Bedfordshire Family History Society

PO Box 214, Bedford MK42 9RX
Patron: Dr Colin R Chapman MA, CEng, CSci, CChem, FEI, FNucI, FRSC, FRSH, FSG
President: Pamela Birch
Registered Charity Number 281677



Update, 23rd September 2020

Coronavirus regulations have changed and continue to change. They continue to strongly affect what we can do as a Society.

We remain committed to keeping as many as possible of the Society’s activities running. Below is a summary of the situation at present, i.e. 23rd September.

  • We have now held two Members’ Meetings by ‘Zoom’ video conferencing and we have more planned, including our delayed AGM. Remember, this allows members from any distance to join in.
  • Video recordings of our ‘Zoom’ meetings are being made available to members on our web site (subject to the agreement of the speaker).
  • We still don’t know when we will be able to return to the traditional way of holding Members’ Meetings. We had already decided that it would not be before Christmas. The UK Government’s announcement yesterday (22nd September) makes it look unlikely that it will be before April.
  • Planned outings have been cancelled or plans held in abeyance.
  • Family History Federation is running a virtual event, ‘The Really Useful Family History Show’. Mary Wooldridge, our researcher, will be ‘manning our stall’ online. This will be a new experience for us.
  • The ‘traditional’ Family History Fairs we had planned to attend this year have all been cancelled.
  • Work to photograph and index Funeral Directors’ Records is continuing.
  • Work to photograph “Mary Phillips’s notes” has been suspended for now. Those notes already photographed are available in the Members Only area of this web site.
  • The June and September Journals were completed on time and were sent out in printed and emailed formats.
  • Sales of Parish CDs etc. continue but with delays. We need a volunteer to take over this role from me. • Our research work for members and other customers continues. Email
  • Royal Mail has reopened its service point so our Post Office Box address is now working.
  • The Committee is still conducting its meetings by video conference and expects to do so for some time. This has allowed us to welcome our Journal Editor from Wiltshire and our Webmaster from the USA as ‘observers’.

I again encourage all members who have an email address to make sure that they have provided it to the Membership Secretary and that they have made sure that it is up to date. You will then receive invitations to the ‘Zoom’ Members’ Meetings and any urgent information.

Noel Evans, Chairman 23rd September 2020

Brian Payne