We were very sorry to hear at our final meeting of the death of our vice-chairman’s wife Helga. Helga did not attend our monthly meetings, but was a regular on our outings. Richard and I attended the funeral at Hainault on 23rd June.
We also received the sad news that member Anthony Richards died on Sunday 6th August. Tony, a former reporter on the Barking and Dagenham Post and a regular contributor to the Post’s letters page, did not attend many of our meetings, but we often corresponded by email. We did not always see eye to eye on issues, but I greatly respected him for being the borough’s heritage champion.
On a much happier note our two lady vice-presidents celebrate their 90th birthdays this year. Dorothy Lockwood celebrated hers on 20th August with a tea party for family and friends at Great Baddow, and Joy Lines reaches her milestone on 23rd September and plans to celebrate with a fish and chip lunch at Southend. Congratulations to them both.
Dorothy has kindly donated sale copies of Bert’s book on Barking Tithes to the Society.
The Society had a stall at the Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park at Mile End on Saturday 1st July along with Newham History Society and Newham Bookshop. It was a gloriously sunny day and the event very well attended; most people agreed that it was the best one yet!
On 16th July we were at the Old Chapel Heritage Fair, Upminster. I am extremely gratelful to Pauline Hague for her help at the event.
The 12th September marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Arthur Hume, composer and organist at St. Margaret’s Church for over 40 years. The Society intends to place flowers on his grave at the Rippleside Cemetery at 11am on the day and if anyone would like to come along please meet at the main gates at 10.55am.
Our next meeting is on Monday 2nd October when Brian Goldsmith delivers a talk on London Oddities.
Saturday 9th September. Talk: Shoreditch tales, by Carolyn Clark. 2pm. East of London Family History Society. St. Elisabeth’s Church Hall, Wood Lane, Dagenham, RM8 2XT. Visitors welcome.
Monday 11th September. Talk: Jane Austen (1775-1817), by Georgina Green. Ilford Historical Society, Ilford Hospital Chapel, The Braodway, Ilford Hill, IG1. 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £3 per meeting.
Tuesday 12th September. Talk: Forest Gate. Newham History Society. 7.45pm. Conservative Club, Vicarage Lane, East Ham, E6 6AD. Visitors welcome £2.
Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th September. ThamesFest by Creative Barking and Dagenham. Barking Riverside. No other details available.
Tuesday 19th September. Talk: Thameside fakery, by Philip Mernick. Chadwell Heath Historical Society. Baptist Church Hall, High Road, Chadwell Heath, RM6 6PP at 7.30pm. Telephone 020 8590 4659 for more details.
Saturday 23rd September. Company Drinks Open House. Old Green Bowls Pavilion, Barking Park. 12 noon – 6pm. The Society will be having a stall at this event.
Sunday 24th September. Costermongers’ Harvest Festival. Guildhall Yard in the City of London, 1.30pm for entertainment. Service in St. Mary-le-Bow Church at 3pm.
Thursday 5th October. Collections Masterclass: The Barking Pageant of 1931. Valence House Museum, Becontree Avenue, Dagenham, RM8 3HT.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 0208 597 7210