Community News

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Jessops Farm Studios Gallery

‘My family and other animals’ art exhibition: March 23rd to April 7th

If you love animals this is the art exhibition for you. Come and see how our artists portray people and their (generally) four-legged friends. Everyone is welcome. For details see advert below.

my family and other animals exhibition jessops farm studios

Richard Digance at Blackham Village Hall, Saturday 23rd March

Richard Digance

Blackham Village Market

(First Saturday of every month except January)
Authentic village life atmosphere
Local produce for sale

Blackham Village Market

Saturday April 6th 2019

10am – 12:30pm

Blackham Village Hall

Meet other village folk at “The Stage” café!  Enjoy Filter Fresh Coffee, Tea and Homemade Cakes!

Local produce for sale includes: Bread, Free-range Eggs, Occasional Fruit & Veg in Season, Pasties & Other Baked Savouries, Cakes, Scones, Preserves, Fruit Juice, Honey. Also available: Phoenix Cards, Aloe Vera Health Products, Handmade Jewellery, British Legion Merchandise, Wild Bird Food.

Blackham Village Hall is a registered charity whose sole purpose is to promote and maintain the hall for the enjoyment and benefit of the community.

Events and exhibitions at the Eden Valley Museum 2019

The Museum is closed through January 2019 re-opening on Friday 1st February.

Following on from the very popular talk Weather without Technology by David King, there is a new exhibition starting in February 2019  focussing on how David actually predicts the weather.predicting the weather

Continuing from February through to the end of June 2019 is the well-received WW1 exhibition ‘We Will Remember Them’. The exhibition is being updated in 2019 with a few new information panels. If you haven’t done so already you can go along to the Museum and add your relative/loved ones name to the poppy wall.

On 20th March the Museum receives, on loan from the Horniman Museum, a WW1 bugle. There is a talk by an expert from the Horniman, Dr Gavin Dixon, on 'Brass instrument manufacture in early 20th century London', to be held on Friday 29th March at 19.30 in the Rickards Hall. Tickets will be £5 for members and £6 for non-members and will be on sale from the 1st March from the Museum or Le Grys estate agents.

More on the bugle:

A World War One Military Bugle is on loan to bugleEden Valley Museum from the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill as part of their Object in Focus Loans Programme. The bugle, which will be on display from 20th March to 30th June 2019 complements Eden Valley Museum’s WW1 Exhibition, “We Will Remember Them”. The bugle is played in many different regiments in the British Army. Used as a signalling instrument loud enough to cut through the noise of battle, its calls announced events and gave orders, although its use is now largely ceremonial. It is best known as the instrument that sounds the 'The Last Post', the bugle call that features at military funerals and other ceremonies honouring those who have died in battle.

eleanor ghey talk Eleanor Ghey, a coin expert from the British Museum, will be giving a talk entitled Iron Age and Roman Coin Hoards from Kent on Friday 26th April 19:30 Rickards Hall. Tickets will be £5 members £6 non-members and will be on sale in March from the Museum or Le Grys estate agents.

The Museum’s major exhibition for 2019 is Hop Picking in the Eden Valley. It opens on Wednesday 3rd July and runs through to Friday 20th December. The Museum welcomes any hop picking memories, photos or objects you have to add to the exhibition.

Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival: Saturday 4th-Tuesday 7th May 2019

Chiddingstone Castle is delighted to announce the dates for next year’s Literary Festival. Due to its increasing popularity and in order to bring you yet more wonderful authors and workshops, for both adults and children; next year’s festival is expanding to FOUR days over the first Bank Holiday in May.

Dates are as follows:
Saturday 4th May – Adult programme day 1
Saturday 4th May – Festival Drinks Party at Stonewall Park
Sunday 5th May – Adult programme day 2
Bank Holiday Monday 6th May – Family Day
Tuesday 7th May – Schools Day

This is our most ambitious programme yet, spilling over with riches and diversity; with subjects ranging from powerful women’s poetry, new light on Henry VIII, soldiers’ stories from WW1, terrorism in Africa, cutting edge forensic science, 12 months of applied self-help books, cookery from home and abroad, adventures in wine, revealing memoirs, thrilling new fiction, the origins of humanity, letters between mothers and sons, television personalities and much, much more.

The full line-up will be announced in the New Year with details of how to pre-register for priority tickets available on 28th February, 24hrs before going on general sale on 1st March 2019.

We have recorded last year’s talks, so if you missed one or would like to listen again, please do visit our website and hear some of the inspiring talks from our Literary Festival 2018, now available as podcasts on

The Castle, Collections, Tea Room and Gift Shop are now closed until our
2019 season : Sunday 31st March - Wednesday 30th October | 01892 870347



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