Hadleigh and Thundersley Community Archive

Official launch at Hadleigh's Old Fire Station

Our sister site Hadleigh and Thundersley Community Archive had their official opening on Saturday 17th September 2011 in the Old Fire Station. They now have offices in this building and will be using it as their base.

The Displays

They had a wide variety of displays and had many members dressed in costume who circulated throughout the hall during the afternoon. Among them was local historian Robert Hallman dressed as Hadleigh’s White Witch – James ‘Cunning’ Murrell .

In addition there were a number of local historical and local community organisations represented, including Essex Fire Museum,  Benfleet and District Historical Society, AGES Archaeological  & Historical Association  and ourselves, Benfleet Community Archive. Each organisation was given space for a stall.

The Official Opening

The site was officially opened with a series of speeches. Before each of these there was an announcement from Hadleigh’s “Town Crier” played by Peter Hammerton.

The first speech was by the Castle Point Mayor, Mrs. Jackie Govier. who wished the Archive well.

Next was Rebecca Harris MP, who stated that she had an interest in history from a former life when she worked for a publisher of local histories. She also wished the Archive well and thanked the Heritage Lottery Fund for their support in financing the Community Archives.

The third speaker was the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) representative, Roy Swanston. He congratulated the Archive on its achievements. He also announced that the HLF had funds to spend and strongly encouraged organisations that had a heritage based plan to submit it for consideration.

Finally the Hadleigh and Thundersley Chairman, Nick Turner, thanked everybody for coming and the support they gave. The Mayor then gave a prize to Hannah Allwright the winner of the photography competition.

Further pictures of the launch by Ian Hawks are on the Hadleigh and Thundersley Archive site.

The Archive got off to a good launch and we look forward to working with them in future as we have in the past.

    
    
 

Rebecca Harris MP speaking at the launch, with CPBC Mayor Mrs Jackie Govier on the left and Roy Swanston HLF representative on the right
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Nick Turner Hadleigh and Thundersley Archive Chairman speaking, with Roy Swanston HLF Representative on the left and Hannah Allwright winner of the photography competition in the middle.
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CPBC Mayor Mrs Jackie Govier presenting the prize to Hannah Allwright the winner of the photography competition, watched by Rebecca Harris MP and Roy Swanston
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A selection of fire brigade items displayed by Essex Fire Museum
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Brian Hickey as an Essex Fireman
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Peter Hammerton as Hadleigh's Town Crier
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Astrid Walker on the left and Doreen Hammerton on the right as two Hadleigh Ladies
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David Hurrell as a distinguished Hadleigh gentleman
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Barbara Sayer as a medieval Hadleigh lady
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Robert Hallman dressed as James 'Cunning' Murrell
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Part of Hadleigh's High Street map.
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Roy Swanston viewing the exhibition
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A view of the exhibition
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More exhibits including the AGES stall on the left
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Jackie Terry, Chairman of Benfleet & District Historical Society, talking to a visitor to their stall
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