THE FIFTH HARDS FAMILY REUNION 1996


Extracts from previous Newsletters.

Issue 25 - January 1997

We enjoyed fine weather and a good attendance at Brighton last July for the Fifth Hards Family Reunion. Scotland was represented by Douglas Hards from Glasgow, and Beryl Hillman from Orkney: and Wales by Debbie Suffield and family from Newport: other members came from Peterborough, Bury St Edmonds, Didcot, and Hampshire, as well as many from Essex, London, Surrey, Kent, and Sussex. Unusually, there was no-one from overseas this time, but good wishes had been received IIona and Peter Hards in Munich, Joy Mullen in New South Wales, Vicki Alsop in Queensland, and Loo Hards in Western Australia: we thank them for all their kind messages.

Altogether about a hundred people (of all ages) attended, although many were not able to stay for long so that our spacious rooms were never really thronged. However, it was good to meet Debbie Suffield, whose articles about the memorable Grace matilda had appeared in three newsletters; Joyce Langley and Diane Savage, who are researching their Hardes family; Christine Field, who wrote in our last issue about her research that has connected her with a much larger chart; Elsie Hards and family, who supplied the material for the Steyning Grammar School article of a year ago; Lilian and John Hards from Croydon, who had celebrated their Golden Wedding a year or so previously; and many others too numerous to mention.

We are most grateful to Rita and Fred Hards at Brighton for their preparation before the day, including local adverts and publicity (notices in Mature Tymes and the Sussex Family Histroian are both known to have brought recruits), and particularly for the impressive tombola stall that Rita organised and ran, making a valuable contribution to the day, socially and financially. The various displays round the hall were set up by Fred, and his demonstration of the Pedigree family history computer program he uses also attracted a lot of interest.

Mary, Chris, Joanna, and Roger, with charts, photographs, and Society records were all kept busy, while the Sussex Family Historian bookstall provided another attraction. Throughout the day Molly did indispensable work at the kitchen counter, keeping everyone supplied with refreshment. Our grateful thanks to all these who contributed to make the day a success. Thank you too all who brought gifts for the tombola stall - and to those who persistently patronised it until it was virtually sold out by the end of the afternoon. A few new members joined us, some charts were extended, and a few new ones set up or consolidated, but most of all it was a pleasant social accasion. The only regret is how quickly a Reunion goes by, and how little time there seems to talk to everyone.

The Editor