Events

Public Talk "Smarden: notable people and events over the years" on Monday 26 June 2017

Come along to Hothfield Village Hall at 7.30pm for our Annual General Meeting followed by a talk by Martin Brooks on Smarden and its famous people who have passed through or lived in the village over the years.  All welcome. Free entry. 


Public Talk "Local Weald Villages: Then and Now" on Friday 27 November 2015

We had great attendance for the free talk kindly given by local author and historian, Kaye Sowden, on the history of the local villages of Hothfield, Westwell, Charing, Little Chart, Pluckley and Smarden. Kaye's picture-show showed how much, and also how little, these villages have changed through time.  Her talk was accompanied by fascinating tales of the history of these local villages and some of their more notable buildings including Smarden's Cloth House, and the mystery of a possible Roman Villa and a Roman Road going through Little Chart.  Kaye has recently published a book - to find out more information please follow this link.

Race Night on Saturday 12 September 2015

Our recent fun Race Night at the Village Hall was a great success.  Once again, we have received lots of positive feedback and we hope that everyone who came along had a great night out. 

Bets were placed thick and fast which were collected by our ‘Tote Totties’ Brian and Sheila, and numerous lucky winners scooped a total of £212 in winnings.  Although there were fewer people who came along compared with last year’s event, this did not dampen anyone’s enthusiasm as all ages cheered on their steeds on the big screen.  The biggest individual Tote win was £18 and the top prize up for grabs in the final auction race was £66 for the winning horse ‘Bobby Dazzler’ owned by Peter Howard.  A raffle run by Sharon, Ryley and Margaret brought in extra revenue, and the star prize of a fabulous roast dinner hamper was won by Michelle and Derek.  The profits from the evening came to £533 which has been shared equally between Hothfield History Society and Hothfield Village Hall.

Thank you to everyone who generously bought tickets, sponsored races, donated raffle prizes and who helped out.  The sumptuous Ploughman’s supper went down a storm and our thanks go to Carol for organising and preparing the delicious feast and thanks also to Pat, Sharon and Ryley for also giving up their time and helping behind the scenes.  We are most grateful to Jay and Bina for selling the tickets at the Post Office and a big thank you to to all of our generous sponsors who were: John and Pat Coles; David Parker; Bob and Pauline Fletcher; Peter Howard; Graham and Pat Warren; Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt; Colin Gallagher; Oscar Plant Hire & Sales, and Peter Patten.


Quiz Night on Saturday 6 June 2015

Our successful quiz night and ploughman's attracted around 100 people.  The winning team won a booty of prizes and our raffle included a roast dinner hamper.  Our thanks go to all those who helped organise the event and prepare the feast.  Proceeds of £520 have been shared between the History Society and Hothfield Village Hall.

Kent Archaeological Society Visit on 18 April 2015

By Chris Rogers

Some time ago I was asked by the Church Warden to present a talk about St Margaret’s Church to the Kent Archaeological Society Churches Committee.  Nearly 50 visitors came along, having visited St Mary’s Church at Westwell earlier in the day.  I introduced the building and pointed out special features of interest in the context of the history of the village, Hothfield Place and the Tufton family.  Visitors were shown a small plaque over the north door of the Royal Arms, believed to commemorate the visit of Queen Elizabeth I to John Tufton in 1573.  It is noted in Hasted’s description of Kent that the Queen stayed two days, in the ‘genial month of August’.

Following the light refreshments provided by the Friends of St Margaret’s, our visitors were able to explore the church further and had a rare opportunity to visit the bell tower by ascending the narrow round tower.

The Kent Archaeological Society has supported the History Society so this was an opportunity to partly return the favour.  I received positive feedback from the audience and I hope that they enjoyed their afternoon.  Proceeds of around £270 were raised and have gone towards the ongoing repair and upkeep costs of the church.

Workshops (2014) 

Our recent series of two half-day local history workshops (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund) held in November were very successful.  There were ten participants and, with help and advice from our professional archivist, Nicola Waddington, we learnt about the many sources of information that are available to help us investigate a home's history or a particular subject.

Currently we have no firm plans to run further workshops.  However, if we do receive demand to hold additional sessions then we will endeavour to organise them. 

If you would like to make enquiries about further local history workshop sessions, please email us at hothfieldmemories@hotmail.com  

Race Night - A Runaway Success (2014)

Our recent Race Night in October at the Village Hall was lively and noisy as young and not-so-young cheered on their chosen steeds on the big screen. Thanks to an excellent turn-out, the event was a rip-roaring success and we hope that everyone who came along enjoyed their night out at the races. Bets were placed thick and fast and were collected by Brian and Sheila (the ‘Tote Totties’) and numerous lucky winners scooped a total of £325 in winnings. The top prize up for grabs in the final auction race was £55 and the winning horse was ‘Poor Mr Salmond’ owned by Hamish. A raffle run by Sharon, Ryley and Margaret brought in extra revenue and the profits from the evening came to nearly £700 which has been shared equally between Hothfield History Society and Hothfield Village Hall.

Thank you to everyone who bought tickets, sponsored races, donated raffle prizes and for helping out. The Ploughman’s supper went down a storm and our thanks go to Carol for organising and preparing the feast and to Lorraine and Lynn for giving up their time and helping behind the scenes in the kitchen. We are most grateful to Jay and Bina for selling the tickets at the Post Office and our thanks go to all of our generous sponsors who were: Colin Miles Signs; Clare Singleton at The Granary Spa; Malcolm Wood; John and Pat Coles; Colin Gallagher; Peter Howard; Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt; John Nicholls, and Mather & Smith Metalworks. Given the success of this event we hope to run another one next year – watch this space!

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Smarden: notable people and events over the years