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Unless otherwise stated, our meetings are in the Church Hall of All Souls Church, Cheriton, Folkestone, CT19 4HA, on the first Thursday. Doors open at 7pm, the talk to commence at 7.30.

All members and visitors welcome. A minimum donation of £2 is requested from visitors.

Visitors: if you are interested in taking part in a Zoom meeting please contact to receive a link (7.25 for 7.30 pm for a ZOOM meeting).

All Souls Hall is now open. But please keep checking the website for updates.

LIBRARIES: 10.00 am–4.30 pm Mon–Sat

Folkestone Library is now open. Access to the Heritage Room (containing all the local history material) is by stairs only, and a seat needs to be pre-booked. Structural problems to the building mean no access by lift to the first floor at present.

Most Kent Libraries are open, but best to check on line or by ringing 03000 413131

The microfiche etc (mentioned in the March 2021 Journal) have been deposited in our cupboard in Cheriton Library.


March 4th

ZOOM Beginners Evening – General information.

April 1st

ZOOM Identifying my grandparents Jeremy Wilkes.

May 6th

ZOOM Finding Family in India – There were three million Britons in India over a three-hundred year period – Elaine MacGregor.

June 3rd

ZOOM Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy – Issues discussed include exposing secrets and lies, and unexpected DNA results – Dr Penny Walters.

July 1st

ZOOM Open evening – The suggested topics for discussion are: – “How much information about our relatives should we be exposing on our online family trees?” – “What would you do if someone asked you to remove specific people from your tree?” – Visitors: if you wish to join the meeting please contact for the Zoom link. Members: a link will be sent to you.

August 5th

Folkestone Old Cemetery, Cheriton Rd CT20 1DFAT 6.30 PM – opposite Bowling Club and Three Hills Sports ParkJan Holben

September 2nd

ZOOM Folkestone Old Cemetery, Cheriton Road – Jan Holben, from Friends of Folkestone Cemetery.

October 7th

HALL The Man Behind the Gown – Cyril Ward:
Headmaster of Harvey Grammar School 1952–67 – Roy Jones.

November 4th

HALL AGM Followed by a member’s talk (Peter Bates).

December 2nd

HALL Christmas Dinner – Followed by a Quiz


January 6th

ZOOM Open evening on the theme of “The Ancestor I would most like to meet

February 3rd

HALL Old Shops of Folkestone – Ian Gordon



Next visit: TBA
Booking a place on this visit can be done via this email:

Cost of next visit: TBA

Below are several ways to pay:

A. Internet Banking (Preferred)

Account No: 11688553. Sort Code: 40-21-15
Please email: David Wharton, Treasurer, with details of what the payment is for and your name:

B. By Cheque

Payable to: ‘Folkestone And District Family History Society’
Send to: Mr David Wharton, Treasurer, Barbican House, St Stephens Way, Coolinge Lane, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 3RD

C. With Cash

Payable at our monthly meeting (first Thursday of each month) in the Church hall of All Souls Church, Cheriton

Not So Small Print:

Please note: The Society expects an upfront payment which is non-returnable. We endeavour to keep our costs to a minimum for the benefit of all who travel with us.

Details of trip:

7.30am departure (ETD) from the bus stop at the junction of Shorncliffe Road and Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone. The bus stop is opposite Kingsnorth Gardens and outside the former Wyevale Garden Centre. There is on-street free parking on Shorncliffe Road.
8.00am pick-up at Cineworld, Eureka Leisure Park Ashford.
ETA at Kew: 10.50am. / ETD from Kew at 4.30pm / ETA in Ashford 6.15pm & Folkestone 6.40pm.
Emergency Contact on the day: Ian Stone. Mobile 07593875132.

Departure map:



Jenny Watson will arrange walks round Canterbury or London if we let her know where we would like to visit.

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