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At its August meeting your Committee discussed plans of how to best celebrate the Society's 20th anniversary which falls due in November.  So in addition to the AGM and talk by Lord Petre, watch out in the next Past Times newsletter for more details of what will happen on the evening of 7th November.

June talks

Those of you who missed the two Galleywood Festival talks on the afternoon and evening of 13th June did indeed miss out.  In the afternoon you could have found out why the street in Galleywood where you live is so named and in the evening how your surname came to be.  The evening speaker Adrian Whybra had researched the surnames of all the members including the date of first recorded use.  Sadly members not there may now never know!     


You will all know about this by now so I will not waste your time here repeating what its all about.  The Society is taking steps to comply with the legislation and members will have received more informaiton with the June 2018 Past Times.  Although the website has a Private Room area this is not in use so no personal information is collected or held through this or other parts of the website.  Should this change we will ask for the necessary perrmissions and take steps to secure any data.   

Oral History Project

We have now completed some 40 interviews with around 20 to go.  Several extracts are available to listen to at The Listening Bench in the grounds of Galleywood Heritage Centre which was unveiled on 1st July 2017, these will be refreshed with six new extracts later this year (2018).  The interviews up to the end of 2017 are available at the Heritage Centre Archive Room on Tuesday afternoons.  It is planned to complete the project at the end of 2018 and deposit all material at Essex Record Office as well as Galleywood Heritage Centre.

Past Times 

Issue 61 (June 2018) has as its lead article - 'Ingatestone a Tudor Village'  with an appreciation of its many charms.  The next issue will be out in September.

Galleywood Heritage Centre

The Heritage Room is usually open on Tuesdays 1.30-3.30pm and by prior appointment Sundays 11.00am to 1.00pm.  Contact Wendy 01245 250499 

Local Family History Research

The Essex Society for Family History meets monthly on a Satuday at Galleywood Heritage Centre.  If you would like to know how to start reasearching your family history contact