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Talks by Bob Ogley

Bob Ogley was born in Sevenoaks, has lived in the county all his life and is proud to be a Kentish man. As author of more than 20 books he has travelled extensively in pursuit of information and photographs and is in great demand from organisations across the south-east to tell his unique story.

A former editor of The Sevenoaks Chronicle, Bob was a journalist for more than 30 years before he left his newspaper to concentrate on writing books and giving his talks. He is also a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio Kent.

The subjects covered by Bob in his talks are: War in Kent (and Surrey), the History of RAF Biggin Hill, Doodlebugs and Rockets, The Weather Wherever, Invicta — The Spirit of Kent, My life as a local newspaper reporter and, of course, The Great Storm and how it changed his life. He also has a new talk about Kent in the 19th Century which follows the launch of this most successful and popular book. Bob likes to tell humorous stories and he has an amazing collection of anecdotes which he delivers with great enthusiasm.


Here is Bob's diary for the coming months

Thursday 14th February: 7.30pm
Biggin on the Bump
Welding Institute (Medway Branch), Blake Room 028, Greenwich University, Medway Campus, Central Avenue, Gillingham, Chatham ME4 4TB
Monday 18th February: 2.30pm
Thomas Philipots Almshouses, Passey Place, Eltham, London, SE9 5DJ
Tuesday 19th February 7.30pm
Kent in the 19th Century
Strood Horticultural,Temple Mill School, Cliffe Road, Strood, Rochester ME2 3NL
Thursday 21st February: 8.15pm
My Life as a Newspaper Reporter
Rowhill WI, Five Wents Memorial Hall, Swanley Lane, Swanley BR8 7LD
Wednesday 27th February: 10.30am
Doodlebugs & Rockets
Sheppey Senior Fellowship, Laysell’s, The Broadway, Minster on Sea, Sheerness ME12 2DF
Monday 11th March: 8.00pm
Biggin Hill inc Ghosts
Hildenborough Gardeners Society, Village Hall, 10 Riding Lane, Hildenborough, Tonbridge TN11 9HY
Wednesday 13th March: 7.30pm
The Great Storm
Mersham History Society, The Forge Function Room, The Farriers Arms, Church Road, Mersham, Ashford TN25 6NU
Thursday 14th March: 2.00pm
The Great Storm
Haywards Heath Probus, Mid Sussex Golf Club, Spatham Lane, Ditchling BN6 8XJ
Tuesday 19th March
Kent 1950-1974
Edenbridge WI, WI Hall, Station Road, Edenbridge TN8 5LX
Wednesday 20th March: 7.30pm
Kent in the 20th Century
Crafield Club, Chelsfield Village Hall, Church Road, Chelsfield, Orpington BR6 7RL
Thursday 21st March: tbc
The Great Storm
Merstham Society, Baptist Church, Weldon Way, Merstham, Redhill RH1 3QA
Thursday 28th March: 2.30pm
Kent in the 20th Century
West Surrey National Trust Centre, Clandon Golf Course, Epsom Road, Guildford GU4 7AA
Monday 8th April: 7.30pm
WW1 Poets
Gravesend Historical Society, St Mary’s Church Hall, Wrotham Road, Gravesend DA11 7LL
Tuesday 9th April: 7.45pm
Biggin Hill
Onslow Village Residents Association, Onslow Village Hall, 4 Wilderness Road, Guildford GU2 7QR
Thursday 11th April: 7.30pm
Kent in the 19th Century
Mid Kent Fuchsia Group, St Nicholas Church Hall, 35 Poplar Grove, Maidstone ME16 0DE

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Updated 01 February 2019