Monthly Meetings

Monthly Meetings 
Now's the time to put all of these dates in your diary! 

All meetings are held at Crockham Hill Village Hall between 2pm and 4pm unless otherwise stated.

No Meeting in August 2018

25th September 2018
British Interplanetary Society
Alistair Scott
Author Dr David Baker worked with NASA on the Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programmes between 1965 and 1990. He has written more than 100 books on space flight, aviation and military technology and is the former editor of Jane’s Space Directory and Jane’s Aircraft Upgrades. In 1986 he was made a member of the International Academy of Astronautics by NASA manned flight boss George Mueller and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the US Air Force Association and The Association of Former Intelligence Officers. He received the 1998 Rolls-Royce Award for Aerospace Journalist of the Year and in 2005 he was a recipient of the Arthur C Clarke Award. In October 2017 he received the American Astronautical Society’s Frederick I. Ordway III award “for a sustained excellence in space coverage, through books and articles, as well as engagement in the early US space program”. David is currently the editor of Spaceflight, the monthly space news magazine of the British Interplanetary Society, of which he is also a Fellow and lives in East Sussex, England, with his wife Ann.
30th October 2018
A Schoolgirl's War
Mary Smith

As the former Headteacher of Maidstone Grammar

School for Girls, Mary talks about her book which includes the exquisite and highly original paintings taken from the art teacher of the school during WW2. She set out to document in paint and pencil the lives of school children as the war unfolded. She also speaks about the fascinating memories and anecdotes of 53 "old girls" which included disrupted schooling, air-raids, doodlebugs, and underground lessons in shelters.

27th November 2018
President of Kent Archaeology
Society on Kent digs
Gerald Cramp

The Kent Archaeological Society was founded in 1857. You will hear about the latest researches which are being carried out at the moment. During 2017, several Roman sites have been investigated including those at Folkestone, East Farleigh and Otford. There has been a major community dig in Cobham which investigated the medieval origins of the village. This is just a small selection of the work being carried out.
18th December 2018
Christmas Meeting
Unlike previous years, we are changing the format for the Christmas Meeting and will have the speaker below followed by snacks and drinks with a Christmas theme.
A Celebratory History of Christmas
Andy Thomas
In an uplifting presentation, Andy uncovers the fascinating background to the festive season. From the ancient ceremonies of light in the darkness, to the marking of the birth of a messiah, mid-December has long been a time for rejoicing. Yet Christmas traditions have splintered into many guises and seasonal celebration was even banned in Puritan times. Andy shows why, for all the modern commercialisation, Christmas has survived and still has meaning for us today.
29th January 2019
Across India on an Enfield Motorcycle
Antonia Gallop