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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.



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
25 March 2017
A Tribute to The Music of Glenn Miller


Featuring the 17 piece Clefhanger Big Band
at The Medway Hall Theatre, Angel Centre, TONBRIDGE, Kent. TN9 1SF


The Professional Kent based band has over 30 year experience and performed for the Tonbridge VE day 70 celebration in 2015 playing to a sell out audience. They returned again in May 2016 for a Frank Sinatra centenary concert with again brought rave reviews:

"My daughter and I had a fantastic night at the VE Day event. I'm so glad we got tickets."

"Wow! What a night that was last Friday! Everyone came away absolutely buzzing. So much going on, and so much talent. Can't wait for the next one now"

This should be a fabulous concert.
Tickets £22.00
Order Now on 01580 893313 or email john@theclefhangers.com. Visit www.theclefhangers.com for further details.
4 April 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 'Sending my love this Easter': Adults £4, Children £3, Families £10. Further details on 01795 479252 or visit www.oldforgewartimehouse.co.uk
9 April 2017
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
16 / 17 April 2017
CRICH TRAMWAY VILLAGE 1940s weekend


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 our World War II / 1940's Event. Historic wartime road and military vehicles will be on display and mingling with our vintage trams from the 1940's period. You will be entertained with war-time songs from a variety of entertainers throughout the day including:  Jayne Darling; Kevin Mac; Marina Mae;The Bluebird Belles and Peter Wayre. There will be children's activities each day including an Easter egg hunt for children . Visit: www.tramway.co.uk for further details.


2 May 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 'Picnics and Parties. 70th anniversary VE Day': Adults £4, Children £3, Families £10. Further details on 01795 479252 or visit www.oldforgewartimehouse.co.uk
13 May 2017
Brooklands Museum - The 1940s Relived


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. Vintage stalls, classic cars, music and entertainment. I went for the first time last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. I plan to be back again this year. Prices vary so please check the website - there is a discount for advance tickets. For further details visit www.brooklandsmuseum.com
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
27 - 28 May 217
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.
10th June 2017
1940s Music & Dance - Goring by Sea, BN12 4EA


Goring United Reformed Church - 7.00pm till 10.00pm
Jitterbug, Jive, Waltz or Tango to the sounds of the forties.
Tickets in advance only £5, Vintage dress encouraged. price includes refreshments and finger food. For information or tickets call Rosina on 01903 246744 or Mary on 07887 868305. Email 1940s@gurc.org.uk
25 June 2017
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
24 - 25 June AND 1 - 2 July 2017
Seven Valley Railway 1940s Weekend


Kidderminster - DY10 1QX
01562 757900

The Seven Valley Railway 1940s Weekend is one of those events that has continued to grow and now covers two weekends. It would be unfair to try and list everything that's going on so please check out the website for full details and prices. Visit www.svr.co.uk for further details

1 - 2 July 2017
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

25 - 29 July 2017
The War & Peace Revival


Back at 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.thewarandpeacerevival.co.uk for more details.
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 21 July 2017

Crime in the Second World War
by Penny Legg!


Was There Crime in the Second World War?
At a time of national emergency, the average person could be forgiven for thinking that crime rates would go down as everyone tried to help the war effort. However, the reality was that criminals saw the war as an opportunity to exploit the emergency conditions and those with a previously unblemished reputation found themselves tempted off the straight and narrow.

Penny Legg, author of a new book on the subject, shows how and why crime was committed during the Second World War and what became of those Spivs, Scoundrels, Rogues and Worse who strayed into the underworld.

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
19 - 20 August

Combined Ops Show - Headcorn in Kent

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

The 9th 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.headcornspecialevents.co.uk for more information or to book tickets.
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
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
9th December 2017
The Coco Club


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

Whilst the band are yet to be confirmed, the evening will be, as normal, 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

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