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NoticeBoard     Wednesday, 17 July 2024 

A De Havilland 16 G-EARU of Aircraft Transport & Travel Ltd. on its way to Croydon, having already had a forced landing in Marden, Kent, crashed in a cornfield near Swanley. A passenger subsequently died as a result of internal complications from the crash. A local film is being made by a group in Marden about the crash and would like more information - e.g. the exact crash site, contemporary accounts. Please make contact via Contacts on this website.
Friday, 26 April 2024 

Two works associated with Peter Warlock were dedicated to J. Peter Hauser / Peter Hauser and a researcher would like information about Peter Hauser and his association with Peter Warlock. Peter Warlock's song 'The Lover's Maze', written in Eynsford in 1927, was dedicated to J. Peter Hauser. Please contact archives@felhs.co.uk if you can help.
Friday, 9 June 2023 

TRUSTEES REPORT OF FELHS The trustees of FELHS prepare a Trustees' Annual Report and Accounts each year. The Report describes the aims and organisation of the Society and reports its activities during the year. Copies of the reports for the two years to 30 November 2022 are available to the public on request. If you would like a copy of a report, please write to: John Mullen, 10 School Cottages, Church Road, Crockenhill, Swanley BR8 8JY.Saturday, 18 March 2023 

Anthony Roper Primary School: a history by Diana Beamish Includes pre-1973 Farningham and Eynsford schools: Eynsford Infant and Junior Schools (previously Eynsford CP and CE); Farningham CE Primary School; Farningham Hill County Primary School


Published 27th March 2023. Pre-orders will be dispatched around that date.
The book will be launched at Anthony Roper Primary School on Monday 27th March at 7pm.
160 pages; lavishly illustrated with over 150 rare and unseen images.
FREE UK Delivery until 27th MARCH 2023 – please enter the code ARPS at the checkout.

in association with Farningham and Eynsford Local History Society
Saturday, 18 March 2023 

Paperback, 88 pages, £9.99 plus p & p. Order on line from Canterley Publishing www.canterley.co.uk or call 01580 766428 (9am to 5pm Mon to Fri).
The book shows historical views of the parish of Crockenhill alongside their modern equivalents, with historical commentary highlighting both the change and continuity in each view. Now also available from the author or Crockenhill Parish Council (details as for farming books below).
Sunday, 6 November 2022 

A.J.Clements & Sons: Farmers of Gosenhill, CROCKENHILL, KENT by Susan Pittman Ph.D.
4th in a series of five. Richly illustrated with old and new photographs. The families are used within context to tell the wider history of Crockenhill and its surround.
£15 + £4 postage
Already available via Crockenhill Parish Council Office (Stones Cross Road, Crockenhill BR8 8LT - 01322 614674) or contact archives@felhs.org.uk

Also in the series -
John Wood & Faily farmers of The Mount £15 (£17.50 p & p):
The Miller Family £8 (£9.50 with p & p)
The Lee family £12 (£14 with p & p)
To follow:

Farming in Crockenhill from early times.
Sunday, 6 November 2022 

Swanley History Group's latest publication remembers military and civilian lives lost in Swanley and its immediate surrounds. As well as general chapters on the Swanley War Memorial itself, 2nd World War medals and war records, there are biographies of the deceased. Some stories reference Hextable, Farningham, Eynsford and Crockenhill, so are of wider interest than just Swanley town.

Cost £9. To receive a copy by post send your name and address to swanleyhistorygroup@hotmail.co.uk
and pay £12.50 by Bank Transfer with YOUR SURNAME AND WW2 in the reference box.

Barclays Bank
Sort Code: 20-25-43
Account Number: 53280802
Account Name: Swanley History Group

Or email swanleyhistorygroup@hotmail.co.uk for details of how to pay by cheque.
Friday, 23 September 2022 

Photographs of the antiques shop in Farningham near the mill in the 1950s.
Mike's parents used to run this and he would love to have photographs of it. Contact archives@felhs.org.uk
Thursday, 23 June 2022 

Arrangements can be made to visit the Centre, or Queries can be answered by email as long as access to the information is at hand. Contact - archives@felhs.org.uk or link with Facebook logo on Home Page (see left column)
Saturday, 21 May 2022 

If anyone has a piece of pottery the Society would like of hear of it. In particular the potter's marks are of interest. Contact archives@felhs.org.uk or FELHS facebook link on left
Thursday, 20 January 2022 

Covid 19 - Coronavirus Pandemic
Farningham & Eynsford Local History Society records the present so future generations will know what life was like for us now. We will let you know what to do with all these records when it is safe to do so, or you could pass items on via details on the Contacts page of this website.
Thursday, 20 January 2022 

Farningham Home for Little Boys
Although named 'Farningham' the Home was not in the parish. For information about the home and its boys contact The Office, Southdown Retirement Village, South Darenth, 01322 864279. 2 publications - The Farningham Home for Little Boys compiled by James Jenkins, available from Horton Kirby and South Darenth LHS

A City Set on a Hill by Patrick E Roast

This is about Farningham Home for Little Boys. Patrick died in July 2016, but his son, Philip, has re-published the book with updates and revisions. Please contact him if you are interested in obtaining a copy - https://patrickroast.com/
Thursday, 20 January 2022 

Memorial inscriptions to members of the armed forces from Farningham who died in the two world wars with biographical details, and stories of the battles in which they fought can be found on the Kent Archaeological website - www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/Research : Another site with names on Farningham 1st and 2nd World War memorial by Kyle Tallett, a First World War historian, whose family originated from Farningham, is available on his website: www.royalnavaldivision.co.uk : He has given the Society a CD copy of his work.
Thursday, 20 January 2022 

by Hilary Harding has been published. This detective story of Farningham's history includes tales of treason, murder, scandal and highway robbery, wills, deeds, inventories and the work and lives of local people up to the present day. Subscription price £20. Contact Wadard Books, 6 High Street, Farningham, Kent DA4 0DG.
Thursday, 20 January 2022 

On his death in 1597 Anthony Roper left a legacy for “charitable purposes” which is still going strong over 400 years later. Within its specific geographical area (Farningham, Eynsford, Crockenhill and Horton Kirby & South Darenth) Roper’s Charity supports the education and wellbeing of children and young people, the elderly, and anyone else in need of support which the state is unable or unwilling to provide. For further background details and contact for applications for support go to the Links page on this website.
Thursday, 20 January 2022 

ARTHUR MEE - A BIOGRAPHY by Keith Crawford
A new book published by Lutterworth Press, paperback £18.57 (also available PDF, EPUB, Kindle forms). A biography of journalist and children's editor and writer, Arthur Mee (1875-1943). The biography draws on about 700 letters sent by Mee to his friend, John Derry, and letters between Mee and Alfred Harmsworth. The book aims to place Mee within the wider cultural, political and social context of England (c.1900-1943).
Thursday, 20 January 2022 

See WW1 on Home Page - 4 lorries, the first owned by Crockenhill farmers, are displayed under FARMING. Peter has given the following identifications - (1) Not a Commer, perhaps a Palladium; (2) Not a Dennis, but ex-War Department Leyland; (3) is a Hallford; (4) not a Federal but a Hallford.
Tuesday, 10 November 2020 

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