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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.

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Hall is closed until further notice.
CANCELLED” means cancelled in the Hall. Keep checking the website.


January 2nd

Open Meeting – Please bring mementos of your ancestors.

February 6th

Searchlight Girls of WW2 – Imogen Corrigan.

March 5th

Charles Igglesden: Sauntering through Kent Malcolm Horton.

April 2nd

CANCELLED Open Meeting How to start researching your family history.

May 6th (Wed.)

CANCELLED Visit to Dymchurch – Starting at 10.30am to include the Parish Church, New Hall, Gaol and Heritage Centre.

June 4th

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

July 2nd

CANCELLED Cemetery Stories – Cheriton Road Cemetery – Jan Holben.

August 6th

CANCELLED Suffragettes of Kent: an insight  Jennifer  Godfrey.

September 3rd

CANCELLED The New Kent Police Museum in Faversham  Paul Upton.

October 1st

CANCELLED The Fair Maid of Kent – Elizabeth Barton  Melanie Gibson-Barton.

November 5th

MOVED AGM. Cancelled in the Hall but at 2.30 pm on the Leas, opposite the Grand. Should the weather be especially bad, we can adjourn for refreshments to Keppel’s at the Grand. However, with restrictions on the number of people who can meet, even outside, it is difficult to predict what the situation will be in November. Please keep checking the website.

December 3rd

CANCELLED Christmas Meeting. Cancelled in the Hall but maybe in some local restaurant.



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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