Lyminge Historical Society
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May 2015 update:
There are no talks in June or July.  The summer visits are as follows:
Saturday 27th June:  Lullingstone Roman Villa with Real Socialising
Tuesday 16th July: St Peter’s Village Tours, Broadstairs
August 2015: Gabor Thomas’ talk – date to be confirmed – details nearer the time
Tues 1st September 2015 @ 7.30pm in the Tayne Centre:  The Goodwin Sands by John Buss

December 2013
Lyminge a history Part 4 is in the shops now (along with Parts 1 to 3), and all are still only £5.00
2014 Programme of Talks and Visits now available – click here to download
   The new LHS website is live – have a look:
Ahead of the World War 1 Centenary on 4th August 14, an appeal has been launched by the Society for local memorabilia:
YOUR ARCHIVE NEEDS YOU World War 1 Memorabilia The Society would like to copy and or photograph any items that you have from the period so that the parish archive will hold a permanent record of your items. The sort of things we are interested in documenting and photographing are, post cards, letters, photographs, cigarette cards, posters, diaries, medals, awards, newspaper cuttings, maps and other artefacts that relate to WW1 and the periods before and after the war.   If you have items that you are happy for the Society to copy, please call 01303 862972 or email:  so arrangements can be made at your convenience
Lyminge Goes to War 1939-1945, Part Three of LYMINGE a history is in local shops now and will be available to buy from the Society at the monthly members meetings. The cost is just £5.00 for a fascinating read.
Society Members are reminded that the following outings are organized for the Summer: June 15th    A one off special for 2013 – a conducted tour of the Western Heights July 2nd      A visit to Maidstone Museum to include a talk by Museum staff and a display of some finds from  previous archaeoligical digs in Lyminge August 6th   A Guided Tour of Sandwich by the Sandwich Local History Society   WE’VE DONE IT AGAIN!! Lyminge a history Part 3  Lyminge Goes to War 1939 – 1945, is in the shops! The Lyminge Historical Society is happy to announce that part three of our social history of Lyminge is now in the shops. Claire’s Country Kitchen, the Lyminge Post Office and Lyminge Food and Wine Store all carry copies of this and the previous parts 1 & 2. Should they be closed and you are impatient to get your hands on a copy then call in at Korf House (opposite the Lyminge Food and Wine Store) and buy a copy here. We are also happy to post out copies if needed, email us at: In Part 3 we deal with various aspects of Lyminge at War during World War Two. We have two accounts of what it was like on the home front;  two memoirs of parishioners who found themselves on opposing sides in Italy and an account of Hitler’s abandoned invasion plans and how they could have affected the parish. There is also a piece on the precursor to recycling – 1940s style. We have been able to keep the pricing the same as the preceding parts at £5 a copy, thanks to our printer holding their prices for the third year running. Not resting on our laurels, the new editor, Duncan Harrington is busy putting together articles to include in part 4. So, if you wish to contribute or help in any way, please contact Duncan at: Ashton Lodge, Church Road, Lyminge, CT18 8JA or by email to:
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Click here for the latest Historical Society Newsletter – December 2012
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Click here for the latest Historical Society Newsletter – March 2012
Click here for the 2012 Programme of Talks and Visits
The Society was formed in 1971 to promote and study the history of Lyminge and the surrounding area.
We hold a series of talks during the year as well as evening visits to local place of historical interest. We also arrange an annual day trip event.
The Society researches and publishes books and pamphlets on local history such as the 10 edition of Lyminge a History. We are shortly to embark on plotting the church gravestones and researching the boundary markers.
Recently, Lyminge has been the subject of annual archaeological digs carried out for Reading University by Dr Gabor Thomas and at the end of the dig the Historical Society organises an open community meeting to hear Dr. Thomas talk about that season’s findings. Click here for more info on the Lyminge Excavations – 08 – 14
We fully support the Lyminge Family History Group (click here) where members meet to help each other with family history research and we have arranged a corporate package of ‘find my’ for that purpose.
The Historical Society also maintains an ever-expanding local archive that can be accessed on request.
Talks are held in Tayne Centre (formerly Lyminge Methodist Hall), Church Road, Lyminge, CT18 8JA starting at 7.45 pm. Visitors are always welcome at a cost of £3.00 per evening.
Members may also join or have a right to buy a ticket on any trips and outings we organise.  In previous years, we have organised outings to Westenhanger Castle, the Hawkinge Air Museum, Fordwich Town Hall, Lympne Castle and Buckingham Palace
The membership year runs from January to December and the fee is £10.00 which includes membership of the Lyminge Family History Group ( 2012).
Contact John L Carr – Chairman  email
Publications – left to right:
Lyminge a history, Lyminge Village Guide Book, Etchinghill Village Guide Book and Men of Lyminge Remembered
Also published but not pictured are: Lyminge a history Parts 2 and 3 
Contact: John Carr Tel: 01303 862972 email:
Visit to Fordwich Town Hall
Visiting Fordwich Town Hall
Visiting Lympne Castle