Branch Meetings

The Society holds monthly meetings at three branches, usually with a talk from a guest speaker. All meetings are open to all members, details are given below. If you miss a meeting you may like to hire a tape of the talk from our Tape Library.

Bromley Branch

Bromley Branch meetings are now held on the third Saturday morning of the month, in the main hall, Bromley Methodist Church, College Road, Bromley BR1 3NS (on the corner of North St., small red block on map). There is free parking at the church, access is from College Rd. and from North St. The hall opens at 9.45am, the meeting proper is due to start at 10.30am.

The move to a Saturday morning has been well received with numbers increasing each month. If you have not yet found us, do come along and see for yourself. Guests are also very welcome.

Branch Chair - vacant [acting chair Lynn Woodward], Meetings Organizer - (click to send an email).

The Bromley programme for 2012-13 is as follows:


Bromley map
21 Jan
Imogen CorriganA childís life in the Middle Ages
18 FebMary TeviotLondon Family History resources
17 MarPat MortlockThe 1851 census - portrait of a market town
& Annual Meeting
21 AprHelen AllinsonLife in the Victorian Kentish Workhouse
19 MayElse ChurchillResearching before 1700 using alternative resources
16 JunDr Ann KneifThe Glass Industry in the Weald
21 JulDr Jonathan OatesLondon Ancestry
18 AugKathy ChaterTurning your tree into a tale - Writing up your family history
15 SepGeraldine CharlesAnglo Indians & the East India Company
20 OctDr David WrightProbate records
17 NovChris JuppThe Queen's Own West Kent Regiment in WW1
DecNo Meeting
19 Jan
Michael GandyThe Huguenots
16 FebBob OgleyThe history of RAF Biggin Hill
16 MarImogen CorriganPilgrimage & Travel in the Middle Ages

Click here for meeting photos.

Dartford Branch

Meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month, at our new venue Dartford Technology College. This is on the north side of Heath Lane, close to the small roundabout which intersects with Highfield Road. There is plenty of parking at the new site. The meetings room is the New Auditorium. This should be open from 9.45am with the meeting proper starting at 10.30am.

Branch Chair - Janet Rose (Tel: 01322-384836), Meetings Organizer - Barbara Phillips.

You can view or download the branch newsletter Dartboard (current edition), edited by Paul Wilkins. This is also available at the Dartford meetings.

The Dartford programme for 2012-13 is as follows:


7 Jan *
Stephen HumphreyThe Old Industrial Heart of London's Historic Borough - Southwark
4 Feb **Alan PayneAn insight into the History of the Playing Card
3 MarNorman HopkinsThe Huguenots in Kent (with a brief reference to links with London)
7 AprMeryl Catty & Audrey GillettAn Enumerator's Tale
& Annual Meeting
5 MayPauline WatsonGreenwich Heritage Centre and its resources
2 JunDenise Baldwin & Kathy HardingThe life of Douglas MacMillan: Everyone has heard of MacMillan Cancer Support & nurses but the life of the humble man who lived in Sidcup for 40 years is scarce known
7 JulTim CoxThe history of how the seaside holiday developed or "I do like to be beside the seaside"
4 AugMari AldermanIllegitimacy
1 SepJane KingCoram's Children: the Story of the Foundling Hospital
6 OctPeter ChristianGenealogy & the Internet
3 NovChristoph BullAn armchair walk of Swanscombe
1 DecDr Colin ChapmanChristmases Past: Some Festive Customs and Traditions
12 Jan
Peter Hartley"Of Princes and Palaces": The residences of Sovereigns from Queen Victoria to the present and the pattern of their year moving around those homes.
2 FebRod LeGearChislehurst Caves - A History
2 Mar **Meryl Catty & Audrey GillettWillpower

* Change of speaker;   ** Change of speaker & topic

Click here for photos of the Dartford branch venue.

Dartford map

Sevenoaks Branch

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at Sevenoaks Community Centre, Otford Road (at junction with Crampton Rd.), Sevenoaks, at 7.15pm. In addition to the talks, there is a bookstall, continuing projects and all the helpful advice that you might need. We welcome new members, so please come along.

Branch Chair - Barbara Attwaters, Meetings Organizer - Chris Barnett.

You can now view or download the Sevenoaks newsletter (current edition), edited by Bernie Wilkins. This is also available at Sevenoaks branch meetings.

The Sevenoaks programme for 2012-13 is as follows:


Sevenoaks map
No Meeting
9 FebMonty ParkinKemsing - A Village Remembered
8 MarIan CurrieFrost Fairs
12 AprJean Stirk & David Williams"Ightham at the Cross Roads"
& Annual Meeting
10 MayDr Ron CoxItís where you sleep that counts
14 JunScott BelcherChatham Dockyard
12 JulLee Ault"All the Rage"
AugNo Meeting
13 SepHelen AllinsonFarewell to Kent - Assisted Emigration
11 OctDr Colin ChapmanYour Ancestors - Population & Birth Control
8 NovMrs Sheila BoydGeorgian Times
13 DecBob OgleyIn the Wake of the Hurricane
No Meeting
14 FebClare GrahamJane Austen - Her connections with Kent
14 MarDave AnnalBrick Walls & Lost Ancestors

Click here for a photo of the Sevenoaks branch venue.

Computer Branch

The Society held Computer Branch meetings at Orpington from 2000 to 2006, but at the Society AGM in April 2006 it was announced that these would be discontinued owing to difficulties in recruiting members to the Branch committee. Since then, members of the old Computer Branch have spoken at other meetings of the Society.