Westbury Branch meetings 

Thursday 27th January on Zoom at 7.15pm.  ‘Find My Past 1921 Census Speaking Tour’ –Paul Nixon, head of UK licensing at Findmypast, is part of the team that has made the 1921 Census available to the world.  Numbers will be limited, so please book early through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  
If you are unable to attend the above talk, please note that other talks about the 1921 Census are being given by FindMypast specialists on Zoom to Devizes (18 Jan) and Swindon (10 Feb) branches.   See their Branch pages for more information.

Westbury Branch meetings restrictions 

For our regular meetings to take place at the Methodist Church (see below), we have to follow some strict rules :

1] That if you have any covid symptoms, we request that you do not attend. Sorry!

2] That we would appreciate that you wear face coverings when you enter the building and when you move around within it. However, we are happy for you to remove these while you are seated.

3] That as we have to ensure a flow of air throughout the foyer area, we will endeavour to leave as many doors and windows as can be comfortably left open, to be left open.

4] Unfortunately we cannot use the kitchen, so we are suggesting that everyone brings their own drink with them, such as bottled water or other cold drink, or an insulated mug or thermos containing a hot drink.

5] When you arrive, we will ask you to write your telephone number in the register, as well as your name, and (if relevant) your Society membership number

6] We will also only use one table and try to create some form of social-distancing where the chairs are concerned.

It is hoped that we will have a speaker for our November meeting.

Please keep the evening of Thursday 16th December free as we hope to have a meal together. Details later.

Rev Graham Warmington


Recent meetings

On Thursday 28th October we went "Back to Basics" where starting family research is concerned. Unlike Dame Judi Dench and all the other "Who do you think you are" celebrities, we do not have someone leading us by the hand and helping us to find the next clue in the mystery of our ancestors (great or small) and their lives.  As a refresher for some, and a help to others, we called on the knowledge of our committee and other branch members to steer us in the right direction where family research is concerned.
On Thursday 23rd September at 7.30. Our focus for the evening will be a catch-up! We really want to know how you have been getting on with your personal family history research over the past eighteen months. If this has ground to a stand-still, don't worry - because as an alternative we would like to hear about one of your grandfathers - maybe their war experience, or some accomplishment that they achieved in their lifetime.

On Thursday 24th June at 7:30 Helen Bagott, a freelance editor and writer shared her love of social history. Using genealogy resources she has researched hundreds of postcards sent during the early years of the 20th century. She has published her first collection of some of the true stories in "Posted in the Past".  Drawing on the research from her collection of more than 300 postcards, she shared some of the stories in an illustrated talk.

On Thursday 27th May at 7:30, Mr David R Cuffley, from Kent talked about "Brickmaking". The talk was originally presented to try to give family historians an idea of the work their brickmaker ancestors were doing and their working conditions. It’s has been extended to give local historians an idea of the work on the brick-field with some sources for further information. It covered the period from 1700s to WW1 with an emphasis on the 19th century, and how the workforce acts as teams, their wages and social conditions.

On Thursday 22nd April and 7.30pm, Mr Ashley Jones gave a zoom talk entitled, " There is more to your favourite toys than meets the eye ". During the talk, he talked about the story behind some of the popular toys and games  we all know. 
Ashley's talk followed Westbury Area's Annual General Meeting for members of the Westbury branch. 


 Meetings: Methodist Church, Station Road, Westbury BA13 3HA, (Click for map) fourth Thursday each month 7.15pm

Contact - Mrs Lynne Vercoe 01373 823590


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