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April 2012

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Tomorrow, April 3rd, we are having a promotional table on the ground floor of the Barking Learning Centre  in the Town Square 10am – 3pm.

We had a full coach for the trip to Thriplow on the 18th March. Despite a chill in the air, it was a very enjoyable occasion; many thanks to Richard Chapman for organising  it.

The coach trips for The Forties Family Day at Bletchley Park (of Enigma machine fame) on Sunday 27 th May, Dickens World at Chatham Maritime on Sunday 16 th  September 2012 and Bury St, Edmunds Christmas Fayre on Sunday 25 th November 2012 are heavily booked – we have about ten seats left on each one. Booking forms available on  the information table.

Pat Manley is doing a guided Blackfriars (leisurely) walk on Friday 20 th April.  Meet at Blackfriars underground station 7pm (9pm finish). Booking form is in on the information  table.

Our next meeting is Monday 14 th May when the AGM takes place and will be followed by a Jubilee quiz and light buffet.


Valentine’s Mansion in Valentine’s Park, Ilford is holding its annual May Fair on Saturday 19 th  May 11am – 4pm.

Chadwell Heath Historical Society's next talk is Julian Whybra’s The Lion Cubs: Henry VIII’s children on Wednesday 18th April. Wangey  Chapel, Wangey Road,  Chadwell Heath. 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £1.50. Further details 0208 590 4659.

The next meeting of the Barking Branch of the East of London Family History Society is on Saturday 9th April when Meryl Catty will be giving a talk Family History at your Fingertips . Salvation Army Hall, Ripple Road, Barking 2pm. Further details 0208 592 9540.

The next Friends of Valence House Book Sale at Valence House Museum, Becontree Avenue, Dagenham will be on Saturday 28th April 10am-3pm. Telephone 020 8227 2034 for further details.

Chlorofrom and Crime is the title of a talk by Linda Stratmann to be given to the Friends of Valence House at the Valence House Visitors Centre at 2pm on Tuesday 13th  March. Visitors welcome £1.50.  Telephone 01708 769946 for further details.

Newham History Society’s next talk is on Tuesday 17th April with Tricia Moxey’s The Lost Gardens of Wanstead House.  Didsbury Centre, Didsbury Close,  East Ham, E6 2RX. 7.45pm. Visitors £2.00.

Havering Library Service is hosting a talk on the Romford Workhouse at Romford Central Library, St. Edwards Way on Thursday 26th April at 1pm. £2.50 library members,  £3.00 non-members.

Saturday 5th May is World War II Day at Eastbury Manor House, Eastbury Square, Barking. There will be displays of memorabilia and guns. The Dagenham Girl Pipers and Royal British Legion  will be appearing at 2pm.

The Second Chadwell Heath History Fair takes place on Saturday 14th April at the Wangey Chapel, Wangey Road, Chadwell Heath 10am – 4pm. Admission free. We will be having a stall  at this event.

The annual classical concert in the Barking Abbey ruins is on Saturday  2nd June 7.30pm – 10pm. Admission free.

The 50+Show takes place at Olympia 12th – 14th July. The show covers all aspects of life for the over fifties  including travel, finance, leisure, arts, health, insurance, etc. If you would like tickets please give me your details.

The Local Studies Centre at Valence House Museum has produced a series of collection guides – they cover the topics such Thames and fishing, sport, local newspapers and English counties. Copies are available in the centre.

John Blake – Chairman

            0208 597 7210

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