All events take place at 7:30pm in the Baptist Church, Hedingham Road, Halstead unless otherwise stated
Our programme may change at short notice due to circumstances outside our control
David Austin will introduce us to the real Vikings, not the Hollywood and TV version. He has had a life-long interest in the Vikings, and his researches have taken him to York, Isle of Man, Ireland, Iceland, Norway and Denmark. He has also sailed a couple of replica Viking ships in Denmark!
Our president Malcolm Root’s Annual slideshow containing new pictures of old Halstead. This will be followed by our traditional festive nibbles.
Annual General Meeting
"What A Stroke Of Luck"
A talk by Tom Tyler relating to coincidences during WW2.
The Rise and Fall of Colchester’s ‘Good Time Girls', 1855-1895
A talk by Dr. Jane Pearson. Why did prostitution become a problem in mid-nineteenth-century Colchester and what did the town do about it?
Jane is a teaching fellow and part-time lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Essex.
“An introduction to the Chelsea Physic Garden”
Dr. Christine Hodgson, who is a guide at the garden, will introduce us to its history from the foundation in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries.
“The Lost Cheeses of Suffolk”
Vivia Bamford of the Sciapod Dairy in Suffolk will tell us about traditional cheese making and will be bringing some samples to taste.
Visit to RAF Wethersfield Museum
Visit to Alderford Mill, Sible Hedingham - Details to follow
Old Films of Halstead & Hedingham
Brian Day will be showing us a few of the amateur films of the area that he has been given.
Exhibition: The Photgraphs of Geoff Root - A Retrospective
To take place at The Queen's Hall, times to be confirmed.
Corsets, Crinlines & Camisoles
Frances Saltmarsh returns to tell us all about the history of underwear.
Can You Keep A Secret?
Lynette Burgess, Visitor Services and outreach Manager, will tell us the history of Bawdsey Radar and its role in WWII.
More Images Of Old & New Halstead
Followed by our Christmas drinks and nibbles!