Sixteen Akehurst researchers attended the Akehurst-er GetTogether, held at The Canterbury Environmental Centre, Kent, on the weekend of 7-8 October 2000.
Our on-site organisers, Richard and Judith Akhurst, selected an excellent venue - the Centre is in St. Alphege's, (pictured above) a 16th Century church in the centre of Canterbury. The atmosphere was very fitting for our gathering. The dates were also expertly chosen - two days after the crippling fuel strike and two days before the major flooding of much of the UK.
Saturday; The weekend commenced with the participants heading off to local repositories to work on collective research projects. After lunch, and the formal opening of the GetTogether, introductions (of self and trees), and a brief demonstration of Akehurst resources, the inaugural meeting of the Akehurst Family History Society was held (reported elsewhere in this edition). The Worldwide Akehurst-er Roll Call demonstrated of the power of the Internet and we were joined, electronically, by a number of researchers overseas who could not be present. After more tree-swapping, it was time for dinner at a nearby pub and lots of talking well into the night.
Sunday, after a demonstration of our Akehurst-er World website and a follow-up Roll Call, our Registrar of Documents Researched explained how to make the most of our knowledge bank. Shelagh Mason, our guest speaker, then enthralled us with her talk on "The role of One Name Studies in family history research" and how she managed to juggle a busy life and a busy One Name Study.
This was followed by more presentations from researchers and swapping of family trees, under the guidance of Morwenna Akehurst, our Keeper of the Trees (KotT). All that remained was to close the proceedings, pass the cameras to the media representative to take our group photographs, grab a quick bite to eat, hold a committee meeting, clean up, and head home ... to catch up on sleep!
Everyone agreed it was a wonderful weekend and we are all looking forward to the next GetTogether
Back Row:David Evans, ?, ?, Richard Akhurst, Judith Akhurst, ?, ?
Middle Row: Norrie Akhurst, Colin Ackehurst, ?, Morwenna Akehurst