The Cambridge Society of Kent

The Cambridge Society of Kent

The Cambridge Society of Kent, founded in 1983, comprises well over a hundred members and customarily holds four meetings a year.  The AGM in October, traditionally held at a school in Kent, is followed by a forty-five minute talk by a distinguished outside speaker and lunch.

New applicants for membership will be made most welcome.

Primary Group Contact
David Bonner (Emmanuel College 1968)
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Cambridge Alumni Groups are regarded by the University authorities as “an invaluable network of ambassadors, advocates and supporters who enable the University to continue to fulfil its mission and core values; to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence, and to support freedom of thought and expression and freedom from discrimination.”

Our Society, with 123 members mainly over 60, and activities that are primarily recreational and/or intellectually stimulating, already makes a contribution to the achievement of these worthy roles and objectives. However, we are actively looking for ways in which we could do more to support the University by expanding our age range and the scope of our activities.

At present we hold at least four meetings a year ⎯ with a convivial lunch being included on all occasions. One meeting, held in the autumn, will also transact the business of theSociety’s Annual General Meeting. Usually there are two excursions each year to places of interest, with informed and informative input from a knowledgeable person. The two others (autumn and winter) offer talks, quite often by distinguished Cambridge academics.

Recent speakers have included Dame Stephanie Shirley, whose charitable foundation supports projects working in the field of autism and Aspergers syndrome; Lord Rees of Ludlow, for many years Astronomer Royal and former Master of Trinity College; and Sir Robert Worcester of Allington Castle and Ipsos Mori.

Over the past few years, members have been offered comprehensive tours of Restoration House, Rochester, the redeveloped Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, the Turner Contemporary Gallery at Margate, Chiddingstone Castle and Dover Castle. Excursions have included a visit to the Bluebell Preserved Railway where members were able to observe work on building a new steam locomotive, restoration of vintage carriages and the operation of the railway’s main signal box. More recently members were offered a guided Thames boat trip focussing on Brunel’s work in South London. Recent visits have included Finchcocks Music Museum, the Powell-Cotton Museum at Quex Park, a tour of Romney Marsh Churches and Denbies Vineyard.

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Chair
Brian Stevenson (Queens' College 1965)
General Committee Member
Althea Chapman (Murray Edwards College 1973)
General Committee Member
Robert Horner (Trinity College 1957)
General Committee Member
Val Horsler (Girton College 1964)
General Committee Member
Edward Towne (Magdalene College 1972)
President
Michael Bett (Pembroke College 1955)
Primary Group Contact
David Bonner (Emmanuel College 1968)
Treasurer
David Palmer (Corpus Christi College 1964)
Vice Chair
Margot Croft (Murray Edwards College 1960)

If you are interested in joining, please contact the Secretary, David Bonner, at d-bonner@sky.com.  

The current membership arrangements are that all Cambridge Alumni living in Kent qualify as members. The annual subscription for a single member is £10. When two Alumni from the same household become members, the joint subscription is £12. A spouse, partner, friend or relative living in the same household who does not qualify is also most welcome to join as a “friend”: in this case the joint subscription is also £12. Members may, having previously notified the Events Secretary, bring guests to the Society’s meetings.

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