Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group

Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group Programme 2017

The Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group will no longer be meeting at the Leiston Community Centre. Except in the winter, our monthly talks will now be held at the LEISTON UNITED CHURCH (URC/Methodist) , High Street, Leiston, IP16 4EL at 7.30pm on the third Monday of the month. Entrance is not at the front of the church, but on the left hand side as you face the building. Parking is available in the Co-op/Solar car park which adjoins it, but vehicular access to the car park is via Urban Road (at the back of Solar).

FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH CENTRE

In order to increase its availability to members and visitors alike, the Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group’s Research Centre will now be open free of charge on Saturday mornings as well as on Wednesdays, for a trial period.

This is an opportunity for those who cannot normally get to our Wednesday research mornings to discover what gems we have in our archives: these include local information such as graveyard catalogues for Benhall, Saxmundham, Leiston, Eastbridge, Aldringham and Sutton, censuses, directories, information on local war memorials, books, and historic maps. We have recently acquired a large number of CDs and microfiches of local interest. The research centre has computers with Internet, printer, and a scanner. There is also WiFi Internet access if you wish to bring your own laptop or tablet. Experienced family history researchers will be present to give assistance if required.

The Research Centre is upstairs in the old Council Offices in Main Street, Leiston, IP16 4ER, in the same building as and to the right of the Library, opposite the Long Shop Museum. Please note that access is by a steep staircase. You can park outside free of charge for one hour, or there’s an “unlimited” free car park in Valley Road – go straight on past Barclay’s Bank and it’s on the right.

The Research Centre will be open from 10am to 12 noon on the 1st Saturday and 3rd Wednesday of the month:

Mon 19 June Tracing Criminals in the Family - Gill Blanchard 

DO YOU HAVE A BLACK SHEEP IN YOUR FAMILY?

Come along to hear Gill Blanchard tell us h ow to find and use records of our criminal ancestors, locally, nationally and online, in her talk "Prison and Criminal Court Records"

Criminal records are family history’s guilty pleasure. They are a rich source of detail for family historians and many others: they provide an insight not only into crime and punishment in the 1800s, but also into the daily lives of working people. They reveal your ancestors’ uncomfortable secrets and grisly tales, and provide you with a unique opportunity to discover any “black sheep” in your family.

Gill Blanchard is a professional house historian, genealogist, tutor and author of several books. Her talks in Leiston last October, and in Kelsale in April, were entertaining and informative, and we look forward to more of the same.

The meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Monday 19 th June at Leiston United Church (URC/Methodist) , High Street, Leiston, IP16 4EL. Entrance is not at the front of the church, but on the left hand side as you face the building. Parking is available in the Co-op/Solar car park which adjoins it, but you must sign your vehicle in at the tills in the supermarket or face a charge of £100. Visitors welcome. Admission: members £1, visitors £3, incl tea/coffee.

Mon 17 July: The Diary of a Norfolk Parson – James Woodforde, 1740-1803 - Sheila Harrison 

In July the Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group will welcome back Sheila Harrison to give a talk on The Diary of a Norfolk Parson. Her previous talks on Leiston Abbey and Butley Priory were very well-attended, and we look forward to more of the same.

In this talk, based on the diaries of the 18th century parson James Woodforde, historian Sheila Harrison will describe Woodforde's life as Rector of Weston Longville, a village eight miles west of Norwich, from 1776 until his death in 1803. We meet Woodforde's family, his fellow-clergymen, the household servants and the village people - all in the context of the social conditions of the time. Parson Woodforde's diaries are history brought to life.

Sheila Harrison read History at Somerville College, Oxford, and during her career was a lecturer at a college of further and higher education and a tutor for the Open University. She gives talks to historical societies, the U3A, Women’s Institutes and other groups across Suffolk.

The meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Monday 17 th July at Leiston United Church (URC/Methodist) , High Street, Leiston, IP16 4EL. Entrance is not at the front of the church, but on the left hand side as you face the building. Parking is available in the Co-op/Solar car park which adjoins it, but you must sign your vehicle in at the tills in the supermarket or face a charge of £100. Visitors welcome. Admission: members £1, visitors £3, incl tea/coffee.

18 Sept:“My Ancestor Was Hanged at Bury St Edmunds” - Di Mann - at 7.30pm Leiston United Church

16 Oct: “Barnados Foster Children in Suffolk 1890-1950” - Peter Davidson - at 7.30pm Leiston United Church

20 Nov: “History of the Leiston Quakers” - Ruth Hawthorne & Seija Tattersall - at 2.30pm at Aldeburgh Community Centre

NOTE: change of time and venue