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About DFHG

We are a very friendly independent group interested in the study of family, local and social history throughout the Norfolk and Suffolk borders. Some of our members have Norfolk and Suffolk ancestors but many are researching ancestors from all over Britain. Most of our members live in Norfolk or Suffolk but there are those who live as far away as America.

We have run occasional six-week courses on Family History, using a professional tutor, also afternoon workshops on various subjects such as wills, writing and publishing your family history and reading old handwriting. We have also organised outings to historic places. Some reports on talks can be found here.

We provide a twice-monthly illustrated newsletter of at least twenty pages which is emailed to all our members. An example of a newsletter can be found here.

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It is always helpful if members of the DFHG or visitors to this site can contribute to its content. If you could help with transcribing any information, have amendments or additions to existing information, or have, or would undertake, any small project, we are always grateful for this.

We are always looking for constructive feedback on the site and would welcome your comments.

As so many different devices are used to access the internet it is impossible to test all possible devices for errors, especially when searching data - if you could do a small piece of testing for us then please make contact.

To make contact use the Contact page.


We now invite a yearly membership subscription with renewal on 1st October each year.

Full membership - Subscription charge £12 per year. ( £18 for two people sharing the same address.)

Friends of DFHG - we also have a subscription charge of £8 per year for those who live too far away or for other reasons are unable to attend our meetings.

For more information please make contact using the Contact page.


The following are scheduled meetings with speaker/subject details. For more information on any of the meetings please make contact Contact.

21 Dec 2022 - Christmas Meeting - The Group’s Christmas Meeting this year will be on 21st December, at 2:00p.m., held at Diss Bowls Club and we will have a Special Christmas Afternoon Tea, some entertainment and fun. We will be charging £5 per person. Members will get a free raffle ticket and of course, you may buy more! Cost for visitors will also be £5 each. Bring as many friends as you like but please let us know by the end of November how many will be in your party so that we can organise the catering.

18 Jan 2023 - “Life in Medieval England” (Mike Wabe)

15 Feb 2023 - “WW1 Spies and spy stories in Norfolk” (Steve Smith)

11 Mar 2023 - DFHG HISTORY FAIR AT Roydon Village Hall 10am-4pm

15 Mar 2023 - “Whistlecraft”. (Pip Wright). The interesting history of a local family.

19 Apr 2023 - “From Poacher to Pillar of Society”

Past meetings:

16 Nov 2022 - “Mills on a stick” (Andrew Tullett). Introduction to the various water and wind mills depicted on Village Signs. Brief history of mills in general and some details of each of the featured mills.

19 Oct 2022 - “Remembering, Researching and Writing” - Jill Wright will lead us through her ‘lockdwn project’ to present her family history.

12 Oct 2022 - SPECIAL. Workshop ““A Little Learning. Exploring Records of Schools and Education” (Tutor: Rosemary Steer)

21 Sep 2022 - “Twangs to Bangs (Archery to Fire power)” (Mike Wabe)

17 Aug 2022 - “Poor Law & Settlement” (Simon Pawley)

20 Jul 2022 - “The Dereham Zepplin Raid” (Steve Smith) - Story of the Zepplin raid on Dereham in 1915

15 Jun 2022 - “The Story of Lopham Linen” (Jennie Vere)

18 May 2022 - “Terror in the Night – 1953 North Sea Surge” (Michael Holland)

20 April 2022 - “Fred Rolfe, King of the Norfolk Poachers” (Charlotte Paton)

16 Mar 2022 - Identifying and Dating Victorian Photographs (Tom Doig) - Diss Bowls Club. 1.45 for 2 p.m.

16 Feb 2022 - “The Dereham Zepplin Raid” (Steve Smith) - Diss Bowls Club. 1.45 for 2 p.m.

19 Jan 2022 - “The Unsavoury Tale of Elijah Snelling from Tivetshall” (Nick Woods) - Diss Bowls Club. 1.45 for 2 p.m.

12 Jan 2022 - House Meeting (at Roydon) - please make contact for more details or to book a place

15 Dec 2021 - CHRISTMAS MEETING – DFHG Members only

17 Nov 2021 - “HOUSE DETECTIVE – Researching the History of Your Home”. Speaker Stephen Poulter is the author of a number of local history books, researching the history of a 17th century cottage over 300 years. The processes involved will enable anyone to set out on their own journey of discovery. Diss Bowls Club, Fair Green. Doors open at 1.45 p.m. and talk starts at 2 p.m. Cost £3 per member - £6 per visitor, includes refreshments.

20 Oct 2021 - “THE WIDOW KETT” - Alice Kett, in costume, tells us the story of her husband Robert who was hanged as a rebellious traitor in 1549. Diss Bowls Club, Fair Green. Doors open at 1.30 p.m. and talk starts at 2 p.m. Cost £3 per member - £5 per visitor, includes refreshments.

08 Sep 2021 - Our free house meetings are now at an end and we will be re-starting our regular house meetings with a Theme – the cost is £5, including tea/coffee and home made cakes. The first will be at Wendy’s house in Roydon at 2 p.m. on Wednesday 8th September. The Theme will be “Show and Tell”- tell about the research progress you have made over these last months and see what others have done. As always space is limited so please book your place as soon as possible.

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