Category Archives: Meetings

Scandals at sea: sad tales of Barking’s fishing apprentices

 

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.

The Kenningtons Mammoth

Woolly Mammoth (in the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, Canada).

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.

Jackie Raggett

Image by Flying Puffin (Mammut Uploaded by FunkMonk) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

 

Havering’s Amazing Eccentrics – Past and Near Present

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.

Victorian Cranham and the Boyd School

Victorian Cranham and the Boyd School

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.

Suttons Farm – Birth of an Airfield

Sopwith Pup aircraft 189 from night flying squadron at Sutton's Farm

Sopwith Pup aircraft 189 from night flying squadron at Sutton’s Farm

On 29 February, Dennis Lynch from Havering Museum will give a talk entitled Suttons Farm – Birth of An Airfield.

Please do join us to hear more about what eventually became RAF Hornchurch. 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.

Photograph from Romford Recorder articleFirst World War centenary: Bravery of Sutton’s Farm’s pilots commemorated by museum.

History of Epping Ongar Railway

Epping Ongar Railway GWR 4900 Class 4953 Pitchford Hall

Epping Ongar Railway GWR 4900 Class 4953 Pitchford Hall

We return from our summer break on 28 September with a talk on the History of Epping Ongar Railway by Rodger Green.

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the Epping Ongar Railway, which began in 1865 with the building of a single-track extension to the Great Eastern Railway between Loughton and Ongar. Increased usage on the line later led to the building of double track between Loughton and Epping. 

Reduced passenger numbers led to a reduced service from the mid 1960s and eventual closure by London Transport on 30 September 1994. The Epping Ongar Railway is now run as Essex’s Longest Heritage Railway.

If you’d like to hear more about the history of the railway, please do join us. Non-members are very welcome. The Society meets in myplace in Harold Hill – for information about how to find us, click here.

Rodger Green will also be selling copies of a book produced for the 150th anniversary celebrations: ONGAR 150, a history of the line from 1865 until 2015 in words and photos.

To find out more about the Epping Ongar Railway, see their website.

Photograph by Matthew Black from London, UK (GWR 4900 Class 4953 Pitchford Hall) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The History of Morris Dancing

Illustration of William Kempe Morris dancing from London to Norwich in 1600.

Illustration of William Kempe Morris dancing from London to Norwich in 1600.

The topic of our next meeting, on 29 June, is The History of Morris Dancing, with Julian Whybra.

Julian Whybra is a very well respected speaker and has been much enjoyed by our members in recent years.

Coupled with a long history, we shall be truly entertained by the earliest known and surviving English written mention of Morris dance, which is dated 1448. While the earliest records invariably mention ‘Morys’ in a court setting, and a little latter in the Lord Mayors’ Processions in London, it had adopted the nature of a folk dance performed in the parishes by the mid 17th century.

We should be well entertained and learn a lot about the history of this form of entertainment which is so much a part of the current English folk scene.

Please do join us. Non-members are very welcome. The Society meets in myplace in Harold Hill – for information about how to find us, click here.

The History of the Bata Shoe Company

Bata Shoe factory, East Tilbury, Thurrock.

Bata Shoe factory, East Tilbury, Thurrock.

The topic of our next meeting, on 18 May, is the History of the Bata Shoe Company.

In 1933 a factory was opened on the Essex Marshes at East Tilbury by the Bata Shoe Company. This company was based in Czechoslovakia and had been founded by Tomas Bata, who was killed in 1932 in a plane crash.

Over the next 70 years Bata was an important part of the local economy and an international community grew up on the Bata estate. Houses were built for the workers by the company.

We welcome speakers Mike Tarbard and Paul Addington who will bring the history of this area of Thurrock to life.

Please do join us. Non-members are very welcome. The Society meets in myplace in Harold Hill – for information about how to find us, click here.

Photo (“Derelict factory – geograph.org.uk – 208117“) by David Williams. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

A Day in the Life of a Thames Tug

Thames tug "General VIII", 2009.

Thames tug “General VIII”, 2009.

At our next meeting, on 30 June, we welcome a highly recommended speaker, Richard Thomas, who will be talking to us about A Day in the Life of a Thames Tug.

Please do join us. Non-members are very welcome. The Society meets in Trinity Methodist church hall – for information about how to find us, click here.

Photo by Glyn Baker [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.