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Galleywood Festival 2018

As part of this years festival the Society is holding two events on Wednesday 13th.  A lunchtime talk on Galleywood Street Names by Ken Edwards to be given in St Michael's from 2.30pm and an evening talk by Julian Whybra on A Rose by any other Name where he will be looking at the meaning of certian surnames including those of some members. The Festival runs fromFriday 8th to Sunday 17th June 2018 with a wide range of events.  For details please see   


The Annual General Meeting held before the November talk saw no changes in the Committee or membership fees and took just 12 minutes.  This was followed by a talk on Well Lane by member Malcolm Stuart.  The turn out of just over 100 may have reflected both the local interest and the fact that a personal invitation by leaflet was delivered to each house.

Oral History Project

We have now completed 32 interviews with around 30 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.  The interviews to date and their catalogues will be available at the Heritage Centre Archive Room on Tuesday aftrenoons form mid March.


The next meeting is at 8.00pm on Wednesday 7th March 2018 when Adrian Wright will give a talk on Essex Railways in Victorian Times.

A list talks given/scheduled to the Society since it was formed can be found here.  List of talks to end 2018

Past Times 

Issue 60 (March 2018) was published in late February with the lead articles on Mrs Lavinai Keene (probably Galleywood's most prolific benefactress) and Monte Rey (Galleywood's 'Tom Jones'). The next issue is due in June.  Archive versions of copies up to No 55 (November 2016) are available on the website as is a full index of articles. To preserve the value of membership the archives do not include the most recent issues.

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