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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.

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
28 - 30 May
Dover Castle WWll Weekend

This regular wartime bank holiday weekend event is always popular with lots going on in addition to the usual castle and tunell activities. For more details and prices visit
28 - 30 May
Enfield Pagent of Motoring

If you fancy something a little differant to the normal 1940s events then pop along to this classic car event. 100s of classic cars, entertainment, music and lots of vintage and autojumbe to spend your money on. For more details and prices visit
4 June 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 'Use it up, wear it out use your coupon wisely. 75 years since the start of the Utility scheme'. Admission: Adults £4, Children £3, Families £10. Further details on 01795 479252 or visit
19 June 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
25 - 26 June AND 2 - 3 July 2016
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. The 1940s Society certainly plan to have a stall on the first weekend so pop by and say hello. Visit for further details

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 for further details

29 July 2016
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks

Sheltering in the tube in wartime London
A presentation by Alan Williams

During the war, and despite initial official opposition, the London underground was used by many Londoners to shelter from the 'blitz'. In this illustrated talk Alan will recount the story of how thousands of Londoners used, as they had done in the first world war, the 'tube' to shelter from bombing and subsequent rocket attacks'

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 for more details.
13 - 14 August 2016
Combined Ops Show - Headcorn Airfield, 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 for more information or to book tickets.
3 - 4 September 2016
Vintage By The Sea

Morecambe Promenade and Seafront

The award winning Vintage by the Sea returns to Morecambe's fantastic seafront in September 2016 for a glamorous weekend of music, fashion, film, art, design and dance from the 1920's to the 1990's. Morecambe will once again be turned into a multi-venue playground where visitors can learn the dances, take in curated live performance and exclusive DJ sets, join in pop up fashion shows, peruse the classic cars, taste the finest street food, shop the vintage marketplace and much more - a joyous creative feast for all ages. Visit for more information.
30 September 2016
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks

'SOE: Churchill's Secret Agents' by Terry Crowdy

The Special Operations Executive (SOE) was one of the most innovative British creations of the Second World War. Its mission was to export resistance, subversion and sabotage to occupied Europe and beyond, disrupting the German war effort. Terry Crowdy who is author of a new book on the subject will be giving a fascinating illustrated talk.

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
8th October 2016
The Coco Club

The Coco Club opens its doors again to an evening of 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 Red Fez Orchestra 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 shortly from the Box Office on 01732 450175 or online at
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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