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February 2013

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Places are still available on the coach trip to the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend on Sunday 17th March 2013. Coach £9.00+£4 entrance fee. Book with Richard this evening or telephone  01708 867500.

Helen Spencer (Local Heritage Information Manager) will give us a brief update on her work before today’s talk by Mark Watson.

Our next talk is on Monday 4th March 2013 when Janet Seward (Ilford and District Historical Society) will deliver an illustrated talk River Roding, the Essex River.

The 3rd Chadwell Heath History Fair will take place at Wangey Chapel, Wangey Road, Chadwell Heath on Saturday 13th  April 2013. 10 – 4.
Admission free. We will have a stall at this event.


The next Chadwell Heath Historical Society meeting takes place at Wangey Chapel, Wangey Road, Chadwell Heath at 7.30pm on Wednesday 20th February with a talk by Norma Jennings on The Women of Romford Market. Visitors welcome £1.50. Telephone 020 8590 4659 for more details.

The next meeting of the Barking Branch of the East of London Family History Society is on Saturday 9th February when Kathy Chater will give a talk on Insanity   at 2pm. St Elizabeth’s Church, Wood Lane, Dagenham. Further details 0208 592 9540.

Living with the Ghosts of the Tower is the subject of a talk by Bryan D’Arcy to the Friends of Valence House at Valence House Visitors’ Centre on Tuesday 12th  February 2pm. Visitors £1.50. Telephone 01708 769946.

The Ilford and District Historical Society’s next talk Seven Kings and Goodmayes: the new Klondyke is on Monday 11th February at 7.30pm at  Ilford Hospital Chapel, The Broadway, Ilford Hill. Visitors welcome £2.00. Telephone 07762 514238.

Dr. Barnardo’s is the title of a talk at the Newham History Society on Tuesday 12th February at 7.45pm. Talks take place at the Didsbury Centre, Didsbury Close,  East Ham. Visitors welcome £2.

A new friends’ group is to be set up at Eastbury House – details to follow.

Borough Archivist Tahlia Coombs is giving a talk at Valence House on Saturday 9th February at 2pm entitled Books and Beyond: J. G. O’Leary : library pioneer.   £2.00 including refreshments.

The next Pathe News archive screening at Valence House is on Thursday 14th February 3pm. The theme is Pathe and Romance. Entry £2.00 (refreshments included).

London’s newest tourist attraction View from the Shard (309.6 metres high) has opened to the public; twelve digital telescopes enable visitors to zoom in on the city below. Open 9am – 10pm . Adults £29.95 children  £23.95. London Bridge Station.

Barking Photographic Society is organising a coach trip to the Living Crafts event at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire on Saturday 11th May 2013. Coach £8.00 entrance to event (not house)  £7.50. Coach pick-ups Eastbury House at 9am and Valence Library at 9.15am. Contact Bryan Tester on 0208 591 1986.

A trip to the Ely Flower Festival on Sunday 23rd June 2013 is being planned. Further details are available from Richard.

The Findmypast database has been added to the programs available in the Local Studies Centre at Valence House:

Learn about your past...and yourself

You can view around 750 million historical records on which hold invaluable details about your past. The  following are some of our key records and how you will benefit from using them:
Find out about the events that shaped your ancestors' lives: search  our marriage and death records
Journey further back in time: search our unrivalled
records collection  to find your ancestors' baptism, marriage and burial records. These records are by far the most important source for family historians before 1837
See where your ancestors lived: our complete
–1911 census collection will paint  a picture of where your ancestors lived, who with and what they did for a living
Chart your ancestors' voyages: use our
records to find out about the foreign lands your family  moved to, travelled to or worked in
Learn about your military ancestors' experiences of war: our extensive
records collection  contains detailed information about both World Wars, as well as many other conflicts such as Waterloo, Trafalgar and the Boer war
Discovering this information paints a vivid picture of your past. Learning about the choices your ancestors made can give  you a sense of how you came to be the person you are today.


John Blake – Chairman      0208 597 7210

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