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October 2014

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Steve Rollings from Historypin will give a short presentation on his project work at Valence House before Monday’s main talk.

Our week long anniversary exhibition at Valence House was a great success with a total of 171 visitors. I must thank Bill George for the loan of a number of items including a painting of the Princess Alice disaster, the Barking signal  box visitors’ book and a work by Chadwell Heath artist Glindoni. Thanks also to the following people who acted as stewards during the week: Richard Chapman, Pat Manley, Nigel Harcombe and June and Alan Johnson. Many members visited the exhibition including the intrepid Ella Grimmer who came on three separate  days! I am extremely grateful to Teresa Trowers at Valence House without whom the exhibition would not have taken place.

The recent visit to the St. Albans’ Abbey Flower Festival was a great success – the displays were to a very high standard as was the musical entertainment provided throughout the abbey and its grounds. Many thanks to Richard  Chapman for organizing this trip.

Congratulations to Pat and Doug Simpkins on celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary last month. Well done!

There is a guided visit to Kenwood House, Hampstead arranged for 21st October. Public transport only. Please see the leaflet on the information table for further details  or contact Sylvia Daly on 020 8599 3188.

Our next meeting is on Monday 3rd November when Keith Glenny will deliver our 80th anniversary  talk entitled The Glennys of Barking. Wine, soft drinks and birthday cake will be served after the talk.

Along with June and Alan Johson I was invited to the AbPhab Pop-up Art Gallery at Kingsley Hall on 10th September by Eastside Community Heritage. AbPhab is a youth club  for people with learning difficulties. The standard of the artwork was very high and we were encouraged to participate in a number of creative activities.


4th-5th October Upminster Windmill Open Days. The Mill Field, St. Mary’s  Lane, Upminster, RM14 2QL.

Saturday 11th October CUPCAKE HEAVEN at Valence House Museum: a huge range of baked goods will be on sale to raise money for Great Ormond Street  Hospital. 11am – 3pm. Donations of baked goods will be gratefully received! Please see the information table for more Valence House events.

Saturday 11th October. Talk:Adoption and fostering  1850-1930, by Louise Taylor.  East of London Family History  Barking branch. 2pm at St. Elisabeth Church Hall, Wood Lane, Dagenham, Visitors welcome.

Monday 13th October Talk: Bloody foreigners or welcome visitors? Migrants to Ilford, by Roger Backhouse. Ilford Historical  Society. 7.30pm  at the Ilford Hospital Chapel, The Broadway, Ilford Hill, Ilford, IG1 2AT. Non-members £2.

Tuesday 14th October Talk: One man went to mow, by Pat Elliott. Friends of Valence House, Visitor Centre, Becontree Avenue. 3pm.  Members free, visitors £1.50.

Wednesday 15th October Talk: Our lost boys: researching the names on the World War I memorial in St. Chad’s Church , by Nicky Scowen. Chadwell Heath Historical Society. Wangey Chapel, Wangey Road, Chadwell Heath at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £1.50. Telephone 020 8590 4659 for more details.

Saturday 29th November Friends of Valence House Winter Sale. 10am-3pm. Valence House Museum Visitor Centre.

Now available from Valence House! A new CD-ROM Barking Ancestors: Rippleside cemetery 1886-1902. St. Margaret’s churchyard and monumental inscriptions and Barking 100 years ago by Herbert Hope Lockwood.  Price £5. Would make an ideal Christmas present for history buffs.


John Blake – Chairman  0208 597 7210

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