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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.



15 - 17 September
Grassington Wartime Weekend


This DALES TOWN TURNS BACK THE CLOCK TO 1944
Re-enactment groups, vehicles, live music, dances and more.
16 - 17 September 2017
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
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 29 September 2017

'From Cradle to Grave.' Creating the British Welfare State in the 1940s.
by Alan Williams


Much of what we think of as the modern welfare state, for example the National Health Service, Social Security and a commitment to full employment, has its recent origins in World War Two and was created in the late 1940s. In this talk Alan will explore the background to the creation of the welfare state and why the war acted as an agent of such significant social policy change.

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
30 Septembey / 1st October
Bletchley Park - 1940s Vintage Weekend


The popular 1940s Vintage Weekend returns to Bletchley Park!
This two day event will be great fun for all the family. Why not dress to impress and visit in 1940s attire, or join one of the guided in depth tours of the Park?
There will be live music throughout the day from The Bevin Boys, Betty Bluebird, and Jeep Jump Jive. Take to the dance floor with Swing Dance MK and The Blitz Dancers, and sample the delicious offerings from The Rum Runner and Bandit Street Food.
Try your luck on the vintage lawn games and browse the collection of vintage vehicles – including an army jeep, Spitfire, and tank! There will also be plenty of historical displays and reenactors on site, and a chance to get your hair and makeup done and visit many stalls. Normal entrance fees apply. Plesae visit www.bletchleypark.org.uk for further details.Open 9.30 - 17.00.
7 October 2017
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 'A Childrens War': Adults £4, Children £3, Families £10. Further details on 01795 479252 or visit www.oldforgewartimehouse.co.uk
11 November 2017
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 'WW1 Remembered': Adults £4, Children £3, Families £10. Further details on 01795 479252 or visit www.oldforgewartimehouse.co.uk
21 - 22 October 2017
Rushden Transport & Railway Museum 1940's Weekend


Rushden Station, Station Approach, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 0AW

Get In The Mood & experience the nostalgia as the Station drifts back in time to the 1940’s , with vehicles, music, and fashion. Plus take a ride behind our steam hauled train. Live Music, Historical Transport & a range of 40’s Stalls, selling a range of Nostalgia.
Adults £2.00, Seniors £1.50, Children over 5 £1.00. Further details at www.rhts.co.uk
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 24 November 2017

Blood & Bandages - Fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance
Author Liz Coward talks about the role of the Royal Army Medical Corp during the Second World War and in particular the personal experiences of William Earl who joined the 214th field Ambulance seeing action in North Africa and throughout the entire Italian campaign. Liz will be signing copies of her very moving book "Blood & Bandages" so do bring some cash with you and take advantage of the opportunity to get a unique Christmas gift.

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
9th December 2017
The Coco Club


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


Experience the golden age of British Dance Band music in the perfect setting of the art deco style Stag Plaza.
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 Brandyn Shaw and his Rhythm Makers.
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 £18.00
Available NOW from the Box Office on 01732 450175 or online at www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 26 January 2018

The history and restoration of the paddle steamer ‘Medway Queen’ by Pat and Mark Bathurst of the Medway Queen Preservation Society.

Paddle Steamer Medway Queen was built by the Ailsa Shipbuilding Company of Troon Scotland in 1924, for the New Medway Steam Packet Company of Rochester and is the last of the estuary paddle steamers that were built to take passengers on day trips on the Thames and Medway Estuaries, calling at locations such as Southend, Clacton-on-Sea, Herne Bay and Margate. At the outbreak of the Second World War she was commissioned into the Royal Navy and became a minesweeper As HMS Medway Queen she was now armed with a twelve pound gun and two Lewis guns. On the 27th of May 1940 she was ordered to the beaches of Dunkirk “to embark some troops that would be waiting there”. During the following days the Medway Queen rescued in excess of 7,000 men, completing seven trips – a record for a ship below the size of a destroyer. At the start of her final return to England, with almost 500 French troops on board, she sustained significant damage in a collision. After the war she was refitted and then returned for several years to her peacetime role. With lottery and European funding the vessel is currently being restored. The talk this evening will explore the history of this unique vessel.

Come along to what will be an informative and thought provoking evening.
8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details on 07927 748773 Admission £3
18 February 2018
The Coco Club - Valantines Dance


The doors of the 1930s Coco Club re-open on Saturday 18th February for a night of music and romance. - 7.30 pm


Experience the golden age of British Dance Band music in the perfect setting of the art deco style Stag Plaza.
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 musicians for the evening are yet to be confirmed but you can be sure they will be living up to the usual high standards of the Coco Club.

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 £18.00
Available SOON from the Box Office on 01732 450175 or online at
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 30 March 2018

Kent at War 1939-1941 by Bob Ogley

During the Second World War Kent was the county closest to occupied Europe with many of the population living closer to France than to London. Well-known local Kent historian Bob Ogley will explore some of the major events and effects of the war on Kent, a county that was on the ‘front line’ of the war and experienced many of its effects at first hand.

Come along to what will be an informative and thought provoking evening.
8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details on 07927 748773 Admission £3
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 25 May 2018

Speaker to be confirmed



Come along to what will be an informative and thought provoking evening.
8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details on 07927 748773 Admission £3
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 27 July 2018

Speaker to be confirmed



Come along to what will be an informative and thought provoking evening.
8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details on 07927 748773 Admission £3
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 28 September 2018

Speaker to be confirmed



Come along to what will be an informative and thought provoking evening.
8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details on 07927 748773 Admission £3
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 30 November 2018

Speaker to be confirmed



Come along to what will be an informative and thought provoking evening.
8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details on 07927 748773 Admission £3

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