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Tue, 01/10/2013 – 7:30pm Illustrated talk by Malcolm Jennings. A look at the amazing communities of insects that live in the tiny worlds that surround us. Organised by North West Kent group. Venue location Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford Boys Grammar School, Shepherds Lane, Dartford, Kent, DA1 2JZ Suggested donation £2.50. Suitable for wheelchair users. Suitable for people with limited mobility. 01622 662012

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A talk about the Korean War will take place at Chatham Library next week. Korea 1950-1953: The Forgotten War – You Must Be Joking! Is on Thursday, 18 July 7.30pm at Chatham Library. Retired Brigadier Brian Parritt CBE will give the talk. This month (July) marks the 60th Anniversary of the signing of a cease-fire in the Korean War.

In this war more British serviceman became casualties than the total number of casualties since 1953, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Brigadier Brian Parritt fought in the war as a young Gunner Subaltern, was wounded and commended for bravery. As a qualified Chinese interpreter and later a senior military intelligence officer, his talk will cover both his personal experiences in the war and an analysis of the causes and implications of the war. Free but booking essential by calling 01634 337799.

Places are limited for two special guest lectures running alongside the exhibition “Exploring Antarctica: The Final Expeditions of Scott & Shackleton”, showing in No. 1 Smithery: The Gallery at The Historic Dockyard Chatham until 30th August. Read More

03 De Bello CanzioJoin Kent Wildlife Trust on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May for BIGBURY REVEALED!
(Bigbury Nature Reserve, Harbledown. 10am – 4pm) – FREE entry.

Step back in time and experience Bigbury Camp as it was in 54BC. Meet up with the local Cantii tribe as they face the Roman invasion. Discover the hidden side of the recently restored Iron Age Hill Fort – a Scheduled Ancient Monument, thought to be the site of Caesar’s first battle. More

Discover another side to Robin Hood at an author talk later this month (May).

Best-selling author Angus Donald will be at Chatham Library at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 28 May to talk about his series of books The Outlaw Chronicles.

Angus writes about Robin Hood but not the way you know him. The books focus on the dark side of the legendary hero. The novels depict a world that is a far cry from the Kevin Costner or Russell Crowe film portrayals.

Paperback copies of Angus’ newly released book, Warlord, will be available to purchase on the night and Angus will be happy to sign them after the talk.
To book a place on this free talk phone 01634 337799.

The next meeting of the Rochester and Chatham Dickens Fellowship (R&CDF) is on Thursday the 16th of May, 7.15 for a 7.30 start. The meeting takes place in the Education Room at Dickens World in Chatham and includes a talk by Mr David Cufley titled “Ratcatchers – occupation, profession & Industry”.
Non-Members are welcome at £2 per person payable on the door but advanced booking is essential. For details of the R&CDF or for non-members to attend contact the Hon. Secretary Mr Steve Martin on 01474 834164 – stevemartin54@hotmail.com or John Knott 01634 862688.
For details of the venue – http://www.dickensworld.co.uk

The next meeting of the Rochester and Chatham Dickens Fellowship (R&CDF) is on Thursday the 21st of March 7.15 for a 7.30 start. The meeting is in the Education Room of Dickens World in Chatham and includes a talk by Odette Buchanan titled Mills and Broom, a history of wind and watermills around the Medway Towns. For details of the R&CDF or for non-members to attend contact the Hon. Secretary Mr Steve Martin on 01474 834164 – stevemartin54@hotmail.com or John Knott 01634 862688.
For details of the venue – http://www.dickensworld.co.uk

An amusing study of an English country house will take place later this month (August). English history commentator John Vigar will give the talk entitled bedroom, banquets and ball, at Chatham Community Hub on Tuesday, 14 August at 7.30pm.
The talk promises to be a humourous look at the architecture, design and furnishings of the English country house, and the characters associated with them.
The event is free but places are limited so booking is essential. Phone 01634 337799.

The next meeting of the Rochester and Chatham Dickens Fellowship is on Thursday the 16th of February 7.15 for a 7.30 start. The meeting is in the Education Room of Dickens World in Chatham include s a talk by Dr. Tony Williams. Non Members are welcome for a small fee. For details of the R&CDF or non members to attend contact the Joint Hon. Secretary Mr Steve Martin 01474 834164

R&CDF Branch Meeting 16th February
“Mile-stones on the Dover Road” Dickens, Kent and Dickensians, a talk by Tony Williams.

Dr Tony Williams
Tony Williams taught English in secondary schools from 1969 to 1997 when he took early retirement. From 1999 to 2006 he was Joint General Secretary of The International Dickens Fellowship and a Trustee of the Charles Dickens Museum in London. He is Associate Editor of The Dickensian and organises the London programme of events for the Dickens Fellowship, as well as being a frequent speaker on Dickensian topics both in the UK and overseas. He is currently a member of the group planning the programme for the celebrations in 2012 of the bicentenary of Dickens’s birth. He has recently accepted an honorary Research Fellowship at the University of Buckingham to assist with work on Dickens Journals Online.

Luton village history – development and change in Victorian Luton, is the subject of the talk by Brian Joyce at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 18 January at Chatham Library. More

Get into the festive spirit with two seasonal talks in December More

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