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The next Meeting is on

Thursday May 21st 2015 -- at 8.00pm

in Higham Memorial Hall,
School Lane, Higham, ME3 7JL

This will be our AGM plus a Talk:

The History of the Jewish Community in Medway 
Speaker: Irina Fridman

All welcome. Members free,
visitors £3.00 per person.



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image of A History of Higham Vol 2 book

Latest Book...
Volume 2 of
A History of Higham

was launched at the September 2012 meeting.

Both Volume 1 and 2 are available to purchase from
Higham Post Office (£7.50
each). Any profits are split between St John's Church, Higham and
Higham Village History Group.
See here for all orders by post.
See our other publications.

** See the World War I time line of events in Kent.

    (To email us, please click here.)

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photograph of the Obelisk at Higham on the Thames and Medway Canal

The Obelisk at Higham on the Thames and Medway Canal

About Us

The Higham Village History Group was formed in May 1997 by those villagers interested in local history and is affiliated to the Kent History Federation. Higham is a large village situated between Gravesend and the Medway Towns in north-west Kent. For a Higham location map, please click here.

Membership of the Village History Group has grown steadily and costs £7.50 per person per year with visitors at £3.00 per meeting. Complimentary refreshments are available after all meetings. Membership fees are reviewed at the AGM. Membership is for 12 months and renewable in May. Membership entitles you to free entry to all our meetings and talks by invited guest speakers.  Fundraising Raffles are held at our Christmas time meeting and at our AGM.

We hold our meetings at 8.00pm bi-monthly on the third Thursday of the month in the Memorial Hall, School Lane, Higham.  See the Meeting Dates listed below for more details or download our 2014/2015 Programme
Like us on Facebook -- search for Higham Village History Group.  

Click here for more information about the Larkin Monument.

The History Group has a growing collection of old photographs and is very keen to collect more.   Here on our web site we have two pages of old photographs that show all areas of life in the past including: pictures of people in front of shops or buildings that are no longer here; social occasions and carnival processions; School or Church activities; agricultural scenes – farm workers, machinery, hop or fruit picking.  Click here to go down memory lane...

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Thank you to all who contacted us to help with extra information on previous queries.

Do you recognise the occasions or people in these photographs below?  HVHG need your help.  Click here for more information.

Can you help us with information about this photograph?Do you recognise the occasions or people in this photograph? HVHG need your help.

Do you recognise the occasion or people in this photograph? HVHG need your help.

More Help Sought...Can you please provide any answers to these queries
1. “Harbrook”, Charles Dickens Avenue. A request for information about its use as a nursing home in the 1950’s.
2. Paddy Lodge, School Lane. How did it get its name?
3. Bentley Cottages. We have had confirmation that these were located next to The Village Club, Hermitage Road, and later known as Club Cottages. Is this correct?
4. We are seeking information on the semi-wild horses roaming Higham Marshes and surrounding areas. Were they abandoned by gypsies or previous owners or have they escaped somehow?. Have you any further information regards them, how long they they have been there etc?
Please reply using the “Email Us” link or phone 01634 718285.

St Mary's Church

Gravesham Borough Council have produced a short video of the historic and special St Mary's Church, Lower Higham.

Higham History in the Making

Higham was on the route for the first ever Tour de France cycle race to start in Great Britain.  On Sunday 8th July 2007 this grand spectacle came through Higham on the A226.  Click here for more details & photographs.

On 20th July 2012, the Olympic Torch was carried through Higham onwards to the start of the London 2012 Games.

Meeting Dates for the 2015/2016 Season

All meetings are at 8pm in the Memorial Hall, School Lane, Higham, ME3 7JL. Free entry for members - £3.00 for non-members. 

Thursday May 21st 2015 -- AGM and talk by Irina Fridman on The History of the Jewish Community in Medway.
Thursday July 16th 2015 -- The Kent Firefighting Museum. Speaker: to be announced.

Thursday September 17th 2015 -- Mills and Broom. Speaker: Odette Buchanan.

Thursday November 19th 2015 -- Higham and Friends. More treasures from our collections of photographs, maps and documents will be on display. In addition representatives from similar groups in neighbouring villages will display items from their collections and tell us of their activities.

Thursday January 21st 2016 -- Ordnance Survey ancient and modern. Speaker: Colin Brown.

Thursday March 17th 2016 -- Life in the Fast Lane. Speaker: Geoff Beer.

To go to our Previous Year's Meeting Archive, please click here.

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Special Events

In collaboration with the Friends of St Mary’s Church we are holding two other special events:

Saturday June 13th 2pm -- The Priory, St Mary’s Church and their surroundings – visible and invisible remnants
A walk and talk with Andrew Davis – the walk will start at 2.00pm at St Mary’s Church, Church Street Lower Higham ME3 7LS. The walk is not long but will involve crossing rough ground – which may be wet and muddy dependent on the weather! This will be followed by a Tea Party with food and drink available to buy.

Tickets: £4 (no need to book, buy on the door). Enquiries: 01634 718285 or 01634 725018 or email highamvillagehistory@gmail.com.

Saturday June 27th 7.30pm -- Starta Magna Carta Theatre at St Mary’s Church, Church Street Lower Higham ME3 7LS.

A performance to celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215. A play written by renowned artist Graham Clarke. Scenery and masks designed and made by Graham. A fast paced rhyming script - this is a unique opportunity to watch this performance in the church.

Tickets: Adults - £10 – includes first drink – wine beer of soft drink and snacks or light supper
Children 7 – 14 £5 and under 7s Free

Numbers will be limited so booking in advance is essential
To book tickets: email friends@stmaryschurch.com or phone 01634 725018 or 07480518493.

And another event ……..

Guided Walk -- Ashenbank Amble on Saturday 19 September at 10.15am for a 10.30am start.  An hour long walk and talk, natural history as well as historical.

Numbers are limited ….for enquiries and to reserve a place email highamvillagehistory@gmail.com or phone 01634 718285.

Contact Information

To contact HVHG, please telephone 01634 718285 or to email click here

To order our Books, please email highamvillagehistory@gmail.com

Web site comments or problems?  Email the HVHG Webmaster here.

Please do look out for posters which are displayed around the village giving details of our next meeting.

Are you searching for information about Higham and the surrounding area? Researching your family tree? Interested in local history archives and other sources? Then please look first at our extensive list of weblinks.

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Publications and Books

image of Higham in Old Photographs book cover  image of Higham in Old Photographs Vol.2 book by HVHGphotograph of A History of Higham vol 1image of A History of Higham Vol 2 book

Our books are on sale in Higham Post Office as follows:
•       Volumes 1 and 2 of Higham in Old Photographs (£2.50 each)
•       Volumes 1 and 2 of A History of Higham (£7.50 each).  

To order copies, please email highamvillagehistory@gmail.com giving your full name, postal address and telephone number and let us know how
many of each title you would like to order. We will then let you know costs, including postage and arrange payment details with you.

HVHG raise funds for Kent Air Ambulance through sale of Higham in Old Photograph books. The total amount handed over to date is in excess of 쵴8.75.

photograph of HVHG members presenting a £476.25 cheque to Kent Air Ambulance, October 2009       Photograph of History Group representatives presenting a cheque for £476.25 to KAA Trust, October 2009.

Other relevant publications:-

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"Lillechurch - a thousand years of a farm at Higham in Kent".  (By a private author and available at Medway Archives and Local History Centre, Baggins Book Bazaar, High St, Rochester and Towncentric, Gravesend. Orders by email to iansmilton@hotmail.com. Price £8.95 plus £1.10 if appropriate.) image of the Lillechurch book by Ian Milton

Mosaic History of Higham book cover




A Mosaic History of Higham, published March 1974.  (Out of print but is available in Higham Library for perusal.)




Moments before the Millennium: The Higham Village Appraisal 1997.

(Out of print, but is available in Higham Library for perusal)

Moments Before the Millennium book cover


Higham Priory pamphlet






Higham Priory. A pamphlet produced in the Gravesham Local History series by Christoph Bull.  (Available to purchase from Gravesend and Higham Libraries and TownCentric)

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