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It has been another busy year for the society and its committee.

Our President, Bill George, has continued to work very hard on our behalf in many ways and is in the process of upgrading our website, which he created several years ago. Bill represented the Society at the funeral in February of Frank Tingey, one-time  prominent member.

I must again pay tribute to Richard Chapman for organising the coach outings, which are very enjoyable and have greatly helped to raise our profile. This season we have been to Dickens Summer Festival in Rochester, Salute to the 1940s  weekend at Chatham, the Christmas Dickens Festival in Rochester and the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. The four trips currently on offer are all fully booked.

Pat Manley, Vice-chairman, recently organised a very successful London walk for us around the Blackfriars area.

As chairman I represented the society at Essex Congress meetings, the Dagenham Girl Pipers reunion in September, the Christmas carol concert on Dagenham Village Green in December, the 75 th  anniversary of Valence Library in January, the Marks Gate History Project meeting in February.

We have had stalls at the following events/venues: Family and Local History Fair at Valence House (May), East of London Family History Society AGM at the Sarah Bonnell School Stratford (January), the Barking Learning Centre (April), the Chadwell Heath  History Fair (April). We also provided a quiz and display at the request of the Metropolitan Police for a safety week event in Dagenham.

As usual, I have a number of other people to thank for their help with the smooth running of the Society over the past year including the Vice-Presidents, Dorothy Lockwood and Joy Lines, who have continued to support the Society in a number of ways. The  Catering team led by June Johnson has kept us watered and fed as usual. Nigel Harcombeb continues to work hard as our welcoming Membership Secretary. Irene Flitcroft does a sterling job selling raffle tickets at our talks and I must again thank all those  members who have donated prizes. Tom White continues in his role as Publicity Officer ensuring that the local libraries display details of our events. Please forgive me if I have left anyone out!  

John Blake, Chairman

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