Programme of Meetings 2018-19

Thursday September 20th 2018: Jackie Eales - Witchcraft in Early Modern Canterbury and Kent

The witchcraft trials of the 16th and 17th centuries have attracted a lot of historical attention and misunderstanding. In the course of this talk, Jackie Eales will examine how witchcraft accusations in Tudor and Stuart Canterbury and Kent, can be interpreted in the light of recent research.

7.30pm Bridge Village Hall.  Members £4.00, non-members £5.00

Thursday October 18th 2018: Geoff Downer - Something Different

This talk by Geoff Downer will include various links to Kent including three 16th century Arctic expeditions; probably the biggest financial scandal of Elizabeth 1st reign and Pirates!

7.30pm Bridge Village hall   Members £4.00, non-members £5.00

Thursday November 15th 2018: Steve Norris - Greta- The Story of a Thames Barge

Greta is a Thames sailing barge built in 1892 to be used to transport cargo on the River Thames and Thames Estuary. She still works to this day providing Thames sailing barge day trips. Her owner and Skipper, Steve Norris will tell us more about this iconic vessel.

7.30pm Bridge Village Hall Members £4.00,non-members £5.00

Friday December 14th 2018: Christmas Social

Our annual Christmas Social Evening will again take place at the Red Lion this year, at a subsidised cost of £15 for Members. A choice of menu and a drink on arrival (glass of wine or soft drink) is included.

7.00pm for 7.30pm. Red Lion Inn, Bridge.

Thursday January 17th 2019: Dick Bolton - “Windows, Walls and Weather Vanes”

By studying a group of historic small towns and villages in East Kent, Dick Bolton will show how our buildings and their decoration have evolved over nine hundred years. These have been influenced by Canterbury Cathedral, by local and imported materials, foreign ideas and fashions, taxes, trade and ambition.

7.30pm Bridge Village Hall Members £4.00, non-members £5.00

Thursday February 21st 2019: Jenny Watson-Bore -“Princess Pocahontas” - America and England

In March 2017 it was 400 years since Princess Pocahontas or Mrs. John Rolfe, died at Gravesend aged just 21. She was the favourite daughter of Chief Powhatan, a powerful Native American Chief, She was welcomed in England by King James I and nicknamed “La Belle Sauvage”.

7.30pm Bridge Village Hall Members £4.00, non-members £5.00 R.W

Thursday March 21st 2019: Paul Bennett - Excavations in Canterbury.

Paul Bennett MBE, Director of Canterbury Archaeological Trust, will talk about the recent excavations in and around Canterbury and describe some of the most interesting and exciting finds the Trust has made.

7.30pm Bridge Village Hall. Members £4.00, non-members £5.00

Thursday April 18th 2019: Heather Newton - Conservation at the Cathedral:

Heather Newton was Head of Stone-masonry until 2016 when she became Head of Conservation at Canterbury Cathedral. She will talk to us about the many and varied conservation tasks being undertaken at this most important of Canterbury’s ancient buildings

7.30pm Bridge Village Hall Members £4.00, non-members £5.00

Thursday May 16th 2019: Alan Barber - Edwardian Bridge

Step back in time to see our village through the eyes of a journalist from Dover writing in 1902. Using that writer’s words, Alan Barber has added pictures and other details to present an intriguing impression of Bridge around the time of the coronation of King Edward VII.

7.30pm Bridge Village Hall Members £4.00, non members £5.00