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June News

Annual General Meeting – Methodist Hall – Thursday, 18th April
We held our AGM at 7:00pm on Thursday 18th April. Brian Knight continues as Chair and similarly, Terry Blaney remains as Vice Chair. Tracy Morgan swapped from Secretary to Treasurer, taking over from Wendy Thomas who has stepped down having done a splendid job for years. Jo Killick has taken over as Secretary and has set up a dedicated email address for the role.

Community Chest Open Afternoon – Village Hall – Sunday, 28th April
Between 2:00pm to 4.30pm, we presented examples of the data we have so far digitalised from our own archives and from items loaned to us by local residents. We held individual discussions and ran a slide show of some of the many photographs of families, homes and events that have taken place over the years in Appledore.

Attendees were impressed by the database and quite a few people seemed to enjoy sitting and looking at the slide show of 420 photographs presented on a loop on the big screen!

It is our intention to offer a service whereby we will take photographs of artefacts, make copies of documents and existing photographs and digitalise them. These will be incorporated into Community Chest for posterity. The owner of said items will have their property returned to them, along with a loaded memory stick, which they can copy and share with family and friends. There will be a nominal fee charged for this service.

Memories and Photographs from 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s
Our archives for these years are pretty sparse. If you have anything tucked away that you think would be of interest, please get in touch.

Kent’s Sporting Memories Oral History Project
Volunteers and participants are needed by Kent Sporting Memories as they seek to explore and record the post-war history of sport in East Kent, (www.sportingmemorieskent@ Contact Michael Romyn on 07423 284045 or email

Weird War Two – Village Hall – Friday, 17th May
Over 50 local residents and visitors attended an interesting and entertaining talk given by the historian Andy Saunders. As the title suggests, the talk contained some ‘weird’ items. As usual, all monies raised after costs will be used on projects undertaken by ALHS on behalf of the community.

Closed Cemetery Work Party – Saturday, 8th June
The next planned tidy up of the closed cemetery is on Saturday, 8th June, from 9.00am to 12:00pm. This was well attended last time and we hope to see even more of you this time!
Strimmers and Brush Cutters, along with their owners/operators will be particularly welcome! Hi-Vis waistcoats will be available from inside the church as will Tea/Coffee.