GMS News 94 September 2016


Last Month’s Meeting

The East Kent Railway



loco_close_reducedMore than twenty members and friends assembled in the car park of the East Kent Railway at Shepherdswell. Members were impressed by the wide range of activities the Trust are involved in, from apprenticeship schemes to restoration and historical conservation. 

at_the_assembly_point_smallOur tour took us past the colliery locomotive St Dunstan (above) which is undergoing restoration,  and a recently uncovered  well  before entering a woodland where a detachment of Canadian troops were stationed during the War. We were shown the miniature railway, operational but still being developed We then walked past a collection of vintage we_assemble_smallrolling stock and diesel engines onto the station platform .There we had the opportunity to stand on the footplate of a diesel engine while the engine was started up. The trip was electric_train_smallrounded off by a visit to the museum in a railway carriage and to the souvenir shop  before sitting down to a welcome cup of coffee in the café. There will undoubtedly be many return visits at weekends when trains are running.

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October Meeting

dover_smugglersThere will be no meeting in September.

On October 20th Mike Burrows will give a talk on “Smuggling in Kent and Sussex” in the Village Hall at the usual time of 7. 30.

A couple of years ago Mike gave us a talk Giuseppe Garibaldi which seemed to go down well, so this should be equally entertaining.

Talk_title_smasllThe picture shows smugglers on Dover Beach.


 Our latest acquisition

I recently managed to bid successfully for a collection of papers written by John Branfill Harrison who was vicar of St. Martin’s from 1869 to 1893. I haven’t had a chance to read them in detail, for one thing the handwriting is not good. The paper on the church which he read before the Kent Archaeological Society caught my eye, but there is also a booklet of his speech when he inducted Babbington Blogg as vicar of Walmer  and a couple of sermons, among other odds and ends.




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