Brenchley and Matfield Local History Society


Founded in 1971, the Society has over 150 members. As well as encouraging an interest in both local and national history, one of its main objectives is to maintain and expand its local archive which now contains a fascinating picture of the evolution of the parish. This archive is a valuable source of reference which is open, by appointment, for inspection.

From our AGM in March, through to the Society's annual lunch at the end of the year, our members are entertained, educated and amused. Speakers are booked to cover a wide range of subjects, all with a reference to history.

Every year we organise visits to properties and areas of historical interest. This year, in July, we will be visiting Canterbury Cathedral.

Our events are advertised in Roundabout, the local column in the Courier, on notice boards in the two villages and on the diary page of this website. Any enquiries can be made by telephoning 01892 722339. We are a friendly and welcoming Society, so please come along to one of our events and meet us and, hopefully, became a member.

The 2017 programme of events is set out below. To view a list of committee members and the objectives of the Society, please click here .

2018 Trips
The programme for 2018 will be published here in due course. In the meantime, the Society would like to advertise its trips next year. The 1st trip is on Thursday 7th June and is a guided tour of Arundel Castle, then free time to explore the town.
The 2nd trip is on Thursday 6th September and is a guided tour of Michelham Priory, then free time to walk the gardens.

If anyone is interested in coming they can contact Shanie Clear on 01892 722338 or email at shanie.clear@hotmail.co.uk .