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June 2020 talk cancelled

Members will not be surprised that with the current restrictions caused by the Covid-19 outbreak The Keene Hall is not going to be open for our scheduled talk.  This has therefore been cancelled.  Our program of talks is well planned in advance and at this moment we are unsure if we will be able to invite Julian back to give this talk at a later date.  He has however kindly contributed an article to Past Times - see below.

Past Times 69 - June 2020

The main features are a guest article on the centre pages - Discovery of a Tudor House in Galleywood (27 & 29 Well Lane) by member Malcolm Stuart and a supplement article by our scheduled June speaker Julian Whybra on The Battle of Norsey Wood 1381.  There is also mention of booklets on Growing up in Galleywood by William Weeks born here in 1909.  These will be available at the Heritage Centre from later in the year.

Galleywood Festival

It had been planned that Julian's talk would form part of the Galleywood Festival which has also been hit by restrictions. However the Festival is going ahead (see and includes a broadcast of a recording of the very well received talk at our 2019 AGM - Life as a Queen's Messenger by George Coutauld.  The series of five Oral History Project recordings with Christine Whybro will also be broadcast over a few days during the Festival.  For the full program and other details do look at the Festival website.

Galleywood Heritage Centre*

The Heritage Room is usually open on Tuesdays 1.30-3.30pm and by prior appointment Sundays 11.00am to 1.00pm.  Contact Wendy 01245 250499 . 

Local Family History Research

The Essex Society for Family History meets monthly on a Satuday at Galleywood Heritage Centre*.  If you would like to know how to start researching your family history contact 

* Please note Galleywood Heritage Centre is currently closed to comply with Covid-19 restrictions.  Check their website for opening arrangements.