Group contact - Mike Stringer
Our group has been running since March 2018, we are keen on a mix of visits and speakers. Visits will be during the better weather, with speakers over the Winter months.
Our aim is to arrange visits to sites where we can have a private tour with a dedicated guide. This will hopefully give us insights into historic venues that the public don’t usually get to see and hear about.
We are mainly running visits through car sharing arrangements, so trips will start from the West Maldon Community Centre. Although we will also make use of the community bus for some of the trips. We do have enough car drivers willing to take people to and from venues though.
2019/20 Winter Speaker Programme
Our programme concluded with a fascinating look at the Battle of Maldon. This was the last of our four talks, the first three covered the Railways of Maldon, Hylands House during WW1, and the South Woodham Ferrers New Town Project.
Spring/Summer Programme 2020
A programme of visits for this year had been organised; details of the trips we had planned are shown in the attached document, follow the links to “History Group Trips Programme 2020”.
We have already had our first trip this year, a tour of Chelmsford Cathedral. Unfortunately, owing to the Covid-19 virus, in the light of advice from both the Government and National U3A, it has been necessary to cancel all remaining trips, up to and including September. This has remained the position throughout the Summer
In the meantime, we have been running virtual events through the Zoom system, and any information on future events will be included on this page and in emails to members of the interest group. We started with our first session, a talk on the Spanish Flu pandemic. We then had our first guided tour of Georgian Bury St Edmunds on 16 June, with further ones covering People of Bury St Edmunds, Marconi, and finally Seen but Unseen Maldon, the statues of All Saints Church in Maldon. The Spanish Flu and All Saints Church presentations are available by clicking on the appropriate links.
2020/21 Winter Speaker Programme
We originally had four speakers planned for the Winter period. Unfortunately, with the current rise in infection rates, plus the complexities of holding events at WMCC and people’s understandable reluctance to attend, it has been decided to shelve these plans, at least until the end of the year.
We have now been able to arrange further Zoom sessions or the Winter season as alternatives, and an initial session took place on Thursday 15 October, with Georgina Green speaking to us about the Buxton family and their place in Essex history. We have a further three sessions organised before Christmas and bookings and payments are now being taken for these sessions. The two sessions planned for early 2021 have remained in the diary, but these will also now be virtual Zoom sessions. More details of these and any further talks we arrange will follow.
There will also be a special Christmas related talk by our group leader on the morning of Wednesday 16 December.
Blackwater History Group
We are in the process of arranging reciprocal arrangements with this local group, to share sessions over the coming Winter months. Their programme includes a list of external and internal speakers. These events will be free to our group members. Again, details will be sent round via email.
Joining the Group Interest List
Please contact me via email if you’d like to know more, or if there is somewhere you’d like to visit or a speaker you’d like to hear from.
Historical Association, Essex Branch
This organisation runs regular talks on topics which might be of interest to History Group members. More information will be added as and when it becomes available. These have also been affected by the virus.
_If you want to contact Mike please phone on 07739 863673 or click on the bird to email him
|Dates for your Diary|
|Thu Nov 12th||Virtual Zoom talk by Carol Harris “World War Two - The Women’s Land Army” at 10.30am|
|Thu Nov 26th||Virtual Zoom talk by Jef Page “Barking Abbey” at 10.30am|
|Wed Dec 2nd||Virtual Zoom talk by Margaret Mills “Darling Daisy, Countess of Warwick” at 10.30am|
|Wed Dec 16th||Seasonal Talk - Santa’s Surprise @ 10.30am|
|Thu Jan 21st 2021||Virtual Zoom talk on the Great Fire of London from David Williams starting at 10.30am|
|Thu Feb 18th 2021||Virtual Zoom talk to be confirmed starting at 10.30am|
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