BARKING AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2015
Along with other members of the society I attended the 70 th anniversary service (15th January) at the Ripple Hall to commemorate the destruction of St Paul’s Church in 1945. It was a very moving service especially when the Bishop of Barking slowly read out the names of the people who died in the tragedy. The Marquess of Salisbury was also present. The Society provided photographs and undertook research in connection with the anniversary.
We have been given feedback on the meeting between Heritage Lottery Fund officials and the council regarding the East Street regeneration project. The report included the following: The community interest and enthusiasm from the Local History Society, Church and College was clearly evident and the preparations and work you yourself and your team have done was notable. Please do pass on my thanks and those of the HLF team to those who attended the event and who spoke. We really appreciated their input.
Bill George led our team for this project meeting and we are indebted to him (as ever!) for his efforts.
We have three new coach trips booked; Thriplow Daffodil Weekend on Sunday 22nd March, Tiptree Jam Museum and Ingatestone Hall on 7th June and Bletchley Park on 6th September – please see Richard Chapman for further information.
Programme change: our next meeting is on Monday 2nd March when Georgina Green will deliver a talk Plants in the past. The talk by Linda Rhodes on the Ghosts and graves of Barking and Dagenham will now take place on Monday 1st June.
Thursday 5th February Valence House Masterclass: Find my past with Linda Rhodes. 2pm – 3pm. Valence House Museum. Becontree Avenue, Dagenham. Further details telephone 020 8227 2034.
Monday 9th February Talk: Explorers and traders: the Essex Connections, by Georgina Green. 7.30 – 9.30pm. Ilford Historical Society. 7.30pm at the Ilford Hospital Chapel, The Broadway, Ilford Hill, Ilford, IG1 2AT. Non-
Tuesday 10th February Talk: Humphrey Repton of Hare Street, near Romford, by Georgina Green. Friends of Valence House, Visitor Centre, Becontree Avenue. 3pm. Members free, visitors £1.50.
Tuesday 10th February Talk: Jack the Ripper: the suspects, by Mark Galloway. Newham History Society 7.45pm. Conservative Club, Vicarage Lane, E6. Non-
Saturday 14th February Talk: Men of bad character, by Jeffrey Page. East of London Family History Barking branch. 2pm at St. Elisabeth Church Hall, Wood Lane, Dagenham, Visitors welcome.
Wednesday 18th February Talk: Havering Local studies, by Simon Donoghue. Chadwell Heath Historical Society. Wangey Chapel, Wangey Road, Chadwell Heath at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £3.00. Telephone 020 8590 4659 for more details.
Monday 23rd February Talk: Pen to print, by Sylvia Kent. Dagenham Library, Heathway, Dagenham. 1pm – 3pm. Booking essential – telephone 020 8724 3924.
Saturday 7th March. Essex Congress History Symposium. Christcurch, Chelmsford 10am – 4.30pm. Details to follow.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO TAKE A LOOK AT OUR INFORMATION TABLE FOR DETAILS OF MORE EVENTS, FREE LEAFLETS, ETC.
John Blake – Chairman
or telephone 0208 8597 7210