For the record - Previous Meetings:
12th November 2016 at Astor Community Theatre 2.15pm
Deal - A Town Full of Pubs. Illustrated talk by Andrew Sargent on Deal and the Drinking question in Victorian Deal. There is a summary of the talk here. The theatre was full.
10th/11th September 2016 - Heritage Open Weekend.
With Deal Society we had 17 venues open of historic importance in Deal including the Old Walmer Manor House and the cellars at the Clarendon Hotel showing remains of the Flame Barrage System (WW2). A total of 1600 people were counted, agregating the events together.
13th/14th September 2012 at Deal Town Hall (Friday 2pm-6pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm)
Heritage Open Days (national event). Deal Town Hall will be open free to the public to look at the architecture of the building and special history exhibitions. The AHRG researching group will be showing the results of their study. 'Charitable Giving' is a major theme 18 new sheets and some collected material shown from previous years.
25th (SAT) May 2013 - OPEN LECTURE at DEAL TOWN HALL 7.30pm
We have a guest speaker on a topic that will be of great interest to Deal people:
First World War Diaries of Sister Edith Appleton given by Dick Robinson.
Edie, who was born in Deal and lived in Golden Street, served in Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service in Northern France throughout WW1, often near the Front, where she wrote an amazing daily journal.
Dick Robinson, Edie’s great nephew gives the talk, which is fully illustrated and includes extracts from the diaries read by Dick’s wife, Lisa. There is a book and a website. What lifts the diaries from an almost unendurable catalogue of horrors is Edie’s ability to switch from the grinding ghastliness to a genuinely joyous, exuberant appreciation of the natural beauty around her. She was a robust walker, and a lover of rugged coastlines, and whatever the season every spare moment off-duty was used to tramp around the glorious countryside sketching the views, revelling either in summer flowers or wintry storms.
There is space for an exhibition so the doors open at 7.00pm for viewing with the talk starting around 7.30pm. Tickets price £3 for non-members are available from the Tourist Information Desk at the Landmark Centre, Deal or from 01304 367711.
If you have artifacts from WW I that you are willing to let us display in this exhibition / talk please get in touch with us.
13th (SAT) April 2013 - OPEN LECTURE at DEAL TOWN HALL 7.30pm
Our second talk to the people of Deal - ASPECTS of DEAL LOCAL HISTORY by Alan Buckman, Chairman of AHRG.
There have been many topics researched since the last talk so there will be plenty of interest. There is space for an exhibition so the doors open at 7.00pm for viewing with the talk starting around 7.30pm. Preliminary list of topics includes:
- Mid 17th century Deal, St Leonards church and community.
- The diarist Samuel Pepys and family connections with Deal.
- The start of Deal Borough - its Incorporation and early Orders.
- Gallery of images of Deal through time.
While we are in the fantastic Court Hall we will probably talk about the building (dating from 1803).
Tickets price £3 for non-members are available from the Tourist Information Desk at the Landmark Centre, Deal or from 01304 367711.
15th September 2012 at the Astor Community Theatre 2-4pm
Local History Drop-In Centre, first meeting.
We are able to do searches for you with records we have and can accept requests to do some digging. We, however, can also record your memories, photographs, postcards and other documents with equipment purchased from the CRT grant we received earlier this year. The aim is to build a more complete picture of the local area.
12th September 2012 Club Business Meeting at the Astor Community Theatre 7pm
Progress on our CRT grant project.
Local history items to be recorded.
Programme for training sessions.
Members current research.
7th/8th September 2012 at Deal Town Hall (Friday 2pm-7pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm)
Heritage Open Days (national event). Deal Town Hall will be open free to the public to look at the architecture of the building and special history exhibitions. The AHRG researching group will be showing the results of their study 'DEAL 1660 - 1750' and collected material from previous years.
Further explananation sheets will be available on other recently researched items within the building.
AHRG members will be on hand to answer queries.
26 panels were exhibited, 12 from this year research, 4 shown at the Jubilee event, 2 hatchments and 8 from previous research.
Just under 300 members of the public attended this year.
27th June 2012 Club Business Meeting at Astor Community Theatre 7pm
Club business meeting to plan the autumn programme of training. These will be open to non members on payment of fees.
Topics to be covered will include 'Interviewing Techniques', 'Massaging images', 'Massaging Oral recordings', 'Using Spreadsheets', 'Creating Databases' 'Use of equipment - scanner, oral recorder, camera' etc. It is intended these will be free to members to count towards the Coalfield Regenration Grant we have been awarded. We will also allocate people to visit contacts for debriefing.
14th June 2012 Results from Jubilee party at Astor Community Theatre 7pm
We shall be showing the exhibition, running part of a 1950s DVD and talking about the reminiscenses gathered so far.
Members and guests.
2nd June 2012 Jubilee Party at Astor Community Theatre 2-4pm
Tea party for local residents to celebrate the Coronation / Accession Golden Jubilee anniversary. Organising committee includes Deal Town Council, Deal Rotary, Inner Wheel, Addelam History Research Group, the Astor Theatre and Deal's own Story teller, Roisin Murray. Come along if you can remember the 50's and would like FREE Tea / Cake, Scone, Jam & Cream. A chance to see a small exhibition, talk to Gregory Holyoake, see and feel 1950's items and meet characters willing to record your stories. Music and picture show. Contact Lorna Crow of Deal Town Council 01304 361999
26th May 2012 Spring Celebration at St Leonard's Church, Deal 2-5pm
Spring Celebration at the Church with an exhibition of the Hatchments and tours by Sue Buckman and an in depth tour of the Church. Sue will have four further hatchments researched with full biographical information. There is a lot of new work with mysteries solved. St Leonard's Church, Upper Deal.
24th May 2012 Training on 'Interviewing Techniques' at Astor Theatre, evening
Tutor - Roisin Murray. In preparation for the June 2nd Party. There will be more in the Autumn.
14th April 2012 Training workshop - "Controlling Your I.T." at St Leonard's Church Social Centre 2-4pm
Alan Buckman is leading the group and will cover various items to do with getting the best out of your computer and running through topics for skills training to help you. There are 12 computers on hand at the Landmark Centre but if you can bring your own laptop then it can be checked out during the session.
If this goes well there is a possibility of organising a second session to iron out more problems that people have.
It will cost £3.00 per person to members of AHRG and £5.00 to non-members of AHRG. There is a useful set of documents created out of this to remind you of the techniques and procedures on the AHRG private website for members only.
17th, 31st March 2012 Workshop on Tithe Maps at Kingsdown Village Hall, morning.
Held by Ian Williams. Concentrating on the small community in Kingsdown in 1840s.
For background look at Populating the tithe map