Group spe­cialises in dig­ging up the past

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - My Club -

As part of our My Club fea­ture, we share de­tails about an Ash­ford bor­ough-based team, club, char­ity or group, what they do, and how to join.

This week we look at the Ash­ford Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal and His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, which is in­tro­duced by Mar­ion Pont, the hon­orary sec­re­tary. Name of club? Ash­ford Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal and His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Num­ber of mem­bers Around 45 Who is the chair­man? Our pres­i­dent is John Ham­mon from Stowt­ing who has been in­volved with the club for many years and our chair­man is Brian McNaughton. Where and when do you meet? The so­ci­ety meets in the Quaker Meet­ing House in Al­bert Road, Ash­ford on the third Mon­day of each month, Septem­ber to May in­clu­sive, with vis­its dur- ing the sum­mer months. There are speak­ers at most meet­ings ex­cept the an­nual meet­ing in May when mem­bers bring in things of in­ter­est to talk about. When was the club first formed and why? The Ash­ford Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal and His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety has been a part of Ash­ford life since 1922. Apart from a few years dur­ing the Se­cond World War it has con­tin­ued to meet, in var­i­ous venues, un­til now.

Orig­i­nally known as the Ash­ford Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety it took on the ex­tra word­ing when an his­tor­i­cal group joined with it. Over the years it has done quite a lot of ex­ca­va­tion work in the area.

Some of the mem­bers still take part in ‘digs’ of­ten with Can­ter­bury Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Trust mem­bers. What plans does the club have for the fu­ture? Re­cently we have joined with the WEA (Work­ers’ Ed­u­ca­tional As­so­ci­a­tion) to or­gan­ise an In­dus­trial Ar­chae­ol­ogy Study Day at Willes­bor­ough Wind­mill.

This year it is on Satur­day, March 5, and the sub­ject is rail trans­port. Speak­ers will in­clude Brian McNaughton, Andy Wood, Nick Kelly and Brian Stephen­son who has a vast ar­chive of old rail­way pic­tures. Are you look­ing for new mem­bers? The cost of mem­ber­ship is £10 and new mem­bers are al­ways wel­come as are vis­i­tors at £3 a time.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.ash­for­darch­hist.org or face­book.com/ash­for­darch­hist, or call Mar­ion Pont on 01233 820679 or email tray­ton. wspont@btopen­world.com

Mem­bers of the Ash­ford Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal and His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety with a Se­cond World War P51 Mus­tang fighter

A group out­ing

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