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:

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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 Village Design Statement, participated in development of the Neighborhood Plan 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 2024 Committee is:

Chairman:Steve McArragher  01622 831007 steve.mcarragher@btinternet.com
Secretary:Carol Hogg 01622 832900 carol.hogg@hotmail.com
Treasurer:Mike Lockett 01622 833346 opplock@btinternet.com
 Membership Sec.Carol Hogg
 CommitteeDiane Fisher
 Barbara Dubois
Kim Day

Membership costs just £5.00 per annum.

For details please email us here: steve.mcarragher@btinternet.com

Our next meeting will be on 27th March when Geoff Doel will tell us about “Kent Spring and Summer Customs”, just in time for us to practise them in the Spring! We’ll explore both distinctive Kentish Spring & Summer customs such as the Biddenden Dole, the Rochester Jack in the Green Festivities and the Sandwich Bartlemass Bun Race and Kent versions of more ubiquitous customs such as May Garlands, Morris Dancing & Beating the Bounds.

Then on Wednesday 24th April Melvin Smith will tell us about “The Rother Levels”, covering the wildlife, scenery and history of this fascinating area. We will go back in time to when the river was a highway for trade, and come up to date with a look at some of the colourful Insects, Wild Flowers and Birdlife. Melvin is Chairman of the Rother Natural History Society and is a noted photographer and writer whose work has been published in several books, magazines and monthly columns.

On 22nd May, Guy Bartlett will speak on the History of Aviation in Kent. Further details to follow.

All evening meetings are free and will be held in the Vestry Hall at 7.30 p.m. with a raffle followed by refreshments after the talk.