Woking Methodist Church Hall, Brewery Road, Woking, GU21 4LHFor map click here
Co-ordinator Chris LeechEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Second Thursday in month
Doors Open at 7.15pm. Meeting starts at 7.50pm.
|Thu||14 Jan||7.50 pm for 8.20 pm||My ancestor was a domestic servant Now likely to be Zoom meeting||Ian Waller|
|Thu||11 Feb||7.50 pm for 8.20 pm||The Migrant's Journey Now Zoom meeting in December||Tbc|
|Thu||11 Mar||7.50 pm for 8.20 pm||Strangers and Aliens Now likely to be Zoom meeting||Cheryl Butler|
|Thu||13 May||7.50 pm for 8.20 pm||The British Almshouse Now likely to be Zoom meeting||Judy Hill|
|Thu||10 Jun||7.50 pm for 8.20 pm||The Plant Nurseries of Woking Now likely to be Zoom meeting||David Rose|
January 14 2021Ian Waller - My ancestor was a domestic servant Now likely to be Zoom meeting
Ian Waller is a retired professional genealogist with over 35 years experience in English research. He currently serves as a trustee and education officer of the Family History Federation.
Life and Times of a Domestic Servant. Many families will find domestic servants, both male and female, within their ancestry. This talk looks at their lives and their appearance in records.
February 11Tbc - The Migrant's Journey Now Zoom meeting in December
March 11Cheryl Butler - Strangers and Aliens Now likely to be Zoom meeting
Dr Cheryl Butler has degrees in History from the Universities of Winchester and Southampton, is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a trustee of the Hampshire Archives Trust.
This talk takes an historical perspective on the welcome (or otherwise!) of migrants in England from Nasty Normans, to Italian Merchants trading in luxury goods, to Religious Refugees from France and economic Migrants brought in to brew beer and mix up gunpowder. A tale of wool, wine and woad.
May 13Judy Hill - The British Almshouse Now likely to be Zoom meeting
Almshouses originated in early medieval England as places that provided care for the sick poor, usually attached to a monastery. Hospitality a Christian duty. The original focus on travellers and monks was extended in the 12th and 13th centuries to include lay people who were sick or feeble usually housed in separate establishments administered by monks and lay brothers. Church authorities encouraged these foundations and bishops were urged to see there were enough of them to cater for the need.
This talk will look at the history of the British Almshouse which includes the difficult times during the Reformation to the continued vitality of the almshouse movement today.
June 10David Rose - The Plant Nurseries of Woking Now likely to be Zoom meeting
David Rose is a local historian and writer who specialises in this history of Woking, Guildford and surrounding villages, mainly from Victorian times up to the present day. He has a large collection of vintage photographs on the subject and also collects related items such as old bottles and pots, tins, packaging and advertising items.
His illustrated talk, The Plant Nurseries of Woking, focuses on a selection of the garden horticultural nurseries that were established in the area and which flourished for many years. Specialising in varieties that grew well on the sandy soils of the area, such as rhododendrons, azaleas, roses and clematis, these family run firms included the Waterers, Slococks, Cobbetts, Jackmans, and others.