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FRAG at Kent Archaeological Society AGM

Through our affiliation to KAS we were invited to their AGM at the University of Kent last Saturday 18th May. Committee members Joel, Roma, Vic and Lynda attended to represent us. Many thanks indeed to Roma for the following report.

A short report on our visit to the Eliot Lecture Theatre, Canterbury for the K.A.S., AGM. on Saturday 18th May 2019.

Joel, Vic, Lynda and I left Folkestone in Vic and Lynda’s car and made good time to the University. Finding a parking space was not easy but eventually we got parked and were shortly enjoying coffee and biscuits.

The meeting started promptly and the main report was from the Treasurer who had a lot to say as the group had become a CIO (Charitable incorporated organisation) at the beginning of this year and all the accounts had to be made up to that date and then transferred to the new charity.

K A S spent a great deal on the Leas Court set up last year and have invested a great deal on new equipment such as geophysics machinery and a drone which are available to Groups on loan. The Balance sheet looks extremely healthy but most is in assets and investments and not much left in the bank. However we did learn that help was provided in certain cases with travel costs to volunteers last year which might be worth asking about this year if anyone is interested.

There were two interesting talks, the first being on the subject of authors in Kent and the second on last years dig at Leas Court given by Steve Willis. We were taken by surprise and very moved to see a lovely picture of Kate accompanied by a great tribute to her work and character from Steve.

We all managed to do a bit of ‘net-working’ and spread the word that FRAG members are available for anything interesting in our area. Andrew Mayfield is going to give us a contact for projects coming up on Romney Marsh and I shall update you on this at the July meeting.

Edenbridge museum sounds interesting and has the Chiddingstone coin hoard and may be a possibility for a future visit? Other places mentioned were :- Owletts at Cobham (early Roman) and the Roman villa at Otford. A big ongoing dig here which has uncovered an east wing of 90m!.

Also mentioned were the crypt at Rochester Cathedral, and more improvements at Lullingstone Castle.

All in all a very interesting and informative meeting and we all felt it was well worth attending.

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