Duty, Destiny & Disaster

Despite the summer rain yesterday evening – we held our first public walk and talk entitled Duty, Destiny and Disaster in the old cemetery.

Margaret C, a member of the Folkestone Family History group had mentioned that her group would love to have a talk by one of our members telling them about the work and research we are doing in the old cemetery. Because of Covid considerations, we thought this talk would be better given outdoors – so instead of a history talk we devised a history walk and talk.

Carole M, one of our volunteers spent some time creating a walk through the old cemetery that was interesting, not too long and safe for walkers, bearing in mind that the ground is uneven and there are rabbit holes here and there – and the Duty, Destiny and Disaster walk was ‘born’.

It being an August summer evening, of course, it rained – and we weren’t sure that anyone would turn up – but we had a lovely group of about 20 people turn up, perfectly dressed for the wet weather, carrying umbrellas – and the walk went ahead. To support Carole who led on this walk – 6 volunteers also had turned up and we marshaled the group safely around the paths.

Carole talked about commonwealth war graves, VC recipients, air raid victims, members of the aristocracy, nuns and vicars and many other interesting characters during the 45 minute walk.

Thank you Margaret C for bringing this lovely friendly group to find out more about this interesting cemetery, and a big thank you to Carole M for researching and completing our very first public walk and talk.

We will be developing more ‘walk and talks’ over the months – so if you are interested in Folkestone history please do keep your eye open for notices of coming events. > > > > we are ready to go with: ‘From Fleets to Fliers’ and ‘Magic, Mystery and Mayhem’ as well as ‘Murder, Mystery and Misfortune’ – and more.

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