News Log - 2016

This is the first page of the News Log, and provides a brief log of the main items of news for the Society going back to the Extraordinary General Meeting of 15th September 2015, most recent items shown first.

15-Dec-2016 Christmas Members' meeting - talk by Mike Brown on 'Christmas on the Home Front 1939-45', and Social.
17-Nov-2016 Members' meeting - talk by David Bright on 'War Memorials of the Great War within the Borough of Hounslow'.
5-Nov-2016 Pam and Brian Smith, and Muriel Sprott ran our stall at West Surrey's FHS Fair and Open Day at Woking, Surrey.
23-Oct-2016 Winter Sale of GRO Certificates starts, price now £2.00 per certificate.
22-Oct-2016 Second 'Get Online Week' clinic at Hounslow Library (Roland Bostock).
20-Oct-2016 Members' meeting - talk by Ian Waller on 'Convict Transport'.
15-Oct-2016 First 'Get Online Week' clinic at Hounslow Library (Ann Greene and Roland Bostock).
7-Oct-2016 Margaret Cunnew, Yvonne Masson and Roland Bostock ran our stall at Richmond's Full of Life Fair at Twickenham Rugby Stadium, Middx.
1-Oct-2016 Roland Bostock and Margaret Cunnew ran our stall at Oxfordshire Family History Society's Fair in Woodstock, Oxon.
1-Oct-2016 Honorary member Joan Scrivener dies from complications after a gall stone operation.
15-Sep-2016 Members' meeting - talk by Peter Hounsell on 'Otto and the Margerine factory'.
18-Aug-2016 Members' meeting - Questors Reminiscence Road Show perform 'Down Our High Street'.
6-Aug-2016 Third pilot clinic at Hounslow Library (Ann Greene and Roland Bostock).
23-Jul-2016 Muriel Sprott, Yvonne Masson, Pam and Brian Smith ran our stall at Buckinghamshire Family History Society's Fair in Wendover, Bucks.
21-Jul-2016 Members' open meeting - theme of the evening was Family Health.
9-Jul-2016 Second pilot clinic at Hounslow Library (Ann Greene and Muriel Sprott).
18-Jun-2016 Kirsty Gray, Muriel Sprott and Margaret Cunnew ran our stall at Wiltshire Family History Society's Fair in Swindon, Wilts.
16-Jun-2016 Members' meeting - talk by Carol Harris on 'Putting on the Ritz - Fashion in the 1920s and 1930s'.
11-Jun-2016 First pilot clinic at Hounslow Library (Ann Greene and Roland Bostock).
19-May-2016 Members' meeting - talk by Kathy Chater on 'Film Archives for the Family Historian'.
26-Apr-2016 Honorary member Mary Bickle dies.
21-Apr-2016 Members' meeting - talk by Antonia Davis on 'History of Education'.
17-Mar-2016 The AGM - also talk by Andrea Cameron on 'Osterley House and its Families'. Robin and Bridget Purr are appointed Joint Presidents of the Society. Muriel Sprott, Paul and Janice Kershaw are awarded Honorary Membership of the Society.
12-Mar-2016 Brian Page, Roland Bostock and Margaret Cunnew ran our stall at Dorset Family History Society Family History Day at Poole, Dorset (first time for this fair).
5-Mar-2016 Kirsty collects 48 maps of London, ranging 17th century to 19th century, from Colin McDonald, who generously gifted them to the Society.
18-Feb-2016 Members' meeting - talk by Chris and Judy Rouse on 'Mayhem on the Midland, an Accdent, a Suicide and a Murder'.
21-Jan-2016 Members' meeting - talk by Caroline Walker on 'Maps, Memorials and Murals'.
7-Jan-2016 Members Area is added to the website.
17-Dec-2015 Christmas Social - Kirsty Gray runs a quiz night.
19-Nov-2015 Members' meeting - talk by Chris Hern on 'Sabotage, Security and Sheer Stupidity.
31-Oct-2015 We attend West Surrey Family History Fair in Woking.
15-Oct-2015 Extraordinary General Meeting to vote on the proposal to wind up the Society, followed by a talk by Kirsty Gray on 'Tracing the History of a Community'. Kirsty offers to take on role of Chairman, Brian Page offers to take on role of Vice-Chairman, Roland Bostock offers to take on role of Secretary. Also five members volunteer to fill vacancies on the committee. The Society is back on its feet after a difficult six months.

Society news

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 21st November 2019 at St. John's Centre, Isleworth. Doors open at 7.15 pm. The focus of the meeting will be a talk by Gill Thomas titled One Street Studies. See the Meetings page.

Next Fair

The fairs season for 2019 is over. The next fair we will be attending is in 2020. For more information please see the Fairs page.

Next Advice Session

Our next Advice Session will be held at Feltham Library on Saturday 16th November from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. These sessions need to be booked. See the Advice page.

Free access to Find My Past records

As they have done before Find My Past will be providing free access to all their military and civilian records ahead of Remembrance Day from 12pm GMT on 8th November to 12 pm on Monday 11th November, see their free-acess page for more information.

Previous news

Recent updates


Committee minutes for September 2019 added to Members Area.


The Memorial Inscriptions for St. John the Baptist, Hillingdon are added.


New image (and tip) of the month.


You can now select a parish from the Parish Coverage pages.


New image (and tip) of the month.


MI photos are here. See the MIs coverage page. Members can now see images of gravestones at three recently completed churches.

Previous updates

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