Saturday (NO SUNDAY)
Visit www.thewarandpeacerevival.co.uk for more details.
13 - 14 August 2016
Combined Ops Show - Headcorn Airfield, Kent


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

The 8th annual IMPS show will exhibit hundreds of military vehicles and historic re-enactions, tank rides and vintage pleasure flights along with flying displays. 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 September 2016
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
25 November 2016
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks


Talk by Author, Collector & Historian Jon Mills

Whilst Jon has agreed to come and talk to us we have yet to decide on the subject. However, it will be an excellent evening so do put it in your diary.

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

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