Baddow & Galleywood

7 - 2019 July - Tonys

It was good to welcome Tony Allen, our guest speaker and also Joan from the travel group to our meeting.

Tony gave us an entertaining talk about how he put together his book ‘Tale and Tattle’ which he sells to raise funds for Farleigh Hospice. He had many funny and interesting stories including the one when he recently had a letter informing him that he had an inheritance from a relation who had named his grandfather and Tony was the only living descendant – he hoped for a house but got £103! He had found he is related to D H Lawrence and his mother lived until she was 101 and remembered the Boer War. She was a music hall singer and her songs were far too risqué for Tony to sing one at her funeral when requested by the vicar! He remembered frequent parties, even during the war. He did his National Service in Egypt but never knew why he was there, then had two careers – first as an editor on the Sheffield Telegraph and then in Scouting when the Chief Scout was Sir William Gladstone. [One of our members confessed to me that she worked as an editor for the Chronicle and corrected an item about U3A to USA as she hadn’t heard of U3A.]

Diary dates have already been given, but just a reminder about our next exhibition at Hylands on Sunday 4th August – ‘Twenty Years at Hylands’ as I am sure many of you will remember the 20 years it took the council to decide what to do about Hylands after purchasing it in 1966. Our exhibition includes newspaper articles, letters and photographs of the time.

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ is back on Monday 22 July at 9pm on BBC1.

Please remember that we decided to have a break in August – so no meeting, then in September it is Linda with ‘The Gooch family of Hylands’ – this was from 1904 to 1920 – so interesting times.