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October 2012

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Helen Spencer, recently appointed by English Heritage as Local Heritage Education Manager (Barking and Dagenham) was present at our last meeting; this evening Helen will give  a short presentation on her role before the start of Jonathan’s talk.

Bill George, our esteemed President, was featured in the Barking and Dagenham Post on September 12th in a full page article based on last month’s talk to the Society Images of old Barking. A copy is on the information table if you missed it.

The coach trip to Dickens World was very enjoyable although there was some disappointment that the river tour of the site was not available, but we had great fun in the Victorian classroom where a number of our members were forced to sit  in the corner wearing dunces caps. Many thanks to Richard for arranging this.

Richard Chapman is now taking bookings for a 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.

The Society had a stall at the hugely successful Local and Family History Fair at Valence House on Saturday 15th September; even the Mayor stopped by to purchase a book from us. Many  thanks to Pat Manley, Richard Chapman and June Johnson for their help in welcoming visitors.

Our next meeting is on Monday 5th November when Linda Rhodes will deliver an illustrated talk Scandals at sea: sad tales of the Barking fishing apprentices.


Local historian John Barfoot will be at the Valence House Visitor Centre on Tuesday 6th November (2pm-3.30pm)  to talk about his new book Memoirs of a little blighter: 1934-1946, which explores his early life Barking and Ilford. Admission free, no need to book.

Valence is also hosting another of its screen archive sessions on Thursday 18th October at 2pm when you can watch old clips of Pathe newsreels as well as local footage from the archives.  £2.00 per person (with refreshments). Telephone 020 8227 2034 for more details.

Barbara Norcaro will be giving a talk on Valentines Mansion to members of the Chadwell Heath Historical Society at Wangey Chapel, Wangey Road, Chadwell Heath at 7.30pm on Wednesday 17th  October. 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 13th October when Jef Page will deliver a talk George Scharf, artist-London  1820-50.  St.Elizabeth’s Church, Wood Lane, Dagenham at 2pm. Further details 0208 592 9540.

The unusual experiences of a paramedic  is the title of a talk by John Newmeir to be given to the Friends of Valence House at the Valence House Visitors Centre at 2pm on Tuesday 9th  October. Visitors welcome £1.50.  Telephone 01708 769946 for further details.

Over 130 works of art from the Valence House collection can now be viewed on the BBC Your Paintings website:

An Essex lad roams around Aldborough Hatch is the subject of a talk by Ron Jeffries  to the Ilford and District Historical Society on Monday 8th
October  Ilford Hospital  Chapel, The Broadway, Ilford Hill. Visitors welcome £2.00. Telephone 07762 514238.

Sir Billy Butlin is the subject of a talk Hi di Hi at the Newham History Society on Tuesday 9th October at 7.45pm. Talks take place at the Didsbury Centre, Didsbury  Close, East Ham. Visitors welcome £2.

Valence also recently created its own facebook page see:

John Blake – Chairman
             0208 597 7210

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