GMS Notes No. 40. October 2011

Western Heights Open Weekend


Part_of_the_storage_areaThose of us who went on the Society’s excursion to the Western Heights can vouch that the experience was quite memorable. Paul Wells’ guided tour certainly was a contributing factor. For those of you who missed the visit, and for those of us who would like to visit the area again there is an opportunity provided by the Dover Western Heights Preservation Society. Their Open Weekend will take place on 22nd and 23rd October. The Drop Redoubt and the Grand Shaft will be open to visitors. Re-enactors will be on site to make the weekend come alive before they have to close the Drop Redoubt for the winter.


Entrance fees for the Drop Redoubt are £3 per adult and free for accompanied children. There is no fee for the Grand Shaft.

I can thoroughly recommend a visit to these unique fortifications, built for the Napoleonic wars and still in use during the two World Wars

Val has completed her birthday challenge! We walked the full length of the North Downs Way (130 miles) in 13 days, and ended at the Western Heights. Val has raised more than £800 so far in sponsorship from friends and family, so thanks to all who have contributed. The money will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust and Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

Wildflower of the Month



Black nightshade (Solanum nigrum) is frequently found in woodlands, but you are more likely to find it on disturbed ground such as arable land or gardens. Although much less deadly than its cousin, deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna) it is still quite toxic. In researching this plant I came across reports of leaves and its black berries being eaten in various parts of the world after careful cooking. However I still think it might be a risky thing to do so don’t try it!



October Meeting

MediaevalAt our meeting on the 20th October Alex and Pam Summers will be asking the question “Could You be Mediaeval?” In fact there will be several questions in the form of a quiz to see how much you know about mediaeval times. Then Alex and Pam will supply the answers. Alex promises there will be some surprises for us.

We have been entertained by Alex and Pam a couple of times before, so we know to expect a light hearted delivery of a lot of fascinating information.

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