Welcome to the Kent (North West) branch of the Western Front Association.
We operate two programmes of talks: one taking place at in-person meetings at Petts Wood; the other online via zoom.


Online meetings via zoom:  Jan - Apr 2023

Online talks: Zoom meetings normally take place on the second Tuesday of each month (except August), going online at 19:20 for a 19:30 start and ending about 75 minutes later. Participating is quick and easy. All you need is a computer, or a tablet, or a smart phone. Simply email us - wfa.nwkent@gmail.com - and we'll send the links and passcodes needed to attend. You will also be automatically added to the NW Kent mailing list to keep you updated about future zoom events.

 Jan 10  'The Myths of Audregnies' by Phil Watson
 Feb 14  'Peril in Paradise: Asia and the Pacific during the Great War' by Rob Fleming
 Mar 14  'Germans on the Run: From Tsingtao to Skipton' by Anne Buckley
 Apr 11  'Contacting the Dead: Spiritualism and the Great War' by Suzie Grogan


In-Person meetings at Petts Wood: Jan - Apr 2023

Where we meet: We meet at the Royal British Legion Club, Queensway, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent BR5 1DH. Normally, meetings are held on the on the last Thursday of each month (except August and December). They start at 19:30, with the doors (and the bar) opening at 18:30. We do not charge entrance fees but do welcome donations of £5 or more towards our costs.

Getting there: The club is next to Morrison's supermarket and Petts Wood railway station. Parking at the rear of the club is free but you need to type your car registration into the machine (on the left as you enter the club). Failure to enter your registration can lead to a £50 fine. There's easy free parking in adjacent side streets. 

 Mar 30  'Riding the Zone Rouge' by Tom Isitt
 Apr 27  'Gallipoli chaplains crossing the divide' by Carole Hope
 May 25  'Children in the Great War: what was done to us was wrong’ by Viv Newman
 Jun 29  'Verdun, August 1917: The French hit back' by Christine Holstein
 Jul 27  'Valour or Myth? Great War Air VCs' by John Gilder
 Aug 31   Summer break
 Sep 28  'Shell Shock: understanding psychological casualties from the battlefield' by Edgar Jones
 Oct 26  'Filling in the gaps - the London Ambulance Column' by Dr Emily Mayhew
 Nov 30  'Laugh or Fly: Chocks away with the Royal Flying Corps 1914-18' by Peter Hart / Gary Bain
 Dec 28   Winter break


Upcoming Branch Events

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