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Chairman's Letter.
by Roger Walsh.

It is with great pleasure that I can now announce the formation of "Friends of CKA.""

We have known for some time that there is an ever growing need to, give everyone who is interested in Kentish Archaeology the opportunity to become more involved and to assist us in further promoting archaeology in our county.

The introduction of "Friends of CKA" is an ideal way of doing this and I hope that all our readers will take this opportunity of enrolling in this new scheme. By becoming a Friend for the modest annual subscription of 1 you would automatically receive the four quarterly issues of the Review and be sent a special printed membership card which will entitle you to free admission at our two annual illustrated lecture programmes (usually held in early spring and late autumn). In addition to this, membership carries the privilege of free guided tours over two of our major archaeological sites on announced open days.

I know you will all support this new venture and I would ask you to act as our ambassadors and to ensure that all your friends and acquaintances who express an interest in our work be persuaded to enrol as "Friends of CKA."

To simplify the operation of the scheme, membership will run from January 1st annually, and, as most of our existing annual subscribers will wish to transfer to this new scheme, arrangements have been made so that by paying the outstandstanding difference, easy transfer can be effected.

Please write to-day to the Secretary of the CKA (address inside front cover) and send your subscription.

Every subsequent issue of the Review will carry news items and notice of forthcoming events for our Friends. I know I can count on your support for this new venture. One very real way our Friends can help us is by being our eyes and ears and I would ask you to endeavour to inspect (with permission) all new trenches and holes which are opened by builders, road constructors, gas, electricity and water companies, etc. and report to us any evidence of archaeological remains that come to light. Never fall into the trap that "someone else" will have already reported it. Rather the site be reported by 20 persons than not at all.

Our Council has great strength and has earned a deservedly high reputation for getting its priorities right and dealing with emergencies, but every day innumerable sites throughout the county are being destroyed by construction work. We do not seek to stop development and we fully recognise the urgent need for new roads, houses, etc., but we do wish to have as much notice as possible whenever something is uncovered which will at least allow us to quickly ascertain the type of site, dating and make whatever records and drawings we can before complete obliteration. This is one very real way you can help archaeology in Kent.

Your help is urgently needed so that we may have the opportunity of recording and drawing every site which is located before it is completely obliterated; please telephone any of the Officers or Group representatives without delay whenever you think you have located a site.

The Committee is also working on plans to extend our services to education and we have in mind the provision of taped lectures, with supporting coloured slides, which will be made available to schools and other organisations. We may also constructs a mobile exhibition which can be loaned for educational purposes. Both of these projects will help to promote the interest of Kentish Archaeology in a very real way. Already the establishment of Training Schools has proved very successful and, apart from providing a welcome source of trained archaeologists, is rescuing valuable evidence in areas threatened with destruction.

Our second season at Dover is now nearly completed with outstanding results -- thanks again to the brilliant directorship and boundless enthusiasm of our Emergency Officer, Brian Philp. He will be giving his report on this year's results in the near future, and I will not steal his thunder, but I am taking this opportunity of thanking him, his excellent Headquarters' team and the many willing volunteers from the Groups for all the hard work that went into the venture, and I congratulate them all on the astonishing results.

You will see that we now have a new editor for the Review. After eighteen months of hard work Ron Fendt has had to relinquish the task due to a change in his business commitments. I know you will all join me in thanking Ron for bringing the Review up to its present high standard and we are sorry to lose him.

I am pleased to announce that Victor Smith of the Archaeological Group of the Gravesend Historical Society has kindly volunteered to be our new editor and he has already brought many new and exciting ideas to our Committee meetings. The editor's job is always a hard battle and pretty thankless and I know that you will give him all the support you can.

You may recall that at the last full Council meeting the rules were changed to include the provision for Honorary Members. We immediately decided to invite Mr Norman Cook to be our first Honorary Member and I am delighted to inform you that he has accepted. This is one very small way that we can express our gratitude to Norman for all the help and inspiration he still continues to give the Council.

 
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