A-Z LECTURES and CATEGORIES

Area: Kent

Our meetings are open to everyone and are free to attend for members ... We start meetings with an update on what is new. This is a section where we talk about the latest  happenings, be it space missions, new discoveries or fascinating facts, or upcoming club events and news ... We always have a Talk and it could be about anything at all. We cover everything from hands on workshops, talks about stars and planets, radio astronomy, the history of astronomy, looking for life on other worlds or the end of the world as we know it as we get hit by fiery asteroids! We aim for an hour or so, to allow time for questions.'

'We meet every Thursday evening at 7.15PM for a 7.45PM start, from early September until mid May ... We have a diverse membership, working in traditional darkroom print and digital media ... Our programme comprises a mixture of talks by top photographers and a variety of competitions. We welcome new members.'

'The Astor Community Theatre is located in the seaside town of Deal on the East Kent coast; close to Canterbury, Dover and Sandwich. Today, The Astor is a unique, multi-purpose arts centre offering an eclectic mix of music, theatre, literary events, art exhibitions and films, as well as a range of classes and workshops which cater to all ages and tastes.'

Category Kent

Member of BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT Grouping

Category Kent

 Member of the British Horological Institute Grouping

Dickens and Broadstairs  'In 1937, to commemorate the centenary of the author's first visit, Gladys Waterer, the then resident of Dickens House, conceived the idea of putting on a production of David Copperfield and of having people about the town in Victorian dress to publicise it. Thus the Festival was born and, with the exception of the years of World War 2, has been held annually ever since.' Normally held Mid June.

Category Canterbury

Member of the Kent Bee-Keepers' Association Grouping

Category Arts Festivals

'There is something special about a Festival. From cathedral concerts to quirky cabaret, over 60,000 people each October join the Canterbury celebration. In a normal year over 2,000 young people participate in outreach projects and our annual Music Bursary competition draws the very best of young talent. We work year-round with schools, colleges, charities and community groups to engage all ages in creative activity, whilst developing the skills of the artists and performers of tomorrow.'

'If you are interested in Canterbury, its history, archaeology and buildings, then our organisation may be for you. Visit over 800 web pages to see stunning architecture, interesting history and find out about colourful characters who left their mark on Canterbury. We hope you will join us at one of our lectures or one of our excursions to places of interest.'

'A group of around 100 members, who take an interest in local history. Talks are held 8.00 o'clock second Thursday of the month, from September to May.'

'Chatham Historical Society was founded in 1950. Its objectives are to bring together those who are interested in the history and archaeology of the Medway Towns and the immediate surrounding area, and to collect and record material relating to the history of this area. We hold monthly meetings at which guest speakers talk about subjects of historical and/or local interest. All the meetings are open to the public, and visitors are very welcome.'

Category Kent

Member of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society Grouping

'Seeks to promote an interest in Cranbrook and all aspects of its history. It manages the Museum and holds regular meetings during the winter months plus special summer events and exhibitions.'

Category Dartford

Member of the Kent Bee-Keepers' Association Grouping

'We are a well-established camera club with members from all around East Kent. Our aim is to promote the awareness, understanding, appreciation and practice all types of photography. We run a programme of weekly meetings, which are both varied and informative. There is also plenty of time for members to get to know each other and exchange ideas and experiences, ask for and offer advice, or simply have a chat.'

Category Arts Festivals

'Deal Music & Arts has been bringing the best in arts and culture to East Kent for nearly 40 years, and in that time we have welcomed many of the world’s greatest artists. Over those years, we have evolved from a summer festival to a year-round organisation that maintains that vibrant festival and supports a series of education programmes. We are very proud to benefit the cultural life and local economy of East Kent.' Festival normally held Early July.

'Contact details and all the latest news and information about our group of friendly beekeepers at the top of the White Cliffs of Dover.' Normally offer a winter programme of monthly afternoon talks.

'Founded in 1976 to encourage and promote the study of family history in the South East Kent area. It provides advice and assistance to members with South East Kent ancestry as well as to members whose roots are elsewhere, and welcomes the beginner and the more experienced family historian alike ... Our programme includes speakers on subjects of interest to beginners and experts alike, as well as discussion and project sessions. Time is allowed at meetings for informal exchange of advice and information and shopping at the bookstall. A guided walk of a place of local historical interest is usually arranged in the summer.'

Category Kent

Member of the GeoConservationUK Grouping

Category Gravesend

Member of the Kent Bee-Keepers' Association Grouping

Category Rail Transport

'Formed in 1970 for the purpose of railway enthusiasts to hold meetings and learn more about the railways and their histories and also other forms of transport ... We hold 20 meetings a year with guest speakers who are drawn from a wide spectrum of interests.'

Category Historic Houses

'Was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd ... Now is an historic house, a garden, a centre of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world ... Adult education courses at Great Dixter include Study Days, week-long Symposia, courses, lectures and workshops ... Great Dixter invites a number of external speakers to lecture on a variety of topics, such as plants and gardening, biodiversity and the history of the house.'

'Come along to your local, friendly village gardening club. Visitors and new members are always welcome. We have a wide variety of speakers on plants, wildlife, vegetables and we visit inspiring gardens.'

'The members of the Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne (HRGS) share a passion for history, in particular for our local heritage. We run group research projects and support members with their individual research interests. Many of our members are actively involved with archaeology and we hold various events and digs throughout the year.'

Category Kent

Member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology Grouping

'Dedicated to the advancement of apiculture (bee-keeping) and the promotion, fostering and encouraging of education therein ... Most of its work is done through local branches, which aim to educate bee-keepers about bee-keeping and to inform, and hopefully enthuse, the public about the magic and mystery of honey bees. There are twelve branches of the Kent Bee-Keepers’ Association.'

'Established in 1974, we have a proud history of helping and supporting our members in their family history research. Regular meetings are hosted by our Branches across the county and our members keep in regular touch via our quarterly Journal and online community forum.'

Category Deal

Member of the Kent Family History Society Grouping

Category Gardens Trusts

'At Kent Gardens Trust, we believe that gardens, parks and other designed green spaces are a vital part of our heritage. Over the centuries, they have often been a source of pride and pleasure to people seeking peace and tranquillity in a busy world ... The Trust organises a series of events throughout the year, including talks and visits to interesting and significant gardens. These occasions are designed to be both enjoyable and informative. They provide a good opportunity for members to meet new people and renew old acquaintances, usually over lunch or tea. But they also provide an opportunity to increase our awareness and understanding of Kent's garden heritage. Many of the gardens we visit are not normally open to the general public.'

'A group of people who are interested in all aspects of geology, but especially in the geology of Kent. The membership includes a wide variety of people from beginners to experts, young and old, brought together by a fascination for the beauty of what lies beneath their feet. Interests are also very wide and include palaeontologists and fossil collectors, mineralogists and mineral collectors, stratigraphers and others. Many of the members, however, do not specialize but have a wide general interest in geology. This mix of people and subjects makes for a very friendly group.'

Category Kent

Member of the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Grouping

Category Kent

Member of the Mammal Society Grouping

Category Kent

Member of the Local Nature Partnerships: England Grouping

Category Kent

Member of the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK Grouping

'The local branch of the Thanet Beekeepers Association with members from the Maidstone, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells areas and beyond. The Branch was originally formed in 2018 by a group of local beekeepers and we have grown in numbers now totalling more than 100 members ... We are a genuinely friendly and inclusive group, welcoming new and experienced Beekeepers alike to our weekly Sunday afternoon gatherings at the apiary throughout the beekeeping season, usually from April till September, for hands on bee keeping with help and guidance from our apiary managers and experienced bee keepers. We also meet on the last Monday of every month for demonstrations and talks by guest speakers and there is always time to chat and share experiences with likeminded people following the meeting.'

'The Society was set up on 26th November 2003 after a Steering Group sounded out parishioners' views. Public meetings showed there was an appetite for a non-political, non-campaigning Society that could capture a wide range of interests within the newly enlarged (April 2003) Parish that combined Lynsted with Kingsdown. Kingsdown brings part of our Parish into the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).'

Category Maidstone

Member of the Federation of British Bonsai Societies Grouping

'The Club holds monthly meetings on the 3rd Monday of each month (unless the Monday falls into Holy Week, when it is either the 3rd Tuesday or 4th Monday) ... The main part of the evening commences at 7:45pm, when any new or outstanding business is discussed. Then our presenter for the evening takes the floor until about 9:30pm, with a short break for refreshments at an appropriate break during the talk. The meeting closes at about 10pm.'

'MBKA holds regular meetings throughout the summer, using apiaries belonging to members. In the winter we move indoors with meetings, lectures, educational and social events. These provide great opportunities to share beekeeping problems, keep informed about the latest threats, compare notes and simply enjoy the company of others with an interest in beekeeping.'

Category Maidstone

Member of the Kent Bee-Keepers' Association Grouping

'Formed in 1976 by a small group of keen amateur astronomers. Today, the society has a very active membership of between 50 and 100 members from across North and Mid-Kent and some from East Kent. The Mission of MKAS is Making Astronomy accessible to all. Its aims are to promote interest in and enhance the study of astronomy in Kent, and to provide facilities for the study of astronomy for its members. Additionally, MKAS promotes the education of astronomy to the public and its members. This is done through a wide variety of talks, events, projects, and outreach activities. Talks are usually made very simple for everyone to understand, and are highly enjoyable.'

Category Kent

Member of the National Auricula & Primula Society Grouping

'Membership is open to anyone, anywhere in the world and you will receive our quarterly journal mailed direct. You can attend the monthly meetings held at each of our three branches (Bromley, Dartford and Sevenoaks), and can purchase books and listen to a wide variety of talks. All members are welcome to attend any or all of the branch meetings at no extra cost.'

'Aims to help us all to understand and enjoy aspects of our village and parish history and that of the surrounding areas – from the houses and architecture to the people, their livelihoods and the landscape ... We usually organise 9 talks and 2 visits each year. Places on our visits are usually limited in number and only available to members.'

'The Society is an independent organisation which campaigns for the conservation and improvement of this attractive town with its important heritage and rich cultural life ... The Society provides a programme of monthly talks and other meetings thoughout the year ... Non-members welcome.'

'Whether you collect stamps, postal history, revenues or postcards, whether you are a complete novice or an expert we welcome everyone. Come and join us and we will help you develop your collection. Hear interesting talks and see displays from visiting speakers or by club members, make new friends and enjoy the world of philately. After every live meeting stay and join members for a pub lunch.'

Category Gravesend

Member of the RSPB - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Maidstone

Member of the RSPB - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Sevenoaks

Member of the RSPB - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Tonbridge

Member of the RSPB - 6 South East England Grouping

'Aim is to encourage photography and to help our members to make better pictures. We are photographers of all abilities, from relative beginners to very experienced, from around Sevenoaks. We hope you will think about joining us. We're not concerned about what camera you use and we've seen great pictures taken on compacts and mobile phones in our events. Whether beginner or experienced, whatever medium you use to make your photographs, you will be welcome.'

'Established in 2002 with the aim of bringing the brightest and best of current authors to the area ... It has always included a broad range of speakers: novelists, biographers, activists, poets, historians, politicians, political commentators and journalists.' Normally held Early October.

'By raising public awareness, monitoring developments and working with local authorities and other bodies we help to safeguard the town’s character and its physical and natural heritage. We promote responsible and responsive planning and appropriate building development for the improvement of Sevenoaks and the benefit of its community.'

'We aim to promote photography in all aspects of the art through regular meetings throughout the year, with lectures, competitions, exhibitions, practical workshops, and outings. Through these we can educate ourselves and others in a diverse way in the techniques, whether it be in digital or the more traditional wet darkroom techniques.'

'The Society was formed in October 1997. It concerns itself with the archaeology and history of the Civil Parish of Snodland and neighbouring civil parishes.'  Holds 'regular meetings with lectures, social evenings, visits etc. for members'.

Category Sevenoaks

Member of The Arts Society - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Maidstone

Member of The Arts Society - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Deal

Member of The Arts Society - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Broadstairs

Member of The Arts Society - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Tonbridge

Member of The Arts Society - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Tonbridge

'Tonbridge Camera Club has a membership of about 80 people of all ages with a wide range of photographic skills. We offer an informal, friendly and supportive environment for photographers at all levels of experience and you will receive a warm welcome ... Our Main Thursday evening programme will include: * Talks and Presentations from guest speakers who will talk about their pictures and photographic interests; * Competitions for for both digital images and projected digital images; * Members' Evenings where members can talk about some of their images and/or videos and give the story behind them.'

'The Society was founded in 1960 to provide a focus for local people with historical interests. Unlike some similar societies it is concerned with national history and with archaeology, as well as with the history of Kent and the local area ... A programme of lectures by invited speakers runs through the winter months.'

Category Art Galleries

'Turner Contemporary is one of the UK’s leading art galleries. Founded to celebrate JMW Turner’s connection to Margate in 2001, the David Chipperfield designed gallery opened in 2011. Our work extends beyond showcasing world class exhibitions, to driving the social and economic regeneration of Margate and East Kent and transforming lives in one of the most deprived areas of the UK.'

'Stimulating ideas and debates from across the university.'

'This is a friendly society which welcomes new members . Meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of the month ... Most of our meetings consist of a talk by our main speaker followed by free tea, coffee and biscuits. There is then either a short beginners talk or “Sky Notes” to say what is happening in the sky in the coming month.'

Category Kent

Member of the Badger Trust Grouping

Category Sevenoaks

Member of the Kent Bee-Keepers' Association Grouping

'The Westerham Society is a civic society open to men and women of all ages who share an interest in Westerham and the surrounding countryside. In addition to hosting a series of interesting talks, visits and social events, the society aims to protect the beauty and character of Westerham and the surrounding countryside. It takes action on relevant issues and represents its members on matters which might impact on the welfare or development of the town.'

'Our members are of all ages and abilities and we welcome new and experienced photographers to the club; most members use digital cameras, including camera-phones, and others shoot film. Our meetings feature talks from leading photographers, practical evenings and friendly competitions judged by supportive experts. In the summer we visit different locations to take pictures together.'

'Formed in 1998 by a group of enthusiasts determined to research, record and later publish the history of the village. The Society holds regular meetings to which guest speakers are invited. Membership is open to anyone interested in the village history.'

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