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May 2017

Chairman's Notes
BARKING AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
www.barkinghistoricalsociety.co.uk
MONTHLY NEWSLETTER MAY 2017

SOCIETY AND OTHER NEWS

Bill Law, one of the Societies stalwarts, died last month; Bill had been a long-time member of the Society until ill health prevented him from attending meetings. Dorothy Lockwood, one of our vice-presidents, emailed to say that she had much respect for him as “a true Christian and someone genuinely interested in the history of Barking”.

The Society is having a stall at the Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park at Mile End on Saturday 1st July. This is a popular open day with lots of attractions. 12noon – 5pm.

We still have a few seats left on our next coach trip!  On Sunday 25th June we will be visiting the Hemingford Abbots Flower Festival. £20 (includes coach and entrance fee).  Coach leaves Sainsbury,  Chadwell Heath at 9.45am and 10am Barking St. Margaret’s. Telephone Richard on 01708 867500. £5 deposit is required to secure a seat.

Richard is working on three other coach trips – the Open Museum of Kent Life for the hopping and harvest event on Sunday 10th September 2017, Waddeston Manor Christmas market on Sunday 26h November 2017 and the 50th Thriplow Daffodil Weekend on Sunday 18th March 2018 – watch this space for further details.

The final meeting of the Romford Historical Society took place recently; it had been founded in the 1950s and was once a thriving society with over 200 members. I also understand that the Hornchurch Historical Society has ceased to function.

Our next and final meeting of the season is on Monday 5th June when Roger Smith will be giving a talk Air war over Essex, 1915-1918.

EVENTS

10th February – 3rd September. Interactive Exhibition: Tunnel: the archaeology of Crossrail. Museum of London Docklands, West India Quay, London, E14 4AL.

Tuesday 9th May Talk:London City Livery Companies, Kathy Lancaster.  Newham History Society. 7.45pm. Conservative Club, Vicarage Lane, East Ham, E6 6AD. Visitors welcome £2.

Saturday 13th May. Talk: History through the Thames sailing barge, by Keith Lovell. 2pm. East of London Family History Society. St. Elisabeth’s Church Hall, Wood Lane, Dagenham, RM8 2XT. Visitors welcome.

Tuesday 16th May. Talk: The history of Pearly Kings and Queens, by Doreen Golding.  Chadwell Heath Historical Society. Baptist Church Hall, High Road, Chadwell Heath, RM6 6PP at 7.30pm. Telephone 020 8590 4659 for more details.

Saturday 20th May. Family History Help Desk, East of London Family History Society researcher. 10am – 4pm (closed for lunch 12.30 – 1.15). Local Studies Centre, Valence House. Free and no booking required.

Sunday 28th May and Monday 29th May. The bloodier battle of Valence- a civil war re-enactment. Valence House and Park, Becontree Avenue, Dagenham. Please note that the whole Valence site will be closed on Saturday 27th May to enable preparations for the event to take place.

Thursday 1st June. Collections Masterclass: Everybody out! Trade unions and strikes. Local Studies Centre, Valence House. 2pm. Free and no booking required.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE INFORMATION TABLE AT OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS FOR DETAILS OF MORE EVENTS, FREE LEAFLETS, ETC.

John Blake – Chairman barkinghistorical@hotmail.com     0208 597 7210


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