Ide Hill Society

Ide Hill, Kent, England

Ide Hill Society Events

Ide Hill Society Programme 2015

Mar 25th Discussion and AGM in the Village Hall
Wed 7.30pm Bob Ogley will chair a discussion about the changes in village life since the 1930s with Dudley Barrow and Roy Smith. After coffee the AGM follows.

Apr 8th Neighbourhood Plan Briefing and Talk in the Village Hall
Wed 8pm On behalf of the Parish Council Alex Manley will brief us on the proposed plan. Architect Jonathan Fenner will then present “A celebration of Kent architecture”.

May 19th Visit to Brooklands Transport Museum in Weybridge
Tues 10.30am There will be a 2 hour guided tour of this celebration of British motor sport and avation at its birthplace. Lunch is available in the Sunbeam Café. In the afternoon a 30 minute tour of Concorde is available for up to 15.

June 21st Summer Party
Sun 12noon Drinks and canapés at The Old Vicarage. Please bring a plate of savoury or sweet canapés or finger food. Wine beer or Pimms will be served at £1 per glass. As usual there will be no charge for soft drinks.

July 3rd Visit to the lavender fields at Casle Farm, Shoreham
Fri 10.30am Enjoy the spectacular purple view and hear how lavender is processed. After visiting the Hop Shop there will be an optional lunch at the Plough Inn, Enysford. 

Aug 5th Visit to Sandhurst
Wed 10am To attend the Commander’s Parade [the dress rehearsal to the Passing Out Parade] followed in the afternoon by a guided tour of the Old College Building visiting the Prestige Rooms [Indian Army Room, History Room, Wellington Room] and the Chapel. Refreshments will be provided on arrival. Lunch can be taken by the lakeside or can be purchased in the café for £10. Refreshments will also be provided at the end of the tour before departing.
Sep 9th Visit the Thames Barrier by boat
Wed 11.30am Travelling by boat from Westminster Pier along the Thames passing many historic buildings and land marks to the Barrier Pier to visit the exhibition Centre. The guide will explain, with the aid of models, photos and a film, how the Barrier was designed, built and how it works. There will also be a talk covering the river, the risk of flooding of London, the environment and the wild life of the Thames. For Health and Safety reasons access to Barriers is not permitted. However, a short stroll along the tow path immediately opposite gives an excellent close view of the whole Barrier. A sandwich lunch will be provided in the Conference Room which overlooks the Barrier. The river boat for the return journey departs at 4pm.  

Oct 14 th Talk in the Village Hall
Wed 8pm Kev Reynolds 45 minute talk is titled “The Healing Gift of Space” which deals with Octavia Hill’s Countryside Legacy and touches on Ide Hill as well as Crockham Hill and Toys Hill. He uses a number of quotes and dates and it is illustrated with a number of local and historic pictures. 

Nov 18th Talk in the Village Hall
Wed 8pm Rod Shelton lives in Otford and is about to publish a book on the River Darent. His talk is entitled “Well I never knew that…” about the villages on the river between Westerham and Dartford, which often have odd, even quirky histories. After this last meeting of 2015 drinks will be served.
Mar 25th 7.30pm Discussion and AGM in the Village Hall

Bob Ogley will chair a discussion about the changes in village life since the 1930s with Dudley Barrow and Roy Smith. After coffee the AGM follows.

Apr 8th 8.00pm Neighbourhood Plan Briefing and Talk in the Village Hall

On behalf of the Parish Council Alex Manley will brief us on the proposed plan. Architect Jonathan Fenner will then present “A celebration of Kent architecture”.

May 19th 10.30am Visit to Brooklands Transport Museum in Weybridge

There will be a 2 hour guided tour of this celebration of British motor sport and aviation at its birthplace. Lunch is available in the Sunbeam Café. In the afternoon a 30 minute tour of Concorde is available for up to 15. 

The Auto Italia Magazine Italian Car Day at Brooklands Museum!

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June 21st 12 noon Summer Party

Drinks and canapés at The Old Vicarage. Please bring a plate of savoury or sweet canapés or finger food. Wine beer or Pimms will be served at £1 per glass. As usual there will be no charge for soft drinks.

July 3rd  10.30am Visit to the lavender fields at Castle Farm, Shoreham

Enjoy the spectacular purple view and hear how lavender is processed. After visiting the Hop Shop there will be an optional lunch at the Plough Inn, Eynsford, Kent

Aug 5th 10.00am Visit to Sandhurst

To attend the Commander’s Parade [the dress rehearsal to the Passing Out Parade] followed in the afternoon by a guided tour of the Old College Building visiting the Prestige Rooms [Indian Army Room, History Room, Wellington Room] and the Chapel. Refreshments will be provided on arrival. Lunch can be taken by the lakeside or can be purchased in the café for £10. Refreshments will also be provided at the end of the tour before departing.

Sep 9th 11.30am Visit the Thames Barrier by boat

Travelling by boat from Westminster Pier along the Thames passing many historic buildings and land marks to the Barrier Pier to visit the exhibition Centre. The guide will explain, with the aid of models, photos and a film, how the Barrier was designed, built and how it works. There will also be a talk covering the river, the risk of flooding of London, the environment and the wild life of the Thames. For Health and Safety reasons access to Barriers is not permitted. However, a short stroll along the tow path immediately opposite gives an excellent close view of the whole Barrier. A   sandwich lunch will be provided in the Conference Room which overlooks the Barrier. The river boat for the return journey departs at 4pm.

Oct 14 th 8.00pm Talk in the Village Hall

Kev Reynolds 45 minute talk is titled “The Healing Gift of Space” which deals with Octavia Hill’s Countryside Legacy and touches on Ide Hill as well as Crockham Hill and Toys Hill. He uses a number of quotes and dates and it is illustrated with a number of local and historic pictures.

Nov 18th 8.00pm Talk in the Village Hall

Rod Shelton lives in Otford and is about to publish a book on the River         Darent. His talk is entitled “Well I never knew that…” about the villages on the river between Westerham and Dartford, which often have odd, even quirky histories. After this last meeting of 2015 drinks will be served.

Please contact Barbara Hill if you wish to attend. 

Ide Hill Society Programme 2014

The Ide Hill Society arranges excursions in the summer months and lectures during the spring and winter. 

During 2014 members will be able to enjoy visits to Polesden Lacey (NT); Greenwich, which will include a tour of the Royal Naval College, with the opportunity to extend the visit to include the Queen’s House, the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark and the Fan Museum; Chevening House and in July the annual Summer Party.

There will be a lively series of evening lectures which will include a discussion and review of the Ide Hill photo archive; a talk about mining as an integral part of offensive operations during WW1; a talk by a local couple who worked as the UK’s first ever job-sharing Ambassadors in Zambia;  culminating in a talk entitled ‘Upstairs and Downstairs at Ightham Mote’.


During 2014 members will be able to enjoy visits to Polesden Lacey (NT); Greenwich, which will include a tour of the Royal Naval College, with the opportunity to extend the visit to include the Queen’s House, the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark and the Fan Museum; Chevening House and in July the annual Summer Party.

There will be a  lively series of evening lectures which will include a discussion and review of the Ide Hill photo archive; a talk about mining as an integral part of offensive operations during WW1; a talk by a local couple who worked as the UK’s first ever job-sharing Ambassadors in Zambia;  culminating in a talk entitled ‘Upstairs and Downstairs at Ightham Mote’.


Membership applications should be made to Barbara Hill, Ide Cottage, Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, TN14 6JW.

Current Membership fees are £5 per head. Life Membership, at £40, is available to anyone over 60.
Ide Hill Society Programme 2013 

This year’s programme offers an interesting selection of visits that includes the following:

First, a visit to Bough Beech Reservoir for morning coffee, followed by an introductory talk and walk around the reservoir and water treatment plant. This will be followed by a pub lunch.

 

In the summer there will be a full day visit to Loseley Park House and Gardens. This beautiful Elizabethan house has been home to the More-Molyneux family for over 500 years.  The 2.5 acre walled garden is based on a design by Gertrude Jekyll. There will be a tour of the house, followed by lunch and then a tour of the gardens with the head gardner.

 

Also during the summer there will be our annual Summer Party.  

 

In the autumn there will be a trip to Faversham and the Shepherd Neame Brewery. In the morning a member of the Faversham Society will lead a walking tour of the town centre. This will be followed by lunch at the brewery and then a tour with a chance to sample various local brews.

 

In addition to visits the Society also offers a programme of talks. These will include:

 

A talk by James Standen, Farm Manager for the Amherst Estate, updating the society on recent activity at the estate.

 

Bob Ogley will be talking later in the spring about Victorian Kent.

 

In the autumn there will be a talk on the Rebuilding of London after the Great Fire. This talk will be given by David Carder, a WEA lecturer and expert on English history.

 

The final talk of the year will be about Polesdon Lacey and its former owners, in particular Mrs Ronnie Greville. This talk will be presented by Heather Woodward, who taught at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Girls.

 

Members will be sent full details of all these events, along with a booking form.

Programme 2012 

The programme this year offers an exciting selection of visits that include the following:

In May there will be a visit to Shoreham Church that was built during the 18th century. The church organ first saw service in Westminster Abbey.  The Vicar, the Reverend Richard Freeman, will conduct the tour.  

In the summer there will be a full day visit to Winchester. There will be a guided tour of the Cathedral in addition to a tour of Winchester College (founded in 1382). After lunch in the Cathedral Refectory there will be an afternoon tour of the 12th century       Hospital of St Cross, which according to Simon Jenkins, is England’s oldest and most perfect almshouse.

Also during the summer there will be the chance to visit Knole House which will include some of the recently opened ‘backstage’ areas.

In the autumn there will be a trip to Lords Cricket Ground. There will be a tour of the Museum, with its Ashes urn, the Pavilion with its famous Long Room, the Dressing Rooms and the Indoor Cricket School as well as the Media Centre.

There will be no annual Summer Party this year as the village will be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee with a party on the Green and there will also be the lighting of the Ide Hill beacon on the Recreation Field.

In addition to the above visits the Society is also offering a programme of talks. These will include:

A talk by Liz Denbigh about the Rojo-Rojo Orphanage in Kenya, a charity supported by the village school.

Christopher Lloyd, author and broadcaster, will give a talk based on his successful book What on Earth Happened. He will tell the story of our planet, its life and people from Big Bang to the present day.

In the autumn there will be a talk by Fidelity Weston, Chair of Kent Wildlife Trust on Sevenoaks Living Landscape and the work of the Trust.

The final talk of the year will be by Rowan Pelling who grew up at Toys Hill, where her parents ran the Fox & Hounds. She and her siblings attended Ide Hill School when Len Harrop was Head Teacher. Rowan is a well known journalist and many will be familiar with her articles in the Daily Telegraph.

Members will be sent full details of all these events, along with the booking form.