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Non-members are welcome to attend most of our meetings for a small fee: currently £1. 
Arrive early and try your luck at tombola, chat to members and browse the Branch Library of CDs & books.

Unless otherwise stated we meet monthly on the 2nd Friday, except January
Doors open: 7:00pm ~  Meeting starts: 7:30pm
Red Cross Centre, Bradbury House 2 Lower Chantry Lane Canterbury

British Red Cross Centre
Bradbury House
2 Lower Chantry Lane
 Canterbury Kent

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Canterbury Branch members enjoy a presentation with slides

We are pleased to receive details about talks on subject likely to appeal to Family Historians.   Contact Us  

13th June 2014 'Life in the Victorian Kentish Workhouse'   by Helen Allinson
Tuesday, 17th June 2014 OUTING - £20    Non Members are welcome to join us
KEW: The National Archives or Royal Botanic Gardens
contact Tricia Baxter
Email  or telephone 01227 453 576
11th July 2014 OUTDOOR MEETING - £3 advanced bookings only - bookings will close on 13th June 2014
'The Parish Churches of Canterbury'  led by Richard Ginman (Friends of St Mildred's Canterbury)
followed by refreshments
Book with: Tricia Baxter by
Email or telephone 01227 453 576
NB: we are nearly at our limit.
8th August 2014

'WWI the 100th Anniversary: Flanders, the Somme, Then & Now'  by Ian Everest
August 1914 is the anniversary of the first British soldiers entering the theatre of war in WWI

12th September 2014 'Thames Waterman' by Mrs Pat Hilbert
10th October 2014 'Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates: how much on them can we trust?' 
by Dr David Wright
14th November 2014

'East Kent and West Kent Places Names'  by Anthony Poulton-Smith
Author of 'East Kent Places Names' and 'West Kent Places Names', the talk will examine some of the origins of the place names of the county, described in the books, and include not only towns and villages but districts, hamlets, rivers, hills, fields, and even pub names. Books will be on sale after the talk.

12th December 2014 'Lost Empires: the last Days of the Music Hall & Variety'  by Wilf Lower               
Christmas Meeting
January 2015 NO MEETING
13th February 2015 'A Stroll along the Nailbourne Valley'  by Peter Ewart
13th  March 2015 'Kent Theatre in the Time of Jane Austen' by Alan Stockwell
10th April 2015 Branch AGM - this usually takes around 20 mins. Non Members are welcome to attend branch AGMs but may not vote. Tonight's AGM will be followed immediately by a talk ....

'The History of Policing Kent'  by Roy Ingleton
8th May 2015  'A Place of Safety: Sheltering in Chislehurst Caves and other places during the War' by Brian Williamson
13th June 2015 'Lost in London: Solving your London Family History Problems' by Dave Annal
Returning by popular demand after his informative Brick-wall talk in 2013 Dave will lead us through the difficulties you can come across when researching ancestors who lived in the Metropolis.
10th July 2015 OUTDOOR MEETING - Advance bookings only

'A Guided Walk of Hythe'  led by members of Hythe Civic Society Guides
to including the Town Hall and St Leonard's Church with its famous Ossuary (Bone house).
followed by refreshments

Contact: Programme Secretary at the Branch Meeting on 8th May 2015 .

14th August 2015 'Tithe Maps and Apportionments’ by Paul Blake  (rescheduled from June 2014)
The tithe was the portion of parish produce to which the parish church was entitled. Tithe Maps give information about land ownership, usage and tenancy.
11th September 2015 .... to be arranged
9th October 2015 'Ordnance Survey Ancient and Modern: The History of Ordnance Survey and Modern Map and Data Centres'. by Colin Brown
13th November 2015 '30 Years of Bovver on the Hover: A Pilot's Eye-View of Hovercraft in Dover.'
by Brian Laverick-Smith,
11th December 2015 ... to be arranged  Christmas Meeting
January 2016 NO MEETING
12th February 2016 ... by Peter Ewart subject to be confirmed
Tricia Baxter, Webmaster

David Wood BA (hons.), Branch Chairman

Page updated:  11 May 2014