2017 Events

JanuaryNo Event
FebruaryNo Event
28th MarchSpring Meeting
AprilNo Event
25th MayMembers of SMACS are invited to visit Rochester on 25 May 2017 (Ascension Day). We will not be going as a group this time, so that we can be flexible about travel and choosing which attractions to visit. The one fixed point will be a Guided Tour of the Cathedral at 2.30 pm (meet at West Door), followed by a visit to the newly re-furbished Crypt with its exhibition of the Textus Roffensis. Entry to the Cathedral is free and there will be no charge for the Guided Tour, as I will conduct that myself. There is a charge of £3 for the Crypt Exhibition. Choral Evensong is at 5.30 pm. Other attractions within five minutes walk of the Cathedral include: Castle £6.20; Huguenot Museum (closes 4 pm) £4, concessions £3; Guildhall Museum (closes 5 pm) free; Baggins Bookshop. The Cathedral Tea rooms are open for light meals until 4.30 pm. There are many cafes and restaurants in the vicinity. There are two trains per hour from Canterbury East to the new station at Rochester with the opportunity to view the River Medway, the Castle and the Cathedral from the high-level platforms. There is plenty of parking nearby. Rochester Cathedral has been called “the most interesting medieval building in England”. Its Norman nave affords an opportunity to see what Canterbury looked like before it was re-built in the Gothic style; and the Textus Roffensis played a key part (second only to Magna Carta) in preserving the laws and liberties of the English. Come and bring your friends. There is a limit of 20 for the Guided Tour. Please apply by e-mail ( or sign up, if there are places left, at the SMACS Spring Meeting on Wednesday 29 March.
JuneNo Event
JulyNo Event
AugustNo Event
SeptemberNo Event
OctoberAGM - Date to be confirmed
NovemberNo Event
DecemberNo Event

Some photos of Rochester:

Rochester Cathedral             Rochester Castle              Rochester Museum