Local clubs and societies


    Art-K

    Online art classes. Projects for children aged 6-16 years and for adults, covering a lot of different art mediums. New projects being added daily.

    Meetings

    Online

    Price

    Free trial available. £10 per month

    Kent History & Library Centre

    Enjoy a series of virtual talks marking the anniversary of World War Two.

    Meetings

    8 May – Kent Voices from VE Day

    To celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, we are preparing a recording featuring readings of personal diary entries, local newspaper articles, parish magazine items and local government literature from 1945 that describe the experiences of VE Day and VJ Day in Kent.

    All of the sources featured are held in the Kent Archive and Local History collections.

    1 June – Isaac Naylor ‘Dunkirk and East Kent’

    In a talk arranged to coincide with the eightieth anniversary of Operation Dynamo, our speaker will examine the contribution of East Kent, within the wider story of what Churchill later described as a ‘miracle of deliverance’, with particular attention paid to the epic saga of the little ships and the invaluable support of the local population.

    15 June – Jennifer Godfrey ‘Suffragettes of Kent’

    Hear the story of Maidstone-born Ethel Violet Baldock, the part Maidstone Prison played in forcible feeding, and the reception that greeted Mrs Charlotte Despard when she visited the town.

    Price

    Free

    Little Bears Book Club

    Free online Story Time sessions. These will be geared towards parents with toddlers/Pre-schoolers/EYFS children. Twice a week I will be reading a lovely story book and giving parents simple activity ideas, linked to the book, for them to do with their children at home. The sessions can be accessed via Facebook

    Meetings

    Online. Please check website for details of forthcoming sessions

    Price

    Free

    Maidstone Museum

    A range of info-activities for children to learn from at home.

    Meetings

    Online. New activities added each week so check back for updates

    Price

    Free and downloadable

    Maidstone Tuneless Choir

    Sing together virtually via Zoom

    Meetings

    Online via Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 7:30pm

    Price

    £5 per household. A free place will be offered if your earnings have been affected by COVID-19

    Medway Valley Countryside Partnership

    Online resources to encourage families to explore and immerse themselves in nature and learn about the wonders of wildlife, be it in a garden or a local green space.

    Meetings

    Online. New activities added each week so keep checking for updates!

    Price

    Free and downloadable

    Melody Marshall School of Dance

    Free dance demos via Facebook or YouTube - lots of dance exercises to try at home, including adult ballet and line dancing.

    Meetings

    Online

    Price

    Free

    nJoy Art

    nJoyArt provides guided fun painting sessions for all abilities. Since we can't meet in person, we're now offering these sessions online. Guests will need a PC, smartphone or tablet with mic/camera and an internet connection, art equipment that they can buy online for themselves or through us. We will let you know what you need. Places will need to be booked in advance and numbers will be kept manageable. There will ultimately be a per session fee in order to cover the ongoing costs.

    Meetings

    Online. Please check website for details of forthcoming sessions

    Price

    Please check website for details

    Razzamataz

    Details coming soon

    Meetings

    Online

    Price

    TBC

    Scott Jenkins - Saxophone

    Offering online one-to-one saxophone and improvisation lessons by WebEx or Zoom. Jazz specialist graduate with many years‘ experience performing with professional musicians - including BGT Finalists and West End Superstars - and equivalent experience in teaching. Why not make the best of a bad scenario by enhancing your sax skills or learning more about improvisation? Will teach all ages and all abilities.

    Meetings

    Online

    Price

    Normally lessons are £30 for 40 mins, but will do £25 for 40 min lesson; £20 for 20 mins

    Smarden Local History Society

    Enjoy films, stories and images of old Smarden via the brand new Smarden History channel on YouTube. Watch a film 'The History of Smarden' (told in two parts). This was made in 2005 and tells how the village emerged from obscurity into a golden age of weaving and then back again after the cloth trade declined. The story is told with the help of Smarden residents. Future items will include a series of articles on Smarden that were originally published in The History Society Journal, such as the The Bare-knuckle Prize Fight, World War Two and recorded memories from our Oral History series.

    Meetings

    Online

    Price

    Free