NEWS - 18th Sept 2015

 Paglesham VPA Show, 29th August: Once again this year our stand was very busy with plenty of interest from local people. Discussed with Pearl Perryman about a photograph of the Barling Wakering and Shopland home guard in which her father was shown. This photo was part of the Peter Thorogood collection which once again created much discussion and we got a number of names for the photo of the last students at the Paglesham School which we will hopefully develop further. A number of other interesting leads were provided and will be pursued over the coming weeks particularly one from George Kempen regarding the crash of a German plane in North Shoebury/Wakering border, which we hope will form a new article for us.

 Canewdon Village Fête, 5th September: This was our first major event at Canewdon and a parish-focussed display was provided showing articles of the local witch history and a number of other relevant pieces. A number of leads were provided by local people with names of long standing village residents who may be prepared to be interviewed. It was good to see Steve Joslin, a former member of this archive, who has some ideas for the site and also kindly provided some of his own research on Canewdon history on the day. Some old scorecards of Canewdon Cricket Club were on display which created some comment and may result in a subsequent article about its history and numerous incarnations. Local cricketers the Augers and Fances from the late 19th Century still have relatives in the village who we will hope to contact.

 Rayleigh WI Hall, 12th September: We were again alongside Rayleigh Through the Looking Glass and this time also with a display from the new Rayleigh Museum all of which meant plenty of interest on the day. We spoke with David Hurrell of the Thundersley and Hadleigh Archive and obtained an update on their progress copying and cataloguing the extensive postcard collection to which they have been granted access. We expect to receive a number from various locations in the Rochford District including Barling and Foulness.

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