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March 2019 talk

Galleywood resident Adrian Wright gave a talk completing his history of Essex Railways.  Last year Adrian took us to 1901 and the end the Victorian era.  Here he brought us right up to date and made the case for the success of railways as well as giving an early example of compensation culture following a crash at Ilford where more passengers claimed than was the capacity of the train involved.  The Magic Lantern donated by Jill Bellamy and newly restored for use by John Turkentine was on display.  Anyone present will be pleased to hear that the lady who fell over outside before the talk is recovering well.

AGM news

The 2018 AGM in November 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 64 - March 2019

This issue takes as its lead article the proposed closure of the Library noting it was last mentioned in the June 2011 (No 34) issue.  Also there are pieces on the conclusion of the Oral History Project and a plaque in the Heritage Centre to commemorate Ted Hawkins our late President.

Oral History Project

This is now completed with some 47 interviews undertaken over 2 and a half years.  The results are catalogued and will be deposited at Essex Records Office as well as being available locally at Galleywood Hertiage Centre on Tuesday afternoons. Snippets are now available on the Listening Bench in the grounds of the Heritage Centre and these will be refreshed periodically. There will be a celebration afternoon tea for all those involved on 16th May 2019 at The Keene Hall.

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 researching your family history contact