Sadly, we have to record the deaths of two ladies well known to many of our members – Laura Finch and Lesley Humphrey. Laura, one-time member of the Society, lost her battle against cancer during the summer and Lesley, stalwart of the now defunct Friends of Valence House, died suddenly in hospital last month. The Society was well represented at Laura’s funeral. Lesley’s takes place tomorrow at the Forest Park Crematorium, Hainault at 12 noon and afterwards all are welcome at the Royal British Legion Hall, Collier Row.
On 21st June a large group of members visited Postman’s Park near the Museum of London and we were joined by Dr. John Price, Head of History at Goldsmiths College, University of London, who gave us a talk on the Watts Memorial.
Bill George has written to the Mayor of London expressing our deep concern about the proposed building of three tower blocks behind Abbey Green.
The Society had stalls at the Tower Hamlets Cemetery Fair in June, Eastbury Manor House in July and Valentines Mansion in August.
The coach trip to the Ely Flower Festival in June was a huge success and our thanks must go to Richard Chapman for all his hard work in organising this and all the other visits to places of interest. The next trip will be on Sunday 2nd December for the Dickensian Christmas Festival and Market at Rochester in Kent. Details to follow shortly.
I attended the official opening by Councillor Carpenter of the new nursery at Kingsley Hall on July 12th.
The Society’s quiz team was in action at Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club in July which was in aid of the Royal Naval Association.
Bill George has produced a revised 2nd edition of the Frank Tingey drawings booklet, which was funded by the Tingey family. Copies are usually priced at £2.50, but members may purchase copies for 50p.
Our next meeting will be on Monday 1st October when Brian Goldsmith will deliver a talk entitled London through the lens.
Saturday 8th September. Talk:Stairway to heaven: the Bethnal Green Disaster 1943, by Joy Puritz.East of London Family History Society Barking and Dagenham Branch. St, Elisabeth’s Church, Wood Lane, Dagenham, RM8 2XT.
Monday 10th September. Talk: 1948-2018 In good health? 70 years ofthe NHS, by Jef Page. Ilford Historical Society. 7.30pm. Gloucester Room. Ilford Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, IG1 1EA. Visitors welcome £2. Telephone 07762 514238 for further information.
Tuesday 11th September. Talk: Sports:Wanstead Flats. Newham History Society. 7.45pm. The Club, 1, Vicarage Lane, East Ham, E6. Visitors welcome £2.
Sunday 16th September. Event: Company Drinks Harvest and Local Food Fayre. 12 noon-6pm. Outdoor Bowls Pavilion, Barking Park (enter by main gate in Longbridge Road). The Society will have a stall at this event.
Tuesday 25th September. Talk: The Fanshawe family in Tudor and Stuart times Show, by Linda Rhodes and Deirdre Marculescu.Chadwell Heath Historical Society. Baptist Church Hall, High Road, Chadwell Heath, RM6 6PP at 7.30pm. Telephone 020 8590 4659 for more details. Visitors welcome £2.
Thursday 4th October. Event: Close encounters: Dagenham Village. 2pm. Valence House Visitor Centre, Becontree Avenue, Dagenham, RM8 3HT. Free – all welcome!
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