Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Harlow New Town commemorates 127 men who died in First World War.

Pleased to take a short time out from the office to read a tribute to Alfred Edgar Seymour who was killed in 1917 and remembered on the Old Harlow War Memorial. He was one of 127 in the now Harlow New Town area to be commemorated in film. I will voice-over the place where his parents lived: Bury Road. One man will be remembered daily commencing 11 November. https://www.harlow.gov.uk/sites/harlow-cms/files/files/documents/files/WW1%20Booklet%202018%20FINAL.pdf

Monday, 29 October 2018

Essex Industrial Archaeology Group AGM & Study Day. Saturday 10 November 2018

A Sub-Group of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History          
Email address: essexiag@gmail.com

Saturday 10th November 2018
from: 11 am to 3.30pm
at: Colne Valley Railway, Yeldham Road,
Castle Hedingham CO9 3DZ
Programme for the day
10.30 to 10.50am: Arrival and booking in.
11 am: Welcome by Tony Crosby, Chairman of Essex                                                     Industrial Archaeology Group followed by Annual Meeting
11.30am: A talk about the historical context of the former Colne Valley and Halstead Railway by Paul Lemon
11.50am: A talk about the various industries along the route of the former Colne Valley and Halstead Railway during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by Adrian Corder-Birch
12.10pm: The history of the preserved Colne Valley Railway by Nick Ellis
12.30pm: The vision for the future of the Colne Valley Railway Preservation site and museum by Paul Lemon and Nick Ellis
1 to 2pm: Lunch – Light refreshments are available on site including tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits, but otherwise members are invited to bring picnics.
2 to 3.15pm: Tour of the site to be led by Nick Ellis with train ride on Diesel Multiple Unit by Paul Lemon
3.30pm: Members are requested to leave the site by 3.30pm please

The Essex Industrial Archaeology Group (EIAG) is a sub-group of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History (ESAH) and was established to provide a way forward for industrial archaeology in Essex, which previously lacked a society dedicated to Essex Industrial Heritage.  The aims of the group are to research and record industries in Essex and their sites; publish reports on the work of the Group; Initiate and support the preservation of important industrial sites, buildings, artefacts and records; organise talks and visits to the many archaeology and heritage sites in Essex, and to work in partnership with Essex County Council, Chelmsford City Council, Unitary, Borough and District Councils, amenity groups and others with an interest in Essex’s industrial past.

Saturday, 27 October 2018

'We Will Remember'. Toot Hill Village Hall. Thursday 22 November 2018 8pm

The High Country History Group commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War with a talk to be given by Martyn Lockwood, its Chairman, entitled 'We Will Remember' at Toot Hill Village Hall at 8pm on Thursday 22 November 2018.  Admission £3 (Members £2) includes wine and mince pies. 

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Great Waltham War Memorial Website Launched

Please visit the new website about the men from Great Waltham and surrounding areas who died in World War One and are remembered on the War Memorial. This is an ongoing project and anyone with further information are welcome to comment on the website.

Taken from Facebook.

Monday, 22 October 2018

'Remembrance 100' Community Commemoration. Priory Church of St Laurence, Blackmore. 1-21 November 2018

Remembrance 100 – Blackmore, Hook End and Wyatts Green

In August of 2017 parishioner Jenny Dodd suggested that we mark 100 Years since the Armistice by covering the porch of St Laurence Church, Blackmore, with knitted poppies made by members of the community in Blackmore, Hook End and Wyatts Green. She was hopeful that people would knit a few each and if we were lucky we would get around 1500 or maybe even 2000!

Remembrance Sunday still seems to resonate with the majority of people and the project has evolved. It has captured the imagination, not only of local people and groups, but also people from Spain, Canada and New Zealand who have been knitting poppies for this significant event.

From the 1st of November until the 21st over 6250 knitted poppies along with a further 1000 poppies made from plastic bottle bottoms will be displayed on the church and in the churchyard. A ‘Poppy Trail’, around areas of the churchyard, will evoke emotion as people journey around a moving and informative experience. Along the trail there will be information points with facts and background material relating to the First World War, the British Legion and the significance of the poppy along with moving poems both old and new. The trail will visit the graves of local people who died in, or as a result of, the war. The final two stops on the trail will allow people to reflect on the scale and enormity of the sacrifice made by millions of service people worldwide and those of the local community.

From the 8th November until the 13th, floral tributes sponsored by local people, groups and businesses will be on display inside the church. Created by local people, these will pay tribute to individuals, and depict scenes and aspects of the war.

On the 9th of November at 7.30 in the evening a talk ‘For King & Country: Blackmore during the First World War’ will be given in St Laurence church.

There will also be an act of remembrance at Our sister church, St. Peter & St. Paul’s Stondon Massey on Saturday 10th November at 5:30pm which will be a chance to reflect on the 100 years since the armistice with music, poetry and art.
All events are free but any donations will be given to the Royal British Legion.

Our key aims for this Remembrance 100 event are to remember those who have given their lives in the first world war and all subsequent wars, to highlight the works of the British Legion and raise money for their continued work and to help everyone to understand the enormity of the sacrifices made and continue to be made to preserve our way of life today.

The scale of the cost of human life in the First World War is astounding. Coupled with those who suffered life changing injuries and the suffering of the families, friends and indeed sometimes whole communities this is something that we should all remember and reflect upon. Wars have not ceased and these sufferings continue. Our service men and women risk their lives on a daily basis often in peace keeping roles in other countries. We owe them and all who have served before them a great debt for our freedom and the way of life we enjoy in our country.

There is no cost to remember. The price has already been paid. At the going down of sun and in the morning we will remember them.

Friday, 19 October 2018

ESAH Objection to Colchester Borough Council re. Planning Application 182120 Land at Queen Street, Colchester

The Essex Society for Archaeology & History 

Mr. Alistair Day, Planning Department, Colchester Borough Council, Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road, Colchester, CO3 3WG 

19th October 2018 

Dear Mr Day, 

PLANNING APPLICATION 182120: Land at Queen Street, Colchester 

I write as immediate past President of the Essex Society for Archaeology & History (ESAH), which is the County's longest established heritage organisation (founded in 1852). 

The ESAH Council has seen a copy of the objections to this application written on behalf of Colchester Archaeological Group (CAG) by Mr Davies (on the CBC Planning website, 26th September 2018). 

The application site is in a place of the highest archaeological sensitivity, within the Roman town and so close to the Roman rampart and wall. 

While we acknowledge that there are policies and procedures which can minimise the threat to the buried and standing heritage caused by development, we nevertheless feel that the proposed scheme carries a real threat to the buried archaeological heritage of Colchester. 

In summary, ESAH fully supports the CAG objections to this application, in which the issues are clearly and succinctly expressed. 

Yours sincerely, 
Adrian Corder-Birch 
Past President Essex Society for Archaeology and History 

Essex Society for Family History. Open Day. Galleywood Heritage Centre. 20 October 2018

The Essex Society for Archaeology and History will be at the ESFH Open Day at Galleywood tomorrow.  Information here: https://www.esfh.org.uk/events/ESFH%20Open%20Day%20at%20Galleywood%20Heritage%20Centre-449.html

Saturday, 13 October 2018

History Talk in All Saints' Church, Doddinghurst, on Remembrance Sunday

As I am sure you are all aware, Sunday, November 11th, 2018, will be 100 years to the day since the end of the First World War.

At 10.15 there will a Service of Remembrance in the church, followed by two minutes silence round the War Memorial at 11 o’clock and in the afternoon there will be a talk about how the war affected the people in and around Doddinghurst. Of course, the village was a much smaller place then, even though the parish included what is now Fox Hatch. Between 1911 and 2011 the population increased from 371 to 2,832. For those 371 men, women and children there was much hardship between 1914 and 1918 and I have unearthed stories about individuals which are truly heart breaking. There are 10 names inscribed on the War Memorial, some of which are also inscribed on the Blackmore War Memorial, as they lived on the parish border or their families were involved in both villages.  Many more returned from the front. How had their lives changed? And what about the families who were left behind? What was life like for them?

It is important that we remember and recognise the great sacrifices made by our forebears. I do hope you will be able to come to ‘Bombs and Brothers, Raids and Rationing’. There will be a slide show to illustrate and enhance the talk.  It takes place in the church at 2.30 and tea and homemade cake will be served afterwards in Priest House, right next to the War Memorial. The cost is £4, payable at the door, and all proceeds will go towards the upkeep of our ancient village church.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Talk: The Ancient Newness of Broomfield Church by Neil Wiffen. Saturday 27 October 2018. 2pm

Neil Wiffen writes: "To help raise money towards the £100,000 cost of re-shingling Broomfield Church, I've been asked to give my paper from the autumn 2017 ERO conference about the development of the church to c.1870."

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Blackmore Area Local History: Blackmore: Armistice Centenary Commemoration

Blackmore Area Local History: Blackmore: Armistice Centenary Commemoration: Members of the congregation at St Laurence, Blackmore began work today putting the many knitted poppies onto wire frames.  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.