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March 2013

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Two seats 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.

We have a further three coach trips on offer – Ely Cathedral Flower Festival on Sunday 23rd June, Capel Manor Gardens and Vintage Vehicle display on Sunday 8th  September and the Dickensian Christmas Festival at Rochester on Sunday 8th December. Booking forms are on the information table.

Pat Manley is doing another guided walk for us on Friday 7th June and the theme is The Great Fire of London. No need to book, just turn up! £5 per person. Meet  at Monument Station (Fish Street entrance) 6.30pm.

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.

There is currently an exhibition of teddy bears at Valence House where my own teddy is sharing space with one belonging to Society member Margaret Nicholls; both bears survived Hitler’s bombs!

Our next meeting is on Monday 8th April 2013 when Carolyn Clark makes a return visit to give a talk on the History of Plastics.


The next Chadwell Heath Historical Society meeting takes place at Wangey Chapel, Wangey Road, Chadwell Heath at 7.30pm on Wednesday 20th March with a talk by Neil Morley on The Great Fire of London and the Blitz.  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 March when Paul Blake will give a talk on Lloyd-George, Domesday  and the National Farm Survey  at 2pm. St Elisabeth’s Church, Wood Lane, Dagenham. Telephone 0208 592 9540 for further details.

The Comic side of being a paramedic’s long suffering wife is the subject of a talk by Ann Newmeir to the Friends of Valence House at Valence House Visitors’ Centre on Tuesday 12th  March at 2pm. Visitors £1.50. Telephone 01708 769946 for further details.

Clare Sexton will be giving a talk Ordinary and extraordinary women of Barking and Dagenham: a talk for international women’s day at the Valence House Visitor Centre on Friday 8th  March 3pm – 4pm. £2 (refreshments included). Among the women Clare will be featuring is Madge Carter, one-time Chairman of our Society whose diaries are deposited at Valence House.

The next Friends of Valence House Book Sale is on Saturday 13th April 10am – 3pm at the Valence House Visitor Centre.

The Ilford and District Historical Society’s next talk Before the lamps went out - the way we were on the eve of the First World War, by Janet Seward, is on Monday 11th  March at 7.30pm at Ilford Hospital Chapel, The Broadway, Ilford Hill. Visitors welcome £2.00. Telephone 07762 514238 for further details.

Food in the East End is the title of a talk by Dr. Katy Petit at the Newham History Society on Tuesday 12th March 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 and the inaugural meeting takes place at Eastbury Manor House, Eastbury Square, Barking at 4pm on Saturday 9th March 2013.

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.

Bryan Tester also has a coach trip to Canterbury on Saturday 29th June leaving Eastbury at 8.30am and Valence Library at 8.45am; booking details as above.

The Essex Archaeological and Historical Congress History Symposium 2013 takes place on Saturday 23rd March (10am – 4.30pm) at the United Reform Church, Chelmsford; the theme is Essex Homes Through the Ages, and speakers include Mark Watson (Barking and Dagenham Heritage Service). Booking forms are available on the information desk.

Among Heroes: the artist in working Cornwall is an exhibition currently at Two Temple Place, near Temple underground station, and is well worth a visit just to see inside the extraordinary late Victorian mansion built for the American  millionaire William Waldorf Astor. Mon, Thurs, Fri and Sat 10am – 4.30pm, Wed 10am – late, Sunday 11am – 4.30pm, closed Tuesdays. Admission is free and the exhibition runs until 14th  April.


John Blake – Chairman
0208 597 7210

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