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Woking Centre

Woking Methodist Church Hall, Brewery Road, Woking, GU21 4LH

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Co-ordinator Chris Leech

Second Thursday in month
Doors Open at 7.15pm. Meeting starts at 7.50pm.


Thu13Dec7.50 pmHeroes and Villains of the Basingstoke CanalRoger Cansdale


Thu10Jan7.50 pmForgotten Staff - Victorian and Edwardian RailwaywomenDavid Turner
Thu14Feb7.50 pmMarch of the Women: Surrey's Road to the VoteRosie Everritt
Thu14Mar7.50 pmResearching from NewspapersIan Waller
Thu11Apr7.50 pmMy Criminal AncestorInformal Meeting
Thu9May7.50 pmThe HugenotsJane Le Cluse
Thu13Jun7.50 pmScottish ResearchIan Macdonald
Thu11Jul7.50 pmNo meeting
Thu8Aug7.50 pmNo meeting
Thu12Sep7.50 pmBurden on the parishMargaret Griffiths
Thu10Oct7.50 pmIrish ResearchRuth Mathewson
Thu14Nov7.50 pmFamily SecretsInformal Meeting
Thu12Dec7.50 pmRiver Wey NavigationsDavid Rose


Thu9Jan7.50 pmRomance and History of Place NamesTony Painter
Thu13Feb7.50 pmTo be addedTo be added
Thu12Mar7.50 pmTo be addedTo be added
Thu2Apr7.50 pmRecent Discoveries I have madeInformal Meeting
Thu14May7.50 pmStrangers and AliensCheryl Butler
Thu11Jun7.50 pmTo be addedTo be added
Thu9Jul7.50 pmNo MeetingNo Meeting
Thu13Aug7.50 pmNo MeetingNo Meeting

Forthcoming Meetings

December 13 2018

Roger Cansdale - Heroes and Villains of the Basingstoke Canal
In the canal's 200+ year history, there have been many occasions when it might have been abandoned. The fact that most of it still survives is due to a relatively small number of people who popped up at critical moments. Some did what they did for perfectly respectable reasons, either commercial or altruistic, but the motives of others were at best self-interest and at worst fraudulent and criminal; several ended up in prison. However, without them all, the canal would not exist today.

January 10 2019

David Turner - Forgotten Staff - Victorian and Edwardian Railwaywomen
Our histories of the Victorian and Edwardian railways usually focus on the activities and lives of male workers. This talk describes the jobs railwaywomen did on the railway before 1914, the challenges they faced when working in a male-dominated environment, and how their pay and employment prospects were shaped by the expectations of women's position in society generally.

February 14

Rosie Everritt - March of the Women: Surrey's Road to the Vote
Rosie Everritt, Project Archivist at Surrey History Centre, will share some of the discoveries made during the Heritage Lottery Funded project ‘The March of the Women: Surrey’s Road to the Vote’. This project marked 2018 as the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which first gave the vote to women of property over the age of 30. The talk will explore the contributions made by local women and men on both sides of the fierce debate, with particular reference to the suffrage movement in West Surrey.

March 14

Ian Waller - Researching from Newspapers
We have surely all been side-tracked in our research when looking through the local newspaper. However newspapers frequently enable us to put the flesh on the bones and bring our ancestors alive. There is so much information from trade advertisements, court cases, potted histories associated with marriages or obituaries that they are a valuable resource. This talk looks at how to access them in the digital age and examines their usefulness.

April 11

Informal Meeting - My Criminal Ancestor
An opportunity to share with other members the ‘Black Sheep’ in your family.
Bring them on a memory stick, in a folder of papers – or just talk about them!

May 9

Jane Le Cluse - The Hugenots
To be added

June 13

Ian Macdonald - Scottish Research
Scottish Research explodes a few myths and focuses on the rich set of records available to the researcher, where and how to find them, and how best to make use of them. Much is available online and the range of sources is expanding so opportunities are growing. If you have Scottish heritage you are privileged to have the world’s best records for chasing down your ancestry. This talk will point you at them and show you what they look like.

July 11

No meeting

August 8

No meeting

September 12

Margaret Griffiths - Burden on the parish
The aim of the 'Burden on the Parish' talk is to give some idea of the range of sources that survive for the history of poor relief in Surrey. Margaret will briefly chart the course of national poor law legislation and then look at personal accounts of how relief was sought and dispensed at a parish level. Documents described will include settlement examinations, settlement certificates, removal orders, overseers' correspondence and records relating to pre-1834 workhouses. We will also look at records produced by the Boards of Guardians, following the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, and consider conditions in the new Union workhouses.

October 10

Ruth Mathewson - Irish Research
To be added

November 14

Informal Meeting - Family Secrets
An opportunity to share what your research has revealed with other members of the group.

December 12

David Rose - River Wey Navigations
David Rose’s illustrated talk on the River Wey Navigations looks at the story of the waterway including the vision of its creator Sir Richard Weston of Sutton Place, the building of it and its usage over the centuries. Now owned and managed by the National Trust, archive pictures David will show takes the form of a virtual trip along the waterway from Weybridge to Godalming.

January 9 2020

Tony Painter - Romance and History of Place Names
This talk covers the history and fascination of Place Names, from towns and villages, down to farms, fields, streets and even pubs. It includes the origins and development of names and the light they shed on history and past ways of life, with reference to some local names, unusual names and the way names have changed over time.
During his time with the MoD, Tony worked alongside the late John Beck, and wishes this talk to acknowledge his work with the WSFHS over many years.

February 13

To be added - To be added
To be added

March 12

To be added - To be added
To be added

April 2

Informal Meeting - Recent Discoveries I have made
An opportunity to share your more recent (last couple of years?) finds with the other members of the group.

May 14

Cheryl Butler - Strangers and Aliens
To be added

June 11

To be added - To be added
To be added

July 9

No Meeting - No Meeting

August 13

No Meeting - No Meeting

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