ZOOM talks as well as personal appearances.
Talks & Walks by Christoph Bull, BA (Hons), MCLIP, ALA
* Who’s who in Hoo – a journey through the Hoo peninsula”
* “The only one that got away” – the story of
a German POW escape from Kent in 1915 and the amazing adventure which took him
from China via America to Gravesend.
Gravesend the day before yesterday (the town’s transformation over the last 70 years)
Northfleet the day before yesterday (the town’s transformation over the last 70 years)
Dartford the day before yesterday (the town’s transformation over the last 70 years)
The Griffin, horse & harp – the Earls of Darnley at Cobham Hall & their Irish connection.
Myths & Legends of Gravesham & Dartford
Dartford Rural Rides: Darent valley delights
Dartford Rural Rides: West Kingsdown to Southfleet
Cobham Village. Guided Walk
Northfleet – historical tour and eye opening experience.
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Programme of talks by
Christoph Bull (Local Historian) – all illustrated,
Dear All, We are praying that COVID restrictions will be lifted over this and next month.
In this hope, I offer some public
events for your magazines and websites for people to come an
enjoy after such a long hibernation.
Tuesday 18th January 2022 2pm
Due to the church not having enough volunteers for refreshments, the following needed to be changed: New Date: Tuesday 15th March 2022
29th January 2022 3pm
Guide: Christoph Bull (Local Historian)
£5-tour of external and internal areas of church, lots of secret
No need to book – just turn up and pay at the door. Latest edition of illustrated booklet on Swanscombe Church available.
Friday 4th February 2022 6.30pm
Northfleet’s story from A to Z (illustrated talk)
Speaker: Christoph Bull (Local Historian and former local librarian)
At: Coldharbour Library, Coldharbour Road, Northfleet
Begins: 6.30pm Price: £5
Booking required at the library itself or via firstname.lastname@example.org or 03000 413131
A brand new talk on the history of Northfleet, promoting its identity and celebrating the town’s heritage. An event celebrating the centenary of Kent County Library.
Gravesend the day before yesterday-how the town has changed over the past 60 years (illustrated talk with supper)
Speaker: Christoph Bull At: Reliance Restaurant, Queen Street, Gravesend
Begins: 6pm for meal-talk to follow
Cost: £18 includes both talk and award winning fish & chips
Booking essential: Reliance Restaurant 01474 533593
Sunday 13th February 2022 12.30 for 1pm
Sunday Lunch-with the Mayor of
Gravesham (Councillor Lyn Milner)
At: Gilt Hall in Cobham Hall, Brewers Road, Cobham, Kent DA12 3B
Cost: £30 for three course meal and talk - £17 for under 16 year olds.
Tickets can be purchased by sending a BACS payment with reference ‘Mayor’ to: Bank account holder: Gravesham Borough Council Bank name: Lloyds Bank, Gravesend Bank sort code: 30 93 60 Bank account number: 54599860 Please email email@example.com with your name and the number of tickets you have purchased. Alternatively, Cheques can be made payable to: Gravesham Borough Council (marked on the back Mayor’s Charity) Send cheques to: Bev Sanderson, Committee Section, Gravesham Borough Council, Civic Centre, Windmill Street Gravesend DA12 1AU.
Come and enjoy the stately surroundings of Cobham Hall, enjoying the food, fellowship and facts about the Darnleys.
Sunday 27th February 2022 3pm for talk – dinner to follow
Grim Gravesend- the underside of Gravesend’s history-the mad, bad & sad (illustrated talk with dinner) Speaker: Christoph Bull
At: The Three Daws public house, Town Pier Square, Milton-next-Gravesend
Cost: £18 includes both talk and dinner
Booking essential: Three Daws 01474 566869
Tuesday 15th March 2022 2pm
Guided tour of St George’s Church, Gravesend – no longer 18th January 2022
Guide: Christoph Bull Begins 2pm. Cost: £10 includes refreshments.
Booking essential: Rev Jim Fletcher, Rector on 01474 532505
Plenty of great & grizzly local history stories throughout the tour.
All the events below at Reliance begin at 6pm for a fish and chip supper (drinks not included), followed by the illustrated talk.
March 2022 6pm
May 2022 6pm
Monday 18th July 2022
Monday 17th October 2022
November 2022 6pm
December 2022 6pm
All the events begin at 6pm for a fish and chip supper (drinks not included), followed by the illustrated talk.
Booking Essential – Reliance Restaurant on 01474 533593.
Only £18 for a stimulating and tasty evening.
All the above are subject to the vagaries of Covid- if there are severe restrictions imposed by the government, then events cannot happen.
This website was updated 6th January 2022
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Dear Christoph, Thank you so much for your talk “Gravesend the day before yesterday” which you gave to the group last Thursday. It was very well received and as usual you both entertained and educated us in equal measure. I was at school in Gravesend in the 1950s and can recall something of what it was like then. As your talk demonstrated many of the changes have not been for the better! Anyway, thank you once again for an enjoyable and provocative evening, and as Secretary I hope we can rely on you to return with another talk next year. David Johnson Shorne Local History Group. November 2021
Dear Christoph, Once again, it is my pleasure on
behalf of the members and committee of SouthAra to thank you for
your talk at last Thursday meeting (On Libraries in Kent).
Your presentation was not only interesting in its content, but as
always was delivered with enthusiasm and humour which made an
enjoyable afternoon for all present. Geoff Till,
I think that your reputation as a speaker proceeded you and I’m sure that helped us to get our largest audience to date. I’ve also heard members saying how much they enjoyed your talk with your enthusiastic, humorous delivery and of course that array of different voices/accents!Gravesend & Northfleet U3A.via Zoom, March 2021
I have been meaning to write and thank you for your talk on 14
December 2020 and apologise for being so late in fulfilling the
intention. It was very informative and entertaining. In the
circumstances, you went above and beyond.
We certainly have
enjoyed all the talks we have heard and the guided walks around
Gravesend, there is always something new to learn about the area and
we particularly like the way you mix facts with humour. Excellent
Dear Christoph, Thank you for coming to share with us at The Friendship Club a couple of weeks ago. We thoroughly enjoyed your visit to our group. My colleague, Penny, delivered a quiz based on your talk last week which they enjoyed. Dartford YMCA Jan 2020
Thank you very for
last night's presentation. Again, a fascinating and enthusiastic
"Thanking you for the wonderful talk on Pocahontas which the members thoroughly enjoyed”. Rainham Historical Society, Dec 2019
“Thank you for visiting us on 27th November 2019 to talk about Gravesend & important buildings. Thank you for your time in answering all of our questions and we hope you will come back in the near future”. Ifield School 6th Form students, North Kent College, Chalk, Dec 2019.
Thanks and Frohe Weihnachten – Craciun Fericit – Happy Christmas.
arrived in Gravesend to be met by Christoph Bull, our guide. His
knowledge is astounding, and he gave us a comprehensive background
to the various sites we visited, all without notes, and corrected
any misconceptions we had on the origin of the name Gravesend."
"Thank you so much for your brilliant talk last evening (on Stone
the shrinking parish), you brought back so many memories for me,
some I have to admit I’d forgotten about!! "
you so much Christoph for another enjoyable and informative
presentation and your jokes too! So sorry the microphone
was playing up .......just as well you do not need it!!
We always know we can rely on you to make our meetings go well
Many thanks Christina"
We've had some lovely feedback about your
talk. Our ladies found it very interesting.
“Christoph Bull gave an excellent, highly amusing, well-illustrated
and well-prepared talk on ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, to a
packed meeting of members of the Tonbridge Civic Society, on Tuesday
16th October 2018. Many members later said how much they
had enjoyed the talk.”
“Another interesting and informative evening delivered with the usual enthusiasm and humour that always accompany these talks”. Paul Gay, Sept 2018 commenting on a talk about Northfleet.
We hired Christoph’s services for the evening, to present and give a guided tour around Gravesend’s historic town centre. Being a locally renowned estate agents, it provided a different approach to our community and charity activities. 60 or so guests booked into the walk and it proved to be extremely successful. Christoph’s grasp of local history is second to none. It gave both clients and staff a real insight into the history that lies about us that often we dismiss on a daily basis. Christoph is funny, authoritative and very engaging. For a taster I would recommend that anyone joins his walking tours and talks and in the future – because of the fantastic feedback we got from the event we ran – we will be holding further history walks in the future under Christoph’s excellent leadership.
Michael Alan Sears, Managing Director, Sealeys Estate Agents Ltd
On behalf of our committee and members, thank you so much for your absorbing presentation, so entertainingly delivered, last Tuesday evening. There certainly was something for everyone and I personally want to go out and explore some of the places you mentioned - some very close to Swanley but not really widely known. Our great attendance was I am sure because of your fame as an excellent speaker! (Swanley History Group, March 2018)
On behalf of the committee and members of SouthAra, I wish to express our thanks to you for yet another excellent presentation at yesterday meeting. As always, your talk contained interesting and in many cases not so obvious factual information on the principle Churches in and around the area we live; all of which was relayed with a sprinkling of humour for the enjoyment of the audience. Geoff Till, Feb 2018
“We all really enjoyed your very spirited and informative Gravesend
Talk Title: Our Thames: Dartford to the Grain
Saturday, 6 January 2018
Thank you for a thoroughly good talk enjoyed by all our members.
So much information brought to life the Thames side locally, and
with your good humour! We are looking forward to your
next talk. Personally I have a much loved copy of "Liquid History -
The Thames Through Time" by Stephen Croad so I enjoyed your talk
even more. Thank you once again for a very entertaining
talk. Best wishes
Hi Christoph - As I mentioned to you at the time, I got some very good comments from members as they left, and I hope you enjoyed talking to George and Margaret (our Africa correspondents) afterwards as much as they enjoyed chatting to you. Thank you again for an entertaining and informative evening on the amusing stories from Kent’s public libraries. Kind regards Mike Hyde, programme organiser of Oddfellows, Tunbridge Wells District. 9 November 2017.
We so much appreciated your coming to talk to us today. All you
had to say about the Kaiser's War was fascinating and it sounded
as though it was a subject close to your heart [and your family]
Comments from some of the audience afterwards showed that it
caused many of us to think about the War from a different angle
which I am sure is what you were hoping for.
Thank you for coming to talk to Leytara on’ Dirty Dartford’ last
week, everyone I have spoken to said how much they had enjoyed
the subject and the way it was delivered.
"We so much enjoyed your talk about Pocahontas. As I am sure you realised we found it entertaining and thought-provoking especially as it exploded so many of the myths that have grown up around her. Thank you very much for coming and I hope that some of us will be making our way to Gravesend to join one of your tours. Medway U3A Sept 2015
"Hi Christoph, thank you so much for the talk you gave yesterday. It was really interesting and entertaining. Our audience really seemed to enjoy it and everyone that I have spoken to was very complimentary". Dartford U3a, June 2015
"Hi Christoph I am sorry I should have been in touch before. I would like to thank you for your presentation that although we rushed, you came over in a very professional way on the 31st March 2015. We had a committee meeting yesterday and went through the feedback sheets. Everyone had a great day and thoroughly enjoyed your presentation". Dot Marshall Gravesham 50+ Forum
“I am writing to thank you for a most interesting and informative talk at Loose last evening when many of us would have learned things we never knew before (about Germany in World War One). Your research is obviously extensive and your enthusiasm for the subject was clearly evident.” David Priestley, Chairman of Loose Area History Society Nov 2014.
"Thank you for a wonderful presentation today, thoroughly enjoyed it. Can’t wait for the next one". Gravesham 50Plus Forum.
"Thank you so much for coming along to our
AGM and doing your history presentation on Northfleet. You were
brilliant with loads of great feedback from the audience".
"Many thanks for a great tour of Gravesend. The children and us adults enjoyed it very much, and everyone liked you very much". BH Education, Harmer Street, Gravesend.
Hi Chris. Just been to Strood Library to hear you give your talk on libraries. We both thought you presented your subject with superb wit and knowledge. You made the afternoon so interesting and we would like to be made aware of any future talks on any different subjects that you may offer. Thank you and hope to see you at Chalk Church sometime . Roy and Margaret Davis.
Hi Chris, Thanks for your excellent talk at Strood last Saturday. It was very well received, and about as entertaining as the best comedian in the land! Norma Crowe, Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre, Strood.
Had a brilliant morning with Sue’s English group and Derek and Lisa Baldwin and Andrea Dodd at the Mayor's parlour . Thanks to mayor and mayoress Derek and Pam Sales for tea and description of duties of the job. Extra special thanks to the entertaining and excellent Mace carrier Christoph Bull he made all the history fun to listen to. Eileen Baldwin, Gravesend
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