SCLT Public Presentation Team Visit Westbury Family History Society


Thursday 25th January 2018, has seen SCLT volunteer Ashley Jones attending the monthly meeting of the Westbury Branch of the Wiltshire Family History Society at the Westbury Methodist Church on Station Road, Westbury in Wiltshire.


The Family History Society welcomes anyone who is researching Wiltshire roots and for all family historians living in and around Wiltshire. The Society was founded in 1981 and has a membership of around 2000 throughout the world.


The Society's aim is to encourage the study of family history, including both Wiltshire ancestry of people world-wide and world-wide ancestry of Wiltshire residents. It aims to provide contacts between members by regular meetings and through the quarterly Journal published in January, April, July and October. Members not only research their ancestors by name but, by using all available information, seek to build up a complete picture of the people in the setting in which they lived. As the Society consists of a friendly mixture of complete beginners and experienced family historians there is every opportunity for beginners to receive encouragement in their researches.


At the conclusion of his visit, Ashley commented, “Tonight I have delivered one of our most popular enrichment presentations on the British Honours System to the good folks of the Westbury Family History Society, but, as ever, I have taken the opportunity to also discuss senior safety and especially the dangers of frauds and scams and the many ways in which these issues may enter our lives.


It has been a pleasure to present my keynote session on the Honours System to this extremely attentive and knowledgeable audience, who asked some really thought-provoking questions. This was exactly the reason why we introduced our series of enrichment lectures about 4-years ago, as we were seeking to reach out to groups who may not traditionally seek to arrange a senior safety presentation, but would benefit from a visit and some information in conjunction with a professional enrichment lecture on a variety of hugely entertaining subjects”


Following the presentation, the Westbury Family History Society spokesperson commented, “Thank you very much for coming and giving us such an interesting talk. It was certainly enjoyed by everyone I spoke to afterwards and many have expressed an interest in hearing more of your talks. So, if you are happy to come, I will be in touch again”


Every member of the audience received a personal copy of the award-winning Senior Siren magazine, the free, periodical publication of the SCLT Charity, which offers tips and advice around staying safe in later life, as well as a variety of other lifestyle articles and puzzles, recipes, etc. to make life a little more colourful, regardless of age. Read the latest copy by clicking the 'Senior Siren' tab at the top of the page.