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Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month (except August and December) at The Willesborough Windmill, Hythe Road, Willesborough, Ashford off Hythe Road (A20) .6.30 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. The car park is accessible from Lees Road, the adjacent turning.

Meeting Dates

  To be advised

Branch enquiries to
Peter Rate, Tel. 01622- 891556
or E-mail:

Ashford Branch Web Site address:

Australian FlagAustralia (Founder Editor - Maggie Woodroffe)

'Down Under' the Australian Newsletter, was founded in August 2004. Its purpose is to provide 'local' communication for all members in Australia which I hope will serve to bring them closer together.

All Australian paid-up members receive a copy three times a year in April, August and December and this is funded by the Society.

Contributions and articles, no matter how small, from all members worldwide, are welcome and can be sent by snail mail to me at 17 Barton St, Yankalilla, SA 5203 or by email to:

As Australian Agent as well as Editor of 'Down-Under', I hope that I can be of assistance in general enquiries from members over here. Please feel free to email, write, or ring me on (new telephone number to be advised soon) (evenings for preference) if there is anything I might be able to help you with.

Maggie Woodroffe
Founder Editor & Australian Agent


Unless otherwise stated the Branch meets monthly on the second Friday at the
British Red Cross Centre, Bradbury House, 2, Chantry Lane, Canterbury CT1 1UF.
Doors open at 7.00 pm and meetings start at 7.30 pm.
The July meeting is a ticketed event held away from our hall, otherwise branch
meetings are free to KFHS Members and Non-members pay £1.
There is no parking at the hall but Longport City Council car park
is on the opposite side of the road, almost opposite the hall.
Parking fees apply until 9 pm.

Canterbury Branch is on the move:

We are outgrowing our current meeting hall. Hence Canterbury Branch are actively seeking a new venue somewhere in our area and hopefully that will still be in our city. Once we know where we are moving to we will put a note on the homepage of our website with a link to a Map marking the venue. To save a wasted journey Members, especially those who do not attend branch meetings regularly, are advised to check where we are at:

Meeting Dates

May 9, 2014 'Wartime Convalescent Homes in Kent: from Beautiful Solitary Splendour to Bedpans, Splints & Slings'
by Dr Julie Anderson

June 13, 2014 'Life in the Victorian Kentish Workhouse'
by Helen Allinson

July 11, 2014 OUTDOOR MEETING ‘Canterbury Churches’
led by Richard Ginman (Friends of St Mildred's)
£3.00 advanced booking only - see branch website

August 8, 2014 'First World War 100th Anniversary: Flanders and the Somme - Then and Now'
by Ian Everest

September 12, 2014 'Thames Waterman'
by Mrs Pat Hilbert

October 10, 2014 'Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates; how much on them can we rely?'
by Dr David Wright

November 14, 2014 'East Kent and West Kent Place Names'
by Anthony Poulton Smith

December 12, 2014 'Lost Empires - The Last Days of Music Hall and Variety'
by Wilf Lower

January, 2015 No Meeting

February 13, 2015 'A Stroll along the Nailbourne Valley'
by Peter Ewart

March 13, 2015 'Kent Theatre in the Time of Jane Austen'
by Alan Stockwell

April 10, 2015 Branch AGM followed by
'The History of Policing Kent'
by Roy Ingleton

May 8, 2015 'A Place of Safety: Sheltering in Chislehurst Caves and other places during the War'
by Brian Williamson

June 13, 2015 'Lost in London: Solving your London Family History Problems'
by Dave Annal


Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - The National Archives at KEW
We can also drop off passengers at the Royal Botanic Garden.
[Visitors to the Gardens will pay their own entry fees].
for more details visit:

All outings start in Sturry where we have free parking,
then on to Canterbury collecting at Dover Rd Park & Ride, with two more stops
on Canterbury ring road. The final stop is on A2 Preston, Faversham.

Trips must be booked and paid for in advance and are open to
Members & Non Members alike on a first come first served basis.

WWI Battlefields - Day coach outing 2015

The branch are currently organising a day coach outing outing to the
WWI Battlefields ending in Ypres for the Last Post at the Menin Gate.
The date is yet to be advised but we are considering Spring 2015.
If you would like to add your name to a list of those 'provisionally' interested
and also have some ideas for possible inclusion into the day's timetable
please contact: Tricia Baxter email:

Please contact branch secretary - Tricia Baxter Tel: 01227 453 576

Canterbury Branch Web Site address:


Branch meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month (except January). All meeting, unless otherwise stated are held at Wesley Hall in Trinity Church, Union Road, Deal, CT14 6EA. Doors open at 7.00 pm and talks start at 7.30 pm. Meetings are open to all and are free to Members of KFHS - Non Members pay £1. Onsite parking is limited but Union Road council car park is less than 5 minutes walk away from the hall.

Meeting Dates

January 2014 No meeting.

February 11, 2014 “From Yorkshire to Dover in a roundabout way”
by S. Harris.

March 11, 2014 "Birth , Marriage and death certificates how much on them can we trust?”
by David Wright.

April 8, 2014 “Useful websites for Family History"
by David Wood

May 13, 2014 “Lucky me, my Ancestor is an Ag Lab”
by Peter Ewart

June 10, 2014 “Thomas Customer Smythe, a family history”
by Terry Whitling

July 8, 2014 “Mrs Beeton’s summer picnic”
by Toni Mount

Aug 12, 2014 “Manorial Courts”
by Dr Jean Stirk

Sept 9, 2014 “Dudfins, Langles and Scummers” How probate inventories can help put our ancestors into their social context.
by Meryl Catty

Oct 14, 2014 “Smuggling on the South Coast”
by Chris McCooey

Nov 11, 2014 "Letter from the Front"
by Bill Beer
Warning: This talk contains flashing lights and loud noises

Dec 9, 2014 Members Social

January, 2015 No Meeting

February, 2015 "Traditional Kentish Trades, Crafts and industries"
by Richard Filmer


To be announced.

Deal Branch Web Site address:

Mrs. Sheila Harris is your contact, for further
information telephone: 01304 - 729096

Obviously, as this group operates "electronically" through a news group and by E-mail, there are no regular meetings but you can find out more about the group



Meets at St. Paul's Church Hall, Boxley Road, Maidstone ME14 2AN on the second Wednesday of most months. Doors will open at 7.00 pm and meeting will start at 7.30pm.

Meeting Dates

March 12, 2014 "Kent & Sussex Scandals"
by Chris McCooey

April 9, 2014 "Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates - what to believe"
by David Wright

May 14, 2014 "Great Exhibition of 1851"
by Anne Carter

June 11, 2014 AGM & "The Royal Engineers Museum"
by Rebecca Marsh

July 9, 2014 Outing - Visit to Royal Engineers Museum in Gillingham

August 13, 2014 No meeting this month

For more information about the Maidstone Branch
please contact:
Carol Paul at 01622 204923


From 28th February 2013
Medway Branch will be meeting on the last Thursday of the month (except August & December)
At All Saints Parish Hall, Church Green, Frindsbury. ME2 4HY
Please note the later time
2.30pm – 4.30pm

Meeting Dates

January 30, 2014 To be arranged

February 27, 2014 To be arranged

March 27, 2014 To be arranged

April 24, 2014 "An Armchair Guide to Shorne"
by Christoph Bull

May 29, 2014 "The Name Game"
by Meryl Catty & Audrey Gillett


Future trips to be announced later

Tickets £15 payable in advance and non-returnable.
Cheques payable to KFHS Medway sent to

Tessa Towner
37 Ravenswood Ave
Rochester Kent

Tel: 01634 722959 to book a place
or email


For more information about the Medway Branch
please contact:
Tessa A. Towner at 01634 - 722959

Medway Branch Web Site address:


Flag of New ZealandThe E-mail address to contact for information about The New Zealand Branch is:

The Secretary:
Mrs. Janet Shaw
6 Granada Place,
Glendowie, Auckland 1071, NZ.


Meetings take place on the third Wednesday of each month (except August) at
, Alpha Road, Birchington. 7.30 p.m. for 8.00 p.m. Non-members are very welcome to attend our meetings.

Meeting Dates

April 16, 2014 Exploring Your Ancestor's Parish Church"
by Celia Heritage

May 15, 2014 "AGM + Local Memeber's Talk"

June 18, 2014 "Queen Victoria's Dreadful Uncles"
by Sheila Boyd

July 16, 2014 "Rogues, Rascals & Rebels"
by Chris McCooey

August , 2014 No meeting

September 17, 2014 "Kent in the 19th Century"
by Bob Ogley

October 15, 2014 "Tracing Living Relatives & Missing People"
by Geoff Swinfield

November 19, 2014 "The Hazards of the Journey"
by Imogen Corrigan

December 17, 2014 "Christmas Meeting"



Thanet Branch does organise trips to
the above location for Thanet and
Canterbury Branch members.
Also, we sometimes run outings
to central London.
Please contact this branch for details.

For additional Branch
Michael Lucas 01843 841228
Gerry Davis 01843 843028

Thanet Branch Web Site address:

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