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.
Our trips use a mix of private cars, mini buses and public transport, with trips generally starting from West Maldon Community Centre, which is where we hold our speaker sessions.
Spring/Summer Programme 2020
A programme of visits for this year had been organised, and we had already had our first trip this year, a tour of Chelmsford Cathedral. Unfortunately, owing to the Covid-19 virus, all remaining trips were cancelled.
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. 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 for the time being.
We have now been able to arrange further Zoom sessions during the Winter season as alternatives, and the four sessions have already taken place.
The three external speaker sessions planned for early 2021 have remained in the diary, and these will also now be virtual Zoom sessions. Speakers have now been confirmed for these dates and details have been sent to group members. Bookings and payments are being taken for the following sessions:
21 January The Great Fire of London by David Williams
18 February Public Health during WW1 and WW2 by Carol Harris
18 March Matthew Hopkins Witchfinder General by Mark Mitchels.
We also have a further two “local” talks being given, the first by one of our group and the second by our group leader. These are as follows, these are free and no need to pre book places.
28 January My father's best-kept secret. The life of a prisoner of war by Howard Corlett
25 February The Maldon Workhouse by Mike Stringer.
With the likelihood we will have further restrictions in the coming months, more virtual talks are being arranged and more details will follow, the provisional dates are now included with future events.
Blackwater History Group
We have made 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. Details of their talks have been emailed to group members.
_If you want to contact Mike please phone on 07739 863673 or click on the bird to email him
|Dates for your Diary|
|Thu Jan 21st||Virtual Zoom talk by David Williams “The Great Fire of London” at 10.30am|
|Thu Jan 28th||Virtual Zoom talk by Howard Corlett “My father's best-kept secret. The life of a prisoner of war” at 10.30am|
|Thu Feb 18th||Virtual Zoom talk by Carol Harris “Public Health during WW1 and WW2” at 10.30am|
|Thu Feb 25th||Virtual Zoom talk by Mike Stringer “The Maldon Workhouse” at 10.30am|
|Thu Mar 18th||Virtual Zoom talk by Mark Mitchels “Matthew Hopkins The Witchfinder General” at 10.30am|
|Thu Apr 22nd||Virtual Zoom talk at 10.30am|
|Tue May 18th||Virtual Zoom talk at 10.30am|
|Tue Jun 15th||Virtual Zoom talk at 10.30am|
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