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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 we meet monthly on the second Friday at
St Andrews United Reform Church, Watling Street, Canterbury CT1 2UA
(map & directions at
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 our
meetings are free to KFHS Members - Non-members pay £1.
Watling Street car park surrounds the church and parking fees apply until 9 pm.

Meeting Dates

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

July 10, 2015 OUTDOOR MEETING - 'A Guided Walk of Hythe'
Free for Member - advance booking necessary
Book at the Branch Meeting on 8th May 2015

August 14, 2015 'Tithe Maps and Apportionments’
by Paul Blake

September 11, 2015 'Marriage in the 18th century'
by Tom Doig

October 9, 2015 'Ordnance Survey Ancient and Modern'
by Colin Brown

November 13, 2015 '30 Years of Bover on the Hover'
by Brian Laverick-Smith

December 11,2015 'Probate and Missing Persons'
by Dr David Wright

January 2016 NO MEETING

February 12, 2016 'Smuggling in Kent'
by Peter Ewart


Saturday 25th April 2015 – The National Archives at KEW
We also have a drop off at the Royal Botanic Garden.
[Visitors to the Gardens pay their own entry fees].

Outing starts in Sturry where we have free parking.
Three stops in Canterbury including Dover Rd Park & Ride,
The final stop is on A2 Preston, Faversham.

Tuesday 9th June 2015 – The Forgotten Front: WW1 Remembrance Trail
Via Eurotunnel
Outings starts in Sturry where we have free parking.
Pick up at Canterbury at Dover Road P&R
Pick up at Folkestone at Stop 24 Stanford Intersection CT21 4BL

More at:

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

Bookings 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, 2015 No Meeting

February 10, 2015 "Traditional Kentish Trades, Crafts and industries"
by Richard Filmer

March 10, 2015 “Soldier, soldier will you marry me”
by Tim Cox

April 8, 2015 15th Anniversary meeting
“I’m stuck: breaking down brickwalls”
by Dr Geoff Swinfield

May 12, 2015 AGM 7.15 start.
“Complementary websites for Family History”
by Pat Smith

June 9, 2015 Members meeting: “Meet my Ancestor”

July 14, 2015 "Lost in London" - Solving your London family history problems
by Dave Annall

August 11, 2015 7.15 start
“Postal people of the Past”
by Helen Dafter from Postal Heritage Archives
September 8, 2015 “Why we should remember them. The tragic stories of my military ancestors”
by David Wood

October 13, 2015 "They dared to be Doctors" the role of women in the medical profession in Victorian times
by Toni Mount

November 10, 2015 "Life in and out of the workhouse" A look at thee admissions register of St Mary's workhouse Dover in the late 18th century
by Bill Beer

December 8, 2015 Picture Quiz and mincepies

January 2016 No meeting

February 9, 2016 “The Swing Riots”
by Peter Ewart

Deal Branch Web Site address:

For any enquiries please use:

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 11, 2015 Lime - the Decline of an Industry
by Pat Sandford

April 8, 2015 Mending Bodies, Saving Souls: Victorian Medical Practices
by Ian Waller

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


Medway Branch meet on the last Thursday of the month (except August & December)
At All Saints Parish Hall, Church Green, Frindsbury. ME2 4HY
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Meeting Dates

October 30, 2014 "1940s Rationed Fashion"
by Lee Ault

For more information about the Medway Branch
please contact:
Ian H Smith, Chairman

See branch website for further details:


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

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"

January 21, 2015 "Our Women Ancestors"
by Else Churchill

Feb 18, 2015 "Researching the History of a House & Its Occupants"
by Peter Ewart

Mar 18, 2015 "Kill or Cure– Medicine in the 19th Century"
by Lady Teviot

Apr 15, 2015 "Brickwalls & Lost Ancestors"
by Dave Annal

May 20, 2015 AGM + Members’ Talks, Etc.

June 17, 2015 "Forbidden Love"
by Fred Feather

July 15, 2015 "The English Civil War & Its Records"
by Michael Gandy

August, 2015 NO MEETING – OUTING T.B.A.

September 16, 2015 "The Dornier Restoration Programme & The Battle of Britain"
by Nina Hadaway

October 21, 2015 "The Suffragettes"
by Ian Porter

November 18, 2015 "The Gentlemen at War – The Police in World War II"
by Roy Ingleton

December 16, 2015 Members’ Christmas Party



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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