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Saltwood Village Society

An inspiring story from Lympne”
FRIDAY 10th MAY 2019 7.15 for 7.30pm
at SALTWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL GRANGE ROAD

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NEWS - Saturday 15th September 8 am Battle of Britain Day Inauguration of Flagpole

“On Saturday, 15th September 2018 the new flagpole – a joint project between the Trustees of the Robert Thompson Charities and the Village Society -was inaugurated, with the raising of the Union Flag to mark Battle of Britain Day”

DATES ON WHICH THE UNION FLAG WILL BE FLOWN
February
6th - Accession Day
March
1st St David's Day
Second Monday - Commonwealth Day
17th - St Patrick's Day
April
21st - Queen's Birthday
23rd - St George's Day
June
2nd Coronation Day
Second Saturday - Queen's Official Birthday
10th - Birthday of Duke of Edinburgh
18th - Waterloo Day
21st - Birthday of Duke of Cambridge
September
15th - Battle of Britain Day
October
21st - Trafalgar Day
November
Second Sunday - Remembrance Day
11th - Armistice Day
30th - St Andrew's Day

About Us

Saltwood Village Society was formed at a Public Meeting held in the Village Hall in November, 1965.
The aim of the Society is to ensure that Saltwood Village and its surroundings retain the character which they now possess, and that any future development within the village, whilst being in keeping with the times in which we live, contributes in retaining this character.
The Society does not wish to hinder development in the village in any way, but rather to make recommendations in the right quarter concerning any future planning in order that Saltwood may remain the pleasant village which it is today.


Our Activities

Each year the Society has three meetings with a speaker at each. The talks are on a variety of subjects and have included the following: RSPB Dungeness, Westenhanger Castle, Perfumes, The Chaucer Tales, Coastwatch and an entertainment evening put on by Brockhill Performing Arts College. We regularly have 50+ members attending our meetings. We are always on the lookout for interesting speakers and the committee would be happy to hear from you if you could recommend anyone.
One of our recent major achievements has been to raise in the order of £6,000 to have the names of the Fallen put on the war memorial on the Green. The work involved having the rear wall of the memorial raised to a suitable height and engraved plaques made to fit. The majority of the monies raised was by two Garden Safaris that proved to be a great success although the Society had never attempted one before. In order to achieve this we worked with the Parish Council who, in conjunction with the work we funded, refurbished the remainder of the memorial.
In the past we played a major role in the two millennium projects of refurbishing the drinking fountain and providing a new village hall noticeboard on the village Green.
In addition to these events the Society has held photographic competitions and run very successful quiz evenings. In 2011 we gave the £500 raised at one of them to the Village Hall committee to help with their fund raising to improve the hall.
We are always looking for new ideas that will benefit our village as we have been doing since we were formed in 1965. If you have any ideas then please let us know about them via our contacts form below.
If you have heard any speakers who you think would interest the Society and its members please let us know through our contacts below.


Our Officers and Committee

Officers
President: Mrs Jane Clark
Joint Chair: John Cimelli and Sally Chesters
Vice Chair: Sally Chesters
Secretary: John Cimelli
Treasurer and Membership secretary: Julia Clark


Committee Members

Geoff Cooke
Alexandra Harrington
Chris Hygate


Saltwood Village Society

Talks

Each year the Society has three meetings with a speaker at each. Unless otherwise stated, all meetings commence at 7.30pm and are held in the Primary School in Grange Road, Saltwootd CT21 4QS


Events calendar

Friday 10th May 2019 AGM and the speaker is SHAL (an archaeology group from Lympne)

“SHAL we or Shan’t we? Yes we SHAL!!
An inspiring story from Lympne”
This talk is about Studying History and Archaeology in Lympne[SHAL] and will be presented by Guy Topham and Fiona Jarvest.
The meeting takes place on Friday May 10th 7.30pm at the Primary School Hall in Grange Rd, Saltwood. There will also a brief AGM and any local news. Further events are organised for the Autumn. Are there any members who would like to serve on the committee?– please don’t be shy in coming forward. Annual subs are due please.
Non-members are always welcome too.

Friday 11th October 2019 Brian Banks will talk on ‘Intelligence Matters’.

“Brian is a former Senior Civil Servant who retired as Head of Intelligence, HM Customs & Excise, following government service in a number of departments, including HM Diplomatic Service, under an intelligence umbrella. After retirement he served as an Adviser to the governments of the Republic of Georgia, where he established a new Intelligence Service, and Bulgaria. A Russian speaker, Brian spent his early career as an intelligence gatherer”


Past Talks

Friday 8 February 2019 7.30pm at Saltwood School, Grange Road with a fascinating talk from our guest speaker Steve Dennis on The Leas Pavilion, Folkestone.

Friday 12th October 2018 Dr Clive Nuttman - talk entitled ‘Madagascar – the enchanted island’

Thursday 29th November 2018 7pm Pre-Christmas talk and social (members only) Lads’ Club, Rectory Lane

February 9th 2018: Sailing the South Atlantic: Pete Raine - Saltwood Village School Grange Road Saltwood 7.30pm

October 13th 2017: Dogs Trust: Speaker Laura Murphy - Saltwood Village School Grange Road Saltwood 7.30pm

May 12th 2017: People and Places in early Victorian Saltwood - Saltwood Village School Grange Road Saltwood 7.30pm
Speaker: Mike de la Mare

February 10th 2017: Eva Braun Fact or Fiction: Speaker: Melanie Gibson Barton - Saltwood Village School Grange Road Saltwood 7.30pm

October 14th 2016:The History of Hythe Venetian Fete: Speaker: John Schoner - Saltwood Village School Grange Road Saltwood 7.30pm

May 13th 2016: Romney Marsh Wools and the products produced from them: Speaker: Kristina Boulden - Saltwood Village School Grange Road Saltwood 7.30pm

February 14th 2016: Samphire Ho Dover: Speaker Bryn Green - Saltwood Village School Grange Road Saltwood 7.30pm


Saltwood Village Society Galleries

Saltwood Past Images

Saltwood Village Society

News


Saltwood Village Society - The Tree Planting
Celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday on Sunday 12th June 2016

The Amalachier Tree that was planted on The Green, by our President Mrs. Jane Clark to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday, survived the winter and be watched over by the committees' experts in case further watering is required.

The event was a great success and supported by a large number of villagers. Several 90 year old locals helped with the planting which added interest to the event.
After the tree was planted villagers retired to the church of St Peter and St Paul for an excellent tea provided by Saltwood WI.

Saltwood Village Society - Memorial Re-Dedication

Memorial rededication 25th September 2011
One of our recent major achievements has been to raise in the order of £6,000 to have the names of the Fallen put on the war memorial on the Green. The work involved having the rear wall of the memorial raised to a suitable height and engraved plaques made to fit. The majority of the monies raised was by two Garden Safaris that proved to be a great success although the Society had never attempted one before. In order to achieve this we worked with the Parish Council who, in conjunction with the work we funded, refurbished the remainder of the memorial.

Saltwood Village Society - The Tree Planting
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The Society received a cash boost of £500 from the Kent Police Property Fund towards a flagpole for our village. Jane Clark, president and Brian Doorne, Chairman, were presented with the cheque at a short ceremony at the police headquarters in Folkestone by the District Commander for Shepway Chief,Inspector Andrew Somerville. The Commander said he hoped that Saltwood residents would soon be able to see their project come to fruition.

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50 Years…
At the invitation of their President, Mrs Jane Clark, on Saturday 12th September, 70 members of Saltwood Village Society spent a wonderful afternoon at Saltwood Castle. Despite the dire weather predictions, the sun shone and there was a gentle breeze.
They enjoyed a wonderful choral recital by the Folkestone Gospel Choir, led by Alex McNeice, followed by a brief history of the Society by Chairman, Brian Doorne..
Saltwood Village Society - or Saltwood Village Preservation Society as it was then known – was formed in 1965 as a mouthpiece for the views of local people. Over the years it has performed that task well although, inevitably, there have been occasions when the views of the people have not held sway for political, economic or logistical reasons.

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Saltwood Village Society Publication

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Saltwood W.1.'s 1959 History Book
Saltwood Village History

Compiled by Saltwood Women's Institute - 1959

Scanned, reformatted and copied into book form by Brian Doorne

This history of the Village and Parish of Saltwood owes its existence to the response to the East Kent Federation of Women's Institutes to pleas from Local History societies for the compilation records of village life and activities throughout the centuries.

Available from Saltwood Village Stores…


If you wish to contact Saltwood Village Society, or would like any general information about Saltwood, have any ideas you think would benefit Saltwood, or wish to receive information about joining Saltwood Village society please fill in the form to the right and we will respond promptly.

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