July 2008 Meeting Report


In the second halfof the meeting Barry Wall gave a presentation on extracts from a recently republished book ‘The buildings of England – ESSEX by Nikolaus Pevsner”. This describes a significant number of important buildings, their history in and around most of the towns & villages in Essex. Many of the buildings & places ignored in the previous edition have now been included. A highly recommended book for all historians of Essex.

The trip later this month to Boughton Hall was fully booked, a reminder that there was £8 entrance fee to be paid on the day to the house. Bookings are being taken today for Bottisham Church & Cambridge (£8) which is only half full. Chatham & Rochester trip (26th Sept.), bookings will be taken at the summer bash.
The summer bash on Wed. 13th August 12noon at Shrub’s Farm – Lamarsh was now fully booked, don’t forget there is to be a book stall for holiday reading and a bric-a-brac stall. All donations will be gratefully accepted. Remember to bring your cutlery, plate & bowl etc.

This months speaker was Pip Wright, who gave an excellent & entertaining talk on his experiences in exploring Suffolk & Norfolk with a newly obtained free bus pass. A book containing all his trips ‘Exploring Suffolk by Bus-Pass’ is available from www.pipwright.com
Some of the highlights were the phrases he learnt on his journeys, such as arriving at the bus stop, am I ‘twerly’ (to early?) or a passenger leaving the bus and says “on y’re way back, if I’m not ‘ere, don’t wait for me!”. One of his many tips was to start outside town centres, its easier and cheaper to park your car. To finish Pip sang a song he had written about his trips.

This months recommended reading by Carla Broderick:
Power and Glory: Jacobean England and the Making of the King James Bible by Adam Nicholson. This was at the time of Queen Elizabeth I death (1603), when there were 3,000 deaths per week in London.

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