'A Day in Dartford'

31st AGM and Family History Day
18th April 2009


Technology College


The 31st AGM of the North West Kent Family History Society was held at the new
Dartford Technology College, Heath Lane, Dartford (above) on Saturday 18th April 2009.


This was the programme for the day:

9.30amRegistration and Coffee
10.00amWelcome by the Chairman, Walter Eves
10.15amDavid CufleyTalk by David Cufley: "Where would we be without Vincent, Keyes & Mayhew?"
David is a Vice-President of the Society, well known for his interest in Kent brickmakers and rat catchers. He decided on this occasion however, to treat us to something rather different, an illustrated talk about his three heroes and other social reporters and local historians who have enriched our understanding of our ancestors.
11.45am to 12.30pmAnnual General Meeting

The AGM was attended by the President and 90 members, the main items were as follows: agm 2009
Members assembling in the hall
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The AGM in progress: Jerry Cope (standing in for secretary), Jean Stirk (president), Walter Eves (chairman), Isabel Leslie (treasurer)
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Members browsing the stalls
Minutes of the 30th AGMApproved without comment. You can read them here.
AccountsPresented by Treasurer Isabel Leslie.
Report of the CommitteeA detailed report had already been circulated to members with the March 09 journal and can also be read here. A further Review of Society Activities and Achievements was circulated at the meeting.
Josephine Birchenough Bursary AwardPrizes were awarded in respect of recent journal articles: to Ann Rawlinson (£60 prize); Barry Langridge (£30); also to Margaret Furlonger (£10?).
Honorary MembersNo honorary memberships were awarded this year, but Certificates of Thanks were awarded to Brian Perryman and Geoff Webb in recognition of their work for the Society.
President & Vice PresidentsNo changes.
Election of Society CommitteeNo changes for 2009-10 apart from the retirement of Maureen Wilkins as Society Projects representative, replaced by Bob Woodward. For the current committee, see the Society Officers page.
Any Other Business
A question from the floor concerned the Society's policy towards the depositing of copies of its own publications in the Society Library - the current policy being to allow six months of sales before publications are available for free access at the Library. Apparently some recent publications hadn't been made available after this six month period, which had prompted the question.

This provoked a lively discussion about whether the six-month policy should be extended for certain publications that are selling well, and also whether a look-up service for members based at the Library should be established. If so, this would inevitably involve using the Society's own publications. Votes were taken from the floor, which established that a majority of the AGM attendees were in favour of retaining the six-month period, and also that a majority were in favour of establishing a look-up service. These votes are not binding but may assist the committee, who will discuss the issues further; also as to whether the proposed look-up service should be fee-based.
Raffle Draw
2.00pmMembers chose from the following Workshops and Visits:
  • The Neglected Census   Workshops led by Jean Stirk and Joyce Hoad. The 'Neglected Census' refers to the less obvious censuses and those sources that are in effect a census but not so-called. Jean Stirk tutored family history for twenty years at Adult Education Centres. She is well known for her interest in papermakers and maintains the paper makers index. Joyce Hoad spent 30 years lecturing and teaching family history & palaeography, and now researches various subjects such as John Rolfe / Pocohontas, Barlow Trecothick, plush weavers. She is also chairman and editor of Addington & Shirley Historical Society.
  • A Computer Workshop was led by Dr Allan Stapleton. He demonstrated some of the items of Freeware available on PC magazine cover disks and available for downloading from the web.
  • Hall Place and Gardens visit   Hall Place has an interesting history and has recently undergone a massive renovation. It is now the home of Bexley Museum. The house, garden and museum are open all year round; entry is free. More information is available on the Bexley website.
  • Dartford Town Trail, led by Sylvia Hammond & Janet Rose.
4.00pmRe-assemble for Tea

Photos: Ron Anthony, Steve Archer