JANUARY 4TH 2018 - MARY SMITH – A SCHOOLGIRLS WAR

This evocative record of school life in wartime brings together an exquisite and unparalleled set of paintings of girls at school during WW2, and the first-hand recollections of pupils who experienced the disrupted schooling, the air-raids, the doodlebugs and the lessons in underground shelters. MGGS art teacher Helen Keen set out to record the life of the school as the war unfolded.

Author, Mary Smith gives and illustrated talk on A Schoolgirl's War, the Story of a Kent School in WW2. Features an exquisite, probably unique, and previously unpublished set of paintings of school life during the Battle of Britain and the doodlebug attacks. The paintings were completed as the war unfolded by art teacher, Helen Keen of Maidstone Grammar School for Girls. The talk also includes fascinating and often surprising recollections of past pupils, now in their 80s and 90s. Although it focuses on one school, the experiences were common to schools across Kent. The reason this story is unique is the quality of the records, particularly these beautiful paintings, that have been preserved at the school. Copies of her book will be on sale.

FEBRUARY 1ST 2018 - PAUL LEDGER – HEARING DOGS FOR DEAF PEOPLE

How an abandoned puppy became one man’s lifeline. They look like man and beast in perfect harmony but this is not just any partnership. Meet hearing dog Yorick and his owner Paul Ledger, 64. Two years ago, as a five-week old puppy, Yorick was left for dead in a dustbin in Ireland. Now after being trained by the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity, he alerts his deaf owner to everyday sounds.

MARCH 1ST 2018 - DAVID TADD - THE FORENSIC RESPONSE TO THE SOUTH EAST ASIAN TSUNAMI

The boxing day tsunami of 26 December 2004 caused devastation and loss of life around the Indian ocean. David Tadd who, at the time, was the head of forensic investigation for Scotland Yard and was one of the forensic odontologists from more than 20 countries contributing to the identification process conducted in Thailand in response to the tsunami devastation.

5th APRIL 2018 - ALAN WISE - MAKE THE REST OF YOUR LIFE THE BEST OF YOUR LIFE

Alan is a clinical psychologist who treats the strains and stresses of life. Alan will tell us how we can make sure that we use most effective and efficient methods and tools, to maintain mental harmony in our lives.

3rd MAY 2018 - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

There is no speaker in May. We will be holding our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING followed by a sumptuous cream tea

7TH JUNE 2018 - HUSH HEATH VINEYARD THE STORY OF ENGLISH WINE

Hush Heath feel that the best flavours and characters for sparkling wine production come from the three classic Champagne grape varieties; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. At Hush Heath they have 37 acres of land planted with this classic trio and will tell us how of cultivation of the land over three generations has resulted in English sparkling wine becoming recognised as one the best wines of its type in the world

5TH JULY 2018 DEAN BLACKSTOCK - CHIROPRACTIC AND POSTURAL TIPS

Dean is the Director and Chiropractor at Paddock Wood Chiropractic Clinic and for the past 12 years has been serving communities, businesses and sports clubs across Essex and Kent. With a long history and special interest in Sports and Fitness he has added a raft of techniques to my clinical expertise which enables him to tailor plans for the individual. Getting people out of pain is important, but the question posed is “once you’re out of pain, what are the things that you want to be doing?” Getting out of pain is the ‘easy’ part, staying that way with our hobbies, work, exercise, diet etc. is the real challenge.

2ND AUGUST 2018 -TIM MOOREY - THE MOST POPULAR ACTIVITY – CROSSWORDS

Crosswords Demystified

Solve those cryptic clues you thought you’d never crack and learn the tricks of the crossword setter's trade under the expert guidance of Tim Moorey.

Tim is a professional crossword setter with many years' experience of adult teaching. He sets puzzles for a wide range of publications, including The Sunday Times, The Week, MoneyWeek, The Sunday Telegraph, The Times (Listener), and International Living magazine. He is a Consultant for Chambers Dictionaries and is the Cluru (Agony Uncle) for the Crossword Club