The Rochester Bridge Trust – A Unique Survivor
Sue Threader B.Eng (Hons), CEng, MICE – Bridge Clerk (Chief Executive)
Thursday 30th April 2015
The Rochester Bridge Trust was founded in 1399 and is a unique survivor of the medieval system of providing river crossings free of charge to the public from charitable funds. This illustrated talk from Sue Threader, the first woman and the first chartered engineer to hold the position of Bridge Clerk in over 600 years, will tell the story of Rochester Bridge from AD43 to the present day and explain the current work of the Trust.
Rochester Bridge during the Anglo-French Wars
Professor David Ormrod, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Kent
Tuesday 9th June 2015
This year is the 200th anniversary year of Wellington’s victory at the Battle of Waterloo. The uncertainty surrounding the Anglo-French Wars of 1793-1815 had profound consequences for life across the country, and the Rochester Bridge Trust was not immune to its effects. Professor Ormrod will provide a fascinating insight into the events and mood of the time and how these affected the Bridge Warden’s efforts to maintain and improve their crumbling medieval bridge.
Lectures will be held in the medieval Bridge Chapel, 5 Esplanade, Rochester, ME1 1QE.
Refreshments available from 6:30 p.m. Lectures begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are free but MUST be booked in advance from Sue Reilly by email or by telephone on 01892 513033.
The Wildlife of the North Kent Marshes
Alan Jarrett, Junior Warden, Rochester Bridge Trust
Tuesday 20th October 2015
As well as serving as the Junior Warden of the Trust, Alan Jarrett has been wildfowling for over 40 years, mostly in Kent but variously around other English and Scottish estuaries and firths and latterly abroad. He is a well-known sports writer. His first book, Wildfowling – One Winter’s Tale, was published in 1988 with Shooting At Clays published in 1991. To date he has published over 600 articles on all facets of country sports, conservation and other subjects. Alan is the current Chairman of both the British Association for Shooting and Conservation and the Kent Wildfowling and Conservation Association.