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: Feb-May 2024

Online talks: Zoom meetings normally take place on the second Tuesday of each month (except this November and December when it's the third Tuesday), 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.

 Feb 13  'Kaiser Bill: the Man Behind the Image' by Sue Woolmans
 Mar 19  'The Royal Artillery's Blackest Day' by Dr Spencer Jones
 Apr 9  'Ashmead-Bartlett, Gallipoli, and the Birth of the ANZAC Legend' by Lt-Col Chris Pugsley Ret'd, DPhil
 May 14  'Chasing the Lion: The Great War in East Africa' by Rob Fleming


In-Person meetings at Petts Wood: Feb-May 2024

Where we meet: We meet upstairs at the Royal British Legion Club, Queensway, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent BR5 1DH. Meetings are held on the on the last Thursday of each month (except August and December, when no meeting is held). The club and bar opens at 18:30. We ask people to turn up by 19:20, so the talk can start at 19:30. 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). Not entering your car's registration can lead to a £50 fine. Alternatively, there's easy free parking in adjacent side streets.

tr> May 30 'Not Such a Young Woman's War' by Dr Viv Newman

 Feb 29  'Coping with Death in the Trenches' by Dr Peter Hodgkinson
 Mar 28  'Observation Balloons on the Western Front – an "over view" ' by Vernon Creek
 Apr 29  'The Indian War memorial at Neuve Chapel' by Prof Mark Connelly
 May 30  'Not Such a Young Woman's War' by Dr Viv Newman
 Jun 27  '20th Brigade on 1st July 1916' by Ross Beadle


Upcoming Branch Events

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