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Saltwood Village Society About Us

Saltwood Village Society

Saltwood Village Society
  • Saltwood Village Society was formed at a Public Meeting held in the Village Hall in November, 1965.
  • The aim of the Society is to ensure that Saltwood Village and its surroundings retain the character which they now possess, and that any future development within the village, whilst being in keeping with the times in which we live, contributes in retaining this character.
  • The Society does not wish to hinder development in the village in any way, but rather to make recommendations in the right quarter concerning any future planning in order that Saltwood may remain the pleasant village which it is today.

Our Activities

Our Activities
  • Each year the Society has three meetings with a speaker at each. The talks are on a variety of subjects and have included the following: RSPB Dungeness, Westenhanger Castle, Perfumes, The Chaucer Tales, Coastwatch and an entertainment evening put on by Brockhill Performing Arts College. We regularly have 50+ members attending our meetings. We are always on the lookout for interesting speakers and the committee would be happy to hear from you if you could recommend anyone.
  • One of our recent major achievements has been to raise in the order of £6,000 to have the names of the Fallen put on the war memorial on the Green. The work involved having the rear wall of the memorial raised to a suitable height and engraved plaques made to fit. The majority of the monies raised was by two Garden Safaris that proved to be a great success although the Society had never attempted one before. In order to achieve this we worked with the Parish Council who, in conjunction with the work we funded, refurbished the remainder of the memorial.
  • In the past we played a major role in the two millennium projects of refurbishing the drinking fountain and providing a new village hall noticeboard on the village Green.
  • In addition to these events the Society has held photographic competitions and run very successful quiz evenings. In 2011 we gave the £500 raised at one of them to the Village Hall committee to help with their fund raising to improve the hall. We are always looking for new ideas that will benefit our village as we have been doing since we were formed in 1965. If you have any ideas then please let us know about them via our contacts form below.
  • If you have heard any speakers who you think would interest the Society and its members please let us know through our contacts below.

Our Officers and Committee

Our Officers and Committee
Officers
President: Mrs Jane Clark
Joint Chair: John Cimelli and Sally Chesters
Vice Chair: Sally Chesters
Secretary: John Cimelli
Treasurer and Membership secretary: Julia Clark

Committee Members
- Geoff Cooke
- Alexandra Harrington
- Chris Hygate

Saltwood Village Society - Talks

Each year the Society has three meetings with a speaker at each. Unless otherwise stated, all meetings commence at 7.30pm and are held in the Primary School in Grange Road, Saltwootd CT21 4QS

Events calendar
  • Friday 4th October 2019 Brian Banks will talk on ‘Intelligence Matters’. 7.30pm at Saltwood School, Grange Road
  • “Brian is a former Senior Civil Servant who retired as Head of Intelligence, HM Customs & Excise, following government service in a number of departments, including HM Diplomatic Service, under an intelligence umbrella. After retirement he served as an Adviser to the governments of the Republic of Georgia, where he established a new Intelligence Service, and Bulgaria. A Russian speaker, Brian spent his early career as an intelligence gatherer”

    Future meeting dates are
  • Friday 21st February 2020
  • Friday 8th May 2020 (AGM)
  • Speakers to be advised. All welcome

    Thursday 28th November - Pre Christmas Event (members only)
Past Talks
  • Friday 10th May 2019 AGM and the speaker is SHAL (an archaeology group from Lympne) “SHAL we or Shan’t we? Yes we SHAL!! An inspiring story from Lympne”
  • Friday 8 February 2019 7.30pm at Saltwood School, Grange Road with a fascinating talk from our guest speaker Steve Dennis on The Leas Pavilion, Folkestone.
  • Friday 12th October 2018 Dr Clive Nuttman - talk entitled ‘Madagascar – the enchanted island’
  • Thursday 29th November 2018 7pm Pre-Christmas talk and social (members only) Lads’ Club, Rectory Lane
  • February 9th 2018: Sailing the South Atlantic: Pete Raine - Saltwood Village School Grange Road Saltwood 7.30pm
  • October 13th 2017: Dogs Trust: Speaker Laura Murphy - Saltwood Village School Grange Road Saltwood 7.30pm
  • May 12th 2017: People and Places in early Victorian Saltwood - Saltwood Village School Grange Road Saltwood 7.30pm Speaker: Mike de la Mare
  • February 10th 2017: Eva Braun Fact or Fiction: Speaker: Melanie Gibson Barton - Saltwood Village School Grange Road Saltwood 7.30pm
  • October 14th 2016:The History of Hythe Venetian Fete: Speaker: John Schoner - Saltwood Village School Grange Road Saltwood 7.30pm
  • May 13th 2016: Romney Marsh Wools and the products produced from them: Speaker: Kristina Boulden - Saltwood Village School Grange Road Saltwood 7.30pm
  • February 14th 2016: Samphire Ho Dover: Speaker Bryn Green - Saltwood Village School Grange Road Saltwood 7.30pm

Saltwood Village Society - News

Saturday 15th September 8 am Battle of Britain Day Inauguration of Flagpole

Saturday 15th September 8 am Battle of Britain Day Inauguration of Flagpole

“On Saturday, 15th September 2018 the new flagpole – a joint project between the Trustees of the Robert Thompson Charities and the Village Society -was inaugurated, with the raising of the Union Flag to mark Battle of Britain Day”

DATES ON WHICH THE UNION FLAG WILL BE FLOWN
February
6th - Accession Day
March
1st St David's Day
Second Monday - Commonwealth Day
17th - St Patrick's Day
April
21st - Queen's Birthday
23rd - St George's Day
June
2nd Coronation Day
Second Saturday - Queen's Official Birthday
10th - Birthday of Duke of Edinburgh
18th - Waterloo Day
21st - Birthday of Duke of Cambridge
September
15th - Battle of Britain Day
October
21st - Trafalgar Day
November
Second Sunday - Remembrance Day
11th - Armistice Day
30th - St Andrew's Day

Saltwood Village Society - Tree Planting Celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday on Sunday 12th June 2016

Celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday on Sunday 12th June 2016

The Amalachier Tree that was planted on The Green, by our President Mrs. Jane Clark to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday, survived the winter and be watched over by the committees' experts in case further watering is required.

The event was a great success and supported by a large number of villagers. Several 90 year old locals helped with the planting which added interest to the event.
After the tree was planted villagers retired to the church of St Peter and St Paul for an excellent tea provided by Saltwood WI.

Saltwood Village Society Memorial rededication 25th September 2011

Saltwood Village Society Memorial rededication 25th September 2011
One of our recent major achievements has been to raise in the order of £6,000 to have the names of the Fallen put on the war memorial on the Green. The work involved having the rear wall of the memorial raised to a suitable height and engraved plaques made to fit. The majority of the monies raised was by two Garden Safaris that proved to be a great success although the Society had never attempted one before. In order to achieve this we worked with the Parish Council who, in conjunction with the work we funded, refurbished the remainder of the memorial.

Contact Us

If you wish to contact Saltwood Village Society, or would like any general information about Saltwood, have any ideas you think would benefit Saltwood, or wish to receive information about joining Saltwood Village society please fill in the form to the right and we will respond promptly.

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