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The 2018 AGM saw changes in the Committee.  After 20 years, many of them as Chairman, Graham Mundy stood down and Graham Smith moved up to be Chairman.  His role as Vice Chairman was filled by Ken Edwards who conducted the AGM.  The event included a wine and nibbles celebration and toast to the Society as well as thanks to Graham Mundy, who was presented with a copy of Galleywood Diary signed by the Committee.  Copies of the diary were also made available to all who attended and renewing members will be eligible to collect a copy when attending a future talk. 

The short meeting was followed by an entertaining talk by Lord Petre about his time as Lord Lieutenant of Essex.  I think the prevailing thought was 'Who knew there was so much to it?'   

Past Times 63 - November 2018

This issue takes as its lead article a short history of the Society from its formation, first talk through to the launch of Past Times and its most recent talk.

Galleywood 1987-2007

We are pleased to add this link to a Galleywood Diary maintained by our President David Stacy during those years when he was Parish History recorder: the webaddress is  You can connect directly through the Useful Links page in the menu above. 

Oral History Project

We have now completed over 40 interviews with potentially some 10 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 in coming months.  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.

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