Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

Nostalgia

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I began my suffrage research and writing journey back in 2017 when I answered a writing magazine advertisement that said publisher, Pen & Sword Ltd, were looking for new authors.  Little did I know at that time that this was how so many got involved in the suffrage movement more than a hundred years ago.  An example of this is the 1913 Pilgrimage by the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS).  They advertised country-wide seeking all non-militant associations and friends and sympathisers, both men and women, to join the pilgrimage and help in other ways.  This included giving money,

A real treasure trove of information regarding some of the women of Sevenoaks who worked as nurses during the war is the archive of material left by Kathleen Mansfield, Commandant of the Cornwall Hall VAD 76 Hospital. The archive also includes card, letters, drawings and photos of many of those cared for at the hospital, some of whom are named while others are labelled as ‘patients’ or ‘Belgians’. Kathleen Mansfield and her husband served throughout the war, tireless in their work to care for those that arrived at Cornwall Hall, from the Belgian refugees who began to arrive in Sevenoaks in late 1914,

Following our story about the disappearing woman at Dunton Green Station, here is another strange tale about a mystery man at a school in Sevenoaks.

Rock legend Jimi Hendrix died exactly 50 years ago (18 September 1970) but ever since his death an urban myth has continued to gather momentum that he was responsible for the arrival of wild parakeets in Britain.

The 24 August this year will mark the 93rd anniversary of a dramatic train crash just outside Sevenoaks which claimed the lives of 13 people. Several years ago, former Dunton Green resident Anthony Perry, a retired Facilities Manager with the NHS, had a strange encounter he believes could be connected with the accident.

Prince William celebrated his birthday today (21 June) but did you know some cherry trees were planted in Sevenoaks to mark his birth 38 years ago?

VE Day 75 was celebrated all over the Sevenoaks area on Friday 8 May, but at the Vine War Memorial there was a more sombre events when at 11am Councillor Nicholas Busvine OBE, Mayor of Sevenoaks, laid a wreath.

The nation celebrates the 75th Anniversary of VE Day this Friday (8 May) and although government guidelines continue to say stay at home, there are plenty of ways to celebrate indoors.

UPDATE: Further to our recent story about Biggin Hill not being able to take part in Tom Moore's 100th birthday Spitfire fly past on Thursday, some media outlets are now reporting that there will be no fly past at all.

There is good news and not so good news for the Biggin Hill Hangar Association regarding the Spitfire fly past to celebrate Captain Tom Moore’s 100th birthday on Thursday.