Death of Vice-President Miss Joan Harrison, aged 93
Death of Vice-President Mrs. Mary Blake, aged 74
Garry Wykes, retired Warden of the Crown Jewels, gave a talk on 6th February to the Society entitled Treasures of the Tower of London to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Week long exhibition Our Past/Your Past at Valence House Museum to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Society (in conjunction with the Chadwell Heath Historical Society celebrating its 20th anniversary). The exhibition was officially opened by Barking's President, Bill George. 171 people visited the event.
Launch of our 80th anniversary season with a talk by Bill George on Frank Tingey's drawings. Bill's booklet of the same title was also launched. The guests included Elizabeth Kangethe, the Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, members of the Tingey family, Dorothy Lockwood, Michael Wand and Philip Petchey. Buffet and drinks followed.
Unveiling of the Becontree Mural at Valence. In his speech artist Chad McCail praised society members for the help they gave while the design was under discussion.
80th anniversary talk The Glenny family of Barking delivered by Keith Glenny at Harp House, Barking. There was also a book signing by Sylvia Kent (Barking and Dagenham from old photographs).
Bill George, President and John Blake, Chairman, jointly received an English Heritage partner award plaque from Elizabeth Kangethe, Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, in recognition of the society's contribution to the Heritage Schools Programme at the Heritage Schools Showcase at the Broadway Theatre, Barking. John Blake was interviewed and filmed by the English Heritage film crew prior to the event.
Society hosted visit to Barking and Dagenham of Michael and Rosemary Turner from Australia. Michael being the grandson of composer and organist Arthur Hume.
Society marked the centenary of Arthur Hume's death with a short ceremony at Rippleside Cemetery where Bill George gave an address and flowers were laid on the Hume family grave.