The Balchin Family Society is a non-commercial organisation, run by family members.

The Society exists:

  • to promote and make available research into Balchin Family History
  • to organise Gatherings and Meetings
  • to produce and circulate a Family Newsletter
  • to assist Members of the Society to trace their family history.

The Society’s main activities are:

  • the publication of a twice-yearly Newsletter

Two issues are sent out per year, in January and July;

Extracts from some of the articles which have appeared in the Newsletters can be viewed by clicking here. Others include:

Mary Balchin and Her Runaway Spouse; A Camberwell Murder Mystery (victim Clementina Balchin);

Evacuation to Royal Windsor; Evacuees Experiences in WW2; Two Balchins of Keymer, West Sussex;

The Mystery Submariner (A Balchin traced from a photo album); The Five William Balchins of Hassocks; The Hartley, Kent, Womens’ Institute and the Balchin Family; Eric Graham Balchin of Windsor 1926 – 2004.

Series of articles: Admiral Sir John Balchin, 1669 – 1744;

Balchin Houses: Vanhurst, Thorncombe Street, Bramley; Cedar House, Cobham, Surrey;

Balchin Authors: Nigel Balchin, Dr Frank Kenneth Balchin, Dr John F Balchin;

Births, Marriages and Deaths (regular item); reports of the annual Gatherings.

  • the organisation of an Annual Gathering

Gatherings are held each autumn in Surrey or nearby, a location traditionally linked with the origins of the Balchin family. Members and other invited guests give talks on various topics related to the interests of the Society’s members. A Balchin archive, family trees, photographs, and copies of relevant documents are on display, and there is time to inspect these and make contact with other members sharing ancestry or a particular interest, and if needed to seek advice on research. There is often a guided visit to local sites associated with past generations of Balchins. The AGM is part of the Gathering.

For information on past gatherings click here.

  • research into family history

We research into family history from the 1500s to the present. A current project is to transfer a family tree from a large scroll to computer, to make it easier to find information, and more accessible to members.

We do hope that you will be interested in the Society’s programme, and that you will join us and enjoy participation in our activities. Please pass this information on to any other members of your family who may wish to know about the Society.

To join the Society, please read the Balchin Family Society Constitution, complete the membership form and send it with your subscription to:

Membership Secretary, Colin Balchin, 41 Rowhill Avenue, Aldershot, Hants GU11 3LS, England