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Event Reports

We report on most of our events in the Kingsdown, Lynsted and Norton Parish Newsletter.

On this page - we have collected together those reports for the record, interest and information of Members (and those thinking of Membership) and our web visitors. Some events are 'regulars' (by popular demand), but we do vary our events and presentations to meet the wide interests of our membership. To browse our Reports, click on the relevant year-headings (below).

Other activities and resources - Your subscriptions and help also allow us to support projects that bring together material on the different 'faces' of our communities and their surroundings. We are also continually adding to our virtual library of documents, extracts, family history researches and transcriptions from outside sources.

2003 Topics
- Steering Group established
- Public Meetings to explore demand for a Society
- Parish Boundary Marking
- Buildings of Doddington
- Founding the Society

2004 Topics
- Beating the Bounds (Holly Planting)
- Researching your family history
- Portable Antiquities
- Exploring the world of bats
- Kingsdown, Heritage Day talk on Pugin
- Candle-lit concert in Kingsdown Church (The Galliard Trio)
- Local Historic Buildings
- Rustic Revels (Quartet, "Serenata”, in Lynsted Church)
- Society Christmas Carols and Festive Fayre
-- Letter to Prescott about Entertainment Licences

2005 Topics
- Gardening for Wildlife
- Reading a Church (KHF Event)
- Understanding Place Names
- Tour of Kingsdown Farm
- Tenterden Vineyard Visit
- Early Aviation on Sheerness
- Fungus Foray
- Lord Nelson
- Society Christmas Carols and Festive Fayre.

2006 Topics
- Brogdale National Fruit Collection
- Kent Bat Group in Lynsted Church
- Kent's Historic Barns
- Guided Walk on Doddington meadow
- Historic Bus run (Pugin and Ramsgate)
- Lichens in Lynsted Churchyard
- Deneholes and nuclear bunkers
- Society Christmas Carols and Festive Fayre.

2007 Topics
- Kent Village life in the 1880s
- Bridges of Kent
- Jane Austen's Kent
- Workshop on recording Memorials and Inscriptions
- Farm walk and talk on conservation
- Historic bus run (Rye and Northiam, East Sussex Steam Railway)
- Course on hedge laying
- Kent Wildlife in the Thames Gateway
- Society Christmas Carols and Festive Fayre.

2008 Topics
- Kent Churches
- Noble Chafer Beetle
- Gems of Kent (Ancient Monuments Society)
- Workshop on reading and recording church monuments
- Early Morning Birdsong - walk in Kingsdown
- Historic Bus trip to Hastings and Battle
- "At Home" for end of first Chairman's tenure
- Society Christmas Carols and Festive Fayre.

2009 Topics
- Historic Buildings of Kent;
- Tea Tasting;
- Bats and local deneholes;
- Visit to Torry Hill Chalk Meadow
- Historic Bus run to Sandwich
- Dormice
- Kent Downs
- Society Christmas Carols and Festive Fayre.

2010 Topics
- "Wings over Sheppey" and "SS Richard Montgomery Wreck";
- Traditional Orchards
- Perry Wood Excavations
- Thomas Quire Concert and Georgian Food
- Local History Open Morning - archiving family records;
- Visit to local dormouse project
- Visit to Battle hay meadow
- Historic bus run to Deal and Walmer Castle
- Keeping Hens
- Work of a Gamekeeper
- Society Christmas Carols and Festive Fayre.

2011 Topics
- History of Milton Regis and Sheerness HM Dockyard
- Presentation and dinner on the "Edith May" sailing barge
- Calving day on Kingsdown Farm
- Second Local History Open Day
- Visit to Battle hay meadow
- Tour of a Tudor Yeoman's House
- Historic bus run to Quex Park
- Bumble Bee Conservation Trust
- Our marine environment
- Society Christmas Carols and Festive Fayre.

2012 Topics
- Building Queen Mary 2
- Wildlife Photography
- Screening of "Red Sails: The Thames sailing barge"
- Sussex hay meadow
- Bumble bee identification at Dungeness Reserve
- Morgan cars;
- Garden bird identification and calls
- Shepherd Neame Brewery visit
- Report on the Heritage Project
- Society Christmas Carols and Festive Fayre.

2013 Topics
- Kentish village life through the ages
- Wildlife Heritage Foundation, conservation of big cats
- Sittingbourne History
- Guided walk in Oare Marshes
- Raptors and Hawking
- Traditional flower meadow near Battle
- Wildlife and Farm open day
- Godmersham Park visit
- Visit to Dargate "Cheesemakers of Canterbury"
- Local archaeological sites
- Christmas carols and festive fayre

2014 Topics
- Fun Quiz Night
- UK response to international aid crises
- Vintage Bus Trip to Tenterden and to Great Dixter house and gardens
- Visit to a Traditional Hay Meadow in Sussex
- Local Cider Maker in Doddington Parish
- Norton and Lynsted School - Society "Eco prize"
- Bricks and Brickwork
- Macknade Foodfare
- Christmas carol and festive fayre

2015 Topics
- Astronomy Presentation
- Charity Fun Quiz Night
- Healthcare in Ethiopia
- Pedigree calves and lambs at Wingfield Farm
- Faversham Magna Carta
- Sheppey Crossings - projected film
- Commercial Cherry Orchards Visit
- Batemans and a trip in a Titan Vintage Bus
- The Craft of the Cooper
- Pop-Up Restaurant of Corinne Goodman
- AGM and Coppice Woodland talk
- Annual Christmas Party

2016 Topics
- Water Aid Charity
- Charity Fun Quiz Night
- Traditional Boatbuilding - Alan Staley
- RMS "Titanic" - Construction and Archaeology
- Visit to Belmont House Clock Collection and Gardens
- Water Voles (Wildwood Trust)
- Kingsdown Farm Open Day
- "The Battle of the Somme" (1916) - screened in Lynsted Church, Greenstreet Methodist Hall and for the Faversham Society.
- Crime in Victorian Kent (part of the Lynsted Festival Weekend)
- Visit: Shipwright workshop in Faversham
- AGM and the capture of James II and the role of Faversham
- Society Members' Christmas Party

2017 Topics
- Life in Kentish Workhouses
- Charity Fun Quiz Night
- The Extraordinary Life of John Oliver
- Bees and bee-keeping
- Double-helping of Lutyens (talk followed by a visit to The Salutation)
- Maidstone Grammar School in WW2
- V2 Rocket impact in Lynsted Parish - Lyn Valley (presentation and exhibition)
- Society Members' Christmas Party

2018 Topics
- RNLI Presentation by Sheerness Station supporters
- Fun Quiz Night - supporting RNLI
- Kent Stained Glass
- Wine Tasting - Bordeaux
- Visit: WW2 Tunnels at Maidstone Girls Grammar School
- Bread and Breadmaking
-Wings over Sheppey and Restoration Group at Rochester Airport (MAPS)
-Armistice Display, concluding the 8-year research project and publication of a book on Lynsted with Kingsdown casualties
- AGM & Gardening for Wildlife
- Society Members' Christmas Party

2019 Topics
- Richard II and the Peasants Revolt
- Fun Quiz Night - supporting the Kent Wildlife Trust
- AGM and The Role of Magistrates in the Community
- 60 Years of the Kent Wildlife Trust
- Visit to Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway
- Jazz Night
- Asset and Project delivery on M25
- Farm Walk at Kingsdown Farm
- Lynsted V2 Rocket - since the first excavation
- Visited The Old Dairy Brewery in Tenterden
- ‘Pasture for Life’ - by Fidelity Weston

2020 Topics
- Were there Vikings in Lynsted?
- The Lives of Hares
- Pole-lathe Wood turning