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The Obelisk at Higham on the Thames and Medway Canal
The Higham Village History Group was formed in May 1997 by those villagers interested in local history and is affiliated to the Kent History Federation. Higham is a large village situated between Gravesend and the Medway Towns in north-west Kent. For a Higham location map, please click here.
Membership of the Village History Group has grown steadily and costs £8.00 per person per year with visitors at £4.00 per meeting. Complimentary light refreshments are available after all meetings. Membership fees are reviewed at the AGM. Membership is for 12 months and renewable in May. Membership entitles you to free entry to all our meetings and talks by invited guest speakers but does not cover the ticket cost of any Special Events. Fundraising Raffles are held at our Christmas time meeting and at our AGM.
hold our meetings at 8.00pm bi-monthly on the third Thursday of the month in the Memorial Hall, School
Lane, Higham. See the Meeting Dates listed below for more details or download our 2017/2018 Programme .
here for more information about the Larkin Monument.
The History Group has a growing collection of old photographs and is very keen to collect more. Here on our web site we have two pages of old photographs that show all areas of life in the past including: pictures of people in front of shops or buildings that are no longer here; social occasions and carnival processions; School or Church activities; agricultural scenes – farm workers, machinery, hop or fruit picking. Click here to go down memory lane...
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Royal Celebration "Guess the Year Quiz" Answers , 11th June 2016
Here are the answers to our Quiz at the Royal Celebrations event on Higham Rec..
St Mary's Church
Gravesham Borough Council have produced a short video of the historic and special St Mary's Church, Lower Higham.
Dates for the 2018/2019 Season
All meetings are at 8pm in the Memorial Hall, School Lane, Higham, ME3 7JL. Free entry for members - £4.00 for non-members. See our programme .
THURSDAY MAY 17th 2018 AGM plus TALK. Speaker: Chris Bull on WHO'S WHO IN HOO.
Christoph Bull is a passionate and knowledgeable local historian who always entertains as well as informs. In this new talk he explores the history, landscape and characters of our neighbouring area, the Hoo Peninsula.
THURSDAY JULY 19TH 2018 - Talk - KENT URBAN LEGENDS Speaker: Neil Arnold.
In his usual inimitable fashion, Neil brings us his quirky view of our county’s curiosities and strange happenings.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH 2018 - Talk - TIME TO THANK THEM.
This is an audio-visual presentation which includes a speaker, slides and professional actors. It focuses on the extraordinary story of the Voluntary Aid Detachment which is particularly relevant to Higham as The Great Hermitage in Hermitage Road was used as a VAD hospital in WW1.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15TH 2018 - Talk - THE HISTORY OF PUDDINGS Speaker: Julia Davis.
What a treat! A talk, with samples, on the history of those naughty but nice dishes. November is traditionally our Christmas meeting so there will be wine and a raffle.
THURSDAY JANUARY 17TH 2019 - Talk - THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR Speaker: Dr. Geoff Doel.
With Temple Manor in nearby Strood, this talk is of particular local interest. The ‘Poor Knights of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon’ was a military order founded in 1118 to protect pilgrims from bandits in the Holy Land and became very powerful and wealthy.THURSDAY MARCH 21ST 2019 - Talk - A SCHOOLGIRL’S WAR Speaker: Mary Smith. This talk, by a former head mistress of Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, is based on her book ‘A Schoolgirl’s War’ which features the exquisite, original art work of an art teacher in WW2, who set out to document in paint and pencil, the lives of school children as the war unfolded.
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contact HVHG, please telephone 01634 718285 or to email click
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Web site comments or problems? Email the HVHG Webmaster here.Please do look out for posters which are displayed around the village giving details of our next meeting.
Are you searching for information about Higham and the surrounding area? Researching your family tree? Interested in local history archives and other sources? Then please look first at our extensive list of weblinks.Back to top
Our books are on sale in Higham Post Office as follows:
• Volumes 1 and 2 of Higham in Old Photographs (£2.50 each)
• Volumes 1 and 2 of A History of Higham (£7.50 each).
To order copies, please email email@example.com giving your full name, postal address and telephone number and let us know how
many of each title you would like to order. We will then let you know costs, including postage and arrange payment details with you.
HVHG raise funds for Kent Air Ambulance through sale of Higham in Old Photograph books. The total amount handed over to date is in excess of ?8.75. Photograph of History Group representatives presenting a cheque for £476.25 to KAA Trust, October 2009. Other relevant publications:-
|"Lillechurch - a thousand years of a farm at Higham in Kent". (By a private author and available at Medway Archives and Local History Centre, Baggins Book Bazaar, High St, Rochester and Towncentric, Gravesend. Orders by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Price £8.95 plus £1.10 if appropriate.)|
A Mosaic History of Higham, published March 1974. (Out of print but is available in Higham Library for perusal.)
Moments before the Millennium: The Higham Village Appraisal 1997.
(Out of print, but is available in Higham Library for perusal)
Higham Priory. A pamphlet produced in the Gravesham Local History series by Christoph Bull. (Available to purchase from Gravesend and Higham Libraries and TownCentric)
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