News & Events – Local History

March 2020

To keep members interest during this current coronavirus lock down, Jim is kindly producing a newsletter; the newsletter is emailed direct to all group members.  If you have any articles or stories to tell please send them to Jim.  He can be contacted for his email address using this link.

September 2019

On Thursday 12th September, Jim Gallie from Battlesbridge Antiques visited to talk.  He didn’t actually have a prepared talk but brought along a number of unusual items that had come into his possession and asked us to work out exactly what they might be.  He did it in the form of a quiz which was great fun.  He also answered questions about the background of their business at Battlesbridge and invited us all over to attend one of their regular events – the next on September 22nd being a Classic Vehicle Breakfast Club and then later in the month on 29th September they have their regular Autumn Autojumble.  Visit their website for further information about the largest Antiques Centre in the South East – free admission.

If you missed the meeting and want to have a go at identifying some of the objects he brought along then see the photos below.

Answers can be found here.

General Photos

October 2013

Our October meeting was a visit to the Priory in Priory Park.

We were shown round the priory by a guide called Robert who was either the Curator dressed as Friar or the ghost of a Friar, he told us that for many centuries the Cluniac Monastery was the most important building in South Essex.

It is very fortunate that R.A.Jones was able to save this historic site for our town.

The talk was followed by tea and chat in the newly restored visitors centre.