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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 November 2016
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks


'Britons at War; How they dressed to fight Hitler as recorded in personal photographs' by Author, Collector & Historian Jon Mills

Uniforms became the norm during World War Two whether it was a military organisation such as the ATS or the uniform of the bus conductress checking your ticket. Even factory workers wore a uniform of sorts. Many of these men and women were photographed in their smart new clothing and their images preserved for future generations to view. Jon Mills will be telling the story of Britain's war effort though some of these photographs with an explanation of who they were, what they did and why they were important to Britains war effort.

If you would like to bring along your own wartime photographs Jon will be holding a Questions and Answers section during the evening where he will be happy to discuss them.


8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
26 - 27 November 2016
'Christmas on the Home Front', Museum of Kent Life, Sandling, Nr. Maidstone, Kent.




Step back into yesteryear and re-live Christmas time in the 1940's. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of "christmas on the home front"

Among the attractions will be ‘make do and mend’ lessons, demonstrations of war-time cookery, using genuine 1940s recipes issued by the Ministry of Food.

Other activities include drill displays by the Home Guard, a 1940s school lesson, shops from the era and a rehabilitation centre for injured RAF pilots. It is also hoped to have a German Prisoner of War mending bicycles and community carol singing in the recreated village hall on site.

The weekend’s activities will centre on Lenham Cottages, former railway workers’ homes rescued from the path of the Channel Tunnel in 1999 and rebuilt at Kent Life. One of the cottages has been converted to recreate life in the Second World War, with sticky tape on the windows to reduce bomb blast damage, a bathtub with water ration line and a mangle to do the washing. An Anderson Shelter has been built in the garden, to show visitors how families sheltered from bombing raids.

Ticket Prices: Adult £6.95, Concession £5.95, Child £5.50, Family £19.95, Under 3's Free
Further details at www.kentlife.org.uk


11 December 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 £8.00
Order Now from the Box Office on 01732 450175 or online at www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk
26 - 27 December 2016
Christmas Leave- Wartime Christmas on the railway


Mid Hants Railway, Alresford, Hants - Postcode: SO24 9JG (South East England)

We'll meet again, I do know where, I do know when, I know we'll meet again after Christmas Day!
Experience the atmosphere of a WWII Christmas! Join civilian and military re-enactors and witness the relief and joy of returning home from war.

With song, dance, steam & seasonal merriment, this is the perfect place to bring your family and guests after Christmas!

For further information: contact 01962733810. Visit: www.watercressline.co.uk
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, January 27

Major A T Casdagli POW and Morale in Prison
byAlexis Penny



Major A T Casdagli was captured in Crete on 1 June 1941 and spent the next four years in various Prisoner Of War camps in Germany. There, in spite of the danger of confiscation and reprisal, he kept an astonishing secret diary, published now as Prouder Than Ever. Whilst incarcerated, Casdagli began to embroider. His first work, the F*** Hitler embroidery, with its defiant message to Hitler sewn into it in Morse code, has become world famous and given many a smile, both to fellow POWs then and to us now. In this talk, his daughter, Alexis Penny, will show how and why morale was such a crucial part of her father's prison life.


Come along to what will be an informative and thought provoking evening.
8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
18th February 2017
The Coco Club


The Coco Club opens its doors again to an evening of style and glamour of the 1930s with a Romantic Valentine flavour at the Stag Theatre Plaza Suite, Sevenoaks - 7.30 pm

The Coco Club is very proud to announce that Brandyn Shaw and His Rhythm Makers 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
Available NOW from the Box Office on 01732 450175 or online at www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 24 March 2017

Evacuees in the Second World War
By Mike Brown


The Second World War was to affect the life of the Home Front Civilian more than any other in the nation's history. The Spanish Civil war had shown the devastating effect of bombing on both the population and the cities themselves. The Government could not afford to risk the lives of the very young and vulnerable who had to be evacuated. Mike Brown discusses what life was like for these young children, how they coped and whether it was a strategy that worked.

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 19 May 2017

The Nations Health in WW2
by Carol Harris


What was the effect on the health of the nation of the Second World War. Did nutrition improve? What was the effect of rationing? What was shelter cough and how did it spread? What was the effect of poor sanitation in crowded shelters? How did the nation change after the war?
These and many more questions will be answered by Carol in this in-depth look at an often ignored subject.


8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 21 July 2017

Speaker to be confirmed!


8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 29 September 2017

Speaker to be confirmed


8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 24 November 2017

Speaket to be confirmed


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

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