The Foxearth and District Local History Society

Local group - events and information.

Meetings and activities, announcements and notices for the Foxearth and District Local History Society, and associated organisations. For more information on recent events and current programme, please email or contact Clare Mathieson 01787 311337 or Lynda Rumble 01787 281434

F&DLHS Provisional Programme for 2019


No meeting.
Tues 13th
Film Archive evening
Tues 13th
A.G.M. with Cheese & Wine.
.Alan Fitch  My life so far…  Including four years in the RAF how they turned out.
Tues 10th
Robyn Lloyd Hughes - The Rise & Decline of the Stour Valley Railways
Tues 14th
David Burnett - Chilton: the first three thousand years
Tues 12th
Peter Minter - Visit to Bulmer Brickyard,
with talk on recent restoration projects  
Tues 10th
Ian McMillan  - The History of Liston Hall
Thur 8th?/ Mon12th
Minibus trip to Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome - near Maldon.
Tues 11th
? Pat Murrell  - The History of Cupola House.
Tues 9th
? Sudbury Cemetery churchyard mapping
Sat 16th
Ashley Cooper & Andrew Phillips -
"A Sudbury Boy Wunders (sic) aloud after 80 years"
(Memories of the Sudbury Market Hill & surrounding businesses).
Tues 10th ?
Members’ Christmas meal - details TBC
All meetings held in Foxearth Village Hall 7.30pm (unless otherwise stated).
New members and friends always welcome.
Visitors £2   Members £10 per year
For more information, contact:
Clare Mathieson 01787 311337 or Lynda Rumble 01787  281434


Local History Societies’ meetings in Essex in 2019

Information provided by Christopher Thompson

Billericay Archaeological and Historical Society

Our monthly meetings are held at The Fold, Arts Centre, located off Laindon Road, Billericay, where we meet on the second Monday of each month at 8:00 pm.

Monday 14th January “Vicky English Princess & German Empress” Speaker Margaret Mills
Monday 11th February “Brunell” Speaker Roger Manion
Monday 11th March “Norfolk Wherry Maud Trust” Speaker Linda Pargeter
Monday 8th April AGM 7.30pm followed by “Customs & Traditions of London” Speaker Mark Lewis
Monday 13th May “Women in Medieval London” Speaker Caroline Baron
Monday 10th June “Mesolithic Archaeology” Speaker Maria Medlecott
Monday 8th July “New York, New York” Speaker Ann Hardy
No meeting in August
Monday 9th September “The Titanic” Speaker Denis Lynch
Monday 14th October “Early Policing in Billericay” Speaker Peter Layzel
Monday 11th November “The Shakespeare Conspiracy” Speaker Julian Whybra
Monday 9th December “A giant of the 19th century Abraham Lincoln” Speaker Margaret Mills

 Chingford Historical Society

Our meetings are held at SS Peter and Paul Church on The Green, North Chingford at 7.30.p.m. on the third Thursday of each month from October till April inclusive. Talks on local and general history are illustrated and there is an interval where tea and biscuits can be obtained.    Non-members are welcome to attend for a small fee payable at the door. 

No meetings are yet listed.

Clacton and District Local History Society

 at 7.30 P.M at Pier Avenue Baptist Church.

17th january.          “Cracked eggs and chicken soup. ”Norman Jacobs.
21st february.         “The Kirby Riots”  Malcolm Batty.
21st march.   “What  is New In Our Archive?”.        George Hardwick.                    
18th april.    “Whatever Happened To Southcliff?”  Roger kennell.
16th may.     “Aviation Archaeology and St Osyth Ww2 Museum”         Bill Smith.
20th june.     “Ghosts of The Tower Of London.”     Brian d'arcy.
18th  july.    Members short presentations.      Gill Green and Sandra Adams Salmon.
15th august.  “An Evening of Visual Images ” Vic Miller.
19th september.      “Ww1 The Harwich Force, Captain Fryatt, The SS Brussels and the Surrender of the U Boats Into Harwich Harbour.” David Whittle.
17th october. A.G.M. a short DVD of Johnson's of Clacton   Anthony Allston .
 21st november. Francis Boardman.      “The Great Stink”, The Building of London's Sewers.

 19th december Miller. Xmas quiz.

Elsenham Village History Society

1.  - Roger Barrett -'The Fuller Maitlands at Stansted Hall'
March 13, 2019 8:00 p.m.
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only £2 Tea and Coffee will be available from 7:45p.m.
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)
2.  - Lee Player - Thatching History and Practice
June 12, 2019 8:00 p.m.
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only £2 Tea and Coffee will be available from 7:45p.m.
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)
3.  - Bill Hardy- Building Kings College Chapel and Arabic assembly marks
September 11, 2019 8:00 p.m.
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only £2 Tea and Coffee will be available from 7:45p.m.
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)
4.  -Mark Carroll - DNA Surnames and Genealogy
November 13, 2019 8:00 pm
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only £2 Tea and Coffee will be available from 7:45p.m.
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)
5.  - Illustrated Talk - The Story of Elsenham Jam - Ray Franklin Chairman Elsenham Village History Society
March 12, 2020 8:00 pm
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only £2 Tea and Coffee will be available from 7:45p.m.
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)

Halstead and District Local history Society

All events take place at 7:30pm in the Baptist Church, Hedingham Road, Halstead unless otherwise stated.

Our programme may change at short notice due to circumstances outside our control

January 17th Annual General Meeting The AGM will be followed by a talk by our own Jim Davis.
February 21st "What A Stroke Of Luck" A talk by Tom Tyler relating to coincidences during WW2.
March 21st The Rise and Fall of Colchester’s ‘Good Time Girls', 1855-1895
A talk by Dr. Jane Pearson. Why did prostitution become a problem in mid-nineteenth-century Colchester and what did the town do about it?
Jane is a teaching fellow and part-time lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Essex.
April 11th “An introduction to the Chelsea Physic Garden”
Dr. Christine Hodgson, who is a guide at the garden, will introduce us to its history from the foundation in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries.
May 16th “The Lost Cheeses of Suffolk”
Vivia Bamford of the Sciapod Dairy in Suffolk will tell us about traditional cheese making and will be bringing some samples to taste.
June 22nd Visit to RAF Wethersfield Museum
July 13th Visit to Alderford Mill, Sible Hedingham - Details to follow
September 19th Old Films of Halstead & Hedingham
Brian Day will be showing us a few of the amateur films of the area that he has been given.
September 21st Exhibition: The Photgraphs of Geoff Root - A Retrospective
To take place at The Queen's Hall, times to be confirmed.
October 17th Corsets, Crinlines & Camisoles
Frances Saltmarsh returns to tell us all about the history of underwear.
November 21st Can You Keep A Secret?
Lynette Burgess, Visitor Services and outreach Manager, will tell us the history of Bawdsey Radar and its role in WWII.
December 12th More Images Of Old & New Halstead
Followed by our Christmas drinks and nibbles!

 Hedingham Heritage Society

10 January, Thursday 7:45pm The Memorial Hall, Castle Hedingham

Historical Association (Essex Branch)

Talks are on Saturdays at 2.30pm
Venue: Trinity Methodist Church, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, CM1 2XB.
Free parking at the Church or in the County Council car-park opposite.
Visitors and prospective members warmly welcomed - a £3 donation requested.
12th January
The Weimar Republic and its difficult birth
Dr Eric Boston, Director of Academic Liaison, Head of Humanities, Head of History and Politics, CATs Cambridge
2nd February
The Case of the Petrified Leg and other 18th century Medical Curiosities
Dr Lisa Smith, Lecturer, Department of History, University of Essex
2nd March
Some Ancient Greeks in Roman Britain
Professor Edith Hall, Professor of Classics, King's College, University of London
6th April
'Please, Sir, I want some more'.  What did they eat in Victorian Britain?
Dr Robert Hopkinson, former Head of History, Wolsingham School, former Secretary, Durham HA Branch, and recent Treasurer, Cumbria HA Branch
11th May
'The March of the Women':  The Campaign for Women's Suffrage in Britain?
Dr Robert Saunders, Senior Lecturer in Modern British History, Queen Mary College, University of London

Jaywick Local History Society

Monday 21st. January     The 'After Christmas Meal '  at Clacton Golf Club - 12.30 for 1.00pm.
Tuesday 5th. February    John Worland - ' The Essex Witches '
Tuesday 2nd. April           Nicholas Charrington - ' Layer Marney Tower '
Tuesday 4th. June           Brian Thurlow - ' The Red Barn Murders '
Tuesday 6th. August       Peter Jones - ' The Great Essex Earthquake '
Tuesday 1st. October      A.G.M. followed by Richard A. Scott - ' The Story of Bourne Mill '

Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society

Leyton Sixth Form College (Room HE4), Essex Road, Leyton E10 6EQ (buses along Lea Bridge Road)

7.45pm Wednesday January 16th 2019 *
Les Capon talks about his latest year as an archaeologist.
7.45pm Wednesday February 20th 2019 *
 A talk by Richard Gray ‘Shakespeare’s  London to the West End Playhouse ‘
St John's Hall, off High Road, Leytonstone, London E11 by the entrance to the Matalan store, (not far from Leytonstone Central Line station)
£2 contribution requested from visitors.

Newport Local History Group

No events are currently listed.

Saffron Walden Historical society

Wednesday 23 January 2019 – The Long Road to Brexit: Robin O’Neill
7.45 pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, High Street, Saffron Walden – All welcome. Members can join at this meeting for just £7 a year which entitles you to free entry to seven lectures.
Other lectures this season are:
Wed 27 Feb: The archaeological landscape of Great Chesterford: Jacqui Hutton
Wed 27 Mar: The Italian artist Biagio Rebecca and his work at Audley End: Peter Moore
Wed 24 April: The Cutlers of Thaxted 1350-1450: Richard Till

 South Woodham Ferrers Local History Society

Meetings held at Champions Manor Hall Community Centre, 94 Hullbridge Road
South Woodham Ferrers
01245 321518

Wed 06/02/19 20:00 22:00 Railway Branch Lines to Maldon by Nathaniel Dodd
Wed 06/03/19 20:00 22:00 The history of Lodge Coaches by Robert Lodge
Wed 03/04/19 20:00 22:00 'One day in the Battle of Britain in Essex 29 October 1940' by Neil Wiffen from the Essex Record Office
Wed 01/05/19 20:00 22:00 Essex Church Brasses by Martin Stuchfield from the Monumental Brass Society
Wed 05/06/19 -- -- Society's outdoor visit - tba

Stebbing Local History Society

All meetings are held at the Stebbing Village Hall, Mill Lane, Stebbing, Essex, CM6 3SL. Entry is free to members and guests are charged £2.
Five meetings are held per year on the second Monday of the months of February, April, June, September and November. All meetings start at 8 p.m. The meetings always consist of a guest speaker on a local subject and there is always a display of different documents and photographs from our archives.

No meetings are yet listed for 2019.

Thurrock Local History Society

Meetings are held at Thurrock Adult Community College, Richmond Road, Grays Thurrock, Essex, RM17 6DN. 
All meetings begin at 8.00 pm unless indicated otherwise. The AGM begins at 7.30 pm. 
Most talks are illustrated and there is a break for refreshments.
Membership Subscriptions: Adults - £15.00, Students - £4.00, Under age 16 - free, Visitors (per meeting) - £2.00 
Visitors are very welcome at all meetings.
Friday, 18th January          The Great War - a review by Brett Goodyear
Friday, 15th February         Ghosts and Graves in Barking and Dagenham by Linda Rhodes
Friday 15th March              Belhus and the Barrett Lennards by Susan Yates
Friday, 26th April               The Annual General Meeting (starts at 7.30) followed by
                                         DNA - what can it tell us? by John Matthews
Friday, 17th May                Machu Picchu by Scott Sullivan

 Waltham Abbey Historical Society

We organise a series of lectures on the third Fridays of September to May, at the Baptist Church, Paradise Road, Waltham Abbey EN9 1RL, 8-10pm with a refreshment break. Anyone is welcome to come; members are free and we invite a £1 donation from non-members.

Friday 18th January 2019: St Albans: The First 1000 Years Sally Pearson
Friday 15th February 2019: Their Name Liveth for Evermore: The Story of the Unknown Soldier and War Memorials Martyn Lockwood
Friday 15th March 2019
Puddephatt Memorial Lecture: A Church Saved for the People and the Nation: The 1960-65 Restoration of the Parish Church of the Holy Cross and St Lawrence, Waltham Abbey Grenville Weltch
Friday 12th April 2019:
(this is the 2nd Friday of April) Presidential Address & Annual General Meeting
Friday 17th May 2019: The West End of the Church at Waltham Abbey: Mysteries and Modifications Lawrence Greenall & Steve Miller

PARKING: the large Corn Mill Car Park is behind the Town Hall (its entrance is to the side of Muhinur restaurant, Greenyard, EN9 1RD) – free in the evenings. The Baptist church is a 2-minute walk from the car park exit, heading due east through an archway in a 1960s block of flats.

The Christmas Dinner. 11th December 2018

The Foxearth and District Society brought its 2018 (its 19th) year to a festive close on 11th December with the traditional Christmas dinner at the George, Cavendish. Some 30 members attended where excellent food and fellowship made for a memorable evening. A challenging note was introduced by a quiz which tested members recollection of history and other things. Randolph Ivy was the victorious egghead whose erudition was rewarded with a bottle of wine: possibly those questions on North America tipped the scales?

President Ashley Cooper thanked those who run the Society so smoothly, deal with the finances, maintain the highly-regarded web site, write reports - and those who bring their own particular interests such as church brasses, Borley witches, war memories, budgerigars etc to further the scope of the Society.

Secretary Clare Mathieson outlined the provisional programme for next year which would start in February with a film archive evening. Other topics would be the Royal Air Force, Stour Valley Railway and histories of the Chilton district of Sudbury and of Liston Hall. Visits in mnd were to Bulmer Brickworks and the Stow Maries Great War aerodrome near Maldon. There was also the exciting prospect of an interview by Ashley with Lord Phillips on boyhood memories of Sudbury. So there's a lot to look forward to and guests and new members will be warmly welcomed at any meeting.

Contact Clare (01787 311337) or Lynda (01787 281434 for further details

Next meeting: 13th February 7.30pm Foxearth Village Hall for Film Archive