Ex­hi­bi­tion will tell vil­lage’s his­tory

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements -

THE his­tory of Hoth­field will be brought to life in an ex­hi­bi­tion in the vil­lage hall this week­end.

The Sec­ond World War, the work­house and the vil­lage’s con­nec­tion with a Poet Lau­re­ate will be among the top­ics to learn about at the ex­hi­bi­tion, en­ti­tled Hoth­field Now And Then.

Chil­dren will be able to have a go at writ­ing us­ing an old­fash­ioned slate and chalk, and adults will be able to look into their fam­ily tree with help from mem­bers of Kent Fam­ily His­tory So­ci­ety. There will also be a dis­play of mil­i­tary and vin­tage ve­hi­cles.

Or­gan­is­ers are still looking for peo­ple who would like to share their mem­o­ries for the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Spokesman Chris Rogers said: “We would par­tic­u­larly like to hear from any­one who once lived in the Nis­sen huts in Hoth­field, or any sol­diers who were bil­leted to Hoth­field dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be open from 11am to 4pm. En­try and park­ing are free.

Tick­ets are al­ready on sale for the New Year’s Eve party in the vil­lage hall, which will see the re­turn of cabaret singer Sarah O’Shea.

The party will run from 7pm to 1am. There will be a full bar, but peo­ple should bring their own food.

Tick­ets cost £10 and places are lim­ited. Un­der-18s must be ac­com­pa­nied by a par­ent.

Phil Hol­loway, chair­man of the vil­lage hall com­mit­tee, said: “There has been a growth in vil­lage hall book­ings and we have more ac­tiv­i­ties go­ing on.”

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