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
SWANLEY WAR MEMORIAL
The First World War - The Stories Behind The Names
A book telling the stories of the Fallen, their families and the local area
Researched by Swanley History Group
You don't have to have a relative named on the Swanley War Memorial to find this book interesting - the stories of each of the men are unique and moving in themselves but read as a whole their lives and experiences paint a picture of the social and economic life of the whole community - and of the nation as a whole. Examples of families coming into the area from all over the country, infant mortality, childhood bereavement, the workhouse, young men full of hope travelling to Australia and Canada in search of a new life only to have their dreams cut short by world events, women who lost 3 sons, others who lost
a brother and a husband, poignant letters from mothers desperate to know what has become of their sons, newspaper epitaphs, plus photographs of the men, their medals, and local buildings and scenes - all tell the story of Swanley and the surrounding area at the beginning of the 20th Century.
SEE WAR MEMORIAL RESEARCH PAGES FOR HOW TO GET YOUR COPY. NEW - REVIEWS ALSO ON SEPARATE PAGE
October 2018 Group Meeting Update
Due to technical issues we regrettably were unable to proceed with Esme Hodge’s planned presentation on Hextable Horticultural College this evening. We will reschedule this talk at a later date and all Esme’s hard work in preparing the talk will not go to waste.
Fortunately Keith Whitmore was on stand by and delighted the audience with his visual presentation and reminiscences of old Hextable. We hope that those of you who came especially for the advertised programme found this an acceptable and enjoyable replacement.
A full report from Christina Tyler our Programme Organiser IS NOW ON EVENTS SUB PAGES
Attendance was 90 with 4 new members who we welcome and hope to see at future meetings. 12 members also renewed for the next year.
Congratulations to Tracy who after 5 years of hopeful anticipation finally won the prize draw. Spend that £20 wisely!
Thank you to everyone who bought a copy of our book Swanley War Memorial The Stories Behind the Names . Thanks for all the positive feedback.
Tuesday 6th November 2018 The Goose is Getting Fat – The History of Christmas Traditions Presented by Imogen Corrigan
White Oak Indoor Bowls Club Garrolds Close, off Hilda May Avenue, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7BF
Doors open 7.15 p.m for 7.30 p.m.
'MEMBERS FIRST' DOOR POLICY
On evenings when large attendances mean we may exceed our room capacity, we may have to adopt a 'members first policy' on the door. Members are requested to arrive by 7.15 p.m if possible.
UPCOMING PROGRAMME JUNE TO DECEMBER 2018 IS NOW ON EVENTS PAGE
PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO MEETING IN JANUARY 2019 DUE TO THE BANK HOLIDAY. MEMBERS DUE TO RENEW IN JANUARY MAY DO SO IN NOVEMBER 2018 OR FEBRUARY 2019 WITH NO LOSS OF MEMBERSHIP ENTITLEMENTS
New Memories pages - If you have any memories of Swanley and the surrounding area which you would like to share please send your written account to firstname.lastname@example.org or hand them to a Committee member at a Group Meeting.
We are always looking for items of local interest to preserve for future generations so do get in touch if you have anything that tells the story of Swanley through the years. We can take copies and return originals if you prefer.