The Huguenots of Spitalfields, a charity set up by the boundlessly energetic Charlie de Wet, has announced its closure.

I have files and files of notes I took on Huguenots of Spitalfields outings.  I reckon the first one I went on was in 2014, but 2015 was a really big year when I flitted about in Spitalfields as if my life depended on it.

Christ Church, Spitalfields where one of my ancestors was buried © Huguenot Jo


I’m personally indebted to Charlie for making every event I attended such fun, and I’ve tried my best to weave what I learnt into my tiny-scale, personal story in this blog.

Far more than background information and inspiration, however, the charity gave me hours and hours of entertainment, and – before the pandemic – a chance to meet hundreds of other descendants of Huguenots from all over the world.

I’ll dedicate another blog to a proper tribute another time.  For the moment, take it from me: I’m gutted.

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