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.
Should the position become clearer over the coming months, more information will appear here, as well as being communicated by email. The plan is to rekindle the Group once the medium to longer term position becomes clearer. Details of any planned trips will as usual appear here.
In the meantime, we are 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 had our first guided tour of Georgian Bury St Edmunds on 16 June, with further ones taking place on 25 June, and 7 and 23 July, covering People of Bury St Edmunds, Marconi, and finally Seen but Unseen Maldon, the statues of All Saints Church in Maldon.
2020/21 Winter Speaker Programme
We will again be running a series of speaker sessions next Winter, more details of these will follow, but subject to the position regarding the virus, the dates, topics and speakers are:
Thursday 15 October, The Buxtons - An Old Essex Family, Georgina Green
Thursday 19 November, The Kingdom of the EaSt SEaxe, Julian Whybra
Thursday 21 January, The Great Fire of London, David Williams
Thursday 18 February, Pie n Mash and Prefabs, Norman Jacobs.
Further information on these will follow in late August. These sessions are dependent on the situation with the virus.
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 Oct 15th||Speaker programme at WMCC 10.30 to 12.30|
|Thu Nov 19th||Speaker programme at WMCC 10.30 to 12.30|
|Thu Jan 21st 2021||Speaker programme at WMCC 10.30 to 12.30|
|Thu Feb 18th 2021||Speaker programme at WMCC 10.30 to 12.30|
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