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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.

September 2014

5th - 7th September 2014
The Victory Show - Cosby LE9 1SG

The Victory Show, now in its 9th year.
A formidable tribute to World War 2. This years Show will run for 3 days from Friday 5th– Sunday 7th September 2014.. Held over a 100 acre site, the Show provides Historical Societies and re-enactments through various forces from several era's and theatres during the period of 1939-45. From Airmen to Infantry, the Victory Show opens a window in time to the fabulous 1940's.

Open All Day Friday (Schools Educational Day), Saturday & Sunday, The Victory Show has something for everyone from re-enactment camps, miniature steam train rides, 1940’s vehicles, and model remote controlled aircraft. There will be over 60 stalls in the large trader’s area.Static WWII Aircraft, Tank Rides and 1940’s working and static Farming Machinery. There will be a huge Army Encampment and 50+ Re-enactment Groups, 200+ Vehicles including Heavy Armour, Tanks and many more, Hinckley Model Boat Club and Paul Harper playing throughout the day in the Marquee.The 1940’s themed Dinner Dance for 700 + guests is always popular on the Saturday night plus many more attractions all over the Cosby Victory Show Site including various food & drink outlets

13th September 2014
Spitfire Bounce 7-30 till Midnight

Swing, Jive & Boogie all night to music from the 1940s & early 1950s.
Holy Trinity Hall, Dover Street, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 3EG
Dress to Impress, 40s or 50s Civilian or Allied uniform
Free tea, coffee & doughnuts, Please bring your own drinks
Tickets £7 on the door
Details: 07931 674 158 or www.preservers of
20th - 21st September 2014
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
26th September 2014
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks

Army Bomb Disposal in the Second World War
Susan Hudson

Susan Hudson is an author, lecturer and radio presenter whose book 'UXB Malta' gives an account of the dangerous and unpredictable job of bomb disposal in Malta.

Tonight she will be giving an illustrated talk on the challenging and dangerous job of the British Army bomb disposal teams.

Come along for what will undoubtedly be a fascinating and informative evening.

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
27th - 28th September 2014
'Fort in the Forties', New Tavern Fort, Gravesend, Kent DA12 2BT

10am to 5pm, This years two day event will feature wartime entertainment, re-enactors, Living History and Vintage Vehicles. Both the Chantry and Fort Magazines will be open to visitors. Bookings and enquiries to Wil Hornet 07513694346. No tracked vehicles or axis re-enactors allowed.

4th & 5th
Life on the Holme Front - Holme Village 1940s Weekend PE7 3PA

Meander round the village and see the vehicles, stalls and displays. Visit Holmewood Hall with its grounds, and exhibitions. For further details contact 07860342163 or visit
10th -12th October 2014
Pickering Wartime Weekend

Set in North Yorkshire this is possibly one of the most well known wartime weekends in the country. Steam trains, trade stands, and 1000's of re-enactors.
For more information visit
11th October 2014
The Coco Club

Enjoy the style and glamour of the 1930s
At the Stag Theatre Plaza Suite, Sevenoaks - 7.30 pm

This vintage nightclub features period music from Empire Radio and live performances by renowned musicians.Back by popular demand is Brandyn Shaw and his Rythm Makers who has proved hugely popular with Al Bowly fans.
This is an opportunity to wear your best classic clothing and enjoy an evening of fabulous music, social dancing and a unique atmosphere.

Tickets £15.00
Order Now from the Box Office on 01732 450175 or online at
11th October 2014
Otford 1940s Swing Dance 7-30 till Midnight.

Otford Village Memorial Hall, Otford, Kent TN14 5PQ
Dress to Impress, 1940/1950s civilian or allied uniform
Free tea, coffee & doughnuts, Please bring your own drinks
Large dance floor and clothing stalls
Tickets £7 on the door
Details: 07931 674 158or www.preservers of
25th - 26th October 2014
The Wartime Port - National Waterways Museum CH65 4FW

Two days of entertainment with a 1940s and maritime focus. Tea dances both days and a victory party on Saturday night. Displays, scenarios, civilian and military vehicles, period traders and much more. Normal museum entry fees apply. Pre-booked re-enactors will recieve entry passes. Contact 01513555017
26th October 2014

Scrogg Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE6 2PR
(formerly an Art Deco cine-variety theatre)

9.30 to 3.30 £2.00 adult admission. Vintage, retro, recyclers/up-cyclers, home-wares, jewellery, glass, china, fashions, etc., and gorgeousness. Live entertainment, refreshments, and other "attractions". Free local parking, and only 1 ½ miles from Newcastle city centre (buses numbers 39 and 40) virtually to the door, and metro nearby.

Stand bookings and all information from BR Events email or call 07779342782
November 2014

7th November 2014
1944 - The beginning of the end - Annual Lecture by Dr John Ray

Dr John Ray will be giving his annual lecture at 8pm on Friday 7 November - 8pm at Tonbridge Parish Church, Kent. (Admission £5 on door). Dr Rays lectures are always informative, interesting and well worth attending (I've been to the last 3 and have not been dissapointed). The money raised goes to help the work of the church.

8th November 2014
Nostalgia and Remembrance at Sawbridgeworth CM21 9AX

Memorial Hall

Military vehicle run from the Hall to Sawbridgeworth Airfield, Shingle Hall at 10.30am followed by a Nostalgia afternoon in the Memorial Hall from 12 noon onwards. Free tea, coffee and doughnuts - bar will be open. There will be entertainment from "Voice In A Million" Fiona Harrison. Any age related vehicles and uniform welcome. Free event but donations to Bomb Disposal Unit would be appreciated. Further details - David Mead 01279 724503 or email

14th November 2014
CC41 Utility Clothing - Book Launch & Talk

Mike Brown talk and book signing - 7pm

Mike Browns long awaited book "CC41 Utility Clothing" (ISBN 978 178122005 4) is launched today at Sevenoaks Library (kent) on an evening jointly organised by Kent Libraries and the 1940s Society.

Mike will be giving a fully illustrated talk on Utility Clothing, displaying utility clothing items and signing copies of his new book.

Tickets are just £2 and are available directly from Sevenoaks Library on 01732 585300 or by email from

(Sevenoaks Library, Buckhurst Lane, Sevenoaks TN13 1LQ)

14th - 17th November 2014
Riviera Swing - 30's & 40s Weekender

Victoria Hotel in Torquay

RIVIERA SWING is a unique and small 30's and 40's long-weekender dedicated to providing the very best AUTHENTIC period entertainment, with a British slant. They pride themselves on hosting the UK's greatest swing orchestras and dance bands playing music of those eras, all in the beautiful art-deco Victoria Hotel in stunning Torquay 'The English Riviera'. This Riviera Swing incredibly stars THE NEW SQUADRONAIRES, THE ALEX MENDHAM ORCHESTRA and DUNCAN GALLOWAY'S RHYTHMIC SIX.

Whatever your dance style - whether it's Quickstep, Fox Trot, Waltz, Lindy, or Balboa - top DJs OKAY FOR SOUND, ROB BE-BOP and RICK'S COMMUNITY SWING will cater to all period styles. They may even throw in some period party dances - ever fancied trying your hand at the Palais Glide? The Valeta? How about The Lambeth Walk? Dance teachers MARK & HOC EWING, aided and abetted by Bryan & Lou Webb and Rob Be Bop & Julie, who will be on hand to show you how.

Enjoy authentic and elegant period tea dances every afternoon with top DJ's, or gather round the piano for daily lunchtime sing-a-longs with the wonderful DEREK WEBBER. Also enjoy large-screen showings of expertly-curated classic vintage cinema by Paul Cotgrove of THE WHITE BUS, or browse clothes, shoes, music, accessories and more at the big vintage market all day Saturday (open to the public). And don't forget that the event continues through 'til Monday so the party will still be going strong on Sunday night! And it's all hosted by the legendary VIV THE SPIV!

For booking enquiries go to or call Tony on 07966 390802

28th November 2014
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks

Doodlebugs - V1s & V2s
Bob Ogley

Bob Ogley is well known in Kent as an author, journalist and historian with a particular interest in Kent. We are delighted that he will be coming to speak to us on the impact of the German V1s & V2s during the Second World War. An evening of anecdotes, facts and first-hand accounts that should not be missed.

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
29th November 2014
Otford 1940s Swing Dance 7-30 till Midnight.

Otford Village Memorial Hall, Otford, Kent TN14 5PQ
Dress to Impress, 1940/1950s civilian or allied uniform
Free tea, coffee & doughnuts, Please bring your own drinks
Large dance floor and clothing stalls
Tickets £7 on the door
Details: 07931 674 158or www.preservers of