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Programme for 2016 to 2017

All meetings are held in the Methodist Church, Loughton High Road, from 8.00pm on the second Thursday of the month, from September to May inclusive.
Guest visitors are welcome at all meetings on payment of a donation of 2.50.

2016

September: Thursday 8
Forbidden Love and Broken Hearts
GEORGINA GREEN
Sir Josiah Child (1631–1699), his descendants and their lives, in Wanstead House.


October: Thursday 13
Behind the Wire
MARK GORMAN and PETER WILLIAMS
A little-remembered use of the southern reaches of the Forest was for prisoner of war camps.


November: Thursday 10
London Underground Railway Architecture
MIKE ASHWORTH
Mike looks at the varying architectural types at the Essex end of the Central Line.


December: Thursday 8
Shops and Shopping of yesterday – in Loughton and BeyondCHRIS POND
In the age of ebay and Amazon, the customs and styles of shopping in the past are often forgotten.

2017

January: Thursday 12
A Year in the Life of Henry Ashmole 1864
WILLIAM (BILL) GEORGE
Henry’s diary provides a glimpse into the life and times of this Ilford builder and undertaker.

February: Thursday 9
THE DAVID WILKINSON MEMORIAL LECTURE
Seasonal Customs and Traditions of Essex
MARK LEWIS
A journey through the year of customs and rituals: old, obsolete, new and revived. Some were quaint and others downright eccentric.


March: Thursday 9
Made in Buckhurst Hill and Loughton – Women
LYNN HASELDINE JONES
To mark International Women’s Day, Lynn discusses the contribution of local women to literature, painting and more.


April: Thursday 6
Daisy, Countess of Warwick
MARGARET MILLS
Easton Lodge near Dunmow was home to this fascinating and important woman during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

 


May: Thursday 11
AGM followed by

London in the Austere 1950s?
JEF PAGE
Posing the question: how austere were they in comparison to ‘austerity Britain’ today? This talk concentrates on east London and the effects of the Second World War.


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