Welcome to the Kent (North West) branch of the Western Front Association.

Where we meet: The Royal British Legion Club, Queensway, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent BR5 1DH. This is next to Morrison's supermarket and Petts Wood railway station. Parking at the rear of the venue is free but you need to enter your car registration into the machine (on the left as you enter the club). There's also easy parking in adjacent sidestreets.

When we meet (Pett's Wood}: At 19:30 on the last Thursday of each month (except December). The doors (and the bar) open at 18:30. Because of Covid-19, physical branch meetings have been suspended this year but they will resume on the last Thursday of October (see programme below).

When we meet (online): Powered by zoom and will held on the last Thursday of the month until September. From October, when face-to-face hopefully start, the zoom meetings will move to the second Tuesday of the month. The zoom sessions open at 19:20 for a 19:30 start and end about an hour later.

 

 

 

Online talks: Participating is quick and easy. All you need is a computer, a tablet, or a smart phone. Simply email us - wfa.nwkent@gmail.com - and we'll send the link and passcode for the next video meeting. You'll also be automatically added to the NW Kent mailing list to keep you updated about future zoom events. 

2021/22 upcoming face-to-face meetings at Petts Wood

  • From Oct 28th 2021, Petts Wood meetings resume, last Thursday of each month.
Oct 28 'Flying over the River Dvina with the British North Russian Expedition 1918. The story of a London aviator' by Andy Tonge
Nov 25 'Evacuation from Gallipoli' by Peter Hart and Gary Bain
Dec 30 Winter break. No meeting
Jan 27 'Cockney War Stories from Pozières to Palestine' by Clive Harris
Feb 24 'Effin' and Blindin' on the Western Front' by Mark Connelly
   

 

2021/22 upcoming online (zoom) talks

  • Until Sep 30th 2021, online talks are on the last Thursday of the month.
  • From Oct 12th 2021, online talks are on the second Tuesday of the month.
Sep 30 'What Tommy did next: rehabilitation for limbless men during and after the First World War' by Louise Bell [zg]
 Oct 12 'Shell shock Britain' by Suzie Grogan [zh]
 Nov 9 'Britain's First War Widows - the Forgotten Legion' by Andrea Hetherington [zi]
Dec 14 'Tommy French' by Julian Walker [zj]
Jan 11 'Stretcher Bearers - changing medicine forever' by Emily Mayhew [zk]
   

 

 

2021 talks programme: full listing

Jan 28

 'The Dover Patrol' by Robin Brodhurst [z8]

Feb 25

'The Wombles of the Western Front - Salvage and recycling in the Great War' by Rob Thompson [z9]

Mar 25

 'Elsie and Mairi Go to War - Two Extraordinary Women on the Western Front' by Dr Diane Atkinson [za]

Apr 29

 'Who was Franz Ferdinand?' by Sue Woolmans [zb]

May 27

 'Verdun: Recovering the Fallen' by Christina Holstein [zc]

Jun 24

 'Arthur and Adeline - a true story of WW1 bravery and romance' by Dennis Claridge [zd]

Jul 29

 'Cockney war stories from Pozières to Palestine' by Clive Harris [ze]

 Aug 26

 'Baptism of Fire! The New Zealanders at Gallipoli' by Chris Pugsley [zf]

 Sep 30
 

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Upcoming Branch Events

See Bulletin, or the Branch Facebook Page or website for forthcoming event details.