The Association, as it is known, came into being with ten founder members on the 16th December 1897 at Holborn Viaduct Hotel, London. Before this there are records of an earlier organization, the Honourable Society of the Natives of Kent.
The earliest preserved record shows their existence in London in 1657. The Kentish Society was formed with the object of maintaining the sons of poor men born in the County of Kent.
After the Annual Feast on November 21st 1700 at the Merchant Taylor’s Hall, nothing more is heard of the Society until it was reborn as the Association in 1897.
The Association’s aims are:
- To encourage good fellowship and citizenship and a sense of pride in the historic County of Kent.
- To protect the magnificent heritage of our towns and villages and the beauty of the countryside.
- To encourage and recognise educational activities in the youth of the County.
- To maintain access to a library of County literature and works by Kent authors.
- To administer a Benevolent Charity and an Educational Charity.
- To promote interaction between members at branch level through social and sporting activities.
How We Operate:
The Association is overseen by a Management Committee, its members being elected from and representing each branch. This ensures fair and healthy links county wide. In addition, a County Chairman, Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer are elected at our annual AGM.
We currently have ten branches throughout Kent at which a warm welcome is always guaranteed.
If you would like general information, please contact our County Secretary, Mrs. Sally Waters, or for your local branch, please select from the drop down list.
Contacting a branch direct will put you in touch with the Branch Secretary, who will be pleased to provide you with all the necessary details and their programme of events for the coming year.
Pride in our Links and Grateful to our valued Sponsors