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Walton-On-Thames Centre

Please note the change of venue from January 2018

Ashley Church of England Primary School, Ashley Road, Walton on Thames, KT12 1HX

Meetings take place in the hall of Ashley School which is in the centre of Walton.
Parking is available in the school car park – the car park entrance is 50 metres after the main school entrance. Walton on Thames station is about a 20 minute walk away.
For the map click here.

Co-ordinator Tim Williams

Fourth Tuesday in month
Doors Open at 7.15pm. Meeting starts at 7.45pm.


Tue23Oct7.45 pmMount Felix : Uncovered stories from a military hospital in World War 1Nicola Lindsey
Tue27Nov7.45 pmA Victorian Magic Lantern showStephen Beaumont


Tue22Jan7.45 pmThe development of the film industry in WaltonDr Simon Brown
Tue26Feb7.45 pmTracing men and women who served in the World WarsSimon Fowler
Tue26Mar7.45 pmUp with the lark: Agricultural LabourersIan Waller
Tue23Apr7.45 pmWhere are you stuck?/How do I do this?Informal meeting
Tue28May7.45 pmShopkeeper ancestorsSue Gibbons
Tue25Jun7.45 pmThe history and mystery of mapsTony Painter

Forthcoming Meetings

October 23 2018

Nicola Lindsey - Mount Felix : Uncovered stories from a military hospital in World War 1
Mount Felix was a large villa in Walton which was became a New Zealand military hospital in 1915. This talk shares some of the recently uncovered stories about the thousands of wounded soldiers treated there, the medical staff who cared for them, and the impact on the town.

November 27

Stephen Beaumont - A Victorian Magic Lantern show
Entertainment as your ancestors knew it in the 1890s, using original equipment and hand-painted slides. An evening of epic and heart-rending tales, including stories and views from the local area.

January 22 2019

Dr Simon Brown - The development of the film industry in Walton
Dr Simon Brown of Kingston University returns to follow up his very popular talk of June 2017 on Cecil Hepworth, one the great pioneers of the British film industry. This talk will focus on the rise and fall of the Hepworth Studios in Walton between 1911 and 1924.

February 26

Simon Fowler - Tracing men and women who served in the World Wars
Discover how to find out about these brave men and women who fought in the First and Second World Wars. With so many military records online it might appear to be an easy process, but there are many pitfalls and brick walls to avoid.

March 26

Ian Waller - Up with the lark: Agricultural Labourers
Most of us will have agricultural labourers in our ancestry. What was life like for an ‘Ag Lab’? This talk looks at the factors which influenced their lives, and reviews the wealth of records which enable us to learn more about them.

April 23

Informal meeting - Where are you stuck?/How do I do this?
An informal evening focused on how to solve some family history problems.

May 28

Sue Gibbons - Shopkeeper ancestors
Learn more about the reality of your ancestors’ life as a shopkeeper. This talk with tell you about the many sources and the wide range of records that can help you to find out about shopkeeper ancestors.

June 25

Tony Painter - The history and mystery of maps
This talk reviews the history of maps, from early county maps and Ordnance Survey maps to military maps and some cartographic oddities. It also looks at the availability of maps online and their relevance to local and family history, including specifically the Walton area.

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