40th Anniversary Celebration
Over 250 people attended our very successful anniversary event on the 28th April. Colin Chapman, President of the GFHS, welcomed and thanked many people before cutting a magnificent cake hand-crafted by our Vice-President Liz Jack.
The archive tours and the talks were a particular favourite with people. Lots of people said how much they enjoyed meeting old friends, chatting to people, seeing the new facilities, browsing the stalls and being in the lovely surroundings.
Raffle winner John Eastwood is presented with his prize by Barbara Osbourne.
The three talks were all fully booked. Thanks to presenters Jenny Eastwood (Starting Your Family History), Amelia Bennett (Introduction to DNA and Family History) and Nick Barratt (Family History in the Future) for their excellent presentations.
Feedback from people attending was very positive. Comments included –
‘Excellent day. Very interesting & informative. DNA talk was fascinating & mind boggling! Will be back to use this amazing facility. Gloucester's hidden treasure!’
‘Excellent organisation, very friendly members! Good cup of tea!’
‘A lovely facility. We look forward to using it in the future’
Very well organised. Thanks to W.I. An excellent day out
Delicious refreshments were provided by Highnam W.I. and included sandwiches, home made sausage rolls, mouth-watering cakes and of course fresh pots of tea and coffee.
Very special thanks to Andy and Janette Sysum and the team that organised this very special event.
We are also very pleased that as a result of the anniversary event social media activity on our Facebook page has increased by more than 500%. Most of our tweets are also seen by around 500 people, sometimes as many as 1,000.