The Romany and Traveller Family History Society for the descendants of gypsies, travelling Showmen and other travellers holds it annual open day on Saturday 19 March, 11am to 4pm, at Freshbrook Community Centre, Worsley Road.
The open day is held in different parts of the country every year, so this a unusual opportunity to discover if you have Romany blood within your family.
There will be displays of photographs and Romany crafts, research material and a bookstall. There is free admission for society members; £1 for non-members. Entry includes a cup of tea/coffee.
Society membership secretary Beverley Walker from Shaw, Swindon, wondered if Channel 4s ‘Big Fat Gypsy Weddings’ will attract raised interest in Romany culture. "The majority of our members are descended from Romany travellers and have no experience of the lifestyle. But those who have had that experience were upset by series because the families featured were Irish travellers who have a very different cultural background from Romany Gypsies."
For details mail society membership secretary Beverley Walker (nee Jackson): email@example.com
Pictured Gerald Loyd Jackson & Rachel Penfold, Beverley’s maternal grandmother. She was born circa 1869 in Portsmouth, Hants, the daughter of William Penfold & Priscilla Thompson. Beverley’s father Alfred Henry Jackson, born 1896, is the boy in the middle at the front. Beverley is one of his younger children from his second marriage, hence the age difference.