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Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Blackmore: Centenary Commemoration to include History Talk


For King and Country: Blackmore during the First World War

Sunday 11 November 2018 will be a significant day in the life of this country because it marks 100 years since the end of the First World War.  At 11 o’clock that day millions of people will pause, stand around local War Memorials, to remember the cessation of hostilities in which over 888,000 lives were lost.

Blackmore is commemorating the weekend with a remarkable and moving tribute by covering the exterior of the church and the path leading from the Lych Gate with thousands of poppies.  Something like 4000 poppies form the commemoration, which have been handmade by many volunteers.

The Church Flower Guild will also be providing a beautifully themed Flower Festival.  

Also in preparation is a talk about the life and times of the people of Blackmore during the First World War.  The talk will be held on Friday 9 November.  It will be free, followed by tea and coffee.  There is will a retiring collection.

The Church will be open to view the Remembrance Displays from Thursday 8 November to Tuesday 13 November. Times daily 10.30am – 4pm except Sunday, 12.30 - 4.00pm, and Tuesday 10.30am – 12.30pm.

The Remembrance Sunday service will begin, as usual, at 10.45am at the War Memorial continuing at The Priory Church of St Laurence after the observance of two minutes’ silence.

In commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War

For King and Country: Blackmore during the First World War

The Priory Church of St Laurence, Blackmore
Friday 9 November
7.30pm

A talk by local historian Andrew Smith
which will include photos and extracts from diaries, letters etc.

Monday, 27 August 2018

11 November 2018: The Centenary of the end of the First World War

Sunday 11 November 2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War.  It is a significant event in this country's history.  As local historians how will you be marking and commemorating this event where you live?  Do please contact us so that we can publicise your event.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham. ReadFest 2018 this September


Lisa, from the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham - in the ancient historic county of Essex - writes to ESAH:

I would like to invite members to our annual reading festival. This year's we are celebrating Women and Activism. To help us do this we have a great line up. Lucinda Hawksley will be joining us and also Dr Janina Ramirez. If you would like a copy of this year's brochure and details for free tickets to all events,please feel free to email me and I can send one over.  https://OfficialPentoPrint.eventbrite.co.uk

Monday, 6 August 2018

Discovering Historic Houses in the Maldon District. Monday 17 September 2018. 7.30pm


'Discovering Historic Houses in the Maldon District': the talk will be held at West Newlands Farm Bradwell Road, Southminster CM0 7LL.  It is between Steeple and St. Lawrence on the right hand side of the road heading towards Bradwell and is accessed by a farm road where the road takes a right angle turn to the north.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Essex Local History Meetings: August to December 2018


Essex Local History Societies’ Meetings (August to December, 2018)

Thursday, 16th August
Clacton and District Local History Society. 7.30 p.m. Pier Avenue Baptist Church, Clacton-on-Sea.
Vic Miller, “A green coat and a furry hat”: The Ladies of the WVS.

Wednesday, 5th September
South Woodham Ferrers Local History Society. 8 p.m. Champions Manor Hall, 94 Hullbridge Road, South Woodham Ferrers.
Lord Petre, The History of the Petre Family.

Thursday, 6th September
Hedingham Heritage Society.  7.45 p.m. The Memorial Hall, Castle Hedingham.
Richard Humphries, East Anglia and the Silk Industry.

Monday, 10th September
Billericay Archaeological and Historical Society. 8 p.m. Venue?
Louise Reed, Fanny Kemble actress/anti-slave campaigner
Stebbing Local history Society. 8 p.m. Village Hall, Stebbing.
Claire Willetts, The History of Crittalls.

Tuesday, 11th September.
Halstead and District Local History Society. 7.30 p.m. Baptist Church, Hedingham Road.
Richard Thomas, “The Royal Gunpowder Mills”.

Wednesday, 12th September
Elsenham Village History Society. 8 p.m. Elsenham Memorial Hall.
Terry Ward, “Station to Station”: A look at the Cambridge Main Line to Bishop’s Stortford.

Thursday, 13th September
Rayleigh Town Museum. 7.30pm
David Williams, Slavery and the City.

Wednesday, 19th September
Leyton and Leytonstone Local History Society. 7.45 p.m. St John’s Church, corner of Leyton High Road and Church Lane.
Neil Houghton, Competitive Church Buildings, the Anglican Church.

Thursday, 20th September
Clacton and District Local History Society. 7.30 p.m. Pier Avenue Baptist Church, Clacton-on-Sea.
Simon Gallup, “Unknown Constable Country”.
Halstead and District Local History Society. 7.30 p.m. Baptist Church, Hedingham Road.
Nick Sign, Servants in Suffolk Country Houses c.1700 to c.1900.
Newport Local History Group. 8 p.m. Church House, Newport
Peter Minton, Bulmer Bricklands.

Friday, 21st September
Waltham Abbey Historical Society. 8 p.m. Baptist Church, Paradise Road, Waltham Abbey.
Helen Gibson, The Templars and their barns: Cressing Temple.

Wednesday, 26th September
Saffron Walden Historical Society. 7.45 p.m. Friends’ Meeting House, High Street, Saffron Walden.
Andrew Everett, An Early Railway Station Architect – the Life, Times and Works of Sancton Wood 1814-1886.

Saturday, 29th September
Historical Association (Essex branch). 2.30 p.m. Trinity Methodist Church, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford.
Vic Gray, Building Utopia in Purleigh; the rise and fall of a late-Victorian dream.

Tuesday, 2nd October
Jaywick Local History Society. 7 p.m. Golf Green Hall
Simon Gallup, Lavenham, Dedham and the cloth trade.

Wednesday, 3rd October.
South Woodham Ferrers Local History Society. 8 p.m. Champions Manor Hall, 94 Hullbridge Road, South Woodham Ferrers.
Charlotte Harding, Braintree silk-making and the families who worked at Warner Textiles

Monday, 8th October
Billericay Archaeological and Historical Society. 8 p.m. Venue ?
Gary Egerton, The History of Colchester

Thursday, 11th October
Rayleigh Town Museum. 7.30pm
Ted Woodgate, Rayleigh Rural Radicalism in the nineteenth-century.

Tuesday, 16th October
Fordham Local History Society. 7.30 p.m. (?) in the Village Hall
Wendy Shepherd, ‘Women your country needs you’.

Wednesday, 17th October.
Leyton and Leytonstone Local History Society. 7.45 p.m. St Mary’s parish church hall, Lindley Road.
Carol Harris, Safety and Numbers.

Thursday, 18th October
Chingford Historical Society. 7.30 p.m. St Peter and St Paul Church, Chingford Green.
Neil Houghton, Gunpowder Paper and Leather: the Story of Chingford and Walthamstow Water Mills.
Clacton and District Local History Society. 7.30 p.m. Pier Avenue Baptist Church, Clacton-on-Sea.
Norman Jacobs, “Nora Timmens”
Halstead and District Local History Society. 7.30 p.m. Baptist Church, Hedingham Road.
Phil Lyons, The Wild West goes East.
Newport Local History Group. 8 p.m. Church House, Newport
Mark Bills, Gainsborough House, Sudbury.

Friday, 19th October
Waltham Abbey Historical Society. 8 p.m. Baptist Church, Paradise Road, Waltham Abbey.
David Stevenson, The Road to 11th November, 1918: How the First World War was ended.

Wednesday, 24th October
Saffron Walden Historical Society. 7.45 p.m. Friends’ Meeting House, High Street, Saffron Walden.
Malcolm White, Saffron Walden 1945-2000.

Saturday, 27th October
Historical Association (Essex branch). 2.30 p.m. Trinity Methodist Church, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford.
Catherine Fletcher, The Divorce of Henry VIII: an untold story from inside the Vatican.

Wednesday, 7th November
South Woodham Ferrers Local History Society. 8 p.m. Champions Manor Hall, 94 Hullbridge Road, South Woodham Ferrers.
Roger Johnson, ‘The Murder at Moat Farm’.

Monday, 12th November
Billericay Archaeological and Historical Society. 8 p.m. Venue ?
Steve Newman, Metal Detecting. Part 2.
Stebbing Local history Society. 8 p.m. Village Hall, Stebbing.
Peter Layzell, The Essex Regiment in the First World War.

Thursday, 15th November
Clacton and District Local History Society. 7.30 p.m. Pier Avenue Baptist Church, Clacton-on-Sea.
Francis Boardman, “Suffragettes: a Media War”.
Halstead and District Local History Society. 7.30 p.m. Baptist Church, Hedingham Road.
David Austin, The Vikings.

Friday, 16th November
Waltham Abbey Historical Society. 8 p.m. Baptist Church, Paradise Road, Waltham Abbey.
James Lewis, The Great Stink and a Little Bit more.

Tuesday, 20th November
Takeley Local History Society. 6 p.m. Roseacres Primary School.
Bob Ogley, The Great Storm of 1987.

Wednesday, 21st November
Leyton and Leytonstone Local History Society. 7.45 p.m. Leyton 6th Form College (Room HE4), Essex Road, Leyton.
David Boote, The Home Front in Leyton and Leytonstone 1939-1945.

Thursday, 22nd November
Newport Local History Group. 8 p.m. Church House, Newport
Ken Worpole, We are not afraid of the Future: Communitarian settlements in Essex 1880-2018.

Wednesday, 28th November
Saffron Walden Historical Society. 7.45 p.m. Friends’ Meeting House, High Street, Saffron Walden.
Clare Mulley, The Women who flew for Hitler.

Saturday, 1st December
Historical Association (Essex branch). 2.30 p.m. Trinity Methodist Church, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford.
Joanna Story, Treasures from the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.

Monday, 10th December
Billericay Archaeological and Historical Society. 8 p.m. Venue?
Anita Maria Sackett, Victorian Christmas – Pagan Origins.

Thursday, 13th December
Chingford Historical Society. 7.30 p.m. St Peter and St Paul Church, Chingford Green.
Morna Daniels, The Origins of Fairy Tales.

With thanks to Christopher Thompson for preparing this list.