Barham Downs History Society

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Richard Hooker
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Dear All,


Thanks to all those who came along for the January meeting when Capt. Brian Laverick-Smith gave an interesting and amusing talk about his time on the hovercraft service to France. Everyone there enjoyed what was a fun evening.


In February, Tuesday 12th at Barham Village Hall we are having a further meeting in the field of family history when Celia Heritage will be giving a talk on taking research further in building and understanding a family tree.  In particular she will be looking at the variety of death records, some familiar and some less so, and show you how to get the most from them. Many of these are often neglected by family historians in their haste to progress their tree back in time. Yet they can be one of the most enlightening sets of records which often shed more life on an ancestor's life than the records created in their lifetime.


Many of you will recognise Celia as she has been to many of the society's meetings and events. She is professional genealogist and is a well-known figure on the international family history lecture circuit. Celia ran her own genealogy business for many years and currently works as a Research Manager for as well as writing a number of books on tracing your ancestors, in particular using records of death, burials and churchyards.


Celia will be happy to answer questions on individual problems as far as she is able on the evening

As always everyone is welcome but we do ask visitors to make a small contribution (£2) towards the meeting's expenses.


In March, Monday 11th we will be having one of our public meetings.  Andy Linklater will be giving a talk on “The First Brexit!” when what is now the UK was cut off from Europe with the events that led to the creation of the English Chanel . Details to follow. As usual with one of our public talks tickets on the door will be £5, or £3 for members on presentation of their membership card. I have a card for those who have not yet collected theirs so do get in touch and I will arrange to get it to you. Whether you are a leaver or remainer today it will be a fascinating story of an event with momentous implications for our history that did not include any negotiations, or politicians!

As I mentioned last month concerning our archive mornings we would try a different day. Having done so last Thursday no-one came along so we are reverting to Fridays for both the next 2 dates (Fri. 15th. Feb. and Fri. 1st. March) in the Committee Room at Barham Village Hall from 10am ‘till noon.  Again, as always, everyone is welcome.



David Wood