PUBLICATION OF OUR WW2 BOOK IS LIKELY TO BE DELAYED BEYOND 2020 DUE TO CORONAVIRUS. RESEARCH CONTINUES SO INFORMATION IS STILL NEEDED
Swanley History Group is a Community Organisation run by and for anyone interested in preserving the history and heritage of Swanley, Kent and the surrounding area.
We aim to collect and preserve photos, books, newspaper cuttings,postcards and other ephemera which relate to the history of the area and its people as well as documenting personal stories and memories.
We hold monthly meetings for the presentation and discussion of historical topics which relate to the area, often using outside speakers
If you have any material which may be of interest to us please contact us at email@example.com
Remembrance Day Services are likely to be very different this year but you can still honour the Swanley Fallen of WW1 by purchasing a copy of Swanley History Group's 2018 tribute book 'Swanley War Memorial The First World War The Stories Behind The Names' and learning the personal history of each of the men. £8 if collected in person or we can deliver locally to Swanley and Hextable. £11.50 if posted. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or see the WW1 Pages on this website for full details.
Unfortunately due to the Covid 19 pandemic publication of our tribute book to the Fallen of WW2 has been delayed but research is ongoing and we will publish the book as soon as circumstances allow. In the meantime if you are related to any of the Fallen named on Swanley War Memorial or have any information about life on the Swanley Home Front 1939 -1945 please get in touch.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
Following the recent outbreak of Coronavirus, our monthly meetings have been cancelled until further notice. This includes our April meeting. We will continue to send our monthly newsletter to all members, keeping you up to date of any changes. We are sorry to have to make this decision, but it is obviously the correct action to take. Most other groups in the area, are taking similar action.
If you are yet to renew your January, February or March membership, or your membership expires in the coming months, your membership remains, and you can renew when our meetings return.
We will contact you as soon as the situation changes, and should you have any questions please contact us.
LIVING THROUGH HISTORY
Coronavirus is going to be a significant moment in history. We would like you to send us photographs documenting its' effects on Swanley - empty shelves, people wearing masks, notices on doctor's surgeries, examples of community and individual goodwill and help for others, examples of the not so community spirited, any published articles on the effects on our area. We can help document the next few months for future historians. The results can be displayed at a future meeting once we have got through this unsettling period. You don't have to be a Group Member, all contributions are welcome. Send your photos etc to email@example.com
ARE YOU SELF ISOLATING AND HAVE SOME SPARE TIME ON YOUR HANDS?
Why not take some time to write down some memories of life in Swanley and surrounding areas in times gone by and send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Even a few lines can be used in our monthly newsletter. Longer ones can be used on our website. If you have a photograph even better but it isn't essential.You don't have to be a Group Member , all contributions are welcome.
Go to the Memories page to see some examples we have already received.
If you didn't grow up in the area Peter Taylor our newsletter editor would still like to hear your memories of growing up for the memories section in the newsletter.
Swanley History Group is sad to hear of the passing of Gary Vaughan (due to non Covid 19 reasons). Gary was a popular and valued founding Committee member of SHG back in 2013 quietly contributing to the smooth running of meetings often behind the scenes. He also gave two well received presentations on The History of the Fire Service and Old Greenhithe illustrated with his vast collection of local historical postcards. Gary will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and sympathy are with his family and friends.