Events under 'Vale branch'
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Meetings of the Vale of the White Horse branch (at Abingdon)

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Georgian Cookery

A presentation by CATHERINE SAMPSON

Food, our attitudes towards it, and customs surrounding it, is an important but often overlooked facet of our ancestors' lives.  This talk explores the art of cooking of both the rich and the poor, looks at contemporary cookery writers and recipes. Table etiquette for the rich and poor and will conclude with a chance to sample some cooking from a Georgian recipe.

Monday, September 18, 2017 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
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SECRETS OF THE HONEYMOON SUITCASE

Secrets of the Honeymoon Suitcase 1900 - present day by Val Threlfall.

A really fun talk based on what a young lady would take with her on honeymoon from 1900 onwards.  The talk covers a variety of decades pulling out of the suitcase all those things young brides took away with them, woolly vest and parachute petticoats from war years, roll-ons and whirlpool stitched bras from 1950's.  Lots of honeymoon nighties and stories Val has collected over the years!

Monday, October 16, 2017 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
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LIFE & DEATH OF A COUNTRY POLICEMAN

The talk relates the history of Enos Molden who was the first policeman to be murdered on duty in Wiltshire in 1891.

The story has all the ingredients of a Victorian melodrama, it is the story of a doomed love affair, the revenge of a jilted lover and the all too familiar story of the death of an innocent man doing his duty.

Speakers: Chris and Judy Rouse

Monday, November 20, 2017 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
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Christmas Meeting

We will be having a 3-course Christmas Dinner at The Kings Head and Bell in Abingdon.  The cost of the meal is £25 and a £5 deposit is required to secure your place.  Last chance to book will be at the November branch meeting.

Monday, December 11, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Library Helpdesk

To book your appointment please contact the library on 01235 520374.

 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Medical & Scientific Oxford

Victoria Bentata Azaz, a graduate of Oxford University and an experienced Blue Badge Guide and Author will be telling us about the contributions Oxford scientists and doctors have made to medicine. You will hear stories of numerous medical men such as Boyle, Willis, Florey and Heatley and their discoveries which shaped the modern world. 

Monday, January 15, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Merchant Seamen

Speaker: Tony Wright

Monday, February 19, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Members' Open Evening

Members' Open Evenings are a chance for attendees to talk informally about their own family history research, brick walls and/or eureka moments.  

Non members and those new to family history are welcome to attend these meetings.  Research facilities will be available.

Refreshments available all evening.

Monday, March 19, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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19th CENTURY EMIGRATION by Ian Waller

There was a large amount of emigration from this country during the 1800's to many areas of the world.  This talk looks at the development of the emigration system and the various assisted passage schemes available to our ancestors.  It will also give suggestions of how to find information both in this country and the destination country.

Monday, April 16, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Members' Open Evening

A chance for attendees to talk informally and seek advice about their family history research, brick walls and/or share eureka moments. Non-members and those new to family history are welcome to attend these meetings.

Research facilities and advice available

Refreshments 

Free Parking

Monday, May 21, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Society AGM followed by 'From Bi-Planes to BAC via Bouncing Bombs - The Aeronautical Career of Herbert Jeffree' by Tony Hadland

The 43rd Annual General Meeting of Berkshire Family History Society will be held on Monday 18th June 2018 at 7.30pm before the Vale of White Horse Branch Meeting.

Following the AGM, The Vale of White Horse Branch will be hosting a talk by local author and historian Tony Hadland.

This talk will be illustrated with many rare photographs and traces the career of Tony's father-in-law, Herbert Jeffree from Boulton & Paul in 1920's Norwich, including the doomed R101 airship; 1930's Brooklands working with Barnes Wallis on the bouncing bomb.

This talk covers Jeff's long career from Airships to Supersonic Airliners.

 

Monday, June 18, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Members' Open Evening

Members' Open Evenings are a chance for attendees to talk informally about their own family history research, brick walls and/or eureka moments. Non members and those new to family history are welcome to attend these meetings.  Research facilities and advice are available.

Refreshments

Free Parking

Monday, October 15, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Pilgrimage to Plug Street by Tony Hadland

Local author and historian Tony Hadland recalls the life of his great uncle Robert Fisher, the son of a Catholic soldier.

Begining in Ireland, then moving to London and crossing the religious divide, this illustrated talk traces the life of this brave young man who died during WWI leaving a widow and two small sons.

Monday, November 19, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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CHRISTMAS MEETING

Monday, December 10, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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