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Chelsfield local history groupMeets at 10.30 am in the brass crosby roomSt martins churchThe last Thursday of each month – all welcomeALso at Farnborough Social Club - behind the woodman -on the last Friday in the month -
St Martins Church Chelsfield held a successful Heritage Open Day on 22 September 2019, where historic documents, vestments and other items from the church’s long heritage were exhibited. The Community Archive put on a display about the proposed development of Hewitts Farm (now Chelsfield Lakes Golf course) in the late 1980s. It was planned to build a huge regional shopping centre on the site (think Bluewater) but fortunately the Planning Inspector was convinced that the Greenbelt should be preserved. Local History Group reconvenes after the summer break (see flyer below).26 and 27 September: Catherine Gandolfi speaks on Britain’s “Thankful Villages” whose soldiers all returned from the First World War, and Patrick Hellicar on William Palmer, the WWI flying hero of Chelsfield.
The Orpington History Organisation are promoting a new book by Tom Yeeles and Phil Waller: Lost Orpington and Around. Printed by Amberley and available from local bookshops.