The Marden Society

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The Marden Society was formed in the 1970s in response to concerns about a particular development near the village. After that was successfully resolved the Society has gone on both to represent the views of the village, as far as it is able, and to promote interest in Marden, in Kent and in the countryside in general. In the words of its constitution, the Society exists to:


To these ends the Society has a programme of monthly  meetings  with guest speakers talking on subjects of interest to members, plus a summer outing usually in June, and also publishes a free bi-monthly newsletter, The Parish Pump.  It initiated a project which produced the now adopted Village Design Statement; and keeps a general eye on what is happening in terms of planning and development both in the village and the local area.

Meetings are normally held at 7.30 p.m. in the Vestry Hall, unless otherwise advised. There is a raffle, refreshments are provided, and visitors are always welcome.

The 2018 Committee is:

Chairman: Mo Clayton        01622 831529
Secretary: Steve McArragher  01622 831007
Treasurer: Mike Lockett
  Carol Hogg
  Diane Fisher
  Barbara Dubois

Membership costs just £5.00 per annum.

For details please email us here

The program for 2019 is:


Please note change of subject and speaker for the March meeting

  • Wed 23rd January: AGM and Social
  • Wed 27th February: “English Sparkling Wine” by Nick Hall
    The history and future of “English Fizz”.
  • Wed 27th March: “The Darker Side of Dickens” by Geoff Doel

    This talk  will  focus on the darker imaginative aspects of Dickens’ creative genius and of his terrifying revelation of unacceptable elements in London society. But will also explore his own dark side – his suppression of early family secrets and the double standards revealed in his long-term concealed relationship with Nelly Ternan and his appalling treatment of his wife and his very strict attitude to his children.

    Wed 24th April: “A Schoolgirls War”  by Mary Smith
    An account of the lives of Maidstone Grammar School girls during WW 2.

  • Wed 22nd May: “History of the Red Arrows” by Guy Bartlett
  • Tues 25th June: Medway river trip with afternoon tea and tour of Allington Castle. cost £30
  • Wed 25th September: “History of Canals” by Chris Woodward.
    Chris is an experienced dinghy and power boat sailor, and senior instructor. He takes youth groups on canal holidays for training and just for the fun of it.
  • Wed 23rd October: “The Four Minute Warning – What would have happened” by Guy Bartlett covers the post-war threat of Nuclear war. 
  • Wed 27th Nov: “History of Hopping and the Hartlake Disaster” by Mike Doel
    1853 accident in Hadlow when 30 hop-pickers were drowned in River Medway