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Richard Hooker
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Dear All


As I am sure you are aware, like so many others,the society has had to suspend its normal activities but we will be back as soon as possible.

During these times there are things we can all spend some time on, both to help pass the time and which could be of assistance to building a resource for future times and generations, both personal and community.

This is a good time to  go through all those family photographs and make sure they all have names, dates and locations on them so that they provide a good family record, especially for children and grandchildren. You may know it is Aunt Aggie but would anyone else if you were not available. Whilst doing this if you  think some of them could be recorded in the BDHS archive then please send them  to John Reynolds at [email protected] or telephone him on 830384. Please provide as much information as possible for each photograph.

Also when you have the time please jot down memories of your community and also how it has changed. For example what school was like when you went and who you remember on the staff and fellow schoolchildren from the area; memories of the shops and shopping and also how it has changed, and other aspects of life, especially if they relate to our area. As well as telling members of your family and friends we would appreciate it if you could let us (John Reynolds or David Wood) have a version for the society's archive. It is surprising how this could bring back other family memories as well as telling the younger members about their personal family history. If possible, where they relate to our "patch", please let us have your memories, thoughts and photos by e-maill but if not please contact us or post them at some stage (details below) .

There are some of you who  are or might want to develop their family trees. If help is required then John will endeavour  to provide you with some support. Ideally you need your own computer/laptop or tablet and be  able to access the internet.  If anyone is interested in doing this please telephone John and likewise anyone able to offer to assist John in this please also contact  him.

We wish to keep as much dialogue going as possible during these difficult times so that when we return to normal business we can be ready to develop new ideas for  meetings and possible research. There is, of course, no reason why you should not pick on a particular person, location or event relating to the area we cover, for your own research.

We will continue with our e-mail note from time to time with information and any items which may be of interest. If you find anything on the web or elsewhere which might be of interest to members do please let me know so that I can circulate to help pass the time!!

In this context I am attaching an article one of our members had sent to him which illustrates what is happening elsewhere.


Do take care of yourselves.

David Wood



Mese House

Gravel Castle Road


Canterbury CT4 6LG