East Kent Association

The East Kent Association, whose membership comes from Canterbury and the East Kent area, has a programme that offers something for everyone.

The Association is based in Canterbury and covers the coastal towns from Whitstable round to Hythe and includes Ashford and Faversham.

We offer a varied programme of coach outings, lectures, and usually a short holiday. Some outings are to National Trust houses, gardens, countryside and we visit other interesting places.

Most outings start from Canterbury and winter lectures are held at St. Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Canterbury.

Our talks cover subjects as diverse as bricks and brickwork in Kent, John Betjeman, the seaside holiday in art, Queen Elizabeth I in contemporary portraits or contempoary clothing from the 1930s.

Our programme also includes other social and fundraising events - coffee mornings, bring-and-buy sales and a Christmas lunch.

Our current events programme

Wednesday 6th October 2021, 2.30 pm 
Canterbury as a World Heritage Site 
We welcome our President, Amanda Cottrell, who will give us a talk about the importance of, and constraints on, maintaining Canterbury as a World Heritage Site as we progress further into the 21st Century. 

Wednesday 3rd November 2021, 2.30 pm
Thirty years bother on the hover
Brian Laverick-Smith is a retired Hovercraft pilot. He will give us a humorous behind the scenes look at the world’s biggest hovercraft in operation across the English Channel, set against the history of the hovercraft in Dover.

Wednesday 1st December 2021, 2.30 pm
A Schoolgirl's war
The Art teacher at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls set out to document in paint and pencil the lives of the schoolchildren as World War 2 unfolded. Mary Smith, a former Head Teacher at the school, will include some of these paintings as well as anecdotes from “Old Girls” who were at the school during the war.

Saturday 8th January 2022, 12.30pm for 1.00pm
New Year Lunch - at The Fountain Restaurant at the Abbots Barton Hotel, 36 New Dover Road, Canterbury. CT1 3DT. Cost £30.00
The Fountains restaurant is on the ground floor. We will be seated at round tables with all the services close by. There is on-site parking. The bar will be open for the purchase of drinks. There will be the usual raffle and friends are very welcome.

Wednesday 2nd March 2022, 2.30 pm
Castles of the downs
We welcome Jenny Wall, a volunteer working for English Heritage at Deal Castle and Richborough Roman Fort. Her talk tells the story of “The Castles of the Downs”, a 2.6 mile defensive structure commissioned by Henry VIII in the 1530s. The fortifications were designed to protect the low-lying beaches between Ramsgate and Dover.

All of our events raise funds to support projects at National Trust places such as South Foreland Lighthouse to the White Cliffs, Scotney Castle and Knole, amongst others.

There is a small annual subscription to cover the printing and postage of twice-yearly programmes and newsletters - £10 for one member and £5.00 for each additional member at the same address. Joining is easy, just download our membership application form, send it to us, we'll do the rest. You don't have to be a National Trust Member to join the association.

We welcome new members and look forward to meeting you if you would like come and join us.

Get in touch

Please contact Mrs Sue Akhurst, Membership Secretary, on 07803 951008 or email for further information