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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.


Thu8Oct7.50 pmNon-Conformity - The Road to Toleration CANCELLED - Les Mitchinson
Thu12Nov7.50 pmRecent Discoveries I have made CANCELLED - See Zoom meetingsInformal Meeting
Thu10Dec7.50 pmWilliam Heath Robinson CANCELLED - see Zoom meetingsGeoffrey Beare


Thu14Jan7.50 pmMy ancestor was a domestic servant Now likely to be Zoom meetingIan Waller
Thu11Feb7.50 pmThe Migrant's Journey Now Zoom meeting in December Tbc
Thu11Mar7.50 pmStrangers and Aliens Now likely to be Zoom meetingCheryl Butler
Thu13May7.50 pmThe British Almshouse Now likely to be Zoom meetingJudy Hill
Thu10Jun7.50 pmThe Plant Nurseries of Woking Now likely to be Zoom meetingDavid Rose

Forthcoming Meetings

October 8 2020

Les Mitchinson - Non-Conformity - The Road to Toleration CANCELLED -
Parish Registers of the established church can extend a pedigree back to 1538 recording baptisms,marriages and burials. But not everybody used the established church; they chose to follow their own faith instead and worshipped in secret. By doing so they disappeared from view. The talk, "Non-Conformity - the Road to Toleration" looks at the rise of non-conformity, the records they created and where to access them.

November 12

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

December 10

Geoffrey Beare - William Heath Robinson CANCELLED - see Zoom meetings
A Trustee of the William Heath Robinson Trust since 1992, Geoffrey Beare is the Collections and Exhibition Manager at the William Heath Robinson Museum.
The talk will cover William Heath Robinson's childhood and education and his early work as a humorous artist and into advertising. However, throughout his ife he saw himself as a serious painter and he painted landscapes, figure studies and imagined scenes whenever he found the time to do so. The talk will end with a brief overview of the work of the Heath Robinson Museum, which opened in 2016.

January 14 2021

Ian 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 11

Tbc - The Migrant's Journey Now Zoom meeting in December

March 11

Cheryl 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 13

Judy 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 10

David 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.

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