Last Saturday, the Society was represented at the South West Area Group Family History Fair in Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset. Our allocated table was in an excellent position, right by the door of the main hall. We had information about studies in the south-west of England on display and I was soon engaged in one-place conversations. Many attendees were new to the concept and there was a great deal of interest. I passed on details of registered studies to several people whose ancestors hailed from one of our members’ places. Hopefully some of you will be getting some enquiries and information as a result. A number of people expressed a genuine desire to start a study of their own and we have already swelled our membership as a result – welcome!
The day also provided an opportunity to catch up with other organisations and individuals and keep up-to-date with the latest developments. Member Joss Mullinger was there with his This Way Books stand, as was The Community Archives and Heritage Group, to which some of our members belong. The ‘owners’ of several south-western one-place studies came up to say hello. As I was behind the stand, I did not have the chance to listen to any of the talks but I heard good reports of what was on offer. If you have never been to any events such as this, do think about attending one near you; they are a great way to spend a day with like-minded people.