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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.

 

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.

Explorers and Traders – Essex Connections



Our 2016 programme begins on 25 January with Georgina Green speaking on the subject of Explorers and Traders – Essex Connections. Georgina Green is a well known and respected speaker whose talks are always well researched and interesting.

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.

2016 Programme

The venue for our meetings, myplace, Harold Hill (photograph from London Borough of Havering)

The venue for our meetings, myplace, Harold Hill (photograph from London Borough of Havering)

Our 2016 programme of evening talks is now available. These cover a range of historical subjects, with a particular emphasis on our local area. We do hope you will join us. To view the programme, click here – then add the dates to your diary!

Exciting News

myplace, Harold Hill (photograph from London Borough of Havering)

myplace, Harold Hill (photograph from London Borough of Havering)

The Society has found a new home!

Our meeting on Monday 26 January will be our first at myplace in Harold Hill, when Georgina Green will be speaking to us on Keepers, Cockneys and Kitchen Maids.

Access to the room (the Large Meeting Room) will be from 7.30pm with the formal part of the evening commencing at 8.00pm and all finished by 9.30pm. We would love to see you all there for the inaugural meeting.

For some time the Committee has been very concerned at the ever reducing membership and attendance at Society meetings. The main reason for this decline seems to stem from the diminished lack of parking at Trinity Methodist Church. A location map is included on the Find us page.

After much searching and deliberation the Committee located this exciting new venue at myplace in Harold Hill. It is well located next to the Leisure Centre at Harold Hill on the junction of Gooshays Drive and Dagnam Park Drive by the large roundabout.

There is ample parking – including disabled spaces – either directly outside myplace or at the adjacent leisure centre, just a short well-lit walk away.

myplace is also readily accessible by bus. Routes 174, 294 and 256 all serve myplace – ask for the Leisure Centre. These routes provide direct access from Romford Town Centre, Gidea Park, Harold Wood and Hornchurch.

For those of you unfamiliar with myplace, it was opened in June 2012 at a cost of £4.6m. Although it is listed as a Youth Centre, a number of older groups now also use the building. It is Havering’s first zero carbon building, is well appointed with state of the art equipment, and is fully accessible.

This inaugural meeting will be free to visitors, so do please come and join us. Subsequent meetings will have our normal visitor fee of £2.50 (with free entry to members), but this is taken into consideration if you subsequently join the Society (annual membership £12).

We do hope you will enjoy our new home and we look forward to welcoming you all on 26 January.

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.

Romford Railway, 1830 onward – Jutsums Lane to Junction Road

At our next meeting, on 19 May, we welcome Peter Prior, one of our members, to speak about the Romford Railway, 1830 onward – Jutsums Lane to Junction Road.

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.

(Note that, due to the Bank Holiday at the end of May, this is the 3rd Monday of the month, rather than our usual date of the final Monday.)

Havering Heritage Exhibition of 1988

Spitfire outside The Dolphin, 1988.

At our next meeting, on 28 April, George Saddington, former Chief Librarian of Havering and one of our Vice-Presidents, recalls the Havering Heritage Exhibition of 1988 – described at the time by the Romford Recorder as “the most successful event ever held in Havering”.

For a fortnight in July 1988 over 20,000 people visited the Dolphin Centre to view some 50 displays constructed by local history societies & historians and other organisations re-telling the story of Havering from pre-historic times to the present day.

The exhibition jointly received (with Edinburgh’s Age of the Pharaohs opened by the Queen Mother) a national award for the outstanding museum exhibition of 1988.

The Spitfire? Yes, this was the Mark II Spitfire loaned from RAF Abingdon for the duration of the Exhibition, and it stood proudly on the forecourt of the Dolphin Leisure Centre.

Can any of you remember this Exhibition and were you one of the many people enthralled by the sight of this magnificent aircraft?

Whether you remember it on not, 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.

Photograph kindly supplied by George Saddington.