New location from January 2017
From January 2017 the Chester Group will be holding its monthly meetings at a new location and switching back to the last Thursday of the month. The new venue is the church hall at All Saints Church, 2 Vicarage Road, Hoole, Chester CH2 3HZ. The church is on the left hand side of Hoole Road coming into Chester from the M56 and A41. The entrance to the church hall and carparking area is behind the church and access is immediately on the left off Vicarage Road. Meetings start at 7.30 pm and dates for 2017 are 26 January, 23 February, 30 March, 27 April, 25 May, 29 June, 27 July, 28 September, 26 October and 30 November. Click here to download a copy of this year's programme.
Meetings are open to all members of the Family History Society of Cheshire and visitors are always very welcome. There is an entry charge of £1.50 for members and £2.00 for visitors.
Most meetings feature a speaker on an aspect of family history or local interest. As well as a talk, there is a family history help desk and the opportunity to discuss family history topics with other members. Many members have particular areas of knowledge on family history or experience with using computers and the internet for family history. There is also a raffle and free tea, coffee and biscuits are available at the end of the meeting.
From time to time the group hosts a bookstall run by the Family History Society of Cheshire and arranges visits to places of local or historical interest.
We are continuing to hold public help desks at the Chester History and Heritage Centre at St Michael's Church, Bridge Street Row, Chester CH1 1NW, every Tuesday and Friday from 10 to 12 am and 1 to 4 pm. There is also help available at Storyhouse in Chester from 10 till 12 every Tuesday as well.
So, if you are a newcomer to family history or are looking for some local knowledge or have run up against a brickwall or would like some help on a computing or internet aspect of family history, just ask. There is always somebody who would be pleased to help.