The society started in 1985 when a few avid collectors of local postcards, photographs and books suggested that a local history group be formed. The inaugural meeting was on Monday 14th October 1985 at Dover College Junior School Hall in Shorncliffe Road with the first illustrated talk was given by the late Rev. Alan Gibson on Builders & Architects in Victorian Folkestone in November of the same year.
The society puts on a series of interesting local history talks throughout the year which are attended by an average of between 70 and 80 people. Refreshments are available at these sociable evening meetings and they are a great way to meet other likeminded people. Outings and dinners are also organised for the members. In October 2010 the society celebrated its 25th anniversary with a dinner for members at Folkestone Bowls Club and last year’s exhibition on the Folkestone's Victoria Pier & disappearing churches attracted several hundred visitors.
Wednesday 5th June 2013 'Some Mother's Son - A family album's poignant story' by Peter Ewart - at Holy Trinity Church Hall, 7.30pm.
Help Wanted - WW1
In readiness for the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 next year, Lesley Bellew from the Kent Messenger is looking to put together a commemorative supplement and is looking for someone in Kent to interview who had a relative who fought in the war and walked down the Road of Remembrance on their way to France. She can be contacted at the newspaper, or we can forward any contact on to her.
Discover Folkestone's WW1 History
There are two forthcoming events being organised by Step Short and Folkestone School for Girls that should be well worth attending. Firstly on Friday 7th June at 6.30pm starting from The Metropole is a free guided walk. Then on Sunday 9th June between 10.30am and 3pm at 5 key locations on The Leas, the remarkable story of Frontline Folkestone will be brought to life with period costumes showing the work of the WAACs, Nurses and Soldiers. The Queen's Own West Kent Regiment will be the special guests of the day too.
Where To Find Us
Meetings are now held at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Sandgate Road, on the 1st Wednesday of the month (7.30 p.m. for 8.00 p.m. start). Please see the Programme of Events for more details.
Annual Membership Fees: Single £10.00: Family £18.00) However non members are also welcome to attend the meetings - admission £2. If you wish to find out more, please come along or email: Alan Taylor
Website last updated 21st May 2013