Monday, 20 November 2017

This is the current proposed timetable for the 2018 Gathering. It follows the successful format of the 2008 event with some old favourites repeated and some new items introduced. More details, including booking information will be provided in due course.

(Subject to change)

Thursday 13th September
18.00 Harvey’s Brewery Tour, Lewes Booking Required
Friday 14th September
Lewes Town Hall
11.00 Registration and Exhibition Open
12.30 Buffet Lunch Booking Required
13.30 Optional Tours & Visits
Walking Tour of Lewes
Visit to Lewes Castle

18.00 Drinks Reception & Dinner Booking Required
Saturday 15th September
Lewes Town Hall
09.30 Registration and Exhibition Open
09.45 Civic Welcome by the Mayor of Lewes
10.00 World War I - War Graves Commission
Cardens lost in action*.
11.00 Comfort Break
11.15 History of Carden Fishermen of Brighton
12.30 Buffet Lunch Booking Required
14.00 Carden Presentations
Cardens of Lewes & St Kitts
16.00 Branch Meetings
Evening Branch/Individual Gatherings
Sunday 16th September
Lewes Town Hall
09.30 Registration and Exhibition Open
10.00 Short Talks & Presentations
12.30 Buffet Lunch Booking Required
14.00 Optional Visits Booking Required
Visit to Visit to Anne of Cleves House (King Henry VIII's 4th wife) and Lewes Priory
Visit to Brighton
Visit to Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum
Monday 17th September
Depart Lewes
09.30 Leave by coach for North Booking Required - Travel individually if required
Lunch stop en route
14.00 Mavesyn Ridware, Staffordshire
Visit Church (Carden Chapel) Hall and Gatehouse
16.00 Travel on to Cheshire
19.00Dinner at the Carden Arms PH Booking Required
21.00 Disperse to Hotels
Tuesday 18th September
In Cheshire
Visits to:
Carden Hall
Carden Park Hotel
Talks on local topics and other visits. Further details to follow
Wednesday 19th September
Return South
Or further local activities if required.

* Please could everyone with family members who served in the First World War pass their details to David Carden ( As the centenary of the end of that war draws near, we plan to include a special display on this topic in the Exhibition.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

If you would like to learn more about what we did last time, the official report of the 2008 Gathering is still available to purchase. You should visit and put CARDEN in the search box.

Those who came to that Gathering might like to read what Arthur Carden has just added to his blog at about the delightful Father Bob Carden OFM who entertained us all. That is also the place to find out about Arthur's amazing books on our family's history.

Friday, 14 July 2017

More Information


Yes, following the very successful events held in 1998 and 2008, the international Gathering of the Carden Clan is happening again in 2018.

Once again we are planning a two-location event based on those two UK hotbeds of Carden activity – Sussex and Cheshire. Detailed plans are being developed, repeating some items that proved so popular in earlier Gatherings but with some significant new activities as well.

The purpose of this circular is to let you know the dates and basic format.  Please feel free to pass it on to anybody you think might be interested.

We will start on Friday, 14th September 2018 at Lewes in East Sussex. (  Here, thanks to some valuable local connections, we have booked the use of the Town Hall of this historic borough for three days. As in the past, an exhibition of Carden memorabilia will be laid on and various local activities organised including a Civic Reception. Of course there will be suitable opportunities for checking out the local cuisine to say nothing of the local brewery and vineyards. Some local activities may not be available over the weekend so we may actually start on Thursday 13th.

Then on Monday , September 17th we will transfer to the place it all began (so they say) the border area between Cheshire, England and Wrexham, Wales centred on our own public house, the “Carden Arms” at Tilston (  As in 2008, suitable transport facilities to make the transfer, and return, will be provided for those who need it.
Again it will be a mix of the old and the new.  Last time the visits to the Carden Park Hotel ( and the nearby Carden Park mansion were great attractions. This leg of the Gathering will end on Wednesday, 19th September.

Later in the year we will circulate a much more detailed programme together with an accommodation list for both venues, covering all price ranges, and booking information.  Please do let us know if you have any particular requests for activities. Needless to say the patriarch, Arthur Carden, is yet again very much involved in all this.

We both look forward to renewing some wonderful old acquaintances and making some great new ones.

David Carden, Brighton -                                             
Richard Carden, Fishmoyne –