The venue for our meetings, myplace, Harold Hill (photograph from London Borough of Havering)
Our 2017 programme of evening talks is now available.
Sadly, the future of the Society is in some doubt due to a declining membership (as well as rising costs). We have therefore taken the decision not to schedule a full year of talks at this stage – although we hope to be in a position to add more as the year progresses.
Nonetheless, we do have an interesting and entertaining programme of talks planned for the first few months of the year, and we do hope you will join us.
To view the programme, click here – then add the dates to your diary!
At our next meeting, on Monday 31 October, Dagenham Local Studies Librarian and author Linda Rhodes will be speaking to us on Scandals at sea: sad tales of Barking’s fishing apprentices.
Please do join us to learn more about the times when Barking was the busiest fishing port in the country.
Visitors are very welcome; the entrance fee for non-members is £2.50. The Society meets in myplace in Harold Hill – for information about meeting times and how to find us, click here.
Unfortunately October’s talk on Tales of the Scaffold by Dr Ian Browne has had to be cancelled.
We are very grateful to Linda Rhodes for stepping in at the last minute to give her talk on Scandals at sea: sad tales of Barking’s fishing apprentices.
A message from Havering Libraries:
Building on the successful volunteer led Digitisation Project, Havering Local Studies Centre has three new and exciting roles for volunteers: Local Studies volunteer; Family History Volunteer and Publicity volunteer.
Just click here for more information and complete the registration form at the top left of the web page to tell us which roles you might be interested in. All volunteers will receive training as part of their role.
Since 2012, Professor Ged Martin has contributed a regular local history column to the Romford Recorder.
He has collected together around 130 of these columns into a book-length file, Havering History Cameos, which is available (for free) here.
Subsequently, Professor Martin has published a further 25 columns (which first appeared in the Romford Recorder between November 2015 and June 2016) as More Havering History Cameos, available here.
Alternatively, got to www.gedmartin.net, click on Martinalia and scroll down to find the links to the collections.
Each column was written to around 540 words, and designed to stand alone, so the collection can be dipped into.
Both collections can also be searched by key words to locate stories about districts within the Borough.
Raphael Park 1901–1905: The Making of Havering’s first Public Park
On Wednesday 20 July, Simon Donoghue, Havering Libraries’ Local History Librarian, will be giving a free illustrated talk entitled Raphael Park 1901–1905: The Making of Havering’s first Public Park.
The talk will take place at 2.00pm in the Community Room next to Raphael Park lodge.
Space is limited, so please book your place by ringing Havering Parks and Open Spaces on 01708 434743 or emailing Parks@havering.gov.uk.
Woolly Mammoth (in the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, Canada).
The next talk, on Monday, 27 June, is entitled The Kenningtons Mammoth. Our Speaker is Susan Yates who is Chairman of Thurrock Historical Society.
She was only a schoolgirl when, in July 1964, bones of a woolly mammoth were found by an amateur geologist, John Hesketh, in a field off Sandy Lane, Aveley, whilst Tunnel Cement were excavating their clay quarry.
It was a unique find, the only one in western Europe, an almost complete skeleton. It would have been about 12ft high, weighing 7 tons, and had 1½ curly tusks which grow to 15ft long, and would have lived in a cold climate.
Please do join us to learn more about this discovery. Visitors are very welcome; the entrance fee for non-members is £2.50. The Society meets in myplace in Harold Hill – for information about meeting times and how to find us, click here.
Image by Flying Puffin (Mammut Uploaded by FunkMonk) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.
At our next meeting, on 23 May, Stephan Raindle will be telling us about Havering’s Amazing Eccentrics – Past and Near Present.
Please do join us for what promises to be an intriguing and entertaining evening. Non-members are very welcome. The Society meets in myplace in Harold Hill – for information about meeting times and how to find us, click here.
Romford Football Club Volume 3: 1945–1959
This third instalment of John Haley and Terry Felton’s monumental history of Romford FC begins with its rebuilding after World War Two and goes through to the decision to turn professional in 1959.
We re-live the most glorious day in the club’s history – appearing in the 1949 FA Amateur Cup Final against Bromley at Wembley in front of over 94,000 spectators.
Statistics include first team, reserve team, A team and minor team results, line-ups, goal scorers, league tables, attendances and gate receipts. Club archives such as minute books, annual reports and photographs give us behind-the-scenes news and views.
Plus a 24-page 1949 Amateur Cup special feature.
- How speedway nearly made it to Brooklands in 1948 – scuppered by just one vote! We also find out about 1930s speedway team the Romford Rommers.
- Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal ‘A’ teams all beaten as Romford lift the East Anglian Cup amid euphoric scenes.
- Romford’s FA Cup giant-killing over Gillingham on live TV in 1948.
- Brooklands closed by the FA due to hooliganism.
- A record crowd of over 17,000 at Brooklands for a Cup replay.
- The big question debated in the boardroom – stay amateur or turn professional?
(Text from the back cover.)
Available from Swan Books Upminster, Amazon and ‘all good bookshops’.
Victorian Cranham and the Boyd School
On 25 April John Phillips will be speaking to us on the subject of Victorian Cranham and the Boyd School.
John has published a book of the same name, which is available from Swan Books, Corbets Tey Road, Upminster.
John’s talk will be preceded by a short AGM, postponed from last month.
Please do join us. Non-members are very welcome. The Society meets in myplace in Harold Hill – for information about meeting times and how to find us, click here.