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A roundup of ALHS projects since 2019

Since we are all still living with the effects of COVID-19 and the changes it has brought to our lives in the most unexpected ways, we at the Appledore Local History Society have not been able to follow our usual course of taking on projects which we hope help our community understand its history.  Our usual pattern of meeting monthly in the Methodist Hall has stopped.  Usually when we meet we are actively organising fund raising events and discussing where next we can best support the history of our community.  Once agreed on the next project, we take those funds, along with our members’ fees and spend whatever we can on a new project, thus continuing our circular route to enriching our history as much as we can.

Of course that has stopped over the past year and we haven’t met at all.  Zoom is not an option for several of our members, who are not comfortable using this kind of technology, so we have kept in touch via email when we can and promised that all will be back to normal, once we are over this crisis.  We are still planning our next venture and hope to be able to continue very soon.

Meanwhile, our Secretary, Jo has put together a list of the projects we have undertaken since April 2019 (our last personally attended AGM).  We share that list here and hope that you will see how much a few dedicated and enthusiastic people can achieve when they try.

  • Community Chest Demonstration at Village Hall
  • Completion of The Beacon Project
  • Delivery of Second Closed Cemetery Vegetation Management Works Party
  • Visits:
    • Brenzett Aeronautical Museum
  • Visits Planned (Postponed Due to Lockdown):
    • Tenterden Museum
    • Local Mills
  • Talks Hosted:
    • Weird War Two
    • Battalion of Pals
    • Appledore Station
  • Talks Planned (Cancelled Due to Lockdown):
    • Suffragettes of Kent
  • Caroline Brennan Painting Displayed at Village Hall
  • Continued Development of Community Chest Database
  • ALHS Website Maintained and Regularly Updated
  • Participation in Heritage Ashford Network Meetings
  • Fundraising Quiz Night
  • Discussions re New Village Map Sign
  • Palladian Window Research and Relocation to the Brooking Collection
  • Liaison with Court Lodge Archaeology Team
  • ALHS Heritage Centre
  • Successful KCC Grant Application of £300 for Appledore Heritage Collection
  • Mapping of New Graveyard (Ongoing)
  • Enquiries Researched/Answered:
    • Gusbourne Estate
    • Well Cottage
    • Dr Cock/Well House Railings and Staircase
    • Munk Family
    • SEW Chapman Poster Calendar
    • History of a House in Bethersden
    • Richard Fowle
    • Photographs of Appledore Station
    • 1380 French Invasion
    • WW2 Image Sent to Ashford Heritage Network
    • Polden Family
    • Curtis Family
    • Various Enquiries from Karl Neve
    • Hyder Family
    • 1 x Request for A Walk Down the Street Booklet
    • 1 x Request for Details of a Walking Route from Appledore Station
    • 2 x enquiries re. Appledore Round Barrow / Mill Hill

As always, any queries can be made via our contact form here